By: Brandon Young
Casey’s General Store recently started their rewards program at the beginning of January. You earn rewards every time you purchase something at Caseys, and you can save these points to either buy items, save money on gas, or even donate to your local schools. This helps schools afford the things they need the most. Over 35,000 schools have been supported by Casey’s “Cash for Classrooms” program. These donations are distributed to schools twice a year in April and December with a check made out directly to the school.
To see how it is affecting our school, I decided to ask some Casey’s employees if they have had donations to New Haven School District since the rewards program’s launch.
Casey’s employee Willy Scheibel says, “I sometimes donate to the school when I buy my lunch while at work.”
Casey’s employee Jose Vallejo says, “I’ve heard customers at the registers who were donating.”
Dr. Joshua Hoener was asked what the money is being used for and replied with, “The money can be used when there aren't sufficient funds in the budget for a needed item. We also use this money for items we don't want to use tax dollars to purchase. Examples of such purchases are the TV in the cafeteria and the camera used to live stream games to that TV.”
Dr. Hoener also said, “AmazonSmile benefits the New Haven School District Foundation, a non-profit organization in our community that donates money toward large projects such as the Track Project a few years ago.”
There are also other ways to help NHSD raise money. For example, Amazon has their “Amazon Smile” program, and then there’s the “Box Tops for Education” program, and Peoples Savings Bank has their rewards cards which help schools too. The NHSD also does things to help our school by recycling over at the elementary, along with various fundraisers as well.
Casey’s has donated over $50,000 to schools around the nation. The rewards program has only been active for a little over 2 months, and already it has made such a huge impact on our schools. Just imagine how much of an impact we’ll see in a year, or even as far as five or ten years. The impact could change schools forever.
Landowners can learn how using prescribed fire can improve their land at a free workshop.
WARRENTON, Mo.--The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will hold a free prescribed burn workshop for landowners, followed by a demonstration burn, at the Warrenton MU Extension Center, 107 West Walton in Warrenton. The workshop will take place Friday, March 6 from 9 a.m. – 4 pm.
This workshop is part of MDC’s commitment to work with landowners interested in learning how to properly and safely utilize prescribed fire to manage grasslands, prairies, woodlands, glades and other natural communities on their land. Prescribed fire when used properly can benefit both native plants and wildlife.
Taught by MDC certified burners, participants will learn about the value and purpose of prescribed fire as a land management tool and will receive instruction on how to safely and effectively plan and conduct a controlled burn. The workshop will cover proper methods and techniques used for implementing controlled burns, burn equipment availability and use, and developing burn plans. Lunch will also be provided at no charge.
After lunch, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in an actual demonstration burn if weather permits. If weather conditions do not favorable for a safe burn, other practical field exercises will be substituted.
Participants should dress for the weather and have protective eyewear, leather gloves, leather boots, a handkerchief or bandana, water bottle, and clothing made of natural fibers. Clothing made from synthetic materials should be avoided if possible due to its high flammability.
The workshop is free, but seating is limited. For reservations, call MDC Private Land Conservationist Lia Heppermann at 636-583-2303, ext. 3110 or email Lia.Heppermann@mdc.mo.gov.
For more on prescribed burns, go online to https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZQz.
By: Paige Remillard
New Haven High School recently held an All-Conference Choir event. All-Conference Choir is an honors choir that is made up of students in the 4Rivers area. On Tuesday, February 11th, students from Owensville, Hermann, St. James, Sullivan, Pacific, Union, St. Clair and New Haven choir sang at two different schools. The All-Conference Choir students were directed by Pamela Grooms. This year only three students were chosen from New Haven High School for All-Conference Choir: senior Grace Allgaier, senior Destiny Lafferty, and sophomore Justin Schroeder.
Every year students from schools in the area audition in the fall to make the All-Conference Choir. Students who make All-Conference Choir then go to two different schools to perform the songs they learned. This year's hosts were Union High School and New Haven High School.
The students who make All-Conference Choir rehearse on their own with their choir director before meeting up a few days before their performance. The students rehearse the songs that they are to sing in front of everyone on the Saturday before the performance. That is the only time the students rehearse as a group.
New Haven opened the assembly with their entire choir class singing “Rhythm of Life” and “Peace I Leave With You” to all the students in the gym. After the New Haven choir class finished their opening song, all the All-Conference Choir students then set up to sing all their songs.
The songs they sang this year were “Circa Mea,” “Flower of Beauty,” “Ad Astra,” and “Legacy of Life.” There was one solo and a trio that sang from another school. They sang in the song “Circa Mea.”
When asked how some of the students from New Haven felt when they performed, Grace Allgaier’s response was, “It was a lot of fun. It was nerve-wracking singing in front of the school but it was okay because no one could see me.”
Justin Schroeder, sophomore, commented, “[I felt] confident and wonderful, and it was an amazing experience.”
When junior Chloe Lueckenhoff was asked how she felt about fellow students being part of All-Conference Choir, she said, “I liked it because we had a part in something bigger and better.”
This year the students participating in the All-Conference Choir did an amazing job. New Haven wishes the students best of luck next year.
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By: Austin Yochim
The New Haven Shamrocks battled it out with the St. Clair Bulldogs Friday night on Valentine’s Day. Even though the Shamrocks lost 65-54 to the Bulldogs, they still put up a fight till overtime. Between the JV and Varsity game, there was also a Homecoming coronation. There were six candidates each from the junior and senior class. From the junior class were Caroline Otten, Hannah Rethemeyer, Ellie Westermeyer, Owen Borcherding, Jacob Engelbrecht, and Matthew Otten. The candidates for the senior class were Lauren Hoerstkamp, Lauralie Grater, Kayla Brumels, Demetri Pataky, Hunter Garren, and Jay Eichelberger.
Coach Aaron Peirick said, “Our shots weren't there and we had a horrible second half but our boys played hard throughout the game. And if we had one less mistake there might have been a different outcome to the game.”
Senior Lydia Otten replied about who she voted for in the Homecoming coronation. “I voted for Caroline and Jay. Caroline is my sister so I would have obviously voted for her and it would have been really cool if she would have won. I voted for Jay because he is a person that everyone should strive to be. He is a good leader of the senior class and someone that underclassmen should look at to be a role model for them.”
Senior Natalie Pecaut replied about the seniors who played their last game at home: “They told us it would go by fast and it really did. Some people literally grew up in that gym, either if you had siblings before you who played sports and you went to all their games, or if you were a multi-sport athlete. Many of us have spent countless hours in that gym and we wouldn't want it any other way! It was fun watching you boys!”
Junior Maria Sheible responded about the game, “I thought the boys played hard and kept their heads up even when the refs made bad calls.” She also responded about the seniors’ last game, “I know they were wanting a win, especially with it being their last home game, and it being Homecoming, but I think that they really stepped up and gave it their all.”
Congrats to Lauren Hoerstkamp and Demetri Pataky for getting Homecoming king and queen. And to all the senior basketball players, we are all proud of you. Even if you didn't win, you still put up a fight and walked off that court with your heads up.
By: Samuel Penning
The New Haven boys varsity team defeated the Hermann Bearcats during Pack the Gym night on Tuesday, February 11th. The final score of the game was 47 to 33, and this puts the varsity record at 15-6. A Google form was sent out to the members of the varsity team asking their opinions on how the game went.
When asked how they thought the game went overall, Luke Gerlemann, senior, answered, “I think it went really [well], especially since we won.”
Zachary Groner, junior, stated, “I think it was a very hard-fought game. We played hard the entire game, and most importantly we stayed composed through all the obstacles the game sent toward us.”
Matthew Otten, junior, said, “The game was a very good performance from both teams.”
The team was then asked how they could improve overall.
John Liggett, junior, stated, “I think we need to work on our free throws.”
Luke Gerlemann said, “We could improve on our offense and shot selection.”
When asked if they had any favorite moments or highlights from the game, Zachary Groner answered, “My favorite moment was when the [Hermann] coach got a technical.”
Nolen Brown, junior, stated, “My favorite moment was when Jay got a big steal near the end of the game.”
Good job to the varsity team, and good luck to them through the rest of their season.
By: Keerstin Mason
From February 10 through February 14, New Haven High’s Student Council threw their annual Spirit Week. A full week with exciting school days of dressing up, a pep assembly, and the Homecoming dance was planned for the student body.
On Monday, New Haven High started off with students dressing up as if they were ready for some shut-eye-- it was Pajama Day. Tuesday brought in our cowboys and cowgirls from around town for Western Day. Groups of twins, whether they are sisters from a different mister or brothers from another mother, came to school on Wednesday for Twin Day. Students threw on their best green and white gear for Thursday. With Thursday being a green and white day, students put on a pep assembly for the upcoming Homecoming game, including songs from the pep band, Valentine’s Day games for the candidates, and a game called Finish the Lyrics for the student body.
On Friday night, students gathered in the gym, just before the Varsity boys were set to play, to hear who the new king and queen of 2020 Homecoming was. After the game against St. Clair, students piled up in the school for their yearly Homecoming dance.
The student body was asked what they liked about the Spirit Week days. Dominick Cox, a freshman, said, “Western [Day], because it looks good.”
Wyatt Anthony, a freshman, expressed, “PJ day [was my favorite]. I liked it because I could be comfy.”
New Haven students also threw out other ideas for different Spirit Week days in the future. McKenzie Pecaut, a senior, said, “I would pick Hawaiian Day because it's been so cold that we need a day to dress up to get ready for summer.”
Tessa Schweich, a freshman, voiced, “Tank Top Day, but later in the year-- not in colder weather.”
Students were asked if they could bring back one day from the past Spirit Week days, what would they bring back? Grace White, sophomore, said she would bring back “Injury Day”.
Peers were asked what they liked about the whole week. Lauralie Grater, a senior, commented, “My favorite part was Homecoming coronation.”
Lindsey Steinbeck, a freshman, said her favorite part of this week was “Homecoming”.
Spirit Week was a great way to show your creative side but to also dress up in a crazy outfit for a day. Hope the next years to come are as fun as this week!
By: Caroline Otten
“Tweet!”, goes the whistle as the first basketball game for the night started. The New Haven Shamrocks faced the Hermann Bearcats on Monday, February 10, 2020. The night started off with the JV girls winning 42-33. The Varsity girls followed where they fought to end the game with a score of 47-62. After the game the athletes were asked a few questions.
The first question asked was if there was anything the athletes needed to work on and if so, what.
Senior McKenzie Overschmidt said, “I think I need to be able to handle more pressure and look up the floor.”
Freshman Brenna Langenberg answered, “Yes, I need to work on shooting [unforced] three point shots. Most of my threes are rushed and I never get my feet set.”
Junior Ellie Westermeyer replied, “I feel like we need to work on being smarter with our passes and focusing on our shots.”
They were then asked what their thoughts on the game were.
Freshman Lindsey Steinbeck explained, “I thought it was an aggressive and entertaining game.”
Junior Madison Langenberg said, “I think the score gap could have definitely been less.”
McKenzie Overschmidt answered, “I was very happy-- that was the first ever game I have [scored points] in the 20s!! Also, we played great as a team and our shooting was very consistent.”
Ellie Westermeyer replied, “I thought we played much harder than we have played them before.”
Great job, Shamrocks, and good luck on the rest of your season!
By: Ellie Westermeyer
On February 3, the New Haven girls basketball team beat Pacific at home. This was the Shamrocks’ first conference win for the season. This was also one of the makeup games due to a snow day. After a hard game played the Shamrocks won with a score of 54-51.
The starters were McKenzie Overschmidt, Madison Langenberg, Ellie Westermeyer, Hannah Rethemeyer, and Mackenzie Wilson. The alternates were Meagan Holtmeyer, Kayla Brumels, Lexi Sidwell, Grace Faris, Caroline Otten, Natalie Covington, Peyton Sumpter, and Brenna Langenberg.
After the game the Shamrocks were asked how they thought the team played.
Senior McKenzie Overschmidt said, “I think I played hard because I want to go out with a bang on these last few home games I have left. Also I think the team played really well under pressure.”
Sophomore Peyton Sumpter added, “Our team did great. We fought till the end of every play and played a really good game offensively and defensively, but most importantly we never gave up.”
Junior Madison Langenberg responded with, “I played very well. It was my best game of the season and I also think the team played really hard as well.”
Junior Ellie Westermeyer commented, “I thought we played very well and played hard the whole game and it was a great team win.”
The Shamrocks were then asked how it felt to get their first conference win.
McKenzie Overschmidt said, “It felt great! That was a big confidence builder added to the team. Now let’s hope we can build on it and become stronger and better and pull out some more wins!”
Peyton Sumpter added, “Amazing-- knowing we battled hard for it made the win even better.”
Madison Langenberg replied, “It felt really good to beat them because they were a really good team.”
Keep up the great work, Shamrocks!
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Adolph A. Poese, 88, of New Haven, Missouri, passed away Monday, February 17, 2020 at University of Missouri Medical Center, Columbia, Missouri.
Adolph was born on the home place in New Haven, Missouri on April 10, 1931, a son of the late Emanuel & Clara (Unger) Poese.
He was the husband of Carolyn (Gruber) Poese. They were united in marriage on December 12, 1964, in Berger, Missouri. Carolyn survives in Hermann.
Adolph is also survived by two daughters, Debra Poese, of Columbia, Missouri; and Angie Scheer & husband Jim, of New Haven, Missouri, by two grandchildren, Erin & Emily Scheer, by two nieces, three nephews, and a brother-in-law & sister-in-law, Myron & Carol Gruber, of Union, Missouri. He is preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Leona Brumley, a brother-in-law, Paul Brumley, and a nephew, David Brumley.
Adolph proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a member of St. Peter's United Church of Christ, New Haven, the New Haven American Legion, and the New Haven V.F.W. He was a farmer his whole life.
Visitation will be held Thursday, February 20th from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Toedtmann & Grosse Funeral Home, New Haven.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 11:00 a.m. at St. Peter's United Church of Christ, New Haven, with Rev. David Poe officiating.
Burial will be at Cedar Cemetery, New Haven. Memorials may be given to St. Peter's U.C.C Building Fund or Missouri 4-H Foundation Scholarship Fund. C/O Toedtmann & Grosse Funeral Home.
By: Dalyla Hurst
Photo by: Katelyn Byers
On Tuesday, February 4th, New Haven High School held Senior Night to recognize all senior athletes. Senior Night was held after the JV boys game against Chamois and before the varsity girls game. This is a tradition that our school does every year to highlight our senior athletes.
Seniors were asked about their favorite part of Senior Night.
Lauralie Grater commented, “My two sisters walked down because my mom couldn’t make it. When I got to the center of the court I hugged my sister Abby first and then hugged Lacie. Lacie made me laugh so hard because she gave this look even though I still gave her a hug.”
McKenzie Overschmidt responded, “I liked that I walked down with my parents because I got to hug both of them and experience the event with them.”
Lydia Otten said, “I just enjoyed the whole night.”
Seniors were also asked what advice they would give to lowerclassmen.
Lauralie Grater said, “Don’t take anything for granted. Live your life to the fullest and never give up on what you love. Play your hardest and be close to your team and lastly, have fun.”
McKenzie Overschmidt wrote, “Do your best in everything and go 110%, because once it is over you can’t get it back, and also have fun while doing it!”
Lydia Otten commented, “If someone doesn't like you, don’t spend your time trying to impress them and get them to like you. It's their loss.”
Listen up, lowerclassmen, you may think that you have a lot of time left, but the end of high school will be here before you know it.
By: Bernabe Ribera
Valentine’s Day is a special day for people to spend time with their special someone. It is also a day to appreciate the people you love and cherish in your life. Many people have their own view on Valentine’s Day. A Google form was sent out to NHHS students to see what they think about Valentine’s Day.
Madison Langenberg, junior, said, “I like Valentine’s Day, because I like getting chocolate.”
Nolen Brown, junior, has stated, “I think Valentine’s is a nice holiday; however, I don't think it is needed. If you truly love someone, you should show them gratification all the time and not just one specific day.”
“It is a good holiday, because it doesn't have anything to do with religion so people can't get offended by anything,” replied David Miller, junior.
When asked if there should be a day for single people, Jenna Haeffner, senior, replied by saying, “Yes, we should, and I would name it Single Valentine's Day.”
“No, because that would be a little odd and I don't think anything would make sense to name it,” exclaimed Madison Langenberg.
Allyssa Taylor responded with, “I think that Valentine's Day should be for everyone, even if you're single.”
“Yes. That way people who often don't get to experience the affection like those who do Valentine’s may get that affection,” stated Nolen Brown.
Johnna Bloch, senior, replied with, “Yes! Because I am so lonely. I have no clue what it should be called, but something lit.”
Many people had plans for Valentine’s Day. Here are what some of the students planned for this special day.
Jenna Haeffner said, “My plans are eating chocolate and watching movies by myself.”
“I'm going out to eat for dinner with my boyfriend,” replied Madison Langenberg.
Allyssa Taylor replied with, “I'm planning on having a bonfire at my house.”
“Uh, nothing, [because] love is fake,” happily exclaimed Brande Kubiak, junior.
David Miller responded by saying, “Watch the basketball game, and maybe go out to the movies.”
Well, it looks like NHHS students had a blast on Valentine’s Day. As you can see, some people enjoyed Valentine’s Day while others had a different opinion on it. Nonetheless, hopefully everyone had a good day, and for those who spent time with a loved one, Happy Valentine’s Day.
By: Brande Kubiak
For the past month and a half New Haven School District has been experiencing a considerably high amount of snow days. Our last snow days were on February 5th and 6th.
The students were asked what they usually do on their days off and junior Daniel Huff responded by saying, “I try to catch up on the sleep I’ve lost because of school.”
Freshman Brenna Langenberg also said, “I usually sleep in late and not do any of my homework.”
Freshman Lindsey Steinbeck also responded with, “I sit around and basically do nothing till my dogs want to play, then I run around the house about 3 times chasing them. Next, I realize this is too much work for me on a snow day. Finally, I sit on the couch and eat ice cream and chicken nuggets until I realize I might have to go to school tomorrow and go to bed. It's basically like that every snow day.”
Some of the students were also asked what they did on the last snow day they had and junior Caroline Otten said, “I went out to our farm and hung out with my cousins and went sledding and drove around on our four-wheelers.”
Junior Natalie Buchheit also said, “I went to the Ice Cream Shoppe with my friends, drove around a little bit, and then went to my dance class.”
Freshman Jessica Underwood responded with, “I slept in all day.”
The students were asked what they liked most about snow days and freshman Kate Jones claimed, “I like getting to sleep in late.”
Senior McKenzie Pecaut also said, “Not having to go to school and getting to relax.”
Junior Madison Langenberg responded saying, “I like not having to wake up and go to school.”
Lastly, the students were asked what they like least about snow days and senior Sam Penning said, “I often forget what homework I had to do.”
Sophomore Emily Delgado responded, “I dislike missing classes because lessons can get rushed due to time and the teacher might move up a test or shorten a lesson.”
Freshman Andrew Rethemeyer said, “I have to work on the days I don’t go to school.”
Hopefully, spring will come soon, Shamrocks!
The New Haven Athletic Boosters is going to auction off the gym chairs at the Dinner Auction on March 21. We would like all state champion team members, managers, and coaches to sign these chairs.
The chairs are in the high school office and people can stop by Monday-Friday between 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
We realize that time doesn't work for everyone. Please contact Jaime Hoener at 573-237-2629 or firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a time to sign the chairs on the weekend or in the evening. Please help spread the word!
Citizens Bank has been offering shamrock debit cards through their school spirit debit card program beginning in 2012. Since then, Citizens Bank has donated $32,023.40 to New Haven School District and a total of $106,910.00 to six different local school districts. At this time, Citizens Bank would like to present this year’s check in the amount of $5,153.60 to New Haven School District. Citizens Bank is a proud supporter of our community schools and would like to thank everyone who has helped make these donations possible by using your Shamrock debit cards!
From left: Principal: Tina Wnuk, Kim Hoffmann, Katie Peirick, Courtney Yowell, Tracy Langenberg, Kim Kohlbusch, Leeann Bauer, and Superintendent: Josh Hoener.
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