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Dance Team Invitational

In Campus Life on November 7, 2011 at 8:16 pm

By: Kristen Hegel

            For the second year in a row, the Fort Mill High School Dance Team hosted its dance invitational. Schools from surrounding areas flocked toFortMillfor the competition.

            In the senior jazz division, Wren High School got first place and South Brunswick received second place. In senior hip-hip, Marlboro High School took first and Ardrey Kell took second. For senior pom, Marvin Ridge won first. In the junior jazz division, Cuthberston Middle School placed first. In junior pom, Gold Hill Middle won first and Springfield Middle won second.

            “The invitational is a chance for local schools to come and compete without having to travel so far,” Fort Mill High’s Dance Team Coach Elizabeth Dukes said. “It is a great chance for the public to see what dance teams are all about and enjoy a high energy afternoon of dance.”

            The teams competed by performing different dance routines, such as pom, hip-hop and jazz. Although the Fort Mill Dance Team didn’t compete, they performed one jazz and one pom routine.  

            The proceeds from the event will help fund the dance team’s trip toSevierville,TNto compete in the UDA Smoky Mountain Christmas Classic in December. The dance team will be holding another fundraiser on Saturday, December 10, to help raise more money for the trip. From 9-11 a.m., in the Fort Mill High annex building, the team will be hosting Breakfast with Santa.

            “This is our 4th year hosting the event and it is so much fun. We have breakfast, games, crafts, story time and pictures with Santa,” Dukes said. “In addition, there are vendors set up so guests can do some last minute Christmas shopping. There will also be a special holiday performance by the FMHS Dance Team. It is by far my favorite fundraiser we do each year!” 

            Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children. They are limited and may be purchased in advance by emailing or calling 803-802-3909. Vendor spaces may be reserved by calling 704-236-2193.

             The dance team has been working hard for its upcoming competition, practicing every Tuesday and Thursday after school. Come out to Breakfast with Santa to support theFortMillHigh Schooldance team.


Fort Mill Band

In Campus Life on October 28, 2011 at 6:40 pm

By: Courtney Harrington


Over the past two weekends The Fort Mill High School Band brought home two first place titles and will be fighting for another victory tomorrow in Batesburg-Leesville, South Carolina for the state championship. Photo courtesy of Google images

           Over the years, Fort Mill High School has been known for its spectacular achievements from academics to athletics. This school year, the band managed to wow every competition judge for which they have performed. Over the past two weekends The Fort Mill High School Band brought home two first place titles and will be fighting for another victory tomorrow in Batesburg-Leesville, South Carolina for the state championship.

            The band’s first major competition took place in Akron, Ohio at the University of Akron two weekends ago. They loaded up on buses for the long journey north to participate in the Bands of America Regional Championship, where they took first place with a score of 80.5 out of 100. “I felt so honored as if all my hard work paid off. It was pure joy,” Holly Stettler, senior woodwind, expressed. The states who attended the competition ranged fromGeorgiatoMichigan.

          The band performed a nine minute and five second performance based on a “Vertigo” theme. Each of the three songs had its own mini-theme: spinning, floating and rocking. The number based around rocking was intended to be a play on words and was more along the lines of classic rock music. From the second the first band member steps onto the field to the second the last band member walks off the field, the band has a total of 15 minutes to get in formation, perform and exit.

          This past weekend, the band traveled to compete in the AAA Upper State Championship. Fort Mill was one of 18 schools that attended the competition and managed to pull out another first place victory with a score of 95.9 out of 100. However, the band barely defeated Nation Ford High School Band by a margin of less than one point. “I felt a short amount of relief. We really need to work hard this week due to the small margin between us and our rivals,” Stettler explained.

          Tomorrow, the Fort Mill Band will travel to compete in the State Championship with their biggest competition being Nation Ford. With state being the last competition of the marching band season, it will also be the last for many seniors who participate in the band.  “Band brings together all sorts of people and teaches you things you didn’t think you were capable of learning. It gives me a passion that I want to share with everyone I see. I almost feel sorry for people who aren’t in band because they are missing out on this incredible love I have for it,” Stettler said.

          The dedication and passion that the Fort Mill Band student’s possess is nothing less than inspiring and inspirational. The students spend two and a half hours after school working on their show three days a week and also hold a three hour practice on Saturdays. Make sure to wish the band good luck as they travel to the State Championship tomorrow. Go Jackets!

Chemistry club

In Campus Life on October 20, 2011 at 7:01 pm

By: Drew Marshall

One of the new clubs at school, Chemistry Club is trying to set up an academic atmosphere in a more casual place. Photo courtesy of Google images

Chemistry Club is new toFortMillHigh Schoolthis year, and it is coming in with a new attitude towards learning science. The new club involves learning about Chemistry and helping others study for their required science courses. Arguably one of the harder science courses, Chemistry can be tough for all students. President Al Lim hopes to broaden the tutoring system for all science students and help them advance their high school careers.

            The one thing that may draw people to Chemistry Club is the labs. Many people enjoy labs, but dislike having to do the write-up portion. In this club, there are no write-ups, so a student can participate in what they find to be the fun parts of the lab. Chemistry Club may sound boring and difficult, but Lim goes out of his way to try to make it more appealing to students. “We do demos, door prizes and labs,” Lim said. The more enjoyable parts of science courses can also be a good way to get your mind off of routine school work, and it can help students remember why they like learning.

            Another part of Chemistry Club is the tutoring and help sessions. Everyone could use a little assistance now and then, and Lim wants the club to be a place where everyone can help everyone else. “I think that we should have a science-related club to allow people to explore that subject area and have a system to go to when they need help with their required science classes,” Lim said. The club also helps students with scholarship opportunities, something that is very hard to come by for college-bound seniors. “There are scholarship opportunities and other competitions which are made available through the club,” Lim stated.

            Science courses can be a drag, but Chemistry Club is looking for a way to solve that. Everyone generally enjoys something about school, and these kinds of academic clubs can remind us of that. After all, learning is a privilege that should be enjoyed by Fort Mill High students. Some have already joined Chemistry Club and are on their way to scholarship opportunities, competitions and fun with their friends. Lim hopes that the club will grow in both leadership and membership. “I understand that Chemistry sounds intimidating,” Lim said,” but it’s really not that bad.”

Pink out for breast cancer

In Campus Life on October 14, 2011 at 6:54 pm

By: Tinsley Tullos

            The Fort Mill versus Fairfield Central game on October 21, 2011 will be a “Pink Out” in support of breast cancer. Students will not only want to wear blue and gold, but the color pink as well. Funds raised will be donated towards finding a cure for cancer.

While the stands of Fort Mill usually consist of blue and gold, they will now consist of a swarrm of pink. Photo courtesy of Google images

            While the stands of Fort Mill usually consist of blue and gold, they will now consist of a swarm of pink.  The football players will be sporting their pink with items such as ribbons, gloves, shoelaces and wrist bands. Students can also wear pink ribbons along with any other pink accessories in their possession. Pink earrings, shoes, hats and socks are all encouraged. If one does not own pink, one can use pink spray paint to color either props or clothing. All money used to buy the football players’ accessories will be used as proceeds for the breast cancer foundation of choice.

            Pre-game events are not known at this point, nor are any special dedications. The band however will be in formal uniforms with their usual performance. The cheerleading and dance team will be wearing pink ribbons along with everyone else. Although October serves as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it is expected that red will be worn to support Red Ribbon week during the rivalry game against Nation Ford on October 28, 2011. Students are welcome to represent their blue and gold by writing statements such as “Beat Nation Ford,” on red t-shirts.

            The “Pink Out” will also be included as a senior recognition night. Fall senior athletes will be accompanied by their parents as they walk out onto the field. Announcements will include the seniors’ current activities and future plans such as college destinations.  All sports will be recognized. 

            Come out and support the Yellow Jackets in hopes of raising money for the breast cancer patients locally and across America. Show your Yellow Jacket pride in mixing a touch of blue and gold with oodles of pink.

Spirit week 2011 wrap up

In Campus Life on October 7, 2011 at 6:58 pm

By: Kristyn Blackwood

"All in all though, Spirit Week 2011 was a week students will never forget, as well as many more to come." Photo courtesy of Brian Kivett

The one week that students want to last forever at Fort Mill is the one that goes by the quickest for everyone. All the other school days seem to just drag on and drain the life out of students. Spirit Week is the time students look forward to the most. Students from other schools say their spirit week cannot be compared with Fort Mill’s. Fort Mill students are the most enthusiastic and have the most school spirit.

            This year’s Spirit Week felt like it was more intense than those in the past years at FMHS. It might just be because it was a different experience for many, and there was a lot of conflict between the Seniors and Juniors. The reason for all this hostility between these two grades is because of close judgment in all the scores of each day. For the very first day the Juniors and seniors ended up tying for first with 1300 points. The second day, the Juniors advanced on the Seniors by 100 points at 2700 while the poor Freshman leveled at 1100, and Sophomores ended up with 2200. Continuing onto the third day of Spirit Week, class day, was where juniors gained extra points from Seniors not even placing. Seniors with 3700 and Juniors with 3900, rose this tension higher and higher. Unfortunately, the freshmen still lingered along at a mere 2300 points while the Sophomores had advance to 3100. Now here comes Thursday, group day, the day where the Junior/Senior tension was at its highest peak. Seniors thought they had it in the bag. Libbi Domer, Senior who participated as as nurse in the senior citizens group, said “I thought there was no way the Juniors’ ‘Thriller’ montage could beat the huge group we had for senior citizens, and when they beat us I figured it was just rigged to scare the Seniors into thinking we weren’t going to win at pep rally. Which didn’t work because everybody knows the Seniors win pep rally every year, regardless of the scores.”

            Onto the greatest and final day of the week, Blue and Gold day. This was the day of the pep rally and the Homecoming football game. To end this five days of fun and spirit, as well as a little bit of competition, the Seniors finished the week out with a total of 7700 points, which greatly surpassed the Juniors’ mere 6800 total points achieved during Spirit Week. Sophomores ended up with 5500 points and Freshmen 4000.

            Nevertheless, seniors still came up on top and kept their title of “We run this house!” The Seniors were, honestly, never worried that they were going to be beat by the Juniors because it was their time, and Seniors always win homecoming week. All in all though, Spirit Week 2011 was a week students will never forget, as well as many more to come. Hopefully after the Seniors of 2012 leave Fort Mill, students will keep up the spirit and still make Fort Mill’s spirit week the best, making every other school jealous of how awesome Fort Mill High School is.

Fall production preview

In Campus Life on September 30, 2011 at 6:36 pm

By: Kristen Hegel

          The Fort Mill High School Choral Department is proud to present Once upon a Mattress, a musical comedy based on the fairy tale The Princess and Pea. The play is set in an imaginary kingdom in the 1400’s and will feature multiple musical numbers, including a pantomime singing performance.

Fort Mill High School is proud to present Once upon a Mattress, a musical comedy based on the fairy tale The Princess and Pea. Photo courtesy of Google images

The play has everything a fairy tale should have; an evil queen, played by Senior Jenna Stewart, a king, played by Sophomore Quinn McKemey, a handsome prince, played by Junior Nick Rash, and a princess, played by Senior Haleigh Killebrew.

            The story is narrated by a minstrel, played by Junior Grant Zavitkovsky.  By the queen’s order, no citizen in the kingdom is allowed to get married until the prince finds a wife. When a suitable wife arrives, the queen and a wizard, played by Senior Austin Earnest, create a test that the girl must pass. If the princess is unable to sleep on 20 downy mattresses stacked on top of a pea, then she is sensitive enough to marry the king.

            Director Michael Dove says, “You don’t want to miss the joyful ending of this delightful fairy tale.” The dates of the play are November 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15 at 7:00 p.m. On Sunday, November 13, a matinee will begin at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $8.00 for students and $15.00 for adults.

                      Like all of Fort Mill’s previous shows, this year’s play is sure to be entertaining and fun for everyone. So come out in November to support our Choral Department and their fall production of Once upon a Mattress.

Jacket Java

In Campus Life on September 23, 2011 at 7:02 pm

By: Tinsley Tullos

Run by the FBLA club and the special education class, Jacket Java is stirring up new ideas. It first opened January 19, of last semester and has recently launched the start of its business for the 2011-2012 school year. Photo courtesy of Google images

Now open three days a week, during both lunches, is Fort Mill High School’s Jacket Java. Run by the FBLA club and the special education class, Jacket Java is stirring up new ideas. It first opened January 19, of last semester and has recently launched the start of its business for the 2011-2012 school year.

            The Jacket Java originally began to help teach job skills in the form of a real classroom business and to raise money for the developmental disabilities program. Volunteer FBLA students work alongside the special education students to create a non-divided environment that, in other words, throws disability out of the window. The majority of the proceeds go towards the Jacket Java fund, while the remaining money goes towards incentives for the working students of the developmental disabilities class. These incentives may include occasional free drinks, field trips and/or fun outings. “The students work really hard and deserve something every now and then,” Mrs. Richardson, special education teacher, says.

            Although currently only two flavors are offered, Jacket Java plans on creating a “blend two,” a smoothie in which students can blend two different flavors together. A current example of the “blend two” is The Stinger, a smoothie blend of strawberry and pina colada. “I love the strawberry mixed with pina colada; not too sweet and just right. It’s like a beautiful marriage,”Richardsonexplains. Jacket Java is continuing to serve iced and warm coffee with plans to introduce holiday beverages such as Russian Tea, which is a tea with a bit of citrus and spice.

            The student workers of Jacket Java have learned to experience the task of interacting with others while producing a final objective. “I have really enjoyed meeting and greeting all the people who come and buy the drinks,” Summer McCrery, a fellow student and Jacket Java worker, says.  Students are forced to build teamwork that in the end enables him/her to operate a student-run business. This business allows students to step forward and adults to step back.

            Jacket Java is the only food service on campus in which a student can get his/her caffeine/sweet tooth fix. Try a beverage from Wednesday through Friday during both A and B lunch and be watchful for up and coming flavors. With a low price of $1.50 to $2.50 per beverage and zero artificial sweeteners, these beverages cannot be missed.

Rally in the valley

In Campus Life on September 19, 2011 at 6:03 pm

By: Courtney Harrington

On Saturday, September 10, Fort Mill High School students attended Rally in the Valley at Clemson University where they participated in a variety of events. Photo courtesy of Google images

            On Saturday, September 10,FortMillHigh Schoolstudents traveled toClemson,South Carolinato take part in Rally in the Valley atClemsonUniversity. Rally in the Valley is an annual event forFortMillstudents which is headed by FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes). Students get to take part in a variety of events at Clemson, the main attraction being a ticket to a home game.

            Last Saturday, students filled up aFortMillbus early that morning to depart on the drive to the little town ofClemson, S.C. The day ahead of them was packed with activities from listening to music performances to getting the opportunity to hear the message of a well known speaker, not to mention getting to watch the Clemson Tigers take on the Wofford football team inDeath Valleythat afternoon.

            When the students arrived in Clemson, they filed into Littlejohn Coliseum where the music was being performed by the Southern Wesleyan University Singers and Wendy Willis Rausch. FortMillstudents were able to take part in worship with other students from schools all around the state. Following the music, Lee Clamp, also a Clemson graduate, appeared as the guest speaker for the day and delivered a message to the students. “He kept you awake,” sophomore Jordan Brown stated. Brown told the Loudspeaker that she personally knew Clamp due to an encounter at a church camp this past summer. “The message he gave was really good and I enjoyed learning new Bible verses,” Brown explained. Clamp is now a youth pastor inBarnwell,S.C.

            Rally in the Valley is also a great promotion forClemsonUniversity. With the students being exposed to the campus, the teenagers have the opportunity to imagine themselves attending the University. Brown expressed the importance of staying open-minded when it comes to a person’s college education. The students were exposed to the “Clemson life” throughout the campus, as well as the fans tail-gating before the football game.

            Rally in the Valley has always been known as fun event forFortMillstudents. They get the chance to meet and spend the day with new people and enjoy their presence throughout the day. The day was simply described as “moving, but fun.” This time next year, make sure to sign up for Rally in the Valley to get the chance to experience such an amazing opportunity.

Powder Puff football

In Campus Life on September 9, 2011 at 6:55 pm

By: Kristen Hegel

            Every fall, girls in each grade have the chance to engage in a little friendly competition known as Powder Puff football against the girls of another grade. Like always, each grade is a team composed of 30 girls; the Freshmen play the Sophomores and the Juniors will play the Seniors.

Kick-off spirit week by attending the annual Powder Puff football. Photo courtesy of Facebook

The cost to participate in this year’s game is $15, which includes the registration fee and t-shirt. After signing up and paying the fee, one must have a required permission form filled out and signed by the player’s parent. The form must be turned in by Tuesday, September 13 to Ms. Rochester in room B206. An information meeting will also be held on September 13 to answer any questions participants might have. Players must attend one of the two practices which will be held September 19 and 20.

            “It’s a really fun memory to have; we make it as real as possible. You go through high school and there are a lot of things to remember, for me, one of my best high school memories was Powder Puff football,” Rochester, one of the coordinators for the event, said to encourage girls to sign up. “It gives you a chance to do something out of the ordinary and different; you don’t have to be athletic.” The referees for this year’s game are Mr. Wilson and Mr. Pittman. The Freshmen-Sophomore game will be held first and the Junior-Senior game will follow. “Playing Powder Puff football is totally radical,” Abbey Rich, senior and second year player, said.

            Not only is the game entertaining and a great source of school spirit, but the proceeds will support our school’s FBLA team. Admission fees will go towards FBLA so they can raise money to travel to the state competition this year. “It’s a major fundraiser for FBLA to help pay for registration costs for state competition, which is $70 per student,”Rochester, a sponsor of FBLA, said.

            “As always, it’s the kick off for Spirit Week,” Rochester said. The Powder Puff game is September 26 at 6:30 p.m., the Monday night of Spirit Week. So whether or not you choose to participate in the annual Powder Puff football game, make sure you show up to support the girls in your grade and cheer them on to victory.

Can we take a break?

In Campus Life on September 2, 2011 at 7:36 pm

By: Drew Marshall

        The new school year has just started and some people are ready to take a break. The back to school vibe is still among students and the new work ethic is still sticking around. When school starts back, plenty of students try to work harder this year and many will succeed. The school year, however new, will always plague students with homework and notes. Labor Day weekend is coming up and that will give students a chance to refresh themselves and prepare for a great school year.

Some students may feel rushed in to the new school year and the upcoming Labor Day weekend will help them recover from the back to school chaos. Photo Courtesy of Google images

            Most students atFortMillHigh Schoolhave the same mantra: work hard at school and make it to the weekend with some good grades. School is not all about grades though, as many students enjoy many of their classes. This upcoming long weekend will not go to waste on the student body, as many of them are already prepared to get out of their classes. Many people think that Seniors have it easy, with the simplest classes. “Chemistry class has seemed really long and it makes the day go by slowly,” Senior Persephone McCollough says. Obviously, Senior year is not as easy as it seems and even though students are close to the finish line, they still need to do their schoolwork like anyone else.

            Underclassmen also returned to school with a new attitude, hoping to start off the new school year on the right foot. After two weeks though, they are all ready for even the slightest break. “I look forward to the time away from school and a break from the back to school business,” Sophomore Sean Crosby said. The time away from school will be enjoyed by many underclassmen that still aren’t quite prepared to get back in the swing of things. Junior Lauren Anderson said,” I’m already tired of homework and taking notes in class.”

            The upcoming time off may be relished by all, but maybe not quite as much as the Freshman class. Their time in high school has been short lived, and while some pack it in for the long haul, others settle in to their time waiting for the weekend. “I’m looking forward to playing video games and getting a break from homework,” Freshman Caleb Hinkley. The Freshman class should take a hint from some of the older students and prepare themselves for a tough year of schoolwork that is headed their way.

            People who aren’t in school may think Labor Day is a waste of a long weekend for students who just started school two weeks ago. The students, however, relish the brief time off. The back to school vibe has finally gone away and the daunting reality of school is settling into everyone’s minds. The idea of a new school year can intimidate a lot of students, so it is important for them to take an early break and regroup, before coming back to hard work. Hopefully, all the students atFortMillHigh Schoolwill use the upcoming long weekend to recharge and come back to school on Monday ready for the long semester.