By Samantha Bostrom
Baseball season is firing up with a total of 22 athletes on the Junior Varsity and Varsity teams combined and eight of which are returning letter winners from last years team. There are six returning senior players this year- Anders Prater, Adam Bridenstine, Dion Bearstail, Jacob Rensvold, Ethan Alleman and Ryan Knudson. They are all hoping that the snow will melt fast and the playing can begin.
Last season started later due to the long winter but was overall very successful for the Jags, finishing the season off with a 15-6 record also qualifying for the state tournament. The team beat Braham to advance into the Subsection 5A Championship, defeating the Pine River-Backus. They also happened to be the Great River Conference Champions.
Coach Kreger says that goals for this season include “[H]aving fun, learning how to play the game right, how to work as a team, and grow into well rounded young men.”
The team will be focusing their strength towards pitching and defense, with the help of several pitchers with varsity experience and state tournament experience. Overall the boys could be capable of conquering this season as long as they have great teamwork, hard work and determination. Don't forget to come on out to support the Jags as they take on the 2019 baseball season.
By Anderson Prater
Last Thursday Night the HF Band held a performance in the fine arts center. The HF Jazz Band opened the concert with an exciting piece called Brain Sprain. Then Holly Sybrant and Conor Romans each played a solo during the second song, Green Onions. Then during the Jazz bands final piece, Evil Ways Conor and Holly each soloed again. Senior Adam Borash spoke after the concert about the last few weeks of work paid off saying, "We worked a lot on staying together and articulating our notes during the last weeks of practice. I think we managed to do it during the concert." The Jazz band left the stage after their three pieces as the Jaguar Band came on.
The Jaguar band began with a piece titled Excalibur and followed it up with Castles and Dragons, which featured a flute solo by Adriana Dematti. Band Director Emily Bengston noted that the Jaguar band played Castles and Dragons, "with great focus and contrast between the slow and fast parts of that piece." The Jaguar Band then finished their portion of the concert with the songs Barbarossa and All the King's Men.
The final division of the concert was performed by the senior high concert band. They began with a piece titled Canto, followed by The Lord of the Dance which included a flute solo by Courtney Hart. They then played salvation is created. And to finish the concert Concert band played what Ms. Bengston called, "their strongest piece" Blue Ridge Saga. Bengston added, "[Blue Ridge Saga] was an excellent demonstration of their energy as an ensemble and their ability to play a variety of styles." Overall each ensemble performed well and ended the night successfully.
By Kenidy Cessna
On March 7th the HES PTO (Hinckley Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization) hosted an event known as Family Literacy Night. During that time an author Every This night has taken place many time before but the HES PTO hopes to continue on the annual event. Nancy Carlson came to visit the kids and later that evening families and students were treated to a meal and fun activities.
Nancy Carlson is known for writing children books and her cartoon doodles and was raised in Minnesota. She went to the elementary school and spoke to the students about drawing her well known dog doodles and she talked about her childhood. Carlson also read and signed books for the classes. Later that evening Family Literacy Night took place, all families Pre-K through 6th grade were invited and treated to a delicious meal form the HES PTO. After the meal the families could roam the halls and search for fun literacy events they were interested in partaking. One of the activities was making your own story, the student or person would roll the dice and the dice would give the setting, in this case the monster, and the conflict; then the student or family member made up their own story with the given subjects.
“When she explained how the colors made up the character’s emotions in the book I found it interesting, like when the page’s theme color is blue it means the character is upset or sad about something. I liked hearing about her books and I want to read more of them” says Abby Cessna.
Many different organizations and businesses helped and/or donated certain objects to the HES PTO to use during the eventful night. Teachers volunteered to help with the literacy events, 7th and 8th graders also went to the Literacy Night to give their time to help with the events and PTO serve the meal. Thank you to all that made this a successful event...HES and FES PTO, Comm. Ed., Grand, Cinema, Lion's Club, Ausmus Carpet, Daggetts, and Tobies.
By Kenidy Cessna
Ms. Anderson’s seventh grade english classes they are creating board games. Each student is making a board game according to the book they read last month. February is also known as “I Love to Read Month”.
Ava Cessna is a seventh grader in the class that made the board games and finished up her board game. Her there was Candy Land and the expectations of the board game consist of trivia cards, themess, and rules. Every time you would roll the dice and move there was a chance you would land on a square that you would have to draw a trivia card. The object of her board game is to finish first. “It's a fun opportunity to do games and learn more about your classmates.” said Ava Cessna
In Ms. Anderson’s class they are now moving into reading small plays. In each play they have different characters and specific students read the lines of the character they are assigned. There are many other classes that were seventh graders were asked to make other projects. For example, in Mr. Boxrud class the seventh grader had to make a DNA sculpture, this project was a big part of their grade and many student look forward to it. Any sculpture that is safe and school appropriate can be handed in, after they are handed in they are judged and put into different categories. After they are put into different categories they are graded and put into first, second, and third place. Ava made her DNA Model out of pipecleaners, beads, and set up lights to make the sculpture looks like a spotlight was hitting it. I guess the first year in the high school isn’t so bad after all.
By Abby Painovich
I’m sure by now you’ve seen the posters hanging in halls saying “Let Your Used Clothes Live; Clothing Drive.” Well, what is that all about? This April there will be a clothing drive for all students of Hinckley Finlayson High School to shop at.
This clothing drive will take place April 15th-18th- beginning after 5th hour on Monday. It is available for all students of HFHS to come shop for yourself, your friends and/or family members. After checking in with your teacher first, you can sign up on this sign-up sheet for a class period to come shop. You are also encouraged to bring your own used clothes, that you don’t wear anymore, to give them a new life in the hands of someone else.
But you may still wonder why. Why donate and why shop? First of all, it is a great opportunity for you to add to your wardrobe at the cost of $0. Because who doesn’t love free clothes? Second of all, it allows you to clean out your closet, find clothes that you haven’t worn in years and donate them. Lastly, donating clothes is also very beneficial to our planet’s well-being:
“The average American throws out about 82 pounds of textile waste per year. That’s 11 million tons of waste produced every year by just the United States alone. While it may seem harmless to throw out tattered clothes, these fabrics are likely to then end up in landfills, where they pile up to produce toxic greenhouse gasses that are emitted into the atmosphere. As a leading cause of global warming, these gases are very dangerous for our environment and hazardous for our health” (planetaid.org).
So not only will you be getting new clothes, but you will also be contributing to the improvement of our planet’s well-being. Whether you are donating your clothes, shopping for some or even both, I encourage you to participate. Thank you to those of you who have donated already and those who are planning to. See below for additional information and links:
By Anderson Prater
Have you ever heard of the HFHS CCA? Don't feel bad if you haven't, The Hinckley-Finlayson Committee for Climate Action started a mere two weeks ago. But during those two weeks, CCA has been busy. The HFHS CCA came together with the help of a local activist, Brenna Doheny. She began by informing senior Johnny Kordiak about the 100% renewable energy by 2050 proposal and the Solar on Schools bill. He decided that he would not only like to support these ideas but also include his classmates on this opportunity to positively impact the environment. Johnny gathered up students who believe that action can and should be taken to protect and preserve our climate. Within the week, the HFHS CCA was born.
Don't let the short time they have been in existence fool you, since the HFHS CCA came together they have been hard at work. The CCA drafted a petition in support of the "Solar on Schools" bill and collected over two hundred signatures. Six members of the CCA also attended Clean Energy and Climate Action Day in Saint Paul on Wednesday. At Clean Energy and Climate Action Day, the students were taught how to lobby politicians, listened to climate activists tell their own stories, and heard from speakers supporting climate action. CCA Member Avery Degerstrom explained how one of the presentations really made her think about her own impact on the climate saying, "They asked us to think about our dream for the world fifty years from now, when I did that I realized my dreams won't come true unless we make a change. The change has to be an individual change, that involves thinking about your own impact like walking instead of driving and using less plastic. Just little things like that. But at the same time, it needs to be a big change. The type of change where we all as a country transition to cleaner energy and create less waste and make new policies that enforce that." The CCA members even had the opportunity to speak with students from Spain and Austria about how their countries are dealing with climate issues. While they were in Saint Paul they met with senator Jason Rarick. They practiced their newly learned lobbying skills by speaking with him about their support for the Solar on Schools bill.
The HFHS CCA has big plans for our own school as well. They will continue to bring the petition around to gather more support for Solar on Schools. Once the special election takes place, the CCA plans on sending members back to Saint Paul lobby our new representative and bring them the petition. Members John Kordiak and Anders Prater are hoping to set an energy audit for the school and provide more recycling bins throughout the building. The CCA is open to accepting new members and ideas. Anyone who is interested or passionate about the climate can talk to Johnny Kordiak or Brooke Anderson for information on how to get involved.
By: Mrs. Anderson
Foley, MN - Despite a hard-fought, heart-wrenching battle, the Jaguar boys basketball team ended their season on Wednesday, March 13th to Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa high school in the sub-section championship. While the HF Jaguars never gave up, bringing the score within 2 points on several occasions down the stretch, they were unable to fully capitalize on their efforts in order to clench the win.
The biggest issue in Wednesday’s game was the difference in shooting; the HF Jaguars were cold from both the field goal and 3-point ranges, while the BBE Jaguars knocked down many key shots even with HF hands in their faces. “Any time we scored, they responded,” says senior Anders Prater, “We were grinding it out, but every time we went to close a gap they just kept making big shots.”
Coach Dan Kreft added, “The Jags were playing from behind most of the night, but the boys never gave up and made it a close game with a chance to tie on the last possession.”
Prater says that the season was full of growing pains, but was marked by significant improvements throughout the season. Given this team was composed of only one returning starter, he was proud of how far they came. He explained that things really clicked after the Virginia tournament, after which the Jaguars went on a winning streak, losing only to Pine City until their sub-section loss to BBE. “We did an awesome job taking on a lot of teams that had more experience than us,” Prater said.
The date and time for the boys basketball banquet is yet to be determined.
By Abby Painovich
Knowledge Bowl ended their season on Monday, March 12th in Sartell. They participated in 6 meets throughout the year, in all of which they grew as a team and had a lot of fun.
Knowledge Bowl is club that is led by Mrs. Yoder, and this year they had around 12 members that came to practices before and after school. These members also participated in several meets. The students who were a part of Knowledge Bowl include, Anderson Prater, Brock Bjerke, Kyle Wagenius, Sophia Hopkins, Avery Degerstrom, Allyce Mulder, Jacob Perrotti, Josie Olson, Ana Eng, Brooke Golly, and Jacob Barstad.
A highlight of their year was at their last meet in Sartell. This was the regional meet and they competed very well, ending in the top 10. This was a highlight because their section this year was a lot tougher than it had been in the past. Even though they didn’t go as far as they would have liked, they still competed hard and finished in place that they were proud of.
Overall, Knowledge Bowl was very successful with the amount of members it had this year and with the results of their meet. If you are interested in learning more about knowledge bowl, or participating next year, talk to Mrs. Yoder.
By Abby Painovich
Because the weather outside won’t tell you, I will- it’s softball season everyone! The Lady Jaguar Softball Team began practice this week with less than three weeks until their first game. Coach Ranger is setting the bar high for his girls this season and they are more than ready to rise above it.
Last season the Jaguars had an exciting season- one for the record books! They had a winning season and went 3-2 in the section playoffs, a feat that has not been done in over 15 years. From their season they took away a subsection runner-up plaque and a need for avengement. They ended their season two wins from going to the state tournament, something they are looking to do this season.
Assistant Coach, Erich Richter, comments that one of the things they are going to work at is “getting better during the season so [they] are playing [their] best ball by the end of the season.”
Last season the team graduated no seniors and so this spring they are looking to build off of that. With a team full of experience, they are going to use that to their advantage. One of their goals this season is to finish at their top of their conference. Last season, a couple wins cost them their spot at the top, but this year they will work every game and practice with this in mind.
The team has five returning seniors- Maddie Mattson, Abby Painovich, Christeva Perrotti, Ella Duroche, and Haley Rimer- who will all be expected to step and lead the team. With all of them being varsity contributors in the past, they are more than ready to rise to the challenge. They all agree that this year, with hard work each and every game and practice, they will be ready to make a deeper run in the playoffs that last year, and maybe even end up at the state tournament.
All things considered, these girls are more than ready to get back out on the field. They are excited for what this season has in store for them and with determination and hard work, they should have a very successful season. Depending on the weather- if the snow melts off of the field- the ladies will play their first game at Flagstad Fields on April 2nd versus the Rush City Tigers. Come on out and support your Lady Jaguar Softball team!
By Madison Lange and Kristina Johnson
We’re Madison Lange and Kristina Johnson, and we’re doing a STAR event project on informing youth about mental health through FCCLA. The “S-T-A-R” in “STAR event” stands for Students Taking Action with Recognition. Being in a star event challenges students to take action in your area. FCCLA stands for the family, career and community leaders of America. FCCLA is a great way to help you get ready for your future career and challenge yourself to be a leader while getting to do fun volunteering projects and meet new people in your area by going to regional FCCLA meetings. Mrs. Kreger is the advisor for FCCLA, so if you have any interest in joining you can speak to her.
A mental illness is a health condition that involves changes in emotion, thinking or behavior. Mental illnesses are health conditions and are very common. They’re just like diabetes or heart disease. They can become a problem if they are left untreated. Suicide is the third leading cause of death in ages 10-24. 90 percent of those who died by suicide had an underlying mental illness. 50 percent of long term mental illnesses begin by the age of 14.
Some warning signs of mental illnesses are changes in sleeping habits, like insomnia, mood swings, thinking about suicide, prolonged feelings of anger, problems concentrating, changes in eating habits, like eating too much or too little, substance abuse, like drinking alcohol, headaches, stomachaches, changes in how you perform in school, excessive worrying about otherwise small things, feeling really sad, having uncontrollable feelings of euphoria, difficulty perceiving reality, and unexpected weight loss.
If you are experiencing these signs or think you have a mental illness, please consider getting help. You can see Mrs. Hartl or Mrs. Korf. If you don’t want to talk to someone face to face, you can text “MN” to 741741. This can be for any painful emotion you are feeling and it is confidential. You will be connected to a trained counselor.