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Twas the Day Before Break

By Emilio Hernandez

The day before Christmas break at Satanta High School was an exciting one for students. Finals were taken on Tuesday and Wednesday, and Thursday, December 20, was set aside for community service and career exploration. High school students first experienced a drunk driving simulator provided by the highway patrol using goggles that simulate how difficult it is to do things under the influence. Students in grades 9-12 tried to walk on a line, shoot a ball, and flip a bottle, learning the dangers of intoxication.

Following an early lunch, one group of students went to the cotton gin in Moscow to see how cotton is processed. They learned about different careers in the cotton industry. The group also stopped by Cattle Empire to tour their operations. Both students and teachers enjoyed the opportunity to explore career fields that are close to home.


While this group was busy learning firsthand about the ag industry, the Satanta KAYs were at the Satanta District Hospital’s Long-term Care Unit and Legacy Suites assisted living facility. These students played bingo with both the LTCU residents and the neighbors at Legacy. This group was led by KAY sponsor Janis Grover.


A smaller group of students who are working to form a robotics club travelled to Liberal to check out the Air Museum and visit their robotics lab. This group has been awarded a grant from the Western Kansas Community Foundation for the purchase of materials needed for their club. They plan to begin working on basic coding during the second semester.


Friday, December 21 was a half-day for students. High school students participated in a KAY-sponsored indoor snowball fight, and junior high students took on a gingerbread architecture challenge. All students in grades 6-12 then attended a TRIBE assembly where exemplary student behavior was recognized. School will resume in Satanta on January 7.