by Trevor Henry
NHS started at Erie in 1981 under William C. Ludwig, an English teacher. Mrs. Proeger is the fourth advisor, two math teachers before her. So far there have been 549 service members inducted, and for the incoming Sophomores NHS is a wonderful opportunity to get involved in an organization to serve others around the school and community. There are a minimum of ten individual service hours per semester and an involvement of a group service project each semester. National Honors Society is a chance to expand leadership skills, mainly because different events require different board people, and this is a great opportunity to get some organization and leadership skills. Getting the service hours can be achieved through multiple great ways, including church volunteering, scout work, helping a neighbors and tutoring. In fact, Mrs. Proeger personally believes that reaching those service hours is not all that difficult if the students look for ways to contribute.
The induction ceremony, traditionally, talks about the four pillars NHS is founded upon: character, service, leadership and scholarship. Each of the inductees are asked to given a minute speech for a word of their choice that expounds upon one of those four pillars. There is a candle lighting ceremony, a reciting the NHS oath, and then there is a reception for everyone to enjoy.
A year in NHS would involve twice a month meetings to discuss various projects. In the months since school started, NHS has accomplished a blood drive, hurricane Harvey relief, and significant work on two fundraisers. Soon operation shoebox will start, along with cardinal capers and Christmas caroling. Following the caroling, a winter blood drive will take place, and that's just one semester! The Christmas caroling is a new addition this year, and the students are hoping to go to nursing homes such as Winning Wheels; it should be a good time. It's safe to say there are a lot of strong voices in Erie’s NHS!
by JoHannah Ruff
This upcoming winter, members of the Class of 2018 will be graduating early! Alissa Wheeler and Natalie Wildt are able to graduate early this year. How is it possible for someone to graduate early? It’s actually easier than you think.
A student can graduate early if they earn more credits than what is needed. Some students can graduate a full year early, but most students tend to graduate a semester early, like Alissa and Natalie.
For Wheeler, she decided during her sophomore year that her goal would be to graduate early. She started working with one of her guidance counselor, Mrs. Ramos, to figure out a plan for early graduation. Both Alissa and Natalie said it was important that they got their mandatory classes out of the way in order to get to the point they are now.
Wildt and Wheeler both agreed that there are many benefits of being an early graduate.
They both talked about how it helps them get ahead on college work. Aside from early college education, Natalie looks forward to working more. She works as the assistant manager at the Hy-Vee in Clinton, Iowa. She’s planning to continue working there while she attends Black Hawk College in Moline, IL. There, her goals include receiving an Associate in Science as well as a Paramedic Certificate.
Even though the end is not yet here, Alissa Wheeler feels relieved that her high school career is coming to an end. She stated that high school can be confining to some, and she’s glad to break away from that. Natalie Wildt is also glad to be graduating early, and is proud to achieve the goal she set out for herself.
EHS is proud to have students as dedicated as these girls are, and we are excited to see where they go from here. Congratulations, Alissa and Natalie!
by Abby Eads
Flatliners is a remake. If you want to watch a remake and ignore the fact that there was an original, then Flatliners may be just the movie for you. I've never seen the 1990 version of the movie, and I doubt I ever will. You certainly don't need to watch the original to understand that everyone makes mistakes, and that the characters in this movie are feeling extremely guilty about theirs.
In the movie there are five medical students who conduct a secret experiment on what happens in the mind after flatlining (dying, basically). One by one they kill themselves (with the exception of the one intelligent person), and then had the others bring them back to life. Shortly after dying and being brought back to life, with the intent of becoming smarter by being able to access past memories and possessing intuition they hadn't before, they realize that being smarter wasn't the only side effect. Coming back to life, they also brought back the memories of guilt and pain they'd had haunting them. Hallucinations ensue and the four kids have to learn how to deal with their past sins in order to avoid said sins killing them (again).
I think it was an amazing plot, except the ending had the potential to be more fulfilling. It gives an excellent story and pushes the idea that guilt really isn't good for you or your subconscious. It showed that you should be very careful about what you do and why you do it. It teaches a valuable lesson on morals and how things can come back to haunt you without really haunting you, because it all comes down to you haunting yourself.
My favorite parts of the movie are when Ray, the one smart guy, keeps saying no to participating in the experiment. He really had a good head on his shoulders. I would suggest watching this PG-13 movie just for him.
by Erica Thulen
Senior night is always a bittersweet experience. Parents and coaches are sad to see their seniors leave, but excited to watch them move on to bigger things. This year’s senior night for football, football cheerleading, football dance, and cross country was held on October 13 at the football game in Prophetstown. Before the varsity game, seniors were announced and received gifts from their fellow teammates.
The varsity football team had 13 seniors this year: Nick Clayton, Noah Friedrichsen, Payton Gerlach, Peyton Glassburn, Zach Greer, Logan Henrekin, Dylan Hollenbach, Kade Kovarik, Matthew Nipper, Garrett Passmore, Dillin Tegler, Trace Ward, and Justice Youngberg. Senior Garrett Passmore shared, “Being a senior was more enjoyable to me than the other three years because all of the younger kids are looking up to you. I enjoyed helping and mentoring the younger kids with whatever they needed throughout the season. It was a fun ride with a lot of great friends.”
This year, our Erie-Prophetstown dance squad only had one senior: Kallie Timmons from Prophetstown. The dancers performed a classic Queenly mashup and definitely went out with a bang.
There are five seniors from Prophetstown on the EP football cheer squad: Emma Smith, Kayleen Church, Payton Dorathy, Alex Johnson, and Leslie Sonnenberg.
Our cross country team included seven seniors who were determined to go out on a high note: Owen Abel, Chris Bonnell, Mackenzie Clary, Michele Cooney, Ana Pearl, Stephanie Sandrock, and Erin Stichter. Ana Pearl reflected on the season and being a senior: “It’s a bittersweet time. You're moving on to the next chapter of your life, but you're also finishing the last one of high school. It was an amazing season because we made so many memories together and made the most of everything. I'll miss this team.”
After seniors were announced, the Erie-Prophetstown senior football players suited up in the home jerseys for the last time this Friday and played Hall. Shortly after the game started, EP fell behind and stayed behind for the rest of the game. It was a long game filled with many penalty flags and game stoppages. The final score of the game was 6-46, the only EP touchdown being scored by Erie’s Jacob Ryan. Erie-Prophetstown’s final football game will take place at 7:00 p.m. Friday, October 20 in Fulton. The cross country team will race Saturday, October 21 at 10:00 a.m. in IHSA Regionals at Centennial Park, Rock Falls.
by Abby Eads
The Erie National Honor Society (NHS) will be putting on the second re-edition of Cardinal Capers, a chance for talented students to come forward and sign up to show off their acts to their peers and family. The show is a fundraiser with set admission and acceptance of any extra donations, and the money raised will be put into the NHS fund to later be doled out to charity.
The first audition will be on Oct. 14 at 4:00PM. The audition process was created to screen the acts to make sure that they are up to their full potential before performance. The final auditions will be on Oct. 28 at 4:00PM. The final show, which is open for the public to come and admire, is on Nov. 4 at 6:30PM, held in the Annex gym. This year, the sound system that will be used during the auditions and final showing was provided very generously by the Erie Evangelical Free Church. When asked how she feels about NHS bringing Cardinal Capers back after years of not hosting it, Mrs. Proeger says that “It's a wonderful opportunity for the students body to showcase its talents.” She then went on to explain that she believes that the students really enjoy it too. Return performer Brooke Chandler states that “it's great to be able to perform on a stage instead of just the high school gym floor.” This year the Capers committee were able to up their game to bring a most pleasing and comfortable view and performing experience for all those involved in Cardinal Capers by using the Annex gym, where other amazing things like the plays and musicals, take place. When asked for his thoughts on the new location, Cardinal Capers committee president, Ethan Homeyer said that is has a better presence and makes this more professional, and also included that he hopes the Capers will be a little more organized this year than in the past and that everyone will have fun with it.
"The Art classes learned about the proportions of the body and face. Each student chose a photograph to base their artwork from. Some chose friends, family, or characters from films and books. Students could chose to work in a variety of media from colored pencil to charcoal to paint." - Ms. Emily Majeski, EHS Art Teacher
Abigail Eads, Darien Achs, and Ethan Homeyer wrote descriptive essays for Mr. Stewart's class! They were very proud of them!
by Trevor Henry
'Tis the season for fall music festivals. Each year students from Erie come to participate in IMEA and TRAC 9000 to show off their musical skills. The IMEA (Illinois Music Education Association) program is where choir and band students alike can audition for a spot in this prestigious honor choir. Auditions include singing or playing prearranged music, along with performing a couple of musical scales. The IMEA auditions were held on October 7th, where Erie High School's very own Jenna Anderson and Ana Pearl auditioned for a spot in the honor choir. Erie sent no one from band to audition for IMEA.
The selections for IMEA are very picky and only a select group of students are accepted. School's from all over the district came and participated to try to reserve their very own spot in IMEA. Jenna Anderson has been auditioning for IMEA since her seventh grade year, and she earned a spot last year with 2017 graduate Trisha Naftzger. This year Ana Pearl made it, earning a spot on the IMEA choir.
TRAC is where band and choir students alike are picked for an opportunity to learn from a college band or choir director. This event takes place in one of the schools in Erie High Schools conference area. The school TRAC takes place in changes every year. The selection is based on a nomination system: students request to join, and the music director of the particular school can nominate them. They then send TRAC the list of students they nominated. The list is in order of section and talent. The people at TRAC decide how many students they want from each school depending the the size of the choir and band they are looking for.
Our school has been participating in TRAC for over 10 years. This year four band members are participating: freshmen Ella Heyvert and Carson McCormick, along with sophomores Trevor Henry and Brooke Chandler. The choir is sending Heath Floming, Alex Cox, Ethan Homeyer, Hope Bruner, Payton Sullivan, Breanne Ramirez, Carter Jepson, Seth Copeland, Ana Pearl, Melanie Gustoff and Jenna Anderson. Theses students will go to the school hosting TRAC this year on October 30th. They will be there all day, practicing their music with all the students picked from each school. At the end of the day they have put on a concert for friends and family who came to see them perform. It’s a great time! Good luck to everyone participating in IMEA and TRAC this year.
by Jasmine Bentley
Erie High School has bought nearly an entire new welding shop. Some of that new equipment includes new welding booths with curtains, cutting tables, ARC/MIG/TIG welder combination machines, welding tables, lights, and an air evacuation system. This new equipment has not only put Erie ahead of the game, but it also shows the school’s top priority: SAFETY. The new equipment is used in the field of welding right now so the experience the students get will help prepare them for the future.
ARC welding is using heat that is generated by an electric arc. MIG welding is when the wire gets fed through the end of the gun. TIG welding is when the gun is held in one hand and the wire in the other hand, combining both to weld with the puddle of melted wire. All of the equipment is state of the art and, all together, is estimated to have cost around $30,000.
“The biggest thing is that we now have safer equipment, equipment that works properly,” said Mr. McCullough, head of the welding shop. He also expressed that he is happy Erie decided to fund the new equipment because of the growth rate in the welding field. With brand new torches and welding tips, the students are better prepared for their future. When asked if he had any concerns about the new equipment, Mr. McCullough jokingly said, “Learning how to use it myself!”
“The old equipment was getting to a point of safety concerns,” said Mr. McConnell, principal of Erie High School, elaborating on one of the reasons Erie bought the new equipment. He continues to explain, elaborating that “welding is a huge industry. It's coming back very, very strong.” The new equipment keeps Erie High at the forefront of education and helps prepare students for vocational classes and trade schools. This gives Erie High the opportunity to expand and possibly cooperate with other districts.
by Alex Cox
Another golf season came and went, and the Cardinal Chronicle would like to show everyone how the girl’s and boy’s teams did. The boys golf team had eleven high school boys: Caden Swift, Brady Anderson, Alex Cox, Brett Vandewostine, Jay Dykstra, Logan , Carson McCormick, Toby Wallgren, Carter Jepson, Isaac Goodson, and Brody Grimes. The coach’s goal for the boy's team was to improve the overall performance of the players and to get the freshman familiar with the game and on track for the season. Another goal this year was to help improve the overall performance of the veterans’ of the golf team. Coach rickles said there was a lot of improvement this year, and there were a lot of player trying to compete to get on the varsity squad. This year at regionals the team shot their best for 18 holes! Caden Swift was short of making it to sectionals this year. The most improved members of the team this year was Carson M and Logan W. They were shooting in the mid 60’s at the start of the season, and they ended up going to conference and regionals this year. Coach says over all the team did well this year and hopes to do better next year.
The girl golf team did great this year! Coach Newton and Coach McCormick coached the girls golf this year. Members of the girls’ golf team are as follows: Madison Newton, Riley Redell, Lexus Georgean, Lindsay Weber, Calisa Steel, Sydney Bielema, and Berkley Eggers. This year the golf season started in August for the girls, but some of the players played in summer tournaments to prep for the school season. This year the girls won conference and regionals, and they made it to sectionals as a team! Unfortunately they did not make it out of sectionals as a team, but Madison Newton made it to state as an individual. Maddie said that after she played state she had less pressure on her to advance in the meets: “I had a lot of fun and took it easy.” She also said that the team was super close this year: “We looked after each other a lot during the season.” Overall, this was a great year for the golf teams and a great way to end the season!