Friday, May 25, 2018

River Music Composition Club

Written by Ceci Downey
At the annual RFHS Pops Concert this past weekend, the Wind Symphony performed four pieces. Two of the pieces, "Ikimono" and "Rhiannon," were composed just this year, by students involved in the River Music Composition Club, a group that meets twice a week in the band area, learning about music theory and composing pieces. On Thursday, May 17th, I met with Quin Steinmetz, Ethan Vivoda-Sadee, Ben Bruce, Christina Rolf and Doyle Rundle (all members of the club) to discuss

Friday, March 16, 2018

Fear the Forensics Team

By Emma Vik
Many people hear the words “public speaking” and immediately tense up or begin sweating. For a small group of students though, public speaking is their passion. The River Falls High School Forensics Team over the past month has been traveling to speaking tournaments around the Eau Claire area and has been sweeping the competition at every single one. For these kids, speaking is a sport. They all practice for hours each week to ensure they are ready to bring their best to each tournament and it is starting to pay off for them.

The first tournament of the season was on February 3rd on the UW Eau Claire Campus. On February 10th, the team attended the Eau Claire North tournament. On February 17th, the team traveled to Altoona to compete. Durand was the location of the February 24th tournament and on March 3rd the team completed the tournament season at Eau Claire Regis. Although these tournaments were held at different locations, they all had one thing in common: the River Falls Forensics Team placed first as a team at every single one. This accomplishment is very exciting for the program considering how small the team was just two years ago.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Wildcat Winter Games Wrap-Up

By Emma Vik
Photos by Sue Halling

Friday, February 16th marked the end of another eventful Winter Carnival at River Falls High School. Pep fest took place on Friday afternoon during fourth block and the winners of the Wildcat Winter Games were announced at the end of it. Points were added up from each dress up day which included USA day, tourist day, olympic athlete day, class color day, and wildcat pride day, penny war class totals, and events from the pep fest which included a balloon pop, jello-o eating contest, and the volleyball championship game between the staff and sophomores.The freshmen took fourth place, juniors took third, sophomores took second, and, of course, the seniors took first place. Also during pep fest, the senior girls performed the annual senior girls dance line that was choreographed by Annika Kornman, Eva Schrank, and Haley Langer. Thank you to the advisers and leaders of Student Council for putting on another great Winter Carnival. 

Monday, February 26, 2018

Senior Tips for the ACT

By Emma Vik
Soon the River Falls High School junior class will be taking the ACT. The ACT is one of the few tests can determine your future after high school and that fact alone can be very daunting for many teenagers. As a senior, I understand how much stress many juniors are feeling as the test inches closer and closer so I decided to compile a list of tips that I, and many of my senior classmates, believed would assist any junior who is looking for some last minute ideas to help them excel on the ACT. Make sure to remember you are much more than a number on an exam and colleges look at more than just your ACT score when determining who to accept into their school. Be confident when you walk in on test day and you may surprise yourself when you get your score back.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Farewell, Mr. Lofy

Written by Eva Parks and Ceci Downey

Last semester, two students interviewed Mr. Lofy, the band student teacher, for the River Falls Current. They asked him about his schooling, experience as a student teacher, why he chose this career, and the most hot-button topic of all: where he gets his hair cut.

Starting in high school, David Lofy has been very involved in music. He started off playing the trombone (his favorite instrument) at Merrill High School but switched over to euphonium and baritone for college and drum corps (A high level selective musical marching ensemble consisting of brass and percussion instruments, synthesizers, and color guard). During high school,

Friday, February 9, 2018

The Wildcat Winter Games Are Approaching!

By Emma Vik
Next week marks the beginning of the much anticipated Wildcat Winter Games (formerly Winter Carnival) at River Falls High School. According to Mr. Hackel, co-advisor of Student Council, this year’s locker bay decoration theme is seasons and each grade is in charge of making their locker bays look just like one of the four seasons. For seniors, their area will look like a winter wonderland. Juniors are in charge of making their area look like a hot summer day. Don’t we all miss those? Sophomores will be transforming their bay into the fall season. Lastly, the freshmen will be creating a spring theme in their bay as springtime break continues to get closer and closer. Next week’s activities are sure to be fun so make sure you get involved in all the festivities.

Dress-Up Days:
Monday: USA Day
Tuesday: Tourist Day
Wednesday: Olympic Athlete Day
Thursday: Class Color Day
Friday: Wildcat Pride Day

Focus Volleyball Schedule:
Monday: Seniors
Tuesday: Juniors
Wednesday: Sophomores
Thursday: Freshmen
Friday (during Focus): Class Tournament (winning Focus from each grade)
Friday (during Pep Fest):  Winning Focus vs Staff Team

Penny Wars!
Pennies & checks (made out to River Falls Community Food Pantry) count positively towards a class's total. Nickels, dimes, quarters, and any bills count negatively towards a class's total. Each class & the staff will have a jar located in Mr. Hackel's room (C-115). Students & staff can bring in any money throughout the school day & place them in whichever jar they choose. Updates will be available on Student Council's Twitter page. One day of the week will be worth double spirit points for the group to bring in the most pennies on that particular day.

Wildcat Winter Games Dance
When: Saturday, February 17th
Where: HS Main Gym
Time: 8:00 - 11:00pm
Price: $5 per person
Theme: Valentines Day

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Don't Let Cabin Fever Kick in This Winter

By Emma Vik
Now that winter break is over, everyone is already counting down the days until spring break. But wait, what about the three months until then? We live in one of the coldest places in the United States and it’s sometimes hard to go out on the weekends and enjoy the weather when it’s below zero and snowy. But never fear, there are plenty of wintertime activities to enjoy around the Twin Cities while we all await the warmer spring weather and the melting of the snow.

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory 
Where: Como Zoo and Conservatory
Hours: 10am-4pm every day
Cost: Free (free-will donation appreciated) and free parking
Activities: Various gardens including the Sunken Garden, Palm Dome, Fern Room, and a special Bonsai Collection. Each exhibit has a different climate accommodating to the plant life in the exhibit. There are also sculptures and fountains throughout the exhibits and the building. This activity is perfect for anyone who enjoys nature and is missing the warm weather the summer brings.

US Pond Hockey Championships
Where: Lake Nokomis, Minneapolis
Dates: January 25-28
Cost: Free
Activities: Watch the annual pond hockey tournament unfold before your eyes on Lake Nokomis as you snack on food from the warming house tent. There’s also open skate for everyone and an awards ceremony that takes place on the last day. This activity is perfect for hockey fans of all ages but make sure you bundle up, as most of the events take place outside on the pond.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Band, Band, And More Band!

Written by Alex Samargia

For some, marching band season is over, but it's never over for Mr. Jaeckel and Mr. Coughlin who are busily planning and designing next season’s show. And if that isn't keeping them busy enough, they are also directing 3 Jazz bands, 3 concert bands, pep band, helping with State Honors auditions and organizing SCVMEA (St. Croix Valley Honors). They lead about 170 musicians at the River Falls High School. Here are a few updates on all of the band activities:

It may be below zero outside,

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

For These Students, Biology IS Life

By Emma Vik
Imagine traveling on Ms. Frizzle’s Magic School Bus. You’re soaring through the air, as small as a speck of dust and you start to notice how elaborate nature is. You see the small microorganisms floating past your window and note how oddly beautiful all the insects are. Now, imagine sitting in a science classroom with Ms. Feldmeier. You’re surrounded by all different kinds of students but you all have one thing in common: each of you has a strong interest in learning about science. So put on your lab goggles and close-toed shoes and hop on the Magic School Bus with Ms. Feldmeier as I introduce one of the most interesting clubs River Falls High School has to offer: Biology Club.  

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Introducing Coach Carlson

Written by Megan Nekola

River Falls Powerlifting is ringing in the new season with almost double the lifters as last season, and a brand new head coach. Jeremy Carlson (with previous coaching experiences in Football, Track, and Speed and Strength) heard the position for a new head coach was open and jumped at the opportunity. Carlson said his decision to start coaching powerlifting “really goes back to when I was younger, trying to gain self-confidence. All you need to do is come to one of our meets to see that in our athletes. It’s hard to see improvement in some other sports, but with Powerlifting,

Monday, December 18, 2017

Wrestling Alumni Night

By Hannah Campus

The boys varsity wrestling team achieved a huge first victory last Thursday in their third meet of the season. On December 7th the team competed in a home dual meet against Menomonie and ended the night with a score of 51-24, their first win of the year.

Along with getting the first win of the season, the night was special for another reason. It was alumni night, as well as a tribute to Justin Bystrom, a photographer for the team who passed away last year.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Christmas Isn’t Complete Without the Costume Carolers

Article by Alex Samargia, photos submitted by Mrs. Loney

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and that means the Costume Carolers are back to get people in the Christmas spirit. The River Falls Costume Carolers have been bringing holiday cheer for at least 50 years, but caroling itself dates back all the way to the 1800’s and was very popular in Victorian England, which is why our carolers wear costumes from this era.

“Each caroler group is unique, and it's inspiring to see the work that carolers do and the pride that they take in creating a musical group that can share and gives back to the community.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Mock Trial’s Harvard Excursion

By Emma Vik
Photos courtesy of Heather Boleman

Not many high school students can say they have attended lectures at Harvard and have toured the city of Boston with their friends. One group in particular can say they’ve done it again and again. The students on the high school’s Mock Trial team recently returned from their trip to Harvard and Boston, Massachusetts and they have a lot to say about their experience.

Britta Carlson, a senior at River Falls High School, was one of the team members fortunate to take such an exciting trip. She said the trip occurs every other year and the team attends a seminar that is hosted by the Harvard Mock Trial team. Mrs. Boleman,