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Surviving the Grad Party

Dress for the Occasion

  1. Dress nicely, but make sure to be comfortable! There may be a lot of walking around to socialize.

The Gift

2. If you plan on eating food offered at the party, definitely make sure to bring a gift. Five dollars in a card will do!

No Dining and Dashing!

3. Whatever you do, don’t go straight for the food when you arrive. That’s rude! Find the grad first and say congrats.

Party with a Buddy

4. Going with a group of friends can sometimes be easier, just in case you don’t know anyone at the party except for the grad.

Red as a Lobster

5. Wear sunscreen! Most parties are held outside in the scolding sun, the last thing you want is a sunburn!

Timing

6. Stay at the party for at LEAST 30 minutes.

Quick Congrats

7. Don’t feel obligated to talk to the grad the whole time- they will have PLENTY of people to talk to.

Be Polite

8. If you aren’t familiar with the hosts (usually the parents), at least thank the grad and congratulate them one last time before leaving.

Take it Easy

9. Lastly, if there are multiple parties in the same day, you do not need to attend every one of them just because you were invited. They will have plenty of guests. If you’re having trouble picking, choose the closest friend first.

Preservation, Archaeology, and Serving Together

There is a club at Findlay High School that many people do not know about at all, even though it is a very fundamental club that many people would benefit from. This club is called PAST.

“It stands for preservation, archaeology, and serving together,” advisor Eugene Damon said.

The club is all about learning how to preserve and work together to conserve important land and artifacts. If you are interested in history, science, and archaeology this club is perfect for you. Damon started the club ten years ago with the help of Mrs. Schweinfurth and has been the advisor since it started. He wanted to form a club that truly embodied his passion for archaeology and to be able to share it with students.

“We started out working on Johnson’s Island. It housed a civil war prison, and the land began falling apart. The whole club worked diligently to preserve the land, and we did,” Damon said.

PAST still currently goes to Johnson’s Island for a yearly dig. They also work in the lab at Heidelberg University to work on preserving and discovering facts. The club also goes on an annual spring trip to a different museums in big cities. In the past they have gone to places such as Chicago, Nashville, and Cleveland.

This club would be so beneficial to many students who enjoy preservation, archaeology, and serving communities. If you have enjoyed this story, you should definitely check this club out.

Literal Non-sense

To the people who spend their lives with their nose in a book and submerge themselves into different worlds time after time, the question may be somewhat of an insult; what is your favorite book that was turned into a movie? For some, watching the book come to life on a screen will never match the excitement of reading the book for yourself, rendering the question irrelevant and absurd. But in some very rare cases, the movie producers did a great job with following the plot of the book and not adding in extra or unnecessary events in the story.

To Junior Ivrae Huston, the best book that has been turned into a movie is called “Flipped” by Wendelin Van Draanen.

The story is about a stand-alone teen romance in a he-said she-said style with the two protagonists alternately presenting their perspective on a shared set of events. The book was later turned into a movie and released in 2010.

“It follows the plot exactly and they somehow managed to take a 200 paged book and turning it into almost a 2-hour movie without adding in any extra unnecessary things to the plot,” Huston said.

Huston said that she favored the movie over the book.

“They did an excellent job of taking the story and making it come to life and letting you see everything you saw in your head before your eyes.”

If you’re looking for a good read and a non-disappointing representation of that story through the excitement of cinema, try looking into Flipped and maybe, just maybe, we can put the rumor to rest that movies are never as good as the books.

FHS students resolve for the New Year

As 2016 began, thoughts were buzzing of what New Year’s resolutions people wanted to achieve. Many are setting goals to become happier and healthier. GoBankingRates surveyed the most popular New Year’s resolutions for 2016, and the surveys showed that most respondents plan to have fun and enjoy life to the fullest in 2016. Students at Findlay High School have New Year’s resolutions to get physically fit, to save more money, to be more positive, and many more.

Junior Chris Ricker plans on sticking with his goals by working out during and even outside of the sports he plays.

“My New Year’s resolution is to get in shape as much as I can. I want to be able to lift more, lose more weight, and increase my stamina,” Ricker said.

Learning to accept yourself is a great first step to ruling 2016 and making it your year.

“My New Year’s resolution is to accept myself more because I can’t change my flaws, so why not learn to love them?” Sophomore Julia Weigman said.

Some students are trying to become a part of something bigger this year.

“My New Year’s resolution is to become a part of a different social group to meet new people and make new friends. I would also like to get rid of all the negativity in my life and replace it all with positive things,” Junior Alex Risner said.

Not all students rang in the new year with resolutions for themselves.
“My New Year’s resolution is to not have a New Year’s resolution,” senior Kiyomi Tachibana said.

This is another great goal to have because although many of us often forget it, it is important to remember that many things are not permanent.Although it may be difficult to keep up the enthusiasm to achieve your goals, it is not impossible. Select a resolution for yourself for the new year and stick with it!

Benefits of being a Boinger

Courtesy of: findlayfirstedition.com
Courtesy of: findlayfirstedition.com

The award-winning, show choir Findlay First Edition, more commonly known as FFE, has been singing and dancing since 1984. Musically assisting the performers are the Boingers. The Boingers are filled with talented musicians and there is a wide variety instruments that fill up the group. There are trumpets, saxophones, trombones, and in the rhythm section, guitars, electric bass, drums, and piano. The Boingers are all under the direction of Alycia Althaus.

“I joined the Boingers in the beginning of my junior year,” senior, Rachelle Crow said. “My first year I played the violin and the piano. This year we no longer have a string section, so I only play the piano.” Crow said.

Crow shared how joining The Boingers has been rewarding.

“Being apart of the rhythm section has been a great experience. I’ve learned so much about music and about myself as a person. I’ve also made great friends along the way.”

Junior Austin Hamilton has also shared his enjoyment on being a part of FFE.

“I’ve made many friends that will also be life long friends,” Hamilton said. “I first started in 2014, and I play lead guitar. FFE overall has been a great experience. It has taught me many life lessons and given me a great work ethic to live by. It has also broadened my music taste considering I play exclusively rock in my band Null Set. FFE has been one of the most fulfilling things that I’ve been apart of.”

No thanks for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving may be ranked number two on the list of America’s favorite holidays, but it also seems to be the most over looked holiday during the fall and winter season.

In the consumer and marketing world it’s very obvious how Halloween and Christmas overshadow Thanksgiving. When November first rolls around all the Halloween decorations and costumes are cleared out and moved to clearance, to be replaced with tinsel and wrapping paper. Thanksgiving is also overshadowed by the unofficial holiday, Black Friday. The marketing industry starts advertisements for the consumer holiday weeks before Thanksgiving. Almost all ads for stores on Black Friday advertise their products as gifts for Christmas, which again skips over the season of being thankful forward to the mistletoe season.

The average household spends $56.18 on their Thanksgiving meal, according to statisticbrain.com, which isn’t too shabby. But compared to the Black Friday sales it seems minor. The average spent per person on Black Friday was $390.95 in 2014.

Thanksgiving isn’t a particularly expensive holiday and it’s not supposed to be. It’s about being thankful not greedy. However, Syracuse.com, predicts that 25.6 million people, based on previous years statistics, will be shopping on Thanksgiving day. It seems crazy that 45 percent of people plan to end their Thanksgiving meal and festivities early to go out and shop.

Even stores themselves realize how crazy it is. Multiple chain retail stores have announced and pledged to stay closed on Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 2016. These stores include: Costco, TJ-Maxx, Joann, Game Stop, Staples, True Value, Half Price Books, P.C Richard & Sons, REI, and Sam’s Club.

REI is going as far ads to pay their employees to take Thanksgiving and Black Friday off to go outside and be with their families. “While the rest of the world is fighting it out in the aisles, we hope to see you in the great outdoors.” REI said earlier this month in an email.

While you may not spend your Thanksgiving holiday outside, we shouldn’t turn a holiday about giving back and being thankful into a day to get the best deals. It’s good to see that perhaps not all focus on Thanksgiving has been lost. The shadow over Thanksgiving may stop if it wasn’t surrounded by such retail based holidays.

14 Signs You’re Infected with Senioritis

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1. Your outfits gradually stop being cute and you start looking more like a slightly homeless, between midlife crises, and legging addicted woman.
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2. You rely strictly on your 47 minute study hall to get your 2 hours worth of homework done.
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3. You care more about planning your senior spring break trip than planning an outline for your essay.

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4. You experience short-term memory loss when it comes to remembering homework due dates.

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5. It takes 3 alarms, 2 cups of coffee and your mom yelling “you’re going to be late” to get you out the door for school in the morning.

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6. You spend most of your nights binge eating cookie dough, crying and worrying that you wont be accepted into college and you’ll be stuck in high school forever.

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7. Lately, it seems like your hand has been super glued to the TV remote instead of a pencil to get your homework done.

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8. Shaking it off whenever you get a bad grade because hey it’s senior year.  Then later crying about it two weeks later when you realize you have to apply to college with those grades.

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9. Giving -20000% effort because you’ve already been accepted into college.

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10. You slowly start unfollowing all the people you pity followed and secretly hate from your school on social media because you’re outta here in 4 months.

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11. You stop trying to act like you’re paying attention in class and obviously text and take naps in the front row of class.

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12. You no longer care what people think of you because you’re a senior and seniors rule and any underclassmen who tries to oppose you is toast by the international grade ranking of high school.

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13. You procrastinate everything until it’s 1am the night before and you’re 3 bottles deep into 5-Hour Energy.

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14. You look back and wonder if you made the most of your high school experience and then realize you don’t really care if you did or didn’t, you just want to leave.

Homecoming: Eat In or Out?

With homecoming only a few days away, final preparations are being made in a haste. Some students have had plans set in stone for months while others will wait until the night of the dance to figure out their plans. No matter what end of this spectrum you fall on, you’ll have to figure out what to do about your meal plans. Should you indulge in an elegant meal out and fight the crowds? Or should you play it safe and enjoy a home cooked meal? To help you figure out which is the better option for you, consider the pros and cons of going out to eat and cooking at home.

Going out to eat is arguably the most popular option among homecoming groups. Depending on where you go, a restaurant can be less expensive than buying ingredients to make a meal yourself. Eating out can be less stressful since you aren’t worried about making the food.

On the down side, restaurants are bound to be packed on the night of homecoming, since the majority of students go out. If you are planning to go out with a large group of friends for homecoming, keep in mind that smaller restaurants may have difficulty finding you a table.

The less popular option for homecoming dinner is eating in with your friends. This is more controllable since you won’t have to wait in line and you’ll know how many of your friends can fit in your dining room. A tip for eating at home is to have a pot luck. Then all of the stress of making a good meal isn’t placed on one person.

Making food at home can be more stressful since you have to actually make the food, which can be difficult and frustrating. It can also cost you a lot more money to buy all the ingredients you may need to make your meal.

Whether you decide to eat in or out before homecoming, the most important thing is that you’re having great food surrounded by good people.

Sign Club at FHS

Teresa Simon is the hearing and impaired teacher who is starting up a  sign language club.  They meet in room 115 on Wednesday’s from 2:50 to 3:30. This club can change the diversity of the schools environment. The club is for students who are interested in learning how to communicate with others who are incapable of hearing.

“Students interested in learning sign language should come by and join.” Simon said.