On February 22, 2018 at about 11:00 pm deputies from the Franklin County Sheriff's Office responded to an alarm at the Dollar General store in Villa Ridge located at 177 Hwy AT. Upon arrival they discovered the front door glass had been busted out by a brick. After clearing the building an employee was called to the scene to review surveillance footage. They discovered a white male wearing a black or dark colored jacket and shirt, blue jeans, and black or dark colored shoes entered the store and stole beer and cigarettes from within. Later, just before 1:00 a.m. on February 23, 2018 deputies responded to another alarm at the Dollar General store in Robertsville located at 7372 Hwy O. Upon arrival it was discovered the front glass at that store was busted out by a brick as well. A review of the surveillance footage revealed the same person of interest from the Villa Ridge Dollar General store burglary. The Franklin County Sheriff's Office is asking for assistance from the community in helping identify the suspect. If anyone has information regarding these crimes they are encouraged to contact the Franklin County Sheriff's Office Detective Division at (636) 583-2560.
Franklin County Sheriff
By: Lydia Otten
From February 5th to the 16th, National Honor Society (NHS) encouraged students to bring in food items for a food drive that would benefit the Buddy Bags Program. To encourage students even more, every item that was brought in was worth spirit points for their class. The preferred items were worth two points.
The Buddy Bags Program is an outreach ministry of the “More Than” youth group of the Memorial Baptist Church. This group provides students in the New Haven School District with needed food for the weekend.
A list of preferred items was hung around the school. That list included instant oatmeal packs, mini cereal boxes, breakfast bars, peanut butter on-the-go cups, Maruchan instant lunch cups, Chef Boyardee pasta bowls, Easy Mac macaroni and cheese cups, instant tuna and chicken salad kits, vegetable cups, fruit cups, applesauce cups, pudding cups, raisin boxes, individual-size bags of cheez-Its and animal crackers, peanut butter crackers, cheese and crackers, and granola bars.
The total items collected in these two weeks was 574 items! Great job! The senior class won the most spirit points, with 493 points! The sophomore class had the second most with 345 points! The freshmen had 156 points, and the junior class had 142 points. Good job to all four classes!
Mrs. Oelrichs, NHS sponsor, said, “We did not have a specific goal. We just wanted to encourage students to donate what they could.”
She continued: “The Buddy Bags Program specifically benefits students in our school district, so donating to this organization allows our students to directly help their classmates.
Good job, NHS, for another successful food drive! Thank you, NHHS, for all of the food items you donated! For more information about the Buddy Bags Program, visit http://mbcnewhaven.com/Buddybags/.
By: Miranda Durbin
Recently, a Google Form was sent to every student in each class at New Haven High. The goal of this form was to discover where students get their news from and what source is most common in our school.
From a list of given platforms, students could choose multiple answers or enter their own.
Forty-three students responded, and the most common news source, leading with 79.1%, is…
Fox 2 News and Instagram followed behind at 48.8%. Facebook came in fourth at 46.5%, and in fifth was CNN with 34.9%.
In the same poll, students were asked which platform they use most often for leisure and recreational use. Snapchat took the lead again with 60.5%, with both Facebook and Instagram in a distant second at 11.6%.
Students were also asked to predict which platform would be the most common in our school. A majority voted that Snapchat is the most popular, with Instagram falling far behind in second.
Lexi Oetterer, a junior participant, commented, “I think that Snapchat would be the most common in our school. Many people have it downloaded and use it every day, and since it offers access to stories from news channels, it’s easier for users to find news within the app.”
For those unfamiliar with Snapchat, the app features ‘stories,’ which are videos and photos that are visible to the public, or to a select audience chosen by the user.
Michelle Bahena, a senior who also completed the survey, mentioned, “[The most common is] Snapchat because it easily connects everyone, and it’s fun. Also, it has various purposes: communication, filters, news, polls, and video/picture.”
Many students said that Snapchat is an easy way to get in touch with their friends, access stories about many different topics, and is a quicker way to talk.
The internet has revolutionized our daily lives, and through the students of New Haven High, we are slowly coming closer to realizing how our world is truly a digitized world.
By: Callie Weatherly
We have all experienced a transition-- whether it was in school or out in the world-- and we all approached it differently. Luckily, according to our transitioning students, they are approaching their upcoming changes positively.
The eighth graders, who are transitioning into high school, have reported nothing but joyous thoughts about continuing into high school.
Emma Rohlfing has said, “I am excited to have only four classes a day and having my own Chromebook.”
Miranda Yarbrough is excited about “all the new activities that will be open to [her] like STUCO districts and camp.”
However, some eighth graders have also claimed to be scared about finding classrooms, and how much harder the classes may be.
While on the other hand, Miranda Yarbrough has no worries. She has said, “I feel like as long as I do my best and treat others as kindly as I want to be treated, my high school experience should go pretty well.”
The seniors, however, have a very different transition approaching them. They will be leaving NHHS in a few short months for good. It’s goodbye high school, hello real world for them.
Some are nervous:
Hannah White said she is scared of all of the unknowns yet to come.
Lacie Grater mentioned, “I am scared to actually start ‘adulting.’”
Nevertheless, some are excited:
Aiden Bailey simply stated he is excited to go to college.
Emily Knoppe has said, “I'm excited about starting my life on my own as an adult.”
Whether they are happy, sad, or in between, the seniors do have some things about their high school experiences that they will carry with them even after they walk across the stage at graduation.
The seniors have loved all of their teachers and classes, but many have reported Ms. McCroskey as being their favorite due to her preparing her students for the real world. Mrs. Schlafer has also been said to be missed dearly by seniors when they leave the high school for good.
The class of 2018 has also made glorious memories with each other during their time here at NHHS. Some memories were made during dances, leadership week, the dodgeball tournaments, Christmas decorating, and lots of other activities.
However, like Britany Willimann pointed out, the seniors still have one last great shebang together before the 2017-2018 school year comes to an end-- senior trip! Many unforgettable memories will be made on the trip as they travel to New York, Washington D.C., and so many more exciting places. This trip will surely be one of their greatest adventures from all of their high school careers.
With May’s fast approach, we are all looking forward to the many changes. We are welcoming the class of 2022 as they come into high school and saying goodbye to the class of 2018 as they move on from NHHS into their own adult lives. We wish both classes the best of luck through their transition-- you’ll all do great.
By: Lexi Oetterer
This year's Conference Choir was on Tuesday, February 13th, at Owensville High School and Hermann High School. The New Haven students that are performing in the choir are Miranda Durbin, Britany Willimann, Cassandra and Angela Kuhlmann, Abbigale and Devin Buchheit, Savanna Hanna, Kamryn Poe, Makayla Jackson, Rylan Ball, Mason Johnson, Russell Pinnell, and Josh Kleinheider. These students were picked by New Haven choir director Mrs. Katherine Taylor.
The choir had a rehearsal day on Saturday, February 10th, at Union High School. The rehearsal day was to have all the students selected for the Conference Choir get together and practice their songs as a group.
“What I probably liked most was hearing everyone sing as a whole,” said Savanna Hanna. “Everyone did amazing and for it being my first time actually going to Conference Choir. It was a neat experience.”
On the day of the concert, the Conference Choir sang at Owensville High School first, then performed at Hermann High School.
“I really like performing at OHS. We got a standing ovation,” said Kamryn Poe.
The songs that the choir sang were “Come to the Music” (words and music by Joseph M. Martin); “Tshotsholoza (Go Forward)” (adapted by Jeffery L. Ames); “How Can I Keep from Singing” (music by Greg Gilpin); and “Peace, Like Welcome Rain” (by Mark Patterson).
Britany Willimann was asked what her favorite song was, and she replied, “‘Tshotsholoza’ because it really allowed you vocal freedom, and was upbeat and fun.”
By: Jake Wilson
On Tuesday, February 6, in front of a packed house on Senior Night, the Shamrocks put up a fight against St. Clair, but fell short 61-43. The best part of the night, though, happened with 2:19 left to go in the 4th quarter.
Senior Lauren Gerlemann entered the game with a career scoring total of 986. She needed only 14 points to reach the 1,000-point mark. At the 2:19 mark, Gerlemann grabbed a defensive rebound, pushed it up the floor, and banked in a short jumpshot. That jumpshot pushed Lauren over 1,000 career points. She finished the game with 15 points.
Fellow senior Emily Scheer commented on her teammate, stating, “1,000 points is a great accomplishment, and it takes a lot of hard work. I was very proud of Lauren, and I was glad I got to be a part of my best friend’s major achievement. The last four years have been filled with so many great memories, and I’m glad she could achieve this milestone as our senior year winds down.”
In her 3 years as a varsity starter, Lauren has averaged roughly 13 points and 7 rebounds per game. She has also averaged around 2 assists and 2 steals per game.
Head coach Doug Peirick commented, “Lauren has a great attitude towards making herself and those around her better every day. That is why all of her teams have been so successful. She is a role model that our younger players could and should model their basketball efforts around. No matter what we are doing in practice, she never takes a drill or a play off. Lauren has been a great asset to New Haven athletics, and will be very missed after graduation. With her work ethic and mindset to constantly improve, she will be successful in whatever she chooses to do.”
In addition to being a standout on the basketball court, Lauren has also been a tremendous part of the past few years of success on our volleyball and track teams. Lauren was instrumental in helping the track team to the final four the last 2 years, with last year’s run culminating in a state championship. In her sophomore year, she was a part of our state champion 4 by 400 relay team, and the state champion in the triple jump. Last year, she was state champion in the long jump.
In volleyball, Lauren was named to the academic all-conference team 2 times, and academic all-state 3 times. She was also named to the all-conference team 2 times, all-district 2 times, and all-state in her senior year.
When asked about Lauren, volleyball coach Jaime Hoener stated, “I think Lauren is a great example of what an athlete in a small school should be. I know that her favorite sport is not volleyball. I don’t even think her second favorite sport is volleyball! However, she gave it her all to help her classmates be successful in their favorite sport. In return, her classmates did the same.”
Lauren, your constant dedication and commitment to this school both in athletics and the classroom have been very much appreciated. Congratulations on 1,000 points, and thank you for your commitment to our school.
By: Alex Trentmann
Valentine’s Day has happened at New Haven High School and there are many activities that have happened at NHHS. Spirit Week was last week for the high school. NHHS had a dodgeball tournament and assemblies planned throughout the week.
All of the students of New Haven High were asked how they planned to spend their Valentine’s Day, and Elsie McNabb, junior, said, “Sitting at home, watching sappy love movies, stuffing my face with pizza!”
“I wish I could spend it with my girlfriend, who is in Chicago,” replied sophomore Bernabe Ribera.
Timothy Madden, junior, answered, “Eat candy and watch some movies, maybe go to the theater with my girlfriend.”
“I plan on spending it with my friends and driving around while I have music going,” said Devin Buchheit, senior.
“I probably will plan on spending time with my boyfriend if I have time to,” said junior Desiree Strehlau.
Emily Knoppe, senior, responded with, “I’ll probably spend it alone at home stuffing my face.”
Next, the students were asked about their favorite candy available around this time of year, and senior Elizabeth Hughes answered, “I know it’s not a candy, but chocolate-covered strawberries are my favorite.”
Lexi Oetterer, junior, responded with, “My favorite candy to eat is Kit Kats, but they are here all year round. I do love the red heart suckers that are only here during Valentine’s.”
“Snickers are good year-round, especially during Valentine’s,” said Martin Lewis, junior.
Britany Willimann, senior, responded with, “Chocolate roses are absolutely amazing.”
“My favorite would probably have to be heart-shaped chocolate and chocolate in general,” said junior Julia Unnerstall.
The students were also asked what their favorite romance movie was, and junior Kamryn Poe responded with, “I hate romance movies. I do like the movie 50 First Dates, but that is more of a rom com.”
“My favorite would probably have to be The Notebook,” said Chloe Lueckenhoff, freshman.
“I would probably have to say Hitch is my favorite,” replied sophomore Brandon Young.
Claire Meyer, junior, responded with, “I love any Nicholas Sparks movie.”
They were then asked if there were any memorable gifts or moments they have had on Valentine’s Day, and junior Diana Ribera said, “I got Hello Kitty PJ’s and a Hello Kitty stuffed animal with my boyfriend's cologne sprayed on [it]. It was the best since I was going to be in Chicago for a while. It was cute. I still have it sitting on my bed.”
“In past years, my boyfriend and I just watch movies. It may not seem like much, but I love it,” answered junior Callie Weatherly.
“One time when we made the Valentine’s boxes in elementary [school] someone put a pair of scissors in mine,” said Vanessa Vallejo, junior.
“My baby niece was born on Valentine’s Day,” responded freshman Oliver Garren.
Abbigale Buchheit, freshman, replied, “I got a teddy bear for one and it was my absolute favorite.”
The last question asked to the students was who their Valentine was, and Lydia Otten, sophomore, answered, “Zac Efron, all the way!”
Sarah McKernan, senior, replied, “I already have my boyfriend, so I don’t need anybody else.”
Aiden Bailey said, “My Valentine is my girlfriend, Lydia Pataky.”
Junior Makayla Jackson answered, “I would say Isaiah Turner is my Valentine.”
And to echo the thoughts of many single people in New Haven, Alyssa Sidwell, freshman, simply said, “I hate everyone.”
Valentine’s Day seemed to be exciting for some students and just another day for some. We hope New Haven had a happy Valentine’s Day full of joy and love!
New Haven High School has announced Kate Ruediger as the January Student of the Month. Kate is the daughter of Rick and Pam Ruediger. At NHHS, Kate is involved with Volleyball (Captain), Basketball, Track and Field, Marching Band Auxiliary (Captain), FBLA, NHS, Student Council and FCA. When she is not at school, Kate enjoys being with friends, watching movies and playing with her dog. After graduation this spring, Kate plans to attend Mizzou where she will continue her athletic career and pursue a degree in accounting.
Congratulations to Kate!!
Middle School Volleyball
By: Katelyn Dittberner
New Haven Middle School volleyball practice started about three weeks ago, on Monday, January 29th. Even after missing one practice due to scheduling, the 7th grade girls (Madison McCarty, Tressa Carver, MIkayla McFerrin, Jarlin Alvarez, Kaitlyn Jones, Ava Oelrichs, Kelsey Brumels, Jessica Underwood, Izzy Hale, Aaliyah Bates, Tessa Schweich, and Maci Christian) have all been doing a great job! Everyone has been really good with cheering on all the girls and making everyone feel like a team. The 7th grade team members think the 8th grade girls are nice to have at the practices, to help them understand plays and drills.
So far waking up at 5 am on Wednesdays hasn't been the worst, I honestly think those practices are more fun because we have both nets so we don't have to wait an hour for the eighth grade to be done with practice.
With our first game in Washington on Feb. 22 coming soon, we have a lot of work to do. Just enough though to be able to win. We all have our strengths that keep us looking good because every girl has a strength that another doesn’t, which we are taking to our advantage.
Wish us luck next week!
By: Grace Soete
On Tuesday, February 6, halftime shootouts were held during Varsity girls and boys games against St. Clair. The selection process was done by Mrs. Katie Borcherding. She had a highlighted list of high schoolers’ names and let toddlers or young children that go to New Haven Elementary pick who they wanted to see shoot.
The chosen students had 30 seconds to make a layup, a free throw, a three-pointer, and a half-court shot. If the students made a layup, they would get candy, a free throw would get them candy, soda, popcorn, and a burger from the concession stand, a three-pointer would earn them Lancitos pizza at lunch, and a half-court shot would win them $50 to the Ice Cream Shoppe.
During the girls’ halftime, Demetri Pataky, a sophomore, and Maya Wideman, a freshman, were the lucky students that got picked. Demetri and Maya both made the first three shots. They both won candy, concession stand coupons, and Lancitos pizza at lunch.
“I was very shocked when I found out that I had to shoot because I was told I didn't have to do it. Someone told me they already picked a person and it wasn’t me”, stated Maya.
Demetri truthfully commented, “I thought I was going to do awful.”
During the boys’ halftime, Lydia Pataky, a senior, and Bradley Glaser, a junior, were the students that got chosen. Bradley made his first shot, winning candy. Lydia made all four shots in a row, winning candy, concession stand coupons, Lancitos pizza at lunch, and $50 to the Ice Cream Shoppe.
“I was excited when I was able to do the shootout because I've never done it before. I honestly just wanted to do the shootout for the fun of it. I went out there thinking I would only make it to the three-point shot. I had no idea I would make them all, especially in a row”, explained Lydia.
Lydia continued, “Once I realized I made the half-court shot, I threw my hands in the air and spun around. Also having a whole crowd cheering over you is pretty insane!”
Congratulations to all who won prizes and had some fun.
By: Olivia Williams
On Tuesday, February 6, New Haven High held their annual Senior Night to recognize all the senior athletes. Senior Night was held between the girls’ varsity game and the boys’ varsity game against St. Clair.
When asked about Senior Night, Kenzie Bauer commented, “It felt bittersweet to know that my high school career at New Haven High School is quickly coming to an end. It really put into perspective how big of an impact all three sports that I participate in have had on my life.”
When asked about her favorite part of Senior Night, Emily Scheer stated, “Usually it is only a boys' game on Senior Night, but my favorite part was actually getting to play a game. Getting to play, walking down, and then cheering on the varsity boys was a great way to spend the night.”
Kate Ruediger commented, “My favorite part of Senior Night was cheering on the boys. Walking down was somewhat bittersweet because it put into perspective that we are getting close to our last home game.”
Emma Engelbrecht also had a few comments about Senior Night. “Walking down with my parents was my favorite part because they were finally able to be recognized for everything they have done. It felt very surreal to be walking down and felt like I couldn't possibly be a senior yet.”
Lauren Gerlemann said, “Walking down with my parents on Senior Night was a bittersweet moment. It gave me that feeling that my senior year is almost done and my sports career after 4 years is done with.”
The seniors were also asked if they had any advice for the underclassmen. Emily Sheer’s advice was, “Never take a practice, game, or day for granted because it will all be gone before you know it. Make the most of your sports careers by being competitive, but also have fun with what you are playing. Try your hardest, forgive your mistakes, and learn from them.”
Kate Ruediger stated, “Advice to juniors: Enjoy it while it lasts. It goes by in the blink of an eye.”
Lauren Gerlemann also shared her advice with the underclassmen. “I would advise people to enjoy everything you can about your sports. From the terrible practice to the good ones. All the friends and memories you make. Enjoy it all and take it in, because 4 years goes way too fast. Don't take your sports careers for granted; enjoy everything your sport has to offer you.”
So listen up, underclassmen. You may think you have a lot of time to play the sports that you love and make memories with your teammates, but the truth is, you don’t. So don’t take any opportunity for granted and make sure you make the most of your time at New Haven High.
By: Lexi Oetterer
The traditional art curriculum isn’t always for everyone, so New Haven High School gives students the unique opportunity to take an Independent Study class. The class is supervised by art teacher Mrs. Katie Borcherding. This year, there are seven students enrolled in the class: Lydia Pataky, Callie Weatherly, Kimmy McDowell, Emily Knoppe, Megan Boehmer, Lacie Grater, Abbey Grater, and Claire Laune.
“I get to do whatever I want for my projects,” said Lydia Pataky. “Being free to color, paint, draw, etc. [whatever] I want.”
There are many projects that have already been completed. Callie Weatherly has made an Alice in Wonderland-themed tea set, created the scene of downtown New Haven using felt, and she started a quilling piece to represent her own personal timeline. Emily Knoppe has done an eclipse painting, a chalk pastel drawing, and a few marker drawings. Lacie Grater has done a wood-burning/glass piece, a marbling-over-sharpie design, and unique drawing designs.
“I enjoy working freely on what I like and creating new designs,” said Lacie Grater, senior. “Being able to choose my project and what I want to do.”
The Independent Art students are working on various pieces right now. Lydia Pataky is doing a color pencil drawing of Cecilia Malone. Megan Boehmer is making cups and mugs out of clay. Emily Knoppe is working on a painting with surreal elements, while Callie Weatherly is working on a color pencil city scene.
“Independent Study allows me to be creative and have the freedom in creating different art pieces,” said Megan Boehmer. “It allows me to express my creative side freely.”
Some of these students also have plans and ideas for future projects including sculptures, drawings, paintings, and other projects using any medium. Although others don’t have specific ideas, they said that they are just going to make whatever may inspire them.
“It's fun and free flowing,” commented Callie Weatherly. “There are endless possibilities.”
By Emmett Panhorst
Starting on Monday, February 12, the middle school STUCO will be selling Sham-grams. STUCO will pass them out on Valentine’s Day on Wednesday. STUCO will be selling Sham-grams in the cafeteria. Sham-grams will be sold for 25 cents each and all money earned will be given to a local family.
Sham-grams are paper given to a friend. You get to pick who to send the Sham-gram to. You could write your name to say who it is from or make it a mystery person. Each Sham-gram usually comes with a piece of candy taped to it. You give Sham grams to people you appreciate or admire.
In my opinion, I like Sham-grams. I really like how the money is being donated to a family. I giving and receiving Sham-grams because it makes me feel special. Sham-grams are a great act of kindness.
Any community members interested in donating to the fundraiser can bring or send checks to the New Haven Middle School office. Checks can be written to New Haven Public Schools and money will be given to student.
By: Diana Ribera
On January 30 and 31, the NHHS cheerleaders went to New Haven Elementary School, where they practiced two different group cheers with the kids they chose to perform with on February 1, after the JV game.
Diana Ribera, junior, and Lydia Pataky, senior, taught kindergarten and pre-K; Bernabe Ribera, sophomore, and Megan Boehmer, junior, had first grade; Grace Soete, junior, and Elsie McNabb, junior, had second grade; Mikayla Maloney, junior, had third grade; and Lexi Oetterer, junior, had fourth, fifth, and sixth grade.
When cheerleader Grace Soete was questioned about what the Little Cheerleader Camp was, she replied with, “Little Cheer Camp is an opportunity for elementary school kids to learn a few cheers and perform them with the cheerleaders at a basketball game.”
Lexi Oetterer was asked what they did during the camp, and she said, “When we got our groups together, we all had given our groups their snacks for the day. When the kids were done with their snacks, we taught them the cheers assigned to their age group.”
The cheerleaders were asked what their favorite moment from the camp was, and Mikayla Maloney responded with, “When the girls kept asking me to do the splits because they thought it was the coolest thing.”
Elsie McNabb said, “When we all came together in the end and did our big group cheer ‘Here We Go Shamrocks’.”
Lexi answered with, “I loved being able to watch all the kids do the cheers. They are all so cute because even though they know the cheers, they always add in their own steps and it’s super cute.”
On February 1, the night of the performance, all the cheerleaders had different feelings when they performed, and Grace said, “I was excited for the girls. They worked very hard and were anxious to get out there and perform for their parents.”
Diana Ribera said, “I was so excited to perform with the little girls. They looked like they were having fun while cheering so that made me even happier. And they looked so cute while doing the cheers!”
Great work to all the cheerleaders and the little girls that performed at the game!
By: Lacie Grater
Jared Pruessner, a New Haven alumni, has taught here at New Haven High School for 10 years. He teaches Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Applied Math. Besides teaching, he also coaches Scholar Bowl, serves in various committees, and sponsors the class of 2019.
After he graduated from New Haven, Mr. Pruessner then went to Truman State University and got a degree in French. “Later, I got my math teaching certification and eventually a Master's degree from William Woods University.”
However, Mr. Pruessner had other teaching options he considered before settling in with math, as he mentioned, “I looked into some other areas in high school like accounting, journalism, or law but didn't really enjoy them.”
When asked which of his classes was his favorite to teach, he commented, “Algebra 2. It can be challenging for some but by the end I feel like we get to see how all the stuff we did relates and allows us to solve some really cool problems.”
When asked what made him want to become a teacher, he stated, “First, I tutored some students when I was in high school and really liked working with them. I also really enjoyed high school and figured I would like teaching for a career. Encouragement from Mr. Strobel and my teachers really helped too.”
Mr. Pruessner has been close to his family throughout his life and said, “My parents also were really encouraging and always stressed the importance of school.”
Continuing on the subject of his family, he mentioned, “My mom, dad, and brother moved next door to me in November. So far it's been great having them as neighbors. My sister works in the middle school (Mrs. Danielle Anderson). So I definitely see my family a lot!”
Mr. Pruessner’s final statement was, “Teaching has given me a lot of enjoyment for the past 10 years and also helped me to grow as a person. Plus I'm very thankful for all the great people, both students and faculty, that I've worked with over the years.”
Teaching can be difficult at times due to the many different attitudes students come in with, but it doesn't stop Mr. Pruessner from doing his job.
By: Miranda Durbin
The All American High School Film Festival is the largest film festival available to high school and middle school students. According to their website, AAHSFF allows students to get in touch with the resources they “crave” and also allows them to “showcase their talent” on a bigger stage.
Diana Ribera has taken on the task of representing our school through the sports category. Diana plans to enter both a cheerleading and a boys basketball video. The videos will be about two to three minutes long.
“I have some ideas so far. I’ve been busy with the cheerleading video, so I haven’t done much work on the boys basketball video, but I’m going to start soon.” Diana continued, “It’s hard, especially since I cheer during the games and can’t record it while I’m cheering.”
When asked about the categories students could choose from, Diana said: “You can make a video in any category you choose [from AAHSFF].”
When asked who could participate, Diana mentioned, “I think anyone from New Haven [schools] can enter, but as far as I know, I’m the only one entering from our school.”
Any middle schooler can enter into specific categories, and graduating seniors are also allowed to submit an entry.
Diana was also asked when the festival takes place. She said, “For free submission, you have to submit from November 1st, 2017, to April 15th, 2018.”
Other deadlines set by the AAHSFF include late submission from April 16th to May 14th ($20), final submission May 15th to June 18th ($35), and “I am a Procrastinator” from June 19th to July 1st ($50). These can be found under the FAQs tab on AAHSFF’s website.
All videos that are submitted are screened, and if chosen, there are various prizes and scholarships that students can earn. Official selections of the winning videos will be announced on July 16th. There are many different festivals students can attend, including college fairs, panels and discussions, Teen Indie Awards show, Photog Fest, and the Film Invitational. The Official Selection videos are the films that will be shown in New York at the AMC Empire 25 in Times Square on October 6th or 7th. The Film Invitational festival, where many winning films are shown, will take place in New York City on October 3rd.
When asked what inspiration she had for this competition, Diana mentioned, “I love creating videos that represent me and New Haven High. I want to challenge myself with something I’ve never done before. I want to be able to show my talent and creativity to the judges. This competition is beneficial to me because I can finally showcase my abilities.”
We are confident that Diana will represent New Haven in a positive light, and wish her the best of luck!
For more information on this competition, please visit the AAHSFF website: https://www.hsfilmfest.com/faq/
Pep Band is in full swing and has qualified to play at the Missouri State Championship basketball tournament
By: Lydia Otten
Pep Band has successfully started and has been performing at multiple home conference games at NHHS. Though they have not performed for quite some time, they are still practicing every other day, in band class, for more upcoming games. They are fine-tuning their craft and making sure they are sounding better than perfect!
Pep Band has already had a very exciting season. The band has qualified to play at the Missouri State for the Show-Me Showdown State Championship basketball tournament.
The Pep Band students were very excited to hear that they will be playing at the state tournament. Kayla Brumels, sophomore, was asked if she was excited and she said, “I was super excited because all the band members have worked so hard to accomplish this and get this far! This is a big event for all of us band members.”
The Pep Band members were also asked what their favorite things have been so far this year. Also, they were asked if they were looking forward to anything, or if they have any doubts for this season.
Mikayla Maloney, junior, answered that her favorite thing so far this season has been “learning the trombone and having Devin there to support me.”
Liz Hughes, senior, said, “I am looking forward to performing at the state games in Springfield.”
Sheny Delgado, freshman, responded when asked if she had any doubts, “No. Our band made the auditions for state, had a good marching season, and we all have fun with the songs we do. I'm sure we will do great!”
Congratulations, Pep Band, on a great season so far, and good luck with the rest of the season! If you want to support your New Haven Shamrocks Pep Band at the State Championship basketball tournament, they will be playing on March 9th, in Springfield.