Relationships on and off duty

Police have been talked about on the news for many years. People have started to talk more about the police that have done horrible things rather than talk about those who have done their job to the best of their ability.  According to, people pay more attention to the behavior of the police. If the policemen treats them well, then they will respect the police officer. If the police officer responds in a fair and justly way towards the offenders, the offender usually has a positive attitude towards the officer.

“I’m not nervous when I see policemen because I do the right thing, ” Devon Holliday ‘19 said.

The media looks more into the policemen who give a negative view of the police which makes the public focus more on the policemen that have caused more harm than good. They focus on what makes a good story and they don’t worry about preserving the perspective that the public has on the police.

“I would say I have more of a positive perspective on the police. They’re just enforcing the law like they’re supposed to,” Tevin Likens ‘16 said.

According to, a survey was given to the state of Montana. 83 percent of the people in Montana supported the police while 10 percent did not support them. The police see more of the 10 percent than those from the 83. According to a study done by the Montana Highway Patrol, police officers across the nation feel as though the public does not trust them. Some policemen think this way because of how stories are covered on television.

“I think over the generations the amount of respect given towards the police has changed. I think the police have a reputation based on the community that they are in,” Social studies teacher, Aaron Liebel said, “It also depends on if the police force is effective and shows that it cares.”


Chromebook preparations begin

Chromebooks are no longer the future of FHS; they are the now.

Next semester everyone will have a chromebook. The chromebooks are meant to gain easier access to Canvas, a website used to create online assignments and quizzes and they make life easier to both the teachers and the students by giving them easy access to their email and assignments that may be online. The teachers will not have to schedule chrome carts for their classrooms because the students will each have their own chromebook.

The last two days of the semester are to help the students get ready and to adapt to the use of the chromebooks. The chromebooks have many uses that will help the students with their education but they also can be used irresponsibly. “I don’t think computers will help our education. I think that more kids having computer will goof off rather than work,” Sydney Bray ‘16 said.

The chromebooks will not be taking over the use of textbooks but they will be useful to the students. With the chromebooks, students can check their email and do homework if a class requires it.

“The chromebooks will help with the student’s education by keeping them more organized because that way the material for the classes is contained on one device,” science teacher Keaton Sturm said.

Teachers can watch where the students go and can stop the students if it isn’t good by using a new service called “GoGuardian.”imgres-1 copy copy

“We’ve been working on getting this set up for several years now. We’re going to have a mini tech conference where we will be learning about google applications, digital citizenship, and there will be a lawyer presentation so the students will know the legal aspects of how to use a chcartromebook,” Tech coordinator Karen Dux said.

According to Dux, parents will also be required to attend sessions about correct use before students are allowed to take the Chromebooks home.

“There are two parent sessions. They have to go through a policy handbook and the lawyer presentation. They also have to pay 30 dollars every year to pay for damages to the chromebooks,” said Dux.

Chromebooks will have an impact on the school. Whether it is a good impact or a bad one is up to the students.

Social media provides school with recognition

Fairbury High School uses Twitter and Facebook to inform the students and parents about activities that take place in the school. Both Facebook and Twitter are used to provide important information about school activities, athletics, and events. It covers the different convos that occur in the school and the various games that the Fairbury High School plays.  

“Twitter and Facebook are two types of social media that we use. I think that social media informs people so quickly. I have my own twitter account just for teachers so they can get ideas for uses in technology,” technology coordinator Karen Dux said.

Twitter and Facebook are used by many people. The school is trying to reach out to the students by using the social media that inhabits their lives. Mrs. Dux has put a great deal of effort into building the different sites for the students and also for the teachers.

“Facebook has been the most popular site for teachers and parents but Twitter has started to become more popular,” Mrs. Dux said.

The Fairbury website is important to show the parents how well their students are doing in school. It also shows the different sports and the different activities and the results from the different activities and sports. It is important to have social media to spread good or bad news and promote upcoming events.Social Media Infographic copy

Meaning of Thanksgiving changes over time

Thanksgiving is coming up, students are getting ready for thanksgiving break and to celebrate with families. When the students come home they tell what they learned, but different grades learn different things. In elementary school most students learn how Thanksgiving started and do projects, but in high school students learn in depth how Thanksgiving works.

“We learned a lot more in elementary but less in high school,” said Raelyn Morava ‘18

In school elementary students learn different things from high school. Just by doing projects and things that go along with Thanksgiving.

Elementary school, a place where student start their life in school. Students in learn about Thanksgiving and do projects to celebrate it. Students learn Thanksgiving a way different way than high schoolers learn how thanksgiving is. Elementary students learn how the pilgrims came to America and what they did. They also do projects and have fun.

“We learned about the good things in elementary and more of the bad things in high school,”  Dakota Gladson ‘19 said.

In high school students learn how to shop for black Friday, and learn more in depth on what happened when the pilgrims came and their interactions with the Native Americans.

High school is the last stretch of school. Students in high school learn how Thanksgiving actually started. They also learn how to use money wisely on black Friday. Students learn more about Thanksgiving and the native americans, and learn about corn and to plant it. They also learn how to cook if students are in a culinary class.

“We didn’t even talk about Thanksgiving when I was in high school,” said geography teacher Aaron Leibel.

Students learn about Thanksgiving, but some also don’t learn about it in high school. Even if they still celebrate it, it’s not prominent in some schools’ classes.

Some schools don’t teach Thanksgiving because teachers don’t see the point in learning it after elementary school. They think the students learned enough during elementary school.

Students adapt to changes in schools

There were many changes to the school from 1989 to 1990. The biggest difference was the school. That year they moved from the ‘23 building to the ‘89 building.

Open campus was taken away because there was always trash littering the school grounds. When they moved to the new building they changed from letting everyone have open campus, to closed campus.

“The last year we were in the ‘23 building, it was my first year teaching.  One change was that everyone had open campus. When we started school in this building the Fine Arts center wasn’t here so we did all our convos in the gym and we would set up the stage in the commons.” Business teacher Teresa Hansmire said.

According to the 1990 yearbook, “On August 22, there was a traffic jam. 165 cars were trying to park in the 165 parking spaces. Everyone was confused and disoriented in the new school. They had to acclimate to the new school and find new places for their group to hang out, eat and to park.” Many of the students’ parents did not tolerate disrespect in their homes, which in turn made the students respect their teachers more. Now the students’ parents try not to punish their kids because they think that their kids might hate them because of their discipline, which make them less demanding. This makes the students respect their parents and teachers less.

“The students respected the teachers more when they went to school in the ‘23 building than they do now. Back then students respected their parents more but now a lot of students are on their own a lot of the time which gives little respect to parents and also to teachers,” substitute teacher Bob Bauer said.

The 1989 yearbook states that “the students were looking towards a better future and a better school. They were ready to move to the new school and ready for the changes.”

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The old school was built in 1923. There were other buildings that the students had to walk to to get to their other classes. Photo by: Stephen Engelman

The 1989 yearbook states that “the students were looking towards a better future and a better school. They were ready to move to the new school and ready for the changes.”

“The big difference from this school and the ‘23 building is that you had classes in the ‘23 building but also had classes in the superintendent’s building so the students had to leave the building to get to some of their classes.” Social studies teacher Randy Simpson said. No matter what classes or teachers have changed over the years, the history of FHS is relevant today.

The new school was built in 1989. The students were both happy and confused with their new school. Photo by: Ludwig Von Thurn

The new school was built in 1989. The students were both happy and confused with their new school. Photo by: Ludwig Von Thurn


Plans for college pose crucial decision

Students can’t go under it, students can’t go around it, and students can’t go over it, so they might as well answer it, “where do you want to go to college?”

It’s a question most seniors can’t avoid. Possibly younger students have even had the question posed to them.

“I’m mostly asked by adults and it’s kind of a frequently asked question. Especially when I see adults or family that I haven’t seen in a long time,” Paige Livingston ‘18 said.

The future is something students are told to have a plan for because the future is impossible to run away from or avoid. College is typically where most students seem to go after graduating.

Some students do have a plan and know exactly where they’re headed. As a junior, students take the School to Career class, STC, which can help students decide on what to plan for after graduation, by doing a job shadow of a job they have in mind, doing a job interview, and scoping out colleges they might want to attend.

“Doing a job shadow helped a lot. It was really fun…I want to be a high school math teacher because math comes easy for me and I just like helping others,” Lindsay Lee ‘16 said.

Some need job shadows to help figuring out if what they want to do is the right fit. Other students may have known what they’ve wanted to be since they were little.

I love everything to do with hair and make-up and I feel like that’s just what I was meant to do when I was little,” Amanda Harroun ‘16 said.

Even though it’s only the second quarter of the school year, students say they’re ready to go out and start the next step–college.

“I think it’ll be new, different experience. I’m a little nervous….I think I’m ready to go out and start the next chapter,” Nick Christiansen ‘16 said.

Even with the nervousness of leaving and beginning a new journey after high school, seniors leave with some advice for the people who may be nervous or worried about their journey to college and later on.

“Take your time you don’t have to rush into decisions, so have fun,” Christiansen said.

Students Cherish First Cars

Parents and teachers like to say that high school is the best four years of our lives.

During those four years, most students start to drive. They go to the courthouse the Wednesday after their 16th birthday, sit in the basement, wait their turn, take their test, and hopefully pass. For some, they’ve had their learners permit, so the process is shorter and easier. The same goes for those who have taken drivers ed.

Sometimes parents buy their child their first car. They could buy them something more reliable. Most of the time, they do since most high school students don’t make enough money by the time they are 16 to afford to buy anything over $2,000.

Some parents may not think something that cheap can be reliable. Or they simply hand down an old car they have sitting around.

“My first car was an ‘86 Chevy Silverado. My parents bought it like 20 years ago,” RJ Suey ‘19 said.

Some students aren’t so lucky. They have to find work, save up, and buy the car themselves.

“I paid for it myself. It was $500,” Kody Lenz ‘18 said about his ‘92 Camaro.

With high school being the best years of our lives, we make memories to last a lifetime. Our first drive may not be one memory to forget. Some drives are serious, some drives are stressful, and some drives are humorous.

“My father and I took her out for a test drive, took her to the corner and back, and she never ran again,” Trevin Likens ‘16 said about his first truck.

Unfortunately, not all memories of our first cars are made while driving. Sometimes cars malfunction, especially old cars.  

“When it caught on fire, that was pretty cool,” Suey ‘19 said. “The oil pan broke and it spilled oil all over my engine. It caught on fire while I was driving, twice.”

Driving can be a big part of a high school career. Many firsts may start with the first car. Like a first trip to Lincoln alone, first trip to Roca alone, first time to Beatrice alone, first time anywhere alone! First cars are a new experience. It’s not borrowing any more,

FHS BLAZER receives highest honor

Fairbury High School’s school newspaper The Blazer received top honors for its 2014-15 volume. The Nebraska High School Press Association (NHSPA) awarded the staff  a Cornhusker Award after judging the publication along with other publications from across the state.  According to the NHSPA, a Cornhusker is “awarded for journalism excellence in high school publications.” It is equivalent to winning a state title.

The Fairbury High School Blazer for  2014-15 included:

Cole Bauer, Editor-in-Chief

Paul Lawrence, Assistant Editor

Jace Harris and Bryce Schouboe, Sports Editors

Halle Knigge and Brooke Eisenhauer, Page Editors

Gabby Weatherl and Madison Schlake, Columnists

Reporters: Avery Joe, Anna Schouboe, Mercadeze Engleman-Meyers, Paige Patton, Josey Zabokrtsky, Kellsie Specht, Michaela Bartels, and Stephen Engleman

Jed Martin, Adviser

Returning staffers of the 2014-15 Cornhusker Award winning Blazer are (back row) Stephen Engelman, Paige Patton, Josey Zabokrtsky, Paul Lawrence. (Front row) Michaela Bartels, Anna Schouboe, Brooke Eisenhauer, and Halle Knigge.
Returning staffers of the 2014-15 Cornhusker Award winning Blazer are (back row) Stephen Engelman, Paige Patton, Josey Zabokrtsky, Paul Lawrence. (Front row) Michaela Bartels, Anna Schouboe, Brooke Eisenhauer, and Halle Knigge.

StuCo brings ideas to the table

The school year has officially started and many new additions are popping up in Fairbury Jr.-Sr. High school. With 36 members in stuco alongside their sponsors Mrs. Beranek and Ms. Beck for the 2015-2016 school year, will be creating new ideas to be more inviting and fun.

Some people may have noticed we have a new addition to our cafeteria. The microwave has become a big hit within the lunches. Students bring lunch from home, enjoy having more options.

“We wanted to give the students more lunch options,” Bethany Klaumann ‘17 said.

Some kids used to go to teachers rooms to use their microwave. Now we can use our own.

“Trent Grizzle said he used to have one at his school, and he brought it up one day and we all loved the idea,” Macy Ohlde ‘18 said.

Ohlde is the stuco president and had quite a bit to say about this upcoming year, especially new things for homecoming.

“We’re going to try to bring back the bonfire for homecoming and a drive in movie probably in the back of the school the week of homecoming. We’ll be playing the movie, Back To the Future, since that’s the theme,” Ohlde ‘18 said.

With that in mind, homecoming will be even a bigger hit. Many new additions are sure to be brought onto the horizon.

“It means a lot to be the president because the council believes I can make the school a better place,” Ohlde ‘18 said.

Mentioned before, having 36 members in stuco can have an impact on the organization.

“I think the upperclassmen can show the new members the ropes and help set up with dances and the camera for the stuco show,” Klaumann ‘17 said.

The stuco show has a variety of hosts this year. Paige Patton and Britney Scheetz host a few shows then hand it off to Jacob Johnson and Paul Mach for a few other shows. The show happens every Tuesday during block 1/2.

Student council is spicing it up this year. They’re getting more involved with fun activities and other additions while bringing back old traditions.

Exchange students acclimate to surroundings

Being a new kid at a new school can be scary to think about. What about being a new kid, in a new school, in a new country? In Fairbury we have foreign exchange students come almost every year to attend school here for one school year.

When they come, our school system recognizes them as seniors. Some of them may be done with schooling when they go home, but others may have one year left when they get home. This year we have two foreign exchange students, Ludwig Von Thurn and Chica Miyomoto. Ludwig is from Germany and Chica is from Japan.

In Germany, their regular school day is only four or five hours long. Sports there are not as important in school as they are here to us. They are just pass times. There is not a dress code. They do not do a one to one program, where they would get their own Chromebooks or IPads. Punishment in Germany is very different than it is here.

Chica“I learned a lot of English, and I made some friends over here,” Japanese exchange student,” Chica Miymototo ‘16 said.

If a fight breaks out at school, they do not call the police and let them deal with it.

“You do not get in trouble at the school, or with the school, they just send a letter home to your parents and let them deal with it. I came here because I wanted to experience something new, I like it here so far,” Von Thurn ‘16 said.

In Japan, their regular school day is eight hours long. Sports are important to them too. They have a dress code; it is called the Japanese Code Uniform. The shirts from their uniforms resemble a blazer and blouse, and they wear skirts along with that. In Chica’s school, they do a one to one program.

“I learned a lot of English, and I made some friends over here,” Miyomoto ‘16 said.

Schools all around the world are similar and different in their own ways. It may be hard to imagine leaving family and friends for nine months, but a few brave souls manage to every year.