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Blended family makes imprint on FC with students in each grade

By Bekah Landers and Eli Bolus

Additional reporting by Danielle Rehor

Melisa Marksbury-Roe- Mother.

Bagpiper: How hard is it to raise a blended family of your kids and your husbands kids?

Melisa Marksbury-Roe: “It’s very challenging, as it is with several kids, four teenagers are very busy, but they are fantastic kids; it is a joy.”

BP: Is it hard having all four kids involved in an activity?

MMR: “Three youngest are in F.C. band, it has been fantastic because it is easy to get them everywhere and they are involved in such a great program.”

BP: How do you and your husband deal with all of the activity?

MMR: “My husband and I are involved in full time careers so we must be very organized.”

BP: What do they fight about most?

MMR: “Driving. We try to make it as fair as possible.”

BP: Did you or your husband grow up in a large family, or is this a new experience?

MMR: “We aren’t used to big families; my husband is an only child and I was the oldest of three.”

BP: What advice do you have to offer to students of big families trying to create their own character and reputation?

MMR: “When you go to school with siblings create your own history but look out for your siblings too. That’s what my children do, they look out for each other.”

Ryan Marksbury- Junior

Bagpiper: Is your reputation influenced by your siblings?

Ryan Marksbury: “[Being a junior,] not really. People don’t usually judge me by my siblings.”

BP: How are family dinners?

RM: “We all eat together every night at the table. Between the six of us we always have interesting conversations.”

BP: What are you all involved it?

RM: “Three of us are in band, marching band and pep band. Chelsea and I are both in orchestra. Music is a part of our lives; we all play instruments.”

BP: How is life with two step-siblings?

RM: “Life has gotten alot more involved, and sometimes exciting with the four of us we are never bored. Yes, we have our disagreements, but all the good times trump the bad ones.”

BP: Is it hard with so many siblings?

RM: “We get into arguments, but we do have a lot of good times too.”

Chelsea Roe- Sophomore

Bagpiper: In a house full of all boy siblings, how do you deal with being the only girl?

Chelsea Roe: “Since I’m the only girl, I have to put up with all of the stuff the guys want to do. I’m outnumbered. You just have to learn to get along and to like the stuff that they do. It isn’t too hard.”

BP: What is your favorite part about being a sibling with so many brothers?

CR: “I get to watch all the super hero movies with them.”

BP: How do you and your brothers relate to each other?

CR: “We all play different instruments and we all really relate through that.”

Weekly Playlist: Numbers Songs

By Eli Bolus, Chase Gosman and Paige Thompson

This week A&E is helping you count down the last few weeks of school by teaching you how to count. Here are our favorite numbers songs.

1. “99 Red Balloons” by Nena

2. “867-5309/Jenny” by Tommy Tutone

3. “1,2,3,4” by Feist

4. “1901” by Phoenix

5. “99 Problems” by Jay- Z

6. “5 Years Time” by Noah and the Whale

7. “14 Years” by Guns and Roses

8. “2112” by Rush

9. “Eight Days a Week” by The Beatles

10. “I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)” by Pitbull


What is your favorite part of Thunder Over Louisville?

By Eli Bolus, Chase Gosman, and Jill Moore

Speech team accomplishes FC best at state finals

By Eli Bolus and Jared Murray


This past weekend, the FC speech team produced three state finalists: junior Chase Dyer, senior Clayton Cassidy and senior Paige Settles, who went on to place fourth in the state in Impromptu Speaking and Extemporaneous Speaking.

Both Settles and the team placed fourth this year. The state meet uses a sweepstakes system, awarding a higher amount of points to individuals who place higher. The points are then tallied together and the team that garners the most points is awarded first.

While this is the third time Settles has qualified for state, it is the best the team has ever done as a whole, said speech coach Wallace Austin.

“Everybody predicted Paige would break into finals, but none of us really expected to place so high,” said sophomore Sarah Henry.

Settles had a lot to say about her numerous state appearances.

“By the end of the day I was really tired. It was very cut-throat,” said Settles about this year’s state competition.

While some might think that numerous awards and state appearances would be the best part of being a member of such a successful program, Settles had this to say: “[My favorite part about speech] is how much I’ve changed as a person.”

Settles is not the only thing changing on the team. The upcoming season marks the loss of numerous seniors who have helped to shape the program during their time at FC.

“We are losing Paige, who is our team captain and a really great leader, so that will change a lot of things on the team next year” said Henry. Also graduating are AJ Adams, Brittany Bowen, and Cassidy.

Although the season is over for the speech team, preparation have already begun. “People have already started writing or choosing speeches to present next year,” said Henry.

Austin is preparing by sponsoring a rummage sale to raise funds for next year’s season and an upcoming trip to nationals in Indianapolis.  The sale will take place April 28 and donations will be accepted.