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Fishers High School

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SUICIDE PREVENTION Available outlets for those seeking assistance / PAGES 4 -5

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Suicide prevention: how to help Be aware of signs, know how to provide support for those struggling Ben McHenry



There are also resources on their website, suicidepreventionlifeline.org, for different types of people and situations which may be a source of strain.

Where and how to get help Help can be found both in person or anonymously. According to the Mayo Clinic, those struggling with mental health issues or thoughts of suicide should reach out to a trusted adult or support group: a teacher, school counselor, crisis center, faith community or anyone else they are willing to talk to. Often, one needs to be comfortable before they will open up. “The best way we know how to identify what students need is to talk with them,” district special projects organizer Freedom Kolb said. “We also get the most authentic answers in small groups where students already feel connected. Those are areas where students have found connection points and are able to disclose what they need and their feelings.” In times when help is needed immediately, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-8255, is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week and is free and confidential.

Signs to look for Someone might be struggling, but it may be hard to determine if this is a cause for concern. In these cases, it is important to know the warning signs of suicide. These can include talking about suicide, withdrawing from social contact, having mood swings or changing one’s normal routine. Other signs to be aware of can be found on the Mayo Clinic website, www.mayoclinic.org. Often, someone may be struggling and not yet willing to talk about it or reach out. Although it can be an uncomfortable topic to approach, there are ways of helping those who need it. “Building the lines of communication is really important, whether that is just getting to know them or building a level of comfort,” guidance counselor Natalie Ridings said. “If you feel like something is wrong, it is okay to get other people involved, and just let them know that it is an okay thing to talk about. It may not be the first time you say something. It may be the tenth when they are finally comfortable opening up.” Words may not always be a satisfactory solution to helping a friend. Often, showing them

he past month has left FHS with a heavy heart, and there has been an outpouring of support from counselors, clubs, teachers and students. For anyone in need, or anyone looking to support someone in need, there are resources designed to offer assistance, both in and out of school.

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commitment through actions may be the best way to give someone the courage to seek help. “Sometimes the best way [to help] is being willing to go with them,” district special projects organizer Freedom Kolb said. “The greatest challenge is usually not being unaware of the problem, but taking the time to get help. Most of the students I talk to say having a friend with them makes that first step of asking for help a little less scary.”

building is how much they appreciate students checking in on them,” Kolb said. “And that can be just a super simple ‘How are you doing?’ Having basic empathy and showing people that you see them as human beings and not just a teacher can go a long way. But if you are not comfortable, you should reach out to a trusted adult and let them know you are worried. A colleague reaching out to them can make all the difference.”

Overcoming the uncomfortable Being able to approach someone in need may not be easy, regardless of the relationship with the person. And there is risk involved, as one may feel betrayed or shut down when the topic is brought up, according to Kolb. However, one of the best methods is to let that person know that the desire to help is motivated by caring, and the best way to do that is to connect them with someone who can provide additional services. One may be comfortable enough to reach out to a friend because of the personal nature of a friendship, but there are times when someone who is not a close friend is in need of help. In this situation, one may not feel comfortable stepping in, but it is possible. ne thing I have heard from staff in this

Getting involved Clubs such as Students in Action or Bring Change to Mind are working to bring light to mental health issues around the school, involving both staff and students. he members of tudents in Action have already begun a project to show support in what has been a di cult time for staff, writing a letter to every staff member e pressing the care students have for them, and they have more mental health-related projects planned going forward. “Our goal is to remind teachers that even if a student does not necessarily say it to them in person, they are appreciated for what they do for us,” Students in Action member Gabby Lewis said. “We understand being a teacher is stressful, and we want to remind them that students do care.”


Senior Imari Walker writes motivational messages in chalk on the sidewalk leading into FHS as part of a Bring Change to Mind Club initiative on Sept. 9. Photo by Mya Ball.


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Leading by example

New class offers unique earning experience for students Fletcher Haltom


Graphic by Ellie Albin and Fletcher Haltom.

Students in English teacher Eduardo Torres’ leadership class walk to Sand Creek Elementary during class while on a trip to figure out a solution to reduce waste at the school. Photo by Mia Morales.


n English teacher Eduardo Torres’ class, students work on independent projects that focus on leadership, success, communication and community service, all while gaining English credits. However, Torres’ class, Themes in Literature: Leadership, is not a standard English class. In the project-based class, students better their leadership abilities through their use of English skills. “We spend a lot of time in leadership class dealing with how you can make levels of systematic change in an organization without having a position of power,” Torres said. orres class takes place during first and second period, which allows orres to give students more uninterrupted time to work. The class is a semester long course that gives two English credits. Many students believe that this unique structure is beneficial and allows them to learn in a different way through projects. “The class is based on projects, starting with smaller projects that build up to larger projects,” junior Alyssa Bollenbacher said. One of the main focuses of the class is learning how to make an impact in the community, which is primarily achieved through the use of real-world pro ects and e periences, such as figuring out how to improve recycling at the school. “The students launch their own independent projects where they try to make an impact on the community,” Torres said. Projects that students create also teach skills such as goal setting and personal improvement. Torres believes that the skills learned in the class can be different for each student, but in general, students learn more than ust leadership skills. “The class also teaches a level of entrepreneurial skills,” Torres said. “It teaches students skills so that they can assess and critically think about situations and how those situations can get better.” Students’ projects demonstrate the importance of English and leadership skills in their future careers. The class allows students to lead and run their own independent projects, which students believe to be an important experience. Torres expresses a similar belief, saying that the class provides various important experiences that teach skills. “I think it’s important because it provides students with what I believe to be the most real-world, career-based skills,” Torres said. “I want students to understand the concept that English, especially at this level, is a very practical skill.” Torres believes that his students appear to be invested in their projects, and are learning about different skills as they progress. tudents agree, and believe that the skills the class teach are positive for them. “I usually struggle with trying to be a leader,” junior Emma Puckett said. “The class has been teaching me about how I can work with people and about the psychological side of how to be a leader.” he class is offered to uniors and seniors, and according to orres, both students who believe themselves to be leaders and those who do not believe themselves to be leaders would benefit from taking the class. orres said that even students who do not enjoy English should take the class, because it is not a typical English class, and it teaches students about useful skills for their futures. “It really is a class for everyone,” Torres said. “It’s a practical class that will allow you to step into any organization and be impactful in that organization.”


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The boys bathroom door in the CCA was removed Sept. 18 while the girls bathroom door remained. Photo by Ben Hamilton.

Restroom door removed Boys bathroom door removed, students confused on why Ben Hamilton



he boys bathroom in the CCA lost its door and both the paper towels and dispensers on Sept. 18, leading many students to wonder what happened. Though there has been a push in the anti-Juul campaign, vandalism is actually the main culprit for the loss of utilities. “I went into the bathroom to wash my hands and there were a couple of guys already in there,” junior Sebastian Magers said. “I noticed they had shoved a whole roll of paper towels into the toilet.” Rolls the size supplied in the bathrooms can run anywhere from $40 to $60 according to head custodian Joy Kiskaden. On top of that, there are 30 student bathrooms each with at least two paper towel dispensers meaning ust to fill all of the dispensers once it can cost anywhere from $240 to $360. “The paper towel rolls were not initially set out for the students to use in whole at the beginning of the school year,” assistant principal Steven Loser said. “The dispensers in that bathroom were broken within a month.” The paper towels were not originally set out according to Loser. Within a month of the dispensers being replaced, they were broken. After the dispensers were broken the rolls were set out next to the sinks, which ended up also

being ruined. The privilege was then revoked. “The decision was then made that the door should be removed as a form of accountability,” Loser said. “ If a student doesn’t know who could walk through the door, they are less likely to destroy the bathroom.” There is less activity in that bathroom now. “I don’t really feel comfortable using that bathroom,” senior David Thompson said. “No one can see in, but it feels like it is in the middle of the cafeteria because the sounds are loud even in the bathroom.” This may soon be remedied though, as there are already plans for the bathroom. “There are discussions happening now about bringing back the door,” Loser said. “I can say that the door is not as big a deal as the paper towels and the dispensers.” With the door returning, some students wonder when the other objects will be brought back as well. However, Thompson does not think that is really an issue. I have a lot of respect for the custodial staff and the actions that were taken is really to make their lives easier because students are unwilling to help out,” Thompson said. “If the students are only going to destroy the bathroom, there is not a huge need to spend money and sanity on trying to restock stuff no one s using.”



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reakfast is the most important meal of the day. However, most students do not eat it, according to a widespread survey done by The Kellogg Company. Rush University, a medical college, has stated that breakfast is important for jump starting metabolism, increasing calcium intake, and improving performance and work ethic. Students often eat breakfast for the nutritional and mental energy they get during the morning. Many times, they must eat something small and quickly prepared on the way to school. Sophomore Sophia Conrad has a hard time eating a lot for breakfast since it makes her not want to eat lunch later. “I can always eat something, but usually it’s not a big breakfast,” Conrad said. “I think it’s helpful to eat something, at least, so you’re not completely dead and have completely no energy, especially if you’re tired.” Often times, students will skip out on breakfast entirely in the mornings in favor of doing other things. Senior Madison McEwen often runs out of time and will leave her house without eating anything in order to get to school on time. “I’m not hungry at 6:30 in the morning,” McEwen said. “I guess I could make something small, like eggs, but I don’t really want to take the

time to do that.” ne fi to this problem is school breakfast. In the mornings, from 7:00 to about 7:35 a.m., Cafe B and the CCA cafe are open for business and offer meal plans for students that allows them to get the nutrients they need for $1.25. Not only this, but the CCA cafe puts out breakfast later in the morning, during second and third period for the students with e periods, and they have healthy options like Greek yogurt to energize students. Breakfast coordinator Mary Gnadinger and cafeteria manager Anna Marangelli said that they also have options for people with dietary restrictions like vegan, gluten free and vegetarian students and staff. “For the morning - because we do whole grain - we try to keep it healthy,” Marangelli said. “The bagels are whole grain, the mu ns are whole grain, we have fresh fruit, and the sausage is turkey sausage,” he lunch staff offers breakfast options to every student, no matter their background through their meal plans. “In my opinion, for you as high schoolers, even kids that are elementary, if their parents are struggling, at least they can get breakfast,” Gnadinger said. “It helps you learn. Eating helps you learn.”

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Safi Bent

2016 graduate attended Disney College Program, majored in psychology Ben McHenry



isney orld may not be the first place that comes to mind when deciding where to pursue higher education. ut for graduate afi ent, isney orld, more specifically the isney ollege rogram, was an integral part of her career path. he isney ollege rogram is a five to seven month program at either isney orld or isney and resort, where students stay in housing comple es near the resort. he program consists of a paid internship, as well as classes. hile it is a common vacation spot, the isney ollege rogram is anything but a vacation. eing in the was fun but also tiring,” ent said. I met new people everyday from all over the world and learned new things from that. I made some of my best friends there, but I also had to work or more hours each week and take two online classes. ut I would not take that e perience back for anything.” ent applied to the program while studying psychology at Indiana tate niversity. t least one semester of college is re uired to apply to the program, but ent attended the summer after her sophomore year. er decision to apply was guided by her love of isney. I have loved isney since I was little and I thought it would be ama ing to help magic for a little kid who shares that love of isney,” ent said. he classes at the program have two main focuses how isney runs their business in numerous fields and career development for the specific student s interests. ften, these can be used for credit at whatever school one may attend due to the high level training at the program.

ent is finishing her undergrad with a psychology ma or and a counseling minor, and she is planning on going to grad school for her masters. he plans to be a school counselor, and found the isney rogram s work e perience incredibly valuable to her career tra ectory. he program helped me to be more realistic about my future due to the number of hours I worked,” ent said. ometimes you get a ob that wants you to work hours a week, and I was able to prove to myself that I can handle that.” ent attributes much of her career and life interests to , where she founded the isney lub her senior year, as well as to the city of ishers. y time at was calm but still fun, I loved my teachers and I made some great friends there,” ent said. y guidance counselor and history teacher made me think about how I want to help children and that is why I am now working to be a school counselor. ishers and has also played a part in who I am today, It has made me want to travel, e plore the world and meet new people everywhere I go.”

afi ent proudl holds up her Disney College Program diploma alongside Mickey and Minnie Mouse in January 2019. Photo used with permission of Safi Bent.


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Fall activities ripe for picking Local teens look to community for seasonal fun Maria Galosi



hilling winds ow through the atmosphere as fall approaches encouraging families rush to the apple and pumpkin orchards to pluck the fruits of autumn. It s very peaceful if you have a lot of stress or an iety it s like a nice place to have a calm vibe, ” senior aren icholas said.

Seniors Carter Cunningham and Paul Nguyen relax in the Spencer Farms pumpkin patch on Sep. 21. Photo by James Fortozo.

Tuttle’s Orchard his place is located in reenfield. pening from a.m. to 7 p.m. for si days a week, e cept for undays. t uttle s there are twenty five different varieties of apples along with fifty varieties of produce. hen I was a kid I would go to an apple orchard called uttle s rchard,” senior aleb notts said. ven though it was uite a drive, I ve en oyed going to them. hey also have more that you can buy, not ust apple and pumpkin products. I learned about how farmers work and how they sell their products to make a profit off their crops.” uring the holidays, they host events during ept. and ct. for families, such as caramel apple festivals, apple picking, sun ower trails and the pumpkin patch. rom ug. to mid ct., they opened , trees for apple picking. hey

give tractor rides from ug. to ct. . he pumpkin patch opens on ct. and continues until ct. . Pleasant View Orchard nother family e perience, leasant iew is open during the fall season. It is located in airland. pen daily from a.m. to p.m. until early ovember, leasant iew rchard has forty acres of apple trees. n the last weekend of eptember, they open their ick your own umpkin atch” and offer tractor pulled wagon rides to the pumpkin patches. It is free admission, but re uires payment for the pumpkins, apples and other produce that can be taken home. hey the orchards aren t that far from here because we are in the middle of Indiana we are in a farming state,” senior aniel ivanco says. Spencer Farms closer attraction is pencer arms, only minutes away in oblesville. ther than apples and pumpkins, pencer arms also has concord grapes, black grapes and red raspberries for picking options. dditional activities at this attraction are free hayrides on aturdays and

Arts & Culture picking fresh produce and fresh meat. Stony Creek Farm Nursery & Landscaping It is another one of the many farms that are available in Indiana. Stony Creek is located in Noblesville and has a variety of activities. They include a pumpkin harvest festival, school field trips, and twisted wood haunted hayrides. Conner Prairie The last place that is often visited is Conner

N the Red 11 Prairie. It is located in Fishers. Activities include corn mazes, historic trade classes, hot air balloon rides and the historic events and set ups of how Indiana was back in 1836. Conner Prairie includes animal encounters, William Conner’s house and a treetop outpost as well as the Apple Store. “I love that their apples are completely different from any other apples that I can get from anywhere else,” junior Michael Harvey said. “They just have a better selection of apples.”

Nismie Maxime and Kayla Viramontes walk in the Spencer Farms pumpkin patch on Sept. 21. Photo by James Fortozo.


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Limited time Impossible Whopper being eaten in Burger King restaurant on Sept. 29. Photo by Kristen Rummel.

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resh off the grill the plant based Impossible beef ” is reaching headlines as it is claimed to taste ust like real beef.” he Impossible hopper is plant based and is typically served with tomatoes, lettuce, mayonnaise, ketchup, pickles and onions all on a white sesame seed bun. hen ordered with fries and a drink the meal will cost . compared to hite astles Impossible lider which is sold for . each. s a pescatarian, I would definitely try it the hopper again,” sophomore ora auss said. ver all, I think the price could be improved because it was a little e pensive for fast food.” he Impossible hopper by itself is . . he Impossible burger meat is sold by Impossible oods on their website and at many other retailers like hite astle and doba. hey offer a nutritional page along with how they made it and any other information on the product. he Impossible hopper had a regular savory smell and the te ture of the meat was as if it was real beef. It is served in a similar style that the original hopper is served in at urger ing with the toppings and condiments. he hopper has a very prominent smoky, grill taste to it and it tasted as if it was a ame grilled beef patty. I haven t had meat in three years but it tasted like a normal hopper to me,” said unior hloe hamberlin said. I was surprised how similar it was to the original hopper.” ccording to Impossible oods, the product gets its protein from soy and potatoes. his also helps with other important nutrients that can be found in the meat” like magnesium, potassium, phosphorus and iron.

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Arts & Culture “The burger was really good and it felt like I had just eaten meat from a more convenient standpoint,” sophomore Kira Fuller said. “I encourage everyone to try it as a better alternative.’’ Soy is the base of the impossible burger, but to make soy taste like meat is a different task. or this, food chemists used heme, an iron rich molecule that makes meat taste savory. It is an essential molecule found in all plants and animals. At Impossible Foods they make their own heme by fermentation of genetically engineered yeast. They start by extracting DNA from soybean plants and in ect it into genetically modified yeast. he yeast is fermented then it produces plant based heme. he heme is added to the patty and with sun ower and coconut oil to make up for the fat regularly found in beef patties. Methylcellulose is added to bind all of the ingredients together. Methylcellulose is a common binder found in ice cream sauces and jams. According to Impossible Foods, the making and testing of the Impossible meat is all regulated by America’s top food-safety experts and peer-reviewed academic journals. Impossible Whoppers are plant based but they are not necessarily vegan and vegetarian friendly. ccording to o ews, urger ing confirmed that the patties will be cooked on the same grill as the beef and chicken patties making them exposed to meat. It is available to ask for the patty to be cooked in the oven separately, if requested. “I think it would be kind of nice if they could just make it [the burger] on another grill,” Chamberlin said. “Mock meats aren’t meant to be exactly like the originals meat. hey re different ingredients which makes it taste different.”

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Coming to Disney Plus

All Disney movies Pixar movies National Geographic “The Simpsons”

Key Information about Disney Plus

Star Wars Movies “The Mandalorian” Star Wars prequel based on “Rogue One”

Disney Plus preview

The new entry to the online streaming service world Ben Rosen

C Disney Plus will launch on Nov. 12, 2019. The new streaming service will cost $6.99 a month and $69.99 each year. Shows that can be accessed on Disney Plus include Star Wars, Pixar, Marvel and exclusive Disney Plus content. This exclusive content is only available to Disney Plus subscribers.

Graphics by Ben Rosen.

Avengers Movies “Captain Marvel” “Loki”series “Falcon and the Winter Soldier” series “WandaVision” series


aptain arvel” will be the first isney movie not to be on et i , according to . isney lus is going to take isney produced content away from et i when it oins the streaming services movement by launching isney lus on ov. . hysics teacher ike artley and his kids are fans of isney and watch isney produced content and have gotten a subscription for isney lus. I will watch whatever my kids want to watch ,” artley said. hey have been limited to et i .” artley said the different price options and a variety of content that isney lus will offer is e citing. ccording to isney s website, isney lus will cost . a month, and . a year. It should provide a broad spectrum of family video,” artley said. ccording to their website, isney created isney lus to give people more options to watch their programming with the ability to stream thousands of movies. isney lus is part of the movement toward creating more streaming services and less cable television. I will open them his kids up to what isney offers,” artley said. e don t have cable .” isney lub unior uiara iggins believes people will be more willing to pay for subscriptions to isney lus due to the large amount of content that it will contain. isney lus will also include e clusive content and never before seen original footage which will only be available to isney lus subscribers, according to isney s website. o I guess I ll be watching longer when isney lus comes out,” iggins said. isney s website has a tab for isney lus as well as a countdown clock to the release time and date. his streaming service will have all kinds of isney programming available, according to isney s website. ccording to , isney lus will include tar ars, i ar, arvel, and vengers content as well as all seasons of he impsons.” ”I think a lot of people will be mad some people will probably get rid of et i and go straight to isney lus only,” sophomore ames ibbs said.

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Men’s fall fashion Innovative, stylish ways men can dress fashionably this fall Mason Gushwa



s weather shifts, so does the thirst for fashion. Anyone can throw on a sweater and jeans during these fall months, but those who crave the above and beyond, uni ueness and diversity, find opportunities to create something fresh within the world of fashion. tandard fall clothing for men includes boots, sweaters, eans, annels and more, but when males begin to e plore beyond that hori on, or males that are comfortable enough to e plore beyond that hori on choose to, they could face backlash. I wore a crop top yesterday,” sophomore mir asr said. ell, not really a crop top but a shorter shirt, and I felt very insecure because it is something that is widely considered as feminine.” ociety clusters things as masculine” or feminine” the ideal that boys should wear clothes that are boyish” and girls should wear clothes that are girly.” his ideal is placed in brains of children and morphed into stereotypes as adults. tereotypically, men are not considered to be interested in fashion. en that do decide to pursue diverse fashion could face controversy, which potentially scares men away from fashion. If one were to scroll through Vogue and look at men’s fall fashion,they would reali e trends are very different from what everyday men are wearing. versi ed, vivid, colorful and diverse are ust a few of the words used to describe ogue s men s fall fashion looks. o some men, those ad ectives could be horrifying, and to others those words look like the gates of heaven. nother very popular fall fashion trend for men is layering, something that is simple and easy to put together. ayering includes an inner or base layer, which includes cotton or wool, and a mid layer which consists of a eece. astly, an outside layer, known as a shell layer, which could be a windbreaker. ne of my favorite fall fashion trends is layering clothes,” unior am atto said, earing a shirt over a sweatshirt is something that I do often, and it keeps me warm in the school.” So, determining a universal code of fall fashion for men is tricky. Fashion and trends vary person to person, therfore anything can be considered a trend if you want it to be.


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about to stab me,” unior bby eitsort said. I do ith million dollars in domestic sales its opening weekend, It hapter feel paranoid a little bit, but sometimes I can ust let it go past me.” wo” surpassed competing movies eelings of paranoia, general fear and such as obbs haw” and he ion ing,” sleeplessness after horror movies are common. In according to he ew ork imes. ater this fact, ollman said a mild form of post traumatic year, horror films, such as ombieland ouble Lily Thomas stress disorder, a condition making it di cult to ap,” are set to hit theaters. owever, the thriller thomaslil000@hsestudents.org recover from triggering e periences, can even genre s appeal does not reach everyone in the develop due to emotions and reactions elicited same fashion. from horrific e periences. ccording to social studies teacher atthew I kind of like the thrill of them,” sophomore ollman, liking or disliking horror movies relies aia apsalis said. I like to be scared, which mostly on psychological attributes. ssentially, sounds kind of weird, but the ump scares I find horror correlates with the reptilian part of fun. I also like screaming at horror movies.” the brain known as the amygdala, which is esides the thrill factor mentioned on responsible for fight or ight responses. hen ufts ow s website, people who tend to be more humans feel fearful or threatened, adrenaline is released along with dopamine, which can be empathetic typically like horror movies more heightened by viewing horror films. because they can empathi e with characters ometimes it horror movies freaks me better. eople who deal with an iety might opt out and I have to stay up all night, or I can t fall out of horror movies as it can be a trigger for 1 and I feel like there s a person in my closet asleep them. or sophomore ackson iner, though, his

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distaste for thriller films stems from a different mindset. I dislike horror because I don t really like getting scared,” iner said. I know what my limits are and I don t see the point in going to a movie ust to get scared. he realistic stuff is weird, and I ust don t like that.” isliking horror may seem like a simple choice on the surface, but a closer look at the human psyche would reveal that an overactive amygdala can play a part, too. ccording to ollman, those with overactive amygdalas have a more unfavorable e perience when encountering a potentially harmful situation, including scenes presented in horror movies. ccording to the ictoria dvocate, horror can also be especially detrimental to children as it can leave lasting negative effects due to their young age. ersonally, I don t like them, horror movies because I actually get too emotionally invested in it,” ollman said. I saw he orcist” when I was years old, and that s probably one reason why I don t en oy horror movies now. It ust wasn t 4 comforting.”

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1. Senior Geoffrey Brown high fi es the student section a ter winning a ga e against orth entral at ucas il tadiu on ug 23, 26-0. Photo by Leen Mahmoud. opho ore e re i ons ogs ac to the sideline a ter catching a pass at the ept udsoc FHS won 27-6. Photo by Mya Ball.

Oct. 7, 2019

Big Gains

hanges in oot all progra lead to wins

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anked number five in the state as of ept. , the football team s season is shaping up to be better than last year s. he team has already won three games this season that were losses last season. oming off of last year s record of 7 , football coach ick immer decided to make some changes to the program. e brought on arvey llen as a part of our staff changes, and it is working out really well,” immer said. llen was hired to coach the receivers. e used to play for the football team, so he is familiar with the culture. I think the football culture can best be described as a big family. hat s one of the words that our seniors use to describe our team and I agree. veryone has everyone s back,” llen said. y hiring llen, receivers on the team have gotten e tra work in during practice, and it has re ected on the field. In particular, immer noticed that sophomore wide receiver effrey immons has stepped up this year. s of ept. , he leads the receivers in touchdowns with four this 2 season. llen is already seeing growth from players on the team, especially the running backs. I think that our offensive line has gotten better every year. arcus ou has really stepped up as uarterback and haun im has really improved as a running back.

oth of those guys have been very important in the offense this year,” immer said. n the defensive side, senior eoffrey rown has already accumulated tackles in five games, which is five times the national average of .7 , as of ept. . ccording to immer, he is also stepping up as an e ample for the other players. e has taken control of his side of the ball as a defensive leader,” senior fullback ollin helton said. his year, the team has focused on the hy not us ” mentality. ccording to helton, the team is trying to use every piece of advice that immer gives them. e is a man that knows how to win, and he has proven that,” helton said, e are ust trying to follow him in what he has to offer because he has been victorious before, he knows how to get there.” immer became the head coach in . In , with a record of , he lead the team to the state title. goal the team had was to win the udsock. beat on ept. with a score of 7 . fter last year s close defeat of , the team established that winning the udsock game would be an important goal for them. his team keeps impressing me and stepping up to the plate every year,” immer said. he boy s varsity team plays at home ne t on ct. against ionsville, which is breast cancer awareness night.


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From left to right, sophomore Laura Masoni, senior Lilia Bodnar, sophomore Danielle Moriarty and junior Kayla Rizzotte lead a pac o runners on ept at rowns urg he tea finished si th out o eight Photo by Ellie Albin.

Chasing records irls cross countr tea e pecting highest finish in school histor Andrew Haughey



fter placing seventh in the state last year, the varsity girls cross country team is looking for their highest finish in the I tate inals in school history. In the past, the team has finished around si th to eighth in the concluding meet of the season, with a school best of si th in the 2017 season. This season has the potential to be different. ith the school ranked fourth in the state, the team has its eyes set on a record finish. ongtime coach and panish teacher eth ahns said the team has challenged themselves to run at a higher intensity, putting themselves at the front of races instead of the middle. ahns also said this team s si e has had a noticeable impact on how they trained. his is the smallest team we have had in about five years which, for us, has been very beneficial,” ahns said. e re able to individuali e our training and get to know the kids a little bit better.” ophomore egan ybeck said she felt as if this team was much closer than the team last year, and she knew many more on the team this year. he said this was an important factor in how they performed because they had developed a stronger identity as a team. ybeck also said e perience on the team was a major factor on her performance. I also feel like I m getting more of a hang on how to prepare a little bit better since last year,” ybeck said. ophomore era chafer said the team had much more positivity this season. ccording to hafer, the lack of freshman contributed to the team’s success because the team was more

e perienced, but may have a negative impact in the future. hen we get to championship season in future years, we will not have as many people to step up to the plate,” chafer said. enior ogan orrell has been running on the team since her freshman year and has noticed some key differences that contribute to why this year s e pectations have shifted. orrell stated that while the roster this season has about 30 less girls than last, the runners capable of performing at the varsity level is much higher than usual. ur varsity roster is very deep with different girls,” orrell said. e re able to put different girls in for each race, giving some girls a break and some girls an opportunity to run.” ahns made additional remarks on how the addition of senior annah ale from vansville had boosted the confidence of the team, pushing more individuals to run at the front. ahns said that historically, the team has always been deep, but that they lacked a front runner. he stated that this year s team is determined to take down their competitors ionsville, ort ayne arroll and armel. In years past we always said we wanted to get on the podium, but I don t really think the girls reali ed that was a possibility,” ahns said. ut this year, they truly see that as something they are going to achieve.” he first girls cross country postseason meet will be on ct. for sectionals at endleton eights igh chool.


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Racing to replace Boys XC looks to reload after the graduation of seniors Andrew Haughey



ith a large number of seniors who graduated in June, the boys cross country team prepared sophomore and junior runners to step into a role of leadership earlier than they may have expected. he small number of seniors on this year s team makes it di cult for those in that small group to execute leadership on the varsity level in the same way as years past. Senior Drew Smith said being one of the only senior runners on the team made it more di cult to lead the team than last season, when the team had nine seniors on the varsity roster. Comparatively, there are two seniors on this year’s varsity roster. “I’m one of the few runners who has seen all of the postseason courses and run on them,” Smith said. “It’s hard having to let the others know what is coming up without any help from any other experienced seniors.” Sophomore Nick Pulos felt that the expectations for this season’s team were different, but not in a negative way. ne of the runners tasked with replacing senior talent lost last year, Pulos said he believed the team was heading in the right direction. I feel like the team has definitely stepped up our game from last year,” Pulos said. Another runner assigned with the task of replacing lost seniors is junior Bailey Wilson. Wilson said the season started rough but the team is capable of stepping up their performance for the second half of the season. “I think there’s always room for improvement, but they’ve been pretty good so far,” Wilson said about the performance of varsity runners. mith said he felt as if the team s confidence was in no way affected by the loss of runners from last season because the underclassmen with a year of experience behind them had stepped up to a higher position on the team. “I feel like we still have the same end goal,” Smith said. “To come out on top.” ectionals begin ct. at endleton eights igh chool.

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Building Relationships Communication off the court helps team dynamic Carter Hanefeld


Junior outside hitter Emily Waldrop goes to serve the ball at the team’s Sept. 5 game, winning 3-0, against the Noblesville Millers. Photo by Nya Thornton.


n Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame,” Thor said that “the only permanent thing in life is impermanence,” and this quote applies to high school sports. With an ever rotating roster due to incoming freshmen and outgoing seniors, the upperclassmen have to act as both a guide and a mentor to the underclassmen. In the case of girls volleyball, the Tiger Cub program seeks to aid this recurrence. “Each upperclassmen is given a cub and that is the person we are responsible for,” junior defensive specialist Shelby Settles said. “We make sure that they’re doing okay and answer any questions they may have.” Varsity head coach Steven Peek emphasizes the importance of the girls talking to each other, not only in school, but outside of school as well. “It’s most important to give tigers and cubs time to talk face-toface,” Peek said. “They may have a class together, but that doesn’t give them uninterrupted time to talk about their days.” ophomore middle hitter laire heobald confirms that a great deal of time is given to the underclassmen and upperclassmen to talk to each other on a regular basis. “Tiger Cub my freshman year involved designated times to talk to upperclassmen and ask them questions about anything,” Theobald said. The program has worked well for the team, according to Theobald. The team’s record sits at 11-10 as of Sept. 30, but it is the girls’ character that stands out to Theobald. “They always lead us to do what’s right and they are kind,” Theobald said. “The underclassmen are also very respectful and never talk back.” While talking to their cubs is an important gesture, sometimes nonverbal actions are just as important as the verbal. “One of the seniors my freshman year led by example, as opposed to just verbally leading,” senior captain Emily Brewer said. Peek supports the idea that leading through physical actions is just as important as verbal communication. Without leading by physical example, the girls cannot improve upon their volleyball skills. “I want the upperclassmen to teach each other their successes and failures. If upperclassmen can hand down the lessons they learn, each underclassman becomes better equipped to handle the challenges and pressures of playing Fishers volleyball,” Peek said. “We have a challenging schedule and a culture that sets a high bar. I want kids to grow into young adults as they spend time in the program.” The Tiger Cub program has adapted throughout the years in order to adapt to each team and their needs. “We’ve gone through seasons where tigers got to pick cubs, where only varsity had cubs and where varsity and JV each had cubs,” Peek said. “This season, we mostly have an upperclassman Tiger with a sophomore cub and a freshman cub. But it hasn’t evolved too much, though. Spending time together and understanding others are two things that are still at the heart of it all.”

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City economies based on sports Towns place huge investments in youth athletics, facilities Nate Albin



y parents have told me before that some of the most fun moments as a parent includes watching your kids do what they love. For many kids, a love of sports develops at a young age. I can safely say that the sports bug got me very early on. It is possible that Hamilton County cities may want kids to catch the sports bug a little too much. In ishers alone, eight of the fifteen parks include some sort of sports field, ranging from basketball courts to baseball diamonds and everything in between. o compare, only five ishers parks have bike racks, a simple amenity. These are just the parks o cially run by the Fishers Parks & Recreation Department. Indy Premier, a soccer group primarily in Fishers and Noblesville, purchased 20 acres for Trinity Sports Park in Fishers. Zillow shows the estimated prices of vacant lots in Fishers. fter finding the cheapest deal listed ($1.2 million for 11.54 acres) and setting the price per acre equal to 20 acres, the price for 20 acres is over $2 million. That price is before the 12 months of labor and added costs would be added in necessary to build the facilities. All of this was for 7 fields. This is not even the most expensive youth sports investment in Hamilton County. That title of most expensive would belong to Grand Park. The park contributes to a very large part of estfield s economy. Their project, in which they had to get a loan of $45 million dollars (and $85 million taxpayer 3 dollars), has been the reason for the town to 221 hotels and restaurants everywhere. build The 400-acre behemoth sits gracefully along two highways and features a giant warehouse with 2

fields and a restaurant inside, baseball softball diamonds, rectangular field and all the room for the next American sporting hero to grow. But that is where the problem with all of this comes in. What if the next great American sports hero never comes? ESPN has written an entire series of articles all about the youth sports crisis in America. Citing reasons such as cost and excessive pressure as issues, the number of young athletes continues to dwindling. In 2008, the Sports & Fitness Industry Association reported that 45% of American kids ages to played some sport. Today, that number is down to 38% nationally. ESPN is so worried about losing athletes to report on in the future that their president, Jimmy Pitaro, launched the on t etire, id campaign alongside sporting 2 greats such as obe ryant and Wayne Gretzky to encourage more participation in youth sports. ut places like estfield are not sweating this. Right now, their economy, which is built off of the backs of children, is working great. Their debt from the project is getting paid off slowly but surely. he olts now hold preseason practices there, and they believe they are well on their way to the . billion pro ected profit in the first years of operation. Sure, everything is going according to plan right now. But that will not be the story when participation in youth sports is below 30%. That revenue will go down. The billions projected will look like an optimistic dream. Maybe everyone will realize then that a baseball diamond costing millions functions exactly the same as an old sandlot.

Two youth players go after a layup at a practice on Sept. 30 at the auxiliary gym. Basketball is one of the many sports seeing a decline in popularity. Photo by Nate Albin.


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Oct. 7, 2019 A Gradecam test bubbling paper used by many teachers at FHS is similar to AP tests. Photo courtesy of Kristine Brown.

SAT should not be factor for college acceptance Test causes more stress than help to high school students Rebekah Shultz



his past year, over 2.2 million students of the class of 2019 took the SAT. The test added stress and pressure to students during the school year. From a survey in 2017 by The Guardian, the is causing more an iousness than benefits. Eight out of 10 school leaders said that their students’ mental health issues rose during the preparation of this test. One student reportedly lost all their eyelashes because of stress. The SAT should be optional for colleges because the SAT is not that important in the grand scheme of things. It deteriorates their mental health while they study for the test, as well as not factoring in students with low income. Director of undergraduate admission at Harvard University Marilyn McGrath told USAToday that, in general, the SAT is not that important and just helps determine a students grades. Executive director of admissions at CalTech Jarrid Whitney believes that test scores

are not the main importance to get into college as well. Ruthanne Madsen, vice president of enrollment management at Emerson University, says she has noticed no real correlation with students’ achievements to their SAT or ACT scores. Emerson is more focused on the impact the students make in the classroom. The SAT also does not factoring in students with low income. College Board got statistics from two-thirds of the students taking the SAT offering their family income. rom this data, it shows that each test section, each time you move up the income category (going up $20,000 each time) the average SAT score goes up by 12 points. The College Board announced an adversity index in May 2019 based on 15 factors, including race, income, crime rate, and more. This was quickly deserted after controversial feedback.

Opinion The adversity index would have been helpful for minorities from impoverished backgrounds and racial inequalities from the classroom. David Coleman, chief executive of College Board believes that the company overstepped their boundaries on the adversity index and decided to just see the single score with no index. This was because of the backlash received saying it was unfair the index would in ate the math and verbal score. The college dropout rate is getting abnormally high with only 45% of students at university graduating at the first college they had attended. This percentage could go down if the SAT was not a factor to get into college. A student with a high SAT score an (1100 and above) with an okay GPA (2.67-3.0) has a 39% graduation rate compared to a student with a high GPA and lower SAT have a graduation rate at 62%. From a research conducted by Matthew Chingos by the American Enterprise Institute, colleges look at SAT more than students’ grades that they showed persevered. Instead, colleges look more at the SAT which is just a good testing score. The SAT should not determine if a student gets to go to college, and universities are realizing this as well. The list of test optional schools continue to grow like DePauw University, IUPUI, and even prestigious schools like the University of Chicago that has an 8% acceptance rate are now test optional. Being a test-optional school, means students do not need to submit a test score. These schools also acknowledge that test scores are not as important as other factors. wo hundred seventy five orld ranked colleges have made their applications test-optional and 900+ colleges total are testoptional recorded in 2017. These test-optional colleges can all be viewed on the FairTest center’s website. The SAT should be optional because overall, it should not have students having their eyelashes pulled out for a test not even being that important. This test causes more negatives than positives in the end.

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Students study at the library at the University of Chicago, a college that is test-optional. Photo courtesty of Kristine Brown.


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Active shooter drills, anti-shooter measures waste resources John Yun



or several years, numerous articles and videos have dominated the news, focusing on one issue: school shootings. According to the San Diego Union Tribune, school shootings have killed a total of 223 students, teachers and staff since olumbine. Trying to prepare in case of other shootings, schools have implemented measures like active shooter drills in their systems to help train kids how to act in these situations. However, these measures are doing more harm than good, increasing anxiety of students, wasting school resources and potentially making the job easier for the shooter. ccording to esearch enter, 7 of students believe that anxiety and depression are a major problem. Students are already worrying about academics, extracurriculars such as sports and personal problems that they may have. Increasing students’ anxiety by making them worry about school shootings would be neither beneficial nor helpful for their academic success and mental health. Another thing to consider is the rarity of school shootings. There are 56.6 million students that are attending school in the fall of according to the ational enter for ducation Statistics, and only a total of 223 students, teachers and staff have died since the olumbine shooting in . o, the percentage of students that have died are less than . in the past years. When the probability of dying from a school shooting is this low, there seems to be no point of placing such an emphasis on school shooting drills and the I training for active shooter response. These add stress onto the students, and they are not able to perform the best that they are able to. Rather than using the time and money to train students for something that is unlikely to happen, schools should focus on transferring those resources into efforts that help mental health and give students an environment where they feel welcome and protected. According to

the Heritage Foundation, school shooters almost always show traits of anger, resentfulness and a desire for revenge because of their thought that they are being alienated at school. School shooters may not have serious mental health problems, but some mental illnesses can be seen in these shooters. Initiatives can help reduce these school shootings by making sure that their students are feeling content and happy rather than angry and unwanted. School should use their resources to improve the overall mental health of students, stopping these situations altogether. ccording to he onversation, a non profit media outlet that uses academic sources and content from researchers, of school shooters were former or current students at the school. So, whatever measures are implemented in the school system to prevent school shooter from being successful, the probability that the shooter will know about them is very high. For example, at FHS, students are instructed to barricade the door, turn the lights off and remain uiet, hoping the school shooter will pass without trying to open the door. However, when a shooter is a former or current student, he or she will understand that there are students hiding inside the barricaded rooms and could open fire. Indiana schools are re uired by law to have these drills, but the law should either be changed or restricted with specific ways on carrying out these drills. ith loose drill laws, the severity of the effect of these active shooter drills can vary drastically. Some drills could be so realistic to the point where students are more anxious than they should be. ccording to the esearch enter, 7 of students are either very worried or somewhat worried about a possible school shooting. Therefore, having active shooter drills not only mentally damages students but also ineffectively utilizes the resources that the school has. The law needs to be changed to help create better, less an iety provoking drills or to not re uire these drills to provide a better learning environment.


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Pirates, streaming and war Battle wages quietly among giants of entertainment Benjamin Grantonic



he world of digital streaming is set to face some pretty big upsets in the next few months. The largest of these is the introduction of Disney Plus into the battleground of streaming services. So this poses the question a lot of folks will be asking in the next few months: et i or isney lus Current situation Streaming services have become commonplace in the past decade since the first contemporary streaming service with Amazon Unbox (now rebranded as Prime Video) in 2006. In recent years the race to become the biggest streaming service has heated up, with everyone from Sony (with Playstation Vue) to DC (with DC Universe) creating their own services. The largest of these newcomers is Disney, with their new service Disney Plus, this is on top of Hulu and ESPN plus, which they also own. All of these competitors should be good for the consumer, but it really has only made things worse. If all one wants to watch is “Seinfeld” and “Stranger Things, “ for awhile, one could watch both shows on et i . hen suddenly einfeld” is gone. One would wonder what happened to it. It turns out NBC took it back. Then, imagine if all the seasons of einfeld” were sold off to many different streaming services. This wraps back into Disney+, which is a good example of this phenomenon. Currently, et i has many of the new arvel and isney movies, but that is set to change with Disney Plus being released in a few months. This will remove these titles from et i , which may lead to some leaving the service in favor of another option. Not-so-legal alternative This option is digital piracy, the act of illegally reproducing and sharing files via the Internet, including TV shows and movies. According to the

paper irates erchants n ongoing struggle on the high tech seas,” digital piracy has its origins in the copying of software via cassette tapes and oppy discs of early ommodore computers, and VCR’s of the late 70s and early 80s. Digital piracy continues to grow in popularity. According to the University of Amsterdam’s Global Online Piracy Study from 2017, illegal streaming among the internet population jumped 3% from 24% in 2014 to 27% in 2017, illegal downloads went up 2% from 25% to 27%. Another potential cause for people turning to piracy is the cost of these services. One could get both isney lus and or et i or neither , with et i s standard plan being . and isney lus being 7 a month a combined . monthly). For most middle class Americans, this cost is almost negligible. But for the 11.8 % of Americans that are in poverty, according to the US Census Bureau, this cost may be too high, leading them to pirate content. Pirating content, is both illegal and, depending on your source, quite dangerous. With malware and viruses being commonplace on most torrent sites. With piracy out the window and streaming services costing hard earned money, their remains a third option, the local library. Libraries have been partnering with sites like Kanopy and Hoopla Digital to provide free movies and television to the American people, completely free. Hamilton East Public Library, members can get access to Hoopla Digital, with a library card. This option is really the best one. For one it is free, all one has to do is register for a library card. Second, it is legal, unlike the other free option of piracy. Finally, it helps support the local library, which is always a positive.


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Hopeful high school FHS handles tragic event beautifully, shows vulnerability


STAFF Editor-in-Chief: Ellie Albin Web/News Editor: John Yun Features Editor: Ben McHenry Arts & Culture Editor: Kristen Rummel Sports Editor: Nate Albin Assistant Web/News Editor: Ben Grantonic Social Media Editor/Unity Director: Rebekah Shultz Reporters Maria Galosi, Mason Gushwa, Fletcher Haltom, Ben Hamilton, Carter Hanefeld, Andrew Haughey, Ben Rosen, Sydney Territo, Lily Thomas, Emma Tomlinson Photographers Mya Ball, James Fortozo, Leen Mahmoud, Mia Morales, Nya Thornton Principal Jason Urban Adviser Kristine Brown Associations IHSPA CSPA NSPA Quill and Scroll Printer: AIM Media

riting this editorial was hard. For all of us. We were all together in the hallway. On Sept. 18, we were supposed to talk about how to handle this situation, but the conversation that barely e isted in the first place dwindled to none istence. No one wanted to talk. Because, really - what do you say? handful of kids in the newspaper room had math teacher yan uffy at some point in their high school career - some for one year, some for two some for a couple weeks. It was di cult to see the teary eyes of our sports editor as he processed the events of the day, the absence of our arts & culture editor, who went home early, and the silence from our web editor. eciding how to discuss suicide is di cult for seven editorial members who are between the ages of 15 and 17. By this age, we have barely encountered incidents involving suicide, unless it was fiction. ut this was not fiction. It was at our school. o, the uestion comes up again - what do you say? Or, in our case, what do we write? We could just throw out the facts, such as the CDC reporting that suicide is the tenth most common cause of death in the U.S., and that more than 44,000 Americans die from taking their own life each year. But, after days of research, talking, writing, editing, re-writing, editing again and, for one of us, crying over an editorial, this is what we have discovered: there is no right way to handle this issue. Giving you the facts helps, but it does not always give closure. A book by behavioral scientist Rajeev Ramchand has a chapter entitled, “Suicide Prevention After a Suicide”. The chapter does exactly what it says in the title. It is full of well-intentioned guidelines: do not glorify the suicide, identify people who may be at a higher risk for suicide and more. But, after reading all that, the whole process remained overwhelming. We realized that researching facts about suicide was not the only way to deal with our story at FHS. We, as a publication, cannot necessarily make you feel better with just the info mentioned in our article on suicide awareness (pages 4 and 5). We can tell you all the facts, like we said earlier. But, facts are not always hopeful. They speak for the moment, but not always for the future. We can only tell you what we know from our own experiences in the days following uffy s suicide. ecause everyone else s research does not necessarily apply to our story at this school. It is cheesy, but FHS runs on hope. The teachers did not just show support for their students, but they showed their vulnerability, too. Students did not just lose a teacher; teachers lost a former colleague. Seeing teachers cry who do not usually cry reminded students of something we forget: teachers are human. They can be happy. They can be sad. And they can be pushed to the point of taking their own life. Still, teachers and students alike remain hopeful that, one day, we can all feel okay. And, sometimes, okay is the best we can do. A silver lining does remain in all of this: we all care about each other more than we care to admit. And, this event, while sad, proved that. So, here is our message to FHS: keep being hopeful that better days are to come and that we will always be here for each other. Not all schools are like that. We love each other and we have teachers and students who let each other be vulnerable. Keep doing that, FHS.


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For mental health resources: Community Health Network Call 800-662-3445 or Text HELPNOW to 20121

National Suicide Prevention Hotline Call 800-273-8255


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