Journalism brings home nine medals from state competition

On April 24th eleven journalism students competed in Norfolk against other Class B schools.

Patrick Onrak ’17 earned 6th in Newspaper Layout and 5th in Sports News Writing. Shaye Stall ’17 brought home the 5th place medal in Newspaper Layout. Kelsea Swartz ’17 placed 3rd in Advertising. Mary Lawrence ’17 earned the 5th place title in Infographic design. Delainey Stewart ’18 earned 4th place in Advertising, and Evie Schwab ’18 place 5th in Entertainment Writing and 4th in News Writing.

The yearbook editors Paige Livingston ’18, Emily Burkley ’18, and Mary Lawrence ’17 placed 6th in Yearbook Theme Development.

Delainey Stewart ’18 (left) and Kelsea Swartz ’18 (right) showcases their friendship formed in journalism by holding hands on the podium while accepting their 3th and 4th place medals in Advertising.  Photo by: Joy Ondrak
Mary Lawrence ’17 eats her Gushers on stage accepting her 5th place medal in Infographic Design. Photo by: Joy Ondrak

SkillsUSA brings home gold medals from state convention

From March 30 through April 1 SkillsUSA held their state leadership conference in Grand Island. Fairbury took several students up to the state convention and was able to bring home a couple of first place finishes.

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Dalton Buxton ’19 and Tanner Novotny ’17 smile after being awarded their gold medals for Drone Tech.

Dalton Buxton ’19 and Tanner Novotny ’17 competed in the Drone Tech contest, which consists of being able to fly a drone and the other half was a journal about drones.  They were able to bring home a state championship as they earned a gold medal in the contest.

“The notebook was worth 700 points and that’s the only reason we won because nobody else had theirs done. But our flying was pretty solid too. ” Buxton said.

Also competing and bringing home a state championship was Madison Gregory ’19, as she took first place in the Cosmetology contest. The gold medal came as a surprise to Gregory.

“There was a lot of girls that did very well . . . I knew that I did good, but I didn’t think that I was even going to place,” Gregory said.

Being able to bring home some hardware from the state convention was a great accomplishment. Both Buxton ’19 and Gregory ’19 plan to return to the state convention and defend their state championships.


FBLA qualifies three for Nationals

On April 6-8, the Fairbury FBLA chapter competed in the State Leadership Conference in Omaha, NE. The first day of the conference began with a general session with guest speaker American Ninja Warrior Hoan Do.

While at the state conference FBLA members participated in business oriented tests and attended seminars from many guest speakers.

Members from the Fairbury chapter practiced and studied for these tests to compete at their best in Omaha.

“I was nervous because I wanted to place well,” Isaac Robertson ’19 said. “But I went up

Justin Peterson ’17 shakes hands with FBLA State Treasurer Blake Langmack after placing fifth in Business Plan. 

last year for two things so I knew what to expect.”

This year the Fairbury FBLA chapter qualified for nationals in three events. The American Enterprise team consisting of Justin Peterson ’17, Jacob Johnson ’18 and Isaac Robertson ’19 placed third in this event. Peterson and Robertson also qualified for nationals individually with Peterson in third place in Securities and Investments and Robertson in fourth with Introduction to Financial Math. Robertson will be able to attend nationals with a fourth place finish due to the drop out of another top qualifier.

Other recognized participators are Jaelle Johnson ’20 fourth in Middle Level Career Exploration, Mikasa Lierman ’19 Honorable Mention in Introduction to Business and Megg Vaughn ’17 Honorable Mention in Job Interview.

“I’m extremely proud of how our students competed this year at SLC. Our student’s hard work paid off this week, they really deserved it,” Logan Kats FBLA adviser said.

Nationals qualifiers will compete in Anaheim, California from June 29-July 2.

Wrestling Preseason Preview

The first practice for the Fairbury wrestling team had a different setting this year as the wrestlers took to the outside and the practice football field to start the season off right. Although there was a change in location, the hard work and talent did not change. The high-school wrestling program will have six returning state qualifiers as well as many varsity contributors.

“I feel very optimistic about this season,” Paul Mach ‘17 said. “We have a lot of good kids and I think good things are going to happen.”

One of the main points coach Derek Garfield stresses this season is that he wants his wrestlers to be the best conditioned.The goal is to be more physical and tougher than before. In order to achieve this goal these athletes are pushing themselves to be their best.

“I’ve really been going hard in practice,” Logan Slater ‘18 said.

Coach Garfield expects a lot from his wrestlers in order to be successful this season.

“I expect the wrestlers to put in lots of hard work,” Garfield said. “When you put in the work you will get positive results.”

The Fairbury wrestling program is setting the bar high in hopes to achieve in more than last year when the team had seven state qualifiers with six of those returning to the 2016-17 squad.

“We are looking at from anywhere to zero to fourteen state qualifiers. Double digits is a legit goal,” Garfield said.

The wrestlers first meet of the year is the York Invite in York on Saturday, Dec. 3.

Logan Slater ’18 practices his wrestling skills during the first outdoor practice of the season on Monday, Nov. 14.

Stall, Estrada intercept the Spirit Stick for day two of Homecoming Week

Tuesday of Homecoming Week was full of fanatics, spirit, and sports gear for Fairbury High school. Student Council judges carefully decided the winners for the “America’s Favorite Pastime” spirit day, and after much deliberation awarded Taylor Runge ’20 fourth place, Haylee Gray ’17 third place, Autumn Branson ’19 second place, and seniors Lilibeth Estrada and Shaye Stall first place and the spirit stick for a joint costume worthy of a touchdown.

Lilibeth Estrada ’17, Haylee Gray ’17, Shaye Stall ’17, Autumn Branson ’19, Taylor Runge ’20 gather for the day two winners of the StuCo Spirit Stick contest. Runge won fourth place for showing off his Packer Pride, Gray won third for getting her head in the game, Branson pinned down second place for sporting her wrestling gear, and Estrada and Stall tackled first with their Cornhusker football outfits.

Scott claims the Spirit Stick for day one of Homecoming Week.

Homecoming week started off with a blast here at FHS! On Monday, September 19, the spirit day was ‘American Day’, and students were encouraged to wear their most patriotic clothing to school. After evaluation by StuCo judges, three winners were decided. Third place went to Haylee Gray ’17, second to Justin Peterson ’17, and first place went to Jolie Scott ’18. Along with a celebratory popsicle, Scott was also trusted with the spirit stick for the entire school day.


Blazer, Trail staffs win state medals; Novotny earns gold

Five journalism students brought home medals from the NSAA State Journalism Competition Monday, April 25.

The competition provides an avenue for journalism students across the state to compete in timed competitions to determine top finishers in 21 events.

The publications department had nine students qualify to compete in the competition with five bringing home medals in four different categories including a State Champion and State Runner-up.

Tanner Novotny brought home the gold in Sports News Writing and Mary Lawrence finished runner-up in Photo Illustration.  In addition to these top two performances, Paige Patton placed third in Yearbook Feature Writing; Shaye Stall placed fourth in Newspaper Layout; and Partrick Ondrak finished fifth in Sports News Writing.

Along with the five medalists, seniors Michaela Bartels, Brooke Eisenhauer and Halle Knigge qualified for the State Competition helping the school finish seventh in the team sweepstakes.

Capturing the essence of the staff’s individual personalities, NSAA State Journalism qualifiers prepare for the group photo.

Mr. Fisher’s Egg Drop Lab

On Monday March 7, Mr. Fisher’s Physics class participated in an egg drop lab. In this lab each student was given various school supplies and an egg. Each student had to make a structure that would let the egg drop from the ceiling and make it to the floor without cracking the egg. Click the video above to watch.