2017-18 High School Confidential: Week 33

2017-18 High School Confidential: Week 33

Welcome to Year 2 of High School Confidential, a project involving 36 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.' Today: the final installment before our students move on to the next chapter of the academic careers. Thanks to each one of these correspondents for their contributions:

Academy High: Mayank Hirani

ALAH: Karissa Rocke and Eusebio Briseno
Arcola: Camille Klopfleisch
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 in Year 3? Email N-G Media’s Jim Rossow at jrossow@news-gazette.com

On to this week's report:


Students in history class took a field trip to Cahokia Mounds near St. Louis to view the remains of the largest ancient civilization north of Mexico. They learned about the details of the Cahokia people and climbed to the top of the largest mound, Monks Mound. History teacher Annie Morrisette said, "Cahokia was one of the most significant sites in North America during the 11th-14th centuries, and we were excited to get to explore this center of Mississippian culture."— Mayank Hirani


The awards ceremony for seniors took place last Wednesday. Last Thursday, seniors who obtained scholarships were recognized and shocked to find out that they earned in total a little more than $1 million, a new school record. — Eusebio Briseno


This week, 22 seniors were honored in a ceremony where scholarships and awards were received that will help aid in their future plans after graduation.

— Camille Klopfleisch


For its final Friday, the Class of 2018 began its senior pranks by blocking off parking to have a cookout for lunch. On tap are the annual class walk around the school, graduation practice and senior skip day. Graduation is May 25. Pictured are seniors at their cookout.— Sydney Gadbury


The annual honors night included student council and National Honor Society recognition, departmental awards and perfect attendance awards. The annual Teacher of the Year Award went to Sarah Gray (geometry and statistics). Senior scholarships also were announced. This year, the class set a record with more than $1 million awarded. Pictured are Alliah Dawson, Wyatt Edwards, Mikayla Harper, Hailey Johnson, Marissa Oxendine and CasaDee Whorall with their awards for being members of student council for four years.— Marissa Oxendine

Blue Ridge

Liz Bowns qualified for state in shot put, breaking her own school record while winning sectionals. On Monday, the band performed at its spring pops concert with music from Led Zeppelin and Earth Wind & Fire being played. Graduation is May 20.— Kaitlyn Stephens

Champaign Central

Central's top jazz band traveled to and performed at the Essentially Ellington Jazz Festival in New York City last week. It's the second consecutive year the group has been accepted into the festival. Pictured at a lunch break in New York City, from left, are Micah Patton, Jack McDonald, Scott King, Anthony Erlinger, Melody Song and Patrick Duncker.— Sarah Money


Freshmen took a two-hour class for the AED and CPR certification, made possible by medical personnel from Paris.— Robbie Rollins


Seniors were recognized for their hard work and dedication, at the same time thanking faculty and staff for all the help through the years.— Barbara Westerfield


The Fisher Bunnie made an appearance at the HOIC softball tournament game. It was worth it as the Bunnies won their first HOIC title.— Bailey Parks-Moore

Georgetown-Ridge Farm

Awards and scholarships were given out on honors night, including Outstanding Young Citizen, the American Legion Award and many scholarships. Pictured are all award recipients.— Willow Ray


Students were honored for their hard work, dedication and passionate personalities at the fourth-quarter Breakfast Club. Pictured are, back row, from left, Kaylea Webber, Cole Woodmansee and Ethan March; and front row, from left, Kenzie Davison, Haley Miller, Gavin Reinhart, Courtney Stewart, Chyanne Ward and Emily Markstahler. — Courtney Stewart

Hoopeston Area

On Thursday, students in art, woods, show choir, jazz band and chorus put on the annual fine arts show.— Ariel Reeves

Judah Christian

The drama class performed its annual show, the musical review "Broadway on Prospect." The performance showcased a variety of Broadway musical selections such as songs from "Aladdin," "Into the Woods" and "Beauty and the Beast." Pictured are, from left, Ashley Combs, Alex Dawson, Laura Poetzel, Tory Clevenger, Izak Brown, Claire Trask, Brayden Riesburg, Emma Shumard, Anna Black, Claire McDaniel, Hope Varvel, Anna Poetzel, Reid Harvey, Aniyah Pernell, Katie Shumacher and Kia Southerland.— Kim Dillman


Last weekend's Fine Arts Festival included an art show, the PBL show choir and jazz bands and many other student singing and instrumental acts. The big surprise act was a dedication to retiring choral teacher Ruth Davis that combined past and present students.— Madison Grohler

Salt Fork

Last week, the student advisory council held an end-of-the-year celebration at Turkey Run State Park in Indiana for students with no unexcused absences. There, students like juniors Dylan Waskowiac, EmaLee Troxtell, Amber Kirby, McKenna Plotner, Madison Kirby, Lexi Baker and Riley Kotcher were led on trails by teachers like Andrea Palmer.— Kade Bennett

St. Thomas More

Students put together the first-ever field day, competing in various games to earn points for their "family." In the end, St. Kateri took the Saber Cup.— Emily Halcomb


Seniors were recognized at Rotary for being in the top 10 percent of their class. Pictured are, back row, from left, Connor Baer, William Penne, Cale Sementi, Noah Pierce, Kevin Miller and Caleb Arends; and, front row, from left, Sydney Hoel, Dalton Hoel, Alexis Koester and Grace Snider. The softball and baseball teams celebrated senior night, as well as Central Illinois Conference championships. Tyler Meinhold and Kendyl Ring were named Tuscola Pow Wows Warriors of the Week. At the art show, Anna Spillman had the best 3-D art, Liberty Koester had the best painting and Ashton Smith had the best drawing.— Gemini Pettry


The Class of 2018 is looking forward to this weekend's trip to Six Flags. Students will depart from the high school on Saturday afternoon and will arrive at the park around 7:30 p.m., where they'll stay for more than seven hours as part of the annual grad night festivities. The bus will return to the school around 7:30 a.m. Sunday.— Joey Wright

Villa Grove

Saturday's prom was held at Round Barn Centre in Champaign. The theme was reflections. Pictured are seniors with their dates before the dinner. Students also went to King's Island in Ohio on Sunday for post prom.— Jessica Rose

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