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NHS expands and honors community service

National Honors Society (NHS) is recognizing the achievements of its current membership and welcoming many new members this December.

“New member inductions will take place in the Findlay High School Heminger Auditorium on December 12th at 10 a.m.,” NHS President Lindsay George said.

“NHS exists here to honor those students who not only achieve academically, but also those who perform service, leadership and who possess positive character traits.  As students plan for college application it is a great thing to put on your resume!” NHS advisor and art teacher Nancy Frankenfield said.

National Honors Society applicants must complete 50 volunteer hours, along with meeting many other criteria. Once inducted, members must complete at least 15 volunteer hours each semester to demonstrate a commitment to service.

“Applicants are chosen by the Faculty council which consists of five teachers selected by Mrs. Swartz to serve on this committee.  Faculty members review the applications to judge whether or not the applicants have met and fulfilled all requirements,” Frankenfield said.

The new members will almost double the number of students in the Blue and Gold Chapter of NHS and will encourage more community service.
“The induction ceremony will recognize all new and current members for the excellence in scholarship, service, leadership, and character,” George said.

Findlay First Edition takes First Runner-up at Ada Music Feast

(Above photo: In addition to its performance in Ada, FFE also hosted and performed at Fall FEst earlier this year.)

FFE competed at the 37th Annual Ada Music Feast on November 8th. The group accomplished many things, and received First Runner-up at the competition. The First Edition also received several other caption awards, making the day well-rounded and filled with dedication from the group.

“I feel we did pretty well in Ada, but we could have done better on certain things we knew how to fix already,” junior Kelton Young said. “As a group we work well together, and with some more hard work we’ll go very far this year.”

FFE also won the following caption awards: Overall Best Instrumental Combo, Overall Best Show Concept, Overall Best Tech Crew, Runner-Up Class AA, Overall Best Female Vocalist (Gabbi Calvert), Best Instrumental Combo Class AA, Most Dynamic Performer (Devan Kline).

Photo by Tess Marshall

Marching Band rated Excellent at State

The Findlay Trojan Marching Band earned an “Excellent” rating at OMEA state marching band finals this past Sunday.

The marching band traveled all the way to Dayton, Ohio in order to perform their spy-themed show “Double Agent” for finals.

“I feel pretty confident that we played the best we could. The show was pretty awesome and I enjoyed it,” senior squad leader Thomas Leonard.

The band received “Superior” ratings in the categories of percussion, auxiliary, and music, and “Excellent” ratings in marching and general effect. These scores were combined to earn the band their overall “Excellent” rating.

“It is a huge accomplishment to earn the honor of performing at state finals,” FTMB director Mr. Mattis said. “The FTMB has done it twelve times in my eighteen years as a director here.”

Photo by Lindsay Blackwell

Findlay choirs’ performance shines despite construction obstacles

The Findlay High School choirs performed their fall concert Tuesday, October 7th at 7:30 p.m. Due to construction on the new breezeway, the choir concert took place in the gym.

“I feel like being in the gym was kind of hindering, the sound of the choirs was not as projected” sophomore Gabbi Calvert said. “I think a lot of the parents liked it, though, because they had a better view of all the choirs when we did the combined piece.”

Despite the concert being held in the gym, the concert still went very well and had a good audience.

National Honor Society to host fall blood drive

Next week, National Honor Society (NHS) will host its fall blood drive for Findlay High School students. The blood drive will provide a relatively easy way for students to help those in need.

“High school blood drives provide approximately 60% of the blood supply in northwest Ohio. This is a great way to give to others who are less fortunate,” counselor and NHS adviser Mary Burget said.

Student volunteers from NHS will help facilitate the process on the day of the blood drive and student volunteers from the school’s population will give blood to the Red Cross.

“The National Honors Society sponsored Blood drive will be held in the Findlay High School Auxiliary Gym, and all students who have completed the paperwork are eligible to donate blood,” NHS President Lindsay George said.

The blood drive will be held on Wednesday, October 8th during school hours. Students may sign-up at the table in the cafeteria anytime during periods 5a, 5b and 5c. They must fill out a parental consent form if they are under eighteen and will be called out of class with the permission of the teacher to give blood.

For more information, ask the volunteers in the cafeteria from periods 5a-5c or contact NHS advisers Mary Burget and Nancy Frankenfield or NHS President Lindsay George.

Football from dusk until dawn


Findlay High School’s first home football game of the season has left people talking. The Friday night game started with a 7 p.m. kickoff, and ended at 2 a.m., due to a four-hour thunderstorm delay.

The game kicked off as usual with students and FHS fans cheering in the bleachers. It wasn’t until the end of third quarter, that things started to get a little unusual. While rumors of a thunderstorm spread, lightening was spotted several times causing the game to delay right at the end of the third quarter.

However, the lightening didn’t stop students and fans from cheering on the team and having plenty of school spirit. Some people waited for the storm to pass, but other’s called it a night when the third hour of the delay rolled around.

Although a four-hour delay is a bit excessive, the team didn’t have a choice in the matter.

“Grove City’s coach wanted us to forfeit, but our coaches didn’t want that,” sophomore football player Devin Zimmerman said. “I think it was hard for a lot of

the players because we were all tired and worn out.”

Varsity football coach Mark Ritzler was determined that the game would be completed within the night.

“If we have to play at 1 a.m. we’ll play at 1 a.m.” Ritzler said.

Despite the long wait, the game eventually started up again around 1:30 a.m.

Four hours later, there were still devoted fans waiting for the game to start back up. Although it was late, many of the fans still had excitement.

“I feel like I had more spirit because it was so late and I was excited for them to play after such a long wait,” junior Kendyl Junge said.

With one quarter left to go, there were still football fans cheering the team on, the game eventually coming to a close at 2 a.m.

“It seemed like the longest game in history,” sophomore Alexis Rothenbuhler said.

Although there was a long wait, and thunderstorm delay, FHS did not forfeit the game and ended up the victors, with a close score of 27-25.

Photos by Lindsay Blackwell

Student council tackles tank top issue

In the aftermath of the #TankTopMassacre2014, the administration seemed to have won the battle of bare arms; however, FHS student council held a productive meeting with members of the administration, and the result was the resurrection of our “dear” tank tops.

A few days before the start of the school year, The Courier published an article announcing a change in the dress code. It was decided that tank tops would be permitted on school grounds as long as the shoulders are more than two inches in width. Student council’s decision to get involved was practically unanimous.

“Student Council talked at great length last year after many students protested the tank top rule. The consensus was to address the issue with the administration,” Diana Schweinfurth, student council advisor said. “The Council has always acted as a student government with its main function being to act as representatives for the student body in communicating with the administration.”

Students who led the debate were clear in the logic they provided, using diplomatic reasoning to sway their audience. Senior student council members Patricia Barreto and Tommy Gilgen had many points to back up their argument.

“The school is very hot during the school day, and while some teachers didn’t care about tank tops, others did,” Gilgen said. “We felt that the school should have a clear policy.”

Taking into account all of the actions the student body took to make the situation turn out  this way, a question is presented. After something so huge, could everyone band together for a change bigger than dress code regulations? Barreto has high hopes for the future.

“I absolutely think that the students could push many more changes in the future,” Barreto said. “Students just need to realize that there are proper steps that need to be taken to make that change. After that, all that is left is following through with them.”


Photo by Tess Marshall

FHS construction heightens security

After the outbreak of school shootings across the country, many have increased the demand for higher security in their schools. Findlay High School has decided to make additions to the school in hopes to ensure the safety of its students.

“Making improvements to our building’s security has been on our five year permanent improvement list,” Director of Operations Dennis McPheron said.

The renovations will create a safer atmosphere and keep students from having to leave the building to get to class.

“The most exciting part is the sense of the building being secure and comfort for students crossing to and from the fine arts wing,” McPheron said.

The project is set to be completed in the middle of November.

“With the constructions I have to catch a bus after band which means getting all the way to the freshmen wing to exit the building,” senior Emily Bartow said. “I have to run to the bus or I will miss it.”

Despite the inconvenience that the construction has caused the students as they start school, the improvements will provide students with the assurance that their safety is critical to FHS.

“We are very appreciative to students for their cooperation,” McPheron said. “We understand that this may cause some inconveniences for the time being but the end product will be something that both students and the community can be proud of.”

Photo by Tess Marshall

Three Lives Remembered

Have you ever heard the myth that celebrities die in groups of three? Once again, it has been proven eerily accurate. In the past few weeks, the world lost three iconic figures: Lauren Bacall, Robin Williams and Joan Rivers. While these entertainers had very different styles, they all will be missed for their wealth of talent and individuality.

Lauren Bacall appeared in To Have and Have Not (1944) with Humphrey Bogart when she was just 19. The iconic couple married in 1945 and remained together until his death. Her early break into the movie business started the ball rolling for many exceptional movies to come like The Big Sleep (1946) and Key Largo (1948). Bacall was known for her strong personality in a male dominated world, where women’s rights were yet to be recognized. She was a political activist, campaigning for presidential elections and fighting for women both on and off the big screen. Bacall’s unique talent shone through in her remarkable career. Seventy years after her big break, Bacall will still be remembered as one of the very best actresses in Hollywood’s golden era.

There is no refuting the impact that Robin Williams had on comedy. He changed the comedy world with his wacky and eccentric style. His appearance on Happy Days (1978) brought him his legendary sitcom Mork and Mindy (1978), where Williams played an alien from planet “Ork” attempting to adapt to life on Earth. Williams appeared on the Johnny Carson Show (1981), wowing the audience with running banter and improvisation. He brought a new meaning to the word comedy. Williams continued his exceptional career, doing a wide variety of movies from those tackling serious subjects, such as Dead Poet’s Society (1989), to screwball comedies like Mrs. Doubtfire (1993). In 1998, Williams won an academy award for “Best Supporting Actor” thanks to his box office hit Good Will Hunting (1997). Williams’ death shows that happiness is not necessarily achieved with the acquisition of fame and money. Despite all of his success, Williams went through many of the same issues that countless others do. Mental health is a crucial topic that needs to become less taboo in our society. Depression must be accepted as a sickness that is as serious as any other disorder. There is no question that Williams’ death was a tragic one, but his image and contributions will live on and continue to affect the world of comedy.


Finally, the recent death of Joan Rivers was sudden and unexpected. One of the very first successful female comedians, Rivers’ comedic style was one that everyone could relate to. Rivers attributed much of her success to Johnny Carson, whose show she frequently guest hosted, from her first appearance in 1965. Rivers’ comedic style was known for being blunt and cutthroat, from her early stand-up routines to her critiques on the outfits of many celebrities on Fashion Police. Rivers published multiple books, hosted her own televisions series, and was the subject of many off-kilter reality television programs. Despite Rivers’ age of 81, the public seemed to forget that she was a day over thirty, as she always remained relevant and relatable. Her abrupt death seemed to bring sadness to everyone, whether or not they appreciated her unconventional humor.


The contribution of these three performers to their business is immeasurable. Each had very different talents and were known for their distinctive images. Without a doubt, they will be remembered and appreciated for years to come. So, for now, remember to stay away from cracks in the sidewalk, black cats and broken mirrors. Let’s hope that the next three celebrity deaths don’t come along for quite some time.

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