Scholars Bowl: Scholars Bowl this year was similar to last year. Varsity won first in Wamego and second at Rock Creek, Silver Lake and league. The junior varsity won first place at Sabetha, second at Silver Lake and third at B & B. This year’s varsity team included seniors Lane Frazier, Caitlin Leiker, Thomas McAnerney, Ben Peterson and Karl Thompson and juniors Josh Jones, Ashtin Lee, Kyle Nelson and Hanna Ruder, while the JV team included sophomores Larissa Eshelman, Heather Goodenow, Paige Leonard, Chance Maginness, Sarah Marek, Jacob Milham and Morgan Schwinn.
“We did well, but could have done better,” said Christopher Schmitz, the Scholars Bowl coach.
Winter Homecoming: The high school students celebrated Winter Homecoming on Jan. 27 with cheers and laughter. At the pep rally, the students were entertained by activities, such as the candidate skit, the Mr. Rock Creek pageant, and the candidate games. During halftime of the basketball game, the crowning occured, with king being senior Adam Schmitz and queen being senior Lizz Herrs. The formal dance was similar to the Homecoming last fall where there was dancing and laughter.
“The kids had fun,” Student Council sponsor Dick Dugan said.
Jocelyn’s Benefit: On Jan. 28, a benefit was held to raise money for seventh grader Jocelyn Smith because of her pulmonary hypertension. There were many things to do at the benefit, such as an auction, where they sold items such as bicycles and hand-made trinkets. The woman who had put this all together was Amber Krohn. It three months to plan out the benefit with all the donations and any other items to round up. By the time it was over, they reached about $3,000 from the auction, chili drive, and poker game.
“My goal,” Krohn said, “was to raise $6,000, but hopefully more.”
Renaissance: There were games and laughter at the high school pep rally on Jan. 31. The school’s Renaissance Club organized the event with student and faculty games, such as “$100,000 Pyramid” and “The Price is Right.” At the end of the games, the sophomore class won overall. Students were also given recognition for their academic achievements, such as 4.0 GPA or gaining athletic scholarships for college.
“I think every recognition was special,” said Jeri Brummett, Renaissance sponsor.
State Art Awards: Out of many students who had entered, Rock Creek students won four silver medals and six honorable mentions at state in the art competition. Those included Rachel Askeu, Anastasia Bell, Larissa Eshelman, Heather Goodenow, Haley Lenauer, Brook Lohse, Kitrina Miller, and Layne Turmball. A variety of mediums were entered such as photography, drawing, pen and ink and design.
“It allows them the possibility to earn scholarship money,” art teacher Pam Delay said. “It also allows the winners to see their art hang in a professional gallery. The competition is fierce, so it is an honor to place over 5,000 kids.”