|Wearing their Royals gear, T-Club members pose at a Royals game. T-Club took the long bus trip to Kansas City to see the Royals play on May 15.|
“We are ready.” That was the response as 29 seniors lined up outside the Trego Community High School new gym to embark upon their final journey together on May 8. “Pomp and Circumstance” rang out, they marched to their seats, and the 2016 graduation began.
Carl Mohler, standing in for Craig Malsam, welcomed the graduates, their families, and the crowd. Next, tearful hugs were exchanged between graduates and their parents when the graduates presented them with Dahlias as “Break on Me” by Keith Urban played over the speakers.
Once graduates returned to their seats,
commencement speaker James Burk was introduced by Mohler. Burk paraphrased Thomas Jefferson and spoke about life, freedom, and happiness. He reminded the class to appreciate the last moment that they would spend all together and to show their gratitude to parents and family.
The graduating class wanted to add to the ceremony this year, so Nicole Mattheyer made a senior slide show featuring each graduate. This slide show, filled with photos and memories, was followed by some class stories shared by members of the 2016 graduating class.
After the commencement address and senior memories, the senior choir members gave a moving performance of “Seize the Day” from the musical Newsies.
Following the choir, Mohler read each senior’s name, and the seniors were presented with their diplomas by board members Dale Pfannenstiel, Lee Sells, and Libby Ziegler.
The class then celebrated their accomplishment with poppers and a light saber battle as they proceeded to the front of the high school for a receiving line.
Graduates, friends, and family gathered in the auditorium on May 4 for the annual Evening of Excellence.
Before the start of the awards ceremony, people toured art projects in the Commons Area, woods projects in the old gym, and FACS projects in the library.
Irene Dirks, the art teacher, had her students present any of their projects if they wished. FACS teacher, Karen Cook had her clothing class present their sewing projects, and a variety of woods projects, ranging from shelves to tables, were displayed by Carl Mohler’s woods students.
At the awards ceremony, seniors took their place at the front of the auditorium as guests of honor. Winners of local scholarships and awards were announced. Pictures of each recipient can be seen here.
Following the awards ceremony, the TCHS choir performed American Folk Rhapsody and a medley from Les Miserables. The Boys’ Ensemble sang “Shine on Me,” and the Girls’ Ensemble sang “Bless the Broken Road.” The Trego Singers performed “Home” written by Phillip Phillips. To conclude the evening, the choir performed “Hey, Brother” and closed with “Rhythm of Life.”
The concert was dedicated to the 2016 seniors, Hayden, Ryan, Jack, Cole, Benny, Aaron, and Blake. They will be missed.
|Presenting the student business to the Board of Education, business students impress the board members with the benefits of adding such a business to the district.|
By LaTrisha Flax
Education has changed in many ways over the years. With the unemployment challenges students face today, it has become increasingly important to prepare them to be work ready and provide hands on learning experiences. Kansas has worked to improve this in schools by creating career clusters which organize academic and occupational knowledge and skills into a coherent course sequence and identify pathways from secondary schools to colleges and the workplace. But it’s up to individual schools to create an atmosphere that allows students to gain these skills.
Trego Community High School currently has 3 pathways. One of those pathways is in business and finance. Currently, students take classes such as entrepreneurship and business management in a traditional class setting. They learn the information through lecture with some projects to tie it all together. While students gain knowledge from this type of structure, it does not always get them excited about business or allow them to practice the skills they need to be successful. For this reason, TCHS principal Craig Malsam and myself as business instructor began work on a plan to create a student business. P&G Printing will be a print and design business that will provide a variety of print products such as banners, apparel and documents through such processes as embroidery, laser transfer and vinyl. Students from the Business, Family and Consumer Science and Art departments will have the opportunity to run all aspects of the business such as scheduling, design, management, accounting and customer service.
When asked how this project fits his vision for TCHS, Principal Craig Malsam stated, “The overall goal for high school education is to prepare each individual student for the next step, whether that be to the work force, trade school, or university. Because of the time constraints put on our students through academics, activities, athletics, and the current labor laws, we are trying to create opportunities for students to gain knowledge and skills to be successful after high school. The student run business will provide such opportunities. Several facets of running a business will be part of the curriculum. I believe this opportunity will provide a foundation of skills for many of our student’s post-secondary choices.”
The business will be located downtown at 129 North Main Street so that the students will be part of the business culture as well as allow the community to access the business more easily. Our purpose is not to take anything away from similar businesses in town. Our goal is to partner with others to provide our students with this unique learning opportunity.
The start-up costs for this project are being funded solely through grants. A Dane G. Hansen Foundation grant will be used to buy equipment and other start up costs. WaKeeney Law Enforcement and County Attorney Tony Potter have also been working to donate diversion funds to help with additional equipment costs and start-up. There are many people who have helped make this vision a reality and we are very grateful. The generosity provided by these entities allows the school to provide this important opportunity to its students.