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.”
Senior interview- Shawn Enstrom
By Brandon Stender
“The most worthwhile thing is to try to put happiness into the lives of others.” Robert Baden-Powell. This quote, offered by this Woodbury Central senior, pertains to his life. “I’m always trying to help others be happy, even when I’m not,” explains Shawn Enstrom, who most know for his hard work at school and for his community service as an Eagle Scout. One of Shawn's most recent Scout projects was to install a number of Pet Waste Stations along the City's walking path to the cemetery.
Born on February 28, 1999, some of Shawn’s hobbies now include archery and camping. “Boy Scouts introduced me to both of these. My favorite memory was getting 4 of 50 at a Boy Scout archery test.” Along with his Boy Scouts achievements, he also recalls his most pleasant high school memory as “achieving the rank of Eagle Scout on December 14.”
Shawn, 17, is an owner of Halo the Cat “She used to sit on my shoulder. She’s my favorite ‘cause she’s my only pet.” A favorite movie since his childhood is “The Fox and the Hound,” while his favorite television series is “Arrow” because, he says, his family likes watching the comic series so he feels sucked into it.
Shawn’s said his worst habit is “forgetting things.” “I forget a lot of things. I hate forgetting the simplest things or people.” Then he offers this to WC's underclassmen: “Don’t slack off your first few years.”
Shawn’s favorite class is Advanced Photography with Mr. Buckley. “I can be creative with my work. I’ve taken pictures of nature that I enjoy.” As much as Shawn enjoys photography, he hopes to attend the South Dakota School of Mines, Minnesota State University, or University of South Dakota to study to become a geologist.
Shawn is the son of Jon Enstrom and Brandi Enstrom, and the older brother of Brenna 15, and Connery 12, who also attend Woodbury Central.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
By Jacob Wohlert
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.”
High school spotlight Ms. Reinders
By Loryn Nettleton
“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.
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.”