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Band teacher by day; superior bowler by night

posted Dec 12, 2017, 9:41 AM by Karley Mooneyham   [ updated Dec 12, 2017, 9:55 AM ]

Band director and audiovisual teacher Dennis Kerr not only has a passion for music but also has a strong passion for bowling. Mr. Kerr has been bowling since he was 14 years old.

“I’ve always had a passion for bowling since I started,” Mr. Kerr said. “I’ve just never stopped doing it since.”

Mr. Kerr goes bowling every Monday and Wednesday night at Seneca Bowl in Wichita. He is in two leagues: the Monday night league is the Coors League, sponsored by Coors Light, and the Wednesday night league is the Sunbirds League.

The first time he ever scored a perfect game of 300 was in 1999. Twice, he has bowled a 300 on the first week of the season. One was August 23 of this year, and the other was in August 2011. Mr. Kerr has bowled 16 perfect games in his bowling career and usually averages 267 points per game. In college, he also coached a youth bowling league  in Oklahoma for people ages 5-18.

“I had to make a tough decision while in college at Wichita State University,” Mr. Kerr said. “I had a marching band scholarship, but the bowling team was good there and they really wanted me, but I chose the band because I knew my career that I was going into would have to do with band and music.”

Mr. Kerr also attends the National Bowling Tournament every summer--last year was at Las Vegas, NV., and this year’s is at Syracuse, N.Y.

“My favorite national bowling tournament I went to was in Billings, MT.,” Mr. Kerr said. “I played good, and it was just an all-around good time.”

Mr. Kerr bowls at the national tournament last summer in Las Vegas. Courtesy photo.

Top Christmas Movies

posted Dec 8, 2017, 10:10 AM by Alivia Lange

Thanksgiving Travels

posted Nov 21, 2017, 9:45 AM by Karley Mooneyham

What do you do on your free time ?

posted Nov 20, 2017, 9:41 AM by Alivia Lange   [ updated Dec 4, 2017, 9:26 AM by Makenna Beesley ]

While some students like playing school sports and participating in clubs, sophomores Tori Kunz and Kylie Ast and freshman Laci Ast like to rodeo.

“I love doing rodeos because you can do it your whole life and keep improving and reach goals you never thought were possible,” Kylie said.

For them rodeo is their sport. With rodeos there are many opportunities and events that you can participate in.

“One of my biggest goals in high school would be to make it to nationals and trying to be in the top 10 in the nation,” Kylie said.

“It takes a lot of practice, you may get frustrated,” Kunz said. “But you need to just push through and think why you started.”

Both Kunz and Asts’ dads participated in rodeos when they were younger. This is one of the main reasons that they got started doing rodeos. Kunz started rodeoing when she was 4 years old. Kylie started when she was 5 and Laci when she was 6.

“I like doing rodeos because I love a challenge,” said Kunz. “It’s something you always have to keep working for.”

If you are looking for a challenge, or something to work with and have fun, rodeoing is a possibility. Trying different things may be out of your comfort zone but you never know if you will like if you never try.

“The run is never the same,” Laci said. “It's always different.”

“I like doing rodeos because you get to travel all over and meet new people,” Laci said.

Fisher honors Veterans

posted Nov 13, 2017, 9:49 AM by Adyson Koster

On Nov. 10, pictures of active and retired armed forces drew students’ attention as they walked past the office in occasion of Veteran’s Day.

The celebration was organized by junior Lexi Fisher. Fisher asked students to bring her pictures of anyone they knew who was in the military, and she arranged all the pictures with names and ranks on three posters. The event was a reminder of how many hometown people have served and are still serving for our country.

“The FCCLA conference I went to a week or so ago lit a spark for me to get more involved and I just thought, ‘well Veterans Day is this month, why not?’” Fisher said.

Many students have family members serving, including sophomore Gavin Beesley. His uncle served in the army until six years ago when he was wounded.

“It was nice that Lexi could recognize people that have served and I could help recognize my uncle,” he said.

There were more than sixty pictures of veterans submitted to Fisher to be hung up. Many students said this was successful, including sophomore Wyatt Schulte.

“I thought it was really cool to honor them, and I’m sure they appreciated it,” Schulte said.

Most Addictive Foods

posted Nov 13, 2017, 9:26 AM by Rachel Ward

Doffing shows talent on Youtube channel

posted Nov 8, 2017, 9:58 AM by Adyson Koster

Many students at Conway Springs High School have Youtube channels -- ranging from funny to informational. Usually, videos are uploaded to the channel and watched by subscribers.

Sophomore Austin Doffing uses his Youtube channel, Eeveegamer52, to show off his artistic skill. He records the videos at his house, usually taking three hours to complete each video. He enjoys drawing animated characters from his favorite shows for fun.

“I started [drawing] when I was 10, just to make cool videos [as I got older],” he said.

The videos require editing skills that Doffing said he developed early on when he first started the channel in 2015.

“I was looking forward to using both my editing skills and the channel for video productions class,” Doffing said.

One of his videos has more than 2,000 views, and his channel got noticed by a few students who asked him to personally draw pictures for them, so he has started drawing other things beside animated characters exclusively.

“It was cool that they asked me to do that,” Doffing said. “I hope that I will have time to upload more videos on my channel soon.”  

Number of Veterans in Major Wars

posted Nov 6, 2017, 10:04 AM by Stephanie Brozovich   [ updated Nov 6, 2017, 10:08 AM ]

Students and staff get into the spirit of Halloween

posted Nov 6, 2017, 9:46 AM by Alivia Lange

To get into the spirit of Halloween, two contests were held for the students and teachers. For one contest, the students got to dress up in their Halloween costumes and wear them to school. The winners of the Halloween costume contest were seniors Abby Heimerman and Ben Neises. Usable scooby.JPG

“We both thought it would be a good idea because Ben looked like a lumberjack, and a tree goes perfect with that,” Heimerman said.

The second place winners were juniors Leah Reep, Caden Runnalls and Molly Schmanke. They dressed up as the Scooby Doo Crew.

“Leah was Velma for her dance during the football game, Caden just looks like Shaggy, and Molly was a redhead so we decided to make her Daphne. We all thought that it would be a cool idea and we got many compliments,” the group said. Schmanke’s little sister Corinne Schmake dressed up as Scooby Doo.IMG_4970.JPG

Principal Brent Harrell sponsored a contest for the teachers also. They got to volunteer to carve pumpkins, and the students voted on the winner. The winner of the carving contest was art teacher Cindy Mullen.

She got her idea from reading the book “It” by Stephen King. She liked the idea of the red balloons scaring people, so she decided to paint her pumpkin as Pennywise and paint a smaller pumpkin red to look like a balloon.

“I carved a pumpkin last year, so I thought, why not change things up and paint one?” Mrs. Mullen said.

The Reason for 4-H Club

posted Nov 1, 2017, 10:03 AM by Stephanie Brozovich   [ updated Nov 1, 2017, 10:04 AM ]

For many students, it’s important to find outside leadership opportunities and a chance to develop life skills and soft skills. For senior Makenna Beesley, junior Cooper Boyles, sophomore Gavin Beesley and freshman Lucy Boyles, 4-H is that opportunity. 4-H is an organization that focuses on teaching youth by doing and leading through projects and examples.

“They focus on personal growth and fundamentals such as soft skills,” Gavin said. “My personal goals are to help the community and grow my goat farm.”

Lucy said that she initially joined 4-H to show her horses that she had when she was younger, then realized there was more to 4-H and that there were other projects. She has done horses, goats, photography, arts and crafts, foodsand buymanship. Gavin said he decided to join 4-H for similar reasons. Some other projects Gavin has done are woodworking, arts and crafts, foods, buymanship, rocketry, photography and horses.

“It gave me something to do and allowed me to be more creative and make more friends,” Gavin said.

4-H has few requirements to join the club, only a yearly renewal, and a recently added $15 initial fee, along with the desire to join.

“You just have to be able to want to do community service and have commitment,” Lucy said.

With all the other activities that occur during school, many students would say they don’t have the time to participate in 4-H. Although it may be a big time commitment to some, both Gavin and Lucy said they think it’s worth it to join 4-H.

“Even if you don’t like it, you get a good experience helping people and doing volunteer work,” Lucy said.

For their 4-H projects, sophomore Gavin Beesley and freshman Lucy Boyles prepare and show their goats. Both Beesley and Boyles have been raising goats for years now and are working on building their goat farms. Courtesy photos by Sheila Beesley and Nick Boyles.

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