Five News Stories About Various Events Happening at North and in the Community

Five News Stories About Various Events Happening at North and in the Community
KOE Picnic

The KOE Picnic is on May 2, which is a day dedicated to celebrating students who have made great accomplishments throughout the school year. The picnic is held once every school year, so students can have a couple of hours to have fun.

“[We created this event] to motivate students to [work hard], so they could get invited to this celebration,” KOE Sponsor Kristen Johnson said.

Students could get invited for academic achievements like having a 3.0 GPA or above, they could also get invited for earning Student of the Week or getting recognized at the Knights of the Round Table ceremony. These accomplishments could get one invited but it is a requirement that one must have at least 90 percent attendance.

The picnic will be held in the big gym, where there will be inflatables and food. The time of the picnic will be freshman and sophomores in the morning and juniors and seniors in the afternoon.

“We’re really ahead of the game [on planning] and will continue to when on schedule,” Johnson said.

Senior Tyler Wellman practices during an esports meeting.
Esports Prepare for Playoffs

League of Legends is a multiplayer battle game that FHN has offered as a game to play in esports since the beginning of the club in 2018. Each spring, the team plays in the Monday games and Tuesday practices and playoffs will be in late April.

“We have a really good mix of people,” esports sponsor Brett Bevill said. “We’ve actually had really one of our best years I can remember. A lot of good kids and a lot of talent. So, I’m excited about League of Legends [and to] see what they can do.”

Due to a lack of players, they almost didn’t have a team playing this spring. One of the members that joined last-minute was senior McKenzie Bland, a general player who’s usually playing support.

“We get to hone our skills as we’re playing the other team and just have fun,” Bland said. “I’m just gonna keep up that energy and see how it goes.”

Senior Tyler Wellman practices during an esports meeting. (Credit to Thomas Jones)
Mock Trial Attends Regionals
Freshman Regan Griffin rehearses with senior Hailey Zhang during mock trial practice in preperation for state. (Credit to Jasmin Dong)

On March 5 and 7, members of the FHN Mock Trial went to a regional competition at the St Louis County Circuit Court, where they faced off against other schools as they argued a fictional court case.

“We’ve been practicing twice a week and calling outside of school to get everything ready,” junior Sophia Arnold said.

To prepare for this event, the members of Mock Trial had been meeting multiple times a week to practice both the prosecution and defense in a thrilling trial involving self- driving semi trucks and an arsonist hitchhiker.

“The entire state gets one court case and I think everyone who is going is prepared,” freshman Bella Ingrassia said.

Last year, the Mock Trial team won the state competition where they beat runner-up Clayton High School in the final round, and FHN is hoping for back-to-back wins at state. Senior Natasha Haverly has been on Mock Trial for three years.

“I think we are going to do really well, we’ve done well in the past and everyone knows their parts,” Haverly said.

The Mock Trial team is confident that they will do very well because of the hard work they’ve been putting in to prepare for the event.

“I think we all have good work put in and are all prepared for the trials,” Arnold said.

New FHN Gym Offers Better Gym for Students
Track team runs the new track during tryouts as the new field is being used for the first time. (Credit to Alexis Rowland)

With the construction of the new building, the athletics department will be receiving new facilities to better help various sports at FHN.

“There’s going to be more space, newer space, it’s going to be an exciting time for the PE department in the athletic department,” PE teacher Derrick Edwards said.

One new feature of the new gym is the size. The new gym and the new weight room at the building will be about twice as big as the current ones. Also, the weight room will receive all new equipment. The new gym will have a mezzanine on the top floor while also having a drop-down divider so that more activities can be going on at the same time. Another new addition is that the wrestling room will be its own room and not have to share the space, likewise the batting cages won’t be in the new wrestling room.

“I think it adds a little bit more vigor to the kids, something that’s new is exciting, the equipment is going to be brand new. So, Ithink it also is going to greatly improve the culture, the pride, just the overall mental aspects,” Edwards said.

FBLA advisor Micheal Freedline meets with the club in preparation for state on Feb. 26.
FBLA Prepares for State

FBLA has been preparing to go to state on April 14 – 16 and will be held in Springfield, followed by Internationals in Orlando from June 29 to July 2. As they prepare, there are many categories that they can place in. Students can choose two events among the 25 events that are qualified. So far, 24 students have qualified for state.

“It gives them an opportunity to meet other people who think the same way and have the same goals,” senior and FBLA president Riya Siddabattula said.

In preparation for the different events, many are in different places, with some practicing through tests. Others are preparing videos and written projects that will need to be presented. The events can vary such as computer science, public relations, accounting and other concepts that can fit different students.

“There’s a lot [of students] that explore but also if you’re awesome at computer science they’re usually the ones that take that event,” FBLA sponsor Abigail Davis said. “They usually stick to what they’re comfortable with but then they have a chance to do another event.”

FBLA has seen increasing growth in members in the club as they. This is partially due to the increase in club events they have done, including their ‘Friendsgiving’ event.

“Working with DECA together has increased people  knowing who we are because we have larger numbers for both this year,” Davis said.

FBLA advisor Micheal Freedline meets with the club in preparation for state on Feb. 26. (Credit to Chris Brandt)
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