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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Boys Basketball

By Natalie O’Brien

The week after fall sports came to an end, winter sports began. Boys’ Basketball just
started practice, learning new drills before the games. There are three teams: JV1,JV2,
and Varsity. Each team has a new coach this year; Turner Botz will be coaching for JV2;  
Anthony Martin will take up the role as assistant coach for Varsity; and Jon VanGrinsven
will also be an assistant coach for the JV1 team.  Our returning coaches are Mr. Martin
and Matt Plate. With the season approaching quickly, the coaches are very excited to
see what the boys will accomplish this year.  Coach Martin is very confident in his team
and has high hopes for this season.  “We hope to continue our streak of finishing in the Top
4 of our conference for the 13th straight year, which includes five conference championships
over those years,” Martin shared.  “We have a strong nucleus of returning players led
by our five seniors: Connor Mara, Max Schommer, Keenan Stevens, Sawyer Huss,
and Matt Reynebeau. Junior Noah Mueller also returns and has been in the starting line-up
since he was a freshman. In addition, we have a strong junior class. We believe we have
the talent and depth to be a formidable ball club and hope to contend for another conference
championship."  As the season begins for the boys, we cannot wait for more games to come
and cheer them on as their journey continues.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Plans After High School

By Madison VerBust

College is a big step for people now a days. So many seniors are traveling around the state to extend their schooling for their future plans. I have interviewed a few of our own students here at LCHS. They were asked a few questions like where they are going, what they are doing, and what they are looking forward to most in college? There is a ton of very different studies that these students will be going for and what they enjoy doing the most. Many students do not know what they want to do in the near future but these students are prepared and ready to start their next chapter in life. Below are a few students that I have interviewed for the article and the questions that were asked.

Lexington Halase:
1. Where do you want to attend college?- St. Norbert and Bellin College (Partnership Nursing Program)
2. What do you want to do for your future?- Become an Emergency Room and Trauma Nurse
3. What are you most excited for in college?- A new environment with new opportunities that will benefit my future.

Jana VanVooren:
1. Where do you want to attend college?- I want to go to either Concordia or Carroll.
2. What do you want to do for your future?-  I want to pursue a career in nursing
3. What are you most excited for in college?- To meet new people and also very excited to become a nurse!!

Ethan Vanderzanden:
1. Where do you want to attend college?- St. Norbert College
2. What do you want to do for your future?- I would like to get a degree in biology and become a veterinarian.
3. What are you most excited for in college?- I am most excited to be independent and to take the next step in my life

Megan Longiro:
1. Where do you want to attend college?- Either Carroll University or University of Wisconsin Green Bay
2. What do you want to do for your future?- Nursing, the goal is to become a Registered Nurse
3. What are you most excited for in college?-  To meet new people and prepare for my future

Thomas Clifford:
1. Where do you want to attend college?- I will be attending the University of Eau Claire.
2. What do you want to do for your future?- I want to be in charge of the marketing department for some sort of Non-profit company. The reason for it is because I love watching the people that I helped teach make/do the right thing.
3. What are you most excited for in college?- I'm most excited about starting the next and longest chapter of my life.

2017 Winter Band Concert

by Mckenzye Wymer

The LCHS Symphonic band is having their annual winter concert December 11 on a Monday.The Symphonic band is playing two pieces at the winter concert, one of them being Radetzky March and the other one being the Canadian Brass Christmas. The Radetzky March is a very popular in Austria normally played around the New Year celebration. In Austria the Radetzky March is a very cultural piece. The whole audience claps with the beat of the song, as the conductor joins along with them. The second piece is called A Canadian Brass Christmas. This piece has many smaller parts in the music inside this piece is ´We saw Three Ships¨ and ´Huron Carroll´. This piece is very interesting to listen to as you can hear the brass section have the melody instead of the woodwinds. Instead of the loud and vibrant feel of the Radetzky March, this piece is slow and steady.  The LCHS Symphonic band conductor also known as Natalie Beck has been helping all the sections to help, critique and get everyone more confident in themselves to play these difficult pieces. This year's band concert is going to be held at Lawrence University this year, along with the choir concert. The LCHS band was able to do this by an anonymous donation. If you are willing to spend only two hours of your time to support our hardworking choir and band on December the 11th, we hope to see you there!

Student of the Week

by Mckenzye Wymer

Adrianna Marshall has been recognized for her amazing artwork. Adrianna is normally seen in the art room working on her art project for the class or just practicing new techniques.  She has always been into art ever since she came to this school. She is also very helpful if anyone has a question about their artwork, or they just need her opinion.  Adrianna had agreed to let me interview her, and she gave really amazing answers.

1. When did you realize that you wanted to pursue the art field?
I never really had a realization moment, itś always been in my life so I´ve always been accustomed to it. However, freshman year I really expanded my techniques and styles of art to a point where I thought I could actually do something with my life around art.

2.  If you had to pick one which project are you most happy with?
Itś really hard to pick a project Iḿ most happy with because Iḿ always finding mistakes in what I do, but, I probably would pick either my Mad Hatter drawing, skull pastel piece, or the piece Iḿ currently working on, an ink stippling (dot) koi fish.

3. Is there anything you would change about any of your artworks?
If I could change anything I probably change my detail work. For example, with the Mad Hatter drawing, I didn´t put as much detail into the face and hair that I wanted to so it isn't the best quality that I think I could have done.

4.  If you could say anything to someone who is starting to get into art what would it be?
Don´t give up and don´t pressure yourself, art is a way of relieving stress, not making it. Also, there will always be someone who does a different art style than you, it doesn´t make them better than you, you just have to find your style and keep practicing, youĺl get there!

5.  Can you see yourself continuing with your artwork in the future?
I can see myself continuing with art in the future, I might actually pursue a career in art too, however, I don´t know what exactly what. If by chance I choose a way different career area I´d still try to work with art in my free time.

Monday, December 4, 2017

CYO Season Looms

by Cassie Bevers
CYO basketball is one of the most popular activities here at Little Chute High School. For those of you don’t know what CYO is, it is a fun way to get some exercise with your friends and be apart of a team. The first game this year is on December 2nd. I interviewed a handful of players and they all seem ecstatic for this season to begin.
I interviewed Abby Buchholz, beginning her CYO career this season. She says, “I am very excited to finally get the chance to play with my friends. I hope that we can make it to the consolation championship because I think the regular championship is a little out of reach. I love basketball, so I’m really excited to see where this season will take us. That’s all I have to say about that.”
Olivia Gloudemans, a returning CYO player, seems to be very excited. She says, “I have high expectations for our team this year. I think if our team comes together and plays well we will have a successful season. There are some new girls on our team this year, and we also have a new coach, which we are very excited about. I am excited to see how our team will work together and hope to have a great season.”
Megan Lonigro, also beginning her CYO season this year, says “I am ready for the CYO season to start. I have some previous basketball experience, which I believe will help my team. I am excited to play with a new team, and I am ready for some competition.”
Will Berens, who has played all four years, says “I am very thankful for such a great organization. I want to thank Tim Hartjes for being a great leader and also for doing a great job organizing CYO. I would also like to thank Forest Welch for being not only a great coach, but also a role model. I love playing the game. Although I am not the most talented, I have a lot of fun and a lot of good memories from all of my years of playing.”
As exciting as a season that many people can expect to have, CYO is a fun experience for any student who wants to get some exercise and hang out with their friends. Sign up today!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Thanksgiving Traditions

By Megan Lonigro

Thanksgiving is a holiday celebrated by a lot of different families across the country, each family celebrating Thanksgiving in a slightly different way. Even in a school as small as Little Chute Area School District, there are special traditions that makes everyone’s holiday their own. One student from each grade of our high school shared their special traditions and what their favorite part about Thanksgiving is.
Morgan Trzebiatowski, a freshman at Little Chute Career Pathways Academy, loves Thanksgiving because it is one of the only times she gets to see her extended family. Together they watch football and play board games. Morgan says, “Every Thanksgiving, I walk the Turkey Trot with my friend. Then my family and I go to my aunt's house and have a Thanksgiving meal.” Her family’s usual Thanksgiving meal contains of turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, and much more!
Sophomore in the high school, Jordan Lonigro goes to both grandparents’ houses over the week of Thanksgiving. At each, there is a huge Thanksgiving meal and all of her family gets together. “After the meal, normally my siblings, cousins, and I go play games while the parents clean up the meal,” says Jordan. “Everyone comes back together for dessert and we all say what we’re thankful for.” Jordan really enjoys Thanksgiving because of the variety of food and because her family is all together, which does not happen often.
Another LCCPA student, Matt Sanderfoot goes to his uncle’s house every Thanksgiving. His family has lived all over the country, but every Thanksgiving they all meet up in Kimberly and spend time together. His family watches a lot of football together, as well as even playing a game of football in the backyard. “It can get pretty interesting considering we play in a tiny yard and everyone is at least 6 feet tall,” Matt says. His favorite part of Thanksgiving is spending time with his family and playing football because he is “always the most energetic one in the game”.
Last but not least, Little Chute High School senior, Mitchell Fontecchio also gets together with his family for Thanksgiving. His entire family of about eighteen come over to his house and each bring a dish to share. His mom always makes two turkeys, one cooked in the smoker and one cooked in the oven. Mitchell says, “Another thing we do every year is draw names for our Christmas gift exchange and we also watch the movie Christmas Vacation.”  This is Mitchell’s favorite time of year for the reason of him being able to get together with his family and see everyone.

Thanksgiving is very looked forward to by most students at Little Chute Area School District . Everyone celebrates Thanksgiving a little differently, even our four students here at LCHS/LCCPA! Happy Thanksgiving everyone and enjoy your special traditions!

Star of the Show

by Olivia Hermsen

Three sold out shows and three standing ovations from a delighted crowd.  Kelsey Weidman, who portrayed Fiona in the musical Shrek, couldn’t contain her excitement and pride for the show.  The role of Fiona gifted the audience with Kelsey’s musical talent but it also gifted Kelsey with some unique opportunities.  It allowed Kelsey to build strong cast relationships with the show’s ensemble (many of which are close friends to Kelsey), who she credits to helping her perform as incredibly as she did.  The lead role also enabled Kelsey to break out of her comfort zone and and with the help of her incredible directors she was able to improve on her overall acting and singing skills.
After all of the hard work that Kelsey and the rest of the cast and crew put into Shrek, it was with great pride that they sold out all three of their performances.  Kelsey states, “I was completely blown away when I heard about the shows being sold out. We've been so close in the past and we finally did it this year. Being sold out was a big step in the right direction on expanding ourselves within the theatre department. It will stand as one of my highlights from senior year.”  As a senior in the Little Chute Theatre Department, Kelsey is a role-model to many of the underclassmen.  When asked what advice she would give to students auditioning for a role, Kelsey replied, “Nerves come to everyone. Don't let them get the best of you. The directors understand that everyone will be nervous and not be at their max potential in the audition. Everyone hates the audition process, so you're not alone. Just be super prepared, take a couple deep breaths, and it will be over soon.”
Along with being deeply involved in the arts, Kelsey has always found time to keep up with her school work.  During the school day Kelsey looks forward to her two favorite classes, choir and creative writing.  Outside of school and extracurriculars a common place to find Kelsey is at Culver’s hanging out with her friends.  Whether she is covered in green make-up or sitting in creative writing class, Kelsey is one of the friendliest people to walk the halls of Little Chute High School.  Kelsey earned the role as the star of the show in Shrek and she continues to shine throughout her involvement in the Little Chute School District and community.

She’s Back!

By Abby Buchholz

If you have been living under a rock, you might not know that Taylor Swift released her groundbreaking album reputation. Many critics are saying that this is her best album yet, but most people say that after she releases any new album. Of course, it has a different sound than all of her other albums, with electronic beats and romantic lyrics. Even Eli Sanchez, who is not ashamed to admit that he isn’t the biggest Taylor Swift fan, says that her new songs are “lit.” Personally, I would have to agree.
Her new album is different from anything she has ever done before, with new beats and even a little bit of rapping. She collaborates with Future and Ed Sheeran on one of the album’s hottest tracks, “End Game.” She also finally breaks away from her innocence in this album while throwing shade at some of her enemies, like Kanye West. “This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things” is Swift’s diss track to Kanye.  My personal favorite song on the album is “Don’t Blame Me,” although, I had a really hard time choosing which song was my favorite. She ends her album with a dramatic ballad, “New Year’s Day,” which sticks to her traditional slow, love song approach. Overall this album was very good and already became the best selling album of 2017 within a week. Unfortunately, reputation is not available on Apple Music or Spotify yet, but I would definitely recommend spending $13.99 for this album. If that’s not up your alley, you could always just wait until it becomes available. One thing is for sure, Taylor Swift hits another stroke of genius with her latest album.   

The Best Study Spots Around LC

By Nicole Plutz

Everyone loves a great spot to buckle down and get their homework done or study for an upcoming test. Whether it is with a study group or by yourself, it is always a good idea to have a great spot to go to for a study session. Each person has their own studying habits that work best. Depending on where you are, these habits can be different. Many students like to study at home because that is where they feel the most comfortable, but sometimes it is also nice to be able to get out of the house to study. There are many places in and around Little Chute where you can go to study and still be able to focus. One can study best when they feel comfortable in the environment and are able to focus on what they need to get done or understand. The following are the spots that many find to be great study areas for all students.
Seth’s Coffee is a great place to go by yourself or with a small group in order study and do homework. The environment is always comfortable and welcoming with many spots around the cafe which allows you to find the spot that is perfect for you.  A perk of this study spot is if you get hungry or are in need of a coffee, it is right there for you. There are a variety of things that you can order without having to leave your study spot to do so. Seth’s Coffee is open until nine o’clock, Monday through Thursday, which widens the time frames that you are able to go in for a study session, especially for those who work or are in sports after the school day.
Another great study spot is the Kaukauna Public Library. This is a quiet place that is great for students that need a more quiet environment in order to study. There are plenty of spots throughout the library where you can find a place that is best for the way that you work. There is a lot of open space to fit study groups or for you to be able to have your own space to work without having to worry about disrupting those around you, or them disrupting you. The Kaukauna Public Library also has free, public wifi access available for those in the building which allows students to be able to do what they need to complete online as well. Monday through Thursday, the library is open until eight o’clock which gives one options for the times that they want to go to this particular study spot.
The Little Chute Public Library is another spot that is great for studying. It is open until either five o’clock or eight o’clock depending on the day and has public wifi access for all library guests. There are spots in the library for different age groups which allows for many different environments within one place. If you are one that needs to have it quiet in order to focus then there is a section for just that, but if you are one that likes to have more social interaction while studying then there is an area for you in the library as well. At the Little Chute Public Library, there are also many resources for all guests to use, such as access to ten different databases for research.
Copper Rock is a little farther away but is yet one more great study spot. At Copper Rock, there is space to fit study groups and also space for individual studying. During the week, it is open until nine o’clock which provides you with the flexibility to go in when you feel like studying. There are also a variety of coffee and tea drinks along with many food options if you need to reboot your brain while studying. They also have free wifi for all customers while they are there. With its comfortable and relaxing environment, Copper Rock is a perfect place for studying or getting your work done.  
A great place to go during the day when you have time off from class or when you just need an area to work is the high school LMC. In the LMC, there is space for group work and for individual studying. This provides for a very open and enjoyable environment for all, but is still a site where you can be very productive and get your work done.

All of these places are great spots to seek out if you are in need of a great place to study. They are all fairly close to Little Chute which makes them easy to go to whenever you feel like studying. The next time you need to study for a big test or simply want a comfortable spot to do your work consider going to one of these great study spots.

Monday, November 20, 2017

SHREK the Musical

by Hannah Robinson

Little Chute High School has a history of putting on wonderful musical performances.  Last year’s heartbreaking “Aida” and the previous year’s hilarious “Urinetown” are remembered to this day for their incredible storylines and talented performers.  With such high expectations for this year’s show, the students had a lot on their plates.  However, with a well-known story and incredibly dedicated students, we can now add “SHREK: The Musical” to the list of performances to remember.
The show was performed at 7:00 p.m. on November 9th, 10th, and 11th in the LCHS auditorium, though those involved in it had been planning and practicing for months.  When an audience member first entered the auditorium, he or she received a program listing all the cast and characters of the show.  Members of LCHS’s Key Club then ushered the guests to their seats, where they waited in anticipation for the musical to begin.  The seats filled quickly, and soon the room was packed with students, staff, family members, and community members eager to watch “Shrek” take life before their own eyes.
As the lights went down, all talking from the audience stopped.  Finally, after months of waiting, the time had come.  After a polite auditory instruction from a few cast members to turn off all cell phones, the musical began.  The opening scene was heartbreaking, drawing the attention of each individual even more.  Shrek’s parents kicked him to the curb at just seven years old, and everyone developed a deep sense of sympathy for the poor, green ogre.  The musical then fast-forwarded many years ahead, depicting Shrek in his adult years where he lived alone in his swamp.  As if the audience wasn’t already intrigued with Shrek’s sorrowful story, then the real magic began.  Shrek, played by senior Jon Spaeth, began to sing.  He sang of his misfortune and misery; he sang of the torture of being alone.  The tone of his voice fit the role perfectly, and all  children, teenagers, and adults alike witnessed one of their favorite Disney characters come to life.
As the musical continued, the audience met Lord Farquaad, portrayed by senior Jonah Hammen.  Once again, the casting choice proved phenomenal.  Jonah’s confidence on stage really shone through his role as the bizarre, petite villain.  Lord Farquaad heard news of the beautiful princess Fiona who had been locked away in a tower for the past 20 years and was determined to make her his wife.  However, fearing the fire-breathing dragon that guarded Fiona’s castle and all other possible perils of the journey, he sends Shrek to save the princess and bring her back to him.  Shrek agrees on one condition; if he can rescue the princess and bring her back to Lord Farquaad, then, in turn, the villain must allow back into the kingdom the fairy tale creatures who had been banished to the swamp.  Shrek reluctantly agrees and begins the long, difficult journey to find the princess.
It is at this point in the story where we meet a fan-favorite character: Donkey.  Played by sophomore Kani Johnson, his remarkable voice, appealing humor, and unarguable charm captivated the audience.  Donkey met Shrek near the beginning of his journey, and he proved to be a loyal companion along the way.  Duets between the two characters were arguably some of the most amusing moments of the entire show, complete with funky dance moves and hilarious lyrics.  Shrek dislikes Donkey when they first meet, but he later finds that there is no friend as loyal as him.
While Shrek and Donkey forge ahead, the musical brings the audience all the way to Fiona’s castle, where we get our first glimpse of the beautiful princess.  Senior Kelsey Weidman enacted this role, and it fit her to a tee.  Before she appeared, however, two younger Fionas dazzled us with their superb voices.  This song they performed, titled “I Know it’s Today”, was split into three parts.  Each part was sung by a different Fiona in order of age to give the audience a sense of just how long the princess had been stuck in the tower.  After young Fiona and teenage Fiona sang, Kelsey’s character took her turn on stage.  She mesmerized the crowd from the first note.  Besides her outstanding voice, Kelsey displayed the traits of the princess in such a way that the audience could not help but become enthralled with her character.  From her quirky facial expressions and dance moves to her natural charisma, Fiona was not your typical princess.  She was one with which the audience could relate to and laugh with, and everyone no doubt felt extremely sympathetic for the princess because of the situation she was in.  However, even though Fiona had been locked up for 20 years, she possesses an overwhelming amount of hope and positivity.  She knew her knight would come, and, as the audience would soon learn, she was not disappointed.
Against all odds, Shrek eventually makes it to the tower.  Donkey stays back while Shrek searches for the princess.  When Fiona sees her rescuer, she is overjoyed.  She had been secluded from the rest of the world for all her life, and now she was free.  As Fiona begins talking about marriage and the incredible future she and Shrek will have together, the ogre reveals his true form by taking off his helmet.  Fiona is shocked, but this feeling of surprise soon dissipates as Shrek tells her that her real husband-to-be is Lord Farquaad.  Kelsey, Jon, and Kani play their characters with such marvellous precision and personality in these scenes.  The three do not miss a beat.
Next, Shrek, Donkey, and Fiona begin the long journey back to the kingdom.  The princess is fascinated with everything she sees: the trees, the flowers, the birds.  Along the way, Shrek and Fiona grow close.  They discover that they are actually very similar in that they both had troubling childhoods and even share the same taste in food.  The audience knows that they are falling in love.  One night, however, Donkey learns a truth about Fiona that she does not want anyone to know.  At night, the princess transforms into an ogre.  Donkey is shocked, and the princess explains that she is cursed and must find true love in order to break it.  She forces Donkey to keep his lips sealed.
Just when Shrek is going to tell Fiona his true feelings for her, he hears the princess talking about a hideous ogre.  She is really talking about herself, but Shrek obviously doesn’t know that and thinks she is talking about him.  He runs away, flower in hand, and keeps his feelings inside.  The trio soon makes it back to the kingdom, where Fiona and Lord Farquaad prepare to wed.  However, when Shrek learns the truth about Fiona, he interrupts the wedding.  The two share a kiss, and their future together is sealed.
This completes the story of Shrek.  Fiona and Shrek find true love, Donkey makes a new friend, and the fairytale creatures get their lives back.  Complete with amazing music and the classic “happy ending”, Shrek is a fantastic fairytale.  Little Chute High School impressed us all with their stunning performance.  From the performers in the spotlight to the set crew and makeup artists backstage, a huge number of students and teachers worked together to put on an unforgettable show.  Though most of the audience already knew the story of Shrek before attending the musical, its performance was so extraordinary that the entire show felt new and exciting.  Everyone involved in the production of the musical can say that it is an awesome experience.  Star Kelsey Weidman sums this up perfectly.  “The musical is always such an amazing opportunity to be a part of,” she shares.  “You get all these amazing, talented kids in one room and build such a strong connection on and off stage.  Even through the rehearsals can run long into the night, the experience you get out of it it worth it.  It’s something I’m going to miss a lot when I graduate.”

While it is impossible to compare this year’s musical with past years’ performances due to differing storylines and performers, it is definitely safe to say that “SHREK: The Musical” will go down in Little Chute High School history books.

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.