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Students, teachers prepare for upcoming AP exams

By Sydney Sears and Delaney Smith

As the year is coming to a close the stakes rise. AP exams begin next week and many students begin to feel stressed around this time of year. Preparation is a significant part in passing these important tests.

According to counselor Mark Clark, the AP exams are graded on a five-point scale with “5” being the highest and “1” being the lowest. If a “3” or higher is scored a student can receive three credits to any college in Indiana.

To earn these credits students typically must put forth a lot of hard work and dedication. Many teachers have been doing in-class work and before or after-school study sessions to help prepare their students to the best of their ability.

“I plan to go to the cram session. I’ve also been looking over my notes,” said Junior Bailey Smit,h who is preparing for Monday’s AP psychology exam.

Senior Scott Schuchardt has been taking a lot of time to prepare for his AP government  exam by going over old AP Government College Board tests and the writing prompts for them. He has also been going to Suzanne Moss’s after-school study sessions.

Teachers have also been working to prepare their students for the upcoming exams.

“In class I have covered all the main units, done weekend review sessions, and have given handouts and charts in class over major concepts. I have also given bell ringer questions from old AP tests to try to prepare my students,” said AP psychology teacher Chad Clunie.

Students have high hopes for their scores on these tests.

“I hope I do well on the test because if I don’t do well my mom is making me pay for the test,” said Smith.

The two-week AP exam schedule is as follows:

AP Exam Schedule 2014

Monday, May 5

8 a.m. – AP Chemistry

12 p.m. – AP Psychology

Tuesday, May 6

8 a.m. – AP Computer Science

Wednesday, May 7

8 a.m. – AP Calculus

Thursday, May 8

8 a.m. – AP English Literature

Friday, May 9

8 a.m. – English Composition

Monday,May 12

8 a.m. – AP Biology, AP Music Theory

12 p.m. – AP Physics

Tuesday, May 13

8 a.m. – AP U.S. Government

Wednesday, May 14

8 a.m. – AP U.S. History

12 p.m. – AP European History

Thursday, May 15

8 a.m. – AP Macroeconomics

Baseball team defeats New Albany 12-4

By Delaney Smith and Sydney Sears

As junior Brandon Smith takes the mound, the pressure is on. He is focused and ready to take on FC’s biggest rival, New Albany.

“Because of the school’s rivalry with New Albany, it’s not a hard game to get ready for,” said coach Casey LaDuke.

In the first inning NA was up by two runs, but that did not get the team down.

“We played well. It was nice to see us fight back after being down 2-0 in the 1st inning,” said LaDuke.

Nerves were spreading to the stands as the game was approaching the sixth inning. The scores were close with only a one run lead over NA.

“In the middle of the game I was very nervous because of the scores being so close, but as the game progressed FC started scoring runs and I became more relaxed,” said junior Cat Northam.

The sixth inning is really when FC seemed to come alive. The team scored seven runs and  FC’s crowd was on their feet cheering.

“It was nice to see us separate from them, in a close game, by having a 7 run 6th inning,” said LaDuke.

With a 12-4 win for FC the team was ecstatic.

“I was so pumped at the end of the game,” said Smith.

As the student section started filing out of the stands there was a great sense of pride and excitement in the air.

“As always, I left the game a proud highlander,” said Northam


Softball team progresses despite recent flooding

By Delaney Smith and Sydney Sears

With the season well underway, the softball team is looking forward to a winning season. While the team has been practicing hard, recent flooding of the softball field due to rain has slowed down their progress.

Extensive field damage was caused by the water. “There was 36 inches of standing water in the concession stand and the field wasn’t even visible,” said athletic director Jeff Cerqueira. “There was damage to the fence, wind screen, and most of the infield material was washed away.” The repairs to the fields are estimated to cost over $50,000, according to Cerqueira.

“We haven’t gotten as much time on the fields as I had hoped for, the rain has been tearing them up pretty good, but we have the gym on the days we get rained out and we work hard there,” said sophomore Erin Keenan.

The community, led by Doug Curry, has helped with cleaning up the fields so that they can be functioning by May 12 for the conference. Maintenance was seen working on the fields throughout the previous week.

Junior Clara Shean and sophomore Emily Keenan said that the team has also had been conditioning since the fall and they have been spending time hitting in the cages to improve.

“I think we will do great this season. The team looks really good and we have been practicing a lot,” said Emily.

Shean agreed that the team shows promise has been showing a lot of talent.

Each team member has their own improvements that they hope to make this season.

“My personal goal is to improve my pitching and batting,” said Erin.

Shean also plans on improving her hitting skills through the season.

Currently the JV record is 5-1 and the varsity record is 2-1.