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Junior defensive lineman Adel Mountassir goes to tackle a offensive lineman. On Oct. 4, the FHN football team

competed against Francis Howell Central. Mountassir is thinking about pursuing football after high school.

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1 Vinyls vs. Streaming


Compare the differences between how

you can listen to music

Black Friday Deals

Find out where to shop and get the best

deals for this upcoming Black Friday


6 Changes for FHSD


Superintendent Mary Hendrick-Harris has

plans to improve facilities

New Film Club

New Social Studies teacher starts a new

club to watch and analyze films


Student Fashion

Take a look at how students throughout

FHN use fashion to express themselves



Off to The Circus

Adelle Gertch takes online classes so she

can train for the circus during the day


From Soccer to XC

Joey Albers Prize switches his sport in his

last year of high school at FHN

Dribbling in Pink

For breast cancer awareness, the boys’

varsity soccer team wore pink jerseys




42 Environmentalists


Read into the debate about weather

enviornmentalists are benefital or not

Christmas Music

Festive music should wait to be played

until November and December


A Juul is being pulled out of the game Operation.

This issue addresses the prevalent vaping at FHN.

Many school districts and levels of government are

taking action against vaping. (Photo Illustration by

Phoebe Primeau)


Freshman Wonder Reed reads her script for the

upcoming play. The second rehearsal of “Once Upon

a Pandora’s Box” was held in the FHN auditorium.

The performance will take place Nov. 21-23. (Photo by

Alyana Furch)


Senior Leann Smyth dresses up like Princess

Jasmine before she goes to a child’s birthday

party. Smyth interacts and sings songs with

the kids. It is a weekend job for Smyth. (Photo

by Riley Witherbee)




Making the case for vinyl, a once forgotten format in the new era of quick and easy listening on streaming services

by Jack Cleaveland | @Braackn

If you look around the hallway at school, most if not every person wearing

headphones is using a streaming service. Whether it be Spotify, Apple

Music or Soundcloud, streaming services are the cheapest, quickest and

undoubtedly the most convenient way to listen to music today. So, why

would anyone want it to be different?

There are many reasons why someone may choose

not to use a streaming service. There’s sound quality

differences, more benefits towards the artist and a feeling

of pride when one is in a conversation about an album and

they can say, “Yeah, I have that one on vinyl.”

First, sound quality. While a lot of people don’t pay

any mind to the sound quality of their music, it’s there.

For example, on Spotify, all the song files have been

compressed to make the song smaller and able to be

played back faster and easier. This compression process

is what makes your music sound different on your phone

than it does on vinyl. There is more flexibility to how much

content you can put onto a 12-inch record than there is for

a single song on a cell phone or computer since streaming

services have a predetermined amount of space a song can

take up. Compression reduces your music’s dynamic range:

the variation between the song’s loudest parts and its quietest parts.

Second, benefits toward the artist. Everyone knows the artists we look up

to are pretty financially successful, but we never think about how the money

actually gets to them. If an artist is signed to a label, they own the rights to

the music and, therefore, they decide where and who the money goes to. The

artist’s management, their label and anyone else involved in the production

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of the song or album in question is going to get a cut out of the total profit

from the song. If you listen to this song on Spotify once, an independent artist

without a label or any collaborators makes about $0.0044. Now to make

minimum wage off that one song it will need to be played 366,000 times.

Yeah, that’s a lot. Now imagine someone huge like Playboi Carti. Currently his

song “Magnolia” has 342,248,579 plays on Spotify. Doing the math, Carti and

his management have made approximately 1.5 million dollars off that song’s

Spotify streams alone. Physical sales are another story. If

someone releases their album to record stores on standard

12-inch LP’s, those records are going to retail for around

$20-$25. Let’s use Prince’s “Purple Rain” for this example.

Currently, the album is at 25 million record sales worldwide.

A rough estimate for the profit of that album is around

$562.5 million. So, it’s obvious to see that if you can get your

album in stores and people are buying it, the profit will be

much higher.

Finally, the pride that you feel when you own a record.

There’s something about listening to an album on a

streaming service, falling in love with it and then going to a

record store and making the commitment to spending the

money on it. It can make the album resonate in a different

way once you can physically hold it, look at any exclusive

cover art or listen to any exclusive songs that only came out

on the album’s physical copy.

All in all, whether you’re streaming your music or listening to all your

favorite records, music is music. While streaming’s convenience and ease of

access makes it a rational choice for the casual music listener, vinyl has higher

sound quality, record sales are more beneficial to artists and it makes you feel

much cooler.




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The year is 1977. The theaters are packed like

cans of sardines. Audiences erupt with pure joy,

excitement and wonder. The world gathers to

watch the birth of an era.

It has been 42 years since the very first Star Wars

movie. The beginning of a franchise so beloved

and powerful it has managed to remain relevant

for almost half a century. Fans of the movies are

some of the most diligent and loyal in the galaxy.

But their patience with the series is running thin,

and it’s evident that “A New Hope” may not be

possible for this series.

“Am I excited? Yes. Am I optimistic? No,” said

junior William Pundmann concerning Disney’s

newest endeavor. “No Star Wars movie this century

has been good.”

Pundmann has been a Star Wars fan since he

was six years old, when he accidentally got a movie

from the library.

Pundmann mentions that the series kills off the

wrong characters.

“I wish [The Last Jedi] didn’t exist; there were too

many plot holes,” Pundmann said.

Though Pundmann dislikes the more recent

movies, he still showers them with an unwavering


“Yes, it’s the best movie franchise,” Pundmann

said. “No other movies compare.”

21st century Star Wars movies may have gone in

directions many despise, albeit this, a fan cannot

deny that it draws them to the theater.

‘“A New Hope’ is my favorite...I think the newer

ones rely more on the nostalgia of the originals,”

said art teacher Courtney Flamm. “I don’t think

[continuing] was necessary [but] I think it’s good

kids get to experience it.”

Despite the story failure Pundmann feels it has

suffered from and the uselessness Flamm feels,

seeing Star Wars is an event. The packing of those

who love it from one theater wall to the other,

everyone who’s followed the story for years and

years erupting with ecstasy. Despite all the hate,

when asked if they love Star Wars, a fan will still

say, unflinchingly, yes. (Story by Minnie Adams)

(Illustrations by Kiley Beiner)


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appliances. Notable deals include

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For those who don’t want to go

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With deals on almost anything you

can think of, shoppers can expect to

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any TV, computer or appliance you

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Whether heard on the radio or sung by holiday choirs, these are

well-known songs of the Christmas season (Content by Ryleigh O’Donnell)


The song was released on Oct. 28, 1994, and was written by Mariah Carey

and produced alongside Walter Afanasieff. The track is a love song and it’s one

of the best selling modern day Christmas songs. It sold over 14 million copies

and in Dec. 2017 it had an estimate of over 3,415,000 downloads. Many artists

and bands have made covers of the song such as My Chemical Romance, John

Mayer and Justin Bieber.

“I like it because it’s a traditional song,” sophomore Emily Armbruster. “It’s catchy

and you can dance to it.”


“Last Christmas” is a pop Christmas song that was released in Dec. 1984. It was

written and produced by George Michael. The song ranked number one on the

charts in Denmark, Slovenia and Sweden and was the most popular Christmas

songs in the UK until it was overtaken by “Fairytale of New York” in 2015. It’s been

covered by Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande and Glee.

“I like that so many people have made covers of it and that the covers are all

different and I’ve liked it since I was a preteen so its always been an all time

favorite,” English teacher Brittany Morgan said.


This song was released in Oct. 1957, and has been frequently played in the U.S. ever since. The

song is an extension of Jingle Bells and even includes some aspects of Jingle Bells in it. It’s been

covered by the show, Glee.

“I like the song because it was a song I grew up listening to,” senior Kevin Meyer said.


Written by Frank Loesser in 1944, “Baby It’s Cold Outside” has been a classic

since it came out, but has received criticism for its lyrics and even cancelled by a

number of radio stations in 2018. It’s covered by Idina Menzel and Michael Bublé,

Glee and Dean Martin.

“Christmas is favorite time of the year, so it reminds me of family and loved ones,”

sophomore Natalie Venegoni said.


This song was written by Puerto Rican singer José Feliciano in 1970.

The song has become a classic Christmas pop song with the lyrics “Feliz

Navidad, próspero año y felicidad” which translates to “Merry Christmas, a

prosperous year and happiness”.

“I like the song Feliz Navidad because around Christmas time I’d help my

Aunt Jill paint and it was our favorite song to listen to while painting,” junior

Josh Reily said.


“It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year” was recorded and released in 1963 by Andy Williams

for his Christmas Album but it was written by Edward Pola and George Wyle. The song focuses on

the joyful things about Christmas like spending time with friends and family.

“You can sing it over and over again and it never gets old,” senior Zylinnea Rogers said.



This fall, Apple became a trending topic due to the

release of the new iPhone 11, 11 Pro and Pro Max with

new changes and upgrades introduced to the new phone


“I like it because it’s the new phone. When you have it,

it works well,” sophomore Dominic White said. “It works

fast, you can do all of the latest things with it. It’s just

better. The camera is better.”

A lot of users are impressed by the rate of technological

advancement in iPhones with new features such as

multiple cameras, variety in phone colors, increased

artificial intelligence and increased performance and

speed. However, some people wish Apple would consider

different, fresher features.

“I just wish that Apple was moving in a different

direction instead of adding more glass, like making it

more industrialized with corners and metal,” White said.

“I was hoping that they’d have more, newer features like

a thumb reader on the screen, because it’s more accurate

than the face reader. There were other features too, so

you could put AirPods on the back and they [iPhones]

would charge them wirelessly from your phone instead of

having a wireless charging pad.”

Although Apple users anticipate the yearly release of

new phones, some users also feel the same about the

tech company’s focus on appearance and style over


“Every time the new iPhone comes out, it just keeps

getting better and better and with the new phone, the

camera is so much better and just the intelligence of the

phone itself,” Briana Bennet, a freshman Apple user with

an iPhone 7 said. “It’s just more sophisticated. Honestly, I

just really want them to return the home button.”

Apple users admire Apple’s technological growth, and

are compelled to continue using their products, they just

hope that Apple won’t continue to neglect the common

complaints and changes their users want them to make

to future phones.

“Actually, no I wouldn’t [recommend the iPhone 11],”

Toni Morris, a sophomore with an iPhone X, said. “With

the 11 I feel like they’re doing a little bit too much, and

they just keep coming out with phones back to back.”

(Brief by Liy Taliaferro)




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FHN faculty and students eat in the lunchroom every day for lunch. Lunch tables were purchased last year as an improvement to the school. Superintendent Mary

Hendricks-Harris and Principal Nathan Hostetler worked together to purchase new tables for the lunchroom. (Photo by Adam Hogan)


The FHSD school board makes new plans for facility renovations within the district and budgets their money for it

by Ashlynn Perez

FHSD’s superintendent Mary Hendricks-Harris will retire after the 2019-20

school year after working in the district for years. In her final few months,

she is pushing for an improvement of facilities in the school district in

order to create lasting physical change that can assist in the learning of students

through creating a healthy, safe academic environment.

“Our current strategic plan calls for safe, secure, well-maintained and equitable

facilities that meet the needs of 21st century learners,” Hendricks-Harris said. “All

bond issues, including a new FHN, would be aligned with this goal.”

Earlier this year, the FHSD School Board met to discuss the projects that will go

into the improvement of the schools in the district and what it

will cost. The session’s agenda contained discussion of fiscal

responsibility and school policy reviews before they entered

into a work session about the bond issue, which is the facility

improvement discussion. There is a current debate on when

this issue will run, but Hostetler said rough plans were for either

April or November of 2020.

The school board conducted a survey among FHSD

employees, parents and people living in the community

surrounding the district. Survey questions included questions

inquiring about the observed condition of the facilities, the prioritization of

certain renovations and the support behind the proposed bond issue.

While none of the people surveyed said that the district’s facilities were in bad

condition, 12.90% said they were in poor condition, 48.39% said it was in average

condition, and 38.71% said they were in good condition. In the end, facilities

could be improved in order to contribute to the improved learning environment.

According to head principal Nathan Hostetler, the main concern at FHN is the

messy HVAC systems and leaks due to roofing problems, and the rifts between

the roof panels.


Below is a survey

conducted by the school

board on the bond issues :

“We are the oldest building, so a lot of our stuff is beginning to age,” Hostetler

said. “We have approximately 50,000 fewer square feet than the other two [FHSD

high schools]. And honestly, the HVAC and roofing are going to be significant

issues moving forward.”

53.33% of people surveyed said they would strongly support the bond issue if it

was $250 million and resulted in no tax increase. No one said they would strongly

oppose. A common theme among responses on why the bond issue should

be supported was that the facilities FHSD currently works with are outdated

and need innovation. Many responses stress the necessity of updates. Building

envelope, utilities, and updates were considered highest priority according to the

survey, while safety systems were runner up.

Of the proposed $250 million, current improvements to FHSD

facilities to satisfy these priorities would cost approximately

$66,840,000. Elementary schools will cost the most money for

the district, mainly requiring HVAC modernization and exterior

improvements, while the minor updates in the high school

category would cost the least due to a smaller amount of

schools, aside from the cost of building a new building for FHN.

For some time now, talk has gone around about the creation

of a new FHN to replace the current one, and this is estimated

to become a reality within the next three to four years, and will

be built close to Henderson Elementary School. This project is high on the School

Board’s priority list, according to Hostetler. The pre-construction cost estimate

is $86,350,000. The building of a new FHN has raised concern among the people

responding to the school board’s survey, mentioning that the school may need a

remodel but do not see it necessary to build an entirely new facility.

“If North is going to be in the same place in terms of physical plant as the other

two buildings, then this one really does need to be replaced,” Hostetler said. “It

really is time for this. It’s not like the building’s falling down around us, but it’s


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Studying for her ACT, senior Phoebe Primeau does the English section of her ACT. “I think that the new ACT policy

could benefit students that do not do well with taking each section one after another, however I do feel that

separating the tests could affect students who do well on lengthened tests,” Primeau said. (Photo by Salam




How do you feel about

people being able to retake

the ACT in sections?

“I think it’s good. You

can focus on the areas that

you need to fix but at the

same time I don’t like the ACT

because a student shouldn’t

be judged by one test.”

Grace Moseley, 11

“I think it gives kids a

chance to improve in certain

areas at different times.”


Students retaking ACTs will soon have the opportunity to retake sections of

the ACT rather than retake the entire test all over again

by Liy Taliaferro | @liy.leee

The American College Testing (ACT) organization

announced a new change to the ACT that will be put

into place at the end of next year.

In the past, students wanting to retake the ACT

would have to retake the entire test. This means if a

student were to do poorly in one section of the ACT

in contrast to how they performed on the other three

sections, they would still have to

retake four sections math, science,

reading and writing - in order to

improve their grade on that one


“From what I understand is that

students are allowed to retake

certain subjects,” Patty Bartell, a

math teacher at FHN, said. “They

can retake math or they can retake

the English part of the ACT [and so


Some sophomores were allowed

to take the ACT in seventh grade

because of their Measures of

Academic Progress (MAP) Test scores from that year.

Some underclassmen who have taken the ACT for

JBA and Missouri Scholars are planning on retaking

it. With underclassmen aware of this change, some

may feel more hopeful towards having to take the


ACT Dates

December 14, 2019

February 8, 2020

April 4, 2020

June 13, 2020

July 18, 2020

ACT next September when the change is put into


“I feel like it’s a really good system because if you

don’t fail the whole test you shouldn’t have to retake

the whole test- there’s no purpose for it,” sophomore

Kaylie O’Dell said. “It’s time. It’s a four-hour test, so

if you only failed one section and you have to take

the test again, that’s four hours of wasted time and

if you get a worse score for a different section that

doesn’t make any sense because

you already got your score.”

The ACT is $68 including the

written portion. Although it is not

yet confirmed, some believe that

having to retake individual sections

is going to be significantly cheaper

than having to pay $136 combining

the cost of the first ACT attempt and

the retake when only one section

needed to be retaken. In some cases

it is too great of a financial strain

on some families, especially when

students have to pull that money

out of their own pockets. This

can also be stressful for students receiving private


“Instead of paying $60 I would hope that it would

be cheaper to just take the one part,” junior Olivia

Neunaber said.

Joey Wallace, 11

“It would give kids a

break to switch gears to the

next subject first.”

Jeremiah Meador, 12

“It makes it easier

to take more time on the

sections that affect their

future career goals.”

Madi Molle , 11

“I think it’s a really,

really good thing. It gives you

the whole time to just focus

on just one section and [do]

a lot better on just that one


Caroline Mitchell, 11


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Curriculum Info


Time: 6 p.m.

Where: Auditorium and

both gyms

Freshmen Jessika Rogers and Makayla Hayes watch “The Ring” attentively. The

club was started by Anjolina Blackwell and they meet on Thursdays to watch and

discuss films. “I joined so I could watch a different type of movie, ones that I usually

wouldn’t watch,” freshman DaNyla Creacy said. (Photo by Sam Waltkins)



The film club is a new group at

FHN, recently founded through the

joint efforts of social studies teacher

Anastasia Hercules and senior Anjolina

Blackwell. The club was created in

order to watch movies and promote

an appreciation for the art of film. The

group has watched more than five

movies so far.

“I’ve been in film clubs

at other schools,” Hercules

said. “This is the best one

I’ve had. Everyone here

is interested and they

actually want to be here.”

Hercules and Blackwell

had discussed movies during school,

and their shared interest bloomed into

the film club. Starting out with roughly

10 people that regularly attended

meetings, the film club took off.

The club chooses a genre for each

month and watches a movie from that

genre every Thursday after school

in Hercules’ room. They started with

horror movies to celebrate October’s

spooky season, and then moved into

a more light-hearted comedy genre

for November. They plan on watching

holiday-themed movies for December.

“We get a variety of movies,” junior

film club member Luis Hernandez said.

“They pick ones that fit a mood.”

Students start the meetings

discussing what movies they watch

and the plan for the upcoming

months. They have a large say in

the decisions the club makes and

are able to have a say in the way

it works.

“It’s their club,” Hercules said.

“They have a lot of films they’re

passionate about, so we’ll try to

work those in.”

Hercules tries to incorporate a wide

range of movies within the genre, both

for entertainment and enjoyment, but

also to educate the students on the

different types of films.

“Movies affect people,” Hercules

said. “They draw you in and they’re an

expression of people. (Brief by Ashlynn


A cup of coffee sits on a plate with the logo of the new St. Charles Coffee Company

above. The company was established in 2017 as a pop-up coffee shop in the St. Louis

area and they pride themselves on donating profits to a charity of their choice.

(Photo Illustration by Ella Manthey)



Main Street is home to a community

of many local businesses and

storefronts filled with antiques, clothes

and coffee. Geries Shaheen, owner of

a local coffee stand called St. Charles

Coffee Co., wanted to join that in a

different way.

“Every now and again we collaborate

with different people in the

community and we set up a

[coffee booth],” Shaheen said.

“A couple years ago we did it

at the old post office down the

street and it was a hit so we

decided to do it again this year

with [local restaurant] Tompkins

on Main.”

Shaheen sends part of his proceeds

to charities and at his most recent

event his money was sent to an

organization called Sparrow’s Nest

STL. They are a teen maternity home

for homeless, pregnant and parenting

teen moms. It’s organizations like

these that inspire Shaheen.

“All the time, we get surprises

[donations] like the one Geries did,”

Sparrow’s Nest director Elisa Zieg said.

“We get surprised all the time with just

this beautiful generosity for our own


Geries began his business in 2017

as a hobby and has continued it

since then. It started when he and his

wife took a trip to his homeland of

Israel. They saw many micro coffee

shops and fell in love with the

concept of a small menu which

was the inspiration behind his


He offers one drink on the menu

at each of his events and it comes

as a latte or iced. In a recent event,

Legends and Lanterns, it was a

butterbeer latte, his most popular

drink, inspired by the popular Harry

Potter series. As to where to find him,

he is always looking for inspiring

venues and ways to collaborate with

the community.

“A lot of places you go to you’ve got

infinite choices,” Shaheen said. “It’s

kind of a unique engagement.” (Brief

by Justin Brewer)





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Time: 8 a.m.

Where: Commons


All Knighter


Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Where: Commons


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Drama Trivia


Time: 4 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Where: Auditorium and

Senior Anjolina Blackwell reads from her script in preparation for the upcoming

fall play. The show, Once Upon a Pandora’s Box, written by Monica Flory, will be

performed by the FHN Masque Players on Nov. 21-23. (Photo by Alayna Furch)



After putting on a production of the

play “The Lion and Mouse Stories”

earlier this year, the drama club is

working on the show “Once Upon a

Pandora’s Box” for their second fall

play. The play will be shown from Nov.


“Usually, productions take six to

eight weeks to complete,” Kim Sulzner,

drama teacher and director of the play,

said. “These last two have been

done in three to four.”

Instead of having their

traditional one fall play and

one spring play, the drama

club has opted for two fall

plays. This was done in order

to minimize expenses and save money

for the spring play.

“Addams Family was really

expensive,” Sulzner said. “We like to

carry over a big enough balance to

look into doing a musical every year

and usually children’s shows bring in a

lot of extra money.”

The general plot of “Once Upon a

Pandora’s Box” revolves around two

siblings in New York, Tabitha and

Louis, played by Ashlynn Bozich and

Collin Foster respectively, after opening

a strange box. By opening the box, the

siblings release five fairy tale villains.

Together, they must figure out how to

contain them.

“I feel like Sulzner knew what

she was doing when she

was casting,” Bozich said.

“Tabitha has a really strained

relationship with her mother,

and I just lost my Mom, so I

feel like I can really get into


Auditions took place on

Friday, Oct. 25. Sophomore Bryce

James will play the role of Rumple, one

of the five villains in the play.

“I think I am going to like this play

more than ‘Lion and Mouse Stories’,”

Bryce James said. “It is deeper than

‘Lion and Mouse Stories’, and I like

the characters more.” (Brief by Aadhi


A flag waves next to FHN, which was founded in 1983. In the past couple years

rumors have been going around about a new school that is going to be built. The

school board acknowledged the possibility that they are going to build a new school

close to the soccer field, tearing down the one standing. (Photo by Sarah Williams)



The Francis Howell School District

(FHSD) has previously asked the

community for more money by putting

a tax levy proposition on the ballot.

It has failed each time so the Board

of Education is thinking of doing a

different approach; a ‘No Tax Increase

Bond’. Currently they are looking

towards the community to see if this

new option would pass if it’s put on

the ballot.

“Thus far, the reaction has been very

positive because we have explained

what we’re looking at and

why,” Patrick Lane,

treasurer on the Board

of Education said. “We

have had some negative

responses, but we feel like we’ve

answered most of those questions.”

A ‘No Tax Increase Bond’ is similar to

a loan. The bond will allow the district

to receive how much they asked for at

small increments throughout several

years. That will allow them to pay it

off at a slower rate, and keep tax rates


the same.

“If you don’t act on things now and

you wait the costs are going to go up

and it will be more expensive at a later

date,” Chuck Dale-Derks, a parent in

the district, said. “Then we put the

district at risk of having a facility that

has an emergency need.”

The district allowed architects to

walk around all the buildings in FHSD

and assess the repairs that are needed

at each one and roughly how

much it would cost. This

showed some concerns

for a couple buildings and

how much longer they can last

without repairs.

“We need to upgrade our facilities,”

Janet Stiglich, a Director on the Board

of Education, said. “We need to for the

safety of all of our buildings, for the

safety of our kids to bring some of our

facilities into the 21st century [and]

to make sure that we have a creative

learning environment for all.” (Brief by

Macy Cronin)


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A mugful of hot chocolate sits on a trail that

thousands run on every year. The Hot Chocolate Run is

an annual choice of a 5k or 25k and is hosted by the

insurance company, Allstate. (Photo by Pavan Kolluru)



Few things would make running in freezing

temperatures worth it except maybe a nice cup

of hot chocolate. That is the purpose of the Hot

Chocolate Run, “America’s sweetest race”.

“All finishers, from top to bottom, get hot

chocolate, a medal and a care package,” Rana

Shaker, a sophomore who will be competing in

the race for the first time said. “You just have to

finish the race.”

The race offers a five kilometer run and a 10

kilometer run. The St. Louis race is on Nov. 24

and set in Forest Park.

“I just want to stay on track with my running,”

Shaker said. “Last year I stopped running after

cross country, and that didn’t help me during

track season. I just thought that by running [the

race] my endurance will stay up and my speed

will increase.”

Since the Hot Chocolate Run’s 2008 inaugural

run in Chicago, it has had over 200,000

participants with runs in 24 cities from San

Francisco to Charlotte. A 5k run is longer than

three miles. That doesn’t scare Lilian Cash,

another sophomore and first time Hot Chocolate

Run racer.

“I’ll be doing the 5k because that’s what I’m

used to,” Cash said. “I’m currently still going to

[off-season] cross country practices. The past

few months I’ve had consistent practice and

I’ve already been doing 5ks so I’m pretty used

to them.”

The frigid cold presents a change of

environment compared to the races one would

expect in the summer or spring, a change

competitors will have to adapt to.

“The air is very thin so it’s harder to breathe

and your heart constricts,” Shaker said. “What I

do is wear a lot of layers, two layers of pants and

three layers on top. It hurts your ears when the

wind is whooshing, so I cover my ears.” (Story by

Connor Peper)

Senior Emma Temper and freshman Emma Landwehr passionately play their flutes in a performance of Freeze,

the FHN’s marching band set. The marching band played at every home football game and performed at

competitions. The band qualified for finals in the Sullivan Marching Festival. (Photo by Courtney Wortman)

THat’s a wrap

FHN’s marching band season has ended after months of competitions

by Macy Cronin


HN’s marching band starts to thaw from their

fall Freeze. The show took hundreds of hours

of practice and many sleepless nights from

students, but with hard work came the successes of

the season.

“[The show was] about being a kid and having fun

in the snow,” Stegeman said “You


get in your overalls, right. You

pad yourself up, put three layers

of socks on because you know

you are going to get wet. You are

trying desperately to not get your

body wet with the cold water of

the snow. It’s about that, being a

kid and going out having fun in

the snow.”

Each new marching band

season jumps off to a rocky start,

but this one was especially hard

for them because of the intricacy

that the show held.

“This year was a hard show, you got ‘how big are

those ramps out there’ that people are sliding down

and you got kids dancing,” senior drum major Grace

Sickendick said. “You are teaching nerds how to

dance. I love them, I’m a nerd, I am a super nerd, but

only a couple of these kids have a dance background

or a sports background, so it’s a lot to put into one


Nov. 26

Choir/Jazz Concert at FHC


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Throughout the season the band went on

overnight trips and spent over 50 continuous hours

with one another.

“[Iowa] was a hard competition,” Sickendick said.

“We had to compete at the buttcrack of dawn, but

you know, it’s fun. As exhausting as it is from being

together, you are able to go ‘Alright I don’t need

to think about school right now, this is my band


This season gave lots of

opportunities for seniors. Senior

Matthew Juhlin, despite this being only

his second year in band, was placed in

the position of drum major due to all

his hard work.

“It means a lot [to be a drum

major],” Juhlin said. “It means that Mr.

Stegeman trusts me enough to put me

in that position despite not knowing

me all that well, but I’m really glad he

did because it has given me so many

opportunities to push as hard as I can.”

Marching band ended their season off with

performing at St. Louis Super-Regional BOA, Bands

of America, where they competed against bands in

their class, or bands similar in their size.

“I was extremely happy [at finding out FHN placed

11th in their class],” Juhlin said. “I wasn’t entirely

sure how the run had gone after performing, but it

was great to feel that it had been a really good last

competition run.”

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Find popular nerdy movies and books from Harry Potter to Napoleon Dynamite.

Watch an in-depth tutorial of how to

play Dungeons and Dragons.

Learn how to dress like a modern

nerd from students at FHN

Test your nerdy knowledge with a

quiz on popular nerd culture.

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Fantasy Shop’ and ‘The Collector’s


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community members play and love.

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In the FHN studio, junior Brandon Bridgeman smiles

as he shows off his style on Oct. 28. Bridgeman enjoys

wearing fashion pieces of people he likes, like Tyler the

Creator. An important piece in his outfits would be his

dads hat that he wears everyday. “I can express myself

through my clothing,” Bridgeman said. “I wouldn’t add

anything because I like how I dress already.”

Sophomore Cierra Brown poses to show off her unique

style in the FHN studio on Oct. 24. Brown shops at

Savers, Hot Topic and Zumies in person but shops at

Dollskill and Demonica online. Brown described her

experience wearing unique clothing as isolating since

nobody else dresses like her. “I get most of my ‘out

there’ pieces online and then my regular clothing from

thrift stores, like Savers,” said Brown.

Junior Kyle Helton shows off his fashion style on Oct.

25 in the FHN studio. Helton likes to shop at places like

Zumies or Spencers because they have unique items.

Helton shops online more because he can find certain

items he is looking for or certain brands. “I like looking

different than others but I don’t like to be the center of

attention,” said Helton. (Photos by Ryan Ginn)



On Nov. 2, senior Leann Smyth poses as princess Jasmine

before a birthday party. Smyth portrays the parts of different

Disney princesses. “I love my job because it is fun.

Singing and performing as someone else is exhilarating,”

Smyth said. (Photo by Riley Witherbee)


Students at FHN use fashion as a unique way to express themselves

by Liv Engle

Picture this: rolling out of bed to that 6 a.m.

alarm clock, pairing white washed jeans with that

vintage t-shirt of yours and the black converse

high tops that may have been worn one too many

times. That might just be any ordinary outfit to

someone, but it’s your favorite.

One of the many perks of picking that t-shirt or

those jeans, is that it’s a unique style all your own.

Fashion has been around for centuries, but each

person’s style is like their DNA, what they’re made

of. Junior Kyle Helton is one of many with a style

all his own.

“I’m not really a social person, and I don’t like

talking to people,” Helton said. “So, my way of

showing people who I am is expressing that

through my clothes.”

Helton describes his style as inspired, mainly by

music artists and influencers that he follows, and a

good amount of his wardrobe are brands made by

not-so-famous designers.

“I’m the only one that wears the brands that I

wear [FTP, Ransom, Gnarcotic, Foulplay], and I

think that it’s cool,” Helton said. “It makes me feel

comfortable in public.”

On the topic of more unique styles, sophomore

Cierra Brown thinks that being fashionable is


“I think it’s important because it touches on

personality,” Brown said. “If I wore what everyone

else wears, then I feel like I’m following a crowd.”

Brown likes stepping out of norms and dressing

her own way.

“If you line people up and put me next to

someone wearing a hoodie and sweatpants, I’d

definitely stand out.” Brown said.

While others are looking for the latest trends,

Brandon Bridgeman likes to incorporate

sentimental pieces into his outfits. Bridgeman

incorporates his dad’s hat into his outfits.

Bridgeman holds his hat close as a reminder of

his father and the bond they shared. Bridgeman is

fond of the current day fashion.

“Everyone gets a chance to have their own style

and it’s pretty unique.”

Fashion can be defined in numerous ways. It is

interpreted differently by many people. Whether

that is using it as a way to express yourself,

embodying something sentimental in an outfit,

or looking outside of the box because fitting in is

boring, you create your own style.

What sets you apart from the latest fashion


“The only consideration

I make when buying clothes

is ‘do I think that looks cool?’

Half of my clothes were stolen

out of my dad’s boxes of old

military stuff anyways.

Colton Conley, 11

“I like being

comfortable because I

don’t care what people

think and I like doing what

makes me happy.”

Haley Hall, 10

“I feel like I combine

different elements of

different fashion styles, rather

than sticking to one style.”

Ash Swift, 10

“Instead of copying

trends, I like to take bits

and pieces of them and

make them my own.”

Emma Osterloh, 12

“I try to do what

is considered ‘Not the

norm’. I like standing

out, rather than looking

like everyone else.”

Anthony McDonald, 12

“I just do my own

style. I don’t follow any of

the trends going on.”

Hadi Syed, 9




She walks into the office/studio at Enchanted

Events with her hair in a tight wig cap and makeup

already done, ready to transform herself into a

princess. She warms up her singing voice and gets

the party bag together, including the props and

the coronation poem along with the certificate

attached to the tiara. Then, it’s time for the party

to begin.

Senior Leann Smyth works to make little girls’

dreams come true as a party host at Enchanted


“I mostly dress up as Jasmine, Moana, Belle

or Anna from Frozen,” Smyth says. “There is also

mascots from Paw Patrol. Those are really popular

at parties right now.”

When Smyth arrives to the parties, after greeting

the parents and kids, the kids have ecstatic

smiles and jump up and down at first sight of the

princess. The kids gather around saying hello. The

kids and the princess talk for a while about the

princess’ movie. After they sing happy birthday,

the coronation begins.

“During the party and coronation, we turn the

birthday girl into a princess,” owner of Enchanted

Events Kelly Scheider said. “She repeats a magical

poem and the princess waves the magical wand

and then places the tiara on her head. The princess

now presents the new princess to her guest

as a real princess.”

After the coronation, the princess gives the child

an autograph card signed by the princess and

fun children’s games are played like hot potato or

freeze dance with songs from the princess movies.

When singing and performing, Smyth uses her

choir voice to add strength to her performance.

“I think that my experience in choir has really

helped me,” Smyth said. “I don’t think I would

have excelled in choir as much as I do now without

this job.” (Story by Anna Besancenez)




Reading song lyrics, junior Zoe Meier sings Ne Poy, Krasavitsa Pri mne by Rachmaninoff. Meier started getting involved with opera singing when she was going into seventh

grade. Meier is apart of Union Avenue Opera Theatre and has been in three productions with the company. “I just happened to audition and in the midst found my passion,”

Meier said. (Photo by Anna Hollinger)


Junior Zoe Meier was selected out of many to participate in the AIT program for opera singing

by Julia Sampolska

There are people who know in their childhood who they are going to

be. One of them was 8-year-old Zoe Meier when she was standing on

stage one day, realizing that in the future she would like to be a singer.

That dream came true when Zoe decided to take part in the auditions to Opera

Theatre Saint Louis Artist in Training (AIT) Program.

“I heard about the auditions from a lady at my church,” Zoe said. “Then, I went

to see the performance from that program, where I got all information and dates

about auditions.”

AIT has set out to coach and encourage talented students from high schools

across the St. Louis area since it was established in 1990. In AIT, participants

work to improve voice skills with professionals, performing with major opera

companies and symphonies across the United States and

Europe. Graduates of the AIT program have gone on to study

at the nation’s top music schools like Juilliard School of Music,

Manhattan School of Music, Northwestern’s Bienen School of

Music and New England Conservatory.

Only 25 students from Saint Louis have been selected to

participate in the 2019-20 AIT program. Meier is one of them.

“We don’t get involved in what she earns or accomplishes,”

Angela Meier, Zoe’s mother said. “Auditions were all on her. She gets what she

earns and we stay out of all that, for sure.”

Zoe worked hard and prepared for auditions, attending choir class and taking

private lessons with a voice coach. Her first artistic experiences had with St.

Charles Community College, performing as a kid. After a few years, when she

came to FHN and took choir class, she started improving her voice in a big group

of singers.


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To participate in auditions, Zoe had to pick a piece of classical music and

perform it in front of a panel of judges. It was a good opportunity to test her stage


“I was very excited about the opportunity for Zoe,” Angela said. “She was very

nervous, way more than me. My job was to keep her encouraged and redirect her

energy to be excited instead of nervous.”

Zoe likes to listen to some music genres, mainly jazz and classical music.

Everyone probably would ask her why opera? Why does she sing such a beautiful,

but hard type of music?

“Our FHN’s concert choir teacher, Ms. Jennifer Onken was the first one who

produced the idea of me being involved in classical voice,” Zoe said. “She

definitely influenced that decision and helped me to meet up with my voice


Being a participant of this opera program gives lots

of experiences. Zoe is most excited for watching artistic

performances, talking with famous opera singers and

performing in The Sheldon Concert Hall. This is a big step in her

early career. Despite previous experience, the young artist still

discovers more and more about her artistic soul.

“Zoe’s bent towards theater and singing has been evident

since she was a toddler,” Angela said. “When she made a

conscious decision that she wanted to do this professionally her father and I

have done everything we can with our schedule and our finances to get her the

training she needs. We have done all we could.”

Support from family and friends certainly helped Zoe spread her wings and

achieve this success.

“In 10 years, hopefully I’ll have my masters and I’ll be somewhere in Europe or

in a big city in the USA performing,” Zoe said.


Science teacher Joe Brocksmith handles his classroom pet that he uses to improve the learning experience for

his students. “He has multiple snakes in his room,” senior Alayna Furch said. “He used to allow students to hold

them, but he doesn’t anymore because they were getting out.” (Photo by Kaili Martin)


Joe Brocksmith uses snakes in his classroom to enhance learning

by Linsey Zerbonia

Walk in. Sit in an assigned seat. Listen to the

teacher talk. Take notes. Many times, the learning

environment looks the same, but that’s not the

case for science teacher Joe Brocksmiths’ class at

FHN. Brocksmith teaches both biology as well as

environmental science. Brocksmith owns five snakes

that he keeps in his classroom.

Just as he is going into his 16th

year teaching, the snakes are

going into their 16th year living

at North.

“I got them when I was in

college,” Brocksmith said. “I

mostly got them so I can breed


Brocksmith loves the snakes,

but some of his students do not

seem to feel the same way.

“Many of my students are curious about them and

ask a lot of questions, but I always get a large group

of students who walk into my room and say ‘Oh Hell

no,’” Brocksmith said.

One of his students, junior Isabel Granjeno, is

currently in Brocksmith’s Biology Two class.

“When I first walked in I was terrified, I literally hate

snakes,” Granjeno said.

Although snakes are a unique incorporation into

the classroom, they are not just meant to be any

normal class pet. Brocksmith says he did not want

the smell of snakes in his home, but also wanted a

purpose for the snakes.

“Many kids are scared of snakes

for no reason, so I like to bring them

in and educate kids about them so


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they can get over the fear of them,”

Brocksmith said.

Some students feel opposite about

the snakes as Granjeno feels. Another

one of his AP students, junior Adel

Mountasir, enjoys having the snakes


“I actually like them here because

they’re so cute,” Mountasir said. “They

don’t bother anyone unless you aggravate one.” .

With all the fun that comes along with owning

snakes inside of the classroom, there has to be some

educational purpose.

“The snakes come in handy when doing the reptile

unit.” Brocksmith said. “We get them out and use

them as a fun educational prop. They’re just so fun.”

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There are plenty of AP classes for students

to take at Francis Howell North, one AP class

stands out more than the rest is AP Studio Art.

Junior Jenna Weber is actively involved in AP

Studio Art and has a deep love and passion

for the class and overall art.

“My favorite thing about the class is that we

have a lot of freedom,” Weber said. “The class

used to be a lot more strict, but since the

curriculum changed, we’re given a lot more




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continuing her love for art after high school.

“I’m going to try to get into the illustration

and animation field,” Weber said.

AP Studio Art is more difficult and holds

the students to a higher standard than

most other art classes at FHN. Before taking

the class, a student has to apply with their

art and the teachers analyze and decide

weather or not to give them a spot within the


“To take the class, you have to make a

portfolio showing your artwork to the art

teachers,” Weber said.

For some people, criticism can be one’s

worst enemy, but for Weber, she takes it

and views it as a positive and influencing

experience and uses it to help improve her


“I would say listen to critiques and turn it

into something positive so it helps you grow.”

Weber said. (Brief by Skylar Vogel)

Mary Lauritzen’s soon to be service dog, sits on her lap in her home. Lauritzen’s dog has not officially started

training, yet at a specific place. Lauritzen at the moment does most of the training for her dog at her own

home. (Photo Submitted)


Sophomore Mary Lauritzen is preparing to have her pet husky, Penny,

trained to be a therapy dog for emotional support

by Maya Helbig

Her furry friend sits right next to her, helping

her through every emotion going through her

head. The smile they give to each other and all the

responsibilities that come with owning a normal dog

is the life of Mary Lauritzen as she prepares her pet to

be a therapy dog.

“I think the best part about owning Penny is how

much she has really helped out with Mary as far as

helping her when she gets really upset,” Lauritzen’s

mother Stephanie Combs said. “She makes Mary

really happy when a lot of other things can not make

her happy.”

Lauritzen and Combs, will be putting their twoyear-old

Siberian Husky Penny into Therapy dog

training sometime soon. Penny has yet to be put into

training because of her age. Dogs being trained have

to be at least two years old and Penny only turned

two recently, so she has yet to start.

Just because she’s not in therapy dog training now

doesn’t mean that she isn’t being trained the typical

dog commands like sit, stay and down. Lauritzen’s

family tries to perfect these skills everyday for

around an hour, using many treats, but not forcing

her if she gets stubborn and refuses to continue.

“I don’t want to do an intense-intense training

with her just because like, I want to give her

some time to just be a dog too,” Lauritzen said.

“Especially because she is just a puppy, which is

something different than a lot of people would do.

A lot of people when they know that they’re going

to be a certain type of dog start training for that

immediately. But I’m in no rush to get her to be a

therapy dog.”

Getting any pet can be exciting, but getting

something you have always wanted, and that is

specifically for you can make you feel something


“There are different types of service dogs,”

Lauritzen said. “There’s like personal therapy dogs

but there’s also therapy dogs that are trained for

others. Like at hospitals and stuff, they will bring

animals into the sick kids and let them play for a bit.

My therapy dog is different because she’s specialized

to me, not everyone else.”

Huskies are dogs that have a lot of natural energy

and need a lot of play time. Penny sometimes has

the trouble of wanting to play during training or

while Lauritzen is doing homework, but a lot of that

energy gets put to use with many varieties of play


“Penny is definitely energetic but she also knows

when something is wrong and she knows when

something’s wrong with Mary,” Combs said. “And she

knows what she needs to be there for.”

Therapy dogs are a real thing and people don’t

just get them because they feel a little sad. People

do go through things and have actual reasons to get

anything that is able to help them through the bad

times. Penny is that something.

“It’s something that my family thought would be

a good idea, and even my doctors thought that it

would be a good idea,” Lauritzen said. “It’s not like,

‘Haha I get depressed sometimes.’ It’s a lot deeper

than that.”




is a talent

Since she was 11, Senior Courtney Helmick has been performing at GT Performance

Gymnastics and Cheer for seven seasons and one season at Olympia Mid Rivers.

Helmick has won over 100 medals since she started competing. In her most recent

match, Helmick came in second on beam. (Photo by Addy Bradburry)

Senior Courtney Helmick balances band, gymnastics, a

job and school, along with other activities

by Marina Williams

Running to her car late in the

afternoon, 18-year-old Courtney

Helmick is ready to begin her

third activity of the day. She swings

her marching band bag into the back

seat of her car, checking again for

her gymnastics bag. She sets off to

the gym, trying to make practice on

time. The only thing on her mind is

how she also has to close for her job

at Fazoli’s tonight. She rests her head

on the wheel before walking into her

gymnastics practice, she knows it’s

going to be a long night.

Gymnastics and band have always

been a huge part of Helmick’s life,

doing gymnastics since second grade,

concert band

since sixth grade

and marching

band since ninth.

Helmick can’t

think of anywhere

she would rather


“It was really hard at first, but once

I learned time management and


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developed a routine, it wasn’t nearly as

bad,” Helmick said.

After seeing her older sister do

gymnastics, she started gymnastics

at just seven years old and fell in love

with the sport, not knowing at the time

that the gym would soon become her

second home.

“I was the annoying little sister who

wanted to be just like her older sister,”

Helmick said. “So, when Emily did

gymnastics, I wanted to. I didn’t know

how much I would love the sport or

how big of an impact it would have on

my life until I tried it.”

Her sister, Emily Helmick, had always

been a huge role model to her. So

when her sister took up band, it was

impossible for Helmick to pass up

another opportunity to be just like her

older sister.

“I originally started band because

of Emily,” Helmick said. “But I also

wanted to be involved in a high school

sport, and that’s really all I knew how

to do.”

Of course, such demanding activities

come with their own pros and cons.

“I really like performing, which I do

in both band and gymnastics. I really

like the little successes along the way

in gymnastics,” Helmick said. “And I

really like being a part of something

so much bigger than myself, which is

what marching band is all about, but

the physical demand in gymnastics is

really rough on my body, and the time

commitment in marching

band gets rough, but I can


A week in Helmick’s life

can be described as tiring,

hectic, busy and long.

She sets aside 19 hours a

week for gymnastics and

15 hours a week for marching band,

not including football games and

competitions. She also goes to school,

works at Fazoli’s, is involved in many

school clubs and is very involved in her

church and family.

“It’s all about time management and

prioritizing,” Helmick said. “I haven’t

watched a Netflix series since the

beginning of August.”

Helmick has made many friends

along her journey through gymnastics

and marching band. Jenna Brown, her

friend since kindergarten, and someone

who has done both gymnastics and

band with Helmick, has nothing but

good things to say about her.

“She’s very kind and trustworthy,

and she is always ready to help you

with anything you need,” Brown said.

“She manages her time really well and

makes time for her friends and family.”




Sophomore Adelle Gertsch balances on a rock to test her flexibility. Gertsch has been recently been training to join the circus after high school. “I’ve always loved

watching people preform in the circus, but at the same time I would be a little sad.” Gertsch said, “Then one day I decided to try aerial silks and it was the best

decision I’ve ever made.”


Sophomore Adelle Gertsch is training to become an acrobatic circus performer at Circus Harmony

by Evan Becker

Doctors, lawyers, firefighters; the common answers to “What do you

want to be when you grow up?” But sophomore Adelle Gertsch doesn’t

want to be common. She wants to live in a unique way, and for her,

that means as a circus performer.

As a child, Adelle was very active, even doing gymnastics at the age of five.

She showed a clear inclination towards the performing arts.

“I mean, Adelle has always been a monkey basically,” Adelle’s mom Carolyn

Gertsch said. “She was always climbing on things, hanging on things, always

been a kind of a daredevil not afraid to try stuff. So yeah,

it wasn’t surprising to me at all that she wanted to do [the


Circus Harmony, the program Adelle uses to learn circus

skills has multiple levels. Seeing the highest levels of their

classes, Circus Flora, perform was what inspired her to join.

“I always went to the Circus Flora, and I always was

enjoying the show,” Adelle said. “But I always thought like,

man, I just wish I could do that. I always wanted to be able

to do those amazing tricks. When I quit softball my parents were like let’s

harness this energy, and I was like, maybe aerial silks?”

Every performer at Circus Harmony has to take basic classes covering the

usual skills of juggling and plate spinning. Adelle, however, focuses specifically

on contortion and aerial silks.

“In my contortion class, we get all bendy,” Adelle said. “Sometimes we’ll do


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a bridge and then someone will do like a chin stand on the person doing a

bridge, stuff like that. In my aerial classes we work on trapeze skills and Aerial

silk tricks.”

The path to a career in the circus is paved the same way as many other

careers. She studies hard, applies for colleges, and after going to the colleges,

she can be hired for the best gigs. The only difference is in the content of the


“You don’t have to take science or math classes because it focuses on what

your actual career is,” Adelle said. “It’s more of your art form and trying to

master it.”

Deanna Massie is a college professor, educator and

researcher. She’s known Adelle since Adelle was about five

years old and was ecstatic to hear that Adelle wanted to be a

part of the circus.

“We have become a society that’s too focused on stuff that

won’t make everyone happy,” Massie said. “Adelle has always

been bored in school and she’s always had higher goals. I was

super excited that she found a track she wanted to do that

would make her happy.”

For Adelle, it’s not just a place that she can expend her energy but, it’s also a

place where she feels like she truly belongs.

“Circus was originally where all the weird people went, the outcasts, where

they could be outcasts together,” Adelle said. “And so it’s just nice that the

circus community is very inviting and appreciates everyone. I love everything

about it.”





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After seeing the hold Juul and vaping has on

students, FHSD is making choices for change. Vaping

has become more prevalent in teens in recent years.

More and more studies are showing the possible

harmful effects.


On Oct. 7, FHSD filed a lawsuit against the e-cigarette company Juul

by Sydney Ellison

After seeing the effects vaping and Juuls have had on teens and

paying for the damages FHSD has experienced because of this, FHSD

has filed a lawsuit against the e-cigarette company Juul. The lawsuit

was filed on Monday, Oct. 7. It follows the actions taken by two Kansas city

school districts Goddard and Olathe. More and more districts are now filing

lawsuits against Juul including school systems in Long Island, New York and

La Conner, Washington.

“Juul improperly advertised to individuals that were too young to legally

purchase their products without informing the individuals of the dangers of

vaping,” District Attorney Cindy Ormbsy said.

The idea of the lawsuit was first brought up within FHSD when Ormbsy was

asked by a Kansas City law firm, already in the process of suing Juul, to bring

the proposition to the school districts she represents. According to Ormbsy,

the FHSD school board then decided that suing Juul was the correct decision

for the district.

“We see teachers having to take time out of class to deal with student

vaping,” Ormbsy said. “[FHSD needs] additional hallway monitors because

students are vaping in the hallway and in the bathrooms.”

From 54 nicotine related infractions five years ago in FHSD, to 248 last

year, there has been increased disruptions throughout the school district.

According to Ormbsy, FHSD doesn’t have the resources to deal with this.

Money is being spent on more programs and resources to help stop students

from vaping. In the 81 page lawsuit against Juul, it lays out the groundwork

for the case. It provides detailed examples of how Juul is marketing towards

teens. FHSD wants reimbursement for the costs and damages Juul use has

had on the district.

“The number of nicotine related discipline incidents is going up and that

is probably not going to reduce anytime soon, so the goal is to get funding

to deal with and pay for all of these programs and education and time spent

by employees for past, present and the future until this problem is resolved

and that way taxpayers money is not having to be spent to deal with these

issues,” Ormbsy said.

The lawsuit has gotten mixed responses from the public. Many are

concerned about how it was being paid for, but the lawsuit is not using

taxpayer money and any settlement from Juul will be used to pay for the cost

of legal fees. This lawsuit also was under some controversy from parents,

many commenting on FHSD’s Facebook statement about the lawsuit saying

that it wasn’t the school district’s right to sue on behalf of the students.

Others commended the district, saying they are proud that FHSD is doing

something to stop nicotine addiction in students.

“The school district’s still going to hold students accountable for violating

school policy, it’s not letting students off the hook, it’s just they [FHSD]

decided to also not let Juul off the hook,” Ormbsy said.

At FHN, assistant principal Jeff Blankinship has noticed the effect vaping

has had on the school. He believes the biggest problem vaping has caused

is disruption in classrooms. Teachers are spending more time disciplining

students and getting less time to actually teach, according to Blankinship.

“It’s just taking away from a learning environment and kids are trying to get

away with something that they shouldn’t be doing,” Blankinship said.

FHN changed their policy on vaping for the 2019-2020 school year

to hopefully cut down on the vaping infractions. Now both vaping and

having possession of a vape will earn three days on in school suspension.

Blankenship hopes for students to realize the potential damages one can get

from vaping.

“I guess the biggest thing is just understanding that it’s not healthy and it’s

not something that you may not feel the effects of today or tomorrow or even

this year but you are doing things to your body that are not healthy and are

not natural,” Blankinship said.

Ormsby hopes for more schools to join the fight against Juul. She claims to

confident going forward.

“We are just dealing with an issue that the district didn’t create but they are

having to deal with,” Ormbsy said.


Hazardous to health

Reports show a link between vape use and illnesses within the lungs and the effects may be more drastic

in adolescents

by Karsyn Williams

Within the past 20 years, vaping has become more and

more prevalent across the U.S. and with it, the reports of

respiratory issues and lung disease from those using vape

products have increased dramatically.

“Vaping is almost like smoking cigarettes on steroids,” FHN nurse

Brooke Magilligan said. “You’re actually smoking and inhaling more

than if you were to smoke a pack of cigarettes.”

Unlike cigarettes, which have had hundreds of studies throughout

the century that demonstrated the dangers of smoking, vape products

haven’t been studied nearly as much since it’s a newer product. Due

to this, no one is entirely sure of the long term health effects of vaping.

However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

have reported that over 1,500 vape users have been shown to have

respiratory issues and the majority of them are under the age of 35. Also

according to the CDC, 34 deaths caused from respiratory diseases have

been linked to vape use.

“There has just not been enough studies on it to even rule that it’s

safe, there’s been tons of people going to the hospital,” Magilligan said.

“The more you do it the more you increase your chances of developing


Consistent and frequent vaping has also been shown to cause acute

lung injury and fills up one’s lungs with inflammatory cells rapidly. The

inflammatory cells can block and fill the air sacs in the lungs, preventing

the flow of oxygen. This snowballs into critical lung illness and diseases,

such as emphysema, a disease that prevents the body from getting the

proper amount of oxygen, and can pose a potential threat of death.

“We shouldn’t think that vaping is safer [than smoking] in anyway,”

pulmonologist Gary R. Goldstein said. “It is, plain and simple, not safe.

You are putting something into your lungs and you don’t know what it


Within the past decade, vape products have become more

widespread as more brands and flavors are released. The compelling

flavors of vape are believed to be part of what’s causing a rise in

teenage vaping, despite the laws preventing anyone under the age of

18 from purchasing vape products. To combat this, the FDA has recently

been working towards banning the flavors targeting younger audiences.

Adolescents and teenagers are more affected by the use of vape and

nicotine than adults, as they are more likely to develop an addiction

due to the brain not being fully developed.

“The flavoring is being targeted towards high schoolers and younger

persons because adults aren’t interested in flavors like that,” Goldstein

said. “They are being used by the market to enhance their sales.”

Since vape products primarily contain nicotine, an addictive

chemical, it’s hard to stop once one starts. The best way to prevent

vaping from becoming a habit is to never start in the first place. A

younger addict should let their parents, a counselor

or doctor know about their addiction to help start

taking steps towards recovery together. Recovering

from addiction will remove a major stressor in one’s

life and help them live a healthier future.

“First thing is the realisation that you don’t

want to vape anymore, and once you reach

that conclusion, to stop and set yourself up

for success,” Goldstein said. “Get rid of all

the vaping you have available, because the

withdrawal symptoms and temptations can

be very strong. Once you get over the first few

days it should hopefully snowball into success.”


Learn about the mechanics of the average vaping device (Content by Karsyn Williams)


After the e-liquid is converted

into vapor, the gas is inhaled

through the mouthpiece and

into one’s lungs, allowing for

the chemicals, nicotine, and

water in the e-liquid to go into

the lungs and body, before

being exhaled.


Cartridges of e-liquid contain a

mixture of nicotine, flavoring, water,

and other chemicals. The FDA has

only recently began regulating the

ingredients in e-liquids and many vapes

and cartridges are sold without prior

approval from the FDA.


After receiving energy and heat

from the battery, the atomizer

boils the e-liquid, converting it

into a vapor, then traveling up into

the mouthpiece.


The battery of a vape requires

charging, as is the element that

provides the heat and energy to the

atomizer and fuels the vapor. Using a

charger that wasn’t designed for the

battery can be dangerous and cause

electrical problems. There have been

multiple reports of the batteries from

vapes overheating or even exploding

during use.





FHN graduate Tyler Crook admits to struggling with

a nicotine addiction from vaping in high school

by Sydney Ellison


Alumni Jake Miller got the strength to quit his vaping habit from high school

by Sydney Ellison

It’s almost always on his mind. It’s

inescapable. The urge to vape is a never

ending cycle, one where picking up a

Juul is the only way to decrease stress.

FHN alumni Tyler Crook started vaping in

high school and hasn’t stopped since.

“Whenever I’m really stressed out,

all I can think about is hitting my

nicotine,” Crook said. “It sucks

though, it would be so much

better to find healthier coping


Graduate of class 2019, Tyler

Crook is now taking a year off

and saving up money for

college. His journey with

vaping began in high school

when his senior friends

offered him a hit off their

Juul. According to Crook,

the smoke tricks and having

friends who vape is what

influenced him to take

that first hit.

“I started off

with no nicotine, it

was just cool to

do the tricks and

practice the tricks,” Crook

said. “Then I started hitting Juuls and

liked the nicotine buzz and kept going,

kept buying it.”

The simple fact of growing up is how alumni Jake

Miller got past his nicotine addiction. Miller began

vaping in high school but after graduating in 2019

and going to college his vaping habit ended. Initially

it was the variety of flavors that convinced Miller to

vape but it was the nicotine that made him stay.

“It’s just what nicotine does,” Miller said. “It just

makes you addicted, you just like it. You like the

feeling.” Miller said.

Though often surrounded with peers and friends

who vape, Millers’ decision to vape was entirely his

own, there was no peer pressure. Miller’s friends

who didn’t vape often voiced their disapproval

about his vaping habits.

“They would always just pressure me to stop and

they would just keep telling me there’s no point in

doing it,” Miller said.

Soon after vaping, the road to

addiction became clear. That need for

the buzz of nicotine took over his life.

Crook remembers leaving classes to vape

in the bathroom. Even now, Crook vapes

frequently throughout the day.

“In the mornings after like the first five,

ten minutes after I wake up, I think about

the nicotine and I think about how I need

to get it,” Crook said. “I’m just in a bad

mood until I hit it in the morning.”

Vaping has caused other problems

in Crook’s life besides struggling with

addiction. Vaping caused tension

between him and his parents who

continually tried to stop him from vaping.

According to Crook his parents would

find and confiscate his Juuls back in high

school but now they are more accepting

of his habit.

“They don’t mind anymore because I’m

18 and they understand that I’m going to

make my own choices,” Crook said.

Because of multiple vaping-related

infractions during high school, Crook lost

out on the A+ program. This program

could have given him two years of free

college at SCC.

“I’ll still get there [college] but I had no

idea how much that [A+ program] would

have helped me now,” Crook said. “It

[vaping] ruined a lot of things.”

Vaping also made a big dent in his bank account,

which is a large factor in why he regrets vaping in

high school. According to Miller, he bought a pack

of pods a week as a high school student. To put that

in reference, the E-cigarette Juul has pods that sell

for $15.99.

“I know it’s like everyone’s doing but it’s just a big

waste of money,” Miller said. “Save up your money

and get some stuff that is actually valuable to you.”

Miller is now going to SCC pursuing a job in the

medical field. Miller still sees plenty of people

vaping while on campus but stays away from

gaining back that habit for himself. Miller’s advice

would be to go against the trend and don’t vape.

“It is definitely harmful,” Miller said. “Nothing

should be going into your lungs except for air.”




218 FHN students were

surveyed to see how many

students in the school have

vaped (Content by Andrew


of the freshman class

26% have vaped at least once.

(20% of the freshman

class was surveyed)

of the sophomore class

34% have vaped at least once.

(34% of the sophomore

class was surveyed)

of the junior class

56% have vaped at least once.

(23% of the junior class

was surveyed)

of the senior class

45% have vaped at least once.

(22% of the senior class

was surveyed)



218 FHN students were surveyed to see how the rise of vaping has effected the FHN community. Displinary

actions because of vaping infractions have increased by hundreds over the past three years (Content by Andrew




“I think it [vaping] is stupid

and people who do it are

throwing their lives away.”

Max Brewer, 9

“I think it [vaping] is pretty

dumb and stupid and it’s

essentially people killing

themselves for pleasure.”

CJ Montgomery, 10

“I think the people who

are doing it [vaping] will

realise it’s not healthy and

stop doing it.”

Anthony King, 11



One Juul pod is equal to 20 cigarettes,

which is one whole pack.



the student body see

vaping as different from

smoking cigarettes.





the student body vape currently.


“It [vaping] is fine and it’s

a better alternative than


Alivia Faupel, 12




of the student

body believe in the

negative health

of vaping.

About one out of four students vaped

20+ times.

of the student body

believe that vaping

10%can’t result in death.



of the student body

believe that more

research needs to be

about vaping.

of the student body

believe that vaping

5%won’t cause any harm.






As vaping becomes a popular trend among youth, history

may be repeating itself

by Chloe Horstman

In 1993, a girl smells the scent of

cigarette smoke as she walks off

campus to meet her friends to study. A

cigarette is passed to her and she smokes

with her group between classes in her

first year of college. At age 19, Leslie

Firebaugh began smoking, unaware that it

would become


Check out part one of

The New York Times

vaping podcast here:

an addiction

that dictated

her, until she

battled to

reclaim her life.

Now in 2019,

a 16 year old girl hears peers talk about

vaping. Junior Allie Moore listens to them,

worrying about the new trend they’ve

become involved in.

“I assumed that it wasn’t going to be a

huge part of my life,” Firebaugh, mother

of Moore, said. “I just thought it was not

going to happen to me, little did I know

that I wouldn’t be able to quit. The worst

is when you realize that you’re addicted

because you’re by yourself and you’re not

in control of it like you think you are.”

Now at age 44, Firebaugh had

attempted to quit smoking multiple times

throughout her life, and defeated the

habit once she found out she was going

to have a baby. Quitting proved to be an

immense struggle, but Firebaugh prayed

for help to avoid hurting her unborn child.

“I wasn’t even able to on my own,”

Firebaugh said. “One day I was like ‘Okay

God, I’m pregnant, I don’t want to hurt the

baby that you’ve graced me with. You’re

gonna have to stop this for me. There’s

no way I can quit on my own.’ The next

time I went to light up a cigarette, it tasted

like I had been chewing tin foil. It was

like ever since I prayed for him to stop it,

it stopped. I couldn’t physically smoke

another cigarette.”

After defeating smoking, Firebaugh sees

the vaping trend that engulfs teenagers

similar to how her experience with

getting into cigarettes was. Her daughter,

Moore, believes that vaping poses a lot of

potential danger, even though it wears a

mask of safety.

“If you say ‘I can drive recklessly, I won’t

get in an accident,’ and you continue to

drive recklessly, one day you’re going to

get in an accident,” Moore said. “Same

with vaping. It might not hurt you in the

beginning, but it’s going to catch up

to you and something bad is going to


As vaping related health issues become

increasingly prominent, it’s as if the

history of smoking is repeating itself, but

this time it smells like strawberries, or

nothing at all.

“The struggle that people our parents’

ages went through with nicotine


is the exact

same thing

that we’re


through, but

with Juuls,”

Moore said.


Check out part two of

The New York Times

vaping podcast here:

“We’re just repeating history rather than

avoiding it, it’s just come in a new form.

People are attracted to it and don’t realize

that it’s literally the same idea.”




Teens vaping has become the new norm over the last decade. All of America is coming to an agreement- to end

illness and death due to vaping among teens (Content by Ivy Lowery)

The Federal Government is

Keeping an Eye on Vaping.

The National Government has become

aware of the new teen crisis. President

Donald Trump delivered a speech at the

White House earlier this fall, declaring that he

is moving to ban flavored vaping products in

an effort to stop the teen vaping epidemic in


The FDA and CDC have recently been

looking into vaping, to see what has been

causing deaths among vape users. The FDA

regulates legal vapes by lab testing them

and giving them legal approval to sell. The

issue with vapes that aren’t tested by the

FDA is that they are what has been causing

recent deaths and illness. While Federal and

Health officials look into these illegal vaping

products, the FDA has been keeping the

public informed on these legal and illegal

vapes, and how to stay safe.

Updated Policy For FHN.

The Francis Howell School District introduced a new

policy for students struggling with drug abuse of all kinds

earlier this year. The old policy stated that students must

be suspended for 10 days with a Code of Conduct hearing,

which then would be decided their punishment. FHSD

has updated this policy, students who are caught with

any substance or paraphernalia for any reason will be

suspended for three days and go to 9 mandatory days in the

Alternative Intervention Program (AIP). AIP offers counseling

and support for victims of addiction instead of punishing

them for their actions.

Missouri is Taking Action.

After noticing the new trend America is in action to prevent, Misssouri

took the nation’s lead. Gov. Mike Parson of Missouri signed an executive

order on Oct 15, 2019 stating that research and education discouraging

from the use of vaping products must be done. The campaign is set to

use current assets to launch within 30 days.

Over 20 health cases in Missouri alone are due to illness or

death of vaping-related products. The order states that Elementary and

Secondary Education, Public Safety and The Departments of Health and

Senior Services must develop a statewide campaign to educate and

inform youth about the dangers of vaping.


Vaping has become a very relevant thing in teens, and at FHN. If you or a friend has a vaping

addiction, this is how to make quitting easier (Content by Ivy Lowery)

Find a Reason to Stop

Whether it’s wanting to positively influence

your siblings or wanting to avoid health

issues, quitting is the right thing for you.

Considering how vaping affects your life,

school work, and emotions is key to start

quitting. Ask a friend if they have seen any

changes in your life since you started. Some

people who vape also use other drugs. If you

or a friend smoke other things, now would be

a good time to try to quit those habits too.

Prepare Yourself to Quit

Setting a plan and a date of when to quit.

Set yourself up to be ready for the stress

and health issues that come with quitting.

Depending on the severity of the addiction,

you may experience withdrawals. Certain

situations may cause the victim of addiction

to crave nicotine to the point of physical

illness. Preparing strategies to help fight the

addiction and resist temptations to take

another puff are essential to quitting.

Create a Safe Place

Gaining new friends who support your

choices and who will help you to resist the

urge is the most important thing. Leaving

those habits behind also means leaving bad

influences behind. Creating a vision in your

mind of what you hope to achieve and who

you want to be surrounded by will help you

become who you want to be, while also

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Sophomore Logan Schelfaut dives into a pool at the RecPlex. He won state last year and worked hard

this year to prepare for GACs. Schefault plans to continue swimming through high school. (File photo)



Sophomore Logan Schefault takes his second win at the GAC

Diving Championship

by Gracie Bowman

Logan Schefault has impressed many. Through

his win in regionals and his state win last year, he

has proved himself a great swimmer. On Nov. 5,

Schefault won the GAC Diving Championships for

the second year in a row.

“I go to practice and do my dives,” Schefault said.

“I was happy [that I won.]”

Schefault competed at the St.

Peters Rec Plex. He swam against

Francis Howell, Francis Howell

Central, Fort Zumwalt and Holt

High school. Schefault came

in first place against the other


“I was very excited,” FHN swim

coach Joshua Galati said. “It’s nice to see all his hard

work pay off.”

According to Galati, Schefault is always the first

one at practice and the last one to leave. He works

extremely hard to improve his swimming and diving.


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when Schefault won

state his freshman year


He works hard along with his other teammates, who

were there to cheer him on at the GACs.

“He works very hard,” Galati said. “He is a leader.

He puts 100 percent effort in and does a great job.”

Not only did Schefault come in first place, but he

also broke his own GAC diving record from last year.

He holds the point total of 582.8.

“[I beat my] GAC record,”

Schefault said. “It was exciting.”

Schefault will continue to

keep swimming in high school

and hopes to continue during

college. Galati also hopes that

Schefault will continue to swim.

He sees a lot of potential in

Schefault’s swim and dive career.

“I think Logan is going to have his choice of where

he wants to go [in the future] because he is that

good,” Galati said. “He’s not just the best of the state,

he’s one of the best in the country.”







FHN’s varsity football team ends

their season with a 1-9 record, an

improvement from last year

by Abby Martinez

FHN’s football team looks back at their season and

how they hope to improve it next year. FHN’s varsity

football team finished their 1-9 season with a

hard-fought loss during playoffs against Battle High

School on Nov. 8.

“I would describe this season as a struggle, but

I would say there’s beauty within the struggle,”

running back AZ Anderson said. “With every loss we

had, I gained a valuable lesson to become a better


The team went through many hardships

throughout the season, but they always worked

together to overcome those. One of the main

challenges the team faced were the close-game


“I think the biggest challenge all season was

definitely finishing in the later quarters,” lineman

Logan Currie said. “That’s where we always came


Along with the challenges the team faced, there

Senior Joey Albers Prize passes a competitor at a 5k

race during a cross country meet. He has one of the

fastest personal records on the team. Albers also

played volleyball and soccer in the past. (Photo by Allie


Junior Braedon Salter plays outside linebacker against Washington High school at a home game. He has played

for the past three years of high school. Salter subbed his freshman year and played varsity his sophomore and

junior year. “I feel like the seniors really stepped up and led the team,” said Salter. (Photo by Riley Witherbee)

were also very special moments the team cherished.

The team beat Ft. Zumwalt South for the first time

since 2017 on Sept. 13.

“Beating FZS was the biggest moment this season,”

Currie said. “It showed us that we can compete.”

As the boys look back on the season, they begin to

notice patterns throughout each game: the mentality

of each player.

“The biggest improvement was definitely our

attitude change,” Anderson said. “Even when we

were down losing, it didn’t matter, people still had

their heads held up. Last year we’d be down by

a certain amount of touchdowns and everybody

After playing soccer for three years, one athlete has

found a new calling. Senior Joey Albers Prize made

the big decision to choose to run cross country his

final year at FHN.

“I did track my junior year and I just kind of fell in

love with running,” Albers Prize said.

Although Joey is new to cross

country, he is not a new face to FHN

sports programs. Aside from soccer,

he ran track last year. This, in part, due

to his love of running. He loved not

only the sport itself but also the team.

A lot of the track team also run cross

country and encouraged him to run

cross country.

“A lot of my friends and family knew that it would

be good for me because in soccer, I was always

known for having a lot of endurance,” Albers Prize


Changing up a sport as a senior can be hard.

When the time came for fall tryouts, Albers Prize was

would be like ‘oh my gosh’ and I think that has to do

with leadership.”

Though the season didn’t end the way the players

or coaches hoped it would, they still took away the

importance of being a team and to play like they

know how to. The team has found a way to find the

importance in each game of the season, whether it

ends in a win or a loss.

“I wouldn’t do-over any games because I honestly

believe that everything happens for a reason,”

Anderson said. “Even the ones we lost by one or two

points, because it built me into the person I am.”


Senior Joey Albers Prize runs cross country, making a change from soccer

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almost completely set on running cross country. He

had played soccer his whole life, but he also knew

that he was going to have fun on the cross country


“By the time tryouts came, I already knew I wanted

to run cross country,” Albers Prize said “I had been

thinking about it the whole summer.”

Albers Prize sometimes wishes that he

had run cross country earlier, but if given

the chance, he wouldn’t change anything.

He loved the years he played soccer.

However, he has also loved running cross

country and hopes to do it in the future.

Head cross country coach Kimberly

Martin believes that he definitely has the

ability to succeed and hopes he does.

“After seeing him on the track I knew that he was

going to be good in cross,” Martin said. “He has a

really good work ethic and anybody who has that is

going to be able to improve really well throughout

the season.”

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Junior Lucy St. John is playing on softball varsity for

her second year. The junior will play anywhere she is

needed but she is in on field most of the time. (Photo

by Jordyn Sgroi)



Juniors Emille Miller and Sophia Gabel attempt to block the ball from Liberty High School on Oct. 9. This is

Miller and Gabel’s first year playing on varsity. During their sophmore year, the two juniors played on the JV team

together. (Photo by Ella Manthey).


The varsity volleyball team played their final away game on Oct. 24 against

St. Charles High School and look back at this year’s season

by Mollie Roberts

When the 2019 FHN girls varsity volleyball

season came to an end, there were mixed

emotions from both new and returning

players. For many of the girls, it was their final season

playing volleyball especially since five players on the

team were seniors.

“Since being a senior, I think the thing I am going

to miss most is getting to spend everyday with my

closest friends that I would

not have made if I didn’t play

volleyball,” Kylie Schaffer

said, who has been playing

on the varsity team since her

sophomore year. “Even though

I am going to be playing in

college it won’t be the same

playing without my girls from

high school.”

Many new players joined the team this season,

including sophomore Ella Bargen who moved up

from the freshman team to varsity in one year. She

attributes this success to playing club volleyball

during the winter. Many girls play club volleyball

during the off season to keep up with their skills and

prepare for the fall season.

“It was a very big jump from the freshman team

Varsity Girls

Volleyball Stats

Wins: 14

Losses: 15

Ties: 1

to varsity and a bit scary because the girls were

much taller and hit a lot harder, but I was ready

because I always used to talk about being varsity

when I was younger,” Bargen said. “I trained really

hard by playing club volleyball and by doing clinic

and camps. I worked on things I struggled with and I

mastered them. Just in this season alone I improved

by knowing how to read the ball not only by seeing

where she was hitting by how the hitter was hitting.”

Junior Cate Hahn was another new player who

moved up from JV to varsity. Throughout

the season she developed her skills and

eventually won All Tournament team

at both the St. Charles High School

Tournament and the Lutheran St.

Charles Tournament. Hahn has been

playing volleyball since her freshman

year and has played for all three teams;

freshman, JV and varsity.

“My favorite game was when we played

Lutheran High in the championship game of their

tournament, because it was the best we have ever

played and although we didn’t win we played for

each other to reach a common goal,” Hahn said. “I

hope that next year we are still able to play for each

other, not individually, and although we are losing

our seniors, we can keep the team unity that we

developed this year since it is so strong.”

The Knights softball team started competing in

their first game of districts on Oct. 16. They were

ranked as the number five seed and played Fort

Zumwalt North, who had the number four seed,

and the Knights defeated them 13-3.

“We played pretty well so we were pretty

excited to play the next day at Francis Howell

Central who had the number one seed,” head

coach Mike Freedline said. “They had already

beat us three times this year so we knew it was

going to be a tough game.”

Francis Howell North played Francis Howell

Central on Thursday and started off the game

well, but then had a couple errors, gained

unearned runs and eventually lost 0-10. For

next year the Knights have high hopes and


“We’ll be changing conferences, so going into

the new conference our goal next year is to win

the conference as we come into it next year,”

Freedline said. “Our seniors led the team real

well, and everybody stepped up and improved

from the year before, so they all did a pretty

good job.”

Last season, the Knights had six starting

sophomores and were a young team. The

Knights will be losing seniors such as Adria

Schmidt, who led the Knights with 36 hits

and two RBIs. Next year, the Knights will have

several returning members, such as junior Becka

Brissette and freshman Lucy Fajatin who led the

team in home runs.

“This season we ended up having a lot more

upperclassmen since we were such a young

team last year and we ended up getting farther

into districts this year,” junior Becka Brissette

said. “We want to win conference next year, we

changed conferences and we want to ended up

winning and go farther in districts, and I want to

hit better and get my stats up.” (Story by Parker





Junior Jack Ferry swims at the RecPlex against FZS on

Oct. 29. Ferry has been swimming on the varsity swim

team since his freshman year. The team came in third

place. (Photo by Addy Bradbury)



Junior Jack Ferry has participated in the

school’s swim team for all three years of his

high school career. His swim experience goes

back further than high school, however. Ferry

started playing sports at a young age. In first

grade, Ferry joined the Dolphins, an outdoor

swim team associated with the Rec-Plex. He

found he had a natural stroke.

“I choose to stick with swim because I

thought it was easier on your body,” Ferry

said. “I also enjoy the competition.”

Ferry practices in all strokes but he favors

the breaststroke. FHN swim practice starts

surprisingly late. In some cases, this can be

stressful and swim can get in the way of other

obligations. Ferry spends a good amount

of his time swimming, but when he’s not

at the pool, he’s usually studying or doing

homework. With his busy schedule, it doesn’t

leave much time for himself.

“Swim requires a lot of prioritizing,” Ferry

said. “Otherwise I am swimming generally

four to five nights a week.”

Ferry swims practically all year round, and

he’s even on a summer swim team. All that

practice and hard work has paid off. One of

Ferry’s best times has been on a 50 free which

he swam in 24 seconds at a meet. One length

of the pool is 25 meters.

Ferry plans on continuing his swim career

into the future, and he plans on swimming all

the way through college.

“I think swim’s helped me keep a healthy

lifestyle when the workload gets bigger,” Ferry


Ferry’s coach Josh Galati has had a major

impact on his success by helping him practice

for many meets throughout his career.

“He’s a strong swimmer,” Galati said. “He

really pushes himself.” (Brief by Emma Fischer)

Junior Liam Levins attacks the goal, looking to pass the ball to his teammate, Louis Primeau. Players on the varsity

boys soccer team compete in a nail-biting soccer game against Holt on Oct. 8 at FHN. The team was led by Coach

Scheller. (Photo by Phoebe Primeau)


The boys’ varsity soccer team brings awareness to breast cancer by

wearing pink jerseys for home games throughout the month of October

by Abby Akers

During their games in October, the boys varsity

soccer team wore pink jerseys in support

of breast cancer awareness. The team, who

has a 4-19 record, thought it would be a good way to

show that they support breast cancer awareness.

“Coach [Larry] Scheller decided it would be a good

idea to get them,” said sophomore varsity soccer

player Cannon Murray. “In years past we have always

had pink-themed jerseys in October.”

The team likes being able to wear the pink-themed

jerseys. It brings awareness to something that isn’t

talked about as much as it should be.

“The whole team enjoys

wearing them to show support,”

said sophomore player Jackson


The month of October

is National Breast Cancer

Awareness month. Breast cancer

is one of the most common

cancers among women.

According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation,

an estimated 268,600 people will be diagnosed with

invasive breast cancer this year.

“It’s scary to think that so many people will have

breast cancer,” sophomore Rebecca Orthwerth said.

“You never really know how big of a problem it is

until you read about it.”

The team typically wears black jerseys for home

games and white jerseys for away games. During

October, the pink themed jerseys are worn in place

of the black home jerseys.


Read more about breast

cancer and help by

donating to the cause:

“We choose as a team and we usually wear it

[the jersey] every other game,” junior player Dane

McManus said.

According to UCSF Health, breast cancer is most

common in older individuals. One in eight women

who live to the age of 80 will be diagnosed with

cancer. Nearly 77 percent of women who are

diagnosed with cancer are over the age of 50. Less

than 5 percent of women under the age of 40 are

diagnosed with breast cancer.

There are many ways to reduce the risk of getting

breast cancer. According to City of Hope, exercise

can reduce your risk of being

diagnosed with breast cancer.

Reducing the amount of alcohol

you drink and not smoking can also

reduce your risks tremendously.

Breast cancer does not only affect

women. Although rare, men can

develop breast cancer. Male breast

cancer symptoms are the same

as women. One in every 1,000 men will develop

this cancer. Men also have a higher mortality rate

because it usually isn’t caught as early.

The team is grateful that they had the opportunity

to wear the pink jerseys. They are glad they are able

to show support in such a big way. The boys hope

to continue the tradition of wearing the pink jerseys

next October.

“Yes, [we will continue the tradition next year],”

Houk said. “I think it’s a cool thing to do to support

breast cancer awareness.”





The girls’ cross country team has had a successful

season with Chloe Horstman and Allison Vernon

moving on to sectionals. They have led a team of 17

girls this year, with 14 runners who have returned

from the previous season. Many of the athletes on

the team improved throughout the season and

developed healthy habits in order to successfully

compete against other rival high schools. Alise

Simon, an athlete on the team, is no exception.

“I maintain good grades throughout the season

because I have a much stricter schedule during

cross country season,” said Simon.

Before a meet, the team performs several normal

routines. They did activities together such as

receiving race number bibs, putting on spikes,

warm up jog and stretching.

“My favorite thing to do before and after I run is

cheering on the other races FHN competes in,” said


The team spirit is what helps to fuel these girls as

they race against competitors. During practices and

meets, the athletes all cheer for one another and

coast alongside the race to motivate the runners to

move faster.



This year there was one tennis player who stood

out from the bunch: Allie Moore. She is a junior who

first started playing her freshman year. She was

looking for something to do outside of school.

“I thought it would look good for college and for

businesses,” Moore said.

Moore’s teammates think highly of her and enjoy

her motivation and her passion for tennis.

“She’s a very motivated person,” junior tennis

player Iris Lee said. “I guess if she has an idea she

has the drive to make it happen.”

Moore wanted to become a better leader to the

other members in tennis, so over the summer

she learned how to coach younger kids. With the

knowledge she learned from coaching them, she

went into the season ready to help people.

“I have started giving people on my team advice

and helping them out with little things,” said Moore.

“But there is only so much you can do when also

trying to better yourself but I try to help out where

I can.”

One of the pieces of advice Moore had for the

team is to practice more during the off season.

“If people practiced more during the off season

we could be better than other schools,” Moore said.

Moore helped her teammates with

Junior Chloe Horstman runs during a cross country

meet for FHN. Horstman has participated in cross

country for three years. (Photo by Allie Moore)

“Team spirit makes cross country enjoyable and

tolerable, I don’t know what we would do without

it,” said Simon.

There are three main workouts every week

during practice: distance runs, track workouts and

timed runs. Distance runs are focused on form and

cardio, slower than race pace, but usually go farther

distance coverage. Track workouts tend to be the

hardest of the three, and are focused on pushing

yourself physically and mentality. Timed runs are

the easiest of the three. Those are done a day

before a meet and it is a thirty minute jog on your

own at FHN.

“The workouts done at practice not only help to

prepare the athletes, but also act as a stress reliever

from school,” assistant coach Valerie Green said.

(Brief by Andrew Tueth)

Junior Allie Moore prepares to hit the tennis ball back across

the net to her opponent. Moore has been playing for three years

and has experienced coaching change. Moore enjoys helping

her teammates. (Photo by Avery Witherbee)

techniques and forms. She also helped newer

players improve. She wanted to work on specific

ways to move and hold the racket while doing a

front hand or backhand.

“She has definitely helped me in tennis whenever

I started out,” said Lee. “She helped teach me the

techniques and I definitely improved thanks to her.”

Moore is a motivating person, often hosting and

setting up group bonding events for the tennis

team with Lee.

“Watching her play itself was pretty exciting,” Lee

said. “We’d always just watch her play really well

and it motivates us to be better.” (Brief by Jon Fitch)

Freshman Leah Heischmidt follows though on her

swing on Sept. 24 at a match against Troy Buchanan.

Heischmidt has become a valuable player during her

first year on the golf team. (Photo by Nadia Abusoud)



The first year of high school for many students

is an opportunity to not only find new things to

do and experience, but also a chance to continue

and build upon things previously enjoyed.

Freshman Leah Heischmidt used her freshman

year to continue playing golf, as she had as a

child, but went in with the goal of making friends,

being able to manage everything and growing in

the process.

“I’ve played golf since around fifth grade,”

Heischmidt said. “I played CYC [Christian Youth

Channel] through my old school, but for high

school I was excited to meet all of the girls

because they’re all so nice, and all so welcoming.”

Since Heischmidt had previously played golf

and made the team when she tried out this year,

and she found that the biggest struggle was

playing against the upperclassmen.

“We have rankings for who we get to play

with, and I was number one, so I played against

juniors and seniors,” Heischmidt said. “And I’m a

freshman so I was just like ‘uhhh.’”

Heischmidt looked forward to meeting the girls,

and she formed many friendships throughout

the season. Her favorite memories were from

bonding with her teammates.

“Leah is valuable as a teammate because she

is very good at golf and helps our team scores,”

freshman teammate Chloe Perkins said. “As a

player she’s calm and easy going, and as a friend

Leah is funny, kind and fun to be around.”

Heischmidt hopes to play golf for the rest of

high school. With her dad’s encouragement and

her desire to continue playing, she thinks it makes

the most sense. Going into the next few years she

hopes to make it to sectionals and continue to

improve her skills.

“My favorite thing about golf is the

sportsmanship,” Heischmidt said. “Everyone is

usually kind of nice to play with so it’s not there’s

any bad environment with anyone. It’s just a good

environment to be in.” (Brief by Hannah Davis)




A peek into Winter

As winter sports began in early November, players and coaches have been working hard and

training. Take a look into their goals, plans and what’s new for the current season



During last season, three

boys’ wrestlers qualified for

state, one returning to the team

this year. This season, many

underclassmen are in a position

to move into the varsity spots.

With many freshmen having

gone through the school’s little

league wrestling program,

some newcomers are already

experienced in the sport of

school wrestling. Previous state

qualifier, sophomore Mason

Apple hopes to return to state

this season, and is currently

preparing for the teams first

home duel on Dec. 4th against

St. Charles West.

“I’m cautiously optimistic,”

coach Chris Brown said. “I’m

hoping our varsity spots will rise

up to the task.”

With this being the second

year of a separate girls wrestling

team at FHN, the team is

continuing to struggle with

gathering a sufficient amount

of wrestlers within each weight

class. During the previous

season, not all of the wrestlers

were able to make it through

the entire season as many

suffered injuries. Thankfully, this

season has had an increased

interest in the team overall and

new wrestlers have decided to

try out. The team is working

hard training to prepare for the

Wonder Woman Tournament

on Jan. 4th.

“[Last year] was definitely

an experiment,” Brown said.

“I’m excited for this year and I

hope the team rises excitement

for wrestling.” (Brief by Karsyn


Senior Trace Martin takes down an opponent on the home fields. Martin has been on the wrestling

team all four years of high school. “I wanted to be in wrestling because I wanted to be in a sport

that would push me and make me stronger,” Martin said. (File Photo)


Last season, diver and alumni Kamryn Bell had

gone to state and many previously inexperienced

swimmers got up to speed with learning

the swimming strokes needed at meets and

improving overall.

Many underclassmen swimmers had also

joined swim club last year, giving the returning

swimmers, such as junior Olivia Neunaber and

sophomore Natalia Salazar the ability to apply

their new and improved skills to meets for the

current season. The team will also be going to

more meets this season to gain some experience,

and they are working hard at the pool in order to

prepare and hope to make it to state and improve

their times.

“We lost some really good swimmers this

season because they were seniors,” sophomore

Ana Remolina said. “But, this year’s seniors and

juniors are amazing and many of the sophomores

have improved a lot.” (Brief by Karsyn Williams)

Junior Lexi Triller cheers as her teammate

finished a relay during a swim meet. Triller has

competed in breast stroke and freestyle swim

during the previous season. (File Photo)

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Senior Sterling Jones takes the ball down the sideline of the FHN basketball courts. Jones

has been on the varsity team since his sophomore year and he plans to play again this

year. “I chose to play basketball because it’s my favorite sport,” Jones said, “and I have

been playing since I was a little kid.” (File Photo)


Last season, the team struggled but found

that they had improved as the season went

on, and they aim to continue building off

that improvement. Seniors Ben Oster and

Kyle Foster are returning to the court for

their last year on the team and plan to bring

their best game. This is the first year with

coach Mark Wright being the head coach

of the team. He and the other players are

looking forward to competing this season

as they prepare for their first tournament

on Dec. 9 at St. Charles West.

“Our team goal is to be playing our best

basketball in February,” Wright said. “We

are working hard each day, each practice,

each game to get a little bit better each

time we step on the court.” (Brief by Karsyn


Senior Jenna Thompson hides the ball away from an opponent from

Francis Howell Central at a game on Jan 29. Jenna Thompson played

both on the varsity and JV girls basketball teams during her junior

year. “I have been interested in the sport all my life.” said Thompson,

“My parents both played it in high school and even my mom played

a little in college.” (File Photo)



Take a look into how the only senior on the

varsity girls basketball player is preparing for

the 2019-2020 season

Why did you start playing basketball?

“It was a sport my family has always played and it was really

easy to play in the backyard. It was a sport I grew up to love.”

What are you looking forward to this season?

“Getting to know the new coach and getting to move very

well with all the new girls that we have.”

What are some of the teams goals this season?

Sophomore Matthew Wells takes a shot on goal against the Holt Indians. Wells glided

through the opposing defense to get a one-on-one with the goalie. Wells played varsity since

his freshman year. (File Photo)


With new players and many returning

players stepping up to varsity this season,

the hockey team has been working hard

on improving individually and as a group.

Returning players, sophomores Max Ising

and senior Blaine Longmore, are putting

their best effort in during games. Last year,

The team had won a playoff game and aims

to improve their record this season. On Nov.

22, the team competes against Timberland

and is looking forward to getting on the ice

to play.

“I feel pretty good about our practices,”

sophomore player Matt Wells said. “I think

varsity is going to do pretty good this year.”

(Brief by Karsyn Williams)

“To somewhat do the same of last year. To grow as a team

with the new coach and all the new players and just really have

the best season that we can.”

How does the team plan on reaching these


“We’re gonna really work our butts off this year and we’re

definitely going to try and hit the weight room as much as we

can. We’re going to keep working hard every practice and get

better each one.”

How is it being the only senior on the team?

“It is kind of crazy being the only senior. But, it’s also kind of

nice because I’m someone the rest of the teammates and the

JV team look up to.”

(Content by Karsyn Williams)





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A wilting flower sits outside during a snow storm. An enviromental activist is a person that works towards protecting plants and animals in nature. The activists could end

up hurting the Earth though with their actions and protests. (Photo by Kaili Martin)

Helping or Hurting

Environmental activism without purpose or solutions

contributes to the problem more than it helps

Remember back to US History class, when Martin Luther King Jr. stood at the

Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC and twerked on national television, or when

in protest to the Vietnam war, peace activists flew into Vietnam and set it ablaze

with Napalm? Of course not. These protests would’ve been ridiculous instead of

game changing if any of that was true. So, why does the climate hysteria that has

gripped the world in recent months expect to be treated seriously?

Starting with #ShutDownDC, an event that aimed to block major highways to

force government action. Instead, as recorded and later posted to social media,

protestors twerked, littered and threw confetti (which they didn’t clean up) and

glitter into the air. Glitter is awful for the environment; it kills marine life. That

combined with the fact that several protestors thought “twerking” was a form of

protest. It isn’t. Not to mention police had to, as journalist Julio Rosas reported,

power a gas guzzling generator to destroy protestor-erected barricades. Great job,


Then there’s Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old Swede who made

headlines after sailing across the ocean in a zero-emission

yacht to avoid a plane ride. Except she flew in a crew. Also,

as Vox and Bloomberg explain, not only would Thunberg’s

trek not decrease plane emissions for a single flight, but it’s

counterproductive. Flying overseas is when planes are most

environmentally friendly. It’s also impractical: not everyone can borrow

a millionaire’s yacht. Upon arrival, Thunberg threw a temper tantrum at the UN,

like a child. She has no moral supremacy because she’s a child, nor is she immune

from critique. Thunberg been made a victim of climate hysteria, not climate


Both of these were virtue signals. Real environmentalists aren’t twerking in DC

or building custom yachts. They’re cleaning up trash. The same time as the DC

protests, real activists went down to Los Angeles to clean up 50 tons of garbage.

Even Stream Team in Missouri and Recycling Club at FHN have done more to save

the planet than these “protests”. It’s time we stopped giving legitimacy to those

who don’t deserve it. (Story by Connor Peper)

Environmental activists get a bad wrap and are

helpful and essential towards the future of our planet

The earth is heating up. According to NASA, the earth has heated up about

0.8 degrees Celsius since 1880. This has been caused by the increased carbon

emissions due to fossil fuels. The United Nations has stated that it has a goal

to keep global warming to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius. For this to occur,

action must be taken in order to change policies regarding carbon emissions.

Environmental activists express their concern for the government to provide a

better future for the planet.

Environmental activists are key to getting policy to change regarding climate

change. They communicate to the government their want for better policies on

climate change. During the week of Sept. 20, there were a series of international

climate protests demanding action to be taken against climate change, with

CNN reporting 7.6 million people taking part. Without their voice, nobody would

know their demand to prevent climate change, and policies would not change

to prevent it.

The EPA shows that 45 percent of global carbon emissions come from two

countries, China and the United States. They only have nine and 12 climate laws

respectively, relatively low compared to Brazil’s 28 climate laws. Brazil has about

two thirds of the population of the United States, and yet they only account

for about two percent of global carbon emissions. China and the United States

need to regulate their carbon emissions, especially since they are two of the

most industrialized nations in the world. The activists are demanding policies

that would decrease carbon emissions by phasing out fossil fuels, creating

sustainable agriculture and more.

Activists hope to keep global warming to well below two

degrees Celsius. Left untreated, climate change will lead to

stronger storms, more droughts, heat waves and rising sea

levels, according to the EPA. More people are going to be

affected by global climate change, whether it be through more

and frequent strong storms, or they may be displaced due to rising sea levels.

Every voice is necessary to help get the world to act on climate change. (Story by

Justin Christensen)

Do environmental

activists help or hurt the


“It is good for the

enviroment, it allows others

to see what others are doing

for the enviroment. It spreads


Emma Musselman, 10

“They have admirable

passion, but there is no actual

effort being done by them or

influenced by them.”

Julian Washington, 9

“What enviromentalist do is

imperative to the survival of the

human race. Everybody should

strive in one way or the other to

protect the environment.”

Logan Holloway, 10





Two of the best selling candies in

America are evaluated. M&M’s are

the better choice, for more reasons

than just their delicious taste

by Ivy Lowery

Everyone has seen the bright, colorful, and

seasonal advertisements and begged their parents

for these candies at some point. Whether it’s

chocolate bars or fruity sugar pellets, people of all

ages love candy. Two of the most popular in sales

and flavor come down to be evaluated by a candy

enthusiast. M&Ms by the candy company MARS, or

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups by the arguably most

famous chocolate company, Hershey’s. Who will win?

Why should someone buy M&Ms instead of

Reese’s? Other than the exceptionally smooth

chocolatey taste, the price for each unit is a great

amount lower than Reese’s. In a typical $5 candy

bag for Halloween, there are 14 units of one piece

Reese’s cups, and 21 packs of Fun Size M&Ms with 17

candies, 357 in total. This comes out to three and a

half ounces worth of Reese’s Cups and a whopping

11 ounces of M&Ms. By buying M&Ms, you get more

than triple the candy for your money.

As well as getting more sugar filled delights,

MARS offers more variety of M&M flavors such as

the classic milk chocolate, hazelnut, almond and

(Photo submitted by Gracie Bowman)

First sold in 1941, M&M’s spill out next to a relative of theirs, Reese’s Pieces. Although the first Reese’s candy

hit the shelves in 1928, its small, candy coated counterpart wasn’t seen until 49 years later in 1977. Despite the

obvious inspiration that Reese’s took, they continue to rival M&M’s. (Photo by Aidyn Gleason)

more. Unfortunately, Reese’s doesn’t have much

variety: only various chocolates and Reece’s Pieces

Cups. With more choices, the

combinations and possibilities of

flavors are endless. For some, the

classic M&M cookie filled childhood

memories with mouth-watering

smells and smiles all around. With all

these M&M flavors, you could make

endless varieties of these cookies

with M&Ms. What cookies or recipes can you make

with Reese’s?

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups blend the taste of

peanut butter and chocolate seamlessly, but have

you ever come back to your car and had melted

peanut butter and chocolate all over your seat or

Christmas comes with many special things. One

of the biggest ones is Christmas music. There is

a great variety of Christmas songs in existence,

like “Jingle Bells,” “All I Want for Christmas is You,”

“Jingle Bell Rock,” and lots more.

There is an ongoing debate as to

when these tunes are appropriate to

listen to. Some people are Christmas

lovers and are happy with listening

to Christmas music all year, while

some people have a set time frame

for when it is appropriate. The best

time for Christmas music should be reserved for the

Christmas season.

Holiday music all year long is inappropriate. It

should be saved for after Thanksgiving through

New Year, however, because playing music year

round would take away from some of the special

quality of the music. Christmas music is special

because it is only widely played around the holiday

console? M&Ms were designed to prevent this very

problem. Forrest Mars, Sr. came up with the idea in

1941 after seeing soldiers during the

Spanish Civil War eating chocolate

pellets with a hard candy casing. The

candy was made with hard casing so

the soldiers could carry them around

during warm weather. So thanks

to Mars’ great observation, you no

longer have melted chocolate in your

beautiful car.

Although M&Ms have many benefits, both M&Ms by

MARS and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups by Hershey’s

are great candy in their own ways. The smooth pure

taste of the classic chocolate candy is a beautifully

crafted recipe, and is severely underrated.


The best time to hear Christmas music is after Thanksgiving

by Justin Christensen


Check out some more

facts about Reeses’ and

M&Ms here :

season. If it was played every day, it would no

longer be special, like any other song played on

the radio.

Some people absolutely detest Christmas music

and would rather not hear it at all. They say it all

sounds the same, upbeat and happy, which isn’t

their style. That is very true, but

that’s the point of it. It’s a happy


Check out some popular

Christmas music here:

time of year: people give gifts

to each other, spend time with

their families and much more.

Christmas music reflects the

overall feeling of the holiday:

happiness and joy. Besides,

lots of people really enjoy listening to Christmas

music, so it still should be played widely during the

holiday season.

When played during the right times, Christmas

music is a fun, special addition to the holiday

season. To keep the special quality of Christmas

music, the best time for it to be widely played

would be just the Christmas season.








“They can sue them, but I

don't know how effective

it is because there are

different brands .”

Abby Keathley, 11

“I don't like Juuls, but I think

it's kind of stupid to sue

them because you'd never

win. It's not about FHN. It's

just kids Juuling.”

James Struble, 12

“I think it's waste of time.

It's the individual kids so

it's kind of silly to sue a

whole company. We should

focus on something else.”

Alex Harris, 12

"It seems kind of stupid

because they don't have

any power over who they

can sell to. It's the kid who

chooses whether or not

they buy one.”

Aiden Kehoe, 9

“I think it's kind of dumb

and waste of money, but I

don't know much about it.”

Emily Nelson, 10

“It'll probably help with

banning Juul, making it

harder to access. It'll also

help with the other schools

that sued.”

Calvin Caswell, 10




FHSD is currently in a lawsuit against Juul Labs

On Behalf of the Editorial Staff | @FHNtoday

The Francis Howell School District

has decided to join other school

districts around the country to sue

the e-cigarette company, Juul Labs. The

decision was brought forward to the board by

their lawyer, Cindy Ormsbry. After the federal

government released a statement saying

that Juul Labs advertises towards underage

kids and the rapid spike in e-cigarette related

offenses in the school district, FHSD didn’t want

to leave Juul unpunished.

The Editorial Board is in support of the

Francis Howell School District. FHSD has done

the most they can do with trying to keep the

students away from e-cigarettes. They have

tried to prevent them from being used by

under-age kids with their health effect warnings

and have tried to help students with nicotine


According to Ormsbry, the district has

spent an excessive amount of their time and

resources trying to take care of this e-cigarette

epidemic. After a spike from around 50 to 280

e-cigarette infractions within the school district,


the board has taken action to fix the underlying

issue of nicotine addiction. Figuring that detentions

and suspensions don’t work, they have spent

excessive resources to hold information programs

for their students and enforcing a new drug policy.

None of the funds from the lawsuit are coming

from the taxpayers or the district either. If there is

any recovery from a settlement or after a trial, the

legal fees will be paid out of that settlement, but

there will be no funds and no taxpayer funds to pay

for the lawsuit.

Although this lawsuit does punish Juul Labs,

FHSD will not blame Juul for students being caught

with vapes on their person. The student is still held

accountable for their behavior. The student will be

punished with in school suspension and will be

go through programs to help with their nicotine


The district’s end goal of the lawsuit is to get

reimbursed for the issue they didn’t create, but

that Juul did. FHSD wants the funds reimbursed

(Illustration by Kiley Beiner)

to them that they had to use towards the vaping

problems they have had over the past three years.

They want to be able to pay for the programs and

rehabilitation that is used and the administrators

and professionals that help as well.

If no actions were taken before this, the lawsuit

would seem impractical. But FHSD has spent time

and finances trying to fix a problem that they didn’t

create for their students. Juul has created a mess

that FHSD has had to clean up for the past three

years. The district isn’t using their own funds to pay

for the lawsuit, they have tried other ways to fix the

problem, they aren’t blaming only Juul, but also the

students; FHSD has all their I’s dotted and all their

T’s crossed.

The district cares about their health and well

being of their students. If they win this lawsuit, they

are hoping to be able to cure this vaping epidemic

once and for all with the resources they will be able

to provide, including rehabilitation programs and

help for the students’ addiction with nicotine.

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