Photo taken by BVHS Yearbook staff.
High School puts on a “Killer" Play
Lily Corkill, fr.
Of Moss and Men is a murder mystery comedy that takes place in the 1920s. The two main characters Mickey and Minnie Moss, played by Rylee Olson and Allie Cassel, buy an old gangster’s inn and want to fix it up for business. Meanwhile, there is loot in the house that was hidden by the original gang members, many people ‘take shelter’ from the storm to look for the loot. As it happens, the plumber finds it and is murdered. The two inn owners take it upon themselves to find out who it was, the story ends with a twist you don’t expect. The characters in this play feature an array of students, ranging from ninth to twelfth graders. There were 25 people who participated in this year’s play; including our directors Ruth Hutson , our science teacher, and Adam Gudenkauf, the English teacher. The performances, scheduled on November eighth and ninth, were a success. “We had a little trouble learning our lines,” says Mrs. Hutson, “But we put on a good production, and the audience enjoyed it; that was our goal.”
Blue Valley travels to Indianapolis for National FFA Convention
Lily Corkill, fr.
The FFA National Convention has always been an exciting experience for young and new FFA members. This convention, for students and teachers who are involved in agriculture, has maintained its place as one of the world's largest student conventions. This year was the 92nd year anniversary; with 69,944 attendees and over 400 exhibiting companies, this is one of the biggest gatherings of the FFA yet! From Blue Valley, only ten people went; two adults, and eight students. Freshmen Aric Cassel, Logan Schanks, Philip Desbian, Bryce Hoeltzel, and Lily Corkill, Sophomores Jacie LaBlanc, and Morgan Spangler, Senior Brook Staton, advisor Anthony Meals, and student teacher and copilot Carol Romans. When asked about their favorite part of convention, Jacie LaBlanc answered, “My favorite part was hearing the speaker. She was really funny and I really liked her speech about 100 fears.” There were two main speakers, Michelle Poler and Bob Goff. They both spoke about living your life to the fullest, and facing those fears that hold you back. The group did a number of activities and events outside of the convention including: an escape room, volunteering at a horse therapy center, Stuckey farms tour, and an Elanco facility tour. This opportunity to meet new people and try new things is an experience every FFA member should have. We’re sure that the FFA National Convention will be around for years to come.
BV FCCLA goes on a successful trip to Dallas
MacKenna Cassel, fr.
This November, the Blue Valley FCCLA went to the FCCLA Fall Leadership Conference in Dallas, Texas November 15th through the 17th. Four members; Brianna Gough, Morgan Spangler, Joey Hillocks, and Alyssa Shelton went along with the advisor Mrs. Luhman. The members who went took online tests, prior to the conference including FCCLA knowledge, consumer math, and nutrition. Mrs. Luhman said the conference is a great experience for the students and is a lot of fun. “The Fall Leadership conference is like a mini version of the National Leadership Conference because it’s only two days.”, Mrs. Luhman stated. The students attended workshops and listened to guest speakers while they were at the conference. The FCCLA Fall Leadership Conference helps prepare the members for the National Conference. Mrs. Luhman said the conference went very well. “We all had fun, met new people, and learned new things.” They attended several workshops including an interactive one called ThinkFast. Other workshops included Teen Talks Smart Savings Strategies, Danger-Dating Violence Ahead, Talking Down Tobacco 101-The Rise of Vaping, And Dress to Impress. They also went to a few exhibits. They also got to listen to two guest speakers. The first one, Ketric Newell, talked about being positive on your peers. Juan Bendana discussed making and impact on your school and community. Mrs. Luhman also attended a few advisor workshops. All of the members that competed in the online tests did very well. Brianna did the FCCLA Knowledge test and ranked 5th. Linzy also did FCCLA Knowledge and ranked 26th. Alyssa took the Nutrition Challenge Test and got 4th place. Morgan did the Consumer Math Test and placed 13th, Joey, who also took the Consumer Math Test, placed 12th.
Advisor: Adam Gudenkauf