Student Life

Seniors prepare for end of the year Cross Town Craze

TAYLER JAKEWAY
of the Flathead Arrow

    Flathead and Glacier High seniors will be attending the annual Cross-town Craze graduation celebration at the Summit from 9pm to 3am on Saturday, June 2.
    Every year the event is put on by the organization Flathead Care and ran by senior parent volunteers. To attend each student has to pay $30, but the money goes towards buying prizes for the new graduates. Including 3 chances to win a car, fabulous cash prizes, including $1,000. Games for raffle prizes including TVs, a kayak, paddleboards, gift certificates and more. There’s food for everyone to enjoy and everyone who shows up gets a prize at the door.
    Many seniors have different opinions on the event.
    “I think its awesome and gives seniors good opportunities to put down on their college fund and keeps them out of trouble.” Senior Maddie Graham says. “I’m going to win some prizes!”
    “There are some awesome opportunities for some people to win things.” Senior Cain Roettig proclaims. “But the contingency that everyone gets something they really need isn’t that great. Its slightly unfair that some are going to get a new kayak or a thousand bucks and some are going get a gift card.”
    Junior early graduate Lane Whiteman says, “I’m going to win stuff and ill also see all my friends from both schools and just have a fun, safe night.”
    “It’s a great way to end our senior year.” Senior Megan Rieke mentions. “Hanging out with all the seniors from both schools, having a fun time, winning stuff, and getting useful things for college that a lot of people originally wouldn’t have been able to get for themselves.”

Seniors worry about life after high school
Albert Tedrick
of The Flathead Arrow

    More than 280 Flathead High School seniors are slated to walk through the graduation ceremony on Friday, June 1, in the FHS gym. Parties will commence. Some rest and relaxation will happen for a couple of weeks or months. But then what?
    The emotions and plans of seniors are all over the spectrum. Some are going to college. Others are traveling before making life decisions. Some are going into the workforce. Others are entering the military. Some are excited for change and confident. Others are nervous and worried.
    “I’m a little nervous about getting out into the real world but I feel prepared because FHS teachers have been great,” said senior Tyler Hong, who is going to the University of Oregon to study computer science.
    Senior Payton Hume, who is going to the University of Mary in North Dakota to study education, agreed with that sentiment.
    “I’m not worried about going out into the real world because I feel pretty prepared and I know that I will never truly be alone,” he said.
    But some are worried about having to support themselves.
    “I’m pretty terrified of trying to figure out how to get money,” said senior Nikki Sauter.
    Others aren’t too worried.
    “I’m a little worried about how I’m going to make ends meet but it’ll work out,” said senior Clay Treece, who is going to explore college at Flathead Valley Community College before making any big decisions.
    Some are even excited to get out and experience some change.
    “I’m not really worried about it; I’ve been really excited for the future and just some change,” said senior Jackson Reese.
    Aside from the typical college route FHS seniors are also going to the trades and middle skilled jobs.
    “I want to do logging with Aspen Urban Forestry,” said senior Adam Joy. “I couldn’t get stuck behind an office desk. I’d rather do something with my hands.”
    A few seniors have also decided to serve their country after high school. 
  Feeling Toward Graduation
ERIC REYNA
Of The Flathead Arrow

As the school year finally comes to a close many students are looking forwards to their last days. None more than our 2018 graduates who have many things to look forward to as graduation comes.
    Senior Bryan Baker has had the goal of graduating, with it being a checkmark in having a successful life.
    “I’ve been looking forward to graduation for some time now,” said Baker. “I’m expecting a great time with family and friends.”
    Baker will walk with the Language Distinction Cord in Spanish.
    Senior Cole Smith is expecting a lot of excitement at graduation.
    “This has definitely been big goal for me,” said Smith “This whole thing means I’ve made great accomplishments.”
    Senior Blake Rausch will be walking the merit distinction cord
    “I’m super duper excited for graduation,” said Rausch. “My high school experience has really been special and one of a kind.”
    Senior Rozsa Csaplar doesn't know what to expect as graduation nears
    “I will have three distinctions,” explained Csaplar. “I'm excited to leave and never come back.”
    Csaplars distinctions will be Merit, Language, and Cum laude.
FHS flies to Spain 

ANNA HEDINGER 
of the Flathead Arrow

    A dozen Spanish students traveled from Kalispell to Spain from the 24th of March to the 1st of April this year.
There, they studied the culture and improved their language skills. They returned to Kalispell with smiles and tans after stopping to meet Flathead students coming from France in the Paris airport on the way home. Junior Paige Sweem enjoyed the trip.
    “It was absolutely beautiful!” she said. “I also feel like my confidence in the language has improved.” They traveled to many landmarks in Spain, including beaches and the countryside. 
Emily Martin, Spanish teacher and trip coordinator said that the trip allowed for “cultural and language exposure” for the students.
    “It was so eye-opening. Experiencing another culture every day and being immersed is essential for better language learning and an open minded view of the world,” she said.
    “I think kinds really enjoyed it. Let’s do it again.”
Indeed, the trip to Spain is projected to continue every two years. Another student, junior Hunter Driear, loved the food and architecture. He also found his favorite dish while in Spain. “They’re called croquetas. Delicious” he said.
    “My favorite part of the trip was spending the day on the Mediterranean Sea and being able to shop and experience high-end stores” Driear remembered. “It was the trip of a lifetime.”
FHS students travel to France

Albert Tedrick
of The Flathead Arrow


    Twelve Flathead High School students travel to France over spring break to participate in family stays and sight see in Paris.     Once the students arrived in France they took a train to Tours, a city in the Loire valley. Every student had their own family that they stayed with. During their stay each student attended school with their ho
st siblings.
    “What I liked most about their school compared to ours is that their schedules change by the day so you don’t get stuck in a boring routine,” said junior Katylin Dittmer.   During their time with their French family the FHS students would also do other activities with their family like sight seeing.   “The coolest thing I did with my family was go on a traditional deer hunt. Everyone was dressed in old uniforms riding horse back following a bunch of fox hounds, like 30 of them,” said sophomore Katie Foster.
    After four days in their family stays the students and teachers regrouped and went to Paris where they did a lot of sight seeing. On their first day in Paris the group went to the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Eiffel Tower.
    “My favorite place that I visited was Notre Dame because it was really fun to explore. There was a lot of beautiful sculptures and stained glass in the cathedral,” said junior Amy Smith.
    “My favorite place we visited was the Eiffel tower because the view from the top was so beautiful. It was even more beautiful because we went in the evening so all of Paris was lit up for us,” said junior Payton Hallos.
    The next day the students and teachers went to see the Louvre and had a traditional French meal at a restaurant named La Pharamond.
    “The coolest place that we went to was the Louvre. My favorite painting that we saw was in the room with the Mona Lisa, it was right across from her and it took up the whole wall,” said junior Annabelle Pukas.
    “On our last day we all went to a really nice restaurant and had duck, it was my favorite meal we had there,” said junior Emma Thompson.
    Of course the point of the trip was to learn more about the French culture, here are some things that the students took from their trip.
    “The coolest thing about French culture to me is how much more inviting a social they are and their public transportation is really good,” said sophomore Katie Foster.
    “What was really nice about the French to me was that they have really good food places everywhere you go,” said Junior Payton Hallos.
    “The most interesting part of French culture that I found was that they are very good at managing their time and live a much faster life,” said junior Katylin Dittmer.
    “What really caught me off guard about the French is that they really know a lot about our language and us because it’s everywhere,” said junior Annabelle Pukas.

Flathead students donate blood

JEREMY LAPORTA
of The Flathead Arrow

    32 Flathead High School students donated blood in the American Red Cross blood drive in the SSRC center on Tuesday, April 10.
    Flathead senior Isabelle Sherman was one of the donors. “ I have donated Blood a couple of times now,” Sherman said, “ Its just a great feeling to know that i'm helping someone in need of blood.”
    The blood drive is a great cause for people in need of a blood transfusion. The blood is first donated then it is processed and scanned into a computer database, next the blood is tested to make sure that it is safe, and the blood is distributed to hospitals around the state.
They collected 26 pints of blood, however the goal was 28. Last year collected two more pints of blood than this years drive.
    “It kind of hurt for my first time and I was close to passing out but just knowing that I did this for a good cause kept me awake.” Said Flathead junior Jonathan Hamilton.
    Sandy Carlson, one of the American Red Cross members that helps set this event up every year is happy with the results. “ I am very grateful of all the students that donated and even help set things up for this, it’s a great cause and I always look forward to it.” Carlson said. 


Spring Break 
ERIC REYNA & ANNA HEDINGER 
of The Flathead Arrow

    Spring Break is here and some Flathead High School students have fun plans for this years spring break.
    Sophomore Abby Burton is going to Steamboat, Colo., to visit family and go to a hot springs. 
    “I’m really excited to visit Strawberry Hot Spring, because they are just so nice,” said Burton. “I’ll probably be gone for most the break.”
    Senior Austin Demars plans on visiting the city of Las Vegas for a couple of days.
     “I’m just looking forward to warm weather and finally having sun,” said Demars. “Sitting poolside will be nice also. I’m going with my pal Gannon to visit his uncle.”
    Senior Kiara Collier is traveling to Bali in Indonesia, where her family use to live for 10 years.
    “I’m excited for the warm weather and hopefully visiting the ocean a lot,” Collier said. “I’m also excited to capture the culture. This is a place I want to come back to in my future and volunteer.”
    Collier is staying in Bali for two weeks, and will make a two-day stop in China before making her way home.
    The foreign language departments have planned two fun trips for their students. The French department is traveling to France and the Spanish department is going to Spain.
    Twelve Flathead students will be traveling from Kalispell to Paris from March 24-April 1 for spring break.Once every four years, the language department sends students to a francophone country, which means a place where people speak French. They will have to navigate the Parisian Metro, the Louvre art museum, the Catacombs, and countless other wonders in Paris. In addition, students will be staying with a host family and attend school in France to ensure an authentic and immersive experience abroad. Senior Albert Tedrick shared his thoughts and fears on the trip. He was very excited to meet his host family.
    “I am staying with an older couple with two kids,” Tedrick said. “I'm going to middle school with them. I’ve never been to Europe before. I'm excited but also anxious. But I’ll be ready with an open mind to envelop myself into the culture.”
    The teachers on the trip, Mrs. Patty Hodges and Miss Michelle Maddock, are accompanying the voyagers.
    “It’ll be a lot of fun,” Mrs. Hodges said. “I can’t wait to see how much my kiddos grow during their French stay and how much their language improves by the time we get back.”
    Thirteen students will travel with Ms. Martin and Ms. Peeples for nine days. They will venture to Madrid Spain, spend 3 days there, and then go to Segovia, Granada, Sevilla and the Costa del Sol, which is on the beach in the south. While in Spain they will visit the Palace in Madrid, The Prado Museum, the Roman Acqueduct and Castle in Segovia, the Alahmbra in Granada, the Windmills from the great Spanish novel Don Quijote, the cathedral in Sevilla and the beach.
Flathead students volunteer at 8th annual Princess Ball

TAYLER JAKEWAY
of the Flathead Arrow

    Hundreds of boys and girls dressed up like princes and princesses for the 8th Annual Princess Ball on Saturday, March 10, at the Red Lion Hotel.
    The Princess Ball is an annual event that raises money for organizations that provide assistance to local families who are suffering through young family members’ illnesses. Over the past seven years, the Princess Ball has raised over $350,000 for various charities through raffles, monetary donations and auction items.
    The Princess Ball began seven years ago following the death of Valicity Faith, the daughter of the event organizers, who battled leukemia for 2 ½ years. Valicity’s parents, Josh and Candey Faith, began the Princess Ball to celebrate her memory and raise funds for the charities who helped her and her family during their time of need. Valicity’s older brother Dominick graduated from Flathead High School in 2015.
    Mr. and Mrs. Faith always dress up to commemorate their daughter.
    “It turned out amazing,” Mrs. Faith said. “We sell the same amount of tickets every year and always sell out.”
    The ball includes raffle tickets, aerial silks, games for kids, silent auction, photo booth, food and good people. The Princess Ball has had extraordinary turnouts every year with tickets selling out, volunteer spots filling rapidly, with over 6,000 participants overall. Many FHS students participate and volunteer. Many of them simply watch over kids games, paint faces, and hand out tickets.
    Freshman Liam Stoddard helped with the face painting.
    “I volunteered mainly because it's something (face painting) I love to do,” Stoddard said. “I love painting and art and I love to see kids having a good time and being happy. I painted like over a hundred faces. It was really fun and was a good experience to meet new people. It's incredible that that's what is was for. It’s really important in our community. It's awesome we got to donate that much money. I’m really proud I got to be a part of that. It's really self fulfilling.”
    Reasons for volunteering at the ball can be because students are good samaritans or because they went to it as a young kid and have sentiments towards it.
    “It was the most fun volunteering I've ever had,” junior Kylie Olson said. “All the kids were wonderful. It was very nice to see a lot of kids having fun.”
    Junior Hunter Driear had cancer in his family and felt the cause was worthy.
    “I volunteered because my grandma passed with cancer about a year ago, so it means a lot,” Driear said. “I spent way more money than I would have liked to, though. And I only got one basket. It's nice to see cancer patients being helped and that something good can come from that poor little girl’s passing.”
    Junior Jaden Attard has been going to the ball for years now.
    “It was really enjoyable to be volunteering for such a good cause,” Attard said. “I remember going as a little kid and it’s cool to be on the other side of things helping kids.”




National walkout hits Flathead

TAYLER JAKEWAY
of The Flathead Arrow

    About 17 Flathead High School students walked out of class at on Wednesday, March 14, at 10:00 a.m. and went outside in front FHS to stand together for the National School Walkout, started and organized by Women’s March Youth EMPOWER.
    The students circled up and held hands in silence. 
    About 40 more went after school and stood together in senior square. Senior Sienna Riley and junior Reed Miller planned the memorial so they could still be a part of the national movement without disrupting school.
    “There's been a bit of controversy on why we had it after school instead of at 10 like it was nationally planned,” Riley said. “But we wanted to have administration’s support, for me as a fight against the government and not the school. I've always been politically active and seeing what's happening is mortifying and the fact that nothing has been done is even more terrifying. I thought if I didn't do something then no one would.”
    Students stood in silence in the rain in senior square, some holding posters, for 17 minutes after school.
    The National School Walkout at 10 a.m. was supposed to last 17 minutes to honor the 17 students and staff members killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Valentine’s Day.
    Women’s March Youth EMPOWER said they were calling for “students, teachers, school administrators, parents and allies to take part in a #NationalSchoolWalkout protest Congress’s inaction to do more than tweet thoughts and prayers in response to the gun violence plaguing our schools and neighborhoods.” The walkout is a call to Congress to "pass legislation to keep us safe from gun violence at our schools, on our streets and in our homes and places of worship," according to Women's March Youth EMPOWER organizers.
    Some schools did not recognize the walkout and planned to discipline students who participated. USA Today said Curtis Rhodes, superintendent for the Needville Independent School District in Texas, said he knew "there is a 'movement' attempting to stage walkouts/disruptions of the school" and he threatened that students who participated in "any type of protest or awareness" will be suspended for three days.
    Flathead High decided to take another stance to show their mourning for the loss, but not to protest anything. Flathead’s principal Mrs. Michele Paine sent an email to all parents letting them know Flathead’s plan.
    “School leadership groups are embracing the idea that an educated, prepared, caring school community has the largest impact on school safety,” Mrs. Paine said. “They are creating a video announcement that commemorates the lives lost in the recent shooting and promotes the message that school safety starts with everyone, every student and staff member, reaching out to others.”

Freshmen visited by professionals at job fair
RYAN VOSEN
Of The Flathead Arrow

    
    Flathead High School Freshmen met in the gym for the Career Fair on Thursday, Mar. 8. There were 45 different professionals that attended the event along with 385 freshmen.
    The Career Fair corresponds with the A.C.E. one class that is meant to provide them with life skills. Part of the class includes possible careers in the six different career clusters: human services, health science, engineering and manufacturing technology, agriculture, business administration, and arts.
    Business teacher and coordinator for the event, Mrs. Melinda Cheff said, “It gives them an opportunity to see the work they have done in the class with real professionals.”
    The forty professionals were from a wide array of industries and included: a professional chef, glass blower, army sergeant, pediatric nurse, FWP professionals, and a member of the chamber of commerce. The professionals gave presentations to different groups of students on their specific careers.
    The students signed up to hear from four different professionals throughout the day based on their career clusters.
    “This year we worked really hard to make sure everyone was assigned to at least one career they picked,” said Chef. She added, “I think were about 98 percent on that”
    Freshman Hayley LaPorta attended the Career Fair and heard from a cofounder of the Alpine Theatre and a professional organizer.
    “The cofounder of the Alpine theatre interested me because I really love acting and singing,” said LaPorta.
    Freshman Allen Taylor who also attended the event was most interested in the army sergeant’s presentation.
    Talking about why the army was his favorite, Taylor said, “The variety of options within just because of the different careers you can go into.

Davison Places Fourth in National Judo Competition 
Albert Tedrick
of The Flathead Arrow


    Sophomore Stella Davison places 4th in the National judo tournament Mar 3-4.
    As the daughter of the owners of Strait Blast Gym in Kalispell it may come to no surprise that Davison has been practicing judo and jujitsu for a long time.
    “I started doing judo when I was four and I’ve fallen in love with it” said Davison. When asked what drives her passion for the sport Davison replied, “For some people they like knowing that they can defend themselves but for me it’s about the competition”.
    When she isn’t on the mat Davison is busy maintaining 4.0 GPA while working towards a foreign language distinction and a business management merit distinction.
    “I want to go to St. Jose State because they have a really good judo program there but to get in I have to have really good grades,” said Davison
    But her training and love for Judo has also been paying off as well.
    “It was a great experience (at nationals) being able to fight people my same size and ability, which I don’t get to do often here at home,” said Davison.
    When a person first meets Davison they may not think that the sweet young girl could put them on their back and choke them out in two swift movements.
    “One of my favorites part of the tournament was when I was able to fight a Pan Am fighter and actually holding my own against her,” said Davison.
    But as they say there’s no rest for the wicked. Even though she had just finished fighting in a huge tournament she will be fighting in another state tournament this next up coming month. Which means she won’t be taking a break any time soon.
    “Even though I did really great at nationals I have to keep training if I’m going to have any hope of advancing in the ranks,” said Davison.

Crosstown Language Students celebrate French culture
Albert Tedrick
of The Flathead Arrow

    Seventy-four French students from both Flathead and Glacier come together to celebrate French culture on Feb 24 at GHS.
    Participants played games, competed for prizes, made traditional French cuisine, and spent the whole night speaking only in French.
    All the participants were split into groups. The groups competed against each other for necklaces and at the end of the event the group with the most necklaces won gift bags full of French candy and bobbles.
    The first activity of the night was to cook some common French cuisine. The entrée was a French-Canadian dish made of French fries with poutine (a gravy like sauce) and cheese, then the desert was Crème brûlée which is custard with a caramelized sugar topping, and to accompany the meal sprite with French flavorings was served.
    “I liked the poutine but it was a kind of food only a mother could love,” said sophomore Katie Foster
    Then the participants went out into the halls of GHS to do a mock Tour de France. The groups were split between stations where they would do challenges like moving skittles from one plate to another with a straw. Once a person finished their objective they would then race via scooter to the next station where a different member and pass of the scooter so that team member could do their challenge until all members of the group finished their challenges.
    “I won a prize for being the fastest (on a scooter) in the Tour de France so I got a golden baguette,” said freshman Conner Wride.
    After the Tour de France participants winded down by painting tiles, which is a popular practice in Morocco, a French speaking African nation. Typical Moroccan designs are repeating patterns instead of individual pictures.
    “I decided to paint a seascape on my tile, I had a lot of fun with it” said sophomore Katie Foster
    After a small break the students learned a popular French dance called “Le Flash mob du Printemps”. The dance was broken into 24 steps and was taught by Flathead students in their fourth year of French.
    “It took a few class periods to put the dance together, but really the hardest part was describing the whole dance in French,” said junior Anna Hedinger
    The most creative competition of the night was the Eiffel Tower construction. Participants were only given wafers, cake icing, and pretzels to make their tower. Participants could win the competition in three ways by either having the largest tower, the coolest tower, or the most realistic tower.
    “My group decided to try and win with the tallest tower but it ended up toppling over a couple of times,” said junior Kate Smith. “We eventually gave up and started putting as much stuff on it as we could to get just a few more inches”.
    The last game of the night was break out a popular game with the Glacier French program. Students were given a chest with three locks on it, they were provided with multiple clues that would tell them what the combination to the locks was. The clues that participants received were dossiers of people connected with the chest, a computer with seemingly random pictures, and phone numbers that would play prerecorded messages in French. All of the clues were based off of a French cartoon named Tintin.
    To finish out the night both all the groups came together to watch a French movie, named Asterix: The Mansions of the Gods, which has not released in the U.S yet. The movie was a Kids movie about Romans building a large mansion in Gaul territory.


Far Cry Comes to Montana
Albert Tedrick
of The Flathead Arrow

    Ubisoft’s tenth installment to its video game Far Cry franchise comes to Montana and students are excited.
    Far Cry 5 comes out on March 27, and the setting is in Montana.
    “I played a lot of Far Cry 2 and Far Cry 3 and a little of Far Cry 4,” senior James Wilkie said. “I’m really excited for this one because it is based in Montana.”
    The game starts in fictional Hope County, Montana. Players quickly find that the Project at Eden’s Gate, a tyrannical doomsday cult, will do whatever is necessary to impose their beliefs on whoever crosses their path.
    According to Ubisoft’s Far Cry 5 website, James Seed was just another man down on his luck until one day a voice spoke to him. The voice told him that he was chosen by god to save as many people as he can from the Great Collapse by any means necessary, whether they want to be saved or not.
    “I think there’s going to be a lot of noticeable stereotypes of far right gun loving Montanans but I’m really excited for it,” said senior Andrew Meccia
    Faith Seed, one of James’s three heralds, is in charge of keeping up a steady following by supplying a steady line of drugs. Once you fall under her enveloping trance there’s no going back. Jacob Seed, a former Army marksman, spends much of his time managing the Project at Eden’s Gate’s defenses. The last and most vicious of the three heralds is John Seed. John is tasked with getting what ever the cult needs, weapons, food, ammo you name it and he will get it no matter how much blood needs to spilled.
    If players have any hope of freeing Hope County their going to need to find James Seed and cut him down. Unfortunately there’s no way to get to him unless someone breaks down the cult little by little until James comes out in the open. By breaking down his supply routes, destroying his defenses, and turning his followers against him players will successfully lure James out and deal out justice. But no one could do this alone.
    Through out the open world of Hope County players can find plenty of comrades to help them. Every person or animal has their own back-story and unique personal traits, but before players can call upon them their going to need do some errands whether it clearing out cultist or saving a loved one. After players have successfully gotten their new friend out of trouble they can call upon them in battle. Which means whenever players use the guns for hire feature the people or animals they’ve befriended will come to their aid instead of a group of nameless mercenaries. What’s new about that is that every person or animal has something new and different to add to the battle. One of the many allies players can encounter is Pastor Jerome Jefferies. After serving in the first gulf war Jerome came to Montana to settle down and live a peaceful life as preacher, but that all changed when James arrived. James burned down Jerome’s church, almost beat him to death and left him for dead. Jerome now uses the skills he learned in the military to protect the people of Fall’s End with the good book in one hand and a gun in the other. Now lets talk about the toys.
    Players will have access to plenty of weapons to their disposal from the old fashioned M1911 to a modern high-powered .50 caliber rifle that can take down targets from a long distances. No matter a persons play style there will be a weapon to suit their needs. If players like to get up close and personal with their baddies they can always pick up a baseball bat and roll some heads or, if they would rather their cultist extra crispy they pick up a flamethrower start grilling. Players will find a wide arrangement of vehicles from a seemingly harmless pick-up to a fully equipped attack helicopter.
    “I’m expecting the hunting to be like Far Cry 3’s but with Montana game instead of jungle animals,” said senior James Wilkie
    A large factor in Far Cry is being able to hunt animals and use what you harvest from them to craft upgrades for your character. Since players are now in Montana there will obviously be a lot of chances to hunt rare animals to beef up their characters abilities. If players ever get tired of the constant adrenaline rush of fighting cultist players can head out into the woods and find some peace by hunting deer of fishing for trout.
    “I think its really cool that we can make our own characters, when ever I can make my own character I typically make them Asian” said senior James Wilkie
    The most unusual part of this Far Cry is that players get to choose their characters sex and race. No matter what you choose for your characters appearance the characters back-story will not change. Instead of embodying the typical Jason Brody or Ajay Ghale players will get a choice in who their character is. This will for sure be an interesting change coming from Ubisoft and we will see how the story is changed by this new factor.

Demolition effects classes 

Ryan Vosen 
of The Flathead Arrow

    Work to prepare the half-floors for demolition has begun. Teachers and students are getting used to the “new normal” of not using the classrooms, stairs and entrances in the half-floors.
    The move has been hectic for the teachers to say the least.
    “We had to decide when we moved out of our room, which items we wanted in a storage container for a year and a half,” said math teacher Mrs. Lisa Thomson.
    Teachers were allowed to store things in the basement under the main office that would at least be more organized than a locked storage container with all of the half-floor teachers’ belongings inside.
    The move has been difficult for students as well; especially seniors who have been in the same class rooms for two or three years.
    History teacher Mr. Pat Reilly, said “The hardest part has been trying to create continuity for my year long I.B. Kids.”
    Mr. Reilly teaches the same group of I.B. History kids for two years. They are all seniors now and have been some of the most effected students by the construction process.
    “It kind of sucked because the war room was a really cool and good environment,” said Senior Abbi Chavez. She continued saying, “He had props in his room and would use them to explain things in class.”
    Senior Clayton Jacques added, “It kind of sucked because it disrupted preparing for the I.B. exams.”
    Mr. Riley’s classroom used to be called the “war room” and was a favorite of students. After the move he has a “war cart” that is pushed around in between four different classrooms. 


Sampson reflects on last years health issues
KATIA POSTOVIT
of The Flathead Arrow

     Mr. Kyle Samson, head coach of the Flathead Braves Football team at this time last year was struggling with his health from an incident that happened during the 2016 season. Samson collapsed during a practice which then caused him to lose feeling in the left side of his body.
    Samson has made a full recovery since then, “At this time last year I was able to just start walking again after not being able to walk or do anything physical for two months.” said Samson. Ever since the procedure he had on his spine that took place last December he has been able to keep progressing to recovery. “This last summer was my turning point for the better, I haven’t had any problems and I feel good.” said Samson.
    The dedicated coach, teacher, and dad has been keeping a very positive attitude and keeps bettering himself every day. “It humbles you to enjoy the small things in life, like picking up my kids and holding them.” said Samson. “Mentally more than anything it’s been life changing.”
    Samson is truly an inspiration to his players and shows how important it is to give 110% in all that one does. “Coach Samson’s accident was one of the worst, but also best experiences of my football career. It opened my eyes to the fact that anything can happen in the blink of an eye. He taught me what being mentally tough really is.” said senior captain Daniel Long.
    Samson changed different things in football at Flathead this 2017 season, “His coaching was different as he made sure to make everything more fun and not so stressful. If we made a mistake, he was sure to correct us, but wouldn’t hound us about it the whole practice.” said senior captain Taylor Morton, “He would put in fun games and challenges during practices that would allow participation from everyone and I think this helped a lot with team bonding. Along with this we worked a lot harder.” said Morton.
    After the incident the players saw a huge change in what football is about, “I was really scared for his health, it really made me think about things and how sometimes bad things happen to you and you have to live everyday to your fullest.” said senior captain Eric Reyna.
    From the accident to recovery to back to coaching, Mr. Kyle Samson is an inspiring man with a humbling story “Coach Samson is by far one of the best men I have met in my life, and I will never be able to do anything that will show how truly grateful I am. He is a great man and that will never change.” said Long.
    Flathead Braves football is evolving to a close family environment, and coach Samson is guiding it with the determination and inspiration he brings to the program. 


Public reels over loss of net neutrality

Alex Coulter 
Of The Flathead Arrow 
    
Net neutrality is over.
    The Republican-led Congress last month, in December, changed governmental restrictions on the Internet, allowing broadband telecom companies freedom to work competitively. 
    Previously, the Internet was classified as a utility service, which meant it was a governmentally-restricted and governmentally-supported service, like water-service and power-service companies. The Internet is now classified as an information service in place of its previous classification of a utility, according to the New York Times.
    In 2015, the Obama-era Congress passed net neutrality as a way to keep all Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in line with each other. Otherwise, the bigger broadband companies could provide faster Internet speeds to companies willing to pay for it. The previous regulations prevented smaller broadband companies, and the businesses that used them, from being de-prioritized—or having to coop with slower connectivity. Those smaller service providers and smaller Internet-based companies may have to pay a heftier price now to get the kind of connectivity that the bigger companies receive. The previously-Democratic controlled Federal Communications Commission (FCC) passed net neutrality to protect smaller companies.
    The now Republican-led FCC, which is headed by Mr. Ajit Pai, got rid of these restrictions, claiming that they interrupted the way the Internet operated as a communications tool, according to a Dec. 15 New York Times.
    The deregulations have led to public outcry.
    “If any ISPs (Verizon, AT&T, or Charter) get data limits on the home router(s), it will effectively ruin the internet,” Flathead High School senior Tyler Kitch said. “I think it’s bad for consumers because we used to all be at the same priority. Now it’s all about the money.”
    Kitch talked about how the changes on regulations allow ISPs to charge companies or individuals more for faster speeds and more data.
    Mainstream media companies are also concerned.
    “(The bill) dealt a severe blow to the struggle for a free and open internet,” Los Angeles Times reporter Fred Beneson wrote. “But the fight is not over. The core promise of a neutral network remains, and public support for it is both overwhelming and astonishingly clear. We can make it happen, but we’re going to need the help of Congress and the judicial branch to enshrine the principle into law.”
    The deregulations might also affect education.
    “I doubt it will do much (to the school) besides costing more,” Flathead High School’s IT specialist Mr. Christopher Abney explained. “Our home internet is most likely where you will see the biggest effect, in short Net Neutrality protects you by making sure everything your view or access has the same priority as everything else on the Internet.”
    Abney explained that data for home routers will likely start operating in the same way that cell phones do with data limits and packages.
    But, again, this fight might not be over. Only time will tell and advocates for the issue express that all concerned individuals should take action by contacting their congressman.

School Board meeting saves students from a government final
BAILEY NUNN
of the Flathead Arrow     
    
    All seniors who are in Mr. Reillys government class this year were given the option of going to the school board meeting held on Tuesday Jan 9 at Kalispell Middle School. They were told to stay the whole time from six p.m. until eight p.m. Mr. Reilly told his students to write a 500 word essay on what they got out of the meeting.
    “It was interesting to see where all of the money was being placed throughout the schools, and I liked listening to the debate of new districting with the new elementary school,” said senior Brittany Boone. “After going to this meeting I enjoyed listening to the board members talk.”
    “I felt like this meeting was very long but very interesting to see how the lowest form of government works,” said senior Austin Strobbe-Barry. “I felt like we are spending a lot of money on things we don’t need, plus the price of everything took me by surprise.”
    “I gained a lot of respect for how much work is put into school district five, and how much time and dedication is put into making the school a better place,” said senior Liza Vinogradova. “ At first I thought the amount of money being spent was ridiculous, but after getting a better idea of everything happening to better the school for students and staff I understand the high price.”
    “Once I walked into the school board meeting I thought it was going to suck, but there were some really interesting topics and discussions on important issues,” said senior Drew Flink. “Overall I learned how the meetings work and the basic issues that are being taken care of in the school district today.”
    Theses are a lot of opinions from some senior students and they all pretty much agreed on the same things that we are spending a lot of money and that they didn’t realize how much time and effort was put into these board meetings.
    There was one issuethat came up that Mr. Lincoln addressed at the board meeting. The members made a brochure for the new principal position opening and they plagiarized a lot of Flathead High Schools pictures and information to put on the brochure. Once he addressed the issue they shut him down and asked that he would speak with Mr. Flateau after the meeting was over.
    The main reasoning for the board meeting was to update everyone on how the construction was going with the new elementary school and how the budget plan was being figured out. I think all the students appreciated the work everyone is putting into our valley and making improvements to the schools.
Flathead students experience successful hunting season
Eric Reyna
of The Flathead Arrow

    The 2017 hunting season proved successful for a handful of Flathead High School students.
    Senior Aden Youngbird bagged a 4x4 buck this year in a spot he was not willing to give, but hinted it was in Libby.
    “It was a really long day,” Youngbird said. “We hiked more miles then I can count. It was heart pounding when we finally found him (the buck). He was about 438 yards out. I wasn't really thinking. I just lined up the shot and pulled the trigger. Call it a lucky shot if you will.”
    Youngbird said he went hunting so many times he lost count this season.
    Seniors Michael Buls and Alex Paul didn't have to travel far from home to get their prize. Buls accompanied Paul to assist in the harvesting his first deer. The two went to a spot they had never tried before just west of town.
    “We sat there all day,” Buls said. “When we finally spotted the deer, it was about 200 yards away. I helped set up Alex for the shot and he ended up getting his first buck. It was a 3x3, which is a good first buck. It was honestly super cool helping him out.”
    Sophomore Brendan Barnes ventured to Dillion to get his trophy. Barnes went hunting one time this season but got a cow elk.
    “It was so cold,” Barnes said. “We saw the herd and tried to follow, but we lost them. An hour later, I spotted the cow. I aimed my gun and took the shot.”
Art Trek visits Seattle museums
KELLY BROWN
of The Flathead Arrow


    Fifty Flathead and Glacier High School art students left early Nov. 19 to load buses and travel over to Seattle, Washington for this year’s art trek. The students spent four days traveling to various museums and attending theater productions and nights were spent at the Econolodge in Renton. Museums such as Seattle Art Museum, The Chihuly Glass Gardens, The Museum of Glass in Tacoma, and The Olympic Sculpture Park were some of the very places they went to see.
    They also spent time at a couple theaters watching both The Twilight Zone as a play in the Theater Schmeater and the Nutcracker ballet performance by Pacific Northwest Ballet.
    “I had a wonderful time. The different museums and art styles were amazing to see, “ senior Sidney Fransden said, “It was most definitely a rewarding experience.” The students were required to pay for four lunches and two dinners by themselves while there. They all returned at about six at night on Dec. 2 to return to school the following week.

Angel Tree brings positive impact
KATIA POSTOVIT
of The Flathead Arrow

    
    About 50 underprivileged elementary school kids are hoping someone at Flathead High School can make their Christmas wish come true through the Angel Tree.
    The Angel Tree is an annual event held by FHS Student Council in order to help unfortunate kids around the Flathead Valley during the holiday season. There are two trees standing in the FHS commons and student council members encourage kids to “adopt” a child for the holidays.
    “I’m just really happy that our school is able to show so much support towards kids in need in the Valley,” senior student body president Trae Vasquez said. “There's no better gift to give than an act of kindness and it's awesome to see Flathead giving this holiday season.”
    The program works by a student picking a child who has their name and what they want for Christmas on it and the student brings the present back to the office where it is wrapped and delivered to the child who needs it. Many kids ask for clothes and other basic things for living. It is a very touching ordeal filled with tons of holiday spirit.
    “A lot of children in our valley that aren’t as privileged to experience the Christmas spirit and we want to spread it back around to others,” senior assistant secretary Taylor Morton said. “It allows students to make a difference in the community and it warms their hearts to be able to help those in need.”
    The program is a tradition that enables Flathead High School to make a positive impact in the community.
    ”I think that it brings the school together and allows students to work for a great cause,” Vasquez said. “I really think its cool that there has been so much support for the angel tree and a lot of kids in need will be happy this Christmas.”

FHS: A blast from the past
ALEX COULTER
of The Flathead Arrow

    Flathead High School has gone through a lot of change.
    A school that has existed for more than a hundred years is required to. The freshman class moved back and forth from the middle school several times through the years. In light of the upcoming renovation of the school this coming year, the Flathead Arrow is going through its archives to discover some of the other renovations the building, and its students, have experienced throughout its history.
    The current Flathead Arrow staff discovered an article written by Barb Trupp from 1968 that detailed the entire history of the building up to that date. 
    Trupp reported that in the beginning, in the years prior to 1900, Kalispell had a high school supported by city funds. But at that time, in the year 1900, a community-wide vote decided it was necessary to establish a county high school in order to support and encourage high school education on a larger scale. In the spring of 1900, the Commissioners of Flathead set up a school board with Miss Fannie L. Spruck serving as County Superintendent of Schools. In September of that year, work began in the central building of city schools. E.A. Steere served as the first principal. About 75 students were enrolled the first year.
    During the summer of 1901, a frame building was constructed at the corner of Sixth Avenue West and Tenth Street as a temporary home for the high school, since city schools could no longer spare the room. The enrollment for the first year at the new building increased to 95. The school library began its debut that year.
    In January of 1903, bonds were sold for the building of a permanent school at the corner of Fourth Avenue West and Sixth Street West, the school’s current location, and during the spring the construction work was begun.
    One hundred and nine students were enrolled at Flathead in November 1903 and the new home for the high school students was completed.
    By the year 1936, the school was newly remodeled and the number of names on the attendance books rose to 835.
    The year 1950 was when construction workers first broke ground in making the vocational building, across 5th Ave. West, which was a new exciting addition to the school. Its completion was immediately followed by the construction of the big gym the next year.
    The enrollment of Flathead High jumped up to 1,900 by the year 1968 and continued to grow up until the split between Flathead and Glacier in 2006 the freshman class was added back into the mix in 2007 and the two schools now educate more than 2806 students combined(U.S. News).

Spirit Week takes over
JADE WARE
of The Flathead Arrow

    Flathead High School students dressed with style for spirit week, for the last week of September.
    Music Festival Monday was the first theme to start off spirit week. From flower crowns to full out rock and roll makeup, Flathead students took this theme to the next level. The following day was Twinning Tuesday, where some students dressed exactly the same. The halls were filled with twins, some as ‘Where’s Waldo’ and others dressing as ‘basic white chicks.’ Students then got a little more wild for Wild Animal Wednesday. Tigers, bears, cats, and more took over the school with their wild costumes. Next was Thrifty Thursday, where students showed off their thrift store style. Ending spirit week was Color War Friday, each grade dressing in a specific color. Freshman wore gray, Sophomore’s black, Junior’s orange, and Senior’s white. 
    “It was super fun and I loved getting a chance to dress up and be crazy,” junior Pearl Anderson said.
Spirit week was clearly one of the top highlights of September and really gave students a chance to express their school spirit.
“I think spirit week is really important because it shows how much spirit Flathead High School really has,” junior Kiera Early said. 
    On Music Festival Monday, students dressed in many different styles. Some wore Coachella inspired clothes, while others dressed in a Rock N’ Roll style. Many other students also dressed as hippies to show their ‘music festival vibes.’ Then on Twinning Tuesday, some decided to twin as ‘Where’s Waldo,’ white chicks, and insects. Others twinned as simple as just wearing the same color shirt. Next on Wild Animal Wednesday students came to school dressed as turtles, cows, pigs, cats, and so much more, showing their wild side for Wednesday. On Thrifty Thursday people wore gigantic furry coats, non-matching socks, hats with different colors, and vests with stylish buttons. To wrap up spirit week students wore their designated color that went with their grade. The halls were filled with gray, black, orange, and white shirts, as students showed their true colors for spirit week.
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