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Holden Down the Fort October 5, 2018

Vol. 2 Issue 1

Eagles soar to a Homecoming Victory

Zip! HHS quarterback Jackson Tevis throws a pass during the homecoming football game. The Eagles beat the Crest Ridge Cougars in front of a large home crowd 37-20.

By: Bailee Bryant On Friday, September 14th, the Eagles battled the Crest Ridge Cougars in this years Homecoming match-up. The game ended with a win for Holden with a score of 37-20. This was the first appearance that the Cougars football team has ever made at Holden High. Coach Mike Hedrick said, “I knew it was going to be a good game because we had a good week of practice the week of.” He continued to say, “It ended up being a good game; anytime we can win we are happy.” There were many factors that played into this game. On the Eagles first drive of the game, the Eagles ran for a 71 yard touchdown scored by Fred Frazier. Fred scored 4 touchdowns that night and ended his great night with 29 carries and 368 yards rushing. Fred said, “I think [the game] went really well because we were getting things back together and it was a great win that we need heading into conference play.” Middle linebacker Jack Sullins stated, “We played a very good game on Friday and there were (Continued on page 2)

Sections News School/ District Sports Clubs/Events Student Life Editorial/ Opinion

Homecoming Parade and Pep Rally Gets Fans Fired Up By: Katelyn Schuler Friday September 14th, Holden students far and wide were filled with school spirit in light of the upcoming homecoming game and dance taking place. Floats held students and school spirit as they were decked out in blue and white as well as items that matched the homecoming theme “Make them see stars”. Holden schools lined up to watch fellow students ride parade floats all the

way to Eagle stadium where a homecoming pep assembly also took place. During the pep assembly students participated in game, cheers, and activities. These games and activities included a relay run by the cheerleaders that included students and staff from each school. The game required four people the first who had to hula hoop to the next teammate. The second who had to sprint to the third. The third who had to jump rope (Continued on page 2)


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News Pep and Parade…

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to the fourth and finally the fourth who had to crawl to the finish line. Victory was taken by the high school students who completed the relay before the other teams. Holden students had

a lot of fun at this year’s homecoming pep assembly and can’t wait to see what is in store for next year.

Building Improvements By: Jack Sullins Many improvements have been going on at Holden High School this year, but one very drastic change is the many wall murals painted by Mrs. Fee and Ms.Wright. These murals have been placed throughout the school to display school pride. With a joint effort, it took the both of them 12 hours to paint the 3 murals so far this year. The two of them are working on another mural this Saturday and this project is estimated to take about 10 hours to complete. The new mural will be located in the front office; it will be the largest mural yet. These improvements in this school district bring out the meaning of our school. It shows a sign of school

pride, also it makes our school have more color. Ms.Wright said, “We had to collaborate and brainstorm ideas for font size and also the colors with Mrs. Jones,” she continued, “After that I sketched ideas and the final step of the process was getting them approved by Mrs. Jones.” Mrs. Fee informed, “We use an acrylic latex based paint on the murals because it is easy to clean off with soap and water, we don't use oil based paint on the murals because it is a very difficult to get off if it drips.” she added, “ We are starting to use oil based paints on the door jams and other places in the school because the acrylic latex has a tendency to peel off if much contact is made.” (Continued on Page 5)

many positive things that we had going for us in this game. Our defense shut down the run game in the first and the Cougars had to resort to their pass game.” The Cougars had a total of 32 yards rushing all night against the Eagles unforgiving defense. The defense has had success against the run for much of the season. In the last quarter of the game, Freshman, Trenton Day was put into the game and got hurt on the kickoff return. As a result, he is still unable to practice because of his concussion. Trenton said, “I didn’t remember anything

after half time, because I blacked out.” With this win the team boosted its record to 2-2 going into conference play. The Eagles faced Lexington in an away game. Hedrick pointed out, “Lexington has a nontraditional offense that we need to do a good job simulating during practice this week to prepare,” He added, “There are three formations that they will have and we need to figure out how to line-up in order to get the outcome that we want.” Unfortunately, the Eagles did not win at Lexington.

Out with the old. Many of the older murals in the high school, like the one pictured above, were painted over during the months leading up to the start of the school year. In an effort to give the building a fresh look, new murals were painted.


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Sports & Activities Softball Team Gets Multiple Wins in Tourney

Sizing up the competition. Senior, Peyton Corrigan, watches two teams play in the Greater Kansas City Softball Tournament. Holden went 3-2 in tournament play. By: Brittany Morrow On August 25, 27, and 29, the Holden High School softball team played in the Greater KC Softball Tournament. The team played against 5 teams and advanced into the Silver bracket after pool play while competing against 5A schools. Junior Peyton Daniel thinks that this is a good starting point for them. “ I don’t know if this is how the season will go, but I think it shows that if we are capable of doing

this now then think about the things we will be capable of doing at the end of the season.” “I think we have a really good chance this year and we have the ability, if we want, to go really far which I think is everyone’s goal, this just showed we were capable before, everyone wanted this and this showed us and other Daniel thinks that the team is doing very well, with only a few things to improve on. “I think that, like always, we need to work on our (Continued on page 4)

Fresh Band Equipment Beats Out the Old

Shiny new drums. Members of the Holden High School marching band are enjoying their new equipment which includes new drums. In addition to the new drums, the band also purchased a brand new trailer which will be used to haul equipment to and from events and competitions.

By; Luxy Pearce

On August 23, the Holden band season started. The high school band participates in many competitions throughout the year and marches in the annual Holden Fair Parade. Around this time, the band drumline received new drums to use for this season and more seasons to come.

The band also received a new equipment trailer in order to haul their instruments to away competitions. “The trailer will be more efficient because it will be bigger and our band is only getting bigger and better,” comment one of the band’s drum majors, Becca Lairison. The band also received new caps for the drum majors, Allison (Continued on page 4)


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communication and adjust our hitting to the speed of the pitcher, but I think that will come with time and all the little kinks can be fixed with practice.” Coach Wayne Griffin said that the team will compete in every game and thinks that they have a really good chance at conference championship and getting the district title. “We played against schools that are bigger than Holden, class size wise. We played against 5A schools, so I think the biggest thing it did for us was build confidence that we can compete with anyone we play. We proved to

ourselves we can play with anybody.” Coach Griffin also said the team just needs to work on not letting errors snowball. “I think we need to improve on not letting one mistake turn into five. Having short memories when it comes to remembering mistakes. Just letting them go.” The varsity team will play Saturday, September 15, at 8:00 AM at the Lexington High School and varsity and JV will be playing Odessa at the Odessa High School at 5:00 PM on Monday, September 17.

Holsey and Becca Lairison. The caps are white and blue with white plumes, which signify that they are the drum majors who lead the who will lead the band through its competition and performances.The band’s next competition takes place September 23rd in Carrollton, Missouri. They will be participating in a parade competition as well as their field show. Kierstin Redhair was asked about how she felt about the new equipment saying: “I feel like new equipment

makes us look nicer and feel more confident therefore we do better and feel better about ourselves and will potentially place better this year more than last year.” “(The drums) will sound better. It will help our performances and make them look better too,” said Allison when asked about the new drums. “It’s looking to be a promising year,” said a member of the band, Kaci Iiams.

Hello students, faculty, and community members. Do you like what you see here? Do you see anything that can be improved upon? We want to hear from you. We want to hear your feedback and see what you think about our new student-created newspaper. To make any comments, provide feedback, or suggest story ideas, please email Mr. Griffin at wgriffin@holdenschools.org. Thanks for reading this first edition, and stay tuned for more stories and features about our

school, students, and community.

Tom Toles Copyright 2018 Universal Press Syndicate


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School & Community Update: Miller Mausoleum

Boo. Although it looks creepy, the Miller Mausoleum is a quiet and peaceful landmark in Holden, MO.

Favorite Hello, Hardest Goodbye.

By: Peyton Daniel The Miller Mausoleum has stood on the road leading to Holden for over a hundred years. To the people who live in Holden, it is a reminder and monument from our past that many of us see every day on the way to town. About a year ago, Carl Cranfill, a man who spent his summers growing up in Holden, took control of the

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By Kaci Iiams New faces have arrived to Holden High School with a thirst for the American experience to enrich their lives. These are the stories of three different people from two different countries with one story in common; being an exchange student. Seniors Helena Voights, Emily Wester, and Thomas Christiensen share their thoughts and feelings on their experiences so far.

building and surrounding land. His great grandfather had always wanted the building to stay maintained, and had even went as far as to put it into a trust that said the family was not allowed to change or sell it. Now, after nearly a year of petitioning, hardwork, and fighting the elements, the Mausoleum is done and the park is open

Here’s what they have to say. A smile cascades Voight’s face when asked how she’s enjoying Holden High School so far and what the differences are existing between Holden and home, “Good. I think you have different kinds of lessons. In Germany we have much harder lessons than here.” (Continued on Page 7)

Mrs. Fee stated, “Ms.Wright and I had such a good time painting these murals around the school, it was like we were not even working.” she stated “Painting is what I love to do and if I am helping improve the school while doing something I love I am all in.” The improvements on the murals that have been

recently painted in Holden High have a positive reflection on others that come to the school, including students, staff, alumni, and friends and family. It helps our school to look more presentable, also it makes people proud to attend Holden High School.


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“Cheering” on the Competition By: Lilly Hertzog As the school year starts, not every student is excited for all the joys of school, but one team is more than ready for a chance to compete that they have missed out on for the past two years. Our cheerleaders are preparing for the chance to compete at state for the first time in 2 years. Senior Alison Holsey says the team hopes to make it to state. Holsey says that the team has a lot of work to do to get ready for state and sophomore Jazmyn Baldwin agrees that the team has work to do. Despite the work ahead, the teams is excited to get going. As the season progresses and competition quickly approaches, the girls buckle down to get to work running their routine over and over again to perfect every hit and basket.

The senior cheerleaders are more than excited to be competing once more before they graduate. Holsey says that they were bummed out that they had not gotten to compete for their sophomore or junior year but are ready to give it all they have got. While getting ready for their competition, the cheerleaders are out supporting our football team through rain or shine including last Friday nights game cheering with all the spirit they could bring about in the downpour. Despite the hard times and the ups and downs, this team sticks together and pushes through. Holsey says they stick together with a family like mentality and that they are all sisters. The path to state starts with regionals in November. To support the team you can go watch them to compete at regionals.

Go Team! Cheerleaders perform at a football game.

Cross Country Runs the Gamut. By: Chloe Kennedy The Holden High School’s Cross Country team is working very hard this year to live up to their past placings. The last two years, the Cross Country team has placed second in state creating a legacy for the team to continue and make new district records. They have had three meets this year already. The team placed 3rd, 9th and 11th. Also, the teams next meet is this Tuesday in Lone Jack. This year, the pressure is extremely high for the team to live up to their previous state placings. With this, comes a lot of hard work, determination, and practice. The team is striving to do better than any previous season before. According to Freshman Cross Country runner, Chase Vogler, practice starts after school to around 4:45 to 5:00. Chase also added how most practices go down, “We just do what coach says. We will warm up then stretch our legs and then we do a workout. Then, when we are done, most of the time

we do another workout. Then we do a cool down job. We sometimes do abs and then stretch. Then we leave.” For Senior, Kinadie Jones, her expectations for this year’s season are up very high. She is expecting to have at least three of her fellow girl teammates to make it to all the way to state. She also added that she is expecting the team to continue working very hard and win as many meets as the team possibly can. She followed up on some of her goals for this season as well, “For us to work hard and be the best team we can be. And try to get on the stage at state like we did the past two years.” One of Junior, Kourtnie Rohn’s, personal goals this season is to run a 5k in around twenty-four minutes. “We are pushing ourselves during practice,” she added on about how the team is preparing for the upcoming meet. Taking on the torch to victory, this teams uses determination to help take them to great destinations this year. Be sure to show our team a lot of support.


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…Hello’s As for Christensen of Norway and his experience, “Yeah, so far, like everyone seems really nice. I don’t know if that’s because I’m foreign or if people really are nice, but you know, I’ll figure that over time. It’s a lot different from back home because everything there is what allowed and what’s not allowed like dress-code, phones, stuff like that.” With a new school and more opportunities to chase, these three students find their way into Holden’s sports program. With knowledge to the game of football and the agility of a soccer player, Thomas takes the team under his lead and begins this season as the team’s varsity kicker. Also on the sidelines is Emily Wester with the cheer squad while also balancing a cross-country schedule. This also goes beyond the field as a game of volleyball takes place in the gym with Helena on the court, making way in the game. When asked a comparison on Holden’s sports and Germany’s, here’s what Helena had to say, “We don’t have school sports like here, we have like one hour or maybe sometimes two in the week, but it’s like everyone has to do the same. You have to do it in private.” In the midst of getting settled in a new school with new surroundings, there’s a history of getting here and that is the spark of

(Continued from Page 5) interest that began their voyage as a foreign exchange student. “Yeah, I always meant to do an exchange year cause I like all the movies and all the TV series, and my whole family loves America so we’ve been traveling a lot here over the last four years and I’ve always wanted to experience the real American life,” Emily beams when asked what interested her. As graduation creeps its way up, we wonder what will happen after their exchange year. Wester has an idea to go into medicine once she is done with schooling while Voights has a taste for design when she is also done while Christensen has one more year once he returns home and plans to find a career that holds much interest for him and pays well. No doubt this year will be the memory of a lifetime for these three. And for the students of Holden high, it will be their favorite hello and their hardest goodbye. have much harder lessons than here.” As for Christensen of Norway and his experience, “Yeah, so far, like everyone seems really nice. I don’t know if that’s because I’m foreign or if people really are nice, but you know, I’ll figure that over time. It’s a lot different from back home because everything there is

what allowed and what’s not allowed like dress-code, phones, stuff like that.” With a new school and more opportunities to chase, these three students find their way into Holden’s sports program. With knowledge to the game of football and the agility of a soccer player, Thomas takes the team under his lead and begins this season as the team’s varsity kicker. Also on the sidelines is Emily Wester with the cheer squad while also balancing a crosscountry schedule. This also goes beyond the field as a game of volleyball takes place in the gym with Helena on the court, making way in the game. When asked a comparison on Holden’s sports and Germany’s, here’s what Helena had to say, “We don’t have school sports like here, we have like one hour

or maybe sometimes two in the week, but it’s like everyone has to do the same. You have to do it in private.” In the midst of getting settled in a new school with new surroundings, there’s a history of getting here and that is the spark of interest that began their voyage as a foreign exchange student. “Yeah, I always meant to do an exchange year cause I like all the movies and all the TV series, and my whole family loves America so we’ve been traveling a lot here over the last four years and I’ve always wanted to experience the real American life,” Emily beams when asked what interested her. No doubt this year will be the memory of a lifetime for these three. And for the students of Holden high, it will be their favorite hello and their hardest goodbye.

Rival Grades: Freshman VS. Seniors By: Jillian Gustin Freshman and senior-- two of the most anticipated grades. Are the two grades really that different though? Freshman Michael Rinella said, “Being a freshman is exciting because you get more freedom since you are now in high school” Freshman year is a big step up from being in middle school. In middle school, students get

the limited amount of freedom about what to say and what to do. Freshman year is a good year to try to figure out how to express oneself. In Holden High School, freshmen don't get a lot of choices about what classes they take. There are some classes that students have to do in the first year of high school. Seniors get a lot more choices when selecting classes. All that is (Continued from Page 8)


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to the public. While not all of Mr. Cranfills goals for the building have been completed, his major ones have. He wanted to make a place where people could gain some insight into Holden’s long history, while still having a good time at a beautiful park. He has weather proofed the building and made it safe to walk around. Park benches and a

sign were also added to enhance the experience. He has also cleaned up the lands around the building and made it more accessible to everyone who wanted to experience the park. While many of the people in our little town have grown accustomed to the mausoleum that has stood on the road leading here, not many of us have actually got to experience it. Mr. Cranfill has given us

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needed is a math and English class then students can pick whatever class that is wanted. High school is remembered differently by everyone.Freshman, Michael Rinella said, “Cross country is something I’m passionate about now, so hopefully I can remember it in the future.” Sports can be something that is remembered, or as a senior, Asia Whiting,

said, “I think I would probably remember prom and having fun with my friends.” Most seniors have where they want to go to college and what they want to do. Whiting stated, “I want to go to MSSU to study to be a teacher.” Even some freshman have the future planned too. Rinella said, “As I get older I want to advance in sports.”

By: Asia Whiting Last year, many students had to say goodbye to some of their teachers such as Mr. Hunt and Mr. West. However, as the 2018- 2019 school year starts, they have been able to meet several new teachers and staff. Many students and teachers from last year are probably wondering, What brought them to Holden High school? Ms. Meyer, first year teacher and Mrs. Gard, Freshman english teacher, both share the love of the ”Small-town atmosphere”. This is Ms. Meyers first year teaching. She graduated from UCM with a masters degree and is spending her first year at Holden High school. As well as teaching geometry and math for everyday, she also sponsors the math team. She participated in her local math team as a high schooler and really enjoyed it. Mrs. Gard has been in this school system for 25 years. For her first 11 years, she taught in the High school special education program. When asked what her thoughts were on the rest of the year she enthusiastically stated, “I am super excited to be back in the classroom! I know there will be challenges along the way,

but I am really looking forward to working the kids again.” Emily Brockhaus is the new science teacher. She has been teaching for four years at the middle school and is excited to now be a part of the class of 2022. She loves everything about Holden saying she,“ loves the local shops and small town vibes”. The only thing she does not like is the fact there is no Mcdonalds in Holden, which many can agree on. Mrs. Brockhaus has very high hopes for the school year. Mrs. Mallison is also new this year. She teaches FACS and is in Mrs. Kearfott’s old room. She is involved in FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America). Mr. Wulf is the new social studies teacher. As well as teaching, he is the head volleyball coach and assistant coach for boys basketball. Lastly, Holden High School has a new choir teacher, Mrs. Doll. She has been in this district before and just transferred to the high school in replacement of Mr. West. She is also directing the musical. While it is unfortunate that so many had to leave last year, this year will be just as great with all the new teachers.

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