Written by Siarra Kubesh
PITTSBURG, PA - “It's like getting the trip of a lifetime. And for me it's like getting it 3 times in a row,” says Katelyn after returning from the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Katelyn France went to ISEF for her project on the use of a Quick Response (QR) code medical bracelet with a connected bluetooth carrying case. While at ISEF, Katelyn won the Thermo Fisher 4i Values Award: Integrity, Intensity, Innovation & Involvement. The 4i’s award is an award that is given for involvement, innovation, integrity and intensity.
Australia Stickpng Png - Transparent Wave Upon receiving this award, Katelyn was ecstatic. “I was screaming,” she explained. “I ran on stage with a smile that hurt my face. I had worked so hard for so many years, and it was the culmination of all of these things to be on that stage. It is single-handedly the proudest moment of my life.”
Katelyn has been competing in science fairs for 4 years, three years with her QR code project and one year doing her freshman project on laundry detergent. Katelyn wants to resume her project as a college student at the University of Minnesota Duluth, and hopefully one day go to Shark Tank and talk to the entrepreneurs about her QR bracelets.
“I think since she’s been doing it so long now that she is really good,” said Mr. Boxrud during his interview. Mr. Boxrud is very proud of Katelyn for all her accomplishments during her time in the science fair and science fair competitions. Later in the interview Boxrud said enthusiastically “so she’s done very well and had a lot of success doing a lot of different things so far, it was a big goal to get on stage to win something because it’s unbelievable the level of difficulty.”
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The 2018 girls varsity softball team finished the regular season last Thursday with a win over McGregor in extra innings a regular season record of 6-6. With this momentum, the girls headed into Monday, May 21st, ready to take on the East Central Eagles.
Australia Stickpng Png - Transparent Wave The Lady Jags were seeded number three in their section while the Eagles stood at a lower seed. Regardless of the fact, they took the field ready play, scoring 5 runs in the first inning to which the Eagles responded with 2 of their own. The Lady Jags proved to be too much when they started swinging and hit in 5 more runs making the score 10-2. The Eagles fought back, but to which the Jags allowed merely 2 runs. With fourth inning underway and the Jaguars up by 8 runs, both teams knew the game was far from over. Not long into the 4th, the Eagles were desperate to get back into the game. They scored 3 more runs to which the Jaguars countered with an adequate 7. The game came to a close in the fifth inning with the Jaguars walking away with a win 17-7 over the East Central Eagles. This, however, was only the beginning of their playoff run.
Next stop: Isle. The very next day, the Lady Jags loaded the bus and headed up to Isle for the second round of playoffs. Although ranked number 3, whilst Isle was ranked number 2, the Jaguars’ efforts were not impede upon. The game soon began as a battle between the two pitchers. By the third inning each team had only allowed one run. Then, by the fifth inning, the Jaguars had scored no runs but allowed 3 more, making the score 1-4. The Jags were unable to answer. It was the bottom of 7th inning, when the Jags decided it was time to take the gameback. The Jaguars went up 5-4, to which the Huskies responded with a run of their own. They went into extra innings. The 8th inning was scoreless, however, the 9th inning made up for the lack of action. To shorten things up, the Jaguars scored a run and not long after, Jezzalyn hit a two run homerun over the center field fence to turn the score 8-5 in favor the Lady Jags. The huskies did their best to return the favor but were held to one run in the 9th, resulting the Jaguars’ second playoff win and further advancement. They would play the next Thursday in Mora versus McGregor, whom they had beaten in the regular season in extra innings.
The varsity team came out strong in their battle for the sub-section championship on the 90 degree afternoon. Throughout the game, they allowed the McGregor Merks two earned runs out of the total four runs that were scored. The Jaguars came into the 7th inning, the score 1-4, down by three runs. They were batting well and were able to sneak two runs past the Merks’ defense but with a pop fly to the infield on two outs and a catch by the opposing defense, the Jaguars fell to the Merks, 3-4.
Their playoff run was not ended however. Their chance at subsection runner up was still present and all they had to do was a beat the number one seed, the Braham Bombers, a team to whom they had lost to earlier in the season 4-14. The varsity girls team left their past game behind them and came out ready to play. The game remained tied 1-1 up until the fourth inning when the Jags started hitting off of the Bombers’ pitcher. They scored six runs in the top of the fourth and kept on pushing, scoring a couple runs here and there. After solid defense and good at bats, the Jaguars kept their season alive, winning 11-6. With this win, they also received a plaque and the title of subsection runner-up.
The Jaguars will play in Brainerd next Tuesday, May 29th, at 3:00 against Pine River-Backus. This is the furthest the lady jaguar softball team has been in playoffs since 2001, over 15 years ago. Congratulations to the ladies on their hard work and determination throughout the season and good luck!
By Abby Painovich
Throughout the past couple weeks, tenth grade has been working on a project in their english classes. The project instructions were to “identify an injustice you feel strongly about in our school, community, and possibly even state, country or world,” according to teacher, Mrs. Anderson. They were then instructed to research their protests and take action through the many options that were provided within their assignment.
Being that there were many different groups working on these projects, the content and presentation types were varied very generously. However, if there is one thing that could be said about all projects, it would be that they all had a powerful message behind them. Each project brought something different to the table. A few examples of the different projects included bring back the pack, a protest against world hunger, texting and driving and numerous were done on the inequality between different groups of people. They were also presented in many different ways. Isaiah Brindamour created a children’s book that demonstrated the importance of seeing things from all points of view and that hate doesn’t fix hate. Jaedyn Brigan and Avery Degerstrom created a Go Fund Me page to which people can donate money to fight the global issue of starvation. Josey Olson presented a research presentation on the monk that used self-immolation to protest against the government in India at the time. Lastly, Gary McFarland took a historic approach and told the class about the different ways and reasons the Berlin Wall was protested by many. All of these groups brought something unique and compelling to the assignment and overall, it was very well done.
Awards were also given to the groups who exemplified the most persuasive protest, best protest, and most creative protest. In Mrs. Anderson’s 2nd hour class, Hannah Davis won most persuasive with her objection to dress codes, Ana Eng and Brooke Dutcher won best overall protest for protesting school lunches, and Jenna Bina won most creative project with her presentation and short story on “the dangers of the deep dark web.” In the 3rd hour class Ricky Skaff won most persuasive protest with his discussion on 2nd Amendment Rights, Haylee Grice and Allyce Mulder won Best Protest with the backpacks protest, and Edward Roubinek won most creative by arguing that students have the right to have food in schools. Lastly, in the 5th hour class, Brooke Dronen, Cori Neff and Kirstyn Kaiserlik won most persuasive by protesting distracted driving, Avery Degerstrom and Jaedyn Brigan won best protest by challenging the world’s hunger problem and Tristan Mayer won most creative with his presentation on racism. Congratulations to all groups on exceptional projects.
By Abby Painovich
Two weeks ago, 10th grade biology students, Jacob Barstad, Brock Bjerke, Josey Olson, Isaiah Brindamour, Allyce Mulder, and Haylee Grice, initiated an earth day project that was supervised by their teacher, Mr. Boxrud. Due to the prolonged winter, the students’ project was delayed but now with the more frequent blue skies and balmy days, they were finally able to carry out their project.
The students met on a Saturday afternoon at the high school. Here they went to work on the gardens outside the Fine Art Center and Pool Doors. Their goal was to restore these gardens from the seemingly endless winter and turn them into something that resembles the Longwood Gardens. They first had to dig up all of the plants that were good enough to save to replant and weed out the rest of the garden. Then they needed to take out the old tattered tarp that was used to prevent the growth of weeds and put in a new one. From here, they replanted the plants that they were able to preserve as well as many new ones in new mulch they had laid down.
These students were required by Mr. Boxrud to carry out an Earth Day project but it is needless to say that they went above and beyond the call of duty. Their motivations behind this project was not only to receive an A on the project, but also to improve the earth’s well-being and to give back to it as well as their community. When passing the high school, community members are now able to gaze at the bright greens and other colors that make up the garden, reminding them that summer is almost upon us. The students are very proud of the work they have done and hope to encourage other to partake in similar acts.
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By Siarra Kubesh
There’s a new club at Hinckley Finlayson High, GSA. GSA stands for the Gay Straight Alliance, it was modeled after different clubs around the nation. What GSA is trying to accomplish is having a supportive environment where gay, straight, bisexual, and non-conforming students can gather, share social time, discuss difficulties they’re facing in our school community related to those topics, and support one another and problem solve for solutions if needed. GSA is striving for a difference in our community, and they hope to do just that. GSA is led by Mrs. Yoder, they meet after school on Thursday (most Thursdays) until 4pm in room 206. If you want to contact Mrs. Yoder about the club you can stop by her classroom or email her. So far, GSA has scheduled a bake sale at Daggett's pavilion from 3:30 to 5:30, today on Friday, May 18. The profits that GSA gets at the bake sale will help pay for a speaker to come and talk to the student body about gay and transgender perspectives.
Written by Anderson Prater
Australia Stickpng Png - Transparent Wave Friday May fourth some students from Hinckley Finlayson attended the East Central art show. Eleven students from Hinckley entered and three of them came home with ribbons. Then on May 16th Hinckley Finlayson students made an appearance at the Great River Conference art show at Pine City High School. Students from Hinckley swept the digital art category taking home 1st 2nd 3rd place and honorable mention.
Australia Stickpng Png - Transparent Wave Sam Bostrom received a very exciting award at the East Central art show, The “People's Choice” award which is decided on by the people who enter in the art show as well as those in attendance. This was particularly exciting, Mr. Richter explained, because, “People's Choice awards tend to favor the home school, it’s is where most of the attendees are from.” Besides the people's choice award, Sam also received 3rd place in color drawing, 2nd place in black and white drawing and 2nd place in acrylic painting. She followed up this impressive performance at the East Central art show with a second place finish in black and white drawing at the GRC art show. Sam was not the only artist to take home awards, Nikita Medved received a first place in digital art at the GRC art show as well as a 1st place in water color painting and 3rd place in graphic design at east central.
To add on the already long list of awards, Haley Risley took home 3rd place in acrylic painting at East Central. Brittney Deglman received both the 2nd and 3rd place at the GRC art show for digital drawing. Congrats to all of the students who entered works into the art show, Mr. Richter gave a special thanks to them saying, “I was impressed with all of the kids who participated because most of their art was made independently, not in art class I mean. They really stepped up their game outside of class, it was nice to see that kids had that interest in art”
By Abby Painovich
On Wednesday, May 9th, the HFHS journalism students took a trip up to Duluth, the city of hills, beautiful scenery and new events popping up on every street corner. What better place to learn about the values of news? The students were chaperoned by Alyssa Prater, ELC Teacher, on their adventure through the eventful city.
Their first stop was made at the Duluth News Tribune. Here they met with the Executive Editor, Rick Lubber, who gave them a tour of the office building. The building walls were lined with newspaper and stories of many years past, showcasing the extensive history of the organization. The students were very intrigued with the different uses of technology that was implemented throughout the complex. Their favorite, however, was a computer monitor mounted on the wall, displaying the live statistics of which articles on their website were the most popular, how long the viewer spent on each article and what device they were viewing the news on. They were then led to a meeting room where the participated in a Q and A with Lubber. Here they learned many things such as the process of how news is published, how the news team goes into the field to acquired newsworthy information and what the average day looks like at the Duluth News Tribune. After this, they were led back out through the history that was framed on the walls and proceeded to their next destination.
Their next stop was to the WDIO Television Station. They were greeted by their tour guide Erin, who led them to the offices of the building. Just as they arrived, they were able to meet Renee Passal, News Anchor/Reporter. She shared some tips with the students but had to cut their visit short as she and her photographer were on their way to cover a news story in Downtown Duluth. They were then brought to the room where the raw footage is turned into the videos we see on TV and also learned of the process and work that goes into preparing these videos for the public. Next, they met with the Broadcast Technician, who told that he was in charge of making sure the times that both the news and commercials are aired at their respected times. However, the most exciting part of the tour was yet to come. Their last stop was made in the control room. The room where all the controls were located that changed the appearances of what is broadcasted on live television. Then, they were brought to the actual room where the live news was recorded. In this room, the students were able to interact with the green screen used for weather. Here they were also fortunate enough to meet with a member of the Storm Team, Taylor Dayton. He explained to them what his job was and how he acquired this position. The tour then came to a close and was wrapped up with many pictures taken in the places where the live anchors would sit.
Overall, this field trip to Duluth was very a great experience for the students as they learned very much and were able to get a better understanding of how news works on a larger scale. When asked what his favorite part of the trip was, Anders Prater, journalism student, told us he enjoyed meeting with Rick Lubber because “it was really to cool get to ask questions to someone who has been in journalism for so long because he knew about a lot of different aspects of journalism and was really informative.” If you are interesting in journalism next school year, talk to Mrs. Anderson or Ms. Mykkanen before the end of the school year.
Killeen Prater, Student Reporter
ONAMIA HIGH SCHOOL- On Thursday, April 19 the Concert band went to the Instrumental Solo & Ensemble Contest at Onamia High School. The following students from Hinckley-Finlayson participated in contest: Adam Borash, Sam Borash, Holly Sybrant, Hunter Kelash, Annika Maser, Dylan Johnson, Courtney Hart, Cortney Scarbrough, Jana Leger, and Hannah Balut. Other contest participants were from Onamia, Rush City, Ogilvie, and Braham. In this competitions the students were judges and scored based on their performances.. Every student that performed was given a high or high-serperior rating.
Ms. Bengston (the band director) said, “The student's performances at contest went very well!”
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Some of the highlights throughout the day were two of our students, Adam Borash and Annika Maser, received "Best in Site" awards for their solos, which means they had the best performance each of their judges heard that day. This gives them an automatic high- serperior rating.
Kenidy Cessna, Student Reporter
ONAMIA, MN- Hinckley Finlayson High School students traveled to Onamia to compete in a Vocal Solo & Ensemble Contest on April 20. The amazing group was lead by experienced teacher and singer, Elizabeth Sikkink. She has participated in competitions, choirs and operas after her high school career. Maybe you’ve heard of a few: The Magic Flute, A Noward Coward Compilation or Didos and Aeneas? “I teach Choir because music lured me into the profession. I love leading students to become great singers. I believe that everyone can sing, they can just lack confidence if they don't believe they can. I strive to give students the confidence to sing in a group and individually.” said Ms. Sikkink.
This year there is roughly 34 students that participate in choir. The contest is split into two groups one containing soloists and on a group of one or more performing together. Choir contests are held throughout the school year. From the last competition these are the stats.
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Excellent Ratings (28-34)
-Women's Ensemble - 34 out of 40 sang "Beneath the African Sky"
-Mixed Ensemble - 30 out of 40 sang "Jubilate Deo"
-Cece Carrales - 33 out of 40 sang "'Cross the Wide Missouri"
Superior Ratings (35-40)
-Cortney Scarbrough - 36 out of 40 sang "Homeward Bound"
-Mark Lucht - 36 out of 40 sang "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot"
-Aryanna Puetz & Kaden Stensrud - 36 out of 40 sang "Shenandoah"
-Kaden Stensrud - 38 out of 40 sang "The Turtle Dove"
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Congratulations to Hinckley-Finlayson FFA Members! HFHS FFA put in a ton of effort and hard work this school year to be able to participate in the Minnesota FFA State Convention held at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities on April 22 to 24. The HFHS FFA Chapter had five members participate at state with Hallie Rootkie competing in Livestock Evaluation and Ellen Harth competing in Dairy Handling. The other members took part in workshops, sessions, and other fun and educational activities. They all celebrated a fantastic year of FFA along with over 3,000 other Minnesota FFA members and National Officers from Ohio, Illinois, Montana, Arizona, and Oregon.
If you would like to watch the sessions they took part in you can watch them at the following website: https://www.youtube.com/user/minnesotaffa
Below is picture of the FFA group from HFHS (Beth Ivey, Ann Holmes, Miss Klar, Cory Nelson, and Ellen Harth) during convention.
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Our last event of the year is a banquet to recognize our members. The banquet will be on May 23, 2018 at 6 PM in the HFHS cafeteria. If you wish to attend, the meal will be $10 and you can contact Ellen Harth or Katie Klar before Thursday, May 10th.