Looking calm and collected, Irene Dirks, Karen Cook, and Dana Hille give their nominations before being doused with ice water.
Irene Dirks, Karen Cook, and Dana Hille accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge given to them by Carl Mohler.
Dressed in coordinating outfits and sporting shower caps, the three ladies decided to take the plunge together. They sat in front of TCHS, and, as the entire student body looked on, they were drenched with ice water. While there were some gasps and lots of giggles from the ladies, each one handled the challenge with grace.
Dirks stated of the experience, “It’s good for the kids to see the teachers in a different light and have a chance to laugh at them.” She nominated co-worker Dawn Kenyon to take the challenge.
Cook felt that getting cold was “worth it for a worthy cause.” She chose to nominate Nora Schoenthaler.
Hille agreed with Cook saying, “It was for a good cause. It was fun, and the kids enjoyed it.” She selected Blair Wilkerson to take the challenge.
The students definitely agree that the challenges are exciting to watch. Tate Pfannenstiel stated, “It is fun. After a hard working day, it is nice to see the teachers participate in a fun activity.”
|James Burk proudly displays his Outstanding Science Educator award.|
Burk was presented with this award last spring at a banquet at KATS Kamp held in Junction City.
The purpose of KATS is to improve science teaching in all fields of science. KATS members may nominate another member for the award. After a member is nominated, the regional representatives select the recipient of this award.
Burk stated “I was surprised and honored to find out that I was nominated and selected for this award! I know many excellent teachers in the area who deserve this award!”
Students Allen Goff and Isaiah Fabrizius dump water over a cool and collected Craig Malsam
|Carl Mohler bravely sits while students Dakota Bliss and Hunter Folsom drench him with freezing water||
Myron Flax braces himself as students Corbin Schoenthaler and Cedric Flax drown him with ice water
Myron Flax, Craig Malsam, and Carl Mohler accepted the ALS ice bucket challenge from Pat Haxton. The ALS Foundation created the ice bucket challenge to raise awareness of ALS and has managed to raise over $62.5 million.
Flax, Malsam, and Mohler each took their turn and bravely sat while students dumped coolers of ice water over their heads as the entire student body looked on. Each was able to nominate others to accept the challenge.
Malsam said of the experience on the hot afternoon, “It felt good! It was fun.” He nominated Tavis Desormiers, Jeremy Samson, and Lance Ziegler.
Mohler felt nervous before hand but afterwards commented, “It really wasn’t that bad.” He nominated Karen Cook, Irene Dirks, and Dana Hille who accepted the challenge with “gusto” and promised to make it “memorable.”
Flax was the last to be doused with ice water and thought the anticipation was worse than the actual event. He nominated Casey Flax, Michael Flax, and Gene Flax.
Student Macy Mattheyer listens to instruction from Coach Dawn Kenyon.
By Emarie Schoenthaler
Recently, parents and teachers have noticed dazed expressions on students’ faces. These expressions are not due to rigorous academics but are instead the result of the two-a-day sport practices.
During the first week of school, sports teams doubled up on the number of practices they attended. The volleyball team practiced both in the morning and in the afternoon while the football team selected to have extra-long afternoon practices. These practices are tough, but they do have their benefits.
First, student athletes must have completed a certain number of practices before competition. According to Athletic Director Craig Malsam, the number of practices can vary from sport to sport.
Coaches see even more reasons for two-a-days.
Volleyball coach, Bailey Belisle, says two-a-days are a “great way to kick start the season.”
“Not only are athletes getting lots of conditioning and basic skill work in, but it shows what kind of dedication and commitment you will really have for the rest of the season,” said Belisle.
When asked for drawbacks, Belisle said, “The negative of it, for this year especially, is that school had already started so it made for very long days for everyone.” She went on to say that girls had an “upbeat attitude no matter how exhausted everyone was. It was great to hear girls encouraging each other to fight through at 6:00 a.m. on day five of two-a-days!”
Head football coach, Pat Haxton, says that their team needs the extra time at the beginning of the year to learn fundamentals and discipline. Haxton believes two-a-days are a necessity. When asked if there were any drawbacks to these long practices, Haxton emphatically replied, “No!”
However, student athletes disagree about the drawbacks. Many students indicated that they feel exhausted throughout the week and have difficulty focusing on their classes.
Despite this, student athletes can clearly see the benefits of these practices. Many mentioned that the practices not only get them in shape but also prepare them for the season. “They help us get extra practice so we can be better prepared for the season. They really help us get in the groove of the sport.”
In addition, students brought up how these practices aided in team bonding. They commented on how the practices help the team members work together and build team chemistry. One student stated, “Because everyone is tired, it brings the team together by motivating each other.”
Head Cross Country Coach Gayle Pfannenstiel
In her 15th year as cross country coach, Gayle Pfannenstiel is coaching a bigger team than in recent years. Pfannenstiel is challenging her six boys and two girls to “become the best runners that they can to best represent the school.” She also urges them “to work together to promote school pride by supporting their peers in other sports and extra-curricular activities.”
The biggest strength for the team this year, according to Pfannenstiel, is “their positive attitude.” Pfannenstiel hopes to take that positive attitude to help improve on the weaknesses.
At the end of the season, “as any coach, I would love to see our team competing at the State Meet in Wamego. More importantly, I hope that we have learned about what being a team really means and how our individual personal choices have a huge impact on the success of that team.”
After two years assisting at the grade school level, Bailey Belisle is starting her first year as the high school’s head volleyball coach.
Head Volleyball Coach Bailey Belisle
Belisle’s goals for her approximately 20 girls is to “play as a team,” and to “encourage each other and build our team up at all times.”
After the first week of practices, Belisle notes that some team strengths include that “the girls have been very punctual- always ontime for conditioning and paractice, which shows me they are ready to work and have dedicated attitudes toward volleyball and improving.”
The first-year coach shows her vision for the end of the year. “I see our team looking back on a fun, successful season that showed improvement. I hope all players and coaches can look back without regrets and feel as though they push until the last ball hit the floor.”
For girls’ tennis coach Lori Dietz, this year marks “lucky 13.” This is her 13th year as coach, with three years of head coaching and 10 years of assisting, and she has 13 girls out for tennis this fall.
According to Dietz, the girls’ goals for the season include getting “first place at the league meet in Phillipsburg again this year. We’d like a winning season with a strong varsity squad and for junior varsity to improve with every meet.”
“Expereince and stamina” will contribute to the strenths of the team. “We have five seniors and four returning varsity,” said Dietz. “ The girls have been conditioning and hitting well in the heat.”
Head Girls’ Tennis Coach Lori Dietz
Dietz also adds that when Regionals approaches, she would “love to see the majority of the team have winning records and have the varsity seeded in the top six at Regionals.”
Although Pat Haxton is only in his second year coaching at Trego, he is in no way new to the sport of football. After coaching seven years at Juction City,
Head Football Coach Pat Haxton
11 years at Southeast of Saline, and three years at Valley Center, Haxton came to Trego last year.
According to Haxton, the 22 boys out for football this fall have the goal to
"work hard, get better everyday, prepare better than our opponent each week, and play focused every play of every game."Haxton also adds that to help reach those goals, the team has great "leadership and team cohesiveness."
To help them prepare for the upcoming games, the veteran coach sets many expectations for the team to fulfill. "We'll watch game film to find out their offenses, defenses, and tendencies," said Haxton. "We work on fixing our problems more than anything each practice."
By working hard, at the end of the season Haxton hopes "we can play well in our district and make the playoffs." However, " the most important thing is that they improve throughout the year."
Listening intently, business students Clayton Rauch and Molly M. learn a new concept from instructor LaTrisha Flax.
This applied business class, taught by LaTrisha Flax, helps students learn skills that will be handy in a workplace setting by providing on-the -job training.
Flax states that in this class the students will be employees. State vocational standards say the training should primarily be on live production, which includes such items as forms, flyers, invitations, presentations, and business cards. The production work must consist of work from businesses, volunteer agencies, teachers, coaches, community clubs and organizations, parents, grandparents, etc.
If a business or community member has a project that they would like to have completed by the applied business class, they can notify LaTrisha Flax at email@example.com. Customers will need to pay for materials used. However, donations will be accepted for labor and will be used to buy equipment for the classroom.
A student of the class, Teghan Sells, feels that the class is a lot of fun because it is different. Sells states, “It’s a lot responsibility because if you don’t get your work done, you’re disappointing a customer.