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.  

New Art Teacher

     For the 2017-2018 school year, a new art teacher has been selected for Chadron High and Middle school due to the retirement of Mrs. Bird.  That teacher is Travis Hencey.
     In order to select a teacher, a committee, which includes two teachers from each school and both principals interviewed applicants and then came together in the end to make a decision. This position is opened up to everyone, according to principal, Jerry Mack. 
      After interviewing the applicants, the committee decided to chose Travis Hencey, a 2005 Chadron High School graduate. Because of his extensive background in computer graphics, computer coding, and talent in teaching art, he was selected for the job. 

Monday, March 13, 2017

Spring Break

           Following the completion of the third quarter, Spring Break is now upon us, and everyone at Chadron High School has plans for the four day weekend. Whether their break will be filled with fun events or filled with a lot of relaxation, everyone has got an idea of how they want to spend their long weekend.
            Those who have anticipated Spring Break for sometime now and scheduled out their days off have a great plan for the weekend. Haley Mahr, CHS sophomore plans to go to Rapid City, SD, and spend a few days shopping and eating with her family. Haley and her family also plan to stay at the Watiki Resort as well as go ice skating while they are in the city. As for the rest of her time off, she will relax and enjoy the days not having school.
           Another CHS sophomore, Moriah Hasting's plan for break is to do absolutely nothing. She will sleep in late every day just because she never gets the opportunity to do so. She also is looking forward to spending the time off with her family and enjoying the nice weather that the forecast has predicted for the upcoming days.
          Trysha Brierly, sophomore, will take advantage of the free days and work at Donald's Drive Inn to make some money. She will work every day of the break and is quite excited, for the income that is, not the work.
          Dominic Nobiling, sophomore, will also spend a little bit of his break making some money working at the local movie theater a few nights, but other than that he will also relax and enjoy the days he has away from school.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

CHS love for music

Music. Most people around the world listen to music, whether they listen to the musical element or the lyrics. At CHS, many students listen to music and each have their own favorite genre.
Brystin Cummings, a 9th grader at CHS, loves country music because she feels it’s “fun to listen to and easy to relate to.” However, she listens to all types of music including country, rock, and today’s hits.
Alyeea Lopez, another 9th grader, listens to today’s hits. She also listens to hip hop, rap, and country. Both Brystin and Alyeea dislike the jazz genre.
Twilah Saksek, listens to all types of music ranging from rock, classic rock, rap, hip hop, German rock, heavy metal, and much more.
All four of these students listen to music to relieves stress and makes them happy. But it doesn’t stop at students. Teachers love to listen to music too. Mrs. Madsen, a CHS para-professional, only listens to country, nothing else. Mrs. Paopao loves not a genre but a band: The Beatles, because of her father. She believes music is, “The voice of generations.”

State Dance

     The state dance competition was held in Grand Island on the 17th and 18th of February. The CHS dance team attended this competition, however, not all went. Those who were chosen included Abby Orton, Kat Dodd, Ahlaura Pourier, Alyssa Noble, and Aubree Noble. Those five girls along with there coaches, Heather Barry and Nicole Pourier, were fortunate to go to state.
     Attending state dance for the first time, Heather Barry, said she had a fun experience where she enjoyed seeing other dance teams perform.  
     Competing in hip hop and poms, the girls placed 8th in both categories. According to Barry, the girls were disappointed in their placing, however, she thought they did well. Out of those two dances, her favorite dance was poms, because it was upbeat and fast.
     In the end, the judges comments included pointing toes more and having more energy.

Phobias Strike Fear!

       Many people are afraid of many different things. These phobias range from anything form heights and wasps.
       Most of Chadron High Students and faculty are afraid of something to do with animals. Cathy Kaus and Dylan Jamison are afraid of snakes. They both say that snakes are slimy, slithery, creatures that bite. Mrs. Kaus says that when she sees a snake her heart starts beating, and she immediately tries to figure a way to get out of there. Dylan says that when he sees a snake he will jump and yell, and he will run away as fast as he can.
          Brock Mittleider says that his biggest phobia is being impaled by a deer as he is driving down the highway. He says he drives down the highway all the time, and it's just something he thinks and worries about. He says if it ever does happen that he hopes to live to tell. Kylie Garrett says that her biggest fear is sharks. She said that she started to be afraid of sharks after all the movies she watched about sharks eating people. She said if she ever saw a shark she would probably die.
      Isabela Sanchez, Reid Hankin, and Mande Dotson all say that they are afraid of bugs. Isabela says that she hates spiders because they are discussing hairy and gross. If she sees a spider she makes her brother come kill it. Reid Hankin says that insecst are small, they have more than four legs. They can fly, crawl, or something freaky. Reid will "...kill it no matter what, unless it is a ladybug. Ladybugs are cool." Mandee Dotson says that her biggest fear is wasps. She says that wasps are big and scary, and they make a weird buzzing noise. "When I see a wasp I run inside the house," Mandee says.
       People can also have other phobias that don't have anything to do with animals. Nikki Scarrow and Tricia Berry are both afraid of heights. Nikki says that heights scare her, and Mrs. Berry says that when she is in a really high place "it makes my stomach turn and the ground feel like it's moving. Heghts hinder doing something fun and exciting like zip lining, roller coasters, and mountain climbing. It makes my heart feel like it's beating out of my chest, and if it's really high I start crying." Both say that they will freak out and scream. 
       Loni Watson says that one of her biggest phobias is small spaces. She says it not one of her favorite things to be in small spaces, and when she is in a small space she "has to pace my breathing, so I don't freak out, and I have to remind myself to breathe."
       Phobias come in many different way, but it can be agreed that no matter what they are they strike fear in those that suffer from them.

CHS Night of Forensics

     On Tuesday March 14, the Chadron High speech team will be hosting Night of Forensics in the High School.
     According to Head Speech Coach Rebecca Dubs, Night of Forensics is an evening for the "speech team to perform their events for members of the community."  The event will begin at 5:30 pm in the auditorium, with the speeches being presented in various room around the high school.  Afterwards, there will be a $2, or free will donation, dessert bar. "Awards, like JV/Varsity Letters and pins will also be awarded after the presentation of speeches," Dubs stated.
     So far, the speech team has had a fantastic season, with competitors placing at every meet and several first place awards. According to Dubs, the speech team has also won the Class A/B team Sweepstakes Runner-Up for the most points as a team at Western Conference and Class A/B Overall Team Sweepstakes at the Mitchell Speech Meet. "I hope we have a good turnout at Night of Forensics to support our wonderful, hard-working speechies before competing at Districts," Dubs stated.

Mitchell Speech Meet

        On March 4 the CHS speech team traveled to Mitchell for a speech tournament. More than half the Chadron team placed in finals, and they won first place in their division.
        Those who placed include: OID Sydney Brown, Katie Lewin, Claire Margetts, JoshwaAlan Cummings, and Kaylie Elliot (1st), Duet Abby Hyer and Claire Margetts (6th), Duet JashwaAlan Cummings and Gabe Ramos (4th), Duet Alyssa Noble and Emily Blaylock (2nd), Poetry Evelyn McEwen (1st), Poetry JashwaAlan Cummings (3rd), Informative Paige Carattini (2nd), Persuasive Paige Carattini (5th), and Persuasive Hunter Hawk (4th).
         The speech team will perform two more times in their speech season on Night of Forensics (March 14), and Districts (March 16). If any of the speech team makes 3rd place and up in their categories, they will go to state.

Boys' Golf Team

     The Chadron High School Boys' Golf Team has a new head coach this year, Jordan Nelson. Coach Nelson is very excited for his first year as head coach. Nelson said, "With a lot of experience coming back this season there is potential to make a push for state as a team." There are many talented seniors coming back this year such as Corbin Johnson, Sean O'Brien, Keegan Shuck, Michael Gieseler, and Tyler Westlake. 
     Practice for the golf team starts on March 13th, two weeks before their first competition. Coach Nelson said, "Golf is a game that is dependent on consistent repetition that will cone from a lot of practice." 
     The boy's team will practice hard to get ready for their 10 meets, and districts and state. They will be a very strong team with a lot of talent from past years. Coach Nelson can not wait for season, and the golf team is very excited for it to finally be golf season. 
      

Friday, February 10, 2017

Summer vs. Winter

   

     It is winter! Do you enjoy winter? I hope you do enjoy it because you have a while to go with all this snow. Are you eager for summer to arrive? With any season that comes you are always going to have to deal with, even if you don't enjoy it. Students in Chadron High School seem to like summer more than winter.
     There are many reasons why students enjoy summer more than winter. Sophomore Kaylie Elliott said, "I resent the cold, and adore the heat."
     Many have said that they just don't like the snow. Senior Alex Nobling said, "There is more freedom in the summer and driving is a lot easier." Students have also said that they enjoy the heat and the longs day of sleeping in and staying up late.
     Students have also said there are many more activities in summer than there are in winter. You can go golfing, swimming, gardening, and many more. Sophomore Mackenzie Scoggan said she can get back to her rodeo in the summer.
   

Valentine's Day is Coming!!

         
         Valentine's Day is approaching, and who doesn't LOVE this affection filled holiday? Well students from Chadron High definitely do, with the exception of a few, that is.
          Moriah Hastings, CHS sophomore, is a big fan of aspects of Valentine's Day. She loves that people are happy because it makes her happy. She loves the excessive amounts of food and candy, but thinks that the heart-shaped candies are "corny." She does think that the holiday can sometimes be a little too "extra" and "unnecessary." Overall, Moriah thinks it is a fun day to celebrate and eat, but really isn't too important and shouldn't be taken too seriously.
           Dominic Nobiling, CHS sophomore, has strong feelings against the holiday. He feels that it is unimportant and does not need to be celebrated. His favorite part of the holiday is when it's over, (because all of the candy is on clearance). Dominic also feel's that it is definitely one of the most useless holidays "right behind Columbus Day."
            Mackenzie Scoggan, also a CHS sophomore, feels that this holiday is slightly "forced" because love and affection shouldn't just be shown on one single day, it should be spontaneous, but she does think that this day is important. "It gives people a day to show their love for another," Mackenzie said. She is in agreement with I'm sure many other people, when she says that her favorite part about Valentine's Day is the large amounts of candy available to her. 

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Favorite winter activities

     There are many things to do in the winter. People have different ideas on the perfect winter day.          Mrs. Summerville says her favorite thing to do in the winter is to sit next to the fire place with a fire going and read a book while drinking hot chocolate. Mrs. Summerville says that it is very relaxing and a feel good moment to sit and read a book. She also likes to go sledding. 
     Mr. McLain says his favorite thing to do is play basketball and workout with Mr. Sandstrom and Mr. Bach. McLain stated, "I enjoy being active. It makes me feel alive, and Mr Sandstrom is my best friend, even though he constantly reminds me how much stronger he is than me." 
     April Hardy says the best way to spend a cold winter day is to drink hot chocolate or tea and play video games all day. April is an introvert ,and she really loves video games. 
     Both Maggie Hughes and Shelby Blundell both say they love to play with their dogs in the snow.
     Jill Paopao likes to sled with her kids. Paopao said, "My kids love it and going down a hill really fast is thrilling." 
     Nikki Scarrow says her favorite thing to do is to build snowmen. Nikki says she gets exercise, and she has fun making snowmen.
  

Chadron High Getting Vending Machine

     Chadron High School is finally getting a vending machine. You may be asking yourself where CHS got the money for this vending machine. Well, they were given the money through a grant.
     The grant for the Vending Machine was written by Brenda Fritzler, Coordinator of Lunch Time Solutions. Jerry Mack, High School Principal, has been working on getting something to help with food for those students who have after school activities because most students do not just have one but they have multiple activities they participate in after school.
     There will be a variety of foods inside this vending machine. Lunch Time Solutions will be stocking the vending machine with healthy, fresh foods. The vending machine will fit the nutritional foods policy. The snacks that are behind the counter in the lunch room are some of the snacks that will be in the vending machine. 
     Even if you have food allergies there will still be options for you. Mr. Mack stated, "The prices will be the same as the prices for the foods behind the counter," which will be beneficial for students.      The money that this machine makes will go towards buying the food for the machine.  Mr. Mack stated, "We should be getting the vending machine in the next week or so. It has been ordered and is on its way."

CHS 8th Grade Orientation

Everyone who has attended high school remembers their eighth grade orientation; the big step of becoming a high school student. On the afternoon of May 10th, 69 eighth grade students will be attending eighth grade orientation to become Chadron High students.
    At orientation, students will be listening to a speech  by the principal, Jerry Mack. Later, enrolled CHS students will lead group discussions about activities, clubs, and athletics. In addition, they will be talking to the school counselor.
    To enroll these students Loni Watson, the guidance counselor, will be attending meetings with teachers and departments to decide what courses can be offered to the students. In addition, Mrs. Watson stated that she would “meet with each student individually and make a 4 year game plan” for their high school career. Hopefully, this process will make the eighth graders become more comfortable with the idea of high school and being in the high school.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

CHS Home Speech Meet

The CHS speech team hosted their home meet on Saturday Feb. 4.
     
        The Chadron Home Speech was a massive success on February 4.
        Rebecca Dubs, head coach of the CHS speech team, arranged almost the entire meet and a total of ten teams arrived. Dubs planned and executed everything from the judges hospitality room to announcing finals to cleaning up after the meet. Her work resulted in a happy audience, contented contestants, and jolly judges. By the time awards were announced, by Dubs's calculations, the entire ceremony was early. 
        The few bumps Dubs encountered were easily fixed, and hardly noticed. Her accomplishment is surprising since she has only been speech coach for two years, and only received help from Zach Banzhaf, first year assistant coach of the speech team. 
        While the speech team didn't win its flight, more then half the team placed in finals including: OID Abby Hyer, Mande Wolleson, Grace Sorenson, and Hunter Hawk (The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet, 4th), OID Madison Sandstrom, Madison Stein, and Wren Chamberlain (Gee, 5th), OID Sydney Brown, Claire Margetts, Katie Lewin, JashwaAlan Cummings, Kaylie Elliot (Greek Mythology Extravaganza, 2nd), Duet Abby Hyer and Claire Margetts (Santa Runs a Sweatshop, 6th), Duet Alyssa Noble and Emily Blaylock (How to Survive a Horror Movie, 4th), Humorous Walt Mays (Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, 3rd), Humorous Madison Sandstrom ("10 Easy Steps to Humiliation" 5th), Poetry Colette Mahr (3rd), Poetry Evelyn McEwen (2nd), Poetry JashwaAlan Cummings (1st), Persuasive Paige Carattini (5th), and Persuasive Hunter Hawk (4th).

CHS February Dance

     On Saturday February 25, FBLA, Interact, and FFA are hosting a dance for the high school students in the Commons.
     According to Interact Treasurer Mia Adams, this dance is being thrown to celebrate the end of FFA week.  It is also intended to remove stress near the end of the quarter, and to bring together some of CHS's major clubs.  
     This dance will have basic lighting and decor, and will be held from 9 p.m. until midnight.  Senior Greta Welch will be DJing the dance from a pre-approved playlist. Adams stated that admission will be $5 per person or five cans per person to donate to the local food pantry.  Dress is whatever you choose, with the exceptions of shorts, sweats, and incredibly fancy (Homecoming or Prom) dresses.  
     Adams hopes that "we have a good turnout, and that everyone will have fun dancing with their peers" at the the upcoming CHS dance. 

Girls Basketball Vs. Saint Thomas More

   
Jadyn McCartney puts up a jump shot against a trifecta of St. Thomas More defenders.

     On Friday the 3rd, the Chadron High School Cardinals had a home game against a very talented team, Saint Thomas More. Throughout the past years, it has always been very difficult for the Chadron girls to beat this team, but they stayed with them for a few quarters on Friday.
      In the first quarter, the score was very close, and the Cardinals trailed 6-10. "The girls played very good team defense, and they handled Saint Thomas More's full court man press better than they have in past years," said girls' basketball coach Coach McLain. Their defense helped a lot, but was not enough to stop the STM girls from scoring.
      Although the girls played good defense, they could not find consistency on offense to score. Jadyn McCartney led the Cardinals in points, putting up 20 out of the 24. Teagan Westemeier and Tyleigh Strotheide also had two points each.
      The Chadron Cardinals trailed at halftime 14-8, and could not score enough to beat the Saint Thomas More girls. The final score ended up 38-24, as Chadron held STM to a score lower than what they are used to. The Cardinal girls are now 11-9 and have sub-districts on February 14 in Alliance, against the Gordon-Rushville Mustangs.

Kiss-O-Grams

    Every year, February 14th is a dedicated day to show the ones you love, just how much you love them.
    At Chadron High School, they spread the love by sending kiss-o-grams. Kiss-o-grams are sponsored by Student Council. What they are, are a personalized note to a friend with a Hershey's chocolate kiss. You can purchase these from Naleya Goings (freshman), Claire Margetts (sophomore), Cody Madsen (Junior), or Danielle Johnson (senior).
     The cost is one kiss for a quarter or five kisses for a dollar. The money from this goes just to the purchase of the kisses, but if there happens to be leftover money, the money then goes to Student Council to send out scholarships towards the end of the year, said Mrs.Lindsey, student council sponsor.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

CHS Locker Importance

Across America, most high schools have one thing in common in the school halls, lockers. In Chadron High, they seem to be used more than popular belief, however many students still use their lockers.
Pamela Fisher (an 11th grader), Grace Sorenson (a 9th grader), and Katryna King (a 10th grader), all use their lockers to store their school supplies. Pamela uses her locker to store her supplies because she says, “It is too much of a hassle. It's easier to just carry my school stuff in my backpack.” Grace also believes this to be true as she said, “It is a nice place to store things I don't want to carry with me all day, such as books or a coat.” Katryna uses her locker everyday to get her stuff as well as two bags.
On the flip side, Brooklyn Fritzler and Bristyn Cummings do not use, or hardly use their lockers. Brooklyn doesn’t use her locker because according to her, “It's too thin, I don't know my combo, and I don't know where it is at.” Bristyn only uses her locker for her P.E. clothes, so she doesn’t have to carry two bags. Instead of lockers, Brooklyn suggested that, "We should have a section of lockers, and we should replace some with vending machines and benches.”

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Snapchat

     Social media is a big thing that teenagers seem to spend a lot of time on these days. There are plenty types of social media the biggest that teenagers seem to use the most is Snapchat. Snapchat is a way of communicating with friends by sending selfies and short clips. As of June 2106 snapchat had 150 million people using it every day.
     Teens like to use snap chat for many different reasons. They have said that it is a more entertaining way of communication by taking selfies and talking. Senior Keegan Shuck said the reason he has it is because everyone has it, and it is another form of communication among friends. Many students say that there are drawbacks to it though.
     There are drawbacks to this app like there is with any other app. Teens say that they hate that the snaps disappear in 10 seconds. Sophomore Dominic Nobling said the one drawback of the app is that it uses data. If you are not connected to WiFi then it will use a lot of your data, unlike texting.  They have said that there is always a problem with their snapchats not always sending. Senior Theo Marcy said that the huge drawback of snapchat is people using it badly.
     As snapchat is growing more and more these days with more teens using it, parents are deciding to try it out too. Teens don't really like that parents want to join snapchat as they like their privacy. Teens have said that if their parents join they would never snapchat them. Teens like to have their privacy, which is what snapchat gives them. Sophomore Moriah Hastings said, "I wouldn't care, but I don't like people looking through my stuff without a purpose." Some teens say that they wouldn't like it because they call it is an invasion in their privacy.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Movie Time

         
     There are so many different activities and events to participate in at Chadron High School, but one thing that all students love to do is watch movies.
          There are many different types of movies and students at Chadron High definitely have an opinion on which on is their absolute favorite. Sophomore, Dominic Nobiling and Senior, Sean O'Brien are both huge fans of action films. The two boys are in agreement that action movies are great for keeping you on the edge of your seat. Dominic's favorite action film is Avatar, and even offered up that he'd love to be an Avatar one day. Sean prefers a more life-like film such as Hacksaw Ridge. He said that "The story line was very interesting." While there are a few students who prefer action movies over the rest, some people, one girl in particular only needs a nice laugh to keep her happy. 
          CHS Sophomore, Moriah Hastings can be satisfied with a simple comedy. Any comedy movie can put her in a good mood but her favorite of them all is Napoleon Dynamite. The "classic" film is her favorite because is makes her laugh no matter how many times she watches it.
         Two genres that seem to be a rare favorite at Chadron High School are horror films and romantic comedies. Kaitlyn Haug is a big fan of horror movies, her favorite is The Lovely Bones. The movie has a "good plot and a great ending," said Haug. On the opposing side, Keegan Shuck is a surprisingly big fan of romantic comedies. He recently watched the movie Ten Things I Hate About You, and really enjoyed the film. He really liked the funny parts as well as the fact that the couple ends up happy and together in the end.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Lunch Time Problems At CMS

     The Chadron Middle School Student Council is having problems with their new installment in the cafeteria.                  
      Chris Carattini, FCS (Family Consumer Science) teacher and para to Mark Wolleson, the adult supervisor for Student Council, stated that after a student's family donated a microwave to the school, the school staff failed to place it in the cafeteria. The microwave is currently located in Wolleson's room, potentially interfering with the class.
      "The Student Council had been planing to purchase another microwave [for the cafeteria] before the donation," said Carattini. The middle school's microwave, which was described as "disgusting and too small," always has a line during lunch period, said Carattini.  The second microwave has long been asked for by students, and was the first priority for Student Council after coming back from winter break.
        After the donation of the microwave, Student Council then asked the middle school faculty to secure a counter and extension cord for the second microwave, which would then be set up in the cafeteria next to the original. However, due to unknown reasons, the faculty has not responded nor have they helped. Wollesen has encouraged the Student Council to find and purchase it's own counter and cord, but due to budget problems Student Council can not buy these items.
        For now the problem is at a stand still as both students, parents, and employees wait for a solution from either groups involved.

CHS Grease Musical Auditions

   
     On Tuesday and Wednesday the 17th and 18th, the high school held auditions for Grease, the spring musical.  Grease is around a two-hour long production following a high school love story, in a comedy fashion, between a girl and boy of different social standings.
      Wendy Mahr, CHS Choir teacher and the sponsor of Cardinal Singers, is the director of this year's musical.  According to Mahr, interested students were required to act out a short monologue and sing a few bars of a song for their audition.  Mrs. Paoao, Mrs. Lanphear, and Mrs. Welch were also present at the auditions to aid in the casting process.
      Following the initial auditions, Mahr compiled a list that was posted Friday morning for callback auditions.  These auditions were meant to see actors read or sing for Mahr, in order to determine parts that the casting committee couldn't decide on.  These auditions were Monday the 23rd in the morning, with the cast list going up on that afternoon.
     Now that the cast list is out, the musical can get going in rehearsals to prepare for their performances on March 31st, April 1st, and April 2nd. Mahr hopes "that the students involved will learn about musical theatre and experience the production in a way that is fun and is beneficial to the students' growth" in CHS's 2017 production of Grease.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Scottsbluff girls' defeat CHS

   
Dana Dunbar led the cards in points against Scottsbluff.

     On January 17, the Chadron High School Cardinals girls' basketball team played Scottsbluff at home, where they were defeated.
     The girls started off strong in the first quarter, hitting a lot of shots, but fell cold towards half time. Chadron also had fairly good defense to help them get a lead, but forced a lot of turnovers to give Scottsbluff many easy baskets.
     Dana Dunbar led the Cardinals with 11 points, followed by Danielle Johnson, True Thorne, and Jadyn McCartney who all put up 5 each. Teagan Westemeier, Tyleigh Strotheide, and Shea Bailey also helped the girls out with 2 points each.
     The points together were not enough to win the game, and it ended in a score of 31-52. The Chadron girls now have a 7-7 record for the season and have two big games coming up this weekend against Gering and Gordon-Rushville.