Stars on the rise

The 2015-2016 competition show for Findlay First Edition show choir is under way and will soon be revealed. After having a season that included three Grand Championship titles and winning fourth place overall in the nation; the show choir is excited and is preparing to start competing. Coming off of a successful season last year has put pressure on the group to stay on top.

“Our biggest competitor this season is ourselves.” Director Kevin Manley said.Each member is reminded what it takes to be on top and the work that is to come to stay there.

Jenna Kreinbrink explains how the group members are working together to make it the best year in FFE history.  “Considering the group’s dynamic I have witnessed so early in the season, I’m certain to see the group’s success in anything we strive to achieve.” Kreinbrink said.

This season, you can expect to see dance brakes, beautiful ball gowns, amazing music, and all the glitz and glam on stage for its 31st year in a row. Unlike previous years, this year’s competition show has the loose theme of “stars”. Whether they’re on the red carpet or up in the sky, all members are eager to get back on stage and shine.

This year, FFE will be competing in five major state competitions leading up to the Fame national competition in Chicago this spring. Between competitions and practices,  FFE will perform local shows for the community throughout the year. Dates and locations of the performances are listed on the FFE website at We wish them the best of luck in their upcoming season and hope they live up to the name they have earned.

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.

Love your lips

Lipstick or lip gloss? Many girls have varied opinions on this topic. To find out what will work best for you, consider these guidelines.

Lip Gloss

If you want a product to wear that isn’t too noticeable, lip gloss is your best choice. While lip gloss is more sheer and discrete, it can also be very sticky. You know what that means… your hair will easily get stuck to your lips. Although this is a very annoying problem, lip gloss will finish off a cute outfit any day.

If you’re going for a sheer lip look, try Mentha Lip Tint in Magenta Mint, available from Bath and Body Works ($7.50). This particular gloss is clear, but this brand comes in other colors.

My favorite dark lip gloss is Nars’ Sixties Fan, available from Sephora ($26.00). It’s a dark pomegranate color that is very long-lasting.

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Lipstick If you’re looking for lip wear that has a wide array of colors to choose from, lipstick is for you. Lipstick comes in fun colors, like orange and purple, or sophisticated colors, like nude or brown. No matter what color, lipstick will come off on any cup, fork, or spoon. Make sure you’re careful when eating, but you can always reapply! Wet n Wild’s Balm Stain comes in many colors and is gentle on your lips.

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One of the brighter choices is Red-Dy or Not, which is a cute but bold red. A more subtle option is their balm stain called Rico Mauve. It is a light pink and goes with any dressy casual outfit. Both of these
options are available at any grocery store ($2.99 at Walgreens).

My all-time favorite lipstick is Elegant in Brown from Sephora’s
Color Lip Last collection, available at Sephora ($14.00). This is a darker color which is good for fall.


Movie Review: The Visit

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Starring: Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould,
Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie,Kathryn Hahn

Plot: Kids Becca (DeJonge) and Tyler
(Oxenbould) go on a trip to visit their
grandparents for the first time. Upon arrival,
they are greeted by Nana (Dunagan) and
Pop Pop (McRobbie). All seems well until
the kids notice strange behavior from the
grandparents. Once the siblings discover a
shocking secret about who their
grandparents really are, they wonder if they
will ever make it home.

Why See It: The Visit is a must-see with
moments of horror, comedic elements, and a
twist at the end that will have you on the
edge of your seat.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Jordan Jones looks ahead to upcoming games

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Three weeks into the 2015 Trojan Football season and the undefeated Trojans are looking great! In light of the recent success Jordan Jones, who recently has returned from a dislocated shoulder, took time to answer some questions about the season thus far.

How is the season going: “Season is going great! We’ve started with a lot of confidence and all of the work we have put in this summer is definitely showing! We are doing a great job of not letting teams stick around once we get leads in games.” said Senior Jordan Jones

What are some strengths of the team?:“Defense has done a great job preventing big plays. Offense has done a great job making big plays. Special teams have made sure that we are winning the field position battle.”

What are some weaknesses of the team?:“Our biggest weakness is our youth, so most of our mistakes are things that will be fixed with time. We cannot get complacent given our early season success.”

How far do you think the team will go this season?:“The goal is to make the playoffs and make a deep run. It’s something that this group of seniors have never done and really wants to achieve.”

The Reality for Refugees


Jordanian border guards receiving 112 new refugees at camp Zaatari, photo courtesy of
Jordanian border guards receiving 112 new refugees at camp Zaatari, photo courtesy of

Living in Findlay, it’s hard for us the imagine being forced to flee our homes for our own safety. Sure, some people can relate in that they were temporarily forced out of their homes during the infamous flood of 2007, but this is incomparable to what thousands are experiencing in Syria. Driven out by a bloody civil war, an overwhelming number of Syrians are desperate for a  safe haven.

A popular option for many refugees is transporting all the necessities they can carry by bicycle to the Jordan border. These people are hoping to find a place at Zaatari, which is the largest camp holding refugees. Over 630,000 refugees currently reside in Jordan. Over the past few years, Jordan has done as much as they can to aid those that have been displaced. However, they don’t provide jobs to these foreigners and can only handout a limited amount of food.

Though most refugees remain in the region, others have been forced to adapt in a less familiar area. If a refugee is lucky enough to be permitted to enter a hospitable European country, the situation is still less than ideal. Syrians face a serious challenge trying to integrate themselves into European culture. Finding a way to support themselves and make arrangements for their children to receive some type of schooling is a hard enough task which is only made more challenging by the language barrier.

As these people struggle to find a place to temporarily settle, they also are plagued with the anxiety of when and how they will return home. With a civil war not coming to end anytime soon, Syrian refugees are left to wonder if they will ever return home in their lifetime.


Book Review: The Andalucian Friend

Sophie Brinkmann, a nurse, widow and single mother meets Hector Guzman, the head of a powerful international crime, after caring for him in the hospital. Sophie is captivated by his quiet charm, and warming smile; she likes the way he welcomes her to his family. But she soon learns that his smooth façade masks something much more sinister.

Brad Thor, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Blacklist was amazed with the book.

“Imagine The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo meets The Sopranos then crank up the intrigue  and rip off the knob. Alexander Soderberg has pinned an awesome thriller you wont want to miss!”

Scott Smith, author of The Ruins also praised the novel.

“One of the many wonderful things about Alexander Soderberg’s novel The Andalucian Friend is how it upsets our expectations. His cops act like gangsters, while his gangsters (some of them) attain a startling sort of nobility.”

While others gave a disappointed rating it turned out to be a well done, with an overall 3 star rate.  The Andalucian Friend is a powerhouse novel, action packed and highly sophisticated.

Photo courtesy of Blogspot
Photo courtesy of Blogspot

Long Live the Queen- Literally

On Wednesday, September 9, Queen Elizabeth II became the longest-reigning monarch in Britain’s history.

Elizabeth inherited the throne in 1952, at the age of 25. As of last Wednesday, she had ruled for 63 years and 217 days – surpassing her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, as the longest-ruling British queen.

The queen arranged for no celebration of this achievement.

“Inevitably, a long life can pass by many milestones. Mine is no exception.”

The next to inherit the throne will be Charles, Prince of Wales. Second in line is Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. No matter how much longer Elizabeth continues to rule, it will be next to impossible for either to surpass her record.