WC High School

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.