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Halloween Costume Contest Three days prior to Halloween, students and staff were allowed to temporarily forget about the dress code and display some creative costumes. The LRC hosted Halloween costume contests for both the day and evening students. Mr. Battiata, Mr. Wilbour, Ms. Graus, Ms. Seacat and Ms. Elliott judged contestants on originality, creativeness and visual appeal. By donning a laurel wreath and a party-ready toga Beverly Bell won first prize in the day contest for her costume as the Goddess of Spring. In the night student competition, Jean Jenkin’s hippie attire won her first place. Jenkins accessorized a multicolored “Love” t-shirt with a pair of pink hoop earrings and an eye catching neck medallion. Some of the other costumes included a bee, a pirate, a groupie and a hippie. Ms. DeLa Torre added some solemnity to the occasion by wearing a nun’s habit.

Night Costume Winner

The winners received a $25 Mobil gift card and a pizza party for their classmates. Day Costume Winner

UÜxtáà VtÇvxÜ TãtÜxÇxáá jtÄ~ Meridian College was well represented at the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at the Lakewood Ranch Polo Field. on October 23rd. Twelve students—Debbie Bianco, Christine Stevens, Leigh McLaughlin, Angela Eurich, Heather Baughman, Ashley McDaniel, Delores McCoy, Teressa McCoy, Veneca Silva, Mandi Newkirk,

INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Costume Contest in the LRC ~ 1 Students Walk to Raise Awareness ~ 1 Blood Pressure Readings ~ 2 Blood Drive on Campus ~ 2


Elizabeth Barfield and Valery all participated in the 5K walk. They were joined by cosmetology instructors, Ms. Johnson and Ms. Tabb. The event had a special meaning for Newkirk, who’s a breast cancer survivor. “Mandi was our inspiration,” Ms. Johnson said.

Cosmo Dept. Has Referral Contest ~ 3 Poetry for November ~ 3 Veterans Day ~ 3

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The Meridian Messenger CLASS GIVES FREE BLOOD PRESSURE READINGS This week students in Ms. Messier’s day class got some valuable hands on experience in performing blood pressure readings. About 40 students and a few staff took advantage of the free service to have their blood pressure measured and recorded. Taking a person’s blood pressure measures the force of the blood against the walls of the arteries. The reading consists of two numbers— systolic and diastolic. Systolic measures the force of the blood as the heart beats. Diastolic

measures the same force when the heart relaxes between beats. A normal blood pressure reading would be 120/80 or lower. If your blood pressure regularly exceeds those numbers, that’s a cause for concern. You should let your physician know and make some lifestyle changes.

increases your risk of getting heart disease, kidney disease or even a stroke. If needed, certain medications will keep your readings in the safe range.

Exercise more, reduce your consumption of alcohol, quit smoking and reducing your sodium intake are all recommended. Consistently high blood pressure or “hypertension”

Gerlid Quinones give BP check to student Karen Bosclair

BLOOD DONORS GET FREE WELLNESS CHECKUP Thanks to the generosity of eight students , the Florida Blood Services , was able to receive a gallon of lifesaving blood when they visited the Meridian College campus on Wednesday, November 3rd. “We had a great turnout,” said Nicole Evans, a Florida Blood

Services employee who assisted with the drive. The donors all received a free tumbler and a free wellness checkup that included a cholesterol screening. As an additional incentive, anyone who donates twice before December 31st will be entered in a drawing to win two tickets to Super Bowl XLV in Dallas, Texas on February 6, 2011. The grand prize package

includes airfare and accommodations. You can become a donor by registering online at and using Sponsor Code M0334.

COSMO DEPARTMENT HAS REFERRAL CONTEST From mid-August to mid-September, the Cosmetology Department students competed to see who could sell the most products and who could bring in the most new clients. The retail sales contest was a tie between Erica Garland and Delores McCoy. McCoy was also a winner in the most new clients competition. She edged out her sister, Teressa, in that


competition. Megan Swimg was the third place finisher behind the McCoy sisters. The contest was so popular, that it will be repeated before the Christmas break.

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The Meridian Messenger POETRY FOR A NOVEMBER TO REMEMBER T hanks for time to be together, turkey, talk and tangy weather

something special that abounds.

H for harvest stored away, home, hearth, and holiday

That spells THANKS for joy in living and a jolly good Thanksgiving. A for autumn’s frost art, and abundance in the heart Aileen Fisher, All In A Word N for neighbors and November, nice things, new things to remember K for kitchen, kettles’ croon, kith and kin expected soon. S for sizzles, sights, and sounds and

POETRY II—NOVEMBER RAIN (CAN BE A PAIN) “When I look into your eyes

In the cold November rain”

I can see a love restrained

Guns N’ Roses, November Rain

But darling’ when I hold you Don’t you know I feel the same Cause nothing lasts forever And we both know hearts can change And it’s hard to hold a candle

VETERANS DAY, WHY 11/11 IS THE TIME Veterans Day was first called Armistice Day. November 11, 1918 is when World War I officially ended. Originally the holiday honored the American veterans of World War I. In 1954 legislation was passed to change the name of the holiday to Veterans Day. The holiday then became a time to honor American veterans of all wars.


Some people still confuse Veterans Day with Memorial Day. Memorial Day honors members of America’s armed forces who died in service to their country as a result of injuries incurred in battle.

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