By: Abbie Schmidt, Co Editor-in-Chief
Posted September 16, 2016
Come to the Slinger High School cafeteria on Friday, September 16th 4:30pm to 7:00pm to enjoy a Fish Fry. It will happen rain or shine! A two piece dinner costs $9.00 and a three piece dinner costs $10.00. Dinner includes: fish, fries, coleslaw, bread, and dessert. Profits go to the Slinger High School Band to help repair uniforms and other band expenses. Come check it out!
Saint Peter's Catholic Church under construction September of 2016
By: Megan Cichon, Entertainment Editor
Posted September 13th, 2016
It’s no big secret that Saint Peter Catholic Church in Slinger has been under construction for the duration of summer vacation. The reason why attributes to churches in the surrounding area being closed due to lack of attendance. Therefore, St. Peter's is being expanded upon, to accommodate for an increased attendance due to the closing of other churches. In fact, so much of the old church is being renovated, that it’s almost completely new. This includes the stained glass windows. All of them need to be redone. And this is where Slinger’s art teacher, Mr. Chris Graziano, became involved.
There are ten stained glass windows being designed brand new, with fragments of the old glass windows being preserved and included in the new designs. Mr. Graziano is aiming for a contemporary, yet classical window design. This means that he is hoping to include an ornate, classical border, with contemporary features, such as people who look more life like. (For example, he wants to eliminate the halos around people’s heads, to make the biblical tales look more life like.) The windows previously in the church were beautiful, and flowery, but did not relate to the stories being told in the church. Mr. Graziano is hoping that the new windows will be used not just as decoration, but as a teaching tool.
The opening for the newly redesigned church is set for sometime around this Christmas. However, the windows won’t be put up until roughly May, for a multitude of reasons. Firstly, stained glass windows are made up of two layers: the outer layer of regular glass to protect the window from the weather, and the inner layer of the actual stained glass. The time and work it will take to design all the stained glass windows is much longer than the time it will take to design the regular glass windows. Secondly, the cost of the stained glass windows is not included in the design of the entire church. And finally, the windows need to be designed correctly, so that they can last throughout the generations following ours and our children’s.
The stained glass windows that Mr. Graziano is designing are going to aid the church in providing a welcoming atmosphere for everyone that comes through the doors, no matter who they are.
By: Maddie Hoitink and Abby Schmidt, Co-Editors-in-Chief
Posted September 2nd, 2016
It’s that time of the year again. The leaves start to fall while the students rush to class, finishing last night’s homework at the latest possible moment. School sports commence, and artistic students are inspired by fall’s many colors. Throughout the year, the Nite Crier displays sport events, school dances, fundraisers, comic strips, and other forms of entertainment to the Slinger High School student body. Check the Nite Crier website at nitecrier.slingerschools.org throughout the school year to get updates on Slinger High School!
By: Kylie Coffin and Elysia Dowd
Posted June 8th, 2016
It has been such a joy for me to be able to write for the “Nite Crier” for all four years of my high school experience! I began as a staff writer for my first two years, and during my junior and senior year I was Editor-in-Chief (and Co Editor-in-Chief) as well. I have greatly appreciated being able to write for and about something that I am very passionate about: the Slinger High School community. The “Nite Crier’s” transformation from newspaper to news-blog was a huge success, and I feel so privileged to have been a senior leader during this exciting and formative year. Next year I will be attending the University of Wisconsin Madison with the intention of studying Communication Arts. Thank you so much to all of the students, staff members, parents and members of the community who have read my articles and answered all of my questions over the years. There is much more to come from our news-blog!
If you are interested in writing for the “Nite Crier” during the 2016-2017 school year… do not be shy! There is room for everyone, and you do not need to be an experienced writer to join the staff. Students are able to attend meetings and write articles both regularly and sporadically. It is truly an excellent experience!
Kylie Coffin, Co Editor-in-Chief
As a freshman deciding to give the Nite Crier a try, I didn’t realize what a big part of my life it would become, but I’m glad that it did. During freshman and sophomore year I was just a staff writer, covering news and opinions topics with the occasional sports or entertainment article. Really, I was just writing for fun. Come junior year, I was awarded the News Editor position, which I found surprisingly satisfying. Not only was it a way to stay on top of current Slinger events, but also a chance to express myself through writing and help my peers grow in their skills as well. The transformation to a blog senior year was where the fun really began, as I was able to write, edit, and contribute to so many more articles (as well as try out those fun google forms)! Though I may not continue with newspaper as I begin my physical therapy studies next year at Carroll University, I’m so glad that I was able to grow through that opportunity during high school. It’s been a true joy, and I owe a debt of gratitude to my advisors, editors, fellow writers, and peers for this incredible journey.
Elysia Dowd, News Editor
The 2016-2017 Nite Crier Editor Team are:
Madeline Hoitink, Co Editor-in-Chief
Abbie Schmidt, Co Editor-in-Chief
Hannah Stadel, Promotional Director
Megan Cichon, Entertainment Editor
Korey Alder, Multimedia Editor
By: Robby Timmler and Kylie Coffin
Posted June 3rd, 2016
Clash of the Classes is the one of the biggest events that Slinger High School holds. This year it was held from May 23 to May 28. This fun event allows each class to battle for the title of “most spirited” by earning points through attendance at school events during the week, participation in dress-up days and victories in the games during the assembly.
Clash of the Classes started off with the Opening Ceremony. Here, Mr. Strand kicked things off by bringing the torch, and later those present said the Pledge of Allegiance.
The dress-up days throughout the week started with Decades Day on Monday, then Mythology Day, Future Career Day, High School Stereotype Day, and Clash of the Classes T-Shirt Day.
Students who wanted to compete in the Clash of the Classes games were able to put their names in a bowl to be randomly drawn. The events at the assembly were Egg Toss, the Frozen T-Shirt game (whoever is able to put on the frozen T-Shirt first wins), T-Shirt Launcher contest (in which the T-Shirt launchers were designed by two of Slinger’s engineering students), Over-Under-Through (over a hurdle, under a cardboard tower and through a tube), Frisbee toss, Scooter Plunge (using a toilet plunger to propel one forward on a scooter), Skin the Snake (students hold hands with the person in front of and behind them, but must do so between their legs. The entire team must back up, lay down one-by-one, and then stand up and walk back without anyone breaking the chain) and Musical Chairs.
The end result was the juniors winning Egg Toss, freshmen winning Frozen T-Shirt, sophomores and juniors winning T-Shirt Launcher contest, juniors winning Over-Under-Through, sophomores and juniors winning frisbee toss, juniors winning Scooter Plunge, sophomores winning Skin the Snake, and juniors winning Musical Chairs. In the end, the juniors beat out the seniors and went victorious into the night!
Will the class of 2017 be able to hold their title next year, or will a new class rise to the occasion and dethrone them?
I, Ally Steger, will happiness and optimism to Alyssa Murphy. Never let anyone bring you down, Alyssa. You’re one of the sweetest girls I’ve ever met. You’re strong and confident and gorgeous. Love you.
I will a beautiful smile and caring personality to Emily Haluzak. You are beautiful, Emily. You will be gorgeous and strong next year. Take care of the squad for me. Love you, girl.
I will determination and a competitive attitude to Jade Dexter. Your athleticism and competitive nature will take you far in life. You’re beautiful and strong. Have fun in Hawaii with your new rifle!
I will senior leadership and responsibility to Kira Wagner. Your senior leadership will be key for a successful Color Guard squad next year. Have fun with all the braiding and hairstyles!
I will confidence and enthusiasm to Renee Wagner. Your honesty and open personality is inspiring. Thank you for your dedication to Color Guard. Love you, girl.
I will my Color Guard Captain’s boot spot to Abby Kelly. Congrats on becoming a Color Guard Captain, Abby. Your leadership and dedication will make the squad great next year. Love you!
I will imagination and an energetic attitude to Carly Hermann. Your enthusiasm, makeup skills, and laughter are amazing, Carly. You’ll always be my gorgeous, tall newbie! Love you!
I will dedication and natural talent to Kasha Kapal. Your natural Color Guard talent is amazing, Kasha. I’m glad we’ve been friends for so long; stay beautiful, stay strong, stay stubborn! Love you!
I will Megan Spalda the Color Guard rifle traditionally passed down from one Captain to another. Thank you for your hard work and dedication, Megan! I know you will be an amazing Captain and leader of Color Guard. Love you!
I will Rebekah Seidel the drive to work hard for the rest of the year and remain dedicated to whatever you chose to be active in. Your hard work and dedication to Color Guard is inspiring! Make lots of memories in Hawaii next year! Love you! To you, I will honesty and hard work.
We, the seniors of drumline, will the pre-performance rap and speech to Michael Kurzendoerfer. We trust that you can rise to the challenge and continue to excite the drumline so they can perform at their best. We hope that you can encourage the drumline to keep up our reputation of high maturity and great behavior. Make sure David stays in line. Always remember FBGM and FCG. Good luck next year!
I, Elysia Dowd, will the 2nd alto Chamber singers to Claire from school. Make no mistake, Mrs. Peters still gets to choose whomever she wants to be the section leader, but you must be the mother goose. Let's face it; you were the one actually running the ship this year, since I can't play piano worth anything! Love the altos in my stead, and pass on your scratchies to a worthy recipient! Be the new Alto Chick! (BTW you also get my share of the side room but I think you already knew that)
I will Luke Peterson leadership of the Peter Hollens fan club. This means steal the side room speakers from Cliff to play his music, and whenever you can, introduce people to his art and geek out about his singing. I have converted at least three people to his fan club during Senior year, and I challenge you to double that. This is a serious duty, but I know Peter and I can count on you! :)
I, Jacob Richter, will my four shares of Gundrum’s side room to Cliff Wood, Jacob Storrs, Jenny Boehlke, and Mitchell Kitzinger. Cliff, may your rule be as prosperous and lively as mine.
I, Madeline Horinek, will one share of the Independent Nation-State of the office (Gundrum’s side room) to Megan Horinek, one share to Clifford Wood, and one share to Bescent Ebeid.
I will the presidential office of Science Olympiad (and all of its corresponding duties; peacekeeper, organizer, and caretaker of the fourth graders with power tools, as well as keeping Gundrum on track, planning meetings and invitationals, and keeping the spirit alive) to Clifford Wood.
I, Austen Becker, will three shares of Gundrum’s side room to Nick Stoffel, and Ben and Ryan Moeller.
I, Anson Dowd, will my two shares of Gundrum’s side room to Nick Stoffel, and Ben and Ryan Moeller.
I, Emily Wolf, will my one share of Gundrum’s side room to my sister, Teresa Wolf.
I, Christian Young, will my P250 sand dune FT to Erik Umhoefer. Trade it well.
I will one crystal of salt to Ryan Moeller.
I will my share of Gundrum’s side room to Ben Moeller.
Use these items well. ~Dusky
I, Heidi DeCaluwe, will Nicole Carlson the TA desk. I bestow upon you the rights only the TA can give, and that is the rights to Mr. Hamm's desk. It was given to me last year from Tia, and I think you are the next person ready for those rights, and what being a TA means.
I, Megan Johnson, will Alyna Reiter passion. You once said that you wanted to have the passion that I had for Student Council, here I'm giving it to you. But the thing is passion doesn't come from another person, it comes from yourself, and you'll find it someday Alyna.
I, Anna Strong, will Katy Dano the marching band flip folder. I leave this with you so that it may bring you as much pain as it did to me but also for my love of marching band so take good care of it for me.
I, Morgan Duley, will Mr. Hansen's Office Chair to Dan Schmitke. It is a coarse, short, stout pivoting cream colored chair with wood accents on wheels. It leans far back to relax when desired, if your weight is properly balanced. “A true friend encourages us, comforts us, supports us like a big, easy chair, offering us a safe refuge from the world.” (H. Jackson Brown, Jr.) This chair was my escape from anything and everything. Not to mention, it was also the perfect height for my feet to rest evenly on the floor. Please respect it and chairish it always.
I, Kailey Dynes, will Emma Nye the large senior volleyball locker. Taking you under my wing during your transition into not only Slinger High School, but the varsity volleyball team has made my senior year one to remember. We're just about the dumbest people out there but I'm stoked to say you assisted in making my senior year a year to remember, on and off the court. Love you always carc! Best of luck in the upcoming season, and your senior year!
I, Brendan Bishop, will Ryan Moeller edgy memes. Enjoy my friend.
I, Kylie Coffin, will Maddie Hoitink my role as most experienced editor of the "Nite Crier.” With your dependability and passion for Slinger's news-blog, I know I'm leaving the "Nite Crier" in the hands of a great senior leader!
I will my place as the shortest (awesomest) member of the tennis team to Kaitlyn Loff and Grace Taylor. Have a great season & a fun senior year!!
I will Ben Pardon my overwhelming school spirit. I know how you love pep and dress up days!:)
I will Evan Sievers whatever his heart desires (within reason and the school building) because he is simply the awesomest! I’ll miss you, Ev-Dawg!
I, Mike Bieser, will the jumble of tubing to Augie Beyer, in the hope that he shall ever find it peculiar. I also will the low brass section to Ben Moeller, that he may have a taste of ultimate power (or thereabouts).
I, Haley Wasserman will Claire Breitenbach this packet of beans. You have probably put two and two together as to why I am giving you a measly, 25 cents group of beans, but in case you’re still confused I’ll explain. My family and I have taken up the tradition of calling you “our little bean“ because of your exceeding cuteness. As we grew closer, that nickname took on more meaning, for right now, you ARE a little bean. Claire, although you are truly radiant, you have not blossomed yet! You may be growing, but you are not complete… Maybe you're at the small bean sprout stage. But your time to shine is yet to come. There is more to life than high school, in fact high school is just the beginning. As you experience the world never forget where your roots are, and always be thankful for your past. When the day comes that you do blossom completely, I hope I am there to see it. Be you, be strong, be courageous. Love always, H-Wass aka haleybales97.
I, Elly Foerster, will Casey Osterburg Hannah. You are to watch over your “daughter” (Hannah) during the school year. Please kick anyone’s butt that hurts your daughter in any sort of way. I don’t care if it is a small child, still hurt them. She will need some Fill & Chill dates along with money for Fill & Chill dates. Another request is to make sure Hannah and yourself visit “ma” and Elly. Please help her as much as you can in math… She is a very lazy math student. Please put up with all her weird stories and all her horse crap she does!
It’s a shocker that I, Allison Daw, will my drum cubby to Michael Kurzendoerfer. I hope it reminds you of me throughout the year whenever you see the baby bass drum. Don’t eat too many gummy bears without me and Snapchat me all of your guys’ shenanigans next year. Thanks for being an awesome partner in crime for 2 years.
I, Brett Reader, will a Blue Phone Box to Jozi Schneider. It’s a tall blue phone box, tends to disappear randomly and looks like it belongs in London. Blue Box may or may not be capable of time travel. I wouldn't know. I lost the key.
I, Michael Vlasak, will a blue marker (it’s a marker...that’s blue!) that was previously owned by one M.H. to Declan Gundrum, Jacob Storrs, Ben Moeller, Ryan Moeller, Jacob Bunzel, Alec Nelson, Brian Jasperson, John German, Teresa Wolf, Nicholas Storrs, Jared Jasperson, Nick Stoffel, Liam McConnolly, Jacob Starr, Jenny Boehlke, Cliff Wood, Mitch Kitzinger, Dan Foster, Bryce Ruefner, Connor Zapfel, Emily Haluzak, Erik Umhoefer, Mitchell Duley, Nick Rasimus, and Nolen Hansen.
By: Kylie Coffin, Elysia Dowd, and Megan Cichon
Posted May 24, 2016
At the beginning of this school year, Mr. Apel chose Julia Blando, Clare Meyers, Renee Cleary, Adam Horst, Kyle Lastovich, Jacob Storrs and Joelle Hackney to help create video as a “special project for Mr. Ourada.” Many of these students had taken Mr. Apel’s digital photography and video class and therefore had a background in video editing. At the time when these students were selected, none of them knew what the true purpose of the video was. Despite this, portions of filming began at the start of the school year. It was not until February that these students found out the video they were creating would ultimately become Slinger’s Every 15 Minutes crash simulation video.
Every 15 Minutes is a program aimed to awaken students to the realities of their decisions.The emphasis is on the discouragement of drunk driving. At the program’s inception, someone died from a drunk driving accident approximately every 15 minutes. This statistic is the source of the program’s name. This emotionally driven program works to show how seriously one’s decisions can impact an individual and the lives of innocent others around him.
Prior to May 12th, the day of the crash simulation, much time went into the preparation for Every 15 Minutes. Mr. Apel was the leading faculty member in charge of the video, and he received help from Mrs. Peters who contributed music to the background. E15 team members attended several meetings in which the role of each person in the program was determined and the plot of the crash was developed. Video editor Joelle Hackney said of the experience, “Being behind the scenes and watching this event grow into something incredibly impactful was awesome to be a part of.”
May 12th, the day before the all-school assembly on Friday, proved to be a trying day and night for the E15 video editors. These students were excused from all of their classes that day and worked into the early hours of the morning-- approximately 3:00 a.m.-- to complete the video for its presentation at the assembly. Food such as subs and pizza were provided for the students throughout the day. Video editor Julia Blando explained, “There were so many mixed emotions that night. There were times that everyone was really stressed and cranky, times where we couldn't stop laughing, and other times where we were all silent and entirely focused. At the end of the night, we were just so happy to be done, and we were also really proud of what we had accomplished.”
Slinger students sat down in their first hour on Thursday, May 12th, their minds already working at the speed of light, processing the end of the year race to summer. Their thoughts were interrupted by an announcement from Mr. Ourada. “Every 15 minutes, someone is killed in an accident involving alcohol, or other abusive substances. Throughout the day, every 15 minutes, one student will be pulled from class to symbolize this.” And so the day began, and true to his word, approximately every 15 minutes, a gong rang over the P.A., and the Grim Reaper (Deputy Ron Rewarts) pulled another student from class. Following their “death”, the student’s obituary was read to the class. Later in the day, students presumed as dead were spotted around the school, with gray makeup covering their face so they appeared dead (Makeup credit:?). The way they acted was truly terrifying--they didn’t show any emotion other than the emotion one might see when looking at a corpse.
Students were pulled out of class seventh hour to witness a mock accident. No one really had any idea what to expect, as many details regarding the day weren’t given. When students and faculty gathered around a lump of something hidden under a tarp, no one seemed to think anything unusual was under it. The crowd was filled with conversation...or at least until they noticed the Grim Reaper sulking towards them, his parade of our dead classmates following him. An immediate hush came over the crowd, and the entire crowd watched them walk around the tarp, so every student could get a good look at the deadness in the gaze of former friends. Eventually, the Grim Reaper and his posse took a place around the tarp. The Reaper let out a loud, somewhat terrifying scream, and the tarp was lifted.
No one expected what lay underneath that tarp. True, there was a car that was horribly damaged. But no one expected two cars, and certainly no one expected bloody limbs to be hanging out the windows of the cars. There was blood everywhere--pooled on the ground, dripping down the doors, and even on the hood of the car. Jacob Olson, who’d been thrown through the windshield, lie dead on the hood of one car. Mrs. Erdmann sat in the driver’s seat of the other car, paralyzed from the crash. From one car, a dazed Austin Klumb stumbled out of the driver’s door, looking shocked as ever. He ran his hands through his hair in concern as he surveyed the accident. From the passenger door of the other car, Rachel Hau appeared, already dialing 911.
When the first police car pulled up, only two officers were present. The dead silence maintained by the student body allowed us to hear the snapping of the officer’s rubber gloves as they prepared to assess the scene. Knowing there was too much for two officers to handle, reinforcements were called in. Eventually, there were up to three ambulances at the scene of the crash, one firetruck, and four police cars. Flight for Life was called in to fly Ali Wolf and Mrs Erdmann to the hospital. Jacob Olson was declared dead at the scene. Austin Klumb was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. All involved in the crash were taken to the hospital to have their wounds tended to.
Later that night, Ali Wolf was declared dead from wounds sustained in the accident. The other crash victims were taken to a hotel where they spent the remainder of the day, away from others who knew them. They were not permitted to be active on social media, or any other form of communication. In short, they were treated as if they were actually deceased.
Friday, May 13th was the culmination of hours and hours of preparation. The assembly began at the beginning of second hour, and after some brief introductions, the tone was set with the reading of Ali Wolf’s and Jacob Olson’s obituaries. If those didn’t make this situation real to the students, the student produced video was shown. Mr. Apel’s team worked into the wee hours of the morning getting all of the footage synthesized, and it paid off. The video started off with shots of Jacob and Ali starting normal days, but that quickly transitioned to a drinking party with friends. After beer pong and shots, they piled into Austin Klumb’s car and drove towards the high school. Once there they blew a stop sign and slammed into Mrs. Erdmann and student. The next scenes were of the emergency responders, which students had witnessed being acted out on Thursday. The film then transitioned to heart wrenching scenes of Mrs. Erdmann arriving in a helicopter at the hospital, the Wolfs standing by as their daughter was pronounced dead, the Olsons picking out a casket for their son, and the Klumbs witnessing their son sentenced to 16 years in prison.
The effect of this powerful footage was made even more impactful as the student participants remained in character to give their perspectives to the student body. Hannah Strupp spoke about how devastated she was to loose her two best friends, Austin told of his regret and sorrow at causing so much death and pain, Mrs. Erdmann commented on how rudely interrupted all of these lives were by something so senseless, and Mr. and Mrs. Olson read emotional open letters to their son that had been so unfairly taken from them.
As powerful as this dramatic reenactment was, the true story presented by Mike Knetzger really drove the message home. In 2008 he lost his 18 year old daughter when a drunk woman crashed into her at an intersection going 90 miles an hour. His rendition of her story was so powerful that the whole room was stunned to silence and moved to tears. Mr. Knetzger related how hard it was for him to return to policing after that loss, but he does it because it is making a difference in the safety of Wisconsin roads. The E15 program chose that name because of a sad statistic, but since their inception, that statistic has improved to one drunk driving related death about every 53 minutes. There is still a long way to go before the drinking and driving problem is eliminated, but thanks to events like these, we are making strides.
The students who participated were: Adam Beine, Alaina Bernarde, Adam Grudzinski, Jack Hafeman, Nolan Hansen, Rachel Hau, Austin Klumb, Cora Limberg, Shania Martinez, Alec Nelson, Jacob Olson, Casey Osterberg, Anna Pedrick, Natalie Piette, Olivia Pozorski, Kaitlyn Shatswell, Hannah Strupp, Mallory West, Ali Wolf. Mrs. Erdmann, Mrs. Harman, Mr. Ourada, Officer Sutter and the Slinger Police, Phillip’s funeral home, the Slinger Fire department, were all instrumental in the creation of this program, and it wouldn’t have been possible without the generous donations of many community businesses.
To view the complete video, click the link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bteDZboARPc
By: Elysia Dowd, News Editor
Posted May 24th, 2016
On Wednesday, May 18th, the Senior Awards night was held. It began with a beautiful rendition of the Star Spangled Banner by the senior Vocal Jazz girls, and then the scholarship recognition began. First, the seniors planning on going into the military were recognized, and the recipient of the Good Citizenship Award was announced. After the Hartford Masonic scholarships and the Hartley dental scholarship were announced, Mr. Karius took the stage to honor committed and high achieving athletes for both scholarly and athletic achievements. Several more community based scholarship recipients were recognized, and then the Skills USA, Graphics club, and the elementary PBO scholarships were announced. UWWC and MPTC each honored their scholars, and the Love of the Game, Slinger Soccer, Memorial Go-Kart, SAMBA, and several other community organizations honored their scholarship recipients. Towards the end of the program, the first annual Mike Halbauer Memorial and Nicole C. Kopfmann Memorial scholarships were announced, which brought out a good deal of emotion in the crowd. To finish the ceremony, Mr. Ourada recognized the Technical and Academic Excellence scholars and called all of the 4.0 seniors onto the stage. The overall achievement of this year’s seniors is incredible, and they have earned far more scholarships than those acknowledged during the awards ceremony. Based on what they have reported to the guidance office, the class of 2016 has earned a whopping $1,456,950 in scholarships for their post-secondary endeavors. Keep up the great work seniors, and best of luck!
By: Hannah Stadel, Staff Writer
Posted May 24th, 2016
Many of us know Jose Rivera, Slinger 8th grader. Back in February he received a tragic diagnosis of cancer, which has since greatly impacted this community. Jose has a very rare and fast spreading bone cancer called metastatic mesenchymal chondrosarcoma and a second type of cancer as well. In the midst of such dismaying news, his home community in Slinger has rallied around him to provide a truly incredible source of support.
The day Slinger Middle School learned the diagnosis of their peer was a tragic day, without much laughter. Especially on the eighth grade floor, his close friends, teachers and acquaintances were struck by the suddenness and severity. Ever since, they’ve been relentless in their pursuit of hope. On March 18th DI3C (Do I Care Command Club), a club at the middle school devoted to showing kindness to others, organized a three on three basketball tournament called Hoop it Up for Jose where they raised over $1,500. On May 15th there was a fundraiser at Veterans Park in Allenton for Jose featuring a lip sync battle. Numerous other events have taken place, and there are plans for an upcoming ‘amazing race’ and even a Zumbathon. Jose has been featured on Fox 6 and there’s a Facebook page, and wristbands and t-shirts are sold for Team Jose, what the community supporting Jose is referred to as. The overwhelming amount of love and help the Rivera family has received in the past months is a testament to the power of a close community and is a something to be endlessly grateful for.