2017-18 High School Confidential: Week 12

2017-18 High School Confidential: Week 12

Welcome to Year 2 of High School Confidential, a project involving 35 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, and let each student take over our Snapchat account 'News-Gazette' (on Thursday it's Heritage's Courtney Stewart's turn). The panel:

Academy High: Mayank Hirani

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: Sarah Money
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:

Academy High

Freshmen are working on an art project — to create 3D lampshades using different geometric shapes. Pictured: Students measure and cut shapes from cardboard that will later be glued together into a 3D, geometric shape. — Mayank Hirani


American Field Service members went to a white elephant gift exchange Christmas party at Kaylee Hohlbauch's house on Saturday. Students brought desserts and funny gifts while enjoying their Saturday night with each other. — Camille Klopfleish


The Dec. 2 homecoming court consisted of freshmen Emma Jameson and Austin Rosenburger; sophomores Morgan Pecchenino and Gabriel Learned; juniors Julia Mulvaney and Nicholas Cannon; and seniors Dalacie Singh and Kyle Reitmier, Ellie Masengale and Shawn Reardon, Tessa VanOstrand and Adam Paz and Makayla Stewart and Zack Hannagan. Singh and Reardon were named queen and king. — Morgan Harding


For the third annual tree-lighting ceremony, village President Pat Tieman asked for the choral department to lead carols. The middle school and high school choir students, directed by teacher Angie Corum, sang to and with the community. Thirteen students sang tunes such as "Silent Night" and "We Wish You a Merry Christmas." — Sydney Gadbury

Blue Ridge

The Scholastic Bowl team placed third in the annual Mike Hendricks Memorial Scholastic Bowl Tournament on Saturday. Senior Parker Otto was the tournament's top scorer. — Kaitlyn Stephens

Champaign Central

The Social Justice Club held Real Talk during lunch on Thursday, with students discussing privilege (age, race, economic class, etc.) in modern society over pizza. At the end of the meeting, groups shared one major point they discussed. Pictured, from left, are Diana Golmeeva, Shirley Yang, Sadie Caston, Phuong Le, Karissa Shannon, Marieme Ndoye, Symone Howell and Chelsie Nunez. — Sarah Money

Cissna Park

Saturday's homecoming dance followed a week of fun. King and queen were Griffin Overbey and Jasmine Stock. Pictured, from left, are Keegan Boyle, Libby Hovel, Dustin Schleef. Olivia Stoller, Griffin Overbey, Jasmine Stock, Brittney Koester, Tanner Benoit, Conner Lober, Brenna Ferguson, Kristen Walder and Brad Stock. — Olivia Stoller


FFA members kicked off the holiday season by decorating ornaments and hanging them on the chapter's Christmas tree in the agriculture classroom. — Bailey Parks-Moore

Georgetown-Ridge Farm

November Leaders of the Herd — hard-working students who went above and beyond — were freshman Lilian Bouton, sophomore Gracie Liles, junior Emma Winslow, senior Willow Ray and faculty member Marva Fitzwater-Moore. — Willow Ray

Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley

There are two new student organizations, a knitting club and Spanish club. Both have had great turnouts so far. — Hailey Rutledge


A Thanksgiving lunch was put together by the school's National Honor Society to serve teachers as a token of appreciation. Pictured: Sage Lundquist stirs mashed potatoes while Logan McKee takes dinner rolls out of the oven. — Courtney Stewart

Reminder: On Thursday, Courtney Stewart takes over our Snapchat account for a behind-the-scenes tour of Heritage High. Follow along by searching for “news-gazette” on the app.

Judah Christian

The hope of the student council's new fundraiser — World Vision — is to bless a child this Christmas by buying them an animal such as a goat or cow. Donation buckets have been placed around the school. — Kimberly Dillman


Last week in Biological Science Applications in Agriculture, juniors Karli Waldrep and Ellen Bushell created a poster on an animal's digestive system. Each student or group had to compare and contrast the digestive system of an animal. "My favorite thing about BSAA is that I have a group of close friends to work with every day, and I love (ag teacher) Mrs. Wherley. Throughout the yearlong course, students complete several different projects. Currently, students are working on a big project where we created and tested our own science experiment." — Kobe Partlow


The PBL speech team, relatively new but successful, competed at Bloomington High School. Sophomore Braedon Arnett took third place in varsity radio speaking. — Madison Grohler

Salt Fork

At the Catlin Holiday Light Parade and Tree Lighting, the marching band lit up their instruments and rocked ugly sweaters. National Honor Society, the basketball team, the homecoming king and queen and other student volunteers rode on festive floats or helped Santa. The chorus (pictured) wrapped it up by performing at the Christmas tree lighting at the town hall. — Kade Bennett


At the autumn workshop for the student councils in the Kickapoo Student Council District at the Tuscola Community Center, Shiloh's group organized events and offered up icebreakers, games and pizza. — Kayla Thurston

St. Joseph-Ogden

Whitney Setterdahl's fundraiser — Stockings for Strength — calls for donating items such as chapstick, card games, board games, fuzzy socks and lotion to help teens in the cancer center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. SJ-O is collecting cash, checks and other items until Sunday. — Kenzie Pence


Many students participated in the Christmas parade and Santa Chase 5K at Saturday's Christmastown Celebration. Pictured, from left, are Jake Dyer, Kenzi Heckler, Sam Simpson, Mason Day, Jordan Middelton, Michael Holmes, Bradley Kramer, J.D. Barrett, Noah Woods and Quincy Snedeker. Also, Parker Norman was named Gold FFA member of the month. — Gemini Pettry


Coach Patton joined wrestling seniors Jake Frost (Wisconsin-La Crosse) and Christian Chandler (Millikin) as they signed college letters of intent. — Annalea Hines

Villa Grove

The annual University of Illinois Stadium Seat Fundraiser has Villa Grove-Heritage athletes and their families installing and removing cushioned seats for season ticket holders at Memorial Stadium (takedown took place Sunday). Also, student council donated $300 to the Mills Breast Cancer Institute from its efforts in October. — Jessica Rose

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