This week we honor the twelve seniors who were out for fall sports: Cole Bosma, Dalton Snow, Miranda Brueggeman, Macy Gunderson, Grace Winters, Noreen Morrow, Sarah Kruger, Bailey Heikens, Megan Garms, Breanna Norem, Jennie McClain and Chandler Brons.
For Chandler, this is her third season in football cheerleading. Her favorite memories for this season were riding in the suburban and honor squad. Her favorite memories from all seasons were the bus rides and cheering the Wolves on to a win!
Cole hasn’t played football since sixth grade, but he was reunited with it his senior year. His favorite memory from this season is beating Kingsley- Pierson in the final home game.
Miranda has been out for volleyball 4 years. Her favorite memory of this season was being at sub state and seeing the crowd and how much support each one of them had. Her favorite memory from all seasons was overall just being able to play alongside her best friends.
Sarah has also been out all 4 years. Her favorite memory of this season was getting to lead yoga classes in the mornings before tournament games. Her favorite memory from all the seasons happens to be when the parents dressed up in crazy outfits for the domination of CCE in the 1st round!
Macy has been out all 4 years as well. Her favorite memory of the season was making a run in the post season and making school history. Her overall favorite memory is always getting to play with her best friends and making the best out of their time together.
Bailey has been out all the 4 years. Her favorite memory from this season is getting to play positions in practice she didn’t get to play in during games! Her favorite memory overall is just being able to play with her best friends.
Breanna has been a football cheerleader all 4 years. Out of this season, her favorite memory was Honor Squad. Her favorite memory from all the seasons was the cheering on her team!
Megan has been out all 4 years of volleyball. Her favorite memory from this season is playing Humboldt in the Estherville tournament and acing them on the last point and winning the whole thing! Her favorite memory out of all was finally making it to the regional finals.
Jennie has been out all 4 years and was also 2 years in youth cheerleading. Her favorite memory of the season is going to Honor Squad and trying out for all state. Out of all the seasons, her favorite memory is almost getting kicked out of Arby’s her freshman year with the cheerleaders.
Dalton has been out all 4 years. His favorite memory of the season is getting a fumble at theyard line to prevent the other team from scoring. From all the seasons, his favorite memory is football practice!
Grace has been out all 4 years as well. Her favorite memory from this year is playing the last game of the season with the community support! From all the seasons her favorite is getting to play with all of her best friends.
Noreen has been out all the 4 years. Her favorite memory of this season is seeing all the fans before the games and being a part of the amazing experience. From all the seasons her favorite of all is getting to be with her classmates for the last 4 years.
All the seniors had fun at the sport they loved, and they will all definitely be missed here at H-LP!
Written by: Kaylee Feldick
The H-LP fifth graders are studying statistics in math. They have learned how to find the mean, mode, and outliers. They found the diameter of five bubble gum bubbles they had blown to form their data set. They then used the data set to find the mean, mode, and outliers and will continue to use it as they learn about the range, median, and graphing their results. Mrs. Jones was definitely the best bubble blower! (Click on the gallery pictures to see all five pictures.)
This year the Harris-Lake Park High School Drama Department put on the musical "The Twenty Fifth Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" on November 8 and 9. This musical was a very fun one and all the kids involved really seemed to enjoy themselves.
The cast included Rona Lisa Peretti, played by Morgan Eggers; Vice Principal Panch, played by Sarah Kruger; Mitch Mahoney, played by Dahlton Burdorf; Olive Ostrovsky, played by Bailey Heikens; William Barfee, played by River Kelly; Logainne SchwartzandGrubenierre, played by Mikaela Heikens; Marcy Park, played by Jacie Rueter; Leaf Coneybear, played by Chandler Brons; and Chip Tolentino, played by James Harmon. In addition to guest spellers from the audience, other students involved in the musical included Miranda Brueggeman, Jennie McClain, Zayda Elbuytari, Dria Urwin, Lisa Saenthavy, Kaelyn Byers, Ashley Allard, Macy Gunderson, Mary Kate Hoeriches, Alex Luitjens, Katherin Ihnen, Noreen Morrow, Grace Winters, Dylan Petersen, David Schurtenberger, Jen Goodell, Javier Tapia, Tanna Ruge, Elly Watje, Katie Goodell, Christina Galvin, and Ashley Erne. The backup band included Emily Gladfelter, Teresa Ortman, Luke Harmon, and Christina Galvin.
"The Twenty Fifth Putnam County Spelling Bee" is about a group of kids all competing for first place in the county spelling bee. The kids all have their own battles throughout the musical. One of the spellers, Olive Ostrovsky, seems to be battling depression. She waits throughout the whole play for her father to show up and he never does. Another character, Logainne SchwartzandGrubenierre, is constantly trying to be the best her dad wants her to be. She is "making herself crazy" and feels like a disappointment when she doesn't come in first. Leaf Coneybear is a character who has a severe case of ADD. Leaf is excited about everything the spelling bee has to offer, gains a new-found self-confidence, and is therefore not too disappointed when eliminated early on in the spelling bee. Marcy Park is a character who strives to be perfect in everything she does in life. Before she gets eliminated, she realized that she doesn't always have to be perfect. Chip Tolentino is a boy who is infatuated with a girl throughout the musical. The girl distracts him from his spelling and seems to be the reason he gets eliminated from the bee. Lastly, there is William Barfee. William is not very liked by a lot of people, but eventually, he finds a friend in Olive.
Overall the kids had a lot of fun with this musical. With all the busy schedules of the members of the cast, it was hard to fit in a lot of practice times, but they pulled it off quite well. When asked about her favorite part of the musical Bailey Heikens said, "I liked watching all the progression we made from the first practice to the last production." I think that my favorite part of the musical was all the bonds I made with every member of the cast. I also liked getting into my character and better understanding my role.
Written by: Chandler Brons
It's fairly typical for adolescents on long car trips to ask this very well-known question, "Are we there yet?" On the FFA's thirteen- hour car trip to the FFA National Convention in Louisville, Kentucky, the students knew better than to ask. After thirteen hours of sleeping, playing games, and tackling math homework, we arrived at Louisville, ready to enjoy the next few days at convention.
Mr. Nicks, River Kelly, Darin Hesebeck, Jen Goodell, and Katie Goodell were excited to be a part of the national convention activities. The first day we were there, Thursday, October 31, we got up bright and early and attended the first session at 8 A.M. We were entertained with interesting "music painting" by Dan Dunn. The National FFA Advisor, Dr. Steve Brown, also spoke. He surprised all of the members by dressing like a member of Duck Dynasty. He reflected that the Duck Dynasty crew has a common theme: faith, family, and ducks. In correlation, FFA is comprised of faith, family, and agriculture, ironically spelling FFA. It's these common values that bond all FFA members and keep the organization running.
Another key speaker at the first session was University of Louisville's head men's basketball coach, Rick Pitino. He mainly spoke of the book he had written, One Day Contract. The book signifies that we need to make a contract with ourselves each day. We need to keep that contract in mind as we strive to put forth our best effort at whatever task we're doing. Rick Pitino also preached about the importance of communication. He reenacted some of the interviews with potential players that he had been a part of. When he listened, he realized he accomplished so much more, usually by gaining a new team member.
Between sessions, the FFA members could sit in on Career Development Events. They could also participate in workshops or mill around the various booths at the Agriscience Fair. There was also a lot of shopping at the many vendors. It was a very busy first day.
The second day of convention, Friday, November 1, consisted of more walking around the Agriscience Fair. The H-LP members also went on a tour of Idemitsu, a Japanese-owned oil company. They showed us the laboratory, production floor, and distribution warehouse. Idemitsu makes oil and lubricants for many well-known machinery companies.
The H-LP FFA members also sat in on another general session. This time the key speaker was Josh Sundquist. He has been an amputee since he was nine years old. He shared that he was often bullied because of his prosthetic leg and was very self-conscious. Over time, Josh found his disability to be an advantage. He developed a light-hearted attitude toward the subject and left the audience with the quote, "It's not how hard you fall down; it's how fast you get up."
The H-LP FFA members had another early morning traveling back to Iowa. It's crazy to think but this was the most anxious part of the trip. Steven Brockshus, a former member of the Sibley-Ocheyedan chapter and the Iowa FFA president, had made it on the final ballot for a national office position. I was woken up with a text exclaiming, "Steven got Central Region Vice President!" The suburban erupted and soon everyone was sharing the incredible news.
The FFA members had a fun time at FFA National Convention along with the other 62,998 members that attended. We heard from many inspirational speakers and connected with other FFA members. I loved seeing FFA friends that I've met over the years and igniting the spark of interest in younger FFA members.
Written by: Katie Goodell