For the first time since around 1980, Harris-Lake Park has its own boys’ track team! There is a total of 16 boys out. The 7 freshmen include Keegan Carpenter, Jayden Gilge, Trevor Gunderson, Bryce Perkins, Brandon Bunkers, Bret Sohn, and Zachary Heikens. My fellow sophomores are Joshua Bridgeman, Brandon Bunkers, Cale Hellinga, Jordan Kyle, and Greg Vellema. The junior class has three boys out this season: Dahlton Burdorf, Darin Hesebeck, and Thor Larson. Last, but not least, our senior participant is Skylar Cudmore.
The practices started February 23. At practice they like to focus on good conditioning and the techniques for field events, handoffs, starts, etc.
The boys participated in a meet on Friday, April
Our fourth placement rating groups were the 4 × 200 relay at a time of 1:40.56 with Skylar Cudmore, Trevor Gunderson, Dahlton Burdorf, and Darin Hesebeck running and the 1600 medley with 4:12 featuring Dahlton Burdorf, Darin Hesebeck, Cale Hellinga, and Greg Vellema. The only fifth place recipient was Darin Hesebeck in the 200 meter dash.
The team also traveled to Orange City on April 13 for the Unity Co-Ed Invite. For a few of the results, Darin Hesebeck captured second in the high jump while the shuttle hurdle team of Josh Bridgeman, Greg Vellema, Jayden Gilge, and Brandon Bunkers took third.
The team is coached by Eric Clouse and Lane Gunderson. Coach Gunderson stated, “I think that they’ll improve a lot through the year,” when asked how he felt the remainder of the season will proceed.
Good luck to you boys for the rest of the season! Glad to see track back at H-LP!
The qualifiers for state speech were Mikaela Heikens, Kaelyn Byers, Greg Vellema, Elly Watje, Morgan Eggers, Michela Olson, and Jacie Rueter.
Mikaela Heikens participated in Literary Program with “Humanity” receiving a straight one and also in Poetry with “Remember How We Forgot” receiving a straight one. Kaelyn Byers performed in two categories. She was a substitute for Kiersten Carpenter in Poetry with “Pursuit of Happiness” receiving a straight one and in Prose with “On Worried People” receiving a straight one.
Elly Watje was in Poetry as well. She had “The Crickets Have Arthritis.” She received a split two. Michela Olson received a split two with “Domestic Violence” in Literary Program. Jacie Rueter received a straight one with “A Tribute to Robin Williams” in the category Literary Program. Greg Vellema performed his prose selection “I’m a Cop” and got a split I.
Morgan Eggers was also in two categories. In Prose with “Wealthy Teen Nearly Experiences Consequences,” she received a straight one. She was also in Radio News and received a straight one in that as well. She qualified as an All-State nomination with Radio News.
At All-State, Morgan Eggers was the only participant from Harris-Lake Park to be nominated. All-State took place on March 30 at the University of Northern Iowa. Mr. Sprague, Elly Watje, and Morgan’s parents, Lori and Steve Eggers, were all there to show her all of their support.
It is very difficult to get into All-State after people have spoken at State. There is only a 2% acceptance rate! Morgan Eggers was one of the lucky few hundred chosen.
The category Morgan was entered in was Radio News. Radio News is something that the participants have to come up with the program on the spot after reading the things that need to be included: sports, weather, commercial, international news, national news, local news, and a news flash.
Mr. Sprague was hoping for one or two more nominations for All-State. He believes that Morgan’s strong suits are her pacing, emotion, and composure.
“It’s cool to see the different ways people put the newscast together and to be able to have control over what you give,” Morgan said about what she likes about Radio News. “It has helped a lot with public speaking and communication. It has helped me to be more confident,” Morgan stated about how speech has and will help her.
Congratulations to all of those who made state speech and especially Morgan for All-State!
By: Sadie Breitbach
This semester at Harris-Lake Park, the health class did a unit on pregnancy. Ashley Fisher, the health teacher, borrowed three babies and a pregnancy belly from the AEA. It was a fun but educational experience for all the students.
The pregnancy belly’s purpose was to show the girls how hard it would be to attend a normal school day being pregnant. The boys also wore it for empathy. A few of the girls didn’t mind wearing the belly. However, it showed them how tough getting from class to class would be and how hard it would be to sit in a desk. Twelve health students wore the baby belly. The girls could choose a full day or half a day. The boys wore it during health class.
Fourteen students participated in the baby project. Each student had to take the baby for 24 hours, but some of the students took it home on a weekend. The reason the class did this was to have a better understanding of what it takes to raise a kid and to teach responsibility.
Some students were asked what they learned from the hands on activities in this unit. Emily Metzger said, “Not to have kids in high school.”
Shandy Gembler said, “It’s a lot harder to go places and do things with a baby.”
Kaylee Hover said, “A baby is a lot harder to take care of if you are a teen.”
Some of the students had parts they didn’t like about having a baby to care for. Ted Doeden hated that it cried all the time. Emily Metzger didn’t like having to miss class at times to care for a crying baby. Megan Hoover didn’t enjoy how it made everything so much more difficult.
Some students, on the other hand, enjoyed having the baby. Emily Metzger said how she enjoyed being at home and being able to care for it without getting weird looks. Shandy Gembler said she liked hers because hers didn’t cry a lot.
The baby and pregnancy belly project was very interesting and fun. Mrs. Fisher hopes that she is able to continue doing this in the years to come. It really was a very fun three weeks, and a lot of students that haven’t taken health are hoping to take it because it looks like a lot of fun.
Mrs. Fisher said, “Although this project was viewed as a fun project, the students had to put in a lot of work and all of them realized just how difficult and different life would become after having a child; the students were having to put their lives on hold or change their sleeping patterns because someone (the baby) was requiring their attention.”
Overall, the whole school enjoyed having the babies around because it added a little bit of excitement to the semester.
Both father and son made it to state wrestling this year but for different reasons.
Dylan Meyer has been wrestling since he was four years old in the H-LP youth wrestling program. To qualify for the State AAU tournament, you must place fourth or better at the District AAU tournament. Then you get to go Des Moines and wrestle in the Wells Fargo Arena
Dylan made it to state by working hard, and at state, he ended up placing sixth overall. His favorite part of the state experience was the grand march. Next year Dylan wants to work on getting out from the bottom, and he wants to be more aggressive on his feet.
Daryl Meyer, Dylan’s dad, has been reffing for wrestling for eleven years. He has been a state ref for five years. This year he reffed at state from February 19-21. You become a state ref by being evaluated and recommended by other schools.
Mr. Meyer likes the opportunity to see the best wrestlers in the state of Iowa over a three day time period. He also likes the time to network with state officials, and he likes talking to them about tough situations and how to call them.
Mr. Meyer said, “Reffing my first state finals match this year was exciting. Once you get past ‘it’s the finals,’ I learn to treat it like every other match that I had reffed the rest of the year. State wrestling was very emotional but very fun to be a part of.”
Congratulations to both of the Meyers on their accomplishments.
By: Tessa Ihnen