The Anchor The student news site of Farragut High School Wed, 28 Apr 2021 15:00:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 What is Forest Kindergarten? Wed, 28 Apr 2021 15:00:30 +0000 Schooling at a young age has developed in many different ways. In Denmark, the United Kingdom, and Sweden, parents can choose for their kids to be taught in forests. The way this works is through child care companies who take their students into the forest and help them learn normal kindergarten stuff immersed in nature. They chose to do this so the kids have more freedom and aren’t forced to sit inside all day. 

learning shapes and patterns with rocks

This process gives the children the ability to learn at their own pace and discover new things. Kids get to play and explore under supervision to push creativity and play with the outdoors and not manufactured toys. They have the chance to build structures, pretend they are explorers, climb trees, etc The lack of walls, ceilings, and manufactured toys allows children to use their imagination to play and create. 

The open environment reduces the amount of noise eliminating childhood stress that stems from loud classrooms. The lack of walls, ceilings, and manufactured toys allows children to use their imagination to play and create. Outdoor classrooms can improve children’s motor skills, they gain more experience of working on their own, they aren’t forced to work with others but encouraged. 

Kindergarten kids climbing a tree

The children, along with learning about nature, learn the normal kindergarten things like colors, shapes, time, and numbers but they are taught these same ideas through activities and are supposed to find naturally occurring items and figure out what they are with a little bit of help. The children learn through trial and error which strengthens their ability to assess risk. The children really have no limitations to what they can do unless it is dangerous. The kids can play with anything they find and if hurt they learn not to repeat. This type of learning is favored by parents wanting to build their children’s practical skills, they do not want to coddle their children but teach them they can take care of themselves with support. If children start at a young age enjoying and learning about nature they will most likely carry that on into their adult life, promoting health. 

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Is Artificial Intelligence More Damaging or Beneficial to Humanity? Fri, 16 Apr 2021 15:10:23 +0000 As society has progressed over time, humans have attempted to improve technology. There have been significant improvements in cell phones, gaming systems, and laptops. All of these technologies relate back to artificial intelligence (AI). Artificial intelligence is vaguely defined as intelligence demonstrated by machines. While many people may think of AI as cyborgs taking over the world, there are still benefits to the implementation of AI into our daily use.

Source: Frost and Sullivan

Artificial intelligence has been utilized in many different manners. As technology has been improving, more companies and individuals have been leaning towards the implementation of AI in healthcare. One example of AI being used in healthcare is the use of electronic medical records (EMR). EMR’s are digital versions of patient and population healthcare information.

There are a plethora of different types of EMR’s being used by different facilities. One program is known as Open MRS. OpenMRS has been used in Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, and 40 other countries. OpenMRS was used in Kenya to build and implement an EMR system called Bora to improve maternal and child health and improve HIV treatment in rural areas. Researchers found that this system helped to increase the completeness of data collected and close critical gaps in healthcare. When discovering that countries can improve the health of a population merely through an accessible system such as OpenMRS, it grants a great advantage for these countries who can not access adequate healthcare. 

Source: Frost and Sullivan

These benefits from AI acts as an auxiliary towards increasing healthcare in less developed countries. In addition to this tremendous benefit, OpenMRS is noticeably beneficial for the economy due to the fact that it provides more cost-efficient healthcare to those individuals who utilize this system. 

While many individuals fear the implementation of artificial intelligence into everyday life, AI definitely has its benefits. The best way to take advantage of the benefits is to embrace AI while still being knowledgeable of those who develop these systems. 

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Privacy Rights Fri, 16 Apr 2021 14:20:08 +0000 My opinion on privacy rights is that social media companies should not take users’ information without permission. I think that the government should be able to use user data to an extent, because if there is a person of suspicion then the government should be allowed to find out more about that specific person; To make sure that person doesn’t pose a threat to the people around them or to themselves. 

The issue of privacy rights is that there are many companies that like to gather the users information and use it to their own advantage. For example the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) said allegations about Cambridge Analytica, a data analytics firm, and how it improperly obtained the data of 87 million Facebook users. What Facebook did wrong was that it illegally harvested personal data from online personality quizzes and sold to Cambridge Analytica. Only 270,000 people took the personality quizzes, a former Cambridge Analytica worker said that the data from 50 million users was harvested without their explicit consent through their friend networks. Overall I think that a lot if not all the social media companies already are taking user data and selling it to places but we should put in more laws helping the users to protect their privacy. Tennessee privacy laws allows for a person to file for a lawsuit if there is an unreasonable intrusion upon the seclusion of another or  an unreasonable publicity given to the other’s private life, personally I think more effort could be put into this issue to protect our private lives.


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Raku Day 2021! Fri, 16 Apr 2021 14:10:47 +0000 Raku Day has been going on since 2002 at Farragut High School. For this spring semester firing the dates are Thursday, April 15th, and Friday, April 16th. It is held on the hill outside Green Wing. Ms. Love and Mr. Nelson team up to help Farragut High School students make amazing art. Ms. Love teaches students in Ceramics, Sculpture, and Chemistry (specifically Nelson’s) how to sculpt and build artwork out of clay to later fire in the Raku kiln. Mr. Nelson is the Chemistry teacher who helps the classes mix their own glaze in the lab that always turns out beautifully. This year Ms. Love is teaching an online ceramics class that is also participating.

Glossy Raku Glaze on a pot

The Raku firing process is where someone makes artwork out of Raku clay they fire it in an electric kiln where it is then bisque fired. They then glaze the pieces with a special Raku glaze, made with copper carbonate, and put it in the raku kiln that is heated up with propane for about 12 minutes. The pieces are then put in a trash can of combustibles where it sits while cooling down. The electric kiln takes 24 hours to heat up and cool down but the raku kiln heats up way faster. When the artwork is in the combustibles, which is usually newspaper, it is part of a process called reduction. Reduction is where carbon is created and reacts with the oxygen in the glaze’s metal oxides which is then stripped away. Due to the chemical makeup of the glaze the artwork created is not food safe, it is only for decoration. The colors this glaze produces are beautiful, there are many variations of raku glaze but my personal favorite is the regular glossy glaze.

I have been involved in this firing process and have taken Ceramics for three years in a row, I am now in Ms. Love’s sculpture class. Unfortunately, last year our spring semester got cut short so we were unable to enjoy it, but it is back and better than ever. If you’re interested in pottery or just making 3D artwork, the art department offers many classes where you are able to do so. If you’re interested in learning more about this process there are many other resources available online but if you’re looking to be involved or for something more hands-on signing up for a Ceramics or Sculpture class is definitely the way to go!


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Why Do Dogs Help Humanity? Thu, 15 Apr 2021 15:04:36 +0000 A man’s best friend can make life a whole lot easier for humans and they can benefit from having a pet dog in their life. Dogs can have an affect on their owners by making them happier and healthier throughout their lives. Different breeds of dogs can also have a great affect on their owners as well.

Pet dogs can lower the stress levels of their owners as petting a dog can release the Oxycontin hormone and decrease the levels of stress hormones, this can result in a more relaxed state of mind. In recent years, dogs have been brought to schools, nursing homes and even airports to help relieve stress.

You could have a more active lifestyle dog owners can get exercise when walking their dog, 60% of dog owners who walk their dog regularly met the recommended criteria for regular exercise. Buying a pet dog that fits your lifestyle would have the greatest impact because if you pick a very active dog such as a Border Collie or an Australian Shepherd would be a good fit if you have an active lifestyle. 

German Shepherd Dog head portrait indoors. Image from (R Tarr Photography –

People who own dogs are proven to be less lonely, dog owners have significantly less dissatisfaction with their social, physical, and emotional states. Feeling obligated to go out of the house to walk their dog as well as attracting attention by the presence of a dog causes dog owners to feel less lonely. Many people could benefit from this like homesick college students or people in nursing homes they could feel more comfortable and less stressed out and lonely. 

Picture of a Golden Doodle. Image from

Dogs can also lower high blood pressure by just touching or even just talking to a dog can help. Married couples who owned a pet dog had significantly low heart rates and blood pressure levels compared to people without pets. Depending on how active the owners are and what breed of dog they have can also have a good effect on their health. If you have a more active dog you could get out more and get more exercise, but if you have a dog that is not always active then getting more exercise would be possible it would just be more difficult. Dogs greatly affect the lives of their owner everyday by making them healthier, happier, less lonely, and less stressed out throughout the course of their lifespan. 

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New and Upcoming Movies of 2021 and 2022 Thu, 15 Apr 2021 15:02:32 +0000 Due to Covid 19 new movie productions were temporarily put on hold. Theaters were closed and people’s focus went to online streaming services for entertainment like HBO Max, Disney +, and Hulu to watch the shows and movies that were already released or ready to be released before Covid.

James Bond in the movie No Time to Die

Movies can be hard to make when the actors have to wear masks and social distance while on set. Recently due to the Covid 19 vaccine this can be avoided because of a much more limited risk of getting Covid. Before the vaccine however, all members of cast and production had to be regularly tested for Covid before production could begin.James Bond in the movie No Time to Die

Due to all of these regulations some movie’s release dates were pushed back by months or even over a year. Just a few of the many postponed movies are, A Quiet Place 2 which was supposed to come out on March 8,2020 ,but was pushed to May 28, 2021. Morbius which was supposed to come out on July 21, 2020, but was pushed to January 21, 2022 . No Time to Die which was supposed to come out on April 10, 2020, but is now set to release on October 8, 2021. Nobody which was supposed to come out on August 14, 2020, but was pushed to March 6, 2021 . Avatar 2 which was supposed to come out on December 17, 2021, however it was delayed a year to December 16, 2022 . Dune which was supposed to come out on December 18, 2020, but was pushed to October 1, 2021. 

Naytiri in the upcoming Avatar 2

Most all of these movies will be released in to theaters as soon as Covid will allow. For many movie lovers who are still uncomfortable with attending a movie in theaters, many of the new and upcoming movies are going to be released to HBO Max or other streaming services.







* This list is subject to change due to the constant change in Covid numbers and how quickly the movies can be produced *

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Prince Philip’s Death Thu, 15 Apr 2021 14:21:10 +0000 It was Friday, April 9th when the tragic news struck that 99 year old Prince Philip had passed away. He was married to Queen Elizabeth and they were Britain’s longest-serving consort and were married for over 70 years. 

“It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,” the palace said.

He passed away peacefully in the Windsor castle and sources say it was from natural causes seeing as he was hospitalized a month before after having serious health issues in his old age. He had 4 children, 8 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren all of which showed up at his funeral to give their condolences. Unlike his quiet and reserved wife Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip was known for his boldness and his witty comments.

“All her life she was surrounded by men who said, ‘yes ma’am,’ and he was one man who always told her how it really was, or at least how he saw it,” said royal historian Robert Lacey.

Prince Harry and Prince Philip laughing accompanied by Prince William

His funeral is said to happen next Saturday. Those attending will be all of the royal family not including Prince Harry’s wife Meghan who was cautioned by her doctor to not travel while pregnant due to the pandemic. Harry still plans to attend the funeral despite the tension that remains between him and his wife with the rest of the royal family. This tension arose after Harry and Meghan’s infamous interview with Oprah Winfrey where they made many allegations regarding mistreatment and problems with the establishment itself. 


“So, on that note, Grandpa, thank you for your service, your dedication to Granny, and for always being yourself. You will be sorely missed, but always remembered — by the nation and the world. Meghan, Archie, and I (as well as your future great-granddaughter) will always hold a special place for you in our hearts,” said Harry. 

His funeral plans will still have restrictions due to the pandemic, but it will be eco-friendly and include many of the same aspects that many of the royal funerals have had before. 



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Farragut’s Graduation at the Football Field Fri, 09 Apr 2021 15:19:24 +0000 Farragut will not be following the traditional graduation ceremony that we have for the past years aside from 2020. In fact, it will be much similar to the class of 2020 last year. The class of 2021’s graduation will be held at the football field this year. This will be different because in the past Knox County Schools have graduated from Thompson Boling Arena in downtown Knoxville.

Photo taken by Farragut football

I remember attending my brother’s graduation here in class of 2016. Most of the stadium was packed with friends and extended families cheering on their son or daughter who was currently walking across that stage to get the 12 year long diploma that they had worked for. After seeing how many people attend that graduation, I wonder how they will accommodate this with the football field that most definitely will not be able to hold anywhere close to that many people while following Covid regulations. On the other hand, having the graduation at the football field does have some pros. This will allow us to skip all of the heavy traffic of getting in and out of downtown that can take hours at times. This will also be a much more familiar setting for all of the people who will be attending the graduation. Due to Covid still being around this year, they will most likely just keep it closed to family members only and try and have social distancing in the stands and on the field. Either way, I’m sure that the class of 2021 will have a graduation to remember and be an important moment in all of our lives just as it was for the previous classes at Farragut High School.

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Is the Covid Vaccine Good for You? Fri, 09 Apr 2021 15:16:47 +0000 The Covid-vaccine has been given out to a lot of people in the US, a total over 64.4 million people have been fully vaccinated and 171 million have gotten their first shot. I think that everyone should take the vaccine because the benefits outweigh the negatives, although there are many “Anti-Vaccine” organizations that try to convince people to not take it when it becomes available. Another benefit is that Krispy Kreme is promoting the vaccinations, to show their support they are giving a free donuts every day for a year for people who have taken the vaccine.

After getting the vaccine this card will be used to verify you have gotten the vaccine.

People think that we do not know the long-term effects of the Covid Vaccine while that is sort of true. We have studied the type of vaccine, mRNA and this type of vaccine has been used for HIV, Rabies, Zika, and the Flu. The mRNA is safe to use in humans and to reassure it the FDA is making COVID-19 vaccines to follow trial participants for eight weeks before submitting their data for approval. The only side effects known for the vaccine are pain at the site of the injection, fatigue and low grade fevers that usually start within 24 hours of taking the vaccine, I would like to add that all of those side effects are much better than the effects of covid. So finally I think that the covid vaccine is worth getting because of its benefits and eventually everyone is going to have to have it for collage or jobs. 


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The Women’s Lacrosse 2021 Season Fri, 09 Apr 2021 14:40:43 +0000
Senior Night 2021

The Farragut Women’s Lacrosse team is stacked this year. There are 3 seniors and all of them are absolute beasts. They are Megan Defranco, Chloe Lovell, and Sassy Montross. The team has started the season strong with a 17-1 win over Catholic and has a 6-2 record. This past Tuesday, they had their senior night against Blount County and won 18-0. All three seniors had a great game on Tuesday, Defranco scored 4 goals, Montross scored 1, and Lovell had a shutout in goal. 

The team, along with all sports this year, has had a completely different season. Covid guidelines have impacted the games and amount of people showing out. They do not get to continue some of the same things as past seasons but are making the best of what they have.

“I love my team and I’m very sad to leave next year but hope to end on a very positive note,” says Defranco. 

She speaks for every senior in sports these past seasons.

“It’s very difficult to leave behind a team you have been on since freshman year, but I’ll for sure be back to support them next year,” she says. 

The team on Thursday had another big game against West/Bearden who scored 4 points, but Farragut won with 14 points on the board. The team is definitely making the best of what they have, and are very thankful for the season that was up in the air for a while. The team is on a good course to end with a great record. All surrounding Women’s Lacrosse teams better watch out for this tough match. When the team lost to Page High School, it was only by one point, this just show how tough they play and their losses are minor. One of the best spring sports to watch and support. Congratulations to all the Women’s Lacrosse seniors!

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