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.

Cool Things to do in the Winter

posted Dec 19, 2018, 10:15 AM by Jeffrey Wolf


By: Chloe Schmidt, Co Editor-in-Chief

Posted December 19th, 2018


Here is a list of cool things to do in the winter (pun fully intended)!

  1. Go to a hockey game. Whether it’s a local game, an Admirals game, or if you’re feeling crazy, an NHL game, you should go to a hockey game this winter.

  2. Drink some hot chocolate. I mean, come on, this is a given. A nice cup of hot chocolate in the morning, maybe some milk mixed in and definitely some whipped cream.

  3. Go ice skating. You could visit a rink or go on a lake, but it’ll only stay cold outside for so long.

  4. Go to the movies. If you want to sneak away from the cold, the movies is the perfect place. Christmas movies are coming out, too, so you could go see those!

  5. Go to a play or musical. A Christmas Carol is playing right now so if you’re ready to get in the Christmas spirit, it’s a perfect play to see.

  6. Build a snowman. This is a classic. Break out the carrot and top hat to accessorize, this is a time consuming and fun activity.

  7. Go sledding, skiing, or snowboarding. If you’re clumsy like me, you’ll go sledding. But if you’re talented or willing to challenge yourself, skiing or snowboarding is perfect for that.

These are the fun activites I have to do this winter. You should try them too!


A United States-Saudi Arabian Crisis: The Death of Jamal Khashoggi

posted Dec 11, 2018, 10:34 AM by Jeffrey Wolf   [ updated Dec 11, 2018, 10:37 AM ]

(L-R):  Saudi Arabian Journalist, Jamal Khashoggi and Saudi Arabian Crown Prince, Mohammed Bin Salman

By: Andrew Davis, Entertainment Editor

Posted December 11th, 2018


Jamal Khashoggi, a highly esteemed Arabian journalist, entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey at 13:14 local time on October 2nd, 2018.  Khashoggi was attempting to obtain a document certifying that he had divorced his ex-wife in order to pursue marriage with a Turkish lady he loved. The next day, a phone call was made by Jamal’s fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, to an advisor of the Turkish President: Recep Tayyip Erdogan.  Mr. Khashoggi had never left the consulate.


In order to understand the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, we need to take a step back in time…


The Brief Synopsis of Mr. Khashoggi’s Work:

  • The 1980s:  Jamal began work in various bookstore; however, he became interested in reporting, eventually taking up with a job at Okaz, a daily newspaper from Jeddah, Arabia, and the Saudi Gazette.

  • The 1990s: Jamal went on to become editor-in-chief of a renowned newspaper: Al Medina.  He became internationally recognized for his work, and soon he was functioning as a foreign correspondent for various Middle Eastern nations.  He began having ties with the Royal Family as well as the Saudi Arabian Intelligence Agency.

  • 99’ to 03’: Appointed Deputy Editor-In-Chief of Arab News

  • 2005 to Present: Khashoggi renounced Islamist ideologies and sought new job opportunities in the United States, where he took up a role in the Washington Post.


So, Khashoggi is a Saudi Arabian journalist using his position of power in reporting and international affairs as a platform to voice his thoughts on the rights of women, the errors of the Saudi Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, and the poor handling of political situation, such as the 2017 Arabian blockade against Qatar.  


Saudi Arabia has been rooted in tradition for thousands of years, but sometimes when tradition fails to adapt to the modern world, the world gets a shock at how dangerous tradition can be.  For decades, Saudi Arabia has maintained the most scrutinous of positions of freedom of speech. Everything is censored, and everything is as the Royal family decrees. However, in recent years, more and more journalists and citizens, through the implementation of technological and socio-economic changes, have begun to poke holes in this system of informational concealment.  Although Saudi Arabia is beginning to take important moves in the right direction, a single step too far by an individual can be enough to trigger catastrophe. Tradition killed Khashoggi.


At 13:14, on October 2nd, 2018, Jamal Khashoggi entered the Saudi Consulate in Turkey, a location he deemed to be safe from the Arabian government to the South.  What he did not know was that 15 Saudi Nationals had arrived earlier that day to remove security cameras and destroy surveillance equipment. As Jamal waited in the lobby of the Consulate, he was confronted by these Nationals.  Jamal never arrived at his meeting at 13:30. He was taken to a remote location of the building, questioned, likely tortured, and murdered.


15:08 - Black van escorted by other vehicles leaves the consulate and head’s for the nearby Saudi consul’s residency.


18:20 - A private jet leaves Istanbul en route to Saudi Arabia.


The response to this outrage has been multifaceted with many stages.  At first, Saudi Arabia claimed to know nothing and saying that Khashoggi actually left the building.  However, upon the introduction of more evidence, that story changed to a spontaneous fist fight having occurred in the Consulate lobby resulting in Khashoggi’s death.  Next the Saudi government claimed this was a “rogue operation” conducted by government officials but not incriminating Prince Mohammed Bin Salman. Several weeks later, this is the story that is still being upheld.  It’s hardly believable and experts left and right are stating that the Royal Family is to blame.


So what’s the response?


The United States government has done little to make Saudi Arabia amend for these terrible actions.  It’s a mixture of two factors: uncertainty due to the lack of direct evidence connecting Prince Mohammed Bin Salman to the attack and a massive weapons deal that the United States simply cannot pass up.  


What happens from here is up in the air.  There is a ton of pressure on President Trump to levy a harsh response against the Saudi Government, but will this occur?  Regardless of what happens next, Jamal Khashoggi will always be regarded as a renowned journalist known for his authenticity and ability to stand up for the freedom to speak and write in an era populated by insincerity and constraint.

The Life of a Comic Book Legend: Stan Lee

posted Dec 3, 2018, 4:45 AM by Jeffrey Wolf   [ updated Dec 4, 2018, 4:51 AM ]



By: Eddie Inchaurregui, Staff Writer

Posted December 3rd, 2018


On November 12 2018, Stan Lee was pronounced dead at Cedars-Sinai Medical Hospital in LA, California.  He had been battling Pneumonia since February. For those who didn’t know, Stan Lee was an American comic book writer, publisher, and creative leader for Marvel.  He was a public figure head for marvel and credited for co-creating some of the well known superheroes known today.


It was 1939 when Stan first began working on comics.  Through time, Lee rose the ranks from assistant, to intern, to editor in chief and art director. After working for the US Army under the official title of playwright, Lee moved on to better things. Under DC Comics, Stan Lee changed the components of superheroes so that they began to share more characteristics than their current ideal state and grandeur.  He gave them instances of flawed humanity ranging from paying bills to having illnesses. As time incremented, so did the number of heros brought into reality by Stan Lee and others. It was in the 60’s that Stan scripted, edited, and art-directed the primary pieces of Marvel’s series. Because of Lee’s varying active roles in the comic world, he became a public figurehead for Marvel Comics.  He toured around the US, appearing at conventions for signing and participating in colleges and panel discussions. In the early 1980s, Stan would help to produce Marvel’s assets on film through film production. It was during that time that he began what we now know to be his signature role, his cameos. At one point, Lee turned down an offer to be the president of Marvel, citing the organizations lack of focus on creativity in the process.  Eventually, he stopped participating in Marvel’s production, but still received an annual salary of $1 million. By the dawn of 2000, illegal stock manipulation was being conducted by Marvel. Lee was found to have no hand in the dealing. Later in 2002, Stan Lee sued Marvel for not legally providing his share of profits for his efforts in production. 3 years later, Stan Lee and Marvel settled for a undisclosed seven figure amount. Of course more legal action followed between Marvel, Stan Lee, and Lee’s subsidiaries. It was in the late 2000s that Lee would begin to create his very own media via Filmmaking and Youtube.


If you’ve ever Heard Stan Lee’s closing statement, you’d realize a certain pattern: He ALWAYS SAYS “Excelsior!”  He adopted this as a way to pay homage to his home city, New York (it use to be their motto). Excelsior simply means “onward and upward to greater glory”.


Stan Lee was a great man. Throughout all his struggles, he managed to focus on making a hero for every American in any situation.  He thought of others and had fun doing so. He had created so many memories and lifted the hopes of millions of Americans. He masterfully crafted a universe for the enjoyment of all.  I thank him for that.


Candlelight Paranormal Tour: an epic adventure.

posted Nov 12, 2018, 6:52 AM by Jeffrey Wolf


Chloe Schmidt, Co Editor-in-Chief

Posted November 12th, 2018


Last Friday I went to the Candlelight Paranormal Tour at the History Center of Washington County with a friend.  We went through a tour of the jailhouse and the courthouse. The tour was $15 per person and an hour long, but it was definitely worth it.


The group total was about thirty people, but the tour guides split us into two groups.  My group started at the jailhouse first, which is where the old sheriff would live with his family and the prisoners.  The prisoners committed mostly small crimes such as assault and being drunk. Sometimes there were prisoners that committed major crimes like rape and murder, but this was a rare occurrence.  At the jailhouse we used an EVP recorder and a temperature monitor. In the first couple of rooms, the EVP recorder didn’t monitor anything, and the temperature monitor didn’t change at all. However in the first room, my chest and my friend’s chest started to tighten, which is a sign that there’s a spirit.  In the next room we didn’t feel anything or interact with any spirit. In the following room, the EVP went off when the girl holding it went to the corner of the room. The person with the temperature reader went to the corner of the room then, and the temperature started dropping, which is a sign of a spirit being present.


We then moved to the jail cells, and my friend and I stayed in one cell the whole time, mostly because our chests felt heavy in that cell.  Conveniently, when the EVP girl came around, it immediately started going off. The lady with the temperature monitor came, and the temperature started decreasing again.  I took a couple pictures of the cell and got a few blurry ones, which is a sign of a spirit, and my friend took some videos, capturing some orbs. We went upstairs to some more bedrooms, and I immediately started getting some weird vibes from the little boy’s room. The tour guide tried to get a spirit to communicate with us but it refused. I decided that before we left, I had to take a quick video of the little boy’s room to see if I could get anything. As soon as I started the video, an orb moved across the screen towards me. Immediately everyone else started taking pictures and videos and located the orb on the blanket at the end of the bed. We said goodbye to the ghost and moved to the basement where nothing creepy happened.


The tour guides then switched and we got a tour through the courthouse.  We went to the men’s bathroom, where an old janitor used to spend all of his time.  I didn’t feel anything, but my friend’s chest got heavy, and it was her least favorite part of the tour.  They showed us the rest of the building, and throughout, I kept feeling like something was watching or following us even though nothing was visible.  They played some audio clips for us that very clearly had spirit voices present.


Honestly, this was probably the best night of my life.  They also do architecture tours, and there’s a museum in the courthouse, so I suggest just going for fun!



Is Elon Musk in trouble?

posted Nov 2, 2018, 4:28 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Andrew Davis, Entertainment Editor

Posted November 2nd, 2018


Elon Musk is one of the world’s leading individuals when it comes to technology, innovation, and philanthropy.  He revolutionized money with PayPal, and he introduced cheaper, more efficient rockets to the world through SpaceX; however, the company most in the news today is Tesla Motors, a car manufacturer set on creating fully-electric cars that can be purchased by the masses.  Tesla Motors is currently engaged in a very ambitious plan to ramp up production of their new, cost-effective automobile, the Model 3. Tesla will be releasing its quarter three earnings on November 7th which will determine if this plan is looking successful. Until then, there is much news about Tesla and Elon Musk to mull over.


These last several weeks have had several major blows to the company and the pride of its owner.  On September 27th, the SEC (U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission) sued Musk for a tweet put out on August 7th in which he stated that he would be “taking the company [Tesla] private at $420.”  This was viewed by most as a joke referencing drugs and specifically cannabis. However, it drove the price of Tesla’s stock up 11% and was deemed to be an illegal business move. Musk will be facing a several million dollar fine, and perhaps even more humiliating, his removal from the position as the chairman of Tesla’s board.  To make matters worse, Elon Musk physically smoked what appeared to be Marijuana on a live interview on September 7, 2018, which led to a 7% dip in Tesla’s stock (ticker TSLA). TSLA is currently at the lowest price it has been in the last 6 months. Although there is much confusion over Musk’s reasoning for such erratic decisions in these last few months, one thing remains certain.  If Tesla can display outstanding Quarter Three results, the company as a whole will pull through.


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