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Connected ‘Til the End


Class of ‘16

Talked about “Legend of Zelda” in homeroom freshman year with

The Class of 2016 has known each other for a long time, some since preschool and some for only a year. Everyone is connected in some way or another. Here are just a few:

Zohaib Abro

Who was in first hour freshman year with

Jake Beckmann

Bailey Marek

Comic by Joe Luley

FHN All-Knighter

CONTENTS Childhood Re-Lived

03 What shows did you watch when


Soccer Dreams Come True

High School Memories 07 Seniors recall some of their favorite



you were a kid? What music did you listen to?


Making an Impact 09 Zach Osterwisch talks about the impact his teacher, Brian Stemmerman, has had.

ROTC to College

11 12

Tyler Schneider will soon become a Marine in the ROTC program at college.

Super Scholarship Andrew Schmidt will be attending the Michigan State University on a full-ride this fall.


Julia Crets recieves a soccer scholarship to Missouri S&T

Find out where your classmates and friends are going to college.

026 Senior Staff 17 See which seniors are graduating from the publications department.

Cover by: Lauren Price, Brandon McCarty and 026 seniors

All photos by Alyssa Savage, Amanda Eckhard, Abby Temper, Lauren Price and Ashton Stegman


On Saturday, June 4, after the seniors have finally graduated, they will return to FHN for the senior All-Knighter from 10:30 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. The seniors attending the event will need photo identification to enter and participate in the event. Once all seniors have been checked in they will not be allowed to leave until 5:00 a.m. The All-Knighter will include food, prizes, games, inflatable obstacles for the seniors and each senior will receive a secret gift worth the price of their registration cost which is $120. Currently the All-Knighter committee is keeping the gift a secret but they say it will be something the seniors will enjoy and will not expect. The committee has had some difficult times collecting money and making sure they stick to their budget. “[The hardest part about being on the committee] was working within a budget, raising money for gifts, food and entertainment,” senior Jacob Drum’s mother, Melissa Drum said. “Parent involvement was difficult too as getting enough parents to help out was hard to get. But, we are getting closer to finalizing everything so the seniors can enjoy their last night at FHN.”

Who was involved in freshman volleyball with

Who had eighth grade band with

Cameron Landers

Who needed help in first grade to tie her shoe from

Shannon Atkinson

Mallory Schaffrin

Senioritis ˌsen•ior•i•tis is an illness that sets in around third quarter for most. Some seniors suffer all year, while others are only hit in the last couple weeks. Symptoms include loss of motivation, laziness, dressing down, sleep deprivation and excessive complaining. Many seniors can be found sleeping, texting, marathoning TV shows or snacking when they are supposed to be working.

“One time I wandered off and started stacking random stuff in my living room on top of each other.” - Chase Powelson

“I always end up researching fish tanks.” - Ryan Pratt

Senioritis at its Finest

Senioritis comes for us all eventually - here’s what some seniors have done instead of their homework BY CLAIRE BOENITZ

“Honestly, sometimes I literally play with my dog until I’ve procrastinated so much he wants nothing to do with me.” - Lauren Kreutz

Teresa Wooten


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“I went to McDonald’s at midnight once.” - Kaitlyn Crocker

“Usually something having to do with food. Sometimes I’ll just start making cookies or something.” - Nathaniel Adams

“I spent seven hours playing League of Legends, and then sat staring at a wall for 30 minutes until I decided I wasn’t gonna do my homework, and then I went to bed.” - Molli Cannon

Who played on St. Elizabeth’s CYC soccer team with

Not taking a final seriously because you rely on the curve to pull through for you #senioritis Lauren Bartram

@anthonyDECA_ getting my Mizzou summer welcome information makes me realize how close college really is Anthony Lupo

“Cards Against Humanity charades that turned into a soulful rendition of Bo Burnham’s “What.”” - Justin Stoker

@Littlecretsky99 Whoever said senior year was easy and stress free was a liar

Julia Crets

@Lyss_Smith_ I still feel like last year I was in 8th grade. I’m a senior

Alyssa Smith

@AmiraSophia1998 Nowadays summer is all I can think about #summeriscoming

Amira Abuazza

Teacher’s Take

I teach really good kids, so it’s not like grades go down too much, but they definitely lose their excitement and energy towards academics by the end of the year. They’re much more focused on prom, graduation and college roommates. The AP test for my lit kids really saves me a lot.”

- Shelly Parks

@1guyfierifan yall if none of my underclassmen friends send me a kiss a senior goodbye imma be so upset im rooting for u Abby Wurm


Follow the link to see a flashback of events of the senior class. • @claireodactyls


Who went the same tennis summer camp after sophomore year with

Who was in Johnson’s first hour AP Spanish class senior year with

Who went to a friend’s birthday party with

Rajit Sikka

Sohail Jchaj

Who formed a rap clan in sophomore math with

Claire Wiley



Neon Colors Popular during elementary and middle school, many people wore multiple neon colored clothing, for girls most being from places like The Limited Too and Justice. Rhinestone Shirts In the early to mid 2000’s many girls would wear shirts with pictures, words and phrases depicted in rhinestones, brought about by the popular bebe shirts. Aeropostale and Hollister Everything Through middle school people wore shirts, jackets, pants and just about everything one could think of with the brand name on them.

Craig Peters


Silly Bandz, Nike drawstring backpacks, singing Kidz Bop at the top of your lungs - there’s nothing quite like looking back on childhood trends. Dexter’s Laboratory While everyone found their own The misadventures of a boy genius and his annoying style, we found a few that were sister. hard to miss.

Ran from April 1996 to Nov. 2003 on Cartoon Network.

That’s So Raven The adventures of a teenage girl who receives brief visions of Skorts the future. Most popular during preschool Ran from Jan. 2003 to Nov. 2007 on Disney Channel. through second grade, skorts were the comfortable, yet stylish combination Drake & Josh of shorts and skirts. Essentially, the pant The bromance between two very different equivalent of a mullet. Bring It On teens who become stepbrothers. Released on Aug. 22, 2000 by Universal Ran from Jan. 2004 to Sept. 2007 on Crocs Pictures. Two rival cheerleading teams fight to Nickelodeon Created in 2002 Crocs became popular in 2006. win the national championship. People would buy them in multiple colors, and started buying charms to add. Crocs are starting Shrek to become popular again, especially for chemistry Released on April 22, 2001 by DreamWorks iCarly teachers. Animation. A twist on the classic fairy tale, an ogre Carly and her friends, Sam and agrees to rescue a princess to protect his home. Freddie, host a popular internet show. Velour Tracksuits Ran from Sept. 2007 to Nov. 2012 on The velour jackets, and matching pants were Finding Nemo Nickelodeon. popular in the early to mid 2000’s, and many Released on May 30, 2003 by Disney/ young girls would wear versions from Juicy Pixar Animation. After a young clownfish Hannah Montana Couture, PINK and Justice. gets captured and put in a dentist’s Whoever thought that a girl like her would double as a fish tank, his father embarks on a superstar? She’s got the best of both worlds. journey to rescue him. Ran from March 2006 to Jan. 2011 on Disney Channel


SpongeBob SquarePants SpongeBob works at a fast food restaurant and lives with his friends under the sea. Ran from 1999 to the present on Nickelodeon.

Mean Girls Released on April 30, 2004 by Paramount Pictures. Cady Heron moves from Africa to a new school, only to find it controlled by The Plastics.

High School Musical Released on Jan. 20, 2006 by Walt Disney Studios. Gabriella Montez and Troy Bolton break out of their cliques to audition for the leads in the school play.


She’s the Man Released on March 17, 2006 by Paramount Pictures. A teenage girl pretends to be her twin brother to play soccer at his elite boarding school.

Who was in the same sixth grade geography class as

Who had science together senior year with

Alyssa Savage


As the 2015-16 school year wraps up, tweet your favorite trends from the past 18 years using #fhnfavfads


Follow the link to see seniors’ favorite things from childhood.


I Gotta Feeling by the Black Eyed Peas Released in 2009 On album The E.N.D. A Thousand Miles by Vanessa Carlton Released in 2002 On album Be Not Nobody Poker Face by Lady Gaga Released in 2008 On album The Fame Low (Applebottom Jeans) by Flo Rida (ft. T-Pain) Released in 2007 On album Mail on a Sunday All Star by Smash Mouth Released in 1999 On album Astro Lounge Gangnam Style by Psy Released in 2012 On album Psy 6 (Six Ways) Part 1

Who was in Mossinghoff’s Spanish class freshman year with

Who was in the same third grade class as

Chris Bounds

Blake Lodde


Abbey Mills

Livestrong Bracelets Popular in the mid-2000s, Livestrong bracelets came in dozens of colors and supported dozens of causes.


Charlie the Unicorn Originally made in 2005 by Jason Steele, Charlie the Unicorn skyrocketed in popularity a few years after the initially release. Since then, the video has inspired various parodies.

Pokémon Created in 1996 for the Nintendo Game Boy. A game where one plays travels a continent and tries to catch them all. Super Smash Bros Melee Released on Nov. 21 2001 for the Nintendo GameCube. All of the Nintendo characters come together in a game where friends fight against each other using their favorite characters from their favorite games. Ratchet and Clank Released on Nov. 4 2002 for the PlayStation 2. A science fiction platformer where a Lombax and Robot travel the universe fighting evil.

Planking As the popularity of the iPhone and selfies grew, planking in unusual places became a fun photo-op for friends. Bieber Hair After entering the music world in 2009, Justin Bieber brought with him his iconic swide-swept look.

Silly Bands The fun-shaped bracelets boomed in 2010 and created controversy after being banned by some schools.

American Idol An American favorite American Idol revolutionized Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 singing competition shows and produced stars Released on Nov. 10 2009 for the Xbox like Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and 360 and PlayStation 3. A first person Adam Lambert. The show debuted on June shooter with a popular multiplayer game 11, 2002 and ended on April 7, 2016. RIP mode and a memorable single player campaign. American Idol. Mario Kart 64 Released on Dec. 14 1996 for the Nintendo 64. A racing game that features all of the characters from Nintendo’s Mario franchise. Different villains, and power-ups from the franchise are used as boosts in the game. Animal Crossing: Wild World Released on Nov. 23, 2005 for the Nintendo DS. A small town simulation where the player fishes, collects fruit and adventures to other towns to pay off their debts and collect rare objects.

Umbrella by Rihanna Released in 2007 On album Good Girl Gone Bad Friday by Rebecca Black Released in 2011 Released as a single





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Who was on dance team freshman year with

Who befriended the new student in fourth grade, who turned out to be

Who had classes freshman year with

Tsoi Tran

Kristina McKay

Freshmen year begins “My most memorable part of high school was having gone to the homecoming game freshman year. This was so memorable because it was the only homecoming game I ever went to. I remember talking to all my friends throughout the game and just having a really good time.”

Who was friends with the prom date of

Nathaniel Kaatman

Emma Pardo

The Game Of

L I FE Senior Edition

The class of 2015-16 relive their most memorable moments in high school

~Emily Witt

“My proudest moment in high school was being elected as one of the captains of Varsity Lacrosse.”

“ I loved all the Knight sound trips that we went on with the chamber choir.”

~Lauren Wood

~Luke Wussler

Our class ends sophomore year, marking the halfway point in our high school career.

Andy Downs becomes the new Head Principal of FHN after Dr. Jones retired after 17 years.

The theme for the class of 2016’s first Homecoming was “A Knight in New York.”

“The most memorable part of high school for me was when I took anatomy and physiology with Mr.Riffee. Before I took that class I always loved medicine and my family is filled with surgeons, but with my dyslexia I never thought I could go into the healthcare field. While I was in that class Mr.Riffee showed me that I could do it as long as I try my hardest. Now I’m going to SIUE for nursing but I might even switch to premed all because Mr.Riffee believed in me.” ~Amira Abuazza


The junior girls gain victory in the annual powder puff game after winning by 84-72.

Who had classes together in seventh grade with

Who was involved in CYC sports in sixth grade with

Who was in Scheller’s class sophomore year with

Nick Gehricke

Austine Pauley

“ My favorite was when I took ceramics last year and I made some pretty cool stuff. One of my favorite things was definitely a Doctor Who box that I made.”

The Class of 2016 goes to their first Prom: Brazilian Paradise

~Noah Plodzien

Pam Sloan retires as superintendent leaving Mary HendricksHarris in charge.

The Class of 2016 enters senior year to finish off their last year of high school.

Who spent last Halloween with

DJ LaMartina

“All four years were probably my favorite, marching band and my friends in general have been the most memorable.” ~Lucas Kehoe

Maddie O’Loughlin

Our last prom occurs at St. Charles Convention Center with the theme of “Fairytale”.


Follow the link to see Tommy Watts’ transformation from freshmen to senior year.

“My most memorable part of high school has to be playing a school sport because it was a fun experience and got to meet new people who became good friends.” ~ Isaias Alvarado

GRADUATION “My most memorable moment would have to be the men’s volleyball team finally beating Howell at Howell last year.” ~Austin Price


Who was friends with Hayley Vossmeyer who in junior year started dating

Who had P.E. in seventh grade with

Carla Chanocua

Who was introduced by Lexi Baker to

Dillon Declue

Grew up down the street from

Erik Isbell

Madi Oostendorp

Ahead of the Game

Senior Blake Coonrod is used to pushing himself academically and is preparing to graduate a year early BY EMILY WILSON

Most students at the age of 16 are practicing their driving skills, just starting to think about post-high school plans, or just hanging out with friends. Unlike most 16 year olds, senior Blake Coonrod is getting ready to graduate. Originally enrolled in the class of 2018, Blake skipped the third grade and is planning to attend Missouri University of Science and Technology in the fall. “He definitely doesn’t act two years younger,” Kyle Springli, Blake’s friend and future roommate said. “If anything, he acts older than I do.” Blake’s passion for getting ahead started all the way back in elementary school. Frustrated with the work he was given at school and yearning for more of a challenge, Blake was placed in math classes a year ahead of his grade, and after second grade, his mom and his school decided it would be best for him to skip a grade entirely. “When I saw him getting frustrated, I wanted to try to make sure that he did not just give up or worse, channel all that drive in a negative direction,” Sara Coonrod, Blake’s mother, said. “He has always been very motivated. If he wants to learn about something, he’ll find a way to learn

Four Years, One Teacher, One Student One senior creates a bond with a teacher through PLTW program BY CHRIS WOOD

From telling jokes to teaching, Zach Osterwisch has definitely found a favorite teacher throughout his four years of high school. That teacher is Brian Stemmermann who is one of the only shop teachers in the school. Zach first joined Stemmerman in freshmen year and continued to be in his classes all four years. Zach really bonded with Stemmermann when he saw how enthusiastic Stemmermann was about helping him learn and how much knowledge he could offer about the field of engineering. “The advice that really stuck with me is that I need to keep track of old notes and keep them in order,” Zach said. “I put that advice to use this year when I had to look up how to do something for my project.” Zach has gotten a lot of advice from Stemmermann, but to keep all his PLTW class notes with him is one he has taken to heart. He


plans on possibly using his old notes if he needs to while in college. “Zach, to me, is student who’s had a lot of success and he is also very intellegent, getting all of work done on time and done right,” Stemmermann said. Through common interests and Stemmermann being a open teacher, it was really easy for Zach to get along with him and learn from him, creating that student-teacher bond over the four years. Zach’s favorite memories with Stemmermann are the constant dad joke, or “Stem jokes” as the class has coined the jokes that Stemmermann makes in class. The two have become very fond of each other and enjoy each other’s presence. Even though Zach graduates this year, he and Stemmermann plan on keeping in contact through class visits and emails. “I will always be there for my students if they need advice or a letter of recommendation,” Stemmermann said.

about it.” Eight years later, Blake is once again working hard to achieve his goals. By taking dual-enrollment classes and online courses, he fulfilled the necessary credits required to graduate and he got a taste of the life of a college student. “I took some dual enrollment classes at Maryville this year, and I just really liked the college classroom a lot better,” Blake said. “You have a lot more freedom, they don’t count tardies and stuff, and if you knew the material, they weren’t collecting homework. It’s a lot more self-motivated and you didn’t have to ask to go to the bathroom.” Interested in mechanical and aerospace engineering, Blake has been emailing members of Missouri S&T’s rocket team and has also explored the topic through his spectra project, researching the history of manned space flight and its socioeconomic impacts. He hopes to pursue his interest and make a career out of it after college. “I want to work for SpaceX, I think,” Blake said. “I’m applying for an internship there next summer. I’ve also been talking to some engineers at SpaceX and it seems like a great place to work. I’ve also emailing some guys that work at NASA’s JPL because they’re pretty cool and they’re like blowing stuff up and sending up rockets and they have been for a long time.”

Who was in Spectra senior year with

Who had five of seven classes freshman year with

Chase Powelson

Who was in homeroom freshman year with

Nicole Morse

Who rode the same bus freshmen year as

Ashley McIlroy

Landon Porter

Securing a Future at a New Home Senior Andrew Schmidt is going to the school of his dreams with no cost to his family or himself BY BENNETT SMALLWOOD •bsmallwood20

For those who elect to continue school after graduating, deciding what adventure they should take is difficult. With many things to take into consideration, like majors, scholarships, distance from home and even the campus itself, it can be very hard to settle on a single school that one would want to pursue an academic career. But, after Senior Andrew Schmidt went through a rigorous process to earn a full-ride scholarship from Michigan State, he has found the school that he feels he will be most comfortable at in the next four years. He will be away from home and his family, but that does not mean Andrew is not excited for the future. “I have a whole lot of opportunities to explore new things and meet new people,” Andrew said. One of the main factors pushing Andrew to the prestigious school was the opportunity of a full-ride scholarship. After applying for the scholarship, Andrew spent the weekend at Michigan State to take a test to see if he was eligible to make it to the next level. While spending time in Michigan, he was able to immerse himself in the campus and Andrew enjoyed the experience of being at the school. “I was just really excited to go to a school with an exciting atmosphere,” Andrew said. Out of the several kids who took the test to be recognized for the scholarships, only a few were able to move on to the next level. Andrew found out he was one of them and he waited patiently for a Skype interview with the Dean of Admissions. “Honestly I had no idea I did well on the test,” Andrew said. “There were about 2,000 kids and only 60 finalists who got the interview. I talked to some of the other kids and they felt they did bad. I was about to enroll at Missouri S&T.” Full-ride scholarships were granted to 13 of the interviewees along with a few full-tuition scholarships. Andrew and his family were optimistic, but hesitant to get their hopes up, since there were 59 other potential students being interviewed as well. About a week after the interview, Andrew was called on his cell phone after school with good news from the school. “I was extremely shocked,” Andrew said. “I got the phone call on my way home. I had to leave for baseball right away so I didn’t have much time to celebrate, but I was extremely excited and surprised. They basically called me and said congratulations and that they were very excited to have me.” Andrew’s mother, Chris Schmidt, was called by her son later that day to tell her the news. “I was in the middle of a store and I yelled,” Chris said. “I was really excited and proud of him.” Both of Andrew’s parents went to Missouri S&T, and Andrew jokingly stated how his parents would be upset if he did not follow in their footsteps. But it was actually the exact opposite. “I want him to go wherever he wants to go, so I am happy he gets to go where

he wanted,” Chris said. Chris has always believed that Andrew is an independent and strong-willed person, in everything ranging from academics and sports to his personal life. With the scholarship process, this truly showed according to Schmidt. “I’m really proud of him for the scholarship,” Chris said. “I had no hand in it and he did it so effortlessly. I’ve always been proud of how independent and selfmotivated he is. It’s not like I’m standing with a whip. He just does it.” Andrew going out of state will definitely be a transition that the Schmidts say they will struggle to get used to since it is very far away, and while Andrew is excited to be even more independent, he will still be missing family in Michigan. While Andrew’s little brother, Brendan Schmidt is mostly excited for his own room, Andrew’s youngest brother, Evan Schmidt, is struggling with the fact of his oldest brother leaving. “It’s hard to think of him being so far away,” Chris said. “It’s hard to think of him leaving anyways but him being that far away will be a difficult adjustment.” While the thought of being far away from family may sadden Andrew as well, he is not discouraged from making his next four years at Michigan State memorable ones. “I’d like to continue to do extracurricular activities, like baseball, after I graduate,” Andrew said. “I’d also like to know about jobs in the workforce after college, but I also want to make the next four years really fun.”



Who was in freshman P.E. with

Who was on swim team with

Libby Lassanske

Who is next door neighbors with

Claire Boenitz

Who is in homeroom with

Kasey Wagner

Anne Wells

The Second Generation of Service

Senior Tyler Schneider will be following in his grandfather’s footsteps and joining the Marines after high school BY KYLIE MOSER • @kyliemoser14

Joining the Marines has been senior Tyler Schneider’s goal for most of his life, and after graduating high school he will finally be able to reach this goal. Tyler has wanted to be a Marine since he discovered his grandfather, Ken Knobbe had been a Marine. “I did a report on the Marines and learned that my grandfather was a Marine and he’s one of my favorite people in the world, so ever since then I’ve wanted to be like him, so to be a Marine was my goal,” Tyler said. Tyler’s grandfather has been one of his biggest supporters and has assisted him throughout his decision and the process of joining. “I’m proud of him because it’s something he’s wanted to do since he was like 10, 11, or 12 and he just really wants to do it and he has his heart set on it, so if that’s what he wants to do then that’s what I want to see him do,” Knobbe said. Tyler was recruited by Sergeant Ricky Chan in the spring of 2015, however Tyler didn’t get serious about talking to him until around August. Tyler has not yet been officially sworn in due to some unexpected issues with paperwork. He expects to be sworn in by May after his paperwork has been reviewed. Once Tyler joins the Marines, he will be a combat engineer. He will be building and maintaining roads, finding IEDs and many other tasks which he will learn more about once he is officially sworn in. His mother Michael Houk has some worries as all parents would, but in this field it is less likely that he will be sent off to war. “Like any normal parent I’m scared he’ll get sent off to war and get hurt, but


in the field he wants to go in it’s less likely and if he goes to war and I would be proud of him for serving in our country, so I just have to keep praying that if he goes anywhere he doesn’t get hurt,” Houk said. Tyler is not doing any training with the Marines as of now, but he does workouts on his own and he stays active through sports. “I do my own personal workouts and I’ve been playing rugby to help keep active and soccer on the side, so I don’t get out of shape and lazy,” Tyler said. Becoming a Marine will offer a variety of benefits to Tyler, he will be given a new perspective and pushed to become a better and stronger person, both physically and mentally. “I think joining the Marines corps would give me a different perspective on life itself,” Tyler said. “I’ll be able to build my body and mind through bootcamp and other various training that you have to go through. I think it’s overall going to help me be a better person, more respectable.” Tyler looks forward to being tested and pushed, as well as getting to work with people like himself and travelling the country. “I’m looking forward to see where my limits are, the Marines are going to push me to my limits and break me down and I want to see how far I can go and what I can take,” Tyler said. “I’m also looking forward to meeting people like me who love this country and who are intelligent and whatnot and going to other places to meet those people because I’ll be all over the United States.”

Who was one of the only bass guys in choir at the same time as

Who was in second semester German 2 last year with

Jackson Sibert

Failure is a Blueprint for Success

Who was in the same eighth grade science class as

Isaiah Ellison

Was in Malk’s first hour junior year with

What’s Your Ultimate Goal After High School?

Marygrace Cole shares how she has grown these past few years in high school, even though things didn’t always go as planned

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To have a family and a job to support that family.”


Ever since she knew what the word “failure” meant, senior Marygrace Cole has often been faced with having to settle for plan b or c, rather than her first option. “I’ve learned that I have terrible luck and I just have to keep on finding a new game plan and changing the course of what I want to do,” Marygrace said. “It’s always going to be a challenge no matter what.” Marygrace often sets high goals for herself, so she knows the feeling of spending hours the night before studying for a challenging test, just to end up with a barely-passing grade. She had hoped to make it to the national competition this past year in speech and debate, however Marygrace rarely placed at the top spots at these tough competitions. “Sometimes, I just feel bad because it feels like you just can’t take it anymore,” Marygrace said. “Sometimes I just want to stop and quit because it feels horrible, but sometimes, it makes the achievements so much more worth it. The problem is that I don’t always make it.” Furthermore, Marygrace recently found out that she had not been accepted into her dream college, New York University, in New York City where she hoped to take part in the theater program. “The first time I was ever in New York was after my mom died,” Marygrace said. “And it wasn’t the big Broadway shows or all the tourism activities that got me interested in New York. It was watching everybody go to work. I liked that everybody had somewhere to be and that everyone had their niche. It was the lights and it was just this feeling I had after seeing it all that that was where I was meant to be.” While there has been so much that hasn’t worked out the way Marygrace had hoped, there is still nothing that has kept her from trying her best and giving her all every chance she gets. “The fear of failure keeps me going,” Marygrace said. “It’s contradictory, but that’s what it is. If I keep trying, I at least have a small chance, whereas if I don’t try, I have a zero percent chance. I feel weak and icky when I give up. It seems wrong to me.” Marygrace has realized that while “plan a” doesn’t

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Delaney Chapman

To die knowing I had a happy and successful life.” - Danielle Collier To own at least 50 dogs.”

always work out, she learns a great deal from every experience. “Rejection made me stronger,” Marygrace said. “I got to perform monologues in front of top schools, and no matter what happened, I had fun and I felt great about myself and learned a lot.” Currently, Marygrace plans to attend Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, and major in psychology or political science and history. “She sets some really challenging goals for herself,” Spectra teacher Jon Travis said. “Some people might claim that they’re unrealistic but I don’t believe that to be true. I think she sets challenging goals because she believes life should be worth living, and you do that by making yourself the best that you can be.” While Marygrace is looking forward to attending Ohio State this fall, she still believes that New York is where she belongs, and is considering trying to transfer there the following year depending on how her first year in Ohio plays out. “If Marygrace really wants to do something, she will go through stuff that she would never have gone through otherwise,” Marygrace’s friend Caleb Black said. Marygrace hopes to use all that she has learned to help her achieve her other goals in life and hopes that others will do the same. “Failure is my blueprint for success,” Marygrace said. “High school has caused me to think more critically and deeply, but it has also caused me to be more hard on myself and others. Never ever give up. It will suck and you’ll feel sad. I felt sad. I felt like there was something wrong with me. Just because you didn’t get into that school, or your SAT scores aren’t great doesn’t mean you’re stupid. You’ll just have to adjust your game plan.”

- Conner Malpiedi

- Sarah Garrelts

To find a career path that makes me happy.” - Megan Thielbar To become a police officer and a nurse at the same time.” - Ana Leon To be rich and live in a mansion.”

- Mariah McBride

To be an awesome animator.” - Veronica Guerrero-Bernal To get a good paying job after graduating college.”

- Jake Viehman

Get a degree, get a job, have minimal debt, get a house and die in my eighties.”

- Baylie Clynes

To go to Lindenwood and get my theater education degree (with an emphasis on communications and speech) and a minor in vocal performance. “

- Marissa Meyers.

To succeed beyond everyone else and always exceed the impossible.”

- David Schmidt


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Kickin’ it With Science and Technology Julia Crets is recruited for soccer by a college that will benefit her athletic and academic career BY ERIN LEVINS • @ItsLevins

Varsity soccer player Julia Crets stands with her feet firmly planted to the turf. An opposing player is charging straight towards her in hopes of scoring a goal. She braces herself for impact and plans how to stop her. In the back of her mind, she knows her future is closely observing her every move. Every pass, kick and charge matters. She knows this may be the game that determines where she plays soccer for the next four years. When her competition is just seconds in front of her with the ball, all coaches, students and college reps now have eyes on her. “She’s absolutely fearless on the field,” Dave Crets, Julia’s father said. “She had the confidence to take on any player, I know she has the confidence to take on college.” Julia has been playing soccer for 13 years, including four with the FHN varsity team. With these numerous years of dedication and passion, she and her family are more than proud of the scholarship money she has accumulated for soccer. Although she looked at several other engineering schools, she chose Missouri University of Science and Technology for her chemical engineering education and her soccer career. S&T’s average tuition is around $22,000 and they offered Julia $2,000 a year for soccer and $10,000 a year for academics. She hopes to play an offensive position, but she has experience in all areas of the field. “I give every freshman an opportunity to play, it will be up to Julia to make a contribution to the team,” Joe McCauley, Head Coach of S&T girl’s soccer program said. “The more she contributes, the more money she will receive throughout her career at S&T.” Although Julia loves soccer, she doesn’t plan on pursuing it on any competitive level post-college. She plans on starting a career with chemical engineering and hopes to work with pharmaceuticals. Soccer will always be a big part of her life and what shaped her as a person, but she hopes shift gears and focus more on her career in the future. But for now, she’s going to give S&T soccer her all. “I really hope to be successful with both engineering and soccer,” Julia said. “S&T has great programs for both of those and I’m so excited to pursue them.”


Where Are We Going?

The end of school is fast approaching and with that in mind, seniors have made the all important decision of where they will be heading after they graduate


University of Alabama Christian Majewski Sami Sneed Abby Wurm

CALIFORNIA San Diego State University Jadyn Arnold San Francisco Art Institute Benjamin Walters University of California San Diego Rachel Hilt

FLORIDA Palm Beach Atlantic University Meghan Adams

University of Illinois at Chicago Kush Patel


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne Zoe Willott

Kennesaw State University Ke’Dar Gates Savannah College of Art and Design Caleb Black University of Georgia Jordan Mertens

IDAHO Bringham Young University- Idaho Madeline O’Loughlin

ILLINOIS Illinois College Charlie Brauch Loyola UniversityChicago Zach Mills Madison Ritter McKendree University Erica Sims Quincy University Shannon Atkinson Brandi Wellman Southern Illinois University Carbondale Sarah Garrelts Southern Illinois

Army Daniel DeMariano Tyler Shanika

University Edwardsville Amira Abuazza Khaliesha Mitchell

Wabash Valley College Jacob Kalusniak Western Illinois University Nick Gehricke

INDIANA Ball State University Claire Boenitz Zoe Lawson Butler University Bailey Marek Indiana State University Rhe’Neze Galtney Chelsi Hoskins

Marines Brent Nelson Tyler Schneider Iowa State University Priscilla Joel Kenneth Willis Iowa Wesleyan Zach Young St. Ambrose University Austin Price Wartburg College Alexis Emert

KANSAS Fort Scott Community College Keevon Collins Kansas State University Kasey Wagner Witchita State University Jaylen Bolden

Indiana University Isabelle Mattenson

University of Kansas Garret Griffin

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Jake Beckmann


University of Southern Indiana Jennifer VanBooven

Murray State University Erika Paar Lauren Wood



Iowa Central Community College Moe Hill

Louisiana State University Aleah Riley

MICHIGAN Michigan State University Andrew Schmidt

MONTANA University of Montana Melissa Baker

OHIO The Ohio State University Marygrace Cole Madison Harris Rachel Leimkuehler

OKLAHOMA Langston University Olivia Grant Crystal Wilson

PENNSYLVANIA Philadelphia University Samm Heupel

TENNESSEE Belmont University Andrew Witte Tennessee State University Christina Follin

TEXAS University of Texas Eric Arnold

ONLINE Western Governor’s University Madisson Durret

TECH SCHOOL Paul Mitchell the School Saint Louis Megan Horner Ranken Technical College Grace Agne Logan Grier Zachary Reeves Respond Right EMS Academy Magen Huelsing State Technical College of Missouri Tracey Dames Bolte

MILITARY Air Force Nathaniel Kaatman Jesse Powers

CAREERS Sean Clark Ryan Croghan Kyle Cuppy Dylan Ehlers Taylor Fliss Shawn Griffin Tristan Johnson Conner Malpedi Austin Mills Renee Rogers

UNDECIDED Chris Aiello Alex Bernal Elizabeth Brown Alexandra Butler Hannah Christian Leshaun Daniels Erica Derda Cassy Flanigan Kimberly Golliver Eric Horton Christopher Johnson Brendan Jones Joshua Love Daniel King Remy Kohlenhoefer Kenneth Hughes Drew McMichael Ulices Ortiz Noah Plodzien Sarah Ryberg Brendan Smith Katherine Spaulding Mary Studt Kendyl Taylor Zachary Thele Christopher White Austin Whitehead

MISSOURI Art Institute of St. Louis Elijah Bradt Avila University Blake Lodde Kristen Metts Drury University Danny Helvey Fontbonne University Jarrett O’Brien Jordan Throgmorton Hickey College Clayton Christo Jefferson College Emma Pardo Kansas City Art Institute Berlyn Johnson

Alex Raster Rajit Sikka Tessa Smith Kyle Springli Matt Vishy Alex Warhover Missouri State University Madeline Anderson Lauren Arata Jessica Biondo Daycia Cameron Jessica Define Alex Dickinson Jordan Galkowski Ethan Grone Chad Hayse Elizabeth Jansen Dylan Johnson Maddi Kranzberg Meghan Mitchell Michael Moore

Hannah Dietrich Jacob Drum Amanda Eckhard Kevin Fields Devin Grellner Emma Hale Mitchell Huss Erik Isbell Clayton Jost Paige Klackner Cameron Landers Ilya Lazarev Anthony Lupo Dom Mantro Ashley McIlroy Abbey Mills Nicole Morse Taylor Ousley Craig Peters Dylan Pezold Reichardt Landon Porter Chase Powelson Kyle Quattrocchi Dallas Rives

Jennifer Byman Keion Fulton Bethany Hamilton Mandie Noel Jacob Thaller Anne Welk St. Charles Community College Scout Adams Nathaniel Adams James Akins Christopher Alex Isaias Alvarado Sara Bargen Lane Bauer Theresa Blase Brett Boschert Austin Boschert Jessica Brady Monica Buckner Josh Cage Caitlin Callewaert Mitch Carlson

Lindenwood University Kenzie Allen Kaleb Bell Bronte Bradshaw Baylie Clynes Tyeler Collins Dillon DeClue Austin Ferguson Jamie Hetlage Molly Imboden Maxwell Kolkmeier Kristina McKay Marissa Meyers Austine Pauley Jackson Sibert Justin Stoker Samantha Teson Autumn Todd Samantha Vestal Jake Viehman

Addie Heigl DeQuan Holloway Anthony Howard Michael Johnson Sam Johnston Lucas Kehoe Jake Kuntz DJ LaMartina Hailey Lanier Courtney Laughlin Emily Leander Ana Leon-Ornelas Julia Lewis Joe Luley Emily Magana Shannon Mahaffey Brittany Mathis Kayleigh Mauck Maci May Tyler McAtee Maryssa McBride Mariah McBride Maria Michalski Jonathan Miller Ben Moxley Top Three Colleges in Missouri SCC: 89 Mizzou: 40 Missouri State University: 25

Missouri University of Science and Technology Lauren Bartram Marissa Bodart Alexandra Boeckman Madi Bowen Shane Callaway Blake Coonrod Julia Crets Andrew Diehl Cora Harms Sebastian Norwood Madi Oostendorp Zach Osterwich Chris Oswald Ryan Pratt Lauren Price

Southeast Missouri State University Luke Becker Libby Lassanske Amanda Lucero Marquis Maxwell Anthony Neal Zoe Seemes Tommy Watts Luke Wussler St. Louis University Erin Levins Diana Ostrovskiy Andrew Stoker Truman State University Zohaib Abro Dani Amir Elizabeth Busby Jenna Cool Mackenzie Eaker Rachel Elder Dan House Lauren Kreutz Taylor Kreutz Anna Livingstone Brandon McCarty Kylie Moser Elle Redel Madison Roloff Emily Witt Ashley Zurosky University of MissouriSt. Louis Molli Cannon Sohail Jchaj Maya King Emily Rish

Maryville University Austin Christman Karley McCarthy Maria Seibel Teresa Wooten Missouri Baptist University Antwon Gardner Colin Griffin Rachel Juhlin Abigail Temper

Anne Wells Danielle Whitehead Alexa Wilson Emily Windsor Tiffany Willenbrock Chris Wood Anthony Wotawa Ashley Zylka

Meghan O’Brien Kelley Pruitt Abby Rapplean Alexis Rehling Zach Richards Jenna Rodriguez Dalton Russell Mallory Schaffrin Mackenzie Schlogl Eva Tilley Mady Vanek Kamila Zendran Mizzou Lexi Baker Matt Borrelli Kailyn Bowman Kat Cadigan Anna Chowning Megan Dagenais Abby Day Ryan Dickey

Aaron Schultz Nathan Sermersheim Bennett Smallwood Ashton Stegman Will Stephens Tsoi Tran Katie Turnbeaugh Hannah Weber Reaghen West Moberly Area Community College Jordan Hays St. Louis College of Pharmacy Clark Berry Richard Hua Mensur Koso St. Louis Community College

Carla Chanocua Jacob Childress Catherine Cleary Danielle Collier Courtney Copeland Kaitlyn Crocker Chaunte Cruz Katie Custer Ashley Davis Chase Donaldson Alexis Dubis Payton Dwiggins Tyler Edelen Lynsey Eikermann Jacob Elfrank Ambre Ellis Isaiah Ellison Tyler Firth Emily Floyd Nhjiylah Fuller Veronica GuerreroBernal

University of Central Missouri Chris Bounds Allison Bruening Kelsey Carper Tristan Chenoweth Charles LaGrone Taylor Seward Elleana Norton Maddie O’Nell Austin Obst Becca Pendleton Dan Pitti Graham Riley Sydney Salzano Akeal SandersSlaughter Alyssa Savage David Schmidt Alyssa Smith Miles Sommer Skylar Spearman Megan Thielbar Jailan Thomas Cassondra Tompkins Faith Valentine Hayley Vossmeyer Paige Ward

Vatterott College ex’treme Institute by Nelly Najee Follin Washington University in St. Louis Pratyush Sontha Claire Wiley Emily Wilson Westminster College Jacob Dehesa William Jewell College Trey Pettit William Woods University Delaney Chapman

Letter from the Editors-in-Chief Well, we made it. We’re just 10 days away from our last day in high school. Ever. For many people, middle school is that awkward transition, and high school is where kids find out who they are. Friends are made, memories are made and it’s one of the last times you can truly feel like a kid. We made it past the struggle of finding our niche freshmen year. Past the anxiety of EOC’s sophomore and junior year and even past the stress of applying for college these past few months. Some us of will remember our high school days as a wonderful enriching experience, while others, not so much. Regardless, we’ve all grown so much since we first stepped into this building. So in these last few days, you’ll still be a kid in high school. Make the most of it. Look around at your classmates, many of whom you probably won’t see again. While you should be excited to take this next step in your life, take this time to feel like a child before adulthood sneaks up on you. Put your cell phones down and talk to your friends when you have free time in class. Tell the teachers who made school more enjoyable exactly how much they mean to you. Take a walk around school and thank the administrators. Thank the office secretaries, guidance counselors, janitors, lunchroom staff and security guards. Cherish the memories you made and make sure they carry on with you into the next part of your journey. Every single hour, minute and second you spent studying, practicing and learning has brought you to where you are now. You get to walk across that stage because you deserve to. Congratulations class of 2016. We did it.

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North Star Take:

Remember the Year

Before going off and thinking about summer and stressing about finals, remember both the good and the bad times that this past school year has had to offer ON BEHALF OF THE EDITORIAL STAFF • @fhntoday

Well, this is it. The end of the year is just around the corner, and what a year it has been. This year has been one that will be hard to forget. For most of us, this will be a year that will always be in the memory books, whether it be the great times we’ve had with friends or the stress that we had before finals. This year will always be there. From winning the homecoming game to preparing for graduation, it will always be in our memories. We’ve all had an unforgettable time this year, from the freshmen that first walked through the doors to the seniors that will be walking out the doors for the last time, the sophomores that thought they ran the school to the juniors that were more panicked about their grades than ever, this is a year for the history books, a year for the memories. We must not turn away from what this year has offered to us, regardless of age, regardless of grades. This is a year that we’ve all been a part of something, in school or not, whether it be playing on a school sports team or being involved in your church youth group, being in the play or volunteering at a charity, we’ve all done something. It’s time to recognize it, use it, learn from it. Everything we do is a learning experience, it’s time to start using the lessons that we’ve learned from the experiences. Now, there have obviously been bad times over this

past school year as well. Whether it be an argument with your best friend or a bad grade on a test, there have always been the bad times that we’ve experienced as well. But these aren’t to be just tossed to the side. Use them. Use them to better prepare yourself for next year. Prepare for the challenges that you’ll face in the next school year and better prepare yourself for college, real life experiences, whatever is thrown onto your path. High school is a learning experience, not just by reading the textbooks and studying the note cards, but also by taking the experiences you’ve had and applying them to your future. The last paper of the school year, the last month of the school year, and for some of us, the last month that we will be walking through these doors. Whether you’re a freshman, sophomore, junior or senior, take the lessons that this year has given you. Apply them to life outside the classroom, outside the schoolyard, outside of FHN, outside of FHSD. Cherish this last month of the school year. Don’t let the stress of finals, home life, clubs, sports, whatever you’re doing, take you away from what this last month has to offer. It has the same to offer as the rest of the year has had, an opportunity to learn, both in and out of the classroom. So, when you walk out the doors on May 19, don’t forget this year. This year should always be there. Always in our memories. Always there to learn from. Always in our hearts.

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The Hot Topic Of. . .

Vacations vs. Staycations

Summer is coming up and students everywhere are anticipating their freedom from school. Some people are looking forward to vacations, but other people thinking of staying at home. BY SAMI SCHMID • @sami_nicole101

Vacationing is a period of recreation that I hope everyone is lucky enough to experience. Some people can’t afford going on vacation, but if one could come up with the money I believe they would find it rewarding. While planning for a vacation can be stressful and expensive, it’s worth it once you reach your destination. Studies have proven that vacation has positive effects mentally and physically. A Forbes article titled “The Best Reason Ever To Take A Two Week Vacation” addresses the benefits of vacationing. Taking time off can prevent burnout, reduce conflict and tension as well as increase creativity, productivity, motivation and well-being. In the US there is a myth that to be productive a person must always be working. Productivity is not solely how hard you work, it is how fast you are getting something done. Taking that short break helps to keep employees

and students working quickly and with quality. According to Forbes, Psychologist Deborah Mulhern suggests that not taking time to relax can make it more difficult for the brain and body to distress. The neural connections that produce feelings of calm become weaker if not given time to recuperate. This makes it harder for the brain to switch into a less- stressed state. Staycations are great, but they don’t provide enough of a break. It’s not truly a vacation if you are still working, which is likely to happen if you are in the same environment. Staying at home causes you to miss out on the benefits of traveling such as gaining a new perspective and becoming more informed about the world. In this global community traveling to new areas is important to understand other Follow the link cultures and leave a lasting impact on to see why staycation is the way to go. your life.

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Relaxation is the glorious antonym of stress. What better place to relax than at home in bed? Vacations require people to stay up late and pack everything that they need, wake up early in the morning to board a plane or drive for too many hours to their destination and then sleep in a bed that is not theirs. When people are home bound, they know where the best spots to eat are within their city, and they know that one sweet spot in that couch that they always sit on when they get home from a stressful day at school. Why not extend that experience by staying home during the summer? Roman author and philosopher Gaius Plinius Secundus said, “Home is where the heart is.” Secundus meant that home is most important to a person, and that






it is where they feel the safest. Think about it, if a person is on vacation, they are around thousands of strangers. However, when people stay at home, they know more people around them and are more familiar with the area. This can make a person feel safer and overall more comfortable, unlike a hotel while on vacation. Friends are a huge part of summer break. If I am in Aruba and craving faceto-face socialization with somebody I know, I’m out of luck. Friends are thousands of miles away, if not more. Sure, sometimes seeing a new place can be exciting, but the convenience of being at home can out rule the whole vacation experience. There is no need to manage time while at home. On vacation, it is a different story. Always worrying about not knowing where to go next and constantly making plans is stressful, which isn’t what summer is supposed to be about. Having time to yourself to clear your mind is something that summer is truly meant for.

Stay Home and Relax

(Comic by Riley Kampff)





Preparation for Life Students are prepared for college, but don’t learn how to do basic important things they need to know BY KARLEY MCCARTHY

Every passing period I see hundreds of students, each one more different than the next. However, there is one difference that stands out. The seniors. Going into fourth quarter I see the differences between my class and those around me as the stresses of college bounce through our heads. We are forced to push them aside while we continue our road to graduation. 13 years in school yet I notice college conversations being more about all the things we don’t know. I think to myself, why isn’t there a class designed by seniors, for seniors? The amount of students who don’t know how to do the things that college life requires is astounding, but not a single one should feel bad for it. Many of us don’t realize the things we need to know until it’s too late. Our public school system focuses so much on the books that it is lacking the lessons we will need outside of our college lecture halls. There is an obvious need for students to be taught these things so that high schools can be more successful in bridging the gap and producing more prepared graduates. However, I see a few reasons as to why there is not a class currently a class of this type. Funding will always be an issue in any school district and would play a major role in the effectiveness of the course. Also, many might add that parents/guardians are responsible for the preparedness of their dependents for the “real world”. When looking at these issues though there are solutions. Start-up funding can come from the school district while a 5-10 dollar fee can be on student shoulders for supplies and fundraising is always an options. When it comes to what the school is responsible for, I don’t see an issue with it taking on these because students are already taught about their health, sex, and even to drive if they would like. For these reasons I think all schools would benefit from having a class of this manor for seniors only. Out of the 50 surveys 43 students said they would take a class that teaches all the things they don’t already know about living in the real world (outside the classroom). That’s already enough for two classes.

Students Do Not Know How to

Out of 50 seniors surveyed, the following don’t know how to do these basic life skills

Write a check


Do their own laundry


Schedule health appointment


Choose a health professional


Pay a bill


Write a resume


Order books for college


Apply for student loans


Tell difference between private and federal loans


Set up a payment plan for college


Dark Souls Three The third adaption to a game series known for difficulty BY RILEY KAMPFF • @bat_rilena

From the original game, people are quick to say that the “Dark Souls” games are quite a challenge even to experts. But the third installment to the series is one that gamers are able to play and have no regrets after the whole story line despite the difficulty and the weary camera angles that the game has in store for all of the players. In the third person role-playing game, players use an ancient undead warrior named “The Ashen One” as the main character. As the apocalyptic war of the Light versus Dark comes upon the land of Lothric, the player is asked to try and prevent the up and coming conflict. To do this, it must be at the expense of eliminating the Lords of Cinder, a higher group of power whose existence and origin people are still not sure of. Players are able to explore their platform with various weapons such as fire bomb explosives, shortbows and multiple types of swords. Defense plays a big role in combat as well because players have shields and tumbles to dodge enemies with. Many skills have been added to the list of new features as well. The skills are applied to the weapons and also combative tactics. Each enemy has a very different fighting type when going up against them, so players need new techniques when tackling the game. The largest part of the trilogy, though, is how gamers can go through the game on multiple paths of their choice, involving many different bosses and

environments, and also use magic when they feel as if they’re in deep turmoil. Though the magic used can be pretty detrimental to stamina and health meters, that is how players learn to balance it all out in combat. There are also bonfire checkpoints to have a safe place to respawn and go back to the journey. Be aware though, the camera is not always going to be friendly in combat. The position and time it takes for the angle to center is a bit laggy. As a big fan of the Dark Souls series, I am obviously not the biggest fan of the screen displaying ‘YOU DIED!’ in huge crimson letters. But as we all know, even when we want to throw the remote through the screen and yell, the ending is all worth it and quite rewarding in a sense. So of course the game is extremely difficult but totally eccentric and gruesome in the best way possible. The whole story is a rollercoaster ride of slaying demons to your undead heart’s content.




Top Eight Dessert Spots in St. Louis From classics like Ted Drewes and Crown Candy to lesser-known shops like Serendipity and Strange Donuts, the St. Louis area has a wide variety of places specializing in dessert for summer cravings BY NOAH SLAUGHTER

1. Serendipity - 8130 Big Bend Blvd., Webster Groves

Located less than 10 minutes from both the zoo and the Magic House, Serendipity brings a playful twist to ice cream. From curiosities like cucumber and cantaloupe to more traditional flavors, Serendipity brings credence to its namesake: a happy, unexpected occurrence. Try the Cookie Monster: cotton candy ice cream in Cookie Monster blue plus Oreos and cookie dough.

2. Crown Candy - 1401 St. Louis Ave, St. Louis

From the cramped wooden booths to the vintage Coca-Cola posters, Crown Candy transports guests back to 1913. Famous for their ice cream, they also sell candy and other desserts. Crown Candy is so popular and so tiny that lines go out the door during busy hours. The food is worth the wait, though, and the old timey feel of the restaurant makes it a memorable experience.

3. Ted Drewes - 6726 Chippewa St., St. Louis

4. Strange Donuts - 2709 Sutton Blvd., Maplewood

While donuts are traditionally a breakfast food and not a dessert, this isn’t a traditional donut shop. Open at late hours, the tiny store sells flavors like blueberry cheesecake and red velvet alongside donut mainstays. The place truly gets its name with its “strangers,” weekly rotating donuts that have included flavors like mac ‘n’ cheese and crab rangoon. Try Strange Donuts for an unconventional dessert.

5. Jilly’s Cupcakes - 8509 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis Jilly’s is located just down the street from the Delmar Loop, and it is well worth a visit. The interior is painted in bright colors, giving it a light and vibrant look. Even more eye-catching than their color palette, Jilly’s massive cupcakes come in many flavors, from Reese’s to strawberry shortcake. It is clear to see why they have won the Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars” not once, but twice.

6. Grandma’s Cookies - 401 South Main St., St. Charles

7. Sugarfire Pie - 9200 Olive Blvd., Olivette

8. Fritz’s - 506 Jungermann Rd., St. Peters

Ted Drewes has become a St. Louis classic since it opened over 80 years ago. Now, they sell their frozen custard in a variety of flavors and appeal to many people’s sense of nostalgia. It is one of the most wellknown dessert shops in St. Louis, a fact made evident by the long lines waiting to order custard and even the Ted Drewes custard machines at the airport.

Hanging on the wall of Grandma’s Cookies is a world map with pushpins marking the hometowns of the shop’s many visitors. After tasting one of their cookies, it is evident why so many people from all over the world stop here while in St. Charles. The cookies are simple yet delicious, and they come in a variety of flavors. Grandma’s Cookies is located on Main Street, making it easily accessible for shoppers.




Walking into Sugarfire Pie, you might think that you have just entered an episode of the “Twilight Zone.” Maybe it’s the TV on the wall playing the show on a loop, but the shop’s 50s aesthetic helps. While they sell an assortment of pies, they also have other items like cookies and bread pudding. Their simple menu coupled with the retro atmosphere gives it a unique, homey feel.

Fritz’s is a popular summer spot for frozen custard in St. Charles, and there are often long lines at night. They offer a long list of flavors in everything from concretes to sundaes. Customers order from windows outside and there is no indoor seating, which is perfect during summer nights. Try Fritz’s for a delicious St. Charles classic, and you’ll understand why it is such a popular spot.

Force hopeful about coming seasons, despite losses The FHSD rugby team is confident ahead of the coming seasons BY EMILY BIEHLE

The FHSD Rugby team “Force” finished their season on Thursday, April 21 against with a loss. Despite a losing record of 3-6-1, the team feels that they improved this season. “Seeing the boys grow and their knowledge grow was the best part of this season,” coach Trevor Locke said. “Also seeing all of the players become friends in two months.” Force rugby team played a total of 10 games. Losing games only motivated the team to be better. Howell player Christian Chappa scored the most points during the season, scoring five tries (25 points), which is how points are scored when players ground balls into the opposition’s in-goal area. Each try is worth five points and conversions are worth two. Their highest scoring game of the season was against Marquette, but Marquette took the win 45-35. Also among the season’s highlights, was the 68th Annual St. Louis Gateway Ruggerfest on April 2-3. Ruggerfest gives the players and their teams the opportunity to open their eyes to the strengths and weaknesses of their approach to the game. “This season went better than last year,” FHN senior Chris Aiello said. “There was a lot more teamwork.” Force rugby had some struggles along the way. When coming in new it can be a struggle having to get to know the rules and game play. Goals for next season include growing the team and improving skills with the help of coaches and alumni. “My goal for next season is to try and hit harder and get more wins,” freshman Zackary Anderson said. Junior Colton Maurer and senior Gage Gruenenfelder tackle an opposing player on CBCs rugby team. Francis Howell Force lost to the CBC Cadets 7-0. “It was a good game. We could’ve started off better than we did but we ended strong so we seen some good stuff and some bad stuff at the same time,” Colton Maurer said. (Photo By Kyra Peper)

Preparing for the End of the Season As the season begins to wrap up girls’ soccer gets ready for districts BY ETHAN SLAUGHTER

Districts for girls’ soccer starts May 13 and teams across the state are divided into sections to compete, trying to be the best team in their area. “I love the sport,” coach Mark Olwig said. “I think it’s a great and a very team-oriented sport.” In districts, the team has to win the game in order to continue to the next round of games. If they lose one game, they’re out of districts. The team goes to districts then continues on to sectionals if they win all those games. After sectionals the team has the opportunity to go and compete at state and try to become champions. “We’re encouraged by the players, the team, and we like to think that if we play as a team we can be successful,” Olwig said.




Players must be physically prepare to play about three games a week. The team practices everyday after school in order to prepare for the season. There’s a total of 17 girls on the team but only 11 players on the field at a time. Their last game before districts is in May 12 at FHC. The team competed against schools like FHC, FHHS and FZW. “Watching them grow, mature and enhance their skills is the best part of coaching,” Olwig said. Olwig has been coaching girls’ soccer for 25 years. He has coached six years at North and 19 at St. Charles West. Olwig believes that the team had a pretty slow start this season but have been working hard to make progress. “Getting the most out of the individual players fit into a team concept,” Olwig said. “I think people just need to understand and realize what their role on the team is.”

Freshman Sam Cary runs in left mid field after the ball and hopes to take it away from the opposing team. On April 8, the Francis Howell North Lady Knights faced the Fort Zummwalt South Bulldogs. The final score was 4-1. (Photo by Lucas Tabaka)

Enjoying the Time Left in the Season The boys’ tennis team is working hard and trying to improve everyday, but they are also enjoying their time together while it lasts because next year only one-third of the team will still be there. This year, most of the team members are seniors, so they are trying to find new people to be on the team for next year. “[This season] is a lot more fun because we are all seniors,” senior Alex Raster said. “It is a big group of friends performing at a high skill level.” This season, the team has been working hard towards GACs, which were at FHN on April 27 and April 28. This year, the team is trying to make up for the loss of the seniors last year,

Sophomore Dev Patel strikes the tennis ball at a match against Timberland. The Knights won 8-1. (Photo by Kyra Peper)

so they are really relying on this year’s seniors “The best part of this season as a team has been just going to tennis everyday and having fun while improving,” senior Rajit Sikka said. (Brief by McKayla Bogda)

Finishing the Season Strong

Sophie Eimer picks up the ball during the JV girls lacrosse game against Francis Howell Central on March 29 at North. The Knights lost 6-1. “I think our team has improved tons compared to the first day of tryouts,” sophomore Lauren Massman said. (Photo by Alex Rowe)

Finishing Their First Season Together Girls’ lacrosse reflect on their first season that they have had together BY BERNADETTE KORNBERGER

The JV girls’ lacrosse team is finishing up their first year together and strong. This is the first time that FHSD has had a lacrosse team. The district decided to introduce lacrosse into the sports they offer to get more girls involved in sports. No girls were cut from the team and they had 30 players between freshman and JV. “I joined lacrosse because it was something out of the ordinary, and I figured it would be a great chance to start a new sport since most people would be new to it also,” freshman Autumn Schrader said. The season has been pretty great. I can see is growing as a team and individually which is really interesting”. The JV team has played in six league games and one tournament, the Rockwood Summit tournament. As of press time, the team’s record was 1-5. After May 2, five league games remain, as well as the district tournament. Despite a losing record, the girls feel that they have seen a lot of improvement in each other throughout the season. “We’re working together to get better even though it’s everyone’s first year,” senior Libby Lassanske said.

Boys’ varsity volleyball has been working on preparing for the rest of the season in order to finish as strongly as they started. The season has been going fantastic so far, according to coach Ryan Von Feldt, but the team is still working on improving. “We’re working on being a little more aggressive offensively,” Von Feldt said. “We’re trying to limit our errors: serving errors, hitting errors, passing errors. We’re just trying to play more of a perfect game.” The team has two games left: May 4 against Pattonville and May 5 against FHC, their rival team. In previous games against FHC, FHN has won. However, Von Feldt is confident in the rest of the season, and hopes that it will go the

same way the first part did. Junior Nate Schuler hits the ball over the net in hopes of scoring for FHN. The Knights won 25-4. (Photo by Samantha Alexander)

“We’ve already played everybody already, so there shouldn’t be many surprises in our schedule,” Von Feldt said. “We’re just working on consistently making ourselves better offensively, working on our fundamentals, and keeping the guys motivated to play.” (Brief by Aly Doty)

Preparing for the Playoffs As of press time, the varsity baseball team holds a record of 14-7, and they are looking to go far in the playoffs, as they feel that they can make a deep run with this year’s team, especially with the form that they’re currently in. So far this season, the team has not only had a positive record, but they’ve also won the Troy tournament at the beginning of the season. This shows that the team is ready for the playoffs and are prepared to try to make a deep run this season. The team will be facing off in their final game of the regular season today at 4, as they go to face off against FZW. “We’re ready.” junior Austin Bowen said.

Sophomore Matt Dunham bats against Troy at North on April 5, hoping to help his team score a run. The Knights lost by two runs with a final score of 4-6. (Photo by Alyssa Savage)

“We’ve been preparing all season for this.” (Brief by Anthony Kristensen)




Torrion Robinson poses with a baton that is used for track relay handoffs. The baton is handed to the next runner. It must stay in the hand it is handed off too until it is passed to the next runner. Robinson has been running track for two years. “I run track because I enjoy being in shape, running with my friends, and competing with some of the best people in state.” (Photo by Riley McCrackin)

Sprinter Recovers to Rejoin the Team Junior Torrion Robinson likes to run track and field because he enjoys competing with his 4x100 relay team BY KARIS SKAGGS

Four people running 100 meters on the track creates a fast-paced race which happens to be varsity sprinter Torrion Robinson’s favorite to race in. Robinson, junior Jimmy Gianopulos, junior Sam Vinnik, and senior Antwon Garner are the four people that usually run this race. Recently, however, a pulled quad muscle from soccer has been holding Robinson back, and he was not able to run for two weeks. He is excited now to be back with the team and preparing for the rest of the year. “My favorite [race] would definitely be the 4x100,” Robinson said. “It’s my favorite because my best friend Jimmy is on there and I love running as a team; It just makes me smile when we win.” Torrion is someone who loves to goof around, but he is serious about running and he’s a hard worker, as Gianopulos described him. Head coach and PE teacher Jenelle Louis described Robinson as a great team player and someone who is constantly working to improve himself. “He is definitely a leader, he wants the whole team to get better and he shows that through his dedication and his performance,” Louis said. “He never slacks. He never makes excuses. He goes out and he [runs well] and the best thing about that

is that he expects the rest of the team to do it. When it comes to meets, Torrion is on his own, he knows what he wants to do and he gets it done.” Louis is a coach that loves to watch athletes perform; her favorite part about being a coach is watching the excitement of an athlete after getting a personal record in a race. She said that Robinson has the potential to go to state, he deserves that and she’d love to see him get there. “This year I think I could definitely make it to sectionals, hopefully state, but we’ll see,” Robinson said. “It’ll be interesting.” Robinson’s favorite part about track meets is running races and seeing his team race well. One thing that can be hard for racers that run relays can be handing off the baton in the race. Handing off the baton is a big part of any relay, but especially the 4x100 since they go a short distance before handing it off again. A big part of their training this season, along with running short sprints and doing core strengthening, is working on handing off the baton. “All the boys do is perfect those handoffs,” Louis said. “We may not be the fastest four by one but because of our handoffs we continue to win. I think the guys like the four by one because of the excitement. I’ll be honest, Torrion is better in the 400, but because of those handoffs and the excitement of it, it always tends to be the boys’ favorite relay by far.”





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What do you think FHN’s best quality is? FHN employees answer what they think is FHN’s best quality and are transformed into Miis through the app Miitomo

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“Awesome students because there are almost 2,000 of them, they set the tone of the building.”

Miitomo is a free app created by Nintendo that is available on smart phones. The app came out in March and according to SurveyMonkey, it has 4 million users. Approximately 1 million people use it daily. In the app, a person can make a Mii of themselves by changing the Mii’s face, hair, eyes, mouth, height, clothes and a few other things. After the Mii is created, people can connect to their social media and send friend requests to people they know who have a Mii. The Mii and other people’s Miis will ask questions that people can answer to earn money and their friends can see, like or comment on their answers. If a person has

a lot of clothes, their style level can go up, and the more a person answers questions and comments on other people’s questions, the more their social level goes up. When a person’s style and social levels go up, they can win prizes. There are game cards that are prizes that can be used to win clothing or candy. A person can use candy to see what other people answered on questions. Miis visit other Miis’ houses and will ask questions. The questions do not have to be answered, and a person can come back to them later. “[My favorite part is] getting asked weird questions,” sophomore Emma Eckhard said. “I use it to get to know people better.”

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“Our community service we do, it’s one of the qualities of NHS and we qualified it at North as our priority.”

Playing in a College Band Ashley Raster’s tells about her experience with the opportunity to play in a band outside of school BY ETHAN SLAUGHTER

Sophomore Ashley Raster plays her clarinet. The SCC band practices for two hours and 30 minutes every Monday night. The band has a variety of players, ranging from teenagers to senior citizens. (Photo by Kyra Peper)




Since October, sophomore Ashley Raster has been playing her clarinet in St. Charles Community College’s community band. Raster practices with the band every Monday night in order to get ready for the concert. Raster joined because they needed more clarinets and she wanted to help them out. “My sister plays flute and I looked up to her and I wanted to play something like the flute,” Raster said. “So I decided to play the clarinet because I thought it was kinda close to the flute. Even though it’s really not that close.” Raster has been playing the clarinet since sixth grade, but she first found out about the band towards the end of the marching band season in late September from woodwind tech David Aubuchon, who asked her if she wanted to join. Her last concert was May 2 and they played 10 different pieces. The band played movie hits

such as “Over the Rainbow,” “Star Trek,” “Star Wars” and “The Matrix.” The band also played some classical pieces. According to Raster, the hardest part about being in the band is trying to get everyone to match sounds and tuning since there are a lot of people taught a variety of different ways and everyone is at different skill levels. “I think it’s good experience for her and it’s no wonder that she’s so much better than us because she gets to play with better and more advanced people,” sophomore Theresa Winkle said. “She also gets to meet people who play different styles of music and [have] been playing longer and can really help her with becoming better.” She also joined because she liked the band and it gave her the opportunity to play more and be exposed to different pieces. “My favorite part is that I can talk to my friends and we get to play harder music and being exposed to new music,” Raster said. “At first I was overwhelmed because the parts are a lot harder but now I’m kinda like ‘this is easy.’”

Under the Hood of a Miata Seth Gauerke is a junior at FHN and he is the owner of a 1999 Mazda Miata. Gauerke is currently enrolled in the Lewis and Clark Tech program. To get into the program, you have to have a plan to go into the career of the class that you are taking, you have to take a test and have your attendance evaluated to see if you can qualify for it. He goes to school for the first three periods for his core classes. Then, he goes to Lewis and Clark for the rest of the day to strive for his

plan to become a master technician for a foreign car company. Gauerke is cleaning the throttle body of his car and making sure that he has enough oil in his engine. “Since my childhood, my dad and I have loved cars,” Gauerke said. “I love cars so much because I feel like my car represents my personality and just the way the car culture is around here it’s like a big family and everyone seems to be happy to help out if you need it.” (Photo story by Riley McCrackin)

Gauerke has a Mazda Miata, so he uses the ratchet and 14 millimeter socket for his car. “The socket size varies for different cars and you need to make sure that you have the right size that fits it so you can loosen the bolt for the throttle body,” Gauerke said. After loosening and taking off the air hose that is attached to the throttle body, Gauerke uses throttle body cleaner and a tooth brush to clean its plate. “Surprisingly, there really is no special name for the cleaner,” Gauerke said. “You can get it pretty much anywhere, so that is helpful.”

Gauerke checks to see if the throttle body is fully cleaned. If it is, there shouldn’t be any brown spots or dirt in the pipe. “If you use the right cleaner and clean the throttle right, this should be the final look. A clean, silver gray color,” Gauerke said.

After pulling his Miata into the garage and getting his supplies together, Gauerke opens the hood of his car to prepare to clean the throttle body.




Putting the end tank hose back on the throttle after cleaning it, he uses the same socket to tighten that he used to loosen the bolt. He makes sure that he tightens the pipe but not too tight because he does not want to bend the clamp.

The oil in Gauerke’s Miata isn’t too low but, just in case, he adds a couple of more ounces. The oil is used to clean the seals and cool the engine.

Gauerke checks his oil with the dip tip to make sure he has enough oil. If he forgets to check his oil and it runs too low, the engine will lock up and he will most likely have to spend a lot of money to replace or repair the engine.





Fast-track to College Junior Clark Berry will be graduating early at the end of this school year BY CAROLYNN GONZALEZ • @carolynng0

In the summer of 1990, the first location of Bahama Buck’s was a stand in Texas that only sold snow cones. The new and improved location on Mid Rivers Mall Drive is now a shop where you can go inside and not only order snow cones, but you can order smoothies and more. (Photo by Lucas Tabaka)

Bahama Buck’s Busts In

A famous shaved ice franchise has opened and has become a student favorite

BY DAVID BODDEN • @davbodd

On March 16, the second location of a shaved ice franchise new to Missouri opened, namely being Bahama Buck’s. The first location was opened in June 2015 in Salt Lake, and the new location is on Mid Rivers Mall Drive. “I heard about it through my theater friends,” junior Dan Borrelli said. “The new store opened right down the street from our rehearsals so it became our thing to always go to Bahama Buck’s.” Bahama Buck’s is famous for their shaved ice. They offer a wide variety of summery drinks and fruit. There are more than 50 flavors to choose from, and that’s only the shaved ice. There are many smoothies, and also different Follow the link lattes and coffee. “My favorite part is to see more of Bahama Buck’s honestly that you can go and when you get there you feel like you spend hours there because they just make it such a friendly environment with the board games and cards they keep, and also the charging stations,” sophomore Savannah Wandzel said. “It’s a really good place to hang out because they don’t make you feel pressured to leave as soon as you get what you ordered.” At Bahama Buck’s, they pride themselves on their


Flavor combos: Bahama Buck’s offers 1,061,106 choices of Sno.

Worst selling flavor of all time: peanut butter.

customer service. When a customer walks in, they can see immediately the wide array of colorful and tasty flavors in large bottles on a wall behind the counter. Board games like Connect Four are available for any group of friends looking for something to do as they hang out and eat or drink their shaved ice or smoothies. “I was just like walking down the street and they had paper applications just on the door before they had even finished making the Bahama Buck’s, so I just grabbed one,” Britney Leonard, FZS student and worker at Bahama Buck’s, said. “At my second interview, they told me that this isn’t a McDonald’s or any fast food place, like it’s not just gonna be like that way. It’s a different kind of interaction with people... Our motto is bless our guest, so we make sure the customer is always right, and we have a lot of fun.” According to Leonard, there are a few jobs that each worker takes turns in completing the task, so no one has one specific job, but multiple jobs. The runners pull the flavors and get all of the cups lined up. The shaver shaves the ice, and there is a filler, who goes back and fills empty flavors with Bahama Buck’s sugar water. “I went and when I got there I thought it was really nice, and to someone who is thinking about trying I would tell them to definitely go for it because it is absolutely worth it, it’s really, really good,” Wandzel said. It took over three years to develop the colorchanging “Cool Spoon.”

Bahama Buck’s had its first “Sno” wedding proposal take place in 1992.

High school is typically seen as four years followed by the receiving of a diploma, but some students may view the standard four years of high school as a mere guideline. Graduating early may prove to be a valid opportunity for students, and junior—technically senior—Clark Berry has taken advantage of this opportunity. “One day me and my friends were talking about calculus in physics and my teacher overheard us and asked what I would do for math next year since I’m already in the highest level math,” Berry said. “He mentioned graduating early to me and I started considering it then.” According to counselor Jennifer Schwarz, the same requirements for graduation must be met for early graduation. Berry lacked an English credit, which he made up for by taking two half credit courses: Creative Writing and an Online English course. “Some kids graduate early because they feel stalled by staying in high school,” Schwarz said. “Those that decide they want to complete all four years may participate in dualenrollment at the community college instead.” Berry will attend graduation with the class of 2016, and afterwards he will be attending St. Louis College of Pharmacy. There he will not only study pharmacy, but also play for their tennis team. “People see going there as a disadvantage since it’s a seven year program and pharmacy programs are typically six years, but I don’t really mind, especially since I’ll still end up graduating with my peers,” Berry said. “I’m excited to experience the freedom.” Though he will be missing his senior year, Berry doesn’t mind. One thing he will miss, though, is another year on the tennis team even though he will continue to play. “I’ll probably miss how he is always cracking jokes and making people laugh,” junior Jake Oppenborn said.





A YEAR IN REVIEW A reflection of some of the significant events that happened in the 2015-16 school year that made it memorable

CHARTS AUGUST Drag Me Down One Direction Back To Back Drake

SEPTEMBER What Do You Mean? Justin Bieber Can’t Feel My Face The Weeknd

OCTOBER Hotline Bling Drake The Hills The Weeknd

AUGUST Republicans host the first debate of the 2016 presidential election. A state of emergency is issued in Ferguson, MO. Kanye West announces that he will be running for president in 2020.




15 Snapchat releases “selfie lenses.”


Pope Francis visits the U.S. for the

18 first time.

I wouldn’t vote for Kanye because he can’t control his money habits, even with 54 million,” junior Kyle Dearing said.

The iPhone 6s is released, selling

20 around 13 million in launch weekend.


McDonald’s starts serving breakfast products all day. Apple releases iOS 9.1, which included over 150 new Emoji’s. Snapchat releases reverse and speed video options.


Some of Snapchat’s selfie lenses.






NOVEMBER Hello Adele

Sorry Justin Bieber

DECEMBER Hello Adele Love Yourself Justin Bieber

JANUARY Love Yourself Justin Bieber Hello Adele

FEBRUARY My House Flo Rida Stressed Out Twenty One Pilots

MARCH 7 Years Lukas Graham

Women in Saudi Arabia vote and are elected to office for the first time. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is released in theaters. During Miss Universe, Steve Harvey crowns the wrong contestant.


Batman v Superman: Dawn of

25 Justice is released.


I wish I could have gone to Coachella because it looks like something cool to go to,” freshman Savanna Chilese said.


Zayn Malik’s first solo album “Mind

25 of Mine” is released.


The annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival begins.


Miitomo, a social networking mobile

17 app made by Nintendo, is released.

I was excited for [Fuller House] because I liked Full House and I wanted to see how the characters turned out,” sophomore Jamie Sneed said.


The best part of the HSM reunion was when they said they made people’s childhood amazing, cause that’s what it did to me,” freshman Jared Strickland said.



The St. Louis Cardinals kick off the season playing the Milwaukee Brewers.


Louis Tomlinson and Briana

21 Jungwirth’s baby, Freddie, is born.



Source: iTunes Charts

High School Musical’s ten year



The St. Louis Rams file for relocation to California.

20 reunion premieres on Disney Channel.


After 15 seasons, American Idol airs its last episode.

One Dance Drake



Leonardo DiCaprio wins his first Oscar in the category Best Actor.

Twitter’s newer like/heart button.



At first I felt bad for Steve Harvey, but then I felt bad for him because that was probably really embarrassing,” junior Elliott Palmer said.

Kendall & Kylie, a spin off of the game Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, is released. Fuller House, a sequel to Full House, is released on Netflix.

Twitter changes favorite/star button into a like/heart button. Fallout 4 is released, selling around 1.2 million copies on its first day. Twitter’s old favorite/star button.


NO Meghan Trainor

Pop Style Drake



Some of the new Emoji’s that were included in iOS 9.1.

Kansas City Royals beat the New York Mets in the 111th annual World Series.

I thought Batman v Superman was draggy and the ending was okay,” freshman Arianna Chaves said. “I don’t really know what I was expecting.”

Sources: AppAnnie, EmojiPedia, dean bertoncelj /


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Reviewing Past Decisions The Board of Education has gone through a lot lately and they are finding a way to come and work together BY SAMMIE HERR

Throughout the past year or so, FHSD has gone through some tough times. The Board of Education dealt with and made a lot of decisions regarding how the district would function. Although there were some accomplishments, the board is looking for a way to work through these problems. “I definitely think we don’t have a spending problem,” board treasurer Chad Lange said. “I’ve been on the board for about a year and there hasn’t been a whole lot of spending, maybe because we don’t have the funds but everything is well for us. We follow our budgets and are more attentive to seeing our district and how the way it runs. We’re here to educate kids and that’s our main focus. With increasing changes in technology, stuff is more expensive now, and with less money we have to go further.” The Board voted in January 2016 at a meeting not to move forward with a tax levy in April 2016. The discussion on this topic mainly aimed on the need for more communication and the timing of the issue given the defeat of Proposition Y. The district believes supplementary proceeds are needed to preserve class sizes, programs and staffing. However, at a school board meeting in April, the board decided unanimously not to put a new tax levy in as a discussion item for any board meetings through the end of the school year. This means the issue of a new tax levy will not be discussed for a long time. “Are we going to have some hard times coming up? Absolutely,” director Sandra Ferguson said. “We still have a deficit. We’re getting ready to begin working on the budget and there will be some more cuts. What those cuts look like and what those cuts are, I don’t know.” In the month of August 2015 voters from the FHSD community rejected Proposition Y. With 66 percent of voters voting it down, it did not pass. The Board of Education believed that Proposition Y would have helped close the funding gap and provide resources to maintain and improve programs and services. “I think the public’s misconception is why Prop Y failed so miserably,” vice president Renee Cope said. “We did a survey of the community and that survey told us that the community would support a new tax levy. We started thinking about how fast we could get information out and there was a group who ran a campaign against [Proposition Y]. They thought that it was the wrong timing and the wrong amount and that they didn’t understand our school finances very well. The information they put out was not completely accurate.”

School Board President Mark Lafata prepares to start the meeting on April 21 by doing a roll call with all of the directors responding with “Aye,” During this meeting, the board discussed many topics, including budgets and drop out recoveries. (Photo by Jared Kinnard)

Swapping Coke for Pepsi With the next school year coming up, a new contract was made for the vending machines in the FHSD BY SAMMIE HERR

In February, a request for proposal was posted to the district website for an up-to-date five year contract for vended and concession beverages starting in July of this year. Proposals were sent in by Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and AVendCO. The district will only be selling Pepsi products next year. “We don’t expect any major impact,” finances director Kevin Supple said. “Our snack vendor is the same vendor as the beverages. All that’s really happening is that [the beverages are] being changed from Coke to Pepsi.” Before the school year of 2011-2012, a decision was made by the school board members to separate the elements of beverage service agreements. Separated into three different contracts, the aim for the school board was to allow activities directors and booster clubs more input on the school’s concessions. The previous five year contract was given to Coca-Cola. The current concession




beverage contract has been given to PepsiCo. “We get the money from the vending machines and we use that money to benefit the schools,” food services director Mike Sloan said. “Then we give it to the schools so they can split it up and do different things. I believe they split it up by enrollment in the schools.” The proposals that were submitted for the new contract were reflected on and were deemed capable of meeting the General Conditions and Specifications. All three of the companies met the nutrition requirements of the district’s policy and the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act. The proposal submitted by PepsiCo gives the district more of a financial aid and it meets terms with federal, state and district wellness policies. “We chose the one who gave us the most funds,” director Sandra Ferguson said. “They have extra things they give each school so that’s how we chose which contract which ended up being PepsiCo.”

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A new contract for the district’s vending machines was made for next year.


THE YEAR’S TRENDS Take a look at the most popular music, movies and events of this school year.


BAHAMA BUCK’S The new shaved ice business recently opened on Mid Rivers Mall Dr.


MIITOMO See different employees of FHN transformed into Miis with the new app, Miitomo.



Under Their Own Direction

Drama students put on a short play for elementary school students BY NOAH SLAUGHTER

Actor’s Studio II students directed by Intensified Theatre students will perform their quarterly short play, “Toy School,” during school today for Henderson Elementary kids. “They get a much bigger experience,” drama teacher Kim Sulzner said. “It’s much closer to what a real production would be like.” In past years, Intensified Theatre students performed the play after school. However, the class was cut this year because few people registered for it. The six Intensified Theatre students combined with Actor’s Studio II for the semester class; Actor’s Studio performed, while Intensified Theatre did the behindthe-scenes work, from directing to stage managing. “It’s been a good opportunity for me to work as a technical director for a show,” Intensified Theatre student Zac Cary said. “I’m looking into going into technical theater for a career, so this gave me a lot more freedoms and abilities to make decisions that I would not be able to make in our typical main stage productions.”

Kim Sulzner’s second hour class rehearses their short play, “Toy School.” The play is directed and produced by students. The students will perform their plays for Henderson elementary school students on May 4. (Photo by Kristen Pike)

Intensified Theatre students picked the play, “Toy School,” which follows a group of misfit toys who must learn to be proper toys before finding homes. “It’s scary because they’re never ready, and then we say the magic happens before the curtain opens,” Sulzner said. “Suddenly everyone remembers their lines and they know all their cues and some magic theater fairy dust happens or something. They turn out really awesome and I love watching that.”

TRACK AND FIELD Junior Torrion Robinson shares his experience with recovering from his injury.


TRY THESE SWEETS The St. Louis Area has a wide array of dessert options, including these top eight.


DARK SOULS THREE A role-playing game releases its latest installment.

on the cover As summer approaches, students search for fun spots to hang out and good places to eat.

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Finals Schedule

All you need to know for this year’s finals week Calculating your grade

Tuesday, May 17

Last full day 1st hour final: 7:20-8:50 2nd hour final: 8:55-10:25 Lunch: 10:30-12:45 7th hour final: 12:50-2:20

Wednesday, May 18

Half day Homeroom: 7:20-8:15 3rd hour final: 8:20-9:50 4th hour final: 9:55-11:25

Thursday, May 19

Half day, last day of school Homeroom: 7:20-8:15 5th hour final: 8:20-9:50 6th hour final: 9:55-11:25

Step 1: Add your third and fourth quarter grades together Step 2: Multiply the sum of your third and fourth quarter grades by two Step 3: Subtract your total from the number corresponding with your desired letter grade to receive the grade need on your final

A: 450 - Total B: 400 - Total C: 350 - Total D: 300 - Total

In order to exempt a final you must have... 1. Earned a proficient or advanced score on an EOC or scored at least a 27 on the ACT 2. An A for the semester in the course whose final you want to exempt 3. 95% attendence for the semester 4. No in- or out-of-school suspensions for the current school year 5. Paid all school fines

KOE Picnic Nears With the picnic just days away, preparations are in full swing BY CAROLYNN GONZALEZ • @carolynng0 As the end of the school year approaches, the KOE Picnic draws near and is being held May 6 during sixth and seventh hour. The members of KOE have been preparing for the picnic for nearly the whole year by ordering inflatables and planning what food will be served. It is their Follow the link biggest event to see moments from last year’s KOE Picnic of the year next to fundraising events and Teacher Appreciation Week. “It’s so fun to just see the kids do nothing but have fun for a couple hours,” club sponsor Lindsey Scheller said. The picnic remains similar to last year’s festivities, with inflatables like obstacle courses and bounce houses as well as food for eligible students.


Junior KOE members Jessica Jones and Drew Lanig help students get into an inflatable ball, in which they raced down the field in. The picnic is a yearly reward with food and games, for students with good grades, being student of the week or having good attendance. (File Photo)

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Members of KOE have the job of deciding the layout of the inflatables on the field, which they will help set up on the day of the picnic. “My favorite part of the picnic is being able to leave class to help set up instead of just going for a couple hours,” sophomore Caty Arnold said. Members of KOE must earn a certain amount of hours by attending meetings, raising money for charities, and helping during KOE events such as Powderpuff in order to be able to leave class to help set up the picnic. The members eligible to skip class spend the whole day setting up before the picnic begins. “I hope that there’s more stuff for people to do so that there’s not as many lines and that more people will be able to come,” Arnold said.

(Briefs by Kylah Woods)

Here’s a quick overview of some of the major events that will be going on in the final weeks of school

Andrew Stoker and his choir perform at the Dinner Concert on Feb 12. The choir is spending time preparing themsleves for the next concert that they will be performing this spring.

May 10

May 11

May 16

The upcoming band concert will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on May 10. Symphonic and concert band will be performing. Symphonic band includes mainly sophomores and up. Concert band includes mainly freshmen. Performances from symphonic band include “Patapan,” “Wind Racers,” “Abide with Me,” “Missing Man” and “Shortcut Home.”

Seniors and their families will be attending the awards night to be awarded for what they accomplished in the past four years. Students can be nominated for different things from excelling at a varsity sport or earning a scholarship. Students need to arrive in the gym by 6 p.m. and the event begins at 6:30 p.m.

From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., the commons will be filled with choir students and their families that will be attending the annual choir banquet. The event will include food for the attendees and then students will be recognized with standard awards and special awards that choir officers of Knightsound create.

May 16 With the year nearing its end, students will have to clean out their lockers. Students will be released early from their sixth hour classes to clean out papers, throw away trash and take out remaining textbooks and supplies from their lockers. Nothing should be left in the lockers after that day.




N S Francis Howell North St. Charles, MO 05.04.16 Vol. 30, Issue 09

SUMMER IS COMING Look at many of the different places to go and things to do this summer

North Star: Senior Edition, Connected 'Til the End  
North Star: Senior Edition, Connected 'Til the End