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Mrs. Bock Teacher Interview

By Jameson Mandl


Mrs. Bock, who teaches reading at Woodbury Central's middle school, is most satisfied with her job “when I see students engaged and excited about what they are reading.” 

Mrs. Bock enjoys teaching at the middle school level because “I enjoy seeing the growth in students as their taste in what they read matures and develops." She motivates her students to participate in class by “using cards with their names on them. I draw a card to call on them whenever possible. It keeps everyone focused on the lesson at hand.” Her assignments let her students be creative and express their individuality. “There is a lot of room for individual choice in my classes," she explains. "Even though students are required to read a variety of genres, they are allowed almost complete autonomy over the books they choose.”

Mrs. Bock's favorite part of teaching is “the people. I enjoy my WC co-workers and students. I love seeing the untapped potential and growth as my students become discerning readers.” The toughest part of her job as a media specialist is when she is not able "to spend time in my libraries or with the library associates” and keep track of teacher media resources, especially those offered by the AEA.

Mrs. Bock moved to Moville while she was in elementary school. Her father, Dean Von Bergen, was WC's high school principal, and her mother Sharon worked for Hobbs Chevrolet. Mrs. Bock graduated from WC, and earned her major degree in English, and minor degrees in speech and drama from Buena Vista U. Later from the U of Neb, Omaha, she earned her Master of Education, with emphasis in Instructional Media. She decided to become a teacher “when I was in college, I kept thinking to myself, ‘If I was teaching this class…’ I just knew I could do it better.” 

Mrs. Bock has taught summer language camps at BV and, at Storm Lake High School, she was a sophomore English teacher and speech coach. She chose to work at WC because “my husband’s job transferred us back to the area and after substitute teaching for a while, I was approached about the library position," Mrs. Bock recalls. She adds that she returned to school to study for her Master's degree as a media specialist, and three years later she became WC's library media specialist; she has since been transitioned to its middle school reading teacher.

Mrs. Bock values her faith, family and friends; “People are more important than things,” she says. The three Bock children are married and among them, she and her husband Lou have six grandchildren. One of their goals is “to travel to all 50 states,” she says. “Each summer we seem to make it to another one or two. A few years from now, retirement will give us more time and opportunities.” 

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Question and Answer

By Becca Gebel

            Four Woodbury Central’s high school students were asked “What is it that you are looking towards summer the most?

            Rachel LaPaglia, a senior answered, “I love to be able to go camping and fishing. I am looking forward to enjoying these activities and a relaxing summer with family and friends.”

            Faith Schlotman, a junior answered, “I like having free time and being able to watch One Tree Hill whenever I want to.”

            Alexis Schwarz, a sophomore answered, “being able to have free time, working and making money, and being able to hang out with my friends.”

            Kara Schmitz, a freshman answered, “I can’t wait until I can sleep in as long as I want to and can spend all my free time with my friends.” 

What do you want to do after high school Q&A

By Charles Rhue


In Woodbury Central High School this week a question was posed to one student from each high school class, “what do you want to do after high school?”

Anthony Baird, a freshman, responds, “I want to go to the University of Iowa to become a dentist.”

Sophomore Kendall Fouts thinks about the matter and then says, “I want to be an actuary or a financial accountant.”

Clay Baldwin, a junior, says, “I want to find a job in the agriculture field somewhere along the line of a livestock nutritionist.”

Senior Nikoel Hytrek declares, “I want to go to college and study journalism and then write for the rest of my life.”


If you could wake up tomorrow in the body of a famous person in history who would it be and why?

 By Halle Still

Freshman- Zechariah Polkinghorn

A.”I would be Michael Jordan because I think he was the best basketball player in history and came a long ways.”


Sophomore- Erin Tomoson

A. “I would be Abraham Lincoln because he was one of the most successful presidents in history.”


Junior- Matt Nelson

A. “I would be George Washington Carver because he invented peanut butter.”


Senior- Reed Mitchell

A. “I would be Theodore Roosevelt because he was a good man and did so many things for our country. I have a lot of the same beliefs as him as well.”



High School Student of a week Hunter Bryan

By Drew Widman

Hunter Bryan, a junior at Woodbury Central, was chosen by Mr. Meister, the high school business teacher, for his outstanding test scores that he achieved on his last two accounting exams.

 “Hunter is very conscientious about his work,” states Mr. Meister who adds that Hunter is a great student and works hard. Mr. Meister also said, “Hunter is a leader in class and strives for perfection.”





Pictures attached are Edgar Rodriguez (Senior), Brady Butters (Junior),

Tanner Fixsel (Sophomore), Blake Stratton (Freshman)


What is the most beautiful thing about people Q&A by Charles Rhue


In Woodbury Central High School this week we asked “what is the most beautiful thing about people?” These answers may surprise you. Blake Stratton, a freshman, responded, “Technically I guess it would be the personality.” Then Blake added, “because without personality, people are just bland.”

Sophomore Tanner Fixsel responded, “I guess it is their actions. “It makes people who they are.”

Brady Butters, a junior, said “It depends on the person.

Senior Edgar Rodriguez responded, “Personalities, personalities would be it because if all people had the same personality, life would be boring.”


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By Jameson Mandl


What talent would you like to have that you don’t have right now?


Woodbury Central students were asked the question, “What talent would you like to have that you don’t have right now?”


Senior Kristin Hubert chooses to have “a good drawing ability” because “I still draw stick people.”

Senior Ryan Fouts decides to go with the ability to read quickly “so I can learn more, and be smarter.”

Sophomore Austin Rapp wants to be “a good cook” so “when I’m by myself I can make myself food.”

Freshmen Zach Thomas wants the ability “to shuffle cards” so “I can play cards and look cool.”



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High school Q&A


By Lyndzy Flewelling


What’s your favorite summer activity?

“I like to play baseball games in the summer with Colton Herbold.” Nick Phelps, freshman.

“Watching baseball games with Halle Gray and McKenna Alitz.” Kalynn Manker, sophomore.

“Lifting with the upcoming football players.” Ethan Schultzen, junior.

“Hanging out with my friends all day such as McKenna Alitz and Alexa Sanford.” Erika Bates, senior.


Cutline- Woodbury Central high school choir students practice singing their music.

HS Spotlight Mrs. Rollison

By Alexa Sanford

            “I enjoy being in choir because it is a good environment and I like the songs Mrs. Rollison chooses for us to sing,” explained Kalynn Manker, a Woodbury Central sophomore.

WC high school choir students presented a choir concert March 9. Students are required through the high school choir curriculum to perform different types of choral literature for an audience.

Sophomore Marc Eyer surprised the audience when he sang Halleluiah. “Marc’s singing really impressed me,” Mckenna Alitz, WC sophomore, commented. “I had no idea he could sing that well, I hope he continues to do solos.”

In addition to Eyer’s solo, students also sang Landslide, Team, Free Ride, as well as other music. “Students are given the chance to showcase their vocal talent through choral and solo singing,” noted Mrs. Rollison.

             “We started rehearsing the music in January and performed March 9,” Mrs. Rollisons said about the choir students and they performed at Woodbury Central at 7 pm.


Feature Story Mr. Galloway

By Keaton Morgan

Woodbury Central teacher Stan Galloway and his World History students are planning “a trip with a $10,000 budget to an obscure island of their choosing.” According to Mr. Galloway, students will calculate the finances needed for airfare, hotel, car rental, and attractions, “and the cost of each expenditure in percentages” during this hypothetical project.

Mr. Galloway, who teaches history for grades 8-12, explains that “students will plan an itinerary of what they will do and discuss the best features of their islands when presenting their findings to the class.” The students then vote on which of the islands will be the best to visit.

            The students benefit from this project because “they will develop and maintain productive group relations,” comments Mr. Galloway. “They will create, revise, and edit a written presentation/PowerPoint.”

 During this week-long project, explains Mr. Galloway, the students will “increase their verbal communication skills through an oral presentation.” Then he adds that they “will apply math skills and increase their ability to follow multi-step directions and navigate the internet to research transportation, lodging, activities, and costs.”

            Mr. Galloway introduces the project into the curriculum “when we get to the Age of Exploration chapter, and after we have discussed some of the famous explorers and the problems they faced.” 


High School Student of the Week Faith Scholtman

By Alexa Sanford

            “Faith’s work ethic and pride in her work makes her a great role model for the students of Woodbury Central,” said Mrs. McElrath, WC high school science teacher.

Faith Scholtman, a junior at WC, has been educated by Mrs. McElrath for 3 years. Faith is currently taking Advanced Biology and has grown a lot in the classroom, according to Mrs. McElrath. She puts extra effort into her projects, assignments, and assessments. She has discovered many valuable ways to study the content, and it has definitely paid off.

“Faith has set very high goals for herself in Advanced Biology,” explained Mrs. McElrath. “It has been amazing to see her reach those goals.”




Who has been the most influential person in your life and why?

By Drew Widman

Woodbury Central senior Erika Bates: “My mom, because she has accomplished so much and she is always there for me. I can only hope to be half the woman she is.”

Junior Matt Nelson: “Many of people influence me but one person that comes to my mind is Mr. Miller because he has a lot of information about shop that I didn’t know.”

Sophomore Alexis Schwarz: “My sister, because she encourages me to be successful and to challenge myself.”

Freshmen Cody Kennedy: “My grandpa, because he knows a lot of things and is smart



High school Q&A

By Lyndzy Flewelling


What’s your favorite summer activity?


“I like to play baseball games in the summer with Colton Herbold.” Nick Phelps, freshman

“Watch baseball games with Halle Gray and McKenna Alitz.” Kalynn Manker, sophomore

“Lifting with the upcoming football players.” Ethan Schultzen, junior

“Hanging out with my friends all day such as McKenna Alitz and Alexa Sanford.” Erika Bates, senior




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WC Students Support Cancer

By Alexa Sanford

            “Me, my dad, and my brother shaved our heads because our babysitter has cancer,” explained David Hause, a third grader in Mr. Kobliska’s class here at Woodbury Central.

David and Austin Cain stand up for what they believe is right by letting their babysitter know she is not alone in fighting this battle against cancer. Missy Smith of Moville, their babysitter, is very important to both of them, and Austin, a first grader in Mrs. Choquette’s class said, “We shaved our heads so she wouldn’t feel left out.”

            Brothers Austin and David recently shaved their heads to support their babysitter, a cancer survivor who lost her hair during treatment.



By Halle Still

Who is the boy behind the royal blue and white mask? It’s a junior prepping for Woodbury Central’s prom, and because this year’s theme is “Masquerade,” several students will wear masks during the evening. Each year WC’s junior classes along with their prom sponsor Mrs. Schultz put in hours of work for prom to be a success. “It is a stressful time of year, but it's a good stress because the students enjoy it,” Mrs. Schultz says. “It takes about three weeks to build the decorations as we do it a little at a time. The week before is hectic as final touches are made.” 

Mrs. Schultz explains that the prom committee starts planning and researching a theme, the décor, and a meal and caterer shortly after Homecoming. Each fall, juniors sell food at the football concession stand and donate their time toward the junior auction. “After that, they have an idea of their budget and start planning the details.” Mrs. Schultz adds.

Junior Clay Baldwin comments, “We started raising money very early and I think that was a huge boost for us.” Their fundraisers included two tailgates, a basketball concession stand, collecting fees for a girls basketball tournament in November, and selling cookie books and yard signs. Junior Mikayla Mitchell adds, “I liked selling cookie books because everyone likes to eat cookies.”

This year, the Grand March opens at 6:30 April 11 in the high school gym; dinner follows in the school commons and the dance begins about 8 o’clock.

The juniors and their parents try to make Prom and After Prom the best it can be for the seniors’ last prom. For After Prom, the parents have scheduled the following events and activities: a comedian, caricaturist, a photo booth, ping pong, foosball, dodge ball, movies and art canvases for painting. Food for After Prom will include fruit, an ice cream machine, popcorn, snacks and more than two dozen pizzas; a breakfast follows at 4:30am.





People’s Prized Possessions

By Dawson Petersen

What is your most prized possession? Why?

“My sick Beats, because they are expensive and block out everything so I talk loud,” says Colton Herbold, a freshman at Woodbury Central.

Sophomore Emily Winkler states, “My family, because I wouldn’t have anything without them.”

Junior Austin Walker says, “My car, because I use it to get me everywhere like school.”

Senior Molly Grell chooses to say, “My parents, because they are always there for me in any situation.”

Levi Paulsen Student of the Week

By Becca Gebel

            Levi Paulsen, a senior at Woodbury Central, is chosen as a Student of the Week by Mr. Petersen. “He is really coming to terms with how difficult the music writing process can be,” Mr. Petersen says.

            Mr. Petersen, who teaches band and music theory, chose him because Levi has “finished his final embellishments on his warm-up chorale project,” and it’s “just astounding.” Mr. Petersen adds, “I am excited for him to finish his arrangement so he can hear how it sounds with a full ensemble.”

Cutline; Gracia Widman, Megan Warren and Alexis Strachan

Middle School Spotlight Mrs. Wurth

By Becca Gebel 

“My curriculum changes from class to class depending on what each group of students’ needs is," says Mrs. Wurth, who teaches a group of Woodbury Central TAG students. "I choose my projects based on the kids.”

WC's seventh grade TAG students, Jakob Schultz, Megan Warren, Gracia Widman and Alexis Strachan, have recently started building a mini-golf course. They start their project "from scratch," and each builds 3 or 4 fairways and holes to create a mini-golf course.

 The students tap into their creativity to design a course to top a 9 ft. x 4.5 ft. wood board as a platform; they make sure that a golfer can shoot a “hole in one.” They practice their math skills as they study and apply angles to their project.. According to Mrs. Wurth, students gain mathematic and angle experience to help them better understand math concepts.

As part of the class the students also gain business knowledge by learning how to open a small business. This class is one semester long, and students meet once a week.

Cutline; Gracia Widman, Megan Warren and Alexis Strachan 

*Pictured left to right* Jerzey Waderich, Drew Widman, Matt Nelson, and Brady Meister

High School Mentors of the Week

By Matt Best

Recently Mrs. Logan chose to spotlight her mentor group, and specifically Jerzey Waderich, Drew Widman, Matt Nelson, and Brady Meister. They and 8 other students are all part of her mentor group that meets every Wednesday as part of the national Olweus program which the school has adopted.

“I have a great mentor group and we all think our way through a number of potential verbal and physical interactions with others,” she states. “As we discuss fictional situations, we explore different ways to act and react to them.”

Then Mrs. Logan adds, “I would like to nominate my entire mentor group; however, these boys consistently add to the conversation and contribute honestly and respectfully to our group sessions.”  

Matt, Jerzey, and Brady are all Woodbury Central juniors, and Drew is a senior.

Alyssa Gotto high school student of the week

By Lyndzy Flewelling

High school junior Alyssa Gotto is Woodbury Central’s Student of the Week. Mrs. Sailer picked Alyssa out of her Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) class.

            According to Mrs. Sailer, Alyssa always gets her work done on time. “She is serious about her nursing career and I hope I can teach some things about the profession,” adds Mrs. Sailer.  Alyssa is usually one of the first of her classmates to volunteer to practice her skills and asks pertaining questions to the subject.  Mrs. Sailer says, “I’m excited about Alyssa being my school-to-work person next year.”

Picture of Cody Zellmer

Foods Class Feature Story

 By Drew Widman

 “Foods class helps expand my cooking knowledge,” states Cody Zellmer, a Woodbury Central junior. This class is a basic intro course to cooking, which teaches the general terms and cooking practices.

As the Foods I class study the principles of baking, the students stirs up different types of cookies; they benefit by practicing various techniques like learning to follow the directions and to convert fractions. 

According to Ms. Hanson, "Working in kitchen groups of four classmates encourages cooperation and teamwork to produce a successful product."

To roll out and bake different cookies and pastries is great for the curriculum because it shows the students real life examples of what it's like to cook. According to Ms Hanson, baking can be like a chemical experiment; the recipe is the formula and the ingredients are the chemicals.

Hard work at Interesting Job, Slack Off at Boring Job Survey

By Charles Rhue

With the vast amount of employment opportunities today, we could work construction, teach art, or pursue thousands of careers. As we strive to find a profession that fits us as individuals, we can opt for fun jobs or boring jobs.

 For today’s survey, Woodbury Central High School students weigh in on what they think will be better: to work really hard at an interesting job, or slack off at a boring one. Of the 10 students who answer, 9 of them choose “to work hard at something that interests them,” and 1 chooses “to slack off.”

A junior who chooses to work hard in an interesting jobs states, “Time flies when you’re having fun.” A senior who sides with hard work writes, “You should work hard at any job you have.” The one student that chooses to slack off at a boring job expresses, “Because I am lazy.”

In conclusion, the benefits of either can be very beneficial in their own ways, but it seems that working at an enjoyable job really does help with getting through it.

Front Row: Jacey Stratton, Rachel LaPaglia

Back row: Ethan Schultzen, Levi Paulsen, Landan Paulsen, Hunter Bryan

Spanish Language Fair at Buena Vista

By Halle Still

Six of Woodbury Centrals Spanish speaking students represented WC by attending the Spanish Language Fair. The students used their Spanish speaking abilities to converse with several other students around Iowa.

 “The Spanish Language Fair was an excellent opportunity and fun way for them to put their Spanish skills to use,” WC Spanish teacher Jill Stratton comments. The Spanish Language Fair on March 9 was held at Buena Vista College in Storm Lake. Attending from Woodbury Central were seniors Landan Paulsen, Levi Paulsen and Rachel LaPaglia, and juniors Hunter Bryan, Jacey Stratton and Ethan Schultzen. Mrs. Stratton selected and accompanied the students.

            When the Spanish students arrived at Buena Vista College they ate lunch and then participated in several activities such as: improvisation, scavenger hunt, trivia bowl, poster contest, and prepared skits and speeches.

 Jacey Stratton and LaPaglia created two posters with a theme of Spanish in any community of their choice. The Paulsens completed a two and a half minute improvisation conversation in Spanish trying to convince their dad to allow them to go to a party.

All six students teamed up for a scavenger hunt that included reading clues in Spanish to take them to a destination to converse with other Spanish speaking students in a variety of ways. For instance, they gave directions in Spanish from a field house to a hospital, and bargained at a bookstore for a lower price on a t-shirt.

            By the end of the day the students teamed up in groups of three for a Trivia Bowl. For three rounds they were tested on their Spanish grammar and vocabulary knowledge and answered a variety of questions about Spanish literature.


Mr. Miller

Industrial Artist of the Week

By Keaton Morgan

Woodbury Central junior Tomas Dahill takes the classes Building Trades (Tech 3), and Computer Aided Drafting I (CAD I) with Mr. Miller. “I can always count on Tomas,” Mr. Miller says.

In Building Trades, students learn the fundamentals of construction and maintenance. Tomas has worked on numerous projects throughout the year, including reconstructing the welding area, remodeling a cold storage area into usable lab space, and building small yard sheds.  Mr. Miller comments, “Tomas works hard and always does the best job that he can do; he is reliable and has a fantastic work ethic.”

The Industrial Arts CAD I class includes lessons in both 2D and 3D CAD; students design and draw engine parts, tools, and common fasteners that are used in the industry. 

Money, Time Survey

By Halle Still

            Would you rather have more time or more money? We live in a world where money is very important because costs are simply high. However, to others it is not their No. 1 priority and they feel as though they can get by with what they have.

            A person is never guaranteed how much time he/she has left to live; many people want to have more time to accomplish their tasks successfully. On the other hand, some may choose a greater amount of money to buy more items.

We surveyed Woodbury Central’s high school students, and 11 of 17 would rather have more money than more time. The 11 “Anonymous” students who would rather have more money than more time agree that “I could not only buy more, but also be able to pay for expensive items.”

The remaining students who would rather have more time than more money add, “I can balance my time and work hard at accomplishing the goals I would like to one day reach.”

In reflection, think about what is truly important in life. Will having more money or more time be more effective?




School to Work

Cutline: Connor Lamp

By Jameson Mandl


In School to Work, a class offered to Woodbury Central seniors and overseen by Mr. Meister, students are provided with an opportunity to develop employment skills necessary to succeed through career guidance, career exploration, and career management. Here at WC, 18 seniors are involved in School to Work.

Students must report to work daily and are evaluated by their supervisors. They must also submit weekly signed timecards to Mr. Meister. The students benefit by “learning work ethic and valuable employment skills,” says Mr. Meister. Students can be involved in School to Work for one to two semesters. “The students get one to two credits per semester,” Mr. Meister adds.

One senior involved in School to Work is Connor Lamp. He assists Ms. Heiman with making copies of her handouts and helping with other schoolwork. “I pretty much do the little things that she needs done,” says Connor. Currently J&J Motors and Body Reflections are two other local businesses as well as the school district that work with students. 

Text or Call? WC Survey.

By Drew Widman

The topic of discussion pertaining to this survey is if teenagers would rather text or call. This is an anonymous survey taken by Woodbury Central high school students.

"Would you rather make a phone call or send a text message?" Of the 12 WC students who answered, six would rather make a phone call and the other half would rather send a text message. Students were asked to explain their answers.

A senior replied, “Phone call, because I can’t stand texting. It angers me when the phone puts in the wrong words.”

A junior answered, “Text, because it’s way easier.” 

 “Phone call,” A freshman responded. “I like saying what comes to mind and also my fingers are too big to text.”

Another junior said he preferred to send a text message. “It’s easier and more convenient to do. Also you don’t have to leave the person a voicemail if they don’t answer.”

A sophomore chose to make a phone call, because “Texting takes forever and phone calls are more meaningful." A senior agreed and added, "because I like to be able to completely understand the person.” 

High School Student of the Week

By Matt Best


            Mr. Glackin, the superintendent at Woodbury Central School also teaches high school Pre-Calculus. He nominated Clay Baldwin, a junior at WC and a student in Mr. Glackin’s Pre-Calculus class. Clay was chosen because he “has displayed the collaboration, analytical, and problem solving skills to solve application problems that were extremely complex,” explained Mr. Glackin. “Clay also uses his knowledge and positive attitude to assist others.” 

Q&A “What’s the most amazing thing you have done in your life so far?”

 By Keaton Morgan 

     Suzanne Putze, freshman, said, “Competing at the State cross country meet and placing eleventh, is one of the most memorable experiences I’ve had so far in high school.”

Chayse Thomsen, sophomore, said, “Well, I wake up in time for school so that’s a plus.”

Michelle Putze, junior, said, “Going to Girl's Team State in cross country is one of the most amazing experiences I have had.”

Kyler Christiansen, senior, said, “Travel up Pikes Peak with the family.”

Ashton Eaton’s Senior Interview

By Becca Gebel

            Imagine going into surgery only to look around and see that your former classmate, Ashton Eaton, is the surgical technician on your medical team. Ashton’s dream of becoming a surgical technician began when he took Medical Terminology, a WIT course taught by Mrs. Sailer at Woodbury Central.

 Ashton’s life took a major shift when his mom passed away; he was then moved to another state. According to Ashton, the parent has the hardest task today: “They work hard to put food on the table and also have the stress of being a parent,” he explains. Ashton would never give up his friends and family would because “they mean everything.” The best advice that Ashton has ever received was from his dad who said, “Don’t dwell on something you’ve done in the past. Look at every day as the start of something new.” Ashton took his advice and also offers this thought to underclassmen, “Do all your work and stay organized because you don’t want to fall behind.”

“I enjoy being outside and doing outside activities,” says Ashton. The most beautiful sight that Ashton has ever experienced is the state of Oregon because, he says, “everything is green and beautiful." One of Ashton’s best high school memories is prom because “everybody has fun and gets along,” he says. Ashton was born to Robbie and Linda on April 1, 1997 in Cherokee. His family now includes his father and wife Tammi, and three siblings. 

Meet Your Ancestors or Meet Your Great Grandchildren? WC Survey.

By Alexa Sanford

Would you rather go way back in time to meet your ancestors, or go far into the future to meet your great grandchildren? Woodbury Central students are asked to ponder this question.

The past will be interesting to visit and to meet relatives; the future will be exciting to see how time has changed, and to meet our great grandchildren. The choice is difficult either way, what will you choose?

The WC students’ answers may be surprising. Of the 35 students who take the survey, 16 choose to go into the future and meet their great grandchildren, and 18 choose to go back in time and meet their ancestors.

The students are asked to explain their answers.

“Past,” one student answers anonymously, “I’d like to meet my grandparents that were Sioux Tribe leaders.”

Another student says, “Future. I would like to see all of the new technology and see how we dealt with today’s issues.”

A third student chooses future, “so I could see how my family is and how the much the world has changed.”

“Past, to see how different it was back then,” explains a fourth student.

The question may be difficult to answer, but these students know exactly what they will choose and why. The majority of the students choose the past to see their relatives they never met.

High School Student of the Week

By Drew Widman


Brandon Stender was chosen for Student of the Week by Ms. Logan, a reading teacher at Woodbury Central. She says that this freshman is a fun student to have in class and she appreciates that he completes his assignments on time, and sometimes before they're due. Brandon has a great sense of humor and seems to have a big smile on his face every day, Ms. Logan adds.  

 “I truly enjoy the way Brandon contributes to class conversation and answers questions,” Ms. Logan adds. "Brandon is a fun student to be around and always has a deep insight into the day’s readings." 

“Would you rather die saving 10,000 people and know that no one will know you saved them, or live and know that everybody knows you chose not to save 10,000 lives?” Survey

by Keaton Morgan

            In spite of the stereotype which may suggest that the average teenager lacks compassion for others, the results of a recent Woodbury Central survey shows otherwise. The question is “Would you rather die saving 10,000 people and know that no one will know you saved them, or live and know that everybody knows you chose not to save 10,000 lives?” Most students answered anonymously.

The following feedback was given by students: two brothers: a sophomore and a senior, chose “death” with the same conclusion, “because it’s the American Way.” A sophomore and a senior agreed that they wouldn’t be able to live with themselves knowing they let 10,000 people die. A sophomore chose death and replied, “I wouldn’t want everyone to hate me.”

One senior decided he’d rather die “because 10,000 lives are worth more than mine.” Two seniors chose death with the reasoning, “because any life is worth saving, I would say that to save 10,000 people is a no-brainer,” and “I would be better off knowing that I saved 10,000 than not helping anyone at all.”

Two juniors chose death because, “it would be better to have died for 10,000 rather than live without them,” and “I wouldn’t want to live knowing I could’ve saved lots of people,” with a side note: “regret.” Two juniors chose death, “because it would make me feel good,” and that, “if 10,000 people were to die, that is 10,000 people who may not deserve to die. Fight for the innocent.” 

Words, Silence Survey

By Charles Rhue

In this day and age, we live in a verbally active society; unfortunately there are the darks sides of society to worry about. There are painful words, and there are painful silences.

We surveyed Woodbury Central high school students to weigh in on what hurts more: words or silence. Of the 24 students who answer, 15 of them choose silence as the most hurtful, and 9 chose words.

Several students explain: "Anonymous" writes silence because “you don’t know how they feel if they don’t tell you.” On the opposite side of the situation, another student chooses "words" because they mess "with your head.” Yet another student chooses both. That student explains: “It depends on your point of view in that moment in time.”

In reflection, and as we interact with each other on a daily basis, perhaps we should remember that words can hurt as much as silence.

Q&A If you had one super power what would it be? Explain.

By Alexa Sanford

Freshman Jake Dennison- “Move things with my mind so I could move things out of the way.”

Sophomore Mckenna Alitz-“Be able to transport so I’d never be late to school again.”

Junior Cody Zellmer-“To fly, because I would be able to fly around the world and visit places.”

Senior Landan Paulsen-“Speed, because I’m slow and I lack speed in my life. I strive to be Flash.”

Ethan Schultzen High school Student of the Week

By Halle Still

For this week, the high school Student of the Week was nominated by Woodbury Central’s chemistry teacher, Mr. Lilly. How does one reach the standards to be the high school Student of the Week? Ethan Schultzen leads a great example of how to do so. Mr. Lilly proudly nominates Ethan Schultzen as the high school Student of the Week.

Mr. Lilly explains, “I enjoy seeing Ethan in class each morning. He enjoys life and makes others enjoy it as well.”

Ethan strives to do his best and quite often succeeds. Mr. Lilly comments, “His attitude is great and he is a good classmate. Ethan also works hard and stays positive in class each and every day.”


Reed Mitchell Student of the Week Woodbury Central

By Charles Rhue

For this week in Woodbury Central, Reed Mitchell has been identified as Woodbury Central's Student of the Week.

 Reed was nominated this week by art teacher, Mr. Buckley. “Reed’s a hard-working and self motivated artist,” Mr. Buckley states of this senior. “He brings a unique perspective to his work.”

Mr. Buckley adds, “Reed’s dedication to his craft sets a great example for the class. He’s always willing to put in extra work outside of class to complete his work.”


Reed Mitchell Student of the Week Woodbury Central

By Charles Rhue

For this week in Woodbury Central, Reed Mitchell has been identified as Woodbury Central's Student of the Week.

 Reed was nominated this week by art teacher, Mr. Buckley. “Reed’s a hard-working and self motivated artist,” Mr. Buckley states of this senior. “He brings a unique perspective to his work.”

Mr. Buckley adds, “Reed’s dedication to his craft sets a great example for the class. He’s always willing to put in extra work outside of class to complete his work.”


Andrew Petersen High School Student of the Week


By Alexa Sanford

Andrew Petersen, a Woodbury Central senior, is a leader inside and outside of the classroom. He is an excellent student, works hard in class, and always comes to class well prepared according to Mr. Destigter, WC’s high school Applied Health teacher.

“Andrew leads the underclassmen in a positive way during class time,” says Mr. Destigter. “He always adds insight during classroom discussions.”

Andrew has his assignments finished on time and is a great test taker.

Mrs. Hanson Teacher Interview

By Jameson Mandl


            Patricia Hanson, the Family and Consumer Science (FACS) teacher at Woodbury Central, is most satisfied with her job “when students have that ‘ah ha’ moment and understand a concept.” One of her goals is to “revitalize the FACS program and increase its relevancy.” 

            Mrs. Hanson chooses to work at Woodbury Central because “I feel very strongly about the importance of Family and Consumer Science.” She teaches Child Development, Independent Living, and Foods I here at WC. Last semester, WC did not have a Family and Consumer Science class because it did not have a teacher available.  

Mrs. Hanson and her husband Randy have three daughters and two grandchildren. “My most important value is my family,” she says. In the past, she taught at Leeds Junior High School, and also coached freshmen girls’ basketball and volleyball while she was there. She recently taught FACS at Central Campus in Sioux City where, under her direction, her students operated a restaurant named “The Career Inn.”

Mrs. Hanson grew up in Climbing Hill with two brothers and one sister. “The country was a great place to grow up,” she comments. She attended high school at Woodbury Central and then furthered her education at Iowa State University to get her bachelor’s degree in science; she earned her master’s degree at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln.



Photos: Petersen, Ruhrer, Bormann, Thomas

Who has been the most influential person in your life and why?

By Matt Best

            Four students were asked the above question in a quest to discover just who influences our teens today.

            Senior Andrew “Beef” Petersen said he's influenced by his wrestling coach. “Coach Thomas is the most influential to me because he is always keeping a positive attitude. He has influenced most of the decisions in my life.”

Abraham Ruhrer, a junior, said “My Grandpa Ron has been the most influential to me.” When asked why, he responded “He is a really hard worker and when the day is done he like to just unwind by watching TV and having a beverage.” Then Abe added, “He is like the average American, a hard worker who likes to unwind in front of a television.”

            Sophomore Brent Bormann answered, “I would say my dad because he expects me to do my best in everything. I try really hard academically and in sports.” Brent, a very busy student athlete, plays football and basketball.

Zach Thomas, a freshman says, “I would have to choose my dad because he is always pushing me to do my best.”





"What is the greatest problem in the US?"

Question of the week

By Drew Widman


Question of the Week:  "What is the greatest problem in the US?"

            Woodbury Central Freshman – Sean Parks says “the increasing number of illegal immigrants coming into our country and taking jobs that poor Americans could have.”

          WC Sophomore- Matt Peterson says “the biggest problem is terrorism, because they're killing Americans and blowing up buildings.”

        WC Junior – Hunter Bryan claims the No. 1 problem is “the increasing concern for issues that don’t matter. The President tends to attend to issues that don’t matter.”

        WC Senior – Alexa Sanford says “I think the greatest problem in the US is the National Debt because it’s going to greatly affect us in the future.” 


By Halle Still

Question & Answer-

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? And what draws you there?

Freshman: Jada Brosamle- “New York City, because of all of the sky scrapers and lights.”

Sophomore: Austin Wilcox- “Hawaii, because I’ve been there before and there is so many cool sites to see and it is always warm there.”

Junior: Clay Baldwin- “Wyoming, because of all the wildlife and freedom.”

Senior: Edgar Rodriguez- “I would probably want to live in Oregon on the hills where there is less population and more wildlife, but near the city because of the weather.”


Mary Kay Walker New staff member at WC

By Shane Funk


Mary Kay Walker, a new staff member at Woodbury Central, is the high school guidance counselor. As she settles into her new position and as a way to establish her priorities, she makes lists and tries to be flexible when things “come up.” She sets her priorities daily and makes small weekly goals to keep herself organized. Some of her goals are getting eight hours of sleep, saving money for her future, eating healthily and working out 3-4 times weekly. Mrs. Walker is most satisfied with her job when she helps students feel better about themselves; the toughest part of her job is when she sees the difficulties some youths have in their lives.

Mrs. Walker chose WC because she likes the change that comes from working for a smaller school compared to working at larger schools, such as she did in Omaha. Mrs. Walker found herself thinking outside the box when she got her home ready to sell and move to Moville. She asked herself, “How do I make my home look more sell-able without a lot of money? What do I save, what do I get rid of, and how?”

Mrs. Walker graduated from Wayne State with a degree in math, and then entered Creighton University for a counseling degree in education. Most recently, she was a test coordinator and an academic counselor at an all-girls Catholic school in Omaha. There she would help those struggling with academics. For 10 years, she was also a middle/high school math teacher.

Mrs. Walker describes her personality as thoughtful, a good listener, realistic and positive, and she values, nature, traveling, visiting friends and her family time. Her husband Mark Walker graduated from Woodbury Central in 1980. Her son Alex, 21 years old, is a senior at Creighton U, and her daughter named Emily, 22, works for Target in Minneapolis. Mrs. Walker, who grew up on farm five miles from Fonda, Iowa, has six brothers and six sisters.


High School Student of the Week Katie Ehrig and Kaylie Coulter

By Matthew Best

            Mrs. Clark, a math teacher for Woodbury Central has nominated two students for this week’s high school Students of the Week. The two students are Katie Ehrig and Kaylie Coulter. Katie is in Mrs. Clark’s Algebra I class while Kaylie is in Mrs. Clark’s Geometry class. Mrs. Clark chose these two students because “both Katie and Kaylie are quiet leaders in class. They have high standards for themselves, listen very well, and work hard every single day.” Mrs. Clark adds that she really enjoys these two, “I enjoy having Katie and Kaylie in class.”

High School Spotlight

By Becca Gebel


This week’s Woodbury Central high school spotlight focuses on Mrs. Schultz’s English III class of juniors. These students research seven influences on the Colonial Period of Literature which include: NE Native American Tribes, Salem Witch Trials, Puritanism, Jamestown and Plymouth Colonies, Slave Trade, Southern Plantations, Mayflower Voyage; Compact and the First Thanksgiving.

“I think it was cruel how they treated the young girls because they thought [the girls] were witches in the Salem Witch Trials,” says Faith Schlotman.

According to Mrs. Schultz, “The students benefit from this project by peer teaching.” For instance, because students teach the class about their subject area, they become fully integrated in the learning process, she explains.

Alyssa Gotto adds, “I enjoy learning the different aspects at that time and how they went about life.” Presentations take place before the Colonial Period literature unit begins and may include authors such as William Bradford, Olaudah Equiano, and Red Jacket. The students work in small groups, and their presentations provide vital information about that period’s influences. .

Mrs. Schultz adds that the presentations provide background information to help them better understand the literature of the period. This project lasts about two weeks.  

Student Teacher Interview, Chaps Wilcke

By Nic Scheelhaase


Woodbury Central has acquired a new student-teacher this year, Mr. Chaps Wilcke. Mr. Wilcke teaches alongside high school science teacher, Mrs. McElrath. When asked why Mr. Wilcke chose to teach at WC, he said, “it’s close to home and I like small schools.”

Mr. Wilcke is from Battle Creek, IA, which he describes as “tiny.” He will graduate from Morningside College with a major in education. His last practicums were at North High School and West High School in Sioux City, and at Sergeant-Bluff Luton. His responsibilities of his last positions were mainly “observation mostly.”

Mr. Wilcke hopes to become a principal because “I loved my job shadowing and thought it was right for me.” When asked what four words describe his personality, he answered with “reserved, athletic, unique, motivated.” He is most satisfied with his job when he sees good results from the students. Mr. Wilcke describes his work style as “work before play.” During this last summer Mr. Wilcke was busy working construction.

When asked what techniques and tools he uses to keep organized, he answered, “Folders and knowing where I put stuff.” An example of a time Mr. Wilcke had to think outside of the box was during his lesson planning which, he adds, “requires creative ideas.” Mr. Wilcke also implements using technology throughout the classroom.

Mr. Wilcke has four siblings, two of whom currently attend his old alma mater, OA-BCIG in Ida Grove, IA. He is the son of Tom and Cindy Wilcke of Battle Creek.


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Nikoel Hytrek = glasses & a pink shirt

Dustin Widman = blue shirt against the wall

Charles Rhue = overly close up

Halle Gray = athletic shirt

Q&A – what do you like best about Homecoming?

By Nic Scheelhaase

Woodbury Central students this week answer the question, “What do you like best about Homecoming?”

Freshman Dustin Widman likes float building “because we get out of a class for a day and I enjoy working outside.”

Sophomore Halle Gray prefers dressing up for theme days. She especially enjoys “how creative people will get.”

Junior Charlie Rhue chooses skit night. “I like to create the skits and be in them," he explains. "It’s a very fun pastime.”

Senior Nikoel Hytrek likes the togetherness best about Homecoming; “I like the way everybody is in the same spirit,” she says. 2015 2015
2015 2014 Q and A: New Years Resolution

By Dawson Petersen

“What resolution did you make last New Year and did you fulfill it?” was the question students answered this week.

Freshman Sean Parks said, “My resolution was to eat more bacon than last year and I have fulfilled it by eating more bacon.”

Sophomore Shawn Enstrom answered, “My resolution was to raise enough money to send my little brother to the Boy Scout Jamboree and I did not fulfill it.”

Junior Alyssa Gotto stated, “My New Year’s resolution was to get better grades and I did that.”

Senior Jade Petersen responded, “My resolution was to get a scholarship for softball and I achieved it.”

Dillon Weaver Student of the Week
By Becca Gebel

Dillon Weaver, a sophomore at Woodbury Central, was chosen as Student of the Week by Mrs. McElrath for his work in her biology class. 
Dillon was chosen because of the amount of effort he puts into his work, says Mrs. McElrath; during the labs and classroom activities, he uses his time wisely. He makes real life connections between what he learns in biology to his interest in farming; this really helps his understanding of the classroom content. “Dillon has a lot of pride in his work and, as both his teacher and Olweus leader, I can really appreciate that,” explains Mrs. McElrath. 



Rachel LaPaglia
Woodbury Central high school student of the week

By Ashton Eaton

 Pre Calculus is not an easy class, but one student really shows great promise. Rachel LaPaglia, a senior at Woodbury Central, was chosen by her teacher Mr. Glackin as Student of the Week. “Rachel understands mathematics at a high school conceptual level,” explains Mr. Glackin.

“Rachel has a conceptual understanding of the material (roots, factors, zeros of polynomials) we are working with,” adds Mr. Glackin. “She was able to read the book to better her understanding while absent. She balanced school work with participation in the musical, succeeding in both.” 

ACT purpose test dates

By Ashton Eaton

“Almost more important than the ACT is a student’s GPA," states Woodbury Central’s guidance counselor Mrs. Walker. She adds that as students "work hard every year," they are creating "impressive GPAs." She continues, "The GPA is a more accurate picture of a student than the ACT, and is also looked at closely for scholarships.”

The ACT test score measures a student’s ability to be aware of issues necessary to understand to attend most colleges. Students choosing a community college may prefer a community college's placement test instead. “The ACT is necessary because many colleges require it for admission,” Mrs. Walker explains. “The ACT is a very important number for every student applying to college. Also, many scholarships are based on ACT scores.”

The ACT tests in five categories: reading, comprehension, math, writing and science. Students may prepare for it with online tests provided by ACT, or by purchasing an ACT study guide.

The ACT offers tests on specific days; the next upcoming testing days are December 13, and in 2015, February 7, April 18 and June 13.

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College Class

Cutline (two photos) Reed Mitchell and Maddie Crichton

By Jameson Mandl and Dawson Petersen

College classes may be a little too much of a challenge, according to some high school students. However, those Woodbury Central students willing to take on the challenge to gain college credits take classes from Western Iowa Tech Community College, either online or on the campus.

Maddie Crichton, a sophomore at WC, is taking Introduction to Psychology.  Maddie thinks the class is “pretty easy to understand and easy to keep up with.” She says, “It’s a lot easier to focus on than high school because you can work ahead and find a schedule that works for you.”

WC senior Reed Mitchell takes Psychology online through WIT. Compared to high school, he says, the class is “a lot more homework but a lot easier. It takes up more time.” As Mitchell works on his class, he adds, “The class is alright, but I’m not too fond of it.”

WC has 25 seniors, 13 juniors, and three sophomores taking WIT college classes. These classes are part of the Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) which is “to provide high school students access to enroll part-time in postsecondary institutions.” according to the Iowa Department of Education’s website. Each class costs the school $350 per student. According to Mrs. Walker, the students must meet requirements through their ACT scores or Iowa Assessment scores to qualify to take the classes. jkb KayLynne Bechen and Jordan Martin Students of the Week

By Ashton Eaton

Woodbury Central’s high school English teacher Mrs. Schultz chose two students who have gone above and beyond their English 1 studies.

KayLynne Bechen and Jordan Martin are this week’s Students of the Week. “KayLynne always participates in discussion, works well in groups, and seems to connect with something in every selection we read,” says Mrs. Schultz. “Her enthusiasm is infectious" and she "adds to discussion on a daily basis.”

“Jordan thinks well through her answers, is very thorough, and is also very respectful,” Mrs. Schultz explains. “Jordan is extremely insightful. She views selections with depth and offers new perspectives on texts during discussion.”


HS SOW Daulton Christiansen


By Dawson Petersen


Woodbury Central student Daulton Christiansen is World History Student of the Week.

Daulton, a sophomore, was chosen by Mr. Galloway because he has the top grade percentage, owning a slight lead over two other A+ students in a very competitive World History class. “Daulton always gives his best effort which is why he is very successful in my classes,” says Mr. Galloway, “and why he will continue to be successful throughout his life.”

Left to right: Kennedy Krieg and Maddie Crichton

HS Spot

By Dawson Petersen

Last week in Biology class, Mrs. McElrath’s sophomores completed a survivorship lab at the local cemetery.

The students gathered data for two days in Arlington Cemetery. They grouped the individuals listed on gravestones into categories for males and females, and deaths before and after the year 1950.

“Through the research, the students will get a very vivid picture of survivorship,” said Mrs. McElrath. The students noted that with improvements in medicine and technology, individuals live longer.

This project encouraged students to think, both critically and logically, about the changes in survivorship as they established a relationship between evidence and explanations. The project lasted 4 to 5 days and 2 of those days were for students to organize the data collected. Students then discussed their research findings 

Question of the Week

By Jameson Mandl


Woodbury Central students this week answer the question, “What is the best movie you have ever seen?”

Senior Edgar Rodriguez likes the movie Captain Phillips. He says, “It was well-executed and it really portrayed Captain Phillips’ emotions towards the end. Also it makes people realize what ship crews have to go through.”

Junior Alyssa Gotto prefers the movie Frozen because “It is filled with happiness and love.”

Sophomore Austin Rapp chooses the movie The Sandlot. He says, “I like how they make fun of Smalls and I like when Benny takes on the Beast.”

Freshman Colton Herbold chooses the movie Hot Rod. He says, “It is funny but inspirational because he [Rod] is raising money for his stepdad.”

Wizard of Oz School Play

By Lyndzy Flewelling

Woodbury Central students will perform “The Wizard of Oz” as their school musical Nov. 14-16 in the school theater. WC drama coach, Denise Heiman, is the director.

One of Mrs. Heiman’s goals is to get the younger students “exposed to theater” so this year she is working with a very large cast. “The biggest cast we have put on stage including the last time I did ‘The Wizard of Oz,’” says Mrs. Heiman. The lead roles are played by senior Molly Grell as Dorothy; junior Ethan Schultzen, Scarecrow; senior Ryan Fouts, Tin Man; junior Charlie Rhue, Lion; sophomore McKenna Alitz, Miss Gulch; junior Kelsey Polkinghorn, Glenda the Good Witch; senior Rachel LaPaglia, the Wicked Witch of the West; junior Caleb Corbin, Oz; sophomore Anthony Gallagher, Uncle Henry; and senior Kassie Bain, as Auntie Em.  

The musical includes high school and middle school students. “We have over 80 munchkins so it’s going to be a very crowded Munchkinland” says Mrs. Heiman.  


Industrial Tech. III High School Spotlight

By Jameson Mandl


Mr. Miller and his Industrial Tech. III class have been building a shed for a community member. Before beginning the work, they have studied all of the steps for building a shed correctly, from stabilizing the walls to measuring for angles and lengths.

 According to Toby Schroeder, students benefit from this project by “learning how to build and using skills needed in life.” Another member of the group, Matt Nelson, explains that the project "makes me realize that building a shed takes longer than what I thought.” The group plans to work on this project through the month of October. The students involved in this project are Clay Baldwin, Matt Nelson, Paul Nelson, Toby Schroeder, Riley Grell, Jerzey Waderich, Thomas Dahill, Seth Schwarz, Matt Best, and Marshall Bower.


High school Q&A

Lyndzy Flewelling


If you could have one season all year around what would it be and why?

 “Summer, because I get to play baseball.” Brandon Stender, freshman.

 “Summer, because the weather is nice and we don’t have school.” Kalynn Manker, sophomore.

 “Summer, because we don’t have school.” Madisyn Sampson, junior.

 “Fall, because its hunting season, football is going on, the leaves change colors, and there’s harvest.” Taylor Kolbaum, senior.