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The Bolt October 2008

Edsel Ford High School

Dearborn,MI

Gas Goes Down “Unified” Banquets? By AMBER KOLTS

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he decline of gas prices has finally arrived as hurricane season ends and oil prices drop. Just last month, gas was hitting record high prices of $4.19.These days their dropping down to about $2.88 a gallon, more than a dollar less. “I pay $10 less than I did last month to fill up my car,” said Rosie Hartshorn, 12. Researchers are saying this could be one of the largest drops in history. The average price has dropped below $3 a gallon in seven states: Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Oklahoma. In these states gas was selling for $2.83 a gallon, on average. Gasoline is highest in Alaska, at $4.133 a gallon, with Hawaii at $4.079 the only other state above $4 a gallon. “I almost peed my pants when it cost only 30 dollars to fill up my car!” said Nina Toupin, 12. Crude oil plunged to a 13-month low on Friday, Oct. 3. Dropping down from $88.89 to $77.49 a barrel. That’s a far cry from the $147.27 a barrel seen in July. The lower the price of crude oil, the less we will pay at the pump. The co-founder of a gas monitoring website, Jason Toews, predicts that gas prices could drop down to $2.50 by the end of the year. With the prices continuing to go down, more people will be able to afford more important things. For example, more food can be purchased during a grocery shopping trip, or doing more family oriented activities. This is a hard time for our economy and these changes are helpful to those that are struggling. NHS Helps Out pg. 2

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By MIKE BOETTGER and LAUREN VALLEE—EDITORIAL

he newest bright idea of the Booster Club is certainly causing a stir among Edsel Ford’s athletic community—most importantly, the decision to combine sports banquets has not gone over well with most athletes.

Ever since most students can remember, sports teams celebrated their banquets in the cafeteria with their sport only. This year, a new policy instituted by the administration and the Booster Club has forced teams to deviate from tradition in an effort to support school unity. This fall, there will be three banquets, and three banquets only—one for boys’ sports, one for girls’, and one for football and cheerleading. The teams will all eat together (catered food), listen to a few words from our principal and Athletic Director, acknowledge general team accomplishments, and then split off to designated areas in the school (i.e. the auditorium, media center, etc.) for individual team awards. Boys’ soccer, boys’ tennis, girls’ and boys’ cross country were combined—the girls’ cross country team was added to the boys’ banquet to keep both cross country teams together. Girls’ field hockey, volleyball, swimming, and golf also have a combined banquet, while the football team and the cheerleaders have to change nothing—they get their own banquet, same as previous years. “The banquets were combined to share the success of all the student-athletes with the rest of the students,” said Mr. Picano, Athletic Director. What Mr. Picano said is very true. It’s nice to let other people know your accomplishments, but let’s be honest here—when athletes attend their banquets, it’s supposed to be all about them. It’s not necessarily that they don’t care about the other sports, but they’re eager to get to their own awards, not listen to how well the other teams did. That’s what newspaper articles and morning announcements are for.

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Blue Division Champs pg. 5

College Help pg. 3

Change is on the Way pg. 7


Current Events

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Depression or Not? By RANA ALHADI—EDITORIAL s history repeating itself? From our economy causing many cuts in programs to its many failures in stocks, it seems like we are heading towards a second Great Depression. Right now we are facing the worst economic conditions since the 1930s. About 9,000 banks failed in the U.S. during the Great Depression. How many banks will fail in today’s economy? Are we in a depression, and how long will it last? These questions are running non-stop in our minds and more questions are sure to come. Just when the people have begun to have faith in the banks once again, our economy heads back to the past reminding the people of their losses during the Great Depression. Even with the new Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) plan, which is increasing the FDIC deposit insurance coverage to insure the people’s money is safe if there is a bank failure. I do not think that people will trust the banks, after what happened to their parents and grandparents during the Great Depression. The FDIC is a federal agency that insures deposits in the savings accounts of qualifying banks. But is this agency really able to insure every savings account? By having a deposit insurance of $250,000 rather than $100,000, it is not possible for the FDIC to insure every depositor’s deposit. However, this FDIC plan is a good start to head our economy to recovery and away from recession.

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Sight Fright

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By KAFAH HUSSIEN

hat is better than the gift of sight?

Edsel Ford’s National Honor Society (NHS) is participating in a charity event collecting old or used eyeglasses or prescription sunglasses. The collected eyeglasses will go to people in Africa and the needy. No, NHS is not going to give them broken glasses; LensCrafters has offered to “work their magic” and restore the glasses. “It’s awesome that Edsel Ford is participating in this charity because I know that I need my glasses and this is going to help the people who need glasses so much,” says Roxy Musaad, 12. NHS members will be responsible for collecting the glasses. All glasses are due by Oct. 31, and in honor of Halloween the fundraiser has been named Sight Fright. So get up and search for some old glasses and help a person see the world more clearly. Members of Edsel Ford’s NHS have always been volunteers around the community and this year is no exception. Upcoming events include raising money for an animal shelter and gift wrapping at Barnes and Noble.

Rollie Pollie Invasion

dsel Ford High School has been recently invaded by Armadillidium Vulgars. Most of us know them as rollie pollies, pill bugs, or sow bugs. They are now roaming the halls of Edsel Ford and are calling C-Hall their new home. I find it to be incredibly funny that their only in one hall,” says Hanan Murshed, 10. If you don’t know what they are, you have probably spotted them in our halls. Armadillidium Vulgars have a light Rollie Pollies in Edsel’s hallway shell-like exterior that is usually a draby earth color, and they are famous for curling up into a tight ball as a defense mechanism. They have a life span of five years. Though it may be humorous watching the little bugs try to make it from one side of the hallway to the next, is it sanitary? To

most, it probably isn’t. “It bothers me when I hear the ‘crunch crunch’ when the kids pass through the hall,” said Mrs. Reiter. These Armadillidium Vulgars feed on fungi, live or dead plants and animals. Why are they in our hallways? They must have their reasons, but we’re not sure why. Their habitats are usually in damp places during the day, and they are active during the night. One of our security guards, Marlo, heard that the school may use an organic tuniper plant from Southeast Asia to get rid of these bugs. The custodians knew nothing about this. It is still Edsel Pill Bug Ford’s little mystery.


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By DANIELLE AGUIRRE he current change in the grading policy at Edsel has students distraught over the decline of their GPAs. The new policy requires that 80 percent of a student’s overall grade is summative and 20 percent is formative. The summative grades are made up of assignments evaluating what one has learned. In contrast, the formative grades consist of the everyday work that a student does. For example, now that 80 percent of a student’s grade depends on test scores, while only 20 percent of a student’s grade is based on homework, so students now have to rely on tests and quizzes more than they have in the past. “It affected my history grade the most. Last year, I used to just get by when I took tests and quizzes, but I relied on homework to keep my grades up,” says Abatesam Elmathil, 11.

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Certain teachers have noticed that not only do students rely on homework, but other people’s homework. Students are going to have to change their work ethic and study habits to improve scores on tests and quizzes, or in other words be more productive because tests make more of an impact on grades. “It’s an experiment, and we just have to see how they do,” says Mrs. Sullivan. “I’m probably the minority, but I don’t have a problem with it.” Grades can change dramatically and that’s why most students and some teachers dislike the new system. “I don’t like it because it’s bringing my grades down. Not a lot, but enough. I’m just worried it’s going to affect my GPA. I have to keep a 3.5 to stay in the National Honors Society,” says Stephanie Jefferies, 11. Some students have said that the summative-formative grading could

also have a negative effect because they might start asking themselves, “Why even do homework if it’s such a small part of my grade?” “I don’t really like it because it makes kids not want to do their homework or feel like they have to. It’s such a low percentage now; it’s like what’s the point?” said Christian Ryan, 11. Some students are saying that instead of getting more students to study and do well on tests, this new grading policy will encourage more and more students to decide to neglect their homework. Although some students view the new system as something negative, other students say this new way of grading will change the way they prepare for tests. Now studying and retaining information is becoming the main focus. The emphasis is on what is learned instead of just doing the work.

Application Anxiety

By HANAN MURSHED ollege is the number one priority for most seniors, but it still is a challenge all students will face. Some of us are wondering if we will get accepted to the college of our choice but for others it’s a question of how to pay for college. Seniors should be prepared to guard against disappointments. It really does help to have one’s paperwork in order and a backup plan. Don’t be surprised when filling out an application that you’ll need to write a check for an application fee ranging from $30 to $60. Try not to waste time and get your applications in as soon as possible. There are two ways to submit your application: online or by mail. If you do submit your application online, then you need to tell your counselor to send any required tests scores and transcripts. That sounds simple, but paying for college might be a bigger problem. There are three ways to pay for college. One of your options is to pay by loan; you could apply for a private loan or see what is available from your college. You will repay your loans by paying after graduation with low interest. For financial aid, your parents can fill out FAFSA after Jan. 1. The money received is based on your parents’ income.

Second is by scholarship, which you must earn or be eligible for. To see if you are eligible for any scholarships, visit these websites: www.wiredscholar.com, www.scholarships.com, or www. fastweb.com. If you apply for a scholarship online, and you are asked to pay for it—it is a scam. Watch out for those, there are a lot out there. Last is by work study, which is a program that gives students the chance of working and making more money than normal employees. For example, the government pays for the extra money, so if McDonald’s hires a work study student and a normal employee they will actually pay the work study student less, so the business benefits. But don’t get excited, your check goes directly towards your college payments. Application deadlines are approaching quickly. Don’t be afraid to ask your counselors questions because they are here to help and refer you to the best possible options.


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Sports Edsel Ford High School

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Combined Sports Banquets continued from page 1

Banquets are already too long for most peoples’ liking. Now they will take forever to finish—let’s add three more teams to any given banquet, and now instead of a two-hour banquet, we get to experience a three-hour ordeal. There are points that can be argued for or against combining banquets, but here is the thing that everyone somehow forgot—what do the athletes actually want? For some reason, the decisions were made to combine the banquets without even asking the opinion of the athletes. We were simply informed of the switch, not asked whether or not the idea appealed to us. Correct us if we’re wrong, but isn’t the Booster Club supposed to support the athletes? It sure doesn’t feel that way when we’re being told that we have to give up our traditions for something that they have deemed to be necessary. If combining banquets makes the administration and soccer moms happy, but upsets the

athletes themselves, then what have we achieved here? We’ve stepped back from unity, not towards it. This year, the field hockey team voted on whether to have the banquet here with the other teams, or to have a separate banquet without the other sports—not one person voted to attend the combined banquet. However, the team was told that exclusion from the combined banquet is “non-negotiable.” However, the Boosters were, in fact, open to incorporating some traditions into the combined banquet instead (seniors eat first, etc). So basically, we’ll throw you a couple bones, but you’re stuck with the combined banquet whether you like it or not. And so the teams will force themselves to attend the combined banquet and make the best of it. If we were shooting for unity, we’re sorry to say that it’s too little, too late.

Student-Athlete Reaction to “Unified” Banquets “The unified banquet takes away from the team unity that the individual sports teams work on building all season—however, this does not apply to the football team, because they have a larger team and are more important that all the other teams. I was looking forward to my last volleyball banquet, but now that half the school is invited, I am absolutely dreading it. My only hope now is that others feel the same way I do, so that future banquets will not have to be held this way.”

—Michelle Gaedke, 12, volleyball “The banquet should be about celebrating team accomplishments, and a separate banquet for each team would help strengthen the bond that is created between teammates during the season.”

—Drew Wydendorf, 12, tennis “Every sport should be separated.”

—Raven Dunn, 11, cross country “I think the combined banquet promotes unity and school spirit. Although I’m not personally affected by the change, I believe it’s a good idea.”

—Cindy Wan, 12, cheerleading

“Parents with both a daughter and son in fall sports are going to end up paying a ton of money to attend multiple banquets, especially if they bring relatives. Twelve dollars per person is a bit much.”

—Leah Boileau, 11, cross country

“Our team has grown so close this season, and our banquets have so many traditions. We want to end our season together, and the seniors especially want to continue the traditions that our previous teammates have enjoyed.”

—Amanda Roush, 12, field hockey

“All sports banquets have their traditions, and many athletes that I have spoken with, along with myself, feel that the combined banquet is intruding on our traditions. Edsel has always been a school that is dedicated to tradition— why change it now?”

—Kelly Mihalik, 12, swimming

“I don’t like that the banquets are set up this way my senior year. We split off for each team’s individual awards, so how are we supposed to learn about other sports, if that was the whole point of unifying the banquets? It’s really unnecessary to change things up on us now.”

—Jeanine Connell, 12, cross country

“The combined banquets are a terrible idea—I just want to be with my team. The only good thing about it is more food for everyone.”

—Stephen Eads, 12, soccer

“Our team has grown and succeeded together, and at the end of the season, we want to celebrate together. We support the other fall sports teams, but we want to dedicate our banquet to only our team.”

—Annika Doner, 12, field hockey

“I think that the combined banquet is a good idea, and I like how you can recognize other sports’ accomplishments.”

—Holly Tebelman, 12, golf

“The concept of a unified banquet is an overall bad idea—it will be expensive, time consuming, and crowded. As if banquets weren’t bad enough already!

—Jordan Hunt, 12, soccer


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Worth the League Champs Wait

By MEGAN FILIPOWSKI and GABBY TOUPIN

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he Edsel Ford girls’ volleyball team ended an exciting season by winning their league.

After tryouts ended the newly formed team entered their first tournament at the University of Michigan–Dearborn and they placed third, the first time the team has placed in a tournament in years. The team also placed third in their last tournament before the district tournament. “I knew when we put the team together that they had lots of talent, but they should have won [the tournament],” said head coach Donna Schleif. This year’s team is comprised of three seniors, seven juniors, one sophomore, and one freshman. The team has a record of ten wins and two losses. They started off the season with a win, beating a tough Gibraltar Carlson team. The wins would continue to add up after that. “[My favorite moment was] beating Gibraltar Carlson in the first game. It was like feeling holy crap we brought it and we won,” said Melinda Daniell, 12. The team accomplished a great feat, winning their league. It is the first league win in over a decade. “[This is] one of the best teams we’ve had in a long time. If we decide we want to do it, we will,” said Schleif. The district tournament is right around the corner and the girls could be playing cross-town rivals Dearborn High in their first game. Senior captains Megan Filipowski and Michelle Gaedke are encouraging their team to do their best and leave the court after the District tournament with no regrets. “I know that we can win districts and our league. It’s been my best season so far,” said junior Danielle Cowart.

The team celebrates after getting a point on a kill

The Edsel Ford football team tied with Inkster to win its first league championship since 1993.

By ALYSSA GIRARDI

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o lose a Mega Blue championship football game is one thing, but to forfeit it is absolutely embarrassing. There were many questions raised as to why Highland Park High School decided not show up to the football game against the Thunderbirds on Oct. 10. Athletic Director Mr. Picano received a call just a few hours before game time confirming the suspicions that the opposing team would not be attending. The coaches chose not to tell the football players that Highland Park said they would not come, riding on the slight chance that the team was bluffing to mess with our players’ heads. “We wanted to still be prepared for what we needed to do,” says Picano. So why did the team not come? Was the forfeit due to fearfulness of losing, as many Edsel players would like you to think? Or was it something as simple as bus trouble that prevented them from getting to the game? After some investigation, it turned out that Highland Park coach, Cedric Dortch, cancelled the varsity match due to students breaking the code of conduct in the form of hazing. “I guess the horse playing went too far. Like I told them last night: ‘If playing

for the conference championship wasn’t enough for you not to horse around and violate student-conduct rules, you don’t deserve to represent Highland Park in no form whatsoever,” Dortch told the Detroit Free Press. As far as the Edsel Ford football team goes, they were undoubtedly disappointed about the game being cancelled, especially since there is only one contest a week. Although some players cannot help but to feel that the title was handed to them, earning a conference championship title is certainly still a major accomplishment. “Well it feels great to be Mega Blue champs. Even though Highland Park didn’t show up it, it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have gotten the title. We worked hard throughout the season to be put into the position to win it,” says Sean Haight, 11. Dortch now claims that the incident was not as serious as they initially thought, and the hazing victim failed to suffer from any critical harm. Even though there is no way to get that missed game back, Highland Park will try to redeem themselves in the playoffs while Edsel Ford finishes the season off strong and heads into the post-season with a bragworthy title.


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Editorials Edsel Ford High School

Paying to Participate

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By LAUREN VALLEE—EDITORIAL

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hen budgets are tight, pay-to-participate costs and activity fees seem to continuously rise, and once again the heaviest financial burden to bear has been given to the most involved students. The sports and activities fees this year are as follows: A $150 flat rate for sports only, no matter how many a student plays, a $200 fee for sports plus academic activities, like after school clubs and organizations, and a $75 fee for academic activities only. Each family has a maximum of $350. This new setup does benefit some students, specifically those who play multiple sports. Last year, it was $100 per sport, with a $250 maximum fee per student. This year, with a one-time payment of $150, many students save. Keep in mind that every club at Edsel has certain requirements for members—for example, National Honor Society students must pay a $10 fee, since it is a nationally recognized society that collects dues. The following list reflects the clubs/activities that require the $75 “academic activities” fee that is collected by the district—for the record, this policy was not created by the Edsel Ford administration. The activities that students must pay for are as follows (some are clubs that Edsel Ford does not offer): BPA (Business Professionals of America), DECA, HOSA, Photography Club, Debate, Drama, Intramurals, Model UN, Chess, Challenge Bowl, MOOT Court, and Literary Magazine. The following are considered classes, and are NOT charged: Choral Music, Instrumental Music, Ignite, Yearbook, and Newstaff.

Clubs with Activity Fee BPA (Business Professionals of America) DECA HOSA Photography Club Debate Drama Intramurals Model UN Chess Challenge Bowl MOOT Court Literary Magazine

In addition, Student Council and National Honor Society are NOT charged the activity fee, along with French, German, and Spanish NHS. During my freshman year, the fee to be a part of International Club was a whopping $3. International Club does not charge the activity fee, but Edsel Ford clubs like Lit Mag A $150 flat rate for and Drama are; these activities contribute to our sports only, no matschool pride, and involve- ter how many a student ment may drop because of plays, a $200 fee for the new fees. Also, most ninth grad- sports plus academic acers are shy and somewhat tivities, like after school reluctant to get involved clubs and organizain the first place—they aren’t sure if they will like tions, and a $75 fee for a new club or sport, or if academic activities only. their friends will be in it, Each family has a maxiand a high price tag may ultimately be the deciding mum of $350. factor. We can only hope that the new fees don’t shatter our school spirit.

For more information, feel free to speak with Mrs. Noland, our Student Activity Administrator, or Mr. Picano, for questions regarding athletic fees.

Clubs without Activity Fee Choral Music Instrumental Music Ignite Yearbook Newstaff Student Council National Honors Society French National Honors Society Spanish National Honors Society German National Honors Society


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Editorials

Is Change on the Way?

By DEANNA SULEIMAN—EDITORIAL e need change. There is no other way to put it. From our economy quickly going downhill, to the nearly impossible to get healthcare, and foreign policy on the forefront. No matter who our president is, our country needs a leader to care more about our nation and its many troubles rather than trashing his political opponent. But it seems to me that John McCain is more interested in attacking Barack Obama in desperation than focusing on significant issues that really matter to Americans. Don’t get me wrong, I know that presidential candidates are supposed to point out the flaws of their opponents, but being so disrespectful as to refer to your opponent as “that one” in a presidential debate is going too far. Senator McCain with all years of experience that he loves to publicize should know better. His on-going personal attacks on Barack Obama are uncalled for and not in good taste.

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To add fuel to the fire, he did not once mention the majority of those suffering— the middle class—during the Oct. 7 presidential debate. Maybe he was too busy preparing himself to debate whether or not Obama’s middle name has anything to do with Muslim extremists. His constant eye rolls and smirks during the Oct. 15 debate were disrespectful and didn’t help him in the polls or in winning the debate. So why do it? Why make automated phone calls to states and ranting about Obama’s ties with “terrorists” instead of about his tax or healthcare plan? If McCain loves being the underdog so much, he should stay there instead of constantly looking for flaws in Obama that have nothing to do with issues negatively affecting Americans. Barack Obama had several opportunities to make personal attacks on John McCain and his running mate, Sarah Palin. From Palin’s rumored “witchcraft” to McCain’s involvement with “Keating Five” to Cindy McCain’s drug addiction,

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Obama could have used any of those things in his favor. But I guess he understands that our country is in just in too bad of shape to focus on such personal things that have nothing to do with the suffering of Americans. I truly respect John McCain and all that he has done for our country. But he has no right to make accusations that don’t have any real basis and aren’t tangible. John McCain should put his experience too good use and think about ways to improve our country, rather than researching his links to Pastor Jeremiah Wright when he once called addressing that subject “out of bounds.” I am not endorsing any candidate, but I am endorsing fair, respectful campaigning. My hopes are that who ever our president is will focus more on the crisis our economy is facing, rather than the backgrounds of those he is against.

Cheat Now, Pay Later

By LINDSAY FINNERTY—EDITORIAL rom plagiarism, forbidden collaboration on assignments, copying homework and cheating on exams, statistics show that cheating among high school students has risen dramatically during the past 50 years. The question is do students think it’s acceptable to cheat? Honesty and integrity are not only values, but should be habits to students. In high school, cheating is looked down upon and if caught is usually disciplined for, but students still keep copying and are getting away with the bad behavior. “I know that all throughout high school

I have cheated on tests and homework, but only when I was having a hard time with the work,” says an unknown source. If you are a student who has been cheating your way through high school let me give you a little reality check. YOU WONT GET AWAY WITH IT IN COLLEGE! You’re not helping yourself in any way. You’re only hurting your chances of getting a real education. Colleges and universities are becoming stricter and coming down harder on students who think they can cheat their way through the system. If caught cheating some actions by the university may include: a warning,

probation, suspension from the university for a designated period, or even expulsion from the university. “I don’t cheat on anything. When I cheat I don’t feel like I am learning anything and I know that it wont help me with my future education,” says Dakota Joseph,10. So to all the students at Edsel Ford who think cheating is okay and you think your being sneaky and getting away with it. Keep it up and see what happens when you’re on your own and don’t have anybody to cheat off of. It’s only going to hurt you in the long run.


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Features Edsel Ford High School

Sex is a Killer

By MEGAN FILIPOWSKI

n African child dies every 30 seconds from malaria—just think that’s two kids every minute, 120 kids an hour and 2,880 kids a day. As a technologically advanced nation, we have medical benefits that allow us to do the small

One Zambia, One Nation, One Man, One Wife things, like curing aches and pains, all the way to the big things, like brain surgery; however, there are places that can’t do these things. In Zambia, if one has a serious injury or disease, the medical costs are outrageous, and if the injury is really bad, one has to be flown out of the country. Going into the trip, we were debriefed about how Zambia is a nation that faces an AIDS epidemic. The first reported case of AIDS in Zambia was in 1984, and since then, more and more cases have been reported. Zambia has a population of almost 11 million, and more than one in seven adults is living with AIDS. As part of the trip, the youth team went on trips to the schools to talk to the kids about Jesus, but what I discovered was that the faculty of the schools focuses on saving their students’ lives. At one of the schools, painted on the wall was a sign that bluntly said, “SEX KILLS.” This is because 17 percent of people aged 15 to 49 have contracted AIDS or HIV. Another AIDS prevention idea that I noticed was placing a box of condoms in the public bathroom in the hotel that we were staying in. It was the first thing that we noticed, and anyone was free to take them.

Another part of our mission was to set up a medical clinic. One day I worked in the clinic and saw a woman who was living with AIDS. She could barely move a muscle and the disease had really progressed. Sadly, she will probably not live to see the end of the year. Here, we have the technology to live with AIDS. The best example is Magic Johnson. He has been living with AIDS for over a decade and has been given the chance to live life to the fullest. However, people in Zambia may not be so lucky. In 2007, there were 600,000 AIDS orphans. These kids are forced to live out on the street with no parent influence and are at risk of spreading the disease to others. The medical developments in the United States cannot compare to anything that they have in Africa. Minor aches and pains are cured with some Tylenol or Ibuprofen. In the villages of Zambia, they don’t have access to that, and the daily minor aches turn into major medical issues—even potentially fatal ones. We supplied people with medicine for these aches and pains, and the amount would last about two weeks before the pain would return.

Sex Kills Sign at Kosonga School Doctors, hospitals, and medicine are all things that we are lucky to have around. Edsel is around the corner from a hospital that could take care of any one of us if we were to get hurt. Take advantage of that, because there are people that would love to be able to treat their symptoms and bad health. Just think that in the time that it took to read this article another three to four children in Africa died from malaria.

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