Family Traditions of Halloween

By: Gabby Sonnenberg

As most people know Halloween is right around the corner. People are putting decorations up, finding costumes, and making goodies. People celebrate Halloween in many ways, there’s probably a million different ways to do Halloween. Halloween isn’t just about the free candy. Halloween is about spending time with friends and family, and celebrating traditions. People have different traditions for every holiday, and Halloween is no exception.
Sophomore, Jaden Newson celebrates her Halloween in a very special way “My sisters and I always dress up together. We go trick or treating and then go home and watch scary movies as a family.” She states that although she didn’t get to continue her family tradition last year, she plans to return to her roots this year.

Jaden, Emeri, Sophie Newson
Jaden, Emori, Sophie Newson 

We all have a favorite Halloween memory, and for Junior, Dillon Cranwell, his favorite Halloween memory is as a kid, he stole all the candy from the trick or treaters, hid with it, and ate it all up.
What’s a tradition without family? Hailey Simants says “I always dressed up and went to all my family member’s houses. I would go see all my grandparents, great grandparents, aunts and uncles. Then we’d go to the house on Beattie Street that is always decorated super cool. I always got scared by the fake ghost decoration. After that I just went home and ate way too much candy”.

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Rylan Swingle

Senior, Rylan Swingle “Every year we would start the evening by going to the Trick-or-Treat Street at the Rec Center and seeing all the cool and scary costumes of the people working. After that we would go to my grandparents’ house and spend hours goofing around and greeting trick or treaters at the door to scare them.” As he got older he moved on from those traditions. He now enjoys going to haunted houses and corn mazes with his friends.
If you’re a Sterling High School student you can not only celebrate Halloween at home but at school too. Students are allowed to wear their costumes this year. Some tips to remember, is that you can’t have face paint, and no face masks. Have fun and be safe SHS students.

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Tiger Scholar of the Month

By: Cristen Kircher

This year’s Sterling High School October Tiger Scholar is senior Kevin Kulinenka. Kevin maintains a grade point average of 3.7. Kulinenka has been playing soccer for a long time now, but has played varsity soccer for two years and loves this sport. Although he
loves playing soccer, he will not continue to play in college due to larger goals he has for his life in the near future.

Kevin is very particular on how well he does in school which is why when it comes to school work, other parts of his life have to be set aside. Kevin stated, “I make as much time for school as I need and to do that I spend a lot of my free time studying and making sure I do my absolute best in school”.

Kulinenka’s favorite thing to do outside of school is play soccer and hang out with his friends, this is when he has accomplished all the school work he needed too. Kevin takes pride in his school work because he wants to be very successful in his future. Also to participate in high school sports, athletes have to set a high standard for themselves and have a high enough grade point average, and Kevin cares about his grades and enjoys playing soccer way too much to let his grades fall behind.

Kulinenka is currently enrolled in one college class which is offered through Northeastern Junior College in Sterling Colorado which is Composition 1, but he takes this comp class here at Sterling High School. Kulinenka says “I plan on graduating early in December to go work on my brother’s friends’ boat in New York. Then once August comes around, I plan to attend West Virginia University for either nursing or astronautical engineering”.

Currently, his favorite subject in school is math because it seems to be very easy for him which will benefit him in nursing or engineering throughout college in the future. Kevin leaves an inspirational message for the younger classes and he urges, “Keep your head up and never give up”. School and sports can be a challenging combination sometimes, but you have to push yourself to be successful. Everything that Kulinenka has worked for will pay off in the end.

Tiger of the Month

By: Destiny Boden

Tiger of month for October is senior Isaac Harris. He plays football in the Fall, basketball in the Winter and participates in track during the spring. He does all of this while maintaining a 3.75 GPA. This may seem overwhelming but he says, “I don’t think it’s very hard. I treat sports as a privilege, if you don’t get good grades you can’t play, so I take pride in my school work [which] allows me to play.”
Harris does many things throughout the sports seasons. In basketball he is varsity
point guard, during football he starts varsity as either wide receiver or cornerback, and in track he participates in four track events, running the 100 and 200 yard dash, the 4×100, and he does the long jump. When he’s not playing or in class, he does many other outdoor activities. “I go fishing, hunting, and play disc golf,” Harris reflected.
Isaac Harris has been playing both football and basketball since 3rd grade and has been in track since 4th grade. “Whatever sport I’m in the season for, I treat as my favorite,” he
said. He is also an avid leader throughout all his teams and towards his fellow classmates. “With all of my teams I’m a vocal leader. I get the guys or team pumped up by saying chants, or even just talking to them one on one. Leading by example is a big part too that I like to do,” Harris recalled.

Harris plans on going to college but is undecided about which school. He stated, “College
right now is undecided for me at the moment [and I’m] just waiting to see the offers I can get to go play sports at the colleges.”
Harris is an incredible senior athlete and will be missed next year when he graduates. He is a great example of a leader in our school athletics and academics. He has much
advice to give to incoming freshmen but most importantly he believes that underclassmen should know, “Always be responsible! Responsibility in high school is needed every day.” Isaac Harris is doing an outstanding job in all his classes and on his teams. We should all follow his brilliant example of a good student and a good athlete.

Tiger Teacher

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By: Emily Gemaehlich

October teacher Tiger Teacher is Ms. Splichal who teaches English 1, English 4, Creative Writing, and Speech and Rhetoric. She has been a teacher for 14 years and this is her second year teaching at Sterling High School. Before Splichal came to SHS, she taught in Lincoln, Nebraska. “I came to Sterling to teach because I felt supported by families who are invested in their children. There is an expectation to take care of our youth and best prepare them for a productive future,” Splichal says.

Her favorite class to teach is Creative Writing. “During Creative Writing, we form a close knit bond. Being that the class size is smaller and we get to explore endless possibilities through composition; and the students mature in preparation for graduation.” she states. “Connecting with the individual personalities of my students inspired me to find ways to get them engaged in English/language arts.”

Aside from the positive things about teaching, there are also a few negative things. Splichal says, “I miss not keeping in touch with students after they graduate. There are few opportunities from bell to bell for students to let their guards down and just be.”
Becoming a teacher is a big responsibility and it is one of many jobs that often gets overlooked. Ms. Splichal became a teacher for one main reason. She says that teaching is extremely rewarding. “I am the mother of three teenagers and this career enables me to be actively involved with their development.”

Ms. Splichal graduated from UNL (University of Nebraska in Lincoln) and became a teacher after graduation. Ms. Splichal is a very hardworking teacher who cares very much about her students and the progress that they make throughout the year in her class. Her optimistic outlooks and responsible character makes her a wonderful teacher and a great example for students.