New Haven High School Sophomore, Lexi Oetterer, earned second place in the Young American Creative Patriotic Art Competition hosted by the VFW Auxiliary. Oetterer's artwork features the military accomplishments of her late Grandfather, Donald E. Oetterer. Donald Oetterer served as Sergeant in the US Army during the Vietnam War. Lexi Oetterer is shown here with VFW Post 2661 Auxiliary Jr. Vice President, Becky Lynn.
By: Rebecca Dickens and Gracee Flaherty
The results for the Pacific Jr. High Track Meet are in! On Monday, April 10th, the New Haven Middle School track team travelled to Pacific for a meet with three other teams.
In the sprints we have the 100 meter dash, Grace Faris got 7th place. In the 200 meter dash Grace Faris got 3rd place, Casey Baker got 5th place, and Emilee Hinton got 15th place. In the 400 meter dash Gracee Flaherty got 1st place with a time of 1:07.5 and Maya Wideman got 3rd place. In the 800 meter dash Adison Gale got 5th place. In the 1600 meter dash also known as the mile Maddison Langenburg got 1st with a time of 5:58 and Adison Gale got 4th place.
We only had one hurdle event the 100 meter hurdles and Alaina Scott got first with a time of 18.38 seconds.
In the 4 by 1 relay Grace Faris, Maya Wideman, Gracee Flaherty, and Alaina Scott got 3rd place.
In our throwing events in shot put Ellie Westermeyer got 3rd, Lucy Hoener got 4th, and Payton Burkhardt got 10th. In discus Lucy Hoener got 1st place, and Ellie Westermeyer got 3rd place.
In our jumping events, in high jump Gracee Flaherty got second with a height of 4 feet 8 inches Casey Baker got 3rd and Alaina Scott and Peyton Sumpter tied for 4th. For long jump, Peyton Sumpter got 2nd with 12.7 feet and Anna Madden got 7th. For triple jump, Casey Baker got 1st with 27.10 feet and Maddison Langenburg got 3rd.
All in all we did very good in the Pacific Jr. High Track meet!
By: Maddison Jaegers
"Beat The Creek Challenge Run" is an event that tests your physical abilities with obstacles such as steep inclines, deep water, mud pits, and real fire. It takes place on Saturday April 29, 2017 and it’s located at Cedar Creek’s Town Hall on 1401 Olive Road in New Haven, Missouri. Registrations will start at 8:00 am and the first race will start at 9:00 am; however, you must be 18 years old to register. The event is a fundraiser hosted by the New Haven Berger Fire Department and all proceeds are donated to the Backstoppers, Inc. The cost will be seventy-five dollars and it includes a goodie bag, a t-shirt, and a free drink at the end of the race.
For more information, please visit the following websites:
By: Logan Williams
On Tuesday, April 18 the New Haven Middle School Track and Field team competed at the Hermann Middle School Meet. The boys team received 6th place with a score of 36 points, while the girls team earned 5th with 76 points.
In the meet New Haven had 4 first place finishes with Peyton Sumpter in the long jump, 13-01.00 feet, Gracee Flaherty in the high jump, 4-08.00 feet, Madison Langeberg in the 1600m, 6:12.65 minutes, and Logan Williams in 400m, 1:00.84 minutes. Along with those first place finishes many people got top 5 along with multiple people setting personal records, (PR’s), in their events.
New Haven High School Sophomore, Lexi Oetterer, Finishes in 2nd Place with Artwork Created in Memory of Her Grandfather.
Mid-Missouri Restaurant Association Awards Annual Heartland Scholarship to New Haven’s Tristen Hagar
By: Lucy Roth
The bus loaded up and left for the last time this morning at 6:30 A.M. from Cambridge, Ohio.
Two stops were made throughout the day-- one for lunch at Wendy’s in Effingham, Illinois around 12:30 P.M. and another at a rest stop near Indianapolis at 9:00 A.M.
After singing the school song and thanking the bus driver, the bus emptied the group at NHHS at 4:00 P.M.
By: Lucy Roth
The group left New York City this morning at 7:30 A.M. -- on the road again!
Zack Vedder comments on his New York experience as, “It was really fun, crazy, but really fun. Not someplace I would want to live, though.”
The group stopped at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Somerset County, Pennsylvania along the way. Flight 93 was the fourth and last plane of the 9/11 attacks to crash. In total, forty passengers and crew members were killed in this crash alone.
Thomas Ley said, “The memorial was probably my favorite part of the whole trip. Just seeing and listening to all that stuff was very emotional, but also very cool.”
Carolyn Allgaier added, “It was so emotional. There were these voice recordings of people on the plane calling loved ones, and I had to stop listening half way through to calm down.”
The group arrived at the Sleep Inn in Cambridge, Ohio around 5:30 P.M. and ate dinner once arriving.
Many students took advantage of the indoor swimming pool in the hotel and played cards in the lobby.
We’ll see you tomorrow, NHHS!
By: Abbey Grater
This year, New Haven High School’s prom will be held in the high school gym from 7 P.M. to midnight.
Patricia Weatherly stated, “I kind of have mixed feelings about prom. I'm not a fan of formal social events but this is one of the last events of my senior year. I'm not doing anything special to prepare, just the usual nice clothes and stuff.”
Celesse Smedley stated, “I am excited for prom. I can't wait to go. I think I'm a bit nervous since it's the week after senior trip and I feel like I might be exhausted. On Friday, I am getting my nails done in Washington, on Saturday, I am getting my hair done in Hermann, and then I will do my own makeup.”
Rachel Connell then commented, “I'm feeling pretty excited about prom this year, especially because this is my first year I get to bring a boyfriend. I'm going to be with a group of friends, but I'm going to do my hair and makeup by myself. I'm going to meet up with friends beforehand... I'm pretty excited and anxious because this is my last prom I will have, since I'm a senior.”
Lucy Roth replied by saying, “I just bought my dress last weekend and I'm scouring the closets of my extended family for heels. I'm scheduling appointments, ordering corsages and boutonnieres, and figuring out my plans. I'm so excited for prom! Finding the perfect dress, getting your hair and nails done, and taking hundreds of pictures.”
She concluded with, “You get to get glamorous for a day, and no matter what anyone says, everybody loves it. It has really snuck up on me this year and I am feeling kind of anxious about getting everything done in time!”
Good luck, everyone!
By: Lucy Roth
Most of the students left this morning at 6:00 A.M. to attend The Today Show. Rain cut the visit short, forcing the group to head back to the hotel around 7:30 A.M.
Kate Weiser added, “This morning was rainy but our enthusiasm showed through and we made the most of it.”
The group then toured lower Manhattan; with visits to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, Wall Street, and the 9/11 Memorial. After the tours through Manhattan, the group split up in and around Chinatown and Little Italy.
Nicki Zeitzmann stated, “The Statue of Liberty was little compared to the skyscrapers we saw throughout the day!
The group then had time in the afternoon and evening to do specific planned activities. Students visited either the MET (Metropolitan Museum of Art), Madison Square Garden, or the 9/11 Museum.
In the evening, students either went on a “Big Bus Tour” through the city, the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, saw A Bronx Tale on Broadway, or visited the 9/11 Museum.
Alison Long, who went to Madame Tussauds, said, “The wax museum was amazing! The figures are so lifelike and I had no idea how tall John Wayne was. I also loved seeing Taylor Lautner’s figure because he was my crush in middle school.”
Kate Weiser stated, “The trip is coming to an end, but it is only making new beginnings for our futures ahead.”
New Haven Elementary Families attend the Cardinal's Game on Monday, April 17, 2017. It was a WINNER!
By: Lucy Roth
The group left D.C. this morning from their hotel at 6:30 A.M. On to Philadelphia, PA and New York City!
The group stopped in Philadelphia to tour Independence Hall at 10:30 A.M. and ate Philly Cheese Steaks for lunch afterwards.
Justin Shockley said, “The cheesesteak in Philadelphia was really good. We ran out of Sun Drop on the bus yesterday, and that was rough.”
The bus then arrived in New York City around 2:30 P.M. -- just in time to check into the Radio City Hotel, walk through Central Park, visit Top of the Rock, and attend a Broadway show. Students either saw Wicked, The Lion King, or Aladdin.
Some students absolutely loved the city, while others had mixed feelings.
Brady Kruse states, “New York is a little overwhelming. At times it’s super cool, other times it seems dirty and sketchy. I’m really glad I got to see it, but I don’t know if I could ever live here.”
Emma Eichelberger says, “New York makes you realize how small you really are. It’s truly humbling to stand at the Top of the Rock looking onto a beautiful landscape made by man, knowing millions of other lives are hustling and bustling below you.”
Anna Miller added, “New York feels like home to me and I’ve only been here six hours.”
Day 5 finished!
By: Jake Wilson
On Tuesday, April 4th, a mock accident was staged for NHHS and NHMS. The mock accident takes place once every 3 years, right around prom season. The intention of the mock accident is to show students the consequences of drinking and driving.
Senior Noah Addison, who was one of the firefighters that participated, commented, “I have always believed that this mock has had a great meaning. Even if it only affected one person, it was a success.”
Junior Mackenzie Bauer stated, “I felt that it was really real, that this could happen at any moment. Not just with drinking and driving, but with also texting and not wearing your seatbelt. I think every school should do this just so students can see how serious this is.”
“It was a really good life lesson that everyone needed to see,” quoted freshman Johnna Bloch, “because things can happen to you even though you don’t do anything wrong.”
Sophomore Miranda Durbin also commented, “The mock accident was almost too real for me. At first I was aware of the situation, but once I got ahold of what was actually happening, it was like the breath was knocked out of me. It was so real, and it makes you wonder about what could happen and what has happened to people before. It brought me to tears. I’m terrified of car accidents. It was completely and absolutely heart-wrenching for me.”
Senior Kate Weiser, who was one of the four students involved in the enactment stated, “I am now one of the very few people that can say I have been in a body bag and put into a hearse and have come back out. It is one experience that I will never forget. It was hard not to let my emotions overcome the act. I kept telling myself that I was just on a Six Flags ride.”
Weiser continued: “I am very blessed to have the first responders in my community. My classmates who helped out really surprised me.”
The mock accident was clearly very emotional for certain students. Thank you to the first responders for helping make this happen.
By Marilyn Jerray and Emily Mannise
Dances are what a lot of kids dream of, when they think about being in middle or high school. If you have that dream, it’s about to come true.
New Haven Middle School will be having a dance on Friday, April 21 at the middle school/ high school. Make sure to be here at 7-9pm in the cafeteria. The theme will be emojis, so make sure to be extra smiley.
So, get your dresses and dress shirts on and have a good time dancing, eating food, hanging with friends, or even just sitting in the corner with a cup of soda in your hand.
By: LeeAnna Linton
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
The seniors departed from their hotel at 7 A.M. They arrived at the Iwo Jima Memorial around 7:15 A.M. The Iwo Jima Memorial is also known as the United States Marine Corps Memorial, and it depicts one of the most historic battles of World War II. The memorial is dedicated to all marines who lost their lives in the battle.
Cody Buckles stated, “The Iwo Jima was a very powerful monument. It was our first stop, and it really set the mood for the entire day. The artist did an amazing job creating it.”
At 7:30 A.M., the group started touring all the national monuments in Washington D.C. Some of the monuments they saw were the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial. The seniors toured the Smithsonian at 10 A.M. and the Library of Congress at 4:15 P.M.
In between they had some free time. After that, they went back to their hotel and got dressed for dinner. The group ate dinner at the Peking Gourmet Inn for some Chinese food. After that, they returned to their hotel.
Kate Weiser pronounced, “I definitely enjoyed the D.C. food! I liked the duck and naan bread much more than the cow tongue tacos!”
Nicki Zeitzmann said, ”I really enjoyed the free time we got today. It was nice to have a little freedom to do our own things.”
All throughout the day, the seniors celebrated with Mr. Chip Stutzman, as it was his birthday. The seniors all gave money to buy him a nice D.C. tie and paper weight.
Brooke Reed stated, “It is seemingly impossible to make an accurate prediction of the environment and the relationships that are formed during this trip. Everyday is different and brings about something new to be grateful for.”
Happy birthday, Mr. Stutzman!
See Mrs. Katie Borcherding to get your highlights DVD.
By: Diana Ribera
On March 31, Mrs. Borcherding, the New Haven art teacher, submitted 37 works of art made by New Haven students to the ECC Art Gallery. The competition was held at ECC, where the show is open April 3-12. Out of the 40 ribbons that people were competing for, 11 ribbons were given to the students of New Haven.
According to Mrs. Borcherding, it’s a great show, and the students in the conference are really talented. There is a reception on Wednesday, April 12, if people still want to see the artwork created by our students and others in the Four Rivers Conference.
She stated, “I think it was our best work yet. I was really proud to unwrap the artwork that I'd selected. It was awesome stuff.”
Mrs. Borcherding was asked how long she had been doing this, and she replied with, “This is my 12th year here at NHHS and we've entered every year. The art show has been going on long before I started teaching though. I remember entering a painting when I was in high school.”
Emily Knoppe, who was a first place winner in the painting category, said, “I was surprised because I didn’t know how many schools entered and I haven’t been painting for a while. I made it because I really like pastel colors and flowers I wanted to involve them.”
Devin Buchheit was another first place winner but in the prints category. When asked how he felt when he found out that his artwork won first place, he said, “I just figured it's representing America, the people at the top, greedy and rich, and the people at the bottom trying to get to the top but always getting cut by that double-edge sword.”
Celesse Smedley won second place in the digital art category. She was asked what inspired her to do the piece, and her response was, “Party at Tiffany's is a very in-depth piece of art. Whenever I started creating it, it had a deeper meaning than just a party. It was a reflection of myself and society. On the left side, it is black and white, while on the right, it is a burst of color. The masks in the trees represent different masks we put on towards other people. You can see there's an angel and a 'devil' in the piece, which is obviously the good and bad side of things. There's a series of bats and butterflies that even more justifies that theory.”
Congratulations to those who placed or earned honorable mention, and to those who submitted art pieces. Also, a thank you to Mrs. Borcherding for helping the students with their artwork and for submitting it.
Here are other place-winners in the Four Rivers Conference Art Competition:
By: LeeAnna Linton
Monday, April 17, 2017
The seniors departed their hotel in Charlottesville at 7:30 this morning. They arrived at Monticello at 8:50 A.M. Monticello was the first primary plantation of Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States of America. After touring Monticello, the group started their drive to Washington, D.C., at 10:30 A.M. They stopped for lunch at 12:30 at a Wendy’s in Alexandria, Virginia.
Kendall Frick said, "Going to Monticello was a really cool experience. At school you always hear about Thomas Jefferson, but being able to be at his house and grounds really put everything in perspective."
At 3 P.M., they visited Mount Vernon, and at 5 P.M. they visited Arlington Cemetery. Mount Vernon was the home of George Washington, the first United States president. Arlington Cemetery is the grave site of John F. Kennedy, and all of our fallen soldiers.
Kim Hoffmann stated, "It was really neat to walk through George Washington's home. We were walking through history."
Celesse Smedley pronounced, "Arlington is a very moving spot. The pictures don't do it justice since it is so much bigger than you think. Seeing the changing of the guard was breathtaking. Truly was a once in a lifetime experience."
The last thing the group did in D.C. was have dinner at 7 P.M. They could choose between having dinner in downtown D.C. or in the Fashion Centre, and upgrade shopping center in Arlington. After dinner, the seniors checked into the Comfort Inn, where they will be spending the two nights they have in Washington, D.C.
Colter Wilson said, "I am looking forward to seeing the monuments tomorrow. You can definitely tell we are not in New Haven anymore."
Day 3 finished!
By: LeeAnna Linton
Sunday, April 16, 2017
At 7:30 A.M. this morning, the seniors departed their hotel for Biltmore Estate. They arrived in Asheville, North Carolina, at 9 A.M. for a group picture, and from then on, they toured the grounds of the Biltmore. Biltmore was built in the late 1890’s by the Vanderbilt family. The mansion consists of approximately 250 rooms and took hundreds of workmen five years to complete. One thing the seniors got to see that most other senior classes don’t is the annual Biltmore Estate Easter Egg Hunt.
Anna Miller said, "The mansion was huge! I really enjoyed seeing the old fashion and theater things they added inside. My favorite costumes were from Sherlock Holmes. The architecture is stunning, I cannot imagine living in a place like that."
Brooklyn Covington pronounced, "The flowers at Biltmore were gorgeous. I really enjoyed going through the garden and the greenhouse."
The group ate lunch at McDonalds at 11:30 A.M. At 12:30 P.M., the seniors started their drive to Charlottesville, Virginia. They arrived at 7 P.M. for dinner and a tour of the University of Virginia.
Taylor Oetterer stated, "I really enjoyed touring UVA because when we were walking past the dorms, some of them were open so we could see inside. It was amazing to walk through history, and the boys were pretty cute too!"
At 8:30 P.M., the seniors arrived at Sleep Inn where they would be staying the night.
Jake Glaser said, "The six hour bus ride was fine because I slept most of the time. We sang on the bus and found ways to entertain ourselves."
By: LeeAnna Linton
Saturday, April 15, 2017
The seniors departed New Haven High School at 5 A.M. this morning. They arrived in Nashville, Illinois, at 7 A.M. and had breakfast at McDonald’s. They then traveled to Nashville, Tennessee, and at 11 A.M., had lunch at the Opry Mills Shopping Center. They had time to walk around and shop for an hour or two.
Emma Eichelberger stated, "It was huge and a nice stop in the middle of all our driving!"
From there, they drove to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville for dinner at 5 P.M. After dinner, the seniors toured the university. When asked how Kate Weiser felt about touring University of Tennessee, she said, "It was so nice to finally get up and get some fresh air!"
Alison Long pronounced, "I honestly thought the bus ride was going to be a lot worse. I really enjoyed watching Jake Glaser sing along to Pitch Perfect."
Lastly, Brady Kruse stated, "Never eat any Krystal restaurant, ever. The drive went by relatively quick. It was interesting trying to figure out inventive positions to sleep. We tried fitting four boys across two seats, while we all tried laying down. It was pretty tricky. I am really looking forward to all we have planned in Washington D.C."
Day 1 finished!
The seniors of New Haven High School begin their senior trip today! Two seniors from the Journalism class, LeeAnna Linton and Lucy Roth, will be updating us nightly on what the seniors were up to daily.
Have fun, seniors!
By: Lexie Nixon
Applying for colleges can almost always be highly competitive and incredibly stressful. Here are five simple ways to get colleges to notice you above the rest:
1. Start freshman year of high school
You want to start out strong your freshman year. Get good grades, and don’t put off joining groups and clubs. Colleges don't just look at junior and senior year grades. All four years of high school count and impact a college’s decision. If you start thinking of college your freshman year, colleges are sure to notice you, and you may even get offered a scholarship.
2. It's all about the classes
When making your class schedules for high school, make sure you are taking classes that pertain to the area of study you plan to continue your education in. You want to pick classes that will better your education, not just because your friends are in a certain class. Don't just slack off and pick an easy schedule, because your application won't stand apart from the others. You want to show colleges you can challenge yourself.
3. Get involved
Don't just focus on the academic side of high school. Colleges look for students who were involved in the school and the community. Make sure to join clubs, teams, and participate in community events. This will show colleges you are active in your school.
4. Reach out
You have to let the college know you are interested in their school. Tour the college and talk to the advisors. You have to reach out to them and keep in touch. If you do this, your chances of getting recognized by the college later are higher, making it more likely you’ll be accepted.
5. Make connections
When you tour the college, make sure to talk to the students. Get their advice and ask questions. Talk to staff members. There is a chance when you apply for the programs that they will remember you, meaning there is a better chance of getting accepted.
Doug Peirick, guidance counselor at New Haven High School, was asked for his advice on getting colleges to notice high school students, and he responded with, “Your grades, the classes you take, and being active in high school clubs and activities are what colleges are really looking for.”
By: Celesse Smedley
The end of high school is an emotional time for both the teachers and the students. It’s a bittersweet moment because the teachers have watched their students grow up, and classmates have bonded over the years of being with one another. As the graduation date creeps up on all of us, it raises the question, “What will the teachers miss about the 2017 seniors?”
I have asked a few teachers this question. Listed below are their responses.
Mrs. Schlafer responded with, “I have twenty-two seniors in my Current Events class. I had not had any of them since they were sophomores, and I had forgotten what a pleasure it was to have them in class. They are always well-prepared and enthusiastic about discussing news issues. They are capable of discussing controversial topics without making it personal even in debates. I also appreciate their confidence in defending their side of the issue. The Senior Class of 2017 has set a high standard for quality of work and achievement, but one of the things I appreciate most is their school spirit and trying to organize support for school activities.”
“The fact that the National Honor Society membership will be cut nearly in half when the seniors graduate says a lot about how hard this class has worked, and how much they have achieved during their time at NHHS,” said Mrs. Oelrichs.
She continued: “They have been strong leaders, and have done a great job of showing the underclassmen what can be achieved when you set lofty goals and work hard to achieve them. I will miss the conversations we have in class, and the innovative ideas they have. This year's physics class and the ‘Gilded Lady’ trebuchet will definitely be remembered for a long time! I hope for the best for all of the seniors. You all have so much potential, and I can't wait to hear about the great things you do in the coming years!”
Mr. Hagedorn stated, "The class of 2017 has some very high achieving students. There are many hard workers in the class. One of which is Colter Wilson, who has been the best middle school cross country manager during his middle school years and high school track manager that I have had in my 23 years with the district. He is very organized, and I can always rely on him. I have begun to enjoy being around many students in this class, seeing them mature and start to get ready for their life after high school."
Each class is different than the last, and there are many things to look forward to next year. But we will miss our 2017 seniors. Good luck with your adventure in the big world, seniors!
The City of New Haven is hosting its City Wide Yard Sale on Saturday April 22 nd starting at 7am. Pick up this week’s New Haven Independent News for a list of participating addresses. The New Haven Chamber will also have a BBQ at the Save A Lot parking lot starting at 9:00 am.