Viking News

There’s always something interesting happening in Valley R-VI School District. On this page, we’ll post details about upcoming events, past activities, school awards, and much more—so bookmark this page and check back often!

28th Annual Valley Tournament

On Monday, November 27 through Thursday, November 30 Valley R-6 School District hosted their 28th annual Valley invitational tournament. Fourteen teams were invited, and sixteen teams over all participated in the tournament including our very own girls and boys varsity teams from Valley. The invited boys teams included Lesterville, Marquand-Zion, Viburnum, Bismark, Bourbon, Kingston, and Bunker. The invited girls teams included Bismark, Jefferson, Kingston, Lesterville, Meadow Heights, South Iron, and West County. The top three placement for the girls division were the South Iron Lady Panthers with first place, the West County Lady Bulldogs with second place, and the Valley Lady Vikings with third place.The top three placement for the boys division were the Lesterville Bearcats with first place, the Bourbon Blue Jays with second place, and the Viburnum Blue Jays with third place. Several radio stations broadcasted the event, including J98 The Bull, Froggy 96, and KFMO. Athletics director, varsity boys basketball coach, and tournament organizer Chad Middleton quotes “Hosting the tournament is always a fun time. It’s a great time for fans to come watch area athletes perform. The tournament is always guaranteed to fill the gym. It is a great atmosphere to be a part of. I appreciate the hardwork that all the faculty does to make this tournament a success year after year!” - Emily Nipper

Bookmobile Lady Retiring

Elaine Juliette served as our community’s bookmobile lady for 29 years. All the students and staff at Valley R-6 would like to wish her a very happy retirement. Thank you, Elaine, for all the good memories over the years, and thank you for your hard work and friendly smile. We have definitely bonded with you, and everyone is going to miss you! Good luck on everything the future holds for you. 

We would like to give a warm welcome to the new bookmobile lady, Denise Walton. We hope you feel prepared for all the adventures you are about to go on.

November Student of the Month

Congratulations to our students of the month for November! The character word of the month was citizenship. The junior high recipient was Carson Loughary, and the high school recipient was Erica Phillips. A huge thank you needs to go out to Roy’s Convenience Store for donating pizza for our students of the month.

October Student of the Month

Congratulations to our students of the month for October! The character word of the month was honesty. The junior high recipient was Alli Thompson, and the high school recipient was Emily Nipper. A huge thank you goes out to Roy’s Convenience Store for donating pizza for our students of the month.

Veterans Day Assembly

View more photos of the Veterans Day AssemblyOn November 10, Valley R-6 School District held their annual Veterans Day assembly. The day started with the elementary school hosting breakfast for veterans who served in our nation’s military. All veterans from the local area were invited to attend the assembly via a letter sent home with elementary students. Erica Phillips and Isaiah Phillips presented the colors. The assembly proceeded as everyone stood for the national anthem, performed by Emily Fitzgerald, Lane Hampton, Miranda West, and Abby Zimmermann. The crowd then stood for the Pledge of Allegiance, led by student council president Blake Boyer, Master of Ceremonies, and the elementary classes. Next, “America, My Home” and “Thank a Vet” by Teresa Jennings were performed by kindergarten, first, and second grades. Following, “In Service of Our Country” by Teresa Jennings and “This is My Country” by Roger Emerson were performed by the third and fourth grade classes. “Those Who Served” and “Grateful to be American” by Teresa Jennings were performed by the fifth and sixth grade classes. After the songs were performed, the essay contestant winners were announced by former Marine Joe Snyder of Bismarck VFW Post. For junior high, the theme was “America’s Gift to my Generation.” The second place winner was Molly Stetina who received $75 and the first place winner was Ethan Moses who read his essay and received $100. For high school, the theme was “American History: Our Hope for the Future.” The first place winner was Aubrey Hampton and she received $100. The assembly proceeded as Valley’s high school band performed “By Dawn’s Early Light” by David Shaffer, led by band director Kayla Price. There was a moment of silence for all those lost and Mrs. Price played “Taps” in the tribute to the fallen. Once again, the Veterans Assembly was a success. Thank you Veterans. – Emma Bradley

Patriot's Pen Winners

Congratulations to our winners of the Patriot’s Pen competition! Great job!

  • 1st place: Ethan Moses
  • 2nd place: Molly Stetina

Voice of Democracy

Congratulations to Aubrey Hampton on her first place award in the Voice of Democracy essay contest. We are proud of our Valley R-VI District students and their accomplishments.

Cadaver Trip

On October 31 Valley R-VI students in biomedical science and psychology class went to Logan College. They experienced seeing cadavers. When they first arrived they put on medical gloves to prevent contamination. Then they went through a tour of the body. They were shown how the body works and the main movements, bones, muscles, and organs of the body including hearts, lungs, brains, kidneys, and much more. They were able to see the difference between a smoker’s lungs and healthy lungs and an Alzheimer’s brain and regular brain. The students were shown the importance of the body and special functions. Over all it was a very important and educational trip for the students, and they all learned something. - Emma Bradley

Red Ribbon Week

On October 23, 2017, Valley R-VI FCCLA hosted their annual Red Ribbon Week. FCCLA encouraged students to pledge to be drug free by asking students to dress up for the week. The dress up days were as follows:

  • Monday: Put drugs to sleep. Wear your pajamas.
  • Tuesday: Give drugs the boot. Wear western wear.
  • Wednesday: Your future is key, be drug free. Dress like a teacher.
  • Thursday: Scare off drugs. Wear your Halloween costume.

Each day all students got a wristband with a number on it. Each hour a number was called, and there was a prize given. FCCLA had a wonderful outcome and are ready for next years Red Ribbon Week impact. - Erica Phillips

View more photos of students during Red Ribbon Week

Halloween Dance

View more photos of the Halloween danceOn Thursday, October 26 Valley High School hosted their annual Halloween dance hosted by their student council. All of the students in attendance really enjoyed themselves and danced the night away. They had drawings for door prizes throughout the dance, and students won snacks or drinks. During the middle of the dance they held a costume contest for first, second, and third place. The winner for first place was Carleigh Jackson, dressed up as the Grinch. Her makeup was fantastic and was done by her mother. Carleigh was awarded $10. The second place winner was Chloe Crase, dressed up as an angel that she and her grandma spent five weeks working on. The wings even had feathery fabric and battery operated lights. Chloe won $5. The third place winners were Aubrey Hampton and Ben Milan, dressed as Lilo and Stitch. They both won a snack. They all had a blast and are looking forward to their next dance. - Cloe Kearns and Rilee Ives

STUCO Districts

View more photos of the tripOn Wednesday, November 1 Valley High School STUCO traveled to Desoto High School for the annual student council district meeting. Several schools from the southeast district attended the event including Crystal City, Farmington, and Potosi High Schools. The event allowed members to converse in a positive and upbeat environment about the responsibilities and traits required for a member of STUCO. 

The district meeting was Cars themed, which included several games for members involving the theme. Desoto High School hosted all members and sponsors from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., which included a key speaker, group activities, and an election of districts offices. The keynote speaker for the Cars themed meeting was Kenny Wallace, who spoke about leadership qualities and other important responsibilities students should possess. Wallace also shared a very touching and personal experience about the loss drug abuse can cause in a hope to educate and change the minds of those who attended the meeting. - Emily Nipper


On Wednesday, October 4, 2017, the members of Valley R-6 High School FCCLA took their annual trip to the regional conference at Sullivan High School. The theme of the conference was friends. Throughout the conference, there were short skits featuring Region 5 President, Dylan Turner, and reporter Blake Boyer. The members were entertained by motivational speaker and musician Preston Pugmire and hypnotist Josh McVicar.

We started the conference with each officer giving a short report about what was going on in his/her department. We then saw the first skit, performed by the officers. The skits matched the theme of friends.

We then moved on to our first speaker, Preston Pugmire. He did a presentation about being a good listener. He picked four volunteers and had them help him create a song. The first time he recorded them separately, not working together, and created music. His point was to listen to others and make music, not noise.

Our second speaker was Josh McVicar, a hypnotist. He chose 20 volunteers from the audience. He then hypnotized them and convinced them they were freezing cold, burning up, being chased, divas on a tv show, and that they had won the lottery. He even convinced two boys that one of them was eight and a half months pregnant with a 23-pound baby and the other was the dad.

After Josh McVicar finished his presentation, we watched a slideshow of all the chapters in Region 5. Then it was time for awards. Valley R-VI won an award for the best name tags.

The Region 5 FCCLA Conference was an all-around fun time, and we cannot wait to attend next year. - Conner Payne