Friday, May 2, 2014

State DECA

State DECA
Cody Goggin
5-2-2014  12:59 pm

OWENSVILLE, MO-This march, ten students from Owensville High  School received the opportunity to attend Missouri DECA State Career Development Conference. These student qualified for the event by medaling at the district competition that was held in February. Not only was this trip a competition, but it was a good time to meet new people and have a once in a lifetime experience.
            The Owensville students stayed at the Camden on the Lake Resort in Lake Ozark, Missouri. On their first night there, the student attended the opening cermony and listened to motivational speaker Eddie Slowikowski. On the next morning the students competed in their events and then attended a hypnotist show in which they got to see fellow state DECA members hypnotized. On the third day awards were announced. Taking home awards from the contest were Nathan Smith and Cody Goggin in Sports and Entertainment Promotion Plan and David Weirich in the Principle of Finance event. Smith and Goggin finsihed in the top eight, but were not finalists. Weirich finished second in his event and now moves on to the international competition in Atlanta this May.

            Overall, this trip was a good experience for the kids as they received the opporutnity to network with students from other schools and have a great time in the Lake of the Ozarks. 

Divergent Review

Divergent Review
Zane West-Derby
5-2-2014  12:56 pm

OWENSVILLE, MO-Divergent is a new hit series that every teenager wants to read.  I recently watched the movie because I do not like to read books.  I was amazed at how much of a thrill it was!  I definitely rank it up there with the Hunger Games for the best movie of the year.
The world has had some sort of disaster, and there is a little land left unharmed in the US.  A community has set up a system of government with five factions.  Dauntless is the military and they are made up of brave people.  Erudite is made up of nerds that want to rule the world. Abnegation is made up of the common worker that helps out in the community.  Candor is made up of lawyers and the leaders of the government.  Amity is made up of peacemakers; people like counselors are in Amity.
Once a year the 16-year-olds take a test that gives them a suggestion on which faction to use.   Tris Pryor is told that she got sick and could not take the test, but she finds out that she is divergent.  When you are divergent, you don’t fit into a single faction.  You can fit into multiple factions.  The leaders kill Divergents because they think differently.  They think that is what causes war.  To find out who is divergent, everybody takes medicine that can control your body.  If you are divergent, it does not work.  
Erudite tries to overrule the government with science.  They inject medicine into the Dauntless faction and control them so that they  kill everybody,
Tris and her friend, Four, are Divergent and have to act the same as the others in Dauntless.  Even if that means killing your loved ones!  For and Tris want to stay alive, but they are also the only ones that can take out Erudite because they cannot control divergent people.  What will they do?

Top 5 Golf Courses in the United States

Top 5 Golf Courses in the United States
Zane West-Derby
5-2-2014  12:54 pm

1.  Augusta National
2.  Cypress Point Club
3.  Pine Valley Golf Course
4.  Oakmont Country Club
5.  Shinnecock Hills Golf Club

Augusta National over the years has changed a lot.  It has changed for the good though.  The course used to have no rough and little trees.  Now Augusta has long, thick rough and some of the holes have been reshaped to not make the course as easy as it was.  The changes have made the Masters Tournament more competitive.
Cypress Point Club is right on the beach in Pebble Beach, California.  Holes 15, 16, and 17 are all along the Pacific Ocean and could arguably be the best view that you could have on a golf course.  If you walk the course, you walk under a huge tree between the 15th green and the 16th tee box.
Pine Valley is arguably the mecca of golf courses.  Hole number 8, a 319-yard par 4, is breathtaking.  Gary Player famously told his caddy to give him a second so that he could “soak it all in.”  Bobby Jones says Hole number 13, a 448-yard par 4, is the greatest par 4 in the world.  A month after 9-11, the course opened their doors to the public for two days with a $1,000 grounds fee per player, per round.  They raised $500,000 to the Twin Towers fund!  That has to say something about how many people want to play this amazing course.
Oakmont Country Club is known for its lightning fast greens.  The USGA made the stimpmeter because of this course.  A stimpmeter measures how fast a ball rolls by applying a known force to a golf ball and measuring the distance traveled in feet.  A slow green would roll about 4.5 feet, a medium green would roll about 6.5 feet, and a fast green would roll about 8.5 feet.  Oakmont Country Club greens have been measured from 13 to 15 feet.  
` If you like a links style golf course, then you will love Shinnecock Hills Golf Club.  It is thought to be one of the first links golf courses in the United States.  William Flynn designed the course in Southampton, New York.  It was remodeled twice by C. B. McDonald.  When the Depression hit the U.S., William Flynn took control of the course and the course has not been messed with for over fifty years.
These courses that I have chosen are totally opinions.  If you would ask 10 people their top 5 courses, you would get 10 different answers.  Most definitely, though, these are some of the greatest courses, not only in the U.S. but also in the whole world.  That is why golf is so amazing!  If you play a lot of courses, you get to see the beautiful parts of the world.

Dutchgirls Soccer

Dutchgirls Soccer
Kelsey Kern
5-2-14  12:51 pm
As spring sprung into step, so did all of our Dutchmen/Dutchgirls sports teams. The newest one being your Owensville Dutchgirls soccer team. After many years of working on getting the team, it was finally accepted by the school board at the end of the last school year. Jordan Palmer was assigned coach of the new team, with assistant coach Beth Swooba, (who coaches the Gerald Club soccer team.)
                The Dutchgirls started off their season playing Pacific High school; it was a cold, snowy hard fought game that, unfortunately, ended in the Dutchgirls defeat with JV 10-0 and Varsity 7-1. Marissa Jett, however, kicked her way into Dutchgirls history scoring the first ever goal for the OHS girls soccer team.
                The next game for the Dutchgirls had them facing the 5- time district champions, Union High school, both games were very long and hard fought, but both teams for the Dutchgirls ended in a 10-0 defeat.
                Then finally, capping off the season thus far, the first Dutchgirls home game was a success, with a 4-0 victory over Bell High School. Despite the rain, and the past two defeats, the girls certainly showed that no one would beat them on their turf! The girls continue to work hard and improve to ensure victory at their next game. 

Monday, February 17, 2014

Snow Day Meditations & Ruminations

Written and submitted by Mr. Barry Johnston
2-17-2014  12:50 pm

Snow Day Meditations & Ruminations
Winter is harsh, but so is summer.
Winter is quiet, but summer is loud.
The abrasion of the shovel on the agglomerated firmament the only sound save for the sound of the wind sweeping sinuously around the obstacles arrayed in its path by the trees, alone protrude on one’s awareness.  In summer the sounds of the birds suppress and mask these solitary sounds, providing distraction from one’s meditative thoughts.  Even though it is commonly thought that snow degrades sounds, you can hear two plow truck drivers talking half a gridiron away indicating that the lack of distracting tumult arises from the lack of sources not the absorption of the snow.
The ablutions of the snow day foster a meditative opportunity in the stillness and silence of the experience.
The pathway to thought reached many forks and options for considering the experiences of the day.  Clearing the access to one’s abode arises from juvenile activities fostered during when snow days were celebrate, not dreaded, for the increasing the days before summer’s respite in May.  Greeting the harsh and bitter day as one proceeded from home to home fulfilling the responsibility engendered by parental promises to their elders that lived in town.
The fortunity, through personal interaction with the meteorological phenomena of winter, to discern that harsh is relative, 40 degrees is cold to someone who has not felt -20 degrees for a few months, while earning resources to support one’s personal aspiration, minor though they be, creating the impetus for the exercise .
Is the chance becoming rarer due to the emigration of one’s elders to warmer climes or to communal residential structures where the need to have a local youngster clear your sidewalk is taken care of by professionals with no need of scores of middle and high school aged students to complete the process?
Removed from the occasion to live through winters might; are we creating a generation lacking in the full appreciation of the opening winter gives us to access and pursue the mental gymnastics of creativity when we have little choice.  After completing exercise and collecting the fruits of our labor, we returned home to an environment lacking engaging options.  The evasion of boredom drives a person to create distractions and employ in the creative processes finding something to do to fill the time between completing the ablutions of the snow day to the retirement for the night.
Today young persons have a plethora of distraction, some good some not so good, to fill their time  So much so that they do not see the chance to enjoy the interactions and lessons gleaned from facing the harshness of winter.
This consigns us to hope that the saying change and thing staying the same is true this time too.

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