By Sophie Howie
On Jan. 14, seniors will have a night all to themselves to celebrate their four years of hard work at the Olmstead. After a sit-down dinner, they can dance the night away and take their minds off of the stresses of the first semester.
Faye Eades is one of many parents working on the plans for the Senior Dinner Dance. Eades said that after senior week was emitted, she thought of the idea as an alternative and offered it to principal Rob Willman. The rest is history.
“I do not have a student who is a senior this year. This was one of the events that seniors looked forward to and I was somewhat disappointed when students came over and saw a lack of opportunities for dances and schools events. When senior week was reduced, I had a few different ideas, and this was one of them. He said that this might be a good option for that, and that this could be another event that seniors could look forward to,” said Eades.
Ever since, Eades has been working hard to help coordinate the big night. So far, they have decided on a basic plan of action and a menu for the dinner portion of the night. While some plans are set in stone, there are still ideas up in the air that she’s been helping make a decision on, so there is still plenty of work to be done.
“The plans are to arrive at 7, then we will have registration at that time, and after that we will sit down at round tables that seat ten students, and you all will be served a sit down dinner including bread, salad, soda, a chicken dish, a vegetarian option, and dessert. After dinner is over, there will be a time for dancing.”
Eades says that the reasoning behind the plans for a senior dinner dance became a much more desirable idea when the school’s 50th anniversary was taken into account as a prime year to start an annual event such as this one.
“I would love to get this to be a tradition. It is the fiftieth year of Floyd central, so it’s a great year to start a new tradition. This is going to be a fun night, it doesn’t require a date, and this is a complete meal and a great night of dancing.”
The recurring concern about dates was an important point for Eades to clear up. She says that while seniors are sure to bring dates along, it is by no means expected of them.
“Dates are not necessary. If you don’t want to take a date, we definitely still want groups of kids to come and enjoy the night together. This may be a misunderstanding.”
Another common misunderstanding is the dress code for the night. The dress is formal, but not as formal as a prom or homecoming would require. Eades says to think of it as your Sunday best, or senior presentation attire. She made a point of saying that this is not something where you have to go out and spend a lot of money, just look presentable and classy.
As the ticking clock gets us closer and closer to the senior dinner dance, Eades urges seniors to take a chance and sign up. Even if you do not typically go to these events, she says that it’s well worth it due to the memories seniors are sure to make.
“It is an opportunity that all of you will be together as seniors,” said Eades. Everybody is so busy that it is harder and harder to get together and these are the kids you’ve been with since elementary school. You have a semester left, and hopefully this is something you can look back on and remember.
“Take the chance to come this night. Don’t overthink it, don’t think it’s this grandiose thing where you won’t fit in. It is just a fun night to be together and enjoy classmates and have a great time.”
By Natalie Allen and Amber Bartley
Silence fills the stands as students think about and pay a short tribute to a late classmate.
On May 31 of this year, 17-year-old Chase Brannon passed away. The FC community came together at the Columbus East game this past Friday, Sept. 26 to memorialize the tragic death of this young man.
“Well, I know Chase loved the Columbus East game and would be one of the main supporters standing in the front cheering on his friends. Remembering him for this game makes it seem like he’s not really gone, and in general Chase was looking forward to finishing senior year with a bang and making memories with all of his friends and family,” said senior Austen Jones.
Principal Janie Whaley also said that the tribute brought the class closer and that Brannon had a tremendous impact on fellow students.
“I thought it was good for the class to come together and honor him. It’s another chapter in his story and Chase touched a lot of people. He was not a kid that was just with one group only. For that reason, it really hit the school hard because he touched so many people,” said Whaley.
Students and faculty members expected and great turnout and with no surprise received it from combining homecoming and honoring Brannon.
“It was great to see this much support for someone who made such a difference in the lives of FC students,” said Jones.
Senior Chase Blakeman also had high hopes for an immense amount of people to show up.
“I feel like the students liked the idea of honoring him at this game. I saw it as a way to bring the school together in memorial of a good guy,” said Blakeman.
Students were also very pleased that the student body and administration created this game as a tribute to Brannon.
“I think the entire student body and everyone who knew Chase was thrilled that FC chose to honor Chase at the football game,” said senior Gabby Gibson.
Blakeman expressed how Brannon had touched a number of people with his personality.
“The significance of honoring Chase was honoring the awesome person he was, how he brightened people’s days with his sarcasm and witty jokes and the good times people shared with him,” said Blakeman.
However, honoring Brannon at the game was not the only way FC decided to revere him. Seniors Ben Banet and Collin Sharp proposed that the school should plant a tree in his memory.
“Me and Ben Banet went into Mrs. Whaley’s office on the last day of school and talked to her about it,” said Sharp.
Business teacher Chris Street noticed the way students gathered together to get through a tough time when a fellow classmate passes.
“It’s confusing for a teenager to deal with the loss of someone. For some people, this is the first time that they have lost a classmate or a close friend or a relative in some cases. For the students, I think it’s a way for them to feel that contribution, but they’re doing a lot of things besides the t-shirts. For every t-shirt we sell, a donation is going to go to his scholarship fund. We’re also taking donations for a plaque to put with a tree that we’re going to plant outside. These are all student ideas,” said Street.
Street added that the students and faculty are looking for good outcomes to a saddening situation.
“They want to be sure that he is remembered. Out of tragedy, you learn to try to find something positive and try to do something positive out of it. All around, we’re seeing kids rise up and do good things in light of a negative situation,” said Street.
Overall, students, faculty members and administrators are truly commemorating Brannon, respecting and remembering him in anyway possible.
“When you lose someone special, especially so young, it seems impossible to find a gesture that is significant enough to honor them. Chase was such an awesome person. Remembering him is something we will do for the rest of our lives. Little pieces of the past will remind us of Chase, always smiling and laughing, and his legacy will stay alive through memories of all the good times,” said Gibson.
By Leah Ellis
“I was shocked. After I sent in my application, I honestly did not expect to make it, much less a response,” said senior Hank Duncan.
This past summer, Duncan received a study/travel scholarship to Germany which allowed him to stay with a host family and attend a German school. The award was given to him by the American Association of Teachers of German [AATG], which is a board of examiners from the national office who judge applicants on speaking, reading, and writing skills and on an overall test score of 90 percent or higher.
Once Duncan was chosen, the process was not finished yet.
“After that [the test], I had to interview with three German teachers and professors over the phone in German, which was probably the most nervous I had ever been,” said Duncan.
As the nerves began to fade, shock set in.
“I was actually in an airport coming back from spring break vacation when I got an email saying that I received the Study Trip Award. My parents, who had even less confidence than I did, joined me in simply sitting there in shock and disbelief,” said Duncan.
Although Duncan was shocked, German teacher Noel McRae was not.
“He is a hard worker and tries to speak a lot in class. He is open to a lot of things and has a good personality, which certainly helps in a foreign environment,” said McRae.
Duncan was accompanied by roughly 30 other kids from across the country and gone for about four weeks.
“He is the first one we have had that I know of to win this award. I have had students qualify before but some did not have the desire or GPA, etc.,” said McRae.
Not only was this a first for an FC student, but for Duncan, this was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that led to some realizations for him.
“It made me realize what true freedom and responsibility is. I walked everywhere, took the subway, and roamed the city,” said Duncan.
Aside from being in Germany to experience school life, Duncan also got to absorb the cultural life.
“My [other] favorite part was experiencing Germany win the World Cup. When I was in Berlin, we went to the Brandenburg Gate for the public viewing of the Germany vs Brazil match with 150,000 other people. When Germany scored five goals in the first 30 minutes, it was absolute mayhem. For the finale I went to a small party with my host brother and his friends. After Germany won, we walked to the main train station and celebrated among the honking cars and screaming fans,” said Duncan.
Duncan, who hopes to attend Indiana University Bloomington and double major in international business and finance said this opportunity will benefit future plans.
“Since I would like to study German in college, this trip provided me with a head start on the language. Also, this program made me realize that I want to go back to Germany and perhaps eventually live there.
McRae also sees a significant benefit for his future.
“Travel is always an enriching opportunity when you can see new things and meet new people, you will grow as a person. It also allows you to view your own culture in a whole new perspective,” said McRae.