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Sticker board allowing CF input on new school

Students entering the school building through the auditorium entrance last week were greeted by a large canvas board, asking students what they would like to see in a new high school. This board asked various questions such as “How bold should the new school design be?”, and allowed students to offer their opinions by placing a red sticker on the response that they agreed with. Principal Jason Wedgebury said it’s all part of the process of generating feedback during the planning process for the new school. “We want all people to be invested in the design of the new building. This is a way for many people to at least participate in the process of offering feedback,” he said. “All staff have a say with a dot. All students have a say with a dot because we know our entire student body is not going to be in a design team.” As Wedgebury stated, there is a second board located in the

Ryan Westhoff Photo Staff and students are able to share their feedback for the new high school on a set of criteria using sticker boards in the main lobby and office. office, with yellow dots giving staff too. time that students have been the opportunity to have their say The board is not the first sought for help in planning the

Most kids at a young age are giggling and playing outside or even going on adventures, but things weren’t the same for sophomore Andrew Morlan as a child. Morlan was born without normal kidney function, and at just fourteen months old, his family made the decision to “better his life.” They decided that Karen Morlan, mother of Abbie, Isaac and Andrew Morlan, was going to donate one of her kidneys. But just when they thought things were going to be good, things took a turn for the worst when Andrew developed a cancer called post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorders, which is a type of lymphoma that can be a result of both solid organ transplant and allogeneic bone marrow or stem cell transplants. It is also one of the most common post-transplant cancers. During the process of treating that cancer, his body started to reject his transplant kidney, but then on Aug. 1 of this year, he received his second

kidney donated by his uncle Michael Amerhein. “The first several days are very painful, and I was very sore from the big incision they made on my side to place the kidney,” Morlan said. Morlan said his procedure was unique. “An odd thing that doesn’t happen all the time was that at first, my new kidney was slow to wake up. It took weeks for my new kidney to finally start working.” After his procedure, Morlan was chosen to be a kid captain for the Iowa Hawkeyes. “I think I was chosen because I have had such a variety of health issues that required the attention of so many departments at the U of I’s Children’s Hospital, that they realized how much I have been through and that I would be a good representative of the hospital,” he said. As a kid captain, Morlan got to have a private party on the top floor that overlooks the football stadium, and on the hospital’s website, they have a feature page on his story that

Hawkeyes name sophomore as kid captain at homecoming

new school, however. “Before we went into the summer, we had something called Insight Week. In Insight Week, we had our architects come in and meet with many different people. They met with community members, postsecondary leaders, and had roughly 50 students who participated in a design team,” Wedgebury said. This planning is being lead by a design team that is working to bring in the feedback of all groups concerned. “We’re engaging in a year’s time of planning and preparation. From the time that the bond referendum was passed, the whole goal was to plan and make sure that the plan is what our community wants, what our staff wants, what our students want, feedback from postsecondary education,” Wedgebury said. “There’s a lot of people who want a say because there are a lot of people who voted to make this happen.” By Staff Writer Ryan


includes a video. He has posters and banners placed around the hospital and on light poles. Morlan has been invited to different interviews, speaking engagements and even dance marathon events where he accepts donation checks on behalf of the hospital. All of his family got tickets to the Iowa Hawkeyes homecoming game, and they even got to tailgate with the president of the University. “I have more energy to be involved with more things. Everything’s just better,” Morlan said. Morlan still has quite a few doctor appointments, but they are more routine check-ups now instead of dealing with the earlier major issues. By Staff Writer Chloe


Sophomore Andrew Morlan recently earned the kid captain title from the Iowa Hawkeyes after his heroic strides in his facing health issues.

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Friday, Oct. 11, 2019

‘Legend’ kicks off trilogy based on ‘Les Miserables’

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“Joker” starring Joaquim Phoenix opened last weekend to record setting box office returns. It depicts a dark picture into how this classic Batman character came to be.

‘Joker’ paints disturbing picture of failing to address mental health

Did the “Joker” shed too much light on the negative side of how society fails to address mental health? Yes, and that’s why it’s so good. The film’s synopsis explains, “Forever alone in a crowd, failed comedian Arthur Fleck seeks connection as he walks the streets of Gotham City. Arthur wears two masks—the one he paints for his day job as a clown, and the guise he projects in a futile attempt to feel like he’s part of the world around him. Isolated, bullied and disregarded by society, Fleck begins a slow descent into madness as he transforms into the criminal mastermind known as the Joker.” Arthur suffers from a mental illness called Pseudobulbar Affect. This causes him to burst into uncontrollable laughing fits. Because of this he gets beaten up on the streets daily. Slowly he starts to go into madness and transforms into the Joker. The movie has a lot of dark themes and violence throughout, which has caused a lot of controversy. Some people think that the movie exploits people with mental illness. Others say it’s good to show the dark parts of mental illness because it spreads awareness regarding ignoring treatment. Make no mistake. “Joker” is a work of fiction, a Hollywood moneymaker, and those with mental illlness are not the equivalents of Batman’s arch enemy, but this movie does show some truly disturbing shortcomings by a society overlooking the clear early warning signs of Fleck’s downward spiraling. We believe no one truly knows how it is to live with a mental illness except those who live with one, but this movie dramatizes some of the very real mistakes of our society as a whole and as individuals in addressing mental health.

Contact Us The Tiger Hi-Line is a weekly publication of the journalism classes at Cedar Falls High School, 1015 Division Street, Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613. Our website is The Hi-Line is distributed to CFHS students on Fridays to read during their third period classes. Columns and letters do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Hi-Line staff or Cedar Falls Schools. The Hi-Line editorial is presented weekly in the editorial labeled Our View, and it is the view of the majority of the editors listed below. Reader opinions on any topic are welcome and should be sent to The Tiger Hi-Line staff or delivered to room 208. All letters must be signed. Letters must be submitted by 3 p.m. on Monday for publication in the following Friday edition. Letters may not exceed 300 words and may be edited to meet space limitations. Writers should include their contact information for verification. Editor: Sophia Schillinger Staff: Alexia Downs, Kaitlyn Harris, Quandas Jackson, Ashlyn Keve, Kendall Masalak, Alyssa Nelson, Skylar Promer, Chloe Schuerman, Myra Stineman, Aaliyah Tournier, Justine Yang, Ryan Westhoff, Alayna Yates

“Legend” is the first book in a trilogy written by Mary Lu and published in 2011. This dystopian young adult novel is Lu’s retelling of the conflict in “Les Miserables” from a teenage perspective. This heartbreaking novel follows June Iparis, a 15-yearold military prodigy, and Daniel “Day” Altan Wing, a 15-year-old rebellious criminal, as they collide over the investigation of June’s brother’s death. June’s brother, Metias, raised her after her parents were killed some years ago, so when she was told that Metias’ killer was Day, she made it her mission to put him behind bars. June poses as a street urchin to get close to Day. June’s resolve is put to the test when she enters a street fight and is saved by Day, whose identity she doesn’t yet know. “When I look to my side, I see a boy holding his hand out

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“Legend” kicks off a trilogy based on Victor Hugo’s “Les Miserables.” to me. He has bright blue eyes, dirt on his face, and a beat-up

Fall Fun Those who drive into town on highway 57 usually see plain old land and broken down sheds. That has all changed this fall and Halloween season. Darin Olson had a “why not put in something fun for the whole family” type of idea. Olson followed through and decided to put in a pumpkin patch in the old land. Olson said, “There’s the property out in front of my brother’s shop, and every day I would drive by it and think that could be used for something.” He said, “It is completely overgrown; it’s an eyesore to the city when people, visitors or residents are coming in, and there’s a way that we can make it look better. Halloween is right up my ally, and it worked out perfect,” Olson said. When you go into the pumpkin patch, it’s not just some plain orange pumpkins. You have multiple activities there for little kids, teens and adults. As visitors make their way in, there is a barn filled with

old cap on, and at this moment, I think he might be the most beautiful boy I’ve ever seen.” As June and Day build a relationship without knowing who each other is, they become friends. But what will happen when their true identities are revealed to each other? Will they be able to still be friends? Will June ever forgive Day for killing her brother? As the Plague, a disease that periodically ravages the Republic, spreads, June and Day must decide what is most important to them—friends, family or honor. This dramatic read will have even the most patient readers cheering for it to speed up so that they can figure out what happens between June and Day. “Legend” draws the reader into this new world and keeps them wanting more. By Staff Writer Justine


New pumpkin patch offers seasonal fun for firiends, family

The Drr’s Pumpkin Patch also has a website for purchasing a variety of seasonal offerings.

food, tables and the Turtle Brand stickers, created by Abby Olson, for sale. This business is aesthetically pleasing, not just a field of hay and pumpkins. There is a small track and tricycles for racing, hay bales, mum-flowers and decorations for sale. All of the prices can be found online and their facebook page. “Lots of games, hay bale fun, which means they can climb all over the hay bales, which a lot of kids don’t even know what a hay bale is,” he said. He created a space and

activities for all types of family fun and entertainment. “Activities to get kids off the couch and families together, even if it’s for an hour,” Olson said. So if you find yourself bored in town, want to feel the autumn wind or have a fall photoshoot with your family or friends, look no further. Visitors can check out to the Drr’s Pumpkin Patch at 305 Roosevelt Rd., open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday. By Staff Writer Aaliyah


What is the best throwback song you have heard on Tik Tok? By Staff Writer Kendall


“‘Beetlejuice’ song.”

—Amelia Davis senior

“‘Umbrella’ by Rihanna.”

—Jibreel Bailey senior

“‘Obsessed’ by Mariah Carey.”

—Ashlyn Metcalf senior




Friday, Oct. 11, 2019

Japanese app brings characters to life Have you ever created your own character? Have you ever had a hard time visualizing said character? Then this app is for you. Picrew is an online character creator. It allows users to customize their own characters from hairstyles to eye colors. With thousands of different combinations and many more different art styles, anything is possible. Using any one of their many templates offered on their site, users can create any characters imaginable. Not only does Picrew have several thousand choices when creating characters of choice, but these are also all offered for free. Occasionally the artists will include a link to a tip jar or another option to give them some support for their hard work providing these templates. But users do not have to spend money on anything unless they want to support the artists.

This app is convenient and fun. With several different template options and art styles, any characters users want to create are possible. There’s even a randomizer button users can click in order to experiment with the design and get some different ideas that they might not have thought of before, providing an exciting art experience. A setback with this app is that it is only offered in Japanese. That can make it a bit difficult when going from template to template, but once users get used to the layout, it gets easier to navigate the rest of the site. Another setback would probably be more of a problem for the artists with templates on the app, which would be that there are rarely any watermarks. That may sound good to those who aren’t too fond of watermarks, but it can actually be bad for the artist in several ways.



One way that it can cause problems is that some people choose to post their created character on social media and exclude the artists’ names and/ or usernames. This is indirectly taking credit for the artwork, which is not a kind thing to do. Though the app might be convenient to those character creators out there, try to keep in mind that an artist took the time to create these templates for the user to use. If users can take the time to create characters on an online template, take the time to credit the artists as well. By Online Editor Skylar


Picrew is a free app that allows writers to draw upon thousands of artistcreated images to bring their character creations to life.

Inktober establishing annual tradition of art

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Artists around the world have been readying themselves daily as the list of prompts for this year’s Inktober get announced. One of these artists participating is sophomore Ella Stineman. Inktober is an event where artists get a different prompt every day for a drawing. It is up to the artists whether or not they do it every day, what they draw, or even if they use the official prompts. This month of drawing is an inspiration for artists. “I feel like it’s a good way for me to practice, but I’m also really busy this month, so I’m not too hard on myself for not getting the drawings done. I’m really relaxed about it this year,” Stineman said. “Inktober gives artists a month’s worth of practice, and practice will always improve one’s art skills.” Inktober has a different list of drawing prompts every year. This year the first few prompts were ring, mindless, bait and freeze. Many artists feel pressured to draw every day. “It takes commitment, and if you skip a day, it’s no big deal. I’m trying something new where I post a week’s worth

Holmes Junior High students are sharing their Inktober creations on social media. of drawings on a certain day of the week. Having a system helps,” Stineman said. “Art block is a super real thing, and it sucks. I sometimes skip a day and just do two drawings the next.” Stineman said that “Drawing has always been a huge part of my life,” and that “My mom is an artist, and I got a lot

of my inspiration from her and other artists around me and online.” There are many different ways to celebrate this month, and art teacher at Holmes Junior High Ashley Cardamone has decided to help motivate her students with this challenge. “In our version of the chal-

lenge at Holmes, students bring their finished drawings in to one of the art teachers every day so we can track their progress. We display as many drawings as we can at school and also post a selection on our Instagram, @holmesartdept. There is a chance for prizes for students who complete at least half of the challenge, and even

better prizes for students who complete the whole thing,” Cardamone said. Artists get complete control over how they create their drawings. They have the freedom to draw as detailed as they want. Cardamone said, “This month of drawings has such a positive effect on students. The intent of the Inktober challenge is to improve artist habits by encouraging artists to draw every day, even for a little bit. I love getting to see students so engaged and dedicated. The challenge has also created quite a buzz around the school. Over 40 student artists are in on the challenge.” This year is the first year that the school has participated in this challenge. It was suggested by the new art teacher, and Cardamone said, “It has been so popular that I’m sure this will become a tradition.” Inktober was first created by artist Jake Parker in 2009 as a way to challenge himself. With the rise of social media, it has been adopted by many people around the world. By Staff Writer Ashlyn




SPORTS Champion alum returns to face Panthers Taylor Lynch, 2018 CF graduate and key component of the 2017 State Championship winning team, will be returning “home” as the Illinois State Redbirds take on the UNI Panthers on Saturday, Oct. 12. With a family that’s willing to travel, Lynch said her family makes it to quite a few of her games throughout the season. “My family is so supportive of me, and they come to as many games as they can. During season I don’t get the opportunity to go home, so when they come and see me is the only time I can see them until winter break in December. It’s four hours away, and many of the Valley schools aren’t too far, so it’s close enough that they can come to most of my games,” Lynch said. Even though her family is able to make most of her games, there’s still something special for Lynch about getting to play at UNI. “It’s very exciting for me getting to come play at UNI. It’s a game I look forward to because I have so many family and friends that get the chance to come to this game, and some of them only get to

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Taylor Lynch

Illinois State Redbird/ 2017 state champ alum see me play then,” Lynch said. Not only is it about getting to see family and friends, but getting to play the Panthers is also exciting for Lynch. “I’ve played with and against a lot of the current players as well, so it’s a friendly competition for me getting to see some familiar faces,” Lynch said. Lynch, a redshirt freshman, learned a lot from her time in the gym and weight room last year and has a lot of confidence going into the season. “Redshirting for me was an opportunity I am so grateful for. I gained a lot from my redshirt

After finishing second at Marcussen Invite, young swim team focusing on state run The new freshmen weren’t the only change for the women’s swimming and diving team this year. The team welcomed a new assistant coach and new members to fill their relay spots. Although the team graduated strong seniors last year and is adjusting to changes in coaching, Grace Frericks, a sophomore on the team, said the team is ready for a deep postseason run. “We had to fill in some new relay spots and get some more girls leading the team, but we still have some strong girls. We’ll have good chances at State, but we are going to grow,” Frericks said. One of the leaders who has stepped up is Frericks. “I feel like I know a lot more now, and I feel more comfortable leading the team and helping the freshman and the new girls.” Currently Frericks has the third fastest time in the 50 and 100 yard freestyle, the fifth fastest time in the 500 yard freestyle and the third fastest time in the 100 yard backstroke.

On Oct. 5 at the Marcussen meet hosted at Holmes, senior swimmer Lauren Sulentic said that some girls swam postseason caliber races. The team place second 367 points behind Wisconsin’s Waukesha South who finished in first with 493 points. “There has been a couple of people who got a couple of state times,” she said. “Some people dropped times, but not everybody because it’s a hard meet to drop times because we are right in the middle of the season.” Marcussen marks the end of the first half of the season and the beginning of the championship season where the girls are now getting ready for State. “Now we’ll start training more for ourselves, like what we really need. We’ll split into our specific stroke or distance,” Frericks said. After the Marcussen meet the team is ranked eighth in the state. Sulentic said the team’s goal is to “qualify as many people we can for State.” By Co-Editor-in-Chief Sophia


year including the opportunity to learn from the upperclassmen in my position as well as continuing to develop my skills and have a year already here under my belt. Getting the chance to train at a high level and get stronger for a whole year really helped to give me an edge going into this season,” Lynch said. In her second season as a Redbird, Lynch is setting some individual goals for herself as the team heads into conference play. “I think my biggest goal for myself is to step in and be the best teammate and motivator on the team. I think that if you can be a player that brings out the best in not only your performance but in others, it makes you that much more valuable,” Lynch said. The Illinois State volleyball team has started the season well, even beating some ranked teams in the preseason, including No. 14 Illinois who went to the Final Four last season. With a young team this year, the Redbirds plan to weather the storm as the season continues. “Some goals we have as a team is to stay in our process and know that

we have to keep working hard and grinding even if the outcome isn’t there yet. We have a very young team this year, so it’s been a goal for our team to train ugly and try new things to grow and gain experience and confidence,” Lynch said. Lynch plans on seeing her parents, her two brothers, Jack and Will, as well as her grandma and aunts and uncles. It’s primarily a “business trip” down in Cedar Falls, though, so Lynch won’t be able to spend much time with family and friends following the game. Still, she recognizes the importance of reconnecting with them. “My family is the biggest support system, and it means the world to me. They’ve always been so supportive of my athletics, and they are my biggest motivators. I also have friends and family friends that keep up with my career, and knowing that I have a lot of people rooting for the team and mine’s success, I’m so grateful for that,” Lynch said. By Staff Writer Alayna


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At the Marcussen Invite on Oct. 5 at Holmes Pool, sophomore Kendall Mallaro swims the backstroke.


HI-LINE Athlete of the



Sophomore Brayden Burnett is a returning runner that went to State in 2018 and has been a top finisher on a highly ranked team packed with talent this year. My most memorable meet that I’ve had has to be the 2018 State Championship. It was pretty scary going up to the line being the only freshman on the team and the hundreds of people watching us at the line. It was good experience for me and the rest of the young guys to learn the course for the following years. Haven’t won a championship yet, but the future for this team is bright. We have a young core for our varsity and will only be getting stronger with the workouts Coach Gall is having us do. Like I said, Gall’s training is the best training we could possibly have. It’s a lot, but not enough to cause any injuries with the right stretch routines. We average about 50 miles a week with one or two workouts and a couple longer runs on Thursdays and Saturdays. Through this past summer, we got used to it. My first loss in the sport was in the eighth grade state championships. For middle school it was a two mile race, and I was leading through the mile. Then slowly, one by one, people started to pass me. It was so frustrating going out too fast, but it taught me a lesson to end your race faster than you started. I have not always liked the sport. I hate it at times, when I have a bad race/run, but there’s never a thought in my mind to quit. I think this sport helps the most to teach your lessons for life. You’re going to feel pain, you’re going to want to quit, but it’s at that point that you get faster and stronger. That is where people quit, but you can’t quit. I decided to do cross country in 7th grade over football for one reason: my mom made me, but I thank her for that. Before a meet, I eat a good breakfast and lunch. Then, I try to stay off my feet as much as possible to stay fresh, until we have the 15 minute warm up. I try to calm my nerves by taking deep breaths.

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The Hi-Line is produced weekly by the journalism students at Cedar Falls High School.