The Brownstown High School Drama Club is performing their annual school play Friday, March 31st at 1:30 and 6:30pm at the BHS Gymnasium. The School Play is called Ten Ways to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse. The following students are a part of the cast and crew: Chloe Carson, Delaney Schulze, Ryan Pontious, Seth Powell, Sierra Stephens, Cameron Callaway, Lanes Himes, Chloe Haslett, Carly Feltner, Ashlen Richards, Shyaire Snow, Natalie Oberlink, Elizabeth Austin, Jacob Baron, Makenzie Walk and Brittany Wuehler. The play is directed by Ms. Tracey Alstat. We hope to see you all there!
By Taylor Rine
On March 10th, Brownstown High school watched a film on the effects of heroin and its users in Madison County in an ongoing Heroin Project for Southern Illinois. The presentation began with Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen introducing himself, as well as State's Attorney Josh Morrison, Fayette County Sheriff Chris Smith, Brownstown Mayor Ginny Wilburn, and Brownstown Officer Kaleb Walton. He thanked everyone for coming and explained the movie the students were about to be shown. The film began with a probation officer talking to a former user of heroin and the effects it had on her life and body. The movie consisted mainly of teenage kids from Madison County that have experimented with or used heroin. The movie showed us how heroin can ruin the users and the family of users lives over one time of trying it. It only takes one time for a kid to try the drug for one to be addicted forever. After the movie Sheriff Chris Smith picked a student out of the crowd and handcuffed him to show us what would happen if we began using the drug. They all explained that heroin is not the path we want to go down and experimenting with drugs can ruin our lives. We would like to thank ESP Jodi Winkler for all her help in bringing this film to BHS.
By Klayton Kroll
BES will host their annual SCC carnival Friday, March 24th. There are many activities for kids and adults! Arm bands for the carnival games are $8 if you buy them beforehand or they are $10 at the door. Food options will include BBQ pork sandwiches or hot dogs with baked beans, applesauce, chips, desserts, and drinks from 5 to 7 at $6 per person. From 6 to 8 they will sell cotton candy, offer face paintings, have a cake walk, and special visitor Bubbles the Clown will have balloons for $1. Raffle tickets are going to be 50 cents this year, so if you would like to have your name in one of the many drawings will be held in the cafeteria from 5 to 7:30. This year they will also be having a pie-in-the-face contest, and whoever raises the most money will lose! The contestants will be Mr. Bussard vs. Miss Stine, John Schaub vs. Mike Sasse, and Xzavier Austin vs. Lexi Seabaugh. So come on out and support our school district!
This week Mrs. Wakefield’s Biology class has began dissecting various organisms. This unit involves the dissection of nine different reptiles, mammals, and aquatic creatures. The section begins with an earthworm, then continues with animals such as squid, crawfish, fish, snake, shark, rat, starfish, and a frog. Mrs. Wakefield began dissections her first year teaching at Brownstown ten years ago. She started the dissections so she could have a unit that was a hands-on learning experience. Amber Sarchet and Lane Himes, students in her biology class, stated “Dissecting makes Biology interesting, and it also brings a good dynamic to the classroom.” The dissections begin in early February and will continue until the first of May. Dissections take a lot of time and preparation. The process starts during the summer, when Mrs.Wakefield begins by estimating how many students she will have in her class, then she sets up her order with the science supply store. Lots of hard work goes into the dissections, but it's a very enjoyable unit for both the students and the teacher.
By Klayton Kroll and Jeffrey Kelly
The Jameson Lockart Advancement Fund requires applicants to write a four paragraph essay. They will have to write about how they heard about the scholarship and what they plan to accomplish. Also they want to know how will you contribute back to them and if you will help them fundraise. This scholarship is named after a caring individual that had a hard time staying out of trouble and wants to help kids in similar situations. The scholarship is due by March 30th if you have any questions contact Danielle Kellow at 618-267-4021.
By Elijah M. Austin
Could you use an extra $500 for college? The Study Habits Scholarship is available for anyone living in the United States or Canada that is planning to attend an accredited college. An essay is required that includes the ten best study habits you can provide for an oncoming high school student and why they are important to you. The application and essay must be submitted by April 1st to qualify to receive up to $500. Go to CollegeXpress for an application online. Don’t miss out, apply now!
By Evyn Barker
School publications is known for writing and editing the BCUSD website, fundraising in the school, and working with our wonderful staff member Ms. Stine on photo albums. For two weeks the class shifted their focus and wrote letters to President Donald Trump or other members of his cabinet. This is Mr. Redden’s second year using this project, and he believes that the students learn a lot about the world around them and the way that the political system operates with this unit. He also said that he believes students really enjoy this project and the freedom of being able to write about something they are passionate about.
To begin this writing project the students first read six letters from the book Letters to the President by Dwight Young. The letters were written by an array of people, that ranged from Martin Luther King Jr. to the Women of the Klu Klux Klan. The class then began the creative process by talking with Mr. Redden about what they wanted to write about and also how they planned to carry out the research needed to construct their letter. After research was complete and sources were checked, they began typing the letter that would be sent to the White House and seen by a member of the White House staff.
Last year, when the students wrote letters to President Obama, many received emails that looked very similar. When it took longer for junior Chloe Carson to receive feedback they began to wonder. Then seven weeks after everyone else had received the automated email, Chloe received a letter with an official White House letterhead and a signature from President Obama. The letter thanked Ms. Carson for submitting her letter; later on Chloe’s letter would be used in online for the New York Times and in a policy meeting. With students writing about many controversial issues such as travel bans, military acceptance, economic insecurity, and the availability of jobs in rural America, there is always a chance of receiving an interesting response.
By Jeffrey Kelly
The Edward J. Durbin scholarship is a local scholarship given to two Brownstown seniors. To qualify one must have at least a 2.0 GPA to apply for this scholarship and write a two-page essay about life experiences and challenges he or she has overcome. One recipient will have the chance to receive $4,000 if they are attending a four-year university or college. If applicants are going to a trade school they may receive $2,000. This scholarship must be completed and turned in by March 30th to Mrs. Hardiek.By Elijah Austin
The physical science class recently took part in a lab in order to test inertia, which is an object's resistance to a change in state of motion. The student’s first experiment was to fill a red plastic cup with water, place an index card on top of the cup and then set a quarter on top of the card. They then had to flick the side of the index card to have the quarter fall into the cup of water. The class raised the stakes and changed their materials with a little plastic plate, a toilet paper roll, and an egg. They then set the plate on top of the cup, then put the toilet paper roll in the center of the plate, followed by setting the egg on top of the roll. Students had to hit the plate out from underneath the roll to send the egg down into the water. This was a great way to get the class involved and to have fun learning about science.
By Samantha Long
Once a month the Brownstown High School Guidance Counselor, Mrs. Gail Hardiek, meets with the seniors to discuss scholarships and preparations for their lives after high school. She has assisted seniors in filling out the FAFSA and making sure they are ready for college. In the March Guidance Notes Mrs. Hardiek informed students on new scholarships such as the Kylee Crown Memorial Scholarship, the Edward J. Durbin Memorial Scholarship, and the Study Habits Scholarship. She mostly helps students prepare financially, but the they also come to her for advice. Whether help is needed or you just want to talk, Mrs. Hardiek will be there (even if she’s busy with the seniors). Visit the guidance page at bcusd201.com for more information.
By Delaney Schulze