Central Junior High's Knowledge Master team recently won first place in the state and ninth in national competition. The team includes Andrew Bailey, Kristen Blosser, Ashley Crowder, Lia DeRoin, Ely Fair, Dawn Filkins, Ginny Heider, Tally Heilke, Kevin Adkins-Heljeson, Brooke McLane-Higginson, Zachary King, Ben Kopsa, Erin Larive, Benet Magnuson (co-captain), Jesse Dutton-Miller, Kate Naramore, Hugh Naughtin, Silvy Perkins, Madeline Rake, Michelle Ratcliff, Sarah Richardson, Avery Richards-Perason, Katie Schwyhart, Eric Southhard (co-captain), Joseph Vella and Kellyn Young.
Seventh-graders have created decorative holiday chains that are displayed in the halls of Central. Seventh-grade classes are studying the cultural holidays of major religions and have created decorations that reflect these holidays and beliefs. Participating teachers are Kathy vonEnde, Andrea Parson, Lisa Dunitz, Carol Souders and Greg Winchester.
Central's after-school program has taken on chair art and mural painting. Under the direction of Mickie Alberding, the southern entrance to Central's cafeteria will have a student-created and -painted mural. Math teacher Sandra File and her class is helping the project by gridding the artwork for projection on the wall. The art chair project involves donated chairs that are then handpainted by students. Some of the chairs will remain at Central for display.
Central's Honor choir, Excalibur, performed at Crown Center in Kansas City, Mo., on Monday evening. Director Danielle Miller organized the trip and accompanied the group.
Central's student council sponsored a Can-Can Drive and Dance to benefit the needy of the community. Food items were collected during first-hour classes, and for each can of food, student names were put in a drawing for daily prizes. Proceeds from tickets for the Can-Can Dance also benefited local charities.