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Olson Hangs up Tool Belt

When people think of Mr. Dan Olson, many think of him in the woods room or out on the construction site, but he is much more than that. He is a great man that has a lot of knowledge in many different areas in the tech ed department ranging from drafting to construction.

After graduating from high school Olson, went to college at the University of Wisconsin-Stout to pursue a degree in Industrial Education.

“I first knew I wanted to teach was when I was ten years old and my sister was four and I was teaching her in our basement before she went to kindergarten,” said Olson.

Olson has been no stranger to getting his hands dirty. He has always had a knack for building and fixing things.

“When was 11 or 12, I helped my dad put an addition on to our cousin’s house,” said Olson.

Olson has been to two other school besides Black River Falls High School. Though the other schools are where he first started off in his teaching career, Black River will always be his home.

“I have been teaching for 33.5 years now, I first started in Rice Lake, Wisconsin. Then I taught at Caledonia, Minnesota, and then here at Black River Falls for 30 years,” said Olson.

Though Olson’s teaching career at Black River Falls High School is coming to a close, he has made a lot of memories that he will never forget.

“Memories, man, there are a lot of memories I have had here. Well, just the different students that have come and gone, and also the people that I have worked with through the years and the really nice woods projects that were made and the construction classes,” said Olson.

Retirement is knocking on the front door for Olson. Many of the teachers that taught with him when he first started here have retired so he thought it was time for him to retire.

“I haven’t really thought about retirement, my teaching license was up at the end of the year and I didn’t want to renew it, and I also had the time in to retire from my job,” said Olson.

It is always nice to have a friend to ask any questions when you needed help. Olson had two close friends when he first started teaching at Black River Falls High School.

“I have learned a lot from Woody Meyer and Woody Amundson, there were always there if I had a question about something,” said Olson.

Teaching at the same school for 30 years is definitely a milestone, Olson will never forget the memories made at Black RIver Falls High School. Even though it is time to hang up the tool belt from his job, he will be never forget Black River Falls High School.

Baseball Season Can Take Toll on Body

Baseball players endure a very long season that take a toll on their body dealing with injuries ranging from sore legs to sore arms, and every knick and bruise they encounter on a day to day basis.

According to the University of Rochester Medical Center, from the ages 5 years old to 14 years old, 110,000 kids have been treated in a hospital’s emergency room from injuries from baseball. Baseball also has the highest fatality rate than any other sport. On average, three to four kids die every year from a baseball injury.

Two of the most common injuries that kids can endure during a long season are sprains and strains which can cause kids to miss some time from their respective sporting event, reports the University of Rochester Medical Center.

“I would say the most common injuries in baseball are usually arm injuries. The rotator cuff and the elbow can get hurt very easily if they are not taken care of properly,” said Jake Dalhke

The high school baseball team goes through a daily routine consisting of running, resistance arm bands and a throwing progression that helps prevent arm soreness and injury.

“This is the reason why we warm up and do our band stretches before we throw everyday, if we did not do these things, just about everyone player’s arm would be hurt,” said Dalhke.

Also the WIAA limits the number of innings a pitcher and can pitch in a three day period. The number of innings they can pitch is seven innings in a three day span.

“I really limit their pitch count at the beginning of the season and gradually increase it as their rotator cuff gets stronger and more stretched out during the season,” said Dalhke.

Students Party After Prom

After all the pictures have been snapped, dinner has been eaten, and the dance has been danced, the real question is “What are you doing after prom?”

While prom is on Saturday, many people after the dance haven’t made plans. Most of the kids just “go with the flow,” and see what everyone else is doing.

“After prom I will probably see what my friends are doing and maybe go hang out with them, but most likely I will just go home and maybe watch a movie or something and then go to sleep, ” said Tyler Rush.

“I honestly have no idea what I am doing after prom. I am just going to see what my friends are doing after the dance,” said Matthew LaFaunge.

Then there are the people who have everything planned out. So when the dance comes to the end, they know where they are going and they want what they are doing.

“There is a party at our house after the dance, that is all I know,” said Laura Meszynski.

At the end of the dance, the main thing is that people know where you are and your friends and family know you are safe.

“I will be going to an after party somewhere!” said MacKenzie Hoeschele.

When the day everyone looks forward to, comes to a close, the one thing everyone wants is for the kids to be safe. The kids should always have a plan and know what they are doing after the dance.

Jessie hoping to jump her way back to state

Miranda Jessie
Miranda Jessie

The track team has a returning senior who attended the state meet last year.  As the Track and Field season starts everyone has the goals of getting to the State Track and Field meet at UW-La Crosse in early June.

Senior Miranda Jessie has made her presence felt since her freshman year. She specializes in the triple jump, a field event.

Coming off her 6th place finish at the state meet at the last year, Jessie knows that it take a lot of work to get back there her senior year.

“It’s really hard to work on triple jump in the off season because we do not have an indoor sandpit to jump into,” said Jessie.

Even though Black River does not have an indoor sandpit for the jumpers, Jessie still found a way to get better and get to state. She continued to lift played volleyball and hockey to help her stay in shape for the track season.

“I think that it is very important for people on the team, and everyone else, to set goals and try your best to reach them,” said Jessie.

The goals that Jessie hopes to reach this year in track are to return to state. Another goal that she has, she wants to beat the Black River Falls High School Track and Field record for the triple jump. So far Jessie is only 9.25 inches away from her goal.

“It was my third jump at the state meet when I jumped 35 feet,” said Jessie.

Though she has a lot of work to do if she wants to return to the state and to the beat the school record jump of 35 feet and 9.25 inches.

Jessie has to taken some steps to return to the state meet for her senior year and to try and break the school record.

“I have been lifting more than I lifted last year, so I hope that will increase my speed, which will make me jump farther,” said Jessie.

As Jessie has taken these steps before the season has started, she already has the upper hand on all the other jumpers that she will jump against this season.

“I have an amazing coach who will lead me and great teammates to support me so I am really excited to see how this year goes,” said Jessie.

A senior who has a lot of goals for her senior year in track and field she will get a lot of help along the way from her coach, John Thurow. Miranda hopes to return to state for her final year in track, and she also wants to break the school record.

BLAST Using Tiger Way to Prevent Bullying

Students are taught about bullying and the effects that it can have on some students. This year all the schools have been taught “The Tiger Way” and what it means to be a tiger.

“We have ‘penalty boxes’ set up for the kids as a ‘take a break’ spot,” said Allie Sweeney.

If any of the students that attend BLAST after school program get in trouble for bullying another student, they are sent to these places. The workers at BLAST also tell the students about the Tiger Way and what it means to be a tiger.

Though there are ‘time out’ procedures for the workers at BLAST, they have not gone under specific types of bullying training in order to deal with these situations better than they do already.

“We have a strong understanding of the Tiger Way. [We] can persuade the students to follow it instead of the bullying behaviors,” said Sweeney.

The BLAST program deals with students that are in first through fifth graders. While the staff workers try to inform the kids about bullying, they also try to prevent bullying from happening at BLAST.

“I think that bullying start when you first go to school,” said Sweeney.

The students that are in the grades 1 to 5 do not really know that much about bullying and what the effects are on the kids that do get bullied, so the workers at BLAST teach the young students about the Tiger Way so they do not go down the path of bullying other students. Every young student in elementary school wants to be known as a good tiger and always doing the right things and not getting in trouble or bullying other students.

“Helping the students at BLAST with their homework and teaching them the Tiger Way and what it means to be a tiger is the best!” said Sweeney.

Even though students at such a young experience bullying the workers at BLAST say they do their best in trying to stop students from bullying other students. BLAST workers say that if the students are taught about the Tiger Way and what it means to be a tiger, they are more likely to stop teasing or bullying other students.

“Yes, we do deal with bullying, [so] we reference to the Tiger Way. I think it can be difficult because they already had school and then they are coming to BLAST and then it is another two hours of school,” said Katie Malchow.