A Week to Remember
Trojan Tribune Staff
September 20, 2017
This is the week we’ve all been waiting for since last year. That’s right, it’s HOMECOMING, and it’s time to show some spirit, some holiday spirit. The lineup is as follows: Monday-- St. Patrick's Day, Tuesday-- Fourth of July, Wednesday-- Halloween, Thursday-- Christmas, and Friday-- School Spirit Day! Whether you’re trying to be Santa Claus or St. Patrick himself, you still have to show your face.
Class wars also has it’s own new twist this year. They’ve kept all the classics like, musical chairs and chubby bunny, but they’ve also added some new games such as, Happy Camper (buy it now on iTunes), guys only volleyball, hungry hippo,and pterodactyl. They have even capped the amount of people per grade for tug-of-war to 20.
And the final, most important part of Homecoming, to some, Post Hoco. They’ve gotten more creative with the activities and have added a few new things to help the night along. Spike ball, Snakes, and WII GAMES are just a few you can expect to play after the big game. Because this is going to be the party of the century for West Central, you do have to pay to get in so don’t forget your chain wallets or wadded up cash at home.
State Wrestling Turnout
By Erika Malloy
March 3, 2017
The Denny Sanford Premier Center hosted the Class A and B State Wrestling Tournament. West Central took seven wrestlers to the state tournament. By the end of the tournament, Tristen Boeckholt got 4th, Jason Simon got 5th, Riley Hollander got 6th, and Jared Mettler got 7th. There were many West Central students who came to support the wrestling team. Senior Aaron Mallinger, potential place state placer, suffered a season ending injury at the beginning of the season. The parents did a lot to support the team such as they put together the state shirts and they gave all the state qualifiers gifts.
The team did not place in the top eight in Class A but they still gave it their all. The wrestlers that made it to the state tournament but did not place include: Kyle Becker (220 pounds), Carter Heumiller (106 pounds), and Caden Ideker (132 pounds).
Although they did not place, they gained experience at the tournament for their upcoming years in wrestling. The seniors led the way and showed the ropes to the younger wrestlers, hoping to leave their own mark on the West Central wrestling program. “I’m proud to have wrestled in my last tournament with my other two seniors. It didn’t go the way we wanted but I am proud of the effort put in by the whole team throughout the year.” Congratulations to the wrestling team and to the seniors.
Winter Formal Is A Hit
By Makenzee Gooley
January 30, 2016
Winter formal is a time when many gussy up and put on their fancy duds. In other words, people dress up nicely and go to the school for a groovy dance. This year, West Central’s fell on Saturday the 21st of January. Both upperclassmen and underclassmen attended the shindig and many stated positive things about the event.
Donovan Hohn, a junior at the high school, stated “Formal was really great. I had a wonderful time and there was plenty of people that showed up. All of my friends showed up. Everyone was well dressed and looked like they were having a good time and it was really cheap to get only $6 dollars a person so in conclusion I had a fantastic time.”
Mrs. Lupkes added “I thought the Winter Formal was a great success this year! There were many highlights of the dance, but who can forget Dalton Larson and Ellie Krizan stealing the show with their jitterbug moves?! Ask them to show you their moves!”
Oral Interp Competes at State
By Meagan Canfield
December 7, 2016
Just one week ago, students at West Central competed at Harrisburg High School for the State Oral Interp Festival. From there, seniors Katrina Callahan and Katie Larson and junior Dana Voss took home one Superior Rating each, in Non Original Oratory, Drama, and Humor, bringing the grand total of superiors to three at the festival.
One of the most shocking events to have happened during the festival, was the disqualification of the Readers Theater. In short, a Readers Theater is something that is written by students, for students to perform, in a ten minute time period. The only catch is that the participants cannot look at each other directly. This years Readers Theater was written by senior, Izzy West, and featured other interpreters, such as, Katrina Callahan, Katie Larson, Jordan Goldammer, Dana Voss, and Charlie Berg. An observer of the show and interpreter, Evie Golden, stated that, “It was really unfortunate because they did a really good job and they worked really hard.” West wrote the script with the intention of it being put into the humor category. Because of all of the hilarity, the audience's laughter pushed the group to go over their time limit of ten minutes, and even over the 30 second grace period, when the group finished they had gone a total of 21 seconds over the grace period. It was an especially heartbreaking loss to the interpreters that were involved in the show because if they didn't go over time, they would have taken home a fourth, and final, Superior Rating at state. After the loss of this title, junior, Dana Voss stated, “Although we didn’t win an award for our Readers Theater, I really believe our team has excelled in all aspects this year. I am incredibly proud of how far we have come and truly believe that without a medal we are still winners.”
In the end, the team took home three Superior Ratings, as well as a Team Excellence Award for the entire team at state.
West Central Fall Play: A Big Success
By Makenzee Gooley
October 28, 2016
Success came once again to West Central High School theater. Almost, Maine by John Cariani was presented this past week by the group on ursday and Friday night as well as Saturday afternoon. According to many, the show was a big hit.
The show was about different scenarios were people fell in and out of love. For example, Izzy West and Nick Handberg also shared a little scene where West was a hiker camping in Handberg’s yard to pay respects to her late husband. Handberg eventually claims he loves West and has from the time he saw her. After saying goodbye to her husband, Wes, she welcomes Handberg into her new heart with a newfound love.
Not all scenes ended in a happy manner. Eli McMahon and Evie Golden had a scene that were examples of this. In their scene they were a married couple arguing, which ended in Golden leaving the stage.
So what did the people say? Freshman Mackinzie Meister stated, “I thought the show was great! Great job to the actors and crew members for their fantastic job!” Junior Devon Garry added, “I would say many people enjoyed the play.”Finally, Ms.Nelson commented on the play saying it was quote, “Amazing!! They brought us through every emotion! The kids gave an outstanding performance!”
Congratulations to the cast and crew of Almost, Maine on a successful show!
WCXC Boys Team Takes Runner Up at State
By Clayton Hanisch
October 28, 2016
The West Central Boys Cross Country team raced to the finish of their season achieving runner up in the 2016 State A Meet. Junior Derick Peters won his race with not only the best time in class
A, but the best time in the state--running a time of 15:37. His brother, sophomore, Braden Peters placed 6th place at the State Meet and Carter Ulrich placed 30th. Following Carter, Chase Otheim placed 35th and Caden Ideker placed 44th. Senior Carson Ulrich came in 72nd place.
In an interview with Derick Peters, he commented on his performance stating his times have improved by a minute from his sophomore year. Derick also won every race this season with his closest race being in Lennox where he was a pacer for his brother Braden. Congratulations on a great season to all runners!
Theater Works Hard for Upcoming Productions
By Makenzee Gooley
October 7, 2016
West Central High School Theater is off to a phenomenal start this year with their fall play, “Almost Maine,” under way. The cast and crew has been working hard on their show
for a few weeks and according to sophomore Bruce Shannon, “we are making progress and I think the play is hilarious and
it is going to be good.” Arguably, it will be. "Almost Maine" is about falling in and out of love through a series of different scenes. Some are more comedic while others are a little more serious.
The show premieres October 20th and goes through the 22nd. On the evenings of the 20th and 21st the show begins at 7 p.m. The show begins at 2 p.m. on October 22nd.
Many more great shows are in store this year for West Central eater. The One Act play is “Close Encounters of the Undead Kind”, a play which happens to deal with zombies. is show will go to the regional competition this year and hopefully take the group to state for the second time in two years. In the spring, they will be doing the musical “Godspell”.
Homecoming Coronation 2K16
By Amber Muth
September 23, 2016
West Central held their annual Homecoming Coronation on Monday, September 12. This year, the Freshman attendants were Jace Vanderwood and Cole Wood. Sophomore attendants were Bailey Nester and Jackson Miller. Junior attendants were Ashlyn MacDonald and Gabe Lorang. Every year, the senior class chooses five girls and boys to be on the homecoming court. This year the senior girls were: Sydney Goertel, Mason Scharffenberg, Alyssa Bossman, Ellie Stone and Emma Habben. The senior boys included: Tyndall Pederson, Joe Hanisch, Ryan Beck, Grant Linneman, and Aaron Mallinger. Every year, the student body votes for Homecoming King and Queen. The 2016 Homecoming King and Queen are Joe Hanisch and Ellie Stone.
Ellie Stone is the co-captain for volleyball, the subsection leader for Marching Band and Drumline, and the Student Council reporter. Ellie’s favorite part of Homecoming is Homecoming Friday. Ellie feels that the student body amps up their school spirit, and that makes the day a blast. Ellie was honored to be crowned the Homecoming Queen. “Being crowned Homecoming Queen is honestly such an amazing feeling. Knowing that the high school looks at me as role model and friend is a feeling that you can’t replace. I was ecstatic coronation night once I was crowned, and you couldn’t knock the smile off my face!” said Stone. Ellie is excited to experience this last year of high school with her friends. Graduation day is something she looks forward to, but every memory in-between is what she’s most excited about.
Joe Hanisch is involved in football and baseball here at West Central. Joe is very excited for Post-Hoco since it will be similar to After-Prom. Joe Hanisch went for the 4-peat this year. “It’s definitely an honor to be crowned Homecoming King. It’s very humbling that people thought of me when they voted for King.” Joe is excited to become part of the bowling team and a Y-Ball basketball team this winter with some of his classmates.
New to WC: Post HOCO Entertains Students
By Nick Nagel
September 23, 2016
For years, West Central has been providing their students a dance after the homecoming football game. This year, they tried something new. West Central’s staff and the student council provided a homecoming celebration similar to After-Prom called “Post HOCO”. Post HOCO was jam-packed with fun activities such as knockerballs, beanbags, Wii games, and the ultra-competitive Mat-ball Tournament.
Bringing the knockerballs to the school was a new activity that many had fun with. “It was really tiring but very fun in the process,” states senior, Kobe Moldrem. There were many students that participated in the knockerballs. In order to participate, you needed a waiver form and a signature from a parent to participate. With the waivers filled out, students ran and knocked each other around the gym. “Although it really tired me out, it was a fun time,” Kobe added later.
In the commons, there were many activities to do including: beanbag toss, Wii games, and Just Dance. There were also bars and drinks provided by the school in the concession area in the commons. “It was nice to have water and snacks in the commons, especially with all the players being hungry after the game,” said senior Dan Waldner.
Finally, the main event was the first annual Post HOCO Mat-Ball Tournament that was played in the Becker Center. Many teams signed up but only one could be named champion and receive a free large pizza from Pizza Ranch. One team had a dream on the Monday before the tournament. With many acquisitions and changes, the Big Swingin’ Kicks reeled in a team that they believed would lead them to the title. The team consisted of Kobe Moldrem, Tristen Boeckholt, Nick Nagel, Riley Hollander, Aaron Mallinger, Isaiah Ohayon, Emma Habben, Sidney Goertel, and Molly McMahon. With a little trouble in the first game against the band, the Swingin’ Kicks pulled one out and moved on to the next round with vengeance. Then would go on to defeat a group of sophomores and freshman. In the championship, the Big Swingin’ Kicks would go on to defeat the freshman in a huge blowout. “We knew we were good and we were confident going into the tournament, and look what happened,” says Big Swingin’ Kick team member Isaiah Ohayon.
Post HOCO was a success and it entertained many of the students that showed up. For years to come, Post HOCO may be a West Central Homecoming hit.
West Central’s Latest Science Department Addition
By Morgan LeBeau
Trojan Tribune Staff
September 20, 2017
Mrs. Burwitz is the latest addition to the science department at West Central. This is her first year teaching her own class, but she substituted in the Sioux Falls district for two years and last year she was a student teacher at Roosevelt. When I asked Mrs. Burwitz why she became a teacher, she explained to me that when she was at Purdue University she taught some organic chemistry labs. She was mainly at Purdue to do research on what causes Alzheimer's. She enjoyed both the research and teaching organic chemistry labs but realized that teaching was what she loved the most. Mrs. Burwitz told me that teaching gives her the opportunity to show kids how cool science truly is. Mrs. Burwitz is extremely excited for Quiz Bowl as she was on the Quiz Bowl team when she was in high school. Mrs. Burwitz wanted to come to West Central because she wanted to have the opportunity to teach at a smaller school district. She stated, “I like the idea that I can know an entire class.”
Some major scientific role models that Mrs. Burwitz had as she was growing up include her father who was a high school chemistry teacher. She explained how her dad would test the experiments on their family first before he did them in the classroom. Another role model was Ms. Frizzle from “The Magic School Bus.” As well as, Bill Nye the Science Guy was in his prime when Mrs. Burwitz was growing up, so that was another major person that caused her to love science so much. And lastly, Marie Curie was a huge inspiration for Mrs. Burwitz, one of the many reasons is that Curie went to college when at that time most women were not.
A few fun facts about Mrs. Burwitz is that she grew up in Vermillion, SD. She lived there from three months old to 22 years old. She majored in Chemistry at USD. Hiking and cross stitching are a few of her hobbies. Mrs. Burwitz has a gray, fluffy cat named Marie which is named after Marie Curie. We are excited to welcome Mrs. Burwitz to West Central.
Broadway, Here I Come!
By Taryn Cawley
Trojan Tribune Staff
September 20, 2017
This year West Central students have been allowed to attend three Broadway musicals being performed at the Washington Pavilion. These three shows are “Motown,” “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” and “Chicago.” Each show has wonderfully choreographed dances and funny comedic scripts and lyrics.
“Motown” is a musical based on the autobiography “To Be Loved” by Berry Gordy, about the Motown records, who stated many musical careers for colored people, all put into an exhilarating show. This musical features artist such as Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, and Michael Jackson. It received four nominations at the 67th Tony Awards.
“A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder” is a story that changes every telling. The audience gets to choose who dies. A man who wants the inheritance goes on a mission to kill everyone in line before him so he can get the money. They won four Tony’s at the 69th Tony Awards.
“Chicago” the #1 longest-running American musical in broadway history. “Chicago” is taken place is the mid-twenties in Chicago. This musical focuses on the lives of six women who committed murderous crimes, named the six “Merry Murderesses.”
When asked about how she thinks how fun the broadway shows will be Mrs. Marcel stated, “ I am really excited that all of the shows this year are so diverse, “‘Motown,’ being a historical in the civil rights era, ‘A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,’ being more of a comedic murder mystery, and ‘Chicago’ a Fosse dance show and a somewhat scandalous American classic.” To attend any of these shows please contact Mrs. Marcel. Please contact her at - ( Kimberly.Graff@k12.sd.us ) or stop by her room.
Currently the theater program is working on the fall play, Dearly Departed, a comedic play about a redneck family coming together after the death of their father, Daddy Bud. This years cast and crew has 37 people. We practice mostly every day from 3:45 to 5:30 or 5:00. If you are interested in coming to the “Dearly Departed” the performances are November 2, 3, and 4 at 7PM.
By Clayton Hanisch
December 7, 2016
The West Central Bowling team season has begun. So far the boys’ team has not won any of their first three meets, but have been close in all of them. “We haven't really won a meet yet this year, but we just got to keep shredding those lanes and everything will fall into place,” says senior Joe Hanisch. The girls, on the the other hand, have won one of the three meets. This win is significant because that is the girls first win in 5 years. Joe also says that in order to start getting more wins they need to start picking up the spares. Juniors Nick Stark, Blain Whitrock, Seniors Devlin Rue, Nate Masloski and middle schooler Derrick Renken make up the boys varsity team. Oliva Rohan, Amanda Lueth, Heather Totton, Ashley Daily and Erin Kueter make up the girls team. Although senior Joe Hanisch is a JV Bowler he is still shattering records, not the ones you want to break. On the second meet of the season against the Brandon Bobcats Hanisch bowled a record low game of only 83. The team's next meet takes place Friday in Yankton where the boys look to pick up their first win of the year.
West Central Alumni Named American Star in Agriscience
By Amber Muth
October 28, 2016
Former West Central student, Liz Renner, has been named for one of the most prestigious honors awarded by the National FFA Organization. (FFA stands for Future Farmers of America.) The National FFA Organization is a out organization with approximately 630,000 student members as part of about 8,000 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.
Renner has had a love and passion for researching aquatic organisms. Last year, she had an amazing opportunity to work in Alaska. is was a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting salmon streams. As of now, she is back at Augustana in Sioux Falls and plans to study climate change and how it infuences stream organisms.
Liz was judged during the 89th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana. Awards were announced on Thursday, October 20. Mrs. Renner, Liz’s mother, was with her in Indianapolis.
“Our trip to National Convention was
the most exciting 48 hours our family has
experienced in a long time!” said Mrs. Renner,
Liz’s mother. “Being in a city swarming with
65,000 blue-jacketed FFA members was an
experience in itself! Liz owes a large part of
her success to her FFA mom Mrs. Petersen and to her middle school and high school science teachers who ALL helped ignite her passion for science and research. Liz’s success rea rms the message we try to get across in high school: explore, take advantage of every opportunity to learn, dream big, and nd your PASSION. For my daughter, that’s ecology. Her cash award for this recognition will help make her dream of graduate school a reality.”
.Teacher Feature: Mr. Baumgartner
By Ryan Beck
September 9, 2016
One of the newest additions to WCHS over the summer is the new 9th grade science teacher, Matt Baumgartner. Mr. Baumgartner graduated from USF with a degree in History, Secondary Education, and a minor in English Learner Instruction. When asked why he wanted to be a teacher Mr. Baumgartner said, “When I was growing up I really wasn’t a great student, I rarely turned in my homework and I wasn’t very focused. I really want to connect with students that don’t have a great classroom experience. I want to get them involved and show them how fun school really is.” He also stated, “I really like how West Central is a smaller school so every student has an opportunity to get help.” Not only is Mr. Baumgartner dedicated to making the classroom fun for all students he is also a veteran. He served in Afghanistan for one tour as a civil a airs specialist. Using the skills that he learned in the army and in school Mr. Baumgartner has been able to take up many di erent personal hobbies. In his spare time Mr. Baumgartner likes to ump baseball games, referee hockey, and play the drums. He even teaches drum lessons at the Rock and Roll Academy in Sioux Falls. Along with being a dedicated teacher, Mr. Baumgart- ner is also a very dedicated ance and father. He plans on getting married to his anceand merging their two families together. Mr. Baumgartner will be the proud father to: Rhett 9 months, Archer and Alivia both 2 and a half, Johah 7, Alora 8, and Avery 10.
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