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8 Broadcaster Press October 30, 2018 www.broadcasteronline.com OCTOBER 2018 D VERMILLION.K12.SD.US VERMILLION HIGH SCHOOL’S STUDENT NEWSPAPER BY ZADYA ABBOTT iverse being the base word to ‘diversity’, is defined, by the Oxford Dictionary of English, as “Showing a great deal of variety.” Education is found in new experiences. New experiences are found in surroundings. Surroundings that reflect variety or rather, diversity, promote newer experiences and therefore increase opportunity for further education. A school setting has qualities based in standard education, while home to a collection of students that possess their own (perspectives) understandings and lives. Lives that are undoubtedly different from their peers. Yet, through their peers, students find friendship, learn, and are able to develop a greater understanding of the world. It is that kind of educational understanding our nation strives to gift its citizens every time a month celebrates History and Culture, like National Hispanic Heritage Month. National Hispanic Heritage Month is a celebratory take on the contributions of people with ancestors from Spain, the Caribbean, Mexico, and South and Central America. It takes place in September and October. It began as a week long event under the Lyndon-John- son administration in 1968. Later, under the Reagan administration, it would be elongated to its current 30 day time. August 17 of 1988 was the date that Hispanic Heritage Month was officially recognized by law. Unlike many other heritage months, Hispanic Heritage Month lays claim to two months, September and October. The significance of that time span is found in that September 15th is El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Guatemala’s independence anniversary. Following that, Mexico celebrates its independence on September 16th and Chile on September 18th. (hispanicher- itagemonth.gov) October is therefore no exception to our nation’s drive to support this educational opportunity. “It doesn’t really matter, if no one celebrates it.” is what a Vermillion High School (VHS) student of Hispanic heritage stated when they were interviewed. The point they made is a direct endorsement of the importance for VHS to provide not only a tolerating environment, but a fruitful, supporting one for the multitudes of different cultures that walk its halls. 2018 HOMECOMING ROYALTY BY MYA DEJONG Queen Candidates at the Vermillion Middle School. Rachel Brady - Rachel is involved in many school activities at Vermillion High School. She is both the president of Student Council and Students Against Destructive Decisions. Rachel is a member of National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Random Acts of Kindness Enthusiasts. She is also on the track, volleyball, basketball and dance team. Rachel is the captain of the Volleyball Team and the co-captain for the Dance Team. Carter Williams - Carter has kept active in Gymnastics by competing at the varsity level in gymnastics since 7th grade, placing at state every year. She is a member of Dance Inferno as a co-captain, and is a National Honor Society member. Nicole Hauck - Nicole is in Random Acts of Kindness Enthusiasts, and Students Against Destructive Decisions. She is also a member of Rhythm in Red, National Honor Society, Teen Court and the Yearbook Staff. Shelby Husby - Shelby is part of the Dance Team. She is involved in National Honor Society, which she is a co-vice president for. Shelby is also in a co-president for Health Occupations Students of America. Keeley Passick - Keeley is a co-president for the Student Organization of Animal Rights. She is also one of the drum majors for the Pride of Vermillion Marching Band. Keeley also participates in the High School Trap Shooting club. Taylor Tarr - Taylor is in many clubs, including Yearbook, Young Democrats, Oral Interpretation, poetry out loud, teen court, and drama club. She is also the student class president for Student Council, the Historian for National Honor Society and the president of Rhythm in Red. She also participates in the peer mentor program. Taylor also runs the poverty garden project King Candidates Regan Heine - Regan has been involved in a variety of activities while attending Vermillion High School. He is a member of National Honor Society, Show Choir, and Student Council. Regan was chosen as a Boys State Representative his junior year. He is also a member of the football team and plans to participate in track this spring. Logan Wadley - Logan has participated in many musical ensembles; he is a member of the jazz band, pep band, marching band and show band, but also has been chosen as the Principal Tubist at All State Band and Orchestra numerous times. Logan is the President of the National Honor Society and also participates in musicals both at the high school and at USD. Gray Peterson - Gray participates in both football and baseball. He is a member of Students Against Destructive Decisions, Health Occupations Students of America, Rhythm in Red, and National Honor Society. Gray is in Student Council as the treasurer, and was chosen as a Boys State Delegate. Rylan Craig - Rylan is involved in two sports at Vermillion High School: football and baseball. He has also been a member of the National Honor Society, show choir, and Student Council during his years at VHS. Rylan has been chosen as an AllState Choir participant and also spends time coaching Vermillion T-ball. Justin Sorenson - Justin has been involved in many sports including, cross country, basketball, and track. During this time he has received numerous awards for track and cross country. He is a member of the National Honor Society, and was chosen as a Boys State Delegate during his time at VHS. Ben Fairholm - Ben has participated in Student Council, and National Honor Society. He has been a member of a variety of band ensembles, including Concert Band, Marching Band, Show Band, and Jazz Band. He is also Pep Band Captain. Ben is a member of the football team. Jacob Peterson carried the envelopes and MaKenna Druecker carried the new queen’s bouquet. The King and Queen of this year’s homecoming royalty are Rachel Brady and Logan Wadley. Candle Holders Jane Ni Stuckman-Johnson Brennan Stone Peyton Larson Andrew Kronaizl Fatima Aleman Ryne Whisler Abigal Burbach Ben Finnegan Kailee Brinkman Mason Schroeder Kaya Lewis Phillip Hauck VHS students: Sadie Pederson, Haylee Larson, and Cael Mockler having fun on Tanager Volunteer Day. Photo courtesy of Justin Brunick. TANAGER VOLUNTEER DAY TURNS 10 YEARS OLD BY MYA DEJONG V olunteer Day is a day where Vermillion High School students take a day out of class and volunteer around the Vermillion community. This year, Volunteer Day was moved to October 17 instead of homecoming week due to poor weather. For the past ten years, the students of Vermillion High School have participated in volunteer efforts to help their local community. All of the students at Vermillion High School participated in various activities throughout the Vermillion area. This included going to churches around Vermillion to assist with the Food Pantry, cleaning up lawns, painting houses, and helping with other various tasks as needed. The students also helped out at Jolley, Austin, St. Agnes, and the Middle School to read to kids or helped with other educational activities. Students also assisted with cleanup duties in and around the High School. Groups also volunteered at local businesses, like the fire department and the Austin Whittemore House. In addition, they helped out with the elderly and home bound residents of Vermillion and also went to Sanford and participated in activities with the patients and helped cleanup around all of those buildings. They also helped many other local charities. During the noon hour, students received a free lunch at Prentis Park sponsored by HyVee. VHS DRAMA GETS SPOOKY “People ple” eo Helping P 105 E. Cherry St., Vermillion, SD (605) 677-5214 • www.vermillionfcu.com BY KALIE PUCKETT T he Vermillion High School drama production decided to bring the play “Frankenstein” to life, which is being directed by Mary Begley. After weeks of dedication, and stitching together lines, they were able to put on a thrilling show. Frankenstein himself, played by Parker Anderburg, has been featured in other shows such as Lefou in “Beauty and the Beast,” a stepsister’s love interest in “Cinderella,” and Buddy Layman in “the Diviners.” He has been a part of the drama club since his freshman year, and will leave behind some big shoes to fill. Abby Burbach, who played Frankenstein’s wife, has also been a part of theatre and other drama activities throughout her high school career. She has taken part in oral interp., haunted house and even the plays themselves. Last spring she got to perform as one of the Stepsisters, in “Cinderella.” Frankenstein’s monster is being played by Andrew Kronaizal. He has played many roles on and off stage. He has played a zombie, an angry brother, and even a chef. Off stage he helps with set, and running the stage as a stage manager. He seems to have a knack for bringing things to life! With help from our amazing crew and wonderful cast, “Frankenstein” was a hit! Creating the set and costumes for the show was a difficult and long job and all the work was not done until opening night. A special thanks to director, Mary Begley, for stitching up another great show! Speaking of spooky, the drama club puts on a haunted house each year. If you were not able to make it last weekend’s show, do not worry because it is happening again this Friday and Saturday from 7-10 p.m. If you like the thrill of getting spooked, these high school kids will scare the pants off you. Join us for a creepy good time! Cast photo courtesy of Russ Stone
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