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[mmliil]llilli.iligliliilJgHBJpJiBI o Western Christian The Sioux County Index-Reporter Wednesday, April 21, 2010 Envirothon Team: Back, L-R: Marcus Kroese, Mark Mouw, Jake Granstra, Jesse Pollema, Eric VanDenTop; Middle: Coach Alysia Haveman, Nicole GrOeneweg, Tim Bierma, Christina Kooiker, Marisa VanBemmel; Front: Tyler DeVries, Dash DeGroot, Josh Dolieslager, Amber Kats, Brooke Kats, Kolette Heynen Regional Envirothon Competition In preparation for the competition this spring, students interested in being part of the envirothon team listened to presentations by three different speakers: Kathy Koscovich from Sioux City spoke on "wildlife," Evan Wielenga from Hull spoke about "soils," and Donna Mum spoke about "aquatics." Each student also received a study packet with practice ma- terial to work on ahead of time. Envirothon students experienced real competition from other students in our region on March 18 in Cherokee. The students went in as three teams. The team of five seniors (Tim Bierma, Nicole Groeneweg, Kolette Heynen, Marisa VanBemmel and Eric VanDenTop) did win first place overall for our region, they also took first place in the soils and aquatics catagories. The team of Christina Kooiker, Brooke Kats, Amber Kats, Tyler DeVries, and Jesse Pollema also tied for first place in the wildlife catagory for our region. However, none of the teams' scores were good enough to move on to the State competition in Guthrie Center in April. Our "senior" team scored a 64, and the lowest score that advanced to state was a 70 (the top 15 teams of the approximate 65 that compete in the regional competitions make it to state). Students were allowed to pick their own teams; those that have been together previously chose to stick together. The "senior" team has been together three years hich was an added benefit. Great work, students!! Kids and Child Development On April 9, Child Development class students brought a young friend along to class. The class period was devoted to entertaining the young children who ranged in age from one to five. All the children seemed to enjoy the one-on-one attention they received while the students in the class learned first-hand about their growth and de- velopment. Below: Three Young Visitors Below: Jana Regnerus, Marlena Wynia and Amanda Addink sit with their Young Friends Science Extravaganza On Tuesday, March 16, Western Christian fresh- men set up displays for the science experiments that they had researched and on which they had run experiments. Some freshmen chose to be part of the Physics Olympics instead which was held on March 23. There, they could enter their toothpick bridges, mouse trap cars, soda-arm straws, catapults or weight powered cars along with stu- dents from Physics class. Pictures below show a few stu- de0ts and their entries. Math Team: Back, L-R: Mason DeVries, Brad VandeGriend, Jaris VanMaanen, Tim Warntjes, Brandon Folkerts; Middle: Derek Hofland, Tim Bierma, Katie Heynen, Kristin Scholten, Todd Verhoef; Front: Ben Pausema, Tyler DeVries, Dash DeGroot, Beth VandeGriend, Ashley Verhoef, Bryce VanMaanen On March 6, sixteen Western Christian students went to Dordt College to compete in the annual Math Competi- tion. There were 2 individual tests and 2 group competitions. Western took first overall, and the following students re- ceived medals: 1st: Ben Pausma, Derek Hofland (2 medals), Dash DeGroot, Todd Verhoef; 2nd: Derek Hofland (2), Tim Bierma, Dash DeGroot, Todd Verhoef ; 3rd: Ben Pausma (2), Kristin Scholten, Todd Verhoef, Tim Bierma, and Jarls Van- Maanen. Of all these winners, Tim Bierma, Ben Pausma, Brandon Folkerts, Jarls VanMaanen, Todd Verhoef, Kristin Scholten, and Derek Hofland each earned the right to go on to the state competition which will be held on April 24. Con- grats, team!! The "Storm" Came Through Four Western Christian students were part of the Sioux Center Storm this past season because they enjoy being on ice, as in ice hockey.They were part of a multi- school team with students from MOC-FV, Unity Christian, Sheldon and Sioux Center. Games were played at sites as far away as Pierre, SD, as they were members of the South Dakota Amateur Hockey Association. Thank you, guys, for representing Western Christian well! Below, L-R: Andrew DeYoung, (back) Alex Rens, (front) Sam Rens, Jared DeYoung Choosing Your Own Adventure Creative writers from Western Christian visited the fifth grade class at Hull Christian on March 29. The Cre- ative Writing class has begun to write "choose-your-own- adventure" stories, and the intent of their visit was to interview the grade school students regarding their per- sonal preferences in stories to read such as those about superheroes or animals. The writers will incorporate the student preferences into the stories they write. Later, they will return to Hull Christian and read the stories with the fifth graders who answered their questions. Below: Justin Grevengoed explains his preferences to Katrina VanLingen and Danielle Altena. Judge Kevin VanEngen checks the specifications On Andrew DeYoung's weight-powered car. Above: Jaiden Meidema sets up her science fair dis- play on "teeth" Below: Kelli Boer explains "the stroop effect"