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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

Reception set for sixth grade artists Apr 10, 2014
The annual reception for sixth grade artists will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 17 at the Hutchinson Art Center, 405 North Washington.

Artwork from the top 50 students selected by judges is on display at the Hutchinson Art Center.

The event is free and open to the public.

Morgan kindergarten information meeting set Apr 10, 2014
Morgan Elementary School, 100 West 27th, will have an informational meeting for kindergarteners for the 2014-15 school year at 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 14, in the school's media center.

To qualify for kindergarten in Kansas, a child must be 5 on or before Aug. 31 of the year the student enrolls.

For more information, contact Morgan staff at (620) 615-5200.
HHS forensics wins at McPherson Apr 8, 2014
The Hutchinson High School won its fourth straight sweepstakes-eligible tournament Saturday at McPherson.

Out of 19 schools, HHS was first at McPherson High School, outscoring the second-place team by 42 points. The second through fourth place teams, in comparison, were separated by only three points.

HHS also competed at El Dorado on April 3 with four additional state qualifying entries. HHS already has 50 entries qualified for state competition at Olathe Northwest on May 3.

This week, HHS competes at Kapaun Mount Carmel in Wichita on Tuesday and Sacred Heart in Salina on Thursday.

Kelly Thompson coaches forensics at HHS.

Full results follow.
El Dorado
April 3

  • Dayton LaMunyon, first place, international extemp, *State Qualifier
  • Dustin Curiel, third place, international extemp
  • Zoe Crater, sixth place, domestic extemp
  • Brooke Manny, second place, informative speaking, *State Qualifier
  • Alejandro Melgar, fifth place, informative speaking
  • Alicia Seems, fourth place, prose, *State Qualifier
  • Shayla Bellamy, first place, humorous interpretation, *State Qualifier
  • Jake Lemonds, fourth place, humorous interpretation
April 5
  • Dayton LaMunyon, fourth place, international extemp
  • Riley Crane, sixth place, international extemp
  • Sydni Huxman, second place, domestic extemp, *State Qualifier
  • Brett Krambeer, third place, domestic extemp
  • Brennan Schartz, fifth place, domestic extemp
  • Paige Brott, oration, first place, *State Qualifier
  • Riley Crane, oration, second place, *State Qualifier
  • Paige Brott, informative speaking, first place, *State Qualifier
  • Emily Fan, informative speaking, second place, *State Qualifier
  • Austin Heinlein, dramatic interpretation, first place, *State Qualifier
  • Alicia Seems, dramatic interpretation, fourth place
  • Austin Heinlein, humorous interpretation, third place
  • McKenzie Miller, humorous interpretation, fifth place
  • LaKiyah Sain, poetry, second place, *State Qualifier
  • aKiyah Sain, prose, first place, *State Qualifier
  • Liz Jaurez, prose, second place, *State Qualifier
  • Brennan Schartz, impromptu, first place, *State Qualifier
  • Riley Crane, impromptu, second place, *State Qualifier
  • Dayton LaMunyon, impromptu, third place
  • Austin Heinlein/McKenzie Miller, improvised duet acting, third place
  • Meghan Morey/Colin Tighe, improvised duet acting, fourth place
Medical students qualify for nationals Apr 4, 2014
A dozen students from the Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy qualified for national competition during the recent Kansas State Health Occupation Students of America Spring Leadership Conference.

The 12 students qualified by placing in the top three in state competition. Nationals will be later this year in Orlando, Fla.

Full results from the competition follow.
  • Gold -- Hutch HOSA Bowl team: John Allen, Mattie Bieberly, Matt Sunner and Jason Paine
  • Gold -- biomedical technology: Chase Denison
  • Bronze -- dental science: John Allen
  • Gold -- EMT: Matt Sunner, Cole Petermann
  • Silver and Bronze --  extemporaneous health poster: Shae Cannon; Karen Ibarra
  • Bronze -- medical writing: Sara Shaban
  • Silver -- home health aide: Searphine Brown
  • Bronze -- job seeking skills: Chase Denison
  • Gold -- medical reading: Mattie Bieberly
  • Silver -- sports medicine: Cheyne Belote
  • Gold -- veterinary science: Jason Paine
  • Gold -- newsletter: HOSA What's Happening, Alyssa Rose