The Tradition of Hanukkah

posted Jan 5, 2017, 6:49 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Katherine Alder, Staff Writer

Posted January 5th, 2017

Hanukkah is a Jewish celebration that occurs in December and goes on for eight days. The events that started Hanukkah took place in 200 B.C.; Judea also known as the Land of Israel came under the control of Antiochus III, the Seleucid king of Syria, who allowed the Jews who lived there to continue practicing their religion. However, his son, Antiochus IV Epiphanes, banned the Jewish religion to and ordered the Jews to worship Greek gods. A Jewish Priest led a rebellion against the monarchy and rebuilt their temples and lit a Menorah. The story of Hanukkah does not appear in the Torah (the Jewish holy text) because the events that inspired the holiday occurred after it was written.  The Hanukkah celebration revolves around the lighting of a nine-branched menorah, which in Hebrew is called the hanukiah. On each of the holiday’s eight nights, another candle is added to the menorah after sundown, a ninth candle called the shamash-- meaning helper-- is used to light the others.

Nite Crier Holiday Word Search Contest Winner!

posted Jan 5, 2017, 6:44 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

Congratulations to Emily Becker!  The winner of the Nite Crier Holiday Word Search Contest. Emily wins a $25 gift card to the Rookery.  Don’t forget to check out all the news, sports, and entertainment articles at your online newspaper, the Nite Crier.

Origin Of Christmas Traditions

posted Jan 5, 2017, 6:38 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Katherine Alder, Staff Writer

Posted January 5th, 2017

Christmas is the Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, but the way Christmas is celebrated today evolved out of the Russian celebration Saturnalia a festival honoring Saturn the god of agriculture on the winter solstice.

Though Christmas is celebrated as the birth of Jesus Christ, no one knows the date, or even the year of his birth. Gift giving is sometimes said to have been started because of the three wise men giving Jesus gifts, others say that it was started because during Saturnalia children were given wax dolls representing human sacrifices that had been given to Saturn in the past as payment for good harvests.

The abbreviation x-mas comes from the Greek letter chi which is represented by an x which is the first letter of the Greek word for Christ.

Christmas carols grew out of the first Christmas hymns, which developed in 4th century Rome, but the first true carols were developed in France, Germany, and Italy during the 13th century. Later on, the songs would become associated primarily with Christmas and sung in numerous churches.

Christmas trees were originally decorated with apples and various other edible decorations rather than lights and ornaments. The first evidence of decorated Christmas trees comes from German craftsman guilds during the Renaissance.

Mistletoe is a parasitic plant which perches on a tree branch and absorbs nutrients from the trunk.  The process by which mistletoe became associated with kissing is unknown, but it was first recorded in 16th century England as a very popular practice.

Happy Holidays from the Nite Crier!

posted Dec 26, 2016, 1:40 PM by Jeffrey Wolf

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The Clock is Ticking: Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

posted Dec 22, 2016, 9:21 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

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

Posted December 22nd, 2016

Looking for last minute gifts for everyone on your list? Don’t worry because the following article is a list of ideas for you! Although there are more expensive options like Virtual Reality headsets and hoverboards, sometimes less expensive options are just what you want. Keep reading to find a list of less expensive options.

For Dad:

-Tool set

-Noise reducing headphones for the lawn mower


For Mom:




For Siblings:




For Friends/Significant Other:

-Make a fleece tie blanket

-Hot chocolate with a cute mug

-Picture frame with a picture of you two

Tatjana Van Rompay: Slinger’s Belgian Exchange Student

posted Dec 20, 2016, 6:45 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Madeline Hoitink, Co-Editor-in-Chief

Posted December 20th, 2016

Tatjana Van Rompay has been living in Slinger since August 10th.  She is an 18-year-old foreign exchange student from Zemst, Belgium, a small town that is a little larger than Slinger.  “I really like it here,” comments Tatjana.  She has been having a great time living with her host family, the Ciriecks.  She also loves the Cirieck family dog, Eddie, because he’s very big and hyper.  Although the fall semester is coming to a close, Tatjana has a long time to enjoy her home in Wisconsin, as she does not leave for Belgium until June 27th.

One of Tatjana’s favorite memories so far was her trip to Texas with her host family.  She was able to visit the space center in Houston, the ocean in Galveston, and the JFK Museum in Dallas.  Last weekend, Tatjana went to see the Trans Siberian Orchestra perform a Christmas concert with a few of her friends.  Earlier in the semester, Tatjana attended her very first homecoming dance at Slinger High School.  “It was fun but the music wasn’t as loud as what I’m used to,” she said.  In Belgium, her school only has one dance in high school: Prom for seniors.  Tatjana has also enjoyed spending time with her many new friends.

Spanish I and AP Chemistry are Tatjana’s favorite classes.  She loves all the games in Spanish class and is grateful to be able to learn another language.  Belgium has three national languages: Dutch, French, and German.  Dutch is spoken in the north, French is spoken in the south, and German is spoken in a small corner of eastern Belgium.  Tatjana speaks Dutch and French very well and understands some concepts of German.  Therefore, learning Spanish would be her fifth language!  Mr. Gundrum teaches AP Chemistry.  Tatjana enjoys all of his jokes and fun way of teaching.

Back in Belgium, Tatjana participated in Irish dancing, gymnastics, and skiing.  Here in Slinger, Tatjana has joined the ski team this winter season and played volleyball in the fall.  She is also a part of Spanish Club and International Student Club.

Since Tatjana is 18, she has already graduated from high school in Belgium.  She attended STK for high school, which stands for Saint Therese College Kapelle-Op-Den-Bos.  She plans to attend Katholick Universiteit Leuven, the oldest university in Belgium, next year.  Schooling is very different in Belgium compared to the United States.  College is extremely cheap in Belgium; tuition is generally $1000 at most per year.  Also, schools do not have any clubs, sports, or other extracurricular activities in Belgium; school is strictly for education.  Students in Belgium cannot choose every single class they take like here in Slinger.  Belgium students choose a career path and receive a packet of all the classes they must take to achieve that career path.  Furthermore, there is no provided cafeteria food in her Belgian high school; everyone must supply their own lunches.  In Slinger, the students have much closer friendships with their teachers.  “Another thing is that I am not used to the chairs being connected to the tables,” comments Tatjana.  “I still sometimes walk to the wrong side of the tables.”

The Scholastic Book Fair arrives just in time for the holidays.

posted Dec 16, 2016, 7:02 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Hannah Stadel, Promotional Director

Posted December 16, 2016

Slinger high school's first ever Scholastic book fair is coming soon!  Finish your holiday shopping while sipping hot chocolate on December 20-22 while browsing the wonderful array of books the fair has to offer.  Receive a sweet treat with a purchase and win daily prizes!  Proceeds benefit the high school library and the Slinger Food Pantry.

Recounts a reality for the Presidential race

posted Dec 9, 2016, 6:58 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Korey Alder, Media Editor

Posted December 9th, 2016

The presidential election may be over, the drama surrounding it has inevitably lived on. Green Party candidate Jill Stein called for a hand recount in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, believing that voting machines had been either hacked or were not functioning properly. These recounts will likely have little effect on the election, however, for a variety of reasons.

In Wisconsin, the recount has come up with little of note so far, with the number of votes for Trump actually increasing slightly, while the number of votes for Clinton slightly decreased. This combined change was under 200 votes, so it’s unlikely that any change will be affected here. Michigan’s recount has been halted by a Federal Judge, and in Pennsylvania, the difference in vote count is still more than the 0.5% required before a recount will take place.

Because of this, it is highly unlikely that the final election results will change by December 12th, the deadline for votes to be finalized.

Slinger High School Marching Band in Hawaii (Photo Essay)

posted Dec 8, 2016, 6:52 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Megan Cichon, Entertainment Editor
Posted December 8th, 2016

Lunch break at Pearl Harbor.

Drum Majors: (left to right) Lauren Kreuser, Jacob Storrs, Micheal Wu

Rainbow over USS Arizona Memorial.

Scenery in the Polynesian Cultural Center.

 2016/2017 Color Guard

SHS Marching Band performs

Inside the shrine room for the USS Arizona Memorial. The flowers on the floor were given by SHS Marching Band.

Marching Band moves out to perform.

Inside of a cafe in Hawaii.

The epic scenery in Hawaii.

Plaque honoring those who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor.

 The band was gifted an American flag that actually flew on the USS Missouri.

SHS BotsIQ finishes 4th at Moraine Park competition

posted Dec 7, 2016, 7:00 AM by Jeffrey Wolf   [ updated Dec 16, 2016, 12:48 PM ]

By: Korey Alder, Media Editor

Posted December 7th, 2016

This Saturday, Slinger BotsIQ travelled to Moraine Park Technical College to compete in this year's first competition. Centroid was Slinger's only bot this time around, and it performed as admirably as last year. Unfortunately, this year, West Bend's weaponized bar bot "Roulette" was fully functional, taking the championship and more or less destroying Centroid. With Centroid in less than perfect condition, West Bend's bots managed to take 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. This pitted Roulette against Brick, the electromagnet bot which Centroid beat in the championship round last year. The match made for an exciting ending to the competition, but the Brick team is going to have some work ahead of them. Although Centroid took 4th, it was a fun day for those who came out to watch. The next competition occurs in last April, for which Slinger is hoping to have 3 or 4 bots in working order, including Centroid and Neon Annihilation (both of which have won 1st in competitions before).

Watch the exciting (though sad) match between Roulette and Centroid, or the second link to watch video of the championship from last year. Frosty the Snowman

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