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Q&A with Artjom Rubchinskiy, a German student

By Aurora Robinson

Bagpiper: Does your school offer any other languages?

Artjom Rubchinskiy: “As far as I know, all schools in Germany offer English as a mandatory subject. I live close to France, so French is also a subject here, though it’s optional and I know that a bunch of schools offer Italian and Spanish too.”

BP: Do you take any of the languages?

AR: “I’ve had English classes for almost eight years now, and I took French classes for two years.

BP: How many classes do you take a week?

AR: “15, all varying in length, but lasting up to three hours each and with about two to four a day.”

BP: What is the grading system like?

AR: “We use a numeral system, where one is equal to an A and six is equal to an F. Most grades are divided into four parts, attendance being one of them and showing how many classes you actually show up to. Your oral grade, [it is] dependant on how actively you participate in the class, and then the grade for your homework and how well you do on exams. All of these are added up and divided by four, and that makes your grade for the whole subject/class. This sounds pretty fair and balanced, but is often just an unfair mess.”

BP: What are the relationships between students and teachers like? Is it respected?

AR: “The higher of a grade you’re in, the more the teachers respect you. I think a lot of teachers are simply overworked and underpaid for dealing with a room full of misbehaving teens five days a week, but a lot of them also just aren’t quite made for the job. Many of them don’t listen to constructive criticism and disregard the needs of their students. Then again, of course there’s a large number of really great teachers here. Some of them really help guide our ways positively, and I’ve met many teachers I have nothing but respect for. Despite this, though, a lot of kids have a problem with authority, and this does not exclude the teachers.”

BP: Anything else to add about schools in Germany?

AR: “Most of Germany’s schools are free (so long as they aren’t private or universities) and pretty well managed and respected and a lot of them offer foreign exchange programs, additional language courses, clubs and some of them even have school psychologists. I’ve wanted to do a foreign exchange program with an American school for a long time, but never found the time to.”


Q&A with Faye Eades, creator of this Sunday’s Senior Dinner Dance

By Aurora Robinson

Bagpiper: What is it that you are doing with Senior Dinner Dance?

Faye Eades: “Last year I started the Senior Dinner Dance. It was something that I had gone to Dr. Willman about at the beginning of last year. There were some changes to the Senior Week and they were no longer able to do the full Senior Week. So they were switching it to just one day, it was senior lunch. And I was just looking for a different opportunity for the students to have to socialize and have a fun time together. So I presented this idea to Dr. Willman last year and with it being the school’s 50th anniversary and having changes to Senior Week he thought this would be a good new addition to start last year. We had a good turnout. The students really enjoyed themselves. Therefore, he said that we could have it again this year and hopefully in future years to come. This seems to be something that the seniors have enjoyed and have an interest in attending.”

BP: So, you started Senior Dinner Dance?

FE: “I got the idea because when I was in high school, my high school had a senior dinner dance and it was something we enjoyed. So I presented that idea to Dr. Willman. Yes, you could say I started it, but Dr. Willman is the one who gave the approval to have the event.”

BP: In short, what are the details for the Senior Dinner Dance? What will happen that evening?

FE: “It is held at the Olmsted. It is in Louisville. It will be this Sunday evening, Feb. 17th from 6 to 10 p.m. Students will arrive and there will be a photographer there to take pictures. There will be about a 30-minute time frame for them to have just small appetizers and fruit and cheese and then to grab a drink. And then they will be seated and served dinner. After the dinner course then there will also be a dessert served. After that is done, what we did last year is we took a group picture of all the seniors that were in attendance, all of them together. Then after all of that was done, the DJ started playing-DJ Tank is his name. The students had a great time and most of them didn’t leave the dance floor until the night was over.”

BP: What would you say is the most exciting part about Senior Dinner Dance?

FE: “I think the students enjoy coming because I think it is enjoyable for them to be together as a class. Kind of, really, one of the first times they are together or have the opportunity to be together and enjoy a social event together. They do prom together, but that’s the juniors and the seniors. This event is not as formal as the prom. The attire is less formal. It’s just a nice Sunday dress. The guys dress in nice shirts and slacks, most of them wear ties, but it is not to the caliber of having to get all fixed up like prom. With dinner being served at the dance, it also takes away from the element of having to make reservations for dinner and make sure you can get a ride to prom on time. I think it is just a great opportunity for the students to be together, and get a little bit dressed up, but not too formal and enjoy having fun together for the evening.”

BP: Anything to add?

FE: “I just want to encourage the younger students, the freshmen, sophomores, and juniors, to talk to the seniors after the event and hear how much they enjoy it and look forward to the event. It is just a great opportunity for students, like I have said, to have this night together and I hope that it is a tradition that the students continue to embrace and want to have for years to come.”

NJROTC visits senior citizens

By Aurora Robinson

On Tuesday night, NJROTC went out to Riverview and Mark Elrod Towers to visit senior citizens and spread the Christmas spirit.

One of the cadets from NJROTC shared the events that occurred that evening and why they go out and carry out this community service act.

“We do this every year. We go and we visit the retirement homes and show everyone that is in the retirement homes that, you know, people haven’t forgotten about them and we spend the holidays with them and let them realize that … there are other people out there that do care,” said senior Jenna Nicholas.

When the cadets went out to spend time with the elderly, they helped them with Christmas activities and with the treats they were serving that evening.

“Basically we get the kids to go in there and help them play bingo, get some cookies, serve some drinks, and then do some caroling, but mainly interact with the older folks,” said naval science instructor Michael Beal.

This community service opportunity lead by the NJROTC program gathered many of the cadets to come out and spend time with the senior citizens for several different reasons.

“I chose to come because I like doing stuff like this. It makes me feel better as a person. I also like spending time with older people because they have a lot of stories to tell and they have a lot of insight on things,” said sophomore Jackie Copple.

Some of the NJROTC participants remembered a few of the senior citizens from previous visits. Particularly, there was a friendly older lady at Riverview Towers who was very excited to see them and interact with them again.

“She is a feisty lady who loves to interact with the cadets and she just gives hugs and wants to dance with them. I look forward to that probably more each year than anything else,” said Beal.

As the students were gathered in Galena for their own Christmas get together with treats and hot chocolate, some of them shared who they were able to meet and chat to.

“Tonight, I was sitting near two Vietnam Marine Corps veterans. One was a woman, the other was a man. Which it’s pretty rare to find a female Marine from that timeframe. So, it was pretty awesome to get to sit down and talk with her and just learn how much the Marine Corps  has progressed with women so far,” said senior Jack Gill.

As the cadets were socializing and sharing their experiences, some were also sharing their favorite moments from their evening spent with the older folks.

“A lot of the senior citizens were really appreciative of us coming out and stuff. It made me happy to see them all smiling and everything. It was really nice,” said senior Raye Perry.

As the NJROTC program wrapped up their holiday celebration, some gave advice for those who have families during the holiday season.

“Just give,” said Beal. “Give and you will get back an enormous amount, especially during the holidays. If you have elderly parents, make sure you visit with them, make sure you touch them, make sure you kiss them and hug them because that is all they want for Christmas.”

Q&A with Miles for Merry Miracles project manager Teresa Hebert

Natalie Clare

Teresa Hebert Q&A

  1. What is the organization and how long has FC raised money for this charity?
    1. “Miles for Merry Miracles was founded in 2008 by FC sophomore class president Nick Hebert, who at that time was working on his Eagle Scout Project. In 2009, Nick and fellow students Ryan Smith and Kendra Mifflin, who were on the first M4MM leadership board, also served on the inaugural Executive Board of Dance Marathon.”
  2. What fundraisers do you do to raise money?
    1. “Miles for Merry Miracles does not consider itself to be raising money. Instead, it works primarily to partner with Angel Tree Sponsors to provide gifts of clothing, shoes, toys and food to create a miraculous experience to children who might not otherwise receive these blessings. Our youth leadership board is based on an application and interview process. They receive training and have even been successful at writing grants for over $35,000. Those funds have been used to offset the costs to host runs, shopping sprees, dinners, etc. that have served over 7,150 meals, provided over 40,000 non-perishable food items, purchased craft supplies and photo supplies for Santa Pictures at the Christmas dinner, and host other large scale community service projects.”
  3. How much money have you raised in the past?
    1. “Considering the average spent on the Angel Tree gifts and costs associated with the large scale service projects, the value would exceed well over $900,000. Additionally, more than 21,000 volunteer hours have been logged. After this year, Miles for Merry Miracles will have collaborated with the community to provide gifts to nearly 5,000 Angel Tree and Kentucky Refugee Ministries children. We have also provided gifts to children at Haven House, Wayside Christian Ministries, Family Ark (Foster Children)  and provided toys for Norton Children’s Hospital. We have also partnered with other youth led, youth serving non-profits like Makenzie’s Coat Closet where we collected over 1,000 gently used coats We also are partnering with Brianna’s Silly Socks this year.”
  4. What is your goal for this year?
    1. “Our goal is to provides gifts of clothing, shoes, toys, and food to 350 children and their families. Through a partnership with Salvation Army and some of our sponsors, we will also provide about 100 new bikes, one to each of the families we are serving.”
  5. How have you helped the community? What specific stories?
    1. “As a result of a food drive in Dec. 2016 to benefit M4MM families being served, about 8,500 food items were collected. Unfortunately, 3,466 of those items were packs of Ramen Noodles. M4MM youth leaders set out to partner with a girl scout who was working on her Gold Award. Anna Perkins, a then senior at Floyd Central, led us to educate our community that unhealthily food is not what should be donated during a food drive. Good to Grow Green, another youth inspired alliteration, was launched. Good to Grow Green (G2GG) promotes student responsibility, healthy eating and community service by setting up gardens in the classroom. These gardens are not ordinary crops; they are vertical aeroponic gardens provided by the local student leaders who created this nationally-recognized, non-profit project. This earth-friendly approach to gardening uses less water and space than soil gardens, without the use of chemicals like herbicides and pesticides. Plus, we can grow our plants year-round and 30 percent faster. We were fortunate to place in the top 10 of almost 300 projects nationwide and received an all expense paid trip to Chicago to compete for a $10,000 prize. We did not win the top prize in terms of money. We did receive some top notch training from industry leaders. Since our first garden was installed in April of 2017, we have taught about 500 students in 25 NAFCS classrooms about food, nutrition, gardening and philanthropy. There are currently two gardens in Ms. McGowan’s class at Floyd Central. Her FBLA students are learning about branding, presentation skills, cost analysis, research, and development among other business skills.”

Dance Marathon continues fundraising

By Natalie Clare

When: February 23, 2019

Never sit down, never stop dancing. Throughout the night of dance marathon, hundreds of FC students dance for those who cannot.

“Dance Marathon is an organization for Riley Children’s Hospital that raises money to support research, help support families while they are there,” said FCDM sponsor Ashley Faith. “Dance Marathon at Floyd Central is just a fundraising opportunity to help move in that bigger direction.”

FCDM does not just give during the holiday season, but year round. Medical bills and hospital stays can build up. So, Dance Marathon raises tens of thousands of dollars to help families focus on what is important: the quality of their child’s life.

It all started with Ryan White, said Faith. According to the Health Resources & Services Administration, Ryan White was diagnosed with AIDS after a faulty blood transfusion in December, 1984. Ryan was subjected to AIDS-related hatred and his story went viral. The first Dance Marathon was held in honor of Ryan White.

“It was mainly a college thing, and it sort of branched out from there,” said Faith. “Floyd Central Dance Marathon is a part of IU Bloomington. Although, they all go together in the end.”

Over the years, FCDM has also had a growing monetary goal. This year, Faith said the school goal is $75,000. Having this goal gives fundraising a finish line, so students should set individual goals to help with their fundraising.

“My personal monetary goals this year is $2,500,” said FCDM executive member Kelby Rippy. “That would put my individual total raised funds at $7,000 over the last four years.”

It is easy to get caught up in the money aspect of fundraising. Sometimes, when we take a step back and remembering who is being fundraised for, we are refocused on our main goal.

“[Dance Marathon] is not a dance, like many people think it is,” said Faith. “It’s meant to bring awareness and raise money. That’s why we bring the Riley families in, so that the kids from our school can see who this is impacting. They can put a face and a name to where their money is going.”

Because Faith’s daughter was a premie, she connects on a personal level to the organization. Having her own experiences is a motivator, so she wanted to participate in a group that helped other families going through what she had.

FCDM has raised over $500,000 in total from all the years of fundraising. This money has helped many families in the hardest of times.

“Giving back to the community is important to me because it allows me to help someone other than myself,” said Rippy. “I love having the opportunity to give to someone who needs it.”