Today at approximately 12:00pm, The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Dollar General Store in Gray Summit. The manager reported a male came into the store and stole several items. When the suspect left, the manager followed him as he drove down Hwy MM. The manager stopped following the suspect vehicle after a handgun was displayed from a window and she heard what she believed were gunshots. The manager then returned to the store. The suspect is described as a white male wearing a blue hat, black jacket, red tee-shirt and blue jeans. The suspect vehicle is described as a silver colored convertible sedan. Deputies are actively working the investigation, if anyone has any information contact the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office at 636.583.2560
New Haven High School Senior, Nathan Ford, signs with Hannibal-LaGrange University to run Indoor/Outdoor Track and Cross Country.
Pictured above: (seated) Nathan Ford and Mother, Elizabeth Bennett. (Standing) Hannibal LaGrange Track and Cross Country Coach, Andy Lemons, with New Haven High School Track and Cross Country Coach, John Tucker.
By: Olivia Williams
On Tuesday, October 10, the New Haven volleyball teams hosted their annual Pink Out game against the Pacific Indians. The varsity beat Pacific 25-21 in the first set and 25-12 in the second set.
Varsity head coach Jaime Hoener was asked, “How did you feel the team did as a whole?” Coach Hoener replied with, “I thought the girls played well against Pacific, especially in the 2nd set. Pacific is a good team and we knew we had to play well if we were going to win.”
Senior setter MacKenzie Bauer stated, “I personally think we played pretty well. Yes, we made silly mistakes, but that's all part of the game. I feel that we are starting to play with more enthusiasm and more as a team, which makes me excited for the post season that is coming up.”
Coach Hoener was also asked if any players specifically stood out to her, and she stated, “I thought MacKenzie Bauer did a good job of distributing the ball to all of our hitters. We usually seem to play well on Pink Out night.”
When asked why this Pink Out game is so special, Mrs. Hoener replied, “I think it's a great event that Peoples Savings Bank puts on, and the shirts that they donate are appreciated not only by the NHHS students, but by the entire community.”
MacKenzie Bauer was asked what her favorite thing about the Pink Out game was. She replied with, “I have too many favorite things about the Pink Out game. I loved the atmosphere that the crowd brought, I loved the enthusiasm we played with and that when things didn't go our way, we never gave up. I also was happy with the outcome of our game, considering that was our last regular season home game!”
Claire Meyer, outside hitter for the Shamrocks, also stated, “The crowd had a great energy and they made it fun. We play our best when we are having fun!”
“It was nice to see the support from our classmates. It created a really fun atmosphere,” said middle hitter Grace Soete.
With districts right around the corner, Coach Hoener stated, “I think there’s always room for improvement and we’ll work hard in practice each day to get better!”
The Pink Out game was a fun and enthusiastic game. The crowd brought an energetic atmosphere to the gym and the girls played their hearts out. Great job, ladies!
By: Miranda Durbin
Throughout New Haven students’ schooling, they are encouraged to think about their futures. Students have already been exposed to programs such as Missouri Connections-- a website for students to explore their career interests and options-- to help them start thinking about life after high school.
New Haven students were recently polled about their plans after high school. Out of all 4 classes, 51 students responded via Google Forms.
About 83% of 51 students are planning on attending college. The remaining 17% plan to serve in the United States Armed Forces, attend a technical school, or go straight into the workforce.
Of the same 51 students, 77% hope to start their career, college, or military service after high school, while the remaining 23% plan to start in the next five years following graduation or are not attending college.
When asked what those college-bound students would like to major in, the results span as far as Animal Bioscience to Criminal Justice.
Many students aren’t sure of their futures, and are not yet decided on a set-in-stone plan. This flexibility allows students to explore their options to find their best fit in the world.
Results were off the charts when students were asked to identify their favorite or dream college. Mizzou topped the results with 24%, and Missouri State was another common denominator with 16% of the votes. The remaining 75% of students entered their own answers, from East Central and Truman, to Penn State, Harvard, and Alabama State.
Elizabeth Hughes, a senior at New Haven that wants to major in Biochemistry at Mizzou, stated, “I am excited for graduation. After ordering our cap and gown within the first few months of school, everything became very surreal to me.”
“I’m imploding from the stress, but I know it’ll all be worth it in the end,” Emily Knoppe, fellow senior, commented regarding her thoughts on college. She wishes to attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago to obtain her major in Animation.
Students may not know where they wish to go in life, but as alumni of New Haven, their path will certainly follow the outline of the tradition of excellence.
Good luck to all the hardworking students at New Haven. And for the seniors: good luck in your endeavors beyond graduation. In the words of an unknown author, “take pride in how far you’ve come, and have faith in how far you can go.”
State qualifier cross country shirts can be ordered at the link below.
Orders are due by noon on Tuesday.
Shirts can be picked up after school on Thursday.
Shamrock Conversations: Katherine Ann Taylor
By: Diana Ribera
Katherine Ann Taylor is the choir teacher at New Haven Middle and High School; she is also the music teacher at the elementary school, where she is involved in a yearbook group as well.
Mrs. Taylor went to St. Charles West High School and graduated in 1998. In 2003, she graduated from Lindenwood University, where she double-majored in Music Education and Music Performance, specializing in all woodwind instruments.
Mrs. Taylor was asked what inspired her to become a teacher, and her response was, “My middle school band teacher, Mr. Drury-- he saw something in me at a time I needed it the most.”
She said her favorite thing is teaching music theories because it interests her the most.
When questioned about why she wanted to work in New Haven, she responded, “I enjoy the students here. I have had most of them since kindergarten and it has been wonderful watching everyone grow up through the years.”
Mrs. Taylor has three brothers and one sister. She has two daughters, one who is 10 years old, and the other who is 5 years old. She is very passionate about her family because, according to Mrs. Taylor, they are everything to her.
Mrs. Taylor was asked some little trivia questions about herself, and here’s what she had to say. One of her pet peeves is disrespectful people. Her favorite shows are “Dr. Who”, “Supernatural”, and “Criminal Minds”. Her favorite type of movies are musicals and Sci-Fi movies. Her favorite foods are pizza and Chinese food. And finally, a quote she wants students to know about is “Be better than you were yesterday.”
Thank you, Mrs. Taylor, for being part of the New Haven community. Also, thank you for being part of our Tradition of Excellence!
By: Lydia Otten
With the help of TV/Video’s equipment, Lauren Gerlemann and Diana Ribera both sent in videos to two competitions to compete for prizes. Lauren’s video was submitted in hopes of winning a $500 Best Buy gift card, and Diana’s video is up for a $5,000 cash prize.
The video Lauren sent in was about why the students of NHHS appreciate Mr. Stutzman.
Lauren said, “I was nervous because I was in TV/Video last year, and I was such a perfectionist at it that it took me till Christmas to finish the swimming intramurals video. So, when I heard I had to make a video and have it done in a short amount of time, I kind of panicked.”
Lauren said that, to get ideas flowing, she watched videos from previous years to see what other students did and how they fulfilled the assignment.
Mrs. Borcherding said that with the $500 gift card, the class will purchase a new camera lens. She said that they can buy a lot of items with this gift card.
The video Diana Ribera sent in was about how we as a school love NHHS.
Diana said, “I was nervous because I had to make a less-than-one-minute video about why we love our school and what we were going to do with the money. It was so nerve-wracking!”
She also said that it was not hard to come up with ideas. Once people started telling her why they loved this school it became easier.
Mrs. Borcherding said that with the $5,000 cash prize, the class would refurbish the current studio filming room with hanging lights, sound absorbing panels, and a rolling tripod.
Diana was asked how she thinks the video will do, and she commented with, “I hope that it does well. I think it has to go through three rounds in order to win. I mean, even if we don't win, I think that the video was perfect to me.”
When Lauren was asked how she thinks her video will do, she responded with, “I think it will do okay. I didn't have a lot of time to work on the project before it was due, so I think for what I captured, it will do okay in the competition.”
As said in Diana’s video, with this money, the TV/Video class will be able to show the community all the great things they can do. Good luck to Diana and Lauren!
Pre-State Interview with Coach Hoener.
By: Kenzie Bauer
Both boys and girls basketball seasons are swiftly approaching, as all of the fall sports wind down and come to a close. Both varsity boys and girls are looking forward to their winter sport season.
Boys and girls, freshmen through senior basketball athletes, have already been attending conditioning after school and have been practicing their skills before school. Coaches are getting their athletes ready for the upcoming season.
Girls varsity head coach Doug Peirick was asked how he felt about the upcoming season. He replied with, “We have 5 good quality players returning from last year’s 20-8 team, and I believe that as long as we stay free from injuries, we should and could have as good or better season than last year.”
Senior player Lauren Gerlemann has been an essential part of the varsity team since her sophomore year. She has been one of the leading scorers for New Haven these past two years. Lauren was asked how she feels about her last year being an athlete for the New Haven basketball program and if she plans to continue her basketball career outside of high school.
She stated, “I'm sad that this is my last year, but I'm also excited to see what the future season brings. I do not plan to continue my basketball career outside of high school.”
Boys varsity head coach Aaron Peirick was also asked how he feels with his upcoming season. His response was, “I'm excited to see how good we can be. I thought we had a pretty good summer and played some pretty good basketball. We got plenty of varsity experience returning and guys coming up from the JV that are ready to contribute at the varsity level. We have a little bit of everything: athletic guys, smart guys, long guys, quick guys, strong guys, and dirty work guys.”
He continued: “We do need to fill some leadership roles on our team-- that is one hole that was left by graduation. We should be able to score inside and out and maybe even get into transition a little more than we have here lately. We have several things we need to work on but I'm excited to see how good we can be by February, especially if we can stay healthy. If we can work consistently at a high level, day in and day out, we could surprise some people.”
Senior player Aiden Bailey was asked how he feels about his last year as an athlete on the basketball team. He commented, “I think that this year is going to be a good one. We can't change how the season ended last year, but we can make a lot of improvements to make sure it doesn't happen again. We have a pretty good squad of guys coming back and I have high expectations for us this year. We have a great shot at winning districts and we aren't going to be pleased if we don't succeed.”
New Haven coaches are getting their players ready for their upcoming season, both hoping for an even better season than before.
Thor: Ragnarok Movie Preview
By: Mitchell Meyer
Thor: Ragnarok will be latest Marvel film to join the Marvel Comics Universe. The movie will be based on the Ragnarok storyline from the comics. The movie will also borrow some elements from the Planet Hulk storyline, where Hulk was sent into space by Tony Stark, Reed Richards, and Dr. Steven Strange, and landed on Sakaar.
Some elements in the movie are the fight scene between Hulk and Thor, and one of Hulk’s Warbound showing up in the movie. What is happening in the MCU with Hulk though, is that after destroying about a whole city, he took off in a plane after the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Cate Blanchett will be playing the villain Hela. Some other villains that show up will be Surter and Fenris Wolf. Hulk will fight both. When Thor fights Hela, he recruits the help of Loki and she stops Mjolnir mid-air and crushes it in her hand. He is then presumably sent to the Battleworld, where he fights Hulk. Once gets out of the Battleworld, he recruits the help of Valkyrie to stop Hela.
This movie will go straight into Avengers: Infinity War, just like the 2018 movie Black Panther. The movie is sure to be funny and great so don’t miss it when it comes out on November 2, 2017.
By: Lexi Oetterer
The 2017-2018 cheerleading season officially started on Monday, October 23, when their practices began. This season there are 8 athletes on the team: 7 girls and 1 boy. The team consists of senior Lydia Pataky; juniors Grace Soete, Lexi Oetterer, Diana Ribera, Elsie McNabb, Mikayla Maloney, Megan Boehmer; and sophomore Bernabe Ribera. Mischki Soete is this year's returning cheerleading coach, who has helped coach for two years prior.
“I'm very excited about the season and hope everyone stays healthy. There are new cheers and stunts to learn,” commented Coach Soete. “It will take work and determination, but I feel the squad is ready for it.”
The team has already picked out and ordered their uniforms, including shoes, bows, and traveling jackets. They have also started fundraising for the upcoming season by selling chicken at the Penn-State Chicken Stand this summer and selling cotton candy at the Balloon Festival September 30th.
This is the first time the New Haven High School cheerleading team has had a male cheerleader, and the cheerleaders are really excited about it.
“I think it's awesome! It's brave of him to do it,” said Grace Soete.
Bernabe Ribera was asked how he felt about being the first male cheerleader, and he replied, “Since I am the first male cheerleader in New Haven history… I am a little nervous for performing in front of people.”
According to the squad, they are very excited for all the new members and stunts they have this year, as well as for making new cheers as the season goes on.
“I'm looking forward to making new cheers for this year. It'll be something new, and it'll be interesting to try to incorporate some sort of dance routine. I also can't wait to try out the new stunts we have practiced in a cheer camp we went to this summer,” said Diana Ribera. “A lot of new things may happen this year for the cheerleaders.”
Best of luck to all the new and returning cheerleaders this year.
The District Cross Country Meet will be held Saturday in Bowling Green at the Pike County Fairgrounds. The girls will run at 10:40 and the boys will run at 11:45.
State Volleyball Information 2017
10 a.m. Court #1 Valle Catholic vs. New Haven Box Score
10 a.m. Court #2 Northland Christian vs. Winona Box Score
12 p.m. Court #1 New Haven vs. Northland Christian Box Score
12 p.m. Court #2 Valle Catholic vs. Winona Box Score
2 p.m. Court #1 Valle Catholic vs. Northland Christian Box Score
2 p.m. Court #2 Winona vs. New Haven Box Score
Sergeant J. Briggs and the Franklin County Sheriff's Department will be offering a "Social Media and your Children" presentation to area parents and community members on Monday, November 13, 2017 in the High School Band room at 6:30 p.m.
Congratulations to the New Haven High School Marching Band on a great season! Video by Kimmy McDowell.
Documentary My Vietnam Your Iraq to be Screened at ECC, Discussion about Veterans and PTSD
On Thursday, Nov. 2, ECC’s Film and Lecture Series will feature guest speakers Lucas Dieckhaus and Kimbly Elrod and screen the documentary My Vietnam Your Iraq. The event will be held in the John Edson Anglin Performing Arts Center at6:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
Dieckhaus has been a practicing therapist for over five years, and has developed specialties in helping individuals who suffer from trauma and complicated grief. He has trained in numerous forms of therapy and has worked for mental health centers in St. Louis and in smaller rural communities. Elrod is a an Iraq war veteran and an ECC alumnus.
The documentary My Vietnam Your Iraq focuses on the human side of the military and looks at the lineage within military families. The stories describe how common themes resonate as older servicemen and woman reflect on their own service and the thoughts they have about their children's service.
For more information about services for veterans at East Central College, contact financial aid advisor Lorrie Baird, who oversees Veteran Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ECC Film and Lecture Series, under the Patrons of the Arts, presents film screenings, panel discussions, presentations and performances throughout the academic year. For more information, contact Leigh Kolb email@example.com or 636-584-6643.
By: Callie Weatherly
Every year the classes at New Haven High hold fundraisers to raise money for their senior trips. This year is no different.
For starters, the freshmen are selling cookie dough and fruit this school year. According to their class sponsors, since October 3rd, the first day of their fundraiser, the class as a whole hasn’t done as well as the sponsors would have hoped.
Mrs. Oelrichs, a freshmen class sponsor, said, “So far, we've only had 69 items turned in, out of an anticipated 795 items. However, many students have been selling and haven't turned in their orders yet. I expect the majority of the orders to be turned in on our last turn-in day.”
The last turn-in day came up fast, though. On October 17th, all members of the class will have to have sold at least 15 items or they will have incurred a $10 fine for every item they are under the minimum. As well as getting everyone to have met the minimum requirements, Mrs. Oelrichs had hopes of raising at least $10,000.
“I liked the fundraiser. They were always a good way to raise money for our class and they helped cut down on costs,” Olivia Williams, junior, contributed.
In reference to the fundraisers, Patricia Weatherly, class of 2016, said, “These fundraisers take some of the pressure off the student class as a whole because the more money raised with these means the less money the students have to pay out of pocket.”
This year the junior class will be selling Krispy Kreme donuts starting on October 24th. The fundraiser will end on November 6th.
Mr. Pruessner, a junior class sponsor, said, “We're hoping to raise around $3,000. The class voted that everyone should sell at least 15 items with a fine of $7.50 for each item less than that. We're hoping it is as successful as last year's donut sales.”
When asked if he thought his class would reach their senior trip goal for 2019, Mr. Pruessner commented, “It's hard knowing exactly how much we'll need for Senior Trip, but the class should be in good shape as long as they reach their goal with this fundraiser.”
Again, New Haven alum Patricia Weatherly commented, “For those students who have to pay all of their dues and fines on their own, it is easier to pay off those things over a matter of years rather than a matter of months.”
Senior Lacie Grater adds, “It’s important to raise money through fundraisers because if you don’t, that money will add up in the long run. Instead of having to pay the amount your class chose, you would have to pay the amount of money you chose not to take advantage of within the fundraisers. You’d rather pay less and not more.”
As you can see, the students here at New Haven High have had some responsibilities on their shoulders this month, if they plan on going on Senior Trip. As a community, let's be generous and contribute to our local school fundraisers for this year and years to come.
Final Four Volleyball Shirt Order Form
Shamrocks advance to the State Tournament playing this Friday, October 28, 2017 at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau.
New Haven will play this Friday at 10am, noon, and 2pm. Class 1 Final Four Teams: New Haven, Winona, Valle Catholic, and Northland Christian.
Teachers undergo active shooter training
By: Alex Trentmann
On Monday, October 9th, teachers during their professional development day were trained to prepare in case the horrific event of a shooter entering the school were to happen. Mike Richardson, a lieutenant from the Franklin County Sheriff’s office, explained the protocols for what teachers should do if there ever was a shooter within our school. Some staff of New Haven High were asked questions over the presentation.
The first question asked if there was anything they could describe from the presentation. Mr. Hagedorn replied with, “The sheriff went into detail over statistics and data about the current state of drugs in Franklin county and about shooters. He also discussed how to react when a shooter comes into the school.”
Mrs. Oelrichs then discussed what the teachers learned from the presentation: “We teachers need a concrete plan if a shooter were to enter the school.”
“I learned a lot from this training session--necessary things, if unsettling. In particular, I learned about something called ‘combat breathing,’ which is a way to stay calm in a stressful situation. This trick could be the difference between staying present and mindful in a scary event or panicking completely,” said Ms. McCroskey.
Another question asked was what shocked the teachers the most, and Mr. Pruessner answered, “How much it is on the teachers to step in if there is an active shooter and how we are the first line of defense.”
The staff were also asked if there was anything the teachers could pass on to students, and Mr. Hagedorn said, “It’s a shame that we have this conversation about shootings. When I was in high school and college, also when I started teaching, it was a rare concern. It’s just a shame that students have to be subjected to these shootings and the talk of them.”
Thank you to Mike Richardson for providing our teachers with active shooter training and for helping them prepare for other dangers our school might face.
Mrs. Borcherding and three students from NHHS take a trip into the mind of Mikalene Thomas, a famous artist
By: Lacie Grater
On October 5, 2017, our New Haven High School art teacher, Mrs. Borcherding, brought Lydia Pataky, Makayla Jackson, and Lacie Grater on a field trip to meet Mikalene Thomas at the St. Louis Art Museum. Mrs. Thomas is an artist that likes to base her artwork on women and show them off in many forms of art such as collage, pictures, and paintings.
This field trip only lasted a day, but a lot of detailed information was given. The students first went to the Contemporary Art Museum, which contained many of Mrs. Thomas’s works of art. Students were able to ask a docent their questions, then returned to the St. Louis Art Museum.
Once they had returned, Mrs. Thomas was introduced to the teacher and students. This was the time when questions could be asked of Mrs. Thomas. The students then went on a tour to Mrs. Thomas’s other piece of art, in the art museum. After the tour, they all went back to a workshop where the students were asked to make a block print of an inspiring woman from their life.
The participants were asked what they learned from Mrs. Thomas that they could use in their art today. They had some helpful responses that could even benefit those who did not attend.
Mrs. Borcherding says, “Be open to the use of a variety of media and stay true to your work by going to your studio every day--(meaning, work on your art every single day). And surround yourself with people that you aspire to be like.”
Makayla Jackson states that she learned, “anything can be used as art, you just have to be creative.”
She continues by saying that while she is getting ready for college, this is how she can prepare, “even if your work is not being showed at the time, still make it for when it is.”
The participants were asked what their favorite part of this experience was, and this is how they responded.
Mrs. Borcherding announces that “I loved the block printing workshop. It was so awesome to see all of the different styles of art produced by the students.”
Makayla Jackson says that her favorite part was “meeting Mikalene Thomas.”
Mrs. Borcherding was excited that she had this chance: “I'm so glad that I was able to take a group of students to this workshop. I think that meeting successful artists and visiting museums where these works are on display is necessary to the development of future artists.”
Artists don’t get the chance that often to meet other artists, but these three students were able to meet Mrs. Mikalene Thomas and learn helpful information to keep them going in their creative lives.
By: Grace Soete
Saturday, October 7, the Marching Shamrocks took first place in four out of the five categories: marching, music, auxiliary, and in their class overall. There were 4 other bands in their class that they had to compete against.
Claire Meyer, a baritone player, thought, “It was fun! The crowd at Washington is always loud and supports us because it's so close. I think it's the most fun parade we participate in.”
Shamrockette Olivia Williams stated, “I liked that it was close to home so a lot of our fans got to come. I love marching down the street and seeing a sea of green!”
Band director Mandy Koch added, “Overall, I was very proud of how everyone performed. There's not much more to say, I was just very proud.”
The band also competed Saturday, October 14, at the Potosi Marching Festival. The Potosi Festival was arranged a little differently than normal. Bands were put into classes based on band size not school size. New Haven competed two classes higher than normal and swept everything. The band received first in music, marching, drumline, drum major, auxiliary, and first overall. In addition, the band also received the second highest score out of all the bands that competed that day.
Sheila Meyer is the instructor for the auxiliary. When asked how she felt the girls did, she responded with, “The girls were very excited about Potosi this year. They have set goals for themselves and so far they have reached all of them. Our captains have really stepped up and pushed everyone to work hard. We are a much larger group this year and have had some challenges, but we have worked really hard to get where we are now. Potosi is one long street and they knew it would be short but they didn't miss a beat! I am very proud of what they have accomplished this year and I know they are too.”
The Marching Shamrocks have one more parade at Mizzou Homecoming. The Shamrocks continue to work hard in preparation for the Mizzou parade. Congrats on all your accomplishments so far!
NHHS hosts Class 1 Sectionals/ Quarterfinals games this Saturday, October 21. 3pm, 4:30pm, 6pm. New Haven plays Osceola at 3pm.
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