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Community helps others with Cram the Van

posted Oct 11, 2017, 9:50 AM by Alivia Lange

    Cram the Van is a can donation event that goes to help the people in the community that can’t afford food all the time. It is sponsored by Wheatland Electric and put together by the high school Student Council.

“Cram the Van is a good opportunity for our community to help each other by donating nonperishable items to our local Mission Mart,” senior Colt Shobe said.

In past years the community has competed against the opposing football team’s community. This year, however, instead of competing with another school, the district competed against itself by setting a high goal of 4500 cans. The goal was exceeded with 5,070 cans donated. Because the district reached the goal, students will be released at 1 p.m. on Nov. 21.

“Without this drive, the Mission Mart would not have enough items to support everyone who needs it,” senior Lacey Pauly said. “I think it’s a great way to show that we care, and it gives people an opportunity to donate who might not have thought of doing so on their own.”

All the cans donated at Friday's game will get put into the Wheatland Electric van and sent to the Presbyterian church, where the Mission Mart is housed.

“I enjoy Cram the Van because it’s helping people, and it brings our schools together,” junior Leah Reep said.

‘The Legend Of Robin Hood… Sort Of’

posted Apr 12, 2017, 8:51 AM by Jade Leslie   [ updated Aug 16, 2017, 7:57 AM by Tamara Salisbury ]

The production of “The Legend of Robin Hood... Sort Of” was on March 31, performed for a matinee audience at 1:30 p.m. and at 7 p.m. and on April 1 at 8 p.m. in the high school auditorium. The cast had been practicing for two months and received laughs and applause throughout the performance. Senior Matthias Doffing, who played King John, said, “I really enjoyed the play this year, especially working with new people.”

Play performance

The cost of prom at CSHS

posted Apr 3, 2017, 8:42 AM by stu.michellewillson@usd356.org

Intense sub-state play comes to an end

posted Mar 8, 2017, 8:45 AM by Amanda Smith   [ updated Mar 9, 2017, 8:32 AM by Rachel Stuhlsatz ]


The past week, the basketball teams competed in the most important part of the season: sub-state. The boys basketball team was the number two seed going into the tournament. In the first game, Conway Springs played at home against the Sedgwick Cardinals at 7 p.m. Feb. 28.

    Although it was a close score of 11-10 after the first quarter, seniors Josh Dugan, Noah Finstad and Jacob Winter combined for a total of 47 points to clinch the victory over Sedgwick. The final score was 69-56.

    “We knew that Sedgwick was a pretty good team,” Winter said, “but we knew we had to execute in order to get the win and move on.”

    In the second round, the Cardinals faced the 11-9 Halstead Dragons at Garden Plain March 3. Finstad’s season-high 26 points led the team to pick up the 56-45 win over the Dragons. After scoring 26 points, Finstad increased his average to nearly 14 points per game.

    The sub-state championship game tipped off at 7:30 p.m. on March 4 with the Conway Springs Cardinals facing the Cheney Cardinals. The winner would go on to play in the state tournament in Hutchinson.

“We knew that they would be feeling pretty good after beating Hesston, the number three team in the state,” senior Gunnar Denney said.

Although it was a battle all 32 minutes, Cheney’s depth prevailed and Conway Springs fell 60-69 in a season-ending loss. The loss discouraged the team, but Dugan maintains a positive outlook on his season and career at Conway Springs High School.

    “We’ve had our ups and downs,” Dugan said, “but the past two years we’ve made this town into more than just a football town. We’ve made it into a football and basketball town.”

Photos by Rachel Stuhlsatz

Boys substate

Winter homecoming a big success

posted Mar 2, 2017, 11:31 AM by stu.maryberntsen@usd356.org

Winter homecoming is one of the most active times for students at Conway Springs High School. Students were encouraged every day of the week to dress up a certain way to show their school spirit. Along with that, students competed in activities such as the medallion hunt, wall decorating, pep rally games, and the lip sync.

“I liked this homecoming a lot,” freshman Kelly Doffing said.

The majority of the activities took place at the end of the week. In each activity, the classes were given points based on their performance. The junior class found the medallion hidden in the bleachers. The sophomores received first place in the pep rally game. During the pep rally, there was also a candidate game where the boys were blindfolded and led by the girls through a maze of Stuco members, and then the boys had to dress up in suits and do the girls’ makeup.

“I liked the pep rally and how my partner Marcus did my makeup,” senior Rachel Echelberry said.

At the end of the week, the scores for the overall class competition were close between the seniors and the sophomores. However, at the end of the pep rally, it was announced that the seniors won the overall class competition by a 10 point lead over the sophomores, earning a bowling trip.

Later that night, seniors involved in basketball, Scholars Bowl, choir and Cardinalaires were recognized. bBoth the boys and girls varsity basketball teams won their games, and the dance team performed a special dance that was choreographed by sponsor Stacy Zoglmann.

“The dance at the game was my favorite part,” junior Rianna Morris said.

During the homecoming ceremony right after the boys’ game, Alex Tarrant was crowned king and Echelberry was queen.

Check out our Homecoming photo galleries:

Spirit week

Pep rally

Senior night

Homecoming dance

Homecoming reminds students to ‘Shoot For The Stars’

posted Feb 7, 2017, 8:41 AM by Jade Leslie

    This year, the theme for winter homecoming week is “Shoot For The Stars”, as voted on by Stuco. Spirit days this year are pajama day on Monday, fictional character day on Tuesday, fashion disaster on Wednesday, nerd day on Thursday and as every year, Friday is red and white day to show your school spirit.

“I hope to see lots of people dress up for the spirit days,” Stuco secretary and sophomore Travis Willson said. “I also hope to see a great turnout for the game and dance.”

The medallion hunt will take place all week, with the first clue revealed on Monday. The traditional lip sync competition is Friday during AP, and there will also be a pep assembly at 1 p.m. in the gym with Kyle Trueblood and St. Joseph elementary students and middle school students also attending. Other class games will take place during the pep assembly.

Sophomore Mariah Morris is also excited about the homecoming basketball game

“I am very excited to see how the dance (team’s performance) will turn out. The dance is Lion King themed. There will be a lot of neat tricks, and I really hope the crowd likes it.”

Homecoming king candidates are seniors Marcus Berntsen, Noah Finstad, Donovan Mercer and Alex Tarrant. Queen candidates are seniors Emma Barkley, Rachel Echelberry, Samantha Koch and Taylor May.

“I was very excited when I found out that I was one of the candidates,” Berntsen said. “I was also a little surprised.”






Pajama Day

Fictional Character Day

Fashion Disaster Day

Nerd Day

Red and White Day

March for Life just a week away!

posted Jan 24, 2017, 11:16 AM by stu.maryberntsen@usd356.org

The annual March for Life is just around the corner. Every year, young children, the elderly and everyone in between comes from across the country to march on Constitution Avenue to Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., to protest against abortion.

For the past several years, a group of students from Conway Springs High School joins other groups from around Wichita, Kan., to ride a charter bus to the march.

Most of the 32 students who are going to D.C. this year are from the freshman class, which is when teens from the local parish are eligible to go with the group. Freshman Stephanie Brozovich will be going on the march this year.

“I think it basically shows my faith and what I believe in,” Brozovich said.

This is also senior Sheilah Lange’s fourth year in the march, one of the few seniors who have continued to march.

“I think it might be making a difference,” Lange said.

Senior Alaina O’Neill is also going on the march. O’Neill said she supports the cause and at the same time she wants a chance to

see the world.

“I think the march makes more of an impact, and I also would like to see the Smithsonian while I’m there,” O’Neill said.

(photo of 2016 march courtesy of The Washington Post.)

Students take a walk in ‘Winter Wonderland’

posted Dec 20, 2016, 9:21 AM by stu.maryberntsen@usd356.org

The annual winter semi-formal dance was held Saturday, Dec. 2. The theme for the dance was “Winter Wonderland”. Stuco had the Flying Monkey photo booth there for pictures and a assortment of snacks and drinks available. Well over half the student body attended the dance.“I thought it was fun to just hang out, take photos, and the food was good,” junior Sabrina Bellar said.


Basketball season begins

posted Nov 22, 2016, 7:44 AM by Madelyn Koester

On Nov. 14, the girls and boys basketball season began with the first week of practices. Both teams are preparing for their first games at Wichita Independent on Dec. 2. The first home basketball games will be on Dec. 13. Both teams are putting in hours to reach their potential this basketball season.

The girls varsity team has two returning seniors: Erica Ebenkamp and Janae Pauly. They are practicing to improve, and Olga Diaz and Siri Bakksjø, juniors who are foreign exchange students from Europe, decided they were going to try basketball out also.

“Basketball is fun, but it’s a challenge,” Bakksjø said.

They boys varsity team has five returning seniors: Gunnar Denney, Josh Dugan, Noah Finstad, Dawson Tarrant and Jacob Winter as well senior Grant Mooneyham who decided to play this year for the first time. The team has more players overall this year, since there are many other returning players as well as new ones and quite a few incoming freshmen.

“We’re preparing and improving for our first game of the season,” freshman Collin Koester said.

Both teams have a competitive season ahead, but assistant coach Justin Regehr said they will be prepared to play to their potential.

“We’ve got quite a few girls going out this year, so practices will be competitive,” he said. “We will get better each day, and we will put our best on the line every game.”





Girls and Boys

Cardinal Basketball

Dec. 2


Football falls to Chaparral in district play

posted Nov 8, 2016, 9:04 AM by Amanda Smith   [ updated Nov 8, 2016, 9:06 AM ]

The football season was cut short by the Chaparral Roadrunners Thursday, Oct. 3. With a win, the Cardinals would have advanced to the playoffs, but with a score of 8-33, they fell short. The team's’ disappointment arose as the final seconds ticked away.

“It sucked knowing that I would never put a Conway Springs football jersey on again,” senior Josh Dugan said.

Dugan is a four year letterwinner for the football team and was a team captain. He had three receptions against Chaparral, racking up 19 yards. He also made a big impact on the defensive side of the ball with 7 solo tackles, increasing his total for the season to 50. Junior Trenton Jones also was unsatisfied with the season’s end.

“I was a little upset that we only lost one game and didn’t make the playoffs,” he said. “I felt like we had a good team [this year] and we played pretty well.”

Jones was named the “Big Cheese Athlete of the Week” after the win over Trinity in week five. Against Chaparral, Jones ran for 24 yards on 11 carries, averaging 2.2 yards a carry. He has been a top rusher for many games this season.

Junior Christian Hedrick said he is ready for what next year holds.

“We’ll pretty much have the same team,” Hedrick said. “I think we will learn from our experience this year, although we will miss our seniors.”

Hedrick lettered at Goddard High School his freshman year and has lettered his sophomore and junior year at Conway Springs. He ended the season with a total of eight tackles.

Above: Junior quarterback Colton Terhune hands the ball off to senior running back Gunnar Denney. Denney was a captain and two-year letterwinner. Photo by Tom Phillips.

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