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MLHS Forensics Season Begins

by Carson Cargill

The Medicine Lodge High School Forensics team has kicked off its 2020 season. On Thursday,

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January 30, the team traveled to Clearwater for their first meet of the season. The small but mighty team of five people achieved fifth place at the large meet. Every team member broke into finals, and Carson Cargill qualified for state in original oration.

On Saturday, February 1, the team loaded up again and headed out to South Barber for their second meet of the year. On Saturday, the team came in at a close second place, with eight events qualifying for state. Sophie Dawson qualified in prose and in her duet with Kacie Fagan. Brayden Schmidt qualified for state in informative. Hailey Johnson and Mason Garten champed in IDA also. Carson Cargill qualified again in extemp.

On Monday, February 3, the forensics team traveled to Douglass for their third meet in under a week. Third time's the charm as the team won 1st place at the meet. State champ qualifiers were: Emma Randels and Hailey Johnson in IDA, Kacie Fagan in humorous solo, and Hailey Johnson in humorous solo. Alexa Etheridge qualified for the state festival in prose.

After the hectic week of meets, it was time for team and coaches, Cathy Colborn, and Matt Thom, to prepare to host the home meet on Thursday, February 6th. Even more success is sure to come for the very talented MLHS forensics team.

SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Cason Liebst

by Sophia Dawson

MEDICINE LODGE - Cason Liebst is well known in Medicine Lodge for his friendly smile that

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compliments his faith, drive, and dedicated attitude. Liebst has been a leader on the football field, as well as in basketball and track all four years of high school. Among his other favorite activities are participating in class and club trips, attending prom, and enjoying time together with his classmates and friends. During his senior year, Cason looked forward to progressing in football and he did just that when he helped lead the football team to victory at the 2019 Homecoming game. Liebst is often seen hard at work in both the metals and woodworking shops. Liebst says, “The things that you do in those classes, are what you will do for the rest of your life. You need to know how to fix your car, the trim in your house, or water lines.” Liebst works closely along the sides of several of MLHS’s delightful staff, one of them being Mr. Jake Bjostad. Bjostad has served as a mentor and has encouraged Cason to be the best version of himself. Liebst plans to attend Fort Hays State University to Major in Agronomy and Animal Science with a minor in Marketing. In ten years, he sees himself living in Barber County while raising a family, continuing to help in the community and expanding the family farm with his Dad and brother. Senior year has been enjoyable, exciting and quick. Cason wants to remind us all that the Medicine Lodge pride is fortified, and we are forever Indians.

Teacher Spotlight: Nick Schmidt

by Liam Cunningham

MEDICINE LODGE - Medicine Lodge Junior-Senior High School would like to extend a warm

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welcome to Nick Schmidt, his wife, Hannah, their daughter, Cora, and their labradoodle, Bruno. The Schmidt family moved here from Hays, KS, at the beginning of January 2020, to kickstart Nick’s future in Education.

Schmidt, the youngest of nine siblings, moved around the country as a child, living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Tampa, Florida, and Washington, DC, before settling down in Hays. Schmidt attended high school at Thomas More-Prep Marian and continued his education at Fort Hays State University, where he is currently finishing his teaching degree.

After visiting several prospects Schmidt decided on Medicine Lodge Junior-Senior High School to work on his student teaching, under Margie Eck, junior high math, and help from Dacy Woods, high school math. Schmidt has made a fast and positive impression on Medicine Lodge Junior-Senior High School and is eager to begin teaching upper-level math full-time after he graduates in May. The students and staff also look forward to having Schmidt and his family as part of our schools and community.

54 Classic Skyline Tournament

by Kierstyn Cunningham

MEDICINE LODGE - During the week of January 26- 31, the

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fearless Indians competed in the 54 Classic Skyline Tournament. They played three games, coming out victorious against Kinsley and South Barber, but falling short to Norwich on night one. On Friday, January 31, the Indians played their last game of the tournament against South Barber. The top scorers were, Theron Wedel (28), Chance Winter (12), Dasik Clouse (9), Kirk Fisher (6), and Tyce Lonker (5). The final against the Chieftains was 67-51. Theron Wedel took a spot on the All-Championship Team and Dasik Clouse received the Hustle Award. The Indians ended the tournament in 5th place.

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