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.