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Hunter education helps reduce shooting accidents SAM LEIST CHRONICLES@LCR1.ORG Knowing how to handle a gun while you hunt is very important for you and anyone else you are hunting with. The Missouri’s hunter education course is required for anyone who was born on or after Jan. 1, 1967. You must become hunter-education certified if you plan to hunt during firearm season or plan to be a mentor unless: you are 15 years old or younger and are with an adult mentor that is 18 years or older, you were born before Jan. 1967, you have received a disability exemption from the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Protection Division, you are 16 years or older and have purchased an Apprentice Hunter Authorization and will be hunting with a properly permitted adult mentor 18 years or older, or you are the landowner lessee hunting on land you own or you reside on. Becoming hunter educated has reduced accidents and deaths by more than 70 percent since 1987 when it became mandatory. Hunter education is important because it has reduced hunting and shooting accidents.

Monte Sink and Shaylin Rodden pose for a picture with the buck Rodden killed. The hunter education course will cover hunter responsibilities and ethics; how firearms work and firearm safety; wildlife identification, game care, survival and first-aid skill; firearm-handling skills and hunting techniques;

awareness about wildlife conservation and management; and rules and information unique to Missouri. Anyone who is 11 years or older is able to take the course and be certified. Hunter education is committed to making

sure Missouri Hunter Education students learn the skills and information needed to have a safe, successful, and fun hunt. Rebecca Owens, a sixth grade teacher at Ezard Elementary, has been providing the students the

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opportunity to earn their Hunter’s Education certification during the spring. She has been volunteering in this program for about 15 years. Owens first started assisting Mrs. Wilson when she was teaching it. Once Mrs. Wilson took a

different career path, Mrs. Owens took over the responsibility. She also had to take the course and pass her test in order to become a certified volunteer that allows her to teach the course. “The most important thing they can learn is how to handle a firearm properly in order to prevent a life-changing accident. If all the time I spend doing this saves one life, I can say it is well worth it,” Owens said. The Missouri Conservation Department changed how the program is operated. For this reason, Mrs. Owens had to go back for retraining. This is an eight hour course that consists of four hours of classroom instruction and four hours of hands-on instruction before the written test. The course is finished within two days instead of four now. The students learn how to safely handle firearms, what to do in emergency situations while out hunting, how to identify animals, about hunting laws, and so much more. The course is often offered after MAP testing in the spring. If you are interested, keep an eye out for information coming home from Mrs. Owens.

Conway High School Academic Team ascends in rank ALEXA HIGBEE CHRONICLES@LCR1.ORG Three years ago, Conway brought Academic Team back into their extra-curricular programs. Although the first year the team didn’t do much due to lack of program knowledge, they are certainly making an exceptional resurgence. The team practices once a week answering questions from random draw and sometimes the participants write random questions for their peers to answer. This method is undoubtable considering the invigorating win that Conway had against Gainesville, Hartville and Norwood on Oct. 12. In each tournament, there are a number of games. Each game is 20 toss-up questions, each with up to three bonus questions. For each correctly answered question, the team receives 10 points. Four

players can play at a time, though substitutions can be mad at specified times. The Academic Team does track individual scores. During toss-up questions, a record is kept of who answered what questions. Bonuses are collaborative, so they do not count toward individual counts. At the end of the night, there are usually medals given out for the top ten individual scorers in the tournament. Bud Triplett and Cole Howerton have each received several of these. Conway had a team of five at the tournament they hosted. Cole Howerton, Chase Hale, Chris Calton, Riley Cathy and Tony Difonzo all contributed to the victory. “Winning was awesome. I’m so competitive so when we win, it’s just a great feeling. Winning is great, but just being on the team is so much fun. I have been honored to

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be on the varsity team every year so far. Academic Team has helped me increase my knowledge greatly, and I have been privileged to meet some pretty ‘lit’ people,” Chris Calton stated. Academic Team has helped many students work outside of their comfort zone and really interact with their peers and other students from various schools. Although you may assume that you have to be incredibly knowledgeable to be on Academic Team, you don’t. In fact, the most important thing is not what your grades are or your IQ, but the hard work and dedication that you put into the team. “Academic Team is very fun. It expands my knowledge in the best way and helps me accomplish many achievements. The team has helped me, and I strongly encourage people to join. We always have a

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Tony DiFonzo and Claire Ronchetti, members of the academic team, practice for their next round of competition. blast, and we are a great big family,” said Claire Ronchetti. The Academic team’s

main goal is to learn from this experience and continue to improve. They hope to not only learn a great

deal, but to also have fun while learning. Their next competition is at Clever on Saturday.



Decisions for the future Conway High School juniors and seniors tour colleges and look toward their futures SHAYLIN RODDEN CHRONICLES@LCR1.ORG High school seniors have very big responsibility, if you think about it. T h e y a re s u p p o s e d to make a career choice for the rest of their life at the age of 18 years old. As they make those decisions, they need to remember to make it for themselves, not for anyone else. Many things still need to be considered when choosing a college. These things include extracurricular interests, college reputation, academics, the environment, and the cost. Although this can seem very scary, it can also be a very exciting time for the upcoming adults. These high school seniors are about to have a huge life change. They are going to have to make appointments and decisions by themselves. For most that is not something they have ever had to do. This is a time for students to flourish and find what life and responsibility really consists of. Students from the senior and junior classes of Conway High School have recently taken two college tours. Seniors also have two excused days to visit the college of their choice. They have toured Missouri State University and Ozarks Technical Community College, both located in Springfield.

Many students have become interested in the colleges, especially after the tours have been given. “I chose to go to Missouri State University because if you are going for four years, you will be able to go to the same school and you will get an on campus experience instead of staying at home. I also really want to immerse myself and gain that experience,” said Cole Howerton. It is very important for seniors to visit a college to get a feel for the campus and what it would be like to possibly live on that campus. The student needs to consider the environment and atmosphere in order to decide if a specific college is a right fit for them. It is also very important for juniors to visit colleges as well. It is an advantage to begin choosing and visiting colleges as a junior so there will be more time to make decisions and begin to narrow down the choices. “I love watching the students get excited as they walk around and begin to picture themselves on campus. College visits begin to make senior year very real for many students, and I love seeing the students begin to understand the choices that they are able to make for their future. Although, I’m concerned that students do not have enough time to ask the

questions they would like to ask, or see a specific program they would like to see. Seniors are able to use two school days, as a documented absence, to schedule a more individualized tour with the college of their choice,” said Conway High School counselor Janet Miller. About the same amount of students attended both the MSU and OTC tour. At Conway High School more seniors attend OTC rather than MSU so they can utilize their A+ tutoring money. Each school has benefits for the Conway students. The best thing about Missouri State University for some is that students can choose to live at home or in the dorms, but they are still going to school far away enough to receive the four year college experience. Ozarks Technical Community College is an excellent chance for the students to use their A+ money and get their general education requirements within the two free years of schooling. There are so many programs for the student to earn a certificate, associate’s degree, or they have the opportunity to transfer over to a four year university. Seniors need to start becoming independent students before college by doing things such as making appointments, important phone calls, etc.

McTeacher’s Night raises $1,000 for Ezard Elementary LAUREN SHOCKLEY CHRONICLES@LCR1.ORG McTeacher’s Night is a night where the students and teachers from Ezard Elementary go to McDonald’s for a night of fun with a purpose. The whole community was welcome. During the time they were there, 20 percent of all profits made go to Ezard Elementary School. This event happened Oct. 17. The goals for McTeacher’s Night are to let the students see their teachers outside of school, for the kids to bond with family, and to raise money doing something fun. Several staff members were on hand to serve families. The money raised will go to building a new fence around the elementary. During McTeacher’s Night, the students raised $1,000. The goal was met, and everyone was excited. There are a lot of ways that this fundraiser benefits the school; however, a fundraiser can

also benefit the students. Mrs. McBride, who was in charge of McTeacher’s Night, said it does benefit the kids. “This provided an opportunity for families to bond over a meal. The students enjoyed seeing their friends and teachers. I enjoyed watching the students be playful with their teachers. This opportunity provides a different atmosphere than the regular school day, so we get to see a different side of the kiddos.” The students had a lot of fun at McTeacher’s Night. Ezard Elementary student Sam Luallin said, “My favorite part of McTeacher’s Night was eating McDonald’s. We raised money, and I am happy to see what happens with it.” The teachers and the students are looking forward to future McTeacher’s Nights and to see what future funds do for our school.

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Juniors and seniors of Conway High School pose for a picture with the MSU Bear while touring Missouri State University. In college, the students are talked to directly instead of the parents and some students can have a really hard transition with this process. This transition is not only hard for the students but also for the parents if early action for preparation is

not taken. For juniors, senior year will be here before you know it. It is vital to get involved and make the most of your last few years as a high school student. College comes with many responsibilities but it is also

very rewarding. It gives students the chance to gain responsibility and knowledge before they go out into the workforce. It can also be a very difficult decision but with preparation and thought, the decision can seem much clearer.

Conway physics class takes a trip to SBU KATIE YELVINGTON CHRONICLES@LCR1.ORG Donald McCorkendale’s physics class recently took a trip to SBU (Southwest Baptist University), to complete a lab over Electric Meters. Electric Meters is a lab designed to show the students how complex meters are made from a relatively simple design. Over the course of the lab, students had to construct several different circuits and determine different information from those circuits.

The students who attended the trip were all very happy to have had the opportunity to use the equipment, extending their understanding of the subject. “SBU was amazing. It was definitely one of the best school trips I have ever been on. We learned a lot, and we got to experience a college classroom and college style learning

which was great,” said Claire Ronchetti. The class spent almost two hours doing the lab, and then took a 40 minute tour around the campus. After lunch, they proceeded to do another 30 minute lab, and finally made their way back to the school. “I really enjoyed the college experience,” said Tony DiFonzo, “We all definitely benefited from this trip, while having a lot of fun.” Next year ’s Physics class will return to SBU to perform the same lab.

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Conway Chronicles November 14, 2017  

A cooperative effort between Conway Schools and the Lebanon Daily Record.

Conway Chronicles November 14, 2017  

A cooperative effort between Conway Schools and the Lebanon Daily Record.