Students volunteer their time at Latina Fest in West Bend

posted May 22, 2018, 6:22 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Abbie Schmidt, Co-Editor-in-Chief

Posted May 22nd, 2018

On Sunday, May 20th, a group of SHS students in Spanish went to West Bend to help out with the Latina Fest put on by Casa Guadalupe. The fest served as a fundraiser for the organization and involved delicious foods, dancing lessons, children’s activities and much more! SHS was stationed at many different children’s games and got to give out prizes for winners. Overall, it was an eye-opening experience to the culture happening around us that many of us are unaware of.

Highlights from the 2018 Prom (Photo Essay)

posted May 21, 2018, 12:57 PM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Mariah Flynn, Staff Writer

Posted May 21st, 2018

Kelly Scott and JT Guenzel

Faith Becker and Grainger Anderson

Greta and Mew enjoy their Prom

Cade Geldreich and Nora Martin

Juniors and Seniors have a fun night.

Brooklyn Bingen and Will Weis dance around with friends.

The DJ gets everyone to dance along.

Prom King Evan Sievers and Prom Queen Anna Richardson

2018 Prom Court

Prom Court participates in the traditional Prom dance.

Class of 2018 Senior Wills Entry Form

posted May 14, 2018, 4:57 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

Hey seniors! It's that time of the year where the seniors leave their favorite items to underclassmen via the "Senior Wills". Use the Senior Wills Link below to submit your Senior Wills by May 22nd.  More than one entry can be submitted. 

West Bend’s Goodwill helps our community

posted May 11, 2018, 4:47 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Chelsea Inchaurregui, Staff Writer

Posted May 11th, 2018

I’m positive all of us have entered stores, where we just enter, buy the things we need, and then leave. By doing so, we are missing out on how people are collaborating with each other and the impact every single employee has to that business, and to the overall community, in general. In my sociology class, we learned about “The Forest and the Trees”, and this concept was established by Allan Johnson. It’s like how Goodwill is a forest, it has multiple contributions. The trees would be individual people, like employees and managers that allow for a Goodwill to thrive and better serve others. Sometimes, we fail to notice these trees, and just see a store as a forest, a bunch of trees, but there is more beauty to it than that, just by looking into how employees make a difference in the back can make you see the world differently.

As an employee at Goodwill in West Bend, I’ve been able to share my quality skills for an important cause. The Goodwill mission is to help those with disadvantages obtain employment. This non-profit organization is open to new tactics when it comes to supporting the mission. For example, we have the rounding up option, where instead of paying like $4.62, you can pay $5 to further contribute to our mission.

It’s amazing how donating something you don’t use results in someone with a disability being able to work. That one donation gets delivered through the back, ends up on the belt, which then eventually gets priced by pricers. We don’t just throw away things that are not suitable for pricing. We have a system where we salvage clothes, shoes, books, metals, electronics, and so much more. Through this method, second-market buyers can buy these items, and then we still are supporting the Goodwill mission!

I hope now that we can learn to appreciate the “individual trees” in Goodwill because I've never known such an organization, like this one, that ensures that what we receive can be used, and as an employee, I feel proud to know that just by working there, I can create opportunities for those with disadvantages, and allow them to fulfill their dreams.

Mr. Strand’s Ghost Story

posted May 11, 2018, 4:41 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

Chloe Schmidt, Staff Writer

Posted May 11th, 2018

If you have had Mr. Strand, you’ve probably heard his famous ghost story. And if you’re going to have Mr. Strand in the future, you will probably hear this ghost story. Truth be told, when I first heard this ghost story I was at the edge of my seat just as panicked as Mr. Strand was.

Five years ago, Mr. Strand and his wife were expecting their first child, so they moved into a nearby house. Mr. Strand was exploring the house and, in the attic, he came across a photo of a young girl wearing early 1900s clothes. Understandably, he was freaked out. That’s the kind of stuff you see in horror films. So he left it there as to not disturb the girl and went about his daily life.

Eventually his son was born, and they put a camera baby monitor above his crib to watch him. One day Mr. Strand’s wife was watching the baby monitor and located an orb in the corner of the screen. As soon as she saw it, it flew off the screen. Mr. Strand didn’t believe her until he saw it for himself. It wasn’t a problem with the camera because, when they used it with their second child in a different part of the house, it worked just fine.

When their first child was able to talk, Mr. Strand and his wife could hear him talking in the middle of the night. They asked him about it and he casually said, “Oh, I’m just talking to the girl in the closet.” They asked if she was nice, obviously freaking out on the inside, but when he said she was, they decided not to do anything about it. As the son got older, he changed his answer and said she wasn’t nice anymore.

This is honestly one of the creepiest ghost stories I’ve ever heard. I want to hear more about it, but for Mr. Strand’s sake I don’t want anything else creepy to happen in his house.

My story as an LGBTQ student

posted May 11, 2018, 4:39 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Pasha Maciolek, Staff Writer

Posted May 11th, 2018

I would like to start by saying I'm a transgender student. I am a very understanding person. I  have always thought deep down that something was wrong with me until I found out in my early teenage years that there was nothing wrong. I had been going through a lot of emotional struggles last year. I was in and out of hospitals all school year and had been going through a depression. Depression had many effects on me as a student at Slinger High School. It was very common for me to be teased or harassed by other students. I am just someone who is like everyone else and am very capable of doing the same things as everyone else. It may be a difficult adjustment for others, but let’s do this and just get along.

Life has not been very easy for me. I was adopted when I was 5. I had a lot of trauma and neglect when I was at the orphanage. I had been dealing with some medical and physical problems during these years. It's been a very risky situation, and over the years, I have been feeling a whole lot. I feel that every morning I wake up, get ready for school, and I feel sick, as if I can't be true to myself. I can't even do things that I should be able to do. It's a very hard situation when it comes to my case and has many effects on other things. It's been very comforting knowing I have the support of friends, family, and counselors. Coming out has still been a real problem. Just think how would you feel if someone was bullying you for your gender. It gets tiring after a couple days of it, maybe even a couple years. All I’m asking, as a transgender student, is for people to not be mean and to be respectful. I have gone through a lot of damage over the years and need everyone to have a safe place.

Also, I want to talk about social media. Social media has been a big problem in my life. Bullying and getting teased is uncalled for and is not a great thing. At the the end of the day we just want to be normal and we all want to have accomplishments, but in order to do that, we have to take steps forward. I want to give advice to everyone. Never give up taking opportunities and use it to the best of your advantage. Just think about it for a second. I want everyone to know we can do what is right and not what is wrong.

”Getting America to believe that people are born LGBTQ (that it’s not something that can be chosen or ever changed) has been central to the fight for gay rights. If someone can’t help being gay any more than they can help the color of their skin, the logic goes, denying them rights is wrong. But many members of the LGBTQ community reject this narrative, saying it only benefits people who feel their sexuality and gender are fixed rather than fluid, and questioning why the dignity of gay people should rest on the notion that they were gay from their very first breath.” ( )    

Love is love, we all cry out, begging for acceptance. Every one of us knows this to be true. To be judged for who you love can be an alienating and confusing. When it comes to those in hard  relationships, we often don't know how to react. While anyone can be polyamorous and love two people, many have issues accepting this. In the straight community, those who are poly are often seen as players. However, in our LGBT community, one would think there would be more acceptance. Sadly, this is not the case. We have all had that one friend who was part of a thruple that ended terribly, and so we assume this is how all poly relationships will end up. Personally, I have had the same misconceptions in the past. However, I have learned that I was being close minded. Being true to yourself is key into life. Never let someone tell you you can't do something, because if you put your mind to it, it’s possible. Everyone has the ability to do what they can do and say. Language is the most powerful thing; we are using it consistently. Your human mind is the most powerful  machine and that can lead to good and bad on what we may say. No matter how bleak, no matter how low you have sunk, this is not the end. This is not the end of your story. Being you is the most important part and if you're not being yourself, it can lead to many problems. My experience with finding who I may be is a really hard thing. I'm thinking when I’m a senior of doing a speech on all about LGBTQ 24/7 make a change.

Mr. Apel reflects on a 38-year career at Slinger High School

posted May 10, 2018, 4:46 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Eddie Inchaurregui, Staff Writer

Posted May 10th, 2018

This is a special report on the retirement of Mr. Apel. Mr. Apel, who has the titles Technology & Engineering Department Chair, Graphics Club Advisor, SkillsUSA Co-Advisor, and Drivers Education  Advisor, has worked 38 consecutive years. He has decided to retire this year and on behalf of Slinger High, I am reporting his responses to questions sharing his career here at Slinger. In describing the beginning of Slinger High School, the school is illustrated very basic as to how we see the high school now. There is only the square hall from the library to Acker’s room to Keliher’s room and to the new Rookery location. At the time, only grades 10-12 were accepted, and most students had an agricultural background. When asking about the SHS administration, he explains their supportive nature. “It felt like a family when I was hired.” He additionally describes the majority of students as courteous and respectful, further detailing his rare fortune for working with Slinger High. Furthermore, he gives insight on his passion for education of students beyond the classroom by advising for SADD, Student Council, yearbook, Graphics Club, and SkillsUSA. At the top of his enjoyment, he declares “Watching students come in as ‘kids’ and leave as young adults.” More discreetly, he is satisfied with the gradual acquirement of skills from students and the reward of seeing the fluctuation of activity. In full honesty, Apel mentions that he truly didn’t plan out his improvement in the high school, rather the constant goal to always be better through the methods of adaptation and improvisation. A great example of his skill would be SkillsUSA and their history of success and community service. “Working alongside all these students and watching their skills and confidence grow so immensely has been an incredible experience for me.” His message of departure:

To the staff:  Don’t ever lose sight of what makes SHS so unique, so special.  It’s the caring and respect for each other as colleagues and most importantly doing the same for the students.

To the students:  Work hard, but balance it!  You only get one shot at high school so make the most of it.  Try a variety of new things class-wise, and club-wise. That is how you grow and find out what really interests you.  And always have a “plan B” for your career path. Things can change - sometimes by choice, sometimes not. Pursue your dream, but also realize that sometimes an alternative plan may end up being the best one!

Winners of the My Picture with a Nite Crier Pen

posted May 9, 2018, 4:36 AM by Jeffrey Wolf   [ updated May 9, 2018, 4:57 AM ]

Congratulations to Eddie Inchaurregui and Mr. Dummer for their winning submissions!

" I just got my ACT score back... " By: Eddie Inchaurregui

"Lights" By: Mr. Dummer

Bots IQ ends the year with numerous awards

posted May 8, 2018, 6:16 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By Korey Alder, Co-Editor-in-Chief

Posted May 8th, 2018

This spring saw the conclusion of another exciting year for BotsIQ, with the main competition for the year taking place last Saturday. Slinger came away from the competition with some decent wins, including both 1st and 2nd place documentation awards, as well as the 2nd place competition award. Matthew Benedum’s engineering documentation for his robot Raptor earned a perfect score in all categories, a first for a Slinger team. Additionally, Raptor won the award for “Coolest Bot” for appearance. This is the second year in a row in which Slinger has won 1st for engineering documentation and another year of decent competition placement as well. Video will soon be available from the competition, so be sure to check back to the Nite Crier for a link when it becomes available.

Slinger students score a big win at DECA's International Competition

posted May 8, 2018, 6:10 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Eddie Inchaurregui, Staff Writer

Posted May 8th, 2018

Congratulations to those who competed in DECA’s International Competition. In an interview with Slinger High’s 1st Place Winners, Tanner Sarauer, Ethan Szamocki, and Max Schickert, Tanner spoke all about the experience. What were your initial thoughts before beginning the event? “I felt blessed to be there. Max, Ethan, and I had been working for a while and had many early mornings, so I was mainly excited to put our hard work to the test.” How do you feel you did on your performance?” I don’t think any of us could sit still. We did the whole thing perfectly and we had literally began jumping for joy when we left the room. It put us into more pressure on how confident we are, but at the end of the day, it was obviously good enough.” Tanner then closes with this message: “DECA is a phenomenal organization that I encourage all students to partake in. You don’t have to want to do business to be good at it. It helps your people skills along with problem solving and decision making. Being recognized as first internationally is an indescribable feeling, and we truly owe it to the greatest advisors in DECA, Mrs. Smessaert, Ms. Becker, and Mrs. Hansen. They really deserve a lot of credit for helping us improve the scripts we wrote.” With this illuminating message, I congratulate DECA for giving teens today the ability to experience joy, success, and applicable skills in the real world.

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