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Senior places second in Poetry Out Loud state competition

Senior places second in Poetry Out Loud state competition

McKena McBride, Staff Reporter

March 30, 2020

Senior Mulu Bannister placed second in the Poetry Out Loud state competition at Salina South on Feb. 29. Bannister had to perform well at the Hays High and regional levels to be able to attend state. By being awarded first runner-up, Bannister received $100 as a personal award, along with $200 for...

Jazz and Concert Band perform annual Popcorn Concert

Michaela Austin, Staff Reporter

March 20, 2020

On March 10, this year’s 33rd annual Popcorn Concert took place at 7:30 p.m. in Gym A to showcase the most recent work of Concert Band and Jazz Band. The soloists that night for Jazz Band were Professor Brad Dawson from Fort Hays State University on trumpet, junior Cooper Eiland on drums, junior...

Update: 2020 Spring Play cancels public performances

Update: 2020 Spring Play cancels public performances

Caitlin Leiker, Copy Editor

March 17, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and USD 489 closings, this year’s Spring Play, “Murder’s in the Heir,” has been canceled. When school was initially called off for the week prior to Spring Break, director Bill Gasper said all other school activities were suspended, including rehearsals and the...

COVID-19 virus causes K-12 cancellations of activities, school, commencement ceremonies

Allison Hillebrand, Editor-in-Chief

March 16, 2020

Worldwide panic has ensued as COVID-19, better known as Coronavirus, has begun impacting regions closer to home. Symptoms of Coronavirus include fever, cough and shortness of breath — all symptoms that are similar to Influenza-A virus. The first confirmed case in the United States was announced...

Hays High Chamber Singers host Opera

Eythun Wyatt, Staff Reporter

March 12, 2020

The Hays High Chamber Singers are performing the opera “Dido and Aeneas” on March 13 and 14 at the Hays Community Theater, located at 121 E. Eighth St. “Dido and Aeneas” runs for about an hour to an hour and 15 minutes. The director Alex Underwood said he believes people should see the opera. “I...

Dane G. Hansen scholarship recipients announced

Dane G. Hansen scholarship recipients announced

Allison Brooks, Multi-Media Editor

March 12, 2020

The Dane G. Hansen Foundation has been providing scholarships to Kansas high schoolers for 45 years. To receive a scholarship, students have to take a qualifying test, and then if they do well enough, they take part in an in-person interview. To be able to take the qualifying test, students need to...

Students attend Fort Hays Sate University Future Educator’s Day on March 9

Students attend Fort Hays Sate University Future Educator’s Day on March 9

Alicia Feyerherm, Online Editor-in-Chief

March 12, 2020

Seventeen students attended the Fort Hays State University Future Educator’s Day on March 9. “I plan on becoming a teacher when I attend FHSU,” senior Joji Backman said. “I heard about FHSU wanting to throw this all together, and I was also hoping to get some questions answered from the right...

Leadership Team hosts eighth grade visit

Leadership Team hosts eighth grade visit

Allison Hillebrand, Editor-in-Chief

March 12, 2020

The Leadership Team hosted the eighth grade visit on March 9 to give the incoming freshmen an idea of what high school will be like. Seniors and juniors on the team broke into groups to provide the eighth graders with tours of the school, a pre-enrollment session and an opportunity to meet with nearly...

Juniors take ACT and ACT Work Keys

Maysyn Tippy, Staff Reporter

March 10, 2020

The Hays High junior class recently completed the ACT and ACT Work Keys on Tuesday, Feb. 25 and Wednesday, Feb. 26. The ACT, or formally known as American College Testing, is a test that normally juniors and seniors take to earn acceptance or scholarships to colleges. Students can prepare for the...

Two place at boys state wrestling

Two place at boys state wrestling

Michaela Austin, Staff Reporter

March 10, 2020

On Feb. 28 and 29, Hays High School participated in the boys state wrestling tournament at the Hartman Arena in Park City. Senior DaVontai Robinson and sophomore Gavin Nutting went to state this year. At state, Robinson finished in sixth place, and Nutting finished in fifth place in their weight classes. Coach...

Journalism team competes at Kansas Scholastic Press Association regional contest

Journalism team competes at Kansas Scholastic Press Association regional contest

McKena McBride, Staff Reporter

March 10, 2020

The journalism team participated in Kansas Scholastic Press Association regional contests at the Fort Hays State University on Thursday, Feb. 27. Out of the 36 events the team entered, 25 qualified for state. Journalism instructor Jessica Augustine said she was impressed with how the group did...

Students participate in ACT preparation

Meg Taggart, Staff Reporter

March 10, 2020

Hays High School offered an ACT preparation class on Jan. 21 from 6 p.m. to 9:55 p.m. for students looking to prepare for the ACT or to improve their ACT score. The class cost $45 and included relevant and practical information on how to increase one’s ACT score. Since the ACT is relatively predictable,...

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