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Day of Silence raises awareness of bullying issues

by Lindsay Sparrow and Raquel Renton

As sophomore Kelsey Skeens sits in Tim Dench’s second-period class, she has said nothing today.

“The day of silence is a way to pay respects to those who have committed suicide because of bullying,” said Skeens. This day will not only touch the students involved, but the entire school.

Although many students aren’t speaking today, hundreds of messages are being sent by this commitment.

“I think a message of courage and respect is being sent be acknowledging those we have lost because of bullying,” said health teacher Juli Hutson. The students seem to be recognized more for their silence then when their voices are heard.

“People will wonder what is happening and try to get us all to talk, and that will create dialogue about the alliance, possibly leading to more members and people involved,” said sophomore Zach Thomerson. Thomerson hopes the attention will bring more attention to the club.

Students wonder about how the teachers and staff will handle not being answered when spoken to. The purpose is not to ignore the teachers, but to commit to the message and the cause.

Freshman Colleen Bryant said, “Some teachers could get mad or frustrated, but hopefully they will respect what we are doing. Especially since everyone knows what is going on ahead of time.”

Some teachers are very understanding on the subject. Dench has many students involved in the day of silence in his classes, and he has pre-planned how he will handle the situation.

“I plan to have alternative way to get the students involved. I am not going to make them speak in class, but I still expect them to work on their assignments and get work done. That way the students are participating silently instead of not participating at all.

Dench doesn’t mind student remaining silent for a good cause, but he is concerned that students genuinely care about the cause.

“There are rumors that people that aren’t associated with the alliance are staying silent for the wrong reasons. They are just trying to get out of participating in class,” said junior Ramsey Hafling. Members of the club have their eye out and won’t let anyone get away with mocking the meaning of the Day of Silence.

The club is also participating in other activities. There is another meeting after school starting at 3:45 in Hutson’s health classroom. The alliance accepts all members and is still looking for other members to join.


Students share New Year’s goals

By Blake Dykes

With every new year come new resolutions. Every resolution is made with the intent on staying loyal to it and really making a change. However, it is usually a lot harder to make these changes because they have become a habit or part of our everyday lives.

Some students decided to become a healthier person by changing their eating and drinking habits.

“I am giving up soft drinks for a year because they make me feel bad and they are bad for me, especially because I used to drink them all the time,” said junior Taylor Batliner.

Batliner plans to pursue this goal by having her parents stop buying them, drinking water, and avoiding them.

Along with Batliner, sophomore Brandon Smith plans to improve his diet by eating healthier.

“I have decided I’m going to start making smarter food choices, to make me a healthier adult in the future.”

This resolution differs for Smith because purely because this is the first one he is actually made.

For others, health is still the main aspect in their resolution, only a different branch of it, social health.

Sophomore Logan Minzenberger plans to make friends and meet more people.

“I plan to be more outgoing and go out and introduce myself, this way I can experience different people’s lifestyle.”

Another common theme this year, falls into the category of organization.

“I plan to start being on time places. I am always late everywhere I go, even to school,” said sophomore Collin Reschar.

Reschar decided to make this change because he gets in trouble a lot by always being late.

“I am going to start checking up on the time more and leaving earlier.”

Others have a habit they decided they need to break.

“This year I really need to stop hoarding trash. Mostly like empty bottles or trash from food,” said freshman Lindsay Sparrow.

However, this is not the first time Sparrow has attempted to make this change.

“I have had this resolution for several repeating years, I just can’t stop myself. But this year I am saying no with an iron fist. When I am done using something I am going to fight the urge to keep it and just throw it away. I know that it is becoming a problem because my room is actually starting to smell from all of the collective amount of garbage.”

English teacher Jessica Broady shared her thoughts on new year’s resolutions.

“New year’s is a good time to make resolutions because it’s good to stop and see what path we’re on and if we want to continue on that path.”

Dying hair with Kool-Aid becomes popular

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By Blake Dykes

The most far fetched fashion statement is the new way of coloring hair. One of the latest trends is dying hair with Kool-Aid. Yes, the Kool-Aid that is supposed to be a beverage. However, the whole head is not being dyed, just the tips of the hair or strands.

Sophomore Sarah Handy experimented with the Kool-Aid dye.

“I decided to try it because I heard my friend talking about it, and thought it sounded cool.”

Handy prefers the Kool-Aid method above hair dye because it is healthier for her hair and does not take as long to dye.

Handy has blonde hair and used a strawberry red packet. The color is very apparent.

“I dyed my hair within the first week of summer and it has hardly faded.”

However, freshman Lindsay Sparrow did not have the same results.

“I tried the Kool-Aid dye with purple and red, but neither showed up. I think it was because my hair is pretty dark.”

Although Kool-Aid hair dye is an awfully weird idea, it is quite popular.

Sparrow shares her thoughts on its popularity.

“The reason it’s so popular is because it’s a new idea, and it’s different.”