2018-19 High School Confidential: Week 13

2018-19 High School Confidential: Week 13

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.

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:


University of Illinois researcher Alan Craig and Shashank Hirani worked on an augmented reality-based project. The augmented reality class deals with images projected into the real world, similar to popular applications like Pokémon Go. The goal of the class is to push an AR application out onto the App Store. — Avelyn Walk


The annual ugly Christmas sweater day took place Friday as students and faculty dressed up — and donated a dollar — to support the Shriners Hospitals for Children. The high school and Arthur Grade School organized the fundraiser in 2017 and noticed an increase in participation this year. — Taylor Powell


At Friday's second-quarter PBIS celebration, students with good attendance and behavior were rewarded with cookies, hot chocolate and the chance to win prizes such as Beats, an Echo dot and a TV. — Molly Mahannah


Game club hosted a game night Friday to raise money for Eddie Hillman's family. Mr. Hillman was an Armstrong alum who passed away recently after suffering a stroke. — Sydney O'Brien


Students helped during Wreaths Across America by placing wreaths at the Danville National Cemetery on Saturday. — Annie Nelson

Blue Ridge

Student council hosted a Christmas party (pictured), jazz band performed Christmas songs in the commons are during lunch and Unofficial Ugly Christmas Sweater Day was held Friday. — Avery Fisher

Champaign Central

Spanish Club celebrated its last meeting of the semester on Thursday with food and crafts. Pictured are senior Grace Prom and sophomore Molly Prom. — Julia Wilson


The week before finals, teachers like Katlynn Searby go all out by wearing their ugliest sweaters. — Thomas Green

Cissna Park

On Saturday, the Cissna Park American Legion participated in Wreaths Across America to honor veterans who lost their lives. Four Cissna Park FFA members carried American flags and helped lay wreaths on graves. Pictured are Micah Waldbeser, Nathan Edelman, Brenna Ferguson and Cale Clauss. — Brenna Ferguson


The GCMS Chamber Choir went caroling around Gibson City last Wednesday, visiting classrooms, nursing homes and the library. Senior Katie Johnson said, "It's a really good feeling to bring people joy for a couple of minutes." Sophomore Brodie Doman added, "It was fun to make people happy with some Christmas music." — Gabby Dammkoehler


The week after the death of beloved Spanish teacher and community member John Jones, students, faculty and community members shared handwritten messages that were displayed on the trophy case at the high school's entrance. — Fiona Ely

Hoopeston Area

To spread good cheer, students can purchase a candy cane and send it — along with a positive note — to a friend or teacher. — Raven Rutherford

Judah Christian

The student body gathered for the annual Christmas chapel, where they sang "Feliz Navidad" and hosted an inspiring group of Christmas speakers. — Lauren Hutchison


Keeping with tradition, student council students sold candy grams (50 cents each) at lunch and delivered them during advisory periods. Senior Payton Quinley said, "I like doing candy grams every year because it is a nice and quick way to make someone's day." — Claire Burns


The girls' basketball team went 4-0 to win the Holiday Hoops tournament at Iroquois West. Senior Hannah Boyer and junior Kaylee Warren made the all-tournament team. — Kendall McCalla


Set construction and rehearsals are in full swing for student-led "Almost, Maine," directed by Nick Wolter and Katie Lejeune (assistant) and produced by Chloe Reeder and Nick Timmons. The show is at the Monticello Theater Association on Jan. 4-5. — Nick Wolter


Freshman Coleton Vermillion petitioned to have strawberry milk added to the options at lunch time — and he succeeded. — Paiton Frerichs


On Saturday, PBL's G.I.V.E. Club hosted a Toys for Tots benefits concert with performances by students, including, top row, Olivia Wilson, Sasha Jeffries, Daniel Busby, Jesse Barfield, Liam McMullin, Ashton Goss, Jarrett Hazelwood, Paul Cleary, Cameron Grohler, Bridget McMullin; and, bottom row, Mikayla Jones, Savannah Jones, Lucy Galey, Reese San Diego, Gina Galey, Amanda Dunlavey, Savanna Davis and Christina Mauck. — Tim Hewerdine

St. Joseph-Ogden

Seniors Ben Setterdahl and Nicholas Boggs performed a nitrogen triiodide experiment for chemistry I and AP chemistry students, hosted by Kevin Simondsen. — Keely McCorkle

St. Thomas More

Seniors who are part of the honors Spanish 5 mentoring class traveled to the Villa nursing home in Champaign to sing Christmas carols with residents. — Lia Znaniecki

Salt Fork

Band and chorus had their concert, wowing the crowd with amazing music. — Shea Richards


Student council and FFA members helped sort, pack and deliver 35 food baskets to more than 100 people within the district in Hume, Metcalf, Redmon, Murdock, Newman and Brocton. Freshman Madelyn Cary said, "This is a wonderful project that brings our entire school together, as elementary through high school students are invited to participate. This project has been a tradition at Shiloh for over 30 years, and each year, everyone provides as much as they are able to. We can make a difference. We did make a difference, and we will continue to do so." — Kaitlyn Cary


Students showed Christmas spirit by sporting ugly sweaters on Friday. — J.D. Barrett

Uni High

Students Nika Cooper, Ana Rosu, AngelynnHuang and Faizah Rauther organized a Privilege Walk — where those in line step forward or backward based on whether statements apply to them — on Friday for their final project in a gender studies class. The goal, teacher Kathy Rodems said, was "to encourage Uni students to think about the privilege they have, the reasons why and how they can continue to counteract injustices in the world, with the knowledge they know." There was a turnout of about 60 people. — Annette Lee


The FFA teamed with student council and yearbook to pack rice and meals — while singing Christmas carols — through Illinois Fighting Hunger. All of the rice was sent to Illinois Wesleyan, and the meals went to the Eastern Illinois Foodbank. Pictured are freshmen Shane Ogden, Phillip Hartke and Malia Fairbanks. — Miranda Fairbanks


Senior golfers Nick Pinter and Karly Cox signed with Danville Area Community College. Pinter placed sixth at state this year. Cox has been conference champion three years running. — Sadee Scaggs

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