By: Lydia Otten
NHHS students are getting very anxious and excited about having Easter break. Their Easter break is March 29th to April 2nd.
A recent poll was sent out to the students of NHHS. They were asked about their plans, their family’s traditions, and their favorite thing about Easter break.
Kamryn Poe, junior, responded with, “Over Easter, I plan to go to Kewanee, IL, to visit family. I get to see my best friend, Hope, as well. I can't wait!”
Other students said they were just going to sleep in and hang out with family!
Maya Wideman, freshman, said her family’s Easter tradition is that they have eggs filled with money. Senior Nathan Ford’s traditions are Easter egg hunting and making Easter eggs.
Kayla Brumels, sophomore, added, “My tradition is, on Easter morning, we go to my great grandma’s house and eat a big family Easter dinner.”
Freshman Caroline Otten talked about her Easter traditions: “On Easter morning, my family and I go to a sunrise service at Camp Trinity at 6:30 in the morning, and we have a service outside. We then get the whole entire Otten family together at our grandparents’ house and eat. Afterwards, the little kids have an Easter egg hunt, but the eggs are real and dyed. Later that day, my family goes to my other grandparents’ house. All of my siblings and I have an Easter egg hunt and get food from our grandparents. We then, finally, hang out. I also help my dad at our farm and take care of our pigs with my siblings.”
Kallie Stubblefield, senior, responded with, “My favorite thing about Easter break is getting to relax and spend time with family.”
Dalton Gerdes, senior, said his favorite thing about Easter break is the candy. Similarly, Bailey Leuthauser, freshman, added that her favorite thing is Peeps.
Have a fun and safe Easter break, NHHS. Enjoy yourselves!
By: Callie Weatherly
During the last few weeks, I have taken a survey of teachers and students of all different ages about what life was like as they were growing up. As you all might have guessed, there have been a lot of changes among all generations. According to the results, there is a wide generational gap between the students and teachers here at NHHS.
The main difference is in technological advances. Most students reported receiving their first cell phone as young as age 8, although the majority claimed it was between ages 14 and 16. However, some still don’t have a cell phone.
The teachers, on the other hand, reported having gotten their first cell phones as young as 16, while some didn’t get a cell phone until their twenties-- and some in their thirties.
Mrs. Borcherding, the MS/HS art teacher stated, “I shared a phone with my sister through high school.”
When the students were asked what types of first phones they had, many said that they had whatever the “latest” phone was, such as Samsung flip and slide phones and the iPhone 4s.
The students were asked to guess what the teachers’ first phones were, and many simply assumed they were not as “hip.” Seth Tolar guessed none-- that the teachers didn’t have any type of cell phone. Hannah White and Angel Koch thought the teachers might have had flip phones.
Emily Knoppe guessed, “It was most likely just a landline, or the phones with the spiral cord.”
Britany Willimann thought, “They may have had a landline or possibly one of the old boxy cell phones.”
Bailey Leuthauser imagined the teachers having rotary dial type phones.
When it comes to the comparison of video games now and then, it comes down to the teachers having Atari and Nintendo. Our current student body has very high graphic games with “fancy” systems, as Ms. McCroskey, the HS journalism teacher and one of the HS English teachers, pointed out.
She quoted, “I'm still quite young, so my technological experience was pretty similar to kids' these days. I do remember the days of really awful video game graphics though-- those were the days! Forget all these high-definition, realistic new games. Give me Mario Party and Spyro and Zelda any day.”
There were some teachers who weren’t very “into” video games growing up, however. As Mrs. Hoener, one of the HS math teachers, commented, “Video games were not that big of a deal-- at least with my friends and me. We had better things to do than sit around and stare at a screen for long periods of time.”
The internet and computers, on the other hand, were mainly used by teachers for writing papers and doing other school work, although some used them for social media. Not all teachers had the internet throughout high school, even though today many of the current teen generation can’t imagine a world without it.
Mrs. Hoener mentioned, “[There was] no internet. Yes, I had to complete high school without the help of Google.”
As many students and teachers have pointed out, one of the biggest differences between our two generations is the dependence on technology. However, there are some similarities between us-- according to the survey, our school experiences were enlightening and active.
For both students and teachers, on average, the silly games of “house” and “hide and seek” stopped after grade school, while the organized sports-- such as basketball-- began at the end of grade school and the beginning of middle school.
When it comes to how people were encouraged to do well in school, over half of both groups (students and teachers) were given incentives throughout their schooling.
Furthermore, most at NHHS reported that they had many great norms and values instilled in them while growing up.
Other students mentioned that they were taught important lessons like to be respectful, treat others fairly and how you would like to be treated, use your manners, and always try your hardest.
Mr. Hagedorn, one of our HS science teachers, simply said, “Work hard and you will succeed.”
On the other hand, some felt as if the norms and values introduced to them at a young age were too “old-fashioned.”
As Emily Knoppe explained, “the private school I went to [until about 7th or 8th grade] encouraged girls to never cut their hair, wear pants, makeup, or earrings. Only wear skirts knee-length or longer, be quiet and obedient, and grow up to be a good housewife.”
On the survey, participants were asked to make some predictions for the next generation of kids. Some of NHHS’s predictions for the next generation include:
Mr. Hagedorn guesses, “There will be a lot less face to face interaction and kids going outside to play sports.”
Mrs. Koch, the foreign language and band teacher, predicts, “I believe the technology advances will continue to grow and if you are not keeping up with the ever-evolving process of it, you will be left behind quickly.”
Britany Willimann says, “This next generation will be the most accepting out of all of the previous. They will fight for what they believe in and make miracles happen. They will be smarter and more kind than anyone would imagine.”
Mrs. Borcherding hopes that a strong work ethic becomes the norm.
Mrs. McCroskey explains, “We often talk in class about what the next generation of kids will be like. I think they will be a well-connected and creative group-- lots of constant stimulation will do that. But at the same time, if people keep eating Tide pods or doing the ‘Knock Yourself Out Challenge’ by running into walls with their heads, we're in for a rough ride.”
Seth Tolar simply hopes that they are better than the previous ones.
Mrs. Hoener simply states, “I hope their ways work out for them.”
As you can tell, there are lots of differences among the generations in our high school. We all hope for the next generation to be greater than us, but as Bailey Leuthauser mentioned, only the future can tell.
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New Haven High School students prepare work for the Four Rivers Conference Art Show. The student art exhibit opens at the ECC art gallery Thursday, March 29. The closing reception is Friday, April 13 5-7pm.
By: Lacie Grater
New Haven has been chosen to participate in the Vans Custom Culture competition, which is when a school is given two pairs of Vans to customize according to the themes provided. This year’s themes are “Off the Wall” and “Local Flavor.” One theme will be given to each shoe and the students will design them however they want. On March 30th, the shoes will be submitted by photo along with a short description (no more than 500 words) of how the prize winnings will have a positive impact on the school and community. The 1st place prize in this competition is a $75,000 Grand Prize to the winning school’s art program.
Sheny Delgado, Addison Tolar, Hannah Knoppe, Emily Knoppe, Paige Remillard, and Abygail Grater have begun their work on the Vans design, and have met up to collaborate and improve on all of their designs.
Sophomore Addison Tolar stated, “I didn’t really have a specific design, but the designs we are going with are Sheny's and Paige's.”
Abygail Grater, senior, commented, “I have previously participated in this competition before, and I have had a lot of fun working with the other students. Although we’ve had to change our designs throughout the making of the pieces because we have run into many complications. Hopefully we can get by without having too many problems this year.”
Hannah Knoppe, sophomore, mentioned, “I love getting together with a bunch of equally talented and creative artists to come up with a final piece that is a combination of all of our skills.”
Since the prize is $75,000, the students were asked what they would like to use the winnings for.
Hannah Knoppe stated, “More pottery wheels, a new kiln, and more and better art supplies, but if I could choose absolutely anything I would want a 3D printer so we can have a 3D printing class.”
Addison Tolar commented, “A bigger art room in general, so we have more room.”
Finishing up, the designers will continue to meet and to finish their work. Once completed, their designs of the shoes will be submitted by March 30th!
By: Grace Soete
On Saturday, March 10, the Band Boosters hosted Trivia Night at the American Legion to help raise money for the New Haven High School band. During trivia, there was also a silent auction taking place. Companies donated items such as gift cards, lawn chairs, and coolers that people could bid on throughout the night.
After each round, a winner and a loser was announced. The winning table recieved Smarties and the losing table recieved Dum-Dums. The overall winner of the night was the High School teacher team.
Money was also raised by selling 50/50 raffle tickets and “mulligans,” a ticket that teams could use during trivia to make up for a missed question. A new lightning round was added to the mix this year. The teams were still asked 10 questions, but they only had 10 seconds to answer. This year the questions were also projected onto the wall, in hopes that teams could access the questions whenever needed.
Band director Mandy Koch commented, “I was hoping with the new lightning round it would create a change of pace and keep things moving along with more interest. People were able to read the questions to themselves if need be, so I think it was a good reassuring tool for our teams.”
Mrs. Koch continued, “I think most people had fun and it's always reassuring to see the community support of our music students. We are very grateful for that! [Some] students who [helped] work were members of the high school band, freshmen through seniors. But, unfortunately I won’t know how much money was raised exactly from trivia night this year, until our booster meeting in May; however, usually we are able to make approximately $2,500 average during the event.”
Senior Liz Hughes, and also emcee of the night, stated, “My favorite part of the night was listening to Ross Sietter’s commentary on each of the questions. Overall, I think the night was really successful! There were many tables and lots of laughter.”
Congratulations to the Band Boosters for putting on a successful Trivia Night and raising money for a good, local organization.
By: Alex Trentmann
On Saturday, March 10th, the New Haven High School scholar bowl team, both varsity and junior varsity, competed at Pacific in the Four Rivers Conference with varsity going against six other teams and junior varsity going against three teams.
The scholar bowl team was asked how they performed at Pacific, and junior Martin Lewis replied, “We did well overall, but our loss against St. Clair hurt us in the end.”
“I don’t think I performed the best I could, but I tried the best I could at the time,” said junior Cecelia Malone.
Johnathan Hughes, sophomore, answered, “I feel like I did an awesome job at the competition. I was proud of what I achieved.”
The next question asked was if any of the members had a special moment during the competition, and junior Bradley Glaser responded, “I was proud of us winning third during the competition.”
“Not that I can think of off the top of my head, but I felt pretty proud of myself for getting a math question correct,” said senior Kallista Stubblefield.
Dalton Gerdes, senior, answered, “I was proud of getting several questions [right] only a few words into them [being read].”
After that, they were asked how they performed at conference and junior Bradley Glaser replied, “I did pretty well at conference and we did well as a team.”
“We did well as a team. We achieved 3rd place together,” said senior Dalton Gerdes.
Good job to the members of the scholar bowl team who competed. Good luck at the next competition!
Congratulations to Kimberley McDowell for having her artwork accepted into the 2018 Young Artists Exhibition, See the Future, at the Saint Louis Art Museum.
By: Lexi Oetterer
On Friday, March 9th, the New Haven pep band went to Missouri State University (MSU) to play during the state basketball games. The band had to audition and be selected by Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) in order to participate.
“Everyone was very excited,” said Grace Soete, a junior and flautist. “We had to submit a video of our playing, and we didn’t hear the results for a couple of weeks, so everyone was excited.”
They prepared by practicing new songs so they had a variety to play, and worked on perfecting the songs they already knew. They also practiced by playing at New Haven’s home basketball games. The time slot they played during the state basketball games was 3:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.
The band left after first hour on Friday and didn’t return home until after midnight. They stopped at Golden Corral to eat lunch before they got to the college. Many of the band players said that they really enjoyed the day and thought that it was a great experience.
Senior and flautist Liz Hughes said, “I loved it! It was so much fun, and truly an experience I will never forget. The atmosphere was amazing, especially for the first game we played for, which was the Class 2 State Championship game!”
Audrey Ford, junior and saxophone player, said, “I thought it was a really cool and amazing opportunity for the band. It was a really good bonding time, which is what we have during marching band when we ride the bus in the mornings, which gives us an opportunity for everyone to bond with each other. This time was excluded specifically to the actual band class, which I thought was really nice and represents the relationship we have with each other that is very family like.”
Junior and trumpet player Russell Pinnell said, “It was an exciting, fun experience. I had a great time watching the games and playing the trumpet, and the bus ride was interesting.”
Mrs. Mandy Koch was asked how she felt about the band being selected to play at the state games, and how she felt that they did.
She replied, “I was very excited that we were selected to play and happy for the students that they earned this playing opportunity. Our students never seem to disappoint; I was extremely proud of their performance, behavior, and overall positive attitude about the performance.”
Congratulations to all the band students for being selected by MSHSAA to play at the state games, and good job representing our school in a positive way.
By: Jake Wilson
With a 38-36 quarterfinal loss to Northeast (Cairo) on Saturday, March 3, at Moberly Community College, the Shamrocks’ season came to an end. The green and white finished the season with a record of 18 wins and 10 losses. Here is a lookback at this season.
Senior Emily Scheer led the team in scoring, averaging around 15 points a game. Scheer reached the 1,000-point mark this season against Crystal City in the district semifinals on February 20. Emily also shot around 50% from 3-point range, making 61 on the season.
Fellow senior Lauren Gerlemann led the squad in rebounding, averaging 7 rebounds a game. Gerlemann also reached the 1,000-point mark against St. Clair on Senior Night, February 6. Lauren also chipped in about 12 points a game on the season.
The Shamrocks finished with a record in Four Rivers Conference play of 3 wins and 4 losses. A big win over rival Hermann in the regular season finale knocked the Bearcats out of contention for the conference title.
New Haven finished 2nd in the Montgomery County tournament at the start of the season. They also finished 3rd in both the South Callaway and Hermann tournaments.
When asked about the season, senior Mackenzie Bauer commented, “I thought it was a really fun season that I was able to play in and make unforgettable memories with some of my closest friends. The season may not have ended the way we wanted it to, but the journey and the experience is one that I will never forget.”
Emily Scheer stated, “This season holds a lot of memories and was definitely one that I will never forget. There was a lot of team improvement as the year went on. Beating Hermann in our last home game was one of the most exciting moments of the year. Being back-to-back district champs was also an incredible feeling that we worked hard to achieve. We didn’t finish the way we wanted to, but we gave it our all and it felt good to go one game further than we did last year.”
When asked about her favorite memory from this season, Gerlemann stated, “My favorite part was definitely beating Hermann in our last home game.”
She also replied, “I thought the season went pretty well overall. I think we all learned a little more and improved our game one last time. I think there were a lot of games we should have won, but there’s nothing we can do about it now. I had a lot of fun playing this game with these people, and I want to wish the best to next year’s team as we 5 seniors leave it to them to carry out New Haven’s Tradition of Excellence.”
Ladies, you really gave our school and community a lot to watch and enjoy this year. Thank you for a tremendous season!
By: Savanna Hanna
Everyone has had a career goal, either when they were younger or now while they are older-- especially New Haven High School teachers and students.
When Katie Borcherding, New Haven’s high school art teacher, was asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, she simply said that she wanted to be an architect. She was then asked why this career interested her so much. She replied,
“When I went to college, I majored in Fashion Design. While in college I interned for two summers at a corporate design house and found myself longing to work somewhere that I could actually create things rather than sitting in front of a computer. I also disliked being stuck inside working on spreadsheets during the summers. I found out that my former high school art teacher was leaving New Haven High School. I applied for the job and was hired. Now I get to create art every day. My days range from printmaking and painting to pottery and sculpture. It's a really fun job.”
Kelsey McCroskey, New Haven’s high school upper English and Journalism teacher, was asked what she wanted to be when she was a kid. She said, “When I was in kindergarten, I said I wanted to be Pocahontas when I grew up. Later though, as my brain grew in size, I liked the idea of teaching or being a copy-editor at a publishing house. Ultimately though, I still just want to be Pocahontas.”
Kayla Brumels, sophomore, said that she had wanted to be a veterinarian when she grew up. She was asked if she has changed her mind on this career at all. She replied,
“Yes. I have seen other people succeed in their jobs of being a doctor, so I want to be one because I like making people [feel] better so they can live [their lives] like any other [healthy] human beings.
Lydia Otten, sophomore, wants to become a preschool teacher.
“I have always thought it was the coolest thing ever. Also, I saw teachers get birthday treats and presents from students and I really wanted them. So, I said that is what I am going to do, just so I can get treats,” she said, after being asked why she chose this career. Lydia still wants to become a teacher, but a second or third grade teacher instead.
Devin Buchheit, senior, was asked what he wanted to be and why he chose this career. He responded with, “I really wanted to be in the military. I chose this career because I had always wanted to make a change when I was a kid.”
He was also asked if he was preparing for this career and how he’s preparing. He said, “Yes, I am preparing for it. I am working out, studying properly, and meeting with fellow sailors to get the knowledge and training for when I go out into the fleet.”
Mackenzie Bauer, senior, was asked the same set of questions as Devin. Her responses were, “I always wanted to be a teacher. I always made my mom be my student and I was the teacher when I was younger. I really want to work with children. My junior year, I was a teacher aide for one of the kindergarten classes, and absolutely loved it! Currently I am not [preparing for it]. However, next year at college, I will be given the opportunity to student teach, which I am very excited about.”
Not everybody can be what they want to, but some of these students are either trying to become what they want to be, and some of the teachers are already what they wanted to be.
By: Kamryn Poe
The New Haven Youth League has torn down the old batting cage near Lions Field and has started to build a new one. In the past years, NHYL (New Haven Youth League) has bought new equipment for the teams that play for the city of New Haven. This year, they decided to build a new cage for everyone to enjoy.
In order to create this cage, $17,875 is going towards this project.
“The community has really stepped up and helped get the cage from a long term goal to a reality. The NHYL was not planning to ask for support but instead set aside some funds each year until we could complete the project. Businesses and citizens in the community heard about the project and stepped up in a big way, expediting the timeline of this project,” Chad Seitter, member of the NHYL, commented.
Olivia Williams, a New Haven High softball player, replied, “I think it is so awesome that a new cage is being built. I am very excited to use it in the upcoming softball season. I would like to thank everyone who donated money so this cage could be built. I would also like to thank all the workers for working so hard so we can enjoy it this season!”
“I feel if kids really would like to get better, they would use the new cage more,” Madison Langenberg explained. “Being a pitcher, I'm really thankful and glad that there is going to be a nicer, better cage available to not only hit in, but pitch in as well.”
Tracy Langenberg, member of the NHYL board, had this to say, “The old cage was in very bad shape. The poles were bending, the net was falling apart and the length of the cage wasn’t sufficient for older baseball and softball pitchers to be able to pitch in the cage. The New Haven Youth League board decided to hold a fundraiser to help the league with funding.”
This isn’t the only good news either! The NHYL also plans on making a few other modifications.
“The new cage will not only give needed space for players, but we are also planning a future shed where equipment can be stored and open up some room in the Lions concession stand, so if the city wanted to expand the space there they could as well. Not to mention the covered and lighted cage will give players and coaches the opportunity to work on their skills even if it's raining or dark outside,” Chad Seitter also added.
The NHYL expects the new batting cage to be done this year as soon as possible. We would like to thank the New Haven Youth League for organizing this project, all the workers keeping up the progress, and all the companies who donated money towards this fund.
By: Alex Trentmann
Caleb Gortney, the New Haven High shop teacher, has taught at New Haven for four years. He graduated from Union High School and then went on to graduate from Southeast Missouri State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology. He teaches the students of New Haven High woodworking, drafting, and also teaches industrial technology to both the high school and middle school.
The first question asked was why he wanted to become a teacher. He answered, “I've wanted to be a teacher since I can remember. I've always found it satisfying helping others and watching them succeed.”
The second question was why Mr. Gortney came to teach at New Haven, and he said, “I came to New Haven because I heard a lot of great things about this school and community. (At that time, we were about to get the Blue Ribbon Award.) I also liked the fact that my class sizes would be substantially smaller than other schools.”
He replied to the third question with, “My favorite thing about New Haven is the pride and charisma that the whole town holds. The community is always there to help whenever needed. This is a great place!”
After that, he was then questioned about what his favorite thing about teaching at New Haven was, and he responded, “My favorite thing about teaching at New Haven is the atmosphere. Students and teachers alike are very friendly and easy going. It makes for a pleasant work environment.”
He was then asked what his favorite memory was, and he answered, “One of my favorite memories is The Washed-Up Has-Beens (our teacher team) going all the way to the end in the dodgeball tournament a couple of years ago. Three years ago to be exact.”
Mr. Gortney also added, “My least favorite memory would have to be me getting hit in the face during my first dodgeball tournament here at New Haven. The real reason why it's my least favorite is because it was recorded and documented for everyone to see over and over again!”
Another question was what some of his hobbies were and why he liked to do these, and he responded with, “Eating and sleeping are two of my favorite hobbies. I do both of these so that I can stay alive! As for other hobbies, I like to ride my motorcycles, work on cars, shoot guns, go camping, go fishing and hang out with my friends and family. I do all of these for mostly the same reasons: enjoyment and relaxation.”
The last question was what his goals in life were, and he replied, “My main goal in life is to become a quality control technician for Ben & Jerry's. (Ice cream taste-tester, for those that didn't know.) If that doesn't work out, I would try to become a professional race car driver. (I like fast cars.) Lastly, if all else fails, I'm banking on winning the lottery! This would be a miracle considering I don't even play the lottery; but you said life goals, right?”
Caleb Gortney, the shop teacher at NHHS, has left an impression at New Haven High by teaching students basic industrial technology. Thank you to Caleb Gortney for keeping the Shamrock spirit alive!
By: Lexi Oetterer
Underage drinking and the usage of drugs is a major problem everywhere in our world today. Many teen deaths happen due to underage drinking and drug abuse. Teens can die from driving under the influence, alcohol poisoning, overdosing, etc. Even in a small town like New Haven, there are problems with alcohol and drugs.
“I really do not feel that Drug and Alcohol awareness has changed positively or negatively,” said Mrs. Mandy Koch. “I feel that it is much more dominant in today's world than it has been in the past… especially among adolescents.”
According to Michelle Castillo, in the United States, 78% of teens have drank alcohol before, and 47% of that number have consumed twelve or more drinks in the last year. Also, 81% of teens in the U.S. have been offered drugs, and of that number, 42.5% have actually taken drugs.
The same researcher also asserts that the average age that teens start drinking alcohol is 14 years old, and the average age teens start abusing drugs is 15 years old.
“I think that discussing alcohol and drug use is necessary for many reasons,” said Mrs. Katie Borcherding. “Aside from addressing the dangers of driving under the influence students also need to be aware that just being in possession of illegal substances can affect them down the road. If charged with an MIP students can lose scholarships, be suspended from athletics and other extracurriculars, and be left with a negative mark on their record that can affect employment.”
Source: Castillo, Michelle. “Survey Reveals Shocking Levels of Teen Drinking, Drug Abuse.” CBS News, CBS Interactive, 3 Apr. 2012. www.cbsnews.com/news/survey-reveals-shocking-levels-of-teen-drinking-drug-abuse/
By: Lydia Otten
Missouri Girls State (MGS) is a program that allows young women who have just finished their junior year in high school to study city, county, and state government. MGS is held at the University of Central Missouri (UCM) in Warrensburg. This year’s convention runs from June 24-30.
Former MGS attendees, who are now seniors, are Michelle Bahena, Mackenzie Bauer, Emma Engelbrecht, Lauren Gerlemann, Natalie Hoerstkamp, Emily Scheer, and Kallie Stubblefield. This year, the girls that were accepted into MGS are Miranda Durbin, Claire Meyer, Lexi Oetterer, Kamryn Poe, Grace Soete, and Olivia Williams.
Former MGS attendees were asked if they had any advice to give this year’s attendees. Emma Engelbrecht responded with, “Be ambitious when you get there. Make new friends and run for various offices.”
Lauren Gerlemann also said, “You get what you make out of Girls State. Try to have fun and learn lots.”
Mackenzie Bauer added, “I absolutely loved Girls State. When my parents came to pick me up, I cried because I didn’t want to leave the new friends I had made. I still talk to a group of the girls, and will be rooming with one next year at college!”
Kallie Stubblefield said her favorite thing about MGS was, “My favorite moment from Girls State was when I was announced as my county's associate circuit court judge. I had to run for the position first, of course, and during my campaign, I had to face a crowd of more than 50 girls and deliver an on-the-spot speech. It was probably the hardest speech that I've ever had to deliver, which made my victory much sweeter in the end.”
Michelle Bahena also commented, “I still talk to many of the girls, and it's true when they say that you'll make friendships that will last a lifetime.”
Olivia Williams was recently accepted in and she said, “I was very excited whenever I found out I was accepted. I really wanted to go to Girls State and I'm so glad I got accepted.”
Miranda Durbin said, “I've heard that you make lifelong friends, and that's exactly what I'm looking for! I also have heard that the entire program is basically a government, and you participate in any area you'd like.”
Kamryn Poe added, “I am a little nervous about meeting new people and "running" for an office position for Girls State. We hope to have one of us girls run for the governor position.”
Congratulations to all of the girls that got accepted into MGS. Have a wonderful time there, and we wish you the best of luck!
By: Olivia Williams
On Friday, February 16, many New Haven High School students attended FBLA districts at Westminster College. FBLA, or Future Business Leaders of America, is an organization at New Haven that aims at providing students with leadership and business skills. Mrs. Kelsey Anderson is the sponsor of FBLA. Many students involved often participate at districts by giving presentations or taking tests. If the students place high enough in their event, they could move on to State, and then hopefully, to Nationals.
Students who take tests often spend weeks in advance studying. They hope to place high enough to make it to State. Students who choose to give a presentation at FBLA districts put countless hours into making their presentations perfect. They often practice many times in front of family, friends, and Mrs. Anderson.
Students who attended districts were asked what they did to prepare for the competition. Lexi Oetterer, who participated in the PSA event, said, “We came up with ideas, made the video, then the presentation, and then we went over the presentation to see if there were any needed changes.”
Ellie Westermeyer, who participated in Intro to Business Communications, stated, “We got together and practiced a lot.”
Dalton Gerdes, who took a test in Agribusiness, said he studied quite a lot for his test.
Kallista Stubblefield, who took a test in Organizational Leadership, said, “I used my resources and studied terms relating to organizational leadership on Quizlet.”
Below is a chart of students who scored high enough or won their event at districts. These students will be moving on to State. The event(s) they are competing in is also listed below.