Thursday, October 29, 2015

Veterans Day

by Brooklyn Swinford
October 28, 2015

On November 11th there will be no school because it's Veterans Days! Veterans Day is a day where people celebrate  those who were in the war. The grade school has had an assembly  for many years now. This year's assembly is on November 6th at 1:00. The kids get to practice songs and perform them. They are having a  guest speaker come to speak about his experiences from the military.  The kids also make pictures and cards for the veterans that attend the assembly and for the veterans in the Danville Veterans Hospital. They collect military info and names and create a Wall of Honor. They also get small donations and give it to the Land of Lincoln Honor Flight.

Girls Co-Op Basketball

By Kyle Johner
October 29, 2015
Good luck to Mt.Pulaski/Hartsburg- Emden basketball team this year. Their first practice is 11/2/15. This year we have two players going over to Mt. Pulaski. The two players are Alyssa Bridge and Hayley Matson. Alyssa is a senior and Hayley is a sophomore.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Cookie Dough for Sale

by Adre Vetter
October 27, 2015
Hartem FFA is selling cookie dough for their fundraiser this year. So be sure to buy your cookie dough! You can ask any of the students that are in FFA or you can ask Ms. Fanning the FFA sponsor if you would like to buy any cookie dough.

Hartem Takes 4th at Quincy Notre Dame

by Kaylee Beekman

October 27, 2015

This past weekend the Hartem volleyball team competed in the Quincy Notre Dame

Tournament. The tournament consisted of 24 teams. On Friday they played in pool play and

ended up in the gold, finishing with a 2-0 tournament record. They played West Prairie the first

game and defeated them in two sets, 25-20 and 25-23. They also defeated Belleville Altoff in a

close 3 match game. The scores were 24-26, 27-25, and 16-14. The next day they entered bracket

play in the Gold. The first game they beat Fox Lake Grant. Then, they moved on to Quincy

Notre Dame. They lost in a 3 match, close game. The scores of the games were 25-21, 17-25,

and 13-15. For the last game of the tournament they moved on to play against Mascoutah for 3rd

place. The Stags ended up losing the game, but ended up with an impressive 4th place finish at

QND. The Hartem volleyball team will now enter their post-season with a record of 30 wins

and 5 losses. Their first round of regionals will take place on October 27th at Roanoke-Benson

against the Delavan Panthers. Good luck Lady Stags!

Monday, October 26, 2015

A Heaping Portion of Government

By Nathan Nowatney

September 21, 2015

Obesity has been a rather new addition to the towering pile of problems in the United States, and in recent years (pushed by even more recent first ladies), it’s been very near the top of our nation’s to-do list.

Recent laws have had school kitchens contort their menus and practices, sometimes drastically, to accommodate for these new bills.

Our school kitchen has not been exempt from these changes, and I’ve had the opportunity to interview our very own Ms. Eeten.

Students may have noticed changes in the school lunch calendar, some of these might even be as miniscule as the change between ‘corndog’, and ‘turkey corndog’.

“Just following the NSLP (National School Lunch Program) guidelines by using lower-fat foods,” says Eeten.  

Ms. Eeten’s been steadily getting used to rolling with the punches of new changes in the NSLP code, but is government control in our lunch a good thing?

“Yes, and no. Yes because kids get healthier choices, and no, because there can be a lot of waste,” Ms Eeten responds.

Waste food, it’s been another problem on the nation’s to-do list, but it’s always been downplayed until recently. Isn’t this contributing to the food waste problem? Is it really a good idea to force kids to take a portion of a fruit or vegetable, even if they don’t eat it, and it just goes to waste?

“I would have to side with yes because at least they’re being exposed to something they may not have at home,” says a tentative Ms. Eeten.

Possible waste is a sacrifice Ms. Eeten is willing to make for even having the possibility of making the students of Hartsburg-Emden more healthy. But it hasn’t all been sunshine and tulips for our cafeteria staff. Government mandates have made it harder for chefs to get out a wide variety of foods the kids will even touch, Eeten has this to say,

“It [fewer regulations] would make things easier because I could serve the kids what they liked.”

Our chefs are hard at work trying to make healthy and good-tasting food for the students to enjoy. They’re caring for students even if they go unrecognized. They truly are the unsung heroes of Hartsburg-Emden.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

7th Grade Live Wax Museum

by Hunter Langley
October 19th, 2015

   Last Thursday, October 15th, the Emden grade school held family reading night at the grade school. Before family reading night began, the 7th grade history class dressed as people from the past, with props, and people could come around press the "button" standing in front of them and they would summarize their life and why they were important in history.
  Some kids were dressed as the following: Brianna Grabowski was Abigail Adams, Jayden Rybolt was Mary Todd Lincoln, Brayden Rohlfs was Jesse James, Hattie Langley was Martha Jefferson, Grace Beekman was Sacagawea, Connor Zinser was Abraham Lincoln, and Chase Eyrse was Frank James. The whole class really enjoyed doing this and the 6th grade class looks forward to doing it next year!


By: Lexi Strange
October 22, 2015

We had 4 seniors this year for high school volleyball. The first senior we had was Kaylee Beekman. She plans to attend LincolnLand to further her career in volleyball. Her major is still yet undecided. Our next senior is Erin Lesson. She plans to attend Heartland for their nursing program and get her degree in radiology. Up next is Lexi Strange. She plans to attend a junior college to further her sporting career, and then transfer to Western to get her major in criminal justice. Last but not least, Adreanna Vetter. She plans to attend a junior college and transfer to a university. She will major in business. Best of wishes to you girls!

Yearbook Week Recap

by Kayla Zimmerman
October 22, 2015

Yearbook Week was Oct. 5-9.

You could pay $1 every day to wear a hat or $4 for the whole week!!
We asked you guys trivia questions throughout the week the people (winners) who got the questions correct were..

        Dylan Duvall, Spencer Davis, Serena Baker & Hunter Buck.

Scavenger Hunt winner was Tearaney Eads.

Guess how many winner was Hannah Lingle.

The winner from the hashtag “war” between #skeetnation or #muntznation
                                       #MUNTZNATION WON!!!!!!!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015


by Adre Vetter
October 19, 2015

The Hartem volleyball team traveled to Dakota, IL last weekend. They played a total of 5 games and won all 5! The first team they played was IC Catholic. The Stags won in 3 games. Then they played against S.E. Goode and Dakota and won both of those games easily. After that they beat St. Teresa in 3 sets. Then for the championship the Hartem volleyball team played against St. Joseph Ogden. The Stags won in 3 sets. It was a very close match! Good job ladies!

Hartem Volleyball Regionals

by Kyle Johner
October 20, 2015

Good luck to the Hartem volleyball team. They will be playing in the Roanoke-Benson in regionals. If they win their first match on 10/27/15, they will play in the regional championship on Thursday 10/29/15 at 6 pm.

National FFA Convention

by Chris Huffman
October 21, 2015

The Hartem FFA has the Annual National FFA Convention coming up really fast and all the students that are going a super excited. Some kids have never been out of the state before, until now! They get the chance to go to Kentucky and do a great amount of things. We are going to the Louisville Slugger bat factory. Then we are going to the University of Kentucky. It's great that the chapter will pay for a large majority of the trip. Everyone who has gone in the past has had a great time and we will have another great time this year.

Buy Your Cards

by Lexi Strange
October 19, 2015
     The high school and junior high cheerleaders are selling discount cards. With lots of businesses on the card, they are being sold for $10 apiece. They last until next year when they will be updated and sold again. You can contact Britta Langley, Betty Jo Lesson, or call the school to get one. Thank you for supporting our school programs.

Make the Grade

By Alyssa Bridge
October 20, 2015

It’s that dreaded time of year again, students! This Thursday and Friday are Parent/ Teacher Conferences.  It’s the one time of the semester for your parents to come speak with your teachers about any bad thing you have ever done in this building. They could talk about your terrible attitude, terrible grades, or maybe they might say good things. But the chances of that happening aren’t the greatest. Going into this week, you might want to have all of your stuff turned in and completed to the best of your ability, because we all know that that is one of the biggest things parents and teachers discuss at a P/T Conference.  If your teachers know that you tried your best, that is what they’ll tell your parents. So make sure that you at least try to make the grade.

Red Ribbon Week

by Brooklyn Swinford
October 20, 2015

October 26th-30th is Red Ribbon Week. The students will be able to dress up the whole week. Monday the 26th is Red Day. Tuesday is “Twin” up against drugs (Twin Day). Wednesday is Be Smart-Don't Do Drugs (Nerd Day). Thursday is Black Out Drugs (wear black). Friday is Scare Away Drugs.(Costume Day). Also October is Anti-Bullying Month. On Wednesday the 21st  wear orange to show your support for anti-bullying.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Family Reading Night

by Kaylee Beekman

On October 15th Family Reading Night took place. It was at the Grade School from 6:00-7:30.

Many families came out and had a great time! The 7th graders had a live wax museum. Each 7th grade

student was assigned a character that made a difference in our country’s history and was assigned to

memorize a summary of their character. Each “wax statue” had a button placed in front of them and

once you clicked it they would tell you all about themselves. There were Jesse James, Sacagewea, Al

Capone,  Abraham Lincoln, Abigail Adams, Mary Todd, and so many more! The 8th graders also

contributed to the night by presenting their Science Projects. Each student had their project out for

people to look at, read about, and to explain it to them. FEA contributed by reading to groups of

students, Kindergarten through 7th Grade. It was a family and community event that was very successful.

What Side Are YOU On?

Kaylee Beekman

Are you #SkeetNation or #MuntzNation? There’s a rivalry going on between Mr. Muntz and Mr. Robinson. Students are picking sides and choosing their favorite hashtag! For yearbook week we decided to take a poll. Kids were allowed to vote with coins and dollars. Coins were positive points and dollar bills were negative points. The teachers really got in the spirit of things and were hanging posters up every day promoting their hashtag. As a result, #MuntzNation ended up winning! I’m sure this will not be the end of the friendly rivalry.

Junior High Basketball

by Kyle Johner

The JHBB team of Hartsburg- Emden first practice is on 10/1915. Their first game is on 10/31/15 at the Midwest Central Tip- Off Tournament. Good luck to them on their season.

It’s Time

By Nathan Nowatney
October 14, 2015

Would you like to hear a ghost story? It’s not just any story. It’s a real story. And it happened here, right in this very school...

It was a night very similar to this one, almost a year ago today. The day where masked ghouls, and skeletonous beasts rise from their earthly tombs, and roam around the earth of their own volition.

Some say the only way to sate their hunger for your eternal soul is to present them an offering- and once presented, they’ll pass over your home, and head right to the next. They’ll visit every family in the town until they’re satisfied… and if you don’t present an offering? Well… we don’t talk about what happens then. Some say it’s a worse fate than death itself.

Ghost stories aside, Halloween’s coming up! It’s a very fun and exciting time of year! Parties, trick or treaters, and costumes galore. It’s a great time that I’m sure everyone has wonderful memories of.

And even more, on Friday, October 30th, bring your costume to school and show it off! Make sure to keep it safe and keep it appropriate for school.

Have a safe and fun Halloween- you should be scared. Very scared.

Parent/ Teacher Conferences!

By Brooklyn Swinford
The parent/teacher conferences are on October 22nd and the 23rd. On Friday the 23rd there is no school because the parent / teacher conference are from 8:00-11:30. Also on the 22nd the conferences are from 4:00-8:00. The conferences are for the high school and the grade school.

October is Postseason Time!

By Alyssa Bridge
October 14, 2015
October is the beginning of fall and it’s full of pumpkins, Halloween, and leaves, but some people forget about the most important part of October, baseball. Major League Baseball has its postseason in October. At this very moment, the teams remaining are the Chicago Cubs, the Kansas City Royals, the New York Mets, the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Texas Rangers, the Toronto Blue Jays, and last but not least, the Houston Astros. The Chicago Cubs have already advanced to the National League Championship Series with a 3-1 series win against the St. Louis Cardinals. They will face the winner of the series between the Mets and the Dodgers, who are currently tied at 2 games a piece in a best out of 5 series. The winner of the Royals and the Astros will face off against the winner of the Rangers and Blue Jays in the American League Championship Series. The winners of those 2 series will then face off each other in a fight for the World Series.

It's October wear PINK!

                                           Lexi Strange

October is breast cancer awareness month. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States. The American Cancer Society estimates by the end of the year more than 231,000 woman and men will be diagnosed with breast cancer. To help show your support take the PLEDGE. Here are six steps in which you can prevent breast cancer and or find it in an early stage.
  • PREVENTION: Ask my doctor what steps I can take that could reduce my risk of breast cancer.
  • LEARNING: Arm myself with knowledge about my own risks.
  • EXAMINATION: With my doctor, find out when I should get screened for breast cancer, and how often.
  • DENSITY: Have a conversation with my doctor to see if I have "dense" breasts, and which screening approach is right for me.
  • GENETICS: Discuss with my doctor my family history -- both mom's and dad's side -- of breast cancer, to see what it might mean for my level of risk.
  • EDUCATE Once I've put these steps into action, "pay it forward" by encouraging friends and family to do it as well.

Stags Leave Williamsville in Shock!

By: Lexi Strange

Last Thursday the Hartsburg-Emden volleyball team traveled to Williamsville to get the win, and that is just what they did. The Stags defeated Bullets in two sets (25-20, 25-17). Going into the game the Stags couldn't have been more ready, having the hype and energy from beating Dee-Mack on Tuesday. Many people were surprised with the outcome. Williamsville always has a good ball club. They're always a solid team, but we came in ready to go with the energy we need to have every game to have big wins like this one. I couldn't be more proud of my team. Stags go home with the victory!

Starved Rock: The Pain and the Gain

By Alyssa Bridge
October 9, 2015
On Friday, October 9th, the Illinois History class took a field trip to Starved Rock State Park in Utica, IL. The class explored the park to learn more about the rock that is a huge part of the state we live in. This state park is also the location of beautiful cliffs, canyons, and thousands and thousands of… wait for it… stairs. These stairs could make any normal person who loves nature instantly hate it. This park’s beautiful landscape was nearly ruined by the amount of stairs I had to walk. Overall though, I enjoyed this field trip because I was able to view some incredible scenery and even take some pretty cool pictures. It was a great experience and I would gladly go back again, but definitely bring water next time.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Quincy Tourney

Last weekend the Hartem volleyball team went down to Quincy to play in their annual volleyball tournament. Last year they got 1st in the silver division. This year they got 2nd in the gold. They started it off with a win against Peoria Notre Dame 25-17, 25-19. Then Hartem beat Metamora 25-17 and 25-17. After they beat Metamora, they beat Liberty North 25-9, 25-13. Then Hartem won their semi final match 25-23, 23-25, 15-11 and were set to play against the host Quincy. Hartem lost to Quincy 25-17, 25-17. Overall Hartem did pretty well against these big schools! Good job ladies!

by Adre Vetter

Yearbook Ad Day

by Chris Huffman

Recently the Hartem Antler went to Lincoln and sold ad space for our 2016 yearbook. A lot of businesses bought an ad, but some didn't. We would just like to say thank you to the ones that did buy one and thank you to the people that took the time and listened to us. We are still selling ad space in case your business is looking for cheap, good advertising. See a student from the Hartem Antler if interested or e-mail

FFA Open House at Western

By Chris Huffman
On Friday, September 5th, the junior and senior students in the FFA went to an open house at Western Illinois University and had a great time. Some students even said that before they went on the visit that they didn't want to attend college, but now they do! I just want to say thank you from all of the students of Hartsburg~Emden that attended. We had a great time and learned a lot and would do it again in a heartbeat.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Family Reading Night

Family Reading Night is October 15th at  6:00pm at the Grade school. Come out and join the fun! the English Literature class is making projects to take over there about how literacy is so important and how it can help them. Reading is so important in everybody's lives because it makes them better at reading things and speaking skills.
The kids get to do fun book related activities; they also get read to. The Future Educators Club and some of the students from the Eng Literature will  go over there and will read to the students.

Student Interview

By Kayla Zimmerman

      I asked Timmy Lingle, his opinions / thoughts about school, and such.     

             here are the question I asked and the answers I received.

  1. Q: What are your thoughts about school?
           A: It’s boring, besides PE but there is parts where I can talk to my friends.

  2.     Q: What’s your favorite school lunch?
          A:  crispitos.

3.     Q:  What’s your favorite subject?
        A:  PE because I get to do sports.

4.     Q: Who is your favorite teacher and why?
       A: Mr. Muntz because he’s fun / funny & he’s not a strict teacher.

5.     Q: If you could have a perfect school what would it be like?
        A: it would have no homework, and you would have fun.

HCC Back to School Kick-off

by Brooklyn Swinford

On September 19th from 3pm -5 pm  there was the HCC Back to School Family Kickoff. It was held at the grade school. Many families came and had a great time. The activities/ games they played  were badminton, volleyball, kickball, lawn darts, and bags. They also played on the playground. They had so much fun!

The Harder They Fall

By Nathan Nowatney
October 6th, 2015

It’s that time of year again- where leaves shed their hues of lush greens, and opt for more warm, homely shades of reds, browns, and oranges. That’s right, it’s the season of pumpkins, turkey, dead leaves, and candy. Autumn is finally here!

With the change from summer to autumn, there’s a few things HE students may not consider, or just forget altogether. This is your autumn update!

Make sure to start wearing warm clothes: the temperatures are dropping and the winds are kicking up. Keep bundled! The last day students are allowed to wear shorts in school is November 15, so enjoy the option while it lasts.

Watch your health: cold season is almost upon us, and the air is going to be thick with allergens in the coming months. Make sure to wash your hands, and don’t skimp on allergy medication if you need it.

Finally, we’ve got tons of days off, and a few breaks this fall. Here’s a list!

  • October 12, Columbus Day
  • October 23, Parent- Teacher Conferences
  • November 11, Veteran’s Day
  • November 25-27, Thanksgiving

Be healthy, keep warm, and welcome to autumn!

Who's Taking a Pie to the Face?

Hunter Langley
  This week is yearbook week at Hartsburg-Emden High School. With multiple activities going on, there is also a pie to the face contest. Every day at lunch there will be five jugs on a table with the names that follow on them: Mr. Ziemba, Mr. Pluhm, Toni Coit-Kirk, Chris Huffman, and Nathan Nowatney. Every day students will be allowed to put money in the jug of who they want to win. The winners will consist of one teacher and one student. Coins are counted as positive votes and cash is counted as negative votes. Next Thursday, the 15th, there will be a assemble held in the gym and we will find out the winner and watch them get a pie in the face! Make sure to vote for your friends!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Athletic Gear Fundraiser

This year Mr. Muntz is selling Stag gear to raise money for an all sport fundraiser and has a cool and unique design. I know I am going to purchase my Stag gear and I know you should to! Mr. Muntz put in a lot of time and effort to make this possible and I think if you see him you should take time to thank him! The shirt order forms are due Friday the 24th. You can get an order for from Mr. Muntz or the main office of the school. You only have one shot to get this great gear so I urge you to do so!
By, Chris Huffman

Editor's Note: I regret that this was not posted before the event was over. Mr. Muntz did order a couple extra, however. Please contact him if you are interested.

Volleyball Results- Homecoming Week

Homecoming Week has come to an end. The Lady Stags end their week 3-0. On

Monday, Hartsburg-Emden rolled through Warrensburg Lathem 25-14 and 25-18. Tuesday, the

Stags travelled to West Prairie and faced a tough match. They ended up winning a 3 set

match 25-19, 17-25, and 26-24. Both games were important, but the Stags were focusing on

Thursday’s game against rival, Mt. Pulaski the most. The Homecoming Game took place at

Hartsburg-Emden on September 24th. The gym was packed and the Stags yet again, came out

with a win after a thrilling 3 set match. The final scores were 25-18, 23-25, and 25-23. The

volleyball team now has an impressive 11-2 record. Now that the Homecoming Week has

ended, the students look forward to the Homecoming Dance this Saturday and the team looks

forward to games next week versus Williamsville and Dee-Mack. Good Luck Stags!

- Kaylee Beekman

Free School Lunches

The Emden Elementary is now start on the CEP (community eligibility provision). People who participate in this can provide a healthy meal for students with no charge. Our high school did not qualify. The cost of seconds is not covered through the CEP program. The school will be monitoring this program very closely. If you have any questions feel free to call during school hours and we can answer your questions! 

-Lexi Strange

Big, Bad, Blood

By Nathan Nowatney

September 28, 2015

Some things are a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity- and for hundreds of people last Sunday, they took life by the horns, and went out in the middle of the night to see an enormous, red moon hanging in the sky.

That’s right, last Sunday, most of the world had the pleasure of witnessing a rare astronomical event known only as a "supermoon."

The reason for this peculiar event is the result of two things: 1) the moon being in its closest orbit, making it appear large in the sky, and 2) the moon being eclipsed causes it to have a bloody red color.

This amazing event last happened in 1982, and won’t occur again until 2033.

Yearbook Week

by Brooklyn Swinford
October 5th-9th is yearbook week! We have many fun things planned. During lunch  there will be a photo booth if you want the picture you have to pay just $1 to get it. Pay a dollar to wear a hat for a day or $4 for the week.There will be old yearbooks on display during lunch and a  2015 yearbook scavenger hunt (candy bar for the prize). Also guess how many film canisters are in the jar and coin voting for a pie in the face. Pre-order your 2016 yearbook!
At the end of the week there will be a drawing to win a gift card or something, students that already pre-ordered the 2016 yearbook will be in the drawing. Students can take Stag Selfies and send them in.

Make Sure to Get Your Picture Taken!

Hunter Langley
Next week, October 5 through the 9th, is yearbook week. There will be events and activities for students to participate in all week. One day we will be offering a “photo booth” for the children to get their pictures take. You can buy a 4x6 of the picture for $1 and Mrs. Folkman will make sure it gets to you by the end of the week. Show your school spirit and help the yearbook make some money!

Freshmen Wreak Havoc

October 1, 2015
By Alyssa Bridge
Over the past week, the freshman class has been selling chocolate bars. These bars come in 4 flavors: caramel, crunch, almond, and dark chocolate. These chocolate bars have been causing chaos throughout the school. Everyone has to have them. When you are hungry during a pre-lunch class, you could just bring a dollar and hunt down one of the chocolate-bearing freshman. This is a very profitable fundraiser because who doesn’t want to buy a chocolate bar? They are delicious and not so healthy but oh well. Chocolate is chocolate and nearly 50% of the population has to eat chocolate at least once every day.

Dress up Days

by Adre Vetter, 10.2.15
Last week was Volleyball Homecoming Week and as most of you know we have dress up days. The dress up days were… Muscle Monday, Team Tuesday, Wacky Wednesday, Stag Theme Thursday, and Flashback Friday. The class that dressed up the most will get a pizza party and the class that will get the pizza party is the freshman class. They had 91% of their class dress up for homecoming week. The sophomore class dressed up 79%, juniors 52%, and seniors with a disappointing 49%. In junior high the 6th grade got first place with a 76%, 8th graders 68%, and the 7th graders 60%.

High School Scholastic Bowl Schedule Released

by Brooklyn Swinford

The HS Scholastic Bowl is having a meet on  January 21st  against Greenview, Midwest Central, and Illini Central. Then Hartem  will have another one on  February 4th  against Greenview, Delavan, and Mt. Pulaski. If we have any snow days, they will be rescheduled. GO HARTEM!   

High School Golf Team

by Kyle Johner 10.1.15
Good luck to the Hartem/Delavan golf team on Friday, October 2 as they face Greenview at Country Hills at 3:30. Golf regional starts October 6 at 10 a.m.

Hartem Golf Post-Season

by Kaylee Beekman

The 2015 Delavan / Hartem Golf Team are headed into their post season! They ended

their regular season with a record of 8 wins and 12 losses. Regionals take place at Crane

Creek Golf Course in Kilbourne on October 6th. Brimfield, Cuba, Elmwood, Farmington, Illini

Bluffs, Havana, Midwest Central, Illini Central, Peoria Christian, and Tremont will also be

competing in the Regionals. The top three teams will advance to Sectionals in Hamilton on

Monday, October 12th. Good luck to the Golf Team!