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November 17, 2015

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Speech and Debate

After hosting more than 300 students from 21 neighboring schools at the FHN Speech Invitational Tournament on Friday, November 6th, the Knights speech team got into competition at Francis Howell Central on Saturday, November 14th. Though only two varsity members of the team were available that day, both of them came away with trophies. Senior Emily Wilson finished second in poetry reading, while fellow senior Zoe Lawson took first place in both Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking and Radio Speaking. This coming weekend, the novice squad travels to Ladue, while the varsity speakers will compete at Clayton.

District Choir Competition

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FHN Students Return From National Convention With Awards

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Journalism students from FHN attending the National High School Journalism Convention in Orlando were: Maddie Adams, Shannon Atkinson, Alyssa Barber, Michal Basford, Jessie Biondo, McKayla Bogda, Aimee Clive, Aly Doty, Amanda Eckhard, Bryce Fletcher, Carolyn Gonzalez, Jamie Hetlage, Priscilla Joel, Jared Kinnard, Brandon League, Zach Mills, Maddie Mitchell, Ryanne O'Donnell, Courtney Olsen, Erika Paar, Kristen Pike, Lauren Price, Maddie Roloff, Alyssa Savage, Taylor Sheridan, Ethan Slaughter, Noah Slaughter, Bennett Smallwood, Tristan Tainter, Abby Temper, Jeri Treas, Reaghen West, Kelly Woelfel and Ashley Zurosky]

The Francis Howell North High School journalism staff returned from their fall National High School Journalism Convention that was Nov. 12-15 in Orlando.

The 34 members of staff that went, did some site seeing, attended learning sessions, competed in competitions and brought home a few awards.

The staffs were honored with two Pacemaker Awards in Orlando. The North Star newsmagazine was earned a Pacemaker in the Newspaper category and FHNtoday TV won a Broadcast Pacemaker. Overall, it was newspaper’s third Pacemaker and broadcast program’s second. The Pacemaker is viewed as the top award a staff can get in scholastic journalism. Yearbook and Web Pacemakers are named and honored in the Spring.

“It was an honor just to be a finalist in both of those categories,” Director of Student Media at FHN Aaron Manfull said. “Actually, bringing home two Pacemaker awards is pretty wild. It’s just some really nice recognition for the students for how hard they work.

Those weren’t the only awards the staffs brought back. They were honored with a few others as well.

From a staff standpoint, the program also brought home a Second Place Best of Show finish for the North Star in the Newsmagazine category.

Individually, six staffers were honored for their work in write-off competitions at the convention. Earning Honorable Mentions were Priscilla Joel in Editorial Writing, Aly Doty in Newsmagazine: Layout, Madison Roloff in Yearbook Layout: Theme, and Bryce Fletcher in Yearbook Cover/Endsheets. Two students earned Excellents: Amanda Eckhard in Yearbook Sports Photography and Noah Slaughter in Broadcast Writing.

In addition, two students were honored individually for work that was published last year. Both awards were given in the National Scholastic Press Association’s Design of the Year contest. Graduate Lauren Camenzind earned an Honorable Mention in the Yearbook Spread Design category and Senior Zoe Lawson earned an Honorable Mention in the Newspaper Page Design category.

The program’s student editor-in-chiefs who oversee production of the media are: seniors Priscilla Joel and Bennett Smallwood (North Star newspaper), senior Madison Roloff (Excalibur Yearbook), senior Autumn Todd (FHNtoday TV) and senior Alyssa Savage (Photography). The journalism program at FHN is led by Aaron Manfull and Jordyn Kiel. They oversee the 90 members on staff and 300 students who run through the program each year.

High school students at FHN can enroll in a variety of journalism courses. Beginning students can take Digital Photojournalism for Practical Arts credit. The Journalism and Journlism II classes count as Communication Arts credit. Journalism focuses on writing and design storytelling while Journalism II focuses on video storytelling. Once students have had a prerequisite, they can join staff and enroll in a for-credit class, taking Newspaper Production, Newspaper Production Honors, Yearbook Production or Yearbook Production Honors.

Drug Education Fact

Q More than half of new illicit drug users begin with marijuana. Next most common are prescription pain relievers, followed by inhalants (which is most common among younger teens).

FHN Faculty Undefeated (13-0) vs. FHN Seniors

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FHN Golden Steppers Perform at DECA Jump Off

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Activities Website!

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Austine Pauley will Play Softball at Lindenwood University

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2015 FHN Alum Wrestling at Mizzou

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2015-16 Theme

19 Sports-50 Activities-ONE TEAM

This year will focus on ONE TEAM, FHN! This involves our students, staff, parents, coaches and community. Get involved to be part of the FHN Team. We have a wide varieties of clubs and activities to choose from.

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MAHSAA How to Protect Your Eligibility

Want to know more about MSHSAA Eligibility? Watch this video!