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Mr. and Miss Floyd Central announced on Class Night

By Natalie Allen

The auditorium seats begin to fill, the voices of the crowd lower to a dull roar. Seniors take their seats under the burning light of the stage as principal Janie Whaley opens Class Night with congratulatory praise and best wishes of the future to come.

This past Wednesday seniors attended Class Night, in which students were awarded scholarships and recognized for various high school achievements. Among the prestigious awards given was the announcement of Mr. and Miss Floyd Central, which concluded the evening.

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Students, teachers prepare for upcoming AP exams

By Sydney Sears and Delaney Smith

As the year is coming to a close the stakes rise. AP exams begin next week and many students begin to feel stressed around this time of year. Preparation is a significant part in passing these important tests.

According to counselor Mark Clark, the AP exams are graded on a five-point scale with “5” being the highest and “1” being the lowest. If a “3” or higher is scored a student can receive three credits to any college in Indiana.

To earn these credits students typically must put forth a lot of hard work and dedication. Many teachers have been doing in-class work and before or after-school study sessions to help prepare their students to the best of their ability.

“I plan to go to the cram session. I’ve also been looking over my notes,” said Junior Bailey Smit,h who is preparing for Monday’s AP psychology exam.

Senior Scott Schuchardt has been taking a lot of time to prepare for his AP government  exam by going over old AP Government College Board tests and the writing prompts for them. He has also been going to Suzanne Moss’s after-school study sessions.

Teachers have also been working to prepare their students for the upcoming exams.

“In class I have covered all the main units, done weekend review sessions, and have given handouts and charts in class over major concepts. I have also given bell ringer questions from old AP tests to try to prepare my students,” said AP psychology teacher Chad Clunie.

Students have high hopes for their scores on these tests.

“I hope I do well on the test because if I don’t do well my mom is making me pay for the test,” said Smith.

The two-week AP exam schedule is as follows:

AP Exam Schedule 2014

Monday, May 5

8 a.m. – AP Chemistry

12 p.m. – AP Psychology

Tuesday, May 6

8 a.m. – AP Computer Science

Wednesday, May 7

8 a.m. – AP Calculus

Thursday, May 8

8 a.m. – AP English Literature

Friday, May 9

8 a.m. – English Composition

Monday,May 12

8 a.m. – AP Biology, AP Music Theory

12 p.m. – AP Physics

Tuesday, May 13

8 a.m. – AP U.S. Government

Wednesday, May 14

8 a.m. – AP U.S. History

12 p.m. – AP European History

Thursday, May 15

8 a.m. – AP Macroeconomics

Summer jobs impact student lives

By Michael Pepin

Is it the lure of hard earned cash, or the experience and responsibility of an after-school job that drives seniors to forsake the afternoon spent with companionship and fun for flipping burgers on a grill while an irritated customer revises her order, again?  Even those without pressing financial difficulties strive to get a job and provide their own cash flow with long hours of work spent in crowded restaurants or department stores.

To many, this is a form of independence and an opportunity to experience the real world.

“Instead of having to ask parents for this and that, they can choose where to spend their money and why,” said counselor Mark Clark.  In fact, the majority of students who chose to pursue after school jobs are motivated by factors other than dependency.  It is a way of providing the money for their own use, cash they can burn and save as they wish.  However, the long hours they cash in for a paycheck are not without price.

“They have to make their entire schedule around work, and it greatly affects their personal life. They could not end up going to a game or hanging out because they weren’t able to work it out with their employer,” said Clark.  With another element of juggling hamburger buns for several hours each day, student life becomes that much harder.

“Anything over 15 hours a week could be detrimental to a student’s life,” said Clark.  With after-school sports, homework, the pressure of friends, personal life, and on top of all that a part-time job, schedules can go haywire like never before.

“You have to balance your time,” said Kassie Dilling, a senior who works as a hostess for Beef O’ Brady’s in her free time.  She started working when she needed a way to pay for the gas in her car, and since then she has worked in her free time.  However, after-school jobs do not exist solely as a method to provide cash for high school upperclassmen.

“Sometimes you run into people who just want to work for the paycheck and they don’t put in the work they need to.  Being on time requires responsibility and dedication, which is essential to someone looking for a job,” said Dairy Queen manager Jermey Carroll.  Many employers look for those qualities when they are considering hiring anyone, be it a high school senior or an adult seeking a part-time job for extra income.

It never comes down to what is simply written within the application sheet, or what is exposed in an interview with the employer, said Carroll.  Unlike schoolwork, a person’s attitude and outlook on life and others is as important as performance and punctuality.

“It depends on how dedicated you are.  If you have a good attitude you won’t fail on either side, the academic or the personal side.  You have to make time for everything.”

Online registration to take effect today as students register for next year

By Eli Bolus and Meghan Poff 

Class registration for next year’s courses will be an online ordeal.  The change is not only to cut down on paperwork, but to prepare students for online college class registration.

The registration will be done through INOW and information will be given at a presentation in English classes over the next several days depending on grade.

At the presentation, students will receive a packet with their INOW login information and a set of step-by-step instructions showing students how to register for classes.

Once students have made their class decisions, they can log onto INOW anytime and register for their classes.

Counselor Mark Clark said that it would be preferable if students could register within a week of receiving their information since the counselors have so many schedules to approve.

Clark said the online registration will greatly cut down on work students have to do, but will actually increase the work of counselors because of the “double-checking” they will have to do.

Clark also said as long as students put course numbers in correctly, the transition will be smooth and will cut down on the number of schedule changes.

With the new registration system, students will be able to identify and correct schedule mistakes earlier than in recent years, he said.

Counselors will be available in the spine at lunch next week to answer questions that students have.

Readers who have something to say about the online registration process can post comments below.