Stuco plans ‘A ‘Knight to Remember’

posted by Makenna Beesley   [ updated ]

The winter semi-formal dance is fast approaching. The Stuco-sponsored event will be on Dec. 2; the doors will open at 7:30 p.m. for the photobooth, and the dance will be from 8-10 p.m.

“Stuco decided to change the time this year,” Stuco sponsor Callie Bartelson said. “They wanted a shorter dance and liked the time slot better.”

The theme this year is “A Knight to Remember” and will be a medieval fantasy full of castles and dragons.

“Our Stuco committee helped pick the theme,” senior Rianna Morris said. “We thought it was punny but not tacky, and we knew decorations would be easy to get and would look good.”

There is a dress code for the night: boys should wear something along the lines of slacks or khakis, a polo shirt, dress shirt or sweater and dress shoes. Girls are to wear semi-formal dresses and skirts and dress shoes.

    “I’m not excited for Winter Formal,” senior Courtnee Wisdom said. “I have the upcoming concert season and too many other things all going on at once.”

Stuco travels to Garden Plain for escape room activity

posted by Rachel Ward

Stuco traveled to Garden Plain on Nov 15 to attend their annual league stuco meeting. This year’s theme was communication and the members took part in an escape room to practice these skills.

Escape rooms are an activity that is designed to get students together and work together to complete tasks that require teamwork. This year’s theme for the escape room was “zombies”. Students had to decipher codes and clues to unlock multiple things like a weapon box and a door and then when everything was unlocked,collected golf balls and shot zombies with them.

“My favorite part of the trip was the escape room, I really liked the challenges and getting to know people that I didn’t before,” freshman Sadie Schmanke said.

Students have said they enjoyed this trip and was well worth it and want to do more activities like this. They also listened to a speaker at their meeting and ate lunch.

  “My favorite part during the visit was the discussions because it gave us a chance to be interactive with the other schools,”  sophomore Kyler Alloway said.

Being given the opportunity to work with other schools can give stuco members ideas on how to make students in our school be interactive with each other and others.

  “It was really beneficial because we got to communicate with other schools and we learned a lot while we were there,” sophomore Karlee Osner said.

The Players of the Future

posted Nov 17, 2017, 10:07 AM by Travis Willson

While some students participate in band and choir, performing in concerts, at games, and at contest, some take it a step further by going to auditions for District Honor Choir or Band, hosted at Andover High School. From there, participants with a high enough score are then invited to be a part of the performance Dec. 2.. Conway Springs has one student who qualified for District Band, senior Makenna Beesley.

“I am super excited and shocked,” Beesley said. “After my audition, I didn't think I'd make it because I messed up on part of it.”

For auditions, participants have to go through a series of tests. Players can prepare some of these pieces, but some are completely up to sight reading.

“I had to sing ‘Sing and Dance On,’” junior Brandon Doll said. “I also sang a Bhula Lan.”

Qualifying for district is great accomplishment. There are only eight participants that move on to State from the 1A-4A division and eight from 5A-6A.

“I’ve been preparing since June or July. I've been taking lessons since then with Rick Ives,” Beesley said. “He was the band director from Clearwater, and he retired. He is also a horn player.”

Feelings about auditions vary among the students however. Not all members feel the same way about how the event went.

“It went awful,” junior Lawrence Pauly said. “I practiced a little bit, but not much--that's why I didn’t do well.”

The District concert is Dec. 2, and from there, players can qualify to go to State on Feb. 23.

Helping those who help us:

posted Nov 17, 2017, 10:02 AM by Travis Willson

In order to show their appreciation for our veterans, two seniors are collecting donations for veterans around our community. John Hartman and Brenden Pauly decided to set up a money raising system for their Genius Hour project for Comp.

“John and I want to help the people who help us,” Pauly said. “We set up donation boxes all around Conway to collect the money.”

Meeting to start drama season:

posted Nov 17, 2017, 10:01 AM by Travis Willson

The meeting for the spring play will be Nov. 30 during AP, with performances March 9-10. Anyone interested in being a cast or a crew member should come to the meeting.

“This year we are going to perform a murder mystery as our play,” junior Ben Doffing said, “and were always in need of more actors to help.”

Last year, the play was a satire remake of  “The Legend of Robin Hood.” Junior Caden Runnalls said he enjoys being in the play because of who he gets to work with.

“We’re actors,” he said. “We are fun and have similar personalities.”

Cardinalaires to perform for BPW:

posted Nov 17, 2017, 10:00 AM by Travis Willson

On Nov. 30 at 7:30p.m., the Cardinalaires will be performing at the annual BPW concert at the Methodist church.

“We will be playing around five songs,” junior Leslie Mies said, “and anyone who wants to is able to come.”

This concert takes place right after the BPW’s Christmas party and will be directed by Mrs. Downey for her second year running.

Boys basketball is ready to start the season

posted Nov 15, 2017, 9:58 AM by Rachel Ward

The boys basketball team started practice on Monday, Nov. 13. The varsity team has three returning players, including two seniors: Andrew Friess and Christian Hedrick. Hedrick was a starter for the Cardinals last season.

“This being my last year playing, I am sad but also excited to see the younger kids do good and get better,” Friess said.

The boys said they are eager to start practice and get the season started. The players are working to meet not only team goals, but personal goals as well.

“One of my goals this year is to get better and improve,” sophomore Jack Ebenkamp said.

Assistant coach Craig Frederick said that the team’s main focus this year is to be ahead of the other teams in their league and be able to take whatever is thrown their way.

“Our goal this season is to improve every day. We are a young, rebuilding team, and we need to make sure we can improve before everyone else,” Coach Fredrick said.





Boys Basketball

First game

Friday, Dec. 1


Senior class prepares for senior trip

posted Nov 15, 2017, 9:32 AM by Rachel Ward

The senior class has finished selling meat and fruit for the senior class trip to Kansas City on May 12. The overall goal for students was to sell 25 items each to be able to attend the trip. If a senior did not meet this quota and still wants to attend the trip, they are required to pay the difference. All the fundraisers were due on Nov. 1.

“My personal goal was to reach 30 items, but so far I have only raised 23, which is okay because our actual goal is 25,” senior Jacob Kautz said.

The senior class is approaching graduation, and Kautz said he is excited to spend his last day before graduation in Kansas City. The class is estimated to leave around 4 a.m. and is planned to return around 2 a.m. the following night.

“I am looking forward to spending time with my classmates,” senior Caylee Harrington said.

Senior sponsor Bryan Bates said this fundraiser has been very successful throughout the years and has had positive feedback from students and the community.

“The products are healthy and have good values. Several things are cheaper than what you could get at a grocery store and the majority of the items have very good deals,”  Mr. Bates said.

The Scholars Bowl team is Working Hard at Meets and Practices

posted Nov 14, 2017, 10:01 AM by Stephanie Brozovich   [ updated Nov 14, 2017, 10:05 AM ]

Instead of traveling for a novice meet, freshmen on the Scholars Bowl team competed in a home novice meet Nov. 7. Following the meet, it was right back to work at practices, after school on Wednesdays and before school on Tuesdays. “It’s a fun and challenging with having to memorize facts, and I like challenges,” freshman Brynn Andra said.

Scholars Bowl Home meet and practice

Day of the Dead

posted Nov 8, 2017, 10:02 AM by Karley Mooneyham

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) The real celebration lasts from October 31st to November 2, Spanish classes celebrated Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead) on Nov. 3, though the real celebration typically lasts from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2. The Day of the Dead is considered a happy holiday to celebrate dead loved ones. “It was a really fun little celebration,” sophomore Mallory Gillespie said. ”All the food was really good and bingo was fun. Also, it was interesting learning the history behind it all week.”.

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