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2016 Elections Coming Near

As the 2016 political Presidential race is heating up, students and teachers have started to form their opinions on who they want to be the next president of the United States.

Physics teacher Tim Opp wants a conservative to win the election.

“I don’t want a liberal. They have caused the problems we have today.” Opp said.

Social Studies teacher Jim Rucki is still unsure about who he wants to win the election. But he is sure of one thing,

“I don’t want Hillary. I don’t trust her.” Rucki said.

Librarian Dawn Rose doesn’t think Donald Trump fits the bill for the presidency.

“I don’t want Donald Trump because he is obnoxious and I don’t what he is planning to do when he is president.” Rose said.

Head librarian Amanda Brasfeild wants Bernie Sanders to be the next president.

“He stands up for the poor, I would not want Trump because I disagree with his idea of building the wall so immigrants can no longer come in the U.S.” Brasfield said.

Senior Patrick “Pat” Breen is also pulling for Bernie Sanders.

“I would like Bernie be the next president because he is planning on cutting college tuition He has little net wealth and he is a supporter of gay rights.” Breen said.

People have different opinions on who they want to be the next President. It’ll be interesting to see which candidate comes out on top.

Trump Has Been Trumped

Many people have been following the presidential election trying to decide who they should vote for. One of the popular candidates is Donald Trump. The republican has a large support base, but many people have also been showing support for Ben Carson, another candidate in the running. Carson is very humble and has said society’s duty is to encourage kids to live up to their full potential instead of bringing them down. His ideals has caused Trump’s poll standings to fall.

Carson has a 24% support base while Trump is at 17% followed by Marco Rubio with 11%. Trump began September at 30% of the popular vote but by the end of the month it dove to 23%. This may be because Ben Carson has produced more concrete ideas and has seemed more trustworthy than Trump. Due to these ideals, Carson has risen from 16% at the end of September.

Donald Trump was confident that even though he has fallen 7% quickly, he will be able to get the votes back. Now, he’s not so sure. He said if his poll numbers fall and he has no chance to win the election, he may drop out. This may not be believable, but all the voters will have to wait and find out.

Pantasia Under New Direction

One of the most unique performance groups at Findlay High School is Pantasia, a steel drum band started in 1997 by Tim Mattis. Since Mr. Mattis’ retirement, there has been a lot of speculation as to who would take over direction of the group. It turns out that Pantasia has not been taken over by one new director, but two; Mr. Daniel Wilson and Mrs. Denise Sheehe.

“I love music and I’ve worked with Shockwave and a group called Aftershock in previous years. I was looking to challenge myself and learn some new things.” Mrs. Sheehe said.

Despite her enthusiasm, many students know very little about her and her experience with music.

Mrs. Sheehe was an intern at Walt Disney World, working as a server, performer, and lifeguard in the happiest place on earth before graduating from the University of Findlay. She is currently a teacher at Chamberlin Hill.

“Seeing the students perform and the joy they get out of that is my favorite thing,” Sheehe said. “I love it when they get excited and are trying new things.”

Mr. Wilson, FHS and Donnell Middle School’s band director, is also taking part in Pantasia’s direction this year.

“Since I have responsibilities outside of school with middle school band activities as well as managing the high school band, having another director to help with the duties of the group is needed,” Mr. Wilson said. “My role for the group mostly is administrative, though I do help with rehearsals at times. I do all the building permits, financials, trip logistics and drive the truck. “

Although he focuses more on the technical side of the group, Mr. Wilson is still very excited about getting to know the students in Pantasia.

“When I directed The Boingers, one of the things I enjoyed the most were being able to interact with students outside the formal classroom setting and get to know them better,” Wilson said. “With 120 students in band at the high school and now that we are growing quickly at the middle schools, getting to know students one on one can be difficult at times. Pantasia’s relaxed setting and small group allows me to interact with students individually.”

The students in Pantasia are adjusting quite well to their new directors.

“At the end of last year, I was nervous about Mr. Wilson taking over but now that we are this far into the season, he’s actually pretty great.” Senior Jashan Singh said.

“Mrs. Sheehe’s a ball of energy. She gets all of us to smile and move along with the music.”

“I’m honestly shocked how much I love it,” Sheehe said.  “Seeing the students interact with each other and perform… I’ve fallen in love with it.”

Leader of the Catholic Church Meets Leader of the Free World

Photo Credit: theprogressivecatolicvoice
Photo Credit: theprogressivecatolicvoice.com

Pope Francis arrived in the United States for the first time since he was elected on Tuesday, September 22.

Immediately after arriving in Washington, D.C. the Pope was greeted by the first family.  After exchanging hellos and shaking hands with them, the Pope left in a small, black Fiat 500L and headed to the Apostolic Nunciature, the office of the Catholic Church near D.C.

The visit lasted for six days. In addition to the nation’s capital, Francis visited Philadelphia and New York.  He made various public appearances  and gave speeches.  At one point during his visit, Pope Francis plead for mercy to stop the execution of Kelly Renee Gissendaner who was the first woman executed in over 70 years in Georgia.

The Pope’s historic tour is meant to introduce the idea “church of the poor” to the United States, a country of extreme wealth and power. Pope Francis wants to remind Americans that their Christian duty is to serve the poor.

The Boy with the Clock

“I built a clock to impress my teacher, but when I showed it to her, she thought it was a threat to her.”

14 year old, Ahmed Mohamed brought in a clock he had made to show to his teacher. Instead of receiving positive feedback, the teacher called the police because she thought Mohamed had built a bomb. The police showed up and arrested him and he was suspended from school for a “hoax bomb.”

This event has brought attention to people across the nation. The incident even caught the eye of Barack Obama. The President asked Ahmed to bring his clock to the White House. Facebook creator, Mark Zuckerburg tweeted at him, “Ahmed, if you ever want to come by Facebook, I’d love to meet you. Keep Building.”

Ahmed is thinking about transferring to a different school, even though the school he was arrested in has invited him back. He spoke about how he was embarrassed at first but then lifted by all of the support he had received. Ahmed said, “I was scared at the moment, but now I’m really happy.”

Photo from financetwitter.com
Photo from financetwitter.com

What’s “Bugging” You?

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Photo from Wikipedia

Feel very itchy at night in your college dorm? Wake up in the morning with red dots all over your body? Then there might be a high possibility that you have a bed bug infestation.

Before you book a hotel for your next vacation, you might want to be aware about the potential of bed bugs that could be sharing the room with you. These insects are transient, attaching themselves to clothing or items that may end up moving from room to room; causing them to multiply. Items that land on the floor such as bed linens and clothing are an easy target.

While they do not transmit disease to humans, they tend to leave red, itchy bite marks especially on the neck, arms and legs that may be exposed while sleeping. Although bed bugs are harder to eliminate in multi-unit buildings such as dorms; college students and parents should be aware of these pests.

Identifying bed bugs

Adult bed bugs are approximately a quarter of an inch long, about the size of a flat apple seed or lentil. They’re often found in mattresses and box springs, but can also conceal themselves behind baseboards, wallpaper, and beneath cushions in chairs and sofas.

Prevention

  • Second-hand furniture, more specifically mattresses and box springs, should be thoroughly examined for any signs of bed bug infestations, before brought into a dorm or home.
  • Put protective covers over pillows, box springs, and mattresses before putting on the bed linens. They eliminate bed bug entry and escape points.
  • Keep bed linens only on the bed and off the floor.
  • Inspect sleeping areas and between mattress seams regularly for any pepper-like stains, that indicate bed bug activity.
  • Bed bugs tend to live within 8 feet of sleeping area, to prevent hiding make sure to remove any clutter around these areas.
  • If any visitors, do not place backpacks or belonging onto the bed or any cushioned furniture.

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.

The Reality for Refugees

 

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

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.

 

Author Mitchell Zuckoff to speak in Findlay for CommunityREAD

Every year in March for the last twelve years Community READ has been bringing amazing authors like Jamie Ford, author of Hotel On the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Lisa Genova, author of Still Alice and Left Neglected, and Kathryn Stockett, author of The Help.

Community READ was originally started to celebrate the Community Foundation’s ten-year anniversary and to bring to attention that illiteracy is a problem not only in Findlay, Ohio, but also in Hancock County.

This year, Community READ is bringing author Mitchell Zuckoff to speak. He is a professor of Journalism at Boston University. He has written six books, and three of them are New York Times best sellers. Zuckoff was a Pulitzer Prize finalist and also won the Distinguished Writing Award from the American Society of Newspaper Editors.

This Friday March 27 at 9 a.m. Mitchell Zuckoff will be visiting R.L. Heminger Auditorium where he will speak about his book, Lost in Shangri-La. That night he will be also visiting the Winebrenner Theological Seminary at 7 p.m.

Tickets for Community READ are five dollars and sold at the Hancock County Public Library.

JSA plans dodgeball tournament to raise money for charity

The Junior Statesmen of America club at Findlay High School is planning a dodgeball tournament to raise money for a maternity wing in Tanga, Tanzania.
“I think a lot of us are looking for a good excuse to throw things at each other, and this is a good reason to, since all the proceeds go directly to a good cause. It provides some karmic balance,” Vice President of JSA and senior Colton Hamilton said.
The tournament will cost $5.00 per person and there can be up to 6 people per team.
“The tournament will be arranged in a single-elimination bracket, and the teams will be placed in the bracket at random, regardless of size,” JSA member and sophomore Alyssa Montalbine said.
The tournament will take place on Friday, February 20th from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
“The JSA Dodgeball Tournament will be held in the Findlay High School gyms on February 20. All Findlay High School students and middle school students can sign up.  Middle schoolers have their own bracket,” JSA Advisor and Gifted Programs Coordinator Judy Withrow said.
Teams can sign-up by picking up a form from any JSA member, Mr. Barkey or Mrs. Withrow and by giving them the form with $5.00 for each team member.