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[20 Dec 2010 | No Comment | ]
December Door Decorating Contest

Science teacher Dan Carpenter’s class won the door decorating competition on the week of Dec. 13-17. He received the Spirit Stick at the December pep rally for his class. FCS teacher Jolene Schlemmer’s class came in second place and Business teacher Tony Kobza came in third. Also decorating the hallways with Gingerbread Houses was Sherrie McCranie’s Culinary Skills class.
Here are a couple pictures of Carpenter’s room, followed by Schlemmer’s and Kobza’s.

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[13 Dec 2010 | No Comment | ]

By Ellie Clinch and Atley Gustafson
“Man, I hate college.” These iconic words written by singer, Sam Adams have already become the mantra for our future.
We went into our freshman year thinking that high school was going to be the best years of our life. We would be making new friends, taking new classes and being a part of all high school has to offer. But we always knew that this was just one more step in the direction of our future: college.
However, now that we’re seniors, senioritis has not sunk …

A & E »

[13 Dec 2010 | No Comment | ]

We’ve seen Harry Potter grow before our eyes in the past decade or so; from a gangly 10 year old, to a young man.
We’ve also seen the Potter series and franchise become something larger than life. With every new movie comes an onslaught of geeks and dweebs (like myself) who stand in line for hours dressed as some sort of mythical creature just to get a ticket.
But sadly, we knew in the back of our minds that someday the “Potter-craze” would inevitably come to an end. “Harry Potter and the …

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[13 Dec 2010 | No Comment | ]

By: Austin Ford
When in Rome, do as the Romans do, right?
Wrong. When in Rome, ignore the Romans and celebrate an American holiday! By far one of the coolest things I will have done yet, this Saturday, Dec. 4, I will be inviting over 20 French people to my host family’s house to eat a real Thanksgiving dinner, complete with turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie.
Not a single one of the guests has ever experienced Thanksgiving, so I decided I would bring a bit of my own culture right …

Featured, Sports »

[13 Dec 2010 | No Comment | ]
SFF sets goals for winter sports

By Jessica Castillo
With temperatures dropping and the arrival of snow, there is also the arrival of winter sports.
Winter sports include boys and girls basketball, boys and girls swimming, and wrestling.
But it seems like the cold weather has also snuffed out the fire that was Southwest’s school spirit.
SFF member senior Justin Pete gave his thoughts on winter sports.
“They’re fantastic. It’s a good time for students to show school spirit, and not just for basketball but for other sports as well.”
And as for the subject of school spirit, or lack-there of, Pete …

Featured, Op-Ed »

[13 Dec 2010 | No Comment | ]
staff editorial; technology running our lives

Click, click, tap, tap, send, send, distraction, distraction. Unwanted use of technology in classrooms is becoming a bigger deal, and teachers are at a loss for what to do.
Previously the attitude may have been “well, the student is just hurting himself.” But now, with the over-obnoxious sounds of the keys, other students are distracted too.
Teachers go about it different ways: Some just say put the phone away, others take it when they see it and some even make them be put in a box before class begins.
Even if students don’t …

Headline »

[13 Dec 2010 | No Comment | ]
I’m dreaming of a ‘White Christmas’ musical

By: Ellie Clinch
Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” comes to life onstage, featuring 17 of Irving Berlin’s songs.
Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful singing and dancing routine after World War II.
With romance in mind, the veterans follow two sisters to a Vermont lodge to watch their Christmas show. When they show up at the lodge they find out that it’s owned by Bob and Phil’s former army commander.
An orchestra consisting of 22 students will be playing all of the music in the performance. The music includes famous numbers such …

Featured, News »

[7 Dec 2010 | No Comment | ]
behind the scenes of speech and debate

Behind every club or organization lie the little things that people don’t know about them. Speech and debate is no exception. The student body has no idea what they go through to prepare themselves for competition.
This is a look beyond the suits, ties and dress shoes.
Some of the top stereotypes of a speech or debater are as follows:
1. “That we are actually all in Career Ed and have interviews on the days that we show up to school in suits,” said senior Will Folsom who is in speech.
2. “That we …

News »

[1 Dec 2010 | No Comment | ]

By: Rachel Dowd
Backstage at the Ballet will be taking place at Meadow Lane Elementary from Nov. 30 to Dec. 3. This program, which is sponsored by LMBC guild, is celebrating its 16th year. The company’s artists will be leading three station activities for all of the children at Meadow Lane.
Students will be introduced to the art of dance, especially classical ballet; the technical elements of dance and live theater that combine to create a production the magnitude of The Nutcracker; direct experiences in costuming, make-up and movement with music; the …