The New Haven Middle School student of the month is Katie Holtmeyer. Katie is the daughter of Matt and Courtney Holtmeyer. Katie is involved with Student Council and National Junior Honor Society. She also plays volleyball, basketball, and is on the track and field team. Outside of school she plays softball and is part of St. Peter's UCC confirmation class. She enjoys hanging out with friends and attending activities around New Haven.
The New Haven High School student of the month is Chris Wilson. Chris is the son of Dennis and Sharon Wilson. Chris is involved in band, scholar bowl, and is the manager for volleyball, girls basketball, and track and field. Chris also likes to read, he volunteers with his church and PSR classes. He also helps his grandfather with home construction projects and restorations. Chris is a really hard-working student and strives for his best both inside and outside of school.
Diane Lynn Baker, 70, of Rosebud, MO, passed away Saturday, February 29, 2020 at Mercy Hospital, Washington, Missouri.
Diane was born in Washington, Missouri on November 2, 1949, a daughter of the late John & Betty (Allemann) Baer.
Diane was a member of St. Peter's United Church of Christ New Haven, Missouri. She worked at Henniges Automotive in New Haven. In her free time she enjoyed spending time with family and friends, reading, going to the river, and riding her Harley Davidson motorcycle.
Diane is survived by a son, Chad Shipley, of New Haven, Missouri; by four step-sons Cecil, Eric, Jason, & Jeff Cash, all of Wellsville, Missouri, by three grandchildren, Nile & Taevyn Shipley, both of New Haven, and Andrew Boughton, of Glasgow, Kentucky, by a sister, Patti Nixon, of New Haven; by a niece, Jess Moore & husband Joe, of Rosebud, Missouri; a nephew, Randy Nixon, of Union, Missouri; by four great-nephews, Scott Nixon, of New Haven; Damon Sage, of Ft. Bend, Indiana; Marcus Nixon, of Minnesota; and Joshua Nixon, of Fenton, Missouri; by one great-niece, Desiree Nixon, of Minnesota, and by one great-great niece, Ellanna Nixon, of New Haven, by an aunt, Evelyn Baer, of New Haven, and by many cousins and friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her daughter, Shari Shipley Boughton, a sister, Brenda Baer, and a great-great nephew, Oliver Nixon.
Visitation will be held Saturday, March 14th from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. at Toedtmann & Grosse Funeral Home, New Haven, where a memorial service will follow at 11:00 a.m.
Memorials may be given to American Heart Association or American Lung Association. C/O Toedtmann & Grosse Funeral Home.
By: Brande Kubiak
Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history.
It’s celebrated because it coincides with the birthday of Abraham Lincoln on February 12 and of Frederick Douglass on February 14, both of which black communities have celebrated together since the late 19th century.
Black History Month began as a way of remembering important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. It is celebrated in February in the United States and Canada, while in Ireland, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom, it is observed in October.
Black History Month is also associated with the colors red (which represents the blood that unites all people of Black African ancestry, and that which was shed for liberation), black (which represents black people’s existence as a nation, though not a nation-state), and green (which represents the abundant natural wealth of Africa).
The students and faculty of New Haven High School have been asked a few questions about the celebration of Black History Month. One of the questions asked was about their thoughts on Black History Month, and Mrs. Laune said, “I think Black History Month is very important because of the amazing meaning behind it.”
Senior Hunter Garren replied with, “I think Black History Month is a good way of appreciating the men and women who helped fight for equality and desegregation.”
Another question asked was about why we celebrate this holiday, and junior Ellie Westermeyer said, “To be more informed about the history of amazing and incredible people involved within this holiday.”
Junior Emilee Hinten claimed, “I think we celebrate Black History Month to show respect and to remember all of the important things they've done throughout history.”
Mrs. Laune also responded with, “We celebrate to bring awareness and to be more informed of great people that have come before us.”
Mrs. Borcherding claimed that “we celebrate this month to honor Americans that have undertaken the process of mending the racial inequality gap.”
The last question asked was what they personally think is the hardest part about discussing issues of race, and senior Lydia Otten said, “I feel as though you can easily offend someone. You can't just say what’s on your mind anymore. People can really twist your words today.”
Mrs. Laune claimed, “To be sensitive to differences in each other while still being respectful.”
Senior Johnna Bloch replied saying, “All of the judgment that everyone has against certain races, and the stereotypes. It's just not something you can openly talk about because people get really defensive or angry about it.”
Happy Black History Month, Shamrocks!
Linda J. Bland, 66, of New Haven, MO, passed away Saturday, February 29, 2020 at her home.
Linda was born in St. Charles, Missouri on June 20, 1953, a daughter of the late John & Goldie (Garrett) Sunfield.
She was the wife of Ricky Bland. They were united in marriage on May 9, 1998, in Hermann, Missouri.
Linda worked for Adam Puchta Winery in Hermann and also worked at Seitter's Grocery Store in New Haven.
Linda is survived by her husband, Ricky Bland, of New Haven, a daughter, Stacy Allemann & husband Don, of Hermann, Missouri; three sons, Corey Kloppe & wife Anessa, of New Haven, Missouri; Ricky Bland, Jr., of New Haven, Missouri; and Phillip Bland, of Hermann, Missouri; a sister, Nancy Starke & husband Gerald, of Rhineland, MO, by two brothers, Ronald & Terry Sunfield, both of Owensville, Missouri; by five grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, March 4th from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Toedtmann & Grosse Funeral Home, New Haven, Missouri. Memorials may be given to American Heart Association or Franklin County Humane Society.
To send flowers to Linda's family, please visit our floral section.
Photos by Natalie Buchheit and Lauralie Grater
By: Natalie Pecaut
Every year students from across Missouri come out and compete in one of the most competitive events in high school history. Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) is a club for determined people who aspire to learn more about the business world and leadership roles through this organization.
According to Robert Collier, “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out”, and that is exactly what the students here at New Haven High have been exemplifying for the past two months, even with the crazy amount of snow days that made it difficult for some students. But still, New Haven once again showed true leadership and accountability from all their hard work.
Every year, other schools know that New Haven usually takes home the most hardware, and again that's exactly what New Haven did. Overall 35 people made it in the top 5, with 7 of those being groups and 20 people qualifying for state.
The Future Business Leaders of America conference is held at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri each year, and every year when the event comes around it seems like the weather is getting colder. This year some students woke up as early as 4 A.M. so they could get ready in their business attire, and then make it to their bus that left at 6 A.M.
Lauren Hoerstkamp mentioned, “As I was walking from my car into school, I looked at the temperature on my phone and it said 1 degree. I literally thought I was going to freeze to death during that 2 minute walk from the parking lot to school.”
Once students had made the hour bus ride to Fulton, they right away found their rooms that they would be tested in or where they would present in front of judges. After they had all their business straightened out, the countdown was on. When you walked through the halls you could see these teenagers pacing up and down nervously, practicing their speeches one final time.
We asked some of the students what their favorite part was about the day. Luke Gerlemann commented, “I liked the college atmosphere. We had a college tour and we got to see part of the Berlin Wall which was cool.”
Morgan Branson mentioned, “I liked getting a day out of school and it was cool to dress up for a day.”
We also got a few comments from Kelsey Anderson, the high school business teacher and FBLA adviser. Mrs. Anderson took countless hours helping students prepare for their competitions, listening to students present, and working lots of early mornings and late evenings. Students had to present to her three times in order for them to attend the district competition.
Kelsey Anderson commented, “I was extremely happy with the results from FBLA districts this year. Going in I was nervous, due to all the snow days and rescheduling of practices we had to do, but the students, per usual, stepped up to the plate and did what they needed to do in order to have another very successful year at districts.”
Here at New Haven the Future Business Leaders of America organization has the highest participation percentage of 90%. We wanted to know why students are most interested in being a part of FBLA. Some of the seniors gave us their reasons why.
McKenzie Pecaut mentioned, “Once we leave high school we are going to have to use skills that we didn’t always use at school. Being involved in FBLA my past four years, I’ve learned a lot and I’ve already used some of those things during my college applications and college visits.”
Lauren Hoerstkamp commented, “FBLA gave me confidence in my voice. Without speaking skills that I have learned from this club, I would still be in my safe shell, never speak up in class, and just be super awkward around new people.”
Natalie Pecaut commented, “FBLA teaches you life skills to be successful in everyday life. Where I use those skills the most is at work. Customers and people will respect you more because most kids our age haven’t taken the time to learn those simple skills.”
Kelsey Anderson also commented on the question.
Mrs. Anderson replied, “Being part of FBLA students are learning and growing through the events and competitions that we partake in. I think a huge benefit of being a part of FBLA is learning soft skills that employers say they see applicants lacking right now. These skills include things such as communication, emotional intelligence, time management, and responsibility.”
Congratulations, Shamrocks, on a job well done!
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.
The New Haven School District has the following job opening:
If you would like to apply for this position, visit our website at https://newhavenschools.tedk12.com/hire/index.aspx
Deadline for applications is 3/9/2020 or until filled.
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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