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Whaley leaves legacy for Willman to fulfill

By Garland Noel

The front office bustles with activity, kids, teachers, and administrative staff moving to and fro like ants in a hive. Principal Janie Whaley has been queen of the front office and beyond, keeping everything in its place, everyone running in synch, and the school a safe learning environment for countless students. Next year however, is a different story, and now the front office has found a new monarch in assistant principal Rob Willman to replace a retiring Whaley. Continue reading Whaley leaves legacy for Willman to fulfill

IPads introduce new ways of classroom learning

by Garland Noel

Latin teacher Lesley Austin gives her Latin II a common formative assessment on My Big Campus for the current lesson. Instead of heading to the computer lab, however, the students use their IPads, allowing her assess students more quickly.

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Dance studio leads FCDM participants to inspiration

By Garland Noel

Footsteps echo against the pale stone walls of the choir hallway, as a few students slowly proceed towards the dance studio. Along the walls , the student members of the Riley Relations Committee have placed a timeline to commemorate milestones in the history of Riley Hospital leading to the “Inspiration Room,” a room dedicated to the reasons behind the dance.

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Spring orchestra concert marks the last performance at FC for senior strings

By Garland Noel

As orchestra director Doug Elmore raises his baton, the orchestra puts bow to string, waiting to start in on the first piece at last night’s spring concert.

“Those run throughs were some of the best we’ve had on those pieces,” said sophomore violinist Ben Carpenter.

Last night the auditorium played host to the last orchestra concert of the year. Featuring Pharrel Williams’ “Happy” and an arrangement of Bruno Mars’ Superbowl halftime show by senior Garrett Jones, the concert was not only the last orchestra concert of the year but was also the last performance at FC for many seniors.

“It’s so hard to be not cliche, “said senior trombonist Craig Bossely. “I’m absolutely positive that the second and third trombones, Zach (Rich) and Chris (Harbeson) will step up and I’m really confident that they’ll do fine.”

While some orchestra members are graduating, sophomore violinist Nathan Destefanis said he knows how the seniors feel, as he is also leaving the program. With so much change, some, like Carpenter, are worried about losing “a lot of amazing talent.” Most, however, echo Destefanis’ parting sentiment.

He said, “It’s a good concert to end on.”