By Keevin Sakai
By Lexi Burch
Being a new student can be quite overwhelming. It is like starting freshman year all over again, something no one wants to endure more than once. Meeting new people can be frightening and roaming around unrecognizable halls can make your head spin, but for myself, coming to Floyd Central meant something very different.
I have attended New Albany-based schools since Kindergarten, first Mt. Tabor, then Hazelwood, then NA. Starting new was the main reason I made the decision to come to FC. I wanted to meet new people and start school with a clean slate. The decision to leave NA was hard but the fact that I was moving to the county rival school made it even harder. “What would my friends think? What would my new peers think of me?” All these questions filled my head, but I had to go.
By Meghan Poff
This Saturday, in Indianapolis, the band will travel to Lawrence Central High School and the orchestra to Pike HIgh School to compete in the Indiana State School Music Association finals.
The band competes with 15 of the best bands in Indiana, while the orchestra competes with seven other orchestras.
Orchestra director Doug Elmore had a lot to say about qualifying for the state finals for their 23rd time.
“[The orchestra performed] magnificently at qualifiers. They performed at or above how they’ve rehearsed previously. The Shostakovich was the best it has ever been,” he said.
Elmore said, “There are still some small pitch and articulation issues in the Shostakovich and balance and tempo issues in the Mussorgsky.”
Senior Scarlet Martin reflected on her last state finals appearance. “It’s bittersweet because I enjoy it (orchestra) but I’m also glad to be leaving high school”
She expressed excitement over the performance time the orchestra drew. This year the orchestra performs fifth instead of first, meaning that they will not only have just their fan base in the crowd but members of other orchestras and strangers in the crowd to hear them play.
Sophomore Gus McRae is optimistic about the band performance this Saturday, where spectators can hear music such as “Geometric Dances” by Richard Meyer and “Music for Prague” by Karel Husa.
“We did marvelously at the qualifiers and I think our talent will carry us through to the finals.”
McRae also noted that improvements must be made in order to do their best. “We need to focus more and pay attention to Mr. Yankey. Our playing is great, but there are some places in all of our pieces individually that we know we have to get right, so we need to practice and make it happen.”
By Eli Bolus and Meghan Poff
Class registration for next year’s courses will be an online ordeal. The change is not only to cut down on paperwork, but to prepare students for online college class registration.
The registration will be done through INOW and information will be given at a presentation in English classes over the next several days depending on grade.
At the presentation, students will receive a packet with their INOW login information and a set of step-by-step instructions showing students how to register for classes.
Once students have made their class decisions, they can log onto INOW anytime and register for their classes.
Counselor Mark Clark said that it would be preferable if students could register within a week of receiving their information since the counselors have so many schedules to approve.
Clark said the online registration will greatly cut down on work students have to do, but will actually increase the work of counselors because of the “double-checking” they will have to do.
Clark also said as long as students put course numbers in correctly, the transition will be smooth and will cut down on the number of schedule changes.
With the new registration system, students will be able to identify and correct schedule mistakes earlier than in recent years, he said.
Counselors will be available in the spine at lunch next week to answer questions that students have.
Readers who have something to say about the online registration process can post comments below.
By Grey Peterson
FC poets have an opportunity to share their talents in this Friday’s Poetry Out Loud competition.
Poetry Out Loud is a school-wide competition in which students will recite two poems for judges to evaluate. This competition offers students an opportunity to learn to appreciate poetry and to get their pieces heard. After all, “Poetry is meant to be read aloud,” said English teacher Wallace Austin, who is coordinating the event.
In order to compete in Poetry Out Loud, students must be in grades 9-12, U.S. citizens, and must compete in the school competition before progressing to the state finals.
When asked about what judges are looking for in the students, Austin said,”We look for how students are able to capture the meaning in their poems.” Along with mastering the tone of their poems, students competing will want to be sure that their poems are selected from the Poetry Out Loud online anthology at poetryoutloud.org. One poem must be memorized while the other may be read.
Entry forms are to be submitted to Austin’s room C109 this Friday, Jan. 27 when they compete.