Cougar News

Editors: Kaylea Rodgers and Dalton Renick

Senior Announcement

By: Cameran Martin and Hailey Buttram

Senior Announcement



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  • The game against Orrick, on Tuesday, October 8th, was exciting as well as nerve wracking for most Cougar fans as they watched Kenna Brandes earn her 1,000th dig. She is the first to do so in Crest Ridge volleyball history.

  • The Crest Ridge Lady Cougars have played a total of 28 games this season, with 3 remaining. This number excludes post season play in which the girls plan to go all the way to state with their exceptional team this year.

  • The Cougars have a record of 20-4-3 so far this season which is already better compared to last years record of 21-10-1.

  • The Lady Cougars were awarded with a second place trophy on October 12th, as a result of their hard work at the I-70 Conference Tournament.

  • The District Volleyball Tournament will be held on October 28- 30th at Drexel High School.

  • According to MSHSAA, Crest Ridge has the best record in the district, winning 85% of their games.

By: Karsyn White


Coach Hotmer took some time in his first year as head coach of the Cougar Football program to talk with yearbook staff. Coach Hotmer comes to us from Princeton High School. He coached there for three years. He is super excited about this football season, and coaching the Cougars!

1) What is the most rewarding thing about being a football coach?

  • Developing lifelong relationships and trying to be a positive influence.

2) What are the Varsity's strengths?

  • Our speed and skill help on both sides of the ball.
  • They are coach-able and will to do what's best for the team.

3) What are the Junior High's strengths?

  • They are flexible and have learned numerous positions to help the team however they can.

4) What is something that the Junior High can improve upon?

  • They need to improve on blocking and tackling fundamentals as well as becoming a cohesive team that works together every day.

5) What team building activities does the team do outside of school?

  • We have team BBQ's, went to a Mizzou football game, and do community service projects.
  • We are ready everyday to start practice and I believe that helps us to bond as a brotherhood on a deeper level.

6) What would you like to say about the team so far this year?

  • They are really fun to coach and bring good energy to the team.
  • They are coach-able and buying into the culture we want to represent as a program.

Interview and story by Paige Hollandsworth

Upcoming Events

  • October 14th: Teachers-Conferences
  • October 21st: No School
  • October 28th: National FFA Convention
  • October 29th to November 2nd: Teachers-PD
  • November 4th: No School
  • November 11th: Teachers-PD
  • November 18th: CRJH Basketball Tournament
  • November 19th to November 21st: No School-Thanksgiving Break
  • November 27th to December 2nd: Elementary Music Program
  • December 12th: Winter Concert
  • December 16th: Early Release

By Dusty Silvers

Meme Review

By: Montana Mistler

CR Meme Review

Guess Who?

Guess the Teacher

Why did you want to become a teacher?

I wanted to become a teacher because I wanted to give people knowledge, which I think is the best gift you can give someone.

What is your favorite thing about teaching?

My favorite thing about teaching is seeing the growth of students as they learn and start to understand things over time.

What is your favorite book?

The Memory Man by David Baldacci

Guess the Student

What is your favorite movie?

A Walk to Remember

What is your favorite class?


What is your favorite sport?


Guess Who section by Katie Blankenship


By: Kaitlyn Bredeman

6th Grade

The 6th graders learning in Social Studies about Egyptians.

7th Grade

The 7th grade gym class learning how to play a new game.

8th Grade


The Freshmen are currently reading about mythology in ELA.


The Sophomores are learning about Greece in World History.

Juniors and Seniors

The Juniors and Seniors in Chemistry are doing a project with different minerals and their energy.


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The 2019 Homecoming was pretty hectic this year, but the cougars know how to have a good time no matter what. Homecoming was originally scheduled for September 27th, with the dance being the 28th. Unfortunately, mother nature had other plans! Due to threats of thunderstorms and lightning, the football game had to be moved to Thursday, September 26th against Wellington. The boys fought hard and got a HUGE rivalry win with the final score being 26-21. The Homecoming Dance was still September 28th and the students who attended had a blast, making the most of it despite the rainy weather. Friday, October 11th, we continued our Homecoming festivities with our eventful pep assembly and the crowning of our Homecoming Royalty. The pep assembly was full of excitement with lots of dancing and games. Our 2019 Homecoming Prince and Princess are Will Taylor and Erykah Badua and the King and Queen are Blayne Mcmillin and Kenna Brandes. The stands were packed full of our amazing supporters and we appreciated all the support.

By: Kenna Brandes

Cupid Shuffle at Pep Assembly
Mass participation to close the Homecoming Pep Assembly!
Luke does the two-step
Luke does the two-step!


On October 5th, the Marching Cougars competed at the Smith-Cotton Field Show Invitational and got 6th place. On October 12th, they got 2nd place at the UCM Homecoming Parade. Good job Marching Cougars! "I'm glad that we were able to overcome the struggles that we had early on and end the season with a bang!" said Montana Mistler. Kaylea Rodgers commented, "Everybody had great energy at the parade and we were very excited at the end! I'm happy that everything went well, and everyone had a great time together! I'll be marching in the homecoming parade again next year, because I'm going to UCM!"

By: Emma McQuitty



FFA raised the most money for the Gift of Blue Fundraiser, which gives money to kids that can not afford to buy their own FFA jackets, at the Holden Barn Warming, keeping the plaque on our wall for 2 years in a row!

By: Haylee Gregg and Karsyn White

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On Friday, October 4th, a group of FBLA members attended Sign Manufacturing Day at Impact Signs. These students had the opportunity to tour the Impact Signs building in Sedalia. While touring, they learned about the sign manufacturing process itself, as well as the wide variety of jobs that are included with the sign business. There were several guest speakers, including Missouri Lt. Governor and the MU Athletic Director, that spoke about their positive experiences with Impact Signs.

By: Haylee Gregg and Cameran Martin

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Special Olympics

On Wednesday, October 9th, Crest Ridge Special Olympics competitors (Jolene Flores, Chandler Hunt, Andrew Jones, Kody McCune, and Brenon Metcalf) made their way to the track meet held at Odessa High School. There were over 25 Crest Ridge students who went to the event on the spirit bus to cheer on the competitors throughout the day. The competitors had fun in each of their events, all bringing home new medals! Since it started to rain, the event ended with a dance party in the OHS gym.

By: Cameran Martin

Secret Talents

By: Jason Badua

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Guess Who? (Answers)

Guess the Teacher

The teacher is Mr. Dye!

Guess the Student

The student is Cameran Martin!

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