I recently asked Mrs. Wilson, the high school librarian, about Teen Read Week™: what it is, and how Hardin Northern celebrates it.
Teen Read Week™ is a product of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) that, she says, “tries to encourage young people to use their local libraries and read for enjoyment rather than just scholastics.”
Hardin Northern encourages teen reading with a reward system.
Mrs. Wilson explained to me how during the duration of Teen Read Week™ students could earn “Caught Reading” coupons from teachers and turn them in for candy and a chance to win prizes.
These prizes included Hardin Northern spirit items, gift certificates, gift cards, and a beanbag dorm chair.
The chance to win these prizes was meant to encourage students to use free time after lessons were finished and in study halls after completion of assignments to read instead of just talking or daydreaming.
Another thing that Mrs. Wilson told me that happened during Teen Read Week™ was that former Hardin Northern English teacher Nellie Branan paid a visit to the HN Book Club on Wednesday, October 23.
Upon her visit back to Hardin Northern, Mrs. Wilson tells me that Branan talked about the importance of reading and about the book she wrote, Fritzi Finds a
When asked what she believed the kids that met Mrs. Branan got out of her visit, Mrs. Wilson, answered, “She encouraged them the evaluate their favorite books for ideas for their own writing.”
Overall, Mrs. Wilson said the week was a success. She had several coupons turned in that showed that students were reading in their spare time, and that is what Teen Read Week™ encourages students to do.
Veterans Day is a public holiday held on the anniversary of the end of World War 1 to honor US veterans and victims of all wars.
In 1919, President Wilson named November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day and said the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory…”
The first time Veterans Day became a legal holiday was on November 11, 1938. Veterans Day replaced Armistice Day by striking out the word Armistice and replacing it with the word Veterans on June 1,1954 a day to honor veterans of all wars.
At Hardin Northern, we celebrate Veterans Day by inviting veterans to our school to share stories about wars and how being a veteran is important or special to them. This year we had a handful of veterans come visit us. Kyle Lamb welcomed everyone into the assembly and had the six veterans stand for a warm welcoming.
Lukas Schroder started the pledge of allegiance, and Tiffany Breidenbach, Kylee Hooker, Molly Wilson, and Blake Obenour read off several names of the veterans that are still here with us and those who served and have passed away.
In the middle of the assembly, they played a slide show of war photos and veterans from the Hardin Northern community. The fourth grade class sang the song “Thank a Vet” to end the assembly.
We all should all be thankful for our veterans and servicemen and women, so when you are sitting at home on Thanksgiving and Christmas, think of our veterans and servicemen and women that are out there fighting for our country.
On November 1, 2013, there was a dodgeball tournament held in the varsity gym after the academic awards assembly.
High school students wanting to participate had to bring in $1.00 per person or a canned good. But you had to hurry and sign up because there were to be only 8 teams of 8 people, and the tournament was single elimination.
The Smurfs played against the 7th grade boys, resulting in the Smurfs winning that game and making it into the tournament.
The Smurfs stayed on the court, waiting to face the Bears. After the ducking and the dodging, the Smurfs came out of that game with another win!
After their second win in a row, they were asked to take a seat while Donkey Teeth played the Senior Girls- Purple. After 8 minutes of their game, Donkey Teeth won.
The next two teams to play against each other were the 8th Grade Boys and the Junior Class- Black. After the long, hard battle, the Juniors walked off the court with the win.
After their game, Real Tree-Freshman Boys played the Freshman Girls, and the boys got it.
After the elimination round in the brackets, it left the Smurfs playing against Donkey Teeth and the Juniors playing Real Tree.
Smurfs won and so did Real tree, making them play each other in the final round. Real Tree won the HN Dodgeball Tournament of 2013!
I decided to interview Jacob, the new foreign exchange student from Azerbaijan.
Azerbaijan is a neighbor to Iran and Iraq. He lives in a town called Ganja. He said that it’s a lot like Dunkirk but a little bigger.
The weirdest thing that he has encountered in the U.S is a long crab type thing.
His school was a little like ours, except the only difference was they didn’t have team sports; they only have club sports. The school that he came from in his country was harder than ours; he said that his school is more like a college. At his old school he was on a swim team.
In his free time he likes to swim and play the guitar.
Jacob said that he likes our school so far and that it’s very friendly and a lot of people have been nice to him. He’s involved with the band and FFA here at
When he graduates he wants to travel a little before starting a job or school again.
You now know about Jacob.
Article By: Kyle Lamb
This year the Powderpuff teams were divided into seniors and sophomores against juniors and freshmen. Mathematically speaking, those groups were primarily 17 and 15 year-olds against 16 and 14 year olds. The combined ages make it 32 against 30, giving a slight upper hand to the seniors and sophomores.
On the first drive of the game, the juniors and freshmen were moving fluently down the field until they threw an interception and abruptly ended the drive. The seniors and sophomores capitalized on the miscue and scored a touchdown the next drive.
This would become the norm in the first half as the juniors and freshmen turned the ball over three more times and the seniors and sophomores scored all three times.
The second half started with some trickery by the seniors and sophomores. After getting set, Kayla Thomson “snapped” the ball to Kylee Hooker, protesting that something was wrong with the ball. Hooker started walking toward the referee to tell him about the ball malfunction and the defense just watched, thinking they would need to wait for a new ball. Hooker started sprinting up the sideline with the ball and scored on the cunning trick play.
After a pick-six scored by Hooker, the juniors and freshmen would find the end zone two times of their own. The more they played, the more experience they gained and were able to use to get the ball into the end zone.
The final score was 42-14 seniors and sophomores over juniors and freshmen.