The Student News Site of West Delaware High School


The Student News Site of West Delaware High School


The Student News Site of West Delaware High School


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Memphis Voelker (9) grins as he walks up Lost Beach on Lake Delhi.
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Giving Students Voice

Students Read Announcements
Liz Sleeper
Audrey Jolley (12) and Noelle Bardgett (12) read the morning announcements.

Starting at the beginning of the school year, students and staff have been reading the morning announcements over the PA.

The Building Leadership Committee decided to have students read the morning announcements on the intercom in order to get students more involved during the day. To begin the year, teachers and staff read the announcements. 

 “Since we don’t hear from students much, we want student voices delivering the news to students and to encourage leadership opportunities,” BLT member Abigail Goldsmith said. 

Students go down to the office in the morning and are handed a paper copy of the announcement. Before reading the announcement, secretaries Kay La Rosa and Erin Gudenkauf guide students to the intercom. At 8 a.m.,  students read the announcement and lead the “Pledge of Allegiance.”

Even though students are reading the announcements in the morning, announcements are still emailed to students. 

“Students should continue to read the email announcements Mrs. Erin Gudenkauf sends out because there could be more detail in the email that students should know,” Goldsmith said.

Teacher Bev Hermsen encouraged NHS members to sign up to read the announcements. 

Senior NHS member Abigail O’Rear felt reading the announcements was easy. “When I read them, I was a little nervous because I didn’t want to mess up, but it was easier having my friend there.”

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Jade Pohlmann
Jade Pohlmann, Staff
Hi! My name is Jade Pohlmann, and I’m a junior at West Delaware High School. Currently, I am not involved in anything, because West Delaware is still new to me. Outside of school, I work at Casey’s truck stop. I am originally from Vinton, Iowa. I have three dogs, which are all weiner dogs. My favorite thing to do is spend money and go riding on quads and snowmobiles. I love the color purple, and my favorite food is pasta. In my opinion, fall is the best season because of the scents and the change of scenery. After high school, I plan on attending cosmetology school and taking business classes to run my own business.

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