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might not be everyone’s go-to for a mood boost.

With post election hate surging and school stress higher than average, a multitude of emotions can be experienced. It is possible that among these emotions, we are missing one key feeling: happiness.

According to The Week, listening to music from a time in one’s life that you were happy can increase mood overall. It can remind you of a specific moment, or place in your life that brings

One final, and obvious way that is crucial to obtaining a good mood is getting a healthy amount of sleep. Too much or too little sleep can leave one feeling drained and unmotivated, which are not positive emotions.

Incorporating habits to boost your mood is important. These habits can help life schedules to seem less stressful and busy, making you feel better about yourself. There are many ways to add happiness to a daily routine. One example, according to webMD. com, states that exercise releases endorphins throughout your body boosting your mood, and also diminishes one’s perception of pain. Although exercise is important, it

brain into a good mood is simply smiling. When the muscles used to smile are triggered, the brain will believe it is truly happy, which in turn boosts overall mood. Not to mention, a smile is contagious, so not only could it make one person happy, others can become happy as well.

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back the emotions that you felt in those moments, which is all the reason more to listen to a favorite throwback playlist. Another example, as stated by The Week, that can trick one’s

There are many reasons to add mood boosting activities to one’s daily routine, but one overarching reason is that everyone deserves to be happy. Spread happiness to those you know, as well as those you don’t to help create a positive environment for everyone.

Prejudice hits closer to home, persists nationally Kate Edwards Editor in Chief - Print Orono schools are rooted in the pillars of character; trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, citizenship, caring and fairness. Recently, racist graffiti from Maple Grove High School spread quickly on Facebook and Twitter. The school responded with assemblies, walk throughs and many written posts about how the few students who deemed this discrimination acceptable are not the majority at Maple Grove. Here in Orono, we have experienced our own incidents. Most recently racist graffiti was discovered on the side of a bus in the grime. Orono struggles with

racial diversity with only a two percent Asian student population and three percent Hispanic student population according to Public School Review. Lack of diversity and lack of interaction with a variety of races can lead to prejudice. As a school district this is something that we need to be aware of and consistently work to combat.

issue today.

In American history we are taught about the Civil Rights movement and the women’s suffrage movement. More recently the gay pride movement and legalization of gay marriage have taken the center stage. Although prejudice was more obvious and publicly acceptable before each of these movements, it’s still a large

Tolerance is key to success both in school and once we leave Orono. This earth is full of different types of people and once in the real world learning to interact and accept those who are different from you is important when trying to gain respect.

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the opportunities Unified Club has given them.

First established in 2013, Orono Unified Club brings together student athletes with and without intellectual disabilities to compete in various sporting events and activities. This club is one of Orono’s most notable and positive clubs because of how it promotes unity throughout all students. With over 50 active members, students and faculty have participated in sports such as flag football, bowling, basketball, track and field and also activities such as the Polar Plunge, Unified Dance Marathon, End the R word, Youth Summit, and monthly club meetings.

“I have really found a love for the kids and experiences that we get to share together. Playing sports and just hanging out with the athletes and other partners is always the best part of my week. Their smiles always put a smile on my face as well. I am so grateful that I found something I love so much,” senior Chair of Young Athletes Claire Hrusovsky said.

Students are very thankful for

Orono has joined what is called End the R Word, which promotes completely ending the use of the word retarded and instead spreading the word respect throughout all people.

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Prejudice as defined by is preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience. All people are guilty of prejudice and unconscious bias, but the more vigilant we are about it and noticing it in ourselves the closer we can become to a coexisting community.

Photo/Naomi Byrne Intermediate school students left inspirational messages on the sidewalk.

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At this point in life, the seniors have been in school for about 12 years. OHS seniors may find themselves saying that they are tired of seeing the same people every day, and just want to pack up their room and head off to their dream college. Well, take a step back here, slow down. Although they might not realize it now, their memories of high school may be some of the best memories of their life. Seniors may think that they want to leave and be done with high school and all that comes along with it, but they may end up taking back these thoughts.

It’s now the beginning of November. They just experienced their last Homecoming of high school and played their last home game of the fall season. This is when they start to realize that their months of high school are coming to an end. Athlete’s may realize that the group of guys or girls that they’ve run with, defended, played with and bonded with since a very young age, will not be out on the field with them next year. And for some, they may also start to realize that they might never play this sport again. As the months dwindle down to the end of the year, take a step back and look at the

impact made on the friends of the seniors, and the underclassmen. Is it all they had hoped for? Here are a few tips to live in the moments to the fullest, and how to leave a positive influence on those who look up to senior students.

Make a positive difference in someone’s life today: It could start with a simple conversation, because people may forget what others say, what others did, but not how others made them feel. Underclassmen look up to students by means of what they do, how they act, and how they make others feel. It is essential to leave a positive influence on everyone.

Be there: When at any sporting event, get off of any devices and take advantage of the action at hand. Save the texting, tweeting, and snapchatting for when it is convenient to use. If someone asks for guidance, respond with complete understanding and support them in the moment. If there is a big play or a game, one may remember these final moments in the game or play, rather than the last text they sent. Challenge yourself: By challenging one’s self, growth can occur in the way people speak, act, and influence. Do something fun, do something different.

Passing on the kindness at OHS Maddie Marquis Features Editor

It is proven that smiles are contagious and that performing random acts of kindness increase the happiness of all involved. At OHS, “Pass on the Kindness” cards were created in hopes of spreading little acts of kindness around the school. A total of eight different note cards were created, each inscribed with a different inspirational phrase. The idea behind the “Pass on the Kindness” cards was that the sayings would circulate throughout OHS. As the card was hand delivered to a certain individual, they would read the phrase and then pass on the kindness to a friend or a student they did not know. It was not specified on the card who was to obtain the card next; the decision was up to the holder of the card. On the morning of Nov. 14, the eight cards were sent out throughout the entire school. A few of the cards entailed sayings that read “You are beautiful, smart & amazing”, “Stay humble, work hard, be kind” and “One KIND work can change someone’s entire day”. The handwritten notes incorporated a personal element to the notecards created in Ms. Herring’s Journalism II class. “It’s pretty amazing to think that we have the power to make people smile,” senior Frankie Vochko said.

As the “Pass on the Kindness” messages were spread, a wide variety of reactions were created among the students. Looks of confusion, initially spread across teens’ faces, pondering what had been placed into their possession. Yet once realizing what the notecard said, most appeared pleasantly surprised.

Similarly, senior Connor Hasselman received a “Pass on the Kindness” card. Hasselman held onto the card for a while, unsure of what to do with it, but did hand the card to someone he did not know. Most people followed suit, unsure of how to react to the gesture, not wanting to pass it one to some-

The definition of respect, as defined by Merriam Webster, is a feeling/understanding that someone or something is important and should be treated in an appropriate way. Respect at Orono has been an issue that teachers have tried to address, but it has recently become a problem both at the high school and in the lower grade levels at Orono. Respect is important because it creates an environment that students feel more safe and able to learn in. Having a positive environment at school can lead to students having greater success in both the academic and social elements of education. Being introduced to being respectful of one’s peers at a young age helps them to keep the same state of mind as they get older and have to respect authority figures as adults.

Teachers are a huge part of why Orono as a whole is so successful as a school. Both David Benson and Caryn Boyd work very hard to provide a safe and healthy learning environment for students. Seeing people leave food wrappers and trays at the lunch table for them to clean up is a form of disrespect that has been seen at our school recently. They are not here to clean up after the students and they should be given more respect than to let this happen. “I do notice it [Mr. Benson cleaning up garbage]. I also notice kids throwing the trash and food on the floor. It is not Mr. Benson’s job to wait around and pick up after students. It is so simple to walk your trash and food over to the trash bins.” senior Claire Hrusovsky said. Having respect for one’s peers will improve both their experience at school and that of others in the school. Many times students are

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but on others,” Hasselman said. By the end of the day, the eight “Pass on the Kindness” cards, no longer were in the creators’ hands. It was ensured that the cards had been given to a minimum of eight or more students at OHS. Although it is unclear whether the inspirational sayings continued to circulate throughout the student body, the cards at least impacted eights students lives in a positive manner, achieving the goal of spreading kindness through a simplistic act.

Respect: important for all ages Allison Stern Opinions Editor

Editor in Chief - Print Kate Edwards

Copy Editors Naomi Byrne Sarah Nelson

“Pass on the Kindness” notecards that were distributed throughout the “It was good to see a high school. buddy of mine in the hallway...when she one else. Yet, this defeats the purpose. reached out and gave me a positive card it made it the best day all week, or at least that “The notecard kind of stopped me in my was a part of it,” junior Anna Hughes said. place and I redirected my focus not on me,

Hughes also remarked that she passed on the card to her friend Lauren Hansen and this was the first time that she had been given an inspiring note card.

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judged by others for what they wear, how they act, or what they look like and this does not provide a good environment for learning and social activities. Every student should feel safe while attending school. After this recent election there have been many posts on social media that go against some people’s beliefs. Everyone at Orono is entitled to their own beliefs, and others should not judge them because of differing viewpoints. Using social media to express one’s beliefs is an excellent way to get your idea across, but bashing other people’s views is not. Respect is a large part of what makes for a successful environment for students at school. From respect for one’s teachers to that of their peers, respect will ultimately make for a better educational experience for everyone.

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widely to spread happiness to everyone.

The dictionary defines retarded as a slowness or limitation in intellectual understanding and awareness, emotional development, academic progress, etc. The word was first used in the late 1800s to refer to someone who has a mental disability, but it quickly snowballed and became a derogatory word used to demean and hurt someone who is mentally disabled. People began to use the word regularly and didn’t realize, or chose to ignore, the impact this word has on people. Instead of using words like absurd, foolish, dumb, childish, people chose to use the word retarded, which is both demeaning and rude. Respect is the new “R word” that should be used

“Through what is known as the self fulfilling prophecy, people hear negative things that can creep into your thoughts and you may start to believe it yourself. This could start impacting how you live, like your performance in school, and interactions,” psychology teacher Sara Ibs said. This reaction could also go the other way too. If people hear positive things about themselves often, it can impact their life in a very good way. Unified Club has made Orono a more vibrant and positive community, and students and faculty are thankful for that.

Approaching a bully in a productive way Lisa Suerken News Editor Bullying has become an unfortunate social norm that many teens have come to accept as their own reality. Now is the time when people need to become more aware of how to spot a bully and how to combat one. While many may think does not deal with many bullies, Orono is not immune to this issue. According to Ditch The Label, a non profit organization anti-bullying charity, one in two people experience bullying. So, never believe that you are alone because chances are, someone close to you is dealing with some similar issues. DoSomething reports that nearly 160,000 teens skip school everyday because of bullying. Bullying has become a prevalent issue in our society and people need to know how to stop it.

Photos/Courtesy of Claire Hrusovsky and Grace Reiners The unified club has grown it’s presence in the community and every member has worked toward stopping use of the R-word.

Living in the moment Grace Reiners Visuals Editor Social support system refers to a network of people - friends, family, and peers - that we can turn to for emotional and practical support, according to the University of Buffalo. A solid reliable friendship can turn your lifestyle into a positive outlook. Researchers believe we are overlooking the importance of friendship. Close friendships enhance moods and functioning as well as emotional and physical health, according to Saul Levine on Psychology Today. Not only are good friends a pleasure to be around, they are proven to be good for your health. Outside of the classroom, high school revolves around finding your core friend group and being able to identify which of your peers are truly the best support system for you. It seems too often that teens find themselves engaging in jealousy or arguments with their friends. This can result in frustration and confusion, for the people who are unaware that they are engaging themselves with the wrong people. Social media supposedly enables people to make new friends via sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and a myriad others, but unfortunately some of these online friendships are more “virtual” than real, according to Saul Levine on Psychology Today. Getting involved in clubs and group activities or athletics through your school

and community can form tight relationships.


There are some key tips that teens can use to combat bullies. Ditch The Label has 10 tips to help. The first and most common tip is to know that bullying is learned, and that most bullies have issues themselves, so know that you are not the problem. Another key tip is that bullying can be a crime. If someone uses hurtful language towards you,

such as racism or homophobic behavior, it is a crime and should be reported. Besides valuing yourself and caring for your well being, there are some effective tactics to use when being bullied. According to Psychology Today, a very effective defense method is avoidance. You have to know when to walk away from a negative situation that is probably hurting your health. Another effective tip is using humor to tell a bully to go away. For girls, it is possibly more effective to assertively tell the bully to stop and then walk away. Finally, help guide says to be relentless and never stop reporting bullying. You should never have to keep putting up with bullying. Even if you think reporting doesn’t help, eventually, the persistence will pay off. Bullying is an issue that is prevalent in today’s society, even though it is not experienced by all. If you or someone you know is being bullied, it is helpful to inform yourself about the most effective ways to combat it. But it is important to stand up for yourself and take care of your well being.

Once in awhile feeling desperate for a mood- or self-esteem-booster from a close friend, it should be expected for them to return that affection. Successful relationships require give-and-take, as you should always treat your friend the way you want them to treat you. Managing to display genuine respect is key in showing someone you care for them. First, however, there are many steps in building a support system in order to earn the benefits. Staying in touch and communicating well is a main component in a healthy relationship. Understanding and being aware of an individual’s views will allow you to give helpful advice. Respect and realize that one’s values and limits may be different than yours. If something is done or said that offends you, make sure to Illustration/Grace Reiners confront the individual in a submissive way. That being said, accept apologies generously to prevent tension. Today, many may underestimate the importance of friendship, and chose other activities and interests they believe they should prioritize. This concept of oblivion for a support system is one valid reason in why maintaining a stable relationship can be difficult. Sustaining a friendship takes effort, however, the comfort and contentment it provides makes the venture worth it.

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also do not respond to an act of bullying.

No one wants to be picked on. No one wants to feel excluded and feel like an outsider. Bullying isn’t the only problem in schools. Many bystanders watch without taking charge or standing up for the victim.

“I think it’s because people don’t want to make themselves feel alienated by others around them. People are afraid they may lose friends or be alienated by people because they used their voice. Everyone wants to feel accepted and feel like they belong,” psychology teacher Sara Ibs said.

The bystander effect refers to situations where individuals do not help a victim if there are a group of people around. One would say they are too afraid to stand out from the others that

Minnesota has placed a bill to prevent students from “being tormented by classmates”. Governor Mark Dayton, creator

of a bullying-prevention law, believes that this bill will educate students that bullying is a large problem that must be handled in the hands of a teacher who can than report it to their administrator. Then they are able to give students an engine to speak out to what’s wrong and encourage what’s right and mature. “Asking for an adult to help can potentially keep you [as the victim] anonymous and may be the socially safer route to take,” Orono’s social worker Jane Leeper said.

Piktochart Infographic/Sophia Rauchle Bullying affects a large amount of people all over the world.

Respecting The need to relearn and others’ privacy practice civil discussion at OHS Cari Spencer Staff Reporter

Maddy Schliinz Sports Editor Orono Public Schools have been teaching character counts since students have been able to read and write. Starting off with learning the six pillars of character: trustworthiness, caring, respect, responsibility, fairness, and citizenship. Recently a few Orono students have been ignorant of what they have been taught and that they are in a school of character and are breaking school policy. In the Orono Handbook, there are rules that students are expected to know and follow with no exceptions. On school property, students are not to invade the privacy of others with their personal devices. This includes taking pictures, videos or voice recordings and keeping them for themselves or posting them to social media. This has recently become a more significant issue at OHS. Orono substitute teacher Dorothy Henry has been substituting at Orono for many years now and has gotten to know many of the students very well. This fall, she was subbing at OHS and she came to school wearing a fashion hat. Students in the classroom said they witnessed other students taking pictures of her to post onto their snapchat stories

as a way of making fun of her. “You can’t just take pictures of someone without asking them first,” Henry said. She said she did not give students permission to take pictures of her. “I had no idea anybody was taking pictures of me. If they would have just asked that would have been fine. Electronics are used for a lot of school work so it’s hard for me to know that students are doing the right thing on them,” Henry said. This was a disregard for her right to privacy, and students need to know that their actions have ramifications. “It’s an invasion of privacy. I know most students have grown up where the norm is a constant presence on social media, but that isn’t the same for everyone. Each person needs to make that decision for him or herself. It is completely unethical to post a picture or video of someone when they haven’t given prior authorization,” English teacher Kyle Ann Herring said. Herring said she has learned after-the-fact that students have recorded her and taken pictures of her without her permission. “I am a very facetious person and am very emotive when teaching my classes. I don’t want to second-guess everything I say in class in fear because it might be taken out of context and put all over social media,” Herring said. When an image is posted to social media, there is no way of telling who saved it or screenshotted it into their own photo

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In the past year it has become more evident than ever that the level of ‘picking sides’ and uncivil discourse has reached staggering heights. Views on various controversial or uncomfortable topics such as race or politics have become polarized, and as those adamant opinions have increased, the ability to healthily debate and reason with each other has decreased.

According to the Pew Research Center, “About six-in-ten (63 percent consistent conservatives and 49 percent of consistent liberals say most of their close friends share their political views.” A significant amount of Americans have isolated themselves to ‘ideological silos’, and with this emerges one cause of the problem. By surrounding yourself with people who unanimously agree on an extreme stance, it’s difficult to speak up when your opinions do change, or go against what is popularly accepted. Because of the fear of verbal attack, shame, and a loss of identity, these uncomfortable conversations are often avoided. Furthermore, if a dialogue does erupt, it is often messy and unpleasant for everyone involved.

According the to National Institute for Civil Discourse, “78 percent of Americans think incivility and political dysfunction prevent our nation from moving forward.” With well over half of Americans at least agreeing that there is a problem, perhaps the Where did the civility steps can be taken to evaporate to? How do we — Jarrett Lundquist move forward together, English teacher move forward in some of in a way that overlooks the most divided times, the binary separation of people that has led to to work towards a stronger, more unified future? countless problems. Just look at Congress and the And how do we encourage conversation? difficulty in passing legislation that both parties can agree on. Or, what everyone is thinking of: this “Usually it starts with acknowledging the diffipast election. culty. And that emotions might get elevated, but that understanding each other is worth it. Even In a country full of complexities, it is surprisif we disagree, we can choose to acknowledge ing how simplified the separation of stances has another person’s experiences and values,” Engbecome. Instead of a spectrum of thoughts, it’s lish teacher Jarrett Lundquist said, “Then taking turned into a binary divide. It’s democrats versus breaks when needed. Knowing that we’re going to republicans, liberals versus conservatives, not make mistakes and that we’re going to try our best “Here are my views, here are yours. Let’s come to to understand the other side or another view.” a reasonable compromise.” Not to mention the reluctance many have of speaking out if their views Another answer could be seen in the small town of do change. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where CNN reporter Van Jones interviewed both Trump and Clinton “We label people who have different ideas than us, supporters, listening and learning to understand so when they are the opposing label we don’t listen their conflicting voices. When interviewing a to what they have to say, we just say that they are group of four women, evenly divided between the opposite of us. We don’t even consider that their beliefs, he found that no matter how opposthey could have valid ideas” sophomore McKenzie ing their views were, they still managed to be best Pearson said. friends.

“Even if

we disagree, we can choose to acknowledge another person’s experience and values.”

Perhaps some of the problem can be attributed to the ease of deciding who to be around. What used to be a high school with a graduating class of 40, where each student had to learn to live and understand each other’s views, has now turned into a diverse collection of hundreds of kids, all with different backgrounds. No longer are you in a position where you have to talk to the only 39 other kids. Now you get to select who you surround yourself with, and there is no question that like minds gravitate toward each other and further reinforce the same shared beliefs.

The explanation was in their daily lives. How they lived in a small town, how their children all went to the same school, and how they ran into each other on a day to day basis. Their everyday interactions were unavoidable, so they grew to enjoy each other’s company and realized that animosity was not an option. They also understood the unique background that each person brought to the table, and how to discuss without attacking the other person.

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A letter to the bullies Mackenzie Flynn Opinions Editor Dear Bullies, To start off this letter I would like to note that I am writing it with a heavy heart. I have not dealt with the effects of bullying firsthand, but I have heard, seen and been brought to tears by what is going on in the world around us. For a long while I was ignorant and thought everyone got along blissfully, but due to recent events my eyes have been opened to a new pessimistic world. If any of you reading this have ever been picked on, or caused emotional/physical harm to someone, this letter is for you. Physical abuse seems to be the classic stereotype for bullying when in reality it comes in many different forms. From verbally attacking someone to not talking at all, people can be equally affected by the small choices we make each day. For me personally, it is hard to understand how people can choose to say such truly hateful things to the people that surround them every day, the people I consider friends. I see these people being discouraged and not knowing who to turn


to for support. Whether they are embarrassed or just don’t know how to ask for help, no one deserves to be treated with such hate and destructive comments. Bullies, I would like to say thank you. Not for how you have treated my peers, but how you have built me into the strong, respectful person I am today. Thank you for showing me that by attacking the people around me you have lowered yourself to a pitiful standard. Thank you for showing me I don’t need to put others down in attempt to bring myself up. I hope you are blessed with amazing children so that maybe you can right your wrongs and teach them to be better than you ever could be. I hope you live a long and healthy life so that you can sit back when you’re 80 years old and reflect on how your actions affected not only your peers, but their families. I’m sure when one day you have your own family you will see the effects bullying have on children firsthand. So please, take this letter into consideration and start treating everyone with the respect you would give your own family. We all can make the world a more positive place.

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Asking for help is one of the hardest things someone can do, from trying to help a family member or friend to picking yourself up. When you finally try seeking help where should you go? Thankfully, right here in OHS we have a great school counseling office. Students don’t realize that the counseling office staff keeps everything confidential. “What students say in our offices, stays in our offices, with a few exceptions. If you tell us you want to hurt yourself, if you tell us you want to hurt someone else, or if you tell us someone else is hurt-

ing/abusing you, we are obligated to notify parents or authorities,” counselor Shana Borgen said.

“I believe many students are concerned about what will happen, how it will be handled and retaliation,” Borgen said. Borgen has been working at Orono for 14 years, and explained how she has seen the biggest change over the years in social media. Borgen explained “I have two main goals - to support and to empower. I want to help students feel safe and empowered to take action (whether that is blocking social media, speaking to peer, or making a report to administration). I also want to support

students and help them find tools to move beyond the situation.”

Almost one out of every four students, 22 percent, report being bullied during the school year according to the National Center for Educational Statistics. Social media has been one of the most common forms of bullying throughout the years. Students used to be able to escape the bullying at school when they got home, now with social media it’s consistent. Students need to realize that talking to an authority figure is hard but it’s not a bad thing. No one should be ashamed of going to get help, the school counseling staff is here to aid and guide you to get to a happier state of mind.

Photo/Jazmine Borreson The school counseling staff at OHS will help whenever students are having issues at school. Pictured above are Ms. McCabe, Ms. Richardson, Ms. Menne, Ms. Silbernagel, Ms. Borgen, and Ms. Randall.

How to make the world a more positive place Cami Reese Copy Chief Positivity can be a powerful force. It can be infectious to others around you. With this state of mind, you can influence yourself and others to achieve great things. Students that are experiencing bullying, hardships or having a rough day can use different strategies to pick themselves up and increase their confidence levels. Different strategies work for different situations. If you or a friend, or even a stranger are feeling down, it is easier than you might think to make their day a little bit more positive. Spreading even a small amount of positivity throughout your day can make a large difference to somebody else’s. Why tear people down when we could be lifting them up? This world needs to spread positivity to make a change. With an uplifting comment, you could change someone’s day around, or even give them the confidence boost that they needed to make it through the day. Give people the confidence boost that they might need to stand up for themselves or make a change for the greater good. Be someone that people enjoy being around and can be their best self around. There are many things that you can do to make a push for positive in your own life. First off, don’t think disparagingly or negatively about other; this will just cause people you to have an overall negative

outlook on life. According to the Mayo Clinic, practicing positive thinking usually starts with self talk. These are the thoughts that are typically running through your head, being either positive or negative. Those who practice positive thinking are optimists, and those who generally have negative thoughts are pessimists. People don’t need to be stuck in the label of pessimist; there are many ways to make your outlook that of an optimist. One way to do this is to surround yourself with people that make you happy, confident and encourage you to be the best version of yourself. Motivational speaker Jim Rohn has made the quote, “you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with”. The people that you choose to spend time with have a great impact on who you are, and how you act. Positive thinking has benefits for health as well. Some of these benefits include a longer life span, lower rates of depression and even a greater resistance to the common cold. Positivity has the opportunity to make a change in the people around you and the rest of the world. With all the negativity that is currently happening in the world, try to focus on making a positive impact on those around you and together we can make the world a more positive place.

Photo/Cami Reese Happiness is contagious.

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library. Even if you delete it, it’s never gone and you never know what people are doing or saying about the image. “Once something is out there, it’s permanent, and anyone else could take that image of you and misconstrue it. That’s the scary part for me,” Herring said. Teachers and staff should not have to be afraid

6 that anything that they say or do could be recorded at any moment in the day, and made out to be something that it is not. Students may need to revisit what is appropriate phone use during the school day, and make sure that they have permission to post something about another individual. Students need to use their devices for the right reasons, otherwise there may be consequences that affect everyone.

CIVIL from 4 We may not all live in small towns, but there is a valuable lesson to be taken away from those four women in Gettysburg. While reflecting over his experience, Van Jones said, “More empathy and understanding can keep us from needlessly inflaming one another, and this

should create the conditions for a better understanding of our differences.” With recent developments it’s crucial that we break down the barriers that separate us, and cherish empathy and understanding. We need to embrace

uncomfortable conversations, share our views even if they are unpopular, and stop living in a two option world, because oftentimes the grey areas will have the answers. Perhaps then we will be able to move towards a smoother future.

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87 percent of teens have witnessed cyberbullying.

rates continue to increase

Sophia Rauchle Editor in Chief - Online

Since 2010, rates of cyberbullying have increased across the United States. According to TeenSafe, 87 percent of teenagers have personally witnessed cyberbullying. Meanwhile, 15 percent of teenagers have admitted to bullying people via the internet or social media. While both genders face cyberbullying, 41 percent of girls have experienced it while only 28 percent of boys have experienced it, according to TeenSafe. People who are cyberbullied may also be bullied in person, according to StopBullying. When people are cyberbullied, it is harder to get away from the negativity.

Children who once could depend on the safety of their homes, now have no escape. One of the differences between cyberbullying and bullying is that cyberbullying can happen 24/7, according to Stop Bullying. Children or teenagers who are cyberbullied may skip school, abuse alcohol and/or drugs, have lower self-esteem or receive poor grades. Social media is a positive experience for some; let’s make it completely positive with no negativity for anyone. We can stop cyberbullying in our school by bringing kindness to everyone, because that is what keeps our community happy and healthy. Being conscious about your own social media presence is the first step in the process to end cyberbulling.

Morgan Marxer News Editor

Many high schoolers dedicated their day to help lead these seventh graders, and they enjoyed each and every moment of it.

Finding courage early on in life is the potential building block to one’s confidence, character, and personality. On Tuesday, Nov. 7, a group of youth frontiers visited Orono Middle School’s seventh grade class for a full school-day courage retreat at Trinity Lutheran Church. Many high schoolers may remember going through this program in fall of seventh grade, or the spring of eighth grade.

“This really made an impact on my life, if it didn’t, I wouldn’t be here teaching you all how to propose ways to act courageously,” retreat facilitator Jean Culp said. Throughout the first half of the morning, the retreat leaders focused on implementing playful games, get-to-know-you activities and small group talk to help the seventh grade students warm up to the leaders. After these fun, light-hearted activities, the real message of the retreat came to the surface. A lesson of courage.

Little did the seventh graders know how much of an impact one day could have on them. The program Youth Frontiers leads retreats at 730 schools each year around the United States, and 9 out of 10 schools bring them The seventh grade students felt back to lead these students each so moved by the message of the year. Knowing this, OMS has retreat, that at the end, one by Photo/Morgan Marxer one, the students went to the cenworked with Youth Frontiers for 12 years, and has found a lasting ter of the room to drop a pebble impact that this retreat has made into the pond, and share their act on the students who participate. This truly shows of courage with their entire grade. how a simple day of finding one’s strengths and The pebble in the pond is an activity that Youth proposed acts of courage can affect others. Frontiers has done the past 15 years, and has had The retreat leaders had mentioned, that they could a great impact on the participants in giving them a not have attempted to do this retreat without the time to share their proposed act of courage. help of high school leaders and parent volunteers.

The things a smile can do to help others Hannah Rippberger Staff Reporter

In today’s society there is a lot of negativity flying around. It was once said, you don’t know someone’s story until you walk in their shoes, and that is right. The girl you see walking in the hallway might help pay the bills at home. That guy you see everyday after fifth hour might be bullied.

Photo/Hannah Rippberger Sending a smile to other students in the hall can brighten their day.

We know that there are negative events going on but what can we do help spread positivity? A simple smile can improve one’s day. According to Brian Luke Seaward, author of “Managing Stress,” there is a release of endorphins that is activated when smiling. These endorphins are

also natural pain relievers.

“...[It’s nice] when in the halls and the upperclassmen say hi,” junior Gabby Germanson said. Smiling and saying hi to people are not the only ways to spread positivity. Next time you see someone who has a nice shirt on, compliment them. Hold the door open for people in the morning. Help a lost freshman get to class. Listen with care and interest as someone talks to you. Here is a story that might make some people smile or have some laughter. “I saw Thomas Hickey in the parking lot on my way to school today and I asked if he wanted

an egg that I had in my pocket and he said yeah... I later saw him in third hour and he still had the egg (Alfonzo) and he drew a face on him. I fully expected him to throw it away, so it was a fun surprise to see my son Alfonzo grow into a big strong egg in the tender care of Thomas Hickey. Thomas later joined me in mourning after Kevin Cornelius knocked him off his pedestal. RIP Alfonzo 7:21 a.m. - 1: 23 p.m,“ junior William Stephenson said. Happiness is a choice and what your actions have the opportunity to change someone else’s. Be that happy change for someone. Enjoy the little things.

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