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Academic pep rally recognizes excellence with awards, talent

By McKenna Click

FC held its annual Academic pep rally in the auxiliary gym on Friday afternoon.  The main focus of this pep rally was to recognize students with outstanding academic achievements and encourage students to finish the year with enthusiasm in their studies.  This year’s pep rally showcased a magician, complimenting the theme, “We’ve got the magic”.

NJROTC celebrates annual Military Ball

By McKenna Click

On Saturday March 16  NJROTC held their annual Military Ball.  The Military Ball was held at The Grand in New Albany and lasted from 7-11 p.m.  Military Ball was a formal event in which attendees had to dress up in order to attend.

Orchestra prepares for New York trip

By McKenna Click

Tuesday during seventh period orchestra students who will be in attendance during the New York trip had one of their final rehearsals until they play in New York.  This is the orchestra’s second year playing in New York.  Students attending left right after school today and will return Sunday night.  Orchestra teacher and chaperon for the trip Doug Elmore is excited for the trip.  “[I’m excited] to see the looks on my students’ faces when they see New York.”  When asked about his fears about playing in New York, Elmore responded with faith in his students.  “Nothing [about this trip] scares me.  These students are mature, organized, and well prepared.”

FC speech team host third annual Highlander Howl

By Lexi Burch

This weekend FC’s speech and debate team will host its third annual Highlander Howl speech tournament. There will be over ten schools and 150 students participating.

“It is a chance to showcase our school to other teams around the state and bring attention to speech and debate at our school,” said speech coach Wallace Austin.

FC has been hosting this tournament for the past two years and it has been growing each year.

“It’s gotten a whole lot bigger this year year than it was last year,” said junior Sarah Henry. “We have over 150 students participating from all over the state.”

The tournament is a large scale competition with lots of teams, students, and over 50 adult coaches and judges. Putting together a tournament like this takes a lot of time and effort.

“With over 190 competitors it’s very important to be organized in advance and make sure everything goes smoothly during the tournament,” said Austin. “This is our third yeah, so that helps. This is not our first rodeo.”

This tournament is open to the public but students must be accompanied by an adult. The meet begins at 8:30 a.m. and awards are scheduled for 3:00 p.m. The Highlander speeh team would love to have as much support as they can get.

“People can watch different events and see for themselves if they would like to participate,” said Austin.

Juniors take winter fun to a new level

By Lexi Burch

For some people Paoli Peaks is a forgotten winter attraction but for a group of FC students it is much more than that.

“I’ve been snowboarding since about seventh grade,” said junior Zach Lewis. “A few of my friends have been doing it since grade school.”

That is the case for another junior Ian Welsh, who said he has had a love for the snow for as long as he can remember.

“I’ve been snowboarding, skiing, and anything that has to do with the snow since I was a kid,” said Welsh. “Paoli is my second home during the winter.”

The group of boys said that they devote their winter season to Paoli and winter sports.

“We try to go up everyday or a least as much as we can,’ said Welsh. “I probably go up the most out of my friends.”

They treat it like another sports practice, they try new tricks and ways to improve their skills.

“[The best part about snowboarding] Hitting a trick you’ve been working on forever,” said junior Eli Marion

Some of they boys said they spend their time on two boards instead of just one.

“I probably take skiing more serious than any other sport,” said junior Logan Vaughn. “Skiing really tests all your abilities.”

They said that it is all a giant competition between each other. They are always trying to be better than the next guy.

“I’m the best,” said Welsh.

“Ian is probably the best because he has been snowboarding longer and devotes more time to it,” said Lewis.

“I’m the best at skiing, though,” said junior Grant Foster.

It is all friendly competition they said. Paoli is a great way to hang out and do something together that they love.

“I don’t think I would be as good as I am if my friends weren’t doing with me,” said Lewis. “They really push me.”

As Paoli season gets closer and closer the more they get excited.

“We’ve all got our new and old boards ready for another awesome season,” said Lewis.