By: Edward Roubinek
As we all know Teddy Mans got a huge goodbye a couple weeks ago from our proud jaguar school. Luckily Teddy was willing to give me some insight about what happened at the state tournament. He told me that the team didn’t perform as well as they hoped and that they have a lot to work on. Still he told me that he believes that everyone tried their best. It was a huge loss, but next year will hopefully bring a more promising outcome. Bowling had a really good season and we are glad that our Jaguar team was able to make it as far as they did. “ I would for sure recommend this sport especially to younger class men. It just helps that it is a sport that everybody can do no matter how old, “ Teddy said. Like every sport, our school likes good representation! There is always next year. If you think bowling is the sport for you, or just want to try it out, Take the leap and do it!
Knowledge Bowl - 2019/2020 Season
By Edward Roubinek
HFHS knowledge bowl team is off to a solid start. They attended their first meet last Thursday in North branch. Their coach Kristie Yoder said, “This is a special, festive, low-key meet where teams compete on questions related to themes such as holidays, current events, and pop culture”. The Jaguar team placed 16th out of 32 teams. They all enjoyed it and said it was a fun experience. There was hot chocolate, cookies, milk, and candy canes for all of them. I was able to interview Josey Olson, one of the knowledge bowl participants. He told me that one of his favorite things about knowledge bowl was, “ destroying my friends with knowledge!” He also told me that he liked going to the big schools where the meets were held, to mess around with his friends. Josie also strongly suggest knowledge bowl for underclassmen considering that is a very social event, and it is a chance to make new friends. I am not a knowledge bowl but I have attended a few practices, and from my understanding it is a very fun atmosphere. Knowledge bowl is a great chance to get to learn new fun facts and it makes you want to know more. The most important thing to learn about knowledge bowl is that you don’t have to be smart to join. It is for everybody! HFHS is in desperate need of underclassmen representation to help represent our school. A great person to contact if you’re interested in joining is Kristie Yoder. Knowledgeable practicing times are Monday Wednesday and Friday in the mornings, and Tuesday and Thursdays after school.
By: Raechel Painovich
The 48th annual Hinckley-Finlayson High School science fair was held on Monday 12/9/19.There were 135 projects judged by 42 judges. All place winners are eligible to attend the Northeastern Minnesota Regional Science Fair held at UMD on February 1st.The science fair this year was very successful with many students receiving awards and giving speeches that would satisfy the judges. After spending two hours in the small gym on Monday afternoon the 9th and 10th grade students are finally done with the science fair except for the many students that qualified for regionals which will be on February 1st. There are a total of 43 students who qualified for regionals, and 21 of them being junior high students and 22 senior high. Many students are excited that science fair is finally over, while many are excited for regions and fixing up their boards so they are ready to present on the first Saturday in February.
These students and their categories qualified for the regional science fair, BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCE
1st Place – “How accurate is eyewitness testimony?” - Josephine Hopkins
2nd Place - “Grades compared to screen time” - Jordan Masterson
2nd Place – “Are stress levels affected by timelines?” - Trinity Blakey
3rd Place - “Left vs. Right Brain” - Isabella Ziegler
BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCE
1st Place – “Acts of Kindness” - Kenidy Cessna
2nd Place - “Does the pomodor method actually work?” - Josh Archambault
3rd Place - “What variables can affect your mental health?” - Morgan Landberg
3rd Place - “Acne Products” - Ari Benjamin
2nd Place – “What bread molds faster?” - Lily Albrecht
2nd Place - “How do tastebuds change over time?” - Alyssa Alexander
2nd Place - “How much fat is in your food?” - Kaytlyn Carter
1st Place - “Does watershed size affect water quality?” - Raechel Painovich
2nd Place – “What type of flower works best for dyeing?” - Rebecca Dutcher
2nd Place - “What compostable item decomposes the fastest?” - Sophie Hodena
3rd Place - “Do bluegills have more parasites than other species of fish?” - Daniel Bonn
MEDICINE AND HEALTH
2nd Place - “Does blue light affect your sleep?” - Corrina Tvedt
2nd Place - “Does hand dominance affect lifting strength?” - Jeremiah Krone
3rd Place - “Do energy drinks affect blood pressure and heart rate?” - Gracie Olson
MEDICINE AND HEALTH
1st Place – “What is the best way to store bread?” - Madelyn Churchill
1st Place - “Identification Pathogens” - Emily Bradshaw
2nd Place - “How does color affect taste?” - Kendra Beavens
3rd Place - “Can young students tell the difference between candy and medicine?” - Rylie Kreger
3rd Place - “Does music affect your mood?” - Madisonlynn Jackson
1st Place - “Separating dyes with spare sand” - Mykenna Johnson
2nd Place - “Do plants grow faster with organic or synthetic fertilizer?” - Arianna Williams
3rd Place – “What color of Kool-aid will dye white tee shirts the best?” - Dana Marks
1st Place - “Ferrofluids” - Killeen Prater
2nd Place - “Does erosion affect the pH of the body of water it runs?” - Lucas Kraft
2nd Place - “Quality of drinking water” - Ava Anderson
3rd Place - “How does soil compaction affect how water drains through it?” - Garrett Hosna
1st Place - “2 seam vs. 4 seam fastballs” - Mac Storlie
1st Place – “Best gauge to use trap shooting” - Devyn Klar
2nd Place - “Metal vs. Wood Bats” - Lane Von Rueden
2nd Place - “Broadhead penetration” - Brody Froehling
3rd Place - “Tracer vs. armor piercing vs. normal bullets” - Payton Lindner
3rd Place - “What brand of battery charges the fastest?” - Devon Mulder
3rd Place - “What soil is best for a foundation?” - Wyatt Arrington
3rd Place - “The effects of different trebuchet arms” - Dylan Googins
1st Place - “Tsunami Barriers” - Jacob Grice
1st Place - “Art Fading” - Kiona Vessels
2nd Place - “Does the diameter of the vent affect volcanic eruptions?” - Georgia Rice
3rd Place - “Building Beaches” - Isabella Brant
3rd Place - “Below freezing” - Brice Mitchell
Students from previous years have commented, “the regional science fair is a really fun time and they recommend that all qualifiers attend.”
We would like to congratulate all of the students who either participated in the science fair or will be moving on. We wish these students the best of luck at Regionals in February! Have Fun!
By: Emily Bradshaw
The One Act Play crew this year will be performing “ Every Man in The Circus of Life” a medieval play written over 500 years ago. The play is based on a Circus setting. The plot is about a man called “everyman” who is facing death. Death comes to take him into his eternity and deciding where he will go is what the play will be about. Director Mrs. Clark says “ It basically boils down to that everything you do here on this earth, this life. Will be ultimately judged in the next.”
The One Act Play is a Minnesota league high school competition run by school sports. This play has many more rules and expectations than normal plays. Such as they have to work with a 35 minute time slot, with 10 minutes to set up, and only allowed to bring 20 people. There are usually auditions but typically Clark accepts everyone who wants to join as long as they’re passing all their classes. Although the play is open to anybody Clark says “ It usually is not a good play to get your feet wet with”. The One Act Play may not be the most fun for new actors. Clark Continues “ It really is a way to hone in on your acting skills and how you grab a character and make that character come alive.” Pushing experienced student actors to better their acting is a huge aspect of the One Act Play. The
HFHS is hosting the One Act Play competition this year here at the high school auditorium. Open January 6th at 9:00. The competition will be against neighboring schools that will be competing against each other.
By Kenidy Cessna
On Wednesday Mr. Grice’s previous and current anatomy classes went on a field trip to The Science Museum to see the exhibit “Body Worlds”. Some students were even able to hold a human heart! It was a great bonding experience for the class. Although body work was smaller this year kids still learned and enjoyed it. Body Worlds is a science museum where students and classes can see the human body without exterior skin, they set up mannequins of animals and humans. The students who got the opportunity to attend this trip are lucky because this exhibit doesn’t come around often, the last time it was there was 2013. They left the school at 8 and arrived backa round 2:30.
On Thursday the entire seventh grade class took a trip to the Guthrie theater. They went to go watch a play that they see annually called ‘A Christmas Carol’. The students were amazed by the special effects such as coming out of the floor and dropping from the ceiling. The set had building roughly two stories tall, they thought it was a very cool experience. Roughly 9 or 10 schools attended this play but they got the best seats in the house, front and center!
By: Killeen Prater
With science fair just around the corner of 9th and 10th grade students are beginning to create their presentation boards. With this being said many of them are very stressed but excited for their presentation Monday December 9th. Being an incoming 9th grader the science fair can seem intimidating but it is a great life skill. With much help from many teachers the students this year have created some very interesting projects. Many students have high expectations for moving on to regionals or even state science fair. On monday all of the 9th and 10th grade students will present from 1 to 3 pm.There is also an open house where anyone can come and view the science fair projects, this is from 6-7pm. Each student will present to 4 judges their project. Mr. Boxrud has high expectations for this group of students as well as Mr. Ranger. In the past many students have moved n and they are hoping to see the same results this year!
By: Raechel Painovich & Emily Bradshaw
The food drive is underway! Minnesota Honors Society, MHS, a student leadership organization that strives to help others within the community has organized a 2 week long food and funds drive that benefits Family Pathways. This drive is open to anyone in the community and goes from December 2nd to the 13th. There are boxes in the new addition of the highschool assigned to each grade, the number of food items will be recorded and tracked for each grade to keep a record of who is collecting the most food items. May the best grade win! Money can also be collected in the office and will be put towards running food drives. As of the first week here are the totals, 7th grade with 0, 8th grade with 10, 9th grade with 0, 10th grade with 7, 11th grade with 0, 12th grade with 0, and staff with 9. A total of 26 items, so start bringing in those food items!
The holidays can be a tough time for people and families. That’s why MHS food drive Committee decided to take action. In an interview with Officer of MHS leader of Food drive Sophia Hopkins she said “ Thank you to everyone who has donated food so far, it is really nice to that people put together this awesome thing for the community to help people with hunger and those who can’t afford food, it’s nice to see it all coming together.” Food Drive committee members, Sophia Hopkins, Brady Johnson, Ean Chose, Grace Ballut, Jenna Bina, and Jacob France as well MHS coordinator Mrs. Vicksrom. The goal is 200 food items as well as raising $200 for our local food shelf.
Today, Friday December 6th it is hat day! Bring one food item or $1 to wear your hat in class all day and receive a sticker in the cafeteria before school or see Mrs. Vickstrom. In addition, staff can bring in $2 to wear jeans for the day. MHS members will come around first hour to gather the money.
Keep bringing in those food items so we can reach or goal!
By Kenidy Cessna
Maybe the first Thanksgiving wasn't as wonderful as the stories we were told as children. In fact it was very different. The first Thanksgiving was the mark of a national holiday, on October 21 1682 the pilgrims celebrated their first harvest in what we now call our homeland. The first Thanksgiving was a blend of two traditions, the Wampanoag (native tribe) celebrated every meal with prayer and feasting; the pilgrims celebrated by rejoicing after a successful bounty which was very rare in Europe. Pilgrims brought new traditions and even today the two stated above are the most common ways families celebrate Thanksgiving. The first people to celebrate Thanksgiving are proved to be the Spanish and English colonists. The states we know they celebrated in are currently known as Florida, Maine, Texas and Virginia.
The puritan holiday comes from Puritan New England, their fasts and thanksgiving never fell on Sundays. As well as never celebrating on the sabbath day they were also never annual up until the middle of the 17th century. In the 1700s it started becoming a time of the year where families gathered, prayed, and feasted on their successful crops. The first thanksgiving we all hear stories about was made the official first thanksgiving by continental congress in 1777.
The Wampanoag tribe and the Pilgrims were identified with the first thanksgiving until the 1900s, even though they were a huge part of the thanksgiving traditions. So I hope as you ate your turkey on Thanksgiving you thought and gave thanks to those who made this holiday as memorable as it is today.
By Kenidy Cessna
Clear the Shelter, maybe you’ve heard of it and maybe you haven’t. Whichever group you belong to the fact is dozens of dogs, cats, and smaller animals were saved on Friday. At the Minneapolis Animal Care and Control Shelter an event was hosted from 1-6pm on November 22nd. The shelter called it ‘Clear the Shelter’ they waived the adoption fee for five hours and hundreds of people looking to adopt a pooch. The employees were expecting 50-100 applicants to show up, in the end they had nearly 350. The shelter didn’t have enough animals for everyone who came so each applicant had to enter their information into a drawing that would decide the animals new life. A usual adoption fee for a Minnesota Resident would be $50 for cats and dogs, for everyone who didn’t get lucky with a new best friend they were given a 50% off voucher. Their intentions for the event were to clear the shelter for the holiday seasons, they definitely accomplished that.
Adopting an animal has many benefits not only to them but to you too. The most beneficial reasons for adopting would be; to save a life, helps more than just yourself, and it is good for your health. Adopting a dog can lower your blood sugar, reduce cholesterol, decrease triglyceride levels, improve cardiovascular health, and decreased amounts of stress and anxiety. Studies how spending only 15-30 minutes with your dog can increase pleasurable chemicals in your brain and make you feel more relaxed and calm. Making sure your pet is fit ensures you get more physical activity as well, dogs can prevent depression, specifically men. Adopting a new friend has so many benefits and the ‘Clear the Shelter’ event in Minneapolis has shown just how impactful a human and dog can be on eachother.
By: Edward Roubinek
On November 12th Mrs. Becvar’s second hour class got the chance to interview a couple of our rural veterans. This event took place at the high school in the media center all week. We did this to get a feel of what it was like to be a veteran, and to complete a project.
One of the first vets that I got to interview was Clark. He was an Air Force radio operator. He never saw combat, but he had some very interesting stories. One of the many questions that I asked him was what his job was while he was in the service. He said that he was a radio operator and transmitted messages to different bases. He said, “I was a 293 radio operator. I transmitted messages to and from people. My information had to be precise.'' One of Clark's most memorable experiences was winning the Christmas Lighting Show Competition. Clark said that coming back into society was pretty easy. He says the Air Force was one of the best experiences in this life. I got some real positive vibes.
Another veteran that I was lucky enough to interview was Mindy. Like Clark, Mindy was also a non-combat air-force veteran. She and Clark both agree that the air-force changed their lives for the better. Mindy was very talkative and informative the information she gave me was very eye-opening to the possibilities the air-force opens up. So here are some of the things that I learned from Mindy.
“My first job was Swiss kc -135 is which is an air traffic River refueler,” this was Mindy’s response to my first question of what was one of your job in the air-force. Mindy worked with the aircraft. It was her job to inspect them and make sure they were intact. She was also an air-traffic controller she help the pilots in the air and on the ground by providing them with the information they needed for navigation and helping get the support they needed when on the ground. Mindy told me, “The most scary one to me was Korea, I had no idea of the language I didn't know where I was going” when I asked her what was one of her scarier experiences. Mindy had a lot to tell but none of them were as good as her story of being able to keep in contact with her friends. She said she made many friendships and she has been able to keep them throughout the years.