Fairbury sends eleven state Journalism qualifiers

Eleven journalism students qualified for state in a multitude of events. They will compete Monday April 24 at Northeast Community College. The students and their events are as follows.

Mary Lawrence: Editorial Cartooning, In-Depth News Coverage, Photo Illustration, Graphic Illustration, Yearbook Theme Development, and Yearbook Theme Copy Writing.

Evie Schwab: In-Depth News Coverage, Entertainment Writing, News Writing, and Newspaper Layout.

Mikasa Lierman: Yearbook Layout and Photo Illustration.

Kelsea Swartz: In-Depth News Coverage and Advertising.

Delainey Stewart: In-Depth News Coverage and Advertising.

Emily Burkley: Yearbook Feature Writing, Yearbook Theme Copy Writing, and Yearbook Theme Development

Joy Ondrak: In-Depth News Coverage

Paige Livingston: In-Depth News Coverage and Yearbook Theme Development

Patrick Ondrak: Newspaper Layout and Sports News Writing

Shaye Stall: Newspaper Layout

Destini Warnke: Sports News Writing

Journalism students garner awards

Earlier in the year the Journalism students entered their published work into the Journalism Education Association contest and waited patiently to hear results. Six students received honorable mention and excellent in multiple categories.

Honorable mentions were won by juniors Destini Warnke in newspaper sports writing and photo illustration, and Evie Schwab in photo illustration, and seniors Shaye Stall in editorial writing and Mary Lawrence in graphic illustration, yearbook theme and copy writing.

Excellents were awarded to sophomore Joy Ondrak in sports/action photography, senior Mary Lawrence in news/feature photography and editorial cartooning, and seniors Shaye Stall, Mary Lawrence, and Kelsea Swartz for in-depth coverage.

To see the complete list of winners, click the following link:


Swimmers dive into the upcoming season

Four schools come together and make one team. The swimmers from Beatrice, Norris, Freeman and Fairbury make up the NBFF swimming and diving team.

“With four high schools combined on our team we are very fortunate that each swimmer has an impact on the team with the way they work hard, and it is a great group who fits together really well,” coach Marian Wallen said.

The year kicks off with many friendly faces and some new ones. We have many returning swimmers along with many new swimmers.

“I think we have a great balance of newcomers and veteran leadership,” Wallen said.

Practices kicked off on the 16 and it was full of team building exercise and tons of information about the upcoming season. The first swim meet of the season is Dec. 3 at Lincoln Northeast.

Student to teacher relationships take a turn for the worst

Throughout the years there has been a downward spiral of respect in the classroom. Students are defying the teachers and acting out against them, which in most cases is disrespectful. In the classroom disrespect from one student can impede the learning of all the other students. It causes a lack of information being brought because the teacher has to handle the kid and punish them, if at all, in some sort of manner. Sometimes it causes too much of a distraction that it makes all the students act out and causes even more of a ruckus. Many people believe that respect for teachers has gone down throughout the years.

“You got punished at school and at home. You never thought about disrespecting a teacher. They didn’t take disrespect lightly.” Mark Lawrence said. Now a days the kid either gets sent out in the hall, to the office, or ignored. Most people would agree that respect has fallen.

“Society has a lot looser standard of respect- It’s all over the media,” business teacher Teresa Hansmire, said.

A lot of teachers and students believe that all teachers get disrespected at some point. Now, the cause of that may be unknown, but some students have put their insight in.

“The teacher has no authority, they are ‘jerky’ and uncooperative, and they don’t respect their students,” Althea Esteller ’17, said. Most of the students agreed on that statement. Also, many students agree that they will respect a teacher until given a reason not to.

“It is important for teachers to respect students, a mutual respect is important, don’t expect more than what you give,” Morgan Borrego ’17, said. Most people believe in the term ‘To get respect you have to earn it’ even though you should you go in respecting anyone right off the bat.

“I have expectations that need to be followed, so I need to treat the students in a respectful way to get it,” Hansmire, said.

Due to not following disciplinary orders after her rude outburst Haylee Gray ’17 is sentenced to 15 minutes in the timeout corner. Photo by: Mary Lawrence
After disrespecting the teacher by interrupting class Haylee Gray ’17 is scolded by Ms. Davidson. Davidson has a strict policy about disrespecting others in her classroom. Photo by: Mary Lawrence

“The teachers gain respect to be authoritative but not uptight, the adult should show respect for students first and in return the will get respect,” Esteller ’17, said.  The students need to be lead by a respectful authoritative figure to give the respect back. Many students agree that teachers can lose respect in the classroom easily if not careful. Among the things that were said the biggest way a teacher loses respect is by not understanding the student and their needs in the classroom. That means the teacher throws them all in a bunch and hopes they will all figure it out and then gets irritated when the student does not understand what was assigned.

Although most students respect teachers, there is the bigger picture that respect has fallen through the years. You could blame it on the teachers, the students, or even the parents. But there is no way of telling what is exactly causing this due to everyone having different personalities.

Because of her punishment, Haylee Gray ’17 promises that she will not be disrespectful again. Afterwards Gray and Ms. Davidson enjoy a good laugh together. Photo by: Mary Lawrence