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NEWS

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- The new principal Pg. #3

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SPORTS

FEATURES

-Preseason training

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Fruita Monument High School

1102 Wildcat Ave. Fruita, CO 81521

COMMENTARY -Summer pasttimes

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Volume 19, Issue 8 May, 2014

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The Catalyst is a publication of Fruita Monument High School, 1102 Wildcat Avenue, Fruita, Colorado. The Catalyst is published twice per quarter and is distributed free to Fruita Monument High School students and staff. Advertising rates and deadlines are available via e-mail at fruitacatalyst@ gmail.com. Content of the student newspaper is an expression of 1st amendment freedom of speech and press rights and do not represent the position or policies of Mesa County School District #51 or of Fruita Monument High School’s administration or staff. As stated in School Board policy, school-sponsored publications are a public forum for students as well as an

educational activity through which students can gain experience in reporting, writing, editing and more in the effort to promote responsible journalism. Content of school publications may reflect all areas of student interest, which may include topics about which there may be dissent or controversy. Comments, questions, suggestions, or letters to the editor are welcome. Unsigned editorials will not be printed. Letters may be edited for length and grammar. Some material courtesy of American Society of Newspaper Editors/MCT Campus High School Newspaper Service.

The Endless Summer (cover)

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The Catalyst Staff Managing Editors: Alyssa Urban and Lyric Fortson. News Editor: Noah Turner. Business Mannager: Keaton Brown. Commentary Editor: Lyric Fortson. Features Editor: MadiWittman. Sports Editor: Mackennea Broyles and Jessica Bennett. Arts & Entertainment Editor: Alyssa Urban. Reporters: Jessica Bennett, Megan Hunter, Fiona Tanner, Chris Martin, Bella Roberts, Brady Antonelli, Kacee Fedler, Emma Cooley, Kylie Heifner, Ryan Miller, Gillian Berry, J.T. McLaughlin, Miranda Raines, Devin Winstanley, Joe Englbrecht, Allie Johnston, Augusta McCain, Winston Meyer. Photographers: Ammon Pierce, Emily Werman and Tanner Wuster. Staff Adviser: Trent Wuster Trent.Wuster@d51schools. org (970) 254-7280

Summer. No school. No homework. No teachers or textbooks. Full of such infinite possibilities. So why is it, then, that we as teenagers find ourselves without anything to do during such time of such endless options? The Catalyst came up with some things for you to do just in case you get bored this summer. Cover photo by Noah Turner

Cover by Lyric Fortson

News

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Catasrophic circus ball

A tragic circus accident leaves many injured.

New principal Out with the old, in with the new.

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Summer on the rocks The 2014 Red Rocks summer line up.

Horoscopes What does this month have to say about you?

The summer book list Lose yourself in one of these great books this summer.

Photo by Noah Turner

Features

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Those 70’s, man

They were far out.

Stop hating cats Why cats deserve the unconditional love of humans

Sports

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Katie Martin

Ex Fruita Monument student now a Denver Bronco cheerleader

Pre-season training

What you can do during summer to prepare for your sport.

Commentary Ode to Class of 2014

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A reflection of those of us who aren’t moving on yet.

Photo by Lyric Fortson

Pagaent impiety? Is putting girls in pagaents at a young age a good diea?


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News

May 2014

Stabbed before Prom

By Megan Hunter, Reporter At Connecticut high school, Maren Sanchez was slashed in the face and throat by classmate, Christopher Plaskon. It happened on Friday the day before their high school prom was scheduled. The incident took place on the stairwell during passing period. School staff rushed over in order to help save Sanchez but later that day in the hospital Sanchez passed away. Police say the possible reasoning behind this action is because Plaskon asked Sanchez to go to prom with him but Sanchez refused. “This is so sad and just terrible to think about and I can’t even imagine something like that happening here,” Taylor Eatwell, junior, stated. On Tuesday Plaskon appeared in court and is now being charged with murder as an adult even though he is under the age of 18. On the day of the incident Plaskon did admit to police that he was the one who slashed Sanchez. He told police just to arrest him no questions asked. When they took him to jail Friday his clothes and hands were bloody. Plaskon’s law stated that he needs psychiatric care and medication. He

also stated that Plaskon should be housed in an age-appropriate correctional center. “I can’t imagine what goes through someone’s mind when they think about doing something terrible like this, it’s ridiculous,” Karli Myers, junior, commented. Prom was postponed due to the incident. All students were sent home after the police said it was okay for them to leave. The school then provided counseling services to whoever needed it throughout the weekend. On Friday of the following week friends and classmates of Sanchez got together and released

Keeping a positive mindset

By Devin Winstanely, Reporter The missing Malaysian airlines flight has been missing for nearly two months now, and retired Chief Air Marshal Angus Houston says it’s time to go back to the drawing board. “It is also very important that we keep a positive attitude,” says the Chief. With many trails that all had dead ends, any one guess is as good as another. From the illuminati to simply running out of fuel, many stories have plausible

ideas but very little facts. The facts that are known are 239 passengers and crew were on board and have been without contact from friends and family for two months. People are not giving up on this flight, they believe it is still out there and although the chances of any survivors are slim, they are all keeping a positive attitude as they continue the search.

Photos Courtesy of MCT Campus “Seeing the student body come together like that and show their support to Maren is incredible. To see that shows that sometimes the best thing comes out of the worse times,” MiKealy Thomas, junior, said. Sanchez’s cousin, Edward Kovac, spoke on behalf of her family saying it was an unprovoked attack that ended her life when she had her future at her fingertips. Sanchez was an on instagram Sanchez classmates posted images of themselves in their honors student and was planning prom cloths holding her green prom on continuing on to college. They also said that she should be out gown that she would have worn to celebrating prom with her friends prom. violet balloons into the air. Violet was Sanchez’s favorite color. Then

and classmates but instead they are mourning the loss of their daughter. “I can’t imagine how hard this is for her family to go through. It’s going to take them a long time to forgive Christopher and I doubt they ever will because this was really uncalled for,” Sam McBurney, junior, mentioned They family also stated that there is lessons to be learned from all these incidents that happened. About 22 miles away from the high school is Sandy Hook Elementary School where in December of 2012 26 people including 20 children were killed. The Sanchez family said that we need to ensure that more young children are protected from violent attacks like this at their school. The Plaskon family says that the Sanchez family is in their thoughts and prayers are with them and they are so sorry that this happened and wishes it never did. This is a terrible tragedy for the family and the community but it is something everyone can learn from, just like every tragedy that has happened in schools throughout the country.

The new principal By JT McGlaughlin, Reporter This year, as I’m sure that most of you know, we will have a new principal. Ms. Kierns will retire after the 2013-2014 school year. But who will replace her? The answer to that question, my faithful reader, is Mr. McClaskey. How are FMHS students responding to this news? Whitney Cutsforth, sophomore, says “he is pretty cool” while she said that she will miss Ms. Kierns. Chris Dion, junior, thinks that “(Mr. McClaskey) will do a better job” and “is cool” Tino Tonozzi, senior, also thinks that “Mr. McClaskey is a great guy” Of course we will miss Ms. Kierns next year, but she is excited to “slow down a bit… a little more free time to garden, travel, run the river(trail), and read things not related to a job!” She wishes to continue to have contact with school activities in the future as well, since “Fruita Monument is a special school- car-

ing and awesome staff as well as great students and families. It has been such an honor to serve as principal here” Kierns also feels that “McClaskey has all the qualities that a good principal needs: he cares about students first; he is a planner and organizer; and he is very collaborative in working with staff” It seems that everyone is excited that Mr. McClaskey has been chosen to replace Kierns, but how does he feel about it? McClaskey says, “I am very excited about being principal at FMHS. It is a real honor to lead such a great group of students and staff” He also plans to bring many changes to our school in his first year as principal. McClaskey stats “My main focus as a first year principal will be to build upon and create a shared vision of academic excellence. Our school has created a clear vision surrounding student behavior with our behavioral expectations of Resect and Responsibility. I would like to

work with our students and staff to create that same vision with regard to academic behavior – what does it mean to be academically successful and what does that look like in the classroom, after school and at home. I would also like to focus on increasing technology in every classroom (additional computers, document cameras, electronic readers, computer labs) and work on beatifying our campus. I would also like to develop a culture of collaboration for students, parents and staff. An atmosphere where everyone feels heard and that they have a role in what we are and how we do things, where everyone feels respected and valued – together WE ARE FRUITA!” To me personally I believe that we have a great future principal. He has great plans for next year and the years ahead, and has the respect of the students and faculty. Ms. Kierns says “Fruita Monument will continue to grow and thrive under his leadership.” Of this, we should have no doubt.


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4 May 2014

The Catalyst

Catastrophic Circus Fall

By Fiona Tanner, Reporter Going to the circus- an experience that everyone wishes to have. The trill of seeing two headed llamas, beautiful women with beards, and all the other stereotypical things that are found in a circus. But the main event is always the acrobats, swinging through the air, trusting the next person to catch them. The shows have gotten more and more unique- from juggling fire to hula hooping through the air. But in this case, the acrobats hang in the air, attached not by ropes or strings, but by their hair. One of the acrobatic acts is the human chandelier in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus show. Eight strong women are suspended 35-40 feet in the air; trusting their hair with their lives. They sway to the entrancing music as a motorcycle makes its way across a tight rope above their structure. One such show was in the city of Providence, Rhode Island. Specta-

tors watched, gripping their seats as the motorcycle confidently went across, and the human chandelier danced and swayed in sync with the music. The audience “Oohed and Ahhed” as two women gracefully lowered down into the middle, to add the final touch. Suddenly, the formation violently dropped to the ground. Watchers at first thought it was part of the mysterious act, but as the music stopped

and the lights came on, people began to scream. There were 3 scheduled shows on May 4th. After the first, all were cancelled. They fell 35 and 40 feet to a concrete floor with a huge

metal circular frame that was supposed to keep them safe. Each of the performers were confirmed to be in the hospital: Viktoriya Medeiros, Widny Neves, Samantha Pitard, Viktorila Liakhova, Dayana Costa, Julissa Segrera, Stefany Neves and Svitlana Balanicheva. After further inspection, the cause of the horrific fall was a small but important detail. Carabineers that were used in this act had a load rating in excess of 10,000 pounds- the act, including the women, their hair, their costumes, the frame, chains and all weigh less than 1,500 pounds. The equipment is inspected before set-up, and inspected visually before each performance. The carabineer snapped unexpectedly

and left the rest of the accident up to gravity. Another circus worker was injured on the ground. All of the other carabineers were replaced and inspected for further precaution. The injuries include broken bones; four of the performers are in critical condition and the others are out of the hospital. The circus is taking every precaution for their performers, making sure that they are treated well at the hospital and thanking everyone that helped with the accident. They are provided a distress line for people in the audience that had trouble watching the fall, and are making sure that every weld is firm, every screw is tight, and every lion is tame. After the incident, the clowns tried to keep everyone happy. They autographed souvenirs, and tried their best to put smiles on every ones faces. A spectator watching said, “You could see tears coming from the Ring Masters eyes.”

Valedictorian 2014

By Augusta McCain, News Editor and Commentary Co-Editor

Noah Nelson is a man of mystery. Nelson was modest about his stellar 4.4 GPA. He was humble regarding his uncanny ability to balance both academics and athletics. He was bashful about beating out his entire senior class for Valedictorian 2014. When asked of his advice to underclassman, Nelson opened up with applicable advice. “Do your best in all your classes,” he advised, “even if you don’t get the grade you want, you’ll know

you’ve tried your hardest and that’s more important.” This is obvious in everything Nelson does. From balancing soccer and school, he fits in homework when he can even if it means sneaking an AP physics worksheet in another class. “You just have to do it when you can,” Nelson says. Nelson plans to apply his skills to Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. His drive comes from envisioning the

future. “Getting into a good college and then a good job, eventually… Providing for my family.” Nelson knows where he’s going, and that leads to success. Beverly Sills said, “There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” Luken Blair, sophomore, said, “Noah Nelson is inspirational for me because he tries in school. He’s an example of what a little hard work can do.” Nelson’s dreams

drive him; they’re worth pursuing to the very extent of his ability. Are yours?


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5 May 2014

News Briefs 4th Graders Caught Selling Marijuana

By Emma Cooley, Reporter April 24, 2014 four fourth graders in Greely Colorado are facing trouble for getting into their grandparents stash of marijuana and selling it. They found it and began selling it and eventually were caught red-handed with it in their possession. These fourth graders are not alone though however, a little while back in the same town of Greely involving two

The drug is being brought in in forms of edibles and loose leaves of the substance. Because of their young age the four students are not facing any severe charges at all, and neither are the grandparents or parents for that matter. Many people are pushing for more ways to keep the marijuana out of school including John Gates. He is the director of school safety for Gree-

boys and one girl all age 10. Principal Jennifer Shelton said about the issue of marijuana being brought into her school, “We urge all parents, grandparents and anyone who cares for children to treat marijuana as you would prescription drugs, alcohol or even firearms. This drug is potentially lethal to children, and should always be kept under lock and key, away from young people.” It is encouraged to treat the substance as something as severe as a gun.

ley School District 6 and says on the subject, “The word of warning is this stuff is dangerous and we wish they would secure it much like they would secure it much like they would a firearm or something that could get in the hands of kids.” There is much controversy especially in the state of Colorado because of the legalization of marijuana in recent months. All in all the districts are doing their best to keep the pot out of the school and out of the hands of such young kids.

Staff member of the year By Allie Johnton, Features Co-Editor Every year, Fruita Monument has a staff member of the year that the seniors vote on, and for the class of 2013-14 that award goes to math teacher Daniel Carlson. Carlson has had four years of teaching at Fruita Monument, and before that a half year long term substitute job at Aurora High School. Carlson is currently the Extreme Wilderness Survival Club (EWSC) advisor, junior varsity girls tennis coach, and an Advanced Placement (AP) teacher for math. “My favorite part of teaching would have to be teaching life lessons to my students,” Carlson states. Sloan Tucker, junior, agrees with the seniors that Carlson deserves this award, because he is a great motivator for her and her classmates. Carlson says he is presently working on his speech for graduation on May 13th, and has some ideas of what he wants to say. But according to Tucker, he will not have a problem when writing his speech because, “he gives sick speeches in class before tests, so if he uses anything from those speeches he gives, it is going to be a good one at graduation.” The whole school is excited to hear Carlson give one parting and inspirational speech for the seniors that will send them on their way to success, and will hopefully use those life lessons he taught them through the classes he teaches and additional activities along the way.

The ultimate prize By Emma Cooley, Reporter While the mother of a three year old in Lincoln, Nebraska panicked and contacted the police because her son was missing from her apartment, a customer at Madsen’s Bowling and Billiards was curious and reported spotting a young child inside of a claw machine game. It didn’t take the police at the apartment long to figure out where the toddler went, since the calls were right after each other, and the bowling alley is down the street from their residence. The mother claims she was going to the bathroom, and when she walked out the door to their apartment was open. Police say the toddler must have walked in to the bowling alley and climbed through the slot of the game, much like Moss from the British comedy show “The IT Crowd” did. Employees of the bowling alley had to contact the vending machine company that makes the claw game to help get the boy out. Luckily the three year old was rescued safely from the machine, and returned to his distraught mother. Police commend the mother for acting “quickly and appropriately. Of course the three year old did not mean any harm, so the bowling alley let the three year old keep one of the stuffed toys in the machine.

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May 2014

Colorado West

|By MacKennea Broyles, Features Editor

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Superior. Excellent. Good. Fair. Unprepared. Five words that correspond with five numbers that are the basis of scoring at the Colorado West Music Performance festival. Orchestra, band, and choir students from all across the valley wait to receive one of these words as a title, a symbol of a year of hard work spent on select pieces. Behind these scores, these words, lies a difficult road of hard work and the opportunity to reflect on not only the ensemble you belong to, but other ensembles across the valley. So, what is Colorado West? Technically speaking, it is a series of performances by choirs and bands over the course of two days where each musical ensemble is scored and reviewed by 3 judges who also perform a mini clinic to help each ensemble improve. However, many see it as so much more. Choir director Brian Stone had the opportunity to take 4 choirs to the festival this year, and saw a greater purpose than the end scores. “In music, we always need a goal and something to work towards. The concerts at the end of each quarter are great, but at Colorado West we get to go and hear all of the other concerts, and hear feedback, and compare ourselves, so to speak, with other choirsin not really a judgmental way,” said Stone.

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Even band director Ryan Crabtree had a higher focus than a one-word description.

“Colorado West is an opportunity for us to showcase everything we have been working on- all of our skills,” said Crabtree, and likened the performance to another culminating end of the year event. “[The festival] is like the state test for music,” Crabtree explained. Although the ratings aren’t the main focus, all ensembles still strive to be considered “Superior”. This rating does not come without a price, though. “It’s really hard,” admitted junior and orchestra member Logan Downey, “I know a lot of people who practice a ton. It takes a lot of individual work and many months to make it all come together and to get a high score.” The directors agreed that preparation was key.

ing sure things work and how the day goes, the logistics and making sure [the choirs] get to see as many other choirs perform as possible,” said Stone. As far as choir preparation goes, Stone added, “We all have to work for it. Aside from what we do in class, it’s about finding others to work with us and give us feedback before we get to the festival.” The choirs even received last-minute feedback from a former accompanist and local voice teacher, Cassa Fox, the day before the festival. The work paid off, though. All of the choral ensembles received “Excellent” or above, with three of the four receiving “Superior” ratings. “It went fantastically. This was the smoothest it has ever gone and it is the best the choirs have ever been. I am so proud,” said Stone on the accomplishment.

“It takes hours of prep. It’s all in the details; it’s learning the music and making sure the articulations, the style, the dynamics- that all of that is correct,” said Crabtree.

Band earned three “Superior” ratings out of four ensembles as well, with three of the four ensembles earning outstanding bands for their class (5A). “I’m really proud of the kids- all bands played really well,” said Crabtree.

Stone, who served as a guest judge for other choral ensemble performances, even pointed out that there were the technicalities of the festival as well. “There’s organizational footwork: mak-

To understand what Colorado West is you have to understand Stone’s words, “It’s as much about comparing and listening to others as it is about performing.”

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Horoscopes By Jessica Bennett, Editor

ARIES

Pluto might not be a planet anymore Aries but you’ll learn how to appreciate the little has-beens today. Something small will teach you how to appreciate the big picture and- who am I kidding? The dog Pluto, the companion to Mickey Mouse, should be your role model for today. Make it your goal in life to be as happy and care-free as he is. Earth Day To-Do List: Hug a Tree (or some sage brush)

TAURUS

For the last time Taurus, stop taking these horoscopes so seriously. They are written by a high school newspaper editor. Just because you read on this page “stand on one foot for the rest of your life” does not mean that you should. It is just a very extremely good idea that could make you into a millionaire. Today is a day to laugh and stand on one foot as much as possible. Try not to break anyone, especially your benevolent horoscopes editor, as you hop around the school. Earth Day To-Do List: Kick a Car (Nicely)

tune is a peculiar planet that has little affect on most things Gemini. The one thing that we consistently know it will affect is the Greek ocean (unknown location). Colorado is said to be the location of the Greek ocean. Maybe you will discover it. The Catalyst archives are said to hold the map that will lead any persistent Gemini to the Greek ocean. Maybe a visit with the newspaper staff is in order? Earth Day To-Do List: Feed some wild life (Preferably not anything carnivorous)

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GEMINI

CANCER

Saturn has rings. You’ll be seeing stars. The connection? Unapparent. What is apparent is that you’ll suffer a blow to the head today and won’t be able to walk in a truly straight line until next week. You’ll never know what hit you, but everyone else will and we will laugh hysterically about it. Earth Day To-Do List: Clean up some trash (maybe from your bedroom floor…)

LEO

Venus will be interacting with your nutritional wellness today. Loosen your belt in preparation for a lot of eating. I’m afraid that Venus’ volatile atmosphere may have also affected the cooking, so remember to chew as little as physically impossible and swallow faster. The good news you are looking for is at the grocery store. The name is candy. Candy will save your life today Leo, how many people get to say that? Earth Day To-Do List: Recycle! (Reread the Catalyst)

VIRGO

Who turned out the lights? The moon. The moon is shielding your constellation from view today and will continue to do so until it feels a little less grumpy. So, we aren’t really sure what is in store for you, Virgo. The greatest mystery in life is what will happen to you on any given day. Today is not a day you can solve this mystery. Tomorrow is not looking so good either. Earth Day To-Do List: Plant something (Like a beauuuuuutiful flower)

LIBRA

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Capricorn Aquarius Pisces Aries Taurus Gemini Cancer Leo Virgo Libra Scorpio Sagittarius

Today must be some fantastically important day Libra because Jupiter is throwing a party in your honor. Sadly, as a mere mortal you can’t go to Mt. Olympus, but don’t let that stop you from having a ball. “Blood-stains, ball gowns, and trashing the hotel room” are all on your schedule for today, and apparently, “we don’t care” since “we aren’t caught up in your love affair”. Yes, it is time for Aries to use the body bag they were previously advised to keep at the ready. Behave yourself Libra. Earth Day To-Do List: Cremate the body (one less thing left rotting in Earth’s soil)

SCORPIO

Hello wacky wildcat Scorpio. So you think you can dance? Well you probably can. When you tell lies your nose grows? So does mine, how weird. That’s just life sometimes. Other than your impending visit to the asylum you’re doing fine Scorpio. Just watch children’s movies and eat peanut butter out of the jar with a hand-carved chocolate spoon. Earth Day To-Do List: Car Pool (They will be arriving for you shortly)

SAGITTARIUS

Watch where you are going Sagittarius because you are about to run into several other constellations. Just drive carefully. Car crashes are sending bad vibes through the cosmos. It would appear that the seventh moon of Krypton collided with Planet X. This fender-bender in the stars is going to be a big game changer for your day Sagittarius. There are going to be a lot of accidents over the next twenty-four hours. Borrow Gemini’s bubble wrap gear from St. Patrick’s Day. Earth Day To-Do List: Reuse (Gemini + Bubble Wrap = happiness)

CAPRICORN

Mercury is not only a planet but an element of the periodic table, Capricorn. Why is this relevant, you ask? Well don’t ask. The planet is what the horoscopes talk about and the planet is what you’re going to read about. That planet is also completely broke and will be sapping away your cash for one sensible thing after another. Sadly, the business of thermometers has gone electronic and the element Mercury will not be of much help as you try to keep yourself and a planet, also coincidentally named Mercury, from hitting rock bottom. Earth Day To-Do List: Reduce (Thrifty & Frugal are your best friends)

AQUARIUS

Greetings wandering Aquarius. Turns out that you are visiting Japan in some impossible way today. Due to a revision to a certain Catalyst horoscopes editor’s contract, Time Travel is in fact now legal. So hop into that time machine and go say hi to a samurai! No trip to Japan is complete without cherry blossoms. So, since we couldn’t find any cherry blossoms, enjoy this picture of some-other-type-ofblossoms. Earth Day To-Do List: Talk about aquaponics (Or look up what it is)

PICSES

Mars came wandering by to say hello to Larry. Larry’s life is going to be great today thanks to Mars and let me tell you something Larry, stop sending the Catalyst fan mail. The excessive wind from the fans is sending the mail flying and paper cuts are at a record high for the newspaper staff, and that’s saying something. As for Pisces, Mars is also visiting your constellation and wreaking a special kind of fiendish havoc. Tom foolery is in the air! Sleep with one eye open in case of magic marker mustaches. Earth Day To-Do List: Start a compost pile (Not on school property) Photo by Jessica Bennett


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The Summer Book List

|By Miranda Raines, Reporter

When people dream of their summer vacations they normally imagine beaches, vacations, sunbathing, cruising the mall, you name it, but there are also people who find themselves wanting to read. Some of these people want to explore new books, others just want to get caught up on the “must reads”. On Goodreads (a site where book lovers rate their favorite titles) there was a list of their own popular reading list starting with The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1984 by Josh Orwell, and Divergent by Veronica Roth for their top 5 books. Books are a tricky thing to judge due to differing interests and preferences. Each person can create their own recommended list and Tori Riggs, junior, listed, “Skullduggery Pleasant series, Artemis Fowl, Hex Hall, The Fault in Our Stars especially because the movie is coming out…[With the Skullduggery Pleasant series]You could probably only get the first three in America. They’re directly from Ireland… but really anything by Eoin Coulfer, he did Airman and there’s The Wishlist. I’d say Sarah Dessen does some pretty good teen romance. Life of Pi definitely because it has the movie along with it too.” Wade Toothaker, senior, said, “For One More Day by: Michel Album and The Five People You Meet in Heaven.”

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Shaun Koehler, senior, said, “An actual, legitimate, good book to read is The Music Lesson by Victor L. Wooten if you care about music or furthering yourself spiritually.” Books for different genres may include The Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth (1) and The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins if you are looking for teenage dystopian novels, The Graceling trilogy by Kristan Cashore (2) for fantasy, The Fault In Our Stars by John Green and The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder (3) are both really good books about those who learn about life through disease. Some selfdiscovery books to read would include Narcissus and Goldmund by Herman Hesse and The Prophet by Khalil Gibran, and for a political book I recommend The People’s History of The United States by Howard Zinn. As far as sports go, consider Once a Runner by John L. Parker Jr. Some epic classics would include The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien and The Chronicles of Narnia seven book series by C.S. Lewis. Whenever you hear someone’s “book list” remember that this list will always be applied to THEM. Books all connect to people on a different level and not everyone has the same experience reading a book. Suggestions can be found everywhere, but in the end you are the one making your own favorites books list and, in the words of Ira, our school librarian, “If you don’t read what you want to read then what’s the point?” You have to experiment and not everything will fit into the category of books you will like to read. The only way to know for yourself is just to try what is suggested, go to the library, and watch Booktubers, people who talk about books with in videos online, or just go into a bookstore and read the back covers until something strikes you as interesting. In the end, the ultimate reading list is your own.

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Divergent by Veronica Roth is a book that takes place in a future where society is split into five factions who follow five principles. Candor the truthful, Amity the peaceful, Abnegation the selfless, Erudite the intelligent, and Dauntless the brave. Beatrice Prior was born into the Abnegation faction and has spent her life taking care of others. She, along all of the other 16-year-olds, must choose what faction she wishes to live in for the rest of her life. No one can change their mind, once the decision is made there is no turning back. Once you choose a faction, however, this does not mean that they will choose you back. In every faction there are trials and initiations that everyone must undertake in order to be solidified into their faction, and some are more forgiving than others. In this first book of the trilogy, Beatrice struggles to find herself and deal with the ugly truth that she lives in a world where there is a, “Faction before blood” perspective, she must find her own strength, learn about her emotions, and discover what it is really like to be Divergent.

Graceling is the first book of the Graceling trilogy written by Kristen Cashore, tells the story about Katsa, a girl who is Graced with the power of killing. The Graced are people who were born talents, or Graces, and have different colored eyes that mark them. Katsa just happens to be King Randa’s niece. King’s claim rights to every Graceling in their kingdom and Katsa becomes his weapon that he uses for his own personal gain. Katsa must fight for freedom for more than just herself. She is thrown into more than she has ever known and discovers that her Grace may be more complicated than she originally imagined. In this tale for freedom, loyalty, love, and survival Katsa must not only save herself, but a country from tyranny.

The Probability of Miracles written by Wendy Wunder tells the story of Campbell, a girl who lives in Disneyworld, has a bird named Tweety, and has a serious case of cancer. She has had to deal with her cancer for most of her life and has undergone every treatment the doctors (including the strange spiritual ones) can think of. At this point Campbell (or Cam) has pretty much given up all thought of a long life. She only continues to have treatments for her mother’s sake, but she simply doesn’t believe in miracles. When she has successfully lost all hope, her mom takes her and her sister on a trip to Promise, Maine; a place said to be filled with miracles. As Cam settles into her new home, she experiences things she never thought possible with purple dandelions, an abundance of flamingos, and fantastic sunrises and sunsets. She is sent on a mission to accomplish everything on her “Flamingo List” that she created with her best friend and as she begins to check off everything from the list, she never expected how exactly this checklist would change her. In this fantastically wonderful and yet mournful tale, you can’t help but assess what it is to be alive and how to live your life with passion.

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By Megan Hunter, Reporter No one really wants to read over the summer. Summer is supposed to be about having fun and not have anything do with school in anyway shape or form. But when the weather is bad outside sometimes it’s not a bad option to just grab a good book curl up on the couch or bed and just read. Here are some lazy summer book ideas to read over the summer. A popular book is Th1rteen R3asons Why by Jay Asher is about a boy named Clay Jensen who sends a mystery package to a girl named Jenny. There are cassette tapes within the package. The story goes through the reason why these cassette tapes are in this box. It follows Clay and Jenny’s journey to figure out what they are and what they mean. The Divergent series is another good series to read on a lazy day. The Divergent series follows a girl named Beatrice who lives in a world that is based off of what you want to be. Whether you want to be someone who is selfless and volunteers and helps people or you want to be someone who wants to be bold and brave and protect people. It’s like the Hunger Games of what our world will be like in a million years. The Fault in our Stars is another popular book. It’s about two kids who fall in love basically but they both have cancer. Both Hazel and Gus have some form of rare cancer and have to fight every day to stay alive. It’s their love story to live their life and do things they have always wanted to do. These are just simple book ideas to read on a rainy day or even if you’re sick. No one wants to read during the summer it is never fun. But sometimes it’s a nice summer day that’s just cool outside and tanning pick up a book give you something to do. It will help the time fly when there is nothing to do.

This comedic show follows the story of Jess (Zooey Deshanel), a newly single schoolteacher who moves into an apartment with three other guys. Their funny and unique personalities make for a 20-minute laughathon.

Shawn Spencer (James Roday) partners up with his best friend Gus, and together they hide his secret of his not being a psychic. They are frequently hired by the police chief to solve homicides and comically always get the killers.

To his friends, Dexter (Michael C. Hall) is a blood splatter analyst for the Miami Homicide department. But to him and his father, he is a cold-blooded killer who only targets serial killers.

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By Noah Turner, Photography Editor and Commentary Co-Editor Fall sports sill be coming up soon and it’s always a good idea to do some preseason training. However, without coaches scheduling work outs for you every day, it can be hard to know what to do and how much. The best thing to do would be model your work outs after what you did during the season, however if you can’t remember what it was you did or if this fall will be your first season here’s some advice. Diet Diet is very important in sports. You want to make sure you are getting enough sustenance of the right type without eating too much. When you’re working hard your body uses a lot of calories, so you may be eating a lot of food. It seems a little paradoxical, eating a lot and losing weight, but truthfully you should be gaining weight in muscle. Some sports need more energy from different forms of food. Runners and endurance athletes need to consume much more carbohydrates as that’s what your stomach burns when energy is being used steadily for long amounts of time. Sports such as football and volleyball should require more protein for explosive power. Spend some time researching what kind of food you should be eating and how much to sustain your energy use in training.

Exercise Each sport requires different sets of muscles, so try to focus on the muscle group that is most relevant to your sport. Make sure that you also work out the other muscles too, and get some cross training. Even if you play football, swimming is a good idea so that you can still work your muscles without putting stress on your joints. Pushups are always good and easy for upper body, and there are so many different forms of push-ups that you can focus them to any specific set of upper body muscles. Pull-ups are great too as long as you don’t do too many because they work almost every muscle above your waist. Running is always a good all-around work out, but be careful that you don’t burn yourself out too much with that as well. PT style work outs are good if you don’t have training facilities so research for some of those that help the main muscle group or your sport. speed and strength training camp this summer for all sports, so keep your eyes peeled for different activities throughout the summer.

Consistency It’s difficult to say how often everyone should be working out per week, as everyone’s workout schedule will be different, however a few things can be said for certain. For most, no matter how often you work out, there should be at least one day a week for resting and letting your muscles rebuild. Also, according to workoutroutine. com, you should work out at least three to four days a week for you to improve. If you want some additional training time, ask your sports coach for team opportunities, such as XC fun runs. There will also be the speed and strength training camp this summer for all sports, so keep your eyes peeled for different activities throughout the summer.

Katie Martin: Broncos Fooball Cheerleader Fruita Monument High School is proud to present a success story of one of our very own wildcats who graduated three years ago. Katie Martin, a four year POMS team veteran and CSU dancer is now a part of the Denver Broncos Cheerleading team. While speaking with Katie’s Co-Coach for POMS, Mrs. Sexe who coached her for about 1 ½ years, she had many inspiring words to say about Katie. “She was always very outgoing, had an amazing attitude, and was always joking around. No one could dislike Katie. It’s definitely exciting to see an FMHS student to do something this big.” Quoted Mrs. Sexe, an FMHS teacher. The Denver Broncos Cheerleader tryouts were held a couple weeks ago and Martin was one of the 26 girls to make the team. The tryout process she went through was a little over a week long and more than 200 girls tried out. She had to learn multiple routines and had interviews and tests about football. Through the middle of tryouts, Martin pulled her hamstring but she was able to finish and push through tryouts and still make the team. “Katie was such a talented and remarkable young lady at Fruita Monument, I knew that she could take her dancing career wherever she wanted.” Another quote from Mrs. Sexe. With plentiful amounts of support from friends and family, her parents especially couldn’t have been more proud. They helped her through tryouts every step of the way and plan to attend every home game and also to travel to attend some away games. All of

her family, including her brother, attended her last night of tryouts to cheer her on. In a recent news article “Fruita Grad Makes Broncos Cheer Team” by Cassie Heykoop, Martin quoted, “I’m most excited for the first game when I get to be in the stadium and on the field and

its real, because right now it just doesn’t seem like its real at all.” Fruita Monument will have yet another great achievement of one of our very own students to put in books and the legacy of Katie Martin will forever be remembered throughout the town, county, and


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Spider-man, Superman, and Batman are some of the most routinely recognized and beloved standalone superheroes throughout our American super hero history. However the big question for fan girls and couldn’t-care-lessers alike is, who is the best?

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Routinely the most recognized super hero name throughout history going back to origin of comic books. He’s the sole survivor from the destruction of the planet Krypton and was raised in Smallville, Kansas until his miraculous superpowers took hold. Some of these powers? Flight. Photosynthesis. Bullet-Proof Megabbs. His one great weakness? A green glowing rock. Place him in the presence of kryptonite and all the sudden he is less-than-human instead of being superhuman.

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A relatively new name in comparison to some of the other superheroes mentioned, Peter Parker was an overall average New Yorker when he was bitten by a radioactive spider on a high school field trip and became the amazing Spiderman. He decided to use these powers to protect people after his uncle was killed by a burglar. Some of his powers? Wall Crawling. Web Spinning. Spider Senses A-tingling. Super Strength. His one great weakness? He cares deeply about people. Reason why he’s one of my favorites? Rewind to that ‘weakness’ again.

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The Dark Knight of Gotham City, Bruce Wayne. His wealthy family was accosted and killed when he was child and he swore to avenge them by combating crime. He learned a plethora of skills to accomplish this and went on to operate as a billionaire by day and the Dark Knight by night. Some of his powers? Batman has no official super powers, sometimes bringing his superhero status into question. He is studied in criminology, forensics, and criminal psychology, and has also mastered every fighting style. Not to mention his substantial affluence which funds his endeavors. His one great weakness? He is prone to rage and has no real superpowers, he’s only human. Reason why he’s one of my favorites? He has the coolest toys ever.

Well the answer is that none of them are the best, all have significant flaws in their powers, or lack thereof.

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Why high school is nothing like Hollywood makes it out to be (except for Freak and Geeks) By Joe Englbrecht , Reporter High school isn’t about stupid stuff like drama and being cool and getting with as many people as possible. It’s not about singing and magically solving people’s problems, and it’s definitely not a place where everyone is stereotyped based on how they look. Just because some kid wears non-hipster glasses doesn’t automatically make him/her a computer geek. Crap that they show on TV fills people’s minds with the idea that high school needs to have some sort of criteria that must be met in order to deem it a success. You don’t have to get faded at parties because it will make you cool just because that’s what TV shows have made it seem like it’s the norm. People on TV rarely make the connection that, though some do it just for fun, most take part because there is some reason or influence in their life that drives them to do so. Many shows even make it seem like it is where you have to meet your significant other like in some kind of fairytale or something. Yeah it can be great if you meet someone you care about, want to be with, and love, but some feel like they must find

someone to make them happy. You are your own person, and no matter how many shows portray a fun high school experience as having a large group of friends, a best friend, and a girlfriend who happens to be dating your girlfriend’s best friend, it is only one way to make this period of our lives memorable in a fun way. I’ve met tons of people that feel like they were lame in high school because they didn’t meet any of these bogus expectations. It makes me frustrated because chances are, if anyone looks back at their own memories of high school without making any comparisons to other people, they will realize what a good time it has been for the most part. TV shows are meant to be for our entertainment purposes only, they aren’t suggestions for how you should live your life, so stop comparing real life to those on MTV that are so far from reality that it hurts to watch most of them. It is up to you to make your high school experience whatever you want it to be, so turn of the TV and live your own life.

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Ode to Class of 2014 By Bella Roberts , Reporter Photo by Allie Johnston

The clock struck 10:45. It was check-out time. Time for reality to take its course. Life has just reformed with the strike of one hand. Graduation for the Class of

2014 is ready to mark its place in Fruita Monument High School history. The deed is done. How do we accept this change? Even if it was expected? We have befriended them with the intention of never letting go. We have gone to school with them since our days of gold-fish, sing-alongs, and monkey bars. We are now expected to hold our heads up, and slog our ever so drained bodies headfirst without them, without a second look at the path that has so graciously led us to this point in our lives. Our hands now restlessly grasp the open air eager to be held just once more. We look for strength in this utter confusion. Our days are filled with trial as we attempt not to snivel at the sadness that’s flowing through our sorrow hearts. We wake up and struggle to remember why it is that we set an alarm, put on pants, and walked out the door. Now we must figure out who to stand and talk with as we meet outside of the library during passing period. We wonder who our next tennis partner will be. Wonder if our domination in girls lacrosse with a 13-2 record will ever be obtainable again with the loss of our essential scorers. Ponder on

our emotionless souls as we walk to our cars after school all alone, as if we’ve been desperately abandoned. Our minds have never been so full of wonder and worry as we eagerly try to embrace what the future holds. This once so friendly and pleasant school has precipitously wounded us with a dull dagger into our ever so forsaken lives. For some who weren’t able to get close with the seniors life remains untouched. Some are a sea away from one another, while others are in each other’s pocket. Friendships have flourished and plummeted all year, and the unwanted test time has come. Life is here. Life is now. Life is happening, therefore we must live it to the best of our abilities. Life is meant to have change; if it wasn’t, we would call it death. We must not dwell on the seniors passing because we will soon walk in their shoes as of next year, and after all who wants to have a solemn senior year? There is no transformation to the past, only uncertainty of the future. But through that, it is time to endure reality and take that chief step onward, even if it’s with a heavy heart and vibrant memories to assist, we must proceed with our high school lives and our promised restored days.


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Pagaent impiety? By Kylie Heifner, Reporter Girls and even boys all over can participate in pageants, but is it the right thing? “It doesn’t matter if you can breathe. It matters if it looks good,” says the mother of a beauty pageant child recorded by Teen Ink. This sounds crazy, but to some children, it’s reality. Parents can force their kids to be in pageants even when the child doesn’t want to. Ever since TV shows like “Toddlers and Tiaras” starting airing, pageants seemed to get more popular. However people against it think children should not be entered in beauty pageants until they are old enough to make their own decisions. The object of child beauty pageants is to win money, a big crown, and occasionally other prizes like a bouncy house or a teddy bear. Therefore, parents teach their kids if they don’t win they can’t get what they want. The children also learn to try to have to be prettier than all the other girls in the pageant, if they don’t win or place then they feel as if they aren’t beautiful enough. Encouraging such competitive nature in little kids could carry over to when they’re older. Some beauty pageant parents argue that sports will do the

same thing to kids though. Often, kids in pageants don’t want to be in pageants, but their parents will enter them in anyway. They teach kids that beauty is on the outside and not the inside. When you teach kids that beauty is only on the outside it can cause major problems, not only health problems but social and physical and mental problems also. The up sides of pageants is that, girls get to feel and be beautiful. Many people look down on pageants, citing their belief that they are degrading, and objectify women. But, many young women who compete in pageants do so to win scholarship money or to be a role model for other young ladies. To win pageant shows you have to have certain skills. Some of those skills are being able to focus, com-

munication, and physical fitness. Girls and boys that grow up doing pageants have more confidence when it comes to stage fright, they often do better with presentations and talking good about themselves. The number one of a million reasons to enter a beauty pageant is to build self-confidence. Another good thing is it teaches children at a young age to not be overweight and have a good body image of themselves. Toddlers and Tiaras and shows like Honey Boo Boo have had a negative overview of being in pageants. But while some think it’s the worst thing you can do to your child some thinks it’s the best. Children shouldn’t be forced into participating but it’s a good idea to encourage it.

By Fiona Tanner, Summer is full of free time. To most, summer has endless possibilities of adventure, making a fort or going on a cruise around the world. Living in the beautiful state of Colorado, a lot of us are addicted to the outdoors. Every day, more and more of us are hiking or mountain biking. But some of us are prone to getting bad sunburns, so we turn to Netflix or YouTube to pass the time. But we all need some Vitamin D. Get the heck outside. Summer is the time to make memories. Making new friends and taking advantage of the free time is what everyone needs in their life. Junior Meghan Terwilleger describes the importance of the outdoors. “Go out and do something, make friends, go the park and enjoy the warm weather,” she says. For me, summer is the best time of the year. I can actually go outside, and enjoy the crap out of the freedom. I raft, hike, backpack, and bike. The beach isn’t quite my favorite place to be, but I love to enjoy the sun. When I am bored, I call up my friends and go camp with them. When anyone is bored at home, we find the most interesting things to do. Kat Bird, a junior explains her favorite things

to do. “I read books, or paint,” she said. “I honestly brush my cat when I’m bored to get all the tangles out, and sometimes I clean. I love to take photos, but that’s not something I do when I’m bored, that’s just what I do.” Of course, nowadays, there are several social media sites that provide ideas with what to do, and how to make the best memories that can be made. On Instagram, a great thing to do is to build a sunflower house. Plant seeds in a circle and let them grow. It is the perfect place to read or sleep. Mariah Holgate, sophomore, has a huge thing to do when she is bored at home. “I love going on long trail rides with my horses,” she said. But for those without horses, the best thing to do is to go outside. “When people are bored at their homes, I suggest to go outside. A lot of teens have the problem of not going outside. I had that problem, I didn’t go outside for a whole year, and now I try to be outside all of the time. A few weeks ago, the weather was so nice and because of things like that, we just need to take advantage of the beautiful days. If you don’t have

Summer is the time to make the best memories-both indoors and outdoors. We can always result to backyard camping with best friends, stargazing, and floating on the river. We live in Colorado, there is always something to do. The Rockies are America’s playground, aren’t they?

much to do, just go outside and love the crap out of the warmth,” Holgate said. Typically, summer is a time to be with the family, and a lot of the time, people have plans to go on vacation with theirs. Stephen Pack, junior has some great plans. “I’m planning to go to Disney Land in California over the summer, but not before the Skrillex concert in Denver,” he said. Holgate has plans for pretty much the whole summer. “I’m going to break and train my horses, and then I’m off to Minnesota to babysit my nieces, and will be busy with work,” she said. Along with all of us students, Bird will be applying for college, Terwilliger will be moving to Arizona, and when home, Pack will be playing Call of Duty and Minecraft. We all are doing amazing things, especially in the summer!

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By Gillian Berry, Reporter Within these blue walls, you learn something new every day. No, I’m not talking about the Pythagorean Theorem. I’m hinting at the skills, morals and ethics that you’ve picked up throughout your twelve years of schooling. The life skills. The expertise. The very things that are going to lead you successfully (or unsuccessfully, for some) through the priceless life you’re about to start- the life after your time at Fruita Monument High School. With life however, comes experience. Experience only comes as factor of time and as possessing the ability to try new things. Undertaking a new concept goes hand in hand with a fearlessness to attempt it (and let’s face it, high school takes some guts). For example, seniors, your upcoming college experience is a brand-new hill to climb. That newfound courage, something you need for this occasion, is something you had to learn at some point. And based on the kind of person you are, that lesson came from learning how to handle all types of shenanigans in high school. There are a couple types of people in a high school environment, however. You’ve got your preppy kids, your jocks, your obvious stoners, your nerds, your over-achievers, etc. However, regardless of your label, there are still countless useful lessons you have acquired while walking the halls of FMHS; you’ve heard rumors, you’ve seen things you shouldn’t have, you’ve scrambled to fix your grade, and you’ve bent over backwards trying to get the attention of someone in your interest. You’ve had your high moments, and your low.

Granted, all these things are part of growing up, but looking at the big picture- it’s deeper than that. These are the experiences that teach you how to carry yourself, and these are the things that piece together who you are, because everyone has their own way of accomplishing things and overcoming challenges and prospering from a certain success. And the rest, from this point on, will depict who you will become. Because, learning is a part of coming into your own. You do it for your own prosperity. You learned to be selfless, to put the needs of others in front of yours. But I also hope you learned to do what’s best for you sometimes, as well. You learned to create lasting friendships, a.k.a the ladies you’ll sip mimosas with at the age of 40 while gossiping about your husbands; or the men you’ll call up when you’re having a mid-life crisis. But most importantly, I hope you learned that growing up takes time, and that it shouldn’t, in any given way, be rushed. I hope, that even for a little, you learned to be the opposite of adults, before you step into their world. And once you walk out those blue gates, you’ll look back and remember all the priceless experiences you had; some fun, some crazy, some melancholy, and some downright absurd. Regardless, those are yours to keep for a lifetime. Everything is yours, and now, so is the world. Good luck, class of 2014.

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Stop Hating Cats… (Joe)

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Ever since the ancient Egyptians conquered the northern region of Africa, cats have been praised for their connections with the Gods and rewarded with thrones beside the pharaohs, glistening with gold and jewels. This honor was not given to the feline species on accident. Cats have not forgotten this prestige they were once given, and still act like they truly are royalty. There are certain people, however, who do not praise the glory of the beautiful animal. One of these people is named Joe Englbrecht. Even though he is very dear to me, it is time for the Cat Lovers to unite to show him what he is missing. Whether it be because of his love for his dogs or allergies, Joe Englbrecht cannot seem to get in touch with his feline side. It seems however that his dislike for cats is more of a personal problem. “I don’t like the way they look at me like they are better than me,” stated Englbrecht. Englbrecht is certain that people only love cats now because they are “jumping on the bandwagon.” But he is also allergic to dogs, so why is it that he has preferred to endure the stuffy nose for his two dogs, Luna and Jill? “Dogs can actually do stuff with you, and you can take them places,” Englbrecht explained. He also prefers dogs because of how affectionate they are, and how they aren’t afraid to show their owners how they feel. It is possible however that he is starting to tolerate cats. I have a cat named Audrey, who in fact does show how she feels, and he has said on many occasions, “OK, she is pretty cute.” Hang in there cat lovers, there is still hope. Luckily, there are still people at Fruita Monument who understand the beauty and grace cats bestow upon the world. Wade Toothaker, senior, comments he loves that cats are “calm by

Photos by Allie Johnston, Noah Turner , and Mackennea Broyles themselves. They don’t need attention all the time.” If anyone wanted to become a cataholic, Toothaker says to Google “Munchkin Kitty” to forever change your mind. Math teacher Linda Gallet had a cat before that was “A Gallet Cat”, and believes they are better than dogs because they are independent, and “love you when they want to. They aren’t as needy as dogs are.” Gallet hopes to be reunited with a cat sometime in the future, but it would be hard to find one as great as her last one. Michaela Hoffman, junior, also loves cats because they’re cute, and if anyone was to say otherwise her response would be simple: “You’re dumb.” English teacher Laurie Johnson pointed out no other animal can do so many goofy things, but still be stuck up. “They have a lot of personality but are aloof at the same time,” Johnson said.


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Temporary Home

By Kacee Fedler This April, FMHS had a number of exchange students come to the school for a 3 weeks. This was not only a new experience for the exchange students, but the host families as well Erika Beland was part of a host family that took in a girl from Germany named Debby. She had so much fun with her while she was here. “I loved having someone by my side all the time, like a continuous best friend,” says Beland. She wished they could have planned better activities, but she loved getting to know Debby by going to bonfires and the mall. Junior Scott Nolan’s exchange student’s name was Ben. Nolan loved the experience, but wishes it would have lasted longer. “I loved having someone to relate to,” says Nolan. He wishes that there would

have been less “exchange student planned activities” because it left no room for them to go have fun on their own. Emily Werman had Linda for an exchange student. She says, “My favorite part about Linda being here was watching her experience and love what we take for granted every day. I wish we could have taken a little vacation around the states to show her other places also.” Linda noticed that everything is bigger in the US. Werman wished she could have had a longer time period to spend with Linda, but she had a blast with Linda here. The host families all loved having Linda, Ben and Debby here. Not only the host families though; it seemed like the students at FMHS did also!

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Faraway Fruita

By Rylan Miller

Throughout the school, you will find a lot of different backgrounds and life stories. The fact that everyone is unique is what makes high school, high school. For some, Grand Junction is not their native home. Whether it is from different states, countries, or even continents, everyone has a different story. Daniel Bryceland is a sophomore and although he “loves Grand Junction”, he wasn’t born here. Bryceland was born in Glasgow, Scotland and lived there for the first few years of his life. “I moved here when my parents divorced, I was five. Although leaving my dad wasn’t easy, it’s not like he’s not a part of my life anymore. I still talk to my dad and he comes over here to visit.” Bryceland has one brother

really love it here, it is better than Germany”, Hare states. “I lived in Germany my whole life, until I discovered the exchange program, that’s when I came here”, Hare says. She goes back overseas this June, and is “sad to leave”. Her most memorable moment(s) from Germany were “all the times my family and I went to ‘Oktoberfest’, it was always a blast. The most special memory I have from America is my boyfriend T.J.” Melanie and T.J met this year, and T.J is going to “hopefully visit” her this summer. Everyone has a different story, and it’s what makes us unique. Although the candy store was something I al- some people aren’t originally from ways looked forward to.” Bryceland here, everyone who lives here will is hoping to return back to Scotland take with them memories and expethis summer. riences that are invaluable. Melanie Hare is a junior here at FMHS, and she is originally from Frankford, Germany. “I and one sister. “I liked Scotland, but I like it here as well”, Bryceland states. Bryceland also added that “the most memorable times for me in Scotland was when I used to go to this candy store. The owner would always sing to me, and it made me happy as a kid. Going to

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So here’s the deal, unless you were one of those kids that was young for the Beatles and a teenager for Pink Floyd, you don’t know what really happened in that era that seems to be referred to as “one big acid trip” by all those conservative anti- anti movement old folk who thought rock music was an abomination. I’m talking about the 70s. Was it really just that, ten long years of protesting nudist drugged up hippies or was there more to it? So to start off I’ll brief you in

what was the goings on in that time period and what all was happening. Women finally got the right to vote by 1970 and became bold and started to make something for themselves, bellbottom jeans, miniskirts and many other “scandalous” fashion statements. The first few years consisted of thrilling discoveries of hand held calculators and the final end to all the protests to the Vietnam War, which the United State withdrew from in 1973. Nixon decided to resign, because -oddly enough- it is against the law

to spy on certain people and cover up certain things. What with all his video tapings and such. But think of Nixon like this: “a man who was truly ahead of his time!” according to Arlo Guthrie. Most people didn’t tape things you see, video recording was decently new! But putting the Watergate scandal aside, we move on. Events like Ebola outbreaks, the death of “The King” Elvis, and Apple making a name for itself all happened smack in the middle. Later in the years, there was lots of conflict with Iraq when Sadam Husain executed 22 political opponents. And at the very end we

cannot forget the invention of the handy dandy Walkman. Because portable tunes was an up and coming brand new thing. That’s that in all that is politics and everyday achievements. But let’s skip a bit to what’s really important: Music. This era was filled with sweet rock that will be remembered for all eternity. Arguably, some of the best music ever came from this generation. We’ll start small in 1970 with Simon and Garfunkel with Bridge over Troubled Water album release, which at the time was the number 1 album. 1972’s musical year included Don McLean’s “American Pie” (because who doesn’t love an angry music rant put into a catchy

By Emma C

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8 minute song)? Rolling Stones put their part in with Exile on Main Street. And 1973, well this one was a milestone- Pink Floyd no? I’m talking Dark Side of the Moon, the “trippiest” album of its time. It was nominated for Grammy Hall of fame awards as well as being the number one album of the 70s, no big deal. Followed later by an album containing just another brick in the wall of their songs. Through the years you may have heard good old Led Zeppelin and Elton John mixed in with some Abba and Billy Joel. The Eagles with Hotel California, Fleetwood Mac with Rumours. In other words if you haven’t heard any of these, get on that because, you my friend, are missing an era. It’s a big gap to miss in the music history.


Class of

2014

Photos by Mr. Wuster

Mr. McClaskey’s (assistant principal) room (above) with baby toys.

Everything in assistant principal Mrs. Johnston’s office (above) wrapped in tin toil.

The office of assistant principal Mr. Carlton (above) filled with cups of water.

Principal Mrs. Keirns’ office (above) filled with hundreds of balloons.

Issue 8  

Endless Summer