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Trojan Track Hosts District Qualifier

Boys' track qualifies 11 events along with the girls' qualifying three events.

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Runners to your marks. Get set. Go! Several events for the boys’ and girls’ track teams are on their way to the Blue Oval after a successful State qualifying meet held at home on Thursday, May 10.

The boys qualified 11 different events with 14 entries and finished second with 143 points. Here are the qualifiers:

800 Sprint Medley: Jayden Barnwell, Tyler Moen, Gratt Reed and Zade Niklasen

4x200m relay: Reed, Niklasen, Moen and Dillon Sonntag

4x400m relay: Moen, Niklasen, Reed, Chase Mullenix

4x800m relay: Craig Allen Becker, Eden, Zeke Whetstone and Mullenix

Distance Medley: Moen, Sonntag, Niklasen and Mullenix

110m hurdles: Reed

400m hurdles: Reed

800m run: Mullenix and Becker

1600m run: Becker and Eden

3200m run: Bradley Dennis and Jalen Petersen

High Jump: Spencer Ray


The girls qualified for three different events and finished fifth with 93 points. Here are the qualifiers:

4x200m relay: Jessica Hartwig, Taylor Hansen, Alyssa Derby and Haley Rasmussen

3000m run: Taylor McCreedy

Long Jump: Rasmussen

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Dillon Sonntag, Editor

Senior Dillon Sonntag has been a part of the journalism team as an editor for three years. Most of these stories consist of sporting activities. Sonntag said his favorite story he’s  written so far is “Meet the Freshman Basketball Team” when he was a sophomore. He enjoys journalism because of the “freedom to do whatever you want.”

Sonntag said he looks up to 2017 AHS graduate Kyle Nelson because he is “a positive role model, and he is always trying to make me a better person.” He also likes fellow senior Ben Renaud, who he claims to be his best friend. If Renaud or any of Sonntag’s friends had to describe him, Sonntag believes they would say an athletic and that he’s an “overall good guy to be around.” If he had to describe himself though, he would say, “I’m responsible and trustworthy.”

Sonntag is currently involved in track, football, and journalism. When not participating in extracurricular activities, he pictures a perfect afternoon as “sitting at home watching college football,” preferably the Iowa Hawkeyes. Although he prefers sitting at home watching sports, Sonntag still loves participating in them, saying, “I would never give up my athleticism.” Along with his athletics, he would never want to give up his bed.

If there was one food he had to eat for an entire year, it would be steak. Steak isn’t the only food he likes though. “Over the summer I baked some cookies,” Sonntag said. Other than cooking, another talent Sonntag wishes he could acquire is to “read people’s minds.”

Sonntag said, “My wallpaper (on phone) is a photo of me standing on the football field. It shows patriotism because of the flag in the background, and inspiring because of the angle and lighting it’s taken at. It’s a really cool pic.” The photo was taken by editor Taylor Hansen. One thing many people don’t know about Sonntag though is that “in 6th grade, my duplex got smoked out by my neighbor’s house fire.”


Profile written by: Tyler Moen and Emma Templeton

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John McConkey, JP Student

John McConkey is an AHS senior and is an editor for broadcasting in journalism this year. McConkey said, “I basically make cool videos with Chase.” His favorite project he has made in journalism was “The game show video” with 3 contestants giving them hints on a person in the high school and see if they know who they were. McConkey enjoys the most about journalism is using his ideas to make something everyone sees and enjoys.

Besides journalism, McConkey participates in football, wrestling and National Honors Society. McConkey also enjoys making people laugh, as he said he’s “Good for yuks.” Something he would never change about himself is his ability to make people laugh, and he also describes himself as determined and funny.

One thing I would never give away is “My Trojan Pride” said McConkey. McConkey looks up to Coach Duff and Coach Mcdermott, and said they are both “outstanding” individuals. “It’s a picture of me wrestling,” said McConkey about his lock screen on his phone. McConkey says his mom knows him best. He also said that his basement is a calm place he likes to go to. “Chillin with the boys and playing madden or 2k,” would be McConkey’s ideal relaxing afternoon. McConkey says one talent he would like to gain without effort would be to play a guitar “It would be a cool talent to have.”


Profile written by: Jackson Mullin and Justin Binios

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