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Senior Interview- Kalynn Manker

By Brandon Stender

Woodbury Central’s Kalynn Manker has this advice for all underclassmen: “Make the most of it. When people say it goes by fast they are not lying. Involving yourself in as many things as possible is a great way to enjoy your high school career.” Kalynn’s most pleasant moment in high school was when “track team won Conference for the first time in many years. The victory lap with the trophy and my team, that was more like a family, was a great experience.”

Kalynn’s favorite high school class was “biology class. I love Mrs. McElrath and how she makes her classes fun. And I want to go into the sports medicine field.” To fulfill her desire to study sports medicine, Kalynn hopes to attend Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD. She adds, “In 10 years, I hope to be done with college and have a career that I enjoy.”

Kalynn enjoys “running and being active outdoors. I also enjoy being involved in a small group at Sunnybrook Church. Going to Haiti with my church group will be something that I will never forget.” When Kalynn has free time, she says she likes to watch television, specifically “One Tree Hill.” “Because it shows kids growing up from high school to real life, it is very funny and relatable,” she explains.

Kalynn's favorite movies are “Disney movies because they remind me of my childhood and always put me in a good mood.” She says that her bad habits include “Overworking myself or overachieving myself. I get in trouble when I wear myself out and am unable to do everything.” Also when asked about a concert experience, she says “I went to a Luke Bryan concert with Kennedy Krieg. We drove through downtown Minneapolis together. It was quite the experience.”

Kalynn was born Dec. 2, 1999 and is the happy owner of two dogs: Max and Niko (a Yorkie). "My favorite animal is a dog because they love unconditionally and are always happy.” Along with her furry family are her parents Kelly Manker and Sharese Manker. Hanna

High School Student of the Week – Mrs. Clark

20 April 2017

By Kameron Paulsen

Mrs. Clark chooses Woodbury Central freshman Hanna Stratton as High School Student of the Week for her work in Geometry class.

“Hanna was the only student to get a 100% on the Geometry test,” Mrs. Clark explains. “Hanna is always working to understand the concepts and has high expectations for herself,” she adds.

Mrs. Clark praises Hanna. “Hanna is consistently working to achieve at a high level,” says Mrs. Clark. “She is conscientious, responsible, and a pleasure to have in class.” prom

Cutline: From left to right Seniors Maddie Crichton, Kennedy Krieg, Kaylynn Manker, Halle Gray, Matt Petersen, Austin Rapp, Anthony Gallagher, and Brent Bormann


Prom Spotlight

By Jordan Martin


             “The last Prom was a good one,” said Woodbury Central senior Matt Petersen who, with senior Halle Gray, was elected WC's 2017 Prom King and Queen, respectively. High school students had previously filled the Royal Court with Petersen and Gray, Brent Bormann, Anthony Gallagher, Austin Rapp, Kennedy Krieg, Kalynn Manker, and Maddie Crichton.

             “It was very surprising to me," stated Halle. "I didn’t really expect to win, but was happy when I did.” She continued, “For Matt to win King was nice too, because we have been friends for a very long time.”

            Approximately 136 students attended prom. Mr. Meister was the emcee at the Grand Promenade, and WC's Prom featured the unique theme “Lost in Wonderland” for this year’s dance. The junior class students decorated the school in the quirky style of the Lewis Carroll novel “Alice in Wonderland.”

            The décor featured a checker-printed floor; bright, popping colors such as red and purple adorned the gymnasiums and cafeteria. The scenery also included cutouts of the characters from the novel.

            WC's Prom was held from 7-11 pm April 1 at the school. Prior to the dance, students took pictures at the Moville Community Center. The Grand Promenade was at 6:30, and Sam Thomas catered the meal shortly thereafter.

            Sophomores Jade Davidson, Logan Hammond and John Hilpire, and freshmen Stephanie Havelicek, Logan Bartholomaus, and Megan Warren served a meal of salad, pasta, chicken, and green beans. For dessert, attendees chose between brownies and cheesecake. Jade, one of the servers, commented about her experience. “I’ve seen all the work that goes into putting Prom together and I’m glad I did it. It was a good experience for my first prom,” she said.

            Junior parents hosted the after-Prom. The students had options of canvas painting, dodge ball, a comedy show, obstacle courses, scrapbook activities, and bingo. After-Prom activities lasted from 12-4:30 A.M. At the end of After-Prom, Mrs. Stratton and her husband, Casey, served a breakfast of sausage gravy over biscuits to the remaining attendees before the students returned to their homes.




General Business – Mr. Meister class

Pictures are of Logan Hammond, Dawson Peterson, and Kalynn Manker. The photos are taken from the video interviews of the students.

12 April 2017

By Kameron Paulsen

For Woodbury Central students to learn how to be successful at a job interview, they share mock job interviews with Mr. Meister during this month's General Business classes. “They practice and learn from their mistakes,” he says. “Then they test-interview with Mr. Glackin.”

This semester, approximately 19 WC juniors and seniors benefit from the multi-week activity, Mr. Meister says. "It will help me in the future because it will prepare me for what will come,” says sophomore Logan Hammond.

Students voted WC senior Kalynn Manker "Best Interview"; of this month's 19 interviews, she won by 1 point over the next best interviews. Seven people tied for second place. “I did not expect to get first,” she recalls. “I definitely stuttered on some of my answers, but it wasn’t as bad as I thought,” Kalynn recalls. “Mr. Glackin asked me a lot of different questions. Anything from why I was best for the job to what if I could pick to be any car, what would it be?”

Then Kalynn adds with a smile. “I learned that the best way to answer questions in an interview is to be honest, and yourself because that is what will make you stand out from others,” she explains. She adds that this mock interview teaches her the "proper way" to introduce herself as well as that it offers tips on "how to answer tricky questions.”

Mr. Glackin asked senior Dawson Peterson "three adjectives" to describe himself. "He also asked me what kind of car I would be if I could choose.” Dawson explains. “I learned to think quickly and logically on the spot. To be professional when I need to be,” he says, adding that it teaches him what it's "like in an interview environment.”

Sophomore Logan Hammond, says that Mr. Glackin “asked me how I was as a person, how I would react from certain things, and how I would improve myself,” Logan explains. “I learned to expect the unexpected; some questions might throw you off in a real job interview situation.”


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Student of the Week: Kelsey Smith

19 April 2017

Woodbury Central high school teacher Ms. Reinders chooses senior Kelsey Smith as Student of the Week. “Kelsey is always willing to help when needed,” explains Ms. Reinders. Kelsey is the kind of person to “always goes the Extra Mile to understand material.”  In class, Kelsey “takes good notes, and shows up every day ready to rock,” says Ms. Reinders.

Kelsey enjoys learning; she is “great at participating after she’s done ‘farming’ on her phone.” Ms. Reinders describes Kelsey as a “great leader, and a great contributor to class discussion.” Kelsey is a member of the high school student council, and has been “fantastic in Social Problems.”    


Cutline: From left to right- Junior Kurt Countryman, sophomore Louisa Fickbohm, juniors Kaylie Coulter, Makenna Smith, and Anthony Baird at the beach in Galveston, Texas.

NASA Spotlight

By Jordan Martin

            Five Woodbury Central students travel to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas to participate in a competition with high school students from around the United States.

            Accompanied by WC science teacher Mr. Lilly, juniors Anthony Baird, Kaylie Coulter, Kurt Countryman and Makenna Smith, and sophomore Louisa Fickbohm ride a bus to Houston to participate in a competition at the Johnson Space Center. Prior to the competition, they stop in Galveston, Texas to enjoy a day at the beach.

            While at the competition, the students create a space settlement on Mercury to shelter 10,000 to 12,000 people. The students split into four “companies” of approximately 50 students, and from there, split into subdivisions. The subdivisions analyze every element needed to provide shelter for humans in space in the year 2087. Kurt's marketing group prepares information from his “company” to present to the judges of the competition; Louisa holds a similar role in her company. Kaylie's division researches the best materials to use in the settlements and analyzes “how much of that material to use, and how much the material will cost.” Kaylie also “helps design the robots on the settlement.” Makenna's group designs “electrical power generation and internal and external communication systems.” Anthony's group designs “systems that will generate, purify, and filter the air in the space settlement.”

            When not working on the projects, the students meet noteworthy people such as Norman Chafee, who worked on the Apollo program; Anita Gale, a space engineer who worked for NASA for over 40 years before retiring; Dr. Kathleen Vander Kaaden, a scientist who introduced the competitors to the planet Mercury; Jerry Ross, a former astronaut and author; and Dennis Paul, a Texas State Representative.

            While none of the WC students’ “companies” win the competition, some students  find that the time positively impacts their interest in science- related careers. Kurt states that the experience gives him “a deeper appreciation for those in science-related careers. It is amazing to see what goes into sending people and machines into space.” Kaylie echoes this and says, “There is so much work and thought that goes into these projects and not everyone can do it… excelling in a science career takes a lot of brainpower.” Makenna discovers an interest in engineering in the competition and adds, “It opened my eyes to a part of life that I hadn’t experienced before.” Anthony says, “I believe that completing this project brings confidence that the participants can succeed in science-based careers.” Louisa says that while she learns about the different components involved in space missions, she “wants to go into the medical field, so it doesn't really affect” her career path.

            Mr. Lilly believes that the NASA trip sometimes makes a positive impact on students’ interest in science-related fields. He explains, “If a student has an inclination for this type of scenario, it can positively impact their interests … However, some students learn that this isn’t what they are cut out for,” he continues. He states that he is grateful when a student finds out that they enjoy math and science on this trip.



The question this week at Woodbury Central is tough and challenges students in their response. If you became a multi-millionaire overnight, what will you buy?

            Freshman Seth Mattioda’s (bottom left) answer is simple. He will buy a house, five dogs, a pool, and horses. He also will buy a small island and a doughnut. He says, “Don’t look for happiness where you lost it.”

            Sophomore Seth Stamm (bottom right) will have a nice house and a couple vehicles. He claims, “The land will have a pond so that I could go fishing with my friends whenever I want . I will also help out my friends if they need it.”

            Junior Ellie Gilles (top right) replies that she will buy cars and a new house. She claims, “I will also help my parents with the money.”

            Senior Jasmine Gold (top left) states that she will buy a house. She continues, “I will also buy out 'Hot Topic' because I love the store.” 


Artist of the Week Marc Eyer

By Gage Libke

Ms. Rollison, Woodbury Central’s vocal music instructor, chose senior Marc Eyer to be Artist of the Week because Marc earned the award for "Outstanding Vocal Soloist" at the Northeast Jazz Festival on March 27 in Norfolk, NE. She explains that 18 show choirs that competed that day, and "Marc received the only solo award given out that day." Ms. Rollison recalls that Woodbury Central "has only had one other student receive this award, and that was back in 2011.”

“Watching Marc grow both as an individual and as a vocalist these last few years has been pure joy," Ms. Rollison adds. "He has a true natural talent, and judges and audiences are captivated by him from the first note to the last. We will miss hearing him sing for us but I know we will hear him again some day, maybe even on the radio.”

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Student of the Week Kara Funk

By Gage Libke


            Mrs. Manker, Woodbury Central Resource Room teacher, chose Kara Funk as Student of the Week because “Kara is organized and works hard to be prepared for classes every day. She has a positive attitude toward school and her classes.”

            Mrs. Manker adds, “I really enjoy working with Kara. She studies hard and cares about her grades. I can always count on Kara to have a smile and be willing to help someone else.”


Cutline: L toR- Senior Tony Glackin, Junior Casie Petersen, and Senior Brent Bormann

Mr. Baldwin’s OLWEUS Group Spotlight

By Jordan Martin


Students in Mr. Baldwin’s OLWEUS group have reached out to Woodbury Central's student body for help with a project to benefit people around the world.

 Mr. Baldwin’s group will start a shoe drive in mid-April to collect shoes of “all types” and “any condition.” Junior Casie Petersen and seniors Tony Glackin and Brent Bormann are in charge of the shoe drive, and Casie speaks positively of the upcoming project. “Our group enjoys finding ways to help our community and we think it’s a great opportunity to help people who can’t afford shoes” she says. She explains that shoes that are deemed “unwearable” will be “used for parts.”

Mr. Baldwin’s group will send all donated shoes to Soles4Souls, a program sponsored by Village Northwest Unlimited in Sheldon, IA. Venita Wilcox from Rock Branch will deliver the donated shoes.

The OLWEUS program is a nation-wide program designed to prevent bullying in school. WC students meet every other week in small mentor-type groups to discuss current issues. During these meetings, the groups often form ideas for projects that will benefit people other than themselves.

Village Northwest Unlimited provides services and residencies for individuals with “intellectual and developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injuries.” Clients of Village Northwest Unlimited will sort the donated shoes and prepare them for shipment to others; the U.S., Guatemala, Uganda, Iraq, Thailand, and other countries receive shoes from Soles4Souls.




Cutline: Pi winner sophomore Sidnie Graff

By Katelyn Champion


            Sophomore Sidnie Graff was the winner of Woodbury Central's recent Pi contest.             Sponsored by Mrs. Clark, the Pi contest was held March 14, which is National Pi Day. A mathematical constant that is represented by 3.14, Pi is a continuous number that reportedly has no end. For the Pi contest, students memorize as many numbers of Pi as they can and then recite them. If they say a wrong number in the sequence, then they are disqualified.

            Participating this year in the Pi contest were seniors Dalton Christiansen and Kendall Fouts; junior Trevor Clark; sophomores Logan Hammond and Sidnie Graff; and freshman Hannah Stratton. “I was able to recite 89 numbers of Pi.” She explains. As the winner, she chose a bag of Double Bubble Gum as her prize. 

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HS SOW Stratton Spanish IV

By Jordan Martin

Woodbury Central Spanish teacher Mrs. Stratton nominates seniors Kelsey Smith and Halle Gray as Students of the Week in Spanish IV. Students in the class “are working together reading a book in Spanish,” Mrs. Stratton says. “They work every day during class time to read, write English summaries, and answer Spanish questions.”

She praises Kelsey’s and Halle’s work ethic and says that “both girls use class time effectively each day and work very well together.” Mrs. Stratton believes that Kelsey and Halle are “definitely finishing high school Spanish well!”Sweetheart Queen

Cutline: Candidates include: Hanna Stratton, Maddie Paulsen, Miah Manker, Emma Persons, Brooke Bauer, Loryn Nettleton, and Kalynn Manker. Not pictured Maddie Crichton.  

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Ms. Logan

Sweetheart Winner

29 March 2017

    “I was very shocked, yet very happy at the same time," says sophomore Miah Manker after Woodbury Central students selected her as their Sweetheart at the end of an evening of music and dancing. "It was a great experience.”

    After a week’s weather delay, WC's Sweetheart Dance was held March 3 in the school commons. The dance was sponsored by WC's freshman class and, according to emcee Caleb Lubbers, "We made a little more than $300" for future class projects. Caleb was ably assisted at the dance by freshman Karsen Gray who crowned Miah as Sweetheart Queen. Senior Brandon Riebesell was in charge of the music throughout the dance,

    Previously, each high school student voted for two girls from their classes to be queen candidates; these candidates included seniors Maddie Crichton and Kalynn Manker; juniors Brooke Bauer and Loryn Nettleton; sophomores Miah Manker and Emma Persons; and freshmen Maddie Paulsen and Hanna Stratton.


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Feature Story- Mrs. Schultz Class

22 March 2017

By Jacob Wohlert


Recently, the Woodbury Central students of Mrs. Schultz’s English class composed and illustrated a 30-40 page children’s book. The students’ target audience was WC's first and second graders. Mrs. Schultz set up the project so that several academic checkmarks within the process examined the structure and content of the books. For instance, students created their text on Google Docs and then shared their work with Mrs. Shultz to receive frequent feedback on plot and grammar.

When Mitchell Countryman was asked about the project, he said that it was a “good” one. The students benefit from this project as they applied their knowledge of literary elements along with grammatical structure to produce an entirely new original, creative piece of work; the students also shared their finished pieces of work with Mrs. Anderson’s second grade students. This sharing agreement promotes reading and writing across the grade levels, and allows for interaction between elementary and high school students.

According to Mrs. Schultz, the project is part of the curriculum by touching upon benchmarks in the ELA standards of reading and writing, speaking, and language. It also incorporates the 21 Century Skills of Technology and Creativity.

This project is introduced at the beginning of the second semester, and the students worked on the project parallel to a grammar unit. The final text was due Feb 3 and the final product with illustrations was due Feb 17. They partner-read with Mrs. Anderson’s-class in late February.


Pie Day


By Zach Thomas

“It’s March 14,” just another day for you, but for us here at Woodbury Central, it’s Pi Day. Pi is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. To celebrate Pi Day, Mrs. Hanson and her high school Foods II classes made pies. Not just any regular cherry or apple pies, but the students made banana cream and chocolate pudding pies. Students also made homemade crusts: for the banana cream pie, they used vanilla wafers, and used chocolate graham crackers for the chocolate pie. Sophomore Garrett Arment said, “I love Foods class because we always cook and it’s delicious.”

Only three days later was St. Patrick’s Day and the class made green pies. One group made a mint chocolate chip pie, while another group made a quiche, a spinach and egg pie. MattMaddieHunterCarley Q and A at Woodbury Central, –

What’s your most prized possession and why?

By Jacob Wohlert

Maddie Paulsen, freshman: “my camera, it has all my favorite memories.”

Hunter Doucette, sophomore: “my truck. It gets me home and I like to get wild with it.”

Carley Meister, junior: “My family. They are always there for me and always look out for me.”

Matt Peterson, senior: “I like to watch television.”


Pre-Act test, Sophomores


By: Gage Libke

Woodbury Central guidance counselor Mrs. Walker recently took WC's sophomore class across the street to the Trinity Lutheran Church to take the Pre-ACT test.

Students took this pre-ACT test to expose them to “the length and questions that would be on the test," she explains. "Even for those students that won’t take the ACT for college readiness, it might eventually help them earn a placement for a career program or internship.”

As a new activity, the students took the test at the church rather than at the school. "We decided to take it off campus to show what students what it would be like taking test elsewhere,” Mrs. Walker states, adding that the school certainly appreciates the church's assistance. This year the sophomores took the pre-ACT test rather than the test of previous years, particularly because the other test was much longer. The pre- ACT test takes the students out of the classroom only one morning.


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Iowa Central Career Connections

By Gage Libke

Woodbury Central junior Trevor Clark recently learned that being a cop “could be stressful, but it’s okay. I also learned that they don’t use regular guns, but they have special ones.” On March 2, Mr. Miller, Mrs. Hanson, Trevor and approximately 35 more students from WC's Industrial Tech classes, Foods classes, and Business classes traveled to Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge for a Career Visit Day. These classes are for the school's Career and Technical Education, a term applied to programs that specialize in the skilled trades, applied sciences and modern technologies. Trevor, who participated in presentations for “Criminal Justice" and "Auto Restoration" decided that "the presentations were cool; I enjoyed them.” He adds, “In Criminal Justice, the cop shared stories of when he was on duty, and we got to shoot guns.”

According to the school’s website, “Iowa Central Career Connections is a work-based learning program designed to prepare students be successful … by connecting them to local businesses to explore an assortment of fulfilling career options through work-based learning."

In Auto Restoration, the students saw "paint jobs" on cars. “It was pretty cool,” Trevor recalls. “In Auto Restoration, I learned what they used and how they did it.”

This statewide program pairs educators with businesses to help students understand careers and attain skills so they may make appropriate post-secondary decisions.

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English III Spotlight

By Jordan Martin

Students in Woodbury Central’s English III class recently chose classic novels from their teacher's list to read and study.

Ms. Logan, the teacher of the class, includes novels such as “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou and “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury in her list of options for the students. She says, “A novel is worth reading and teaching if it is a classic which continues to be relevant to today’s students, and contains a universal theme which can be integrated into at least one other curriculum area.” She explains that she chooses novels that she believes will interest students or encourage them consider social issues and concerns. In her choices, she takes into account student abilities, the Iowa State Core standards, and her own curriculum objectives. The novels feature a variety of cultures and communities. Because the vocabularies within the story differ, Ms. Logan helps students use context clues.

Ms. Logan likes the novels on the list because books such as “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou and “The Chosen” by Chaim Potok are set in the time of major historical events. She selects “Hedda Gabler” by Henrik Ibsen and “A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry because they comment on deep-rooted issues in society, while including “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley and “Flowers for Algernon” by Daniel Keyes because these novels focus on a theme of “Man’s Inhumanity to Man.” Ms. Logan says with a smile that the students particularly enjoy “And Then There Were None” by Agatha Christie because “it is a mystery.”

As part of the project, students discuss their stories with other students reading the same story to “analyze events, clarify details, make predictions, and evaluate the book and the author.” Ms. Logan also helps the students with the comprehension of the story and, if asked, offers them her interpretation of the stories’ events and themes.

The students’ final project is to present their “reading experiences” to the class. Loryn Nettleton, a student involved in the project, says that she benefits from it because it shows her how to present information in front of the class, and gives the other students ideas of books they would like to read next. 


High school Student of the Week Blake Stratton

9 March 2017

By Brandon Stender

Blake Stratton, a junior at Woodbury Central, was selected by Mrs. Wurth to be this week’s high school “Student of the Week.” Mrs. Wurth became director of the school's instrumental music program last year and hasn’t looked back, having lots of success.

Mrs. Wurth says that she chose Blake because he “works hard to better himself every day. I can count on him whenever I need help. He knows who he is and stands up for it. He’s an outstanding band member, musician, student, and person.” She adds that Blake is not only well known for being a musician but also helping around the community.

When Blake heard that Mrs. Wurth selected him for “Student of the Week,” he said, “I enjoy being a part of the band. We always have fun and joke around, but we also work hard, and get things done.”


Cutline: Senior foreign exchange student Simone Zambrin searches for an equation.

HS Spotlight Calculus

By Zach Thomas

Mrs. Clark’s eleven Calculus students created a project to determine “How volume-optimized are the cans at the grocery store?” Optimization is a common application of derivatives in calculus, she explains. The students were to find the surface area of each can, and use the limit of its surface area to discover if it has the maximum volume possible given the amount of metal used. Each group presents its conclusions.

The students benefit by learning real-life application of derivatives in calculus, she adds. “The project ties into curriculum by using derivatives and integrals,” says Mrs. Clark. The project is a summation of a unit on application of derivatives. “It has wonderful connections to geometry, algebra, and business,” responds Mrs. Clark. When asked about the project, senior Ben Burbach said, “It was fun because we got to go to the grocery store.”

The project lasts four class days, one of which includes a field trip to the Moville grocery store to take measurements. Then students were given three more days to finish their calculations and create their presentations. The presentations are posted in the hallway outside Mrs. Clark’s room.  

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Who has been the most influential person in your life and why? This is the question that four students from Woodbury Central answered this week.

Freshman Karsen Gray’s most influential person is his grandma, Bonnie. Karsen chose her because she pushes him to work harder in everything he does. She always has fun activities for her family to participate in. Karsen comments, “She’s definitely my favorite.”

Sophomore Sidney Steffen’s most influential person is her grandpa, Ronni Christopherson. Even though Mr. Christopherson has retired, he is still working for Woodbury Central and surrounding schools. He is very well known in our area, and at Woodbury Central. He is also one of the most hardworking people around. Sidney explains, “As everyone in my family says, ‘He definitely failed retirement.’”

Junior Jake Dennison’s most influential person is Laura Sailer. Mrs. Sailer is "always nice" and "in a good mood." She is very positive when she is teaching the Nurse Aide class at Woodbury Central. Jake explains, “She is one of the best teachers around.”

Senior Jacey Gray’s most influential person is her mom; Jacey’s mom teaches her that life can be hard, but there is also good. She pushes Jacey to work harder for what she wants, and encourages Jacey to do her best. Jacey says, “I wouldn’t trade her for anything else in this world.”



Q and A – If you could
travel anywhere in the world where would you go first?

By Kameron Paulsen

Ryan Putze, freshman at Woodbury Central, “I want travel to Australia and New Zealand. They are supposed to be really nice. I want to see the difference between Australia and New Zealand, and the Midwest.”

Ryan Bormann, sophomore. “I want to travel Australia. I would like to travel there because I want to explore the Outback.”

Noah Muckey, junior. “I want to travel to upper Oregon. I like seeing nature and think it is really cool to see.”

Dakota Custer, senior. “I want to travel to Canada. I’m curious and would like to visit a place with lots of nature.”

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February 16, 2017

On Feb. 3, approximately 19 students in Woodbury Central's high school study hall class volunteered their time at a quilting fundraiser for the June E. Nylan Cancer Center. The volunteers helped by carrying supplies and sewing machines to the quilters.

 According to Mr. Baldwin, the students benefited from this project by learning how to volunteer their time and work in the community. It helps build the volunteer portions of their resumes for their applications to WC's National Honor Society, and for college. The students were encouraged to join the fundraiser by Mr. Baldwin. Mr. Baldwin said, “it feels good to help others.” Maddie Paulsen said, “I really enjoyed helping the ladies and watching them do the hobby that they love.” The fundraiser was held from 8:00am to 8:30pm on February 4.



High School Student of the Week

By Katelyn Champion


            This week at Woodbury Central, Casie Petersen was chosen by Mrs. McElrath as the Student of the Week in Advanced Biology.

            Casie was chosen because she takes great pride in doing things correctly, Mrs. McElrath explains. Casie puts a lot of time into studying for Advanced Biology and her other classes. She also is an extremely organized person who does a great job balancing school work, cheer, dance and all of her additional activities.

             “Casie is an amazing individual, who works very hard to be successful in the classroom and in extracurricular activities,” Mrs. McElrath comments.


High school Student of the Week-Logan Hammond

By : Loryn Nettleton

Logan Hammond, a sophomore at Woodbury Central, was chosen “Student of the Week” by his Algebra 2 teacher Mrs. Clark. She chose Logan because “he has great work ethic, thinks through problems thoroughly, and is always interested in learning about almost anything.” Mrs. Clark also mentions that he “takes the time to figure things out.” 

“He is a very respectful young man, and is a joy to have in class,” says Mrs. Clark. Logan is also a member of the high school Quiz Bowl team and, according to Mrs. Clark, he is a “great fit for the team for all the random trivia he knows.”   




High school Student of the Week

By Jordan Martin

Jolee Bruneau, a sophomore at Woodbury Central, was selected by Mrs. Stratton, her Spanish 2 teacher, as "Student of the Week." Mrs. Stratton chose Jolee because she has a “positive attitude, motivation to learn Spanish, willingness to help others, and all around awesome scores.”

Mrs. Stratton not only spoke positively about Jolee’s academic abilities, but also her attitude. “Jolee has a solid interest in learning Spanish. She always comes to class with a positive attitude, smile on her face, and the desire to learn!” Mrs. Stratton stated.


High School Student of the week – Mr. Buckley

By Kameron Paulsen


            Daulton Christianson is Student of the Week from Mr. Buckley’s drawing class at Woodbury Central.

            Daulton, a senior, carefully considers each drawing, Mr. Buckley explains. “His meticulous approach is unique and inspiring,” Mr. Buckley adds.

            “Daulton is a hardworking and intelligent student; his hard work and steady hand resulted in a variety of impressive drawings,” says Mr. Buckley. “As he moves onto the next stage of his life, I’m sure that his commitment to excellence will lead him to success.” 


The Woodbury Central freshman class is “going for an old school theme” for this year’s Sweetheart Dance; during the first week of February, freshman class leaders asked students to vote for two girls from their classes to be crowned Sweetheart Queen. These candidates include: seniors Maddie Crichton and Kalynn Manker; juniors Brooke Bauer and Loryn Nettleton; sophomores Miah Manker and Emma Persons; and freshmen Maddie Paulsen and Hanna Stratton.

            “WC’s freshman class wants this Sweetheart Dance to be a big success, and a fun, memorable event for all students to enjoy,” says freshmen sponsor Mrs. Manker.

            WC senior Brandon Riebesell will host the music during the dance with all of his equipment. It will cost $3 per person to attend the dance. During the dance, the freshman class will provide water and punch for anyone who would like to purchase it.

             The dance will be held from 7:00 to 10:00 pm on Feb. 24. The dance will take place in the WC school commons, and will cost $3 per person to attend.   

High School Student of the week – Mr. Meister

2 February 2017

By Jacob Wohlert

Brent Bormann was chosen Student of the Week from Mr. Meister’s General Business class at Woodbury Central.

Brent, a senior, has excelled in accounting and general business, explains Mr. Meister. “Brent is meticulous with his work,” Mr. Meister adds.

“Brent constructed a top-notch resume in General Business,” says Mr. Meister. “He continues to do great work in accounting as well.”


High School Student of The Week – Mrs. Hansen

9 February 2017

By Kameron Paulsen


            Zach Thomas was chosen Student of the Week from Mrs. Hansen’s Foods ll class at Woodbury Central.

            Zach, a junior, has improved in the Foods classroom, Mrs. Hansen explains. ”He has come a long way in his knowledge and application of food preparation principles,” she adds.

            “Zach has grown so much as a culinarian," says Mrs. Hansen.  "He has a good understanding and appreciation for food selection and preparation.”  

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 “I’ve learned how unique Iceland is, and a lot of cool things about this country,” says Sidney Steffen, a sophomore at Woodbury Central. Sidney is completing a project for her World Geography class, taught by Ms. Reinders. In this project, the students research a country in Europe, make a poster of the information, and present the information to the class.

Ms. Reinders says the students benefit from this project because “they get to know about different countries and their cultures around the world.”

According to Ms Reinders, this project becomes part of the curriculum by “allowing students to locate countries on the map, and explaining cultures found around the world.” Most of the students in World Geography are sophomores; Ms. Reinders has one section of this class.


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When asked if he could talk to anybody, dead or alive, freshman Wade Mitchell answered, “My wrestling coach Scott Linden, because he always has something to say because he is so smart, and he doesn’t add to the conversation unless he has something relevant to the conversation.”

Sophomore Derek Hytrek, “TBJ AKA Matt Nissen, because he is a really cool dude and always has something funny to say.”

Junior Colton Herbold answered, “Evan Vanoss, because he is my favorite YouTuber and I want to know how he edits his videos.”

Senior Matt Peterson, “John Cena, because he has been my idol since I started watching WWE when I was, like, 6.”









 When Woodbury Central students are asked “What is the best movie you have ever seen, and why?”
 freshman James Dahill answers “Jurassic Park.” “It is action-packed and a classic, the movie has good actors like Jeff Goldblum,” says James. James claims it’s one of the best movies he’s ever seen.

Sophomore Emma Persons answers “Mulan” because “it has action, but I like the drive that Mulan has and the girl-power that it shows.” Emma adds that “Mulan” is the best Disney movie she has ever seen.

Junior Sean Parks identifies movie “Mr. Nobody” because “It was very thought- provoking, I love the way the director symbolizes things and characters with uses of color.” Sean thinks Jared Leto does “a tremendous acting job,” and “all around, it is a great movie.”

Erin Tomoson, a senior, answers “Creed” as the best movie she has ever seen. When asked why, she replies, “it was intense throughout the whole movie, and it was all about boxing, which really interests me.” Erin believes “Creed” is a great movie and a “must see” for all.  



High School Student of the Week- Beth Struve

26 January 2017

By Brandon Stender

Elizabeth Struve, a junior at Woodbury Central, is selected by Ms. Reinders to be this week’s “Student of The Week.” Ms. Reinders, a second year government teacher, describes Beth as a “critical thinker and great friend and student.” Ms. Reinders also enjoys that Beth consistently works hard and answers fully all questions in class.


“Beth is an ideal student,” adds Ms. Reinders. “She is a positive role model and mentor to her peers. She thinks critically and always goes above and beyond what is asked of her. She is a fantastic student and an even better person.”


Woodbury Central students shared the most beautiful sight they have ever seen; their answers ranged from manmade landmarks to beautiful works of nature.

            Karsen Gray, a freshman, says that the most beautiful sight he has ever seen is “a sunrise in Iowa at 6:35 in the morning. It was purple, orange, and yellow, and the colors blended together perfectly.”

 “Disney World is so pretty,” says Jade Davidson, a sophomore. “I saw the sign that said ‘Disney World’ and I was just so happy.”

            Blake Stratton, a junior, vividly describes his view of the capital city of the United States. “Flying over Washington DC in the springtime, when all the cherry blossoms are blooming. It was the pretty colors from thousands of feet in the air. It looked cool.”

            Senior Kendall Fouts answers, “I like the Gateway Arch in St. Louis because it’s really big and it looks really pretty on the river.”