Front row from left: Cassidi Hickson, Madison Schoenthaler, Janae Huxman, Sarah Schoenberger, Bailey Mattke, Emma Anderson
Second row: Cambrie Kemp, Julian Coker, Cooper Desormiers, Libby Frost, Keagan Shubert, Gracie Pfannenstiel
Third row: Sydney Boyle, Brendan Flax, Paige Post, Taylor Zeman, Carter Minson, Dillon Dunn
Fourth row: Leyton Brock, Adrianne Carr, Hannah Kinderknecht, Jenna Howard, Rylee Spencer, Allie Mattke
Back row: Emma Day, Andrew Mejia, Aleah Howard, Lili Shubert, Isabel Escalante




Girls Day

By Katie Ward
KAY members dedicate a day to the little girls, making them feel beautiful. The KAY sponsored a service project for young girls on February 3. The members curled and braided the little girls’ hair; they played games, danced to music, colored, and ate snacks. Sophomore Allie Mattke said, “It was really cool interacting and meeting new kids.”



Ugly Christmas sweater contest kicks off break


Celebrating the season, students proudly wore their ugly Christmas sweaters for a contest sponsored by Student Council.  The two winners were Dillon Dunn and Grace’ Glatz, who each won $10. Pictured are the seniors who participated in the contest.



KAY holds dodge ball tournament


KAY held a dodge ball tournament to raise money for service projects and KAY Leadership camp. Five teams participated.  Teammates Sage Dinkel, Shaye Aumiller, Tate Pfannenstiel, Janae Huxman, Austin Kinderknecht, and Brendan Flax were the champions and won a candy cane filled with candy.




2017 KAY Regional Conference

KAY Conference
Giving her campaign speech at the 2017 KAY Regional Conference, Libby Frost was elected Area Four president.

By Julian Coker
Eighteen members of the TCHS and TJH KAY Club attended the Area Four KAY Regional Conference on November 2, in Phillipsburg.

The Clubs both received the Gold Award, recognizing their student leadership and service to their school, community, nation and world for the school year.

The Kansas Association for Youth is a character-building, leadership training program directed by the Kansas State High School Activities Association. This nationally acclaimed organization provides students an opportunity to learn to assume their citizenship responsibilities and to enrich their personalities through well-organized programs. These programs emphasize four areas of service: school, community, nation and world.

The theme for the 2017 Regional Conference was “Set Sail… LEAD-YER-SHIP”! This conference affords opportunities for student leaders and sponsors from neighboring clubs to share successes and challenges, as well as exchange ideas. Sessions in leadership training and organizational skills are also offered. These conferences inspire delegates to return to their clubs to challenge their local members.

Libby Frost, TCHS, was elected as the Area Four president and she will be representing 19 different schools in northwest Kansas. Frost commented, “It’s an honor to be elected! I’m excited to represent the Area four KAY Clubs and teach others about the organization.”

Accompanying the group was LaTrisha Flax, TCHS, and Lindsey Mong, TJH.



 KAYS bring attention to prevention of teen suicide

A handful selected from the TCHS student body stand to symbolize the 19 who survived jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge at the Suicide Prevention assembly on October 20.


By Grace’ Glatz
On Friday, October 20, 2017, KAY presented a suicide prevention assembly to the student body of TCHS.

This incorporated a video made by BuzzfeedVideo, which discussed a personal experience by Kevin Hines. In the video, he described his experience of jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge and surviving.

When asked why the KAY decided to make a presentation about this topic, Keagan Shubert replied, “It’s a serious topic that needs to be discussed, and our KAY area project is mental health.”

At the end of the assembly, KAY members passed out suicide prevention cards, which included suicide warning signs and the suicide prevention hotline number.

If you’d like to watch the video, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcSUs9iZv-g






Meet the Eagles--fun for all

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By Wyndom Giefer
On August 28, faculty, students, and the community joined in the new gym for the annual Meet the Eagles pep rally, sponsored by KAY.

The evening started with a free sloppy joe dinner to the first 300 people. After the meal, everyone headed to the new gym for the main events. Organizations and club presidents and vice presidents explained what they do and encouraged students to join. Shea Rothchild introduced himself, as well as the new teachers.

Then the coaches introduced their players and explained what their main focus on the season was. When the sports had been introduced, the dance team gave a performance. Later the cheer squad had some games that involved the crowd, school staff, and coaches.






Set sail…leader-“yer”-ship

KAY Camp
Meeting at the Bus Barn, Gavin Garza, Keagan Shubert, Dillon Dunn, Libby Frost, Emma Day, and Cooper Desormiers prepare to embark on their journey to KAY Leadership Camp this past July.
KAY News Release
Approximately 250 student leaders from across the state of Kansas gathered at Rock Springs 4-H Center, Junction City, July 24-28 for a “superfantasitic” session of KAY Leadership Camp.

At KAY Camp, student leaders representing their KAY organizations, receive organization and leadership training and learn about new and exciting service projects.  They are given the opportunity to meet and share ideas with hundreds of KAY members from all over the state.  Activities during the week include team and mascot meetings, leadership labs, special interest options, creative projects, housing service projects, and recreational activities.  Each evening includes a special activity for campers and staff.

The camp theme this summer was “Set Sail… Leader-Yer-Ship.”  Campers were provided a memorable time as they discovered the potential they have to make a difference as well as the rewards in serving others.  Student campers have the opportunity to develop lifetime leadership skills, lasting friendships across the state, a sense of responsibility and pride as they serve, and an attitude of doing for others because it’s the right thing to do.

KAY student leaders form TCHS attending KAY Leadership Camp this summer were Gavin Garza, Keagan Shubert, Dillon Dunn, Libby Frost, Emma Day, and Cooper Desormiers.  The Club’s sponsor is LaTrisha Flax.