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North Star

Francis Howell North St. Charles, MO 04.15.15 Vol. 29, Issue 11

Murals Painted • AMC vs Wehrenberg • Heidi Hauptman • Furious 7

MEET THE MEN OF MR. FHN Get to know a bit about the guys competing in FHN’s annual male beauty pageant.

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The winter guard is will be headiung to the WGI finals in hopes of placing in the top five



Laraya Griffith has her own YouTube channel with more than 1,000 subscribers. 10


Leah Tharp sings opera music and hopes to continue the hobby. 17


Junior Isabel Mattenson has been a classical dancer for 11 years.



A talented freshman is a key member of the 4x800 team. 24


An FHN graduate and former St. Louis Cardinals player now coaches his own baseball team.



“Friends” or “How I Met Your Mother”: which is the best comedy of all time?

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Have an opinion on something in this month’s paper? Send us a letter about it to room 026 or an email to

ON THE COVER Mr. FHN contestants Chris Bounds, Joey Henry, Marty Aubuchon and Colin Witte mess around during the Mr. FHN photoshoot. (photo portrait by ariel kirkpatrick)

A Break from the Crash

Former student Brittany Steck acts as the car-crash victim in the pre-Prom car crash last year. (file photo)

TASC has decided not to do the drinking and driving awareness car crash at this year’s Pre-Prom assembly on May 1. However, the cancellation is not permanent. Instead, they will be hosting it every other year in alternation with some new activities. The new sponsor of TASC Mim Eaton says that since the seniors saw the car crash last year, they need a new experience. She also says TASC has inspirational videos and activities in store for the upperclassmen. “They will leave with something in their hands and their hearts after this assembly,” Eaton said.

Epsilon beta in kansas city On March 29-30, five Epsilon Beta members attended the State Conference in Kansas City with a theme of Old Hollywood. This is the second year the FHN chapter has been to the conference. Students participated in activities such as book talks for the upcoming year’s Gateway nominees, trivia, and a costume competition. The FHN Quiz Bowl team won second place. They went on a tour of the Art Institute in Kansas City and of the Steamboat Arabia. Junior Zoe Lawson was inducted as the president of the state organization. “I learned about a lot of new Gateways I didn’t know about before,” sophomore Aimee Clive said. “I think it’s cool because I don’t read as often as I should anymore.” (brief by michal basford) PAGE BY DEIDRE DINKINS 04.15.15

Som Singh, Michal Basford, Zoe Lawson and Breanna Relleke stand together holding their second place trophy they won for Quiz Bowl. (submitted photo)

Sign Language Club With 13 members listed on the roster, Sign Language Club meets every Thursday in room 132. Although some of the members are hearing impaired or deaf, some are just interested in learning about sign language and deaf culture. By doing worksheets, playing games and watching videos, students involved in the club learn sign language in order to communicate with people who are deaf. For tomorrow’s meeting, students will be practicing signing the alphabet with their hands, reviewing signs from the sign language book, and playing a game using sign language. “[I hope students have] an understanding of deaf culture, understanding that American Sign Language is a language in itself,” Co-sponsor Thomas Skinner said. (brief by michal basford)


TASC President Elise Gertsch thinks that the new assembly plan is a great idea because it was hard for the crash to be effective on students in the past since it was so crowded. In the past, Drama students would act out the car crash scene. Gertsch thinks these students might be disappointed about the cancellation. “The only people I think might be upset are the Drama kids because they are the ones who participate in the crash.” Gertsch said. “Other than that, I don’t think anyone will mind.” (brief by deidre dinkins)

Junior Alexa Wilson signs with freshman Jake Price during a Sign Language club meeting on April 2. “I enjoy learning sign language because I can better communicate with Alexa and other friends,” Price said. (lauren price)

RETURNING To nationals The winter guard will return to Dayton, OH this weekend to compete and attempt to beat last year’s ninth place finish


Two weeks after their first place finish in Mid Continent Color Guard Association (MCCGA) championships, the winter guard will be competing against 40 other groups in Winter Guard International (WGI) Championships. Today, guard will be leaving for Dayton, Ohio to compete in prelims on Thursday morning. Last year, the group placed ninth, but this year they hope to place in the top five. “We are going to try to get top five in our class nationally,” junior Mackenzie Schlogl said. “Not an easy goal but we were in the top 10 last year and the top 15 the year before.” Because of their higher goals this year, the coaches increased the difficulty of their show, adding in more dynamic dance work and harder tosses with flags and weapons. This means the girls must take advantage of the two weeks that they had off from other competitions before they go to finals. “We have two weeks in between MCCGA champs and WGI national champs,” Schlogl said. “We are going to be using those Saturdays we would normally be competing in the gym all day working to make our show as close to perfect as we can get.” According to senior Sidney Sheridan, the guard has had issues with nerves this year, which has affected how well they perform. But the group has been working to control the nerves by having a specialist come in to help them with it. “It’s all in our heads and we’re trying to work on it now by trying to keep us calm and not frustrated during practices and before performances,” Sheridan said. There is a lot of terminology that goes along with understanding the world of winter guard which is why many people don’t understand how successful the guard has been. But Sean Rhomberg has accompanied the guard to several local competitions to support them this season. “My favorite part of guard is how much pride they take in what they do, and how they always try to give the world the best they have,” sophomore Sean Rhomberg said. Over the last several years, the guard’s shows have reflected a serious theme but this year it was taken a step further. The show, “This Empty House” is all about the loss of a loved one and dealing with the steps of grief. They use a combination of sabre, rifle and flags to help tell their story. “I love sabre because it’s so beautiful, rifle because it’s so energetic and flag because it’s so powerful with all of us at once,” Schlogl said. Since there are only 15 spots for finals, Schlogl believes the competition will be tough and since the difficulty of their show is higher this year, the guard must work that much harder to make it. “This season has been very close in scores so I think finals could very much be unpredictable,” Schlogl said. “Everything changes between going into Dayton and walking out of prelims and same goes for semis and hopefully, finals.”

4.0 luncheon

The 4.0 Luncheon will take place on Friday at Old Hickory Golf Course. The event is a District-wide lunch to recognize seniors who have a cumulative 4.0 weighted GPA or higher. Seniors will leave school after 3rd hour to drive to the golf club, where they will have their photo taken and mingle with other students from around the District. This year, 79 seniors were invited and 62 will be attending. “I think this high number shows that this is a really hardworking class that has strived from the beginning to achieve a 4.0,” KOE co-sponsor Kristen Johnson said. Students will be served a buffet lunch and hear speeches from each building principal and the superintendent before the awards ceremony. After each student receives their medal, students are free to go home. “My favorite part of the luncheon is seeing the students excited and cheer for each other,” Johnson said. “I get to hear all the things the students are planning to achieve in their futures.” (brief by daniel bodden)

Junior Lauren Arata spins her flag around her back at the Art in Motion competition held at FHN. The Winter Guard performed “This Empty House” for this year’s show. The event was cut short in the best interest of all the schools due to bad weather conditions. (emily floyd)

murals in the halls painted over Over the past several weeks, some of the murals that graduated students had painted along the walls of the hallway were painted over. According to Head Principal Andy Downs, each mural was surveyed and club sponsors were asked for permission to have murals painted over that were considered to be in poor condition, whether due to flaking, peeling, damage or fading. Murals in good condition, such as the Butterfly Hallway mural, will stay. “There’s not an intent to paint over every mural in this school,” Downs said. “The intent was to paint over areas of the school that need to be painted. There are some in really good shape that won’t be painted over.” The next step is to get student input on what to do with the blank walls. “The second phase would be to reach out to student groups to get ideas in terms of what to do,” Downs said. “Our goal is not to limit expression on the walls, whether that be new murals, framed artwork, whatever.” Some students and recent graduates, were upset over the decision to paint over the murals. “I really don’t like it because it’s making the building seem so plain,” junior Lucas Dykes said. “It makes it seem like there’s a lack of character within our school and that there’s no individuality among the students.” (brief by daniel bodden and trevor ferguson)



TOP TWEETS Tommy Watts

4Mr. Marty Aubuchon “I think the competition is going to be better than last year and the dance is going to be really good.”

Stone Birkner



How do u get up in the morning when u have a puppy that just wants to cuddle :/

what am I suppose to wear when it’s 30 degrees and 60 degrees in the same day


3 FAVORITES Madison Ritter, 11

4Mr. Drama “I’d love to go down in history as Mr. FHN and make myself proud.”

Riley McCrackin, 9

Ryan Hyde

4Mr. Mr. “I thought it would be something cool to do because it is senior year and I want to try new things. I believe I am hotter than Alex Shannon.”

Miles Thies

4Mr. Speech “I think it’s a really good opportunity to raise money and show school spirit. I’m looking forward to competing with the other guys.”

WHO WOULDN’T WANT TO BE MR FHN? Contestants talk about how they feel about the competition. The competition is a beauty pageant for guys from various clubs around the school that is held annually to raise money for charities, including the American Cancer Society and Operation Smile. The event takes place on Friday, April 17 at 6 p.m. in the auditorium. They compete in categories including talent, question and answer and evening wear.

Alex Shannon

4Mr. North Star “I’ve been a lot more outgoing senior year. I don’t care as much so I’m showing the person I really am.”



Chris Bounds

4Mr. Choir “I want to be Mr. FHN just so I can say I’m the name of the school and I wanna represent my club.”

Colin Witte

4Mr. Dude “Every time any of us get together and talk about it we are just so excited. We are pumped to put on this show for everyone.”

Jacob Griffith

4Mr. NHS “I want to be Mr. FHN because it’s my senior year and I should do something big to finish my high school career. It’s just a good goal.”


when u get more stressed over mario kart than ur hw ://

1 RETWEET 7 FAVORITES Morgan Cupps, 12

Mike Butterfield

4Mr. Business “It provides lots of money for different charities and it is not all about the title of Mr. FHN. This year, it’s about the charity.”

Greg Portilla

4Mr. Prankster “I want to be Mr. FHN because I want to represent what a true knight should be. I never give up and work hard to achieve my goals.”



Somebody teach me a years worth of stats in under an hour

If procrastination wasn’t a thing my stress level would go down 50%


6 FAVORITES Mallory Keipp, 10

Marty Aubuchon

4Mr. Tommy Watts “It raises money for charity, which I like and it’s also a lot of fun. I don’t care if I win or not I just want to have fun.”

Joey Henry

4Mr. Hoey Jenry “I want to be Mr. FHN to help out people who need help and making people laugh while doing so.”

Tyler Heitmann, 12

Luke Guerdan

4Mr. Debate “I want to help out Speech and Debate by doing well in a school wide competition. It’s also been fun to work with others that are competing to raise money.”

Logan Coombs

4Mr. Manbun “I don’t think the others are worthy of the title. I’m a rookie because this is my first year. I’d like to bring one home for the underdogs.”


Follow the link to vote on who you think will win Mr. FHN.



printing the future Dalton Lung creates various objects with the help of his 3D printer BY LAUREN PIKE • @pike_n_ike

Three dimensional plastic objects are created in the clear, plastic cube that sits in the corner of senior Dalton Lung’s desk. The cube whirs mechanically as it dispenses and layers violet plastic onto a 194 degrees Fahrenheit metal platform. Sometimes this process takes hours, but for Dalton, this is typical for a 3D printer. “It’s kind of eye-popping to me and all of my family how it can just make real objects,” Dalton said. Dalton has made many objects on his 3D printer such as a phone case, a Cardinals 2011 World Series plaque and a twisted purple vase. Using a program called XYZware that he loaded onto his computer, Dalton is able to choose from an assortment of online templates to create in his printer. Dalton currently uses violet ink in his printer because it is his favorite color and because ink cartridges can cost up to $15 each. In order to start the printing process, Dalton chooses a template, applies glue to the printer’s metal platform in order for the design to stick, then allows the platform to heat up to a toasty 194 degrees Fahrenheit.These designs are forged into acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), a type of low-hazard plastic and can take anywhere from 50 minutes to three hours to complete depending on the size and complexity of the object to be created in the printer. “Just having it in my house and being able to print anything on it, it’s amazing how you print off stuff because you can see an object made in a few hours as opposed to in a factory,” Dalton said. Dalton has also utilized the computer to make a gift for his friend, junior Dani Amir. For his birthday, Dalton made Dani a plaque with the demolition ball logo Follow the link etched into it as a unique personalized present. to see hear Dalton talk about his printer. “I thought it was a cool idea,” Dani said. “I was surprised that it came out so well and I was really happy that he made it for me on my birthday.” At the beginning of January, Dalton bought his 3D printer from Best Buy for about $500, but according to Dalton, these printers can exceed $5,000. Once he had saved enough money to purchase the printer, Dalton spent about a week of research to decide what kind of printer would work for him depending on what was compatible with his computer at home. Once he found a printer that he could afford and that was compatible with his father’s Lenovo laptop, Dalton pulled the trigger, but according to him it’s just a “beginner” printer. “It has definitely impacted him,” Dalton’s mother Debbie Lung said. “Once he gets something into his head, he doesn’t stop. He thinks it’s cool because no one else has one. He’s very focused on it.” Currently Dalton has plans to create his own mini business with the help of his 3D printer. He posts pictures of his three dimensional creations and has tried to create interest for these products on Facebook. For anyone interested, Dalton is willing to create these high quality objects for anyone. Regardless of the business though, Dalton plans to continue experimenting with his printer and believes that 3D printing truly is the way of the future. “It’s high quality and I make it too,” Dalton said. “I haven’t really thought about what I’m going to do after high school, but I’m going to keep making things in college and print stuff off for people who are interested.”




Lung printed out a watch stand (left) and a vase (right). (ashleigh jenkins)

Dalton Lung holds the watch stand that he made with his 3D printer. Lung bought his printer in January and has used it to print many things, including a gift for a friend. (ashleigh jenkins)

The vase that Lung printed used a folded star design. A project this size can take up to three hours to complete. Lung’s vase is completely functional. (ashleigh jenkins)

FaSHION: Minimalist Style BY NICK WYER

Evan sits comfortably in the Moonrise Hotel located in the Delmar Loop. Evan’s seen wearing a flannel that he thrifted, a white tee from H&M, jeans from H&M, and boots from H&M. (ariel kirkpatrick)

Minimalism, the idea that less is more. While the idea is not normally applied to something like fashion, when utilized, it looks incredibly clean and polished. What defines minimalism in terms of fashion is the idea of simplicity. Little to no branding goes a long way. Rather than having the focus of an outfit be on the logos or branding, minimalistic fashion shifts towards a focus centered around the fit and color palette of the outfit. Fit is a key component of minimalistic fashion. The fit can either distort or emphasize the contour lines of the body, whether it be through outfit pieces such as slim or baggy pants or tops like an oversized sweatshirt. Color also plays

a large role in minimalistic fashion. Muted colors and consistency between color in an outfit are favored more than bright, loud pops of colors. Earth tones like olive, burgundy, and brown and neutral colors like grey, oatmeal, and white are a few colors that are currently popular. Good basics to incorporate into a minimalist wardrobe are things like plain tees in various neutral colors, bomber jackets, and black denim. Finding pieces to fit a minimalist wardrobe is fairly easy. Stores like H&M and Uniqlo (an online clothing store) have simple, good fitting pieces that incorporate the elements of minimalism into their clothes.

EVAN WILKINS: MY STYLE Q: How would you describe your personal style? “I wear a lot of dark colors and I wear a lot of skate style clothes. I just try to dress as much like a rock star as possible.”

Q: Would you consider your style minimalistic? “I don’t put too many things on, I keep it as simple as possible. I like being able to throw on anything when I wake up and have it look simple. So yeah, definitely minimal.”

Q: How has your style grown and developed over time? “My style has grown a lot, looking back at it. I used to wear preppier clothing like Sperry’s and bright colors, but I bought my first pair of skinny jeans and it all changed. I started hanging out with a lot of people who skate as well. All of those things combined influenced what I wore.”

Q: Who or what would you consider your stylistic influences? “A lot of skateboarding definitely influenced my earlier style. I would wear a lot of skateboarding brands and such. I used to skate a lot, but I got into a lot of old time Rock and Roll like The Doors, The Who, and a few other bands.”

Q: What’s your favorite piece of clothing or accessory in your wardrobe? “I wear this bracelet like every day. It’s simple. I don’t know why, I just like it, it’s something that’s signature to my look, like you gotta have something signature to your look and defines it, right?”

Q: Why do you paint your nails black? “I think it looks cool, and there’s the whole rebellious nature behind it. I like the idea of doing something like this that most guys would never try.”

Q: What would you suggest to someone who wants to express their style? “I’d say keep it simple. Get a pair of black skinny jeans, get a bunch of neutral colored shirts and paint your nails black.”

Evan poses along a wall of graffiti in the Delmar Loop. Evan’s seen wearing a jacket from J. C. Penney, a grey shirt from H&M, jeans from H&M, and boots from H&M. (ariel kirkpatrick)

Meeting BeautyLiciousInsider + Q&A

Meeting BeautyLiciousInsider + Q&A

Meeting BeautyLiciousInsider + Q&A

Spring Lookbook

Whats in my Backpack ­Heyyyitsraya

Huge Dollar Tree Haul \\ Organization

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What color is the dress? black&blue or White&gold

12,000 views and counting


Sophomore Laraya Griffith is sponsored by a network called StyleHaul which pays her to make YouTube videos


Since eighth grade, sophomore Laraya Griffith has been making and uploading YouTube videos for her channel, and currently has over 1,000 subscribers. “I just saw all the feedback that other YouTubers would get on their videos and I was like ‘Oh my goodness,’” Laraya said. “I really wanted to create those type of videos and get feedback.” Follow the link Laraya’s channel “Heyyyitsraya” is sponsored by a to see Laraya’s network known as StyleHaul and focuses mostly on YouTube videos. fashion trends and tips. Once Laraya reached over 1,000 views a month for three consecutive months, StyleHaul began to pay Laraya to upload videos consistently. “I thought it was pretty cool when she told me she was getting sponsored,” Laraya’s mother Casey Griffith said. “Because you’re getting paid for something that you enjoy doing.” Laraya works with a manager through StyleHaul which provides her with ideas and helps her through the process of producing her videos.




Laraya tries to upload videos twice a week. She begins the video-making process by gathering ideas from magazines, other YouTube videos, friends and family. “I think it’s cool that she has enough confidence to put herself out there and let people from school see her videos,” Laraya’s friend Brianna Faupel said. Laraya often visits places such as Main Street to shoot her videos in a different atmosphere than her house. She spends time recording and editing her videos over the weekend. When Laraya makes a mistake while shooting her video, she stops the roll and starts over from the beginning, often re-recording up to five times. From start to finish, each of Laraya’s videos take approximately six hours to complete. “I can express myself throughout the videos that I make and I just really enjoy editing videos so I kind of just put it out there,” Laraya said. Laraya plans on continuing to make videos and hopes that one day she will be able to become a professional YouTuber. “I want to be more successful on YouTube because there’s just so many opportunities out there when you’re successful,” Laraya said.

a passion for opera Leah Tharp hopes to take on opera singing as a career for Broadway

BY ALEX ARGER • @lARG3Rthanlife

Just a few months ago, sophomore and new student this year Leah Tharp stood in the freezing weather waiting to take a hopeful step into her future. She was waiting to try out for America’s Got Talent, the peak of her singing career thus far. In front of the producer in the small room, she used her talent to the best of her ability, despite the nerves and fear. But while the other audtioners sang pop and country songs, Leah strived for success with a rare genre for young singers such as herself: opera. “I just pushed myself,” Leah said. “If I make it, I want them to know my goals and open the door to Broadway.” Though an exciting opportunity, the role of starring in “America’s Got Talent” was not Leah’s ultimate dream. She knew that trying out for the show would only be beneficial to Sophomore Leah Tharp lifts up her opera mask. The mask represents Tharp’s favorite opera, “Phantom of the Opera.” Tharp her and her career she hopes to accomplish on hopes to perform on Broadway. (ariel kirkpatrick) Broadway. In the next few weeks, Leah will find out if both high and low notes help her to improve the audition for the producer was a success. If and develop her operatic voice. so, she will move on to audtition in front of the “At the beginning, I sounded terrible,” Leah judges on TV. said. “I didn’t think I could do it. It was a “If there’s an opportunity to try out for process for me, but I kept doing it because I something, she will,” Jody Tharp, Leah’s mother, loved it.” said. “If she wants to do it and she practices Leah recently tried out for a role in “Singin’ then we will encourage her.” in the Rain,” another Broadway hit, at Next As Leah grew up, music was everywhere. Her Generation Theater Company in hopes of parents, siblings, cousins, aunts and uncles all expanding her involvement in musicals outside share an interest in some form of music. The of her home-schooled drama class. family’s musical enthusiasm sparked curiosity She will be part of the ensemble and hopes in Leah at a young age. that the audition process in front of When she was 10 years old, Leah the producers once again will help her Follow the link listened to her dad’s iPod to find more to listen to for future Broadway auditions. Leah singing a song from music she enjoyed. She heard the “For “Singin’ in the Rain”, we The Phantom of the Opera. soundtrack to “Phantom of the Opera” really didn’t know much about it as for the first time. The different type of parents,” Darren, Leah’s dad, said. singing intrigued Leah, and she fell in love with “She said, ‘You know what, I want to go try out, the unfamiliar style of opera. here is the date, I’m going to sing this,’ and she “I didn’t even decide to get into opera,” Leah practiced and worked hard on it.” said. “I heard it and knew this was going Each step Leah takes to improve her singing to stick with me; I didn’t make the choice of - auditions, continuous practicing to train her it.” voice - is a step in her future career. After high To act on her interest in musicals, Leah school, Leah hopes to get her Master’s degree participated in a drama class at LifeLight Youth in music and music education to be a music Theater while she was home-schooled, taking teacher, but she hopes that her biggest goal, to part in shows such as “Godspell” and “Beauty be on Broadway, will be her career. and the Beast”. Her passion for the music she practices To be able to sing opera, the “Adam’s Apple”, motivates her to do whatever it takes to reach or larynx, must stay low in the throat, and each her goals and pursue her dreams. part of the face must ‘buzz’ like your mouth “Opera has taught me that everybody does does while humming, but in this case the have a voice,” Leah said. “I didn’t think it would mouth is open, singing. The technique takes be something that would impact my life so lifelong training to master, but Leah’s daily much. It’s just something that I can’t get rid of. practice, self-training and experimentation with I can’t go a day without singing.”



how to do prom on a budget

There are a lot things that go into Prom including tickets, a dress, a tux, and a ride to the venue. But here are some ways to cut some corners and still have a great Prom


Get a whiter smile by mixing lemon juice and baking soda, brushing your teeth with these and leaving it on for a minute. This will help you avoid expensive toothpastes and mouth washes.

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When it comes to Prom make-up, less is more. Odds are you will have a gorgeous dress and gorgeous accessories, so don’t feel the need to overdo the make-up, you don’t need every cosmetic that you can find. Keep it simple.



Not all Prom shoes need to cost $200. instead, repurpose shoes that you already had, or buy some simple and inexpensive pumps and add a special flare yourself.


The venue will often have professional photographers there to take pictures of you and your date, but your smart phone can take pictures that are almost as good, and are definitely cheaper.

Getting fake nails gets pretty expensive. instead try doing a home manicure and using small pieces of tape as a guide to achieve the perfect French manicure.


The best part of the Internet is that it’s full of tutorials, so instead of paying to get your hair done professionally, have a friend come over to help you get ready and you can do each other’s hair.


Prom dresses can get pretty pricey, so instead of spending a fortune on a dress, check out resale shops like Refresh in Brentwood. They have the same styles as designer boutiques, but they won’t break the bank.

If a pimple pops up right before the big day, don’t panic. The night before, put white toothpaste on the area, wash your face the morning after and see how much it has gone down. To make the inflammation and redness go down more, put ice on it on and off for 30 seconds.


A tux can be even more expensive than a dress, so instead of renting the tie and the vest to go along with it, just get the basic pants and jacket and fill in the spaces yourself.

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Fresh chocolate chip cookies cool in the front case at Grandma’s Cookies. Grandma’s Cookies is a family owned business located on Main Street. The store not only sells cookies, but also offers cookie cakes, coffee and tea. The cookies are baked fresh daily and are made from scratch. The cookies come in twelve flavors including chocolate chunk and snickerdoodle. (lucas tabaka)

THAT’S The Way The Cookie Crumbles A local family owned cookie store on Main Street delivers handmade cookies to the St. Charles area BY SASHA KAGANOV • @sashakag

The smell of freshly baked cookies fills the air every time someone enters the infamous Grandma’s Cookies on Main Street in St. Charles. There is a wide variety of cookies, including the original chocolate chip, snickerdoodles, and oatmeal raisin cookies. Since 1976, this family owned business has provided cookies to the community. “It’s really fun, and a cute little shop,” employee Arielle Fox said. “I think it’s more personal, we have customers that remember our names because they come in either daily or weekly.” To the right, customers can view a U.S. map which hangs with hundreds of pins, covering all 50 states. The pins represent what state each customer is from. From Alaska to Maine, people from all over the country come to taste these popular cookies. There are even international pins, with people coming from Europe and Asia. “It was just really neat to hear about the people and where they came from,” owner Theresa Ruvio said. “My brother and I decided it would be neat to put a map on the wall and to let people put pins on the map so we could see where people travelled from.” In 1976, Charlotte Thompson achieved something that she had been dreaming about her entire life, her own dress shop where she later slowly transitioned into making it into just a cookie store. Thompson made dresses for women, men and children, and always had a jar of cookies to keep the children occupied while they waited for their mothers. As soon



as everyone began to eat the cookies, she started charging a quarter for each. Later on, Thompson thought that selling cookies would benefit her. From then on, Thompson focused on selling cookies, instead of dresses. “I think that it is cool how she changed the shop,” sophomore Eric Dickherber, nephew of the owner, said. “I am very happy that it happened because now I get to eat a lot of cookies whenever I want.” At 8 a.m., batches of cookies are made and an average of 150 dozen cookies are made throughout the day. A family recipe that has been used for years is still utilized every morning to make all of the desserts. In order to make the cookies, the bakers mix, tray, scoop out, then put them into the oven. After the cookies are finished baking, they are allowed to cool down, then they are put in the display case and later sold to the customers. “We have chocolate chip, chocolate chip peanut butter, peanut butter, oatmeal raisin, coconut, sugar sprinkle, and snickerdoodle that we sell,” Fox said. “But the chocolate chip sells the most because everyone is more familiarized with it,” In addition to attracting tourists to St. Charles. Grandma’s Cookies has also recieved a number of awards for its famous cookies. The shop has been voted the Number One Speciality Shop and the Number One Dessert in the St. Charles county by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and many say that this handmade dessert is a must. “I think the cookies taste really good,” Dickherber said. “They have a taste that no other cookies have and I enjoy them more knowing that they were made by family.”

Skating to the max

Sophomore Joey Williams is a sponsored skateboarder for Relax Skate Shop


He stands at the skatepark about to try a new trick. His mind goes blank. Then he just skates. For sophomore Joey Williams, each trip to the skatepark is a new opportunity to push his limits and execute a new trick. “When I skate I don’t have to think about anything,” Joey said. “I just skate, and it is the best feeling.” Joey is considered one of the best in the area due to the fact that many other skateboarders think he tries bigger tricks than most. With bigger tricks, an added amount of danger comes along. Joey has had multiple injuries because of skateboarding like broken legs, arms and concussions. “Whenever something goes wrong there’s this thought of, ‘am I going to have to go to the hospital?’” Joey said. Not only is Joey considered one of the best skateboarders in the area, he is also sponsored by Relax Skate Shop STL. The skate shop gives Joey free merchandise such as skateboards. He has been skating for them since last May which was when the shop opened. He was previously good friends with the owners so they asked him to skate for them. “When they first opened the shop I was hanging out with them there,” Joey said. “We stayed there until 2 a.m. just skating around and they gave me a board and put me on the team.” Joey has been skateboarding since he was in seventh grade. He had always been interested in skateboarding because he had seen his brother skating. Since he started, he has become one of the best skateboarders in the area according to some of the skaters at Elm Skatepark, his favorite place to skate. “The first time I saw him, I literally thought he was the best skater around,” fellow skateboarder Lee Heidbrink said. According to Joey, there is always that thought in the back of your mind that is scared, but his drive to become the best keeps him wanting to try bigger and better things. He wants to possibly turn skateboarding into his profession through future competitions. He also plans on skateboarding for as long as he possibly can. “I just have a lot of ambition,” Joey said. “I just go out and skate every day, and when I try something new and get it, it’s great and you want to do it again.”

Sophomore Joey Williams has been skating since he was in the seventh grade. He has been skating street style since he began skating. (madi graves)

HOW TO NAIL A POP UP Joey Williams skates up the quarter pipe and pops up, but he doesn’t stick the landing. Williams’ favorite place to skate is Elm Skatepark and he skates there almost every weekend. (photos by madi graves)


Follow the link to see a video of Joey’s skating experience.



A run to remember Senior Andrew Shannon and sophomore Blake Coonrod organize a race to raise money for a local Alzheimer’s Association BY CHELSI HOSKINS • @chelsi_h98

All the data they had on their phones for the month has been used in a matter of days. Their Internet histories are filled with venues and possible places to hold the event. From hours spent staring at the same computer screen and days spent talking to person after person saying the same thing over and over again, senior Andrew Shannon and sophomore Blake Coonrod have been working since last semester to put together a memorable 5K race. Andrew and Blake decided to organize a run to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association as a personal project this year. “It all started with us knowing we wanted to raise money for a charity but we didn’t know which one,” Blake said. “We looked into the Make-A-Wish Foundation and some others, but we found a local Alzheimer’s Association we really wanted to work with.” The project was done completely by Andrew and Blake. For this specific project, Andrew and Blake had to leave the comfort they know at FHN and do business in the real world. These activities included calling parks,finding sponsors and interacting with adults more than they would on a daily basis. ‘’I was kind of worried that no one would take us seriously,” Blake said. “But It’s such a good cause so everyone was supportive and respected us as adults.” Some of the skills Andrew and Blake now have from doing this project are not skills that either of them use on a daily basis such as making QR codes and building their own website. This project has helped Andrew and Blake learn things that they would have not otherwise chosen to learn how to do. After hours of trying to find tutorials on YouTube, Andrew and Blake started working on building the website and QR code. “We did everything on our own,” Blake said “We made the website, the logo and a QR code. I would have never known how to make these things until now.” The website Andrew and Blake created is Interested runners can go to the website to get more information, sign up for the race, and see a live countdown clock until the race. Andrew and Blake have also created Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+ accounts to advertise the event. After this race is held, Andrew and Blake hope that it becomes a tradition in the community. “I think it would be really cool if the race became an annual thing,” Andrew said. “I would feel really good that Blake and I could help make that happen.” This project has required Andrew and Blake to get to get to know a lot of different people and overcome adversity. “This would be perfect for scholarship essays because there is a lot of perseverance required for this,” Blake said. “It’s not easy overcoming some of the obstacles that come with trying to do something like this still being in high school.” The race will be held on June 27 at Lakeside Park in St. Peters. Andrew and Blake hope that the race is recognized by people everywhere and starts a chain reaction to raise money for local charities. The personal publicity isn’t important to either of them; its about making people aware of this disease and its effect on the community. “I am really happy to have had this experience,” Blake said. “I know this experience is going to help me especially because it’s harder to come by when you are as young as I am.”


Follow the link to check out the Race to Remember website

on pointE (photo story by ashton stegman) Junior Isabelle Mattenson practices different kinds of dance for hours everyday in order to fulfill her dream of becoming a professional dancer. Mattenson does jazz, modern, hiphop, classical and contemporary ballet. “I like pretty much all kinds of dance but I mostly do ballet,” Mattenson said. “It helps me express myself which is my absolute favorite part to dancing.”

Junior Isabelle Mattenson ties up her pointe shoes before she begins to practice. Mattenson practices dance every day after school for four hours and also on the weekends. Mattenson prepares for shows with her classes in studios and watches dance performances on her own in order to improve. “It is really time consuming but it also helps to get things off my mind for a little while,” Mattenson said. Mattenson performs an échappé en point in a COCA studio. COCA stands for Center of Creative Arts and its located in St. Louis. Mattenson has been attending COCA classes for six years out of the 11 years she has been dancing. “I love COCA because they provide me with so many oppertunities and the amount of training I get there is leading me closer to a successful dance career,” Mattenson said.



Mattenson stretches her legs before practicing pointe. According to Mattenson, stretching is a big part of dance because it prevents injury and makes dancers more flexible, which is really important.

Mattenson applies make-up in the studio dressing rooms while she gets ready to practice her upcoming performance. Mattenson has been the lead in many shows including The Little Dancer. Mattenson has also performed in shows such as The Nutcracker, Copelia, and Sleeping Beauty.

Mattenson practices alongside the rest of her classmates as her instructor demonstrates what to do. The class is practicing to prepare for their show called TRIumphant on April 17, 18, and 19 at COCA theatre. “I’m most excited to perform in TRIumphant so that my class and I can showcase our hardwork and dedication,” Mattenson said. Mattenson performs a sous-sus in front of her class. Mattenson plans to continue working hard in dance and attending different camps over the summer in order to continue her path of going professional. According to Mattenson, her biggest goal is to major in ballet and join an apprenticeship after college. “It is a risky career but I am dedicated to make my dream my career,” Mattenson said.



battle of the theaters wehrenberg


Wehrenberg St. Charles 18 Cine has long been a staple of the area and has recently undergone renovations including adding in luxury suite suites in half its auditoriums and two additional 5 Star Lounge dine-in theaters.

AMC recently made its appearance on the Streets of St. Charles as the nationwide chain expanded into the area. It opened last fall, surrounded by the shops and restaurants including Five Guys and Tucano’s located near Main Street.

Ticket prices based on April 8 showings of “Fast and Furious 7.”

Ticket prices based on April 8 showings of “Fast and Furious 7.”



$10 $11



Wehrenberg has four Five Star Lounges for customers 21 years old and older, including table-side service, heated leather recliners, and reserved seating. Wehrenberg also has a bar in the lobby.

Wehrenberg has an overall number of with nine being in the St. Louis area.

Wehrenberg St. Charles 18 Cine is a at 1830 First Capitol Drive.

15 theaters across the Midwest,

6 minute drive from FHN. It is located

AMC has dine-in theaters for customers that are 18 years old and older or families with a parent or guardian. It includes a bar for customers that are 21 years old and older.

300 theaters across the country, with seven

AMC Theatres has over being in the St. Louis area.

AMC Streets of St. Charles is an 311 Lombard Street.

11 minute drive from FHN. It’s located at

Wehrenberg has both stadium seating as well as suite seats. The suite seats are heated recliners. It also has Five Star Lounges, which include recliners and seat-side service, exclusively for customers aged 21 and over.

AMC has recliners in each of its theaters.

At Wehrenberg, a small popcorn is $6.75, a medium is $7.50, and a large is $8. Sodas are $5, $5.25, and $5.75 for small, medium and large, respectively.

At AMC, a small popcorn is $5.79, a medium is $6.79, and a large is $7.79. Sodas are $4.79, $5.29, and $5.79 for small, medium and large, respectively.

your take In a survey of 280 FHN students, 57 percent chose Wehrenberg over AMC as their preferred theater.




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next two weeks in sports Wednesday 15

Boys Baseball V 2 p.m. @ FHN JV 12 p.m. @ Wentzville Boys Volleyball V 6 p.m. @ Ritenour JV 5 p.m. @ Ritenour


Boys Tennis V 3:30 p.m. @ FHN Boys Volleyball V 6 p.m. @ FHN JV 5 p.m. @ FHN Fr 5 p.m. @ FHN

Thursday 16

Track & Field 4:15 p.m. @ Henle Holmes Girls Soccer V 6 p.m. @ FHN JV 4 p.m. @FZW Boys Baseball C 4:15 p.m. @ St. Charles Boys Volleyball V 5 p.m. @ FZN JV 4 p.m. @ FZN Fr 4 p.m. @ FZN Boys Golf V 3:30 p.m. @ Winghaven (Bulldog Battle)


Boys Tennis V TBA @ FHH (Doubles Tournament) Track & Field 3:30 p.m. @ Fred Lyons Girls Soccer V 4 p.m. @ FHN JV 5:45 p.m. @ Timberland Boys Volleyball V 6 p.m. @ FHH JV 5 p.m. @ FHH Fr 5 p.m. @ FHH

Friday/Saturday 17 Track & Field 4:15 p.m. @ Henle Holmes


Boys Baseball V 12 p.m. @ Home JV 2 p.m. @ CBC Boys Volleyball V 8 a.m. @ FZS Fr 8 a.m. @ FHN (FHN 9th Grade Tournament)


Boys Tennis V TBA @ FHH (Doubles Tournament) Girls Soccer V 6 p.m. @ Marquette JV 4:15 p.m. @ Marquette Boys Golf JV 3:30 p.m. @ Troy Boys Baseball V 4:15 p.m. @ FZE JV 4:15 p.m. @ FHN Track & Field 4 p.m. @ Fred Lyons

Monday 20

Tuesday 21



Boys Golf V 3:30 p.m. @ FHN Boys Baseball V 4:15 p.m. @ FHN JV 4:15 p.m. @ Pattonville C 4:15 p.m. @ FHN Girls Soccer C 4 p.m. @ FZW Boys Volleyball V 5:30 p.m. @ Seckman JV 4:30 p.m. @ Seckman Fr 4:30 p.m. @ Seckman

Boys Tennis V 3:30 @ FHN Boys Baseball C 4:15 @ FHN

Girls Soccer V 6 p.m. @ FHN JV 4 p.m. @FHN C 4 p.m. @ FZS

Track & Field 3:30 p.m. @ Lutheran HS Girls Soccer V 3:30 p.m. @ FHN (St. Dominic Tournament) JV 4 p.m. @ FHN C 4 p.m. @ FHC Boys Baseball V 4:15 p.m. @ FHN JV 4:15 p.m. @ FHH Boys Volleyball V 6 p.m. @ FHN JV 5 p.m. @ FHN Fr 5 p.m. @ FHN


Boys Tennis V 1 p.m. @ Ladue

Sophomore Annie Russell laughs while holding a shot. Russell hopes to set the record. (karis skaggs)




bulldog battle

This year, sophomore Annie Russell as well as her coach John Brune, would like to see her reach her goal of beating the school record of 37 feet in shot put. “I would like for her this year, to break the school record, to get to State, and medal,” Brune said. Last year, Russell was one foot away from beating the school’s highest record at 37 feet. At the time, Russell was a freshman and shocked herself by making 36 feet. “It felt fantastic because I didn’t know that I could do that good; I was a freshman,” Russell said. (brief by mia elliott)

The Boys Golf team is gearing up for tomorrow’s FZS Bulldog Battle tournament at Winghaven Country Club. The meet will start at 8:30 a.m. The team is hoping to recover from a slow start to the season. The team is developing a nucleus of five Varsity golfers after losing seniors at the end of last season. “We’ve had good players that were high on JV or low on Varsity last year that have kind of stepped up and filled their shoes,” Varsity golfer Kyle Melchior said. The team will take on Howell next on Monday at 3:30 p.m. (brief by daniel bodden)

Senior Kyle Melchior taps the golf ball down the green, attempting to make it in the hole. (file photo)

Freshman Heidi Hauptman competes in the 4x8 during Knight Relays on April 2 with Brenda Alvarado, Hannah Fetsch, and Ariel Kirkpatrick. They took 2nd place in the 4x8. Hauptman got a personal time of 2:31. (lauren price)

Life in the fast lane

Heidi Hauptman competes to stand out on the track team and secure a spot on the 4 x 800 team BY RYAN SPARKS

Freshman Heidi Hauptman has been preparing for track at FHN, and now that it is here, she is setting goals to ensure that she has a successful season. She has already had two meets for the season and she is excited to see her hard work paying off. As she already made it to the state meet for cross country this year, she is excited to see how well she does during her track season. “What I’m looking forward to most this season is getting to spend time with my teammates and getting to see the results of all the effort I put into it,” Heidi said. One of the main events that Heidi is participating in the 4 x 8 relay. She already has her goals in mind, including nabbing one of the four spots on the team which are up for grabs between six girls. “The 4 x 8, girls side, has three returners coming back from the team that went to state last year,” Kim Krieger said. Heidi is committed to putting in the time that it takes to be successful in what she does. In this particular case, she is applying her general love for the sport with her skill and hard training in order to be the best that she can be. She runs at home, at school and at meets to achieve the goals that she has set. “I know all of us want a spot on the 4 x 8 team that makes it to State if



we do, so I think just kind of the competitiveness, but still friendliness of the team is going to be really exciting to see play out over the course of the season,” Heidi said. Heidi’s dedication is made very clear to the team and the coach. She expresses it in the work she puts in, the skill she has and how determined she is during meets. This has made a strong impact on other students in track from a motivational standpoint by the encouragement of other teammates. “I mean, I have the privilege of working with Heidi every workout,” senior Brenda Alvarado said. “When I’m tired, she pushes me to keep going.” The 4 x 8 team is projected to do very well this season based on their trip to State last year. The girls hope to make it to State again this year and are working hard in practices and meets to accomplish that goal. “For the 4 x 8 specifically, I want to stay on the team because there’s a lot of competition between girls this season,” Heidi said. “I just want to keep my times fast enough that they feel like they can put me on the 4 x 8 team and still have a strong team with me on it.” With this in mind, the 4 x 8 girls are looking forward to seeing what is in store for the rest of the season. Team members, such as Heidi, share the love of the sport. “Well, I could go on for a really long time,” Heidi said. “It’s just kind of a stress reliever and I love all the people I meet and become friends with. I couldn’t imagine my life without running because it’s such a big part of my life right now.”

Two leaders, one team

Senior Brycon Johnson prepares to shoot the puck to a teammate. Johnson scored one goal in the game against CBC. FHN beat CBC 5-3 on April 4. (ashleigh jenkins)

Seniors Brycon Johnson and Brennan Bureck lean on each other for support as the leaders of the roller hockey team BY BELÉN HERRERA

Seniors Brycon Johnson and Brennan Buerck have shared the leadership role on the Varsity Roller Hockey team for the past season. Some players would say that their favorite part about the game is the feeling on the court or field, but Buerck’s favorite part about roller hockey isn’t the game itself, but the friendships and life lessons he’s gained from it. “I think they’ve had a lot of experience, they’ve been on the team for three to four years now and Brennan leads by example, works really hard, keeps his mouth shut to the ref and things like that,” Head Coach Cody Kettler said. “He’s not really a negative person, he’s always positive and he works really hard. I would say Brycon, most of the kids look up to him because he’s probably one of the best players in the state so I would say a lot of the kids look up to him as far as hockey goes.” From what it seems, Buerck and Johnson make the perfect duo. Buerck has the calm attitude and respected voice in the locker room. “He’s the voice in the locker-room and everyone listens to him,” Johnson said. “Everyone knows he knows what he’s talking about.” While Buerck has the authoritative voice, Johnson has a bit of experience as well. “He knows what to do and when to do it,” Buerck said about Johnson. Johnson can’t be the leader he is without having Buerck there holding him up, and Buerck can’t be the leader he is without Johnson’s help as well. But this bond was put on hold when Johnson moved to South Dakota during his junior year. However, they got through it when Johnson returned to St. Charles. “Before this year it was kind of hard hanging out with him and stuff ‘cause I was always gone for ice hockey but this year I’ve been in town more,” Johnson said. “So we’ve basically hung out every other day [this year].” Leading any kind of sport is difficult especially when there are eight other teammates looking up to you, but if the roles were switched, Buerck says he would still look up to Johnson. “He’s a great hockey player and I’d want to be like him,” Buerck said. The friendship started back in sixth grade when Johnson and Buerck were on the same ice team. But Johnson and Buerck didn’t become close until their high school years. “In high school, we got super close but we were friends ever since sixth grade and we played on the same ice game on the very first year,” Buerck said. Being seniors, both Johnson and Buerck have to decide about college soon. Johnson is waiting for a roller hockey scholarship and Buerck will attend Missouri State. Both boys have decided to continue with roller hockey in college but the distance won’t put a strain on their friendship. “We’re still going to talk,” Johnson said. “Whenever we both come back in town I’m sure we’ll pick right back up where we left off.”

Adam Dempski watches as Bryan Fuhler prepares to pass the puck. Both Dempski and Fuhler scored in the second period. Tyler McAtee fights a CBC Cadet. McAtee scored the first goal of the game early in the second period and his second goal towards the end of the period. (photos by ashleigh jenkins)



from pitching to coaching FHN graduate of 1998 Jonathan Estes played for the St. Louis Cardinals and now coaches at FreedHardeman University in Tennessee BY TIMOTHY GODFREY

Jonathan Estes, who graduated from FHN in 1998, is currently the head coach for Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tennessee, after playing Major League Baseball for three years. Jonathan cites Nolan Ryan, pitcher for the Texas Rangers, as a big inspiration for him, since like Jonathan, Nolan Ryan played for a Major League team and coached. Jonathan began playing baseball at the age of 8 for the Reds at the St. Charles YMCA. With Jonathan’s father being a high school coach for well over 30 years, according to Jonathan, he had experience in the game because of how much he played while he was younger. He continued to play baseball all through grade school, and once he reached high school level at FHN, he got even more serious about the sport he’d grown up playing. All of the practicing and hard work Jonathan had put into his baseball career paid off. After Jonathan graduated from FHN in 1998, he was given a baseball scholarship for St. Louis University where he played for one year. The next year, he transferred to FHU in Tennessee where he finished his college schooling. “Jonathan always set his goals high and knew how to accomplish those goals,” Ron Estes, Jonathan’s father, said. “He pushed himself to be the best at whatever he tried. He was a great kid, a great student and a great athlete that didn’t have natural athletic ability, but he had a lot of faith in God. At whatever level he started at, he always improved his game and would eventually excel at that level before moving up to the next level.” In 2002, Jonathan was drafted after his senior year of college at FreedHardeman University to play for the St. Louis Cardinals. Jonathan played for three seasons with both former Cardinal players and current major league stars like Prince Fielder from the Texas Rangers, Cole Hamels from the Philadelphia Phillies and David Wright from the New York Mets. Jonathan now coaches at FHU, but his experience playing in the major leagues was and still is very special to him. “Being drafted was a very special accomplishment,” Jonathan said. “The first time I put the jersey on with the birds on the bat across the chest, I may have teared up.”

Jonathan Estes stands on the field of a Major League Baseball game. Estes played for the Cardinals for three seasons and is now coaching at Freed-Hardeman University in Tennessee. (photo submitted)

Although Jonathan was released from the Cardinals in 2004, he was ready to start the next journey in his life, building his family and starting his coaching career at FHU. His two sons, Dean and Lane, are following in his footsteps and are both huge baseball fans who really like the Cardinals just as he did when he was a child. “They get it [their love for baseball] honestly because they spend so much time at my ball games,” Jonathan said. “It is special to be able to talk to them about something we both have in common, and to be able to play and coach them at this age is very fun.”

#oneteamonefamily The Varsity Baseball team has been supporting each other by tweeting out the hashtag #OneTeamOneFamily after every game, For senior and starting pitcher Matt Philabaun, this helps his team become closer. “I use it because we don’t have any true stars on our team,” Matt said. “I mean we have a few people committed to play college and we have good players but we don’t have anybody who’s truly dominating or could truly put a whole entire team on his back by himself, we have to play as a team to win games.” According to Varsity Assistant coach Mike Freedline, Varsity has had issues in the past with working together. They didn’t come together and bond. But this year he hopes that the fact that some of the team has been together



since they were on JV will help them continue to compete at the Varsity level for the rest of the season. “I thought we’d do pretty good because I had the seniors when they were sophomores on the JV team and they were really good,” Freedline said. They played as a team so I figured this year they would also play as a team because the past couple years there wasn’t a lot of team play so it will be nice to see how competitive they are and they all just want to do their job.” As of press time, the team was 9-3. They will play tonight against Timberland at 4:15 p.m. “Whenever we win, we win as a team and nobody ever gets down on each other,” Matt said.

Senior Adam Rogan grips his volleyball in front of the net. Rogan has become a leader on the team by motivating and helping his teammates before games as one of the two seniors. (amanda eckhard)


The Varsity Boys’ Volleyball team has lost seven seniors who graduated last year and now has only two left, leaving senior Adam Rogan as the leader, who has stepped up to take on the role BY MICHAL BASFORD

Senior Adam Rogan is now one of two seniors on the Varsity volleyball team. The remaining six are juniors. This year, Adam has taken up a leadership role. “I like the camaraderie on the team and getting along with everyone,” Adam said. “It’s a very team-oriented sport which makes it all the more fun.” Adam is working on serving and blocking currently as well as working out different rotations for the team. “I think we’ve started doing really good,” Adam said. “As of late, we’ve started off rough, but we’re coming together now.” As a leader on the team, Adam helps to motivate the team. To do this, he talks to players before games to help them relax and clear their heads. During the game, he tries to keep them excited and ready to play. “I think, coming from me, his leadership is beneficial because he understands the game really well,” junior Chase Powelson said. “He’s been on Varsity since his sophomore year. The level of trust we have is incredible. It’s really good to have someone on the floor you can look up to.” Four years ago, Adam started playing volleyball. He’s played for a club team by the name of St. Louis High Performance as well as playing for the FHN team. “Adam came into this season knowing everything already,” Varsity Head Coach Ryan VonFeldt said. “He’s played volleyball for four years now, and

TOTAL BLOCKS (as of press time) David Hood: 47 Austin Price: 21 Conner Malpiedi: 16 Adam Rogan: 13


(as of press time)

Chase Powelson: 11 Other: 11

he plays club volleyball at the highest level. There’s not much more he needs to work on.” Adam’s two brothers served as his inspiration for going into volleyball. Both had played volleyball for FHN previously. “My brothers have taught me a lot, and they’re role models to me in the way I play and why I play,” Adam said Adam, as one of two seniors, has stepped into a role of leadership this year. Motivating players and working hard is all in a day’s work for this team captain. “He’s able to lead the guys,” VonFeldt said. “They follow him. As far as the drills, if he’s working hard, the rest of the team tends to follow.”



MOVIE review: FAST AND furious 7 The most recent addition to the Fast and Furious series is an action packed film starring late actor Paul Walker who died during the making of the film in 2013 BY BENNETT SMALLWOOD

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Let’s throw physics and logic aside for this one. Avid fans of “The Fast and The Furious” franchise don’t watch these because they want to analyze the film. No. They go to watch a fun, silly and action-packed film that gets more and more ridiculous with each installment. I mean, come on. They jumped a car between three skyscrapers in Dubai. But because I didn’t go into it expecting a masterpiece like “The Shawshank Redemption” or “Se7en,” I actually enjoyed it. However, this film franchise isn’t meant to break ground. It was meant solely to entertain (and earn about $150 million at the box office its opening weekend) which is why I was able to enjoy it. For those who love the series, you will be pleased because it wraps the franchise together very well. Obviously, if you’ve seen the post credit series of Furious 6 you know that Tokyo Drift takes place in between the events of 6 and 7. A character from Dom’s (Vin Diesel) team is killed in Tokyo Drift by the antagonist’s brother, Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) who is seeking revenge. Shaw is the quiet, yet vengeful bad guy who I would never mess with. The entire franchise culminates to this final, action-packed film where the team is hunted and yes, more laws of physics are broken to make the stunts just that much more epic. Those who can’t get enough of the fast cars, car crashes and crazy stunts will not be disappointed. For the car buffs, this movie includes numerous vehicles that would be on anyone’s list. There are predator drones, cars driving out of planes, and did I mention the jumping between skyscrapers? The main focus for me was around Paul Walker, who was killed in a car crash in November 2013. He had only finished half of his scenes in the film at this time. The whole movie I was questioning if they were doing a good job and giving him a proper send off. It really didn’t feel like it until the last 10 minutes. So, even though this might not be the last installment in the series for “one last ride” we get to see Dom, Brian and the rest of the crew all together. Fans will get to see the action and preposterous scenes while still remembering Paul. This was his finish line and I was happy with the outcome.


Blocked social media, blocked potential FHSD’s Wi-Fi filter on social media outlets should be lifted for student benefit throughout the day, sometimes to give us updates on what’s going on in BY MADDY SNYDER

The students of FHN were told that there would be no more announcements over the intercom, and to follow the school’s Twitter account to stay updated on school news and events. I would love to do that if I could get on Twitter, but the blocking of Twitter and other social media outlets on FHSD’s Wi-Fi makes that nearly impossible. FHSD knows how to use Twitter and other forms of social media. Superintendent Pam Sloan and many principals at FHSD schools have Twitter accounts, as well as many of the teachers. According to Edudemic, social networking has increased the rate and quality of collaboration for students. They are better able to communicate meeting times or share information quickly, which can increase productivity and help them learn how to work well in groups. Our teachers and princinpals can tweet



school, but we are not allowed to look at it. Instead we miss out because of the blocks on the Wi-Fi. Our teachers and students try to come together on social media to communicate news, homework or sports practices, students just don’t see it until after school. Edudemic also says that social networking teaches students the skills that they’ll need to survive in the business world. Being able to create and maintain connections to many people in many industries in an integral part of developing a career or building a business. There are misuses of social media in school, with teens sharing inappropriate photos online, under-the-desk instant messaging and cyberbullying; however, if principals look beyond isolated incidents we will discover how using social media responsibily can increase student learning. FHSD is halfway there, but students won’t be able to fully use social media if it’s blocked on the school’s Wi-Fi.


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BY ANTHONY KRISTENSEN • @anthonyk17slsg • @jammnicole

“Suit up” for one of the best shows that I’ve ever watched. “How I Met Your Mother” (HIMYM) takes place in New York City as the main character, Ted Mosby, tells his children the tale of how he met his wife. He tells the story, which includes his best friends, Lily Aldrin, Marshall Eriksen, Robin Scherbatsky and Barney Stinson, in a first person point of view, which provides the viewer with a better knowledge of the thoughts and emotions than that of the previously aired show “Friends.” HIMYM features many similarities to “Friends”, though HIMYM has the advantage any day of the week. Even though the two shows have very similar plots, with HIMYM taking place in New York City and Friends taking place in Manhattan, HIMYM has the better assets. HIMYM is more funny and has the better story overall. It gives a first person point of view to the events, which gives the viewer Ted’s thoughts and feelings about the events happening in the show, which makes it more organized. “Friends” lacks having someone directly telling their thoughts and feelings on a specific subject, and in many cases during the show, this would’ve added necessary comedic effect. HIMYM also contains more of a fictional twist on things, which makes the overall comedy less serious. In “Friends,” there are some very serious moments. These emotional moments take away from the overall entertainment value of the show because people generally want to laugh, not cry. Additionally, the fun, quirky group of friends that we’re introduced to goes through a series of wacky adventures that leave us with highly memorable quotes like “whenever I’m sad, I stop being sad and be awesome instead.” HIMYM has quotes that anyone can say and immediately think “that’s from HIMYM.” The two shows show similarities, but at the end of the day, HIMYM is the better show in general because of the more fictional aspect, the first person point of view, and the easy to remember punch lines, such as “I request the highest of fives.”

A quirky blonde. A nerdy paleontologist. An OCD culinary chef. A spoiled daddy’s girl. An awkward processing manager. And a ladies man that could pick up any lady with three little words: ‘How you doin?’ This is known as the 10 season show “Friends.” This show not only has some of the best characters, but has shown us how they handle the struggles, the happiness, and the sadness they have all shared in a way that makes this show an instant classic. “Friends” has been around since 1994, and has proved it can stand the test of time as an original comedy. On the other hand, from the storyline to the characters, HIMYM is just a copycat of “Friends.” For example, Ross is the nice nerdy guy, a professor, a know-it-all, and has an on and off again relationship with a woman in their circle of friends. Does this sound familiar? It should, because Ted is all of those things too. Just think about how the gang from “Friends” hang out at Central Perk and the group from HIMYM does the same thing at MacLaren’s Pub. The story writers of HIMYM really should’ve made a new, original show instead of copying “Friends”. In “Friends,” you see every little part of each character, the good and the bad, from their childhoods to their early thirties. As an audience, we can appreciate the moments of reality like this that make the show relatable as well as entertaining. “Friends” also stressed the equal importance of all of the characters which created a more dynamic show. Unlike “Friends”, HIMYM really only focused on Ted, his best friend Marshall, and his friend Barney and their lives to explain how Ted met the children’s mother. The mother was barely in the show at all even though she was the focal point of it all. The disconnect between the title of the show and the actual characters in it was confusing, whereas in “Friends”, all the characters were exactly that. As presented, “Friends” is one of the best shows out there and is 1,000 times better than HIMYM. This was not only for how it made us feel in the inside but how the show had been presented from the characters and the fact it’s an original and nothing could ever compare to it.

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YOUR TAKE People voice their opinion on the school’s decision to paint over the murals in the hallways.

“I was personally offended. That was what made our halls ours and what made them unique.”

Brittany Mathis, 11

(photo illustration by ashleigh jenkins)

“[I told them they could paint over the NHS mural because] they had been up there for quite some time and it was starting to fade so they needed to go. Maybe they should give clubs an option to go back and do a newer one.”

Donna Malkmus, teacher

“I’m really frustrated by it because some of those murals are really cool, like they got rid of the fight song and most people don’t even know that. It’s frustrating that they’re painting over all of them because they make the school unique.”

Cora Harms, 11



North star take:

if the halls could talk It’s time to decide what’s next for the walls of FHN after the abrupt decision to paint over several murals ON BEHALF OF THE EDITORIAL STAFF • @FHNtoday

It would have been a funny April Fool’s joke, but it wasn’t one. In the days that followed Spring Break, students came to school and saw the classic murals of FHN -- Norm the Knight, Knights on Top of the World, even the victory chant -- replaced by bare walls and a thick coat of gold paint. Let’s be honest for a second. The murals were not in pristine condition nor were they anything to marvel at. They were a mix of colors and clubs, years and memories, students and sponsors. Some were decades old and some were starting to show their age. Painting over damaged or aged murals is not a wild decision. But, painting over them all at once and only consulting club sponsors without student input was a mistake. There should have been warning and time for photos to be taken so the murals could be preserved digitally, if nothing else. FHN is usually excellent at incorporating student opinion in its decision making which is why it was so surprising to see the murals vanish without notice. FHN is not an art museum or exhibit hall. This is a place where real learning happens in the surrounding of people who vary as much as the colors of the rainbow. Students often have very little in common except for the fact that they walk these halls every day for four years. The artwork on the walls conveyed this theme of diversity and variety while also providing unity. The fact that students just like us walked these

Editor in Chief: Daniel Bodden Managing Editor: Lauren Pike Business Manager: Aly Jenkins Business: Brandon Macias Austin Ferguson Team Editors: Emma Pursley Alexis Tainter Design Editors: Maggie Torbeck Nick Wyer Copy Editors: Priscilla Joel Lexi Wilkinson General Staff: Alex Arger Sasha Kaganov Michal Basford Anthony Kristensen Dan Borrelli Kyleigh Kristensen Deidre Dinkins Zoe Lawson Alyssa Doty Joe Luley Mia Elliott Erika Paar Sarai Esparza Sami Schmid Timothy Godfrey Keegan Schuster Bri Gonzalez Alex Shannon Garret Griffin Bennett Smallwood Chelsi Morton-Hoskins Ryan Sparks Belle Herrera Risa Takenaka Jamie Hetlage KJ Wilson Editor in Chief of Photography: Ashleigh Jenkins

halls years ago, found their place and left a visual record of their time here meant something more than aesthetic value. Just as much as the students who fill the halls make FHN what it is, these paintings allowed graduates to keep influencing FHN’s culture long after they left. The murals couldn’t have stayed around forever, but the updating of this artwork should have been gradual, with student input and with a clear plan in place of what would replace them. There’s no use dwelling on murals that have already been painted over, though. The paint can’t be peeled back; after all, we are worried about building appearance here. It’s time to figure out what’s next for the hallways of FHN. Student expression should be a strong constant which means creativity needs to return to these walls. First, a foundation needs to be developed. Students, administrators, and club sponsors should meet to decide on basic guidelines for new murals: what colors should be used, how large murals should be, what content is acceptable and what consistent themes should be evident in each mural. Next, rather than having students from each of the clubs paint their own murals, the clubs should work with art teachers and students to develop a plan for the mural, then art students should paint the murals. We have extremely talented instructors and students in the art department of this school -- if we want the murals to be creative and appealing, leave it to the people who

are skilled and may enjoy this kind of task. Notice that the art hallway murals were left untouched. A key part of this plan should be some kind of cohesive, unifying concept in the paintings. For better or worse, we have a somewhat blank slate. Rather than replacing the old murals with more club murals that will also become outdated, the murals should instead focus on representing some of the core values at FHN -- diversity, acceptance, individualism, respect. This could even coordinate with Students for FHN’s initiatives to encourage happiness and inclusion in the school environment. Basically, instead of obscure murals with vague ties to high school at all (we’re looking at you, Garden of Secrecy lawn gnome mural), there should be some kind of thoughtful, painted representation that portrays FHN’s mission and vision. Maybe walking the halls of FHN should be something like an art museum, with creative, professional art painted on the walls that invokes contemplation and emotion, rather than basic images representing a specific group that will soon graduate. In order to preserve the culture of the clubs and sports at FHN, there can be more temporary methods used, such as photographs, framed artwork and display cases. It’s a shame we lost our old murals all at once without notice, but let’s make this an opportunity to make something that won’t be painted over in years to come.

Photo Editors: Newspaper: Alyssa Savage Yearbook Sports: Sammie Savala Yearbook: Ariel Kirkpatrick Web: McKenzie Shea Photographers: Samantha Alexander Alex Lane Jessica Allison Hannah Medlin Ashleigh Barlow Lauren Price Yasmeen Belakhoua Ashton Stegman Rachel Creeley Lucas Tabaka Jessie Define Tristan Tainter Amanda Eckhard Abby Temper Emily Floyd Jailan Thomas Madi Graves Ravyn Winter Katie Worsham Editor In Chief of Digital Media: Jake Chiarelli FHNgameday Editor: Alex Weinstock Video Editor: Sam Skaggs Video Staff: Alyssa Barber Adam Quigley Kyle Cuppy Jillian Strickland Cristina Lanzara Joseph Samuels Brayton Larson Taylor Sheridan Abby Mills Autumn Todd Ben Moxley Collin Witte Web Staff: Alex Brice Tristan Chenoweth Martin Graves Ryan Jensen Jacob Linter Chase Meyer Zach Mills Advisers: Jordyn Klackner Aaron Manfull



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