The Anchor The student news site of Farragut High School Thu, 27 Feb 2020 18:38:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 CTE Stars of Farragut Thu, 27 Feb 2020 18:38:39 +0000 Twinkle twinkle little stars!

A big event is coming up at Farragut High School! This Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, the CTE Stars of Farragut will be performing at the school. In this contest, performers will compete in three rounds.

Round one of the CTE Stars of Farragut competition will be acapella. This means that the singer will be using only their voice to create music! 

Round two will be with music. This means that the performer will have a soundtrack or instruments in the background of their song. 

Round three will be a choice between acapella and with music. This means that the singer may choose between performing solely with their own voice, or with instrumental music in the background. 

Everyone is invited to be an audience member and watch as this contest unfolds. Emma Poindexter, a Farragut High School senior, has been to CTE Stars of Farragut before and plans to attend again.

Poindexter says, “The competition is really fun to watch. It is even more fun when you know the people competing!” 

The CTE Stars of Farragut competition is Farragut High School’s small contest among a group of singers with the goal of selecting one winner to represent Farragut in a larger competition. The larger competition is called CTE Goes Live, and this year is the 10th year in a row that this event will be held. This contest will occur on Friday, May 1, 2020 in downtown Knoxville, TN, Market Square. In this contest, a total of 15 Knox County schools will have selected one performer to represent the entire school. For Farragut, CTE Stars of Farragut is the most efficient way to choose a contestant from a bunch of students.

Photo from CTE Goes Live at Market Square.


Farragut High School’s CTE Goes Live Contestant Katie Lin. (via Twitter @CTEgoesLive)

Prior to CTE Stars of Farragut, the students competing had auditioned on Feb. 7, 2020 and were chosen by two Farragut High School educators, Michelle Brossett and Brenda Mcgrath. Each performer will have the opportunity to express their talents to the group of judges, but only one will win the chance to compete in CTE Goes Live.

As a competitor, the nerves can be extremely high. However, a lot of the students performing in CTE Stars of Farragut are more excited than afraid.

Emily Bannow, a junior in the competition, says, “I think singing in front of a large crowd is the most fun thing I can do. I’m at my happiest and best when I’m performing.” 

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Boys Lacrosse Team Obliterates Opponent in First Game Thu, 27 Feb 2020 17:57:12 +0000 With spring quickly approaching, it means the end of basketball season, and the beginning of new seasons. Baseball, boys and girls lacrosse, boys soccer, and track are all starting their seasons with fresh minds and hope for success. So far, Farragut athletics has been extremely successful. The boys soccer team took a 5-0 win against Cookeville on Saturday, while the boys baseball team took a 6-2 win against Christian Academy of Knoxville. Members of Farragut’s track team got first place at an indoor meet at Vanderbilt. Girls lacrosse recently beat Saint Benedict at Auburndale with a final score of 17-3. 

Lacrosse team captains from left to right: Garrett Howe, Jackson Richardson, Dylan Edrada, Foster Defranco, and Titus Chapman.

With all of these exciting wins under the school’s belt, one stands out as particularly impressive. Boys lacrosse defeated the Roane County Knights with a final score of 18-1 during Friday night’s game. All the more impressive, it was the team’s first game of the season, and the starting goalie, Nicolas Anningson, was out with a broken wrist. The boys banded together to pull out the win for a great start to the season.

Senior and Captain Dylan Edrada says this of the game, “It was a great win to start out the season with, but we still have a lot of work to do to prepare for the harder teams.”


The captains pose for another shot, this time, serious.

The team is not only made up of upperclassman, but is completed with sophomores and freshman too.

Sophomore starter Sam Lefler said, “It’s very stressful, and I feel like there is a lot of pressure on me to succeed,” when asked how playing with older, bigger kids affects him.

But he didn’t let the pressure get to his head, scoring a goal against the Knights. 

Boys lacrosse has two upcoming games, with one against Sullivan County on Friday, and another against Signal Mountain on Saturday. Hopefully they can pull out more 17-point leads, and as always, #goads.

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What to Know About Senior Year Wed, 26 Feb 2020 18:19:40 +0000 Listen to 3 Farragut High School seniors talk about their experiences and what they expected coming into senior year.

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Upcoming Superhero Movies In 2020 Wed, 26 Feb 2020 18:14:06 +0000 The year 2020 is going to be a big year for superhero movies. There are many upcoming superhero movies that are highly anticipated for many people. Black Widow is a movie set to come out on April 24, 2020. Black Widow was directed by Cate Shortland and stars Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour, Rachel Weisz, and Robert Downey Jr. Will Richards from NME states that the movie revolves around Natasha Romanoff and her upbringing as a KGB agent working for the government. After the Soviet Union breaks up, they will try to kill Romanoff as many of her pasts get brought up again. Many Marvel Cinematic Universe fans are looking forward to this movie as a solo movie for Black Widow has been requested for years. 

Wonder Woman 1984 is hitting theaters this summer on June 5, 2020, three years after its first movie was released. The main character, Diana (Wonder Woman), is an Amazonian warrior equipped with many strengths and immortality. In the new upcoming movie, she has to face new enemies and challenges in a setting around 70 years after its prequel’s setting. Wonder Woman 1984 stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wilg, and Pedro Pascal. 

Gal Gadot starring in Wonder Woman 1984.

Venom 2 is a sequel to the highly successful movie Venom. Venom 2 was directed by Andy Serkis and is set to be released on October 2, 2020. Tom Hardy will return to play as Eddie Brock and will be starring along with Woody Harrelson, Michelle Williams, Naomie Harris, and Reid Scott. 

The Eternals is going to be released on November 6, 2020. The movie was directed by Chloe Zhao and is based off the comics with the same title. The movie will star Angelina Jolie, Kumail Nanjiani, Kit Harrington, Richard Madden, and Ma Dong-Seok. According to Matt Goldberg from Collider, the movie is about an immortal alien race who are created by the Celestials, who have secretly lived on Earth for the last 7000 years. The Eternals will fight against the Deviants in order to protect humanity. 

The long awaited movie for Black Widow, who was a prominent character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, along with new developments like The Eternals are Marvel’s latest treasures. The sequels to Wonder Woman and Venom 2 were also expected due to the big success of the first movies. All in all, these new superhero movies coming out in 2020 have a lot of fans excited.

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Students Receive Numerous School Days Off in Knox County Tue, 25 Feb 2020 18:46:54 +0000 Image result for powell elementary school flooding

Flooding in certain areas of Knox County caused schools to close on multiple days.

2020 has thus far been a prolific year in Knox County for providing days off of school. As the clock ticks into March the students of Knox County have only been in school one full week this semester. There have been instances of inclement weather, national holidays, and increased absences due to illness that have constantly changed the school schedule.

According to Knox News, in January, schools were closed three days due to illness causing a spike in attendance issues. In February, flooding and severe, harsh weather caused four school closures and two delays so far.

There have been questions regarding whether the days off have been rational or not. It seemed excessive in some instances to cancel school and on other days people were begging to take school off for they could barely leave their homes.

Knox County is one of the largest school districts in East Tennessee with about 57,800 students and about 8,300 employees. Deciding on how to make a decision over all these citizens, concerning 88 schools, is never black or white. While some areas in the county are completely unaffected, others are far too dangerous to maneuver. 

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Sickness caused a decrease in attendance throughout all grade levels in Knox County

Students have no complaint on all these days off, in fact students were the biggest advocates for receiving a “vacation” off school.

Junior student at Farragut High School, Kiki Smith, stated, “I liked having all the days off this year. I adjusted to the schedule so easily.”

This was a trend among plenty of students, stating only the pros of having so much time off.

Olivia Rawson, another junior at Farragut High School, says that, “It’s always nice to have a break to catch up on sleep and chill.”

However, while these days off have been nice for sleeping in and having the day off, they have also pushed back teachers’ plans. Especially in academic classes, teachers are rushing to cover the curriculum they planned for, while students try to catch up. 

When asked about the subject, Rawson talks about her math class, claiming, “We move at a fast rate in that class to prepare for TNReady. Not having class puts us behind because we are not taking notes and learning new things.” 

All in all, the numerous days off of school have both positively and negatively affected students in Knox County Schools. The question now is: will there be even more changes to the already hectic schedule due to school closures for flooding, snow, or sickness?


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Super Tuesday 2020 Tue, 25 Feb 2020 18:07:22 +0000 Four years have come and gone since the insanity of the 2016 Presidential Election. Kicking off on Feb. 3 in Iowa, primary elections have begun again. The primary elections will be taking place until June 5, and on July 16; both parties will have chosen their candidate for the general election. Primary elections are held in every state by the Democratic and Republican parties. Through these elections delegates are pledged to a candidate by their states majority, and vote that way at the National Convention held in July. The primary elections are held in order to help eliminate all other candidates in the running for president, and each party stands behind whoever wins the majority of delegates from each state.

While primary elections have been going on for three weeks now, the day that is seen as the defining moment for both parties takes place on Tuesday, Mar. 3, a day known as Super Tuesday where over one third of the nation’s delegates will be pledged to a candidate. This day is seen as vital for the November general elections. Fourteen states hold their primary elections or caucuses on this day including, Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Maine, Masseschutes, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, and Virginia. However, according to the, the Republican Party in Virginia has decided to forgo this year’s primary election and put full support behind Donald Trump going into the National Convention. Donald Trump will be the one of two names on the Republican ballot this year, along with Bill Weld, a former governor. The Democratic party is a different story. With twenty candidates still in the running for the presidential nominee, Super Tuesday is predicting to result in the dropout of at least ten of them. With Bernie Sanders leading the national polls at 27% and followed by former vice president, Joe Biden at 17% there are only six candidates left with over a 1% rate in the polls. Mike Bloomberg and Elizabeth Warren are both trailing with 14%. With so many names on the Democratic ballot, there is no push for support towards one candidate, making Tuesday interesting. Mar. 3 is going to make or break several candidates, and predict the future of the United States for the next four years.

The states that will be voting on Mar. 3 are highlighted

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Evolution of John Fulkerson Mon, 24 Feb 2020 18:35:38 +0000 Tennessee Men’s Basketball has had many polarizing players to come through it’s program. From Grant Williams, Admiral Schofield, Bernard King, and Dale Ellis, it is nothing new to have players that attract the media, but there is something different about one player that is on the roster this season.

John Michael Fulkerson was born April 29th, 1997, in Johnson City, Tennessee. He has played basketball his whole life but like most student athletes he got noticed in high school. His first two years he attended Dobyns-Bennett in Kingsport, but transferred to The Christ School. While attending The Christ School in Arden, North Carolina, he averaged 14.5 points, 10.1 rebounds, 3.9 assist, and 3.6 blocks per game. Those numbers earned him Carolina’s Athletic Association 2016 player of the year and All-State honors. Coming out of high school he had a three (out of five) star rating, a .8601 composite score, and was in the top 250 players from that year, all according to 24/7 Sports. After a long recruitment process he signed with Tennessee, he was one of Rick Barnes’ first recruits.

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Now, there is no debate about the fact that college basketball is a completely different animal than high school. With that being said it’s understandable when you don’t see a player put up big numbers right away, due to the steep rise in competition. What can also impact a players numbers is when there are a lot of returning veteran players on the team they join. When this is the case, there are less minutes to be passed around leading to unimpressive numbers. With all this being said Fulkerson follows this pattern when looking at his stats. Freshman year Fulkerson was relatively healthy and averaged 4.3 points, 4.2 rebounds, 0.9 assist, and 0.8 blocks per game. Sophomore year is where things went south for Fulkerson. With the exception of a few sprained ankles, Fulkerson had remained fairly healthy until he dislocated his right elbow. This prevented him from playing for the rest of that season and missing a piece of his Junior year. With that injury being in the biggest part of the season, it took a big toll on how Tennessee ended up performing that year.

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The 2019-2020 season has been the year of “The Incredible Fulk”, with 5 of 5 starters for Tennessee not returning this season the big question mark over this team was, who was going to step up? John Fulkerson has been that answer. Even with Tennessee not having the greatest record they are one of the more dangerous teams to play this season. John Fulkerson has put them on the map by averaging 12.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.3 assist, and 0.9 blocks per game this season. Those numbers don’t jump off the paper, and they certainly don’t scream “WOODEN AWARD WINNER”, but those numbers show the grittiness, dedication, and excellent work ethic that not only John Fulkerson possesses, but that the whole team embodies.

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The Space Force Initiative Mon, 24 Feb 2020 18:11:25 +0000 For the past few decades, advancements in space have been sought after by multiple world powers, including Russia, China, and the United States of America. The idea that space can be utilized for military purposes has been present from nearly the beginning of space exploration, resulting in a competition for the development of space technology among participating world powers. The United States has taken a modern initiative in space development by forming a new branch of its military solely dedicated to defending the United States and its allies in the unexplored frontier of space.

The United States Space Force (USSF) is a branch of the United States Military that was established on Dec. 20, 2019 with the National Defence Authorization Act. Similar to how the United States Marines falls under the United States Navy, the USSF falls under the United States Air Force. The USSF is charged with the protection of the United States and its space assets by collecting data on locations of satellites, missile launches, space debris and other operations from foreign powers. The USSF will also develop technology to maintain space superiority in relation to foreign powers.

The USSF will be extremely limited in what it can do according to the parameters of the Outer Space Treaty of 1967, which dictates what a country can do in and above Earth’s atmosphere. For instance, no military installation can be constructed on any other celestial body than Earth, and no weapon tests can be conducted on other planets or natural objects. However there are some loopholes in the treaty. For example, a country may test weapons on space stations or artificial satellites it has constructed.

As promising as the USSF seems, there are logistical questions concerning its effectiveness. According to National Geographic, the USSF would most likely subsume the already established Air Force Space Command, which monitors active military satellites for the US. The USSF creates an unnecessary escalation of conflict in the world, as a strategic military advance towards space signals to the rest of the world that the United States has hostile intentions. NASA represented a global and cooperative mission when exploring the final frontier, as it worked with the Russian and European Space Agencies on numerous occasions. On the other hand, the USSF represents a bold move for the United States, the first nation to send a strong message that the next step of warfare lies in the stars. The establishment of the USSF creates the possibility to tear down all of the progress made in making the exploration of space a unifying and cohesive experience for the globe.

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Knoxville Polar Plunge to Raise Money for FHS Special Olympics Mon, 24 Feb 2020 14:02:00 +0000 The Polar Plunge is an annual challenge where brave people from across Knoxville come to jump into freezing water to raise money for Special Olympics Teams in the city and state. This year, Farragut High School’s peer tutoring program is gathering students and staff to help raise money for the Special Olympics this coming spring. Half of the money raised for the plunge goes to each school for their individual program, while the other half goes to the Special Olympics Foundation in Tennessee. For the past 50 years, the Tennessee Special Olympics has been holding competitions to encourage people with disabilities to showcase their athletic talent and strive to be their best. The event attempts to break down social barriers and stereotypes and encourage inclusion and friendship among peers. The plunge will take place this Saturday, February 22, 2020 at Knoxville’s World’s Fair Park at 11:30 a.m. 

Farragut High School peer tutor, Abby Rhodes, has been involved in the peer tutoring program for years. She loves it and thinks it’s a great way to make new friendships. Rhodes has participated in the Special Olympics before, but this is her first year doing the polar plunge. 

“I’m nervous, but excited to spend time with students outside our school,” Rhodes said. 

Peer tutoring student, Aaron Miller, is participating in the plunge this year and is very excited for both the plunge and the Special Olympics. 

He says, “I’m so excited to jump.” 

Peer tutor, Liv Specht, said, “It’s all he’s [Aaron] been talking about for weeks! He’s so excited.” 

It’s easy to say that both the polar plunge and the Special Olympics will be a great time for both students and staff, not to mention all the fundraising is going towards a great cause. 

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Changes Mon, 24 Feb 2020 13:56:24 +0000 Hide your girlfriends, Justin Bieber released a new album. Nearly five years after the release of his album “Purpose”, Bieber dropped “Changes” on Feb. 14th, 2020. For the past five years Bieber has only graced the music industry with features on hit songs like “Despacito”, and “10,000 Hours”. While these songs flew to the top charts, according to, Bieber has not had one of his own songs on the Billboard Top Charts since December 5th, 2015. Since then Bieber has gotten engaged and then married to model, Hailey Baldwin and tried his best to stay out of the spotlight to the best of his ability. From the DUI, to his arrest in Ontario for assault, growing up in front of the world almost destroyed him. In 2019, he took a hiatus from music with the purpose of becoming a better husband to Baldwin, and to focus on the deep rooted issues in his life. The teen pop sensation has had a whirlwind past five years, and the distinct difference between “Purpose” and “Changes” demonstrates the change in his life very well. From the rebellious, teenage stage ending to the new settled and calm beginning the new Bieber has begun.

Bieber, with wife, Hailey Baldwin at the premiere of his Youtube series “Justin Bieber: Seasons”.

The album is described as a confessional to her about his love, as well as a arms-wide open tribute to how she has changed his life. From the reconstruction of his faith, and to how he has had to heal from growing up in the spotlight, “Changes” is mixture of romance, acoustic, and spiritual music. The first song on the album to come out was “Yummy” a flirtatious upbeat song, that was trending on Tik Tok for two weeks. When the rest of the album came out on Valentines Day, it came with with seventeen songs featuring seven different top artists. Those artists include Quavo, Post Malone, Clever, Lil Dicky, Travis Scott, and Summer Walker. Since then Justin Bieber has replaced himself at No.1 on Hot R&B Songs Chart, and “Yummy” peaked at #2 on Jan. 18. With it only being one week since the release of “Changes”, watch and wait to see how his end-of-an-era compares to his earlier albums.

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