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May 2018


Volume 15, Issue 8

Raising money while raising awareness By Leslie Sonnenberg Every year the Prophetstown High School raises money for a week to help people with cancer. They call it HOPE Week. This year HOPE Week landed on April 16 and went thru April 20. Throughout the week the students were able to buy treats, extra credit, pizza, pop, bandanas, T-shirts, and spin the wheel of prizes. They also had auctions during the week. Teachers were auctioned off and bought by students. The students who bought the teachers got to slime them or dump water on them. Some students also signed up to be pied in the face for an auction. There were also mystery boxes auctioned off. The students bid on boxes without knowing what was in them. The boxes contained movies, candy, and even gift cards. Just from the auctions on Wednesday, April 18, the school raised over $1,000 dollars. During the week the students were supposed to wear certain colors on certain days. The reason for this is because the school is trying to raise awareness for different cancers and their colors. On Monday, April 16, the color was orange in recognition of kidney cancer, and Tuesday, April 17, the color was yellow in recognition of bone cancer. Wednesday, April 18, was pink in recognition of breast cancer, and Thursday, April 19, was purple in recognition of pancreatic cancer. On Friday, April 20, the students could wear any color to recognize any cancer. The students set a goal and if they achieved it they would be rewarded with a cookout and half day on Friday. For the cookout the students had to raise $1,500 by Wednesday and for the half day the students had to raise $3,000 by Thursday. During the week four senior boys signed up to compete in Mr. PHS. The senior boys were Payton Gerlach, Chris Bonnell, Jaden Taylor, and Zach Greer. Each student had a bucket and whichever student had the most money in it would win Mr. PHS. Each dollar equaled one vote. The overall winner of Mr. PHS was Jayden Taylor. Through the week teachers volunteered to shave their head or dye their hair, depending on how much money we raised. There were three teachers that were willing to shave their heads if the students raised a certain amount. Mr. Kyle Foster shaved his head since the students raised $5,000. Mr. Josh Stalsberg shaved his head when the students raised $5,500 and Mr. Sam Perschnick shaved his head since the students raised $6,000. Mrs. Stephanie Christen dyed her hair burgundy/ivory, which is the awareness color for head/neck cancers when the raised amount got to $4,000. Miss Jordan Maurer had this to say about the whole thing, “Student council members did a great job putting on all the events this year. This year would not have been successful without the help I received and the money donated from local business for the supplies we used throughout the week. It was an exciting week of events and I can not wait to see what is in store for next year!” They students had until lunch on Friday, April 20, to raise all the money to have all of this happen. Throughout the whole week the students were able to raise $6,257.86. All of the money the students raised goes to paying for medical expenses for cancer patients, research centers, and more.

Messages Which Are Hopeful

Supplying the food pantry By Alyssa Ferguson

By Brittany Wunderlich Monday, April 16, Prophetstown High School and Middle School students watched a performance from a group of students called MWAH! MWAH! is a group of people who spread messages about modern day problems: bullying, suicide, depression, divorce, relationship conflicts, and drugs and alcohol abuse. Instead of just formally talking to the students about all of these issues, they mix it up to keep the audience's attention. The troupe sings, dances, and even interacts with the audience. They talk about actual real-life people who have gone through the problems. Some of the people that they mention are famous while others are students from the surrounding areas. The people that they inform us about have gone through depression and some even lead to suicide. Suicide and depression are big issues today and MWAH! wants to make sure students, and everyone else, knows that there is always someone to turn to and get help from. Prophetstown students enjoyed being able to watch the performance. The students all have their own favorite part that they liked the best from the show. “My favorite part was when they called students down into the chairs and sang to them,” Eric Marquez explained. During this part Jasmine Haggard selected students who she thought would best represent the heroes of Prophetstown High School. Amy Davis, Cohan Tarbill, Elexis Vickrey, Kody Gust, Tyler Smith, and Jayden Grunder were all called down. As they were all sat down the MWAH! troupe began to sing to the high school students called down. In the middle of the song the MWAH! troupe asked the students to slow dance with them in front of the audience. MWAH! has made an impact on schools all around. For 32 years and 577 schools later MWAH! is still striving to spread messages to inspire students. To learn more about MWAH!, or to watch a video from their Prophetstown performance, visit their website at MWAH! Photos by Dan Eyrich

The Prophetstown High School Leo Club held a food drive through the week of April 20, the same week as HOPE Week. Each class had a box where they could bring in food and donate. The class with the most donated food was rewarded with being able to eat first at the school cookout which was held on April 20.The following order: freshmen, seniors, sophomores and juniors, is class by class who raised the most. A total of 2 and a half medium-sized boxes were donated. The food was donated to local food pantries. Prophetstown High School has had two food drives this year, for part of their service work. When asked what is a better way to get the student body more involved, Kaitlyn Kolling said, “Advertise it more, and if people were more exposed to Leo Club they would understand why we do this.” There are a total of four seniors who are in Leo Club; those include Kaitlyn Kolling, Taylor Swanson, Hannah McKinney, and Michelle Cooney.

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Bustin’ clays and takin’ names By Dalton Swanson The 2018 Prophetstown High School Clay target team has been busy this year. The team members and have been practicing since March and many are returning shooters since the team’s first season ended in early June 2017. This year will be the second year of the team, and this year has been going much smoother, as last year the PHS team was the first school in the county to have a team. Both seasons have gone on without a hitch partly in thanks to a good group of kids and mostly in thanks to some awesome coaches the past two years. Last year’s head coach was J.C. Henrekin, assisted by Darrel Drennan, Gabe and Barney Olinger, Tom Wold, and Bill jones. The second year of the team we have kept the same coaches with the addition of Harrison Lippens who, is a junior coach as he was a team shooter last year. The team has the interest of many schools in the area. This year they have some local competition including Milledgeville and Chadwick. But the cool thing about it is they don't shoot with other teams. Instead they shoot as a team once a week and enter are top 11 shooter scores out of 50, this is different this year as they only entered 8 scores last year. Then at the end of each week we can view our team standings from week to week. Then the first weekend in June of every year all willing teams in the state go to Bunker Hill, Illinois, and shoot for two days at Brittany Shooting Park, where there is By Alyssa Ferguson miles of trap houses and 1,000’s of kids shooting for the state title, and it is quite the It’s that time of the year again. Busy, busy, busy. The softball and baseball team are site to see. Then the season standings are unveiled to the all the teams at the end of the always doing something. They either have a game or practice every day, according to weekend. Varsity Softball Coach Mr. Roger Ellerbrock. The softball and baseball teams are a combination of Prophetstown and Erie students. There are 15 girls on varsity. The girls varsity is 15-7 overall, and 7-4 in conference. The varsity has a total of 15 homeruns so far, with a .366 batting average as a team, and a total of 80 stolen bases. The season is winding down, and they are getting ready for post play and regionals. There are 18 on the fresh/soph softball team. They have an overall score of 11-8, and 74 in conference, and their batting average is .304. When asked to comment on the fresh/soph season, Danielle Stegman said, “This softball season has been a great learning experience for me and my whole team.” There are a total of 11 guys on varsity. The baseball team have an overall score of 9-9 and 6-4 in conference. They’ve had one homerun, with a batting average of .293, and a total of 42 stolen bases. When asked how the season’s been going, Kade Kovarik said, “It has been fun, and going pretty well.” Friday, May 4, was the senior night at our home fields. The softball team has two Prophetstown seniors: Hannah Kolling and Dena Johnson. The baseball team has four Prophetstown seniors: Jaden Taylor, Owen Behrens, Kade Kovarik, and Jordan Pierceson. The baseball team won their game Friday with a score of 5-2, and the softball team lost 73.

Take me out to the ballgame

Sprinting to the finish line By Leslie Sonnenberg Since the weather finally started getting warm, our Panther Track team has been taking it all in. Our girls and boys Panther track team has been doing amazing this year. This year our girls track and boys track team are now back in 1A conference and opponents have been competitive. They have been keeping up with the competition very well, and pushing themselves to do their best. This year Prophetstown, only has 8 seniors. The 8 seniors this year are Zach Greer, Kaitlyn Kolling, MacKenzie Clary, Stephanie Sandrock, Michelle Conney, Alex Abell and Nick Clayton. Senior night landed on April 20 and was a very sad but wonderful night. Zach Greer had this to say about senior night: “It went good, but I still wish I did better.” On April 13 the girls track team placed 4th against multiple schools at Rockridge. The girls track team was able to score 86 points. One of our own seniors, MacKenzie Clary, was even able to sign a letter of intent to run track for St. Ambrose University located in Davenport, Iowa. She had a very large group of peers watch her as she signed her letter. MacKenzie had this to say about her signing, “I am very thankful for everyone who has supported not only me, but also my team throughout the years.” Hopefully their season keeps going well and many people go to state this year.

Photo by Persona Studio


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Awarding the students By Brittany Wunderlich 2.

Each year Prophetstown High School holds an awards ceremony. This year it was held on May

PHS Awards Night gives recognition to students for all different types of achievements. Achievements can include academic awards, three-sport athlete awards, scholarships, and the like. The awards are given to students ranging from freshmen to seniors. Students who receive awards are given a letter inviting them to participate in this honorable event. This year 88 students were invited to awards night. The night started at 7 with Mr. Joshua Johnson speaking. After he welcomed everyone scholarships were announced. There were a total of 25 different scholarships and some of them even had multiple winners. The Education FounPhoto by Dan Eyrich dation/Donald Hill Trade Scholarship was awarded to 10 different students, with each of the scholarships valuing $1,000. Other scholarships were awarded for sports, agriculture, academics, and best essays. After the scholarships were given out Mr. Johnson announced the Good Citizens and Parent Volunteer Awards. These awards were given out to people who are always willing to help, in and out of the classroom. The Good Citizens Award was given to Jasmine Haggard and Kade Kovarik. Mr. Paul Farral was awarded for Parent Volunteer. Mr. Farral helped take charge in building the set for the musical. He also does a lot of helping out behind the scenes. Students were also honored for being three-sport athletes. There was also a “Hustle Award� given to seniors who did three sports for all four years of high school while staying academically strong. Dena Johnson and Kade Kovarik were honored with this award. The next awards given out were from teachers. These are considered the PHS Special Awards. Each teacher picked students who they felt stood out and achieved in the classroom. The teachers all got to give out multiple awards, one for each class that they have. The awards included English, Math, Science, History, and Art. There were also Media Awards given out to students who read four Abraham Lincoln books throughout the school year. A big thank you to everyone who helped make this night happen and congratulations to all the students.

Panda-monium at the zoo By Leslie Sonnenberg On Monday, May 14, the Zoology, Environmental, and Basic Ag Science classes went to the Brookfield Zoo for a field trip. Every year the students in Zoology, Environmental, and Basic Ag Science get to go to a zoo. Each year they pick a different zoo. The students left in the morning and returned later that evening. Students were able to walk throughout the Brookfield zoo. The teachers were even nice about letting students that graduated early go on the trip as long as they were in the Zoology class first semester. At the zoo the students were able to see many different enclosures. They were able to explore the whole park, exploring exhibits such as the dolphin arena, Tropic World, and Great Bear Wilderness. These are just some of the many exhibits students saw and students were quite excited for this field trip and were glad to be go on it.

Where will the class of 2018 go? By Brittany Wunderlich Owen Abell: Work while attending Sauk Valley Community College Alex Abell: Sauk Valley Community College Brian Adams: Workforce Anthony Ballard: Culinary School Owen Behrens: Kankakee Community College Daniel Biba: Workforce Chris Bonnell: Undecided Tyler Braash: United States Marine Corps Kayleen Church: Sauk Valley Community College then NIU//Teacher MacKenzie Clary: St. Ambrose University//Forensic Psychology Michelle Cooney: Illinois State//Ag Business Zachary Cox: To be determined Charlie Davis: Marine Corps Amy Davis: Moving MacKenna Denning: Tech School//Diesel Mechanics Payton Dorathy: Sauk Valley Community College Emily Fajardo: Sauk Valley Community College Junior Ferguson: Undecided Madison Fouts: Augustana College Colton Frank: Workforce Payton Gerlach: Sauk Valley Community College//Kinesiology Peyton Glassburn: Blackhawk Community College Laura Gomez: Sauk Valley Community College Zachary Greer: College (undecided)//Sports Jayden Grunder: Sauk Valley Community College Kody Gust: Marine Corps Jasmine Haggard: Sauk Valley Community College Loghen Hall: Undecided Joseph Harriett: Western Illinois University Ulysses Hemminger: Workforce Logan Henrekin: Platteville Alyvia Hogge: Sauk Valley Community College Dylan Hollenbach: Robert Morris University//Business Alex Johnson: Sauk Valley Community College then NIU//Teacher Dena Johnson: Marquette University//Biomedical Sciences and Spanish Sam Jones: Blackhawk//Welding Hannah Kolling: Sauk Valley Community College Kaitlyn Kolling: Sauk Valley Community College Kade Kovarik: Valparaiso University Brayton Lavine: Undecided Allyson Lucas: Workforce Austin Mckee: Workforce Brendon McKenna: Workforce Hannah McKinney: St. Ambrose//Nursing Hailey Mickelson: Blackhawk East Community College then Illinois State//Agriculture Education Matthew Nipper: Undecided Courtney Pierceson: College (Undecided)//OB Nurse Jordan Pierceson: Blackhawk//Welding Joseph Reisenbigler: Workforce Sydnie Reutzel: Sauk Valley Community College then Illinois State// Child Life Specialist Kyle Reynolds: Workforce Stephanie Sandrock: Life Church Leadership College Taylor Skromme: Carbondale Emma Smith: Clinton Community College Leslie Sonnenberg: Sauk Valley Community College then Western Illinois University//Art Education Skylar Stees: Sauk Valley Community College Chase Swanson: Sauk Valley Community College//Welding Dalton Swanson: Scott Community College//Diesel Mechanic Taylor Swanson: St. Ambrose//Nursing Cohan Tarbill: Undecided Jaden Taylor: Sauk Valley Community College Kole Terlizzi: Workforce, for now Kallie Timmons: Sauk Valley Community College Aaron Wetzell: Sauk Valley Community College then Missouri S&T Eli Wilson: Marine Corps


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You’ve been picked Tiffany Jurgle By Dalton Swanson

Tampico general trading company

Q: What is your favorite movie? A: “Silent Hill” Q: If you were to travel anywhere, where might you go? A: My house Q: What is your favorite food? A: Orange chicken Q: Any hobbies or interests? A: Drawing Q: What is your favorite song? A: “French Inhale” Q: Favorite restaurant? A: Asian Buffet Q: If you were trapped on a desert island, what would you bring? A: A helicopter

By Alyssa Ferguson Come on over to the Tampico General Trading Co. where there is anything from a small grocery store, to a deli and ice cream parlor, to homemade food, handmade crafts, greeting cards, live music and other entertainment. They make fresh salads every day like macaroni salad, potato salad and Italian pasta salad. They also have homemade soup like beef stew and chicken noodle. There are jumbo hot dogs and burgers from Wyanet Meat Locker that they will cook and prepare for you. Their small grocery store includes milk and eggs as well. They also have a small selection of candy, and many drink options customers can choose from. They have cans of pop, bottled pop, and water. Over the course of the week, they have two different food nights. On Wednesdays they have an Italian Night, which includes pasta, salad and garlic bread for $6.50. On Saturdays, they have Mexican Night. Their Mexican nights include walking tacos, burritos, nachos, and taco salads all under the price of $4.75. The ice cream parlor has a wide variety from banana splits, cones, shakes, malts, or root beer floats all under $ 3.75. A Sisler’s ice cream order is offered every two weeks to anyone who wants to order. They also have Wyanet Meat Locker orders that are offered. There is a dining area where people can sit in and eat. There is not much of a wait and customers will be satisfied with the food they receive. The atmosphere is great and the couple, Denise Brooks and Randy Brooks, are very polite and friendly. Denise and Randy actually watch over the store and keep it up and running while the owner, Michael, Denise’s brother, lives in Florida. Their hours are Tuesday-Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Catering is also offered, call for prices at 815-4383239.

Kadin Bertolozzi By Joseph Harriett Q: Any hobbies/interests? A: Reading Q: What is your favorite movie? A: “Jurassic Park” Q: What is your favorite song? A: None Q: What is your favorite restaurant? A: Pizza Ranch Q: If you were to travel anywhere, where might you go? A: Alaska Q: If you were trapped on a desert island, what would you bring? A: My best friend

The school’s zoo By Joseph Harriett

Has there ever been an animal that seems to induce extreme excitement within everyone? Most people would think of either a dog or a cat being one of those animals, but Mr. Perschnick’s fifth hour class may beg to differ. As an SAE project, the class has been learning about a variety of reptiles. Did the class learn anything? Was this project educational or just an excuse to bring pets to the school? “I did learn quite a bit about how the green anole defends itself by changing the color of some of its scales,” Daniel Biba said. When asked what he learned, Austin McKee said, “The bearded dragon’s ears are just holes on the side of the head and their eardrums are just underneath the skin.” Even the teacher, Mr. Perschnick, learned something new. “I learned quite a bit! I honestly did not know that these animals actually existed. From learning about their eating habits to how they mate and keep their territory, there was a lot of information that I never knew before.” So far the class has learned about four different species: the green anole, red ear slider, African mud turtle, and the central bearded dragon. The original idea for the project was to include a total of six species: the previously stated animals, a fowlers toad, and a domestic cat. However, due to cat allergies and the toad dying (R.I.P little guy.), the project was cut down to four. The green anole is native to the Southeastern United States. It is an insectivore and one of the smallest members of the iguana family. Males have a bright red organ on their neck which they inflate to attract females, claim territory, and threaten opposing males. Red ear slider turtles are the most invasive species of reptile in the world. They can survive in a vast number of climates due to the ability to brumate. Brumation is like hibernation, but the animal is usually underwater and conscious, only moving to go up for air. The African mud turtle has a hinged plastron (bottom section of a turtle’s shell) that can close to cover their head. Like the name suggests this species of turtle can’t draw its head straight back like other species, so it tucks it to the side. The sideneck family of turtles evolved during the late Triassic Period, when the continent Gondwanaland started to break apart. There are seven different lizards that go by the name Bearded Dragon, all of which come from the family Pagona. The most commonly kept ones are Pogona Vitticeps (Central Bearded Dragon) and Pogona Barbata (Eastern Bearded Dragon). The name bearded dragon comes from the mass of scales these lizards have on their jaw and neck which can turn a pitch black, looking like a beard. The project was a fun and great way to learn about different animals. Should students want to try a similar project in the future, Mr. Perschnick says, “I would absolutely encourage other students to try this project. The rest of the class did really well with the presentations.”

The Prophet Post Staff Editor-in-Chief: Leslie Sonnenberg Editor: Brittany Wunderlich Editor: Alyssa Ferguson Reporter: Joseph Harriett Reporter: Dalton Swanson Adviser: Michael Morley

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Vol 15, iss 8