THE BLACK AND GOLD "WHAT A PAWFECT DAY!" APRIL 8, 2022
VOLUME I: ISSUE 15
THE OFFICIAL STUDENT NEWS SOURCE OF BUCHANAN COUNTY R-IV
Newspaper Staff Members:
Mekayla Boydston | Helaina Geoffroy | Jaxon Harris | Abigail Miller |Tricia Simpson
RUSS SET TO RETIRE BY MEKAYLA BOYDSTON
One of De Kalb high school's favorite staff members is Russ Streeter, and if you didn’t know already, he is retiring after working here for 11 years. Over the past 11 years, Russ has done a great job keeping our building clean and tidy. Russ says his favorite part of his job here at De Kalb High School is “Being around young people.” Russ has retired twice already, so this will be his third time retiring. This time, he says, “I’m looking forward to being able to complete things at home when I want to.” Russ has been an amazing help to this school, and we all appreciate the work he has done. If you see him in the hallways, make sure to congratulate him on his retirement, and as he always tells us, “Be careful.” Thank you, Russ! We will miss you!
Pictured: Russ Streeter Photo Credit: Mekayla Boydston
SPANISH WORD OF THE WEEK
Home Use it in a Sentence:
No hay lugar como el hogar.
BAND EARNS HONORS AT STATE BY HELAINA GEOFFROY
On Saturday, March 26, the De Kalb Middle and High School Band went to Mid-Buchanan for the Missouri Small School Band Director Association State Music Festival and earned a rating of 2 (also known as an Outstanding rating). Freshman Mekayla Boydston has been playing the trumpet for four years. “We worked on it together in band, but also working on solo spots that needed fixed. I was absolutely nervous, my hands were shaking. The adrenaline of the moment, you're like oh gosh this is happening, now I have to play in front of people.”
Pictured: Mekayla Boydston Photo Credit: Helaina Geoffroy
Eighth grader Donaven Caltrider has been playing the tenor saxophone for three years. The band practices for one to two months. “ It turned out better than I expected, I feel like I played better than I thought I would,” recalls Donaven. Mrs. King has been a band director for twentythree years. “The state musical festival run by MSHSAA (Missouri State High School Activities Association) created a rule about five years ago that in order to go to the state band festival, you have to have at least 50% of your playing members in grades 9-12th, and we don’t meet that requirement because we have more middle school students than high school. A group of small school directors got together and created a new organization for small school bands.” The hope is that we can always get a one rating. On April 1st, Sophomores Jayden Schneider and Davyn Humes took solos to the district music festival and both received outstanding ratings on two of their individual songs.
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Pictured: Donaven Caltrider Photo Credit: Helaina Geoffroy
Pictured: Mrs. King
Photo Credit: Helaina Geoffroy
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SENIOR BOYS STEP UP TO THE PLATE BY JAXON HARRIS
Caden Weinmann has been playing baseball for one year. His favorite memory is just getting more time to hang out with his friends. He just wants to win some games.
Drake Miller is a shortstop and has been playing baseball since he was three years old. His favorite memory from his high school career is when he hit two home runs his freshman year. He is hoping to help make the younger players improve this year.
Brandon Griffin plays in the outfield and has been playing for a year. One of his favorite memories is pitch count. He is just wanting to be different. APRIL 8, 2022
Hayden Generaux plays left field and has been playing baseball all 4 years of highschool. Generaux says, “My favorite by far was when Mason got hit in the head while practicing.” He really just wants to improve himself. PAGE | 03
SENIORS HAVE A GOOD RUN
BY TRICIA SIMPSON
Carissa Martin is a well-known track runner at De Kalb. She is currently a senior and has run track for 6 years. Last year during her junior year, she set a school record for triple jump. This year, she is still currently jumping triple jump, as well as running the 100, 200, and the 4x4. Carissa’s favorite part about track is that “It’s an individual sport for the most part, and if you give 100% then you’re going to do well”. Being a senior can be hard to think of a favorite memory from all the years, but Carissa recalls “When I was a freshman at sectionals I face planted while doing hand-offs in front of everybody.” Carissa is going to miss “The adrenaline you get before a race and the accomplishment you feel after you’re done.” If you are thinking about doing track or already doing track, Carissa has advice: “Give 100% percent every day because it’s a short season and it will be over before you know it.” APRIL 8, 2022
Macy Dittemore is a distance runner at De Kalb. She is a senior and has been running track since 7th grade. Macy is currently running the 4x8 and the 800. Macy’s favorite part of track is “hanging out with all my friends.” Last year, Macy, Harlie Hall, Gracie Hanshaw, and Kalyn Hartman went to State last year. “My favorite memory is placing 4th in the 4x8 last year at State.” Macy is going to miss “the memories we make at practice and meets.” "Track is a sport that takes practice, and if you don’t work hard in practice, it will show at meets.” Macy says, ”You get out what you put in, so just work hard.” PAGE | 04
March Students of the Month
Middle School Donaven Caltrider
Under Classman Harlie Hall
Upper Classman Brody Knorr
! s n o i t a l u t a r g n o C Quote of the week brought to you by:
Mrs. Faulkenberry "All stories are made of both truths and lies ... What matters is the way that we believe in them." ~ Stephanie Garber APRIL 8, 2022
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Spotlight on 10th Grade My favorite memory
How to work with people. - Zander C.
When Jayden got dunked on. - Carl
making a quote
book of random things said at my lunch table.
MALAK EL HALABI
- Natalie MALAK EL HALABI
How to function
The hardest part
on an hour of
is trying to get used to new
classes. - Kalyn MALAK EL HALABI
When we beat Stewartsville in football.
Monster. - Brayden MALAK EL HALABI
-Mason MALAK EL HALABI
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MALAK EL HALABI
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DE KALB'S TWO ALL-CONFERENCE SCHOLAR BOWL STARS BY ABIGAIL MILLER
Last week Junior Landon Williams and Sophomore Rawley Mydland made AllConference for Scholar Bowl. All-Conference means “they take the top 16 players who answered the most toss up questions”. Says Mr. J Getting something this important will make anyone happy. “It feels pretty good,” says Williams. When asked how districts would go, Landon responded “ I think it will go good. We should be able to win at least one game.” And we can't forget about the coaches and the team. They also play a big role in supporting and helping their teammates. “I'm
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Lunch Menu Monday, Apr. 11 Chicken Patty on Bun Tuesday, Apr. 12 Super Nachos
Pictured: Landon Williams Photo Credit: Abigail Miller
Wednesday, Apr. 13 Chicken Patty
Thursday, Apr. 14 No School
Friday, Apr. 15 Easter Break Pictured: Rawley Mydland Photo Credit: Abigail Miller
super excited, and it helps that Mr. J believed in me,” says Rawley Mydland . In conclusion, a little bit of hard work and support can go a long way. They have a Districts competition on April 9th in Braymer at 9:00 a.m. If you have any questions about Districts or Scholar Bowl, you can ask Mr. J or any of the people on the team.
Monday, Apr. 18 No School
Tuesday, Apr. 19 Cheeseburger
Wednesday, Apr. 20 Chicken Patty
Thursday, Apr. 21 Meatball Sub
Friday, Apr. 22 Meat Lover's Pizza PAGE | 08