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Students rake, wash, and trim to say thanks

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TCHS students participated in Community Appreciation Day on October 29.

Students and sponsors ate breakfast together at the school and then broke into groups to go to a variety of jobs. Much of the work involved raking leaves, but some students washed windows, painted buildings, trimmed bushes, and cleaned out gardens.

At lunch time, all workers returned to the football field for grilled hamburgers, chips, fruit, and cookies. After lunch, students headed out for more raking, cleaning, and washing.

Community Appreciation Day has been a part of the school since 2001. It was created so that students would be able to give back to the community who supports them in so many ways. Although many students do like getting out of class for the day, most admit that giving back to those who have supported them is the best part of the day.

In addition, Community Appreciation Day allowed students to get to know other students that they may not get to know in the normal school setting. “I saw some students in a new light,” remarked senior Isaiah Fabrizius. Abraham Pfannenstiel also mentioned that he spent the day visiting with students he normally would not even see throughout his day.

Of course, students also enjoyed all the snacks they got after they completed a job. Many of the community members treated them to cookies, candy, and other goodies. The workers were also very appreciative of Gibson’s Health-Mart who donated free drinks.

The school would also like to give a special thank you to all the sponsors. Without them the day would not have been possible.

Scholars’ bowl kicks off season

By Abraham Pfannenstiel
The Trego scholars’ bowl team kicked off their season at Ness City on October 27.

Trego started off the night losing to Hodgeman County, 40-80. They then bounced back against Dighton, defeating the Hornets, 30-20.

After the win, Trego fell again, this time to LaCrosse, 40-50. They lost again to Ness City, 20-30, before defeating Healy, 50-0 in the final round of the night.

The 2-3 record earned a seventh-place finish for the Golden Eagles.

Answering six questions at the meet, Tanner Townley led the team followed by Dean Barney with five correctly answered questions. Other members of the team included Abraham Pfannenstiel and Bernard Giefer.

The junior varsity also competed at the meet, in which they took home a first-place medal.

Janae H. led the JV with 24 correctly answered questions. Also on the team were Kat Muench, Valerie Scott, and Grace’ G..

The Trego scholars’ bowl team will compete at Western Plains on November 10.


Future of cross country looks bright for TCHS

Cross Country Camp
Proudly displaying their certificates of completion, the “Little Eagles Cross Country Camp” runners smile brightly
By Abraham Pfannenstiel
The TCHS cross country team hosted the “Little Eagles Cross Country Camp” on October 20-22.

The purpose of the event was to give the grade schoolers a taste of what running in cross country is like.

Monday started off with competitive relay runs, followed by a game of freeze tag.

Tuesday, the Little Eagle runners wore white shirts. They then set out on a scavenger hunt and at each checkpoint, they discovered markers that they used to draw on one another’s shirts.

On the final day of the camp, the kids were given a chance to show off what they had learned. They participated in the Little Eagle Race that was just a little under a mile.

Those participating were Gunner W., Alex C., RT ., JC C., Westyn W., Jaryn W., Madigan H., Corbin M., Allie M., Mason Y., Hunter Y., and Nicholas S..

Coach Gayle Pfannenstiel would like to thank the cross country team for their help in the camp.

TCHS KAY club salutes our country’s military

By Abraham Pfannenstiel
The TCHS KAY club paid tribute to the brave men and women that fought for our country in “Military Appreciation Night” on October 24.
Military

Holding American flags, the TCHS dance team prepares to lead our service men and women onto the field on October 24.

The project was part of the club’s Area IV project, in which all clubs in the area were focusing on showing appreciation to the military.

At the Friday night game, all past and present military personnels’ admittance into the game was paid for, as well as their meal from the concession stand.

At halftime, all 37 veterans were brought onto the field where they were recognized for their service. They were given an official certificate of appreciation, as well as a coupon for a free pizza donated by the local Pizza Hut. As the program came to a close, crowds from both sides of the field gave a standing ovation to all of the men and women who fought or are fighting for our country.

KAY cabinet member Carli N. weighed in on the importance of the event.

“This was important because I feel like our veterans and active military go unnoticed a lot. It’s good to have them recognized by the public.”

 

Seniors honor their parents at senior night

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Senior athletes honored their parents before the football game on October 24. Seniors presented their parents with a yellow rose.

 

TCHS blood drive coming November 11


Boold Drive

To donate blood you must:

  • Be healthy
  •  Be at least  17 years old or 16 years old with signed parental consent form
  • Bring a donor card or other photo ID
  • Weigh at least 110 pounds

Every two seconds someone in the U.S needs blood.
About 44,000 pints of blood are needed in the U.S.
Almost everyone will know someone in their lifetime that has needed blood.


Sleepy students support later start time

Sleepy Student

Pretending to sleep, Hunter Armstrong, demonstrates the effects of sleep deprivation on a student during school.

By Emarie Schoenthaler
“I’m so tired” is a common phrase teachers and parents hear coming from teenagers’ mouths. What can we do to stop this sleep deprivation?

The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests schools delay their start times.  According to an article entitled “Let Them Sleep: AAP Recommends Delaying Start Times Middle and High Schools to Combat Teen Sleep Deprivation,” 87 percent of high school students are getting less than the recommended eight and a half to nine and a half hours of sleep. Due to natural sleeping cycles, most teens have difficulty falling asleep before 11 p.m.

The article continues to state that lack of sleep in adolescents can cause physical and mental health problems, a decline in academic performance, and an increased risk of car accidents. Because of these factors, the AAP is aiming to encourage schools to delay their start time until 8:30 a.m. or later to allow teens to get their recommended hours of sleep.

Surveying forty-four TCHS students, when asked on a scale of 1-10 how tired they were on a daily basis, 75 percent responded with 5 and over while 25 percent said under a 5. These results may reflect that most students surveyed did not get the recommended amount of sleep.

When asked what keeps them up at night, students replied that some things were homework, social life, and just not being able to sleep.

Most of the students surveyed said they would enjoy schools delaying their start times to 8:30 a.m. or later. On the other hand, not many would enjoy pushing the school day longer in the afternoon or adding on days to the school year to make up for the later start time.  In fact one student stated, “I think [a later start time would] be great if we still got out at 3:20 and didn’t have extra days.” 


FCCLA found magic in Oakley

FCCLA Fall Conference

FCCLA members attending the Fall Leadership Conference were (from left) Kassidy Chase, Lexus Haxton, Sierra S., Larissa Howard, Carli N., Abraham Pfannenstiel, Sadie Dinkel, Bryn Hafliger, and Mikayla C.

By Abraham Pfannenstiel
Nine TCHS FCCLA members “Discovered the Magic of FCCLA” at the District A Fall Leadership Conference at Oakley on October 22.

At the conference, students were given a chance to meet new people, gain ideas to take back to their club, and learn all about the FCCLA organization. They also listened to speakers on topics about healthy relationships, running for an office, discovering career options, financial fitness, and peer education.

After watching skits, meeting the district officers, and hearing other announcements, the conference was adjourned.

Members attending the event were Carli Nowlin, Kassidy Chase, Lexus Haxton, Sierra Swart, Larissa Howard, Abraham Pfannenstiel, Sadie Dinkel, Brynn Hafliger, and Mikayla Cody.

Nowlin weighed in on her impression of the conference.

“It was very good this year. I think we learned a lot from it.”

BOE Meeting Agenda 10/13
Board Minutes 10/13
Activity Calendar Set-Up Instructions
Community Apprectiation Day
Scholars Bowl 10/27
Cross Country Camp
Military
Sleepy Students
FCCLA Fall Convention
Surf's Up
Cross Country 10/25
Volleyball 10/25
Football 10/24

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