Grand Island Central Catholic Middle/High School 1200 Ruby Ave Grand Island, Ne 68803 Issue 3, Vol. 1 Aopril 29, 2019
Graduation Returns to GICC by Kamryn Willman
Graduation is near, and for the seniors, it’s another endpoint; but, for the school, it’s a new beginning.
we have spent most of our time over the past years and it feels better to end here.”
For several years, Grand Island Central Catholic (GICC) has held their graduation ceremony at St. Mary’s Cathedral, with mass before the ceremony. Prior to graduation at St. Mary’s Cathedral, the ceremony was held at the school. This year, graduation returns to the school for the first time in years.
Principal Jordan Engle said, “I’m looking forward for the senior class to have a class speaker, it’s something that your class can look back and reminisce on and allows the seniors to celebrate as a class.”
Senior class speaker, Miles Rerucha, said “I like the idea of graduation at the school because it is a place where
The Class of 2019 voted for the faculty speaker earlier in the year and the result will remain a surprise until graduation. The ceremony at the school will still include a mass followed by commence-
ment. Another change this year is that the class was able to vote on a faculty speaker, along with a chosen patron who represents the class and will be displayed for senior mass. The class of 2019 decided on St. Michael the Archangel. The saint has been a part of the New Testament and worked with the teachings of Christ since earlier times. St. Michael helps to lead armies of angels against Satan. While GICC says goodbye to the 2019 senior class, they will also say hello to a new graduation style as they send the seniors off to a new beginning.
Pfeifer’s Final Goodbye... By Dominic Pfeifer
As my final few weeks of time here at Grand Island Central Catholic (GICC) have unraveled, I have been filled with countless emotions. I’ve spent what seems to be hours upon hours with my fellow classmates reminiscing on the most distant stories and memories we can recall from the past seven years. My brain has been flooded with flashbacks. Everything from watching my oldest brother James play Crusader football in the fall of 2005 to watching my siblings John and Natalie clean up my thrown up eggnog at Christmas Cheer in 6th grade has crossed my mind. GICC has formed so much of who I am, and so I want to take a second to appreciate all it has given me. Before I start, I want to talk about a common misconception about myself. Between playing Islander baseball and being close friends with multiple people who attend high school at Grand Island Senior High (GISH), I’ve gotten my fair share of GISH jokes sent my way over the years. Maybe I deserved them. I’ll be the first to
put my hand up and say I could have balanced things better. However, never, for a single second, have I wanted to walk the halls anywhere else than GICC. My oldest sister started middle school at GICC in the fall of 1997. I came to this building hundreds of times before I could even form a sentence. Being the sixth of six Pfeifer children to become a graduate from this school means a great deal to me. I hope I did my part to continue what seems to be a good legacy left behind by my older siblings. Family aside, the people who are currently at GICC are the ones who have made it a special experience. The daily visits to see how Amy Ostdiek is doing in the office, greeting Kobe Bales in the hallway every time we see each other between classes, and Mrs. P asking “how are ya kiddo?” are the little things that have made me want to undoubtedly come
back to school each day for the past seven years. Although it’s certainly time for some big changes in my life, I’ll always remember those small quirks that make GICC so special to me. Lastly, it warms my heart to know that this place is in good hands as I’m on my way out. The administration is as passionate about this place as anyone could ever want them to be. Although Mr. Engle and I got off to a rough start, he surely earned my meaningless stamp of approval as the year unfolded. So, thank you GICC. You’ve been a home away from home and a second family for so many years. Islander baseball may be the only sport I finished all four years of, but those four years were played as a crusader in an islander jersey.
GICC Shooting Team Top row, left to right: Emily Borges, 9, Creighton Mehring, 9, Kahlan Hooper, 9, Spencer Adair, 12, Kaitlyn Lilly, 12, Ben Alberts, 8, Evan Glade, 8, Aidan Bonahoom, 11, Olivia Wragge, 8; Bottom row, left to right: Michael Hamik, 6, Aaron Jaquez-Madrigal, 6, Amanda Kulp, 10, Hunter Borges, 7, Aidan Perales, 8, Lucas Williams, 6, and J.T. Rein, 6.
Adoption Completes Hooper Family By Madeline King
Adoption is often portrayed by movies, books, and TV shows to be a shocking reveal to a characters background; however, in the real world, adoption is a lot less taboo than how it is portrayed by the entertainment industry. Adoption surrounds a large portion of Americans today. According to adoptionnetwork.com, approximately 7,000,000 people living in the United states are adopted, and Escher Hooper, of Grand Island, Nebraska is one of them. Five year old Escher Hooper is the newest addition to the Hooper family. He was adopted from China when he was 4 years old and has found a home in Grand Island ever since. His family consists of his father and mother, Shaun and Noelle Hooper, and two older sisters Kahlan, 9, and Inara Hooper, 7. His older sisters both attend Grand Island Central Catholic (GICC), and are over-the-moon about their little brother. Inara Hooper elaborated on her family’s journey through adoption. “From what I know, my parents always wanted to adopt, but it wasn’t the right time for them when they first got married because my mom and dad were overseas.” Over the years the Hooper family slowly but the thought of adopting remained on minds. As they decided to fully embark on journey, they faced difficulties along the
grew, their their way.
“One difficulty was when we got our first referral,” said Inara. Due to this particular child’s medical history, the Hoopers feared that they may not be the right fit for their family. That was when they looked into another child in need of a family, and they found Escher. “Even though adopting was a long process, it was worth it in the end,” said Inara. Adoption can cause a big change in the dynamic of a family, just as having a child of their own would. Inara addressed her change in duties as she went from youngest in the family to the role of middle child. “I was always the youngest child, and now I’m the middle child, and usually have to babysit him when my parents are gone.” A love of babysitting or not, Inara and her family have expressed nothing but love for the newest addition to their family. Adoption has provided Escher with a loving family and a community of people to care for him.
Escher Hooper cuddles with sister Kahlan Hooper, 9 , in the Seattle International Airport. Hooper’s family adopted Escher from China in 2018. Below, Inara Hooper, 7, and Escher Hooper hang out while waiting for Kahlan to finish at the Nebraska State Trap in Doniphan, Nebraska.
Music Department Rocks District Music Contest By Dominic Pfeifer
Two months of hard work on the northeast end of the school came to fruition on April 12, 2019, when several Grand Island Central Catholic students competed in the district music competition at Wood River Rural High School. The previously noted hard work by Miss Baglien and her students was recognized by the judges at the contest. Both Blue Rhapsody (acapella ensemble) and the concert choir received a “1” rating. In fact, the concert choir received a “1” from each of three judges, which is, “really hard to do,” according to Seerat Balraj, 12. Balraj was one of three vocal soloists Baglien identified as a “standout performer.” Noelle Kleint, 12, and Kate McFarland, 11, complete the trio soloists.
Baglien said of the three, “They came truly prepared and it showed in their performances and thus in their scores and comments as well.”
“I realized this was my last opportunity to perform with these groups in this capacity, and they made me incredibly proud,” - Brigit Baglien With Baglien recently announcing that she is not returning to GICC next year, district music took on even more meaning to her.
capacity, and they made me incredibly proud,” Baglien said. From her students’ perspectives, GICC is losing a dedicated and relatable teacher who works her hardest to keep her students engaged. “She has done so much to improve the music department and make the atmosphere more enjoyable,” McFarland said. Balraj agreed, saying, “she brought a younger perspective and a lot of newer musical ideas that we liked.” McFarland also noted district music being a great way for Baglien to end her Crusader career. Congrats to all involved in district music and best wishes to Miss Baglien in all her future entails.
“I realized this was my last opportunity to perform with these groups in this
2019 Seniors - Bottom Row: Dylan Ramussen, Kathryn Rohweder, Bev Yax, Frank Ortiz, Blakeley Wooden, Reyna Ramirez, Taylor Mues, Noelle Kleint, Seerat Balraj, Kaitlyn Lilly, Ciara Hernandez, Natalie Kleint, Maggie Keslar, Molli Turek, Peyton Kort, Brandon Heusel, Paul Noble. Rocks: Joseph Lukasiewicz, Andrew Kulp, Blake Steinke, Kaden Cornelius. Upper Row: Kormic Rathjen, Spencer Adair, Dominic Pfeifer, Jayden Palik, Jesse Spies, Jack Goering, Hayley Larson, Jacob Herbek, McKenna Reilly, Taylor Naeve, Eli Pirnie, Miles Rerucha, Megan Woods, Taryn Dimmitt, Kamryn Willman, Jenna Lowry, Jeremy Greenwalt, Kenna Culler, Stephanie Huntwork, Andrew Harders, Faith Koralewski, Oscar Erives. Not pictured: Lucas Coronado
“Every state position is 12-1 right now, they’re playing well and they’re a great group to be associated with.” Said Coach Lowry. The Girl’s Tennis State Championships begins May 16th and with less than a month away and the team on a hot streak, the girls are looking primed and ready for success.
Herbek Qualifies for FBLA Nationals Grace Herbek, 10, qualified as the 2019 National FBLA Finalist from Grand Island Central Catholic.
By Jacob McNamara Grand Island Central Catholic’s (GICC) first state FBLA competition proved fruitful for those who attended.
Gavin Langer, 10, and Hayden Price, 10, both earned honorable mentions in Information Technology and Introduction to Business, respectively. In addition, Raegen Gellatly, 10, earned fourth place in Insurance and Risk Management. But only Grace Herbek, 10, was able to earn a spot at Nationals due to her second place finish in Insurance and Risk Management. When the FBLA’s National Leadership Conference (NLC) begins in June, Grace Herbek will proudly represent Nebraska and her school. The annual conference, which runs from June 29 to July 2, 2019, in San Antonio, Texas,
Students Go Bananas for Jesus
By Hayden Price
will feature an endless number of enriching activities including speakers, conferences, workshops, and exhibits. According to Herbek, The part of NLC she is most excited for is, “getting to meet new people from across the U.S.” This opportunity didn’t come easy for Herbek. She and the other state participants met every Wednesday leading up to the state competition to study for their respective events. “Grace studied really hard during our weekly study sessions and it paid off for her,” said fellow FBLA state participant Gabe Wemhoff, 10. Jackie Cornelius, one of the GICC FBLA chapter advisers, will also attend the conference. Fellow adviser, Phou Manivong, said he feels Grace’s accomplishment says a lot about the students at GICC. “It exceeded the expectations we had as a new chapter. We went into the State Leadership Conference with the thought of going for the experience. Having Grace qualify for the National Leadership Conference is a testament to the great students we have at GICC,” said Manivong
Image courtesy https://www.gidiocese.org/yya/gbfj/63-going-bananas-for-jesus
What is an ideal weekend to you? For many March 29-31, 2018, culminated an ideal weekend of praising God, games, and fun. Deb Houdek, religion teacher at Grand Island Central Catholic (GICC) had a large role in planning Going Bananas For Jesus. Houdek said, altogether there was an estimated “one year of planning,” which offered “fun and games, a dance, escape rooms and a huge rally.” Houdek also added, “over 200 volunteers” were involved in Going Bananas For Jesus. Of the many students from GICC who attended, the younger crowd agreed that the highlight of the day was
playing “Gagaball and listening to Paul J. Kim,” according to Andrew Arens, 7, and Inara Hooper, 7. Speaker Paul J. Kim is, according to pjlkimmusic, “one of the most sought-after Catholic speakers in America.” Arens noted that he enjoyed Kim because he “was so relatable.” Overall Houdek said about the event, “it was awesome”. She said regarding helping again, “I do not know, because in eight years I will be 59, I do not know if I will have the energy.” When Going Bananas For Jesus rotates back to Grand Island again in eight years it is clear that it will bring with it great memories and create new memories.
Herbek’s brother, Sam, says that he’s incredibly proud to see his sister attending Nationals. “It is great to see Grace working hard and competing as she grows as a child of God.” No matter end result, Herbek she thinks she can return to the GICC FBLA with new ideas. “I hope to bring back some useful tips about the way meetings should be conducted and what other chapters do so I can help our chapter grow and succeed,” said Grace.
Cheer Team’s Future Full Of Change
By Maggie Keslar
The cheerleading squad faces massive changes in the coming school year: the addition of 19 new cheerleaders, and the inclusion of new coaches, Mrs. Schendt and Ms. Mudloff to name a few.
to participate more as well.” One of returning members with a year of experience under her belt is Brooklyn Kolbet, 9. Kolbet explained that she is very excited about the growth of the new cheer team because she thinks “it’ll help the team grow to the next level.”
When asked why she decided to become the new cheerleading coach Mrs. Schendt explained, “I wanted to have an impact and be a positive role model for the kids.” She also added that with 22 girls on the cheer squad, they will be able to start “stunting and tumbling and put together a completely new cheer team.” One of the new members, Lizzie Calderon, 11, stated that she is most excited to learn how to do stunts and possibly win state. She said she always considered joining the team because her sister was a cheerleader when she was in high school and she has always been interested in cheerleading. Calderon added that the new coaches and team made it worth a shot. Calderon also explained that the larger cheer team will “make everyone feel motivated to go to all the games and will motivate the student section
Kolbet also added that the expansion of the team will impact school spirit because “having more cheerleaders will motivate the crowd to be louder at games.”
“Having more cheerleaders will motivate the crowd to be louder at games.” - Brooklyn Kolbet
Kolbet is excited about the “new coaches, new team, and to see the team grow as a whole”, adding that the team has been fundraising by bagging groceries at Hy-Vee and through crowd sourcing. With the changes for the coming year, the future looks bright for the GICC cheer team.
The 2020 Cheer Team: bottom row, left to right: Katie Connick, Maddison Urbanski, Emily Ziller, Alex Boon, Hayley Henke, Julia Pilsl, Kami Schneider; Middle Row, left to right: Madison Pirnie, Nini Pham, Marissa Rerucha, Lizzie Calderon, Caitlyn McCarraher, Sara McCarraher, Madeline King, Madi Maly, Emery Obermiller; Top Row, left to right: Kylie Gangwish, Shelby Scmid, Majestyka Alvarado, Hannah Thagard, and Brooklyn Kolbet. Not pictured: Coaches Kate Schendt and Makenzie Mudloff.
Golfers Remain Undeterred
Golf team members find success show their swag and confidence on course while shoring-up their golf skills By Hayden Price
According to The Golf News, President Trump, as of March 31, 2019, has golfed 178 times since taking office. Golf arguably is one of the most cherished sports in America, and Grand Island is no exception. So far, Grand Island Central Catholic’s golf team has competed at very few events, but they are proud of their performances. The first event of the season was a duel at Indianhead against Kearney Catholic.
“We are very confident, but not overconfident.” -Will Goering, 10
Will Goering described the first event of the season was a duel at Indianhead against Kearney Catholic. Will Goering stated, “we won by a large margin.” This dual winning team is a team that is hot off a state championship from last year; they are again going for the honor of a state championship. Goering shared, “We are very confident, but not overconfident.” Golf Team Coach Rupp has been pivotal in leading the team to success. Goering said about his coach, “He is at every meet, every practice, and he helps with swings”. Goering described further, “the team chemistry is amazing, we all crack jokes.” Golf is certainly very important to some; it is clear at Central Catholic the Golf Team has created bonds of brotherhood that should last long into the future.
Left: Peyton Kort, 12 , watches his second shot from the fairway at Indianhead Golf Course on April 1st. Kort, one of the five varsity golfers for the Crusaders, helped GICC to a dual win over the Kearney Catholic Stars by a score of 154174. The teams got together for a quick 9 hole dual in light of the difficult weather circumstances this spring presented. Above: Jayden Palik, 12, stares down his approach shot from off the putting green at Indianhead Golf Course on April 1st. Palik is in his first full year as part of the starting five golfers, after hopping in and out of the always competitive lineup for last years state championship winning golf team.
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Tennis Team Hopes For Strong Showing At State By Jacob McNamara
The Grand Island Central Catholic (GICC) Girls Tennis Team season began with a wave of success. One singles, two singles and one doubles all have a 17-1 record, while two singles has a 16-2 record. “The reason for our success is our determination, and our drive to not let each other down”, said two singles player Courtney Toner, 11. The team’s success is not a change for the group of girls. Last year, Avery Kalvoda and Katie Maser were able to finish third at state at one doubles, while the senior team of Megan
Woods and Jenna Lowry finished second place in number two doubles. With a very small group of seniors graduating last year and the addition of sophomore transfer student Ashlyn Kuchera, the girls team had fairly little adjusting to do in order to reload. “Our goal is to just play each game like we know how to and hopefully end up winning it all,” said a hopeful Jenna Lowry.
“Every state position is 12-1 right now, they’re playing well and they’re a great group to be associated with.” said Coach James Lowry. The Girls Tennis State Championships begins May 16th and with less than a month away and the team on a hot streak, the girls are looking primed and ready for success.
The Crusaders put on a display of dominance at their home invite last Tuesday. Each doubles team and the singles player went 4-0 on the day and took first place. The team as a whole took first place as well.
Above: Avery Kalvoda, 11, nails a serve against Hastings St. Cecilia in a dual at Ryder park on Tuesday, April 2nd. Left: Katie Maser, 11, follows through her swing after hitting a winning point down the line against Hastings St. Cecilia in a dual at Ryder park on Tuesday, April 2nd.
Baseball Alive and Well at GICC By Maggie Keslar
Four Crusaders Play For GISH
Four Grand Island Central Catholic (GICC) students participated in spring baseball for the 2019 season. They are, from left: Dominic Pfeifer, 12, (varsity), Jacob McNamara, 11, (junior varsity), Payton Gangwish, 9, (freshman/reserves), and Marcus Lowry, 9, (freshman/ reserves).
Grand Island Central Catholic (GICC) is part of a co-opt with the Grand Island Senior High (GISH) baseball team. GICC provides four players to the team, each playing at a different level. Senior, Dominic Pfeifer, has been playing the longest out of the four. Pfeifer plays first base on the Varsity team. He said that he likes first base because he likes to showcase his flexibility. Pfeifer explained that playing for GISH isn’t that different from playing in the summer because, “you’re still representing Grand Island as a whole.” His
is being on the field and talking to the umpires and the opposing team’s coaches, as well as the inside jokes he has with his teammates. Junior, Jacob McNamara, plays left field for the Junior Varsity team. McNamara said, “playing for GISH is a good opportunity to meet people that I wouldn’t usually get to know.” McNamara also enjoys getting to drive to Lincoln and Omaha because he likes long bus rides. According to McNamara, his favorite part about playing baseball is, “being at
the plate and knowing I have a job to do and being in the zone.” He also added that he likes batting more than fielding. Lastly, two freshman, Marcus Lowry and Payton Gangwish, play on the reserves team. Lowry is a pitcher and that is his favorite part about baseball. Lowry said, “playing for GISH is interesting because the way that they coach is different.” He added that he enjoys the new experience. Lowry’s favorite memory from this season is when, “[Payton] Gangwish pitched against Columbus.” At this moment each team has a winning record and are performing well. 14
Co-opt Team Learning to Work Together By Maddey King
The Grand Island Central Catholic (GICC) Soccer Team is one of the few teams that co-operate (co-opt) with another school. In total, two other schools in addition to GICC have members on the team: Heartland Lutheran and Wood River High School. The benefit of having several schools playing under one team is having enough players to have a team, but there can be some downfalls when it comes to different schools. Teams that don’t co-opt with other schools have the benefit of players knowing each other in both an academic and athletic environment.
Players from GICC who play with other GICC students have the opportunity to learn and play with teammates up to seven years, but teams that co-opt may have to spend precious amounts of practice time slowly getting to know their teammates strengths and weaknesses. Najib Ortiz, 9, a member of the team said, “It is different having two different school co-operate, it can cause some miscommunication and maybe some chaos, but we get through it.”
Ortiz’s sentiment is shared with several other members of the team, however, it isn’t in a bad way.
Ortiz’s sentiment is shared with several other members of the team, however, it isn’t in a bad way. Tristen Schulte, 10, said, “It’s different at first but once you get to know them it is a lot better.” The Soccer team had a season heavily impacted by weather this year; several games were cut out of the schedule due to dangerous conditions, but the shorter year didn’t stop the team from setting goals. The overall goal for the team was to give it their all every game. Several members of the team including Ortiz and Schulte said their goals often didn’t include winning, but trying hard in practice and showing their hard work at games. The GICC Soccer Team faces several unique challenges when it comes to the members of the team. As put in the words of Ortiz, “We must believe in each other and help one another out.”
Years of playing a his favorite sport pay off for goalie, Alex King, 9, as he consistently starts for the co-opt team from Grand Island Central Catholic. King returns a ball to his team during the team’s battle against high-ranking Grand Island Northwest High School. The Crusaders, coached by John Kenna, lost to the Vikings.
Weather Interrupts Track Performances by Kamryn Willman The start of spring sports means the start of track season, and with the brutal winter extending longer than expected, meets and training were interrupted, cancelled, or postponed. The results from the snow storms and flooding caused a majority of the beginning of the season to be practiced indoors, away from the track. Senior thrower Hayley Larson said, “We’ve never had weather this severe before in a track season, it makes it harder to overcome and requires us to practice indoors a lot during the beginning of the season; but, practicing indoors allows us to pay more attention to and perfect our technique.” The track team was able to still participate in meets such as their home meet, Superior, Loup City, Adams Central, and the Central Nebraska Championships meet. With districts and state around the corner, senior Blake Steinke mentioned, “We have a lot of young kids, but my goals for the season are to get the team to the best place that we can all be.” The track team will compete in their district meet coming up on May 10, hoping to have some track athletes place and punch their ticket into the Nebraska State Track and Field Championships at Burke High School in Omaha.
Kaden Cornelius, 12, chases down the pack in the open 800 meter dash at the Howard Schumann Invitational Track Meet on Thursday, March 28, 2018 . “Running with gloves isn’t the best option for aerodynamics, but it helps to be able to feel your fingers while you run,” Cornelius said. Right, Isaac Herbek, 9, stretches out to gain distance during the Howard Schumann Track Meet on March 28, 2019.
Taryn, Watching you grow up over the years has been such a joy! You have made us laugh and entertained us and have always been independent and true to yourself. We are incredibly proud of you and are so excited After 22 years, the Pfeifer family is saying to see what goodbye to GICC with the graduation of your future our youngest son, Dominic. We couldn’t holds! be more proud of him and his accomplishLove you ments. Thanks for all the amazing memoforever, ries and friendships. GICC will always be Mom, Dad, part of our family. Good Luck Dominic and God Bless You. Love, Dad, Mom, Lyndie ‘04, and Regan James ‘06, Michael ‘11, Natalie ‘13 & John ‘15.
We can’t believe it’s time to sit down and compose a dedication for you, Miles. As cliché as it sounds, “Where did time go”? There have been ups and downs, lots of laughs, a few tears and countless memories that have been made during the past 18 years. As you graduate and close this chapter of your life, it’s time to turn the proverbial page and start a new one. A new chapter full of hope, full of unknowns and full of fun. A chapter holding a great sense of optimism with an occasional disappointment sprinkled along the way. Believe in yourself no matter the circumstances, trust your intellect and have faith that this is all part of a master plan… customized just for you! We are beyond proud of your accomplishments … the sincere and kind hearted son you have become … the loyal friend you are to many, the best brother a sister could have and your incredible sense of humor and wit! We are excited to see what your future holds and amazing things you will do. Remember …“Sometimes you find yourself in the middle of nowhere, and yet….in the middle of nowhere sometimes you find yourself ” Now you begin – Nunc incipio! Love you more …. Dad, Mom and Marissa
Looking Back At A Great Year By Jordan Engle, PrinAs the 2018-19 school year winds town, this is a time for reflection. As I reflect on my first year at GICC, I think fondly of all the wonderful relationships and memories I’ve been lucky enough to create this year. I also think of all the great work that our students have done. One of the hardest parts of ending the year is saying good bye to a group of students who have called this place their own for the past 7 years. To the senior class of 2019, I wish you all nothing but the best as you take your Crusader pride out into the great unknown that is your future. I encourage you to remember where you came from and where you want to go. Never lose sight of the great times you’ve had as crusaders. More importantly, hold onto the faith you’ve demonstrated throughout your time at GICC. Finally, remember that you will always be welcomed back at Central Catholic with open arms. I look forward to the future of our school and the students who I will be excited to welcome back in August. I’m lucky enough to meet most of our incoming 6th graders well before the fall, and let me say, this is going to be a very fun-loving bunch! Amongst the bittersweet feelings of saying goodbyes and hellos, there is undoubtedly a sense of home. It’s been a special year for my family and myself. I knew when I first step foot in Central Catholic that this place is special, but I didn’t truly understand why until I was able to take part in all of the wondrous and exciting times of this school year. I’m proud of all of the accomplishments of our crusader family throughout the 2018-19 school year. I look forward to another great year in my new home. 19
by Dr. Julie Hehnke
Once again, we are at that time of year when looking back to August it is hard to believe it’s that time of year already as time has went so fast. In addition, it is also time for another class of students to graduate from their 13 year commitment of attending primary, middle, and high school. These graduating seniors are excited and looking forward to a future that offers many new adventures. It is the hope of parents and teachers that they have gained the skills needed to face the challenges and opportunities ahead and they achieve success and happiness in life. For the students who are watching these students complete their high school education, they are wondering if they will be prepared for this event. Indeed, many high school students don’t realize the major transition they will be making when they begin their college career. There are many differences between high school and college, and if a high school student is prepared, that transition can be much easier. One of the most important skills a student can acquire is to have developed strong study habits to help them deal with the lengthy reading and writing assignments that will be assigned in college. In an article by Cathryn Sloane, she interviewed a variety of college students that stated that the development of these study habits or strategies in high school will pave the path to success in college academics. According to Sloane, these study methods may include making and using a series of flashcards for a test, alternating between subjects when reviewing for final exams to avoid overwhelming oneself with one particular subject, or having a friend quiz you on the material so the information is not right in front of you.
Without a doubt, one of the biggest challenges a college freshman faces is the enormous amount of reading he or she will have to do. Most high school students can’t even fathom what they will encounter, so it is a great idea to start practicing now. Tiffany Sorensen, who graduated from Stony Brook University last spring, says, “You’ll be doing yourself a huge disfavor if you do not get into the habit of reading in high school. Also, you should make a conscious effort to understand vocabulary in your high school readings. The words will only get more complex in college.” Sloane adds that when students are preparing for exams, they should get into the habit of creating their own comprehensive study guides. Caleb Zimmerman, a senior at King’s College in New York City, says that you should take all of the information you need for the test and organize it in one spot. “Whenever I have a big test, I get everything I need to know together in one place.” (Sloane, C. . Practice College Study Skills During High School. Retrieved March 13, 2019, from https://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/college-admissions-playbook/2013/10/14/practice-college-study-skillsduring-high-school). These words of wisdom are not just for graduating seniors, but should be used as words of motivation to all secondary students as they continue the path to their high school graduation date and as they select coursework for the next school year. Finally, best wishes are sent that each of the members of the graduating class of 2019 may fulfill your dreams. Dr. Hehnke
Final edition for 2018-19