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Band scores at State


The Papillion-La Vista South marching band has always deserved to toot its own horn (pun intended). Its members are among the most dedicated and driven people in the school, and this year all that hard work paid off with winning all four local shows  attended and receiving second place at the state competition. The year’s theme was “Out of this World,” which had the best competition season in the school’s history. Senior and section leader Emma Martinez said, “We worked really, really well together. It was cool to see our growth.” The space-themed show was 13 minutes of music that blew away the judges every place they went. Band director Ron Hardin said, “Awards have been nice, but getting the kids to buy into my process has been the most rewarding part.” Marching band may appear to be the crown jewel of the Titan Band Program, but this is only the beginning. There are tons more upcoming band activities to keep your eye out for, such as winter guard, jazz band, Forte, districts and the Elkhorn Band Olympics. “We’re swamped,” Hardin saud. You also may have noticed the miscellaneous band kids selling popcorn in advisement on Wednesdays. The money raised  from the popcorn will go to making a scholarship program for those who are unable to pay for band expenses in the upcoming years, as well as shelves to hold the larger instruments. Be sure to bring a couple bucks Wednesday to support the future of Titan Band.

Ten Questions with Aaron Homme


Playing the role of someone who can’t speak isn’t something that your average actor is forced to do, but in this year’s fall musical, “Once Upon A Mattress,”  Aaron Homme did just that. He played the part of a mute king who was trying to find the right match for his “drab” son. We sat down with Aaron to ask him a few questions about playing a mute character, the show, and his last musical.

1. What was the most difficult part of playing a character who didn’t speak?

“The hardest part was that the lines weren’t scripted; it was almost me making up my own lines and then finding the right actions to fit them. The lines have to be clear to the audience and the other actors.”

2. What methods did you use?

“I used a lot of facial expressions, and every move I made had to be big, nothing could be subtle. Lots of my gestures came from my hands. Often I had to jump into the air to convey my emotions with my whole body.”

3. In what ways was this character different from other characters you have played?

“This is my first character that has been really out there; he’s really exhuberant and flamboyant. Other characters have been more serious. So the king presents me with the challenge of getting out of my comfort zone and going all out.”

4. How did the other actors respond to your character and the struggles it presented?

“They were all super supportive. I always asked their opinions: ‘Am I portraying this clearly?’ They usually responded positively, which was really encouraging. There’s a good chance that a lot of my gestures came from another cast member’s suggestions.”

5. How do you feel this helped you grow as an actor?

“The more exposure to different types of characters you play the better you are at it. This is another character type that I now know how to play.”

6. What sorts of mishaps happened along the way?

“There were some gestures that were too far out there, and I either ended up hurting myself or making a fool of myself. One time I banged my head on the stage really hard while trying out a wrestling move. It’s a lot of trial and error with the movements; you do one and if it works you roll with it. If not, you move on to another idea.”

7. How will this influence future characters you play?

“I think I will be more willing to use my body to portray the messages I want. I will be more comfortable with using not only my voice and face but also my legs and arms.”

8. What was the biggest struggle of tech week?

“The biggest struggle is that first time everyone gets into costumes and, if something goes wrong, it feels like it’s the end of the world. It’s crunch time at that point, so whenever anything goes wrong, the cast panics.”

9. What types of things usually go wrong?

“All sorts of things: missed lines, costume malfunctions – I ripped my pants at least once during every show. Other things like people forgetting clothing and props.”

10. What were some of the emotions you felt with this being your senior year?

“Definitely excitement. This was my last musical, so I wanted to make it great. Also sadness though. Drama has been a big part of my high school career. Plus, I’m not sure if I will do drama in college, so this might have been my last chance to be on stage. Either way, I was super excited for it.”

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?

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.

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.

Oinks like Jagger?


When thinking of the objects that bear Mick Jagger’s image, an extinct pig species isn’t exactly the first thing to come to mind. However, that was exactly what was in the head of Ellen Miller, an archaeologist uncovering fossils in the Egyptian desert and long-time Stones enthusiast. This deer-sized species lived millions of years ago when Egypt was swampy. The Jaggermeryx nadia looks like a very skinny hippo, and is an ancestor of modern-day pigs. Jaggermeryx nadia directly translates to “Jagger’s Water Nymph” in Latin. It was named for Jagger because of its large lips used for foraging along riverbanks. The pig’s name almost went to Angelina Jolie who is also known for her voluptuous mouth.

It may seem uncommon to name an animal species after a famous figure. In actuality it’s a very everyday occurrence. Barack Obama alone has over 10 species bearing his name. Insects are the most common animals to get celebrity names, and wasps are the leading species to be named after famous people. Ellen DeGeneres, Shakira, Jimmy Fallon, Lady Gaga, and Pink Floyd all have wasps named in their honor. Arnold Schwarzenegger shares his named with a beetle having abnormally large biceps. There are a variety of animals named after Steve Irwin, ranging from a turtle to a snail.

There are quite a few ways to get a species named after you. There’s always the option of making a significant donation to a scientific organization or wildlife park. However, that takes some big money ($2,000+). Becoming famous and having a defining characteristic takes a very long time, and is probably not an option for most. The easiest route to take is to discover the species on your own. Which is actually a lot more difficult than one might think. I personally believe your best bet is to marry an influential species-discovering scientist and see where that goes. If all else fails, you can unofficially name a species, or just settle for a self-named star.

It’s not too late to get a Homecoming date


It’s that time of year again, time to sit back and scroll through your Twitter and Instagram feeds and either A. Cry, or B. Take notes. Yes, I’m talking about Homecoming proposal season. Since our Homecoming here at PL South is a little later than usual this year, we’ve all (maybe just me) been able to creep thoroughly on girls from other schools’ pictures to see what dresses are hot this season and also how they were adorably asked to the dance. That’s where the crying and note taking come in. Girls, you’re (again, maybe just me) crying because you’re thinking,”I’LL NEVER GET ASKED AS CUTE AS SHE WAS I’M #FOREVERALONE.” And boys, you’re taking notes on the creative and successful proposals. We’re getting down to the wire here, so here are a couple of ideas for you last-minute date seekers.

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Take a cue from our own Aaron Rothermund as he asked fellow senior Annie Westcott to the Oct. 11 dance using a candy Mad Lib. Of course she said yes! Tip: Girls love food. A lot.

Girls, don’t be discouraged! Take control! Senior Casey Schendt asked a friend from Papillion-La Vista High School using yet another food pun. How could he resist? Tip: Boys love food. A lot.

Time is running out, so before you suit up or dress up for the big night, grab a date to share this memorable evening. Girls, dry those tears! Put on a brave face and ask him if it’s taking too long! Boys, better late than never. Even a simpe box of chocolates will do the trick. Like I said, FOOD EQUALS GOOD HAPPY TIMES. Hope to see you all Oct. 11 looking spiffy with your equally spiffy dates!

Countdown to Homecoming!


Do you really think you have everything you need to prepare for the big night? Join the countdown to the 2014 Homecoming Carnival Dance, and use these handy tips to make sure you’re totally prepared to have a great time.

Sept. 30: Brainstorm

Find clever ways to snag a date!

With only 11 days to go until the big day, it’s time to start narrowing down your plans for the 11th! Whether you decide to go with a date or a group of friends, it’s important to figure out ahead of time who you plan on going with, because no one wants to spend Homecoming alone and with no company! For all the people planning on asking a date, follow Senior Class President Noah Thornton’s seven-step process for snagging a date!


Oct. 1: Shop 

Discover that dream dress 

Whether you are going dateless or as a pair, now is the time to purchase your dress! This 10-day reminder to Homecoming gives you a nudge to either place a last-minute order online or go shopping on your last available weekend! Once you find your adorable and affordable dress, you have just enough time to find matching shoes, jewelry, flowers, and accessories!

Oct. 2: Just ask

Set plans in stone

Now is the time to ask your date and make plans official! If you’re still struggling with finding a creative way to ask, Pinterest is always hopping with ideas! But remember there is nothing wrong with attending Homecoming dateless, because going with pals can be more exciting. Junior Gabby Catterson advises the dateless to “find a good group of friends … because it’s no fun going all by yourself.”

Oct. 3: Suit up!

Get style and avoid a clash

Nothing is sadder than a couple at Homecoming with clashing colors and patterns. Your job as a date is to match your girl in all the right places — including shoes, pants, dress shirt, tie, suspenders, etc. Going shopping with your date is best to make sure you have the correct collaboration of colors. Your date will have an idea in mind of what colors and patterns will go best with her dress, but don’t forget to stay true to your own personal style! Thornton’s fashion advice for Homecoming is to “wear a really sharp tie, and save the bow ties for prom.”

Oct. 4: Bloom

Take care of the corsage

With only a week to go, now is the time to stop by and order your date’s corsage at a local flower shop or HyVee. Papillion Flower Shop sells corsages for $35-$40. HyVee in Shadow Lake sells them for $22.50 to $24.50. Most flower shops offer a fun variety of colors, flowers and designs to match your date’s Homecoming attire as well as yours.



Oct. 5: Pin it

Buy the best boutonniere

Papillion Flower Shop sells boutonnieres for $13, and HyVee in Shadow Lake sells them for $10 to $12. Just like the corsages, both offer various selections of personally designed styles. One may choose to surprise a date by ordering the flower without knowledge of the design, or you may go in together to order both the corsage and and the boutonniere so you can avoid the dreaded fashion clash.

Oct. 6: Tickets!

Titan Town. Today.

Titan Town will be selling Homecoming tickets every day until Thursday, Oct. 9, for $10*.  In order to purchase tickets, you must present a student ID and a paper proving you have no fines. Make sure to not lose your ticket before the big day, because without it, you will be unable to enter the dance.

Spirit Week begins! Monday’s theme: USA

Oct. 7: Kicks!

Shoes, accessories and all the essentials

As the day approaches, double check to make sure everything is within your grasp! This includes jewelry, accessories, suspenders and shoes. Now that you don’t have to worry about finding a dress or a nice shirt and tie, it’s time to focus on the nitpicky things! Junior Madison Cascio has learned from experience which stores are go-to shoe-shopping locations. “Honestly, I got really cute affordable shoes last year at Famous Footwear for prom. Younkers works, too.”  Shadow Lake, Westroads, and Oak View Mall offer many shoe and accessory options. REMINDER: Those with dates who do not attend PLS have to turn in Guest Registration forms by 8 a.m. Wednesday at Titan Town.

Tuesday’s theme: Future Career Day



Oct. 8: Nails!

Mani-pedi is a must

With Homecoming right around the corner, now would be a good time to start thinking about what’s to be done about nails. There are many different options to choose from—normal nail polish, gel polish, acrylic nails. Be sure to schedule an appointment soon, because most places become unavailable and overscheduled as Homecoming approaches. For those with no intention of going to a salon, there’s nothing wrong with getting a matching color at Sally’s and doing it on your own!

Wednesday’s theme: Class Color Day – Seniors in black, juniors in pink, sophomores in purple, freshmen in yellow

Oct. 9: Be tru

Get pumped for the game!

As a peppy and supportive Titan, hopefully you’ve  been participating in spirit week. Student Council Vice President Cody Redford finds Titan Spirit to be crucially important. “Spirit week is the most important thing,” Redford says. “Everyone should participate because it’s building community for the school, and we are all trying to get excited for homecoming and the football game. It’s a lot more fun when more people participate and make the effort..” Take part in spirit week and attend the 7 p.m. game against Omaha Northwest! Make sure to support your school and show up to the game as the best Titan representative you can be!

Thursday’s theme: Titan Spirit Day

Oct. 10: Treat yourself

Take a day off!

After the craziness of counting down to Homecoming, now is the time to take a breather. Relax with friends so you can save your energy. Purchase face masks at Ulta or Sally’s and have a pre-Homecoming spa party. Enjoy a quiet night with comfort food and Netflix. Just be sure to get your “beauty rest,” especially if you’ll be taking the SAT in the morning before the big dance. 

Friday’s theme: Disney* Day




Oct. 11: Make memories

This is the night!

Now that the day is finally here, the most important thing to do is make sure you’re having a good time. Get ready, look sharp, take pictures with friends, grab a yummy bite to eat, and head over to the Papillion-La Vista South gym, where you can have a great time enjoying good music and fun with your fellow students. Remember that in order to enter the dance you need your ticket and student ID. Don’t forget to make Homecoming 2014 the best one yet!

*most up-to-date information; differs from print version