Saturday, April 2, 2022

Jansky signs with Midland


Exeter-Milligan’s three sport standout Cameran Jansky committed to run track at Midland Universtiy last week.


Jansky, surrounded by her parents, high school track coaches, and Midland head coach Dan Gerber, signed on the dotted line in the Exeter-Milligan gym.


After an enjoyable visit to the campus Jansky found a place she could land.  She is undecided on a major but has an interest in early childhood education.


According to Coach Gerber, Jansky appeared on his radar last year when he was recruiting another Exeter-Milligan student.  One of the Exeter-Milligan track coaches “suggested that I take a look at Cameran.  I started talking with her and I feel like she is a really good fit for us.”


Gerber wasn’t ready to plant Jansky in a spot on the team yet.  “It’s really interesting with her being a three sport athlete.  I think 800 has been her event but I think we will have a lot of time to figure out where her strengths are and where she can really thrive. . .she won’t be coming right off basketball season.”


He added, “I think that with the talent she has and her range, she can go either direction (400, 800, 1000 or mile).  It’s exciting to see where we can put her to have the greatest success.”


Jansky helped lead the Timberwolves to the state volleyball tournament this year and was a vital part of the team’s success in basketball as well.  She has been to the state track tournament twice with the exception of the COVID cancellation year.  She is no stranger to athletic success.

Head girls track coach Katherine Smith agreed, noting, “She's very dedicated.  She's intelligent.  That's where I have seen the most growth in her.  She's really grown to understand her races, the 400 and 800.  She understands what it takes to train for those races.”

She also sees academic success in Jansky’s future, “Exeter-Milligan has a tradition of success.  They’ve always figured out what it takes to be successful.  Cameran has bought into that and she has been a critical part in keeping that tradition alive and contagious.” 

Smith has enjoyed coaching Janksy the last few years, “Of course, I enjoy Cameran's dedication and enjoyment of track and field.  It's not every day you get a kid who enjoys track and field.  But, what I really enjoy most about the Cameran is the smile and spunk she brings to practice.  That is contagious and others feed off of her and she not only enjoys track and makes others enjoy track.”

One of the challenges that Coach Gerber sees for Jansky is her comparative newness to track.  “She hasn’t done a lot of indoor track.  When you look at how many athletes are doing a full indoor season or cross country.”

One of the deciding factors for Jansky in going with track became apparent during COVID.  “I realized how much I missed it.  I have just been having a lot of fun with it this year so far.  I hope to do the 800 and I am trying hurdles this year.”



Friday, April 1, 2022

Family Art Night - "Art is out of this world!"


It was all about outer space on Tuesday night in Exeter.  The galaxy was recreated in all kinds of mediums during the annual Art Night event in the Exeter gym as their theme was “Art is out of this world.”

Art teacher Lisa Kanode introduced the event in 2015 and it has grown in attendance each year since.  Kanode explained, “Family art night is a special event that many can benefit from.  Starting with the volunteers and helpers as they get an opportunity to teach and interact with kids.  Families benefit as they have the opportunity to spend quality time with their kiddos in an unique way.”

The event not only introduces different art mediums to the younger students, but it also gives the 6th -12th graders enrolled in Kanode’s art classes the chance to interact and teach.  The art students are vital in planning and designing each station for the event.

This year, according to Kanode, the most popular stations were, “Galaxy Playdough, Face paint, the constellation dark room, and painting rocks were all the most popular, while the rocket ships, UFOs and shooting star projects took some of the votes, too.”

There were eight stations set up around the gym for families to rotate through.  The attendees could create playdough with glitter glue or paint mixed in to give it a starry quality, the could use glow in the dark paint to copy a constellation and then take it into the “dark booth” and see the stars glow. 

Using a variety of craft supplies families could create aliens on a stick and paint rocks.  Toilet paper tubes and half of a plastic egg were transformed into rocket ships by some of the attendees. Of course, many of those in attendance loved getting their face painted.  Some with glow in the dark paint that they could see in the dark booth.

Most of the supplies used were from the art department and donations.  The Exeter-Milligan Booster club donated some of the special supplies for the glow in the dark booths.

All the family is encouraged to attend and this gives the students running each booth the opportunity to interact with all ages. Kanode noted, “The younger kids love it and look forward to it every year.  I have also talked to a few parents that express how nice it is to have an event that all ages can be a part of and the kids can express themselves creatively.  The 6th graders enjoy being big enough to help and the High School kids that are considering education or working with kids as a profession get a good hands on experience doing just that.  I also tell them to use the time as volunteer work on their applications and resumes.”

Kanode enjoys seeing the interaction between both the students and the art students along with the parents, “I love to see the kids get excited about creating and the families getting together to do something fun and relaxing together.  My whole family jumps in to help and it is just a good feeling seeing all the happy faces.  Those in attendance Thursday evening would vouch for the smiles on their faces from another fantastic family art night.” 





Thursday, March 31, 2022

Throwback Thursday




Exeter High School graduate Jeff Zeleny '91, a reporter with The New York Times tangled with Republican Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum.


The Exeter Chamber of Commerce once again sponsored a community Easter Egg hunt in Exeter.  Saturday afternoon was beautiful and the 1200 eggs were hidden all over the playground and fields at the Exeter-Milligan school.  The Exeter-Milligan FCCLA chapter volunteers each year to not only stuff the eggs (this year junior high members of the group took on that task), but they hide the eggs, dress up and help the kids with the hunt.  Four different age categories were given prizes, one for a boy and one for a girl.  This year’s winners in the three and under category were Layla Whitford and Will Kallhoff, preschool and kindergarten were Sydney Huber and Treton Vossler, first and second grade winners were Morgan White and Ben Bartu and Jaiden Papik won in the third and fourth grade.  There were no third and fourth grade boys present so an extra name was drawn from the preschool and kindergarten with Mikey Bartu winning.


Basketball Honors - Congratulations to Megan Zwickl and Jennifer Pribyl for making first team all-conference (CRC) and Taylor Erdkamp for receiving an honorable mention.  Brady Bristol was chosen for first team all-conference and James Sluka received an honorable mention.  Brady was also chosen to play in the All Star Game and Quinten Loontjer was chosen as an alternate.


Exeter-Milligan was crawling with students, band teachers, parents and other audience members as they hosted the MUDECAS music competition with five other school participating.  The event included band performances, show choirs, and individual participants.  Schools that participated were Meridian, Diller-Odell, Freeman, Lewiston, and Palmyra with over 200 students attending the event.  


Members of Pack 218 of Exeter that participated in the Prairie Winds District Pinewood Derby were from the left Clint Oldehoeft, Ben Bartu, Braden Capek, Blake Meyer, and Peytan Brandt.  All the boys entered the race portion except for Ben Bartu.  Bartu took home the Best of Show in the realistic division.

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

First Outdoor Track Meet for Timberwolves

Exeter-Milligan joined Hampton in McCool for the first outdoor track meet of the season.


Cameran Jansky - 2nd 800, 3rd 400

Savana Krupicka - 3rd 800, 1st Triple Jump, 1st Long Jump

Jasmine Turrubiates - 2nd 1600

2nd place - 4 x 100 team of Jozie Kanode, Cameran Jansky, Emma Olsen, Jasmine Turrubiates

Jozie Kandoe - 1st 100 High Hurdles, 1st Pole Vault

Malorie Staskal - 3rd 100 High Hurdles

Olivea Swanson - 3rd Discus 


Marcus Krupicka - 3rd High Jump, 1st shot put, 2nd Discus, 3rd 200

Daysan Staskal - 2nd Triple Jump, 3rd 400

Draven Payne - 3rd Triple Jump, 3rd Long Jump

Andrew Vavra - 3rd Discus

Tyler Due - 2nd Pole Vault, 2nd 110 High Hurdles, 2nd 300 hurdles

Adrian Schoofs - 3rd 100




Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Exeter-Milligan Boys Golf Open Season Today


Exeter-Milligan boys golf team from the left: Carter Milton, Michael Bartu, Aidan Vavra and Jayden Capek.  They open their season March 29 at Syracuse

Monday, March 28, 2022

Exeter-Milligan Update: Kindergarten Learns Spanish


El jardín de niños aprende el español.

Kindergarten Learns Spanish

By Amanda Pettygrove, Exeter-Milligan Kindergarten Teacher


The kindergarteners at Exeter-Milligan are getting the opportunity to learn some Spanish from a couple of our very own high school students. Seniors, Cameran Jansky and Emma Olsen, have been visiting Mrs. Pettygrove's kindergarten classroom to teach mini lessons on Friday mornings. So far topics covered are: saying hello, telling somebody our name, counting to 10, the colors, and the days of the week. Students will continue to practice and build their Spanish vocabulary throughout April. 



Cameran Jansky and Emma Olsen help the kindergarten class learn the days of the week



Jade Slezak works on matching the days of the week.