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 Nite Crier Staff 

Celeste Conigliaro

Kaitlyn Dunn

Zach Greenhill

Aaron Haas

Katelyn Kauper

 Onnacka Lacy

Abigail Montano

Natalie Nickel 

Dane Olsen

Oceana Patulski

Addison Rahmlow 

Michael Schrank Jr. 

Hannah Volheim

Evan Swart

Paige Weber

Carson Wundrock


Mr. Wolf

By: Hannah Volheim, Staff Writer

Posted: May 30th, 2024

When you think of a serial killer, you most likely picture an older white man, like Ted Bundy or John Wayne Gacy. It would make sense since serial murder is a male dominated industry, with 85% of serial killers being male. On the much smaller scale of female serial killers, Aeleen Wuornos stands out for being the type to hunt. For some strange reason women on TikTok seem to think Wuornos was justified in her crimes.

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See the 2024 Clash of the Classes video highlights below.

By: Hannah Volhiem, Staff Writer

Posted: May 17th, 2024

One of the most interesting rap beefs of the modern age is the conflict between Kendrick Lamar (K Dot) and Audrey Graham (Drake).  Everyone wants to know what started the beef, what some of the rap lyrics mean, and where other artists have their loyalties. This feud includes female rapper Megan Thee Stallion, her ex boyfriend Tory Lanez, along with rappers Future, Kendirck Lamar, J. cole, and of course Drake. Metro Boomin, a prominent producer, is also involved in this rap controversy. 

By: Oceana Patulski, Staff Writer

Posted: May 3rd, 2024

On April 29th, the Human Body Systems Biomedical Class embarked on an astonishing journey to Marquette University to discover and learn about the human body hands-on. HBS is the second class of the PLTW, Project Lead the Way, a biomedical program here at Slinger High School. In the class, as the name suggests, students learn about the body systems and perform lots of dissections to gain a better understanding of human anatomy.

By: Hannah Volheim, Staff Writer

Posted: May 3rd, 2024

Jojo Siwa first came into public notice when she was 9 years old on the reality tv show Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition (AUDC), season 2.  She was the youngest dancer in the group, but also the loudest.  She shared how she bleached her hair constantly and made snide comments about other performers.  Many on the show did not like her or her mom, and this was only the beginning of her controversy.  

Nite Crier's 2023-2024 NEWSPA Award Winning Articles and Photo Essays are found here. Check out the best in Slinger High School journalism.

By: Dane Olsen, Staff Writer

Posted: March 18th, 2024

Discipline is one of the most important aspects to success; whether it is school, work, or exercise, without discipline, you can never truly grow as a person. Discipline allows people to accomplish more things in one day than we typically would in multiple. Discipline will not only increase productivity in all areas, but it will challenge your mind every day.

By: Dane Olsen, Staff Writer

Posted: February 13th, 2024

Have you ever wanted to invest or learn about investing? Were you ever too busy to learn about finance? Well finance can be a very intimidating topic to dive into, but what if there was an easier way to learn about investing that is both educational and entertaining. Lucky for you, I am about to dive into the art of finance board games and how they can help you learn the basics of financial decision making.

West Bend's Ice Creations (Photo Essay)

By: Evan Swart, Staff Photographer

Posted, February 2nd, 2024

West Bend Ice Creations were created between January 19th and January 21st as part of the City of West Bend's Winter Warm Up Festival.

By: Oceana Patulski, Staff Writer

Posted: January 23rd, 2024

The Grace Year by Kim Ligget is an exceptional novel. The plot is amazing, touching on double standards and expectations of women compared to men. In the novel, 16-year-old Tierney James and the other girls of Garner County are sent to spend what is known as their "grace year"...

The 2023 Enchantment In The Park: A Holiday Sight To Remember (Photo Essay)

By: Evan Swart, Staff Photographer

Posted, December 12th, 2023

Enchantment in the Park is something that is best viewed at night, but is still cool during the day. I would encourage anyone interested to go and take a walk through the park, and look at the uncountable number of lights that light up the park all day and all night. 

By: Onnacka Lacy, Staff Writer

Posted: November 20th, 2023

On the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour and the 11th minute sirens were heard throughout America. These sirens were to honor Armistice day, the ending of WWI. However, in 1954 Armistice day was renamed to Veterans day, the day where we honor those who have fought for our country's freedoms, equality, and rights. There are many organizations who raise awareness for Veterans day and one of those organizations is Wreaths Across America. WAA is a nonprofit organization that raises awareness for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice by placing wreaths on veteran graves. Wreaths Across America functions on a national level; however, with the help of Vince Strupp WAA was brought to our own community, Slinger WI.

By: Hannah Volheim, Staff Writer

Posted, November 14th, 2023

Taylor Swift makes the news every other day, but now it is for the release of her version of 1989, her 5th studio album.  Swift has been re-releasing her first six albums because the rights were sold away to another man even though she expressed being wanting to buy them and was willing to. So far she has re-released Fearless, Red, Speak Now, and, as of October 27, 1989.  With the release of her albums, vault tracks are added on. You may be wondering what vault tracks are. Vault tracks are songs that were written for the album or during that era that never made it onto the final album. 

By: Addie Rahmlow, Staff Writer

Posted: November 6th, 2023

In recent weeks, Israel and Palestine have made international headlines in what many western media outlets have most commonly referred to as a “conflict.” According to the United Nations, around 1,400 Israelis were killed in a Hamas attack on October 7th, and since, more than 10,000 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces according to the Gazan health ministry, a number that continues to go up. In the last four weeks, more than 1.4 million Palestinians in the Gaza strip have been displaced from their homes, their water, food, and electricity cut off by the Israeli Occupation forces (known as the IOF or IDF). Yet, even in the wake of relentless nights of deadly bombing, a total collapse of the healthcare system, and the IOF’s near complete suspension of aid going into Gaza, much of the western media has propagated misinformation surrounding the horrors faced in occupied Palestine succeeding October 7th, framing this month’s events as existing within a vacuum — a mere “conflict” or “war” that trivializes the terrors Palestinians have faced for the last 75 years and implies an equal stature of power between sides. 

By:  Aaron Haas, Staff Writer

Date Posted: October 31st, 2023

Have you ever wanted to travel to Duloc?  What about scale a tower to rescue a princess from a fire-breathing dragon?  Travel across the lands with an annoying talking donkey?  You will be able to experience all this and so much more from Nov. 2nd - Nov 5th.  This year, the Slinger High School theater department proudly presents Shrek: The Musical!

Source: People Maganzine

By: Hannah Volheim, Staff Writer

Posted: October 29th, 2023

Long Island has gotten more coverage over the last few months than it ever has in the years it has been an island. The reason that is happening is because of the arrest of Rex Heuermann.

By: Hannah Volheim, Staff Writer

Posted: October 26th, 2023

On Friday, November 3rd, there will be a board game club meeting in room 129 with Mr. Wolf. In the club, you get the chance to play new games you may have never heard of, or classic games you've been playing since childhood. A current member says, ¨Mr. Wolf has quite a few unique games that I haven't seen or played anywhere else.¨ Mr. Wolf will help you learn about these new games, and you could find a new game to play with friends or your family later. All grades are welcome to join this fun and engaging club.

An Exciting Washington D.C. Trip (Photo Essay)

By: Evan Swart, Staff Photographer

Posted, October 23rd, 2023

The Washington DC trip was an exploration of the capital that everyone should do at least once in their lifetime. The monuments there are stunning. The coolest thing I saw there was the  National Mall, which is huge, and stunning at night. 

By: Onnacka Lacy, Staff Writer

Posted: October 23rd, 2023

You're 6 years old and you get to pick a movie for family night, you pick your favorite Disney movie. As the movie goes on you sing the words to your favorite catchy tunes, and you even see your mom and dad humming along to it. You see your favorite characters embark on amazing journeys, and when you go to bed you dream of your own adventures. Fast forward about 10 years, you see they are coming out with a remake of your favorite movie, but this time it’s not the same. Your favorite character is now a different race, and they don’t find their true love because it's “overrated”. This is what Disney is doing nowadays, they are taking the beloved classics and completely changing them to validate people. The question may arise, “What happened? ” you might ask. Here's what happened: Disney. 

A Successful Season for the Girls Cross Country Team (Photo Essay)

By: Oceana Patulski, Staff Photographer

Posted, October 18th, 2023

By: Michael Schrank Jr, Staff Writer

Posted: October 18th, 2023

As George Santayana once said, “Only the dead have truly seen the end of war.” This quote still holds true today as we arrive at the 19-month anniversary of the conflict in Ukraine.  Politically, the governments of Ukraine and Russia have not changed their positions on this conflict since it began.

By: Onnacka Lacy, Staff Writer

Posted: September 24th, 2023

When hearing the date July 4th, 1776 you should instantly know that was the founding of independence in our nation; but to some people this date means nothing. This is one of the examples of indoctrination: the teaching of a group or individual to accept certain beliefs regardless if they are true or false. In short, indoctrination is the act of brainwashing with no factual evidence or an opinion. This is just one of the ways some schools, political leaders, and celebrities are oppressing and lying to the youth of this country. The 1619 project and critical race theory are the prime examples of how some schools indoctrinate the youth of America.

By: Abby Walter, Staff Writer

Posted: June 1st, 2023

Last Thursday, May 25th, and Friday, May 26th, Mr. Carey’s Entrepreneurship students truly embraced the pop up shop model as they lined up during lunch to sell their team’s chosen consumer goods. Earlier in the semester, some teams sent out surveys to assess the interests of their peers and teachers, the target markets of the event. Other teams began accepting preorders and Venmo payments prior to the selling days since many booths operated on a cash-only basis during the two-day event.


See the 2023 Clash of the Classes video highlights below.

To read the 2023 Senior Wills, click here!

Clash of the Classes 2018. Click on the image for the full video of this event.

By: Abby Walter, Staff Writer

Posted: May 12th, 2023

While rummaging through their older siblings' clothes (as younger siblings love to do), Slinger High School students have surely seen a Clash of the Classes T-shirt somewhere in the mix. This end-of-the-year event has long served as both a beloved tradition and a right of passage for Slinger High School students; however, due to a number of unforeseen circumstances including the COVID-19 pandemic, even Slinger seniors are yet to experience the Clash of the Classes for themselves. 

By: Mariah Kiefer, Staff Writer

Posted: May 10th, 2023

Drag is defined as the performance of exaggerated masculinity, femininity, or other forms of gender expression. Famous TV shows like Drag Race have exposed the world to the art form that is drag. Across the United States, countless areas are feeling the impact of the new political agenda to ban drag. States such as Tennessee and Florida have enacted several bills and actions to stop drag. These bills are wordered in an ambiguous way that could cause the bills to go outside of just drag performers. Now what exactly are these bills, and what are they intended to do?

Time to Vote for your favorite "Your Picture With A Nite Crier Pen" entry.

Alright Slinger High School, it is your time to vote for the best Nite Crier pen picture.  Go to the following link and vote.

By: Mia Beck, Staff Writer

Posted: April 23rd, 2023

Think of all the times you have unknowingly appreciated art and all its forms in your life. Even the simple action of driving involves art in many aspects. For example, as you merge onto a highway you see countless billboards illuminating a variety of concepts, illustrated and created by graphic designers. Or you may decide to turn on the radio where enumerated artists have their music playing. Many people may overlook art and the deeper value it has, but could you imagine the world if art did not exist? 

Nite Crier's 2022-2023 NEWSPA Award Winning Articles are found here. Check out the best in Slinger High School journalism.

The 2023 Your Picture With a Nite Crier Pen Contest ends April 21st! 

Is the pen mightier than the sword?  The Nite Crier is holding the Your Picture with a Nite Crier Pen Contest starting Monday, April 10th and running until April 21st.  Starting Monday the Nite Crier staff will be distributing the famous Nite Crier pens to students and faculty.  Snap a unique or creative picture of you using the famous Nite Crier pen and send the picture and a caption to for a chance to win a $50, $30, or $20 gift card from the Rookery.  Didn't get a pen yet? Stop by room 129 to pick up a pen from Mr. Wolf. 

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By: Carson Wundrock, Staff Writer

Posted: April 17th, 2023

The idea that the U.S. should ban assault weapons has long been grounds for controversy. Some believe that tighter regulations on assault weapons would save lives and make this country a safer place to live, while others believe that these tighter regulations would not solve the issue of gun violence in this country. School shootings, homicides, and other issues have only heightened the controversy surrounding this argument. Although there are some that may disagree, banning assault style weapons is not an effective solution to gun violence in America. 

By: Abby Walter, Staff Writer

Posted: April 13th, 2023

Many times I’ve tried and failed

to keep record of my thoughts.

The constant stream of lines,

phrases, quotes and quips

refuses to be tied down.

Photo provided by Dado Ruvic/Reuters.

Zach Greenhill, Staff Writer

Posted: March 24th, 2023

It’s no secret that the United States is in an interesting situation with the collapse of the Silicon Valley bank. But what does that actually mean for the people? There are all kinds of concerns that this is going to be like 2008, but there is no need to panic. 

By: Abby Walter, Staff Writer

Posted: March 16th, 2023

If you ask a young child to explain the concept of voting, they will likely begin by telling you that it is “something adults do.” Children grow up understanding voting as an adult responsibility, likely one that they rarely consider until they approach adulthood themselves. On the evening of March 8, 2023, however, the Slinger High School Student Council flipped the script on the concept of elections as many students know them. Student Council members--both those of voting age and those shy of it--became leaders of the Slinger School Board Forum as they asked questions to the candidates and kept time for the responses.

By: Mariah Kiefer, Staff Writer

Posted: March 15th, 2023

The picturesque Alaskan landscape is a sight that people all over the world travel to see. Polar bears, wildflowers, killer whales, and the northern lights are just a handful of the natural attractions that Alaska holds. However, its beauty is at stake. Rolling hills and natural habitats could soon be replaced with miles of metal and drills. The clear blue air will be replaced with pollution. Indigenous lands will no longer be held sacred. The force that threatens Alaska’s landscape is something known as the Willow Project.

By: Mariah Kiefer, Staff Writer

Posted: February 20th, 2023

High school is the time for students to explore their different interests and talents to help guide them towards their future path. Slinger High School is lucky to have various different clubs, sports, and organizations for students to join and learn from. One of the more unique opportunities that Slinger offers is the Aviation club. 

By: Mia Beck, Staff Writer

Posted: February 15th, 2023

Junior and senior years of high school are arguably some of the most stressful times of our high school career. With extensive homework, the ACT, extracurriculars, and a seemingly infinite list of due dates, the entire process of preparing for college and a life outside of high school is incredibly stressful, without even taking into consideration finances! As most high schoolers are aware, many colleges and other organizations offer scholarships to reward accomplishments such as athletic or academic achievements. However, most scholarships are frequently cramped with competition, making it significantly harder to become a successful applicant. Nonetheless, UWM is offering a bountiful and attainable amount of opportunities throughout their variety of scholarships, fulfilling their goal to make continued education more accessible. 

By: Oceana Patulski and Miley Johnson, Staff Writers

Posted: January 23rd, 2023

Neurofibromatosis Type 1(NF1) is a genetic condition in which tumors can grow along a person's nerves.  There are fewer than 200,000 US cases per year, and it can be diagnosed before birth. Neurofibromatosis Type 1 will cause an individual to grow tumors anywhere in the nervous system. The picture to the left is of a human nervous system. Tumors grow anywhere in that system. The tumors are usually benign, meaning that they are non-cancerous, but sometimes they can be malignant. Even though the tumors are benign, they can cause a series of complications.

By: Mia Beck, Staff Writer

Posted: January 16th, 2023

Nearly 3 years ago, the world was taken aback by the sudden surge of infections due to COVID-19. Hospitals were flooded and streets remained empty as countries around the world were locked into quarantine. Presently, many countries are presently on edge due to the state of COVID-19 in China, with 90% of the population in Central China's Henan province currently being infected. Since mid December, political tension in China has been high, with many citizens protesting the Chinese government’s regulations and law regarding Covid. Consequently, this has raised questions about the Chinese citizen’s demands and the government’s receptivity. 

By: Abby Walter, Staff Writer

Posted: January 12th, 2023

Early on the morning of Saturday, January 7, Slinger High School DECA Members boarded the bus “ready to DECA” at the 2023 District 5 Career Development Conference and DECA they did. Thirty-two Slinger members earned themselves a shining moment on stage during which they received one or more medals in their test and/or role-plays. Seventeen of these students placed within the top five competitors in their category, and the ten who placed within the top three will be automatically advancing to the State Career Development Conference at the end of February. For those who did not qualify automatically, Slinger DECA is allotted a number of additional spots for which competitors can apply. Ultimately, Saturday the 7th was an incredibly successful day of “DECA-ing” as our Slinger chapter placed fourth overall out of eighteen highly competitive chapters.

By: Mariah Kiefer, Staff Writer

Posted: January 10th, 2023

On November 13th, four students at the University of Idaho were found stabbed to death in their home in Moscow, Idaho. At 11:58 AM, the Moscow Police Department was responding to a report of an unconscious student when they found the victims dead on the second and third floors of the home. The media has been consumed by this case, raising many questions and theories as to who could be at fault, why they committed the crime, and how. 

By: Oceana Patulski, Staff Writer

Posted: January 4th, 2023

Gregory House is a maverick, genius, pain medication-dependent doctor who manages cases at the prestigious Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital. He is like Sherlock Holmes; he solves medical cases that no other doctor can.

By: Mia Beck, Staff Writer

Posted: January 1st, 2023

In a world of chaos, a man’s testament would act as the voice for millions, detailing his loss of identity, dehumanization, and surreal trauma. Elie Wiesel is just one of the few featured authors, (and survivors), in many Holocaust memorials across the world. Informational posters were created by a variety of students here at Slinger in English classes, detailing the flow of Wiesel’s life and experiences as an individual.

By: Mia Beck, Staff Writer

Posted: January 1st, 2023

It is often the question of whether life contains any sort of definite meaning, expressed plainly in sight to an individual, or whether it remains to be a puzzle of perplexity; in any case, shrouded in mystery and a faux understanding of our universe. Viktor E. Frankl is one of many individuals that dares to answer this question, utilizing his vocation in psychology, as well as his harrowing experience in surviving Auschwitz and Theresienstadt. As a survivor of the holocaust, Frankl lives to tell his tale in his personal narrative, Man’s Search for Meaning. 

By: Kaitlyn Dunn, Staff Writer

Posted: December 21st, 2022

The Christmas season used to be the most wonderful time of the year, just as wonderful as Andy Williams explained it in 1963.

Falling asleep on the night of Christmas Eve would be practically impossible, knowing that Santa would reach your chimney sometime within the night. You’d secretly wish you had the guts to stay up until midnight, listening to the sound of reindeer hooves landing on the roof, and the sound of jingle bells reverberating for every step Santa took. However, you never committed to it due to the fear of Santa revoking your present privileges like your mother had warned just hours before.

By:Oceana Patulski, Staff Writer

Posted: December 15th, 2022

The winter months can be cold, dark, and boring to some individuals, but I personally love the snow and everything about winter. "If you didn't know, I used to live up north where there is snow in the middle of October, and it lasts forever." It's perfect, but when the city people come up, they seem to miss out on the best things to do up north during the winter. As a former Hodag, I’ll be telling you what you should do next time you find yourself in the northwoods. 

By: Abby Walter, Staff Writer

Posted: December 7th, 2022

The world of college applications is difficult to navigate, and that’s an understatement. In fact, whilst applying to colleges, it feels as if you need a master’s degree just to correctly fill out the applications (or maybe a doctorate… I asked a couple people with master’s degrees for help, and they were confused too). Assuming that you, like me, do not have a doctorate in “The Art and Science of Completing the Common App,” I will attempt to lay out everything that I wish I would have known much earlier in my college application experience.

By: Mariah Kiefer, Staff Writer

Posted: December 1st, 2022

From a young age, kids are told the importance of voting. The voting process is one of the first things you learn in elementary school. Children are taught that they will pick their favorite candidate, and the person with the most votes wins. Looking back on these elementary lessons now as a senior in high school, the oversimplified concept is nothing compared to the intricacy of the US government system. Once a person turns eighteen, the right to vote is an honor. After going through the process myself, I now have a deeper understanding of voting’s importance, and the in-depth process one goes through to cast their vote.

By: Mia Beck, Staff Writer

Posted: November 29th, 2022

Salao is the worst kind of unlucky, especially when you’re a weathered fisherman toiling at the endless sea for 84 days to no avail. The novel, The Old Man and the Sea, written by Ernest Hemingway, features a protagonist named Santiago whose extraordinary tenacity is mirrored in his wrinkled, scarred hands, created from endless work off of the stern of his boat. Santiago is accompanied by a younger boy named Manolin. Manolin acts as a youthful vessel whom Santiago can teach yet also learn from. Day by day, Santiago’s strength depletes, yet his spirit is kept alive by the cloying opportunism in his heart. The story sets stage in Cuba, where Santiago resides in a rundown shack beside the sea, with its condition perhaps mirroring his enervated energy after a listless several months. Santiago refuses to back down, facing his trial head on. The challenge? To catch a fish. 

By: Abby Walter and Oceana Patulski, Staff Writers

Posted: November 21st, 2022

Anyone who has recently stepped foot in a store can attest to the fact that, in the retail world, Christmas time begins as soon as Halloween ends. Similarly, this could also be said for the Rookery where the managers, marketing students, and DECA members have kept busy decorating the tree, painting the windows, and promoting the holiday Item of the Week sale. However, just because Slinger DECA decked out their School Based Enterprise doesn’t mean that anyone is ready to skip Thanksgiving. Instead, the Rookery managers have a variety of Thanksgiving traditions that they cannot wait to partake in to kick off the holiday season.

Photo provided by Cook Political Report

By: Kaitlyn Dunn, Staff Writer

Posted: November 15th, 2022

Every two years, a congressional, midterm election takes place in the United States of America. These election positions can vary from presidential to almost any government official, such as state governor or senator. Our last presidential election took place in 2020, where President Joe Biden took office alongside his VP, Kamala Harris, the first female vice president in the history of the US. The last election for the Wisconsin governor was in November 2018, when Tony Evers took on the position. Alongside this election, was the ballot for US Senate. This year, on November 8th, these same elections took place within the state.

By: Oceana Patulski, Staff Writer

Posted November 4th, 2022

Imagine if you could take a class that didn’t require any textbooks or tests, and the instructor was on their deathbed. Would you take that course? Would you skip it? Tuesdays with Morrie is a novel by Mitch Albom. It’s the kind of book that makes you appreciate life and realize how important and precious life can be. 

Photo provided by NBC News.

By: Zach Greenhill, Staff Writer

Posted, November 4th, 2022

With the midterms less than a week away we are starting to see more and more publicity going their way. There are a lot of different aspects to the midterms. You have a more specific Wisconsin view as well as a more National view. All that being said, here’s what you need to know. 

By: Mariah Kiefer, Staff Writer

Posted: October 31st, 2022

When the stakes are high and gamblers roam the streets, pestered by a persistent mission group, what events will ensue? This fall, the Slinger High School theater department is proud to present Guys and Dolls, a classic broadway show that takes place in New York in the 1950s. The show contains exciting twists and turns, along with catchy tunes, and a heartwarming story, this show has it all

By: Mia Beck, Staff Writer

Posted: October 27th, 2022

The sky is dark; I am tired. I have had many days such as this, and I know what will follow if I sleep. It will leave me empty, hollowed out like the shell I left behind when I fell to Earth. I have seen all there was to see of the world and so now it remains to make something more of myself. And so I saunter along the shoreline, scrounging to find a new place to be born, a new path to take.

By: Abby Walter, Staff Writer

Posted: October 27th, 2022

While I detest the taste of coffee, the very idea of coffee shop culture provides me insurmountable joy. A café--featuring scents of freshly roasted coffee beans and baked goods, a cozy atmosphere, and fresh, light lunch fare--is my favorite place to grab a meal or hot drink, prepare for a test, celebrate the end of a long hike, or catch up with friends.

By: Celeste Conigliario, Staff Writer

Posted: October 26th, 2022

Distraught and companionless, I ventured through the somber woods,

the crunching of sticks beneath my feet; a simple sign of life.

Image provided by Digit Binge

By: Kaitlyn Dunn, Staff Writer

Posted: October 24th, 2022

Halloween, the night of October 31st and the eve of All Saints' Day, is commonly celebrated by millions around the world. When thinking of Halloween, words such as mummies, ghosts, and sweets come to mind. However, Halloween is more than just tricks and treats, Halloween is a day of fear, frights, and furor. There are many ways to spend your day of horrors; however, there is a certain way to “Experience Halloween like never before.” 

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By: Oceana Patulski, Staff Writer

Posted October 20th, 2022

This summer I watched the series “Monk” on Prime Video. Monk is a 2002 series about a defective detective who goes by the name of Adrian Monk. Adrian is the best detective in San Francisco who is diagnosed with OCD and multiple phobias- 312 to be exact.

By: Mariah Kiefer, Staff Writer

Published: October 17th, 2022

Honor. Service. Dedication. Bravery. 

These are all words used to describe the work of America’s veterans. The word of those who have served for the country does not go unappreciated. The United States is a unique country in the way that all US citizens come together to share in their love for their country. The patriotism that is evident in America is like no other, and through that patriotism, citizens rally behind the men and women who served to ensure that the freedom they know today remains intact for the future.

By: Addie Rahmlow, Staff Writer

Posted: October 11th, 2022

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is a story of craters -- of the distant, gaping holes in time that memories churn in. It is the story of a mother and a son and of all of the generations that came before, of a single distilled portrait: the sun slipping over the horizon, time fading into years. Vuong begins his novel with the sentence, “Let me begin again,” because beginnings are fraught and messy, and where is there to start when there is so much to say?  

By: Mia Beck, Staff Writer

Posted: October 6th, 2022

Can you imagine being without our abundant access to clean water and power in the midst of a pernicious storm? Ever since the middle of September, a cyclone of damage has been fabricated by a hurricane ravaging the Caribbean and surrounding areas

By: Abby Walter, Staff Writer

Posted: September 29th, 2022

At the end of a memorable 2021 cross country season, the Slinger Girls Cross Country team said farewell to four beloved senior runners, all of whom helped make the season special. While, by this time, the team knew who the next group of senior leaders would be, another question remained: “Where would they get the new underclassmen?” 

By: Oceana Patulski, Staff Writer

Posted September 21st, 2022

What is homecoming? Homecoming is a celebration that happens at the beginning of the school year. It usually occurs at the end of September. It’s a tradition that brings the community together. Homecoming includes a lot of enjoyable activities, including themes,  the powderpuff game, homecoming game, a dance, and spirit week. This year, the theme is “Lets go to the beach!” 

By: Celeste Conigliaro, Staff Writer

Posted: September 21st, 2022

Annually, for a few blissful months, 

Autumn returns to visit once more.

My feelings for Autumn have cemented in my heart with a flutter,

For I admit, I long for every detail about her.

2018 Slinger High School Snowball Court.

By: Kaitlyn Dunn, Staff Writer

Posted: September, 20th, 2022

Winter, the coldest, darkest, and harshest time of the year. The season of dry skin, short days, icy car windows, 3 feet of snow to wake up to in the morning, etc. You’d be crazy to love anything about the season (aside from the natural beauty that lasts about a week). What we need is something to bring light to our dark, unwanted snow season. What we need is strictly this: a winter, school-wide, formal dance. The Snowball dance, formally known as the Sadie Hawkins dance, was introduced on November 15, 1937. It originated in North America within the countries of the United States and Canada. Slinger was also quite familiar with this dance up until 2018, when they suddenly removed the idea of it for a reason I am unknown of. Our high school should bring back the annual winter dance because it not only encourages more class-wide, school involvement, but gives students an event to look forward to as well. 

Some of the new Slinger School District teachers. Photo provided by the Slinger School District Website.

By: Mariah Kiefer, Staff Writer

Published: September 20th, 2022

As you wander around the school these first few weeks, you may notice some unfamiliar faces. With the new school year comes new additions to the Slinger High School faculty. This school year there is a wide range of new teachers to the building. In total, there are 9 new teachers this year. The teachers come from all parts of the building and teach a variety of subjects from foreign language to business education. Although it is sad to part with the teachers students know and love, it is time we welcome the new staff. 

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By: Mia Beck, Staff Writer

Posted: September 20th, 2022

On September 8th, the death of Queen Elizabeth II took the world by storm. She is survived by King Charles III, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, and Princess Anne, with the heir to the throne being Prince William. Queen Elizabeth II first rose to the throne on February 6th, 1952, at the youthful age of 25, being formally crowned on June 2nd of 1953 in the following year. Throughout her lifetime, Queen Elizabeth reigned over 32 sovereign states and only 15 by the time of her death. Queen Elizabeth is also the second longest reigning monarch in British history, surpassing the age of Queen Victoria, who was her great-great-grandmother. The French King Louis XIV, who took over the throne at the age of 4 and served more than 72 years, remains the longest ruling monarch in history.Ultimately, Queen Elizabeth will be greatly remembered for her grace, humor, and charm

A Digital Drawing Essay

By: Abigail Montano, Artist 

Posted: September 15th, 2022

By: Abby Walter, Staff Writer

Posted: June 3rd, 2022

Hope is a midnight songbird,

making itself known

amidst the darkness.

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By: Katelyn Kauper, Staff Writer

Posted: May 31st, 2022

Have you ever been told that you should get off your phone more often and participate in some family time? Well the answer is a game night! In this list are 12 of the best games to play with kids to adults and for families of 3-6 people! These aren't your normal Life or Monopoly. This list will introduce you to a new realm of gaming, that you and your family will all enjoy, while still being simple and easy to learn for all age groups!

By: Mariah Kiefer, Staff Writer

Posted: May 20th, 2022

Tensions are rising across the country due to the unexpected release of a supreme court draft. On the evening of May 2, 2022, Politico, a political journalism company that brings information on politics and policy into the public eye, released an article containing the 98 page draft, written by Supreme Court Justice Alito, explaining the courts opinion to change the right of determining abortion laws to a state right rather than a federal protection. The leak of this information is putting stress on people of both sides of the political spectrum throughout the United States. Many wonder what this decision will mean for the future of abortion laws in America

By: Kalynn Willis, Staff Writer

Posted: May 20th, 2022

The College Board is a dreaded, dirty word shared among high schoolers. As an organization that develops and administers standardized tests in order to test individual college readiness for students, it's no surprise that the College Board is almost as popular with the students as the standardized and Advanced Placement tests it creates. But as students prepared for AP testing this year, and AP season dawned once again this May, it's important to look at some of the past and more serious misgivings of this organization

By: Abby Walter, Staff Writer

Posted: May 16th, 2022

When I heard that my next track meet would be at UW-Madison, I fantasized about a beautiful facility with ample light and an admiring audience. After all, I’d embarked on a tour of the campus only a week before, and my tour guide had pointed us to the Nicholas Recreation Center, a building that accommodates not only an indoor track, but also two olympic swimming pools. While I had not expected the same level of grandeur for a high school track meet, I hoped The Shell was the training facility equivalent of the Nic’s older, slightly less cool cousin. My track coaches further bolstered my high hopes when they promised a “well-run meet” as the Madison West Relays meet is an annual tradition of more than 80 years.

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Pen Sijos 

By: Abby Walter, Staff Writer

Posted: April, 4th, 2022

They say you, the pen, are mightier than the sharpest sword.

That is to say you bring calm and peace, never destruction nor war.

I prefer you, still, as a translator, speaking through my hand.

“I prefer to type:” an expression of fear, not efficiency.

We dread the style in which our own clumsy hand puts pen to paper.

But backspace is no match for the inked beauty of a scribble.

Writing about writing: cyclic and counterproductive

or praising the finest art in its precious native tongue?

Pen to paper is never wasted, for every stroke celebrates.

You are more than an accomplice in the classroom cacophony

of incessant chair screeches, pencil taps, and keyboard clacks.

Your click marks a surging idea breaking the surface.

You say you hate to write, but have you ever tried to feel

the graceful cycle of brain to page, thoughts tripping over words,

racing out before the edges smooth in wondrous revision.

By: Aaron Haas, Staff Writer

Posted: March 15th, 2022 

It was a beautiful day. The sun was shining, and the birds were chirping; everything was perfect.  I was aboard Flying Scotsman, to which Molly was coupled behind.  In Molly’s cab was Maisie.  Trailing Molly was an extensive line of extremely expensive royal coaches.  Gordon was alongside us with his express coaches and the one and only Flash Gordon.  The Hogwarts Express kept pace behind us with its coaches, along with Ron and Hermione in the seventh car.  Proceeding the Hogwarts Express came the Polar Express and its passenger cars.  Spencer trundled along behind Gordon with the Duke and Duchess of Boxford in their royal coach behind Gordon.  To our other side were Hiro and Sam, who were coupled up to an extraordinarily long freight train, which included boxcars, flatbeds, tankers, gondolas, and coal cars, both open and closed; Henry was the back engine.

By: Abigale Nickel, Staff Writer

Posted: March 15th, 2022

The Slinger Forensics Team, a dedicated team of students in all grade levels, is gearing up for some major things in the coming months. Competitors work in creating performances in many different categories, becoming skilled public speakers in the process. Students perform poetry, give radio-styled reports, speak in an impromptu fashion, and create interpretations of literature with their friends. I personally compete in Duo Interpretation with my partner, Sophia Gray. This past year, we were national qualifiers, and it has been a formative experience for us throughout high school.

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By: Kalynn Willis, Staff Writer

Posted: March 9th, 2022

I will always be first to testify toward the timeless and truly undeniable power of literature throughout the history of human existence. Pieces of religious text such as the Bible and Quran are the more obvious traces of this, but we see this in a much more niche sense as well. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich is a piece of Russian fiction, but written by Solzhenitsyn who had first-hand experience in the Gulag system. It was revolutionary in that it was able to depict the horrors of incarceration in the camps, the people, and the situations under Stalinist Russia that was not previously allowed to be published. The new theories of nature and society that stewed in Karl Marx’s mind were finally put to paper in 1848 when The Communist Manifesto was published, a tiny pamphlet that sparked revolutionary revolts and calls to change around France and the rest of Europe, and soon, the world. And in William Lloyd Garrisons' publication, The Liberator, Garrison condemned the slave South and helped unite the North and its abolitionists in a call to an end to slavery in the United States, contributing to the rise of the Civil War. There is absolutely no end to what literature written from one’s inner truth can inspire, and that is exactly what scares the individuals contributing to the increasing efforts of banning books today

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By: Kalynn Willis, Staff Writer

Posted: March 4th, 2022

I first learned of the countries of Russia and Ukraine and their tumultuously tangled history sitting in my AP World History class just a few months ago. I learned of the immense losses that are experienced by the Russian people, spanning the entirety of that country’s history, at the hands of their careless and egocentric leaders—a trait that seems to run in the very veins of the Russian government. But as the recent events of this Russian and Ukrainian friction continue to develop today, and as Russia continues to infiltrate and target major Ukrainian cities, I have learned that there is much more to understand about this incredibly relevant and truly terrifying moment in history.

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By: Abigale Nickel, Staff Writer

Posted: March 4th, 2022

A new strain of COVID-19 has been traced across the United States, and scientists have been seeing far more rapid spreads this past few months as a result. Schools across our nation have been forced into lockdown because of teacher shortages and convention after convention has been canceled. Staying on top of new information as this new Variant, Variant B.1.1.529, is more important than ever when it comes to risk management and understanding what state the pandemic is in right now.

By: Mariah Kiefer, Staff Writer

Posted: March 1st, 2022

The Slinger High School Lady Owls basketball team has consistently been one of the most successful teams in our school. This year's varsity basketball team is led by head coach Tony Dobson. The players on the team this year include freshmen Sarah Rothenhoefer and Taylor Longdin, sophomore Ava Farenholz, juniors Ellie Zagel, Emily Cleary, Jamie Rhodes, Mallory Hoitink, and Gwen Groeschel, and seniors Sam Gueller, Ava Feilbach, Kacey Ott, Paige Schmallenberg, and Callie Ziebell.

By: Kaitlyn Dunn, Staff Writer

Posted: February 14th, 2022

“The Conjuring” is a 2013 horror movie directed by James Wan, written by Chad Hayes and Carey W. Hayes. The movie itself is so blood-chilling that it seems purely fictional, however this story was inspired based on one of Ed and Lorraine Warren’s worst ghost hunting cases of their career. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga took the roles of the paranormal investigators in this film

By: Abby Walter, Staff Writer

Posted: February 2nd, 2022

After COVID and a snowstorm called for the cancellation of the last two in-person District 5 Career Development Conferences, Slinger DECA members and advisors relished the opportunity to join District 5 in getting back in action on Saturday, January 8th at Kettle Moraine High School in Wales. Although the district didn’t hire a hypnotist this year, seventeen local chapters created their own competition fun during their first opportunity in nearly two years to interact with a judge face-to-face

By: Mariah Kiefer, Staff Writer

Posted: January 10th, 2022

On November 6, 2021, Congress passed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal, also known as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Throughout the past years, the US infrastructure has been noticeably weak. Many past Presidents have stated that they would work to rebuild the US infrastructure, but never executed any plans or policies to do so. That is until now.

By: Kalynn Willis, Staff Writer

Posted: December 22nd, 2021

The name Kyle Rittenhouse brings dozens of emotions to the forefront—how could it not? The framework of the story-a 17-year-old fatally shooting two men and wounding another during a Black Lives Matter demonstration in Kenosha, Wisconsin and acquitted in court on self defense-was bound to find traction from the very beginning. There are plenty of details in between each fact in this case and thousands of conversations to be had, but for now, when I hear the name Kyle Rittenhouse, I can’t help but think, How did we let this happen?”

By: Abby Walter, Staff Writer

Posted: December 17th, 2021

While your Christmas gifts may be on backorder, DECA the Halls is right on time. This week, Slinger DECA members decked the business wing with boughs of package tracking and store logos in order to commemorate the most chaotic time of the year: Christmas shopping.

By: Abigale Nickel, Staff Writer

Posted: December 12th, 2021

The culture shock that waved throughout our country upon the election of Joseph R. Biden in contrast to the former president was no secret to any citizen. Policy change was enacted almost immediately and the United States changed direction. Democratic ideas that had no chance previously were now works in progress. For many, there was a new sense of hope. But beyond politics, for the future of our earth, a president who was willing to acknowledge and take issue in regards to climate change had taken the stage. Biden’s Climate Plan is new, promising territory.

By: Kaitlyn Dunn, Staff Writer

Posted: December 1st, 2021

SkillsUSA is a nation-wide organization that prepares and trains the current youth of America to ensure a skilled workforce for the future. This area of workforce is concentrated in specifically Engineering-related careers, such as marine engineering or architecture. 

By: Abby Walter, Staff Writer

Posted: November 23rd, 2021

Between the increasing pressure to perform well in school, the number of tests piling up in every class with holiday breaks on the horizon, and the fact that the teenage body doesn’t truly slow down until between 10:00 and 11:00PM, it’s no surprise that teens and caffeine are practically synonymous in our school and society. While a teengager requires about 9 hours and 15 minutes of sleep every night, most teens regularly receive about 2 hours less than that (Nationwide Children’s Hospital). Thus, caffeinated beverages, tablets, and chewing gum flood the shelves of American grocery and convenience stores, and coffee shops are a prime place to meet a friend or have a weekend work day. With all the buzz around caffeine, our culture has become largely dependent on it, so much so that energy drinks have made their way into our schools.

By: Kalynn Willis, Staff Writer

Posted: November 23rd, 2021

I convinced my parents to allow me to create my first Instagram account when I was 12, joining a rather large group of 6th grade peers as we crossed the bridge to the world of the Internet and social media. Unbeknownst to me, I would soon enough find myself in internal battles with my own self-image and personal confidence, fueled by Instagram and social media—an experience that I know many can relate to. It is absolutely no surprise to anyone that social media can have drastic and detrimental effects on teenage mental health—many have sung this tune for a number of years. What has brought this issue once again to the forefront of current events is the recent unveiling of research conducted under the company of Facebook that has found that Instagram harms the well-being of teenage girls—and Facebook’s defense since has been to downplay and diminish its own findings.

Anastasia The Musical Photo Essay

By: Addison Rahmlow, Staff Photographer 

Posted: November 15th, 2021

By: Abigael Walter, Staff Writer

Posted: November 12th, 2021

From before its birth, America has been a land of upward progress. In 1775, two lanterns lit atop Boston’s Old North Church tower sent Paul Revere on his ride. When Chicago, a grand American city, grew short of space a century later, we looked upward, erecting the Home Insurance Building, America’s first skyscraper, in 1885. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin literally shot for the moon in 1969, skyrocketing the significance of “upward” beyond our country and our earthly atmosphere. Americans have never shied away from up, reminding ourselves that we can be stronger, braver, more successful if we don’t look down. However, after a challenging year and a half, we must return to ground level, even beneath the surface, for nothing can grow to fruition if its roots don’t settle deep into the earth. America, from here, we dig for food, for connections, and for a return to normalcy. 

By: Celeste Conigliaro, Staff Writer

Posted: November, 12th 2021

Growing up I was taught in folk songs, videos, and history that America was an amazing land, the best country to live in. I’m older now, and more aware of our country’s real state. Every day you hear about a new shooting, jumping, or kidnapping. Nowhere feels safe anymore, not even school or my own home.

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By: Katelyn Kauper, Staff Writer

Posted: November 11th, 2021

Veterans Day is a cardinal day in the United States to honor those who have served, and especially those who died serving in the United States military. This federal holiday is observed on November 11th. Several activities are done in tribute to our veterans on this day. The U.S. flag is lowered to half mast. Many participate in parades or services through schools and churches. Some spend time with veterans in their life.