February’s Tigress of the Month

By Katlyn LaPorte 

For her four years of commitment and accomplishments in basketball and track, Jenna Kellogg has been chosen for February’s Tiger of the Month.

Kellogg was born March 25, 1999, to her parents Jeff and Angie Kellogg. Alongside with her was her twin brother, Wade, she also has an older brother Zach. The family has a black lab named Sassy.

Kellogg has been playing basketball for as long as she can remember.

In basketball she plays all around, sometimes she plays as a guard and other times she plays as a post.

“As a senior in basketball I hope to win a state title with all the girls I’ve been playing with since 7th and 8th grade,” shared Kellogg. “I know that with great determination and selflessness no matter what gets thrown our way we can conquer anything with the Lord supporting us.”

“The best part of basketball is the people that I play with,” said Kellogg.fullsizerender

“My favorite basketball memory is going up to the CSU camp riding up with Jenna and Taylor Knudson singing our hearts out,” exclaimed Kellogg.

Kellogg wants to give a shout out to her favorite basketball girls for the hilarious memories and unforgettable experiences.

Kellogg’s favorite sport is track. She has been participating in track and field since she was in the 7th grade.

In track, Kellogg runs the 300 meter hurdles, 400 meters races in relays, and 200 meter dashes.

“I set a lot of goals for myself throughout the season in track, that’s what I like the most about it because it’s individual so it’s all on you if you succeed or not,” said Kellogg. “The best part about track is the new challenges and setting personal goals, and the worst part about track can be the bad weather.”

“My favorite track memory is State Track sophomore year when we had a lip sync battle at the hotel,” exclaimed Kellogg.

“My biggest supporters are my parents and two brothers (even though Wade doesn’t always show it)” said Kellogg.

Outside of sports, Kellogg is the ideal student and maintains a 3.7 GPA. Her favorite subject in school is Anatomy. Her favorite foods are steak kabobs and pasta. She loves the television show Grey’s Anatomy and Friday Night Lights. She really enjoys the book The Haymeadow. Her favorite holiday is the 4th of July. Her favorite animals are goats and dogs.

Kellogg’s favorite high school memory is stealing Mr. Kelley’s parking spot Junior year.

After high school Kellogg plans to attend Northeastern Junior College and pursue a career in nursing.

“In ten years I hope I am done with school for good, with a stable career, with a family, and a hot husband!” exclaimed Kellogg. “My advice to underclassmen is to have fun in high school and get in a little trouble because it goes by too quick.”

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February’s Tiger of the Month

By Katlyn LaPorte

Dylan Prelle has had an outstanding high school wrestling career in which he persevered and accomplished so much, and for that he is February’s Tiger of the month.

Prelle was born on Sept. 29, 1998 to his parents Randy Prelle and Janette Helgoth. He has six siblings; Garrett, Cierra, Kaitlynn, Gage, Grayden and Addyson. He also has a Saint Bernard named Buford.

Prelle has been wrestling since he was in the 8th grade.

Prelle took third place at regionals in Eaton after winning in double overtime to also qualify for the state tournament. Prelle competed at the state tournament at the Pepsi Center as an unranked wrestler and ended up taking 5th place for the 170lb weight class.

“The best part of wrestling was when I won a double overtime match to qualify for state at regionals this year. The worst part was the rough start I had this year but I pulled through and improved myself,” said Prelle.dylan-prelle

Prelle’s goal for this season was to place at the state tournament and his goal was accomplished.

His thanks goes to his biggest supporters, his family and his girlfriend, Kalyn.

“My favorite wrestling memory was causing havoc with the team this year,” exclaimed Prelle.

“I’d like to wrestle in college if I got the opportunity. I will try to walk onto NJC’s wrestling team,” said Prelle.

Prelle wants to give a shout out to his girlfriend.

Prelle also participates in MMA fighting and boxing. He enjoys the competition and difficulty of those sports.

Prelle has an outstanding 3.9 GPA. His hobbies include working on cars and motorcycles. His favorite movie is Rocky and his favorite book is Huckleberry Finn. His favorite food is pizza, and his favorite holiday is Christmas. His all-time favorite animal is a dragon. His favorite high school memory was “the time there was a fire freshman year.”

A quote Prelle lives by is said by Franklin Roosevelt, “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.”

Prelle plans to attend NJC for college and then possibly transfer to Chadron State College in Nebraska after that.

“My advice to underclassmen is never give up and keep trying to reach your goals,” shared Prelle.

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Concurrent Enrollment Next on the Cutting Line?

By: Ethan Glenn Robinson

In face of the escalating budget crisis, more desperate action besides the four-day week is being considered. Implementing a four-day week would only alleviate for roughly $250,000 being lost each year, leaving $750,000 that must be further eliminated. One possible action, suggested by some teachers, is to modify the concurrent enrollment program at Sterling High School.

The concurrent enrollment program through Northeastern Junior College is one of the most appealing factors for SHS. Through the program, the school district agrees to pay for up to eight college credits for each student participant. Concurrent enrollment is undoubtedly beneficial for numerous students, some achieving around 20 transferable college credits by the time they graduate. These facts will cause many to be wary of any action to cut the program.

Suggested measures to adapt the program, in order to save money, are to limit it to senior students only and also to isolate concurrent classes to being taught on SHS campus with SHS faculty. Limiting college classes to being in the high school means that SHS would theoretically still be capable of teaching Composition I and II, honors government, American history, college-level math classes,  and honors psychology. However, all other college classes offered through NJC would be unavailable to students as concurrent enrollment.

From the students’ perspective, limiting concurrent enrollment to those in their senior year would greatly hinder their ability to achieve as many college credits. Offering only core college classes may also take away the opportunity for a student to take different classes that contribute to their unique academic/career path beyond high school.

On the other side of the spectrum, some teachers and staff assert that this offered cut would save the school district money but be just as capable as before if taught on SHS campus only.

Either way, Superintendent DeLay’s core message from the latest Budget Exigency article should be remembered; the opportunities of our students will always be at the forefront of discussion and the school district would consider all other possibilities before they address cutting student educational opportunities.

‘Tis the Season to Be Ill

By Hannah Mildenberger and Amanda Ferguson

Cold and flu season is here and it is very easy to get sick. Many people are hit hard with the cold, flu and various other illness around this time of year and other illnesses. For some people, they get hit worse than others and are ill for a week or more while others are barely hit, being only sick for a day or so.

Some students had to take the week off, others only a day or so, and a few didn’t take any days off to get better, depending on how ill they were and if they could take the day off.

Senior Kyla Ross said, “Some days it is just intolerable, so for some of those days I take them off to get better and not as sick.”

Senior Will Couchenour said, “Take the day off when you are sick. When enough people get sick, they will cancel and I am not sure how I feel about that happening.”

Most students, when they do take the days off, have assignments that were given on those days and sometimes it can be piles and piles of work. Students who take the day off when an assignment is assigned have two extra days to do it. Depending on the teacher, it could be either two school days or two days when that person has class which is like having four extra days to do the assignment, not including the weekend. Assignments can be tough to do when you’ve been sick all week and some students just don’t do their assignments at all.

img_2847When asked what they do when they have a lot of assignments, Ross said, “It sometimes depends on the due date, but I try and do them as soon as I can.”

Couchenour said, “When you have makeup work, you can use the weekend to do it and finish it.”

Some ways to avoid getting sick, according to Couchenour, would be, to “Keep your hands away from your face. When I feel like I am getting sick, I wash my hands, so wash your hands after using the restroom. Don’t sneeze into your hands and then touch your face.”

Senior Bryanna Bixby said, “Do not share drinks. It spreads germs and illness really easily.” 

Other ways would be to avoid people who are sick and stay out of their space. Another way would be to disinfect common surfaces such as desks, door handles, and keyboards. When not washing hands, another possibility is to apply Germ-X every once in a while.

Ross gave some advice, “Try not to miss school when you can and wait it out to get better. Take medication to get better, too.”

“If you are in Weight Training or a similar class, do not go as hard as you usually do,” advised Couchenour.” Don’t do anything stupid.”

Again, cold and flu season is here and it can be very easy to become ill around this time. Taking precautions, such as washing your hands when you can could help tremendously and help prevent becoming ill or prevent others becoming ill.

Tiger Scholar of February

By: Kirsten Hernandez

Ethan Farquhar has been selected as Tiger Scholar, due to his outstanding academic excellence. He participates in both high school and college band as the lead trumpet player. He also participates in jazz band where he is also lead trumpet player. Farquhar plans to graduate with a 3.2 GPA. Once Farquhar has graduated from SHS, he plans to attend Northeastern Junior College for a semester to finish his associate’s degree. Afterwards Farquhar plans to attend the University of Northern Colorado to finish his college career.

Farquhar plans to major in music production, he said, “I have always been musically inclined, and I love how technology has incorporated itself into the music industry.” In 10 years Farquhar said, “I see myself with a good degree, a job producing and engineering music and living with my girlfriend.”img_0307

Farquhar’s favorite teacher is Mr. Lippstrew which is also his role model. Farquhar said, “Mr. Lippstrew is the kind of musician and role model I’d like to see myself as in years to come.” Farquhar’s favorite subject in school is algebra, but he said, “I have also always liked English.” His favorite memory from high school was going to prom with his girlfriend Ella.

Outside of school Farquhar enjoys lifting weights, playing bass and hanging out with friends on the weekend. He is the oldest out of five children, he has three sisters and one brother. Farquhar’s favorite quote is by Robin Williams in his favorite film Good Will Hunting, “You’ll have bad times, but it’ll always wake you up to the good stuff you weren’t paying attention to.”

Farquhar’s favorite book series is the Circle Trilogy by Ted Dekker. His favorite type of food is Italian. When it comes to holidays, Farquhar said, “My favorite holiday is Christmas, because so much of my family participates.” Farquhar also said, “If I could go back in time the only thing I would do differently is turn in my math mates.”

A last piece of advice to  underclassmen before he graduates is to be involved and give academic classes as much focus as possible.

“Being ahead in classes really pays off,” he said.

Lamorie “Transfigures” SHS Band Program

By Amarise Buanteo

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In the past year the band has gotten a new teacher. Last year they had Mark Thompson and this year they have Risa Lamorie. She has done a lot for the band in the past 7 months that she has been here. Last month they went to see the Colorado symphony play the Harry Potter theme song while the actual movie was playing. Some band kids really enjoyed seeing this considering Lamorie had only taken a few chosen people to see it. All of the band students really enjoy having Lamorie as a teacher.

 Junior, Bowen Brandt has been in band since 5th grade and can play many different instruments yet his main one is his trombone. Brandt was one of the few band kids that was chosen to go to the Harry Potter symphony trip.

   Brandt said, “ I thought it was neat. It was cool to see a full symphony considering that’s something I want to do with my life.”

  For as long as Brandt has been in band he has many different band teachers.  He’s glad he was able to have Lamorie as a band teacher.

  Brandt said, “She takes our opinion into consideration a lot more. She works more on making relationships with people.”

 Senior, Kinzi Kaiser has been in band for seven and a half years now. She is one of the drum majors this year but she also plays the clarinet. She has also had many different band teachers throughout her band experience. Each band teacher has done something different for the band throughout their teaching careers. Kaiser was one of the lucky band students that was able to go to the Harry Potter trip.

   Kaiser said, “My favorite part of the trip was actually watching the Colorado Symphony Orchestra play because here in Sterling, we don’t have an orchestra program at all.”

Sophomore Adam Hernandez has been in band for two years now so he hasn’t had many different teachers but has had some different ones. Hernandez plays many different instruments, but the ones he plays for our high school band are the alto saxophone and the baritone saxophone. Lamorie has done many things for the band but Hernandez had his number one favorite thing this year that she had done this year.

   Hernandez said, “My favorite thing Ms. Lamorie as done for the band this year is that she organized and cleaned the entire band room.”

   Hernandez also said, “Ms. Lamorie has chosen excellent music this year. She is willing to help us whenever we need help. And she is energetic and gets us excited about band.”

  Lamorie said, “I always knew I wanted to work with kids. And music was and is always a place where I feel at home, most accepted for who I am.  I wanted to share that experience. It’s completely unique and it’s encompasses all subjects, plus it’s really fun! Band has been the avenue to make me stronger, more compassionate, and more confident. I think everyone needs to find that place in their lives.”

   Lamorie had taken a certain amount of band students to go see the Colorado Symphony play Harry Potter while the movie was playing.

  Lamorie said, “Well speaking as a Harry Potter and music nerd myself I really wanted to go! But more than that, I thought it was an amazing experience for these students.  To step out and see what the bigger world of music is and can be. It was a really special experience and so incredibly fun! I’ve always thought that when someone’s eyes are shining, you’re doing something right and we all had shiny eyes at that concert!”

  The year for the band isn’t over, yet there is so much more coming for the band. Lamorie gave more insight for how the rest of the year for the band will go.

 Lamorie said, “For the rest of the year we have solo and ensemble coming up. 7th graders are going to a ballet, and then our end of the year concerts, May 2nd and May 4th. Both should be amazing. May 4th is a movie adventure concert featuring Star Wars! But I’m always looking out for amazing experiences. I’m sure next year there will be even more! Got to keep those eyes shining!”

 The band will have a busy end of the year.  They practice hard everyday for anything from football and basketball games to concerts.  They try very hard to be appreciated for what they do and not many people actually do.  Though they do enjoy playing no matter the circumstances because it makes them better players.

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Finding Dory In Review

By Abby Cross

Finding Nemo was released in 2003 and was a huge part of many of our childhoods. 13 years later Finding Dory, directed by Andrew Stanton and produced by Lindsey Collins, was released and caused a major uproar among the “90’s Babies” crowd. Many of them posted on Facebook saying they would kick the little kids out of the theater because they had been waiting for the movie longer.

Finding Dory, a 97 minute long movie, is about a blue tang called Dory who’s living happily with Marlin and Nemo, from the original Finding Nemo, when she suddenly remembers that she has a family who could possibly be looking for her. Marlin, Nemo, and Dory set off across the ocean to find her parents. On the way, Dory accidentally awakened a giant squid who almost eats Nemo. Marlin yells at her so she swims up to the surface. There she is captured, after getting stuck in six-pack rings, and taken to California’s Marine Life Institute. The Marine Life Institute is a rehabilitation center and aquarium for fish found that are injured or struggling with living in the ocean.

finding-dory-2016-tt2277860-posterMarlin and Nemo try to rescue Dory with the help of two sea lions, Fluke and Rudder, as well as a common loon, named Becky.  They manage to break into the Institute and find Dory in the pipe system. Dory leads them to the other blue tangs who said her parents had escaped to come find her and never came back. Dory thought they were dead. Hank, an octopus, retrieves Dory from the tank but leaves Marlin and Nemo. Hank was then captured by an employee because he was out of his enclosure. He drops dory down into the drain and she was flushed back into the ocean.

While swimming around, trying to figure out what to do, she sees a trail of shells and remembers that her parents would set out a similar trail to help her find her way back home because she would always forget. She follows the shell trail to an empty house. As she turns to leave, she sees her parents Charlie and Jenny. They tell her that they spent years laying down trails of shells in hopes that she would return home one day.

Marlin, Nemo, and Hank end up in a truck that is taking various aquatic animals, along with them, to Cleveland. Destiny, a whale shark, and Bailey, a beluga, escape from their enclosures to help Dory rescue Marlin, Nemo and Hank. Dory persuades Hank to return to the ocean with them, and after he agrees, they hijack the truck and crash it into the ocean, freeing all of the aquatic animals on board.

Finding Dory grossed $486.3million in the United States and Canada, and $541.9 million in other countries for a worldwide total of $1.028 billion. It had a worldwide opening of $185.7 million, which is the second biggest of all time for an animated film. Worldwide it was the third highest grossing film after Captain America: Civil War and Rogue One, the highest grossing animated film of 2016, the second highest grossing Pixar film ever, behind Toy Story 3, the fourth highest grossing animated film of all time, and the 23rd highest grossing film ever. It was released to the El Capitan Theatre on June 8, 2016 and to the United States June 17, 2016.

Finding Dory has a couple underlying messages about being different and living with disabilities, as well as overcoming those disabilities. Dory must overcome her memory-loss issue in order to find her parents. She displays the stain memory loss can put on an individual. The memory loss represents many of the illnesses that people deal with everyday. Destiny also shows a disability. She is nearsighted and cannot see a few feet in front of her. Bailey lost his echo location due to a concussion. Hank lost a tentacle, but never let it stop him from moving around on land. All of these characters had to overcome some type of disability with the help of all their friends.

Finding Dory is a movie that shows how to overcome a personal issue as well as how to help others, despite everything going on in one’s life. With it’s PG rating, it is perfect for children, and adults, of all ages.

 

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