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Coverage of FC alumni football game

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.

University of Louisville Associate Director for Financial Aid gives advice on college funds

By Hannah Clere

Editor’s Note: These tips go along with a story about how to avoid college debt on Page 3 of the print edition of The Bagpiper on May 19. 

Below are tips from University of Louisville Associate Director for Financial Aid Michael Abboud on how to avoid debt in college.

  • Apply for scholarships early (even junior year)
  • Use your school’s resources
  • Talk to your academic advisor
  • Get tutoring if you need to get grades up for applications
  • Make sure you only take out loans of a reasonable amount
  • Make sure the amount you borrow is in line with your career goals
  • File your FAFSA early (October)

Junior Executive Committee prepares for prom tomorrow night

By Hannah Clere and Charlie Eback

Tomorrow, FC juniors and seniors will be filing into the downtown Louisville Marriott dressed in their most fancy attire. Music will be blaring and students will have a night of relaxation and socializing.

“I think it’s a big coming of the school altogether regardless of what’s going on in school and everyone is there to have a good time,” said Tux Tuxworth, Junior Class vice president of the and member of the Junior Executive Committee.

However, before prom can become a big hit, a lot of work has to be put into it. First, where funding comes from must be figured out.

“Prom is funded a lot by Turkey Bowl and we also have a budget from the school as well,” said Tuxworth.

The funds are handled by those in charge of putting the evening together. The Junior Executive Committee, with 15 members, spends the year working towards that.

“I am the teacher sponsor of the Junior Executive committee, and Junior Executive Committee is in charge of prom. So, I guess when it comes down to it, I’m responsible that they do their job and we have a prom,” said English teacher Tim Romig.

After receiving funds, the prom itself has to be planned out, no details escaping reach.

“We had to get a venue first off, and then once we had a venue, we had to pick a theme, we had to get food, we had to get decorations, we had to get gifts for the seniors and juniors, we had to put together a list of people who were going, so we had to make sure they registered, we had to find out a place to put the registration tables, we had to design how we want to decorate everything. It’s definitely a lot of work, but it’s fun. I love it,” said Junior Class President Jacob Rosenbaum.

The venue is a very important detail closely examined. Administration gives dates that the event can take place without interfering with other schools’ proms and end of the year events. The venue also must for the needs of the celebration.

“We do a lot of touring and as a committee; we find a lot of places where we’d like to go and then we present our final options to the administration and then they pick. We look for things like what has the most room and what venue is going to provide the most for us, then the administration looks at the security of the place and the date,” said Tuxworth.

The entire Junior Executive Committee helps prepare prom throughout the year. A lot goes into putting it together, but the intent of having a good time is not forgotten to the busy committee members.

“This will be my first prom experience as a planner and as a guest. Planning prom with Junior Exec. has been fun so I can’t even imagine what prom night will be like,” said junior Emrie Ipsan.

The experience of the planners themselves has been new for some and old hat for others, though still exciting to be a part of. Treasurer of the Junior Executive Committee Molly Isaacs has previous experience with both prom and school involvement.

“I’ve been to other proms and I’ve always been involved in school government. This year just included prom,” she said.

The behind the scenes work is a vital part of Saturday’s evening of dancing and fun. The outcome, however, is what it’s all about.

“This is the last time some of these people might see some of these people, honestly. And for juniors I think it’s kind of a rite of passage to get to your senior year because that’s a big deal, kind of usher the seniors out and bring in the new senior class,” said Romig.

The consensus on the purpose of prom seems to be that it is a night of celebration as a portion of the FC family move into the real world.

“Prom is having fun with the entire upper class. We get to enjoy a night for ourselves and be all together,” said Ipsan.

The Junior Executive Committee assures that this Saturday will be a day to remember.

“Prom is going to be awesome this year. It’s going to be really fun. We put a lot of work into it and all of our work is going to pay off,” said Rosenbaum.

Tomorrow’s prom will be from 7-11 p.m. at the Marriott in downtown Louisville. After prom will be hosted at FC from 11 p.m.-3 a.m.

Q&A with Assistant Clinical Director at Personal Counseling Service Beth Seeger Troy

By Hannah Clere

Editor’s Note: This Q&A goes along with a spread on self harm on Page 4 and Page 5 of the print edition of The Bagpiper on April 21. 

Bagpiper: Define self harm in your own terms.

Beth Seeger Troy: “Self harm is when a person uses an object to inflict pain or harm to his/her body. The object could be part of themselves – fingernail, teeth, fist, pulling own hair, etc.; or it could be outside of the body – scissors, knives, walls, lighters, pencil/pen, paper, paper clip, safety pin, razors, etc.   I would also argue that people harm themselves psychologically/emotionally by refusing to eat, eating too much and vomiting, not accepting others’ love for them, etc.”     

BP: How many people to you see/care for with this problem?

BT: “I have seen approximately 20-25 that came to therapy for that problem.  I have had clients that came in as adults and shared that they used to self-harm when they were younger.  That would bring the approximate number of persons I have seen with this issue to 55-60.”

BP: How do you approach it?

BT: “I view the person who is self-harming as a person who is experiencing emotional pain (or sometimes numbness due to repressing the emotional pain). It is often used as a coping skill in the moment.  I attempt to help persons see there are other healthier coping skills: address possible issues of depression or anxiety; increase self-esteem.”

BP: What methods of treatment do you use?

BT: “Typically I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy techniques and interventions.  I will include family members as necessary.”

BP:What advice to you give to parents?

BT: “Love and accept your child and that he/she is hurting. Just listen without giving advice or passing judgement. Self-harming behavior does not necessarily mean that someone is suicidal.  In fact, it rarely means one is suicidal.  It also does not mean they are looking for attention.  It most often is a poor coping skill, but one that works in the moment.”

BP: What advice do you have for people who are afraid to speak up/considering doing something harmful?

BT: “Find someone you trust and talk to them about the emotional pain/numbness you are feeling. Inflicting physical pain only leaves physical scars and doesn’t address the emotional pain/numbness.”

BP: Do you have any helpful statistics about teenagers struggling with self harm?

BT: “Approximately 15 percent of adolescents have reported self-harming in some way.”

BP: Do you have anything else to add?

BT: “Persons who self-harm all have different reasons why they harm themselves.  It is important for me to understand and to help them understand why they do it and what purpose it serves for them.”