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    FARWELL HIGH SCHOOL 
    Scores Highest in the County on Mackinac Center's Performance Report Card

     Report Card

    Farwell High School was the only high school in the county to earn a B on the 2018 Michigan Public High School Context and Performance Report Card published by the Mackinac Center. The report card is designed to measure high school performance. FHS was ranked 145 out of 674 school and at the 79th percentile. This report is a school-level assessment of academic performance based on a four-year average of state standardized tests. This report card is unique in that it takes into consideration the socioeconomic status of students when assessing an individual school’s performance.
     
    Click here to access the full report.

    Juniors Perform Higher Than State Average on 2018 PSAT

    Results are in and our current junior class, last year's sophomore class, has a higher mean total score average than the state and the same average for the nation. Farwell scored a total mean average of 930, matching the national average and outscoring the state average of 924.
     
    The assessment is broken down into two scores with Reading/Writing and Math. The data below shows the mean math scores for Farwell High School of 468 whereas the state was 453 and the nation was 460. A definite celebration for the hard work the students and staff have put in over the years. Similarly, the Reading/Writing for Farwell High School was 462 which is not far from the state score of 466 and nation score of 470.
     
    These juniors will take the SAT (a college acceptance state assessment) in April and we are working hard to maintain mean averages above the state and nation. Currently, most of our juniors are enrolled in a SAT Prep course which prepares them with math and English refreshers as well as SAT prep work from Khan Academy and College Board. This spring, we also expect great results from our current 8th, 9th, and 10th graders as they will be taking the PSAT. 
     
     
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    Farwell Students Participate in the All Star Band

    Some of our FHS band students auditioned through the MSBOA District 9 Board for All Star Band. Farwell had three students selected to participate in the All Star Band Concert. They performed in Alpena after two full days of rehearsal. Farwell students selected are pictured below and include Ali Sunderman, Barbie Judd, and Montana Shimmons. Congratulations girls and thank you for proudly representing Farwell Area Schools.
     
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    Tubbs Signs with the Marines

    Farwell High School is extremely proud to announce that Wyatt Tubbs has officially signed for the Marines. He will soon become part of a group of men and women known as our nation's first line of defense because of their unique capabilities and leadership qualities. As America's expeditionary force in readiness since 1775, the Marines are forward deployed to win our nation’s battles swiftly and aggressively in times of crisis. They fight on land, sea and air, as well as provide forces and detachments to naval ships and ground operations. We all wish him the best as he "becomes a marine".
     
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    Senior Jenna Odykirk Signs with
    Saginaw Valley Cardinals
     
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    Jenna Odykirk signed to run track at Saginaw Valley State University. Her Farwell track coaches, family, and friends were all there to support her.  Congratulations, Jenna!
     
     
     

    7th and 8th Grade Girls Basketball Bring Home Championships

    Farwell's 7th and 8th grade girls basketball teams both won Jack Pine conference Championships. The 8th grade team finished their middle school careers undefeated with a perfect 24-0. Our 7th grade team finished the season 6-6.
     
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    Farwell Wrestling Returns After Absence

    FARWELL – During the 2017-2018 season, the Farwell wrestling team was nonexistent, a disappointment after winning three straight district titles the years prior. This was due to not being able to fill the coaching position that was left vacant after Ty Lentovich resigned from his head coaching position.

    When newly named athletic director, Michael Groulx came to the school in August, he knew that the team needed to be able to compete this year. "I heard from them how big it is to the community so my goal is to create opportunities and try to find a way to bring wrestling back," said Groulx. After trying for a few months, a break through in the search finally happened. "Nobody was applying, nobody was applying and then boom somebody reached out to me. Markus contacted me himself and said hey I would love to come back to Farwell and help give back to a program who gave me so much as a youth," added Groulx.

    Markus Wilkes wrestled at Farwell from 2002-2006, and jumped at the opportunity to come back and help get the program going again.  “It was a bigger purpose, I came back because there was a sense of community here when I grew up you know, we’d go to wrestling meets and you’d have the parents show up and do potlucks, things like that and everyone knew everyone. It kind of helped me out in life and made me go from somewhere I don’t know where I would’ve ended up with peer pressure and all that stuff to being an individual. It prepared me for that future,” said Wilkes.  Wilkes is back and helping the students on the team have the same opportunities that he did. 

    “Last year I really missed it so it’s really good to get back on the mat again. I’m thankful he came back and wanted to coach us,” said senior Jaylen Thrush.  The Eagles are back in action on Dec. 8.

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    To view the online article, go to https://www.misportsnow.com/2018/12/farwell-wrestling-returns-after-absence/pic/32019/ 

     


    Farwell's Crawford Returns to Sidelines After Beating Cancer

    FARWELL – After months of fighting cancer, one Farwell student is now cancer free.  That student is senior Harley Crawford.

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    “I went into the doctors just thinking it was something minor, but finding out I had a blood cot, and a mass about the size of a football in my chest, but as of Nov. 6, I got the news that I’m cancer free and so I’m really excited about that,” said Crawford.

    One of the biggest disappointments during her diagnosis and treatment of a rare form of Lymphoma was having to step away from the thing she loves most, sports.  “It was definitely 75 percent of why I wanted to get back. Obviously I wanted to beat it but for me, sports is everything,” said Crawford.

    Basketball season just began for the Eagles of Farwell, but right now Crawford is unable to get out on the court and play officially.  “She’s actually played with us and scrimmaged with us a few times. She’s done really well and we’re just waiting for her to get healthy and back out on the court,” said head coach Gordie Risbridger.  Currently, she’s waiting on a second opinion about whether or not to do a procedure on her blood clot. If she gets the procedure, she won’t be able to play this year, but if there is no surgery, she’ll be back out on the court.  “It’s up in the air but it is possible,” said Coach Risbridger.

    The possibility of her playing is exciting not just for Crawford, but for her teammates who have supported her the whole way and are more like family.  “We’ve been family for so long, most of us played the same three sports year round. Some of us play travel ball together so as we’ve grown up, we’ve just gotten more and more like family. It’s great, it’s wonderful. I’m so just so thankful for all their support and everything like that,” said Crawford.

    The Eagles next game is Dec. 6 at Charlton Heston Academy at 7 p.m.

    To view the article online, go to https://www.misportsnow.com/2018/12/farwells-crawford-returns-to-sidelines-after-beating-cancer/pic/32292/

     


     

    Our Very Own David Smith at America's Got Talent!

    David Smith, a sophomore at Farwell High School, auditioned for America's Got Talent at the Cobo Center in Detroit.
     
    Thousands have already gone through auditions with field producers who are making decisions on who goes through to Hollywood. 

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    To view the online article and interview, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZXGmmaq6oE