THE ARROWHEAD Waukee High School • 555 University Avenue • Waukee, Iowa 50263 • Volume 25, Edition 7 • March, 2018
Letter from the editor Dear readers, Congratulations! You’ve made it three fourths the way through the school year! We’re officially in the home stretch. In order to help you through these last nine weeks, some of our experienced junior and senior staff members have some advice to share. Junior bowen Siberz: “Just... do it.”
Senior Allison Baty: “My biggest piece of advice is to stay on top of things, but make sure you allow yourself time to have fun. Fourth term is super exciting, but if you constantly have your head down in work, you might miss out.”
Junior Haven lackey: “Don’t fall behind and lose motivation during fourth term because it will only catch up to you and keep piling up!”
Senior noah bradley: “take time off work to get ahead in your classes. Once the term is over, you’ll have a whole three months break ahead of you.” junior rashed al sharqi: “Communication is key! no matter how little something is, if you communicate with the people around you, it will make your life so much easier.
Dana Aguilar Rashed Alsharqi Allison Baty* Lauren Bown Noah Bradley Lauren Chambers Grace Culbertson* Marissa Garton Stephen Holko Maddie Huntley* Ben Jordison Debashish Koirala Haven Lackey Zoe Lenart Claire Petersen*
Evan Phillips Keegan Pickering Amelia Roberts Lydia Shelton Gaby Shepard Kathryn Shumaker Bowen Siberz Andrew Tobey Nancy Tran Josh Wente Felicia Williams* * Editors Advisor: Kent Peterson
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Hopefully this edition of The Arrowhead will give you a preview of the past, present and future events coming to your school in the next few months of school we have left. Thank you! Enjoy your reading. Grace Culbertson, Print Editor
The arrowhead staff
The cover photo was taken at Living History Farms. With the snow melting and the temperatures rising, there are only a couple weeks left until spring break so finish strong! Lauren Bown
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Behind the Scenes
On February 10 and 11, WHS welcomed a fashion show, dubbed Interstellar, to the Waukee Theater Arts Center. Interstellar featured a collection of students who were given the opportunity to create and show off a line of clothing all of their own creation. Seniors Ella Titus, Anna Nelson, Ga-Young Kim, Cady Ruble and sophomore Holly Rankin each put together their own uniquely inspired lines and gathered models who would wear each article of clothing and present the lines to the public at Interstellar. Some designers spent up to a year inventing and sewing each work in their line, all for the moment they would be able to show off their creativity and hard-work. For months now, several WHS students met each Wednesday after school to contribute to their shared love of fashion. The Waukee Fashion Club allows students to seize the chance to create unique styles of clothing with peers who share their interest. The WHS Fashion Club was created six years ago, when a student wanted an opportunity that would allow for other students to express themselves through the clothes that they would create. The club, which is student-led, meets frequently with help from their sponsor, Lauara VanWaardhuizen, a Family and Consumer Science teacher at Waukee High School. The club
members started working on the 2018 show as soon as last year’s ended and even made reservations for the Theater Arts Center last spring in order to get a head start. They quickly settled on their theme and then set to work calling different areas for sponsorships and donations. They worked for long hours, meeting up even over their breaks. Holly Rankin started her line during Christmas break and worked with her models and other Interstellar designers in the months afterwards in order to create her very best work for the show. Rankin has been sewing since she was little and in the past few years has expanded her talents to sewing clothes. Working with four models at the show, she created four pieces, themed around and inspired by clowns. Although Rankin felt pleased with the turnout of the show, she is eager to fine-tune Interstellar to the best of her abilities so that it can be at its very best when the 2019 show comes around. She also hopes to be able to draw in a bigger crowd. Amongst Rankin’s models— Anna Albaugh, Berkley Lohr, Lucy Watters, another Waukee sophomore, and Josh Weber, who modeled a piece from Rankin’s Line, “Send In the Clowns.” One of the senior designers, GaYoung Kim, has always been interested in fashion but officially joined the club last year. Kim believes the show turned out really well and loved the comfortable atmosphere.
“The change I would like to see is the actual fashion club to grow in members because it’s for anyone and everyone,” she noted. “Even though there’s many of us, we all worked really well together. I think the diversity within our group was an advantage. We all had different specialties [that] strengthened [our] team.” The club met once a week in room 216 to size and try out pieces on each of their models. Models tried on pieces and worked with their corresponding directors in order to create the best outcome on both ends. Interstellar, while an opportunity for designers and models alike, created an enthralling experience for those who attended as well. Designers, models, and viewers alike all had high hopes for Interstellar this year. The process of preparing for the show was described as “fast-paced” with “nerve-wracking tensions,” but all the participants remained supportive of each other during their hustle to prepare. Rankin noted that the models’ confidence from their first practice to the final show grew tremendously. She proudly acknowledged that the models let their beauty shine in their moments on stage.
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Student Day at the Capitol “The political climate right now is not very friendly to the LGBTQ+ community,” announced Nate Monson, the executive director of Iowa Safe Schools. A silence cascades over the crowd with the mention of politics. However, right now, they are not interested in the political climate in the White House. They are focused on the bustling feet and loud proclamations of legislators in the Iowa capitol just up the street. Today, they are going to talk to politicians about issues that are near and dear to their hearts and could very well change their whole life. With the feeling of anticipation slowly filling the room, Monson declared, “When we speak out and our voices are heard, we win.” Those words echo back into the small room filled with excited students ready to go speak with their legislators, including Waukee High Schools own Gay Straight Alliance, or GSA. On Wednesday, February 13th, GSA members from Waukee High School and Timberline traveled to the Iowa capitol for the annual LGBTQ+ Student day. Iowa Safe Schools is the program that hosts the function each year. They gather GSAs from around the area to come together and meet with legislators to advocate for LGBTQ+ legislation. Around 14
schools came to the event, putting the total number of students at about 200, double the number of last year’s attendance. The group spent the morning preparing for the meetings at a building near the capitol. Liz Bennet, a member of the Iowa House of Representatives who is also an out member of the
“When we speak out and our voices are heard, we win.”
LGBTQ+, came to speak with the students and answer any questions that they may have about the event. After that, they paraded up to the capitol with their flags and signs held high, showing their pride and preparing for the exciting next few hours. Adam Werley, the advisor for the high school GSA, expressed, “I feel like it was a really positive day overall, as a learning experience, and as an opportunity to see the possible
influence that individuals can have just by sharing their beliefs and showing [legislators] that there’s other people who care about different things and that if these people are going to represent us, they need to listen.” Some of the bills and topics students discussed with legislators were the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a bill that allows business owners to deny people service if it goes against their religion, the House File 2164, a bill that makes it so you have to use the restroom of the gender you were born in to, the ban on Conversion Therapy, and the inclusion of gender identity in the Hate Crime Inclusion bill. Nevertheless, students decided to take some matters into their own hands, by bringing up other issues such as how people of color will be treated in all these bills or even having to explain what being transgender means. These discussions form the foundations for change to occur, no matter how small. Big changes that happen in the world can start from a small group that simply speaks their mind. The whole event definitely became a memorable learning experience for both students and our government officials so that they can finally work together to make change.
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Crystal Craze Copy and Layout by: Dana Aguilar Earth is essentially a rock. Under layers of dirt, plants and the ocean is the crust. This rocky layer formed when lava cooled, back when Earth was new, hundreds of thousands of years ago. Scattered across the globe, deposits of more thousand-year-old rocks can be found. These stones have been used by humanity as valuable tools, building anything from impressive architecture to chakras. Healing crystals are growing in popularity, and students at Waukee High School are in on the craze. Junior Caitlyn Yancy started research on healing crystals about two years ago with her stepmom. The way they connect with a person is through chakras, the seven energy points that line up with the human body. “Basically, it’s your overall spiritual being. You’re connected at different places in the body, and different stones work with that to keep you going keep you happy. Certain ones work with different things. If you want to be more joyous, you might look at the heart or the throat chakra. Each one does a different thing, but it is all your overall spiritual being,” defined Yancy. There are several ways to use crystals so they
connect with a person’s chakra. Junior Ronnie Kearney is another WHS junior who believes in the power of the stones. “Using crystals is super easy. I just carry a couple with me at all times and hold them if needed, but you can also meditate with them, use them for chakra balancing, use them in crystal grids, and do a bunch more with them,” Kearney explained. How they help a person’s chakra varies from each person. Kearney started learning about them in 4th grade, and revealed, “When I first started using crystals I only wanted one thing from them which was protection. I
using rose quartz in relationships. “I wouldn’t expect anything big or if you’re really trying to see it, it’s really more of seeing it in yourself and like believing that it’s like working. I think it is more of like using those energies and using them to make relationships better like I used as an example,” she explained, “The stone doesn’t make your relationship better but it makes your heart chakra work more so that you can make your relationship better.” Dealing with criticism and skeptics to a belief comes along with the use of healing crystals. Due to the growth of the movement, many individuals are skeptical in regards to rocks having any sort of affect on your well being, spiritual or otherwise. Kearny elaborated, “Many of my friends and even my boyfriend are skeptics and don’t believe in crystals having healing properties. I don’t really mind it at all, as long as they don’t try and make me feel bad for my beliefs. And if they do, they’re out of my life. People have every right to be skeptics, but when they make you feel like you are stupid or wrong for believing in something that helps you, that makes them a toxic person who you should not be talking to you.” Yancy also shared her thoughts. “I think that if you don’t want to believe in it that’s you, but I think everybody should give it a try because I think it can definitely do some incredible things for you. Even if you are a skeptic, you should try it out. You might be like, ‘Wow this really works.’ It might change your life,” Yancy concluded.
“I definitely feel that I’ve been way more confident in myself; I feel my energies becoming more positive.” -Caitlyn Yancy come from a family that is very sensitive to energies and as a young child that was very horrifying to me, but using crystals was the thing that helped protect me from any negative energies the most.” While some might use healing crystals to help calm them, others use them for a boost in their energy. “I had a really big issue with my solar plexus which is like self-esteem, selfconfidence, and I’ve been wearing a lot of tigers eye. I definitely feel that I’ve been way more confident in myself; I feel my energies becoming more positive,” Yancy shared. She has also had back pain recently and has found comfort in using healing crystals. The student uses an example of
Let the Madness Begin
As spring break approaches, a time of friendly competitiveness for basketball lovers emerges-- it’s March Madness season. Beginning on March 13 and continuing until April 2, the
heat rises coming from both on and off the basketball court. Sixty-eight teams battle to be the final championship box on the bracket sheets for millions of fans across the states. For Waukee High School, a majority of students and teachers look forward to the event every year. Social Studies teacher Ben Twigg has participated in the friendly competition for almost 25 years, beginning the tradition when he was in high school. Twigg creates multiple brackets at a time. He does it with his family, as well as with a group of friends. “It’s the best time because you turn the TV on, and there’s back to back basketball games all day,” Twigg explained. In a huge pool of 68 teams,
there will most likely be a couple major unexpected turnouts in games, resulting in teams winning that many did not believe would win. This factor keeps the fans intrigued and watching each year. “Nothing is better than an underdog story,” Twigg stated. For junior Noah Hart,
basketball has been a part of his life for as long as he can remember. “When I was two years old, my parents helped me fill out my first bracket by showing me the mascots and letting me pick from them,” Hart recalled. Since then, Hart has been a fan of the tournament. With Hart being on Waukee’s Varsity Basketball team, he can admit that it would be one of his dreams to some day play in
the tournament himself. Since March Madness usually falls during the spring break window, it could be challenging for some to find enough time and the right place to watch the duals. For Twigg, he is perfectly content watching it at home with his family throughout the day. He is not the type of fan to yell, cheer, and scream at the TV. Hart, on the other hand, admits to being one of those hardcore fans. Hart usually travels during break as well, but he does not mind showing his compassion and enthusiasm towards the game, wherever he is. Grab a group of friends and start a bracket. Have a fun, friendly and surprising competition!
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The Waukee fans dressed in black apparel roared with adrenaline as junior Jori Nieman sprinted across the court, slamming the ball against the hardwood floor with each step. Nieman springs up while the ball leaves her fingertips, flying foot after foot toward the looming basketball hoop. As the Waukee Girls’ Basketball clock continues to tick team stands together for by, only one sound is the National Anthem before indistinguishable-- the the Waukee vs. Johnston swish of a successful play state game. making it through the net. The six freshmen, four juniors and one senior that formulate the 2017-2018 season of the Waukee girls’ basketball team qualified for a state title. “Compared to other teams, we have three girls over six foot on our team, and no one else really in the state has girls that tall. We have very, very quick guards and very quick shooters on our team. We’re a well-rounded team,” Nieman explained. The games are held across the state in various high schools, which means one thing for the prosperous team; a long ride there and back. Paityn Rau, a junior on the team exclaimed, “We pump up the music, and we literally just blare the music. We sing as loud as we can.” The girls take hours to
familiarize themselves with each other, chorusing the words to Pitch Perfect riff-offs. “I would say, the things that we are striving for is to unify a group of individuals to work towards a common goal, and I think that’s what makes it fun. Like this year we have twelve girls on varsity. We take twelve different kids, different backgrounds, different talent levels; and you get them to work together, collectively on something unselfishly, [it’s] like [putting together] a puzzle,” Coach Christopher Guess explained at the very beginning of the season, “I mean, there’s a lot of sacrifices that have to come from two or three different people at one given possession in a basketball game; to allow one kid the opportunity to score. As we all know, in our media, and, a lot of times, the person who scores is the one that gets the attention. It takes a lot of very unselfish people for that to take place.” However, becoming immediate friends with their fellow teammates was no obstacle for the Waukee team. Nieman gives readers some insight. She explained, “Oh gosh. We have Halloween and Christmas parties. We usually just play games and stuff. I know we had a dance-off. We’re really into Pitch Perfect so we watch Pitch Perfect all the time and just hang out and get to know each other. All of our personalities are different but we always have fun with the people we’re around.”
because I was always so tall as a kid and everyone Saturday, February 18th, the girls had their said I’d be good at basketball, so I went out and game faces on in the first division of their bracket. Waukee annihilated Des Moines East with a 48 to 32 played. I just found a love for the game,” junior Kat Moody shared. win. Overall, the team has won 19 of 24 games this Playing with the young MVP’s season. is no laughing matter. They As Waukee plays the game, they practice four days a week in accommodate every approach based on the the summer, hit the gym at situation, scoring win after win. The Scarlets 5:30 a.m. three days a week struggled under the grip the Warriors had in the fall, and two and a half on the court that day, putting the team hours, six days a week during on defense as the girls accumulated the season. The amount of points, contributing to their win. effort is without contributing the “In basketball, I would solitary time they take to improve junior anna brown during definitely like to go to state upon their basketball skills. every year. Playing at Wells the game on February 26. All the girls interviewed said the Fargo Arena is a special brown made 3 three-point same thing when asked what makes the opportunity. Accomplishing shots during the game. Waukee team unique; the coaches. Guess, this won’t be easy, but I who teaches business is incredibly devoted think our team can handle it,” to the team and spends most of his hours in freshman Peyton Kelderman the field house. “There’s a lot of work that goes expressed. Kelderman and her sister into being successful. I mean there’s a lot of hours Lindsey are two of the many recruits Waukee and summers and lifting and conditioning; there are acquired for the basketball season this year. just so many variables. We always expect to win, we “I got involved always expect to be successful. But, you know, you with never know until you actually play.” basketball On February 26, Waukee faced off on the courts against the Johnston Dragons during the state duals. Johnston won 73-48, concluding the Warrior’s season. However, with them the girls will carry a state-qualifying season as they already begin to prepare for next year’s promising season.
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Featuring randomly selected student: jacob dejohn copy and layout By: Grace Culbertson For the past five years, sophomore Jacob Dejohn spent four hours a night and six days a week breaking his back and breaking stereotypes. “I’m a male gymnast, and you don’t see that a lot,” Dejohn explained, “I’m really shy about it. Sometimes it’s a little awkward because people can judge you.” Dejohn spends Monday through Saturday at Triad Gymnastics in Ankeny and his weekends traveling to local, regional and national gymnastic meets. This past weekend, Dejohn spent Wednesday through Sunday in Las Vegas competing against gymnasts from all across the country. “I don’t really have any other hobbies. Gymnastics takes up most of my time,” he continued. This year is the first year DeJohn would be at the eligible age to qualify for nationals in Oklahoma. “I really like the feeling after I complete a new skill,” Dejohn shared. Dejohn moved from Virginia to Waukee when he was in 6th grade and has found a home here ever since. “I like how everybody is really friendly,” Dejohn said. One of his favorite things about Waukee is history and psychology teacher Trevor Mickelson, who he finds to be a fun teacher. Aside from Mikelson, he also looks up to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. “I think his determination out on the field is cool,” Dejohn explained. While he was definitely disappointed about their recent Super Bowl loss, he knows that the Patriots will be back in the Super Bowl stadium soon. His family is made up of his mom, his dad, his younger brother and his fraternal twin brother. “It’s nice, but it also has its drawbacks,” DeJohn informed on what it’s like to have a twin, “If I don’t get a good grade on a test, he knows and knows all my friends so he’ll tell them about it.” In addition to his
Random facts: His last name is pronounced like Dijon mustard
brothers, Dejohn also has several furry family members. “I have three dogs and two cats,” DeJohn explained, “I never see my cats though and the dogs are too lazy to do anything.” The three dogs are named Violet, Charlie and Olive while his cats are named Milo and Duke. When he graduates high school in 2020, DeJohn hopes he will have a college His favorite subject in gymnastics scholarship school is Math because he to the University thinks it’s easy of Minnesota. With the National Collegiate Athletic Association reporting that there is only one male gymnast for every four female gymnasts, DeJohn will be stepping outside the norm and backtucking into a successful future.
He’s visited France and really enjoyed seeing the eiffel tower
He’s older than his twin brother Riley by a minute
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Taught By Travel
Climbing to the very top of the Eiffel Tower to gaze at the beautiful flickering lights across the vast city of Paris. Strolling down the cobblestone streets in London, stopping at various shops and markets along the way. Visiting the enchanting castles strewn throughout Germany. These are the sights students in Waukee can currently see by studying abroad. Through a program called Rotary Youth Exchange, students can travel to another country for a tenmonth journey. In this program, students will get the chance to go to school in one of the 100 countries that are linked to Rotary. The trip typically begins August and ends in June of the following year. During that time, students will live with three different host families, growing bonds with each of them. “It’s really an opportunity to go explore the world in a different country. Get a new lens of how you live. The ultimate goal is to try to foster better relationships with other countries and your own,” stated senior Kyler Johnson. Johnson is one of the students who will be going on the trip in the upcoming year. He is looking forward to building a good relationship with his host family, learning a new language, and seeing a new country. Johnson continued, “Being able to get a world view at a young age
makes you more marketable when you’re older. It gives you experiences to write about in terms of if you are applying to college or applying to programs.” Being marketable is not the only benefit the Rotary program possesses. Rotary cites developing leadership skills, learning a new language, creating life-
who are not going to college. “I became involved in this program when we hosted an exchange student from Argentina to Waukee back in 2005-2006,” stated Sharon Bender, a teacher at Prairieview. Bender started a program called ROTEX within our district. Bender stated, “ROTEX members help train outbounds and inbounds in our district so that they can have the greatest year ever.” Since then Bender has become a Rotarian for Rotary and has taken on the roles of Assistant Inbound Coordinator for the district, ROTEX liaison for the district and Youth Exchange Officer for the Waukee Rotary Club. For ways to apply for the Rotary Youth Exchange Program, contact Sharon Bender at sbender@ waukeeschools. Visit www. rotary6000.org/ SitePage/rotary-youthexchange for the application and more information on the trip. Applications for 2019-2020 are due by October 1st, 2018. Take advantage of the amazing opportunity to learn about oneself, meet new people and travel the world.
“It’s really an opportunity to go explore the world in a different country.” long friendships, and becoming a global citizen are positives for the program. In addition, the program prepares students for life outside of high school. Students travel independently, which better prepares them for college or when they move away from their family. “I think one thing about this program allows is something that many high schoolers don’t know is that they are able to study abroad in high school,” stated Johnson. Studying abroad is very
“[you] Get a new lens of how you live. The ultimate goal is to try to foster better relationships with other countries and your own.” popular among college students. With Rotary, students can take advantage of the opportunities they have now. Rotary provides a way for students to begin their worldly adventures in high school. The program gives traveling opportunities to students
Buzzin’ For “I think it’s like a trend or a fad like with any generation,” said Tatum Starcevich, a teacher at Waukee High School. Vaping
freaking out about, but it is [affecting] the kid’s safety,” said senior Jack Baldwin. The use of e-cigarettes presents new risks. Although there has not been a substantial amount of medical research on the new trend, vapes have been popularized in recent years. Miller argued, “You’re probably gonna look back on it like, ‘Oh my God, that was so dumb,’ when you see the side effects is the process of using liquid of it.” Studies by the University with an e-cigarette to imitate of Southern California suggest smoking tobacco products. An vaping would lead to a few of anonymous poll consisting of the same chronic illnesses and 41 students found that 49% of cancers that cigarette smoke Waukee High School students does. have tried vaping. Brian Murra, Waukee High Whether it be a Vuse, School Resource Officer, spoke Juul, Phix, Suorin, or a Smok, out about what he claims Waukee staff and students are the dangers of vaping to are very familiar with the students. “We know what the student’s use of these products. long-term effects of cigarette Campus Monitor David Miller smoke are, but what are the claimed, “There is probably long-term effects of vaping more of it going on then there when you don’t have a filter should be.” Miller continued, that is filtering out those “As e-cigarettes become more cancerous carcinogens? We popular, I think that there are don’t know. We are blindly more issues.” inhaling these products daily Students feel differently without a care in the world. about the severity of vapeYou’re severely misinformed.” like devices. “I don’t think it’s Typically three students something people should be receive written citations for
“There are way more students vaping than I’m catching without a doubt in my mind.”
tobacco possession each month according to Murra. “There are way more students vaping than I’m catching without a doubt in my mind.” He predicted. Approximately a third of the polled student body admitted to actually vaping in school. An anonymous student recalled their experience nearly getting into trouble with a nicotine device on school grounds. The student was in school with their Vibe, an e-cigarette. “I was in class and it fell out of my bag and my teacher handed it to me,” the student stated.
“There is probably more of it going on then there should be.”
The teen claimed they felt embarrassed when the teacher handed the device back. They continued, “I was just like thank God the teacher didn’t say anything…” A handful of students have not been as lucky while trying to catch a “buzz” in school. Junior Nathan Morse reflected, “I was caught vaping in school in December right
Trouble before Christmas. I was sitting in the locker room and some
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However, Overton, who is 18 and can legally smoke, questions the school’s policy when it comes to dealing with students who are legally able to obtain these products. Overton believes the rule should apply differently to those of smoking age. He stated, “I think it should just be a thing where like they give you a warning sophomore brought a backpack or something the first time which had a dab pen in there, [because] it makes sense that and then [Mr. Miller] walked it’s against school rules that in and got me holding that dab you can’t do it. Obviously, since pen in my hand. Then four there are mostly underage kids other people got caught.” doing it.” Likewise for senior Cole Officer Murra explained, Overton, he was caught on a “If you’re 18, it doesn’t matter. school surveillance camera. You still can’t have it at school. “Indeed I have. I got a twoYou don’t get a ticket from me, day suspension. I handed my but you will still have to leave friend a Vuse in the hallway, school.” a teacher saw it, reported it, Starcevich informed, “The then they saw it on camera thing about schools is that and searched me,” Overton they are no substance zones, continued, “I got my Vuse so whether you are 18 or not is handed right back to me, and irrelevant when you are on the went home to sit and just miss school grounds… It’s kind of out on class.” like the drinking thing, even Both agree administration if you’re 21, you can’t drink on handled the situation properly school grounds.” for the most part, for they were The staff urged kids to stay the ones at fault. Morse shared, away from nicotine. Murra “It’s reasonable for the people explained the expensive burden that get caught.” that vaping in and out of school
“I was in class and it fell out of my bag and my teacher handed it to me,”
can cost students. “These vape products cost anywhere from 60 to 200 bucks just for the vape pen, not even the
“It’s kind of like the drinking thing, even if you’re 21, you can’t drink on school grounds.”
liquid. We’re looking at high school kids who are lucky to have a part-time job. And then if you get tickets you are adding another 50, 100, or 250 bucks every time you get caught.” Murra advised students to move away from nicotine and avoid hesitation to accept help and support. “Get away from it. Talk to your counselors, there are free counseling services through school. You just have to reach out and accept that help.”
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Love to volunteer fair 2018 Each and every year, the Love to Volunteer Fair offers students the opportunity to learn about possible choices for volunteering. The choices include a wide variety of options, from Meals From The Heartland to Safety City. While these options may help those students who wish to complete their 175 silver cord
Habitat for Humanity is a global nonprofit housing organization working in nearly 1,400 communities across the United States and in approximately 70 countries around the world. requirement, providing a helping hand to the community could be another reason to visit the annual volunteer fair. When it comes to Silver Cord, many students know it exists, but don’t know the benefits behind it. “You get to make connections with the community,” said Waukee High School Silver Cord Coordinator Anne Stone. “When you’re going to college, a lot of times they ask about your volunteer work.” The Silver Cord program presents its members with a silver cord that one would wear around their neck when attending their high school graduation. The requirement behind gaining the silver cord is achieving 175 approved hours of volunteer work by April 30th of one’s senior year. Although, if a student is from the class of 2021, they only require 165 hours because they started their first volunteer year late. In addition to the recognition from Silver Cord, students who complete more than 25 hours of documented volunteer work per year would be recognized annually.
At the volunteer fair, many organizations provided information for students to consider and possibly act on. Among the organizations, Meals From the Heartland stood out to many students. Since the year 2008, they have delivered
“You get to make connections with the community.” meals to more than 100 million people across the globe who suffer from hunger. Many ways exist to help with Meals from the Heartland. “Personally, I liked packaging meals the most,” stated junior Caitlin Conklin. On top of packaging meals, you can be a pack master, be a part of the bucket brigade, be an event greeter, or a dishwasher. To learn more about these roles or learn more about Meals for the Heartland, go online and read more at https://mealsfromtheheartland.org/ The Blank Park Zoo supplied several possibilities for volunteering. One can work
The blank park zoo offers several volunteer opportunities including an animal care assistant. with the staff and take part in the job of being an animal care assistant. The roles that go along with this commitment are doing all of the basic daily chores required at a zoo such as cutting up food, prepping meals, sweeping up after the animals, cleaning, using a hose, lifting heavy loads
and following specific instructions. Being a part of animal care means one can be a part of the commissionary team. The duties that come along with this job include diet preparation, disinfecting food, and stocking various items for various animals. To find out more about volunteering for the Blank Park Zoo, go online and read more at https://www.
the science center of iowa has its volunteers present pocket science and supervise summer camps. blankparkzoo.com/ Habitat for Humanity (HFH), a global nonprofit housing organization, works to build nearly 1,400 communities across the United States and in approximately 70 countries around the world. The volunteering positions include building homes, repairing damaged homes, and working towards finding materials so the costs of production of these homes can be low but the houses can still be high quality. HFH strongly believes their organization will not only help those in need but will also build character in those who chose to volunteer. To find out more about Habitat for Humanity, go online and read more at https://www.habitat.org The volunteer fair this year had many organizations and nonprofits for students to look at and possibly help out. Thanks to the volunteer fair, WHS students possess the opportunity to find a volunteering position that fits their interests.
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