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Fall sports prepare for seasons under COVID guidelines. See page 2. Chris Catinis reflects on his years at St. Martin’s. See page 4. Seniors share experiences from spring school closing. See page 5.



Seniors lead Saints’ football team. See page 4.

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Volume 67, Issue 1

November 24, 2020

St. Martin’s returns to school amidst pandemic By Adriana Paz The end of the 2019-20 school year left many students and faculty at St. Martin’s Episcopal School wondering how the following year would look in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, the St. Martin’s administration created new procedures and guidelines over the summer to prevent the spread of the virus among the community in the 2020-21 school year. The administration, including Associate Head of Upper School for Academic Affairs Tiffany DuSaules, began working on a new academic school year plan

last spring. The administration also collaborated with the National Association of Independent Schools to follow guidelines regarding school openings. Three plans were made, including a fully virtual, a hybrid, and a fully oncampus school year. The plan enacted for the first quarter was the hybrid learning model, where Middle and Upper School students alternate days on campus. However, beginning in the second quarter, the school transitioned to a fully on-campus schedule. After planning out the three different approaches, the administration faced

challenges that would affect the use of classrooms. “One of the biggest challenges that we felt that we had to overcome was, ‘How do we fit the same number of students that we have always had into our classrooms and make sure that the desks were spread apart so that they could meet both the St. Martin’s requirements and also follow CDC guidelines?’” DuSaules said. The administration allowed for six feet of space between desks in classrooms. Bigger classes were accommodated in the Upper School’s Stuart Kemp Peyton Center and the

Martin Family Library. Students use disinfecting wipes to wipe down tables and desks throughout the day and eat lunches in their advisories to prevent the spread of the virus. “Once we were finished working on all three approaches, we started working on some of the nuances,” DuSaules said. “We knew pretty early on that we had hoped to do what we could to help families who thought they should still have their children at home.” Students have the option to attend classes completely virtually. Such a student is Senior Deryn Patin, who

enjoys the safety and convenience of attending online. “I like how I don’t have to worry about someone not wearing their mask,” Patin said. “I also like that I don’t have to commute everyday.” Patin also appreciates having a personal workspace which allows for more comfortability and flexibility when studying. “I have more time, which allows me to study more, and I don’t have that … school social environment distracting me,” Patin said. However, virtual learning students also encounter problems. Some See Reopening, page 6

Students adapt to hybrid learning model By Westley James Due to the worldwide outbreak of COVID-19, students at St. Martin’s Episcopal School returned to campus for the first quarter under a hybrid learning model. In the hybrid learn-

ing model, Upper School students attended physical classes on Mondays, Thursdays, and alternating Wednesdays, while Middle School students attended physical classes on Tuesdays, Fridays and alternat-

ing Wednesdays. The school also provided students with the option to attend classes completely virtually. One student who chose to remain completely online for the semester was Sophomore Zoe Tatum, and

she believes that the school has been very mindful of online students’ situations. (Editor’s note: Tatum is a staff writer for the Halo). “They are super flexible and are always available for help,” Tatum said. “Teach-

Volleyball captains rally teammates

Photo by Nicholas Arensman Senior volleyball players Katie LaForge and Prudence Dudley talk to their teammates during their game against Chalmette.

ers are super kind and are willing to always explain something again or adjust a camera to make sure all students, including those online, understand what is going on at all times.” Sophomore Rian McManus decided to attend class in person, and she praised the social distancing procedures in place to allow students to return to campus. “I like the hybrid system because it limits interaction, but at the same time gives students and faculty somewhere to go instead of looking at a screen like we used to do when COVID first started,” McManus said. McManus also shared that she’s getting used to the new safety procedures, including following traffic patterns in the hallway and staying six feet apart from other students. “The school has a good system, but it’s hard for everyone to remember and adapt to those rules,” McManus said. St. Martin’s opened the campus full time for Upper School students during the second quarter. Despite the return to in-person See Hybrid Model, page 6

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Senior Spotlight: Chris Catinis By Zoe Tatum Senior Christopher Catinis began his academic journey at St. Martin’s Episocpal School in the Cottage. Though Catinis left in the eighth grade to attend a bigger school, he returned shortly thereafter, missing the smaller community and stronger bonds with his teachers. Catinis takes on an active role in multiple extracurricular activities, a member of the soccer and tennis teams, Spanish Club, National Honor Society and Key Club. He also serves as the president of Student Government and co-president of Model UN. Long waiting to become Student Government president, Catinis is eager to fulfill his duties this year. “It’s honestly been a dream of mine for a while now—a dream come true so to say,” Catinis said. “It’s nice knowing that students come to you with their problems, and you work with a group of other students to make things hap-

pen and make high school more fun and easier.” In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, many events that typically define the high school experience have been delayed with uncertainty of what to come. Lunch leave and open study have been postponed indefinitely, and the homecoming dance is up in the air. Sports practices and games have also been changed or delayed due to regulations. However, Catinis is doing his best to maintain an optimistic outlook and handle situations as they come, despite the lack of control either he or the school has over certain events. “Who knows if it’s going to die down anymore in the second semester so we may or may not have a prom or senior chapel and a graduation,” Catinis said. “But then again I acknowledge that all that is not in my control and is not in the school’s control.” Looking beyond his St. Martin’s career, Catinis hopes to pursue a career in

By Leven Greene As the 2020-2021 school year began in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, St. Martin’s Episcopal School welcomed Upper School Social Studies Teacher Frank Canzoneri. Canzoneri teaches both US History and AP Economics. Canzoneri joined the St. Martin’s teaching staff after teaching at Holy Cross School, Archbishop Shaw High School and De La Salle High School. He has

already made a positive impact on both the students and faculty of the St. Martin’s community. “He’s a great teacher who genuinely cares about his students,” said Sophomore Grant Gendusa, a student in Canzoneri’s US History class. Senior Michael Royerre agreed in regards to Canzoneri’s teaching style in AP Economics. “You can tell he cares about his stu-

Photo by Nicholas Arensman Senior Chris Catinis runs during a soccer game against Holy Cross in December 2019. medicine or business. He has learned from the school to value the importance of hard individual work. “If I want something done, I’ll do it myself and not rely on other people to do

things for me,” Catinis said. Catinis urged students to make the most of their time at St. Martin’s. “Don’t take anything for granted because … you only have four years

of high school, so really cherish the bonds you’ve made with both teachers and students,” Catinis said. “Some of your peers will never see you again, so just cherish every moment.”

dents and wants them to do well,” Royerre said. Canzoneri himself has adapted well to St. Martin’s environment. His transition from other schools has been smooth. “The students are very cooperative and good to work with,” Canzoneri said. Social Studies Department Chair Mary Quinet was impressed with Canzoneri’s background in Political Science and History. When the time came to

assign classes, Peter Adair, Head of Upper School and Social Studies Teacher, expressed interest in switching from US History to Civics. When Canzoneri agreed that he would rather teach US History, Quinet happily made the switch, as both were well qualified for either position. “I had two very, very deeply experienced teachers, and I was able to say ‘do what you love,’” Quinet said. She was also highly im-

pressed with Canzoneri’s ability to transform what might otherwise be a dull class into a fun, more interactive experience that both stimulates students to push themselves further academically and provides joy for himself. “I got a chance to sit in a fun and interesting class with Mr. Canzoneri,” Quinet said, “and I asked him afterwards, ‘This is great, are you happy here?’ and he said, ‘Very.’”

Canzoneri makes social studies classes interesting

Hazard brings fresh perspective to computer science By Alexis Akers St. Martin’s Episcopal School welcomed Jack Hazard as its new Upper and Middle School Computer Science and Innovation + Design Teacher this school year. Hazard was born and raised in New York City and lived there throughout his childhood. As a child, he developed an interest in art and product design. “As a boy, I loved cars and planes, like most kids, but I also liked the idea of choosing colors and materials,” Hazard said. In the hopes of becoming an artist, Hazard at-

tended art school for college and then the Rhode Island School of Design for his bachelor’s degree in Arts, with a focus on Industrial Design. He then proceeded to get his master’s degree at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Hazard previously taught at ITT Technical Institute and Delgado Community College, teaching drafting and game design classes at both. Growing up in a family of teachers, Hazard wanted to join the educational field as well. “My grandparents, my aunts, and my uncles were all teachers and in their

own way, my parents were educators in their fields,” Hazard said. “Also, my sister is a teacher.” He lived in Rhode Island and Massachusetts for a few years before moving back to New York. He moved to New Orleans in 2009 with his wife who was born and raised in the city. Hazard enjoys the teaching environment at St. Martin’s, and he loves the people and the school itself. His daughter also attends St. Martin’s and is a member of the Seedling Class. “She is learning so much, so fast,” Hazard said. Hazard admits that

teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic had been a new experience, but he concedes that he has no frame of reference for how the school normally operates since his first visit to St. Martin’s had been during the spring, just as the pandemic was starting. Outside of his classes, Hazard wants to start a game design club next year, and he hopes to make game design a tradition at St. Martin’s. The first class will lay the foundation for the group project and he hopes that in following years classes will improve and enhance the game.

When not in the classroom, Hazard has many unique hobbies and talents beyond computer science. “I can juggle, and [I] manage a public garden in New Orleans that used to be an abandoned lot in the Upper 9th Ward.” Hazard’s talents in many areas are sure to bring a fresh perspective to St. Martin’s. His favorite part of teaching though is working on long projects with his students in order to tell a story. “Either in game design or graphic design, students can come up with stories in their projects.”

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Seniors reflect on experiences during school closing By Rikki Bourg During the COVID-19 pandemic, life drastically changed for everyone, but the shutdown in March had a particular impact on high school students. Seniors at St. Martin’s Episopal School reflected on their individual experiences with the lockdown and shared the different ways they spent their time in isolation. Some students, like Senior Elena Gaver, spent time with their families, improved their individual health while at home, and went on socially distant vacations. “I found ways to spend my time when I didn’t have to do school work,” Gaver said. “I exercised more than ever to try and stay healthy. My family and I went on a roadtrip to Colorado with very limited contact with people.” Gaver was also able to spend time with her older sister, who returned from college, and plan for her future. “My sister came home and that was something that

I thought would [only] be for a few months, but it has been 6 months now,” Gaver said. “I’m a senior, and I’m working hard on college applications and making sure I spend my time well.” Other students opted for other ways to keep themselves occupied while inside, such as watching television to keep themselves entertained. “I stayed inside a lot,” Senior Eric Berthelot said. “I watched a lot of movies and TV, but I tried to get outside of the house as much as I could with restrictions.”(Editor’s note: Berthelot is the layout editor for the Halo.) Many students turned to their families and pets as a source of entertainment, like Senior Leven Greene, who used this period as a learning experience on how to balance family time. “I played a lot of board games with my dad and my sister, since I was with them for the first month of quarantine,” Greene said. “We also went on a lot of bike rides. After

that, it was mostly Netflix and trying to keep myself sane in a house full of siblings. I also played with my pet a lot, since there really wasn’t much to do.” Senior Deryn Patin enjoyed her quarantine experience and tried to look at the positives, rather than the negatives, of the situation. “I loved quarantine,” Patin said. “It allowed me to focus on myself and remain safe at home. I was able to enjoy the calming atmosphere staying at home provided for me. My only disadvantage would be hanging out with my friends, but that is more of a personal desire that I still try to avoid due to my own safety.” Senior Erica Ricci was unprepared for how long the shutdown would last, thinking St. Martin’s would only be closed for two weeks in March. “Contrary to popular opinion, I actually really enjoyed quarantine,” Ricci said. “In the beginning, I was a little overwhelmed with all of the free time I

Photo by Nicholas Arensman Seniors wear masks as they participate in Homecoming Week activities on the quad. had, and honestly believed that I would be returning to school after those 2 weeks. It’s crazy to think how I thought that was actually going to happen.” Nonetheless, Ricci said she enjoyed time at home and the ability to self reflect, citing that keeping her family safe was more important than socializing. “I also have not seen

anyone besides my immediate family since March 13th because of how high risk my brother is,” Ricci said. “So, I had a lot of time to self reflect. It is kind of nice to have so much time to myself. I had a very interesting and surprisingly enjoyable quarantine experience, which is technically still going on.” See Seniors, page 6

Upper School adopts discipline, dress code changes Over the summer, the Upper School administration at St. Martin’s Episcopal School devised a new discipline system and dress code for the 2020-21 school year. When asked about the overall goals of the changes, Associate Head of Upper School for Student Affairs Mary Bond said she wanted to improve the program to further the goals of St. Martin’s. “It’s always good, every several years, to take stock of your program and make sure that it still is as it needs to be to further your philosophy and com-

munity building in the Upper School,” Bond said. During the 2019-20 school year, the Honor Council had too frequent meetings. To address this issue, the St. Martin’s administration changed what major violations would be considered by the council. Unique cases or ones where the student who had committed the violation wanted another student perspective would go before the council. Bond would address familiar infractions, such as plagiarism and cheating. The consequences for repeated minor violations, such as tardies or dress

code, have a simplified sequence of consequences. Small and frequent acts of misbehavior would merit small punishments, but serious ones would be given harsher consequences. The dress code underwent changes as well, including ban on shirts with writing or graphics. The new dress code hopes to foster modesty, cleanliness and professionalism. Bond stressed that the dress code changes are not major, but rather that the administration is making an effort to enforce it more rigorously. “The dress code hasn’t

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really changed that much but we have committed to addressing it,” Bond said. Senior Teddy Fox appreciates the freedom the dress code provides. “I want the dress code to just be free expression, obviously not vulgar stuff though,” Fox said. Senior Alexis Jurisich believes that the changes require some adjustment. “Last year’s [dress code] was easier because I knew what I was doing,” Jurisich said. “I knew what happened since it’s been that way since we were freshmen, but now that it’s changed, I don’t re-

ally know anything.” Overall, very few students have felt serious effects from the modifications. “I don’t think anyone even noticed a change besides the dress code,” Senior Gavin Sparandeo said. Bond agreed that she thinks the majority of students have been receptive to the changes. “It’s just a few students who are more frustrated than anything else, less than a handful, that have said anything,” Bond said. “There might be more I’m unaware of. By and large, it’s been a pretty smooth transition.”



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Fall sports seek success under different guidelines By Adriana Paz

Additional Reporting by Alexis Akers, Nathan Chatagnier and Zoe Tatum As the cooler weather and new school year approached, St. Martin’s Episcopal School’s fall athletic season began very differently than the last due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Frank Gendusa, most sports have faced requirements for practice and games. “The guidelines are set across the board not only from the Louisiana High School Athletic Association, but also from the state, and our local government,” Gendusa said. Under LHSAA guidelines, attendance for sports events calls for only 25% capacity, allowing the school to sell 250 tickets for football games, 84 for volleyball matches and 28 for swim meets. Attendees are also screened and must have a temperature below 100.4 degrees to enter. Masks are required and social distancing is encouraged. “It’s difficult right now to try and get parents to have seating and have our students to support their peers during events,” Genusa said. “Having a limited number of tickets also limits

Photo by Nicholas Arensman Senior duo Katie LaForge and Prudence Dudley, who have been teammates since seventh grade, play in one of their final home volleyball games as Saints. the take in at the gates, so it good for us,” Gendusa said. the field,” Gendusa said. son, from the number of Players who have been Similarly, the cross coun- supporters at their games brings our finances down.” Despite these challeng- on the varsity team since try team has had minor to the way their games es, the football team has their eighth grade year changes in their program are played. Senior Capworked hard throughout are now sophomores and since the start of the season. tain Katie LaForge said that “With the COVID restric- while she initially worried practices over the sum- juniors, which has given mer and while in season. consistency to the team. tions, we didn’t have to start they might be unable to “We are just a little bit until two weeks later than have a season at all, the “We have a good group of seniors this year. They are more cohesive as a team, our normal summer train- games have been largely doing a really good job not and the kids are enjoy- ing, which wasn’t so much similar to previous years. “The only differences are only on the field, but their ing playing and being to- of a setback,” Junior Cross leadership has been really gether, and it shows out on Country Runner Lauren that we have to rotate balls Bone said. “Coach Lind throughout the match, we was really determined to can’t switch sides of the net get us out there running. and we can’t interact with We had to wear masks at the other team,” LaForge all times besides while run- said. “Also, we are unable ning. I don’t think it really to play in any tournaments inhibited any of our train- and we have less games than ing which I’m grateful for.” we normally would have.” According to the LHSAA, However, that has not while the state remains in deterred the team from Phase 3, there could be up working toward its goal to to 50 athletes on the start- make it into the playoffs. ing line. The team has had “My personal goal is to to branch out to different be the best leader I possibly meets more than in past can and to try and keep a seasons, including compet- positive attitude the entire ing in Hammond and at time,” LaForge said. “The other school’s meets. None- main goal for the team is to theless, this has not affect- keep our ranking as fourth ed Bone’s attitude toward and to go as far as possible the team and this season. in the playoffs and go to “I’m really looking for- the Pontchartrain Center.” ward to being able to go to The cheer team is facing state as a team this year, as a few challenges due to our team from last year is the new procedures manmuch smaller so we have dated by the Universal all kind of grown a close Cheerleaders Association. bond, especially the middle “For our competition, and the high school since instead of travelling and the middle school program making contact with thouhas almost cut in half,” Bone sands of people throughout said. “Everyone on the team the state, we have to submit has gotten really close, espe- a video to UCA of our threecially with the restrictions of minute routine, which conCOVID, as we have all stuck sists of a band dance, a fight together throughout it.” song, a sideline and a cheer Photo by Nicholas Arensman The volleyball team has with a stunt,” Senior Cheer Sophomore cheerleader Jenna DeLatte cheers on the Saints’ football team in their game against also seen differences since Captain Rachel Royerre said. Centerville on October 16. competing in their last sea- See Sports Wrap, page 6

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Football team approaches season with high hopes

By Adriana Paz As the school year begins and fall sports begin to compete, the St. Martin’s Episcopal School Varsity Football team is coming together to approach the season head on. The team prepared for this season throughout the summer and in after school practices, following procedures mandated by the Louisiana High School Athletic Association as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, Head Football Coach Frank Gendusa said that the entire football team this year was united around a single goal. “I think the biggest difference this year is the way our team is gelling together, and not just playing like a bunch of individuals on a team,” Gendusa said. “It really makes a difference when the kids are working together to reach a common goal.” Gendusa shared that the team this year had an especially strong group of upperclassmen players, including Senior Captain Jonathan Castaneda. “Jonathan Castaneda has been a real rock,” Gendusa said. “He’s a real multi-talented athlete and gives us the short yardage effectiveness.” In addition to playing fullback, linebacker and defensive end, Castaneda also plays quarterback and running back. He has been on the varsity team since his 8th grade year, and has set his sights on improving each season. “Last season, I got on first team all-district [as a] linebacker, and I definitely

want to do that again,” Castaneda said. “I want to be overall just a better captain and player for the team and definitely put in some more rushing yards in games.” In addition to spending time with his teammates, Castaneda enjoys the mindset that his teammates share about working together. “It’s a good group of guys, no one is too big headed or no one think it’s all about them, everyone is set on making it a good team,” Castaneda said. Another key player to the Saints’ success this season is Senior Monte Lewis, who plays running back and linebacker. “Monte has progressively improved over the last couple of years,” Gendusa said. “When I got here, he was a sophomore and he’s a senior this year.” According to Gendusa, Lewis runs the ball well and is tough to bring down because of his size and agility. He leads the team by example, and he works hard at practice, which shows on the field. “What I can take away the most when it comes to football, is how to be a leader, and I’ve evolved into the captain that I am now by leading the younger players, working on being a better player, a better teammate, and critiquing myself,” Lewis said. As well as helping lead the team to the playoffs, Lewis has set his sights high with his personal goals for his final season at St. Martin’s. “One main goal I have is to become a part of the 1000-yard club because I was looking at the tro-

Photo by Nicholas Arensman The Saints line up against the Centerville football team in their game on October 16. phy and the last award One of the key things mit to the school that’s was given in 2006,” Lewis that Lewis looks for in the best fit for him. He said. “I have the mind- a college football pro- says that after this season set that this year I’m go- gram is the atmosphere, what he will miss most ing to try my best to get it and the dynamics be- about the St. Martin’s footsince it’s my senior year.” tween teammates and the ball team is the commuIn order to receive this crowds that support them. nity between the players. “The chemistry we all award, Lewis will need to “I have been getting have together it’s someaverage 125 yards per game, scouted and have comthing you never forget,” but he is confident and be- municated a lot with a Lewis said. “We’ve all lieves that he can reach that bunch of colleges,” Lewis started just strangers, but goal. He is also planning on said. “The main one that I throughout the years we playing football in college. have had number one in- became brothers. We see “I’ve always had that terest from is Oklahoma. each other as family and crazy dream to take it all I visited and it looks like that’s the most you can take the way to the NFL so col- a really good school.” away from it, the bond you lege is the next big step, However, Lewis plans build with these people and I’m ready to take it to keep his options open to that you will remember head on,” Lewis said. other offers and will com- for the rest of your life.”

Fall Sports Results Football


10/2 10/8 10/16 10/23 10/30 11/6 11/13

10/16 Meet Girls’ Team 1. St. Martin’s 282 2. Thomas Jefferson 136 2. Morris Jeff 136

St. Martin’s 37 - Fisher 6 St. Martin’s 27 - Thomas Jefferson 7 St. Martin’s 19 - Centerville 21 St. Martin’s 6 - Country Day 34 St. Martin’s - Crescent City CANCELLED St. Martin’s 21 - Riverside 48 St. Martin’s - Ecole CANCELLED

Varsity Volleyball 10/3 10/6 10/7 10/13 10/14 10/19 10/20 10/22 10/26 10/29

St. Martin’s 0 - Country Day 3 St. Martin’s 3 - Ecole 0 St. Martin’s 2 - Northlake Christian 3 St. Martin’s 3 - West St. John 0 St. Martin’s 3 - Helen Cox 0 St. Martin’s 1 - Haynes 3 St. Martin’s - Lutheran CANCELLED St. Martin’s 3 - Hanhville 0 St. Martin’s 3 - Crescent 1 St. Martin’s 3 - Riverside 0

Boys’ Team 1. Thomas Jefferson 214 2. Morris Jeff 117 2. St. Martin’s 117

Cross Country State Championships Girls’ Team - first place 2. Isabella Bartholomew 6. Rian McManus 8. Kaitlyn Hall Boys’ Team 10. Blake Verdigets

Photo by Nicholas Arensman When the Homecoming game against Ecole was cancelled, the football team rallied to play an intersquad game.

6 November 24, 2020 Reopening, from page 1 students face connectivity issues, and others have difficulty adjusting to participating in class. “I’ve found that some teachers don’t really pay attention to their online students, which I think would be a major struggle,” Patin said. Faculty teaching from home also face challenges, including Upper School Math Teacher Julie Laskay. “One of the things that I really hate is having to see students wearing masks because as a teacher, I process more input than output when I’m teaching,” Laskay said. “I’m constantly looking around the room to see if students are paying attention or when they are confused, and when I can’t see their faces, it’s really hard for me to process that information.” Teachers have turned to a variety of educational platforms to educate students such as the school’s website, WhippleHill, Google Classroom, Pear Deck, YouTube, Khan Academy, Zoom, and Google Meet. DuSaules said the administration’s preparation was what allowed the school to reopen safely in the fall. “We all put a lot of time into these plans over the summer, and we all got very little sleep,” DuSaules said. “In all honest truth, I walk the halls and feel proud of all the work we did over the summer to make sure that we opened school back as safely as possible.” Hybrid Model from page 1 classes, Tatum planned on remaining a fully virtual learner for now. “It is definitely a huge risk to just start being in more contact with people for longer hours than for just certain days,” Tatum said. McManus also ex-

pressed concern about a possible resurgence of the virus during colder months and possible spread as a result of holiday travel. “Especially since it’s around the holidays, the school should wait a little longer before opening up full time, considering that people could travel during the holiday season,” McManus said. Another concern expressed by students is what happens after a vaccine is found. Students shared their worries about another outbreak if everyone stops social distancing and wearing masks. Both Tatum and McManus agreed that wearing a mask would be vital during flu seasons at school for a couple of years, even if a vaccine is found. “Even though it is uncomfortable, we still want to make sure that this virus doesn’t somehow come back,” Tatum said. Both Tatum and McManus said that there is nothing they would change about the current system. However, in order for the system to be effective, it is each person’s responsibility to follow social distancing and safety guidelines for the health of all in the community. “Everyone should wear a mask at all times,” Tatum said. “You shouldn’t take others’ health for granted just because you feel safe enough to not wear one.” Seniors, from page 3 This time was also challenging for students that were leaving or entering new communities, such as Senior Hunter Richardson, though he was able to learn and benefit from his time spent at home. “I left my former school about ten days before quarantine started and enrolled in an online school,” said Richardson. “I had no idea



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Photo by Nicholas Arensman Seniors show their school spirit during the annual Homecoming pep rally on November 13. that everyone else would be doing the same process in less than two weeks. However, since I was only enrolled to finish certain graduation requirements, I only took three classes through a self-paced program. As a result, I was able to successfully balance my job, which was also done remotely, and my school work, allowing me to truly learn the value of time management.” This experience allowed some students, including Senior Monte Lewis, the time to reflect and better themselves for their next, and final, year of high school.

“I worked on myself a lot—from mentally preparing for what the year may bring to physically preparing all summer for the football season—but the time I had alone to myself with no distractions benefited me a lot in a very good way,” Lewis said. “Now I’m just looking forward to what the rest of the year brings.” Sports Wrap, from page 2 The team has also lost the opportunity to cheer at many normal festivities, such as the school’s pep rallies and the annual Back to School BBQ. However,

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that has not prevented them from cheering on the football team at their games. “The team has gotten so close this year in such a short amount of time. It usually takes a while for people to get comfortable with each other, but this year we all bonded really quickly over the summer,” Royerre said. “We’ve been practicing more challenging stunts and routines to show off for our competition this year, and we’ll be doing them at the games soon once we get more practice and perfect them.”

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