The 2020 Senior Wills

posted Jun 5, 2020, 6:22 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

The 2020 Senior Wills

I, Sydnee Masters, will Griffin Dietrich the role of drum major. Now that I’m gone, I trust you to take care of the band as the next drum major and keep them in line.

I, Danielle Shomler, will Skylar Crisp the encouragement to do great in art class and school in general.

I, Danielle Shomler, will Skylar Crisp the encouragement to do great in science class and every class going forward.

I, Bradley Brewer, will Aydan Dautermann the King Owl, an award given to a gifted athlete with a big future. Big things are coming for you. Don't let anyone or anything get in the way of what you want to accomplish. Don't let anybody tell you “No” because they don't know the work you've put into the game you love. Make your mom proud, Bro. Much love!

I, Tyler Ott, will Jonah Jagielski the broken forks in an undisclosed gym locker. It is an undisclosed (only because I can't remember the number) blue gym locker full of broken plastic cafeteria forks and other odd paraphernalia found on the cross country and track long runs. It's all yours, Chief. You earned it.

I, Ethan Schmidt, will Tyson Miller the Babata Bay Boys flag, the official flag of the Babata Bay Boys, an unofficial club founded in 2018 by members of the Slinger High School JV cross country team. The club aspires to preach the JV mindset and bring the team together for post-meet B-Dubs trips.

I, Madelyn Erdmann, will Anna Hill Hernandez Chamber pearls, which are used to pass on leadership. Megan Chion willed these pearls to Katie Jaques, who willed them to Megan Michaelchuck, who willed them to me. I want to give these pearls to you to continue this tradition of these pearls representing hard work and strength in choir and in someone’s life. I know you will continue this tradition and give these to someone who is as kind and beautifully minded as you.

I, Colby Hora, will Tanner Hora the Lettuce Club presidency. May you find a location for this honored tradition.

I, Andrew Weber, will Hunter Ott the Slinger Ski Team Instagram: @slingerski. I will you this Instagram account in order to keep the team spirit alive and to promote your future successes to the public.  Use it well, and I will be watching next season ;).

I, Heinz Walther, will Ethan Henneberry the Weld Fab team lead. You're in charge of getting two guys and making a team that you feel can win Slinger another gold at SkillsUSA State so that you can head to Nationals! We haven't had a year when we haven't been in the top 5, and we got 2020 taken from us. It's your job to get the gold back! You got this, Big Guy, do us proud. (P.S. You should run for officer; you'd love it).

I, Heinz Walther, will Brady Jackson the Hartford Soccer game ball. Get the ball AND the dub this year!

I, Heinz Walther, will Grant Ruback the position of Fishing Team captain. You're gonna be the new face and lead of our fishing team, Buddy! Do me proud, My Guy, and go catch some Big Mouth Billy Bass!

I, Madalynn Ritger, will Aramie Ritger the role of “the disappointing teenager of the family.” Now that I’m going to college, you get to be the rebellious teenager of the house. :) Cut the parents some slack, though. They had enough trouble with me.

I, Olivia Clark, will Sean Hill and Claire Pitrof the Science Olympiad Presidency. This title means that you now reign over the science nerds. Guide them well and lead them to victory. Prepare yourselves for the last minute cramming, the early morning gatherings accompanied by donuts and SunnyD, the Oregon Tree Rivalry, and the mischief-filled competitions. Also, prepare for the unexpected. Whether it be Gundrum's normal trickery or the windshield wiper of the vehicle you're in magically popping out of place, the presidency always seems to throw something hilariously strange your way. Oh, and one last thing: BEAT MARQUETTE!

Slinger DECA Says “Here We Go” to State

posted Feb 13, 2020, 4:58 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Abby Walter, Staff Writer

Posted February 13th, 2020

On Thursday, January 9, a library full of hopeful DECA competitors sat in front of their Chromebooks, testing tickets in hand. Some looked completely unphased, confident in their abilities to score high and earn one of the shiny DECA medals they’d been eyeing up and earning for years. The rest of the students, however, sat anxiously, constantly reminding their brains to “come on and think already.” These were the students who were fully expecting a bead of sweat to fall from their forehead and hit the “Submit Test” button.

By the time the District role play night rolled around on Wednesday, January 22, the nervous new members were a bit more relaxed, thanks to the extensive preparation provided by the Slinger DECA advisor, Mrs. Smessaert, the rest of the Slinger Business department including Mrs. Hansen and Ms. Becker, and the DECA officers, Emily Becker, Makenna Erickson, Owen Zaskowski, Maggie Klippel, Ava Breuer, Zach Stupnik, Jack Summers and Hannah Murray. Of course, they had prepared the members considerably for their test as well, it’s just difficult to find a student who doesn’t get nervous before a big test!

For some members, the excitement of competing isn’t worth the stress, so they prefer to stick to volunteering and gaining work experience, two of the three focuses of Slinger DECA. As any member would tell you, this work does not go unnoticed. In fact, when asked about how DECA involvement prepares students for the future, Slinger DECA Co-President Makenna Erickson said “DECA is a great organization to be a part of regardless of what your future holds. Communication, organization, project planning and presenting are a few of the exceptional skills gained through DECA!” Two of Makenna’s DECA takeaways, communication and organization don’t require competing at all.

However, for a multitude of members, competing is the highlight of the DECA year. If questioned, nearly every Slinger member would quickly tell you that it is easily worth all of the time and effort required. Whether or not a member qualified for State, they gained valuable presentation skills that will last them a lifetime. Even if students don’t see business in their future, these skills are applicable to any path they choose. Slinger DECA officer, Ava Bruer, reinforced this point through her testimonial: “Throughout the past year, DECA has presented me with so many opportunities and helped me to grow my confidence in so many different ways. No matter where you think your future will take you, DECA is such an amazing organization to get involved in to help prepare you for whatever path you decide to take.”

For the members who weren’t quite ready for State this year, there are still plenty of DECA opportunities ahead of them. Additionally, this year’s State qualifiers have another opportunity right around the corner. From March tenth through the twelfth, seniors Emily Becker, Makenna Erickson, Owen Zaskowski, Hannah Murray, Maggie Klippel, Jack Summers, Taylor Rhodes, Ethan Schmidt, and Sydney Strachota, juniors Abby Simon and Heather Campbell, sophomores Ava Bruer, Lauren Tradewell, Gage Zeigler, Morgan Rogacki, Bradley Robertson, and Lara Schmidt, and freshmen Isabelle Gintner, Abby Walter, and Jamie Rhodes will test their business skills against those of the other hopeful Internationals contenders.

State-sourced excitement is flowing through the Business hallway, and the officers are surely adding to the energy. Looking forward to her last Lake Geneva trip, Makenna exclaimed “I am looking forward to my final state competition of high school. Throughout the past two years, I have been able to network with so many new people and develop great skills for my future. The amount of hard work and dedication it takes to make it to State is unreal, but it is so worth it in the long run. On the sophomore side of the spectrum, Ava proved her enthusiasm through the statement, “I’m looking forward to seeing all the time and hard work that everyone has put into this whole process finally paying off. I think everyone will really be able to take this experience and grow from it as competitors, and also utilize what they learn in their everyday lives as well.”  

As the Slinger DECA chapter parades back from State, sporting polished medals and carrying glass trophies, remember that this could be you next year. After all, there’s nothing stopping you, so, “Here We Go!”

Slinger's Academic Decathlon team takes on statewide competition

posted Jan 17, 2020, 8:15 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Elizabeth Briggs, Editor In Chief
Posted January 17th, 2020

The Slinger Academic Decathlon team competed in the regional academic decathlon competition this Friday. This is after competing in locals in November which in recent years is online. The team was hoping to make it to state, which they were successful in doing. Other teams competing were New Berlin EIsenhower, New Berlin West, and Waukesha. Allan Elfe placed 3rd in Math for the Honors category and overall Slinger was 7th at the competition. The team does well at motivating each other to do better. The topic for this season is in sickness and in health. Members have been studying this theme through music, art, science, math, economics, and social science and are happy to have their work pay off once again!

School Shootings Across Wisconsin and Safety in the Slinger School District

posted Dec 20, 2019, 4:33 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Maria Graziano, Staff Writer

Posted December 20th, 2019


School shootings are routinely occurring across the nation and, now, Wisconsin has joined the list of states afflicted with this recent terror.  Last week, within three days, eight high schools in Wisconsin were faced with more than just threats. Wisconsin Governor, Tony Evers, said in response, “... we can’t keep pretending that this only happens in other communities or in other states — it’s happening here, too.” 


The 8 Scares

  • On Sunday, December 1st, social media posts appeared describing a planned shooting for the next day at West Bend High Schools.  

  • On Monday, December 2nd, a male student at Waukesha South arrived at school in possession of a handgun.  He pointed his gun at a police officer and was shot at himself. Waukesha South was put on lockdown.  

  • Only an hour later, Waukesha police were called again and were notified that a student may have been in possession of a gun at Waukesha North.  Waukesha North was put on lockdown. The police arrived at the student’s home and did not locate a gun.  

  • School was called off on Tuesday in Sparta after a student and their parent’s firearm went missing.  

  • On Tuesday, December 3rd, another student, this time from Oshkosh West High School raised some concern after bragging about his possession of a knife.  The student ultimately stabbed a police officer holding him as gunpoint. The student was also shot. Oshkosh West High School was placed on lockdown.  

  • Shortly after, a student at Oshkosh North made a threat via a social media post.

  • Tuesday night, there was also a potential threat against Germantown High School and Kennedy Middle School in Germantown.  


Safety in the Slinger School District

The following is an interview with our principal, Mr. Ourada, in regards to safety in our very own Slinger School District.  

Q: What are your reactions of the recent shootings and threats across Wisconsin last week?

A: The incidents at Waukesha South and Oshkosh West were horrific. School is suppose to be a safe haven for students and staff to learn together. It is unfortunate that in our society that we have to worry about individuals bringing in weapons to harm another person.


Q: What are the safety rules in place for the Slinger School District?

A: All of our staff has been trained through ALICE by the administrators and police department and we practice these procedures with the staff every year and with the student body. The outside doors are locked during the school day and visitors may only enter through the vestibule in the office. We also have a system called "Raptor" which scans a visitors ID when they enter the building to ensure they have no criminal background before they go anywhere in our school. All classroom doors must be locked. They do not need to be closed, but locked so it is easier to just close the door if we go into lock down.

Q: Have the safety precautions in the Slinger School District changed over the past five years?

A: We instituted ALICE (Alert, Lock down, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) four years ago and all of the administrators in the district went through training for this program. We have practiced lock down situations with our staff and law enforcement to ensure that we are as prepared as possible. This training has been extremely beneficial as we have to prepare for any situation. We also attend yearly school safety conferences that are held around the area. It is important that we network with other school districts so we can all learn from each other.

Q: What are some procedures that are in place in our district that you feel are important for Slinger High School students to be aware of?

A: The most important thing students can do is report anything to an administrator that they feel uncomfortable with that they have seen or heard. We investigate every situation to ensure that everyone at SHS is safe.

Q: Will any policies be changing due to the recent shootings in Wisconsin schools? Considering they are so close to us....

A: Great question....We have been discussing all of our procedures and policies in regards to safety over the past two weeks. Unfortunately, when these terrible events happens we can all learn from it and become better in our practices. We are working with Officer Sutter and the police department reviewing what we have in place and examining what if anything we need to improve on.

Our Hawaiian Experience

posted Dec 16, 2019, 1:34 PM by Jeffrey Wolf   [ updated Dec 18, 2019, 4:23 AM ]

By: Olivia Kreft, Staff Writer

Posted December 16th, 2019

Slinger High School had the opportunity to go to Hawaii as a performing trip. This trip made so many memories that will last forever. Here is my Hawaiian experience with the Slinger High School Marching Band.

On Sunday, November 24, 2019, approximately 5 AM, the Slinger High School Marching Band departed for O'Hare Airport in Chicago, Illinois. Arriving at the airport for some a walk in the park, and others, it was their first experience. With the flight leaving at 10:10 AM and arriving in Honolulu airport, approximately 3 PM Hawaii time. Now, remember that Hawaii is 4 hours behind Wisconsin time, so it is quite a difference. 

With the first day of our journey just basic traveling, everyone was exhausted beyond belief. Plans for the remainder of the day was to help unpack uniforms & band equipment, get comfortable in your room, and then find your dinner. This became a leisurely afternoon. A constant memory of the trip was the lack of  sleep. Getting used to the time change, affected sleeping and many activities during the trip. 

After getting minimal sleep, we started day two off getting uniforms, hat boxes, instruments, and ourselves ready for the big day. Today, we are performing at the USS Missouri Pearl Harbor, to pay our respects to the USS Arizona fallen soldiers, and the hard-working men and women on the remaining fleet of ships in the harbor. It was a great honor to be present at the memorial of the USS Arizona. We paid tribute to the 1,177 men and women who served and still lie in the ship that is their final resting place. Tears were shed, especially when the three Drum Majors, Drumline Captain, and Color Guard captains laid a wreath for the holiday season in honor of these men and women. Quoted from Mrs. Kieckhafer, "Our kids walked away from this performance with a much greater appreciation for our military and especially for the lives lost on December 7th, 1941. A good number of kids were so moved, they had tears just streaming down their cheeks as they paid their respects to the men buried inside the USS Arizona." Following the visit to the memorial, we performed on the USS Missouri. This was the same concert we exhibited in our Indoor Marching Band Concert.  The only exception was that the band performed during an extremely hot day in Hawaii. But regardless of the heat the performance was outstanding! Keeping our military barring was tricky, but it was done and the marching band was awesome! The SHS band finishing the day with a stop at the Hard Rock Cafe for dinner. For many this day was such a great experience! 

Starting day three, we got to sleep in. After breakfast, we took an hour bus ride to the other side of the island to attend the Polynesian Cultural Center.  This place was great! We got to learn all about different Hawaiian tribes, dances, and cultures. During the presentation we had the opportunity to try the local food which included fresh pineapples, coconuts, and fresh herbs.   This was quite an amazing show considering that we didn't know what to expect. After having leisure time at the Polynesian Cultural Center, we ate dinner at a buffet that had American and Hawaiian dishes. Some of these dishes were questionable, but it doesn't hurt to try something new at times, especially at a once in a lifetime trip to Hawaii. Finally, after dinner, we got to end the day with the "Breath of Life" performance. This performance told the story of the Hawaiian royal family and how the tribe began. The performance included many different cultural dances, feasts, scenes, and the many languages within the Hawaiian tribes. The "Breath of Life" performance emphasizes how they raise children in a tribe setting and teaching them all the dances, traditions, and roles that they are responsible for. Near the end, the child got married and started his own family, but the story made sense throughout. It was quite inspiring to watch the performance because it helps you understand the Hawaiian culture even more.

Physical and mentally strained, we moved onto day four. Off to Diamond Head! Diamond Head is a dormant volcano on the island of Oahu and this has been turned into a monument for the public to view and hike. Yet, this is no easy hike. I'm talking straight up, a mile in half long, and you are constantly sweating while trying to catch your breath. We learned that taking a faster pace up this volcano wasn't such a good idea after all, cause we were hurting that night. The view was quite amazing from the top of the volcano and the crater that is located just next door is very visible. You would never know how big and rugged this crater is if you were standing in the middle of it. Seeing it from a birds-eye view was remarkable! After hiking back down from this huge volcano we were greeted with a pineapple truck. This was the place to get your refreshments from your strenuous hike. Our refreshment break included many different options from pineapple smoothies to juice in an actual pineapple, American food, and coconut drinks. It was astonishing how such a great hike could wear you out and these refreshments sure did help us afterwards. Once we departed from Diamond Head, we had the rest of the afternoon to do whatever we wanted. For most people they headed straight for the beach or shopping. The beach was the main place to refresh ourselves with some soothing saltwater. Everyone had a blast on this day, but when it came time to hit the hay, we all ran to our hotel rooms! 

Continuing the great experience, day five brought quite an astonishing and exciting day. Right away in the morning, everyone departed for Secret Island- which was amazing! Have you ever watched those movies, where they have wooden changing rooms, no showers, and port-a-potties for bathrooms? Where music was blaring the whole time, people surfing, swimming, and just having a blast? Well, this was the place in real life! Everyone was having an absolute blast whether as an individual or a group. After all the festivities on the island, we got to eat lunch on the island. It was nothing special, but still it is on an island! After spending half the day at this island we all headed to Pauli's Lookout. This area is breathtaking! You get to walk right up to the edge of a cliff, looking out to the ocean, small towns, and the wind just speaks to you. Getting to the lookout was torture, especially because everyone was so exhausted. Too much sun for the day will do that to you.  After sleeping on the bus for the majority of the ride back to the hotel, we had the rest of the afternoon to ourselves. Most people went to the pool or slept since there was no meeting that night. The entire band was exhausted from the past few days in Hawaii. The day was quite eventful and one that no one will forget considering all the fun we had. 

On day six, most people went shopping or just chilled around the hotel property. Some of the stores in Hawaii were cool to walk into, had very expensive choices, but fun stuff to look at. Especially the Tesla store, everyone was obsessed with that store in Hawaii.  After our full day of what we wished to do, we got to celebrate Thanksgiving by shopping or doing as we pleased. Pretty cool! Yet, we had one more performance, and this will be remembered forever because one, it was our first-night parade, and second, everyone was sweating, turning purple, and just about ready to pass out. For our final performance of the trip the SHS band got to march in the Waikiki Parade on Thanksgiving day, which ended great! The directors commented, "I had to take a double-take. It didn't sound like our band at first, that's how well you played!". That is one compliment that everyone will remember especially considering everyone was on the verge of passing out. In the end, considering that this day was for ourselves and that we ended it with a band performance, the band directors couldn't have asked for a better experience to be apart of. Marching Band is family and as a family, we had the best trip of a lifetime together!

As the experience came to an end, we were all very disappointed but exhausted and homesick. Day seven was all about preparing for departure and packing our suitcases. The band couldn't be more thankful and honored to have gone to Hawaii as a family that is supportive of everyone. The seven day trip was an absolute blast! It was hard to recover from, but we will always remember this trip. Our performances, attitudes, and the experience overall was so heartfelt, extravagant, and memorable. As we all looked at the island as we flew off the runway we all said silently... "Aloha & Mahalo Hawaii, Until we meet again..."

It Takes Skills to Enchant

posted Dec 9, 2019, 7:32 AM by Jeffrey Wolf   [ updated Dec 12, 2019, 9:42 AM ]


By: Abby Walter, Staff Writer

Posted December 9th, 2019

Enchantment in the Park is Washington County's most exciting light display during the holiday season!” When asked about the annual holiday light show held at Regner Park in West Bend, Slinger High School’s SkillsUSA advisor, Mr. Hug, couldn’t hold back his excitement towards Washington County’s own winter wonderland. 

Set up and supported by local volunteer groups, including Rotary chapters, Enchantment in the Park has welcomed many groups from the Slinger School District throughout the years, including auditioned bands and choirs from both the middle and high schools. These ensembles have spread Christmas cheer from their cozy spot in the Hot Chocolate Hut, but they’re not the only Slinger students spreading Christmas cheer in the park.

SkillsUSA has been closely tied to Enchantment in the Park since the beginning of the school year, starting set-up as early as October. Their most notable contribution is all of the hours the members put in behind the scenes, summed up by Mr. Hug’s quote, “SHS's SkillsUSA group has been setting up lights for many years and are responsible for the two ‘Mega Trees’ located on the west side of the grounds.” These trees are some of the focal points of the light show, especially because they change color right in front of visitors’ eyes. 

The event will be open to the public through December 24, and all the while, SkillsUSA members will be collecting food items for local food pantries and directing cars through the show. Mr. Hug summarized this aspect of SkillsUSA’s contribution by saying, “We have used our technical skills to help collect donations that directly impact our local food pantries. It is really exciting to see SHS and other community groups come together for such an amazing event.”

Considering all of the hard work contributed by SkillsUSA and other volunteers, Enchantment in the Park is a must see if you’re home for the holidays. Make sure to look for the “Mega Trees!”

SHS Marching Band entertains community with indoor concert.

posted Nov 15, 2019, 12:16 PM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Olivia Kreft, Staff Writer

Posted November 15th, 2019

On November 6, 2019, at 7 pm the best show ever came to slinger! The indoor marching band concert was an amazing finale for the high school performances of this year. The performance brought Hawaii songs, football toons, and senior members giving introductions to the band.

This concert was one of the many meaningful concerts to the band because this normally ends the marching season till spring. Yet, this year the marching band has a greater opportunity yet to be experienced. They are going to Hawaii!

The concert was a dedication to all of our football tunes that were rehearsed over and over again until almost perfect, as well as tunes that our color guard performed to Sucker as a senior piece and Party Rock Anthem for the feature of the color guard. The color guard of 2019-2020 is lead by captains Caitlin Schlict and Brooke Kiefer. They did an amazing job with all of their routines! 

Another big part of the show was exhibiting what tunes we will be playing in Hawaii. After waiting 3 years, it is time for a trip and we have been invited back to Hawaii to play at Pearl Harbor and Thanksgiving events. The band would like to thank the directors Mr. Kiekhafer and Mr. Westley for all the dedication and time they put towards our achievements. 

The band would also like to thank the drum majors selected at the end of last year that directed the band during performances and in class. Nolan Miller, Olivia Kreft, and Sydnee Masters are huge role models for the band. They display great leadership and dedication to the band. "THANK Y'ALL" as the band requested. 

The band puts so much time and effort into the performances and practice daily. This makes the band sound and looks as it is because the students in the band are dedicated. The marching band in Slinger is a second family to so many people. Check out the indoor marching band highlights below:

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The Horicon Marsh field trip offers something for everyone.

posted Nov 7, 2019, 4:52 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By Olivia Kreft, Staff Writer

Posted November 7th, 2019


School field trips can be inspirational, leaving everyone learning something new. Well, within the Slinger School District, the Ecology & Wildlife & Natural Resources class went to Horicon Marsh!  


This field trip offered the students many opportunities. First off, seed collection was a unique activity. The participants got to harvest different plants to collect seeds, which would then be sorted and shipped out to other plantations. These seeds would help with different plots to help the growth and population of a plant. 


Next up, was a visit to the Horicon Marsh Explorium. The participants went through a designed history walk to learn more about Horicon Marsh's history. It involved smelling, listening, and learning many interesting things. The most important part of this walk was a certain arrowhead. This arrowhead ends up being your narrator and telling you all about the Horicon marsh and how the arrowhead was made and used. 


After the Explorium was the wildlife management hike. This hike led the participants around to see all the different land formations and animals in the Horicon Marsh.  The Horicon Marsh is large and home to many migrating birds and all sorts of different wildlife. This area allows all the animals to rest during travel and find a safe shelter for the winter. One of the most popular animals in that area is the muskrat. These creatures eat the cattails, which are very abundant in the Horicon Marsh. Students on the hike also learned about different cutting and burning techniques that help prepare the soil for new vegetation in the spring. These cutting and burning techniques allow for many more ecosystems to appear in the future. 


Finally, the group had a chance to monitor aquatic ecosystems which was one of the most hands-on activities during the field trip. This allowed you to test the water for microorganisms, plant life, and any decomposing waste matter. You even got to go in the water to find your test materials!  From finding fertilizers to animal waste, you could find anything depending on the area you test. Unfortunately, the Horicon Marsh has always had a problem with fertilizer runoff due to the low environment and the high populations of farms around there area.


So, when you go on a field trip with any class, there is always some learning experience behind it. Remember to pay attention and take what you learned from the educators at the field trip location. You never know when it may be useful.

Senator Johnson Speaks to Students: A review of Senator Ron Johnson's town hall meeting at Slinger High School

posted Oct 16, 2019, 7:40 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By Katherine Alder, Staff Writer

Posted October 16th, 2019

Senator Johnson is the Republican Senator for the state of Wisconsin he was first elected in 2010 defeated Democrat incumbent Senator Russ Feingold. He was reelected in 2016. Ron Johnson and his wife Jane moved from Minnesota to Wisconsin in 1979. Ron Johnson and his wife have three children all graduates of UW schools. They started working with Jane’s brother Pat Curler at PACUR LLC. Johnson worked as an accountant and a machine operator. In the mid 1980’s Johnson became the CEO of the company. The Curlers sold the company to Bowater industries for 18 million dollars in 1987. In 1997 Johnson repurchased the company and remained the chief executive officer of PACUR, LLC, a polyester and plastics manufacturing company until being elected to the Senate. He is on several Senate committees including the Committee on Foreign Relations, the Committee of the Budget, and Senator Johnson is the Chairman of the committee on Homeland Security.

He began his speech stating a few main points before taking student questions. He emphasized the importance of the educational opportunities that we have been provided with and the success that a quality education can bring, before reminding everyone not to do drugs of any kind. He answered questions ranging from vaping and trade to our futures and second amendment rights. He was asked about his views on immigration and on illegal immigrants along the border. He said that as with his company these bigger issues needed to be divided into smaller attainable goals. In order to solve the immigration issues, the border needed to be secured and the system itself needed to be fixed. Many of these immigrants come to the US seeking political asylum, without actually meeting the requirements of a political asylum and their cases are so backlogged that they can go years without being heard so they live in the background and can end up being taken advantage of by their employers.

He was also asked about his opinions on President Trump’s trade policy. He said that China had abused the trade policies and that many had believed that as China improved financially they would increase freedoms for their people but they did not. China has stolen large amounts of intellectual property from other companies  and they are threatening and militarizing the South China sea. Johnson also believes that NAFTA was a good policy. He thinks that we need to solidify trade with other countries in Asia. Trade in a global economy is beneficial for everyone involved, but it is treated like a “political football”. 

When asked about a law passed in 2009 stating that if a firefighter died on duty their families would still receive health insurance, he said that his first reaction to that policy was why didn’t it already also cover law enforcement. From a cost standpoint, not many first responders die on duty so the cost is negligible, but first responders put their lives at risk everyday to protect others so we should provide for their families if they lose their lives doing so. He then gave the example of 9/11 when while everyone was desperately trying to escape the towers first responders were going in trying to save people. He said that we should support them rather than politicising them.


Finally, when he was asked about his views on terrorism and the military he spoke of his policy on peace through strength. He said that Presidents Carter, Clinton, and Obama all reduced military spending and when the Republicans we in office they would increase it. He said that we should maintain a military force so that no one could challenge the U.S. The U.S. should not try to be the police force of the world, but we should protect our interests. He said that when President Obama turned a blind eye on the problems in Syria and ISIS people died, but when ISIS lost power the number of people imitating their terrorist attacks was reduced. The issue of terrorism is a multi-generational issue that can’t be eliminated all at once. The other place people are drawing their inspiration from, is the internet, but because of the first amendment they can’t arrest people without cause based solely on what they say online he also stated the importance of see something say something in these matters. We need to support our military and their families because they risk their lives to protect our freedom.

My Homecoming (Photo Essay)

posted Oct 8, 2019, 4:30 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Olivia Kreft, Staff Writer/Photographer

Posted October 8th, 2019

Marching band performance after parade.

Mr. Westley & Olivia Kreft

Grace Dow & Olivia Kreft

Final picture after dance

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