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The Cuba Free Press April 3, 2003 Spring Sports By Ashley Farris Springtime has arrived and so have the spring sports here at Bourbon High School! This year at BHS we have a few new coaches and a lot of new and returning athletes who are all very excited to get their season started. Track practices started this month. Jason Merkel is coaching the track team for the first time this year. Merkel is a teacher at BHS and just recently finished coaching the Lady Hawks JV basketball team. "I am extremely excited about this year's team. They show a lot of potential and if they work hard, it will pay off at the end of the sea- son," Merkel stated. For some, springtime is an even busier time of the year. There are a few very dedicated ath- letes who will be participating in more than one sport this spring. "I'm very excited about both baseball and track this season. I see a lot of strong points on both sides and it should be a fun, as well as exciting, season," Marcus Bremer said. Baseball is another spring sport that started earlier this month. Although the Bourbon base- ball team has a lot of new players, they've kept the same coach this year. Danny Payne is coaching the baseball team for his second year. Payne is also the BMS boys basketball coach and a teacher. "I'm glad Danny is our coach again this years, he knows how to make our practices fun but still improve our game," Damon King said. And lastly, the golf season has begun. Their new coach, Nathan Holder, is also a teacher and the varsity boys basketball coach. He has high hopes for this year's players. Holder stated, "I'm looking forward to our season. Hopefully we will improve throughout the year." "It's going to be a fun year," said Sean Kaysinger. GVC Band Tour By Lindsay Knight The Gasconade Valley Conference finally had their band tour, aiter rescheduling three times, on March 19. Brandi Ivie and Sherri Stokes were the two band members from Bourbon High School. The tour lasted for all of the school day and they went to three different schools. The band came to BHS, then to Steelville High School and then to Viburnum High School. There was a selection of songs played on the tour. Viburnum directed, "Under the Double Eagle,"; Steelville directed, "rhe Lord of the Rings,"; Vienna directed, "Of Dark Lords and Ancient Kings,"; Bourbon directed, "Stranger on the Shore,"; Cuba directed a selection from "Cats,"; and Belle directed, "Rough Riders., , BHS Briefs Brandi Ivie said, "GVC was a lot of fun and we had good performances everywhere we went. I met a lot of new people. It was great!" "The GVC Band was really good. I liked the sons. I thought Brandi was awesome," Cassandra Bailey said. GVC math contest By Ryan Pilkenton Bourbon went to Belle for the GVC math contest on March 18. The three math teachers, Mr. Ray, Mrs. Rowden and Mrs. Studdard, chose their best students in their classes to take. There were six people from Bourbon who placed. They were: Jon Wissmann, fourth in Calculators; Tara Bobbit, fourth in Algebra I; Ryan Pilkenton, third in Algebra I; Garrett Ash, third in Algebra II; Jeremy Clausen, third in Computations and Charlotte Bruner, second in Algebra I. "The students did a good job representing Bourbon High School and our community," Mr. Ray said. College games influence classes By Ryan Pilkenton March Madness is everywhere at Bourbon High. Teachers are using the college tournament brackets as a way for students to gain bonus points or for classes to compete against each other for a party of some type. Two of the teachers doing this are Mr. Huitt and Mr. Holder. Mr. Holder is having his American History classes competing against one another for a free day by using the brackets as a type of point system. For each win the classes get right they get a certain number of points, the class with the most points wins. Mr. Huitt is giving out bonus points to the person or persons in one of his classes whose bracket is more accurate than his is. March Warhawks By Keshia Bunton-Nye Wow, Bourbon has picked their Warhawks for the month of March. Some teachers picked two students each for their behavior or improvements in grades. These students have tried very hard to succeed and help others. "It's a great feeling to be one of the few stu- dents selected each month for Warhawk of the Month," Brandi Branson said. The following students made Warhawk of the Month: Keshia Bunton-Nye, Melinda Sinclair, Chris Gargus, Jeff Greenlee, Jon Wissmann, Brandi Branson, Amanda Densen, Lisa Matlock, Tara Bobbitt, Amber Armstrong, Robert Lockhart, Tony McKnight, Brad Lantrip, Janet Morgan, Kim Badger and Bobbi Jean Gargus. "It's a great accomplishment to be chosen for Warhawk of the Month, since not many stu- dentsare chosen," Tara Bobbitt stated. Ttudts are thrflle'- get this honor. The teachers have been great, choosing the right students to get this honor. "I try my hardest to do my best in school and in life. I love new opportunities in life. I would do it all again if I had to," Keisha Bunton-Nye said. Bourbon senior goes to VICA state By Ashley Starr Parks Jesse Nelson is a senior at Bourbon High School. He goes to Rolla Technical Institute in the mornings and then goes to school at Bourbon in the aRernoous. Doing this helps him get through college. If you go your junior and senior year you will have already complet- ed one year of college. In RTI, he's studying auto mechanics. This year he competed at districts. He was in the largest group there and placed first. Since he placed well he'll move on and go to the VICA Skills State Contest that's being held from April 24-27. If he does well in this competition he can wir scholarships, tools, money and even a car! "I'm glad that I made it. I think that I'll go far because I know a lot about what I'm doing," Nelson said. "I think that Jesse did really well, RTI taught him well," Travis Robertson said. There are 13 main stations. At each station there are different things that you do. You fix problems in the cars. There are prompters, peo- ple who judge you, who watch hat you're doing. They give you points according to how well you did. The person with the most points wins. "Jesse deserved this. He tries hard and he really knows what he is doing," Gus Banderman said. GVC spring recognition By Samantha Miller The Gasconade Valley Conference night was held on March 18 at the Cuba High School. Those who made GVC basketball, Scholar Bowl or band were recognized for doing well in that organization. Garrett Ash and Ryan Bobbitt, juniors, were both All-Conference for boys basketball. The entire boys basketball team medaled second in conference and earned a Certificate of Recognition. Sophomore, Lindsey Machelett was All- Conference for girls basketball. Cole Halfaker, a senior, made All-Conference for Scholar Bowl. Brandi Ivie, sophomore, and Sheri Stokes, freshman, both made All-Conference Band. BMS Scoo A knack for Nick By Tom Summers Nick Weber is an eighth grader here at Bourbon Middle School. Nick enjoys riding his dirt bike and being outdoors. Nick has been at BMS for two years. He has attended six other schools before Bourbon. Nick lives with his mother Tracy, father Brad and his brother Ben. Ben is in the sixth grade here at Bourbon. Nick cares for his fam- ily very much and enjoys spending time with them. Nick is a confident hardworking student here at Bourbon Middle School. So now I hope that you as well have a knack for Nick. Linkin Park Band of The Millennium By Melissa Bell Anyone who has heard Linkin Park's debut album Hybrid Theory (or their remix album Reanimation) can see how much work they put into their music. They will write six or seven songs, and throw five or six of them away. Then take one song and tear it down then rebuild it numerous times. They want their music to be perfect for their fans. And they take just as much pride in their live show. I had the honor of attending a concert that was part of their Linkin Park Underground Tour last Tuesday. I'm sure anyone who was there will agree that they are amazing live. The guys do a lot of interact- ing with the fans. And before you can mosh (out of control dance) they make sure you know the car- dinal rule, "If someone falls, you pick them up," very good advice. I really look up to them as do many other people. They are an inspiration. The space for this arti- cle was limited, but I hope that I have peaked your interest. To find out more check out their official site at www.linkinpark.com. Still cruising By John Klocke Mr. Kitchen is Bourbon Middle School's seventh grade science teacher. Although he teaches sci- ence, he says he likes all subjects that require intellectual skill. Kitchen has been teaching in Bourbon for an impressive 31 years. Kitchen is ented at teaching. He ence not only and interesting as well. wonderful job of enth grade studentS upcoming Missouri MAFI In his leisure, piloting his plane his favorite movm which is a movie about in World War II. to restore old cars tion using his immense # knowledge. In addition, to confirm the rumor house the precise center' world, or the galaxy, but l cosmos! is a teacher and his job very well, ingly well for over 30 Dustin Farris By Mary Miller Dustin Farris is a student In Mrs. Bourbon Middle School. the son of Crystal Farris' construction worker him quite oRen since he child! His favorite and he loves going Nolie, he had her for says, "She is very cooll" Dustin was born on 1992, he is 10 this 11, and I have to very smart, mature Dustin's favorite song. Here" by Nelly. He ing Spongebob going shopping at the more Nike clothes and shoes. Dustin's favorite Play game is Tony Hawk He could play that loves to hang out with friend Ron Metts. isn't inside playing hfi tion, he is outside His favorite sports football and soccer. When Dustin wants to own a viper. drink is Sprite, and food is color is blue it would be to grow up dirt bike rider. He is for Christmas this favorite actor is Ada and he love www.cubafreepress.com Thanks for your support of Propositions 2 and 3 for the Crawford ,,, County R-I School District. The following people encourage you ' to vote YES twice on April.8. yZm00.0000.z - 0  t4o4. + " 2 Vote V es Prop 3 Paid for bv YES. Jenny