Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018

2017 is almost over, so let’s take some time to remember this long eventful year. This year was full of surprises, from everything that happened with Donald Trump to the second season of stranger things. Since 2017 isn’t over yet, we still have some events before the new year. For instance, the new Star Wars movie comes out on December 15th.

This year marks the 110th year since the first ball drop in Times Square. The first NYE ball was made out of wood and iron, weighing about 700 pounds. There have been about 7 new ones since then. The first ball drop was in 1907. Since then, celebrations for the new year have gotten crazier.

Countries around the world celebrate with fireworks and confetti. In Estonia, they eat 12 meals for good luck. In Denmark, they smash plates and glass on their friends front doors. The more smashed glass you have, the more popular you are.

2017 has been better than years past. This year, Donald Trump was elected into office on January 20th. For better or for worse, the President of the United states influences the U.S culture. For Donald Trump, well, his actions speak for themselves.  The total eclipse occured on August 21st. Even when it was overcast and hard to see, the eclipse captured everyone’s attention for just a few moments. The amount of money spent because of the eclipse will make you lose your mind.

I asked a couple of students how they felt about their year. Savannah Wilcox, a freshman, said “I think this year was pretty okay. It definitely was better than last year.” Another freshman, Kiarra Brickner says that “ This year has been long and eventful. I’m glad its over.”

As this year comes to an end, look around and be thankful that you made it another year. 2018 is almost here, so good luck in the new year. Happy holidays!

Girls Tennis Recap

How did your season go?

“The season went very well! There were a lot of personal as well as team victories.” Said senior Julia Weigman.

Did the team have any weakness?

“I wouldn’t say so. We all worked together really well and balanced out each other’s weaknesses so that the team could succeed.” Said Weigman.

Did the team have any strengths?

“We played every game, not only to win, but to get better. We never wasted a day, every match and practice were used for improving.” Weigman said.

What advice would you leave for the non-senior members of the team?

       “Have fun and do your absolute best! As long as you leave it all on the courts there is no reason to be upset. The amazing teammates you have will support your either way!” Said Weigman.

What will you miss most about Tennis at FHS?

“I will miss all the Amazing friends that I’ve made. This year was my first year of ever playing tennis and I was nervous at the beginning of the season. However, the support that I had from my partner and all the rest of the team was so uplifting! I felt as if i had been there with them for all 4 years and I’ll cherish the memories that we made together. Said senior Addie Wirt.

“I joined tennis as a freshman, and I was the only one in my grade, However, I always felt so welcomed. I’m going to miss the awesome atmosphere that everyone created when we were together.” Said Weigman.


TRAC Quarterback meet in AFC North Matchup

    Two former TRAC quarterbacks face off in the NFL.  Sunday September 10, 2017 Findlay’s Ben Roethlisberger (1996-2000) and Toledo Central Catholic’s Deshone Kizer (2010-2014) met and battled it out in Cleveland in week one of the new NFL season. Ben won this round but there is still another game later this season between the two of them.

    Ben only played one season as varsity quarterback for Findlay and threw for 4,100 yards and 54 touchdowns. In Kizer’s career he was 345 of 584 for 5,684 yards and 56 TDs. He also rushed 151 times for 1,211 yards and 17 touchdowns.

     Even though Kizer had a rough game he showed flashes of potential. He was sacked seven times, but he was 20/30 for 222 yards and  touchdown, however he threw one interception. He also ran for 17 yards and a touchdown. Ben played well he was 24/36 for 263 yards and two touchdowns, he also threw one interception and was sacked once.

      After the game the two quarterbacks met at midfield and Ben told Kizer “You’re a helluva player. Wish you all the best, stay healthy…we’ll see you again soon.” In a post game interview Ben said, “We’re both from northwest Ohio, both wear number seven, I thought he played a great game. He did some great things against a defense that gets after it, but I told him afterword, what an awesome start. I know it’s not getting a win, but just to play the way he did, I was proud of him.”

      When former Findlay wide receiver and cornerback Jordan Jones was asked what it was like to play against Deshone Kizer he said, “I wasn’t a starter at the time, but I remember the week leading up to the game, we had one of the most intense week of practice ever, and he was a huge part of the scouting report. He was really a man among boys when he was on the field and proved that he was just as good as everyone said he was.

    “I was never scared or nervous, but we knew we had to crank our preparation up to a crazy level. We knew we couldn’t stop him, we just wanted to slow him down.” Jordan was then asked if at the time he believe Kizer would make it to the NFL he didn’t hesitate in saying, “Absolutely. He threw the most beautiful, catchable balls I’ve ever seen from a high school quarterback.”

    Many in the area believe that the TRAC conference is one of the best, so when asked what do you think about a former TRAC opponent making it to the NFL Jordan responded, “I love it. It shows that the TRAC is the powerhouse conference that we always claim it to be, and the teams that play in this area are capable of competing with anyone.” Kizer has already shown a lot of potential so when asked what can Kizer bring to the Browns Jordan said, “A level headed leader, a willingness to grow within the system, a passion for winning, and perhaps most importantly a love for the state of Ohio and a dream of delivering Cleveland a championship.”

     In another interview current Head Findlay Varsity Football coach Mark Ritzler said he had a specific game plan to deal with Kizer, “He did not throw the ball very much in high school. He was much more of a talented runner. Toledo Central Catholic runs the outside zone quite a bit, which gave him and option of running the football depending on what the backside end did. We wanted to make sure he gave the ball off and took it out of his hands. We beat TCC his sophomore year pretty handily and he did not play well against us. He really didn’t do a whole lot over his career against us, but it was obvious he had the physical tools.  Now when I watch him I see someone who looks like he could develop into a good quarterback if he is given some help.” Kizer has already shown potential so Coach Ritzler said his opinion on what the Browns got.

    “My first thought was he will be out of the league in 3 years as the Browns have a way of drafting poorly and driving young quarterbacks out of the league.” Coach Ritzler has coached against many people in his career so when asked if he believed at the time if Kizer would make the NFL he responded, “No, I did not. Charles Woodson (Fremont) and Damon Moore (Fostoria) are the two best players I have ever coached against in high school. Both went on to play in the NFL. Talent wise he might sneak into my top 10…”

    Even though the opinions of Kizer may differ the truth is evident that Kizer is very talented and if he is coached and developed well he will have a bright future ahead of him.


Avengers Infinity War Trailer Analysis

     The long awaited Avengers: Infinity War trailer finally was released on November 29 on Good Morning America. Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes actor Sebastian Stan was the lucky cast member to be interviewed and show off the trailer.

       The trailer opens up with several Avengers members quoting pieces of Nick Fury’s Avenger Initiative speech. The scenes flashing behind the speech are a distraught looking Tony Stark, Bruce Banner crashing into Doctor Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum with Strange and Wong looking over him, Scarlet Witch and Vision, who is disguised as a human, appear in an undisclosed location, Thor in what appears to be the Milano and Banner and Black Widow in Wakanda. The trailer then cuts to Marvel’s logo sequence. The next shot shows Stark joining Wong, Strange and Banner at the Sanctum with a voice-over by Thanos himself. Spider-Man’s signature Spidey-sense has alerted him of danger, the danger being some sort of flying loop that is shown tearing apart the building around it. In another scene what appears to be Ebony Maw is walking over dead bodies. Which is followed by Loki offering up the Tesseract, from The Avengers, to an unseen figure. We then get our first look at Thanos himself as he appears out of a portal. We also get our first look at Spider-Man’s “iron Spider” suit that was offered to him at the end of Spider-Man: Homecoming. Black Panther is speaking during this sequence of scenes and says what seems to be the most quoted line from the trailer “Evacuate the city, Engage all defenses and get this man a shield.” The next scenes reveals Captain America in his “Nomad” suit and is followed by him catching the spear of the briefly seen Proxima Midnight. The Hulkbuster makes its reappearance in Wakanda. Thanos is shown choke slamming Spider-Man. Vision is getting the Mind Stone ripped from his forehead by Corvus Glaive. Iron Man is punched by Thanos and is thrown to the ground. The closing moments of the trailer show a massive battle taking place in Wakanda. Captain America, Winter Soldier, Black Panther, Black Widow, Falcon, Hulk, War Machine, a member of the Dora Milaje, Black Panther’s security force, are involved and are seen running into battle. Black Panther villain M’Baku (Man-Ape) is also seen with the Wakandan forces. The final scene of the trailer is Thor meeting the Guardians of the Galaxy for the first time.

      Fans have reacted to the trailer overwhelmingly. Everybody seems to love it and the hype for next year’s Marvel movies, Black Panther (February 16), Infinity War (May 4) and Ant-Man and the Wasp (July 6) has only grown.

Gifts for Christmas!

What is the meaning of a gift to you?

The accurate definition of a gift is “something given voluntarily without payment in return, as to show favor toward someone, honor an occasion, or make a gesture of assistance.

Gifts can show how a person thinks of you. If someone gets you a handmade -gift, or something you’ve been talking about and really want, it could mean you mean a lot to them and that they think of you.

This is what some students at FHS believe a gift is. Abbie Miles, a sophomore from FHS said: “Something special. Like something that you know they put effort into or something you know that they really tried on. Knowing they thought of you is sweet. Even if it’s not your favorite or it’s not what you wanted specifically, they still put effort and thought into it. It’s the love and thought that counts in my opinion.” Jacob Collins, a freshman from FHS said: “ A gift to me is something that means a lot, handmade or store bought.” Another freshman from FHS said: “It means someone loves me or thinks about me.”

Many people don’t think about how much thought and time someone put in for a gift for you. A gift could symbolize so much more than just something they got you. So next time someone gets you a gift, think about how much effort and time they put into it rather than the money they put in. Whether it’s your family or friend, appreciate it and be thankful for the person who got it for you.


Senior Parking

Earlier this year, it was announced that Findlay High School would be allowing seniors to reserve spots in the student parking lot.

 Each spot was $20, and students who reserved a spot for the year go to decorate and paint there spots, with a $5 fine for parking in anyone’s spot. Over 60 spots were sold and over $1200 dollars were raised.

 The project, organized by FHS senior Madison Faulkner, benefited cancer research project she started called the Multiple Myeloma Project. This fundraiser put their total at over $5000.

 “I was ecstatic about raising that much and everyone who participated loved doing it.” Madison said.

 It also gave seniors the chance to shorten their walk in the morning as senior Matt Lichtinger said, “I didn’t want to walk as far and thought it supported a good cause.”

 Matt also said that he would be painting his spot something American, “because I love America.”

Beloved Teacher Retires

The last bi-annual fashion show last Wednesday, showcased the hard work of the spring fashion design classes. Unfortunately, this may have been the last event because coordinator, host, and beloved teacher Laurie Collert is retiring this year.

This show has been a source of pride for students for a long time because they spend their semester going through a rigorous course of learning the basics of sewing and design, and the reception allows them to wear the very things they’ve worked so hard on for friend’s and family alike to see. But interspersed in learning , they are consistently making things from mittens to garments and absorbing skills that can be used for the rest of their lives.

Whether it’s learning how to read patterns to cutting fabric on grain, the class hits on topics many beginner level courses do not, making it incredibly valuable and enriching. Especially for people considering going into the fashion industry, because learning how clothing construction works as early as freshman year is an huge advantage Collert’s students benefited from.

Collert’s students also benefited from having the kind of teacher who never fails to go the extra mile to help them with whatever they need, cares deeply about their education, health, and happiness, and is just all around an absolute joy. She will be greatly missed, and her influence will continue to touch the students she’s worked with for years to come.

Community READ author comes to Van Buren

photo: Kaitlyn Fillhart

On Friday, March 11, author Cristina Henriquez came to Van Buren High School to talk about her novel, The Book of Unknown Americans. Seniors in Advanced Placement English and members of Books n’ Brownies attended the presentation along with students from Van Buren, Corey Rawson, and Arcadia.

Henriquez shared that she did not want to stand at the podium and talk about herself the whole time. After a short introduction about herself, she opened the floor for questions.

Senior Lena Kennedy was one of the students that asked Henriquez a question.

“What advice would you give to an aspiring writer?” Kennedy said.

Henriquez replied that you should write for yourself and don’t worry about your audience.

Senior Jordan Jones questioned why Henriquez chose to kill off an important character.

“I wanted you to feel something,” Henriquez said.

Senior Alexandria Tong asked Henriquez if she has gotten any negative backlash from people who have read the book since the plot involves immigration.

“The book is not about immigration. The point of the book is to tell the story of the immigrant,” Henriquez said.

Henriquez went on to say that when she goes to the movies, she wants to get emotionally attached to the character; the same holds true to the characters in her books. She added that when her mother read the book, she was also upset about the death of the important character.

All of the questions were not focused around her book. There was some light conversation about her family, her favorite book (Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five), and who is her favorite judge on The Voice.

After questions were answered, Henriquez signed student’s books and took pictures with anyone who wanted one.

Remembering Nancy Reagan

On March 6, 2016, former first lady Nancy Reagan (1981-1989) passed away at the age of 94. The cause of her death was reported as congestive heart failure. She will be buried next to her husband and former President of the United States Ronald Reagan, who passed away in 2004 due to pneumonia at the age of 94.

Nancy Reagan’s funeral was held at 11:00 am on Friday, March 11. Current first lady Michelle Obama was in attendance, along with former first ladies Hillary Clinton and Rosalynn Carter. Former president George W. Bush brought his wife Laura to the ceremony. Diane Sawyer, John Stamos, and Larry King were only few of the well-known names that attended the funeral.

Nancy Reagan was an aspiring actress in New York. In 1946, she starred on Broadway in Lute Song, though it was a minor role. She eventually moved out to Hollywood, where she landed a contract with MGM Studios. She starred in a few films, such as The Doctor and the Girl and Night Into Morning.

Nancy and Ronald Reagan met in the early 1950s, when they were both in the acting business. They were married on March 4, 1952, shortly after they’d first met. 15 years after their marriage, Ronald Reagan became the governor of California. While Ronald was busy governing the state, Nancy Reagan took an interest in visiting different groups of people. She spent time with veterans and the handicapped, as well as the elderly.

When her husband was elected 40th President of the United States in 1981, Nancy continued these visits with different types of people. She also joined the fight against drug use by the younger generations with her “Just Say No” program. She also took time to visit rehabilitation centers and invited people to the White House for a conference that brought worldwide attention to drug and alcohol abuse among youths. Mrs. Reagan was a member of the Girl Scouts throughout her life and earned the title of honorary President of the Girl Scouts while serving as the first lady. Nancy Reagan once said, “I am a big believer that eventually everything comes back to you. You get back what you give out.”