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DECA helps at Ronald McDonald Charities for year 18

DECA helps at Ronald McDonald Charities for year 18

Isabelle Braun, Staff Reporter

December 16, 2016


Filed under Feature, News

Seniors Brianna Brin, Madisyn Keller and Kristen Nease spent last Friday helping at the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) for their final year. This is Nease’s second year and Brin and Keller’s first year with the charity. “Kristen’s partner couldn’t participate in DECA this year,”...

Senior Jacob Alexander pursues career in photography

Senior Jacob Alexander pursues career in photography

Anniston Weber, Co-Editor-in-Chief

December 15, 2016


Filed under Feature, Technology

Photography and cinematography have always been an important part of senior Jacob Alexander’s life. Starting out by simply just recording and taking photos, Alexander now owns his own website where he shares the images he captures. “My passion for photography and cinematography really began when...

ESL para Imelda Koenke says goodbye

ESL para Imelda Koenke says goodbye

Isabelle Braun, Staff Reporter

December 14, 2016


Filed under Feature, News, Top Stories

After being an English as a Second Language (ESL) para for six and a half years, Imelda Koenke says goodbye to the school. Koenke is moving on to student teaching in art in Plainville and plans to come back. “I’ll be back in the Hays district for the Elementary level,” Koenke said. “I hope...

KMEA Honor Choir and Honor Band perform at district concert

KMEA Honor Choir and Honor Band perform at district concert

Anniston Weber, Co-Editor-in-Chief

December 13, 2016


Filed under Feature, News, Top Stories

"Without art, civilization as we know it would become meaningless." Those are the words and feelings from Jason Sickel, choir director at Blue Valley North High School in Overland Park. Sickel was addressing the students selected to perform for the KMEA honor concert on Dec. 10. After being named...

Students reinstate the “Wall of Boom”

Students reinstate the “Wall of Boom”

Kara Brooks, Editor

December 8, 2016


Filed under Feature, News, Sports

The “Wall of Boom” was created three years ago to promote school spirit at the basketball games. This year seniors Hannah Unrein and Angel Bryant are working to start up the “Wall of Boom” once again to get students excited about this year’s basketball season. “We participated in the ‘Wall...

Fruit sales rack up thousands of dollars for upcoming events

Fruit sales rack up thousands of dollars for upcoming events

Isabelle Braun, Staff Reporter

December 8, 2016


Filed under Feature, News, Top Stories

Grapefruits, apples, oranges, pears, and nectarines all have one thing in common – they were being sold by FFA kids this past month. “All the members have to help,” FFA director Curt Vajnar said. “There’s a quota, if they don’t sell a certain limit, then they can’t participate in things...

Boys basketball team wins Hays City Shootout

Boys basketball team wins Hays City Shootout

Jacob Maska, Sports Reporter

December 6, 2016


Filed under Feature, Sports, Top Stories

  The boys basketball team came into the Hays City Shootout with one starter from last year’s team, senior Shane Berens, and multiple players with little varsity playing time. Regardless, the mens team kicked off the tournament with a win against Garden City. The first half started out...

Chamber Singers perform at Cathedral Concert in Victoria

Chamber Singers perform at Cathedral Concert in Victoria

Anniston Weber, Co-Editor-in-Chief

December 5, 2016


Filed under Feature, News, Slideshows, Top Stories, Video

The Chamber Singers performed at the annual Cathedral Christmas Concert at the St. Fidelis Cathedral in Victoria. This year's concert was performed on Sunday, Dec. 4. The choirs of Fort Hays State University (Fort Hays Singers, Concert Choir) were joined by the Smoky Hill Chorale, Chamber Singers...

Varsity cheerleaders perform new routine at pep assembly

Varsity cheerleaders perform new routine at pep assembly

Anniston Weber, Co-Editor-in-Chief

December 2, 2016


Filed under Feature, News, Sports, Top Stories, Video

For each pep assembly, the varsity cheerleaders come up with a new routine to perform in front of the student body. This year, serving as co-captains for the varsity squad are seniors Kaely McKinney and Isys Bearly. Over the course of a month, the squad spent about 36 hours working on their ro...

Teachers defeat students during pep assembly basketball scrimmage

Teachers defeat students during pep assembly basketball scrimmage

Anniston Weber, Co-Editor-in-Chief

December 2, 2016


Filed under Feature, News, Sports, Top Stories, Video

A five-minute teacher versus student basketball scrimmage was the main event during the Winter Sports Pep Assembly on Dec. 1. Advanced Algebra instructor Jerett Pfannenstiel, Advanced Geometry instructor Dustin Dreher, P.E. instructor Haley Wolf, Ceramics instructor Jen Younger, Spanish instructor...

1979 graduate Charlie Riedel employed as AP photographer

1979 graduate Charlie Riedel employed as AP photographer

Lacey Gregory, Staff Reporter

November 30, 2016


Filed under Feature, Top Stories

Several Hays High graduates have gone off to pursue various interesting career ventures, and alumni Charlie Riedel is among them. Since 2000, Riedel has been employed out of Kansas City as photographer for the Associated Press. Riedel said he first took up an interest in photography as a sophomore...

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