WC High School

Money, Time Survey

By Halle Still

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

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

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

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

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




School to Work

Cutline: Connor Lamp

By Jameson Mandl


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

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

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

Text or Call? WC Survey.

By Drew Widman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

High School Student of the Week

By Matt Best


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

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

 By Keaton Morgan 

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

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

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

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

Ashton Eaton’s Senior Interview

By Becca Gebel

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

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

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

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

By Alexa Sanford

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

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

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

The students are asked to explain their answers.

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

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

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

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

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

High School Student of the Week

By Drew Widman


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

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

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

by Keaton Morgan

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

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

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

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

Words, Silence Survey

By Charles Rhue

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

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

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

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

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

By Alexa Sanford

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

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

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

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

Ethan Schultzen High school Student of the Week

By Halle Still

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

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

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


Reed Mitchell Student of the Week Woodbury Central

By Charles Rhue

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

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

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


Reed Mitchell Student of the Week Woodbury Central

By Charles Rhue

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

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

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


Andrew Petersen High School Student of the Week


By Alexa Sanford

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

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

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

Mrs. Hanson Teacher Interview

By Jameson Mandl


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

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

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

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



Photos: Petersen, Ruhrer, Bormann, Thomas

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

By Matt Best

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

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

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

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

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





"What is the greatest problem in the US?"

Question of the week

By Drew Widman


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

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

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

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

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


By Halle Still

Question & Answer-

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

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

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

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

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


Mary Kay Walker New staff member at WC

By Shane Funk


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

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

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

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


High School Student of the Week Katie Ehrig and Kaylie Coulter

By Matthew Best

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

High School Spotlight

By Becca Gebel


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

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

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

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

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

Student Teacher Interview, Chaps Wilcke

By Nic Scheelhaase


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

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

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

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

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


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Nikoel Hytrek = glasses & a pink shirt

Dustin Widman = blue shirt against the wall

Charles Rhue = overly close up

Halle Gray = athletic shirt

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

By Nic Scheelhaase

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

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

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

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

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

By Dawson Petersen

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

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

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

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

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

Dillon Weaver Student of the Week
By Becca Gebel

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



Rachel LaPaglia
Woodbury Central high school student of the week

By Ashton Eaton

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

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

ACT purpose test dates

By Ashton Eaton

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

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

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

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

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College Class

Cutline (two photos) Reed Mitchell and Maddie Crichton

By Jameson Mandl and Dawson Petersen

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

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

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

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

By Ashton Eaton

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

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

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


HS SOW Daulton Christiansen


By Dawson Petersen


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

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

Left to right: Kennedy Krieg and Maddie Crichton

HS Spot

By Dawson Petersen

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

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

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

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

Question of the Week

By Jameson Mandl


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

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

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

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

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

Wizard of Oz School Play

By Lyndzy Flewelling

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

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

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


Industrial Tech. III High School Spotlight

By Jameson Mandl


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

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


High school Q&A

Lyndzy Flewelling


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

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

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

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

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