Helen Kerr Anna L DeMint The garden that got us through the winter months Virginia L Fricker JV Devils top Northwest 51-34 Senior Profile: Caitlin Young North Adams moves to 7-5 with 16-point Homecoming win over Northwest Held to a higher standard Claudia J Purtee Shaylee E Prewitt Questions still linger in Stuart explosion Richard Holsinger J Ruth Madden Frank E Swayne Robert Bechdolt Sara D Hatfield Barbara Goodwin Jeffrey Frederick Grace E Myers Johnny A Sullender Sr. Senator Joe Uecker sworn-in for second term Wenstrup sworn in for third term in House Ronald L Chochard Patrick P Clift Samuel W Freeland Senior Profile: Casey Mullenix Lady Dragons win ugly, taking Classic consolation game over Manchester, 48-45 Greyhounds roll by West Union to take Classic consolation game, 82-58 History made as Ward takes oath of office Peter A Bennington Tangela R King McDonald’s Classic crowns 2016 champions MVP Arey leads Peebles to McDonald’s Classic title, Indians outlast North Adams 82-76 in double overtime thriller Lady Devils get Classic three-peat, make it 10 of 11, 14 titles for Coach Davis Senior Profile: Raegan Dick Teaching students the power of giving Kids at Children’s Home gifted with shopping spree Marion Liming Dorothy Huff John R Murphy Michael L McAninch Rita Rogers Edward L Combs Ronald W Staggs Mary H Grooms Gladys Wilson Donald Barnhill Monda Van Vorren Deborah Spires Senior Profile: Andre Wolke Indians pull away in second half, get past Manchester 71-58 in Classic semis On home floor, Lady Indians move to Classic title game North Adams handles West Union, Devils move to Classic finals with 68-53 victory Lady Devils roll into Classic championship Beth E Rowley Leatrice Lewis Senior Profile: Justin Aldridge Mary Helterbridle Wanda Huffman PES Performing Arts entertains at Hometown Christmas Adams County Manor sends holiday wishes Peebles Lions Club hosts Christmas breakfast Elusive Elf on a Shelf makes a return visit to PES Santas in blue spread Christmas cheer in a very special way Senior Profile: Aubrey McFarland WUHS holds Hall of Fame induction ceremonies WUHS Academic Team has undefeated season Serving those who served their country From Pearl Harbor to ‘America’s Got Talent’, 93-year-old WWII vet is still going strong Yester Years brings a touch of old to the new Merry Christmas to you all North Adams Elementary announces Spelling Bee winners Peebles High School hosts Homecoming ceremonies Children in need receive gifts at PES Adams County Manor holds annual Door Decorating Contest WUHS celebrates with numerous Christmas activities Halftime lead quickly vanishes, Dragons fall to Northwest 73-62 in Saturday night non-conference match up Tammy S Scott Oscar Hilterbrandt Neil R Swayne Beulah M Daniels McDonald’s Classic begins Dec. 27 Letters to Santa Senior Profile: Tyler Swearingen Leadership Adams donates to local outreach programs North Adams student/athletes are part of Holiday Sharing Event Senior Profile: Kylie Lucas West Union Elementary holds Academic Fair on Dec. 2 WUES holds annual Spelling Bee NAHS Art students help out the Humane Society Peebles Elementary announces Spelling Bee winners CTC FCCLA / Culinary Arts class holds Cancer Awareness Drive Amen receives Distinguished Service Award ‘Tis the season for family-past, present, and future MHS Computer Class aces MOS Exam WUES recognizes November Bus Riders of the Month NAHS Beta Club sponsors canned food drive Peebles Elementary announces November Students of the Month Crisis text line reaches out during the holidays Paul Wesley Ailshire

WUHS Academic Team in action

The West Union High School Academic Team has had a great season up to this point. For each academic team tournament, two teams participate in each match with only four members of each team participating at a time. Each team has a question directed at them to answer first and, if that team gets the answer wrong, the other team has a chance to answer. Then, a toss up question is asked to both teams and whoever buzzes in first has the chance to answer.

The categories from which the questions come are: American Literature, Mathematics, World History, Fine Arts, Life Science, World Literature, United States Government, Economics, Physical Science, Geography, and United States History. The alphabet round follows the category round and finally, the last round starts. For the final round, students are asked questions in the following categories: Mythology, World Religion, Philosophy, Earth Science, Space Science, Social Science, Computer Science, and Current Events.

MacKenzie Smith, WUHS junior, says that the most challenging part about being on the academic team is that, “you never know what kind of question is going to come up and it is awkward when no one knows the answer to such a challenging question.”

Sarah White, WUHS senior, says that the best part about being on the academic team is the “individual effort that I can put forward to benefit my team.”

The students have battled four high schools already and competed against Fairfield and Fayetteville on Tuesday, Nov. 10. So far, the students have won two matches and lost four matches. They did, however, ruin the undefeated record that Fayetteville previously held.

The WUHS Academic Team members include Shruti Nayak, Janson Kramer, Caitlyn Cooper, Kira Gifford, Shannon Runyan, Julia Tackett, Tyler Swearingen, Andrew Sapp, MacKenzie Smith, Jack Crask, Leanna Poynter, Sarah White, and Brandi Taylor. The advisor for the academic team is Mr. Aaron McCann.

The 2015-16 WUHS Academic Team: Back row, from left, Caitlyn Cooper, Kira Gifford, Julia Tackett, Tyler Swearingen, Jack Crask, Janson Kramer, and Mr. Aaron McCann; Front row, from left, Shruti Nayak, Brandi Taylor, Sarah White, MacKenzie Smith, Shannon Runyan, Leanna Poynter, and Andrew Sapp.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_Academic11.jpgThe 2015-16 WUHS Academic Team: Back row, from left, Caitlyn Cooper, Kira Gifford, Julia Tackett, Tyler Swearingen, Jack Crask, Janson Kramer, and Mr. Aaron McCann; Front row, from left, Shruti Nayak, Brandi Taylor, Sarah White, MacKenzie Smith, Shannon Runyan, Leanna Poynter, and Andrew Sapp. Photo by Jamie Puckett

From left, Shruti Nayak, MacKenzie Smith, Tyler Swearingen, and Janson Kramer confer on a challenging question during a recent West Union High School Academic Team competition.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_Academic21.jpgFrom left, Shruti Nayak, MacKenzie Smith, Tyler Swearingen, and Janson Kramer confer on a challenging question during a recent West Union High School Academic Team competition. Photo by Jamie Puckett

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