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JOHNS CREEK HIGH SCHOOL 5575 STATE BRIDGE ROAD, JOHNS CREEK, GA 30022

Evan Melioris saves a life

KELSEY NEELY, reviews editor

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Three things every Gladiator should know SAVANNAH MORROW, copy editor

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Johns Creek Arts Festival begins this weekend

The annual Johns Creek Arts Festival takes place across the street from the Atlanta Athletic Club on Highway 141 tomorrow and Sunday. Several Gladiators will participate in the entertainment by dancing, acting or playing an instrument. In addition, there will be many vendors selling food, art, sculptures, jewelry, crafts and more. A fireworks display will follow a concert by the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra.

EMILY LIVINGSTON

fter fourth period, sophomore Drew Akins is free to leave school. He is not getting out for an internship, but for tennis training outside of school. Akins has a half day schedule. The half day is a modified school schedule where students take only four to five academic classes of their choosing in school and the other classes online with either Fulton County or Georgia Virtual schools. Online classes walk through the same course material as in-school classes and provide students the same amount of credit. However, an online teacher is not always available to answer a student’s questions immediately. Online classes allow for more adaptability to their schedule, but the half day schedule does not allow student athletes to fall behind on their in-school work because they must still follow strict inschool deadlines. Student athletes resort to half days in order to allot extra time to train for their sport. Half day students have lofty goals such as scholarships or professional careers. Half days allow students to pursue the training they need to reach their goals. “I do half days so I can train to get into a division one school for tennis,” said Akins. Most student athletes that request half days have rigorous training schedules that can take four hours out of their day—these students are self-driven. “My [tennis] training schedule typically starts everyday at 2 and lasts until around 5:15. In the actual practice, we first start with a warmup that consists of hitting in each crosscourt direction. We then get into about 40 minutes of straight

OCTOBER 26, 2012

Evan Melioris’ bravery shined when he jumped in front of a car to save his five-year-old sister’s life. Although he suffered a broken wrist, Melioris is just thankful that his sister is alive. ALICE BARSKY, editor-in-chief

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his year Principal Greene stresses “Service before self,” and the story behind sophomore Evan Melioris’ arm brace is one of true selflessness that exemplifies this year’s theme. Melioris never expected that a day at the golf course would turn into a life or death situation for his sister Ella. Even somewhere as mundane as a parking lot, distracted drivers can cause serious or permanent damage. As Evan and Ella walked back to the golf shop to meet their parents and go home, Ella decided to make a detour. Curious and adventurous like most young children, Ella wandered right outside of a local country club after their golf lessons. Evan was frustrated with his sister for failing to listen to the directions to go back with him to the golf shop to meet up with his parents. As Evan yelled out to Ella, he saw a car coming right at his little sister. He acted quickly and pushed Ella out of the way—taking the impact of the car himself, breaking his arm. Because Ella is so small, the result could have been much more horrifying if the car instead hit her. Many people consider Melioris a hero

because he saved his sister’s life. “A hero is someone willing to sacrifice themselves for the good of others,” commented Melioris, “Anyone would have done it.” Melioris wore a cast for three weeks and a brace for four weeks due to his injury. With so many amenities in new cars, distracted driving is a frequent danger. Texting, changing the radio station, adjusting air conditioning settings, looking in the mirror and eating or drinking can lead drivers’ eyes to something other than the road. According to the official U.S. government website for distracted driving, Distracted.gov, sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent— at 55 mph—of driving the length of an entire football field, blind. Young drivers are especially susceptible to distracted driving. Eleven percent of all drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal car crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash. This age group has the largest proportion of distracted young drivers.

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Flood Week drowns the hall

The new service club, Flood, plans to host a school-wide week of serving one another. Each day there is a different theme and act of service. Flood encourages all members to participate by holding open doors, handing out encouraging notes, and assisting the custodians. To hear about more opportunities, the next Flood meeting is November 15 in Mrs. Koch’s room (238). In addition to the satisfaction of helping others, time served with Flood counts as schoolsponsored hours for other service clubs.

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Annual canned food drive

DECA, the marketing club, is holding their annual canned food drive beginning this week. This has been a great success in past years, and they hope to beat last year’s record of 2,000 cans. Once again, this drive is a school-wide competition. The top donating See Evan Melioris, page 03 first period will win Chick-Fil-A. The second and third placing classes will win Sara’s Donuts. As the holidays approach and people become busier, they often forget about giving back to the less fortunate. The drive, however, is an easy opportunity to give someone a seen the beautiful wall-to-wall murals that members of the Thanksgiving dinner who would not have National Art Honor Society put extensive labor into. one otherwise. “Usually we work a few hours a week, and it takes about two months to complete each mural,” commented senior Annie Mei, president of NAHS. Some students wonder why the murals are not in more prominent locations of the school, but there are complications that come with that possibility. “We want to do them in the social studies and English halls, but it’s hard because we have to finish them in time or else they’ll be wet and get ruined,” commented Mei. “Another issue is that if another department wants a mural, they should do it for a price to support the art program; we need that support,” commented art teacher Ms. Kim. The NAHS is also fundraising through a sale of creatively designed shoes. The club is personalizing plain shoes and sellINDEX ing them for $25. The decorations range from vibrant tribal News Page 2 patterns to glittery cosmos. Opinion Page 5 The NAHS is not the only group contributing to the arts Sports Page 10 scene at the school. Throughout the year, exemplary pieces from every class fill the display cabinets in the front of the Reviews Page 12

Students showcase their artistic talent SHOHINI RAKHIT, staff writer

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n the past few years, student artists transformed the school into a gallery of artwork, but many students are unaware of this accomplishment. From the displays to the murals, art is showcased throughout the school. Most students not involved in the art program have never

Minju Shin painted this original piece. The mural represents various classroom settings ranging from music and arts to chemistry and math.

See Student artwork, page 15

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