The French Press

September/October 2020

Frenchtown High School's student run newspaper.


Liv Peters

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According to an article written by United States corporation, 15% of public school students surveyed (ranging from ages 12 to 18) admitted to being cyberbullied in the previous school year. Now that may not seem like much, but this year, there are approximately 15.4 million students enrolled at a public high school as reported by This means that this year, 2.31 million students will be subject to a form of online harassment. And, unfortunately, along with COVID-19, this media virus has begun to infect the students of Frenchtown High School. 

Anonymous students are creating accounts on Instagram advertising the hot goss of Frenchtown High School. This includes campus dating life, tall tales of abnormal student behaviors, and even whisperings of attractive teachers. Looking for attention from behind a screen, these students cower behind their callous comments, too scared to be seen for who they truly are. Though it has not yet been confirmed by the students being exposed, most of the information being spread is false, concocted by the individual to heighten his or her social status. But, the fact of the matter is that this kind of social composure is wrong. Back-handed compliments and faulty rumors can take a real toll on students’ physical, emotional, and mental health, even though the phony fabrications aren’t worth their trouble.

As high school students, we have some made-up conception that we have to be the most attractive and popular to be successful and liked in high school. When, in actuality, none of that is true. There are other ways to make friends than to spread other’s secrets, including joining a sports team or a school club. You can be involved in the inner workings of Frenchtown High School without becoming involved in fellow students’ personal affairs.

Being kind is not something that should be earned but something that should freely be given to all those around you.

So, let’s make sure we are having compassion on others and keeping Frenchtown respectful, responsible, and safe!

Sports Spotlight

Kayla Botkin

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Hello Frenchtown High School sports enthusiasts! My name is Kayla Botkin, and I have the privilege to sit down with athletes from our school to discuss their team, season, and overall interests. In this edition, I sat down with senior Duncan Richardson to talk about Frenchtown Football this year! 

Q: With all of the restrictions with COVID19, what has been the biggest adjustment the team has had to make? 

A: “Wearing masks and not having fans has been hard for our team to adjust to, but with the help of our community behind us, it has become an easier adjustment.” Q: What is the atmosphere of the team this season and how does it affect certain aspects of the team? 

A: “Our team this year is very close and it creates an aspect of family that we feed off of to continually better ourselves.” 

Q: The main theme of the season seems to be injuries. How is the team adjusting to different losses to the team?  Q: What are some things that keep you in condition for your football season that you do in the offseason? 

A: “In order to stay in shape in the offseason, I lift at Pfahler Sport Specific, and do other sports such as track.” 

Q: As a senior, do you have plans for your near future? What colleges are you looking at and what do you plan on pursuing as a career? 

A: “I plan on playing football in college. I’m still deciding on what career I’m going to pursue, but I’m leaning towards orthodontics.” 

Q: What advice would you give to a student who is thinking about joining the team? 

A: “For anyone thinking about joining the team, I would tell them to simply do it. It teaches you how to work hard and be able to balance your schedule between schoolwork and practices, which is a very helpful talent to have for later in life. The relationships and memories you build, while being part of the team, is something you will keep and cherish for the rest of your life.” 

Q: What interesting, unknown fact should Frenchtown High School know about you or the team? 

A: “An interesting fact about our team is that we only have three returning starters, and the rest of our team is very young in an experience aspect. Everyone has stepped up and showed tremendous growth throughout our first few games and I believe the sky’s the limit for our team.” 

Thank you to Duncan for letting me interview him! Best of luck to the Frenchtown Football boys for the remainder of their season! And thank YOU for reading! Make sure to pick up a hot-off-the-press newspaper next time to read about your fellow students in the Sports Spotlight!

Our Monday Talks

Caitlyn Mciver

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Photo Credit: Alexander Andrews on Upsplash

When you’re young, you think your grandparents are going to be around forever. And, then when you’re in your thirties, and much older and wiser, you are absolutely convinced that they will. I had 33 years to get to know my Nana, and although I didn’t always take advantage of those teenage years and early-twenties, I really made an effort in the last four. Despite being 2,000 miles apart, we talked on the phone every Monday from seven to seven-thirty. It had to be that specific of a time because we are both serious, type-A planners. I don’t think such traits are hereditary, but having our calendars planned years in advance and making check-lists full of mundane tasks leads me to believe the contrary. 

While I folded laundry, we’d talk about books we’d read, good shows we’d watched, about family members and distant relatives, and about the week ahead. She’d warned me about things she saw on T.V., such as packing a bag in case we needed to evacuate due to the wildfires she’d been hearing about. And in our most recent conversation, I’d told her about teaching during COVID, and on a lighter note, I told her about the bridesmaid dress I’d have to wear that was designed for someone who has less curves. We both had a good laugh at that imagery. She’d end all conversations by saying that she could tell I was happy and saying we’d talk again next week, “God willing.” 

Sadly, my Nana passed on September 25, so we didn’t get to have another conversation. And that will be the hardest part--not being able to call. Because thinking back on her role in my life, she’s been there to call during some pivotal moments. Like when I went off to college, she was the one who gave me the important advice (although I didn’t understand it at the time), she said “never put your cup down and always stay with your girlfriends.” When I was applying to graduate school, she said to email her my resume and cover letter for her to edit. Since she was a meticulous editor, it’s no surprise that when I applied for teaching jobs, I called her and asked if she’d review my application materials. When I was planning my wedding, she’d review my tedious check-lists and find things I’d forgotten. She’d even made a Pinterest board to help me with the details. 

I will always remember my Nana as someone who wasn’t afraid of new technology, since she always had the latest gadgets. In fact, my first smartphone (in 2016) was one she’d abandoned after an upgrade. A friend pointed out that that wasn’t the way that technology was supposed to move. In addition, I’ll always admire her ability to keep busy and pack a planner. As we age, staying busy and getting involved becomes more difficult, but more important.

My Nana became a Board Member for the Jewish Community Center and organized monthly trips to Atlantic City. Actually, the first time I gambled was on one of those trips. We fed our twenty dollars into a Keno machine, sat side by side, and talked about life while she taught me how to make $20 last for hours. When our money was done, we were done: “that’s how you gamble smart and have a nice afternoon.”   

Mourning the loss of a loved one is hard, especially during a pandemic when you can’t jump on a plane and see your family without weighing ethics over emotions. But, my family said it was a beautiful funeral where the Rabbi seamlessly wove Hebrew prayers with English translations. My mom sent me a picture of the burial. It’s not common to photograph funerals, but I wanted to see what the day looked like. My Nana was buried underneath a big blue sky where over fifty people, wearing masks, gathered to say goodbye. One day, when it’s safe to fly across the country, I look forward to visiting her on a Monday and continuing our talks. 

Student Spotlight with Abby Faulhaber


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Maddi Yocum interviewing Abby Faulhaber

What sports do you play? 

“I play volleyball and softball.”

What’s your favorite class and why?

“I really like Mrs. Sullivan’s class because her and I are homies; but, my favorite class is actually Modern America, because I find all the new history very interesting; and, we get to watch a lot of movies.” What’s your favorite Halloween movie?

“Halloween or Scooby Doo 1 are my favorite movies.”

What’s your favorite candy?

“Twix bars.”

Are you trick or treating this year? 

“Maybe, and I will go as Napoleon Dynamite.”

Best Books


Kodi White

The‌ ‌alien‌ ‌invasion‌ ‌that‌ ‌humans‌ ‌ fantasized ‌about‌ is‌ ‌finally‌  here.‌ ‌In‌ ‌this‌ ‌thrilling‌ ‌series,‌ ‌follow‌ ‌Cassie,‌ ‌Zombie,‌ ‌Ringer,‌ ‌Evan‌ ‌and‌ ‌Nugget‌ ‌through‌ ‌perilous‌ ‌battles.‌ ‌This‌ ‌story‌ ‌of‌ ‌endurance‌ ‌is‌ ‌portrayed‌ ‌by‌ ‌Yancey. ‌Is‌ ‌surviving‌ ‌worth‌ ‌losing‌ ‌what‌ ‌makes‌ ‌us‌ ‌human?‌ ‌In‌ ‌the‌ ‌‌Last‌ ‌Star‌ ‌Ringer‌ ‌points‌ ‌out:‌ ‌“‌‌In‌ ‌these‌ ‌last‌ ‌days,‌ ‌earth’s‌ ‌remaining‌ ‌survivors‌ ‌will‌ ‌need‌ ‌to‌ ‌decide‌ ‌what’s‌ ‌more‌ ‌important:‌ ‌saving‌ ‌themselves…‌ ‌or‌ ‌saving‌ ‌what‌ ‌makes‌ ‌us‌ ‌human.”‌ ‌The‌ ‌“Others”‌ ‌fight‌ ‌for‌ ‌the‌ earth,‌ ‌releasing‌ ‌5‌ ‌waves‌ ‌of‌ ‌terror.‌ ‌Who‌ ‌are‌ ‌the‌ ‌“others”?‌ ‌No‌ ‌one‌ ‌really‌ ‌knows‌ ‌for‌ sure, (except Cassie, who‌ ‌may‌ ‌be‌ ‌in‌ ‌love‌ ‌with‌ ‌one) ‌ ‌but‌ ‌they’re‌ ‌sure‌ ‌not‌ ‌from‌ ‌this‌ ‌solar‌ system.‌ ‌It’s‌ ‌rumored‌ ‌they‌ ‌don’t‌ ‌even‌ ‌have‌ ‌a‌ ‌physical‌ ‌form‌ ‌anymore,‌ ‌they’re‌ ‌now‌ ‌just‌ ‌computer‌ ‌codes‌ ‌of‌ ‌memories‌ ‌downloaded‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌ominous‌ ‌“mothership”‌ ‌that‌ ‌looms‌ ‌over‌ ‌head.‌ ‌99%‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌population‌ ‌is‌ ‌dead‌ ‌within‌ ‌months‌ ‌of‌ ‌their‌ ‌arrival.‌ ‌Would‌ ‌you‌ ‌be‌ ‌able‌ ‌to‌ ‌risk‌ ‌anything‌ ‌for‌ ‌survival?‌ ‌Find‌ ‌out‌ ‌what‌ ‌former‌ ‌Squad‌ ‌53‌ ‌does‌ ‌in‌ ‌order‌ ‌to‌ ‌survive,‌ ‌because‌ ‌they’re‌ ‌willing‌ ‌to‌ ‌risk‌ ‌everything.‌ ‌“It’s‌ ‌always‌ ‌been‌ ‌about‌ ‌the‌ ‌risk‌…”‌ ‌You‌ ‌can‌ ‌find‌ ‌this‌ ‌thrilling‌ ‌ book‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌Science‌ ‌Fiction‌ ‌section.‌

Two Truths and a Lie

Chloe Long

Can you find Ms. Pepper's lie? The answer is at the end of this edition.

  1. I’ve lived in 3 different countries 

  2. I’m an Irish twin (siblings born less than a year apart)

  3. I’ve been teaching for 5 years

Spooky Riddles and Jokes

Cassidy Bagnell


The answers are at the end of this edition.

1)The person who built it sold it. The person who bought it never used it. The person who used it never saw it. What is it?

2)How do you spell candy in 2 letters?

3)I have hundreds of ears, but I can’t hear a thing. What am I?

4) Which part of a road do ghosts love to travel the most??




This is a good sonnet I’m gonna write.

Hopefully it isn’t depressing, 

And I will try to keep it light.

To be honest it’s a little stressful.

Even though it’s such an easy thing, maybe 

I could learn something from this sonnet,  

Or write how I want to make today be.

Whatever it will be I am on it,

And however it goes I will love it.

And if it is strange to others’ eyes, 

I will fix it when I can recommit, 

Or step aside to color butterflies.

Hopefully I will have luck next time 

And think of a lot more internal rhyme. 


Misty Mountain Cold

Misty Mountains Cold,

 Blazing Flames and Crimson Scales, 

Mountain Dragon Cold.

-Grayson Gunderson

How Are You?

What if I were to ask you how you felt right now?

Thus begins the panicked presentation stage in your mind,

as your brain tumbles with all the life struggles you have had to endure

And how those hardships, have no cure

Though there is no need to fear what you say

For no one expects the truth to come out of you

You see, the normal of society is to say you are fine day after day

Whilst your insides want to scream that you are not okay.

The purgatory of voices that lie deep within your mind- are never to be spoken,

for these social norms of "proper etiquette" and "complexity" are never to be broken.

So, rather than break the rules, we break the record,

and repeat  that same simple phrase:

"I'm good. I'm okay"

and your words remain seen as only one presentation of many,

among peers who too fake life as canny.

You see, people never care when their numbers walk to the stage.

No one cares about this simple bad page

In your book of life.

Because, you see, every good book has it's bad parts

And only a few ever even leave marks

So why bother with yours?

When everyone else has their own daily chores.

So we continue to stay in silence.

We continue to hide this internal self-violence.

But if this barrier is broken through, then-

people just stare and consider you out of the norm-

For you have broken their set perfect form

of a happy, hardworking being

not even meant to question life's meaning.

A machine intended to work without complaint-

without dare mentioning the sheer pain of life's restraint.

-Kiana Sivak

Road Trippin’ With Elena

Elena Garrard


One of the things that has always been on my bucket list is taking a road trip around the country. Being able to see the different cultures we have in our nation, remembering the people that formed The United States, seeing new sights and meeting new people has always caught my interest. So, join me on my road trippin' adventure through the land we call home! To begin, we will be packing up here in Frenchtown, Montana, and heading north 149 miles to Glacier National Park. Undoubtedly, we will be stopping in Kalispell to get chick-fil-a for lunch. The park, established on May 11, 1910, has over 130 lakes. It has a number of hiking trails, scenic floats, and an unlimited number of sights. After soaking in the beautiful sights of Glacier, and hopefully catching a sunset, we will be heading over to the west coast!

Faulty Air Quality

Abby Sherwood


Although the wave of smoke has surpassed Frenchtown this year, it seems to create concerns each fall. Montana is lucky enough to have an accurate and convenient site to access for any concerns about the air we breathe, This website addresses almost every town in Montana, including Frenchtown. It explains the five levels of air quality: good, moderate, unhealthy for sensitive groups, unhealthy, very unhealthy, and hazardous. Good is a green color and means that it is completely safe to go outside without any concerns. Moderate is a yellow color, meaning that the air is not completely clear, but it is not so poor that it will negatively impact one’s health. Unhealthy for sensitive groups is an orange color. It states that the air is not completely clear, but will only negatively impact the health of those with respiratory issues such as asthma, pneumonia, and lung cancer. Unhealthy means that the air quality is so poor that it will negatively impact anyone that goes outside. It is distinguished with a red color. When our air quality was in the red zone, sports teams at our school were still practicing outside. This was dangerous and could have led to breathing problems over the course of the preceding few weeks. Very unhealthy means that the detrimental impacts of being outside could have long term impacts such as aggravated chronic heart and lung diseases. This is considered a purple color. Hazardous, a maroon color,  level means that everyone should limit their outdoor activity as much as possible. Serious aggravation of heart or lung disease, premature mortality in people with cardiopulmonary disease, older adults, and serious risk of long term respiratory effects are all of the symptoms associated with being outside in these conditions. Exposure to particle pollution is even linked to premature death. Even an activity such as walking your dog outside could be harmful to your lungs and should be limited as much as possible during these dangerous times. Save the lungs of you and your pet!

Two Truths one Lie: Answer is C

Riddle Answers: coffin and dead end