Panther Press The Student News Site of Fort Zumwalt North High School Fri, 07 Feb 2020 19:53:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Straight World View Impacts LGBT Youth Fri, 07 Feb 2020 19:49:52 +0000

Olivia McLachlan, The Sputnik

Love is in the air as Valentine’s Day approaches. Advertisements are all over the internet, for the most part depicting straight couples getting their significant other the perfect gift. But one is left to question the effect such exclusiveness can leave on same-sex couples, who are underrepresented in such commercials.

Heteronormativity is the assumption that, unless somebody has come out and declared their sexuality, that they are straight. This can impose harmful ideals on children who can be led to believe that the way to be normal is to be straight.

Brett Jones, a 2019 FZN graduate, explains exactly how heteronormativity affects gay teenagers but emphasizes that it gets better.

“It’s like straight is the default sexuality of life when that’s quite on the contrary. Of course, most people are heterosexual, but we need more inclusivity and diversity,” says Jones. “College is definitely more accepting than high school. Professors talk about it, and there are various clubs for LGBT+  students. In some classes they discuss LGBT+ content, whether it be for history or sociology, which I never heard in high school.”

However, heternormativity isn’t the only erasure in the community, as bisexuality is rarely represented in a realistic and positive light.

According to GLAAD, bisexual erasure, also known as bisexual invisibility, is the issue in which the existence or legitimacy of bisexuality is questioned or denied outright. In its extreme, it can be the belief that bisexuality doesn’t exist.

Emily Renaud, a bisexual senior at North, expresses the impact of the lack of representation in the media and how it correlated with her journey in self-acceptance.

“It gives the impression that I don’t have the same worth as somebody who’s straight or as another part of the community with more representation,” says Renaud. “At such an age, seeing somebody on television or in movies that had the same feelings as me could have made all the difference.”

LGBT+ kids everywhere are subjected to under representation in the media and television, causing their sexuality to struggle. With no healthy relationships to base themselves on, it’s easy to become confused and fearful of same-sex attractions.

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Zombieland: Double Tap Hits Theaters Thu, 12 Dec 2019 18:40:01 +0000 If you’re looking for gore, blood, and thrill, then “Zombieland: Double Tap” is for you. 

It has been ten years since the original Zombieland movie debuted, and the second fim is just as thrilling and blood-filled as the original. 

The movie is based ten years since the original film to keep with the timeline and age of the characters. Within the movie, Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) fills you in on what the audience has missed in those ten, grueling years since the beginning of the apocalypse. 

In the movie Columbus, Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), Wichita (Emma Stone), and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) are all still fighting to survive in the land of the undead as they make their way across the country. Along the way, they meet new people, make new relationships, and find new ways to survive the dying world they live in. 

This group of zombie slayers is still as fascinating and sensational as they were back in 2009. The hilarious bloodcurdling gore that is contained within this movie is something that can only be embodied by “Zombieland: Double Tap”. 

If you are a lover of horror, comedy, and adventure, then this movie is for you.

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Save the Waves, Stop the Straws Thu, 12 Dec 2019 18:33:34 +0000 Whether it was your daily trip to Starbucks or the last drink you ordered at a restaurant, chances are you received a plastic straw. But did you think of the consequences before you threw it away?

 According to the Trash Free Seas Alliance, the average American uses 1.6 straws a day. In the US alone, that’s enough to circle the equator two and a half times, but while undeniably convenient, plastic products have the potential to be extremely harmful, even fatal, to the environment if not disposed of or recycled properly. But how?

Plastic that circulates through the disposal process often finds its way to landfills and oceans because plastic straws are too lightweight to be properly processed through the mechanical recycling sorter. So once this plastic reaches the ocean, what happens?

 Once plastics make it to the ocean, they are broken down into tiny, sand-like pieces called microplastics, which organisms easily inhale or ingest.  According to the World Wildlife Fund, “ Many marine animals mistake these and other plastic items for food. Plastic has been found in an estimated 90% of all seabirds and in all sea turtle species.” 

If plastic waste is not reduced soon, by the year 2050 there will be more plastic (by weight) in the ocean than fish. So what can we do?

Califonia became the first state to make progressive strides in 2019, by banning the use of plastic straws in restaurants. There are movements being made all around the nation to promote a strawless future. One way to help is to urge local restaurants to only provide straws upon request. There are also inexpensive reusable straws available for personal use.

To spread the message and save the turtles,  join the viral social media trend and challenge your friends by posting with the hashtag #stopsucking.

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Dyer, Farrar, and Gleason Make School History Thu, 12 Dec 2019 18:25:00 +0000

The Fort has had a few records broken this school year. Both Nolan Dyer and Jake Farrar for boys swimming and Seth Gleason for cross country. The Swim Relay Team, consisting of Farrar, Dyer, Brown, and Goeke, also broke a record of their own.

Nolan Dyer, senior, broke the school record for the 100 butterfly at 57.71 seconds and the fly at 57.46. This was the first time the record has been broken since 2011 by FZN graduate Shawn Farrar.

Dyer talks about his feelings of breaking the record.

“It feels pretty nice, it was my main goal that I was working towards for the whole swim season, so it felt pretty accomplishing,” said Dyer.

Jake Farrar, senior, broke his own brother, Shawn Farrars, record for the 100 breaststroke at 1:05:45.

Seth Gleason, senior, broke the school record for his 5k time of 16:05. This was the first time the record has been broken since 2010 by graduate Jake Benton.

Gleason gave insight into his training regime.

“I worked really hard over the summer, I’d get up at around 6:30 A.M. and run about 13 miles, so it’s quite rewarding,” said Gleason.

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Fair Pay to Play Act to Take Effect in 2023 Thu, 12 Dec 2019 18:13:41 +0000 Jaden Stahl

California Governor, Gavin Newson,  made history in late 2019 when he signed SB 206, The Fair Pay to Play Act. This makes California the first state allowing collegiate athletes to profit from endorsements starting in 2023.  

NCAA consistently opposed The Fair Pay to Play Act in hopes of maintaining its ametuer sports status, but by signing the act, Gov. Newson ushered a new from of professionalism in to the world of college sports. 

While many professional athletes, like LeBron James, voice their support for the act, equally as many are worried that it may catapult college sports too far in to the professional realm.

Pro: California bill revolutionizes college athletics

Emily Granado

On Monday, September 30, California governor Gavin Newsom took major steps promoting collegiate athletes’ rights.

Taking effect in 2023, the Fair Pay to Play Act will allow student-athletes in California to be compensated through sponsorships, a decision that goes against one of the most primitive rules of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 

On the set of HBO’s The Shop, a show hosted by LeBron James and Maverick Carter, Newsom joined James and Carter along with four other sports personalities, discussing the impact the bill will have on the future of college athletics. The players voiced their discontent with the NCAA regarding the lack of pay despite their contributions to the association.

Ed O’Bannon, a retired basketball player who got his start on the UCLA Bruins, expressed his issues with the NCAA and their discretion over their athletes, past or present.

“They [are] still making money off of my likeness. I enjoyed being on a video game, but they didn’t ask me,” said O’Bannon who did not make any money in spite of the success and profit of the game. 

In 2014, O’Bannon took the NCAA to court, fighting against the use of his basketball career for commercial uses. Eventually, this case reached the ninth circuit court of appeals, but in 2016, the Supreme Court refused to hear the case and O’Bannon lost. 

Many may give the argument that collegiate athletes do not need to be paid because the scholarships they are awarded are sufficient, such as the full-ride scholarships that many athletes receive. According to the Next College Student Athlete (NSCA), only 1% of student-athletes get full-ride scholarships, and from the U.S. News and World Report, the average athletic scholarship is only $18,000. For the 2018-2019 school year, the average cost for an out-of-state public college was $21,629 and the average cost for a private college was $35,676 (U.S. News and World Report).

Before he even signed the bill into action, Governor Newsom received much backlash from both the NCAA and college presidents, accusing him of diminishing amateurism in sports. 

“They say [I’m] destroying the purity of amateurism. Not once did [the NCAA] talk about the needs of these kids,” argued Newsom. 

LeBron James, one of the most highly regarded professional basketball players of all time, recounted his own needs that he had before he went pro, revealing that one of the reasons he skipped college and went straight to the NBA was to have a steady income to help support his mother. 

“It’s going to initiate dozens of other states to introduce similar legislation, and it’s going to change college sports for the better by having [the interest] of the athletes on par with the interest of the institutions. Now, we are rebalancing that power arrangement,” announced Newsom before signing the legislation and eliciting cheers from the athletes around him. 

Across the country, January 1, 2023 will be a momentous catalyst for new progressive laws, recognizing the accomplishments and hard work of student-athletes. 

Con: California Bill Diminishes Integrity of College Sports

Hanna Donnelly

The NCAA should not pay student athletes because many of the student athletes under their care are getting scholarships, they are a student before they are an athlete, and they signed the National Letter of Intent. The student athletes are not professionals where they get paid big time, getting paid while being a pro is giving them a goal, if you give them money now they may not try as hard. If they really care about the sport, it should not matter if they’re getting money from it or not, money is not everything. It’s not a right to play a sport as a student, it’s a privilege, not all things that are a privilege will pay them and they need to learn that and not get greedy. 

The Huffington Post has a few great examples of things to think of for the future athletes to get paid, they might not show up to class anymore, many of them are young college students and irresponsible and we can’t include money into that situation and make it worse. How will every single player get paid? Will they all be paid the same? Will the ones who work the hardest be paid the same as the ones that barely try at all? And finally, many athletes use their want to get into the pros and get big cash as an incentive, if we take that away by giving them money now, will they still try nearly as hard?

A good statement that makes is that will these players or other students have to pay more to the school in order to pay the athletes? Or will the money be coming from the government? NBA superstars like LeBron James and Draymond Green have said it’s a good idea for the bill to be passed but corporations and colleges have been able to excessively profit off these students even after they leave college.

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Hollywood’s Bleeding Thu, 12 Dec 2019 18:03:04 +0000 Post Malone does it again with an awesome album that includes collaborations with many popular artists like DaBaby, Future, Halsey, Meek Mill, Lil Baby, Ozzy Osborne, Travis Scott, SZA, Swae Lee, and Young Thug. The album itself was released on September 6th, 2019 by Republic Records under hip hop/rap. 

The first track on the album is “Hollywood’s Bleeding.” The start of the song utilizes a slow melody and melts into Malone’s voice and sounds acoustic in a way with not much music for the first minute. His voice is full of wanting to be heard by the audience saying “Hollywood’s bleeding but we call it home.” The song is very dramatic in a good way when you can hear his voice strained to emphasize his point. It makes you feel like you’re gasping for air at the end with all of the different beat changes, from his voice being the only thing, to the ambiance in the back behind his words, to the upbeat tempo after he calls his constant pain home. The way the lyrics are worded makes you think that he is saying that people never look at him more than a bank account and how he feels played but he’s so used to it that he calls it home.

“Saint-Tropez” is the second song and with it comes an energetic beat to emphasize Malone’s lyrics. The beat itself has a slow, high bass vibe. Malone talks about his wealth and how it changes him. He talks about the brands he wears and how hard he worked to get to where he is now and how long he’s waited to give himself the life he has now. 

The third track is “Enemies,” and features DaBaby. This song describes how Malone feels about having his friends doubting his future success by telling him that he would never make it, but how his friends asked for help after he made a successful career for himself, and how he wishes it was different, but they made their choices. However, he still wishes the best for them.

“Circles” is the sixth track. This song has a happier melody to it, but uses sad words to contradict the cheeriness, discussing how he is in a relationship that is slightly toxic but he can’t help but go in circles. He tells the girl to run away from the relationship but they keep going around the same thing, saying that he’s waiting for her to go because it’s not good for either of them.  He’ll be the bad guy if he needs to be. 

The song following is “Die For Me” featuring Future and Halsey. Post Malone discusses how a girl in a relationship was saying that she would die for him and he had a really bad feeling she was lying.  Her friends sold her out and told him the truth. Future describes how she was being treated so well and how now they aren’t on the best of terms. Halsey is describing how she found out what was going on by going through the guy’s phone, and how she is spilling all of their secrets. The three of their voices together with a loop of Halsey’s voice in the background is the perfect combination of pain and revenge in the album.

“Take What You Want” with Ozzy Osbourne and Travis Scott is close to perfection.  Osbourne starts off the song with a pain-filled verse of how a girl took his heart and left, saying ‘If you’re taking my heart, just take it all.’ Malone says, after Osbourne’s verse, that he needs to take a break and let his heart heal; he should have seen this coming. Scott then says that he was just continuously feeding into the lies and never saw the deceit coming. The song then returns to Ozzy Osbourne for his starting verse and then combining in Post Malone and Travis Scott’s voice along with his, and a guitar solo after with a shadowed voice of one Post Malone, at the end saying ‘just take what you want and go’.

“Goodbyes” with Young Thug explains how too much pleasure is pain and he just needs to take off the edge. He wants a girl out of his head because he wants to protect himself from hurt. She took his heart and decided that that’s not what she wanted after it was too late. Young Thug is saying how hurt he is from being back-stabbed and how he wants her back but he can’t do that to himself again.

As the last track on the album, “Wow” definitely makes the album go out with a bang. Malone describes how forgiving he was in the beginning and now he’s turning heartless. He makes his doubters say, ‘Wow’ as he shows them what he’s really about. He furthers his viewpoints by saying that he’s not going to listen to anyone anymore; he’s going to do things for himself and not worry about anyone else.

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Super-Earth: The Second Chance for Future Generations Thu, 12 Dec 2019 17:12:26 +0000 A new Earth has been discovered: Is this a second chance of life for humanity? The new planet that has been identified outside the solar system is approximately thirty-one light-years away, and is twice the size of Earth and six times Earth’s mass. This new planet is known as “Super Earth”.

According to N.A.S.A, this newly detected planet is classified as a super-Earth in the exoplanet classification, meaning that this planet is similar to Earth and is pertained outside the solar system. 

N.A.S.A detected that a fifth of the planet’s mass is made of light elements and compounds. Some of those elements include water, and due to this exoplanet lying within the “habitable” zone to a star, it is assumed that this planet can possibly withstand life.

According to the astronomer Angelos Tisiaras, the planet cannot officially be classified as a “second Earth,” but it is “the best candidate for habitability that [is known] right now.” Paving the way for hope that this super-Earth might not only be the best option, it just boils down to equipment and the continuation of the search. 

The super-Earth has many redeeming qualities that make it one of the top candidates for a possible chance as a future home to a future generation of the human race. It has the capability of water, an atmosphere that N.A.S.A predicts is oxygenated to some degree, and what appear as land masses on the planets outer surface.

According to The Space, the super-Earth is approximately 26 million years away. The current technology available in today’s day in age is not at capacity to be able to take people there and still survive. 

Despite the technological setback for humanity, this super-Earth is still something that is being investigated. It’s a new light that shines on the problems facing Earth today. A possible second chance for the human race to have another planet that hopefully survives humanity’s destructive ways.

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Students Prepare to Graduate Early Thu, 12 Dec 2019 17:09:41 +0000 The opportunity for early graduation was first offered to students at FZN in 1982. 

The requirements students must fulfill in order to apply for early graduation include:

  • Complete at least one year of academic enrollment and six credits in the Fort Zumwalt School District.
  • Earn the prescribed number of credits and meet all requirements necessary for graduation as prescribed by the Fort Zumwalt School Board of Education and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

If a student has met these requirements, they have the opportunity to send in an application letter to the principal. The letter must include the student’s reasonings for graduating early. Along with this letter of intent, a letter of approval will also be needed from a parent/guardian recommending the early graduation. All applications need to be submitted to the counselor no later than January 1st of the year preceding the student’s graduation year. Early graduates can still participate in school activities with the principal’s approval. 

“There are 30 members of the 378 members of the Class of 2020 who have applied to graduate in December,” said Principle Joe Sutton. 

Assuming that these 30 students occupy FZN parking spaces, there could be a major opening in parking for students who weren’t able to obtain a space in the beginning of the school year. 

But it’s not just parking that will be affected. 

Graduating early can really help students who want to start a career or begin college.

Senior Aspen Singleton, is graduating early this year. 

“Early graduation has allowed me to begin college sooner, which will help me start doing what I love faster,” Singleton said.

Nick Hahn, another early graduating senior, has his reasons as well.

“I’m going into the military and I start boot camp in February,” said Hahn. 

The number of students taking the early graduation option has increased over the years. 

“An interesting fact is that the number of early graduates grew considerably after we went to a 7 period day during the 2011-12 school year,” said North High Principal Joe Sutton.

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21 LGBT Figures Prominent in the Fight for Equality Wed, 16 Oct 2019 17:20:01 +0000 October is a month filled with awareness, from Breast Cancer to Hispanic heritage. But something that’s not usually talked about is the LGBT+ people who paved the way for the community. With National Coming Out Day landing on October 11th, October was deemed LGBT+ History Month.

Gilbert Baker

Gilbert Baker is a gay LGBT+ rights activist. He’s known for coming up with the iconic rainbow flag in 1978. He dictated meanings to each color; The red signifies life, the orange healing, yellow sunlight, green is nature, blue is harmony, and the purple is spirit.

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Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres is a lesbian talk show host. Despite facing hardships during her young life, including being kicked out of her home and having her show canceled when she came out to the public. President Barack Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016.

Credit: The New York Times

Barbara Gittings

Barabara Gittings is a lesbian woman who was a large part of the movement to get the American Psychology Association to drop homosexuality as a mental illness. She’s also picketed the ban on employment of gay people by the U.S. government. Due to her activism, she has a GLAAD award named after her.

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Harvey Milk

Harvey Milk was the first openly gay elected official. He was the Mayor of Castro Street in San Francisco. He was also awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama. In 1978, he was assassinated by another city supervisor named Dan White.

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Bayard Rustin

Bayard Rustin was a gay advisor to Martin Luther King, Jr. He felt that if he didn’t claim his sexuality, he would be adding to the problem. This, however, hurt his career. Many in King’s congregation didn’t want Rustin on his staff because of his sexuality. He was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama in 2013.

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Christine Jorgensen

Christine Jorgensen was the first person in the United States to become widely known for having sex reassignment surgery. She received the surgery in Denmark, and was the front cover of The New York Daily News when she returned to America. She used this fame to her advantage and became a popular actress, as well as using her platform to advocate for transgender people.

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Richard Isay

Richard Isay was the program chairman of the American Psychoanalytic Association (APSAA). He was the first psychologist to argue homosexuality being an inborn identity and was a large contributor in pushing the American Psychology Association (APA) to take homosexuality out of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).

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Geena Rocero

Geena Rocero is a transgender Filipina model. She has spoken at the United Nations to advocate for transgender rights, as well as achieved being the first openly transgender Asian-Pacific Islander to pose for Playboy.

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Alfred Kinsey

Alfred Kinsey was a bisexual American biologist. He invented The Kinsey Scale, or the Heterosexual-Homosexual Rating Scale. He was one of the first to represent sexuality as fluid instead of a fixed state. In June 2019, he was one of the inaugural 50 American “pioneers, trailblazers, and heroes” inducted on the National LGBTQ Wall of Honor within the Stonewall National Monument.

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Queer eye

Queer Eye is a Netflix reality tv show that follows five LGBT+ men who go around states and help men and women who have been nominated by friends or family. The current version is a reboot of the original Queer Eye for the Straight Guy that ran from 2003 to 2007. Today’s “Fab Five” (from left to right) consists of Bobby Burk, the gay home designer, Antoni Porowski, the bisexual chef, Karamo Brown, the gay culture expert, Tan France, the gay fashion helper, and Jonathan Van Ness, the gay nonbinary hairstylist. The show has worked hard at defeating the stereotypes and stigmas surrounding gay men and the LGBT+ community in general.

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Aaron Fricke

Aaron Fricke was a gay high school student who wanted to bring his boyfriend to prom with him. When the school informed him that same-sex couples were not allowed at the dances, he sued the school. He won the case of Fricke v. Lynch and set the precedent to establish a legal right for students to bring their same-sex partners to school functions.

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Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon

Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon were a lesbian couple who founded the Daughter of Bilitis (DOB) in 1955, which became the first social and political organizaiton for lesbians in the United States. The two also worked to form the Council of Religion and the Homosexual (CRH) to persuade ministers to accept homosexuals into churches. They were married in 2004, making them the first same-sex wedding to take place in San Francisco, however that marriage was voided by the California Supreme Court, so they remarried in 2008.

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Leonard Matlovich

Leonard Matlovich was a gay soldier who was discharged from the military because of his sexuality. His tombstone reads, “When I was in the military they gave me a medal for killing two men and a discharge for loving one.” This quote is used quite often in the LGBT community.

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Edith Windsor

Edith Windsor was the lead plaintiff in the 2013 Supreme Court of the United States case United States v. Windsor, which overturned Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defines marriage as the union between one man and one woman and allowed the states to refuse to recognize same-sex marriages granted under other state laws. Windsor’s wife died in 2009 and left her entire estate to Edith. She was not allowed to claim the estate tax exemption for surviving spouses, so she sued the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

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Janice Langbehn

Janice Langbehn became an activist after the results of the events surrounding the death of her wife, Lisa Pond. When Pond collapsed and was taken to the hospital, Langbehn and their children weren’t allowed to see her because they were in an “anti-gay city and state. Langbehn and their three young kids were kept from Pond’s side for eight hours, leaving her to die without her partner of 18 years by her side.

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Frank Kameny

Frank Kameny was dismissed from his position as an astronomer in the U.S. Army’s Map Service because of his sexuality. He appealed his firing, and although it was unsuccessful, it marked the first known civil rights claim based on sexual orientation in a U.S. Court. He also worked hard to remove the classification of homosexuality as a mental disorder from the APA’s DSM.

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Construction continues at North Tue, 01 Oct 2019 17:27:53 +0000 The Fort is under construction for the 2019-2020 school year, and many students and staff will be affected during this time period.

“I think it’s safe to say that we are all being affected by the construction, but none more so than our teachers in the 300 hallway,” said the principal Mr. Joe Sutton. 

He went on to say that 30 teachers had to move parking spaces because of this work. One person directly affected by the construction is social studies teacher Mrs. Stacie Wulfert from the 300 hallway. She was 1 out of the 30 who lost a parking spot that was convenient to her room. Wulfert says she doesn’t mind, though, in fact, she is excited to see what the outcome of the addition will look like. 

According to Mr. Sutton, the building should be finished by May 29th, making it a 10-month job all together. He says the goal is to have it completely finished for the 20-21 school year. 

The new addition will entail approximately 14 new classrooms to be laid out in a horseshoe shape, similar to the current 300 hallway layout. 

Also as part of this project, there will be additional parking spaces as well as the renovation of a few of the current classrooms.

“North High will, no doubt, be a better place when these projects are complete,” said Sutton.

North High secretary, Mrs. Sara Hannar, sees how the construction impacts the parking situation.

“If we all just remain patient, it will serve us for the better in the long run,” said Hannar.

Some FZN students also had opinions on the construction and how it is affecting them. Mikaela Giuliano, senior, said that the construction disrupts her learning capabilities in class when the machinery is loud. 

“Overall, it has occasionally been annoying but not constantly,” said Guiliano. 

Another student, senior Aspen Singleton, has a more positive outlook on the situation. She said that she is excited to see what the new construction will do to North High. “This school needs more space, so I am happy about the new classrooms being added,” said Singleton. 

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