Mason City High School student newspaper

Academic Decathlon Advances to State
By Olivia Bull, Sophomore
fter months of studying and preparation,
the MCHS Academic Decathlon team has made it
to the state competition.
The team hosted a non-traditional regionals on February 1st, with the help of
many staff volunteers. The
original regional competition was delayed numerous
times due to weather, so the
team ended up competing
at home during the school
day. Despite the stress of
rescheduling the event
and last minute changes,


their hard work paid off.
The head coach of Academic Decathlon is Allia
Yarrow. It is Yarrow’s first
year as head coach, and she
was the assistant coach last
year. The team is made up
of 13 members, in 3 divisions: Honors, Scholastic,
and Varsity. The team score
from regionals this year was
24,320= second in regionals. The top two scores from
Honors were Britta Elsbernd and Nathan Elsbernd,
from Scholastic were Olivia
Bull and Maya Justice, and
from Varsity were Hugo

Aldana and Jessica Orton.
Many MCHS students
do not know what Academic Decathlon is, so Yarrow wanted to give a brief
overview, “I like to call it
the ‘Nerd Olympics.’” You
can tell this comes from
a place of love, as her and
the team enjoy preparing
for their competitions and
learning about new subjects. Each competition is
comprised of 10 events; 7
academic tests (art, music,
economics, mathematics,
social science, literature,
and science), speech, in-

terview, and essay. There
is also a theme each year
for the curriculum, and
this year’s was the 60’s.
“I think they’re going to
do really well, this is a good
team,” says Yarrow, and
she is right. Our Academic
Decathlon team is doing a
great job, and is planning
on keeping the streak going. The team would also
like to offer their appreciation to the MCHS teachers and staff who volunteered as judges on such
short notice. Good luck at
state, Academic Decathlon!

MCHS Holds Annual Coaches vs Cancer Event
By Emma Garrett, Sophomore
n February 1st, 2019,
the annual Coaches
vs. Cancer basketball game
was held in the MCHS gym.
Marshalltown came up to
play the Mason City boys
and girls teams. The Mason
City Girls Basketball team
wore pink jerseys to support
a cure for breast cancer.
People from throughout
the community attended
the game to support this
annual event. The MCHS
pep band, Mohawk Power
was there to perform during pre-game and half-


time, the student section
was large, and the rest of
the community was there
cheering on the teams.Tom
Kirby,Assistant Girls Varsity Coach, said that his
highlight was seeing the
community come together
and be a part of something
“bigger than basketball.”
Being bigger than basketball is what is so amazing
about the Coaches vs. Cancer event. Ask anyone, and
they will probably say that
they have been affected by
cancer somehow, whether it be a relative, friend,

loved one, or even complete strangers whose stories have been heard by so
many. Because of this, it is
important to do our part as
community members and
support this fight against
cancer. As Mr. Kirby put
it, “Helping in the fight
against cancer is so important with how many of us
have been affected, whether it be personally, or with
family members or friends.
In addition to money
raise at the game itself,
MCHS students and staff
contributed to the fundrais-

ing through buying t-shirts
and necklaces in the week
leading up to the game.
All money raised goes to
benefit the American Cancer Society. The American Cancer Society funds
research studies, provides
valuable information to
those affected by cancer,
supports cancer survivors
and their caretakers, and
advocates for a cure. Since
its beginning in 2008, the
Mason City High School
Coaches vs Cancer events
have raised over $100,000.

Mohawk Speech Competitors Receive All-State Recognition
By Caleb Lillquist, Senior
reparation over the
past couple of months
for the MCHS Group
Speech Contest participants paid off. Students
first competed on January
19th at District Contest.
All MCHS competitors received a Division 1 rating,
advancing every Mohawk
student to the state contest.
Speech competitions are


divided into two categories: varsity and freshmen.
MCHS Speech advanced
two readers’ theater events,
two improvisation groups,
and a musical theater group
to compete at the state
competition. The state contest was held at Waterloo
West High School on February 2nd. At state, the varsity readers’ theater, varsity
improv, and the musical

theater events all received
straight Division 1 ratings. Events which receive
straight Division 1 ratings
can then be chosen for the
All-State Speech Festival.
One of the MCHS groups
was honored with an AllState non-performing recognition. The readers’ theater “This is a Test” was
selected as one of the top
performances in the state.

The Mohawk Speech team
is coached by Mrs. Alexander and Mrs. Rothers.
Although the group competition season is over, the
team is already preparing for individual speech
competition, which will be
held later this spring. Congratulations on a successful group speech season!

Metros. As is with many
sports their team goal was
to play and win the state
tournament, however due
to such a young team they
were not able to make the
playoffs this year. According to senior captain Kade
Kloster-Hodak “We had a
tough year since our team
was majority freshmen,
but with our young team
expect better things in the
near future as they mature
and become better players.”
The team practices four

days every week during
the season. To prepare
for games they arrive at
the arena two hours prior
to home games, and one
hour early for away games
to warm up and go over
game plans. The Mohawk
Hockey team may have had
a rebuilding year, but that
will not stop them. Even
after their season is done
they are continuing to grow
and learn. According to
hockey liaison David Blaha “The future is bright.”

Mohawk Hockey 2019
By Sydney Sullivan
he 2019 Mohawk
Hockey season is in
full swing with a young diverse group of men. The
hockey team is consisted
of 21 players: 7 from Clear
Lake, 2 from GarnerHayfield-Ventura, 1 from
Central Springs, 1 from
from Newman, and 9 from
Mason City. Senior captains are: Ben Blaha (Clear
Lake), Isaac Donahoo (Mason City), and Kade Koster-


Hodak (Mason City). The
team lost 14 seniors last
year so they may be going through a rebuilding
year, but they are learning
and growing each week.
The team starts preparing for the season all the
way back in August. Official practices start in late
October and the season
ultimately ends in March
with the state tournament.
Last year, the Mohawks
ended up in second place at
state against the Sioux City


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