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October Newspaper

High School Football

Sadly the Irrigator football season ended with a loss against the Faith Longhorns. The Gators went into the game pumped up and ready for a win. The Irrigator fans stayed faithful to pump up their hometown boys. The Irrigators played one of their best games that night but still came up short losing 34-62. They also lost to Harding County, 66-14. This was Chase VanDerBoom’s last football game as an Irrigator. 

I first interviewed Jamieson Duncan asking what his favorite part about the season was and he said: “Not quitting because life is a garden you dig it up and make it work.” I also got to interview Nate Randolph asking him how important football is to him he said: “It's a lifestyle. It’s the only sport that matters to me. I've been playing since 6th grade.” Next, I was able to interview Chase Johnston asking him what are his expectations going into next year's season and he said, “Well for starters, I need to work on myself by getting faster as well as getting stronger. I hope next season we will hopefully have more guys out. That was one of our biggest problems this year but we stuck it out and still played the Irrigator way.” Coach Bonnet commented, “I believe that as coaches, we need to hold our athletes accountable for both being at practice and preparing for the season both in the form of off-season workouts and possibly camps whether team or individual.

Finally, I interviewed Chase VanDerboom, asking him about his four years of high school football and what year was his favorite. I also asked Chase how it was playing with some of the boys this year as well as how he enjoyed teaching some of the freshman new things. He said, “The last four years never went as expected for the win-loss ratio. In the past four years, I went through 9 positions on offense as well 

as defense. All of my years of high school football were fun but this year, my last, was my favorite of all. I have seen players quit during the games and everyone just gave up, but this year was completely different. We all played on the same page and with each other. I always tried my best to step up and take the leadership role for the lower classmen. Some of them might tell you I have yelled at them but that is just an opinion. I will always be able to come back and see what I have done for the school and the kids that are playing sports that year.”

Thank you, Chase, for everything that you have done for us and the team this year and we will always miss you! Good luck in the future!

By Jamin Davidson

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Hunt-Safe Program

A program was brought to Newell Middle School to assist students in their education of gun safety while hunting or in general. These classes run for 10 consecutive school days and will have a field trip to a shooting range if they choose to attend where they will learn more about gun safety in the field. The Sheriff’s office and other officials will supervise the trip. After the completion of the class, the students will each receive a hunter orange hat and safety glasses along with a hunting license. This class takes place in Mr. Wince’s health class. The instructors are part of the Game, Fish, and Parks of South Dakota. 

By Trinity Henry

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Cross Country 

For regions Garrett Winkler got  2nd,  David Kirby got 22nd, Clint Winkler got 24th,

Rachel Erk got 3rd, Bethany Mahaffy got 11th, Stacy Mahaffy got 20th, Natalie Yates got 23rd, and Sarah Kirby got 27th. 

What was the biggest challenge in regions? “The biggest challenge at regions was trying to get our girls’ team qualified for state,” stated Sanderson. “Entering regions, we were sitting around 5th place in the rankings. Our girls were able to jump ahead 2 spots and were able to get 3rd place but only by a couple of points.” 

What were your expectations for state cross country? Mr. Sanderson said, “ My expectations going into the state meet were that everyone puts forth their best effort and tries to run our fastest times of the season.” The state meet was held in Sioux Falls.

What did everyone place in state? Garrett Winkler got 6th, breaking the school record. Rachel Erk 28th - a new personal record. Bethany Mahaffy 51st - a new personal record. Stacy Mahaffy 106th - returning from an injury. Natalie Yates 109th - a new personal record. Sarah Kirby 114th - a new personal record.

Great work Irrigators!

By Kaylee Gatzke

Basketball 

Now that football is over and volleyball and cross country are wrapping up, basketball is right around the corner. Middle school girls season officially starts on Monday the 26th with Ms. Hencey as the coach. I asked her what her favorite part about coaching girls basketball was and she said, “Spreading the passion of the sport and the camaraderie.” I also asked the head coach of the high school girls team, Mr. Wince, what he thinks the team will need to focus on this season. He replied, “Fundamentals as in dribbling, passing, catching, shooting, and defense.” I asked the new head coach of the high school boys basketball team, Mr. McLaughlin, what he is looking forward to going into the season. He replied, “Working hard, setting achievable goals, as well as meeting those goals.”

By Jamin Davidson

Upcoming Events

High School Regional Volleyball - Nov. 1st 

Veterans Day - Nov. 11

Sports parents meeting - Nov. 16th 

State Volleyball - Rapid City, Nov.18th-20th

First Girl’s Basketball Practice - Nov.22nd 

Grandparents Day - Nov. 23th, 8-12 am

First Boy’s Basketball Practice - Nov. 29th 

Advice Column

Dear readers, welcome to the advice column for our school newspaper- an advice column! We have four boxes distributed throughout the school, where you can submit your questions for us to review and possibly answer.

Locations are; High School- Ms. Hencey’s classroom and hallway of the Ag./Science building. Middle School- Mrs. Shaykett’s classroom. Elementary- the library.

Each month, we will pick two letters that have been submitted to respond to. Teachers can ask questions too.

PLEASE KEEP ALL QUESTIONS SCHOOL APPROPRIATE


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Middle School Volleyball

This year's middle school volleyball team had a winning season with 12 wins and 6 losses. When asked by head coach Muckridge how she felt about the season she replied, “This season has gone super good for the girls. They learned how to grow as a whole and play together well. I love to watch them grow and I love sharing my passion and love for the sport with the girls. Overall, they’re ready for the next step.”

The team had a lot of ups this year with only 6 losses, the girls felt like they could do anything. “One of the biggest accomplishments was definitely being the winners of the LMC,” stated Elyssa Mailloux. They played several games with a winning streak. “The biggest opponent we had was Lemmon, we won and lost against them and we had to earn it.” The girls fought tough and hard and never gave up. “We’re all excited for playing with this year's team,” says Braylee Freytag. The girls ended their season with a loss but have high hopes for next year. 

By Madisson Mailloux

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The Two Amigos 

The picture below is of Gavin Tesch and James Duncan. I interviewed them and found out that they got their outfits off of amazon for $60. The tandem bike, from Dylan Vanderboom, was used as their way of transportation during the Homecoming Parade. James and Gavin told me the reason they chose to wear these outfits was, “To look awesome.” 

By Vinnie Lewis 

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Middle School Football

          This year's middle school football team was coached by Lonnie Johnston and Tristan Clements. Mr. Johnston believed that this year was a learning season. “The hardest obstacle was gaining confidence and our lack of experience,” says Johnston. “During our last game, I saw my players finally

sparked with confidence and were playing like they were having fun with the game.” The season ended with the team being 0-8, having high hopes for next season, and focusing on how they can improve for next year. Johnston closes with, “Respect is the foundation of this team.” 

By: Payton Johnston

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SCRUBS Camp

On Tuesday, October 26th, some of our High School Students attended the Western Dakota Tech’s SCRUBS Camp. This event lasted all day and the students returned with a newly lit fire for their desired medical careers. 

After being separated into groups, the students participated in many different events and simulations. The first station the 

students went to was for Practical Nursing. Here, students learned about wound care, mobility - crutches, wheelchairs, and canes, and CPR. Students then went to two other stations before lunch. These stations include phlebotomy, where they learned about the collection of blood and finding blood related diseases, and paramedic and EMT services. After lunch, our students then learned about pharmaceuticals and HIM (health information management - the coding aspect of the medical field). Next was a surgical tech station where students were able to experiment with surgical tools and watch a video of a knee replacement. Lastly, students visited the dental assisting center where they watched college students as they practiced dental cleanings and learned about the different fields of dentistry.

All around, our students had a great time!! Everyone who was able to participate became more interested in their field of interest. Thank you to Western Dakota Tech for this amazing opportunity!!

By Kaira Stomprud

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National Guard Field Trip

On October 19, the U.S. History class took a field trip to the Army National Guard Base in Rapid City. Students were able to watch several different speakers that explained the ranks, the process of getting into the military, and what their jobs were. 

By Nate Randolph

Newell FFA activities

On the 16th of October, we hosted our annual FFA steak feed; a non-profit occasion with a free-will donation. All of what we receive from it goes into paying for some of the steak feed. Over one hundred people were served by our FFA officers:

President- Kimberly Johnson

Vice-President-Sydnee Kjellsen

Secretary-Aliceson Stranberg

Treasurer-Jaelyn Wendt

Reporter-Shannon Yates

Sentinel-Rachel Erk

Student Advisor- Josie Raisanen

The next FFA meeting will be held on November 8th.

By Josie Raisanen


Vinnie wants to know; what’s your favorite Halloween movie?

  1. Child's play

  2. Halloween

  3. It (chapter 2)

  4. Friday the 13th

  5. Jason X

  6. Scream

The journalism class had a majority vote for the movie, Scream.  What is your favorite Halloween movie? Be sure and let Vinnie know when you see him!


September 30 Newspaper

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Volleyball

On Tuesday, September 14, the Newell Irrigators had a loss this season to Bison. This loss led to a win on September 16, against Lemmon. Later that weekend at the JV home tournament, the Lady Gators took 2nd in the tournament against Faith and Harding County. The Gators, having a tough season, took another two losses to New Underwood and Hill City. On that same weekend, the LMC took place in Timberlake. Starting the tournament off with a win against McIntosh put the gators in a good spot. With a setter down, we went into the Bison game with a new rotation. This put us at a disadvantage, leading to another loss against Bison. The Gators then played Lemmon, coming out strong in the first match and taking the victory. The Gator's last game was against Faith. They played very strong, especially with an injured setter. However, they lost in two with scores of 21-25, 23-25.

By Madisson Mailloux

Cross Country

Our Newell Irrigators Cross Country Team did very well at the LMC, here in Newell on Friday the 17th. Both the girls and boys teams placed second overall and did very well individually. Coach Sanderson is proud of how the team performed, especially since the competition was fierce. Well done and congratulations to all the cross country athletes! By Kaira Stomprud Football After losing to Dupree, 30-18, in a close game, and losing to Timberlake, 58-6, the Irrigator football team is now 0-5. I was able to interview head “cheerleader” Sydnee Kjellsen and the Irrigators full-back, Gavin Tesch. I asked Sydnee Kjellsen what her favorite thing about cheering at the football games was. “My favorite part is being involved with all the girls. All the boys do so much to support us at volleyball games it’s great to be able to do it for them during football. Plus it’s great making memories with the girls!”, says Kjellsen. I then asked Gavin what his favorite thing about football is. He replied with, “Hitting people!” The Gators have two more games, Faith, and Harding County. With Homecoming right around the corner, the boys are ready to have fun and win the first game of our season. By Jamin Davidson Girls Basketball Fundraiser The girls’ basketball team will be selling pizzas from October 14th thru October 28th. The pizzas are not supposed to arrive until the week of November 15th. The basketball team has a goal of 500 pizzas. The money they raise is going to equipment, tournaments, and expenses. Mr. Wince said, “ They are great pizzas for a great price, and they also make great gifts.” The girls’ basketball team would love your support in making their goal.

By Kaylee Gatzke

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Football

After losing to Dupree, 30-18, in a close game, and losing to Timberlake, 58-6, the Irrigator football team is now 0-5. I was able to interview head “cheerleader” Sydnee Kjellsen and the Irrigators full-back, Gavin Tesch. I asked Sydnee Kjellsen what her favorite thing about cheering at the football games was. “My favorite part is being involved with all the girls. All the boys do so much to support us at volleyball games it’s great to be able to do it for them during football. Plus it’s great making memories with the girls!”, says Kjellsen. I then asked Gavin what his favorite thing about football is. He replied with, “Hitting people!” The Gators have two more games, Faith, and Harding County. With Homecoming right around the corner, the boys are ready to have fun and win the first game of our season. By Jamin Davidson

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Girls Basketball Fundraiser

The girls’ basketball team will be selling pizzas from October 14th thru October 28th. The pizzas are not supposed to arrive until the week of November 15th. The basketball team has a goal of 500 pizzas. The money they raise is going to equipment, tournaments, and expenses. Mr. Wince said, “ They are great pizzas for a great price, and they also make great gifts.” The girls’ basketball team would love your support in making their goal.

By Kaylee Gatzke

Homecoming

This year's homecoming dress-up days have been brought to you by the student council. The student council members are Sydnee Kjellsen, Taylor Gear, Stacy Mahaffy, Trinity Henry, and JT Schoch. After lots of hard work and brainstorming, they have come up with Homecoming dress-up day themes. As we all know homecoming is a time for Newell staff and students to get creative. We love seeing the cool things and ideas the students and staff have come up with. This year, the student body has decided this year's dress-up day themes. Starting Monday, September 27, 2021, the first theme day is ‘Merica Monday. For Tuesday we have tie-dye Tuesday, then Superhero Wednesday, and on Thursday dress to impress. We're all very excited about what homecoming week has in store for us!

By Alanna Neely

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Camp Read-a-lot

Camp Read-a-Lot was a smashing success. The Vale Fire Department, DOT, Newell Ambulance, and many others gathered to show the importance of reading to the youth of Newell. While enjoying hot dogs and s’mores, students of Newell would visit different booths to learn about reading. After visiting every booth, the students were allowed to choose a free book of their choice. This event brought the community together to further the education of reading. This event was organized by the TLC (Teachers Literacy Council) which is composed of most to all elementary staff. A special thanks to Sabrina Harmon of the WIT Coalition for organizing the VFD, DOT, and Newell ambulance’s attendance.

By Trinity Henry

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After-School Program

This school year we are implementing an after-school program. The director Mrs.Carrier, is very excited to be a part of this program. This program allows all kids from kindergarten to 12th grade. It is for anyone who would like to get caught up on homework or just want to have fun. Here are some of the activities that the kids are able to participate in: maker space activities, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math), music, coding for the older kids, and we are hoping to have parents come in once a month to participate with their children. The after-school program is on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 6. If you are interested in participating in the after-school program you can pick up a permission slip at Mrs.Carriers or in the Middle and High School Offices. You will need to let a teacher know when you're coming and your parents will have to let the school know as well. We hope to see you there!

By Payton Johnston

Blood Drive

The 9-22-2021 Vitalant Blood Drive, held in the Austin Auditorium, was hosted by the Whatever It Takes Coalition. I had the privilege of talking to one of the Nurses at the blood drive. I had asked her a few questions about the requirements for donating blood and how it helps people. She had said you must be at least 16, with parental consent, 5’1, and over 110 lbs; every height has a specific weight requirement. She had also told me, “It is very important to donate because it is the easiest way to save a person’s life, and the feeling of knowing that you helped someone feels nice too.” Some of the side effects of donating blood are nausea, fainting, and dizziness. The best way to prevent that is if you had a good breakfast and drink lots of water. “Coffee does not count,” she said. Fun fact: the plasma that is in your blood is used in makeup products. The Blood Drive was a huge success. Their goal was to collect at least 27 units and ended up collecting 32 units, 6 of which were doubles. Patty Karas, Sabrina Harmon, and Judy Heisler By Taylor Delgado

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Advice Column

Dear readers,

Welcome to our new column for our school newspaper- an advice column! We have four boxes distributed throughout the school, where you can submit your questions for us to review and possibly answer. Locations are; High School- Ms. Hencey’s classroom and hallway of the Ag./Science building. Middle School- Mrs. Shaykett’s classroom. Elementary library. Each month, we will pick two letters that have been submitted to respond to.

PLEASE KEEP QUESTIONS SCHOOL APPROPRIATE

This month’s submission was “How to ignore or avoid rumors and/or stop them”. -Anonymous

Response from writer one:

Dear anonymous. There are a few ways you could handle this situation, but I feel the best way would be to ignore it. Most people barely know themselves, so what does it matter what they think of you?

Response from writer two:

One way would be to find why people are saying it and see if you can fix it, and if it has any credibility then people will more than likely think it's true. Make sure not to respond to it though or let people know it's important to you, it's just a rumor.

By: Anonymous writers

A Message From Miss Hencey

If your classroom has something going on or if there is an extracurricular activity that involves our students, please email me the details! You can also take photos of your classroom activities and send them to me for the Yearbook. Keep up the great work, Go Gators!

Septmeber Newsletter

Labor Day Fun

rodeo

This Labor Day weekend, attendance was higher than last year however the participation in some events was lower. There were many events this year; the Labor Day parade, rodeo events, mud volleyball, and even events for the kids. Miss Rodeo of America attended Newell Labor Day this year and made it exciting.

By Payton Johnston

Cross Country Begins

I had the opportunity to talk to the Newell cross country coach Mr. Sanderson. I asked him some questions. What do you expect......for the rest of the season? He replied, “I expect to see all of the athletes on the team grow as runners and to be ready to run their best races when we get to our big meets at the end of the season.” When asked what his expectations were at the beginning of the season, he replied, “Early in the season I want to see my runners get stronger and more confident as they race. I would also like to see them practice different racing strategies early in the season so they can use the strategies that work for them at the end of the season.” Mr. Sanderson commented on how he thought the season was going. He said, “So far, we have had two meets. Our first was in Douglas and the second was in Faith. In Douglas, we had a lot of runners who ran longer races than they have in the past. They all stepped up in a big way and ran some incredible races. It was great seeing our middle school girls and the freshman boys run so well at a tough first meet. Our second meet was in Faith last week and it was another day of great racing. The day started with Brilee winning the middle school girls race and followed by Bethany and Natalie each finishing in the top 6 of the Junior Varsity race. For the boys, Garrett Winkler won the Varsity race by 21 seconds and Clint Winkler in the second five-thousand-meter race of his career ran his best by 11 seconds.”

Their next meet is in Belle Fouche, Mr. Sanderson commented on his expectations. Stating, “It is a very hilly course that will feature some of the best runners in South Dakota, so we expect to be challenged in every race. I would love to see some aggressive racing from all our runners and take advantage of the challenges the meet will bring to us.” The Belle Fourche meet is on September 9th at 2:30 in the afternoon

By Kaylee Gatzke

Newell Football

Another year, another Newell football season. The boys are off to a rough start losing to Herried Selby, 76-16, Gettysburg, 58-8, and Lemmon-Mcintosh, 54-0. However, the Irritators are looking to get redemption on Dupree this Friday, September 7. This season the irrigators are coached by Mr. Bonnett and assistant coached by Mr.VanderVorst. I was able to ask Coach VanderVorst what his expectations were at the beginning of the season. He said, “We want to increase the team record this year after going 0-8 last season. We want more guys than last year after having only 12.” I also asked the starting quarterback, Chase Vanderboom, what the best part of being the starting quarterback is. He said, “It's frustrating at times because I know how well we can do. I also have to know what's going on on the field at all times to make sure we can get down the field and score; but, for the most part, it's really fun just to try and control the team. To be a great team.”

The season is nearing an end with only four games left; Dupree, Timberlake, Faith, and Harding County-Bison. GO GATORS!!

By Jamin Davidson

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Photo taken by Ms. Moes

Volleyball vs. Oelrichs

Thursday, August 2nd, the Newell Irrigators won our first home game against the Oelrich Tigers. When we asked Taylor Gaer, Newell Irrigators second team captain, her thoughts on the game, she said, “We like to play down to other people’s level; it’s not a good thing. We can’t bring our energy down to match other teams. We also need to cheer more. The more we cheer, the better we do.”

By Kaira Stomprud

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Photo taken by Ms. Hencey

Volleyball vs. Lead-Deadwood

The Newell Irrigators started off our volleyball season with a victory! On August 24th, 2021, the Newell Irrigators played against the Lead-Deadwood Gold Diggers in Lead-Deadwood. A great combination of teamwork, communication, and trust, lead the Irrigators to defeat the Diggers.

By Kaira Stomprud

Volleyball vs. Custer

The Custer Tournament took place on Saturday, August 28, 2021. The Newell Irrigators lost their first game against Hill City. They then won against Lead-Deadwood and Red Cloud and had an exciting victory against Hot Springs, solidifying their spot in the championship round. During the championship round, the Irrigators faced Hill City once again. The Irrigators lost, taking second place in the Custer Tournament. Head Coach McDonald says, “We had our ups and downs. In order to get second place against A schools, you have to play tough.”

By Kaira Stomprud

The Start of a New School Year

As we jump into a new school year, we’re witnessing some change within our school. As you know, staff additions and replacements are a big change and along with that, new classes have been established. Our new art teacher, Mrs. Cheyenne Burt, brought photography and digital imaging to life here in Newell. Also in high school, Ms. Hencey, filling Mrs. English’s position as Language Arts teacher. We also welcome Mr. Paul McLaughlin, Mr. Mac, to head up the fifth-grade classroom. Mrs. Parker has returned to teaching the third-grade class, As Mrs. Reichert has now retired as of last year. And finally, we are glad to welcome our new kindergarten and pre-k teachers, Ms. Jones, and Ms. Sandgren. Thank you all for joining us here in Newell!

Now let's take a look at the effects of the end of summer and the start of school. Think about what YOU are feeling, four weeks into the school year. In a survey handed out to the students and teachers, the answers varied on being back in school. One great reason students were excited to be back was, they were able to see their friends, and another was to have time away from home.

What about you? Think of two things you like about school so far, and then two things you could do to make it better. Improve what you can, and let’s make it better together.

5th grade seems to think very alike in that Mr. McLaughlin is nice. In the 4th grade, Science is a popular subject. Nearly half of their survey responses were that science was their favorite, followed by math as a close 2nd. Surveys were also given to a few teachers, and one responded with, “I enjoy teaching fun and interesting classes.”

A parent also decided to fill out the questionnaire and answered, “I enjoy it when all the kids are at school.” Sometimes kids can be quite a handful and it’s nice to have some peace and quiet.

So as you see, we all have different

feelings about this year, and our own reasons for the way we feel and the direction our thoughts go. Just remember, it’s ok to think differently than everybody else, and to be your own person. It makes things more fun, and more enjoyable. So stay positive, we can’t see the future, but and there’s always something better there

By Josephine Raisanen

GO IRRIGATORS!!!!