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St. Patrick's Day

posted Mar 12, 2018, 9:34 AM by Alivia Lange

Top 5 Spring Break Destinations

posted Mar 9, 2018, 9:24 AM by Clarissa Snow   [ updated Mar 9, 2018, 9:25 AM ]

Valedictorianship explained

posted Feb 28, 2018, 9:52 AM by Makenna Beesley

For many, the topic of graduation requirements has been murky and confusing. As per the handbook, to graduate from CSHS, students are required to have four English credits; three each of math, science and social science credits; one each of computer, P.E., and fine arts credits; one half credit of speech and consumer education credits; and seven electives.

“I really haven’t been confused over the requirements,” sophomore Joshua Koester said.

There are different requirements and qualifications for the scholar's (Board of Regents) and qualified admissions for 4-year Kansas state schools. These can also be found in the student handbook.

After asking why there’s been confusion over graduation requirements, guidance counselor Louise Ronnau said that the confusion between CSHS requirements and the qualified admissions and scholar’s curriculum could be from the way the table is set up on page two of the student handbook.

The status around the valedictorian and salutatorian is another issue that has been confusing to some students. Starting in 2016, CSHS began to use a points system in case there were multiple 4.0 GPA students, but this is the first year that it has had to be put into use. Students who attain a 4.0 will have the valedictorian status on their transcript no matter what, but points come into play for other honors and scholarships. Not all classes are used in this point system, though; only the required classes count.

“I have mixed feelings over the points system,” sophomore Amy Zoglmann said. “On one hand it’s good because it singles out a single valedictorian, but on the other hand, it stinks because everyone else who’s worked hard to get a 4.0 and to be valedictorian gets screwed out of it.”

In the case of a tie in GPA, grades from freshman to senior year are given point values based on the percentages below:

100-98= 12 points

97-94= 11 points

93-90= 10 points

89-88= 9 points

87-84= 8 points

And so on

The student with the most points receives top valedictorian status and will give the speech at graduation. The top valedictorian also gets recognition on KWCH, the governor’s dinner, and the scholar’s section of the paper. Additionally, the top valedictorian receives $5,000 from the Kansas Star Casino; salutatorian, $4,000; the top 10% of the class, $2,000; and every other senior pursuing more education receives $1,000. The valedictorian and salutatorian for the Class of 2018 will be announced on April 3 and graduation will be held on Sunday, May 13.

Winter homecoming spirit week

posted Feb 14, 2018, 9:43 AM by Amanda Smith   [ updated Feb 14, 2018, 10:03 AM ]

During Winter Homecoming, students and teachers participate in Spirit Week, dressing up according to the day’s theme. “It’s surprising how much spirit there was this year,” junior and Stuco vice-president Travis Willson said. “I hope it continues on to future years.” Last photo by Karley Mooneyham.

Spirit Week 2-5 to 2-9

Colors used in marketing

posted Feb 5, 2018, 10:04 AM by Makenna Beesley

The benefits of reading

posted Feb 2, 2018, 9:43 AM by Amanda Smith

Morris volunteers as an EMT to give back

posted Jan 30, 2018, 10:09 AM by Stephanie Brozovich

As a way to help others and give back to the community, high schoolers who are are eligible can become a volunteer EMT. Senior Rianna Morris took advantage of this opportunity and went through the process of becoming an EMT.

“I’ve always been interested in the medical field and wanted to help the community, and there’s still a great need for volunteers,” Morris said.

Morris explained that the process of becoming an EMT includes passing a six-month long course and tests throughout the course. To become a certified EMT, you must pass the class and required testing with a 75 percent or higher. Aside from the test, the course also includes hand-on labs and practice test that require a 100 percent score.

“The hardest part was balancing school classes and being and EMT,” Morris said.

Morris passed all the requirements and was the top of her class during her time of testing. She recalled staying up late studying for her classes after her school activities she was involved in. However, she never lost sight of her goal to become a caregiver and help her community. Morris will be allowed to leave class when on call, after her parents, Principal Brent Harrell, and the city council approve and give her a letter. She said commitment is important for anyone who plans to take the course.

“Study and don’t take the course lightly” Morris said. “If you’re going to do it, do it full heartedly or don’t do it.”

EMT Rianna Morris practices on a mannequin to practice for her class and tests. Courtesy Photo.

Average snowfall

posted Jan 29, 2018, 9:19 AM by Makenna Beesley   [ updated Jan 29, 2018, 9:20 AM ]

Scholars Bowl competes at the Tournament of Champions

posted Jan 17, 2018, 9:33 AM by Makenna Beesley

Normally, a Scholars Bowl tournament has either 15 or 16 questions per round, ranging from foreign language to science, fine arts, math, and year-in-review. For the TOC, with 20 original questions and two follow-up questions per correct answer, there’s a possibility of up to 60 questions for one round.

The varsity team for the day consisted of seniors Courtnee Wisdom and Jera Wolke, and juniors Cooper Boyles, Nathan Ohl, and Molly Schmanke at Bishop Carroll High School Jan. 6. The first round began at 8:20 a.m., and the final round ended at 3:30 p.m. A total of 40 other schools competed, including  Buhler, Maize, St. James, Valley Center, Independent, Hesston, Cheney, Thomas-More Prep, Topeka and Pratt.

“I like TOC because we get to experience other teams from outside of our area and league, and we get to see how they play,” Wisdom said. “That, and because it’s different from other Scholars Bowl tournaments.”

Another difference is that at a typical meet, team members are allowed to confer before answering a question, but at TOC, for the first question of each category, team members are not allowed to discuss. If they answer the question correctly, just that team gets two more questions in the same category, and they’re allowed to discuss.

“I think we did pretty good,” Ohl said. “Most of us hadn’t done Tournament of Champions before, so it was something new.”

For the morning bracket, the team got fifth, and in a different afternoon bracket, sixth. At the end of the day, the Cardinals ended in 22nd place out of 40; Wisdom was the top scorer with 150 points and Ohl was second with 130 points.

“I think the team did pretty good, considering we were one of the smallest schools there” sponsor Connie Pauly said. “A lot of the other teams were defending State champions, too.”

New Year Resolutions

posted Jan 17, 2018, 9:29 AM by Alivia Lange

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