The cast of "Bright Star" poses for a picture. The play runs from Nov. 10-13th. Call the BHS Office for more information at 620-543-2255.

Bright Star Premiers at BHS

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by Aften Woodbury

Those who enjoy Bluegrass music will like Bright Star. This is a musical written and composed by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell that takes place in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina in 1945. At times, the play has flashbacks to 1923.

The BHS Musical Department has chosen this for their musical this year. The musical will be performed on November 10th and 12th at 7 pm and the 13th at 2 pm. This will take place in the BHS Auditorium.

The main characters of the musical are Shaelin Newcome, Jaxon Allen, Taggart Reiss, and Judah Nowlan. These actors and actresses are pretty excited for the play.

I think the story is really touching compared to ones we’ve done in the past. I think there’s a whole rollercoaster of emotions that the show puts the audience through” says Shaelin Newcome, a senior who plays Alice Murphy.

It seems that all of these actors also have parts of the play that they think the audience will love – those being the on-stage bluegrass band and the dances throughout the musical.

“I am already a huge fan of bluegrass-style music, so performing these songs with my friends has been so cathartic for me,” says Beck Wells, a senior who plays Mama Murphy.

Greg Bontrager, the BHS choir teacher and director of the musical, thinks the audience will enjoy the musical as well.

“This one is so different than what we’ve done in the past, it completely runs the gamut of emotions.”

This musical should also be a rollercoaster of emotions.

“You may have some tears, and then you’ll have the laughter right after, and then some tears, so it’s really an amazing story,” said Bontrager.

You can buy tickets online or by calling the BHS office at 620-543-2255.

Posing for a picture on senior night are drum majors Rebekah Mitchell, Lilly Coldren, and Camri Coker.

Buhler High School Marching Band seniors look back and share excitement about this season

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by Brayla Johnson, BHS Journalism Department

Buhler, KS - The BHS Marching band has a history of great shows.

Senior band leaders have been in marching band for 4 years, and tomorrow night they will have their last performance at the home football game.

Seniors know what to expect because they are experienced in marching. They have spent their time in high school band playing their instruments and practicing. They practice to get better so that when they step out on the field, they are ready to represent something bigger than themselves.

Looking back over 4 years, many shared their favorite memories.

“My favorite memory was last year at the Shawnee Mission Marching Festival. Standing up on the track hearing them announce that we won not only first place but most of the captions as well made me so proud of myself and the band,” said senior Drum Major Lilly Coldren.

“My favorite show has to be Untold (2019). It was my freshman year and I was so happy to be a part of the band,” said Coldren.

Many shared why band is special to them and why this year’s show means so much to them.

“I know many friends and family who are in the military and I want to join the Air Force at some point in my lifetime. The show this year just really speaks for itself,” said senior flute Samantha Hulse.

“My favorite part about the show is that we are representing something bigger than ourselves!” said senior trombonist Allison Goans.

The 3rd movement in this year’s show is many people's favorites.

“My favorite part of the show is where we are in a diamond and we start quiet and build up and get into the cross set where it’s such an impactful moment for the band and the viewers,” said Hulse.

“My favorite part is 3rd movement during the big impact moment, we just added it and every time it gives me goosebumps,” said senior tuba player Brian Regier.

“The brass has their little feature that leads into the big company front. It's such an impactful moment that I think is really going to tug on the heartstrings of the audience,” said Coldren

“The long chords and light melody are so much fun to conduct,” said senior drum major Camri Coker.

These seniors know that this season goes by quickly, but they want to make the most of it.

“I’m also sad that I will be leaving the Buhler marching band. This is the best group of people I have ever worked with,” said Hulse.

“We have a strong band right now and I’ll be going out on what I think will be the best show in my 4 years,” said Regier.

“Honestly it feels like time has gone by really quickly. I’m super excited to graduate, but I’m gonna miss a lot. I’ve made a ton of memories in band, the fact that it’s ending is just surreal,” said Coker.

“It feels very bittersweet for it to be my last year. This is something I've put my heart and soul into for the last four years so having it come to an end makes me a little sad but I'm so excited for the show this year,” said Coldren.

This past Saturday, these seniors took the field with the rest of their bandmates to perform at KBA. In prelims, They got 1st in their division, best music, and best percussion. In finals, they took 3rd overall.

The Buhler High School football team plays Ark City at home, this Friday at Crusader Stadium. The marching band will be playing their final show and providing pep band music during the game.

Playing a game in her Fantasy Fiction class during the first week of school is Mrs. Lehr (left). This was a "getting-to-know-you" activity as students strategized to win the game.

Buhler teacher finds success in caring for others

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By Aften Woodbury, BHS Journalism Department

In Buhler, KS if you walk into room 208 at Buhler High School, you are greeted with colorful paintings, a comfortable atmosphere, and a warm smile from Mrs. Hanna Lehr.

Mrs. Lehr is a 4th-year ELA teacher who has worked hard to get to know her colleagues and students. She is well-known and adored by students at BHS.

Mrs. Lehr puts a lot of time and effort into paying attention to her kids.

“I love the students most of all. Even if I taught a different subject, my favorite part would still be talking to students and getting to know them. My favorite part about teaching English is having discussions with students about stories and books. It is so fun to hear different perspectives and talk through questions we have about literature.”

Mrs. Lehr always stands in the halls with a smile on her face greeting every student, even if they aren’t going into her class.

Even the teachers appreciate and adore Mrs. Lehr’s behavior and relationship with her students. Jason Kohls, the ELA team leader, talks highly of her character.

“I felt Mrs. Lehr was an incredibly kind and caring person. She also seemed very organized and yet extremely creative. From the beginning, she was someone who I could be comfortable with, trust, and rely on,” said Kohls.

Mr. Kohls especially admires the way she teaches.

“I feel Mrs. Lehr's teaching is extremely student/kid-focused. She cares deeply about her students, not only as students in her class, but as people. She is creative in how she approaches the subjects she teaches, and is constantly looking for ways to connect with students in a way that makes English class relevant and meaningful to them. What most students don't see is how much she collaborates and works with other teachers to be the best teacher she can be. I could see she was going to be a great teacher when she student-taught in my classes, and I am truly glad she chose to become part of our ELA team at BHS when she graduated. Now, in her fourth year as a teacher at BHS, she continues to grow and become an even better teacher. She helps me become a better person, colleague, and teacher.”

Lehr endured some negativity in high school and it influenced her to change her passions.

“I used to want be a teacher when I was a kid. I had a lot of negativity in my life and people told me I shouldn’t be a teacher.”

Mrs. Lehr actually was going to go to college majoring as an architect but, her senior year she had a teacher tell her to do what makes her happy and follow her dreams.

She is currently earning her master’s degree in Administration through FHSU so that someday, if she decides to become a principal, the degree is already there.

Pictured from left to right: Kyle Sides, Brenan Torgerson, Jeff Comer, Aaron Deitchler, and Justin Seuser.

​Buhler staff fills two essential roles: educators by day and officials by night

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​Buhler staff fills two essential roles: educators by day and officials by night

by the BHS Sportswriting Class

Buhler, KS - Walk through the main hall of Buhler High School on a Monday morning, and you are likely to find a group of educators talking about Friday night's game. They are not coaches or fans, they play different roles in those games as sports officials.

On October 10th, five Buhler educators wore their sports official jerseys to work to bring attention to getting people involved in officiating. Kyle Sides, Justin Seuser, Aaron Deitchler, Brenan Torgerson, and Jeff Comer all participated in that event.

Without sports officials, high schools across Kansas cannot play games. According to the New York Times, nearly 20% of all officials quit every year.

The National Federation of State High Schools says that over the past three years, about 50,000 referees across the country have hung up their whistles.

These five officials have 91 years of combined experience. They officiate football, basketball, and summer baseball.

The reasons why they officiate vary.

Brenan Torgerson spoke about how being involved as an official allows him to stay involved in a sport he is passionate about. Retired teacher and coach, Kyle Side shared the same sentiments.

“I officiate because I enjoy staying involved in the game. Once I stopped coaching, I decided officiating would be a good way to continue enjoying high school sports. I had officiated while attending college so I had some prior experience to help me. It's also a nice way to earn a little extra money and stay physically active. Officiating is a great way to meet new people. It's also a great way to grow as a person as you learn to deal with coaches, players, and fans,” said Sides.

Prairie Hills Middle School teacher Jeff Voss also officiates. He shared, “The best part is working with young athletes and seeing the different skill levels of athletes. By working games, it also gives [me] a chance to be part of a team community. [My crew] has worked together for a long time. We understand each other and what our different responsibilities are.”

Jason Kohls, who has officiated basketball for 21 years, echoed Mr. Voss’ statements.

“It’s another way to work with kids in a different area.”

These officials also expressed some of the negative aspects of being sports officials.

“The hardest part is probably verbal abuse by the fans,” said Kohls. However, he noted that he feels it has gotten better in recent years.

Justin Seuser who officiates college basketball and serves as Buhler High School’s Athletic director shared that a negative is late games that start at 8 o’clock at night, followed by a couple- hours-drive home.

History teacher Aaron Deitchler joked, “I do not like the running, getting cleated, or when [athletes] hit me [during a play].”

One aspect that all of these educator-turned-officials agreed on was that being a sports official was an easy way to make some extra money. While the level of play will determine one’s pay, a sports official can expect to make about $85 per varsity game.

Officiating games is not typically a person’s full-time job. Officials typically call games in the evenings or on weekends.

“I usually officiate 1-3 times a week, depending on the season,” said Torgerson.

These local sports officials had some great advice for those interested in becoming sports officials.

“Make sure to learn all the rules of the game, not from when you played,” said Kohls.

“I would tell people who are considering getting involved in officiating to contact a local official to help them get started,” said Sides.

For those interested in becoming sports officials, they can find a local mentor, contact their local Athletic Directors, or contact the Kansas High School Activities Association at or (785)-273-5329.

To contact USD 313 Athletic Directors, you can reach Justin Seuser at or call (620) 543-2259. To reach Randall Rank at Prairie Hills Middle School, you can email him at or call (620) 662-6027.

Art teacher Tara Goans helps teach a student how to shade his artwork in AP Art Studio.

AP Studio Art pushes students to find new creativity

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OCT 20, 2022

By Leah Skaggs, BHS Journalism Department

If you were to walk down the south hallway at BHS you would see art created by many different students and hear the boisterous voice of their art teacher, Mrs.Tara Goans.

Kansas High School students are required to take 1 full credit of fine arts to graduate. BHS has a strong history with art and some students needed more intensive art classes.

BHS decided to add a more advanced art class at the request of the former art teacher Sheryl Smith. “She’s the one who brought up the original proposal to get students an opportunity to be able to have more opportunities in art,” said Mrs. DeWitt the 11th-12th grade school counselor.

Not just anyone can take AP studio art. Students have to meet the criteria to be enrolled.

Mrs. DeWitt explained, “They first need to take either Intro to Drawing or Intro to 3D Design which are our entry-level courses. Then also when they sign up for it, we let the art teachers look at the list to see if the students have completed that and been able to receive an A or B in that class.”

AP Studio Art is offered two times a day and approximately 20-30 students take this class depending on the year.

When asked about what AP Studio Art was, Mrs. Goans, who happens to be Sheryl Smith’s daughter replied, “AP Studio Art is a class that requires students to work on a sustained investigation, creating a body of work. They must show their planning, practicing, and ideas in the form of sketchbook entries and written evidence.”

We asked Mrs. Goans why students might be interested in AP Studio Art she said, “AP offers an opportunity for students to work exclusively in their preferred medium while creating their own unique ideas”

Students can learn many new skills by taking AP Studio Art that prepare them for life.

“The ability to begin and complete original work under a timeline is so important for these students. I feel that it helps prepare them for college or the workplace,” said Goans.

Mrs. Goans said that her favorite part about this class is “Turning in the final portfolios and the sense of accomplishment the students have. I also love “Technique Tuesday” which is where we take breaks from our work and try new things together as a class.”

Students interested can visit with their counselor or art teachers to see if this will be the next best step for them.

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