2017-18 High School Confidential: Week 15

2017-18 High School Confidential: Week 15

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.' This week's host: Bement's Sydney Gadbury, who will take us behind the scenes on Thursday. 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:


Football coach Nick Walker of the Cerro Gordo-Bement Broncos visited Friday to congratulate the team on its sportsmanship award. The team was recognized for its great sportsmanship all season long, but mainly during the game against Arcola. "It felt great to get this award; everyone was proud of themselves," said freshman Sam Dalton. The team got a plaque, and each school got a banner that will be placed in its locker rooms. "Getting this award shows everyone where we want to be next season as a football team. I think, next year, we will have big shoes to fill," Dalton said. — Sydney Gadbury

Georgetown Ridge-Farm

Over break, the FFA chapter did its annual present drive for the local kids in need. Also, congratulations to the school's five Illinois State Scholars: Rachel Winslow, Connor Cavanaugh, Dylann Hall, Hunter Howard and Willow Ray, pictured with Principal Kevin Thomas. — Willow Ray


While students were away on winter break, renovations were taking place in the high school cafeteria. Previously, the white cafeteria wall featured the accomplishments of sports teams. Due to the success in 2016-2017, the wall was completely filled. In order to honor the past, a flat-screen TV was mounted. It now plays a slide show of all the teams that had to be taken down to make room for more recent accomplishments. — Kelsey Blackford


At 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Alex Jones, manager of PBL's seventh- and eighth-grade boys' basketball team who has been going through weekly chemotherapy treatments in Chicago, will get to play with his teammates on a night of fundraising, Hoops For Alex. — Madison Grohler


The cheer team performed during the halftime show of the UI's men's basketball game against Grand Canyon on Dec. 30. Senior captain Macy Wilkerson said: "It was such a surreal experience and got me excited for cheering next year in college." — Hannah Combs

Salt Fork

The high school's National Honor Society inducted 13 new members last Sunday. The program featured the officers and senior members leading the new inductees into the NHS traditions and welcoming them into the group. The new members received their certificates and pins and signed their name into the Salt Fork High School National Honor Society registry. — Kade Bennett


The student council and FFA collected supplies and put together 48 food baskets the week before Christmas break and took the finished products to families in the community. Pictured are Samantha Gerberding (left) and Andrea Benner (right). — Kayla Thurston


Teacher Lacy Diaz used the Breakout EDU kits during Spanish classes to "abre la caja" — many successful groups. Congratulations to A) Cassie Russo on signing her letter of intent to play basketball at Parkland College and B) Lucas Burnett for placing 10th for tossups during scholastic bowls in the regular season. — Gemini Pettry


Senior J'lyn Hope will perform at the Illinois High School Theater Festival this weekend in "Big Fish," the festival's all-state production. Hope is among the 40 cast members for the musical who were selected from a pool of more than 300 prospective students. Other talented performers from around the halls of UHS are gearing up for the spring musical, "Into The Woods," for which auditions will be held Jan. 17-18. — Joey Wright

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