Dane G. Hansen Scholarships

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Hunter Folsom, Brendan Flax, and Katie Ward were all selected for the Hansen Career and Technical scholarship. Janae Huxman was selected for the Hansen Scholar scholarship and Bernard Giefer, Madison Schoenthaler, and Aleah Howard were selected for the Hansen Students scholarship.




Researching green turns to gold

Displaying his findings, Clay Burk prepares to present his research on Carbon Fixation to a panel of judges at the FHSU Science and Engineering Fair.  Burk earned a gold medal for his work.

TCHS sophomore Clay Burk presented his research on “The Effect of Increased Carbon Dioxide on Carbon Fixation” at the FHSU Science and Engineering Fair and received a gold medal in the Environmental Sciences Category.

“Carbon Fixation is the process of plants taking in carbon from the atmosphere in the form of carbon dioxide, and then adding it to themselves thus increasing their mass,” explained Burk.

Burk spent nearly a month experimenting on four groups of plants by adding different amounts of carbon dioxide to each group through the form of Alka-Seltzer. He then determined the exact mass of the carbon of each plant.

Burk had to present his information to three judges in the form of a speech.  He also had to answer all of the judges’ questions.

While the results of the experiment were clear, these results raised more questions for Burk.  “My results may be the basis for future experiments,” concluded Burk.





Power of physics

Physics at FHSU


Student Valerie Scott experiences the power of physics at an event held at FHSU on February 13.  Scott explained the event.  "Ruchi Bhakta, Bernard Giefer, Clay Burk, and I attended. The students at FHSU demonstrated different examples of how physics works that we could actively participate in. One such demonstration was having participants sit on a stationary stool and have them hold a spinning bicycle wheel. The wheel, when turned, would move the stool and the person sitting in it because of the force of the wheel spinning, and when the wheel turned, the force of the wheel changed directions moving the person. They also showed us several experiments having to do with magnetic fields and lasers. In addition, they had some experiments with liquid Nitrogen. It was a very interesting experience because they provided visual evidence to explain physics as well as verbal explanations."







Dane G. Hansen Museum High School Art Show

TCHS art students display their art at the Dane G. Hansen High School art show in Logan.

By James Opat
For the past 41 years, the Dane G. Hansen Museum has sponsored an area High School Art Show in their Museum gallery. The 41st Annual High School Art Show is scheduled for February 9, 2018, through March 18, 2018.

Trego Community High School art students’ have approximately 35 entries, which include the categories of acrylics, watercolor, pencil, ink, scratchboard, colored pencil, ceramics, and pastel.

The Dane G. Hansen Museum awarded “Certificates of Recognition” for each student. The Museum hosted a reception on Sunday, February 11, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. for family and friends to view the exhibit. Refreshments were served and students were recognized during the reception.  Other schools that exhibited were Phillipsburg, Norton, Hill City, TMP, and Smith Center.






Speech students bag their jitters

Conquering his nerves, Keagan Shubert shows a picture of his family during his first speech.  “My family means a lot to me,” explained Shubert to his audience. “They help make me who I am.”

A small group of students have swallowed their fear and taken Public Speaking for the semester.  They have been studying the importance of public speaking, the speech making process, and how to control speaking anxiety.  The students put this information to the test and presented their first speech of the year. 

Students introduced themselves to their classmates by selecting three items that they felt represented them.  Students shared the items and explained how each item was important in their lives.

“The main goal for this speech was to allow students to work on ways to manage their anxiety.  Many students have wanted to learn how to get rid of their nervousness completely, and they are disappointed to hear that there is no magic way to just make it disappear.  However, they can use techniques to control it so that it does not impact their speech,” stated instructor Nora Schoenthaler.

Although the students felt nervous, many thought the first speech wasn't as bad as they thought it might be. 

There were some popular ways to control their nerves.  Senior Hunter Folsom said, "I used visualization and imagined myself giving a good speech.  I also took deep breaths." Julian Coker also used "controlled breathing" to calm her nerves.

The number one technique for controlling nerves, however, was practice.  Junior Keagan Shubert and senior Brendan Flax both credited practicing as "the biggest thing [they] did to stay calm. Coker agreed, saying, "I practiced the speech a lot."  I felt more confident getting up and presenting to the class.  I still need improvement, but I think I am getting better.




Trego students make MCL All-Academic Team

MCL All-Academic

TCHS students who made the MCL All-Academic Team from left to right: Valerie Scott, Sarah Schoenberger, Aleah Howard, Janae Huxman, and Emma Anderson (not pictured: Madison Schoenthaler). In order to qualify for this award, students must maintain a 3.85 GPA or higher for their first seven semesters and be involved in 12 MCL and/or KSHSAA activities before they embark on their second semester of their senior year. Aleah Howard commented on the honor: “I’m glad I could represent the school well in the league.”



Trego students compete at FHSU math relays

Math Relays
Students (from left) Ruchi Bhakta, Sybil Giefer, Helen Giefer, Brenna Flax, and Keagan Shubert achieved a top ten placing at the annual Math Relays sponsored by FHSU.

By Helen Giefer
Several TCHS students traveled to Hays to compete in the FHSU math relays. The team did very well, placing fifth out of 13 teams.  

The event consisted of six different tests. The categories were Using Number Sense, Trigonometry, Algebraic Manipulations, Informal Geometry and Measurement, Applications of Algebra/Arithmetic, and Calculations with Calculators. Either teams or individuals compete. Individuals are given 20 minutes to complete as much as possible of the 50 question test. Teams are divided into three people; the first two each get six and a half minutes, and the third member is given seven minutes to complete the test. Correct answers are worth one point, but an incorrect answer docks the score by 0.25 of a point. All sizes of schools compete against each other, but each event is broken down into the various grade levels.

On the first test, Using Number Sense, Trego had two juniors place in the top ten. Helen Giefer took fifth place with 22 correct answers and one incorrect answer for a score of 21.75, and Brenna Flax answered 18 questions correctly, placing tenth with a score of 16.25. Ruchi Bhakta took seventh place at the senior level with 21 correct answers and a score of 20.5.

Ruchi Bhakta did exceptionally well on the second test, Trigonometry, taking home a silver medal at the senior level with 19 correct answers and a weighted score of 18.75. Sophomore Sybil Giefer, who had to go up a level and compete with juniors, took fourth with a score of 15.25 after answering 16 questions correctly. Her sister, Helen, was right behind her, finishing fifth with 15 correct answers and a score of 14.25.

In event three, Algebraic Manipulations, Helen Giefer took second place with 35 correct answers and a 34.75 score. On the fourth test, Informal Geometry and Measurement, the eleventh grade team of Keagan Shubert, Brenna Flax, and Helen Giefer tied for second place with a score of 13 and answered 14 questions correctly. The fifth event saw no Eagles in the top ten; however, in the final event, Calculations with Calculators, Helen Giefer managed a first place finish with 32 correct answers and a score of 31.5. Sybil Giefer also placed, taking home a bronze medal with an 18.25 score and 19 correct answers.

Senior Taylor Sells, a three-year participant in the event, commented, “It is cool to have a competition for academics rather than sports. There are a lot of competitions for sports, but other than Scholar’s Bowl, there isn’t really another academic competition.”





TCHS senior becomes Wendy’s Heisman winner

Heisman Emma

There are some students who set the bar. They work harder, show more passion, and lead by example--in the classroom, on the field and within the community. Today, Wendy’s High School Heisman recognized Emma Anderson from Trego Community High School and her dedication to never cutting corners by naming her a School Winner.

Since 1994, Wendy’s and the Heisman Trophy Trust have been running the same play to perfection: honoring more than 600,000 of the nation’s most esteemed students. This year, Wendy’s will celebrate the accomplishments of thousands of the best high school seniors, awarding winners in five phases.

School Winners will receive a School Winner certification and a Wendy’s High School Heisman Patch. State Finalists will receive a bronze medal, a Wendy’s High School Heisman State Finalist patch and a $25 gift card. From the group of State Finalists announced October 18, 2017, one senior male and female will be selected from each state and announced as State Winners on October 19, 2017. For more information or to track a student’s progress through the competition, please visit






KU Honors


Left to Right: Aleah Howard, Cassidi Hickson, Sarah Schoenberger, Janae Huxman, Madison Schoenthaler, and Valerie Scott have been named Kansas Honor Scholars for ranking academically in the top ten percent of their senior class. Each year the Kansas Honor Scholars Program recognizes a select group of high school seniors across the state of Kansas with events in their honor. They will go to the event at Thomas More Prep-Marian High school in Hays on October 23.