On Monday, March 13th, the senior American Government class went to Lincoln. Their first stop was at the state’s capitol. After arriving at the capitol they received the opportunity to tour Nebraska’s oldest library. In the library there were murals, many wooden carvings of corn and wheat, and even hidden doors in the bookshelves. After the library tour, the senior class got to talk to Senator Kuehn. In the discussion the students had the opportunity to ask about the Senator’s primary bill concerning the death penalty. Discussions pertaining to NeSA and juniors being required to take the ACT was also brought up. The Senator also shared with the seniors that the days that he is not in session, he is a farmer near Heartwell and Minden. After talking to Senator Kuehn, the senior class got to watch a filibuster in the unicameral concerning helmet laws for motorcyclists traveling in Nebraska. Around 11:30 the senior class left the Nebraska’s Capitol building and headed to Lincoln Correctional Center (LCC). At LCC, after everyone was checked in students got a tour of the prison. When the tour was over, they got an opportunity to ask both the prison guards and a prisoner questions about their experiences at the prison. They talked about Domesti-Pups Training, a program for prisoners to train dogs for people with disabilities. After this the students got on the bus and headed back to Wilcox! Overall, it was a very successful day for the senior American Government class!
On Thursday, March 16th, a large number of students attended Actions Day held at Hastings CCC. Students were nominated to take tests by our high school teachers. If a student was nominated, they would compete against over 700 other participants from 28 different schools in the category they were nominated in. Trophies were given to the 1st-5th place finishers.
Results are as follows:
Alec Z. 1st place, U.S. Presidents
Zach M. 1st place, Abbreviations
Skylar H. 5th place, Abbreviations
Jeremy S. 5th place, Genetics
Jackson V. 2nd place, American Geography
2nd place, Civil War
4th place, Notorious People
on Tuesday, March 14th the speech team went to Deshler to compete. The speech team competed against 8 diffrent schools. Alec Z., Caleb S., and Jayson B. finshed their speeches and ended up in 8th place out of all 8 schools that were there.
On Monday, the Falcon Quizbowl team traveled to Alma for a meet. The team did very well and placed 3rd! There were 8 teams participating in the meet. The team was in a total of 4 rounds, and their final record for the day was 2-2. Their next meet was at Bertrand. They played a total of 6 rounds and won 2. Great job at Alma and Bertrand! Good luck at your next meet!
Scores are as follows for the Bertrand meet:
Bertrand White vs. W-H: 15-5 (W)
Loomis vs. W-H: 0-15 (L)
Southern Valley vs. W-H: 25-20 (W)
Bertrand Blue vs. W-H: 5-35 (L)
Elm Creek vs. W-H: 10-35 (L)
Alma vs. W-H: 0-25 (L)
On Monday, March 6th, the Kids & Dreams Foundation visited the Wilcox High School to give an assembly on the challenges of autism and bullies. The presentation was given by Anthony Ianni, a former Michigan State University basketball player that was diagnosed with Pervasive Development Disorder, a form of autism. Anthony talked about his childhood aspirations and his experiences with bullies. He preached the importance of being kind to everyone, because they could be your boss someday! Anthony was a very fun and interactive speaker. His foundation and tour schedule can be found here.
Wilcox-Hildreth Fifth and Sixth Graders recently participated in Heritage Activities for Today’s Student (H.A.T.S.) at the Stuhr Museum in Grand Island. The students learned specific information about the Civil War including the causes and battles. However, the highlight of the day was students reenacting the life of a soldier. Marching, camp set-up, and medical care were areas the students became actively involved.
On Wednesday, February 22, four students went to Amherst to compete at FKC Speech. Lillian Pistulka presented an informative speech about Co-ops. She continued on to finals and was awarded 6th place. It was Lillian’s first time competing, so making it to finals was a big accomplishment! Alec Z., Caleb S., and Jayson B., performed an OID called “Elevator Games” by Sean Abley. They did not final, however, it was their first time performing this and they gained a great learning experience. Congratulations to the whole speech team on a very successful day! Their next speech meet will be Saturday, February 25th.
The Fort Kearny Conference Honor Band was held in Axtell this year on Thursday, February 9th. Twelve students from Wilcox-Hildreth attended FKC Honor band along with 9 other schools. The band was directed by guest clinician Phil Parker. The day started out at 9:30 and 100 students in the FKC practiced five songs until 4 in the afternoon. At 4 the students got ready for the concert for the parents and other community members. The students performed: “Fanfare of the Common Man”, “A Song of Hope”, “Meadowlands”, “The Liberty Bell”, and “Broken Bow”. A big thanks to Beth Petersen of Axtell, the Axtell school, and Mr. Trausch for getting the day organized!
The Wilcox-Hildreth FBLA chapter officers went to the middle school in Hildreth on Tuesday, January 7th, to talk to the eighth grade class. The officers went over what FBLA is all about and what the chapter does to get involved in the community. The officers also talked about different conferences they attend each school year and the great opportunities that come with being a member of FBLA. After giving their elevator pitch, the officers answered all the questions asked about FBLA. It was a very successful day for the Wilcox-Hildreth FBLA chapter!