Mackenzy Vedder, daughter of Kent and Tina Vedder, of New Haven has been honored as New Haven High School's D.A.R. "Good Citizen" for the 2014-2015 school year. This award, sponsored by the Valley of the Meramec Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, is given to a senior student, male or female, nominated by the faculty who best exemplifies outstanding qualities of leadership, dependability, service, and patriotism in their school, home, and community.
Who Rocks the House?
The New Haven Shamrocks faced the Silex Owls on Thursday, January 22nd, during Pack the Gym night, which had a hippie theme.
Students who attended the game dressed as hippies were awarded with spirit points--participation points that get the winning class closer to a pizza party at the end of the year. The senior class had the highest participation for the night.
The junior varsity game started off the night. The starting line-up included Mackenzie Bauer, Emma Engelbrecht, Emily Scheer, Lauren Gerlemann, and Kate Ruediger.
During first quarter, the ball was constantly traded between teams, with New Haven stealing the ball when Silex had possession. By the three minute mark, New Haven was in the lead, with a score of 9-0. Lauren Gerlemann was then granted two free throws and made one out of the two. New Haven kept on stealing the ball from Silex and sinking baskets. Near the end of the quarter, Kate Ruediger was granted two free throws, making one of two. At the end of first quarter, the score was 26-2 New Haven.
The second quarter also brought a bit of excitement when a Silex player sunk a three pointer. Play continued as normal, with the ball switching possession back and forth. Near the last two minutes of the quarter, Alison Long received three free throws. The score at halftime was 38-5, New Haven.
During the halftime shootout, Cortanie Gale and Jacob Wilson shot baskets for prizes. The idea was to make one lay-up, one free throw, one three pointer, and one half court shot in thirty seconds. Prizes included a six pack of soda for the lay-up, a candy bar for the free throw, Subway served at lunch for the three pointer, and VIP parking and an extra life in dodgeball for making the half court shot. Both Cortanie and Jacob received a six pack of soda and a candy bar for making their shots.
During the third quarter, Kate Ruediger was given two free throws, and she made both of them. Later, on the way down the floor to Silex’s basket, Emma Engelbrecht swooped in for a steal and lead New Haven to score another basket. The ball was then back in the possession of Silex once again, but Emily Scheer intercepted the ball, and New Haven scored again. The score at the end of the quarter was 60-8 with New Haven still leading.
The fourth quarter continued on with New Haven and Silex trading the ball back and forth. The ending score of the junior varsity game was 62-14, with New Haven locking in the win.
"The game went well," explained Emma Eichelberger.
The Varsity game followed immediately after the junior varsity game, with Megan Shockley, Makenzy Vedder, Molly Munsinger, Kayla Borcherding, and Taylor Covington starting.
The first quarter was a competition to keep the lead, with the ball constantly switching possession. Makenzy Vedder received two free throws and made one out of the two. Silex then threw the ball out of bounds, and the ball was back in New Haven’s possession. The score by the end of the quarter was 14-11 Silex .
During second quarter the ball was thrown out of bounds by Silex two times in the beginning of the quarter. Possession was granted to New Haven both times. New Haven then fouled Silex, and Silex was given two free throws, one of which was made. Closer to the end of the quarter, the Owls were granted two more free throws, and only one was made. With only 36.5 seconds left in the quarter, Silex fouled New Haven. The score at the end of the second quarter was 30-23, with Silex still leading.
During halftime, another shootout was held, and Trista Kormeier and Zack Vedder were the contestants. Trista Kormeier received a six pack of soda, a candy bar, and subway at lunch for making her three point shot. Zack Vedder received a six pack of soda for his lay-up.
During the third quarter, Kayla Borcherding struggled to keep possession of the ball but passed the ball just in time to keep the ball in New Haven’s possession. Silex then attempted to steal the ball, but Makenzy Vedder intercepted. The rest of the quarter was a battle to stay in the lead, with an ending score of 41-35 Silex.
The Fourth quarter was more of a battle for the ball. After Silex scored their first basket of the quarter, Coach Doug Peirick called for a full timeout. The score was 43-35 at this time. Silex made only one more basket in the game. Each time New Haven had the ball in possession, Silex would steal the ball to keep in the lead. New Haven made three more baskets after the timeout. With time becoming scarce, New Haven fouled Silex many times to try and get possession of the ball back. With only 15.6 seconds left in the quarter, Erin Scheer sunk a three point basket to pull New Haven within one point. Then, Silex stole the ball from New Haven to run out the clock, but the girls wouldn’t give up that easy and still tried to make the winning shot before the clock ran out. The New Haven Shamrocks, however, were unable to beat the Silex Owls, losing the game 45-44.
"I was upset that we lost by one point," explained Shamrock player Lindsey Nixon, "but at least we didn't lose by a landslide."
“The varsity game was intense, especially in that last minute,” mentioned NHHS senior Hannah Pehle.
Even though the Varsity team didn’t win against the Owls, it was a constant battle for the ball. The next time the Shamrocks go up against the Owls, it might just be another close game!
-by Karissa Durbin
Have you ever owned a pet? Well, chances are it was just a cat or a dog; however, some of the students here at New Haven High School have some very unusual pets.
Green and White Bearcat
Maddie Yarborough, formerly known for being StuCo president of New Haven High School, as well as cheer captain for the Shamrocks, graduated in 2014 and moved on to college. Recently, she discussed her transition from high school to college.
Ring, Ring... Ring, Ring….
Are you going to answer that? It seems most likely that the students at New Haven High are going to be answering the call. 33% of students use their phones every day for more than four hours.
Embracing Those Embarrassing Moments
Have you ever humiliated yourself in front of a crowd? Accidentally done something your friends won’t let you live down? Well, a portion of the students and teachers here at NHHS all have one of those burning memories.
Snap and Chat
When you hear teens talking these days, you can often hear one question being asked, “Have you seen my snapchat story?”
The popular snapchat app that allows teens to “chat” using photos, videos, and captions was invented by 23-year-old co-founder Evan Spiegel. Snapchat is popular among teens for many reasons.
But First, Let's Take a Selfie
If one were to ask, “When did the selfie begin?” most people would answer, “Oh, sometime within the last ten years.” However, that answer would be incorrect.
Monday night, the Shamrocks and the North Callaway Thunderbirds went neck and neck, scoring basket after basket during the first quarter. Going into halftime, the Thunderbirds outscored the Shamrocks 16 to 9, which put the Shamrocks down 29 to 14.
Coming out of the half, the Shamrocks picked up the pace and had quicker ball movement. Junior Lauren Bergner stated, “ I thought our offense was more efficient in the second half.” The Shamrocks battled back, but the Thunderbirds held the lead and won the game 49-39. Senior Megan Shockley led the team in points with ten, and senior Mackenzy Vedder had nine. The Shamrocks’ next game would be Wednesday night against the Russellville Indians.
To start the Wednesday night second-round game, the Shamrocks took on the Indians. The game started off slow, but to end the first quarter, the Indians took the lead 11 to 4. The Indians pushed the ball up the court and set a lot of ball screens, which caused the Shamrocks to begin switching all screens. The Indians’ half court, full court press caused the Shamrocks to fumble the ball, which resulted in turnovers. However, after the half, the Shamrocks began to handle the pressure better and find the open girl on offense. Even so, the Shamrocks ended up losing, which meant they would play Friday at 6:00 against Montgomery County in the seventh place game.
During Friday night’s game, the Shamrocks started off a little edgy and made unnecessary turnovers in the first few seconds of the game. Coach Peirick quickly called a timeout, which seemed to calm the girls down. The girls immediately turned their game around, quickly scoring and taking the lead over the Wildcats. Junior Erin Scheer was on fire. She went 6 for 9 from the field and one for two on her free throws. “I was pretty worried before the game because I couldn't make anything in warmups! I, like everyone else on the team, really wanted to win, so I just tried to add as much as I could to that effort,” stated Scheer.
Seniors Megan Shockley and Molly Munsinger both went 3 for 5 from the field and both hit five free throws. “We shot a lot of free throws Thursday night in practice, which you could definitely see the improvement in Friday night’s game,” stated Munsinger. The Shamrocks responded well to the Wildcats’ zone and match up zone defense. Also, senior Carlie Steinbeck was able to pick up a charge.
It was mid-way through the fourth quarter when the Wildcats began playing man defense and putting on a press that the Shamrocks began to fumble the ball. In the end, though, the Shamrocks persevered to win the game 52 to 40.
The Shamrocks and Wildcats will battle it out again Monday night on New Haven’s court.
-by Molly Munsinger
The December Student of the Month is Senior Kyle Ruediger. Kyle is the son of Eric and Pam Ruediger. He is active in basketball, baseball, FBLA, FCA, and NHS.
Society’s Style: Leggings
Leggings have become a very popular trend in today’s society. Women wear them as an everyday casual outfit or something that they can wear underneath that one dress that is just too short. From little dresses to big shirts, girls constantly have leggings on underneath.
Braids are Back!
According to dictionary.com, “A trend is usually defined as something that is going in a general direction in which it is developing or changing.” Braids are an unusual example of a trend, though.
Friday Night Fun
It’s been a long, stressed school-filled week in New Haven, Missouri, and Friday night is quickly approaching. What are your plans? Are you headed to the Walt or ice skating at the DHL? Maybe you just want to stay home! No matter what your preference, everybody’s got different plans for Friday night. Here’s what the students of NHHS have to say about their Friday night fun:
You Gotta Fight to Win!
The New Haven Shamrocks Girls’ basketball teams continued the basketball season with their first conference game of the new year, facing the Union Lady Wildcats on Monday, January 5th.
Ringing in the New Year
People all over the world are always looking for ways to change themselves or something in their lives. The new year is a time to decide on what these things are and why they’re important. Most people, however, wait until the following year to complete these goals. Throughout New Haven High School, there are a variety of different New Year’s Resolutions that are circulating among the student body, ranging from weight loss to becoming a better person.
Life of a King
Martin Luther King, Jr., what a name, and what a man! Throughout all this nation he is known for his efforts in the Civil Rights Movement against the racism that was once in our country. With the celebration of his life coming up, it is a good time to dive into Biogrophy.com’s article on him and remember, not just what he did, but who he was.
Mrs. Smith's Class "Wins the game"
Each year, the middle school students at New Haven Middle School compete against one another in a door decorating contest. There are four homeroom teachers at New Haven Middle School; therefore, there are four classes in the competition. Mr. Carey and Mrs. Smith are the two eighth grade sponsors, and Mr. Scheer and Mrs. Westermeyer are the two seventh grade sponsors.
Have you ever wondered where someone comes across the most hideous Christmas Sweater you have ever seen? Some people borrow the sweaters from their moms and grandmas, while others browse resale shops to find the perfect, or not so perfect, sweater. Kate Weiser, the winner of the New Haven High School Ugly Sweater Contest, did something extraordinary compared to her peers.
King Kyle and Queen Kashaf
The New Haven Winterball dance was held on Friday, December 19, 2014, between the Junior Varsity and the Varsity game. The candidates were one boy and one girl from each class.
The New Haven Shamrocks took on the St. James Tigers at home on Friday, the 19th of December. This was the first conference game of the season, along with being the night of Winterball Coronation, and it was a close battle for both the junior varsity and varsity teams.
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