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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 in before school and after school to make sure her students understand what they are being ta...

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 up a music festival. The lineup for both days was stocked full of great artists (such as Son Volt,...

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 wrong, and the class was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. I tried my hardest and took al...

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, being as, that the show did not start till 8). By the time I’d returned from talking to some punks...

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 them to be named one of the first post-hardcore groups, (even though the sound almost nothing like...

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,” has a lot of pressure being put on it, many wondering if they could top their past hits, “Redneck,”...

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 Roy Buchanan. It mixes many different guitar techniques and styles with the basic blues rhythms...

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 that compliments a state teacher’s licence. Mrs. Ridlen first began working on her Natio...

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 second album Anthem of the Sun was released in 1968 and it’s definitely not the most popular. It’s a...

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 nothing could go wrong, but I was mistaken. Thin Lizzy was the first band to go on and they...

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 this album stands high above them all. This Paris deathcore act takes a huge step in progress...

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 season of American Idol’s runner-up, renowned for having a striking similarity vocally with other...

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