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Jenna Smith

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They’re back and better than ever! Galena High School’s girl’s basketball team smile with their third place trophy and medals after making it to state for the second year in a row. After another long season, the girls finished out at the biggest tournament of the season: the state tournament at Redbird Arena. After losing the first game to Okawville, the girls went on to beat St. Thomas Moore 48-60. Front Row: Taylor Burcham ‘24, Paeton Hyde ‘23, Gracie Furlong ‘25, Addison Hefel ‘24, Julia Townsend ‘23 and Gwen Hesselbacher ‘23. Back Row: Coach John Helle, Coach Jamie Watson, AD Ed Freed, Emma Furlong ‘24, Abigale Merritt ‘25, Macy Schulz ‘24, Naveah Ottenhausen ‘26, Superintendent, Tim Vincent, Mya McCoy ‘26, Julie Furlong, Dani Rae Hulscher ‘26, Cameron Einsweiler ‘26, Evelyn Callahan, Coach Joe Engle, Team Manager, Grace Connor ‘25.

Straight to State

Jenna Smith, Editor in Chief
April 4, 2023
Setting up for success, NAHS officers get the Galena Center for the Arts ready for their gallery. This tiny themed gallery was a great success and many people attended the opening. “The art show went wonderfully!” said Reagan Simpson ‘23, vice president of NAHS, “We had so many family and community members come to support us and enjoy the art!”

Peek Into Nature

Jenna Smith, Editor in Chief
November 14, 2022
Trying something new, the publications class has decided to create a cover contest this year. Requirements and deadlines can be found on this poster. Mrs. Bookless and the publications class are excited to see the new cover for their yearbook! “We dont really have anything to lose,” said Mrs. Bookless. “If we get some really good suggestions we can either use them as they’ve been submitted or ask people to do some revisions. So it’s kind of a win-win situation for the yearbook class.”

Yearbook Cover Contest

Jenna Smith, Editor in Chief
September 13, 2022
Not just another day: Noble drops EP

Not just another day: Noble drops EP

Jenna Smith, Editor in Chief
March 31, 2022
Emma Blaum stands with her competition on stage before the regionals awards ceremony. At this ceremony, Blaum finds out she qualified for sectionals. She has been part of the speech team since her freshman year and has improved more as the seasons progressed. “I love competing on the speech team and hope more people will join the speech team next year!” Blaum stated.

Speech Team Post Season

Jenna Smith, Editor in Chief
February 15, 2022
The GHS football team celebrates after winning their game against East Dubuqe on Friday, Oct. 22. This win qualified the team for the playoffs for the first time since 2015. The team traveled to Forreston on Oct. 29 to play in the first round of 1A competition.

Pirates take down Warriors

Jenna Smith, Editor in Chief
November 8, 2021
Speech Team Speaks Virtually

Speech Team Speaks Virtually

Jenna Smith, Staff Writer
April 22, 2021
Nicole Johnson does an Italian pas de chat across the stage with an empty house. Theaters are starting to open back up now so Johnson, and other dancers, will have a live audience again. “There is nothing quite like performing in front of a live audience,” explains Nicole. “The support from the audience elevates the excitement and energy of the dancers.” Jenna and Nicole can’t wait to perform for crowds again and hope that if you bought a ticket, you enjoy their production of Midsummer Night’s Dream.

GHS Girls To Perform in Ballet

Jenna Smith, Staff Writer
March 24, 2021
Movie Review: Enola Holmes

Movie Review: Enola Holmes

Jenna Smith, Staff Writer
March 24, 2021
Working and waiting for their time, Sam Hesselbacher ‘21 puts up a shot as Ryan Holland ‘21 and Khalid Newton ‘21 get ready for the rebound. GHS basketball teams have been practicing without games for a few months before they got the good news that they would be able to start competing again. The players have missed being able to actually compete against other teams. “I just miss being able to compete with my teammates and playing in games,” said Ryan Holland ‘21. Thankfully, our teams are now back on the court playing the sport they love and GHS wishes them all the best of luck.

The Return to the Court

Jenna Smith, Staff Writer
February 16, 2021
 Helping get people in the holiday spirit, Kristin Hall ‘21 and Maggie Handfelt ‘21 help set up the Luminaria. The Luminaria is a great way to get involved in the community while spreading holiday cheer and we can’t wait for the opportunity to do it again.

Christmas with the Key Club

Jenna Smith, Staff Writer
December 31, 2020
Betty Bookless 36 - has a snack before dinner at her grandmas house. This was Bettys second Thanksgiving, and she loved the mashed potatoes!

I’ll Be (At) Home for Christmas

Jenna Smith, Staff Writer
December 8, 2020
The Future of Our Schools

The Future of Our Schools

Jenna Smith, Staff Writer
November 23, 2020
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November 12, 2020

Going Above and Beyond

Jenna Smith, Staff Writer
November 6, 2020
Even when everything has changed, the show must go on. The GHS Drama Club uses Google Meet to stay socially distanced while preparing for their fall movie. In the photo (left to right) Mr. Jenkins, Hayes Noble, Chloe Roland, Mrs. Jenkins, Caleb Soat, Jovian Pham, Andres Sanchez, Mr. Tancrell, Emma Blaum, Maya Dickerson, and DJ Heid participate in a rehearsal. “This year it’s been really different because mostly everything has been online,” Maya Dickerson ‘22 stated. Despite the changes, the Drama Club continues to work hard to put together a great show.

Coming Soon to Your Home Theater

Jenna Smith, Staff Writer
October 20, 2020
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