Photo by: Principal Helfrich
Team ~ Passion ~ Grit ~ Valor
The Great American Eclipse of 2017
Turn Down for Watt?
Running the Distance
Queens of the Court
Once a Greenback ~ Always a Greenback
"I disliked the fact that they told us it would get dark but it never did." - Zachary Vandervoort.
Photo Credit: iStockPhoto
How do I get my locker to stop jamming every time I open it?
"The solar eclipse was a fantastic, once in a lifetime experience." - Mr. Strecker
My thoughts on the Solar Eclipse:
You could do either of these 2 options:
1. See if there is anything in the bottom of your locker and clean it. Or
2. You could tell the office and they should have the janitor help you but don't do that unless the first option wouldn't work.
Solar eclipses have historically been viewed as omens that bring about death and destruction. But in reality, they are harmless- and they even helped prove Einstein’s theory of relativity. Historically, many scholars have tried their best to understand and predict solar eclipses. The next total solar eclipse will occur July 2, 2019. So be prepared on April 8, 2024 for the next “Great American Solar Eclipse!”
Around the United States, the kids were getting out of school to watch the eclipse. It was a once in a lifetime experience.
Some people were even traveling to different states. With packed roads and bad weather, it was hard to get to some of the places that would be perfect to watch the eclipse. One of the places that went into a full eclipse that some of the people here went to was Kansas City. At LMS, we got a short break from class to enjoy this natural phenomenon. Sitting on the football field, many people had special glasses or a box they made. Luckily, the clouds did not cover it like we thought they would, so those who had glasses and boxes had a clear view. If you did not have glasses or a box, you may have stayed inside and watched it, or borrowed on of those two things from a friend. Either way, it was right back to class after the eclipse.
For those in contiguous United States (excluding Alaska and Hawaii). This was the 1st Total Solar Eclipse in 38 years. Wow! The last time anyone in Mainland US saw a total eclipse of the Sun was on February 26, 1979. If you live in the US and missed the event, you’ll have to wait 7 more years, until April 8, 2024, to see a total solar eclipse. Oregonians will also be the first to see totality as the Moon's shadow moves east at an average speed of about 3600 km/h (2237 mph). After Oregon, the eclipse will move through Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, and South Carolina. Montana and Iowa are the only states where the path of totality will pass through unpopulated areas. People in Charleston, South Carolina will be some of the last people in the US to see totality.
by: Autumn Kuemin, Jenna Haas, & Caycee Bass
Through out the school year you will see a icon of a hand holding a smartphone along with a number accompanying images or photographs. This icon represents that the image is interactive with your iPad or smartphone. To interacte with the image you will need the Blippar app. The icon for the app is an orange square with a white lowercase letter b in the middle of the orange square. You can scan the images just like you would a QR code. You will need to enter the code per image in the settings of the app before you start scanning.
Some of the images that will be interactive will be the GUESS WHO images. The 8th grade Computer apps class learned how to use 3 different apps in order to create these fun interactive images. The 2017-18 yearbook will also have some pictures powered by Blippar, so keep an eye out for the logo.
Feel free to watch the video clip that Andrew Van Slyke, Brett Rennaker, and Brice Dinning created to demonstrate how the Blippar app works via the QR code.
A Note from the Editor
Photo by: Mrs. Wilson
"It was amazing to watch" - Scott Wyatt
This icon/logo represents that the image is interactive. Enter the code that accompanies the logo to activate the magic.
"On a scale from 1-100, I would give the solar eclipse of 2017 a 20." -
Eclipse of 2017
"My favorite part of the Solar Eclipse was the 360 sunset." - Quinn Tebow
Photos by: Dyllan Lunsford
The Great American
by: Jenna Haas
The first Liberty Middle school football game occurred on August 30th, 2017 in Larned, Kansas. The boys have prepared for this game for a while now, and it definitely paid off. Starting practice on August 14th, they have been practicing every weekday from 4-6pm at the practice field by Southwest Elementary School. The greenbacks are coached by: Luke Bauman, Brandon Wade, Anthony Brown, and Randy Lemon. The coaches do a great job of improving the players and pushing them to their limits.
The seventh grade game started at 5:00pm. Led by starting quarterback, Carson Hoeme, the Pratt Greenbacks took the field. The Greenbacks were held on their first offensive drive, as they turned the ball over going for a fourth down conversion attempt. By the end of the first quarter, the Larned Indians were winning 6-0. The second quarter was a little better for the greenbacks, scoring six points. At half, the score was Pratt: 6, Larned: 14. The third quarter was a shootout, but no points were scored. In the fourth quarter, with only a few minutes to go, the Greenbacks were down by eight points; which, in football, is a touchdown followed by a 2-point conversion. The Indians forced a crucial fumble and recovered the ball, but Pratt did not give up. On one of the first plays on Larned’s drive, Carson Hoeme forced a fumble that was quickly recovered by Daniel Nava and Returned for a Greenback touchdown. With two minutes to go, the Greenbacks needed this conversion, for it was unlikely they would have another chance to score. After a few penalties held them back about 15 yards, Pratt was facing a long 2-point attempt. Their attempt was unsuccessful, which led to, what had to be an onside kick for the Greenbacks. The kick was successfully recovered by Larned. Larned kneeled the clock out, and the game was over. The 8th grade game followed the 7th grade game. Eighth grade would also face the Larned Indians. The Greenbacks won the toss, and elected to receive. The first play of the game was a toss to the outside, and ran for a touchdown by Leightyn Heim, putting the Greenbacks up 6-0. The Greenbacks held Larned to a 4-and-out on their next drive. The rest of the first quarter was silent, as nobody put any more points on the board. At the beginning of the second quarter, the Greenbacks scored once again on a Dalton Weber run. However, the Indians answered with a touchdown of their own at the end of the first half. The score at halftime was: Pratt 12, Larned 6. The Greenbacks received to start the game, therefore, they would have to kickoff at the beginning of the next half. The quarter was scoreless until Leightyn Heim ran a counter play around the outside and stiff-armed his way to the end zone. The Greenbacks held Larned for the rest of the game and found themselves winners. We interviewed Leightyn Heim following the game and he stated that the reason he keeps playing, is because every time he steps on the field, he does it for his dad.
The next game, Pratt set off to play the Lyons Lions. The 7th grade would have a 5th quarter game. (Due to Lyons’ lack of players) Therefore, the 8th grade would set to kick off at 5:00 P.M. There wasn’t much to the 8th grade game. LMS held Lyons to one first down the whole game. At half, the score was: Pratt 20, Lyons 0. However, the Greenbacks weren’t confident enough in their lead yet and ran their starters back out to start the second half. In the second half, Lyons didn’t get a single first down, as the greenbacks had control of the ball most of the quarter.
The LMS 7th grade football team followed the 8th grade game with a 5th quarter game. Basically, each team got 20 plays to gain as many yards as they could. Nobody kept track of the score, but LMS dominated the 5th quarter game.
Running the Distance
Life At LMS Survey
Photo by: Julie Haas
Photo by: Jakeb Nelson
Photo by: Jenna Haas
by: Dyllan Lunsford
LMS Cross country has another good showing at St John meet, placing 6 in the top 10, with 115 runners participating! Nothing but GRIT!
"I do it for my dad!" Leightyn Heim
by: Karter Hoeme
7th Grade Game
Pratt vs Larned
Pratt vs Lyons
Pratt vs Buhler
After some long, hard days of practice, the cross country team has been ready for all the obstacles put on the cross. Though cross country has only been at LMS for five years, we have a great team. We also have two of the best coaches ever, head coach Mrs. Pelland, and assistant coach Mrs. Ford, who started coaching in the middle of the season. With their help, we have got some pretty good runners!
We have had more cross country kids on the cross country teams then we ever had. There are lots of new seventh graders, and some new eight graders.
The cross country team has been to three meets. We have done well at each of them, with all of use showing a lot of grit .The cross country team has worked very hard to get ready for each of the meets. It has always been worth it in the end.
We had a lot of kids medal in all the races. In the first race, the Clearwater meet, the top twenty kids got medals, and we placed 10 kids. At the Skyline meet, the top five kids got medals, and we placed 8 kids. Finally, on our last meet, the lyons meet, the top ten kids got medals, and placed 6 people.
Turn Down for Watt?
8th Grade Game
Pratt vs Hoisington
Grit .... Passion... Team ... Valor .... Respect
Created by: the 8th Grade Computer Apps Class
Photo by: Mr. Hill
" Our whole team is improving every day "
by: Autumn Kuemin
They catch all the flies!
Photo by: Zach Vandervoort
You Wish You Could Hit Like a Girl!
by: Zach Vandervoot
"My favorite part of volleyball is spiking and serving" Madison Hunt
by: Jakeb Nelson
Why are frogs good baseball players?
What are frog's favorite drink?
Fall is starting, and that means sports. Here at LMS we have football, track, cheer, wrestling, cross country, and volleyball. Volleyball is broken up into four teams, 8th grade A and B and 7th grade A and B. So far there have been 6 tournaments, and which we’ve hosted 3 of the tournaments.
August 31st was the day of the first game. The first game of the season they went against Larned. The Lady Greenback 7th grade A team went 25 - 15 and 25 - 17. This was their first time playing as a team.
On September 5th, they went up against Kingman. 7A lost to St Mark’s during that tournament and went 25 - 15 and 25 - 18. They faced Kingman and finished 14 - 25 and 20 - 25. Their final match for that tournament was against Skyline. They went 25 - 20 and 25 - 9.
September 7th both 7A and 7B played against Lyons. 7A wins 25 - 15 and 25 - 16. 7B loses 21 - 25 and 12 - 25.
September 14th Lady Greenbacks win against Hoisington. 7A with a win, 27 - 25 and 25 - 7. 7B also took a win with a nice comeback 15 - 25, 25 - 17, and 16 - 14.
Lady Greenbacks traveled to Dodge City for some non conference action. 7th grade was at Comanche. 7A was 4 - 1 and 7B 2 - 3.
The Lady Greenbacks have a great start to the 2017 season.
School has started and that means Pratt sports is rolling. Volleyball started practice before classes even met. The 8th grade volleyball team has started off the year on a rocky foot.
The first game of the season was high anticipated and much energy was flowing through the team. The greenbacks volleyball team first game was on August 31, 2017 in Larned Kansas. Their first game was full of energy and excitement and they won the first game of the year 25-15 25-10 . With the first win of the season the volleyball team had the drive to win more. The Greenbacks practice everyday from 3:45 to 5:30 to create the best team they can create. One week later the Greenbacks had their second game, feeling like winners they had much confidence going into the second game of the season. Though doing their best they just fell short losing to st. Marks 25-20 22-25 15- 12.
September 7, 2017 our lady Greenbacks were playing against Lyons, as they were hoping to revive themselves from their last loss. The Greenbacks were ready for this game hoping to improve their last encounter against St. Mark’s. At home they felt that the crowd was behind them and that they were going to win. After having a good practice session before the game they were ready. After winning the first set 25-21. The team was beat by Lyons the next two matches, 9-25 and 14-16.
September 14, 2017 the team was improving their team chemistry every day in practice and planned to bounce back against Hoisington. Though improving there serving, spiking, and setting they lost their match 9-25 and 20-25 against Hoisington.
8th grades B team has played two games this season on against Lyons Kansas and one against Hoisington Kansas. The B team practices every day at the Blythe in Pratt Kansas. Their first game they traveled with the A team on August 31st and they won with great communication the score was 25-13 25-10. The other game I recorded was against Hoisington for the B team. Even though they did their best they lost 6-25 and 16-25.
The Froggy Funnies
"Bump, Set, Spike"
by: Emaline Cline
Photo by: Mr. Helfrich
Take a screen shot of this page then use tools on your iPad or computer to help solve the puzzle. The 1st person to solve the puzzle correctly & show Mrs. Wilson will get a prize.
Created by: Zack Patterson