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Gallatin Co. Jr. High Scholar Bowl Experience First Loss

The 2016 Gallatin County Junior High Scholar Bowl Team hosted Goreville on January 13 for their eighth match of the season. Coach Newton's Hawks are one of the few teams in Southern Illinois that are undefeated, and they entered the game brandishing a big bulls-eye on their brain. 

Goreville lead at the half in the JV game by a score of 50-30. GC was within 15 with two toss ups left. The Blackcats got the first one, and the Hawks got the second with Goreville wining 95-70.

 Goreville got the first toss up in the varsity match then Abbie Keasler solved a math problem. The Hawks got one in the bonus, and the round ended with a 30-15 Goreville lead. Konner Gross scored next with the name of the war in which Anne Frank wrote her diary. Both teams got two in the bonus.The Blackcats got the next toss up and were perfect in the bonus for a 65-30 lead. Konner Gross got in the scoring column again with the name by which we better know Quasimodo. The Hawks were outscored in the bonus, and the Blackcats were now leading 80-40. Goreville got the next four toss ups and went into the half with a 110-60 lead. 

The Blackcats got the first toss up in the second half and widened their lead to 65 points. Kallie Keasler then identified the simple subject in a sentence, and with three in the bonus, the Hawks were within 45. Goreville got the next two toss ups and a 75 point lead, their largest of the game. Blake Seely scored next with the answer to a math problem, and with three in the bonus, the score was 160-105. Konner Gross then gave the term for widespread starvation, and the Hawks were perfect in the bonus to pull within 30. Blake Seely scored on the last toss up with the genre of literature an author would use to write a book about their life, and GC got three in the bonus. 

Time ran out just as the explosive Hawk offense came alive, and Goreville left town with a 160-150 victory. The Hawk's record stands at 7-1 for the season.

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February is a month filled with heart, both figuratively and literally.  Most of you have probably noticed the Valentine’s Day displays of candy, chocolates and cards.  But did you know that February is National Heart Health month?  Many of us take on New Year’s Resolutions to improve our health.  Now is a great time to review how we can keep our heart healthy and keep up the momentum to a healthier 2016!

Start with healthy eating. The American Heart Association recommends eating a healthy diet that includes the following: a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, skinless poultry and fish, nuts and legumes and non-tropical vegetable oils. They also suggest you limit saturated fat, trans fat, sodium, red meat, sweets and sugar-sweetened beverages. If you choose to eat red meat, compare labels and select the leanest cuts available

Physical fitness is a vital part of a healthy heart.  Remember your heart a muscle that never takes a break! The AHA Recommends the following activity levels for overall cardiovascular health: a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity at least 5 days per week for a total of 150 minutes per week or at least 25 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity at least 3 days per week for a total of 75 minutes in addition to moderate- to high-intensity muscle-strengthening activity at least 2 days per week for additional health benefits. If lowering blood pressure and cholesterol is you main goal an average 40 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity aerobic activity 3 or 4 times per week is suggested.

The combination of eating healthy and physical fitness will lead to weight management.  The heart has to work much harder to pump blood through an overweight body. In addition, a healthy weight helps reduce blood pressure, triglycerides and blood cholesterol levels.

The American Heart Association also recommends finding ways to reduce stress.  While the links aren’t completely clear, there is evidence that a stressful lifestyle increases your risk of heart disease.  It also suggests quitting smoking.  Most of us are aware of the long list of illnesses caused by exposure to cigarette smoke including heart disease and various types of cancer.  It makes sense to remove smoking for a healthier lifestyle. 

For more information on heart health, suggestions on exercises for all ages, weight loss strategies, stress reduction and much more visit the American Heart Association at http://www.heart.org.  For more information on programs offered by the University of Illinois Extension  and 4-H Youth Development please contact Kassy Scates a This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 272-3022

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Gallatin Co. 6th Grade Scholar Bowl Team Competes at Benton, Win #2 In The Books

The Gallatin County Junior High Sixth Grade Scholar Bowl Team travelled to Benton on January 11 for their second match of the season. The Benton sixth grade was scheduled to play at Gallatin County on January 6, but due to a mix up, did not come. Benton, with a junior high enrollment of 351, was willing to reschedule the match if Gallatin County would play them at Benton, and Coach Newton willingly obliged.


The Gallatin County six graders believe in the Golden Rule, except when they are competing in a scholar bowl match. In their previous scholar bowl game, the GC scoring machine clobbered Murphysboro. They went into overdrive again and got ten toss ups compared to Benton's five. With excellent Hawk teamwork, they correctly answered all four questions in six of the bonus rounds. The pressure from the Gallatin County's offense was relentless throughout the match with Chase Holloway and Murphy Foster being the top two in the number of toss ups. The "brains a blazin" sixth graders came home with a 215-90 victory and will face Crab Orchard next. 

School Events Jan. 27 - Feb. 27

Gallatin County School Events Calendar
Jan. 27, 2016-Feb. 6, 2016

Wed., Jan. 27 - Junior High Scholar Bowl – Eldorado (H) 9:30
High School Girls’ Basketball – Dongola (A) 6:00

Thu., Jan. 28 - Junior High Boys’ Basketball – Regional (H) Championship 6:00
High School Girls’ Basketball – Carmi (A) 6:00
High School Boys’ Basketball – GEC Tour. @ SIC TBA

Fri., Jan. 29 - High School Boys’ Basketball – GEC Tour. @ SIC TBA

Sat., Jan. 30 - High School Boys’ Basketball – GEC Tour. @ SIC TBA

Mon., Feb. 1 - High School Girls’ Basketball – GEC Tour. @ Galatia
6:00 Gallatin Co. vs. Galatia

Tue., Feb. 2 - High School Scholar Bowl – Carrier Mills (H) 1:00
High School Boys’ Basketball – Carrier Mills (H) 6:00

Thu., Feb. 4 - High School Girls’ Basketball – GEC Tour @ Galatia 6:00

Sat., Feb. 6 - High School Boys’ Basketball – Benton Shootout
4:30 Gallatin Co. vs. Goreville

February Menus at School


Attached in a .pdf format are the Breakfast and Lunch menus for February

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