Uber is Going Automatic Story by Travis Tuttle

Want a ride?.. Uber’s driver-less car prototype. Photo by Business Insider
Want a ride?.. Uber’s driver-less car prototype. Photo by Business Insider

Uber is a successful and well known transportation company that has thousands of drivers that are ready to drive you to wherever you would like to go with a simple app. Although this system is wildly used and generally appreciated, Uber is making transportation more efficient with automatic cars. Because Uber does not know how to build cars, they are starting to design equipment that is compatible with Volvo cars. This equipment includes laser detecting systems, and cameras among other technologies processed by a powerful computer in the trunk. Uber has a small test fleet of driverless cars that are operating as normal Uber cars and driving passengers to their destinations, but they have safety drivers that take notes of the car’s performance as well as being able to take control of the care in an emergency as well as conditions in which the car has trouble processing.

Uber does have competition for the best driverless cars. Google has also been designing automatic cars, although they are still a work in progress as well as all of the other driverless car prototypes. Googles prototypes are limited to 25 miles per hour to avoid serious crashes (they have had minor incidents), and their detecting system can be off by somewhat wide margins. Uber has hired many engineers to design software and technology to guide their cars safely, and efficiently, eventually possibly to the point of a manual car. They map all of the obstacles in their test area including buildings, potholes, and other obstacles, then when the car is driving it uses GPS location to find its location and compare the location view to the corresponding maps to find differences such as pedestrians and other cars to stop for or avoid.

Although this system works fairly well, it has difficulty rendering terrain in some situations. At the moment, with technology being at the level that it is, cars with drivers are probably safer and more efficient, but technology is catching up quickly, and soon driverless cars may replace manual cars altogether. Despite the current technology, Uber wants to get an early start with this promising adaptation, and likely be a major driverless car company perhaps not so far in the future. Driverless cars are probably not quite as safe as normal cars. There have been multiple accidents from all of the driverless car companies except for Uber, likely because they just released their first cars. The most notable incident killed one person.

Even if Driverless cars have lots of glitches and problems, they will likely soon be a new reality despite skepticism from many people. Technology is advancing at a fast rate, and driverless cars may come before people might think.

Gonzaga Success…Story by Bailey Stapleton

The city of Spokane is celebrating as Gonzaga University men’s basketball team is on one of the biggest streaks in NCAA history. Game after game, the team has gone to win with an outstanding 27-0 record; the best in Gonzaga history. Team after team has challenged the Zags to only be defeated. The Bulldogs defeated the San Francisco Dons last week 96 to 61. But, why is this season different from the others? After the Portland game, The Spokesman Review got the chance to interview HeadGonzaga Coach Mark Few. Who went to say, “It’s been stressful with these consecutive games, and we need to get time to rest; it will continue to be tough and hopefully that’s where our depth comes to help us.” (Quote from

White, Red, Blue...Gonzaga’s #32 goes in for a layup against the San Francisco Dons at home in Spokane. Photo by The Spokesman.com
White, Red, Blue…Gonzaga’s #32 goes in for a layup against the San Francisco Dons at home in Spokane. Photo by The Spokesman.com

Spokesmen Review) One ofGonzaga’s keys to winning these games is their center PrzemekKarnowski from Poland who manages to lead the team to greatness with amazing lay-ins and shots. Karnowski came to Gonzaga in 2012 to play basketball for the university from Poland.His Resounding success this year has led him to be one of the most successful centers in GU history. Coming in at 7’1 and 300pounds he truly is the backbone of GU’s 2016-2017 team. With aPoint Percentage of 12.8 Karnowksi truly is a great player.Another thing fans are wondering is will the Zags win the NCAA tournament? Could we possibly see a repeat of last season?Based on the statistics of what we’ve seen, hopefully, the Zags will continue to dominate and bring pride to the local area. For now

the Zags seem to be on point delivering blow after blow on other basketball teams challenging The Lilac Cities Juggernaut men’s basketball team The Gonzaga Bulldogs. Last season proved to be very disheartening for the Bulldogs who made it to the Final Four in the NCAA tournament. Last year’s team was very successful in the fact that they were on a massive win streak, but lost their momentum in the 1st round of the Final Four, It truly brought fans and the player alike to sorrow as the season they had worked so

Captions for Gonzaga Story Gonzaga (White,Red and Blue) Goes in for a dunk during Gonzaga Urancisco Dons beating them 96-61 at home in Spokane. Photo By Spokesman.com
Captions for Gonzaga Story
Gonzaga (White,Red and Blue) Goes in for a dunk during Gonzaga Urancisco Dons
beating them 96-61 at home in Spokane. Photo By Spokesman.com

hard for ended. This year however proves to be different for the players as their coach Mark Few has said that they have been working on all the strengths and weaknesses of the team as a whole and how they can make it better in each game they play. Zag fans everywhere are excited to see how this season turns for the zags. So far their season has been an incredible one and the best in Gonzaga Basketball history. With an all-star line up with some of the best players from around the globe, this year’s tournament should be looking up for Gonzaga and The Lilac City as they are able to beat team after team with an amazing success rate. The Odds are in their favor, but we will see how it plays out during March Madness.

The Oscars…Story by Bill Morton

It seems every year there are all these new movies that are nominated for Oscars. These movies are creative, unique and beautifully shot and acted, but yet… most movies that win best picture sort of get stuck in the muck of lost film history, getting confused and morphed into another movie of the similar genre, or better yet gets forgotten altogether. Look at the last seven best

The Oscars 2017. Photo by Connor Cable, The Odyssey
The Oscars 2017. Photo by Connor Cable, The Odyssey

picture winners: The Hurt Locker (2010) war drama, The King’s Speech (2011) historical drama, The Artist (2012) black and white drama, Argo (2013) historical drama, 12 Years a Slave (2014) historical drama, Birdman (2015) drama and last year’s Spotlight (2016) historical drama. As you can see from just these last seven best picture winners, four of them are historical dramas. Historical dramas seem to be the most legit among the best picture winners.

This year’s Nominees are pretty interesting, and they seem to consist of a lot of oddballs. A lot of random movies it seems no one have seen. The nominees for best picture are Arrival, Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, Hidden Figures, La La Land, Lion, Manchester by the Sea, and Moonlight. A survey of 35 students’ opinions was made on who they think will win Best Picture for this year, and the results will not surprise you.

Arrival: 4

Fences: 3

Hacksaw Ridge: 5

Hell or High Water: 0

Hidden Figures: 3

La La Land: 10

Lion: 4

Manchester by the Sea: 1

Moonlight: 5

They were also asked what their predictions for Best Actor and Actress will be. These are the results.


Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea: 0

All the best picture nominees for the Oscars, 2017. Photo by THR Staff, the Hollywood reporter.
All the best picture nominees for the Oscars, 2017. Photo by THR Staff, the Hollywood reporter.

Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge: 8

Ryan Gosling, La La Land: 14

Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic: 5

Denzel Washington, Fences: 8



Isabelle Huppert, Elle: 3

Ruth Negga, Loving: 5

Natalie Portman, Jackie: 6

Emma Stone, La La Land: 16

Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins: 5

So obviously everyone thinks that La La Land will dominate the Oscars this year, as it’s been nominated 12 times, and they’re right… for some of them. Sure, Emma Stone has it in the bag, along with best soundtrack as well as best song and best director (Damien Chazelle), but let’s look at best actor. Ryan Gosling was not considered by anyone the best performance in that movie, Emma Stone was. How to easily find this one out would be to look at the guilds and trust their decisions. That means the Screen Actors Guild, the Directors Guild of America and Producers Guild of America. They consist to be the most accurate when it comes to searching for who will win best actor, best actress and best director. Not only those, but the most trusted awards show to follow are the Golden Globes. Though it isn’t taken as seriously as the Oscars due to most of the guests getting hammered (drunk) by the end of the show. It seems that in the past 20 years the Golden Globes have predicted best actor correctly 70%, which a very reasonable rate it is, but the award for best actress is more probable, as they’ve predicted best actress 90% the same as the Oscars. So when it comes to deciding for best actor and best actress, stick with the Golden Globe’s choice. The only problem is… the Golden Globes split their actors and actresses into two categories; best actor/actress in a drama AND best actor/actress in a comedy or musical. That really makes things more difficult to predict, but that doesn’t have to mean it’s a 50/50 choice. This year’s winners for the Golden Globes best actors were Casey Affleck (who none of the students voted for, let alone knew) and Ryan Gosling (who mostly every student knew and voted for). We all know that Emma Stone has this one in the bag, so let’s focus on best actor. Most people think that Ryan Gosling will win, but here’s why Casey Affleck will win best actor. There is a moment in between January 25th and January 30th (around the time when the judges vote for the Oscars) in Google Trends when Casey Affleck jumps up to the number one spot, only for five days, then goes back down to number three. Why bring that up as a reason? Not only that Casey Affleck won the Golden Globes best actor, but that last year, in the 2016 Oscars a little movie called Spotlight raised in search trends at that exact time, or close to, then went all the way back down, and you know what happened? Spotlight won for best picture that year, which no one expected, except for those people keeping close attention to the search trends, and realizing that everyone was interested in that topic at that time. That is why Casey Affleck will win over Ryan Gosling at this year’s Oscars, because he actually was the best performance in the movie and that Ryan Gosling was not the best performance in La La Land.

Students of the Month: Integrity…Story by Rey Frank

As of recent, the students of the month for February were announced. Coleman Vaughn, Christian Alcaraz, Davan Gilmore, Jenna Wade, and Ryjan Newton were awarded for having the trait of integrity. Yet, what exactly defines integrity?  The majority of online sources will state it as something similar to “the quality or state of being honest and having strong moral principles” (Cambridge).

Students of Integrity… Four out of the five students of the month are seen next to the iconic FBCS mural. Photo by Rey Frank.
Students of Integrity… Four out of the five students of the month are seen next to the iconic FBCS mural. Photo by Rey Frank.

While this is true, it only describes a portion of what it means to have integrity.  After interviewing students of the month Coleman and Davan, the larger meaning of this word was uncovered.

According to Coleman, the quality describes “somebody who is strong and can stand up to different things or stand up for certain things.”  Thus, a more accurate description of integrity includes when you are also actively defending the moral standards you stand by. When I interviewed Davan, she mentioned another important component of this trait. Davan explains that when you have integrity, you are willing to stand up for yourself. Quoting her, “integrity means to never let others push you down or to let something or anyone hold you back from doing one’s best.”

Because students with integrity have the strength to fight for justice, they are also willing to accept when they are in the wrong. They are compelled to seek fairness in both good and bad circumstances, which makes them very down-to-earth. Rooted in the power of morality, a person with integrity does not cheat their

Word! Integrity is such a dynamic one, how do you describe it? With multiple definitions is how you do. Photo by Rey Frank.
Word! Integrity is such a dynamic one, how do you describe it? With multiple definitions is how you do. Photo by Rey Frank.

way to success, but fights for it. In fact, Coleman, Jenna, and Ryjan were all nominated on the account of owning up to their actions.

Their honesty has helped them get recognized in their academic lives, but they have also seen it positively affect their personal lives. For Davan, she has seen it improve her conversation skills, as well as in raising her confidence. This brings us to the human interaction element of integrity. Within this largely expanding definition, we should note how important it is to have integrity when communicating with other people. The impact it has in a conversation can be momentous, as it can help you form a respectable and sincere personage.

In summary, we have delved into combining all the various definitions of integrity and found that its definition is: the quality or state of being honest and having strong moral principles, which you defend in addition to standing up for yourself. It defines a trait of someone who seeks justice served, regardless of whether or not it is in favor of them. Thus, they use integrity when they are communicating with others, as they see the value in not creating hasty complications.  Here at FBCS, we have seen six students excel at being all of the above. They are honest, understanding, and brave, and we congratulate and applaud them on their remarkable behavior.

Snow Days…Story by Natalie Faris

The northern counties of Idaho have been experiencing some very violent snow/ice storms. All of the cities that surround Sandpoint and FBCS are covered with fresh snow and icy roads. Sandpoint received about a foot of snow with some freezing rain. However, the snow never stopped north of Sandpoint, hitting Bonners Ferry with about three feet in most places, however, deeper snow was found further north from Bonners Ferry.

On Monday, officials declared Monday the 8th an emergency, enabling the city to ask for additional snow removal resources if needed. Thankfully, the city hasn’t needed the resources yet and has been hard at work. According to the Spokesman-Review’s interview of Mayor David Sims the city generally hauls about 50 dump trucks of snow, but on Monday they were at a total of 160 and still counting, making this three times bigger than an average snow storm in Bonners Ferry.

Rumors of possible record snowfall are floating around, however, the current record is “26.0 inches on January 15, 1954”. Sadly, the

Heavy Snow…A picture of the trees that received a fresh blanket of snow during the snowstorm which caused Bonners Ferry to declare a state of emergency. Photo by Lauren Stidham
Heavy Snow…A picture of the trees that received a fresh blanket of snow during the snowstorm which caused Bonners Ferry to declare a state of emergency. Photo by Lauren Stidham

storm dropped about 20 inches on the hardest day. Learn more at the Spokesman-Review and WeatherDB.

However, even though no records were broken, school was canceled on Monday the 6th and the north bus wasn’t running at all expect for on the afternoon of Wednesday the 8th. Overall, full-time school was only held twice this week (Tuesday and Wednesday), the and there was two EADs (Thursday and Friday).

But what is up with all of these EADs? What happened to our snow days? Our school has a cap on how many snow days we can take after we hit our limit, snow days are turned into EADs. You might wonder how we are supposed to know how to complete all of these EAD assignments without seeing our teachers and learning what we need to do, and you might have found it hard to complete all of those assignments without teacher help before the hard due date scheduled on Friday the 10th. Thankfully, the school recognized the tough situation and moved the hard due date to Friday the 17th, giving students extra time to get things all tied up.

With all of this talk of snow and missed school days, don’t let the weather get you down! Sunshine and warmth are forecasted for the week

of 12-18th of February, maybe spring isn’t far away after all!

FBCS Talent Show Auditions…Story by Leah Roth

It’s that time of year again! The glorious season when we gather together to watch our fellow students shine onstage. On the 23rd of this month FBCS will be having its 5th annual talent show, and the preparations are in full swing. Student council members recently drew a giant picture of stage curtains on the blackboard and finished up auditions. People have performed acts ranging from comedy skits to music recitals, and eagerly awaited the results.

With the treacherous weather and snow days, several of the auditions had to be pushed back to the next week. Student council has been working extra hard to get this show on the road without a hitch, especially after the most recent event had to be cancelled.

Curtain Call!... Student council customized the blackboard for the special event. Photo by: Leah Roth
Curtain Call!… Student council customized the blackboard for the special event. Photo by: Leah Roth

Some people have wondered, why have auditions in the first place? An interview with student council revealed that they needed to sift through the acts. They had to make sure there wouldn’t be anything too long or vulgar. It also gives them an idea of how long they should expect the talent show to run.

In total, around seventeen acts auditioned, of which about fourteen or fifteen actually got in. On Friday, members of student council went around to classrooms letting people know if they got into the talent show. Drumroll please! The people going to be performing at this year’s talent show are:

Lucy Bigley

Tessa Morse

Charlie Harrison

Elise Renner

Julia Hofer

Leah Roth

Abigail Baker & Sierra Vaughn

The Stage is Set… Everyone is gearing up for their impending performances on Friday evening. Photo by: Leah Roth
The Stage is Set… Everyone is gearing up for their impending performances on Friday evening. Photo by: Leah Roth

Kaitlyn Turnbull

Isaac, Sam I, Sam H, Martin, & Alec

Yona Soltis

Emily Miller & Morgan Morse

Hanson & Alec

Ty Olsen

With such a diverse cast of characters expected, be sure to stop on by the talent show, Friday evening from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. here at FBCS!

Super Bowl LI Predictions by Bill Morton

Super Bowl 51 was this last Sunday, February 5th and was televised at 3:30pm of FOX. Lady Gaga performed at this year’s halftime show. The question everyone was thinking about was who will be the MVP? Who will get the 2k17 crown? Well, looking back at several websites and their predictions, here were their odds.

Quarterbacks Matt Ryan and Tom Brady. Photo by Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News
Quarterbacks Matt Ryan and Tom Brady. Photo by Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News

Looking at the Super Bowl Nation’s NFL Experts, they predicted that the Atlanta Falcons will win the game. With a 5-4 pick, the Falcons were considered by the experts to win their first Super Bowl. Those same experts also didn’t predict the Patriots to get that far in the season, let alone go to the Super Bowl. Looking at their past, the Falcons and Patriots had a hauntingly disappointing score for the Falcons, with a loss of 0-4, but what really made them the most considered was both Matt Ryan and their new Defense Coordinator they got for the season, alongside their somewhat new head coach, Dan Quinn. Matt Ryan had a very good run the past season, having considered an MVP of the season, with his highest of a 750-yard toss and five non-intercepted touchdowns.

USA Today asked 6 of their NFL Sports’ Staff what their predictions were for the game, and four of them chose Patriots while the other two chose Falcons. All the people that chose Patriots unanimously chose #12 Quarterback Tom Brady as the MVP, while #2 Quarterback, Matt Ryan, was only chosen as the MVP for one of the two votes for who’d win, with the other being #24 running back Devonta Freeman. Everyone’s main argument for the Patriots was by the numbers, and their wins. The Patriots has appeared in 7 times (not including 2017) and has won four times. The Falcons (again, 2017 not included) only went to the Super Bowl one time in January 17th, 1999, and lost to the Denver Broncos 34-19.

Well, the National NFL Experts’ “Predictions” didn’t turn out as well as they originally predicted. The New England Patriots won the 51st Super Bowl, with one of the most outstanding comebacks in Super Bowl History, even NFL History, that it’s crazy. The game in general made history, as this’s now the New England Patriot’s 5th Super Bowl win, and Tom Brady’s Fifth win as Quarterback and Coach Belichick’s 5th win as well, making them the ultimate Quarterback-Coach combo.

New England Patriots vs. the Atlanta Falcons, a defining picture of the 51st Super Bowl as a whole. Photo by Ed King, NFL.
New England Patriots vs. the Atlanta Falcons, a defining picture of the 51st Super Bowl as a whole. Photo by Ed King, NFL.

By the end of the first half, the Falcons were in the lead with a prominent 21-3, looking as if the Patriots were not in the lead, but whatever sentient being Tom Brady was praying to sure must’ve been the support, as the second half, the Patriots gained all the way up to the Falcons, having been tied right at the end of the 4th quarter. After that, the game went into its very first overtime in Super Bowl history. Many fans on both teams were shocked by the outcome, almost accepting the fact that the Atlanta Falcons had this one in the bag. Matt Ryan was made the MVP of the season, while Tom Brady was made MVP of the game, though being sacked 4 times.

The Nation Reacts to the Inauguration of Donald Trump…Stories by Audrey Moore and Jada Giddings

Berkly Riots…Story by Jada Giddings

Last week, the Alliance for Global Justice was paid fifty grand from George Soros to fund “Rufuse Fascism” to get a group of conservatives and libertarian speakers to cease their speeches; of course, they were already funded by $2.2 million. That week, a gay libertarian speaker, Milo Yiannopoulos, spoke in Berkeley. The riot outside, the people calling themselves “Anti-Fascists,” started fires, smashed windows as well as ATM machines, looted stores in the shopping district area, destroyed cars, assaulted Milo’s fans of both gender, and accused his fans of being “Nazis.” Only one of the

A set of rioters calling Milo’s fans Nazis. Photo by Chriss W. Street.
A set of rioters calling Milo’s fans Nazis. Photo by Chriss W. Street.

participants of the riot was arrested while many policemen and women refused to intervene with the act.

Online, the Alliance of Global Justice posted on Twitter many hate comments against Milo and his fans, still accusing him and them of being Nazis, homophobic, as well as a great amount of inappropriate hateful names. A minority of celebrities did the same, yet took down the posts as did the Alliance of Global Justice. When the riot was coming to an end, Milo and his staff came back to a trashed tour bus with

A group of rioters burning cars and protesting against Milo. Photo by Charlie Nash.
A group of rioters burning cars and protesting against Milo. Photo by Charlie Nash.

many of the staff’s belongings stolen by the rioters. Milo and his staff had to then leave early from the premises because of their location being leaked online, leading to the riot outbreaking more so. A week after, four of whom were participating in the riot were arrested for vandalizing Milo’s vehicle and stealing his staff’s belongings.



Woman’s March…Story by Audrey Moore

Hundreds of thousands of women gathered in Washington as a sort of “counter-inauguration” after president Trump took office on January 20th, starting at 10:00 AM and ending at 5:00 PM. They were joined by crowds in cities across the country. In Chicago, the amount of people quickly outgrew the estimated amount of participants, and for safety reasons had to be canceled.  In

The famed gender female symnol
The famed gender female symbol Photo by Google

Manhattan, a sea of pink hats had formed, in Downtown Los Angeles, even before the gathered crowd marched it had taken up a quarter mile deep on several streets. In Boston, the numbers had grown to 175,000. Most men and women sporting “pink pussy hats” by wearing hats with cat ears.

“A separate group of about 30 Trump supporters held a rally in Sydney. The police restrained some of them, blocking them from entering the same area as the Trump protest group.”(-CNNpoliticts.)

The idea of the women’s march was started on Facebook by Teresa Shook, a retired attorney, and grandmother of four from Hawaii. She suggested the march on the night of the inauguration, and by the time she went to bed had 40 R.S.V.PS to march. The march performed the day after president Trump’s inauguration on January 21st.  Officials who organized the marches said that there were 600 marches that happen around the world.

The most popular speeches at the march were that of Ashely Judd, and Madonna. Madonna claiming to think a lot about “blowing up the white house” and Judd going on in her speech “I am a Nasty Woman” about how Trump is incestuous and a pedophile stating that “I am not as nasty as your own daughter being your favorite sex symbol. Like your wet dreams infused with your own genes” and that Trump is the new Hitler, as she can “feel Hitler on these streets, a mustache traded for a toupee.” “Electric convulsion therapy the new gas chambers.”

“We want to ensure that this country knows women are not happy,” co-founder Tamika Mallory said. “And when we get angry, change happens. We make things happen.” “This effort is not anti-Trump,”

A woman sportin an american flag hijab. Photo by Google
A woman sporting an American flag hijab. Photo by Google

Mallory said. “This is pro-women. This is a continuation of a struggle women have been dealing with for a very long time. In this moment, we are connecting and being as loud as possible.”
Following the march, the organizers have moved on to protest the acts that Trump has established on the first hundred days of his presidency.


Meet Vita- A Bundle of Golden Retriever Joy…Story by Rey Frank

Returning from Thanksgiving break, FBCS staff Mary Jensen, and Hillary Dececchis announced to the school the arrival of our new school pet. In addition to 2 guinea pigs, a gerbil, and 3 fish, we now have a golden retriever dog. There was much excitement among the student body, as we all waited anxiously to find out what her name would be. Finally, the time arrived during lunch when our principle went up on stage. Almost theatrically, all the blasting sounds of conversation suddenly died down. We all stared in tense anticipation for what seemed like forever, before her voice echoed out the name: Avita, Vita for short. She emphasized the choice of Avita, which is Spanish for a bird, in honor of our namesake, Mr.

Beauty Sleep…Vita is having sweet dreams, content in the school. Photo by Eric Fulgenzi.
Beauty Sleep…Vita is having sweet dreams, content in the school. Photo by Eric Fulgenzi.

Forrest M. Bird. But her nickname, Vita, also represents the school and is Latin for life. A giddy round of applause erupted after the announcement, as we all celebrated the joyous news. This beautiful vanilla cookie coated puppy was now going to liven up our school’s environment, and we were enthralled. Everyone wanted to engulf her in a hug, however, the attention was overwhelming Vita, and thus the staff had to let her be visited by only one person at a time.

The staff has been careful incorporating her into the school’s main grounds, as they are still debating if she can handle the attention. But from a recent interaction with students during lunch and social periods, Vita seems in fairly good control of her energy level. When she was chosen, it was very important that she would be mildly-tempered, and that she would not get bored from the cultured atmosphere of school life. This is a tall order for a golden retriever,

which is a hyper breed of dog, yet Vita has grown accustomed to napping during school hours, which has been a great quality for a puppy.

The following months included various types of training, and in September of 2017, she shall undergo professional training in order to become a therapeutic dog. As of now, she has learned several commands, such as sit, down, wait, make eye-contact, etc. She is given either cheese or pieces of meat to assist her training. She bonds and trains with the principle, secretary, and her student

Looking to the future…Vita looks thoughtfully at her treat during training. Photo by Rey Frank.
Looking to the future…Vita looks thoughtfully at her treat during training. Photo by Rey Frank.

trainers, but also with a very special individual. This individual is Dr. Debbie Ford, an associate veterinarian at the Ponderay Veterinarian Clinic. Dr. Ford got her degree in Veterinarian Medicine in 1979 from Washington State University and has been focusing her career on animal behavior cases. She, along with a colleague, created a course at Washington State University called “The Behavior of Domestic Animals,” but she now focuses on curing the animal behavior cases of Ponderay, Idaho. She also believes in the positive impact that Vita has on people’s emotions. As a result, she donates her time to training Vita an hour a week, so Vita can become a Therapeutic dog. And what an effect Vita has in calming people, and lowering their stress levels. Her intuitive nature of people’s emotions has allowed her to accomplish her job at the school even before she knew what it was. She had only been at the school for mere hours when she rescued a student from an anxiety attack. What could have taken this person the whole day to recover from turned into a smooth and effective transition back into their class within the course of half an hour. Countless others can attribute their moods improving from Vita’s presence, myself included, as she helped me get through the stress of finals last trimester.

But what about the people who are not dog people at our school? It was considered when adopting her if she would negatively impact students if they were allergic to dogs, or merely disliked dogs. However, compared to the allergic threat of cats, dog allergies are far less common.

In addition, the majority of concrete floors in the school dampen the possibilities of someone having an allergic reaction to Vita. As for when she is shedding, her caretakers shave her fur if it gets overly excessive. But once again, this is not an issue for the majority of the school grounds, as the floors are concrete, and are mopped every night. Still, if a student dislikes Vita, they do not have to interact with her, as she is kept inside of the front office area the majority of the time. Vita’s instinctual understanding of people also allows her to know when someone does not like her, and she responds very maturely and lets them be.

She means the world to the school, and we are extremely thankful that she has become our dog. She has been with us through the rough and hard times, such as finals of last trimester, and hard due dates of this trimester. But she has also celebrated with us in our fun and carefree moments, like the weeks before the holidays, and social time on Fridays. Vita has transformed the atmosphere of our high school, and we can’t imagine it without her. She has especially made an impact on the Secretary, and the Principle. When I interviewed them, the Secretary described her relationship with Vita: “She sleeps under my stool, and I have gotten used to stepping over her, and I can’t imagine it without her. I’m a dog person, I like having a dog here.” The Principle, Mary Jensen, also had a very comforting moment with Vita, which she described as “one of those moments that make you feel all fuzzy inside.” She explained how the first time they were driving back from adopting her, and Vita laid her head on Mary’s shoulder, and in that moment, “I knew we had picked the right dog. Vita is our dog,” Mary concluded.

Her maturity as a toddler is truly admirable, as she has been able to reduce the amount of barking and distractions she does throughout the day. Her personality is also a gift for how young she is. Only 5 months old, she behaves like a faithful family dog that has been mellowed through her age. She truly is a sweetheart, and her love brings much joy to FBCS and her caretakers.