Student Life

Student food drive a failure

Kiera Earley

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The food drive for the Heart Locker program was very unsuccessful for the month of May. The food drive was run by senior representative student council member Jace Reed.

The food drive was for the Heart Locker, which is where students who have no money or who are not able to collect food for themselves or their families go to get free snacks, free hygiene supplies, and other free items that were donated by other classmates.

“The food drive that just happened was supposed to be for students who don’t have access to food over the summer,” said Reed.

Due to lack of communication between administration and the student body the food drive was unsuccessful in collecting any items or products for students.

“It didn’t go well,” said senior student council member Heather Lasalle. “Probably due to because of lack of communication between administrators and student counsel.”  

Seniors cross off High School

Kiera Earley

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    Flathead High School seniors will be waving goodbye after they walk across the FHS stage and receive their diplomas at the graduation ceremony on Friday, May 31.

But what’s next?

Seniors’ plans after graduation vary. From attending college to entering the workforce, from enlisting into the military to taking a “gap year” or year off before going to college, or are undecided and wanting to try and find themselves before doing anything.

The most common plan is to attend Flathead Valley Community College.

Senior Kalea Quinby plans on attending FVCC and becoming an elementary school teacher.

“I might move out of state if I feel like I need more classes that I think would help with my teaching career,” Quinby said. “I’m excited to grow up and move on from high school. There will be things that I miss though such as choir.”

Senior Julie Duffie plans to attend FVCC for two years for pre-veterinary medicine and agriculture then attend Montana State University in Bozeman for another four years to major in pre-vet medicine, agriculture, as well as minoring in horticulture (plants and flowers) and in animal science. Duffie is excited to be working and she is excited to help save animals.

“I’m hoping to stay in Montana,” said Duffie. “But maybe I’ll go to different parts of the state. We will see.”

Senior Kelly Koski plans on attending FVCC for two years to get her associate's degrees of science for forensic science. Afterwards, she hopes to move to San Diego, Calif., to get her bachelor's degree in forensic science and criminal justice.  

The “gap year” is also a popular plan. Some students want to take a year off from academic pursuits.

Senior Olivia Purvis plans to take a semester off while working at Wal-Mart and then enroll in the spring at FVCC. She plans on studying to become a vet technician. She plans on staying in Montana due to the beautiful scenery.

“I've always had a very special connection with animals,” said Purvis. “I know how to communicate and interact with them very well. I’ve never met one animal that has not trusted me. I'm a very compassionate person that always just wants to help and I don't like the thought of any animal being in pain.”

Senior Allie Landowski plans on taking a year off of school then attending FVCC for her generals. After that, she wants to transfer to a private school, Pacific Lutheran University located outside of Tacoma, Wash.

Senior Samantha Yoakum plans on taking a gap year to save money while working at City Brew. After that, she wants to take general courses at FVCC. Then, she plans on attending the University of Oregon to study psychology and become a drug abuse counselor.

“I’m nervous to be in debt for the rest of my life, but I’m also excited to be in Oregon and away from Montana,” Yoakum said. “Sometimes I just want to go back to kindergarten, man.”

Senior Ross Calhoon plans on entering an electrical apprenticeship in the Fall. Calhoon is excited to be able to do what he wants and to get his life going. He is unsure of trade school or college.

“Going to a college or trade school kind of depends on the route you choose to take,” said Calhoon.

Senior Farley Gendreau plans on working for ACE hardware after high school.

“I’m been looking forward to getting out of high school and to also start working and paying bills”

Some seniors will be attending Montana’s four-year public universities.

Senior Mikayla Shinn plans to attend Montana State University in Bozeman to study dietetics, which is focuses on diet and nutrition. Afterwards, she plans on moving back to Michigan after college.

Other seniors are getting out of Montana right away to attend college.

Senior Kate Smith will be attending the University of Idaho, where she is undecided on what she wants to study.

“I am most excited to leave Montana,” said Smith. “I want to start over and have some freedom.”

Some students want to take a break from it all and find themselves.

Senior Alix Major has plans to discover her strengths in the world of living on her own. She plans on choosing a career that benefits the youth, such as a high school teacher.  

“I want to figure out my morals and values for who I am as an individual without the influence of family,” said Major.

And, then, there’s the seniors who are enlisting in the military.

Senior Ariana Maldonado will be leaving for boot camp in the fall for the Air Force. She will be gone for two months at basic training, come back for a week, then will be sent off for another two months of training before being stationed somewhere permanently.

“I’m excited most for taking care of myself, traveling, and serving my country,” said Maldonado.

HOSA students bring 15 medals home


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             Out of 60 affiliated HOSA members, 36 HOSA went to Bozeman to participate in the state competition and on Feb. 12-13 and brought back 15 medals along with one full ride scholarship for the summer MedStart program.
    Sophomore (?) Eva Bruce, Freshman MJ Reed and Jillian Wynne took home a gold in Biomedical Debate and a silver in Epidemiology. Bruce also took gold in Medical Law and Ethics.
    “I was so excited,” said Wynne. “MJ, Eva and I took a lot of work and time for it, so in the end it really paid off.”
Sophomore Stella Eddy with gold and Atlanta Waltman with a silver in Health Career Photography, as well as another silver for Waltman in Dental Science.
    “I definitely didn't feel like I prepared that much for it (the competition) so I was very surprised,” said Eddy.
Junior Marcella Mercer placed first and received gold in Pharmacology.
    “This was just a knowledge test,” said Mercer. “I didn’t expect to get first since other schools have programs and are more structured, while we have only done this for about five years.”
    Jackson Eve and Kimberly Kyllonen placed second in Certified Emergency Medical Technician or CERT.
“It was a super intense thing that we did,” said Kyllonen. “My partner froze which was hysterical because he was breathing harder than the patients. We could’ve probably been first if I remembered to change my gloves between patients.”
    Alla Kigilyuk with a silver in Nutrition.
    Kigilyuk said that she was extremely shocked to have placed at all, let alone get a silver since she was not confident taking the knowledge test in mid February.
    Freshman Emily Hove and Abby Beard received bronze for Health Education.
Since HOSA club is mainly student led, the official advisor, Mrs. Linzi Napier said that all members are responsible for knowing their concepts and planning.
    While some students that are knowledgeable in all of the planning and learning for each category they compete, new members of the group had harder times of learning all of the information before the state competition.
    “I’m kind of stressed out about this. I don’t know anything and this is my first year. I don’t have all of my supplies yet (for the competition),” said senior Kaysie Malmin.
    With the difficulties the students endure through, the overall reaction to the club is positive. Many of the members said that it opened their eyes to all of the different options in the medical field, while for others it is a great opportunity to meet new people.

Winter roads rough on students


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With the rough weather conditions in the winter, it is no doubt that some students have a hard time getting around safely.

Seniors Brett Thompson, Seth Moon, Blake Counts, and Gunner Landrum were on their way to the Kila School in February and spun off the road, which sent them into a ditch. No injuries were reported.

“We were just going to fast,” Thompson said.

Because this is an issue with most drivers in their first times experiencing winter roads, Moon advises that “speed is not your friend”.

It took the four students three hours of constant digging and pushing until they were able to get back on the road.

Other students have had scarier situations.

Junior Jennifer Crow was sent out to the hospital by the paramedics when she got caught in a major accident while driving from Glacier High School to Flathead to pick up her younger brother. Driving down the bypass, she noticed that one of the cars to her side was getting too near to her. In the process of attempting to put some space between her car and the car next to her, she was caught in a snowbank to her left that spun her out of control and into oncoming traffic.

“It was super icy and I hit a snow brim,” said Crow. “I got sucked into oncoming traffic and I ended up having to swerve out of the way of a semi.”

When she tried to get out of the way of the semi truck, she hit the guard rail that sent her into the way of another car and a potential front end collision. In attempt to avoid a collision head-on, she was able to turn her car back in the direction of traffic. However, after she was able to finally get her car back into the regular traffic flow, her car was hit from behind, which caused her to spin into oncoming traffic for the second time. While she attempted to reverse her car to face the right position, another vehicle that had switched lanes collided into her car’s back end.

Crow described her now-totaled car as an accordion, as well as her trunk which was split in half.

“I could’ve been more aware of the road conditions and been more careful,” she said.

Crow is now in her recovery process from a concussion, whiplash, a broken rib, and other major bruises across her body.

Online battle reaches Flathead Valley
Are you doing your part?
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    Youtube celebrity Pewdiepie has been fist to fist in an online war with Indian record label T-Series since October of 2018.

    Pewdiepie, or Felix Kjellberg, is a 29 year old Youtuber originating in Sweden. He’s been on Youtube since 2010 and managed to claim the title as the most
subscribed Youtuber on the platform in 2013. He has not lost this title once since that year. Only recently has Pewdiepie been at risk of losing his crown against an Indian record label known as T-Series.

    Pewdiepie currently has 85 million subscribers as of the publication of this article.

    T-Series has gained immense popularity throughout 2018. Most notably in July of 2018 when T-Series accumulated 50 million subscribers. At this time, Pewdiepie had roughly 60 million subscribers and counting. Pewdiepie hit 50 million subscribers in December of 2016. For perspective, T-Series had 10 million subscribers at that time. Meaning they accumulated over 40 million subscribers in just two years. That is 40 million people that have clicked on a T-Series’ video and subscribed to them in just two years.

    Since October, Pewdiepie and T-Series have consistently fought against each other for the spot on number one. It’s an entire Indian corporation versus a single man, so of course there isn’t much he could do alone. Had the assistance of Pewdiepie’s fans not come into play, it is likely that Pewdiepie would’ve been dethroned in the same month the battle began.

    With the assistance of various other Youtubers, streamers, as well as just normal people, Pewdiepie has managed to continue his streak as the most subscribed Youtuber into 2019.

    Pewdiepie’s feud with T-Series has carried around worldwide. At the 2019 Superbowl, some of Pewdiepie’s fans can be spotted advertising his channel when the New England Patriots #3 kicker, Stephen Gostkowski missed a field goal, even making it onto ESPN’s official Twitter account.

    Fans have also bought billboards around their states and cities advertising channels. Most notably, fellow Youtuber Mr. Beast or Jimmy Donaldson. Donaldson was also one of the people advertising Pewdiepie at the Superbowl.

    Another one of the major attempts to keep Pewdiepie above water, a hacker known as The Hacker Giraffe hacked into 50,000 printers worldwide advertising Pewdiepie and advocating against T-Series. Many people assume this is more of an attack then anything passive. On the contrary to that, this action has actually improved printer security around the world.

    "People underestimate how easy a malicious hacker could have used a vulnerability like this to cause major havoc… Hackers could’ve stolen files, installed malware, caused physical damage to the printers and even use the printer as a foothold into the inner network… the whole learning, downloading and scripting process took no more than 30 minutes, ” TheHackerGiraffe said in an interview with The Verge. According to TheHackerGiraffe, there were 800,000 open printers he was able to access. He chose to hack only 50,000.

    This feud is a bigger deal than many make it out to be. Youtube has been stuck in a difficult position since 2016. Many Youtubers, Pewdiepie included, have expressed a distrust in the site and believe it’s lost the initial connection to it’s audience that it used to have. Many Youtubers and Youtube viewers feel like one of the few things they still have on the site is the independence. If a corporation becomes the most subscribed Youtuber rather than an independent creator the community believes that the feeling of independence will finally be lost.

    “T-Series is this big conglomerate of just a bunch of music industries and it’s that thing of the industries taking over what used to be a people’s platform and that’s what Pewdiepie represents, an independent Youtuber,” senior Dade Wendt said.

    This feeling of disconnection isn’t exclusive to Youtube either. Many well known websites struggle to maintain a connection with their audience and community in the ever-changing world of the internet. Youtube is owned by Google meaning this disconnect continues into Google itself.

    Nearly all of Youtube has realized this and in turn have come together to help Pewdiepie keep his spot on number one.

    As of this publication, Pewdiepie’s sub gap against T-Series is residing at 51,800 subscribers. Pewdiepie is currently at 85,709,000 subscribers and T-Series at 85,657,000.

Ice fishing proves cold, delightful
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    Either sitting on a boat on a blazing hot day or sitting on the ice on a freezing cold day, fishing is a very common hobby in Flathead High School

   Most students have about four favorite ice fishing lakes they go to. Some of the popular ones include Smith Lake, Flathead Lake, Bitterroot Lake, Lower Stillwater Lake, Echo Lake, or sloughs of the Flathead River. They go for everything from trout, to perch, to the big pike.

    Some of the favorite tackle and bait used are Swedish Pimples, Rapalas, or a simple treble hook with some maggots, or worms, or corn, or smelt.

    Of course the biggest difference between winter fishing and summer fishing in Montana is the cold. Students layer up in lots of cold-weather gear, and sit on a hole they’ve augured out, and sit in the freezing cold for hours on end for the chance to catch a big one.
    Junior Alla Kigilyuk caught the biggest trout of her life while ice fishing on Bitterroot Lake with her dad, brother and sister, freshman Tatyana.

    “I have never caught a big fish before that I actually had to fight,” Kigilyuk said. “But this one, I hooked it and my dad and brother were cheering me on. I fought it for like five minutes. When it came out of the ice hole, it fell right off the hook and almost back into the water. It was so exciting.”

    Freshman Grant Gauthier ventured off to Fort Peck, in eastern Montana, on a hunting trip and did some fishing, as well. He caught a 15-pound pike with his dad. He used a very large spoon lure to catch it.
“I felt really excited for a while, then after I got it, I felt really proud of myself and knowing people are going to see pictures of the fish is a good feeling,” Gauthier said.

    Senior Ross Calhoon has fun catching pike on Smith Lake.

    “Most of the time, I hang out with my family, just having ourselves a good time, then see a tip up go off,” Calhoon said. “So then, I make my merry way over, and I bring ‘em up



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            Flathead students will kick off the 2018 ski season as Whitefish Mountain opens on Thursday Dec 6.  

            Skiers and snowboarders at Flathead have been abuzz all week leading up to the mountains opening weekend.  Only the backside of the mountain will open for the first weekend.

For Senior Yance Hendershott it has become a tradition to go up skiing on opening day.  Hendershott plans to spend the night on the mountain in his truck to get in line for first chair.

“Its basically like a holiday for me so its more important than school,” said Hendershott.

Due to the attendance policy implemented this year many Flathead skiers and snow boarders who have gone up on opening day in the past decide not to. 

Senior Riley Jochim said, “The new policy won’t allow for a day skiing.  This would give me an absence causing my grades to go down.”

Jochim and other students plan on skiing Dec 8, which is the first weekend Whitefish will be open this year.

Seniors Spencer Chirsty and Ryan Thomsen a skier and snowboarder were both excited to get their first turns of the season in opening weekend.  They both expressed concern over the early season snow conditions but were still hopeful for a good day of skiing.

Christy said, “We’ll probably just hop in and out of the trees along the groomers.”

Thomsen added, “I send everything.”

Students Get a Headstart in College
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    17 Flathead High School students are taking advantage of starting college earlier by enrolling in the Running Start program at Flathead Valley Community College this fall.
    Of those 17 students, 16 are seniors while only one junior is enrolled in a college course. And of those 17 students, 13 of them take their college course during first and second period.
    Students who take running start are able to get what it feels like to be a college student taking courses with a variety of ages. Whether the class is taken on the FVCC campus or online, students can get to feel what being fresh into college feels like.
    “I am the youngest in one of my classes this year,” senior Tyler Kluesner said. “It makes me feel a little out of place being in that environment however it doesn’t affect how I learn or do in the class,” he said.
    Kluesner is taking Statistics at the college and Intro to Psychology online. He also took a history class during the summer.
    With a different environment than the high school, running start participants say it’s a really good idea to begin college classes early.
    “They (people who take running start) will get used to the college atmosphere while still living at home, instead of jumping out of their house and going to college cold turkey,” said Jestin Bulik, who has taken Writing 101 on campus and is taking Intro to Psychology online.
    Mr. Michael Sherman, an FHS counselor for the seniors and sophomores, said it is a great opportunity for students to experience what college is like considering the fact that six credits are free of charge.
    Running start coordinators encourage students to beginning taking college classes the earliest they can if their schedule allows them. Reason being is so that students can get a strong grip on what to do or what not to do when they attend college in the near future. It is also a great way to explore the many options that a college has to offer before setting their mind on an actual career.
    Some students said that they simply were excited to attend college in general while others said they were searching for something that might interest them or start their foundation in a career they wished to pursue.
    The option of being able to take a class online or at the FVCC campus had students have different feelings for both.
“The course at the college is a lot easier to keep track of assignments, but the online class is nice because you can save a lot of gas.” Bulik said.
    Samantha Waters agreed adding on that “a major benefit is that I get to do it on my own time whenever I want; I can do it in bed. However my biggest issue is that it’s online so it’s strictly self taught which becomes tricky when you don’t understand.” Waters is taking an online business course this semester and says it’s a great way to get a start on her career on her own time.
    Even though there are pros and cons for taking college online or on campus, students believe it is something to take advantage of if students have the time in their schedule.
    “I plan to be the CEO of a big company, so obviously that would be a lot farther down the road, but I plan to pursue business.” Waters said.
    Students who wished to take get started on college classes first had to complete a small process. Before applying to the college students had to talk to the running start coordinator about which classes they had wanted to take. The next step in the process was to complete a reading and a written task to ensure that the student was capable of reading and writing at the college level. After he or she had passed the test, an application was filled out and sent to the college. Students would then receive a letter saying that they were accepted into the college and were able to take courses there.


Students Find Hunting Success


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    When coming to the point of when you are pulling a trigger or letting go of an arrow, you get an unexplainable feeling. Your body sort of receives an adrenaline rush, and many Flathead High School students got to experience it the 2018 hunting season.

Many students shot more than one type of animal.

“I went hunting with my step dad and one of my friends and I shot

a black bear at 35 yards with my bow and a 6x6 mule deer at 250 yards,” junior Dawson Brosten said.

Junior Andrew Dixon shot a 5x5 bull elk at 360 yards and a 5x5 mule deer at only 50 yards with his dad’s friend.

“The hike for the bull elk was a four-and-half-mile hike back into the Cold Lakes area towards the back country and then the mule deer was half a mile straight up a mountain at about 7,000 feet elevation from our truck,” Dixon said. “I was all set up and the elk came into the

scope, and I sort of got really excited and all the blood runs to your face and you kind of just let go.”

Juniors Jalen Hawes and Cooper Smith ventured together over to the east side of Montana to hunt antelope.

“I shot a 10-inch horn antelope at about 200 yards and a 4x4 deer by myself with a bow and arrow at 40 yards,” Hawes said.

Hawes didn't have to travel far to harvest his mule deer; he shot it behind his house.

Junior Drew Benson shot a 5x5 whitetail buck with a 30-30 Marlin lever action west of town, near Ashley Lake with his dad.                

Sophomore Barrett Gustine-Giles shot a 6x5 mule deer in Fort Benton with his seven millimeter rifle at roughly about 275 yards with his father and grandfather.

“It was a pretty long hike for the day, I shot the deer at about three o’clock and started hiking at about six in the morning. We had gone through a bunch of different coulees and eaten lunch, then we took a nap, and started to go back to the truck and we were almost there and the buck was just laying down in one of the coulees. Before pulling the trigger I was pretty nervous because it was a long shot, and after I shot him I was pretty happy about it,” Gustine-Giles said.

Hunter Baire shot a 2x2 whitetail deer this hunting season.

“I went river bottom hunting in Columbia Falls with my sister and I shot my deer at 350 yards with my 30-06 rifle,” Baire said. 

        He also said he had an adrenaline rush, he said his face turned red when he shot the whitetail buck.

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 student jobs
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    Do you think your life is rough? You’re not the only one. Several Flathead High School students work many hours at various jobs while trying to concentrate on academics during the school year. 

    Working evening hours after a long school day with expectations of finished homework brought to class the next day is stressful and can affect a student’s engagement in class. 

    Seniors like Tiel Nelson, Farley Gendreau, Zane Timlick, Ashlynn Sivumaki, Keaten Willard, Cole Dykhuisen, Samantha Yoakum, Jesica Workman, and juniors McKenna Denney, Amber Walters and Jayden Schuffenhauer all hold down jobs while going to school. And that just names a handful. From businesses like Mackenzie River Pizza Company, City Brew Coffee, and Pizza Hut to Super 8 Motel, Rosauers, and TJ Maxx, high school students can be seen after school hours working. 

    Working and attending school is quite exhausting. “I’m tired,” said Workman. “I go to work and then I go home to sleep so I can get up and go to school the next day,” .

    Workman works five to six hours every night as a cook at Pizza Hut. She doesn’t get off work until 10 p.m. Still, she manages to find time to do her homework.

    For any student who works and attends school, Workman suggests they work on the weekends and find time to have fun as well.  “Don’t stress yourself out,” said Workman 

    Senior Samantha Yoakum agrees. She is positioned as manager, working 35 hours a week at City Brew and manages to do so by organizing time spent on various activities.

    “Don’t take it too seriously; I mean it looks great on future resumes, but don’t stress yourself out,” Yoakum said. “School’s hard enough if you combine the two.”

    Some students even work in the mornings before school. Cole Dykhuisen is rare in that he actually owns two businesses: a snow-plowing business and a stump-grinding operation. Whenever there is a winter storm hitting the Flathead in the middle of the night, rest assured, Dykhuisen will be up as early as 4 a.m. plowing driveways.

    Keeping your school, work, and personal life balanced is important. If you listen to what your classmates advise, you will find yourself less stressed and enjoy life at the moment.

Students take 2 Spirit buses to State Championship, Suffer through breakdown 

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    Students were disappointed by the late arrival of bus to the AA State Boys Varsity Football game in Billings, on November 16th. The bus left Flathead at 9:00 am for their 8 hour bus ride, or so they thought. Shortly after arriving in Butte, the bus broke down, and the students had to wait for another hour for different bus to take them the rest of the way. The weather grew increasingly worse, causing the bus to drive slower, ultimately setting back their arrival time. It took an unexpected, nearly 12 hour ride to get to Billings.  Unfortunately students on this bus were only able to make it for the last 6 minutes of the 4th quarter.

    “The worst part wasn’t even breaking down, it was just the whole ride in general. Sitting on a cramped cold bus for 12 hours was absolutely horrible. For me personally I was super disappointed because it's not very often that we make it to a state final and so for it to happen my senior year and for me getting a chance to go watch it was really exciting, but then to get there only get to watch the last 6 minutes where no scoring even happened it and then we ended up losing on top of that it was almost heartbreaking,” said senior Max Warnell.

    Students agreed that their support of cheering the team on, could have helped changed the outcome of the game.

    “I was very sad when we only got to watch the last 6 minutes of the game because I feel like if everyone had gotten there on time flathead would’ve had a better chance of winning because we could’ve been cheering them on & traveling that far just to watch 6 minutes was very upsetting,” said sophomore Addi Wisher.

    “When the bus broke down everyone was really worried because we were only supposed to wait a half an hour, and ended up waiting nearly 3 hours in the freezing cold,” Meg Miller.

    “I didn’t actually realize the bus broke down because the chaperones didn’t disclose any information at all, the bus driver finally announced like 30 min later that we were having transmission problems, people were becoming anxious that we were going to miss the game,” Maddi Mercord.


Block Schedules Abolished
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    FHS’ student body has appreciated block schedules for three years. News came out during the first early out of the year that these block schedules were being abolished. Due to this students have had to adjust to the new schedule. Opinions are generally varied.

            The block schedules were an alternative to normal early-outs. The difference between the block schedules and early-outs was that, at the cost of a second day, class periods would be longer than a normal class period whereas an early-out is the polar opposite.

           The reason block schedules were pitched was due to the classes current time being far too short to get anything done. The removal of block schedules was likely caused due to the opposite problem, the classes were too long.

            A majority of interviewed students don’t like the removal of the policy but remain primarily neutral towards it. Most agreeing that it was more enjoyable than the normal early outs, like senior Gabriel Shields who said, “In the classes, you have more time,” he also added “and the lunches are nice.”

            Lunches during block schedules were one of the more controversial topics it contained. Gabriel responded to the criticisms “It’s really just the choices you make that lunch.” Sophomore Kaj Haagerup also enjoyed block schedules and was disappointed to see them go. “I like it because I have time to get where I need to go. I like to go out and get a burger. It’s a lot harder to do that with the shorter days.”

Time to Gobble Up!

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Thanksgiving break is upon us. On Nov 21, School is not in session and Turkey week officially begins. Traditions are taking place as well as laziness.
“I’m going to be eating a ton of food so I can regret it after,” said sophomore Danika Sanchez. “Then, I’m taking a fat nap.”
Thanksgiving is a time for loved ones whether its family, spouse, or significant other.
“For the holiday, I’m spending time with my boyfriend, Trevor Brown, and his family,” said senior Allie Landowski “After that I’m spending time with my family.”

Food feasts are in order, which also means excitement for tons and tons of food and regrets later on.
“My parents always make ham and turkey.” Said senior Olivia Purvis. “ Every year we have green been casserole, stuffing, mashed potatoes with both white and brown gravy, my grandmas special rolls, corn on the cob, green salad, fruit and potato salad, pumpkin and pecan pie, ice cream, and sparkling cider.”

Since holidays are a time for family that typically calls for embarrassing moments.
“I’m going to be hanging out with my family and cooking some tasty food.” Said senior Jake Newell. “Not only that but we’re also going to be singing Karaoke, which I’m thrilled for.”
Parades are also a town-loved activity and are often early morning delights for some families.
“Every morning me and my whole family wake up in time for the Thanksgiving parade.” Said Senior Autumn Murray. “Our tradition is having cinnamon rolls for breakfast.”

First snow falls, students feel the chill
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    Most students were thoroughly excited to see the first snow of the season on Nov. 6, as it snowed two to three inches in the valley.
The first snow presents a stark difference in driving conditions. Drivers who are not prepared for this sudden change are likely to get in minor fender benders or worse.
    “I was driving up a hill and there was no snow anywhere.” junior Tanner Russell said. “I was turning a corner and there was about a ten yard patch of black ice. I just kind of slid off of the road and hit a tree.” Although snow may not be present, ice can still be a danger to divers.
    “I can't drive now because the car is totaled. so now i have to drive with my parents to school.”
For snowboarders and skiers, a long-awaited season has finally arrived.
    “I am very happy that the snow has come,” senior Yance Hendershott said. “It's a little late already so I'm pretty stoked. I’m glad that the mountain is getting some snow finally because I’m ready for some shredding.”
    Hendershott hiked to the summit of Whitefish Mountain Resort before the lifts were open in order to get in some early season skiing.
    “Snow definitely makes me happier actually,” Hendershott said. “It affects my mood in a weird way. I definitely get a lot more done when I’m happy about the weather.”

30 Pints of Blood Donated


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            Thirty students of Flathead High school donated a pint of blood to the Red Cross Blood Drive on Thursday, Oct. 6, in the Social Studies Resource Center.

               With 30 students donating a pint apiece, the total of 30 pints was the most from an FHS blood drive compared to previous years. The collection from last year’s fall blood drive had to be thrown away because of the infestation of bugs in the old gym. According to the 2016 newspaper of the Flathead Arrow, there was 24 pints of blood collected. All together it made this year's blood drive a success.

            “There was a steady flow of people who would come in and donate their blood, but by the time they were going to start finishing the blood drive, a whole bunch of people came in and some were rejected,” senior student council president Riley Jochim said.  

            There were a variety of goals for students who donated in the blood drive. For some students, it was the acknowledgement of saving a life by donating their blood. For others, skipping a class in the day was enough inspiration. And for some, to be able to have free food at the end of the draw was enough to get them to donate.

“I’m always pumped to give blood; I love it,” senior Hannah Mriss, who has donated blood every time, said.  

Junior Collin Dallen said that he thinks he will donate more of his blood in the future. Also, he liked the fact that they gave people free food. 

Heritage Day Proves Positive


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Heritage day was hosted at the Agriculture Center, lasting all day. Many Flathead students helped make the day fun and enjoyable for the kids on Friday Oct.12.

“There were 1,000 kids this year, I was in charge of it last year, there were also about 1,000 kids last year too,” senior Cole Dykhuisen said.

“The kids definitely enjoy it, I could see smiles on the faces, we always get a 'thank you' back from the kids.”

Dykhuisen said the the Ag program hosts the heritage days because it stands from tradition and they have been doing it forever.

“We want to keep it up because the teachers like it the kids like it, and it’s a fun day for both the high schoolers and the first and second graders,” he said.

Cole said the kids favorite thing to do is the tractor ride and the hay maze.

            Junior Elizabeth Dull was at the Ag center all day on Friday in charge of the shoots, she put tags on the little kids ears, gave them stamps for their brands, she also had a full class of second graders get in a scale and weighed their whole class.

“My favorite part of the day was seeing the kids reactions to the process of putting the tags on their ears, because they thought it would hurt”

“The kids really enjoy the day, their favorite part of the day is the petting zoo, it’s fun watching them pet the animals, it’s a fun day for everyone.”

Throughout the day the kids and the students had a fun-filled day.

Students are Working Hard


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    Do you think your life is rough? You’re not the only one.

Several Flathead High School students work many hours at various jobs while trying to concentrate on academics during the school year.

Working evening hours after a long school day with expectations of finished homework brought to class the next day is stressful and can affect a student’s engagement in class.

Seniors like Tiel Nelson, Farley Gendreau, Zane Timlick, Ashlynn Sivumaki, Keaten Willard, Cole Dykhuisen, Samantha Yoakum, Jesica Workman, and juniors McKenna Denney, Amber Walters and Jayden Schuffenhauer all hold down jobs while going to school. And that just names a handful. From businesses like Mackenzie River Pizza Company, City Brew Coffee, and Pizza Hut to Super 8 Motel, Rosauers, and TJ Maxx, high school students can be after school hours working.

Working and attending school is quite exhausting.

“I’m tired,” senior Jesica Workman said. “I go to work and then I go home to sleep so I can get up and go to school the next day,” she said.

            Workman works five to six hours every night as a cook at Pizza Hut. She doesn’t get off work until 10 p.m. Still, she manages to find time to do her homework.

For any student who works and attends school, Workman suggests they work on the weekends and find time to have fun as well.

“Don’t stress yourself out,” she said.

            Senior Samantha Yoakum agrees. She is positioned as manager, working 35 hours a week at City Brew and manages to do so by organizing time spent on various activities.

“Don’t take it too seriously; I mean it looks great on future resumes, but don’t stress yourself out,” Yoakum said. “School’s hard enough if you combine the two.”

Some students even work in the mornings before school. Cole Dykhuisen is rare in that he actually owns two businesses: a snow-plowing business and a stump-grinding operation. Whenever there is a winter storm hitting the Flathead in the middle of the night, rest assured, Dykhuisen will be up as early as 4 a.m. plowing driveways.

Keeping your school, work, and personal life balanced is important. If you listen to what your classmates advise, you will find yourself less stressed and enjoy work and school.

Flathead’s New Attendance Policy has Students Split
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            A new attendance policy took Flathead High School students by storm to start the academic year.

Simply put, attendance is now worth 10 percent of a student’s semester grade. After five absences in a class, the grade begins dropping by two percent for every absence after that, up until a cap of 10 percent total.

One incentive for students with less than three absences includes being excused from the semester final. Another incentive involves eligibility to go to school dances. In that regard, the FHS Student-Parent Handbook reads “students must have 80 percent or better attendance in the two weeks prior to a school dance to be eligible to attend.”

As expected, students have had mixed opinions about it.

“I think it’s a good thing because, like last year, nobody came to school ever,” senior Aaris Hill said. “I’d have some people in my class that would be there like once a week.”

The incentive comes off as more of a double-edged sword in the eyes of many students. One of the arguments against the policy claims students who could be extremely sick would still come to school in fear of either losing their incentive or losing a percentage of their grades. Nearly all students interviewed agreed that the possibility of an outbreak is just that, a possibility.

“I, personally, would still come to school if I was sick just because I don’t want to miss days,” junior John Shelton said. “That might be a problem.”

Others agreed.

            “I am sick right now and am probably spreading whatever I have to other students,” sophomore Griffin Cox said. “But I have to take a planned trip and will miss two days of school, so I can’t miss any more days.”

Whether students like or dislike the new policy, one thing is evident during the first couple months of school: The policy is working.

“The average attendance last year week per week was around 88 percent,” senior student council member Riley Jochim said. “Now it is, for the first 5 weeks of school, up to 95 percent. That’s a 7 percent difference and that accounts for a lot of kids coming to school.”

One of the issues at stake at FHS was that 60 percent of freshmen last year earned at least one F on their report cards.

“People were always skipping class last year,” sophomore Ethan Vandenbosch said. “I thought it (the attendance policy) was kind of stupid and I really hated it, but I realized it actually helps my grades. It helps me push myself and get up and go to school.”

Still, others disagree with the policy because of doctor and dentist appointments.

“It’s really inflexible,” sophomore Charlie Hinchey said. “Even if you had something like a dentist appointment, you could still have to take the final because of the appointment.”

Hinchey also expressed frustration as a hockey player. Sports like hockey and baseball are not school-sanctioned sports, so some students were under the impression that their non-school-related activity would hurt their grades. But that is not the case. Community activities like hockey and baseball count as community sponsored absences (as long as you get your absences approved by administration before the events), which do not count against students’ attendance.

An observation from School Counselor Mr. Michael Sherman gave further insight on the limitations of the policy and the general emotional feedback students told him.

“A lot of students are worried about their grade because they’ll suffer the 10% penalty if they miss the 10 absences,” Sherman said. However, he does agree that it is beneficial to students and the school in the long run.