The Coffee Shop is not all about coffee and smoothies. It’s about business. A lot of hard work goes into making the coffee shop run smoothly, and Mrs. Foutch put Junior Jacey Centola as a student manager to ensure that the whole process keeps running smoothly. The coffee shop provides students with a morning boost to their day, but the coffee shop also teaches the students about how hard it is to work at a job.
The shop offers a wide-variety of products that change often with the changing year. From seasonal drinks, beef sticks, cake pops and other items, the coffee shop has what you need to get your day started off right.
The coffee shop is managed by FBLA, but you do not have to be a part of FBLA to work in the coffee shop. That means that trust plays a significant role in making the dream work: trusting employees, customers, and reliable machinery.
Trust is a big part in owning any business and the coffee shop is no different from any other business. Mrs. Foutch explains, “ I used to worry about people stealing at first, that is why there are locks on everything and a security camera, but luckily we have had wonderful students who have been trustworthy and really stepped up to ensure that the coffee shop doesn’t lose products and that the register till is correct at the end of the day.”
But business aside, working in the coffee shop is a lot of fun. Manager Jacey Centola said, “I love working in the Coffee Shop. I’ve worked in the Coffee Shop since freshman year and now I get to work there as Manager. Helping Mrs. Foutch, getting new experiences, and teaching new members to work the coffee shop has been a great experience for me and I hope that more people take to it and help out when they can. It only works if we all work together as a school.”
Each year the coffee shop keeps improving. Last year, Mr. Meadows upgraded the electrical boxes to the shop, so we don’t have to keep resetting breakers and this year there are plans to install a new water line, so we don’t have to keep refilling bottles of water. They have also added a new restocking crew that Jacey and a few others help with to ensure that the coffee shop has everything that they need to make it happen.
If you haven’t stopped by the coffee shop, stop by and help support our school and programs. Feel free to make suggestions and participate in working in the shop to help improve the coffee shop. It only works if you work it.
Story by Jessica Born, The Bolt Online Writer
Lunch: the time to socialize, eat, and catch up on homework due next hour.
Each year brings about much change, and this year's school's lunches have been quite the change. Lunch food has always had its ups and downs, from the dark days of flat small cinnamon rolls to the glory days of Salisbury Steak, students have muscled through the line in search of nourishment and nutrition.
We polled several students around the lunchroom to ask what their favorite and least favorite lunch was. The results were interesting. Salisbury steak is the most popular lunch with Country Fried Steak in a close second and Pizza in third. The rest of the results were a mixed bag of different lunches including nachos and tacos.
This year also saw the introduction of fresh salads to the menu and a redesigned salad bar, which is quite delicious if you have not had a chance to grab one.
We also collected data from students for their least favorite lunches. As far as we an tell, the least favorite lunch goes to the hot ham and cheese. Second place was the popcorn chicken bowl, and third was hamburgers.
One thing that we did find out was that no matter what the lunch was, they had a positive experience at lunch time. Almost every student that was asked reported that they enjoyed going through the lunch line and being greeted by the amazing cooks who prepare our food on a daily basis. From Mr. Viele greeting students as they enter and leave the lunch room, to the cooks getting food out fast with a smile on their faces, to Mr. Myers greeting them at the lunch counter, students reported that they enjoyed the process of going through the line and getting around to their lunch tables.
Iversen takes Lancaster on the First Playoff Hole!
What an eventful day here at The Valley as the Frolf Tournament of Champions finally found decent weather to go outside and toss the frisbee around. What is Frolf you might ask? Frolf is short for Frisbee Golf, and it has taken SV by STORM.
This year in our Tournament of Champions section, we have added Frolf to the already popular Pickleball and Badminton sports. Each class competes for a few days in class to determine who gets to play in the Tournament of Champions during Advisory. Those champions from each class face off with other champions from other hours until one student is crowned the winner with the highest honor one could bestow to a high school student, bragging rights.
This year's action saw mixed reviews from the spectators. On the one hand, spectators enjoyed coming outside and getting some fresh air, some even racing each other on the track. But, others watched by as each Frisbee disk was thrown.
Throw after throw, students battled it out for the lowest score at the end of 9 holes. With a little bit of North, North-West wind creeping in, keeping the disk on line to the hole was quite challenging for the competitors.
The following students participated in Frolf:
In the end, Michael Iversen took home top honors as the Frolf Tournament Champion and gets all of the glory that surmounts the task of being a champion.
The Germans have arrived, and this year begins a new adventure for two schools. Over the course of the next 3 weeks, German students will shadow their American counterparts and attend classes with them here at the high school.
As students walked into the assembly to welcome the Germans into our home, the band played some great tunes to get the crowd pumped up. As they introduced themselves to the school and who their American counterparts were, students clapped and cheered them on to welcome them to The Valley.
After the assembly, students lined up to get their P.E. uniforms from Coach C. as they are expected to do all activities and all things that a normal student here would do. Friday, they are taking a trip to the elementary school to help teach the elementary students how to count in German and they are talking to the little kids about their homeland.
Over the weekends that the Germans are here, they will travel to surrounding towns to do a little sight seeing as well as follow their American counterparts to practices, games, and activities around the area to take in all of the sights.
On Sunday, they are going to Six Flags St. Louis to see the city and ride some awesome rides. But, hosting a German exchange student is not all fun and games. For some households, it is a full house. Take the Centola's for instance.
The Centola triplets make a full house to begin with, and add in three exchange partners and their house just got a lot smaller. They went through an entire loaf of bread for cheese toasties in one sitting. Sierra is hosting her German Nele Tinat, Brad is hosting his German Linda Stephany and Jaci is hosting her German Aylin Serbest. So far all is going well, and we wish them and all of our host families the best of luck in the coming weeks.
The Germans had a very easy trip down to The Valley. Much different from last year. Customs was a breeze and they had no accidents with the bus this year, so they arrived well on time and were greeted by a warm reception in the high school parking lot.
When asked if they knew what their Germans looked like, Sierra replied, "We kind of knew what they looked like through Snapchat and social media, but we had only seen a class picture of them from Scan, so we all made posters to welcome them, much like you would see at an air port."
If you see a German around the building, don't be afraid to introduce yourself to them and welcome them into our school. Ask them about their home and learn about the wonderful differences that school brings across different cultures.
This year's partners are as follows:
Charlotte Balzer hosted by Julie Abel
Kira Gutorski hosted by Garrett Brickey
Linda Stephany hosted by Bradley Centola
Aylin Serbest hosted by Jacey Centola
Nele Tinat hosted by Sierra Centola
Selma Langen hosted by Dylan Conroy
Sophia Schaefer hosted by Josh Ford
Saskia Godelmann hosted by Karina Forshee
Sophia Gehrlein hosted by Madison Kokal
Amrita Shinder hosted by Mackenzie Kokal
Joris Giesecke hosted by Michael Iversen
Niclas Krummel hosted by Alex Mann
Lara Kuntz hosted by Shayla Mills
Athina Vacirtzis hosted by Makayla Moran
Leonora Metaj hosted by Ashlyn Morlock
Yves Feucht hosted by Tanner Owens
Victoria Cosima Boltz hosted by Taylor Page
Linus Schneider hosted by Caleb Rutherford
Jana Boeringer hosted by Cara Smith
Katharina Neubauer hosted by Caitlin Slifer
Marius Malthaner hosted by Jachin Wiese
Benedikt Grill hosted by Ian Young
As this year's yearbook ordering season rolls around, we want to remind you of some reasons why you SHOULD buy a yearbook.
As a yearbook staff, we decided to switch yearbook companies from Jostens to Herff Jones to print and publish the 15th Volume of The Bolt (Sangamon Valley High School's Yearbook). This move was necessary to help bring the cost of the yearbook down to make the book more affordable for students. This switch will help us put more pages in the book, which means more pictures and more stories to cover the year and capture all of the moments that are worth looking back on years after you graduate.
Yearbooks are on sale now with special introductory pricing until August 31. Take advantage of the low price of $32 for a school yearbook or $37 for a yearbook with your name imprinted on the cover.
After August 31, the price goes up $5, so take advantage of the early pricing offer to get the best deal on the yearbook.
Go to www.yearbookordercenter.com and type in the school order number of 17358 to order today.
New Year, New Digs
As the new year rolls into The Valley, so does another installment of The Bolt Online. As the Publications Class starts the year, we will update content on this site to share all of the news, sports, and activities that we cover to help journal the year.
There's not much here yet, but stay tuned for more content. For now, go to the YEARBOOK CLUB page and order a yearbook to take advantage of the low price.