Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Mrs. Gregory, New CHS Science Teacher

     Mrs. Gregory, the new Chadron High School science teacher, is from North Platte, Nebraska. 
     Gregory has been teaching for two and a half months and teaches physical science and chemistry. Her favorite part of teaching is being able to come up with really fun lessons that she knows the students will enjoy. The biggest struggle of teaching with her is trying to connect with the kids; Gregory said, "Sometimes you click with students right away, but other times you have to dig a little deeper." Gregory said that the students in CHS are very respectful as a whole, and that her peers are always very helpful, and she enjoys chatting with them. 
     At CHS, Gregory sponsors student council. When the student council and their sponsors recently went on a trip to Lincoln, Nebraska, she said, "We had a lot of fun. We got to eat sushiand that was my favorite part." 
     She went to Saint Patrick High School in North Platte. After high school, she started her college education at the South Dakota School of Mines, but ended up transferring to Chadron State College. Gregory wanted to teach science, because she always liked her science classes the best and thought they were the most fun. 

Interact Dictionary Drive

        On Friday October 26th the Chadron High School Interact Club went to South Dakota to visit different schools on the Pine Ridge Reservation to teach the third grade students how to use a dictionary.
        The Interact Club is a group who does community service that is a branch off of the Rotary Club. 
        There were about 30 people who attended, and Chadron High School was the only school who participated. Chadron visited Pine Ridge, Red Cloud, White Clay, and Oglala.
        Mande Wollesen a three year attendant said, "The bast part was definitely seeing the joy and excitement on the children's faces." Taya Leija and Jameson Margetts also agreed with Wollesen.
       Leija mentioned that, "It was an interesting experience, because we got to see all the different classrooms and hear all the kids different stories." On the other hand, Wollesen said, "It's always fun going and helping out." Margetts said, "Yes, it was very interesting, especially to see all the kids and the different personalities."

Nebraska Changes Motto, Makes National News

     On October 18 Nebraska released their new tourism slogan, "Nebraska, honestly it's not for everyone."
     The old slogan was "Nebraska Nice," which they stopped using in 2015. The Nebraska Tourism Commission found that only 17% of people thought of Nebraska as a place they were likely to visit. "We discovered that we can't offer something to everyone, but to those that we can, this campaign speaks to their sense of adventure and discovering what we as Nebraskans are all about," said Deb Loseke, who is the chair of the Nebraska Tourism Commission as stated on The Kansas City Star.
     Nebraska's new slogan made national news. It was covered by; The Washington Post, the New York Post, "The Late Show," along with many others. Some of the coverage was positive, while others were not supportive of the new slogan and poked fun at it.

Chadron High Volleyball Team Wins Sub-Districts

     After defeating Gordon-Rushville and Mitchell in the C1-12 subdistrict tournament on Monday, October 29, the Chadron High School volleyball team is one win away from the state tournament in Lincoln. 
     After losing the first set against Gordon-Rushville, (21-25), Chadron fought back and won the next 3 sets (25-14), (25-12), and (25-22), to advance to the championship game, where they swept Mitchell, (25-18), (25-16), and (25-18). 
     Head Coach Blakelee Hoffman said, "We dropped our first set to Gordon because we could not get our attacks to fall in bounds." During the Mitchell game, Hoffman said, "I thought our defense was awesome!" 
     During the Mitchell game, Chadron had many good moments to help them to get the win. Tyleigh Strotheide, a junior on the team, said, "The strongest part of the game was our defense, and we were really smart with the ball." Allie Ferguson, another junior, said, "The team was good at being aggressive when we needed to be, which helped us create a lead against Mitchell."
     After winning both games in sub-districts, Chadron will play on Saturday, November 3, against Columbus-Scotus. The Cardinals will travel to Ainsworth, NE, meeting halfway to play Scotus.                 Columbus-Scotus is 18-9 on the season, and Chadron is 23-14. Coach Hoffman said, "They are beatable. They are comparable to Gering," a team Chadron has beat three times this season. Hoffman said, "I think at the level we did against Alliance and Mitchell, we could be preparing for a Lincoln trip next week!"

Cardinal Singers Go To Competiton

On  November 3rd, the Cardinal Singers will go to the competition in Scottsbluff at 8:00 a.m. 
     The Cardinal Singers will be preforming their songs directed by Wendy Mahr; “Hey Mama" by David Guetta, "Hit the Road Jack" by Ray Charles, "Brighter Than the Sun" by Colbie Caillat & Rayan Tedder, "When I Was Your Man,” arranged by Mac Huff, and "Greatest Show," by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. The soloists are, Keelynd Clinton who is singing in “When I Was Your Man,” and Pat Rust singing in the “Greatest Show.”
     How the competition works is that the singers begin with their set list then if they earn a rating of gold, they could present again that evening. 
     The Cardinal Singer group consists of 26 singers from freshmen up to seniors. Sidney, Alliance, and Scottsbluff, to name a few, are schools that will be attending.
     “I’m excited to preform. We have been practicing a lot and our dance routine is marvelous and so is our singing,” stated Claire Margetts, a Cardinal Singer.

New Texting-While-Driving Laws in Nebraska

     On October 25, a new law that prohibits motor vehicle drivers from texting-while-driving in Nebraska was passed.
     Anyone who is driving a motor vehicle can't use a hand held device to "read, type, or send any written communication while driving," says the website NOLO. This includes not only phones, but tablets, laptops, personal digital assistants, and pagers.
     NOLO says that, "The law does not apply hands-free or voice-operated devices, devices that are attached to the vehicle, and emergency calls." Using your device in an emergency situation also does not apply to the law.
     If you are caught texting on your device you will be fined $200. If you ignore the law and are caught for the second time you will receive a fine of $300. The third time you are caught or any other time after that you will have a fine of $500. If you are driving a personal vehicle, you will receive two demerit points added to your driving record. If you are driving a commercial vehicle, you will receive three demerit points to your driving record.

New Cross Country record

      Freshman Mackenzie Butts broke the school record for fastest 5K with a time of 19:34 at the district cross country meet in Ogallala.
      The previous record was held by Mackenzie's assistant coach Kiya Passero. Her record was held for four years, and it was fast Head Couch Uhing said. "I did not envision anyone for quite some time breaking it; then Mackenzie did," Uhing said. Many people asked Uhing "is this girl for real" he said, and he told them, "When she first started I always replied 'We will see,' but by the end I was able to say 'Yes.'"
      Mackenzie said she ran extra hard during practice and meets in order to gain endurance. "I feel so entirely grateful to have had this opportunity," she said. Mackenzie said that the hardest part of her season was her run at state, and her favorite part was the meets.