A very full year at Loyalton High
By Tess White & Josh Smith
During September, students were tested on their reading levels for AR. College night was held. Seniors went to the UNR library to research information for their senior project papers. Homecoming week was celebrated, with Sierra Little crowned queen and Danica Gressel, princess. Changes were made to the school including the removal of the bear in the gym and roof tests for damage. Katie Campbell took over the role of athletic director and assistant volleyball coach. Dianna Johnston became the cheerleading coach and Mas Nakasu was head coach.
October brought the PSAT test to juniors and others and many weekend football games. Army Sergeant Saylor presented information on the military. A rally was held on Halloween that was put on by the leadership class. Clubs began making plans for the year’s activities. The football team was tied for first in the league but eventually came out on top. Sierra Schools Foundation held the golf tournament.
November came with the first blood drive of the year. Sophomores had CAHSEE testing, and juniors took the ASVAB. The football team went to second round playoffs before ending their season. The construction classes helped benefit the school by working on a small building for the Agriculture Department. The leadership class held a celebration for administrative assistant Josephine Haydn, who retired after 33 years with the SPJUSD. Former LES principal Penny Berry took the position of music teacher for several months after the resignation of previous teacher Randy Pritchard.
Financial Aid Night went without a hitch in early December. Students were tested were tested for the Accelerated Math program to help those who struggle with math. Several girls were chosen to participate in the Step 2 program about domestic violence.
Winterfest came the week after winter break, with finals the week after. The Cougar Classic Basketball Tournament was held at the school and upper classmen started resumes. The school, unfortunately, suffered a bout of vandalism after 15 windows were smashed over several days during the Cougar Classic. The school stenciled inspiring words on the hallways and in the gyms for students. Sergeant Saylor explained ASVAB scores.
February kicked off with Mock Job Interviews, when over 20 professionals interviewed seniors. These professionals ranged from blue-collar ranchers to Sierra County Superior Court judges. The interviewers offered many aspects of life after high school. Varsity basketball boys made it to round three playoffs, but the girls fell out after the first round.
March brought FFA state degrees to many seniors. The Booster Club fundraised for LHS athletes by holding the annual Crab Feed. Brad Campbell coached softball, and Tony Vaglivelo returned to coach baseball. Sue Gressel coached the track team this year. Three members of the women’s U.S. Olympic Ski Team spoke at an assembly, talking about working hard to be successful.
LHS seniors put on the variety show, which was a huge success with a net profit of almost $2,000. Spring break gave students a break from school and time to relax. The LHS Roar informed students about possible dangers of social media and the benefits that can come with it, including contact with friends and possible jobs. Four seniors went to a meeting about the All-Star football game that will be played in mid-July.
The musical Grease was a huge success. In May the Sierra Schools Foundation held its annual hot springs fundraiser. Seniors painted the L on Elephanthead. Peace Mediators held a Domestic Violence Awareness picnic. Seniors prepped for their Senior Project presentations, held in five classrooms simultaneously without a hitch on May 23. Preston Reugebrink and Kennedy Hood went to Section Finals for track. The senior banquet was held on May 31 and are currently anticipating their upcoming senior trip to an SF Giants game Wednesday and commencement on Friday at 6 p.m.