Hardcourt tip-off

Ty Elliot,

Co-sports editor

With football season now over, players start to take the basketball court as the new season is underway.  As the basketballs bounce high so do the upcoming hopes and goals for the Highlanders this season.  With the success of last year, this year’s team looks to build on and try to continue the winning tradition.

            Last year the Highlanders finished with a record of 15-8.  Losing key players like Cody Banet, Brandon Codey, and Jeffery Thompson detracts from the overall experience of the team, this year’s team appears to be just as experienced with six seniors and six juniors on this year’s squad.  Filling the void left behind by those seniors will not be easy, but returning a core group of players will help ease the role. 

The Highlanders will have an easier task because they have now gone through one more year of head coach Randy Gianfagna’s system. Based upon last year’s results, it seems to be working.  Gianfagna has had great success as a head coach with a 161-134 overall record.  His 33-53 record as head coach of the Highlanders though does not accurately represent his overall success.   Despite the record as Highlanders coach, Gianfagna’s Highlanders had a lot of success last season.  His players have continued to grow and gain valuable experience playing in his system. 

            “We played in tournaments at Purdue, Salem, and in Louisville.  We have really worked on our skill work and our weight training,” said Gianfagna.

This year’s squad appears to have a significant athleticism and overall depth advantage compared to other teams in the past.  Juniors Jordan Thompson and Nick Bombersbach are two athletically gifted players on the team.  Adding multi-talented players like senior Jeremy Jefferies and junior Tanner Wortham will add more depth to the bench. 

“Our overall depth is good.  I think 1-19 Junior Varsity through Varsity is the deepest we have ever been.  With our depth, it makes our practices more competitive,” said Gianfagna.

            Last year the Highlanders made strides in big games, but when they played tough competition they struggled.  When the Highlanders played their heated rival the New Albany Bulldogs last season at FC, the Bulldogs brought their A game.  The Bulldogs and their dynamic duo with Donnie Hale and Chris Whitehead defeated the Highlanders.  This season New Albany and Jeffersonville seem to be two of the better teams the Highlanders will play this year. 

            “We have to cut down on the turnovers.  We also need to rebound the basketball better,” said Gianfagna.

            The Highlanders will have to plug in a lot of new players into key roles.  The team has to replace 67% of their scoring, rebounding, and assists from this past season.  The team lost their top three leading scorers, top four assists leaders, and their leading rebounder from last year’s squad.  Gianfagna said he believes that two players in particular will ease into those roles.

            “I think Barret will step up a lot.  He’s a three year part time starter and we hope he will average a double-double.  Connor will help in scoring, and a lot of other guys will surprise people,” said Gianfagna.

            Gianfagna said that junior Connor Schellenberg will help this team with his scoring ability.    Schellenberg indeed has a great ability to score, and he said he has worked a lot in the off-season on his game.

            “I have done a lot of personal workouts with my AAU coach, and I shoot for a couple hours almost everyday,” said Schellenberg.

            The team has its eyes set for a sectional championship.  Because they will have to play a lot of great teams, their goals are set high.  Junior Jordan Thompson said he and his teammates have high hopes and expectations for this season.

            “We want to win sectionals, beat our rivals, and become better basketball players,” said Thompson.

Kalmey settles into FC

 By Kara Beard,

Staff Reporter

    As we continue to proceed through the 2010-2011 school year, we welcome new teachers into the building. During the past few weeks the most recent addition to the English class has been a sub filling in for English teacher Jenny Adams. Her name is Camille Kalmey.
                Born and raised in Louisville, Kalmey started her education at an all-girl Catholic school called Sacred Heart Academy. With the strict rules and dress code, Kalmey still found interest in many of her regular studies.
                “I was a little bit weird in school because I found a lot of my subjects interesting, I loved math and solving the problems but I also loved English and science. Most kids usually take a liking to one of those subjects but that was never the case for me, I liked them all,” said Kalmey.
                After graduating from Sacred Heart Academy, Kalmey went on to college at IU in Bloomington.  Not knowing that she wanted to be a teacher, Kalmey went on to pursuing a major in science.
                “I didn’t really enjoy science as much as I did in high school but my counselor and others realized I was really good with kids so they are the ones who encouraged me to get into teaching.”
                Once Kalmey graduated from IU with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and English, she started to pursue more and reach higher goals. She went on to getting her master’s degree in journalism education and to receive her specialist’s degree.
Moving forward in her career Kalmey started teaching at Scribner. She taught 7th, 8th and 9th grade English for one year and then transferred to New Albany.
                “I never taught freshmen at New Albany, except Journalism 1 and yearbook since those classes had a mix of all grades. I did like it at New Albany, except some of the students at New Albany tended to act out, whereas Floyd Central students want to learn and try to explain things to you if they don’t get it,” said Kalmey.
                After 11 years of teaching at New Albany, Kalmey’s husband, who works with Kindred Healthcare, got a job offer located in the south end of Florida.
                “I don’t work because I’m being forced to,” said Kalmey. “I like working with students and seeing them develop,” said Kalmey.
                It wasn’t long after Kalmey and her husband settled in their house, she started looking for a job and came upon a job offer at Saint Andrew Catholic School. Being Catholic and having attended a Catholic school when she was younger, Kalmey accepted the offer.
                “Students, no matter where you go, tend to be similar in a lot of ways. They all seem to want to learn. But this school just seemed to be disorganized and it would get very frustrating trying to deal with it all as a teacher and that would have to be the biggest difference between Saint Andrew and Floyd Central– it’s nice working in a school that is organized.” said Kalmey.
                It was not long after accepting the job offer at Saint Andrews, that she wanted to return to the New Albany/Floyd County area.

                “The school wasn’t my reason for wanting to return, the community in general wasn’t what we wanted to raise a family in, so that’s one of the reasons we came back. The bright and sunny weather was nice, but I will not miss it,” said Kalmey.
                However, she did not know that once she returned she would already have a job waiting for her at FC.
                “One of my friends found out I was returning, and they told Mr. Jensen, so he contacted me saying Ms. Adams wasn’t coming back, and that’s how I ended up at Floyd Central. But, I really love it here, the teachers are great and they really look out for each other along with the students,” said Kalmey.
                Yet, even though Kalmey has only been here a week and a half, she still sees a bright future ahead of her working at FC.
                “The administration is on the ball, the teachers have respect for other teachers and the students are awesome and wonderful to teach and learn from as well, so I would definitely love to work here for many years to come.”

FC takes the pledge

Senior Nick Hebert pauses between takes for the group shots for FC's segment in Extreme Home Makeover. The rest of the students hold up their thumbs wearing rings to signify their promise to not text and drive. "I think it's a good personal challenge for me and the rest of the school. It is a real problem in the world today. It's hard to take a second off and not be part of the world," said Hebert.

Tools to a strong mind

Jon Ferguson

Co Editor-in-chief

The social atmosphere of our world today requires us to compete with one another

on several bases. This biggest battle between us, though, is the battle of our intellects. This

competition, though it is never won and no victory has even been achievable, has been waged for

as long as man has had a cognitive mind. Although the ultimate victory, intelligence, has never

been granted, now more than ever this victory is possible.

In the past, we tried to outsmart others by reading more novels. Novels were thought to

make man create the images he cannot see in his mind and involve him in the plot of the story.

For centuries novels were the main tool for learning. To this day, most think novels are the best

way to expand the mind. This simply isn’t true. The man who reads novels incessantly will

eventually develop several problems with his mind, leading less cognitive reflexes than others.

First of all, the man who reads a novel is submissive. He fills his mind with the ideas of

someone else. He has no choice in characters, plot, events, or climate of the story at all. To see a

different world, he does not make up his own but sees someone else’s created world. He has no

creative thought process throughout the course of the story. By virtue of reading someone else’s

novel, he has already lost the battle for outsmarting them.

In contrast, today’s world has the greatest tool for the intellectual race: the virtual video

game. In a video game, man is free to choose what he wants. He can choose the world around

him, the characters that accompany him, and he controls the plot instead of submissively giving

in to one.

Since a man has control of the actions of the main character, he has complete control of

the story itself. In a novel, it would read “Alex knew he could not take the monster face to face,

so he crept to the back of the building where the hidden ladder was located. He climbed the

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ladder and killed the beast from behind.” The reader has no control over what Alex does in this

instance. Yes they may have to imagine what Alex, the beast, and the ladder look like, but that is

as far as their creative mind goes. They did not have to invent Alex or the Beast, or have to figure

out how to defeat it for themselves.
In a video game, the player would have to do his own investigating to find a secret

ladder, and know that the beast could only be taken down from behind. This causes a lack in

logical reasoning and problem solving in the mind of the book reader.

Along with an investigative mind, the gamer also has another advantage over the reader.

In a video game, part of investigation is always failure. This failure most usually results in virtual

death, which is perfectly fine since he probably has several more lives to spare. Since the gamer

is used to spending lives and taking risks, they are more likely to take chances on different

aspects of their lives, which can usually lead to great intellectual success. Since the mind of a

reader has always been told what to think, it does not know how to comprehend the possibility of

taking a chance. A reader expects life to happen to them instead of them working towards a goal.

This, also, sets the reader behind in the race for intellectual

The simple truth about life is gamers will succeed in intellectuality far beyond the

intellectual capacity of the reader. As time progresses, more advanced video game technology is

becoming available to help prepare man for his competition with the rest of the world. Man must

be aware that without the help of the video game, he has no chance at any type of intelligence,

and therefore no chance at happiness.

Ask Alexandra about mens formal wear!

“When choosing formal wear, what colors are best?”

 -Senior Hunter Hartman

Dear Hunter,

Men’s formal wear can be tricky, but I have a few helpful tips for you. Make sure that your clothes are fitted correctly, a baggy suit or tux could make you seem sloppy or unorganized. Also you should make sure your socks match, and your belt and shoes should match as well for a classy look. Shoes should always be in the best condition possible. Pants should hit right at the ankle, and your socks should never be visible when sitting down. You should be able to sit or cross your legs comfortably while still looking like you have proper fitting attire. If you need someone to help tie your tie, a good friend or family member is great to have around for extra help. A tie is too small if it stops in the middle of your abdomen. YouTube videos are also extremely helpful if you are not sure on how to tie a tie. As far as colors for formal wear go, limit yourself to wearing no more than three colors at a time. The colors in your outfit should be complementary or analogous. Complimentary colors opposite each other on the color wheel. Analogous colors are the colors adjacent to each other. Color wheels can easily be found on the internet. Hopefully that helped!

Your fashionable friend,

Alexandra

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