Expect More from the Library

Mrs. Brasfield has made many drastic changes in the Findlay High School library since she started here last year. Some changes to the library include the creation of the reading room which she says is very popular with the students, and the recent addition of the library pet, Helen, the snake.

Besides recent renovations and add ins, Brasfield has taken out the old rules of the previous librarian. The library no longer has to be completely silent during study halls. The students can have cell phones, can seat more than two students to a table, and there is no longer a two book checkout limit.

Changes are still coming to the library; big and small.

“The remainder of the year we will be working cleaning out old books to make room for new collection. Our long term goal is to get a Maker’s Space for the library. A Maker’s Space is a creative space where people go for the intent to learn and create. The best way I can describe it is like the Room of Requirement from Harry Potter. It’s just a bunch of supplies in a room for whatever the students need,” Brasfield said.

However, the space will take a lot of money and planning.

“We are trying to get a grant to fund for the space and supplies. We would like to get a 3D printer, craft supplies, hardware and a variety of utensils. This year we are mostly prepping for the space and finding and writing grants for the space. I really hope to take it into action next school year,” Brasfield said.

The library will continue to be progressing this school year, even without a Maker’s Space. Mrs. Brasfield intends on continuing library programs that encourage students to come into the library. These programs include Snow Flakes, snacks, and Cakes and Cram.

“Cakes and Cram was very successful, with over a hundred students and I got many positive feedbacks from both students and teachers,” Brasfield said.

The library plans on hosting many more activities and groups monthly. Stop by to get involved and see all the new and changing things the library has to offer.

We the People

We The People, a student government group that competes with other schools to analyze different aspects of history. Senior Bella Spearman shared why Government is her favorite class this year.

“I think it’s partially because Mr. Dickman loves the AP Gov. class since Findlay is the resigning state We The People champions,” Spearman said.

She enjoys that it isn’t a typical class. WTP is split up into six units that each specialize in a different part of the government.

“I am in unit six, which examines modern day democracy.”

Other units focus on specialties such as war powers, the constitutional convention, and early ideas of the government. The class also includes chapter/vocab tests, and all but those are to supplement their studies for WTP.

“I wouldn’t say the workload for the class is bad,” Spearman said. “But the commitment is definitely large.”

Every unit is responsible for answering three questions at state, and hopefully three more at nationals.

“Your unit becomes experts on these three specific questions, and you work with not only Mr. Dickman, but Mr. Bell and various attorneys to perfect your answers.”

Even though government is a lot of work, Spearman feels it’s worth it.

“Despite all the effort that must be put into the class during the dreaded time of ‘senioritis’, the class really comes together and supports one another, as a team should.”

Spearman continued to praise the class.

“I would definitely recommend taking AP Government because it is vital as a senior to understand the impact you will be able to make very soon in local and national elections.”

We The People is available to take senior year. It provides great insight on the government while being actively involved with challenging and deciphering the ideas of our ruling body.

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.

http://www.schooltube.com/video/43f9cf58167442d5836c/

Jamie Lawson Hits the Mainstream

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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.