The Geyser The Student News Site of Park High School - MT Wed, 26 Feb 2020 19:00:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Hour- Episode 2 Wed, 26 Feb 2020 19:00:12 +0000 Join Tom Sargis in the second episode of his new podcast, The Hour.  From rants about censorship to Selena Gomez’s song lyrics and the ubiquitous boys’ bathroom hand dryers, Tom has his finger on the pulse of Park High…or maybe just his own neck.

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D-Pod Boys: Behind the Music Mon, 24 Feb 2020 19:51:11 +0000 In this Park High Geyser exclusive, we take a look at the story behind the local lip sync sensation, The D-Pod Boys.

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Park High volleyball coach leaves lasting impact after 13 years of coaching Thu, 20 Feb 2020 17:25:52 +0000

Courtesy of Michael Kokot
Coach Lane high-fives a player in a team circle

Ten years from now, who do you see yourself remembering from your past? Who was that person who made a difference in your life that you would love to catch up with years later? For Park High’s head volleyball coach, Joey Lane, she would hope that her name would quickly come to mind for her past players.

After 13 years as head coach, Lane announced after this last season that it is time for her to hang up her whistle. With her kids growing up and moving away, it is difficult for Lane to continue to devote so much time to the program when she is wanting to travel to visit them. Lane plans to still be involved with coaching and help when she can because it is a passion which she cannot give up easily. She made this decision with a heavy heart and careful deliberation.

Lane has put an endless amount of time and work into the volleyball program. Giving it up is not easy. Lane explained, “It’s your baby and you don’t want to hand it over until you know it will be in good hands.” Lane is confident that the program is strong and will be able to adjust to the coaching change with ease.

Lane has had many mentors in her life that have helped her to transform into the coach she is today. As a child Lane grew up watching and learning from her father who was a wrestling coach for 25 years. She also had the opportunity to coach the cross country team with her father at Park High for five years. Lane described this involvement as one of the most inspiring and impactful of her life.

Through both experiences she saw her father make connections with his players that have lasted a lifetime. His players from many years past would still call him up and stay in touch as they got older. This solid connection with his players is the same relationship Lane strived to develop with her players going into each season.

Lane explained that there is no better feeling than knowing you were able to impact a player and pass on the love of the game. Lane’s number one goal as a coach going into every season was giving the players a good experience. “Unless you win something big, what do you remember? The memories,” Lane said. She hoped to have a significant enough impact on her players that they would still want to be in contact with her ten years later.

Lane has had many past players come back and volunteer to coach and help out during the season. Emily Cornell is one of the many alumni volleyball players who volunteered to aid Lane during the season. Although Cornell is a busy student at MSU she still took the time to drive over to Livingston to make it to every volleyball practice.

When Cornell was asked about Lane she expressed that Lane is simply a lovable person, “She is the type of coach you respect, look up to, and want to follow,” she said.

Coaching has been a part of Lane’s life for 25 years. In addition to volleyball, she coached track and cross country as well. Lane first began coaching in Joliet for two years and both those seasons the volleyball team made it to State.

Lane admitted this success was not all on her part. Her players were hard workers and she was also able to call on people such as experienced volleyball coach, Therese King, for advice. King coached alongside Lane during volleyball clinics and had always been someone Lane looked to for advice. King said Lane would constantly call her up for advice and be able to take what King would say on the phone and apply it to her team in seconds. This dedication to making her team as strong as possible is what enabled her to have the successful seasons she has had.

Lane began coaching volleyball at Park High in 2007. She would continue to coach the Rangers for 13 years, making her one of the longest standing volleyball coaches at Park High. During those years one of Lane’s most successful teams made it all the way to the State A Championship in 2010, taking second place to Fergus. This accomplishment is huge, but also heartbreaking, to make it so far and not snatch the first place trophy. Lane admitted that it took her three days before she got out of bed. This response to such a difficult feat is exactly that of a dedicated coach.

As Lane steps away from the program, she hopes that she has made an impact on the players that she has coached, as she has strived to make her players the best they could be both on and off the court.


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Coach Hahn continues to make a difference Thu, 20 Feb 2020 17:25:26 +0000

Matt Lance
Caoch Ben Hahn poses in Park High weight room.

Have you ever met someone that changes your life for the better? We all have those people who will always be in our memories because of their influence. Whether they motivate you to work harder or they are so good at their job they completely change the dynamic of the environment. Whoever you have in mind, let’s not forget about Coach Ben Hahn.
Standing there 6 feet tall about 195 lbs with his black jeans and a grey polo shirt, Hahn’s undercut fades in almost perfectly with his beard and his fish tattoo on his left bicep is often visible.
“I love fly fishing, I’m a guide in the summer,” he said when I asked what his other hobbies he enjoys. Ben Hahn takes fitness very seriously. Whether that be with his students or his own personal diet. “I am on a vegan diet, but I still try to get all the proper ratios of macronutrients.”
Before Hahn started at Park High three years ago, the weight room was outdated. “The weight room was awful and very old. Only the sports teams used it,” said senior David Durgan. During Hahn’s first year at PHS, the Lift Life Foundation gave the weight room a complete makeover.
In addition to the physical improvements made to the weight room, Hahn instituted the use of app called Platform that allows students to continue their weightlifting program when they are not at school. Sports teams are also able to use the app to establish consistency between the school’s program and their own training.
Junior Mario Ungaretti has been in Hahn’s class since last year and has taken it every semester. “I was really behind my brother before I started taking Hahn’s class, now I am almost stronger than he is,” said Mario.
Last year, Hahn and a small group of students attended a power lifting competition in Helena, and in their respective weight classes, the students placed well.
Ungaretti mentioned that he may go to the power lifting competition this March. “Having a hurt knee makes lifting a little difficult but Hahn has pushed me harder to keep going,” he said.
Hahn is not only a teacher but he is the head wrestling coach. 2019 PHS graduate Shane Gibson won state for the school in his senior year, the first time since 1970 that a Ranger wrestler won a state title. He is now in Minnesota on a full-ride scholarship for wrestling. The Golden Gophers have claimed seven national championships.
Since last year the Sweet Grass County High School wrestling program has merged with the Rangers wrestling program. Some of the wrestlers from Big Timber who are wrestling on the joint team are Adin Gibson and Danyk Jacobsen.
This merge has been quite a success not only considering we have more numbers this year, which means as a team we can start winning, but Hahn stated that for the first time in a long time we have a wrestler in almost every weight class.
Proof that the merge was a success just shows in our record and the fact we placed seventh place in state this year. Aden Rogge, who has been wrestling since he was a young kid in the Windy City program, was the varsity senior of the team. Placing in state was a dream of his since he was a young wrestler and because of Hahn and the merge, although he personally didn’t make it to state, the team did.

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Strength and Conditioning has Started Integrating Yoga Twice a Week. Thu, 20 Feb 2020 17:24:51 +0000 Park High has teamed up with MSU to conduct a study to see if yoga helps with stress in high school students.

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4-H agent spends time at Park High Thu, 20 Feb 2020 17:24:12 +0000

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MaryAnne Keyes teaches a Safe Serve class to the Culinary Arts students on Feb. 18.

When MaryAnne Keyes was in high school, she met 4-H agents who played games to help kids learn. “It seemed unreal that someone would get paid to play games to teach kids,” said Keyes, and that was how she knew that she wanted to be an extension agent.
Aside from her duties in 4-H, you may find Keyes wandering the halls of Park High School fulfilling duties related to Work-Based Learning. Many may wonder who she is with her simple bun and professional western flare.With her framed glasses and western scarf or necklace, she confidently walks around the halls and always says hello.
The biggest influence on Keyes’ professional life is her uncle. “My uncle was a farm service agency employee. While he was dying with pancreatic cancer, he said he most regretted not being able to make a difference in people’s lives. All he had to show for his career was a drawer of organized files,” she said. She works towards being better at her job because of his influence.
In high school, Keyes attended workshops and training. She stated, “I found out that I liked the people that were there – they were people like me.” She found comfort around those people because they had the same values, morals, ethics and experiences which pushed her towards becoming an extension agent.
Now that she spends many days a week working with kids for her job, she said, “ the best part is seeing the look of pride on a kid’s face when they have accomplished a goal or finished their projects.”
Park High Senior Joleen Frost has been around Keyes for many years and has been affected by her encouragement. “MaryAnne has helped me so much in preparation for college and my self confidence. She knows when to push me to do my best because she knows I am capable when I think I am not,” said Frost.
“Nothing is ever the same – there’s always something new and different everyday and the freedom to find a better way to provide education” said Keyes about her job. For Keyes, the hardest part is attending funerals of people who departed too early. “I am glad that 4-H provides so many great opportunities to learn and ultimately change lives. It’s also hard because you become so close to families that you grieve with them when tragedies strike.”
Her outgoing and approachable personality is one of her prominent attributes. “ I have always enjoyed listening to her speak when she talks about something she is passionate about. You can physically see her eyes light up,” said Frost. “She somehow manages to make others feel passionate about that.”
As she talks to Park High teens, Keyes struggles to find the best way to start the “what do you think you would like to do” conversation. “One third of Park High grads go straight to work. Most of those, however, do not have a plan.” said Keyes. Her goal is to learn how to ask the right questions to help them form a future plan that they want to achieve.
Through 4-H and working with her at school, Frost said, “MaryAnne is always trying to make the best better.”

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Miniature art raises money for the community Wed, 19 Feb 2020 16:55:01 +0000 Not all art has to be big to be impressive. Park High art students proved this once again this year by creating small works of art to be auctioned off on facebook for charities of their choice.

Take To Heart The Little Art is a project that started last year with now-retired art teacher Lois Huntzicker and this year has expanded to include pottery students from Raeann Nilan’s classes in addition to Sarah Mussetter’s drawing and painting classes.

This year’s online auction started January 24 with 36 art pieces compared to last year’s pieces which totaled 49.

Nilan said she thought there were not as many pottery students who participated because it isn’t a tradition yet. Nilan was also talking about in the future making it an assignment for her pottery one class, and still giving the option to the pottery two & three kids as well, but it would be an optional opportunity for them.

Take to heart the little art, is important for both the students creating the art and the community because the money being raised is helpful, and it also creates a way for students to have the opportunity to donate the money being raised.

The online auction ended February 7, and the total amount of money raised was $1090.

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Valentine’s Day Massacre: All your gifts are a lie Wed, 19 Feb 2020 16:54:27 +0000 Love and Valentine’s Day are a match akin to my foot and a bear trap (or if you’re a reader of more refined sensibilities, water and oil) – Valentine’s Day is an apt metaphor for the state of ‘lovin’ in the modern world, and as such, only contributes to the great irony of livin’.
Valentine’s Day is really, when boiled down, the modern American colosseum – Artificial roses are greatswords drawn in the name of ‘tingles’ and he who spendeth much, gaineth none. Supplication does not lead to respect; however, the largest box of cocoa product will keep the wolves at bay – if only for today.
Commercializing what is already, more-or-less, a fairy tale is low. It’s so very low; then again, I suppose I shouldn’t expect anything less of Hallmark Greeting Cards, inc. – All that deforestation might as well go to good use: the typical, and curiously pitiable Valentine’s card wherein the man (or rather, future divorce statistic) humorously (obsequiously) apologizes for all his classic male foibles and faults (for instance, leaving the seat up or bearing the same apparatus as Adam).
Folks, the ‘westernized’ world is gone – I’m keenly aware that due to the age in which I’m writing this and the age through which I’m writing this, that it’s an “in one ear, out the other” sort of affair.
Just know this: I will be vindicated.
On account of the tremendous and absolute reach that the newly inaugurated ‘Tinder’ protocol that has irreparably blighted the collective soul of ‘romance’ and ‘love’, we’re left with few options.
The irony of this elephantine self-immolation is that while one can easily buy a boat, and row down the river some, you will ultimately still see smoke signals above the treetops. The onus lies in our individual wheelhouses – I’m not so insular as to suggest that everyone who has had the ever-resplendent privilege of being a card-carrying member of our titanic re-enactors club is part and parcel of our collective undoing. No, it is most certainly not the case that “not everyone is like that”, is needing to be uttered in my general direction – I get that generalizations aren’t always helpful. However, like in any situation where this adage comes into the fold, ‘practicing what you preach’ is far more difficult than simply paying the local soap manufacturer’s dues (soapboxes).
Valentine’s Day is the greatest magic trick that has ever been pulled; Advertisers convincing millions each year to double down on a collective fairy tale (that doesn’t even function as per theme park regulations any longer) whilst simultaneously convincing everyone who was gullible enough to fall for the first trick that the most quintessential demonstration of one’s care is through cardboard and dry roses.
I’m not trying to harsh the mellow of any love-birds out there; I think you madcaps and desperados that’ve been so lucky as to find something in this trying time deserve nothing less than my respect. I’m rooting for you two.
While the consortium of the companionship business burns away the flora and fauna of this year, the air will still be relatively clean – for this, I see reason to be thankful.
The most palatable ‘truth’ when it comes to valetining is that, ultimately, gauntlets aren’t always killers. Custer had a last stand; Each year the pair-bonded get to share an experience some only get to have once in their life(and usually die for).
In writing this, I seek no sympathy; rectitude is of utmost importance.
Valentine’s day really does create miracles; the greatest miracle of them all is seeing couples survive it.

Want to hear more of Tom’s musings on love and other lies? Go to to listen to “The Hour,” a new podcast from Tom Sargis.

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FCCLA continues Valogram tradition to raise money for club Wed, 19 Feb 2020 16:53:46 +0000 Valograms are offered at Park High and other Livingston schools. It’s a way to celebrate Valentine’s Day by sending someone a gift but it’s also a way to help out Family, Career and Leaders of America (FCCLA). They took over this fundraising tradition from the Truth, Nobility and Trust (TNT) club a few years ago.
Melissa Cahoon, attendance secretary, says she’s been involved in Valograms for 12 years in some form. She says she still does it because it helps our clubs and it’s a great way to celebrate.
FCCLA members help sell, assemble and deliver the Valograms to help fundraise for state and other expenses.
This year the sales were good, just about the same as previous years, Cahoon said. The Golden retriever and the mountain goat have been the most popular stuffed animals sold.
Valograms are one way to help out an organization and to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

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Apps like Tinder can’t beat the old-fashioned connections Wed, 19 Feb 2020 16:52:43 +0000 We all know Tinder, whether you have an account yourself or have just heard about it. It’s a shallow, swipe left or right based experience. I think in today’s digital age we, as a society, have lost the “old fashioned’ morals of dating. Instead of asking someone out in person or meeting people at random, we have streamlined the experience through a multitude of apps where you are judged solely based on appearance and swipe left or right based on what you think. Everybody knows this process whether you know someone who uses tinder or use it yourself.
Most of the time I had pretty good luck with the traditional meeting people through friends and through school, but I always wondered how Tinder would work out for me. So with some help from a couple friends on coming up with a good bio and finding the right profile pictures I set off.
Now, in my opinion, I had pretty good luck straight off. I’m by no means an overly attractive person, so instead of banking on my looks I went for a more comical angle. Apparently it worked out because I ended up with a decent amount of likes and a few matches. In the first week or so I matched with some people I knew and it was more of a comical experience filled with cheesy pickup lines and dumb jokes. After this I refined my approach and my entire profile in an effort to match with some more people. I ended up with a few matches and ended up hanging out with a couple. I took one out for coffee and I found it hard to make conversation. It was a nice enough experience but all in all I think I prefer the old-fashioned way of doing things.
Most people, including me, find it hard to really make a connection through apps like Tinder, although the stigma is that the point of the app isn’t to foster long term relationships. These days both Millennials and Gen-Z have hard times having relationships and even making friends. It’s a sad day when one comes to the realization that even though our generations are the most connected, we are the most isolated and lonely.

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