College Class opportunities at YVHS

By: Kahlan Matthews

As a sophomore at Yampa Valley High School, I wouldn’t have expected to be offered to take a class at Steamboat’s local college, Colorado Mountain College (CMC). Usually, these classes are only offered to juniors and seniors, so I’m sure you can understand why I was caught off guard. Most students probably wouldn’t be very excited about getting to take yet another class, especially at a college level, but I feel very privileged to have this opportunity, and for free!

For my class, I’ve chosen Interpersonal Communication. This is a big step in the right direction for me, and the class will give me high school, and college credits. It is called dual enrollment.

YVHS offers, and encourages classes like these to every student in their junior or senior year, and certain sophomores like me. As I stated in my last paragraph, these classes are completely free, as long as the student passes the class. They give you early preparation for college and a chance at an early graduation in High School.

During an interview with the Dean of my school, Chuck Rosemond, he said that “The kids have to be able to function in a college environment, which means no high school antics, and what it does is expose them to the college world and hopefully inspires them to pursue their education after high school.”

There is a variety of classes and levels for students to take. YVHS is preparing its students for the real world in more ways than one, but I think that the college classes are the most prominent. All the students have to do is find a way up to the college, which the free Yellow Line bus here in Steamboat Springs helps with.

Chuck has also filled me in on how YVHS has changed since the classes have been offered, saying “Since we’ve been offering the CMC classes at YVHS we have not only given our students the opportunity to have a unique educational opportunity while still in high school, but at the same time it’s created a dynamic in our school that I feel has raised the bar, and when that becomes a topic of conversation it gets our kids to shoot higher.”

In the future of YVHS and other schools, I hope to see lots more students working their hardest to get the pay off in a way like I have. Early college gets you an early start and a better outlook on what life will be like. Trying your hardest to get opportunities like this will really pay off. In the long run, it will prepare students for life by easing them into what comes after you graduate. YVHS and these classes help students instead of throwing the students into life without any practice.

I have faith that with enough time and effort, the town of Steamboat will see more high school teens getting prepared for life, and maybe even see the school of YVHS in a better light. This class and the many to come have opened my eyes to the possibility of a brighter future.

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The Adventures Make All the Difference at YVHS

By Jack Ringer

The Yampa Valley High School does these trips to amazing places. They are overnight field trips around Colorado. YVHS takes three trips; one in the fall, winter and spring. The reason that YVHS goes on the trips is that the school likes to try and put the students in an alternative learning environment. The students are enthusiastic about the trips because other schools don’t get to do these trips and they engage the students on a different level.

As a school, Yampa Valley High School does a lot of things people would never know. The school goes on three different trips to North Routt, Denver and Buena Vista.

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In the fall YVHS goes to Steamboat Lake in North Routt and explores the area. The highlight of the trip is a hike up to the top of Hahn’s Peak, one of the most challenging hikes in the area.

The school goes on an Urban trip to Denver in the winter. They explore some colleges and go watch a play.

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In the spring YVHS goes to Buena Vista to raft and does a high ropes course. Whitewater rafting on the Arkansas River is a thrilling experience for the students and staff as well. This is an end of the year trip for the Yampa Valley High School. The students enjoy the trips and find it a cool way to learn.

YVHS student Kyle Case said,”I like to climb cliffs and take pictures on the camping trips.”  

He went on to say he likes Urban Intensive the most. Yampa Valley High School also does things like play football or even fishing.

Senior Ezra Tebbenkamp said, “I enjoy school more after the intensives because it lets the kids connect more and it makes the school more of a family rather than a normal school setting.”

Junior Seth Caldwell said, “On my spare time on the intensives I like to hacky sack, hike and hang out in my tent and chill.” He also said. “Although the nature is beautiful and you can collect yourself, I still like the urban intensive more.”

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The Urban Intensive is where the school goes to Denver and then goes to a couple colleges and explore them for a while. Then, we go to a hotel, dress up, and then go to a theatre play. After the play we go back to the hotel for free time.

The school goes on these trips because they like to change the environment and get a break from academics.

YVHS Dean Chuck Rosemond said, “They are unique, fun experiences. I like the students and the teachers more on these trips because people can connect. I feel that the students take away the fact that they’re closer to the staff and their peers.”

The students feel that these trips are fun and it helps with making the kids happier because they get a break away from school.

Junior Colter Christensen said, “I hope these trips are around forever so that there will be more fun to have.”

Healing With Music

By Noah Bacenko

Music With Vision is an organization that wants to connect with teens and adolescents. It aims to help them heal and grow through music. Music With Vision tries to help people with problems and addictions of any kind.

Music With Vision was made in collaboration with multiple non-profit agencies that share a desire to help at-risk teens and adolescents. They want to give the kids the opportunity to connect with other people by creating bonds and giving resiliency training through music. Music With Vision is not only a music program, it also addresses the root cause of addiction, depression, and other serious health issues in our community.

There is science to back this up. According to psychologist Daniel J. Levitin and his postgraduate research fellow, Mona Lisa Chanda, music improves the body’s immune system function and reduces stress. Also, according to people at Harvard, music therapy can help with people who are recovering from a stroke or a traumatic brain injury that has damaged the left side of the brain which is responsible for speech.

Music With Vision is about helping create a place of safety, and the opportunity to raise teens and adolescents self confidence with music. By utilizing music, Music With Vision is able to develop trusted relationships that lead to connectivity and other resilient traits. They’re there to help people with depression and addictions, but they are also there to teach people to play instruments and jam out.

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Henery Howard introducing the Music With Vision ideas to YVHS students at the St. Paul Episcopal Church

Music with Vision’s main location is at St Paul’s Episcopal Church on the corner of 9th and Oak St. in Steamboat Springs, CO, but they also use the stage at Sk8 Church as another resource. It’s mainly used for lessons and recording. People can contact Program Director, Henry Howard, personally, by going to www.musicwithvision.org/application, or they can go to events that are held by Music With Vision.

Music With Vision picked music to connect with teens and adolescents because everyone loves music and the connection that comes with it. It is a universal language and music doesn’t ever lose value. Henry brought up how Bob Marley once said, “you never feel pain when music hits you.”

Henry also said ¨Its a community resource opportunity for collaborations with both young and old generations¨

Henry became part of Music with Vision because of his passion for music and he has had people he has known have had trouble with depression and/or addictions. Music With Vision has connections to Sk8 Church, Routt County, Ohana, the faith community, and they have a partnership with North West Health. They are also hoping to eventually have connections with the Boys and Girls Club.

Music With Vision is an overall great place to go for help if you need it, or even just to have a place to go just to jam out and have fun. People go there just to learn guitar, piano, drums, any instrument really that people want to learn and they try their best to help out and teach them.  

The Ramen Epidemic: Part 1, How it Began

By Colter Christensen

At the beginning of the year the school Yampa Valley High School did something that has never been tried here before. They gave the kids something incredibly generous, RAMEN!!! The ramen was a hot topic in the beginning of the year as the school was selling it like crazy. The kitchen quickly became the place to be. People were constantly waiting for the microwave.

Time became a big issue with the whole thing. School wasn’t the priority any more. People were fixated on the ramen. They didn’t care if they didn’t got to class on time. All they cared about was fulfilling their noodle craving. By the time they were finished with the delicious, salty dish they didn’t have time to clean up the mess they had created. Walking into the kitchen and seeing what was left was disturbing. The remains of the chaos that took place the class break before left a chilling image. You could only imagine what had happened moments before.

This continued for months. The Crew (YVHS’s Home Room) who cleaned the kitchen were in a rage every afternoon for the mess they were forced to clean up. One of the problems was that kids who didn’t have to clean up the kitchen didn’t care what kind of mess they left because it wasn’t theirs to clean up.

The kitchen crew had had enough and so did the teachers, the last mess had been the straw that broke the camel’s back. All the students came to school thinking it was going to be a regular school day. During the first class period we heard a bloodcurdling scream from the halls. Despite warnings from the teachers, we all ran out of the classrooms to see what had happened. A young student screaming outside our counselor Allison’s office. 

“What happened,” said one of the students at the front of the massive horde of people that had built up.  

With fear in her voice, “Its gone… its all gone,” she exclaimed!

“Whats gone?”

“The ramen,” said a loud booming voice from far in the back. It was Chuck Rosemond, our Dean of Students. 

The crowd let out a huge gasp.

Next, on the Ramen Epidemic: Part 2, protests in the school, and finding the solution.  

Opportunities for YVHS Students at CMC

George Decorte– At Yampa Valley High School (YVHS) the juniors and seniors have a class every Tuesday for a hour and twenty minutes at Colorado Mountain College (CMC).  There is only one teacher for this class and her name is Hadley Nylen.  When asked the purpose of the class Hadley said, “Students learn about time management, empathy and diversity, learning styles, degree and certificate programs available, communication skills, healthy lifestyles, and money management”.

The reason they’re taking this class is so they know about what college life is like and skills they’ll need later in life. So, if they take this introduction class when they’re in high school they don’t have to take it when they go to college in Colorado. Also, if they take it they get college credits and that can be transferred to any other college in Colorado. To pass the class you have to get a grade of C or higher.

Students have said that they have enjoyed taking this class.  YVHS Student Jack Ringer said, “I enjoy the class because I get to learn new life skills like healthy lifestyles and money management.”

Also, the teachers have said the class is beneficial because it gives students an opportunity to know what CMC is like.  YVHS teacher Greg Johnson said, “This class is beneficial because it gives them an idea of the CMC campus and see what a college education would be like.”

Dawson Van Pelt, a student from YVHS said, “I like the class because it’s moving me towards a college education.”   

The class has happened eight times starting in October and ending in December.  The class is for mature students getting ready for life after high school, so that’s why it’s only juniors and seniors.  This is the first time YVHS has had the opportunity for students to take this class and they hope to do it every year. This class is very beneficial to the students that take it because it teaches them things that can be very useful later on in life.

Hiking for Credit

Joey Stonehocker- At the Yampa Valley High School the Friday hikes are a good source of energy output for our modern teens. YVHS doesn’t have a traditional P.E. class so, it allows the students of YVHS  to be released on one of the many nature hikes here in Steamboat Springs. On the hikes YVHS has a long semi straight file line on about a two hour hike up and down. The hikes are how we get P.E. credits and as a student I prefer this method because it’s not a survival of the fittest environment like in a traditional gym class.

Being in high school is a tough and confusing time but, the hikes are a nice release from the world for a short time. In nature is a good time to release stress and think about anything on your mind. It’s a good pastime away from school where you can relax and just walk. Fresh air is key for a healthy mind and body, so why not be on a hike.

P.E. class in traditional schools can be difficult especially if you have a larger class. If you have trouble keeping up in gym class, the hikes are a little more your own speed. On the hike you can choose what pace you want to set yourself at. It’s all around a nice hike where you can   talk to your friends or get to know people without being chased, or having stuff flung at you The uphill part of every hike is pretty bad but, going down is super easy.

Some hikes we go on we have to take a bus to the location, such as Mad Creek or Rabbit Ears. Other times we can just walk from the school, such as Emerald mountain up to the Quarry. Regardless of rain or shine we go on the hikes. If it’s snowing we put on snowshoes and do it anyway. If you don’t have a jacket or gloves or whatever it is you need the school will loan it to you.

I hope you see why we should go on hikes instead of gym class. If you ever see us out and about come say hi!