Welcoming New Teachers to the Valley!
By Kelsee Johnson
Clear Fork welcomes to the Valley two new Spanish teachers, temporarily. While Mrs. Haring is taking the year off, Miss Bollinger is filling in her place, while Mr. Barrett takes the role of Mrs. Weaver while she is out on maternity leave. Every year students have to adapt to new teaching styles as well as new teachers. Students that are not taking Spanish this year might not be familiar with the new teachers on our staff. In case you haven't met them yet here's a chance to get better acquainted with them.
Miss Bollinger graduated from Bucyrus before attending Tidelsburg for her bachelor's degree and Eastern Michigan for her masters. Growing up she liked all languages, however, she had a special liking for the Spanish language. She studied abroad in Mexico, Argentina, and Spain learning the culture more in depth. This is her first year teaching Spanish. Previously she has taught English as a second language. Overall Miss Bollinger has been teaching a little over three years. When she isn't teaching she enjoys playing cards, such as euchre and hearts. She has a love for action movies and rock n’ roll. She doesn't have a lot of free time on her hands, when she does she researches and loves spending time with her cats. Clear Fork is very excited to welcome Miss Bollinger to the Valley, she is kind and outgoing and would love to meet more students outside of her classroom.
Filling in for Mrs. Weaver is Mr. Barrett. He grew up near Dayton attending Northmont High School, then later studying at Mount Vernon Nazarene. Mr. Barrett chose to teach the Spanish language because he has a passion for the culture. In order to learn the ways of the culture better, he studied abroad in Costa Rica, twice. Mr. Barrett has been substituting for two years now, but plans to soon have a full time position. He loves being able to teach Spanish directly to his students. Outside of school, Mr. Barrett has a wife named Serra, and has three children: two boys and one girl. He enjoys coaching volleyball, reading, spending time with his children and eating good food while travelling with his family.
Although our Spanish teachers are only here for a short time, we are still welcoming them with open arms and hope to make their experience unforgettable.
By Victoria Skoog
This month’s Student Spotlight is Senior Blake Dinsmore. Blake went to Clear Fork for most of his schooling but transferred to Madison for a couple of years and just came back to Clear Fork in the middle of last year. When asked about his return to Clear Fork he says,“ Yes it feels good to be back with all of my friends and to have a good football program this year.” We chose him for this month’s edition because of the game he played against Bellevue two weeks ago on September 1st. Our Colts beat Bellevue 20-14 in overtime making the 2017 season 2-0. Blake had 2 touchdowns, 78 yards passing and 128 yards rushing. He plays not only quarterback but also corner on defense. He contributed to the game with many tackles and blocked passes. Blake likes to play both offense and defense. He says that he gets exhausted at times but it’s a lot of fun. When he gets tired he just has to think of the rest of the game and his teammates and is able to brush it off. He is very excited about being 2-0, but his ultimate goal would be to be 10-0. Just before overtime, Blake swatted a long pass and landed with a leg cramp. With the phenomenal game he was playing, everyone in the crowd and on the sidelines was worried it was something more major. Luckily he jogged off the field to the sidelines and re-entered the game shortly after. He said that he wasn't nervous for the overtime, “I knew we would win it, but it was just a matter of time.” He says that he doesn't feel like there is any pressure held on any one person, “We have a lot of good players to help hold up the team and we do it all together.” All in all, Blake is excited for what the rest of the season holds and thinks that they have a good chance of not only making the playoffs but going undefeated. Great Job Blake!
* The Colts are currently 3-0 at time of publication. Blake was previously interviewed.
Homecoming Match-ups and Tips
By Reagan Marshall
With the football season underway comes the Homecoming game and dance. The Homecoming game is on October 13th and the dance is on the following day. With the dance around the corner students are beginning to think about asking other people. Most students go with their friends but some take a date. One couple that should go together are Mikayla Vail (11) and Jacob Shenberger (10). They both are super outgoing and are very fun, exciting people. They love to dance and are also good friends.
Another couple that should attend the Homecoming dance together are senior Jacob Bailey and junior Valerie Golden. They both are athletic and share a ton of qualities and have the same personality. Valerie has also been seen wearing Jacob's jersey around school on Fridays. They are both also super outgoing and they both love football. With Homecoming comes a lot of fun and dancing. Here are six ways to enjoy Homecoming:
Homecoming is a fun dance that you can go and have a good time with your friends. So find a date or a group to go with!
The Best Best Friends
By Emma Hosey
With the school year just starting and summer coming to a close, there are many opportunities to make new friends and become better friends with the ones you already have. Having a best friend can make going to school each day just a little bit better. Whether it is sitting with them at lunch or talking by your locker before the next period best friends can bring a smile to your face. I decided to take a look at a few of the best friends around school. When you think of that person you automatically think of their friend.
My first set of best friends is Lauren Mellott and Alysia Miller. Lauren and Alysia both play tennis together, are involved in FFA, and have been best friends for two years. They started being friends for the first time when both their families went on vacation to Gatlinburg,Tennessee together. Lauren said ¨ We had never really been that great of friends but on that trip we just started to hang out and we got really close and by the end we were best friends.¨ Their favorite memory together is when they were both sitting in the hot tub on vacation and Alysia was trying to chug a whole bottle of water and Lauren made her laugh. "Needless to say the water went everywhere," said Alysia.
The second best friend group is Nate Oswalt and McKenna Milks. They have been best friends for two years but as Nate says ¨Too Long.¨ His favorite things about McKenna is her facial features, amazing personality and her dog. McKenna's favorite thing about Nate is his humor. Their favorite memory with each other is when they went back to school shopping a few months ago in Columbus and stopped by Raising Cane's on the way home. McKenna also enjoys going to Nate's soccer games, eating lunch together everyday, and hanging out.
The last Best friend couple is Reagan Marshall and Valerie Golden. They met when they were both four years old through their older brothers that were both friends. They love doing "everything together" said Reagan. One of their favorite memories together was when they went to Chicago to a Chicago Bears game and shopping. Regan also enjoys helping Valerie with her horses and playing basketball with her.
By Erika Robinson
Meet 3 year old Tripp Heffelfinger who lives in the community. Tripp is suffering from a rare brain tumor called Gliomatosis Cerebri. He is a fun, loving, energetic little boy. That may be where the phrase ‘Tripp Tough’ originated from.
In May of 2016, Tripp had a full blown seizure where he lost consciousness. Then on August 5th, he was at home with a babysitter and had a mini seizure that lasted up to five minutes. His parents did not take this episode lightly. Tripp’s father, Kurt, took him to the Knox Community Hospital where they decided to do a CT scan which came back abnormal. They then rushed Tripp to Nationwide Children’s for a follow up MRI, which also came back abnormal. They were told that he needed to go in for brain surgery because he had a tumor and that he would also need to receive chemotherapy.
Flash forward a year to August 9th, 2017. Over the past year Tripp’s pathology report has been to 6 different hospitals, including St. Jude's, Mayo Clinic, Boston, Harvard, Canada, and Germany. They figured out that the tumor is called Gliomatosis Cerebri, which is a rare brain tumor that is very aggressive and very resistant to treatment. This is not like any other tumor, it is like sporadic cancerous threads that infiltrate deep in the brain tissue, which makes it very difficult to remove during surgery. It is so rare that only 100 cases are diagnosed each year.
The week of August 28th-September 2nd, they took Tripp in for preparation for the worst case scenario. They wanted to pull stem cells out of Tripp to help him recover from the higher dose of chemo that he is going to have to go through soon. Unfortunately, after sedating Tripp and realizing that they would not be getting enough cells, his parents had two choices: either keep Tripp sedated until the next morning, or completely abort the procedure altogether. Kurt and Beth thought hard, but made the decision to keep him sedated to try again in the morning. Unfortunately though, they still could not retrieve enough cells, so they had to abort the procedure.
He has not had any major complications since then and has been doing really well. He has to be back this Friday for a kidney scan in preparation for his big chemo treatment next Friday. Keep Tripp in your thoughts and prayers.