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Pence Flips the Coin in Trojan’s Favor

A special guest performed the coin toss at Friday night’s football game.
The Atlantic Football Team Captains, Karen and Mike Pence, and the Perry Team Captains stand on the Trojan Head before the coin toss.

Former Vice President Mike Pence visited Atlantic last Friday to do the coin toss at the football game against Perry. Followed by his wife and his team, he flipped the coin tails-up, giving the Trojans the first kick. 

“There’s nothing like Friday night lights,” Pence said regarding the game. “I grew up in a small town just like this one, and when we heard there was an opportunity for a great game on a Friday night, we jumped at the chance.” The former VP also said, “We wouldn’t have missed it for the world.” 

We wouldn’t have missed it for the world.

— Former VP Mike Pence

One of Pence’s wishes in life is to get to know the people of the United States better. “We’re well-known, but I don’t think we’re known well. People may know Vice President and Mrs. Pence, but I don’t think people know Mike and Karen.” Karen, Pence’s Wife, said, “It’s so inspiring always for us to meet young people in the next generation. You guys are the leaders of tomorrow.” 

Atlantic High School principal Mrs. McKay commented on the visit, “I think it makes the U.S. government [into a] more real-world application.” She said that the students “got to see a former vice president in person instead of just on TV. Some people got to meet him directly– shake his hand.” McKay did express concern for safety but was proud of how the students behaved. “I always pray we can be respectful even when we disagree, and I think that happened.” McKay was grateful for the opportunity presented to AHS Journalists by the visit, “because as a former journalism teacher that made me so happy for them to be next to professionals.” 

Journalists Korbin Johnson and Genevieve McCalla speak with Karen and Mike Pence.

Pence set off from the game after halftime and left a message for the students of Atlantic High School. “This is the greatest nation on Earth, and when we have the right leadership, [we’re] going to be standing tall in the world again, and I feel very confident in the future.” He said that “help is on the way.”

K. Pence said, “In America, we still believe you can be anybody.”

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Genevieve McCalla
Genevieve McCalla, Senior Magazine Lead Editor
Genevieve McCalla is an AHS senior and a second-year editor for AHS needle. McCalla enjoys doing cross country, tennis, choir, show choir, jazz choir, the play, the musical, speech, debate,  NHS, and first Fridays. First Fridays are when every journalist is pulled into an AO and she talks about recent events and recognizes some individuals. ”I love being able to seek out people’s stories and tell stories our readers can find themselves in, so they know they aren't alone,” she said. McCalla likes journalism since it helps her “Get done what I need to get done.” Within journalism MaCalla likes when a senior story comes together and to show that each person “has a unique story.” After McCalla graduates she plans to go Northwest Missouri state to get a degree in business management and plans to use their CATapult program to get her masters in business in 4 years, eventually becoming a real estate agent. Story by Henry Knudson

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    JodyOct 16, 2023 at 9:11 am

    I think when I read this, Mike and Karen Pence want us to give them a chance to become known to everybody, not as Vice President and Mrs. Pence, but as Mike and Karen. I think that they could be inspiring to many people that want to get to know them and get some advice on anything.

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    Melissa WarrenOct 16, 2023 at 8:42 am

    What a well-written article! I forgot I wasn’t reading something from USA Today or another nationally-read news source. Keep up the excellent work.