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
by Katlyn Brooks
This season, the bobcat speech team has been placing really good. On February 4th they were invited to Aurora to compete. Poetry placed second and sixth, while Oral Interpretation of Drama (OID) placed third and fifth. They were also invited to Sandy Creek’s competition on February 11th, placing even better. While OID placed fourth, poetry placed first! About two weeks later on February 22nd, was the Twin Valley Conference (TVC). OID placed second and poetry placed fifth. Three days later on February 25th, poetry got fifth place and OID got third place. The team will participate in districts on March 14th at Deshler.
“This is my first year working with the speech team,” says Mrs. Schwinn, “so I’m learning a lot about how the competitions actually work. Blue Hill has a small group compared to many other nearby schools so the chances of winning meets is always slim. However, the events we do take always compete very closely with the best in their respective events. Even after multiple practices and meets, the OID still makes me laugh with their Star Wars characters.”
Oral Interpretation of Drama (OID):
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.