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Meet senior Helen Giefer

Playing the part of the grieving widow, Helen Giefer sings during the choir musical, Murder at Crimson House.

By Cambrie Kemp
Senior, Helen Giefer, is working hard to make her last year of high school memorable both academically and athletically. Reflecting on the past, Giefer exclaimed “I will never forget being attacked by a giant tumbleweed while running the regional cross country meet my junior year! I will also never forget taking second with my team at state cross country.”

Some of Giefer’s favorite classes were the ones involving problem-solving skills, such as math and website design (media). High school has mostly impacted Giefer’s life by challenging her to step out of her comfort zone and learn better time management.

Giefer does have a few regrets about high school including wishing she had pushed herself to go further out of her comfort zone and be more social. She also wishes she had been more active in clubs, “I always assumed that since I'm not a "popular kid" I couldn't get elected to an officer's position, so I never even tried running for one.”

Giefer has some advice for the underclassmen: “My advice to underclassmen is to not take high school for granted. You may not be thinking of your future now, but when you send your transcript and resume to a college, you don't want to have any reason to feel guilty! Plus, high school is not going to be the highlight of your life. It is only the beginning, so you need to think about your future and about the impact you want to make when you get into the real world.”

After graduation, Giefer plans to attend college to pursue a career in agriculture or engineering.



Student of the week Gracie Hickson

By Katelyn Cody
Gracie Hickson was selected for Student of the Week for being respectful, responsible, caring, and citizenly. Hickson is the daughter of Tina and Jason Hickson. She is involved in tennis, StuCo, Media, Forensics, FCA, FCCLA, Choir, and OCC youth group.  When she is not busy with school and church, she works at the Western Kansas Saloon and Grill as a waitress. Hickson is motivated to be respectful because she believes that we were all created with diversity, and nobody should be treated disrespectfully due to their differences.


TCHS choir spreads Christmas cheer

Performing a series of Christmas songs, the TCHS choir spreads some cheer to its audience at the annual Christmas concert held on December 10.



KMEA All-State Honor Choir

All-stateHonorChoir: Seniors (from left to right) Austin Cramer and Brenna Flax (alternate) selected for All-State Mixed Honor Choir.

By Austin Cramer
Seniors Austin Cramer and Brenna Flax have been recognized by the Kansas Music Educators’ Association for their astounding vocal skills. Austin Cramer is one of 256 students in the state of Kansas that was selected to perform in the All-State Mixed Honor Choir. Brenna Flax was selected as an alternate to perform in the All-State Mixed Honor Choir as well.

To make it into the All-State Honor Choir, each student must do a live audition. Initially, this audition is used to determine who gets to perform in the District Honor Choir, but is then sent on to the state level to be scored. Before a student is able to attend state, he or she must first perform at the district level. If they perform in the district concert and score high enough at the state level, they are selected to perform in the All-State Honor Choir.

The songs that the mixed choir will be performing are Jubilate Deo: Movement I from Jubilate Deo (by Dan Forrest), The Beatitudes (by Troy D. Robertson), Cantate Domino (by Giovanni Croce), Fear Not (by Daniel Schreiner), Ngokujabula!: Movement IV from Jubilate Deo (by Dan Forrest), and The Runner (by Joshua Rist).

The songs that the treble choir will be singing are Gloria from Mass No. 6 (by Gyorgy Orban), Let all the World in Every Corner Sing (by Andrea Ramsey), Cantate Domino (by Heinrich Schutz/Leck), Carrickfergus (by Sean Ivory), Arise My Soul, Arise (by Dan Forrest), and El Vito (arr. Joni Jenson).

The concerts for both the All-State Mixed and Treble Honor Choirs will be held on February 23 at 11:00 a.m. at the Century II Convention Center in Wichita, Kansas.




KAY members spread citizenship

Showing leadership, Allie Mattke and Cooper Desormiers help a group of kids make Christmas cards during citizenship week.

By Gracie Hickson
KAY Citizenship Week was December 2-8. The TCHS KAY organized activities to show their citizenship to their peers throughout the week.

The organization held a class competition to see who could bring the largest amount of canned goods for the local food pantry.  They also shared a piece of flag etiquette every day during the announcements. On Tuesday, KAY members went to the grade school gym to help students make Christmas cards for LTC residents. On Friday, members and any other students played Freerice.com to earn rice for underprivileged kids in other countries. To finish the week, KAY members cleaned stands Friday and Saturday after the home basketball tournament.









Northwest KMEA District Honor Concert

Far right, Austin Cramer, and third from right, Brenna Flax, are honored with medals for being selected to the choir for all four years.

By Austin Cramer
Several students among the high school and elementary school were selected to perform in the Northwest KMEA District Honor Concerts on December 8 in the Beach Schmidt Auditorium at Fort Hays State University.

Opening up the afternoon, the elementary honor choir performed at 12:30 p.m. in the auditorium. The songs that they performed were How Far I’ll Go (arr. Ed Lojeski), Standing in the Light of Love (by Russell Robinson), Haba Na Haba (by Jerry Estes), Oye La Musica (by Jay Althouse), and Angels Among Us (arr. Pete Schmutte). Those students who were picked from Trego to perform in the concert were Madigan Hille, Tegan Lang, Brecken Walt, Keira Lee, and Graycee Popp.

Following the elementary honor choir, the high school honor choir performed their concert at 3:30 p.m. Getting into the high school honor choir is different from the elementary honor choir. In order to get in, students in the northwest Kansas region have to do a live audition and have to be selected to make it in. The songs that the choir performed were Gloria from Mass No. 6 (by Gyorgy Orban), Jubilate Deo: Movement I from Jubilate Deo (by Dan Forrest), To the Mothers in Brazil/Salve Regina (by Lars Jansson), and Cry Out and Shout (by Knut Nystedt). Those students who were picked from Trego to perform in the concert were Austin Cramer, Brenna Flax, Shaelyn Cleland, and Jessika Chapman.

To wrap up the afternoon, the high school honor band took the stage and performed at 4:30. To close the day’s concerts, the honor band, combined with the high school honor choir, performed Over the Rainbow from The Wizard of Oz.

Each year, the district honors students who have made it into the district honor choir all four of their years in choir. This year, Austin Cramer and Brenna Flax were given this award.




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