North Cedar News

One of the benefits of a small school district is that we can immerse ourselves in our community of learners. Get to know the movers and shakers in the North Cedar Community School District! Our News page is chock full of student and staff praise, helpful tips, and information about what’s new in the district.

Veterans Day Assembly

Our Veterans Day assembly is on November 10 at 10:00 a.m. We are excited to announce that we will have a very special guest speaker at our assembly, veteran Bob Knight. Sophomore Toby Hollis wrote an article about Mr. Knight, so please take a moment to read Toby’s article. We thank Mr. Knight’s daughter, Kelly Kunkel, for providing this photo of her father for us. We also give a heartfelt thank you to Mr. Knight for his service to our country, and we thank him for being willing to speak with us about his experiences.

North Cedar Girls Cross Country Has The Potential

A potential new first for North Cedar girls cross country team. North Cedar has had individuals qualify for the state meet, but it has has never had a girls cross country team qualify for the state meet. This year is finally the year to show their talent. The seven outstanding runners on the varsity team have an exceptional opportunity to finish with a big success. 

On Thursday, October 19 the regionals meet at Iowa City will be the deciding factor for the team. The top five runners will be put to the challenge, and they will have to place first, second, or third as a team to achieve this goal of making it to the state cross country meet. Senior Tessa Fields has been in cross country for four years. She made it to the state cross country meet individually her freshman and sophomore year. Fields says, “It would be a super neat experience if we could qualify for the state cross country meet as a team. We would be making history. No cross country team at North Cedar has ever qualified before.” 

As for the extensive training that has been taking place at practices, it will all be worth it if the girls can make their mark. Senior Grace Proesch says, “This has been the toughest year of practices that I have experienced. One day at practice we all had to run 20 400’s on the track while having a goal time to reach. However, so far the practices have been paying off, and I feel like I am in good shape and ready to run a personal record at the regionals meet.”

The other members that make up the varsity team are Cassie Cox, Kiley Chapman, Carly Montz, Karly Cerda, and Hailey Fall. The girls started their season in August placing 5th at Mt Vernon and were the top class 2A team. As the season progressed the girls beat 7th ranked Bellevue Marquette at Midland. The girls have moved in rankings of class 2A from 13th after the Tipton meet to 6th place after the Center Point Urbana meet.

After the regionals meet on Thursday the girls will find out if they made it the state track cross country meet. In order to reach their goal the girls will have to truly step up and dominate at the meet. Hopefully the North Cedar girls cross country team will be one of the 15 teams running at the state meet on October 28 in Fort Dodge.

A special thank you to senior staff member Brittyn Wilhau for writing this article and to sophomore Fiona Raney for the photos.

Senior Tessa Fields and junior Carly Montz stick together throughout the race. It is always a fun teammate rivalry to watch.

Freshman Kiley Chapman is an outstanding runner on the varsity team. Kiley is always towards the front of the pack for a good finish.

Junior Cassie Cox runs at the Midland meet. Cox finished top 20 at a few of the meets this year.

A Full Time Cheerleader

Over the course of Brityn Wilhau’s four years at North Cedar, she has been involved in cheerleading, track, cross country, band, choir, NHS, Quill and Scroll, yearbook, spring play, FBLA, speech, dance team, silver cord club, and student council. Somehow, with such a busy schedule, Brittyn brings an amazing attitude and big smile everywhere she goes. This is a student that goes out of her way to bring school spirit to all students who attend the activities here at North Cedar. 

Right now we are in full swing with volleyball and football. I am a varsity starter for volleyball, and I can speak for the whole team when I say it is so important to have that huge, loud student section to keep our energy up during our matches. Our home games have such an unforgettable energy and a lot of it comes from the student section doing cheers and reminding us that we got this. Who is starting those cheers though in the student section every home game? Brittyn. She is organizing themes and cheers for each home game. Does she have to? Nope. Brittyn chooses to because even though she isn’t on the volleyball team she wants to see us succeed. 

On Friday nights Brittyn is on the cheer squad. Something she started this year was the spirit award. Each night before the football game Brittyn gets a Mtn. Dew and a pack of Skittles and puts it in a North Cedar koozie. At the end of each home game’s third quarter the cheer squad runs over to the student section to announce who had the most spirit that night. This again isn’t something she has to do or was forced to do, this is an idea Brittyn had and followed through on to get students at the game with more spirit. 

It doesn’t just stop there though. Brittyn goes above and beyond to try to spread more school spirit throughout the school on all grade levels. Brittyn and the cheerleaders created locker signs for all the students. If you were involved in volleyball you had a volleyball with your name on it on your locker. If you were involved in NHS you had the NHS emblem and your name on your locker. Some had multiple signs, some had just one. Regardless if you had any or many, the school looked more united and felt like it had more pep. 

Little things like this are what makes Brittyn Wilhau such a special senior here at North Cedar. Hopefully after graduation an underclassmen decides to try and fill such big shoes and continue a great tradition that has been started by this senior full of so much school spirit. 

A special thank you to junior Kaitlyn Thompson for writing this article and to sophomore Breylee St. John for the photos.

Senior Brittyn Wilhau cheering loud at one of the home football games. Wilhau is captain this year of the varsity cheer squad.

Senior Brittyn Wilhau (left) pictured being lifted up during one of their stunts by the other cheerleaders during another home football game in front of the student section.

RVC Cross Country Meet

Read the highlights and check out some of the photos from the recent RVC Cross Country Meet at Iowa City. Photo credit goes to sophomore Fiona Raney, photographer for this event. 

Senior Seamus Raney came in first for the North Cedar boys varsity team. The team runs at Iowa City again for districts where Raney will have one last shot to try to make the state meet.

Junior Carly Montz placed 15th with a time of 22:03 for the girls varsity race and made all conference. Montz was the first girl for the North Cedar girls team to finish.

Freshman Kiley Chapman has been running varsity all season. Chapman is one of the top runners for the girls team. She is definitely a strong addition for the cross country team moving on. 

Senior Tessa Fields ran the varsity girls race in a time of 22:13 and placed 19th. Fields made all conference for the fourth year in a row. Fields, along with the rest of the girls team, is looking at a chance at making state as a team.

Blood Drive

We invite you to our no tricks, just treats blood drive at North Cedar Senior High School on Wednesday, October 25 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Debbie Harms Theater. Sign up with Mrs. Brady at (319) 330.5118. Please drink extra water and eat before donating. All donors need a photo ID and 16-year-old donors need a consent form. Your last donation date may not be after August 30, 2017. For more information, please read our blood drive flyer or visit the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center website.

Fire Safety Week

Lowden kindergarten and Mechanicsville 1st and 2nd graders celebrated fire safety week. The fire department came and talked to our students. Everyone had a great time.


North Cedar vs Bellevue in Volleyball

Check out these amazing photos taken by sophomore yearbook member Toby Hollis.

Senior Taylor Tenley moved into the libaro position after Karlie Proesch was injured. Tenley who really enjoys this position said, "The Bellevue game was a challenge we lost the first set and won the next three." For the season, Tenley has 187 served successes.

Freshman Sydney Dennis passes the second ball to right side to senior Darby Hawtrey for an attempt at a kill against Bellevue. Dennis averages 6 assists per set.

Darby Hawtrey is getting ready for a kill as Sydney Dennis passes the ball.

Team members Nicole Sander, Darby Hawtrey, Taylor Tenley, and Sydney Dennis are congratulating junior Katie Thompson for her kill. Thompson has 68 kills for the season so far.

Freshman Kelly Proesch who is seeing more court time get one of her four blocks.

FBLA Fundraiser

North Cedar FBLA is hosting a Mixed Bag Designs fundraiser. 40% of all sales go directly to North Cedar FBLA, so be sure to share it with all your friends and family. Shop online today!

Boys Basketball Armour Up Merchandise

Hey Knights fans: a great way to support the boys basketball team and show your school spirit is to order some Armour Up merchandise! Hop online and check out the amazing selection of Armour Up gear. Simply log on to Kollege Town Sports and enter the access code armourup. It's that easy. Take a look at our Kollege Town flyer for more detailed information. We thank you in advance for your support of the boys basketball team. Go Knights!

Knight News Video

Please take a moment to view our Knight news video. It is like a news channel, and we are spreading any important news throughout the building. Enjoy!