Eight advance to state Industrial Arts Competition
By Avery Gibbs
After months of preparation, members of the Viburnum shop class took out to Popular Bluff to compete in the regional competition April 23-24. Eight out of the 15 students medaled and will be moving onto state.
The following are medalist and state qualifiers along with their projects: Kelsie Martin, coffee table; Kira Altom, kitchen island; Kalynn Martin, curio cabinet; Wyatt Nash, bed; Alicia Meyer, mud seat; and Brandon Hubbs, curved glass china hutch with hand carvings.
On May 7-8, these finalists will be heading to Lake of the Ozarks to compete at the state level competition.
Richard Brauer stated, “We are looking forward to state competition and looking to win this year three to four divisions.”
Four Students Place in the FBLA State Leadership Conference
Seven of our students attended the FBLA State Leadership Conference on Sunday, April 21 through Tuesday, April 23 at the Executive Center in Columbia, Missouri.
Jorge Sulca, Morgan Martin, Katie Halbert, Trent Davis, Averie O’Dell, Blake Huff, and Savannah Thompson attended the conference with excitement for the events that the conference would hold.
Halbert, O’Dell, Leah Gibbs, and Sophia Morton were selected out of 15 groups that auditioned to kick off the event by singing The National Anthem. Following the anthem was the opening ceremony, where they began the candidate’s speeches, and ended with a guest speaker. Viburnum FBLA received recognition for being 13 out of 13, to receive this award you had to increase your membership by 13% in the year of 2013.
Monday they attended different workshops that taught about confidence and the business world. The voting delegates that attended the conference listened to the speeches that were given on Sunday, and voted on Monday afternoon. Later a dance was held to anyone in FBLA that wanted to go.
The awards ceremony began Tuesday morning. Our students that placed were Sulca in Spreadsheet Applications with fourth place, Thompson in Word Processing II with seventh place, and Halbert and Davis in Desktop Publishing with sixth place.
Ms. Warden said, “I am extremely proud of my FBLA members. One of my goals is to get Viburnum FBLA known throughout the state of Missouri. After this State Leadership Conference, I believe we are on the right track. Way to go Viburnum FBLA!”
Forever Young Junior/Senior 2013 Prom
By: Leah Gibbs
On Saturday, April 20, people started to arrive at the Country Club around 6 o’clock for the 2013 Forever Young Junior/Senior Prom.
The boys arrived dressed in dashing tuxedos, but the show was stolen by the girls in their gorgeous dresses. When they entered the club they were instantly transported to a beautiful garden filled with purple flowers, convoluting greenery, and twinkling lights. They then began to search for their assigned place settings. The tables were lit by candles and centered with glass vases filled with flowers and greenery. Katie Halbert commented, “I thought it was beautiful. I was proud that the junior class threw us a great prom.”
It was soon time to eat. Everyone filled their plates with salad, roast beef, cheesy bacon chicken, biscuits, twice baked potatoes, and for dessert a choice between cheese cake and chocolate cheese cake. After every one was finished eating the D.J. kicked off the party with the Cupid Shuffle. Everyone went to the dance floor and had a blast. Later that evening a photo booth was set up and everyone was able to jump in and get their picture taken. “I thought the photo booth was awesome,” stated Savannah Thompson. “I enjoyed it and had a lot of fun.”
Finally, after a long wait, it was time to announce the 2013 King and Queen who were voted on by the juniors and seniors who attended prom. The first runners up were Devin Medlock and Melissa Keen and the 2013 King and Queen was Austin Huff and Jerrica Givens. When asked what it felt like to be voted King, Huff stated, “I felt very honored to be voted prom king,” and Givens said, “It felt really good and reassuring.”
The class of 2014 would like to thank everyone that put in many hours of hard work to help make the Forever Young Prom of 2013 a magical and fun filled night.
VHS Math Brings Home 15 Medals
By: Leah Gibbs
The Viburnum Mathletes traveled to Missouri State University and Southeast Missouri State University to compete in math competitions bringing home 15 medals.
On Wednesday, April 10 the math team traveled to Missouri State University and compet against thirty nine schools. In the small school division the Algebra I team, consisting of Maddy Mier, Dalton Thompson, Trevor Gill, and Shawn Allen, took first place. The Senior Math team consisting of, Jerrica Givens, Jordan Conaway, and Brandon Hubbs, came home with second, and Algebra II consisting of Jorge Sulca, Sophia Morton, Kayley Smith and Hailee Richardson, received third. Sulca took second place overall in Algebra II individual.
On Tuesday, April 16 the math team loaded up the bus again to compete in the Southeast Missouri State math competition. Twenty nine schools participated in this competition and were divided in two divisions, big and small. Viburnum was put in the small school division and received second place in Geometry team consisting of, Lindsey Pratt, Elizabeth Olkkonen, Bradley Edgar, and Leah Gibbs. The Algebra II team, consisting of Sulca, Morton, Smith, and Richardson. The individual winners were Jerrica Givens who received first place in Algebra open and second in Trigonometry Open. Morgan Martin took home first place in Matrices and Determinants while Olkkonen Placed first in Geometry restricted and second in Geometry open. Pratt received second in Geometry Restricted and third in Geometry Open. Sulca came away with a first place in Algebra II restricted and Third in Algebra Open. Gill placed first in Algebra I, Thompson received first place in Word Problems ninth grade, and Anna Gibbs came away with third place in Number bases.
When asked how he thought everyone did, math teacher Tracy Edgar stated, “We did good.”
Avery Gibbs Earns Steelville Telephone Essay Trip to Washington, DC
By: Bethany Russell
The Steelville Telephone Exchange, Inc. has chosen Avery Gibbs to represent them in the Foundation for Rural Service Youth Tour in Washington, DC from June 1-5, 2013 for her essay she wrote for their annual competition. There, other fellow students will join Gibbs in learning about rural telephone companies, the legislative and government processes, as well as all the sights the capitol has to offer. There, Gibbs has the opportunity to visit other famous historical sites, including Mt. Vernon, the White House, the Lincoln Monument, the Smithsonian, and many other places as well as make many new friends and memories.
Ms. Gretchen Hill views the trip as “an opportunity for students to travel outside Viburnum and meet people from other areas. It also looks really good on college and scholarship applications.”