Clubs & Activities

Mrs. Corrigan ends career after 31 years. 

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Going through the years, Mrs. Sue Corrigan has always hated the word “try”. Now the Special Services Department Chair has reached her time to retire and move on after 31 years as a teacher and life coach.
In a recent interviewMrs. Corrigan recalled, with tears in her eyes, how she loved watching students move from strangers to family with her, and how she loved watching them grow into young adults. All the while, she enjoyed helping them reach their goals.
    “She is a wonderful, beautiful lady,” senior Matthew Funk said.
    Mrs. Corrigan plans to travel a lot after retirement. She has been to most of America already, but would like to go to more exotic places, such as southern France—the wine and lavender country - and to Mexico for a family friend’s wedding. Mrs. Corrigan has done a lot of volunteer work at the Conrad Mansion in Kalispell and plans to help out there more with the free time she will have.
    Thinking back to the memories she had during the 17 years in the classroom, 14 years as a job coach, she said her favorite memory is the nose prints the kids left on the glass when looking into the window to see if she was there and coming in to ask for her help. She will always remember her artist supreme Jordan Geyer, who graduated in 2017, and how he always made her art to hang up on her wall.
    Mrs. Corrigan has seen all of the changes through the years at FHS.
    “It’s nice to see all the changes to the school and see the faces you taught come to be teachers at the school, like Mr. Reed Watkins and Mrs. Linzi Napier,” she said.
    Both her and her husband are retiring, so it works out for them. Mr. Ed Corrigan is the county attorney and this is his last year before re-election. Their daughter, Kelsey, lives in Houston, Texas, so they will get to go see her more often while they travel.
    “The one thing I will miss the most is watching the kids I thought I would never see graduate get up there with their caps and gowns and receive their diplomas,” Mrs. Corrigan said. “I knew they deserved it and worked hard to get it. The ones that had so much trouble with their freshman years actually did well and got their lives together and finished. I cry every time I think about them.”
    Mrs. Sykora is the theater arts teacher and works with some of Mrs. Corrigan’s students. Mrs. Corrigan has to check on the kids and give them support with special needs and those who need a little extra help and needing to be watched more closely then others.
    “Mrs. Corrigan is one of the most supportive people for her students, she is always willing to go to bat for her kids,” Mrs. Sykora said.
    Mrs. Corrigan believes that you can always do better and your good is never your best. You can always push yourself more and strive to be a better you than the day before.

IB science travels to the coast

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    Students from IB Biology and Environmental Systems and Societies traveled to the Oregon coast April 6 through 10.
    After the thirteen-hour bus ride, sixty-some science students arrived in Newport, Oregon. They were required to complete specific labs while in Newport, including activities involving conservation, ecology, and poetry. Some students shared the sentiment that the labs were only difficult if you waited until the last minute, which many apparently did.
    The weather was also an issue. Two of the scheduled labs were canceled because of dangerous conditions. When the students arrived on Friday, the winds were blowing up to 80 mph along the coast. The weather conditions made some of the labs very difficult to complete.
    “The worst part of the trip was when we were on the pier and it was windy and pouring rain,” said Junior Jaylyn Fitch. One student reportedly had her lab packet swept up by the roaring wind on the beach. Luckily, it was recovered.
    “The first day we had a severe weather warning, then it rained, but it was nice towards the end,” said junior Tobias Diegel. Some students had a tough time with the activities from many IB classes besides biology and ESS.
    Despite the weather most of the originally planned labs were completed and many of the students enjoyed them.
    “Seeing the succession of the coast put it into perspective how the world changes over time through natural events,” said junior Riley Jochim commented on the succession lab students completed.
    A favorite lab activity among students was the ethogram.
“We went to the beach and just observed animals and saw barnacles, crabs, and starfish,” Fitch explained. 
“It was really overwhelming,” said junior Paige Sweem.
    However, as the weather improved and labs were completed, she liked “walking to the ocean” and her “TOK activity.” Towards the end of the trip, students got to experience some nicer weather conditions.
“It was worth the wind and rain,” said junior Kassidy Keller.
The group visited the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport near the beginning of the journey. Flathead students got to see otters feeding: it was a highlight for many.
“It was fun, the bio trip was a great learning opportunity,” remarked junior Abigail Girardot.
    The group also visited an estuary and took data on ghost shrimp under the sand.
“I liked finding the shrimp in the estuary and being out in the sunshine,” added Girardot.
Some students had very impactful takeaways from the trip.
    Junior Kelby Abel said, “I’ve learned a Lot about how much damage we can do to oceans and how much they’ve changed.”

Flathead Arrow wins nine state awards 
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    The Flathead High School’s newspaper was awarded with four first place awards and winning a total of nine state awards, winning one more award then last year on Thursday, March 22, at the University of Montana for the Annual newspaper competition, where many other High Schools around Montana participated in the event.
    The school’s print edition won first place in Newspaper design and winning its second third place in a row with its website, There were two more first place awards than last year as well.
    Senior Kenyon Fretwell took home a first place award in Sports Event writing with his wrestling articles and a second place award in Sports Photography with wrestling photos he took at the Montana AA state wrestling tournament. This It is Flathead's second year in a row where a Flathead journalist was awarded with first in sports writing and second in sports photography, last year former Flathead high school student Matt Gash-Gilder won in these categories.
    “It surprised me, I didn’t think I was going to win”, Fretwell said, “It makes me feel good knowing someone appreciated my hard work I put into the article.”
    Senior Katia Postovit won first place in News Writing with her coverage of the cyber threat that cancelled school at the beginning of the school year.” I was very surprised that I won the award.” Postovit said. However she wasn’t there to receive this award.
    Junior Anna Hedinger won first place in Editorial Cartooning with her net neutrality cartoon. “
    Senior Tayler Jakeway won second place in feature photography with her photos from the Alpine Club field trip. “It was upsetting when I didn’t hear my name for the first place winner.” Jakeway mentioned, “I was really proud of the photo and I definitely saw winning potential in it.” Senior Bailey Nunn won second place in Advertising Design. Sophomore Abe Otto won second place in Sports feature writing with his article on Sophomore Tilynne Vasquez being the best female wrestler in Montana. “I spent a lot of time on this article and had a lot of advice from our advisor Mr.Hennell on what words to put in it, I had a feeling that I was going to get at least top three” Otto said.
    The staff then got to attend to work shops that taught them on how to be a better journalist. They also got to tour the campus for two hours and go wherever they wanted to.

FHS HOSA competes in Helena
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    HOSA is a club held here at FHS focused on kids who are looking for career paths in the medical field later in life. The students involved in this club are usually highly involved in the BioMed program. Students in the club were in Helena March 12 and 13 for a convention with schools all over the state.
    The Montana HOSA program is revolved around the recognition, motivation, and leadership skills of students that are looking to pursue health profession career, this will be the 14th year this program has been an organization in Montana. This program gives scholarships and project goals for schools around the state. “HOSA gives you an opportunity to get a feel for what jobs and routes there are in healthcare, along with what jobs you might be interested in going into” said senior Dalton Larson.
    The convention that the students from Flathead are attending actually gives them the opportunity to place in competition for the work they have put into the service projects and different activities they have done here in the Flathead Valley. “We get to give back to local charities such as the Ramsey Keller foundation, we also did fundraisers which gives us awareness of local foundations” said Dalton Larson. HOSA provides the students with a head start compared to other students that aren’t as involved; many students get summer internships along with other opportunities to get more of an insight of the career they are interested in.

Bronze Metals:
· Eva Bruce (9th grade) in Medical Law and Ethics
· Dalton Larson (12th grade) in Medical Spelling
· Samantha Wallace (10th grade) in Health Career Photography
· Hope Bruner (11th grade) and Marissa Reddig (9th grade) in Forensic Medicine
· Emily Cephers and Alyssa Habel (10th graders) in Health Career Display

Gold Metals:
· Eva Bruce (9th grade) in Epidemiology
· Eva Bruce (9th grade), Alexis Keil (11th grade) and Maddie Grimes (11th grade) in Biomedical Debate

Art Club helps friends

Klara Burgstaller
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     On Monday, Feb. 12, the Flathead High School Art Club and the Kalispell Special Friends or People First group made Valentine’s Day cards for friends and family.    The FHS Art Club meets every Monday in room 130 to work on art projects under the supervision of Mrs Caratelli and Mrs Nelson. On Feb. 12 the Kalispell Special Friends club joined them to make Valentine’s Day cards th
at were later delivered to the residents at the Heritage Place Healthcare Community.    Senior Sienna Riley came up with the idea for the Valentine’s Day project. Riley was inspired by Mrs. Caratelli and Mrs. Nelson, who had already worked with the Special Friends in previous years.    “As full IB student I was 
looking for a CAS project and I have always had a passion for art so I wanted to do something that had the two,” said Riley, “ I also really wanted to give back to the community, since there is not a lot of art programs available. It wa
s fun to have different groups come together and create art together.”    Back in Dec. Riley organized her first project with the Special Friends and the FHS Art Club. They made Snowflake Garla
nds and Christmas Cards to celebrate the holiday. She herself has been part of Art club for all four years of her time at Flathead and is sure the project will be carried on by Art Club members or IB students in the following years.
    Mrs. Nelson, who is in charge of the students, speaks positively about the work ethic of the students.
    “Sienna Riley did an outstanding job at coordinating the project with Art Club and the People First group,” said Mrs Nelson, “She really got everyone excited about making the Valentine’s and the Art Club students were terrific at working with all the people. I can’t wait to work with them again.”
FFA going strong in Kalispell 
Alex Coulter
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    FFA (Future Farmers of America) is a national organization, which includes thousands of teens from all over the country. Flathead alone has more than 20 active members who devote their time and effort to learning and competing in agriculturally themed competitions.    The Kalispell Chapter one of Montana’s largest chapters contains many flathead high school students, several of which are on the chapter leadership counsel which governs over 506 active members in the area. 
    Students who participate in FFA can compete in several events such as horse judging, agg mechanics, or meat evaluation. Flathead students such as Sean Manning and Amber Reiner compete in events such as these and are 
recognized across the state for their prowess in their given fields.
    “FFA has allowed me to meet new people, and thus making me more extraverted” said Senior Sean Manning the chapter president who placed third in the state for Ag Mechanics last year, “I’m so grateful for all of the opportunities FFA has presented to me.” Sean will be competing again in Ag mechanics hoping for first this time around this coming March.
    FFA is a huge program in Kalispell which teaches students skills which they can take with them after high school, “It’s a really life applicable activity, it helps more in life than basketball or football,” Said senior Ben Brown. “(FFA) helped introduce me to the rodeo world and get me my future career.”
    Most FFA students agree that one of the most helpful things about FFA are the opportunities presented for students, “FFA gave me more experience which helped me get into vet school and give me a future,” said senior Katelyn Corpron. “I don’t know if I would have any idea what to do without the opportunities presented to me.”

Alpine Club goes to Turner for skiing and avalanche training
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    Thirteen students from the Alpine Club went on a day long ski excursion to Turner Mountain in Libby on Friday, Feb 2. Along side of the students was teachers Mr. Hennell and Mr. Sherman, as well as parent Jandy Cox. The students go to skip the day of school to endure a day of skiing/snowboarding and an intro to avalanche training from some of Turner’s staff.
    Turner Mountain operates Friday through Sunday. The mountain has a base elevation of 3842 feet and a summit elevation of 5952 feet with a vertical drop of 2110 feet. They have one double chair life and 22 named runs. With less than 50% of those runs being groomed, 60% of them being black diamonds, 30% more difficult, and 10% beginner. The mountain stands with 39 inches of snow at the base and 49 at the summit so far this season.
    The Alpine Club goes on this trip once every year and does fundraising leading up to it. All who went this year highly recommend and say they would go again. This is what some of them said...

    Junior Gareth Taylor said “It was awesome and great to go skiing with Max. The lift line run was spectacular and the avalanche training was interesting. Would go again 10/10”
    Freshman Grifyn Cox said “It was awesome and fun to miss a day of school to go skiing. I would go again guarantee. The avalanche training was super informative especially for those who go backcountry skiing.”
    Senior Spencer Brinton said “It was really good powder. Like it more than Blacktail. The transceiver training was interesting. Would go again.”
    Senior Savanna Bessette said “I'd definitely go again. I regret not going before. It's more of an advanced mountain, so much harder than Blacktail. It was still fun though even if you're not the greatest skier.”
    Junior Walt Hollensteiner said “The mountain is a lot smaller and was really no one up there but it was really fun and there was a lot of powder. It was cool to go with friends and meet new ones. Definitely will go again.”
    Junior Colter Goss said “It was good. The front side had a lot of powder and no trees so that was pretty dope. It got foggy towards the end and my snowboard broke down too but the dude who helped was chill.”
    Sophomore Rhianyon Larson said “Would go again. It was absolutely beautiful up there and the staff was really nice. The avalanche training was cool. I skied a lot better there than i ever have, the mountain definitely pushes you to go harder.”
    Junior Riley Jochim said “It was a blast shreddin the gnar at Turner with the boys and Tayler. Would definitely go again, recommend to all other avid skiers. Can't wait until next year.”

Flathead S&D sends five to Nationals
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    Seniors Rebecca Vance, Tristan Phillips, and Noah Love, junior Melissa Roybal, and sophomore Jonah Love all qualified to go to Nationals for speech and debate at the National Qualifiers tournament in Helena High School on Saturday, Feb. 10.
    Following the five qualifiers was nine alternates. Senior Moriah Schutt, juniors Annabelle Pukas, Reed Miller, Jacob Beaudion, and sophomores Scott O’Donnell, Abe Otto, Julia Wynne, and Bohdi Hollman. All being first, second, or third alternates.
    Vance came in not being able to compete at the state tournament this year due to a very important college interview. She came back and took qualifiers with a second place and spot to nationals. Vance says “this was the perfect way to end my senior year and it's everything i could have asked for and more, finishing as a national qualifier. In my four years of Flathead speech and debate, i've grown so much as a person and a competitor. The people, the failures, the successes, the tears and smiles. It's an experience i'll never forget”
    Phillips was one competitor that no one saw coming. Last year going to nationals, but this year not placing at all the whole season until state where he took second in informative speaking. He explains his experience at the tournament with this, “I believe that my success at national qualifiers is due to the relaxed and friendly environment of students who are no longer worried about state and are far more open to your competitors. You never make more friends than at national qualifiers.”
    This June, Flathead will be sending five official qualifiers and nine alternates to Fort Lauderdale, Florida to compete at the national level of speech and debate.

Dungeons and Dragons starts up at Flathead
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    There’s a new club at Flathead High School. Twenty-six FHS students have found their niche in a newly-developed Dungeons and Dragons club, which meets every other Monday in Mr. Cody Hoon’s room 115 after school. The club has four dungeon masters and three to five players per campaign. The dungeon master is the person who comes up with the story and oversees all the fights and role-playing. The players are the people who make their own characters and play through the campaign.One of the four campaigns currently going on in the club was made by junior Isaac Glace, so he is know as the dungeon master or DM. It is being played out by sophomore Dalton Brubaker, who is a dwarf rouge named Roman; sophomore Cody Anderson, who is a tiefling fighter named Aries; and sophomore Sabrina Orr, who is a half-elf warlock named Salina Chat. Characters have to, first, make their own characters by rolling different types of dice to determine their attributes, like wisdom, strength, dexterity, constitution, charisma, and intelligence. The scores for those attributes allow each character to be able to do certain things and define who their character actually is. Their campaign began with the adventures finding themselves in a town obsessed with the ideals of defending themselves after losing a major war. They decided to stop in the town and rest their horses for the night. The group was attacked in a garden, where Orr’s warlock was injured by accidentally summoning a demon. The demon she summoned was supposed to fight for them but turned on her and crippled her leg. In need of medical aid, the warlock, fighter, and a farm boy they met headed deeper into the town in search of a doctor and a better place to stay for the night besides a lowly barn house. Because of the warlock’s reputation as an esteemed banker (before she lost her job), they easily found a doctor and were able to stay the night at a bakery. After a good night’s rest, the group investigated the town and found a large battle arena. Upon arriving to the arena the group saw the manifestation of the town’s own spirit for blood and vengeance after losing the war. After seeing the manifestation named Victor, the group was forced to fight it. After a long battle, the group was nearly being killed but the spirit decided to let them live and train to become a more worthy fight. “My character is really good at stealth but I have short legs so I’m slow,” Brubaker said. “My favorite parts are the introduction and battle of the town’s spirit for blood. Orr’s favorite part was “when I accidentally summoned a demon that crippled my leg.”  “(My character has) really strong perception and agility checks but my character is currently going through an existential crisis. She’s a really good person but wants to be bad.”

“I’m proficient in all weapons but I’m very brutish and ignorant,” Anderson said. The club has raised $1,000 through the Toyota truck raffle tickets for materials such as books, figurines, and maps that were all purchased locally through Heroic Realms in Evergreen. The materials cost a little more to buy locally, but the club wants to support the local economy and grow relationships in the community.

Hedinger wins Flathead Poetry Out Loud contest
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    Six nervous students entered Ms. Williams’ classroom on Feb 1, anticipating their spoken poetry. 
    They are participating in Poetry Out Loud, a program where students recite great works of poetry, some famous and some contemporary. A half an hour of poetry ensued, captivating the audience with their age-old words.
Winners were soon announced. The school champion was junior Anna Hedinger, with sophomores Katie Foster and Shaylee Emerson, and senior Mariah Schutt as runners up.
These four contestants were eligible to travel to the regional competition, although only Hedinger and Emerson competed at Hellgate on Wednesday, Feb 7. Hedinger placed second place out of around thirty contestants at Regionals, with her performance of “Backdrop Addresses Cowboy” by Margaret Atwood. She will advance to Helena for the state championship on March 3. 
    “It’s a good mediator between public speaking and pushing yourself” sophomore Katie Foster said about her experience.
    “I think having a connection with the poem you’re presenting is important because it helps you display a piece of yourself,” she said. “You create that sort of vulnerability up on stage. That allows you to really put feeling into your performance and to create something beautiful out of someone else’s piece.”
It is the first time in Montana POL history that multiple regional competitions were held. In the past, contestants would submit videos of their poetry to judges before immediately advancing to the state competition. The Poetry Out Loud competition has grown “exponentially” over the last few years, FHS poetry coordinator Ms. Kreiss revealed. She has been running the competition at Flathead for eleven years now.
    The organization reaches more than three million students all across the United States. State winners receive $200 and a paid trip to D.C. for nationals, as well as $500 for their school, according to the event coordinator. Last year alone at Nationals, $50,000 in awards and school stipends were given.

S&D Places 3rd at State
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    Senior Noah Love, junior Sierra Dilworth, and sophomore Bohdi Hollman took first in their events at the state speech and debate tournament bringing Flathead in third place overall on Sat. January, 27.
    Love managed the first in extemporaneous speaking, Dilworth in Lincoln Douglas debate, and Hollman in informative speaking. Following the firstplace takers, there were many who placed top four making them all-state placers. Seniors Grace Cady with 4th place in extemporaneous and Tristan Phillips with 2nd in informative. Juniors Reed Miller with 3rd in impromptu, Tanis Hadwin with 2nd in memorized public address, Korbyn Howe with 3rd in dramatic interpretation, and Annabelle Pukas with 2nd in legislative debate. Lastly freshman Carson Robison with 3rd in oratory. 
    Hollman in his second year of speech blew the competition out of the waters with his awesome speech about the USS Indianapolis. The USS Indianapolis was a Portland-class heavy cruiser of the United States Navy, named for the city of Indianapolis, Indiana. He said him and the coaches made a few alterations to get ready for state, mentioning “we decided to make it sound more newscaster like, like CNN, but keep the emphasis and inflections but just be more clear and confident.” His speech took a slight turn on the story of the USS than most are used to and know about. Saying that one of his coaches told him to read the book Left for Dead, it's a story about a boy at age 11 doing a history fair project about the ship. Later informing people of the severity of the situation and how uninformed people are about it. “It's a major part of my speech because kids are impactful and the story is too” Hollman finished saying.
    Dilworth in her third year of debate closed out the competition with friend and competitor Pucas beside her. The two went hand in hand in the final debate. Stating that they were arguing the resolution that “plea bargaining ought to be abolished in the United State criminal justice system”. She won the coin flip giving her the option to debate against or for the resolution. Picking the negative side, Dilworth saying “I believe in the affirmation but there is more evidence for the negative side.” Asking what put her aside from other competitors, she said “I have a lot of passion. I am a Christian and so I do all I do in honor of God and so when i'm debating I do that to glorify him.”
    Love in his first year of extemp really surprised everyone taking on the new event after three years of legislative debate and being 7th in the nation last year. He said he switched because “I was excited to learn more. In debate i'll get 1 to 2 topics a month where in extemp I get hundreds… Extemp is fun and exciting and I now have 50 world leaders memorized.” The topic he Love gave his final speech on was “how will sanctions affect the Nicolas Maduro regime in Venezuela.” He said it was “sentimental, finals was a nationally related topic so that's really exciting and easier to talk about for me.”
    Overall the competition was cut close and there were a lot of ups and downs for Flathead. Bozeman High took 1st at state with a total of 180 points, Glacier High in 2nd with 151 points, and Flathead in 3rd with 121 points. Head coach Shannon O’Donnell ends the official season saying, “This team worked to improve and grow competitors, ending the season with 20 state finalists, 3 individual champions, and 11 all-state designations. Im proud of that hard work and progress that was achieved."

Big Sky Invitational
    Senior Noah Love was the only Flathead speech and debater to place first at the Big Sky Invitational on Saturday, Dec 13. The team had many upsets but was still able to pull off a third place victory out of AA schools.
    Love placed first once again in extemporaneous speaking. Following him was freshman Anna Christensen with a fourth place in memorized public address, and juniors Melissa Roybal with a fourth place in legislative debate and Sierra Dilworth with a third place in lincoln douglas debate.
    Christensen is in her first year of speech, and being in finals let alone top four is a big deal especially at a AA tournament. “I was surprised when they first said a flathead name, thinking it would be me, and it wasn't. I was really surprised to place above my other two teammates but was super happy. I do hope to make finals at state aswell.” she went on to say.
    Once again Bozeman and Glacier were the top competition for Flathead. Although the team had many upsets and were worried about the results, the 3rd place roll was upheld. Bozeman taking the one and Glacier the two. The team is still hopeful for state, as it is well known based on state 2014/2015. The team went all season without winning a tournament, but went to state and swept the competition. The hope and work ethic for this year is present.

Cfalls invitational
    Juniors Riley Jochim and Sierra Dilworth, and freshman Carson Robison all placed first in their event at the Columbia Falls Invitational speech and debate tournament to help bring Flathead to their first win of the season on Saturday, Dec. 6.
    Jochim placed in memorized public address, Dilworth in legislative debate, and Robison in original oratory. Following them seniors Sienna Riley took third in impromptu, Tayler Jakeway took fifth in memorized public address, Annie Jones took fourth in humorous interpretation and second in duo interpretation, Moriah Schutt took second in dramatic interpretation, Conrad Hedinger and Alex Coulter took third in duo interpretation. Juniors Scott O’Donnell took third in extemporaneous speaking,
    Jochim placing first for his first time after three years of mpa, went on to say “It's always nice to have teammates up there supporting you on stage… it feels great after all the hard work pays off taking the W.”
    Although it was an A,B meet, the team took it just as seriously. Columbia Falls has always been a top competitor in speech so the competition was still there. Big Sky High was also there, being another AA school, taking second and putting Flathead in first.


Lion, witch, and wardrobe perform
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    Nineteen Flathead High School theatre students produced two performances of the very popular novel and major motion picture “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” held in the FHS David M. Hashley Blackbox Theatre on Tuesday, Dec. 5th and Wednesday, Dec. 6th.
    The Flathead High School theatre program has once again put on a phenomenal production. The acting three class held here at the high school put on the play “The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe” a novel originally written by C.S. Lewis and became a major motion picture back in 2005. The production was directed by FHS theatre teacher Wendy Putzler.
    The class of only 19 students took on a huge role and made the play feel like students were watching the movie. The set was beautifully done by FHS theater art classes and the tech and lighting crew, led by FHS seniors Grace Burtsfield and Anna Henderson. They made the room come to life. 
“It was a class effort on costumes, set, and makeup” Said senior Naesha Johnson. “We all really bonded and came together as a whole” said Johnson.
    The original writing of the book by C.S. Lewis includes the four siblings that play the main roles of the daughters Eve and the sons of Adam; Peter played by senior Keith Ort, Susan played by senior Naesha Johnson, Edmund played by senior Ziah Brown, and Lucy played by senior Annie Jones. Also the White Witch is played by senior Moriah Schutt and Aslan by senior Zac Ailes. “Since its so popular we wanted to make it our own, which made us come together to make it visually tantalizing to the audience.” said Johnson.
    The production sold out on the first day of showing. Many kids from surrounding elementary schools came to in school showings and very much enjoyed the production.
The next FHS school production will be the musical Cinderella, auditions were held early December and the showings will be held Feb. 21st through the 24th, 2018.


Flatheads S&D 2nd place streak
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Dusty Roads Invitational
    Sophomore Bohdi Hollman and junior Emma Thompson both took home first places in their speech events, putting Flathead High School in second place over all at the speech and debate tournament in Helena Capital High School on Saturday, Dec. 2.
    Hollman placed in informative speaking and Thompson in original oratory. Informative speaking is similar to original oratory as to the competitor writes and memorizes a 10 minute speech but the main difference is that informative uses posters and props totry to bring the audience and judges more into their speech and inform them on something. Some informative topics previously used were serial killers,the color red, Hamilton, and makeup.
    Hollman placed first for the first time in Helena, he described feeling “in shock… last year I was alright, only ever made it to semi finals. This year I’ve placed but it’s always been lower ranking so I was in complete shock but completely overjoyed.” He continues, “I probably should’ve started earlier on my speech, but as soon as cross country was over I worked really hard at getting those drafts in and memorizing as fast as possible”, saying as it was nice to have his work pay off. 
    Thompson also took the win for the first time, saying that “it was really cool because I’ve never gotten first before… I feel like my hard work paid off, and I’m glad I could help the team”.
    Overall the tournament was a slight upset with Bozeman High coming in third with 80 points. The last two tournaments that Bozeman attended they took first. Flathead High came in second with a total of 84 points, and Glacier High came in first with 106 points. 

Western Regional
    Senior Noah Love and sophomore Julia Wynne took the ones at the Western Invitational speech and debate tournament on Saturday, Dec 9th at the awards ceremony in the hosts school, Glacier High School.
    Love said he “was really excited to have my hard work finally rewarded in success at the competitive level. It is my first year in these events and I’m very excited that they are working out so well and I’m having so much fun at them”.
    Love placing first in extemporaneous and impromptu, Wynne in informative. Following Love and Wynne came many second placers. Seniors Tayler Jakeway in memorized public address, Sienna Riley in informative, and Annie Jones in humorous interpretation, juniors Reed Miller in impromptu, Lilly Briney and Hannah Mriss in public forum debate, and freshman Carson Robison in original oratory. 
    Memorized public address is a speaking event that Flathead took half of the placements in. Jakeway in second, juniors Riley Jochim in fourth and Tanis Hadwin in fifth, and Wynne in eighth. MPA takes someone else address or speech, adds a personal written analysis on to it, and then gives the memorized speech in ten minutes. Competitors in this event try to capture the judges with a relevant or pressing speech. 
    Flathead and Glacier battled the whole weekend, keeping it very close point wise leaving everyone curious about the possible outcomes of the tournament. All in all, Glacier took the win with 224 points, Flathead close to follow in second with 191 points, third place being Sentinel with 70 total points. Flatheads debate team stepped up trying to close in Glacier. Seeing that they continually keep beating them in debate points. Glacier with 99.5 and Flathead with 76.

Aim Higher reaches out to elderly
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    Flathead High School is spreading the spirit.
    FHS’s Aim Higher Club is reaching out to the nursing homes around the valley by creating Christmas cards from scratch to wish them a Merry Christmas and also making public service announcements for sporting events to show sportsmanship for and against Flathead activities.
    “It was a good thought,” said senior Eric Reyna. “Most of those senior citizens are forgotten about when it comes to the holidays and it puts a good impression on the Aim Higher Club and Flathead High School in general.”
    Aim Higher advisers Mrs. Tricia Dean and Mrs. Caitlin Heuscher help lead the clubinto showing leadership to the community by discussing what sportsmanship is and also how students need to represent their school and community better. 
    “I think it's good that we are taking steps to insure that sportsmanship is a top priority for students at Flathead,” said senior Kenyon Fretwell. “Aim Higher takes a lot of pride with working in the school to make a positive change.”
    In Aim Higher, there are three “umbrella” terms that make up the club itself: mentorship, community service, and sportsmanship.
    Aim Higher club students made a public service announcement to show the sportsmanship within the school to show how important it is to show sportsmanlike conduct at events.
    “It is basically a organization club from Montana High School Association (MHSA),” said Heuscher. “We take our athletes or students to help them learn and discover principles in those three umbrella terms so they can take it to their teams or groups and teach those principles to better their program and Flathead High School as a whole.”
    The student club leaders decided to make Christmas cards for the nursing homes around the valley to show that they are not forgotten about. The club meetings were held on Tuesday, Dec. 12, in the Flathead Conference room to discuss the purpose of the cards.
    Heuscher and Dean thought it was something that was important, and it would fall under one of the umbrellas.
    “During the holiday season it is something that tends to be forgotten,” said Heuscher. “It falls under our community service umbrella and it is a way of paying back to those who have helped our community in the past.”

The Leaders of Tomorrow help the needy
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    Flathead students began the month exploring the complicated and largely unspoken narrative of the needy in the community.
    High schoolers traveled to local organizations that prioritize need in the Flathead Valley on Wednesday, December 6. The club, Leaders of Tomorrow, focuses on community involvement. This month, the session was dubbed “Life on the Streets”- intending to get teens interacted with the underprivileged this holiday season.
    First on the list was the Flathead Food Bank, where they spoke to Executive Director Lori Botkin. She explained the issue of food insecurity- and how in 2016 alone, the food bank provided a total of 1.5 million pounds of food for struggling families in the area. The nonprofit relies on donations, which bring in over 300 tons of food per year according to their website. The community tour continued, visiting the Samaritan House for the homeless, Salvation Army, and the Flathead Youth Home for teens in the valley. During a Head Start tour, a program focusing on the needs of preschool children in education, the Leaders brought books to read to the kids. 
    “I know it was really fun for them to see older kids in there,” junior Abigail Girardot commented. “When I was young I felt like older kids set a good example for me.” Other teens get a sense of how the needy struggle in the community, especially so close to home. At the Northwest Montana Veterans Food Pantry, founder Allen Erickson greeted them. The pantry has become a safe place for veterans ever since it was founded 17 years ago, focusing on necessities as well as community outreach to thousands of veterans. This program is critical as Montana harbors one of the highest populations of veterans in the country. Erickson described the brave veterans who come in searching for belonging, as well as the struggles that face them. He began describing life for some of his customers, and soon became emotional.
    “Sorry, sometimes I’m a little out of it,” said Erickson, wiping a tear from his eye.“I can’t be tough all the time.” The room immediately quieted in reverence. Many left that day with a newfound respect for the hard work of community leaders that provide safe environments for those who may not be able to supply it for themselves.
    The day ended with students going off to buy a list of gift items for teens living in financial struggle. The high schoolers left the store with plastic bags filled with gift and smiles at the knowledge that their deeds will serve a good cause.

Holiday music plays at Flathead High School

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    Flathead High School’s holiday production programs kicked off the holiday spirit from each section of music within the high school to show the community what Christmas music is all about. The Orchestra concert was held on Monday, Dec. 4. The band concert was held on Thursday, Dec. 7. And the choir concert was held on Tuesday, Dec. 12. All were held in the FHS Auditorium. Mrs. Sherry Simmons led the orchestra group for the first piece of the Holiday Production this month. It was a beautiful concert and they had a great turnout.
    “The concert was lively and fun,” said senior Spencer Brinton. “My favorite song was Stille Nacht.”
    Mr. David Johnke conducted the band during their winter concert. It was a beautiful concert. Everyone had fun and gave the impression of a happy Christmas season. The audience loved the concertand it was a great turnout. Mrs. Jennifer Stephens led the choir program in their Holiday Christmas concert. They had two concerts, one beginning at 4:30 p.m. and a later one at 7:30, because everyone loves to go and enjoy the beautiful voices during Christmas time. 
    “My favorite song was Eatnemen Vuelie, the first song, and I feel like the second concert was better,” sophomore Arena Nunn said. “We all had a lot more fun. The audience turnout wasn’t as large as last year’s Christmas concert, but the house was pretty evenly filled during both concerts.”
    “My favorite song was Eatnemen Vuilie said sophomore Hanna Hanzel. “Both concerts went very smoothly and we all felt very confident. Also, both concerts had a full house.”
    The music programs have their next concerts during the music festival from February through March for all three programs.

HOSA hosts toys for tots 
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    HOSA put on the Toys for Tots drive in Flathead High School. It will last until Tuesday, Dec 19. The two places to drop toys off at are in rooms 233 and 133.
    This year they have tried to focus more on the community aspect of their club and have already held a few fundraisers. A fundraiser held in October raised $200 and awareness for child mortality rate. Their goal is to hold one charity event every month. 
    “This year were helping our community and a bunch of different people,” Jase Reed continued saying,” we wanna make Christmas good for kids this year.”
    HOSA stands for Health Occupation Students of America. It is made up of students who are all interested in the medical field. The goal of the club is to help students decide what area of the medical field they are interested in. They have visited a variety of clinics throughout the valley. The most recently visited clinic being Professional Therapy and Associates. 
    “You’re trying to help someone achieve their ultimate goal in life. And being part of that process is very rewarding” said senior leader Hailey Fen
    HOSA also has state events that begin in March. All of the chapters from across the state meet and compete in various events all related to career readiness in the medical field. Some of these include sports medicine and veterinary skills. Any student in HOSA is eligible to compete at state.

She-Ra furthers education 
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    She-Ra visits Saint Mathews and Elrod elementary schools to help teach young students basic math and reading skills on Dec. 1, 4, and 6.
    She-Ra is a club hosted by Mrs. Phillips that has two different parts: one is a mentorship program and the other is a book club. The mentor program travels to the near by elementary schools Saint Mathews and Elrod to take over a class and tutor individual students for a period, and the Book club reads a different book each month and meet to discuss what they thought of it. 
    A typical Mentorship meeting starts by gathering in the library where they pick up whatever books or materials they will use for the day and head to the school. There are 80 students that participate in this part of the program butnot all attend each meeting. Some activities that she-ra participants do with their “buddies” are read books, help with schoolwork, do arts and crafts, and play educational games. 
    “My favorite activity was playing games in senior square my sophomore year” said senior Delani Long
    The book club has 20 members and meets in the library. This month they are reading “The Book Thief” which is a coming of age story that follows a young girl that is raised by foster parents before and during WWII, through the story the protagonist Liesel Meminger befriends a Jew that is sent to a concentration camp, is followed by death himself, and as the title entails steals books from many places.
    “Its hard finishing the book in time but I have a lot of fun because I have friends in the club as well” said sophomore Erin Taylor
    The typical meeting for the club is a very relaxed setting where they sit in the library, have lunch together and discuss what they liked or didn’t like about the book they read. 

Braves Catering show off for community
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    Braves catering catered the art show held on Thursday Dec 7 2017. The food served included barbecue meatballs, chicken salad cream puffs, caprisi check spelling, and cookies.
    Braves Catering offers culinary students a chance to show off their skills learned in class throughout the community in real life situations.
    When asked about the program senior Annisa Guvench said, “I like my classmates a lot and how we can all work together because teamwork is big part of culinary.”
    In the Flathead high culinary classes catering outside of class is a requirement. The program has a series of four classes beginning with culinary one and two, which focus on food preparation, basic kitchen procedures, and being aware of the food around them.
    In the more advanced Pro Start one and two classes, students learn about restaurant management along with more advanced culinary training. Pro Start also gives students who are interested an opportunity for internships and scholarships. In addition students can chose to enter the Pro Start competition, which competes at a state and national level.
    FCCLA is also part of the culinary class. It is encouraged among all students but only required for students in Pro Start. Its purpose is to promote personal growth and a development of leadership skills.

Students swing into winter FAST program

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    Flathead High School’s head track coach Dan Hodge holds Flathead Athletic Strength Training, commonly known as FAST, in the weight room after school from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
    FAST is broken into four parts, all in different areas of the school.
    Athletes start with stretches and warm ups, which take place in some of the lower level hallways. Coach Hodge explained that the warm ups that FAST athletes do were developed to stretch and warm up your muscles at the same time. After warm ups, the athletes work on power and exploding with their legs in the main stairwell in the Commons. From the stairs, they make their way to the weight room to work with boxes. On the boxes, athletes work on explosiveness and body control. The final section takes place in senior hall, where athletes work on running form and technique by doing different running exercises down the hallway.
    This time of year most students in FAST are preparing for track and trying to get back into form, but it is open to all students who are looking to better themselves.
    “I am in FAST to get my strength and conditioning back for track,” senior Dawson Rinehart said. Rinehart was one of the top scorers for the Braves track team as a hurdler last season and he looks to make a big impact in the upcoming season.
    Although many athletes are preparing for track, some students like junior Jaylyn Fitch comes to FAST just to work out.
    “I come to FAST to get faster and to have better agility,” Fitch said. “I think all students should come to FAST just to get better, even if they aren’t in sports.”

Flathead students discover bible study

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    From summer hikes to an October movie night, Discover Bible Study clearly has a lot of activities going on. They have intrigued many other Flathead High School students to attend.
    “I like the kids and how much they love it and God and the dedication to it,” FHS junior Lane Whiteman said. Discover Bible Study, at the Presbyterian Church, is where many FHS students spend their Monday mornings. Though this Bible Study does not take place at FHS, between six and 12 FHS students attend. FHS junior Hailey Allen, along with 16-year-old Finney Manchala, helps lead the Discover Bible Study every Monday from 7-7:45 a.m. Manchala doesn’t attend FHS, but was able to get many Flathead students to join.
    “I wanted a place where young men and women of God could engage with one another and discover more about God,” Manchala said. “A place where teenagers can talk freely and learn together. That is why we decided to call our Bible Study, Discover Bible Study.”
    Manchala created a safe environment where students could talk about God, and grow their relationship with God together.
    “My parents helped me develop the idea and start the bible study,” Manchala said. Allen explained how the clubs expanded.
    “Finney and I co-lead the study,” she said. “We started it together last year in the basement of Colter Coffee, and have since expanded to a nearby church. We both lead studies and organize events.”
    Though Manchala and Allen are both the main co-leaders of the Bible Study, they still give everyone a voice to be heard.
    “We meet in the morning every week to discuss the Bible and its teachings,” Allen said. “More people have led the group in studies recently, so it’s great to see the growth. Everyone who is there is actively learning and it’s great to see that in all of us.”
    Discover Bible Study don’t just meet and discuss God, they also have many outside activities they do together.
    “We start out with prayer, then one of our members leads the bible study,” Manchala said. “Each week we have a different speaker. Each month, we’ve started having a fun day/evening. During the summer we had a few hikes in Glacier National Park. In October, we had a movie night.”
    Allen explained her favorite memories from the Discover Bible Study.
    “For Halloween we gathered and watched a movie, which was refreshing to see people from all over the valley coming together and having a good time,” she said. “My favorite trip was to Glacier National Park this summer. We drove up and hiked with many new people. The study by the lake was beautiful, and then we had a barbecue at lake McDonald.”

Model United Nations conference meets in Missoula 

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    Flathead students in Model United Nations (MUN) have been preparing for weeks to attend a conference at the University of Montana in Missoula on November 20 and 21. 
    At the annual high school conference, teams from around the state compete for fame, glory, and scholarship awards. This year, around 300 students were present. In the simulation, diplomacy is practiced as students are assigned countries and debate topics. This practice in politics is critical to landing a good name for delegates, along with a position paper on the respective topics. Delegates debated world issues like global warming in the simulation. Senior Conrad Hedinger gave some insight into his experience in MUN.
    “It trains your empathy by representing another country. But it wasn't always accurate. Some countries don’t act like they would in real life. It was really interesting.” When asked about his personal progress in this year’s simulation, he laughed. 
    “I prepared the wrong position paper for the primary, but I still did well. I was one of the top six delegates, but I couldn’t get a reward.” Thirteen students represented five different countries including a seat on the Security Council. Rebecca Vance was awarded a scholarship from the University for placing in the top five category for seniors, with distinguished delegates including both Vance and Noah Love. Lauren Gustafson, as head of the program, commented on the conference and her pride in the club.
    “I am incredibly proud of my delegates,” she said. Leaders from other high schools also commented graciously on the students’ performances, especially with the number of new delegates without any experience. Students get a taste for challenges in the political world too.
    “Through decorum and diplomacy, students attempt to achieve the most peaceful solution to ending the conflict at hand,” Mrs. Gustafson said. The skills gained in the simulation are also very relevant today.
    “It proves that humans can resolve conflict through the power of voice.” She has hope for the club in years to come as it continues to grow at Flathead. “Props toMrs. Gustafson for getting us ready and caring about us. She’s always really involved.” Hedinger said of the club leader. “I hope more kids join up. It’s super rewarding.” 

S&D starts with 2nd, 3rd, 4th place finishes
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Butte Invitational
    Senior Noah Love scored 14 points and senior Sienna Riley scored 12 on Saturday to help the Flathead High School Speech and Debate team to a fourth-place finish at the Butte Invitational to start the season.
    Both Love and Riley placed in two different events. Riley won impromptu speaking and placed fifth in informative speaking. In an impromptu speaking event competitors are given a quote or political cartoon, and then allotted 3 minutes to prepare a 5 minute speech about the quote or cartoon. In an informative speaking event, competitors have a memorized 10 minutes speech with props and posters informing the audience on a subject, belief, or object etc.
    Love placed second and third in impromptu and extemporaneous. Extemporaneous speaking is similar to impromptu, yet the competitors are given 30 minutes to prepare a 5-7 minute speech on a national or international current event presented to them.
    The team scored a total of 89.5 points, with speech bringing in 80 points in the eight events, and debate bringing in 9.5 points in four events. Bozeman High School placed 1st, Glacier High School placed 2nd, and Hellgate High School placed 3rd. All told, Flathead placed in nine events in the top three.
    Junior Tanis Hadwin contributed 12 points in two events. He placed third in memorized public address and teamed up with Jonah Love in duo to place fourth.
    Hadwin mentioned that him and Love just “finished blocking the duo the day of on the bus ride to Butte, I was pretty alright with getting fourth.”
    Three others placed third in their event to earn six points a piece for the team. Sophomore Julia Wynne, Freshman Carson Robison, and Junior Alix Major each took home a third-place medal. Wynne in informational, Robison in original oratory, and Major in dramatic interpretation.

Kalispell Kickoff
    Seniors Noah Love and Sienna Riley, junior Korbyn Howe, and freshman Carson Robison all brought in major points by placing first in their events leading Flathead High School to a second place finish at the Kickoff speech and debate tournament at Flathead High School.
    Love placed first in extemporaneous and second in impromptu, with Riley at first in impromptu and sixth in informative. Howe was given the one in dramatic interpretation and Robison in original oratory.
    Dramatic interpretation can be described as an acting performance to evoke serious emotions within ten minutes using a memorized script anywhere from a book to a play.
    According to Robison, original oratory can be described as a memorized ten-minute speech on “a pressing social issue in society”. He also tells us as only a freshman and in his first year in speech, “it felt like my work played off… it was great to have all of that work mean something”.
    Following the first placers there was Juniors Reed Miller in extemp, Tanis Hadwin and Jonah Love in duo, sophomore Julia Wynne in inform, and senior Rebecca Vance in original oratory all getting second place in their event.
    Overall, Glacier High School’s speech and debate team got the first place with a total of 214 points and Flathead High School’s team coming in second at 172 points. Although Flathead got the final second place they beat Glacier High in total speech points with 114 and Glacier at 70, meaning the rest of their points came from debate points.

Bozeman Invite
    Junior debater Sierra Dilworth was the only student from the Flathead High speech and debate team to place first at the Bozeman tournament on Saturday, November 11th in Bozeman High School.
    Dilworth said she was “super excited because Bozeman us super good at debate… it was my first double A tournament ever to get first so that was pretty groovy”.
    Dilworth competed in varsity Lincoln Douglas debate to get her the win. In the National Speech&Debate Association’s words, LD debate is a “one-on-one format, students debate a topic provided by the National Speech & Debate Association. Topics range from individual freedom versus the collective good to economic development versus environmental protection. Students may consult evidence gathered prior to the debate but may not use the Internet in round. An entire debate is roughly 45 minutes and consists of constructive speeches, rebuttals, and cross-examination”.
    Even though Flathead only had one first placer there were many to place in the top eight. Seniors Noah Love in extemp, Grace Cady in impromptu, Sienna Riley in informative, Rebecca Vance in original oratory, Annie Jones in duo interpretation, Moriah Schutt in dramatic interpretation, juniors Reed Miller in extemp, Emma Thompson in original oratory, Hunter Drier in duo interpretation, Sierra Dilworth in Lincoln Douglas debate, and sophomore Julia Wyne in informative all finished in fourth place or higher.
    Bozeman High came in first with 246 points, Glacier High School in second with 137.5 points, and Flathead High School in third with 113.5 points. Once again Flathead beat both schools in total speech points but fell short when it came to debate points not giving them the win. 89 speech points were given to Flathead, 84 to Glacier, and 78 to Bozeman.


Concert choir attends AA festival
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    Flathead High School’s concert choir traveled to Missoula on Nov. 13 and 14 to be a part of Class AA 
choir festival at Missoula Sentinel High School.
    Flathead combined with the three Missoula Class AA schools – Hellgate, Sentinel, and Big Sky – to practice and perform five songs together, with about 250 students. Flathead also sang two songs by itself.
    FHS choir director Mrs. Jennifer Stephens selected senior Annie Jones and junior Toby Diegel to audition against six other students for the opportunity to sing solos and they beat out the competition.
    During the event, guest director Dr. Scott Anderson of Idaho University, who graduated from Flathead High School in 1972, conducted the songs.
    All choirs combined performed five different songs and performed one to two songs in their own group. Flathead performed "The Winter's Night" and "Set Down Servant" as their individual songs. During the combined performance, Jones and Diegel sang their solos within the song called “Shout Glory”. All other songs had full choir performance following individual performances.

He-Man meets up with Elrod for Thanksgiving

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    He-Man Book Club met this month at Elrod Elementary to help the first graders celebrate Thanksgiving with an art project on Wednesday Nov 20.
    He-Man book club was originally started to cultivate reading in young children. The book club has met three times so far this year. They usually meet every month to read to their buddies or on special occasions such as the week of thanksgiving. The activity was Thanksgiving themed and the first graders made their own turkeys from cut out from stencils while the Flathead students were there to help.
    Mr. Fusaro has been the advisor of the club since it began. After he left his position as long time principal of Flathead High School a variety of duties were left unfilled including the advisor of He- Man.
    Mr. Fischer has become the new advisor for the club, and so far enjoys it and plans to continue with the club.
    “I would be happy to do it for the school,” said Fischer. He later added when commenting on his plans for the club this year, “this year I want to just learn how everything works and then maybe in the future think when commenting on his plans for the about ways to improve it.”
    Overall the students really seem to enjoy it as well as Junior Riley Jochim said, “He-Man allows me to help out in the community and shape how kids learn.”

The Unravelling of a New Year

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    The Flathead Theater program kicks off the year with the play “The Unravelling” with in school productions Wednesday Oct. 25, 2017 and full out of school productions Thursday Oct. 26, Friday Oct. 2
7, and Saturday Oct. 28. Allstarting at 6:27 in the David M. Hashley Blackbox Theater at FHS. 
   The cast of the play contains 3 main parts, a mother and her three daughters held by the FHS students, senior Naesha Johnson, junior Emme Schow, junior Charcy Ricks- Bullock, and senior Annie Jones.    The play is about a mother who owns a fabric shop and has three daughters, she finds out that she has only a few hours to live and her daughters each must tell a story to her mother in order for her to decide who inherits the shop after she passes away. Soon the girls realize that they do more then just tell a story to inherit the shop but they realize they are writing their own future.
    Senior Annie Jones who plays the youngest sister in the play said, “I think the play went really great, I think it was one of our better shows as a whole, everyone worked so hard from the cast to the tech crew.” Jones said “The hardest part of the play was definitely the aerial silks for me personally, I had no prior experience and I spent a lot of class periods in the theater watching youtube videos and getting private lessons from Junior Alanna Glennon.
    The play is directed by Mrs. Jennifer Stebbins- Han and the technical director and the director of the FHS theatre Mrs. Wendy Putzler.

Band fall concert performance

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    The Flathead High School bands had their first concert in the FHS auditorium on Tuesday Oct. 24. The concert began with a few words from the band director Mr.Johnke and the Star Spangled Banner. 
The first band of the evening was the Braves Band, which is made up entirely of freshmen and serves as the entry-level band. Their piece for the night was Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart wrote by Frederick C. Atkinson arranged by James Swearingen.
    Next was the Concert Band, this band is made up entirely of sophomores and is the second level band. For their piece the Concert Band played Come, Ye Thankful People, Come wrote by George J. Elvey arranged by James Swearingen
    After Concert Band was Symphonic band the most advanced concert band comprised of seniors and juniors. Their piece was a well-known old English folk song named Scarborough Fair harmonized by Claude T. Smith.
    Then came the Drumline entrance right after the bands had finished their songs the Drumline marched down the isles their powerful drums pounding out rhythms with a very commanding presence. They then did a quick demonstration of the different rhythms that they had learned over the quarter.
    Finally to finish out the night the FHS Marching Band played two pieces by Earth, Wind, & Fire Lets Grove and September and for a huge flathead good by the last songs played for the night was our own Flathead High School Song and the FHS Fight Song

All-State music festival makes some noise

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    Thirteen Flathead High School music students attended and performed at the annual Montana All-State Music Festival Gala Concert on Oct. 18-20 at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse on the Montana State University campus in Bozeman. The event brought in more than 400 high school musicians from all over the state to a common place where they can perform their combined music to parents and music lovers who come from all over the country. Musicians from across the state try out this year over 700 and only a selected few are brought to a central location to perform.
    “You audition at the end of the previous year we learn an excerpt of a short song in the melody and in your voice harmony part and they select the best ones for All State.” Said Junior Toby Diegal a three-time All State member himself, one of a few in the school.
    Montana State was able to host three different ensembles of music for the three-day festival, combining choir, orchestra, and band into a three-hour performance concert.
The Montana music directors hired some very well known directors from all over the United States. The director for the choir was Dr. Christopher Aspaas, who is the current director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music at Texas Christian University. The director for the orchestra was Dr. Russell Guyver. He is a co-founder of the String Orchestra of the Rockies based in Missoula, which has toured the world and received an Emmy award in 1991. The director for the band was Director of Bands at the University of North Carolina, Dr. Shawn Smith.
“All these directors this year impressed everyone.” Said band director Mr. Johnke, “They all did a really great job with the kids.”

Fall choir concert performance

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    Flathead High School’s choral program started off the year strong with an outstanding first concert on Tuesday, Oct. 17, in the FHS auditorium.     Each choir sang two songs along with two combined pieces of all 182 choir students. All choirs are directed by Mrs. Jennifer Stephens and accompanied by Mrs. Ginny Reese.
    The Choral-Aires is an advanced a-capella group of only 17 girl and boy students. It contains 1 junior boy and the rest senior boys and girls. The pieces performed were “In My Life” a popular Beatles tune featuring the soloists Chloe Archuleta and Alex Coulter and “Tuxedo Junction” with soloists Annie Jones, Nikki Sauter, Clay Treece, and Misty Greene. This class requires an audition and each student must also be enrolled in Concert Choir which gives these students 2 choir classes each day.
    The Dorian Choir, which is made up of 43 freshmen girls, sang the pieces “Shalom Aleichem” featuring junior Anastasia Fendich on the violin and “I Give You a Song” with solos sang by freshmen Sydney Loudermilk and Kelsie Ring.
    The Varsity Men’s choir made up of mainly freshman and sophomore boys numbering to 24 performed the pieces “Pretty Saro” with solos by sophomore Lukas Coulter and freshman Carson Robinson and the song “Invictus”.
    The Varsity Women's choir is an advanced all women’s choir made up of sophomore, juniors, and seniors numbering to 45 women. This choir must be tried out the previous year in order to enroll. The women sang “The Poet Sings” and “Ton The” with a guest pianist Maryruth Fallon who has directed the Risen Christ choir for 27 years.
    The final choir to perform was the Concert Choir, this is the largest choir of 70 students made up of sophomore, junior, and senior boys and girls. They performed “Goodnight Dear Heart” and “Set Down Servant” featuring solos by senior Jackson Reese, senior Chad Hemsley, junior Toby Diegel, and junior Reed Miller.
    All 5 choirs performed 2 pieces, “To Music” and “An Irish Blessing”. The first piece “To Music” is a 16th century Chorale. “An Irish Blessing” however is newly arranged by local Stillwater Choral Director Samuel Micha Hunter. The Flathead High School Choral Program of 2017-2018 was the first to sing this piece as a special going away for former accompanist Ms. Lisa Swallow.
    The Flathead Choral Program is fast growing and talented as a whole from new to advanced programs and has a bright future.


Choir retreat moved to FHS  

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    The Flathead High School Concert Choir moved their normal retreat at Trinity Lutheran Camp to the school on Sept. 9 and 10 due to the dangerous levels of smoke in the air.
    Trinity Lutheran Camp is on Flathead Lake and the students usually stay in the cabins for three days and two nights. The camp usually entails a lot of singing and lots of outdoor activities, including swimming, but the smoky air was too toxic for deep breathing.
    The retreat was held in both the choir and band rooms to practice their music for upcoming concerts. The normally three-day event became only a two-day event, allowing for students to return home each night to rest and return the following morning. They were taught by guest directors Mr. Micah Hunter of Stillwater Christian School and Ms. Jordyn Spicher of Great Falls High, who took turns teaching the whole class and teaching boys and girls separately. About six hours a day were dedicated to the work and left students vocally exhausted.
    “It felt repetitive, but that’s to be expected when singing the same song over and over again, but it was worth it in the end,” Senior Naesha Johnson said. “I felt we grew closer as a choir as we ‘found our sound.’” When the choir students weren’t working, they spent time together playing team bonding games and sharing meals. One of the games sent students running through a dark high school on a glow stick scavenger hunt. They were sent to lockers, outside classrooms, and even underneath the auditorium stage. There was also the ‘choir web,' a tradition in Concert Choir where a ball of yarn is rolled through the choir as they say positive things about one another, eventually ending where it started to show how the choir is connected as a family.
     The initial reaction about the cancellation was disappointment.
    “It was disappointing that we didn’t get to spend three days in a row together,” Junior Jessica Workman said. “But we did have a lot of fun and the choir council worked really hard to make it as fun as they possibly could.” However, they did keep in high spirits and worked to enjoy the event anyway.