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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.

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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.

Personal connection to Riley Children’s Hospital inspires teacher to participate in Dance Marathon

By Quinn Fitzgerald

He tosses a ball to an audience member and the next moment, he makes it disappear. The joy that illuminates from their faces reminds the magician why he does what he does.

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Career information teacher’s witchcraft and wizardry helps out fellow Riley’s kids

Career Information teacher and Riley's kid Delbert Hillegas speaks with the FCDM crew before his magic show. Photo by Amber Habron.
Career information teacher and Riley’s kid Delbert Hillegas speaks with the FCDM crew before his magic show as Delbert the Wizard. Photo by Amber Habron.

by Amber Habron and Garland Noel

“I don’t know how they do that, but I love it!”

Career information teacher Dilbert Hillegas is a lot of things.  He is Santa Claus, a magician, and a Riley’s kid.

Using the stage name “Delbert the Wizard,” Hillegas performed a 20-minute long magic show in the main gym benefitting Riley’s Children’s Hospital.

“I’ve been on stage, and I’ve done motion pictures, and I’ve done all those things, so it’s no big deal in that regard, but it was a little intimidating to me because of having you in class,” said Hillegas.  “You want to do well for that. I hope I did a good job.”

Starting with card tricks, Hillegas progressed to balloon animals, magic hats, rope tricks, and the all-important rabbit trick.  He even used a “nuclear-powered” coloring book, but he couldn’t do it alone.

“I was really glad he picked me,” said student volunteer junior Jordyn

Junior Jordyn Boling admires her new hat while career information teacher Delbert Hillegas announces their next trick. Photo by Amber Habron.
Junior Jordyn Boling admires her new hat while career information teacher Delbert Hillegas announces their next trick. Photo by Amber Habron.

Boling.

While the duo began by making a hat out of paper, Hillegas became Boling’s assistant for the rope trick, which involved cutting an ever-growing rope and removing a knot without untying it.  Hillegas even let her keep the hat.

“I’m so happy I’m just trying not to cry,” said Boling.

Not done yet, Hillegas took off the wizard’s robe to share his story as a Riley’s kid after the morale committee taught the third part of the morale dance.

“Had it not been for that [a doctor at Riley’s], I wouldn’t be standing here, to this day, singing the praises of Riley’s hospital who saved my life,” said Hillegas. “I thank them every day.”

Next year, Hillegas would like to see a corporation support the event so that all of the money goes to Riley’s.

“In the end, 100 percent of our money goes to the kids, and that’s what’s supposed to happen.”

For people who did not attend FCDM this year, Hillegas only had this advice.

“Look at what you missed.  Take a look at that video, and look at what you missed.”