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Forensics presents Showcase Apr 24, 2014
To help pay for nationals, the Hutchinson High School debate and forensics squads will conduct the annual Forensics Showcase at 6:30 p.m. May 1 in the HHS Performing Arts Center, 810 East 13th. The showcase is a series of performances from the best pieces for the state team. Performances will be humorous, dramatic, persuasive and informative.

Admission costs $1 for students, $3 for adults but is free for eighth graders. There will be drawings for door prizes. Tickets can be purchased from debate and forensics students as well as at the door.

Retirement reception set Apr 24, 2014
Hutchinson Public Schools will formally thank its retirees during a come-and-go reception at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 4, in the Career and Technical Education Academy, 800 15th Circle. There will be a brief formal program at 1:45 p.m.

HHS sports booster club to meet Apr 24, 2014
The annual meeting of the Hutchinson High School Sports Booster Club will be at 7 p.m. April 30 in the HHS Cafeteria.

The club provides additional resources to student athletes at HHS by doing a variety of fund raisers during the school year. During the meeting, members will talk about the 2014-15 school year, elect officers and board members for 2014-15, appoint committee and event chairs and begin a membership drive.

Any parent or community member is welcome to the meeting.
HHS sends record number to NFL nationals Apr 21, 2014
Hutchinson High School will send a record number of debate and forensics students to the National Forensics League national tournament in June.

Saturday, HHS added five more qualifying entries to NFL nationals during the West Kansas NFL individual events qualifier at Salina's Kansas Wesleyan University. NFL nationals will be June 15 to 20 in Overland Park.

HHS won the overall district sweepstakes trophy for the season. The award is given to the school with the highest total points scored during the whole school year, at the qualifying tournaments in both debate and forensics. The Salthawks were first out of 15 schools, and nearly doubled the score for the second-place team. HHS was second in sweepstakes at Saturday's NFL qualifier in Salina

HHS also won the West Kansas Bruno E. Jacobs District Award as having competed in the most rounds at district tournaments.

Results from Saturday's National Qualifier at Kansas Wesleyan:
Humorous Interpretation
  • First: Colin Tighe
  • Third: Austin Heinlein
  • Seventh: Julia Henry
  • Eighth: Daniel Yapp
Dramatic Interpretation
  • Fifth: LaKiyah Sain
  • Eighth: Savannah Winkler
Duo Interpretation
  • First: Laura Miller/Makenna Smutz
  • Fourth: Ta'mara Hill/Siynatee McGraw
  • Third: Ta'mara Hill
  • Fourth: Paige Brott
  • Eight: Annie Blake
International Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Third: Sydni Huxman
  • Fourth: Dayton LaMunyon
  • 10th: Dustin Curiel

Below are the HHS qualifiers for NFL nationals. Overall, 11 students in nine entries.
  • Brett Krambeer/Reed Crater: policy debate
  • Brennan Schartz: Lincoln-Douglas debate
  • Riley Crane: Lincoln-Douglas debate
  • LaKiyah Sain: student senate
  • Colin Tighe: humorous interpretation
  • Austin Heinlein: humorous interpretation
  • Ta'mara Hill: original oratory
  • Laura Miller/Makenna Smutz: duo interpretation
  • Sydni Huxman: international extemporaneous speaking

HHS' next competition will be May 2 and 3 at the Class 6A state forensics tournament at Olathe Northwest High School.

To help pay for nationals, the Salthawk debate and forensics squads will have the annual Forensics Showcase at 6:30 p.m. May 1 in the HHS Performing Arts Center, 810 East 13th. The showcase is a series of performances from the best pieces for the state team. Pieces will be humorous, dramatic, persuasive and informative.

Admission costs $1 for students, $3 for adults but is free for eighth graders. There will be drawings for door prizes. Tickets can be purchased from debate and forensics students as well as at the door.

Kelly Thompson coaches debate and forensics at HHS.

Prom 2014 has Gatsby Theme Apr 17, 2014
The 2014 Prom for Hutchinson High School begins with Red Carpet pictures at 8:30 p.m. April 26 at the Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy, 800 East 15th Circle. The dance will be from 9 p.m. to midnight.

Theme for the evening is The Great Gatsby Bash, based on the Roaring '20s.

After the prom will be the annual After-Prom party at the Pride of Kansas Building on the Kansas State Fairgrounds. Sponsored by the senior parents, the event runs from midnight until 4 a.m. April 27 -- shortly after the prom ends.

After-Prom will include games, food, a casino and prizes. The Salthawks also will be able to square dance and there will be a photo booth.

Students to hear employer views on drug use Apr 17, 2014
Students at the Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy will have the opportunity to hear employer viewpoints about drug use on Tuesday, April 29, at the HCTEA's Events Center, 800 15th Circle. Two sessions will be held, each with the same speakers, at 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Speakers for the event will be Nancy Meyers, Conklin Cars; Sid Wiens, Wiens & Co.  Construction; Roger Regehr, ALCOA; Eric Reichert, Army National Guard; and
Justin Unruh, Pipeline Testing Consortium.

Each speaker will spend 10 minutes discussing the affects and consequences of illicit drug use; especially how it relates to the workplace. The presentations are designed to be a very poignant presentation for the audience.
Wiley celebrates Earth Day all week Apr 17, 2014
In celebration of Earth Day, which is Tuesday, April 22, Wiley Elementary School students are encouraged to dress in different colors each day. Each day's color celebrates the wonders of the earth. Here are the colors for each day beginning on Monday, April 21.
  • Monday: Wear brown today to represent the soil that is so important to help plants and trees thrive and to produce so many nutritious foods, important medicines and so much more.
  • Tuesday: Earth Day. Wear green in celebration of Earth Day and to represent the lush green color outdoors and the importance of the green plants that provide oxygen.
  • Wednesday: Wear yellow to represent sunshine and the beautiful flowers of spring.
  • Thursday: Wear blue to represent the beautiful spring sky and the water that covers more than 60 percent of the earth.
  • Friday: Wear all colors to help celebrate the uniqueness of people and things on earth.
Pre-K open enrollment slated Apr 17, 2014
Hutchinson Public Schools will conduct an open enrollment day for the 4-year-old at-risk preschool program. The open enrollment will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, April 25, at the Administration Center, 1520 North Plum.

Students must be 4 on or before Aug. 31, 2014, live within USD 308 and meet one or more qualifications for the program. The program currently is offered at Lincoln, Avenue A and Graber elementary schools.

For more information about the program, call Vance Mayes at (620) 615-4045.
Fitness for all is theme of day for third graders Apr 17, 2014
An event that will draw hundreds of third graders to Don Michael Field will return for its 16th running Thursday, April 24, 2014.

The Kansas Kids Fitness Day is a statewide event, sponsored by the Kansas Council on Fitness, to increase awareness of physical activity and safety for third graders across Kansas.

In Hutchinson, the Kansas Kids Fitness Day will be from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Don Michael Field, 17th and Severance in Hutchinson.

Hosted locally by USD 308, the event is expected to draw more than 700 students from schools across Reno County. Statewide, the event draws 18,000 students each year at more than three dozen sites in Kansas.

A project of USD 308 elementary school physical education teachers, more than 100 volunteers will be working on the project, including Junior and Senior Leaders from Hutchinson High School under the direction of Cindy Knox, physical education teacher at HHS. The volunteers will staff activity and safety stations during the afternoon.

Others involved in the project include the elementary and high school physical education staff, local firefighters, police officers, Red Cross, Hutchinson Recreation Commission, YMCA and USD 308 Nutrition Services.

Senior one acts set for April 25 Apr 17, 2014
The annual Senior One Acts will feature the efforts of seniors at Hutchinson High School this spring.

The event will be at 6:30 p.m., April 25, in the Hutchinson High School Performing Arts Center. The evening gives soon-to-graduate seniors at HHS a chance to direct performances.

There is no admission to the event.

Each director will direct 10- to 15-minute scenes. The following students are the directors:
  • Sami Ybarra
  • Leah Towle
  • Terrence Robinson.

Students who will appear in the one-acts include:
  • Mariah Michaelis
  • Kyle Walker
  • Connor Eaves
  • Daniel Yapp
  • Jessi Burgey
  • Shea O'Sullivan
  • Easton Chapin
  • Malik Jobe
  • Shayla Bellamy