2017-18 High School Confidential: Week 4

2017-18 High School Confidential: Week 4

Welcome to Year 2 of High School Confidential, a project involving 34 area high school students who will write weekly for The News-Gazette and news-gazette.com. We’ll introduce each of the budding journalists throughout the school year. The panel:

ALAH: Paige Davis
Arcola: Camille Klopfleish
Armstrong: Morgan Harding
Bement: Sydney Gadbury
Bismarck-Henning: Marissa Oxendine
Blue Ridge: Kaitlyn Stephens
Centennial: D’Iojanae Terry
Champaign Central: Ally Francois
Chrisman: Robbie Rollins
Cissna Park: Olivia Stoller
Danville: Barbara Westerfield
DeLand-Weldon: Alexis Gatterer
Fisher: Bailey Parks-Moore
Georgetwn-Ridge Farm: Willow Ray
Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley: Hailey Rutledge
Heritage: Courtney Stewart
Hoopeston Area: Daniel Bass, Ariel Reeves
Judah Christian: Kim Dillman
Mahomet-Seymour: Kobe Partlow
Monticello: Faith Rund
Oakwood: Kelsey Blackford
Paxton-Buckley-Loda: Madison Grohler
Rantoul: Hannah Combs
Salt Fork: Kade Bennett
Shiloh: Kayla Thurston
St. Joseph-Ogden: Kenzie Pence
St. Thomas More: Emily Halcomb
Tuscola: Gemini Pettry
Uni High: Umar Hanif
Unity: Annalea Hines
Urbana: Joey Wright
Villa Grove: Jessica Rose
Westville: Charlie Dumach

Does your high school want to participate? Email N-G Media’s Jim Rossow at jrossow@news-gazette.com

On to this week's report:


On Oct. 7, the ALAH Marching Knights won first place in their class, as well as the crowd pleasure award, at Newton. — Paige Davis


The homecoming theme was Celebrating a Century to mark the high school's 100-year anniversary. Camille Klopfleisch and Mario Cortez were named queen and king. Pictured, from left, the senior court, Sam Crane, Quinten Helmuth, Conner Strader and Mason Gentry; junior attendant Kaleb Byard; sophomore attendant Jacob Butler; freshman attendant Will Klopfleisch; crown bearer Grayson Truex; 2016 king Dalton Pantier; 2017 king Mario Cortez; 2017 queen Camille Klopfleisch; 2016 queen Sophia Fishel; crown bearer Anna Becerra; freshman attendant Mae Gentry; sophomore attendant Rocie Gomez; junior attendant Gaby Becerra; and senior court members Angela Rojas, Yessi Ramirez, Sydnee Shafer and Quincy Miller. — Camille Klopfleisch


All four student council officers are seniors: president Morgan Harding, vice president Ellie Masengale, secretary Madi Gayheart and treasurer Makayla Stewart. — Morgan Harding


At Friday's final home football game, five Bement seniors and four Cerro Gordo seniors were honored. The cheer and dance season will continue at basketball games. "It is a bittersweet moment, but I've loved cheering and watching all the games. It's just surreal knowing it's our last time," cheer captain Hannah Foran said. From left, back row: Hannah Foran (B), Austen Brown (B), Aaliyah Ballard (CG), Timothy Winters (CG), Hailey Foran (B), Jared Mann (CG), Cierra Jones (CG); front row: Julianna Ard (B) and Colleen Fogerson (B). — Sydney Gadbury


Seniors Mikayla Harper and Wyatt Edwards were named recipients of the Daughters of the America Revolution and Sons of the American Revolution awards. — Marissa Oxendine

Blue Ridge

Homecoming kicked off Sunday with coronation and games. Attendants: freshmen Colten Stephens and Willa Manuel, sophmores Georgia Manuel and Nick Burrow, juniors Ellie Paulsrud and Levi Brooke and seniors Olivia Isaacs, Sydney Nichols, Grace Holtz, Jarett Lagle, Mitchel Morrow and Traycen Gilman. The homecoming king is Luke Dubson; the queen is Kaitlyn Stephens. —Kaitlyn Stephens


Six students went on a Future Farmers of America trip in Decatur on Oct. 6-7: Cole Webster (freshman), Cameron Baugh (freshman), Derrick Craig (freshman), Parker Brown (freshman), Eli Johnson (freshman) and Blake Barna (freshman). Said Webster: “It was a fun educational trip we went on. We got to meet many new friends from man different schools from all over the state.” — Robbie Rollins

Cissna Park

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America and Family Consumer Science students baked more than 3,500 cinnamon rolls for their Oct. 4 fundraiser, using 280 pounds of flour and 200 pounds of sugar. Proceeds benefit FCS students and FCCLA members by providing materials for labs and money for field trips. Pictured, from left: Brenna Ferguson, Emily Seggebruch, Lexie Young, Sandy Thomas and Maria Marquez. — Olivia Stoller


The volleyball team hosted a fundraiser — Volley for a Cure — to raise money for breast cancer research. Also, Alayna Stalter hosted a fundraiser relief project for victims of Hurricane Harvey, selling caramel apples and collecting donations to conclude her senior project. — Bailey Parks-Moore

Georgetown-Ridge Farm

An All In The Jeans Day saw students wear pink in honor of friends and family who are battling breast cancer. Throughout October, students will make donations in the name of breast cancer awareness. — Willow Ray

Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley

High schoolers raised more than $700 for hurricane relief by holding a Coin War. Each grade level had a bucket to fill, and the junior class came out on top. — Hailey Rutledge


Homecoming's theme was Super Heroes. The senior class went the Captain America route, wanting to honor every-day heroes. The homecoming float displayed the American flag with the slogan "Not All Heroes Wear Capes" to recognize the U.S. military and first-responders. — Courtney Stewart

Hoopeston Area

The all-weather track is almost complete as lines will soon be painted. On Fridays, three players lead the football team out onto the field. The blue flag is the practice player of the week, the purple flag is the scout team player of the week and the sledge hammer is for the player who had a great effort or play the previous game. — Daniel Bass, Ariel Reeves

Judah Christian

Six students were inducted into the National Honor Society this week — five juniors and a senior. Juniors need a 5.0 GPA and seniors a 4.67. From left, Lydia Wegel, Dorcas Tuan, Meghan Olthoff, Michelle Miller, Hannah Fredrick and Brendan Olausen. — Kim Dillman


About 60 students in Spanish IV and V took a field trip to Chicago's National Museum of Mexican Art, which spawned ideas for an upcoming project. Three groups alternated turns taking a walking tour of murals around the city, touring the museum and having free time to explore and eat. Pictured, back row, from left: Jennifer Rebollo, Gracie Cooley, Neenah Williams, Mya McGrath, Bethany Foster, Kyle McDermith, Drew Richter, Kayle Becker, Samantha Hites, Kobe Partlow, Mrs. Eilea Randol, Sra. Ericson and Mr. Ericson; front row, from left: Brittany Gilbert, Tyler Jesswein, Madisyn Livingston, Jaden Klaus, Shelby Buchanan andMrs. Kelly Buchanan. — Kobe Partlow


Driver's ed classes heard from Officer Bennett on impaired driving. Students wore "drunk googles" and attempted sobriety tests. — Kelsey Blackford


Breast cancer has impacted many in and outside of PBL. Recently, it has affected a member of the show choir's family. To show support, the members of band and show choir wore pink to spread the message that "no one fights alone." — Madison Grohler

Salt Fork

Weekend float building kicked off homecoming week. This year's float theme — Horror Movies — coincides with the parade (2:30 p.m. in Catlin) and football game (7 p.m.) on Friday the 13th. Class of 2020 sophomores Kieler Bennett, Will Anderson, Kaleb Hurt and Josh Weller (pictured). — Kade Bennett

St. Joseph-Ogden

On Thursday, students took over The News-Gazette's Snapchat page during the school day, posting pictures of Spanish club, the library and other things that make SJ-O great. After the volleyball team won its match against Pontiac, we closed our Snapchat experience with the school fight song. — Kenzie Pence

St. Thomas More

The Saber Showcase spotlighted the many talents of our school: Singers, pianists, actors and Irish accents filled the night. Seniors Maris Wszalek (left), Ethan Smith (middle), Kayley Schacht (right) and Jessica Hood (not pictured) capped it off by singing "Don't Stop Believin.'" — Emily Halcomb


Class of 2017 yearbooks arrived. The Foods 2 classes competed in a hamburger challenge. Sammi Kidwell, Bradley Mast and Nate Pollock won against Ashtyn Clark, Gemini Pettry, John Jill and Hunter Brandt. The sophomore class and sponsors received a letter from the Douglas County Highway Department for being respectful to other people's property during homecoming week. — Gemini Pettry

Uni High

Uni's North Attic theater company performed William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" last weekend. The production starred Bella Solis as Puck, Darshan Naidu as Bottom, Kat Williams as Helena, Vikram Perry as Lysander, Betsy Ruckman as Hermia and Umar Hanif as Demetrius. Also starring was English teacher Steve Rayburn as Peter Quince. Senior thespian Vikram Perry said he's happy that "Midsummer Night's Dream" was his final play and said the cast did a "commendable job portraying Shakespeare." — Umar Hanif


On Friday, members of Vocal Rush Show Choir visited WCIA to promote the fall show choir dinner theater fundraiser at the Savoy Recreation Center on Oct. 15. Performances on "CI Living" included soloists Nica Battaglia and Dylan Holt and a small group performing "Applause" by Lady Gaga, choreographed by Riley Amdor and Annalea Hines featuring soloist Kaylee Largent. View more atunitymusicboosters.org. —Annalea Hines


Soccer's senior night also marked the final home match of coach Randy Blackman's storied tenure. "Because this is coach Blackman's final year, we feel that it's his senior night as well," senior player Magnus Parente said. "It's a fun day with a competitive game and a nice dinner with teammates and families." Also, the marching band placed third at Metamora last Saturday in its final competition of the season. — Joey Wright

Villa Grove

Dustin Schmidt and Alyssa Rash were named homecoming king and queen, and the senior class won the spirit stick for the second year in a row. Pictured, front row, from left: Alyssa Rash, Jessica Rose, Courtney Howard and Paige Dalzell; and back row, from left: Dustin Schmidt, Jake Gulick, Dylan Shanks and Trevor Black. — Jessica Rose

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