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Today, Van Buren FFA Chapter's annual Petting Zoo took place. The event has occurred for years upon years and is an event geared towards elementary students so they can learn more about animals and agriculture while having fun.
Animals included at today's zoo were 2 ducks, 2 sheep, 4 goats, 3
types of horses, 2 donkeys, 2 cows, 2 chickens, a rabbit, a dog, and a cat.
Children who visited the zoo also made popcorn garland necklaces and what is called biodegradable plastic (but reminds me of Flubber). The children got to pet, become educated about, and enjoy the many animals owned or brought in by FFA
The tragedy that happened nearly 14 years ago, on September 11, opens it's doors to the world, showing off it's new memorial and museum. The objects that survived obliteration have found a home, and a meaning.
Nine new wildfires have sprung up around San Diego, burning more than 9,000 acres and more than 122,000 phone calls have been made to residents. With temperatures reaching around and above 100 degrees: bone dry grass, brutal heat, and gusty winds have contributed to an unseasonably early wildfire start.
Today is the last day for juniors to pay for and order their senior shirts for next year. The price is $10 and many different shirt colors are available to choose from.
Yesterday, moms across the world were pampered and showered with appreciation, as it was Mother's Day. Check out these articles -- "A Student Athlete's #1 Fan" and "A Student Athlete's Secret Weapon" -- to see how VB students cherish their mothers.
On Friday the VB track team's meet at Elmwood was cut short due to bad weather, but the girls' team managed to snag second place and the boys' team third before the storm came. The track team will train this week for the BVC meet which will be held on Friday with field events starting at 4:30 p.m.
Tonight elementary students will flock to the VB track to compete in the annual Van Buren elementary track meet at 5:30 p.m.
It's the Monday after prom, which means many girls had their hair wrapped into ponytails and cut in the gym this morning. With ponytail lengths ranging from 6 to 16 inches, fresh new looks can be seen throughout the halls! Locks of Love started at Van Buren in memory of a student who lost her battle to cancer, Amanda Simon. The program makes wigs out of donated hair for cancer victims under age 18. At 2:30, the girls will show off their newly styled hair in the gym. Great job, ladies!
The VB show choir sang together for the final time last night during the second performance of their Caberet show. Freshmen to seniors put on a spectacular array of acts that showcased the immense and diverse musical talent at Van Buren.
Next weekend many of these students will showcase their voices again in the Varsity Choir and Mixed Chorus as they will compete in the OMEA District III Choir event held in the Van Buren auditorium.
Masterpieces from Mrs. Nye's art classes were featured in the Community Thursday, Friday, and Saturday for the community to view. Students received various awards for their art. Stay tuned to The Knight Writer for the complete list and article featuring these talented artists.
Tonight the JV softball game takes on Defiance at home and the varsity boy's baseball team plays Tiffin Calvert at home; both games start at 5. Also tonight is the Harlem's chicken barbeque fundraiser for the girl's golf team. Check out the 2013-14 show choir's Caberet performance tonight and tomorrow at 7.
Tomorrow the track team heads over to Tiffin Columbian for the Bill Krause Invitational. The varsity baseball team has a doubleheader at Tiffin University aganist Tiffin Columbian and Kalida at 10. Varsity and JV softball takes on Riverdale away at 11.
The Van Buren Black Knight varsity softball and baseball teams battle the Leipsic Vikings tonight at 5. Be sure to come support our teams in this exciting BVC match. Good luck to those teams and to all girls trying out for the cheerleading squad this week!
Today is National Take a Chance Day so be sure to do something exciting and make every moment count.
As of today there are 27 days of school left!
Welcome back Knight Writer readers, after a well-deserved three-day weekend. Varsity track placed well at the St. Wendelin Invitational at Fostoria this past Saturday, with the girls' team placing 3rd, and the boys' team taking home the title. Read more about it here for details on the Knights' impressive performance!
In more sports news, both baseball and softball will take on the Red Devils at Arlington tonight in a BVC showdown.
Van Buren's Fine Arts Wing is busy in preparation for this upcoming weekend, showcasing Van Buren's musical and artistic talents. Cabaret will be held this Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26. Tickets are being sold Monday through Thursday this week from 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. as well as on the nights of the show from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., so don't forget to buy tickets for this annual show! More can be read about the upcoming performances here. The annual Juried Art Show will also be open to the public during intermission.
An attempt by the current government of the Ukraine to retake the city of Slovakian, in which a group of pro-Russian militants seized control of government buildings and weaponry, has recently ended in disaster. Ukraine's 25th Parachute Brigade either surrendered to militants or defected with their armored vehicles, depending on which source you believe, and has been disbanded by President Oleksander Turchynov. Turchynov also stated that soldiers who defected would "be held accountable in court (CNN)." However Russia, the US, and the EU have agreed on a roadmap to help defuse the Ukrainian crisis. Whether or not the involved parties will stick to the plan is still up in the air, but at least it represents a de-escalation of tension in the region.
This was an eventful weekend for VB students and teachers, as Mrs. Erickson had a baby boy on Friday. Seniors returned home last night after a busy weekend of sightseeing in Chicago. Softball players took part in a tournament, baseball had a game, and the track team held the Doug Mowrey Invitational. Check out results here.
Today, baseball and softball both have home games against McComb.
NHS members should pick up Walk For A Cause fundraiser forms from Mr. V if they'd like to participate. Forms and money are due back on Monday, April 28.
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