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August 10, 2017 The Hesston RecordAugust 10, 2017 The Hesston Record

Snag A Sweet Treat For Your Sweetheart This Valentines Day

Posted 2/9/2017

Record Staff

OVER two-dozen desserts will be up for grabs during the Swather basketball games on Tuesday, Feb. 14. The After Prom Dessert Raffle will be on display through halftime of the boys varsity game.  Tickets will be on sale until the end of the second quarter. Winners must be present to claim their desserts.

If you are looking for a treat for your sweetheart this Valentines Day, look no further than the Hesston High gym during the boys and girls varsity games this Tuesday, Feb. 14.

The After Prom committee is hosting its annual dessert raffle during the games. Fans can purchase tickets, one for $1; seven for $5 and 30 for $20.  All proceeds will benefit After Prom.

Gwen Roth, this year’s Dessert Raffle coordinator, said After Prom is an important Hesston tradition for students.

“It’s all for the party the parents throw for the kids after prom so they have a safe, chemical free, place to be and have fun together,” she said.

This year, Roth added, one of the most decadent desserts is a cheesecake by Darren Hiebert.

“His cheesecakes are always very popular,” she said.

Another crowd pleaser, homemade cinnamon rolls, will also be up for grabs.

“Beth Rizza is bringing something too, and she’s pretty popular with the desserts she bakes,” said Roth.

This year’s offerings, with over two-dozen desserts to choose from, will also include cookies, cakepops and cupcakes.

“We’ve had quite a few parents who have volunteered and we’ve made some phone calls,” said Roth.

The dessert raffle tickets will be on sale until the end of the second quarter of the varsity boys game. The drawing will take place during half time and winners must be present to win and receive their desserts. 

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Cheerleaders Dance, Tumble And Fly On Friday Night

Posted 2/9/2017

Record Staff

For just five minutes of flips, tumbling, dancing and stunting, the Hesston High cheer squad began preparing for their Friday night dance in December. For community members who missed the Friday night performance, the Hesston High Cheer girls will perform their dance on Tuesday, Feb. 14 during the home game and again the following evening, Feb. 15 at Yost Center during the Lark mens’ basketball game, with tipoff at 7:30 p.m. 

Seniors Brit Rucker and Paige Kauffman, along with coach Nicole Roth began the process of creating Friday night dance months before even other cheer members began rehearsals.

“I learned a dance, Paige learned a dance and then we sat down with Nicole and all three of us put it into sequence,” said Rucker.

Kauffman added she and Rucker, both four-year cheerleaders, had been anticipating their senior dance routine since they were freshmen. 

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Swather Scholars Headed To State

Posted 2/9/2017

By Jackie Nelson

After earning the CLK Championship spot, the Hesston High Scholars Bowl team is headed to Russell to compete for the 3A state championship title Saturday, Feb. 11

The team, Sam Hunsberger, Reuben Peachey Stoner, Laura Van Bergeijk, Sam Bartel, Addi Schroeder and Jordan Carter, coached by Patrice LeFevre, is headed back to competition this Saturday.

In 2016, the Swathers earned a third-place finish and LeFevre is confident the team will perform well once again.

“Our greatest opponent in the first pool play will be Maur Hill Mount Academy. They got second last year, but I think otherwise we’ll do well in our pool.  I think we’ll at least go into finals and I think we have a good enough team to get into the finals. I imagine this is a strong enough team to get a plaque,” she said.

During the qualifier competition, in Kingman, the Swather team felt confident, taking down a major rival.

“We beat Independent, twice,” said Van Bergeijk. 

LeFevre added, “We beat Independent - that’s our big thing. Twice. It wasn’t a fluke.” 

Peachey Stoner said the Swathers were not only accurate in their answers but fast.

“Being really fast on the buzzers helped this time. And other teams missed a couple and they lost a couple points.  A lot of it comes down the speed and questions at the state meet,” he said. 

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USD 460 ‘Mom’ Retiring After Raising Generation Of Swathers

Posted 2/9/2017

By Jackie Nelson

After being a ‘mom’ for an entire generation of Swathers, Guidance Counselor Donna Schadler is retiring after 28 years of service to USD 460.

Schadler began her career with Hesston Elementary and Hesston Middle School as the counselor.  In 2006, she moved on to Hesston High as the full time guidance counselor. 

Schadler has seen students through the best and worst of times.

“I tell them I’m their mom at school.  It’s important to them then its important to me. I don’t want to poopoo something that’s important to someone else,” she said.

One of the first major events Schadler faced was the Hesston tornado in 1990.

“That probably changed a lot of my thinking. That was huge.  I’ve had deaths of parents; death of students; deaths of teachers. Those are all really challenging and emotional,” she said.

However, always an optimist, Schadler said attitude is everything, and is a daily decision.

“I learned a long time ago to look at the positives. You have one thing that brings you down, you have to refocus and say, ‘That’s one thing out of a million that are positive.’ That turns an attitude totally around,” she said.

Schadler added her job has helped her connect with others while also learning more about herself.

“I find joy in helping others; that’s my love language.  I really look for ways to help others if we are in a challenging situation.  Helping others helps me and brings me joy,” she said. 

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Bluestem Wellness Centers Celebrate 100 January Memberships

Posted 2/9/2017

For The Record

Bluestem Wellness Center directors, Jason Jones and Tony Helfrich, know all about making sacrifices for the good of their team. They are very proud of their alma mater, Kansas State University.

Despite their devotion, they’ll be sporting crimson and blue KU cheerleading uniforms on Monday, Feb. 6, to celebrate the success of another January membership promotion. Ironically, this is the same day as the KU vs KSU basketball game in Manhattan.

“For this year’s January membership promotion, the greatest challenge once again was competing against our own success, as both the Hesston Wellness Center and the North Newton Wellness Center retain a lot of our members,” said Jones. “This was a team effort, and I’m very proud of all our staff members for working so hard during this promotion. This is a fun challenge. I thank everyone for participating.”

This year the annual January promotion has proven to be extremely beneficial to the Hesston Wellness Center and North Newton Wellness Center. They saw 100 new and renewed members this January, doubling their initial goal of 50.

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