Clubs & Activities

Students experience hands on learning

Kiera Earley

of The Flathead Arrow

    The Trades Event held at Flathead Valley Community College was a huge learning break through for many Flathead High School students. Students at FHS that currently have a hands on class such as auto mechanics, wood shop, and welding were all invited to learn how to weld and build. The event was hosted by FHS retired principal Mr. Peter Fusaro. The students were school sponsored on Dec. 9 to enjoy this learning experience.

    Students had a way of finding what they loved most out of this trip while also gaining learning experiences in new fields. 

    “My favorite part of the trip was when we went to the welding shop and got to weld,” senior Melissa Guillen said. “We had to weld straight lines into a metal plate. I only found welding hard because I always mess up using the Mig, but that day my welds were good. It was also really hot while welding too.”

    Most students don't plan on using welding, wood shop, or manufacturing in their future plans but the learning experience was memorable and will stick with them for years to come

    “Based off of the two places I went I would have to say the manufacturing part of it.” “our teacher put us in a position that we would most definitely fail in, then put us in a position where we would succeed and the difference was insane. I don't plan on using manufacturing in my future plans.”

Flathead’s Original Oratory owns stage at Corvallis


    Daniel Edelen

  of The Flathead Arrow 

    Flathead’s Speech and Debate team continues to win tournaments across western Montana. Without an end in sight, Flathead won at a whopping 263 points at Corvallis on the 5th and 6th of January with the nearest AA school being Hellgate, which earned 103 points. That gave Flathead a 160-point gap between them and second place. The only other AA schools at Corvallis were Sentinel High with 63 points and Helena High with 38 points.

    Flathead’s Original Oratory team owned the stage in their event with six out of eight possible places being occupied by them. All of the Flathead Original Oratory students placed. For clarification, original oratory is a factual and original speech on a subject of a competitors choosing done in 10 minutes or less.  In 6th place was sophomore Anna Christensen, in 5th place was junior Sarabeth Rogge, in 4th place was sophomore Colter Giradot, in 3rd was sophomore Carson Robison, 2nd was senior Emma Thompson and in 1st place was junior Julia Wynne.

    Wynne’s piece went over the beauty bias of the public and how physically disadvantaged people suffer more than most. Her perfection of this speech has earned her the 1st place award in original oratory repeatedly throughout the season.

    On the debate side, every Flathead Lincoln-Douglas debater made it onto the stage. Lincoln-Douglas debate, named after the senate race between Abraham Lincoln and Stephan Douglas, is a debate involving two debaters arguing for and against a resolution. In 7th place was senior Annabelle Pukas, in 5th was sophomore Eva Bruce, in 3rd was sophomore Alan Taylor and in 1st place was senior Sierra Dilworth.

    Dilworth spoke about how the entirety of the Lincoln-Douglas debate team made it onto the stage, “It was amazing. Especially Alan Taylor who got third which is the best he’s ever done which was really exciting for our whole team.” Despite winning, Dilworth expressed some disappointment, “In finals I went against a pretty good friend of mine, Maya from Hellgate. She’s really an amazing debater… I definitely thought she won… Maya has never been in a finals round before so this was her first time and since we’re really good friends I really wanted her to win because I’ve had my share of doing well. However I was also obviously excited to have won. It was a mixed bag of feelings.”

    Junior Bohdi Hollman won in his respective event, informative speaking is an event that allows the performer 10 minutes to talk about anything with the addition of props and other visual aids. “My speech is on augmented humanity, so basically technological enhancements to the human body.” Hollman said. This is his first win of the season. He described the feeling of getting first, “It’s like a feeling of relief knowing that you put a lot of work into that tournament alone and you can finally relax. You can feel accomplished.”

    Junior Scott O’Donnell had an eventful tournament as he won in Impromptu and managed second in Extemporaneous in a tiebreaker. For Impromptu, O’Donnell didn’t think he would manage any high place let alone 1st. “The judges gave us absolutely nothing during the round so we had no idea if they liked what we were saying at all. As well as I misinterpreted the cartoon and just made up a definition. One of the judges called me out on making up a definition but I got lucky and they liked it so I was still able to get away with it.” Extemporaneous speaking limits the competitors to a 30 minute period of time to create a speech and then present it in seven minutes. Impromptu is along the lines of extemporaneous speaking except for a shortened period of time to prepare the speech, that time being 7 minutes rather than 30.

    Junior Jonah Love won in two events at Corvallis. He won in Duo Interpretation, which is an event based on a published play or story. Love and his partner, senior Tanis Hadwin created an extremely unusual performance on the book inspired movie, It. “A lot of people gave us some funny looks when we told them that. It’s not your average duo,” Hadwin said. “There tend to be certain pieces that people just fall back on. There are a lot of short plays people do or there are publishing companies that publish scripts specifically for 10-minute performances, which are pretty common as well. If you do use movies, you tend to not go to the horror variety.” This is their first time winning with It and it likely won’t be their last. Love also won in humorous interpretation, an event that tests a student’s comedic skills in a performance up to 10 minutes long.

    The final placer at Corvallis, sophomore Carson Robison, won in one of his two events, program oral interpretation and made 3rd in original oratory. “POI (program oral interpretation) is an event where you have a common theme in your speech and you take a bunch of different genres of things to kind of like act out things relating to that theme. So you’ve got like newspaper articles, songs, books, plays, and you just take different pieces of them and act them out,” Robison said. “[My speech] is on school shootings. So I focus a lot on columbine and reenacting the event itself, the perspective of the shooters and the students,” he added. As stated, Robison was also one of the many Flathead students that went on stage in original oratory.

Flathead Speech and Debate makes history at Helena competes at Bozeman

Daniel Edelen

of The Flathead Arrow


            Bozeman is famously known as the biggest tournament in Montana beat out only by state AA itself. Overall, Flathead achieved third place at 129 total sweepstakes points. Glacier got second place with 156.5 and Bozeman earned the first place award again with a whopping 191.5 total sweepstakes points, beating Flathead by 63.5 points.

 Senior Melissa Roybal struck another first place in legislative debate winning Flathead 10 of their sweepstakes points. Legislative debate or commonly known as “legi” is a debate where competitors draft bills and resolutions and argue for and against them.

            Senior Reed Miller also won in his event in extemporaneous speaking. More commonly referred to as “Extemp” or “Impromptu”, this event limits the competitors to a 30 minute period of time to create a speech and then present it in seven minutes. He earned 10 sweepstakes points to Flatheads total of 129.

            Senior Annabelle Pukas made first in Lincoln-Douglas debate, named after the senate race between Abraham Lincoln and Stephan Douglas, is a debate involving two debaters arguing for and against a resolution.

            Flathead still managed to reclaim their spot on top in the next event in Helena.


    Things were looking bleak for the Flathead Speech and Debate team after being beat by Glacier and Bozeman at the tournament in Bozeman. However, they managed to turn the stress into more fuel for that Flathead Pride and took first place at the following tournament at Helena. 

    There were seven total braves and bravettes that managed to get first place at Helena, one of whom made first place twice.

    Senior Melissa Roybal once again managed to get first place in her event, legislative debate. She has consistently dominated legislative debate and achieved first place in every single tournament she’s attended. She has proven herself to be vital to Flathead’s success.

    Senior Korbyn Howe is double entered, meaning that he is in two events. Howe pulled off new first places at Helena. His first event, Duo Interpretation, involves a pair of performers acting out a literary piece or program under certain restraints, including not making eye contact with and touching your partner, and no props. They can use various things like books, movies, shows, etc. to express their theme. They can choose to be humorous or dramatic.

    Howe and senior Alix Major both won in Duo Interp at Helena. He described his reaction to getting first with Alix, “I was kind of trying to contain the feeling, but I knew I couldn’t. When they called second place and it wasn’t us, I just mentally snapped and like, I don’t cry, so in my head I started crying.”

    Howe also won MPA, also known as Memorize Public Address. According to him, “You take a public address…you memorize it. A public address is pretty open ended. Pretty much anything that’s spoken publicly… Most often they’re Ted Talks. Mine was a Ted Talk.

    Junior Julia Wynne also won in her respective event, Oral Interpretation. Oral interp is a factual and original speech on a subject of a competitors choosing done in 10 minutes or less. Wynne also placed 4th in Informative Speaking. Like Roybal, Wynne has consisted hit first place in her events.

    Senior Sierra Dilworth was amongst the first placers at Helena. She garnered 15 sweepstakes points to Flathead. She has been patiently waiting for a first place but has never failed to encourage other Flathead Varsity Lincoln-Douglas debaters like senior Annabelle Pukas who has scored first repeatedly and sophomore Eva Bruce who also managed first place this year.

    For Varsity Policy Debate, a debate where teams of two advocate for and against a resolution that typically calls for policy change by the United States federal government, junior Lucas Coulter and sophomore Braden Anderson took their first victory ever. Anderson transferred over from Bigfork last year where him and Coulter first met. “The first day I met him I thought he was just some goofy kid… We pretty much clicked right off the bat. Our personalities definitely compliment each other,” Coulter said.

    It’s also important to note that Anderson and Coulter went undefeated into quarterfinals at Bozeman with a 6-1 score.


Crosstown Art Trek Trip to Portland


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    Students from both Flathead and Glacier that are involved in the art department, with a passionate interests in art traveled to Portland Oregon with Flathead’s art teachers, Kristie Caratelli, Josh Mohler, and Cody Hoon on Wednesday November 28, and arrived back into Kalispell on Saturday night December 1.
 The trips first destination being thirty minutes just outside of Portland, at Multnomah Falls a 611 foot tall waterfall, where students got to explore the trails and enjoy the waterfall up close.
     On Thursday morning students had the opportunity to tour the Portland State Art Department where they were able to walk through studios, and classrooms, as well as walk through some of the student galleries. This gave some students a potential school to take into consideration as well as gain more knowledge on the types of scholarships they offer, and discussed the application process.
     “It was an amazing experience being able to walk through the three and fourth year students’ studios, and get a feel for what college art is really like,” said senior Toby Diegel.
     In the remainder of thursday afternoon students and the art teachers explored the Portland Art Museum, studying the positioning and lighting of each piece as well as how the artwork was separated based on the artist’s use of mediums, and style of work.
     Students were able to study and admire the cultural backgrounds of the artwork and their artists, this artwork included, photography, abstract, modern and contemporary, cultural, graphic and silver art.
     “This was the second year that I’ve had the privilege of going on this trip, and it is really humbling to be trusted with the time and freedom that we get. It is unlike any school trip that I’ve ever been part of, and I’ve done a lot. It’s an environment that fosters creativity which is truly cherished,” said senior Hailey Allen.
     On the thursday evening both schools attended the Alberta Rose Theatre to watch the “White Album Xmas” performance. A Bohemian style circus performance which included acrobats and lasso-twirling cowboys as well as The Nowhere Band who covered versions of the Beatles White Album.

    On Friday morning November 30, students and the teachers visited the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry where they were taken on a tour, and explored the exhibits as well as visited the King Tut Exhibit. Following into the afternoon, the last stop of the trip students visited the Bullseye Glass Company, for Art and Architecture in Portland, Oregon. Students were given a tour and were able to witness first hand the process of how glass is made, as well as view the spaces they store the glass, what they do with excess pieces, and glass artwork.

FHS band brings Christmas cheer 

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    90 students participated in the FHS Band Concert in the Flathead auditorium directed by David Johnke on Dec 6.
Students all a part of one of the four classes: Braves Band that includes mostly freshman, Concert band which has mostly sophomores, Symphonic Band with a mix of sophomores, juniors and seniors, and a Percussion that can include grades 9-12.
    Students and audience believed it has been the most successful concert yet since the past couple years with the new director and believe it will continue being a great success.
    “We’ve shown improvement over the last few years with the new director.” Said the flute section leader of symphonic band, Anna Schultz. “Because the audience was fuller than it usually is.”
    Senior Hunter Shayenne agreed saying “We didn’t have a ton of time to prepare for it. It was about a month for most pieces, some songs we had a week to several days to prepare. However for time we did have, it went better than expected.”
    Mr. David Johnke believed that it was the best holiday band concert that he has conducted since joining FHS two years ago.
    Although there were some minor problems that occurred at the concert, students were able to divert them from the distractions and keep playing. For instance, at the beginning of the concert when the flute choir was performing, some of the lights hung on the balcony of the auditorium fell from their places.
    Freshman Anita Shevtosva said it was the second time the lights had fallen when the flute choir was performing. The first time when they fell was before the concert had even begun.
    Not all of the students who were performing in the flute choir had noticed that the lights had fell. Shultz said that she didn’t even realize they had fell because she was blocking out all possible distractions from the audience and focused on the songs they tried to play.
    However some students were more worried for the audience when the lights had fallen.
    “I was really hoping none of the pins fell on the people in the audience, but luckily the lights were only taped,” said freshman Tatyana Kigilyuk, a member of the flute choir and concert band. “I thought that maybe all the lights will fall off by the end of the concert.”
    Even with all the mishaps that had occurred in the concert, students and parents thought it was a great success.
“My host family usually never goes to concerts but they started coming this year and they have really enjoyed it,” said junior flutist, Anna Pilotti.



FHS theatre Acting 2 performs the chilling Snow Queen 
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    Flathead High School’s theatre department performed the magical tale of The Snow Queen in the black box theatre on Dec. 4-5.
    Elizabeth Sykora held a deep appreciation for this tale since she was a kid, so it was only fitting that the Acting 2 class performed it.
    “It is definitely one of those “save from the fire” items, Sykora said. “In fact, early on this process, I read my copy of this story to my Acting 2 cast. It was very special to share my childhood with them.”
    This chilling tale was about two young best friends, Kai and Gerda, played by Domminik Griffith and Jade Dickerson, who are absolutely inseparable. Gerda’s grandmother, Oma, played by junior Kirya Henderson, tells them the story of the bitter Snow Queen and her magic mirror. The mirror, which is created by the Snow Queen, played by freshman Tanah Jakeway, shows only the negative side of people and things in the world. One day the mirror breaks and it falls upon the earth, getting in peoples eyes distorting their view on all the good things in the world. A piece of the mirror just so happened to fall into Kai’s eye, and he turned very cold towards all the people that love him. The Snow Queen then takes Kai, and it is up to Gerda to find him and save him from the curse of the mirror.
    The enchanting set had beautiful light cues and a glistening winter palace, with a spiral staircase.
“I liked the set because I thought when you looked at it under the blue lights, it made you feel cold,” junior Dalton Brubaker, who played the reindeer said.
    The actors were able to get even closer through the process of this production, creating many new friendships and memories.
    “Being a part of the play was the best,” Henderson said. “It was a great experience to meet new people and see the new talent in the classroom.”
    Though the actors had some trouble with memorizing their lines, they pulled it all together in the end.
“The cast was not too in sync in the beginning, but we came out to be quite a crew during the performances,” senior Cameron Price, who played the Finnish man said.
    The audience especially enjoyed the performances because of how it not only appealed to the older audience, but the younger kids as well.
    “I thought the actors did really well because they brought even more magic into the black box theatre,” senior Tiel Nelson said. “It was even cuter when the little kids really got into the show because they were so enchanted by the set.”



FHS Orchestra Opens the Auditorium for Holiday Concerts.
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    About 50 Flathead High School orchestra members struggled a little, but managed to pull it together for a successful Caroling, Caroling Through The Snow holiday concert on Monday, Dec. 3, in the FHS auditorium.
    Both Chamber (higher level) and Concert (lower level) orchestras performed a combined six pieces, directed by Ms. Sherry Simmons. The theme displayed throughout the concert was caroling. Students performed known carols such as “Good King Wenceslas” to older carols such as “See Amid the Winter’s Snow”.
    Ms. Simmons said that most of the concert’s pieces were chosen by the students of the chamber orchestra with little weight of her own opinion. Students browsed for songs on their own time and discussed of the options in class. As songs were being chosen, a common theme began to develop of varieties of caroling songs.
    There were some struggles on the way of polishing the songs for the concert but the students managed to pull it together no matter what went wrong at the concert.
    “My mind kind of went blank in one of the songs,” said Kelby Abel, who was the section leader for cellos in chamber orchestra.
    Another major blip that occurred in the concert was that they had to restart one of their songs titles “Angeli, Alleluia” arranged by Janice and Eric McAllister. Some students said that they took off too fast while others were playing to slowly.
    “I waited for a couple measures to see if you guys would pull it together but that didn’t happen,” said Ms. Simmons. “So I knew we needed to restart the piece and hope that we would get it on the second time.”
    Several of the students after the concert were told that they were confused with why they had to restart the piece.
“I thought it was funny how people in the audience were confused when we restarted,” said Alla Kigilyuk, a member of the chamber orchestra. Her reasoning was since students knew the piece was off to a bad start, the audience probably followed with what had occurred.
    “Some people thought that we were just warming up [for the piece],” junior bass player Maria Bay said.
Because the students were aware of their mistake and the song restarting again, not all of the parents and people in the audience had understood what had happened. Even though mistakes happened, the orchestra managed to pull the concert together.
    “It was pretty good for the fact that we had only three and a half weeks to prepare,” said viola section leader of the chamber orchestra David Marburger.
    After hearing recordings of the concert, students of the chamber orchestra class thought the concert sounded better when they listened to it than what it sounded like on stage.
    “Listening to the concert was better than being on stage,” senior violinist Sheridan Stoop said.
Overall the concert was a great opener for the holiday concerts even with the errors that had occurred in the concert.



Food drive gets students excited to donate
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    Over 1900 cans and packages of food were donated this year for the annual Flathead High School food drive. The food drive took place this month with judging that started on Tuesday, December 11th. Students in their second period class began bringing in nonperishable food items early this month to kick off the drive. Donated food items were arranged into structures by classmates in order to be judged by student council members.

    ”It’s a tradition at Flathead” said senior student council member Hailey Allen. “This year we wanted to get people more excited, so in your second period class you bring in any nonperishable food items and construct them into sculptures to be judged.”
    Mrs. Hodges’ second period French class won the award for most cans donated while Mrs. Ortley’s earth science class took first place for best canstruction.
    “We put a lot of effort into it and thought outside of the box” said sophomore Marisal Jennings. Jennings came up with the idea behind the winning can sculpture, “I thought about a volcano because we were learning about rocks”.
    The winning class built a volcano using the cans that they donated. Classes that did not construct anything were not judged and their donations were collected and displayed in the commons. When the sculptures were finished being judged, they were collected and loaded onto a truck that dispersed it throughout the Flathead Valley and to the Flathead Food Bank. Flathead residents took what they needed from the donated food.

FCCLA Meets District 

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    Family, Career, Community, Leaders of America held a district meeting, in Missoula, to discuss leading problems in Montana and to get to know each district better on Nov. 7.
    “It was a friendly meeting between districts,” said Kate Smith. “We played Kahoot to study the FCCLA module then after that we played Kahoot with Disney princesses.”
    FCCLA is a club made up of different activates such as sewing and cooking. It’s an opportunity to help the community, get involved with Flathead High School, and to make new friends.
    “I think people should join FCCLA because it’s a lot of fun and you get to meet new people,” said Smith. “You get to help your community and care for it. For example, at the districts meeting we talked about how big of a concern the suicide rates are in Montana, and how it’s the most common form of death for middle schooler’s, which I thought was shocking.”

Five win 1st Annual Lip Sync Battle 

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    Rece O’Connell, Nikki Thatcher, Lydia Wood, Emme Schow, Dalton Brubaker, Chase Ammirata, and the girls basketball team all walked away winners after the first annual FHS Theatre Lip Sync Competition on Tuesday, Nov. 6, in the Black Box Theatre.
    There was a total of 15 entrants in the competition, about six less entrants than the previous year, which raised a total over $500 for Flathead’s Theatre department. The girls basketball team won $50 in cash prize in the Team/Club/Activity category, and juniors Emme Schow and Dalton Brubaker won $30 for Best in Show. Each of the other winners came away with $15 in prize money for three other categories.
    Thatcher and Wood lip synced “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor and won the Outstanding Choreography category.
    “We did it last year,” Wood said. “It was a lot of fun performing and seeing everyone else perform.”
    Schow and Brubaker won Best in Show for their performance of “On the Right Track” from Pippin the Musical.      “Dalton and I had a lot of fun putting it together,” Schow said.
    Ammirata was the winner of Most Humorous Song of “Proud Mary” by Tina Turner.
    He said he felt very nervous before performing his number, but turned it into a great success.
    “It was hilarious and a fan favorite,” said Isaac Glace.
    The girls basketball team won Best Team/Club/Activity with their show of “In My Feelings” by Drake.
    Brubaker said it was amazing that the girls basketball team decided to compete in the show again this year.
    O’Connell won the Best Audience Interaction category with his rendition of “Sick of It” by Skillet.
    The event was a way to open the doors of the theatre department to students of the school. Students could enter with a song of their choice and come up with a choreograph to the song and perform it. Judges included teachers and students of the Flathead high school. They were seniors Sebastian Koch, Reed Miller, and Shaye Thompson. Teachers and staff judges were Jimmy Dragon, Cody Hoon, and Patty Hodges.
    “It was a great fundraiser and a really cool way to open up theatre and what they can do,” Miller said.
    Although the event was open to all students, there was a misunderstanding of who was allowed to enter into the competition. Many students believed that the competition was only for students of the theatre department making it difficult to create a program for the show.
    “It’s just a shame that only one outside of the theatre group joined the competition,” said Glace, who was master of ceremonies.
    The show organizers were challenged with setting up the program.
    “It was a stressful couple hours before the show because we had to rewrite everything in the script,” said Brubaker, who was the second MC. “People were rejoining and leaving and then rejoining again. We just had to rewrite the whole entire thing to figure out new jokes. There were some people who joined the day before and like a couple hours before we would go on stage.”
    With the several hours of difficulty, the crew managed to pull together a script and open the show with great success.
    Many students in the show said they did some things for the first time.
    “It was my first time directing anything,” said Schow, who was director of several choreographing numbers. “It was a lot of fun and stressful six days to put it together. I got eleven kids together and they were all who have never danced before and then teach three kids how to floss.”
    Schow said that it was a great experience and is preparing more numbers for the next years competition.

Flathead S&D wins kickoff, Missoula Invite 

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    Junior Julia Wynne, sophomore Carson Robison, senior Melissa Roybal, and sophomore Eva Bruce all placed first in their events at the Kalispell Kickoff Speech and Debate Tournament on Saturday, Nov. 3, to help lead Flathead High School to a team victory.
    It was the first event of the season. The speech portion of the tourney was held at Flathead High School while debate was at Glacier High School. Flathead is actually hosting the state tournament this year towards the end of January, and the team has high hopes of raising a state championship banner.
    Wynne won original oratory and placed fourth in informative speaking. Robison won program oral interpretation and placed fourth in original oratory. Roybal won legislative debate. Bruce won varsity Lincoln-Douglas debate.
    Wynne’s speech in original oratory, which is a factual and original speech on a subject of a competitors choosing done in 10 minutes or less, was based around a beauty bias in society. “Society favors those who look attractive… and discrimination against those who are less attractive,” Wynne said.
    Sophomore Eva Bruce also placed first in Lincoln-Douglas debate. Lincoln-Douglas debate, named after the senate race between Abraham Lincoln and Stephan Douglas, is a debate involving two debaters arguing for and against a resolution. “Eva is a very good debater and a very good competitor. You never know what she’s going to throw at you.” Senior Sierra Dilworth, a defending state champion and second placer at Kickoff’s Lincoln-Douglas debate said. “Last year I was Eva’s mentor and… going against her was just so fulfilling because all the work that she’s put in and all the work that me and the coaches have put in had obviously paid off so I was really happy to see Eva win.”
    Another sophomore first placer at the Kick-off was Carson Robison. Robison’s event, program oral interpretation is a 10-minute speech that can include drama, poetry, music lyrics, prose, books and much more to express a topic. Robison’s topic was based around school shootings, primarily Columbine. “It (speech) talks about how Columbine played out and how it affects us now… it also really focuses on how the kids lived through Columbine using documents from the shooters and the kids themselves.
    Senior Melissa Roybal achieved first place in legislative debate. Legislative debate or commonly known as “legi” is a debate where competitors draft bills and resolutions and argue for and against them.
    All Flathead Speech and Debate students assisted in the first Flathead kickoff victory in 4 years, allowing the seniors for this year to finally claim that they witnessed Flathead win before they take their leave.