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Faculty sponsors inspire great expectations

By Jonathan Blaylock

English teacher and FCDM sponsor Matthew Townsend gives orders to Executive Committee members as they inspect the activities prior to the event.

With a large committee of 80 members and 19 executive members, these students have been guided by five teachers throughout the year to put on one of the biggest events at FC.

Townsend, English teachers Tiffany Stansbury and Anne Martin, psychology teacher Katrina Uhl and math teacher Kristina Bauerla are the five teachers that oversee FCDM and help sponsor the event.

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Radio/TV covers FCDM on live television

By Nika Chin

Since 11 a.m. today, the Radio/TV staff has been preparing the coverage of Floyd Central Dance Marathon (FCDM) and has been broadcasting today on televisions around the school as well as on live TV.

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Highlander Outfitters advertises school spirit

By Jonathan Blaylock

A way for a school to get into the school spirit is to make products with the school’s name on it. For the past seven years the Highlander Outfitters have done their best to increase school spirit.

They sell special hoodies and shirts for the football team, design theme shirts, and now are starting to design for other groups on the school.

“We sold over 350 [t-shirts] for last year’s Providence game. We sold over 1,000 for football games last year. We expect to sell 1,500 or more this year,” said math and business teacher Chris Street.

Even though the Outfitters is a store, it is actually put together in a class called business management. Every semester Street gets a new group of students and they take a few days to learn the prices, inventory, and functions of the store. The students rotate functions as the semester progresses in areas like marketing, inventory, designs and workers.

“Most of the students jump right in and start making improvements. I manage it, but I let the students take most of the control under my supervision,”said Street.

Some students have leadership positions, such as junior Logan Gilland, who is the assistant manager.

“My job is to make things move smoother,” said Gilland.

Junior Kylie Wheeler has a different job that focuses on designing t-shirts, working the tables, and advertising the products.

“I like how it is a social class while you get to do more hands on stuff,” said Wheeler.

There are students planning to use this experience from the Outfitters in the real world.

“I’m taking business management because I want to go in business as a career and this class is a good experience of what it would be like,” said senior Ramsey Hafling.

While the Outfitters is run like a company, it does not receive funds from outside resources.

“We are completely self-sufficient. The money we make from selling products goes back into the store to purchase more products,” said Street.

When Street took over seven years ago all the store had was two boxes of inventory. There is now an entire store.

The store sells a lot of Nike and Neff products. Even though it is expensive, the store’s  market for their Nike gear is growing. They have a website through Nike that you can customize FC products, but their major seller are the football themed t-shirts.

Last week at the Providence game they sold over 300 shirts and hats.

Street says the Outfitters are planning a “gold out” theme for the Jeff game and the “Chase Brannon” tribute shirt for the Columbus East game.

The Outfitters are off to a good start for this year and they still striving to do better. Their goal is to always beat the previous year’s total and always look to take on new projects.

“I have a great group of students so I don’t think we’ll have any problem meeting our goals. Our goal is get Floyd Central on students and fans,” said Street.

 

Goforth injects fun into his science lessons

Science teacher Ron Goforth teaches his fith period class on genetics.
Science teacher Ron Goforth teaches his fifth-period class on genetics. Photo by Jonathan Blaylock.

By Jonathan Blaylock

When a school is built it can last for years and nothing exterior or interior can change. But one thing that does change are the people inside.

Students come and go every four years and teachers do as well. Last year science teacher Kirk Moldenhauer retired after almost 20 years of working at FC. Since he retired he left a job opening for new biology teacher Rod Goforth.

“Ever since I moved in the area, I thought it would be great to be able to teach close to home,” said Goforth.

After graduating from Jeffersonville High School, Goforth went to IU Bloomington and graduated with a degree in environmental science. He first worked at the Indiana American Water Company. As time passed he did not enjoy it and did not see a future in the career.  He then started teaching at the Indiana University Southeast and taught biology of birds. He then started teaching at the Louisville Nature Center, which is a part of the Louisville Zoo.

“After a few years I decided to do something that would make a little bit more money. I started my family at that time and my sons were born, and that’s kind of when the whole transition started,” said Goforth.

He first taught at Valley High School for two years and then Seneca High School for six; both schools are in the Jefferson County district in Kentucky. After teaching at these places he transferred to New Albany- Floyd County Schools where he met  Moldenhauer’s son, who told him about his father retiring. He kept a look out at FC, submitted his resume and has been teaching biology since August.

Since his arrival he has brought new things to the science department.

“We started Science Olympiad back up. It hasn’t been going on for several years. What it is is 23 different events in the course of the day and there are 15 people on a team and they all break up into pairs and they each go to different events.”

Goforth has also added a few new members to the class.

“We have a pet snake, a piranha, some turtles, some geckos,  some cockroaches — some interesting things that make it a little bit real,” he said.

In general he said that he just want to make class fun. He tries to make it enjoyable everyday because if he is not having a good time, he believes the kids will not either. It turns out the kids usually have quite a good time.

“I really like him. I think he is a fun teacher. He really gets the point across,” said freshmen Ryan Roles.

At the end of the day Goforth not only teaches biology but has made it an interesting way to learn the subject. Goforth believes the key to running a successful classroom is to actively interact with the students while also making sure they are enjoying themselves.