|Preparing for her next performance, Haylee Gentry practices her prose piece for forensics, which she has been actively involved in during high school.|
The 2016-17 school year is fast approaching its conclusion, and senior Haylee Gentry is feeling both excitement and some apprehension. She is certainly looking forward to working and living in Topeka as she gains experience and decides what her future holds, but changes are coming.
Therefore, she has been spending as much time as she can with her close friends. She also wants to make sure her last year is successful so she has been working hard in her classes. Gentry confessed that she doesn’t have a class she doesn’t like, but she especially enjoys her Family and Consumer Science class because she feels it provides practical information that she will use after high school.
Looking back, Gentry discussed the idea that high school wasn’t just about learning academics. “High school taught me how negativity can really get in the way of life and distract you, but you just have to squeeze through because that’s life and you don’t want to waste your life on the negative.”
If there was one thing Gentry would change, it’s that she would have ignored the negativity. “I would have focused on my family and on school instead of what people thought of me,” she admitted.
As a result of her experiences, Gentry had some advice for the underclassmen. “Do well in school, but please don’t forget about your family and loved ones. High school goes by fast so don’t forget to spend time with your family and tell them you love them.”
Two Trego freshmen, Sybil Giefer and Parker Opat, participated in the FFA speech contest at Natoma. They competed in the Greenhand division, and they both broke finals. Giefer took home a first place medal and qualified for the State contest. Though Opat didn’t place, both he and Giefer found the competition to be a good experience.
Dean Barney received the Hansen Student Scholarship renewable for one year. Any student going to a four-year college was eligible for the award.
John Kuhn, Sean Conness, and Josie Molitor (not pictured) received the Career and Technical Education Scholarship renewable for one year. Any student planning to earn a technical or career education was eligible for the award.
|Performing a duet, Autumn Maskrid sings “The Sound of Silence” at the Trego Show on March 7.|
Choir President Kacie Dunn welcomed the crowd and the show opened with a vocal and piano performance by Brenna Flax of “Lost Boy” recorded by Ruth B.
Next, Jayden Goff and Autumn Maskrid sang a duet of “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri. Other duets included Kitty Gallant and Maskrid singing “The Sound of Silence” by Simon & Garfunkel, Sean Conness and Austin Cramer with “On the Road Again” by Willie Nelson, and Codi Bliss and Grace Glatz performed “I Got the Boy” by Jana Cramer.
Solos included Austin Cramer performing “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” by Russell & Scott, Sybil Giefer singing “Over the Rainbow,” by Judy Garland, Codi Bliss singing “Rockin’ With the Rhythm of the Rain” by the Judds, Bryn Hafliger singing “You’ll Be In My Heart” by Phil Collins, “Piece by Piece” by Kelly Clarkson was sung by Grace Glatz, Lexus Haxton performed “Piano Man” by Billy Joel, and Kacie Dunn sang Lady Gaga’s song, “Million Reasons.”
The senior choir members, Kassidy Chase, Sean Conness, Kacie Dunn, Alyssa Hafliger, Bryn Hafliger, Alex Haxton, Lexus Haxton, Josie Molitor, and Cheyenne Nickelson performed “I’m a Believer” by Smash Mouth.
Then the Girls’ Ensemble gave a moving performance of “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten and the Trego Singers performed a 70’s Medley.
To end the show, the whole choir joined the stage to perform “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond, which they dedicated to Carl Mohler, and a tribute to Bon Jovi was the finale.
By Michael Knight
The Lions Club hosted their 52nd annual scholarship banquet at the Western Kansas Saloon in WaKeeney on March 6.
Dawn Howard started the evening with welcoming everyone who attended. Then, Gwen Hammerschmidt led the flag salute and Jon Anderson led the group in a prayer.
The guests and students where served a choice of cheeseburger, sweet and sour chicken, chicken fried steak, or a chef salad
The crowd was entertained by forensics students. Grace’ Glatz performed a poetry piece, Ryan Townley read a story, Bryn Hafliger presented prose, and Leyton Brock and Julian Coker performed a sample IDA.
Entertainment was followed by recognizing each qualifying student with a certificate for his or her academic achievement.
Sophomores were Kelby Aschenbrenner, Leyton Brock, Tyrel Hafliger, Dalton Mai, Keagan Shubert, Helen Giefer, Evan Wilds, Austin Cramer, Julian Coker, Cambrie Kemp, Jenna Howard, Adrianne Carr, Madison Hafliger, Brenna Flax, and Ryan Townley.
Juniors included Sarah Schoenberger, Valerie Scott, Aleah Howard, Bailey Mattke, Madison Schoenthaler, Janae Huxman, Emma Anderson, Taylor Sells, Ruchi Bhakta, Jacob Schneider, and Cassidi Hickson.
Seniors were Cheyenne Nickelson, Emarie Schoenthaler, Molly Moden, Sean Conness, Dean Barney, and Kacie Dunn.
In order to qualify, sophomores must have a GPA of 3.8 or higher. Juniors must have a GPA of 3.7 or higher, and seniors must have a GPA of 3.6 or higher.