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Findlay Boys Soccer Fights to Stay Perfect

The Findlay High Schools varsity men’s soccer team is off to an incredible start. They are currently undefeated with a 8-0-2 record. This is a feat that they have not had since 1979.

“The boys soccer season is going great so far with wins over Northview and Saint Francis along with being unbeaten.” said Senior Logan Fickieson.

Fickieson shared the strengths of the soccer team.

“I would say its our team as a whole, most of us have played together since little kickers and that helps us connect as a team.”

With the team currently undefeated, everyone wonders how far the team will go.

“We hope to win our conference and win all of our tournaments.” Seeing our name state ranked at number five, it puts fear into the teams that we face off against.”

Hopefully the team will be able to continue this streak all the way to state and bring home a trophy for Findlay. Come see their next game is Tuesday October 6th when they face off against Toledo Whitmer.


Color Me Stress-free

Pictured: Emily Misamore, Cam Dillon, Allie Hughes, Julia Fulk, and Cassie Wood
Pictured: Sophomores Emily Misamore, Cam Dillon, Allie Hughes, Julia Fulk, and Cassie Wood

Think back to your easy-going and care-free childhood days and all that they entailed. They probably involved naptime, juice boxes, lots of cartoons and most importantly: coloring.

Coloring is one of the easiest and most fun ways to entertain kids and keep them occupied. Unfortunately, there came a time where we all had to trade our fancy 50-pack of crayons for pens and pencils.

All color and fun has been stripped before our eyes and we are left in a word of black and white.

Fear not: coloring is making a comeback in our early adult lives and it’s better than ever. Coloring is now being viewed as an activity that is just as beneficial for adults as it is for kids. Its also been proven to lower the stress relief in adults.

“When coloring, we activate different areas of our two cerebral hemispheres.” said Psychologist Gloria Martínez Ayala.

Elena Santos of the Huffington Post says that coloring is good for the mind.

“The action involves both logic, by which we color forms, and creativity, when mixing and matching colors. This incorporates the areas of the cerebral cortex involved in vision and fine motor skills. The relaxation that it provides lowers the activity of the amygdala, a basic part of our brain involved in controlling emotion that is affected by stress.” Santos said.

They even make extensive adult coloring books now that can be purchased at just about any book or drug store.

Here at FHS coloring is made available to you via the library at a specially set up table for you to take some time out of your day to relax. Its called the “de-stress” table and there are printed coloring pages and crayons made available to you, courtesy of our librarian Mrs.Brasfield, for you to take and enjoy.

Students have been responding really well to the coloring station to the extent that the coloring pages barely last and need to constantly be replenished because of their high demand.

So cancel your yoga class and put down the stress ball because returning to a carefree and childlike state is only a few pages away in your new coloring book.

My Address at 45840 Has Got to Go

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Seniors at Findlay High School are looking forward to their next chapter of life. For many of them, the next chapter is exciting because they get to move away from Findlay.

“I plan on attending film school,” Senior, Lauren Johnson said. “I have to go somewhere where the industry is booming.”

Johnson doesn’t believe that Findlay is a place where she could do anything of significance.

“Findlay seems like a place where you can go so far and then you get stuck. There’s room for lawyers and teachers here, but not necessarily a need for film makers.” Johnson said.

Psychology teacher, Gene Damon also wanted to get out of Findlay when he attended FHS.

“I wanted to see the world and understand minorities, Damon said. “In the 70’s, there wasn’t a lot of diversity in Findlay. When I left high school, I didn’t think I would come back.”

Even though Mr. Damon wanted to venture out of Findlay, he still came back to his home town.

“I worked in Columbus and on Capitol Hill, Damon said. “Once I was successful, I wanted to move onto another thing. I wanted to keep growing.”

Glenwood Middle School teacher, Erica Brunow also felt the need to leave Findlay after high school.

“I loved high school, but I wanted to meet new people. I went to a school in North Carolina but then after one year, I transferred to Bowling Green,” Brunow said. “I wanted to be away, but not that far away.”

After college, Brunow stayed in Findlay and started a family.

“My husband and I love the community. You have to be willing to step out of your box and do things. Being involved helps me grow because there’s always room for opportunity.” Brunow said.

Mr. Damon reflects on his life and where he is now.

“I consider myself to be the luckiest man in the world,” Damon said. “I’ve experienced a lot of things, I love to travel, but I like being in Findlay where I can be close to my parents.”

Before you start planning your escape route out of Findlay, maybe you should look around and really experience Findlay; asking yourself if it’s really that bad.

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.

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.

Got Kup?

Students have noticed a change in their head principal. Since Craig Kupferberg has made his return to Findlay High School, he has been out in the hallways and has even made appearances at athletic events.

Students at Findlay High School have taken notice of their principal around the school.

“He’s out in the hallways and witnessing what goes on in the school.” Junior Jayme Tesnow said. “I don’t think the atmosphere of the school has changed, but I do appreciate actually seeing the principal in the halls and not hidden behind a desk.”

Kupferberg explained why he is at the doors when students walk in and why he can be seen throughout the day.

“I believe that attitude is contagious. I’m a happy guy and I want to spread that.” Kupferberg said. “I’ll get a smile or a laugh out of some of the students. If we can start out the day with a positive, we’ll have a better day.”

Ms. Kim Blake shared how students have reacted to Kupferberg’s presence.

“I have students that will say, ‘has anyone ever been at the doors to greet us?’ I told them no, and they say that they think that it’s cool that he’s out there.” Blake said.

Though he says that he’s just doing his job, students appreciate Kupferberg’s appearances at sporting events.

“I like that he’s going to a lot of sporting events. He seems more involved and he actually cares what the students are doing.” Senior Marissa Wintrow said.

Even though the atmosphere of the high school hasn’t done a 180, students are noticing the little things that are making FHS just a little bit better.


Bienvenue Mme. Omwomo

mme. omwomo1A new year at FHS has brought not only the faces of new freshman to the halls, but also the faces of new faculty and staff. By now most have encountered our new principal, Mr. Kupferbeg roaming the halls between classes and greeting passing students. Ms. Omwomo, the French teacher however, is someone you’re much less likely to have a chance encounter with if you aren’t one of her students. To those of you who haven’t had the chance to become acquainted with her, here’s a quick bio of one of FHS’s newest and most unique teachers.


Where are you originally from and how did you end up in Findlay, Ohio?

I’m originally from Kenya, I first came to the United States to earn my masters degree at Miami University.


Do you speak any other languages, besides French and English?

Yes, I’m fluent in Swahili, my native languages, of which there are three, and I also speak a little German. French is my favorite.


What motivates you to teach high school students?

Being a role model for them. I love to teach high school because these are the formative years for the students. I love to watch them grow.


How is the lifestyle of a student here different than that of a student in your native country?

School actually starts much earlier in Kenya, around 6. Most students walk to school there as there is no busing system.


What are you most looking forward to this year?

Getting Findlay High School students to love speaking French.

Given her interesting background Ms.Omwomo shows promise to bring a new and engaging perspective to those trying to learn a language. If you pass her in the halls don’t hesitate to stop and say bonjour!

The Day the World Stopped Turning

Fourteen years ago today, an event happened that would forever change the way we operate in the United States. Most people can recall the two planes crashing into the Twin Towers at the World Trade Center in New York, but people seem to forget that there were also two other attacks.

On that same day, a plane crashed into The Pentagon and 40 passengers died trying to overtake a plane that was hijacked by terrorists on its way to Washington D.C. and crashed in a Pennsylvania field.

Even though these acts of terrorism are over a decade old, Americans still feel the effects of 9/11 today.

“We now live with greater vigilance. Our definition of freedom has changed forever” Physics teacher Tim Opp said.

When tragedy strikes, people remember where they were when they heard the news.

“I was at school. I remember I was screening what was happening before I showed it to the students.”

Since the attacks, security has been heightened in airports, the size of our military has grown immensely and we’ve been in an ongoing war with Iraq since 2003.

“September 11 is a day that Americans will never forget. Our everyday lives have changed because of it.”

Tribute in Light

Joe Fratello’s delivers warm atmosphere, incredible pizza

Joey Fratello'sRestaurant: Joey Fratello’s

Why go there: Joey Fratello’s is a family owned business, whose warmth surprises and envelops customers as soon as they walk in. The atmosphere is casual, but classy enough to have a nice dinner without feeling awkward or out of place. The staff is always accommodating and genuinely friendly, and the service is above average on many counts. In addition to the comfortable setting, Joey’s offers a pretty good variety of pseudo- Italian food to choose from. From specialty subs to salads to pizza of course, there’s something for everyone.

What you should get: Most people immediately go for pizza, which makes sense because Joey Fratello’s makes incredible pizza for a modest price. The plain cheese pizza paired with a side Greek salad is my favorite, but with so many choices, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll end up happy with whatever you get.

Rating: ★★★★

The China rises above Chinese restaurant competition


Restaurant: The China

Why Eat There? : In the plethora of Chinese restaurants serving “Chinese” food in Findlay, this is the only one that I don’t feel a little grossed out by. The food is great and there are many options that aren’t covered in greasy breading. Another draw of the China is itsquaint décor. Every table and chair in the place was designed and built by the owner out of wood. Many of the tables, in fact, were crated to double as display cases for his collections of motorcycle memorabilia, key chains and lighters. Customer service also takes prime real estate in my opinion. Although it can sometimes take a while to get receive your food, the staff is very friendly and (if you go in enough) will remember you and ask how things are going. I appreciate this quality a lot in food outlets, especially locally owned ones. Findlay has many chain-independent restaurants but this one stands out as personal favorite.

What to Order: I can’t claim to have sampled everything on The China’s menu but their Mongolian chicken, princess beef and wonton soup are all fantastic.

Stars: ★★★