Archive for 'December,2011'

News Briefs:  Debate wins regional tournament, looks forward to state meet in January

News Briefs: Debate wins regional tournament, looks forward to state meet in January

Debate has won a total of six trophies this debate season, but capped off their regular season with a first-place at regionals on Dec. 17 at Topeka High School. Participating in the regional win were juniors [...]

Sports:  Volleyball Athlete of the Season

Sports: Volleyball Athlete of the Season

Senior Bailey Elliott has been named athlete of the year in volleyball by coach Terry Schmitz. Schmitz said, “She was able to lead us pretty well through our tournaments and was able to help us get [...]

Sports:  Football Athlete of the Season

Sports: Football Athlete of the Season

While football head coach Mike Beam said he could have picked many different members of the team, Beam named Logan Miner the player of the season in football because, Beam said, “He really worked hard during the summer [...]

Sports:  Cross Country Athlete of the Season

Sports: Cross Country Athlete of the Season

Cross country coach Jeremy Lehning selected freshman Jacy Johnston as the athlete of the season for cross country. Lehning said, “I chose her because she has the school record for the fastest 4k time with 17:04, [...]

Features:  Last-minute shoppers can complete holiday shopping with these suggestions

Features: Last-minute shoppers can complete holiday shopping with these suggestions

With Christmas just around the corner, Santa may know just the right gift for you, but your friends are not always so certain. However, most students cannot afford to buy their friends extravagant and costly gifts. [...]

News:  Student organizations help local charities during holiday season

News: Student organizations help local charities during holiday season

As the holiday season approaches, clubs at Rock Creek are not only planning their annual Christmas parties, but some are also busy giving to people in need around the area. This year, Student Council and the [...]

Features:  Teachers, students and professionals offer study tips for final exams

Features: Teachers, students and professionals offer study tips for final exams

Studying is an important part to passing any class, whether it is for a quiz, test or for the dreaded finals. There are many different study methods that people use, but which are the best methods to [...]

Features:  Odd holidays fill December

Features: Odd holidays fill December

From a bit of research on the Internet, one can find that December is full of other “holidays,” besides the celebrated Christmas.  The following are fun and interesting days to observe during the month. Dec. 1 – [...]

Review: ‘Breaking Dawn Part 1′ leaves staffer with more questions for next movie

On Nov. 18, “Twihards” rejoiced upon the release of the new “Twilight” saga movie,  “Breaking Dawn Part 1.” Many people pre-ordered their tickets online, but those who didn’t spent most of their time waiting in line. [...]

News:  Question & Answer with Music Teacher Todd Walters

News: Question & Answer with Music Teacher Todd Walters

This year, Rock Creek High School gained one new instructor, music teacher Todd Walters. Walters replaced former music teacher Staci Payne since she left to take a job in the Manhattan district. What school did you [...]

Editorial: Finals policy revision benefits students, but may needs change

For years, the mentioning one single word has struck fear in the heart of teenagers across the globe. That word is none other than . . . finals! Each year, students are expected to gather the [...]

News Briefs: Scholars Bowl places second at home tournament

With the few meets so far this year, varsity and junior varsity Scholars Bowl teams have done well. The varsity team has obtained a first place medal, and the junior varsity has gotten a first, second [...]

News Briefs: Students participate in District Honor Band at Junction City

On Saturday, Dec.3 at 2:30 p.m. in the Junction City Middle School, juniors Trey Basa, Rachel Frank and Anna Jilka and sophomore Jackson Meyer all participated in the 2011 District Honor Band. Together, with the best [...]

News: New finals policy gets good reactions from students, most teachers

In October, the Rock Creek faculty senate enacted a policy regarding finals. If a student has an A in a class when the finals start, that student does not have to take the final in that [...]

News: Students have adjusted to new junior high schedule

On Aug. 18, the school year for the junior high started on a 45-minute schedule, meaning that the students have eight classes, every school day for 45 minutes each, rather than being on a block schedule, [...]

News Briefs: Semester wraps up with early-bird senior exit projects

Seniors who are finished with their exit projects early will present them on Thursday, Dec. 22. There are a total 28 students who are presenting at that time, which is a great deal more than the years [...]

News:  Seniors named Kansas Honors Scholars

News: Seniors named Kansas Honors Scholars

High school is all about receiving an education and preparing for the next step in life. While students are at school, they are expected by their teachers and parents to receive passing grades. However, there are [...]

News:  Students perform ‘You Can’t Take It with You’ for annual fall play

News: Students perform ‘You Can’t Take It with You’ for annual fall play

As the lights dimmed on Nov. 12, actors at Rock Creek High School took their places on stage to perform Rock Creek’s annual fall play in the commons. Twenty-one students came together to put on the [...]

News:  Student Council sponsors Red Ribbon Week activity

News: Student Council sponsors Red Ribbon Week activity

During Red Ribbon Week, senior Karl Thompson drives a go-kart that had normal and “impaired” driving states. Students were able to experience how their reaction time slowed when under the influence of alcohol during the Student [...]

Column:  How were all the new technology purchases funded?

Column: How were all the new technology purchases funded?

At the beginning of the year, students may have noticed that there were five new latops carts in the media center. They may also have noticed that other new technology has been added to the school.  [...]