BotsIQ Wins Big at WCTC Competition

posted May 15, 2019, 4:48 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Kelsey Alder, Staff Writer

Posted May 15th, 2019


BotsIQ, or just Bots is a club in which teams take aluminum bar stock, sheet aluminum or sheet steel, and electronic RC car components to make a fighting “bot” which competes in a competition held at Waukesha County Technical College. This year the Slinger Bots team five bots to the competition. The actual competition has a bracket that decides which bots fight each other. The actual fights are pretty simple, each bot is laid on either side of an arena (steel floor with clear plastic walls) and they fight for three minutes. If a bot is immobilized for 10 seconds they lose, and the driver can also tap out at any time, but none of the teams did so. For every match a team wins they get a blue plastic token. Then there is an acrylic trophy for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in the competition as well as for the documentation the team provided for their bot. The documentation details the process of building the bot from the design phase through testing. Pillsbury Doughboi won 1st place for documentation, while Samaritan Mk. III got 3rd place as well as 1st place for the competition. But putting the victories aside, everyone had a lot of fun and it was a valuable experience as well. Since most people in BotsIQ are interested in doing something with engineering, manufacturing, electronics, etc. later in life it was very useful to get that experience and learn more about those topics. There were a couple people in the club that knew a lot about the RC car parts and the electrical aspect of the bot, most of the people in Bots had at least a basic understanding of the manufacturing and metal fabrication of the bot. for those members of the club that did not have as much experience or hadn't taken any tech ed classes yet, BotsIQ provided them an opportunity to quickly acquire those skills without having to do it in a classroom setting. Overall BotsIQ is great for people who want to have fun creating things and making them function. It is a great opportunity to learn various new skills and have a good time doing so.





Class Review: The Great Minds of the Western World

posted Apr 18, 2019, 10:54 AM by Jeffrey Wolf


By: Chloe Schmidt, Co Editor-in-Chief

Posted April 18, 2019


The Great Minds of the Western World is a class that Mrs. Erdmann teaches for .5 credit. In this class you learn about popular artists, composers, and authors of earlier centuries.


I loved this class. Mrs. Erdmann is so passionate about what she teaches and that’s what causes the class to be so successful. She allows the class to have an open atmosphere where you can just speak out and talk without having to raise your hand or feel frightened.


The content of the class is interesting because it has such a large range. All of the class is on the artistic spectrum, so you must be interested in art, but it ranges from floral, girly art to dark, gory art.

The only flaw I would say that this class has it that Mrs. Erdmann uses scantrons so you don’t see what answers you get wrong on the tests, which means you don’t know what you got wrong.


Otherwise, I highly recommend this class to any artistic person or anyone interested in learning about art!


Washington County Haunted Series: The Goatman of Holy Hill

posted Apr 8, 2019, 6:16 PM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Chloe Schmidt, Co Editor-in-Chief

Posted April 8th, 2019


The haunted series is back and better than ever! My friends are just as into haunted, scary stuff as I am, and they brought to my attention a new figure to the horror scene: the Goatman.


The Goatman is exactly what he sounds like: his top half is that of a goat and his bottom half is the build of a man. He carries an axe that he uses to chop up teenagers. The legend goes that the Goatman is jealous of teenagers because of how attractive they are, whereas he’s just- well, he is half goat. The goatman was created because a scientist was doing experiments on animals and an experiment with a goat went terribly wrong.


The Goatman is said to live near Holy Hill in Hubertus. He’s claimed to be seen on Hogsback Road. Due to this information and our piercing curiosity, my friends and I decided to investigate. Around 8 o'clock on a Friday night we all hopped into my friend’s car and she drove us there. We drove down that cursed, icy road, and turned down several dangerous curves without guard rails.


I will admit, my friends were more into searching for Goatman than I was. Although I love haunted things, that road was just plain scary. There are deep drops on either side, and it keeps winding back and forth.


Obviously we didn’t see Goatman. I don’t think we expected to, but we expected something. Instead, all we saw was deer and a tunnel filled with graffiti.


Stay tuned for the next article!


Course Selections: AP Human Geography vs World Studies

posted Apr 2, 2019, 11:18 AM by Jeffrey Wolf


By: Chloe Schmidt, Co Editor-in-Chief

Posted April 1st, 2019


Entering freshman year, no one is ever positive of the classes they want to take. A big choice is if you want to go into World Studies or AP Human Geography.


AP Human Geography is a harder class than World Studies, mostly because it’s an AP class. AP classes tend to have a lot more classwork, homework, and harder material. However, they do look better on college applications. Another upside to this, is if you take the AP exam in May you’ll be more adapted to AP testing when it comes to different AP classes. In this class you learn about curriculum relating to charts and graphs, so if you’re good at reading those, this is the class for you!

World Studies is the class that most incoming freshman take. The material is very interesting, and the workload isn’t heavy, yet it doesn’t look as good on college applications as an AP class. In this class you learn about, like the class name says, the history of the world. You study the history of various countries from South Africa to Spain.


That’s all for this article! If you have a request for a class you want me to review, email me at 19chlschmidt@slingerschools.org!


Students donate at the 2019 SHS Blood Drive

posted Mar 26, 2019, 4:32 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Eddie Inchaurregui, Staff Writer

Posted March 26th, 2019


I interviewed Chloe Schmidt about the Slinger High School 2019 Blood Drive. The following is how she felt it went.


E: Now tell me, how did the Blood Drive go?


C: “The blood drive was good! The process of checking in took a long time, about an hour, but the actual donation of blood took about 5-10 minutes and was mostly painless. The workers were helpful and it was nice to be surrounded by fellow students.”


E: What did you like about donating blood?


C: “I like the fact that I’m helping three people without even knowing them. I also like the fact that I get to find out my blood type! I’ve been wanting to know that for years.”


E: What did you not like?


C: “I didn’t like that it took an hour to fill out forms and I gave my consent two or three times. I understand why they do it that way, but in the end it just made me more nervous about donating.”


E:  What would you change about the blood drive if you could?


C: “I don’t know if it’s the school’s or the Blood Center of Wisconsin’s issue, but probably make the donations go through the whole day. I feel like they would get a lot more blood that way because a lot of people have afternoon study halls.”


According to Versiti, the BloodCenter of Wisconsin was founded 1947 and provides blood and its products to 56 hospitals in 29 counties. Their aiding resource provides for patients in need. Approximation of 800 donors are needed every day to balance the need for blood supply in our local hospitals.


For more information, visit: https://secure.versiti.org/bcw/bcw/about-bloodcenter/history/index.htm


Skills USA team shines at regionals

posted Mar 8, 2019, 4:24 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Eddie Inchaurregui, Staff Writer

Posted March 8th, 2019


SkillsUSA is a  group of 36 students that learn technical skills, leadership, and citizenship. Provided by Slinger High’s SkillsUSA site, “SkillsUSA is a great way for students to improve their skill level, build confidence, and achieve a high level of self-satisfaction by participating in community service projects. Competitions consists of a ‘District’ contest held at a high school in our region in the fall semester.  Regionals are at either UW-Stout or at a technical college typically in February. The State contest is in April, in Madison. Students finishing first at State can compete at Nationals in June in Louisville, KY.” I interviewed Alyssa Koepke, the 2018 - 2019 Slinger SkillsUSA President, about the current standing of SkillsUSA.  She told me “SkillsUSA is traveling to our regional competition that is held at the University of Wisconsin Stout. We have students competing in many areas such as photography, electrical, technical drafting, welding, carpentry, job skill demonstration, and advertising design.” I also asked Sam Schodron, Slinger’s competitor in Computer Programming at Regionals, how he managed to take first place. “We drove up to UW-Stout Thursday night and competed in our competitions Friday. Our team did very well taking home seven gold medals. I put in a good amount of work outside of class at school to make sure I was prepared for anything they had thrown my way. I felt confident coming out of the competition that I had adequately completed the program and had a chance to place.”


For more information about SkillsUSA, go to:  https://www.slinger.k12.wi.us/faculty/apeldua/skillsusa.cfm


A polar vortex hits Slinger

posted Feb 27, 2019, 11:04 AM by Jeffrey Wolf


By: Chloe Schmidt, Co Editor-in-Chief

Posted February 27th, 2019


Do you remember the polar vortex that gave us almost a week off of school? Well, for that you have to thank climate change. While you were inside sleeping until ten o’clock under five layers of blankets, outside the wind was swirling and snow was landing on anything it could find.


The northern polar jet stream is partially controlled by the vast temperature differences between the North Pole and the equator. Since the North Pole is warming up due to climate change, the closeness in temperature is causing the jet stream to become more uneven and unpredictable, causing the major temperature differences. Due to the closeness in temperature this causes the jet stream to cause a wavy line around the globe instead of the straight line it usually forms. This allows cold air to move south and warm air to move up.


Everything in this article was found on www.insideclimatenews.org. If you’re interested and looking for articles about the environment, look no further! Please do what you can to help prevent climate change and protect the environment! Use environmentally-friendly products and stop supporting large companies that destroy the environment. Spread the word!

Owl Anglers fish for victory this winter

posted Feb 14, 2019, 4:40 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Eddie Inchaurregui, Staff Writer

Posted February 14th, 2019


For today’s article, I’ve interviewed member Heinz Walther of the Slinger High Fishing Team.


EI: Is there a specific name for the Slinger High School Ice Fishing Club? If so, What is it?

HW: ”We don’t quite consider us as a club, more as a team, just as any other Slinger sport. The specific name we as a team have decided upon for our team is

The Slinger High School Owl Anglers.”


EI: What position do you hold in the team?

HW: “I hold no specific position within the club. Though our team is split in two divisions, A Team and B Team. A Team consisting of the more involved tournament fisherman, including myself, and Team B as our secondary team.”


EI: How many members are currently in the team? Which teachers are involved and how?

HW: “Currently, there are approximately 20-25 Fisherman on our Ice Fishing Team.  Our Coaches for the team, who are teachers as well, are Mr. Luke Skic and Mr. Brent Hug. These gentlemen are a huge part to our club. They are responsible for signing us up for tournaments, dual meets, guided trips, etc. for the team. In addition to that, they work with all of our sponsors in order to get us quality gear for success, along with getting us known and opening more and more opportunities for the team as a whole. Without our coaches/advisors, our team would not be around.”


EI: What is the club all about? What time are you guys active?

HW: “Our team is about getting young people who are avid or even newcomers to fishing and showing them true fishing experiences, during ice and open water seasons. We teach each other, work with each other, and help each other learn and acquire new fishing techniques and strategies so you could have fun and catch awesome fish in the process. Yes, we have tournaments with schools from all across Wisconsin, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t have fun. It is a fun, exciting, thrilling, and lively team that is always getting bigger and better. We are active year round, during winter, spring, summer, and fall. On tournament days, we are up at 4 AM and back home at 5 PM. Times and days vary, just like the shifting of fish from place to place, so there is never a specific time we’re active, but one thing always stays the same, we are up in the morning with the rising sun.”


EI: What is your joining requirements? Do you still take new members?

HW: “We have no joining requirements at all! That’s what makes this team so awesome! You could be a freshman, a senior, have fishing experience, or have none at all! We welcome everybody to come be a part of our team. All we ask is that you treat the team, the coaches, and the equipment just as a sports team would be. When you’re on the team, not only do you get a chance to show off your awesome fish, but you’re also representing Slinger High School. We are always open to new members.”


EI: When is your next meet?

HW: “Our next meet is yet to be determined, but we as a team have been invited to embark on a guided fishing trip at Sturgeon Bay, 3 hours North of Slinger this Sunday, February 10, 2019. Though this will be simply a guided fishing trip, not a tournament against other school. Our next tournament is yet to be determined, but has anticipated being on Lake Winnebago.”


EI: Any additional information you would like SHS student body and staff to know about the Ice Fishing Team?

HW: “The Slinger Owl Anglers are an excellent representation of Slinger High School and what we are all about not only as a team, but as a school. We make it our complete intention to treat our team just as any other team we have to offer at the school, but we also treat each other with utmost respect and friendship. We provide a fun and exciting experience to each and every person willing to learn and have a good time. All of this because of (Special Thanks To) Brent Hug (Coach) Luke Skic (Coach) Marshall Jacklin (President) and Cole Duehring (Vice President) for their time, efforts, contributions, and branching Slinger High School to yet another branch of success.”


2019 Nite Crier Trivia Contest and Scavenger Hunt

posted Feb 6, 2019, 1:05 PM by Jeffrey Wolf   [ updated Feb 7, 2019, 7:09 AM ]

2019 Nite Crier Trivia Contest and Scavenger Hunt

By Andrew Davis, Entertainment Editor

Posted February 6th, 2019


This year, the Nite Crier is offering an intense Trivia Contest unlike any ever carried out in Slinger High School’s history.  Challenging questions, scavenger hunting, HUGE prizes, and much more awaits those that partake in this truly unique experience.

 

When: Friday, February 22nd after school at 2:45 to 4pm

Where: Starts at the Slinger Library

Who: Teams of up to 4 Students

What: Teams will be given a question and clue to find the other questions (15 in all).   Speed will count! When all 15 questions are answered, teams will report back to the library to hand in their form.  Time will be recorded, and then the contest form will be corrected. 10 seconds will be added for each incorrect answer.  All questions must be answered in order to compete for prizes. At least 10 questions must be correct in order to be eligible for the competition.

What You’ll Need: A smartphone that can read QR codes (several free apps available) and at least one pen.


Wait, there are prizes?    Yes!

1st Place

  • $50 Gift Card to the Rookery

  • Subway Gift Card

  • Culver’s Card Gift Card

  • McDonald’s Gift Card

  • $20 Free Bowling at Kettle Moraine Bowling

  • Piggly Wiggly Free Brats Certificate


2nd Place

  • $30 Gift Card to the Rookery

  • Marcus Movie Pass Gift Card

  • Cousins Sub Card

  • Dairy Queen Gift Card

  • Jim’s Pizza Gift Certificate


3rd Place

  • $20 Gift Card to the Rookery

  • Subway gift certificate

  • $25 Angelo Pizza certificate

  • Sweet Creation Gift Card


Sign up begins Friday, February 8th in Mr. Wolf’s room (room 129).  Sign up ends on Thursday, February 21.


HAPPY HUNTING!!!

Last Minute Gift Ideas

posted Dec 21, 2018, 7:01 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Chloe Schmidt, Co Editor-in-Chief

Posted December 21st, 2018


We all have those moments when we forget someone we have to get a gift for, then realize it and go, “What should I get them? It’s the day before Christmas!” Here is a list I’ve constructed of last minute gift ideas.

  1. Get them a candle. Hopefully you know their desired scent so this one will be easy for you. But even if you don’t know their favorite scent, get a Christmas one to help them get in the Christmas spirit!

  2. Make them homemade coupons. This one is mostly geared towards the people you live with- a coupon to empty the dishwasher, a coupon for a hug, simple, nice things like that.

  3. Get the person a gift card. Hopefully you know their favorite restaurant so it’s a bit more personal, but even if you don’t, Target and Walmart are great places to get gift cards.

  4. Get the person some candy. Again, hopefully you know their favorite candy but if you don’t, Dum Dums and Hershey’s chocolate are classics.

  5. Get the person an ornament. Help them get into the Christmas spirit with this idea! Whether it be a cute ornament or a funny ornament it’s the thought that counts.

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