By: Kamryn Poe
All Abilities Athletics (AAA) has started a new program that was made to offer inclusion to all kids. The idea is to get more kids excited and to help more kids with disabilities “fit in.” AAA’s #extrAAAordinary program opens more opportunities like arts and crafts, sports, field trips, and speaker series. It helps open the horizons for more kids. The reason AAA is doing this is to teach people-- especially those dealing with disabilities-- how to walk through life.
By: Addison Tolar
On Thursday, March 7th, FCCLA members of NHHS went to the state penitentiary in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a field trip. Every year, FCCLA chooses a different place to go on a field trip. This year students were excited to hear that it was going to be at the state penitentiary.
When asked what their favorite part of the trip was, McKenzie Overschmidt, junior, stated, “Walking around in the prison and I got to see all the cells the prisoners stayed in!”
Claire Laune, senior, added, “The gas chamber and the pizza!”
Everyone that was asked said that they thought it was a good learning experience, and they would do it again.
The members were asked what they learned from the experience. Claire Meyer, senior, said, “I learned that Missouri had one of the craziest prison systems in the U.S.”
Makenzie Munsinger, senior, responded, “I learned how the living conditions were for people who were in the prison.”
Emilee Hinten, sophomore, stated, “I learned many stories about the people that were there.”
Lastly, everyone asked said that it was an experience that they truly enjoyed and they would never forget.
Can’t wait to see where they go next year!
By: Callie Weatherly
New Haven High School is proud to introduce our new secretary, Mrs. Mandy Seitter. Mrs. Seitter is actually from New Haven and even a New Haven High School alumna.
She graduated in 1998 before going to Truman State University. Later Mrs. Seitter transferred to University of Central Missouri. She graduated from there with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Technology with an emphasis in Animal Technology.
Afterward she went to Maple Woods Community College in north Kansas City and graduated with an Associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology. Mrs. Mandy Seitter is actually a registered veterinary technician!
When asked what she did before becoming the high school secretary, Mrs. Seitter said, “My last job was with Edward Jones. I worked from home as a Cash Service Specialist. Prior to that, I was the practice manager and head veterinary technician at a veterinary clinic in Chesterfield.”
Mrs. Seitter is very excited to begin her new job as secretary. She is, “looking forward to getting to know the students. [She] feels bad when a student comes into the office and [she doesn’t] know their name! So [she is] looking forward to getting to know everyone!”
Although, Mrs. Seitter isn’t all work. She is a wife and mother of four kids: Abby, Lucas, Brinley, and Maizie.
In a recent questionnaire, Mrs. Seitter was asked what sort of hobbies she has. She answered, “I love animals! I also love crafting and have a small obsession with mason jars.”
When Mrs. Seitter was asked about her family, she included her family’s various pets. She said, “[They] have a dog named Cowgirl, three chickens, and horses (but [they] share those with [her] parents)!”
Just like many of us, Mrs. Seitter had family pets growing up. When asked what sorts of pets she had, she stated, “For as long as I can remember we have always had dogs and horses! When I was growing up, I was also involved in 4-H so sometimes we had hogs that I considered a pet.”
Later, I asked her what animal from around the world she would want to see or have as a pet if she could. Mrs. Seitter responded, “Oh my, I don't know if I could pick just one! I would love to go to the Australian Zoo someday and see the koalas, along with everything else.”
On a more serious note, Mrs. Seitter was asked what she would change in the world if she could. She stated, “I wish people of all ages would remember to think before they speak and try to be understanding.”
Furthermore, she was asked what advice she would give to the younger generations. Mrs. Seitter would advise them to “just be kind. Kindness goes a long way, even if the person may not be your favorite for whatever reason, you being kind to them that very day at that very time could be what they need in their life.”
As you can tell, Mrs. Seitter is an extraordinary addition to New Haven High. I am sure she will feel right at home. We are all happy to have you, Mrs. Seitter!
Based on interviews with survivors of the Sandy Hook shooting, ECC Theatre is proud to present 26 PEBBLES by Eric Ulloa as the next offering in the 19/20 Season.
Similar in style to The Laramie Project, playwright Eric Ulloa conducted interviews with members of the community in Newtown and crafted them into an exploration of gun violence and a small town shaken by a horrific event.
The production stars Briley Howell, Meg Kimminau, Tara Steffens,Trish Baker, Joy Schickler,
Carol Buescher, Sue Span, Morgan Puffer, Anna Smith, Andrew Carter, Jonathan Robertson Jordan Tullock, Ariana Stokes, Logan Head, Conner Oglesby, Sebastian Montowine, Erin Wehmeyer, Camryn Dunivin, Meekim Nguyen and Aidan Gildehaus.
Kimminau, Span, Tullock, Oglesby, Wehmeyer, Dunivan and Nguyen are making their debuts with East Central College Theatre.
26 Pebbles is directed by Grace Austin with assistance by Jacob Schmidt. Lighting design is by Oliver Kassenbrock, costume design is by Carly Uding, projection design is by Cameron Tesson and set design is by Chris Swanson.
26 Pebbles runs April 11-14 with limited seating. Tickets can be purchased at ecctheatre.com. The show contains adult themes.
By: J. Graham Hill
With the basketball season coming to an end, the team members look back on their season. As with all team sports, there are many great memories made.
Joseph Rethemeyer, senior, along with many others from the team, liked “beating St. James in overtime, and winning consolation over Warrenton in the Hermann Tournament.”
Although the entire team can agree that the season as a whole was pretty great.
There were also many learning experiences that these players can take with them into their next season, whether it be in high school or college.
Joseph Rethemeyer said that when “playing in the district championship, I think we were much better than we played against Elsberry and owed it to our coaches, parents, and fans to play in the championship game.”
Senior Ethan Groner said, “Yes, I think we could've beat Pacific and also [Missouri Military Academy]. I also think we could've played in the district championship game if we had played at a faster pace during that game.”
Senior Trenten Kormeier responded, “Yes, but [the team] will learn from their mistakes.”
Every sport has its downsides, however-- some things that the players didn’t enjoy, even if it was just running at practice.
Just because there are some things the players didn’t particularly love doesn’t mean they don’t love the sport. Most of the underclassmen players intend to play for the New Haven team again next year. The senior players, however, just finished their final season with New Haven High.
Trenten Kormeier “would like to [play basketball in college], but [he doesn’t] think [he] will get the chance.”
Ethan Groner replied, “If I got an offer I would consider it.”
Although Joseph Rethemeyer loved playing throughout high school, he will not continue playing into college.
Martin Lewis, senior, doesn’t plan to continue playing basketball in college, however his love for the sport will not end with this final season.
Christian Paterson, senior, will not continue playing basketball because he will be joining the military.
There will be many things all of our senior players will miss.
Joseph Rethemeyer will particularly miss “playing in home games and the bus rides home after a win.”
Ethan Groner said he would miss “so many things: home conference games, the team dinners, and also winning.”
Christian Paterson will miss the time with his friends and team members the most.
Overall, this was a great season. All of the NHHS players gave it their all. Amazing job and good luck next year! Seniors, don’t forget what you learned on the courts with your fellow team members, even if you aren’t going to continue basketball in college.
Melissa Angela Rowold, 47, of New Haven, MO, passed away Monday, March 11, 2019 at her home.
Melissa was born in St. Louis, Missouri on May 9, 1971, a daughter of the late Noble & Melissa Mae (Cooley) Bollinger.
She was the wife of Dan Rowold. They were united in marriage on June 24, 2017, in New Haven, MO.
Melissa was a member of Living Word Assembly She worked for several nursing homes in the New Haven area as a CNA and also as a home health nurse. She recently enjoyed being a homemaker. Melissa also enjoyed playing uno, drinking coffee in the morning, cooking, and nature.
Melissa is survived by her husband Dan, of the home, by three sons Thorsun Kilgore & wife Alexia, of Ft. Hood, Texas; Nathaniel Kilgore, of St. John's, Missouri; and Brandon Houston, of New Haven, Missouri; by a sister, Doris Bayer & husband Tom, of Festus, Missouri; by a brother, Roger "Butch" Bollinger & wife Sheila, of Florissant, Missouri; a sister, Debbie Atkins, of Maryland Heights, Missouri; a sister, Janice Powell & husband Rich, of Gerald, Missouri; a sister, Tammy Bradshaw & husband Pete, of South Pekin, Illinois; a sister, Tina Sadler & husband Kenny, of St. Peter's Missouri; a brother, Jason Bollinger, of Advance, Missouri; a brother-in-law, David Rowold & wife Dawn, of Piedmont, Missouri; and by many nieces & nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, and a brother Jerry Bollinger.
Visitation will be held Friday, March 15th from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Toedtmann & Grosse Funeral Home, New Haven, where funeral services will be held Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
Burial will be at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, New Haven, Missouri. Memorials may be given to the family to help cover expenses. C/O Toedtmann & Grosse Funeral Home.
Starting tomorrow (March 14) crews will begin replacing underground pipes along Route C in Franklin County. The work will require various daily full closures on Route C between Route 100 and Route 50 for the next several weeks. A section of Route C will be closed Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. No traffic will be allowed through the closure location. Crews will start at Route 100 and work their way south each day towards Route 50. The work is expected to be completed in mid to late April. All work is weather permitting. Thank you.
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By: Lydia Otten
On Wednesday, March 13, National Honor Society (NHS) inducted 18 new members. Those included 3 juniors and 15 sophomores.
The juniors were Grace Allgaier, McKenzie Pecaut, and Austin Tegeler. The sophomores were Casey Baker, Hannah Borcherding, Owen Borcherding, Grace Faris, Zachary Groner, Emilee Hinten, Madison Langeberg, John Liggett, Emma McIntyre, Caroline Otten, Matthew Otten, Hannah Rethemeyer, Alaina Scott, Maria Scheible, and Ellie Westermeyer.
All of the inductees were asked a series of questions. They included how they felt when they got in, what they are excited for, and if they have any advice for future applicants.
When they were asked about how they felt when they got in, most answered that they were excited or very happy. Sophomore Hannah Rethemeyer commented with, “Well, before I actually found out that I made it into NHS, I was trying to convince myself that I didn't make it so that I didn't get my hopes up. When I found out, I was really excited.”
Caroline Otten, sophomore, said she was relieved that she didn’t have to wait any longer.
Maria Sheible, sophomore, talked about what she is excited for: “I am most excited to be a part of a great club with great people.”
Caroline Otten also talked about what she is excited for. “[I am excited about] getting to be a leader and helping out the community and doing stuff like the Jingle Jog and getting to help out.”
Finally, Grace Allgaier, junior, voiced advice to give to others that want to apply. “Be a good student and try to participate in a lot of school events.”
Alaina Scott, sophomore, said, “Put yourself out there and when you are filling out the form to get in, put as much stuff as you can on it.”
McKenzie Pecaut, junior, commented with, “Try to be involved in your school and community.”
Congratulations to all of the NHS inductees! Keep up the hard work and enjoy NHS!
Kenneth A. Kuschel, 78, of New Haven, MO, passed away Monday, March 11, 2019 at New Haven Care Center.
Kenneth was born in New Haven, Missouri on October 11, 1940, a son of the late Paul & Clara (Monje) Kuschel.
He was the husband of Marlene (Scheer) Kuschel. They were united in marriage on November 20, 1965, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, New Haven.
Kenneth proudly served his country in the United States Army. He was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church.
He was a maintenance supervisor and worked for Kellwood, Metal Craft and for American Recreation for over 40+ years. In his free time he enjoyed welding, being in the outdoors, hunting and fishing, and spending time with his family, especially his grandsons.
Kenneth is survived by his wife Marlene, of the home, by a son, Keith Kuschel, of Leslie, Missouri; a daughter, Diana Reed & husband Dwight, of New Haven, Missouri; a son, Kevin Kuschel & wife Sherry, of New Haven, Missouri; by two grandsons, Kaleb & Jacob Kuschel, of New Haven; by two brothers, Bernell Kuschel & wife JoAnn, of New Haven, Missouri; and Earl Kuschel, of New Haven, Missouri; by a brother-in-law, Robert Stumpe & wife Jane, of Jefferson City, Missouri; a sister-in-law, Diana Scheer, of Union, Missouri; by nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Berniece Stumpe, a sister-in-law, Ruth Kuschel, and a brother-in-law, Leroy Scheer.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, March 13th from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Toedtmann & Grosse Funeral Home, New Haven.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, with Rev. Mark Goucher officiating.
Burial will be at Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery. Memorials may be given to Bethlehem Lutheran Church, New Haven Care Center or Quails Unlimited. C/O Toedtmann & Grosse Funeral Home.
By: Elsie McNabb
Andrew Reidt works as a paraprofessional for the New Haven School District. He is also the baseball coach for the 2019 season. He is in his first year as a NHHS staff member.
Andrew attended Pacific High School and graduated in 2010. Then, he went to Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma, where he played baseball. He went on to get his Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology from Central Methodist University after finishing his baseball career.
Before New Haven, Andrew was an assistant golf professional at The Legends Country Club. Also, his prior coaching experience includes two years of coaching summer ball for the Rawling Tigers.
When he was asked what his main goal is for this baseball season, he said, “[My] main goal for the season is to teach the kids how to be successful in baseball and also in life and improve every day on and off the field-- and win games, of course.”
He was also asked what his favorite thing about the team was so far.
“So far, my favorite thing about the team is their work ethic. In the practices that we have had so far, I am pleased with their work ethic,” he responded.
Christian Paterson, senior, stated about Coach Reidt, “If I had to describe coach, I’d say [he] is a go getter. He comes to practice and is ready to get after it. He expects us to get out of our comfort zone and do things right. He really wants us to work hard and have fun at the same time. I think we will have a successful season with lots of improvements.”
As you can see, Coach Reidt is ready to show New Haven how hard the team is working in preparation for this season. Good luck and let’s hit it out of the park, Shamrocks!
Kids of all ages and their families can learn about these unique places during a day of fun and engaging activities.
St. CHARLES, Mo.—– You can call them water filters, or flood buffers, but many unique plants and animals call wetlands home. On April 6, you’ll call them fun.
The annual Wetlands for Kids Day celebration is set for Saturday, April 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area in St. Charles. Wetlands for Kids Day is hosted by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and Ducks Unlimited (DU). The event, supported by grants from Purina Pro Plan and Robert and Cynthia Reeg, is free for both kids and adults.
Wetlands for Kids Day is designed to help families have fun discovering nature while also learning about why these vital habitats are so important to Missouri.
By: Callie Weatherly
With the end of the school year nearing, most juniors are expected to begin thinking about what they want to do after high school. Students have a lot of different paths to choose from. They could go straight into the workforce, join the military, or go to college. Some young adults take a gap year to figure out which path they want to take. Everyone seems to think that they have to go to college at some point in their life, but how does someone know if college is right for them?
By: Destiny Lafferty
Mr. Tucker has been a faculty member at New Haven High School for 22 years. He started teaching in August of 1997. He teaches American history, world history, psychology, and sociology.
Mr. Tucker has attended three different colleges. First he attended Denison University in Ohio. He went for his Bachelor of Arts degree. While he attended the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Mr. Tucker got his teaching certificate. At the moment, Mr. Tucker is attending the University of Missouri, also known as Mizzou, to get his Master’s degree.
Mr. Tucker commented, “College is what you put into it. The more [effort] you put into it, the more you get out of it.” Mr. Tucker said that it took him quite a while to realize this.
After graduating the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Mr. Tucker moved to the country to teach at New Haven High School. When asked what he liked about teaching, he replied, “When you realize you have made a difference in a kid’s life.” He said that he wanted to help kids improve in all aspects.
Along with teaching, Mr. Tucker is a coach of cross country and track. Mr. Tucker has been coaching for 24 years. When asked what his favorite part of coaching was, he answered, “Seeing kids improve.” Mr. Tucker said he enjoyed helping kids and seeing them improve over their four years of high school.
Mr. Tucker was extremely happy when boys cross country won state back in 2017. Mr. Tucker commented, “I have been striving for this for 23 years.”
Mr. Tucker is known for his talent as a coach, as well as his positive personality in class. Thanks for what you do, Mr. Tucker!
By: Mikayla Maloney
The cheer season started during late October with practices, and has just come to an end in mid-February. The cheer squad started cheering at their home games in November. This year the cheer team had thirteen members, while last year the squad contained eight cheerleaders. The senior cheerleaders were Grace Soete, Lexi Oetterer, Diana Ribera, Mikayla Maloney, Elsie McNabb, Miranda Durbin, Megan Boehmer, Cecelia Malone, and Audrey Ford. Bernabe Ribera was the only junior. Ava Vandegriffe, Miranda Yarbrough, and Ryan Stutzman were the freshmen cheerleaders. The head coach of the cheer squad of four years was Mischki Soete.
This year the cheer squad accomplished many goals. For example, the team conquered new floor cheers and building stunts they have been working on for months. The squad was always proud of each other when they accomplished something new. When the cheer team went on the basketball court for a floor cheer, the student section would yell to encourage them on.
Here is what some cheerleaders had to say about their favorite building stunts.
“I definitely loved doing the basket toss because this year we did something different then we have before. We had me do a toe touch while I was thrown up in the air. It was so cool!” stated senior Diana Ribera.
Senior Lexi Oetterer mentioned, “My favorite build was either the armbar or the basket toss. I liked the armbar because it was very different than any of our other builds because Grace does a handstand into Miranda’s and my arms before we put her up in the air. I liked the basket toss because, [though] I am usually a base, I was able to be the backspot for the cheer because, after Miranda, Bernabe, and I were messing around said cheer, Mischki really liked how we did it and I was then put as backspot.”
Some cheerleaders discussed their thoughts on the cheer season ending.
Senior Grace Soete shared, “It is bittersweet knowing that cheer was the last sport I would participate in during high school, but I have tried to teach the underclassmen as much as I could because a lot of seniors are leaving. I know they will do great things and continue to build on what they've learned.”
“It's rough. I've had a lot of good memories with the girls and Bernabe on the team, and it's so hard to leave the younger members. We've grown so close,” said senior Miranda Durbin.
As you can see, the cheerleaders made many memories this season and accomplished many things. The squad has gotten close and made new friendships. The seniors had a great last season and they will miss it dearly. Good luck to the upcoming cheer squad!
By: Kamryn Poe
Mental health is a person’s condition with regard to their psychological and emotional well-being. Mental health is not a topic that we like to talk about, but it is something that we need to be made aware of. Every day, people are suffering from some kind of mental illness. Around 450 million people are struggling day to day with illnesses such as depression or dementia.
Why is it important to know more about mental health? People are going through their everyday lives passing off their emotions as nothing more than a bad day. Is it more? Could it lead to something else? We don’t know for sure, but if you are educated on what to look for in mental health illnesses, you may be able to save a life-- or at least make someone's life a little bit easier.
In March, students here at New Haven will all be looking at mental health in new ways. March 25-29 will be a week to discuss, reflect, and educate us all on mental health. We will have a guest speaker, spirit week days, and little pick-me-ups every day to help kids know their self worth. It is a week dedicated to teaching us students the importance of understanding mental health-- to understand that you are not the only person struggling.
Again, good mental health is important to keeping a person healthy and happy. Some people are prescribed medicines while others are seen by therapists. It is important to know that just because you feel hopeless, lost, or out-of-control-- you are not alone. Others shouldn’t judge or make fun of you if you are struggling. Chances are, they are going through something too.
Symptoms of general mental illnesses:
If you feel any of these symptoms and you are considering self harm or harm to others, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
For more information on mental health and wellness, go to http://www.chadscoalition.org/.
By: Alexander Trentmann
The Scholar Bowl Shamrocks have performed well over their season and have the chance of showing their skill this week at conference. With the scholars having a great season so far, they have the chance to prove how good they really are, going up against schools such as Pacific, Boonville, Viburnum, and many other schools.
First off, the scholars and Jared Pruessner, coach of the Scholar Bowl Shamrocks and known to the students of NHHS as Mr. Pruessner, were questioned how they felt the season was going so far, and Mr. Pruessner answered, “So far this season has been a bit of a challenge, but I was encouraged by our results from the tournament at Sullivan in early February. Out of the 30 teams, the varsity team finished in about the middle of the field with a record of 5-5 for the day. At Owensville's tournament, it was nice to see Cece, John, and Daniel all receive individual medals. Some of our other tournaments have not been as successful, but I think we're getting closer to where we need to be.”
“I think we could [do] better overall, but I enjoy being part of it,” replied sophomore Alyssa Sidwell.
Next, the members discussed what their feelings were about conference coming up, and freshman Logan Williams responded with, “I’m excited to see how our team performs.”
Daniel Huff, sophomore, said, “I feel like we will do well; we have been working hard during practice.”
Senior Travis Schroeder answered with, “I feel very [good] about how we will perform this Saturday. We have been practicing a lot for this, so I think we are well prepared.”
Finally, Mr. Pruessner was asked what he expected from his scholars at conference, and he said, “We have a pretty consistent record of both the JV and varsity teams finishing in at least the top 3 at the conference tournament and I hope to continue that tradition.”
Good luck to the Scholar Bowl Shamrocks at conference this week on March 9th at St. Clair!
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