HIgh School Confidential: Week 15
On Wednesdays throughout the school year, area students will fill us in on what's happening at their high schools:
The journalism yearbook staff placed third in two categories of the IJEA Yearbook Contest. The all-girl staff, including editors Megan Hug and Allison Powell, was awarded third place for Best Theme and Development and Best Layout and Design.
— Mary Huffman
The school's Winter Guard team — Emma Mann, Sara Hartman, Cameryn Dulaney, Kayli Barnes and Rebecca Nation — participated in an Illinois Drill Team Association competition in Charleston on Saturday. The team finished first in lyrical routine. Barnes, a senior, placed third for her solo and received a Rising Star Award. The team is coached by teacher Kristi Kaplan.
— Claire Miller
School spirit was high heading into break thanks to seniors decking the halls with a Buddy the Elf theme, which included stockings above a 'fireplace,' hundreds of paper snowflakes, lights and lockers wrapped like presents.
— Holley Hambleton
The student council's annual blood drive is Friday with a goal of 30 donors. Walk-ins are welcome. Contact Anne Hobson at the high school or visit http://www.bement.k12.il.us for more information.
— Zac Wright
The school hosted boys' and girls' basketball tournaments over the break, with the Blue Devils finishing fourth (girls) and fifth (boys). Watseka (boys) and Benton Central (girls) won titles.
— Jeanna Russell
The Charger of the Week is Jordan Williams, a senior who is currently involved in basketball and has committed to play football at Ball State University. Among his favorites? Beating Central. What would he change in the world? Racism.
— Aryssa Harris
Last weekend, 19 students attended the Illinois High School Theatre Festival — Theatrefest — at the University of Illinois. They participated in workshops and activities and also watched plays and musicals. The group attended the All-State show on Thursday and returned Friday as senior Isaac Agar had an early-morning audition. Events wrapped up Saturday.
— Emma Tuttle
Preparation starts next week for one of the school's most popular traditions: the annual spring musical. Theater director Cole Huber selected "The Drowsy Chaperone" as the play with auditions Jan. 18-19. "It's one of the funniest musicals I've ever seen, so I'm sure it'll be a crowd favorite," Huber said. "I expect about 25-30 kids to audition." Shows will take place March 24-26 in the gym.
— Briar Napier
Show choirs are preparing for their reveal on Jan. 19 in the Dick Van Dyke Auditorium. Both groups are excited to perform under the new direction of Mark Mercer.
— Roy Butler Staple
Junior Sophia Hortin completed an FFA history wall display in the ag classroom. The school's FFA chapter was re-established in 2011 but has an interesting history. Fisher product Leland Glazebrook was the state's FFA president in 1939 and '40. His jacket — one of two in Illinois — is part of Hortin's display.
— Hannah Hires
The cheerleading team will be performing at the Vermilion County competition on Jan. 21 at the David S. Palmer Arena in Danville. Doors will open at 9 a.m.
— Mary Key
During Saturday's boys' basketball game against Hoopeston Area, a fundraiser for Troop Dreams — an organization that helps fulfill wishes from military families — took place. It included the student cheering section, Red Army, selling gondolas, a 50/50 raffle and the girls' basketball team shooting at halftime to reach a pledge. As the cheerleaders and players lined up, and eve ryone stood, the presenting of the colors was done by representatives of the American Legion.
— Jessalyn Davis
School resumed Jan. 5 with students making up finals that were postponed in December due to weather. Seniors who were exempt from finals got two extra days of break.
— Sofie Schwink
Students met with teachers Magaly Rogers and Happy Davis to prepare for this spring's senior class trip to Puerto Rico. Seniors have been raising money and are currently selling Fannie May candy. The biggest fundraiser is the annual clothing sale on March 4. Rogers, from Ponce, Puerto Rico, is leading the trip.
— Allison Conway
As usual, the Sages hosted basketball tournaments over break with the girls' basketball team placing first at Holiday Hoopla.
Rebecca Divan was Comet of the Month, Andrew Garrett was Athlete of the Month and counselor Dawn Lee received Staff Member of the Month. Garrett Lashuay earned the Character Trait of the Month for responsibility. Last weekend, the cheerleading team finished 11th at the ICCA state competition.
— Brooke Mercer
On Saturday, the speech team competed at Heyworth. Freshmen Emma Schuler and Gracie Smith placed sixth, and freshmen Anna Wolken and Kirsten Jensen finished third in their divisions. Sophomore Molly Kennedy was fifth overall.
— Elisabeth Miller
Freshman have started writing senior profiles that highlight the graduates of 2017. They will appear in the local newspaper.
— Shayne Smith
This past Thursday through Saturday, theater students from SJ-O participated in Theatrefest at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the UI. Students involved in theater from all over the state come to campus to perform their shows, go to workshops, watch other performances and meet other students with the same passions. According to Nicole Woller, a junior at SJ-O, "My favorite part was getting out of school for a day to hang out with friends on campus and getting to see all the other shows the other schools put on."
— Zea Maroon
St. Thomas More
Students brought their fathers in for Donuts with Dads, which included Mass before classes. This opportunity gave students a break before the stress of final exams.
— Emily Roth
A group of 19 students from the school's drama department traveled to the UI to participate in TheatreFest under the supervision of director Johanna Steffens. The group, including Hannah Saril, Whitney Root and Ellen Brown, visited dance classes, performances and workshops.
— Ashley Mattingtly
As part of a Senior Project class that meets twice a week, students experience different career paths hands-on, connecting with mentors in the community or on campus to guide their projects. Senior Renata Herrera said, "Music (at Uni) is limited basically to ensembles and music theory, but I am more interested in the conducting portion and organizational group things and communications with other people." Senior Serena Cai plans to work at the Center for Global Studies, introducing Asian scholars to the American lifestyle. Camron Butler will "probably be programming, either a game or some software" with game companies and local UI professors.
— Sankhya Hirani
Student council has been working to raise money for Pasta for Pennies, a fundraiser that is in its fifth year. Proceeds will go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The class that raises the most money will receive catering from Olive Garden.
— Leah Gateley
Students returned from break to welcome new science teacher Stacie Cler to the lineup and say goodbye to retiring science teacher Linda Shadwick and retiring lunch staff member Bonnie Patton. At the boys' basketball game, the pep band provided first-half music under direction of Jeri Cardiff, and the Devilette dancers performed at halftime under coaches Katina Clodfelder and Cami Renfrow.
— Karlee Reardon
Students honored the late Paige Hufford, a former student from Westville High who passed away from cancer over Christmas break, by wearing green Jan. 4.
— Bailei Lankster