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April 6, 2017
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The Barn Named Finalist In Kansas Restaurant Competition

Posted 4/6/2017

THE Barn in Burrton was recently named a finalist in KANSAS! magazine’s Best Local Eats competition. Co-owner Lesley Matlack said when The Barn first opened 17 months ago, she never would have predicted how popular they’ve become.THE Barn in Burrton was recently named a finalist in KANSAS! magazine’s Best Local Eats competition. Co-owner Lesley Matlack said when The Barn first opened 17 months ago, she never would have predicted how popular they’ve become.BURRTON—Less than a year-and-a-half after its grand opening, The Barn in Burrton has already built up a far-reaching reputation as a unique restaurant serving delicious meals, and that reputation is only growing.

Diners now have the opportunity to show their love for The Barn by voting for it in KANSAS! magazine’s Best Local Eats competition.

In mid-March the magazine released its list of finalists of top local restaurants in the state. The Barn is competing against 52 other Kansas eateries for one of 25 spots in the winter 2017 issue of the magazine.

Co-owner of The Barn, Lesley Matlack, said she is growing accustomed to her restaurant’s popularity and that news of the nomination didn’t come as a huge surprise to her.

“These days nothing surprises me anymore,” she said. “Not that I expected it at all, but I know that our name is getting out there. Our name is traveling across the state, for sure.”

Matlack said she only wants people to vote for her restaurant if they feel it’s truly deserved. She said she doesn’t plan to campaign for the contest.

“I know that everyone has their opinion, and that’s fine,” she said. “Good, bad or ugly, I’ll take it.”

Matlack said she wasn’t sure what effect being featured in the magazine would have on business.

“I don’t know if it will actually draw more people or if they’ll just be like, ‘Oh, yeah, I’ve already heard about that,’” she said.

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Galloway To Compete At National Forensics Tournament

Posted 4/6/2017

HALSTEAD High School senior Kenzie Galloway has qualified for a national forensics tournament in May.HALSTEAD High School senior Kenzie Galloway has qualified for a national forensics tournament in May.HALSTEAD—The Halstead Debate and Forensics teams have taken a number of strides this year.

They were the first in recent memory to qualify for the state debate meet. They have qualified several entries to the state forensics meet.

Now, for the first time, they have qualified a student to a national tournament.

Kenzie Galloway qualified for the National Catholic Forensics League Grand National Tournament in student congress by finishing in second place in the national qualifier March 28.

The national tournament takes place May 27-28 in Louisville, Kentucky.

“It’s an honor to be the first Halstead High School student to go to Nationals,” Galloway said. “I’m so excited to be able to represent my school.”

Student congress is an event in which students from different schools simulate a session of the U.S. Congress.

Halstead, amid other schools, submitted two pieces of legislation. One formally recognizes the nation of Palestine. The other regulates online fantasy sports.

Students are tasked with organizing the legislation, selecting a presiding officer and debating them formally using Robert’s Rules of Order.

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Burrton Students Celebrate $1,000 Popcorn Victory

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PART of the winning diorama was set up for students to look at. PART of the winning diorama was set up for students to look at. By Pilar Martin

BURRTON—Kindergarten through fifth grade students were treated to a celebration last Wednesday. High school FACS students set up a scavenger hunt, an obstacle course and a photo booth for the younger students, who also got to dance, have their faces painted, snack on treats and do some painting, both with hands and brushes.

The party was originally scheduled outside, but a cold snap postponed the event. It was rescheduled to Wednesday, when rain changed the plans to an indoor celebration. The celebration looked like organized chaos, but there were a lot of smiles and laughter, from both the young students and their high school counterparts.

The celebration was because these elementary students were part of the Popcorn Pep Club Challenge that ended with Burrton High taking second place nationally.

Students in Dana Kreie’s Family and Consumer Science classroom started working on the project last fall. Kreie found the contest and asked her FACS students if they wanted to give it a try. First place in the national contest would be awarded $2,500 and second place would receive $1,000.

The students put together a program using the Wizard of Oz theme. Contest rules stated the high school students must teach younger kids all about popcorn.  The FACS class tailored their instruction to the different age levels.THE obstacle course started with human bowling.THE obstacle course started with human bowling.

Younger students learned how popcorn grew and what makes it pop. The play math games, made treats and even helped create the popcorn diorama that would be submitted in the contest.

The high school students had to present the diorama and videos showing teaching moments and activities at their school as part of the contest. Everything had to be completed and turned in by Dec. 31 of last year. And then the wait began.

For more than a month, Kreie checked the Popcorn.org website almost daily to see if winners had been chosen yet. She received the notification on Feb. 6 that Burrton had taken second place in the national contest. The school was awarded $1,000 in prize money.

Kreie said she discussed the monetary award with her students. “They wanted to take part of the money and do something with the younger kids, because they helped us put it all together,” Kreie said.

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