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A Baddude’s Journal senior athlete spotlight: Reece Compton

By J.D. McKay

This season, the boys’ golf team was preparing to win their fourth straight sectional title. Senior Reece Compton was preparing to try to finish in the top five for the third straight year,  but his goals for this season were bigger than a top 5 finish at sectionals. 

“My goals were to make it back to state, obviously. Then finish on the podium,” said Compton. “I wanted to team to get a top 4 finish. That had been our goal for the past three seasons and I knew we had it in us.”

The team finished 10th Compton’s sophomore year and 7th his junior year. As the team’s lone captain, he knew he would have to be a leader to get the team to improve three spots at state. 

“My role this season was to be a great teammate and lead by example. I wanted to show the underclassmen what it takes to get to the level you want to get to.” 

Being the team leader his senior year would be an easy role to fill because Compton has been a hardworking golfer for a long time. 

“I have had a club in my hand since I began to walk. My dad introduced the game to me at a very early age. I began competing competitively at age eight,” he said. “Now, I play between six and seven days a week and probably spend four hours a day practicing.”

Next year, he will play golf at Division-1 Purdue Fort Wayne; of course, Compton is excited about the future, but he is still disappointed to lose his senior year.

“The most disappointing part of losing the senior is being around the guys and not getting closure to how our season would have ended. Our whole team had dreamed about walking on the podium and having a medal around our neck,” said Compton. 

Just like in high school, he has big goals for the first season of his college career.  

“My goals are to make an impact my freshman year at Purdue Fort Wayne and keep improving,” he said. “I want to help the team win a Horizon Conference championship and make it to the NCAA regional.” 

His work ethic makes these goals reachable, but part of his work ethic came from the best golfing advice he has been given.

“The best advice would be from my dad,” said Compton. “He told me to never settle or get complacent and always look for ways to improve.”

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Senior Dinner Dance provides the chance to celebrate on Jan. 14

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.”


Community gathers to commemorate classmate


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.