Monday, April 3, 2017

Chadron Swimming Pool

     The town of Chadron opened up their new swimming pool late this winter. The pool was the existing outdoor pool that they just put a roof over. The pool now has a splash pad, zero depth entry, a walking track and a water slide. There are many people that have gotten use out of this pool already. High school kids have been swimming in it after school or for some P.E. classes.
     Many of the high school students have liked the pool so far and say they are going to use it. Madison Cogdill, a sophomore said, "I will use the pool a lot because I have a year round pass." 
     Many people like that it is a friendly environment. Taya Leija, a sophomore at Chadron High, said, "I like that the pool is now heated and can be used all year long and that staff is great."  
     Lots of families have bought a membership pass. Some Chadron High students believe that the family pass is a little too expensive. Shelby Blundell, a sophomore, said, "I understand why the pass is so much, but it is still a lot of money, but they have to find a way to pay for it somehow." 
     The pool has done great things for the community already. Hopefully it will help this community grow more.  

Thursday, March 23, 2017

NCAA Tournament

     In Chadron High School there are many teachers and students that fill out brackets for the NCAA Tournament. This is a single elimination men's basketball tournament featuring 68 different teams from Division I, to determine the national championship.
     Some of the different teachers that play are Mr. Bach, Mrs. Noble, Mr. Nelson, and Mr. McLain. A few students that play are Dom Nobiling, Brooks Roberts, Bryce Hudson, and Theo Marcy.
     One of the major reasons people participate in the NCAA bracket, is to win money. Mr. Nelson plays for "a little money, because it makes the tournament more fun to watch." Dom, Mr. McLain, Theo, Bryce, and Mr. Bach also fill out brackets for a little bit of money.
     Playing for fun is another reason to fill out a bracket. It is fun to see which of your teams do good, and it is fun to just watch all of the games. Mrs. Noble and Brooks both play for the fun of it, instead of for money.
     Many people find the NCAA tournament a fun time of the year, and many people love playing and filling them out. It is fun for all ages, and even if your bracket does not win, it is still fun to be a part of the tournament.

Mrs. Bird Retirement

     2017 is the last year for Chadron High art teacher, Patty Bird, before she retires. Mrs. Bird has been a teacher for CPS for fifteen years. 
     When she first started teaching for CPS, she began at the middle school full time, teaching art for fifth through eighth graders and industrial technology for seventh and eighth graders and then later began switching between the middle school and high school. Before she taught at CPS, Mrs. Bird taught for two years at Alliance High School, Emerson Elementry and Grandview Elementry, three years at Sandy Creek Jr./Sr., which is located near Kearney, NE., and two years at Central Community College in Kearney, NE. 
      After being part of the Chadron schools for so long, Mrs. Bird will miss the students and faculty a lot. Because Mrs. Bird was part of the Chadron Public Schools for so long, she had many opportunities to make memories that she will remember forever. Her favorite thing about Chadron Schools though, is that she had the privilege of "watching the 5th graders come into the Middle School so small and unsure of themselves. Then, having the privilege of watching them grow through 6th, 7th and 8th grades. And the best part is also having them as students again in High School where I can see them mature and become independent. I am able to see their accomplishments and share memories with them before they graduate and leave for work or college life."
      She states the students' "humor, fun ways of making art, and attacking life are always the highlight of my day." She'll miss working with "kind, interesting, unique people with great ideas and humor." 
     Although she's sad she's leaving, Mrs. Bird has a whole plan ready for after she retires. Her and her husband plan on moving to South Dakota in the Hills somewhere, because they both love it there. She will continue making art work, and in between all of this, she will be visiting her daughters in Chicago, Denver, and Montana while continuing to travel to places such as Scottland, Europe, Canada, Washington State, as well as many other places to continue expanding and learning more about her passion for art. 

Favorite foods of CHS

       There is a diversity of food around the world because of different people's ethnicity. All this diversity in ethnicity makes for a wide variety of choices for favorite foods. Chadron High students and faculty have all kinds of favorite foods, from seafood to steak to cheesecake.
        Pasta is a favorite within the Chadron High community. Jill Paopao, language arts teacher, said her favorite food is spaghetti because, "The flavor is so good. It touches every element of your pallet." The best spaghetti she ever had was at Pompeii in Italy.  Kathy Kaus, school librarian, said her favorite food is lasagna.  Lasagna is her favorite food because it is something her grandmother always made for her. She loves homemade lasagna and would prefer that then at a restaurant.
        Another food that people enjoy is seafood. Karen Larsen, guidance office assistant, says her favorite food is salmon because she just likes seafood. Larsen's favorite way to eat salmon is homemade smoked salmon. Katelyn Briggs loves shrimp scampi. She likes shrimp scampi because it's just something she likes. Briggs loves shrimp scampi when it is homemade.
        Another big food group people like is meat. Mrs Watson and Mrs. Noble both love prime rib. Mrs Watson said that prime rib is fulfilling, juicy, wonderful, and savory. The best prime rib she's had was in Spearfish, South Dakota. Mrs Noble loves tender cut prime rib. She says it is like a butter explosion in your mouth. She loves it rare with lots of seasonings. The best prime rib she ever had was at a Texas Roadhouse. Michael Collins's favorite food is homemade biscuits and gravy because it tastes good.
     Others say that different desserts are their favorites. Linda Drinkwalter said that her favorite food was homemade cheesecake because it makes life unique. Mrs. Summerville says that her favorite food is her homemade chocolate chip cookies because she always has some every time she goes to her mom's house.

Sophomore Servers for CHS Prom

        The sophomore servers were announced last week for the 2017 CHS Prom.
        Ms. Renae Noble is a prom sponsor of the junior class. She stated that the sophomore servers has been a tradition for more than 30 years. 
        Noble explained that the servers are chosen by evaluating which sophomores will be going to prom as dates, and the remaining pool is voted on by the entire junior level. Then a total of 12 students out of the average 60 students per grade (6 boys and 6 girls) are announced to the school and given special contracts which they must sign and turn in. The contracts entail time (arrivals and dismissals), dress wear, rules, and a warning of "occasional teasing" (Noble). Only 5 contracts have been turned in, and they are due next week. Despite the lack of contracts, Noble is excited about this new group and wished them good luck.

Hoffman Named New Head Volleyball Coach

          Blakelee Hoffman, a sixth grade language arts teacher and sports fanatic has been named the new head volleyball coach at Chadron High School. Hoffman was extremely "shocked and excited" upon receiving this position, and it is safe to say that Cardinal fans can expect big things in the upcoming season.
          There is no doubt that Hoffman is 100% qualified for her position as head coach. She brings numerous years of experience in both playing and coaching into this next chapter of her coaching career. Hoffman attended Torrington High School where she excelled tremendously in her athletic career, which included participating in volleyball, basketball, and track & field. She was a four-year varsity volleyball and basketball starter, and had a phenomenal track & field career which included setting six school records and one overall state and class 3a record for the 100m hurdles. Hoffman also won a slew of awards for the multiple sports she participated in including; Scottsbluff Star-Herald Wyoming Volleyball Player of the Year (1997), 4-time Basketball All-Absaraka Conference and All-Western Conference, and Star-Herald Co-Track Athlete of the Year (1998).
          For college at Black Hills State University, Hoffman reduced her athletic obligations, slightly, and decided to focus on just two sports, volleyball and track & field. Her collegiate athletic career was just as successful as the past four had been in high school. Hoffman started all four years in volleyball at Black Hills, in which she played primarily in the outside hitter position and showed great success there. She was selected four-time All-Conference, one-time All-Region (1999), and one-time NAIA All-American (1999). She also broke nine school records, which was nothing new for the incredibly talented athlete. Hoffman went on to break two school records and qualify for nationals twice during her time on the track.
          As for the upcoming season, Hoffman expects great things from the team that she will be working with stating, "I think the best way to approach the upcoming season is to set realistic goals and expectations. With only one returning starter, Carstyn Hageman, we'll be lacking the experience we would need in order to compete at the same level. However, I know the talent is there to be just as good and competitive." Hoffman plans to bring great change and positive adjustments to the volleyball program. She urges anyone who is "on the fence" to give volleyball a shot, but just "don't wait too long."

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

District Speech

     On Thursday March 16th, the speech team brought the season to a close at districts in Sidney, Nebraska.  
     According to head coach Rebecca Dubs, the speech bus left at 5:30 in the morning to make it to the meet before the first flight of competition began at 8:30 a.m.  After a long day of presenting speeches, awards were handed out in the early evening. From the Chadron team, Paige Carratini earned sixth place in informative speaking, JashwaAlan Cummings earned sixth place with his poetry, and Hunter Hawk took home fifth in persuasive speaking.  "Sadly, we did not have anyone qualify for state," said Dubs.
      With these results, the speech season has officially come to an end.