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Page 7 The Dog Pound Do you like to tear apart electronics just to see how they work? Do you enjoy building something from the ground up? Then our school has just the place for you... Makerspace. Nancy Isebrand describes Makerspace as a “place where students learn to identify their own challenges, solve new problems, motivate themselves to complete a project, engage in difficult tasks, work together, inspire others, and give advice and guidance to their peers.” This program is an opportunity for students to try their hand at something new. In short, Makerspace is a place such as a room with lots of tools and supplies. Students can build anything they want as long as it is appropriate for school and not a weapon. This program is meant for students to try something new and challenge themselves. This program is designed for anyone interested in building and tinkering. Senior Larrisa Dice explains, “At first I did not think I would be interested, but once I went, I loved it.” Some of the materials that are available in program to use are toolkits, a soldering iron, glue guns, safety glasses, Makey-Makey kits, LED lights, a GoPro camera, robotics elements, and drills. If you are wondering what can be made with all these materials or looking for some ideas, check out instagram at LCHSMakers. Many people have donated items to this program, including Legos, old computers, a sewing machine, an ironing board, an iron, felting materials, cardboard, pipe cleaners, construction paper, craft sticks, wire, copper tape, and so much more. Junior Jason Pottebaum suggests, “If you like to learn something new, but don’t know where to start, go join makerspace.” Makerspace allows creativity by Shelby Reeves Big Brothers Big Sisters is an organization that allows adults to build relationships with school age kids. Counselor Melissa Hill explains the benefits of the program: “Throughout time you help to teach the kids life-long lessons and become someone that they can trust.” Getting involved in this program means spending one day a week at one of the elementaries with a “little brother/sister,” eating lunch, playing games, or working on school work to help build a relationship. Big Brother Big Sister allows the “little” to have that important someone and/or role model to look up to while the “big” will become proud of how far the “little” has come. Just in Le Mars over 50 little kids are paired with big kids. The program also has a waiting list. The “littles” usually range in grade from 2nd to 8th grade, while the “big” is generally in 10th or 11th. Preferred big brothers/sisters have a GPA of 3.5 or above and have good character. High school students interested in getting involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters should contact Hill in the guidance office. Big Brothers Big Sisters make a difference by Anna Ahlrich According to a recent survey, LCHS students and staff LOVE Christmas break. Shocking, right? Most LCHS folks spend the break with family. Senior Katelyn Raymond says, “We put our childhood ornaments...on the tree and also family ornaments that have been passed down. It’s a good reminder.” Senior Jeff Lamp also enjoys spending time with his family and adds, “If you know my family, you know why.” Junior Haylee Cooper says, “I love Christmas because I get to see some of my family that I don’t see often.” Secretary Amy Schmidt adds, ”I love being able to be home with my kids over break. I’m hoping for a little powdery snow. I like the smells of Christmas around my home.” Although foods teacher Mrs. Joann Johnson is on crutches this holiday season, she has not let that get in the way. She is ready for the holidays as she says, “I am very excited to see my grandkids and have my family home for awhile.” Listening to Christmas music is also another common thing to do over Christmas break. Sophomore Maddi Pippett likes Justin Bieber: “His Christmas album is the way to go.” Senior Kennedy Schilmoeller agrees, adding, “Catch me singing in the shower to it.” Students also enjoy driving around and looking at Christmas lights. Rob Scheitler’s farm is a popular place near the Brunsville corner. And finally, everyone loves eating traditional family foods, especially sweets and baked goods. Students and staff find holiday joy spending time with families The Robotics Club is off and running again for the third year. The team consists of 15 members: seniors Annie Carver, Chloe Evans, Max Hardyk, Robby Hodson, Summer LaPato, Luke Sudtelgte, Justin Tyler; junior Robert Sadoski Jr.; sophomores Lucas Hauser, Kyle Herbst, and Drake Oswald; and freshmen Ethan Hulinsky, Hunter LaPato, Jack Masuen, and Alex Meier. The team has been on field trips including visiting Wells to look at types of machinery and the assembly line. The team also went to WIT to look at their robotics manufacturing facilities. The members do not all practice at the same time, but instead they sign up on a sheet for what day and time they can practice; the students need to sign up for at least two hours a week. The students who have gotten a lot of practice in are the ones who participate in the meets. The robotics club has three league competitions and then possibly state, super regionals, and worlds. Three team members take part in the competition at once, two drivers and a coach. Other members have jobs such as analyzing and video taping the competitions. Coach Martin says the club is a student-run organization which is why the participants enjoy it. Assistant CoachWingert says, “I think the students on our robotics team are a fantastic representation of LCHS. The large majority of them are involved in much more than robotics. They are in sports, music, theater, and speech, and many have part time jobs. They choose to do robotics because they enjoy the club and the people in the club....I’m excited to see how far this team can go this year. One thing they have done very well so far this year is to continually move forward. They haven’t allowed themselves to become stagnant.” Senior Annie Carver says, “Robotics is a cool club that lets us try to invent new things.” Senior Robby Hodson adds, “It’s a fun time. We make a lot of robots and then compete.” Sophomore Kyle Herbst says, “I joined robotics because I wanted a new challenge and am interested in STEM. I enjoy it because it challenges me to think outside the box. I enjoy coding and building the robot.” Senior Max Hardyk states, “I joined robotics to get out of my comfort zone and try something new. I have a craving for building stuff, and robots are sweet. My favorite part is just being around good friends. It definitely is challenging since you have to put in different points of views and think outside the box.” by Alaina Kessenich by Alaina Kessenich Robotics team members enjoy challenge, camaraderie, and competition