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         The SM West Epic Vol IV No 21  March 4, 1966               

10 Weeks’ Work Closes With Opening of ‘110’:  Next Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, West’s drama department will present the second production of the year, “110 in the Shade.”  Ten weeks of work will come to a climax as Fred Potter and Ed Coulter step onto the stage, and open the show with “It’s Gonna Be Another Hot Day.”      Nearly two hundred students have worked on the production and, according to Steve Johnson, who portrays Noah, a mean older brother, “110” has been moving along faster and smoother than most of the other shows on which he has worked.      The seven principals in “110” are:  Dede Washburn, Lizzie; Steve Robinson, Starbuck; John Griffin, H.C.; Steve Johnson, Noah; Rick Atwell, Jimmy; Ed Coulter, File, and; Cindi Pitts, Snookie.      Mr. William Oldham has been directing the cast and chorus while Mr. David Circle rehearses the orchestra.  Terry Jones, senior, is this year’s technical director.      Musical entertainment is offered in such tunes as “Raunchy,” “A Man and a Woman,” “Love, Don’t Turn Away,” “The Rain Song,” “Is It Really Me?’ “Poker, Polka,” and “Melisande.”

Nineteen Students To Participate In Overland Park Government Day:  Monday, nineteen of West’s students will take part in Overland Park’s “City Government Day.”      Students and the offices they will hold are: Charlie Miller, Mayor; Jim Stringer, police chief; Steve Bredehoeft, city manager; Glenn Ridgway, building inspector; Barry Farber, city engineer; Julie Nothdurft, city attorney; Ed Rawlings, police judge; Nancy Clayton, city clerk; and Donna Holmes, sanitarian.      In addition, a council composed of ten students will participate.

2 Win Honors At UMKC:  Last Saturday Jim Leonard and Carole Kuebler were entered in the University of Missouri, at Kansas City Speech Contest as representatives from West.  Both received superior ratings.  Carole earned hers in Radio Speaking and dramatic reading.  Jim entered the Oration contest.

Five Seniors Awarded Watkins, Summerfield:  Recently the Watkins and Summerfield Kansas University Scholarship winners were notified of their success.      Watkins scholarships for women were awarded to Harriet Dunn, Susie Kangas, and Patti Spencer.      Steve Bredehoeft and John Ericson received Summerfield Scholarships.      These students spent two days at KU recently taking competitive and psychological tests.  All these seniors were National Merit Semi-Finalists.  Steve Bredehoeft expressed his pleasure by saying, “It’s not every day that you get a special delivery letter.”  He commented further that the scholarship could be renewed by keeping “your grades up and your nose clean.”      Susie Kangas mentioned that much thanks went to the coaching staff, the friendly counselors in the office.

Sets, Music, Dance Help Create Mood for ‘110 in the Shade’ by Bev Brown:  “Everything beautiful happens at night,” sings the chorus as the dancers carry in lanterns and whirl around the stage.      Then Rick Atwell (Jimmy) and Cindi Pitts (Snookie) take over and glide through a series of difficult dance steps.      These intricate patterns were worked out ahead of time by Rick, who has had considerable training in the field of choreography.      To help set the mood, a sun splashed backdrop has been prepared by the art crew.  Hues of yellow, red, and orange have been used to create the effect of heat.      Charles Varner, art crew head, stated that the town is being done in a semi-realistic style.  He compared it to a set for a Walt Disney cartoon.      In the last two minutes of the show, rain will splash down on the town as the chorus breaks out in glad tidings at the coming of rain.      As of Wednesday 3100 seats had been sold for “110.”     

Viking Guards Harris and Nelson Believe Team Has Spirit, Closeness  by Sharon Thurman:  Editor’s Note: This is the last in a series of stories on the varsity basketball players.      Leo Harris, West guard, has been playing basketball since he was in the sixth grade.  Being 5’7” offers no disadvantage, but it does take more work to make the basketball team.      The University of Kansas or Ottawa university rank as Leo’s top college choices.  He plans to major in history or business.      Sports are great as far as Leo is concerned.  Besides basketball he participates in baseball and track.      Leo worked for an insurance company last summer as file boy, but he is undecided about a job for this summer.      “The team has more spirit and life than ever before.  I think we have come through with a real team effort,” summed up Leo.      Steve Nelson adds enthusiasm and interest to West’s squad.      He has been playing basketball since his sophomore year and he lettered in football as a junior.  Last summer he received an injury practicing football.  The injury resulted in two operations, the removal of one kidney, and Steve spent the remainder of the summer in the hospital.  These events ended Steve’s football career.      Steve plans to go to the University of Kansas and major in law.  Basketball does not enter into his college plans.      “Coach Henry is very understanding.  Take the time that we all wanted black tennis shoes.  Even though every other team in the district has white ones, Coach Henry went along with us.  It’s the close union between the boys and the coach that makes our team click on the basketball court,” explained Steve.

National Journal Proclaims Yearbook ‘Outstanding,’ Prints Sample Layouts:  The SM West Sage received an A+ rating in “Photolith,” a national magazine for journalism classes.  The magazine stated, “a complete listing of contents with page numbers and inviting photos ease the reader into the A+ Saga of SM West High.”      Steve Webb commented, “We are very proud that we did receive national recognition through “Photolith” magazine.  Presently we are occupied with the deadline of this year’s book.  We’ve seen some of the pages in print and they look good.  We are very excited about this year’s book.”

Fall Staff Earns First Class Rating:  The fall semester EPIC staff won a first class honor rating in judging of the National Scholastic Press Association.      Coverage, content, photography, and other aspects of student work received high ratings.      Physical properties of photography and printing were the only areas in which the Epic failed to score better than 80 or “very good.”      Upon receiving the guidebook this week, Mr. Henry Aiman, staff adviser, commented, “It took an all-American staff to get this award because of the continual experimentation made first semester in order to publish a greater volume of printed work.  Personally I think the editorials, photography, and special editions of the first semester staff were pretty hard to beat.” 

Bulldogs Turn Back Charging West; Foul trouble hurts Vikings’ Cause:  The Shawnee Mission West Vikings bowed to the Wyandotte Bulldogs 75-72 in a hotly contested game Feb. 25.      Playing on Wyandotte’s home court the Vikings could not overcome their own fouling, and were forced to play much of the game with regulars on the bench.      During the second quarter three Vikings left the game because of foul trouble.  Doug Jackson was the first to leave with 7:01 left in the quarter.  Charles Keltner was the next starter to hit the bench and Tim Munger soon followed.  Even with these starters on the bench West was able to overcome a three point deficit at the first quarter mark and build a half time lead of 38-32.  Much of this lead was due to the early second quarter shooting of Keltner and Munger.  Good rebounding proved a big factor for West.      In the third quarter foul trouble again plagued the Vikings as Keltner fouled out with 48 seconds left and Munger again went to the bench with four fouls.      The start of the fourth quarter saw the Vikings down by three, 59-56.  Munger fouled out with 4:42 left and Dave Dahl committed his fifth foul of the game with 1:50 left.      Although the Vikings were in foul trouble throughout the game, (they supposedly committed 29 fouls) another factor was the shooting of Pierre Russel, who totaled 27 points although he hit on only one of nine charity shots.      Jackson again led the Vikings with 25 points including nine of 12 field shots in the second half.  Doug needs three points in the regionals to break the now standing career total of 1,228, set by Lucius Allen last year.