Congratulations 2019 graduates

By Wyndom Giefer
On Saturday, May 18, the 29-student graduating class of 2019 proceeded into the gym full of expectation, yet nostalgic for the past four years.

As junior ushers Gracie Pfannenstiel and Libby Frost sat down, the seniors began to file in while Kathy Jamison played “Pomp & Circumstance.” Class President Keagan Shubert gave a welcome then introduced Brenna Flax to offer a speech on behalf of the class. After Flax stepped down, the seniors’ recognized their parents by giving them a sunflower—the class flower. Jeremey Samson was introduced by Adrian Dietz as the speaker for the Commencement Address. Following the address, the senior choir students sang “You’ll Never Walk Alone w/ Climb Ev’ry Mountain” arranged by Mark Hayes.

Finally, Principal Shea Rothchild presented the class. As the students walked across the gym, Carl Mohler announced each senior. Diplomas were awarded by Board of Education members Dawn Howard, Dale Pfannenstiel, Ashley Conness, Seth Kastle, Doug Minson, Lee Sells, and Libby Ziegler. As the final song (“Kickstart My Heart”) was played, the seniors sprayed silly string all over the gym. The class eventually made its way out to set up a receiving line. Congratulations to the class of 2019 on all its hard work and determination. Good luck in all that you do!









Evening of Excellence

By Skylar Wittman
Graduates, family, and friends gathered in the auditorium on May 15 for the annual Evening of Excellence.

Before the start of the awards ceremony, people were invited to walk through the library, the old gym, and the art room to view the students’ FACS projects, woods projects, and artwork. 

Lori Diets, the art teacher, had all of her students present any project of their choice or one that has been entered in an art show. FACS teacher, Liz Deines had her sewing class present their quilts and other sewing projects, and a variety of woods projects, ranging from shelves to tables, were displayed by Carl Mohler’s woods students.

As the evening closed, the choir honored Mrs. Kathy Jamison with flowers.  Jamison is retiring after dedicating many years to the students of USD 208

At the awards ceremony, seniors took their place at the front of the auditorium as guests of honor. Winners of local scholarships and awards were announced. To view the recipients, click here.

Following the awards ceremony, the TCHS choir performed Sisi ni moja (We are one), a medley of songs from Newsies, You Raise Me Up, and a medley of songs from Beauty and the Beast. The Girls Group sang Halo/Walking on Sunshine, and a small group sang Prayer of the Children.  Also, the Trego Singers performed Africa.

The concert was dedicated to the senior choir members and to Mrs. Kathy Jamison, the music teacher, for all her years of service.




Thank You, Mrs. Dirks

The FACs class shows their appreciation for Mrs. Irene Dirks's assistance on their quilting projects.
By Megan Hober

The FACS class has been working on quilts and pillowcases since January. Students purchased their own fabric for the quilts and pillowcases. Pillowcases were the first project and it took them about a month to complete. Quilts came second and took the rest of the semester to finish.

 The students made the tops for their quilts, cut borders, sewed bindings on, and measured enough fabric for the back. Money from the concession stand was used to buy the batting for the inside of the quilts.

 Everyone was very appreciative of the time and dedication that Irene Dirks put into quilting the 21 quilts for everyone.  This is the second year Mrs. Dirks has been kind enough to help us complete our quilts at no cost to us. We hope she knows how much we appreciate her generosity and hard work.

 Thank you again, Mrs. Dirks, we wouldn't be able to do this project without you.



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