Joslyn exhibits printmaking


Art is one of the many ways people express themselves. Printmaking art is a unique way to express yourself whether it’s telling a story or   sharing an emotion you’ve felt or just simple patterns and design. Printmaking is creating something usually using ink. You could use paint, oil or any other media you desire and printing (transferring) it on another piece of paper. There are different ways you can print, there is etching, lithography, screen printing, engraving, aquatint, giclee and more.

The Joslyn Art Museum has a whole exhibit on printmaking from now until Jan. 11 called “In Living Color.” It has a collection of Andy Warhol’s works of pop art printmaking. Warhol led the movement of pop art and started the trend of printmaking that hadn’t been done before. The exhibit has pops of bright colors and different pieces explaining different stories. There are a few other contemporary printmaking artists whose work is on display in the exhibit as well. Each print is showing emotion or an experience or attitude or subversion. You shouldn’t miss this colorful, eye-opening exhibit.

Printmaking is easy. All you need are your materials and your imagination. Even if that sounds cheesy, it’s true! Making prints that are unique and mean something to you can be much more rewarding in the long run, along with any art you make. If you’re interested in making prints, why not sign up for the class offered here at PL South?

What we’re reading now


“Lack of Net neutrality threatens the freedom that the Internet has always promoted.” –KYLEE HANCOCK AND HANNAH MECKNA, 10TH GRADE


“Too many good teams. Lots of sports fans, and first year of playoffs.” –ADAM GADSDEN, 11TH GRADE


“Eminem and Lana Del Ray are big in the music industry – especially in teens.”–SHELBY BRADBURY AND KAT PLATA, 9TH GRADE


“National Academy of Sciences says video games that are fast-paced sharpen your prediction skills.” –JAIDEN YOUNG, 9TH GRADE

“A lot of people like to play the action type games, and it’s an interesting discovery.” –AARON MILLER, 9TH GRADE

Titans take it to the next level


How do the varsity football boys feel?

“Accomplished,” according to senior, Jeremy Kowalski, as the Titan varsity football team advances into the semifinals for the first time in Titan history. The varsity team played undefeated Millard North last Friday in a game that kept fans on their toes for the entire game.

The score went back and forth and was tied with 2.1 seconds left in the fourth quarter. A lot of pressure was put on kicker Josh Weinand as he was kicking a field goal that would go down in Titan history. Click below to see what he had to say about that.

 With the huge 38-35 win over Millard North on Friday, the Titans advance this Friday to take on Creighton Prep, a team they lost to in the regular season, 28-10.

At this point in the season, the game becomes more than just a physical one. “The mental state of mind is at an all time high,” senior running back Malique Holvaldt said, “100 percent focus, through all of the adversity we are facing at this point in the season.”

“We set out with a goal to beat all of the teams that beat us in the regular season, and we’ve done that so far,” Kowalski said.
How will that be accomplished this Friday? Kowalski responded by confidently saying, “We need to stick to our game plan; we’ve got some unfinished business.”

This Friday, the Titans will return to work with a goal of getting the job successfully done to advance to the Class A NSAA Football Championship finals.

Involvement this week

Ways to join in and get involved:


  • 3:30-4:30 p.m. Upward Bound Club College Prep Hour in room D07


  • 10-11 a.m. Veterans Day Program for all freshmen in Titan Theatre
  • 3:30-4:30 p.m. Art Club meets in room B07
  • 3:30-4:30 p.m. Upward Bound Club College Prep Hour in room D07
  • 6:30-8 p.m. AP Physics study group in the library


  • 7:30-7:45 a.m. Drama Club meets in the theatre room
  • 3:30-5 p.m. Knitting Club meets in the library
  • 3:30-4:15 p.m. Photography Club meets in room D04
  • 3:30-4 p.m. Drama Club meets in Titan Theater


  • 3:30-4:30 p.m. Upward Bound Club College Prep Hour in D07
  • 3:30 p.m. Varsity Volleyball state competition at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln


  • 5 p.m. Varsity Volleyball state competition at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln
  • 7 p.m. Varsity Football state playoff at Burke High School



  • TBA Varsity Volleyball state competition at Devaney Center in Lincoln


  • 2 p.m. Concert Choir performs “Requiem” at the Holland Center


25 years since fall of The Wall


Sunday marked the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Built in 1961, the Wall was dismantled in 1989 by protesters seeking to reunite Germany’s capital.

The wall was used to separate East and West Berlin during the Cold War to keep the citizens of East Berlin from escaping communist control.

After it was split up, chunks of the Wall were sent around the world to be displayed in large cities such as New York, Washington, Moscow, Vatican City, and Cape Town.

In honor of this event, the people of Berlin held a citizens party at the Brandenburg Gate to celebrate the unification of Germany. More than 8,000 white balloons were released during a rendition of “Ode to Joy” for the occasion. The balloons were held on 3.6 meter high poles along a 9 mile stretch, following the same path on which the Berlin Wall once stood.

For the people of Berlin, and all of Germany, this was a day to celebrate freedoms many Americans take for granted.

STUCO reaches out through Project Unify


Most students were fast asleep when Student Council met at the school at 6:20 a.m. Saturday to head out to Kearney  for the first ever Project Unify Youth Summit.
While at the summit, delegates learned valuable skills to help them make PL South a Project Unify school. Project Unify is an organization established to promote the acceptance of individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities.

“Project Unify is something that tries to get the community more involved in helping the special-needs kids to feel like they belong,” sophomore Kylie Ostermeyer said.

Delegates learned specific ways to achieve this goal.

“I learned about Special Olympics and how to incorporate students in special education into our school,” junior Brooke Gustafson said.

At the convention, Student Council members spoke to other delegates and gathered ideas to promote acceptance for special-needs students.

“I hope to teach the community and my school to not use the r-word and to not judge people by the way they look,” Ostermeyer said.

If other students would like to help out, the delegates suggested ways to make a lasting difference in this campaign, such as inviting special-needs students to join in weekend activities.

“If you are going out with a group of friends, or getting coffee, invite them to tag along,” Gustafson said.

Safe to say, Halloween event was a success


Halloween is a fun holiday, but it is hard to get your fill of spooky fun in one month. On Oct. 30, many PL South clubs collaborated with the city of Papillion to create a family-friendly atmosphere for Halloween fun. Key Club organized the event, but it received help from the Mayor’s Youth Council, Leo Club, ROTC, and Step Squad. All of the clubs played a role in making Halloween Safe Night a success.

The event transformed school hallways with decorated doors where children could trick–or-treat and also featured a hair-dye station, face painting, bounce houses, pumpkin decorating, various games, a costume contest, a performance by the Step Squad, and much more.

One special section of the trick-or-treat doors was the “Nut Gallery.” This area gives out all of the candy with nuts to prevent a child with a serious allergy from accidentally receiving some.

“For the last couple of years, Bri [Eisert] and I have been in charge of the peanut gallery,” Key Club Vice President Haley Wert said. “This year we did the peanut gallery with a few other friends so we could continue doing what we love while still being able to do our part as officers.”

When attending this event, all you see is the fun. But behind the scenes, so much hard work goes on. Key Club makes posters, decorates doors, gathers candy, sets up and cleans up. Other clubs help out by setting up, helping to run the different booths, donating candy and helping to clean up.

“We started talking about [Halloween Safe Night] during the summer, because we were so excited,” said Wert, who is a senior.  “Actual planning started in September.”

At the event, there are plenty of costumes and smiles. Although they are hard at work as volunteers, even the students find something to enjoy.

“My favorite part was seeing all the children in their costumes – it was so cute!” junior Miranda Kuzela said.

Wert’s favorite part was seeing the interaction between the volunteers and children.

“It was really cool to see that every one of the Key Club members who were working were smiling just as much as the kids,” Wert said.

With candy and fun, Halloween Safe Night could be considered a success by all.

If you are looking for great Halloween fun next year, try volunteering or attending this event. You are sure to have a blast.

“It was so successful in that we had so many people show up, and they all seemed to have a good time,” Wert said.

Mouse studies go sci-fi


Invisibility, by most definitions, has been thought to lie mostly in fantasies, and in the common mind may seem impossible. Science has proved that some possibilities are infinite. According to an article published this week by Agence France-Presse,, the Japanese research institute Riken  discovered  how to make mice transparent. The University of Tokyo and the Japan Science and Technology Agency contributed to the research.

“The techniques will give scientists a ‘new understanding of the 3D structure of organs and how certain genes are expressed in various tissues,’ said Kazuki Tainaka, the lead author of a research paper published in the US-based Cell magazine,” AFP reported.

The Leader of the Research Team, Hiroki Ueda, was quoted in the AFP article as saying that the study could lead to deeper understanding of the body, and that the method “could be used to study how embryos develop or how cancer and autoimmune diseases develop at the cellular level.”

This new discovery may provide a boon in studies looking to cure disease.

Here are the steps researchers took to create “invisible” mice:

  1. The process involves pumping a saline solution through the mouse’s heart, pushing the blood out of its circulatory system and killing the creature.
  2. A reagent is then introduced, which works to divorce the haem from the haemoglobin that remains in the animal’s organs.
  3. The dead mouse is skinned and soaked in the reagent for up to two weeks to complete the process.


What we’re reading now


“The addiction to our phones makes us have compulsive behavior while driving. Many teens are starting to drive, and they should know not to get obsessed with their phone so they don’t risk their lives just to answer a text.” –FAITH HARTRANFT, 9TH GRADE

“You put an app on your phone and it stops texts. The reason why teens should get the app is because lots of people get in crashes that are caused by texting while driving.” –SHELBY BRADBURY, 9TH GRADE

“Texting and driving has become a problem in teens and [young adults] today. With the new technology, it makes it hard not to check your phone. They put an app on your phone when you drive.” –KAT PLATA, 9TH GRADE



“Minimum-wage boosts … $8 this coming January.” –JAYCI MCGILL, 12TH GRADE

“[Students] need to read it because a lot of teens have jobs that work for minimum wage.” –ADAM GADSDEN, 11TH GRADE

Musical puts the pea in perfection


For the fall musical, the theatre department took a twist on the traditional “Princess and the Pea” and presented “Once Upon a Mattress” Friday, Saturday and Sunday after a Thursday sneak peek for Papillion Junior High students.

In this version of the classic tale, the evil Queen Aggravain, played by senior Torisa Walker, is known to test prospective princess brides for her son’s hand in marriage. When none of the princesses pass the test, Prince Dauntless, played by senior Aaron Lawrence, begins to doubt he will ever get married.

“Dauntless was a very fun role to play. I was able to get into character by acting like a complete child,” Lawrence said. “It wasn’t always the easiest thing to do, but once I got the hang of it, it was one of the most fun things I’ve ever acted in.”

Last year for the first time, the theatre department competed against many Nebraska high school musicals for the Nebraska High School Theatre Awards. “Singing in the Rain” won best musical, best actor, best supporting actor and best supporting actress. The cast of “Once Upon a Mattress” applied to compete this year. Adjudicators attended every performance to judge the musical.

“Performing for the adjudicators did not make me nervous,” Lawrence said. “On the contrary, it kept me on my toes and reminded me to always be spot on and always in character. By the middle of the musical, I forgot about them completely, and they just became a part of the rest of the audience.”

A change took place for the theatre department when Monika Peters, the choral teacher at the junior high, stepped up as the music director.

“Mrs. Peters made the environment a happier place and could manage to be the sweetest person alive, while still getting all the work that needed to be done, done,” said senior Jesse Vrable, who played a knight. “Her teaching methods were fun, and she knew just how to make the perfect sound, not only with the vocalists but the pit as well.”

Among the many humorous scenes in the show, both Lawrence and Vrable agreed that the “Man to Man” song was their favorite – a duet between Dauntless and King Sextimus, played by senior Aaron Homme.

“The scene is one of the best parts of the musical, because it shows a grown man getting the birds-and-the-bees talk from his father, who cannot speak. It’s a perfect setup for a comedic scene,” Lawrence said.

Vrable, one of only two seniors to have been in every musical all four years, saw “Once Upon a Mattress” as a great way to end his high school theatre run.

“Although this is my last musical I will probably ever be in, I am actually pretty happy about it, mostly because it was a fantastic way to spend my senior year and a truly great experience … I enjoyed it while it lasted,” Vrable said.

Senior Cody Redford was in the audience and said he was very proud of his fellow students.

“I think our school always takes a challenge, and performs to a high level of excellence,” Redford said. “This year, as always, I was awed by the teamwork and amount of talent presented by our theatre department. The pit did an amazing job as well.”

“I really hope the audience enjoyed it,” Lawrence added, “because I left everything on that stage that I could. I had fun performing it, so my thought is that they had just as much fun watching.”

For more pictures and information about the production of “Once Upon a Mattress,” pick up the upcoming issue of Titan Legacy on Nov. 25.