Drama Class Performs for Dinner Theater

By Roxanne Bashor

Drama class members Becky Kopetzky and Paul Laso perform a melodrama for the International Club's dinner theater. The International Club is raising money for a trip to the British Isles in 2016,

Drama class members Becky Kopetzky and Paul Laso perform a melodrama for the International Club’s dinner theater. The International Club is raising money for a trip to the British Isles in 2016,

Linda Epple’s drama class presented the melodrama Dark Doings of the Crossroads on November 14 following a  dinner of parmesan chicken and spaghetti provided by the International Club. “It was a wonderful performance that had cool props and a funny story,” said sophomore Rachel Columbia.

The International Club raised money for their next trip by selling dinners before the drama class performed. They served parmesan chicken, spaghetti, salad, and various desserts. About 60 people attended the dinner. Freshman Delaney Kauffman said that she enjoyed socializing with her friends.

Many of the International Club members served food, directed people to the serving line, or took money to assist with the dinner. “I loved talking to people while serving because everyone had positive attitudes,” said sophomore Allison Kopetzky. She helped out at the dinner by serving rolls with a smile.

The drama was performed by Layla Brautigam, Paul Laso, Jake Donaghy, Dillon Donaghy, and Becky Kopetzky. Jake Donaghy said that he enjoyed the drama because he enjoys performing in general.

As the performers acted out the drama, Mrs. Epple held up signs that told the audience what to say. The signs said things like “Boo” or “Ahh.” Many people shouted out the words and it made the drama even better, according to Brautigam.

Following the drama class’s performance, some members of the International Club were pulled to perform a melodrama Pure Gold. This was a surprise performance that the drama class planned for the International Club members. The members were told what to do and say by Jake Donaghy. He was surprised that everyone went up without a struggle, but most of them didn’t know what they were getting themselves into.

Both of the performances went well, according to Laso, although he was a little nervous for his first performance.

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FFA Members take on District Competition

By Tailor McClain

FFA members senior Amanda Sears, freshmen Jacob McFadden, and freshmen Clayton Roberts competed on Wednesday, November 19, 2014, at the district prepared speaking and Creed-speaking contest. Sears took bronze, McFadden took gold, and Roberts took bronze.

Sears participated in the prepared speaking contest with a speech about animal abuse in the show industry. Sears said she did not do as well as she wanted to, or as well as she should have. “I should have not used my note cards as much with my speech, and answered the questions that the judges asked me with a more firm answer.”

McFadden was one of the many FFA members that participated in the district creed competition. “I enjoyed learning the Creed, even though it took a lot of time to memorize it,” said McFadden. At districts McFadden received gold, along with three other people.

Roberts was the other FFA member from Wiggins to compete in the district creed competition. “I was not happy with my performance. I really wish I would have done better,” said Roberts. Roberts said he should have focused more on the words rather than his presentation, and he might have done better.

Sears was two placements away from moving on, and so was Roberts. McFadden has the opportunity to move on, though. McFadden is one of two alternates that may have the opportunity to move on to state.

McFadden will find out if he will get the opportunity to participate in the state competition in late May. The FFA members want to not only thank everyone that came out and supported them, but also want to wish McFadden luck if he does get the opportunity to participate in the state Creed contest, said FFA advisor Rockie Ernst.

Thanksgiving Generation Gaps

By Trevor Dye

Over the years, teenagers’ views of what Thanksgiving is really about have been shifting. A lot of teenagers think that it is all about the amount and quality of the food they get. Most adults think it is about the quality family time.

Junior Becky Kopetzky pictures turkey, stuffing, gravy, getting fat, and stretchy jeans when she thinks of Thanksgiving. This is just one example of how teenagers have completely changed the true meaning of what Thanksgiving is really about. “I look forward to eating a lot, and usually overeating,” said Kopetzky.

Junior Brienna Baer thinks about food and Pilgrims when she thinks about Thanksgiving. This shows that teenagers have completely lost the true meaning of what it is actually about.

One thing that has swayed what teenagers think about Thanksgiving is social media. Social media is constantly bombarding teenagers with posts about food and it has made the teenagers lose focus on what the holiday is actually about.

Math teacher Dale Dubbs thinks that Thanksgiving is a great time to spend time with his family and close friends that he doesn’t get to see all year. He also thinks that it is a great time to be thankful for what has been given throughout the year, and to reflect on old memories. “My favorite thing about Thanksgiving is when I get to sit down for dinner with my family, have good conversations, and have quality time to spend together,” said Dubbs.

According to Dubbs, he wishes that the teenagers’ views on Thanksgiving would change from being about the food and no school to be about spending quality time with family.

Wiggins Choir/Voices Takes a Trip to Sterling for League Choir

By Lexi Ashbrook

Do, Re, Mi, Fa, Sol, La, Ti, Do! Wiggins High School choir and Voices group took a road trip to Sterling, where League Choir was held this year, on November 11 . Mr. Jeff Everett, Wiggins choir/Voices director, took a group of about 35-40 high school and middle school members to League.

Senior Lacey Eikenberg has attended League Choir for seven consecutive years. She said she was both happy and sad since it was her very last time attending. “I was sad because I did it for seven years and wanted to keep going back, but I was happy because it was a very long day of singing,” Eikenberg said.

At League Choir, the group of kids practices their songs all day, have two breaks for lunch and dinner, then conclude with a performance that evening. Eikenberg said she thought the songs chosen for League this year were easy, and that they reminded her of an elementary choir because each song only consisted of two parts instead of four. “Although the songs were pretty easy, my favorite song was ‘Tres Cantos.’ It was my favorite because it involved snapping, clapping and was interactive with the audience,” Eikenberg said.

At League Choir, multiple schools compile one big choir performance. Around eight total schools attended Sterling for League this year, and according to Eikenberg, her favorite part about League Choir is meeting people from all different schools and coming together at the end of the day to perform.

Another choir member, junior Becky Kopetzky, also attended League this year. Kopetzky said she was not a fan of how League went this year. “I did not enjoy it because the students were disrespectful, and the director could have been better,” Kopetzky said.

Kopetzky said she would recommend the Voices/choir program to upcoming high school students because it’s fun and is a good learning opportunity for those interested in singing and music in general.

Wiggins Students Participate in Writers’ Workshop

Ten juniors from Wiggins High School participated in the Blue Horizons Writers’ Workshop featuring authors Todd Mitchell and Jon Erickson at Morgan Community College on November 18, 2014. Students from Fort Morgan, Lincoln High School, Brush, and Weldon Valley also attended this workshop. Mitchell was the main speaker for the day, and he had many writing activities and workshops for the students to participate in.

Mitchell is the author of the fictional books Backwards and The Traitor King. According to Tessa Haake, the best part of the workshop was listening to Mitchell read passages from his books.

Mitchell also took the students through a writing workshop that was all about writing a fictional story. His idea of planning a story was to first create a character and then to build a story around that character. “I learned how to create a story through the personality of a character. It really tested my creativity,” said junior Caitlin Johnson.

Dolphus Grindle also learned a lot at this workshop. “A new writing skill that I will use in my future writings is building a story around the character,” Grindle said.

After lunch, the students were then broken into groups where they each read a piece of writing of their own that they brought. The students were to critique other students’ writing for better ways to write the stories.

Towards the end of the day, local author Jon Erickson spoke to the students about reasons why people should write stories. “Erickson taught me that I should write for myself and not for the money,” said Haake. According to Haake, Erickson was weird.

At the end of the workshop, the students filled out an evaluation sheet where they rated the workshop. According to Johnson and Grindle, the workshop was educational and fun, and they would recommend it to next year’s juniors.

FFA Hosts Annual Speaking Night

By Jade Crandall

Freshman Jacob McFadden recites the FFA Creed at the chapter creed-speaking contest. McFadden won at the chapter level and later earned gold at districts.

Freshman Jacob McFadden recites the FFA Creed at the chapter creed-speaking contest. McFadden won at the chapter level and later earned gold at districts.

Freshmen Jacob McFadden and Clayton Roberts spoke at the 2014 Wiggins FFA speaking night on November 13. McFadden won the creed speaking contest, Roberts received second, and senior Amanda Sears presented her prepared public speech as practice for the district contest.

As the winner, McFadden will receive his FFA jacket and tie, and Roberts will receive his jacket upon completion of the district contest. If either of them places in the top two at districts, he will get the opportunity to compete at the state level.

For the contest, the boys had to recite the five-paragraph FFA creed and then answer three oral questions. They were scored on their oral communication, non-verbal communication, and answers to questions. Both of them agreed that the questions were the hardest part of the contest. McFadden said that it was hard to answer the questions thoroughly without rambling.

Roberts and McFadden had been preparing for the contest in class for almost six weeks ahead of the contest. “We worked on the memorization and presented to the class. Mr. Ernst and our classmate asked us questions, too, for practice,” said McFadden.

Roberts said his strategy for districts is to keep practicing and working on taking more time trying to relate the questions to himself on his questions.

Sears presented her prepared public speech on animal cruelty in the show business. For this contest, she was required to write and deliver a six- to eight-minute speech on an agriculture-related topic. Sears presented her speech and answered questions from the audience in preparation for the district contest. Sears said that she was excited for the district contest. “It’s my last year, and I have a pretty solid topic, so I hope I can do well,” said Sears.

The district speaking contest was held at Weld Central High School on November 19.

Dumb and Dumber To Didn’t Deliver

By Lexi Ashbrook

The comedy film release of Dumb and Dumber To, prequel to Dumb and Dumber, didn’t live up to expectations. This film, directed by Peter Farrelly and Bobby Farrelly, was released in theaters November 14, 2014. The plot of the movie meanders; Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey) and Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels) are on a quest to search for Dunne’s long-lost daughter. They are on a trip across the country to find her because Dunne’s in need of a kidney transplant. In the prequel, Dumb and Dumber, the two are on a journey to Aspen, Colorado, to return a briefcase to a woman Lloyd doesn’t even know.

Peter and Bobby Farrelly filled Dumb and Dumber To to the brim with pointless gags and puns, which mostly didn’t work. The actors tried too hard to make it funny. For example, Lloyd and Harry screamed at a blind guy in a wheelchair, and “mistook” Fraida Felcher (Kathleen Turner) for a man. Numerous other inappropriate and rude puns and gags were included in the movie.

As the plot thickened, the two dimwits attended a profound and intellectual science conference. At the conference, Dunne impersonated a well-known science professor who was Dunne’s daughter’s adoptive dad. During the conference, Dunne judged a junior science competition, which involved very annoying jokes towards the kids who found a cure to cancer with their projects. On the other side of the spectrum, Lloyd, throughout the entirety of the movie, was obsessed with “getting with” Dunne’s daughter. It was just annoying and the actors were trying too hard to keep the audience’s attention.

Overall, I would give the movie two stars. It did not live up to the prequel because of the vulgarity and inappropriateness. In today’s unforgiving society, the movie was easily ridiculed if the audience’s attention wasn’t met and kept. With that being said, I hope the Farrellys stop the embarrassment with Dumb and Dumber To and let Harry Dunne and Lloyd Christmas rise to their fame and be remembered as legacies from the first and original Dumb and Dumber.