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.

Second Annual StuCo Dodgeball Tournament

On Friday November 20 the Fairbury High Student Council hosted their second annual dodgeball tournament. There were 12 teams entered in the competition. The tournament was double elimination style with a three game guarantee.

Logan Slater ’18 takes aim at an opponent at the second annual Student Council Dodgeball Tournament. Slater played for the team “Loco Ducks”.

The tournament championship game included the teams Vintage Varsity and Hawaiian Punch. Vintage Varsity was a team that consisted of teachers and coaches from Fairbury Public Schools. Hawaiian Punch won the game to take the championship title.

Hawaiian Punch takes a group picture after winning the second annual Student Annual Dodgeball Tournament. Hawaiian Punch was the runner up in last years dodgeball tournament.

Students adapt to changes in schools

There were many changes to the school from 1989 to 1990. The biggest difference was the school. That year they moved from the ‘23 building to the ‘89 building.

Open campus was taken away because there was always trash littering the school grounds. When they moved to the new building they changed from letting everyone have open campus, to closed campus.

“The last year we were in the ‘23 building, it was my first year teaching.  One change was that everyone had open campus. When we started school in this building the Fine Arts center wasn’t here so we did all our convos in the gym and we would set up the stage in the commons.” Business teacher Teresa Hansmire said.

According to the 1990 yearbook, “On August 22, there was a traffic jam. 165 cars were trying to park in the 165 parking spaces. Everyone was confused and disoriented in the new school. They had to acclimate to the new school and find new places for their group to hang out, eat and to park.” Many of the students’ parents did not tolerate disrespect in their homes, which in turn made the students respect their teachers more. Now the students’ parents try not to punish their kids because they think that their kids might hate them because of their discipline, which make them less demanding. This makes the students respect their parents and teachers less.

“The students respected the teachers more when they went to school in the ‘23 building than they do now. Back then students respected their parents more but now a lot of students are on their own a lot of the time which gives little respect to parents and also to teachers,” substitute teacher Bob Bauer said.

The 1989 yearbook states that “the students were looking towards a better future and a better school. They were ready to move to the new school and ready for the changes.”

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The old school was built in 1923. There were other buildings that the students had to walk to to get to their other classes. Photo by: Stephen Engelman

The 1989 yearbook states that “the students were looking towards a better future and a better school. They were ready to move to the new school and ready for the changes.”

“The big difference from this school and the ‘23 building is that you had classes in the ‘23 building but also had classes in the superintendent’s building so the students had to leave the building to get to some of their classes.” Social studies teacher Randy Simpson said. No matter what classes or teachers have changed over the years, the history of FHS is relevant today.

The new school was built in 1989. The students were both happy and confused with their new school. Photo by: Ludwig Von Thurn

The new school was built in 1989. The students were both happy and confused with their new school. Photo by: Ludwig Von Thurn


FHS BLAZER receives highest honor

Fairbury High School’s school newspaper The Blazer received top honors for its 2014-15 volume. The Nebraska High School Press Association (NHSPA) awarded the staff  a Cornhusker Award after judging the publication along with other publications from across the state.  According to the NHSPA, a Cornhusker is “awarded for journalism excellence in high school publications.” It is equivalent to winning a state title.

The Fairbury High School Blazer for  2014-15 included:

Cole Bauer, Editor-in-Chief

Paul Lawrence, Assistant Editor

Jace Harris and Bryce Schouboe, Sports Editors

Halle Knigge and Brooke Eisenhauer, Page Editors

Gabby Weatherl and Madison Schlake, Columnists

Reporters: Avery Joe, Anna Schouboe, Mercadeze Engleman-Meyers, Paige Patton, Josey Zabokrtsky, Kellsie Specht, Michaela Bartels, and Stephen Engleman

Jed Martin, Adviser

Returning staffers of the 2014-15 Cornhusker Award winning Blazer are (back row) Stephen Engelman, Paige Patton, Josey Zabokrtsky, Paul Lawrence. (Front row) Michaela Bartels, Anna Schouboe, Brooke Eisenhauer, and Halle Knigge.
Returning staffers of the 2014-15 Cornhusker Award winning Blazer are (back row) Stephen Engelman, Paige Patton, Josey Zabokrtsky, Paul Lawrence. (Front row) Michaela Bartels, Anna Schouboe, Brooke Eisenhauer, and Halle Knigge.

StuCo brings ideas to the table

The school year has officially started and many new additions are popping up in Fairbury Jr.-Sr. High school. With 36 members in stuco alongside their sponsors Mrs. Beranek and Ms. Beck for the 2015-2016 school year, will be creating new ideas to be more inviting and fun.

Some people may have noticed we have a new addition to our cafeteria. The microwave has become a big hit within the lunches. Students bring lunch from home, enjoy having more options.

“We wanted to give the students more lunch options,” Bethany Klaumann ‘17 said.

Some kids used to go to teachers rooms to use their microwave. Now we can use our own.

“Trent Grizzle said he used to have one at his school, and he brought it up one day and we all loved the idea,” Macy Ohlde ‘18 said.

Ohlde is the stuco president and had quite a bit to say about this upcoming year, especially new things for homecoming.

“We’re going to try to bring back the bonfire for homecoming and a drive in movie probably in the back of the school the week of homecoming. We’ll be playing the movie, Back To the Future, since that’s the theme,” Ohlde ‘18 said.

With that in mind, homecoming will be even a bigger hit. Many new additions are sure to be brought onto the horizon.

“It means a lot to be the president because the council believes I can make the school a better place,” Ohlde ‘18 said.

Mentioned before, having 36 members in stuco can have an impact on the organization.

“I think the upperclassmen can show the new members the ropes and help set up with dances and the camera for the stuco show,” Klaumann ‘17 said.

The stuco show has a variety of hosts this year. Paige Patton and Britney Scheetz host a few shows then hand it off to Jacob Johnson and Paul Mach for a few other shows. The show happens every Tuesday during block 1/2.

Student council is spicing it up this year. They’re getting more involved with fun activities and other additions while bringing back old traditions.