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Friday, November 17, 2017

Clean Sweep to Kick Off the Dance Season!

by Lexington Halase

On November 4, 2017, both the Little Chute Varsity Dance Team and the Little Chute Middle School Chute-ing Stars Dance Team competed at the 5th Annual Hortonville Invitational. This was the first competition of the year for both teams, and routines were brought out in the categories of Pom, Kick, Jazz, and soloists brought their own routines to show-off. Both teams have been competing at this competition the past four years and have become more successful there as the years have passed. The teams were very successful, and six trophies were brought home between the two teams. It was a great start to the season, and the teams are continuing to work hard throughout practices in order to be just as successful, if not more, at future competitions.
The varsity team had a clean sweep with their routines in both Division 4 Pom and Division 2 Jazz. Taking home two first place trophies and being only one point away from being the highest score of Panel B, the team was able to experience a feeling of success and gratefulness for their great placement. Aside from the team routines, three underclassmen soloists competed their routines in the Division 2 solo division. Quinn Van Schyndel, freshman, took 5th place; Makenze Van De Leygraaf, sophomore, took 4th place; and Jordan Mars, sophomore, took 2nd place. The varsity team will be competing at the Wauwatosa West Invite on November, 18, 2017, to continue their drive for success with their winning routines.
The middle school team brought home 1st place in both Middle School Pom and Middle School Kick, 2nd place in Middle School Jazz, highest score of Panel B with their Pom routine, and were also awarded a candy gift basket for bringing in the most canned food items for the food drive. The middle school’s success paid off as they were awarded a spotlight dance performance for having the highest scoring routine of Panel B. After awards, the floor was cleared, and the team was able to re-perform their Pom routine under a single spotlight in the middle of the gym. Having learned the feeling of winning and success, the team is currently working hard to prepare themselves for the Wauwatosa Dance Invite to continue their successful streak.


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Coenen Scores Again

by Hunter Tangwall
This was a record-breaking year for LCHS Senior Charlie Coenen. Not only was he able to break the record for most career goals with 82, but he scored 33 this season alone to take the single season goal-scoring record. The career goal record was previously held by his older brother Tyler Coenen who graduated in 2013. When asked about how he feels taking his brother´s record Charlie had this to say: “It feels very rewarding. It feels like all of my hard work over the years of playing soccer have paid off. It’s bittersweet because I really like my brother, but I know he’s proud of me. I hope someone comes along and breaks my record because that would mean Little Chute has good soccer players.”
The Coenen family is no newcomer to soccer success here at LCHS. Charlie’s older brothers Tyler and Ben both had great careers here playing for the Mustangs, as well as at Carroll University where they were both able to have great careers there. When ask about his future soccer and school plans Coenen had the following to say: “ Yes, I am going to play at Carroll University in college. Hopefully that’s not the end of my career, though. I want to play soccer for as long as I am physically able to.”
It was a rebuilding year for the Mustangs as they only had 4 seniors and a total of 6 returning players from the previous year. With the young team Coenen had around him, it is hard to believe the success he was able to achieve. “Firstly, my coaches and teammates,” Coenen said when asked who he contributes his success to. “From my first soccer team, my coaches and teammates have been there to push me to be better. My coaches have taught me so much about the game, especially Coach JJ this past season and my club coach Quinn Ross from the past two years,” said Coenen. But with a young team comes somes struggles as the Mustangs were 1-11 at the end of the season. Going into their regional play in game not knowing much about their opponents the Mustangs went in with a must win mentality. Despite their effort they came up short losing five to seven, with Coenen scoring all five goals, three of which were before halftime.

It was a season to remember for Charlie and his family. As he moves on in his academic and soccer career his family and coaches know he will be successful. Future Mustang soccer players will have Charlie’s accomplishments to look up to as they come through the school. His accomplishments will be permanently enshrined in the LCHS history books.  

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Growing and Changing

By Nicole Plutz
Four years may seem like a long period of time, but if you ask any of the seniors they will tell you that the four years in high school go by a lot quicker than one may think. As many would have thought the senior class was nervous but excited to start their freshman year of high school. We knew some of the aspects that would be popping into our lives, such as Friday night football games and a larger amount of school work to do, but what we didn’t know was how each of these things would impact who we have grown into being today. In the midst of all of the craziness of high school, many forget to take a step back and look at how their time in high school has shaped them into who they are today. It has been proven that the way one changes in high school impacts who they will become later in life. This couldn’t be more true for the class of 2018.
Over the past four years, all of the seniors have changed in one way or another through their experiences. All of us have not only grown academically, but also in many different aspects of our lives.
We have pushed ourselves to take our learning to the next level and take it into our own hands in order to prepare ourselves for what we will take on as we leave high school. Now, we will hear from four fellow seniors that shared how their time at LCHS has changed them and also helped to develop them into who they are today.
Lexi HalaseWe all need to grow into our own person in order to find out who we are and what we want to be. Lexi Halase has done just this throughout her time in high school. She has grown as an individual and has prepared herself for life after high school. By taking high level classes, such as AP and college courses offered through the high school as well as local colleges, Lexi has been able to get ahead of the game from the beginning of high school to end of her time as a high school student. This has allowed her to feel prepared for the next step of college because of how she has challenged herself to take her learning into her own hands. As she looks back on her time in high school Lexi states that she is very happy with what she has accomplished these last four years.  
Olivia HermsenOlivia Hermsen has grown as a leader during her four years of high school which helped her to also become more outgoing. She stated that she owes all of this to being involved in sports and clubs within our school. Olivia is involved in three sports as well as many different clubs which have played a vital role in allowing her to become a great leader in all of her activities. Her advice to the freshman class is, “If I could recommend one thing to incoming freshman, it would be to join extracurricular activities because they are fun and a great way to get involved.”
Megan Lonigro“Thanks to sports, clubs, and Little Chute High School in general, I have gained leadership skills and confidence.” Megan Lonigro is another senior that feels that the four years in high school go by a lot faster than you think, so all of us need to make sure we make the most of that time. She has also grown as a person from her freshman year to her senior year as result of her elaborating in many different clubs and sports.
Charlie Coenen’s high school career has been a roller coaster ride. He has learned just as much in the classroom as he has outside of it about himself. “Over the years here, I have really matured, grown as a person, learned more about myself, and learned some values,” Charlie explained when asked what he thought the most important part of his time in high school was. His freshman year, Charlie was terrified to do things such as volunteer and take on foreign situations that he didn’t know much about. Now, he is more than willing to volunteer and put himself into new situations that will allow him to gain experience in order to learn more about the field of study his wishes to pursue in college. One of the most important changes that Charlie has made during his time here at LCHS is that he has allowed himself to grow into a hard worker who is responsible in all aspects of his life. He states that he gives LCASD credit for making him into the person that he is today.

Charlie Coenen
All of the seniors have changed in one way or another as we traveled through LCHS. Our growth included challenging ourselves to be the best we could, finding who we truly are, and learning to celebrate our accomplishments along the way. One thing that has alway stuck in the minds of many of us seniors is to try new things while in high school and to get out of our comfort zones, so that we don’t have the “I wish I would’ve done that” moments after we begin the rest of our lives. We sure didn’t expect our time in high school to fly by as quickly as did, but we enjoyed the ride that it took us on.

Unity Day

by: Eli Sanchez and Sharron Archambault

October is national Anti-bullying prevention month. Students and teachers around Little Chute School on October 25th the students with be wearing orange because it is the color of Anti-bullying color for the month. In a 2016 study more than 1 out of every 5 (20.8 percent) students report being bullied (National Center for Educational Statistics, 2016). The goal is to inspire students to support one another by wearing orange.  Most bullying happens in middle school. The most common types are verbal and social bullying.  The community came together on  this day and  helped  to support and stop bullying because no person should ever feel like they aren't good enough. We should always think before we speak because how we say things or what we say might affect people, and maybe help the bully rates go down!

Monday, October 30, 2017

2017 Homecoming Pep Assembly

by: Hannah Robinson and Breanna Fritsch
Homecoming week is an exciting time for Little Chute High School.  From Powderpuff to Boys Volleyball, there are a variety of events for everyone to take part in.  However, out of all of these Homecoming activities, the students really show their school spirit at the long-awaited pep assembly.
The LCHS pep assembly is held on the Friday of Homecoming week, which is always full of energy because the students are hyped up for the Homecoming dance the next day.  The pep assembly is planned by the school’s Student Council, which is a group of responsible, creative individuals who take charge of Homecoming week and lead the students throughout it.  The pep assembly’s popularity is due to its inclusion of informative sports biographies and silly games.  While LCHS has had some great pep assemblies over the years, this year’s pep assembly is now the one to beat.
The pep assembly began at 2:00 p.m. on the afternoon of October 6th, which meant an early dismissal from school for the students.  Sporting blue and white clothes for Mustang Day, the bleachers were jam-packed with students from all grades.  While sports teams do get recognition throughout the afternoon, the real showstoppers are the entertaining games that are unique only to the Homecoming pep assembly.  With seniors Will Berens and Matt Reynebeau as our MC’s, the event began with student cheers and funny jokes.
The first event at the pep assembly was the “Minute to Win it” game. Each grade had two players compete, and two staff members represented the faculty team.  The game consisted of four events.  In the first round, one member of each team smeared vaseline over his or her face.  Their partner threw cotton balls at the vasoline in an attempt to make it stick.  Once it did, the players moved on to the next round.  In the second round, players attached Kleenex boxes filled with ping pong balls to their waists.  The goal of the game was to shake the box and get all the ping pong balls out of it.  Wheelbarrowing to the finish line, the faculty won the game!
     The second and perhaps most highly anticipated event was bubble ball.  We’ve been playing this game for the past couple of years, and it has been a fan favorite since its introduction at LCHS pep assemblies.  The game consists of ten players, all of which wear inflatable, clear balls as their “armor” and compete in a soccer match.  Bubble ball is exciting to watch because the spherical players, not used to their large size, often bump into each other and tip over.  The inflatable ball protects the player’s fall, making it not only entertaining for the viewers, but fun for the participants.  Several minutes and several scores later, the game came to a close.
Following bubble ball was the second session of “Minute to Win it”.  The first round was cleverly called “Elephant Dance.”  First, both players for each team put a pair of nylons on their head.  The catch was that each pair of nylons had tennis balls inside.  The goal of the game was for the player to swing the nylons and successfully knock down four water bottles to move onto the next round.  Round two was called “Cookie Face”.  In this game, each player placed an Oreo cookie on their forehead and then wiggled his or her face to get the cookie into their mouth.  This proved difficult to the players, especially considering the fact that they were not allowed to use their hands.  In the final round, each team had two bowls in front of them.  One bowl had five ping pong balls in it and the other was empty.  The goal of the game was for the players to use spoons, held in their moves, to pick up the ping pong balls and move them to the empty bowl.  Once they had finished, the last step was to wheelbarrow to the finish line.  This time, the seniors played well and got the win.
The last and arguably most exciting event this year was the first annual senior versus faculty dance off.  The two teams battled it out to see who could better impress the judges, high school principal Mr. Bird and senior Jake VanderWyst.  Each team had three rounds of 30-second dances including styles ranging from hip hop to jazz.  Both the seniors and the faculty gave great performances, clearly demonstrating to us that they put in lots of hard work over the past few weeks practicing and perfecting their routines.  By the third round, the teams were becoming more competitive and the routines more impressive.  Because of this, the judges were having a hard time deciding who was the best.  Naturally, the problem was resolved with a rap battle between teacher Mr. Rankin and senior Matt Reynebeau.  Both rappers amazed us all with their improvisation, quick words, and funny dances moves.  However, in the end, Mr. Rankin wasn’t able to keep up with Matt’s killer talent.  Mr. Rankin dropped the microphone in defeat and the seniors won the battle.  The senior section exploded with applause, and the faculty did their best to deal with the loss.  The senior versus faculty dance off definitely proved to be an entertaining event and will undoubtedly be included in future pep assemblies.

This year’s LCHS Homecoming pep assembly was an improvement from last year’s.  Combing hilarious events, random rap battles, and incredible amounts of school spirit, this pep assembly is undeniably going to go down in Little Chute High School history.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Mustang Locker Room

by: Lexington Halase

Located in the Little Chute High School commons area, The Mustang Locker Room is the go-to shopping center for all Little Chute Mustang gear! Do you need a Mustangs hat and gloves for those cold outdoor football games and cross country meets? They have it! Do you need a customized Little Chute athletics shirt to support your favorite Little Chute sports teams? They have that, too! Run by Little Chute’s Future Business Leaders of America organization, the Entrepreneurship class, and their advisor, Jason Lavigne, the Mustang Locker Room is booming with business! Even though business was slower at the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year, business really picked up after just a few weeks! According to advisor Jason Lavigne, he believes that with the help of our sports teams’ success this fall and with special group sale orders, business has been continuously increasing. All proceeds from the Mustang Locker Room are put towards the FBLA organization to help students who can’t afford to attend the various trips and competitions the organization goes on. With the increasing proceeds, more students are able to be actively involved in these trips and compete in these competitions.
With the new school year here and sports seasons getting started, there are new products in the store, such as new tie-dye long sleeves, sleeveless hoodies, and personalized Little Chute Mustang jerseys with an all-new design! Aside from these, there many product ideas soon to come, such as LC baseball caps and a new version of the winter hats already sold in the store! With these new products, business is sure to continue increasing as it is and promote more popularity for the Mustang Locker Room! With the holiday season fast approaching, the Mustang Locker Room will be having CRAZY promotions and deals for all your gift-giving needs for the holiday season! With the help from these sales, even more students will be able to benefit from the proceeds and will be able to attend the trips and competitions to come in the 2017-2018 school year.
For more information about the Mustang Locker Room and to get updates on promotions and deals offered, follow the store page on twitter @lc_locker_room, or follow the link to the Mustang Locker Room website homepage: http://lc3.littlechute.k12.wi.us/High%20School/Activities/FBLA/schoolstore.htm

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Mustangs Look to Make a run in the Postseason

by: Mack Hooyman and Lucas Montag

The high school Mustang football regular season came to an end last week. The Mustangs finished the regular season with a record of 6-3, which was good enough to get the Mustangs a three seed heading into the postseason. The Mustangs hosted the Omro Foxes on Friday night and won by a score of 28-6. After a slow start in the first half, the Mustangs came out ready to play in the second half scoring 21 unanswered points. Next week the Mustangs will play on the road at Freedom, a team the Mustangs fell to back in week one. That game went to overtime, but the Mustangs couldn’t come out on top. The Mustangs will be looking to utilize their strong line and running back Charlie Hietpas this Friday. With a win on Friday, the Mustangs will either host Xavier or travel to Wrightstown for the level three playoff game. Right now the Mustangs only focus is taking the season one week at a time and are only concerned about beating Freedom. For anyone interested in supporting the Mustangs this weekend, the level two playoff game will be played at 7 o’clock on Friday night at Freedom High School.