Photos by Diana Ribera
By: Lexi Oetterer
On Friday, December 1, from 4:30-7 P.M., Santa was at the Caboose for all the families to visit and take photos. The kids were greeted by Mrs. Claus, and while the kids were waiting, they could color holiday coloring pages and write a letter to Santa. There was also tree-lighting, choirs performing, ornament-making, selfie stations, and a reading of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” with s’mores. In addition, the shops were open until 9 P.M.
“Santa at the Caboose was so fun! It was a great way to get ready [for Christmas] and in the spirit,” said Lydia Otten. “It was so awesome to see all of the kids get happy and excited to see Santa! I really enjoyed it because the youngest in my house is six and he will stop believing soon, so I soaked it all in.”
The event was organized by the Chamber of Commerce, Pinckney Bend, and the Downtown Merchants.
The Publications and TV/Video classes at NHHS had come up with the idea to decorate for the Caboose. Mrs. Katie Borcherding had taken the TV/Video class down to the Caboose on Thursday during their class, and she took the Publications class down on Friday during their class to set up the decorations. On Monday, the TV Studio class went back to the Caboose to take the decorations back down.
“I thought that it was great,” said Mrs. Borcherding. “It ran much more smoothly than last year, but that was the first year for the event.”
“When I was younger, I only got to see Santa once or twice and I didn’t enjoy it,” reflects Miranda Durbin. “Seeing so many kids and families get the chance to actually see Santa and take a photo with him is really heart-warming. I think it’s great that our community comes together to take advantage of this opportunity.”
By: Lydia Otten
December 15 is the date of the Winter Ball Coronation for NHHS. It is going to be held between the Junior Varsity and Varsity boys basketball games.
The candidates for the freshman class are Maya Wideman and Rylan Ball. Sophomore candidates are Natalie Pecaut and Demetri Pataky. Grace Soete and Joseph Rethemeyer are the candidates for the junior class, and finally, Emma Engelbrecht and Jason Kubiak are the senior candidates.
According to the candidates, only one person does not think he/she will win. However, one candidate said, “We will see.” It’s all up to the New Haven High School students to decide.
Demetri Pataky, sophomore candidate, was asked if he was surprised that he was picked to be a candidate, and he responded with, “No, because everyone told me they were going to pick me before we voted for candidates.”
Grace Soete, junior candidate, responded, “Yes, I was surprised because you usually hear people talking about who they're going to vote for and I never heard my name.”
Maya Wideman, freshman candidate, was asked if she is nervous for the coronation, and she commented with, “No. I'm not really nervous. When it comes to being the center of attention, I'm all ears.”
Emma Engelbrecht, senior candidate, said, “I am kind of nervous because I'm pretty clumsy so I'm worried about wearing heels and a long dress.”
Winter Ball is just around the corner! Start thinking, NHHS, about who should be your Winter Ball King and Queen. Good luck to all of the Winter Ball candidates!
By: Grace Soete
The week of Monday the 27th through Saturday the 2nd, New Haven varsity boys and girls basketball teams participated in the Montgomery County tournament. Overall, the girls took second and the boys took sixth.
The girls’ first victory was against the Wellsville Lady Tigers on Monday the 27th, with a score of 62-14. The team advanced on to play Bowling Green on Wednesday the 29th. The girls pulled out another win, beating the Bobcats 43-35.
With two wins under their belt, New Haven moved on to the championship game against the Hermann Bearcats on Saturday the 2nd. After fighting hard, New Haven came in second place 52-43.
New Haven varsity girls head coach Doug Peirick commented, “Overall I think we had a good tournament. Any time you play for a championship it makes for a good tournament. I was a little disappointed with the outcome of the championship game, but we lost to a better team that night. Hermann played better than us pretty much all night. We will learn from this and hopefully it will make us a better team throughout the year. I was proud of all of the girls and the effort they put forth each night. Even when we were trailing we never gave up.”
The boys’ first competition was against the Hermann Bearcats on Tuesday the 28th. After a close game, New Haven fell short of a victory at 37-34.
On Thursday the 30th, with a score of 39-47, the team took a win against the Silex Owls. After one win and one loss, New Haven played for consolation on Friday the 1st. The boys took on the Bowling Green Bobcats, and the team lost after a tough match at 47-40.
New Haven varsity boys head coach Aaron Peirick stated, “We did not do what we wanted to do, which was win at least two games. In each of our 3 games we had a quarter where we were not as good as we needed to be and it did us in twice, but I thought we competed hard every night-- I'm proud of that. We appreciate the fans, students, and cheerleaders that made the trip up there to watch us and cheer us on last week. It's always nice to have a supportive crowd behind us.”
The New Haven JV boys took first at the New Haven tournament and the JV girls did not place in the Hermann tournament.
Congrats to all our basketball teams who took part in tournaments this week!
By: Miranda Durbin
Monday, November 27th, New Haven High and other schools in the area welcomed Mr. Nadler to teach and enlighten students about the country and culture of Thailand. Randy Nadler has visited schools all around Missouri to teach them about the countries he visits and the ones that students are likely to learn about in the classroom.
Many students have watched Mr. Nadler present countries for years and enjoy the presentations that he gives. A number of students thought that the presentation was interesting and loved it.
“I’ve watched you grow up, and you’ve watched me grow old,” Randy Nadler joked during his presentation on Monday.
“It was great, like always!” Claire Laune, a junior at New Haven High, commented.
This year, Mr. Nadler presented a slideshow on the country of Thailand. He reflected on every inch of his trip-- from interacting with tigers to visiting the most dangerous marketplace-- but when asked about what was most interesting, every single student had a favorite part.
“The white palace was awesome! I’ve never heard of it before and all the detail was incredible!” Grace Soete, a junior at New Haven High, said.
“The most memorable thing that I learned from Randy Nadler's presentation was about the tigers being able to be well-trained and being able to get along with the visitors.” August Panhorst, a freshman at New Haven High, responded.
“I think the most memorable would have to be the beach that he went to with his daughters. The water was so clear and blue! Not only did it look beautiful, but there were monkeys there! The picture of the monkey drinking Coke was hilarious,” Diana Ribera, a junior at New Haven High, explained.
Many are excited for next year’s presentation and wish Mr. Randy Nadler safe travels as he strives to learn what he can and teach it to students from different areas.
By: Olivia Williams
On Tuesday, November 21st, the New Haven boys basketball team competed against the Belle Tigers. This was the Shamrocks’ first game of the season. They won in overtime 48-45.
The day before the Shamrocks went on Thanksgiving break, the boys played the Tigers. The game was close the entire time. Neither team had a distinct lead-- this game really had everyone on their toes.
The Shamrocks went into overtime and were tied against the Tigers until the last 10 seconds. Junior Martin Lewis made a buzzer-beating, game-winning three-pointer.
When asked about how they played, Martin Lewis stated, “We struggled the first half, but I feel like we came out the second half stronger and set the tone at the first for the second half, which gave us enough to get ahead and stay ahead throughout most of the fourth quarter. But it was a back and forth game most of the way. In overtime I believe our team made a few mistakes but we made more good plays to put us in striking distance for the win.”
Junior Ethan Groner also commented, “I thought we played well, but we really need to raise our field goal percentage and limit our turnovers. If we do that, we will be hard to beat.”
Martin Lewis was also asked how he felt when he made the game-winning shot. He replied with, “When Aiden [Bailey] passed me the ball, I was [going to] swing it to Abe [Madden] until I saw the time and I just shot it. I knew if I missed that there would be another overtime and we would be fine, so that took a lot of pressure off. But when it finally went in… it’s the perfect start to a good season.”
Coach Aaron Peirick also commented, “Obviously Martin Lewis hit the shot of the night at the buzzer in overtime to win it, but we had several guys make big plays for us in order to be in that situation. Ethan Groner and Martin Lewis were great from the free throw line, Aiden Bailey made a big free throw and a big steal late in the game. Trent Kormeier had a few steals, took a charge, and had a big bucket for us. John Fleer was very hard for them to stop late.”
He continued: “Defensively we were okay. I thought Ethan did a great job on Skylar Smith. That guy is a handful. We got some very timely steals and loose balls. We also played without fouling in the second half. We were not good enough help defenders at times and got beat off the dribble too many times, especially early. Offensively we didn't finish possessions often enough; when we were patient, we got the looks we wanted fairly often. That being said, we either couldn't make the pass we needed to or just missed the shot. We have to get better at finishing possessions.”
Coach Peirick went on to say, “I was definitely happy with the way we competed. I think we played really hard. We had guys step up and make plays they had to when they had to. We shot the ball great from the free throw line and were just good enough defensively to get the win. Also, Martin Lewis hit a 30-footer at the end of overtime. That was big.”
Shamrock fans were all in agreement that the boys played a very exciting and entertaining game that night. Congratulations, boys, on the win! Good luck on the rest of the season.
Update on Church Burglaries
On 12-5-2017, information was obtained during the course of the investigation that led deputies to a possible suspect in the church burglaries. The named suspect had active warrants for felony stealing, trespassing, assault 4th degree, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, and shoplifting. Deputies, along with Sheriff’s Detectives, St. Clair Police and members of the Multi County Narcotics Enforcement Unit responded to an apartment in St. Clair to try to locate the suspect. Intel was provided and the suspect, 32 year old Timothy J. Buerk of Villa Ridge, was located in the area of Paradise Mobile Home Park. Mr. Buerk was taken into custody in reference to the outstanding warrants. Contact was made at the apartment in St. Clair where Mr. Buerk had been residing and several pieces of stolen property from the church burglaries were located inside the apartment. Three other subjects were arrested to include a 29 year old female, a 38 year old male, and a 41 year old male. All three were from the St. Clair area. A warrant for 8 counts of Burglary 2nd was obtained on Timothy J. Buerk, Jr. bond was set at $30,000. cash only. Sheriff Pelton would like to thank the law enforcement officers that assisted in the case and the Franklin County community for being vigilant and helping to check on the churches in our area.
All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law
Franklin County Sheriff
PUBLIC NOTICE OF FILING
The New Haven School District No. 138 will accept declarations of candidacy from any resident taxpayer, who is eligible to file for a position on the School Board in the April 3, 2018, election. Persons interested may file at the superintendent’s office located at 100 Park Drive, New Haven, Missouri.
Filing will begin on December 12, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. and will continue during the district’s regular business hours, which are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Filing will not occur on days that the district’s offices are closed due to inclement weather. Filing will not occur the following days when the school district’s offices are closed: December 22, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. through January 3, 2018.
Filing will end on January 16, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
There are two positions available with three-year terms.
Michele Scheer, Secretary
Board of Education
November 21, 2017
Over the past two weeks the Sheriff’s Office received a total of 7 burglary reports from area churches throughout Franklin County. The suspects seemed to be targeting the daily offerings and musical equipment at each of the churches and forcing their way in through windows and doors. With the holidays approaching, the Sheriff’s Office is encouraging the neighborhood watch groups and citizens of Franklin County to report anything suspicious.
On November 21, 2017, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office received a report from Hilltop Advent Christian Church in Pacific, MO, a church van had been stolen. The van is described as a 1999 Ford E-350, 15 passenger van, green in color.
On November 25, 2017, The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a burglary at St. Clair Christian Church in St. Clair. The office was ransacked and multiple items were stolen. The items include a laptop, video camera, electric guitar, 2 acoustic guitars, dvd player, and a bass guitar.
On November 26, 2017, The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office received a call from Canaan Land Ministries near St. Clair, in reference to their shed behind the church being broken into.
On November 26, 2017, The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office received a call for a burglary at the Franklin County Baptist Association near Union. The pastor of the church reported multiple pieces of electronic equipment to include projectors, speakers, microphones, portable hard drives, flash drives, keys, money, pop up tent, dvd player, antennas, flat screen, mail scales.
On December 1, 2017, The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office received a call for a burglary at the Bethel Baptist Church near St. Clair. The pastor of the church arrived and found the office ransacked and money and checks had been stolen.
On December 3, 2017, The Franklin County Sheriff Office received a call for a burglary at the First Baptist Church of Gray Summit. Church members arrived for service and discovered entry was made through a damaged window in a bathroom. The suspects ransacked the sanctuary of the church and stole several pieces of electronics and musical equipment used for services.
On December 4, 2017, The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office received a call for a burglary at Virginia Mines Baptist Church near Lonedell Mo. Church members arrived and discovered entry made through a window into a meeting room. Several pieces musical instruments were stolen and the church was also left ransacked.
The Sheriff’s Office would like to provide a list of ideas for the churches to follow to help keep their items safe.
Franklin County Sheriff
By: Logan Williams and Jacob Alvarez
This past week, November 27-30, the New Haven 8th grade boys' team played in the Union Tournament.
Going into the tournament New Haven was ranked third and played the sixth seed Hermann Bearcats. The Shamrocks won their first round matchup 35-21 with two people in double figures, Charlie Roth and Logan Williams, both scoring 10 points each.
In the second round New Haven played the second seeded Union Wildcats. Union won 38-16 in an all around disappointing game for New Haven with no player reaching double figures. The top two scorers were Logan Williams with eight and Isaac Vedder with four. That loss put the Shamrocks in the third place game against the fourth seed Washington Blue Jays.
New Haven rallied and won 36-25 to win the third place plaque. Two players reached double digits again with Logan Williams scoring thirteen and Mitchell Meyer scoring ten. The win gave the 8th grade Shamrocks team their first time win against Washington.
By: Grace Soete
The week of Monday the 13th through Friday the 17th, Student Council arranged Leadership Week for the students at New Haven High School. The students were separated into 23 teams, were able to participate in Penny Wars, and got out of class early to take part in the Leadership Week assembly on Wednesday, the 15th.
Penny Wars is a competition that collects money for local families to pay their winter utility bills. Pennies added to each team’s bucket are positive, and all other change and dollar bills are negative. Through this competition, the students raised $378.75. Team Hippies won, donating more than $100 to local families.
On Monday, students were assigned their teams and received a bracelet related to their team name. Student Council members were in charge of assigning students to the correct teams.
Wednesday was the school-wide assembly with several student-engaging activities. The first activity was Limbo. Sheny Delgado won Limbo for her team, the Princesses, earning them 600 points.
Next was trivia. Teachers submitted a few questions each so there was a wide variety of questions. Students had 20 minutes to work as a group and complete all the questions. The Green Giants won, earning themselves 1000 points.
Tug-of-war took place next. All of the teams were put into a bracket to start with, then were divided off into a winners and losers bracket. Earning 1000 points, team Zebra won it all.
Twizzler Toss was a new game Student Council came up with. Each group received a plastic bag with a piece of copy paper, a rubberband, and a Twizzler inside. The objective was to toss the Twizzler into a box 5 feet away, using all of the objects in the bag. The teams that got the Twizzler in the box were the Tribal Knots, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Fairies, Ballerinas, Dashing Divas, and Dream Team, earning 500 points each.
The last game was M&M Golf, which Student Council also came up with. The goal was to push an M&M with a cardboard tube closest to a cup on the ground 5 feet away. Team I Love Soccer got first in this game, earning 500 points. In second was Blue Skies, earning 400 points. Earning 300 points was team Snow, getting third place. Dream Team earned 200 points, getting fourth place. In fifth place was Patriots, getting 100 points.
Senior Lydia Pataky thought, “Tug-of-war is always my favorite! I love to see everyone get competitive and how strong some people are. Everyone becomes so aggressive and it’s always fun.”
Student Council vice president Michelle Bahena stated, “I always love Leadership Week but Penny Wars is my favorite. This year I was a little worried because there wasn't a lot of money in the jars but on the last day everyone pulled together and raised a lot of money!”
Student Council sponsor Katie Borcherding commented, “Every year gets a little easier for me. The first year it was hard to get everything together for the assembly and work out the timing. My favorite part about the assembly is the trivia because everyone puts their heads together and is being an active participant.”
Mrs. Borcherding also proudly stated, “The students did an amazing job. Penny Wars was a huge success. They raised almost $400 which is $100 more than last year.”
Team Hippies won for the most money collected during Penny Wars, collecting more than $111.49. Team Polka Party won the most points overall, receiving 3,103 points. The winners were treated to a meal from the Ice Cream Shoppe Friday at lunch.