2018-19 High School Confidential: Week 11

2018-19 High School Confidential: Week 11

Welcome to Year 3 of High School Confidential, an ambitious project made possible by aspiring student journalists from every corner of our circulation area. Each Wednesday through May, they’ll tell us what’s happening in their hallways at news-gazette.com.

Once a week, we’ll hand over our Snapchat account (News-Gazette) to our correspondents for behind-the-scenes tours. On Friday, Zoe Lavigne (left) will show us what makes Urbana High such a cool school, taking us behind the scenes during the annual winter assembly.

This year’s panelists:

Academy — Avelyne Walk
ALAH — Taylor Powell
Arcola — Molly Mahannah
Armstrong — Sydney O’Brien
Bement—Dylan Upton
Bismarck-Henning —Annie Nelson
Blue Ridge—Avery Fisher
Centennial —Thomas Green
Champaign Central —Julia Wilson
Chrisman—Lindsey Franz
Cissna Park—Taya Kissack, Brenna Ferguson
Danville—Lauren Ellis
DeLand-Weldon—Amanda Graeser
Fisher—Andrew Zook
Georgetown-Ridge Farm—Raine Ray
GCMS—Gabby Dammkoehler
Heritage—Fiona Ely
Hoopeston—Raven Rutherford
Judah Christian—Lauren Hutchison
Mahomet-Seymour—Claire Burns
Milford—Kendall McCalla
Monticello—Nick Wolter
Oakwood—Paiton Frerichs
PBL—Tim Hewerdine
Rantoul —Ocean Beard
St. Joseph-Ogden—Keely McCorkle,
St. Thomas More —Lia Znaniecki
Salt Fork—Shea Richards
Schlarman —Farrah Anderson
Shiloh—Kaitlyn Cary
Tuscola—J.D. Barrett
Uni High—Annette Lee, Nathalie Stein
Unity —Miranda Fairbanks
Urbana —Zoey LaVigne
Villa Grove —Sophia  Wegeng
Westville— Sadee Scaggs, Maggie Quick

On to this week's report:


Students in Sugar Flower Design module constructed beautiful and edible cake decorations from fondant and other materials. Pictured: teacher Eileen Chen and students Megan Wierda, Jack Wierda, Colette Tichenor, Sofia Nieto and Evan Hill. — Avelyne Walk


At Friday's pep rally to celebrate the start of basketball season, cheerleaders performed, all winter sports teams were announced and the student body played a game of musical chairs. — Molly Mahannah


After a week of dressup days, a pep rally and games, the homecoming dance was Saturday. The court included (pictured left to right): freshmen Brody Howard and Mattie Kennel; sophomores Rylee Showalter and Emma Franzen; juniors Dylan Knight and Natalie Schluter; and seniors Nick Cannon and Julia Mulvaney, Austin Keen and Jenna Muench, Dalton Loschen and Sarah Porter, and Bryce Franzen and Grace Reynolds. Franzen and Mulvaney were king and queen. — Sydney O'Brien

Blue Ridge

The Sports and Entertainment Marketing class, taught by Lois Dowling, sold strawberry smoothies during lunch. Each smoothie was $2 — and the class made a $20 profit after two days of selling. Said participating student Logan Smithson: "Being organized is important in marketing. Our school has a lot of go-getters when it comes to projects like this." — Avery Fisher

Champaign Central

Art club's creations are visible in the hallway overlooking the courtyard. The club, which meets Thursdays, provides a creative outlet for young artists. — Julie Wilson


The pep band made its season debut at a basketball game against La Sallette, with history teacher Derrick Zerrusen chipping in by playing the cowbell. — Lindsey Franz

Cissna Park

Making court at Saturday's homecoming dance (left to right): freshman Emma Morrical and Gavin Savoree; sophomores Kristen Walder and Ian Rogers; juniors Lanna Kaeb and Keegan Boyle; and seniors Brenna Ferguson (queen) and Bailey Sluis (king), Emily Seggebruch and Brian Fehr, and Taya Kissack and Conner Lober. — Taya Kissack, Brenna Ferguson


Herff Jones visited to allow seniors to pick out gear as well as order caps and gowns. Pictured: Senior Noah Ferren makes a purchase. — Lauren Ellis


The boys' basketball team played its first home game of the season on Friday, falling short to First Baptist Christian School. — Amanda Graeser


The high school has introduced a new app that can be dowloaded on Android of Apple. It offers everything from Fisher history to a live news feed. — Andrew Zook

Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley

The pep band's first performance was at Thursday's girls' basketball game, playing fan favorites like "Shut Up and Dance," "Office Theme" and "Immigrant Song." Said junior saxophonist Spencer Hazen: "I'm really excited to play 'Enter Sandman' — it's my favorite. I can't wait for pep band this year, it's super fun to play pep music." — Gabby Dammkoehler


On Friday, FFA officers and FCCLA members joined forces to serve breakfast and lunch at a local farm auction. Pictured (left to right): Bree Buck, Maddy Boen, Kacie Roberts, Rianna Rothermel, Jada Davis, Lynnae Struck, Kyley Rothermel and Gracyn Allen. — Fiona Ely

Hoopeston Area

Students participated in hat day to raise money for the Eastern Illinois Food Bank. — Raven Rutherford

Judah Christian

Drama auditions were held for the upcoming production of "Aladdin." "I'm very excited for this play because it will be very energetic and fun," student Izak Brown said. — Lauren Hutchison


Art Club continued its holiday tradition of helping paint windows around school. Pictured courtesy Cloe Clark (left): Junior Meredith Fraker by her painting in the main hallway. — Nick Wolter


Student Council members visited for a Hawaiian-themed district event. After games, students listened to a lesson about leadership. The event finished with a lip-sync battle where Mahomet performed "Gotta Go My Own Way" from "High School Musical." — Claire Burns



Every year, four students are chosen as Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) role models who visit Oakwood Grade School for discussions with students in grades K-6. This year's group: Katelyn Blankenship, Noah Ruch, Noah Kimmell and Hadiya Jagroop. — Paiton Frerichs


Last week, the school's G.I.V.E. and National Honor Society clubs put out donation boxes for the day of giving to help feed hungry families in the area. — Tim Hewerdine


More than 100 community members attended the Madrigals performance on Saturday. Pictured: Andrea Welty-Peachy, Kayla Pilarski, Victor Bradley, Bria Connelly, Allen Newman, Thrinnagee Sengsone, Dehinte Thompson, Diane Hart, Deshawn Renfro, Trinity Busboom and Hunter Grant. Front row shows Grace Hanson, Noeloni Franklin, Jarkira Wilson, Dominique Owen, Ocean Beard and Veronica Duddleston. — Ocean Beard

St. Thomas More

National Honor Society held an induction ceremony for new sophomore and junior members. The guest speaker was Scott Easton. — Zia Znaniecki

Salt Fork

Wrestling is underway. Max Branigin, a senior, won both of his matches, while Isaiah Reeves, a freshman, won his first varsity match. — Shea Richards


Before Thursday's win against Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin, the girls' basketball team received state championship rings. — Farrah Anderson


On Sunday, National Honor Society members volunteered their time to ring bells for the Salvation Army at Paris' Rural King. — Kaitlyn Cary


The varsity Scholastic Bowl team made strides with a win against Clinton. — J.D. Barrett


The cross-country team's banquet celebrated another successful season. The senior class helped bring home four trophies in four years. Pictured: seniors Caroline Cousins, Audrey Hancock and Jordan Harmon posed for the picture with their signs. — Miranda Fairbanks

Uni High

Sophomore Ify Allanah has received permission to pursue the establishment of a Uni cheerleading team, starting with boys' basketball season. Uni does not currently have cheer teams nor a proper mascot. — Annette Lee


The Advanced Child Development class hosted mini-therapy horses from Heartland Mini Hoofs in Taylorville. Students in the class plan activities for the Tiny Tiger preschoolers (ages 2-5) who come to school twice a week. — Zoe Lavigne

Villa Grove

Student council members Lydia and Alexa Howard volunteered their time hosting games and passing out free hot chocolate at the Villa Grove tree-lighting ceremony. Choir and dance teams also made appearances. — Sophia Wegeng


Starters in a girls' basketball win against Hoopeston Area included Aiyana Austin, Emily Jordan, Jasman Severado, Hunter Lange and Karly Cox. Austin, also senior class president, said: "It doesn't matter where you are at — the starting lineup, the bench, JV or varsity — we are one big team and we've got to play together." — Sadee Scaggs

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