Prowler Press The news site of Farmington High School Fri, 08 Nov 2019 14:36:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Struggle With Body Image Fri, 08 Nov 2019 14:36:15 +0000     Teens struggle with body image, self love, and self acceptance constantly. The environments, such as high school, the average teen has to go through do not lead to any improvements on the issue. 

     When talking about negative body image there is a direct connection with mental health as both go hand in hand. A disorder known as Body Dysmorphic Disorder, or BDD, is a psychological disorder where a person misperceives one or more areas of their body. These people see a defect or flaw in their appearance no matter the size or even the existence of it and obsessively target themselves for it. 

    BDD patients as well as others with body image issues want to be “perfect” even if that means developing eating disorders like Anorexia Nervosa or Bulimia. These are so prevalent today that there is an extreme growth in concerns about such disorders especially in high school students. According to the National Eating Disorder Association, 10 million women and one million men struggle with these eating disorders. 

     Social media and school are two major factors on negative and positive body images. Rather than the problem being just in young girls, boys of the same age also report the same internal struggles. A study was conducted that found more than 11,000 teenagers in school saw themselves as overweight, regardless of what their weight actually was. 

     Many say that photoshopping can lead to unrealistic and unachievable bodies being a figure for what you should look like. Social media and magazines are under fire for promoting such images. Some companies have seen this and made an active decision in creating diversity amongst their models. Stretch marks, realistic stomachs, and other typical “flaws” removed with photoshop are actively chosen to stay in photos. 

      Many celebrities have agreed, deciding that there is no reason to have photos of them that don’t correctly portray them. Jameela Jamil, most famous for her role on NBC’s “The Good Place” posted an edited photo of her saying that it was one of the worst things that constantly happen to women. Her fans and many others agree with her and praise her for promoting such healthy lifestyles.

      Jamil started a page called I Weigh, which has approximately 874k followers climbing at a steady rate. The goal of it is to promote healthy body image and body positivity regardless of what someone views as a flaw. Among many of her influential and well known quotes she says, “I’m ******* tired of seeing women just ignore what’s amazing about them and their lives and their achievements, just because they don’t have a bloody thigh gap”. Her advocacy is prominent and well known as of right now within the body positivity world. She is among the big names fighting an entire industry to portray stronger and realistic images for our youth.

     Reign Hoyt, a Farmington High School student, says “Social media is a big impact because people see “perfect” girls and models and want to be like them, because they are so skinny and stuff; and it puts us down, plus all the weight loss ad and everything affects us too.” The raising awareness among teens is helping, however, being aware of something doesn’t stop it from affecting us. 

       The origin of ‘Body Positivity’ didn’t begin with this issue. In fact, the issue that started the wave of body positivity was the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) epidemic. Becoming more accepting and learning to work through struggles that are common were necessary. At the time there was a lot of negative connotations about HIV which led to restrictions of people living with HIV. This can compare to that of the issues today. 

      Today we fight the negative connotations of weight, stretch marks, sizes. We fight the overwhelming belief of men and women needing to fit stereotypes and molds in order to be perfect. An overwhelming belief that if you are flawed you are not beautiful and that it needs to be fixed, or even that it can be fixed. Unrealistic and unfair restrictions are placed this way, whether or not it’s intentional or spoken about. Awareness is now being raised within high schools and on platforms such as Twitter or Instagram. 

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Tiger News: A Long Standing Tradition Fri, 01 Nov 2019 13:37:40 +0000    Tiger News is a show produced for the student by the student during Video Production Two class and have a live show every Friday during the period of Ramp up to Readiness or Ramp which is a college prep class every student takes.

    Tiger News has been in production since 2009 in the building now known as Robert Boeckman Middle School but I kept up production when Farmington High School moved into its current building at 20655 Flagstaff Ave, Farmington, MN 55024. But it was happening even before the move when it was called Farmington In Effect which was a similar style live show run by students but apart of the class of Video Production Two overseen by their teachers Mark Toutge and Randy Matthes. 

     This year marks 10 years of show and it is being carried out by the class and this trimester it features anchors Julia Barton and Katie Baum, alongside sports and weather anchors Julia Werner and Ethan Lundy. This year has the most female anchors on a cast in the past ten years and one of the first casts made up of all seniors. 

     Being on live is a big task to take on and someone has to take it on every week but who will take on the big task, Farmington High School Senior and Tiger News lead anchor Baum said “It’s very stressful buts it’s also a lot of fun and every week I find a story and I rewrite it and then I load it into the script and present it in our run troughs and live shows.”

     Being on air talent is not the only job however there are many different jobs to be had such as director, producer, technical director, camera operators and sound engineers. Farmington High School Video Production Teacher Toutge said “They can be fully technical people, they are running camera or running sound or being our director, calling all the shots, which cameras to take, being our technical director which is punching all the button and bringing up the graphics or being our Avid, a video editing software, person and playing back segments for the show, and those are just some of the most important jobs on Tiger News.” 

     Tiger News is a stressful job and who have an audience to impress every week as they go live in front of 2,000 students each week.  The students also have personal projects called a Personal News Feature or a PNF, which are stories that students produce and conduct interviews about people and issues within the school. Or they create segments that are question based on like would you rather, random questions, spitfire, and who is in the elevator. 

     The students are always having fun and create more things like class T-shirts, social media and holiday themed shows, and the students also have just started a brand new social media account with a handle of @FHS_TigerNews. The students can always rely on the four Anchors for their weekly dose of news and knowledge.

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Julia Werner Fri, 01 Nov 2019 13:15:47 +0000 Hi, I’m Julia Werner and I’m a senior here at Farmington. I don’t do much outside of school but in school I do Tiger News every Friday during RAMP, this trimester I am the Sports Anchor where I cover sports like Football, Soccer, and Volleyball. But when I am outside of school I work at the Farmington Steakhouse. My plan after high school is to attend St. Cloud State and major in Mass Communications/Journalism.

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Julia Werner Fri, 25 Oct 2019 13:05:06 +0000 0 Farmington Girls Softball going to State Thu, 06 Jun 2019 03:43:11 +0000 The Farmington Girls Varsity Team has done it again.  They took over the section games and are now attending the State Tournament in Mankato this week.  The Tigers had a great season, ending the year with a record of 14 wins and 9 losses. The Tigers went to state two years ago, and this weekend they are hoping to take back the title of being the state champs.  I got the chance to talk to a player on the team this week about going to state. When asked about a certain turning point in the season to get the team onto the winning streak that they were on, Junior Morgan Ebel said “Our turning point was at the beginning of sections.  We had a little bit of a rough mid-season, so when sections came around we were ready for the next season where nothing else mattered anymore.” When I asked Morgan to describe this season in one word, her answer was “Grit”, and I would have to agree. Throughout the season, each girl has shown great passion and perseverance to get them to where they are now.  No one ever gave up after an error was made in the field, or after a strikeout at bat. They played as a team, believing in each other and being each others biggest supporters both on and off the field. We are all so excited to watch the girls take on state with their first game against Stillwater this Thursday, June 6th. The last thing Morgan told me about was their pre-game rituals that they plan on continuing during the tournament, and that was their goals for the game.  Good luck Tigers!

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Boys Lacrosse: Mason Enright Tue, 04 Jun 2019 14:21:33 +0000 The Boys Lacrosse Team had a rough season but it didn’t stop them to make it through sections. Every player has a specific goal for the team and/or themselves. The biggest team leaders are… the seniors. I got to ask Mason Enright about his last HS season.

Although their regular season may not have been the greatest, they made a run for sections. First round of sections they played against the Rochester Mayo Spartans @ home on May 28th. The Tigers won 9-5 leading them into the semifinals with Lakeville North on May 31 @ LVN HS but losing 17-1, making it the end of their season. I asked Mason about how he did as a player so far during his last season. He replied, “I think my last season for lacrosse has gone really well, achieving most of my goals I had planned before the start of this season.” Speaking of goals, I asked him if they’re were any goals he had set for the season and he did. Being on the varsity team is a huge accomplishment already. “I did accomplish my goals for this season by being one of the top ground balls picked up,” said Mason. He continued, “I even scored my first varsity goal.” That moment for him was a special one to get since he played defense on the team.

As being a senior things come to an end but some things may live on after high school. I asked Mason if he was going to continue playing lacrosse after high school. Although he loves this sport, he also loves another which he does plan on playing after high school… hockey! During the winter he played varsity hockey for Farmington. He hasn’t decided where he wants to play hockey but it definitely will be his next move.

The team will miss a good one and wish him and all their seniors the best after high school. “Enjoy the time you have playing lacrosse with your friends.” – Mason Enright

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Student Spotlight: Mason Mortimer Tue, 04 Jun 2019 14:04:10 +0000 Mason Mortimer is a sophomore at Farmington High School apart of the boys volleyball team. His talent was first recognized during his middle school gym class, when his teacher encouraged him to try out for a team. Now, he plays as a setter in the back row and also hits right side when he’s in the front row. After only two years of playing, Mason got the amazing opportunity to practice at the USA volleyball training during this summer in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The training camp consists of 10 full days, 5 days of just training and another 5 days for competition were he will be playing teams of all different ages from the states and other countries. He will be trained by some of the best boys volleyball coaches from Wake Forest, Stanford, Minnesota, BYU, and many more.

 For his first year playing club volleyball he played with NCR, he was then later asked to play for Minnesota Select and has played with them for his second year of club during this past winter. Boys volleyball has recently risen in the past couple of years as a high school sport, although some boys are hesitant to play. I asked Mason what his advice would be to other boys wanting to play but are hesitant, his response was “My advice for guys wanting to join volleyball is that it is a really different sport that increases your vertical and we have so much fun!”

 As someone as talented as he is, Mason stays humble and enjoys every second of the game. His favorite part about playing volleyball is the teammates he has and getting to play other high level teams and when they have close games and make good plays . I asked how he stays motivated even when the team has a bad day, he said “What motivates me to do my best is wanting to go to the state tournament next year, and playing for my teammates, just doing my best for them!”

 I am sure Mason has a bright future playing volleyball someday, unfortunately colleges cannot talk to him until he is at least a junior but for now he is living in the present, enjoying his time playing in school and club volleyball.

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Update: Robotics Mon, 03 Jun 2019 14:18:35 +0000 Since the last story Rogue Robotics has done a lot more, such as visiting Washington DC and meeting first lady Melania Trump, a second project helping young child gain mobility and work within their very own group. The robotics team has accomplished tons this year and has impressed many other news outlets. Many have been very impressed what a small town team can do. It wasn’t the number that did the job, it was their attitude. Working and running like a family is what makes them so great, without this amazing aspect they may have been just another team. They stand out because they want to help and not just do what all the other teams do. They are in contact with each other outside of the organization, and it’s really great to see.


Last time I wrote a story on the Rogue Robotics team I had no idea what it was going to be like but even just being there and seeing everyone working together and laughing it was super refreshing. This team has affected so many people in a positive way, its given people hope, its shared awareness, and overall it’s been super positive. The New York Times, Twin Cities Pioneer Press, and Duluth News Tribune, just to name a few have all featured Rogue Robotics in the last few months, sharing the stories to hundreds of thousands of people. Personally I can’t wait to see what they do next, and I know many others can’t either. This Robotics team will leave a positive impact for years to come.


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Wind Ensemble Band Mon, 20 May 2019 14:34:10 +0000 Wind Ensemble


Wind Ensemble is a band in the Farmington High School directed under Mrs. Holmes. Many kids in the school try out every year to make a Wind Ensemble band. About 60 kids are in the band and the variety of instruments vary from saxophones, trumpets, tubas, clarinets, flutes, oboe and many more. Every year the kids work hard to get better and better at their instruments to get to Wind Ensemble. The other bands in the high school are called, Varsity Bands (Orange and Black), Concert Band, and Symphonic Band. Everyone in band are working endlessly to perfect every song they are given. The younger bands do about 5 to 6  concerts a year and about 10-15 songs a year. Symphonic Band does about 7 concerts with around 15-20 songs. and Wind Ensemble averages around 15 concerts with 25-30 songs a year. To say they are talented is a understatement. Everyone in band has put in many hours at school and at home, every kid in band is relentless when it comes to making their part in the song perfect. If you have ever gone to one of their concerts you know that when they perform their concerts the end result is amazing. The goal of band is when you get to your senior year you will want to continue to play your instrument in the future. Some advice from a senior is, enjoy every moment, every song, every concert because in a blink of an eye its all over. They also said, practice makes permanent, so make sure you are practicing correctly.

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Pick up your 2019 Yearbook!! Mon, 20 May 2019 14:03:39 +0000 The 2018-2019 yearbook is HERE! Tuesday and Wednesday, 5/21 & 5/22, are the distribution days. You can pick up your book from the concession booth at your lunch on these days. If you did not order a book, you can get one after distribution is over. You can write a check for $85 to “Jostens” and give it to Mrs. Megan Johnson in the closet to the left of the 3rd floor office. You will be able to pick up a book during both academic support periods until the books are all gone.

We are so excited for you to see all the hard work our yearbook staff has put in this year to create your story!

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