Outside SHS: An interview with Bescent Ebeid

posted by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Abbie Schmidt, Co Editor-in-Chief

Posted April 28th, 2017

1. Define your activity?

Taekwondo directly translates to the way of the hands and feet. It's a martial arts that teaches not to fight but to protect yourself, to give you self control, and to gain courage and respect meant to have a healthy life.

2. When did you start this activity?

Being the person that I am, I wanted to just prove that I can do it to keep in shape for sports and so I joined the sport. This was 4 years ago.

3. How did you learn about this activity?

I learned about taekwondo when my dad was enrolling my brother into classes for off season football to keep him in shape.

4. Do you feel you’ve learned any valuable lessons from this activity? If so, describe.

Doing taekwondo has taught me to always be respectful and to have self control. It's given me confidence that I've never had before and that's been building within me for four years now.

5. Does this activity have something connected to what you would like to do after HS?

Eventually I’d like to see myself progressing in rank and after high school I'll be trained enough to open my own taekwondo school and that is what I hope to plan to do as a hobby.

6. Do you find this activity satisfying?

This sport satisfies me completely because hard work totally does pay off. The feeling of achievement is more than just satisfying. Because of my hard work, I have achieved my second degree black belt and onto my third degree, I've won 23 state championships, 8 district championships, 2 national championships, and I placed 3rd in world championships, and revived an ATA String Championship for my competitiveness. Because of my hard work I'm now training to hopefully represent either USA or Egypt at 2020 Tokyo Olympics. All of these are my satisfactions.

7. What is the greatest misconception about your activity?

The greatest misconception about taekwondo is that people think it's just straight up fighting to demolish people when really it just tools given to you to protect yourself when you NEED to and is never meant to be used just for fun or to start a fight.

8. Why should other people take up your activity?

I think other people should take up this sport because it can taken for several different reasons. For the love of the art, to stay in shape, to better your life, and there truly never really is a dull moment, just a lot of sweat and hard work but plenty of fun!

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The Nite Crier Art and Poetry Contest

posted by Jeffrey Wolf

Grab your brushes and pens for the Nite Crier Art and Poetry Contest. From April 28th till May 10th, the Nite Crier will be accepting art work or poetry from anybody. You can submit your artwork or poem to nitecrier@slingerschools.org .  Voting will be done from May 11th till the 17th. The winners will be announced Thursday, May 18th. Do your best, get creative, and don’t forget to visit the Nite Crier Online Newspaper at nitecrier.slingerschools.org.

Roskopf-Hattori Benefit Raises $22,000

posted Apr 25, 2017, 4:30 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Abbie Schmidt, Co Editor-in-Chief

Posted April 25th, 2017

On Saturday, April 8th, 2017, people filtered in and out of the Richfield Sterling Chalet to show their support for Tim Roskopf and Wendy Hattori. The pair (cousins) have racked up quite the hospital bills in the last couple months from unrelated illnesses. The benefit was created to hopefully ease the financial struggle. Over 100 people donated to the benefit with silent auction items and other gifts. The benefit was attended by almost 600 people and raised a little over $22,000!

Two Lives, One Mission

posted Apr 7, 2017, 6:16 AM by Jeffrey Wolf   [ updated Apr 7, 2017, 6:17 AM ]

By: Charles Zimmel, Staff Writer

Posted April 7th, 2017

“Every 65 minutes a US Veteran takes their life.” Each year, over 8,000 veterans die from their own hand. “Every three seconds a dog is euthanized in this country.” Over 10 million dogs each year die from the hands of humans. Veterans and dogs should not be thrown into the same category of just a number. They are both their own entity with a heart and soul. Steven R. Boyd, the founder and President of Rescues 4 Warriors (R4W), was the first actual R4W’s recipient veteran. There are two lives (veteran and dog), and one mission. R4W’s mission is to put the two lives together in hopes that they save each other. “It’s proven the love of a dog greatly reduces Post Traumatic Stress which can be life changing for each veteran.” This organization will pay for any “Honorably Discharged US veteran to adopt any shelter, rescue, or advocacy dog as a companion with all fees covered.” Willingly, they will also cover all “annual exams and vaccinations for the life of the adopted dog as well as basic obedience training.” If necessary they will also “help finance Emotional Therapy or Service Dog Training and Certification.” Consider donating to the cause and help save two lives. Visit rescues4warriors.org to learn more.

BREAKING NEWS: Alien Invasion Has Begun

posted Apr 1, 2017, 5:52 AM by Jeffrey Wolf   [ updated Apr 1, 2017, 5:53 AM ]

By: Katherine Alder, Staff Writer

Posted April 1st, 2017

On March 28, the government’s radar picked up a alien object flying toward the Earth. They tried to cover up the story and hide the truth from everyone like in Roswell, but a confidential source revealed the information to a reporter for the area most affected by the aliens.  Upon landing in a clearing in a forested area they quickly hid their spacecraft in the surrounding trees. Then they headed to the nearest town and began replacing important government and education figures. The source disclosed a picture they had taken of one the ships which appears to be a small military craft probably designed for short range combat rather than full scale invasion. However with the number of ships they have, they could cause severe damage to the Earth through sabotage. It is imperative that word get out so that these imposters can be stopped. The aliens take control of a host’s body and can effectively be that person without anyone knowing. The source also disclosed a photo of one of the aliens without their host body. These are the creatures that have inhabited the bodies of all authority figures in the surrounding area. There is no way to tell at this point just how much havoc these creatures can cause. As hopeless as this situation may seem, they can be stopped.  Because they come from a different planet they don’t have the same immunities to Earth diseases and eventually they will contract some illness and cease to be a threat, but in the meantime they can be discovered.  They cannot maintain the cerebral link with their host in the presence of certain plants. Garlic, onions, and potatoes all disrupt their link if they come in contact with them. If you suspect that someone isn't human all you need to do is place one of those objects somewhere that they frequent. Don’t panic, you’ll be fine.

Happy April Fools!!!

BREAKING NEWS: Spring 2017 final exams cancelled, replaced with pep rally and dance contest

posted Apr 1, 2017, 5:46 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Madeline Hoitink, Co Editor-in-Chief

Posted April 1st, 2017

Slinger High School has decided that all 2017 spring final exams have been cancelled. Instead of exams on the final week of school, there will be an all-day pep rally on June 7th and an additional school dance on the night June 8th as a jump into summer. Rather than a half-day of school, the community of Slinger has decided that their students need a well-deserved break from the constant testing.

It has definitely been a grueling school year, so this cancellation of final exams will definitely be good news to the majority of the student body.  "I cannot thank Slinger High School enough," comments a freshman attending the high school.  "My first semester exams were very tough, and I wasted a lot of my time studying for them. Now I can spend more time focusing on my friends and sports for the rest of the school year!"

Some do not agree with this decision to replace exams with another pep rally and school dance.  "Final exams are necessary to ensure that students are benefitting from their classes," argues a Slinger High School teacher.  "This cancellation is absurd and completely uncalled for.  Slinger needs to keep their final exams in order to remain one of the top high schools in the state."

Happy April Fools!!!

The pre-summer pep rally will consist of the usual band music, food competitions, class races, and school spirit.  The dance will be less formal than the other and hosted on the practice soccer fields, if the weather permits.  The high school is hoping to hire a live band instead of a DJ for the occasion, and the dance's court will consist of the top academic achievers of the senior class.  The theme has not yet been determined, but the dance's advisors are planning to send a Google form out to all Slinger High School students after the 2017 Prom to vote on this summer dance theme.  Options include: Disney, Western, Circus, Patriotic, and the Roaring 20's.  "This additional dance will be an amazing last hoorah!" says one of Slinger's seniors. "I have always loved high school dances, so I will make this final opportunity as fun as possible!"

APRIL FOOLS!!  Exams will proceed as usual.

SHS Seniors and Juniors Tour Milwaukee Art Museum

posted Mar 31, 2017, 7:46 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Abbie Schmidt, Co Editor-in-Chief

Posted March 31st, 2017

On March 29th, 2017, Mrs. Erdmann’s “Great Minds of the Western World” classes travelled to the Milwaukee Art Museum to see the pieces they discuss in class come to life. The classes broke up into several groups and were given private tours where the guides shared secret stories behind the paintings and sculptures and mini-biographies of the artists. The students had to fill out a packet, which including filling in blanks to create a poem about their favorite painting there. The group stopped at Chinese buffet before returning just before the end of the school day.

Student Council and Wisconsin Pharmacal team up to save lives

posted Mar 30, 2017, 4:36 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Megan Cichon, Entertainment Editor

Posted March 30th, 2017

Andy Wundrock is a parent of a student here at Slinger High School, but he’s also one of the owners of a company called the Wisconsin Pharmacal. After giving a presentation to Mr. Grimm’s Sociology class, three students--Erin Keliher, Jane Schaub, and Alex Feldhusen--started a project to research the impact Wisconsin Pharmacal has on society. After realizing the large potential of the water purifier sold by the company, the three girls partnered up with Student Council to raise money for the purifiers.

The water purifier takes contaminated water and cleans it, so it’s safe to drink. Each purifier is $100, and Slinger raised enough money to successfully purchase four purifiers. These purifiers are being sent through the Red Cross to Africa, where 700,000 children on average die every year due to contaminated water. The four purifiers being sent there should save up to 4,000 lives.

For more information on the purifiers, visit: http://www.potableaqua.com/products/pa-pure-electrolytic-water-purifier/

Forensics Showcase displays incredible presentations

posted Mar 29, 2017, 6:10 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Megan Cichon, Entertainment Editor

Posted March 29th, 2017

On Thursday, March 16th, the Forensic team put on a showcase of a few of their pieces. The event was advertised all over the school in the week leading up to the event, and was well worth the time to go. The showcase started at 6:30, with senior Alex Jordan acting as the emcee for the night.

Up first was Kira Wagner, performing a piece from the Demonstration category. Dressed appropriately in her colorguard uniform, she informed her audience not only how to be a colorguard member, but how to do fancy moves with the color guard guns. She concluded her performance with a high-energy routine of her own.

Second was Meghan Retzlaff from the Poetry category with a piece called “How Could You". Her piece, told from the perspective of man's ever-loyal best friend, almost drove the audience to tears as Megan skillfully presented the poem.

Claire Breitenbach was next, dressed appropriately in a yellow cardigan to perform a Solo Serious called “The Yellow Wallpaper”. Her performance was captivating, and enjoyable to watch until the tragic end.

Up next was Victoria Volkmann, performing two poems under the category Oral Interpretation of Literature (OIL) Piece. Her first piece, “Sunshine Kid", was presented with such enthusiasm and pizzazz. And then she presented “Paper People". The poem was filled with tongue twisters that led the audience to wonder just how long she'd spent practicing to pronounce the words so perfectly. Victoria captured the attention of her audience, from the minute she began talking, to the moment she left the stage.

Jacob Bunzel, was next, with a persuasive speech form the category Oratory. His speech focused on how our perspective on stress can positively or negatively affect our health when we’re stressed. His fabulous presentation convinced the audience to do a better job at keeping a positive mindset in stressful situations.

Up next were pieces for a more mature audience. Young children were first removed to a more age-appropriate environment, and then performances continued.

Up first was Phillip Steenbekkers with an OIL Prose piece, “Line in the Sand". Told from the perspective of a father struggling with his son's diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome, Phillip delivered a powerful performance that grew, climaxed, and calmed.

Lastly was Hannah Ritger with two OIL Poetry pieces. The first, “The Devil's Apprentice and Friends", is told from the perspective of an obviously psychotic serial killer. Hannah then flipped the tables on her audience, delivering a powerful piece called “Victim", told from the perspective of a killer's victim. Hannah did an incredible job portraying two very different mindsets to her audience.

The Forensics Showcase was a fantastic event to attend. Filled with captivating works and students who take the stage with confidence, a showcase like this isn't something you'd want to miss.

Nite Crier News Quiz contest winners

posted Mar 29, 2017, 4:48 AM by Jeffrey Wolf   [ updated Mar 29, 2017, 4:49 AM ]

Congratulations to the following Nite Crier News Quiz contest winners. Kathryn Jacques picks up two free subs from Slinger’s Subway. Nora Martin is the winner of a $20 gift certificate from Skinny Vic’s. Riley McGrew, Cameron Groth, Mrs. Treutel, Nicole Carlson, and Autumn Morrow each receive a $5 gift card from Menchie’s frozen yogurt in West Bend.  Thank you to all who participated in the Nite Crier news Quiz.  Check out all the latest news, sports, and entertainment articles at your student online newspaper, nitercrier.slingerschools.org.  

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