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Girls swimming prepares for battle

By Alyssa Book and Alesha McCulloch

Saturday at 6:00 p.m, the girls’ swim team will battle at Highland Hills Middle School for the Sectional finals.

Last year the girls finished in first place, and coach Joe Perkins is hoping for the same results in 2013, although the girls know they have some real competition.

“The team’s biggest competition this year is New Albany, they have a fast team this year so sectionals could be close,” said sophomore Meg Taylor.

Perkins is preparing the team for the big race by cutting back on yardage and making the girls rest more during practice. He also mentioned focusing more on turns and finishes.

Senior Sarah Taylor will be hitting the pool for her last sectional race, and this one brings emotions that were not present in the years past.

“It’s bittersweet for me,  it’s sad because this is my last high school meet but I am excited to see my future holds.”

Taylor went on to say that all year the girls have been lifting weights to prepare for special meets, but in the weeks leading up to sectionals, they begin to taper and back off on their yardage.

“I get really hydrated and got to bed super early the night before and I’m superstitious, so I eat a banana before every meet,” said sophomore Maryn Meldrum on preparing for meets.

Not only have the girls prepared physically, they have been supporting each other out of the pool and encouraging each other to reach their full potentials.

Meldrum encourages her teammates by reminding them “we all have the same goal, win conference and keep the sectional title. Were all friends and competitors that keep each other focused in and out of the pool.”

“This would be our sixth consecutive year winning. We would love to make that happen. It would show that all our hard work has paid off,” said Taylor.

Playlist of the Week: Beach Songs

By Chase Gosman, Eli Bolus, Paige Thompson

In honor of spring break, A&E has compiled a list of some of the best beach hits for your rock out to, be it in your bedroom at home, or on the Florida coastline.

1) “Steal My Sunshine” by Len

2) “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” by Cindi Lauper

3) “Kokomo” by The Beach Boys

4) “All Star” by Smashmouth

5) “Hello” by Martin Solveig & Dragonette

6) “Tick Tick Boom” by The Hives

7) “Tongue Tied” by Grouplove

8) “Blister in the Sun” by Violent Femmes

9) “California Gurls” by Katy Perry

10) “I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor” by Arctic Monkeys

Weekly Playlist: One Hit Wonders

By Eli Bolus, Chase Gosman,

In honor of all those that tried…and failed, we have compiled this list to commemorate their one claim to fame.

1) “My Sharona” by The Knack

2) “Wild Thing” by The Troggs

3) “Come On Eileen” by Dexys Midnight Runners

4) “Mambo No. 5” by Lou Bega

5) “Hungry Like A Wolf” by Duran Duran

6) “Heaven” by Los Lonely Boys

7) “Crank That (Soulja Boy)” by Soulja Boy Tell’em

8) “Electric Slide” by Ric Silver

9) “Mickey” by Toni Basil

10) “Ice Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice

Students give blood in annual Red Cross blood drive

By Claire Gapsis

When one thinks of a blood drive one might think of long needles and people fainting everywhere. The truth, though, is far from that. People often feel nerves, even the people who donate blood often, but it is natural to feel nervous. Ones life source is flowing into a plastic bag.

Monday, March 5, FC students of 17 years of age and older gave blood as members of the National Honor Society watched over them.

Seniors Haley Dresner and Kate Kaiser are two NHS members who sat at the snack table, waiting for donors to be done so they could hand out drinks and snacks. It was both of their first time helping out at a blood drive. They agreed that they volunteered to help the community out, which coincided with gaining a few community service hours.

Senior Rachel Engle was sitting across from Dresner and Kaiser and had just given blood. It was her first time giving blood and while she had been nervous she was glad she did it. She said, “I gave blood because I feel it’s a need and I wanted to help out the community.”

There were other volunteers waiting around to help donors from the beds where one donates the blood to the snack table. One volunteer waiting to help was senior Catt Eicher. “I feel the energy of the room is relaxed. There are volunteers here who are friends with people on the tables and that helps calm them [the donors] down,” she said.

Eicher rebutted the idea that people often faint, she had not seen a single person faint since the blood drive started at 10. The nurses were doing their job in making sure that no one who was not fit to give blood ended up on the table.

One nurse that was checking to make sure the donors were able to give blood was Marcy. She had been a nurse for five years and often worked blood drives. “Fainting is always the most serious thing that happens but it doesn’t happen often.” She explained. Since the weight requirement went up less people have fainted at blood drives. She believes that blood drives at schools are good ideas because the students are the future donors and need to know that blood is needed.

Another nurse that was present was Nathan. He had only been a nurse for four weeks but he had been in health care services for a few years before he became a nurse. He said, ”We’re supposed to keep the donors down, lead them to the waiting area to collect themselves if necessary.” If the donors could not calm themselves down then they were deferred.

Senior Zak Wright was giving blood for his fourth time and did not feel the tiniest bit nervous. Perhaps it was because of the music in the background to give the donors something to try to focus on or just being friendly to the nurse who hooked him up. “To me it feels fantastic, just a little draining.” he laughed.

Blood drives are not scary and giving blood might drain one a bit but it is always for a good cause. If one ever finds themselves nervous or slightly scared focus on something else- ones breathing, music in the background, people talking, or find someone else to talk to. There is much going on a blood drives but fainting is not one of them.

A look into the past: Pearl Harbor is kept in memories through education

By Blake Dykes and Alyssa Book
When Pearl Harbor comes to mind some older generations think “tragedy” while younger generations think of it as a thing of the past.

Seventy-eight-year-old Joyce Becker was nine years old on this horrific day. Becker remembers sitting on a sitting on a swing thinking it was the end of the world.

“I remember rationing over flour, sugar, and coffee,” said Becker. Although at the time that was to the extent that she was affected.

However Becker had an eye opening experience that changed her outlook on this event.

“It has really affected me now since I have seen the memorial and watched Japanese people get on the ships and laugh; it was very upsetting. The Americans were in agony, and the Japanese were laughing.”

For the people that were not alive during Pearl Harbor, the only knowledge they have is taught through school rather than experience like Becker.

“I don’t think people think about it as much as they used to so it doesn’t come up as much,” said senior Alex Engleman.

Although this is not a recent event, the United States still has a day to honor Pearl Harbor.

Becker continued by saying that the memorials held every year keep this memory in the forefront of Americans.

Junior Parker Lyons sees this event fading out yet recognizes the importance.

“I think it weighs a lot with the generation before ours, but I will say that its importance and weight is fading as time goes by and more kids don’t take interest in our history as a nation.”

Even if the memories fade, the scar with always remain for America.

Lyons added, “With the loss of life of that magnitude there will always be a portion of America that will honor it.”