Rosenberg Turns Talent to Cash

Junior Keria Rosenberg has taken advantage of her talent and is using it to make a profit.

Rosenberg has been knitting since she was 13 and took a health class that required a no-technology weekend.

“I had all this yarn laying around and this book that had a tutorial on how to knit, and I thought I might as well teach me how to knit to pass some time. I’ve been doing it ever since,” said Rosenberg.

Knitting can be a very expensive hobby having to buy all the yarn and needles and sometimes even buying designs, to get what you wanted to be made.

“It’s kind of a nice balance of fueling my hobby just solely to do it,” said Rosenberg.

Knitting is a hobby that takes up a lot of free time, and Keira makes several different items that can take days to create.

“A hat usually takes me about less than 10 hours, or if its a scarf, depending on the length, it can take me anywhere from 3-5 days,” said Rosenberg.

Keira has been selling her items for a while now and has sold around 11 hats so far, but yet to sell any of her scarves.   

“Hats, I charge $5, which is an extra dollar if they want a pom pom on top and for scarves I’m thinking around $7, maybe $9 if you want fringe,” said Rosenberg.

In the future, Keira plans to continue knitting and open an Etsy shop or her own online page where she can sell her creations.

Six Minutes Added to Day

Due to the overwhelming amount of snow days, six extra minutes have been added to the end of the day.

Many students have their own opinions on how the school dealt with this decision including sophomore Molly McNulty, freshman Faith Leisgang, and junior Rebecca Ross.

“I think it’s pretty annoying to sit in focus an extra amount of time doing nothing if you’re on privilege. Since I’m not on Tiger privilege, I can’t leave school, so I’m stuck here an extra six minutes,” said McNulty.

Juniors and seniors are the only grades allowed to leave early during focus if they’re on Tiger privilege, so many are not affected by the change.

“I’m kind of on the fence because with Tiger privilege I can leave, so it’s not really affecting me in any way,” said Ross.

Students that are involved with sports have to rush to get ready to make sure they are changed in time for practice since the practice time for sports remain at 3:30.

Many students that aren’t in sports find no conflict with it affecting their after-school schedule.

“It doesn’t affect me personally, but I think it does affect the people that play sports a lot,” said McNulty.

Since there were so many minutes to make-up due to having too many snow days, the school district felt as if this was the best way to approach this situation for everyone.

Many students believe there could have been another way to approach this situation instead of adding extra minutes.

“I think that they could have taken out the one-hour early release that we have on Friday because no one really sees an advantage to having it, and it’s something that isn’t really necessary,” said McNulty.

A lot of students seem to share the same opinion of taking away our one-hour early release, but the district didn’t approach it that way because of the meeting time the staff has when the students leave early. Faith had a different idea.

“I think that they could have possibly started school at 7:45 instead of 7:51, so adding that extra time onto advising which everyone is required to be there for instead of the juniors and seniors having the advantage to leave during focus,” said Leisgang.

Even though most tend to disagree with the extra six minutes, Rebecca seems to think that it was a good idea.

“I think it was a good idea because some people have jobs that have them work early on Friday’s now since we get out early, so taking the early release away would have affected them,” said Ross.

Although students continue to express their opinion, it is something that is not going to change. Not only is there an extra six minutes every day, also the last day of school is no longer an early release and will be extended to a full day.

BRFHS Student Excels in the Shop

Jeremy Byars is a dedicated junior who has been in Metals since freshman year.

“I’ve been involved in shop in general since back in middle school. I’ve always loved the shop, and it’s just kind of on the way up because I love working with metal over wood.”

He says he likes seeing his projects come together. Super Mileage Vehicle adviser Jeron Cassidy has watched him work with a group to build a fuel-efficient vehicle.

“I really enjoy having Jeremy in Super Mileage Vehicle, and as a student, I can rely on him for so many things. He always goes above and beyond, so I really appreciate that,” said Cassidy.

Along with being an excellent student, Jeremy is also friend.

“Jeremy Byars is a good friend for the most part. Overall he’s a pretty smart, good friend.” said Sawyer Brede, junior.

Byars is also a leader outside of school in Super Mileage Vehicles, a club dedicated to building and racing cars.

“He has been our lead mechanic and driver for most of his high school career,” said Jeron Cassidy.

Another outside of school activity performed by the student is being a part of a Vintage Class Racing Team.

Cassidy said Jeremy, “lined up a demo for his classmates in Automotives Mechanics 1 so they could see what he helped create. So he brought the car in for them,”

Jeremy does plan to continue to strive in this class as well as the extracurricular shop activities he’s involved in. His plan for the future is to make shop work a career as well for many years to come.

Boys basketball team looks for improvement

Coaches prepared the team by giving them extra opportunities this past summer such as weight lifting and summer tournaments.

“We asked the team to do a lot of summer work, relying on kids to do things independently as well as providing opportunities in the weight room and in the gym several times a week, as well as doing summer tournaments over in Kaukauna and down in Stoughton,” said coach Jared Plaza.

Plaza believes it’s not about what the coaches have done differently but more about the group of kids they have. Many of the players are experienced returning players from last year.

“It’s a lot more encore leadership but also their familiarity in our system that allows us to do a lot of variations in our practices and our offensive and defensive schemes,” said Plaza.

Plaza has one goal short-term in mind specifically which is to beat Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau.

“I think on a larger scale we are a sectional squad for sure, if not better,” said Plaza.

Senior Jacob Woods says he has practiced a lot harder and put in more enthusiasm than he did last year.

Along with Plaza, the players have many goals of their own.

“My goal for us is to make it to state,” said senior Bryce Seiber.

Woods took advantage of many of the summer practice availabilities and is grateful they were offered.

“We had a lot of opportunities this summer to go to practice and make ourselves better in the offseason, and people who took advantage of those opportunities are playing well this year,” said Woods.

The Tiger team lost Thursday against Osseo-Fairchild and currently hold a record of 3-4 and continue to practice harder and improve.

Social Studies Teacher Auditions for Student Musical

History and economics teacher Michael Shepard auditioned for the student spring musical, The Little Mermaid, because of his two daughters, Elvy and Mhari.

“It’s my older daughter’s favorite Disney princess, and I thought it’d be nice to pop out and surprise her,” said Shepard.

Shepard says that a few of his senior students are in the musical, and thought what better way to send them off by being in their musical.

“I’ve had a lot of theatre background. In third grade, I was Prince Charming. I was very handsome, although the princess would not let me kiss her because apparently I was a hideous creature,” said Shepard.

Shepard has a lot of choir background, being in choir three out of four of his high school years.

Bailee Ciezki, senior, has had multiple roles in the musical ever since she was a freshman.

“In my freshman year, I was Joy, an evil step-sister to Cinderella. My sophomore year was Shrek and I had multiple roles, but mainly was Mama Shrek and Mama Bear. My junior year was Jekyll and Hyde, and I was Lucy (lead),” said Ciezki.

Ciezki finds the experience of auditioning with a teacher as a potential cast member unusual.

“I think Mr. Shepard would be a great Ursula. He’s a pretty dramatic guy. I think that he would fit in well with the students, and he also brings a certain sense of flare that he can portray and have the students follow suit,” said math teacher Jared Plaza. Plaza runs the Tiger Investment Club with Shepard.

The students involved have been preparing for their upcoming musical in March. The musical is open for all students, whether they are in choir or not. Their auditions started a week before Christmas break, and callbacks for lead and supporting roles were on December 19.

Video produced by Lois Whiteeagle and Sarah Guenther.

The Student-Run Digital Press at BRFHS