Photos by Nicholas Gordon.
On Sunday, March 7, the memorial for celebrating the lives of the 10 teachers who passed away is held in the FC Auditorium. Photo by Nicholas Gordon.
Story by Shari Rowe.
On March 7, FC alumni and family gathered in the auditorium, while many more watched from their screens. In honor of the lives of 10 FC teachers who died in the last year, a memorial program was organized to celebrate them and their contributions.
“Somebody asked me just yesterday or today, ‘Is this part of some tradition?’ Oh no, never done anything like this before, and I hope we never have to do it again. Because the pandemic is going to go away, funerals are going to go back to normal,” said tribute organizer Rex Bickers, who is the founder of the FC Alumni Association. “This exists only because the people couldn’t be, plus I hope that there’s never a cluster of 10 deaths.”
Many former students and community members still have fond memories of these teachers and the impact they had on their lives, and the tribute is one way they are showing their appreciation.
Bickers said he has seen tributes and prayers from alumni, including ones out of state, on Facebook when these teachers have passed away.
Both alumni and current students contributed. Short speeches were read by those who knew the deceased, and music was played by both groups.
“The program, knowing that we didn’t want a lot of public speaking, pretty early on I felt like this project should be mostly music,” said Bickers.
Most of the program was made up of music played in honor of the departed. The memorial hopefully was able to provide solace in a dark time.
Bickers said, “I’m pretty confident that when this is over, people will say, that was a good thing they did.”
Bickers wanted to give special mentions to Allen Platt and Chris Harbeson, who helped put together the musical aspects.
Photos by Brock Kennedy.
Multimedia video by Presley Vanover.
Appearances by Multimedia Editor Presley Vanover; Bagpiper adviser, journalism teacher, and photography teacher Jim Lang, Co-Editor-in-Chief Jadon Stoner, and Co-Editor-in-Chief Annalise Bassett.
Art by Scarlett Hatton.
Story by Dakota Bramer.
On Jan. 20, 2021, President Joe Biden signed an executive order declaring, “Every person should be treated with respect and dignity and should be able to live without fear, no matter who they are or whom they love. Children should be able to learn without worrying about whether they will be denied access to the restroom, the locker room, or school sports. Adults should be able to earn a living and pursue a vocation knowing that they will not be fired, demoted, or mistreated because of whom they go home to or because how they dress does not conform to sex-based stereotypes. People should be able to access healthcare and secure a roof over their heads without being subjected to sex discrimination. All persons should receive equal treatment under the law, no matter their gender identity or sexual orientation.”
Since Biden has signed this executive order, transgender women are now allowed to compete in women’s sports. This has concerned many American citizens.
It is no secret that males and females differ in areas like muscle mass and heart rate as well as speed and strength. So, for someone who was born a male to compete in women’s sports is just unfair and illogical.
There are only a certain number of athletic scholarships offered each year, limited spots on a team, and certain positions to be filled. The competition within just females is already very competitive. Every day, women all around the world put in the endless extra hours of training to excel in their sport. Adding someone who was born a male into the pool makes it even harder on female athletes.
In addition, including transgender women in women’s sports in physically unfair. Even though they identify as women, they were still born male. Women generally have smaller bodies, as well as less muscle mass, than men.
The San Diego Center for Health stated in their article “Anatomical and Physiological Considerations When Comparing Male and Female Athletes,” “Women have smaller hearts than men of the same stature. The smaller heart means women will have a smaller stroke volume (output of blood from heart) even with a higher heart rate than men. Women also have 30% less maximal cardiac output than men.” They also stated, “Female bone is less dense than a man of comparable size therefore a woman will weigh less.”
It does not matter what medication transgender athletes take to change or pause their hormones. The fact is, transgender athletes can have many surgeries and take a number of hormone blockers, but some things will just never change. UCSF [University of California at San Francisco] Transgender Care said, “Overall, you may gain or lose weight once you begin hormone therapy, depending on your diet, lifestyle, genetics and muscle mass. Your eyes and face will begin to develop a more feminine appearance as the fat under the skin increases and shifts. What won’t change is your bone structure, including the bones of your face as well as your hips, arms, hands, legs and feet.”
If schools want funding from the government, they are forced to abide by this rule. This is applying that all public schools have to allow transgender athletes to participate on the side of the sport in which they identify, whether they were born the opposite sex or not. Since public schools generally rely on government funding to keep the school running, they have no choice but to adhere to this new executive order.
The question for me is, why should transgender athletes be able to compete on the female side of sports in high school if they are not planning to go beyond? How many of them will actually pursue their sports beyond the high school level? In order to do so they have many requirements that have to be met.
USA Today reported on TRANSATHLETE requirements needed to compete on the female side of sports. In the article it states, “Those who transition from male to female are able to compete in the women’s category after declaring the gender identity of female, which cannot be changed for a minimum of four years; and demonstrating testosterone levels below a specific level for at least 12 months before their first competition and then throughout the eligibility period.”
However, the NCAA requires something different. According to their website, they require “One year of hormone treatment for trans female athletes prior to competing on a women’s team, and trans male athletes remain eligible to compete in women’s sports until the athlete begins a physical transition using testosterone.”
Being a female athlete and knowing that I will now have to compete with others who have a physical advantage is very uninspiring and frustrating. Like I mentioned above, the competition between women is already fierce, so it is irritating to think that more competition is now being added to the mix. However, some participants now have an unfair physical advantage. This also adds a little fear to the equation, knowing that when participating in my sport, I could get unintentionally injured just from the difference of physicality that males and females bring to the table.
I have worked hours and hours on the soccer field, and the thought that someone who was born male could jump in and steal my opportunities makes me feel hopeless and defeated.