Weekly Warrior by Savannah Burr 4/24/13


Weekly Warrior

By:Savannah Burr

            Hello fellow Weekly Warrior readers! I don’t know about you guys, but the summer weather has been making the school kids even more excited that there are only six more weeks until summer vacation! All of the students are happy to get outdoors for after school sports, P.E. and any other warm-weather activities.

            Speaking of after school sports, our tennis team had a very successful tennis competition against Quincy last Tuesday, and an awesome tournament on Friday and Saturday. Downieville won the game on Friday, because Downieville players won five of the seven matches. The tournament went amazing! Hannah Dunnam placed second in the tournament for Singles matches. She lost the Championship match against a non-league Sacramento player, but she won every league game she played.  Fiona Baiker placed third in Singles, and Fiona and Hannah placed third in Doubles.  Alexis Whitaker and Savannah Burr won one of their doubles matches and Marie Ellsworth won one of her Singles matches.  Everyone else played great games, and the entire team went home happy and sunburnt. Next time we’ll remember more sunscreen!

            The K-3 classes are very excited about participating in the spring school musical! The whole class is learning about the ocean, to coincide with the plays’ pirate theme. They even wrote their own pirate song!! The 1st-3rd graders are working on writing reports about different countries. They are required to do their own research, art, and writing for the papers. Let’s wish them the best of luck!

            The 4-6 classes are buckling down in preparation for the STAR tests. They’re reviewing their science, and how to write narrative and expository essays. They are also learning about how theweather works. STAR testing will be held on May 6th, 7th, and 8th. If you are interested in donating snacks for the kids who will be taking these tests, please call the school at (530)-289-3473.

            As far as the high school goes, the shop class is starting to make bows, and Leslie Baker is starting his senior project of making a sluice box. The yearbook class has finally finished theyearbooks (which look great this year!), and they’re on sale for $35 until May 17th, and then the price will be raised to $45.

            Two Saturdays ago, Student Council put on a Candyland themed Prom. The prom was very successful as far as Downieville dances go, with a head count of around 27 people. The decorations were very carefully put up and looked fabulous. Prom royalty included King and Queen, Brandon McDermid and Marie Ellsworth; Prince and Princess, JJ Rollins and Fiona Baiker; and Duke and Duchess, Tommy Dines and Sean Epps. Student Council would like to thank Kellie Bolle and Bernie Stringer for being very tolerant chaperones, and spending their Saturday night making sure we could hold ourdance.

            Also, Student Council is holding a Western Style Dinner on Friday the 26th at 5:00. The menu will include pulled pork, coleslaw, ranch-style beans, iced tea, and desserts. The price is $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. All proceeds are put toward our end of the year trip to Collins Lake.

            Tuesday the 23rd we had another monthly Rising Above assembly.  The winners of this award are people who are noticeably “rising above” and doing more than what’s expected of them. The winners this month included William Baker, Daisy Warta, Robert Baker, Natalie Rust, and Joshua DeLisle. On the high school side the winners were Kaylon Hall, Karlee Bolle, Savannah Burr, Fiona Baiker, Hannah Ford, Brandon McDermid, and Marie Ellsworth.

            As many of you know the annual film festival Banff was held at the Yuba Theatre, April 5th, 6th, and 7th.  The Junior and Senior classes held bake sales each night, and would like to thank anyone who came and supported the two classes by buying baked goods or simply donating.

            Last but definitely not least is CSF. Every year the state CSF organization holds five regional conferences at California high schools with workshops and scholarship awards. This year the conference was held during spring break in Yuba City at River Valley High.  Our candidate for the Seymour Award was Marie Ellsworth.  Hannah Dunnam and Fiona Baiker also attended the conference in support of Marie.  They went to several workshops and even volunteered to help the host school make baked goods for their end of conference door prize drawing.

            The 6thAnnual CSF Cancer Awareness Walk is coming up soon! It will be held on May 11th beginning at the school gym.  Registration is $10 and will start at 8:30am, and walking will begin at 9am.  You can also pre-register at the Clinic. After the walk there will be a raffle, free lunch, and presentations given in the cafeteria. Walkers should bring their own water bottles, and any other walking gear they might need. Local Sierra County cancer survivors are invited to be our guests and are encouraged to come and tell their story at lunch; if you want to speak about your story please call (530)-289-3473.

            As you can see, we Downieville students have been very busy since we got back from Spring Break! We hope to see you at our many upcoming events, and thank you for supporting the school in the past. I hope you all enjoy the beautiful weather and have a wonderful rest of the week!

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