Neal Kluba from Preferred Family Healthcare in Franklin County, MO is presenting information about internet safety and cyber bullying to students in grades K-8 this week. Presentations are taking place during Counseling class. He encourages parents to review the handouts coming home and to check out the website www.netsmartz.org to learn to be as tech savvy as the students. Parents will also find information on smart phone safety.
By: Abbey Grater
The new spring season of track and field at New Haven High School began Monday, February 27th.
All students participating in track and field from the middle school and high school have the chance to participate in a new event at NHHS called pole vault. Pole vault is an event in which competitors attempt to vault over a high bar using the end of a long, flexible pole.
But that's not all track athletes can do. They can run the mile, the two-mile, or participate in the high jump, and even more. Track athletes don't just run, they also throw-- for instance, athletes can participate in javelin events or the discus throw. Also, all athletes get to participate in four events at a meet.
Lauren Gerlemann commented, “I plan on competing in the long jump for sure, and the rest of my events I have yet to decide. I'm looking forward to a successful year and improving my times and jumps from last year. I think track and field is competing hard in your personal event(s), and earning your team points so you can celebrate your team victory.”
Mr. Witthaus also stated, “I would love to see if they can repeat and improve what they were able to accomplish last year. [I would] also like to see some improvements as the year goes on. I would like to see times improve week by week. But they will be put through some pretty strenuous workouts. They will need to pay attention to details.”
Mr. Witthaus continued: “I think track and field is all about teaching our athletes responsibility on and off the track. Hopefully they see that hard work pays off in the present and in the future.”
Lastly, Ryan Blankenship commented, “My passion is to run and push my team members to strive to do better. A couple of my events are pole vault, javelin, and the 4x800 relay. I would love to see all of my teammates go to state this year and place.”
Blankenship continued by saying, “I think track and field is about finding out some of your strengths and weaknesses [and learning] how to push yourself not just in track but in everyday life. [It is] also about building friendship and team-bonding.”
New Haven High School senior Brady Kruse has been selected for the 2017 Missouri Scholars 100. This is a statewide program that honors 100 of Missouri's top academic students in the graduating class of 2017. Missouri Scholars 100 program is sponsored by the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals. The selection is based on a formula using the student's GPA and ACT score. Students recognized must be taking upper level courses in Mathematics, Science, English and foreign language. Students must also have excellent attendance, be a good school citizen and be involved in school activities. Brady will be recognized at the Missouri Scholars 2017 banquet in April.
New Haven High School has named Lauren Gerlemann as its’ February Student of the Month. Lauren is the daughter of Jim and Lisa Gerlemann. At NHHS, Lauren is involved in FBLA, FCCLA, FCA, National Honor Society, Student Council and serves as the Junior Class President. Lauren is also involved athletically in Volleyball, Basketball and Track. When not at school, a school activity, or a sporting event, Lauren likes to take drives with her friends and hang out at the Ice Cream Shoppe. Lauren works at Paradise Frozen Custard in Washington and is a lifeguard at the New Haven Pool. After graduation, she plans to attend a university and earn a doctorate in physical therapy.
By: Lexie Nixon
This year, the boys’ basketball team season came to an end with a 7 to 20 win-loss ratio.
Will Soete, point guard on the team, is a senior this year at New Haven High School. Will was asked how he feels about this being his last season, and he responded with, “Every good thing has to come to an end. It's been a roller coaster ride but I wouldn't ask for it any other way, especially with such great guys.”
Aaron Peirick, coach of the New Haven boys basketball team, was asked what his overall thoughts of the 2017 season are, and he responded with, “I thought that we never stopped fighting or gave in. We definitely had our struggles with injuries or bad plays but we ended up playing some pretty good basketball at the end of the season.”
The boys played 2 games into districts. The Shamrocks started off districts with a win against Crystal City. The resulting game against McKinley brought our boys’ 2017 season to an end with a final score of 35 to 40.
The boys’ basketball team consisted of 6 seniors: Will Soete, Justin Shockley, Mark Senecal, Aaron Penning, Zach Vedder, and Brady Kruse.
With the season coming to an end, the boys who aren't graduating have another season ahead of them next year.
Ethan Groner, a guard on the team, was asked what he expects from his next 2 seasons. He responded: “I expect us to do very well these next two seasons and have a lot of fun; however, this can only be succeeded by working hard this summer and improving as players. I have learned a lot from the juniors and seniors and will never forget the memories.”
Jets Track Club comes to Washington, MO to give kids ages 8-18 a chance to participate in track and field.
By: Lucy Hoener & Lydia Humphreys
On Thursday, February 23, the New Haven Middle School volleyball team played their first game of the 2017 season. The seventh graders kicked off the night with a game that kept you on the edge of your seat the whole game. The first set was a back and forth set, but the shamrocks came out on top, and they were ready for the next set. The shamrocks were hoping for an easy set to end the game, but Washington was not going to give up that easily. The Washington Blue Jays won the second set which was a battle the whole time. The Shamrocks had had enough and wanted this victory. The Shamrocks got easily to the 23 point when Washington served multiple aces. Finally the shamrocks got their 24 point and finished the game on top. The seventh grade Shamrocks were ecstatic with their victory.
By: Carter Moeckli
In the nearing winter of 2015 a senior of NHHS named Garret Shoenfeld had taken in a abandoned and abused dog who was only one year old and had been finding her own food. We believe she was abandoned because she had been staying in the middle of nowhere waiting for the previous owner to return. Garret had seen the dog for about a week and one day he had come close to hitting her, so he had picked her up and brought her to the Moeckli House where the dog got a name: Katie Elizabeth Moeckli. She was very skinny-almost to where you could see her rib cage.
Later that night Katie was taken to the vet where we found out that she was a female, and she wasn’t chipped so Melissa Moeckli, the wife of Jeff Moeckli, mother of Kierstin Monzyk and Carter Moeckli, and Step-mother of Chase Moeckli, posted the lost dog’s picture and information on facebook. One month went by and nobody responded to her post.
Katie got a well balanced diet and now is a 61 lbs dog who is about three years old. So far Katie has found a permanent home at the Moeckli home. She shows her appreciation by bringing them gifts of dead rodents and deer legs to their front yard during the summer. Katie is now a permanent part of the family, and as far as they can tell she loves her new home.
By: LeeAnna Linton
Peggy Borcherding is the friendly secretary you see when you walk into New Haven High School. Her full name is Peggy Sue Borcherding (née Meyer).
Peggy has 3 older sisters. She also has 2 sons: Craig, who is 34 and resides in New Haven, and Luke, who is 27 and resides in Okeechobee, Florida. She also has 2 grandchildren, from Craig and his wife, Mrs. Katie Borcherding-- art teacher at NHHS. Her granddaughter is named Josephine and her grandson is named Frederick.
Peggy graduated from NHHS in May of 1977 and became the high school secretary in August of that year. When asked why she decided to work at NHHS, she stated, “There was an opening at school and I decided to apply. I had no idea at the time I would still be here in 2017. It was a really great decision on my part.”
In her free time, Peggy enjoys sewing, reading, and gardening; although, her favorite thing to do is spend time with her grandchildren and family. When asked what she is passionate about, Peggy pronounced, “I am the most passionate about my family. My family definitely comes first.”
Her favorite thing about New Haven is that it is a small town that supports and takes care of the community. Her favorite food is cheesecake, and her biggest pet peeves concern digital clocks and velcro vs. laces on tennis shoes. She doesn’t like digital clocks because she believes everyone should be able to tell time on analog clocks. And her shoelaces vs. velcro pet peeve stems from her belief that everyone should learn to tie their shoes at a young age.
Peggy wanted to say it has been extremely enjoyable and an honor to work at NHHS these past 40 years, with a great staff and wonderful students.
As many people would say, Peggy is a very important aspect to NHHS.
Mrs. Katie Borcherding said, “Subtracting 4 years for college, I have been in this building with Peggy since I was 12 years old (we used to have grades 6-8 in the middle school). I am nearing 35 years old, so I've known and worked with Peggy for a substantial part of my life and I'm married to her oldest son, so I'm around Peggy pretty much 24/7 now. She's an excellent grandmother. She actually has an extra purse packed at all times with toys and treats just for her grandkids. They love to go to her house to bake cupcakes, eat frosting, read books, and watch Daniel Tiger. My children, Josie and Freddie, adore their ‘Gigi’.”
Mr. Ray Steinhoff stated, “Peggy is just a terrific person--nice, polite, thoughtful, helpful…. She is also terrific at her job--organized, hard working, detailed…. I can't really explain how much she has helped me through the years. I could never thank her enough for all she has done for not only me, but also for New Haven High School.”
Mrs. Debra Smith pronounced, “Peggy always has time for every question or interruption, and never complains. With her cheerful disposition, she makes the office a pleasant place to visit.”
Mrs. Samantha Hausmann said, “Peggy always gives me the heads up when snacks are coming to the office. She has my back.”
Mr. Michael Hagedorn stated, “I have been teaching here 23 years. The office is a fine tuned oiled machine because of Peggy. She can tell you about anything you want to know that is happening in the district within seconds. She does an awesome job. Peggy has made my job much easier over the years. She is always willing to lend a helping hand. When it comes to helping you get a jammed paper out of the copier or finding out if a student was unexcused, Peggy is the person you need to see. Thanks for all that you do, Peggy!”
Lastly, Mrs. Jaime Hoener pronounced, “Peggy's longevity at her job and her dedication to the school should not go unnoticed. Her attention to detail and her ability to do many things very well are an inspiration to others. She misses very few days of work, but when she does, we're all a little uneasy because things just don't run quite as smoothly when she's not here.”
From all of us here at New Haven High School, thank you, Peggy, for your hard work and dedication to our school. You are the true definition of a Shamrock!
By: Lexie Nixon
There are 3 months before graduation, meaning kids are starting to slack off. One major problem that comes up is senioritis. Senioritis is when seniors develop a lack of motivation or decline in performance nearing the ending of their final year in high school.
LeeAnna Linton would describe it as “when you get to the dull parts of the year and you're ready for summer to start. You're just ready to be out of school for the year. I don’t think it just happens to seniors, I think it can happen to anyone.”
Think you’re struggling with this? Here are 7 ways to prevent or lower symptoms of senioritis:
By: Jake Wilson
In their final regular season game in Hermann on Thursday the 16th, New Haven pulled out a close one with a 41-36 win over the rival Bearcats. The win gives New Haven a conference record of 4-3 on the season.
Junior Lauren Gerlemann led the way in scoring for the Shamrocks with 13 points, while also grabbing 8 rebounds. Fellow junior Emily Scheer followed with 12 points, while shooting 2-5 from 3-point range.
Sophomore Allison Stiers led the way in scoring for Hermann with 17 points, along with 7 rebounds. She was followed by junior Brooke Grosse and senior Emily Engemann, who both finished with 6 points each.
Coach Doug Peirick commented on the game stating, “It was another good win in these last few games for us. Anytime you can go onto another team’s home court in the Four Rivers Conference and come out with a win, you deserve to feel good about it.”
He continued: “It was also the second time we played them this year, and that’s never an easy task. Hermann is a really good team. Coach Anderson always has them prepared and ready to play. Our girls were able to execute our game plan, and we came away with a very good team victory.”
With New Haven winning their district tournament, they will play in the sectional round at Hannibal High School Wednesday at 7:45 P.M. against Scotland County. Good luck, Green!
Fun and free programs for kids and adults are scheduled for March at New Haven Branch of Scenic Regional Library.
Programs for adults are: Wednesday, March 8, at 6:30 pm, How Corn Changed Itself, Then Everything Else with food historian and author Cynthia Clampitt. She is the author of Midwest Maize: How Corn Shaped the U.S. Heartland. Clampitt will trace the history of a weedy grass that changed America. Learn how vampires, whiskey, Henry Ford, time zones, and the Chicago Bears fit into the amazing history of corn. Program includes samples of heirloom corn whiskey for those over age 21. Reservations are a must, stop by, call 573-237-2189 or go to scenicregional.org to reserve you place.
You are invited the second Shamrock Shindig on Friday, March 10 from 2-3:30 pm. Get your green on for the wee Leprechaun Luncheon, an afternoon of Irish trivia quizzes, snacks, and fellowship. Space is limited so rspv today.
Both programs will be held at the Old New Haven School, 810 Maupin Ave., New Haven.
Book Club is reading The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother. Discussion is Wednesday, March 22, 5-6:00 pm at the branch. Everyone is welcome and copies of the book may be checked out at the branch.
Take- A-Ticket Tech Training is happening Thursday, March 30 from 3-6 pm. The scenic regional trainer will be on hand for one on one help sessions. Reserve a time, bring your device and get answers to your questions about using Cloud Library and other online resources and programs.
Preschool Storytime for kids up to Kindergarten age meets each Tuesday at 10:00 am, and Saturday, March 18, at 10:00 am. We will enjoy stories about music and dance along with songs, finger plays, and crafts.
Read, Build and Play for kids ages 4-12 happens on Saturday, March 18 at 11:00am. Stop by and build with Lego bricks. Storytime and Read, Build and Play meet at the branch, 910 Maupin Ave. New Haven.
By: Celesse Smedley
A new office was installed for New Haven High School shortly after winter break. With the new office installed, students can now feel safer within the building. The construction of the office took approximately one month, beginning right after winter break and lasting until the end of January.
When asking Mr. Stutzman why the office was built, he responded, "The new office was built more for safety than anything else. With the new ‘man trap’, the only people who get into the building is who we let in. Previously, people could just walk in. Now, all exterior doors are locked and the only way past the office is to be ‘buzzed’ in by a secretary.”
The office has also united both the high school and middle school. With each secretary sitting mere feet away, they can easily communicate.
As stated by Mrs. Peggy Borcherding, “I believe that the new office has only improved on office efficiency. Since the middle school and high school offices are now in the same area, there is always someone monitoring the office.”
Mrs. Muir commented, “We are very blessed to have such beautiful, updated furniture. I personally appreciate the area where students can pick up printed papers or use the phone without having the extra traffic behind our work area.”
Mr. Stutzman, Mrs. Borcherding, and Mrs. Muir have all stated that they love the changes and would not alter anything about the new office space.
By: Lucy Roth
The Little Rockers Kids Marathon is a part of New Haven Elementary School’s tradition of co-ed final mile programs. Every year in December or January, Mrs. Meyer and Mrs. Roth find marathon race franchises that incorporate the kids marathon program. This year’s marathon race and program is based in Little Rock, Arkansas. Runalicious, meaning, as Mrs. Roth put it, “very appealing to our runners as they receive a piece of candy after their hard work running,” is the race’s theme.
After school, on every Monday since January 9th, 37 students from kindergarten to 7th grade meet with several teachers and parents in the elementary school cafeteria. They get into running, running/walking, and walking groups with 1 adult. With those groups, they run from 3:00 to 3:45, around the school, the park, or downtown. In a total of 8 Mondays, the participants are to complete 25 miles.
Mrs. Meyer, Mrs. Roth, and Mrs. Kinerk will be walking/running in the half marathon there on Sunday, March 5th. They will pick up medals and shirts for the those participating. On the following day, March 6th, at 3:30 P.M., the participants of Little Rockers will run their 26th consecutive mile in the park.
Eileen Roth, New Haven’s K-8 counselor, says, “The purpose of the program is to improve student health, to keep kids active, to help kids develop a love for running, and to have fun. Out-of-state marathons are chosen because the medals are much cooler and it is fun to learn about different states each year.”
Jayla Pataky, a first grade member of the Little Rockers, states, “I love running with Mrs. Roth and Ms. Lucy! I like these days because I get to run with all my friends and I am excited to finish and get my medal and t-shirt.”
Good luck in your final mile, students, and especially to the teachers running the half marathon March 5th! You are runalicious!
On today’s date at 2:40 PM, Franklin County 911 received a call of found human remains in the 4600 block of Old Hwy 100 Washington, MO. Deputies arrived on scene and confirmed that the remains are human. The remains were found by a caretaker that was working clearing brush in the wooded area. There is no cause of death at this time and the investigation is on-going. The remains will be sent to the St. Louis County Medical Examiner’s Office to determine race, gender and an approximate time of death. It appears that the remains have been there for several months.
By: Ethan Groner
Starting Monday, February 27, the New Haven baseball team is starting up their 2017 season. Last season came with some ups and downs, including some home runs and close games. But, according to the boys, they are looking to make a statement.
Coach Scheer will determine spots on the team by seeing how the players do in the first week of practice. The roster will be set after that period of time.
Returning sophomore Cody Groner stated, “I think we will be a lot better this year and win some games. It should be a fun year.”
Another returning junior, Jake Wilson, exclaimed, “I’m looking forward to getting back to my favorite time of the year, and playing the game that I love!”
Senior Aaron Penning also stated, “I’m hoping that we can improve our record and win some games. However, our ultimate goal is to win a district title.”
Finally, Coach Scheer pronounced, "This season will certainly be interesting with the new pitch count restrictions. Games will have to be coached in a different manner than in the past. Our team is going to be relatively young in terms of varsity experience, as we graduated seven starters from last season. That makes for good competition for a starting position, and I'm looking for players to work hard and improve to earn those positions."
The Shamrocks start off the new season with the Fours Rivers Baseball Classic here at New Haven on March 17, 2017.
Best of luck this season, boys.
Come out to cheer on the New Haven Shamrocks Girls Basketball team to a District Championship February 24 at 5:30pm.