By: Raechel Painovich
You probably know about the new addition and improvements to the school, but have you heard who was behind the scenes doing all that work? A variety of construction workers did the main design of the building and a lot of the outside work on the building. They also are currently working on the Track and Football field, so that will be done for the boys to play on at Homecoming. But a few janitors and graduated students did a lot of maintenance on the building inside the school. They have put in many hours and dedicated their summer to fixing up the high school, just for us students and staff to enjoy.
There were many janitors and students involved in this project, making the renovation go by quick so they would be done by the school year. Some changes you may have noticed are the bathrooms on the fourth floor, the second floor bathroom changed to a student bathroom, and the moving of the fitness equipment to the new workout room. These are just some of the many changes that have happened over the summer.
So anytime you see the janitor staff around, make sure you give them a big thank you!
2019 Jaguar volleyball midseason is off to a solid start!
The Varsity team with the record so far 3-7 and the rest of the season to go: we are cheering for our girls to keep up the hard work. “We started the season with some tough matchups and struggled but have continued to work hard and get better every game.” Coach K Varsity Coach said “We recently changed up some positions and that seems to be a positive change so far.’’ The Varsity team has been working on staying consistent and continuing to minimize their unforced errors. “We had a rough start so i think i would like them to know: "You can't go back and change the beginning but you can start where you are and change the ending" - C.S. Lewis”.
The JV team record so far is an impressive 7-2 including going undefeated at Pine City’s Tournament (9/7), well done girls! JV coach Kelsie Smith’s recap, “This team of athletes is one year faster, stronger, and smarter. They are really putting what they have learned into action on the courts. The team effort and competitiveness has been impressive so far.” and we couldn't agree more! “I want the girls to know how proud I am of them. There's still a long way to go and I know they have it in them to become even better as the season continues”. The JV team is such a positive team and hard working team and great role models for the younger girls modeling positive attitudes and teamwork as well as individually pushing themselves and keeping each other accountable.
The C-Team record so far is 1-4, taking their first win, tuesday night (9/10) against Isle , congratulations ladies! Keep up the hard work! “I want the girls to know how proud I am of them,” Coach Hagen said. “There's still a long way to go and I know they have it in them to become even better as the season continues.”
The Varsity, JV, and C-Team are all motivated, positive and hardworking teams who are willing to work towards their goals not only for themselves but for the team. The Team and coaches appreciate the support from fans. “We would like to thank our fans for their continued support, encouragement, and excitement for Jaguar volleyball as we keep moving towards rebuilding a successful volleyball program.” Overall the season has been competitive and we are looking forward to what the team will bring us next. Keep up the good work!
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By Avery Degerstrom
This past summer, students from Hinckley-Finlayson, Braham and Mora went on the trip of a lifetime to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. They left on the fourteenth of June and returned home on the twenty-ninth, sixteen days of new experiences for these 39 students and 7 adult chaperones. Everyone on the trip stayed with a host family in the city of Cotacachi or La Calera (a small indigenous village a few miles out of the city). Our families were amazing. They fed us for a week, did our laundry, took us out to do things, taught us the ways of life in Ecuador and really let us feel like part of their family. We all made bonds with people in Ecuador that will never be forgotten; for me it was my host sister Lia. She is eight years old and the funniest and sassiest person I have ever met. Lia and I played a lot of Uno and other card games along with her older sister and Austin Stapek, the other student from Hinckley that went on the trip. Communication may have been difficult at times but it never was impossible.
The language barrier was a struggle but everyone we encountered talked slower for us or would if we asked them to, except for the woman who worked at the pizza place we called one night. The Spanish group as a whole was able to better our language skills especially in the form of talking and listening. We all came home feeling much more confident in speaking and had learned so many new words and phrases. By the end of the trip people were talking to each other in Spanish of the bus or incorporating small words of Spanish into English sentences, even thinking and writing in Spanish without trying to. Spanish words were becoming natural for us and it was amazing to see and feel that transition. Being immersed in a foreign language for two whole weeks was great but to combine the language and culture of Ecuador was the greatest learning experience we could have asked for.
The culture of Ecuador is fun, lively and beautiful. The markets and filled with fresh fruits and vegetables, there was fresh bread every morning for breakfast and the juice was the most delicious thing ever. They dance in the streets for festivals, sing songs and play instruments. They have cleansing rituals and watch soccer games. The best part about it was they were so willing to share every last piece of it with us. We tried the amazing food, went to many traditional dance and song festivals and hiked down the side of a mountain to get cleansed by a shaman. They gave us experiences you would never get if you just went to Ecuador. “The communities were warm and friendly” said Leah Kehr, a Mora student who went on the trip. The Mora students had an extra special person who was in Ecuador, her name is Dominique.
Dominique was a foreign exchange student at Mora for the 2018-19 school year. She is from Ecuador and we were fortunate enough to have her come on our trip with us. We even got to go to her school in Ibarra and talk to students there. We gave a presentation about Minnesota things like MOA, hot dish and our slang words. It was a great experience to have and to see the differences and similarities between school systems there and here in the United States.
The entire trip was something that the people who went will never forget. We had fun, improved our language skills, saw a different culture and learned so many things. The mountains were gorgeous and I was inspired by the beauty that is in living a simple life. This trip sparked a want to travel in many of the students who went. It was really the trip of the lifetime.
Welcome back HFHS, HES, and FES students and staff. Its two weeks into the school year and a lot has changed. Welcoming you back into the school year the Jaguar Journal is here to inform you of events and timely news, whether it's happening in our school or around the globe. If the name Jaguar Journal is new to you; We are a news team at the HFHS that publishes weekly articles and sends out Daily News. Hoping you come familiar with our name and publishes here is our first week of articles.
If you’ve been to the Hinckley- Finlayson High School you’ve probably seen the new additions on the east side of the building. Over the last two years the staff and construction workers spent planning and building on a new gym, fitness center, storage rooms, locker rooms, bathrooms, a walking track, and a new main office. If you move onto the HES the Media Center is no longer present, they’ve expanded their Pre-K classrooms into where you would’ve found the library. With the craziness of the new school year starting the new parts of these building have not gone unseen.
By Kenidy Cessna
On Monday earlier this week the HFHS Jags varsity softball team began their tenacious week of games and competition. Starting right after school last week the ladies hosted a game against Hill City, they lost the game but later in the week came to avenge themselves. After their loss against Hill city they can only afford one more loss, as the playoffs are double elimination. Then on Tuesday the girls headed to Brainerd where they played Betha-Hewitt/Verndale, the opposing team came at the Jags with a season record of 16-8. During the game against Betha-Hewitt/Verndale the first batter up, Emily Stafne, hit a line drive right over the fence putting the jags up by one within the first couple pitches of the game. Later in the game Raechel Painovich singled, Madelyn Churchill doubled, and Haley Rimer tripled, that left the score 3-0 with the jags up only in the first inning. Throughout the game Christeva Perrotti pitched 76 times with 55 strikes, not walking a single player. In the second game against Sebeka, te #1 seed from the other side of Section 5A. Te jgas took an immediate lead when Madeln Churchill drove Raechel Painovich to home. In the third inning Abby Painovich tripled bringing Emily Stafne and Raechel home. Christeva Perrotti pitched 91 times throughout the game and the team never ran out of their stamina or drive.
Thursday the girls traveled to Brainerd to take on the Isle Huskies. There, the season came to an end after taking a loss in the first game against them. The Jags followed behind the opposing team 2-1 until the fifth inning when the girls came up short on a few plays. After the long game the girls lost 8-1. Madelyn Churchill led the team in hitting with two, and Bella Brant drove in their only run. Christeva finished out her high school career in softball allowing 4 earned runs and only walking one player.
Seniors Abby Painovich, Haley rimer, Maddie MAtson, and Christeva Perrotti showed strengths all leaders should. Over the years they’ve grown and worked as a team and led the team to become Section 5A Runner-Up, which is as far as the Jags Softball team had gone nearly 20 years.
By Ben Vickstrom
The Boys Track and Field team will be sending two athletes to state: Kolby Fox in the 200m, 400m, and High Jump; Cedric LaFave in the 1600m and 3200m. Both of them punched their tickets to state by breaking school records, Kolby set a new school record in the 400m Dash by running in a blazing 49.80 seconds breaking the previous time of 50.8, a seven year old record set by David Paynotta. Not to be outdone, Cedric shattered his own school record by 6 seconds in the 1600 by running a 4:29.01. He ended the meet for the Jags running a 9:54.13 in the 3200m, breaking that 36 year old record by 3 seconds.
The boys 4x800 (Brock Bjerke, Josey Olson, Caleb Olson, Isaiah Brindamour) took 7th place. Isaiah Brindamour earned a spot on the podium by taking 6th place in the open 800m. In pole vault Aaron Mulder competed against some of the best vaulters in the state, and vaulted 10 feet, 3 inches. Edward Roubinek finished off his season with a time of 45.67 in the 300m hurdles. In triple jump both Lathaniel Kroschel and Dylan Mans competed for the Jags. Lathaniel jumped broke 40 feet to make it into the finals. The boys team took 4th place overall, ahead of over 20 other teams. The Minnesota State Track and Field meet will be held at Hamline University on June 7th and 8th, where Cedric and Kolby will fight for placing positions in their events.
MAY 28, 2019- On Thursday and Friday, May 9 and 10, four learners from Empower Learning Center attended the MAAP STARS 25th annual State Spring Events Conference. Held at the Doubletree Hotel in Bloomington, MN., 217 students from across the state participated in 16 different competitive and non-competitive events showcasing their vocational and leadership skills.
Empower learners performed very well this year. In Public Speaking, Tyler Flansburg earned a bronze ribbon and Dylan Campbell earned a silver ribbon. Jeffery Rush and Janeecka Fisher participated in the Artwork Display. All four ELC learners teamed up to compete in the Life Smarts competition and participated in making cards for hospitalized veterans.
MAAP STARS is the youth organization of the Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs. STARS stands for Success, Teamwork, Achievement, Recognition, and Self-esteem. MAAP STARS hosts three state-wide events each year. Fall Leadership Conference which focuses on developing a leadership team for each chapter and planning the year’s activities. Legislative Day, in February, which allows students a glimpse into the workings of state government and to share their experiences with state lawmakers. Spring Events Conference which allows students to share their skills in a competition-style two-day event.
By Kenidy Cessna
Hinckley-Finlayson, where geniuses are created and some students hacky sack for hours on end. An english teacher at the highschool hosted genius hour on Friday May 24th in the Fine Arts Center. “What is Genius Hour?” you may ask. Well genius hour is a thing Brooke Anderson brought to HFHS from an idea she received by not only her savvy and informative mind, but from google. Her reasoning from that was inspired by Google allowing their employees 20% of the business week to work and create projects of their own. At the beginning of the school year the students involved were gifted class every Friday to form a project and presentation. Maybe you have another question, that may be “Why?”... A possible answer to that could be simply just the way that Mrs. Anderson is, she is dedicated to her students and wants them to find something they're passionate about. Not only did this teach students but all projects helped our local areas, from climate action to building go karts.
9:20 a.m Abby Painovich started off two hours of presentations. Within the next hours six more projects were shown off, separated into two rounds. Starting off the second hour of presentations was Avery Degerstrom. Many different subjects and interests were presented during first and second hours to any students who showed up. All students presenting did great job and worked very hard this school year.This event was the perfect way for her students to dip their toes into the pool of their possible future careers.
By Kenidy Cessna
What is climate change and why does it matter?
Climate change is the change in regional climate patterns. For example loss of sea ice, intense heat waves, high rising sea waters, etc. If you look forward to spending more money, rising temperatures, more intense droughts along with many other effects then maybe climate change is for you, but most people probably don't want to spend more money to save their home. In our midwestern area of the United States we would experience heavy downpours resulting in floods, agriculture will become harder, air and water quality will suffer. Great Lakes, what this area is mostly known for will go under a wide range of risks.
What can I do?
There is more things you can do to help climate change than you think, the more people that do little things will add up and it will decrease the problems in our atmosphere. Between 2% and 6% of Americans identify as vegetarians and the percentage of vegetarians has increased immensely since 2013. Secondly is the rule of the three Rs: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Reduce the use of non reusable subjects, for some that may be a challenge but dare to take that step and help the environment. For the reusable objects, reuse! If you are unable to reduce and/or reuse the final thing you can do if recycle. Recycling has many different benefits, to human beings, animals, and the environment.The IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) has done heavy testing and experimenting with climate change since 2007. And they’ve discovered many new things such as what an average person can do to help.
There is so much more to learn about climate change and it may be very useful to you one day. Climate change is definitely something that you could one day pursue a career in and help others. Learning about your environment is very important and is greatly recommended by many people.
By Erich Richter
Last night the mighty Lady Jags softball team traveled to Mora to compete in the Sub-Section 5A tournament. The Jags lost a heartbreaker in Hill City on Tuesday, which put the Jags in a win-or-go-home position. The first opponent was the Braham Bombers. Braham came in with hot bats after a 19-12 loss to Isle, and continued their momentum with a 4 run burst in the top of the 1st. The Jags answered with 4 of their own to tie the game in the bottom of the 2nd. There was no looking back after that as the Jags 10-runned the Bombers in the bottom of the 6th. Highlights of the game include an Abby Painovich double and a Haley Rimer triple. Christeva tossed an efficient 82 pitch, 6 inning effort.
Next up for the Jags was the loser of the Sub-Section Championship game, ultimately proved to be a rematch with Hill City. Ranger was quoted saying "Finish the job". Richter was quoted saying "anytime you can end Braham's season, you've had a good year". Coach Henn said "You got this girls".
The Jags led off the top of the 1st with loading the bases but were unable to take advantage. But once Christeva struck out Hill City 1-2-3 in the bottom of the first, the Jags began to believe. The Jags bottom of the order came up huge, scoring 4 runs in the top of the 2nd. In the top of the 3rd, the Jags made the lead 6-0. Hill City fought back with 3 runs in the bottom of the 3rd, but the Jags tightened up for the rest of the way, winning the game 8-4. Highlights for the Jags include Ringler's two doubles, Abby Painovich continuing to smash the ball straight at players and making them play dodge ball, Abby Painovich hitting the ball off the fence for a triple, some ridiculous running catches made by OF's Ringler, Balut, and especially Raechel Painovich (including a diving catch for the final out of the game), Maddie Mattson's diving tag at 2nd base, Peanut's sniping 3rd base throws, and Stafne's laser shots from SS. The win earned the Jags Sub-Section 5A runner up status. Good times were had by all and hilarity and celebration ensued. The Jags will take on the Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale on Tuesday, May 28th in Brainerd, as the Section 5A tournament continues.