Register by November 30th to guarantee a race t-shirt. Forms can be printed here or picked up in the middle/high school and elementary school offices.
National Honor Society is hosting the 4th annual Jingle Jog 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, December 15th. This year's proceeds will benefit All Abilities Athletics and a local family in need.
Register by November 30th to guarantee a race t-shirt. Forms can be printed here or picked up in the middle/high school and elementary school offices.
By: Kamryn Poe
Clubs are finally in full swing here at New Haven High and have already started doing huge things for our school and community. New Haven High offers a wide selection of clubs, including FBLA, FCCLA, NHS, StuCo, FCA, and SCA. Being in a school with about 200 students, these clubs get most people involved.
“I think my favorite club would be NHS because it does more for you in the long run, and it gives you the opportunities that other clubs can't,” Alexis Sidwell replied.
“FCCLA, because I love the field trips we take every year. I feel like it brings all of the classes closer together,” Julia Unnerstall commented.
Tim Madden told me NHS is his favorite club; when asked why, he responded with, “I ate ice cream.”
Each of the clubs here at NHHS stands for something different. National Honors Society is a club that focuses on service in the community and in the school itself. It is for the elite students who work hard for their grades and in their communities.
Family, Community, Career Leaders of America is a club made to help those in our community; whether it be babysitting teachers’ children or holding stuffed animal drives, FCCLA helps in various ways in our local community.
Future Business Leaders of America is a club specifically to help encourage people to join the business world. With competitions held for our district, this club takes pride in readying people for the real world.
Fellow Christian Athletes is a club for athletes who are a part of the Christian faith. They hold events and accept people for their beliefs and encourage them in all their sports activities.
Student Council is a club made for leaders of this school, for people who are willing to do what is needed to build school spirit.
Shamrock Conservation Association is a club made to help our environment, to help clean the earth, and to make it a healthier place for everyone.
What do all these clubs have in common? These clubs help everyone find a place in the school. Or, at least give options for students. Clubs are a place that gives people something to work hard at, a chance to be a better you. If you want to help the community, clean the parks, or just be surrounded by good people, join one of the clubs above.
By: J. Graham Hill
Here at New Haven, our students like many different clothing brands, accessories, and shoe brands. Shoes were the most talked about topic in a recent poll sent out.
The top favorite shoe brands at NHHS according to the poll are:
For many, though, it isn’t just about the brand. There are several favored shoes within each brand. For instance, senior Alex Trentmann’s favorite shoe is the Jordan Retro Ones. Square-toe boots are the kind Johnna Bloch, junior, favors. Jordan 12's "Chinese New Year" is the shoe Bernabe Ribera, junior, prefers.
When it comes to clothing brands, the top favorite among students is-- Nike.
According to students’ responses, some of the other favored brands include:
There are some students, however, that don’t shop based on a particular brand. They prefer to look for things that are comfortable or fit into a certain color or look.
As said by Callie Weatherly, senior, “I'm not too picky about brands of clothing. As long as I have something to wear that's comfortable, I'm happy.”
When talking about Columbia and North Face, Hannah Knoppe said, “I love the style of clothing both of these brands offer! I like the type of clothing they provide; they have high-quality sustainable outdoor gear and semi-sportswear clothing, while still looking casual. And they provide styles of clothing that aren't too flashy.”
Alex Trentmann, senior, simply says that Levi’s are comfortable and good-looking.
Other students have reported preferring particular brands for styles, price, selection, and many more.
When talking about accessories in the recent poll, the most used accessory is-- earrings. Other students reported liking rings, necklaces, and hats.
When talking about rings, Bernabe Ribera, junior, says he just “gotta flex.”
On the topic of earrings, Alexis Sidwell, junior, said, “I just always wear them, and once you have them in, you just forget about them.”
“It shows the boldness inside me and makes me more mature,” Keegan Wiedemann, freshman, responded when asked why hats were his favorite.
Destiney Quick, freshman, reported that a necklace with her nickname, Dez, on it was her favorite. When she was asked to explain why, she said, “It's cute, represents me, and it's what my dad gave me before he moved.”
Everyone has that one shirt or pair of pants that they love-- everyone has their own go-to outfit. In the recent poll sent to students, they were asked to share theirs.
Destiney Quick, freshman, shared that her favorite outfit is “shorts, a New Haven shirt, and my white high tops-- Converse of course.”
Alexis Sidwell, junior, simply said, “leggings and a T-shirt,” because she finds it “comfortable and sometimes cute.”
Alex Trentmann, senior, on the other hand, had a more exact go-to. He reported, “Jordan Ones, grey Levi skinny jeans, black Hanes tank top, red flannel over that, my hoodie with roses on the sleeves, five rings, my necklace with a cross, and a grey beanie” being his complete go-to outfit, because it “looks the best on me and is pretty comfy.”
Callie Weatherly, senior, said, “My go-to outfit is shorts and a loose T-Shirt in the warmer months. In the winter, my go-to would have to be leggings, fuzzy socks, and a warm sweater,” because it is “simple and sweet.”
Bernabe Ribera, junior, said, “[I] usually [wear] all black, but occasionally I'd switch it up to a white shirt.”
“A Dr. Pepper T-shirt, Levi jeans, a gray hat, and gray high tops,” Keegan Wiedemann, freshman, reported being his go-to, because “it is casual but stylish.”
As you can see, we have a very stylish group of kids here at New Haven High School. Although the debate over what shoe brand is best hasn’t been settled, we can surely say the students have great taste in clothing.
By: Destiny Lafferty
Many teens like to be able to get their license at sixteen. This allows them to drive themselves to school, work, and extracurricular activities.
McKenzie Pecaut, junior, has had her license for almost a year. When she first got her license, she was overjoyed to be able to drive herself places. When asked her favorite thing about driving, McKenzie answered, “listening to the radio and driving with the windows down.”
Kamryn Poe, senior, has been driving for two years. When she got her license, she was both nervous and excited. Kamryn commented, “There was a lot of pressure not to do anything dumb while driving, especially since I started [out] with [driving] my dad’s car.” Her favorite thing about driving is having the freedom to be able to go on drives to clear her head.
Julia Unnerstall, senior, has been driving for almost two years. Julia felt freedom and delight when she first got her license. When asked what her favorite thing about driving is, Julia answered, “I love being in control of where I’m going and when I am going to get there.”
Johnna Bloch, junior, has been driving for six months. When Johnna first got her license, she felt excited. Johnna commented, “I couldn’t believe I actually passed and could drive anywhere I please now.” Johnna’s favorite thing about being able to drive is being able to go anywhere and have the ability to listen to music and have fun while just driving around. Johnna mentioned, “I almost hit or get hit about every day [when] I leave my house and come to school. I think it is a sign.”
Claire Laune, senior, has been driving for two years. When Claire first got her license, she felt thrilled about the amount of freedom that she had. When asked what her favorite thing about driving is, Claire answered, “I love to just drive around and listen to music with the windows down.”
Brandon Young, junior, has been driving for two years. When Brandon first got his license, he felt fantastic to be able to finally drive by himself. Brandon’s favorite thing about driving is the speed. A person can get somewhere faster when driving than when they walk or ride a bike.
One of the questions that everyone was asked was if they had ever been in an accident. According to the chart, 66 percent of students from New Haven High School have not been in an accident. About 33 percent of students say that they have been in an accident while they’ve had their license.
Congratulations to everyone who has passed their driver’s test and has gotten their license.
All area veterans are invited to a Potluck (covered dish) supper at American Legion Post 366, New Haven on Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11th beginning at 6pm.
Come out and enjoy an evening of good food, socializing and entertainment.
The American Legion Family holds this "Buddy Supper" on the day that marked the ending of WWI- the eleventh day of the eleventh month at 11:00AM when the Armistice was signed.
Thank you, Ruth Peirick, American Legion Auxiliary.
By: Zachary Groner
The New Haven varsity volleyball girls travelled to Montgomery on the 22nd and 24th of October to compete in Districts. New Haven faced North Callaway with a 4-15-1 record in their first game, and won both sets 25-8. Next, New Haven played Montgomery with a 11-8-1 record. Unfortunately, New Haven ended up losing both sets 25-23 and 25-20 and ultimately got eliminated from the tournament.
The team was asked how their overall experience was in Districts this year.
Claire Meyer responded by saying, “It was a lot harder competition this year being moved up to class two, but it was cool seeing how hard we worked and how well we competed against the harder teams.”
McKenzie Pecaut said, “I thought [the matches] went well. And we had some great plays.”
Morgan Branson, “The competition was better this year, but we were still able to work well together.”
Next, the team was asked what advice they would give any upcoming varsity players on preparing themselves for Districts.
Claire Meyer mentioned, “Work hard and have a positive attitude no matter what obstacles you have to face.”
McKenzie Pecaut commented, “Just keep working hard in practice.”
Natalie Pecaut replied, “Never give up. Just keep pushing.”
Finally, the senior volleyball players were asked what their favorite part about Districts was over the past years.
Claire Meyer responded with, “Seeing how Mrs. Hoener really believed in us and how she was really proud of us.”
Congratulations to the volleyball team on the great season!
On November 6, 2018 Washington Police Department took a report of a stolen vehicle. Franklin County 911 dispatched the vehicle and license plate information to area agencies. The vehicle was reported as a black 2016 Nissan Rogue possibly headed to the New Haven, Mo area. Soon after the dispatch a Franklin County deputy patrolling in the New Haven area located the vehicle traveling westbound Hwy 100 near the intersection of Hwy C. The deputy attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle, at which point the driver failed to yield to the emergency vehicle. A pursuit was then initiated with the stolen vehicle. A New Haven PD officer assisted in the chase. The driver continued to flee from the deputy on Hwy 100 to Kaiser Hill Rd to Hwy E. At one point, the driver of the stolen vehicle left the roadway and drove through a yard at a residence on Hwy E. He then drove back onto the roadway and continued to flee. During the pursuit, another Deputy was able to deploy tire deflating "spikes" in the area of Hwy E and Dissen Rd, causing one of the tires on the vehicle to deflate and safely slow the vehicle. After striking the spikes the driver stopped the vehicle. The driver, who was identified as Joseph L Kearney, a 37 yr old male from Florissant, Mo was then taken into custody for an outstanding warrant for Parole Violation. The original charge for the his parole was Burglary. Multiple charges are pending including Tampering with a Motor Vehicle along with traffic offenses and resisting arrest. The Franklin Co Sheriff's Office would also like to thank the New Haven Police Dept. and the Missouri State Conservation Agent for their assistance.
All parties are considered innocent until they are found guilty in a court of law.
Franklin County Sheriff
Attend MDC events around the state from Dec. 1 through Feb. 2 or go on your own eagle-watching adventure.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- From December through February, Missouri's winter eagle watching is spectacular. Discover nature with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) through Eagle Days events around the state, or enjoy eagle viewing on your own.
Because of the state’s big rivers, many lakes, and abundant wetlands, Missouri is one of the leading lower 48 states for bald eagle viewing. Each fall, thousands of these great birds migrate south from their nesting range in Canada and the Great Lakes states to hunt in the Show-Me State. Eagles take up residence wherever they find open water and plentiful food. More than 2,000 bald eagles are typically reported in Missouri during winter.
Eagle Days EventsMDC Eagle Days events are listed below. They include live captive-eagle programs, exhibits, activities, videos, and guides with spotting scopes. Watch for eagles perched in large trees along the water's edge. View them early in the morning to see eagles flying and fishing. Be sure to dress for winter weather and don't forget cameras and binoculars.
For more information on bald eagles, visit the MDC online Field Guide at nature.mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/field-guide/bald-eagle.
For more information on Eagle Days, visit mdc.mo.gov/EagleDays.
By: Hannah Knoppe
Mrs. Gretal Ehrhard is New Haven High School’s new secretary. She was born in Buffalo, NY, and lived in the New York City suburbs and Jacksonville, FL, before her family moved to Lansing, IL (a Chicago suburb), when she was in 5th grade. She resided there until she left for college at Concordia University in River Forest, IL (near Chicago), to major in Theology. She also studied to be a Director of Christian Education.
Previously, she worked at New Haven Elementary, and her primary job there was as Parent Educator for the Parents as Teachers program; however, she also subbed in classrooms and in the office, as well as worked with the preschool program.
When asked what her roles are as a secretary, Mrs. Gretal commented, “I feel like my roles change on a daily basis! Checking attendance and putting it into the computer is something I do every day. I also take phone calls and direct them where they need to go, or take messages. When it is time to print report cards and progress reports, I take care of that. Currently, I am working on getting parents scheduled for parent/teacher conferences. When the nurse is not in the building, Mrs. Muir [the middle school secretary] and I give medications to students as needed. I am a resource for teachers and staff for a variety of things (finding what class students are in, giving contact information, sometimes making copies, etc.). Honestly, I do all sorts of things from day to day. And, I am still learning all of the roles that are part of my job.”
She continued: “Working at NHHS is busy, but great. Working with high school students on a daily basis is a new experience for me.”
When asked to give a word of advice to students considering a similar profession, she stressed, “Make sure you know how to use a computer. Just about everything is done electronically. Also, you have to know how to interact with different types of people and to be able to handle a variety of situations that will arise. Don't be afraid to ask questions if you don't know how to do something.”
Mrs. Gretal has a husband named Jacob, but some of the students (and teachers) call him Pastor. He is the pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church right across the street on Hwy. 100. They have been married for 13 years and have a daughter named Anna, who will be one on December 4th.
Mrs. Gretal mentioned, “She was adopted from STL-- we brought her home when she was 9 days old and have loved every minute of her.”
Thank you for all the hard work you do to keep our school running smoothly, Mrs. Gretal!
Joseph R. Rauth, 83, of New Haven, Missouri, passed away Monday, November 5, 2018 at Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital, Chesterfield, Missouri.
Joseph was born in York, Nebraska on July 1, 1935, the eighth of nine children of the late Aaron & Theresa (Stander) Rauth. He is survived by Carol A. (Essner) Rauth, his wife of 46 years, and their three children: Cindy Rauth & husband Tiho Buncic, Steve Rauth & wife Elizabeth (Genthe), and Chris Rauth; by three siblings, Sr. Vanna Rauth, Rev. Phillip Rauth, and Herman Rauth, and by five grandchildren: Gabriel, Maya, William, James and John Paul.
For over 60 years, Joe was a cabinet maker - creating furniture, remodeling homes and working with wood. He owned a successful home remodeling business in St. Louis for almost 25 years, J.R. Rauth Company. Even in his 80s, Joe could always be found in his shop.
Joe was a hard-working, honest man. A devout Catholic, he was a member of Assumption Church of New Haven. In his free time, he enjoyed problem-solving and challenges, making sculptures, stained glass, carvings. Over his lifetime, he built numerous clocks, two boats, and dozens of original furniture pieces. He also enjoyed the outdoors, pheasant hunting and wine-making. Joe was one of kind; he is loved and will be missed greatly.
Visitation on Friday, November 9th from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Assumption Church, New Haven, funeral services follow at 11:00 a.m. with Father Dan Mosley officiating.
Memorials may be given to New Haven Senior Center or Assumption Cemetery. C/O Toedtmann & Grosse Funeral Home.
MDC and MCFC encourage nominations of local tree stewards for award recognition.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the Missouri Community Forestry Council (MCFC) are accepting nominations for the 2019 Missouri Arbor Award of Excellence. The annual award recognizes communities, institutions, businesses, organizations, and individuals that make significant and long-lasting efforts to care for trees in their communities. Nominations are due by Friday, Jan. 4, 2019.
“Trees bring so much value to our communities, but their overall health depends on people practicing good tree stewardship on both public and private property,” said MDC Community Forestry Program Supervisor Russell Hinnah. “The more we work to take care of our trees, the more trees work for us by increasing property values, improving our air, saving energy, protecting our watersheds, and more.”
The Arbor Award of Excellence shines the spotlight on anyone who has improved trees in their community. Any significant program, project, or event that contributes to the care or maintenance of trees could qualify for an award.
“This award recognizes projects that demonstrate a sustained overall effort to care for trees,” said Hinnah. “I encourage everyone to consider the wonderful tree work in their communities and to nominate those who made it possible.”
Winners receive a framed award, a full registration scholarship to the MCFC conference in March, an extra ticket to the award banquet during the conference, a community forestry reference book, a $50 gift card, and a 5-percent bonus cost-share if selected for funding through MDC’s Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance (TRIM) cost-share program.
For more information and nomination forms, visit mdc.mo.gov and search Missouri Arbor Award of Excellence.
2018 Arbor Award of Excellence WinnersIndividual — Lanny and Sue Rawdon, KearneyLanny Rawdon, a retired commercial airline pilot and nurseryman, was inspired by his travels around the country where he visited some of the most famous arboretums and gardens. With the help of his wife Sue, Lanny took that inspiration and got involved in forestry projects in his hometown of Kearney. Lanny and Sue have worked tirelessly at Jesse James Park to establish an arboretum. Lanny grows his own nursery stock and with permission from the city has created a diverse collection of trees in the park. The city provided a small budget, but Lanny and Sue have taken on much of the expense themselves. Lanny and Sue have committed to this project because of their lifetime passion for trees and the City of Kearney.
Organization — Southwest Missouri Community Forestry CouncilThe Southwest Missouri Community Forestry Council (Southwest MCFC) is a group comprised of arborists, foresters and horticulturists from the area that are employed by a variety of businesses, schools, and local and state government. The Southwest MCFC completed an array of great projects in the past year to further the message of community forestry. These projects included a campaign to inform the public about how to correctly mulch around trees. They assisted with Saluting Branches, an event where arborists and other tree experts volunteer to work on trees at national veterans’ cemeteries. They also completed the design and installation of landscaping along the Ozark Greenway Trail that runs through a State of Missouri Veterans Cemetery. Plus, they hosted the annual Missouri Community Forestry Council state conference.
Municipality/Government — City of BrentwoodOver the past couple of years, the City of Brentwood has made a concentrated effort to provide a more healthy, safe, and sustainable community forest. The city has implemented several new measures to strengthen this commitment. Some of these measures include an updated tree inventory and data system, new plan for notifying residents about tree work, increased tree plantings, a new arborist position, review of city ordinances and guiding documents, and the hosting of a Municipal Emerald Ash Borer Forum. The City of Brentwood is a great example of a community strategically investing in community forestry to improve the overall forest resource they manage.
By: Lydia Otten
The September Student of the Month Award winner was chosen to be senior Julia McIntyre. Julia is involved in many extracurricular activities and is a good all-around student.
Julia was asked a series of questions to find out about her life after high school and her high school experience as a whole.
Julia talked about her classes briefly and how they are going. “My classes are going well this year. All of the teachers explain everything well and are always willing to answer questions.” It sounds like she is also enjoying her teachers this year as well.
She also voiced about what her favorite part of high school is. “My favorite part of high school has been running and spending time with all of the friends I've made through cross country.”
Julia is a very involved student and participates in a lot of extracurricular activities. The teams she is a part of are the cross country and track teams. She is also involved in many clubs too, and those consist of National Honor Society, FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America), and the Shamrock Conservation Association.
Julia said that her favorite extracurricular activity is cross country. “My favorite extracurricular activity is cross country because of all the friends and memories I've made through great experiences over the last four years.”
After high school, she plans on attending Missouri University of Science and Technology and majoring in biochemistry. After college she added that she plans to continue to research in biofuels.
Julia added that she is “excited and honored that [she] was picked to be student of the month.”
Finally, she gave some advice to other students that are wanting to strive to reach student of the month: “Be involved. Always strive to do your best. Never accept anything less than your best work. Be kind and caring to teachers, students, and community members.”
Congratulations to Julia McIntyre for being Student of the Month. We are proud of all of your accomplishments!
By: Elsie McNabb
NHHS had their annual Pink Out game to “block out” cancer on October 15. The Shamrocks played against Fatima, presenting a sea of pink.
Players were asked what their favorite part about the Pink Out game was. Makenzie Munsinger, senior on the varsity team, said, “My favorite part was playing with my teammates.”
Emma Rohlfing, freshman, stated, “My favorite part was hammering a ball down when they over passed the ball, and when Anna Madden set me the ball how I like it, and I had one of my best hits of the whole year....”
Mikayla Maloney, a senior, isn’t a volleyball player; however, she was getting pictures of the game. She shared her game experience saying, “[My favorite part was] When Lexi Oetterer and I went to the attic to take pictures through the window during the national anthem. Then I stuck my camera out of the window, I started busting out laughing because the American Flag is right by the window and everyone was looking at me. In response, I skirted [out of] the window, and I tripped over the scale and made a big boom because of the old, rusty scale next to the window.”
Claire Meyer, senior on the varsity team, said, “the crowd was really big and awesome.”
The senior players were asked how they felt about it being their last home game at NHHS for good. Makenzie Munsinger replied, saying, “I was sad at the end of the game, realizing it was our last volleyball game together on our home floor.”
Claire Meyer stated, “it was bittersweet.”
Mikayla also added a comment, saying, “It's no joke when people say time flies. This year is going by so fast.”
In conclusion, 2018’s Pink Out game was a success.
When it comes to teaching math, it’s hard to find someone with more experience than Connie Lutz.
“I spent 44 years as a high school math teacher,” she said. “My first semester as an adjunct professor at East Central College was in 1980.”
She’s still going strong.
“I enjoy mathematics,” Lutz explained, “the problem solving which makes you think logically but often requires a creative approach. I want to develop an appreciation of the power and beauty of mathematics in my students. I want to find a way to make the course content relevant to my students, to see beyond the manipulations.”
She believes in one simple notion - do math and you can do anything.
“Being able to ‘handle the math’ opens so many doors for students. Consequently, there is an urgency to help students develop good math sense and succeed in math class,” she said.
Her dedication to her students in the classroom is why she has been named the Missouri Community College Association Outstanding Adjunct Faculty for 2018! Only one award winner is chosen each year. It doesn’t come as a surprise to one of her former students.
“I had Connie Lutz as a math instructor when I returned to college,” said Peggy Reeves. “I had not been a student for several years, and she made returning not as intimidating as I thought it would be. She not only is an excellent teacher, but she also cares deeply about her students.”
It’s a sentiment shared by those who work with her as well.
“Connie has the ability to inspire and engage all of her students,” said Ann Boehmer, East Central College Dean of Instruction. “She passionately works with every student who has entered her classroom. She is a role model for all of us when she is in the classroom through her ability to teach all students and emphasize the importance of mathematics.”
She will be honored at the Missouri Community College Association Annual Awards and Recognition Ceremony in Branson in November.
By: Lexi Oetterer
Red Ribbon week was held on Monday, October 22nd, through Thursday, October 25th. Students were put in a drawing for pizza from Lancito’s on Friday, October 26th, by wearing their red ribbon each day, and if they dressed up for the theme, they got their name put in twice for the drawing. Red Ribbon week is held to raise awareness for the prevention of alcohol and drug usage.
On Monday, the dress-up theme was PJ day. The quote for the day was, “Wake up and follow your dreams. Don’t let drugs drag you down.” The students were asked why they liked PJ day.
McKenzie Overschmidt replied, “Because you didn't have to get dressed in the morning-- you can just come to school warm and cozy.”
“PJ day was my favorite day, because I had an excuse to dress really comfy to school,” said Lydia Otten. “I also got to wear my PJs at school and all day long (which I never get to do!). PJ day is always just a fun day in general!”
On Tuesday, the theme was College day. The saying for Tuesday was, “Look to the future. Don’t let drugs hold you back.” The students discussed why they liked College day.
“It was my favorite day because Mizzou is where I want to go to become an equine veterinarian,” commented Emma Rohlfing.
On Wednesday, the dress-up theme was Tacky Tourist day. The slogan was “You can’t travel the world if you're in jail for drugs.” The students favorited the other days over Tacky Tourist day even though a lot of people had fun dressing up in their Tacky Tourist outfits.
On Thursday, the theme was Meme day. The slogan for Thursday was the iconic Kevin Hart meme in which he says, “The face I make when someone says that they are doin’ drugs.” Meme day was a crowd favorite, and the students were asked why.
Mikayla Maloney said, “It was hilarious to see everyone participate in Meme day and be reminded of all the memes.”
“I feel like memes most relate to our society these days and what kids would want to do,” commented Hannah Knoppe. “The other days are just as great, but Meme day is the day everyone looks forward to.”
“Who doesn't love a good meme to start off their morning and end their week? It was so fun to see the creativity through the school on Thursday. Everyone looked awesome and everyone certainly had fun,” said Kamryn Poe.
Natalie Buchheit replied that she favored Meme day “because there [were] so many different memes that the people dressed up as."
On Friday, there were six winners from the drawing for the pizza prize. They were Emily Mannise, Adam Hoemeyer, Lauren Hoerstkamp, Tim Madden, and Mitchell Meyer. Olivia Williams was also a winner from the drawing, but got a gift card instead of pizza because she was not at school on that Friday.
“I was very excited to find out that I won a gift card to Lancito’s,” said Olivia Williams. “I think Lancito’s has really good pizza, and I am very excited to spend my gift card there.”
Congratulations to all of the pizza winners, and thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Red Ribbon Week.
By: Elsie McNabb
Halloween is ranked the third favorite holiday in the United States, following close behind Christmas and Thanksgiving. For some, Halloween is the time when you can dress up and be as scary as you want.
Students and faculty at New Haven High School were asked a series of questions about their feelings towards Halloween movies. One question asked about their favorite Halloween/scary movie.
Audrey Ford, senior, responded saying, “Halloweentown, because it’s a Halloween classic for old Disney fans.”
John Hughes, junior, stated, “Hocus Pocus, because it has been a movie that I watch every Halloween with my family and we all enjoy.”
Kelsey McCroskey, English teacher at NHHS, responded, “I can't decide between The Nightmare Before Christmas, Ghostbusters, and Hocus Pocus. I watch the same Halloween movies every year, so my favorites have 26 years of nostalgia and fun memories attached to them. They're only getting better!”
Students and teachers were also asked if they like scary movies, and if they prefer watching them by themselves or with someone else.
Kamryn Poe, senior, stated, “[I like to watch scary movies] with other people, because I get paranoid when I watch any scary movie by myself. With other people, it is more fun and you get to see their reactions too.”
Julia Unnerstall, senior, said, “[I prefer to watch movies] with other people, because if I'm going to watch any scary movies at night, then I want to watch them with other people. If I'm watching them during the day, then I'm fine.”
Hannah Knoppe, junior, stated, “[I like watching scary movies] with other people, because when I'm watching a scary movie (not the Nightmare Before Christmas specifically) it's a part of the experience, in my opinion, to watch them with your friends. When you're with your friends, you also have the experience of making Halloween themed snacks beforehand and telling spooky stories afterwards.”
In conclusion, many people enjoy watching scary movies. Have a happy Halloween!
By: Caroline Otten
The Shamrocks ran at Districts in Hermitage, Missouri, this past weekend on October 27, 2018. Coach Tucker has been working with his athletes, preparing them throughout the season and focusing now on State. He has shared his thoughts on the District tournament this weekend.
Coach Tucker was asked what his feelings were on NHHS’s recent move to Class 2 this year and how he felt about the different competition. “It's something we have no control over so I don't get too emotional about it. Obviously, I would have liked to stay in Class 1 but all we can do is prepare to do the best we can in whatever class we are in,” replied Coach Tucker.
With the high school being bumped up into Class 2, there was also a change of where the team raced for Districts. Hermitage, Missouri, was the new location for the Shamrocks and-- a new course for them to run on.
Coach Tucker was then asked how he felt about Districts being at a new course, and he said, “Every year we redistrict, so the potential for a new course is always possible. We did have an opportunity to race there in September, which I feel [gave] us an advantage going into Districts.”
After being asked his opinion of how his athletes have been running this year, he explained, “We have been progressing nicely. As in every season, there were some bumps in the road-- i.e. injuries-- but overall, we [were] ready for the District meet, which [was] my goal at [that] point of the season.”
On the topic of his athletes running this season, Coach Tucker talked about the differences, if any, in preparing for Districts and a regular meet. Mr. Tucker said, “Not really. I try to emphasize the same things throughout the season so District doesn't put my athletes into a ‘new’ situation. Individuals respond better if they know what is going to happen, so consistency is essential for athletes to maintain positive mental focus.”
Coach Tucker was then asked if the long 3-hour drive affected the athletes before the race. Coach reported, “No, ideally we are only traveling an hour or so but we [arrived] early enough that we [could] properly get warmed up and ready before the races.”
Good luck, Shamrocks, on the rest of your season!
By: Grace Allgaier
Every year the Chemistry 2 class at New Haven High School holds a Halloween show for fourth graders. The fourth graders are invited from New Haven Elementary School and Franklin County R-2.
Mrs. Oelrichs, teacher of the Chemistry 2 class, said that she has been putting together these shows for nine years.
When asked about her favorite part of arranging the shows, Mrs. Oelrichs said, “I like seeing what students come up with for the show and how they put it together, I also like seeing how the fourth graders react to the shows.”
To prepare for the Halloween show, Chemistry 2 students were assigned to research and create different demonstrations. The students were in groups of three to four people, which allowed for five different demonstrations during the show.
When asked about what she and her group were looking to find for their demonstration, Julia McIntyre said, “We wanted to do something that really excited the kids.”
The first group included Andi Wideman, Desiree Strehlau, and Miranda Durbin. They dressed up as the Powerpuff Girls and did a demonstration over elephant toothpaste and candy fire.
The group after them dressed up as characters from Spongebob Squarepants. The students in this group were Russell Pinnell as Squidward, Vanessa Vallejo as Patrick, and Julia Unnerstall as Spongebob. Their demonstration included glow-in-the-dark slime and liquid light.
The next group was Olivia Williams, Ethan Groner, Tim Madden, and Cameron Seamon. They dressed up as Ghostbusters and did demonstrations over ghost bubbles and a crystal ball.
After that group was Levi Schroeder, Joseph Rethemeyer, and Julia McIntyre. Julia and Joseph dressed up as doctors while Levi dressed up as a patient. They did demonstrations over exploding and flaming pumpkins.
When asked about her favorite part of the show, Julia said, “My favorite part was the self-carving pumpkin. I think when the pumpkin exploded, it gave the kids a bit of a scare.”
The last group consisted of Cecelia Malone, Grace Soete, Martin Lewis, and Travis Schroeder. Cecelia and Travis dressed up as vampires while Martin dressed up as fruit punch and Grace dressed as a ghost. Their demonstration included ghost rockets and a genie in a bottle.
Good job, Chemistry 2 students!
By: Mikayla Maloney
New Haven High School’s FCCLA holds a Halloween Costume Contest each year on Halloween. This year the contest was held on Wednesday morning, October 31st, in the gymnasium. The students with the best costumes were rewarded by the judges with candy.
The judges of the contest were Mr. Hagedorn, Mrs. Hoener, and Mr. Tucker. The judges picked Miranda Yarbrough and Hunter Garren dressed up as Up for Most Original. The pair with the Most Effort was Kamryn Poe and Julia Unnerstall, dressed up as Mean Girls. The Best Group of the contest was Payton Burkhardt, Alaina Scott, Emilee Hinten, Katelyn Byers, and Caroline Otten as the Wizard of Oz. Overall, 1st place was Dori McCarty as a garden fairy, 2nd place was John Hughes as a vampire, and 3rd was Lauren Hoerstkamp as a toilet.
In the annual Halloween Costume Contest, students can dress up individually or dress up in groups. Some of the students bought their costumes, but many of the students made their costumes and put their ideas into perspective.
Dori McCarty, 1st place winner, said, “I dressed up as a Garden Fairy. I made the costume for a Renaissance fair and I worked really hard on it so I wanted to use the costume for the contest.”
Ashlyn Beckmann, freshman, said, “I dressed up as Harley Quinn from Suicide Squad because I love her. I already made the costume and I have been told I made a great one.”
Kamryn Poe said, “I dressed up as a bus. It is part of a group costume, and I am sure that people who watch Mean Girls will understand what our costume [is]! Julia Unnerstall and I are dressing up together.”
Julia Unnerstall added, “I dressed up as Regina George after her bus accident.”
Many students of New Haven love dressing up in costumes for Halloween and expressing themselves through their costumes. Congratulations to all the contest winners! Stay spooky and Happy Halloween!
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that hunters checked 2,169 turkeys during Missouri’s fall firearms turkey season, Oct. 1-31. Top harvest counties were Greene with 57, Henry with 48, and Laclede with 47. Last year’s fall firearms turkey harvest total was 2,899.
MDC’s turkey biologist says the low harvest total can be attributed to several years of poor hatches.
“We had really poor production in 2016 and 2017, which resulted in lower turkey numbers across the state,” said MDC Turkey Biologist Jason Isabelle. “Unfortunately, on top of those two bad hatches, production was down again this year, so the drop in harvest this fall certainly wasn’t unexpected.”
Another factor that has resulted in lower fall turkey harvests is declining hunter participation. This year, 10,262 fall firearms turkey hunting permits were purchased. During the peak year of 1987, nearly 53,000 permits were purchased. Missouri has seen a declining interest in fall firearms turkey season as have other states.
Isabelle attributes the bulk of this declining interest to the popularity of archery season. “Each year we continue to see more and more hunters participating in the archery deer and turkey season,” said Isabelle. “Rather than carry a shotgun in the woods in October, I think a lot of hunters are now carrying a bow.”
Despite the low harvest and participation numbers, Missouri’s fall firearms turkey season provides hunters with ample time to spend in the setting of the state’s beautiful fall woods, and there are hunters who enjoy the fall experience just as much as the spring.
“Fall turkey hunting can be pretty exciting,” Isabelle said. “Having a scattered flock of turkeys respond to your calls from all directions is an incredible experience.”
Fall archery turkey hunting continues through Nov. 9 and resumes from Nov. 21 through Jan. 15, 2019. For fall firearms turkey harvest results by county, go online to MDC’s website at http://on.mo.gov/1jjz7Ew.
It was a celebration of language and literature, and it was a whole lot of fun! The East Central College English Department, in conjunction with the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts, hosted the inaugural Humanities Festival on campus in November.
Local high school students got the chance to spend the day on the East Central College campus and attend several interesting workshops. Students also heard about studying and exploring career opportunities in the humanities.
Humanities Fest also included a contest for students. First place winners received a hundred dollar prize!
First place: “In the Hands of a Benjamin Franklin Quote,” by Piper Fitzgerald (Sullivan High School)
Second place: “All Abilities Athletics continues to expand, continues to impact community,” by McKenzie Dohm (Washington High School)
Third place: “Winter Weather Affects Farmers,” by Elizabeth Busch (Washington High School)
First place: “February marks recognition of African American impact on US history,” by Paige Ritson and Olivia Robinson (Washington High School)
Second place: “Boys’ soccer team makes history, earns second place at state,” by Sophie Koritz (Washington High School)
First place: “The Adolescent Mind,” by Grace Coppinger (Union High School)
Second place: “State Soccer Photo 2,” by McKenzie Dohm (Washington High School)
Third place: “Fall Play,” by Cassidy Lesire (Washington High School)
Honorable mention: “Graduation,” by Olivia Davis (Washington High School)
First place: Casey Baker (New Haven High School)
Honorable mention: Emma McIntyre (New Haven High School)
First place: James Francis’s “A Seraph’s Freedom” (Union High School)
Second place: Audrey Dae Bush’s “Helmet” (Washington High School)
Third place: Emeline Heimos’ “Feathers” (Washington High School)
First place: Audrey Dae Bush’s “The Road” (Washington High School)
Second place: Taylor Baker’s “Christmas Morning” (Washington High School)
Third place: Victoria Simpson’s “Deafening Silence” (Union High School)
By: Alex Trentmann
On Saturday, October 27th, the New Haven cross country team traveled 3 hours to Hermitage, Missouri, to compete in Districts. New Haven was going up against Belle, Bourbon, Calvary Lutheran, Cuba, Dixon, Father Tolton Regional Catholic, Fatima, Hermann, Linn, New Bloomfield, South Callaway, and Steelville. The boys finished 2nd and the girls, sadly, finished 4th. The boys and Emma McIntyre (who advanced individually) are now going to State, which is in Jefferson City, at Oak Hills Golf Course.
The first question asked to the athletes was what their thoughts of Districts were, and freshman Logan Williams responded with, “I felt nervous going into Districts, but we did great as a team.”
“I felt like the girls worked hard, but I’m sad that the girls didn’t make it to State,” said junior Grace Allgaier.
“I was very nervous but when it was all said and done I was happy with the outcome,” answered senior Joseph Rethemeyer.
Next, the runners talked about how they felt about the course, and senior Martin Lewis said, “You basically start off on the hardest part which is a super steep and rocky hill on the side of the dam. Then you run through the woods where most of the course is pretty flat. Then after the 2 mile mark, you run up a very long hill which you then come down the other side into a flat finish.”
“I really enjoyed it. Since I got the chance to run there in September I already knew what the course had in store for me. After running it the second time I was able to plan out where I could push myself,” replied sophomore Caroline Otten.
Grace Allgaier, junior, answered with, “I thought it was beautiful, but I hated the hill at the beginning.”
Last, the Shamrocks were questioned what their thoughts on State would be, and senior Joseph Rethemeyer responded, “I’m relaxed. I've been in the same position three previous years, now all I have to do is my very best.”
“I’m relieved. We had a lot of pressure going into districts, but now, since we moved on, we feel much less stressed because we showed how good we could be at Districts,” said senior Martin Lewis.
Caroline Otten, sophomore, answered, “Even though the girls team didn't make it, I am really proud of how hard we have all worked this season. It was really fun getting to know the girls even more this year and working our butts off with each other. I am very excited though, to see how the boys compete at State and how Emma McIntyre runs at State!”
Wonderful job to the cross country runners at Districts! Good luck to them, at State, on November 3rd at Jefferson City.
By: Callie Weatherly
When you think of what classes are like at New Haven, what do you think of? Chromebooks, Gmail, Google docs, and just a lot of internet-related sources. Although it may be hard to picture for some students, the internet hasn’t been around for that long. The internet was born in the 80’s but didn’t take a recognizable form until the 90’s. If you do the math, the current seniors were born around 2000 and 2001. Internet has been around for their entire lives, but not for many of our teachers.
In a recent poll, the teachers of NHHS were asked what grade they were in when they began to use the internet for class work. Some reported being as early as grade school, while others reported being in middle school and high school when they began to use it in schools.
Ms. McCroskey pointed out: “Middle school is when I started using the internet, though it definitely existed before that.”
Some teachers reported that the classroom pace seemed far slower before there was regular usage of computers.
When asked to compare what class was like when they were in school and how it is now, many said that class is faster-paced, more interactive, and that they have more knowledge at their fingertips.
Ms. McCroskey mentioned, “As a teacher, I definitely rely on Google more than my teachers did. They would've balked at having educational standards require teachers to use technology.”
“Computers were once confined to a small room that you would enter to complete a very specific task,” Mrs. Borcherding began. “Now, we use computers/internet all day long. I use them to post assignments on Google classroom, I email students when they are ill, and we've switched from an art history textbook to Khan Academy, which offers a history course that is completely online.”
“I feel like we have better resources to monitor the use of technology in schools now,” Mrs. Hausmann pointed out.
Keeping what Mrs. Hausmann mentioned in mind, the teachers were then asked if they preferred the use of Chromebooks, internet, and other electronics, or if they preferred the use of textbooks, novels, and other written materials.
The majority of the teachers said they preferred more written materials, although some said a combination of the two is good.
As said by Mrs. Hausmann, “I really prefer a combination of print and electronic sources. I think print sources are beneficial for a number of reasons. Tactile learners connect to a text that they can actually hold in their hands a little easier, and sometimes we have to actually write all over a text to annotate and fully understand it. A paper copy is the best way to engage a tactile learner. However, integrating electronic resources can often engage students, keeping them on task and providing some additional autonomy in their learning environment.”
Ms. McCroskey simply said, “I just like the feel of books and having things in my hand.”
The teachers were later asked if they felt the internet was an important educational resource-- 100% of the teachers said yes.
Although Mrs. Borcherding mentioned, “I like the internet because it makes vast amounts of knowledge easily accessible. However, if time is not managed well, it can also be a mind-numbing waste.”
100% of the teachers reported in the recent poll that they would prefer their students to work with Chromebooks in the classroom than have students research in a library.
As we can all agree, the internet has changed a lot of things over the years. In the classrooms, it has given many students new and, in some cases, better ways to learn. Hopefully the technical development continues to better our schools rather than slow them down.