New Haven Superintendent Josh Hoener accepts a $300 donation from Linda Pecaut representing the NHHS Dinner/Dance Reunion 2017. The donation will be used for the new shed at the track. Class reunion committee members on hand for the presentation are Glenda Hoerstkamp and Donna Kreftmeyer. Other committee members are Shari Panhorst, Phyllis Menke, Connie Kluesner, and Debbie Scheible.
Editorial: All Abilities Athletics changes the lives of families through sports and related activities
By: Kamryn Poe
All Abilities Athletics was started when Chris Homyk had an idea that forever changed people’s perspectives on disabilities. Chris and Stacey wanted their son, Eli, and other kids with disabilities to be able to get involved and be a part of things they can’t normally do. Some of these things include sports like soccer, baseball, and football.
How did All Abilities Athletics start? Eli Homyk, Chris’s son, has autism. Chris and Stacey as well as other parents wanted their kids-- who, like Eli, have disabilities-- to have an activity that they could participate in and have fun with. Chris had taken Eli to SPENSA in Fenton, where he started getting into the sport of soccer. Chris, just like any other parent, could see how much Eli liked the sport. What if other kids didn’t have the opportunity to go to St. Louis to participate in activities like this? Chris got an idea. What if he could bring activities like baseball, football, soccer, and other games to areas near Washington? He brought his idea to several people who helped bring this organization to life.
Only 15-20 kids were expected to go to All Abilities Athletics the first year. But on May 7, 2017, All Abilities Athletics was put into action and around 60 people came to participate and help out with the event. By now, just a few months later, over 100 athletes are now participating in All Abilities Athletics. Each pre-K through senior student gets 3 volunteers to help make sure everything goes smoothly-- safety is the number one priority.
Another great thing about this organization is that no one is judgemental. Cindy Scheer, mother of Claire, said, “When we get there, our kids get to be typical kids.”
According to her mother, when Claire goes to this event, she gets to be with kids like her. All Abilities Athletics is a great addition to our county, and volunteers are always welcome. This organization is seen as “top-notch”-- the best people are gathered into one group.
Lillian Ford, second grader, has also attended All Abilities Athletics. Her family has said that it has made her happier. Her mother, Elizabeth Bennett, has said that “[the more] exposure, the better they are, behavior-wise.” According to Elizabeth Bennett, she only wants what is best for her child-- to be regarded as a normal kid, just like other parents want.
This organization has helped Lillian find her love for running-- just like her big brother, Nathan. Claire “feels the need for speed” and loves doing the relay race. Eli still has a love for soccer. Each and every kid who participates finds something they love, something that makes them feel on top of the world. The organization changes lives.
Elizabeth found out about this wonderful organization through Facebook and connections through groups. Cindy found out directly through the founder, Chris Homyk.
“Chris is amazing,” Cindy Scheer commented. “Without him, none of this even would have been started. [He] is a generous, honest man. He truly is kind.”
Chris and his team have even created “Adopt an Athlete.” You can become a member for a donation of $50. There are three levels to “Adopt an Athlete.” For $50, you can get a picture of your athlete. $250 will get you get pictures and videos. $500 is the highest level, and you get pictures, videos, a thank you on Facebook and the website, and an update of the athlete and updated pictures for a year. Claire Scheer was adopted by Citizens Bank.
That is not the only thing to love about this organization. All Abilities Athletics has a great team that really focuses on kids with disabilities. They create an environment where kids can fit in and find what they love.
Chris said, “This is one of the most fun things I’ve ever done.”
Chris also commented on how great his team is. “I had an idea, but others dragged it forward.”
More people go and volunteer with this organization all the time. All Abilities Athletics is open to all volunteers. Go and see how all of these events work. You can go to allabilitiesathletics.org to learn more about this organization.
Thanks to everyone who allowed me to interview them-- Cindy Scheer, Mrs. Bennett, Elizabeth Bennett, Lillian Ford, Claire Scheer, and Eli Homyk.
A very special thanks to Chris Homyk, who, despite our protest, doesn’t like to take credit where credit is due. Chris had an amazing idea that is growing and growing with every passing week. I hope the rest of the first year goes well, and we all truly appreciate all you have done for this organization.
On 11-26-17 at approximately 9 AM, the Franklin County Sheriff's Office was notified of an accidental shooting that took place near the 1000 block of Sauer Ford Road near Berger, MO. A Deputy responded along with members of the New Haven/Berger Volunteer Fire Department and the Hermann Ambulance District. Upon their arrival the 9 year old male victim was located in a wooded area on a large farm with a gunshot wound to his right shoulder. The injury appears to be non-life threatening.
During the investigation it was learned that the victim was in a tree stand, deer hunting with a 20 gauge shotgun. With him was his father and a family friend. The victim was preparing to exit the tree stand and attempting to hand the loaded shotgun down to his father's friend who was at the base of the stand. During this process the butt end of the firearm struck a rung of the ladder causing the firearm to discharge a slug round. The discharged round struck the victim in the right shoulder. He was transported to St. Louis Children's Hospital. The Missouri Department of Conservation is assisting with the investigation.
By: Miranda Durbin
Mrs. Renee Laune is New Haven’s energetic and enthusiastic librarian. She attended New Haven High and graduated with the class of 1987. Mrs. Laune then attended college at East Central, earning her Associate of Arts degree in Elementary Education in 1989. She then went on to earn her Bachelor of Science degree in Child and Family Development at Missouri State University in 1991, and her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education (Pre K-Third) at the University of Missouri St. Louis in 1996. Continuing on at Missouri Baptist University, she earned her Masters in Education with an emphasis in Library Science K-12 in 2004.
Mrs. Renee Laune has two children that attend New Haven: Claire (17) is a junior and Matthew (15) is a sophomore.
When asked what she likes most about New Haven and the community, Mrs. Laune said, “There are many reasons that I love living in New Haven. First, I love the sense of community that New Haven encompasses. I love the fact that when our school decided to build a track for our school and community, the entire community worked together to make this a reality. Secondly, I love the downtown area. I love the shops and the Walt Theatre downtown.”
Mrs. Laune was also questioned about her decision to work in New Haven, and she replied, “I worked in Hermann before coming to New Haven. It was always a dream of mine to come back to New Haven to teach here. I love the school and the students at NHHS. We have some of the best students that any teacher could ever ask for.”
Some of Mrs. Laune’s hobbies include reading, hiking, and being outdoors. Her favorite genre of books is historical fiction. She also loves to spend time with her godsons, Dylan, Parker, and Leo Laune, and Ed Hausmann. Mrs. Laune loves all Carrie Underwood songs, stating that she is her all-time favorite artist. Her favorite TV shows include “This Is Us,” “The Brave,” and “Chicago PD and Fire.”
Reflecting on her passions, Mrs. Laune mentioned, “I am passionate about my family. I love being a mom, on most days.”
Finally, a bit of advice from Mrs. Laune: She would like students to remember to surround themselves with good people. “Always surround yourself with people who make you feel good,” she said. “Your life will be more rich if you surround yourself with people that make you a better person.”
By: Diana Ribera
Kallie Stubblefield, senior at New Haven High School, is making a video for TV/Video to submit to Elks Drug Awareness Program (DAP). The theme is called “What Heroes Do,” and the video will explain how drugs can affect a person’s life and even the people around them.
Kallie was asked what concept she was working with, and she said, “Currently, I think I'm going to make a video mostly from the main character's perspective to portray the main character's memories. I also like the idea of showing the main character's progression through life from when she starts to take the ‘drug’ to when she stops using the ‘drug.’”
Kallie continued: “If taken and edited well, the video should effectively convey the dangers of using drugs from a drug taker's point of view. It should also effectively show how only one person in our lives can make a big impact on our future and health.”
She was questioned why she wanted to make these choices, and she responded with, “I've decided to use these ideas because they allow the viewer to walk around in a drug user's shoes. Furthermore, shooting the video from the main character's perspective allows the viewer to feel more empathy for the main character.”
The judges will be looking for how closely the video adheres to the theme, its overall neatness, originality, age and language appropriateness, overall quality of the video, and the right message to the people.
The local Elks Lodge will select the top videos, and then notify the winners. If Kallie’s video wins, it will be moved on to the district competition. The district winners will then be moved on to a state-level competition. All the winning videos at this level will then be submitted to the chairman, who will choose an overall winner to submit to a national competition.
According to Kallie, she has found some actresses and actors for her video. We hope that the video goes well, Kallie! Good luck!
New Haven High School students raise nearly $400 during Leadership Week to help local families pay their winter heating bills.
By: Lexi Oetterer
On Friday, November 10th, the New Haven StuCo organization hosted a breakfast for veterans in the high school cafeteria. The breakfast started at 7:00 in the morning and lasted until 8:00.
The Veteran’s Day breakfast was put together by StuCo sponsor Mrs. Katie Borcherding and all of the StuCo members. The lunch ladies arrived at the school early so they could prepare the breakfast. They prepared cinnamon rolls, eggs, home fries, sausage, and fruit.
“During the Veteran’s Day breakfast, I took pictures and was able to hear war stories. It was a very inspiring experience. The veterans were all very nice and I had a blast working at this local event,” said Kamryn Poe.
The cafeteria was set up and decorated on Thursday, November 9th, after school by Mackenzie Pecaut, Kamryn Poe, and Morgan Branson. In the days prior, Mrs. Renee Laune and Aryana Bush made thank-you cards that the freshmen filled out, Claire Laune worked on the table decorations, and Elsie McNabb created posters.
After the breakfast, the veterans went to the elementary school for an assembly that Mrs. Beth Ebker, Mrs. Jana Albers, and Mrs. Kristen Bennett had put together.
"I felt emotional while I was watching the assembly,” said Diana Ribera, who was at the school for A+ tutoring. “All the kids singing about the veterans was the part where I wanted to cry because they were raising their little flags they had. It also made me think about how my little brother would tell me that he wants to be in the army when he got older. It hit me that if my little brother does join the army, little kids will see him as a hero."
When school started at 8:05 on Friday, November 10th, all of the high school and middle school students and staff went into the gym for an assembly. During the assembly, there were two speakers. Mr. John Tucker gave a speech about the history of Veteran’s Day, and Mr. David Menke spoke about the six New Haven graduates that were lost in WWII.
Thank you to all of the veterans that have fought to make our country free.
New Haven Varsity Girls and Boys Basketball Teams Head to the Montgomery County Tournament next week.
By: Alex Trentmann
On Wednesday, November 8th, the TV/Video class of New Haven High went on a tour of ESPN 101.1, a broadcasting center for ESPN. They also toured Plaza Frontenac, a mall in St. Louis, before going to see Fanny’s Journey.
Katie Borcherding, teacher of the class, was asked why she took the students on this field trip. “Two reasons: I wanted to get Jake Wilson to ESPN 101.1 because he's interested in pursuing a career in sports broadcasting and I thought the visit would be beneficial to him,” she said. “The other reason was to get my TV/Studio students out to participate in a local film festival. St. Louis has a lot of great events benefitting the arts and I think that New Haven is just a bit too far away for people to attend on their own, so I try to make sure that I take a few students each year to these events.”
The students who went were asked if there was anything that interested them, and junior Diana Ribera said, “I think Plaza Frontenac interested me the most. We saw dresses that were $450 to $995. We were trying to see what the most expensive thing was, so that was pretty fun.”
Junior Callie Weatherly responded with, “Before we went to the movie, we looked around the mall we were in and looked at how expensive the name brand dresses were. One dress was so bland and boring, yet it cost like $995.”
Mrs. Borcherding and the students were asked about any highlights from the trip.
Mrs. Borcherding replied, “The movie was fantastic. It was a French film in subtitles and most of the students I took along had never seen a subtitled film before, so that was exciting. I also took the students to Whole Foods in Town and Country to eat lunch and they got to try some interesting foods like Mochi and Gelato.”
“The movie was one of my favorite highlights from the trip,” said Diana Ribera. “It was an emotional movie, because a little 12-year-old girl is watching over 9 kids and trying to make sure they don't get captured by Nazi soldiers. When they were close to freedom, soldiers started to shoot at two girls and you could hear the audience gasp and say no.”
The students were asked if there was anything else they would like to add about their field trip to St. Louis.
“It was good to see such a good movie that was subtitled. Usually any movie that's subtitled either makes no sense or is difficult to read in the time you have,” said senior Kimberley McDowell.
Callie Weatherly described a very strange experience she had during the movie: “While sitting in the theater for Fanny’s Journey waiting for the movie to begin, a few middle school aged boys decided to tap on my shoulder. They mentioned to me that they thought I was ‘very attractive’ looking. Not knowing what to say, I just turned back around awkwardly trying to avoid them.”
She continued: “A few moments later I overheard those same boys arguing over whether or not to get my attention again. Tired of listening to them bicker, I turned around to see them staring at me. They then handed me a torn piece of fabric and smiled shyly. I thought the boys were done, but throughout the movie, I could still hear them chatting and tapping on the back of my seat.”
This was also the first time Mrs. Borcherding was able to take a class such as TV/Video on a field trip. Hopefully she’ll be able to take more kids on field trips to expand their views of the arts in the coming years.
On Friday, November 17, 2017, a 27 year old Catawissa man identified as Daniel Avetta was arrested on a federal indictment for 4 counts of production of child pornography, 6 counts of receipt of child pornography and 2 counts of enticement of a minor.
This indictment stems from an extensive investigation from March to November 2017. Mr. Avetta was using a fake profile by the name Jessica Gable for the sole purpose to meet his victims: children under the age of 17. Mr. Avetta would engage in conversation with the victims and solicit them for nude photographs. Investigators discovered several victims in Franklin, Gasconade, Maries, Jefferson, St. François, Iron and Washington Counties who had contact with the suspect through this fake account/profile.
If any parent(s) believe their child have been in contact with this profile, please contact the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and file a report. This case is being investigated by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The Franklin County Sheriff would like to thank the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, the Cuba Police Department and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force for their assistance on the case.
** All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law****
Franklin County Sheriff
By Shauna Boehmer and Rebecca Dickens
By: Lydia Otten
Thanksgiving is a time of celebrating family and a time to remember what you’re thankful for. As the holiday season rolls around once more, NHHS is gearing up for another festive break.
In a recent poll, students and teachers were asked what their favorite Thanksgiving side dish is, their favorite kind of pie, and their favorite Thanksgiving traditions.
The side dish options included green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, stuffing, corn, green beans, cranberry sauce, brussel sprouts with bacon, buttered rolls, cornbread, yams, carrots, and a choice of other. According to participants, NHHS’s favorite side dish seems to be mashed potatoes, which had 34 votes. The second favorite was stuffing with 15 votes. The third favorite was buttered rolls, which had 11 votes.
They were also given a choice of different kinds of pies. The choices included pumpkin pie, apple pie, chocolate pie, peach pie, cherry pie, lemon meringue pie, and a choice of other. Out of these options, pumpkin pie had the most votes, with 39 votes. The second favorite was chocolate pie with 11 votes. The third favorite was apple pie, which had 9 votes.
Finally, students and teachers were asked about their favorite Thanksgiving traditions. Most answers were about spending time with their family or eating the food. However, there were a few answers that were different from the others.
Callie Weatherly, junior, wrote about her favorite tradition: “Once the youngest in the family reaches a certain age, they learn to cook the turkey and ham for dinner and then everyone else will help them with it and cook side dishes.”
Kimmy McDowell, senior, responded with, “We always play a game of dominoes and a round of poker once everyone's done eating. The poker game takes place with pennies rather than any huge amount of cash and the dominoes doesn't involve bets-- it's mostly just for fun.”
Daniel Huff, freshman, said that his favorite tradition was, “Dressing the first person to get knocked into a food coma, in a dress.”
Hannah Knoppe, sophomore, wrote, “My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is probably all the food my grandma makes and the football my cousins and I like to play together after a big feast!”
Kelsey McCroskey, English and journalism teacher, said, “My parents in Nashville put up 6 full-size Christmas trees in their house, and on Thanksgiving, while Mom cooks, the rest of us decorate and put up those trees. It's a long day, but it's fun to do the same routine every year. We make the same bad jokes, tell the same stories, and by the 3rd tree, my younger sister always has a tantrum and refuses to help anymore. 'Tis the season.”
On Thursday, November 23, it will be Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a time of giving thanks for what we have and spending time with family. On Thanksgiving, people celebrate by having a feast and indulging themselves with delicious traditional foods. Have a happy Thanksgiving, New Haven!
By: Olivia Williams
On Saturday, November 4, the boys cross country team won state. The boys competed at state in class 1. The state tournament was held at Oak Hills Golf Center in Jefferson City.
The boys state championship team consisted of Nathan Ford, Dalton Gerdes, Dominic Lewis, Martin Lewis, John Liggett, Tim Madden, Matthew Otten, Joseph Rethemeyer, Colton Ruediger, and Austin Tegeler.
Joseph Rethemeyer finished 11th with a time of 17:35. When asked what his favorite part of state was, he simply replied with, “Winning!”
Martin Lewis finished 27th with a time of 18:01. He also agreed that his favorite part about state was winning.
Dalton Gerdes finished 98th with a time of 19:30. When he was asked what his favorite part was, he replied with, “Seeing our team getting the championship.”
Nathan Ford also ran at state. He finished with a time of 17:47. He said that his favorite part of state was it being his last race.
Austin Tegeler also participated in the race on Saturday. He ran a time of 19:04 and finished 73rd overall. When he found out that they had won, he said, “I was extremely excited. I always wanted to win a state championship and now I finally have won one.”
Joseph said when they won state, he started yelling and hugging his teammates. Dalton said he also started hugging his teammates, friends, and family.
Martin was asked what his overall feeling on the season was. He stated, “I’m glad we did well, but the grind is thankfully over.” All the runners seemed to agree that they were very proud of themselves, but thankful it was over.
Coach Tucker was also interviewed about the state meet. When he was asked about his overall feelings about the cross country season, he replied with, “Obviously when you win state, it is a great season. Throughout the whole season we ran well. From the first meet in Jeff City, we competed really well. We won the Jefferson Barracks Invitational, which was a big accomplishment.”
Coach Tucker was also asked, “What do you think was the biggest factor on why the team did so well this year?” He responded with, “I certainly had good quality athletes and that is where you have to start. They are very coachable and would listen and understand.”
When asked about his initial reaction when he found out his team had won, he stated, “Honestly, relief. And the reason for that is we had been ranked the number one boys team in class 1 almost all season. Everyone had high expectations which put a lot of pressure on us. Whenever everyone expects you to win, it is very stressful.”
He continued: “In cross country, when you're ranked, they look at your best times, and if you think about it, every cross country course is different. If our best time is on an easy course and their best time is on a hard course, how are you supposed to compare the two? We ran well on hard courses.”
Coach Tucker was also questioned about what his plans and goals are for next year. He said, “Do it again. And the reason I say that is because we are only losing two seniors and the core of the runners is juniors. I want them to do it again. We have high expectations. We also have a lot of good kids coming up. I have high expectations for both teams.”
Overall both cross country teams had outstanding seasons! Congratulations, boys! We hope to watch you again at state next year!
By: Callie Weatherly and Lacie Grater
Many people look forward to Fire Fest, an annual event, which is granted by the Missouri Arts Council. This particular event has been hosted on the first weekend in November for 10 years running. Everyone in our community, and others around us, are invited to come to downtown New Haven and celebrate. Fire Fest consists of many fun activities like a pumpkin-carving contest, live music, a ‘burning man’, and so many more exciting activities.
Events started at 11:30 that morning. People of all ages were able to start rolling in for the fun, which lasted till about 10:00 P.M.
Starting off with the pumpkin-carving contest, the 2D art class had Claire Laune as the first place winner, Lydia Pataky as the second place winner, and Michelle Bahena as the third place winner. And for the 3D art class, the first place winner was Paige Remillard, second was Dalyla Hurst, and third place was Callie Weatherly.
The winners of the carving contest received many different kinds of prizes like sodas, full sized candy bars, glass pumpkins, and much more.
When asked to describe her winning pumpkin, junior, Callie Weatherly, stated, “I had Freddy Krueger's theme song that the little girls jumping rope in the movies sang wrapped around gashes that were slanted across my pumpkin, going from the bottom to the top. To try and add a little something extra, I put a homemade version of Freddy Krueger's glove to make it look as if he had just made the gashes in the pumpkin.”
When asked about her inspiration, Claire Laune, junior, stated, “I took mini pumpkins before I ever started on my sundae and made them into donuts and so I decided to turn my big pumpkin into a sundae.”
Paige Remillard, sophomore, made a skull and rose designed pumpkin.
Senior Lacie Grater commented, “I originally wanted to create my pumpkin in a way that would make it look as if the pumpkin was eating an eyeball. However, it didn’t go as planned. I had the teeth carved out, but I had to make it look like it was eating a black ball instead. While trying to make my pumpkin stand out more, I added black paint and fake blood for the dirty effect. When looking back at how I designed my pumpkin, I wish that I would have just left it as a scary looking mouth, instead of adding a lot of unneeded effects.”
Junior Diana Ribera stated, “I loved carving my ‘Harry Potter’ themed pumpkin. I love the movies so I loved working on it.”
Besides the pumpkin-carving, Fire Fest offered little shops where you could buy souvenirs or get a gift for a friend or family member. The shops sold things like jewelry, glass, artwork, clothing, and homemade items.
While down at Fire Fest, many people were nervous to leave the grounds due to the limited parking. However, this event had many different selections of food on various food trucks and many other vendors on the grounds.
Junior Grace Soete stated, “I did not participate in anything, but I enjoyed walking around and looking at all the vendors. They had a wide variety of food and jewelry and activities for people to watch.”
Every year, Fire Fest consists of the House of Fire and Ice, fire dancers, and the ‘burning man’, but this year, they added a few additions. The dragon boat, sky lanterns, and the monkey bus were added into the mix this year. The dragon blew out fire, leaving the kids amazed with the sudden outburst of flames.
Junior Alex Trentmann commented, “The Fire and Ice was my favorite. It might have taken a while to start the fire but it was worth it.”
Want to dim down the nagging children? All you would have to do is put them on the monkey bus, and once they get off, they will become more calm, and easier to handle.
The House of Fire and Ice attracted many people. This attraction gave you the satisfaction of seeing big chunks of ice melted faster than usual, kind of like putting a fire inside an igloo.
Towards the end of the event, there was the ‘burning man’ and more fire dancers. Don’t freak out, it wasn’t a real man-- it was hay that took the shape of a man and it was about 8 times taller than an actual person. They set fire to the ‘man’ and attracted many of the people's attention. Once he had gone up in flames, the dancers continued to amaze the crowd with the dancing fire, ending the night of lighting up downtown New Haven.
Fire Fest attracts many people from all over each year. Hopefully this tradition will be able to continue for years to come, bringing more and more new faces to New Haven.
By: Kenzie Bauer
For the past 4 years, New Haven’s National Honor Society (NHS) has hosted a 5K run/walk for anyone to participate in. The course is 3.1 miles around the town of New Haven. The age groups for this run are 9 and under, 10-13, 14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60+. Prizes are awarded for top overall male and female finishers, and top three male and female in each age division. Special prizes are also given out to the ugliest Christmas sweater, most festive holiday attire, and best group/couple attire.
NHS has had major success with this race over the past couple of years. The first 3 years, they donated the profits to the New Haven track project, but this year, they will be donating their profits to the New Haven Food Pantry.
NHS president Emma Engelbrecht stated, “I am very excited to see the outcome that this year is going to bring. The Jingle Jog committee has worked very hard over the past few months planning the route, the prizes, and everything that goes along with it. I am really looking forward to it!”
Natalie Hoerstkamp added, “I think it is a really good idea to donate all of the money we make to the New Haven Food Pantry, considering we recently hosted a food drive and donated over 8,000 items to them. I think it is good to help them out in any way we can.”
This year’s race will be held on Saturday, December 2, 2017, at 8 A.M. NHS members will greet the runners at the end of the race with desserts, fruit, hot chocolate, and water in the New Haven Elementary cafeteria.
You can pick up registration forms from Fitness 24/7, Wendy Oelrichs, or online at this link: https://goo.gl/5g1y1X. The race is $25 per person.
New Haven High School NHS members are hoping for an exciting outcome for the run/walk. After planning, organizing, and more planning, everyone is ready to go!
Seated: Dave Engelbrecht (father), Emma Engelbrecht, and Jodi Engelbrecht (mother). Standing: Jaime Hoener (New Haven Varsity Volleyball Coach), Jacob Engelbrecht (brother), and Ray Steinhoff (New Haven Athletic Director).
By: Emma Rohlfing and Destiney Novotney
On October 31st, we interviewed the Germans who are staying here in Missouri with different host families. We really enjoyed learning what they have thought about America so far. We hope that you enjoy this too.
The first question we asked them was what there favorite part about America and/or Missouri so far is. Pierre said that his favorite part was the Arch in St.Louis, Missouri. Teo said that his favorite part is the people. Johannes stated that his favorite part is Gerald, Missouri. Anne’s favorite part was Springfield and the St.Louis Arch. Max told us that his favorite part was the Missouri River.
The second question was what was your favorite food and least favorite. Pierre said Sun Drop, burgers, and sandwiches. Teo replied with burgers and pizza. Johannes said his favorite foods were donuts and peanut butter. Anne told us donuts and steak. Nick stated T+T burger at Hilltop. Max’s favorite food was steak.
The next question we asked was what was their favorite activity that they did has been. Teo had stated that his favorite activity was Fright Fest. Johannes enjoyed going to Six Flags. Anne said that her favorite activity was driving four-wheelers. Nick had replied with his favorite activity being the trip to the Arch, riding Dirt Bikes, playing paintball. Max answered with P.E. lessons.
The following question was it hard to adjust to the time difference. Pierre, Anne, and Max told us no. Teo replied with yes, kinda. Johannes answered with yes, but just the first five days. Nick told us yes.
The next question was did you enjoy the plane ride and what was your least favorite part. Pierre explained to us yes, taking off and landing was my least favorite part. Johannes acknowledges this with yes, but the last plane ride was my least favorite part. Anne replied with yes because of the films in the plane. Max told us no. Nick answered with yes, but boarding was his least favorite part.
The second to last question was what was your favorite class here. Pierre, Johannes, and Max all replied with P.E. Teo told us maybe band class. Anne’s favorite class was home economics. Nick said he really loved VOTECH.
The last question we asked them was did you try any foods that you haven’t had before, what were they, and were they good. Pierre and Johannes both answered yes, and they both tried Sundrop, and they both loved it. Teo responded with yes, fast food, yes. Anne said excitedly that "Yes", she had tried Sundrop, deer sausage, Reese’s, and Twinkies and she really loved them. Max told us Twinkies, pop ups, and tacos.
We enjoyed learning what the Germans thought about America. We hope that you enjoyed reading this as much as we enjoyed learning and talking to them.
On Wednesday, November 1st approximately 50 members of the the New Haven High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) organization did their annual community service project. As in the past, members participated in the annual FBLA Drive-By-Raking. Members were broke up into groups and raked a total of 13 yards throughout the community. This is one of many activities the organization participates in each year. FBLA has a total of 72 active members this year. They are currently getting prepared for their district competition which will be held in February. As always, FBLA would like to thank the community for their continued support of our organization. Our success would not be possible without you.