I am definitely not a professional, but I have personally dealt with mental illness for years now. If you really need professional help, go and get it. There were a couple people asking me how they can cope, so here’s a couple different things you can do to help deal with mental illness.
Also, please take the time to check out the new counselor at our school based health center!
By: Jordan Brown
Most people find it hard to sleep during the night. There is a reason for your sleep loss. For adults it's more than likely because of work shifts that are late. As for teens it could possibly be because of depression, or usually because we all procrastinate on doing homework so instead we watch tv, therefore leaving you to do homework last minute around 11:30pm. This causes you to lose sleep, and not get the healthy amount for your age.
Our bodies are still in developmental stages and that requires a certain amount of sleep. Usually a little over 9 hours. It can be very dangerous to miss a lot of sleep, especially if you drive a vehicle. Lack of sleep can make you look bad, make you a little moody, and you tend to perform poorly. Also by staying up late, and sleeping late on the weekends can affect your biological clocks, and can actually hurt the quality of your sleep. So try, and get more sleep at night by going to bed a reasonable time, and get your homework done in your spare time so you have time to sleep.
October 14th, 2017 was the Homecoming dance. Many students participated in the dance and many did not.
How was the dance? In my own experience, the dance was a total blast. The music was incredible and bumpin (Loud and fun). Everyone was dancing and singing along to the beats being played through the speakers, and were people dancing with the neon lights that glowed on the dark, crowded dance floor…. It was all so much fun.
Now let’s talk outfits, everyone dressed fancy and actually looked like Hollywood movie stars. There were plain, colored, unique dresses, sparkly, dazzled, fluffy dresses, and dark, textured dresses. The boys dressed as gentlemen, with nice ties, dark pants, glossed hair, white shirts and belts….no shorts I’m very surprised no one wore Nike shorts.
Food, oh yeah there was food. The food and drinks at this dance were served on silver platters...literally, there was spiced food, sweet food, and sweet, creamy punch served. There was also jello past around on silver platters! This gave the whole dance a real Hollywood theme.
The decorations...oh my where do I begin. There was a chandelier! An actual lighted, beautiful chandelier surrounded by hung balloons that soon, were dropped onto the crowd causing total awesomeness. There were big paintings saying Hollywood, a red carpet under twinkling lights and golden stars with flashy tables in the hallway. This looked and pulled the Hollywood party look all together. There was a professional photo booth in the gym! There was lighting, cameras and a gorgeous Hollywood backdrop scene with a red carpet and paparazzi!
If you missed out on this dance I’m solemnly sorry. We missed you! The freshmen had a total wake up call too as this ‘high school experience’ was so different from middle school. Let’s just say a big thanks to High school leadership for planning and setting up this dance, you guys did an amazing job and I really am impressed and proud. Good job you all did amazing!
By: Hannah Shreve
Powderpuff is a known and loved tradition in nearly all American high schools during during homecoming week. But in the last few years the game has received an increasing amount of backlash from coaches and parents who fear for the safety of their girls. But what is the issue with such an American game? It promotes healthy rivalry between students yet encourages teamwork and communication between players. It’s a fun way to get school spirit up doing homecoming week and it is looked forward to by the students.
Well to begin with, the name is a big issue that can be quite deceiving. The name comes from a makeup applicator that was used in the 1940’s. This only adds to the stereotype that girls are delicate, only interested in traditionally feminine things, and are unable to do any damage on the field. But this couldn't be further from the truth. Powder Puff in the past has been known to be unorganized and dangerous, which you wouldn't guess by the name. But this may be a bigger issue than most realize. Some coaches are even going as far as not allowing their female players to participate in be game. But their decision isn't unjustified, this game is far more dangerous than the other sports our school offers. And the proof is in the sheer number of girls who get injured during this tradition. Girls who get injured in this brutal game can be out for a whole season of their regular sports, all because someone decided to get a little too rough. You can only imagine the loss the teams would suffer if all the girls who played got injured. Besides that, the game is coached by the boys. Who's to say that boys know football better than girls. In many cases this is true, but there are just as many where it isn't. So is it really fair to give girls an opportunity to play the game, only for them to be treated like they know nothing of the sport? Girls can watch football on the weekends just like boys do. So just because some girls aren’t interested in the game, doesn’t mean that all girls aren’t.
Muscle volleyball is another issue. While there is not nearly as many things wrong with the game, the name should be enough to make people skeptical. Why is the game suddenly muscle volleyball when boys play it? This couldn’t possibly be a suggestion that the girls playing aren’t strong or muscular is it? Because I know that if you were to ask one of our girls on the team they would not hesitate to tell you about the long hours and tiring practices that they endure in order to improve their skills for the game. They are extremely dedicated to the sport and are strong because of it.
So I propose a name change at the very least, because the first step in making safer game is to prevent misinformation from the name. Instead of sexist names like “Powderpuff” and “Muscle Volleyball”, let’s try “flag football” and “beach volleyball”. Because before we can fix the issues of the game itself, we need to fix the names.