• Cheer Team Competitions Continue

    By: Jackson Hoffmann

    Carlyle High School’s cheer competition team continues to compete in many local competitions in preparation for state sectionals. The team’s first three contests were held in December.

    The competition team includes Lexi Boatright, Riley Darr, Cheyenne Voss, Shawnee Voss, Madison Boatright, Molly Rensing, Emily Deiters, and Jenna Foster.

    The team has been working to prepare for the events, through daily practices after school, where they focus on their planned routines and individual parts.

    Their next contest will be held on Jan. 20 at Mater Dei High School. 

    The contests are open to the public but do have a charge for admission.

    Coach Schwarz said it would be great to see students at the Mater Dei competition. She would love for us all to “see what they (the cheerleaders) get to do all the time.”

    After their Mater Dei meet, their next competition will be the IHSA sectional meet in Edwardsville.

    At Edwardsville, the team will have the opportunity to qualify for the IHSA Cheer Finals, which will be held in Bloomington, at Grossinger Motors Arena during the first weekend of February.


    Band Holds Quilt Raffle

    By: Cheyenne Voss

    Band members are holding a quilt and afghan raffle to raise money for new band uniforms, which will replace the 20 year-old ones being used currently. The quilt was donated from Kat & Walt’s Junk & Treasures in Centralia and the afghans were donated by Becky Luebbers of Carlyle.  

    The first raffle tickets were sold on January 7 and the last opportunity to purchase them will be February 8 before the winner is drawn at the home basketball game against Columbia.

    Tickets are available both at during all home varsity boys basketball games and can be purchased directly from any current band student.

    Tickets are $1 each or six or $5.

    The first place winner will receive the queen size quilt. The second place winner will receive the full sized afghan, and the third place winner will receive the baby sized afghan.

    For more information, contact Mrs. Zettler at jzettler@clinton,k12.il.us. 


    FBLA to Compete at KC

    By: Marissa Holle

    Thirteen students plan to compete at Southwestern Area FBLA Conference, which will be held at Kaskaskia College on Jan. 19. Several students took timed tests in the weeks before the event, while others will deliver prepared presentations for their contests.

    FBLA adviser Mrs. Kampwerth said the club competes here annually to allow the students to perfect their projects and improve their skills before the state competition.

    Since the chapter is only allowed to enter one student in each category at the state convention in April, this contest also gives the chapter a fair way to decide which student to enter after the preliminary run-off.

    Seniors who plan to compete include Noah Crocker in Accounting II and Allison Diekemper and Jenna Koehmel in Agribusiness.

    Junior Andrea Buettner plans to compete in Journalism.

    Sophomores who plan to compete include Haley Gentry in Introduction to Business, Jaelyn Koelmel in Health Care Administration, Zach Koopmann in Computer Applications, Corey Nave in Help Desk, Sam Wuebbles in Intro to Public Speaking and Nick Solis in Accounting I.

     Freshman Jackson Hoffmann will compete in Introduction to Public Speaking.    

    Two students are also running for Southwestern Area Conference at the event. Sophomore Sam Wuebbles, who currently serves as the chapter vice president, is running for secretary. Sophomore Grace Rensing, who currently serves as the chapter secretary, is running for vice president. 

    Students will also have the opportunity to hear Carlyle graduate and family law attorney Whitney Kampwerth Luebbers deliver the keynote at the Southwestern FBLA conference this Saturday.


    Carlyle FFA Finish Meat Stick Sale

    By: Josh Guthrie  

    Carlyle FFA raised approximately $2500 from their recent Country Meats fundraiser.

    The profit helps to pay for the annual FFA banquet, different contest, and the agriculture olympic said FFA adviser Mrs.Gerstenecker.

    Altogether, members sold 4600 meat sticks during the fundraiser, which was held in November and December.

    Awards were given to the members with the highest sales.

    Grant Knutt earned first place by selling 615 meat sticks.

    Ethan Dorff earned second place by selling 430 meat sticks.

    Tucker Albers earned third place by selling 350 meat sticks.

    Braden Kujawa earned fourth place by selling 315 meat sticks.

    Tessa Sanders earned fifth place by selling 280 meat sticks.

    Each members started with a bag of 35 meat sticks to sell in a variety of flavors.

    Senior FFA member Blake Berry said he was glad to help out the chapter by selling 70 meat sticks.


    Beauty and the Beast Cast Announced

    By: Alex Luebbers

    The cast list was recently posted for the annual musical, which will be presented from April 4-6 in the Harriss Gymnasium.

    Beauty and the Beast tells the story of a handsome prince whose kingdom was placed under a spell, which could only be broken when someone truly loved him as a beast.

    Landon Smith will play the role of Beast.

    Mackenzie Ebmeyer will play the role of the Enchantress.

    Becky Detering will play the role of Belle.

    Nick Wilkerson will play the role of Maurice, Belle's father.

    Blake Berry will play the role of Gaston.

    Bentley Thompson will play the role of Lefou, Gaston’s sidekick.

    Lucas Bradley will play the role of Monsieur D’ Arque.        

    Nick Christ will play the role of Cogsworth, the clock that runs the castle.

    Jackson Hoffmann will play the role of Lumiere.

    Melody Karns will play the role of Babette, Lumiere’s love interest.

    Zoe Ade will play the role of Mrs. Potts.

    Brennen Taylor will play the role of Chip.

    Allie Twitchell will play the role of Madame De La Bouche, the singing wardrobe.

    “I am very excited to be able to portray such an ionic character,”said Jackson Hoffmann, “I think it's such a fun story that we can all relate to, and it's easily one of the best Disney films.”