The Civil War Miracle
On October 8th at 7:00 p.m., a battle on the football field took place. A rivalry that has been around for years, the Civil War between Hillcrest High School and Bonneville High School. It was a close game until Anthem Dahlke, the star wide receiver, secured the win with a 30 yard catch in the end zone, which was thrown by quarterback Jacob Perez. The victory, ending a seven year losing streak for the Bees, was a miracle.
During an interview with Dahlke, he had nothing but humble words to say about the team's performance. “The defense played amazing, you know. We stoned them and there isn't much more we could've asked for.’’ Dahlke also commented on making the winning catch saying: “It feels really good, it was a great team effort and awesome to come out on top.’’
Koah Harrigfeld, a middle linebacker, gave insights on the previous week's practices and pre-game hype. “We practiced hard all week and played hard in the game.’’ The practices that week were a little colder than usual. Harrigfeld said, “In the locker room, we told ourselves losing isn't an option, and they came out and showed it.” Harrigfeld says the biggest moment of the game was the winning catch by Dahlke.
Interviewing Luke Romander, a senior middle linebacker, he explained how he thought the game went. “The first drive was a little slow, fogged up but after that it was lights out.” The beginning plays started off slow, but the team was able to turn the tables.
Head Coach Kevin Kempf was very pleased with the varsity's team performance, stating: “This is a very big win for the younger class to know what it feels like to win the Civil War.” Coach Kempf’s and the team’s win is the first in many years and will always be remembered.
Having got their first win in over a season just the week before, the Bonneville Varsity Football Team took back Thunder Stadium. The long awaited Civil War win has bee pride skyrocketing! The team is now in the state playoffs and this Friday, October 29, go against Pocatello High School in the ISU mini dome. Be sure to show support to the boys and Go Bees!
Last year, students in Bonneville Joint School District 93 had no school on Mondays besides online material and catching up. This year, attendance is mandatory unless students are excused. There are several reasons for this change.
In 2020, intervention Mondays were adopted to slow the spread of COVID-19 and allow time for staff collaboration. This year, COVID did not impact the changes made. Bonneville High School Principal Levi Owen said, “Our Monday schedule is not vastly different from the early release Wednesday schedule—other than the reduced expectation for [attendance].” Before the pandemic, school was released a few hours earlier on Wednesdays, allowing time for teachers to collaborate. Because of the switch to intervention Mondays, teachers now use Monday afternoons for collaboration and lesson preparation.
In high school, clubs and teams require money for uniforms, transportation, coaches, and more. The district relies on the state for 80% of this funding; in the past, funding has been dependent on the number of students attending. Due to COVID and increased online learning, funding policies changed; funding was based on the number of students enrolled, regardless of attendance numbers. This year, it reverted to pre-COVID policies, causing the district to change attendance expectations so they could receive sufficient funding. District 93 Superintendent Scott Woolstenhulme said, “We have to have kids here unless we're excusing them because if we don't, we're not being truthful on how we report attendance to the state.” If students are not present on Mondays, the district loses partial funding.
Since Monday attendance was not required last year, many students with missing work or lower grades did not attend when they should have been catching up on work. Now, absences on Mondays are counted, providing extra incentive to show up. Woolstenhulme said, “[Teachers are] trying to help these kids that are behind in [their] classes, and kids aren't showing up. We've got to switch our messaging and think about [it as a] half day. If kids are all caught up, then we can excuse them.” Instead of a day off, it is required for students in need of extra help to attend.
Although attendance on Monday is required for some students, the incentive of a possible day off is enough for many students to keep up in class. About 600 students every week are required to attend, meaning that around 55% of students get that extra day off.
Kimmie Barnes, junior at Bonneville High School, is a co-editor on The Bonneville Buzz newspaper staff, but it was not always her notion to join journalism. When Kimmie was a freshman in high school, she was good friends with the editor of The Bonneville Buzz, Niki Perez. Niki convinced Kimmie to join the newspaper staff, and she loved it!
Along with journalism, Kimmie enjoys taking anatomy & physiology and English. When she was asked who her favorite teachers were at Bonneville High School, she responded, “I really like Mrs. Wagner. I also loved having Mr. Haroldsen, I learned a lot from him. I will also always love Mrs. Olson, who was the old journalism advisor.” Mrs. Wagner is the current newspaper and yearbook advisor, and Mr. Haroldsen teaches various history classes.
Kimmie has three older brothers and one sister-in-law; her brothers are 21, 23, and 25 years old, and her sister-in-law is 24. Her youngest brother lives in Colorado, her middle brother attends Idaho State University in Pocatello, and her oldest brother and sister-in-law live in Idaho Falls. Along with her brothers, she has had around 12 exchange students live in her home who all became like siblings to her. Last summer, she went on a family trip that has come to be her favorite vacation. “I went to Missouri and visited some really good family friends. I really liked the area and the swampy humidity. I know it’s not very desirable weather, but I still love it.”
In the hallways, Kimmie is easily recognized by her matching earrings and outfit. When asked about her jewelry, she responded, “I love earrings! I have so many! I usually buy earrings to match outfits I want to wear or vice versa. I just really love big and fun earrings.” Her favorite combos include skeleton jewelry and outfits, or her frog earrings.
When interacting with Kimmie, remember some of her pet peeves; these include chewing sounds, people repeating themselves after she has already acknowledged them, and people walking slowly in the hallways. While watching her favorite TV shows, such as Supernatural or The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, she enjoys sipping on something from The Drink Factory, especially blue raspberry flavored, or eating something from McDonald’s.
Kimmie Barnes is an understanding, witty person, an excellent writer, and an indispensable veteran of The Bonneville Buzz staff.
The Future of Jessie Larson
Jessie Larson is a sophomore at Bonneville High School and a staff writer for The Bonneville Buzz newspaper. She likes to play tennis, although not competitively, but in her spare time. If she could go to any post-secondary school, she would go to Los Angeles Pacific university to be a pediatric nurse.
While attending school, she hopes to find a wealthy man to financially provide for her future, as a temporary placeholder. When she graduates from La Pacific University, she wants to find the real love of her life. Before she has kids she would like to work for two years as a pediatric nurse for a primary children's hospital. Jessie wants to be a nurse so she can assist those who are in need. After she has worked for two years, she would like to start a family in Eastern Idaho.
While she was born and raised as an Idaho girl, she has some pretty big dreams. One of those dreams is to meet Baylen Levine, who is a popular youtuber, she said it is because he is so funny. Her ideal date would be very eventful. She would not go on a date with just anyone, she would want to go with a good, respectful under 18-year-old gentleman.
Her favorite season is fall because of the not too cold weather. While her favorite season is fall, her favorite holiday is Halloween as well. She has four siblings, two brothers and two sisters. Her favorite food is pickles although her siblings all hate pickles. She wants to retire in Arizona with the love of her life knowing she has accomplished her goals.
Ashlyn McCowin's Future
Ashlyn McCowin is a senior at Bonneville High School. She has been a part of The Buzz staff for four years now and she was one of the people who were interviewed. She was born and raised in Idaho Falls and has never really lived anywhere else. She highly recommends going out to eat at Sizzler to the folks that live in Idaho Falls because she works there. Ash also says that the food is amazing.
When Ashlyn graduates high school, she wants to be a travel journalist to explore the world and share about other cultures. She also wants to go on adventures around the world to see new things since she has never really been outside of Idaho Falls. One thing Ash wants to do is visit the beach because she has never seen the ocean before. Journalism classes have inspired her to go out and do things she has never done or seen before. In order to get a better outlook of the world she lives in.
Ash does not do any sport or watch any of them because they are boring to her and she is just not into it. She used to love watching the show Rick and Morty, but after a while, it got annoying to her and was not as interesting anymore; it got old. Ash drives a car but thinks that having a truck would be more convenient because it can make it easier to move bigger items.
Analee Grover: Present Tense
A spontaneous interview with Analee Grover, better known as Ana, gives a look into her current situation as a promising freshman staff writer for The Bonneville Buzz. Being able to have a fresh start from middle school, Ana is excited to have more freedom, choices, and opportunities to make bigger decisions for herself. One of those decisions was to join The Buzz. She found out about The Buzz through her mom, who taught the class in years past, and her dad, who wrote for the newspaper when he was in high school. Her favorite thing about journalism is the opportunity to write and take pictures. Taking a quick glimpse into her academic future, Ana wants to take more math classes in high school and see how she likes the upper levels of math. After high school, she is interested in pursuing a career in mathematics, education, or engineering. On the flipside, she is also very interested in culinary science. Either way, Ana says she will probably attend Brigham Young University-Idaho.
Beyond academics, Ana is on the Bonneville Ballroom Green Team, which is the beginning level, and is loving it so far. When she is not dancing, Ana enjoys reading, baking, and playing the piano. When asked about her favorite book genre, she said, “I LOVE reading, especially futuristic dystopian books. Sci-Fi is pretty good too. I don’t like fantasy or nonfiction very much.” Two of her favorites being They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera and The Unwind Dystology by Neal Schusterman. She also loves big dogs of any kind. Something Ana loves about herself is, “I learn quickly and remember things well. When I’m taught something, I usually remember it well and connect it to other things I know.” Her quick learning is an attribute she has already revealed while working on The Buzz. If there is one person she would choose to be more like, excluding her family and Jesus, it would have to be one of her best friends, reason being “...she’s super social and makes friends really easily. I’m not too social and kind of struggle making friends. She is also an excellent dancer.”
Being able to sit down and interview Ana helped give a deeper look into the person behind the shy, sweet spirit. There is so much more to Analee Grover than meets the eye, and if given the chance, get to know her. 10/10.
Deeper Insight on Makayla Long
Makayla Long has been a staff member of The Bonneville Buzz newspaper for a year. Being in the school newspaper has recently helped the rest of the staff become close friends with Kayla. Wanting to learn more about each other, The Buzz staff had to interview one another.
When getting into the interview it was very apparent that Kayla had the giggles, but was very thrown off when asked who she would take to the zombie apocalypse. She froze, thinking, and replied: “Uhh, probably my sister.” In all honesty, most people would bring someone big and strong but Kayla wanted her closest family member with her. It was not much of a surprise when she said her favorite family member was her sister. The same person she would take in the zombie apocalypse.
During the interview, Kayla showed a distaste for football when asked what the worst hobby was, claiming football was dumb and boring. What was strange was when asked what her biggest pet peeve was she laughed, gagging and saying feet. Kayla went on an almost 4-minute rant on how gross they were and how much she hated them near her.
Towards the end of the interview, Kayla lost the giggles and kept it going being asked what color she hated replying yellow (even though she was wearing a bright yellow sweater). Brought back the laughs and giggles Kayla thought it was ironic. In the end, Kayla is super sweet and giggly, the interview went super smooth. Kayla is definitely a favorite staff writer for The Bonneville Buzz.
Getting to Know Maycee Todd
Maycee Todd is known to be one to cause worry, she is known for the clumsy, embarrassing, ADHD filled moments that every first impression holds. She is beautiful and kind hearted, she cares more about other people than herself and will always put others first. She is the one that people can always rely on and never worry about her leaving. Maycee is one girl people would never forget, if someone is sad she will do everything she can do to make them feel better.
Firstly, something that Maycee would love to do but as yet to do , is going on the perfect date, one she would never forget and would give her butterflies everytime she thought about it. She said the “perfect date” would be going mini-golfing at night and stargazing while listening to old music. She said she would like more of a chill date because of her anxiety and it would be more comfortable to just talk and listen to calming music. She does not want much and is grateful for spending time with her loved ones. She has many anxiety tics and one of her worst would be biting her nails in habit, which is caused by anxiety and boredom, it never ends well for her. She does not like to talk about her personal problems or what is going on because she does not want people to worry about her and cause them to worry . In order for people to notice when something is going wrong, she believes she should have a permanent label saying “handle with care, very fragile and clumsy.” The one person that would be able to know that about maycee would be her best friends Haylee Maddock and Hanna Freeman, they know almost everything about each other.
If her closest friends were asked what she was looking forward to most, they would say she is going to LegoLand later this month, with confidence. As well as going to homecoming with her friends. Her favorite part of her day is seeing her friends and she always looks forward to seeing and spending time with them. The people that help her the most and give her motivation, urge her to keep going, who actually makes sure she gets her school work done would be Hanna Freeman and Quincee Robison.
She has many goals in her life that she would like to be able to succeed and prove to everyone that she can accomplish things and show them that she can graduate and she can get her things done. Her priorities for the current time would be school and being able to pass her classes and get good grades. Her future priorities would be making money, keeping a stable career, and continuing to stay close to her family and friends. She wants independence and to be able to live on her own and not rely on anyone for financial support.
Maycee’s biggest goal in life is to be successful and to try new things and experience new things. What we have learned from her is that she is a strong-willed person who loves legos, hanging out with her friends and spending time with her family. She is a smart person and can get things done when she puts her mind to it.
A New Year for Kayla Black
As the summer sun sets for Bonneville High School students, junior Kayla Black hopes to push through all of her classes and gain meaningful knowledge as she navigates her third year of high school. One of her main goals for this year is to achieve good grades and utilize the knowledge she receives. She hopes to end her junior year with a sense of accomplishment, satisfaction, and plans to do well in her classes. Kayla’s favorite class so far is English with Mrs. Wagner because she admires her teacher’s work ethic. She also enjoys being a teacher aid for Introduction to Chemistry, where she helps grade and makes use of her wish to serve others and be of assistance. In fact, she wants to help those in special education in her years after high school. Kayla always makes a committed effort to help others and uses her skills to bond with her peers.
Throughout the school year, she will have more time to work on her assignments, especially since she is no longer a part of the Honeybee dance team. Although, dancing is something Kayla is very passionate about. Despite her newfound free time, she will have to balance her schoolwork with her job at Kohl’s. In her time off of school and work, Kayla delights in watching a Netflix documentary series called Girls Incarcerated, “... because it shows you what the reality is when you do things you’re not supposed to and it’s an eye-opener for people who want to make a change.” Kayla is always striving to be a better person, which is something she has learned from the show. She is always trying to connect with other people by matching their personality and establishing a personal bond. Her exciting childhood with her brother has influenced her and she feels that her past decisions have helped her become a better person over the years.
Although she will have a lot on her plate this school year, Kayla plans to be kind, learn new things, and grow into a better person.
Shane's big Future
Football season is very important and enjoyable to many high school students; the student body loves the game almost as much as the players do. At Bonneville High School, Shane Petersdorf, a player on the freshman football team, loves the game and all it includes. Shane plans on playing football all throughout high school. Currently in his freshman year, his position is linebacker. Once he graduates, he plans on going to college at Pennsylvania State University to continue his beloved game there and get a degree.
In college, Shane plans on majoring in journalism. Afterwards, Shane wants to get married and have one child. He desires to go into the National Football League and play for the New Orleans Saints. Other than football, Shane enjoys playing video games in his free time. His favorite game to play is Madden 2022, which makes sense because his favorite thing to do is play football. He likes playing many other games on his PlayStation 4 like any of the Call of Duty games, Grand Theft Auto V, and NBA 2k.
Shane loves cold weather for multiple reasons. One of those reasons being that he enjoys the coziness of watching the frigid winter weather from inside. Another reason being that his favorite holiday is Christmas. If Shane had to choose a favorite past Christmas, he would choose the Christmas of 2017 because Fortnite was newly out and he loves to play that game. If he were to get any Christmas present he wanted, he would get tickets to a New Orleans Saints football game when they are playing in their home stadium. In the winter of 2021, Shane plans on playing basketball and enjoying the snow days when school gets cancelled.
After completing his journalism degree in college, Shane dreams to host a show highlighting food from all over the world. He wants to be like chef Gordan Ramsey in the reality television show, Hell’s Kitchen. To prepare for his occupation, Shane is currently taking journalism his freshman year and plans to continue the class throughout his high school career.
In Shane’s TV show, he plans on highlighting food from different countries and cultures, but will also stick to his favorite type of food which is anything with chicken. Shane loves meals like chicken sandwiches or chicken tacos. He wants to live in Paris, France because of all the authentic food he could possibly highlight in his show. He loves food and creating things for people to watch or read.
Shane is very committed to his favorite things, such as football, video games, and writing. He is very ambitious for his future just like many students in the class of 2025. Shane has immense potential and hopefully one day he will be the star player in the Superbowl while also traveling the world, reviewing authentic food!
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