Big Spring High School News

February 2018

FFA ACES Leadership Conference

On February 3rd-4th, 21 FFA members and 3 advisors/chaperones attended the ACES Leadership Conference. The students had the opportunity to attend 5 leadership workshops on communication, leadership, courage, financial literacy, planning for the future, and forging a path to success. The students had a great experience!

Senior Nights

As the winter season has come to an end, Dawg Pound hosted the senior nights.

On January 18th, the following wrestling seniors were recognized: Ryan Adams, Blake Barrick, Kyle Brobst, Steven Lynn, and Christian Ruff. Alongside the wrestlers, the following winter cheerleaders were recognized: Kaylee Fulkroad and Renee Petitt. On February 1st was the swimming and diving senior night. The following swimmers and divers were recognized: Johanna Burrell, Brennan Flory, Conner Greene, Paola Rivera -Gonzalez, Shannon McCabe, Quincey Myers, Sydney Palmer, Jackson Penner, Alexa Walter, and Carlisle diver, Nicholas Pryor. On February 2nd was the senior night for girl's basketball. The following seniors were recognized: Madison Bishop, Lauryn Cunningham, Megan Emlet, Elizabeth Fry, Emily Smith, Paige Snyder, and Madana Tigyer. On February 8th was the the last senior night. The following boy's basketball seniors were recognized: Peyton Bechtold, Nicholas Black, Garrett Frick, Ethan Lee, and Trevor Perry. Congratulations to our 2018 winter sports seniors!

Winter Dance

On February 10th, Student Council hosted a winter dance. The dance proceeds went to Cypress Springs High School, the school we are helping in Texas that was damaged by Hurricane Harvey. The dance raised $81 to send to Cypress Springs.

National FFA Spirit Week

National FFA Week was February 17 to February 24. In collaboration with the National Week, our Big Spring FFA hosted a spirit week to involve the school. The spirit days were as follows:


Monday: America Day

Tuesday: Agriculture Logo/Color Day

Wednesday: Flannel/ Boot Day

Thursday: Blue and Gold Day

Friday: Maroon and Gold Day


Big Spring FFA celebrated National FFA Week with a meal at Hoss's. Representative Mark Keller attended the dinner showing his continued support and passion for agriculture and education.

Candy Grams and Valememes

On February 14th, Valentine's Day, the Sophomore Class officers and the members of Quill and Scroll Honor Society distributed candy grams and valememes. Students had the opportunity to send other students or teachers small bags of candy or witty valentines cards.

Big Spring Girl's Basketball goes to Districts

This year, Big Spring is excited to say that the Lady Bulldogs qualified for Districts. The big game was on Tuesday, February 20th. They played against Twin Valley High School at Twin Valley High School. A fan bus was offered for 40 students to be able to attend. The bus was free for the students. The student section theme for the game was costumes. Unfortunately, they lost the game ending their season.

Social Studies Students Skype with a Famous Author

On February 13th, the AP World History and Sociology classes Skype called with author, Kenneth C. Davis. Davis writes the "Don't Know Much..." series and is a NY Bestselling Author. The AP World History students recently read one of his books and they were focusing on the historical methods and conclusions that Davis used. The Sociology class learned about the racial policies and norms at the time of the past presidents like Washington, Jefferson, Madison, etc and made comparisons to today. Davis gave the students insight on his next book about the Spanish Influenza at the end of World War 1. Ms. Hetrick, AP World History teacher, said that this was a great experience and opportunity for the students. This experience inspired both Ms. Hetrick and Mr. Kireta, Sociology teacher, with ideas on how they can utilize Skype in the future for their teaching!

Winter Solo and Ensembles Concert

On February 2nd was the Winter Solo and Ensembles Concert. The concert was sponsored by the music honor society, Tri-M. The concert involved soloists, instrumentalists, and small groups. In the past, there was only one concert held in the Spring but, with the rapid growth of the Tri-M chapter, an additional concert was added in the Winter. This was a great concert to showcase some of the many talents from Big Spring.

TSA Conference

On February 3rd, the students from the Technical Student Association (TSA) competed at the Region 3 TSA Conference. Big Spring has 22 students competing in 10 different categories. The following students qualify for the state competition that will be in April.


The following students placed 3rd out of 11 for Architectural Design: Fawn Bennett, Brennan Flory, Jackson Penner, and Aidan Rauscher.


Bly Welker played 5th out of 51 for Dragster Design.


The following students placed in Flight Endurance:

- Hannah Hess : 3rd out of 20

- Britton Fickenbinder : 5th out of 20

- Jackson Penner : 6th out of 20

- Ian Ward : 7th out of 20


Taylor Gibonry and Aidan Rauscher placed 8th out of 19 for Structural Design and Engineering.


Cody Breon and Brennan Flory placed 6th out of 48 for Technology Problem Solving.

Shannon McCabe goes to States

Congratulations to senior diver, Shannon McCabe, for qualifying for states! She will be competing on March 17th for diving. At districts, Shannon came in 1st place!

Swimming at Districts

This year, we have a lot of students who represented Big Spring at Districts for swimming! The following swimmers qualified as individuals:


Brennan Flory

Jackson Penner

Dain Vallie

Ian Ward

Ian Lay

Quinten Egger

Chloe White

Erin Brandeburg


The following swimmers will be competing in a relay:


Quincey Myers

Lauren Shank

Sydney Palmer

Shannon McCabe

Rylie Ward

Taylor Gibboney

Brendon Dice

Mason Thrush