Texting while driving causes danger to teens, other drivers

By Sophie Howie

Words are known to be powerful things. They can flip perspectives and help people look past prejudices. They can stop some things and start others. They can persuade, inform, scare, build up, and break down. But the one thing words can do that they seem to do best is claim lives. Continue reading Texting while driving causes danger to teens, other drivers

Seniors look toward final week of high school

By Eleni Pappas

It is nearing that time of every school year for certain upperclassman. Not only a time of new beginnings, but sadly of goodbyes. Friends who have been together for years parted as one is headed away for graduation and college. Once again the underclassmen say farewell to their senior brethren and plan how they are to keep in touch till they themselves graduate and move beyond the high school experience. Continue reading Seniors look toward final week of high school

Q&A: Students preview Forecastle 2017

Editor’s Note: This Q&A goes along with a spread on summer music festivals on Page 6 and Page 7 of the print edition of The Bagpiper on May 19. 

Bagpiper: Have you ever been to Forecastle and what are you expecting? 

Junior Hannah Schladant: “I have never been to Forecastle before but I’ve seen people posting pictures and videos from it. It looked like a fun time, so I decided to get me and my boyfriend tickets to it.” 

Senior Sam Owings: “I went last year and I had such a great time with my friends seeing some really good artists. I saw the lineup for this year and knew I had to go again.”

Senior Chloe Andrews: “I wanted to go to Forecastle because all my friends go from Silver Creek and they say it’s amazing. Plus I like some alternative music and a lot of people that perform at Forecastle play it. You also just get to have fun with your friends outdoors all day together.”

BP: What type of ticket package did you buy? 

HS: “I thought it would be a fun weekend for us to just hang out together and listen to good music so I bought us the three day pass for my boyfriend’s birthday.”

SO: “I got the three day pass because there are so many people I want to see and couldn’t just choose one day.  Honestly the price for the three day pass is really worth it.”

CA: “I bought a one day pass because it was cheaper and I really don’t know many of the other artists for the other days, so I didn’t want to waste the money.”

BP: What are some things people should bring to Forecastle and what are you going to bring? 

HS: “I will probably bring a small backpack with deodorant, a portable charger, some extra makeup, sunglasses and my Polaroid.”

SO: I’m definitely going to bring sunscreen because of how badly I got burnt last year.”

CA: I plan on bringing my phone of course so I can take videos. Maybe like a portable fan just in case I get really hot. Let’s hope the weather is good. Also, my portable phone charger because I don’t want my phone to die.”

 

University of Louisville Associate Director for Financial Aid gives advice on college funds

By Hannah Clere

Editor’s Note: These tips go along with a story about how to avoid college debt on Page 3 of the print edition of The Bagpiper on May 19. 

Below are tips from University of Louisville Associate Director for Financial Aid Michael Abboud on how to avoid debt in college.

  • Apply for scholarships early (even junior year)
  • Use your school’s resources
  • Talk to your academic advisor
  • Get tutoring if you need to get grades up for applications
  • Make sure you only take out loans of a reasonable amount
  • Make sure the amount you borrow is in line with your career goals
  • File your FAFSA early (October)

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