CHS Chilli-Chatter

2022-2023 Edition 1 September 13, 2022

Homecoming Arrives!

by Hannah Harris

School spirit isn’t just about going to the games, it’s also about dressing up for Homecoming week. Get ready, Homecoming is just around the corner.

Here at CHS, Homecoming is a tradition that has been celebrated every year since the 1930s. Our Homecoming traditions are usually a week-long event that consists of activities for students and alumni. During the week, we have the following Dress-Up Days: Hornets on Auto-Pilot (Pajama Day), Beach Volleyball (Tropical), Above the Clouds (White Out), Who’s Your Wingman (Twin Day), and Danger Zone Red & Black. On Friday, there will be float building in the morning, a pep rally during 2nd and 3rd hours, and dismissal at 12:05 p.m. At 2:00, there’s a parade featuring the school's marching band, sports teams, classes, and clubs. After the parade, there’s a football game played on the home field, the coronation of the Homecoming king and queen, and a dance.

The Homecoming Dance will be Saturday, September 17th in the Commons from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Mrs. Lisa Rule, the Student Council advisor, mentioned “The D.J. this year is from Kansas City and is bringing a fancy new thing called a Selfie Mirror. The D.J. will also be bringing an app to download where you can request songs, while those in the crowd can thumbs-up/thumbs-down your request. There will also be a special event happening at 8:30 which is a SECRET. Also, there will be popsicles.”

Remember you don’t need a date to attend the dance, go with friends. Admission is free this year, but you need to bring your school ID.

How to Start the Year Right

by Isabelle FitzPatrick

The start of school brings a variety of emotions, from stress to joy, into many students' lives. Taking a moment to accomplish simple things, such as setting goals or setting up your workspace will help students have success.

There are countless ways to better yourself for school–first, the importance of setting goals for yourself. Setting realistic goals will motivate you to reach your goal or even go farther than that. Although many find this a pointless task, it has been proven over countless studies for many different reasons. According to Geoffrey James, “In 90% of the studies, specific and challenging goals led to higher performance than easy goals, ‘do your best’ goals or no goals.” In short, more than not studies have shown that setting these objectives has led more people to success than not.

Although plenty of people don’t feel a need for studying, it does have its benefits. Almost every subject that you will take will highly recommend you to study different things. Studying can be online (such as Quizlet), or even on some papers (notecards, vocab sheets). Even though studying is sometimes considered boring, it's a crucial life skill. Throughout your life, you’ll need to know or even memorize different things, whether it's a future or a current job. One of the key components to successful studying is to have your very own “focus space.” In this area of study, you have to create restrictions. You can’t have distractions while trying to learn, so “put your phone in ‘time out’ while you are working and reward yourself after you have completed the task,” as Mrs. Tipton would tell you.

Another success tip is a planner. Planners are a simple, convenient way to keep track of all your school work. Having a planner and getting into a habit of checking it after you get home every day will guarantee you of any unnecessary stress.

Last but not least, don’t be afraid to ask questions. Your teachers, staff, or friends are here to help you, not hurt you. So put yourself out there a little and find what makes you do better in school this year. I promise it will be a good decision.

Participating in Sports

by Bianca Clark

School is back in session and with that comes fall sports. It’s time to get involved and find your way onto the field. Although it is too late to join fall sports you may be interested in getting on the courts and playing some basketball during the winter or you might even want to get out on the field and play some soccer during the spring.

Sports open up many opportunities for student-athletes. For many athletes, sports are a way of meeting new people and creating bonds with people they wouldn't normally talk to. Griff Bonderer, senior, agreed that sports have helped him meet new people; he explained that because of sports he has been able to play in leagues outside of CHS where he met other athletes and coaches. As an incoming freshman or even someone who hasn't branched out yet, joining a sport is a great way to put yourself “out there.” Sports are great motivation for school as well. Bonderer shared that because of sports he is excited to go to school because he knows he will get to spend time with his friends afterward. Shawn Hapes, a senior in soccer, stated, “Sports have always made me feel a part of something.” Sometimes something as simple as that can make all the difference in a person's life. All of the athletes interviewed stated that sports help them stay motivated to go to school, so they can participate in their practices and games. Our athletes are more likely to maintain good grades so they can participate in their sports. Laik Graham, junior Cross Country athlete, mentioned “Sports have made me much more enthusiastic to participate in academics and extracurricular activities.” Graham also added that sports have helped him to become a more organized student and overall person.

Our athletes also agreed that sports have pushed them to be their best selves as well as set goals for themselves and their teams. Not only are our athletes able to set individual goals but sports have been able to keep our players mentally motivated to reach them. Rylee Washburn, junior tennis player, pointed out, “Sports have made it possible for me to win district twice as a teammate and accomplish mental and physical goals–whether that be on the court or in the weight rooms.” Kaylynn Cranmer, senior, said that running Cross Country has pushed her and made her capable of things she didn’t know she would be able to do. She also added that sports have helped her become more active in her community. These are just two ways that sports have pushed our students to thrive and have something to work for.

On top of everything else, sports have been able to keep our players mentally and physically strong. Many of our students expressed that sports have been a big stress reliever for them because they get to see their friends or just because it helps them keep their mind off things. In life there will be many instances where being mentally strong will be important; for many students, sports are a way of helping them to be mentally stronger. This could mean staying motivated when things aren't going exactly how you expected or just being able to look for the good and focus on what you can control. This is something all students could benefit from.

There is a sport for everyone at CHS. If basketball just doesn't interest you, you might be interested in entertaining the crowd during half-time by joining the dance team. Maybe you are looking for a hands-on sport but soccer just isn't your thing. In that case, you might enjoy wrestling. If you love running, track is the perfect sport for you. Joining a team can be fun and very rewarding. If you need some more motivation, here is some advice from our student-athletes:

Rylee Washburn - Don't worry about being on varsity; have fun, make friends, make memories, and don't stress.

Delanie Keiffer - Don't set yourself up for failure, if you go out there with a bad mindset you will never reach your full potential. Put yourself out there and give the best you can give. Don't be scared.

Laik Graham - Find something extracurricular or sports that you enjoy.

Griff Bonderer - Stick it out, play all four years. Don’t give up.

Kaylynn Cranmer - Stick with it even when it's hard.

Shawn Hapes - Enjoy it while it lasts.

Escape the Vape

by Tori O’Dell

For some, vaping has become a daily addiction. According to the National Youth Tobacco Survey, every one in five high school students uses an e-cigarette in their everyday lives. Sadly this habit has infiltrated the halls at CHS. Mr. Tim Marsh, assistant principal, said “Many experience peer pressure that is associated with the use of other drugs or illegal substances.” Like many other schools in the area, CHS experiences some problems with nicotine use in school.

There are many policies in place that deal with vaping consequences. Mr. Marsh shared that students who choose to vape will receive a suspension and will be expected to complete an online vaping course. “The course was developed by a company in conjunction with the American Heart Association to help kids avoid starting the habit as well as provide resources to quit.” says Marsh. The course comes with daily text messages to encourage students to want what is best for their health. It also includes educational facts about the risks of vaping and also provides support to help them quit.

Academically, vaping can cause a lot of problems for students. Marsh said, “I feel the biggest impact comes from the fact that students who vape have been found to have a very difficult time focusing in class because they are thinking so much about when/where their next opportunity to vape is going to come.” CHS puts a lot of time and effort into helping their students succeed. These rules and guidelines are in place to make our school have the most successful conditions.

According to Mr. Marsh, the rate of vaping compared to last school year is much lower. Even though it is just the beginning of the year, the administration is hoping it stays this way due to the new policies. So before you “hit the vape,” think about the serious consequences. Not only is your health in danger but your educational experience will be interrupted as well.

Getting Involved

by Juliann Gabrielson

As students of CHS mapped out what their school year will hold, they attended an assembly the first week of school intended to motivate students to get involved in all CHS has to offer. There, students spoke about the various clubs available to all students and all they can do to benefit their high school and post-high school experiences. Chilli-Chatter interviewed student representatives from FCCLA, FBLA, FCA, StuCo, Key Club, Art Club, History Club, and CHS Players.

Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) meets on the second Tuesday of every month in Mrs. Kristy Christy’s room. Senior Morgan Kincade shared that FCCLA provides opportunities for students to learn the importance of family and leadership in our changing society. From her personal experience, Morgan has “gained so much more self-confidence since joining FCCLA three years ago and I have also created so many unique and amazing friendships.”

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) encourages students at CHS to get involved and see what it has to offer. Although the advisors for FBLA all teach at GRTS (Sondra Sturguess, Kayla Leatherman, and Kelsey Butler), State President Madison Kieffer shares that it “is a terrific organization that has been a part of CHS for decades. FBLA focuses on pillars of service, education, and progress. It is versatile, inclusive, and can cater to your interests and abilities.” Their first meeting will be a team-building rope course that is to take place sometime in September.

CHS Players is a great way to get out of your box if you’re looking for something new. CHS Players is the group of students who participate in the bi-yearly drama productions. Beyond just acting, members also go on trips to view drama productions in Kansas City. There is no formal meeting date for CHS Players, but if you are looking to get involved then keep your eye out for announcements of meetings.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) holds their events every Wednesday morning in the library. This club is for all students not just limited to students affiliated with a church or who play a sport. FCA spends each meeting praying, doing a devotion, playing a game, and occasionally eating donuts. Landon Winder believes students should join because “it is a really good time to have faith and fellowship with friends.”

Key Club helps its members gain community service hours through a wide variety of different activities, with a focus on community service and giving back to our school. Some projects Vice President Emile Paxton remembered from the past include helping with the Kiwanis Kids Day Parade, hosting After Prom, posting Flags with the Kiwanis members, and supporting runners during the Quinn Race. Key Club meets every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month in Mrs. Rachael Wheeler’s room. From Key Club Emile has found it “is a great way to give back to our community, and also a great way to get involved and grow leadership skills.”

Spanish Club has been a part of CHS for 10 years and is organized by Mrs. Ellen Duckworth. The representative for Spanish Club is Bri Foli, who shared that she has “gained the leadership role of president, friendships, knowledge on the culture, and much more.” The members of this club learn about the Hispanic culture, go on trips, and celebrate holidays. This club meets every other Tuesday in Sra. Pata’s room at 7:30 a.m..

Art Club is one of the newer additions to the clubs at CHS, organized by Ms. Bekah Anderson. This club meets after school on the second Wednesday of each month and seeks new members. For potential members, Ms. Anderson encourages students that they “do not have to be rich in artistic ability to join. Art Club is full of projects for everyone. Projects range from tye-dye shirts, marbling mugs, or resin pouring.”

Student Council (StuCo) is one of the clubs that is most involved in the activities of the school. Mrs. Lisa Rule shared that StuCo hasabout 100 members who “love being the motivators and encourager of our peers.” StuCo meets the first Wednesday of every month in the library. President Trista Tipton said that “being in Student Council has given me better leadership and people skills, improved my time management and work ethic ability, and has helped me enjoy high school to the fullest. “ StuCo has been a part of CHS for decades.

History Club is for those looking for a club including learning, movies, and field trips. Allison Higgins described History Club as an opportunity to expand your knowledge with an eclectic group of people. This club meets periodically in Mrs. Wheeler's room and has plans to take a trip to the Maya Exhibit this year. Allison shares that from History Club she has “gained a diverse group of friends and have experienced pieces of history with people who love and respect the origins of culture.”

The clubs at CHS provide an opportunity for students with every interest and they are a great way to meet new people. They help students to get the most out of their high school experience. Aligning with the theme of the assembly, it's important to get involved.

The Opportunities Dual Credit Classes Offer

by Anna Wallace

As you approach the end of your sophomore year, most college bound students consider taking dual credit classes for their junior and senior year. Dual credit classes give students a glimpse of what to expect their college classes to be like. Having enough dual credit hours for your first year in college will give students cushion room in your college schedule. In other words, you will not have to overwork yourself as a freshman. Taking dual credit classes at CHS through NCMC can cut the cost of college by thousands.

Looking at all of the dual credit classes offered can overwhelm a person, but don’t be afraid. Choose one. Approximately 54 students enrolled in dual credit classes in the class of 2022. However, the cost differs as to how many hours you’re taking. The estimated cost of 1 credit hour is about $110, so a 3-credit-hour-course (the most common) would result in $330. The financial savings isn’t the only benefit; one of the many perks of taking dual credit classes is that you don’t have to purchase any of the materials–CHS provides the books for you. Thinking economically, overall you will save a lot of money for your future. This will also decrease your student debt.

If you plan to attend college out of state, CHS has narrowed down the course agreement. Students will know if the college class they plan to take will transfer to their college out of state. Emmalee O’Dell, a 2022 graduate, is attending The University of Arkansa. She took College Algebra, Chemistry, National Government, English, Sociology, and Psychology. Those credits transferred without any conflict.

As you consider your coursework, plan to take advantage of the dual-credit courses CHS has to offer.

The Importance of Volunteer Work

by Allison Higgins

I think we can all agree that the charm of Chillicothe comes not from our buildings or our location; the real pull of our hometown is fashioned and facilitated by the dedicated individuals who work to keep the traditions of the town they love. One way we as students can begin to step into this role of leadership is to volunteer. By getting more involved in our community, we can give back to the community that has provided us with so much.

Being a volunteer is about more than getting enough hours to be in a club or boosting your reputation for scholarships. While those things are helpful to you as you approach your senior year, they should not be the “end-all-be-all” of life. By volunteering in our community, we grow as an individual and get to know people who are outside of our everyday crowd. We can gain new experiences while watching our hard work pay off around us. Seeing the smile of an elderly woman as you deliver her lunch can be much more satisfying than checking your bank account for your latest paycheck.

Crystal Narr is the Executive Director for the Chillicothe Chamber of Commerce. She works with volunteers in our community to put events together such as the Kid’s Day Parade, the Holiday Parade, and the Lions Club Car Show. These traditions are just a few of many that require volunteers of all ages. Narr said, “Volunteers are a necessity to make so many organizations and community events successful. For instance, Chautauqua has to have nearly 150 volunteers to make the two-day event happen. If we were to have to pay wages to those 150 people, we would not be able to host the event at all. It is just not feasible.” Sadly, over the last few years, it has become difficult to find people who are able and willing to give of their time.

Though as students we are always busy, it is worthwhile to carve some time from your schedule to give back to the community we love. Some places you can contact include:

Chillicothe Animal Shelter

Christian Builders (Habitat for Humanity)

Grand River Multi-purpose Center

Salvation Army

Life Center Food Pantry

Chillicothe Area Chamber

Main Street Chillicothe

Hedrick Medical Center

You can also contact the Chillicothe Chamber of Commerce for information on how to get involved in upcoming events. If you are uncomfortable with contacting centers on your own, you could consider talking to Mrs. Rachael Wheeler in the Social Studies wing for information on Key Club projects.

There can never be too many volunteers, so grab a group of friends and get involved! Let’s keep our community strong!

New Year: New Teachers

by Serenity Simpson

With the departure of old teachers and the arrival of new ones, you may not recognize some faces in the hallway. Four new teachers have joined us this high school year. Chilli-Chatter decided to interview all the new teachers as an opportunity to help them introduce themselves.

Starting with a P.E teacher who played in two NFL stadiums in his lifetime is Mr. Kellen Overstreet. With both of his parents being teachers, he realized he wanted to be a teacher when he saw the impact his parents had on him and other students. When he heard Chillicothe was hiring, he was happy to jump on it. He is looking forward to the fun conversations he can have with you every day.

A native of Chillicothe, Mr. Shane Miller is beginning his sixth year in teaching math, formerly teaching in Warrensburg and Cameron. Graduating from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mr. Miller chose to be a teacher to help students succeed, to have some good laughs, and especially to have summers off. Coming back to Chillicothe with his wife and a soon-to-be-born child was a homecoming for him. He is excited for the opportunity to teach and get to know us students more.

After graduating in 2006, Mrs. Jody Henderson first went to college at Missouri State University in Springfield to receive a bachelor's Degree in Hospitality & Restaurant Administration. Later, she attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln receiving a Master's degree in Family & Consumer Science Education. With this year being her tenth year of teaching Family Consumer Science, Mrs. Henderseon is excited to continue her passion of teaching students valuable lessons to help us in adulthood.

Beginning her first year teaching choir in Chillicothe is Mrs. Michele Phillips. Born in Gallatin, Mrs. Phillips started playing piano in a school choir before becoming an actual school choir teacher. Before coming to Chillicothe, she taught in a small town in Idaho for five years and in Carrollton for the next seventeen years. Throughout those years, every day made her realize her love for seeing how her students can grow each semester. She is excited to watch her students grow and persevere through the new challenges Chillicothe faces.

Whenever you see these teachers in the halls, be sure to give them a warm welcome to CHS.

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Immunization Importance

by Allie Brown

From childhood to adulthood, immunizations, more formally known as vaccines play an important role in the overall health of an individual. Mrs. Brandi Dodson, our school nurse stated “Vaccines are put in place not only to protect students from deadly diseases, but they also keep other students safe by eliminating or greatly decreasing the spread of diseases from student to student.” This year, CHS students are being encouraged to ensure their shots usually given in 8th grade are done. Those shots include a TDaP (Tetanus, Diptheria, and Pertussis) and a Meningitis shot. Junior students should also make sure their Meningitis boosters are completed as soon as possible, according to Mrs. Dodson.

Vaccines are a worldwide success story saving millions of lives every year. Vaccines work with your body's immune system, tremendously reducing your chances of getting infected with that disease. As of 2022, we have vaccines to prevent more than 20 life-threatening diseases. Mrs. Dodson also recommends that students receive Tetanus boosters every 10 years.

According to, the first step to making a vaccine is to weaken the virus so it will reproduce once in the body. Many vaccines are made through such methods as rubella, measles, mumps, and chickenpox. The viruses are then inactivated with a chemical. By doing this the virus can no longer reproduce and cause disease. A part of the virus is then used in the vaccine. Some bacteria have harmful proteins called toxins which are inactivated just like viruses. Many vaccines are made using bacteria. The final step is to provide the DNA, mRNA, or vectored virus. This method is successful by utilizing the vaccinated person to produce part of the virus. After this process, many other ingredients are added to preserve the antibiotics and keep the vaccine effective.

If enough people get vaccinated, then deadly diseases can be reduced dramatically or even eliminated. Mrs. Dodson also encourages students to do their research and educate themselves on diseases. She strongly recommends that students stay updated on their vaccinations and that they always know their health. Keep in mind that all of these ingredients are safe and have no negative effect on your overall health, but if you are allergic to any of the contents in vaccines you should discuss this with a physician before getting immunized.