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Mrs. Palmer

Benjamin Sandfort May 7, 2013

This teacher has spent this year using multiple different styles of teaching in her classroom. She helps students learn their math skills not only by offering help in class with problems but also by coming...

Loufest Review

Benjamin Sandfort September 19, 2012

At 10:30 a.m. on Saturday August 25, 2012: I awoke to go to the biggest indie music festival in the St. Louis area. Loufest is held at Central Field in Forest Park: a vast, open area perfect for setting...

April Burton

Benjamin Sandfort May 8, 2012

When I started school at FHC last year, I was taking French 1. I was taking it to have better communication with my cousins in France, so I was hoping it was going to be really easy. Sadly, I was very...

Concert review: Hank III at Pop’s

Benjamin Sandfort April 5, 2012

Hank III’s show at Pop’s in Sauget, Illinois, on March 21, was quite an interesting show. When I walked into Pop’s central area at 7 p.m., the pit area in front of the stage was empty, (as expected,...

Review: “Worship & Tribute”

Benjamin Sandfort March 8, 2012

Glassjaw was an essentially unknown post-hardcore band of the 1990s. The band mixed elements of goth rock (like The Cure), hardcore punk and heavy metal music together, in an interesting blend that left...

Review: “Resolution”

Benjamin Sandfort February 24, 2012

Even though the year is young, and expecting many album releases, thrash metalers Lamb of God may have released the best metal album of 2012. Their newest (as well as seventh) release “Resolution,”...

Review: “When A Guitar Plays The Blues”

Benjamin Sandfort February 16, 2012

I don’t know if it’s the emotion evoked through the music or the excellent instruments, but something makes the blues one of my favorite genres. This album is by the fanatical blues guitarist/vocalist...

Ridlen ends long wait

Benjamin Sandfort December 16, 2011

Art teacher Mrs. Michelle Ridlen was recently presented with National Board Certification for Teaching in the area of Art for Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood. It is an advanced teaching certificate...

Review: Anthem of the Sun

Benjamin Sandfort December 7, 2011

The Grateful Dead are one of my favorite bands. I can’t help but to love the jams, outstanding instruments, beautiful vocals, lyrics, a dedicated fan base and spaciness of their many songs. Their...

Concert Review: Judas Priest’s Epitaph Tour

Benjamin Sandfort November 29, 2011

I arrived at Family Arena Thursday, Nov. 11, ready for Judas Priest’s final tour to be outstanding. With a line-up of Thin Lizzy & Black Label Society as openers for the heavy metal legends, I thought...

Review: ‘Breathe in Life’ by Betraying the Martyrs

Benjamin Sandfort November 2, 2011

The year of 2011 has been a big one for metal, with highly anticipated sophomore albums from Of Mice & Men and Asking Alexandria, as well as new albums from metal veterans such as Skeleton Witch, but...

Review ‘Wildflower’ by Lauren Alaina

Benjamin Sandfort October 26, 2011

I’m going to start this review by saying that I am not a huge fan of most country. I will also say that when I started the album I was immensely shocked with what I heard. Lauren Alaina was the 10th...

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