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.

Students Attend After Prom Party

By Ellyna Van

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Parent Rena Baessler paints freshman Jessica Garcia’s face at the after prom party. After prom was postponed on prom night due to the weather and instead was held two weeks later. 

Unlike the usual after prom parties, which are held from 12:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. the night of prom, this year’s after prom party was held two weeks after prom, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. This was due to the weather conditions.  Prizes, activities and food were all provided throughout the night.

The changed time caused some students to be mad, but some enjoyed this new change. Attendees had more energy to try everything, and changing the time was a better idea, said senior Trevor Dye.

Others argued that the original time and date would have made the night even better. “It’s called ‘after prom’ for a reason. The fun part about it is how everyone’s together to 4 o’clock in the morning,” said junior Kamryn Seiber.

The after prom party had many activities such as karaoke, giant hamster balls, sumo suits, an inflatable obstacle course, and more. A favorite among the crowd was the sumo suits, in which two people got in blow-up suits and wrestled. “I really liked the sumo wrestling! It was a good workout,” said junior Matt Durnal.

Karaoke was a favorite among many attendees; they gathered in the lounge to see others perform various songs. Many also took the chance to display their talents.  “Even though we sounded like dying cats, we still killed it,” said sophomore Tori Jordan. Jordan did a duet with sophomore Britney Hart, singing “Oops, I Did it Again” by Britney Spears.

Along with the many activities, prizes were given out throughout the whole night. Some prizes included gift cards, smart TVs, bicycles, and cash. Senior Laura Walker won a microwave and a car kit. “There was a lot to choose from, so whatever you got, it was still nice,” said Walker.

Although there were some controversy on the time and date, everyone still had a fun time because of the abundance of activities, according to Seiber. “There were many people there, and everyone was doing something. It was a good time,” said Seiber.

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.

Wiggins Dances the Night Away at Prom

By Ellyna Van

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Seniors Maddy Shepherd and Trevor Dye were crowned prom king and queen at WHS’s prom on April 16. 

The Wiggins High School juniors hosted this year’s prom on April 16 with approximately 120 attendees. Due to weather conditions, the annual after prom party was canceled, but it is rescheduled for April 29.

The junior class came to an agreement to have this year’s theme be a Masquerade. In order to get much accomplished, it was decided that a prom committee was necessary, according to junior Bailey Eklund. The prom committee consisted of 8 juniors.

Throughout the weeks prior to prom, these students met and created decorations and invitations for prom. Eklund played a major role in the prom committee. “We definitely could’ve been better with time management, but I think the outcome was great. I liked how we used everyone’s ideas to create the different decorations,” said Eklund.

The grand march started at 6:30 p.m., where the prom dates walked down the aisle so family members and friends could snap pictures. Crowning of the prom king and queen followed shortly after. The royalty court consisted of Laura Walker, Faythe Harris, Maddy Shepherd, Becky Kopetzky, Tucker Teague, Trevor Dye, Dillon Donaghy, and Tucker Baker. Shepherd and Dye were crowned prom king and queen. After the royalty dance, all the attendees gathered in the middle of the room and began to dance.

“My favorite part about the dance was how everyone danced. There were few who sat down, and that was only because they were tired,” said junior Shane Finegan. Most people enjoyed the DJ, but they wished he could have varied song genres. There were few country songs and slow songs played, according to Finegan.

The dance was cut short at 10:30 p.m. due to worsening weather conditions. “If there was one thing that could’ve improved, it’s the weather,” said junior Kamryn Seiber. Many prom attendees also wished that they could have gone to after prom.

“This was my favorite prom out of the three years I’ve gone,” said Shepherd. “Prom was sad and fun, because I knew this was my last one. Winning prom queen was unexpected, but it made it so much better.” Prom was a success, according to Shepherd.

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.

Futures Set for the Class of 2016

By Makayla Harris

The Wiggins class of 2016 has had many accomplishments in both sports and academics. For the first time in years, the senior class has reached over $1,000,000 in scholarships.

Faythe Harris’ sports accomplishments began in volleyball when she was All-Conference and led the league in kills. More recently, she won the 400-meter run at the University track meet. Winning at this meet puts Harris on the road to state.

“My goal for this year is to make it back to state, finish what I started last year, and just to finish off my senior year with all that I can,” said Harris. In her track career, Harris has been a part of setting three school records and currently has the league record for the 400. According to Harris, track and other sports have been able to give her leadership skills that will help in her future career and other endeavors. Harris will be attending Olympic College in Washington and playing volleyball  this coming fall. She plans on getting her degree in midwifery.

In academics, the seniors have been successful as well. Reid Ernst has received the Daniels scholarship. The Daniels scholarship is a full ride to any school within 200 colleges and universities in 44 states. According to Ernst, the Daniels is much more than a scholarship; it puts winners in a better place for after college. It prepares them for the workplace and makes their resume more appealing. Daniels Scholars are selected out of the four-state region of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.

“When thinking about leaving now and going to college, just knowing that I have all of it paid for makes it a lot easier and less stressful. I can not worry as much as just look forward to the future,” Ernst said. He will be attending Colorado State University in the fall, working toward getting a degree in Environmental Engineering.

Not only these two seniors have made the 2016 class impressive, but many others have, too, by getting accepted into competitive universities and other activities throughout the year. Tucker Teague has been accepted to Texas A&M; Kamryn Siros, Cazenovia;  Austin Dinis, San Diego State; Blake Ferris, University of Wyoming; Laura Walker, Chadron State, and Kaeson Risner, Kansas State. Many other seniors plan on attending in state colleges.

The class of 2016 will be graduating on May 22 and then heading off to college sometime during the month of August.