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What is a finsta? Madison Lawson Staff writer

Instagram feeds are made to make you look good, but every once in a while you want to be a little funny or different. That is why finstas have become the new thing. Unlike taking good pictures, you get to show your true colors and have some fun with it. Junior Lauryn Nero said, “I have a finsta so I can post things that I’ve had since I was twelve.” Some people prefer their main account; some people prefer their finstas. Nero prefers her finsta because, “I can post things that I wouldn’t post on my main because I care about what my feed looks like [on my main Instagram].” Showing who you are to certain people and only sharing certain opinions to a shortage of people is one of the main reasons that finstas became so big. Many people seem to have the same ideas about theirs and others’ finstas. It’s good to have a finsta, but maybe sometimes people go a little too far. Senior Mckenzie Davis stated, “I wouldn’t post a lot of my finsta photos on my Instagram because a lot of the things I post are really embarrassing.” Obviously, wanting to be weird and a

bit out there is something you mainly only do with close friends especially if you’re pretty shy. Finstas are a great way to share how weird you are with your close friends. People have finstas so when they feel like being a little out of the box they can, but they don’t want to show it to everyone. Some people may judge them if they posted it on their Instagram. Davis also said, “I think people decided to get their finsta’s because it was a lot more fun to post things for others to laugh at or so they can ramble about things.” Not all people have an interest for finstas. Senior Brandon Horton gave some cons about it. “People post inappropriate things on there and it ruins my timeline,” Horton explained. People do tend to post pictures that their followers aren’t very pleased with. Although there’s a lot of people who enjoy finstas, a select few like Horton, don’t think it’s a great idea. Finstas all depend on the person and their personality. It seems like some people can be easily offended by finstas and others, not so much.

Why can’t you use YouTube at school? Dallas Yager & Amber Casto Staff writers Many students are upset and wrongly informed about the recent YouTube ban. The YouTube Ban is actually not a ban at all. It is simply a restriction for videos that have not been approved by the 4j school district. At first, it may seem like all the videos are restricted, but in reality, all you have to do is sign in with your school email account and then most of the videos you’re looking for are available not including videos that include cussing, violence or sexually explicit content. There have been a lot of negative reactions to the YouTube restrictions. Multiple people had blunt negativity. Sophomore Gavin Sherris said, “I think the YouTube restriction is unnecessary and stupid.” Sophomore Colby Harris shared the same opinion, “I

don’t like it and I think it is pointless.” Some opinions changed for the better, though, when we told our peers that the ban was greatly exaggerated and that you could gain access when you sign in with your school account. Administration said that the new protocol had to do with the YouTube update. Librarian Ms. Kunz agreed that it made it harder for some teachers and students. Although the YouTube ban is tedious and slightly annoying according to most of the youth at Sheldon, it was administered by 4j and therefore must be there for good reason.

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Sshhhhhh... in the library Katie Dobberthien, Brayden Smith, and Skyler Bartram Staff writer

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Over the years at Sheldon High School there have been many different opinions on the library rules. Some students think that the rules are too strict and unnecessary, while others think that we need more rules to keep the library a good place to study. Junior Wyatt Seidel said, “I do not feel that all of the rules are necessary. Many students have been asked to leave a table due to having more than four people working there. I think that it’s stupid.” Seidel continued as a rage built inside of him, “If I were in charge of the library, I would change everything. I would have more than four at a table and we’d be able to eat and drink.” The Talismans attempts to continue questioning Seidel were interrupted as he stormed off in a violent rage shouting about his problems with the library. Ben Trefethen attempted to calm down the erratic Seidel only to be met with the powerful force of Seidel’s rage. Seidel continued down the hall leaving Ben motionless on the floor. It would appear some students are more passionate about the library rules than others. Junior Ryan Fields said, “I feel as though many of the rules are necessary to keep this a work place, but it would be nice if we were allowed to eat and drink when doing our work.” Ms. Kunz explained why we have some of the rules and if she would change anything. Ms. Kunz said “In general, we keep four max at a table because the library is a place to work, and when more people gather around a table it becomes more social. But if you are working on a group project were you need more space you can talk to me about seating more people around the table.” In the library people would like a quiet work space so they are able to focus. Loud conversations between groups of people is a distraction and should be held outside the library. Kunz continued about the food and drink rule, “Food and drinks tend to stain the carpet and are a challenge to get out. When students eat in the library there are often crumbs and trash left behind.” The computers and books should not be eaten near the computers because it can cause a lot of damage if spilt on.

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The verdict is that student and staff opinions differ from each other. Even with the disagreements you never fail to see people sitting in library. Maybe with compromise, students and librarians can work together in peace and harmony.

Locked door frustrations Aidan Fox and Cass Egbert Staff writer

Most students are unaware that Sheldon didn’t always keep all side exits locked during school hours. Only upper classmen remember what it was like with the doors unlocked and most students feel that is unnecessary and makes them late. Sheldon didn’t always keep their doors locked until two years ago, however students at Sheldon never got told why the doors stay locked during school hours. Counsler Kendra Brott said, “It is probably due to the ALICE Training that was held two years ago. The ALICE training gave us recommendations and safety tips for school protection.” Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate represents ALICE, the numberone active shooter civilian response training for all organizations. Protection and safety must be the priority in an active shooter event or terrorist attack. Circumstantial and operational concerns vary in every new situation. After the ALICE training, Sheldon staff members went through and got recommendations to keep students safer. One of the recommendations was to limit the amount of unprotected entrances such as the side doors. 14 out of 20 students we surveyed at Sheldon felt that it is still easy access and just a disadvantage. Sophomore Haley Sams said if she could change anything about the school rules, “I would not have the doors be locked.” Keeping the doors unlocked during school hours would benefit the students at Sheldon. Most students surveyed agreed that the door locks haven’t done much but be an inconvenience.

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Insecurity is a struggle in high school Nors Murphy Staff writer A common problem among high school students is social anxiety and insecurity. Everyone lands somewhere on the bell curve of this, but teenagers have it worst. The social environment is permeated by subconscious thoughts like “Do I belong?” and “Am I accepted here?” Sheldon graduate Daniel Murphy said: “After leaving high school and being put in a new school environment, my friend circle was more in tune with my interests because we all had the same major. I felt like I could finally relax and be myself and be accepted for the things I wanted to do, and I didn’t feel the need to compromise who I am to keep people around. It’s a very liberating thing.” This feeling is by no means isolated. In pop culture, ‘college life’ is portrayed as a time to explore your abilities and find your true will. People cannot do that if they feel social pressure from their peers to act a certain way. Senior Megan Ross said “I’ve never fit in with anyone and found that that’s okay, now I just do what I want. It feels really good after you get used to it and comfortable in your own skin.” There is a concept by the name of ‘radical acceptance’ or ‘radical vulnerability’ that therapists on this hemisphere are bringing into their practice. It operates on the Buddhist principle that resistance prolongs suffering, and encourages people to stop worrying about how they will be seen. It is a very simple yet difficult technique; you must identify when a situation or impulse makes you worry, and then focus on the feeling of it. This is when most individuals decide to resist or to conform to a situation. Instead of acting on your feelings of ‘aversion’ or dislike, do what you want to do. A good example of this is at concerts where people are just tensely shuffling in place, not really trying to dance or to move very much because they are embarrassed. This makes no sense at all. Paying $55 for a ticket so you can go stand in an auditorium and forget

that one of your favorite bands is playing because you’re too worried about how people will look at you is very uneconomic. Practicing radical vulnerability saves you money and saves you a lot of mental energy, plus you get to dance your heart out (even if you suck at dancing, ESPECIALLY if you suck at dancing) and you might have an emotional epiphany and a happy cry moment. Junior Kai’li Matiaco said “In school we don’t teach about basic human needs. One of those needs is love, so it’s important that you’re capable of learning to love yourself because if you’re confident in yourself, it doesn’t matter how others view you.” Radical acceptance is what’s going on behind the scenes. It’s how to neutralize negative, insecure thoughts. This looks like “What if someone sees me dancing? Please no” to “I can feel the music in my body and I love this.” It creates a positive space for you to love and accept yourself which is sometimes the foundation for a really satisfying experience. This attitude is also very inspirational to other people who suffer from the same thing. In fact, this technique sends a message to others that whatever they want to do is okay and they can relax. Just by changing your mind, you can create a safe space for others. That is the definition of magic. As far as social anxiety is concerned, this technique may have a profound, lifelong effect. It eases social situations and relaxes the mind from paralyzing tension which can collect over time. Doing this every day will slowly but surely change your thought patterns and help you let go of what is functionally an addiction to negative thinking.

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Off campus or cafeteria Cassidy Logan, Hayden Brooke, Noah Hatfield Staff writers

go with other friends.” Beckner’s parent don’t give her money because she works. She feels like she has a lot more responsibility because she doesn’t rely on her parents as much. Going off campus is a fun thing to do and

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students look forward to the responsibility and choice of what they want to do.

Going off campus for new high schoolers can be exciting, but yet also overwhelming. Junior Bruce Nealon said that he feels like going off campus was a big thing when he started high school. Nealon said, “It was cool because you weren’t with your parents and you were just with your friends and having fun.” Nealon said that he goes to Dairy Queen and Market of Choice most often. Now that Bruce can drive he goes to Taco Bell or wherever he feels like. Nealon rarely shows up late from lunch and if he does it’s because of traffic. Nealon’s parents give him around $25 a week. Nealon says that he spends around 5 to 6 dollars a day on food. Bruce said that he never brings his own lunch because he would rather eat at Taco Bell or something. Sophomore Christian Visconti said, “I feel responsible because you have to make good choices and be aware of your surroundings. The sense of freedom is new and exciting.” Many students tend to go to Market of Choice or Dairy Queen. Lots of students choose Market of Choice, Rons, and Dairy Queen because they are in walking distance. Most juniors/upper classmen are able to drive, so most of them go to places that are a little farther away, like Taco Bell, Chipotle etc. Visconti receives 5to 6 dollars for lunch every day or 25-30 dollars a week. Junior Faith Beckner said, “Even though I’m sixteen, my sister drives me during lunch or I

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Do you appreciate your teachers? Stephanie Hernandez Staff writer The Sheldon staff should be appreciated more. English teacher Mr. Lawton said he feels appreciated by his students on a daily basis. Lawton said, “Absolutely, I think the kids at Sheldon are the nicest kids and I love interacting with them. There’s days where I know kids would rather be doing something like Halloween, but I understand that.” Mr. Lawton also said that “I can’t speak for other staff members, but I believe that everyone in the English department feels appreciated by their students.” Lawton added,“If I wasn’t happy and having fun I wouldn’t do

this. I could have a higher paying job but that would be at a desk being bored all day; you have to like your job and not just do it for the money.” Now that we got the teachers point of view over and done with we have to check out what the students are thinking. Junior Whitney Young said, “I can’t even imagine doing everything the teachers do for us on a daily basis; I literally think I would go crazy! Seeing the way some students treat teachers and taking free education for granted is so mind blowing for me.” Young added, “I’ve grown so close to some of the teachers here that I see them as family and I know that if they were ever to leave, it would affect my grades and myself. They have earned my trust and I know I can always go to them when I need help. I believe Sheldon has some of the best staff.” Yes, we got one student’s point of view, but we obvi-

ously need more than one opinion! Freshman Lily Culver said,”Well, I’ve only been here at Sheldon for a couple months but on a scale of 1-10 I’m very happy with the staff. I know I probably haven’t met even half of our teachers/staff, but all that I have met have made me feel very welcomed. Starting high school is a huge change (more people, teachers you’ve never met before, etc.), but the staff has definitely made it an easier transition and I am very happy about that.” As you can see our staff and students have very strong opinions. All of their answers are well said and stated. They show how much teachers care about their students and how much they want to genuinely help you succeed.



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l l e w d n a e v P2 Ali

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According to the last issue of the Talisman, the portable containing rooms P1 and P2 was destroyed by a fire caused by an unknown person. Both rooms contained a ton of memories and left quite a few members of the school’s newspaper heartbroken. Now the new portable has just been constructed and lifted onto campus, but the process has been dragging on. Former Co-editor-in-chief Sam Fox was devastated about the destruction and stated, “I didn’t know [the portable] was being built off campus, but I have to imagine it was for the best.” According to Fox, the new portable gives her a “hit mix.” Fox also said, “Of course I’m excited that it’s new; that room needed an update. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was older than me. But I’m also extremely sad because I spent so much time in that portable all through high school. It was like a home away from home.” Clearly the construction hasn’t been talked about enough and not very many people had heard about it. Fox later added, “The construction probably would have been super disruptive to the classes nearby. I mean you can barely hear when [the school is] mowing the lawn.” P2 has normally been the Talisman’s classroom, but once the new portable is ready for classes, that is going to change. Part time math teacher Kim Torrey will be sharing the classroom with the school’s paper. “I’m fine with it [sharing the classroom]. I only work part time, so I’m not even here when the class is going to be used so it doesn’t bother me at all,” Torrey explained. Travis Tubbs, a Special-Ed teacher at Sheldon High School, had taught in P1

before it was destroyed. Just like Fox and Torrey, he liked the idea of the new portable being built off campus. Tubbs said, “I think it’s a great system that they have to construct the buildings off campus inside. It allows a very controlled environment to ensure the highest quality of construction and not having to deal with elements from nature to damper the progress of the project.” The new portable had been built in another building off campus before being placed in its spot. Tubbs continued, “It also allowed for minimal distractions to the school environment at Sheldon, so that we did not have construction workers on site for months hammering nails or using loud tools while classes are in session.” Having a new portable brings excitement, as well as hope to Tubbs. “I am very excited to get into the new portable. It’s exciting to have a new space to call ‘my own.’ The new classroom is going to be a great space for students to both learn and grow as young adults,” Tubbs stated. The new portable will be updated and will give teachers like Tubbs and Torrey the opportunity to have their classes function. Tubbs stated, “I really appreciate the district and administrative support they have provided for us in trying to get the new classrooms up and functioning as classrooms.” Replacing the portable will give the Talisman, Torrey, and Tubbs new opportunities and will always be well appreciated.

Samantha Lawson Co-managing editor

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It's baby saving season

photograph by Julia Girod

On March 4, 2017, Sheldon will unveil its 25th annual celebration of dancing, dorkiness, and saving babies, the Mr./Ms. Irish competition. The pageant involves twenty contestants, as they compete to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network, and win the coveted Mr./Ms. Irish title. The contestants will be put through a gauntlet of preparation, community service, and wacky ideas in the days leading up to the competition. “Creativity” is what is needed insisted Julia Girod, Sheldon’s finance manager and advisor for the pageant. “It really doesn’t matter if you have a lot of talent. It’s just the student that’s creative, and puts together a fun act.” Thankfully, this year’s class of contestants has more than enough enthusiasm to take on the challenge. “I have spunk!” exclaimed senior contestant Tanner Barrong. “I bring a spark to the competition!” However, Barrong was quick to emphasize the real reason he’s competing, “Yeah, you’re going to get to see us, kind of make jokes out of our lives, but all for a good cause, like Children’s Miracle Network, so you should come on by!” Some of the other contestants showed their excitement in different ways. “I have had kids from all different backgrounds, all different interests, all different, in terms of how enthusiastic, or how outgoing, or any of those things,” Girod stated. “You realize everyone’s the same, we all have the same insecurities, we all have the same desires and commitments, and together we’re going to put on this really fun show. We’re going to have a really great time doing it, and also raise a ton of money. That’s kind of what it’s all about.” Senior contestant and co-head coordinator, Haley Knapp brought this point home. Knapp said, “I think it’s really cool to get a group of high school kids together, especially not from the same social groups, to all be united for the same cause. It’s a super fun way to be involved in something bigger than ourselves!”

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n e m h s e r f n e e w t e b s Gap s r o i n e s d n a With a rapidly-changing society, there exists a prominent gap between the younger and the older ages. Such gaps can be encountered in high school between the current freshman and senior classes. The difference is defined by the fine line between two generations: Millennials and Generation Z. In order to realize this, it doesn’t require a study or statistic, rather just a brief conversation with a student. Freshman Hunter Anderly said, “All the seniors dress more comfortable, and all the freshman are tryharders.” Memories for many freshmen contain the aspects of contemporary technology. Seniors, however, don’t have the same memories. Some recall a time when there wasn’t such an influence by technology. With the smart phone being released in 2007, phones have become a big part of people’s lives, flooding its way to the dinner table, the classroom, and the bathroom stall. Interestingly it was found that all seniors who were interviewed had a ‘flip’ phone as their first phone. As for the Freshmen, they originally had iPhones. Senior McKenzie Davis said, “My first phone was a flip phone that I got in 8th grade.” Freshman Hunter Anderele said, “My first phone was an iPhone 4 [that] I got before 6th grade.” One defining characteristic between

those deemed Millennials and Generation Z is whether they can remember what took place early last decade, that is to say 9/11. However, no students have a vivid memory, let alone any memory back then even for seniors. In fact, biologically speaking, humans’ memories stop changing at the age of ten. That means that for anyone to have a reliable account of the September 11th terrorist attacks would have to be born before 1992. Perhaps if this trend of stability that has occurred since 9/11 continues this generation, Generation Z, will be the one without a major incident! According to The Heritage Foundation, divorce has made a mild decline right about the turn of the millennia. Divorce peaked in the Year 1980 with 22.6 per 1000 married women, was about 19 per 1000 in 2000 and is further declining, with about 16.4 per 1000 today. Maybe this is the trend for American families with children of the new generation. It is unclear as to predict the attributes of what the next generation will be like because the world is always experiencing change, and that includes Sheldon. Thus we have a clear view of what it means to be part of a generation. What generation do you fall under?

Maddy Brainerd and Harrison Nabors Page editors

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Sheldon’s Rubik’s cube legend The Rubik’s cube is one of the most famous puzzles and People are always trying to compete on who could do it the fastest. Out of all of those people there are those who can do it in under a minute. Senior Andrew Bainbridge said, “It took me about four years to learn how to do the Rubik’s cube in 16.44 seconds.” Bainbridge added, “I stopped when I was a freshman for a year but I started doing it again in my sophomore year.” Bainbridge also said, “The world record is 4.9 seconds on a 3 by 3 cube” Many students are surprised on how fast Bainbridge can solve the cube. Sophomore Anoop Khatra said, “I thought it would take more time to solve the cube.” Khatra continued, “Most people probably don’t have the patience to practice the Rubik cube.’’

{“The world record is 4.9 seconds”} Officer Savage commented, “I think someone can do it in 5.5 seconds.” Savage explained, “I think you need to have patterns to solve the Rubik’s cube.” The Rubik’s is hard to maser, but it can be done with practice and time. Most people who think of the Rubik’s cube think it is a toy, but a lot of other people take it more seriously. They play in competitions and that takes a lot of concentration.

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{“Most people probably don’t have the patience to practice the Rubiks cube.’’} Hunter Bratton, Cody Tinseth, and Michael Rainer Staff writers

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If school ain’t hard enough... get a job Annie Huie and Anna Blaser Page editors You can work at the University of Oregon! The University of Oregon has hundreds of fields available for student workers, even for high school students. The university provides positions alongside current certified workers. Payroll Operations Manager Ben Kane said, “The student worker policies for the University of Oregon is to help students get work experience and real life experiences.” Student workers and certified workers are given different pay. “As far as our student employee guidelines are, we actually have some wage tiers, based on knowledge and expertise. Most of our departments give some sort of wage pay,” continued Kane. Student workers are not always stuck to minimum wage; they are allowed to ask for raises. Most departments give annual raises to loyal workers. Kane concluded, “They really do treat them as employees.” One of the positives of being a student worker is that you can come into these jobs with absolutely no experience. The point of that is to be able to finish school and have the experience qualified for the job positions and career you want. Most jobs one would apply for might require two to ten years of work experience or even more, just to be qualified. If you’re right out of a four-year college of studying and high school before that, very few would have the amount of experience required. These positions, mostly in food, are available to high school students as well. The policy of the UO student workers is that they are students first. Because of this, the schedules of jobs are very flexible and can only have 25 work hours a week. The opportunity to work for a department in a college instead of a non-school affiliated company has its many perks. Student Worker in Payroll Adrian Hartvigsen said, “The people here are a lot more relaxed. It’s a good break away from school.” She continued, “It’s a great way to transition into the real world.” The opportunity to work as a student worker is positive on both ends. It gives the student workers a job with a flexible schedule, and gives the certified workers an environment to connect with students. Academic Pay/Retirement Specialist Cindy Huie said, “I enjoy having student workers; they really help with our workload. It’s nice to be able to help them learn some skills. Student workers are a great asset to the University.”

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Creepy clowns are everywhere! Gracie Tompson, Jack Forrest, and Isabella Bratland Editor-in-chief, Co-managing editor and Rules editor

should go do something with their life besides this.” This is a sentiment many other pedestrians share. Clowns are a point of fear for a good portion of people,

and something a select few around the US have decided to exploit. Although the clown epidemic is diminishing, who is to say something like this won’t happen again?

For some time now people all over the country have been spotting some peculiar and quite demonic looking clowns terrorizing people. They have been spotted on eerie dark roads, in public places, and near college campuses. The clown epidemic began in the South, with the first clown sightings in South Carolina and Texas. Although some people are scared of clowns in general, most people are now scared not because of the costume, but because of who could be inside. Senior Mason Dallegge said, “The scariest thing about these clowns is that we have no idea who could be behind those masks. Some might just be kidding; others could be using the clown trend to do horrible things.” These clowns have yet to cause any physical harm. On Homecoming night at Sheldon, counselor Michael Voss was notified by parents and students that two young men dressed as clowns were harassing drivers and students. He ran out to apprehend them and forced the boys and their bikes to stop, and held them there until Officer Savage collected them. Voss said, “They chose the wrong day and wrong time in society to be wearing a clown mask in a school parking lot with 750 other kids.” The two young men were in fact 8th graders with prior run-ins with Officer Savage. Senior Berkley Neuman said, “I think this whole thing [clown epidemic] is dumb. If I saw a clown I would tell them that they shouldn’t mess with me, and that they Photo manipulation by Annie Huie

Why is graduation rate so low in Oregon? Max Gullickson, Rachel Kirsch and Andy Hart Staff writers The high school graduation rate in Oregon keeps declining. According to, last year it went down to 73%. Oregon is now the third worst in the country. Sheldon has a rate of 88%, which is higher than most high schools in Oregon. Oregon also has one of the shortest school years compared to other states. When you look at it from K-12, it adds up to an entire year less than most. The students have nothing to do with it being so low; the system used in the state is not fit for students to do their best. Funding also has a big part in graduation. The funding has decreased quite a bit, so there aren’t as many teachers as there used to be. Students start to skip school when their classes are big and they do not feel connected to the teacher or the subject.

According to Assistant Principal Beth Richardson, “There is a direct correlation between student attendance and the graduation rate.” The average that students don’t attend school is increasing and when a students’ attendance goes below 90%, that is when graduation seems to be less attainable. It’s been proven that the students who have done poorly in school before high school, have a higher chance not to graduate. When students do poorly in middle school, the habits tend to carry on into high school. According to CMA Chris Gullickson, “If you don’t work hard then you won’t graduate.” Students moving from school to school can also have an effect on graduation, but graduation requirements are also very high. According to guidance counselor Carly Boyce, “Requirements are the hardest for students they have ever been in my career.” To most teachers, it is very important

to go in and get extra help if you need or want to. Boyce said, “Definitely, see your teachers; they are there for you as help.” It is also important to work hard, Boyce added, “No one gets to the level of graduation without hard work.”

Run by students, for students. Editor-in-Chief & Sheldon pages editor Gracie Thompson Generations page editor & co-managing editor Sam Lawson Technology page editor & co-managing editor Jack Forrest Variety editor Annie Huie Opinions editor Anna Blaser Variety editor Harrison Nabors Rules editor Isabella Bratland Opinions editor Maddy Brainerd Features editor Brayden Smith Artists Maddie Brainerd Photo editor Katie Dobberthien Staff adviser Greg Cantwell Staff writers Dallas Yager Skyler Bartram Hunter Bratton Hayden Brooke Amberlin Castro Serena Collier Cass Egbert Sheen Faulconer Aidan Fox

Max Gullickson Michael Rainer Andy Hart Noah Hatfield Stephanie Hernandez Andrew King Rachel Kirsch Madison Lawson Cassidy Logan Cody Tinseth Nors Murphy

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Talisman vol 52 issue 2 december 1, 2016  
Talisman vol 52 issue 2 december 1, 2016