Football team to face challenging sectional

Before I get into the football sectionals, FC had a terrific weekend in sports. Our football team beat New Albany 17-7 and kept the Anchor up on the hill for 365 more days. Girls’ soccer finished second in their regional, and boys’ and girls’ cross country both won regionals. Junior Sydeny Liddle was the girls’ individual winner. The volleyball team also beat New Albany three sets to one before finishing as the runners up in their sectional. The boys’ tennis team had one of FC’s all tine best finishes this weekend. They lost to eventual state champion Carmel in the state semifinals.

The football team has a bye week this week, but has a tough road after that. Every team in the football sectional is ranked in the top 15 in class 5A, and one of them is Columbus East, who won state last year.

The first game for the Highlanders is against Bedford North Lawrence. Earlier in the season, FC lost to BNL 26-20 in an outragious, penalty-filled contest which saw two coaches ejected. FC’s defense came out flat early and gave up 21 of BNL’s 26 points in the first half, limiting the Stars to a field goal in the fourth quarter. FC’s offense also took a safety to give BNL their last two points. For the Highlanders to win, they will need to come out and play well in the first quarter.

If FC beats BNL then they will face either New Albany, Columbus East, or Seymour. Columbus East swept the other two teams this season, but New Albany only lost earlier to East. However, any team that comes out of that group will be a challenge. FC lost to East in what was not even a game, and lost to Seymour after the Owls drove down the field and scored a touchdown with less than 30 seconds remaining.

Following Highlander Band: Marching Band Storms Castle September 15, 2018

Photo by Sophia Perigo

Story by Abby Chovan

This past weekend was a very busy one for many FC students, including all members of marching band and color guard. After a late night football game following a long day of school on Friday, all those same students had another early morning wake-up call. All students met at school around 11 a.m. in order to prepare for and organize their day ahead of them. This past Saturday, FC marching band took on a regional competition at Castle High School in Newburgh, Indiana.

This weekend was just one of the beginning competitions for this fall season, so many members were wary going into this competition.The weekend before had been hindered by rain and had caused the performances to be moved to the gym, so the fact that the band now had to march was an added challenge.

“I was a bit nervous because it was our first time marching a competition for the season, last weekend it was just music, so I wasn’t sure how we were going to do,” said sophomore tuba player Bailey Durrett.

Not only did the band face new performance nerves, but many pit members had to balance new equipment as well. The past weekend had not required mics seeing as the performance had been held indoors, so they had not yet this year had to balance taking care of both their instruments and technology.

“Generally moving our instruments is a monumental effort (everything has to be stored a certain way, loaded a certain way, and it can’t break because even the smallest damage can cost thousands of dollars), but this week was the first time we were using mics in the pit, so on top of protecting the instruments, we also had to worry about cables and technology,” said junior pit member Ainsley Tabor.

While the pit faced difficulties, they ended up winning the award for best pit crew, so it was obvious that their hard and particular work paid off. All the band members together were able to pull through and create a great weekend of performances for the team.

Junior baritone James Derloshon stated that for him personally, the fact that the band was able to perform brand new visual parts of the show only days after learning them was one of his most notable accomplishments.

Despite all these tests of fate however, FC came out on top and came in first place in the overall competition. However, for many members, this weekend’s win was not even the most relevant highlight of the weekend.

“For me it [this weekend] came down to finally nailing some difficult parts in my music that I had worked a long time on. It was nice to see all the hard work pay off, and a nice bonus to have it happen during competition,” said Tabor.

As well as personal achievements, several members, including sophomore guard member Avery Stephens, reflected on the idea of new bonds within all of FC’s marching band.

“With every new season, we get a new group of people who bring their own assets to the team and who each have their own unique skill sets and talents. This year we have an amazing team and we have all become so close. With each competition, we form lifelong bonds with each other,” said Stephens.  “One of the biggest highlights really of this weekend [was] that I will always cherish was the bus rides to and from Castle. The whole band gets so close and we make so many memories and inside jokes, so we will remember for a long time.”

Sept. 14 issue: Student spotlight

Q&A with President of the LDA of Indiana Patty Useem

By: Natalie Clare

Bagpiper: What is the LDA?

Patty Useem: LDA, the Learning Disabilities Association, is a national association, and we have state affiliates. So, I’m the president of the Indiana state affiliate. It is a nonprofit that is led by individuals with learning disabilities, parents of individuals with learning disabilities, and professionals. We strive to provide information and workshops and support to promote individuals with learning disabilities reaching their potential.

BP: What do you do at the Indiana branch?

PU: I answer questions about learning disabilities that people either phone in to our national office or they email me from our state webpage or the national webpage. I’m one of the principle players of organizing the state conference. I’m also sort of the bridge to the national conference. So, every year the organization sends me to the big national conference, where I gather new ideas or new printed materials, or I find new keynote speakers for our conference. I run our board meetings, and I also have a now monthly E-newsletter. I write articles monthly for that.

BP: What resources are at the LDA for students with learning disabilities? Is it a place students with learning disabilities can go to?

PU: In Indiana, it isn’t. In Indiana, we’re kind of a virtual board of directors, so we don’t really have a physical place. Our information is written information and, in Indiana, we have a state conference every year. In the present time, it’s taking place in Carmel. People can also access a lot of information on our national website and support. People also write in questions, and they get forwarded most times if they’re people from Indiana who have questions about services, or the rules about kids who have special education. They’ll come to me and I’ll answer them, and also give them referrals of maybe they want to get testing done if they’re looking outside the school to do testing. But we don’t provide direct services like help kids with learning disabilities or anything like that. We’re just an information and like I said we have a conference. Some other states provide services, but very few do. Most of it is information.

BP: You said you refer people for testing, but the LDA doesn’t do any testing?

PU: Correct, correct. Sometimes, people are also going to college, so there are rules on how to get services at college. Sometimes, universities have clinics where they can get testing done as well. It’s all referral.

BP: Does the LDA set up events for kids with learning disabilities?

PU: Sometimes we will promote other agencies presentations, but we will do presentations. If people want us to come and talk or be involved in doing presentations to families or to kids about their learning differences and give them some strategies. We’re trying, actually, to do those kinds of services. As a nonprofit, as you can imagine, all those things take money. There are some grant opportunities, where, in fact, we presently have a grant that helps us pay for mileage etc and printing to be able to get information out to people. Sort of not just in the major cities, but more statewide. But that’s something that we’re really interested in doing much more outreach. People don’t have a clear understanding that people with learning disabilities have at least average, if not higher, thinking abilities, they just have a specific weakness in something like reading or writing or in the field of math and number knowledge or organizational skills. Even though the field has been well established since the 1940s, people still think that when kids struggle with reading, they’re just not trying, or they’re not paying attention. That shouldn’t be happening. Part of our difficulty, or part of our challenge, is to get that kind of information out across the state so that teachers and parents realize that these are weakness that can be worked on and can become not such a learning problem. Our outreach is really something we’re working hard trying to develop.

BP: What challenges do students with learning disabilities experience?

PU: I work with a lot of students who have learning disabilities, and one of their biggest challenges is convincing people that they really are trying and that they really do need to have specialized help. That they really are going to go to college and they are going to be successful, so their disabilities aren’t going to limit them.

BP: How would describe a learning disability to someone who doesn’t have one?

PU: I’d say that, and I do this a lot, that the individual has an intellectual ability of at least average and they have a problem or difficulty in a specific set of skills. Probably the most common learning disability is a reading disability, sometimes called dyslexia. In a reading disability, many times the learner has a really hard time, and not really successful, in linking all those letters with specific sounds, so as a hard as they can try when a regular teacher tries to help them, they need special instruction. So, people with learning disabilities often need to have accommodations, such as having extra time, having things read to them, as well as them reading the material themselves. They also need remediation, and that involves specialized teaching. So, for people with learning disabilities, it’s not that they can’t learn because they have the intellect to learn, but they need to have specialized instruction. Sometimes that involves one-on-one.