The Criterion The Student News Site of Joseph A. Craig High School Fri, 13 Mar 2020 18:56:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Spotlight on Seniors: Showstopper Olivia Luster wows the crowd Thu, 12 Mar 2020 21:00:29 +0000

Olivia Luster is a strong student leader in the Craig community. Luster is an academically strong student who is a member of National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Science Honor Society, takes part in singing at church, and participates in volunteer work around the community. Along with her focus on academics, Luster is extremely involved in the music department, Link Crew, and is interested in government.

Olivia Luster discovered her passion for government through familial influences. As a child, her mother talked fondly of the Iowa Girls and Boys state and encouraged Olivia to apply for the Wisconsin version as a high schooler. She applied during her  junior year and was selected as one of two girls to represent Craig High School. She enjoyed her time at Badger Boys and Girls and while at the program, she met many high influencing state officials and Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers. In the program, there were about 700 girls that were just as motivated academically as Olivia. Most of them were also very involved with extracurricular activities and Olivia felt she could relate with them.

“You may be a big fish in your small pond, but when you go to a bigger pond, you are able to meet more people who are very similar to you. It puts life into perspective,” said Luster.

With such an active interest in government, Luster has had opportunities to visit Washington DC, once with Craig’s Acapella Choir to perform at the White House and this February in AP Government to interview policy makers. Luster is excited about the educational purpose behind the trip and the opportunity to be a part of something she believes in. In DC this year, Luster is excited to also participate in the Marine Wildlife March, a cause she is extremely passionate about. 

Olivia Luster is also a Link Crew leader for freshman. She applied her sophomore year because she knew that coming to a large high school could be scary for incoming freshman from various middle schools. Luster experienced this herself when she came to Craig, as she came from Edison and hardly knew anyone. Thankfully, Luster was able to feel more comfortable about coming to high school because of her amazing link leaders and strives to be that leader for her peers and classmates. She enjoys being a link leader because she is able to be a positive leader in the Craig community and gets to help others. This year, she had the honor of being selected as a commissioner and is in charge of helping out planning activities that other leaders do with freshman and being an example during demonstrations.

Luster is also heavily involved in the music department. She has participated in show choir all four years of high school and has been in seven school musicals. Luster enjoys being active in the music department because it gives her a place to get out of the house and be social with other people who share her interests. Over her four years, she’s had the opportunity to make friends who motivate and inspire her within the music department with specific mentions to Auna Pokel, Parker Rundquist, Aidan McNall, and Jed Wagner. Jim Tropp, director at Parker High School, is one of her favorite people. She believes he does an amazing job of directing shows and creating an atmosphere where you want to do better for yourself and others. He also has encouraged Olivia through the years to meet her full potential. One of her favorite musicals she’s done, as well as one of her last shows, was The Music Man. She was able to play Marian the librarian, one of her dream roles. Her favorite Spotlighters’ season was her junior year, mainly due to the drive and work ethic everyone had, but she loved the overall design of her sophomore show as well. 

In her time at Craig, Luster was a two-time Jerry Award Outstanding nominee through the Overture Center. She has been a two time state finalist for Solo Ensemble, where she received the best scores possible, and she was selected to sing at the White House. In musical theater, Luster was the lead three times: Marian the librarian in Music Man, Dorothy Brock in 42nd Street, and Fastrada in Pippin. 

Looking towards the future, Luster has an interest in majoring in communications, music, and social work, while hoping to attend a four year private liberal arts college. She is unsure of which college she wants to attend, but is looking at Luther College, St. Olaf, and Wartburg College. She sees herself in being successful in any major she chooses and being a leader in those facets in college. Luster is ready to graduate and is excited to start the next four years of her life on her own. She has an interest in travelling and is thinking about a study abroad program. Olivia Luster’s avid involvement in the Craig community and her commitment to her academics and extracurriculars will set her up for a lifetime of success.

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Fury beats University School 1-0 in Sectional Semi-Final Wed, 04 Mar 2020 20:36:23 +0000 On February 25, the women’s Fury Hockey Team beats University School 1-0 in the Sectional Semi-final to go on to the Sectional Final against Fond du Lac (which they won!)

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Hannah Dunlavy Signs Letter of Intent Mon, 02 Mar 2020 22:00:46 +0000

On Monday, December 9th, Craig senior Hannah Dunlavy signed a National Letter of Intent to play collegiate soccer for Division II Winona State University in Winona, Minn. The signing was held after school and a large audience was at attendance that night.

Bill McCabe, the head coach of the girl’s soccer team, gave Dunlavy a warm welcome to the stage and congratulated her for her achievements. He recalled the story of hitting gold four years ago with a group of talented and ambitious young athletes.

“Hannah’s biggest asset isn’t her knowledge of the game or her athleticism, and this is the way I feel, it’s her smile. The fact that her and her teammates can project that confidence means everything.” said Coach McCabe.

“Athletics has given me so much.” Dunlavy mentions in her speech before she thanked her soccer and basketball teammates who attended that night. Hannah expressed gratitude to her parents for their patience and “for being in my corner” and her coaches for their belief in her, “even when I don’t believe in myself.” 

Winona State has always felt comfortable to her. “They had a little family there and they welcomed me in. I felt I could find a home there… It was a perfect fit,” Dunlavy said.

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Cougar Girls Hoops: Regional Champions! Sun, 01 Mar 2020 04:22:04 +0000 Cassie Goswick and Hannah Dunlavy have never won a regional championship in their four years as members of the Craig girls varsity team. 

They finally achieved it their senior year, and Craig is going to their first sectionals since the 2015-16 season. 

“We didn’t want our season to end,” said Goswick, explaining how the Cougars were able to overcome a 19-15 halftime deficit to defeat Sun Prairie 40-37 on Friday, Feb. 29, on Bob Suter Court. 

“We play for each other,” she said.

Hannah Dunlavy echoed those sentiments. “We told each other that we weren’t going to lose. We stayed together. There’s a lot of seniors on this team.”

In their last game on Suter Court, the seniors were able to celebrate the biggest win of their high school careers.

“We’ve never been this far,” said Goswick. “I love my teammates. We’re like a family.” 

The victory was far from certain until the last ten seconds.

The game started with cold shooting from both teams.

In the first half, the only Cougar to hit a three was Claudia Fieiras, despite attempts from Hannah Dunlavy, Sarah Gregg, Cassie Goswick, and Riliegh Elgas. 

For a team like the Cougars, whose five starters–plus Goswick and Ellie Magestro-Kennedy off the bench–all can shoot the three, a cold shooting night often means a loss.

But the Cougars played tough inside defense against the taller Cardinals and relied instead on layups and mid-range jumpers.

The Cougars were only down 4 at the half, 19-15.  

In their two previous games against Sun Prairie, the halftime scores were 30-30 and 24-25.

Craig finally found a groove in the second half, and everyone contributed. 

Elgas hit some mid-range jumpers, Fieiras hit some layups, Dunlavy got a three, Huml poured in some running jumpers, their zone defense made it difficult for the Cardinals to score inside, and they rebounded with ferocity.

Their regional championship was a true team effort.

Craig took their first lead, 26-25, at 9:40 on a basket by Huml, but the Cardinals responded with a quick 6 points to go back up by 5. 

Craig put on a run of its own and took the lead for good on a 3 pointer by Hannah Dunlavy to go up 36-35 with 1:50 remaining. 

Fieiras was fouled moments later and hit both free throws for a three-point lead with 37 seconds left. 

Sun Prairie scored to pull within one, but Kate Huml put Craig back up by 3 with two free throws of her own. 

The Cardinals’ desperation heave at the buzzer fell short and Craig found itself regional champs. 

For the seniors, it was the biggest win of their careers, and they advance to the sectional to play #1 ranked Middleton.

The game tips off at 7 PM on Thursday, March 5 at Beloit Memorial.


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Live theater comes to Craig! Fri, 28 Feb 2020 20:38:57 +0000 Live theater is returning to Craig.

Circumstances prevented Craig’s Drama Guild from performing a play last spring.

This year, the show is back on. The Velveteen Rabbit, a play based on the classic children’s book by Margery Williams and adapted by Drama Guild adviser Mark Lajiness.

The play tells the heartwarming story about the stuffed bunnies in the bedroom of a little boy. It has shades of “Toy Story” in its depiction of the relationship between children and their toys.

Two performances–Friday, Feb 28 at 7 PM, and Sunday, Mar. 1 at 2 PM–will take the stage in the small auditorium.

The play is so-directed by Mark Lajiness and Colleen Kaspar.

The cast in cludes Cortney Baker, Lane Wagner, Devon Cherry, Jade Wooden, Cecily Ennis, Abby Staats, Jacob Hanekamp, Aurora Strommen, Caidyn Wells, Olivia Hahn. The technical crew includes Molly Schroeder, Lane Wagner, and Jacob Hanekamp.

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Craig Boys Basketball slips past Madison West 79-71 Wed, 26 Feb 2020 18:18:24 +0000 On February 22, 2020, the boys basketball team beat Madison West during the last quarter of the game, after three quarters of close competition.

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Chesney Snow comes to Craig for Black History Month Wed, 26 Feb 2020 17:54:53 +0000

On Thursday, February, 19, Chesney Snow came to Craig to host two workshops and two assemblies. Snow has won the Drama Desk Award and was a headliner in Carnegie Hall. He also founded the Beatbox world championships. Snow leads beatboxing classes in New York, perform on Broadway, and is a motivational speaker. He visits cities across the country to help inspire kindness within classrooms. 

In the morning, Snow had a workshop with the Social Justice classes to speak on the topic of power and powerlessness through imagery. He helped the students create skits to show imagery of the difference. 

Later, Snow hosted a workshop with the choir classes that featured beatboxing. Students split into multiple teams for a beatbox battle. The “Beat Bugs” won the battle. The “Beat Bugs” consisted of Angelica Hanna, Auna Pokel, Landon Sherman, Bree Wagner, Regan Godek, and Britten Bertagnoli. 

During the assembly, Snow spoke about growing up with almost nothing and then breaking through on Broadway. He is originally from Platteville after escaping an abusive situation with his mother and sister. Many people tried to tear Snow down as he was one of the only black kids in his school. He learned the value of kindness, and how much it can change someone’s life.

Later, He took time to beatbox, and Tiara Moore, a sophomore, joined him on stage singing. Then, Deshawn Wheeler joined him on stage dancing to his beat.  Thank you, Chesney Snow, for coming in and spending your time with our school.

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Craig Wrestling Loses Against Stoughton 21-55 Thu, 20 Feb 2020 22:00:12 +0000
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Air Force Brings Jet Engine Mon, 17 Feb 2020 15:37:21 +0000  Suck! Squeeze! Bang! Blow! That’s what students were taught to remember how a jet engine works. The engine sucks air in, compresses it, ignites it, and blows it out.

 On February 11th, students were able to get a close look at a decommissioned T-38 engine, used commonly for training in the Air Force.

 The engine was brought into the tech department’s garage to help teach students about opportunities in the Air Force that are available right out of high school. “It’s important to understand the different opportunities,” said Staff Sergeant Brandon Link. According to Link, the Air Force has 18 year olds working on multi-million dollar aircrafts.

 The T-38 plane costs 6.2 million dollars per unit, can go up to 858 miles per hour, and burns through 400 gallons per hour. T-38 planes have been flying since the late 1950s, and are expected to be used until about the 2040s. 

 Link hopes that his visit to Craig helps make “people aware of what you can do outside of high school.” Such as traveling the world, getting an education, and many other benefits available through the Air Force.

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Cutest Couple Fri, 14 Feb 2020 22:00:37 +0000

In the light of Valentine’s day, the Criterion has been running a poll for the past few days for the cutest couple at Craig High School. Here are the results!

1st Place: Hannah Dunlavy and Zach Denzer

2nd Place: Jenifer Ramirez and Gavin Bailey

3rd Place: Maddie Hough and Zaria Montero

Congrats to all the couples who won! Special thanks to the Special Ed students who allowed us to use their beautiful art. Have a wonderful Valentine’s day from the Criterion!

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