News Briefs: Oct. 2014

By Kyleigh Kristensen

NHS Raises Money for Diabetes

NHS is selling paper hands which students can purchase for a dollar. These hands are being sold to raise money for the American Diabetes Association. Senior NHS sponsor Angie Mason has a personal connection to this cause since her son was diagnosed this year.

“My son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes back in March,” Mason said. “We have always helped out the American Diabetes Association with their walk, and then because of my contact there, she asked if we could sell hands for them.”

The NHS members choosing to sell the hands receive points for the hands they sell, but Mason believes that some of the students have a deeper motivation than just getting their points.

“For those that have been touched by diabetes, whether through themselves or family or a friend, it means more to them,” Mason said. “It’s a disease that has no cure.”

Norm the Knight Update

Last year, an online poll was taken in which students voted for a new mascot uniform for Norm The Knight.

“We found out it’s more expensive than we anticipated, so we’re looking into alternatives,” Activities Director Mike Janes said. “We’d have to raise the money. We’re looking into raising the money through StuCo and donations from the senior and junior class.”

FHNis weighing its options to see if they could be more prudent with this amount of money or if they should spend the money on the mascot.

“We’re still trying to decide if it warrants the cost,” Administrative Assistant Arlene Kearns said. “We’d like to do something because of how heavy the knight head is. We could buy five Halloween knight costumes and save a huge amount of money.”

Changing Math

Mu Alpha Theta is FHN’s math honor society. The GPA requirement to join the organization is a 3.0 in math classes Algebra II or higher. Members can also earn an honors cord to wear at graduation by maintaining a 3.5 or higher GPA in these classes. Sponsor Pamela Stratton also added an age restriction that only allows seniors to join.

“In order to be a member, you have to have above average grades in college prep math,” Stratton said. “If someone meets the requirements then they should definitely join.”

SCCC College Fair

On Oct. 16, SCC will be holding its 24th Annual St. Charles College Fair. The fair will be held from 6-7:30 p.m.

“Really anyone can go, but it’s mainly aimed towards upperclassmen,” FHN Guidance Counselor Jennifer Schwarz said. “Juniors and some seniors, I’m sure, would find it really helpful because figuring out what’s available can be a bit confusing. College fairs are there to help you figure out where you want to go and to show you what opportunities are out there all in one location.”

Senior Apparel

Senior delegates are working to finish new apparel ideas such as bro tanks, sweatpants, and assembly T-shirts. The goal is to create something that the students will enjoy wearing and keeping over the years after they graduate.

“I’m really excited for everyone to see our hard work,” Senior Delegate Emma Cleveland said. “I think these are the best ideas we’ve had and I think they’re going to be really popular with the class. People can expect to be able to buy them right after Fall Break during lunch.”