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December 14, 2017
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Simon Crafts Edible Works Of Art With Cookie Business

Posted 12/14/2017

By Jared JanzenTAWNI Simon of Halstead has been baking custom batches of decorative cookies since August of last year. She can suit the cookies’ design to match just about any event, such as these Santa cookies perfect for Christmas parties.TAWNI Simon of Halstead has been baking custom batches of decorative cookies since August of last year. She can suit the cookies’ design to match just about any event, such as these Santa cookies perfect for Christmas parties.

HALSTEAD— If you can imagine it shaped like a cookie, Tawni Simon of Halstead can probably figure out a way to make it for you. Her edible works of art have included everything from sombreros, piñatas, monster trucks, basketballs, nail polish, baby rattles, turkeys, ghosts and much more.

Simon began her cookie-decorating business, Tawni’s Sweet Treats, a little over a year ago. She bakes and decorates custom-batches of sugar cookies for parties, holidays and other occasions and can design the treats to match whatever the event’s theme is.

For Simon, baking and decorating cookies is a way to relieve stress, which is why she enjoys doing it.

“It’s just something I can do on my own and just kind of tune out my worries for a little while,” she said.

While she doesn’t know how many cookies she’s baked and decorated since starting her business, she guessed it was very easily more than a thousand.

“If you look back, it’s a lot of cookies,” she said.

A native of Hugoton in western Kansas, Simon has lived in Halstead the past five years. She and her husband have two children, a son who just turned six and a two-and-a-half-year-old daughter. It was through her kids’ love of cookies that she was inspired to start her cookie decorating business.

“They prefer cookies over cake, so for their birthdays I would order cookies custom-made for them, and then it got to the point I would order cookies throughout the year for Valentine’s Day, or for other parties,” she said.

Eventually she figured why not do it herself—and Tawni’s Sweet Treats was born.

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Burrton Students Learn About Teen Dating Violence

Posted 12/14/2017

By Jared JanzenFRESHMEN Keili Leibman, Caden Rimbey and Laryssa Stahl and long with sophomore Shane Stocks were some of the FCCLA students who organized a high school assembly where Dr. Christie Brungardt, far left, came and spoke about preventing teen dating violence.FRESHMEN Keili Leibman, Caden Rimbey and Laryssa Stahl and long with sophomore Shane Stocks were some of the FCCLA students who organized a high school assembly where Dr. Christie Brungardt, far left, came and spoke about preventing teen dating violence.

BURRTON—Teen dating violence is on the rise across the United States, according to Christie Brungardt, one of the co-founders of a campaign to spread awareness on unhealthy relationships and domestic violence.

Brungardt was at Burrton High School Monday afternoon talking to teens about warning signs of unhealthy dating relationships.

Brungardt shared with students the story of her daughter, Jana, who was a victim to domestic violence in 2008 when she was murdered by an ex-boyfriend. Jana had a degree in women’s studies, had done volunteer work with other victims of domestic violence and had spent three years as an activist on these issues at the Kansas state government.

Brungardt said if an advocate and expert on these issues like her daughter could become a victim, then that was a sign that it truly could happen to anyone. She added that victims aren’t always women—men are on the receiving end of domestic violence too.

Brungardt and her husband, Kurt, founded Jana’s Campaign a year after Jana’s death as a way to educate others about warning signs of unhealthy relationships. She listed some of these signs for students at Burrton during Monday’s assembly. These include things like threats, name-calling, harming one’s self-worth, stalking, or other forms of emotional abuse like isolating their partner from friends and family, coercing them to do things they didn’t want to or being jealous.

Students were urged to talk to a parent or trusted adult if they or someone they knew were in an unhealthy relationship.

Brungardt had been invited to the school by students in Dana Kreie’s FCCLA class. Kreie said her students had been looking for ways to advocate for safe dating habits and she had heard of Brungardt through FCCLA events.

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Ratzloff Knows The Map, Wins Geography Bee

Posted 12/14/2017

GEOGRAPHY Bee competitors included (back row, from left): Jeff Nold, Sam Culp, Drew McGinn, and Adly Ramsey. Middle row: Abby Garrett, Bradlynn Morton, Kevin Watkins and Sabrina Bogunovich. Front row: Maverick Stauth and Ryker Ratzloff.GEOGRAPHY Bee competitors included (back row, from left): Jeff Nold, Sam Culp, Drew McGinn, and Adly Ramsey. Middle row: Abby Garrett, Bradlynn Morton, Kevin Watkins and Sabrina Bogunovich. Front row: Maverick Stauth and Ryker Ratzloff.By Pilar Martin

SEDGWICK—Ten students vied for the title of Geography Bee champion in Sedgwick last Wednesday, Dec. 6. There were two representatives from each of the fourth through eighth grade classes in the competition.

Contestants were fourth-graders Ryker Ratzloff and Maverick Stauth; fifth-graders Kevin Watkins and Sabrina Bogunovich; sixth-graders Adly Ramsey and Jeff Nold; seventh-graders Drew McGinn and Abby Garrett and eighth-graders Sam Culp and Bradlynn Morton.

Each student had the same opportunity to move into the final round. A student was eliminated from the competition if they answered two questions incorrectly.

The first series of questions was about the United States. Then questions were asked about places from all over the world.

One of the first questions asked was “The North Platte and South Platte Rivers meet in which state: New Mexico or Nebraska?” All the questions were random, with questions about the U.S. easier than worldwide questions.

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