Student Life

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 had and 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
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 causedhim 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
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
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
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
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 tha
t 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
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.