The Gusher The Student News Site of Natrona County High School Wed, 15 Dec 2021 23:12:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Duck Hunting Season is Here Wed, 15 Dec 2021 23:10:04 +0000 It’s that time again, where the ducks are in the air and hunters are grabbing their cold-weather gear and guns. Duck hunting and the harvest of water fowl isn’t all that happens when participating in this sport. All of the time, preparation, and tradition leads into something much more than the hunt itself. Though buying gear and having basic knowledge will get someone started, keep in mind that it is not all about gearing up and harvesting animals. There is much more to the appreciation for hunting and the people that do it. 

Most hunters begin duck hunting due to family traditions. “I’ve been duck hunting since I was 10 years old, and the person that introduced me was my father,” says Trent Cornett, a student at NC. He and his father carry on the family tradition by gearing up and hunting every season.  It is a way to connect with family and spend time with people they care most about. “That’s the best part,” Cornett claims. In a world where hunting to eat is no longer a necessity for most people, bonding with fathers, grandpas or even friends, is the reason why a lot of duck hunters participate.  Hunting because people have to hunt is rare these days. It is more of a way to connect with people and nature. The meaning behind this sport comes from a long line of love that is shared to new generations. Respect for nature and needed ethics are learned by hunting, and passed on to younger generations by experienced hunters, such as parents. Traditions shared between parents and children are unbeatable and bring much more meaning and love into the sport. 

When explaining the father/son tradition in his family, Cornett says that the best part about duck hunting is “Going with my father, and having a blast, because you never know when it is going to be your last time hunting with your dad.”

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Teacher loses bet, has to do 100 pushups before the bell Wed, 24 Nov 2021 15:36:45 +0000 A teacher losing a bet could be a highlight of a student’s day, and that’s just what happened a couple weeks ago when  Mr. Myers had to do 100 pushups in class, making student, Hunter McDaniel very happy.  

It all started when Mariah Butler was writing a story for the Literature section. She was asking Mr. Myers if ending a story with a cliffhanger was ok. He said no, short stories don’t end in cliffhangers, unless there is a follow up story. Hunter McDaniel then argued the point, saying that stories do, and continued to bring up movies and books that had cliffhangers, but were part of a series that eventually did end the conflict, making them not true cliffhangers. They eventually decided to bet when the conversation got intense, Mr. Myers’ head dripping sweat, trying to keep up with McDaniel. Then the other kids in the class were taking sides, with very, very few people on Mr. Myers’ side. Mr. Myers laughed at McDaniel because he thought he was right and Hunter was wrong. McDaniel had brought up a scary movie that ends in a cliffhanger, but Myers argued that the actual problem was solved in the end, taking a win.    

After a while of going back and forth Hunter started explaining a short story that Mr Myers instantly recognized. “I was hoping he couldn’t remember the title,” explained Myers, “because when he started summarizing it, I recognized it and knew that it was indeed one of those rare stories that ends in a cliffhanger.”  The rest of the room was listening to the argument, and Alexis then knew what they were talking about and found the title on the internet. This story, which enabled McDaniel to win the bet, was “The Lady or the Tiger” by Frank Stockton. Mr. Myers realized he was wrong, his heart dropping from his chest. Hunter made him say that he was wrong, and then McDaniel looked at him gloatingly and said “Myers, you owe me and the class 100 pushups.”

Mr. Myers eventually did his 100 pushups in class, but not all at once though. He did 50, then took a break, then 25 and took a break, and then finished before the end of the class. “It’s always a good day when a teacher is proved wrong,” McDaniel said. 

In response, Mr. Myers accepts the fact that he lost a bet to a student. “Well, first of all, what I wanna say is, nobody has any idea how sore my arms were after that. I could barely drive home. Matter of fact I almost got into a car wreck and died, because I couldn’t even grip the steering wheel. It was that bad. I haven’t done that many pushups since I was in the Marine Corps. But besides that, I was happy to honor my commitment, to the bet and to Hunter, and he did prove me wrong. That is a very famous story. It’s usually read in 5th or 6th grade and it’s designed to get kids to think about what choice they would have made. So, yeah, I was happy to conceded the bet and do my 100 pushups.” 

Myers took the loss very well, and Hunter is still enjoying his win and rubbing it in his teacher’s face. McDaniel beat a teacher in a bet, and is feeling absolutely great about it. Mr. Myers was later heard mumbling under his breath…”I would have gotten away with it too, if it wasn’t for the internet.”

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NCHS students share Thanksgiving traditions Tue, 23 Nov 2021 20:11:00 +0000 The smell of a freshly roasted turkey. The nip of cold air at your nose.  A well lit house on a snowy night. All these things hint at festive holidays to come, including Thanksgiving.  NCHS students like to spend time with their families and celebrate thanksgiving with food. Here are some of NCHS student’s favorite ways to celebrate:   

Briley Mills,  an NCHS senior, says that her favorite part of Thanksgiving is “Probably just eating food. Turkey, ham, mashed potatoes: pretty much all the normal stuff.” A traditional Thanksgiving dinner is also on the mind of Lily Wilkinson, an NCHS sophomore, who also enjoys celebrating Thanksgiving with food. Wilkinson says that her favorite part of Thanksgiving is “the food,” specifically pumpkin pie. 

Although food is a major factor, so is  “family,” says Dana Lopez, an NCHS sophomore, with a warm smile on her face. “We make food and do stuff outside.” Lopez shares that her family often celebrates Thanksgiving with a unique tradition. “We play tetherball,” Lopez says. This is just a sampling of NCHS students’ Thanksgiving traditions. There are many more ways that students celebrate, from family dinners to football games. 

For example, Max Hick, a sophomore, says that her favorite Thanksgiving tradition is “I guess just staying home and watching movies.” NCHS have a wide range of Thanksgiving traditions, from eating food, to tetherball and horror movies. Students can take time this Thanksgiving to think about what traditions mean to them. At NCHS, students will celebrate the holiday with a special assembly. 

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Chronic wasting disease is spreading to new hunting areas Tue, 23 Nov 2021 15:56:55 +0000 Wyoming Game and Fish recently affirmed that CWD was discovered in hunting areas that had not previously been affected. Confirmed cases have spread all along Wyoming, including the Pinedale region where sick deer were found in area 138 (which is also elk hunt area 98). Additional areas that have already tested positive for CWD include elk hunt areas 35, 37, and 46. This shows that CWD is spreading into other habitats, and directly affecting cervid species in other regions, making it harder to control. This issue doesn’t only affect the short duration of this year’s hunting season, but leaves room to question what this might mean for next year’s deer and elk populations. 

Harlee Schamber, NC student and avid hunter, says that testing for CWD and trying to ensure safety and knowledge about how it works, is an efficient way of handling information given through the study of the disease. “It is pretty well advertised,” she explained, referring to how the Game and Fish is making hunters aware of CWD. “They have testing at meat processors, and I’m sure that they are in the hunting regulations.” Check stations, located near most hunting areas, may also have testing options. Getting harvested animals tested will help the understanding of the disease and lead to possible solutions in controlling it, benefiting future deer, elk and moose populations.

It is advised not to consume any infected meat, since the Game and Fish department does not know for certain that CWD can directly be transmitted to humans. They prefer that human consumption should not occur until more data is gathered. Studies suggest that feces, urination, ingestion, and carcasses might be able to spread CWD among animals, but there have been no documented cases of human transmission. 

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a 100% fatal disease that attacks the central nervous system in white-tail deer, mule deer, moose, and elk. “Basically, it affects the animals brains, causing them to die,” Harlee explained. Lameness and lethargy in animals are common symptoms of CWD. Frothing from the mouth, droopy ears, and rapid weight loss, are the major signs of an infected animal. They also excessively drink and urinate, which causes the illness to spread, but those are typically not noticed by hunters. Also, in early stages of infection, animals may fail to have symptoms, meaning a visibly healthy animal can easily have CWD. This is why it is crucial to take precautions, for safety and study, and get harvested animals tested.    

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Fall Crossword Puzzle Fri, 19 Nov 2021 15:23:22 +0000 Do you want to be top turkey? Completing this amazing November themed crossword puzzle could be enough but what if there was more to it? If you can beat it fast you will get a school store gift card that will allow you to buy snacks and school merchandise. The puzzle is right here!  So what are you waiting for? Hurry up and gobble the prizes before it’s too late. To earn the reward, be the first person to send a screenshot of the completed puzzle to Mr. Myers at

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Reality Shifting becoming more popular due to Marvel Movies influence Wed, 17 Nov 2021 18:04:25 +0000 The following is an ongoing series about complex and philosophical consciousness. 

What is Reality Shifting? A simple way to explain this concept is that anyone can explore any potential reality that could ever be, using their awareness. An implication of quantum physics, the concept of reality shifting has become more popular as Marvel entertainment has started to use it as a plot device in ongoing storylines.

Although reality shifting may seem absurd, to really understand this idea, it’s helpful to know where it comes from. Reality Shifting, or Quantum Jumping, branches from Quantum Physics. This type of physics is a science that goes in depth with quantum theories. Quantum theories are the theoretical basis of modern physics that explain the nature and behavior of energy and matter at the atomic and subatomic level. One part of Quantum Physics shows us that every single potential that could ever be, exists. Whether it is in this universe or another.

Alexandria Huss, an NCHS student familiar with reality shifting, stated that “From what I know, putting it into weird terms it could be construed as wanted and controlled disassociation”. For a better visual representation, refer to some Marvel movies that show cosmic fields and consciousness, such as Ant Man and the Wasp when they travel into the quantum void beyond the atom world.

In the modern day, “Reality Shifting” has become a trend on social media, mostly through a young aged community. This does give people who are not familiar with the subject the impression of ‘even more of a reason not to bother with it.’ Even though well known scientists such as Albert Einstein have explained the science behind it and implied that Quantum Jumping can be considered a natural phenomenon. Einstein once said, “Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. This is not philosophy. This is physics”. Energy is everything and anything, including the reality an individual is in.

Reality Shifting is considered a phenomenon that came from the multiverse theory. Theoretical physicists suggest that there are infinite universes that contain everything that exist including the entirety of space, time, matter, energy, information and the physical laws and constants that describe them. In other words, there are infinite universes and possibilities within the infinite cosmos. 

The multiverse theory came from Hugh Everett in quantum mechanics. This theory claims that “A person envisions some desired result or state of being that is different from the existing situation, and by clearly observing that possibility and supplying sufficient energy, they can make a leap into that alternate reality”.     

In simple terms, this means that humans can essentially explore any reality in the cosmos with their consciousness. Whether it’s past, present, future, fictional, etc. 

It might seem more realistic to go to a parallel universe with slight changes to your life, rather than your favorite movie, but no matter what an individual perceives as real or fake, fun or boring, good or bad, does not destroy an existence. With this information, know that an individual would not be physically traveling across this universe, just becoming aware of their consciousness in another, leading to a “shift” in their state of being.

With little knowledge in general, the average person would be skeptical. Being open minded to the subject is entirely up to an individual, but with enough interest and experience, it can become someone’s favorite hobby. If you are interested in more, there will be another part published on 11/21/21 explaining more in depth of how it works. 

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Young Authors Competition begins for the 2021-22 school year. Tue, 16 Nov 2021 16:12:21 +0000 The annual Young Authors Competition is gearing up for another round of student fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Students can submit virtually any piece of writing since it will fit in one of those three categories, and there are prizes available at the school and district level. The piece must be written this school year. There are a few other requirements as well. Mr. Myers, an English teacher at NCHS, is the school’s Young Author’s coordinator. Interested students should swing by his room to pick up a registration packet and arrange a time to get help polishing their entries.

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In Memory of Carl’s Homecoming Mon, 15 Nov 2021 20:16:10 +0000 Carl House, the administrator of Youth for Christ, created The Link to show everyone how welcoming his religion could be. The Link is a small building only a few blocks away from Natrona County High School (NCHS) grounds, famously known for its free meals and a large quantity of food as well as an open gym for skateboards and sports. Every attendant, specifically young adults, gets served a full meal every Tuesday-Friday that is accompanied by several desserts, beverages, and other snacks – none of which have a limit on how much each person can take. 

Carl was the first person in Casper that had created a small area for the youth to connect with each other, spreading the idea over to many other companies after the effects were so visibly seen. Students from NC share many stories they have of going to the link. Mr. and Mrs. House, for instance, loved to tell their recollections of how many teenagers had commonly come up to tell Carl House of their alignment with the LGBTQ+ community. There were even teens coming up and explaining their own beliefs. Mrs. House had always laughed, teasing how Carl had always simply accepted it, assuring that they were still loved by his God, and then gave the teens plates of food. 

“He loved feeding people,” Mrs. House recalls with a laugh.

It was difficult to discover Carl had passed away in his sleep on November 1st of 2021 at the age of 67. 

Carl House and his wife, Hope House, both were administered to the Douglas hospital after unexpectedly catching Covid-19. While Mrs. House has survived the illness, Mr. House had fallen too ill. 

Youth for Christ has always been known as a group that takes in those in need and provides – especially the House family. One former NC student, only a few years out of school, had shared her story at an event held one week before Christmas. The student, who wishes to remain anonymous, said members of the church helped pull her back up when she was crumbling under the weight of a bad drug addiction. They helped by giving her supplies such as blankets, food, a roof over her head, and another family. 

The Houses were especially known for helping large numbers of people and involving other community members. At an event already hosted and completely covered by the Link at La Cocina, had handed out huge Christmas presents to everyone who attended the event – official members and simple visitors. The large gift bags contained essentials like socks, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and deodorant. Inside the bag were also large, fluffy, decorated blankets that came with little accessories such as journals, gift cards, pens, and so much more. The entire group had taken up more than half of the dining area of the restaurant, but every kid and adult got their present. Carl made sure of it – walking around and triple-checking everyone got whatever they wanted and even trading kids if they wanted something from different bags. 

Even during normal lunches held at the small church, Carl had always provided by giving large stacks of essentials and doing present draws for everyone at the link. Every Christmas, Carl had assured every member of the church went home with something to unwrap under their Christmas trees and stockings on their walls. 

While the recent passing of Carl House is painful, the organization’s legacy will continue to be preserved by Rich Rob, who was trained by Carl and who will continue the important work of feeding and nurturing the younger generations. However, Rob promises a few changes in the way of the church, leaving the Link open from noon to 8 pm – allowing kids to visit 353 W A St for an open gym and provided meals.

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Escape 307 offers interesting and fun entertainment for Casper Fri, 12 Nov 2021 19:57:26 +0000 At 1400 East Yellowstone Highway, Casper Wyoming hides its very own escape room, Escape 307. With escape rooms increasing in popularity since 2007, when the very first escape room was created in Kyoto, Japan, it’s not uncommon to find many buildings hosting their own event. However, very little of Casper’s population is aware of the local Escape 307. Renting their rooms cost $25 per person ($20 for students and $15 for ages 10-18) and each room reaches a maximum limit of six people and a minimum of two. 

Lyndsy Futrell, a senior of NCHS, commends that, “The most appealing part of an escape room is the riddles that have to be solved in order to escape.” Even students that haven’t been to Casper’s own escape room still report on other adventures they’ve had with such events. Casey Neal, another senior that attends Natrona County High School, shares that the most appealing aspect of an escape room is that none are the same – no one can expect something to happen and know how to go through the puzzles unless they’ve already been through that exact escape room. 

Any students who weren’t aware of Casper’s escape room have been introduced to the idea through Tik-Tok videos of escape room employees recording such an event. Alex Huss, a senior that wasn’t aware of Escape 307, says that she wants to attend one on the basis that “I like solving puzzles and finding clues and such. Also, with my friend specifically, there’d be a lot of chaos and hilarity that would come with the tasks.”

Those students that are aware of Escape 307 all come to the same standing point – they’ve been interested in doing an escape room but haven’t personally been. The employees of Escape 307 depend on word-of-mouth technique for advertisements, spreading word of their building and rooms through kids that will leave and tell their friends or family about their experience. 

The settings in 307 Escape
At first look, 307 Escape looks like a mess hall under construction. This look is to allow easy access to the change of rooms and to shuffle around any settings for later. (Emma Johns)

Escape 307 runs much like a theatre hall, with sets being moved around, adjusted, and controlled out of sight of customers, and – just as Neal suggested – Escape 307 interchanges rooms on occasion. While there are no frequent special events (the only special events the building holds is some Halloween fun for October), Escape 307 holds many different ‘themes’ for their rooms; traditional (rooms where participants will try to get out of a room someone else has locked them into), murder mysteries and ‘trapped in a videogame’ – all of which guides what sorts of puzzles each room is forced to complete. 

Building hours are consistent from 10 am – 10 pm every day of the week, leaving plenty of time for both students and workers of Casper. The rooms themselves have a high rating of 4.8-star reviews, many of them congratulating the room’s creativity and challenging puzzles.

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School Spirit Week is coming up! Fri, 12 Nov 2021 19:45:37 +0000 School spirit week is starting on the 15th of November. On each day dress-up activities will happen at the school, and both staff and students can enjoy. The fun will go from the 15th to the 19th.

On Monday students are encouraged to dress up as some of their favorite Disney characters. It will definitely be fun to see all the magic in the air when people dress up. Some might even show more of their inner child.

Tuesday will be sidekick day, where students can become any character’s sidekick. These can include being Robin from Batman or Chewbacca from Starwars. All of these sidekicks will be ready for action as they march through NC’s halls.

On Wednesday students can dress to the nines. NC will be flooded with people in tuxedos and gowns since they’re going for a fancy look. Everyone will be in first class outfits, looking elegant, like they are ready for a dance.

On Thursday it will be thrifty Thursday. Get some nice old clothes on. Thrifty means old but cool. So as long as you can get a good deal on it you can dress in it. All the students will definitely have a nice time showing off their old clothes.

On Friday, the last day of spirit week, it is time for face paint. Get ready to show up with some cool colors and patterns on show. Students can have a type of animal mask painted, show off the school’s colors, and so much more. All those pretty colors will definitely be shown since it’s usually the most popular spirit week activity.

These events will be held only for this one week of the school year. It can be a nice change of pace since it can get boring here after following a routine for too long. Charles Brough, a student at NC, says that his favorite part is Face Paint Friday. “It’s very cool and relaxing to just hang out while dressing up. Definitely helps you make some friends too.”

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