Miss Majeski's art class had an assignment to create with colored pencils. They had to use solvents and play around with their projects. They had to all create an animal of their choosing!
by Abby Eads
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. For every teen/young adult who commits suicide, 100-200 of people their same age attempt it. The month of September is Suicide Awareness Month, with National Suicide Prevention Day falling on September 10th. In order to support the cause, EHS is trying to educate students as much as possible on the subject of suicide, how to spot it, and how to prevent it. Last school year, EHS had a guest speaker come from the organization "Stand For The Silent." Not a dry eye could be seen when looking through the bleachers at the high school students, as well as the eighth grade students who had attended as well. Mrs. Ramos said, “We feel suicide prevention and awareness is very important. For the past two years we have had guest speakers cover this topic. In addition, I presented to all students last year (Jan 2017) on the signs of suicide and what to do if you feel a friend is suicidal.” She went on to further elaborate that the school would be scheduling guest speakers to come in every two years and have first hour teachers go through the website https://www.take5tosavelives.org/ with their students every year.
After the PSAT testing on October 11, freshman, sophomores, and juniors will be engaging in a Wellness Afternoon, a time to help students with healthy coping strategies when they are feeling stressed or depressed. The afternoon includes sessions like yoga, mindfulness, and art therapy in order to help students find ways to successfully navigate feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression.
by Alex Cox
Alison Croegaert is a freshman this year at Erie High School. She has been going to Erie Schools since the middle of 5th grade. Before she came to Erie she went to the schools in Annawan. She stated that Erie is a step from Annawan. She has two siblings, one older and one younger. She expected high school to be more stressful than it actually is.
Alison is enjoying choir a lot this year. She also wants to go into basketball this fall, along with softball in the spring. Her favorite class is Algebra with Mr. Buri. “He just makes the class fun,” mentioned Alison. She also enjoys algebra because she likes challenging her mind. Her favorite teacher is the new English teacher, Mr. Abbott.
Alison says that high school has gone pretty well so far. She said that the new senior mentor program has helped her get into the flow of things at high school! Her mentor is Riley Redell, and Alison says that even though Riley is a busy person, she still helps a lot! Overall, Alison is really happy with school so far and is ready to continue her high school career here at EHS.
by JoHannah Ruff
Over the past 4 years, Ethan Homeyer, a senior at Erie High School, has been working on a very important project, one that is very meaningful to him. Ethan has endeavored many challenges, but has persevered through for an amazing end result- The Riverside Disc Golf Course in the Prophetstown State Park.
There are many factors that have contributed to this dream. This disc golf course was heavily influenced by Ethan's dad, who is very passionate about disc golf. The course was also influenced through Ethan's dedication to the Eagle Scout Program, and he was set on earning the high rank of Eagle. Not only that, but Ethan's Eagle Scout Mentor, Jack Stone, has contributed lots of knowledge and guidance to Ethan during this process.
Erie High School Senior, Allyssa Kistler, is part of the Publications class. They recently received a new 50mm lens for a current camera that they have been using. Miss Kistler decided to get creative by taking it home and experimenting with the new lens. She was ecstatic with how the pictures turned out. Allyssa told me, "I didn't think that by walking through my yard I would get such amazing photos."
by Trevor Henry
Cross Country isn't just a team, they are a family. They help and motivate each other to keep going, even when they want to quit. At the last meet, in Bureau Valley, the Junior Varsity only had to run 2.5 miles and they placed 6th out of 22 teams. Tyler Holldorf (19th) and Chris Link (16th) placed. In the Girls Varsity, Stephanie Sandrock placed, and so did Mackayla Dornbush. For the Boys Varsity, Ben DeNeve missed a trophy by one place (36th). The next meet will be the Conference meet at Saint Bede. The Cross Country team has had a solid season so far, with room for improvement. The main goal for every Cross Country member is to beat your personal records, either from the season or the meet from last year. The coaches running the show are Mrs. Elizabeth Green, Mr. Tom Green and Mr. Tyler Mendenhall. Stephanie Sandrock, a senior who has done Cross Country all four years, was asked why she went out for Cross Country in the first place. She replied, “I have never really excelled at volleyball or fallen in love with it, so I wanted to try something new--especially since I fell in love with distance running my 8th grade year of track.” What kept her in Cross country was the positive atmosphere that surrounded her. She stated that they truly become family each year, veterans and newbies alike. The only thing she dislikes about the sport? The track workout days! Track workouts vary on the person, but you run six 800s (800 meters) on the track with a couple minutes of rest, and you have to run it within a certain time limit. She stated that she likes running when there is scenery to look at instead of running in circles on a track.
Another team member, Max Weidel, is a member of the Varsity Cross Country team. He is a junior and has been on the team since sophomore year. When asked why he switched to cross country and why he loves it so much, he answered both questions with the same answer, “I really love the positivity and the closeness of everyone on the team. We truly are a family, anyone on the team will tell you that.” Unlike Stephanie, his least favorite thing about cross country was the pain that happens during and following a race. But he also stated that “the pain is worth it, and it gives me a chance to learn what I'm capable of.”
by Erica Thulen
Erie-Prophetstown’s homecoming week has come and gone. Students showed their creativity all week long by dressing for the various dress up day. Class games included an eating contest, a hula-hoop contest, and several others. Every year, the class tug-of-war is a highlight of the week. This year the senior boys stood their ground and took home first place in the tug. In second place was the sophomore boys, followed by juniors and freshmen. For the girls, the junior class took home the victory, followed by seniors, freshmen, and sophomores.
Friday’s pep assembly featured EHS’s annual Battle of the Bands, where all classes prepare and perform a dance in front of the school. Putting an entertaining spin on Toy Story, the junior class took home the gold. The sophomore class followed behind in second with a decades-themed dance. The seniors were third with a modern mashup, followed by the freshmen in fourth. This year’s faculty king and queen were Mr. Tyler Whitebread and Mrs. Ali Steimle. Since last year’s king and queen were unable to attend, coronation was performed by our faculty royalty. Cooper Stock, son of Becky and Christian Stock, was named Erie’s 2017 homecoming king. Our homecoming queen was Maddie Newton, daughter of Matt and Sandy Newton.
Another homecoming tradition is, of course, the class floats. Students toiled over their floats all week long, trying to win their class some points. All floats had a Harry Potter theme and were all decked out in their house colors. After the judges had voted, the junior class, once again, won with a Hogwarts Express float. In second were the seniors, with their Azkaban float, followed by the freshmen and sophomores. Overall, the junior class “won” homecoming week with the most total points, followed by seniors, sophomores, and freshmen.
The homecoming game this year was held Friday night in Erie. Our panthers fought hard throughout the entire game, but came up a point short at the end of the contest. The final score was 26-27. Erie-Prophetstown fans decked out in red and black flooded the stands and rooted for the home team. By Saturday evening, Erie-Prophetstown students had shaken off the loss and flocked to the Prophetstown High School, dressed in their best. The gym and cafeteria were covered with Harry Potter decorations. The dance took place from 8-11 and many students didn’t take a single dance break. It was truly a night to remember to finish out an eventful homecoming week.
by Abby Eads
By taking a walk around the Erie High School building, you can begin to see several different upgrades, renovations, and additions. The Cardinal Chronicle met with some of the forces behind these changes.
Bright red, oversized lockers are one of the first things you'll notice throughout the hallways. The new lockers were a choice made mostly because of all the athletic bags that would be dumped in either the office or the locker rooms. The new lockers provide much more space for student athletes to store their gear during the day until practice time comes about. The large lockers also provide more space for books essential to class and book bags full of heavy supplies. The hope is that students will feel more inclined to use their lockers rather than carry everything they need for school around on shoulders all day, which is terrible for their backs. When asked to share his feelings on the matter, junior Travis Coleman stated that he was “content” with the lockers. The lockers were purchased at half-price for $50,000, thanks to a package deal offered on account of the middle school getting new lockers as well.
Some students say that the new lockers weren't a necessary adjustment, but Mr. McConnell counters that the new lockers allow more room for students to place everything they had never been able to find room/space for before. “Bags used to be piled up in the office, the locker rooms… now they can be put in the lockers since there's so much space.”
Speaking of quick and easy, the new announcement board allows for students to receive all the daily announcements related to clubs, sports, meetings, and lunch. When it's working it allows the passing students to be instantly informed in a very streamlined system. Also, several epoxy floors were installed in the locker rooms, entryways, and a few classrooms over the summer.
Not only are there changes on the inside of the school for students to enjoy, but there are some changes on the outside as well. There is now a patio to replace the bushes that were in front of the school last year. Benches and picnic tables, bright red, just like the new lockers, now sit out on the cement landscape, available for student to sit outside, get fresh air, and enjoy, maybe even wait for the bus. There are going to be umbrellas added to them next year to make things even more amazing.
The entire building is getting brand new windows in addition to the brand new lockers. All windows will be replaced within the next three weeks. Mr. Buri says that he “likes the new windows so far. They're clear and you can see through them.” The old windows have been around for twenty-four years, have been allowing in the wind, and Mr. McConnell says they “let too much sunlight come through so they fade stuff and it gets too hot so the HVAC units and heaters are working overtime.” The heaters are twenty-three years old and need to be replaced, so all new heating and air conditioning units are coming in the summer of 2018 - meaning no more horror movie rattling in the Garcia-Storm science room! All the rooms will be the same temperature rather than students walking from class to class thinking about how hot it was in the last one and how freezing it will be in the next. Along with all of these renovations coming together to bring us a better, more efficient school, there will also be new LED lights in all the rooms in the school. The old lights give off too much heat, but switching to LED lights means they won't get hot, they'll last longer, and hopefully there won't be as much flickering in and out as some parts of certain classrooms are prone to. The new lights will be put in in the summer, and the gymnasium lights will be replaced in the fall. The goal is, as Mr. McConnell puts it, “It’ll be much more regulated so our footprint on the environment will be much smaller with high efficient lights, windows, [and] air conditioning.”
By Jasmine Bentley
Hurricane Harvey has been one of the worst storms in American history. When it hit on August 25th, it immediately caused destruction. Originally, it hit at a category four hurricane with winds near 130 mph. In Texas and Louisiana, Harvey dropped between 40-52 inches of rainfall, dropping more than 16 inches on Houston in one day. Harvey triggered flash flooding in many Southern states including Arkansas, Kentucky, and Tennessee. There had been 19 tornadoes reported along the Gulf Coast on August 25th and 26th. On September 4, 2017, the death toll steadily rose to 60 people, according to ABC News. The missing persons toll is still not set on a specific number, but the final cost of Harvey is estimated to be $180 billion.
“As a community, [Erie] managed to fill three very full pickup trucks with donations,” said Mrs. Proeger, leader of Erie’s NHS. Along with that, Geneseo sent another pickup truck. Although it was not directly affiliated with Red Cross, we are still trying to get our donations in the hands of organizations and survivors as quick as we can. The semi load was driven down to Texas on Sunday, September 10, and we are still awaiting for the driver’s return.
Not only did Erie collect donations, but we also did a blood drive. All together, students and civilians, we raised 31 pints of blood, which will save around 127 lives. There is a very high chance that some of the blood will be sent to either Texas or Florida. The Red Cross will also be receiving a $700 check from the donations of Erie students, teachers, and the community.
There are many ways that people can continue helping. One way is a financial contribution to recognized disaster relief organizations. This is the fastest and most flexible way to donate. Another way to help is to volunteer. Organizations like Red Cross know where volunteers are needed and can ensure that you are provided with what you need to help. The ‘South Texas Blood and Tissue Center’ is searching for more than 2,000 units of blood for survivors. Donating blood is a great way to help. Sending clothes, food, or children's toys is a great place to start if you are thinking about donating.
What is loud, filled with pride, and pink all over? That's right, it was the EP Panther fan section last Friday on Pink Out Night! The stands were packed with pink shirts, pink necklaces, pink foam fingers and many other things that people used to coat the atmosphere with pink. Along with this, there was a bake sale, where many came out to show their support for not only the Varsity Panther team, but for many individuals in our community that have been affected by breast cancer.
Breast cancer has made an impact on various local citizens, and that is why Pink Night is so important to all of us, even from the other side of the field - Monmouth Roseville, the team we were facing also joined in on supporting the survivors. I had an opportunity to talk to one of their cheerleaders about how our Pink Night has an effect on their community, even from so far away. Rachel Williams, a Monmouth Roseville cheerleader, responded by saying her team wholeheartedly knows the effects of cancer, and that they were glad to show us their support. Rachel and her fellow teammates showed their support by wearing pink bows in their hair, and pink poms in their hands.
Support was shown on and off the field. Football players wore pink socks with their uniforms, and put forth their best efforts. The final score was 27-6, with Erie ending up losing. Though we lost the game, we were still able to lift up the survivors and enjoy the night.
I also talked to an EP Rage senior, Sydnie Reutzel, about the importance of Pink Out Night: here is what she has to say. “I think it's really important for the community and other schools to come together for a great cause, and bring awareness to something that needs more awareness.” She also explained the effect it has in her life, telling how someone very close to her was able to overcome breast cancer.
Pink Out Night is an outstanding example of how our community stands together, and an excellent reminder that nobody fights alone.