26 September 2018--TOP, standing for Teen Outreach Program, teaches students to be leaders and how to deal with everyday challenges like peer pressure, morals and other things a teenager deals with. As part of thier community service hours, the club decided to make puppy chow for the football this past Friday. “Today, we’ll be making puppy chow in Mrs. Ford's room,” Ms. Angie Anderson, school nurse and supervisor of TOP explained. “And we will be selling it at that night’s football game at 7:00 to raise money for United Way as apart of our mandatory twenty hours of community service”. Also by selling the puppy chow, TOP will be helping to reach the schools goal of raising as much money as possible for United way, a charity that strives towards helping members of the community of Mexico, MO. When asked if TOP plans to do anymore charitable work, Ms. Emily Ellis, a co-leader of TOP and one of the counselors here at MHS, stated, “I don't know what we have planned, but TOP will do many other things to help the community”. Ms. Ellis, along with Ms. Anderson, supervises the club and help the students if needed.
GLOW By Lillian Knipfel
GLOW: God Loving & Obeying Women, a women's study group created by Kyleigh Wayman and Sidney Kennemore here at MHS. Kyleigh and Sidney's purpose for this club is to make it easier for girls to make a connection with God here at school. While creating this club, Kyleigh and Sidney had their friends and family to help bounce ideas with, one of Kyleigh's main inspirations is someone who she looks up to, a former youth minister. Starting this club wasn't easy, they went back and forth with administration to find ways for the club to abide by the schools rules, such as when and where they can meet. With the help of friends and others, they were finally able to make it work. They were able to schedule their meetings every other Wednesday morning. At these meetings they plan on reading a book called, ¨Magnetic¨ which is about learning how to be the woman God wants you to be. They also plan on attending college events, such as the ones at Ozark Christian College, and even sharing info about an event called NYR in Colorado. After getting all of the details figured out, they needed to get the word out, so they set up a table at SID day. 47 girls signed up at SID and more later on, when asked if this was expected Kyleigh said happily, ¨Not at all, I thought I was going to have 20 at max. But then at SID we ran out of sign out papers and we had to make more and it was nothing I ever expected it to be.¨ Kyleigh and Sidney have a lot planned for GLOW this upcoming year and they and everyone else are excited to see what they are capable of.
All District Choir Auditions By Gracelyn Penn
27 September 2018-- September 15, Mexico High's choir students auditioned for the Northeast Missouri All-District Choir. There were 15 students (out of 23 students) who were selected to the Northeast Missouri All-District Choir- which is a new record for Mexico, by the way. Andrew Stephens, Josh Forbis, Noah Harlan, Jackson Unger, Deacon Haag, Mason Lower, Ryan Beasley, Jacob Holtkamp, Halie Lamberson, Miriam Gleeson were selected for the 9th-10th grade choir. Elaina Grubb, Catie Prater, Steven Owings, Sarah Kasubke, and Gracelyn Penn were selected for the (more difficult) 11-12 grade choir. These students will go down to Moberly High School on November 3rd and work with a professional choir director. They will learn a series of songs and perform them that night. "It's an amazing experience," Gracelyn reflects. This is Steven's and Gracelyn's fourth year in a row of making it. The 11 and 12 graders have a chance to audition a second time for state choir, which is a phenomenal accomplishment if one makes it. Steven Owings made state choir last year, and he was the first person from mexico to make it in over a decade. He then even auditioned further, and was recently informed that he made national choir.
Mexico Dixie Gray at Wright City By Sherell Williams
25 September 2018-- The Mexico Dixie Gray Band went to Wright City, MO this past weekend to compete in their first competition of the marching season. The band's field show consists of music from Disney's Pixar movie, The Incredibles. Mr. Josh Yancey, head band director says, "It was our first competition. We did good, there's obviously some places where we can improve. You know, for a lot of the band's band people it was their very first competition in high school so it's a really big learning experience." The band got second place in both field and parade competition. The color guard also got second for their indoor performance.