The start of the 2019 school year has been exciting for the FHS Esports club. Last year was the innauguarl season with a few students having an interest in "Fortnite", and competing in two tournaments during the school year. This year, there was an initial interest by about 36 students in the esports club. In an effort to expand interest, two more games were proposed, and they have really taken off.
The first game that was proposed in addition to "Fortnite" was "League of Legends". This is a multi-player game for teams of up to 5 players. Each player chooses from a list of characters with different skills and do battle with another team for complete control of the map. To gain complete control, the ultimate goal is to destroy the towers of the opposing team. So far this year there have been between 10 and 15 students actively participating at one point or another in the "League" practices.
Some of the students have not been able to make it back or have not started yet because it is a very strong belief by the sponsors, that the esports club is not to interfere with the other activities the students have. Several practice times are being set and expanded to give the students many options to come in. If they still are not able to join at this time, they can join at any point in the year. This will hopefully encourage students to come in and out with fluidity throughout the year.
After "League" had started to establish itself as a game of interest, another game with much interest came to surface. Many students indicated on their initial survey that they would have an interest in playing "Smash Bros. Ultimate". For those of you who may have been gamers when you were younger, this is almost a blend of the Mario Brothers games and the old "Street Fighter" game. In this title, students again choose from many different characters and battlefields, each with their own unique abilities and challenges. The players then face off in a battle that can be timed or based on knockouts. The first player to the number of knockouts or with the most when time runs out is the winner. At this time there have been approximately 10 students who have actively participated so far with new people coming in each day.
On Thursday, Oct. 10th, the students playing "Smash" will be competing in an actual, formal scrimmage for their first time ever. On Tuesday, several of the students met online just to play eachother for fun and to get a feel for how this will work. On Thursday the competition will begin. One important point to remember though is that even this scrimmage is for fun. There is no prize or trophy being given out, no scholarships, no prize money. This competition is only for fun and for the love of the game. It will be fun to play against WACO to test our skills against other students and to promote friendship with students in other districts.
The scrimmage will take place Thursday, October 10th at 4:00 PM.
Wish them luck!!!
2019 Homecoming Queen Erica Olson and Homecoming King Leone Gichure
There was cheering and shouting during the high school assembly today as the 2019 Homecoming Court was announced. Congratulations to (from left): Olivia McClaran, Elan Ledger, Lily Hoskins, Matthew Swanson, Darby Kaska, Andrew Martin, Leone Gichure-Marira, Cahrina Chang, Devika Pharasi, Andrew Warnell, Michael Holt, Erica Olson, David Burnett, and Shaylin Drish.
Pence staff has begun professional development with program Leader in Me, which encompasses the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. As part of our endeavor, we need to get a baseline from staff, students and parents. This first year is about about us (staff) and next year we will begin implementation with students. This is where we need your input! Please take 5-10 min to give us feedback about your child. This data will be our baseline as we begin our journey with students. Thank you for all your support! :)
Homecoming week is the busiest time of the school year. The week before, and the week of, each class works hard to create a float that follows this year's theme, Trojans Unleashed. On Friday, judges will then select one class float as the winner. To start the week an assembly will be held on Monday to announce the homecoming court, and get everyone pumped up for the week. On Thursday, Iron Man Volleyball will be held in the gym at 2:00p.m. That night a pep rally will be held starting at 6:30 p.m. Powderpuff football teams will play first and then immediately after a pep talk will be given by Football Coach Weaton, the Homecoming King and Queen will be announced, the football captains will do the torch run, and to end the night fireworks will be let off. Then on Friday, a parade will be held with the class floats and the fall sports floats and of course the 2019 Homecoming Court. At the end of the parade all of the high school students will meet at the square for another rally, emceed by Mr. Hucke. At the rally, the candy contest winner will be announced, and the baby picture winners will be announced. The float winners will also be announced. Another pep talk will be given by Coach Woody Orne. The Homecoming Court and the 2019 King and Queen will be announced again. Friday night is the homecoming game where we take on the Fort Madison Bloodhounds. The varsity game starts at 7:00p.m. and there will not be a 9th grade game. The homecoming dance will follow from 9 p.m. to midnight. With all of that, we have a different dress-up day each day of the school week. Monday is Pajama Day, Tuesday is Tie-Dye/Neon Day, Wednesday is Country/Farmer Day, Thursday is Character Day, and Friday is School Spirit Day!
Written by Anna Westphal
On Thursday, September 19, twenty nine students from Fairfield High School's agriculture and industrial technology programs visited Indian Hills Community College at their Centerville Campus. The students in the agriculture program were able to practice soils judging and learn about forestry. The industrial technology students were able to visit Indian Hills' construction program and their house building site.
All students were able to tour the campus, rotating through stations to learn more about college admissions, cattle feed management, artificial insemination, GPS, drones, and the greenhouse and turfgrass programs. Indian Hills provided lunch and a t-shirt to each student. The students and instructors are thankful for the opportunity to visit the campus and to all those who helped with the demonstrations that day.
Twenty-five students from Fairfield High School along with more than 10,000 of America’s best and brightest high school students traveled to San Antonio on June 28th to attend The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) National Leadership Conference June 29–July 2, 2019. Participants from across the United States and abroad attended this exciting conference to enhance their business skills, expand their networks, and participate in more than 70 business and business-related competitive events.
Our FHS students did an amazing job competing. We had 3 students in our group make finalists. We also had 3 that took 60-minute objective tests that were administered onsite at NLC. Lauren Kraemer and Drake Drish made finalist in their presentation on Publication Design and Madison Kraemer made finalist in her presentation on Broadcast Journalism. Laurel Hilger received national recognition at the FBLA Awards of Excellence Program on July 2. Laurel competed in Computer Applications and brought home Sixth place.
These comprehensive national competitive events give recognition to and reward excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. For many students, the competitive events are the capstone activity of their academic careers. We are all so very proud of all of our conference attendees and their accomplishments!
We also want to thank our 4 chaperones – Diana Drish, Staci Kraemer, Ed Matthews and Joni Stever – for coming along with us and helping every step of the way. We couldn’t have done it without them!
These are the 25 students who went to FBLA Nationals:
Hannah Bergren Erica Bochmann Danielle Breen
David Burnett Danae Drish Drake Drish
Clare Else Claire Epperson Julia Fritz
Laurel Hilger Spencer Hilger Olivia Jones
Lauren Kraemer Madison Kraemer Kevin Kretz
Ahillan Kumar Amiritha Kumar Gracee Lisk
Estrella Oropeza Claire Pettit Devika Pharasi
Sai Pullapantula Sophie Stever Jakob Watson
Article written by Deb Matthews, FBLA Advisor