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Q&A: FC Hall of Fame inductees share their stories

By Aurora Robinson

Editor’s Note: This weekend FC graduates Julie Collings, Amy Hutchinson, and Danny Mefford will be inducted into the Floyd Central Hall of Fame. For more coverage of this weekend’s ceremony, check out today’s print Bagpiper.

Julie Collings, school nurse

B: Anything you would like to add about your induction?

J: “I feel extremely honored to receive this award! The education I received at Floyd Central prepared me to be successful in college and in my career.”


Amy Hutchison, opera director

B: Why do you think you were chosen to be inducted?  

A: “My professional work as a theatre and opera director is directly tied to my work at FCHS in the Theatre Department! Glenn Edwards was a great inspiration and mentor to me and so many lucky students at FC. I first took summer theatre classes with Mr. Edwards when I was just 10 years old (back when FC still performed in the school cafeteria). I stayed connected to theatre: writing, directing and performing in all types of skits and plays throughout grade school, middle school and high school. In HS, Mr. Edwards recognized I may be better suited to directing than acting, and gave me a mainstage show, The Mousetrap.  I went on to study directing at the Conservatory for Theatre Arts at Webster University in St. Louis, where I was introduced to opera. Being brought up on the large scale musical extravaganzas at FCHS and playing in the orchestra during junior high school, and loving language study made opera a perfect fit for me!”

Danny Mefford, choreographer

B: What got you started?

D: “I went to one of Bette Weber Flock’s Saturday morning musical theater dance classes because I knew that she was the woman who choreographed all of the musicals. My sister was also in the musicals before she graduated in 1996, before I went into high school. I was always very jealous, I wanted to be in them too. I went to Bette Weber Flock’s Saturday morning dance class and we were learning to tap dance and at the end of it, Bette Weber took me aside and she said ‘You really have a gift, I hope you keep coming back’. That’s how I started dancing and how I got involved in the theater in the first place. I spent all four years of high school just obsessed with it, one of those true die hard theater kids at Floyd Central, and was in a ton of things.”

FC 50 year Timeline

By Aurora Robinson


  • ‘86-’87: 1908
  • ‘87-’88:1921
  • ‘88-’89: 1883
  • ‘89-’90: 1907
  • ‘90-’91: 1955
  • ‘91-’92: 1943
  • ‘92-’93: 1987
  • ‘93-’94: 1961
  • ‘94-’95: 2044
  • ‘95-’96: 2085
  • ‘96-’97: 2127
  • ‘97-’98: 2164
  • ‘98-’99: 2145
  • ‘99-’00: 2132
  • ‘00-’01: 2081
  • ‘01-’02: 2138
  • ‘02-’03: 2138
  • ‘03-’04: 2253


  • ‘04-’05: 1528
  • ‘05-’06: 1625
  • ‘06-’07: 1723
  • ‘07-’08: 1661
  • ‘08-’09: 1681
  • ‘09-’10: 1653
  • ‘10-’11: 1653
  • ‘11-’12: 1687
  • ‘12-’13: 1669
  • ‘13-’14: 1676
  • ‘14-’15: 1695
  • ‘15-’16: 1752

FC alumni football game sparks memories

By Hannah Clere, News Editor and

Aurora Robinson, News Assistant Editor

FC alumni Lee Schmidt stands behind the sizzling grill as excited students and alumni fill in the stands, preparing for a good game.

Last Friday night, the FC vs Seymour game was held, honoring FC’s 50th year. They had a tent set up in the courtyard and were selling burgers inside it.

“We do this event to raise money for scholarships to give to seniors,” said alumni Angela Bowman. “This is one of our main fundraisers.”

Not only were a tent and grill set up, but alumni coaches and athletic directors were recognized out on the field, along with previous principals.

“We had the eight original coaches, and our tent was sponsored. That was pretty awesome, we’re thankful for that. It’s a very successful night,” said Schmidt.

Some alumni expressed their favorite part of the night at the football game.

“Seeing everyone again,” said alumnus Delbert Hillegas. “Having some old students out there, I enjoy seeing them. Even though I am retired, I still missed that.”

This event is one of many throughout the year. One major event is the Alumni Hall of Fame Banquet, scheduled for April 28. The association, founded in 2009, sought to reach out to past Highlanders and get current ones more involved. They hoped to start an organization of some sort while they still had alumni from the original 1967 class still willing to participate.

“We wanted to get this thing rolling before some alumni reached 70,” said Bickers.

The members of the alumni association also wanted to make sure that stories from 50 years ago were not lost and forgotten, including memories about when FC opened its doors on the first day of school 50 years ago.


Head coach Brian Glesing shouts encouraging words to his team after a successful win against Seymour. He always does a great job at keeping the team’s spirits high. Photo by Tori Roberts.


Editor’s Note: This poll goes along with the Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate story on Page 5 of today’s print edition of The Bagpiper on March 10.