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Taking a Look Back – A Year End Review

Jacob Brandt, Editor-in-Chief

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The year is coming to its end and, unfortunately, so is our high school newspaper. With no qualified teachers next year to teach journalism, the Falcon Voice is unable to continue. On behalf of the team, I would like to say thank you to the readers, for making our work worth the effort and showing the potential our writing has to bring you something genuine and different from traditional news sites, or other high school webpages for that matter. To the administration team assisting our efforts, thank you. Especially Mrs. Burson who approves our articles for publishing. I know it is a tedious task to review every article in addition to your regular duties and for thank we greatly appreciate it. To our principal, Ms. Brase, it was wonderful to interview you and have your support throughout the publication process. Lastly, thank you to our instructors for serving as the backbones of this paper. It is my hope our efforts will be carried on in the future. To the extent of our knowledge, this is the last journalism class, and I am glad to have been the Editor-in-Chief alongside Ayla Ahmad.

 

Thank you.

 

Below is a recap of the year and the content we published. It is important sometimes to take a look back at the journey that brought us to this day.

 

Donal Trump RallyThis is an image of Mr. Mattison sitting on a piano bench in front of the piano in the choir room.

September

The Falcon Voice published its first monthly edition of the year, spotlighting stories from the CFHS marching band to welcoming one of the school’s newest teachers, Mr. Mattison. We also covered news stories such as Donald Trump visiting Phoenix and most obscurely, a local woman who stole and crashed a police car.

Hurricane Irma satellite imagePep rally

October

As The Voice became more developed, we saw the start of the Freddy the Falcon comics created by our comic artist Devin. In sports, the Catalina Foothills football team climbed its way into the playoffs following it homecoming football game victory and the girl’s volleyball team placed fourth at the Lady Falcon Invitational Volleyball Tournament. CFHS also had the first pep rally this month with the theme of The Wizard of Oz. Amidst all the fun and entertainment the month brought us, let us not forget the brave survivors who had to rebuild their homes after Hurricane Irma swept through the southeast.

November

Probably the busiest months we had all year for interviews, the edition included three spotlight interviews: talking to the CFHS student body president, Shay MacBan; discussing business with the owner of a local restaurant called Brother John’s Beer, Bourbon, & BBQ, John Aldecoa; and CFHS’ new counselor, Ms. Larson.

 

December

December was a quiet month in the news as the holiday season was a time to rejoice the coming of a new year and enjoying the company of family and friends. Around Tucson there were numerous events celebrating the holidays such as Winter Haven’s Festival of Lights, The Botanical Garden’s Luminaria Nights, and the Reid Park Zoo light displays.

The movie poster with the characters from the movie

Conner Cosgrove in our new blue away soccer uniform.

Elena Yakovishina of Russia competing in Alpine Skiing.

 

January

A new year, a new you. January was a time of new year’s resolutions, winter formal, and a look at the most recent Star Wars film, The Last Jedi. The Voice also covered the Tucson Roadrunners, the new hockey team representing the city since 2016, and awaiting the upcoming Winter Olympics taking place the next month in Korea. Spotlighted in this month’s edition were Connor Cosgrove from our school and Ms. Visbal, the library.

A cowboy sliding off the side of his horse grabs the horns of a passing steer.

February

The month of love was another busy time for us as on top of Valentine’s Day. On February 4, the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles faced off at the Super Bowl LII. On February 16, Chinese New Year welcomed the year of the dog. The end of the month break was also a time when families take vacations or visit the Tucson Rodeo.

Snowboarder at the top of a mountainCFHS Student Walk-inCFHS Student Walk-in

March

Recapping the Winter Olympics, the United States brought home 9 gold medals, 8 silver medals, and 6 bronze medals. The Oscars were also this month, awarding brilliant works in the film industry. And here at school, The Voice spotlighted Miriam Arden, a well rounded student known for her acting in school plays, membership in various clubs at the school, and being a friendly face on campus. We also interviewed Ms. Lewis, an English teacher, about the poetry contest. At CFHS, students also organized a walkin demonstration at the plaza in the middle of the school day to show consolidation with the student-led #MarchforOurLives movement and show sympathy to the Florida school shooting victims.

A photo of the team.

Side Note:

Ms. Brase has discussed keeping the Falcon Voice open as a club, but just not part of a class.

 

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Taking a Look Back – A Year End Review