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
“My favorite game was the 7th grade game against North Union. We were down by one point at the end of the game. We ended up scoring and winning by one point,” Coach Gunderson said. The 8th grade boys had a 3-9 record and the 7th grade had an 8-4 record. The teams started the season on October 15th, 2014, and ended it on December 18th, 2014.
Coach Gunderson’s goal for the season was for all the players to learn how to play basketball the right way and to improve from the beginning to the end of the season. Coach Gunderson said, “The season went well, and both teams improved as the season went on.”
The seventh graders had ten boys out this year: Issac Ihnen, Abdulla Elbuytari, Edgar Tapia, Taylor Maranell, Mauricio Mena, Adrian Martin, Julian Burdorf, Jaden Reuter, Peyton Christensen, and Rylan Siemers.
The eighth graders had nine boys out for their last season in middle school: Bryce Schott, Tyler Nelson, Charlie Ingham, Tyler Petersen, Justus Lindsay, Aaron Erne, Dalton Nicks, Jon Luinstra, and Tristan Urwin.
Both teams played a total of 12 games. Their first one was on November 11th against GTRA; the 7th graders won 38-20 and the 8th grade lost 22-39. The next day they played HMS and the 7th graders lost 26-27. Then the 8th graders lost 15- 58. On November 14th the 7th graders won against CC-E 44-18 and 8th graders lost 25-39. On November 17th the 7th graders won 45-44 against North Union. Unfortunately, the 8th graders lost 30-33. The next day both teams played Okoboji and lost: 7th graders 26-45 and 8th graders 19-45. On November 24th they played CC-E where both teams won: 7th graders 42-22 and 8th graders 30-23. Then the following night both teams won against Ellsworth with the 7th grade score of 56-15 and 8th grade 30-21.
On December 1st they faced GTRA and the 7th graders won 40-19 but 8th grade lost 9-30. The next night both teams were defeated by Sibley- Ocheyedan. On December 5th against Southwest Star Concept both teams won. 7th grade scored 51-12 and 8th grade had 24-21. On December 12th they faced Sibley-Ocheyedan and lost: 7th grade 25-28 and 8th grade 23-54. On the night of their last game, December 18th, the 7th grade boys won 53-26 against Southwest Star Concept. The 8th grade boys lost their last game 22-29.
These boys had a great season. They played hard and enjoyed it. Winning or losing, these boys always had fun!
By: Emma Watje