High School

senior interview

Peter Mooney: A Modern Marvel

By: Derek Hytrek

Peter Mooney is a senior set to graduate at the conclusion of Woodbury Central’s first semester in December. Mooney is the son of Michael and Angela Mooney and has four siblings: Sarah, Kelsey, Nick, and Catlin.

While Peter does not have any set plans for life after high school, he does know that he wants to do something related to cars. Mooney has experience working with cars. He has worked for J&J Motors on Main Street in Moville for the last three and a half years. Mooney also works with cars in his spare time and says it is his favorite hobby aside from drinking pop.

Mooney’s favorite movie is Happy Gilmore and his favorite show is The Office because of the humor they provide. MGK is his favorite artist because, “he makes good music.” Mooney also enjoys the few cats he has at his home. Mooney also loves eating spaghetti because it “tastes good.”

Mooney’s favorite class he has taken in high school is independent literature this year with Ms. Clayton. He adds that goofing off and having fun in this class was his most pleasant memory in high school. Mooney’s advice to underclassmen navigating high school would be “have fun. It is important to have fun to survive.”

Senior Interview - Wyatt Ashley

By Jayn Haggin

Wyatt Ashley is the son of Rob and Tracy Ashley and has a brother named Blake along with a dog named Louis. Wyatt was born on November 17th, 2000 at St. Lukes in Sioux City, Iowa. His favorite class that he’s taken while at Woodbury Central was Senior shop, because he got to do a lot of fun projects with his friends and one of his favorite memories in that class was making a duck call with Seth Stamm.

Wyatt’s favorite movie is “Hot Rod” because of it’s humor and his favorite TV show is “The Office” because of all the pranks and because he likes the actors. One of Wyatt’s favorite hobbies is cars.  He first became interested in them because of the video games he plays with his friends and enjoys going to the car meets that they set up.

Wyatt’s favorite food is pasta because of how many different kinds there are. His favorite music artist is Machine Gun Kelly. He says because “He conveys a message to try and help the youth going through a hard time.”

One of Wyatt’s most memorable moments from highschool would be the time him and a couple friends went through a big snow pile in their winter vehicles before school started.

His advice to underclassmen would be, “Enjoy it while you can because the end of highschool  comes a lot sooner than you think.” Wyatt plans to graduate at semester this year and become a diesel technician.

New year with new technology at WC

By Garrett Arment and Wyatt Ashley

Chromebooks have been introduced this year to the students from 7th through 12th grade at Woodbury Central. Each student has their own chromebook with which they can do their assignments and other school activities.

There are many benefits for the students having their own chromebooks such as: the ability to communicate more easily, check grades, look up useful information, and participate in labs. A problem for some students would be that not everyone is knowledgeable of the device and has to learn how to use them before they can get the most out of the device.  

Doug Glackin, WC superintendent, and Pat Thompson had to make the decision if the school should buy the chromebooks or just replace laptops that the school already has. These laptops would have to stay at the school. They came to a conclusion that buying the chromebooks for each individual student would cost only slightly more. Mr. Tomoson presented the options to the Board of Education, and the Board decided to purchase the chromebooks.  

So with this they bought the chromebooks and moved laptop carts to the elementary for the younger students. Having a laptop cart in the classroom opens a door of opportunities within the classroom.

When it comes to making sure that the students aren’t doing something that they shouldn’t be doing on their chromebooks, there are several options for the faculty of Woodbury Central. A program called GoGuardian is installed on every chromebook and laptop. This program allows all of the faculty to monitor and make sure that the students aren’t doing something they shouldn’t. If a student is violating one of the rules, a teacher can take control of that students computer and put an end to whatever they're doing.  

Karely Leon Lino getting the most of the American experience!

By Sebastian Semmler

Karely Leon Lino is getting into the American high school spirit and is loving every second of it. Karely is an exchange student who is attending Woodbury Central this year. Karely is from Switzerland, and she is Bolivian.


Karely said she wanted to come to America to study. She also wanted to learn a new language. She says it’s very important for her professional future. She also really wanted to do it in her life.

Since Karely was small, she watched American movies that showed the high schools, yellow busses, cheerleading, infamous lockers, football games, and of course, the amazing school spirit. Karely always told her mom that she wanted to live in the U.S.A.

“I wanted to go to a high school, but she always told me ‘Maybe one day’ and its always been a dream that I’ve had,” Karely said.

Karely thinks living in America is very different from living in her home country, Switzerland. She says that in Switzerland she has a daily routine but not in America. Karely adds that people are more fun to be around in America rather than Switzerland.

Karely’s favorite part so far was her birthday. She said that her host family made it really fun for her. Her host family went out to eat at Texas Roadhouse, and Karely said she really enjoyed it.

“It was hard at the beginning because it was my first birthday away from my mom but it turned out just fine,” Karely said.

Karely has experienced no culture shock since visiting America and feels very comfortable being here.

Karely enjoys volleyball practices, history class, and football games! She also loves to go camping because she has never gone camping before and really enjoys it.

Some of Karely’s hobbies are playing soccer, buying shoes and makeup, dancing, and singing.

Karely says traveling and experiencing other cultures is important in her family because “it’s the only way to know more about other cultures and therefore to have incredible memories.”

Lino would like to thank her mom who offered her the opportunity to have this experience. She would also like to thank her host family because they are just amazing.

2018 exchange student
Foreign Exchange Student immersed in culture!

By Matt Nissen

Linda Goldhausen is a foreign exchange student visiting who’s excited to participate in American culture at Woodbury Central! She comes to us all the way from Frankfurt, Germany.

Goldhausen believes that the school spirit is one of the most interesting parts of studying abroad. She says,  “In movies, you always see the typical American things like the yellow school busses or the team spirit at the football games with the cheerleaders.”  After seeing these, she wanted to experience this herself.

The reason that she chose to travel to America was because her parents are good friends with a couple from Texas, so she developed an interest in American culture. She also enjoys the American accent.

So far Goldhausen has lived a completely different way of life in Iowa, and her school experience has been the most divergent because she gets to meet new people.  Goldhausen commented, “School is much more important here, especially the sports teams.”

Some of Goldhausen’s favorite activities so far are the small things such as just sitting around and talking with her host family and friends.

Some of the cultural shocks that Goldhausen has experienced are the American values, food, and daily life because they are very different from her life in Germany.

Goldhausen is a firefighter in Germany and likes to go cycling, dancing, and spending time with her friends in her spare time.

“You don't just learn other languages; you also get to know people from all over the world and a different point of view on your own culture and the world in general,” Goldhausen said about why it is important to travel and experience other cultures. She also said that besides the learning it is fun and interesting to discover new countries and their cultures.

One last statement from Goldhausen:  “I recommend becoming an exchange student! You get more confident, experienced, and it’s so much fun and exciting to live a totally different life.”

Exchange student adapting to the American ways!

By Sebastian Semmler

Ebba Leandersson is an exchange attending Woodbury Central. Leandersson is from Sweden and lives in Rattvik, a small town with about 5,000 people.

Leandersson came to America because a girl who went to her school who was also an exchange student told Leandersson all about it and it sounded fun to her.

Leandersson said she chose America because our school system is so different from theirs. Some of Leandersson’s friends who were also exchange students said it was a great experience.

Leandersson says that America is very different than her home in Sweden. She says that they do not have a dress code at their school, and says that people in her country eat a lot healthier.

Some of Leandersson’s hobbies are baking, cooking, dancing, and making crafts.

Leandersson thinks that it is important to travel and experience other cultures around the world. She says “you get a better picture of the world and can understand why people think the way they do.”

Leandersson adds “If you have the chance to do the same thing I did, do it! If you want to ask me something, just do it!

Alessia Baroni

Foreign Exchange Student - Alessia Baroni

By Derek Hytrek

Garrett Arment

Woodbury-Central will welcome six foreign exchange students from various countries for the 2018-2019 school year. One of these students is Alessia Baroni, coming all the way from Venice, Italy which is home to Piazza San Marco and Doge’s Palace.

Alessia wanted to study abroad because of her interest in travel and wanted to experience a new culture.

“My parents helped me with this choice and I talked with students who had done it before, I was really interested in what they told me,” says Baroni.

She believes it is important to travel because it opens her mind and doesn’t live her entire life in her little world. “For me it’s very important to try new things that help you to grow up.”

So far Alessia has enjoyed her experience in America. Her favorite part has been the school experience, although she has noticed many differences. “The relationship between students and teachers is totally different than in Italy” says Baroni. Her favorite part so far about being in America, “the school, because I believe that the students here have more opportunities to have fun and enjoy the high school experience such as going to sports games, homecoming, and school pictures.”

Some of the hobbies that Baroni enjoys doing outside of school is “I always do artistic gymnastic, that is my favorite sport. I like hanging out with my friends, dancing and watching T.V. series. I love also spending time with my family camping.”

“For the moment I’m very happy to stay here and I’m proud of myself to have chosen to live out this opportunity,” Alessia says. “I really hope to improve my english and grow up.”


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2018 exchange student

Foreign Exchange Student story - Kim
By Wyatt Ashley, Jadyn Haggin, Sebastian Semmler
Manapat “Kim” Inthasi, is a foreign exchange student from Thailand. She is currently studying
abroad at Woodbury Central High School, 8,518 miles away from home. She is one of the six
foreign exchange students that are currently studying at Woodbury Central.
Inthasi says she came to America to enhance her English skills. When Inthasi was young, she
read a cartoon book about America and that is why she decided to come to the United States.
She says, “I like the environment, the technology, and the high quality of life.”
Inthasi says living in America has been different than living in Thailand. She says she has lost
some privacy compared to being at home where her parents gave her more freedom. Since
moving here she has tried to speak a lot in English since she does not really use it in Thailand.
When asked what her favorite part about living in the United States is, she says her favorite part
is the American food. American food should be enough reason to travel here from Thailand. She
says she loves to eat food and loves to try new things.
One difference since moving here for Inthasi is that Americans do not always take off their shoes
when they come into their home. In America it is not uncommon for people to take their shoes
off before entering their homes, some just choose not to do so. Another difference is that
Americans usually do not use an iron on our clothes, they typically tend to just take them out of
the dryer and wear them.
When asked about her hobbies, Kim says “I don’t really have any hobbies because I am a person
who becomes bored easily. I like to listen to music while playing on my phone and eating
delicious food.”