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TCHS student signs letter of intent

Peyton Signing

As proud coaches and parents look on, Peyton D. signs a letter of intent to play volleyball at Kansas Wesleyan University next year. Front row from left:  Coach Bailey Belisle, Peyton D., and KWU Head Coach Fred Aubuchon. Back row: Tavis and Christi D.


TCHS students explore science careers

By Abraham Pfannenstiel
Jack Kilby
Learning the chemistry of silly putty, Shaylee Flax tries her hand at making a batch at Jack Kilby Day on October 16.
Twelve TCHS students traveled to Great Bend to attend the 11th annual Jack Kilby Science Day on October 16.

The purpose of the event was for students to get the opportunity to meet and visit with each others, study a variety of demonstrations, participate in some scientific competitions and games, and listen to presenters speak on topics ranging from life science, environment, chemistry, physics, technology, health, and criminal justice.

Introducing some of Hanna’s favorite animals and sharing some facts about the zoo’s wildlife, the keynote speakers at the science day featured Jack Hanna’s zookeepers and educators from the Columbus Zoo.

The event is held in honor of Jack Kilby, a native of Great Bend, who took part in the realization of the first integrated circuit, and won the Nobel Prize in physics in 2000.

Attending Jack Kilby Science Day were Aaron S., Kacie Dunn, Kassidy Chase, Mikayla C., Tanner Townley, Larissa Howard, Ryan Deaver, Shaylee Flax, Amiya Schmidt, Allyson Denning, Isaiah Fabrizius, and Jacob S.

Isaiah Fabrizius noted that he enjoyed the event.

“I thought the kynote speakers were the best I’ve seen. It was a cool experience.”


Freshmen learn dangers of driving under the influence

By Emarie Schoenthaler
TCHS Freshman participated in the seventh annual Drunk Driving and Texting Simulation at the Trego County Fairgrounds on October 14. The event is put on by the Trego County Sheriff’s Office, the
drunk driving

Hanging on for dear life, Sheriff Richard Hanks instructs Jory Micek through the drunk driving course on October 14.

WaKeeney Police Department, and the Highway Patrol. 

The purpose of the simulation is to show students the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol and texting.

“If we can make them understand they are not only putting their own lives in danger but the lives of everyone else on the road as well, we have succeeded,” said Richard Hanks, Trego County Sheriff.

A driving course was set up using traffic cones, and students wore impairment goggles, which simulate being under the influence. The students then drove golf carts, provided by the Big Creek Association, through the course while officers pointed out how normal driving tasks were more difficult. Officers also had students text one another while they were driving the course.

Freshman Valerie Scott commented on the event.

“It was interesting. It definitely showed you how much drinking affected your vision and how easy it is to wreck. I ran over every cone.”

The officers who helped were Sheriff Richard Hanks, Undersheriff Jim Grayson, and Deputy Brock Blackstone. Highway Patrol officers included Lt. Travis Phillips, Trooper Jason Draper, and Trooper Rodd Thornburg. Members of the WaKeeney Police Department included Assistant Chief Chad Mann.

TCHS would like to thank all those involved who bring this important safety and educational event to the students.

Surf’s Up coming soon to TCHS

Surfs Up
TCHS choir members participating in the musical, Surf’s Up.

Contributed by Kathy Jamison
The TCHS Choir will perform Surf's Up, which will be held on Friday and Saturday, November 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m.

 Following is a synopsis about the musical put out by the Pioneer Drama Company.

“Surf's Up is a Beach-Boys style musical comedy celebrating the 1960's.  Cranky, Old Italian immigrant Luigi Barone (Isaiah Fabrizius) owns the Surfin' Burger hangout on the best surfing beach front on Kahuna Beach in California.  He; his daughter Anna (Allyson Denning); and his three granddaughters Maria (Larissa Howard); Gina (Peyton Desormiers); and Nicola (Carli Nowlin) serve up Italian food to the surfers and various assorted customers.  The granddaughters seem to be losing the ways of the old country, especially when one falls for a new guy on the beach, Eddie Hayes (Abraham Pfannenstiel).   A flock of enthusiastic birdwatchers, led by Beverly (Jessica Werth) also invade Kahuna Beach, looking for a rare species.  But worst of, all a wily-land developer wants to buy or steal Luigi's property for his hotel and casino. When Luigi refuses to sell, the developer makes life miserable for everyone. Luigi finally realizes that he needs to get help from those he was trying to chase away.”

Join the TCHS Choir on November 14 and 15, Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. for this musical comedy.  Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for students.

TCHS gears up for annual Community Appreciation Day

Contributed by Rita Weber
TCHS will be participating in the annual Community Appreciation Day on October 29.

The purpose of the event is to say thanks to the community for all they do by providing helping hands on odd jobs that anyone in the community may have. The students have the opportunity to give back to their community, work with a variety of people, learn cooperative work skills, apply problem solving, and feel good about helping others.

Students will start working at 8:30 a.m. and work until 3:00 p.m.

If you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns, would like to sponsor a small group on that day, or have a job for us, please call 743-2061 by Monday, October 27.

BOE Meeting Agenda 10/13
Board Minutes 10/13
Activity Calendar Set-Up Instructions
Jack Kilby Day
drunk driving
Surf's Up
Community Appreciation Day
State Tennis
Volleyball 10/18
Football 10/17
Cross Country 10/16

Schedule of Events

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