Mr. Smith is Leaving the Nest
Story by Kinzie Parker

    Whether you’ve been an Eagle all of your life, or you just joined the convocation, you’re going to wish you had another year with the magnificent Mr. Smith. While we all know that what he’s moving onto next is what’s best for him, deep down, we are all wishing he didn’t have to go.  However, we aren’t the only ones sad that he’s moving on;  even Mr. Smith has admitted to future withdrawals saying, “I loved my time at Orchard Farm. I’m definitely going to miss every single student, and the staff members that I worked with.”

    He knows where he’s going next, and he’s excited to see everything that is in store for him at his new job. While meeting new students is going to be a fun and interesting task for Smith, he refers to this student body as his family. He is hoping that next year, we will all continue to push ourselves to do our best and work our hardest. On that note, there is one thing Smith is going to miss the most.  “Graduation. For sure, graduation. I see these kids come into the high school, and they’re freshmen. From there on I get to watch them grow and get to know who they are academically and personally.” Smith explains, “Then when they are seniors, I see who they have become and it just makes me so proud that they’ve come this far. The looks on their faces when they get their diplomas is a face that you miss when it’s all said and done.”

    Smith’s goal from the beginning has only ever been to help students achieve their goals, and that’s what he plans to do at his next job. We’re thankful for everything he has done for us, and he is definitely going to be missed. Just make sure you always remember…once an eagle, always an eagle.

Mr. "B" Above the Line
Mr. Borgerding retires after 31 years in education
By: Tyler Ashton Rodell VI

     Orchard Farm High School is losing a valuable individual this year, veteran teacher Mr. Borgerding. Mr. Borgerding, commonly shortened to just “Mr. B,” has been a teacher since 1986, over 31 years ago, and has taught at Orchard Farm for 27 years. Over the years Mr. B has taught a variety of classes including General Science, Physical Science, Chemistry, Consumer Math, Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Trigonometry, Introduction to Engineering Design, Principles of Engineering, Civil and Architectural Engineering, and Engineering Design and Development.
     However, Mr. B didn’t stop there, as he continuously dedicated his free time outside of the classroom to coaching various types of sports including 14 years of Girls Volleyball, 10 years of Golf, and several years of JV Girls Basketball. He is especially proud of his achievements when coaching the Girls Volleyball, stating that his fondest memory during his tenure at Orchard Farm was winning the District Championship in Girls Volleyball. 

     “I really enjoyed the faculty and especially being a part of the students’ lives.” said Borgerding.  In retirement, Borgerding is planning to fish, golf, maybe find a part time job, and, most importantly, spend more time with his wonderful family.  Mr. B also had some words of wisdom for the teachers, saying, “You have to be passionate about what you do.” He didn’t forget about the students though, giving his signature saying to the all the students, “Be above the Line.” 

     From everyone here at Orchard Farm, faculty and students alike, we would like thank you for all of your years of service teaching here and making this school what it is today. You will be missed.  Thank you, Mr. Borgerding!

From the Farm to the Jungle
Orchard Farm’s Trip to the Jungles of Costa Rica
By: Taylor Schwartz

     For the students at Orchard Farm High School, Costa Rica is a very exotic place to visit. This is the second school trip the Spanish club has taken, the first being Puerto Rico. “Many of the students really stretched themselves to practice their Spanish. They were starting conversations, making new friends with locals, and navigating an unknown location,” said Mrs. Castaneda. Many of the students and teachers were able to become close to students they’ve never had. “I loved getting to know many students I've never had the opportunity to teach,” said Mrs. Kennedy. 
     One thing that definitely stood out to the students on the trip was the local school visit. “It was cool to see how different their school was than from ours in the United States.  It was fun to listen to them present their poetry and play their recorders.  It was also fun playing pato pato ganso (duck duck goose),” said junior Julie Johnston. Pulling up in the bus, there was a courtyard with many excited children playing and chatting. Many of the students brought donations for the school including a couple soccer balls with which senior Ethan Purgahn was challenged to a match. Many students on the trip expressed an interest in wanting to go back to the school and help the area. “Going back to complete more service work for their communities would be awesome,” said junior Molly Dunkmann.
     “We saw a great deal of exotic and colorful birds. We saw some monkeys, crocodiles, and lizards on our river and jungle tours,” said sophomore Max Greener. The biological life in Costa Rica is one of the most diverse cultures of flora and fauna. There were snakes, sloths, capybaras, and lots of insects. 
Many of the students broadened their Spanish speaking abilities. “On this trip, I practiced speaking with the locals in Spanish. It was so cool to use what I have learned in real life. I got to experience an entire different culture. It was kind of hard to understand, but it was fun to try to talk to them,” said junior Jack Bull. A lot of students began to feel more comfortable with the language, which helped them in their own Spanish class. “It opened up the language barrier I had before and I feel a lot more confident when I'm in class and we have discussions,” said junior Alexis Stotler. 
     This trip will be remembered for a long time in Orchard Farm history. “My favorite activity that we did was horseback riding. I had never done that before, so it was an amazing experience getting to ride on trails through Costa Rican jungle to see waterfalls (and getting to slide down one)!” said senior Will Runion, “My favorite part about the trip however was just getting to meet people and having the opportunity to speak Spanish.”

Working for the Future
Students learn skills to help prepare for jobs after high school

Story by Breana Breedwell, edited by Gabbi Wiesehan
Photos by Courtney Roberts

Job Skills is a class that teaches students the importance of independence and everyday skills. Students are given jobs such as manning the coffee cart, taking care of every classroom’s recycled items, helping clean the cafeteria, and delivering mail to school staff. My favorite thing about Job Skills is the hands on applications,” said Jessica Henke, a special education teacher. “We have a Job Skills class because the students that are not college bound need to learn skills they will need after high school, “I want to make sure that the students in Jobs Skills will be ready for jobs in the future.”

The most rewarding part of  job skills is when a student is able to independently complete a job. Being able to finish tasks all by themselves gives them the preparation to have a good worth ethic in the future. Students enjoy Job Skills and are able to see their progress through the many tasks they complete throughout the year. “I think Job skills so far is pretty good” said junior Christian Lavosco. Lavosco works with Ms. Henke in the class. His favorite job in job skills is recycling, but his least favorite is helping in the cafeteria. Although some jobs aren’t as fun as others, they all play an important role in teaching him and other students helpful skills. He has to learn his jobs in job skills class, “so that I learn skills that will help me get a job one day. This will help me in the future by, learning how to clean and do business on my own.”

One Of Hundreds
Sarah Wilson Wins $100,000 Scholarship

Story by Taylor Schwartz and Courtney Roberts
Photos by Maggie Mobley

Senior Sarah Wilson wants to major in mechanical engineering and work in the biomedical field. “I wanted to go to UMSL because they have a nice and relatively small campus, it’s close to home, and the faculty truly cares about the students and want to help you succeed.”

Wilson applied for the Opportunity Scholars Program Scholarship by filling out a questionnaire about activities and essay.   She was one of hundreds of applicants. Her application was then chosen with 15 others to be interviewed for the scholarship. She interviewed for an hour and answered very difficult questions. After the interview she was 1 out of 5 lucky students to receive the scholarship.

She was extremely surprised by the visit from UMSL. ‘’I knew they would contact me with an answer sometime in March, but I was expecting a letter of some sort.’’ She was very excited to see her parents, the dean from the honors college, and even the school mascot coming into the room with a ridiculously big check. “I am so blessed to have received this scholarship,” said Wilson, “I got [it] with my best ACT accumulative score being 24. So anyone else who applies themselves but can’t take standardized tests, don’t worry, people will see that you are more than just a test score.”