Friday, April 21, 2017

Lacrosse in CHS PE Classes!

Thank you to Edison Red Nest III for sharing the history and knowledge of the game of Lacrosse during PE classes this week. Edison shared the origins of this tribal game played by Native Americans and how it was modified by European immigrants to North America to create its current collegiate and professional form.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Chadron High School Competes at the CSC Scholastic Day Contest

While 48 CHS students were in Lincoln and Omaha competing in events for the state FFA and FBLA conventions, another group of students were on the CSC campus Friday, April 7th competing in the annual Scholastic Day Contest. Chadron students did exceptionally well ...again! Chadron finished 2nd in a close race with Bridgeport in Division III team scoring.

Division III Team Scoring
1st 8.965 points  Bridgeport
2nd 8.625 points Chadron
3rd  8.152 points Kimball
4th 5.538 points  Ainsworth
5th 5.261 points Valentine
6th 4.85 points  Gordon-Rushville
7th 4.096 points Bennet County
8th 3.912 points Burns
9th 2.77 points Mitchell
10th 1.083 points Wright
NA O'Neil
NA Red Cloud
NA St. Francis

1st Walt Mays - Advanced Mathematics
1st Walt Mays - English Usage
1st Walt Mays - Vocabulary
1st Julianne Dickerson - Teaching Presentation
1st Sean O'Brien - Veterinary Sciences

5th Jay Milburn - General Science
6th Destiny Rhoden - Human Development and Family Life
6th Zach Swanson - Agronomy and Rangeland Management
6th Nate Watak - Consumer Issues
7th Teresa Gottwald - Business Communications and Vocabulary
8th Cassie Sloan - Literature
8th Michael Gieseler - General Anatomy and Physiology
8th Coy Bila - Trigonometry
9th Coy Bila - American History
9th Coy Bila - Physics
9th Sean O'Brien - Physical Education Sports Knowledge
9th Joe Ritzen - Physical Education Sports Knowledge
9th Kaylie Elliot - General Science
9th Jon Vahrenkamp - Algebra I
10th Anabel Gardner - Plane Geometry
10th Chance Nuno - World History

High School Physicals May 2nd

(From the School Nurses) Sports physical forms/letters went home with students yesterday (April 11th). Here is the note we attached. 

The High School sports physicals are scheduled for May 2, 2017 at 7am in the High School Gym/locker room area.  

Parents/guardians please fill in the Health History and sign permission at the bottom of physical form.  Please return completed form to school by April 21, 2017 along with $5 donation.

Your student MUST have the form signed and returned to receive a physical.

Three CHS Students Qualify for National History Day Contest!

Three Chadron High School students qualified for the National History Day contest in Washington D.C. which will be held this June.

Sydney Brown:  1st place individual website titled, The Hubble Space Telescope, she wins a scholarship to Nebraska Wesleyan. 

Lauren Collins and Grace Sorenson:  1st place group website and Honorable Mention NebraskaLand Foundation special award. Their title was, The Ghost Dance: Taking A Stand Against The White Man. 

Cathy Kaus and Mary Traphagan sponsor/teach the Chadron History Day students.

FFA Competes At State Convention

 Chadron FFA Results from the Nebraska State FFA Convention:

Ag Technology & Mechanics State Team placing 2nd (4 pts from 1st)Ribbons
Bucky Cattin Purple 2nd highest Individual
Michael Collins Purple
Joe Matt Red
Welding State Team placing 8th
Bucky Cattin (Arc) Purple 2nd highest Individual
Michael Collins (Mig) Blue

Natural Resources
Clark Riesen Blue
Agronomy State Team placing 48/115
Billy Tidyman Blue
True Thorne White
Nursery & Landscape Management State Team placing 11th
Joe Matt Blue
Hailey Watson Red
MiaKayla Koerber White
Tate Ryan Blue
Rachel Sauser-Smith White
Livestock Management State Team placing 8th

1st Poultry (National Qualifier)
Cody Madsen
Katie Lewin
Hunter Hawk
Beau Jersild
Drew Jersild
Ag Biotechnology StateTeam placing 5th
Hunter Hawk Blue
Megan Tidyman Blue
Kylee Garrett Red
Madison Cogdill White 
Meats Evaluation StateTeam placing 43/105
Cole Madsen Red
Cooper Wild White
MacKenzie Scoggan White
Senior Livestock Evaluation State Team placing 10th
Beau Jersild 16th/188 19th in Oral Reasons/188
Drew Jersild 26th/188 6th in Hogs/188
Kylee Garrett
Cody Madsen
LSE Senior Public Speaking
Hunter Hawk State Placing 5th highest Individual

LSE Employment Skills
Jacob Lemmon State Placing 8th highest Individual

Monday, April 10, 2017

Chadron FBLA Qualifies 7 for National Competition!

The Chadron High Future Business Leaders of America attended the annual State Leadership Conference in Omaha on April 6-8. While at the conference, students participated in a big business tour of Renze Display, listened to the keynote speaker, Hoan Do and attended a variety of workshops. But most importantly, Chadron students competed amongst all class levels in many different business competitions. This conference was attended by over 2,200 students and advisors this year. Chadron FBLA had a another year of success and brought home an abundance of awards. Seven students that placed at the state level are now given the honor to represent Nebraska at the 2017 National Conference in Anaheim, CA in June.

The national qualifiers are:
Alyssa Noble - Electronic Career Portfolio - 1st out of 22 Entries

Aubree Noble, Brooklyn Stack & Hunter Hawk - Graphic Design - 2nd out of 33

Greta Welch, Kaci Waugh & Alison Gardner - Hospitality Management - 2nd out of 50

Corbin Johnson - HealthCare Administration - 3rd out of 323

Other FBLA state honors are as follows:
Business Law (227 Students) Daniel Smith - 4th Place out 227 Students
Job Interview (367 Students) Spencer Margetts - Honorable Mention - Top 4%
Computer Gaming & Simulation Programming (11 Teams) Daniel Smith, Chace Franey - 4th Place out of 11 Teams
Business Calculations (428 Students) Corbin Johnson - Honorable Mention - Top 4%
Banking & Financial Systems (27 Teams) Corbin Johnson, Keegan Shuck, Greta Welch - 5th Place out of 27 Teams
Who’s Who in Nebraska FBLA Alyssa Noble
American Enterprise Project (12 Teams) Greta Johnson, Kaci Waugh, Jadyn McCartney - 5th Place out of 16 Teams
Gold Seal Chapter Award Entire Chapter Award
Entrepreneurship (63 Teams) Keegan Shuck, Spencer Margetts, Aubree Noble - 5th Place out of 63 Teams
Sweepstakes Award Entire Chapter Award
Personal Finance (389 Students) Keegan Shuck - 8th Place out of 389 Students
Business Achievement Award - Future Level Jadyn McCartney Lauren Collins Abby Gardner
All State Quality Member Jadyn McCartney Corbin Johnson Aubree Noble Brooklyn Stack Myia Hamaker
Community Service Award - Community Level Alyssa Noble Aubree Noble Myia Hamaker Kaitlyn Haug Hunter Hawk Corbin Johnson Jadyn McCartney Brooklyn Stack

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

NHS Spring Induction

Congratulations to the following students inducted into the National Honor Society on Monday, April 3rd:  Dana Dunbar, Kylee Garrett, Alpine Hickstein, Joe Matt, Sydney Brown, Abigail Hyer, Claire Margetts and Kellie Waugh.

Also, thank you faculty, staff and students for attending the ceremonies.

Friday, March 31, 2017

CHS Musical and Art Show This Weekend!

Performances for this weekend's Chadron High School Spring Musical:  Grease!

Friday, March 31 @ 7:00pm
Saturday, April 1 @ 7:00pm
Sunday, April 2 @ 2:00pm

The Chadron High School Art Show can be viewed during intermission of each performance in the library. 67 students will have over 140 pieces of work on display!

Tickets are $6 in advance or $8 at the door (5 and under are free)

Tickets are available at the high school office until 4pm today or from cast members.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Chadron’s Got Talent: Talent Show April 24th

On Monday April 24th the Wanderlust Cardinals will be hosting a Chadron High and Chadron Middle School Talent Show at 7:00 p.m. in the high school auditorium. The cost will be $5 for adults and $3 for students K-12.
The Talent Show will work a bit like “America’s Got Talent.” Contestants will be eliminated in their high school and middle school categories each round, bringing the final round to three contestants each.  Prize packages will include cash, food gift certificates, movie passes, etc. for those who place in the top three. A cash prize for the People’s Choice will also be given.
Any high school or middle student (or groups) that want to participate can pick up a form in the middle school or high school office. They must be turned in with the $5 entry fee by Wednesday April 19th. A sound check for contestants will be held on Sunday April 23rd at 2 p.m. Please call Jill Paopao for questions and information.

The Wanderlust Cardinals are an international traveling group of high school students who will be traveling to Germany, Switzerland, Italy, and France in June.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

No School - Wednesday, March 22nd for Teacher Inservice

There will be no school on Wednesday, March 22nd for Teacher Inservice Training!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

It's A Big Deal Day - April 19th!

FBLA Students Excelled At American Business Competition This Week

On March 15th, twelve FBLA students ventured across the street to attend the first annual American Business Competition at Chadron State College. Since this was the first competition hosted by CSC, Nebraska Council on Economic Education and Phi Beta Lambda (PBL), attendance from other schools in the panhandle was not quite at the level they were hoping for. However, Chadron High and Hay Springs both showed up ready to compete. Students were given one hour to complete a 100 question test in each event. The top score received first place honors. The Job Interview event allowed only two students per school and they were put through the interview process with a prepared cover letter and resume. Round one interviews put the top two into final interviews. Both Chadron students Greta Welch and Corbin Johnson made the final round of interviews. 

        EVENT ----- 1st PLACE WINNER --- Chadron HS
  1. Accounting --- Hunter Hawk
  2. Business Calculations --- Corbin Johnson
  3. Introduction to Financial Math --- Kellie Waugh
  4. Business Communications --- Greta Welch
  5. Job Interview --- Greta Welch

District Speech Contest Today

Good Luck at District Speech Cardinals!!!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Important Upcoming Dates For Seniors

This is the time of year to start planning for the many year-end events. I thought I'd take the time to share those important dates and times.

Graduation will take place in the high school gym again this year. We do not reserve or block off sections of seats for families. Instead, parents/friends are welcome to enter the gymnasium when it opens at 11:00am and reserve up to 10 seats on the gym floor for the family of each graduating senior. There is additional seating provided in the bleachers.

Our seniors last day (May 10th), they will be asked to come to school to check-out starting at 7:55am. After the seniors complete the check-out process, they will all meet in the high school gym at 9:00am to complete a senior exit survey followed by graduation practice.

Here's the schedule of special events:

  • Kiwanis Program
    • Wednesday, April 26th at 1:45pm in the CHS Auditorium
  • Prom
    • Saturday, May 6th at 7:00pm in the CSC Student Center
  • Baccalaureate Program
    • Sunday, May 7th at 7:00pm in the CHS Auditorium
  • Honor's Night
    • Monday, May 8th at 7:00pm in the CHS Auditorium
  • Seniors Last Day
    • Wednesday, May 10th at 7:55am in CHS
  • Graduation Practice
    • Wednesday, May 10th at 9:00am in the CHS Gym
  • Graduation
    • Saturday, May 13th at 1:00pm in the CHS Gym

If you have any questions, please call the CHS Office at 432-0707.
Thank you!

~Mr. Mack

Monday, February 13, 2017

Walt Mays, CHS Senior is a National Merit Scholarship Finalist!

Chadron High School senior, Walt Mays is a National Merit Finalist!

About the National Merit Scholarship Program:

The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®)—a test which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.6 million entrants each year—and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

CHS Parent-Teacher Conferences Tonight! (Thursday, Feb 9th)

Chadron High School will host parent-teacher conferences on Thursday, February 9th from 5:00-8:30p in the Commons area. Sign in as you enter the main entrance, we'll help you find all of your student's teachers.  

We hope to see all of our parents!

Also, there will be no school on Monday, February 20th as it will be a teacher inservice day for the district.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

John Underwood - Life of an Athlete Program Feb. 20th 6pm

We are excited to announce that John Underwood will present a program for middle school, high school and college students, parents and anyone interested in pursuing a healthy lifestyle!  The two hour program will begin at 6:00pm on February 20th in the high school Auditorium. This program is free and everyone is invited!

Many of you know that Chadron High School began a Cardinals Committed club to promote healthy lifestyle choices including: chemical health, nutrition, sleep and character. The components of Cardinals Committed are based on the principles of John Underwood's Life of an Athlete.  Several years ago, several of our coaches and a couple of students attended John's training in Lake Placid, NY. Since that time he has presented in Chadron two different times for our students and staff.

I highly recommend anyone interested in living a healthy lifestyle to join us for this opportunity!
~Mr. Mack

"Lifestyle Matters: The Body and Brain Connection"

Who should attend?
Students, Parents and any concerned individual who wants to learn more.

February 20, 2017
Auditorium @ Chadron High School

John Underwood is the Director/Founder of the American Athletic Institute and a former NCAA All-American, International-level distance runner and World Masters Champion, is an internationally recognized human performance expert, specializing in chemical health, recovery, peak training and lifestyle impact on mental and physical performance. John will share the most recent and impacting brain science studies on social drug use and the effect on the developing brain.

For more information, please contact Monument Prevention Coalition at (308)635-6162, or

This project is supported in whole or part by Grant #93.242 under the Strategic Prevention Framework Partnerships for Success Grant for the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration Center for Substance Abuse Prevention through the Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services, and by Region 1 Behavioral Health Advisory.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

CHS Senior Achieves Top ACT Score!

(Press release from the ACT News Desk)
Local Student Achieves Top ACT Score!
Walt Mays, son of Lucinda and Roger Mays and a 12th grade student at Chadron High School, earned the highest possible ACT composite score of 36. On average, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score. In the U.S. high school graduating class of 2016, only 2,235 out of nearly 2.1 million graduates who took the ACT earned a composite score of 36.

The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science, each scored on a scale of 136. A student's composite score is the average of the four test scores. Some students also take the optional ACT writing test, but the score for that test is reported separately and is not included within the ACT composite score.

In a letter to the student recognizing this exceptional achievement, ACT Chief Executive Officer Marten Roorda stated, Your achievement on the ACT is significant and rare. While test scores are just one of multiple criteria that most colleges consider when making admission decisions, your exceptional ACT composite score should prove helpful as you pursue your education and career goals.”

ACT test scores are accepted by all major U.S. colleges. Exceptional scores of 36 provide colleges with evidence of student readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead.

Attention: ACT News Desk
NOTE: For more information about the student, please contact the student directly. For more information about the ACT and ACT scores, please visit the ACT website at

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Chadron HS Text Reminders

In case you haven't signed up for my text reminders, here's how you can be added. This is my high school announcements account to hear about school closings, reminders or schedule changes.

You can remove yourself from the account at anytime by replying with the message, "@leave".

~Jerry Mack, CHS Principal

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Chadron Public Schools Closed Jan. 24-25th Due To Winter Storm

It's not often we cancel school ...two days in a row!

We'll use this second day to remove snow from each of the four school buildings and will be ready for students to return on Thursday, January 26th.  Be safe scooping, watch for snow removal equipment and drive carefully!

Monday, January 23, 2017

National Honor Society Seniors Have a Fun Day

On Wednesday January 11th, fourteen National Honor Society Seniors attended a celebration day in Rapid City, South Dakota, in recognition of the accomplishments. The day in Rapid City was spent by first enjoying a delicious dinner at the always great Olive Garden, later shopping at the Rushmore Mall. As the day went on, students attended Flags and Wheels, an indoor racing and gaming facility. Reball, an alternate form of paint ball, was enjoyed greatly by the students and staff who went along on the trip. Each student had the opportunity to ride a go-kart and enjoy a few laps around the track. To top the fun off, students enjoyed a dinner at Pancheros and a RUSH hockey game. The group was seen many times on the big screen at the RUSH game and even got to pose for a picture on the ice after. The RUSH won 3-1. Lorrie Bauer, Willie Uhing, and bus driver John Morford made this trip possible and created a fun and exciting day for the students.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

English Class Celebrates MLK Day

(Article written collaboratively and submitted by Mrs. Lanphear’s Spring 2017 Students)

Jovan Mays
A new tradition began for Mrs. Lanphear’s sophomore and junior English classes. Students walked to the Chadron State College (CSC) campus to celebrate the life of a great leader in America’s history. To start the day, Jovan Mays, a very passionate speaker and poet concerned with inhumane treatment and equal rights of all, presented at the CSC Student Center on January 16, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. His presentation was titled, “I Have A Dream?”, in which he questioned the complacency of Americans. Complacency is defined as being satisfied with a situation that could be changed, or simply not taking action. However, he also discussed non-complacency, and how speaking out against racism can be taboo. Mays encouraged Americans, and specifically audience members, to take action. He continued, explaining an example of what he called the “bomb effect.” The bomb effect is how one reacts to a dramatic change or a dramatic situation. Equal rights, according to Mays, is everyone’s responsibility. Jovan Mays’ emotional spoken word poem about his two young nephews opened listener’s minds to how we should carefully word things and how we should interact with each other. Overall, students found the presentation thought provoking and informative.

At noon, Dr. French, a CSC communications professor, shared a 2010 documentary entitled Prom Night in Mississippi. This documentary was about the town of Charleston, Mississippi and how community members faced racism in the deep South. Racism was embedded in their culture, and remains so today according to Dr. French.  Based on information provided in the documentary, it seemed parents were against interracial relationships. In an attempt to ease the racial tension, Academy Award winner and famous actor Morgan Freeman returned to his hometown (Charleston) to sponsor an integrated prom in an effort to bring the community together.

Although the thought of an integrated prom excited most students, the idea failed to impress older generations. Parents of white students arranged an in-home meeting where they decided to sponsor a white-only prom.  Soon after the meetings between the parents and students, and Morgan Freeman and students, tensions erupted between classmates of different ethnicities. Dr. French paused the film and asked for audience feedback. One man talked about his shocking experiences in the deep South. Another articulate audience member recounted her experience with white parents pulling their students out of the newly integrated schools in the Delta. CHS students returned to their classroom to discuss and reflect on the presentation by Dr. French.

One of the final sessions of the day was a community event located in the Chicoine Center. Many students from Chadron Public Schools attended the event to listen to Jovan Mays, Dr. Hillary Potter, and the Chadron Cardinal (senior and junior) Singers. Aurora, Colorado resident and poet laureate, Jovan Mays presented a poem expressing his views on racial discrimination. His tone was serious and strong, imploring and asking audience members to ponder Martin Luther King’s dream and how King could remain optimistic during troubled times. During his poem, Jovan shared the line: “Forget dreams, I’d have nightmares,” an idea which stayed with many of his listeners. The following speaker, Dr. Hillary Potter, a college professor from the University of Colorado in Boulder, mentioned that Dr. King had been arrested thirty times over the course of his life. Dr. Potter asked us to never accept social injustices. She claimed, “We don’t have to be divided.” The song, “We Shall Overcome,” was performed as a transition between speakers. Overall, the high school students enjoyed the opportunity to participate in a community event to remember Martin Luther King.