The Horicon Marsh field trip offers something for everyone.

posted Nov 7, 2019, 4:52 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By Olivia Kreft, Staff Writer

Posted November 7th, 2019


School field trips can be inspirational, leaving everyone learning something new. Well, within the Slinger School District, the Ecology & Wildlife & Natural Resources class went to Horicon Marsh!  


This field trip offered the students many opportunities. First off, seed collection was a unique activity. The participants got to harvest different plants to collect seeds, which would then be sorted and shipped out to other plantations. These seeds would help with different plots to help the growth and population of a plant. 


Next up, was a visit to the Horicon Marsh Explorium. The participants went through a designed history walk to learn more about Horicon Marsh's history. It involved smelling, listening, and learning many interesting things. The most important part of this walk was a certain arrowhead. This arrowhead ends up being your narrator and telling you all about the Horicon marsh and how the arrowhead was made and used. 


After the Explorium was the wildlife management hike. This hike led the participants around to see all the different land formations and animals in the Horicon Marsh.  The Horicon Marsh is large and home to many migrating birds and all sorts of different wildlife. This area allows all the animals to rest during travel and find a safe shelter for the winter. One of the most popular animals in that area is the muskrat. These creatures eat the cattails, which are very abundant in the Horicon Marsh. Students on the hike also learned about different cutting and burning techniques that help prepare the soil for new vegetation in the spring. These cutting and burning techniques allow for many more ecosystems to appear in the future. 


Finally, the group had a chance to monitor aquatic ecosystems which was one of the most hands-on activities during the field trip. This allowed you to test the water for microorganisms, plant life, and any decomposing waste matter. You even got to go in the water to find your test materials!  From finding fertilizers to animal waste, you could find anything depending on the area you test. Unfortunately, the Horicon Marsh has always had a problem with fertilizer runoff due to the low environment and the high populations of farms around there area.


So, when you go on a field trip with any class, there is always some learning experience behind it. Remember to pay attention and take what you learned from the educators at the field trip location. You never know when it may be useful.

Senator Johnson Speaks to Students: A review of Senator Ron Johnson's town hall meeting at Slinger High School

posted Oct 16, 2019, 7:40 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By Katherine Alder, Staff Writer

Posted October 16th, 2019

Senator Johnson is the Republican Senator for the state of Wisconsin he was first elected in 2010 defeated Democrat incumbent Senator Russ Feingold. He was reelected in 2016. Ron Johnson and his wife Jane moved from Minnesota to Wisconsin in 1979. Ron Johnson and his wife have three children all graduates of UW schools. They started working with Jane’s brother Pat Curler at PACUR LLC. Johnson worked as an accountant and a machine operator. In the mid 1980’s Johnson became the CEO of the company. The Curlers sold the company to Bowater industries for 18 million dollars in 1987. In 1997 Johnson repurchased the company and remained the chief executive officer of PACUR, LLC, a polyester and plastics manufacturing company until being elected to the Senate. He is on several Senate committees including the Committee on Foreign Relations, the Committee of the Budget, and Senator Johnson is the Chairman of the committee on Homeland Security.

He began his speech stating a few main points before taking student questions. He emphasized the importance of the educational opportunities that we have been provided with and the success that a quality education can bring, before reminding everyone not to do drugs of any kind. He answered questions ranging from vaping and trade to our futures and second amendment rights. He was asked about his views on immigration and on illegal immigrants along the border. He said that as with his company these bigger issues needed to be divided into smaller attainable goals. In order to solve the immigration issues, the border needed to be secured and the system itself needed to be fixed. Many of these immigrants come to the US seeking political asylum, without actually meeting the requirements of a political asylum and their cases are so backlogged that they can go years without being heard so they live in the background and can end up being taken advantage of by their employers.

He was also asked about his opinions on President Trump’s trade policy. He said that China had abused the trade policies and that many had believed that as China improved financially they would increase freedoms for their people but they did not. China has stolen large amounts of intellectual property from other companies  and they are threatening and militarizing the South China sea. Johnson also believes that NAFTA was a good policy. He thinks that we need to solidify trade with other countries in Asia. Trade in a global economy is beneficial for everyone involved, but it is treated like a “political football”. 

When asked about a law passed in 2009 stating that if a firefighter died on duty their families would still receive health insurance, he said that his first reaction to that policy was why didn’t it already also cover law enforcement. From a cost standpoint, not many first responders die on duty so the cost is negligible, but first responders put their lives at risk everyday to protect others so we should provide for their families if they lose their lives doing so. He then gave the example of 9/11 when while everyone was desperately trying to escape the towers first responders were going in trying to save people. He said that we should support them rather than politicising them.


Finally, when he was asked about his views on terrorism and the military he spoke of his policy on peace through strength. He said that Presidents Carter, Clinton, and Obama all reduced military spending and when the Republicans we in office they would increase it. He said that we should maintain a military force so that no one could challenge the U.S. The U.S. should not try to be the police force of the world, but we should protect our interests. He said that when President Obama turned a blind eye on the problems in Syria and ISIS people died, but when ISIS lost power the number of people imitating their terrorist attacks was reduced. The issue of terrorism is a multi-generational issue that can’t be eliminated all at once. The other place people are drawing their inspiration from, is the internet, but because of the first amendment they can’t arrest people without cause based solely on what they say online he also stated the importance of see something say something in these matters. We need to support our military and their families because they risk their lives to protect our freedom.

My Homecoming (Photo Essay)

posted Oct 8, 2019, 4:30 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Olivia Kreft, Staff Writer/Photographer

Posted October 8th, 2019

Marching band performance after parade.

Mr. Westley & Olivia Kreft

Grace Dow & Olivia Kreft

Final picture after dance

Senator Ron Johnson's October 2nd visit to Slinger High School

posted Oct 4, 2019, 4:26 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

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A thank you to SHS!

posted Jun 4, 2019, 12:53 PM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Chloe Schmidt, Co Editor-in-Chief

Posted June 4th, 2019

I would like to take this chance to formally thank everyone. I would like to thank Mr. Wolf for giving me the chance to be a writer and even an editor for the Nite Crier. The Nite Crier has expanded my writing ability and I’ve made some new friends through this club. I would like to thank my fellow club members for inspiring me and pushing me to my full potential. I’ve created a lot of great memories with my new friends! I would also like to thank the readers of the Nite Crier because without readers, we would be writing for no one. I hope you’ve enjoyed at least a couple of my articles. Finally, I would like to thank my mentors for supporting me and carrying me throughout the years. It means a lot. Overall, just thank you to everyone!

2019 Senior Wills

posted Jun 4, 2019, 4:21 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

I Rachel Muhl will Everyone Who Wasn't Willed Anything the best of luck and success for a happy high school experience and future. I hope anyone who sees this has a great time during high school. Just remember to keep calm. The future is not as daunting as you might think.

I, Nick Poweleit, will Bobby Cleary the number 76, my football number. Have fun and good luck in the future Bobby.

I, Kiya Sinclair, will Kale Sinclair the title of The Coolest Sinclair Family Member. It is the legacy that I have begun for the Sinclair Family and it can finally be passed down to the next sibling in line. It entails being a role model for the siblings to come while also being awesome at the same time. It may seem like a daunting task and I doubt that you'll even read this, but the family name is in your hands now, so don't let us down (or you'll have to sleep outside again).

I, Evan Sievers, will Brady Krueger the Cross Country Meme Page, The location of the sauciest memes in relation to Slinger Cross Country. Big Brady, on behalf of Slinger Cross Country, I will you this meme page, the name of which I will not include in this message to you. I leave it to you, Big Brady, to take my creation and make it something beyond this world, beyond all possibility. It will be the dankest, sauciest, edgiest page that ever was. Use it and use it well, Big Brady. I know you will. <3 rawr XD ~Evan

I, Jane Shaub, will Taylor Loomans and Jack Summers, the Student Council Presidency, the role of leading our SHS Student Council. It has been so wonderful working with you both over the past 3 years, and I am so excited for your upcoming year as Co-Presidents! I know you will be amazing leaders and do so well! :)

I, Samuel Schodron, will Nolan Fehrman my superior programming skills. Do what I couldn't do pal.

I Aaron Simays will Brady Krueger my varsity spot. Keep running over the summer. Beat my times. Run fast.

I Eddie Inchaurregui  will Adella Knight my courage. In receiving this, you will have the courage to proceed through high school halls with enough confidence to continue forward in any form, whether that's making or completing a decision, keeping your head up high, or sharing a smile with a passerby in the hallway. How you use it is your choice. Actions speak louder than words. Have courage and faith to do your very best.

I, Michaela Carey, will Taylor Loomans my heart. It’s all yours, love ya girly.

I, Kortni Elliot, will Lexi Kossow Girls Golf Leadership/Captain to carry on the tradition of Slinger's Girls Golf Team and lead the team with honor. I remember meeting you your freshman year when you joined the girls golf team. Immediately the coaches and everyone else knew you were going to dominate the course, being the only freshman to play up on varsity. It's been an honor to play with you for my last two years of high school AND a great honor to call you my friend, all because of golf. So that being said, I am passing down the leadership position of Slinger's Girls Golf Team knowing that you'll lead and carry on the team that I was able to start. I know you are going to do amazing things with the team and I can't wait to come back to watch you and the team all play. Good luck!

I, Chloe Schmidt, will Lukas Schmidt the position as favorite child- oh wait, you already have that.

I Sophie Haugen will, Jonie Jagelski the French Horn Section. The power of the twisty trumpet will now in his hands. The whole section will rest on his capable shoulders. Jonie, you are a magnificent man that will lead the future french horns to victory. You’re my idol, and the only person that’s capable of leading the French horns. I love you.

I Alexis Warshall will Julian Johanson a creepy drawing of some ice cream. Add this to the gofundme.

I, Ethan Szamocki, will Bradley Brewer the King Owl passed on from last year. Have fun with the nickname.

I, Megan Michaelchuck, will Maddy Erdmann chamber pearls, a necklace known to be worn by choir students by Chamber Singers. Maddy Erdmann, last year I received Chamber Pearls from Katie Jaques who received them from Megan Cichon, and now I continue the tradition with you. Thank you for being such a wonderful light in my life, and inspiring me to try new things and be a better person. You are strong and beautiful. I hope you enjoy your senior year in choir! Until We Meet Again, Megan Michaelchuck.

I, Paige Fassbender, will Hannah Kurth pre-race prayers before each cross country race you run with the team. I've seen the incredible leadership you've developed on the girls team these past few years. I know you have the determination and character to bring this incoming team to great places! Love you, man!

We, Taylor Hopkins, Kate Hill, and Megan Horinek will Olivia Clark the Science Olympiad Presidency. This means you now reign over the science nerds. This includes the late night stress, early morning donuts, Marquette High School boys, the Twitter page, Gundrum's shenanigans, and a great thing to brag about on your college applications. Use it wisely, like we (sometimes) did.

I, Sabrina Rick, will Ezra Carlson Alliance, the social club promoting equality. I am sending this will to you (and to the rest of the members) in order to grant you all best wishes on your future journeys!

I Sabrina Rick, will Anthony George Anime Club.  A social club that bonds over our interest in Anime and other related topics. This goes to not just Anthony, but to every other member of our club. I hope you guys manage to be more active than Natalie and I ended up being. We wish you luck in finding a new teacher to host, and in making new bonds with future members!

I, Alyssa Koepke, will Katy Anderson SkillsUSA. I leave you SkillsUSA, the best club in Slinger High School. Take care of her and lead with pride. I've trained you well, now make me proud.

I, Rebekah Ash, will Rory Macha to be Mr. Graziano's Favorite Student. Being Mr. Graziano's favorite student, or his biggest annoyance.

I, Damek Whitewolf, will Tobias Hill Hernandez the title of leading tenor. The highest rank I can give... also the only rank I can give.

I, Carlene Konrath will Halle Wagner and Paige Pfeifer Bokath's disappointment. I leave you to Saturday morning practices scraping snow off the track, shin splints, Bokath’s never-ending remarks to run on your toes, and practices of doing absolutely nothing. You two will be great leaders to all incoming hurdlers. Make the best of your last years, run fast and break records.

I Allison Cleary will Jenna Fredericks the stage managing headset used for the musical. I will my stage manager headset to the amazing Jenna, I can’t wait to see all you talent for next years show, Mary Poppins, and how you run everything behind the scenes. I’m so proud of you already, you’re going to do amazing things lovely!!!

I Alexis Warshal will Adella Knight my will to live. A shred of my will to exist. Please take care of it, its a lil broken but still

Video Highlights from the 2019 Clash of the Classes

posted May 24, 2019, 1:09 PM by Jeffrey Wolf

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Nite Crier Poetry and Art Contest Winners

posted May 23, 2019, 4:18 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

Congratulations to Emmaleigh Girard and Luke Stoffel. They are the winners of the Nite Crier Poetry and Art Contest.  See their outstanding submission below.

Every time By: Emmaleigh Girard

Every time you smile it's like staring  into a beautiful sunset.

Rising out of the dark into the light,where I can see for a mile away.

Never looking back into the dark.

You bring the light in my eyes showing me the brighter way --

instead of leading me into the dark --

the whole world shines around you.

Everywhere you  go you lead a bright path

that follows in your footsteps.

Never be afraid to choose a different path--

never knowing where it may lead always

turning a bad decision into a good decision.

No matter what happens or where you go

always keep your light shining so I can

always find you.

The Washington Monument By: Luke Stoffel


BotsIQ Wins Big at WCTC Competition

posted May 15, 2019, 4:48 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Kelsey Alder, Staff Writer

Posted May 15th, 2019

BotsIQ, or just Bots is a club in which teams take aluminum bar stock, sheet aluminum or sheet steel, and electronic RC car components to make a fighting “bot” which competes in a competition held at Waukesha County Technical College. This year the Slinger Bots team five bots to the competition. The actual competition has a bracket that decides which bots fight each other. The actual fights are pretty simple, each bot is laid on either side of an arena (steel floor with clear plastic walls) and they fight for three minutes. If a bot is immobilized for 10 seconds they lose, and the driver can also tap out at any time, but none of the teams did so. For every match a team wins they get a blue plastic token. Then there is an acrylic trophy for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in the competition as well as for the documentation the team provided for their bot. The documentation details the process of building the bot from the design phase through testing. Pillsbury Doughboi won 1st place for documentation, while Samaritan Mk. III got 3rd place as well as 1st place for the competition. But putting the victories aside, everyone had a lot of fun and it was a valuable experience as well. Since most people in BotsIQ are interested in doing something with engineering, manufacturing, electronics, etc. later in life it was very useful to get that experience and learn more about those topics. There were a couple people in the club that knew a lot about the RC car parts and the electrical aspect of the bot, most of the people in Bots had at least a basic understanding of the manufacturing and metal fabrication of the bot. for those members of the club that did not have as much experience or hadn't taken any tech ed classes yet, BotsIQ provided them an opportunity to quickly acquire those skills without having to do it in a classroom setting. Overall BotsIQ is great for people who want to have fun creating things and making them function. It is a great opportunity to learn various new skills and have a good time doing so.

Class Review: The Great Minds of the Western World

posted Apr 18, 2019, 10:54 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Chloe Schmidt, Co Editor-in-Chief

Posted April 18, 2019

The Great Minds of the Western World is a class that Mrs. Erdmann teaches for .5 credit. In this class you learn about popular artists, composers, and authors of earlier centuries.

I loved this class. Mrs. Erdmann is so passionate about what she teaches and that’s what causes the class to be so successful. She allows the class to have an open atmosphere where you can just speak out and talk without having to raise your hand or feel frightened.

The content of the class is interesting because it has such a large range. All of the class is on the artistic spectrum, so you must be interested in art, but it ranges from floral, girly art to dark, gory art.

The only flaw I would say that this class has it that Mrs. Erdmann uses scantrons so you don’t see what answers you get wrong on the tests, which means you don’t know what you got wrong.

Otherwise, I highly recommend this class to any artistic person or anyone interested in learning about art!

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