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Hesston Record 9.11


Hesston Record 9.11

Bot To Battle At Hesston High

Posted 1/14/2014

By Jackie Nelson

Hesston High School will host a battle of the bots on Saturday, Jan. 18 beginning at 10 a.m. in the Hesston High commons.

Swather Robotics is hosting their first tournament since the program began last school year.

Robotics teacher Trevor Foreman said the program has seen astounding success and growth.  Beginning with only eight students last year, the program has tripled in size to 24 students.

“The purpose is recruiting other schools to get involved with robotics and Vex. It is just the next logical step.  We’ve been to tournaments, let’s host one,” he said.

Foreman said Saturday’s event will be a break from the tradition sporting event.

“It’s something I’m sure people have never seen before.  It’s hard to pull up a chair and just watch – you’ll have to stand to see the matches.  There’s going to be music. There’s going to be kids all over, robots all over. It will be organized chaos and I’ll be in the corner going, ‘This is perfect,’” he said.

Robotics student Riley Armstrong said the tournament will be a totally new experience for spectators and participants.

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American English An Acquired Skill

Posted 1/14/2014

By Jackie Nelson

The first Hesston English As A Second Language (ESL) has ended.  Three adults who took part in the class, as well as instructor and coordinator Susan Moore, said the class was an incredible success.

Juan Gomez, Salma Abdul Jabbar and Hanneke vanBergeijk, participants in the class, said they have all seen a noticeable improvement in their language skills.

“It was really helpful. I came here and I was not able to go to the store. I needed to repeatedly say what I needed. These days I am confident I can go alone and order what I want. I’m more independent,” said Saline.

VanBergeijk said even after living in the U.S. for several years, she wanted to work on her language skills. 

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Jam Session Open To All Players, Pickers, Strummers AndSingers

Posted 1/14/2014

Record Staff

The Hesston Area Senior Center is opening its doors to pickers, players and strummers from across the community.

On Thursday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m. the Senior Center is hosting its first-ever Jam Session.

Organizer Jim Hartzler said he had the opportunity to take part in Jam Sessions while living on the East Coast and aims to bring the   to Hesston.

“Over the years I’ve been part of jam sessions back east. They are a great, informal, gathering of people who play acoustic instruments.  I want to share that experience,” he said.

Hartzler said the music selections will be spontaneous and the whole event is designed to bring together players and pickers of all ages and abilities.

“It’s just a chance to get people together that enjoy singing and playing gospel, bluegrass and old-time country music.  It’s not a performance-type thing; it’s a gathering of people that enjoy music,” he said. 

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City Council Bats Around Baseball Discussion

Posted 1/14/2014

By Jackie Nelson

On Monday evening members of the Hesston Recreation Commission, Director John Earl, Secretary Brad Koehn and board member Derek Roth, addressed the City Council regarding baseball facilities in Hesston.

Roth said one of the greatest challenges the Rec is currently facing is a lack of diamonds and scheduling challenges.

“John put together numbers on field utilization in the summer and we are struggling with having enough fields to do what we need to do,” he said.

Roth said while all available fields are used for games, coaches face the challenge of finding time to work with players.

“The fields are booked solid, non-stop.  As coaches, there is no time to practice. Once the season starts, there is just no opportunity unless it is a Saturday morning or Sunday afternoon,” he said. 

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Schadler Going To Kansas Shrine Bowl

Posted 1/14/2014

 By Jackie Nelson

After a record-breaking year, Hesston High senior Ryan Schadler has been selected to play in the Kansas Shrine Bowl for the West Team.

“I actually found out through Twitter.  The day it was announced, Thursday, I saw a congratulations from the Wichita Eagle.  A couple minutes later I got a text from Coach [Clint Rider] and tweets from people.  It was exciting news.  I was pretty overwhelmed.  That’s something you dream of – watching TV and going to see it live,” said Schadler.

The 5’10, 170 pound running back said he has been playing football since he began school.

“I have been playing flag-football since Kindergarten and tackle since third grade. Never once have I thought about not playing. It’s what I’ve grown up doing. I started the moment I could,” he said.

Schadler said the time and dedication to the sport has paid off with the Shrine Bowl invitation. 

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