the guidon online The School Newspaper of Hays High School Tue, 22 Oct 2019 03:51:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Board of Education hosts debate for school board candidates Tue, 22 Oct 2019 03:49:50 +0000

Community members were invited to attend the Board of Education debate on Oct. 15 at the Beach Schmidt Performing Arts Center. Candidates for the Hays USD 489 school board debated topics mentioned by the attendees after their opening statements.

Although nine candidates are running for school board, there are only four open positions. The candidates include current members Paul Adams and Luke Oborny, as well as newcomers Lori Hertel, Cole Engel, Tammy Wellbrock, Alex Herman, Allen Park, Jessica Moffitt and Craig Pallister.

After the candidates two minute introductions, the audience was offered the chance to ask questions, mainly targeting the issues of health insurance and transportation in the district.

The community will vote and determine the new four school board members by Nov. 5.

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Achieve team initiates pumpkin decorating contest during PRIDE Time Tue, 22 Oct 2019 00:42:28 +0000

In order to help build relationships among the students and teachers during PRIDE Time, the Achieve team created a pumpkin decorating contest.

The decorating will take place through the week of Oct. 21-25. The PRIDE Time classes divided their students into four groups, and each of the groups was given a pumpkin to decorate. If necessary, the PRIDE Time teachers will pick a no-passing day that works best for their class to finish decorating.

On the 25th, each PRIDE Time will choose one of their four pumpkins to represent their class against the other classes. After that, the pumpkins from each PRIDE Time will be displayed and judged for an overall winner.

The prize for the winner is yet to be determined.

So far, students have greeted the contest with mixed reviews. Sophomore Abbey Klein said she isn’t very fond of the idea.

“I’m used to using PRIDE Time as a chance to do my homework and work on projects with people in my classes,” Klein said. “That’s how I’d prefer to spend it.”

On the other hand, sophomore Hannah Giess said that the activity is an awesome idea.

“I think it’s a fun and cool way to get to know people in your PRIDE Time and make new friends,” Giess said.

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StuCo meets on Oct. 21, discusses possible changes to Indian Call Mon, 21 Oct 2019 18:24:59 +0000

Student Council met on Oct. 21 during PRIDE Time to discuss upcoming StuCo events.  

After reviewing the StuCo budget, the conversation shifted to Indian Call plans.  

“Last spring, 195 students out of 800 attended,” StuCo sponsor Alicia Brungardt said. “Reality is, your student body does not attend that dance, so we need to talk about how we can change it up and make it better, so more people attend.” 

One idea that was brought up was combining Indian Call with TMP’s winter formal 

“For the last three years or so, Indian Call has landed on the same day as TMP’s dance,” StuCo Public Relations Officer Kaylor Meyers said. “By combining with TMP, we could potentially increase our attendance.” 

Nothing has been decided, but a survey was sent to StuCo members to get input on the idea. If it was decided to combine the dances, a location would have to be decided as well as obtaining approval by both schools’ administrations 

Seatbelts Are For Everyone (SAFE) was the next item on the agenda. Instead of having a speaker for this year’s SAFE assembly, there will be “Think Fast” game show format of the assembly.  

The final item on the agenda was Dodge for a Cause.  

This year, the dodgeball tournament will be held in January and a cause is yet to be decided.  

“We were planning on hosting the tournament in December with the proceeds benefitting National Honor Society’s Holiday Help Project,” StuCo President Maddie Lohmeyer said. “However, when looking at the school calendar, every weekend in December is full, so we are having it in January and will have to choose a different cause.” 








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Members of Hays Area Children Center’s Early Intervention Team present to students during PRIDE Time on Oct. 17 Mon, 21 Oct 2019 17:50:06 +0000

 Hays Area Children Center’s Early Intervention Team members Jennifer Oborny and Susan Hess visited with students during PRIDE Time on Oct. 17. 

On the team, there is a speech/language pathologist, early childhood special education teacher, physical therapists, occupational therapists and a nurse.  

“We provide family-centered services for children birth to three with special needs that promote development and maximize their abilities,” Oborny said.  

The Early Intervention Team visits the homes of children suspected of developmental delays and asses their abilities. During the visit, the team asses all areas of development, even if they were only referred because of one specific developmental delay. At least two members of the team must be present at each home visit. 

“We assist infants and toddlers to obtain their appropriate developmental levels, maximize their potential by providing those services earlier to reduce the long-term educational costs, minimizing needs for special education services,” Oborny said.  

The ultimate goal of early intervention is to assist those with disabilities from ages birth to three so those children meet the developmental milestones and don’t need special education 

Oborny and Hess help those children achieve those milestones by working with the families. 

“We look at the family’s routine during the day, bath time, getting them dressed, playtime, and give them opportunities to embed some of our strategies and techniques to promote development during those times,” Oborny said.  

Hess said one of the surprising parts of her job is how closely she works with the families and how at times she is almost like a counselor.  

“You are very much supporting them and fostering better relationships with their children,” Hess said. “We help them access housing, food, transportation to medical appointments, which adds an element of social work to my job.”  

Being bilingual proves very useful in this career as it eliminates the need for a translator to come along on home visits where the family’s first language isn’t English. 

“If you are bilingual and have any interest in early childhood special education, speech/language pathology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, anything like that you would be an incredible asset to the career,” Hess said. 






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Tammy Wellbrock speaks to students about business careers Mon, 21 Oct 2019 17:43:39 +0000

Business owner and former Executive Director of the Hays Chamber of Commerce Tammy Wellbrock was one of the career speakers that spoke to students on Oct. 17 during PRIDE Time. 

Before going into career advice, Wellbrock gave some background information on how she got into her current career. 

In her adult life, she has worked several jobs, like working at a newspaper, being the Alumni Director at Fort Hays State University and holding positions at Nex-Tech. 

During her time at Nex-Tech, Wellbrock hired many employees, which led her to being on the search committees for the FHSU president and the Hays COC Executive Director. 

The Hays COC Executive Director that was chosen ended up not working out, so Wellbrock decided to apply for the position, and she got the job. 

I didn’t know if I had the skills for the job, but I had the passion and the work ethic, so I thought I’d give it a try,” Wellbrock said. 

After eight years as Executive Director, Wellbrock decided to step down from that position and start her own business so she could be more present in her child’s life. 

The business she started is called Girl Twin Solutions and she uses it to provide professional business advice. 

“I encourage people to see the world differently and approach problems in a creative and unique manner,” Wellbrock said. 

After sharing a bit of her background, Wellbrock provided business advice for the students. She demonstrated how everyone interprets things differently by having the students close their eyes and follow the same directions, but seeing that they somehow ended with different results. 

“If you run a business, you have to understand that everyone interprets things differently and learn how to work with that,” Wellbrock said. 

Wellbrock said that some of the most important things in business are developing relationships, knowing your own strengths and weaknesses, being an active listener and being able to communicate effectively with others. 

Communication is the foundation to anything and everything that you want to do in life,” Wellbrock said.

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Career speaker Rusty Lyndsay talks about firefighting Mon, 21 Oct 2019 04:24:43 +0000

Rusty Lyndsay talked about being a firefighter on Oct. 17 in Gym B during PRIDE Time. Most of Lyndsay’s experience is in emergency services. 

One of the things that Lyndsay discussed was certifications. Lyndsay said back in 1983, there were not many certifications, and most fire departments trained inhouse. Later on, a nationwide certification program was created. Nowadays, for some programs, firefighters will need Firefighting 1, Firefighting 2, Hazmat Awareness, Hazmat Ops and Hazmat Tech.  

According to Lyndsay, there is a misconception that firefighters get paid a lot of money, but that is simply not true.  

Lyndsay said that firefighting is mainly a volunteer or a paid-per-call career. There are some paying firefighter positions, but volunteer basis is the most common. County and city departments are typically volunteer, but some are a combination. 

He also said that the ones who do make a wage do not get paid that much. If students are thinking about going into the fire service, they should not go into it for the money. Lyndsay said he recommends that those interested in firefighting try to find a department runs an ambulance and that they should look at certification as a paramedic. 

The bad thing about being a firefighter in a small community is that you know everyone.  

“It’s emotional and can be very stressful,” Lyndsay said. “Although, the company now has programs to help with coping.” 

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City commissioner Eber Phelps speaks to students about being involved in city government Mon, 21 Oct 2019 03:01:30 +0000

On Oct. 17one of five Hays City commissioners, Eber Phelps, spoke to students during PRIDE Time about what the city government is and how it works. 

Phelps began telling the students how long he has been in an elected office. He has served three different times in city government and served 18 years as a Kansas legislator in the House of Representatives. 

“I have heard city government compared to a corporation,” Phelps said “If you want to compare it to a corporation, they have a CEO, board of directors and then they have all the things that go along with that company. You could essentially say that our city mayor is the CEO, then we have a five-person City Commission, which would be the board of directors.”  

Phelps continued to say that the city government is made up of multiple areas, such as the fire department, public works, wastewater treatment plan, the airport, IT department, etc. 

Phelps said the new wastewater treatment plan was just finished recently and was a major project. 

“The Chetolah Creek Water Reclamation and Reuse Facility was a $30 million project, it took about 18 months and was finished ahead of time and under the budget,” Phelps said “In this day in age when you have any type of project going and you’re under the budget and finish ahead of time, [it] is amazing, especially with something as critical, technical and important as the that.”  

Phelps is amazed by how all entities came together, like the engineering firm and mechanical firm, to complete this project.  

“We also have many other projects going on,” Phelps said. “We built a firefighting facility so our firefighters can train, and we have the Vine Street project causing a lot of controversy with the proposed roundabouts.” 

Phelps then recommend ways students that are interested can get involved with any form of government or city government.  

“It would do you well to attend some of the City Commission meetings andf course, within our city government in the smaller departments, there are a number of committees that can give you a better understanding and allow you to be involved in some decisionmaking,” Phelps said.  

City Commission meetings are held on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month in the City Hall Chamber at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited and are welcome to state their opinions 

“Another way to get involved where you can learn a lot is to get involved with somebody’s campaign,” Phelps said. “We will have an election in November in our City Commissioners, there are three open seats for election in the city government and there are four in the school board.” 

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Football adds a win to its record Sun, 20 Oct 2019 23:21:59 +0000

The Indian football team traveled to Buhler to play the Crusaders on Oct. 17, winning 17-7, with seven defensive takeaways.  

The first half was 7-3 in favor of the Crusaders, but there were many attempts made that did not end in points being scored. (This is a bit confusing… what do you mean?) 

Junior Tucker Veach intercepted a pass while playing defense for the Indians, which set the Indians up with a good field position.  

In the first half, the only points for the Indians were from senior Matthew Goodale’s field goal.  

Just after the start of the second half, senior Da’Vontai Robinson sacked the Crusaders’ quarterback on a third down.  

The Indian defense had four more interceptions in the second half alone, which made the total five for the whole game.  

Veach had two out of the five interceptions in the game and scored one of the touchdowns. Veach was a standout for the Indian defense.  

Sophomore Gavin Meyers almost had an interception by stealing the ball from the quarterback’s hands, but did not successfully do so.   

 The Indians will take on Salina Central at home on Oct. 25.

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Senior Taylor Weidenhaft earns title of National Merit Commended Student Sat, 19 Oct 2019 21:34:17 +0000

Senior Taylor Weidenhaft was recently recognized as a National Merit Commended Student for her outstanding work on the 2019 PSAT/NMSQT.  

“I found out I was a commended student when I had my senior meeting with [counselor] Mrs. [Amy] Miller,” Weidenhaft said.  

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation uses a Selection Index based on PSAT/NMSQT scores as an initial screening of students who enter its scholarship programs. To calculate the Selection Index, it doubles the sum of the student’s Reading, Writing and Language, and Math test scores. 

Weidenhaft did not take the PSAT/NMSQT her sophomore year, but her junior year, she received a score of 1410 composite score and 212 NMSC Selection Index.  

For Kansas, to become a National Merit Scholar Semifinalist, one must have a NMSC Selection Index score of 218. 

“I was honestly pretty frustrated with myself when I found out because my selection score was six points below the score needed to become a semifinalist,” Weidenhaft said. 

While Weidenhaft did not receive any monetary award from being a commended student, she said she hopes the accomplishment will improve her chances of receiving other scholarships or jobs. 

Aside from the test practice that Weidenhaft completed in Diane Mason’s Honors English class, she did not spend any extra time preparing for the test.  

“My advice for students taking the PSAT this year would be to not put too much pressure on yourself, get a good nights sleep the night before the test and eat something for breakfast that morning because it’s a long test and you’ll probably get hungry,” Weidenhaft said. 


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Leading Musical cast members perform for Hays Optimist Club, promote upcoming show Fri, 18 Oct 2019 21:45:44 +0000

In order to promote the upcoming musical “Anything Goes,” sophomore Shirley Lee and juniors Alisara Arial, Kai Kaufman, Caitlin Leiker and Gabe McGuire performed for members of the Hays Optimist Club during their meeting at 12 p.m. on Oct. 17 at Whiskey Creek.

As a thank you for the students’ showcase, the Optimist Club donated $200 to the program.

Director Alex Underwood said that “Anything Goes” is a really fun show that will be very entertaining for the audience members.

“It incorporates a lot of zany characters that all have random, funny bits that are really great when you put them all together,” Underwood said. “There’s also some really cool tap dancing that is going to be very impressive once we get it all running smoothly. Plus, it showcases a bunch of different students in a really beautiful way, and I think it very clearly displays the talent that Hays High has to offer.”

This year’s performances will be Nov. 14-17, with Lee performing on Nov. 14 and 16 and Leiker performing on Nov. 15 and 17.

Kaufman said he hopes the community will come and witness the full-fledged production.

“After being at rehearsals every day, I can tell you that there’s been a lot of work put into the show,” Kaufman said. “Without people to appreciate it, it feels like there’s no point. We just want to create something and give it back to the people. The audience is what really makes the show, and you can’t have fun without others being there to share the great experience.”

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