Friday, November 12, 2010

BHS Daily Scoop

Girls' Basketball

Senior guard Leah Tullis leads the Lady Tigers down the court looking for an open chance to score.

The Bluffton Lady Tigers lost their first basketball game Tuesday night to the Blackford Bruins 20-55. The girls face the Manchester Squires tonight, with the JV leading off at 6 p.m. The varsity starts immediately after, around 7 p.m.

Washington D.C: Day 3

On the third and final day in Washington D.C., the BHS traveling students and adult chaperons started off with breakfast at the hotel before they loaded their suitcases and checked out at 8 a.m. The short bus ride seemed like an eternity, but they finally arrived at Arlington National Cemetery. The group toured the grounds briefly via a tour bus and visited the Arlington House before they all gathered to watch the changing of the guard ceremony and the laying of the wreath, in which BHS junior Katherine Elliott and senior Jenna Feeback personally assisted the guard in placing the wreath before the Tomb of the Unknown. The tour taught the group that 1.2 million soldiers are buried there; these soldiers include members of WW I, WWII, Korea,Vietnam, Operation New Dawn and Iraqi Freedom along with former President William Taft.
After visiting the Arlington National Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknown, the group's next stop was the Holocaust Museum. While on their way to the museum the group ate box lunches provided by Magill's. Then the group arrived at the Holocaust Museum where they visited all four floors, three of which displayed the different stages of the Holocaust and its effects. Also at the museum was a wing dedicated to the devastation in Darfur and the efforts being taken to make major changes. When the students finished making their way through the three floors, they headed outside for a quick walk to the Washington Monument. Standing 550 feet tall, the monument was massive by any means for residents of Bluffton, Indiana. The group took an elevator up five hundred floors in order to view the surrounding landscape, which included scenic view of the Potomac River, the White House, the Capital, the Holocaust Museum, and many more influential buildings for miles around in all four directions. Following their descent from the tower-esque monument, the group headed for dinner at the Pentagon City Mall. Here the students were given a full two hours to eat dinner and shop or browse the mall at their own free will. So in small groups of two and three, they dispersed about the mall, shopping, laughing, eating, and downing Starbucks until 7 p.m. They then headed to the lowest level of the mall and waited for the Metro. Here they grabbed a quick ride on the underground train as they headed to the Iwo Jima Memorial in the outskirts of D.C. The students took the world's former largest escalator out of the metro station. Once they arrived at the memorial, Mrs. Johnson read a short essay to the group about the boys who placed the flag on Iwo Jima; the ones whom Flags of our Fathers commemorated. After several minutes of silent appreciation and reflection along with several photos taken, the group gathered back on the bus and started the long bus ride back home.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Veteran's Day Program

Veterans stand up to salute our nation's colors as the flag passes across the stage.

Guest speaker at today's convo, Staff Sergeant Braxton Shirar, explains his duties and journeys during his service to the United States.

BHS student and National Guard private Annessa Reiff states the names of Wells County soldiers who are currently fighting for our freedom.
Band members (from left to right) Blaze McClain, Philip Gerber, Andrew Wilson, Connor Pfister and Bob Wittbrodt play the "Star Spangled Banner."

Staff Sergeant Braxton Shirar read this poem at the end of his presentation:

The Soldier, not the reporter, has given us freedom of the press. The Soldier, not the poet, has given us freedom of speech. The Soldier, not the campus organizer, has given us the freedom to demonstrate. The Soldier, not the lawyer, has given us the right to a fair trial. The Soldier, who salutes the flag, serves under the flag, and whose coffin is draped by a flag, gives the protester the right to burn the flag.

Photos by: Marci Mettler

NHS Banquet


Parent Student Pledge

For those of you who haven't heard or signed the parent pledge, it is a non legal document that was started by Principal Steve Baker and Indiana State Superintendent Dr. Tony Bennett. "Through my 26 years of teaching, I have always found it important to have the parents involved in the students education," stated Baker. It is proven through many studies that children whose parents are positive and involved in their child's education are more likely to succeed in the future than a child whose parents are not.
Baker's philosophy is like a triangle. Their are three key-points to a student's educational life. One, of course, is the student. Second would be the teachers and administrators influencing the student, and third is the parents or guardians. This contract was simply established to try to create a positive bond with the student, the school and the parent.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Washington D.C. : Day 2

The traveling Tigers made an early start on Friday morning, November 4th, with an eight o'clock departure from the hotel following their breakfast. The next stop for the Bluffton students was the Pentagon Building and the Pentagon Memorial. The students observed the memorial that was commemorated in honor of the 184 victims whose lives were lost when their plane crashed into the Pentagon building. The students then made their way through security and then onto an awe-inspiring tour of the Pentagon which lasted approximately one hour. Finishing up at the Pentagon the students and their adult chaperons then made their way to the infamous Ben's Chili Bowl for lunch. After eating endless fries covered in chili and cheese as well as their main entrees, the group headed of to the Civil War memorial two blocks away and then from there to the National Cathedral. Having spent a hour or so learning about the cathedral and some of its unique, albeit peculiar, attributes the group was off again once more. This time, however, they were headed for the Crime and Punishment Museum where the students and chaperons solved a crime and witnessed ted Bundy's car first hand. Next on the trip was dinner at Union Station where they were given vouchers to pick from various restaurants. Following dinner the group moved on to the Night Tour. This tour consisted of the Lincoln Memorial, the World War II, Korea and Vietnam Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial and then the Air force, which the students only drove past due to time restraints. Overall the second day was definitely more eventful than the first in terms of number of sites covered as well as the overall experience the group had that day.

Mix-It-Up Day 2010

Senior Nikki Blair signs Tyler Mohler's people hunt sheet. Students who completed the sheet were eligible for a free t-shirt.

Student Council member Kara Fiechter describes one of the many activities of Mix-It-Up day to junior Ellen Cornwell and sophomore Catherine Neuenschwander.

Taking part in the Mix-It-Up day activities, juniors Taylor Barker, Naomi Ifer and Dillion Myers question each other about their favorite hobbies, food and sources of entertainment.

Several Bluffton students "mix-it-up" at lunch, attempting to learn more about their peers.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Another Eventful Excursion to DC

This year's trip to Washington D.C. consisted of 49 students and 7 chaperons. After approximately ten hours on a charter bus, the BHS students groggily shuffled into Magill's at 5 a.m. as they began their event-filled three day journey.

Day 1:
After leaving Magill's around 6:30 or 7 o'clock a.m., the Tigers proceeded to the Library of Congress briefly and then on to the Capital by means of an underground tunnel via the Capital Visitor Center. Following a tour of our nation's Capital building, the BHS students gathered in the cold rain in a plaza near the downtown "Mall" area. This is where the students were photographed like every year, only this time in the rain and cold. (Hopefully the photo will reflect smiles, not shivers.) With the conclusion of the traditional group picture, the students and chaperons were released upon the "Mall" part of town in several small groups. This is where the students could explore any of the various museums and art galleries of their choosing. The group continued on to the White House at 9 a.m. It was rumored that some of the group even saw Bo, President Obama's family dog. Rumors aside, the White House tour was self-guided and a little shorter than most had expected, but still worth every second. After the White House, they traveled to Mount Vernon, the house and museum of our first president, George Washington. While at Mount Vernon, the BHS travelers ate dinner as the grounds were shut down so as to give the students full access to the museum in total privacy. When this tour ended after roughly two hours, the group gathered on the charter bus once more and headed back to the Holiday Inn hotel for a good night's rest.

IT's Time To Mix it Up

Mix-It-Up Day at lunch is a nation-wide program that was started to teach students tolerance and acceptance, no matter what social ranking they may be in. BHS has been a part of the Mix-It-Up program for seven years, and each year more and more students participate in the event. The high school Student Council puts on the event. So tomorrow, whether you are at work, school, or just hangin' out at home, be a leader, make a difference, and MIX IT UP!

Campus Life 11/8

Campus Life tonight, 11/8, with Dr. Phil once again! Tonight will be comparison night, where we will be playing several games that involve comparing one another. Tonight, Campus Life will be held at Darcie Johnson's house, located on Wayne St. There will be a sign with several cars, so you can't miss it!