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Leadership team prepares for 8th grade visit

Leadership team prepares for 8th grade visit

Allison Hillebrand, Associate Editor

February 16, 2019


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After their meeting on Feb. 14, leadership team has begun planning the 8th grade visit on Feb. 25 from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The team will meet again on Feb. 19 and Feb. 22. “The transition from middle school to high school is so important,” counselor Troy Dale said. “We want them to feel co...

Spring Play cast persists through challenging rehearsals

Spring Play cast persists through challenging rehearsals

Caitlin Leiker, Staff Reporter

February 13, 2019


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This year’s Spring Play performance will take place March 7-9 at 12th Street Auditorium. As far as rehearsals go, the students are hard at work trying to memorize their lines, which director Bill Gasper said is the biggest roadblock the cast has encountered. “I’d like to tweak the blocki...

School board votes, approves Ron Wilson as new superintendent

School board votes, approves Ron Wilson as new superintendent

Allison Hillebrand, Associate Editor

February 13, 2019


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After a board meeting on Monday, Feb. 11, former Superintendent of USD 489, John Thissen, has been replaced by Ron Wilson, effective July 1, 2019. Weeks of searching for candidates narrowed candidates down to four – Jamie Wetig, Michael Bower, Keith Hall and the aforementioned Ron Wilson. The...

Board of Education meets Feb. 11 discusses fee reduction for Driver’s Education

Board of Education meets Feb. 11 discusses fee reduction for Driver’s Education

Alicia Feyerherm, Staff Reporter

February 12, 2019


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The Board of Education met on Feb. 11 and discussed multiple agenda items. Among those items was the topic of Driver’s Education enrollment costs and whether they should be lowered this coming year. The Board proposed cutting the Driver’s Education fee by $25. Board Member Greg Schwartz was n...

Looking back 10, 25, 50 years ago

Looking back 10, 25, 50 years ago

Rebekah Porter, Staff Reporter

February 11, 2019


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The Guidon staff has decided to include a monthly feature in which it will look through past editions of the newspaper to see the new events that were being reported 10, 20 and 50 years ago during each particular month.   10 Years Ago February 2009 The Guidon interviewed two students who att...

Students plan to compete in Kansas Scholastic Press Association 2019 regional contest

Students plan to compete in Kansas Scholastic Press Association 2019 regional contest

Nikka Vuong, Staff Reporter

February 9, 2019


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Members of the Guidon staff and yearbook staff will be competing in the Kansas Scholastic Press Association. This contest will be held at Fort Hays State University on Feb 25. The KSPA is a non-profit organization for journalism students and teachers. Students that place first, second, third or honorable...

Vocal director takes Chamber Singers to see 20th anniversary of RENT

Vocal director takes Chamber Singers to see 20th anniversary of RENT

Caitlin Leiker, Staff Reporter

February 7, 2019


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Vocal director Alex Underwood took the Chamber Singers to see the Encore traveling tour of RENT at Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center. The tour is in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning rock musical written by Jonathan Larson. The story takes plac...

Forensics team competes at Model UN

Forensics team competes at Model UN

Allison Hillebrand, Associate Editor

February 6, 2019


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The Hays High Forensics team won “Outstanding Proposition Paper” at their Model UN at Wichita State University on Feb. 1. Two of the three forensics teams competed at the event, each team consisting of a group of three students. The group representing Norway consisted of junior Joanna Carrillo,...

FFA to compete in speech contest

FFA to compete in speech contest

Kalyssa Boyle, Staff Reporter

February 2, 2019


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FFA will compete in the speech contest on Feb. 14. “The speech contest is a chance for kids to develop their oral communication skills,” Agriculture instructor and FFA advisor Curt Vajnar said. “The speeches have to have some kind of Ag flavor because it’s through FFA.” Vajnar said there...

Physics students launch updated experiments with high altitude balloon

Physics students launch updated experiments with high altitude balloon

Rebekah Porter, Staff Reporter

February 1, 2019


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In science, experiments are often repeated to make sure the outcome is right. In high school students don't always have the chance to repeat their experiments but this year's physics class got to repeat their high altitude balloon launch after their first attempt landed about 10 minutes outside of Hays...

Forensics team finishes with four finalists at Colby tournament

Forensics team finishes with four finalists at Colby tournament

Allison Hillebrand, Associate Editor

January 31, 2019


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Forensics team competed at Colby on Jan. 26 with 16 entries. The team placed 6th out of 12 schools, earning a total of 122 points. Four students placed as finalists. In Original Oration, freshman Shirley Lee-Jones placed 7th and senior Madeline Mewhinney placed 4th. In Program or Oratory Interpretatio...

Board of Education meets Jan. 28, discusses possible renovations

Board of Education meets Jan. 28, discusses possible renovations

Allison Brooks, Staff Reporter

January 31, 2019


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The Board of Education met on Monday, Jan. 28 and discussed many topics before going into an executive session. The meeting started off as they typically do with the approval of the agenda and then opening the meeting for any audience participation. After that they went into the Best of the Best...

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