By Blake Dykes
By Braden Schroeder
The senior girls huddled together before the game, with their hair poofed and their game faces on as they prepared for their last Turkey Bowl. The girls had never felt closer.
“We were all really close and we all had the same goal to win,” said senior Coral Portman.
After last year’s 46-8 win by the Class of 2015 she said that they felt prepared and that they could work well together to achieve another win.
“This group, you tell them what to do and they go out and execute it, no doubt about it,” said senior coach and math teacher Chris Street.
Although the seniors won last night’s game 44-14, the juniorsstill rallied in their first Turkey Bowl, scoring two touchdowns. The girls cheered together after every play, even towards the end of the game.
“We all bonded a lot and we all had a lot of fun together,” said junior Kylie Wheeler.
She grew up coming to Turkey Bowl and said it was exciting to be on the field and not in the stands this time.
First-year junior coach and social studies teacher William Russell said Turkey Bowl is important because it brings everybody together.
“We really came together as a unit; we had a tremendous turnout. I think we had over 60 girls sign up to play so I think that was the most unique thing about it and the way that they came together as a team and supported each other,” said Russell.
Turkey Bowl has been an ongoing tradition to help raise money for prom.
“I just think it’s a great way to start the year and get to know the kids outside the classroom,” said Street.
The game is something that many people get excited for every year and a tradition that people hope will continue.
“I think we have just been doing it for so long that the community really looks forward to it and comes together,” said Russell. “I think it will go on forever.”
Helping to put FC on the map, the Radio/TV program inspires students to put forth their best efforts when covering the school’s various athletic and academic activities.
“Participating in the Radio/TV program is a matter of ultimate accountability: bottom line is, if we don’t advertise, we don’t exist,” said WNAS station manager Tim Dench.
Dench, who has been teaching for 38 years, is proud of his students and what they have achieved.
“The students at FC have shown me that when I demand more of them, they respond by becoming more productive,” he said.
Dench attributes the success of the program to his students and their hard work.
“I teach the students the skills they need to operate things, but when it’s show time, it’s all up to them,” he said.
In the 2012 fall semester, the program has broadcast more live concerts and sporting events than at any time in WNAS history.
“My favorite aspect of our program is broadcasting live sporting events, because more people watch them that any other event and a larger number of students are involved,” said Dench.
Senior Lucas Corley, a sports broadcaster for the Radio/TV program since his freshman year, also favors broadcasting sports activities.
“You get to spend a lot of time with other students and athletes doing what we do. I’ve learned a lot of their backstories from it,” said Corley.
Corley had planned on taking engineering courses once coming to high school until something happened that changed his plans.
“Before Radio/TV, I planned on taking an engineering course. Then, my eighth grade class at Holy Family voted me as Most Likely to Become a Sports Announcer, so I figured I’d run with it,” he said.
Along the way, Corley has made connections that he would not have had he chosen another path.
“I’ve had the chance to work with a lot of great broadcasters and have become good friends with them as a result,” he said.
Corley has also gained higher sense of responsibility unique to the position that he holds.
“I’m like the go-to guy when crunch time comes around. It’s good to feel counted on by my peers and Mr. Dench,” he said.
Co-host of the FC TV program the J n’L show, junior Julie Jackson, is an avid fan of the spotlight.
“I love getting in front of the camera and telling people what’s what,” she said.
Besides broadcasting live video announcements every morning for FC, another accomplishment that Jackson is proud of is the lip-sync video she recently helped produce.
“In March, we created a music video that challenged us to our full capacity. We’re extremely proud of it,” said Jackson.
Jackson spends a lot of her time working on projects for the program, including her TV show every Wednesday and whatever other pieces she may be producing or editing at the time.
“Many students think Radio/TV is an easy A, but that’s a huge myth. There’s a lot of work and effort behind receiving one,” she said.
Jackson has a positive view of the program and is glad that Dench is her instructor.
“Mr. Dench is not just a teacher. He is an amazing friend. He will go to extreme heights to try and get students to succeed,” she said.
Corley recommends the course to anyone with an interest in media as a career option.
“If you’re a student with an appreciation for hands-on work and are looking for real world skills in the production field, this class is a serious option for you,” he said.
Dench, whose days begin at 4 a.m. and end at 12 p.m., said others sometimes ask what motivates him.
“People ask why I do it and I tell them it’s fun. It’s a whole new level of teaching.”
By Michael Pepin
Thanksgiving break is right around the corner, and many students are preparing to see their friends and family over the brief vacation. At this time of year, there are many different traditions that all center around Thanksgiving break and the famous dinner.
“I am really looking forward to thanksgiving break, it’s a chance to get out of school, get a break from everything, and have great food. The food is the best part,” said senior Eric Ordonez.
Some students spend their break with their family.
“We always go hunting during Thanksgiving break. It’s deer season and I enjoy going hunting with my brother and dad, its always more fun with more people,” said junior Austin Carl. In fact, he said he has gone hunting with his dad and brother ever since he was first able to hold and shoot a gun, and has not missed one year since.
However, the famous dinner is the event that many people are looking forward to at this time of year.
“Thanksgiving dinner is a tradition we do, in fact I think almost every family looks forward to the Thanksgiving dinner. We always put really spicy seasoning on our turkey because we’re from New Orleans,” said Ordonez.
Many agree however, that spending that time with your family is the best part of Thanksgiving.
“We always go to my grandparents for thanksgiving dinner, so we can have the whole family at the table when the turkey comes. I like seeing my grandparents and afterwards we always watch thanksgiving day football together. I watch Christmas vacation during this time of year as well, and have been for a couple years,” said senior Daniel Sheppard, who also admitted that seeing his grandparents is one of the highlights of Thanksgiving, and has been seeing them every thanksgiving without fail.
However students choose to spend their break, Ordonez said it is important to remember what the holiday is all about.
“I think for me Thanksgiving has a much deeper meaning than the food and the family and the football. It’s a way to remember all the things we have taken for granted, things that many others do not have and might never. A lot of people don’t remember what thanksgiving is really all about when they get all caught up in the traditions. It’s about being thankful for what you have,” said Ordonez.
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.”