Saturday, February 23, noon–2 p.m.
Families, ages 7 and up
Registration required: https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZN4
Soon bluebirds will be looking for a place to build their nests. Learn their important role in our ecosystem. Partner with these beautiful creatures by building a bluebird house to take home. You will be helping yourselves as well, by inviting natural bug zappers into your yard. We will also take a hike to hopefully spot some of our springtime favorites. One house per family please.
Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
Due to road conditions, ECC will open to staff at 10:30 a.m. Classes will start at 11 a.m. for students at both locations.
Participants will learn how to harness this effective land management tool at these free workshops being held in Crawford, Franklin, Lincoln, and Jefferson Counties.
St. LOUIS, Mo.--Prescribed fire is a valuable tool that can help landowners achieve their land management goals and benefit native plants and wildlife at the same time.
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is offering four free public workshops during March for landowners interested in learning how to properly utilize prescribed fire for the management of grasslands, prairies, woodlands, glades, and other natural communities on their land.
Participants will learn how prescribed burns can benefit natural habitats, when to burn, how to identify the proper conditions in which to conduct a burn, what to burn, how to burn safely. The workshops will be taught be by prescribed burn-certified MDC staff. These workshops are a prerequisite for having a burn plan developed by NRCS or MDC.
Specific information on each of the prescribed burn workshops are as follows:
Each workshop is free but advanced registration is required by calling the phone numbers provided above. For more information on the use of prescribed fire, go to https://bit.ly/2BBSQf8.
MSHSAA has recognized the following fall sports teams (listed below) from New Haven High School for having qualified for their Scholastic Achievement Award. Note that there are two levels of achievement for this award. Teams that achieve grade point average of 3.00 to 3.49 are recognized as Distinguished. Those teams who have a grade point average between 3.50 and 4.00 are recognized as Outstanding. These grade point averages are based on 1st sementer grades.
Freshmen Volleyball 3.40
Junior Varsity Volleyball 3.62
Varsity Boys Cross Country 3.62
Varsity Volleyball 3.68
Varsity Softball 3.69
Varsity Girls Cross Country 3.71
Winter sports will be announced in April.
Scenic Regional Library New Haven Explores Songs of Early Franklin County with Performances from Local Musicians.
By: Diana Ribera
Each year, Mrs. Oelrichs, New Haven’s chemistry, physical science, and physics teacher, has students from the chemistry classes bring in a white cotton t-shirt that they will be dyeing with color dye.
Mrs. Oelrichs has stated the students will be dyeing t-shirts over the next week or two, starting when they come back from their Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
When asked why she chose to tie-dye with her chemistry classes, Mrs. Oelrichs said, “I like to tie-dye with my chemistry classes because there is a lot of chemistry that happens during the process. We mainly learn about how the dye attaches to the fabric molecules and why the different dyes appear to be different colors.”
She has stated her favorite and least favorite moments of the project by saying, “My favorite part is seeing all the creative designs and color combinations my students come up with. The second day, when we open up the shirts to rinse them, is especially fun! My least favorite part is how extensive the set up and clean up processes are.”
Every year, the Chemistry 2 class tie-dyes a piece of white fabric that they have sewn into a curtain panel by one of Mrs. Miller's students. Each member of the class signs it, and she hangs it up in her classroom. Each year the curtains rotate so she can have the curtains made by the last four classes of Chem 2 seniors hanging in her windows. It's a fun tradition!
When asked how they felt about tie-dying, senior Diana Ribera exclaimed, “It was so much fun! I have never tie-dyed so it was slightly nerve-wracking since I thought it wouldn’t turn out well.”
Junior Bernabe Ribera stated, “I felt like it wasn’t going to go well because we needed a 100% cotton shirt and mine wasn’t. Turns out mine was one of the best ones so, yeet!”
When questioned how they liked their shirts, senior Mikayla Maloney said, “I really liked the outcome of my shirt because the pink and blue spiral looked awesome!”
Junior Lydia Otten stated, “It turned out not like I expected, but in a good way. The orange washed out so it turned into a peachy color, but it brought all the colors together.”
Junior Grace Allgaier said, “It definitely didn't turn out like I wanted. Sadly, the orange washed out, so that was a bummer.”
Great job to all the students that tie-dyed! Hope all the shirts turned out amazing!
By: Mikayla Maloney
New Haven High School holds an annual dodgeball tournament every year for the students. The tournament was supposed to be held during Homecoming week, but it was changed because of the snow days. It was later rescheduled to the following week, on Wednesday, February 6th.
The dodgeball tournament landed on a half day this year. The tournament was held first thing in the morning, and the classes followed. It costed $2 a person or $10 for a whole team. The money raised will go towards the Special Olympics of Missouri (SOMO). Students were required to have five players on each dodgeball team-- three girls and two boys or vice versa.
There were twenty teams in the dodgeball tournament this year. The names of the teams were Black Mamba, Star Spangled Studs, Whatevers, Untouchaballs, Good Giggles, Tune Squad, Blazing Bluebirds, Fighting Irish, Southern Pride, Wakanda, Dodgeball’n through the Decades, Leprechauns, Super Nerds, Purple Cobra, Battlestar Galactica, Gumballs, T.B.A, Dream Team, Oompa Loompa Rejects, and Farmers Only. The Wakanda team pushed through, winning 1st place in the tournament!
The winning team, Wakanda, included Maria Sheible, Hannah Borcherding, Matthew Otten, Jacob Engelbrecht, and John Liggett. The Black Mamba team was close to victory, but the Wakanda team got the last hit. Many of the teams tried their best, but in the end everyone had fun.
Lauren Hoerstkamp, team player of the Whatevers, said, “My favorite part was when Luke Gerlemann’s team lost and everyone chanted ‘cheaters never win, cheaters never win.’ If I could change anything about the tournament, it would [be] to start with the winners bracket, but it turned out pretty [well]-- and also [I wish] that the music was louder.”
“My favorite part of the tournament was when everyone was booing! If I could change anything about the tournament, I would make it last longer,” stated senior Seth Tolar.
Senior Claire Laune said, “My favorite moment of the tournament no doubt was Mr. Pruessner falling!”
As you can see, New Haven High students always enjoy the SOMO dodgeball tournament. Everyone in the tournament tries the best they can, and had a blast while doing it. It is a fun tradition New Haven High holds; the student body and teachers look forward to it every year!
By: Lydia Otten
Every year National Honor Society (NHS) hosts a food drive for an organization. This year they held one for the New Haven Food Pantry. They held the food drive from January 28th to February 8th. The dates were extended because of the snow days that occurred a couple weeks ago.
All donated items were worth spirit points in order to encourage students to bring in items. If the students brought in the preferred items, they would receive 2 points. All other food that was not on the list would just be one point.
The final number for how many items were collected this year was about 250 items. The class with the most points was the junior class with 192 points. The second class was the senior class with 188 points. In third was the sophomore class with 89 points. Finally, in last were the freshmen with 56 points.
Some of the NHS members were asked about how they felt about the results and the food drive overall.
NHS member Lexy Sidwell said, “I really liked how the food drive turned out. It is going to a great cause. The New Haven Food Pantry is always looking for donations, so what better way is [there] to get the students involved to help out the community?”
Secretary of NHS Kamryn Poe said, “I think the food drive went over really well-- it is always a good cause to give to. It helps those in our community who need it and I think we raised quite a bit. I am proud to know that our school is generous enough to give food to a worthy cause.”
“I think that the turnout of the food drive was very good as our students were able to collect a lot of food for our local food pantry,” said member Lexi Oetterer. “Also, I brought in a big box of like 35 items, of which some were worth two points, and the juniors were still able to get more spirit points. Although, I think the seniors are still winning overall, so I’m not too upset about it.”
Congratulations to the juniors! Also, good job to the whole student body who donated items. Every item counts and helps someone in need.
By: J. Graham Hill
Although the Patriots won the Super Bowl 13 to 3 on Sunday, February 3rd, results show that the majority of the NHHS students included in a recent poll were supporting and rooting for the Rams. And even though Super Bowl parties are typically very popular, the poll also shows that less than half of these students took part in a Super Bowl party.
For those who did attend a party, they enjoyed a variety of foods. Poll results show that the most popular party food choices were wings and chips and dip, though other foods mentioned include pizza, stuffed peppers, fruit, sausages, and brownies.
Again, there were many responses when asked what foods the Super Bowl parties boasted, but John Hughes, junior, said, “What kinds did I not have is the easier question.”
Another fairly popular part of the Super Bowl is the halftime show. However, the majority of students who responded in the recent poll described it using words such as “bad,” “horrible,” and “terrible.”
Sophomore Logan Senecal points out, “[The halftime show] was terrible. [We] were promised Spongebob and got a three-second clip.”
“It was one of the worst I have ever seen,” junior Lydia Otten began. “Adam [Levine, of Maroon 5,] sounded sick, and they had to cut out half of what Travis Scott said because it was so bad. Then Adam kept taking layers off and eventually had no shirt on and it was all tattoos.”
To spin a more positive angle on the disappointment, Hannah Rethemeyer, sophomore, says, “The halftime show was not the greatest halftime show that I have seen, but they didn't do that bad.”
Alex Trentmann, senior, expresses his disappointment by simply saying, “‘Sicko Mode’ is dummy trash.”
When asked if there were any missed opportunities by either team junior Lydia Otten said, “Yes! The Rams had a guy wide open in the middle, but they threw to someone with people guarding him on the sideline, making him go out when they caught it. If they would have passed to the guy in the middle, they might have scored a touchdown.”
Junior Austin Yochim simply stated that, “[The Rams] not running Todd Gurley.”
As you can see, the students didn’t favor the outcome of this year’s Super Bowl. However, they still enjoyed some great food. It seems most of New Haven is hoping next year’s show is more entertaining.
By: Caroline Otten
On Monday, February 6, 2019, the New Haven Shamrocks girls basketball team played against the Hermann Bearcats at Hermann High School. After a very close and hard-fought game, the JV girls fell to Hermann that night with a score of 38-36. The Varsity girls also fought and fell to Hermann with a score of 58-30.
The athletes were asked how they felt their team played. “Better than we played them in the South Callaway Tournament,” answered Varsity athlete Ellie Westermeyer.
Varsity athlete Hannah Rethemeyer answered, “We didn’t play [badly], but we need to work on getting to the other end of the court in order to stop the ball faster.”
JV athlete Casey Baker said, “We played [well]-- we just need to work on going after the ball.”
They were then asked what their thoughts on the game were.
JV athlete Grace Faris replied, “It was a tough game that was very close.”
“I wish we could've scored more points,” answered Varsity athlete Ellie Westermeyer.
The last question asked was if there was anything they feel their team needs to work on for their upcoming games.
“Rebounding and our defense,” answered JV athlete Grace Faris.
Varsity athlete Ellie Westermeyer said, “Getting back on defense.”
Keep working, Shamrocks, on the rest of your season!
The New Haven School Board has approved the selection of Tina Wnuk as the new principal of New Haven High School and New Haven Middle School. Mrs. Wnuk will assume the position August 1, 2019, replacing current principal Chip Stutzman, who was recently hired as principal of Hermann High School.
Mrs. Wnuk has most recently served as a science teacher at St. James High School for the past two years. Prior to working in St. James, Mrs. Wnuk was a science teacher at Owensville High School for fourteen years. Highlights of her extra duties throughout her career include chairing the district professional development committee, writing curriculum for the district, and serving as a cheerleading coach. She also directed Owensville High School’s after-school program.
Mr. Hoener commented, “Our committee was very impressed with Mrs. Wnuk during the interview process where she was selected from a strong pool of candidates. I have witnessed Mrs. Wnuk’s leadership both inside and outside the classroom and have no doubt she will be an asset to our students and staff. She has been an excellent teacher with great classroom discipline and is ready to begin the next phase of her career as an administrator.”
“I am beyond excited to be a Shamrock and I’m proud to be part of a school with a well-established culture of high expectations,” said Mrs. Wnuk. “I look forward to meeting the students, staff, families, and community members of New Haven. Together, we can help our students reach their greatest potential. I wish to express my appreciation to the Board of Education, Mr. Hoener, and the hiring committee for placing their confidence in me. I can’t wait to get started!”
Music from Bensound.com: "Epic" and "Rumble". Filmed and edited by Oliver Garren.
By: Bernabe Ribera
The Junior Varsity and Varsity boys basketball team played against Union on Homecoming night, Feb. 1. The Junior Varsity boys team won their game but unfortunately the Varsity boys lost.
When asked what they expected the outcome to be, Coach Aaron Peirick said, “I knew it would be a challenge. I expected it to be a close game to the end. [Union] are a good basketball team.” He then continued by saying, “I think we could have guarded better in the post and in transition. Obviously wish we could have put the ball in the hole more in the last quarter and a half. I don't think we played that bad. Union is a good basketball team with some guys who are hard to stop and make it hard to score on the other end.”
John Liggett, junior varsity, replied with, “I was expecting us to win in a close game.”
“We came in expecting to win”, said Jacob Engelbrecht, junior varsity.
August Panhorst, junior varsity, responded by saying, “I expected to win but we put up a good game.”
Colton Ruediger, varsity, stated, “I expected to win by a few points.”
Later, the boys basketball teams were asked what they think they could have done better on.
John Liggett replied with, “I honestly thought we played really well, but there’s always room for improvement.”
“I did hope that we could have played better defense but we can always improve on that”, replied Jacob Engelbrecht.
“I don’t think we need improvement, I just think that we need to practice more to get the plays right,” responded August Panhorst.
Colton Ruediger replied with, “I didn’t play that night but we could have played better defense.”
The boys team were then asked if they were surprised by the outcome of the game.
“A little bit. I did not expect to get blown out,” responded Mr. Peirick.
“I was a little surprised that we, JV, won by as much as we did,” replied John Liggett.
Jacob Engelbrecht said, “Not really, I knew they were tough but I knew we would stand a chance.”
August Panhorst stated, “I was surprised that we won even though they were tough.”
“No, they were really good but we always learn from our mistakes,” responded Colton Ruediger.
There you have it, the thoughts and replies of the student athletes. The JV and Varsity boys teams both played their hardest and continue to impress everyone. Good luck to all the boys in their upcoming games and we hope for the best.
With the predictions of some bad weather moving in on Friday afternoon, we have moved Friday's jv/v boys games vs Sullivan to Thursday, February 14 which is when the jv/v girls were already scheduled to play here at New Haven. There will now be 4 games played tomorrow evening with the schedule being as listed below.
4:00 pm JV Girls
5:30 pm JV Boys
7:00 pm Varsity Girls
8:30 pm Varsity Boys
Note: If we are running ahead of schedule, games will start early.
Article written by: Grace Allgaier. Photo by Natalie Pecaut
On the Fridays January 18th and February 1st, New Haven’s elementary school basketball
players ran out on the New Haven High School court. In between the junior varsity and varsity
games, the players were individually called out to the court and awarded.
After running onto the court, the players were handed commemorative basketballs by the
members of the varsity teams. The basketballs had been signed by all of the players of the varsity
teams and their coaches.
Colton Ruediger, a senior varsity player, commented, “I think it’s cool that the kids got their own
basketballs signed by the team and the coach.” He also talked about how the idea of having a
youth night was cool because it gave credit to the youth program.
When asked about youth night, Lexy Sidwell, a junior varsity player, said, “I thought it was cute,
and it was a good way to get people to join the team.” She also commented, “It’s a good, friendly
effect on the kids.”
Doug Peirick, the coach of the girls varsity team, was asked if he thought that youth night would
have a positive effect on the kids. He responded, “Yes, because any time you get the young
athletes in the gym with the big kids, they get to see them play. [And] they are able to get close
to the older kids, which makes it more personal to them than just seeing them from the stands.”
McKenzie Overschmidt, a junior varsity player, was asked about her thoughts on youth night.
She said, “I thought it was a good idea to honor the little kids, and they looked pretty excited to
get the balls!”
Keep up the good work, youth athletes!
By: Kamryn Poe
Valentine’s Day-- the day dedicated to people you love and showing the affection you have for them. But how do students at New Haven celebrate February 14th? Well, hold onto your heart-fitted bows, because the students have answered the questions we have all been thinking about.
The first question asked was, what do you receive on Valentine’s Day? Students here at New Haven High have told us what they expect to get.
"Roses, because they are my favorite thing ever and I just love flowers so much!” Claire Meyer exclaimed.
“Chocolates, usually from my mom or friends,” Addison Tolar replied.
Lydia Otten had this to say, “I don't get anything because I am a loner. I also think boys have cooties. I only like Valentine’s Day for the candy because the best chocolate comes out around this time!”
Next, the students were asked what movies they enjoy watching around this time. Here are a list of some of the top movies you should watch this year on the 14th.
Lexy Sidwell gave me her favorite movies to watch on this day of love: “My favorite Valentine’s Day movies are probably The Vow, The Longest Ride, or The Conjuring.”
“My favorite teen romance right now is To All The Boys I've Loved Before,” Callie Weatherly explained, “...mainly because I loved the book series. I don't watch any of the strictly Valentine’s Day movies. They are all the same. Although, it might also be because I am more of a horror movie type of gal. My Bloody Valentine is the only strictly Valentine’s movie I enjoy.”
What do the students do on Valentine’s Day?
Mikayla Maloney is a “sad little bean because I have been single for years because boys are dumb.”
“I sit and eat a tub of cookie dough, watching sappy love movies!” Elsie McNabb exclaimed.
Alex Trentmann likes to, and I quote, “Stay in and cuddle with my boo.”
Addison Tolar responded with, “[Sitting] in bed, [eating] my chocolates, and [watching] Netflix... alone.”
Callie Weatherly said, “Nothing. I personally hate the holiday. I think it is stupid to have one day a year that you are supposed to go on a nice date and all that mushy, lovey-dovey stuff. I treat it like any other day. The only difference would be that I eat a lot of candy.”
“[I] eat my weight in ice cream and watch romance movies,” Olivia Williams commented.
Lastly, for all my single friends out there, do you celebrate the 14th as Singles Appreciation Day?
“Not really. I think Valentine's Day is really nice,” Addison Tolar announced. “It's awesome that people recognize a day specifically for couples. It takes a lot to have a healthy relationship, and it's cool that couples get to celebrate their loyalty on the 14th!”
Love, movies, candy-- all things that we all wish for in this month. Maybe, just maybe, this isn’t a holiday for couples and romance. It may also be a ‘Single Awareness Month.’
In the same survey, students were asked what they would do on Valentine’s Day if they were single. Some people, like Oliver Garren, like to watch movies like The Exorcist.
“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.”
-Charles M. Schulz
Happy Valentine’s Day!
By: Addison Tolar
This year the Homecoming Dance was held on February 1, 2019, at around 9:00 P.M. to 11:30 P.M. in the NHHS cafeteria. It was hosted by Student Council.
Annually, Homecoming is a big deal to many students here at New Haven High School. After the final shrieking bell of the day, students rush home, take their showers and prim and primp, until they look their very best. The process can take hours, especially if you’re a girl. You have the hair, the makeup, the dress, the shoes, the pictures, and the struggle of not tripping over your shoes or dress walking around all night. The guys feel the pressure of looking their best too, always trying to impress the ladies.
When asked how students got ready, everyone said they got ready with a friend. It seems it’s always more fun to get ready with a friend listening to music rather than sitting at home alone for hours before the dance.
Many people said that they decided to grab a bite to eat before the dance, and Destiney Quick, freshman, said, “I went to the Ice Cream Shoppe with some friends before going to Homecoming.”
Some people had to rush to get ready because they played in the game, had a practice, or worked concessions before the dance.
Chloe Lueckenhoff, sophomore, stated, “I had to work concessions for the Homecoming game, so I had to rush to get ready after the game.”
It was a long process to get ready, as Hannah Knoppe, junior, explains, “It took Addison, Abby, Audrey, and I about 5 whole hours to get ready!”
Every year it’s always fun for everyone to get ready for the Homecoming Dance, but it can be a challenge to get ready in a short time. Getting ready with friends and listening to music can always be a great part of any dance. Can’t wait for next year!
On February 7, 2018, at approximately 1:30 am, deputies heard a disturbance in the women’s section of the Adult Detention Center. A female deputy stepped into the housing module to stop a fight between inmates. When doing so Inmate Samantha Bull from St. Clair turned and struck the deputy in the face. The Inmate continued to physically resist the deputies by striking, and pulling hair. She also resisted by failing to comply with the directives of the deputies. Mrs. Bull was being held on Burglary, unlawful use of a weapon and resisting arrest charges. An additional warrant was issued for 2 counts of felony assault and felony resisting arrest. Bond has been set at $75,000.00
All persons are considered innocent until proven to be guilty in a court of law.
Franklin County Sheriff
Photos by Oliver Garren.
4th Grade Shamrocks claim 3rd place in the Owensville tournament. They defeated Spring Bluff 25-17. Front row(l-r): Chloe Skirvin, Avery Langenberg, Chloe Overschmidt. Back row(l-r): Coach Terri Scheer, Taylor Scheer, Madyson Yates, Alessia Michiosy, Addison Pehle, Coach Tracy Langenberg
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