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.

Brown Signs to UNK


By Becky Cox

PeeWee to high school, and now to college football. At the young age of 10, Collin Brown started his football career and now he will officially become a UNK Loper next Fall.

During 4th grade, Brown joined his first football team, the Hastings Chargers. All his life, Collin has been a bit bigger than most of the other kids on his team. That has made it possible for him to play Offensive and Defensive line since his start in the sport. By 6th grade, Collin was truly in love with football. Between his 6th and 7th year of school, Brown realized he wanted to go all to way: To play collegiate. And that dream has now come true.

For the past 5 months, Collin, along with some family support, has traveled all over the midwest visiting colleges, trying to find the right one for him. After many days traveling, football camps, and hard thinking, he made his choice.

As of this week, Collin Brown will officially become a UNK Loper next August. When asked what the deciding factor was, he said, “My head, heart, and gut is at UNK.” He is very excited to be part of a new family. His only fear is the college life that accompanies his choice to play in college.

Seniors Glassblow at Hastings College

By Becky Cox

On Tuesday, Blue Hill’s New York City Crew traveled up to Hastings College to practice glassblowing with Tom Kreager, professor at Hastings College. The students watched a demo from Tom, then made their own glass paperweights.

Senior, Johnny Bauman was excited to try something new, “It’s like welding, but with new equipment.” Some students found the art slightly easier than they expected, while others thought it was “way more complicated.”

Students had to relax and be calm while working to get a solid, attractive piece. Creating glass paperweights involves dipping a punti into molten glass, gathering shards of colored glass and repeating the process for desired size. The glass blower will then shape the piece with wet wood equipment to a nice round finish.

Students enjoyed experiencing something different in the field of art that most high school students don’t get the chance to try.

The glass studio at Hastings College is a strong feature of the new Jackson Dinsdale Art Center, with expanded space to work and bleachers for watching the action.