By Becky Cox

Every year in March CCC hosts their annual ACTIONS Day. ACTIONS stands for Academic Competition That Inspires Our Nation’s Scholars. This is the school’s 26th year hosting. This day originated in Sandy Creek, but quickly outgrew the small school.

A day full of taking tests, sound boring doesn’t it? It can actually be pretty fun. Teachers enter their students in a category they tend to excel in. Events range from Notorious People to Genetics to Music. Students can be entered into three different tests and must at least take two. Around 800 students from 26 schools in the Tri City area attended to compete.

Students from Blue Hill that placed are

Michael Hiller- 4th Accounting & 5th Physical Science

Becky Cox- 4th Common Proverbs, 5th Family Consumer Science & 4th Art

Lindsey Hafer- 5th  First Aid

Colby Karr- 5th Mythology & 1st Word Problems

Trace Ockinga- 1st Spelling & 5th Sports

Trent Karr- 5th Word Problems

JC Himmelberg- 5th English 1 & 5th Biology

Rylee Kohmetscher- 3rd English 1 & 1st Biology

Taylor Bonifas- 2nd American History

Jami Kirchner-4th Biology

Ondra Kokoška- 3rd Trigonometry

High Schoolers Compete in Quiz Bowl

By Becky Cox

Yesterday, our Quiz Bowl team traveled to Hastings to compete in a tournament set up by ESU 9. The meet was hosted at North Shore on the northern side of Hastings.

Blue Hill went up against Hampton first. The Bobcats easily beat their first team, but faced a greater challenge second round. Hastings High 3 beat the Blue Hill team in just 7 rounds of questions. But our team was able to stay in the consolation bracket by defeating Hastings High 1. In the final round, it was a close call but they lost to Saint Cecilia by a mere 10 points.

This years quiz bowl team consists of seniors Collin Brown, Becky Cox, and Michael Hiller, juniors Trent Karr and Trace Ockinga, and sophomores Colby Karr, Brianna Danehey, and Rylee Kohmetscher.

The Spelling Bee’s Knees

Becky Cox

This past Tuesday, Blue Hill sent some junior high and elementary students to participate in the Webster County Spelling Bee. After lunch, the students were taken to Red Cloud to compete again local students.

Blue Hill students tried out and 14 of them made the team.

Fourth Grader Daniel Wirtes won first place and will move on to the 4th-8th Grade Midwest Spelling Bee in Omaha in March.

Winter MAPs Testing: What’s Changed

By Katlyn Brooks & Shawnie Shaw


The Spring testings went well, but this Winter there will be a new system to MAPs Testing. Instead of leaving the scores that are under the National Norms, the students will be required to retake the test to get a better score.

The MAPs system is to record the student body progress. This semester for the winter testing, the students were given Student Progress Reports and told to try to meet or bypass their Growth Projections. Mr. Moore stated, “Students that are below the norms, but did not meet their growth projections will be required to retake the test.” The retake will be on Friday. However, “If you fail to meet your Growth Projections,” Mr. Moore informed, “you must continue to retake the test until you meet or bypass your Growth Projection.”

With this in mind, the goal is to meet your Growth Projection and bypass the National Norms or meet the norms. If you do not you will be redoing the tests you didn’t meet your goals on until you get an acceptable score.

Do your best so you do not have to retake the MAPs tests!


2016 diesel career fair

By Johnny Bauman

Thursday afternoon, the students at BHHS explored and learned all about the world of diesel mechanics at the diesel career building in Hastings. This year is the 2nd annual diesel career fair at Central Community College, this career fair has lots of vendors that introduce students to the world With this only being the second year school counselor, Joe Hubl expects there to be more vendors than the previous year. He explains “this is mainly an event that will give employers a good look into who is interested in this field and why they want to do it.” The students will gain connections to the employers for future references and resources so that they may begin their career right out of high school or during college.