Applied Chemistry is doing a long term project on biodiesal fuels. They took vegetable oil through a reaction to produce biodiesel and glycerin. Students are looking at the chemical structure of each of the substances involved as a way to learn organic chemistry. Used vegetable oil from restaurants is now being used in some places as a feedstock to produce biodiesel in city vehicles. Frying the oil breaks the free fatty acids. These FFA cause some problems during the biodiesel production and cause it to be too soapy to use. Part of our project is to compare the amount of frying of the oil to the amount of free fatty acids that are produced.
Nikki Hawkins, Kirsten Bane
Keeleigh Clark, Nikki Hawkins, and Mrs. Schroeder
Kirsten Bane and Mrs. Schroeder
Kirsten Bane, Mrs. Schroeder, Brady Gilbert, Keeleigh Clark
Photos by Nikki Hawkins, Kirsten Bane, and Keeleigh Clark; Editing by Nadine Armstrong
A beautiful but unforgiving course and a host of experienced golfers from a number of larger schools presented quite a challenge for the two Lady Braves traveling to Lawrence for the Cat Classic Invitational Tournament at Alvamar Public Golf Course. Jordan Carlson carded an 18-hole score of 107 and Freshman Makenzie Downes finished with a score of 134 while competing in her first high school tournament for the Lady Braves.
Story and Photos by Coach Throne; Editing by Abigail Kline
Many CGHS clubs and organizations have responded to the ALS Challenge. Band, Brave Voices, and Cross Country, to name just a few, have poured ice water over their members' heads. When the Engineering class was challenged, they poured ice water on the robot they are working on. They did take the electronics out first.
Caleb Kirk, Levi Koepsel, Rachel Mulanax, Hannah Bolieu, Travis Gyuran, Zach German, Sean Johnson, Nick Boyce, Samantha Davidson
Photos by Jess Prudence; Editing by Nadine Armstrong
This will be Casey Maransani’s sixth year in education, and he comes to the high school from teaching social studies at Prairie Heights Middle School. He grew up in Pittsburgh, Kansas, went to Frontenac High School, and graduated from Pittsburgh State University.
Mr. Maransani is excited about taking on the challenge of being Activities Director and Assistant Principal at CGHS. He looks forward to working with all the students and coaches and to watching progress throughout the year. He likes to play golf and cook in his spare time.
Photo by Abigail Kline; Interview by Jess Prudence
Nathan Morse is teaching Algebra I and Physics this year. He grew up in Norton, a northwestern Kansas town that is about the same size as Council Grove. Norton High School is also a 3A high school with blue and gold colors. This is his first year as a high school math teacher.
As a graduate from K-State, Mr. Morse says his favorite color is purple and that he loves Mexican food. In fact, he used to work at Carlos O’Kelly’s. When asked what his biggest fear is, he said, “Numbers that don’t end.”
When Mr. Morse has time off, he likes to be as active as he can. “I like to participate in sports so if there is an old men’s league, I’ll play basketball or baseball. If I am not doing that, I’ll be outside fishing.”
Mr. Morse says that he is excited to be a part of the school and the staff here and that he is looking forward to coaching football and basketball.
Photo by Nadine Armstrong; Interview by Abigail Kline