Trego participates in local Trig Star competition

Trig Star
From left to right: Helen Giefer (third place), Ruchi Bhakta (first place), and Taylor Sells (second place) all achieved greatness at the Trig Star competition.

By Sybil Giefer
On Thursday, March 29, some Trego students participated in the annual Trig Star competition.

Ruchi Bhakta stole first with a score of a perfect 100. Bhakta also finished with the fourth fastest time of 13:44. Coming in second, Taylor Sells scored an outstanding 82 points. For third place, Helen Giefer scored 70 points. Bhakta will receive $100, Sells will get $50, and Giefer will earn $25. The top three placers get their scores submitted to the state competition, also.

Dawn Knipp, Trego’s math instructor, commented that nobody at Trego Community High School has ever made a perfect 100 on this test.

Congratulations to all who took this test and especially for the top three placers.





Lions Club let students know academics count

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The Lions Club hosted their 53rd annual scholarship banquet at the Western Kansas Saloon in WaKeeney on March 5.

Dawn Howard started the evening by welcoming everyone who attended. Next, Carl Mohler led the flag salute, and Jon Anderson led the group in prayer.

The guests and students were served a choice of bacon cheeseburger, sweet and sour chicken, chicken fried steak, or a chef salad

The crowd was entertained by TCHS choir students who performed “He Ain’t Heavy; He’s My Brother,” and “Can’t Help Falling in Love with You.”  Brenna Flax performed her solo “Butterfly Fly Away.”

The entertainment was followed by the recognition of each qualifying student with a certificate for his or her academic achievement.

Students honored from the senior class were the following: Valerie Scott, Cassidi Hickson, Taylor Sells, Janae Huxman, Sarah Schoenberger, Emma Anderson, Aleah Howard, Bailey Mattke, Anthony Scott, and Madison Schoenthaler.

Juniors honored were Brenna Flax, Helen Giefer, Lacey Windholz, Evan Wilds, Austin Cramer, Ryan Townley, Cambrie Kemp, Dalton Mai, Jenna Howard, Julian Coker, Keagan Shubert, Adrianne Carr, Leyton Brock, and Kelby Aschenbrenner.

Sophomores honored included: Cooper Desormiers, Clay Burk, Taylor Zeman, Rylee Spencer, Carter Minson, Libby Frost, Hadley Folsom, Gracie Pfannenstiel, Sybil Giefer, Allie Mattke, Gracie Hickson, Sina Litzius, Dylan Johnson, Dillon Dunn, and Andrew Mejia.

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.



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.


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.