Chicken BBQ in the Snow – FBLA

On October 29, the Future Business Leaders of America held their annual chicken BBQ with Hen House Grilling.  All profits help FBLA pay for upcoming leadership fieldtrips.  When they scheduled their chicken BBQ last year, they never expected a snow storm in October! Even though it was very cold (36 degrees!!) and SNOWING in October, the dedicated FBLA members kept their spirits up by making the best of a very cold situation!  They sold all of the chicken by noon! 

9:00am Photo:

10:30am Photo


11:00am Photo!  Who would have thought all this snow would be coming down! 




9th Graders Participate in Mock Interview

The 9th grade Business & You students participated in mock interviews.  Members of the community volunteered to interview students for jobs that they may be interested in pursuing in their futures.  Students prepared for the mock interview by writing a résumé, references, and a cover letter.  They practiced answering interview questions by writing answers to possible interview questions and by getting videotaped in front of their peers.  The students then critiqued the videos and gave suggestions on how to improve.  On the day of the mock interviews, students wore professional dress and became young professionals!  Much thanks to JB Martin, Carol Leaman, Chuck Leaman, Doug Beaver, Susie Beck, Jim Brackett, Karen Buch, Wendy Horst, Keith Ramsey, Vicki Hartman, Anita Yoder, Orie Good, Patrick Winters, Shelly Martin, and Josh Martin for helping to give our students this excellent experience!

Student Council Hosts Food Drive

Garden Spot Student Council will be hosting a food drive to benefit Garden Spot families!  The classroom competition will run from October 17- November 18th 2011.  This year we will be distributing Thanksgiving dinner to 12 families with children who attend Garden Spot High School!  Additional food will be donated to local food banks to benefit the community!  Help us support our local families by donating a canned good today!

Students Celebrate Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week began after the brutal murder of Drug Enforcement Administration Agent “KiKi” Camarem in 1985.  He was working undercover in Mexico and was murdered after he uncovered a multi-million dollar narcotics manufacturing operation in Mexico.  Red Ribbon Week is celebrated in his memory.

By wearing red during the last week in October, we demonstrate our opposition to drug abuse.  Many of us have family members and friends who are struggling with addiction.  Students and staff supported the effort to oppose drug abuse by wearing RED on Friday, October 28.  The 2nd block group with the highest percentage of students wearing read won a free breakfast!


Mrs. Bowden’s class had 100% participation!



GS FBLA Attends State Workshop

Students from GSHS Future Business Leaders of America attended the FBLA State Leadership Workshop on October 23-24.  The workshop, held at the Lancaster Host, had a theme of Gateway to Greatness.  Students were able to participate in a variety of interactive workshops that included topics such as; entrepreneurship, marketing, sports management, career and college success, business leadership, social networking, and professionalism.  Students had the opportunity to network with other students, professionals, and teachers to learn about becoming a leader.  To conclude the first night of the SLW students participated in battle of the chapters (a trivia game), a dodgeball competition, and a basket auction.  All activities raised money to support the American Heart Society.  Garden Spot FBLA students made new friends, gained a strong bond with each other, and learned about being a leader!  It was a very successful conference!  Mrs. Hackman is so proud to be the advisor of such a great group of kids!

Grassland FFA Competes at National FFA Convention

Members of Grassland FFA traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana to compete in National Career Development Events. In the Ag Sales competition the team of Kaitlin Byram, Courtney Huber, Katie Mueller and Jalisa Zimmerman earned a silver award for their 17thplace finish. Competing with state championship teams from more than 40 states, each individual participant took a written exam, completed a prepared sales call selling a product of their choice and also completed a cold sales situation, referred to as prospecting, where the objective was to determine the wants and needs of a prospective customer. The teams then worked together to develop a marketing plan for a product they were given during the competition along with scenarios from four perspective customers.

We all unwind at Hibachi restaurant the evening before competition starts 

In individual competition Katie Mueller earned a gold award for her 12th place finish in a field of nearly 200 participants. Team mates Kaitlin Byram, Jalisa Zimmerman and Courtney Huber all earned silver awards.

In the floriculture competition Reece Lauffer and Cortney Martin earned gold awards while Regina Sauder earned a silver award. The competition involved a written exam, problem solving, corsage making, a prescribed arrangement, plant identification where contestants had to know the Latin name of more than 100 specimens, a one-on-one sales practicum and lastly a team event. This year the team event involved a simulated floral shop where 7 different arrangements had to be completed within in 45 minutes.

In addition to the competitions the members of the Grassland FFA enjoyed a huge career show, took in leadership workshops and attending the opening session where they heard Dave Roever speak.

Roever shared from his experiences of having a white phosphorus grenade explode on him in Viet Nam and how he and his wife and family have dealt with all of the physical and emotional consequences as he rehabilitated and literally pieced his life back together.

His story of perseverance and commitment resonated with his audience.

“He was definitely the best speaker I have ever heard in my life” commented graduate Reece Lauffer. “One minute he had me laughing the next minute he had me crying”, added senior Cortney Martin.

Members also had a tour of Purdue University’s ag facilities, enjoyed a Japanese Hibachi style meal, had the opportunity to attend a concert and witnessed Grassland Alumnus, Adrianne Huber being awarded the American FFA Degree to culminate her FFA Career.   Advisors Tracy Marchini and Bob Lauffer accompanied the FFA members on the trip.

State Champions in Floriculture 4 years in a row!  Great Job Mrs. Marchini!

Grassland FFA – Junior Market Goat Competition

In the Junior Market goat competition Senior Regina Sauder showed the Reserve Grand Champion, purchased by Sensenig’s Feed Mill, Railroad Avenue, New Holland.


Regina also showed the R.D. Herr Scholarship Goat purchased by Grassland alumnus Brian Oberholtzer, owner of  Eagle Concrete in Denver, PA. The sale of the scholarship animal benefits a scholarship given to a Garden Spot Senior who has shown livestock in FFA and/or will major in animal science or agricultural education in college. Past Recipients include:


1998- Cory Simo
1999- Becki Day
2000- Rachel Day
2001- Michael Hoshour
2002- Rebecca Highley Moseman     2003 – Sheldon Zimmerman
2004 – Sarah L. Nolt Reist      2005- Alexandra Lauffer Barzydlo     2006- Lucille Oberholtzer
2007- Katie Nolt and Lindsay Newswanger Spurrier
2008- H. Tommy Edwards
2009- Adrianne Huber and Ryan Nolt
2011- Chad Sensenig

Sophomore Jessalyn Horst had the top selling goat in the sale in her first year.  It was purchased by Travis Eby of M.H. Eby, Inc.

Grassland FFA Competes at the NH Fair

Some Highlights of the Grassland FFA involvement in the New Holland Fair.
Safe Tractor Operation – Senior Division:

  • 1st– Josh Martin
  • 2nd– Clay Lehman
  • 3rd – Abbey Martin
Abbey maneuvers the spreader through the obstacle course.
Safe Tractor Operation:  Junior Division:
  • 1st– Wesley  Weaver
  • 2nd– Hira Allen
  • 3rd– Chad Zimmerman
  • 4th– Nathan Moyer
  • 5th– Austin Nolt
Wes backs the wagon as Mr. Day supervises and scores him. 

Much thanks to Ag Industrial Inc.  for donating the tractor and spreader for the competition.







Field hockey league honors most outstanding players

Each year the Lancaster-Lebanon Field Hockey League honors its most outstanding players by naming them to an All-Star team.  This year Garden Spot was honored to have 4 players named to the All-Star teams.  Congratulations to junior goalkeeper Maddie Craver who was named to the 1st team L-L League All-Star. While, juniors Margret Wentzel , Katie Sprecher , and sophomore Haley Klinger were honored with being elected to the 2nd team L-L League All-Star.

Meteorology class launched solar balloons

The meteorology/astronomy class launched solar balloons on October 18, 2011, to test their theories about solar heating and albedo of common objects.  Previous classes were able to launch their balloons,but this class set a new record of 120 meters or 400 feet by the girl team.  The guys team got their balloon launched first but only to half the height of the girls team.  The balloons were filled by air captured outside and heated by the sun.  The heated air makes the balloons rise.  Watch the linked video to see the solar balloons in action!  Solar Bag