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The male beauty pageant and talent show comes to FHN.


Seniors are taking many steps to get ready in the last weeks of fourth quarter.




Anita Hockett, a retired nurse, volunteers at Volunteers In Medicine health clinic.

K-POP PASSION Korean pop music has a unique influence on Sydney Wise.



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NEW COACH With Coach Gregory gone, FHN has hired former football player Brett Bevill.



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Class Officer Elections Students attend meetings to be elected as new class leaders at FHN BY EMILY HARDIN • @em_gracie_

Class officer elections are on their way to FHN once again with familiar faces coming around for another year as a class officer. However, they will still have to go through the procedure needed to become a class officer once again. “Typically what we do is we would have a meeting before school and after school,” sophomore class sponsor Diane Fingers said. “Anybody who is interested in any position, they have to come to me. We give them all of the information that they need, they need their signatures. I need to get 50 signatures from students in their class, and they can’t be duplicated, they have to be unique.” There will also be present elected students running again for a position to be elected again. One of these people will be the sophomore class president, Caitlind Walker. “I love being in leadership positions and making a difference in our school community, even if it is a small one,” Walker said. “Those are the real advantages of my position.” Walker mentions that making a difference at FHN

2016-2017 Seniors 2017-2018 Juniors 2018-2019 Sophomores 2019-2020 Freshmen has an impact on her running again for a class officer position her junior year. She also says that since she’s involved in leadership positions, she has some advantages. These advantages include junior and senior prom preparation. However, she admits that it is over all a big responsibility. “I am really excited for planning prom next year,” Walker said. “Being in charge of such a huge event is a really big responsibility, but I know it will be a lot of fun and very rewarding.”

Anime Club’s Plans for the Rest of the Year Anime club, as of March 31, has new officers to run the club during the next school year. The new president, Jenny Rice, is a freshman and will plan, as well as organize, the club’s events. The students decide what animes are watched at the meetings. Storyline is discussed, and some students get excited because they’ve seen the particular anime before. Before the year ends, there will be a “Dance Dance Revolution” or gaming party for their end of year party. “I get to be around people I can relate to,” Rice said. “I mean, a lot of people look down on the shy ones or the total geeks who talk about something that nobody else knows about. But here [in Anime Club], we can all be around each other and accept each other for who we are and our interests.” The club hasn’t been experiencing many issues with the extra blocking of the wifi. The sites they usually use, including YouTube, haven’t been blocked. Their sponsor, math teacher Greg Brown, has a DVD/VCR player. Students can bring in DVDs, or some can be found in the Learning Commons. “We thought it was going to be an issue, but I guess they had to be more selective and plan out better what they want to watch just to make sure that it can be accessed,” Brown said. (Brief by Michal Basford)

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Making it to State Band students performed, and now participants get to attend the state competition at Mizzou BY SAMMIE HERR On April 30, the FHN band will be at state at Mizzou. FHN band students performed on Saturday, March 5, at FZE, and now they’ve figured out who gets to go to state. “I’m pretty excited,” junior Sean Rhomberg said. “It’s something I’ve gone to before, but it’s always exciting.” The students figured out if they were going to state on the same day they performed. If they scored a one when they performed, they made it. They were rated from one to five on their performances, one being the best score. The students either got there through a solo or ensemble performed, and some even made it with both. They looked online to figure out if they

advanced. “I’m not too nervous because I think if we prepare adequately then we’re going to do well, so I’m not worried about that,” senior Hannah Weber, who’s participated all four years of high school, said. “I’m excited for it. It’s always a fun trip.” The day will consist of the students hanging out at Mizzou and listening to people perform. Then the students get rated. Since the competition is on the same day as prom, anyone attending will get to perform earlier in the morning so they can get back and go to prom. “I’m both nervous and excited because state is a big thing,” freshman Sydney Wise said. “Not too many people make it in, really, so my ensemble and I have to be sure we really work hard.”

Freshman Jordan Milevchek, Tyler Lane and Logan Holloway play the saxophone in their band class. Instrument sections include woodwind, brass, strings, and percussion. (Photo by Ashton Stegman)

Upcoming Events Here’s a quick overview of some of the major events that will be going on in the weeks to come

HOSA Heads to National Competition

After competing at districts on March 28-29 at Missouri S&T, HOSA heads to nationals. This is HOSA’s second year of existence at FHN. This is, however, their first year competing at districts and nationals. The national competition will be held in Nashville, TN on June 22-25. “Because [last year] was our first year as a club, we wanted to get our feet wet as a club and figure out what we were about,” sponsor Matthew Riffee said. “We didn’t have enough time to prepare for competition, but we focused more on that this year.” There are 10 students heading to nationals, where they will compete in the events they qualified for, all of which pertain to healthcare. Some events require a multiple choice knowledge test to be taken, while others give competitors a scenario they must respond to. “Nationals will definitely be bigger and better,” freshman Samantha Cary, who qualified for nationals in Sports Medicine, said. “We had the largest event with 33 people at districts, so I can’t imagine what nationals will be like.” (Brief by Carolyn Gonzalez)

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The All-Knighter Committee will be having a used-book sale on Saturday, April 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Commons. There will also be a bake sale going on at the same time. In addition, former Cardinal baseball player Ken Reitz will be in attendance to sign autographs from 12 p.m. till 2 p.m.

Drama Club is hosting the “Saturday Knight Live” comedy show based off of Saturday Night Live on NBC. The show will be filled with different performances, It will be held in FHN’s auditorium at 7 p.m. To audition, students must talk to Kim Sulzner and all rehearsal planning is done on the students own time.

The Regional Science Fair Steering Committee is hosting the Regional Science Fair at FHN. Students can drop off their projects in the Commons from 7 a.m. until 9 a.m. Public viewing is from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. Judging will be held from 9 a.m. until 1. They will place awards 1st through 3rd place.

TASC is hosting the Pre-Prom Assembly. It will have guest speaker Sarah Panzau talking about her experience and time in the hospital after a traumatizing car accident. TASC’s hopes are to spread Sarah’s message and to empower teens to make better decisions.




tommy watts Mr. GSA

ethan samson Mr. Track

chris bounds Mr. Choir

Hitting the Stage Annual male beauty pageant and talent show, Mr. FHN, is coming up soon BY CLAIRE BOENITZ

Mr. Spoilt

Dancing. Cheesy pick up lines. Guys in suits and sportswear. Mr. FHN, sponsored by StuCo, comes to the FHN auditorium on April 15 at 6 p.m. Mr. FHN is, above all, a charity event, where each of the participating students work to raise money for their selected charities. All grade levels are welcome to participate in Mr. FHN, but typically upperclassmen make up the majority of contenders. “I like the idea of raising money for the charities that you believe in,” junior Nic Savala said. “It’s just a fun thing to do outside of school.” The judges for Mr. FHN are selected from faculty members and sit up front during the show. They write the questions for the competitors to answer on stage and keep ballots for each of the sections, which include question and answer, formal wear, athletic/ club wear and talent exhibition. After each portion, they score the guys based on their performances and pass them to a StuCo member, who keeps a running tally. “There are all kinds of talents in Mr. FHN,” StuCo sponsor Jani Wilkens said. “Sometimes we have musicians or stand up comedians. One year we had a ribbon dancer, which was great. We also had a guy drinking syrup as his talent, which was bizarre. We tend to discourage food-related talents because they’re honestly usually pretty gross, but that doesn’t

mean they don’t happen.” The amount of money each contestant raises is also factored into the final score. According to Wilkens, last year competitors were encouraged to donate to the American Cancer Society if they could not decide so all of the money could be lumped into one big donation and be more impactful. Other charities have included Operation Smile, Challenger Baseball and the Lymphoma Society. Last year, Mr. FHN raised a total of $2,976 for the various charities, with winner Greg Portilla contributing $420. Donations are also collected from the audience during the show. “A lot of guys donate to charities they really care about because a friend or family member is a survivor or has gone through something,” StuCo sponsor Shelly Parks said. “It’s always really cool to see the guys raise money toward a cause they’re invested in.” Preparation for Mr. FHN begins nearly six weeks in advance. At practices, the students work on the dance to open the show and determine/practice their chosen talents. They start off meeting once a week, but as the show draws closer, practices are more frequent. “Honestly, my favorite thing is not the show itself, though the show is great,” Parks said. “I love all of the prep work because of how nice and funny all of the guys are. They help each other learn to dance, which is always hilarious, and they’re so encouraging and entertaining. It’s so fun, and I feel like they’re always just the nicest guys.”

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jacob dehesa Mr. Sharp

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Mr. One-Eight

Mr. North Star

garret griffin Mr. Boii

Emily Chowning looks up and smiles at her family while receiving her diploma holder from a member of the board of education. Chowning’s family made and brought a banner to congratulate her. After the diplomas were presented, the senior members of the choir ensemble sang Five for Fighting’s “100 Years”. The actual diplomas were given out after the ceremony while the gowns were being returned. (File Photo)

The Beginning of the End bennett smallwood Mr. Clueless

As fourth quarter gets under way, senior delegates start preparing for graduation speech auditions, senior week and graduation practice BY EMILY WILSON

nic savala Mr. DECA

jake viehman Mr. America

With less than two months of school left, seniors are bracing for they day they’ve been counting down to since the beginning of high school: graduation. Over the past few weeks, senior delegates have been planning several events for the senior class to prepare for graduation and enjoy their last few weeks at FHN. “Compared to prom last year, it’s definitely not as big of a task,” Senior Class Vice President Madi Oostendorp said. “I am excited for the concept of it. We’ll do what we have to do.” The senior delegates’ first upcoming task is auditions for student speakers and musical performances. Every year, students can audition to either speak, sing or play music at graduation. Anyone can audition, and typically one speech and one performance, either singing or instrumental music, are selected. Auditions will be held on April 19 after school, and performances should be no longer than three minutes. Lorraine Smith, the senior class sponsor, believes that the auditions will allow students to add their perspective to the graduation ceremony. “We’ll have one or two of [the delegates] help select student speeches and performances, because we think that student voice for graduation is important,” Smith said. “We want stuff that the students are going to like; it’s their ceremony.” Once auditions are over, delegates prepare for Senior Week, which will start on May 2. Senior week is spirit week designed specifically for seniors, and has included days such as “senior citizen day” or “one year from now” in the past. Senior breakfast, graduation practice and the senior panoramic photo are scheduled for May 3. Seniors will be treated to

a breakfast in the commons before running through the ceremony in the gym, where they will learn the procedure for entering, receiving their diplomas and creating the traditional horseshoe that students will line up in for throwing their graduation caps in the air. Afterwards, all of the seniors will get to be in a panoramic class photo taken in the gym before leaving school early and going home. “Graduation practice will be the biggest thing for us,” Oostendorp said. “On our graduation day, we don’t do too much, the teachers really lead that since we’re graduating too. For graduation practice, a lot of it is up to us and getting the students organized will be a big part of it.” Graduations for the three FHSD high schools are planned for June 4. FHN has the first graduation ceremony of the day at 10 a.m. at the Family Arena, but seniors need to be at their assigned areas by 8:45 a.m. Similar to last year, speeches will be given by Principal Andy Downs, the Graduation Marshal who seniors voted on during homeroom in March, student representatives, and members of the Board of Education. The biggest change will be that this year, students have the opportunity to take a photo in front of a green screen before receiving their diploma. Students will also have a photo taken of them shaking Downs’ hand after they walk off of the stage, and they can decide what pictures they want to order later. “Graduation is such a formal event, and it’s a lot of tradition,” Assistant Principal Erin Steep said. “We have families who had students graduate years ago and it’s important to them that the traditions like the horseshoe at the end [continue]. That’s where they throw their hats up, because a horseshoe is good luck. That’s unique to North. We don’t change anything.”





Meet who is Going to state and Nationals Priscilla Joel

“I’m really excited to go to state because it’s my last opportunity to participate in speech and debate and I love the people, the competition and the life lessons it has taught me over these past few years. I’m really going to miss this club and being able to compete.”

Zoe Lawson

“I am really excited to go to nationals this year. It’s a really cool opportunity and I’m looking forward to being able to spend a whole week surrounded by people who are just as excited as I am about speech and debate. I think it’s going to take a lot of practice, but hopefully we all end up doing really well.”

Audrey Baker “I think it is really cool that Bryce and I made it to nationals because it is our first year doing it. I think we’ll learn a lot and it’ll be a great experience. I’m looking forward to seeing some really good pieces and learning from them. I’m so excited and I think it will be really great.”

Bryce Fletcher

“I’m very proud to be going to nationals because Audrey and I worked very hard on our piece, and our hard work paid off. I’m most excited to see others’ pieces and see how they interpret literature. I think the atmosphere will be the best part because everyone is there for the same reason.”

Riley Lawson

“I’m really excited about being able to go to nationals, but I’m also really stressed out. [I’m looking forward to] meeting the people because they seem interesting, there will be people there from all over the nation. I’m most excited about being able to compete on a national level.”




Members of the Eastern Missouri Speech and Debate team stand in front of the Missouri State bear statue at last year’s state competition. The FHN Readers’ Theater team took fourth place, graduate A.J. Porter took sixth place in radio speaking and senior Zoe Lawson took fourth place in domestic extemporaneous speaking. (Submitted Photo)

Successful End to the Season The speech and debate team reflects on their season overall after team members qualified for nationals and state BY MCKAYLA BOGDA • @mbogda5

This year, the FHN Speech and Debate team has had some successes and some disappointments, but in the end they have four students, three being novices, going to nationals and one student going to state. “We had a great season, with four students going to nationals this year, which is more than last year,” head coach Joelle Sanders said. This year there were some novices who excelled, so the team hopes they can build on that next year. The team ended on a high note by having more students make it to nationals this year than last year when only one advanced. Additionally, last year, three students and the Readers Theater team made it to state. “We didn’t do as well as last year,” Pryor said. “But it is different people, we just didn’t do as well as a team.” Riley qualified for nationals in performance oral interpretation, senior Zoe Lawson made it in domestic extemporaneous speaking, and juniors Bryce Fletcher and Audrey Baker made it in duo interpretation. Senior Priscilla Joel made it to state in storytelling. State will be April 22-23 at Missouri State University and nationals will be June 11-18 in Salt Lake City.

“[The best part of this year was] having Priscilla make state for her second year in a row,” Sanders said. State and nationals are two separate events that are not related to each other. State is put on by MSHSAA. To qualify for state the students compete at a district competition, where generally the top two in each category make it to state. Nationals is coordinated by the National Speech and Debate Association, which offers opportunities for students to compete with other students across the nation. To qualify for nationals, students go to one competition and the top two-to-four in each category make it to nationals. “I’m very excited for the opportunity to compete at the national level because I have heard that the people there are very devoted to speech and debate,” Riley said. Speech and debate is a student-run club with Speech and Debate teacher Joelle Sanders and Randy Pierce, assistant coach and retired speech teacher from Pattonville, as their sponsors. The season starts in September and districts are in March. The team generally goes to two competitions a month, and they are usually two day events. The team practices Monday, Tuesday and Thursday every week during the season. “I’m looking forward to building off of this year and doing even better next year,” Pryor said.

Audrey Forth and Kristen Avants push the blow up ball back to the start for the next pair. The goal of the game is to knock as many pins down by running in the ball. (Photo by Amanda Eckhard)

Senior Jacob Drum climbs over the a wall that is a part of the obstacle course. Some other activities that were offered were a life size bowling game and hanging out with friends on the field. (Photo by Amanda Eckhard)

KOE Picnic Preparations

Picnic planning is underway for the celebration on May 6 BY ETHAN SLAUGHTER

Since January, KOE has been getting ready for their annual picnic. This year, the picnic will be held during sixth and seventh hour on Friday, May 6. In order to get ready for the event, KOE sponsors Kristen Johnson and Lindsey Scheller have been spending months ordering food and inflatables and planning for the day. “Without Mrs. Holmes this year, Mrs. Scheller and I have a little more on our plate, but it’s been pretty easy to tackle with all the help from our officers, and it’s been so helpful that they have stepped up,” Johnson said. Students can get into the picnic many different ways including getting on honor roll, Follow the link being a mentor, to view photos from being student of last year’s picnic. the week, getting perfect attendance or being nominated for Knights of the Round Table. Starting in January, Johnson has been going through different lists that include every student in the school and highlighting ones that meet one or more of the many different qualifications for the picnic. After figuring out who can go, Johnson has to send out the picnic invitations to sixth hour teachers. This year, KOE is trying to get in contact with principal Andy Downs to get the invitation list posted somewhere in the commons so students can see if they’re eligible to attend the picnic and not have to rely on


Graduate Adam Waddell jumps over the spinning inflatable during last year’s KOE picnic. During the picnic the generator gave out and left the machine unusable. (Photo by Amanda Eckhard)

their sixth hour teacher. “I like that KOE gets to help out other people in the school and it’s fun,” sophomore Michaela Erfling said. ”The picnic at the end of the year is going to be fun to be a part of and help set up.” On the day of the picnic, students in KOE get to vote on next year’s officers in the morning and then get out and help set up for the picnic. The time they get to go out is dependent on how many hours they have earned throughout the course of the year. They can earn hours by doing different things during the year like adopt-a-family, an event KOE does to help raise money for needy families in March. KOE members get to help put out soda, wrap food and pop popcorn so that they are all ready for the students to come out during sixth hour. The picnic will have four different inflatables this year, and they will also be serving popcorn, soda and ice cream to students while they’re at the picnic. When KOE isn’t getting ready for the picnic, they’re recognizing students, parents and staff for a variety of different accomplishments. Any student can join KOE if they go to the first few meetings of the school year in August. “It’s a great organization if you’re wanting to look for something to do but it’s also just a great organization because we get so many different ways to recognize people,” Johnson said. “I feel like it’s one of the best jobs around here.”




The candidates for school board, Cynthia Bice, Kimberlyann Granger, Mike Hoehn and Michelle Walker sit on stage at Francis Howell Central for meet the candidates night. This night gave parents the opportunity to see how the candidates would act on the school board before the election. The election was on April 5. (Photo by Erika Paar)

New Members Elected The two spots that opened on the FHSD school board have been filled by Michelle Walker and Mike Hoehn With the large number of issues that many feel are facing the FHSD community, teachers are especially interested in making sure they have the ability to get what is necessary for the students of FHSD. On Tuesday, April 5, FHSD held a school board election for the expiring terms of “[I think that the most important issue for teachers is going to be] making sure board members Amy McEvoy and Cynthia Bice. Michelle Walker, that we have the resources to meet the various needs of our Kimberlyann Granger, former board member Mike Hoehn students,” Susan Niederberger, Political Action Director for the Results of the Election and incumbent Cynthia Bice were on the ballot. The election Teachers’ Association, said. “Our district is dealing with some resulted in two new school board members, Michelle Walker budget issues and the state is also cutting funding. Every school and Mike Hoehn, being elected. district in our area is going after a tax increase. FHSD wants to 29.5% Hoehn was elected to the board previously in 2008 before maintain student achievement- keeping up to date with the latest 23.7% being replaced in 2014 by current member Rene Cope. He ran technology and textbooks- and we’re going to have to figure again in the last election and now has the opportunity to serve out how to do that with the same local funding and less state on the board once more. Walker, who has been unofficially funding.” involved in district politics for a little over a year, is looking The new school board members were sworn in at the board forward to being more directly involved in the district decision meeting on Thursday, April 7. 24.8% making process. Leading up to the election, in order to ensure that the 21.7% “My plan is to continue attending the board meetings, same community knew where each of the candidates stood, there was as I’ve been doing for over a year now, and to really just a meet the candidates night held at FHC on Wednesday, March continue building bridges and get rid of the partisan politics 30, six days before the election. At the event, students moderated Key on the board,” Walker said. a debate between the four candidates, and answered questions Michelle Walker FHN teachers are excited to see what sort of changes will be posed by the community members in attendance. Mike Hoehn coming from the school board with the two new additions. “I think these kind of events are important so our community Kimberlyann Granger “I am looking forward to a commitment to working together members can see what each of the candidates’ beliefs are before in order to face our financial challenges and to continue being they vote,” attendee Jill Emelander said. “I know my vote was Cynthia Bice a fantastic district,” German teacher Anne McPartland said. swayed by what they said up there.”

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Interpreter Tom Skinner signs the instructions for a lab that students are doing in Erica Gittemeier’s first hour classroom on April 4. Skinner interprets for two different students, Marcus Carpenter and Alexa Wilson, in their classes each day. Skinner is also the sponsor for FHN’s sign language club in addition to being an interpreter for his students throughout the day. (Photo by Lauren Price)

Signing For Students Interpreter Tom Skinner helps convey spoken information to deaf and hard of hearing students at FHN BY JAKE PRICE

A student walks in the classroom and sits down in his desk. He looks up and notices a man standing in the far right or left side of the classroom. He is moving his hands in strange ways. This man is interpreter Tom Skinner, and he was translating in sign language. Sign language is a language created for deaf or hard of hearing people, and is communicated by using one’s hands to perform different movements that stand for words, rather than saying them. “I love being an interpreter,” Skinner said. “I like being able to facilitate communication between hearing and deaf people.” Follow the link Skinner is an interpreter who doesn’t speak in an ordinary jb7358f to see Mr. language. He has the ability to speak fluently in sign language. Skinner’s interpreting. He works at the Francis Howell School District and Sorenson, a video relay service allowing deaf individuals to conduct phone calls through video chats with sign language interpreters. His job is to make sure that deaf people and students understand what hearing people are saying. “One of the best things about being an interpreter is meeting new people,” said Skinner. When Skinner was young he used to watch the TV program called The Miracle Worker. He watched people signing and gained an interest. He really got interested in sign language when he was in college; he befriended a deaf student who tutored him in sign language and eventually Skinner took classes. “At first I just sat alone reading ASL dictionaries, but when I started talking to other deaf people, that’s how I really learned to sign properly,” said Skinner. Skinner currently works at FHN. He interprets mainly for two students. One is freshman Marcus Carpenter, who is accompanied by Skinner for most of the day. He learned sign language in eighth grade.





“[Skinner] is very funny, he gets the teacher’s attention, and he helps me with my work,” said Carpenter. Another one of Skinner’s students is senior Alexa Wilson. She has Skinner for third hour class only. Skinner has been Wilson’s interpreter for two to three years. Wilson is fluent in sign language since she learned it when she was 3-years-old. Wilson said that Skinner is one of her favorite interpreters she’s ever had. “He helps me with my school work, and he socializes with me since I can’t really talk to other students,” said Wilson. According to Skinner, sign language can be tough. Memorizing the different signs is a difficult aspect, with over 2,000 different signs to learn. Skinner said remembering them is hard, but not impossible. Many interpreters forget signs all the time. “It can be tough at times, but usually memorization is not the problem,” said Skinner. “Competing with surrounding information is the issue.” Sign language is a very unique language since people who can speak in sign language, like Skinner, and other interpreters or deaf people, don’t use their voice. Learning sign language allows people to talk to others who don’t understand what people are saying. “[Sign language] is its own visual language, and it doesn’t equate with the English language,” said Skinner. Skinner really wants more people to be interested in sign language. In fact, he sponsors the sign language club at FHN. People don’t have to be deaf to learn sign language, or they don’t have to want to become an interpreter. Sign language is like any other language; one just had to want to learn it. “Take classes, study, and socialize with other deaf people if you want to become an interpreter,” said Skinner. “It’s fun and enjoyable.”





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Boots & Cats

Freshman Randy Miesner shares his passion for beatboxing and hopes it will one day lead to a career BY KALEIGH LEVINS • @littlelevins

Put your hand over your mouth and whisper ‘boots and cats’. For some people that’s all there is to beatboxing. However, for freshman Randy Miesner, beatboxing could possibly take him to the music industry. “When I beatbox, it’s not like a rush of emotions,” Miesner said. “It’s more of a sensation.” During the summer of 2012, student Cole Wilkinson introduced the now shared passion of beatboxing. Miesner and Wilkinson were playing Xbox together when Wilkinson thought he would share his talent with Miesner. He almost instantly fell in love and decided to pursue it himself. “Me and my friend Cole thought it would be cool,” Miesner said. “He previously did it a little and I thought it had an addicting sound.” Miesner’s love for beatboxing has only increased over the past few years. He practices when he gets a chance, which is usually when he is bored. Between juggling his school work, hanging out with friends and going to the gym, Miesner works to practice whenever he can. “I love listening to him beatbox, he has improved he just doesn’t always do it at the right time,” Wilkinson said. “Sometimes it’s in class when the teacher is talking and other times it’s when we’re walking down the hallways”. Although Miesner is shy about beatboxing he continues to show people his passion. He has posted a few videos of him on his Instagram account, doing a few different styles. Miesner’s friends have said nothing but good comments underneath the videos. “I always tell him to start making beats because he knows a little bit about music,” Wilkinson said. “He can make a lot of cool sounds at a fast rate, and I think he would be good at it.” At home, his mother tells him to strive for greatness and put himself out there. Last year, he went to summer camp and stood in front of everyone and beatboxed. Although he turned red and was a bit nervous, the other kids still applauded him. “I’m

Freshman Randy Miesner poses with his hands over his mouth in a beatboxing position. Beatboxing is the art of mimicking instruments, usually drum beats, using one’s mouth, lips, tongue, and voice. Miesner has been beatboxing for four years. (Photo by Riley McCrackin)

always pushing him to put himself out there and to try not to be shy, all I want is for him to succeed,” mother Debbie Miesner said. Miesner would love to pursue beatboxing in the music industry someday. The support he has gained from his friends and family have influenced his decision in pursuing beatboxing. “I believe someday he will overcome being shy and make it to the music industry,” Debbie said. “He’s got music in his blood. It takes talent and a smart guy to figure it out.”

Knights of Kokomo BY MAYA KING

Lots of high school students know what it’s like to have an after school job, mostly to earn some extra cash or to save for college. To a majority of high school students, these minimum paying jobs aren’t enjoyable. But for FHN student employees at Kokomo Joe’s Family Fun Center, the idea of a high school job is different. Follow the link Kokomo Joe’s opened about zx3t6fm to see Kokomo three years ago after owners Joe Joe’s in action and Angel Johnson spent a year in England. During their stay, they saw play areas where people could sit down to eat while they watched children play and were inspired to start their own business. When Kokomo Joe’s opened, FHN graduate Kristina Forst was one of the first employees hired. The ages of the employees range from about 16 to 21. As of now there are 17 Kokomo Joe’s employees that currently attend FHN.


Junior Megan Hamelback helps a customer put money onto their swipe card to use anywhere in the buiding. Customers can use these cards for food and games. (Photo by Amanda Eckhard)

“Our employees attending the same high school has a dramatic effect on our work place. It helps because each school has a personality of their own,” Joe said. The relationship between the FHN students is outstanding according to Joe. He is very pleased with how his employees work with each other. Angel and Joe are also impressed with their involvement in parties and events. “Employee parties have a great turn out,” Johnson said. “I would say 90 percent of our employees show up.” Junior Emma Meyers enjoys the work parties as well as the job itself. She is pleased that she doesn’t dread going to work and how well the staff works together. They also share information with one another to help with the staff communication “We have a Kokomo Joe’s Facebook page where employees can post information and help us communicate with one another,” Meyers said.




A nurse answers a phone call at the clinic. The nurses have been recently working to update their new system that tracks their inventory of medicine and supplies. They are in charge of keeping track of the people they provide medicine to and how much they have at all times. (Photo by Alex Rowe)

One of the nurses writes down information about the medicine they are prescribing to a patient. The clinic provides medicine to patients who do not have proper health care. (Photo by Alex Rowe)

Helping Hands

Retired nurse Anita Hockett works as a volunteer nurse at the Volunteers In Medicine health clinic for those in need BY MORGAN BRIDGES

The medications are sorted and put on different shelves based on their different uses.The clinic has offices beyond the waiting room where nurses and secretaries file patient info, stock medicine, take phone calls and other jobs that help keep the clinic running smoothly. (Photo by Alex Rowe)




The nurses are already hard at work as nurse Anita Hockett hurries through the back door at the health clinic to escape the snowy outdoors. She makes her way to her desk and begins reading over her list of the day’s work. “Nurses don’t have just one proud or one tough moment; they’re all mixed,” Hockett said. “It’s just harder when you lose someone you care about and that can be patients as well as people.” The Volunteers In Medicine health clinic helps patients with low income and adults who have no health insurance by providing free, primary medical care. They dedicate at least 9,605 hours of service at the clinic. The people that work there are all registered nurses, but they are all retired and now do volunteer work at the clinic. Though they are retired, they are still dedicated to working hard and helping others as best they can. “I had been retired for a few years and I knew all of these ladies and when I was working at the hospital, I helped start to project of the committee to get the concept of the clinic going,” said nurse Carol Oberaitis. “Anita started taking over, along with a few others, so it was like a pet-project of mine a long time ago.” Those who come to the clinic are typically homeless and make little money. If it wasn’t for the clinic, those people would be paying for health insurance or for medical bills from hospitals. Some may not have been treated at all if they hadn’t gone to the clinic. The nurses take great care of

their patients and in many instances, have become very close with them, especially when it comes to what they can do to help. “I used to give a lot of penicillin injections when I worked at the hospital, along with setting the beds up and giving people baths,” said Hockett. “Now I’ve come a long way from there.” To get the clinic started, they asked some people for donations. After those donations, they now have a “Giving Tree.” The leaves on the tree include the names of those that donated over $1,000. The donated money pays for medical supplies, medications, rent for the building and office supplies. Along with the leaves, the names of those who run the clinic are on two rock paintings beneath the tree. “When I started volunteering here, it was overwhelming,” nurse Joyce Walsh said. “There’s such a sense of responsibility and I knew there were others to lead us along the way when we needed help.” Many find the work of the work of the clinic important. According to a poll conducted by Gallup, in 2015, 11.4 percent of Missourians had no health insurance. Clinics like Volunteers in Medicine help to insure those without insurance have access to the health care they need. The health clinic is now running smoothly. The patients love the clinic and the nurses; they all appreciate what the nurses do for them. “We’re like detectives,” Oberaitis said. “Our job is to find out what the problem is and find the missing pieces to our puzzle. When the puzzle is complete, we’ve solved the case and we know how to help the patient.”

Brook Magilligan poses with her brother Mitch Stenger. 23-year-old Stenger passed away due to a heroin overdose, that was originally thought to be due to pain-killers. They later found out it was heroin and that Stenger continued to abuse the substance. Stenger is one of the 2,300 people in the Saint Louis County area that has passed away due to heroin overdose in the past seven years. (Submitted Photo)

Using and Losing

Nurse Brooke Magilligan discusses the impact of heroin on her life and her efforts to stop this growing addiction BY KATIE TURNBEAUGH

Addiction: a state characterized by compulsive engagement in rewarding stimuli, despite the consequences. FHN’s school nurse, Brooke Magilligan, had no idea how bad her 23-year-old brother’s heroin addiction was until he overdosed and passed away two years ago. “Mitch was born with clubbed feet and had always had hip and back problems,” Magilligan said. “He was a patient at Shriner’s hospital and was prescribed to pain killers at a very young age.” Magilligan described her brother Mitch as a “risk taker”. In 2013, Mitch was at a party and was offered a pill that appeared to be a pain killer. Little did he know, the pill that he took was actually heroin, the drug that would change his life forever. “When we found out we were mad, disappointed and upset, but my parents wanted to be there for him,” Magilligan said. Although heroin pills were Mitch’s drug of choice, his mother is diabetic, so needles were easy to access. Mitch was taken to countless rehab centers and was taking a monthly dose of Vivitrol, an injection that blocks the brain’s ability to get high or drunk. “An addict isn’t going to try to quit or get help unless they want to,” Magilligan said. “The drug changed everything about my little brother.” On Dec. 4, 2014, Mitch lost his life to a heroin overdose. He graduated from Francis Howell Central in 2009 and passed away on the day of his college graduation.

“I was in shock when I heard the news,” Magilligan said. “It was so weird because at the time, the drug was unheard of. Mitch was so young, it feels like he never even got to really live.” Because Magilligan lost her brother and only sibling to the drug, she is and says she always will be an advocate of stopping heroin abuse and raising awareness about the dangers of heroin. She is a sponsor of a club at FHN called TASC, or Teens Advocating Smart Choices. The club teaches teens to make smart decisions. TASC recently raised $100 to donate to Walking for Wellness, an organization that raises heroin awareness in St. Charles County. “I joined TASC because I wanted to be a part of a group that makes myself and others feel secure about themselves,” junior Lindsay McDonnell said. “Heroin and drugs in general are such a big problem with younger generations. More people need to be educated.” The abuse of and addiction to heroin is a growing problem. The consequences of this abuse are devastating and are on the rise. Magilligan is just one of many who has lost someone to heroin. Senior Madeline Anderson lost her 19-year-old cousin, Andrew, to a heroin overdose. “When I found out, I was devastated because it was all so surreal,” Anderson said. “It was a huge eye opener to a real world problem.” According to Narconon, a rehabilitation program, signs and symptoms to look for in a user include constricted pupils, flushed skin, difficulty staying awake, nausea, a loss of appetite, slurred speech and social withdrawal. Magilligan said it is also important that families of users keep a close eye on bank accounts because a user will do anything to get their hands on the drug. “You lose so much when you use,” Anderson said.




K-Pop Passion

Wise holds a sweatshirt with the logo of a K-Pop group on it. Exo is a South Korean boy group based out of Seoul. (Photos by Madi Graves)

Freshman Sydney Wise has a unique interest in Korean pop music, K-Pop


Sydney Wise is an average freshman at FHN. She goes about her day, listening to music to help her focus on her work and studies. However, this music differs from most. It all started in Spring 2014 at the end of her seventh grade school year at Barnwell Middle School. Wise discovered Korean pop music, also known as “K-Pop”, while she was at home, surfing the web out of boredom. Little did she know that a simple interest in “Overdose,” by EXO, would blossom into a passion. “It almost sounds like American pop music, but in Korean, obviously,” Wise said. “There are some different styles. It sounded catchy to me.” The moment she heard Xiumin’s, a member of EXO’s, voice, Wise found herself falling head over heels for this foreign genre. She listens to EXO and BTS the most. The sound makes her want to get up and dance. However, according to her, watching the members of Korean boy bands bust out moves during recording sessions for music videos will suffice for her. “[My first and favorite band is] EXO,” Wise said. “They have great singing voices and their music is lovely.” The K-Pop fan base has grown a lot in the past few years. With new K-Pop bands rising to the media surface and more people discovering them every day,





it’s definitely not a surprise to the current fans. “The fan base isn’t too crazy and there really isn’t very much drama,” Wise said. “I like it because when I talked to the other fans, they were nice and didn’t have a problem with me joining the fan base.” When Wise first started indulging, she knew almost no one who listened to the same genre. At the time, K-Pop wasn’t the popular music culture it is today. In fact, nobody had really known what it was. However, it didn’t take long to find others with the same interest. “I knew she had a passion for it,” freshman Trinity Farr, a friend of Wise, said. “I find it funny when she obsesses over it.” By the time Wise had found her new obsession, she had been listening to the Korean pop music for a full month. Having no desire to listen to anything else, she knew she would love it for a long time. “In all honesty, I think [my obsession] is worse,” freshman Halie Willbrand said. “I hope for her sake she never gets as bad as me.” It is now 2016, a full two years later. Wise is still in love with K-Pop just as much as she was when she first discovered it in 2014. It continues to have a positive effect on her as well as the whole K-Pop community at FHN. “K-Pop is kind of like its own little culture,” Wise said. “It makes me inspired to be a part of it for a long time.”

Madelynn Wood and two friends pose next to the soccer field during a game at the West Ham Soccer Satium in London. “My favorite part was being able to travel to a new country doing the sport I love and meeting new people,” Madelynn said. “I met lots of new friends all over the United States and some from Australia. (Submitted Photo)

One Sport, One Experience

Freshman Madelynn Wood took her love of soccer all the way to London for a camp to meet some of the professionals in the sport BY KYLEIGH KIRKPATRICK

It’s August 2014 and freshman Madelynn Wood is waiting to hear if she has received the opportunity to go on the biggest trip of her life to do the thing she loves the most. Madelynn was being offered the opportunity to go to a soccer camp in London. After attending a week long camp here in St. Louis, she was evaluated along with the rest of the camp attendees. They were all given a score at the end of the week and the top people got to go to Rome, Georgia for the second round of evaluations. Madelynn was one of those people. She was evaluated for four days in Georgia and was given a score at the end. Everyone was told they would be contacted if their score was one of the highest and they were getting to go to London. “They give you an evaluation sheet and you’re Follow the link rated one to three; to hear about Madelynn’s three is needs soccer trip to London work and one is good,” Madelynn said. Madelynn’s parents were the first to receive the news- she was offered a place in the program. “I screamed, I was just so excited,” Madelynn said. “I knew I had to tell everyone and that it was a once in a lifetime opportunity.” To prepare for the trip, Madelynn had to do more training and keep in shape. She went on runs around her neighborhood and practiced in her front yard. Madelynn also had soccer practice at FHN every day after school, to help her keep up on her technique. She had to save some money as well. “I told Maddy before the trip to enjoy the experience, take in every moment of what they were saying and push yourself to go far,” Madelynn’s mother, Jill Wood, said. In March 2015, Madelynn and her parents took off on the 10-hour flight to London. When they first got there, Madelynn talked and had dinner with the rest of the girls that were there. There were 21 girls including Madelynn from all over the United States and Australia that were a part of the program. They hung out and played the game Spoons that night before the week of practices started. “I was super excited when I first got


Sophomore Madelynn Wood stands with LA Galaxy player Sebastian Lletget. Lletget gave Wood good pointers and taught her about the mental mindset to have in soccer. (Submitted Photo)

there,” Madelynn said. “I couldn’t imagine I was there, it was so beautiful. I was really nervous because I had never been out of the country and I was also wondering, since I was there for soccer, if I was good enough but I was still really excited because it was so beautiful.” Over the six day period, there was a pretty routine schedule. Everyday the girls ate breakfast, trained, ate lunch and then trained some more. They trained and practiced at the West Ham United Training Center. Their trainer was Paul Heffer. The last couple of days the team had games. They played against United West London Academy teams and won twice. “I loved watching Madelynn be so successful in games and being with her in this experience,” said Jill. While in London, Madelynn and her parents did some sightseeing. They visited the London Eye Ferris Wheel which is located on the South Bank of the River of Thames. They also visited the London Bridge, United Stadium and Big Bend. “My favorite place to visit was probably the London Eye because we got to go on it. You could see so much of London up there and it was pretty,” said Madelynn. Madelynn plays soccer for FHN as a midfielder. In the spring of 2015, Madelynn started on JV, but swung up to varsity in the middle of the season. Madelynn had Zachary Fettig as her JV coach and Mark Olwig as her varsity coach. According to Fettig, Madelynn does very well during practices and games. “Maddy’s strengths are her speed and decision making, and her weakness is that she doesn’t believe in herself enough,” Fettig said. Madelynn learned many new things while in London. She learned about the different food there and new words and phrases, like calling uniforms kits, shoes boots and the field a pitch. Soccer-wise, Wood learned new things about the field and visual awareness. “I learned how to know where to be when you don’t have the ball. I learned to check my shoulder to see if anyone was coming up behind me when going to receive the pass. I learned excellent shooting form and how you land on your shooting foot. It was very educational,” Madelynn said.




Ghostly Walk On Main Street

Saint Charles Main Street is well-known for the ghost stories that travel around. Read these reports and decide what you believe and don’t believe.

The Newbil home is located at 625 S Main Street.

The Newbill-McElhiney House Information about this sighting is limited. A family once lived here at 625 Main Street. Once the father died, his five children fought over ownership of the house and the father’s son died during this dispute. Many people have claimed to see an impression of a man through the window of the building only when women are present as if inviting them to bed.

The Blanchette House is located in one of the oldest part’s of Main Street. The Blanchette House is adjacent to the Millstream Restaurant which is also acclaimed to be haunted. (Photos by Lauren Price)

Blanchette House This small establishment located on the South part of Main Street is what many people claim to be the oldest building on the Street. When Meriwether Lewis and William Clark came to Saint Charles, they brought along multiple dogs, the most popular one named Seaman. No one knows exactly what happened to these dogs, but that two of the unnamed dogs died here. Many people have claimed to have sighted two “big” dogs with thick black fur and no legs. It is thought that the dogs have no legs because they are walking on the original street, located about 18 inches below the current street. People around this area frequently claim to smell the scent of “wet dog.” People claim to sometimes hear what sounds like dogs playing with each other. Once in a while, people have claimed to have been “bumped” by these dogs.





The old capitol bulding is located at 200 S Main Street.

The First State Capitol This building was the first capitol building in Missouri in 1820. Years later, the building served as a holding cell for those that were incarcerated. Some think slaves could have been held here as well. Many ghosts have been reportedly sighted near dusk. In addition, people claim that objects inside of this building often have been moved into clusters next to the holding cells.

Braddens is located at 515 S Main Street.

The Little Hills Winery is located at 501 S Main Street.


Little Hills Winery

The Mother-in-Law House

Braddens, previously known as Eckert’s Tavern, was owned by a businessman named William Eckert who operated a hotel at this building. In the mid-1900s, a fire in the building killed a nine-year-old girl who didn’t live there. No one knows if she was behind the fire. People have reported being touched on their shoulder or hand by a small hand and no one being there. Some have even report being hugged from behind.

While this building is currently a winery, it was once a saddler’s shop that was owned by a Frenchman and his wife. The stories claim that this man was very jealous of any man near his wife because she was younger and prettier than he was. The man, consumed by jealousy, was convinced that his wife was having an affair, so he beat her to death. Another story claims that a man who lived here later committed suicide for unknown reasons. People claim that extra shadows can be seen around this winery and the ghost of the man who committed suicide still hangs today.

A lonely woman named Christina lived here who was very unhealthy and ignored. Some people believe she was abused and mistreated. Sometimes, customers in this building, which is now a restaurant, claim that their silverware is missing while servers claim to later find silverware in odd places. Other customers claim that something knocked over their glasses. In the room downstairs, lights sometime flickr. Sometimes, strange noises can be heard on the bottom floor of this building.

The Mother-in-Law House is located at 500 S Main Street.

We’ve Been Bamboozled!

The reconstructed Borromeo Church is located at 401 S Main Street.

Miss Aimee B’s Team Room is located at 329 S Main Street.

The restaurant Lewis and Clark’s is located at 217 S Main Street.

Borromeo Church

Miss Aimee B’s Tea Room

Lewis and Clark

This site was where many bodies were buried in the 1800s after they had died of the cholera epidemic. It was considered to be a mass grave where bodies still exist. One of the women was buried in her wedding dress since she was poor, and that dress was the nicest thing she had. Some claim that a woman in a white dress can sometimes be seen around this church’s location.

The building was inhabited by one by the name of Aimee Becker who was an active and well-known member of her community. However, she was widowed and her child died at a very early age. While Aimee was very sociable during the day, she was very lonely and lived by herself most of her life. Peculiar sounds of distant voices and cold spots have been reported. Others claim to have seen “flashes” in the corners of their eyes.

This building was once inhabited by a “quiet” couple who ran a small family business. Not much is known about this couple. Since then, the building has been inhabited by a number of other people and businesses. Workers at this current eating establishment have often claimed to see a couple waiting in line to be seated. They turn their backs and when they turn back around, the man reaches for a door knob where there is no door, and they seem to walk right through the “door” and vanish.






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With the world becoming increasingly globalized, it is more important than ever to learn about other cultures and people. There is no better way to do that than to travel. For a number of students at FHN, they have done exactly this.

Travel for a Reason Many people love vacation, and there are actually quite a few benefits to seeing new places paid vacation. “[Europeans] do a lot more travelling because they have the time to,” McPartland said. “It’s Our planet has 196 countries, has 7,000 more of a priority.” languages and holds 7.4 billion people. For Distance is another factor in travel. Most some, the land and people outside of their other countries are closer to one another, continent, country or even county may seem so it takes less time and money to travel distant and unreachable. However, many others internationally. For example, flights from St. embrace adventure and choose to travel around Louis to London average 10 to 12 hours. Flights the country and around the globe. from Paris to London are only slightly over an “I think travel is a life-changing experience hour. and I think it’s important to provide that “One thing for us is that [other countries opportunity,” German teacher Anne McPartland are] so far away a lot of the time,” McPartland said. “It’s cool now that we have technology said. “In Europe when they travel they’ll go to so you can Skype or Snapchat with people Australia or Egypt or the Canary Islands. That’s from around the world, but I think being there different and seems more exotic to us.” yourself really changes your perspective. You Travelling within the United States has its learn a lot about yourself. You learn how you benefits, too. Everything from the food to the deal with stress and how you deal when you’re entertainment can differ between regions. in a place where everyone Many areas have unique speaks a language you sayings, mannerisms don’t know. You can’t read and dialects along with that in a book or watch it different traditions and in a movie. You really just landscapes. For example, have to live it.” the Dictionary of American Travelling can have Regional English found many benefits because that there are 15 different it exposes travellers to ways throughout the foreign languages and United States to say the other aspects of culture. Kristen Potter and Hellen Yi play with a dog on the French- word “dragonfly.” department trip to France. (Photo Submitted). Visiting other places also “Since not everybody gives one the opportunity throughout the United to try exotic foods, hear different music and States speaks like, behaves like and eats like meet new people. Many of these events people in the Midwest, it’s always a good thing simply cannot be taught in a classroom or be to learn how the other half lives,” Fritz said. “Go experienced authentically at home. out west, go down south, go up north and see “Travelling is different from what you learn what people are like there.” in class,” freshman Sydney Wise said. “In class St. Louis has traditionally been a melting they teach you about the more proper parts of pot of cultures, first as German, Italian and a country, but then when you actually go to the Irish immigrants settled here. Today, most country it’s a different experience.” immigrants to St. Louis come from Southeast According to French teacher Dave Fritz, Asia, Latin America, Haiti and the Caribbean, travelling as a teenager can be more special according to the St. Louis Cultural Office. From than travelling as an adult because many the Art Museum to the Hill, the people of St. teenagers simply don’t have the opportunity to Louis can experience different cultures without leave the country. Also, most teenagers travel even leaving the city. with their families, so they are usually less People can also explore different countries concerned with the cost and the planning that without leaving their homes. There are goes into vacation. Jo Ellen Kerksiek, Director of countless books, movies and websites about Study Abroad at Lindenwood University, adds other nations. While not as beneficial as that most young people have more stamina and travelling, they can still help expose people to time than adults have. different parts of the world. “It’s a lot easier to do it when you’re in “That’s not something I would recommend college,” Kerksiek said. “I think getting that or advise anyone to do,” Fritz said. “Get out exposure to another culture, whether you’re and learn about it first hand, but there are talking about foods, customs or really just the some great novels you can read and there are way different places look, is a lot easier to documentaries.” do when you can take a semester or even a Both McPartland and Fritz agree that one month over the summer. Once you graduate of the most beneficial ways to prepare for from college, you start working full time and international travel is to learn a bit of the other life really tends to get in your way, and it’s country’s language. Learning foreign languages really, really hard to set aside a block of time often increases understanding and appreciation to travel.” for other societies and helps people navigate Even attitudes toward travel are different in the increasingly globalized world. Beyond that, other regions. In the European Union, employers they recommend travelling with an open mind. are required to give their workers at least four “Things don’t always go the way you want paid weeks of vacation, according to USA Today. them to, but experiencing different places is The United States is the only developed country always worth the effort and frustration that that doesn’t require employers to give workers sometimes comes with travel,” Fritz said.




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Senior Pratyush Sontha travels to India with his family BY ZOE LAWSON • @zkl131




Shannon Towery poses in front of a tank with her tour guide in Israel. Towery went on this trip with a large group from her church. Towery hopes to eventually make another trip back to Israel because she enjoyed the culture and the history. (Photo Submitted).


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Despite having to miss school, Shannon Towery took an unforgettable 20 day trip to Israel in January of this year



When junior Shannon Towery’s parents asked her a few months ago if she wanted to travel to Israel, she was beyond ready to go. “You never know when another opportunity might come up, and yeah, it’s scary at first, but it is so cool,” Shannon said. Shannon went on this trip from Jan. 19-Jan. 29 with 18 people, 13 of whom were from her church, the Calvary Chapel of Saint Louis. The purpose of the trip was to have the experience to be in an important place for Christians. “Of course, I am a Christian, and it is kind of like [Christian’s] homeland and it’s where [Jesus] was crucified,” Shannon said. The group got to visit many locations since it is such a small country. “I thought it sounded kind of weird at first because it was in the middle of the school year,” junior Amy Wedewer said. “But, then she explained it to me, so I thought it was pretty cool.” Although Shannon had to miss school, she thought the experience was worthwhile.

“Obviously, the whole point of school is [to get] an education,” Shannon’s Pastor David Fitzgerald said. “This was an education in a number of areas. One, was the basis of her faith, of her religion. Another, it was a great lesson in geography.” Shannon hopes that she will be able to return to Israel for another visit in the future. “There’s just so much culture there,” Shannon said. “Like, we went to this certain mountain-top and you could see basically the whole country. And it’s such a small country compared to all the others and I think that it makes it more special because it makes every place history. Like every crack in the wall is history, and so there’s so much there.” From visiting many historically significant locations such as the Mediterranean and Dead Seas, to taking walks on the beach, Shannon enjoyed every part of the trip. “In the morning, I would get up and take a walk on the Sea of Galilee before breakfast,” Shannon said. “That’s amazing. It’s just incredible.”

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For many, traveling is all about catching up with family members who live far away. Senior Pratyush Sontha is no exception; his family just happens to live halfway around the world. “My parents get homesick and I do a little bit too, so it’s nice to get away from America and get back to our roots,” Pratyush said. Pratyush was born in Kurnool, a city in the state of Andhra Pradesh. His family moved to the United States when he was young and since then, he has traveled back to Kurnool six times. “I think our family enjoys them and it’s nice to see people and hear about everything that has happened while we were away,” Pranna Sontha, Pratyush’s mother, said. When his family returns to India, Pratyush enjoys spending time with his cousins and playing cricket. He says the disparities between cultures and attitudes between India and the U.S. are large but interesting. “Whenever I compare the metropolitan lifestyle people in America go through and have, it’s really crazy,” Pratyush said. “It’s completely different from everything in India. It’s similar, but it’s more relaxed in a way. Life can be completely different around the world.” Pratyush’s friends notice the importance of his many trips back to Kurnool. “Pratyush always seems to have fun,” friend Mensur Koso said. “It’s good to get the cross-cultural exposure. It helps to have broader views and to see how other people understand things the way other people you might not meet understand them.” Overall, Pratyush appreciates being able to travel back to India and feels that the experiences he has had abroad are an invaluable part of shaping his personality. “Being ignorant to everything that exists within the entire world is definitely a bad thing,” Pratyush said. “Being aware, and having been around the world, it definitely influences my decisions and I think about things differently everyday.”


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French students have the opportunity to go on a trip to France next summer BY DAVID BODDEN

The Eiffel Tower stands 984 feet tall in Paris, France. Construction of the tower started Jan. 28, 1887, and was later opened in 1889. (Photo Submitted)


In the summer of 2017, students in French classes will have the opportunity to go to France with their teacher and peers. The goal for the trip is to give students a better understanding of the places they’ve been learning about in school. The trip offers more learning opportunities for students than any teacher could give in a class here, because the students become immersed in the language and culture. “In class, obviously I can use the Smart Board to use authentic resources like websites or music videos or film clips or whatever, but [the trip is beneficial] for students to truly get a good cultural grasp of French culture and using the language,” French teacher David Fritz said. “ All of the cultural stuff that we learn in class, they actually go there and do it in real life.” Since the time to sign up is now, Fritz has handed out copies of three different possible itineraries for the trip from a travel company. All include round-trip flights, hotels, and breakfast and dinner. One may include an Eiffel Tower visit, while another may include a trip to the Louvre or tickets for the Paris Metro. Deciding factors include the price and the places each trip will go to. The students will talk it over with their parents, and there will be a meeting to decide which trip fits

each student’s expectations. “Since I plan on taking all the offered levels of French, I just think the trip would be an amazing learning experience and generally just a lot of fun,” sophomore French student Jessica Qian said. “I look forward to traveling with an awesome group of friends and taking in the French culture. Mainly the food.” Once the itinerary is chosen, Fritz will make preparations like booking flights and meeting with parents. He has gone on trips like this 15 times in his teaching career. This trip will be chaperoned by Fritz and his wife. “I’m going on the trip because I would love to experience French culture and see if what I’m learning now will actually help me in a French speaking country, plus it would be a lot of fun and something completely new to me,” sophomore French student Maddie Oswald said. A trip like this shows students the culture and the lifestyle of a country where a language they have become familiar with is widely spoken. Different foods, words, and places can increase and improve a student’s understanding of other cultures. “If you don’t get out of your comfort zone, you’re never going to learn what the rest of the world is all about, so if I can peak a student’s interest in travel and exploring other cultures, then all the better,” Fritz said.

Top International Travel Destinations

We surveyed 65 students and asked them which world landmark they would like to visit the most. Out of the 11 options listed below, here are the four most popular destinations 1 THE EIFFEL TOWER Paris, France

2 THE PYRAMIDS Giza, Egypt


THE OPTIONS: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11.

Machu Picchu Taj Mahal The Eiffel Tower Hagia Sophia The Great Wall of China Chichen Itza The Sydney Opera House The Colosseum Stonehenge The Pyramids The Acropolis

4 TAJ MAHAL Agra, India






amazing.” Cathy’s second favorite place is Colorado, which is also her youngest daughter Della’s favorite place. The Boenitzes spent their time in Colorado on ski slopes in the Rocky Mountains, which was something the whole family enjoyed. They have been to Colorado several times during winter break. “Whenever we went to Colorado we would do a lot of skiing, which is really fun for me,” Della said. The Boenitzes may not agree on one favorite place to travel to, but what they can agree on is how it has affected them in a positive way. Getting out and traveling has allowed them to experience new environments and learn about the world. “It is kind of humbling to see just how big the world can be and I’ve only seen a small part of all that’s out there,” Della said. Cathy believes that traveling is the perfect way to spend time together as a family. It allows them to see what else is out there and make memories away from all the distractions of everyday life back home. “It’s a time to spend together as a family away from all the daily distractions, so we can concentrate on us and make memories,” Cathy said. • @kyliemoser14



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The Boenitz family has traveled to a variety of places across the U.S. and a few places out of the country. The Boenitzes have been to South Carolina, Hawaii, Washington D.C., Colorado, Pennsylvania, Florida and 12 other states. Freshman Joel Boenitz’s personal favorite place his family has been is Panama City, Florida. The family camped there in an RV for most of fall break in 2014. While in Panama City, they took a pontoon boat around the Gulf of Mexico looking at the islands. “My favorite thing to do in Panama City was to drive around on the boat to visit the many different islands in the Gulf of Mexico,” Joel said. Joel’s mother Cathy Boenitz’s favorite vacation spot is Kauai, Hawaii, which they visited in the fall of 2009. In Hawaii, they went snorkeling, visited little towns, walked around a canyon, and even went to a big luau. This was Cathy’s favorite destination because she felt it was unique compared to other places they have been. “Hawaii is just so different than anywhere I’ve ever been,” Cathy said. “The whole vibe of the place is

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A group of girls takes a final adventure together: a road trip to Virginia to commemorate one of their last times together as a troop

BY BENNETT SMALLWOOD • @bsmallwood20

Eight girls from Girl Scout troop 2116 tagged along with five parents to make the summer of 2014 one to remember. Together they crammed into two cars, with a third car for gear, and made this the bonding experience of their teenage years. Current junior Rachel Cutright was talking with her fellow Girl Scouts when they came to the consensus that they had to do something huge for a bonding experience. “We said all together ‘let’s go to Virginia and stay the night on the beach,’” Cutright said. However, a trip like this needs funding. According to Cutright, they had been planning the trip for a long time and raised money for it over the span of three years. Together they worked together to sell cookies and luminary bags, which are bags with sand and a candle inside, just to make the bonding experience possible for them. According to Cutright, it was worth it in order to make the journey possible. “We wanted to do something fun for our last year of Girl Scouts,” graduate Morgan Hill said. “It was the closest beach and it had a lot of cool things to do down there.” When they finally had the funds, they were ready to make the drive down. But with only two vehicles and 13 people occupying them, it was very packed. Rachel did benefit from the tightly crammed car because the girls were able to bond very well. “It sure made us feel cooped up,” Cutright said. “When we got to Virginia, we were so happy to be out of the Rachel Cutright, 11 car.” During the road trip, the group made several stops along the way. In West Virginia, they stayed at a Girl Scout campsite for the night for a rest. The next day they continued on to Virginia and when they made it, many of the girls wanted to relax on the beach with their fellow Scouts. “My favorite part was staying at the beach and just having a good time,” Hill said. The troop visited many historical sites which was very interesting to a lot of the members of the troops as well as the parents. Karen Basford, a parent volunteer for the troop, recalls the Cape Henry Lighthouse as one of the most historical pieces of the trip because it was one of the first lighthouse’s commissioned in the U.S. “I really loved the lighthouse. It was a very inspiring to touch a piece of our country’s history. A lot of our trip revolved around that history. When we went to Jamestown it was very awe-inspiring to be immersed in that.” One of Cutright’s most enjoyable moments on the trip was the stop they made in Williamsburg. She loved the atmosphere and what many of the residents had to offer. The culture and people there were very interesting to her. “My favorite part of the trip was Williamsburg,” Cutright said. “Everybody is an actor there, and they have people outside doing things. We stopped at a diner only lit by candlelight and people were playing music. It was really cool.” Another destination on the trip was Chimney Rock in North Carolina. This was notable for its many hiking paths and trails for the scouts to explore. Cutright was able to get past many of the obstacles through the encouragement of her fellow scouts in her troop, which showed her how great the bonding experience was for her. The view was one of her most memorable experiences she had on the trip. “I was deathly afraid of climbing the rock,” Cutright said. “ The elevation was 315 feet, but it was a lot of fun. At first I was like ‘Oh gosh, this is really scary,’ but my friends said I had to come. At the top you could see the lake and it was really pretty.” Both Hill and Cutright agree that road trips like this with groups of friends and


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companions are beneficial and a great experience. They both highly recommend it to those who haven’t had a trip with multiple spots, sights and destinations to do so. “When you do a road trip you get to see things you don’t get to see in an airplane,” Basford said. “ You gain memories from conversations and the sites you see. That’s how I grew up. I’m hoping our family could go on a road trip again in the coming year.”






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Spring Sports are Already in Action Upcoming Games G. Soccer April 14 Varsity vs. FZW @ 5:30 p.m.

April 19 Varsity vs. Troy Buch @ 6 p.m.

April 21 Varsity vs. Timberland @ 6 p.m.

April 22 Varsity vs. Marquette @ 6 p.m.

April 26-29 Varsity vs. St. Dominic Tournament

May 3 Varsity vs. FHHS @ 6 p.m.

B. Volleyball April 14 Varsity vs. FZN @ 6 p.m.

Seniors Dan House and Nathan Sermersheim play a doubles match in the varsity home game against Francis Howell Central on march 31. (Photo by Bernadette Kornberger)

Ryan Hale swings his club back after hitting the ball. The boys golf team placed 3rd in last year’s Districts.(File Photo)

Windy Weather in Columbia

Two Down, Three to Go

On April 1 and 2, the boys’ varsity tennis team headed to Columbia, MO to compete against schools from all across Missouri. “[They did] relatively well but there were a lot of tough opponents, because we’re playing the top schools around Missouri,” senior Zohaib Abro said. The weather during the match was cold and windy. While the team did lose, senior Will Stephens believes overall it was a great experience. “It was a really good experience overall for our team,” Stephens said. “We had some really intense matches and some tough losses, but at the end of the day, we were able to fight through the day even though we lost.” (Brief by Garret Griffin)

April 21 Varsity vs. FHHS @ 6 p.m. April 16 Varsity FZS Tournament

April 18 Varsity vs. Seckman @ 6 p.m.

Track and Field Teams Head to Parkway Central


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G. Lacrosse April 16 Freshmen vs. FHC @ 11 a.m.

April 19 Varsity vs. Hazelwood East @ 4:15 p.m.

April 23 Freshmen vs. Kirkwood @ 9 p.m.

April 26 JV vs. PCHS @ 5:30 p.m.

April 30 JV Rockwood Summit Tournament

May 2 Varsity vs. Visitation Academy @ 4 p.m.




Since their first practice on Feb. 29, the boys’ golf team has been practicing every day after school in order to become the best they can be. The team practices every day after school either at the Links At Dardene or Cave Springs Golf Course. The team has a total of five matches this season competing against different schools around the area. The team has played two matches against Troy and FZW at the Links At Dardene. “I’m really looking forward to seeing the guys progress throughout the year,” coach Mark Wright said. “That’s the biggest thing, is that we want to get better from when we started the season in March.” (Brief by Ethan Slaughter)

Kira Ward hands off her baton to Claire Huss during the spirit medly relay. Huss ran the 400 meter leg. (Photo by Abby Temper)

After six meets, track and field season is in full swing. Their next varsity meet will be the Henle Holmes Invitational at Parkway Central on April 14 and 15. Despite the team’s smaller size, Head Coach Jenelle Louis anticipates success. Each meet has its quirks - some have events that are unique. Friday Knight Relays, hosted at FHN on April 1, has a hurdles relay and a 4 by 1600 relay. The Parkway North varsity meet has an octathlon, which includes nearly every event an athlete can compete in, from running events to throwing to jumps. “Our distance and throws teams look very strong and promising,” Louis said. “We’ve had fewer freshmen join this year, and that’s because of lacrosse. People will join if they don’t make other teams, just a couple here and there, and we welcome them.” While there may be a lack of freshmen, there is an abundance of juniors on the distance team. Since seniority does not guarantee varsity spots in track and field, upperclassmen must train hard in order to qualify for varsity. “We’ve been training really hard,” senior Blake Coonrod said. “I feel like there’s benefit to having a bunch of people from the same class, because they’ve been training together for a long time, and they still have another year.” (Brief by Claire Boenitz)

Winners in Silver The varsity boys’ volleyball team played their first pre-season tournament at FZE and placed first in the silver bracket. The team has been together since freshman year and after winning their first tournament of the season, they only expect to win more and improving their skills mentally and physically. “We’ve had a very strong season so far because we have so much chemistry as a team since we’ve been playing together for so long,” senior Landon Porter said. “I had so much confidence in all of our players because we’ve all trained so hard for our final season.” North will play Ritenour High School today at 6 p.m. in the FHN auditorium. The team believes the most important thing they need to work before their next game is blocking the ball better and composing themselves mentally during each serve. “We need to work on our blocking, as it isn’t always there and mentally we need to stay composed during games instead of getting all wound up,” senior Cameron Landers said. (Brief by Garret Griffin)

Senior Charlie Brauch slides into first base after trying to steal second during the Troy game on April 4. Brauch was deemed safe. The ending score was 6-4 making this their second loss of the season. (Photo by Alyssa Savage)

With only Two Losses This Season

Junior Jake Oppenborn serves the ball during a game against FZE on March 31. North won the game 2-0. (Photo by Ashton Stegman)

The varsity boys’ baseball team took ninth place in the Midwest Classic tournament. The tournament lasted three days and FHN faced five teams, including CBC, Farmington, Desmet and Westminster, winning all except one of their games, against Lindbergh High School six to zero. Finishing the tournament 4-1. “Getting down on ourselves when we were losing to Lindbergh was our only mistake,” senior Andrew Schmidt said. “We worked hard in practice the next couple days and came back

ready to win against Farmington.” The team is currently 9-2 and will play Timberland High School here at home at 4:15 p.m. tonight, Individually they need to continue getting timely hits, good pitching and strong defense. “Throughout the season I hope to have more at bats to where I touch the ball,” Sophomore Max Brauch said. “The team has done well so far.” The Knights have been ranked second in their division for Missouri. (Brief by Garret Griffin)

Fresh Season for Three new Freshmen

Alexis Rinck fights for the soccer ball during the Troy game on March 31. The Knights won against the Trojans 3-1. This year there are only girls on JV and varsity team. (Photo by Riley McCrackin)

Senior Courtney Laughlin believes that having three starting freshmen on the varsity lineup has been nothing but an advantage in the lady Knights attempt to keep their winning record with three wins and two losses. “We know they are young but they put a lot of effort into the game and don’t get frustrated when they mess up,” Laughlin said. “They keep good positive attitudes.” These three young athletes include: Abbey Miller, Bria Hamilton and Sam Cary. They have helped the team chemistry in a positive way and the seniors help contribute and make the freshman transition onto the team. “The team chemistry has affected our playing,” senior Julia Crets said. “In a positive way, our team is close and we’ve played well together.”

The Lady Knights will play away at FZW at 5:30 p.m. for their 11th game of the season. By then, everyone hopes to learn even more and continue to develop their soccer skills individually and as a team. The three freshmen are expected to grow more and continue bonding with the upperclassman on the team to help them learn more about the team’s strategy for each soccer game. “They are young and have some stuff to learn but that all goes along with learning as they go,” Laughlin said. “ They are still learning and in fact the whole team is learning still and as a team this year we have only played a handful of games, so we are still working on playing as a team and helping each other out as we go. The freshman do a pretty good job all around.” (Brief by Garret Griffin)




On the right track FHN’s track team does various conditioning exercises in order to improve their speed, form and overall performance in meets

Learning to Love LAX


Lodes has been anticipating playing lacrosse this season BY KARIS SKAGGS

Sophomore Grace Lodes is excited to be playing on the team for FHN’s first ever girl’s lacrosse season. Over the summer, she played around with some of her friends and was also able to learn about the sport by watching YouTube videos. With this being the first time girl’s lacrosse has ever been offered at FHN, coach Ryan Darks said that all of the girls started on the same level and he has seen great improvement from all of the girls. Lodes, along with the others, has been coachable and willing to learn. “Her effort [stands out],” Darks said. “She comes out every day, she’s excited to play. She’s always having fun, which plays a big part, and then willingness to learn, which is all we ask of any of them.” Lodes is excited to play lacrosse because the sport is new and something different. There are many girls who have previously played many different sports and are all coming together to make this new team work. There is an A-team and a B-team; Lodes made the A-team, or the upper level team. “We have a lot of work to do,” Lodes said. “I think we’ll do pretty decent, you know. It’s not like we’re a bad team, but because we are new and everybody is new we are going to be playing against teams that have been established for years so I think it’ll be interesting to see. But I think we do have a pretty good chance.” Coach Darks is a physical education teacher at Hollenbeck Middle School. He started the program and played lacrosse both at Rockwood Summit High School for three years, and at Lindenwood University where their team won twice at conference. Darks has never coached lacrosse before, but he is excited to start the program and teach the girls the game. “The coach, I like,” Lodes said. “He’s really funny. He explains things really well. He doesn’t just tell you to do it, he explains why you do it, and he goes through things fast enough that’s not boring but slow enough that you can comprehend what’s going on.” Lodes feels comfortable throwing to a teammate and shooting a goal, and she feels that she’s getting better at catching. She said that she sees a lot of people on the team who are encouraging each other and she is excited to make new friendships with the girls on the team. “I’m the most excited to just see how the games go,” Lodes said. “I’m really excited that because everyone is new, building the new friendships and everything with people because you’re all coming from different sports background so we get to figure it out together and I think that’s really neat.”




LADDERS In a ladder, runners run various distances such as 400, 800, 1200, and 1600 meters at a fast pace. This helps runners figure out how they need to pace themselves in future meets and races.

A AND B SKIPS In an A skip, the runner skips and does high knees. The B skip is nearly identical, but the runner extends their leg after the high knee. A and B skips help track runners exercise the hamstrings.

KARAOKES Karaokes are a crossing pattern where runners alternate crossing the trailing foot in front and behind the leading foot. These help improve the runners balance and muscles in the runners legs.

Ladders are beneficial because they make the workouts harder which helps you at the end and helps you pace yourself at different distances,” junior Bryan Chac said.

A and B skips help us with our form and to be able to run better we have to have good form,” senior Maria Michalski said.

We do karaokes while we’re warming up and their purpose is to help you have proper running form and to help you loosen your hips,” freshman Hannah DeGraw said.

From Feet to Hands Senior Isaias Alvarado transitions from soccer to rugby his senior year and works to adapt to the changes


New head football coach, Brett Bevill holds a football in his Francis Howell North Football T-shirt. Bevill is a former linebacker for the Howell North football team. Bevill will coach in the upcoming fall season for the first time at Howell North. (Photo by Madi Graves)

New Year New Coach

Former football player Brett Bevill is the new football head coach. Many people are excited to see how well he will do BY JAMIE HETLAGE • @jammnicole

Brett Bevill used to just be a name heard in FHN’s hallways. Bevill was a linebacker 14 years ago, but now he is known as the head coach of the FHN football team. This means big expectations from not only the students but from the community around FHN. “We are going to go in everyday, trying to get better,” Bevill said. ”Everyday you can look for something to get better at, I promise. As we do that all year, and we are playing as our best team, hopefully that will put together a successful season for us.” To get ready for the next season, Bevill has been encouraging players to get into the weight room as soon as possible. To keep up the excitement for the season, Bevill is looking to talk to other school sports to work out with the football team. So far he has only talked to the basketball team but he plans to implement a togetherness within school sports. “It takes a lot of time to build lean muscle and by getting in the weight room now, we can all train to get better, faster and stronger so when the season comes around we only need to focus on our jobs on the field,” quarterback Connor Gallagher said.

With a new coach, many returning players can have a fresh start. To Bevill, it doesn’t matter what the players have done in the past but what they can do now. Overall, the team will have a fresh start with not only a new coach, but a new coaching staff as well to motivate and push the players. “I think there are going to be some relationships that are going to be built with a new coach and a new coaching staff,” activities director Mike Janes said. “I think if kids are working hard and also having fun at it at the same time the kids will do a lot of things coaches will ask. It’s just like in the classroom, you work hard for your favorite teachers.” For both Bevill and the players, this will be a whole new experience. The players will have to get comfortable with Bevill’s coaching style and the new staff. Bevill’s main struggles are trying to get to know everyone joining the team and helping them work as hard as they can in the off season. “We talk a lot on the team about trying to have a stealth less attitude, meaning that we talk a lot about how the name on the front of the jersey is more than the name on the back,” Bevill said. “This way we can look out for our brothers and play for each other. That’s what makes a successful team to me.”


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As senior Isaias Alvarado sprints down the field during another practice drill, he carries the rugby ball, ignoring every soccer instinct to kick the ball. With his face gleaming with sweat, he uses his intense speed to maneuver around his opponents. He swiftly passes the ball behind him to one of his teammates, who quickly runs down the field and successfully scores. Glowing with confidence, Isaias realizes he is finally getting the hang of this new sport. “When I heard about the rugby team I was interested but it seemed so confusing, but with lots of practice I eventually began to understand and enjoy it,” Alvarado said. Alvarado was rightfully confused; the similarities between soccer and rugby are quite extensive. However, there are some major differences. In rugby you’re able to use your hands to pass and progress the ball up the field. Many players have also attested that it is far more aggressive. Coach Trevor Locke has years of rugby experience with both playing and coaching. He is very determined to turn all of his players into “total athletes”. He is training them to be coordinated in all aspects, such as their hands, feet and mindsets. He strongly believes Alvarado is close to this achievement. With Alvarado’s 12 years of soccer experience, he is able to coordinate his speed and feet with the game. His only challenge is learning to play with his hands. “I’m so proud of the way Isaias has really connected with the team,” Coach Locke said. “His talent really shows on the field when he works with other players.” Although Alvarado loves rugby, soccer is his main passion. He still plays on his club team and plans on pursuing college soccer. Although his future may not include rugby, he is working and playing hard for his first and last season. “We are so proud of him, he’s so talented and skilled in both sports and we will support him no matter what he chooses to continue playing,” Alvarado’s father, Ricardo Alvarado said.




The Greeks are Back for More

Toula and Ian are back and their daughter Paris is all grown up and ready to leave the nest BY SAMI SCHMID • @Sami_nicole101

The family is back and more invasive than ever. “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” was a long-awaited, unexpected sequel that does not disappoint. In the first movie, Toula (Nia Vardalos) felt overwhelmed by her well-meaning family, and in the sequel, she unintentionally does the same to her daughter, Paris (Elena Kampouris). Going into the movie, I had high expectations and although it did not exceed them, the movie definitely met them. Sequels are almost never better than the first movie in a series, and “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” was no exception. The characters developed a little, but the movie didn’t dive too deep into any of them. Most romantic comedies end in the couple getting married and living happily ever after without much of the movie showing after they get married. This movie showcases the marriage and all the troubles that come with living with the same person for half of your life, including a dulling romance. It focuses mostly on parents learning to have a life of their own after children leave by rekindling the spark they once had. This is a great movie for people who are in long-term relationships because it features couples whose “honeymoon phase” has worn off. It also will not disappoint those who feel smothered by North Star Rates their family. It was relatable, hilarious and heart-warming. I personally love 8/10 cheesy romantic comedies and happy endings, but especially those with a different flair to them, which is why I fell in love with the first “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.” By the end of number two, I felt the starring actress and screenwriter, Vardalos, did a good job with modernizing the family, especially considering their heavily religious background. For a while I found many of the comedies I’ve watched lately to be less funny than expected, and that was not the case with this sequel. I loved all the dirty jokes and awkward moments. The characters are well-known for their obnoxious hilarity, but I think there was a perfect balance of emotion and humor. While not entirely unpredictable, I was surprised a few times and I am very pleased with how the movie was ended. I would see it again and suggest anyone who liked the first movie to go watch it.


Ori and the Blind Forest Definitive Edition

A reboot of an already beloved game expands game play BY RILEY KAMPFF • @bat_rilena

“Ori and the Blind Forest” breaks all barriers of side-scrolling platforms, which only enable you to move up, down and side-to-side on your screen. It has vibrant and illuminating colors, stealthy gameplay and even characters who you will fall in love with right on the spot. You are introduced to Ori, a small forest spirit that becomes a lost orphan and who is taken into care by Naru, a gorilla-like mother figure. As you witness the life of Ori and Naru develop, a treacherous storm hits their home of Nibel and also takes Naru’s life. A spirit named Sein then tells a heartbroken Ori that balance needs to be restored back to the forest, and it is up to you to help them by exploring unknown areas and unraveling laborious puzzles. The gameplay is filled with puzzles and moves only an acrobat can do. For protection Sein follows along so Ori does not attack enemies. There are also orbs to collect that let you obtain multiple abilities, such as how much health you can hold, types of skills you can have and different attack modes. One of the best perks about the game overall though is that it can save your progress at literally any point in time.

The game did in fact make its initial release in the spring of 2015, but due to minor glitches and fan feedback, the company “Moon Studios” has added much more content. Larger varieties of players are now able to jump into the action with the new difficulty selection feature from easy to expert mode. New stages and abilities have also been a plus to gamers. As an Indie game, the whole experience is a home run. I have very few games that I could play repeatedly, but “Ori and the Blind Forest” really was tremendously heartwarming and also a beautifully developed escapade.




The Hot Topic Of. . .

Books vs. E-books

Technology has come to replace many things in today’s society for the sake of convenience. Among other things, however, many people argue that printed books should not be replaced by digital eBooks. BY KYLAH WOODS


eBooks were made to be convenient, and they are just that. They have been on the rise since their invention as the world becomes more and more digital. An entire library in stored in a device smaller than a single book, meaning that an entire book series can be taken anywhere without having to lug books around. Any reader involved in a series knows the urge to begin the next book after finishing the previous one, and this is possible due to online stores, like Amazon. A book can be purchased instantly from the store without the buyer having to leave their home. eBooks also solve the dilemma of reading in the dark. Normally, a light would have to be held over the book in order to read it, but this is not the case when reading an eBook since it is on the reader’s phone, Nook or Kindle, which are backlit. Because books are mass printed and require large amounts of paper, they prove to be taxing on the environment.

With eBooks, the book is digital and purchasing them does not harm the earth with extensive use of paper. In English classes, students are frequently required to annotate the books they are reading. This process is tedious and many Post-It notes are necessary with a physical book, but when using an eBook, annotating is extremely easy. Also, an eBook always keeps the reader’s place, even when reading the same book on varying devices. A physical book requires a bookmark that the reader may forget to place. eBooks also have built in dictionaries, so a word can be highlighted and the reader will be given the definition quickly without having to look it up themselves. eBooks prove to have many benefits to the reader themselves and the masses. With our society becoming increasingly immersed in technology, it seems illogical to leave literature behind as we move forward elsewhere.

Get With the Times

Analysts once predicted that printed books will be practically extinct by 2015. In 2011, Kindle sales were at an all-time high, with an estimated 20 million Kindles sold. By 2015, sales dropped to 11 million. Why? Simple: printed books are so much better. From an environmental viewpoint, it is said that manufacturing printed books is ‘killing the trees.’ Trees are a renewable resource. The earth metals needed to make an e-reader aren’t. According to TerraPass, a carbon offset business, it takes more energy to manufacture and dispose of an e-reader than a printed book. Lending printed books is also so much easier than lending an e-reader. With printed books, you can walk up to your friend and give them the book, telling them to read it because it’s so good. With an e-reader, you can’t do that unless they have one or you’re willing to let them use yours. On Nook e-readers there is a Lend-Me option,

but it’s only for certain books. And again, the friend would have to have a Nook. With books, it’s not all about convenience or the environment. You’re not thinking about that when you’re reading a good book. There’s something with printed books that e-readers just can’t compete with. Whether it be that first crack of the spine when you open it, the feeling and smell of the pages or the way the book wears over time and gains character. It’s like seeing that worn out “The Outsiders” book on your shelf and thinking back to your middle school years. You can’t get that whole experience with e-readers. Using e-readers for too long can also cause eye strain, which can lead to headaches. A lot of the things that make printed books great have more to do with preference, while e-readers have more to do with convenience.

Hit the Books

No Leaf Clover

(Comic by Riley Kampff)









Can’t Miss This Opportunity With the overwhelming lack of support for the probable Democratic and Republican candidates in the current election cycle, the Libertarian Party needs to capitalize on an opportunity to rise to the national stage BY ANTHONY KRISTENSEN • @anthonyk17slsg

Donald Trump versus Hillary Clinton. This possible general election matchup has left the main two political parties fractured to the point that many won’t be voting for their respective party, with former Democratic Sen. Jim Webb and about 14 percent of other Democrats saying that they won’t vote for Hillary Clinton, according to Huffington Post, and Republican Sen. Ben Sasse and about 42 percent of non-Trump supporting Republicans saying that they won’t vote for Donald Trump, according to US News. This has led to an opportunity for third party candidates to rise to the occasion, and the Libertarian Party is the one with the most to gain. Currently, the Libertarian Party is the third largest political party in the U.S., yet they only hold 153 elected offices throughout the entire nation. With the current presidential election cycle playing out the way it is, there’s an opportunity for the Libertarians to rise to prominence on the national stage. Given that the candidates of each major party typically take a large amount of support, the lack of support for the probable nominees is not something to be ignored. This is a clear opportunity for the Libertarians to take. For a candidate to make it onto the national debate stage for the general election, they need at least 15 percent support nationally, according to the Commission on Presidential Debates. With such a large percentage of support up for grabs, the Libertarian candidate, whether it be Gary Johnson, Austin Petersen, John McAfee or a dark horse of the party, could be able to make it onto the national debate stage for the first time. Also, the first ever nationally televised Libertarian Presidential Debate aired on April 1, showing that interest in the Libertarian Party is growing at a rapid pace. There are also many political figures that will be looking for someone outside of their typical political party to endorse. Most notably, Glenn Beck, a political commentator for the Blaze, has stated that if Ted Cruz isn’t the Republican nominee, he will be looking for someone else to endorse, and has even talked to at least one Libertarian candidate. Beck has a large political following, and if he were to endorse a Libertarian candidate, it’s likely that a large majority of his followers would flock to the candidate that he chooses to support. The Libertarian Party, if they want to grow to prominence, cannot pass on the opportunity that the

current election cycle brings, given that people, like Beck, are talking with Libertarian candidates over a possible endorsement. There’s also something to be seen in the Libertarian Party platform. The Libertarian platform is essentially right down the middle, with the Democrats on the more liberal left side of the spectrum and Republicans on the more conservative right side of the spectrum. With Clinton and Trump being the likely nominees, people will be looking for a candidate that embodies their views, and the Libertarian candidate will be able to attract both Democrats and Republicans. The Libertarian platform is that of a social liberal, a fiscal conservative, a strict constitutionalism and non-interventionism. They are split on the issue of abortion, as some within the party don’t believe that the government should get involved while others are pro-life in every sense of the word. When looking at the Libertarian candidates, the most likely to achieve the 15 percent support needed to get onto the national debate stage is Austin Petersen, founder of, an online magazine. Petersen has been proactive in getting the support of young people that were left without a candidate after Rand Paul dropped out of the Republican race, getting involved with political figures looking for a candidate to endorse like Glenn Beck and Sen. Ben Sasse, and was instrumental in getting the Libertarian Presidential Debate televised on Fox Business Network. The other main candidates, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson and McAfee, Inc. founder John McAfee, could also be successful in achieving the crucial 15 percent needed to get on the debate stage. The Libertarian Party is also looking to take advantage of the currently fracturing Republican Party. If the Republican Party was to fracture and break apart, it’s likely that a large number of Republicans would flow over to the Libertarian Party, such as Sen. Rand Paul and Rep. Justin Amash. With figures like these, the Libertarian Party would almost certainly rise to prominence on the national stage. The current election cycle is the best chance for the Libertarian Party to be able to rise to prominence. If Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are the major parties’ nominees for the presidency, then many people will be looking for a different option, and the Libertarian Party is the biggest and best option for those that are looking for a different path. While the chances of a Libertarian candidate winning the presidency are slim-to-none, it’s important for the Libertarian Party to capitalize on the opportunity that has presented itself, as, even though they can’t win now, they may be able to do so in the future, but the only way that they’ll be able to do so is taking advantage of this opportunity.





Student Take:

What is your opinion of FHSD’s new Wi-Fi Policy?

“I think it’s dumb how some people get to use their phones and some don’t because Samsung still has it.” Clayton Burbank, 10

“I use the Wi-Fi for educational programs and lately I haven’t been able to use them because they’re blocked and that’s why I think we should have the Wi-Fi.” Alyssa Gill, 11

North Star Take: Cutting Wi-Fi, Cutting Resources All students and staff members at FHSD should have access to Wi-Fi on their cell phones and tablets because of all of the benefits it provides for the learning environment. ON BEHALF OF THE EDITORIAL STAFF • @fhntoday

“I don’t like it because teachers that want to use the internet are asking us to use our data.” Dana Maniscalco, 11


In a society in which cell phones play such a significant role in people’s daily lives and potential municipal wireless networks are discussed, students and staff members should have access to Wi-Fi during the school day. However, effective March 9 of this year, the FHSD school board made the decision to block students and faculty from being able to access Wi-Fi on their cell phones. FHSD’s two biggest reasons for blocking the school Wi-Fi is to increase the speed of the network and to ensure that students taking online tests were undisturbed. However, this decision prevents students and staff members from using technology to their advantage in many ways. At FHN, many teachers rely on their student’s ability to use Wi-Fi on their cell phones and thus often encourage their use when



working on class assignments. Instead of teachers needing to book entire days in the computer labs so that their students can do research, they can simply request their students to use the school’s Wi-Fi on their cell phones. Many teachers at FHN also try to make their classes more interactive and fun for students by using websites such as Kahoot when reviewing material. Many teachers even require work to be submitted through apps such as Schoology and Google Classroom. Furthermore, a crucial form of communication between teachers and students relies on both party’s ability to access the Wi-Fi network. The Infinite Campus application is one of these, which allows teachers to update and show students their current grades. By accessing these grades off of their cell phones, students are aware of how well or how poorly they are performing in their classes and can also find out what assignments they are missing. Without the ability to access


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the Wi-Fi, students are forced to use their own data if they want to check their grades. Many students have a limited data plan, so without a wireless connection, they are unable to use their phones at school completely. Additionally, Wi-Fi usage on cell phones greatly benefits students by offering them efficient and effective alternatives when researching for class assignments. Instead of flipping through a dictionary to find the meaning of a word, students could simply use their dictionary app or Google questions when they’re researching. In today’s society, the internet is one of the best resources to use when researching when used wisely. However, many students no longer have the opportunity to use Wi-Fi on a daily basis to assist them with their school work. Many classes do not have access to computers daily, nor are students allowed to stay after school to use the computers in the Learning Commons or any computer labs. The district needs to look into alternative solutions for these problems soon such as possibly trying to shut off the Wi-Fi network only on certain days when

tests are taking such as EOC’s and final exams. FHSD could also look into purchasing hotspots for schools to distribute to their teachers so that students can still take advantage of the resources provided through the wireless network. In the past, the district has tried to troubleshoot the Wi-Fi network with AT&T, FHSD’s wireless provider, when problems arose with the speed or capacity of the network. However, since no improvements were made as a result, Wi-Fi access has been shut off on all devices at FHSD schools except for computers that are hard-wired. However, the inability of the district to keep up with the increasingly advanced forms of technology that students and teachers currently use, they are preventing students and teachers from taking advantage of the numerous benefits provided through the use of the Wi-Fi network at schools. When we are amidst what is often referred to as the “Digital Age,” by cutting the Wi-Fi, we are cutting off educators and students from crucial resources used in today’s society.

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