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.

 

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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.

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.

Blizzard Changes FBLA State Travel Plans

By Faythe Harris

Twenty-four  students attended the 2016 State FBLA Conference in Vail, Colorado, April 14-16. The weekend was filled with presentations and lots and lots of snow. The trip took a turn when  a blizzard came through Vail pass and changed travel plans.

The weekend started with presentations of some  projects. “Our presentation went well, but we were a little rushed,” said junior Cody Huwa. His partner was sophomore Teggan Freauff. Those that were not presenting spent the day either relaxing and enjoying the sights of Vail or going to seminars. Senior Laura Walker went to a team-building exercise with a group of other female FBLA members, and she said that the seminar was very interesting, and it caused her to think about team cooperation differently.

Friday quickly became an eventful day when everyone found out that plans had changed, and that they would be heading home on a Fort Morgan bus with some of Fort Morgan’s students. The hopes were that everyone would make it home ahead of the storm that was supposed to hit hard later in the day. However, once everyone was loaded on the bus and headed down the frontage road, the discovery was made that the interstate was closed down.

“I was nervous because I had no idea what was going to happen, or if we were even going to be able to get home,” said sophomore Courtney Jenson. After waiting for three hours on the bus, a decision was made to head back to the hotel and try to leave early in the morning.

This plan proved successful, as the whole chapter was able to load onto a bus and head down the mountain Saturday morning. Senior Brienna Baer said she was happy to be going home, but was not happy to be back on a bus.

Once everyone made it home, an announcement was made that no one made it to Nationals from the Wiggins Chapter.

Wiggins FFA Competes in District Judging CDEs

By Roxanne Bashor

The Wiggins FFA chapter sent seven teams to the district Career Development Events competition on April, 6 2016. The dairy teams traveled to Kersey, while the other teams went to NJC in Sterling for their competitions.

The crops judging team consisted of juniors Roxanne Bashor, Rachel Columbia, Bailey Eklund, and Charlee Teague. This team placed first overall in the competition, with each person placing in the top six as individuals. Columbia said that she has hopes to get gold as an individual at the state competition.

There were eight people competing on the dairy team this year, and they placed second overall. This team consisted of senior Jessica Veeman, junior Shane Finegan, sophomores Tyler Hein and Jacob McFadden, and freshmen Jagger Dinis, Tanna Hansen, Anthony Sirios, and Justin Veeman. “I was really impressed with how well all of the members performed after the lack of time that we had to practice,” said Jessica Veeman, who was the district high individual.

The Ag Sales team was the district runner-up, and the team consisted of seniors Blake Ferris, Reid Ernst, and Jarrett Wagner and junior Cody Huwa. This was Ferris’s first time in this specific competition, and he has hopes of improving on the team activity for state. According to Ferris, the one-on-one interviews and written test went the best for their team.

Another full team that attended contest was the horse judging team. This team was made up of all freshmen members:  Alexis Combs, Jessie Gilbert, Lakota Harris, and Kylie Huwa. The horse team placed first in the district; Gilbert was the district high individual, and Harris was third in the district.

There was also a Farm Business Management team that competed and received second overall in the competition. This team consisted of seniors Kassidy Harris and Tucker Teague and junior Connor Kaufman, with Tucker Teague and Kaufman both placing in the top four overall as individuals. “I was really pleased with our team effort and individual accomplishments, but I hope to improve on my general farm business management questions,” said Kaufman.

Freshmen members Cheyenne Lehr and Caden Callaway participated in the Horticulture competition as well.

Most of these teams will be competing at the state competition in Fort Collins on May 1 and 2.

History Day Finds Success at Regionals

By Faythe Harris

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Wiggins senior Becky Kopetzky presents her performance on Elizabethan theater at the regional History Day competition in Greeley. Kopetzky was the only WHS student to compete in the performance category. 

The Wiggins High School History Club has had a past of success, and this year is no different. After the regional competition last Saturday, March 5, there will be seven projects and thirteen students continuing onto the state competition. “For the most part I was happy with the outcome of regionals; we had some projects perform really well,” said adviser Casey Clay.

Of the seven projects continuing to state, four took first at the regional competition. Junior Taylor Boyer was awarded first in individual documentary. Senior Trevor Dye got first in individual website. Senior Maddy Shepherd received first in individual exhibit. amd seniors Austin Dinis, Tucker Teague, Dillon Donaghy, Reid Ernst, and Blake Ferris achieved first in group website.

The other projects that made it received third place. Included in this group are sophomore Makayla Harris with an individual paper, juniors Hannah Johnson and Raquel Galvin with a group exhibit, and senior Becky Kopetzky in an individual performance. According to  Dye, the regional competition went really well, and he is looking forward to state.

Senior Laura Walker went for individual exhibit, but did not make the cut for state. Luke Eikenberg, Connor Kaufman, and Caleb Hills completed an exhibit that also didn’t make the grade for the state competition. “It was a terrible day and I was disappointed in myself, but I’m happy to have gained the experience,” said Walker.  

The state competition will take place on April 30 in Denver at the CU Denver campus. Clay said he has some students that are trying for Nationals and is looking forward to seeing what state will bring.

Shattering Bats, Shattering Expectations

By Pete Kammerzell

The Wiggins baseball program has more players out this year than in years past and the program has high expectations for this season. Coach Aaron Phillips is returning this season as his second year of coaching baseball in Wiggins. Phillips, whose team is coming off a six-win season last year, which is more wins than the team has had in the five years combined, said, “Our guys have been working hard this winter, a lot more than last winter and in the past of this program, so we feel ready for the season.”

Sophomore Cael Croissant has high aspirations for this season as there is a lot of talent on this year’s team. His main focus is simply that he wants to win baseball games this year: “I think we have a good chance at winning our league overall. We just need to win.” Croissant, who played second base last year and hopes to return to the position, says he needs to work on his approach at the plate.

Senior Trevor Dye is also much more excited for this season than his previous three. Dye plans on being the team’s number-one pitcher, along with the shortstop or third baseman. The senior also believes that the team has a high chance of winning league. “The amount talent is a lot higher this season than with the past teams I have played on,” said Dye.

Another senior, Tucker Baker, is looking forward to playing with this year’s group. Baker, who has played catcher in the past, could be playing a variety of positions this season. Shortstop, pitcher, catcher, second base, and right field are all positions that Baker could be playing this season. Baker’s main goal for the season is to have the team cut down on mental errors in games and to stay focused. The senior also has high hopes for this year’s team.

The Tigers have their first scrimmage Saturday, March 5, against Platte Valley and Lyons. Their first league game is against Haxtun on March 12.