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Cheerleaders compete today for shot at state title

Sophomore Schyler Cerqueira remains standing while the rest of the cheerleaders sit during the end of their routine.

By Alyssa Book

Hard work, dedication, and talent can be found on more than just the field. Trade in the pads for a pair of pom-poms and the play call for a cheer and find a whole new breed of athletes: the FC cheerleaders.

The cheerleaders have multiple competitions a season, and one of the biggest of the year is coming up this weekend: regionals.

Coach Ashley Nevin explained how their performance and scores at regionals this weekend determines if they advance to state, and she is hopeful they get another shot at the state title this year.

“Emotions are always high as our competitive season kicks off. My girls have been eager to go back to regionals or state and compete given our second place finish last year. I know my new members are excited to compete wearing that ‘Floyd’ uniform for the first time, but I also know it is bittersweet for my seniors as they approach things as their ‘last time.’ While it is easy to let our nerves creep in as Saturday gets closer, we try and stay calm and positive. We know what we are capable of accomplishing and we have definitely put in the work to reach our goals. Now is the time to get excited,” said Nevin.

With regionals only a few days away, the girls are preparing for the task at hand. Not just physically, but emotionally. The team has to try and put away the nerves and bring out the excitement.

“When regionals begins to get close the overall emotion of our team changes. This is the time when we all

The cheerleaders run through their routine in preparation for this Saturday's regional competition that decides whether the group moves onto to state.

start to pull together and realize how much it means to be the best in the state, and doing it with the girls that are like family to you makes it that much more rewarding,” said junior Karli Archer.

Nevin also feels keeping calm and confident is the best strategy before going on the mat.

“Our strategy for staying calm during stressful competitions is to make sure we are confident and prepared going into the event. We constantly practice turning stress into motivation to reach our goals. My girls are confident in themselves and their teammates so they can overcome any situation with their excitement and eagerness to compete. For us, the competition is no different than what we do at every practice, all year long – it is our two minutes and 30 seconds to show everyone else how great we are and how hard we have worked,” Nevin said.

With regionals leading into state, the stakes are even higher. They must reach a certain score on their performance to qualify.

“We have to do really good at regionals before we even think about state,” said sophomore Emma Bellus.

Losing only two seniors from last year, the returning girls are hoping to take their talent and the incoming freshman to new heights. Nevin said her returning members know what it takes to be successful and they have helped instill that winning attitude in the freshmen.

Freshman Sidney Martin said,”We have practiced a lot leading up to regionals. We are so excited to compete, we all feel like we should already be there. That’s how ready we are.”

With hours of preparation and minds racing to that moment when they hit the mat, the cheerleaders are ready to prove why they deserve the state title. Nevin is confident with her squad and believes in their ability to achieve their goals.

“I want everyone to know how proud I am of ‘my kids’,” Nevin said.“Having gone through the program myself, it brings me great joy to watch 18 young ladies dedicate so much time, effort, and heart to Floyd Central. When they look back on their four years at FC, I know their memories as a cheerleader will stand out and I hope we can remember our 2011-2012 season as state champions.”
 

‘Fools’ introduces upcoming talent

By Eli Bolus

Photo by Katelyn Rowe.

“Neil Simon must have been plowed when he wrote ‘Fools.’ ”

These are the words theatre director Chris Bundy left the audience with before the FC Studio One production of “Fools” began on opening night.

“Fools” is a play of minimal scenery that Bundy’s acting classes performed.  It was put on by the Advanced Acting II class with two casts and was made up mostly by sophomores, and I was only able to see the first cast.  With Bundy retiring at the end of the year and leaving his long line of excellence, the sophomores really represent the future of FC’s theater program, and after seeing “Fools” I could not be happier.

“Fools” itself was not performed on the main stage.  Instead, it was put on in the Studio One room for a much smaller crowd than other plays. But even while on a smaller stage, it still provided worthwhile entertainment for kids and parents alike.

“Fools” takes place in the quaint Ukrainian town of Kulyenchikov,  a town plagued by a 200-year-old curse that leaves all residents of the town as fools.  It follows the protagonist, Leon Tolchinsky, a young school teacher eager to teach.  He is the town’s only hope to bring intelligence back to the village.

Tolchinksy was played by sophomore Clay Gulley in both casts, and quite simply, Gulley made the show.  No one in the show performed poorly, but Gulley performed exceptionally well. He so snugly fit himself in his role that you almost forgot you were watching a play. He could be funny and foolish when the script demanded but could draw it back and be serious with strong dramatic monologues.  Gulley is part of the future of the FC theater program, and that is a good thing.

Having said that, some aspects of the show could have used work.  The Russian accents left something to be desired at times, and the script itself wasn’t Neil Simon’s best, as the Three Stooges style of comedy grew stale after a while and it made clear why it was only on Broadway for a month.  However, the the humor displayed throughout left the audience laughing within the first five minutes of the show and throughout the play.

“Fools” offered a look into the future of FC theater, and after seeing it my previous fear of FC’s theater program declining was estinguished. The future of FC theater is a bright one that will continue the line of greatness Bundy has established.

Cartoonist aspires to pursue hobby as career

By Claire DeFrancisci

One of sophomore Emma Howie's finished cartoons. Photo by Claire DeFrancisci.
The sounds of a pencil working feverishly against paper fill your ears. Looking up, sophomore Emma Howie can be seen looking intently at her small sketchbook.Howie is a talented cartoonist who hopes to one day be a professional. Reading how-to books and practice has helped her become the artist that she is today.“Most of it comes from things I see in real life, like where shadows fall in different light. When I was little I used to draw my hand over and over again just to see how it looked every time I moved it,” said Howie.

To keep her skills fresh, Howie also takes Drawing I-II classes. She will continue to take drawing and painting classes throughout high school to keep improving.

“I like to draw cartoon people, but I’m going to take a paint class so I can get better at painting as well,” said Howie.

Not only does Howie draw her cartoons for pleasure, but she also makes a profit. She draws things for specific people like cartoon versions of themselves, pets, or even fan art from T.V. shows.

“People ask me to draw colored cartoons for them, but the pens that I use are so expensive that I charge them $5 depending on the size and difficulty of the drawing,” said Howie.

Howie said drawing is not just a phase, but it is something she would like to for the rest of her life.

“I really would like to be a cartoonist for Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, or Disney. Especially Disney, but that would be a hard job to get. I also would like to draw comics for Marvel or DC because those artists inspire me.”

FC is full of unique talents like Howie’s cartooning. Her talents show that anyone can pursue their dreams with a little practice.

Crumbling bridges lead to rethinking of infrastructure

By Jared Hinderer

Graphic by Chase Palmer

A drive from the knobs to Louisville really never was a big task. Take I64 down to the Sherman Minton, cross over and there you are; right in downtown Louisville. I would be there in 15 to 20 minutes tops, with smooth sailing the whole way. Well, that’s how it used to be at least.

Ever since bridge workers found a crack in the Sherman Minton we have to take a detour of several miles to either the Kennedy or 2nd Street bridge to get to Louisville. During rush hour, this makes 15 minute drive turn into an hour long drive, something that greatly angers people from Indiana that work in Derby City.

But finding this crack brings up a bigger problem to me. Are these bridges inspected often enough? Sure it’s great that they inspect these bridges every two years, but I do not think that is enough. Who is to say that crack didn’t start to form only six months after the last inspection? That means 80 thousand people could have been driving on a structurally unsafe bridge hundreds of feet above the Ohio every day for a year and a half.

Even if bridges were inspected every year, instead of every two, that means we could catch problems earlier before they become a big enough problem to cause a shut down.

Furthermore, America could use situations like this help improve the economy.

If we work to improve our infrastructure, that means more jobs. More jobs means helping fix our major job crisis.

Infrastructure is the backbone of America, and we let that fail, we all might as well plunge into the river with it.

Rumors are undeserved

By Kimberly Humphries

We see them on TV screens, magazine covers, and in the hallways of our school.  Being a teen mom seems to slowly become a more common title.  Everyone has their own opinions on how teen moms raise their child and live their lives, but who are we to judge them and what they do?

We can never really judge a person until we have experienced what they have been through and until we carefully analyze their situation. Having a best friend with a one year old has opened my eyes to all of the criticism teen moms face.

The fact is, three of every four teenagers are sexually active, according to Family First Aid.  That is not to say that the other one-fourth of teenagers are doing something wrong, but it is to say that these girls were not doing anything different than three-fourths of their peers.

Sometimes life does not go as planned, and while there are other routes they could have chosen, they made the mature decision to accept responsibility for their actions and are simply trying to create the best life for themselves and their babies.

These girls are not asking to be praised for being a teen mom, but having rumors spread around school about what kind of mother they are is not exactly what they are looking for either.  I think sometimes we forget how much these girls take on. Finishing high school while rasing a baby is not easy.

There are a lot of false assumptions people make about teen moms.  When they are out with their friends, their child is not sitting in the car by itself, their child is with their father or another responsible adult.  If they make a Facebook for their child, they are not getting a jumpstart on potential Craig’s List buyers, it is a cute way to show off pictures of their pride and joy.  If you think the mom or dad’s parents raise their baby for them, watching them while their children go to school is no different than leaving their child with a babysitter.

When you think about it, we have it pretty easy.  We don’t have a baby constantly crying in our ear and most of us don’t have the entire school analyzing our lives and criticizing everything about us.  These girls knew it wouldn’t be easy, but they knew that in the end, keeping and raising their babies would be worth it.