Fairbanks High School … Panther Pause


Senior of the month – Rachel Studenmund
January’s Senior of the Month is Rachel Studenmund, daughter of Steve and Lisa Studenmund of Marysville. She attends the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Marysville, where she’s active in their youth group. Last summer, she went on a mission trip to Covington, Tennessee, with St. John’s youth mission outreach to help families in need by improving their living conditions and providing faith-based activities for the children. She is the president of student council, secretary of Interact club, editor of the yearbook and an active member in National Honor Society, FCCLA, international club and science club. She has participated in volleyball and softball her freshman and sophomore years and golf her junior and senior years. In the community, she volunteered at Memorial Hospital and was a nine-year member of the Show and Go 4-H Club. Her favorite memories from high school involve decorating for junior prom and going to football games. Her advice for younger students would be to not rush through the moments, sit back and enjoy one’s high school years. To further her desire of helping people, she plans to attend college and major in pediatric nursing. She wants to specialize in oncology in support for her brother who just recently beat non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
FCCLA happenings
By Kira Jones
FCCLA has had a relaxed January and now has a busy February coming up.
In January, the coffee shop committee decided not to hold a coffee shop this month.
The process for ordering Dude Be Nice shirts has started.
Coming up in February is another coffee shop, volunteering at the Hope Center and Dude Be Nice week. The February committee is starting preparations for the week, which will include a staff appreciation breakfast.
Fairbanks Wrestling Club proves to be strong, growing
By Jordan Curry
When the Fairbanks Wrestling Club started in 2015, it only had four wrestlers.
Now, in the 2017-2018 season, it’s up to 16 wrestlers.
With the club proving to be strong and growing for three years, it hopes to debut as a Fairbanks varsity sport during the 2018-2019 winter season.
“We are hopeful it will become a varsity sport next year, but it will depend on the school board’s approval,” Coach Eric Chippas said.
This is a huge milestone for the club, due to the fact it has fully funded itself since the beginning. The club has so many volunteers and parents supporting this group of hardworking young men.
For the first time in more than 10 years, Fairbanks High School hosted a home wrestling meet. The home meet took place Jan. 16 and was very successful.
“The atmosphere was exciting witnessing our athletes wrestling at home,” Athletic Director Larry Morris said. “I look forward to watching the program grow and strengthen a competitive foundation. Wrestling and bowling will enhance our winter athletic experiences at Fairbanks.”
Fairbanks hosted Mechanicsburg Youth Wrestlers, as well as Celina High School’s Wrestlers. Although Fairbanks High School fell to Celina, this experience is one that won’t be forgotten by the Fairbanks community.
The coaches for the Fairbanks Wrestling Club are Wyatt Running, Theo Cranford and Eric Chippas. These three men have devoted countless hours of their time to not only coach the Fairbanks wrestlers, but also build a strong bond with each individual and give them constant support throughout each season.
The three senior captains this year are Trevor Chippas, Cole Murdock and Robbie Gross.
“Wrestling is about improvement and how much effort you put in,” Trevor Chippas said. “I honestly could not ask for a better group for my senior year of wrestling and I love each one of them.”
The Fairbanks Wrestling Club would like to thank everyone who has helped it get to this point. Its members are very proud to be where they are today.
New courses for a new year
By Kate White
In preparation for the 2018-2019 school year, some teachers have decided to offer new courses to the Fairbanks students.
James Fawcett, the teacher in charge of the business and technology classes, has redone all of his classes.
Some of the new courses being offered next year include introduction to business and accounting.
Media director Ed Rebmann has also added some classes, such as photography and animation. These specific courses, however, will not be allowed to count as a fine arts credit, but they will count toward the five elective credits students are required to have to graduate.
Students can sign up for these classes when registering for the new school year in a few weeks.
Intramural sports are gearing up
By Coree Gifford
Teacher John Finney’s intramural sports have officially started.
Finney said he wants the program to involve students who aren’t in other sports in other activities the school offers. This allows them to be involved in a school activity with not as much time commitment but still get the chance to exercise.
Attendance is expected to be about 10 to 20 students, but the goal is to involve as many as possible.
¨Eventually, after boys and girls basketball is over, we will get into the gym right after school,” Finney said. “Right now, they are playing basketball but for the future they are planning activities like ping pong and powerball.”
The group meets every Wednesday, from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
NHS news: plans for February
By Coree Gifford
Fairbanks National Honor Society (NHS) has very busy upcoming months.
NHS members are still working the gates of both high school and middle school winter sporting events.
There will be a blood drive in less than two weeks. This is the first event that has junior-grade chairpeople, as the rest of the events have been chaired by seniors. They are even making plans to boost the amount of blood usually donated to help the Red Cross even more.
NHS will also be running the annual Pennies for Patients fundraiser in the coming weeks. While a recipient has not yet been chosen, it will definitely go to someone in need.
There will soon be sophomores at NHS’s monthly meetings, as the applications to be admitted will be passed out to qualifying sophomores Jan. 23, and new members will be admitted in mid to late February.
There will be an induction ceremony to recognize all the new members March 15. New members will include the sophomores and any juniors and seniors who applied this year as well.


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