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8-9 helping out haiti Sophomore Lindsey

3 Library gets tech FHSD at-

30-31 RugbyAndri Kruger

Usry took a trip to Haiti last month to help those in poverty. Among her experiences and memories, her life changed. 12 Ride of the month Gamer Jared Aleto has

a portable X-Box 360 with X-Box Live in his 1999 Ford F-150. Just a one-of-a-kind gamer paradise on wheels. 12 cuneo enjoys crotcheting While other

students spend their free class time socializing or working, junior Katie Cuneo crochets hats and amigurumi. 13 sleep infographic Teens are notorious for

bad sleep habits. Learn some tips on getting better sleep and the difference a good night’s sleep can make. 16 spencer for representative Social studies

teacher Bryan Spencer is running to be a Missouri Representative in attempt to positively change education.

tempts to bring technology into its school libraries with a five-year plan. 4-5 board Elections Two

school board seats are up in April with four candidates running for the spots.

OPINIONS 41 100 percent Italian Heri-

originally picked up rugby at his home of South Africa but now plays for Parkway. 32 wrestling Individual victo-

33 After an overall successful season, Knightline is preparing for the State competition on Feb. 25. (ashley haywood)

ries have made the wrestling team’s season successful. 34 Pink ribbon game The suc-

cessful games raised money to donate to the American Cancer Society in honor of Patti Bartell.

tage is a lifestyle, not a bragging right. You can’t choose where you come. from.


42 FHSd internet filter


The new internet filter seems to do more harm than good, preventing students from getting information they need.

One of the randomly chosen students is senior Brianne Giaimo, a girl who faces daily challenges but keeps smiling.

on the cover This month, the North Star takes an in-depth look at randomly chosen students at North to discover what each unique person’s story is. (photo illustrations by FHN Media photographers)



Enforced DRESS CODE Contrary to rumors, there is no new dress code; the traditional code is simply being enforced BY KEVIN BEERMAN | @ k_beerman

After noticing increasingly risqué outfits appearing at the school dances, administration officials have decided to step up enforcement of rules dictating the length and appropriateness of dance attire. “I would compare it to bridesmaids in a wedding,” Principal Darlene Jones said. “For a while, the style was princess dresses. Styles have changed.” Despite the fact that there is a new push for enforcement this year, the rule has been around for years. In the past, though, dresses GUIDELINES were modeled after ball gowns, much difNo plunging neck lines. ferent than the styles seen in stores today. Dress must Junior Class President Murphy Riley, who come down to is charged with piecing together the 2012 at least the top of the knees. Prom, thinks the rule is going to curb what No open sides. she sees as a problem. Back cannot “People do take things too far,” Riley drop below said. “They show things we don’t want to waist. see, so I am glad they are enforcing it.” For dresses that violate this dress code, the Junior Class Delegates have white t-shirts which violators will have to wear to remedy the problem. In spite of these tougher regulations, Delegates sponsor Lori Moore is optimistic about the success of this year’s Prom. “I don’t think the rules are as strict as some students Senior Maggie Curran tries on Prom dresses at Lauree’s Bridal and Formal Wear on S. Fifth Street. Due are making them out to be,” Moore said. “We don’t to the enforcement of rules at this year’s Prom, Curran is extra cautious that the Prom dresses she looks at will fall within regulation. (photo illustration by sarah teson) want problems; we don’t want to send anyone home.”




Blood Drive “Normally, we have the most participants, school-wise, on this side of the river.” Alex Oppenborn, 12

NHS Induction “I appreciate the opportunity. Volunteering is great, and it will really look good on a résumé.” Michael Lindsey, 10

Battle of the burets

round table induction

“I’m excited to work with my partner. We’re going to be a good representation of the school.”

“I feel nervous and excited, but more than anything it’s an honor.” Sam Scott, 12

Chris Quenelle, 12

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upgraDed Relating to the Coffeehouse cancelation, FHSD integrates a five-year technology plan BY EAN THIELBAR | @AwesomeEman


new page turns in the FHN library as they await approval of the District’s five-year plan for modernizing the libraries in FHSD schools. “It’s a way to explore where our future is going,” librarian Michelle Stuerman said. “We need to prepare our students to live in the 21st century.” This five-year plan consists of putting in several iPads and/or eBooks, as well as taking old books out, painting the walls, adding docking stations for Apple products and getting new furniture. Additions may be added because this plan is still processing. “I agree to update the library to have better technology so that the students may further use that knowledge in its growing age,” sophomore Aaron Harmon said. “It helps to be more advanced with society because the most advanced people will always win in the end.” Some of these changes are estimated and not fully permanent until the plan is approved by the Board of Education at a later date. The plan is estimated to take five years to complete due to the constricting budget. The exact cost of the plan has not yet been determined due to its early stage of development. “We are in it for the long haul,” Stuerman said. “We want to be a place where people want to come and own a piece of it.” Also expected to be a part of the five-year plan is the “Bring your own device” policy. This policy allows any student to bring a mobile device (iPad, eBook, Kindle, iPhone, etc.) to the library and use it for educational purposes. Students may do this before school, after school, during lunch or during a class in the library with the teacher’s permission. Students will also be able to charge their Apple devices in the libraries with a docking station. “It’s an example of how our school is continuing to grow in technology,” English teacher Kristen Johnson said. “We have to be willing to change and accept where our kids are and the new things we have. We want to make sure we’re getting them as prepared as we can for the next step.”



Senior Oliva Finke works on a project for her English class on the library computers. The library has modern technology being used right now but hopes to advance its range of technology within the next few years. Librarian Angie Gunnell wants to recreate the library to look almost like a “smart bar” with new technology, including devices such as iPads. (jessica streiler)


ns TOP TWEETS @SammieSavala The District has planned for students to have their own e-mails through school in order to achieve better communication with teachers. The e-mails were originally supposed to be provided for students at the beginning of the school year but have been delayed until later this month. (michelle spencer)

late release for district e-mails Although completed in November, the student e-mails will soon be available BY NICK WYER | @copperwyer

The student emails that have been in the works since last school year are being made available to students soon. The planned release date on the emails is sometime at the end of February. The emails were supposed to come out at the beginning of the 2011-12 school year, but not all of the emails have been released yet. The reason for the delay has been because the District has not been familiarized with the system. Also, the school was not able to set up the user names for the accounts yet.

“The student emails have never gone away,” Assistant Principal Andy Downs said. “The only delay now is trying to work out a system so that every student gets their account set up.” Last year, it was decided that every high school student in the District would receive a student email along with a personal storage system akin to Google Docs called Skydrive, but they have yet to be released to the students. The benefits of this email system is that students can have a separate school email account from their personal account. In addition, the District can monitor the emails

in this system. “We have that ability, but it’s not something we sit and police,” Technology Director Ray Eernisse said. “We look at it if we suspect anything, but we don’t watch it all day.” Some students seem to be apathetic towards the emails, while others are slowly anticipating their release with excitement. “The new emails are going to be sick,” sophomore Dominic Pusateri said. “I think that the emails are going to help me get into school better and help me keep my grades up; it’ll help me keep up communication between my teachers.”

prom fashion SHOW BY BRIANNA MORGAN | @BriMarie1006

Seniors Leilani Ballestros and VJ Goddard walk the stage at last year’s Prom Fashion Show. A few different venues will be providing dresses and tuxedos for the Prom Fashion Show held on Feb. 28 this year. (file photo)


With more than double the amount of girls participating to boys, the Feb. 28 Prom Fashion Show is facing yet another year of gender imbalance. However, according to junior class sponsor Lori Moore, the issue actually works out in their favor. “We don’t have as many tuxes as we do dresses, but we also don’t want to discourage boys from participating,” Moore said. “If we have more boys participate then we end up having to pay for the tuxes because dress shops are normally more willing to donate.” The show will be held in North’s auditorium beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets to see the show and watch students model prom apparel are available for purchase from the models or Moore for $5. “I’m looking forward to being all [dressed] up and acting like a model,” junior Jordan Stobart said. “And of course the skit at the end will be funny.”

Funny how today was national wear red day and the whole freshmen class failed by wearing green #fhnNews Sammie Savala

@pistolpirrone feels like today was a good day emceeing and just being a studliner all over the place! hope you all enjoyed #FHN Nick Pirrone

@SavannahLanders Can’t stop looking at dresses #promfever

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@NathanRhomberg #Mizzou needs a huge win tonight! KU can’t do this #borderwar #beatku Nathan Rhomberg

@EmmaNicolli Pink Ribbon Game tonight at 5! Can’t wait to play for a great cause and bring home a W. #support #love #believe Emma Nicolli

@AustinKn0tt This school is so cold #Freezing Austin Knott

@jojostobs I just killed that test and didnt even know we had it today #winning Jordan Stobart

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oard of Education elections are held on April 3 this year and elected candidates’ participation in Board decisions and discussions are immediate. Issues on the Board they have to deal with are things from the long-range financial stability of the District to preparing patrons, teachers and students for the revamping of the FHSD curriculum in 2014 to the desire and need for artificial turf at FHN and FHC. Marty Hodits With his Director seat on the Board expiring, Marty Hodits is running again for another three year term on the Board to add to the six terms already under his belt. Hodits hopes that whoever may be elected to the Board, the members develop a stronger, more cooperative relationship with each other to have the District’s best interests the biggest concern. “I care about the students in the District,” Hodits said. “My boys have graduated from the District and are successful. I want our students to do the same thing.” Hodits’ main focus in FHSD is student learning. This includes providing quality teachers for schools as well as keeping each each grade level on the same page in all FHSD schools. Hodits also is an advocate for providing spending for extra-curricular activities, such as the new turf fields for FHN and FHC the Board has been considering. “We need to improve the education system,” Hodits said, “and we need a forward outlook on it.” Stephen Johnson Stephen Johnson is running for the FHSD Board again when his vice president position expires. He believes there is unfinished business, such as construction at FHHS, that he wants to see completed. “I’m running to finish ongoing projects,” Johnson said. “To make sure the facilities’ needs are met.” Johnson believes the District is currently on the right track with everything, including budget and tax rate. Johnson does want to help prepare patrons, teachers and students for the new unfunded, State mandate of Common Core Standards that will overhaul FHSD’s curriculum in 2014. There is already a task force to begin this preparation. “The more you put in, the more you get,” Johnson said. “I feel that way with myself.”


On Feb. 2, one of FHSD’s bi-monthly Board meetings were held at the Administration Building near Hollenbeck Middle School. The Board accomplished its regular agenda and also provided a chance for the candidates running for Board positions to get up-to-date on what is happening around the District. (photos by murphy riley and brandon neer)

people to support the higher tax rate.” Eric Seider Eric Seider wanted to run for a seat on Marie Haupt the Board for about 15 years and first atMarie Haupt, retired FHSD teacher of 34 tempted it last year without success. Seyears, wants to be on the Board to ider decided to run again in continue the family tradition started this year’s District elections, by her great-grandfather and grandand he feels more prepared on father, who were both FHSD Board many different levels. members. This has been an interest “I didn’t realize the amount of hers for the past 20 years, though of money and time it took,” she was never able to pursue it due Seider said. “I have another to being an employee of FHSD. year of experience of working Making comparisons “I know Francis Howell; I know with committees. I learned a In April 2011, the history of Francis Howell,” lot in campaigning and educathree seats Haupt said. “I know why we did the tion in our District.” opened on the things we did, which ripples into One of Seider’s main conBoard and eight candidates ran. now.” cerns is the District’s tax levy This year, four Haupt wants to keep the curricuand how in the coming year, candidates are lum on track, continue to decrease 20 cents are knocked off of running for an dropout rates, increase graduation opening of just the $5.13 tax rate, making it two seats. rates and help alternative programs $4.93. He supports a higher like Francis Howell Union. tax rate to fund the District’s “I’ve been there; I’ve done it; I various expenses on things know how it all works,” Haupt said. such as academics, transporta“It’s different when you’ve actually been there, tion and teacher salary. and you have to deal with Board meetings and “Education is too important, the kids the decisions they make.” are too important,” Seider said. “I want


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HEAL Sophomore Lindsey Usry took a trip to Haiti where she learned more about herself and what it’s like to live in a Third World country BY AMANDA STALLINGS | @AStall13

Sophomore Lindsey Usry sits on the steps of a Voodoo temple, helping a child make cross necklaces. Usry met the children while helping at Vacation Bible School in Haiti. Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the world, and the nation has been dealing with hurricanes, health issues and, in 2010, the worst earthquake in the area in 200 years. (submitted by brad newbold)



Usry pictured with a translator and truck driver. To this day, Haitians are still recovering from the earthquake. (submitted by brad newbold)


young children, many with little clothing, and houses built of tin. That is when Lindsey realizes that this little girl and all of the other villagers without shoes might not be the most happiness. One month ago, Lindsey took a mission trip to Haiti with a group of 15 others from her church. Over the past few years, the First Baptist Church of St. Charles has been building a church in Haiti through their partnership with a pastor there. This year, they went improvements to the church. Lindsey was looking forward to the trip, but she was also a little apprehensive about it. She knew she couldn’t pass up the opportunity, that it would be a good chance to get out of th e country and help people that really need it. “Up until the week that we left I was really excited and ready to go,” Lindsey said. “Then the realization hits you that you’re going to a third world country, and it’s poor, and you don’t know what it’s going to be like, and you don’t know the conditions you’re staying in, so it was really nerve wracking to think about that.” Lindsey’s family were very supportive of her making the trip. Lindsey’s older brother Chase Usry feels that Lindsey was impacted by the trip, and he thinks she learned a lot about how much people take things for granted in America. “I was really proud when I found out she was going and got most of the money for the trip put together by herself,” Chase said. “I think she learned a lot about how blessed we are with the things we have in America since Haitians live with so little.” Lindsey’s mom Julie Usry was also very supportive of Lindsey’s decision to go on

Usry holds up a painting given to her by Haitians on her mission trip. Lindsey says she will never forget the experience. (michelle spencer)


the trip. She believed that by jumping at the sort of money. When we left, he told us that chance and going on the trip, Lindsey was God had brought us to him for a reason. It was able to learn more about people who don’t incredible.” have much. Lindsey was most impacted by witnessing “She learned that it’s a good thing to take how the Haitians lived and found that most of a chance and follow through in doing some- them live a happier life than most Americans, thing that scares you,” Julie said. “She real- and it doesn’t take much to make them happy. ized how spoiled we are as “It’s a blessing to see Americans.” those people,” Lindsey said. Before leaving for Haiti, “I mean we were going to Lindsey and the group had church services, and they meetings discussing what to worship more than I’ve ever expect on the trip. She had an seen before. They have two idea of what she’d be seeing A TOTAL OF 3.2 MILLION to two and half hour services, in Haiti and prepared herself PEOPLE WERE REACHED and most of them are singing for the worst. and dancing, and it’s incredbenefited “I kinda knew what was ible to watch them be as poor from coming,” Lindsey said. “I as they are, and to see them water & received still worshiping as much as sanitation livelihood assistance activities lot worse. In the city, I was they are. They’re happier than expecting worse. There was most of us.” million trash everywhere. They Unable to sum up her exdidn’t care about clean- were reached perience in just a few words, with cholera health and ing up, and they didn’t care programming received Lindsey was able to see her hygiene promotion messages about their businesses looklife from a new point of view ing nice; it didn’t matter. If based on what she witnessed they’re making money, that’s in Haiti. LEARNED HOW all that mattered.” not really a feeling 36,270 TO BETTER you“It’s Lindsey saw and experi- received PREPARE FOR can put to words, just enced something else unex- homes DISASTERS kind of light and refreshing pected on the trip when she to experience a new way of info from: and the rest of the group took life,” Lindsey said. “It puts a trip to the mountains to a your life into perspective. Voodoo village, where they met met a witch doctor named Daniel. He makes a living cast- moments of seeing how these people really ing curses on people, and it puts him at the top lived and how they had to survive on close of the village. People from around the world to nothing.” While she looked forward to getting home “That is where most of the poverty was.” when the trip was over, Lindsey still knew Lindsey said. “That is where they were lucky she would never be able to forget her journey if they had pieces of tin taped together. We to Haiti or all of the people she encountered went inside one of the temples, and you could while she was there. just feel the oppressiveness of Satan working. “I was ready to be home, but I still wanted The weirdest part was that Daniel believed to be there.” Lindsey said. “It is not a place 100 percent in God but chose to follow Satan where you can just kind of forget about. It just because that is the only way he had any was a big culture shock.”

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Usry walks to a Voodoo temple with a little girl. Voodoo is the most common religion practiced by the Haitian people. (photo submitted by brad newbold)





A little girl claps her hands as the children in Vacation Bible School are singing songs during worship time. During Usry’s visit, the group also played with puppets with the children. (photo submitted)

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While waiting in the parking lot before school, Jared Aleto pulls out an Xbox 360 controller, pops up his built in screen and starts playing “Call of Duty: Black Ops.” Aleto installed the Xbox 360 gaming system in his ride about one year ago. The Xbox is portable, and is not confined to just the truck. “It’s nice that it can be taken out,” senior Sam Crapo said. “It’s the one he plays in his house, and it’s just pretty cool.” Aleto’s friends don’t have any qualms with the setup. On off hours, or after school they play the Xbox along with Aleto. Aleto has “Gears of War 3,” nearly every “Call Of Duty” game and other games, along with multiple controllers for playing with friends. Aleto can even use the Internet, through a mobile hot-spot on his phone, giving him access to Xbox Live. “There is no such thing as a negative when it comes to having an Xbox in your car,” Aleto said.



After being taught how to crochet by her grandmother, junior Katie Cuneo crochets amigurumi and hats in her spare time. Cuneo makes hats that resemble animals such as ducks and koala bears and then sells them at craft fairs. (ashley brophy)

Lost art revived Junior Katie Cuneo crochets whenever she can, perfecting what she considers a lost art BY PAIGE YUNGERMANN | @plyungermann

The teacher stops talking, and students begin to chat, text and check Facebook. A few do the work they are assigned. One pulls out a hook, yarn and a half-finished project; junior Katie Cuneo is crocheting in class. “It may sound bad, but I do frequently crochet at school,” Cuneo said. “However, I do wait until we have free time.” Cuneo crochets hats and amigurumi, which are small, crocheted Japanese animals and toys. She gives the amigurumi to her friends and family, and she sells the hats for $10 to $15 at craft fairs. Cuneo custom-makes many of these hats to look like animals, such as the rabbit hat she made for her friend Megan Bammann. “I thought it was pretty awesome,” Bammann said. “She’s very good, and she keeps trying to advance.” Cuneo was inspired to start crocheting the summer before her sophomore year when she saw amigurumi online. She spent a week with

her grandma that summer, and her grandma taught her the art of crocheting. “I think knitting and crocheting is a lost art,” Cuneo said. “It was lost with our grandparents. I rarely meet people my own age who crochet, but it’s cool when I do meet them, and we can talk about it.” One place Cuneo meets other crocheters is at McClay Branch Library’s knitting and crochet club. At the monthly meetings, Cuneo works on her crochet projects with others who share her interest. She also learns how to knit at these meetings. “She picked up knitting very quickly,” librarian Carrie Mares said. “She’s very talented and creative.” Cuneo said she plans to crochet for as long as she can afford yarn. She also is working on expanding her business by creating a website and business cards. Even without the money from the business, Cuneo enjoys crocheting because it is relaxing. “Once you get a good rhythm going, you can let your mind wander,” Cuneo said. “It’s very monotonous, and it lets you relax.”




Sleepy? No surprise if 90 percent of the students at North answer yes. Teenagers are notorious for getting poor sleep, turns out that around 15 million kids and teens don’t get sufficient sleep.

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It sounds tough, but one of the best things you can do it to go to bed and wake up at the same time everyday. Yes, that even means on the weekends. It’s also important it’s a full nine hours. Eating or drinking too much before bed can disrupt sleep. The stimulating effects of caffeine and nicotine can also lower the quality of sleep, and make if harder to fall asleep. Make sure the lights are out before going to bed. Then in the morning, when you wake-up, expose yourself to bright light. This can help your body know when it’s time to sleep and to wake up. Don’t go into a sleep coma right after school. It might be tempting to curl up and sleep for hours, but taking longer than a 30-minute nap can ruin a nightly sleep schedule. A regular exercise routine promotes better sleep, but don’t make plans to run 20 miles right before bed; too much activity before bed makes the body too active and awake to fall asleep. Relax and keep your mind stress free. Anxieties and worries can make it harder for you body to get a good night’s sleep. Practicing yoga or meditation before bed can help.


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Francis Howell North chemistry teacher Donna Malkmus has twin daughters, Mary and Carolyn Malkmus. Donna has a twin sister as well but never expected to have twins herself. (alexis christo)

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Sean & Brendan Fowler: “In spite of our many obvious differences, we have grown to be very similar in our thoughts and ideas.”

Science teacher, Donna Malkmus has FHN doing a double take. Donna has identical twin girls, seniors at FHN, Mary and Carolyn Malkmus. Donna, a twin herself, never thought she would have twins. “I never expected to have twins because I have a twin sister, and I always thought that it would skip a generation,” Donna said. “I was in deep shock when the doctor told me the news.” Having twins means twice as many school supplies, birthday

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parties, and two times the expenses, but there are also wonderful things about having a twin. “Having a twin sister means twice as many clothes,” Carolyn said. “It’s nice to just go to my sister ask her to hang out, that way I don’t have to deal with calling everyone and trying to make plans.” This summer Donna, her twin Deidre Brown, Mary and Carolyn are going on a ‘twin cruise’ down to Mexico, to celebrate the adults turning 50-years-old and the girl’s graduation.

“It’s not an actual twin cruise, it’s just a normal cruise, but when my twin sister suggested we go on a cruise during Christmas time and we thought it was a good idea,” Donna said. “I’m very excited for the trip.” While the trip is to celebrate the two generations of twins, Mary does not want there to be a third generation. Although she hopes to break the twin cycle, she still enjoys having a twin. “My favorite part about having a twin is always having someone there to make you laugh, do homework with and hang out with when you’re bored,” Mary said.

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FHN teacher Bryan Spencer helps senior Kurt Kistenmacher on a project during class. Spencer, an already active member of the community, is now running to be the State Representative for the 63 District. However, if Spencer does win and becomes State Representative, he must either have to resign from teaching at FHN or take an unpaid leave of absence. (sarah teson)

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otivated by his “Invest in People” beliefs, FHN Government teacher Bryan Spencer walks door to door, greeting every registered voter in the 63 district. Spencer is on a mission to gain as many possible supporters as he can because he is running for State Representative. For now, Spencer is the only one running for the position but there is still time for others to run against him. “[I’m] showing other people that if you are going to run against me, you are going to be running against someone that is going to work,” Spencer said. Republican candidate Spencer is a large part of the community. He is on his second term as St. Charles committee man for the O’Fallon township and is on the St. Charles County Community Assistance Board. “You have to live a life concerned with people,” Spencer said. The Primary election is on Aug. 7 and the General election is on Nov. 6. In order to prepare for his campaign, Spencer raised money by sending out letters to friends and family, asking for donations. “The worst part about campaigning is ask-

ing for money from people who are already struggling, but you have to do it,” Spencer said. ceiving the Howell of Fame award last May, when he realized he can make a difference. With his current involvement in the community, he believes he can make a difference not only in Missouri but in education as well. “I think it’s important for citizen’s to be involved,” Government teacher Kim Landman FHNTODAY.COM said. “Mr. Spencer has some strong beliefs that he wishes to use in representTo watch a video about ing other people.” Spencer and If Spencer gets elected, his campaign he must resign from FHN OR use this link: or take an unpaid leave of absence because in Mis-


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This month the North Star takes in In-Depth look at the students at FHN and their lives. We randomly drew names of kids from the 1,800+ student body. We sat down to talk to them knowing little to nothing about them, and found a story in each. Now we’re bringing those stories to you. Anything from their fears, their aspirations, or their experiences. Because everyone has a story. The inspiration for the photos came from a series by Adde Adesokan.

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The girl who never stops smiling - no matter what BY SOPHIE GORDON

Known for her jokes and compliments, senior Brianne Giaimo has a positive attitude despite struggling with everyday tasks like tying her shoes. “It’s important for people to give compliments,” Brianne said. “I also think it’s important to go to sleep.” Brianne always has a witty remark she may take awhile to express herself, Brianne loves a good laugh. “She’s just a good spirit,” sister things that have happened in the past, she’s still happy.” “She’s affected so many lives because of everything she’s gone through,” mother Jennifer Giaimo said, “and she’s still able to laugh and tell jokes. She’s never complained.” According to Jennifer, Brianne was a bright child, reading at age two. But after a tumble down concrete stairs, a CT scan revealed her mother’s worst nightmare. Brianne had a tumor on 20 FHNTODAY.COM 02.22.12

her brain stem that had been growing for years. “I had never personally known what the feeling of hopelessness was until [the doctor] told me that she could die,” Jennifer said. “That was the worst day of my life.” Brianne went through two brain surgeries at two-years-old, one of which included removing half of her brain. However, even after multiple surgeries, the doctors were only able to remove 90 percent of her tumor. If the last 10 percent grew, it would be fatal. “It just felt like the Grim Reaper was always a breath away,” Jennifer said. “We were always waiting for the other shoe to fall.” Two years later, during a routine check-up when Brianne was fouryears-old, the Giaimos received another life-changing diagnosis. “I will never forget that day. I took one look at [the doctor’s] face, and I thought, ‘Oh, God. I’m going to have to plan my baby’s funeral,’” Jennifer said, “but instead he told me, ‘This is a miracle.’ Her tumor was completely gone. We would never have to worry about it coming back again.” The Giaimo family does not have to worry about Brianne’s tumor any longer, but Brianne still has trouble with balance, writing and other simple tasks that most people take for granted. She also suffers from epilepsy. In 2010, a 90-minute seizure that almost took her life left Brianne unconscious for two days and speechless for four. ery time she has a health setback, she always bounces back.” Brianne’s future looks bright. After hopes to attend an art-based program that allows her to learn photography and sculpting. Although her story is not a typical one, Brianne’s family says she is happy with where she is at. Brianne loves to color, draw and swim. She also enjoys playing games, like Uno, and putting together puzzles. “It broke my heart that she could never be a doctor, but then I realized that she is who God meant for her to be,” Jennifer said. “She may be clumsy on the outside, but on the inside she’s a beautiful ballerina.”


Weggenmann The boy whose greatest fear is a 200-pound bird BY SIDNEY SHELTON

Twelve years ago on a summer day, junior Kevin Weggenmann went to the Saint Louis Zoo with his mom, Gretchen Weggemann. As a three year old, Kevin entered the Bird House and Garden, not knowing he was about to face his greatest fear. When he laid eyes on the 7-foot tall monster with eyes that can beat anyone in a staring contest, he began, as his mom puts it, to “freak out.” “My greatest fear is an ostrich,” Kevin said. “They’re scary, and their eyes freak me out, the way they follow you around.” at the sight of one. Friends waste no time poking fun at the unique fear. Kevin’s best friend

birds just to see his reaction. “It is a weird fear,” Kevin said. “You don’t hear about people fearing them, but as long as they are on earth, I will still be afraid of them.” PAGE BY KELSEY BELL

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The girls who are part of a set of quadruplets BY AMANDA STALLINGS

Together sophomores Aly and Ashleigh Jenkins make up half of the Jenkin family quadruplets along with their two brothers, Andrew and Austin. According to Aly, the girls don’t believe their unique situation is anything groundbreaking. Her sister Ashleigh notices the reaction other people have though, and she is bothered when people jump to conclusions about her and her siblings. “The most annoying thing is when people think we’re the same,” Ashleigh said. “We are separate people with different likes, dislikes and hobbies. When it comes down to it, Aly doesn’t like to ‘brag’ about being a quadruplet, but she admits that she and her siblings share a special bond. “I don’t really think being a quadruplet is that special,” Aly said. “I’m just like everybody else, but when you ask me [what being a quadruplet is like], I realize. It’s easy to forget about really. I wouldn’t be complete without my siblings.” PAGE BY KELSEY BELL



The girl who makes her own unique jewlery BY SIDNEY SHELTON

At a festival, a brightly colored bracelet with a unique pattern spelling out the word Skrillex caught freshman Caitlyn Chandler’s eyes. After learning more about the unique jewelery, she decided to make her own Kandi bracelet. “It looked really cool,” Caitlyn said, “I thought it’d be fun to make. I’ve never seen anyone else make them.” Kandi bracelets can be made into any pattern with colorful beads. Caitlyn learned how to construct one after watching hours of instructional YouTube videos. “The coolest thing I’ve made was a surgical mask,” Chandler said. “There are really cool patterns so you can make almost anything with them.” On average, Caitlyn spends between one and two hours creating each bracelet depending on the pattern. She even sells some of them to friends. “I love them,” friend Rachel Rotter said. “I think they’re amazing, colorful, cute, interesting and fun. I think it’s awesome that she’s such a creative person.”



Junior Ryan Sebacher walks around this school everyday, knowing that he stands out from the crowd. He doesn’t care though, he’s proud of fire red hair. “[My hair] is unique at our school, it’s not like anyone else’s.”





The boy who found an unexpected hobby BY AURORA BLANCHARD

Senior and long-time wrestler Devin Mundy never thought he’d get a concussion that would land him off the matt and into the kitchen. After receiving a concussion during wrestling practice last December, his doctor told him the unexpected news - he could never wrestle again. Mundy discovered that there is one upside to being out of wrestling- eating. make weight for wrestling, he can eat all of the concoctions he cooks up with Chris Gegg in culinary teacher Rebecca Just’s cooking room. This year, the two of them have Just three times a day. “Mrs. Just is my favorite teacher, and it’s just a place to relax,” Devin said. “I can talk to Mrs. Just or just hangout, and I can cook and eat if I want.” In these classes, he and Chris 22 FHNTODAY.COM 02.22.12

mostly cook with a deep-fryer. According to Chris, the deep-fryer can transform a Toaster Strudel, making it taste like a doughnut, among other wonders. “We made deep-fried Oreos one time, and that was really good,” Devin said. “It’s pretty much like an Oreo melted into a funnel cake. It was pretty sweet.” According to Chris, Devin thoroughly enjoys the eating part of cooking. “It’s cool to get to eat what you make yourself, especially if it turns out to be good,” Devin said. “It says that you know enough to not have to follow the recipe. “ The experiments Devin and Chris’ are able to cook up are due in part to the freedom Just gives them in the classroom. “There’s no real sound rules for it,” Just said. “You can be creative, you can try new things, use your imagination. It’s not as structured as some other things.” Chris and Just saw Devin’s cooking skills elevate when he agreed to compete in the Iron Chef competition last fall. “As soon as we started doing Iron Chef, he picked up on stuff quickly and excelled,” Chris said. It’s a bitter-sweet situation though. “It’s nice cooking but it sucks [not wrestling],” Devin said. that wrestling left, but it’s an aspect of Devin’s life that he wants to continue to move forward in. “I probably don’t want to make a career out of it because the hours aren’t very good, but I would like to keep learning about it,” Devin said. “I might go to culinary school just as a hobby on the side. It would be cool to make more advanced things, and I would be able to understand how things work and not have to just follow what a piece of paper says to do. “

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The girl who has both a logical and an artistic side BY SOPHIE GORDON

Junior Krista Simon is fascinated by art and mathematics. She aspires to be an architectural engineer- a career combining both passions. “All art interests me,” Krista said. “The reason I like architecture is because of its practicality and the math that goes into it, but it still has a really strong aesthetic value.” After watching her father, Jay Simon, run a successful architecture business, Krista wanted to pursue an architectural career herself. “As a father, nothing can make you happier than being able to say you inspired your child,” Jay said. “It’s extremely rewarding for me to see her following in my footsteps.” Krista believes that she can bring her natural artistic talent and knack for design ideas, she’s already thinking about future projects. “She has the talent and the drive,” Jay said. “She has the work ethic. All of those qualities will take her far.” PAGE BY KELSEY BELL

around the world and see different culture and different people,” Maria said. lot, help people and have fun.” Aside from more college and career opportunities, Maria also says that



The girl who moved countries to change her future BY KAYLYN SHINAULT

Moving to a new country was a challenge for sophomore Maria Remolina; however, it was more than just a move. It was an opportunity for a brighter future. Two years ago, Maria and her family moved to the U.S. from Colombia. In the midst of the chaos of a new country, school and culture, Maria had her mind set on why she really moveda chance to pursue her dreams. “We decided to move here because we believed it was better,” Maria said. “We had more options here for educolleges where America has so many to chose from.” While Maria is not sure where she wants to go to college, she has big dreams of obtaining a degree in political science and one day becoming expanded her opportunity to achieve this goal. “One of my goals is to travel PAGE BY KELSEY BELL

her school in Columbia. In Columbia, Maria was in one classroom the entire day and did not get to pick the classes she wanted to take. In the U.S., Maria can chose which classes she wants to take, and she has the option to take honors and AP classes. “Here, I can go with my studies higher,” Maria said. “In Columbia, the school made our schedules, and you can’t change it. You can go a little bit higher here.” Maria’s family wanted to move to America for almost eight years. After a long pending process, the Remoli-

their immigration to the U.S. “It was exciting and scary at the same time,” Maria said. “It was a big decision and move that would change my life.” Although the departure was long waited for, the move wasn’t exactly easy. “We were really close with our family there,” brother Juan Remolina said. “It was hard leaving them.” Once she arrived in the U.S., Maria faced other challenges. One challenge Maria faces at school in America is the language barrier. lish,” Maria said. “Some people don’t understand me. It’s hard sometimes.” justing to the social environment at American schools. “Here, there are so many students and so many clubs,” Maria said. “In Columbia, you had the same students the whole day, so you could make friends a little bit easier.” ed challenges to Maria, she believes the educational and career opportunities she now has made the challenge well worth it. “Whatever country you take me to, I will be happy,” Maria said. “I was really excited to have this opportunity.”



Freshman Peter Lewis is one of the few teens who is willing to give up their Saturday just to help out his dad with side work. Together they help to install equipment in theater rooms. They do things such as install stereo and audio equipment, and run wires.



of countless individuals over the years, still continues in Viktor’s native country. “There is always war,” Viktor and a lot of people died. I remember my mom’s friend got shot.” In addition to ethnic violence, Kyrgyzstan also faces issues with poverty. While Viktor, whose grandfather was a wealthy land owner and business partner, was not one of the 33.7 percent of people in Kyrgzstan who are under the he still experienced this poverty



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Born in Kyrgyzstan, a nation west of China that was formerly controlled by the Soviet Union, sophomore Viktor Kolosov knows both wealth and hardship. Before he moved to the U.S. his family’s large farm, and he had everything he needed and wanted, though he was surrounded by poverty. He has fond memories of playing in the countryside on the farm as a child, but ethnic violence was erupting all around him. He moved to a foreign country, but he is now a typical American teen. Kyrgyz and the Uzbek, two of the major ethnic groups in Kyrgyzstan, were mounting. This is why Viktor, his mother and his maternal grandparents moved to the U.S. Today, this ethnic con-

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“Sometimes people were begging for food,” Viktor said. “We had most everything other people did not have.” His family’s wealth allowed Viktor to come to the U.S. with his mother, and his grandparents followed a few months after. They moved to St. Louis, and lived with Viktor’s aunt, uncle and cousins. “We are very close,” Viktor’s cousin Diana Ostrovskiy said. “We grew up together, and we always get along. We are like brother and sister.” Viktor used his close-knit family for support when he started at a new school in a foreign country, where he had to make new friends and learn a new language. “He’s adjusted really well,” sophomore Jagjot Kainth said. make American friends.” tor plans to stay for good. He lives with his mother, stepfather and sister in a middle class, suburban neighborhood. He works at Imo’s Pizza, he recently got his driver’s license, and he loves computer games. He says he does not want to return to Kyrgyzstan; he considers the U.S. his home, even though he wasn’t born here. “It’s way better in America,” Viktor said. “There’s more cars, better buildings, better homes, more schools and better food.”



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Going to the gym changed senior Brian Thomas’ life. In middle school, Brian describes himself as chubby kid who was picked on for his weight. Then, at 15-years-old, Brian went to “I wanted to change my lifestyle around,” Brian said. “[My weight was] something that I struggled with. That’s the reason I started working out.” Today, Brian goes to Club Fitness everyday and lifts weights for three hours. He says he wants to be able to bench 315 pounds by graduation. Brian’s brother Kevin was the one who originally inspired Brian to start working out more than two years ago. “He wouldn’t be working out if it weren’t for me,” Kevin said. “I started taking him to the gym, and he loved it.” Brian hasn’t stopped going since. “I go to the gym, and I see a lot of results, so I stick with it,” Brian said. “It has made me a happier person, and




The girl who travels the world with her family BY NICK BUSSELL | @nbussell

While traveling through three continents and nine countries, sophomore Olivia Miller has seen more of the world than most people. Before Olivia even reached the age of two, her parents took her on an adventure to explore the world paradise in Hawaii. Olivia and her family didn’t stop there. They traveled through America and Canada. It is the trip across 4,228 miles to Lisbon, Spain of her many travel expeditions. “It was different from the U.S.,” Olivia said, “and their culture was so much different from ours.” The reason Olivia and her family take the opportunity to travel to these extravagant places is because her dad works for an airline in Chicago. He has worked for the airline for more than 15 years; since he’s put in so much time there, he is PAGE BY KELSEY BELL

able to get great discounts to take his family on vacations. “It’s a good experience for me, and the kids to get to see other parts of the world,” Olivia’s mother Christy Miller said. “My parents always traveled, so I wanted to as well.” For the Millers, one of the most rewarding things about all of their traveling is that the family gets to spend time together and bond. Olivia’s brother John Miller says he even enjoys the long, overnight plane rides because he can watch movies and socialize with his family members. “[The bonding is great because] we usually all go together,” John said. “We all decide what we’re gonna do and where we’re gonna go next.” For Olivia, seeing cultures in different countries is the best part of traveling. When she went to Argentina, she noticed many cultural differences from the U.S. She says that the citizens there were not as technologically oriented as most of the people back home in the United States. She also noticed that most people there were not as well-mannered and didn’t seem to show the same respect towards each other as the majority of people she knew in the U.S. Olivia’s last vacation out of the states was to Germany in 2009. Her parents and sister had already been on separate trips there, so they were excited to share the experience. Olivia and her family traveled all over the country viewing different monuments. They also spent time in Lutzenburg. rope [the people] are a lot closer, and they act a lot different.” Olivia is glad her family can make good use of her father’s many years spent working for the airport. She loves traveling to distant destinations and witnessing life in other areas of the world. “[The rest of the world is] a lot different than the United States,” Olivia said. “They all have different cultures that they live by.”



When sophomore Justin Hayden was asked what his most prized possession was, he didn’t hesitate for second - his Ohio State Buckeye collection. The Ohio native has so much Buckeye memorabelia he couldn’t come up with a number. His collection of hats, a bed spread, pictures, and clothes doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface. “I have turf from the field,” Hayden said. “We got to rush the field and I picked up a handful of dirt.”




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Andri Kruger has played one of the most physical games in the world ever since he was six and living in South Africa


Since he was 6 years old, senior Andri Kruger has been playing what he considers one of the most popular, most rigorous sports in the world. Rugby is a popular sport in Kruger’s native country of South Africa, much like football in America. Kruger describes rugby as a hybrid of soccer and football. “Rugby is like soccer and football in the sense it has the quickness of soccer but keeps the same physical elements of football,” Kruger said. Kruger started playing rugby when he lived in South Africa and continued playing when he moved to France. He’s been playing rugby in the U.S. for the past two years. Kruger says that playing rugby helps him remember his home town in South Africa. “Rugby reminds me of back home because it is something that I can hold on to,” Kruger said. “The game stays the same no matter where you are in the world. I guess the memories just come back when I or the time I broke my tooth, or the time I scored seven tries in a game. The memories



"Rugby reminds me of back home because it is something that I can hold on to." "The game stays the same no matter where you are in the world. " -Andri Kruger are comforting like home.” Kruger’s rugby season takes place in late February and goes until early May. Kruger currently plays competitively for Parkway game is Feb. 25 in New Orleans. Last year, Kruger and Parkway United squad came in fourth at State. “This year, hopefully we will win it,”

Kruger said. In rugby, the positions are divided into two main groups: the forwards and backs. Kruger currently plays as the eighth man for Parkway United. This means that Kruger is forward. Forwards are typically bigger and stronger players compared to the backs who are the smaller and faster players. “As the eighth man, I am a loose forward,”


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play up to speed there are some basic rugby lingo and plays listed below

Banana kick A kick with medium force that is meant to go off to the side of the kicker. The curve of the rise and fall is in the shape of a banana.

Biff When a fight breaks out on the field.


Staying in tact with home game Senior Andri Kruger plays rugby for the Parkway United Rugby Club of 22 players. sport in the US, but he his passion. He currently plays as the eighth man on the team, which makes him a forward. On Feb. 25, Kruger is travelling all the way to game.(murphy riley)

Kruger said. ”A loose forward’s job is to either win the ball back, secure the ball or to make tackles, depending on what’s going on Kruger says that he has to be in shape because rugby is a fast paced and physical sport. A match is 80 minutes with two 40 minute halves. Other than a 10 minute halftime, there are no breaks for the players, which means Kruger plays the entire game with little rest. “Rugby does keep you in shape,” senior Jackie Leimkuehler said, “but it’s not because of the length of the match. It’s because of the intensity. Soccer matches are 90 minutes, but I’m in better shape now that I’m playing rugby.”


According to Kruger, rugby isn’t a hard sport to pick up. Almost anyone can play as long as they’re determined and physically active. “There aren’t that many rules to the game, once you play a couple games and have been practicing for a couple of weeks you pick it up pretty quick,” sophomore Mac Sievert said. Kruger is continuing his rugby career next year at Lindenwood University. Someday, Kruger hopes his determination and hard work takes him to the professional level. “Someday,” Kruger said, “if my road takes me there, I would love to play professionally.”

A shoulder lock wrestling technique, often used to slow down the playthe-ball, that places pressure on joints of players.

Pitch Game field where rugby is played.

Ruck When the ball is dropped on the ground two players will compete for it by trying to push each other from the area.

Scrum Used to restart play after a penalty or infraction.

illustration by THE RUCK photo Cameron McCarty

One player from each team bind together with the ball in between them. They try to push the other away from the ball in a act of “rucking” to win the play.

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The Lead

Individual effort has allowed the Varsity Wrestling team to succeed in the final parts of the season BY NICK PONCHE | @ngponche

Varsity Wrestlers Sam Richie, Tyler Smith and Brendan Hatchel competed in the State wrestling competition in Columbia, MO on Feb. 16, 17 and 18. The results of this competition are not available as of press time, but they are available on Junior Jeremiah Reed was also supposed to wrestle at State; however, an injury during his last match kept him from competing. Since he couldn’t compete, Reed settled for supporting his team on the sidelines. “I feel pretty sorry for him,” Smith said. “He was just one match away from going to State and that was the one he got hurt on.” It was in the last match before State, which was Districts on Feb. 10 and 11, that Reed was injured. During his final match, he was knocked unconscious, and he received second place by injury default. “I would have beat him if not for that because I beat him once before,” Reed said. Despite Reeds injury, FHN placed six out of 14 schools at Districts. With 99 points, the FHN Wrestling team was 100 points behind first-place McCluer North. In their respective weight classes, Smith placed first, Ritchie placed second and Hatchel placed third. “We definitely had some good individual success, but we didn’t pull through as a team as we would’ve liked to,” coach Chris Brown said. This individual success is what junior Chad Moore attributes to any group success the Wrestling team has had during the season. He says that when the teams individual members succeed, the entire team did better in their matches. “It can take one person to inspire the entire team,” Moore said. “It gives you confidence, just knowing that you are going to win.”

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Zac Fletcher WRESTLING Wins: 10 Losses: 9 Place at GAC’s: 3rd

Sophomore Zac Fletcher blocks his opponent’s shot and goes for his takedown points during the wrestling match on Jan. 4 against Howell at FHN. During GAC’s FHN took fourth place. (alexis christo)

DANNY GOGGIN WRESTLING Wins: 24 Losses: 9 Place at GAC’s: 1st

Jeremiah Reed WRESTLING Wins: 31 Losses: 15 Place at GAC’s: 2nd


Senior Susanna McFarland swims the butterfly during the swim meet against FZS on Feb. 3. Swimmers practiced more rigorously this year to prepare for GAC’s and placed one rank higher than last year’s results. (kaitlyn williams)

Swimmers placed higher in gacs The girls swim team pushed hard to make an impact in GAC’s BY KAYLYN SHINAULT | @Kshinault

The girls Swim team ranked sixth in GAC’s this year which took place Feb. 7, 8 and 9. In the end, 11 girls made the finals, but none qualified for State. “We finished exactly how I thought we would, ” Crow said. “We gained some depth this year.” Last year, the girls Swim team

placed seventh, and this season their goal was to rank even higher. To prepare for GAC’s, some aspects of practice were altered and changed in order to prepare for the big event. “Last year our practices were mostly freestyle, but this year our practices were balanced equally with every stroke,” senior Danielle Meyer said. “We focused a lot more on technique too, instead of

just swimming as fast as we can.” Although none of the girl swimmers qualified for the State competition, the team was happy they had improved. Many of the girls ended their season proud of the things they accomplished. “I am glad I placed fifth in the 400 free relay,” senior Amanda Iborg said. “I tried my best, and I’m happy I got as high of a rank as I did.”

pressure of state gears up knightline LAUREN PIKE

Senior Amanda Pirrone and juniors Savannah Landers and Morgan Robben perform at the Pink Ribbon games Feb. 7. (ashley haywood)

megan shelley KNIGHTLINE Years Involved: 3 Last year: 1st in Kick dance State dances: Lyrical and Kick


Fresh off of a first place finish in their first competition and third place in their second, the Varsity Knightline team is gearing up for State on Feb. 25. In the last two years, the Varsity team has won first place for their kick dance, third in their jazz routine and fourth for their mix routine at State. “I want us to do well and have fun in the process,” senior Amanda Pirrone said. At State, teams are judged on execution, choreography, presentation, showmanship, technique, difficulty and energy. “I really like performing,” freshman Lauren Martinez said, “and watching the other teams perform.”

AManda iborg SWIM GACS Sixth place in 200 medly relay 16th in the 100 free Fith in 400 free relay




playing favorites Coaches views of the team are sometimes different from players BY LUCY COVINGTON

A team doesn’t just consist of the best players, but in the coach’s eyes it might as well. When coaches pick favorites it hurts the rest of the team. I am sure that coaches do not pick favorites deliberately, but it happens all the time. While it makes sense to use your best players, coaches tend to forget the rest of the team. Coaches need to make sure that they do not pick favorites by taking into effect the dedication the player has for sport, not just the talent. If a player works hard at practice, they deserve to play in the game regardless of skill level. Everyone deserves a chance to play, even the players who are new to the sport or just do not have the natural talent. I understand that coaches want to win the game and so do the players, but losing a high school sports game is not the end of the world. I would like to be on a team where people are having fun and enjoying the game, not a team where half the players are sitting on the bench.

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Proceeds from the Pink Ribbon game are going to American Cancer Foundation in honor of math teacher Patti Bartell BY TAYLOR BARTRAM | @BartramTaylor


roceeds from this year’s Pink Ribbon basketball games, which were on Feb. 7, went to the American Cancer Society in honor of Patti Bartell. Bartell was diagnosed with breast cancer in August, and in December, Bartell finished chemotherapy. FHNTODAY.COM “Every year our whole night is geared around helping others, and one way is donating money to a place that is trying to find For a recap on a cure,” Pink Ribbon game founder Dawn how the varsity Hahn said. team played at the Pink Ribbon In the past four years, the Pink Ribbon Game games have raised over $2,000 to the AmeriOR use this link: can Cancer Society. As of press time, the total amount of money raised is not yet known. “It makes me feel proud of our school and happy it is going to a good cause,” game attendant Allie Medlin said. At the Pink Ribbon games, both the girls and boys teams defeated Fort Zumwalt East. The Varsity girls won 46-40, and the Varsity boys won 48-36. Some team members attribute these victories to the positive cause. “It inspires us and motivates us to give everyone there a good show,” senior Emma Nicolli said, “and Sophomore Madison Gilliam plays defense against the Fort Zumwalt East Lions during North’s 4th know we are fighting for more than just a basketball Annual Pink Ribbon Game. At the end of the Varsity Girl’s game each player honored someone who has survived, suffered from, or been a supporter of someone with cancer. (brandon neer) game.”


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boys basketball

“A lot of the players are preparing for tryouts at the off-season workouts by conditioning.”

“We barely won our first game against Holt but made a comeback and won GACs.”

Nik Myers, 10

Aaron Andrews, 10

GIRLS Swimming “We pushed ourselves to the breaking point [at finals] and it definitely paid off.” Clarissa Sandbothe, 9

Soccer “Some of the girls have been going to kick-arounds; basically we just scrimmage to prepare for tryouts.” Kyleigh Kristensen, 9


One of the referees of the Pink Ribbon Game hands the ball to sophomore Annelise Arger after a basket made by the Lions. The game was played with great effort from both teams. However, the Lady Knights came out on top. (matt krieg)

RIGHT: Junior Blake Shambro goes up for a lay-up against Fort Zumwalt East during the Pink Ribbon Game on Feb. 7. The whole crowd was wearing pink to support the American Cancer Society. Shambro helped assist his team for their win against East. (brandon neer) BELOW: Junior Kyle Lemons goes up for the lay-up while being fouled in the process. Lemons is known for his famous dunks during the Knights basketball games. (zack eaton)

The Lady Knights Varsity basketball team lines up for the National Anthem. The players are in various pink attire in honor of the 4th Annual Pink Ribbon Game. (matt krieg)


MIDDLE: Sophomore Annelise Arger attempts to pass the ball to one of her fellow teammates. Arger is one of the five sophomores on the Varsity team. (brandon neer) LEFT: Senior Summer Pauley goes up for a shot during the game against the FZE Lions. This is Pauley’s second year on the Varsity team. (brandon neer)

During half-time all attendees and players wearing pink were asked to come down to the court to take a photo. Many fans, players, Knightline and cheer members got together for the group photo. (erin d’amico)

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Nine athletes share how they cope with losing meets, games, and competitions as well as what they need to work on to prepare for the future.

Callen hall, 11

nick cole, 11

Boys Basketball


KENNY Senior Kenny Ruiz reminisces about his years playing hockey BY TANNYR SEDDON

Boys Basketball

“I’m obviously disappointed we lost but I’m focused on the next one.”

“[When we don’t do well] We just move on and work harder the next day.”

“My shot because whenever people play defense on me, they box me off.”

“I need to work on my shot, and I need to be more consistent.”

kelly gannon, 11

katie stepanek, 12

Varsity Knightline

Varsity Knightline

“I just think that the next time we need to do better and hope for the best.”

“If we don’t do as well as expected, we listen to the judges’ tapes and work on what we need to fix.”

“I guess [what I really need to work on] is wanting to practice.”

“[We need to work on] dancing as a team, dancing as if one person were dancing.”

Q: How long have you been playing hockey? A: “Since I was in first grade.” Q: How did you get started playing hockey? A: “My brother played it before me so I kind of got into playing it because of him.” Q: What made you want to play hockey? A: “Just the whole fact that it’s a big team sport and fast paced.” Q: What is your biggest accomplishment in hockey? A: “Making varsity all four years.” Q: What is your most memorable moment? A: “Beating Howell with 1.3 seconds left.” Q: What have you learned from playing that will help you in the future? A: “That if you work as a team, everything is a lot easier.” Q: What has always pushed you to do your best? A: “My coaches and my dad.”



Taylor Schumacher, 11

casey koko, 11

Varsity Cheerleading

Varsity Cheerleading

“We find out what we did wrong and we practice it so we can do it right next time.”

“Just remember it’s not the last one and we can do better next time.”

“I need to work on the sharpness of my moves.”

“[I need to work on] having a better attitude.”


Kristina Forst, 9

Girls Swim

Girls Swim

“Normally I’m okay with it because we still worked hard and tried our best.”

“It’s just one of those things where you know you did your best and you work harder for the next meet.” “I need to push myself harder to get faster at my times to achieve my goals.”

“Endurance is always something I can work on, I don’t want to slow down halfway though an event.”

Fhn varsity hockey Focus MarkJOnes,11 Varsity Hockey “[Losses makes us stronger] because we learn from our mistakes,” Jones said.

When junior Mark Jones loses a game, he moves on and focuses on the next one. With determination, Jones turns defeats into positive experiences and chances to learn.


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The Vow is a creative love story with a perfect balance of romance, comedy, and emotion BY SIDNEY SHELTON

As a person who has not seen “Titanic” or “The Notebook,” actually sitting through, let alone paying to watch, a love story is unheard of. I walked into “The Vow” just looking forward to watching Channing Tatum, but after seeing this, movie I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed it. Leo (Tatum) and Paige (Rachel McAdams) are married after meeting four years ago. One night on their way home from a show, they are rear-ended, causing Paige to experience severe memory loss. Paige can not remember the past five years of her life. She does not remember that she is married to Leo but instead thinks that she is still in love with her ex-fiance Jeremy (Scott Speedman). Leo spends the entire movie trying to make his wife fall back in love with him, and Paige spends time trying to re-discover who she is. The movie has a nice balance of comedy, sappy romance and sad moments. Tatum and McAdams do a very nice job acting together, and they have a good connection on screen. I also find it interesting that the movie was based off of a true story. I enjoyed the movie and the storyline despite the fact that there wasn’t really a climax. Paige loses her memory within the first 20 minutes of the movie, and the pace after that was slow. However, the insight into Paige’s past kept it interesting. I thought the actors did a really good job of showing the emotional stress between the characters. However, since there was not a climactic point, the ending was abrupt. I enjoyed this movie for the plot, emotions and, quite frankly, looking at Channing Tatum.

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smash will be a smash hit BY AMANDA STALLINGS | @AStall13

NBC’s “Smash” premiered on Feb. 6 and is sure to be a popular hit. The TV show is a musical drama centered around the production of a Broadway show based off of Marilyn Monroe’s life. Karen Cartwright (Katherine McPhee), a freshface waitress who is the unexpected choice, and Ivy Lynn (Megan Hilty), a veteran actress favored to play the part, battle it out to see who is chosen as the envied part of Marylin.

“Smash” is sure to make it big and become one of the top winter TV shows. It’s along the lines of a musical TV show but doesn’t have the cheesiness so many of them do. I’m already looking forward to downloading all of the songs played on the show. The show portrays the shocking action that takes places behind the scenes before the curtain is pulled back, and if you’re a fan of musicals, Broadway or simply a good dramatic competition, then “Smash” is a show you should check out.

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If you are going to read only one book this year, it needs to be John Green’s “The Fault In Our Stars.” This is the story of Hazel Lancaster, a teenager with cancer. At a cancer support group, Hazel meets Augustus Waters, and the two bond over Hazel’s favorite book, “An Imperial Affliction.” Hazel’s witty narration provides an honest account of what it is like to be a teenager with a terminal illness. As I watched Hazel and Augustus grow closer, I cried then laughed through my tears. This book surpassed my expectations, and it is by far Green’s best book yet.

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“Scars and Stories,” the third studio album from The Fray, is somewhat boring. Most of the songs sound similar, like they’re trying to belong in the top 40. The only song that seems like they didn’t abandon their roots is “Munich.” The Fray seems as if they lost all of their artistic value and want to get mainstream radio play. Instead of the music being piano-based, it’s more fast-paced and focused around the lead guitar. If you’re a fan of The Fray, you probably won’t enjoy this album. Needless to say, I wouldn’t recommend anyone buy it.

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With over 34 million views, Jenna Marbles offers comedic advice for a variety of situations BY TAYLOR BARTRAM | @bartramtaylor

Jenna Marbles is a YouTube video blogger with a crazy and outgoing attitude. It’s her annoying, dumbfounded voice that gets people to tune in on her weekly episodes. However, she unnecessarily drops the f-bomb every five seconds. Yes, high school students hear and say that word many times a day, but she uses it excessively. Despite all of the f-bombs, Marbles’ comical expressions and feelings she shows towards celebrities and popular videos make her entertaining. Everyone needs a little humor sometimes, we aren’t the only ones who have the same feeling towards celebrities. She has the right idea; she just needs to lose the f-bombs. Overall, she is always good for a laugh. Keep kicking up the humor and entertainment, Jenna Marbles.

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NATO’s modern missions are sending money down this useless organization’s drain BY LISA SAVILLE | @savvysaville

Nothing has been accomplished in NATO’s recent years but the continued shedding of blood in military operations. In January 2002, the first contingent of foreign peace-keepers were deployed in Afghanistan in order to begin a fight against the Taliban. Years later, this mission is not aiding the Afghan people or advanced the cause of the alliance. NATO was founded for the purpose of protecting western Europe against Soviet aggression. However, the Soviet Union no longer exists. European states now belong to the alliance of the EU, which possesses a military contingency plan. The U.S. has a powerful military of its own. We can all take care of ourselves. Furthermore, NATO has deviated from it’s original purpose. Instead of uniting North Atlantic nations, it has taken it upon itself to improve the security of nations which arn’t on friendly terms with the alliance. But in its attempts to improve Afghanistan, they have only made conditions worse. Not only has it deviated from its purpose, but the alliance has wasted the $711.8 million dollars put into it by the U.S. NATO has lost its sense of purpose. As Professor Andrew Bacevich says in his April LA Times article, “calling [NATO] a successful alliance today is the equivalent of calling General Motors a successful car company- it privileges nostalgia over self-awareness.”

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Young people are dangerously unaware of current events and issues BY AUSTIN SEAY | @seaystheday

The news is always the same- horrifying weather disasters, devastating crime sprees and political debates that don’t seem to accomplish anything. Let’s face it, most of us would rather read the obituaries than watch the nightly news. According to the Public Broadcasting Station, 27 percent of young people don’t have any source of news on an average day, and who can blame them. You open a newspaper and find there are record-breaking civilian losses in Afghanistan, and the violence in Syria is even worse. There’s a reason news like this upsets us. That feel-

ing of dread you get when you hear about an entire town left without food or water is actually brushing against that place in your chest where your sympathy used to be. Seeing it everyday weakens our sense of compassion. We just expect it at this point. But we can’t just ignore it because we’re sick of hearing about it. Disregarding problems is what has made things as bad as they are now. No one is willing to listen, so no one is going to try to make things better unless guilted into it with Sarah McLaughlin songs. So as effective as wearing your world peace Tshirt has been for changing the planet, maybe we could tune into the news at 5 p.m. and actually start to make a difference.

dress code drama BY PAIGE YUNGERMANN | @plyungermann

The administration had the best intentions when they decided to step up enforcement on the Prom dress code. The goal of this code is to keep the attire appropriate to let everyone enjoy the dance. While I don’t want to see more skin than I have to, the enforcement of this code is going to cause a lot more drama than it is worth. Students are outraged about the dress code, and keeping Prom attire appropriate doesn’t seem worth this student discontent. This problem expands even more when students, who spend $70 on a ticket and even more on an outfit, are turned away the night of the dance. I understand the need for a dress code during the school day, when revealing clothing can take the focus away from learning, but Prom is about having fun and not about learning. The code just makes students upset, and keeping clothing appropriate doesn’t seem worth its discontent. (cartoon cameron mccarty)

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CAN YOU TELL? Walking around with that stamped on your forehead does not give you swag BY AMANDA CORNETT

People come from all different backgrounds. Recently, I have been hearing people exaggerate their heritage to conform with society’s outlook on certain descents. Like when people say “I’m 100 percent Italian, baby.” That might be true, but I think people say that to seem cooler. Take the “Jersey Shore” cast. They’re always ranting about how they’re Italian and stick to their roots. I’m not Italian, but I am pretty sure that fist pumping has nothing to do with Italy. Heritage is something to be proud of; not something to distort to meet a cultural demand. Just because your second cousin twice removed on your mother’s side is one-sixteenth Irish does not make you practically half leprechaun. So when St. Patrick’s day rolls around, don’t run around telling everyone that you are from Ireland. People need to be true to who they are, and they should be completely honest with themselves about their family history. People should be proud of where they truly came from. 02.22.12 FHNTODAY.COM 41


Francis Howell School District censors just as much online as China ON BEHALF OF THE EDITORIAL STAFF | @fhntoday

The implementation of FHSD’s new Internet filter policy is a failure. This is no surprise. The District has a track record for approaching technology decisions with a narrow-minded view and creating plans that look good on paper but are based on illogical grounds. For example, the filters blatantly contradict their mission statement of building a “collaborative culture that values partners in learning.” If the District were concerned about the future of its students, they would embrace social networking as a productive learning tool. The District contradicts their mission statement by denying students the opportunity to learn how to use technology for the 21st century. By censoring websites instead of providing Internet training, the Administration robs students of necessary online experience in a world where Internet start-ups and social



media directors are viable career choices. The debate team recently ran into a snag If the District’s main issue is bandwidth, while researching the new Lincoln-Douglas they need to spend money on that instead of debate resolution. The website was blocked restrictive Internet filters in order to prepare because of “violent material.” If the filter students for what awaits them outside of deems intellectual topics on foreign policy school. With 250 megabytes of bandwidth too violent for high school students, then how to disperse across the entire School District, will students ever be ready to handle criticalTechnology Director Ray Eernisse even thinking situations if they aren’t exposed to said that social media sites would not take them in a safe environment? up a concerning amount of Whether FHSD likes it or bandwidth. Therefore, the not, students are growing up in District has no reason to a digital generation. If a student restrict social media websites Whether FHSD likes abuses social media at school, that don’t take up a significant it or not, students then that should be handled on amount of bandwidth and an individual basis. It should are growing don’t harm students. not be an issue that the District up in a digital Even if the District bought needs to address because they the filter with intentions to have larger problems on their generation. block inappropriate material, hands. Teachers are perfectly it can’t even do that. It blocks useful capable of enforcing this, just as they enforce Internet tools haphazardly categorized as the new cell phone policy- and every other inappropriate, while not always blocking rule in the code of conduct- that allows actual inappropriate material. While searching students to use smart phones as tools in class. on a school computer for pictures of “The Because the Internet is an educational Vow” to review in the paper, the editorial tool, limiting it only limits the quality of staff came across a picture of a naked person. education for students. Censorship does not But while searching for a Fray album cover promote the free exchange of ideas, does not with three, fully-clothed men running across provide an open environment for learning and a field, we were blocked for “pornography.” does not make way for a modern education.


american schools need to broaden their horizons Languages are the key to communication in this society, where interacting with the rest of the world is fundamental BY ISABELLA LANZARA | @Isabellalanzara

With over 300 million people living in the Unites States and more than 900 million people who speak English in other countries, it is the second most spoken language spoken in the world. Since the U.S. is one the major powers on the globe, people strive to learn English language to communicate with Americans. People everywhere are learning how to speak English and incorporate it in their everyday life; yet, Americans don’t make this same effort. I don’t think Americans understand the importance of learning a second language because it doesn’t only give you an opportunity to communicate with those who speak a different language, it also expands your cultural understanding. Other countries start learning English from a very young age- some start as early as elementary school and study it all the


way through high school- meaning that by graduation they have more than eight years of English under their belt. Americans, on the other hand, decide not to be aware about the rest of the world, and that not only makes them selfish, it also makes them ignorant. Students struggle to even take two years of a foreign language in high school, and the majority of colleges don’t require much more than that to graduate. Maybe that’s why a lot of people aren’t motivated to learn a new language. American institutions of education don’t make it a priority. Spanish is the second most spoken language in the U.S., and one of the most spoken languages in the world; we need to try and learn it to communicate with everyone living in our country. Just like other countries, America needs to teach it’s students a second language from a very young age so they can grow up with the key to communicate with more of the world. We can’t always expect others to adapt to our language. We need to make just as much effort as everyone else.

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people think put our school in a negative light. But sadly how can we blame someone else As you know, I have recently made an for something we have done. We represent appearance on MTV’s “MADE.” Many our school. Not them. We are responsible for have told me they are surprised I have our own actions, and it is a shame that a few been bullied and that actually, I myself am people had to say some silly things that made a bully. our school look “bad.” We need to take reWhen I first heard these rumors, I can’t sponsibility and make a change. We gave them explain to you how much it broke my the footage; they just used it. heart. To think people thought I made up Although many believe the show was a such harsh things said about me and that negative situation I strongly disagree because I myself have inflicted the pain of being the messages I have been getting have told me bullied into others. It completely blew my how glad they are to have seen the episode mind. and how it has changed their life. We should To set the record straight, all the things realize positives come with the negatives, but on the TV show were real. None of it was we need to look at the change the school has scripted; however, I wish I could tell you made in many peoples lives. I’m proud to be a it was scripted because the things that student at this school, and I hope my peers feel have been said to me we’re very hurtful, the same pride. and I do wish that it didn’t happen. However, they did. Yours truly, Many also blame MTV for what Julia Carney



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