This week, Woodbury Central students answer the question, “What is the best movie you have seen? Why?”
Freshman Rylee Bakker says, “Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl.” Rylee likes it because “This movie is so emotional and so real it just one of the best movies ever. I really enjoy a movie that can make me cry.”
Sophomore Noah Muckey answers, “Hot Rod” because “it never fails to make me laugh.”
Junior Ben Burbach answers, “The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie” because “I want to know the Crabby Patty formula.”
Senior Mikayla Mitchell says, “The Last Song” because “I love the story it tells.”
Four students at Woodbury Central were asked what would be the last thing they’d ever give up.
Freshman Seth Stamm explained that he would keep his guns for as long as he can "because they make me feel safe.” He also added that the guns provide “a sense of security.”
Sophomore Joci Ofert said, “The last thing that I would give up would be my loved ones.” Her reason is because “if anything, your loved ones are the people who will always be there for you.” She also said that her mom is “my role model. I know that if I ever need anything she will always be there for me.”
Junior Dawson Petersen, after careful consideration, said the last thing he will ever give up is his PS4 and “Black Ops 3” because playing it is his “favorite thing to do and it’s a good hobby for people of all ages.”
Senior Hailee Sleezer said, “My family is most important, because family is everything.”
A quiet walk through Woodbury Central's high school library this time of year may find several students sweating over computer keyboards; it's the end of the semester, and students in Mrs. Logan's Composition 1 class are racing to finish their final essays.
Composition 1 and Composition 2 are dual credit English classes offered at WC through Western Iowa Tech in Sioux City. Each is a 1-semester class, and students who complete it successfully earn credit toward WC high school graduation, as well as 3 college credits.
“Mrs. Logan is a great teacher," says senior Bailey Even. "Comp is a very challenging class, and I am glad I got the opportunity to take the class with her.”
Bailey adds, "She always keeps the class on their toes with her witty humor" and suggestions.
In this class, students write a series of short essays including character analyses, personal narratives, contrast/compare essays, literacy narratives, and novel reviews. “I have learned a lot from applying my transitions and citing novels and films,” Bailey explains.
As students fulfill Iowa Core expectations, they also research other modes of writing, perfect the MLA format, meet essay rubric expectations, and "complete a lot of peer reviews."
Mrs. Logan explains, “We are constantly peer-reviewing each others’ papers, and rewriting and rewriting and rewriting. None of us have thin skins anymore, nor do we expect to 'write at a paper' just once, and call it quits." Then she adds with a smile, "Sometimes students in the adjoining rooms can hear our heavy sighs."
Mrs. Logan’s class recently read a short mystery novel by Agatha Christie; as they reviewed the novel, they chose a character and wrote about him for their character analyses. Then they watched the 1945 black-and-white film version of the novel, and compared and contrasted the differences and similarities between the two. Some student choices included a comparison of the characters, tone or setting, or the relationships among the characters, as well as the different endings of the print and film versions.
"When we edit our papers, our class mantra is, 'Read aloud what you wrote, not what you think you wrote'," explains Mrs. Logan. "Bailey is really good at self-editing and the students who give their papers to her to peer-edit are really lucky that she will edit them."
PSEO (Post-Secondary Enrollment Option) classes are open to all Woodbury Central juniors and seniors. Students must apply and be accepted for a PSEO course; those accepted work closely with WC counselor Mrs. Walker to create a schedule that accommodates that course as well as their other WC classes. The District assumes the cost of tuition and textbooks, and the grades become part of the student's GPA.
During an average year, 20 or more WC students complete various PSEO courses, either online or in the classroom. Mrs. Logan teaches the WIT classes, ENG. 105 and ENG 106.
Cutline: L-R Wyatt Ashley, Colt Petersen, Samantha Bradley, Elizabeth Eyer
This week, Woodbury Central students answer the question, “What is your favorite movie quote? Why?”
Freshman Wyatt Ashley answers, “Life is a garden, dig it” (Joe Dirt, “Joe Dirt”). Wyatt likes the quote “because it tells you to make the best of your situation.”
Sophomore Colt Petersen replies, “I don’t know how to put this, but I’m kind of a big deal” (Ron Burgundy, “Anchorman”). Colt likes the quote “because I’m the coolest kid I know.”
Junior Samantha Bradley says, “The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return” (Christian, “Moulin Rouge”). Sam likes this quote because “it tells everybody that they should love everybody, no matter who they are or where they’re from.”
Senior Elizabeth Eyer answers, “Just be careful who you pretend to be. I mean, I’d hate if you forgot who you are” (Lori Spencer, “John Tucker Must Die”). Elizabeth enjoys this quote “because no one should forget who they really are.”
High school students at Woodbury Central were asked, “Who is your favorite person? Why?”
Senior Austin Walker says; “My dad, he has always been there for me, he helps me with everything.”
Junior Isaac Rector says, “Tim Tebow; he inspires me to be a better person and football player.”
Sophomore Kyle Rocha says, “Tom Brady; he plays for the Patriots”
Freshman Jolee Bruneau says, “Elizabeth Gilles; she has always been a good friend and whenever I see her, I want to smile.”
Question- “What do you think has the hardest job today- A student, teacher or parent?”
Freshman Paytin Stover said, “Students, because we have to do the work the teachers assigns and have a social life.”
Sophomore Cody Kennedy said, “Parents because they have to take care of their kids and have to put up with them.”
Junior Dawson Petersen answered, “Students because we have to try to balance homework, sports, and a social life.”
Senior Brady Meister said, “Students have it the hardest, because there is so much going on in their lives, and they have to balance everything.”
SOW Maddie Crichton
By Tony Glackin
Maddie Crichton is this week’s Student of the Week in Ms. Reinders’s class. Maddie was chosen for her "positive attitude" and "classroom leadership."
A Woodbury Central junior who is thinking about going to Iowa State University after high school, Maddie “studies hard, helps others with when needed, and has a positive attitude,” says Ms. Reinders, a first year government teacher at WC, “and she always shows up ready to learn.”
One thing that has helps Maddie achieve her school and extracurricular goals are her “consistently positive attitude about life and class.” Ms. Reinders adds that Maddie “
She is a positive attribute to my classroom and I enjoy having her in class.”
Woodbury Central sophomore Elizabeth Struve was recently selected as Student of the Week by her home economics teacher Mrs. Hanson.
“Elizabeth has been doing an excellent job during our unit on breads,” said Mrs. Hanson. “On a recent quiz over quick breads, Elizabeth was the only student to score a perfect 100 percent,” she added.
“I enjoy taking this class and think it will help me in my future. I am now more aware of different techniques you can use while cooking,” said Elizabeth.
Elizabeth was chosen because of her ability to consistently produce excellent quality products and she pays attention to the recipe's details.
New Student (Kim Looschelders)
By Alec Still
Woodbury Central recently gained a new junior, Kim Looschelders. She is from Paderborn, Germany, a city of about 150,000. She began the school year at Belmond Klemme, and will finish her school year as a Wildcat.
Kim says the hardest thing about leaving Germany and coming to a different country is “leaving everything and everyone behind.” She decided to come to school in the United States because she wanted to experience something new, and get to know the American culture.
When pressured, Kim will explain herself in five words, “adaptable, quiet, open, kind, and clumsy.” Kim values her family and friends most in life because “they are always there for me, and support me in my decisions.” One of her goals in life is travel more of the world to be able to “get to know more cultures.” Kim plans attend a university in a different country outside of Germany and is undecided on what she wants to study.
Kim is currently living with Amy and Marc Fixsel in Moville.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go first? Explain.
Freshman: Gunnar Christiansen said he would like to visit France; he would love to see the Eiffel Tower.
Sophomore: McKenna Smith said she would travel to Paris. “It’s my dream place to visit.” She would go see the Eiffel Tower, and to the Pont des Arts bridge, the “Love Lock” bridge.
Junior: Austin Wilcox said he would go to Washington D.C. because it would be cool to see the old history buildings that are there.
Senior: Taylor West said she would go to Poland because “I have some relatives over there and I have never been there before.”
High School Spotlight
Mrs. Stratton- Hispanic American project
By Alec Still
Woodbury Central’s Spanish IV students were assigned to research a Hispanic American who has impacted or influenced our country. The project was assigned during first quarter because Hispanic Heritage month was Sept. 15–Oct. 15. “The students were asked to search for a Hispanic American who has somehow impacted or influenced some area of the USA,” said Spanish teacher Mrs. Stratton.
Students were encouraged to pick an area of their own interests or of their chosen career fields, such as medicine. According to Mrs. Stratton, they learned what made their person influential, events that changed their lives, and obstacles that person overcame. Through class discussion, students learn about the relationship between the concepts, practices and perspectives of other cultures. Senior Michelle Putze commented, “It was interesting to learn about Hispanic people who have influenced our culture.” The project took roughly two weeks; upon their completion, students presented them as a PowerPoint to their classmates.
The Woodbury Central sophomore biology classes are involved in a very detailed “Survivor Project” to study causes of death. “The students compare males and females dying before and after 1950,” states Mrs. McElrath, biology teacher. She adds that this project offers “a real-life understanding of how fast life can change.”
Students visited the cemetery on Sept. 29 and Oct. 1; then they spent 1-2 days graphing their data, 3-4 days researching, writing a paper and a presentation, and 2 days presenting projects. “I learned a lot about Moville, especially the cemetery," explains Carter Schultzen. I didn’t know that people were buried so long ago. I also thought it was interesting to learn the different causes of death throughout the decades.” Their other research includes “healthcare such as medicine and vaccinations, history such as wars, and forms of accidents,” says Mrs. McElrath. “In interviewing a family member, they were able to learn more about family history and changes over time.”
Artist of the Week - Filippa Ornberg
By Faith Schlotman
Foreign exchange student Filippa Ornberg was chosen as Artist of the Week by Mr. Buckley. “Filippa is a creative and dedicated student,” Mr. Buckley says. “She is a hard worker and insightful thinker."
Filippa enjoys sketching, and as she works on a sketch, she "lets her hand do all the work."
“Most of the time I don’t know what I’m doing, but none-the-less, I like making things from scratch,” she explains.
“What really impressed me about Filippa is her eagerness to dive into a challenge,” Mr. Buckley adds. “When presented with a project, Filippa thinks through, sketches, and re-thinks her idea until a perfect solution is found.”
Cutline: L-R Gage Beller, Katie Ehrig, Macey Hoefling, Clay Baldwin
Q and A
This week, Woodbury Central students answered the question “If you were given one wish, what would it be?” Freshman Gage Beller answered, “I would wish I could fly, because I think it would be fun and so I could see around the world.”
Sophomore Katie Ehrig said, “to go back to Europe for another three weeks because I miss being with my friends every day while touring Europe.”
Junior Macey Hoefling replied, “to not have the ability to feel mine, or others’, hearts break. It would make life a whole lot easier to handle.”
Senior Clay Baldwin answered, “I would wish for an endless supply of Scooby Doo fruit snacks because they are what keep me going every day.”
By Alec Still
Every year, the Woodbury Central juniors and their parents are in charge of fundraising to help provide funds for the Junior-Senior Prom. On Oct. 30-31, juniors will host several activities at the fairgrounds during Halloween weekend. One of the activities, a Zombie Run 5k, will begin at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at the fairgrounds; entry fee for the 5k is $20.
Before the run there will be a “pre-party” with a DJ at the fairgrounds. The 5k run will start at Old Town, circle the town and finish at Old Town. Runners will be given a flag and during the run, “zombies” will attempt to take flags away from the runners. The first runner to return with his or her flag still attached wins a prize.
After the run, juniors and their parents will also sponsor a hay ride and a scary movie as well as an “Old Town Haunted Tour.” The Haunted Tour will run from 9-11 p.m. at the fairgrounds. The entry fee for Old Town will be $5.
Activities on Halloween Day begin at 2 p.m. with an obstacle course at the grandstands. Later that night, the “Haunted Tour” will again run from 7:30 -11p.m. The cost is $5; however, those who have their 5k-run bracelet from the previous night will get in free.
“I think it’s just going to go fantastic. A lot of kids will enjoy it and a lot of money will be raised," comments junior Jacob Harris. "This will be a great fundraiser for our junior class.” The money raised from the weekend will also go toward WC’s AgED/ FFA funds.
Fillipa Oernberg Interview
Fillipa Oernberg is a foreign exchange student living with the Fixsel family: Marc, Amy and their two sons, Erik and Tanner. Fillipa’s parents, Katarina and Mangus Oernberg remain in Malmo, Sweden, with her brother, Malte, and three sisters: Fiona, Marta and Elsa. Her mother leads a community evolvement program for trains in Sweden and her father is a computer coder and technician.
Woodbury Central is quite different from Fillipa’s school in Malmo. She claims that “the food, dress code, classes, the way you set up your schedule, the fact that you have sports connected to the school and a lot more” are some of the differences. To begin her senior year at WC, Fillipa joined volleyball and some art classes. Her favorite part of WC so far is, “the nice people that go here," and adds with a smile, "well the ones I have met at least.”
Fillipa's many interests include “drawing and watching the football games.” She enjoys listening to music such as “Stromae, Anisiktet, and Marina and the Diamonds” which are Swedish bands and different styles of music. In her free time Fillipa likes to "occupy myself with friends, drawing, relatives, or the 'new classic,' TV.” Fillipa enjoys sewing so much that "I made my dress for my ninth grade graduation.”
With a smile Fillipa says, “I wanted to experience America and your way of life to figure out what I want to be my way of life.” Some important figures in Fillipa's life are "My family because I love them." She adds, "I also admire my sister because she is awesome, smart, and nice and knows what she wants.”
Fillipa describes herself as “'supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,' because I can,” as well as “funny and high-spirited” and definitely "not mean.”
New Student Julia Garcia
By Faith Schlotman
This year Woodbury Central welcomes new student Julia Garcia. Julia moved here from Texas with her parents and two siblings, Josh and Taylor; Taylor, Julia says, is her role model.
The best part of being a new student is “making new friends,” says Julia, and then adds that she dislikes “when people stare at her, and not knowing where any classes are.” When she compares her former school to WC, she reports, “We couldn’t have our phones out at all,” and “if we got them taken away, we had to pay $15 each to get them back.”
Julia’s favorite subject is Algebra ll; she enjoys the challenges presented by math questions. Her least favorite subject is English. The last three books that she read were Divergent, and part of the Hunger Games series: Mockingjay and Catching Fire. If she could have one wish, she would wish to become “a movie star.” She explains, “That’s all I ever wished and dreamed about.” When it comes to other important decisions, Julia just goes with the flow and continues with her day.
In her spare time Julia enjoys throwing a football, watching movies, fishing and playing basketball. In five years, she wants to be studying criminal law or marine biology.