2018-19 High School Confidential: Week 23

2018-19 High School Confidential: Week 23

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 Wednesday, Annie Nelson (left) will show us what makes Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin High School such a cool place. She'll even take us to Danville Area Community College, where she spends part of her day.

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:


The sophomore English and creative writing class took a trip to the Chicago Shakespeare Theater to take in "Macbeth." — Sydney O'Brien


A group of students volunteered to participate in a painting party at the grade school. Pictured are Rhett Harper, Madison Bilstad, teacherKatie Post, Morgan Bilstad, Jillian Russell, Morgan Miller and Noah Gomez. — Annie Nelson

Blue Ridge

Last week's annual Art Expo included a walkthrough of art made by students and a performance by the high school band. Blue Ridge art teacher Sara Wieber said, "I am so proud of my students' work. I love looking back over the year and seeing how much they accomplished. I remember their struggles, stories and triumphs through the year, and the art show is the perfect way to share that with friends and family." — Avery Fisher

Cissna Park

At Friday's annual FFA banquet, members received awards and seniors retired their jackets. Pictured is the 2019-2020 FFA officer team. — Brenna Ferguson

Georgetown-Ridge Farm

P.E. classes wrapped up their badminton doubles tournaments, with Enrique Lopez and Jared Fitzwater winning the schoolwide event. — Raine Ray


At the end of each quarter, teachers honor standout students at Breakfast Club, a before-school meal with staff, selected students and their families. Last week's honorees were Jack Humphrey, Gavyn Reinhart, Gracyn Allen, Cole White, Victoria Sheppard and Keegan Painter. — Fiona Ely


Seniors were recognized during the theater department's final showing of "Working: A Musical." Pictured: back row, from left, are Noeloni Franklin, Ocean Beard, Kennedy Carico, Victor Bradley, Davonda Freeman, Alexandra Crawford, Adrion Navarrete, Alvin Freeman; and front row, from left, Emily Gawenda, Kayla Pilarski, Abigail Garcia and Tayon Swift. — Ocean Beard


The senior class visited Mark Denman Elementary School to help with activities in the Functional Life Skills classes. Pictured is Elizabeth Stimac playing with a student. — Farrah Anderson


At the annual FFA banquet, members — as well as adviser Tonya Eich — were recognized for their hard work and dedication to their chapter, and awards were given for proficiency, fundraising, top scholars and career development events. Pictured, from left, are Bella Dudley (freshman) and sophomores Phoebe Allen, Alicia Gutierrez, Lucas Bosch and Emily Hall. — Kaitlyn Cary


Students participated in last week's Feed the Pig fundraiser, which brought in $215 for the Douglas County Mental Health after-school program. Pictured, front row, from left, are Brandon Douglas, Lauren Christina; and back row, from left, Ben Tiezzi, Zach DeVore, Ben Dixon, Marrisa Russo, Karli Dean and Aiden Beachy. — J.D. Barrett

Uni High

On Thursday, the library hosted a Pi Day competition, challenging students to recite digits of Pi from memory. Subfreshman Nate Jones emerged victorious, reciting 126 digits. — Nathalie Stein


At the annual Fine Arts Fest, the gym was set up with tables for the art students to display projects. Students also performed solos and duets, showcasing their musical talents, and the show choir and jazz band played, too. — Miranda Fairbanks

Villa Grove

Colton Little and Isaac Montgomery, members of the ag mechanics class, disassembled and rebuilt small engines. — Sophia Wegeng


Art club students, including Sadee Scaggs, left, and Maggie Quick, are sorting mediums for the nine-school Vermilion Valley Conference Art Show on April 6 at Westville High School. Awards will be at 3 p.m. — Sadee Scaggs

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