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Softball seniors prepare for final season

By Alyssa Book

Spring break means vacations, relaxation, and a full week with friends and family for most students. The girls’ softball team, however, will spend that week playing games, having practice, and working hard toward their goal of making it to state. Two of the players have a different story than the rest, though. This season marks their last chance to wear the Highlander uniform and represent FC on the diamond.

Senior Robin Dowell has been playing softball for 13 years. She said her position this year will be anywhere in the outfield. Her favorite memories of being on the team have been creating and performing a song with her previous teams for the seniors on Senior Night.

Dowell marks these as her most cherished memories associated with playing softball for FC. This year, she will get to enjoy the song from a different perspective, as she will be honored on Senior Night.

The other senior on the team is Bre Mayfield. She has been playing softball since she was four years old and has had experience in every position. This year, however, she will find her position at third base. Mayfield is hopeful that her goals will come true for her final season.

“My personal goal is to start third base, and my goal for the team is to win sectionals, regionals and state, which we are capable of doing. I want all of that along with winning the HHC.”

Sophomore Clara Shean describes how the seniors have helped her improve her out fielding skills and says that she hopes she can help the team as much as she can reach their goals.

Another underclassman that has learned from the two seniors is junior Caroline Cato.

“Bre keeps our defense together and always makes sure that the team is relaxed. She is a great leader. Robin has brought tons of team spirit and hard work. She is always there for everyone and always works hard.”

Cato goes on to describe how the seniors have taught her to work hard and not care what anyone thinks. She looks to them as role models as well as teammates.

Dowell is excited to start the season, but is sad about it being her last.

“I am really emotional about this last year. I want it to officially start yet I don’t want it to end.”

Now that it is her turn to enjoy the leadership of senior year, Dowell has advice for the underclassmen.

“I would tell the girls to enjoy the rest of the time they’re playing and to always have fun. Always have a positive attitude.”

Mayfield has hopes for the underclassmen as well, and hopes that she can be a leader the younger members can look up to.

“I hope the underclassmen learn that there’s more than just softball in life; there’s friends and family. And that’s exactly what we are.”

Editor’s Note: For more in-depth coverage of the softball team, check out the next issue of the Bagpiper coming out on March 22.

Upperclassmen prepare for college

by Bailey Hussung

There is no way to forget it: college creeps ever closer. College seems to be right on top of juniors and seniors, especially when email inboxes are flooded with college spam. With all the glossy leaflets and fancy fold-out posters showing up in the mail, it is easy to become overwhelmed.

For FC students, junior and senior year is college crunch time. Junior Garrett Jones is feeling the heat. “I am taking really challenging classes this year, and since I know I want to major somewhere in the physical sciences, I am taking AP Physics and chemistry to prepare myself.”

Along with being extremely involved in academics, Jones is maintaining his extracurricular activities he said, because he would also like to be involved in music in the college of his choosing. “Being able to take both science and music classes are both big factors in why I am looking at University of Illinois, Maryland and Purdue.” Jones said he is still intimidated by the application process, and will continue to keep college in mind while making decisions.

“I’m scared most about making the right choice,” said senior Mark Merk. He plans to attend IU, but is still keeping an open mind. “I like IU; it’s close to home and it’s a great school, but I haven’t committed to anywhere yet.”

Merk knows all too well the stresses of trying to choose the right college. “I think the most important thing I have done to plan for college is make a game plan, it really gave me direction and focus.”

Though all students are at different levels in regards to their preparation for college, the counselors are there to guide any student to the right college for them. “We will sit down with a student, see what the colleges are looking for and direct them toward the website. Everything nowadays is online, and colleges want you to complete most things online, so that is the best place to go,” said guidance counselor Kirk Hamsley.

Hamsley has plenty to advice to offer when it comes to searching for a college. “My best advice for juniors and seniors is to take challenging classes, take the SAT and ACT, visit as many campuses as you can and most of all, put some money away for college.”

Hamsley said that students sometime did not utilize their years in high school, so they were unprepared for the rigor of college academia.

Hamsley said that visiting colleges was one of the most important components of finding the right college. “When you visit a campus, don’t be overwhelmed by all of the information they throw out at you. Pay attention to the campus layout. Sit in on a class that you will take if you go there, and listen to the professor. Think to yourself, ‘Can I listen to this guy for the next four years?’; really think about it.”

Of course, there can be pitfalls to the process. “It never fails, every year, that seniors don’t want to write essays for scholarships. I mean, it’s one page for usually about $1000, if you think about it, that is about 100 hours of work to earn that money, it doesn’t get any better than that,” said Hamsley.

Graduate Rachel Sieg, who is in her second year at Hanover College as a Spanish and biology double major, said she wanted to keep her options open when it came to colleges. “Not only did I take challenging classes, I knew they were looking for more than that, something to make me stand out. So, I made sure I had leadership positions, volunteer experience, extracurriculars, and passions that made me unique and desirable to schools,” said Sieg. She also took advantage of all of her allotted college visit days both junior and senior year. “The visit days are what helped me most. They gave me the feel of the campus and I found the school that felt right to me.”

Graduate Tyson Woolf, however, used his junior and senior year to discover what he loves. “My senior year, I was juggling the idea of being a theatre major, so I really threw myself into theatre to decide if that’s what I wanted to do.” Now a second-year theatre major, he said he does not regret his decision. “I was trying to choose between IU and Ball state, and last minute I went with Ball State; it had the extracurriculars I wanted, and a stellar theatre program.”

College applications can be daunting, but everyone goes through it. And with all the opportunities that FC students have, along with the assistance of the counselors, it makes the seemingly gargantuan task a little easier to handle.

“Remember that it is never too early to start thinking about college, and the more preparation, the better,” said Hamsley.