April has been action packed! Third trimester is in full swing and so are all the exciting activities, events, and learning taking place. This trimester will fly by in the blink of an eye and before we know it our Seniors will be walking across the stage, ending one chapter and beginning a new one.
Spring sports have been faced with the challenge of weather in April. Baseball, Softball, and tennis have seen rain delays and postponements, but track continues through it all, no matter how hot or how cold. Track has 28 entries in the Oregon Relays! OHSET is gearing up for their district event and then state in May. Boys Golf played under the most extreme conditions a golfer could imagine with 20 mph winds and sideways rain. It is challenges as much as successes such as these that build character and perseverance in our athletes. Keep up the great work Tigers!
The Junction City Art Association 1st Annual Tri-County High School Art Contest was held on Saturday, April 2nd. Junction City students took home a number of honors; Jordan Folsom (Merit Award-Painting), Nathaniel Strauss-Wolfe (Winner-Drawing), Danielle Amacher (Winner-Sculpture), Lyly Buendia (Winner-Digital Media), Wilbur Cunningham and Sage Seals (Merit-Digital Media), Sophie Dooney (Winner-Photography), Briana Sanchez and Davison Engstrom (Merit-Photography), Abby Bonetz (Winner-Collage). Thank you to former Teacher Gary Giddens as well as the JC Art Association for providing an opportunity for our young artists to showcase their talents. We are excited to see this event continue to grow in the future.
Our students have also been involved with a number of out of building trips as well. Junction City FFA is pleased to announce our attendance at the 2022 Oregon State FFA Convention held in Redmond, Or. Our students participated in workshops, met with various College recruiters, and voted for the newly elected State Officer Team. 14 yearbook students traveled to Los Angeles for the National High School Journalism Convention along with over 2,000 other high school journalists. The students spent three full days attending classes on topics in journalism and working together to improve our book. Our students took home a number of honors and recognition for the work they produce; Kaylee Glazier (Excellence in Theme Design), Jillian Brawner (Honorable Mention in Cover/Endsheet Design), Olivia Chunn (Honorable Mention in Sports Action Photo), Josiah Ricks (Excellence in News Photo), Molly Nelson (Excellence in Themed Photo), Pamela Edney (Excellence in Feature Photography), Logan Vaughn (Excellence in First Year Photo), Jada Fuller (8th Place Best in Show Winner for Photojournalism), and the Whole Yearbook Team (NSPA Best In Show Winner, 2nd Place in Books 114-228 pages)!
We would like to thank Education Together for their continued support of students. This year ET helped in a number of ways; funds towards the National High School Journalism Convention, a ceramics handbuilding table, a giant heart model, a spindle sander for woodworking, AP Literature festival tickets, and light boxes for the art room. It is a blessing to have such a generous and dedicated group willing to help year after year.
Mr. Shultz’s Accounting Class won the local ‘If I were the Mayor’ competition and have a meeting scheduled with Mayor Ficek at the City Council meeting to discuss creating a ‘YAC’, Youth Action Council. Their hope is to create a place for student voice within the community discussion and decision making.
Many of our CTE teachers (Mr. Shultz, Ms. Lucir, Mrs. Buenau, Mr. Dworakowski, and Stacey Johnson) attended the Oregon CTE conference in Seaside. This opportunity allowed our teachers to learn new ideas, best practices, and collaborate with other schools on ways to enhance our student’s CTE experiences here at JCHS.
Rock and Jock was a fun and festive event the second week of April. It was great to see the staff take it to the Top Tiger Team in basketball, and the Top Tigers win volleyball and dodgeball. So happy to have this even return with so many smiles, lots of laughter, and a little bit of smack talk throughout the gym. The 9th grade class put on a fantastic Neon Dance earlier this month. Line dancing, fun photo shoots, and crazy outfits were the norm. Talent Show Tryouts were this past week in preparation for the May Talent Show. Top Tiger Tea had a great turnout last night and we are looking forward to the Dodgeball Tournament on the 27th.
This year we have partnered with 15th Night, an organization aimed at helping teenagers with school, life and homelessness. We were recently informed by 15th Night that they had secured a grant from United Way to pay for our needs assessment. These interviews were conducted with all staff over the course of two days last week. We have already seen how quickly our community has rallied to support students of need in our community. A quote from their webpage reads,, “People don’t understand that sometimes being homeless is an easier problem to have than being at home.” 15th Night aims to prevent students from dropping out, specifically as a result of homelessness.
This week we want to give an extra special thank you to all the hard work our Secretaries do in our buildings on a daily basis. Administrative Professionals Day is the 27th, but we are thankful for everything they do every day of the year. We couldn’t do it without Brandy Moore, Tiffany Hart, Tye Rauschert, Dani Tesch, and Lisa Moore - Thank you!!!
We have a number of exciting events to look forward to in May as well; Teacher Appreciation Week starting on the 2nd, Conferences on Wednesday May 4th, Prom on Saturday May 7th, Guys vs. Girls Volleyball game May 11th, Talent Show May 12th, ASB class elections mid May, and the Top Tiger Pageant on May 23rd. As Jeff Curran would say, “Buckle Up Tiger Fans!” Thank you to every person who contributes to the betterment of our students daily.
Dina Marschall - Principal
Justin Corey - Assoc. Principal Junction City High School