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Low gas prices provide benefits for driving to school

By Haley Palmer

Two dollars and twenty-nine cents. Two dollars and sixteen cents. Two dollars and nine cents.

Each of these numbers are gas prices from New Albany gas stations. The prices are the lowest they have been since 2010, according to USA Today. Many have noticed the drastic drop in price of gasoline over the last few weeks. While some believe the lower prices are themselves beneficial, not all of the advantages are obvious.

Junior Rachel Dever said lower prices allow her to drive to school more frequently.

“With lower gas prices, I have definitely been driving to school more. I would rather drive, but sometimes high gas prices can deter me since driving to school isn’t really a necessity,” said Dever.

Dever mentioned a few additional benefits of being able to drive to school.

“I’m warmer in the mornings when I drive. Plus, the commute time is significantly less when I drive than when I ride the bus, so I can sleep longer.”

Senior Kaitlyn Ford explained how lower gas prices allow her to drive more in the community.

“It has allowed me to be able to go more places because you get more gas for the same amount of money,” said Ford.

Government teacher Suzanne Moss, who lives in Louisville, said it has not had a significant effect on her driving because she is trying to reduce her environmental footprint.

“I wouldn’t say it’s had a very substantial impact, but I have tried to on the weekends park my car, and either ride my bicycle or walk where I need to go. I’m trying to minimize my global impact, my environmental footprint,” said Moss.

Moss admitted that despite her effort to decrease her driving, she does appreciate the lower prices.

“I mean, it’s definitely nice to pay less at the pump,” said Moss.

Senior Danielle Cato said the decrease has altered some of her purchasing habits.

“There wasn’t an effect on my gas buying, but on my other spending. It’s nice not to have to spend everything on gas,” said Cato.

Unlike Cato, Dever said her gas purchasing habits were altered by the price drop.

“Since lower gases prompt me to drive more, I definitely buy more gas.”

While the lower gas prices have affected people in many different ways, Ford said they are still reassuring.

“It’s certainly more comforting to see low prices,” said Ford.

Marathon gas station displays its lowered prices. Photo by Haley Palmer.
Marathon Gas Station in Floyds Knobs displays its lowered prices. Photo by Haley Palmer.

Greenhouse provides benefits to students

By Haley Palmer

As he bends over the plants, gently brushing the delicate green leaves, science teacher Randy Hein points out several flowering plants in the greenhouse.

Hein is the primary caretaker of the daily operations of the greenhouse and has taken on the responsibility for weekly tasks such as watering, pruning, transplanting, and spraying. However, he said that head of maintenance Randy Snelling is crucial in larger tasks such as maintaining the heating and ventilation system.

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ACT remains uniform despite SAT changes

By Amber Bartley and Haley Palmer

With the standardized college admissions tests approaching, students are discovering more about which test is best for their abilities

According to the ACT student website, the ACT consists of four tests and an optional writing portion: English, mathematics, reading, and science. It differs from the SAT, which does not include science. The English test measures standard written English and rhetorical skills and the mathematics test measures mathematical skills students have typically acquired in courses taken up to the beginning of senior year. The reading test measures reading comprehension and the science test measures the interpretation, analysis, evaluation, reasoning, and problem-solving skills required in the natural sciences. The optional writing portion measures writing skills emphasized in high school English classes and in entry-level college composition courses.

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FCDM zumba class inspires participants

By Haley Palmer and Amber Bartley

The floor shakes as the sweaty crowd shimmies and sways to the upbeat melody. Around thirty eager students showed up at zumba instructor Marcee LaHue’s second consecutive Dance Marathon zumba class.

“When I came here last year, I did not know what to expect. I was a little nervous about teaching Zumba to a bunch of teenagers, but when I got on stage everyone was so excited and enthusiastic and went with me,” said LaHue.

Zumba instructor Marcee LaHue directs FCDM participants. Photo by Amber Bartley.
Zumba instructor Marcee LaHue directs FCDM participants. Photo by Amber Bartley.

Numerous participants have personal connections to Riley Children’s hospital that inspire them to partake in the Dance Marathon activities. Sophomore Lucy Reising is motivated by her younger sister, Grace, who is getting a kidney transplant next year.

“My sister is in the hospital lot, so I know that hospitals can be really boring for kids. It’s nice to help them have fun while they’re going through a difficult time,” said Reising.

Others like junior Morgan Shultz have no personal connection to the children at Riley’s, but they participate anyways.

“I’m inspired by the Riley stories and what the hospital can do for the kids that wouldn’t have a chance otherwise,” said Shultz.

Whether those who participate in the marathon have personal reasons or are simply inspired by the emotional Riley stories, it’s a great way to support the community in a positive way.

“I think that your student body is so cool, diverse, and accepting. The energy level for students is amazing. I have a great time teaching zumba to the Floyd Central high schoolers and it is definitely the most fun class I teach,” said LaHue.