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10 OZZIE SM ITH Over the Summer, AP Studio Art teacher Zac Smithey created art for hall of famer Ozzie Smith. His paintings made over $9,000 for Smith’s charity foundation.
06 LOOKING BACK Take a look back at all of the great times from last year, and get pumped for what is coming up this year.
08 CLASS TIPS Use these class tips to help yourself approach the new school year with the right attitude depending on what grade you’re in.
14 SUMMER PHOTOS Students submitted photos of themselves doing things interesting things this summer.
COVER Starting a new school year can be stressful for new and returning students. Because of this, the North Star presents the 2012 Student Survival Guide with tips to help ease that beginning of the year stress.
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Meet the new faculty at FHN This school year North will be welcoming seven new teachers, two new guidance counselors, four new interpreters and one new nurse.
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GRADUATED FROM: UMSL CLASSES TEACHING: English I and III FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM: STL Cardinals FAVORITE MOVIE: Princess Bride FAVORITE TV SHOW: 30 Rock ONE WORD THAT DESCRIBES HER: Curious
GRADUATED FROM: Lindenwood CLASSES TEACHING: Multimedia I & II, Micro Computer Apps, Web Design I & II FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM: Rams FAVORITE MOVIE: Terms of Endearment FAVORITE TV SHOW: American Idol ONE WORD THAT DESCRIBES HER: Techy
GRADUATED FROM: Lindenwood CLASSES TEACHING: American Government FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM: Dallas Cowboys FAVORITE MOVIE: The Lord of the Rings FAVORITE TV SHOW: Sports Center ONE WORD THAT DESCRIBES HIM: Fun
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from Barnwell Middle School
GRADUATED FROM: Springdale, TN FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM: FHN Knights FAVORITE MOVIE: Mary Poppins FAVORITE TV SHOW: HGTV ONE WORD THAT DESCRIBES HER: Witty
GRADUATED FROM: University of Southern Indiana FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM: Son’s soccer team FAVORITE MOVIE: Can’t narrow it down FAVORITE TV SHOW: Mike and Molly WORD THAT DESCRIBES HER: Hard-working
from Francis Howell Central
from Francis Howell High
from Lafayette High School
GRADUATED FROM: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill CLASSES TEACHING: Government FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM: UNC Tar Hills FAVORITE MOVIE: Blind Side FAVORITE TV SHOW: Biggest Loser ONE WORD THAT DESCRIBES HER: Caring
GRADUATED FROM: Mizzou CLASSES TEACHING: English II, Mythology, Sports Literature FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM: Mizzou FAVORITE MOVIE: Road to Perdition FAVORITE TV SHOW: Phsych ONE WORD THAT DESCRIBES HIM: Driven
GRADUATED FROM: Truman State University CLASSES TEACHING: United States History FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM: STL Cardinals FAVORITE MOVIE: Rudy FAVORITE TV SHOW: The Daily Show ONE WORD THAT DESCRIBES HIM: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
GRADUATED FROM: William Jewell College FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM: STL Cardinals FAVORITE MOVIE: Just Friends FAVORITE TV SHOW: Modern Family ONE WORD THAT DESCRIBES HER: Bubbly
Joe Reidelberger (photo not available as of press time) Physical Education - from Barnwell Middle School -
GRADUATED FROM: Jacksonville State, FL FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM: Notre Dame - FAVORITE MOVIE: Field of Dreams - FAVORITE TV SHOW: Sports Center page by emily forst
you need to know
Whether you’re a freshman, a new student, or even a returning student, there are some things you need to know that you may not. The North Star staff decided that every student at FHN could benefit from knowing these 10 people and what they’re all about.
HEAD PRINCIPAL The head principal at FHN is Dr. Darlene Jones, she’s the one who runs the show. She can generally be seen smiling and walking around the halls.
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STUCO PRESIDENT Ashlynn Laspe is the Student Council President for the 2011-2012 school year. She is the first Junior to be president at FHN. She will be in charge of all of the StuCo sponsored events, including Homecoming, Snowcoming, Mock Rock, Mr. FHN, and more.
I love Student Council because it’s a great way for students to help out the school, and people should join because it’s a lot of fun.” -Ashlynn Laspe, 11
The scream team is a group of guys that is always there to cheer on the Varsity girls volleyball team. The group is a little exclusive, but if you want to join you had better have a good pair of lungs, and a lot of energy.
It’s fun to get the crowd rowdy. I like the spirit we all have towards the team.”
-Adam Voss, 12
You will probably hear her name on the announcements more than once. Kayla is the artist of FHN. If you have a question about art, or need some help, ask this girl because she knows her stuff.
I like art because it sets me aside from other people, it makes me unique, and it makes me feel like I’m doing something.” -Kayla Busby, 12 +
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Mike Janes is the activities director. He coordinates all sports games and usually attends games held at North. He also maintains the activities portion of the school’s website which includes the activities handbook, dates, and athletic information.
I like that I get to deal with activities and see students outside of the classroom and I get to see them progress with our student leaders.” -Mike Janes
ROOM 23 Getting called down here means that you’ve probably done something bad, but don’t worry, just stay out of trouble and turn in your late notes, and you won’t have to worry about it.
The people [at FHN] are really nice. I work with great people and great students.” -Tony Grippi
HEAD LIBRARIAN Angie Gunnell is the head librarian here. She helps when classes are doing research in the library and she also maintains the library’s website.
I like my job because high school kids are awesome, and people need to come to the library because it’s the place to be.” -Angie Gunnell
I love my job because I can help people in really tough situations. I really like teens, and I like being here for them. Everyday is more interesting than the last.” -Mary Kerr-Grant
SENIOR CLASS PRESIDENT
If you’re ever in any kind of trouble, or you need to talk to someone that won’t judge you should go to Mary Kerr-Grant in Guidance. High school can be stressful, and anything can happen, so you need to know that there’s always someone to go to.
SPANISH TEACHER & TECH SPECIALIST
Sarah Teson is President of the senior class this year. Delegates are in charge of everything that goes on in students’ graduating class. If you would like to get more involved with your class, or you just want to know what’s going on, find your class president.
Brian Santos is FHN’s instructional tech specialist, teaches Spanish and sponsors the foreign language club. If you need a digital class project, or if you need help brushing up on your Spanish, he’s the guy to see.
I love being a part of delegates because everyone is best friends, even if we weren’t before, and we work really well as a team, and people should join if they want a say in their senior year.” -Sarah Teson, 12
I enjoy interacting with students and learning from them while teaching them.” -Brian Santos
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koe picnic Senior Alex Walker and one of his classmates at North battle in one of the blow ups at the KOE picnic on May 6 on the football field. The object of the game is to try and knock the competitor off the center of the blow up to win the game. (jessica streiler)
spirit weeks Seniors Andrea Long and Zack Wood dress up as an old married couple for North’s prom spirit week. They dressed up on group day during the week held on April 19. Long and Wood dressed up everyday of the week in impressive outfits and wowed their peers. Wood actively participates in the performing arts as well. (erin d’amico)
mr.fhn Graduates Dylan Thayer, Lauren Jacobson, and Kelsey Ward read their lines during a break in the Mr. FHN show. Thayer, Jacobson, and Ward have all been very involved in activities and events during their four years at North. Mr. FHN was held on April 29 in North’s auditorium. (sam hurrell)
SURVIVAL GUIDE page by chelsey damalas & abby west
Graduates Alyssa Bocci and John Davis were named king and queen of the 2010-2011 masquerade prom. They danced together after the crowning with large smiles on their faces. Prom was held on April 23 at the St. Charles Convention Center. (brandon neer)
godspell Sophomore Kelsey Mcroy and Senior Christina Womack dance during a Godspell play rehearsal. The play was held on April 7, 8, and 9. Several students and parents attended the well rehearsed musical. (jessica streiler)
powderpuff The class of 2011 celebrates their impressive victory against the juniors. Powderpuff was held on Wednesday, Sept 29. “I look forward to dominating the seniors, so the juniors can win a non-fixed game,” sophomore Hannah Brown said. (tori hanke)
pep assemblies The Class of 2013 shows off their school spirit at the spring pep assembly. Even though they were only sophomores, they made a lot of noise at their last pep assembly as underclassmen. “I look forward to having interesting guests at the assemblies and being a senior and almost being done with high school,” senior Austin Blackburn said. (Brandon Neer)
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black & gold day Sophomores Brittany Emerson and Shelby Floyd show their spirit while walking in the athlete parade on Black and Gold day Aug. 21. (nicole thompson)
mockrock Graduates Jon Kamp, Ben Hess and Ryan Gannon lip-sync and dance to a cover of “California Girls” by Katy Perry for their humorous Mock Rock performance. This year the theme of the night was “Mock Your Socks Off.” (sam hurrell)
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On Oct. 1 the gym was transformed into a replica of Gothem City for the Dark Knight themed homecoming dance. The estimated 1,000 students that were in attendance experienced changes from past years, including the absence of the tent around the dance floor. (brandon neer)
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2015: What will your legacy be?
PREPARE FOR THE
with the right attitude Check out these class tips with advice about what to focus on this year. +
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Take it seriously
-- Take rigorous classes. This is your last year. You can’t redo it, so don’t take it easy. You might regret it later if you do.
-- Don’t wait for senior year to plan for college, it will already be too late. Look into schools and take the ACT more than once.
-- College seems far away, but the grades you make this year matter. Don’t forget that, and make sure to work hard.
--Your performance throughout high school will be determined by your academic attitude freshman year.
Set an example
Narrow it down
-- You’ve kept up the work so far, so don’t let your grades slip now. Colleges won’t take Senioritis as an excuse.
-- You’re an upperclassmen now. Like it or not, the underclassmen look up to you. Make yourselves look good.
--Find specific clubs and sports that interest you the most and focus your energy there.
--Join clubs and sports that interest you. Don’t over do it though. Becoming overwhelmed is never good.
--This might be the last time you get to see some of the friends you’ve made in high school, so make the most of it.
-- You’ll be competing in the Sr/ Jr spirit competition in assemblies. Make sure you give the Seniors a run for their money.
--Don’t get lost in the trends of your peers. Find your interests and find people who share them with you.
--Don’t be afraid of the upperclassmen, be social and make friends in different grades.
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PAINTS FOR CHARITY kevin beerman
For five years, Zac Smithey has been working with North’s art students to create art that they’re proud of. However, this summer, Smithey took his summer break to focus on his own art. Early in the summer, he was approached by Ozzie Smith to produce paintings for fundraisers with Hank Aaron and Robin Yount. The art from the shows raised $9,000 in scholarship funds for children in need. “It feels good that I can make art to send kids to college,” Smithey said. “It’s a good reason to do art.” After creating art for the fundraiser, Smithey focused on work for his show in mid July. Normally, Smithey doesn’t have trouble creating art for his shows, however, he had only finished a show a month and a half earlier. “I get antsy if I sit around,” Smithey said. “I feel the need to be productive.” Smithey spent between 10 and 14 hours a day in his studio creating over 96 pieces for his new show. While he made enough art for the showcase, he fell short of his goal. “I didn’t want to show any of the same stuff from the other show,” Smithey said. “I set goals that are impossible so that I always achieve.” Recently, Smithey bought a studio so he could work with local artists to cooperatively create an art community in the area. By doing this, he is hoping to draw attention to the talent that has been, in his opinion, ignored in the area. “I want these areas to be known as happening places for art,” Smithey said. “I want to start a movement.” +
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Hall of famer Ozzie Smith watches as Zach Smithey shows him one of his paintings as it dries. Smith commissioned Smithey this summer to do some work for Smith’s foundation, which raises money to send disadvantaged kids to college. (photo submitted)
ADVENTURES Senior Nicole Yuede poses with a friend she met at Missouri Girls State. Seniors Aly Bouquet and Kelsey Bell were both also chosen to attend MGS along with Yuede. While there the girls were put into MGS cities with up to 35 other girls from all around Missouri. Most of the time they spent was with girls they met for the first time upon arriving in Warrensberg, MO where the Girls State program takes place annually. (photo submitted)
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During the month of June, Nicole Yuede participated in Missouri state government first hand as she was elected to a mock Senate as part of the state government simulation set up by Missouri Girls State (MGS). MGS is a week long program at the University of Central Missouri designed to teach high school senior girls about Missouri government. “Girls State taught me a lot more about our government system and the practical uses of that system,”
Nicole said. “You can learn about it in a classroom, but you don’t really understand it until you have to run for office.” The 900 Missouri girls at Girls State are first sorted into cities and counties. From there, the girls could run for offices, starting with small local positions and working up to state wide positions, such as governor. The girls performed the duties of these officials in their fictional society. “I was elected to the Senate,” Nicole said. “It was exciting because I sponsored a bill. It passed and got to
be signed by the [MGS] governor.” In addition to Nicole, FHN students Aly Bouquet and Kelsey Bell were also chosen to attend. “The fact that half the girls from St. Charles that went [to Girls State] were from North was a pretty big deal,” Aly said. “It was really exciting.” The girls left the program with a deeper understanding for goverment. “I now understand politics a little bit more,” Nicole said, “And I can give politicians more of a break because I understand how difficult their jobs really are.”
Some traveled this summer, some found their own adventures here in St. Charles. We asked these students, What was your favorite part of this summer?
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“I really liked seeing the last Harry Potter movie in 3D”
COSTA RICA kelsey bell
On June 13, Seniors Alex Oppenborn, Jared Hurr, Colleen Mertins, Maggie Curran, Amy Krieg and Spanish teacher Brian Santos traveled 2026 miles to San Jose, Costa Rica. After meeting up with students from Illinois, the group spent eight days in the country and experienced everything from hiking a volcano to zip lining between mountains. “Mr. Santos wanted to offer a trip to Costa Rica to students. It’s a good way to experience a different part of the world and it helped us with our spanish while we were there,” Oppenborn said. “For anyone who wants to experience a different culture, it’s definitely an eye opener. Their culture rubs off on you really fast, and you even actually start talking like them.”
“Going to country concerts because I got to hangout with all my friends who graduated.”
While in San Jose, Costa Rica senior Alex Oppenborn stands in a giant tube made entirely of bottle caps. In the ctiy, the group visited INBioparque, an ecological park that aims to bring students and into closer contact with Costa Rica’s natural resources. (photo submitted)
“Float trips because they’re just a lot of fun.”
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SUMMER2011 The Varsity Cheerleading squad took third place in Regionals this summer. Regionals were held at St. Francis Borgia in Washington, MO. On July 19 where they competed against seven other squads. The Varsity Cheerleaders will be going to State which is at Mizzou during the beginning of October. “I was pretty excited,” senior Leilani Ballesteros said. “We haven’t done that well at Regionals since I’ve been on Varsity.”
Over the summer, senior Isabella Lanzara was in Altavilla, Italy for 40 days spending time visiting her friends and family. In this photo, Lanzara was hanging out with her friends Simone and Giuseppe. In previous years, Lanzara has usually spent her first semester of school in the United States and her second semester of school in Italy.
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Seniors Sara Jewson and Alex Boschert stand in the hole where Jewson’s pool is now. Construction of the pool took two weeks to complete. “I didn’t know they were even thinking about getting one until my mom said the pool guy was coming over,” Jewson said. “I was so excited!”
This summer, junior Emily Palmer got to meet her favorite band, Forever the Sickest Kids. She met them after their concert at Six Flags on July 2. “It’s been on my bucket list to meet them and it was all so exciting,” Palmer said.
Junior Marissa Finkbeiner stands with two of her two students from a camp she attended, Vacation Bible Experience (VBX). This camp lasted five days where high schoolers taught younger kids about faith, love, trust and life. In any day, activities they did ranged from sports, crafts, big group worship, music and lesson time. Juniors Chris Butts, Hallie Mitchum, Danielle Murphy, Cody Vogt, Kaitlyn Casey, and Jake Shollar, pose for their picture at the St. Elizabeth Picnic on June 4. The picnic was filled with kids kicking off their summer break by hanging out with friends. The picnic offered many activities such as carnival rides, games to win prizes or watching live music.
FCA members Susanna McFarland, Brandon Goggin, and Shawn Mullarkey washed cars for charity while on a retreat at Pinecrest Nazarene Camp in Fredericktown, MO. Over $6000 was made from their efforts and all proceeds went to Pinecrest for a camp called Family Camp which is geared towards the entire family.
Seniors Kyle Schikore and Nicole Piatchek attended a Cardinal’s home game. As of press time, the Cards are 2 and a half games out of first place in the NL Central.
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WITH HARRY POTTER The release of the final Harry Potter film over the summer was the end of a story that many students from North grew up with. On an interactive web page, viewers can click through videos to hear these nine FHN students tell of the experiences they had growing up with the series. +
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GOVERNOR ADDRESSES SENIORS
See pictures of junior Collin Scott pursuing his life long passion of riding and racing dirt bikes with his friend, FHN alumnus Jeremy Brinkmann.
Check out a spirit meter between the juniors and seniors in Erin D’amico’s interactive photo synthesis from the 2010 spring pep assembly.
In May 2010, Governor Jay Nixon visited FHN to talk about the success of the A Plus program. Check out the full coverage package that documented his visit.
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Jessica Streiler, 12
Maggie Jasper, 12
Wearing Knight gear every once in a while is a simple and easy way to show FHN some love.
Students should be respectful at school related functions. If the student body shows respect, it reflects a good image on our school as a whole.
Spirit week, Mock Rock, online contests taking part in events makes FHN a more fun place to be.
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Participating, showing spirit makes high school more memorable kevin beerman
Every year, the people of Student Council put together weeks filled with wacky-anything days, class color days, and days when teachers and students switch something around. But every year, less students choose to partake in these events. Class color days do get support- from a group of 12 girls who met the night before and glittered some blue or pink t-shirts. And sure, the football games were filled with supportive fans who went to the shirtless-in-freezing-cold-extremes. Or was that just a cluster of the same forty people at every game?
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no. 1 fan Check FHNtoday.com for a game schedule. Attending games and cheering FHN athletes shows other schools how much pride students at North have.
This year students should try something radical: participating. Don’t let the same seven guys spell “Knights” on their chest at football games. On class color days, try making a sea of uninterrupted green, maroon, blue and purple. When kids say that they hate high school, it’s not because high school unknowingly sucks, high school is what you make it. You can muddle through and tell stories later in life about how you swam against the current for four years; or, you can make it something that you never wanted to leave. And you can’t remember who won that football game you went to shirtless in 49 degree weather because that’s not what mattered. You won because you were there.
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FHN doesn’t win every game or take first place at every competition, but support for peers should never change. Stay positive, even when it isn’t our finest hour.
Major events and traditions exist, but there’s room to create new ways to show spirit. Be a spirit leader, always look for new event ideas and opportunities.
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Lower Level The Lower Level
This hallway will save you time from class to class, so try to use it if possible.
DECA cookie sales
You can smell the cookies throughout the school. They are sold for $1, so when you smell them you better run before they are sold out.
Stinky Gym Hallway
Make sure to plug your nose while passing through this hallway. Whether you’re going to gym or the tech room, the smell will make you sick to your stomach.
Tech Rooms and Outdoor Ed.
Stair Case O’Death
Try to avoid these stairs throughout the day. These will lead you to the butterfly hallway and will add extra time to get to your classes.
CAUTION: Avoid at the end of the day
These are the main stairs to get to the buses and parking lot, but it is jammedpacked at the end of the day. If you don’t want to get pushed and shoved, use the main office entrance or the entrance in the business hallway.
Make sure you are on your best behavior in this hallway. Girls: make sure to cover-up while passing through. Make sure you DON’T have food or earphones. PDA is absolutley not tolerated here.
These are some of the harder places to find, but don’t forget to look around the corners. This is where a few of the English rooms are located.
The Upper Level
Can you find the hidden places? Hopefully you can since they’re labeled and highlited in blue! Good Luck!
Main The Level Main Level New Science Hallway With the construction completed, these rooms will now be open for classes like Chemistry and Biology.
Hidden Places Art Hallway and science room.
Senior courtyard If you are looking for a change in pace for your lunches, you can eat outside in the courtyard. If you are an underclassman, however, tough luck--this area is only for the seniors.
Lunch/Candy hallway Hidden Places
This hallway is most crowded at lunchtime. However, Mr. Hager’s room. the wait is wellPersonal worth it when you reach Finance here.the candy table at the end of the hall. Don’t wait until it’s less crowded; the candy table closes when lunch ends.
Most commonly thought of as the place to eat lunch, although it serves many other purposes. It is a great place to eat breakfast before school, wait for the 2:20 bell on a Wednesday, or simply go birdwatching.
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Hidden Places Anime Hallway
Published on Aug 8, 2011
This is the Francis Howell North North Star Newsmagazine's First Day of school issue. It was distributed August 8, 2011.