New Coffee Shop Comes to Findlay

Last Wednesday, Findlay saw the opening of a Starbucks at the Kroger on Tiffin Avenue. Starbucks is a coffee shop so many people were excited to see it finally come to Findlay.

Kroger decided to bring in Starbucks since they were remodeling the inside of the store and wanted to replace the bank that was currently in there. The line for Starbucks since the opening of the store has been very long and people have been flooding to the store to get their cup of coffee.

“Once the construction is finished and the store has been renovated, I believe that Starbucks will help bring a lot more business to the Kroger on Tiffin,” Senior Scout Klousing said.

Starbucks could affect the business of other local coffee shops around Findlay.

“I think that for the first couple months local stores such as George House, and Coffee Amici will see a slight dip in revenue, but in the long run it won’t really affect them due to the fact that they are cheaper and have more of a, ‘sit down and study aspect to them’,” Scout said.

A major question about Starbucks is, was it wise inside of Kroger; or should they have their own building?
“I think that it was a smart choice for them to start off in Kroger to see what the market in Findlay is like, the downside is that people might forget about them and it’s also kind of weird to walk in to Kroger just to get a cup of coffee,” Scout said.

People in Findlay can now rejoice because have their very own Starbucks. The news has already spread of the shop and the line is out the door.

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.

The year of new music

2016 is the year artists such as Ed Sheeran and One Direction have decided to take a hiatus. Over the course of the next 18-24 months, without the hype of new One Direction music, other artists will have a chance to steal the spotlight. Some students are taking the absence of One Direction rather hard.

“I hate it. Really hate it. It makes me upset,” sophomore, Carsen Weaver said.

“I feel fine with it,” sophomore Drew Kibble showed no emotion while talking about the topic.

On the contrary, juniors Alley Spargo and Macie Bowling feel the same way as Weaver.

“It makes me sad, truly,” Bowling said.

“Why? I don’t know why it was necessary,” Spargo stated.

The juniors agreed they would both still listen to One Direction while awaiting their return. Weaver, on the other hand, said she’d be listening to Justin Bieber, Adele, and 5 Seconds of Summer.
Of course, other artists will become more popular throughout the year. Some that are well known, and others that will make their debut. A few artists which artists? had climbed the charts in 2015 and their fans are expecting more from them this year. When asked who they’re looking out for this year, here is how some FHS students responded.

“Justin Bieber because he’s changing his music style,” freshman Izzy Zalat said.

“Justin Bieber because he finally got his stuff together and he has a good voice,” Weaver said. “He’s working on his next album even though he just released one.” she went on, referencing Purpose, which was released November 13, 2015. “He changed his sound a bit to fit people’s standards more and became likeable,” Weaver concluded.

“Halsey,” Freshmen Maddie Kreinbrink and Breann Bolen concurred. “I like her music. She’s making a lot of new music,” Kreinbrink said. Halsey released her first album, Badlands, in August of last year. She was also featured on Bieber’s album in the song “The Feeling”.

“G-Eazy.” sophomore Gabby Gonzalez said.

“He writes good songs and he’s a good rapper,” Gonzalez said. She also informed that she’s pretty sure he’s working on new music.

So if you’re a One Direction fan, or just a fan of music in general, and need some new song suggestions, these are some artists that students of Findlay High School recommend this year. This list includes artists who have changed their styles to please others or who have been climbing the charts just recently, causing their fame to grow. 2016 will be an eventful year in the music industry.

Stepping up into the spotlight

“Nothing succeeds like ‘Succeed!’”! This March Findlay High School students will be performing ‘How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying’. With the new musical comes a new face; Mr. Manley will be joining the musical as the new music director. Mr. Manley said that he had wanted to work on the high school’s musicals for twenty years and when he got the chance to step up to the position, he was ecstatic.

Mr. Manley has worked on musicals in the past at North Baltimore and at the Findlay Light Opera. He is not worried about the new addition to his busy schedule and says that Findlay First Edition rehearses in the evening so there would be no issues since the musical rehearsal is always in the afternoon.

Mr. Manley is most excited to be working with the orchestra.

“I think it’s good for the kids to know that even though I’m the choir director that I can do other things. It’s good for them to see me in that role and know that you’re not just singer but that you can do other things as well,” Manley said.

The new music director is very excited to be working on this musical due to it giving him another role in the music department that he can continue to help students. Make sure to come and see Mr. Manley and the rest of the cast in March!

FHS remembers esteemed alumn Congressman Oxley

On January 1, US Congressman Oxley, esteemed FHS alumn, passed away. When students returned from winter break, time was set aside in his remembrance. Principal Kupferberg felt that a moment should be taken to honor the congressman, because of his gracious contributions to Findlay High School. Specifically to the We The People debate group. The Congressman has offered members of the group exclusive tours, monetary donations, and hosted dinners in Washington DC over the years. He also has returned to the high school offer wisdom to various social studies classes.

“Congressmen Oxley was very devoted to bettering the students at Findlay High School,” head principal, Mr. Kupferberg, said.

When We The People travelled to Washington DC for their national competition in 1990, Kupferberg went along. During this time he met Congressman Oxley. Kupferberg described Oxley as, “a very straightforward man, who was upright and honest. He also loved his Dietsch chocolate”. Kupferberg felt it important Oxley be recognized at FHS, because as a distinguished alumni he always found time to give back to the school.

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!

New Uniforms for Marching Band in 2016

The Findlay Trojan Marching Band’s 2015 season may have just ended, but a new development for the 2016 season has just begun. Next year, the marching band will receive completely new uniforms. To the general public, that might not seem like a big deal but to band fans it is a huge change. The current uniform is blue suspender pants, a white top with large shoulder pads, a blue and gold cape, sash, and gauntlets. The helmets are hardhat style with a metallic triangle and a large, Trojan style plume that most other bands don’t have. Good news, band kids; the new uniforms don’t have capes, gauntlets, or oddly shaped plumes.  They do, however, zip up the back. The new uniforms feature adjustable black suspender pants, and a blue top with smaller shoulder pads and gold stripes that run along the front. The helmet is a regular marching hat style with a 14inch, upright, blue and white plume.

For those of you who don’t know the real struggle of the current marching band uniforms, here’s a video to show just how real that struggle is.

Jamie Lawson Hits the Mainstream

Jamie Lawson is definitely one to watch on music’s upcoming horizon. He was recently signed to Gingerbread Man Records, the label created by British pop-star Ed Sheeran. He is also currently opening for One Direction on the On The Road Again tour.  Lawson’s song Wasn’t Expecting That got major air time on the radio in Ireland, as Lawson is from Plymouth, England, and then became wildly popular in the United States. It is now playing on radio stations across our nation. Lawson’s first performance in the U.S. was on The Ellen Show.

According to MTV music, Ed Sheeran grabbed Lawson at the first chance he got and put him as the first signee to his label. “Why hasn’t anyone signed him? Well, I know who I’m going to sign, and it’s Jamie,” Sheeran said.

Everyone should really look out for Jamie Lawson and his folksy, soulful sound. He’s already signed by Ed Sheeran, so he must be pretty cool. Sheeran also stated that it was the only song that made him cry the first time he heard it. That’s pretty impressive.

So Ben, Where’s the Football?

In honor of the 50th super-bowl, the National Football League is using theme of gold. NFL Stadiums across the country have a golden 50-yard line marker, team logos have golden trim on fan merchandise, and the pro bowl uniforms will have a gold trim on them.

The biggest thing though is that the NFL will be giving away a golden football to every high school in the country that has produced a player or coach that has appeared in a Super Bowl. Each player will personally deliver their football to the high school they attended and played for.

Peyton and Eli Manning, Aaron Rodger, and many other players have already delivered their footballs. Findlay High School has produced a super bowl player, Ben Roethlisberger. FHS has yet to receive a golden football, and people are starting to wonder, “Ben, where’s the football?”

A reason we might not still have the football is for what happened back in 2012. Back in 2012 Ben was being sued for alleged rape charges from in 2008. The Courier around this time also posted a story about Ben. In the story, friends, coaches and teammates said how he never treated women that well even back in high school.         After Ben read this story he was angry with Findlay and he even came out and said that he didn’t live in Findlay but in Cory Rawson, which isn’t even a real town.

Roethlisberger has not said anything about whom he will be giving the football to. With still some time yet before super bowl 50 arrives, there is still time for him to make a choice.

The Royals are Baseball’s King

This year’s baseball postseason featured many teams that have not seen the playoffs for several years including: the Chicago Cubs, New York Mets, Toronto Blue Jays, Houston Astros and surprisingly, the New York Yankees.

In the American League Divisional Series, the Kansas City Royals defeated the Astros 3-2 to move on to the American League Championship Series against the Blue Jays who beat the Rangers. The Royals went on to defeat the Blue Jays 4-2 to move onto the World Series. On the national league side, the Mets beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 to play against Cubs in the National League Championship Series who had beat the St. Louis Cardinals. The Mets went on to sweep the Cubs to move on to the World Series.

The Royals went to the World Series last year but lost in game seven to the San Francisco Giants. The Mets haven’t been to the World Series since 2000 when they lost to the Yankees 4 games to 1. The Royals in the 2015 World Series had home field advantage due to the American League winning the All-Star in July.

In game one at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City the Royals sent Edinson Volquez to the mound against Matt Harvey. The game started poorly for the Mets with Harvey giving up an inside-the-park home run on the first pitch of the game to Alcides Escobar. In the 4th inning Travis d’Arnaud’s infield single drove in Daniel Murphy for a run. The next inning right fielder Curtis Granderson hit a home run putting the score at 2-1. In the top of the 8th, Wilmer Flores was safe at first on an error by Hosmer allowing Juan Lagares to score. Heading into the bottom of the 9th, the score was 4-3 in the Mets favor but that would change when left fielder Alex Gordon homered and tied the game at 4-4 sending the game into extra innings. In the bottom of the 14th inning, the game ended when Hosmer hit a sacrifice fly allowing Escobar to score the game winning run for the Royals. The Royals won 5-4.

For game 2 in Kansas City the Royals sent Johnny Cueto to the mound against Jacob deGrom of the Mets. The Mets scored first when in the 4th inning, Lucas Duda singled to left and Daniel Murphy scored, this would be the Mets only run. From that point on it was the Royals game. In the 5th inning 3 singles by Escobar, Hosmer and Moustakas drove in Gordon, Rios, Escobar and Hosmer respectively for 4 runs. In the 8th Alex Gordon doubled to left scoring Moustakas. The final score was 7-1 Royals.

After a day off the series moved to Citi Field in New York for the next 3 games. For their home game, the Mets sent rookie Noah Syndergaard against Yordano Ventura in game 3. Kansas City opened up the scoring in the top of the first when Ben Zobrist scored on a groundout by Hosmer. In the bottom of the first Mets third basemen David Wright homered driving in Granderson. In the second inning Perez scored on a line drive single by Alex Rios later in the inning Rios scored on a passed ball by d’Arnaud.  In the 6th singles by Juan Uribe and David Wright scored Lagares, Flores and Uribe, Granderson also scored on a sacrifice fly by Cespedes. The final score was 9-3 and this would be the only game the Mets would win.

For game 4 the pitchers were the Mets’ Steven Matz against Chris Young. In the 3rd inning Conforto homered. Later in the inning Flores scored on a sacrifice fly by Granderson. In the top of the 5th Gordon singled in Perez putting the royals on the board. In the bottom of the 5th Conforto homered again putting the Mets up 3-1 In the 6th Cain singled in Zobrist. In the 8th inning Hosmer reached on an error by Daniel Murphy allowing Zobrist to score, Moustakas singled in Cain and Hosmer scored on Perez’s single. The final score was 5-3 royals.

For game 5 the pitchers again were Matt Harvey and Edinson Volquez. The Mets got on the board first with Granderson’s home run to right-center field in the 1st inning. The Mets scored again in the 6th inning when Duda hit a sacrifice fly allowing Granderson to score. In the top of the 9th everything fell apart for the Mets; Hosmer doubled scoring Cain and Perez grounded out to David Wright scoring Hosmer. The game went on to extra innings and in the top of the 12th the Royals scored five runs. The Mets were unable to counter and the Royals won the game 7-2 and World Series 4 games to 1. This was the first time the Royals have won the World Series since 1985.

To wrap up the World Series festivities a parade was held in Kansas City to celebrate their victory. The parade drew an estimated 800,000 people which is almost twice the size of the city’s population of 470,000. School was also cancelled for area kids as they were allowed to join in the festivities of the Royals big win.