the guidon online The School Newspaper of Hays High School Mon, 02 Mar 2020 19:36:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Boys basketball splits Western Athletic Conference title after winning against Dodge City Mon, 02 Mar 2020 18:29:03 +0000 On Feb. 28, the Indians hosted the Dodge City Red Demons and won 47-25, giving the Indians a share of the Western Athletic Conference title with Great Bend.

The Indians were able to take an early 22-3 lead at the beginning of the second quarter and were not in any danger or the rest of the game.

Senior Dylan Ruder had a team high of 14 points.

The Indians are now 14-6 on the season and finished 7-1 in the Western Athletic Conference. They will host Arkansas City for the first round of sub-son March 3.

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Lady Indians suffer a loss on Senior Night at home Mon, 02 Mar 2020 18:25:43 +0000 On Feb. 28, the lady Indians hosted the Dodge City Red Demons and lost 60-31.

The Red Demons took advantage of the Indians’ inability to score over an eight-minute span to get ahead by 18 points.

The closest the Indians would ever get to taking the lead again would be by one point, and the Indians went scoring drought and did not score until the third quarter.

Sophomore Aleyia Ruder led her team with a career high of 18 points.

The Indians are now 6-14 on the season and finished 1-7 in the Western Athletic Conference. They will travel to Andover Central on March 4 to play in the first round of the sub-state tournament.

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Ceramics professor speaks to students about art careers Mon, 02 Mar 2020 18:19:51 +0000 On Feb. 27, a ceramics professor and artist at Fort Hays State University, Linda Ganstrom, spoke to students about art careers during PRIDE Time in the Lecture Hall.

Ganstrom has Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees and has taught art at elementary, high school, junior college level and college level.

Ganstrom started out with an exercise, using sticky notes. She had each student draw out items that they like to doodle, such as their happy place and things they love.

“One way that I think everybody can relate to, is starting off with an exercise of visualization, remembrance and thinking,” Ganstrom said.

Ganstrom then explained to students what she drew and how these all tied in to how she chose her career.

“I found the perfect art job that combines science and math,” Ganstrom said. “So, in ceramics, you have a lot of glazes, all made from different chemicals, so it’s chemistry. You put the product in the kiln, and that’s physics. Everything in ceramics is what I call ‘loose engineering,’ so that really fit my personality.”

Ganstrom then went into detail about the different art careers available.

“There are 350 different art careers listed,” Ganstrom said. “If you put together your different values and the different things you like, it might play out in different ways. There are people that work in museums and galleries, there are people that build things in order to display art, there’s studio art [and] we have graphic designers [and] art educators.”

Lastly, Ganstrom discussed what art classes are like at FHSU.

“Classes are thought as if you have no prior knowledge,” Ganstrom said. “There’s really no comparison judgement in the art department. What I see with students coming into the art department is there is two different groups. There are students who have gone through the art side, and there are students coming in that have never touched a pencil to draw. They are completely coming in from a computer side. We try to take each student wherever they are at and help them get closer to their goals.”

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Boys basketball brings home a win from Abilene Mon, 02 Mar 2020 18:08:31 +0000 On Feb. 27, the Indians traveled to Abilene to rematch the Cowboys and won 49-47.

The Cowboys started the game off with scoring the first eight points of the game and were ahead 15-3 within the first five and a half minutes.

The Indians scored seven straight points to end the first quarter, which started a 13-2 run for the Indians.

The Cowboys lead 22-18 going into halftime, and the Indians had the lead for just seven seconds of the third quarter.

The lead switched hands multiple times in the fourth quarter, and the Cowboys tied the game with 5.5 seconds left.

Junior TJ Nunnery made a buzzer beater two-point shot, which won the game for the Indians.

Sophomore Carson Kieffer lead his team with 14 points, and Nunnery added 11.

The Indians move to 13-6 and will play their last Western Athletic Conference games on Feb. 28, which is Senior Night.

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Lady Indians leave Abilene with a win Mon, 02 Mar 2020 18:04:42 +0000 On Feb. 27, the lady Indians traveled to Abilene to rematch the Cowboys and won 37-34.

Hays started out with a six-point lead to start the game, but when the third quarter began, the Cowboys found a little momentum and picked up a five-point lead.

During the final 5:30 of the game, the Indians held the Cowboys scoreless and ended up ahead by one.

Junior Brooklyn Schaffer ended up at the free throw line with just under a minute left and made both of her shots, which pushed the Indians’ lead to three.

The Cowboys had two three-point shots within the final 20 seconds in hopes of sending the game into overtime, but both attempts were unsuccessful.

Senior Tasiah Nunnery had 13 points, and sophomore Aleyia Ruder had her career double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds.

They are now 6-13 on the year and will play their last Western Athletic Conference games on Feb. 28, which is also Senior Night.

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Students choose classes for upcoming school year Fri, 28 Feb 2020 19:11:51 +0000 Over the past week, freshmen, sophomores and juniors have been working on completing pre-enrollment for the upcoming school year.

During PRIDE Time, students used Career Cruising to choose their required classes for next year and also select the electives that they want to take.

Starting on Feb. 28 during GPS, students will meet with their counselors to discuss the classes they planned to make sure they are meeting the requirements for graduation credits.

The school offers a large amount of courses in many different fields of study, so choosing elective classes can be a daunting task for some.

“I choose some advanced math and science classes, but I took it easy on my electives,” junior Sophia Garrison said. “I wanted to find a good balance of working hard my senior year but still being able to relax.”

The classes a student chooses to take can affect that student’s whole school year and also contribute to his or her career goals, so students should plan carefully for what classes they want to take.

“I definitely found it hard to choose what classes to take next year because I have most of my credits filled up, and I don’t really know what I want to do after high school,” junior Zach Chance said.

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Indian Call king and queen announced during basketball game Fri, 28 Feb 2020 19:04:48 +0000 Indian Call week came to a close with the basketball game, candidate crowning and the dance to finish everything off.

Seniors Dawson Armstrong, Taivian Creamer, Tucker Johnson, Lucas Pfannenstiel, DaVontai Robinson and Isaac Smith and seniors Macee Altman, Moriah DeBey, Lynsie Hansen, Kaylor Meyers, Jenna Miller and Tasiah Nunnery were all candidates for king and queen of Indian Call.

The winners of Indian Call king and queen were announced during the halftime of the boys basketball game on Friday night. Robinson won king, and DeBey won queen.

“I was surprised when my name was announced as a candidate, then I was completely shocked being announced Indian Call queen,” DeBey said.

She said it was an honor to win and it filled her heart with joy every time someone came up to her and said they voted for her.

Robinson was not able to attend the crowning due to competing at regional wrestling competition.

“Winning Indian Call meant a lot to me, and it’s unfortunate that I wasn’t able to be there,” Robinson said. “Being a candidate made me feel like I was representing the school and helped me build good character.”

While being a candidate may have been stressful at times, DeBey said she is very grateful to have had the experience.

“The whole experience of being a candidate was such a whirlwind,” DeBey said. “I had a blast participating in the candidate video, taking photos at Mr. Matlock’s beautiful studio and dressing up for the spirit days. Also, having the excuse to wear a tiara was by far my favorite part. Even though it came with little stress, I loved the experience of getting to be a candidate with such an amazing group of people.”

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Nurse speaks to students about National Civilian Community Corps Fri, 28 Feb 2020 15:14:45 +0000 Registered nurse Amanda Ray spoke to students about the AmeriCorps organization in the Multipurpose Room during PRIDE Time on Thursday, Feb. 27.

Ray currently works at Russell Regional Hospital. She graduated at Fort Hays State University with a degree in biology in 2014 then spent a year as a Team Leader for AmeriCorps NCCC, a national service program.

After graduating from the program, she went back to school to obtain her Bachelor of Science in nursing. She said she hopes to return to school to earn her doctorate in a few years to become a nurse practitioner.

AmeriCorps is a voluntary national service program. Ray was involved with one of the different programs of AmeriCorps, the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC). Other programs in AmeriCorps includes the Vista program, state programs, community programs, Senior Corps and more.

Ray said the types of projects they completed were in the subjects of energy conservation, environmental, infrastructure improvement, natural and other disasters and urban and rural.

She traveled all over the United States during her 11 months in the program.

“We had projects, I think, in a total of nine states,” Ray said.

Ray said that AmeriCorps pays for food, travel and accommodations. However, the participants on NCCC receive a living allowance. There is also a possibility of receiving a $3,000 scholarship if you obtain a Segal AmeriCorps Educational Award. Getting awards, trainings, certificates and healthcare are also part of the benefits of joining AmeriCorps.

Ray said AmeriCorps gave her a great opportunity to travel and to develop relationships with those whom she had never interacted with before.

“Serving is very near and dear to my heart, so I think everyone should do it,” Ray said. “I almost wish I had done it before I went off to college because I wasn’t really sure what I wanted. It’s a great program to learn more about yourself and put some good into the world while you’re at it.”

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Teachers National Board Certified in English Language Arts/Adolescence and Young Adulthood Tue, 25 Feb 2020 14:59:37 +0000 Currently, English teachers Kathy Wagoner and Lisa Renz are National Board Certified in English Language Arts/Adolescence and Young Adulthood.

According to, National Board Certification is designed to develop, retain and recognize accomplished teachers and to generate ongoing improvement in schools nationwide.

While Wagoner has been certified since 2000 and has renewed her certification throughout the years, Renz was certified in December 2019 and recently received her certificate.

“Board certification is for those teachers who want to go above and beyond what a college degree or master’s degree would offer,” Renz said. “You can choose to get certified in different areas. I chose young adult literature, which would be high school age. It took me four years to go through the entire process because I had to repeat one of the components.”

Renz said there were four components to getting board certified.

“Component one is a test similar to a standardized test and then an essay test that you do at a testing center,” Renz said. “Component two is choosing two students out of your class load and helping them to achieve differentiation, making the work at their level and helping them to accomplish and to improve. Component three is where you video yourself and your class, and then you analyze that video and reflect upon it. Component four has a lot of different areas to it. It’s looking at what do you do to improve yourself, to help a student to improve, how do you use data to best help your students. It’s quite a process, and I spent many hours working on it and taping my classes.”

Renz also worked through the Great Plain Center for National Teacher Certification at Emporia State University, as well as through candidate support, to get all of her components ready.

“I am thrilled about being certified,” Renz said. “It was a very long and very hard process, but I’m glad to do it. I think it really does make you a better teacher. It makes you way more reflective, and it makes you think about what I can do to better my students and how can I accomplish doing that.”


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Freshman shares unique talent Mon, 24 Feb 2020 17:14:14 +0000 Hays High students have many talents, but one of the most unusual talents that freshman Chase Wittman has is knife throwing.

Knife throwing has been something Wittman has been doing since the winter of seventh grade.

Wittman said her cousins introduced her to this activity at her family’s Thanksgiving celebration. Since her cousins were inexperienced and the activity was new to the family, everyone tried out the activity. No one knew how to throw the knives properly, so many people lost interest, but Wittman did not give up.

Instead, she found a way to learn.

“I was determined to either learn from others on how to do it efficiently or figure it out myself,” Wittman said. “I thought, ‘How cool it would be if I could throw knives like a ninja?’”

That Christmas, Wittman asked her parents for throwing knives.

Wittman said she enjoys knife throwing because it makes her different. Besides the uniqueness of it, Wittman said she finds great satisfaction in sticking her targets.

Also, Wittman said she likes the mental control she gets out of it and the fact that forces her to pay very close attention to her body so that in case the knife sticks, she can repeat the process again.

“Everyone is different in their own way, but a girl who throws knives — that’s close to unheard of” Wittman said.

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