As the summer came to a screeching halt, students rolled out of bed and walked into the blistering heat of the mid August morning. They arrived at school and were greeted by Student Council members, decked out in Red, White, and Blue apparel, supporting their Team USA Olympic theme.
As shown in our dominant photo, Kaleb Gaus (11) and Justice Kiderlen (11), were running to embrace each other with a hug.
Kiderlen claimed her favorite part of the first two days of school were the First Days assemblies, with the most amusing part being activities from Student Council. “I really didn’t want to give up sleeping in, but I am looking forward to band and choir competitions with my friends.” Unlike Kiderlen, Gaus was more than ready to begin school. “I just really needed to get back into the routine of things. Plus, I missed my friends and theatre productions.”
As the bell rang, students made their way to the gym for the annual Moving Up Ceremony, an event which signifies the transitioning of one grade to the next with a former member of that class offering advice to the incoming group. After, students watched a video of StuCo officers competing in their own Olympics. As the video finished, officers marched in, led by StuCo president, Jillian Kolbe (12).
After an introduction by Kolbe and rounds of Tic-Tac-Toe and volleyball between classes, Mr. Leimkuehler (Principal) spoke to the students on bullying and introduced new teachers. Claire Kotthoff (12) and Brooke Grosse (11), gave a short biography of each new staff member, including Ashley Aaron (Math), Andrew Alsop (Science), Cameron Carey (Math), Joann Mundwiller (Alternative Program), and Ben Sachs (Band).The Bearcats then returned to classes, preparing for a new year.
The next day was activity filled as well. Being the first football game of the season, students adorned their classic blue and white and prepared to go out and cheer on their home team. The pep assembly scheduled at the end of that day, organized by StuCo, helped pump up the crowd for the fall sports season.
The band, led by Daelynn Payne (12), and new band director, Ben Sachs, performed the National Anthem, which was followed by Olympics Trivia. StuCo called for a volunteer from each class, ending in Chase McKague (9), Joey Vance (10), John Lensing (11), and Travis Minks (12), smashing their faces into pies to answer a question about the Olympics, with McKague winning.
Senior football players and coaches were next partaken in an intense water balloon toss, resulting in winners, Garrett Leimkuehler (12) and Andrew Budnick (12) dumping a water jug on competitors Drake Yates (12) and Justin Vance (12).
The assembly closed with Rock, Paper, Scissors, and students walked off the field with a taste of the year- full of activities and spirit.
When asked about the next two years of her high school career, Kiderlen answered, “With this being my junior year, I plan on making the most of these last two years and having a great time with friends and getting involved in everything I can.”