Friday, October 23, 2015

PPHS works with local food pantry


By: Michelle London, Reporter

The holidays are just around the corner, and for Pleasant Plains students, that means this means it's time to serve. 

"We usually have a food drive around Thanksgiving time, and there's a lot of people who come in and they can donate cans and sometimes we even can donate money," said Pleasant Plains Senior Lauren Hurt.

Items are given to the helping hands food pantry in Pleasant Plains.

"We provide approximately 40 families here in pleasant plains with 10 days to two weeks’ worth of food."

Lisa Reiser, who runs the pantry, says they gave away four-thousand pounds of food last month alone. Donations came from local churches, businesses and schools like Pleasant Plains High.

"We couldn't really run this food pantry without the help from our entire community and I'm really grateful that our community is so generous," said Reiser.

For Friday's big match-up, these students have come up with a fun way to provide for area families in need.

"They're donating t-shirts for our football game on Friday and then people who come to the game, family just supporters of the football team can go ahead and make a donation for the t-shirt, then the donations will be brought back to the food pantry," said Hurt.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

PD Friday

On Friday, the teachers and myself were fortunate enough to get some time to participate in some fun team building activities. The team of Mrs. Schmitz, Mrs. Shaver, Mrs. Crossland, Mr. Crivilare, and Mr. Lucas were victorious in the competition.

Boys Golf Headed to State

Congratulations to our boys golf team as they are headed back to state! The following is a blurb from the SJ-R.

HAMILTON — Spencer Allender shot an 83 Monday at par-72 Deer Run Golf Course to lead Pleasant Plains to a second-place finish in the Class 1A Hamilton Sectional and a team berth in this weekend’s boys state golf tournament.
Plains shot a 350 team score. Quincy Notre Dame won the meet at 331, and Rock Island Alleman took third at 358. The top three teams advance to the 1A state meet.
“Spencer Allender (the Cardinals’ lone senior) came through for us, and so did (sophomore) Christian Darush (who shot 90),’’ Plains coach Paul Kastner said. “He was really on fire until the last couple of holes, then he kind of struggled. He shot a 42 on the front nine, which was huge for us. That’s his best round of the year.”
Plains qualified for state for the fourth straight year and the sixth time in the last eight seasons.
“The (state berth) in 2012 was the most surprising,’’ Kastner said. “We were really young that year. This one’s surprising, too, but I knew we had a chance. We just had to put up a number. The kids did a great job in tough conditions. The wind was howling.”

Friday, October 9, 2015

Boys Regional Golf Champs.

Congratulations to Coach Kastner and the boys golf team for winning the Greenview Regional with a score of 344. Individual scores are below. Congrats guys!!

Pleasant Plains

TJ Painter (So.)77
Corbin Tullis (Jr.)87
Spencer Allender (Sr.)88
Mitch Bergmann (So.)92
Christian Darush (So.)93

Also, Congratulations to Maggie McGrath for shooting an 82 in the Williamsville Regional to advance to sectionals!!

Getting Back In Touch


It has been a while since my last post, and I wanted to share some good news about our students at PPHS. Please see below.

Tyler Johnson just won the Clayville Scholarship award.  This is the 3rd consecutive year that a student in our AP English course at the high school has won this scholarship.  I highlight this because students are required (through a mini unit in AP) to complete both college application and scholarship essays.  Each year students in AP are required to write the Clayville essay as a part of this unit.  They may then choose to submit the written essay for the competition if they wish.  Also of interest to note -- this is also the 3rd year that we have done this.

Henry Houser and Alec Saebeler have been named Commended Students in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program. About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise.  Although they will not continue in the 2016 competition for National Merit scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the competition.