You Say Tomato, I Say NPK

By Roxanne Bashor

For the past few months, the Ag Science class has been working on an experiment that tests the effect of primary nutrient deficiencies on tomato plants. They have been working on this experiment with the 7th-grade science classes so the Ag Science class could submit their project to the Nutrients for Life contest.

The Ag Science class consists of juniors Roxanne Bashor, Rachel Columbia, Bailey Eklund, Connor Kaufman, Julie Rowe, and Charlee Teague. The idea for this experiment came from their teacher Mr. Ernst, as part of the Ag Science curriculum is learning about the primary nutrients of plants and the effect of their deficiencies. According to Kaufman, the general purpose of the of the experiment was to gain experience and knowledge about fertilizer and nutrients to educate others on what was learned.

The experiment was designed by the Ag Science class; they had fertilizers that they made to give to each plant, so the plants could get a water only, complete nutrient, nitrogen deficient, phosphorus deficient, or potassium deficient solution. The tomato plants were planted in washed sand, so the class could have control over the nutrients that each plant had access to. “I was in charge of the plants,” said Eklund, “and I made sure that the plants received the right nutrients, so they would not die.”

Part of the contest included influencing members of the community. To accomplish this part of the contest, the ag students incorporated teaching the 7th grade about their experiment. The ag students created powerpoints, worksheets, and games to teach the 7th-graders about the importance of primary nutrients.

One participant in this experiment was Tasha Hansen. Hansen said that she gained knowledge about plants that could help her in her everyday life when planting flowers and vegetables in a garden.

Overall the students were able to see results from their experiment by looking at the improvement of the 7th-graders for their pretest and posttest scores. “I was excited to see my students learn this material,” said 7th-grade teacher Jordan Sonnenberg, “ This was a definite benefit to my students and an opportunity to enhance what we do in the middle school classroom.”

The students will receive the results of their contest at the State FFA Convention in the beginning of June.

 

Twelve Tigers Qualify for State at League and Holyoke Track Meets

By Cody Huwa

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Senior Ryan Rohn winds up to throw the discus at the Lower Platte League Regional track meet. Rohn qualified for state as part of three relay teams.  

The Wiggins Tigers traveled to Holyoke on May 7 to compete at the Lower Platte League Regional track meet, and they attended the St. Vrain Invitational track meet on May 13.

The Wiggins girls’ team rounded out the Holyoke meet in fifth overall. Senior Faythe Harris finished second in the 300 hurdles with a personal record of 51.68; she also competed in the 400m dash and the 4×100 relay.  The girls’ 4×100 team that consists of Harris, Jessica Veeman, Tori Jordan, and Claire Boyer finished sixth and had a PR of 43.78.

Veeman thinks that the 4×100 relay team can do much better, and she hopes to see a big improvement in the team’s time, but she was extremely proud of her team’s effort.

The Wiggins boys’ team took fourth out of 13 teams at the Holyoke meet. Junior Shane Finegan took the top honors in the 400m sprint with a time of 48.78.  

Following the track meet in Holyoke, the Tigers took their talent to the St. Vrain Invitational.

Junior Maggie Allen PR’d in the 2-mile with a run of 12.15 minutes. The girls 4×200 relay also PR’d with at time of 1.45 minutes.  Maggie Allen said, “ Getting a PR in the 2 mile has really boosted my confidence heading into state.”

Along with these participants, sophomore Courtney Jenson and Allen will be competing at the state track meet in the 2-mile and mile runs. Junior Connor Kaufman qualified for state in the 2-mile, mile, and 800.  Sophomore Tyler Hein qualified for state in the 300m hurdles, 100m dash, 4×200 and the 4×100 relays.  Sophomore Teggan Freauff and senior Ryan Rohn both made it to state in the 4×100, 4×200, and the 4×400 relays.  Veeman and Jordan both qualified to state in the sprint medley, 4×200, 4×100, and the 100 dash.

Coach Mario Garcia was satisfied by the team’s performance, but feels that everyone can still keep improving their times.  He also said that he has high expectations for everyone who will be competing at state.

The Wiggins track team will be taking their talents to Jeffco Stadium on Thursday, May 19 at 2:00pm, where many of the runners hope to bring back state titles.

 

Pulling Up One’s Bootstraps

By Taylor Boyer

Unfortunately, we don’t always get what we want. It’s another sad truth of life. (There seem to be a lot of those). No matter how hard we try, sometimes things just don’t pan out. I understand how it feels to fall short of goals, and being the generous person that I am, I thought I’d offer some helpful suggestions as to how to get through the often-depressing stages that follow.

My first suggestion is to remain physically appealing at all times. The worst time to fall short of something is when you’re sure that you’ve got it. The period of time that precedes failure can often be the worst. The following week includes sleepless nights, an unshaven face, bingeing on Funyuns, and wearing large hoodies. However easy it may seem to sink into a state of reclusiveness and straight up patheticness, don’t; people will be watching to see how you handle failure.

The second piece of advice I have is to keep trying. Yeah, yeah, I know, it sounds really cliche, but let me expound on what I meant. If the chances of getting something may seldom, or possibly never, arise again, it can be very hard to pick yourself up after not succeeding. However, I’d suggest that you identify several broad goals you have in your life: things you have to work up to. After doing this, find alternate ways to ultimately get your way.

Third: make connections. The absolute best way to find more opportunities is to let other people find them for you. I’ve learned that networking is the equivalent to magic, and trust me, I don’t take comparisons to magic lightly. Like magic, networking can provide you with things almost instantaneously. While people won’t necessarily get in touch with you and inform you of opportunities all the time, it does happen. So remember, when things don’t work out the first time, get in touch with your contacts and seek out more opportunities!

Finally: don’t whine. Ask yourself this: What has whining ever done to help you? Nothing. First of all, no one like a whiner. Second, whining inhibits your ability to seek out more opportunities and keep trying. Instead of whining, immerse yourself in activities that can help you succeed. If you cared enough about something to slip into a state of depression over not getting it, you obviously care enough to work even harder to achieve greater.

I honestly hope this helps someone; it’s helped me. I’ve encountered failure enough to know that it is something that you can easily distance yourself from. I promise you that if you remain physically attractive, keep trying, make connections, and don’t whine, then you will find yourself happier and better off than you were before.

Wiggins Student Makes History

By Courtney Jenson

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WHS junior Taylor Boyer presents his documentary to the judges at Colorado’s state History Day competition. Boyer is the first student from Northeastern Colorado to ever continue to the national competition in Washington, D.C.

This year Wiggins History Club sent eleven students to the state competition, where Taylor Boyer became the first student in Wiggins history to qualify for nationals.

On Saturday, April 30, multiple groups set off to present their projects. Tucker Teague, Austin Dinis, Blake Ferris, Reid Ernst, and Dillon Donaghy competed in the group website; Raquel Galvin and Hannah Johnson in group exhibit; Trevor Dye in individual website; Maddy Shepherd in individual exhibit; Makayla Harris in individual paper; and Taylor Boyer in individual documentary. The group website, individual website, and individual documentary made it to finals.

Boyer’s individual documentary was the only project to qualify for nationals. He is the first student in Wiggins and the first student in the Northeastern region to make it to nationals. Boyer’s project is about how religion affects American imperialism.

Boyer thought his interview went terrible, and he had low expectations, but he was excited that he got good feedback. “Usually they don’t give back good feedback; they usually criticize people’s presentations a lot. I was surprised ,though ,because all they gave me was good feedback, and they didn’t have anything bad to say about it,” said Boyer. To improve his project, Boyer thinks he needs to put more relevant pictures on his presentation and small touches to his documentary to make it smoother.

History Club adviser Casey Clay was pleased with the performance of all the students who competed at the state contest. “Every year I am amazed by the dedication and determination of the students of WHS who consistently show they are just as, if not more, intelligent and capable as students with many more students and much greater resources,” said Clay. “I couldn’t be more proud.”

June 11, 2016, Boyer will be traveling to Washington D.C., along with Clay, to present his newest version of his individual documentary.

Students Attend After Prom Party

By Ellyna Van

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Parent Rena Baessler paints freshman Jessica Garcia’s face at the after prom party. After prom was postponed on prom night due to the weather and instead was held two weeks later. 

Unlike the usual after prom parties, which are held from 12:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. the night of prom, this year’s after prom party was held two weeks after prom, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. This was due to the weather conditions.  Prizes, activities and food were all provided throughout the night.

The changed time caused some students to be mad, but some enjoyed this new change. Attendees had more energy to try everything, and changing the time was a better idea, said senior Trevor Dye.

Others argued that the original time and date would have made the night even better. “It’s called ‘after prom’ for a reason. The fun part about it is how everyone’s together to 4 o’clock in the morning,” said junior Kamryn Seiber.

The after prom party had many activities such as karaoke, giant hamster balls, sumo suits, an inflatable obstacle course, and more. A favorite among the crowd was the sumo suits, in which two people got in blow-up suits and wrestled. “I really liked the sumo wrestling! It was a good workout,” said junior Matt Durnal.

Karaoke was a favorite among many attendees; they gathered in the lounge to see others perform various songs. Many also took the chance to display their talents.  “Even though we sounded like dying cats, we still killed it,” said sophomore Tori Jordan. Jordan did a duet with sophomore Britney Hart, singing “Oops, I Did it Again” by Britney Spears.

Along with the many activities, prizes were given out throughout the whole night. Some prizes included gift cards, smart TVs, bicycles, and cash. Senior Laura Walker won a microwave and a car kit. “There was a lot to choose from, so whatever you got, it was still nice,” said Walker.

Although there were some controversy on the time and date, everyone still had a fun time because of the abundance of activities, according to Seiber. “There were many people there, and everyone was doing something. It was a good time,” said Seiber.

FFA Elects New Officers

By Peter Kammerzell

Wiggins FFA hosted a banquet on Friday, April 22, where many  awards and scholarships were given out. Also, the officers for the 2016/2017 year were elected and sworn in. Junior Roxanne Bashor was elected president, junior Connor Kaufman was elected vice-president, junior Shane Finegan was elected secretary, sophomore Jacob McFadden was elected treasurer, freshman Caden Calloway was elected reporter, and freshman Reise Weaver was elected sentinel .

Senior and former FFA vice-president Reid Ernst won an assortment of awards and scholarships at the banquet. ”I was pleased with FFA this year, as we got the national chapter award and did a lot better than I expected us to. I’m proud that we made it to state for parli-pro,” Ernst said. Overall, Ernst says he has achieved mostly everything he wanted to achieve in FFA during his four years. His main focus now is ensuring that the parliamentary procedure team gets first at state after getting second and third at state for the last three years.

Finegan’s role as secretary will mostly be to keep accurate records at meetings. Finegan’s goal for this last year was to improve the involvement of FFA members and also to get more appreciation for the FFA. Finegan believes that the FFA did a good job of accomplishing this goal, and he hopes to improve on this goal in the upcoming year.

Bashor, who was elected to FFA president, will oversee chapter functions and ensure that the FFA achieves everything that it signs up for. As a chapter, Bashor felt that having more community involvement was important this past year. She felt that the FFA did a good job of doing so with programs such as the winter wear drive. However, “we wanted to do some more activities this year that we never got to, so I hope we can follow through with them next year,” Bashor said.

Kaufman as vice-president, will help Bashor as president to keep order and ensure that projects get done. At the banquet, Kaufman won a $500 scholarship to travel to Washington, DC this summer. Currently, Kaufman’s mindset is focused on winning state in CDEs (career development events).

Multiple other awards were given throughout the night to both upperclassmen and underclassmen.Wiggins FFA’s next event is participating in CDEs Monday, May 2 and Tuesday, May 3.

Senator Sonnenberg: The Gentleman from Sterling

By Taylor Boyer

I’ve always wanted to be a politician. Always. In fact, there was never a point in my life where I didn’t want to be a politician. However, certain negative connotations have always accompanied the word “politician”: falling back on promises, putting on a false face of sincerity in front of others; the list goes on and on. I thought I’d never meet a person who embodied all the best qualities of an honorable statesman; not until I met Senator Sonnenberg.

Senator Jerry Sonnenberg, a state senator from Sterling, Colorado, is a man who I believe has achieved the highest standard of integrity. The senator is a man who, as long as I’ve known him, has never deviated from his inner values, even when it might benefit him to do so. I value highly the conversations I have with Senator Sonnenberg as I know that he genuinely cares and looks for ways to alleviate the problem.

Earlier this year, Senator Sonnenberg visited our school as part of his school tour. This tour was aimed at trying to understand what ails rural school districts and how he could solve those problems as a legislator. During his tour, Senator Sonnenberg visited every single school in his Senate district. I had the unique opportunity to give the senator a presentation that focused mainly on the lack of funding to building maintenance.

After the presentation and expressing to him my desire to go into politics, the senator invited me to shadow him at the capitol. At the capitol, the Senator brought me onto the floor, asked what issues were important to me, and brought me to every meeting he had that day. Everyone loved him. They might not have agreed with him, but everyone’s face lit up as soon as Senator Sonnenberg walked onto the floor. I believe that love and respect to be a consequence of the senator’s ability to get along with and help everyone.

To no surprise of mine, Senator Sonnenberg followed through on the promises that he made when he toured my school. Just this week, the senator’s bill, which would raise 50 million a year for schools and rural school construction, passed appropriations. This action is only one example of the good that Senator Sonnenberg is capable of.

A man who once tried to “cure me” of a “political bug” has ended up inspiring me to pursue politics further. I admire the intentions of Senator Sonnenberg; I can only hope to become half the gentleman that he is. His unwavering sense of duty towards his constituents is deserving of thanks; he is a shining example of what every elected official ought to be. The gentleman from Sterling is not just a voice for the people of rural Colorado, he is a friend to them, as well as myself.