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Woodbury Central’s Question of the Week is, “What is your favorite part about Spring?”

Senior Austin Walker says, “When baseball starts because baseball is my favorite sport.”

Junior Keaton Ludwig says, “When it finally gets warm enough to do things outside.”

Sophomore Beth Struve says, “The weather, I don’t like the cold.”

Freshman Taiylor Utesch says, “When the flowers bloom, they look so pretty.”

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This week, Woodbury Central high school students were asked, “If you had a chance for a ‘do-over’ in life, what would you do differently?”

Freshman Sidnie Graff says, “I would not put myself under so much pressure or stress on myself because it makes me worry about stuff I shouldn’t have to worry about as a 15-year-old.”

Sophomore Elle Gilles answers, “I would probably tell my parents a lot more, and try and have more communication with them, whether it be over school or my social life with them.”

Junior Halle Gray comments, “I would do better my freshman year of high school and get better grades than I did.”

Senior Abraham Ruhrer explains, “High school, sadly. The first two years of high school I didn’t make any of the right choices in or out of school. I was just kind of drifting through high school. I thought everything would fall into place without me having to try at all. If I could go back, I would change a lot of things; I would definitely have tried harder in my classes and tried to make better decisions in the past.”

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Woodbury Central’s Question of the Week is, “What do you want to do after high school?”

Freshman Jacob Steffen says, “Go to college at the U of Iowa to become an anesthesiologist because it interests me.”

Sophomore Abby Petersen wants to be a cheerleader in college, “because it’s my dream.”

Junior Tim Hasse says, “Travel the world; I mean who wouldn’t want to?”

Senior Elizabeth Eyer plans to be a nurse, “because that is what I’ve always wanted to do.”

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The Western Valley Conference Art Show was held March 31 at Lawton-Bronson High School. Art projects from a number of art students from Woodbury Central and other schools throughout this school year were showcased at the Conference show. John Mowitz and Terri Mcgaffin-Parrish, professors from Morningside, were the judges this year. Caleb Corbin received first place on his 12-grade drawing.

Each school could enter up to 50 artworks and WC entered 39; of the 39, 16 of them won awards. WC’s “award-winning artworks will be on display in the Commons display case near the theatre through the end of the month,” states K-12 art teacher, Mr. Buckley.

Participating artists were from Lawton-Bronson, Kingsley-Pierson, Ridge View, West Monona, River Valley, OA-BCIG, and MVAO. Westwood and Unity Christian did not attend this year.

Senior Faith Schlotman; sophomores Ellie Gilles and Joci Ofert; and freshmen Rylee Bakker and Brenna Enstrom also attended to help set up the artworks for the show.

            The following WC students won ribbons at the show.

Seniors: Caleb Corbin Blue Ribbon – Drawing; Filippa Ornberg 2 Blue Ribbons – Drawing, 3-D Mixed Media; Faith Schlotman Blue, Red, White Ribbons – Digital Prints; Zach Roth 2 Blue Ribbons and 2 Red Ribbons – Digital Photography; Austin Walker Blue Ribbon – Digital Photography.

Junior: Teren Davidson Red Ribbon – Digital Photography.

Sophomores: Ellie Gilles Blue Ribbon – Drawing; Joci Ofert Red Ribbon – Drawing.

Freshman: Brenna Enstrom Red Ribbon – Drawing

For Emily Winkler, working hard and keeping organized are only a few things that help her develop strong study routines.

            Emily, a Woodbury Central junior, is this week’s Student of the Week for Mrs. Manker’s class. “I have the unique opportunity to work with my students throughout their high school careers,” Mrs. Manker says. “Emily has taken many college courses in order to get a jump-start on her education after high school.”

              Mrs. Manker adds, “Emily has shown tremendous growth and maturity for someone her age and I look forward to more great things from her.”

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


Alyssa Gotto, senior

 “My dad, I look up to him because even when times are hard, he smiles. He is very strong when I can’t be and is always there for me. When I am stressed, he reminds me everything's okay and not to worry. When I grow up, I hope to be half as strong as him.”


 Kelsey Smith, junior

“My dad. Even though he is passed on, he taught me so many lessons about life. Through him, I learned to be a hard worker and stand up for what I believe in. He always taught me to not take crap from anyone.”


Loryn Nettleton, sophomore

 “My mother. She is always pushing me to do my best in life and she is always there when I need to talk. She’s one of the strongest women I’ve met and I’m very lucky and blessed to have her in my life as my mother.”


Emma Persons, freshman

 “My dad because he always supports me; he allows me to be myself and he respects my decisions. He motivates me to be the best I can. My dad helps with a lot of problems I am faced with. I look up to him a lot and I hope to be like him someday.”

Who is the man or woman most relevant to our times?


Woodbury Central High School students answer the question: “Which man or woman is most relevant to our times?”

Freshman Jolee Brunean says, “Leonardo Dicaprio, because with his recent Oscar winning he is everywhere; in the news or on social media, there is always at least a comment about him.”

Sophomore Kyle Rocha thinks that Tom Brady is “the greatest of all time” because “he once was a backup for the New England Patriots, but now he has won four Super Bowls as a starter for the same team.”

Junior Halle Gray explains, “Ms. Reinders, because she teaches and everyone likes her because she isn’t so strict and is laid back unlike other teachers in our school.”

 Senior Faith Schlotman mentions Mrs. Stratton “because she is very understanding about everything,” and then Faith adds, “it is very easy to talk to her.”

On March 1, Woodbury Central students in the ProStart cooking class, and students who will take the class next year, attended the Iowa ProStart Invitational at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. In that class students don’t only learn how to cook but also “how to work with other people,” sophomore Kara Schmitz explains.

Two competitions were held: the Management Competition challenges students to create a restaurant concept and pitch their business ideas to judges, and for the Culinary Competition, students created a three-course meal. Kara and classmate Payge Ronfeldt observe that the teams were “under so much stress.”

Payge explains, “We learned how you need to have management skills and how to stay calm when you are under a lot of pressure.” Adds Kara, “teamwork and communication” were the keys to “success.”

Culinary Competition judges elected Waterloo West, and Davenport was chosen for the Management Competition to represent Iowa at the National ProStart Invitational on April 29 – May 1 in Dallas, Texas. 


“Pep Club is a group of people who want to promote positive energy and school spirit at Woodbury Central,” says leaders Mrs. Stratton and Mrs. McEltrath. At 8 AM every Tuesday, Mrs. McElrath holds a meeting in her room and everyone is welcome. “Students are encouraged to stop in at a meeting whenever it works with their schedules,” Mrs. McElrath states.

Mrs. Stratton says that students “support each other in extracurricular activities with positive school spirit.” She adds, “any students who want to promote positive energy and take pride in WC are welcome.”

According to Mrs. Stratton and Mrs. McEltrath, “the Blue Crew,” another name for Pep Club, “is always looking for new, creative ideas to continue to build the positive environment around WC.” They add that, the Blue Crew makes posters, come up with “theme nights” for sports events, the dances, as well as ideas for “Homecoming and Winter Wildcat” weeks, the pep buses, and hangs up the “locker signs and treats.”


Woodbury Central high school students answered the question, “How have you changed from eighth grade year?”

Freshman Matthew Nissen responds, “I was not very mature and very quiet, but now I am more outgoing and more mature.”

“I believe I’ve matured a lot both academically and mentally,” states sophomore Elizabeth Struve. “Socially, I am probably the same, though.”

Junior Brent Bormann says, “I’ve grown a lot since then. I have changed physically and mentally. Now I am a lot more sociable.”

Senior Mikayla Mitchell admits, “I have grown as a person. I am a lot more outgoing.” 

Woodbury Central high school students answered the question, “How have you changed from eighth grade year?”

Freshman Matthew Nissen responds, “I was not very mature and very quiet, but now I am more outgoing and more mature.”

“I believe I’ve matured a lot both academically and mentally,” states sophomore Elizabeth Struve. “Socially, I am probably the same, though.”

Junior Brent Bormann says, “I’ve grown a lot since then. I have changed physically and mentally. Now I am a lot more sociable.”

Senior Mikayla Mitchell admits, “I have grown as a person. I am a lot more outgoing.” 

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Woodbury Central students were asked what they hope to accomplish in life.
Freshman Madison Blaylock says, “I want to graduate from a good college and then travel the world.”
Sophomore Abby Peterson hopes to “graduate from a good college with a degree in what I love to do.” Junior Oceona Downs explains, “I would like to pursue a career that I am passionate about.”
Seniors Abe Ruhrer and Riley Grell would like to “buy a boat and never come back to America.”


Braden Wilcox

Woodbury Central sophomore Braden Wilcox is chosen by Mrs. Logan to be Student of the Week for his work in English 2. She chose Braden because he is well-prepared for class, he focuses on the day’s lesson, and “listens carefully in class.” Braden also asks good questions to clarify the assignment directions when the students have extra work time at the end of class. Mrs. Logan says, “I am really proud of Braden because he takes the initiative to see me about class work before school or after school.” Then she adds with a smile, “He probably has the best organized notebooks that I have seen in a long time.”

Todd Becker Story Assembly

Woodbury Central and Kingsley Pierson high school students were deeply moved during the two hours that they listened to speaker Keith Becker tell the story of his brother, Todd Becker. WC students were bused Jan 17 to the assembly in Kingsley.

Mr. Becker presentsTodd’s story in a way that all students can relate. Whether students are involved in athletics, music or drama, each one has something in common with the other: senior pictures. Todd Becker was a senior at Kearney, NE, and a superior athlete, student and employee. Todd had his flaws, says his brother, just as most teens have. According to his brother, Todd fell into negative peer pressure which led him down a path of partying and making the wrong choices.  WC students discover that when Todd was a senior, he acquired a DUI three weeks before he had made his final choice to party “one last time.” Todd, who sneaked out of his house, was killed in a drinking and driving accident that night, just weeks before his graduation. WC and KP students sit in silence and listen to Mr. Becker explain how easy it was for his brother, as well as many other students, to take the wrong path in life.

At the end of the assembly, Mr. Becker tells WC and KP students that the choices they make now could direct them down the wrong path but they can make a change. Students learn that just because they are on the wrong path now does not mean they have to stay there. “I learned to be a better leader and make choices that will impact my future in the right way, and not to be a follower,” said freshman Sidnie Graff. Mr. Becker suggests many ways that students can change what they do now to set them on the “Narrow Path” in life; the “Narrow Path” are choices that keep students safe, healthy and content. After the assembly, WC students returned to Moville where they join their mentor groups to discuss the assembly and Mr. Becker’s message.

The Todd Becker Foundation has visited at least 11 states, and was “based off the Matthew 7:13, the assembly illustrates the two choices we all are faced with- the choice between the wide road and the narrow road,” according to the Todd Becker Foundation website.


Freshman: Taiylor Utesch- My family and friends because they are a huge part of my life and I love them

Sophomore:  Blake Stratton -My family, they are the most important people to me

Junior: Alec Ladd- My mom, you can’t let someone hurt your mom

Senior: Matt Nelson- My family, I love them

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For this week’s Q&A, students at Woodbury Central select one word to describe people their age.

“Loud,” explains freshman Miah Manker because “15-year-olds can be very talkative, which means we can get very loud.”

“Energetic,” says sophomore Christopher Mandl because “people my age like to have fun.”

“Creative,” notes junior Kelsey Smith because “we have a lot of free-thinking minds that like to take different paths than others.”

“Unpredictable,” states senior Ethan Schultzen because “people my age like to do crazy things.”

Student Council

It is all the about teamwork, explains Ethan Schultzen about his involvement in Woodbury Central’s Student Council: “I enjoy the teamwork, and also that we get along,” this senior notes. “We accomplish more because of our teamwork.”

Earlier in the year, the Council and their sponsor Ms. Reinders traveled to Des Moines to learn “how to get the community and school more involved and more supportive,” says junior Kelsey Smith. “Also, how to become better leaders.”

  The student council members have already applied what they learned at the convention. “We are in the process of redoing our training room,” says junior Kalynn Manker.  Junior Oceona Downs adds that the student council’s goal this year is to save money to install new flooring and cupboards, and re-paint the training room. It has a good start already, and hopes to complete the construction by the end of the year, Downs explains.

Other members of student council include seniors Clay Baldwin, Caleb Corbin and Michelle Putze; junior Anthony Gallagher; sophomores Carter Schultzen, Suzanne Putze, Sean Parks and Abby Petersen; and freshmen Sally Gallagher, Miah Manker, Sidney Steffen and Sidney Graff.

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Senior Hunter Bryan is “respectful and helpful” according to Woodbury Central Social Problems teacher Miss Reinders. She also adds that Hunter “works hard and asks questions to clarify.” Hunter always “completes his work” and is very “attentive in class.”

Ms Logan agrees and adds that she's especially impressed with Hunter because he is "proactive" as he anticipates his WITCC Composition projects. "He is also fun," she says with a big smile, "because when he and I play 'word games', he is occasionally able to stump me. I really enjoy his curiosity." 

Miss Reinders explains that “Hunter demonstrates all the qualities of a successful student. He takes good notes, works hard to finish work on time, and is a genuinely good person.” Hunter is “quick to help others” and is “always respectful,” says Miss Reinders. “He is a joy to have in class.”

Hunter adds, “To achieve greatness, one must work hard and believe that what they're doing is right. Respect, responsibility, and good morals will get you far in life.”

Woodbury Central freshman, Tori Korver, is chosen as Student of the Week by Mrs. Clark for her work in Algebra 1. Tori is a “responsible student,” who is always prepared for class, engaged in the lesson and activities, and asks “good questions.” Tori maintains “high standards” for herself, which reflect in her attitude and her grades. Mrs. Clark says, “I really respect students who work hard and take responsibility for their own learning.” She adds, “Tori is a really great example of these qualities.”


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.”

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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.

Whats Your Favorite Movie?
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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.”


BradyCodyPaytinDawson                    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.”

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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. 

TaylorMckenna                                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.” 

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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.”  

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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.”

Halloween Fundraiser

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.