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Bowling Green High School • 1801 Rockingham Lane, Bowling Green, KY 42104 • Vol. 58, Issue 6 • May 17, 2018 •

Women dominate top 6

Nupur Chhachhi

Cora Hurt

College Plans: Emory University

College Plans: Western Kentucky University

If she was an animal: Dog

Best advice: It’s not about how much

Something they would’ve done differently:

intelligence you were born with, it’s about

Not stress so much about small things

how hard you work

Best memory: Prom night junior year

Something she would’ve done differently:

Where they see themselves in 20 years: Well-

Gone out more

traveled and working in a nice business firm

Best memory: Playing in the pep band

with a family

Where she sees herself in 20 years: Still playing her instrument

Mini Ganesh

Ann Marcum Hines

College Plans: Harvard University

College Plans: University of Kentucky

Something she would’ve done differently:

Favorite class: Newspaper

Wouldn’t change anything

Best advice: Appreciate the little things in life.

Best advice: Never give up on anything you

Something she would’ve done differently:

want to accomplish


Best memory: Getting into Harvard

Best memory: Meeting my best friends

Where she sees herself in 20 years: Working

Where she sees herself in 20 years:

in a private equity firm

Uhhhhhhhhhhhh, good question.

Lauren Cravens

Jillian Jackson

College Plans: University of North Carolina at

College Plans: University of Kentucky

Chapel Hill

Favorite substitute: Ms. Minnish

Something she would’ve done differently:

Something she would’ve done differently:

Attend more sports games

Go to the football games as a regular person

Best memory: Going on the Europe trip

instead of in the band

Worst advice: Don’t apply to too many

Where she sees herself in 20 years: Married


with kids and working as an optometrist

Best advice: Try your best

Best advice: Don’t worry about your grade, I got you

what’s inside social @BGPurpleGem

State education legislation hits home

Adderall abuse on the rise

Baseball season a mixed bag

Crispito crackdown: Foe or friend?

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Issue 6, Volume 58

Rallying for Change: BGHS moves forward u ann pollard

On April 13, hundreds of teachers rallied at the Kentucky State Capitol.

u ruthie kesri With the rallying cry of hundreds of teachers echoing into the capitol building, Kentucky lawmakers voted on April 13 to override Governor Matt Bevin’s veto of a twoyear state budget that proposes a $480 million tax increase to aid public education spending. The two-year state operating budget breaks records for public education spending in Kentucky; the budget increases the cigarette tax by 50 cents and places a 6% sales tax on a number of services, including home and auto repairs. Gov. Matt Bevin vetoed the

budget proposal, calling it, “sloppy” and “non-transparent.” The veto further placed pressure on Republican lawmakers by inciting them to vote a second time on a tax increase in an election year; however, the Republican majorities in both the House and Senate voted to override the bill. “We have to have this revenue to fund our schools,” said Republican Representative Regina Huff, a middle school special education teacher. On the contrary, the Democratic minority sided with Gov. Bevin, for different reasons however, claiming the budget proposal benefits the wealthy

while disproportionately harming the poor. Their hope was that by vetoing the bill altogether, Gov. Bevin would’ve been forced to call a special session of the state legislature to pass a new budget. “The new tax code that has been passed will hurt lower income families while assisting families who are more wealthy; the code isn't written in a fiscally responsible way,” said Jessie Baker, a science teacher at BGHS. Republican lawmakers who voted for the bill were instigated by a passionate array of teachers who came together from all parts of Kentucky to rally in favor of overriding the budget proposal; the teachers

during lab day, especially because Kim’s older sister is a GSP alumnae. “She also made friends there, so I thought it would be a fun experience and decided to try it out.” said Kim. GSA acceptee McAllister, who will study vocal music, was taken aback, but happy after being accepted. “My friend just texted me and said congratulations and then I was very surprised because I didn’t expect to get in,” said McAllister. “This year was for the experience rather than thinking of getting in because I’m a sophomore.” Compton, who will study creative writing at GSA, was confident about the results and “expected to get in.” Martin was comfortable with his decisions, but was “shocked” to be in vocal music rather than creative writing for GSA since he believed he botched his audition. “I didn’t use my music for reference when I was singing,” said Martin. “That turned out to be poor, and so [they] stopped me and asked if I

wanted to use [my reference sheet], and it went very well after that, but it was very nerve-wracking. Martin was also excited to additionally get into GSE after undergoing the application process. The program helps young individuals sharpen their entrepreneurial skill. “I had to create a small video highlighting that I’m an entrepreneur to make it worthwhile for them to invest in me to go to GSE,” said Martin. Kim hopes to take a lot from GSP and learn, but also hopes to “have fun and meet new people.” Johnson’s goal at GSP is to “gain a sense of independence” before college. “I’m thinking of going outof-state and just seeing if I can acclimate to a lifestyle without my family nearby since I haven’t [been without my family] for that long before,” said Johnson. “It helps with applications and I hope to gain new friendships.” McAllister hopes to gain a greater knowledge of music and “not a very narrow experience.”

echoed similar sentiments of educators around the country— namely in parts of Oklahoma and Arizona— who were likewise protesting insufficient public education funds. Unlike their counterparts in other states, however, Kentucky teachers have not yet asked for a raise. They are instead shifting their focus and energy into rallying for education funding and their pensions. “I went to the pension protest, along with Ms. Croney and Ms. Fatkin, with the hope that my voice would be heard. I didn't know if us protesting would actually work, but it did; all of our protesting stalled the bill, legislators were forced to listen to our predicament. The bill was changed due to our protests,” said Rachel Swift, an English teacher at BGHS. Gov. Bevin, on the other hand, fervently opposes the teachers protests; he erroneously said that, “somewhere in Kentucky today a child was sexually assaulted that was left at home because there was nobody there to watch them,” and that, “a child was physically harmed or ingested poison because they were home alone because a single parent didn’t have any money to take care of them,” on a video posted to Twitter by a reporter for WDRB-TV. His statement was widely circulated and criticized for its content and apathetic tone. Gov. Bevin later issued an

apology, but many teachers felt that the nature of his statement overshadowed any rectification an apology could hope to make. “Rather than focusing on the real problem that such horrific acts are happening in our society, he took that focus and put it onto blaming teachers. The focus should have been on how we can help these children and what resources we can give them. He took something that’s truly horrific and made it into a political play,” said Cristen Olson, a chemistry teacher at BGHS. Due to the new state-operating budget, BGHS will lose one teacher position and several aide positions. “The only things I can think of that are affecting the school directly is that we are losing one teacher position and a couple of aide positions, but we are having a few teachers retiring so that should take care of itself. Outside of that, you won't notice any difference. We are still moving forward with our construction of a new school building,” said William King, the principal of BGHS. On the whole, the new budget proposal will have a small impact on the goings-on in BGHS; the money coming into the school will decrease minimally due to inflation, but the school will proceed as normal. “The budget is not perfect, but we can work with it,” said King.

Many to attend GSP, GSA, GSE u amrit avula Recently, students at BGHS were notified of their acceptances into three of Kentucky’s premier summer residential programs: the Governor’s Scholars Program (GSP), the Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA) and the Governor’s School for Entrepreneurship (GSE). Juniors Olivia Johnson, Nick Westray, Kate Lawless, Ben Carter, Riley Marshall, Rob Lawless, Ava Paskiewicz, Grace Klusty, and Yeju Kim were accepted into GSP. Sophomores Erin McAllister and Ian Tweedy along with juniors Sean Compton, Cole Vaughn, and Zack Martin were chosen to represent BGHS at GSA. Additionally, Martin was notified of acceptance into GSE. For Johnson, the news was relieving, especially after the extensive application process for GSP. “I was pretty excited when I found out,” said Johnson. “It’ll be a good opportunity.” Kim had a similar reaction after hearing from Ms. Swiney

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From left to right: Cole Vaughn, Erin McAllister, Ian Tweedy, Zach Martin were accepted into GSA Not pictured: Sean Compton.

“I hope to meet people who have the same passion for music that I have and connect,” said McAllister. Compton emphasized the importance of applying in order to gain valuable summer

experiences. “You really have to commit yourself to the application process and there are many forms to fill out but at the end of the day it’s worth it,” said Compton.

Commencement processes undergo change u jack eason

In a shocking move, BGHS and BGISD administration announced that the procedures for this year’s commencement would change significantly from years prior. Most notably, officials have decided to introduce a ticketing process to the ceremony. Each member of the class of 2018 will receive ten tickets at

the senior picnic after commencement practice; community members can request up to an additional four tickets through a link located within the official announcement. After years of unlimited entry, district officials cited safety concerns as the reason for limiting admittance, saying, “The decision to change procedures was made to address safety concerns and to

create a more comfortable environment to celebrate graduates with family and friends.” in an official statement released on the district website in early April. Reactions from graduates and community members have been mixed. Many emphasized the removal of large crowds of students from other schools as a benefit of the new policy. Students with larger

families have expressed dismay at the policy as it may cause them to choose between their favorite aunt and their younger sibling. Many students also question why commencement could not be moved to Diddle arena on WKU’s campus in order to allow for a greater capacity. Another group of students feel equally passionate about keeping graduation at

BGHS. “[The changes] are stupid,” said senior Tessa Wright. Wright has a large family and feels that the ticketing process is unfair to people with more relatives than others. Regardless of students feelings, good or bad, the changes have gone into effect and administration have no plans to change them.



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Science classes deepen learning with lab day

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Each year the advanced placement science courses at BGHS have a lab day. This year it occurred on Apr. 13. Both AP Biology and AP Chemistry students spent first through sixth period in their respective science classes performing different labs. By allotting an entire day to doing labs the students get to do a lot more than they normally would. The extended time period also allows students to perform labs which they couldn't normally because of the time constraints of a single class period. Most experiments require substantial setup time and they also might include time sensitive procedures that can’t be split up between different days. The intent of lab day is to allow students to practice the skills they've obtained in class and demonstrate what they've

learned in a practical way. This can be extremely useful, especially with the oncoming AP tests. “Lab day helps students experience the content they have learned throughout the year in a hands on way which really helps students on the FRQ portion of their AP tests,” said Nick Westray, BGHS junior and AP Biology student. Because lab day is so close to the AP exam date it is also a useful tool for review. Most labs encompass a variety of topics, some of which may have been taught in the beginning of the year, so revisiting them can be very helpful. “Lab day is a much needed refresher on techniques essential for passing the AP exam. Also actually performing what we learn in class helps me understand and remember everything,” said Vaiden Logan, BGHS junior and AP Chemistry student.

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School offers new classes next year

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Between taking three-hourlong tests, writing, and preparing, the AP tests can be a stressful time in students’ lives. However, it can also be a stressful time for teachers, too. The work day seems never ending to some, and with AP tests around the corner, it’s hard to comprehend the extra hours that teachers put into students. Although almost every subject has an AP test, they are not all are treated the same. In 2009 Bill and Melinda Gates started the K-12 Grant through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The grant gives a hundred dollars to teachers who put in extra hours to make their students succeed. The grant also gives teachers an added bonus for each student that passes this test. While this may seem as if it is a genuine gesture, the offer is not available to social studies teachers. A few years ago, the K-12 grant dropped social studies from the list to receive bonuses. Although the grant still continues, there have been no plans to get social studies back on the list. In fact the K-12 foundation is going to put over one billion dollars in education. While teachers are upset, they continue to dedicate hours outside of school to help students succeed. The grant was lost around five years ago for social studies teachers. However, math and

science AP grants prevail. According to an article by Education Week, “Nearly twothirds of the $1.7 billion pledge will go into helping networks of middle and high schools to scale up best practices, and into improved curricula that match state standards for student learning. It conspicuously leaves behind the foundation’s focus, beginning in 2008, on revamping teacher evaluation, teachers’ career progression and pay,” they said. The grant not only gives funding to teachers, but it’s main purpose is to provide an incentive for effective teaching. “A look at the foundation’s recent grantmaking shows that it continued to make teacherrelated grants in 2017, including $2 million for the New Teacher Center to work on teacher leadership; $2 million for the nonprofit Teach Plus, which helps develop teachers as policy leaders; and $1.7 million to the Relay Graduate School of Education to develop a data system for tracking the teachers it prepares,” the article said. While social studies do not get a part of this grant, many teachers find it to be another source to help students. “As I have learned from hundreds of school visits each year, Gates also recognizes that teachers need real curriculum support and professional development to build on the standards,” the AFT’s Weingarten said in the article.

ties to earn college credit hours, so when on the brink of college, they have some courses already covered. It gives opportunities to a variety of students and their interests, such as auto-mechanics and psychology, and it even helps all students attain access to equal opportunities and get to where they need to be. The big idea is that this

helps students get a hold of their future, figure out what they want and run with it. BGHS administration is all about working toward students’ successful futures.

CLUB BEATS u annie hines


Social studies teachers incentivized less

tend their classes on campus and then return to the high school to finish out the remainder of the day. BGHS decided to begin offering these classes to their students so they are given the opportunity and experience college classes early. The administration claims that the variety of classes gives the students many opportuni-

Several members of the BGHS Future Business Leaders of America club attended the FBLA State Leadership Conference held from April 16-18. The conference was held at the Galt House in Louisville, Ky, and allowed BGHS students who placed in the previously held Region 2 Leadership conference at Kentucky Wesleyan University in February. Six different region tournaments took place before the state competition, with the highest placements from each conference competing in the state conference. In the state competition, BGHS Senior Jack Eason placed first in Help Desk. Eason and fellow senior Kyle Rubin placed first in Business Ethics. Other BGHS attendees include junior Liheng Cao, senior Jim Fevold, senior Austin Wilkins and freshman Reed Hensley.


BGHS is now offering over 30 college credit classes for the next school year, 2018-2019, from WKU and SKYCTC. The choices of study range from World Religions to Criminal Justice and many in between. These will be offered to the students for multiple rea-

sons, including giving them a head start for college and possibly even a scholarship. This is a big change for the high school. Students are now able to take classes online at WKU for some of their class periods in order to earn credit from that college. Others who wish to still learn from a teacher are able to join SKYCTC and at-

Thirteen BGHS students recently competed in the 2018 State Family, Career and Community Leaders of America Meeting in Louisville, Ky. The convention began on Sunday, March 25, and participants spent four days learning about and competing in various FCCLA programs. Two STAR Events groups will compete at the National FCCLA Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia from June 28 to July 2. Students Mercedes Butts, Adaia Beason and Zaria Spurling-Morris will compete in Illustrated Talk and student Kho Zum Be will compete in Fashion Construction. Club sponsor Phyllis Sweat stated on the accomplishments of her team, “The key to success is to begin early with event and practice, practice and more practice.”

Young Reps

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Liheng Cao and Samuel Chang veiw brine shrimp under a microscope during AP Biology lab day.

Posters were scattered around the hallway for weeks advertising a newly organized club, the BGHS Young Republicans. In the midst of a divisive and fractured political climate, students at BGHS are taking a stand to further develop their beliefs and involvement in politics. The Young Republicans Club was started by President Bishop Long, a junior, and Vice President Drew Lawless, a freshman, and the club is sponsored by JROTC leader Major Roy Henson. The students plan to lay the framework this last quarter for a full fledged, heavily involved club next year. Membership has grown quickly, with a total of 66 students joining, and recruitment is continuing. In the short time since their formation, the BGHS Young Republicans have raised money for a Warren County family who lost their house to a fire, and the club plans to continue this focus on community service in the coming years. People who are interested in learning about the club may contact Henson, Long or Lawless for more information.

Crispitos: Delicious or disgusting?

A crispito is a warm hug u jack eason I would like to preface this article by pointing out the fact that our cafeteria gets about two dollars per student to fix lunch. The staff works incredibly hard to prepare a variety of good lunches on a shoestring budget. One lunch option, however, rises above the rest and takes its rightful place in the BGHS cafeteria hall of fame: The Crispito. If somehow you’re not familiar with this lunchroom manna, a crispito consists of taco meat rolled in a quesadilla and baked. The meat-filled tubes are then topped with hot nacho cheese and served with a side of rice. There’s a few things that contribute to the greatness of the crispito: They’re filling, they’re tasty, and they’re a great way to end the week. The crispito serves as a perfect lunch. It’s not so much food that it makes you sleepy during your fifth period, but it fills you up enough that you don’t need a snack as soon as you get home. The biggest plus, however, about crispitos is the taste, which is truly greater than the sum of its parts.

Somehow the crispy tortillas, savory taco meat, and rich nacho cheese combine to create a truly magnificent cafeteria creation that tastes absolutely extraordinary. Some may argue that crispitos are just the best of a mediocre lunchroom menu, making them unworthy of my praise. That’s untrue. I believe crispitos would be a desirable

upset stomachs

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One of the big debates of the school cafeteria is which meal deserves to go into the School Lunch Hall of Fame. One prevalent nominee is the crispito. Students describe the delectable nacho cheese on top of a crisp tortilla filled with ground beef with a side of spicy Mexican rice. However, Crispitos aren’t

Maria Hinkle, a cafeteria worker, serves crispitos, a cafeteria staple served every other Friday. appealing to the eye with their greasy crisp outside and their topping of nacho cheese that deflates like a balloon when poked with a knife or fork. Your day is going great until you are on your way home, then you throw up in the car, knowing the last thing you ate was a crispito. That

was the experience I had that made me quickly change my point of view on crispitos. Now the cafeteria staff are not to blame for this; rather, the culprit is the minute budget that the school has to work with. It is the quality of the ingredients that the staff has to work with that prohibits them from making tasty meals. A student can get a crispito, a scoop of rice, a fruit or vegetable serving, and a drink in the lunch line all for the same price as a couple items in the deli line. Rather than remove crispitos off the menu as a whole, it would be more beneficial if crispitos got a revamp. In order to do this though, one possible solution would be to practically eliminate majority of the merchandise sold in the deli line. Not only would it increase the budget spent to make Crispitos using all-natural, quality ingredients but also increase the budget for all lunch options. While this change will most likely never happen, theoretically, it is definitely possible and could be the answer the cafeteria is looking for. For now though, BGHS will stick with the subpar crispitos it serves in the cafeteria weekly.

Fear just as important as willpower in motivation, pursuit of goals u yash singh The common belief that “too much of a good thing can be a bad thing” holds truth, as anything in excess can be detrimental. When dealing with anxiety or fear versus willpower, many people automatically jump to the conclusion that fear should be dominated by confidence and willpower, but both of these concepts are important. A balance of fear and willpower can keep people from crossing lines that could potentially endanger them,

but could also give someone the confidence to pursue genuine goals. A single decision can be the turning point in a person’s life, whether that decision affects that person in the present or one that may affect them in the future; the ability to make a significant decision requires willpower of some kind. One concept that many people seem to overlook is that of willpower, and the influence it can have on our lives. Many of us, myself included, have been afraid to pursue certain goals because of fear or anxiety, with the thought of “what if things

don’t work out?” or “what if I’m not good enough?” With an appropriate amount of confidence, goal setting and goal achievement is definitely well within reach. “The will to act” is an important concept but willpower alone is not the most healthy trait. Society has taught us that being “fearless” is the apex of solving life’s obstacles or dealing with problems, but is that really always the case? As important as confidence is, the fact that fear exists is a blessing; fear keeps us from attmpting things that would be oherwise impossible or

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dangerous, but also allows us to pursue things that are in our range of achievement. Fear in excess is obviously not a good thing, as it can prove inhibitory for a person who is trying to accomplish a goal. Although this is true, people really only focus on the negative aspect of fear, without considering the benefits of our natural line of defense against threats. The evolutionary viewpoint is that the very existence of fear proves that the chemicals our body emits when danger is present, is ultimately necessary for our survival.

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menu item at any tex-mex establishment. This may be my sentimental senior side coming out, but all throughout high school, crispitos have been there for me, serving as a shining beacon at the end of a rough week. A crispito is like a warm hug.

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As a part of my personal religious journey, I have explored the typical arguments against my Christian faith. Given the rise in popularity of atheism since 9/11, I was quick to dissect the reasons behind belief in no God, and I found that a few arguments rose above the rest in currency. The standard line sounds like this: “I only believe in that which can be proven by the scientific method. Religious faith and the existence of God cannot be tested by the scientific method. Therefore, I can maintain neither religious faith nor a belief in the existence of God.” This claim leaves many questions about meaning and morality unanswered. Fortunately, it’s self-refuting. Scientific atheists assume all sorts of things (e.g. that the laws of nature will be obeyed in all circumstances) on faith. The most significant of these assumptions is that the universe is full of discernable facts and is not governed randomly; this assumption was the motivation behind Stephen Hawking’s search for the theory of everything. As Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger pointed out, that the universe is full of discernable facts implies an intelligent cause. This isn’t the only place where atheism doesn’t meet the standard of reason it sets for others; atheism cannot make objective moral claims because it lacks an objective moral authority. Evolution, that proof of divine providence, has no way to explain by itself why human life is valuable. The reason we in the West, including many atheists, value human life per se is because our society is founded on objective, religious principles that state that we are all created in the image of God. Atheism is unable to support this claim since it implicitly requires that truth be subjective. This is not to imply that there are no moral atheists, but only that atheists who are upright behave according to the religious moral codes upon which Western civilization was built. This brings up a troubling point: in the absence of a moral lawgiver whom people of faith call “God”, we have no way to decide what is really right and wrong, or, in the words of Dostoevsky, “If God did not exist, everything would be permitted.” Nietzsche, the infamous atheist who, after attempting to play God’s coroner, had an existential crisis in his mid-forties, agreed that an absence of God means an absence of objective morals. He also pointed out that what a person believes can tell us a lot about that person’s character. If all philosophies double as autobiographies of those who hold them, then how should we consider the one who claims that there is no meaning to life, who asserts as an objective truth that objective truth does not exist, who states as a moral fact that there are no moral facts, and who denies the existence of existence itself?



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High school hand-me-downs

Siblings express sophomore, senior perspectives class of

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Brothers Kyle (left) and Cole (right) Rubin stand together on the beach at Hilton Head Island in North Carolina. Photo submitted by Kyle Rubin.

class of

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It’s hard to believe that my upcoming college experience will begin in a mere handful of months. The toughest parts about college right now are leaving

u daman cusick We all want to make money, right? Well, maybe you should get a job… seriously. Getting a job in high school can give students much more than money, many of skills worth more than the money itself. These skills include the things individuals learn and experience, such as how to start supporting yourself without parents, proper chivalry, and simply doing what you love. It’s good to start relying on yourself since you will most likely be out of your parents’ home within a few years anyway. It’s never too early to start. Getting a job as a high school student will begin to teach you how to support yourself. When getting a job in high school, you have to take into consideration that you’re probably 16 or 17 years old, and your competitors are much older with much more work experience. You have to show the employer that you are worth hiring, as I did when

behind the place I called home for five years, the wonderful close friendships I’ve developed and of course my loving family. With that comes the unfortunate loss of a daily brotherhood and ultimate friendship.


With my brother graduating this year, there is a feeling of relief, but, at the same time, a feeling of sadness. I can’t help but be proud of him for his incredible achievements in high school that allowed him not only to get accepted to a top 20 business school but to get scholarship money from that school as well. The problem with that is the school he

intends to attend in the fall of 2018 is out-of-state, and I will only get to see him a few times a year. He is practically my closest friend, and I am so used to having him around that I feel I won’t be able to take it. Most people I talk to who have siblings always complain to me about how annoying their siblings can be or how they never get along. My advice is to not let the little things in life ruin your rela-

tionship with your brother or sister. The last thing you want to happen is to push them out of your life in the future. Some advice for younger siblings who have a brother or sister graduating this year, whether they plan to go in-state or outof-state, is to take these last months to really connect and bond with them. In the long run, all you can do is be happy for them and wish them good luck.

It is sometimes easy to think that your sibling is a blend of your favorite and least favorite person; however, Cole and I managed to be cooperative a majority of the time over my 16 years with him. I have not only shared unforgettable memories from past vacations and adventures we have taken, but he is also essential to my daily routine— something that will be hard to work around. Cole is an all-

around great person in my life and fills every role whether I need advice, a secret keeper, a tennis partner, a breakfast pal, or simply just someone to talk to. He fulfills the gaps in my life that cannot be filled by others as our bond is something unbreakable and priceless that I truly would never jeopardize under any circumstances. Although it may be difficult to cope with not hearing his

contagious laugh, making inside jokes, and talking face-toface with him on a daily basis, at the end of the day he is still my lifelong brother and friend, and I will love him unconditionally despite being hundreds of miles away in a different state. I am beyond thankful (to say the least) for Cole as my younger brother and so-called other half of this generation’s Rubin family.

Chivalry today means manners or social adequacy. Having a job can teach you or improve upon these difaspects of ferent manners such as patience, honesty, and punctuality. Being a worker can be a lot more strict than school with these subjects. Don’t let that scare you. Just prepare for it because your employer will have no time for rudeness or dishonesty, and they could fire you at any time for breaching these social behaviors. When interviewing for the job, make sure to demonstrate your chivalry or social conducts effectively by doing things like making eye contact and relaxing. You don’t want to be lounging in your chair, but you still don’t want to look stiff and nervous, so talk to the interviewer like you know him or

her, but with proper dialect and language. Finally, what I feel is the most important aspect to getting a job in high school, or whenever else you get one, is making sure you love what you’re about to do. Whenever I started looking online for job applications or riding through town looking at all of the “help wanted” signs, I thought deeply about which one I would like best. I took into consideration my personal hobbies and interests, and I finally uncovered one of my passions: movies. Of course, it’s still work and you can’t expect to be watching movies all day, but it’s the environment and atmosphere of the movies that fills me with happiness. I’m always in the place I love most. Most of the time, workplaces will offer employee benefits; in my case I get free movies. If you get to work where you love being, you also get some of those golden benefits. It keeps the stress to a minimum.

Worth more than money

I was interviewed by the Regal cinema. To show that you are better than these competitors, mention your school background. Grades play an important factor when it comes to being hired by employers; they want to know that you will be an educated and good person. Grades can tell alot about a person other than just education. Most people would be afraid to mention school because they think it’s a disadvantage, thinking it shows just how young we are. But use it to your advantage. Show them that you are able to accomplish your goals and perform well in school and other areas such as the workforce. Show them that you have the ability to com-

Part-time jobs equip students with valuable experience

prehend what you are being told and that you can adapt quickly and stay on top. Having good grades has more importance than just getting into college. Getting a job can also improve your chivalry. When I say chivalry, I’m not referring to medieval knights and times.

The Final Countdown

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Opinion Do you trust social media platforms to protect your privacy?

“I do not trust social media to protect my privacy because the government is always watching.” Camille Hiller, senior

“No, because social media websites have a history of selling information for money to advertisers.” Vaiden Logan, junior

“Not really, but its just something we have to get used to.” Brendon McMichael, sophomore

“No, there’s some snake people online who want to share your information always.” Chynnia Conn, freshman

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Facebook scandal raises privacy concerns u tinsley howard Amid the recent Facebook scandal, privacy on social media has come to the forefront of conversation. After Facebook openly admitted to sharing tens of millions of user’s personal information with Cambridge Analytica, an advertising company hired by the Trump campaign, its users have raised questions about how the social media giant protects their information. Even though Facebook has been scrambling to make changes, and have made a few steps in the right direction they still have a lot farther to go before their users trust the platform again. After news broke that Cambridge Analytica had been collecting user information Facebook issued a public statement condemning the company’s violation of trust; however, little has been done to limit third party access to data. And further still little seems to be happening to avoid similar violatons in the future. Advertisers are willing to pay for customer data, and Facebook is willing to sell it even without their user’s consent. This directly conflicts with the idea of users being the customers for such platform. By exploiting and commercializ-

ing this personal information, Facebook has been able to turn a prophet. By definition this makes the users a product. And if we are the product, then Facebook is selling us to advertisers. These issues however have not affected the platform’s popularity. Despite the prominent controversy, social media companies continue to see a rapid rise in users. The increased skepticism also hasn’t affected their financial performance. This demonstrates a larger problem. We publicly call out and shame Facebook and other similar companies for their shortcomings while we continue to use them. According to a 2014 survey by, 91% of social media users agree they have lost control over how thier personal information is colllected, and 80% said they were concerned by the means which the information is collected. It seems logical that if a company betrays your trust as a user you would stop supporting it, but this is just not the case with social media. It has become so embedded in our society that even in light of such a scandal, its user statistics have barely taken a hit.

“By exploiting and commercializing this personal information, Facebook has been able to turn a prophet. By definition this makes the users a product.”

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Senior reflects on high school

from the editor Hanging up the purple and gold The class of 2018 is about to begin their journey. Whether it be college, the military, or the workforce, we’re all about to embark on an exciting endeavor. One drawback of this ‘commencement’ of the rest of our lives is that we’ll have to hang up our purple and gold. Gone, at least temporarily, are the days of sitting in Mrs. Cash’s calculus class, sneaking snacks from the bottom drawer of her file cabinet. Gone are the early morning meet-ups as we head into school with our friends. Gone are the nights of watching the Purples roll over their gridiron opponents. If you’re like me, you probably have amassed a sizeable collection of purple apparel. While it was tempting to go to Sewanee or TCU so I could continue proudly donning my eggplant hued apparel, it’s time to give it up. It’s uncomfortable, anxiety inducing, and scary to leave these tradition filled halls and walk away from our beloved BGHS, but I’m a strong believer in “absence makes the heart grow fonder.” Our absence, while it may seem like forever, is just temporary. Soon we will be among the leagues of loyal alumni, alumni who keep coming back to this place so near and dear to our hearts. It sounds cliche, but ‘18, this isn’t goodbye, it’s just a see ya later. -Jack Eason

u annie hines Four years ago, I climbed out of the passenger seat of my mom’s blue Durango. The ground was coated in sidewalk chalk and “Mommy Drop Off” was scrawled on the pavement my sandals nervously walked across. My mom doesn’t drop me off at school anymore. She doesn’t drive the same car. I lost that pair of sandals. Four years can change you a lot. I want to tell you I’m ready to graduate. I want to tell you that I have become so exhausted with the monotony of high school that I am counting down the days to start a new chapter of my life. I want to tell you that watching this school district unfold around me since I started kindergarten in 2005 has come to a natural, comfortable close. I want to tell you I haven’t fallen in love with the people around me and that I’m ready to leave everything I’ve ever known behind, but I can’t. Most of us have been immersed with the same people for the last 12 years. For the past four years, we have walked into the same building, and it may have been boring and difficult and tiring. But we’ve accomplished a lot; we’ve also watched a community grow, change, and learn. The walls have changed color, The ninth graders transitioned from the Freshman Hallway to an entire upstairs academy. We

read Shakespeare plays, we learned the bones of the body, we practiced integrals and the unit circle and interior angles. We watched (or performed in) Into the Woods, Grease, Hairspray, and Once Upon a Mattress; we watched teams win state titles; we watched The Wedge move from a corner of the commons to a display case in the front of the school. Once, a bathroom flooded and we stayed in fourth period for an extra hour. We traded in club schedule for WIN periods. We got driver’s licenses and cars and Chick-fil-a and tardy slips. We have watched people we’ve known since kindergarten develop into their own person, and we’ve tried to do the same. I’m ready to grow. But I can’t tell you I’m completely ready to graduate. And I can’t sum up the entire high school experience in a newspaper article. I definitely can’t sum up anyone else’s. But I can tell you that I’ve told my little sister to make the most of her four years here. And I’ve told her that I know she hates waking up for school, but eventually there will be no school to wake up for. I can tell you that she rolls her eyes when I give her these lectures at eight in the morning. I can tell you, like countless BGHS alumni have told me, that one day she will feel all of this, too. There’s a lot of things a lot of people will tell you about

high school, but don’t let anybody tell you it’s not art. High school doesn’t necessarily have to be beautiful or fun, and you don’t have to love it or like it or want it, but you could never convince me it doesn’t make people feel just as much as they could in the middle of The Met. Because it’s art when someone shades in their self portrait and watching your best friends’ fingers move up and down the strings of a guitar and catching a lacrosse ball and turning high fives into hugs and being at school at midnight to finish a newspaper. It’s art when you have to stifle a laugh in the back of class because your friends are so funny and it's art when you don’t stifle it at all and the teachers glares but you are so happy. Its art watching the hoards of students clear out of the commons and filming bad videos for Shakespeare projects. There is art in group texts. There is art in long car rides while screaming along to songs. High school is messy and exhausting, but it’s art. In just a few days, we are going to graduate. Wander the halls for the last time. Walk across a stage and move a tassel from the left to the right. Depart on a lot of different adventures. Class of 2018, we have left our mark on BGHS, now let’s make our mark on the world. Go forth and conquer.


The Purple Gem

Track tops girls, boys region u trent wade

The track season has started out fast with a lot of runners winning big in the regular season and sprinting into the postseason. Competitors such as Elvin Fofana and Deshawn Crow have came with a bang early in the season. Fofana, a sophomore, has been a break out sprinter during his first year of track, winning multiple events at different meets. He has quickly become a standout athlete and an important part of the team. Along with Fofana is Crowe, a junior, who has also been a

substantial part of the success they have found. “I just found an event I really enjoy and ended up getting pretty good at it,” Fofana said, speaking about how he came into the track season. “This season has definitely been a blast and I’ve enjoyed every part of it. I’m glad that so many of us were able to do so well,” said Crowe. Last week, the teams, both boys and girls, earned the regional championship. This is a huge step in their program, giving them a confidence boost heading towards state. Not only does this help them

in their mindset, it also made school history. This is the first time in BGHS history that both boys and girls track teams have taken home the hardware and won the regional championship. Everyone has really stepped their game up from last season, according to different runners around the team. They’re looking to send a lot of runners deep into the postseason, all the way to state, using the momentum from becoming regional champs behind them.

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The sound of the the silent cown, waiting to roar after the ball is hit into the outfield. The teams energy at an all time high, waiting to impress the crowd. The baseball team had a good start to their season by winning 5-4 against Franklin Simpson on March 21st. The team currently has a record of 12 wins and 8 losses. At the beginning of the season, the team would be going back and forth almost every game. The team would go from small few game win streaks to small losing streaks. They have gotten away from this recently and they are currently on a 5 game win streak. Bowling Green High School and South Warren High School have had a big rivalry in sports for a while now, and it’s no different in baseball. The team has played three games in the season against SWHS, but have a high change in meeting in districts after the regular season is over. Some of the monumental games played this season were against Greenwood on April 26th beating the team 13-2, Warren East on May 1st beating them 21-0. Each of these games had a big crowd. Bowling Green is ranked 4th in the region, leading behind Russell County in 1st, Franklin-Simpson in 2nd, and Logan County in 3rd. For the second year now, the team has been playing Greenwood in the “playing for mason” game as a fundraiser for the third game of the season against Greenwood. This year, as every year in

Tournament time! The BGHS boys and girls tennis teams have reached the peak of the season and they’re finishing up with a record of 14-6 for the boys and 10-4 for the girls. At the end of the season, seniors approached the postseason determined to finish off the season strongly. In that stance, the rest of the team pulled through with regionals on Saturday, May 5 at Kereiakes Park. After securing the Doubles Region Championship, Amrit Avula and Ronit Patel will compete at State. Dax Evans, the boys tennis coach, feels that the progress the boy’s team has had

Just the Facts

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The Cleveland Cavaliers were defeated by the Boston Celtics in game 1 by a final score of 108-83. The game was never really close and the Celtics had 4 players score over 15 points in the team win. The Western Conference Finals begin Monday, May 14, between the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors, and the James Harden led Houston Rockets. Both series are expected to be close ones, leading to a possibly great NBA Finals matchup.

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The NHL Stanley Cup playoffs are currently in the middle of the Conference Finals. In the Eastern Conference, the Washington Capitals hold a 2-0 lead over the Tampa Bay Lightening. Alex Ovechkin and Nikita Kucherov are having great starts to the series, as Steven Stamkos has 13 points so far in the playoff. In the Western Conference, expansion franchise Las Vegas Golden Knights are down 2-0 against the Winnipeg Jets, the team that defeated the Nashville Predators last round. Mark Scheifele leads the Jets in goals with an impressive 12.

u maggie pollard Top: Junior Trevor Dennis, number 23, prepares to swing at an incoming pitch. Bottom: Max Payne pitches to batter from Warren Central while the game is tied. The final score of the game was a BG victory of 14-5. the past, the game was incredibly packed and had many spectators. BGHS won the match on April 26th with a

score of 13-2. The baseball team has everyon engaged, waiting for the outcome of the season.

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throughout the year has grown exponentially and even rivaled that of last year. “By playing good competition I think everybody has improved. They have the desire to win and want to be one of the top programs in the state. They have learned to compete and are more driven than teams in the past,” Evans added. In preparation for next year’s season, Coach Evans stated that he really want team to enhance on their skills since this was the last set of seniors. “Losing the two seniors will hurt, especially Amrit, but I think the future is really bright for the next 3-4 years. We won't lose anyone for two years. Their success will be deter-

mined on how hungry they are and how much work they put in during the off season. Leadership and having positive role models. Amrit & Kyle have been great in both areas. We will also miss having someone as dominant and successful as Amrit. He has had a tremendous career,” said Evans. Coaching teenagers can be a difficult profession but Evans said “creating meaningful bonds with them and being able to make a difference on and off the court, it helps shape them to become good young men. Also seeing them grow and succeed is one of the best feelings a coach can have.”

The NFL draft occurred on April 26. The Cleveland Browns used their first and fourth overall picks on quarterback Baker Mayfield (1st) and cornerback Denzel Ward (4th). The New York Giants then added highly touted runningback Saquon Barkly from Penn State. Many quarterbacks were taken in the first round, all of which have high expectations for their careers. The Tennessee Titans made use of their picks, selecting pass rushers Rashaan Evans and Harold Landry. Popular quarterback from the University of Louisville, Lamar Jackson, was selected with the last pick of the first round. He joined the Baltimore Ravens, a team with an aging quarterback.


The Purple Gem

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Softball searches for answers u kyle rubin

The Lady Purples softball teamis closing the season on an rough mark as the team was not able to clinch a solid spot within the Region 4 standings among teams including South Warren, Greenwood, and Warren East. Despite their 3-9 record, the team is still seeded above two thers in the region. Although the team has lost veteran starting varsity players sophomores Madison Dillard and Jade Nichols during mid-season, the team still seems to be pushing through with a massive victories over John Hardin, Russellville, and Monroe County, a great confidence boost for the team. Most recently, BG played against rival Greenwood on May 1 whom they lost to earlier this season 2-8 with a struggling hitting core, a weak bullpen, and lack of team chemistry during that matchup. However, the team saw a burst of inspiration a mere two weeks later with a close 8-14 against the Lady Gators showing improved of-


fense, fielding, and pitching. The team is showing great promise for the near future as they are loaded with a youthful squad that will eventually blossom into a star-studded team, all they need is time. The team believes that with strong leadership, plenty of practice, and a sense of confidence that they are looking to develop this year. The Lady Purples will not be losing a single player to graduation this year which will give them advantages for the next years ahead. First, it will give them an edge when playing district teams as a majority are currently relying on seniors for their success.. Additionally, the extensive depth of BG will allow for quicker and more effective development of key players since they are going to spend early junior high until their senior years to improve as players. Finally, team chemistry will be at an all-time high as they will not be losing players for the next few years which will secure bonds between teammates.

Seniors continue athletic careers at college level

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Dazhon Blakey was the Purple featured back in a rotation with Vito Tisdale. Blakey led the team in rushing attempts, rushing yards, and rushing touchdowns. He impressively averaged 1 touchdown a game. Blakey was on two Purples state championship teams. Blakey will continue his football career at Kentucky Christian this upcoming fall. Madison Carby, a soccer player, scored 11 goals for the Lady Purples in her senior season. Carby was also a starter throughout her junior year, while getting playing time her sophomore season on

the varsity team. She will be continuing her soccer and academic career at Trevecca Nazarene University. Soccer goalie Bailey Cross’ impressive goalie play earned her a scholarship to play at Southern Illinois University this upcoming fall. She played many strong seasons for the Lady Purples. Justice Dingle, who transferred to BGHS his junior year, led the Purples football team as outside linebacker. He racked up 183 total tackles, averaging 7.3 per game. He will play at Georgia Tech. Jaden Harris stepped up toward the end of the season, playing safety for the Purples. Harris totaled 20 total tackles

and an interception in his final year as a Purple. Harris was a part of two state championships in his sophomore and junior years. He will be continuing his football career at Lindsey Wilson College. Devan Jackson, a linebacker, will also be continuing his football career at Lindsey Wilson. Jackson was second on the team in total tackles with 91. He also tallied three fumble recoveries, the second most on the team.. Jackson earned two state championships and was a two-year starter. Another football player, Ziyon Kenner, will be continuing his football and academic career at Austin Peay State University. Kenner totaled a

team high 801 yards and 9 recieving touchdowns. Kenner joins former Purple Deangelo Wilson in the recieving core at APSU. Kenner helped lead the Purples team to a 10-3 record. Jarius Key led the Bowling Green Purples basketball team to a district championship, all while leading the team in both team scoring and rebounds. Key was also a key player off the bench his junior year on the state championship team. Key will join Motlow State Community College, a JUCO in Tullahoma, Tenn., known for moving players up to Division I play. Shea Moore, a setter for the Lady Purples volleyball team, will be continuing her career at

LaX teams grow through season u daniel gazaryan The lacrosse season is underway for both girls and boys teams. Both teams have only been playing for 2 years, in those two years, both teams have accomplished many accolades. The girls lacrosse team earned their first win against Tates Creek on April 30th. The team's record is now one win with eight losses. Although one and eight might not seem like a stellar record, in reality that is a big accomplishment for the team. The team played like a family in all their games, and no matter the outcome, they would still be happy and go home as a family. Senior offensive middle attacker Camille Hiller believes thinks this season was better than last, saying “This season was a lot more or-

ganized than before. Our team has improved a lot and we had many games to further develop our skills.” The team still has time to improve their game, they have many more seasons to come. The boys team has also been putting a lot of work into their season perfecting their skills and strengthening the team dynamic. The boys team’s record is 66, which is a very good record for a new team. During district play, the team puts in lots of practice time to acheive their goal of making it to state. Sophomore defenseman Brendan McMichael said, “We started the season slow, but after playing two to three games we picked up the pace and started playing much better.” McMichael also feels the

Cumberland University. Moore helped lead the Purples to an impressive 25-9 record in her senior season. Keely Morrow, a senior for the Lady Purples basketball team, was instrumental to the successful region championship win. Morrow averaged 22.6 points a game and added an average 8.8 rebounds per game. Hockey player Geneva Napier will continue her hockey and academic career at Liberty University this upcoming fall. Napier has been playing in tournaments around the nation the last few years, and her impressive goalie play awarded her a college scholarship.

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Senior Tinsley Howard laughs with teammates before their pre-game ritual. The girls lacrosse team secured the program’s first victory this year, winning in overtime over Tates Creek on April 30. Mary Margaret Bryant, Sophie Baumgarten, and Jade Adwell were named Commonwealth Division All-Stars this season, another hallmark of the team’s success development. team have a big chance in making it to state, “If we play as a team with confidence and start the games out strong, we have a big chance to make it to state.” Many players, like McMichael, are confident in the team, and have high hopes for the season. Both teams are doing well

in their own aspects, but they are still new teams and they should play better with chemistry over the coming years of practices and workouts. Senior players like Hiller may be graduating this year and moving on, but will always be keeping lacrosse in their heart. The players are also thrilled that they could be a

part of the two first inaugural seasons for lacrosse. They all believe its very important that they started something like this for BGHS, and want to see lacrosse get sanctioned by KHSAA and the teams to continue and win many more games.


Arts & Entertainment Local Music Feature: The Purple Gem


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Feel-good music to blast during days at the pool and late summer nights. All genres, all good vibes.

On Saturday, April 21 thousands of local record stores hosted Record Store Day events with special Record Store Day edition albums and LPs. Tons of people go out with their recently earned paychecks cashed in and burning a hole in their pocket to buy freshly printed vinyls hot from the factory, eager to get home and tear open the cellophane wrapping that encloses a master hit. Many different record stores and music shops throw parties to honor this nation wide event, hosting local food venues and local bands to come out and preform. Mellow Matt's Music and More, Bowling Green’s local music store hosted an official Record Store Day party where multiple local bands came out to perform. The Rough and Tumble, Dos Cabrones, Captain Deen, Kyle Fredericks, Full Frontal Saurus, The Cartoons, and Kenzie Crowe and the flaming hots all performed. So many of the local bands prevalent today are fairly new. Deen Collier, however, has been playing music in the Bowling Green area for over 30 years, starting in 1987 in a band with his brother in 1988. In 1992, when Deen was 15 years old, he joined a band named “Section 8” which soon became known as “Marijuana Catfish” which became very

popular during Bowling Green’s grunge era.“And from there it gets crazy,” said Deen, “Various projects, studio sessions, cover bands, I moved to Nashville to find work in and around the music business all between 1998-2002.” Deen had always wanted to just write and record his own music, so in 2013 he did just that with the band known as “Captain Deen.” Deen said that he describes Captain Deen as a punk heavy rock fusion. “Some said it was doom, or stoner rock, sludge perhaps…The full blast onslaught of distortion on the guitars, bass, and vocals...and the bombastic intensity of the drums gave it a dirty feeling. So I thought of it is Scummy Music or Scum Punk. Had a nice ring to it.” “I gave up on the career concept around age 35. I’ve seen it first hand in Nashville Record companies and booking agencies don’t want “old” people. It's not about talent, it’s about looks and finding something marketable.” Record Store Day 2018 was the official last show for the Captain Deen project. For five years Deen has been entertaining people by playing the lead bass and the role as a captain, but like any great captain there is always a time to hang the hat up and start something new. “Now that this Captain Deen project is over, I’m ready to get back to playing drums full time and hopefully something good that

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Kenzie Crowe of Kenzie Crowe & the Flaming Hots playing and singing at Record Store Day in the parking lot in front of Mellow Matts Music and More. Multiple local bands particpated in this nationwide celebration during Mellow Matt’s official party. I actually like comes along. Not sure where it’s going, but I just know I’ll always be playing.” Kenzie Crowe, of Kenzie Crowe & the Flaming Hots said that her group has been going on for three to four years and even before that, her and her sister Laila had been in a fiddler band for some time before. Crowe has been playing music for over 13 years of her life and will continue to perform with the Flaming Hots for the near foreseeable future. When asked what she thought of the local music scene in Bowling Green, Crowe said that the local scene was super

inviting and supportive of all different kinds of music. Kenzie Crowe and the Flaming Hots classify themselves as alternative rock. “Were not full on rock but we get to that point sometimes.” Crowes inspiration for writing is things that happen to her. “Inspiration to perform is to make people dance and have a good time” said Crowe. the Flaming Hots are not like every other band, because the band consists of just the Crowe family: Kenzie, Laila, Kevin, and Carol Crowe. They all have very important roles in the band and they can work together and collaborate as a team and a family.

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In her free time Kenzie enjoys taking photos on film cameras and writing music for the band to enjoy. Kenzie Crowe and the Flaming Hots music is a available on youtube and the majority of music websites. Both of these bands have offered and continue to offer the Bowling Green community so much positivity and enjoyment to the people. These bands have made people smile, laugh, and dance till the cows come home. They will continue to inspire and influence local musicians and others who want to be more involved in the community.

Infinity War stuns viewers

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u yash singh What makes a story great? From an critical point of view it may be consistency, continuity, plot line, character development, conflict, or the resolution. Rarely does a story continue so far as to expand into an entire saga, let alone have a successful sequel. With as many movies as Marvel Studios has produced in its cinematic universe, there is very little margin for error, but Avengers: Infinity War doesn’t disappoint. With an actionpacked beginning, the movie doesn’t waste time in drawing all of our beloved superheroes into a singular conflict that has has been building up since the release of the first Avengers movie in 2012. The strategy used by Marvel to ensure the stability and structure of the MCU, one which was unfortunately neglected by the unsuccessful DC Comics extended universe, was taking the time to make excellent films that are subtly related to each other. This builds up excitement from the audience as they look for-

ward to the cinematic finale. In the history of cinema, never before has there been such an interconnected and complex universe of films which exists in the same continuity as the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), which started with the largely successful Iron Man, and the latest movie being Avengers: Infinity War. This being the third movie in the Avengers trilogy, is the culmination of many plotlines that were introduced from other movies within the MCU and will change the course of the entire story forever. One of the most amazing and admirable things about the movie is that directors Joe and Anthony Russo manage to successfully bring together over 20 heroes to fight a common foe. The individual character screen time was evenly balanced, enjoyable, and not choppy or too focused on one person. Not once does the thought come to mind, “oh there are too many characters in this movie,” which was main concern of many fans.

Marvel fans have long been waiting for this climactic film with much enthusiasm and anticipation, therefore entailing a warm and reaction from audiences. A threat that has been talked about amongst fans for years, an antagonist that once resided only in post-credit scenes, the Mad Titan Thanos is finally unleashed as he continues his journey of finding the six infinity stones that grant him the power to destroy half of the universe. With a villain such as this, there is bound to be some intense drama and action within the movie as the Avengers face their greatest threat yet. While action and drama is plentiful throughout the movie, a true MCU movie isn’t complete without a good sense of humor, which Infinity War definitely embodies; with the audience laughing at every joke, the successful intertwinement of humor, heartfelt moments, and stunning action sequences combine for a truly captivating film.



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Adderall abuse on the rise in high schools u peter guthrie

In one sense, it’s hard to blame professional athletes for using performance-enhancing drugs. After all, they live in a world that sees them as a collection of statistics — their otherworldly feats of prowess and grace are

boiled down into much more digestible numbers, like batting averages, rushing yards, re-

the promise to boost all those numbers, it is at all surprising that it finds plenty of eager users? Students are similarly defined and therefore entrapped by statistics: GPAs, ACT scores, tuition prices, scholarship sizes, acceptance rates, and college rankings, to name a few. In an environment where numbers seem all-controlling— college dictating choices, college affordability, and career prospects—it’s no surprise that performance-enhancing drugs find an eager consumer base in schools too. Adderall, which is prescribed as a treatment u danny dempsey for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), has become the drug of choice to boost academic performance. One 2013 Founbounds dation survey found that 13 per game, percent of American teens and home runs, had abused Adderall or its all of which are used cousin ADHD drug, Ritalin, to justify the most important at some point in their lives, number of all in the athletic which was a rate 33 percent world: salary. So when a pill higher than the data just five or injection comes along with years before. The same study

Palm reading: Your life is in your hands u margaret pollard

Everyone is curious of their future and seeks guidance in a world that is so troubling and confusing. Life is unpredictable and the idea that someone has the knowledge and abilities to guide you in the right path is something people are either skeptical about or super interested in. Especially in a town like Bowling Green, not many people palm read or predict the future, but junior Diksha Mishra practices and is learning about reading palms When reading my palm she said that I was going to have three very strong relationships in my life and one of them may be a marriage. She also said that my life line and personal life were linked and she didn't really know what it

meant, but knew it was rare among the palms she has read. ¨I'm still a beginner but I'm trying to do it in the future and learn more about it,” said Diksha. She actively learns through the internet and hopes to keep practicing and continuing her skills. It is quite a mystical practice that is very interesting, yet unsettling at the same time. Her interest in palm reading was sparked by her grandfather when she was young. ¨Basically when I was young, my grandpa would grab my hand and look all around it. I asked him what he was doing and he said he was just reading my hands. I asked him to teach me some basics,¨ said Diksha. She began to learn basic palm

reading like how many kids you could have and how many significant relationships you could have. Diksha believes that palm reading is a prediction of the future based on current personality and the lines on your hand can change as you get older to reflect development. She addressed that palm reading isn’t concrete answers to the future, and understands people skepticism. “I understand why people may have doubt about palmistry, however, just like the weather forecast changes and is not always accurate, the lines on a person's palm can alter.” Diksha gained attention after her sophomore year when she asked to see someone’s palm because she was curious about what she could find out. After she read one,

found that 26 percent of teens believe these drugs can boost test scores and academic performance. Perhaps most tragically, they’re wrong. According to a University of Alabama, Birmingham study, stimulants generally don’t boost test performance— practically all of the academic benefits of Adderall are accounted for by the placebo effect. Another study in the journal Addictive Behaviors that observed 898 college students without ADHD concluded that students who used stimulants “gained no detectable advantages over their peers.” The risks, however, are very real. Students are incredibly susceptible to addiction, which can lead to mood disorders such as anxiety and depression, as well as heart conditions and high blood pressure. As the number of prescriptions for Adderall in America soars into the tens of millions, availability of the drug for illicit uses only increases. It’s now become the second most commonly abused drug among high schoolers, second only to marijuana.

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Junior Diksha Mishra reads sophomore Rachel Redden’s hand in the Commons after school. the whole class began to pester her, all of them wanting to get their palm read. Even the teacher was inter-

ested in her abilities and had her palm read. “I never knew that palmistry would cause such a buzz,” said Diksha.

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adults required to make lifealtering decisions. “What are your plans? Are you going to college? Where are you going to college?” These questions start to occur with more and more frequency the closer the start of senior year begins. And while some students like junior, Ava Paszkiewicz, who says she is very focused on attending a high-level university (NYU is her ideal college) and view college as the best move for a successful future out of high school, other stu-

With the second beginning of the second semester, many students start to think about the end of school, the summer, and their futures. For underclassmen this mostly just consists of vacations and their schedules for the next school year. And for seniors whose minds have been occupied with wrapping up high school, making college plans, and moving on with their lives post-graduation, summer isn’t so daunting. For the junior class, however, this time period can be one of the most important in their lives. During this time many options and choices start to open up to juniors who are quickly tran- dents can struggle with these sitioning from teens in high decisions and thoughts. school, not expected to be While the thought of colmaking adult decisions, to lege may seem daunting, it is

impossible not to recognize that there are many other options juniors at BGHS have begun to consider. Several students have taken steps or roles into joining the armed forces, some students have realistically acknowledged that a four year university isn’t right for them and have looked into trade schools, technical colleges, or even just joining the workforce out of high school. Regardless of the decision though, the choice and the questions can be very intimidating. BGHS has done a better job in the past few years making these options outside of college more known and approachable. Students like junior, Thurston Owens, have agreed with this

“What are your plans? Are you going to college? Where are you going to college?”

saying, “The school has definitely helped me pursue my interests. Right now I am tak-

cost of most colleges, and while in addition he shared that working to help pay will “make the experience m o r e worth it in the end”, many students have shared that they are scared and worried about being able to be happy and successful after high school because of these costs. Even considering all of the concerns and different possibilities of life post-high school, it is an extremely exciting thought as a junior to be able to look shortly ahead and see the many different pathways the future can hold. For each junior, the second semester and on into senior year will be a time of great change and excitement as our four years in high school quickly wrap up.

“The school has definitely helped me pursue my interests.” ing an IT class at Warren County TC and next year I’ll be able to take dual credit classes at SKYTC.” Despite this, many students still only see attending further education at a college/university as the only option. With the growing financial demands and academic requirements for colleges across the nation, this mindset that college is the only road to a successful future can be very nerve racking for juniors to consider. Junior, Carlos Quentanilla, said that he intended on “working his way through college” in order to help afford the growing



The Purple Gem

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BGHS leaves its mark on alumni, students and supporters

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One thing is obvious to anyone the minute they walk through the front doors of BGHS: The school pride is real, and it’s big. From the dozens of trophies sitting on the shelves of our overcapacity trophy case, to the hall of honor and commons adorned with purple flooring tiles, there’s no doubt that people love our school.

People do take different paths to becoming a purple. Current students, alumni, parents, teachers and community members all flow over with pride when they hear the sonorous strains of our fight song under the Friday night lights, see seniors get into great colleges or experience a packed yet exuberant commencement ceremony in the arena. One thing’s for sure: Once a person takes a sip of the proverbial (purple)

Kool-Aid, they can’t get enough. Local business woman Jill Smith took one of the more common entries into the purples family. Smith, a Warren Central grad, sent all three of her kids to the city schools. “I loved the parent involvement and the tradition,” said Smith, “they were always so inviting.” Smith took that invitation and ran with it, serving on various PTAs while being involved with the athletic teams that her kids played for. Smith, although a Dragon by graduation, became a Purple by choice and is going to continue the legacy for years to come. “My grandkids are going to be Purples,” she said with a laugh. Amy Cash took a different route

than Smith. Proudly proclaiming herself to be a “cradle purple”, Cash celebrates her family’s long legacy at the high school. Cash’s commitment, however, goes much deeper than her alumni status. Cash also serves as head of the BGHS math department and as a mother to a former and a current BGHS student. “It’s hard to embody the purple spirit with words,” said Cash, “If you don’t know, you don’t know.” That inclusive attitude, as Cash pointed out, is not the rule for other schools across the state. Quoting a graduate of another local high school, Cash said, “Nobody loves your high school as much as you guys do.”

Thrift Shopping from popular song to teenage pastime

Gem staff’s best thrift finds Mr. Roger’s vest

bucket hat

picnic basket

vintage rain coat

silk shirt

“I love protecting my skin” shirt

Hawaiian shirt

BG’S hidden thrift gems Elite Repeats New to You

Beverly Hill’s Boutique


Plato’s Closet Consignment World

u priscilla thong Hearing the term “thrift shopping” brings back fond memories of the 2012 song by rapper Macklemore. Images of big fur coats and “grandpa's clothes” come to mind when mentioning thrifting, although that exact image isn’t perfectly replicated on every high school student thrifter. Many individuals have grown to develop their own mix of styles based on thrift store clothing. Thrift shopping became a trend during the 20th century, but after the release of the song, thrifting began to rise again in late 2017 and early 2018. Like other trendies, students at

Bowling Green High School frequently visited their Goodwills in search for rare pieces to spice up their styles at an affordable price. For junior Thurston Owens, thrifting is a regular hobby that opens up memory lane with mother and son bonding time. “My mom has always taken me thrift shopping since I was younger, and now I can go by myself but will always remember the first time she took me,” said Owens. He was influenced by his mother at first, but ever since he grew older, he chooses to go by himself because he loves the unique environment. “I love the aspect of hit or miss anytime you go. Just the joy of finding

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“The class of 2018...,” Elliot Stone, the new senior guidance counselor said, “You never know who's going to walk through your door needing what. They don’t mind to ask for anything; they aren't shy about it.” Stone described the year as a cultural experience from her previous encounters at other schools. The counselor’s first year at BGHS simultaneously serves as her student’s last. As the current twelth grade advisor, Stone was only given one year to form a relationship with her students and learn how to best help them grow as a class and as individuals. Stone said, ”Coming from the county, Bowling Green has really lived up to the idea of family. It’s the most diverse school I’ve ever been a part of.” Despite the abbreviated time frame,

Stone has established sound relationships with many members of the class of 2018. Her time spent with them has helped her grow as a counselor and an individual. Taking in a deep breath, Stone continued, “I’m going to miss so many different things. I’m just going to miss those kids because they are going to be off to college, and I know they are going to be having the greatest time of their lives, and some of them are going to be going straight to the workforce or the military.” Stone hopes that she has helped her tudents learn and grow this year as much as they have helped her. Her best piece of advice, she believes, is to “be patient with others and just remember the biggest fulfillment in life doesn't come from material things. It doesn't come from the objects you have, from the cars or from the homes that you live in; love doesn't cost anything. “

something rare or unique that some people might not have,” said Owens. For freshmen Claire Eaton and Matti Davis, favorite thrifting spots include Beverly Hills Bargain Boutique, Elite Repeats and Plato’s Closet, where the two spend their time rummaging through piles of clothing displayed for these thrifters. Thrifting gives these friends not just trendy, cute clothes but also time to bond and grow closer. “Just being with my close friends and trying on anything that we like makes a lot of silly memories and actually purchasing the item makes the memories cherishable,” said Davis. While thrift stores are good places for everyone to shop, it is also a huge

help to people who are not able to afford the high end brands our society values. “There are plenty of options and different unique things with the clothing, and common known brands like Addidas or Nike or even Tommy Hilfiger; but there’s a lot more cute clothing that aren’t brand name,” said Eaton. Thrift stores still allow people to stay on trend for a cheap price; everyone can ball on a budget. “It’s nice that people donate clothes and how goodwill is able to help out people who may not have enough money to go and buy clothes from the mall, and it just creates a great environment for anyone,” added Owens.

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A reputable BGHS icon, benefiting students, classes, and programs, is known as the Cookie Cart. Appearing first at basketball games, the Cookie Cart was started to raise money for materials for the Culinary and Foods class. Phyllis Sweatt, teacher and advisor of Foods, Culinary, and Fashion Design, said, “It started out many years ago. The kids (culinary students) wanted to make some treats for the students so that we could raise money.” As the business grew, the Cookie Cart began as a weekly service at BGHS. Profit that is made selling treats from the studentlead cart goes toward the Culinary and Food classes and FCCLA. As the Cookie Cart helped classes, it also benefited the students preparing and organizing the cart in learning business attributes. Like an actually functional business, Sweatt and students organizing the cart treated the work as one. A schedule is followed on a weekly basis. Sweatt stated, “On Monday, we prepare and bake. On Tuesday, we finish because the first day

of business is Tuesday afternoon. On Wednesday, we start again.” Another standard the Culinary class adapted is quality control. From a single mistake in a batch, students are held accountable in making quality cookies and treats to sell. Sweatt stated, “It’s a business, and we treat it like a business.” Marisa Lopez, contributor to the Cookie Cart, was first attracted to the business for its baking; however, she then learned the perfecting and teamwork part of the business. Raven Robinson, a senior who helps out with the Cookie Cart, said, “I think it's a really good way to teach kids, especially those that are in the culinary class, the business perspective. Having to figure out demands, cost, profits, and having stuff on time.” Through the freedom and gratitude from making their peers treats, students also receive a new perspective in their efforts. Robinson stated, “I think it's a really good way to have students to see other peoples work. When students buy it, they usually don't think much of it.”


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Issue 6, Volume 58

Congrats Class of 2018

Seniors Walk the halls of former elementary school u gabrielle bunton

Throughout your senior year you are encouraged to leave a positive mark on this school’s history and seniors have been given an opportunity to do that. Graduation Walk is a field trip to celebrate graduating seniors and to inspire elementary students by inviting seniors to go back to their former elementary schools. Potter Gray principal, Dr. Byron Darnall, started the program three years ago. “He gave me a call asked if we could set up where his seniors students students came back and talked to current fourth and fifth graders,” said Destiny O’Rourke. Senior Natalie Halida said, “The one memory I will have

of elementary school is being surrounded by caring friends and teachers. Also, I love the fun opportunities and activities.” O’Rourke said the event serves to inspire the kids to do well on their K-Prep testing and to look forward to graduating. The other purpose was to celebrate the seniors by going back. Seniors come in wearing their caps and gowns and walk the halls while elementary students cheer. During this rally, they are celebrated and give speeches to the kids about who they are and their plans for the future. Seniors walk the halls of their former elementary school It started first with Potter Gray and has expanded to Parker Bennett Curry, McNeill, Dishman and St. Joseph.

“Once we get there it’s not just about seniors walking through the halls. We developed it throughout the years to where the seniors go in and talk to the kids about what they're gonna do during the future, give advice on what they wish they were told and tell funny stories,” said O’Rourke. “After that usually teachers will tell funny stories about the seniors that they remember when they were back in elementary school, so it’s a really emotional time and very inspiring time. I think both parties get a lot out of it,” she said. This program also encourages students who didn't go to local elementary schools to get celebrated. This would be a great opportunity for the high school students to express themselves

Senior Olivia Duvall speaks to elementary students at her alma mater, Potter Gray. Photo courtesy of Leigh Anne Littlefield. and leave a message for the younger kids to take with them to the next level. “I would say enjoy your time. The years go by fast,” said Halida. Many wonder why we should send the seniors to the schools. Halida said,

“I think that this would provide the older students with a feeling of accomplishment and gratitude. It also gives the younger students something they can look look forward to in their future.”




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The Purple Gem Issue 6, Vol. 58  
The Purple Gem Issue 6, Vol. 58