USD308 NewsCTC, Youth lead volunteer efforts Dec 5, 2013
The Communities that Care Youth Leadership Group at Hutchinson High School is working on several volunteer projects in December to help the
Saturday, the youth are working with CTC for the annual JavaWalk fundraiser from 9 to 11 a.m. at 10 downtown Hutchinson venues. JavaWalk has been moved to a Saturday morning from Third Thursday.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Each location will have samples of coffees, chai teas, cocoas and ciders as well as treats. Children will get decorations at each location to assemble their own gingerbread man.
Advanced tickets can be purchased from any PicQuick, Apron Strings, Bluebird Books, Metro Coffee or Yarn. Ticket also will be available at JavaWalk locations Saturday morning.
A second project pairs the CTC youth and several elementary schools to collect basic items for a local care shelter.
The CTC group started the drive and enlisted help from the elementary schools after hearing a presentation from the Sexual Assault Domestic Violence Center and about the center's need for basic living supplies.
Boxes will be at HHS, Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen, Graber and Wiley through Dec. 19. Each school is setting its own parameters for the drive. At HMS at Allen, for example, the students have a goal of collecting 200 items, including toilet paper, paper towels and nonperishable food items.
CTC Youth also will collect money at Hutchinson Middle School -- 8 each day next week for the Christmas Gifts for Teens Program. Students are asked to bring pennies on Monday, nickels on Tuesday, dimes on Wednesday, quarters on Thursday and dollars on Friday.
Money raised will be used to purchase gifts for teens who are away from their families at Christmas.
HHS senior's art included in IB collage Nov 25, 2013
If you look closely at Madi Graber's artwork, you might get a glimpse into the Hutchinson High School senior's life and future.
A watercolor by Graber has been selected for inclusion in a collage of art that will grace the walls of the International Baccalaureate Global Centre, in Bethesda, Md. IB art is just one of several International Baccalaureate classes the senior has taken at HHS.
Art is part of Graber's life. Graber is the daughter of Karen and Jeff Frizell and Scott Graber.
"I like the newness of trying different things," the senior said. "You never have to do the same thing twice. I like the feeling of endlessly creating, using your emotions to control art."
The watercolor was inspired by a photograph of horse and rider that Graber had seen. She took the photograph and interpreted it from her perspective.
The artwork was submitted to IB last spring. Graber and IB art teacher Deb Ringler had put the submission out of their minds because so much time had passed. The submission was made by taking a high-resolution photograph of the watercolor. A week ago, though, they were notified the watercolor would be included in the IB headquarters collage.
It was a thrill for the senior.
"I was so happy," she said. "I was not expecting them to take it because there are so many schools with IB kids who are so talented."
While Graber is not an IB diploma candidate at HHS, she has taken several IB classes. Those IB classes include chemistry, English, biology and art. Even though HHS typically has a half dozen full IB diploma graduates each spring, the program has 55 students who will take one or more IB classes this year.
While emotions often play a role in her artwork and how she interprets scenes, Graber has another common theme, one that she hopes adds three letters -- DVM -- to her name after college.
Animals often play into her art.
"I plan to go to K-State next year and major in animal science," Graber said. "My goal is to get my doctorate in veterinary medicine."
Graber aspires to be a special kind of DVM. Graber wants to be a large animal vet -- the kind who works with horses and cattle.
Night of the Hawk set for Nov. 26 Nov 21, 2013
The final pre-Thanksgiving activity at Hutchinson High School will be the annual winter sports kickoff -- Night of the Hawk -- at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, in the Salthawk Activity Center.
Sponsored by the HHS Booster Club, the annual event begins with the club serving pizza to students. Winter sports athletes and coaches will be introduced. The kickoff will feature a guest speaker to talk with students and parents about the benefits of participating in team sports.
At the end of the event, each winter sports team will conduct its parent meeting.
Additionally, anyone who attends the event will be able to purchase Salthawk spirit wear at a 20 percent discount.
Winter sports begin on Tuesday, Dec. 3, when the boys' swimming team has a meet at Newton. JV wrestling follows with an invitational at McPherson at 9 a.m. Dec. 7.
Salthawk Revue raises funds for New Beginnigs Nov 21, 2013
Current and former musicians from Hutchinson High School are teaming up for an evening of music to benefit a local charity.
The second annual Salthawk Revue Benefit Concert for New Beginnings will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, in the Hutchinson High School Performing Arts Center, 810 East 13th. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Additional donations for New Beginnings are welcomed as well.
Musicians for the event range in age from 16 to 70.
Musical genres include acoustical classic rock with strings and vocals, jazz and blues favorites and a grand combination finale showcasing the creativity and musical talents of all. Produced by students from the Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy, the event is hosted by the HHS Theater Department.
All proceeds benefit New Beginnings, and help to advance their mission to shelter and rebuild human lives while fostering the development of affordable housing.
Help HMS at Allen help Toys Run Nov 14, 2013
Each month, Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen has a Wendy's Night when school supporters can get a portion of the cost of their meals donated to the school. The November night will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, at Wendy's, 7th and Main.
For HMS at Allen's service learning project in November, the school will work with Wendy's to support the Reno County Toy Run.
The school is taking up a collection of toys for children of all ages -- from pre-school through high school. Patrons also may donate money or gift cards. All the items and money will stay in Reno County. Donations will go to one of the various organizations of Reno County, including the Food Bank and the Children's Shelter.
The Reno County Toy Run will be in charge of the donated items.
Programmers win at K-State Nov 12, 2013
A Hutchinson High School computer programming team placed first in a statewide contest recently at Kansas State University.
The Salthawk1 team placed first in the 22nd Annual High School Programming Contest on Nov. 6, an event that drew 240 students from 28 schools across Kansas. The Salthawk1 included team members Victor Edson, Kelly McDonald, Damien Feldkamp, and Tatton McCoy
Teams of up to four high school students competed to write computer programs that would solve five problems presented during the contest.
Placing 18th in the contest was the HHS Corgi++ team of Joseph Goertzen, Dustin Curiel and Stephen Zook.
Placing 15th in the advanced category was the HHS team C:\>Run of Trey Barton, Gage Brown, Nigel Solida and Thomas Clark.
Steve Stacey is the programming instructor at HHS.
HHS debate places at two invitationals Nov 11, 2013
The Hutchinson High School debate team had another successful weekend with solid finishes at invitationals in Newton and Moundridge.
At Newton Saturday, the Salthawks placed third overall. In varsity competition, the senior team of Reed Crater and Brett Krambeer received a Debate Coaches Invitational bid and are ranked third in the state. Juniors Riley Crane and LaKiyah Sain also received a DCI bid. Sophomore Zoe Crater and junior Dayton LaMunyon placed fourth in the tournament in received a DCI bid, which qualified Crater and LaMunyon for DCI. HHS now has three teams qualified for DCI in January.
Individually, Sain was the top speaker and LaMunyon was the second speaker in the tournament.
At Moundridge Saturday, sophomore Alicia Seems and freshman Jake Lemonds went 5-0 to place first in the tournament. Seems also was the top speaker in the tournament.
HHS now is ranked third in Kansas among varsity squads by total number of DCI bids.
Kelly Thompson is the head debate coach for HHS.
HMS-8 holds frozen turkey drive Nov 7, 2013
When you buy a turkey for Thanksgiving, pick up a second one to help a neighbor in Hutchinson.
Hutchinson Middle School -- 8 will collect frozen turkeys from 7 a.m. to 6 pm on Nov. 20 at the school, 200 West 14th. Student council students will be waiting outside the school during the school day to bring donations inside.
In 2012, the school had more than 250 pounds of turkey donated. These turkeys were then given to various local organizations, including the Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Center and the Food Bank.
HHS presents 'A Piece of my Heart' Nov 7, 2013
The fall drama at Hutchinson High School examines the experiences of women during the Vietnam conflict in the 1960s and 1970s.
The HHS Drama Department will present A Piece of My Heart at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 14, 15 and 16 in the Performing Arts Center, 810 East 13th.
The play by Shirley Lauro is based on a book by the same name by Keith Walker. All the characters are based on real people. The drama is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
This show is about the women's experience in Vietnam and after they returned home. HHS has dedicated the show to those women plus the seven HHS students and graduates who were killed in action in Vietnam.
The show is adult in nature and is not recommended for children.
Seating is limited on the stage. Reservations will be held until 7:20 p.m. and then the tickets will be sold. There will be no seating after the show starts at 7:30 p.m. until intermission. The audience is up close and personal, and the show is dramatic.
Tickets cost $8 for adults and $1 for HHS students with ID.
The cast includes sophomores Laura Miller, Whitney, a Red Cross volunteer; Abbie Martin, Mary Jo, a USO singer; Emily Fan, LeeAnn, an army nurse; and Easton Chapin, the American male; and seniors Shea O'Sullivan, Martha, a navy nurse; Leah Towle, Sissy, an army nurse; and Ta'mara Hill, Steele, an intelligence officer. Sami Ybarra, senior, is the stage manager.
To make reservations for the show, call (620) 615-4104. The Drama Department staff will do a call-back to confirm reservations.
Empty Bowls 2013 set for Nov. 19 Nov 4, 2013
The Fifth Annual Empty Bowls event will combine art and food to raise money to fight hunger and raise awareness about food security.
The event will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, in the Hutchinson High School Cafeteria. In addition to taking home a piece of student-crafted art, guests will enjoy a bowl of chili or red beans and rice along with a dessert.
"The goal of the Empty Bowls Foundation is to raise money to help organizations fight hunger, to raise awareness about the issues of hunger and food security and to help bring about an attitude that will not allow hunger to exist on a national and international level," said Todd Ray, HHS International Baccalaureate coordinator and one of the event organizers.
For a donation of $5 to $15, participants will be able to choose from a wide variety of bowls and 2D art crafted by students from Hutchinson Middle School -- 8 and HHS. Pieces include papier-mache bowls, potter's wheel thrown bowls and etched glass pieces. Additionally, advanced wood shop students from HHS will create pieces.
Other donations come from Hutchinson Community College, Barton County Community College, and Bethany College.
In addition to donating cash for a bowl and a meal, Empty Bowls will collect canned food during the evening. Anyone who drops off five canned goods will get a ticket for a $5 item and a meal.
A silent auction will feature some bowls made by local artists. During the event, HHS' Antonio Martinez will be throwing during the event. A painted piano also will be sold during the silent auction.
New for 2013, partner Bluebird Books, 2 South Main, will display some of the pieces that will be sold the evening of Empty Bowls through Nov. 18. Bluebird Books also is a drop-off location for canned goods.
The HHS vocal, orchestra and drama departments will be providing entertainment throughout the evening as well.
Proceeds raised will go to Food 4 Kids backpack program, the Reno County Food Bank and the Heifer Project International. Each year, the fundraiser brings in about $2,500 for the charities.