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Halloween Howl receives positive student opinion

By Peter Hyle and Will Huston

Saturday, Oct. 26, the Floyd Central Dance Marathon hosted the first ever Halloween Howl at the Galena Elementary School.  The event was organized in support of Riley’s Children Hospital. All of the proceeds went to the Dance Marathon , which is being held next February. Throughout the night there were many events including Trunk r’ Treat,  pumpkin painting contest,  photo booth,  costume competition, and a haunted house.

Many students who attended said  they had a good time.

“It’s a great time to celebrate the holidays and help raise money for Riley Children’s Hospital,” said volunteer Wendy Ivey.

Ivey helped pass out candy at the Trunk r’ Treat while dressed up as Glenda the Good Witch from the “Wizard of Oz.” Ivey also mentioned that despite not participating before, she plans on helping out at next year’s Dance Marathon.

The majority of people at the Halloween Howl  spent their time either listening to the bands play or taking part in the activities.

Senior Dana Frank, who dressed up as a rubiks cube  commented on how she really liked the pumpkin painting contest, saying it was a good chance to be goofy and creative.

Others, like junior Brett Yeaton, who dressed up as the classic movie Dracula, enjoyed the haunted house most.

“It’s just creepier than I thought it would be,” said Yeaton.

There were also some events in which only a few people were competing. Those who had brave stomachs contested in Halloween Howl’s very own Fear-Factor.

Juniors Emily Shumate, Sequoia Bryant, and Lexie Byrd decorate a pumpkin for the contest.
Juniors Emily Shumate, Sequoia Bryant, and Lexie Byrd decorate a pumpkin for the contest. Photo by Peter Hyle.

The winner of Fear-Factor and member of Dance Marathon, senior Allen Truong, won a $25 gift card.

Truong mentioned his main concern related to the contest, “I feel like people are perceived that I eat weird [now.]”

The event’s Fear Factor consisted of a four course meal consisting of  green peas in baby food, hot cottage cheese, Chocolate covered hard boiled eggs, and  a plate full of crickets.

The final event of the evening was the costume contests. There were four different categories: Best male costume was won by freshman Louis Prez who dressed up like a hippy. Best female costume was won by senior Dana Frank who dressed up as a Rubik’s cube. The best group costume was won by a group of girls dressed up as Native Americans. Their de facto chief was senior Jackie Banet. Finally, the couple’s costume was won by senior Trevor Smith and his girlfriend, who dressed up as the couple from the movie the Sandlot.

If the Dance Marathon committee at first had any doubts on the success of the event, the feedback quickly put their minds to ease.

Banet said that overall it was a blast and she most enjoyed being with her friends and all of the Halloween stuff available.

Many students, such as sophomore Stephen Johnson, agreed with Banet and said that he would come back again.

“It  was a really great time,” said sophomore Shannon O’Brien, “It really got me into the Halloween spirit, and now I can’t wait for next year’s event.”

Band students proud over their performance Saturday night

By Will Huston

It is late into Saturday evening at the Ron Weigleb Stadium. Friends and family of 14 different high school bands congregate in the stands, some having been there the since Five in the afternoon or earlier. The FC band had been waiting for about five hours before they finally got their chance to perform. Their three act performance lasted under 10 minutes, and after the applause died down, the awards were handed out to the various high schools.

This year’s invitational brought some worry, as numerous band students related how nervous they were.

“We only just learned the last part of our show this week,” said junior Zach Henderson, who plays the snare drum.

Though, after the show had finished, many students felt good about how they performed.

“It was a lot better than other years,” said sophomore Trevor Sims, who plays the alto saxophone.

Fourteen high school bands came to the stadium Saturday evening, each of them with their own theme and style. FC band’s theme being current, as displayed in their three movements: Wind, Shenandoah (water), and electric.

The band that was discussed most by FC band students was Columbus North, whose theme this year was John F. Kennedy.

“You can tell [that] they enjoy band,” said Henderson.

Columbus also got the most awards, receiving a total of eight awards.

The audience  also had an important role to play at the competition.

“Once they started clapping after the first and second movement, it got people hyped,” said Sims.

With only two months into the school year, the Band still has a lot of flaws to work out. Sophomore Dylan Eversman, who plays the trombone, recognizes this, saying that the band still needs to work on “tone, technique, and toes.”

Director Harold Yankey shared his opinion on what the band needs to improve on.

“We just have to get cleaner.”

Even after this competition, the band students still have to worry about their next competition, Bands of America is this coming Saturday In the meantime, the band is going to, as senior Garrett Jones said, “work out the problems in the new part of our show.”

Student secularists find one another

By Will Huston

It is a little after the end of the school day. Biology teacher Lisa Lee’s classroom buzzes with students chit-chatting and munching on cookies. SSA President senior Elaine Colomb asks for everyone’s attention and proceeds to ask about their beliefs. There are 12 atheists, a few agnostics, a Christian, and one devout Pastafarian attending the meeting.

The Secular Student Alliance, or (SSA), is a nationwide organization that has been around since 2001; FC students have recently started a chapter here.

“We didn’t have our first meeting until January,” said Lee.

The meetings last about a half-hour to an hour, where the students move the desks into a misshapen circle and proceed to discuss everything from politics, to religion, to personal stories.

Of course, one might ask what the purpose of the group is.

“It’s to create a place where like-minded people can get together and talk about different issues without fear of persecution,” said senior Alex Queen.

The first meeting was more of an introduction for the members. The junior and senior members told stories about their lives as nonreligious people.

“I’d like to spread awareness for what an atheist is,” said Colomb.

“[They’re] really open and accepting,” added  senior Sarah Henry, the vice president of the SSA.

In addition to being vice president of the SSA, Henry is also president of the National Art Honor Society, a member of the National Honor Society and has taken part in Dance Marathon.

Out of the group, each and every member has his own hobbies, including Queen, who said he is into “everything band.”

Past that, the group also expressed interest in doing volunteer work and relief efforts for organizations like Habitat for Humanity.

“It’s a great thing to do whether you’re religious or nonreligious,” said Queen.

Members are occasionally questioned about their beliefs, one of the main reasons why some choose rather to stay quiet.

“I get told I’m going to hell constantly,” said Henry.

During the meeting, Colomb also mentioned how she’s had objects thrown at her.

Lee said, “Some people have experienced verbal abuse.”

Even still, some people, like Colomb see the importance of participating in the group.

“It upset me at first, but I’ve learned to deal with being different,” said Colomb.

Over a decade has passed since the founding of the SSA nationwide, and FC members hope that will go even farther in the future.

“I’d like to be a leader in the secular movement,” said Henry.

Senior Ben Denison eats a cookie while seniors Sarah Henry and Elaine Colomb joke around him. Photo by Will Huston
Senior Ben Denison eats a cookie at an after-school meeting for the Secular Student Alliance while seniors Sarah Henry and Elaine Colomb joke around him. Photo by Will Huston.