By Emarie Schoenthaler
Schmidt and other selected students from Northwest Kansas will practice and then perform at the Beach Schmidt Auditorium at 3:30 P.M. Admission will be $5.00 for adults and free to students.
Schmidt remarked that she felt surprised and honored to be selected.
When students were asked about their favorite Thanksgiving food, turkey was the top choice, but pie came in a close second. However, if it was food, students seemed to like it, naming everything from Galushkis to Ice Cream Salad.
The students were asked what their family traditions are, and a lot of TCHS students answered that they mostly hang out with family and watch/play sports.
When people were asked what they’re most thankful for, a majority of the students said their family and friends! Junior, Audra Bergquist said that she was most thankful for the 12 years she had with her sister Anna.
Students also shared some of their favorite Thanksgiving memories. Once again most students had special memories of time spent with family. Some watched movies or sports, some went hunting, and some played games. Bryn Hafliger recounted a time she played ghost in the grave yard with her cousins. She remarked, “We may or may not have broken the porch.”
Christie Brungardt presents a chart displaying the progression of violence.
Brungardt and her husband both teach at Fort Hays State University and became involved in this issue after their daughter, Jana, was murdered by her ex-boyfriend. This tragedy led to the creation of Jana’s Campaign, an organization that raises awareness, and eventually led to new legislation on domestic violence.
In her speech, Brungardt spoke about the warning signs of domestic violence and indicated that studies suggest more and more teenagers are being exposed to abusive relationships. Therefore, she made suggestions on how to prevent and combat this type of abuse.
Students reacted to the guest speaker.
“She did a good job, and her speech could open the eyes of those who are involved in an abusive relationship,” said Cheyenne Nickelson.
|2014 NHS Inductees: (from left) Sierra S., Elyssa C., Audra Bergquist, Teghan Sells, and Mariah B.|
National Honor Society is an organization whose members are recognized for developing and maintaining the qualities of scholarship, service, character, and leadership.
To qualify, first students must be either a junior or a senior and maintain a certain grade point average. Next, they must write a short description of their qualities in each area and submit two recommendations.
The evening began with a welcome and a candle ceremony in which present members lit a candle to represent each of the four qualities. The candle ceremony was followed by the introduction to the new members, and each member’s parents came forward and gave an NHS pin to their child.
Present members include Allyson Denning, Shaylee Flax, Caden Kemp, Isaiah Fabrizius, Larissa Howard, and Abraham Pfannenstiel. New inductees include Audra Bergquist, Elyssa C., Sierra S., Mariah B., and Teghan Sells.
The TCHS choir served up some laughter and linguini in their annual musical entitled Surf’s Up held on November 14 and 15 in the high school auditorium.
Over the top characters and comical situations kept the audience laughing and rollicking music kept toes tapping. In addition, the talented choir kept the audience engaged with their acting, singing, and silly antics.
The play took place at Kahuna Beach, California, where an Italian family struggles to keep from losing its restaurant to a group of shady land grabbers. A cast of colorful characters such as the Kokoluna Ladies’ Bird Watching Society; Eddie Hayes, a nerdy government agent; Maria, a quirky waitress; and a group of surfers come to the rescue and save the day.
The program ended with Isaiah Fabrizius thanking all those who helped make the play a success. Of course, the biggest thanks went to Kathy Jamison for all her hard work and patience in directing the musical.
|Video by Cheyenne Nickelson|