Tiger Topics N the Red, Volume 14, Issue 6, 3/10/2020

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Volume 14, Issue 6

Fishers High School

March 10, 2020


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Riley dancing leads to financing Fundraising money put towards various causes in hospitals; benefits patients, staff Ben McHenry mchenben000@hsestudents.org


ne of the biggest fundraising events, not only at FHS but also at schools around Indiana, is the Riley Dance Marathon. The event raises money throughout the year with various events, culminating with the dance. The Fishers Dance Marathon is the largest club at the school, and many more attend the marathon, but what happens to this money remains a mystery to most students. The Riley Dance Marathon, a fundraising event sponsored by Riley Children’s Hospital, is based in ndianapolis. t first began at ndiana University in 1991 to honor Ryan White, who died of AIDS. Today, the dance marathon is Riley’s fastest growing fundraiser with over 80 marathons across Indiana high schools and colleges. he first dance marathon at the school as in 2008, and students raised $6,404.22. Since then the marathon has grown exponentially, raising $100,426.87 during the 2017-18 school year and $114,578.64 during the 2018-19 school year. According to club sponsor and art teacher Danielle Ontiveros, the money raised goes to ards pediatrics cancer research that benefits Riley Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Miracle Network. The Children’s Miracle et or is a non profit that raises money for children’s hospitals across North America. “We don’t really have any say in what the money goes toward but it’s obviously such a great



thing to fund because it helps so many others in the long run,” Vice President of Riley Family Relations senior Rachael Houser said. In 2019, the Riley Dance Marathon program raised $6,592,000, furthering the amount of total funding since the program’s inception. In 2018 Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb proclaimed September 25 as “Riley Dance Marathon Day” in celebration of $50 million being raised in total from Riley Dance Marathons. According to the Riley Children’s Foundation website, these marathons have led to tangible progress for Riley Children’s Hospital, as they are now a top 10 pediatric research hospital in the nation. Furthermore, dance marathon funding has directly helped to establish the Precision Genomics Program and the CAR T-Cell therapy program, which allow children with rare or aggressive forms of cancer to receive personalized treatment from their own homes. This funding has also helped to employ 24 Child Life Specialists at every Riley inpatient unit. Marathon funding, along with other donations received by Riley, also goes towards improving the facilities in the Simon Family Tower, Riley’s inpatient wing. This money brings educational opportunities to iley staff and medical students as medical developments arise and bring greater amenities to the roughly 200 children who spend the summer at Camp Riley.

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Features According to Ontiveros, the school receives the largest portions of its total donations from the Riley Dance Marathon Christmas in October Craft Fair and the marathon itself. This year, the club has set a goal of raising $120,000. In years past the school’s No Shave November Campaign went towards the dance marathon, but this year it went towards a mental health organization instead. So, in hopes of reaching this goal they have started a Mr. Dance Marathon campaign to recoup some of these funds. The competition is between several boys in the club to see who can raise the most money, and the winner will be crowned Mr. Dance Marathon. oney is being raised by selling different items of their choice and asking for $2 to $5 donations via Venmo. “Mr. Dance Marathon is a way to get more of the guys involved in Riley Dance Marathon and to boost morale for the event,” Mr. Dance Marathon contestant senior Niso Kapsalis said. “I don’t really care to win, but I care to raise money. Whichever one of us wins, all the money goes to the same place in the end, so I’m just really excited to be able to be a part of all of this.” Student body president senior Riley Padron is not an o cial member of the club, but he is still an active participant in meetings given his status as student body president. This year, he decided to take his involvement a step further and run for Mr. Dance Marathon. “Seeing all the people in previous years having so much fun hile benefiting a great cause motivated me to start fundraising,” Padron said. “It’s going really well, as so far I have raised $1800.” For any student looking to join the Riley Dance Marathon club, more information is available at www.FishersDM.org and one can also join the club’s Remind.

“Don’t ever feel like it’s too late to join,” Kapsalis said. “There is no better feeling than when we raise up the signs for how much money we raised, knowing you contributed to that. It really is an emotional night, and it’s an extremely happy and fun environment.”


Students dance during the Riley Dance Marathon on March 23, 2019. Photo courtesy of Tiger Tracks Yearbook.

Graphic by Ben McHenry.


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Science of skincare

Products aid students in clearing their skin and preventing future breakouts Sydney Territo


1. Products such as these can be used in skincare routines to improve acne and are readily available at stores like Target. Photo by Sydney Territo. 2. A bar of soap, such as Irish Spring, can be used to remove acne while showering, and can be found in most grocery stores. Photo labeled for redistribution by Wikimedia.


kin problems are part of being a teenager. As soon as puberty hits, skin becomes too oily or too dry and starts to break out. This happens through oils, dead skin, bacteria and dirt on skin collecting in pores, which forms pimples of some kind. Healthline says home remedies can help teens to combat the waves of zits they face daily, but sometimes it is not enough and they need to use medication instead. Despite the products that are used, facial habits can affect the amount of acne appearing on skin as well. Mayo Clinic advises teens to avoid touching their faces, washing them twice daily, using oil-free sunscreen throughout the day and using materials like soft washcloths and towelettes instead of harsher cleansers and washes. Senior Cadee Thompson has a set skincare routine, hich consists of ta ing off her ma eup with micellar cleansing water using a cotton pad, then rinsing her face and using a gentle cleanser and cloth. he then ta es off her eye ma eup using cotton balls, uses acne medication, and moisturizes her face with a Mario Badescu lotion. “I like the lotion, because it’s not greasy, but still moisturizes my face,” Thompson said. “I got the medication from my doctor, but the rest was experimentation.” For teens looking for ways to improve their skin, Mayo Clinic recommends using salicylic acid, which prevents pores from becoming clogged up by drying up excess oils left in pores. However, it can cause irritation of the skin and stinging, since it causes drier skin than other ingredients. Sometimes, students find that a simpler skincare routine works better. Junior Sebastian Magers’ routine requires less products than Thompsons’. Magers has been using a Cetaphil


bar soap on his face, and then dabs The Ordinary salicylic acid solution onto his face using a cotton ball. “I started at the beginning of junior year, maybe in September,” Magers said. “My friend recommended The Ordinary, and my mom said that Cetaphil was really good for cleaning skin.” For teens looking for ways to improve their skin, Mayo Clinic recommends that teens with bad skin try using products with benzoyl peroxide in them. Products with a higher percentage of active ingredient are not needed, since they work just as well as a lower percentage, but tends to have more side effects. These products require patience since a lot of acne-repairing products take time to show results. Salicylic acid is considered by Healthline to be better for blackheads and whiteheads, whereas benzoyl peroxide is better for mild pustules, or pusfilled bumps made of pores dead alls “Benzoyl peroxide oxidizes things, and destroys things, like how hydrogen peroxide is used on cuts to disinfect them,” chemistry teacher Dr. Lance Kuhn said. “Salicylic acid, I know from experience, is used in wart remover. It essentially dissolves the skin.” For teens looking for products with salicylic acid in them, Healthline recommends the Neutrogena oil-free pink grapefruit foaming scrub, since it is gentle on skin, but still powerful enough to combat breakouts, and does not have any oil in it. For Benzoyl peroxide products, Healthline recommends Mountain Falls Daily Acne Control Cleanser, which is ideal for sensitive skin, since 2 it has 1% benzoyl peroxide in it. “Water can kill you. Anything at a high concentration will, but you use detergent and soap every day,” Kuhn said. “It all comes down to concentration.”


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Laura Russell

2009 graduate works as musical therapist Ben McHenry



ver 1,000 students are involved in the performing arts. For some of these students, the performing arts may lead to a college major or a career in the musical field, as was the case for 2009 alumna Laura Russell. However, she pursued a more non-traditional musical career, as a musical therapist at Fogerty Musical Therapy. Russell was a musically involved student at school, in marching band, winter percussion, choir and the pit orchestra for the musicals. As a senior, Russell participated in the orchestra pit with her younger sister Alice, which is a particularly fond memory. Certain staff members also left a positive imprint on Russell’s life. “Mr. Kunz, Mr. Kohler and Mr. Johnson made big impacts in my life,” Russell said. “I am much obliged to them for their patience with me as I navigated my teenage years.” Following high school, Russell attended the University of Akron to pursue a Bachelor of Music Degree in Percussion Performance, but felt that this degree did not suit her passion. “I was really missing the community service work I had done when I had been in Girl Scouts and 4-H,” Russell said. “During this time, I had started to feel selfish because rather than playing a piece because I wanted to share its beauty with others, I was just playing music to boost my own ego. I had started to lose sight of why I loved music so much in the fi rst place.” After speaking with a friend about music therapy, Russell realized this is what she was meant to do. So, after completing her percussion performance degree with a psychology minor, she attended the University of Iowa to complete a Music Therapy Equivalency Program, which allowed her to practice music therapy without having to get a degree in the field. While she enjoyed both schools, Russell said that University of Akron was one of the

best times of her life. She developed lasting friendships and met her husband, Thomas. They just welcomed a daughter, Felicity, this past Halloween. Today, Russell works at Fogerty Music Therapy in Bloomington, and she works with people of all ages with developmental disabilities, as well as with older adults with dementia. “If I am working with someone with Autism Spectrum Disorder, it’s likely they are working on social skills,” Russell said. “We may work on making eye contact and taking turns in music games. However, if I’m working with older adults with dementia, it’s likely that we are working on preserving the memories they have, which may be singing and listening to their favorite songs.” Outside of music therapy, there are numerous activities and passions that Russell enjoys, including travelling, anything Disney-related and spending time with her family. Russell describes her job as a very rewarding one that keeps her motivated to continue helping others. “The clients I work with are what keep me going each day,” Russell said. “Just to see someone make a small amount of progress on a skill that they’ve been working on for years is extremely rewarding for me. I’m able to look at that person and say I helped them. It’s a labor of love; there are few things I’d rather be doing.”

Laura Russell conducts a music therapy session with a young boy by identifying musical instruments. Photo used with permission of Laura Russell.



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Coronavirus spreads

Certain measures help prevent infection of viruses in school environment John Yun



Information from the CDC. Graphic by John Yun.

ith increasing concerns over the COVID-19 or the coronavirus disease, the CDC has released the information that they know so far. The virus is spread from person-to-person contact and through the contact of bodily uids from coughs or snee es. The global death toll of the coronavirus has passed 3,000 people with six in the U.S., according to the Washington Post. According to the C C, there are , confirmed cases of the coronavirus globally and 43 total cases in the U.S. “I am not really worried or concerned about the coronavirus here in the United States,” Lund said. “Once again, keeping that contained is important. You see a lot of people wearing face mas s hen they have a cold or u so that they do not spread to others.” The coronavirus may have an incubation period of a maximum of 27 days, unlike the previously stated 14 days, according to the New York Times. An incubation period is the time period from hen a person is first infected to hen the first symptoms of the illness occur. According to the CDC, the symptoms of the coronavirus are fever, coughing and shortness of breath. “Being in the accelerated track for nursing school, we have already taken a lot of undergraduate classes,” IUPUI nursing student Brandi Harrison said. “We have learned about a lot of diseases in microbiology, and the number one way to prevent the spread of illness is good hand hygiene.”

Preventative measures

Nearly 22 million school days are lost each year due to just the common cold alone, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. With

many students coughing and snee ing, there are certain measures that people may take to prevent the spread of illnesses, whether that be the coronavirus or just a cold. One way in which students can prevent the transmission of the u is through the u shot. Children, people older than 65 and those that are chronically ill are the ones that are most at ris for complications from the u, according to the Stanford Children’s Health. Flu vaccines help create antibodies that protect against in uen a. Moreover, Stanford Children’s Health recommends that people keep good hand hygiene in order to prevent the spread of germs. Because viruses and colds can be airborne and spread through droplets from coughs and snee es, students should ash their hands ith soap for at least 20 seconds. “Good handwashing and covering your mouth when you cough are important to prevent the spread of viruses,” school nurse Donna Lund said. “Students should use their elbow to cough into, not their hand.” Students may also take other preventative measures such as using hand saniti er and disposable resources such as tissues. “When you are sick, you should just stay home,” IUPUI nursing student Kylie Hohlt said. “Students shouldn’t come to school because they would spread it [to other students].” hen students become sic from the u, the CDC recommends that they stay at home for at least 24 hours or until they do not have a fever. f students come to the o ce, and they have a fever of over 100 degrees or diarrhea, we will send them home,” Lund said. “They need to be home for 24 hours, fever-free.” Not only can the actions of students help create a healthy school environment, but teachers can also help. Teachers should routinely clean surfaces and objects that are often touched by multiple students, according to the CDC. Furthermore, teachers should have places where students can get rid of infected disposables. In close areas like classrooms, viruses are more easily spread, so students should be careful about what they touch and clean up after themselves.


Information from Johns Hopkins Medicine. Graphic by John Yun.

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Clubs to beat school year boredom, complacency Students get involved around FHS Ben Rosen



xploring the world as a wizard, creating crafts with Pinterest and other creative outlets exist in a wide variety of clubs. When looking for a new activity, these clubs allow students to interact with other students.

Senior Mia Stahl plays Dungeons & Dragons during a meeting on Dec. 6. Photo by James Fortozo.

Dungeons & Dragons Club This club involves the game Dungeons & Dragons, which is a fantasy role playing game with storytelling according to the game’s website. Science teacher Heather Ferguson said the club has always had large groups since its inception. “It brings a bunch of kids together and they have to all work as a team to get a job done,” Ferguson said. “Sometimes they do it the most ridiculous way possible, but at the end it’s collaboration. It’s just fun and they have a lot of fun doing it.” A lot of information about the game can be found online, including the rules which also can be purchased in a players handbook. “Liam [Greene] came to me and [Ferguson] with the idea and he was ind of the heart and soul of it the first couple years,” science teacher le Smith said. This club is sponsored by Ferguson and Smith, and meets every other Friday. The next meeting is March 13 right after school in room H212. A permission slip is needed at the first meeting.

Pinterest Club The Pinterest Club meets in room A102 to create crafts found on the popular app. Pinterest is a website where anything can be designed and created. “Everything that we make is homemade and that kids can make inside and outside the school.” Spanish teacher Stephanie Gutting said. “We have kind of a philosophy: the Pinterest fail is totally okay, ” Spanish teacher Stephanie Gutting said. According to Gutting, the student leaders are an important part of the club. The student leaders choose all the projects. The next meeting is March 12 at 3 p.m.

Sophomore Jenna Medalen works on a friendship bracelet during a Pinterest Club meeting on Sept. 12. Photo by Avery Krasnow.

During a Pinterest Club meeting on Sept. 12, senior Candance Smallwood works on a craft. Photo by Avery Krasnow.


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Euchre Club This club plays the card game Euchre. According to Bicycle Playing Cards, Euchre is easiest to play with four players in which players try to win by taking at least three tricks in a hand. “This club actually started with a group of guys years ago, but they all graduated last year. Me and Paige [Boaz] were always advocates for the club so we decided to take it over when they left,” senior Laureena Watkins said. They play Euchre in groups of four if enough people are there, if not they play in smaller groups. “I like meeting new people especially people that like Euchre because this is a game I really like and so the fact that we all have a common interest is really cool,” senior Paige Boaz said. The club meets on Friday mornings before school between 7:00 and 7:30 outside room H205.

Sophomore Evan Myers waits for his turn during a Euchre Club meeting on Sept. 20. Photo by Emma Nguyen.

Creative Writing Club This club allows students to freely write in a quiet environment and work on whatever projects they need to work on. “I think it’s really interesting that I have so many students who are writing novels and have these huge individual creative projects that most people wouldn’t know about,” English teacher and Creative Writing Club sponsor Taylor Meador said. “I also enjoy the fact that it is really quiet. It’s not a club where everyone is screaming or running around; it is very low key.” According to Meador the club meets on Thursdays after school from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. in room B204. “So it’s just a safe space for people to come and work on projects, meet with people who feel the same about writing,” Meador said.



Art Club The new C-hall mural was created by the Art Club. According to club sponsor and art teacher Johanna Gianforte, the purpose of the Art Club is to have fun. “We’re a fun group that loves to get our hands dirty,” Gianforte said. “Come meet some interesting peers and make some beautiful things.” According to Gianforte, Art Club is done for the school year and will resume when the 2020-21 school year starts in August. “Next year we will continue meeting Thursdays after school. Make sure to listen for the announcements at the beginning of the year,” Gianforte said. During this year, the club took on one of their largest projects, taking up most of the club’s schedule to complete. “This year we made a collaborative mural, which is currently displayed in the C-hall,” Gianforte said. “It took us 12 meetings to complete from start to finish.”

1. Senior Mackenzie Frayer works on a piece during a club meeting on Jan. 15. Photo by James Fortozo. 2. Talking during a Creative Writing Club meeting on Jan. 15 senior Melanie Hamon works. Photo by James Fortozo.

Sophomore Morgan Lawson works on a painting during an Art Club meeting on Sept. 19. Photo by Avery Krasnow.


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All statistics according to poll taken between Feb. 26 and 27. Graphic by Benjamin Grantonic.

March 10, 2020 Trending in Fishers High School

Out of 118 students polled 87% said they will watch Netflix (or a similar streaming service) over spring break.

Out of that 87%, 72% of those students recommended a TV show. The other 28% had no show to recommend. The top 4 shows are listed above.

Spring streams popular shows Upcoming break allows for extended binge watching Benjamin Grantonic



ver spring break, it is likely some will atch et i or a similar streaming platform. A 2016 study by Ericsson ConsumerLab found that people spend an average of minutes trying to find something to atch on et i and ulu, or even up ards of minutes on o. ere are some spoiler free recommendations from the streaming services and students alike. ne feature on et i is their op , listing the top trending shows on the service, as of riting some of those sho s are aunted ouse,” entefied,” he ast hing e anted,” oc e and ey” and arcos e ico.” n addition to recommendations from et i , students also have suggestions to watch over break. ould say a good sho for spring brea ould probably be he . t s a great continuous story throughout all si seasons now. And the episodes are pretty lengthy with a run time of about minutes. t s mainly a survival action ind of sho , and it s uite easy to get attached to one character over the seasons,” sophomore elvin ope said. don t no ho but someho managed to binge five seasons in one ee during finals.” ther sho s have a long term plot to follo through multiple seasons, such as ,” a sho about a bookstore owner stalking an author. Another popular show with a continuous plot through its seasons is tranger hings,” about a

group of friends dealing with paranormal forces and a secretive government organi ation in s Indiana. Others may prefer more comedic and episodic shows. y favorite sho is roo lyn ine ine, chie y due to the fact that it s group of main characters are e tremely relatable,” sophomore Usmaan Saifuddin said. “I know someone who is represented almost perfectly for most of the characters, which brings the level of comedy up significantly.” Another appeal of streaming platforms such as et i and ulu are their large catalogue of retro sho s. nything from einfeld” and Cheers,” to he ilight one” and tar re ” are available to binge. ould recommend he iles. really li e the fact that it still has an episode by episode plot, but it still has themes that over arch through multiple episodes. t s basically a supernatural sho but the t o main characters are agents,” junior ilan Col ani said. nimated series such as ponge ob” and he impsons” can offer many elements that live action cannot. ne element it allo s for is more fantasical settings and plots. he only sho truly binge atched as vatar the ast irbender, hich completed in one ee end,” aifuddin said. spent appro imately 21 hours watching the show over one weekend, and felt e tremely satisfied after ard.”

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Eco-friendly style

Fashion pushes toward environmental, social change Hayley Brown



ustainable fashion is the movement of Hayley fostering change to fashion products Brown brownand the fashion system toward greater hay000@hsestuecological integrity and social justice. The dents.org0 movement has made a return and features across many media platforms. As of right now, the fashion industry is the second largest polluter with the oil industry rac ing up as the first polluter in the world. Besides focusing on environmental awareness, sustainable fashion companies advocate for the millions of labor forces working for the fashion industry. “Sustainable fashion, in my opinion, is as effective as recycling or reusing,” senior Keely Gott said. In the 1980s, clothing brands such as Patagonia and Esprit began to advertise their clothing as sustainable” as part of an effort to reduce the fashion industry’s carbon footprint. However, sustainable fashion producers are unable to push toward greater environmental efforts ithout the buyers or supporters of these clothing brands. “I think sustainable fashion is really useful and something that is upcoming and many people are starting to look at it,” junior Shelby Cade said. “I believe it’s very similar to regular manufactured clothing and it’s a sensible use of clothing.” Not only is sustainable fashion supporting environmental change, but change for the fashion industry’s labor workers. One in six people work in the fashion industry, but 2% are given a living wage. Many fashion manufacturers disclose the conditions of the environment employees work in to cover distress with a brand name according to the Human Rights Watch website. “The situations labor workers are put in will be

better because of the support from the efforts of sustainable fashion companies,” Cade said. “The efforts and the improvements from those efforts can be looked upon from outsiders.” Women make up the majority of the 163 million population of labor workers in the fashion industry. The Sustain Your Style website states a variety of women live day by day in rigorous situations owing to the closeted actions of the industry’s superiors. Unpaid maternity leave, sexual harassment, retaliation towards employees and forced overtime hours make up these closeted actions. “It seems these sustainable fashion companies are bringing many positives to the fashion industry, including the support of the employees who work for the companies. It could better the image of fashion than the negativity it’s received on the daily,” Gott said. Many people are concerned with the environmental toxicity that the fashion industry contributes to. According to the Human Rights Watch website, clothing stores such as H&M and Zara taint large bodies of ater ith microfibers, produce greenhouse emissions and contribute to deforestation of major rainforests to make plastic materials. “Sustainable fashion is a small thing we can do to reduce pollution and is more effective than recycling because items that are assumed to be recycled, are mostly getting thrown away,” junior Sebastian Trujillo said. Ecological fashion companies try to persevere through these damages of the fashion industry by producing clothing with greener alternatives, such as using raw denim to produce jean clothing. “Rather than wearing used clothes from thrift stores, I’m able to buy new clothes that are close to my style and offer clothing better for the environment from local sustainable clothing stores such as Anthropologie,” Cade said.

Mannequin from Anthropologie displays fashion pieces using ecological materials, representing the sustainable fashion movement. Photo by Hayley Brown.


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March 10, 2020 Striking a pose on Jan. 31, senior Madeline Soe rehearses her guard routine. Photo by Kathleen Tran.


Bring the beat in Winter percussion, guard prepare for big expectations Kristen Rummel



1. Senior Riley Lemons plays the cymbals on Jan. 27. 2. Practicing choreography, Alivia Feilds leaps on Jan. 31 at rehearsal. 3. Sophomore Nolan Murdock plays a steady beat during practice on Jan. 27 for indoor drumline. 4. Striking a pose on Jan. 31, senior Madeline Soe rehearses her guard routine. Photos by Elissa Mitchell.



ears are shed as the competition season comes to an end and students are left with happy memories and pride in their hearts for a job well done. Fresh out of a winning competition season, color guard and drumline strive for winter alternatives.

Color Guard

Last year, color guard won state and went on to the Winter Guard nternational . or the first time in school history, they became the WGI 2019 Open World Class champions in April. With a championship under their belt, they have been bumped up to World Guard with a new division, skills and expectations. This year the team is being held to higher standards and expectations. The championship for WGI has four tiers: A Class, Open Class, World Class and Scholastic World. Once a team wins their class, they are bumped up to the next tier of competition. “There’s always going to be some type of pressure no matter what, but winter guard and color guard are not like sports where you have these big rivals,” senior Cameron Nichols said. “You want to beat each other. This is a competitive based activity where we all want to place and compete well, but everyone is always cheering each other on. It’s a very supportive community amongst the teams.” Guard has a junior varsity and varsity team that both compete in competitions. The junior varsity competes in events like the state circuit IHSCGA (Indiana High School Color Guard Association) for World Class. The varsity season lasts a little longer than the junior varsity, from mid-late November to early April, while the junior varsity lasts from December to late March. With the extra time, varsity works on choreography and practicing the shows for WGI. Varsity’s performance has is called “Swing Turn Swung” and junior varsity s sho is ure magination” compiled of dance, ag, ri e and sabre. A showing of these performances will be on March 20 at 7 p.m. showcasing all the winter guard and winter percussion in the district for free in the Main Gym.

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In 2017, the drumline was bumped up to the World Class for WGI after winning the Open Class and their previous performances. With this new role and expectation practice has been increased. “It’s never too stressful because we prepare so much and as long as you give 100% every time you’ll have a great experience. The most fun part of the activity is the competitions, not just for the awards but also how much fun I have with my friends,” sophomore Ryan Gallagher said. Their performances have many features and require a lot of preparation to put together. The show requires the visual team, front ensemble, electronics and the keyboard instruments to work together. The show this year is called “Paper Tiger.” This concept has the team splitting into two with one acting as the antagonist and the other as the protagonist. They are telling a story with music, moving cages, uniforms and stage makeup. here are ten different competitions throughout the season for . here is a ualification process to get into . he competition this year is on April 10, at Dayton Ohio. aving thousands of people atching you as you perform is definitely stressful,” sophomore Jake Myers said. “The feeling you get when you walk into the Dayton Arena knowing you’ve prepared for months is something I’ll never forget.” Drumline practices after school three times a week. On the weekends they have competitions until the season is over.


1 ophomore ophia ellbaum throws her ag during practice on an . s part of their performance training, unior atie ieffer slides underneath senior eely urdoc Photos by Kathleen Tran. he drumline faces forward as the team prepares to play on an Photos by Elissa Mitchell.


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Musical mix-up

School production features new staff, direction Carter Hanefeld



ith a new director, choreographers, sets and theme, this year’s musical production of “The Addams Family” has been transformed. “It’s really important that you have a clear vision of what you’re trying to communicate to the audience,” new theater teacher and director Anna Nickell said. “The director has to come up with the concept for everything.” Nickell has been teaching for nine years, and has directed for just as long. Not only is she bringing experience as a director, but she is familiar with “The Addams Family” as well, having directed it during her tenure at Decatur Central High School. Furthermore, her experience helps aid production both on and behind the stage. “Nickell is able to help with tech and is also e tremely e ible hen it comes to giving us time to run what we need to run,” junior Alli Bufkin said. Certain things may be different under the ne director, there are still similarities in producing a musical. or e ample, one benefit has al ays been the crossover between show choir and the musical, and this year is no different.

Junior Madelynn Ayen, freshman Cory Wilcher, junior Margaret Delong, junior Jacob Schilling, junior Kierre Rodriguez, senior Aidan Lucas and freshman Trey Weger line up during the song “When You’re an Addams” at musical practice on Feb. 26. Photo by Carter Hanefeld.


“Show choir certainly helps in terms of talent and also prepares students for various aspects of performing in a musical,” Nickell said. While show choir and the musical have a similar skill requirement, there is also an overlap in production this year. Contrary to previous years, the musical is being held in the spring, which coincides with show choir season. “It’s putting more pressure on everyone and slowing down the quickness of getting things right,” Bufkin said. “Cast and crew in both the musical and show choir are at school late for basically two and a half months, and personally, I haven’t been able to do as much as I wanted [with the tech crew].” hough doing both activities fills up more time, the people involved still know how to look past the stress and keep enjoying what they are a part of. “Those who are in both show choir and the musical are more stressed,” junior Margaret Delong, who plays Wednesday Addams, said. “But staying motivated and remembering why you love each and every thing you do is a great way to keep going.” “The Addams Family” will debut on March 27, 28 and 29 in the auditorium.

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Meet the Addams family Name: Jacob Schilling Grade: Junior Role: Gomez Addams “My favorite experience about this musical has been the opportunity to play Gomez Addams and to be able to work with such a fun and talented cast.“

Name: Kierre Rodriguez Grade: Junior Role: Morticia Addams “There are so many fantastic things, but I’d say that my favorite e perience is definitely getting to be a part of a family his is my first musical, so everything was pretty scary at the beginning. Lucky for me, the cast is so kind and welcoming that my nerves were calmed almost instantly. It is an incredible feeling getting to share a stage with people who always believe in you no matter what.“

Name: Margaret Delong Grade: Junior Role: Wednesday Addams “My favorite experience has been getting to spend time with some of my closest friends from high school show choir during rehearsals. We’ve grown so much closer and I have so many new inside jokes and happy memories from rehearsals, particularly blocking rehearsals/runs are my favorites.“

Name: Trey Weger Grade: Freshman Role: Pugsley Addams “My favorite experience is probably meeting and getting to know the cast. You meet these wonderful and talented people and it’s awesome to get to know more. You create this family that love and support you like no other and this cast has really shown that love and support.“ 4.


Infographic by Carter Hanefeld.


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Softball ready to swing Winter conditioning prepares for season Rebekah Shultz



he softball team has been training since the beginning of the school year for the girls to get head start preparing for the season. Returning this season, there are three players who have been varsity for their four years, as well as two athletes who have been varsity since their sophomore year. “We have a veteran club so I have been a little more relaxed with our upperclassmen about the things they are doing to improve,” head coach Daren James said. “We set the parameters, but they know what they need to do to get better and what works best for them. We have also added more coaches for this year so hopefully that will help as well.” Senior Courtney James recently had the opportunity to go to Taiwan to play for the team SoftballOne after their coaches reached out to her. SoftballOne is an “instruction-based facility” according to the their website. They offer classes, as well as host their own softball team. While there, Courtney played against international teams such as China and Taiwan’s national team. “I think I have a good advantage of seeing live pitching more often and truly understanding how quick the game has to be to be successful,” Courtney said. “It was a great experience and I loved every moment of it. I feel like a better athlete because of it.” Winter conditioning began in December with practice twice a week. The team will continue their training to work on the fundamentals of game play before the season begins. “We always try to play good defense and our offense should be potent again this year,” Coach James said. “We are starting to really focus on positioning, communication and situations to be ready right out of the gate this season.” Last year, the girls ended their season with a 9-2 loss at semi-state against CrownPointe. The Tigers finished 17-10 on the season. “We are pushing ourselves a lot harder this year,” junior Hannah Mays said. “We have a really big target on our back and we want to win so we are going past our limits.” Coach James believes that anything can happen this season, but the girls have the talent to win state this year. “I don’t think there is anyone that will be better than us top to bottom,” Coach James said. “We will set our goals to win our first conference title and to get through sectional and take it from there.” Tryouts began on March 9, and their first game will be on March 23 against Kokomo.

Varsity sophomore Kaylee Kardash plays third base during a game against Pendleton Heights on May 15, 2019. FHS lost 10-5. Photo by Avery Krasnow.


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University of Michigan players shoot around during an official ournament practice on March 16 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Photo by Nate Albin.

Streaming madness

Beginning of NCAA tournament brings issues with distracted classrooms Nate Albin



pwards of 70 million brackets will be filled out according to the merican ambling ssociation for this year s C tournament. ith so many o ce pools and competitions bet een friends, it is not hard to imagine hy people all over the nation ill be glued to screens to ma e sure they do not miss a moment of the action. ith the advent of streaming, the tournament has been an enemy of or places all across merica. o usiness reports that merican businesses ill lose roughly billion due to a lac of or er productivity. hile schools ill not lose money from the games being streamed, some cite a lac of productivity during gametime. t has absolutely been a problem,” math teacher van eynolds said. no it s going to happen.” hat eynolds says he e pects has been confirmed by students. ophomore nthony c uisto admitted to streaming the games in class. uch to the disapproval of my teachers, ve definitely streamed,” c uisto said. round tournament time, al ays do nload the arch adness app on my phone or laptop to atch.” he C s arch adness ive app serves as the o cial streaming service for the tournament. t is easily accessible the app is free and available on different devices. ue to the accessibility, the arch adness ive app helps some in their streaming uest. f have an online assignment in class, have t o tabs open,” junior la e ac es said. ne ith the assignment, one ith the game. r people hide their phone.”

or some, the C tournament is more about ho they are atching ith rather than rooting for their favorite teams and players. ecause of this, atching carries a different meaning. very year, me and my family and friends go to lorida over brea ,” ac es said. hile e re there, e al ays atch the inal our and championship game together.” istoric, e citing moments dra people in to atch the tournament each year. o upsets, eorgia tate do ning aylor and labama irmingham stunning o a tate, happened roughly minutes apart from each other midday on arch , . his as one of the first years the app as in its current form. ith these moments, some struggle to eep the jubilation in. t s hard to contain my e citement,” c uisto said. ost of the time, on t. here are a lot of fist pumps, but don t thin the teachers mind because they no hat is going on.” ith that, teachers li e eynolds say they still believe in the school s policies regarding technology. ven ith that in place, they understand the inevitable. try to stress et your or done first,” eynolds said. hat you do after is your time.” tudents cite struggling to or after the day is over, especially hen considering first and second round games do not conclude until after p.m. do home or and atch simultaneously,” c uisto said. ut try to get as much bas etball in as can. t s the end of the season and the players are putting it on the line for ultimate glory and every game means so much.”

Tournament Fast Facts March 17 - April 6 68 Teams Single Elimination Final Four Host: Atlanta Reigning Champ: Virginia Midseason Number 1: Baylor Odds-On Favorite: Kansas. +550 (As of March 3) TV Networks: CBS, TBS, TNT, TruTV


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Perfect pregame playlist Players make mixtapes to pump them up for their games Meg Gibson



ne of the most common pregame traditions is listening to music before competitions. usic affects the motivation, fatigue and mood of athletes, according to a study by Sport Journal. Sophomore Kirah Fuller plays tennis and listens to music before matches and while she trains. Fuller prefers motivational and inspirational music for her pregame playlist. She especially loves Lizzo and other female empowerment artists. “Music mentally trains me and it helps me get focused,” uller said. usic affects your mood a lot so it’s important to listen to uplifting music.” Tempo and rhythm are key factors to determining hat effect music has on the listener s mood, according to a study done by Uxbridge University. Up-beat and high-energy music can increase the adrenaline and anxiety of the athlete, getting them pumped up and ready to perform. “Fast tempos keep up the pace and motivate me to do my best,” Fuller said. A study done by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCIB) showed that faster-paced music improves athletic performance in low-to-moderate exercise. The athletes distance travelled, pace or repetitions repeated were increased while the time exercising stayed the same. “I like super up-beat music that gets you ready to go,” junior Brynn Urban said. On the other hand, slower music will relax the athlete and calm their nerves to get them ready

Juniors Riley Clayton and Emma Giger listen to music as they stretch after a long run for track on March 2. Photo by Meg Gibson.

to compete. Another study done by the NCIB showed that slower-paced music, like classical or jazz, increased the athlete’s endurance. The athletes took longer to feel physical exertion while listening to slower music than no music at all. “My roommate in college would listen to ‘Boyz II Men’ then classical music to stay relaxed before competition,” assistant football coach and English teacher Ross Springman said. “It all depends on the athlete.” Familiarity and high-energy are two major factors for junior Tommy Chesebrough’s playlist. Chesebrough has ran cross country and track since seventh grade. “A good pre-competition playlist needs to have mostly exciting songs I already know so I can just enjoy it instead of needing to think much about it,” Chesebrough said. Pop and rap make their way into Urban’s playlist. Urban runs cross country and track. “It makes me excited before I run or compete so that way I’m in a good mood and ready to go,” Urban said. Lyrics are crucial to some listener’s enjoyment of music. Springman has been coaching football for nine years, but has been involved with sports for 25 years. “As an English teacher, lyrics matter to me and I would say they are bigger than the beat or the music a lot of times,” Springman said. “With hip-hop, you get both. You can get the fast pace and excitement from the music itself as well as the o and ordplay of the lyrics.”


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Survey information gathered from 188 student athletes betwen Feb. 19-21. Songs from the Perfect Pregame Playlist were collected from interviews. Infographic by Meg Gibson.


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March 10, 2020

Working it out

Clubs provide non-competitive opportunities to stay in shape Emma Tomlinson



taying in shape does not always require participation in a sport. Exercise-based clubs at FHS allow students to take part in activities that allow them to stay active and healthy without the competitive aspect of organized sports.

Yoga Club

he stress of school can build up and affect mental and physical health. Yoga can help decrease stress and relax muscles. There are no equipment requirements and students of all experience levels are welcome. “We go through instructional videos and do roughly 30-40 minute sessions of yoga to destress from the school day,” senior Jake Lodde said. A common trait among high school students is high stress levels, often caused by excessive school work combined with sports or jobs. Stress often builds up in the body in the form of muscle tension, which can lead the body to feel tight or in pain. Yoga helps relieve tension by stretching areas where tension commonly builds up, like the hips and shoulders. “Stretching out after school really helps relieve my stress that can build up during the day,” Lodde said. According to Harvard Medical School, the incorporation of yoga into a daily routine can reduce both anxiety and depression symptoms. In their scientific study of yoga, the results demonstrated that mental and physical health are closely aligned and can both be improved by the practice of yoga. “I like being able to unwind at the end of the day and not have to think about homework or projects and just get to stretch out,” Lodde said. Yoga club meets every other Thursday from 3:10-4:00 in room A106.

Crossfit Tiger Cage

Math teacher Kasandra Dickman lifts 95 pounds during a CrossFit workout in the old weight room. Photo by Lauren Fosler.

Cross it club holds hour and a half long or outs offered to both students and staff. Cross it is a high intensity fitness program that incorporates elements from different sports and types of e ercise. FHS is one of only a few high schools across the country to have a CrossFit a liate. he or outs that the club does include e ercises that a regular CrossFit gym would provide, but for free. “We usually start with strength like bench press, power cleans and deadlifts,” sophomore Erin Hanna said. “Then, we proceed with either a timed workout or a certain set of exercises to complete and are timed for it.” CrossFit can be its own respective sport with competitors, but many athletes use it to stay in shape for other sports. Exercises can improve endurance, e ibility, po er, speed and balance. “I use CrossFit as a fun way to stay in shape for rugby. It’s a pretty rough sport, so staying in shape is very important,” sophomore Madi Crock said. At CrossFit club, members work out together on the same exercises. Hanna believes that working out with other people is much more motivating. taying in shape is also a great benefit, but no ouldn t be doing as well without other people,” Hanna said. he club elcomes all levels of fitness and their goal is to forge a broad, general and inclusive fitness space for all members. CrossFit club meets every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 3:15-4:15 in the old weight room across from the doors to the main gym between FH6 and FH7.

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Sports Ski Club




This annual club allows students to travel to Perfect North Slopes four Fridays a year, starting in January. The average cost of the club is $290. That money pays for a lift ticket, charter bus transportation and ski rentals. To save money on the rental fee, some students bring their own gear. “Skiing is fun because it is something fun to do on a Friday night and it s something different to do than just sitting at home,” freshman Claire Bolinger said. At Perfect North, there are options to ski, snowboard and snow tube. here are different level trails that range from easy to most di cult for skiing and snowboarding. The tubing run is 1200 feet long and includes a lift ride back up to the top. choose to s i because have prior e perience ith it and enjoy it the most,” junior arah lderton said. tried sno boarding and as not very good, so stuc ith s iing. have never tried sno tubing but it seems fun.” erfect orth also offers free s i lessons included ith the purchase of a lift ticket. “I saw people taking the ski lessons and they looked really helpful if you are a first time s ier or need some tips,” olinger said. ccording to the Colorado i organi ation, a person can burn around 400 calories per hour while downhill skiing. It can improve cardiovascular health, coordination, balance and strengthen leg muscles. “Skiing and winter sports are a bit underrated in terms of ways to get e ercise,” lderton said. t s a fun ay to get active, considering you re in a different climate hen compared to your typical forms of e ercise.”

Freshmen Erica Combs, Claire Bolinger and Elle Powers pose for a photo on the slopes at Perfect North. Photo used with permission of Claire Bolinger.


Spanish teacher Michelle Helmkamp holds a tree pose. Photo by James Fortozo. 2

unior mily uldberg holds a modified boat pose, which improves core muscles and balance. Photo by James Fortozo.


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a ily on t e field

Boys baseball team creates a family atmosphere to help achieve goals Riley Gearhart gearhril000@hsestudents.org


enior ic u ac watches the ball as he runs toward first base at a home game against Pendleton Heights on April 23, 2019. FHS won 3-2. Photo by Grace Vang.

ll of the time and effort that players put into their practices and or outs lead up to one single moment. hether that be on the field, the mound or at home plate, the baseball team uses their family atmosphere to their advantage during their practices. ear round training allo s the team to or ith each individual s strengths and ea nesses, as ell as develop stronger bonds ith one another. e ve created more of a family aspect ith our team, all the ay from our incoming freshman to our seniors that have been here for four years,” senior aid uth said. lthough the team is see ing success this season, they no there ill be some struggles. Coaches help the players through these obstacles using different methods, depending on the player. he one on one support that the coaches provide allo s the players to overcome their challenges and improve in the future. ead coach att Cherry says that this one on one support helps create the family environment they strive for. e try to get our guys to thin outside of themselves a lot and to thin about the ne t person to build that team family and camaraderie,” Cherry said. he team s attitude gives them the opportunity to ma e the changes that they need to ma e, according to uth. utting the team before themselves helps to ma e their goals for the season achievable. his year, thin a lot of guys are trying to be better and do more of hat e did in to in that state championship,” uth said. thin e re trying to get bac to here ishers baseball ants to be and go bac to being that gritty team that doesn t give up in a game.” Coaches are a big part in achieving these goals. etting to no the players on a personal level is hat hitting coach anny Collier hopes to do this season. his ill allo him to help each player ith ho they play the game, especially mentally. e tal to our players a lot about being mentally tough,” Collier said. ou re going to fail in this game more than you succeed, so it s just ho you deal ith your failures.” ccording to uth, the family environment is hat allo s the team to come together and help ith their game on the field. Cherry s main goal, ho ever, is for the boys to ma e memories and have fun together. hey on t remember in or years hat the results ere, they ll remember more about the bus rides and hanging out together,” Cherry said. uilding that family atmosphere is al ays an internal goal for me as the head coach and helping to create that space.”


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Growing trend of players picking themselves over others in team sports Nate Albin



oaches and parents telling their kids “There’s no ‘I’ in ‘team’” is a staple of growing up playing youth sports. The saying is now beyond cliché and is included in just about every motivational sports speech. Despite all this, it seems as though team sports may now be less about the team with each passing day. The problem is clear; athletes think the team matters less than the individual. But honestly, everyone has some of the blame to share. On April 16, 2016, the Indiana Pacers’ Paul George ranted. Following a 102-99 defeat to the oronto aptors in ame of the first round of the layoffs, eorge ent off, saying things like the Pacers were “his team.” The missed 3-point attempt to tie up the ball game “should have been his,” according to George. He was wrong in saying this. George was wrong to think this. Yes, Paul George was by far the best player on the 2015-16 Indiana Pacers. Many considered him an MVP candidate. He started for the Eastern Conference in the NBA All-Star Game that year. Still, none of this excuses his behavior. In recent weeks, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has been saying he will not show up to practice unless he gets a contract that would make him close to, if not the, highest paid quarterback in NFL history. This would indicate that he has played as one of the best players in the league when the reality is he has been wildly inconsistent. This also comes at a time when the team has other players whose contracts are also expiring. Thinking that one player means more than everyone else is silly. If a traditional six-foot point guard tried to play center and guard a seven-foot behemoth, it would likely end poorly. The same could be said if that center tried to guard that point guard. Every position has a role and a job. This may all seem pointless, but it is not. Athletes all too often forget the big picture. In team sports, only the team can win. If a single player plays the greatest game of all-time, but the team loses, the performance does not really

matter. Sure, it may have been incredible, but the team lost. On a team, a player is supposed to do their job. Their job is not to do the work of everyone to lead the team to a win. The best teams have players who all do their job, not one player “carrying” the entire team. Coaches have allowed this issue to manifest. Often at the end of games, the ball is given to one player to make something - anything - happen. And this is not players just ball-hogging at the end of a game. Coaches draw up plays for stars to try some lousy, predictable play. If the play miraculously works, the ego of the star athlete skyrockets. ners have fueled this fire. There is not any player truly worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Bryce Harper, outfielder for the hiladelphia Phillies, signed a 13 year/$330 million contract this past year. This weighs very heavily on what the Phillies can do in the future. Because they pay one athlete so much, they cannot afford to sign other players to help in. Comparatively, this player will look much better and have superior stats than everyone else because they are on a team that is not good. Thus, people will praise the athlete for “putting the team on their back” when the team wins. And there lies perhaps the biggest problem. The fans do not help at all. We praise athletes like gods. We wear their jerseys. We complain about our team not winning, but we fail to notice that having players with supersized contracts hurts our teams in the long run. Fans go beg for autographs, a high five, anything ithout thin ing about the possible consequence; players thinking they mean more than the teammate that does not have his or her jersey everywhere or does not have a massive line for autographs. There is no “I” in ‘team’. But, there is a ‘team’ in ‘team’.

The Pacers traded Paul George in the summer of 2017. This occurred after he and the franchise clashed over his monetary value to the team. Photo used with permission from flickr.


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To date or not to date High school relationships teach important life lessons early on Lily Thomas



avigating relationships, especially at a young age, can be di cult. o ever, a healthy romantic relationship can help teenagers learn valuable lessons that ill better them in the future. With the right environment, high school can serve as a safe space for teenagers to make mistakes and correct them before going out into the real orld, hich is hy it is crucial for teens to establish an understanding of relationships in high school. dolescents ho date during high school acquired important social skills and displayed emotional gro th, according to the . . epartment of ealth and uman ervices . earning communication and social s ills at an early age ill ma e it easier to properly handle relationships later on, especially in college hen combined factors, li e adjusting to being a ay from home, are present. ccording to research from Child rends ataban , teenagers in relationships often have a better image of themselves because having a partner can boost confidence and self esteem. elationships also teach teens ho to care for another person and respect his or her needs on a personal, intimate level. ealthy relationships are built on mutual respect, communication and trust, according to the alls ealth Center. pea ing from personal experience, my relationship has increased my respect for myself marginally. t improved my communication s ills and benefited my understanding of myself as a person. as also able to find a balance bet een school or and my relationship.

hough there are su cient benefits, dating in high school is not overly popular. ccording to a survey of students ta en bet een eb. and , . of high school students are currently in a relationship or have been in one during high school. he same survey found that . of students ould li e to be in a relationship. he success of young relationships depends on many factors, one being ho healthy the relationship is. igns of an unhealthy relationship include controlling partners, hostility and disrespect. hose in an unhealthy relationship should consult a trusted adult or professional to help them discuss options such as safely ending the relationship. ystanders ho notice to ic traits ithin others relationships should spea up and offer support. tudents can also visit ove is espect,” a ebsite ith resources about healthy relationships and dating. igh school relationships are not the end all be all and not having one is normal, but it is incumbent on parents, schools and society as a hole to reali e their role in ma imi ing good outcomes for young relationships and decreasing the impact of harm. arents and schools can instruct, model and provide support for healthy relationships. report done by C mentions that promoting social emotional development enhances teenagers ell being and overall enjoyment of life. rograms li e ating atters trategies to romote ealthy een elationships,” created by the Centers for isease Control and revention, help educate adolescents about healthy relationships and behaviors that put them at ris of dating violence. encourage teaching about healthy relationships and supporting them because it gives teenagers a better chance of pursuing happy, beneficial relationships in high school and beyond. Before C lunch, sophomores Taylor Hamilton and James Gibbs talk and hold hands on Feb. 20. Photo by Lily Thomas.


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Blocking out stress


erforming arts classes such as orchestra may struggle with a bloc schedule due to the need for repetitive practice Photo used with permission of Tiger Tracks Yearbook.

modified schedule acts as test for future Andrew Haughey



ome students may wonder why the school is running on the schedule it is during the ISTEP testing period for sophomores. A number of problems with the current schedule has forced the school board to adapt by producing new ideas. One of these ideas was shortening the school day and adjusting starting and ending times for all schools in the district in order to reap the benefits of a three tier busing schedule, hich as decided on at a school board meeting on Feb. 12. y changing the schedule for ne t year, the district has shown its willingness to implement new ideas. Another idea that has been circulated relates to the structure of the school day itself: block schedules. eedless to say, the bloc schedule is a big adjustment to make from the normal seven period day for teachers and students ali e, but it comes ith its benefits. According to the National Education ssociation , bloc scheduling can help decrease the amount of information students have to process in a day, pave the ay for individualized learning and give teachers more time to plan lessons. loc and modified schedules allow students to focus on only one subject at a time with few interruptions and transitions. These transitions force students to switch from one class to another ith little time in bet een, causing unnecessary stress. he sho ed that during the school year, the number of students with extreme levels of stress was about 14% higher than during the summer. Schools hope block schedules slow down the day and give students a higher quality of education ith less home or , reducing stress. One of the major concerns brought up frequently is a lack of continuity. The block schedule forces teachers to see their students only three to four times per week depending on the mold the district chooses to adopt. This poses a major problem to educators attempting to teach courses, performing arts, foreign languages and mathematics which all require repetition to master, according to a study on bloc scheduling

conducted by Brown University. This concern has been proven to have no justification. study by the merican ssociation for School Superintendents showed that there as no significant reduction in enrollment or instructional quality of the performing arts hen the bloc schedule allo ed for a year long participation in the course. dditionally, the study stated that longer periods of study in subjects such as foreign languages actually increased student learning and that there as no long term loss of information. A normal school day with this schedule would not have a minute test thro n in every other day for one of its grade levels. nstead, the period in which sophomores take ISTEP would become an open period that functions as a study hall, a time for clubs to meet and a period here students can ask teachers for help. t illcrest igh chool in pringfield, issouri, the schedule has been running on a bloc system since . hree teachers there, obert arnes, oyce traton, and ary ena, all claim that the reason the transition from a traditional seven period day to a block schedule was successful was because the other teachers at the school were cooperative and willing to abandon previous teaching strategies in favor of learning new strategies that worked to keep students active and willing to participate. These strategies revolve around a simple rotation of teacher led activities and student led activities. dditionally, the schedule during one bloc is adjusted to cover different subtopics ithin a subject to hold attention. Although some students may not like it because it is not a real” bloc schedule, there is no other way. If the schedule were to be tested during a ee other than the ee , it may ma e some students feel as if they are wasting their time. lso, the benefits to the bloc schedule make ignoring the opportunity to test it out now a missed opportunity. If the school wants to decrease stress of students and intensify learning at the same time, there is no better option.

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March 10, 2020 Information from Clemson University, Stanford University and the University of California. Graphic by Fletcher Haltom.

Complaining stalls solutions Griping about trivial matters distracts from important issues, impedes results Fletcher Haltom



eople seem to be constantly dissatisfied with the way that things are. While this is not necessarily bad, it is important to recognize when complaining goes too far. Excessive whining can be destructive, annoying and dangerous. One major issue with complaining is that it tends to become a habit. Criticizing things is tempting because it feels good to talk about topics that are disliked and to share this dissatisfaction with others. Though complaining may provide temporary relief, it can also cause long-term damage. A study conducted by Stanford University found that complaining for over 30 minutes each day can have harmful effects on humans, including physical damage to the hippocampus area of the brain, which regulates memory, emotion and motivation. Trivial matters distract from far more important issues. Lamenting about an insignificant topic ta es attention a ay from issues that affect many more people. f complaints are directed at overly strict teachers rather than the causes of important world issues, then the more vital issues will remain unresolved. Research by Clemson University discovered that pet peeves, a common subject of trivial complaints, are negatively linked with well-being and mindfulness. Eliminating these criticisms can make someone happier and healthier. nstead of focusing on complaining, people should focus on being grateful. Research conducted by the University of California found that people who focus on having a grateful attitude experience an increased positive mood and a 23% decrease in the stress hormone cortisol. Appreciating what is had, rather than

complaining about what is lacked, can help lead to a happier mood and a healthier life. Not all complaining is bad, however, as complaints can serve important functions for social interaction. Everyone has something to protest about, and it can create a sense of solidarity between people when they talk about a certain topic that they dislike. However, complaining often does much more harm than good. t is important to recogni e hat complaining is trying to accomplish. Complaining can be used for productive reasons, such as warning someone so they can avoid a future problem. However, it can also be used for unproductive reasons, such as personal validation. t is important to recogni e the difference bet een the t o, and also hat the aim of the protest is. For example, many students feel that receiving a poor grade on a test is a reason to complain, but their complaining will only make them more unhappy. nstead, students should appreciate the opportunities that they are given, and be grateful for the fact that they are given the opportunity to learn from their mistakes and do better on future tests or assignments. This does not mean that student complaints are invalid; it just means that they should take a step back and put their issues into perspective. n order to enact change, people should try to structure their complaints as constructive criticism rather than simple whines. Additionally, people should attempt to solve the issue that they are complaining about rather than just talk about it. Complaining about problems such as social issues is warranted, but it needs to be accompanied by action in order to create change.


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Not a foreign concept

Learning languages encourages a more empathetic society Grace Mossing



nglish-speaking Americans seem to have the preconceived notion that everyone around the world speaks their language. In all actuality, only about 20% of the world speaks English. We are infatuated with the idea that people across the world can speak English as well as we do; therefore, America has not put in the effort to learn other languages. Across Europe, 92% of students study a foreign language, and the U.S. disappoints with only 20% of students studying a foreign language, according to American Council for International Education. One of the reasons Europe’s percentage happens to be so high is because most European countries have national level mandates that require students to study a language, differing from the . ., here the state or local government run these mandates. The U.S. continues to lose focus on learning foreign languages in colleges as well. From 2013 to 2016, universities across the US cut 651 foreign language programs, with French taking the hardest hit. With these cuts, colleges are losing opportunities for their students. no ing and being proficient in a second language widens various job opportunities. Careers now are globalized with employers traveling across the world physically and through their computers, so speaking a language gives a large competitive edge. Learning languages also teaches people empathy. I know I take for granted being able to speak English in situations. For example, when I am out of the country, I tend to speak primarily English because that is safer for me. I do not want to mess up trying to speak their native language. I completely forget about the discomfort and nervousness of the people speaking my language bac to me, being selfish ith my o n interests. By speaking the language of others around us, we begin to learn of a gap in communication and that both sides must learn to bridge. It is okay to be nervous about messing up as long as a person tries, because everyday people around you speak English as their second language here in the US, putting on a brave face trying to learn. Dr. Viorica Marian’s study, “The Cognitive enefits of eing ilingual” discusses the

advantages of being bilingual across all ages. Children as young as seven months old that speak more than one language can adjust better to environmental change, and older age people will experience less cognitive decline, such as dementia and Alzheimer’s. In our district, learning languages has become more of a focus. The high school requires three years of a language from students, and provides four languages: French, Spanish, German and American Sign Language. In the past three years, Spanish has started to be taught in elementary schools with 40 minute classes once a week for a semester. It is now part of the curriculum in seven out of 13 elementary schools in our district. Spanish teacher Jessi Shelton began at Sand Creek and New Britton this year and has loved her new job teaching younger children to appreciate learning a new language. “It’s a lot easier to learn a foreign language hen you re younger,” helton said. nd they just pick it up so naturally that I think it’s really great that e re starting it no .” With many students at New Britton speaking English as a second or third language, Shelton believes that she is teaching her kids to empathize with children who have to work that hard on a language all day. Each class they focus on a new Spanish speaking country’s culture to learn to appreciate it mixed in with games and songs. The language progress our district is making can always go one step further. We could introduce Spanish to intermediate schools to give students a continuous language education starting the year they begin school, and schools could think about introducing more languages than just Spanish among the younger grades. If every school district in the country could slowly begin integrating foreign languages into their curriculum, children would begin growing up in a more empathetic and compassionate U.S. for other cultures and their people. As a whole, we would be able to communicate better with the rest of the world and pursue greater career choices. he . . could finally overcome one of its greatest weaknesses, but progress must continue. Infographic by Grace Mossing.



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Recess for high school FHS needs to invest time experimenting with new breaks during day along with block schedules


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etting students atch the first t o days of arch adness on their phones, laptops or together as a class is not such a bad idea. ometimes, a brea from the tas at hand is needed, and arch adness provides the perfect opportunity to test this out. t may seem counterintuitive to advocate for disrupting class ith some bas etball, but this is ndiana, the state that loves this sport more than any other. nd ids desperately need some time to blo off steam and enjoy one of ndiana s favorite pastimes. lus, ta ing brea s during the school day has proven to be beneficial, as students have short attention spans and get stressed. ccording to a study by psychologist arrie od in, on tas behavior decreases as instruction increases. verall, the study concluded that brea s can help students refocus on the tas at hand, reduce stress levels and increase their e ciency. hin of ta ing brea s in high school as recess for a id in elementary or early middle school. lementary school teachers ould probably get pretty annoyed if their ids did not have some sort of play time and high schoolers are really no different. e get antsy, too. hile e may not ant to go jump up and do n on a playground, e do deserve to have a brea . igh schoolers have much more or compared to elementary schoolers, yet all e get is a ish minute brea in the middle of the day for lunch. o , obviously, the first t o days of arch adness only occur t o days per year, but students need brea s year round. his is not just a plea to atch arch adness at school ithout any grief e genuinely ant more brea s during the school day. ith no e perimenting ith bloc scheduling page , this ould also be a good time to e periment ith a longer brea for all students during the day. ur school currently has a eriod once a ee , but it serves practically no purpose, e cept hen there are class meetings. lus, li e e said, it meets only once a ee . ho ing illingness to ma e progress, the school has recently e perimented ith a longer passing period. t only adds an e tra five minutes, though, hich is not really much of a brea . uc ily, as our school considers bloc scheduling, it might be easier to fit in a designated brea ” period during the day, here students could host club meetings, as teachers uestions, catch up on home or , hang out ith friends or even just sit and stare at a all. ith the sample bloc schedule, classes are minutes. uring our current schedule, hich is a seven period day, classes are appro imately minutes. here must be a middle ground here the school can still pursue the bloc schedule, but ma e the classes a little shorter and create a brea period. t ill ta e a little bit of math, but it is obviously a problem our school can handle. ome may fear that adding a brea period during the day might harm academic achievements. hat is not the case. his ill al ays be a high achieving school, and a period during the day to rela , hich is a normal desire, ill not deter our trac record as a good school. verall, our school is ran ed eighth among state high schools and nationally, according to . . e s. e have an participation rate of ,a graduation rate and are above average in both mathematics and reading proficiency. o, a little bit of a brea each day eah, e thin e have earned it.


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EDITORIAL QUESTION Should the school create a break period for students during the day so they can take time to decompress?

tudents currently use the space during study halls and e periods f a brea period were placed somewhere during the day, then this space could be used during that time as well Photo by Benjamin Grantonic.

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1. What school did FHS compete against on May 15, 2019 for softball? 2. What club works to improve physical and mental health? 3. What type of music do most athletes listen to before a game? 4. Who is the head coach of the baseball team? 5. Who did Georgia State beat in 2015? 6. Which quarterback is asking for a record amount of money? 7. Complaining for more than 30 minutes each day can cause damage to which area of the brain? 8. What is FHS’ state rank compared to other high schools (academically)? 9. What student class is taking ISTEP this year? 10. Who teaches Spanish at Sand Creek and New Britton? 11. The Halls Health Center said relationships are built on mutual respect, communication and what? 12. What active ingredient is used in many skincare products? 13. What month is “Riley Dance Marathon Day” in? 14. What club designed the C-hall mural? 15. What month does the musical debut?

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