Last Friday Boone Central Schools kicked off the start of the winter sports season with a pep rally. The elementary and middle schools both joined, as well as St. Michaels and Newman Grove. Everyone was there in support of all of the students participating in bowling, basketball, wrestling, cheer, and dance. There were a few moments from the pep rally that really stood out.
The Rubies had special guest stars, “The BRObies”, perform with them. The dance consists of popular songs and dance trends from the app tiktok. With the much appreciated laughter and applause, they will definitely be back again with another show stopping performance.
During the pep rally there was a short game of knockout played for class points. There were people competing in a range of grades and also people from different schools. Lauren Hedlund was the last standing student from Boone Central, so the senior class was awarded the class points. In the end, Logan Hodges, a senior from Newman Grove High School was the knockout winner.
At the end of the pep rally students from BC Club had a short video to show. The crowd was able to interact with the video by clapping along and stomping their feet to the beat of the video. The whole gym was filled with sound. Then of course to finish out the pep rally the basketball cheerleaders and dance team led the school in the fightsongs. It was a great start to the season! Good luck to all of the teams this season!
In the past weeks the Boone Central students took two exciting trips to deepen their learning experiences.
The Spanish students went to the Edgar Rene Concert at Central City High School. Listening to many of his songs and singing along. He had many fun activities, a Spanish tongue twister, dancing and playing instruments. Many students had a great time there, Avery Olnes said “The concert was very upbeat and entertaining. It was great interacting with Edgar Rene and intertwining American culture with Spanish Culture”. Madisyn Cunningham said “The Edgar Rene concert was a fun experience and a good time! He included the audience in his cultural performance making it a memorable time. It was very upbeat and exciting!!”
The Anatomy & Physiology student also traveled to the Cadaver lab in Lincoln at Bryan Medical Center. I order to Learn more about the human body. The student saw a dissected cadaver, Simulators and plastinated bodies. Plastinated bodies are made by replacing the water and fat in the body with plastic, in order to persevere the body. They toured Brayan East and West and the Nursing School. Asking Hannah Wells what was one of the funnest things she did was Holding a Human heart Emily Erickson said “ I Enjoyed to actually be able to see the layers of the human body. This open her eyes and she is now pursuing a major in the medical field.
With the Thanksgiving holiday coming up I thought I would ask the high school staff and students some of their Thanksgiving traditions. I had really good results with the survey I sent out, 58 staff and students responded.
My first question I asked is if they celebrated Thanksgiving. Everyone but one person celebrates.
I then ask who travels, 33 people travel out of town and 26 don’t. Some common places people travel are to their grandparents house, Omaha, Lincoln, Kearney, and Grand Island. The farthest people travel are Minnesota or Kansas.
The next major topic that surrounds the Thanksgiving holiday is the food we eat during this holiday. I asked if more people eat ham, turkey, or both. More people had turkey than ham, but 50 percent of everyone else has both during dinner. Other than ham and turkey I asked what else people ate. Here are some things people eat: pie, steak, mashed potatoes, stuffing, duck and much more.
The final question I asked is what are traditions they do every year. Most people pray, watch football, do a gift exchange, play games, and catch up with family.
Nothing is more exciting than getting into the Christmas spirit. The music, the lights, that warm fuzzy feeling, the fresh snow on the ground, and of course, the decorations! This might be a little early to start thinking about as we have not had Thanksgiving yet but, I recently noticed that there has been a big debate on when you should start putting up your decorations for Christmas. So, I decided to interview some students about their yearly Christmas preparations.
Firstly, I had a chat with Chris Priester, a senior involved in many activities at school that include, Bowling, Cross Country, Speech, One Act, Choir, National Honor Society, and countless others. I firstly asked Chris his opinion on when decorations should go up. He told me that you should put them up whenever you are in the mood to. “People feel “Christmas” differently and I think whenever someone is in the mood they should go for it!” I also asked him his favorite Christmas song or carol. He told me he does not have one personally but, Pentatonix hits the spot to “Psych him up.” Along with a favorite carol, I lastly asked Chris about his family’s traditions. He enjoyed getting to do “Elf on the Shelf” when he was younger. He also recalled the pageants at his church and how fun they were when he was younger.
So the next person I talked to was Lauren Hedlund who is also a senior involved in Softball, Basketball, National Honor Society, track, and last years musical, strictly told me that “it should be the first day of December and no sooner than that. I love the Pentatonix Christmas album! My favorite song is probably let it snow.” She also mentioned that one of her favorite traditions is that on Christmas eve they attend mass and then open their family gifts.
The last person I interviewed is Evi. She is a Junior and also our foreign exchange student from the Netherlands at school this year. Evi is involved in Volleyball, her youth group, and is planning to do speech. She told me that after December 5th would be the most appropriate time to decorate. Why specifically the 5th? She told me that back home they celebrate Sinterklaas on the 5th and that it’s very similar to Christmas. Basically Sinterklaas is a man from Spain who comes up every year by boat with a horse and a friend named Peter to help him deliver gifts to the children. The kids put their shoes by the fireplace and hope that he will put presents into them. So because they do that back home, they really do not celebrate Christmas on the 25th like we do. Evi told me that “It’s hard to pick a favorite but, I really do enjoy Mariah Cary’s All I want for Christmas.” One of her traditions with her family was to open presents on Sinterklaas day with her family at home. But she’s also very excited to spend her first Christmas in the states.
My family sometimes does not put up our lights on the house but the inside is always festive with decorations on the walls and counters. Personally, I love a not very well known song called “Christmas for Cowboys” by John Denver. It makes me feel at home whenever I listen to it. As for my traditions, I grew up with a German background. So every time we have Christmas with my mom’s side, we would have “hide the pickle” tournaments for a candy bar. It’s always so much fun to play!
So as you can see, everybody’s tradition preparations are different from one another, even those across the world. So whether it be the decorations, music, lights, or traditions, I hope that everybody finds joy in the holiday season!
Boone Central School District is currently accepting applications for an immediate open for a 9-12 English Teacher. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact the school with any questions about the position.
Boone Central School District is currently accepting applications for an immediate opening for a Family and Consumer Science Teacher and FCCLA Sponsor. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact the school with any questions about the position. firstname.lastname@example.org or (402) 395-2134
Boone Central School is accepting applications for a preschool paraeducator and a middle school paraeducator starting in January 2020. The positions may require the employee to complete a paraeducator self-study competency program. Application forms may be picked up at Boone Central Schools or downloaded at www.boonecentral.org.
Please submit applications to: Superintendent Nicole Hardwick, Boone Central Schools, P.O. Box 391, Albion, NE 68620 Boone Central School District is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer.
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Fall is a very exciting and transitional time of the year. Seniors are finalizing what they wish to do with their lives, leaves are changing, and school is kicking into full swing. With the end of October upon us, Halloween is the next major holiday that most of us are all excited to celebrate. Kids especially love this time of the year for the candy, teens love it for the horror movies and scary mazes, and adults may find it stressful for all of those reasons.
I decided to conduct a survey on the different aspects of fall, to see what the Boone Central High Cardinals like and do not like. The first poll that was asked was if the students enjoyed the fall season. Post-survey, I learned that almost 96% of the students that filled out the survey do enjoy the season, with a meager 4% that do not enjoy fall. Whether they are not fond of the season for the cold or the horror, they do not enjoy this three-month time span.
The next question was asking what everyone's favorite candy was. The survey shows that Boone Central is a school of chocolate lovers. The top three candies were all chocolate products: Snickers, Reese's, and Kit-Kats. Twix and Butterfingers were tied for fourth place, with a 4.2% vote for each. The majority of high schoolers at Boone Central are enjoying their chocolate at this time.
Thirdly, the students were asked what their favorite horror film was. Many students had a hard time selecting only one option, while others do not want anything to do with films of horror or gore nature. James Wan's production of The Conjuring was tied with Stephen King's classic film, It. As for applicants who are not fans of horror, 5.6% of those surveyed do not like horror movies.
The final survey question was about the students' overall favorite fall activity. As expected based on the horror movie survey, the Cardinals love the haunted horror attractions around Nebraska. The most visited horror attractions in Nebraska are Scary Acres in Omaha and Roca in Lincoln. Our own organization, SADD, took a group of students to Roca for a night of scares and fun. It has now been proven that the students within our school love a good scare every once in a while. The second most popular thing was college football. Nebraskans are very loyal to the Nebraska Cornhuskers under the coaching of Scott Frost. Despite the two recent upset games where we lost to Ohio State (48-7) and Minnesota (34-7), Frost can count on his fans in Nebraska to always tune in and cheer them on.
Students all over Boone County are having a great time this season so far. Going to horror attractions, watching scary movies, carving pumpkins, visiting pumpkin patches, and splurging on Halloween candy are some events that are making this season memorable. As Halloween approaches us next week, just remember to stay safe, stay spooky, and have fun!