The New Face on the Front Lines Palisade High School Student Media / March 2013 / Vol. 28 Issue 3 3679 G Road / Palisade / CO / 81526 / www.palisadenews.com A Public forum for Student Expression
March 2013 Staff Design Editor (Anthony Calacino)
Magazine Editor (Abby Bridgett)
Mass shootings have drove the country to consider gun regulation.
6-7. The 2012-2013 calender has been selected and has resulted into a wide range of opinions.
Caffeine is an essential for most high school students. However, it isn’t always good regarding health.
The lyrics of rap music are considered regarding violence and the degradation of women.
Sports have became a year round commitment in order to be competitive.
People at this school carry some weird things in their bags. Is it worth going to a chiropractor?
STYLISTS: JOANN ROSWELL MARIE ROSWELL SAM JACOBSEN 2
Online Editor (Olivia Barrows) Adviser (Darcy Hall)
Staff (Lukas Dalley, Piper Davis, Alysha Hadeen, Shannon Hobbs, Rachel Kotris, Caitlin Olson, Alex Perry, Students share their most memo- Karen Prather, Kate rable memories in their sport. Richards, Macharnie Skalecki, Collin Sowell, Jessica Stranger, Sarah Alexandra, Nayeli Contreras-Rocha, Vanessa Gaffney, Christian Graham, Karissa Holcomb, Tiana Latshaw, Erin McCloskey, Zeeda Nkana, Austin Sean Kennedy Stelmach, Megan Wethington) Both Volunteering and do it
yourself projects have become very popular.
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Yearbook Editor (Haydon Harrell)
Women are now allowed in combat. Two students closely tied to the military share their thoughts.
Editors-in-Chief (Kori Main, Jackson Shaw)
T.V has become an addiction for some students at this school.
On the Cover: Leah Gates, 12 “I have just been accepted into the Air Force academy; graduating class of 2017,” said Gates.
L e t t e r f ro m t h e E d i to r
This year has been quite the adventure in journalism class. Changing schedules at the beginning of the year and changing roles throughout has given us remaining the chance to experience all aspects of journalism. When I learned I would be magazine editor for this issue, I was very excited to produce a product that would be reflective of the interests at our school. As Spring Break approaches and all of our minds are
Paw Print Policies: Paw Print is the student news magazine of Palisade High School. It will publish four times during the 20122013 school year. The opinion pages are open forums for the students, staff, parents, and any other member of the Palisade community. Paw Print welcomes all letters to the editor and will print any letter received if space allows and the letter is signed. The staff however, reserves the right to edit any
beginning to wander, my goal for this issue was to include up-to-date stories that would catch my fellow classmateâ€™s attention. I tried to ensure that a wide range of students were featured. The staff members in the class all got to choose their own story ideas with a little guidance from editors and our advisor. The result was a smorgasbord of stories, conveying interest and passion. This semester, the journalism class welcomed for the most part all new students. Although it
letter submitted. Although we do not print letters received anonymously, we will withhold the authorâ€™s name by request. Letters should be sent to Palisade High School Paw Print, Attn.: Editorial Board, 3679 G Road, Palisade, CO, 81526, or delivered to room 130A. All letters become Paw Print property and cannot be returned. A signed commentary reflects the opinion of the
was a challenge at times to produce a product of journalistic merit, we ended up with a class of writers, all with their own style and favorite topics. This issue has been a learning experience for the staff members and for me. Together we managed to work together and hopefully produce a product that you reading will enjoy. Sincerely, Abby Bridgett (Magazine Editor)
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America May Be Done With Guns
Ceiling tile in Mr. Arledge’s room representing the Second Amendment freedom. by Kate Richards (Staff Writer) Hundreds of years ago, the Founding Fathers of America declared that the right of the people to bear arms shall not be infringed upon. However, from Aurora to Newtown, mass shootings are becoming more and more common throughout the country. For the first time, the rights promised by the Second Amendment are being tested. In this modern age, people are beginning to wonder if it is really necessary for American citizens to own guns. Caden Woods, 12, thinks it is. Woods said, “They should definitely not place any regulations on guns. Studies show that gun violence kills less people than fist fights and stabbings. Guns are what America’s made of, and they should not be taken away.” Americans are definitely known for our love of guns. According to The Huffington Post, America has the most guns out of any country- 89 per 100 people. The country with the second highest gun ownership rate, India, has
only 4 guns for every 100 people. Although America only accounts for 4.5% of the world’s population, it accounts for 40% of civilian firearms. Guns are clearly a huge part of American society. However, Tiana Menon, 10, has a different opinion. She said, “They should definitely put regulations on who can get guns. Guns should be made less accessible, especially to those people who are mentally incapable of handling one. They need to run background checks, and make certain automatic guns unavailable to those not in the military, because it isn’t necessary to own an assault rifle.” People are wondering as to what would happen in the event of our Second Amendment rights being challenged. Mr. John Arledge said, “I don’t think placing regulations on guns would have any effects. If someone really wants to hurt someone, they’re always going to find a way. Criminals always find ways to circumvent the law. The big loser is going to be the people who do everything right and now they are
getting penalized because of the crazies.” Despite a controversial image recently released of President Obama skeet shooting, he is still in support of stricter gun regulations, according to CNN News. He is quoted saying, “No law or set of laws can keep our children completely safe…[but] if there’s one life we can save, we’ve got an obligation to try.” Arledge agrees with this statement. He said, “Everyone has the right to own a gun, but you must first meet some mental and physical criteria. Background checks are definitely a good idea.” Another controversial question being asked
throughout this debate is this- should teachers be armed in the schools in order to protect the students? Arledge said, “Yes and no. Most people can’t handle it, and I don’t know if it would be possible. If the teachers weren’t competent, we would be in a horrible predicament.” Gun violence has placed our country in an awkward situation. Should our Constitutional rights be taken away for the safety of the people? There are currently not very many restrictions on gun use, but Congress is trying to pass a bill limiting the purchase of semi- automatic guns. However, the ultimate decision is up to the people.
Locations of Mass Shootings by Kate Richards and Lukas Dalley (Staff Writers)
Oak Creek, Wisonsin 2012 6 deaths
Newton, Conneticut 27 deaths 2012
Aurora, Colorado Tucson, Arizona 12 deaths 6 deaths 2012 2011 Columbine High School, Colorado 1999 13 deaths
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by Collin Sowell (Staff Writer) District 51 has chosen to adopt the 5 day Extended year calendar for the 20132014 school year. Their choice entails District 51 to begin school August 5th and end May 22nd. The summer for District 51 would be shorter running from May 23rd to August 4th. It would also allow for the students to have longer breaks, two weeks for Fall, Christmas, and Spring. Thanksgiving break would only be 5 days long. Then the next year, the year of 20142015, District 51 will start even earlier. Katie Schmedeke, a mother of 4 children (3 of them attending District 51), said “I think it’s better to have shorter (summer) breaks, (the students) don’t lose as
much”. Schmedeke really likes their choice for the 2013-2014 school year. The only thing that Schmedeke said is “I would actually prefer year round school year. I think the less consecutive time off for the kids the better, because they don’t lose as much”. Susan Pond, a teacher for 20 years who is now retired, said “I think its an excellent idea. A shorter summer entails less knowledge drop and less time reviewing in the beginning of the year”. Pond also said “The Fall break will be great for families. Having the breaks will be good for the kids so they don’t get burnt out. As a former teacher it gives teachers a break also”. Pond really likes the choice for the 2013-2014 school year because it gives the students and
the teachers some breaks to look forward too. The only thing that Pond suggests the board for district 51 should look at is 4 day weeks because it has worked well for Caprock academy, where Pond used to work. Austen Greco, 12, said “I don’t see how (the new school calendar) could cut down on costs. The longer the breaks though the more (the students) lose. There would be less review time and more learning time”. Over all most everybody, students and former teachers and parents, agree with the school board’s decision for the 2013-2014 school year. The only thing that anyone really didn’t like is that this will not cut down on the districts money loss. The 20132014 school year will be a good one.
Don’t forget to bring donations to your 3rd block in support of the House, the homeless shelter for teens. If the MAD club raises $500 by the end of the month, Mr. Diers will get taped to the wall during the spring sports assembly. The class that raises the most will win an ice cream party.
Benefits of the New Calendar
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This new calendar will lessen the amount of absences because the fall break will over lap with a few of the Colorado Big Game hunting seasons.
The new calendar could also mess with kids that visit family members in other parts of the country due to the shorter summer.
Also the new calendar will optimally align with CMU’s break which will cause less absences because they wont have to skip school to go on vacations with their siblings.
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The New School Calendar July/ August 31 One week of summer left!
Start getting your school supplies together. Summer is coming to an end.
Finish up your summer bucket list; there are five days of summer left! You’ve made it through the first week of school; there are only 32 weeks left!
Time for last minute preperations. The countdown The first day of is down to 24 school! hours.
What do You Think About the New School Calendar? < Kent said, “[The New Calendar] is bad because short summers equal short summer jobs.”
< Hess said, “[The New Calendar] doesn’t bother me much.”
Sean Hess, 10
Clay Kent, 10
< Elias said, “I don’t like the shorter summers, but I am happier we still have a five day week, and the longer breaks, but I would have preferred the traditional calender, but since I graduate next year I don’t care that much.”
< Lucas said, “I think the calender will be good. Since we won’t need as much review time when we come back, you’ll be better off in the school sense.” Haydon Harrell
Jenna Lucas, 11
Briana Elias, 11
Celebration has Gone too Far
by Olivia Barrows (Online Editor) “Can’t treat these h*** like ladies, man. She wake up, eat his d***. Call that breakfast in bed, 69.96” These lyrics, sang by Lil’ Wayne in the song “Love Me,” are considered rap music. In an article called “Fight the Power”, Jeff Chang explained how rap music came to be and the purpose of rap music. According to Chang, rap music began in the 1970s in the Bronx. This area was isolated from the outside
world, making it gang ridden and a hard place to grow up in. Poor children turned to rap music as a way to stay off the streets and to celebrate their survival in such a hard neighborhood. But as of lately, specifically the last two decades, rap music has transformed from a celebration of childhood survival to a celebration of violence. Lil’ Wayne for example, did a one year stint in prison for gun possession. He has also rapped this line: “Talk stupid and I’ll put you on a milk carton.” Lil’ Wayne, and other rappers like him, are
“I do promote violence and I don’t give a f***,” said Eminem. -Time Magazine
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considered celebrities and probably idols to some children. These songs teach these children that one must be tough, and consequently violent, in order to be liked and to get what they want. Lil’ Wayne and other rappers are also teaching listeners that power can be defined as women. The more women one has and the more sexual and dirty they are, the more the man is respected and looked up to. Let’s refer back to the lyrics at the beginning. Lil’ Wayne rapped, “Can’t treat these h*** like ladies, man. She wake up, eat his d***. Call that breakfast in bed,
“All I’m asking hiphop to do is to just make it right, make it right for our daughters…We are the only race of men, black men, that degrade our women in our music. That’s got to stop,” said Steve Harvey.
69.96.” Lil’ Wayne said that “h***” can’t be treated like ladies; that women aren’t good for anything else besides sex. I know that as a woman this makes me feel completely disgusted. If rappers are teaching guys that women are only good for one thing, then how will I be treated in the future? As stated in the Constitution, everyone has the right to free expression. But what happens when that expression is both violent and the degrading to women?
Rap artists are “degrading their sisters...That doesn’t inspire me,” said Barack Obama. -The Telegraph
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Students Respond to Explicit Lyrics “Can’t treat these h*** like ladies, man. She wake up, eat his d***. Call that breakfast in bed, 69.96.” -Love Me by Lil Wayne Abby Bridgett
“I like rap but I don’t really listen to the lyrics...I think music like that is for perverted people,” said Francisco Aguinada,11.
“No, I don’t think rap is degrading to women because in the song he is talking about h*** that do stuff like that, not all women,” said Brad Baker, 10
“It is really discouraging to see that people listen to stuff like that...It’s ok if people want to listen to stuff like that and mess up their mind. It is their choice. But I choose not to,” said Tori Brighant, 12.
“I like some rap, it isn’t all bad. There is even Christian rap...I do think it is wrong that it is such a popular song though because it is discriminating against women,” said Kennia Patterson, 10.
Women, on the front lines. Leah Gates, 12 Gates has been accepted to the Air Force, where her mother is still serving and where her farther has served.
Women are now allowed to serve in combat. While this might seem like a big step towards equality in the military, two students closely tied to the military explain why they do not agree with this decision.
Sarah Talbott, 12 Talbott is not going into the military, but has a brother in the Marines, a sister in Boot Camp, and a Grandfather who served as well.
Recently, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta removed the ban on Women in combat that was passed in 1994. Do you agree with this why or why not?
No I don’t agree with this because I think it would cause more problems than it will solve even with 14,000 new combatants, which is OK, but now we are going to have to spend all this extra money going to combat training; make sure everyone who gets through combat training can actually handle the stress of combat, and not become an emotional wreck. Then there is just the whole, we will now have to accommodate women in the field, I think that will be very expensive, time consuming, and not very efficient.
the Facts by Anthony Calacino (Managing Editor) Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has removed the ban on women in the military being involved in combat. The decision to ban women from combat roles in the military was initiated in 1994. This decision will now allow women to serve in front-line positions in the military. Women make up 15% of the military today, almost
“202,400” out of the 1.4 million active military members. Over 280,000 women in the past 10 years have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Panetta made the decision after the Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, General Martin Dempsey wrote a letter recommending that the ban be lifted. Dempsey cited the elimination of “gender-based barriers”. In a press release from the Pentagon, Leon Panetta stated, “Women have shown great courage and
sacrifice on and off the battlefield, contributed in unprecedented ways to the military’s mission and proven their ability to serve in an expanding number of roles.” Although many positions have been opened up to women, just like men, women must show that they meet the requirements of those new openings, or “Validating occupational performance standards, both physical and mental…” stated the Pentagon press release.
Over 14,000 positions will be opening up to women for the first time since 1994. Each branch of the military however has to decide how to implement the changes and how they want these new positions filled by women. All of these changes must be completed no later than “January 1, 2016” according to the Join Secretary of Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Women in Service Review Memorandum.
Talbott: I also don’t agree with this because I don’t think that women are emotionally capable of handling combat. I think Panetta is looking at this appeasement through eyes of a military offense, adding 14,000 would increase our military offense, dramatically, but I don’t think he’s really focusing on the differences between women and men. Q:
Do you think in this 21st century age of equality that your view is creating an unequal position for women?
I have pretty traditional/old fashioned values on what is the role of women and men. In my family, women are the life givers, they give birth, they create live, and men are the protectors. I think that kind of thought process is ingrained in humans. I think the combat stress would really affect a woman more than it would affect a man; just in general (obviously there are exceptions). I think that would cause a problem because then after combat, after you get home, then you are just emotionally unstable the rest of your life. We get VA benefits but still, there are people with physical injuries who need it, and if we can avoid having a bunch of people needing it (because they have been emotionally hurt), then that would be better.
Talbott: I think that women play a pivotal role in our military offense, but, I don’t believe that allows them to expand into combat. Women are very much needed, but I don’t think they are needed on the combat field. Q:
Is that because of their mental or physical capabilities, or both?
Talbott: Both, because the physical demands of combat and combat training are designed specifically for men and though I have seen some really strong women, I don’t believe we are physically created to be equal to men, (physically). Mentally, I also agree with Leah on the roles of women and men that we are not mentally given the same thoughts/emotions/feelings.
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Jesus Aguirre,12, and Caden Woods,12, block the ball at a state basketball game against Wheat Ridge. “It’s a never ending job to get better,” said Woods.
By Alysha Hadeen (Staff Writer) Being a high school student, free time is almost nonexistent. Waking up before dawn, going straight to school, learning for eight solid hours, going home to do homework, and then possibly going to work, there’s just no free time. Now most kids play a sport in high school as well, that just adds to the hectic schedule. But try to imagine doing a sport all year round. This would mean zero free time. It takes a lot of dedication and love for a sport to commit everything to them. Not only commitment in the sport, remaining eligible for school becomes important as well. Tass Crow,11, is involved in baseball, basketball, and football. He is in a sport at each season, so he is busy all school year. “I don’t have a lot of free time and when I do, I try to spend it with my
family. It can be a lot of time and work,” he said. Amber Crigger,11, plays volleyball, basketball, and formerly in soccer. She said, “I have no time for friends or sleep, I have no choice but to do school and sports. I am also in I.B. so it’s all very hard and stressful. I have friends in my sports so that’s where I get to be with them. I have no time for myself, ever. Over summer I get one vacation, and that was only for a weekend. I am expected to be in all these places, all the time. It becomes over whelming at times.” Kim Popick, teacher, basketball and golf coach said, “It’s exhausting, teaching doesn’t get appreciated and at times there are kids who don’t want to be here, with coaching it’s a little easier because the kids want to be there and have a love for it.” Their motivation is what keeps them doing what they do. They each have
their own reasoning behind why they take on all these activities, it’s what they know and what they are best at. “My motivation is my family and my friends, and coaches; they always push me to do better. Also knowing that I can get better every day and achieve what I want, this is my motivation,” Crow said. “I am motivated to keep doing the sports to have fun in high school and to stay busy, it’s very hard but I become a better athlete,” said Crigger. “Ultimately I am motivated by helping people become who they want to be, the foundation of who they will be; I have a hand in shaping who they could become,” Popick said. It takes a lot of time, energy, dedication, and love to be so committed to something. It shapes them into who they are and what they have become.
What is Your Most Memorable Sports Moment? by Piper Davis (Staff Writer)
Amber Crigger,11Basketball. “Freshman year we went to Battle Mountain. We were losing at half time and Coach Popick came in the locker room, told us to ‘fix it,’ and left. Then we went out and dominated.”
Drake Giese,11-Tennis. “My most memorable moment was playing at the tennis regional tournament. It’s like state for the tennis team.”
Daniel Ness,11Basketball. “Yesterday the last second shot Wheat Ridge made against us with 2.2 seconds left.”
Cameron Campbell,11Baseball. “My most memorable moment was when I pitched a no hitter 2 years ago against Steamboat for the Palisade summer team.” Kate Richards
Jackson LaDuke,11Soccer. “ The most memorable moment was when we tied a game against Central because they are a 5a team and we were losing by one for most of the game, but with only seconds left Marshall Gross scored a goal and we tied.”
Melita Pewlowski,10Track. “My most memorable moment was winning 3rd place in the league meet as a freshman. It was in the medley relay and I ran the 400. Kate Richards
going crazy for by Jessica Stranger (Staff Writer) When walking around in the mall or downtown, there tend to be a lot young people, specifically teenagers, drinking coffee. According to the National Coffee Association, one of the fastest growing populations of caffeine drinkers is young adults or teenagers. The reason behind the enthusiasm is unknown whether it is studying late into the night or late sports games. Teenagers seem to think that drinking coffee or other caffeine drinks is cool and sophisticated. This young population of caffeine users start at a younger age and the numbers of young adults using caffeine keep increasing dramatically. According to the National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF), caffeine is classified as a stimulant drug, and it is used because it is easy to obtain and socially expectable. Caffeine is used to rouse the central nervous system and give extra energy to for physical activities and everyday endeavors. Caffeine is approved by the Food and Drug Admiration (FDA), but when taken in obscene amount it can have horrible side effects and in the severe cases it can result in death. “I think [caffeine] is fine if people used in moderate amounts,” said Laura Borovilos, 12. “It can get your energy levels up and get going.” Meghan Martin, 12, said, “Well, I grew up [drinking] caffeine, so then it [became] natural or a habit. I guess it’s like smoking.”
According to Orlando Sentinel Online, getting regular 30 minutes of exercise each week and drinking caffeine and coffee can help reduce the dementia in seniors or elderly people. The reason for the prevention is that caffeine interacts with the cerebral adenosine receptors, which are molecules that carry out vascular task and functions and are also copious within the brain. “There are health benefits that have been shown throughout studies. Individually it can help to ward off diseases. It needs to be looked at as a [supplement] and shouldn’t replace things we know to be right and can be accomplishment for a healthy life,” said Tawny Espinoza, Health Coach. Espinoza works for Community Hospital and she helps teachers and employees of the District 51 to lead healthy lives that benefit their work. Throughout the business and school world, people constantly say that they need coffee or caffeine in order to survive. The argument against this is that with a healthy life of diet and exercise, caffeine is not needed. “When I go two days without it I go through withdrawal,” said Martin. “It gives me a headache.” Espinoza said, “I wouldn’t say needed. My personal [opinion] is that it is not needed or in the sense you want it to be able to function. I think you really need [to look] at need versus want. If you really looked at what essential to survive, is caffeine essential, no. [Maybe think on the terms of] am I needing this because I am missing something.”
Meghan Martin, 12, is drinking coffee. “There is a lot of drinks that I like that have caffeine in [them], like coffee and tea,” said Martin.
Too Much Packed on Your Back health
Celia Egghart ,11, always
carries play-dough in her bag.
Kris Rathbone, 10, carries a hairbrush in his backpack .
by Karen Prather (Staff Writer) Students from preschool to their senior year carry around backpacks. Whether their purpose is functional or stylish they are a necessity for school, although some things people keep in them are not exactly qualified as necessities. Many people carry surprising additions to their school bag. Kris Rathbone, 10, said,” I keep a hairbrush in my backpack. I have it to brush my hair and in case anyone else needs it they can just ask. My friends use it all the time.” “Necessities” are defined differently by everyone. Many items have a less functional purpose, and are carried to offer an immediate escape from boredom. Celia Egghart, 11, said, “I keep Play-dough in my purse. You never know when you’re gonna need some Play-dough.” Krista Carlo, 9, has a need to be entertained. “I carry around Rubik’s Cubes. I get bored and have to have something to do with my hand,” said Carlo. Although these items all serve a purpose in being in people’s backpacks, in extremities too much in your backpack can be a pain in
Israel Valdez, 10, carries a phone charger in his backpack.
your back. The American Chiropractic Association recommends a backpack that is less than 15 percent of your body weight, or multiplying your total body weight by .15. We calculated the maximum backpack weight for Egghart, Rathbone, and Valdez. Egghart said, “My bag is definitely more than 18 pounds, I’m in IB.” Rathbone said, “My backpack is probably more than 21 pounds.” A heavy backpack can cause you do bend your back forward constantly, initiating the beginning of bad posture, which, said the ACA, can cause or complicate back pain. Carlo said, “Mine might be twenty pounds, which is a little less than the max.” Whether its homework, hairbrushes, or Rubik’s Cubes weighing down your backpack, the 15 percent rule only applies to school. There are different conditions with different weight maximums. Margo Ricks, health assistant, at Palisade High School, said, “When backpacking, your bag should weigh less than ¼ of your body weight.” Most people do not carry a backpack at a healthy weight, which is why the American Chiropractic Association estimates that as many as 80% of the population will experience a back problem at some time in their lives. “I wish I
Krista Carlo, 9, carries three Rubick’s Cubes in her backpack.
went to the chiropractor. I think I have back problems,” Rathbone said. The ACA have found back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office and is become more common each year. “I think I have back problems,” said Valdez. Chiropractors across America have been developing new methods for helping back pain while considering cost effectiveness. “I don’t go to a chiropractor,” said Egghart. Ricks said, “There are different things you can do to ease back pain. It could be as simple as rest with a pain reliever. Sometimes you may need to see a chiropractor, if it is a serious, on-going pain; sometimes you can just do yoga or back exercises.” Back pain can be eliminated by catching the problem before back pain becomes severe. “I would say just be careful and don’t cause it in the first place,” said Ricks. According to the ACA, over 31 million Americans experience low back pain at any given time, but by following the rules-of-back, that number could drastically decrease. If your back seems to be in constant pain, maybe you should check your backpack weight and remove the Rubik’s Cube, play-dough, or hairbrush.
Crafting for Life DIY stands for do it yourself; a trend that has been going on since the beginning of mankind which used to include making clothes, churning butter, or even building a shed. As the years have progressed the projects that people do daily have stayed much the same. Instead of making clothes people choose to revamp their clothing, instead of churning butter they choose to create a new recipe, instead of building a shed they choose to build a birdhouse. Abby Plunk, 10, said, “I knit scarves to give to my friends, it is a hobby that I really enjoy.” She also designs tee shirts in her free time. “I started knitting over this last Christmas break,” said Plunk. She decided to start because she has always enjoyed crafting. Many teenagers start learning how to crochet and knit during high school because they find it is a good way to relax and it is fast. “It takes me about one day to knit a scarf,” said Plunk. Denton Norrell, 9, said, “I build fences in my free time out of posts and wire.” DIY projects are not just for girls, even though the projects are slightly different for guys. “My dad helps me make the fencing and put it up around our land,” said Norell. Christian Graham, 11, said, “I used to spend my free time making key chains out of wood. It made me feel accomplished to finish a key chain.” Out of the various tools that Graham used, his favorite tool to use was a drill press.
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“As I’ve gotten older I have not been crafting key chains as often,” said Graham, “I started making key chains in middle school.” “I gave the key chain to my mom and she still has it ... she says it is ‘special,’” said Graham. Giving home made projects as gifts creates long lasting memories for the recipients, plus people say they are more meaningful than being store bought. Karen Prather, 10, said, “I create newly patterned pants, out of plain jeans.” Karen follows a personal step-by-step process, while creating these fresh designs. “First, I go to the store and pick out a pair of plain jeans, preferably cheap in case they don’t turn out the way I’d hoped. When I get them home I splotch bleach on certain sections of the jeans, in order to get a lightened, dotty effect,” said Prather. She continues by splattering fabric paint onto the already bleached jeans. “I had one pair of jeans not turn out correctly, but I bought them cheap. It wasn’t that large of a loss,” said Prather. Many of the at-home projects that people start to do can be a loss of money if not taken seriously, but the key to all of the DIYs are to finish. If someone starts a project without finishing, then it will end badly without a second thought, but by finishing the project they are giving themselves a chance to create something new and exciting while having a good time. As said earlier, do it yourself projects can be entertaining, relaxing, and make a person feel accomplishment.
Karen Prather, 10
Abby Plunk, 10
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by Erin McCloskey (Staff Writer)
People get involved in their communities for hundreds of reasons, but for teens, volunteering is essential. Jobs and colleges are more likely to accept an individual with experience in the real world, and volunteering is a great way to start looking for a career or even just a hobby. It could range from reading to the elderly, helping out around the hospital, or even just serving food to the homeless with your church group or friends. Volunteering forces people to interact, even in this age of social networking, and it gives anyone a reason to pat themselves on the back. Volunteering could be anything from giving your time to giving your old clothes. Ronda Scroggins, the school’s Service Learning coordinator, said, “Anytime somebody gets involved, they see more than they ever have. Sometimes they see people who are better off than them, and sometimes they see people who have less than they do. It makes them aware that they need to be thankful for what they have.” Palisade High School has dozens of volunteers roaming its halls. One of these volunteers, Karissa Holcomb, 9, is an avid supporter of volunteering in the Mesa County community. She volunteers at Thunder Mountain Elementary to support our community. “I help kids read and do math and write. I volunteer because I have free time, it’s pretty easy, and the kids say funny stuff. I like being a role model for the kids,” said Holcomb. “[Volunteering] is fun because they are good kids. One time, there was this padded chair and the kids would argue over who got to sit in it. It was called
the Pretty Chair and this little boy was sitting in it. Then this girl said, ‘You should save the Pretty Chair for the pretty girl,’” Holcomb said. Aside from the interesting experiences, Holcomb has learned leadership skills and plus, it will look pretty great on her resume while looking for jobs or colleges. Another volunteer here in Palisade, Maddy Shiflet, 10, gives her time and energy to support our community. She works at the front desk of St. Mary’s Hospital. NHS members Alejandro Gutierrez, 11, Shane Sarnac, “I deliver flowers and 12, and Tyler Kissell, 12, volunteer at the local homeless mail and show people shelter. Kissell said, “[Volunteering] is a good thing. We just served food to homeless people [at the shelter].” where to go. I started [volunteering] because opportunities volunteering provides, my friend did it and we wanted to do because in addition to opportunities it together. It’s kind of sad though,” to earn money for himself, Lacey has Shiflet said. learned about Among these volunteers is Zephyr Getting involved can be as easy as Lacey, 9, who donates his time at St. making a phone call and giving a few Mary’s Hospital. Originally, Lacey hours of your time, and the benefits was collecting hours to use only for will grow afterwards. Job and college school, but upon finding he enjoyed it, acceptance rates stretch for volunteers he continued. He volunteers for the and the leadership and communication benefits, especially because of it could skills. Volunteering has even been have helped in a search for a job. linked to lower depression rates by “You should go out and volunteer at the Corporation for National and least once in your life to feel needed. Community Service (CNCS). To get Also, it helps for jobs,” said Lacey. started, contact a public library, Because of his experience in the a hospital, or even look around at working world, Lacey has already church or at school for volunteering received job offers and is planning opportunities. to take a job over the summer. This is a great example of just how many
One of the Most Common Addictions: by Rachel Kotris (Staff Writer) Television can be an addiction that most people might not even consider a problem until someone points it out. TV shows are thought to pull people in with simple plots that are relatable to their own lives. Addiction to television is becoming a major problem in how it affects students with health as well as their academics. Rodrigo Montoya, 9, admits that he does have an addiction to television and he doesn’t know if it’s considered a problem or just his everyday life. “I usually watch TV when I finish all my homework and stop watching it when I go to bed each night,” Montoya said. Montoya isn’t specific about his TV shows. He said “anything that looks good I’ll watch it. I don’t have any shows that I regularly
watch.” Sometimes students aren’t addicted to TV like Sydney Almond, 9. Almond usually watches TV regularly depending on her schedule each day. Even though she watches it regularly she doesn’t believe to have an addiction to it. “I don’t let TV affect my out of school activities or academics” Almond said, “I only watch it when I have time. Which is sometimes limited.” Almond doesn’t find television to be a real life scenario for any of the television shows she watches. But when Almond does find the time she watches popular shows like ‘Pretty Little Liars, ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ and ‘Scandal’. Hollie Funderburk however has her own opinion on addiction to television. “I definitely notice it affects students not so much physically but mentally,” Funderburk said. “It’s not so much what they’re watching
it’s how they’re applying it to their everyday lives.” “Watching television is just taking up time when students are bored,” Funderburk said “It’s more the easy way out than anything.”
“I definitely notice it affects students not so much physically but mentally” Although students rarely admit to having an addiction to television adults can definitely identify who is and who isn’t. Funderburk said “students who watch television
especially reality shows try to apply those concepts or what is going on in the show to their own life.” “The differences can be dramatic in how happy a student is or how scared a student can be of a particular object that they’ve seen in a scary movie or television show,” Funderburk states. Funderburk seems to see that “television usually plays on the feeling of girls and guys.” Although girls and guys watch different television shows the message for each is mostly the same. “Television usually plays on the feelings about how girls should look or how guys should act based on the shows they watch,” Funderburk states. Addiction to television can affect physical and mental capabilities in everyday life. Although not everyone might be addicted to television it can become a serious problem if the addiction continues.
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