High School Confidential 2021-22: Week 22 | Education


Welcome to Year 6 of High School Confidential, an award-winning project made possible by aspiring student journalists from all corners of our traffic area. Every Friday until May, they’ll tell us what’s happening in their halls at news-gazette.com.

Once a week, we will also pass on our Snapchat (News-Gazette) account to our correspondents for behind-the-scenes tours.

Feedback? Email NG/VP Jim Rossow at [email protected]

This year’s panel:

Academy high school: William Ding

ALAH: Sarah Rafferty

Arcola: Ariana Carmona

Armstrong: Mattie Chenil

Blement: Addie Fritz

BHRA: Paili Davis

Blue Ridge: Sarah White House

Centenary: Blake Burr, Montez Dubose

Central Champagne: Lucy Moss

Christian: Reese Anderson

Cisna Park: Emma Morrical

Danville: Kedzie Griffin

DeLand-Weldon: Kaitlyn Sayers

Sinner: Krista Martin

Georgetown-Ridge Farm: Chloe Broc

Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley: Emilie Hood

Heritage: Torie Rothermel

Hoopeston area: Emily Ray

Christian Judah: Lydia Lowry, Abi Tapuaiga

LeRoy: Kelsey Graves

Mahomet-Seymour: Tinley Peters

Milford: Alivia Schmink

Monticello: Clara Rodolphe

Oak wood: madison doan

Paxton-Buckley-Loda: Sidney Murphy

Rantul: Mary Cuppernel

Saint-Joseph-Ogden: Regan Uden

Saint Thomas More: Bailey McMahon

Salt fork: Olivia Birge

Scharlman: Evan Sherer

Shilo: Josephine Carroll

Tucola: Amelie Bosch

Plain High: Aakash Vasireddy

Unity: Maddie Roseau

Urban: Mitchell Park

Villa Bosquet: molly little

Westville: Bryce Burnett

Moving on to this week’s Spring Break report:


Ashley Seegmiller and Logan Beckmier attended the District 4 Proficiency Awards Night. Beckmier won sheep production to qualify for State Awards Day on March 26. Seegmiller competed in beef production and entrepreneurship.

—Sarah Rafferty

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The National Honor Society participated in a school blood drive last Wednesday, checking donors and handing out snacks and water. Pictured, left to right: Luke Gordon, Casey Grant, Madelyn Hudson, Dasha Turner and Seth Pollitt.

— Mattie Chenil

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Invitations for the ball were distributed to juniors and seniors last Tuesday. The theme: “Tale as old as time. The students are thrilled as there was no prom last year due to the pandemic.

—Addie Fritz

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The baseball season kicked off this week with games against Paxton-Buckley-Loda, St. Thomas More and Iroquois West before Friday’s home opener against Danville. Pictured: Coach Mark Dodd with the Blue Devils.

— Paili Davis

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On March 7, Senior David Willis participated in a signing ceremony in the library as students watched. He will continue his football career at Roosevelt University in Chicago.

—Lucy Moss

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The school’s Envirothon team won first place last week and will compete in the state championship in May. Team #1 finished first in waste management and overall. Team #2 finished first in swimming.

—Reese Anderson

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Students in the physics class built balsa wood bridges. As part of a unit of strength, they tested the strength of the bridges by seeing how many pennies each could hold. Pictured, left to right: Lyssa Kaeb, Trae Cobb and Malaki Verkler.

-Emma Morrical

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The school’s future problem solvers held their first Glo Bingo on March 4th. A strong turnout helped the group raise $4,500 for their Value Vets project. The team also won a statewide FPS competition. Pictured: Mauro Bautista, Sarah Kagels, Cameron Feuerborn, Ethan Fox, Lori Woods, Ariana Appelman Contreras, Isaiah Easton, Kedzie Griffin, Cici Brown, Katie Kittell, Rebecca Feuerborn and Anyia Chavira.

—Kedzie Griffin

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Students in the horticulture class prepared for the plant sale starting on Mother’s Day weekend. They will continue to monitor and care for the transferred plants until they are ready for sale.

— Krista Martin

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The Buffaloes participated in the Envirothon at Lake Land College. Pictured: (top row) Sydney Spesard, Coleton Cobble, Bailee Whittaker and Rylan Mosier; (bottom row) Bryleigh Collom, Leyla Shelton, Anthony Dodson, Gentry Howard, Haley Carlton, Claire Renaker and Trinity Collins.

— Chloe Brock

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This year’s musical was “Cinderella” by Rodgers and Hammerstein starring Karah Jones as Cinderella, CC Francis as the Prince, Katie Steidenger as the Fairy Godmother, Rylie Cline as the Stepmother, Melanie Zook and Kyah Lee as the stepsisters and Connor Main as Sebastian. It was directed by Amanda Broaddus.

-Emily Hood

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Members of the scientific club and the FFA participated in the Envirothon. Pictured L-R: (back row) Lilli Montgomery, Riley Miller, Gracie Tate, Bri Struck, Konner Pearman, Andrew Williams, Aidan Ashbrook, Brennan Struck, Zach Ruwe, Kolton Junglas, Sam Gilbert, Cole White and Owen Ashbrook; (front row) Mary Roland, Gwen Happ, Izzy Reed, Olivia Wallace, Loran Tate, Paige George, Maddy Mahaffey, Katelyn Bensyl, Brodie Meneely and Derik Brown.

— Torie Rothermel

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A group of students participated in the Purdue Bridge Bust Contest. They spent months researching and preparing their designs, test decks, presentations, and final decks. Pictured L-R: JJ Mendez, Allie Pickett, Meghan Simpson, Gabe Joneikis and Brass Staley.

-Emily Ray

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The elementary students ended their missionary week last Friday with a carnival. As a reward for raising more than $1,500 for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Elementary Principal Tamara Liano had Gatorade thrown on her during Friday’s festivities. During the week, the students discovered different countries in their respective classes.

—Lydia Lowry and Abi Tapuaiga

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The entrepreneurship students made banners for the school’s baseball and softball teams, which started playing this week.

-Alivia Schmink

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Monticello moved to an online learning day last Thursday so students could cheer on the Sages in the semifinals of the Class 2A men’s basketball tournament at the State Farm Center in Champaign. Pictured in the Sage cage: seniors Lizzie Stiverson, Addie Wallace, Cara Johnson and Cora Sowinski. Also encouraging the Sages: Kaleb Reid, Jack Brown and Sam Burse.

— Clara Rodolphe

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Last Thursday, the National Honor Society held its banquet to induct the 11 new members. On Friday, the gymnasium was packed for the staff-student basketball game as part of a baseball fundraiser; On Saturday, sophomore Brody Taflinger placed third in the Class 2A three-point contest in the IHSA Men’s Basketball State Finals at the State Farm Center in Champaign.

—Madison Doan

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Senior graduating officers gave retirement speeches at the annual FFA banquet for the school chapter, including Vice President Abigail Teske, Journalist Gracie Wagner, President Maci Kingren and Secretary Jordan Walder. Parents, former students, supporters and current members were present. In addition, honorary degree recipients were recognized for their support throughout the year: Tom and Laura Proctor; Bobby and Olivia Kingren; Carl Deatley; Matthew Bachman; Bradford Wagner; Jim Walder and Beth Walder; Rick Vaughn; Tammy Milburn; Brian Myers; and Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold.

—Sydney Murphy

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History classes are held at many grade levels at Danville School.

On Wednesday, third graders researched and dressed up as famous Americans for their creative wax museum, coordinated by teacher Laurie Sermersheim. The students created bulletin boards at home for school presentations, which drew crowds of parents and other Schlarman students. Each student brought pennies to put in a box to bring the “hero” to life. The pennies were collected and donated to The Dwelling Place of Vermilion County.

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Pictured: Logan Yates as Steve Jobs; Lillian Jones as Oprah Winfrey gets a high-five from Mark Janesky; and kindergarteners listen to Ben Underwood as Abraham Lincoln.

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Meanwhile, Sharon Oakwood’s Grade 10 American History class created unique dioramas depicting World War I battles. Pictured, left to right: Dillon Hemker, Cheyenne Lutz, Maya Jenny and Anna Lehmann, showing off their skills at school.

-Katherine Smith

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The Science Olympiad team competed on Saturday. Pictured, L-R: (front) Elle Jones, Catie Gibson, Allison Pettry, Kenna Clodfelder, Lia Patterson, Ava Rauguth, and Olivia Wallace; (behind) Andrew Bennett, Brayden Taylor, Nathan Klie, Liam Hetland, Jackson Burlew, Thomas Spillman and Thomas Bennett.

— Amelia Bosch

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Second-grade chemistry/physics classes completed their forces and motion unit by designing and testing an egg-dropping device. Kelsey Moreno and teacher Ashtyn Ehrlich discussed the best release strategy for a successful fall from 9.6 meters. “I didn’t expect him to survive,” joked Isaiah Conde while analyzing the data collected.

—Park Mitchell

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The indoor track and field season ended as many Blue Devils celebrated with personal bests. Connor Black (pictured as teammate Owen Meador cheers him on) is a thrower but was able to run a 4x200m relay.

—Molly Little


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