Slapstick Criticism: One of the Weird Ones

By Taylor Boyer

I can’t tell you how relieved I am to finally be done with the papers, assignments, and problem sets that are synonymous with stress, sleepless nights, and countless revisions and edits. The only thing I’m more relieved about not having to do is spend seven hours with people whose company always raises my blood pressure.

I think that the biggest waste of one’s summer is spending it with your friends; haven’t you spent enough time with them? Do you ever get sick of it? Just think of all the time you spend with your friends doing absolutely nothing that could’ve been spent getting a job or taking summer college classes. Maybe it’s just me, but I actually think of the long-term and try not to get distracted by the company of others that only offers me temporal gratification.

I’m kind of a hermit in the sense that I’d much rather spend a year in solitary confinement than spend a day with people. Too extreme? I don’t think so. Now I don’t want you to be under the impression that I hate people, (as much as it may seem like it). I just get impatient with people. I often find myself asking why some people just can’t understand things, or why they’d rather “hang with friends” than get a job and be successful. Life is short, people; it’s a lot easier to get a job and save money now while you don’t have the responsibilities that the average American adult has. Just an idea.

I’m not saying that it’s bad to spend your summer with friends, I’m simply offering an alternative summer schedule to those who actually care about their academic and professional careers. Although this “summer substitute” isn’t a very popular opinion, I’m one of the weird ones who thinks that the three months spent out of school can actually provide you with more time to further your education or save money for life out of high school. If you don’t agree with me, I ask that you stop reading my opinion column… Just kidding; differing opinions are welcome.

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Senior of the Month: Bernie Kopetzky

By Faythe Harris

Senior Bernie Kopetzky shows off her gymnastic abilities in the high school hallways. Gymnastics is one of the many activities in which Bernie has excelled throughout her high school career.

Senior Bernie Kopetzky shows off her gymnastic abilities in the high school hallways. Gymnastics is one of the many activities in which Bernie has excelled throughout her high school career.

Many seniors strive all four years of high school to achieve goals and make an image for themselves. Bernie Kopetzky has definitely made a name for herself throughout high school; her list of many accomplishments proves this.

Bernie has been involved in a lot throughout high school. She has been involved in volleyball, gymnastics, track, FBLA, choir, and drama. Because Wiggins doesn’t have a gymnastics team, Bernie participates on the Fort Morgan Mustangs team. Bernie has made it to state all four years of high school with her gymnastics team. In fact in 2013 their team was sixth overall. Bernie played volleyball only her freshman year because it interfered too much with gymnastics.

She also made it to state every year in FBLA; however, last year was her shining year when she received the award of regional champion in the introduction to business category. Bernie has also made to it state track all four years of high school, whether she was competing or going as an alternate. Last year Bernie was also league champion in long jump, and she was league champion in the high jump this year.

Honor choir was another activity that Bernie excelled in. She received the distinction of going to honor choir every year of high school. “Bernie has been one of the top vocalist in her class, and it has been an honor having her in class,” said choir director Jeff Everett.

Even when looking back on all these accomplishments, Bernie still has some regrets about high school. “I would try harder my first two years of high school. I had a lot of C’s then that lowered my GPA,” said Bernie.

Bernie plans to attend Aims Community College in Greeley for the next two years of her life, where she will be studying to be an ultrasound technician. After that she plans to finish her degree at UNC.

FFA Competes at State Judging Contests

By Jade Crandall

Wiggins FFA's state-winning land judging team shows off their gold plaque. Team members Blake Ferris, Tucker Teague,  Connor Kaufman, and Cody Huwa (pictured with adviser Rockie Ernst) will compete at the national competition next fall.

Wiggins FFA’s state-winning land judging team shows off their gold plaque. Team members Blake Ferris, Tucker Teague, Connor Kaufman, and Cody Huwa (pictured with adviser Rockie Ernst) will compete at the national competition next fall.

On May 4, the Wiggins FFA Chapter competed at the state level in their Career Development Events at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. The chapter took five teams including Land Evaluation, Field Crops, Ag Sales, Dairy Judging, and Job Interview.

The land team received a gold ranking and was the state-winning team. This team included sophomore Cody Huwa, who received bronze; junior Tucker Teague, who received gold and was 7th overall; junior Blake Ferris, who received gold and was 3rd overall; and sophomore Connor Kaufman, who also received gold and was the state winner.

The Job Interview competitor was junior Reid Ernst, who received gold and was the state runner up. “The contest was a lot more competitive than last year,” said Ernst. “Of course I wish I would have won, but I’m still happy with how I did.”

The Field Crops team received a silver ranking and was fifth overall. The team consisted of sophomore Baily Eklund, who received bronze; sophomore Jenna Ashbrook, who received bronze, sophomore Rachel Columbia, who received silver; ;and sophomore Roxanne Bashor, who received gold and was eighth overall in the contest. The team was confident in their performance and was happy with their results according to Bashor.

The Dairy Judging team also received a silver and placed sixth overall. The team was made up of freshman Tyler Hein; sophomore Shane Finegan, who received bronze; freshman Jake McFadden, who also received bronze; and junior Jessica Veeman, who received silver. According to McFadden, the team was glad to have placed and silver and hope to improve and hopefully place in the gold category next year.

The Ag Sales team placed 10th overall, which was one place away from being a bronze team. The team was composed of seniors Jade Crandall, Omar Roman, James Calnan, and Amanda Sears. Sears was the high scoring individual on the team, receiving a bronze rating. “After as well as we did at districts, we were surprised and disappointed that we didn’t do better at state,” said Roman.

The day after the chapter finished competing, they attended Fort Fun for some much-needed relaxation. “Even though we couldn’t ride the go-karts because of the rain, we still got to play laser tag and ride the bumper cars inside, which was a lot of fun,” said Finegan.

The chapter will attend State Convention during the first week of June, where they will compete with their Parliamentary procedure team. They will also have members receiving proficiency awards and State degrees.

Wiggins FFA Holds Annual Banquet

By Jade Crandall

The Wiggins FFA chapter held their annual end of the year banquet on Wednesday, April 22, where they installed their new officer team and gave out awards and recognition to the FFA members and community members with outstanding achievements.

During the event, the chapter recognized Tom Sears as an Honorary FFA member for all of his help and dedication throughout the years. “We can always count on Tom to be there to help with whatever we are doing. I don’t remember an FFA event that he hasn’t been at since I have been in the chapter,” said junior Ashlee Pugh.

Awards given at the banquet included notebook certificates, received by sophomore Roxanne Bashor, junior Reid Ernst, and senior Amanda Sears. Also, junior Tucker Teague and Amanda Sears received record book awards.

Three scholarship awards were also announced at banquet including two Alumni Scholarships: one to Jade Crandall for $2,000 and one to Ryan Ernst for $1,000. The FFA Merit Scholarship was awarded to Amanda Sears for $1,000

Crandall, Reid Ernst, and Amanda Sears also will receive $250 scholarships for earning their State degrees. In addition, it was announced that Cody Corsentino who graduated in 2014, will be receiving his American FFA Degree. This is the highest degree an FFA member can achieve, and Corsentino says that he is excited to be receiving it after all the work he put into his supervised agricultural experience program over the years.

Crandall, Corsentino, and Amanda Sears won state Proficiency Awards. Crandall won the state proficiency in the Natural Resource Management award area, Corsentino won the state proficiency award in the Grain Production Placement award area, and Amanda Sears received a gold rank in the Swine Production proficiency award area.

After all of the awards were announced, the new officer team was installed. These officers include junior Blake Ferris as President, Reid Ernst as Vice President, sophomore Connor Kaufman as secretary, Roxanne Bashor as Reporter, junior Shayla Lehr as Treasurer, sophomore Shane Finegan as Sentinel, and freshman Jake McFadden as Executive Committee Member. “I’m excited to see what I can do to help the chapter as an officer next year,” said McFadden. The new officers will meet sometime during the summer for their retreat to plan for next year.

The chapter’s next event is the State Convention in Pueblo during the first week in June where they will have the Parliamentary team competing and members receiving proficiency awards and State degrees.

Wiggins Track Competes at League

By Trevor Dye

The Wiggins Tigers boys’ track team won the League Track Meet on Friday, May 1, and the Wiggins girls’ track team took second place behind Wray. Along with the team’s achievements, many of the individuals and relays set new school records at the meet.

Junior Faythe Harris broke her old school record of 58.86 in the 400 with a new time of 58.42. “I was really excited when I found out I broke it; all of my hard work this season finally paid off,” said Harris. Harris is ranked first in the state for the 400 meter, and she hopes for a state championship this year. Harris also helped beat a 16 year standing record in the 4×200 meter relay, along with Tori Jordan, Lexi Ashbrook, and Jessica Veeman. They beat the record of 149.75 by running a 148.81, and they are hoping to rebreak that record in the track meets to come.

Sophomore Shane Finegan also broke his old school record in the 400 meter by running a 49.83. “It felt good to break 50 seconds in the 400, and I was surprised when I figured out that I broke my record,” said Finegan. Finegan is also ranked first in the 400 by over a full second. Finegan is ranked third in the state for the 200, and he is tied for ninth in 100 meter.

Head coach Mario Garcia was very proud of his team, and is ecstatic with the results from he got from League. “I can’t wait for state; my team should do exceptionally well, and I am hoping for a few state titles from a few relays and some individuals,” said Garcia. Garcia has been preparing for the State Track Meet with strenuous workouts, and he is hoping these workouts will pay off at State.

The Wiggins track team will run their next meet at Longmont High School for the St. Vrain Invitational on Friday, May 8.

Wiggins FBLA Sends Team to Nationals

By Ellyna Van

Kaeson Risner, Austin Dinis, and Matt Ewertz hold their first-place plaque at the state FBLA conference. The trio will compete at Nationals in June.

Kaeson Risner, Austin Dinis, and Matt Ewertz hold their first-place plaque at the state FBLA conference. The trio will compete at Nationals in June.

The Colorado State Future Business Leaders of America Leadership Conference was held on April 23, 24, and 25, in Vail, Colorado. There were 23 Wiggins FBLA members attendants for the conference. Senior Matt Ewertz and juniors Austin Dinis and Kaeson Risner placed first and will be going to nationals.

The trio competed in partnership for business. Ewertz, Dinis, and Risner were in the finals and got to present their powerpoint to several judges. Their project was on the Color Run held in Wiggins.According to Ewertz, they studied the whole time before their presentation and their hard work paid off.  “We did really well, had a solid presentation and a good project analysis,” said Ewertz.

There were many activities for the competitors to do. Several workshops were held during various days of the event. “They gave me helpful information so that I can be more successful in FBLA and my future,” said sophomore Roxanne Bashor. Bashor, along with several other members, went to the “Dress for Success” workshop.

According to many attendees, their favorite part of the trip was shopping at the local stores, the dance, and the food that was provided to the FBLA members. Many plan to do FBLA next year so they can try to attend state once again next year.

According to the FBLA advisor, Dave Croissant, the partnership for business group will do great at nationals with some improvements on their report. “I’m really excited for them; they worked extremely hard, had everything required, and I’m anxious to see how they do at nationals,” said Croissant. Nationals will be held on June 28 and 29 in Chicago, Illinois.