By: Jake Wilson
This season got off to a very good start for our Shamrocks as both the junior varsity and varsity boys’ teams picked up wins last Tuesday, November 22, in Belle. The Shamrocks look to improve on last year’s record of 5 wins and 22 losses.
The JV won with a score of 49-31. The varsity then followed with a 54-46 win to start the season at 1-0. Junior John Fleer and senior Will Soete both led the team with 12 points each. Junior Abe Madden hauled in 9 rebounds, while Fleer grabbed 6.
Coach Aaron Peirick commented on the team’s performance, stating, “We played a very solid all-around game. We worked hard, and did a lot of things right. Our guys rebounded very well and handled penetration without fouling. Everyone that played contributed in some way. We earned this win.”
The beginning of the basketball season is always a special time for this community. After all, New Haven is and always will be the basketball capital of Missouri. Historically, after the Shamrocks won a 3rd consecutive state title in 1958, Kansas City Star sportswriter Fritz Kreisler dubbed New Haven “the basketball capital of Missouri”. Ever since, basketball season has always been a highly anticipated time of year for this community.
After the JV and varsity tournaments this week, the Shamrocks will play Tuesday, December 6, at Bourbon, with JV tip-off set for 5:30 P.M. Good luck to our boys this season!
By: Andrew Lamke and Jacob Engelbrecht
The 8th grade basketball team played Bland in New Haven on November 22nd, 2016. During the 8th grade game, New Haven was down by 13 at the end of the first quarter. At the half New Haven was down by 11. At halftime, Coach Witthaus told his team they needed to trim the lead to five. New Haven did cut the lead to five at the end of the th quarter. Bland came out hot in the fourth quarter and stretched their lead to an amount that would win them the game. Matthew Otten stepped on and broke Andrew Lamke’s foot in the fourth quarter. The final score was 28-20 with Bland winning the game.
Mr. Doug Peirick, Counselor, has announced that Joseph Rethemeyer, son of Keith and Ruth Rethemeyer of New Haven, has been awarded the 2016 Hugh O'Brian Youth Foundation (HOBY) Leadership Award for New Haven High School.
Last year approximately 9,000 high school sophomores--tomorrow's leaders--participated in HOBY's Leadership Seminars in the United States. Joseph will be invited to the Missouri seminar to be held in the summer of 2017. This all expense paid state seminar will bring together a select group of high school sophomores with groups of distinguished leaders in business, government, education, and the professions to discuss present and future issues in America's incentive system and the democratic process. During the state seminar, two participants will be chosen to attend the HOBY World Leadership Congress to be held next July.
All sophomores were eligible for nomination. Joseph was chosen by his teachers because of his leadership ability, strong decision making skills, and participation in service activities.
Joseph is active in cross country, basketball, track, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Future Business Leaders of America, and Student Council. He has been on the high honor roll both semesters of his high school career. He is a member of the Academic All Conference Team in cross country and track, All State in cross country, Sophomore Class President, and the KLPW and Missourian Athlete of the Week this season during cross country. Joseph also participates in the FBLA sponsored community service activities and is active in his church youth group.
Joseph is undecided on where he plans to go to college, but is planning to study Mechanical Engineering.
The New Haven Lions Club, as they have done for the last several years, is supporting the students at New Haven High School by covering the cost of the HOBY seminar.
By: LeeAnna Linton
Kelsey River is our new business teacher and FBLA advisor here at New Haven High School. Ms. River’s full name is Kelsey Rae River. She has a sister who is two years younger than Ms. River. Ms. River is also engaged to Tyler Anderson, who is a senior revenue management analyst at Enterprise Holdings in Clayton, MO, for Team Canada. In simpler terms, he manages rental car supply and demand for the airpoints in Canada. They are getting married on July 1, 2017.
Ms. River teaches Accounting 1 and 2, Marketing 1 and 2, Business Technology, Keyboarding, and Desktop Publication/Web Design here at NHHS. Not only is she an outstanding teacher, but she is also the New Haven High School’s FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) chapter advisor.
When asked why she wanted to be the FBLA advisor, she stated, “FBLA is such a great organization that helps students learn an array of business skills, participate in a variety of activities and competition, take on different responsibilities, give back to the community, in addition to building their confidence levels.”
Ms. River grew up in the area and graduated from Hermann High School in 2003. She then went on to attend Missouri State University in Springfield, MO. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and a Minor in Business in August of 2007, and then several years later, she went back to school at University of Central Missouri to obtain her Masters in Teaching in December of 2013.
When asked if she had to go back to college to become a teacher, Ms. River pronounced, “Yes, I did have to go back to become a teacher. After working in the business world for several years, I found that I wasn’t necessarily satisfied or fulfilled with my job role and ultimately decided that I wanted a career in education, which my mom had always told me I should pursue.”
In her free time, Ms. River loves being with friends and family, playing sand and indoor volleyball, and DIYing by refurbishing furniture. Some of Ms. River’s favorite places to go with her family and friends are to her family farm or Tyler’s family farm, the lake, and Kansas City.
When asked why she wanted to become a Business teacher, Ms. River said, “As most would assume, my mom was a huge inspiration for me. I saw the impact she made and the students who came back several years after they graduated and told her how thankful they were for what she taught them. It’s my goal and hope to make that kind of impact on my students as well. Additionally, I found that when I was out working, there were so many things I wished I would have been told/taught before I graduated. I felt like I could bring a lot of what I learned out in the field into the classroom to better prepare students once they graduate high school.”
When talking about NHHS, she said, “I wanted to work at New Haven because of the sense of community and pride that this town has. The support that the school and teachers receive from community members, parents, students, and local businesses is something that is hard to come by. Additionally, the student body is something my mom always told me was second to none. You don’t often find students that give so much in terms of academics and extracurricular activities. Also, my favorite thing about New Haven would definitely have to be the people! From my co-workers to the students and parents, local businesses, and community members, everyone has been so welcoming and supportive.”
In conclusion, Ms. River would just like to state how happy she is to be apart of the New Haven School District. She says that she feels blessed and fortunate to get the opportunity to come to work here every day.
Thank you, Ms. River, for joining the Shamrock team and becoming part of the Tradition of Excellence!
Santa Claus is Coming to Town: Santa will be at the Caboose in downtown New Haven this Friday, Dec. 2 4-8pm
By: Dylan McGlenn
The Sweet Life Dessert Comedy Theatre, at Washington MO at The First Christian Church, is a special event where you get to enjoy delicious treats and listen to some jokes! The place will be jam packed with people waiting to eat a treat and hear a joke. It starts on Saturday, December 3, 2016, at 5:30 pm. General admission is $10. You can order admission tickets through the following website and phone number. This sounds amazing and even the most unsociable of people will be tempted to join. Have fun!
Website (for admission): https://www.itickets.com/events/368186
Address: 6890 Highway 100, Washington, MO 63090 US
By: Lucy Roth
On Saturday, November 5th, the MSHSAA State Cross-Country Championships were held at Oak Hills Golf Center in Jefferson City. After prevailing as District Champions the previous weekend in Bowling Green, both the boys’ and girls’ teams competed. The races were all 3.1 miles.
The Class 1 Varsity Boys’ race began at 11:50 A.M. Joseph Rethemeyer, sophomore, finished 1st for the team with a time of 17:27. Finishing overall 10th, Rethemeyer was awarded All State honors. Tim Madden finished in 30th place with a time of 18:26. Martin Lewis ran a time of 19:00 and finished in 51st place. Riley Otten ran a time of 19:11 in 65th place. Ryan Blankenship finished in 74th place with a time of 19:24. Bubba Gale finished in 78th place with a time of 19:26. Dalton Gerdes finished in 99th place with a time of 19:47.
The boys’ team ended with a team score of 135 points, coming in 3rd place. 16 full teams and a handful of solo runners competed at this level. New Haven’s boys’ team in previous years (2014 and 2015) have won 4th place, and have now finally pushed past and won 3rd.
The Class 1 Varsity Girls’ Race was at 1:00 P.M. Julia McIntyre, sophomore, finished 4th overall with a time of 19:58. Grace Allgaier ran a time of 22:58 and finished 30th overall. Lydia Lagemann finished in 65th place with a time of 24:02. Lucy Roth and Emily Lewis crossed the line within seconds of each other, with Roth at 24:05 and Lewis at 24:06. Lucy was 68th and Emily finished 69th. Cece Malone finished in 141st place with a time of 29:20, and Audrey Ford, with a time of 29:58, placed 145th.
Grace Allgaier, freshmen, noted, “It was really exciting because this has been our biggest goal all season -- to place in the final four at State. It was the 1st plaque in 20 years and I felt like everyone did a really good job.”
Emily Lewis, senior, stated, “It’s such a good feeling after running cross country for 6 years to finally make it up on that podium at State. It was so special to stand there with my team who has spent all season striving for this goal. It was even more special to hold the trophy with Lucy Roth, who’s been my running partner for almost 8 years.”
The girls’ team scored a total of 134 points, winning the 3rd place title. The New Haven girls’ team hasn’t earned this high of a ranking in State since 1996 when they came in 3rd. In 2014 and 2015, when the girls’ team qualified for state, they placed 6th and 8th overall.
Congratulations, XC Shamrocks, on a great season! We’re so proud!
Leadership week is a special week at NHHS in which students that may have never worked together become a little bit closer through competition in a variety of events. This year there were seventeen teams battling it out for the title of top Leadership Week Team 2016. Each team is made up of a mix of freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors with a variety of different interests. Leadership week teaches students how to work together whether we are competing in penny wars, trivia, tug of war, or an obstacle course.
This year’s winning leadership week teams were the Patriots and the Rockstar Divas. The Patriots raised the most money for the New Haven Food Pantry through penny wars and the Rockstar Divas won in overall points. Members of each team will be treated to China King delivered at lunch next week. Leadership week is a great opportunity for all the students at New Haven High to become a little closer than before.
- Lauren Hoerstkamp
New Haven School District #138
Position: Cook (9 month)
Qualifications: 1. Good Health, literacy, and citizenship characteristics
2. Such alternatives to the above qualifications as the Board may find appropriate and acceptable.
Reports To: Cafeteria Supervisor
Job Goal: To serve the students attractive and nutritious meals in an atmosphere of efficiency, cleanliness, and warmth.
Contact: New Haven School District
Amy Schenck, Superintendent Secretary
100 Park Drive
New Haven, MO 63068
Please complete the New Haven School District application found on our website (www.newhavenschools.org).
Deadline: December 2, 2016.
By: Diana Ribera
New Haven High School will be having a Winter Ball dance and basketball game on December 9. The Winter Ball candidates for the freshmen are Mckenzie Overschmidt and Gavin Frick. In the sophomore class, it’s Miranda Durbin and Timothy Madden. For juniors, it’s Lauren Gerlemann and Abraham Madden. And for the seniors, it’s Emma Eichelberger and Zachary Vedder. They will be walking down the gym floor to the stage between the JV/Varsity game to see who will be the winners.
When asked about why he thought he was nominated, Gavin Frick, age 15, said, “I think I was chosen because my friends thought it would be funny to see me dress up.’’
Emma Eichelberger, age 17, said, “I do not know why I was chosen, but I hope my class sees me as a good representation of our senior class.”
Zachary Vedder, age 17, and Lauren Gerlemann, 17, both said they wanted to be nominated as the Winter Ball candidates and are happy that they get to represent their classes.
When asked about how they felt, they were all genuinely surprised, excited, and happy to be nominated as candidates.
Miranda Durbin, age 15, was asked what she is most excited about for the Winter Ball dance, and this is what she had to say: “I'm most excited for the pre-game. I'm a cheerleader, so it's going to be exciting to cheer and walk for the candidacy.”
Lauren Gerlemann was asked the same question, and this was her response: “I'm excited to stroll leisurely down the court with my pal, Abe.”
Timothy Madden, age 15, and Gavin both claimed they were excited to hang out with their friends at the dance. McKenzie Overschmidt, age 14, said she was excited about walking down the gym and excited for the dance after the game.
Of course, we can’t spoil what our candidates are going to be wearing (though we do know that our basketball players, Zachary Vedder and Abraham Madden, age 17, will be wearing their basketball warm-up suits).
Come to the JV/Varsity game on December 9, starting at 6:00 P.M., to see our dashing candidates and to cheer them on as they walk down the gym.
By: Lexie Nixon
Getting into the fall months, the weather isn't the only thing that changes. New sports seasons for New Haven are just beginning, one being basketball. Basketball is one of the many sports New Haven offers, and, like any sport, one the community looks forward to.
New Haven boys’ basketball team began practicing on October 31st. At this time, they are beginning their preparation for their upcoming games.
Every practice is a learning experience for every player. New Haven’s basketball players are always looking to improve so they are able to make the best of each season.
When John Fleer was asked how he feels about the basketball season starting, his response was, “I'm excited to see what this season has to offer and to see overall, as a team, how we have improved.” Last year the boys’ basketball team had a 5-22 win to loss ratio.
Along with the boys, the girls’ basketball team has also kicked off their season with their first practice on October 31st. It is said that confidence is key, and according to McKenzie Overschmidt, these girls definitely have it. When she was asked what outcome she is expecting from the season, she exclaimed, “With the players we have this year I’m expecting to win a lot of games and go to state!” Last season, the girls had a 15-13 win to loss ratio.
The players aren't the only ones excited for the basketball season. Aaron Peirick, coach of New Haven boys’ basketball team, was asked what his thoughts on the upcoming season are, and he responded with, “We have a pretty exciting opportunity in front of us this year. So far, we have had leaders come forward and we have had guys leave their comfort zone; both as far as effort and the roles they need to play for us this year. We have plenty of different pieces as far as personnel goes.“
He continued by saying, “I think we have more depth than we have had here lately. We have some size, some length, and some quickness which help our cause a little bit. I think if we can stay out of our own way mentally, we can accomplish some good things. We have a long way to go to reach our full potential, but I think that this group can get there. ”
Doug Peirick, coach of New Haven girls’ basketball team, was also asked about his thoughts on the upcoming season, and his response was, “I think we have a lot of talent, and we are going to be able to do a lot of good things as long as we stay healthy, because we don't have a lot of depth.”
The response of the girls’ basketball team, boys’ basketball team, and their coaches tells us we have a lot of great things to expect from the 2016/2017 basketball season of New Haven High School.
By: Celesse Smedley
On Sunday, November 6, National Honor Society members planted trees and bushes in our local park. Without the help of New Haven High School’s National Honor Society members, the Parks and Recreation Department would have taken days to plant and complete the task.
Brooke Reed, the National Honor Society president, commented, “All of the trees/bushes that we planted on Sunday produce some sort of fruit and I did not know how many different kinds of trees produced such fruit…. Hopefully, sometime soon, there will be more animals that come to the park for these fruits, making the park more natural for citizens of New Haven.”
When asking Kate Weiser, a member of National Honor Society, what she thought about the tree-planting, she exclaimed, “We planted trees for our future! It was such an honor to see the trees we planted last year already grow so much!”
Mrs. Oelrichs, the teacher who leads National Honor Society, gave some words of advice for the next tree-planting event, stating, “For next time, I would advise NHS members to bring a shovel and a strong back! Kirby Menke tells me that we'll have hundreds of trees to plant in the spring, which is a lot more than the 40 we planted this fall.”
Thank you, National Honor Society! NHS will be planting again in the spring.
PUBLIC NOTICE OF FILING
The New Haven School District No. 138 will accept declarations of candidacy from any resident taxpayer, who is eligible to file for a position on the School Board in the April 4, 2017 election. Persons interested may file at the superintendent’s office located at 100 Park Drive, New Haven, Missouri.
Filing will begin on December 13, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. and will continue during the district’s regular business hours, which are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Filing will not occur on days that the district’s offices are closed due to inclement weather. Filing will not occur the following days when the school district’s offices are closed: December 21, 2016 at 12:30 p.m. through January 3, 2017.
Filing will end on January 17, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
There are three positions available with three-year terms.
Michele Scheer, Secretary
Board of Education
November 22, 2016
October Student of the Month
New Haven Middle School
The October Student of the Month is Sheny Delgado. Sheny is the daughter of Daniel and Maria Delgado. Sheny is the President of NHMS Student Council and vice-President of National Junior Honor Society. She is also active in marching band, volleyball and track. Outside of school, she also enjoys taking Taekwondo.
Sheny’s teachers said, “She puts extra effort into everything she does. She is polite and courteous to adults and peers and is a good example for other students.”
After high school, Sheny says she intends to pursue a career in the Art Industry.
Top harvest counties for opening weekend were Franklin, Howell, and Texas.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 96,131 deer during the opening weekend of the November portion of the fall firearms deer season Nov. 12 and 13. Of the 96,131 deer harvested, 55,753 were antlered bucks, 8,873 were button bucks, and 31,505 were does.
Top harvest counties for opening weekend were Franklin with 2,041 deer checked, Howell with 1,950 and Texas with 1,939.
Last year hunters checked 97,002 deer during the opening weekend of the 2015 November portion of firearms deer season.
The November portion of fall firearms deer seasons continues through Nov. 22. Archery deer season opens again Nov. 23 through Jan. 15, 2016. The late youth portion of firearms deer season runs Nov. 25-27. The antlerless portion of firearms deer season runs Dec. 2-4. Lastly the alternative methods portion will run Dec. 24- Jan. 3, 2017.
Missouri offers some of the best deer hunting in the country and deer hunting is an important part of many Missourians’ lives and family traditions. Deer hunting is also an important economic driver in Missouri and gives a $1 billion annual boost to the state and local economies.
For current ongoing preliminary harvest totals by season, county, and type of deer visit the MDC website at http://on.mo.gov/1jjz7Ew. For harvest summaries from past years, visit http://on.mo.gov/2fyMaBN.
The Veterans Day breakfast has a long and proud history at New Haven, spanning decades. Dozens of veterans come every year to remember, socialize, and be thanked for the service they did for our country. This year was no different. There was a great turnout and a great amount of respect shown for the service of the men and women who attended the breakfast this morning. Following breakfast the veterans previewed a video interview produced by the NHHS Video class with WWII veteran Norbert Golimowski. Afterwards, Veterans were invited to New Haven Elementary for a special presentation.
Norbert's interview and others from local veterans can be viewed in the youtube video below.