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Graduation and Project Graduation rescheduled to July 25

Graduation and Project Graduation rescheduled to July 25

Michaela Austin, Staff Reporter

May 18, 2020

On April 16, principal Martin Straub announced in an email that graduation, originally scheduled for Sunday, May 10, has been rescheduled for a tentative date of Saturday, July 25. So far, the ceremony is set to start at 10 a.m., but there are still many unknowns when it comes to graduation. “As...

Unemployment benefits eligible for out of work community

Employees in these lines of work are considered essential workers, and will remain with a job throughout the pandemic.

Allison Hillebrand, Editor-in-Chief

May 18, 2020

With states implementing stay-at-home orders, causing many non-essential businesses to close temporarily, the job market has increasingly diminished. High school students or any other young person with a job may not understand the aspects of unemployment. Whether it be worries about money or simply...

StuCo elects officers for 2020-2021 school year

StuCo elects officers for 2020-2021 school year

Alicia Feyerherm, Online Editor-in-Chief

May 16, 2020

Due to school closure for COVID-19, Student Council officials were elected via a poll sent out through email this year. On April 24, students running for officer positions were given a chance to speak on a StuCo-wide Zoom call. After the Zoom meeting, the recording of the meeting was shared so...

2020 Advanced Placement exams now online

2020 Advanced Placement exams now online

Nikka Vuong, Staff Reporter

May 12, 2020

Due to schools being online, Advanced Placement exams and portfolios have changed due dates and will now be taken at home from May 11 through May 22. Assistant prinicipal Fred Winters said this year’s exams are all virtual and are each 45 minutes long. Students in AP classes have the opportunity...

Teachers retiring or moving districts after this school year

Allison Brooks, Multi-Media Editor

May 7, 2020

With the ending of another school year comes the retirement or resignation of a few teachers and staff in the school. This year there are two teachers retiring, two teachers moving to different districts, and one staff member who are leaving. Agriculture instructor and FFA sponsor Curt Vajnar is...

KSPA adds at-home events to competition, releases state results

This year's Kansas Scholastic Press Association's state journalism competition would have been held at the University of Kansas in Lawrence on May 2 if not for the COVID-19 school closings. In order to combat the circumstances, KSPA created multiple new events allowing students to participate from their homes.

Caitlin Leiker, Copy Editor

May 3, 2020

The results of this year’s Kansas Scholastic Press Association (KSPA) state journalism contest are as follows: Feature Writing – Alicia Feyerherm – First Sports Writing – Brenna Schwien – Second Multimedia – Allison Brooks & Alicia Feyerherm – Fourth Cutline Writing –...

Free drive-up meal service temporarily closed

On April 29, one of the volunteers of the free drive-up meal service delivers some meals to a family at Hays Middle School. All children ages 1-18 can receive a free meal. The child does not need to be enrolled in USD 489.

Michaela Austin, Staff Reporter

April 29, 2020

On April 16, USD 489 announced that they would be closing the free drive-up meal service at all locations from April 17 through April 26. The reason for the closure was because an employee in the food service department tested positive for COVID-19. “In an effort to ensure the safety and well-being...

Students make appearance changes during time spent in quarantine

Junior Sophie Gross dyed her hair purple during quarantine.

Allison Brooks, Multi-Media Editor

April 23, 2020

Quarantining due to the Covid-19 pandemic has led to many adjustments in people’s everyday lives. This has given some students a newfound sense of boredom as they spend their days at home. This boredom, paired with the fact that students are not going to be seeing many people during this time, has...

‘Anything Goes’ receives Jester Award nominations

Out of 25 possible nomination categories, Hays High’s Fall Musical “Anything Goes” received six. This year’s Jester Awards Ceremony will be broadcasted virtually on May 3

Nikka Vuong, Staff Reporter

April 23, 2020

For 18 years, the Musical Theatre of Wichita has been honoring excellence in high school musical theatres through the Jester Awards Program. Out of 25 possible nomination categories, Hays High’s Fall Musical “Anything Goes” received six. The nominations included the following: Overall product...

Celebrating 50th Earth Day during COVID-19

The launch of Earth Day helped put environmental issues on the map. Now, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the world will unite for the first-ever online celebration.

Caitlin Leiker, Copy Editor

April 20, 2020

The modern environmentalist movement originated in 1970 with the establishment of Earth Day, marking this year as the 50th celebration. The call of 20 million Americans seeking increased planetary protections has grown to one billion mobilized individuals worldwide. Here are 10 ways you can celebrate...

Students find creative ways to stay connected during COVID-19 outbreak

Junior Caitlin Leiker completes a chalk drawing on someone's driveway. Leiker drove around leaving positive chalk messages for different friends and acquaintances as well as leaving drawings in front of the Hays Medical Center.

Allison Brooks and Alicia Feyerherm

April 18, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed the daily routines of students. Schools are closed and those with non-essential part-time jobs have been let go. The stay-at-home order has also restricted students from hanging out with their friends. To combat this, many students have been finding...

Students compete in 2020 Ellis County Youth Entrepreneur Challenge

Freshman Tanner Werth presents his company Cattle.Online to panel of judges during the 2020 Ellis County Youth Entrepreneur Challenge. Twenty-five students competed in the event.

Alicia Feyerherm, Online Editor-in-Chief

April 16, 2020

Twenty-five students competed at the 2020 Ellis County Youth Entrepreneur Challenge on March 10. The event was held at BriefSpace on West 10th St. with setup starting at 8 a.m. After introductions and a welcoming statement from those in charge of the event, individuals started presenting their...

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