Earth Systems Class Visits Jackson Lake

By Jade Crandall

Eleven students went on the annual Earth Systems field trip to Jackson Lake on Tuesday, April 22.

The class started out the year by studying the different planetary conditions throughout the solar system and then slowly narrowed down their studies. After the planetary conditions section, they focused on Earth’s global conditions, then North American conditions, and finally northeastern Colorado conditions specifically. In this study, they were expected to do a specific habitat analysis. This is where the field trip came in.

According to teacher Jerris Van Roekel, the students were required to complete a habitat analysis of a 50×50 foot area. This analysis included identifying basic plants and animals, along with determining the quality of the producers (plants) present. The students also had to form the basis of the biomass pyramid and complete a soil analysis and identification. Finally, the students completed a water quality index of the school pond versus lake water.

“The research is going great because of the Labquest, and we can run so many tests so quick,”  said Van Roekel after the trip. “The only thing that usually hurts us is bad weather, but we had 70 degree weather and no wind, so it went really well.”

According to junior Yuliza Rios, the most difficult part of the assignment was identifying the quality of the plants and the water indexing. She said that since the water was so dirty, it took a lot of different sensor probes to complete the task.

The class’s research is continuing with some of the plants and water samples that they brought back with them. “It is much easier to do the identification here at school, where we have books and other stuff to help us,” said Rios.

The class is expected to complete packets of their findings and results.


Wiggins Baseball Loses to Sedgewick

By Laura Walker

The Wiggins Tigers Baseball team lost to the Sedgwick County Cougars on Saturday, April 19, at Sedgwick County. The final score of the game came out with Wiggins Tigers having 4 points and the Sedgwick County Cougars having 9.

The team started off with no runs in the first two innings for the Tigers. The Cougars got three runs in each of the first two innings. Wiggins then held the Cougars to no runs in the third inning while they were able to accumulate three runs. The score became six-three at the top of the fourth. The Tigers gained one more run throughout the next four innings; the Cougars gained three more.

According to senior Steven Leon, the strengths of the team had to be the in fielding. Leon and Terran Freauff both felt that the out fielding needs lots of improvement. Freauff gave the example that he dropped two pop-flies during the game that were easily catchable. “Caleb and Steven played really well even though the game didn’t go to well,” said junior Justin Peggram.

Junior pitcher Caleb Cardwell was given the player of the game. ”Being the player of the game is common as long as you get a good hit, so it is kind of exciting at first, but not after a while,” Cardwell said.  Cardwell thought that the team needs to work on getting their sticks going or connecting their hits. He felt that the team would have done a lot better if that would have been able to hit.

The team’s next game is on Saturday, May 3, at home against Akron at eleven and one o’clock.

Tigers Split Games with Wray Eagles

By Brooke Bostron

The Wiggins Tigers faced the Wray Eagles on April 12. The Tigers lost the first game 3 to 15 but won the second game 9 to 4.

In the first game, Steven Leon, Caleb Cardwell, and Corey Ritchey got hits. Leon and Cardwell both scored one home run each. Ritchey also stole one base. Tucker Baker lead in put-outs with six. David Nance, Rocky Blake, and Ritchey all had two. Trevor Dye, Leon, and Terran Freauff had one put out. Dye, Cardwell, and Freauff also had one assist.

Pitchers for the Tigers during the first game were Tucker Baker, Trevor Dye and Steven Leon. Leon struck out four batters while Dye struck out one. Baker led in pick offs with four, while Dye and Leon both had one.

Player of the first game was senior Steven Leon. Leon said that losing the first game helped them to win the second game. “It was more of a heart thing than anything else. It wasn’t for the school or anything, we just did it for us,” said Leon

In the second game, Leon, Cardwell, Nance, Freauff and Baker all got hits. Between the two home runs from Leon, the one home run from Cardwell, and the base hit from Baker, the Tigers rang in nine points, while Nance and Freauff made the runs. Freauff also managed to steal a base. Baker led with put-outs, having eight; Dye had six, and Ritchey had three. Leon and Freauff both had two put outs and Rocky Blake had one. Leon had three assists, Cardwell had two, and Blake and Nance both had one.

Junior Caleb Cardwell was the player of the game for the second game. Cardwell, pitching for the Tigers for the whole second game, struck out eight batters. “It just felt good to get the win and to get a home run,” Cardwell said. “It felt good to pitch a complete game by myself. That day was just perfect we were all hitting the ball and I was doing the best I could because I knew my team would back me up.”

Cardwell said that he believes the team will win their next game because the team has a lot of heart and there is nothing more they want then to get their next win. The Tigers will be playing the Akron Rams on Saturday, May 3,on Tiger turf at 11:00 and again at 1:00.

Amanda Sears’ Science Fair Pigs Win her a $5,000 Scholarship

By Daniel Faudoa

Junior Amanda Sears poses with her science fair project, "The A-Maze-Ing Race."

Junior Amanda Sears poses with her science fair project, “The A-Maze-Ing Race.”

Over spring break, junior Amanda Sears won a $5,000 scholarship after attending the state science fair at the Hilton Hotel in Fort Collins, Colorado.  Sears has created a science fair project every year since she entered middle school and continued into high school.

This year, Sears participated in the state animal science category.  “For my project this year I decided to get a pig to run through a maze and push buttons,” said Sears.  The purpose of Sears’ project was to test the intelligence of the pig.  This year the animal science category was not big, but according to sponsor Jordan Sonnenberg, there were some very good projects to compete with.

Sears received a $5,000 scholarship to Adams State University as a prize for her project.  “I am very proud of her success,” said Sonnenberg.  “It was very neat to see a student participate in the senior part of the science fair instead of the junior science fair.”

According to Sears, she began to work on her project during December.  This gave Sears about four months to put together her whole project.  She first had to get past the regional competition.

According to Sonnenberg, a project can be chosen to advance to the National Science Fair at either the Regional Science Fair or at the State Science Fair. Sears will not be going on to the National Science fair, but according to Sears, she has one more chance to try and get there next year.

Tiger Den Theatre Presents No Place Like Nowhere

By Daniel Faudoa

Senior Cade Carlson, as Radon Gass, prepares for his role as Juliet in Nowhere's community dinner theater play. No Place Like Nowhere was Carlson's first play.

Senior Cade Carlson, as Radon Gass, prepares for his role as Juliet in Nowhere’s community dinner theater play. No Place Like Nowhere was Carlson’s first play.

After weeks and weeks of preparation, the Tiger Den Theatre performers were ready to put on the play No Place like Nowhere for their fellow schoolmates, parents, and community. Their first performance was Thursday, April 3, for the middle and high school students. That Friday and Saturday night, performances were open to the community and students that missed the student matinee.

This semester’s play was about a town by the name of Nowhere, Nevada. The plot of the story is that two secret agents are sent to this town so that they can clear it out and dump toxic waste at that location. The residents of Nowhere are not planning on being cleared out, and they refuse to leave. The whole plot revolves around these agents’ attempts to get the residents out and a lot of other odd instances.

According to director Linda Epple, this play was chosen because everyone needed a comical relief after the fall play, and it resembles Wiggins in some ways. “No Place like Nowhere was a great choice for the play because it is a good fit for the town,” said senior Ashley Motley. Motley has been in many plays, including Robin Hood, Is There a Doctor in the House, Trouble in Tumbleweed, Aladdin, and Yearbook Reflections.

Motley memorized her tryout a week in advance. Motley’s tryout was a scene from Finding Nemo.   Apart from the tryouts, practices went on Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8-9 p.m. The play cast is always a very diverse group of students, according to Motley.  Junior Lexi Ashbrook agrees.  “I like that we all get to work together and talk to each other, when we would normally not even speak to one another outside of play practices,” said Ashbrook.

“This semester’s cast was very obedient and we actually got a lot of practice time in,” said Epple. Sports did not get in the way for once and according to Epple, even the kids in sports got to rehearsals full of energy.

This semester’s cast was smaller because there were not enough roles for everyone, but Epple hopes that next play she will have as many enthusiastic people as she did for this semester’s play.

Tiger Track Team Takes on Two Meets Over Spring Break

By Faythe Harris

Over spring break the Wiggins Tigers Track team participated in two meets, the Yuma Invite on Tuesday, April 8, and the Max Marr Spartan Classic in Berthoud on Saturday, April 12.

The girls’ team placed fourth overall in Yuma, and the guys’ team also placed fourth. Both teams were ranked much lower until the 400-meter dash, where freshman Shane Finegan and sophomore Faythe Harris both took first. “I felt honored to have placed first at such a large meet,” said Finegan. “It’s nice to know that I am able to compete with the upperclassmen.”

The girls’ team also received multiple points from the placings of the relays. The sprint medley, consisting of Lexi Ashbrook, Brittney Jordan, Jessica Veeman, and Harris, placed second; the 4×100 meter relay, with the same girls, placed third; and the 4×200 meter relay, consisting of Dacey McCombs, Ashbrook, Jordan, and Veeman, placed fifth. In the open one hundred, sophomore Jessica Veeman and Harris earned eight more points. The coaches were very proud of the teams’ performance at this meet even though they had hoped for higher placings, said head coach Mario Garcia.

The guys’ team, due to lack of members, didn’t receive as many placings. Finegan raked in most of the points for the guys’ team. Along with his first-place in the four hundred, he got seventh in the 100-meter dash and second in the 200-meter dash. Connor Kaufman, freshman, placed sixth in the mile. Dalton Risner also helped the team out by gaining a total of eleven points for placing second in the discus and sixth in the shot put.

The Berthoud meet was a much larger meet, and the teams did not place as well. The girls’ team placed sixteenth out of thirty-four, and the guys’ team placed seventeenth out of thirty-one teams. The sprint medley, consisting of Harris, Ashbrook, Veeman, and Jordan, placed fifth. Harris also placed third in the 400 meter dash. For the boys, Finegan placed fifth in the 400 meter dash, and those were the only points the boys’ team received.

The Tigers’ next track meet will be this Saturday, April 26, in Strasburg starting at 9:00 a.m.

Senior of the Month: Levi Shutts

By Trevor Dye

Senior of the Month Levi Shutts warms up for a basketball game. Basketball is one of the many extracurriculars in which Shutts participated in high school.

Senior of the Month Levi Shutts warms up for a basketball game. Basketball is one of the many extracurriculars in which Shutts participated in high school.

Senior Levi Shutts has to start making serious life decisions, and to help him make these decisions, he plans on visiting the University of Oregon over spring break. Shutts want to attend the University of Oregon because he wants a change from Wiggin, and thinks that Oregon would be the best place to make that change. Although Shutts is ready for a change, he has enjoyed his time in Wiggins, and has been very active in his career at Wiggins.

Shutts is a very active senior and participates in many extracurricular activities. Shutts participated in basketball and cross country and currently participates in both baseball and track. He hopes to do well in the remaining parts of his sports seasons. In track, Shutts hopes that he can make it to state and wants to place top six in one of his events. “It is fun to practice with Levi, even though I do not practice with him that often, and he has given me a lot of advice in track,” said sophomore Faythe Harris. In baseball Shutts is just trying to have a good time with his close friends before he has to leave for college.

Shutts not only participates in sports, but also is in many academic clubs. He is in FBLA, History Club, National Honor Society, and International club, and hopes that he can accomplish many things in these clubs. He hopes that he can have a lot of fun at state FBLA, and have a successful and good trip to Japan for International Club. “I want to do very well at State History day, and hopefully place top two at state, so I can go to nationals,” said Shutts.

Shutts feels that he has accomplished many great things during his high school career, but he feels his greatest accomplishments are the memories and friends that he has made over his high school career. He wants to have fun in his remaining couple of months in high school, and prepare for his future.

Shutts’ advice to younger classmen is, “Have fun in high school, but prepare for your future at the same time.”