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Congratulations to the seventh through 12th graders on filling up their pop tab bucket and earning free ice cream cones the month of November.

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Week of Nov. 29-Dec. 2

TUESDAY, Nov. 29 - BBQ riblet, mashed potatoes with butter, green beans, pears, bread slice, milk variety.


WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30 - Corn dogs, baked beans, broccoli, carrot sticks, baked chips, fresh grapes, bread slice, milk variety.

THURSDAY, Dec. 1 - Chicken wraps with lettuce and cheese, ranch and salsa, corn, peaches, bread slice, milk variety.

FRIDAY, Dec. 2 - Chicken wild rice or chicken noodle soup, romaine salad with ham, cheese, croutons, Bosco cheese sticks, fresh apple, milk variety.

Scholarships available

Scholarships available in the high school office:

American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota Scholarship: Seniors who are sons, daughters, grandsons, or granddaughters of a veteran. Deadline is March 15.

American Legion Auxiliary Past Presidents Health Care Scholarship: Seniors going into any health care field. Deadline is March 15.

American Legion Auxiliary Scholarship for Non-Traditional Students: Non-traditional students who are a member of The American Legion Auxiliary or Sons of the American Legion. Deadline is March 1.

American Legion Auxiliary Children of Warriors National President Scholarship: Seniors who are daughters, stepdaughters, sons, stepsons, grandsons, granddaughters, great-grandsons of veterans who served in the Armed Forces during eligible dates.

American Legion Auxiliary spirit of Youth Scholarship -- for Junior Members: Seniors and have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Deadline is March 1.

Farm Credit Service Scholarship: Seniors who are from an actively farming or ranching family OR planning to pursue an agricultural. Deadline is March 1.

Heart Research Scholarship: Minnesota seniors, college freshman, sophomores, or juniors with an interest in the health science area.

St. Thomas Science, Mathematics and Engineering Scholarships: Seniors applying to St. Thomas. Deadline is Dec. 1.

AXA Achievement Scholarship: Seniors who are active in their community, have led a project that benefits others and overcome personal challenges. Apply online at Deadline is Dec. 15.

AXA Achievement Community Scholarship: Seniors who show ambition and drive, respect for self, family and community and ability to succeed in college. Download an application at Deadline is Feb. 1.

Community Ed

Wednesday Night Volleyball will be held from 7-9 p.m. in the high school gym. This is for anyone age 16 and up and the fee is $3 per night.



Week of Nov. 28-Dec. 2

MONDAY, Nov. 28 - Chili, cheese slice, crackers, cinnamon roll, applesauce, milk.

TUESDAY, Nov. 29 - Fish sticks, curly fries, California blend vegetables, chocolate poke cake, milk.

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30 - Soft shell chicken wrap with bacon, cheese, lettuce and mayo, corn chips, peaches, milk.

THURSDAY, Dec. 1 - Chicken burger on a bun, scalloped potatoes, peas, mixed fruit, milk.

FRIDAY, Dec. 2 - Roast pork, mashed potatoes, corn, dinner roll, pears, milk.

Community Ed

Zumba will be held every Wednesday night from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the little gym. This class is free of charge.



Week of Nov. 28-30

MONDAY, Nov. 28 - Chicken nuggets, potatoes, green beans, sandwich, fruit mix, milk.

TUESDAY, Nov. 29 - Lasagna, cole slaw, garlic toast, pears, milk.

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30 - Build your own, chips, juice, bar, milk.

Why the dress code not enforced

By Tyler Hughes

The Mustang Express

Why aren't some kids dress coded, we pondered one day in comp class. We noted that some people regularly break the dress code, but don't seem to get any consequence. Why is that?

There are people who dress too provocatively for school. Many times it is obvious that students are breaking the code, but they make it through the day without confrontation.

The most common offenses are shirts being too low or shorts being too short. Although girls may have it a little harder than guys because of current fashion styles, they both need to follow the rules. Dean of Students, Mr. Paul van der Hagen said that girls are reported more often than guys.

If a guy wears a shirt that is cut off at the sleeves, he can get dress coded because it is not appropriate to wear clothes that are too revealing.

Guys do not get called in for a dress code violation as often as girls because there aren't as many clothing options available for them; most wear t-shirts and jeans. A male teacher may not report a student because the teacher may be afraid that it could be inferred they were looking at a girl, which may come off as being perverted when all they did was notice misconduct in the dress code.

Female teachers can report both guys and girls for dress code and not be considered weird, but when it comes to men reporting girls it is a double standard. In school, enforcing these rules can be very difficult because some may be better at hiding their offense from an approaching teacher than another student. One teacher said that if he/she notice a dress code violation in the middle of the day, they don't report the violation if it hasn't already been reported by another teacher earlier in the day.

When a girl dresses in a provocative manner it is usually to attract other guys. Many girls will dress like this and then when a guy looks at her or starts hitting on her she will get offended. This raises the question of why if they dress this way, would they not want the attention?

There may be a few reasons for this such as girls knowing they may have some power over men using their looks. Another reason is that girls may be dressing that way to attract men, but it may not be the guy that she wanted to attract that starts hitting on her. If a girl doesn't want that kind of attention, then they should not dress in that manner.

In an interview with Mr. Krueger, who teaches a psychology class, I found that there is another reason girls dress in this manner. Many times people will dress this way because it is the current fashion. He said, "If it wasn't in style, they wouldn't do it. If snowmobile suits were in tomorrow, they'd wear them. Kids need to belong."

It may be in style, but that doesn't mean you should wear it to school. If a certain type of clothing is in style but is too revealing, don't complain if you wear it and come off as provocative. If you are upset that people think you come off as provocative don't complain because you have no one else to blame, but yourself.

Is college really worth it?

By Christine Lundin

Career Councilor

If you just look at recent headlines, you might think the answer to that question is "No." Recently released numbers from the US Department of Education show that for the first time Americans owe more on student loans than on credit cards.

According to the Economic Policy Institute, the cost of a college education has gone up 538 percent over the past 30 years, while salaries for those with a college degree have essentially been flat for the past 10 years.

Despite these gloomy statistics, I still feel that the answer to the above question is "Yes," but with a few conditions. The first is that students need to make sure that they are following the educational path that takes them where they want to go.

That might mean a vocational or technical training program, or a community college, rather than a university. Rather than holding up a bachelor's degree as the "best" option, we need to start viewing the program that combines a student's strengths, interests and skills with what the job market will support as the best option.

Students also need to be careful when choosing a major and school. Having a degree from a more prestigious college doesn't always translate into a higher paying job.

Students need to really do their homework regarding the job prospects of their chosen field and if their salary will support the debt load they can anticipate from their education.

Some majors may generate a lot of interest from students, but they don't result in very good job prospects. The current job market is extremely tight and there isn't a lot of room for some college degrees in the current economic climate.

A recent article in TIME magazine about this issue gave the example of a student who received a $22,000/year scholarship to attend a private school. This was still about half of the anticipated cost. She finished college in three years, graduating with a double major in Anthropology and History. She was unable to find a job and now works at a hotel trying to pay off $90,000 in student loan debt.

If students do their research on the total costs of schools they are interested in and find out the job outlook for the career they want to pursue, they greatly increase their chances of avoiding overwhelming student debt.

Students can also take small steps that add up, such as saving during high school, applying for as many scholarships as possible, working a part-time job during college and limiting their entertainment expenses during college.

Ultimately, statistics do show the value of education after high school. More education results in a lower unemployment rate and higher lifetime earnings.

Of course there will always be exceptions to the rule, but by entering the college process armed with information and a plan, students can greatly increase their chances of occupational and financial success.

Is college really worth it?

Pioneer staff reports