Senior of the Month: Omar Roman

By Faythe Harris

Omar Roman acts as a sergeant telling the rest of the crew about a meeting. Roman and his classmates were performing an adaptation of Lone Survivor, written by Tucker Baker, for their film lit class.

Omar Roman acts as a sergeant telling the rest of the crew about a meeting. Roman and his classmates were performing an adaptation of Lone Survivor, written by Tucker Baker, for their film lit class.

Omar Roman is a young man that has proven it is never too late to try new things. This year Roman made the decision to participate in wrestling and baseball. He also got involved in FBLA. “Some of my friends moved away, so I thought it would be a good idea to go out and do something,” said Roman.

Roman has been involved in FFA his whole high school career. Through FFA he has been involved in dairy judging, where he made the national team. He has also been a part of the ag sales, horticulture, and farm business management judging team. Omar also helped in the FFA greenhouse his sophomore year. “Omar has been in my class three out of the four years and he is always very determined and hard working in everything he sets his mind to,” said classmate Jade Crandall. Besides FFA Omar has also been involved in Photography Club and LULAC during his high school career.

Omar proved his work ethic once he joined the wrestling team. Omar started of the season at 215 pounds, and by the end he was down to 182. He continued to lose weight and throughout this process he lost around 45 pounds. Omar said his biggest regret of high school is not wrestling all four years. Roman also went out for the baseball team this year. He has been playing second base for the Tigers this year.

Another first for Roman this year was that he got involved in FBLA. Roman is doing a sales presentation project. Roman presented at the District Leadership Conference in Sterling and received second place. He will now advance to state in Vail on April 23-25.

After all these new adventures, Roman feels he is ready to take on the next step in his life. “I will miss everything about high school, but I am ready for the future,” said Roman. Omar plans to attend CSU to major in Agribusiness, but not right after graduation.

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Tiger Den Theatre Presents The Girl with the Golden Locks

By Trevor Dye

This Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, the Wiggins High School Tiger Den Theatre will be performing their spring play, “The Girl with the Golden Locks.”

This spring play is combination of multiple fairy tales, with many different characters. In the play, the three agents, Agents Red, White, and Gold have to discover what the three bears are doing, and stop them.

Senior Lacey Eikenberg will be performing her last play in high school and is looking forward to this performance. “It has been a lot of fun performing with all of my friends, and I am really upset that this will be the last play I will be in,” said Eikenberg. Eikenberg is playing the lead role, Agent Gold.

Junior Becky Kopetzky is very nervous about the play because she doesn’t know how the high school audience will react to the performance. “I believe that everyone is ready for the performance, but I’m worried about people not paying attention during the more serious parts,” she said. Kopetzky is playing the part of Agent White, who is the FBI’s newest member, and her first mission is to save the Fairytale realm from the three bears.

Junior Ryan Rohn is really excited for his first big part in the play. He will be performing the part of Big Papa, the head of the three bears. “I am really excited for the elementary matinee because the younger kids will find the play very relatable, and think it is funny,” said Rohn.

The play cast will perform their elementary matinee on Thursday morning, then the high school matinee will be later Thursday afternoon. Then on Friday and Saturday, the Tiger Den Theatre will perform their normal performance at 7:00 in the Event Center.

Slapstick Criticism: Baskin’ Blues

By Taylor Boyer

If I had to choose between day and night, I’d choose night every time without any hesitation. Do you know what the key difference between those two times of the day is? You got it; the sun is nowhere to be found during nighttime. How amazing would it be if there was no daytime?

I can’t tell you how much I hate the sun. As a little kid I used to hate being outside because I couldn’t last five minutes under that darned ball of fire. Here I am, ten years later, and I still can’t tolerate the sun.

This weekend I went to my first track meet, and I was at the mercy of the sun’s evil rays. The sun influenced my every move that day. Before I even started any of my events, I found myself desperately seeking shade like some reclusive hermit crab and also started drinking water like… something that drinks a lot of water.

I’m not sure what my problem is, but I just don’t fare well under the sun; I’m like an egg-salad sandwich. You can’t leave an egg-salad sandwich under the sun for seven hours and just expect it to be alright. That sandwich is done.

Unlike an egg salad sandwich, however, I throw up after a certain amount of exposure under the sun; this is what happened to me on Saturday. It was awful; I started throwing up, and not because I was sick after running. It was because I couldn’t stand the wretched sun.

One time during the track meet, I thought I found the perfect spot to hide from the sun. That happiness didn’t last long; perhaps I was so excited because I found clearance from the sun, or the sun had already boiled my brain, but either way, I had forgotten one little thing: the sun moves.

In my state of temporary gratification underneath the shade, I fell asleep. About an hour later, I woke up, the sun moved, and lo and behold, every square inch of my back that was not protected by my shirt was a beautiful cherry-red. Of course I was not aware of my burn until I got home, took off my track uniform, and saw that lovely streak of red across my normally corpse-white back.

I physically was unable to move after that; every motion caused an immense amount of discomfort, and not even the comforting aloe gel could manage the pain for more than fifteen minutes.

That was only one of my many run-ins with the sun; I wish that we could just do away with the sun. I’m aware that we probably wouldn’t survive with the sun, but I hate it; it only takes one bad experience to hate something forever. If you still like the sun after hearing what I had to say, I have failed as a journalist; sure, my hatred of the sun may be irrational, but it’s always done me more harm than good.

Tiger Baseball Kicks off New Season

By Maddy Shepherd

During the Tigers' game against Yuma, junior Tucker Baker relieves starting pitcher Trevor Dye. The Tigers lost this game 6-1.

During the Tigers’ game against Yuma, junior Tucker Baker relieves starting pitcher Trevor Dye. The Tigers lost this game 6-1.

The Wiggins baseball team started off their 2015 season competing in two double-headers against the Haxtun Bulldogs on Saturday, March 14, 2015, and the Yuma Indians on Tuesday, March 17.

The first Haxtun game ended with a losing score of 11-1, and the second game ended with another score of 10-0.  Senior starting pitcher for the Haxtun game, Caleb Cardwell, was disappointed in the outcome of his first game of the season. “I feel like I played well in the Haxtun game, but I didn’t play to the best of my ability,” said Cardwell.

The team took the loss and moved onto their next game against the Yuma Indians in Wiggins. This double-header game also resulted in two losses, with scores of 6-1 and 17-1. According to junior Dolphus Grindle, the team started off strong but fell apart due to the lack of communication on the field. “We lost focus on the game, and there was a lot of lack of caring if we won or not towards the end,” said Grindle.

Juniors Tucker Baker and Grindle said they are ready to better themselves and the team, so they can get some wins in their upcoming games. “I am going to work on being more focused the whole game, instead of just the first few innings,” said Baker.

The team had a meeting on last Wednesday in order to get the players to be mentally focused on the game. Questions and suggestions went around the room about what the team needs to do to get better and to help better themselves in practice. “I am going to take on the leadership role and make sure there is no screwing around in practice, so we can better ourselves as individuals and as a team,” said Baker.

It is a new week, and according to Cardwell, the team has a lot to work on. The Tigers are refocused, and are now preparing for their next game against Merino on March 28.

Still Hope for Restaurants?

By Taylor Boyer

After several awful experiences at “fine dining” establishments, I can no longer walk into a restaurant without having recurring thoughts of said experiences. For example; do you remember when I was complaining about the prideful waiter from a restaurant (which shall not be named) and he fully expected to receive a tip? Yeah, that was just one of the many experiences that destroyed my love of eating out.

For a while, I thought that there was no hope for eateries in America; it would take a miracle (or a very superb dining experience) to change my mind about restaurants. I had that fine dining experience at Fajitas. Can you believe that? It was in Wiggins.

As surprised as I am to admit that Wiggins actually offers something worth paying money for, I can’t deny the wonderful job that Fajitas does providing me with a full and pleasurable dining experience every time I walk through that door. I have never left that place with anything to complain about or without leaving a big tip.

They get everything right; as I walk through the door, I can expect a lovely waitress to be behind me with a basket of chips and salsa. After being asked what I’ll have to drink, the beverage miraculously appears in front of me within thirty seconds of having been requested. The service at Fajitas is unlike any you’ll receive at any restaurant in all of Colorado.

Just like my drink, I don’t have to wait long at all to delve into my chicken burger with cheese and fries, or my well-prepared steak burrito. I am always so amazed at the rate which food is prepared in that amazing kitchen. Eating the food is so sacred an experience that I cannot describe it to you. I suppose you’ll have to try it yourself.

Any building with the word “restaurant” on it can crank out food, but only Fajitas can give you the whole hog; unfaltering service, genuine kindness, and absolutely amazing food. Next time you’re there, give a 75% tip; they deserve it.

Wiggins FFA Wins Parliamentary Procedure Contest

By Jade Crandall

Wiggins FFA hosted the district Parliamentary Procedure and Quiz Bowl contest on  Wednesday, March 4. The chapter’s parli-pro team won the contest and will move on to compete at the state contest.

At the Parliamentary Procedure contest, Wiggins was followed by Weld Central in second and Brush in third place. In the Quiz Bowl contest, Brush won first place followed by Weld Central in second.

According to junior Reid Ernst, the parli-pro contest was altered drastically this year to match the format of the national contest better. Instead of having ten main motions, twenty other motions, and thirty debates as a team as in previous years, the new contest consisted of only one main motion, nine other motions, and four debates per person. “The cards were different and the contest was a lot slower paced,” said Ernst.

The team agreed that adjustments had to be made because of the changes. “The hardest part of the contest was trying to break our old habits and learn the new rules since there were so many changes. It seemed so slow and it was hard to get used to,” said sophomore Charlee Teague.

Since there are only three students in the freshman class, the chapter didn’t have a Quiz Bowl team this year. Despite their low numbers, two of the three freshmen were on the chapter’s parli-pro team, one of whom, Jacob McFadden, was among the six to compete on the district team. McFadden said that the rules and procedures of the contest were hard to learn, but he still had fun on the team and is excited to go to state.

The parli-pro team will continue to practice and will compete in the state contest at the FFA state convention June 2-4 in Pueblo.

Wiggins Track Team Competes in Fort Morgan

By Ellyna Van

The Wiggins track team placed seventh out of sixteen schools at their first meet of the season in Fort Morgan on March 7. Wiggins was one of two 2A schools competing, and many competitors of the Wiggins team placed top-three in their events.

Freshman Courtney Jenson competed in the one-mile and 800-meter. She received first place in both events and was only seventeen seconds away from beating the mile record in Wiggins. “I was excited that I won, and I’m going to work harder and run faster to beat the record,” said Jenson. Jenson was also the athlete of the week in the Fort Morgan Times.

Juniors Faythe Harris and Jessica Veeman and freshmen Makayla Harris and Tori Jordan placed first in the 4×200 m relay. “The relay was good. I want to make it to state in the relay so I can run with my sister, Faythe Harris,” said Makayla Harris.

Sophomore Shane Finegan placed first in the 400m and second in the 200m. “My goal for this year is to beat the school record for the 400m. I’m only one second away from beating it,” said Finegan.

Senior Bernadette Kopetzky placed second in high jump and senior Eric Lipe placed first in discus. Many other competitors on the Wiggins track team placed as well.

Coaches Mario Garcia, Stephanie Clark, and Dale Dubbs said they are excited for this season because of the talent and dedication on the team. “My goal is to get the Wiggins team on that podium at state,” said Dubbs.

The next track meet will be for the Greeley Central Invite on March 21, 2015. The meet will begin at 9:00 a.m.