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Raleigh In Intensive Care After Skiing Accident: Team Grant Needs Your Support

Posted 4/2/2015

By Blake Spurney

Hesston Record Staff

Grant Raleigh, Hesston High School’s starting quarterback and leading scorer in basketball this past year, suffered serious injuries Friday from a skiing accident in Breckinridge, Colorado.

Raleigh, who was set to graduate in May, now faces a long road to recovery, said his father, Greg Raleigh. Grant broke his back in three places, his pelvis, collarbone and scapula. His shattered right arm is being held together by a steel rod, but he has felt a tingly sensation in three of his fingers. Doctors have said an MRI showed no severed nerves.

Despite the severity of the injuries, family members have reported many signs of progress, not the least of which signs of his wacky sense of humor. His sister, Morgan Simmering, reported on, that her brother asked one of his surgeons what the going rate for gratuities was in the area. Grant assured the doctor that he would leave a good tip.

“He’s pretty drugged up but still has a good sense of humor,” Greg said.

Grant was airlifted to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Lakewood after another skier found him. Greg said the multiple fractures in Grant’s humerus were the main things that necessitated an air ambulance. He initially had no pulse in his arm. Grant is scheduled for another major surgery today, and his father said could be moved to a rehabilitation hospital in a week or two.

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Kauffman Takes 1st At State, 10 Qualify For FBLA Nationals

Posted 4/2/2015

By Jackie Nelson

Paige Kauffman has won first place in  public speaking at the State Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) competition. 

“I was really thrilled and I didn’t expect it,” she said. 

She and 10 others have qualified for Nationals this summer. 

Kauffman, who qualified in public speaking is a second-year FBLA participant. 

Kauffman said she chose to present in the category because it allowed her “more freedom” in making her speech. 

“It let me work from a more personal angle and not just focus on business or on statistics,” said Kauffman. 

She added when moving into the final round of competition, she had her best performance of the year. 

“I went into the Prelims and I wasn’t feeling all that confident.  But when I performed in front of the judges the second time at Finals, I felt like that was the best I had ever given that speech,” she said. 

Kauffman said she had an advantage over some competitors who did not memorize their pieces. 

“I memorized the whole thing for Districts.  That gave me a few more points. They allow you to have notecards, and a lot of people did. But I didn’t want to do that,” she said. 

While Kauffman had the only first place finish for Hesston this year, she will not be traveling to Nationals in Chicago this summer.  

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Robotics Reboot: Swathers Take Second State Championship

Posted 4/2/2015

By Jackie Nelson

The Swathers have done it again.  The Hesston robotics team is the back-to-back State Champion for the 2014-15 season.   The Tournament Winners were Austin Weaver, Riley Armstrong, Kendrick Weaver and Zach Rizza.  

“This really validates what they have been working on all year. That ‘Wow, we really are that good,’” said robotics teacher Foreman.  

In addition to winning the State title, the Swathers brought home two of the most prestigious awards from the competition, the Design Award – won by Patrick Deegan and Kyler Claassen  and the Excellence Award – won by  Simon Krehbiel and Robby Mabrey.   

The Excellence Award is the most prestigious award a team can earn at a tournament. 

“It was a big surprise for us. We really didn’t expect it,” said Mabrey. 

Bot building partner Claassen said the Excellence Award was the award he was most proud of.  

“We KNOW how to do this now.  We have earned the right to be respected as smart people,” said Claassen. 

K. Weaver said this season was especially successful for he and partner Zach Rizza.  

“I’m really proud we didn’t lose a game all season,” said K. Weaver. 

With major points to be earned during the autonomous portion of a robotics competition – bots must perform pre-programmed tasks to score points – Rizza said his programming knowledge landed the team points early in almost every game. 

“My automation was really helpful,” he said.  

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Registration Open For Emma Creek 5K

Posted 4/2/2015

By Christine Wyrick Special To The Record

The 26th Emma Creek Classic 5k Walk, Jog or Run will be at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 25, at Hesston High School.

One of the state’s largest women’s-only walk/run, the race is open to women of all ages and skill levels. Awards are given to the Top 10 overall winners, plus the top three in each of 16 age divisions. We are expecting nearly 1,000 registrants from across the country!

The 3.1-mile course allows participants to enjoy a scenic route through Hesston’s residential streets and along the fairways of Hesston Golf Course. Whether you finish the race in a few minutes or after an hour, this certified race is complete with a chip timing system, and aid stations are available along the course.

After crossing the finish line, each participant is treated to a buffet. At about 11 a.m., an awards ceremony will begin in the Hesston High School gymnasium, where recognition also is given to teams comprised of families, special interest groups or workplace groups, as well as the oldest participant. 

Each registered participant receives a T-shirt and a packet of items donated by the Emma Creek 5K Steering Committee and area sponsors.

Proceeds from the race go to help pay for scholarships and other programming for Hesston Recreation, a not-for-profit 

Registration forms for this event are available by contacting Hesston Recreation & Community Education at (620) 327-2989 or by going to the Web site at Online registration is available at Also, visit us on Facebook at Emma Creek Classic 5K.

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