Students celebrate Homecoming Week
By Elise Gerstenberger
Homecoming week was a big success. There was a different theme each day of the week for students to dress up for during the school day. Seniors won the spirit week with the biggest percentage of their class dressing in the themes. Sophomores took second place with the juniors following in third and freshman in fourth.
The Homecoming football game was a big win for the Panthers. The team played West Liberty and the theme for the game was “Farmbanks”. Many students showed their school spirit by dressing up and cheering for their very own Fairbanks Panthers. The cheerleading squad was loud and proud at the game and led the student section in lots of cheers. During the evening, the homecoming king and queen were announced. The senior queen candidates were Kayleigh Arnold, Lilli Doll, Caroline Eickhoff, and Anna Poling. The senior king candidates were Kaleb Bosworth, Andy Higinbotham, Cole Skedell, and Dylan Tobe. Dylan Tobe and Anna Poling were voted homecoming king and queen. Anna Poling said, “I felt very proud to be the queen of such a wonderful community.”
On Saturday, the homecoming dance finally arrived. The dance was held outside this year as an accommodation for Covid. Although it was chilly, the students stayed warm by showing off their moves on the dance floor. Students danced on the concrete in between the high school and elementary school buildings. The night went by very quickly and was over before anyone knew it.
The week, as well, went by quickly with so many fun and exciting events. The football team did an amazing job and the dance was super successful!
Senior of the Month named
October’s Senior of the Month is Ally Gerty. Ally is the daughter of Michael and Nicole Gerty of Plain City.
She is the president of Friends of Dorothy GSA, the public relations officer of FCCLA, and the secretary of Student Council. She also participates in Science Club, Drama Club, Panther Pause, basketball cheerleading, competition cheerleading, Panther Pause, and is a member of the Student Advisory Council and Senior Advisory Council.
She is employed at Maurice’s in Marysville as a part time manager. After graduation she plans to attend college to major in sociology.
When asked what advice she has for the underclassmen, she replied, “Don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone and get involved in clubs or organizations. You’ll make great memories and even better friends. Ask questions and be curious about learning and care about your education. Make sure you understand the subject is incredibly important to your success! Remember that others’ opinions of you are trivial in comparison to living your life authentically as yourself. Make the most out of your high school experience, it’ll be your senior year before you realize it.”
Students meet with administrators
By Callie Kitchen
During the school year of 2021-2022, Fairbanks established a student advisory council with Principal Chapman and Superintendent Schirg. The students who joined the advisory group were nominated by the high school teachers. These students demonstrated pride with different backgrounds and opinions to discuss important issues and topics in the Fairbanks community. Ranging from freshmen to seniors, this group of about 20 students’ purpose and goal is to construct a better student body and environment as a whole. Meeting once a month during a lunch period, students from different perspectives representing theatricals, athletes, different genders, racial backgrounds, virtual students, etc, gather with Mrs. Chapman and Mr. Schirg to express their point of view. They can easily view what students are facing in their school life and assemble a better environment targeted to those who attend Fairbanks. As the school year is settling in there will be a wide variety of topics to discuss amicably. From the opinions of face masks to homecoming, every and any subject of concern is on the table to be conversed and examined. No opinion is invalid as the student advisory aims to ensure improvement of the student body and its’ environment. Though this is the first year for the council it has eminent qualities and representation of Fairbanks High School.
NHS members fill officer positions
By Kate Ruff
The new school year has been a fresh start for the Fairbanks chapter of the National Honor Society. The group had its second and third meetings on October 5th and 19th. During which they discussed how the presence of the society could be redefined at Fairbanks. Each member filled out a form that asked how they would personally interpret the four pillars of the National Honor Society- service, scholarship, leadership, and character- and how they would rank them, one through four, in order of perceived importance. The students were then divided up and placed into a committee that most closely aligned with their rankings. There are four committees. Each one correlates with one of the core values of the National Honor Society and is led by a senior officer, a junior co-chair, and a secretary. These positions were filled during the October 5th meeting. The members spent the most recent meeting on October 19th brainstorming new and thoughtful ways to give back to the community and school. Moreover, the students discussed what type of legacy they would like to leave for the future members of the National Honor Society.
Fairbanks High School welcomes new English teacher
By Ally Gerty
In the continuing series of new staff introductions, Fairbanks would like to welcome Miss Mackenzie Cook! Miss Cook attended the Ohio State University and previously taught at The Graham School in Columbus. Fairbanks students are thankful she heard about the school through her neighbor and was ready for a change of pace. After assisting in teaching Geometry and Algebra at her former job, Miss Cook switched to aiding almost every English class Fairbanks has to offer! She expressed that the transition from math to English was challenging, but the process of learning along with her students is especially rewarding. While here at Fairbanks she hopes to teach lifelong skills, build connections with staff and students, and change the lives of others. Her passion for education is radiating and encouraging to her students and those around her. Insight into Miss Cook’s life would show you that she loves DIY projects: whether that be baking, crafting, or home revamping, she does it all! Miss Cook is also quite the outdoors enthusiast. She enjoys traveling, long walks with her dog, and loves playing volleyball. Despite all her ambitious activities, she loves to unwind just like anybody else – curled up on the couch with a movie. This is usually the Lord of the Rings trilogy, her personal favorite. Finally, when asked if she had a message for the community, Miss Cook shared that she is grateful for the opportunity to work at Fairbanks and that she enjoys the time she spends here.
Students assist theater camp
By Destiny Hurban
Fairbanks has a lot of talented people, some more talented than others but everyone has their own kind of talent. One such student is Brayden Wilson. Brayden loves theater and singing his heart out. Over the summer Brayden assisted with a local theater camp. Ms. Cooper, FHS choir teacher, asked Brayden if he would help because he really enjoys the theater and loves working with kids. He taught kids about theatre and they had a new topic for each day. Superheroes, puppetry, and Harry Potter are some examples. They didn’t do a production but they did do a choreographed number. The camp was run by the Avalon Theatre and was designed for kids ages 6-12 who love theatre and wanted to get more involved. Brayden’s favorite part was working with the kids and getting to share the theatre experience together. His least favorite part was when it rained and they had to improvise the space for choreography; although it was a great teaching experience for the kids on improv.
FFA gears up for busy month
By Brynne Stanely
October is a busy month for the Fairbanks FFA Chapter. This month kicked off the annual fruit sale. The national convention is coming up, the parliamentary procedure teams have started practicing, and many of the chapter’s members are involved in athletic tournament games. The fruit sale began the 7th of October and goes until November 5th. Those interested in ordering can contact any FFA member to order fruit, nuts, cookie dough, or BBQ sauce. Seventeen members will be attending the national convention on October 27th and 28th. The novice and advanced Parliamentary Procedure teams have begun practice this past week and are excited and ready for competition!. At a recent football game the FFA hosted a farm safety display to encourage people to drive safely and watch out for farm equipment on the road. The chapter would like to thank AG Pro for their sponsorship of this display.