LC CONWAY CHRONICLES Preparing for the future with GOCAPS JESSICA RIZOR
CONWAY CHRONICLES This year the Conway School District decided to take part in a new program called GOCAPS. GOCAPS is for students who are in their junior and senior year of high school. The program creates a hands-on learning experience for students and also puts them into the real world as they work closely with people i career elds like the ones they are interested in. GOCAPS creates a lot of different learning experiences for the students that are in the program. “GOCAPS is a unique experience benefiting our students by developing professional skill and relationships in real-world settings,” said Jaymes Wapp, High School Principal. “Another e e t or students is the opportunity to narrow their focus on a potential career through a variety of partnerships with
local businesses.” A senior at Conway High School, Claire-Lauren Ronchetti, a member of the GOCAPS program, has been working hard this year to get as much experience for the real world that she can. She recently got to attend a Board Meeting in Lebanon to talk about an update in the appearance of the Lebanon Square as well as a food truck event. Claire was asked by the GOCAPS advisor, to attend the meeting with Ann Hopper, overseer of the GOCAPS program, as well as business owners that are on the board. “Attending this event made me feel important. It gave me joy knowing that I was invited to a meeting like this. Being able to surround myself with people that have, in my eyes and many other eyes, have succeeded in their careers and in life,” Conway Chronicles photo said Claire. Conway High School senior Claire-Lauren Ronchetti poses for a picture with officials after a Lebanon See ‘GOCAPS’/ page B City Council meeting.
Students raise money for NYC trip ALEXA HIGBEE
CONWAY CHRONICLES The sophomore class took a trip to Washington, D.C their eighth grade year. After enjoying the trip thoroughly the group decided they didn’t want to stop there. “On our way home from our eighth grade trip to D.C., several students asked to go on at least one more trip before they graduated. We were happy to be a part of helping to make that happen,” NYC sponsor Kristi McBride stated. The group decided to take their next trip to New York City to see several differe t mo me ts that they may never see otherwise. “Going to D.C. was a lot of fun for me and getting to see all the monuments is something I’ll never forget,” Jake Vestal said. “Getting to go to New York City is something that I would probably never get to do if it wasn’t a school trip. I think it will be a great
experience for me and my peers to have.” The sophomore class is getting a jump start to their senior trip in hopes they can do enough fundraisi g to pay off all the students’ trip expenses. “It will be a lot of work to do, so many fundraisers, but getting my trip paid for is totally worth it. My parents have to pay a lot of money for me to be involved in everything, so getting the chance to lessen the burden is something I’m going work hard to do,” Amber Mork stated. The sophomore students have p t o se eral differe t fundraising events and have had much success. Sponsor Kim Shelton said, “Our biggest fundraiser was selling sponsorships on the back of our group T-shirts. The group has also had 50/50 ra es a d airpla e tosses at ballgames, spirit face painting at ballgames, a garage sale, sold ags for Veterans Day, and, most recently, acted as waiters and waitresses
at Sheila’s restaurant in Marsh eld.” So far the group has raised $10,000. Thanks to the community and
family members of the students, the group has had a great start to the fundraising for this trip. Paying off these trips
wouldn’t be possible without such supporting citizens. Fundraisers the group has coming up are: Tara Dill with Remember When Photography is taking pictures for Easter to help them raise money on April 13. Pictures will be taken from 11 to 3 in Tara’s studio. They will also be selling Tupperware from March 21-31. If someone is interested in purchasing Tupperware, they can visit the following web address https:// www.tupperware.com/ party/#!/fundraisers/ co-host/5c942ca1c23c80ce4d08d2d8. During this Tupperware party, 40 percent of the sales will go to the group. The consultant has also graciously provided a $100 Visa gift card to the 2020 Vision group member that sells the most Tupperware. Along with these fundraisers, the group will also be selling ferns and hanging baskets this spring. Ferns can be pre-
ordered today through April 5th. Fern prices are one for $15 or two for $25. Ferns can be purchased from any member of the 2020 Vision group or placed online at https://www.paypal.me/2020VisionNYCBoud. Ferns can be picked up in the Noble Hudson parking lot across the road from the high school on April 6 from 10 a.m. to noon. The group will also be selling tickets to a Springfield Cardinals game taking place on June 1. These tickets can be purchased for $15 from any member of the 2020 Vision group. You have several opportunities to help this group of young adults experience a memorable trip. Sponsors and sophomores as well as the parents of the students are very thankful for the help and support they have received. They hope the community continues to be so involved in the success of their group.
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Student council hosts annual blood drive a great cause.” StuCo brought in almost 30 donors and 8 of them were students. They were very pleased with these numbers and are currently thinking of ways to get them even higher. One of the things they plan to do in the future is advertise more in the community and start their advertising earlier. Having this blood drive shows what a supporting community the city of Conway has and the great effect of doing good to help others. “I try to show students how important it is to help others, especially in our area and community,” Anna Vestal continued. “All the blood donated to CBCO goes to area hospitals so it truly is an example of neighbors helping neighbors.” Stay up to date about coming up blood drives in your town and help out your neighbors.
social media, and talked to fellow peers in order to get the word out about the blood drive. The StuCo members also help the CBCO by assisting them while unloading trucks, and setting up and working the canteen area. Their most important job is to be friendly to the donors and check in with them frequently to make sure everyone is doing well. Many people believe that the only way to help at a blood drive is to donate blood, but really there are many different ways you can help that don’t require you to actually donate. StuCo member Amber Mork said, “It felt good to help out the community and those who are desperate for these donat ions. Although I didn’t donate my blood, I donated my time. My role may seem small, but it is very important, and I was just glad to be a part of such
CONWAY CHRONICLES Conway High School has several clubs that host blood drives throughout the school year. Having a school club host the blood drive gives students the opportunity to donate when they otherwise may not be able to. Student Council hosted their annual blood drive on March 12. “Conway Student Council has been putting on a blood drive for many years. One donation could save three lives so we are more than happy to continue the tradition,” StuCo sponsor Anna Vestal stated. The members of the club and the CBCO (Community Blood Center of the Ozarks) members put in a lot of work and thought when it comes to setting up their blood drive. StuCo hung several posters all around the community, posted about it on their
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Abby Nedom gives blood during the Conway High School Student Council blood drive in March.
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Did you know that suicide is the second leading cause of death in people between the ages of 10 and 24? Or that every year 38,000 Americans commit suicide? To put that in other words, every 16 minutes someone, somewhere has made the choice to end their life. In our nation, over 5,400 suicide attempts are made by young people between seventh and twelfth grade each day. To raise awareness of suicide and let students in the school who may be dealing with suicidal thoughts know they are not alone, the Conway High School brought in a guest speaker on their most recent early out day. Jeff Morris came to the school on March 6 to talk about Finding Hope, which is a suicide prevention program. Jeff Morris was a high school educator for almost 20 years. Jeff is also a six-time suicide survivor. From 1997-2009 Jeff was hospitalized numerous times for being suicidal; this led to him leaving his career due to health concerns.
“I don’t really feel that sharing my story is that important. That is why I don’t talk about myself that much during my presentation. My story does not really help people. What I want to do is teach people how to help someone they think is suicidal,” said Jeff. “I hope that what I do helps people get the help they need early in life. I did not get the help I needed till my early 30s. I hope others get help much sooner. ”There are four warning signs to look for if you think someone may be suicidal; verbal, what a person says, emotional, do they act or look suicidal, behavioral, changes in behavior, (are they giving things away, cutting, not sleeping, etc.), situational, has something happened that is traumatic like loss of a loved one? The best thing to do if you think someone is feeling suicidal is show them that they are not alone and there are people and places that can help them out. The suicide prevention hotline is 1-800-273-8255, and it is always open for calls. Always remember suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.
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This experience is one that will help Claire in her future with the career path she will choose. Attending the meeting showed her how to network with businesses as well as gave her the experience to sit with a group and hold a discussion where a conclusion was made. Claire got to witness firsthand how important meetings are and how other events within a community are planned. “I believe that students should get involved in GOCAPS,” said Claire. “This program really prepares you in ways that you don’t even expect. GOCAPS advisors really give their all to help the students through not only school, but life as well.”
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