BRITT | The junior and senior class of creative writing class at West Hancock High School wrote a set of short articles reviewing some of the accomplishments that happened during 2018.
The students writing were Nathan Cabrera, Abby Melohn, Tatum Hamilton, Amber Klepoch and Tiffay Sherwood in the areas of sports, school and the fine arts.
Nathan Cabrera and Abby Melohn
In the 2017-18 year, the high school had very exciting sport seasons. The weather did not want to cooperate with the track team, but they still had a great season overall. The Boys had 5 individuals go down to state in the long jump, 110 high hurdles, shuttle hurdle, 4 x 200 and 4 x 100. Girls had the shuttle hurdle team and 1 individual in the hurdles.
With the snow keeping the golf team inside at the beginning, they still had a good season but couldn’t get many meets in as were scheduled. On the girls’ varsity team, there was a senior who advanced to the 2nd round of regionals after playing at Spring Valley.
Moving into softball, which consisted of 20 players, they had a record of 1-22 and baseball, which had 30 players, ended with a score of 3-18.
After having a great football season, our football team went down to the UNI dome.
Next, our cross country team grew in numbers this last year with approximately 15 runners between the boys and girls.
Lastly, volleyball had a record of 6-22 that consisted of a lot of upperclassmen this last year.
With the sports that started last year and still continuing through the starting of this year, including both basketball teams, they are doing great with boys with a record of 5-5 overall and 5-2 in the conference. The girls are going undefeated with a record of 11-0 overall and 6-0 in their conference.
In wrestling last year, two members made it down to state and are still continuing strong with a team score of 7-2.
Tatum Hamilton and Amber Klepoch
The West Hancock School District raised money for the Salvation Army in November, totaling approximately $930.92. A total of $465.50 went to the Salvation Army, the remaining $465.49 went to the Britt Area Food Bank.
A total of 12 West Hancock students have been awarded from the middle school for greatly improved academics and honor roll status. The majority of the high school sophomores had improved on their MAP Testing scores in reading, language and math in 2018. MAP Testing has been changed to be in the winter this year, and the Iowa testing has been switched to the spring, so the students are now taking it at the same time as everyone else in the state of Iowa.
The West Hancock High School is still at the drawing board with an engineer about it, but they are trying to free up space and make the interior entrance more spacious and flexible for both students and staff.
They are entertaining the idea of double lockers, and more designs are being drawn up and debated at the next school board meeting on January 21 in Britt. If something is decided on by the February board meeting, construction and renovation can possibly be started this summer.
In the 2017-18 school year, our fine arts department thrived tremendously. Two plays were put on by the theatre department, “Grimm M.D.: Fairy Tale Doctor” written by Jane and Jim Jeffries and “Crisis, Inc.” written by Daniel Munson
Four concerts were put on by the band and choir, there was a TIC art show, and more. There were two members of our band make it to All State. In the 2017-18 school year, our band large group received a 1 and choir large group received a 2. There were also many members in both band and choir to receive 1’s in solo ensemble.
There were 23 students out for Speech and entered 7 events and took four of those to State, including two radio broadcasting, a short film, and group mime. They also had the opportunity to perform a choral reading for the Lutheran Church and the Britt Women’s Club. In State competition, over half of the entries came home with Division I ratings. Both the Large Group and Individual Speech Team received the IHSSA Academic Achievement Distinguished Award, this means that the entire team must maintain an average grade point of 3.25-4.00.
Our Quiz Bowl attended four meets: B-G Invitational - where the team placed 11th out of 33 teams. Algona Public Quiz meet (18 teams) where they did not place. Top of Iowa Conference Quiz meet, where they tied for 6th place. This year was the team’s first time at the evening Belmond Quiz Bowl.