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Texting while driving causes danger to teens, other drivers

By Sophie Howie

Words are known to be powerful things. They can flip perspectives and help people look past prejudices. They can stop some things and start others. They can persuade, inform, scare, build up, and break down. But the one thing words can do that they seem to do best is claim lives. Continue reading Texting while driving causes danger to teens, other drivers

Columnist reflects on lack of life skills in classroom

By Sophie Howie

Editor’s Note: This column goes along with a life skills spread on Page 14 and Page 15 of the print edition of The Bagpiper on April 21. 

Many students complain that the skills they’re learning in school can’t be applied to everyday situations. Some parts of subjects, or entire subjects themselves, are often dismissed as irrelevant. FC students have roughly eight hours to learn, grow and socialize on an average school day. This brings up the question, “How many of those eight hours are being wasted on material that will be virtually no help later in life?” It’s said that school is meant to prepare students for the rest of their lives, but in reality, it’s only preparing them for similar classes in higher education that they may not take. After college, it seems, they’re on their own with the skills they have and that’s that. Continue reading Columnist reflects on lack of life skills in classroom

One Act Festival presents young directors’ talents

By Sophie Howie.

Photos by Shelby Pennington

As the dimming lights silence the talkative crowd seated throughout Studio One, a voice welcomes the audience, gives a lengthy thank you to all the sponsors that helped fund the One Act Festival, and introduces the two individuals who made the night possible. Once the footsteps in the dark still, a burning spotlight settles on the figures of junior Will DeVary and senior Sarah Denison. Together, they provide a general overview of the evening, briefly describing their shows and the actors associated with each, and giving thanks to a handful of contributors. On January 27, 28, and 29, these young directors showcased their skills in directing their own productions of The Long Christmas Dinner by Thornton Wilder and White Lies by Richard James.

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