Type One into Type None

posted Oct 6, 2017, 7:31 AM by David Tapp

Type One Into Type None

Two girls take on fundraising for Type 1 diabetes

By Maddie Skelton

Type 1. One mission. One walk. Seniors Parker Williams and Kate McCabe began their fundraising for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in August. Both girls wanted to start a fundraising team for a while.

Kate said that one of her main reasons for starting a team was because Ray Hughes, a sophomore from Eureka High School, was recently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, and his family decided to create a team. Kate said, “I would be supporting Ray too, not just myself”. Kate was diagnosed with type 1 on Aug. 20, 2006. She was only six years old.

Type 1 diabetes currently has no cure. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is trying to find a possible cure for type 1. Parker said her main reason for raising money was because of how much the foundation does to get closer to finding a cure. Type 1 diabetes does not receive a lot of awareness, which means the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation walk was important to Kate and Parker.

Parker and Kate’s mission was to raise at least $1,000. They ended up raising a little over $1,300. To raise money, they made and sold t-shirts, sold signs for lockers with an encouraging message, and took any donations.

The walk was on Oct. 1. Kate and Parker’s team, Try-N-Betus, participated in the walk. Kate said that the atmosphere of the walk was, “supportive and friendly.” People at the walk understood what Kate was going through and were just as passionate as her about the cause, which she said was a special experience.

Some of the highlights of the walk for Kate were being with her friends and family, the amount of support she received, the beautiful weather, talking with different people, and lastly, receiving balloon swords.

Kate and Parker plan to continue fundraising for the foundation.

Trained and Available

posted Oct 6, 2017, 6:56 AM by David Tapp

TA: Trained and Available

By: Lena Zimmerman

Willing, trained, available and respectful are ways to describe a Teacher’s Assistant, TA. Teacher’s Assistants help grade papers, copy papers, make quizlets and give out passes.

Senior Tamra Edelman, a TA at Davenport said a TA is defined as, “Someone who helps out a teacher with various different tasks which include grading papers, making copies, and anything else needed to be done.” As a TA for Mrs. Seim, she enjoyed walking over to Davenport most because her niece is in the class and she gets to see her every day. Tamra loved to interact with the children in the classroom as much as she a could.

Junior Malea Cottrell enjoyed the TA hour because she got a period where she could kind of relax. “I like the break in the day from all of my classes. I also like how it allows me to do any homework I forgot about,” Malea said.

Junior Grace Ulrich, a TA for Mrs. Chapman, said, “The thing that I enjoy most about being a TA is the student's reaction when I walk into the room. They all say, ‘Grace is here!’ and some like to tell me about their days. Most of the time, I also get hugs as I’m leaving.”

“TA’s should be able to sub for the class they are in if the teacher is gone that hour. I know that’s a little far fetched but it’s an idea and also not all student are irresponsible,” senior Tori Taufer said. She thought that a TA should be able to sub for the class because when they TA for a teacher, they are pretty much doing what a teacher does.

A TA helps the teacher with responsibilities that need to be done for the classroom. TA’s should be prepared and reverent to each person in the school. “A good quality TA is someone who is always there and at the ready for whom every they are a teacher assistant for,” said Tori.

New Spanish Teacher

posted Oct 6, 2017, 6:50 AM by David Tapp

Doing What She Does Best

Ms. Toering’s passion for Spanish shines in the classroom.  

By Logan Plattner

Ms. Katie Toering’s passion for teaching and the ability to lead students to success in the classroom has been shaped over the past 13 years while teaching at other schools. Ms. Toering, a new member of the Eureka High School faculty, teaches Spanish 1 and Spanish 4; however, there is much more to Ms. Toering than being the teacher in Room 113.

In middle school and high school, Ms. Toering’s fervor for Spanish was ignited as she enrolled in as many Spanish classes as possible. She attended middle school at Thomas Metcalf School, and it was here that she began to take Spanish classes. “I started taking Spanish in sixth grade at Metcalf,” said Ms. Toering. Two years later, Ms. Toering graduated eighth grade and started to attend University High School. Her love for Spanish was clearly displayed in her schedule during her high school career. She said, “At U-High, I took a Spanish 2, Spanish 3, and a college Spanish course.”

The next sequential step in Ms. Toering’s life was attending college. After graduating from U-High, Ms. Toering chose to continue her education at Dordt College.

Initially, she did not plan on majoring in Spanish. Ms. Toering said,  “I planned on teaching middle school, and I just really liked Spanish so I kept taking classes because it was something I enjoyed.” However, in her junior year of college, Ms. Toering learned that if she took a couple more classes she could graduate with a degree in Spanish and education. Not surprisingly, she elected to take the classes and graduated the spring of the next year with the ability to be a Spanish teacher.

Ms. Toering immediately put her degree to use and has worked at five different schools since. Before coming to work at EHS, she worked at Spalding High School for one year, at South O’Brien Secondary School for 11 years, at Cedar Ridge Elementary for a half year, and at Normal Community and Normal Community West High Schools for a half year.

Embarking on her 14th year of teaching, Ms. Toering began to teach here at EHS, and things have been off to a great start. She said, “I love [EHS]. The students are all wonderful, and the staff is amazing, supportive, and friendly. It feels very family-orientated and homey.” After former Spanish 1 teacher, Mrs. O'Donnell, pursued a teaching opportunity closer to home, Ms. Toering came alongside, EHS’s long-time Spanish teacher, Mrs. Axelson and revamped the Spanish department.

If one sees Ms. Toering outside of school, she will most likely be spending time with her family. She said, “Family is really important to me. It is one of those top priorities-- I have God and then family comes after that.”

Ms. Toering has two sons that go to Washington Central; their names are James, who is 13 years old, and Lincoln, who is 8 years old. James and Lincoln are involved sports, Tae Kwon Do, Awanas, and youth group at their church. When Ms. Toering has few minutes where she isn’t busy grading papers or being a mom, she enjoys baking, gardening, reading and watching movies.

Ms. Toering’s passionate, positive, family-orientated and caring attitude is a perfect fit for EHS. Her eagerness for students to learn and be successful in the future shines bright in her classroom.


From all of us at EHS, Bienvenido.

Highlight of the Week

posted Oct 6, 2017, 6:45 AM by David Tapp

The Highlight of the Week

Students of all ages coming together to kick-off the mentoring program

By: Olivia Peterson

For many children, having someone to interact with is a very important part of their lives. Being able to play games and learn from older students can really help a child’s social skills and intelligence level. What matters the most is knowing that at least once a week, the students can talk with someone that they know cares about them. The mentoring program is an amazing way to spread love, and in the last three weeks, the program starting spreading it.

On Sept.18, the high school mentors went to meet their mentees for the first time. Every year, they kick off the meet and greet by doing a few activities and playing a few games.

“My favorite part of it all was that we were able to play games and see the kid’s true personality out of the classroom,” senior Natalie Bardwell said.

The few games they played required them to talk and interact physically so that they could warm up to each other.

After the games were over, the children at Davenport participated in a craft where they drew a village on a poster. Inside the village were all of the things the kids wanted to live with, and on the outside were the things they disliked or thought were scary. “It was so cool to be able to see their imaginations at work when they were drawing buildings and people. It was a neat way to kind of stay behind the scenes while learning more about what the children enjoyed,” senior Baylee Baxter said.

Not only was this a productive event for the kids, but the high school students also benefitted from it. “It is good practice for us to have to deal with younger kids and to have to bond with children that are from different stages of childhood,” senior Joe Troyer said. The high school students become attached to their mentees, and they become a special friend that they always want to be there for.

The mentoring kick-off was a great start to the year and an awesome way to get the kids excited. Over the next few months, the mentees and mentors will meet up once a week to play games or do homework. Some kids take more warming up than others, but once they become comfortable with one another, their bond truly becomes something special.  

Being a "Teen Parent"

posted Oct 5, 2017, 7:08 AM by David Tapp

Being a “Teen Parent”

EHS Parenting students get a taste of life with a baby

By: Joe Troyer

Believe it or not, there is a job that demands a person’s attention for 24 hours a day and seven days a week. This job is messy, it is stressful, and it comes with no tangible reward or payment. However, it is consistently credited to be, inconceivably, the best job to be blessed with. This is being a parent.

In Mrs. Whisker’s Parenting class, students learn about family traditions, parenting styles, types of family structures and children. The biggest assignment in the class is having the opportunity to understand a little of what being a caregiver is like.

Students got to take an automated baby home for three nights and two days. Students could choose from either Monday night through Thursday morning or Friday night through Monday morning. In those days, the students are granted three “quiet times” if needed for an activity they are involved in or another engagement; i.e. church, a wedding, or a sport/club event.

The point of this assignment is to show teens how stressful being a parent is, as well as having the added difficulty of teen-life.

The stress definitely affected the participants. Senior Adayla Carlson was performing in a play and explained how exhausted she was from performing, and then returning home to parent was just too much. She said, “When I fell asleep, the baby woke me up 3 times that night...I was stressed and overtired.”

Perspectives were changed by doing this assignment. The participants now better understand what their parents went through when raising a baby. Sophomore Alaina Dully was another participant. She said, “I am definitely more appreciative of my parents now because I somewhat understand what they went through to raise me.”

A big scenario that all teen parents face is whether or not they will finish high school. In fact, while students were learning about teen-parenting, a shocking statistic showed up. Thirty-eight percent of teen moms finish high school and receive a diploma.

Junior Autumn White was fairly certain that she couldn’t stick it out. She said, “I think that I would not have it in me to finish school as a teen parent because then I’d have a baby to look after, along with school work.”

Even with the extra difficulty added on to graduating with a child, all of the participants felt it is still important for teen moms to receive a high school diploma or equivalent. Adayla said, “They need to provide a future for that child. I understand it will be hard. But, isn't life hard already?”

From this simulation, the students learned more than just how stressful caring for a child can be. The students also learned some secrets. Alaina said, “I learned that whenever the baby sleeps, you should sleep.” This is a piece of advice Mrs. Whisker also shared with her students in class.

Overall, the students were grateful to have this opportunity provided for them. It took a lot out of them, but it was unanimous that it was a powerful experience. Autumn said, “I highly recommend it to other students. I think it might help them in the future if, and when, they have kids of their own.”

Band Competition

posted Oct 4, 2017, 6:00 AM by David Tapp

Band Continues on to Lincoln-Way

Dawson Andrews

When an average person thinks of marching band, he/she thinks of the halftime show at a football game, but a bando thinks of the football game as the opening act for the main event. But there is a lot more to these very talented individuals.

The members in the marching band have always had an impressive amount of discipline in them. They show up and work on their techniques starting in June. In other words, the band has been working for a long time to produce a good show to prove to other bands that they are capable of competing against schools that are sometimes much bigger than them.

The band’s director, Mr. Stalter said, “The band has made excellent progress so far. They just need to continue working this way until the end of the season.”

Mr. Stalter has been the band director at Eureka High School for over 25 years. He has led the band to win multiple awards such as best percussion, auxiliary and visual effects. His work also led the band to win the ISU State Championship 11 times.  

When students walk in the band room, they are immediately surrounded by the multiple awards and trophies that Mr. Stalter has accumulated since he started teaching in 1991.

The band itself believes it’s doing very well. Drumline section leader, senior Jacob Baldwin said, “I feel that my section has improved a lot. We are no longer playing modified parts, but we are now performing on a high level with stock parts.” The drumline is known to be an important part in the band. They are the ones who drive the tempo and provide the pulse for the band. If there was no drumline, the tempo would be much harder to handle.

Other sections have stated that they are also doing well. Freshman flute Hailey Andrews said, “We have learned much more complex musical patterns. Our marching skills have dramatically improved since June. We have overall dramatically improved.”

The band has been known to be very competitive and efficient on the field. They have worked countless hours perfecting their techniques, drill and music for big competitions. The band’s next competition is at Lincoln-Way on Saturday, Oct. 7.

Their competitors are up-state bands and bands from Indiana and Ohio. Some of these bands are much larger in population compared to Eureka. This may push the students to try overcome these musical giants, but Mr. Stalter has a different approach when it comes to competing. He said,”The real challenge for the band is that they perform better than they think they can.”

Mr Stalter also has stated in the past that it’s not about winning, but it’s about doing your very best. Although the students may have their minds on winning and making a statement, Mr. Stalter believes that just doing their best is enough to make a statement.  Come support the band at Lincoln-Way.

Homecoming Football Game

posted Oct 4, 2017, 5:50 AM by David Tapp

Homecoming Excitement Leads to a Hornet Win

Hornet football captures a great homecoming win, beating the Mustangs 35-16.

By: Natalie Bardwell

The night had only just started when the excitement began. The fans were decked out in their green and white apparel. The Mustangs were playing tough defense, but the Hornets would not give up. The crowd stood on their feet and cheered as senior quarterback Jake Bachman maneuvered his way into the end zone for the Hornets’ first touchdown of the night.

“When I scored, I knew we were going to win,” said Jake.

All week the excitement for the homecoming game had been brewing. The students at Eureka High School had been showing their support, hoping for a Hornet win.

“Everyone was pumped and ready to see the boys win the game,” said senior Kery Bello.

The Hornets were coming back from a loss to a tough Gibson City team the previous week. However, they did not let the loss affect the way they played Friday night.

“After the loss the week before we looked at the scoreboard one more time and pushed it out of our minds. Our boys knew they could play better so we just took that motivation and put it into the next week. I thought our guys were able to execute that well as shown by a good win against Ridgeview,” said Coach Jason Bachman.

They surely did execute well, with two touchdowns from junior Jonah Hahn, two from Jake Bachman, one from senior Tanner Gladson,  and making two big reception plays from senior Jake Steffen and junior Alex Brittain.

At halftime, the energy was high as the Hornets led the way 28-0. The fans were happy to see the boys playing together and having fun.

“It was so amazing to see everyone come out and support our boys, including people that don’t normally come. I loved seeing all the school pride and it made me feel proud to be apart of our community,” said senior Karly Lawrence.

With it being a homecoming game, the halftime agenda had a lot more in store. Homecoming attendants all lined up to be announced in front of the community.  With smiling faces, they made their way down the line.

“It was pretty surreal to me realizing I am a senior. It made me see how much I am going to miss Friday night football games,” said senior attendant Lara Wuethrich.

Following the announcement of homecoming court, the cheer team performed their stunt routine for the first time at the game. They had been preparing long and hard for their performance, and it paid off in the end. They hit every stunt and danced to the beat of the music.

Finally, it was the time of the night for the band to perform. Friday night was the first night they had performed the entire show, and many people were excited to see it.

“It went really well! It was nice to finally be able to perform the whole thing and see what we still need to work on. There was also different things we added that people didn’t see coming, which just made it a lot better,” said sophomore Shelby Stoner.

As soon as they were done, the football team rushed out onto the field to start the second half. The fans stood on their feet and cheered, excited to see what would happen in the next 24 minutes.

At first, the Mustangs looked as though they were going to come back. They had scored two touchdowns and a two-point conversion making the score 28-16 with the Hornets still in the lead.

The Hornets would not give up so easily, though, as a touchdown would then be scored by Tanner Gladson to gap the Mustangs 35-16.

“At that point in the game we were not playing like we should and I was very angry. Coach Bachman gave me the chance to run the ball so I took it and ran as fast as I could to get our team back on track to winning the game,” said Tanner.

The Hornets fought till the very last second securing another homecoming win. Cheers erupted from the stand as the community celebrated. For most, it was the perfect ending to their homecoming week. As Wendy would have said, “It was a great day to be a Hornet!”

Homecoming Parade

posted Oct 4, 2017, 5:46 AM by David Tapp

A Seussy Street Celebration

By: Abbie Phillips

The sun was shining, and the temperature was a cool 75 degrees. From floats to costumes, Dr. Seuss themed decorations were everywhere you looked. The excitement was building as students from all of the District 140 schools poured into the parking lot of Eureka High School. When the marching band took its place at the front of the line, the Homecoming Parade officially began.

This past week was Eureka High School’s homecoming week. Friday, Aug. 29 was the day the district had been preparing for. On top of having an early out, the annual parade wound its way through the streets of Eureka that afternoon.

Senior Mitch Wettstein was the The Homecoming King this year. Mitch is an active member of the Eureka FFA Chapter and can usually be spotted with his fellow FFA members on the float. Since it was Mitch’s first year as a member of the court, the parade was a whole new experience. “It did feel a little more special because we were near the front of the parade and everyone waved and many people congratulated us. It was more special because it was different than being on a float with a bunch of other people because people were more focused on us because we were the only ones in the truck,” Mitch said.

Mitch was joined by classmate and Homecoming Queen, Natalie Bardwell. In years past, Natalie could have been spotted on the Student Council parade float, but this year was a special one. Natalie said, “Being queen was such an honor and I’m thankful for everyone who voted because every girl deserved it! It was really fun riding in the parade, and Mitch and I made it fun. It was cool getting to see everyone and getting to throw candy to little kids. It’s such an honor to be a part of something like this and makes me appreciate our small town community!”

Last Friday was also the last homecoming parade for a special member of Eureka High School: Mr. Wherley. In past years, Mr. Wherley could be seen riding around in a golf cart with a fellow staff member, but this time Mr. Wherley received the position of Grand Honor Marshal. He traded in the golf cart for a seat in a shiny convertible along with his wife, Dana, and daughter, Addison. When asked about what he will miss most, Mr. Wherley said,  “I loved seeing former students along the parade route along with parents and friends.  I will miss all of the dress up days and sporting events throughout the week that make it a special time of the year.”

Between planning the dress up days for the week and building the floats for the parade, many Eureka High School students and staff members put in countless hours to make the homecoming week a success this year. All the hard work and energy that went into the parade helped set the stage for that night’s football game and the dance the following night.

Pep Rally

posted Oct 4, 2017, 5:36 AM by David Tapp

Community Pep Rally

By; Sydney Silverthorn

The second annual Community Pep Rally was held on Thursday, Sept. 28 at McCollum Field. Beginning at 7:30 pm, students were put against their equals in a showstopping lip sync battle, relay races, games and pure enjoyment.

The clubs involved in the games and relay races were Key Club, National Honor Society, Gaming Club, Musical, Science Club, FFA, Band, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Cube Crew, Student Council and Speech Team. While among the sports teams that participated in the lip sync battle were football, cross country, volleyball, tennis, swimming, golf, cheerleading and dance.

After the crowd's cheers were done, the football team took the win. Kaleb Merritt, senior football captain, was asked how it felt to win the lip sync battle, and he said, “Surprised because I thought the cheerleaders or the cross country team was going to win.”

Another event was selling tickets to pie teachers in the face to raise money under the supervision of second year teacher Mr. Hantack. When asked why he decided on this activity, he said, “It was a fun event I did at MTHS and since it has not been that long since I was in high school I thought it would be a fun way to get others involved while raising money for a good cause.”

A new event was added to the plans for this year, and it was the event of announcing the 2017 Homecoming King and Queen at the end of the rally. Between the five guys of Jake Bachman, Derek Brown, Miles Danner, Mitch Wettstein and Tanner Gladson, only one guy could take the crown, and that guy was Mitch Wettstein. On the other hand with the five ladies, there was Nicole Blunier, Natalie Bardwell, Baylee Baxter, Taryn Gustafson and Lara Wuethrich. The lucky lady that would be crowned the 2017 Homecoming queen on Saturday night was to be Natalie Bardwell. Natalie was asked to describe how it felt being selected for Queen in one word and she said, “Blessed.” There it is the King and Queen of 2017, Mitch Wettstein and Natalie Bardwell.

As the bleachers emptied and the lights turned down, McCollum field had been silenced in the wait for it to revive again on Friday night at 7:00 pm.

Run to Dance!

posted Oct 3, 2017, 9:16 AM by David Tapp

By: Keith Walder

Over the river and through the woods to the finish line they go. On Tuesday, Sept. 26, the Eureka High School Cross Country team made the short trip to El-Paso for the El-Paso Gridley (EPG) Invite at the Furrow Family Farm.

As the athletes run the course at EPG, they navigate Panther Creek four times as well as running up and down several hills, including a tough finish, running up a steep hill. To add to the difficult course, it was an abnormally hot day, with temperatures reaching 91 degrees; the girls race started at 4:15 p.m. at a smoldering 88 degrees. On top of everything, a combine was harvesting beans in a nearby field, kicking up dust everywhere.

The girls placed third overall with top 20 finishers of junior Emma Argo (1st), freshman Alexi Fogo (6th) and junior Lexi Grober (8th). When asked about her thoughts on the meet and being meet champion, Emma said, “I thought the meet went well. My favorite part was seeing my other teammates run well and hearing the stories of how their race experiences went. Winning it was my goal so I was glad to accomplish that.”

The boys also finished third overall with two top 20 finishers consisting of junior Kyle Johnson (9th) and freshman Mitchell Danner (15th). When asked about what he would most remember from the EPG Invite senior Don McFarlin said, “How much fun it is! The course is great, there’s always music playing, and everyone there is having fun.”

Top finishers in the open race for the Hornets were junior Kurt Hinrichsen (11th) and sophomore Luke Albertson (12th).

After all the races had concluded, athletes, coaches, and parents gathered in the awards area. The awards ceremony is more like a high school dance with awards mixed in. Athletes dance, sing, and chat while waiting for awards to start. New this year, they had a coach dance off. The athletes laughed and took videos as the coaches danced. When asked about dancing, Head Coach Olivia Morris said, “They didn't play a good song. The competition was not what we (Assistant Coach Julia Leong) were expecting.”

The girls and boys cross country teams head to the Prairie Central Invite on Oct. 7; then the Hornets host the Eureka Invite on Oct. 14 before kicking off the postseason at home on Oct. 21.

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