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Ponies and Piglets and Calves, Oh My!

By Hannah Steinmetz, junior


Almost every US citizen knows that the first president was George Washington, but what they don’t know is that each year, there is a full week dedicated to his agricultural legacy.

Edgewood High School’s Future Farmers of America (FFA) celebrated National FFA week Feb. 20 through the 24 with other FFA chapters across the country, and it was a big hit.

“I think it went pretty well,” EHS FFA chapter leader Ms. Ferguson said, “the animals during lunch really got everyone coming down to the ‘ag (agriculture) room and seeing what it was like.” According to the national FFA website, “the local chapter is the heartbeat of FFA,” and local chapters strive to keep members active and provide students with opportunities for leadership.

The week has been celebrated annually since 1948, and each year, it falls on the week of Washington’s birthday, Feb. 22. Washington was well-known for constantly experimenting with new ways to improve farming, and he developed a seven-year crop rotation that rejuvenated soil better than the three-year rotation that had been used.

FFA week at Edgewood consisted of the whole school participating in different activities, and one was dressing up each day for a contest between homerooms to see who would get the prize of a breakfast the following week. Monday began with a theme of wearing overalls; Tuesday was blue and gold, the FFA colors; Wednesday consisted of students dressing as animals; Thursday was boot day, and Friday was Flannel Friday.

In response to the dressing up, Ferguson said, “Everybody did well. Flannel Friday went over the best; I think I saw about ten teachers with flannels on, so I appreciated the participation from people outside of our chapter.”

Another activity that took place was the opportunity for students to pet a different animal each day in the ‘ag room during lunch. In all, students were able to see chicks, piglets, calves, goats, and on Friday, Ferguson brought in her pony.

Ferguson said that there was very little that went wrong other than the minor interruption of the dress up contest due to school delays.

“In the future, I’d like to get more of the school involved, because we had two, two-hour delays, so we only had homeroom twice, and we were supposed to have the dress up [contest] all week, so it was kind of hard because we only had two days to count points, which gave people less motivation to dress up, so hopefully in the future it lines out better and we can get more school involvement.”

Overall, Ferguson was very pleased with the turnout of the week. “I think it gave people a little bit more awareness about how we are a chapter and we’re here and doing stuff, and we do have a national week throughout the US, so it’s not just an after-school club per say,” Ferguson said, “it’s a chapter and it’s a big deal.”

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With the remainder of the school year, FFA will have more events. “Our closest event is that we have two livestock judging teams and one dairy judging team, and they will be going to their area contest on April 28th, where they will go compete against other chapters and other teams in the state of Indiana and see who does the best,” Ferguson said.

Spectrum GSA sees Rainbows on the Horizon

By Emily Crismore, junior 


Spectrum GSA, Edgewood’s Gender-Sexuality Alliance club, is working to expand their horizons in the next few months. It is planning on having a bowling night along with Bloomington High School North and South  in the spring of 2017. Along with the bowling night, its leaders are creating a coalition of surrounding high school GSAs to help bridge the gap between schools and provide support to struggles that GSAs may face, particularly in light of the changing political situation. Celestina Garcia, one of Spectrum GSA’s current leaders, is also working to prepare the club for the future.

As this is my last year of leadership and membership of GSA, I’m hoping to set up solid leadership for next year, and come up with plans for gaining new members next year,” Garcia said. GSA focuses on discussions of the real world issues on Fridays after school in room F119.

Polar Plunge

By Logan Guzik, junior


Best Friends Club is participating in the 2017 Polar Plunge on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at Indiana University’s Assembly Hall in the North Lobby. Registration is from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Participants must be 12 years of age or older to take the plunge, and if under the age of 18, they must sign a waver with a parent or guardian’s signature as well. The event will benefit Special Olympics and its athletes. Go to Firstgiving.com, and search for “EHS Best Friends and Unified Track”, then click on “Join The TeamorDonate” option. To participate in the plunge, each participant must raise at least $75 in pledges.  “Best Friends Club is for everyone,” Best Friends Club adviser Ms.Wilson said. (Reported by Logan Guzik) for more information visit,

http://soindiana.org/event/bloomington-polar-plunge-iuplunge/?instance_id=167

http://www.firstgiving.com/soindiana/2017-bloomington

French Honor Society Takes Culture to the Intermediate

By Hannah Steinmetz, junior


French Honor Society will be busy for the next two Thursdays. It will be holding activities at both Girls’ Night Out and Guys’ Night Out, which will take place at Edgewood Intermediate School. “The guys will be making Eiffel Towers out of wafer cookies and the girls will decorate bows with jewels,” junior Haley Martin said. Guys’ Night Out is Jan. 26, and Girls’ Night Out is Feb. 2. Because members paid a three-dollar fee at the beginning of the year, there will be no cost.