Culinary Teacher of the Year Honored at Board Meeting

Mr. Hagensee

Crook County High School Principal Michelle Jonas honored CCHS Culinary Arts teacher Macy Hagensee with a plaque during the board meeting. Mr. Hagensee recently won the Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association Culinary Teacher of the Year for the State of Oregon. Mrs. Jonas said the district wants all Crook County students to find their niche, and Mr. Hagensee provides a niche for many of our students while also teaching life skills that everyone needs. Thanks for your excellent service, Mr. Hagensee!

March 13, 2020

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Oregon 5A Wrestling Coach of the Year Honored

Crook County High School Athletic Director Rob Bonner recognized CCHS Head Wrestling Coach Jake Gonzales with a plaque during the board meeting. Coach Gonzales came to CCHS 10 years ago and has been head coach for two years. This season, his Cowboys wrestling team came in second at state. He was voted unanimously to be IMC Wrestling Coach of the Year and then State of Oregon 5A Wrestling Coach of the Year. Congratulations, Coach Gonzales.

CCHS Choir Students Qualify for State Competition


The Central Oregon Music Education Association held its regional Vocal Solo and Ensemble Contest Saturday, Feb. 29 at Ridgeview High School. Three Crook County High School ensembles and 13 soloists competed. Every CCHS soloist and ensemble received either a Superior or an Excellent score, reflecting their commitment to excellence and their hard work and preparation for the event. Three competitors qualified for state! Sophomore Meredith Cooper won the Alto Division and will compete at state May 2. Junior Deusce Catt is the first alternate in the Tenor Division. The Vocal Adrenaline jazz choir is the first alternative for the Large Mixed Ensemble Division. CCHS Choir Director Sue Green coached the student soloists and ensembles, and Melissa Barker accompanied the performers. Good luck at state!

Mr. Hagensee Earns Culinary Teacher of the Year

Mr. Hagensee earns Culinary Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to the Crook County High School Culinary Team for taking fourth place at the March 2 ProStart High School Culinary Competition, held in Salem. To top it off, CCHS culinary teacher Macy Hagensee won the Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association Culinary Teacher of the Year for the State of Oregon. Congratulations, Culinary Team and Mr. Hagensee!


Coach Gonzales named 5A Wrestling Coach of the Year

Coach Gonzales named IMC Coach of the Year

A message from our own Oregon 5A Head Wrestling Coach of the Year Jake Gonzales: “Huge thanks to my family, my coaching staff, CCHS staff and administrators, community of Prineville, parents and student athletes. There is a lot that goes into the wrestling program, and it would not be what it is with out all involved, so thanks again for everyone that supports and helps. CCHS Wrestling is more than just about wrestling. and I am grateful and thankful for the opportunity to coach here and be a part of this program!! Thanks again – Coach Gonzales”

Cowboys basketball team makes playoffs

Cowboys basketball team makes playoffs

The Crook County Cowboys just won the IMC boys basketball league title for the first time in school history! They have secured their spot at state and will be hosting the first round of the state playoffs March 6 or 7. Stay tuned for exact date, times and opponent.

Student Artist Earns Gold Key Award

Student artist earns Gold Key award

Summer Shaffer, a Crook County High School senior, was honored at the 2020 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards this past weekend. She earned four honorable mentions and one Gold Key award. Gold Key pieces will automatically be considered at the national show in New York. Good luck, Summer! Her artwork will be displayed in the Pinckney Gallery on the COCC campus until the end of February.

Graduation Specialist Mrs. Kudlac Recognized at Board Meeting

Graduation Specialist Mrs. Kudlac Recognized at Board Meeting

Crook County High School Principal Michelle Jonas recognized and thanked Graduation Specialist McKenzie Kudlac for her outstanding service to the Crook County School District during the Monday evening board meeting. Mrs. Kudlac works with CCHS and Pioneer Alternative High School seniors, helping and encouraging them to graduate. CCHS achieved a nearly 95% graduation rate for the class of 2019. Thanks for having a heart for our students, Mrs. Kudlac!

CCHS Junior Earns Perfect PSAT Math Score

CCHS junior earns perfect PSAT math score

Joey Stenbeck says he has always had a love for math. He is fascinated by patterns and the physical and abstract way math works. He attributes his fascination to always obtaining a thorough understanding of the material, rather than memorizing formulas by rote. The Crook County High School junior recently proved his understanding when he scored 100% on the math segment of the PSAT! He took the Preliminary SAT assessment last fall and scored 1350 out of 1520 – with a perfect 760 out of 760 on the math portion of the assessment. He plans to go to college after high school to get a degree in the STEM field. He credits CCHS math teacher Christine Kasberger for being instrumental in building his knowledge of mathematics. Joey was recognized during the school board meeting Monday evening. We wish Joey best of luck when he takes the SAT assessment in March.