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Western Christian High School Deputies Tony Reitsma, Brad DeKam and Caleb Haverdink K2 Presentation Dep. Caleb Haverdink, Dep. Brad DeKam, Dep. Waylon Pollema and Dep. Tony Reitsma, on behalf of the Sioux Co. Sheriff's Dept. and as part of the Drug Task Force, came to Western Christian on Feb. 16 to give a presentation on K2 (synthetic mar- ijuana). This illegal drug is relatively new to the US, and since it is not regulated, it is made in various strengths and combinations of chemicals. The deputies explained some of the symptoms and re- sults of its use and provided visuals of the packag- ing used to market the product. To learn more about synthetic marijuana, they recommended the site: ;oer, Jared DeYoung, Kayla Scholten, Evan Geels, Lauren Eekhoff & Davis Fenchel (not pictured) On Feb. 16, these Western Christian stu- dents, along with Counselor Liz DeGroot, gave a presentation to junior high students at Hull Christian about the opportunites available when students get to high school. Information about extracurricular ac- tivities and the classes offered at the high school level were provided as part of the presentation; these gave the junior high students an idea of the options they will have. Quiz Bowl Team 3: L-R: Sam Fessler, Kelsey Meyer, Anna Bierma, Alycia Bonestroo Quiz Bowl Team 1: L-R: Tayler Hoekstra, Kim Kroeze, Marcus De- Weerd, J. D. Boer Quiz Bowl Team 2: L-R: Courtney Dolieslager, Jeremy Klyn, Tim Warntjes, Maddie Marra Quiz Bowl Competition: Three teams represented Western Christian at Boy- den-Hull's annual Quiz Bowl on February 18. Each team competed in four rounds, and teams with the best win-loss record, or combined scores if teams are tied, moved on to finals. Questions covered a wide range of topics such as math, chemistry, art history, Pulitzer-prize winning literature, spelling, and government. Although we did not advance to fi- nals this year, we appreciate the work of the stu- dents who were up for the challengeT Congrats to Jodi Verburg and Jade Schaap for a second place tie and to Brittney Ryks, Dylan Van'tHul & Sam Yun for placing first in the Tal- ent Contest on Mar. 9 ranstra; Middle: Kelsey Meyer, Brittney Ryks, Travis Jansen, Colton VanOtterloo, Ross TeSlaa; Front:Anna Bierma, Grace Bootsma, Lindsay Kats, Kim Kroeze, Beth VandeGriend Envirothon Competition After presentations by Evan Wielenga on soils, Sunday Ford on wildlife, and two young men from the Spirit Lake DNR on aquatics, the Western Christian Envirothon teams, in three groups of five, travelled to Cherokee on March 15 for the annual regional contest. Studying the material provided by their coach, Mrs. Haveman, along with the presentations, allowed them to perform well. Team 1 ( Kelsey, Kim, Jeff, Colton, Anna) took first in Wildlife and 2nd overall, Team 2 (Ross, Mason, Dylan, Travis, Jordan) took 3rd overall and tied forlst with Team 1 and another school in Aquatics, and Team 3 (Grace, Lindsay, Beth, Lucas, Brittney) took first in Forestry and 1st overall. Whether any of the teams go on to state depends on how their overall scores compare to other schools. Terrific, Envirothoners! Girls State Basketball Experience by Jaiden Miedema Playing Pella Christian (PC) before state, we did the National Anthem, something rve never done before a game. Mr. Harmsen said to their coach that it would be cool to go down to state to- gether, and what do you know, we get to play our final games against each other in the Champi- onship. Our coaches contacted each other, and our teams prayed for each other and had devotions to- gether. It was powerful; you could feel God's pres- ence! The PC girls then said that for warm-ups, we should meet at center court and say, "Play for One, play hard." Our play reflects Christ in us. Play- ing hard is what we do and we did it well. We agreed during the prayer time we would take a picture together because two Christian schools in the Championship is a big thing. Before the game, we took the picture. We worship one God, one game, so we go out the same. God did this for a reason, and I hope and pray those who saw,th,e, picture C.13d,,,t .i, us. I'm glad to be a part of the experience, and I hope it impacted others. ---Jaiden Miedema #34/35 Upcoming Events: March 26-on: Play cast begins perform ing musical, "Cinderella," as a traveling show for area grade schools Solo-Ensemble Contest Spring Break Eighth Grade Day Dordt Choir Festival Jr.-Sr. Prom Grandparents Day Chamber Choir Tour arch 31: ,pril 4-10 ,pril 12 ,pril 13 April 20 April 25 April 26-29 Speech Update: After receiving I ratings at the district level, four Western Christian students participated in the State Speech Contest at Sibley on Mar. 10. Two students, Grace Bootsma and Ashley Verhoef, performed in the category of Interpretive Prose; Dylan Van'tHut performed in Improvisation and Jessica Walvoort in Acting. Ashley Verhoef and Grace Bootsma both re- ceived T ratings from the judges at the state level. Congrats to all of the speech students for represent- ing Western Christian so well! L-R: Lindsay Kats, Courtney Dolieslager, Brittney Ryks,Candra Timmerman, Kelsey Kooima Iowa Poets The Iowa Poetry Assn. challenges people to enter their contest each February and includes a cat- egory in which high school students may enter. In 2011, Courtney Dolieslager entered her poem entitled .... Walls" which won recognition and has now been en- tered in the national contest. At that time, Amber Van- Otterloo was also among the 600 plus entries in the high school division; her entry was included in Lyrical Iowa 2011. The NW Iowa Reading Council also sponsors an annual poetry contest. In this contest, Kelsey Kooima took first in the twelfth grade division, and her entry will go on the the state competition. Lindsey Kats placed second, Candra Timmerman placed third and Brittney Ryks placed second and third in their grade divisions. Way to go, Poets! Students from Western Christian have been requested to bring in used sports equipment for Mis- sion Haiti. A box in the lobby has been filling with these donations. This project is an extension of the Christmas Box project to which students donated supplies in Dec. and sent them to two orphanages set up by Mike and Pam Plaiser. Mike and Pam Plaiser have been doing mis- sion work in Haiti since 1995. They founded Mis- sion-Haiti as a non-profit organization in 2005 to provide a home for orphans, education for children, evangelism and medical care. Teachers Recognized: The National Federation of High School Coaches Association recognizes a boys basketball coach annually with a Coach of the Year award. Cri- teria for this award include career coaching record, commuinity service involvement in other school ac- tivities, professional involvement at the local, state and national levels, and philosophy of athletics. Jim Eekhoff was selected to receive the national award for the year 2011; he was recognized at the State Boys Basketball Tourney in Des Moines on March 9. Mr. Aldie Altena was also recently recog- nized for twenty-one years of coaching baseball for Western Christian. Current and former players shared memories and funds for a trip for Mr. A. and Bev to attend a game of his all time favorite team, the Dodgers. Congrats to these two teachers for their amazing accomplishments! (Left: Jim Eekhoff) % ,o,r On Jan. 23, the 52nd annual Northwest Iowa Choral Directors Assoc. Honor Choir was held. This honor choir is composed of NW Iowa students who have been nominated by their directors and in- cludes approximately 250 students. Dina Else, a full time choral clinician, directed the event in the BJ Haan Auditorium at Dordt College. These Western Christian students were among the performers: (See below) Back, L-R: Alex Rens, Drake Van'tHul, Evan Geels, Tayler Hoekstra; Front: Kayla Zylstra, Brittney Ryks & Erin VanRavenswaay. This page is produced in cooperation between the Sioux County Index-Reporter and Western Christian High School. t