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CHS Wrestler Signs Letter of Intent to CCC


CHS student athlete Tate Carney signed a letter of Intent to wrestle at Colby Community College next season.  Tate is a 3 time State Wrestling tournament qualifier placing 2nd in 2014, 3rd in 2015, and 2nd in 2016.  Congratulations to Tate Carney and his family!


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Three Colby Eagles Make All-League in Volleyball

CHS student athletes Erin Krannawitter, Kora Schindler, and Hallie Vaughn were voted to the All-GWAC League volleyball team for 2016.  Krannawitter, a junior, was selected as 2nd team All-League as a Libero.  Krannawitter was selected as All-League Honorable Mention in 2015 as a sophomore.  Schindler, also a junior, was selected as 2nd team All-League as a hitter.  Vaughn, a freshman, was selected as Honorable Mention as a hitter.  All League selections are voted by the GWAC League coaches.  Congratulations ladies!

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Pratt Defeats Colby To End Season

The Pratt Greenbacks defeated the Colby Eagles 49-26 on Friday, Nov. 4th at Pratt HS.  The Eagles ended the season with a record of 5-5.  Colby has qualified for the Playoffs 3 years in a row.  Great season, Eagles!

CHS Presented Seussical the Musical November 10th/11th

CHS students presented "Suessical" the Musical on November 10 and 11th.  The students did a great job on both nights and it was received very well.  Thanks to Mr. Nickols and everybody who helped make the production a success.seussicalPic

Eagle Football Team Defeats Concordia

The Colby Eagle varsity football team defeated the Concordia Panthers Friday, Oct. 21st at Concordia.  The Eagles are 4-4 on the season and 1-1 in district play.  The Eagles take on the Goodland Cowboys this Friday in Goodland.  A win over Goodland will put the Eagles in second place in the district and a berth in the 4A D2 football playoffs.

CHS Volleyball Season Finishes with Loss to Scott City

The CHS Lady Eagles lost to Scott City in the first round of the Sub-State volleyball tournament at Holcomb on Saturday, Oct. 22nd.  The Lady Eagles finished with a record of 7 wins and 27 losses.  Many players with varsity experience will return next year to try and build on a season that showed steady improvement.

CHS Tech Classes Receive Grant

The Colby High School Tech class received a $225 Grant from Midwest Energy. The funds will be used to continue projects in the Foundations of Technology Class (Tech 1) for the school year. We would like to thank Midwest Energy for sponsoring that grant and helping our students reach their full potential.




State Cross Results from Wamego

CHS runner Mark Faber finished in 32nd place at the State Cross Country meet in Wamego on Saturday, Oct 29th.  Mark ran the hilly Wamego course in 18 minutes .09 seconds.  Great Effort, Mark!

CHS Cross Country Runner Mark Faber Qualifies for the State Meet

CHS Senior Mark Faber son of Rhonda and Josh Faber, finished in 7th place at the Hays Sand Plum Regional on Saturday, Oct. 22nd.   Mark ran a personal best of 16mins 29 seconds and 65 hundredths to qualify for the State Cross Country meet in Wamego, KS on Saturday, Oct. 29th.

Colby High School remains 4A(DII) for the 2016-17 School Year

The results are in and Colby High School will remain in the 4A classification for the 2016-17 school year.  Regional assignments for Fall Sports will be determined in the near future and listed on the KSHSAA site.  We will also post this information as soon as it’s received.  For all other sports, regional assignments will be determined at a later date.  For more information, go to www.KSHSAA.org and click on the classifications section.  For regional assignments, click on the specific sport you are interested in.

Tuesday Night School at CHS Colby High School offers Tuesday Night School for High School students on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-8:30 p.m. in the library of the high school.  Tuesday Night School offers the following services:
        • Academic support for English, Science, Math and Social Studies         • Access to computers and printers         • Library and media resources         • A quiet place to work on course assignments        • A certified teacher is on site         • Career Counseling and Scheduling Services--open to parents and students         • Students needing specific assistance should make prior arrangements with Mrs. Rundel 

The Kansas Assessment Program has released a Parent Guide to understanding the results of the Kansas Assessments that were conducted in the Spring of 2016.  USD 315 staff will be referring to this guide when visiting about the results of the assessments.  Keep in mind that not all grade levels took the assessments last Spring so this information may not be applicable to your student.  Feel free to visit with your child’s teacher to know more about understanding the assessments. You can access the document under the Public Notifiications tab or at the link below. You can also access the document on the Facebook pages of each building.

KS Assessment 2016 Parent Guide


Sophomore places in state contest

By August Hutfles, sr.

Most everyone knows the episode from Spongebob Squarepants where Patrick says, “I wanna award.” Spongebob’s response to this can be used in everyday life, “If you want an award Patrick, you have to do something.”

This is exactly what Jayln Mettlen, did. In August, Mettlen was notified that she had earned second place in the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) Annual Conference Cover Art Design Contest.

The KSDE Annual Art Design Contest is a statewide competition where students from elementary to high school submit artwork based on a theme that changes every year. The 2016 theme was “Kansans CAN”, with more than 700 entries in the picking.

Mettlen is unsure what made her artwork stand out, but something made the judges pick hers as the second best design.

Mettlen says that her design took approximately a month to complete, using Clipart, an online copyright free image gallery, and Photoshop.

“I thought of the theme Kansans CAN and decided that I wanted to make mine about the accomplishments of Kansans, like famous people,” Mettlen said.

The cover art was part of a school assignment in Lamoureux Fulwider’s graphic design class for the 2015-2016 school year. The graphic design class teaches students the use of art design programs, such as Photoshop.

“I really liked graphic design. I chose to take it since I like computers,” Mettlen said. “The year before, I took robotics and I didn’t like that because I don’t like putting things together.”

Fulwider, who now teaches as the middle school art teacher, says that this was her first year entering anything into the contest. She was thrilled that the school’s first entries did so well.

“When we learned that Jayln won, we were so happy for her,” Fulwider said.

The prizes for first, second, and third place are cash prizes, ranging from $50 to $125. Mettlen plans to attend the 2016 KSDE Annual Conference at the Wichita Convention Center. She and the other contest winners will be recognized at the opening ceremony.

Two Students Attend Leadership Conference

by Audrey Puckett

Nobody wants to feel alone, but high school is the most common place to endure this unwelcomed emotion. It’s tough to find a group who understands each other’s problems and background. While many find their niche in extracurricular activities, others may look towards those who share the same heritage. This is where programs like the Hispanic College Institute (HCI) of Fort Hays State University comes into play. As a summer camp, the HCI invites those who identify  themselves as having a Hispanic background to attend a four-day summer camp. The camp is hosted on the FHSU campus and involves multiple activities and successful leaders who equip Hispanic students with the tools they need to attend college and pursue their careers.

Colby High School sent two students, Karmen Barraza, jr., and Natalie Hernandez, jr., for the first time this summer with the help of Hollie Timson, Spanish teacher.

As a participant of the Hispanic College Institute, Hernandez couldn’t be more elated.

“The whole program is a mind-blowing experience,” Hernandez said. “The day I had to leave I was like, ‘Why? My heart is going to get ripped out.’”

Although their schedules were jam-packed with guest speakers and lessons the girls will carry well into their lives, each gained information they hadn’t a clue about. A few of these skills  were app building, finance and public speaking. The camp also provided classes that were specific to career paths campers could already be traveling down.

“At the end of the last day, I went to a business and teaching session,” Barraza said.

Barraza is planning to go into culinary arts. HCI was able to hand her financial and legal information and advice that will serve as a helping hand as she ventures into her future.

“They showed me how much I’d make if I had a partner compared to what I’d make if I had my own business,” Barraza said. “They told me that you have to have a proper restaurant name, because if you pick something that is being used in another country, you could get sued for it. You have to do a lot of research before making those decisions.”

Hernandez attended HCI with the goal of getting an associate’s degree, which changed after she listening to an inspiring, belly aching speech given by Hispanic comedian, Ernie G.

“He told us a story. He was making me laugh hardcore, and he encouraged me to go further than what I thought I could,” Hernandez said.

Hernandez continued to explain how she had no clue what she wanted to do with her life, positive that she was the only one who was going through the same situations. After a four-day camp, she was positive she knew what she wanted to do.

“My goal is to be a forensics scientist, and I know that even though I’m a girl and I’m Mexican, I can still do what I want to do,” Hernandez said. “I wanted to just get an associate’s degree, but why do that if I can go get a PhD?”

While one of the main goals of this program is to educate the Hispanic youth, another is to create lifelong friendships and give people the chance to network. Both Barraza and Hernandez explained that they created friends the moment they arrived. Each became very close with other Kansas youth from across the state of Kansas. Through this encouraging environment, Barraza watched one friend in particular blossom.

“One of my friends was shy, because her English wasn’t the best. So a guest speaker brought her up to present him as our speaker,” Barraza said.” “I, as a close friend now, was so proud of her because she was doing her best English that she could and she wasn’t shy about it. I was so proud of her.”

Each developed her own experience with the help of this four-day camp. Both girls walked away with the same phrase to motivate them, “Do not be ashamed of where you come from, own it.”


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