On Wednesday, March 19, the Harris-Lake Park National Honor Society gained eight new members at the induction ceremony. The ceremony was held in the late afternoon in the high school auditorium. The five returning members spoke about the history of NHS and the qualifications of being an NHS member. The returning members that spoke were Katie Goodell, Macy Gunderson, Sarah Kruger, Noreen Morrow, and Grace Winters.
Among the people that spoke was also David Stein, an attorney from Milford. He addressed the NHS members with a speech relating sports and the values of NHS. After Mr. Stein's speech, NHS advisor, Lisa Weeks, began the induction process. The returning members, all seniors, warmly welcomed the eight inductees, who included two seniors, Jennie McClain and Dalton Snow; one junior, Morgan Eggers; and five sophomores, Zayda Elbuytari, Mary Kate Hoerichs, Katherin Ihnen, River Kelly, and Jacie Rueter.
After the induction ceremony, there was a reception with family and friends. Advisor Lisa Weeks commented, "It's fantastic to see so many students inducted into NHS and to know that they are out there representing some of the best of H-LP. They are striving with their academics and developing into good leaders and people of good character, serving their school and community in a variety of ways."
I wish the NHS members the best of luck throughout the year as they exhibit their outstanding qualities of character, service, leadership, and academics while representing the National Honor Society.
Written by: Katie Goodell
The Harris-Lake Park music department had their annual swing show on February 28, 2014. The theme this year was “In The Mood.”
Miss Emily Gladfelter directed the concert band. Concert Band opened up the swing show playing two songs, “Devonshire Overture” and “Pirates of the Caribbean Highlights.”
After the concert band played, they had five solos. Katie Goodell, a senior, started off the solos singing “I’m Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman." Next came sophomore Mary Kate Hoerichs singing “Let It Go” from the popular new movie, Frozen. Another sophomore, Jacie Rueter, sang “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely.” Next came a duet between two juniors as Kaelyn Byers and Alex Luitjens sang “Royals” accapella. Senior Chandler Brons ended this part of the solos by singing “The House That Built Me.”
The mixed chorus sang next. First, they sang “For Good (from Wicked).” There were three soloists during that song-Noreen Morrow, Katie Goodell, and Bailey Heikens. The last song the mixed chorus sang was “One Day More (from Les Miserables).”
Vocal Jazz was up next. “Operator” was the first song they performed. Soloists in that song were Bailey Heikens, Morgan Eggers, and Alex Luitjens. “Falling Slowly” was next with Javier Tapia, Noreen Morrow, Kaelyn Byers, and Sarah Kruger as the soloists. “Some Nights” was their next song. Luke Harmon and Mikaela Heikens were the soloists, and David Schurtenberger beat-boxed. This was a great song to end their performance with!
Four more solos performed after that. A junior, Alex Luitjens, sang “My Heart Will Go On” and junior Morgan Eggers sang “Your Song”. Sisters Bailey and Mikaela Heikens sang “It’s Time for Movin’ On,” which made everyone tear up, even them. Junior Kaelyn Byers ended the solos singing and playing piano to “Skinny Love.” Jazz Band was next. They played the songs “Attitude Adjustment," “Chillin’ Time," and “In the Mood.”
This year’s swing show was amazing and it did put people “in the mood”. Mikaela Heikens says, “I cried when Bailey and I were just singing about saying goodbye. I'm definitely not prepared to actually say goodbye to my best friend.”
Written by: Jennie McClain
On Saturday, March 1, eight of H-LP's finest females braved the sketchy winter weather to compete at the individual speech district contest at the Okoboji High School. Of the fifteen H-LP entries, twelve of them will be advancing on to state contest on Saturday, March 15, in Sioux City. Without further a do, let's elaborate on the contestants and their various pieces.
Chandler Brons performed two pieces on Saturday. Her first piece was an acting piece called "Amazing Grace." Chandler received a II rating. Chandler's other piece was a poetry piece entitled "Instructions for a Bad Day." This piece received a I rating and will be moving on to state.
Katie Goodell also participated in two categories. Katie participated in radio news and received a I rating. She also wrote an original oratory piece, "Now I See." This piece also received a I rating.
Bailey Heikens performed one prose piece at district contest. Her prose piece was "I am Sorry that it Has Come to This." This performance received a I rating and will be moving on to state.
Sarah Kruger performed two pieces on Saturday. She participated in the storytelling category with her story, "Rocking Horse Christmas," by Mary Pope Osborne. Her story received a I rating. Sarah also had a poetry piece entitled "To This Day." This piece also received a I rating.
Noreen Morrow was among the many others that performed two pieces. Her first performance, "Noah and the Ark" and "Unicorn," were in the literary program category. This performance received a I rating. Noreen's other piece, "The American Dream," received a II rating in the prose category.
Morgan Eggers performed and received a I rating in radio news. Morgan also had another piece, "Fear of Dreams." This piece was a part of the prose category and received a I rating, also.
Mikaela Heikens was another contestant that performed two pieces. Her literary program performance, consisting of the pieces, "Date a Girl Who Reads" and "I Want a Girl Who Reads," received a II rating. On the other hand, Mikaela's poetry piece, "Letters to My 16-Year-Old Self," received a I rating.
And lastly, Jacie Rueter performed two pieces at district contest. Her story, "Love You Forever," by Robert Munsch, received a I rating in storytelling. Jacie also performed "The Charge Up Yard Sale Hill!" and "Do You Want to Buy a Slightly Bent Flugelhorn?" in the literary program category. This particular selection received a I rating.
As anyone can see, the eight H-LP females channeled the severe winter weather and metaphorically blew the competition away. Coach Travis Sprague reflected, "We had a good day at Okoboji for individual districts, in my opinion. I very much appreciate the parents and family who could make the trip to Milford. I know the weather wasn't the best. It was a whirlwind day for me and the kids. I would like to thank the English student teacher, Grant Muilenburg, who has helped me with practices and come up with some great ideas to make the kids better speakers. The girls do a great job of helping to make each other better."
Overall, congratulations to these ladies for their great success and best of luck to these fierce competitors at state contest on March 15 at Sioux City East.
Written by: Katie Goodell
On February 8th, the high school speech kids traveled to Spencer for state speech and gave the judges six great performances. “We have a great group of kids who did an amazing job,” speech coach Travis Sprague mentioned.
What about those scores the speech kids earned? Improv group, consisting of three seniors, Sarah Kruger, Chandler Brons, and Miranda Brueggeman, received a split score for their performance of “fixing something and you really don’t know how.” They received two ones and a two.
Chandler Brons, Sarah Kruger, and Bailey Heikens, all seniors, performed an ensemble acting (The Fourth Locker) and received a split of two ones and a two. Mr. Sprague states that it was was very fun watching these three girls evolve over the past few years and they have really grown in their abilities.
Radio Broadcasting (KMNT) included Zayda Elbuytari, sophomore; Luke Harmon, junior; Hunter Akers, sophomore; Cale Hellinga, freshman; and Dahlton Burdorf, sophomore, and also received a split of a one and two twos.
Radio Broadcasting (KDST) consisted of Katie Goodell, Noreen Morrow, Jennie McClain, all seniors, and Skylar Cudmore, Brady Van Iperen, and Morgan Eggers, all juniors, and received straight ones! Overall, the three judges like what this group put together. Congratulations on making it to All-State speech!
The ALICE group of River Kelly, Kiersten Carpenter, Jacie Rueter, Michela Olson, Lisa Saenthavy, Christina Galvin, Elly Watje, Zayda Elbuytari (all sophomores) received, yet another, split of one one and two twos.
Miranda Brueggeman, Macy Gunderson, Noreen Morrow, Grace Winters, all three seniors, Morgan Eggers, junior, and Elly Watje, sophomore, performed “On the Edge” for Reader’s Theatre and received straight two’s.
We congratulate the speech kids on a great season and look forward to seeing them next year!
Written by: Bre Norem