2018-19 High School Confidential: Week 22

2018-19 High School Confidential: Week 22

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 Thursday, Lindsey Franz (left) will show us what makes Chrisman High School such a cool place. The future architect his enjoying her high school experience in Edgar County, especially how "close and friendly everybody is," she said. "My school is small but mighty."

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, Madison Kittell

On to this week's report:

Academy High

Megan Wierda and Shashank Hirani received an award in one of the events they competed in at Saturday's Science Olympiad. — Avelyne Walk


The National Honor Society partnered with the nonprofit organization Meals of Hope out of Iowa to package pasta meals on March 1. The chapter packaged 30,000 meals and will donate them to local food banks and beyond. NHS adviser Doug Davis said the project was a success, lauding students for making a difference in their school and community. — Taylor Powell


FFA had its first banquet last week where officers for next year were named. Pictured is Emma Mojonnier, current president, giving the introduction. — Annie Nelson

Blue Ridge

Last Wednesday, the Red Cross visited for a blood drive. Several students helped throughout the day by comforting donors and handing out juice and cookies. Pictured are Madelynn Rosenbery and Harley Buchanan. — Avery Fisher


Jefferson Middle School (above) and Centennial's concert bands (below) teamed up to perform for a full house at Aldridge Auditorium. The pieces ranged from Jefferson's "Encanto" to Centennial's "The Incredibles" and "Iditarod." — Thomas Green

Champaign Central

Members of the Spanish Honor Society welcomed UI linguistics Professor Ryan Shosted to speak on the history and culture of the Mayan language Q'anjob'al. Central's Guatemalan students joined and taught proper pronunciations. — Julia Wilson

Cissna Park

The boys' basketball team finished second at Class 1A state, finishing 32-5 in coach Kevin Long's final season. — Taya Kissack


On Saturday, the senior class had a bingo night at the DeLand Legion to raise money for its trip to St. Augustine, Fla. — Amanda Graesser

Georgetown-Ridge Farm

The varsity Scholastic Bowl team celebrated a successful season (second in conference, third in county). — Raine Ray

Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley

"Guys and Dolls" took to the stage Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. The cast included leads Spencer Hazen as Sky Masterson, Sydney Funk as Sarah Brown, Liam Killian as Nathan Detroit and Shannon Spangler as Miss Adelaide. Spangler said, "Musicals are hard work, dedication and one of the best parts of high school." — Gabby Dammkoehler


Last week, English 4 students completed a project about someone who has inspired them, someone they call their everyday hero. Pictured are students with their Everyday Hero. — Fiona Ely


The winter sports awards ceremony spotlighted boys' basketball, girls' basketball, boys' swimming, wrestling, dance and cheerleading. The Bulldog Award went to Jordan Veldman (boys' basketball), Lakeida Nichols (girls' basketball), Gavin Groff (boys' swimming), Wyatt Heimann (wrestling), Claire Burns (dance) and Lainey Campion (cheerleading). — Claire Burns


The Thespians' production of "Bye Bye Birdie" was a success, sellout crowds watching cast and crew put on a show every night. — Nicholas Wolter


On Friday, the baseball team held its annual fundraiser that included the faculty taking on seniors in a basketball game. The students won 83-79 in overtime. — Paiton Frerichs

St. Thomas More

The drama department put on its spring musical, "The Little Mermaid" on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The successful show was directed by Melissa Marquart. — Lia Znaniecki

Salt Fork

At an indoor meet at the University of Illinois: Caine Wilson won the 60-meter hurdles and was third in the 400, Dawson Rogers was second in the 800 and Payton Taylor won in discus. — Shea Richards


Friends and family joined senior Destiny Dye during eighth hour as she signed to continue her basketball and academic career at Concordia University in Chicago. — Farrah Anderson


On Saturday, the student council attended the 44th Kickapoo District convention in Champaign. Senior and district VP Kaitlyn Cary and sophomore and district virtual historian Emily Hall turned over their officer positions. Junior Katie Williams was elected as VP, and Madelyn Cary was elected secretary. Pictured: Students who attended included (back row) Will Benner, Kaitlyn Cary, Madelyn Cary, Bella Dudley, Katie Williams and Caroline Smith; and (front row) Megan Houlihan, Meredith Smith, Josie Carroll, Emily Hall, Gwen Morris and Sam Gerberding. — Kaitlyn Cary


Members of the track team participated in the Polar Plunge at Lake of the Woods in Mahomet on Saturday, coming home with the Best Team Costume Award. — J.D. Barrett

Uni High

The Scholastic Bowl team advanced to IHSA state, having won sectionals and regionals. Pictured, from left, are Ethan Ashbrook, Maher Adoni, Tim Cho, Sasha Rushing, Arav Jagroop, Robert Nagel, Caitlin Mamaril and coach Chris Butler. — Annette Lee


The student council attended Saturday's district convention at the Hilton Garden Inn (the Kickapoo District is comprised of 13 high schools). Students listened to officer reports, participated in discussion groups and gained valuable ideas to bring back to their schools. Natasha Plummer will be representing Unity as the state liaison. — Miranda Fairbanks

Villa Grove

Members from FFA attend the ACES open house at the University of Illinois. Left to right: Lydia Howard, Devin Ellis, Morgan Smith, Lauren Matthews, Sophia Wegeng, Kayley Richardson, Alexa Howard. — Sophia Wegeng


The senior class teamed with Kenny's Paws For A Cause to help a local animal shelter. Students raised money by selling orange ribbons and throwing a Senior Fling. They also collected donations of dog and cat food, along with toys. — Sadee Scaggs

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