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Sophomore Brian Sanchez’s vivid colorful art is a contrast to his quiet and humble personality. Sanchez is an artist who prefers using acrylics and paint, though he can work with just about any other artistic medium on the planet, according to art teacher Rebecca McKittrick. She says she discovered his talent in her first year teaching him Art II. “He can do anything,” McKittrick said. “He is really talented, and I want to try and show it.” Although Sanchez has the ability to “do anything” he is sticking to just paint for now. He says he paints mostly landscapes and some portraits. Sanchez is a fan of Hispanic artists due to his own Mexican roots. Sanchez says that the Span-

ish artist Frida Kahlo, who painted everything from selfportraits to abstract landscape scenes, largely influences his art. Sanchez learned about Kahlo in school when he was younger. He says she interested him due to her use of imagery in her paintings. The use of imagery like Kahlo’s can be found in Sanchez’s paintings. Sanchez also admires the works of Diego Rivera, a famous Mexican painter. Sanchez aspires to be like Rivera due to the motivation to paint for the Mexican people behind his paintings. Sanchez said that when he paints he “paints what he feels.” “He paints for the Mexicans,” Sanchez said. “I am happy when I paint.” Sanchez, like Rivera also says he “paints for the people.” Sanchez enjoys the aesthetic qualities of art, and they can affect his mood. His art began when he was younger and was an avid sketcher, “drawing all the

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Trot for Togo On December 1, the Ole Miss chapter of Engineers without Borders hosted “Trot for Togo,” a 5K walk/run to raise funds to build a school in a village without electricity or running water in Togo, a small country in West Africa. Sponsors were encouraged to donate in amounts ranging from $250 to $1000; those donating more $500 or more had their logos displayed at the Univ. of Miss. Student Union, where the race began. The organization plans to travel to Togo in summer of 2013 to build the village school, whose residents will cover 10 percent of building costs. For more information, contact Maddie Costelli at mmcostel@go.olemiss. edu or 228-861-0006.

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The theatre department is known around the world for its acting prowess, and it has tucked five more awards under its belt in the Mississippi Theatre Association “One Act” competition held at Starkville on November 30, as well as being selected to continue to the state competition in January with “The Outsiders.” “The Outsiders,” a show about a high school boy named Ponyboy whose best friend Johnny dies due to a clash in rival city groups, was adapted by director John Davenport to fit into a 45-minute time period. Along with adapting for time restraints, junior Sydney Hansen, who was the stage manager, said Davenport made many changes for artistic reasons. For instance, Davenport created the show on a “blank canvas,” giving all the actors the same costume—a plain blue shirt labeled “The Outsiders.” Senior Cade Brewer, who played Randy, said Davenport changed many aspects of the show, adding to the difficulty level. This is Brewer’s second time being in cast on a show rather than being backstage, working in crew. “It’s a whole different experience,”

Brewer said of acting on stage. “It takes a lot more skill on stage,” Brewer said. Brewer said that acting in the competition group is different from acting in a regular season show. “There’s more stress put on the people,” Brewer said. “We only had fourteen days to prepare for it. With Our Town, it was more simplistic, even though “The Outsiders” was very simplistic.” Junior Conner Davis, who played Ponyboy and received an all star cast award, agrees. “Rehearsals are more fast-paced. We really have zero time to stop and laugh about something,” said. “(Davenport) bought some water bottles for us because he didn’t want us to stop to go to the water fountain.” Hansen said that the fast-paced environment added to the success of the shows, but that the key element that helped the group do so well was the motivation of the cast. “At rehearsals, they gave it their all,” Hansen said. “They were continually working to get better.” Hansen also said that Davenport’s direction also pushed the group to succeed. “Mr. Davenport, he’s just a genius,” Hansen said. “We walk into his office and see his awards, and we know.”

Walk for Diabetes In October, Oxford held its own Walk to Cure Diabetes hosted by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Around 200 participants showed up to the event. The participants walked around the town to show support for people with type 1 diabetes. In addition, the participants made donations to fund the search for a cure. Three million Americans suffer from type 1 diabetes, a disease that is not triggered by diet, unlike many types of diabetes. Rather, it is an autoimmune disease that affects people of all ages. JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes research, and organizes fundraisers all over the world. Many participants in the Oxford fundraiser joined teams in the walk to provide encouragement to each other and to instill some friendly competition for the event.

Poetry Out Loud To help improve her students speaking skills, English teacher Kristen Kallaher is involving her students in Poetry out Loud. Poetry Out Loud is a national poetry recitation competition, which had 365,000 participants last year. The National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation and U.S state art agencies, launched Poetry Out Loud in the spring of 2006. Starting with school competitions, then moving on to state com.!%#%#)&$=(+&5(%3!&(7&+446(&+%#)&+4$=( Poetry Out Loud use a pyramid structure for their contest. The winners of state level competitions receive $200 and an all-expensespaid trip (with an adult) to compete in the national competition. The state winner’s school also receives a $500 dollar check for the purchase of poetry books. Runner-ups and their schools also receive awards. At the National level Poetry Out Loud gives out $50,000 in stipends to schools, and a $20,000 award for the Poetry Out Loud champion. “Even though students don’t like #%(+%(%3!($%+/%=(0)$%()* (%3!0(7&5(#%( to be very rewarding and enriching, because when you memorize something it helps you get to the point where you can focus on the feel of the poem,” Kallaher said.

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around Oxford High School and at the Ole Miss Sociology Department. Whitaker said the push for change is in its beginning stages. “Right now we’re just sending surveys to see where people stand on the issue,” Whitaker said. “We’re getting surveys to make (the cause) more viable, then (we could) present them and start a petition.” The Mississippi constitution can be amended in %<)(<+6$:((D3!(7/$%(#$(%3/)-23(+(4!2#$4+%#8!46(/!*!//!5( constitutional amendment, which must be voted in by two thirds of each house in the Mississippi State Legislature. The second way the constitution can be amended is by an initiated constitutional amendment, the method Owens and Whitaker are following, which is a rigorous process with many guidelines and restrictions as to what kind of amendments may be proposed. While it is a work in progress, Owens and Whitaker are working toward their goal. “The goal is to get those sections removed from the constitution,” Owens said.

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vance,” Howington said, “but only the administration knows those dates. Sometimes we share them with the away from the windows and doors.” teachers.” Jennings also says that most of his drill knowledge ( E)<#&2%)&($+6$(%3+%(%3!(./!8#)-$(7/!(5/#44(/)-comes from middle school. tine of seating students in the bleachers is being re“I cannot remember the last time that we had an thought and reexamined, because placing students in actual tornado drill (at OHS),” Jennings said. “The last the closed stadium may leave them “trapped.” time we had something dealing with a tornado was “The main goal is to exit the building and to do it an actual tornado during the Mississippi state writing quickly and safely,” Howington said. test.” ( E)<!8!/=(E)<#&2%)&($%#44(9!4#!8!$(%3!(F3+4* @(7/!( The school did have a tornado drill Tuesday, De- drills are effective. cember 11. Students moved to the halls but did not “If people know exactly where to leave from, have to get into the actual “position.” then, if practiced enough, they will do that in the According to Howington, OHS is required to !8!&%()* (+(/!+4(7/!=@(E)<#&2%)&($+#5: have one lockdown and one tornado drill per semesJennings disagrees, saying he “never makes it past %!/=(+&5()&!(7/!(5/#44(.!/(0)&%3:( %3!(%!+'3!/(.+/?#&2(4)%(5-/#&2(+(7/!(5/#44=@(<3#'3(3!( ,3!( +4$)( $+6$( %3+%( 5/#44$=( <3#'3( /!$)-/'!( )*7'!/( 9!4#!8!$(#&3#9#%$()%3!/$G(+9#4#%6(%)(/!+'%(#&(+(/!+4(7/!: Harper Thomas documents and sends to the state, “The tornado drills are the only things that are reare state-mandated. Reports on the drills go to Sonny ally effective,” Jennings said. “No one actually knows Brownlee, who is over the schools and grounds for <3#'3(<+6(%)(2)(H#&(+(7/!(5/#44I=($)(<3!&(+(7/!(5)!$( the district. happen people are just going to go every which way. “We’ve started scheduling (the drills) a year in ad- It’ll be a mess if stuff actually happens.”

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courses. “Both (diet and exercise) are, in my opinion, equally important,” Hayden said. “No one is going to eat perfectly all of the time so, in my opinion, if you practice regular exercise and you have one bad eating day, it’s not going to affect you as much as if you don’t exercise regularly.” Girls’ Fitness teacher Rose Hickey says she feels the healthy reforms are beneficial. “The cafeteria is doing a great job. Everything is whole grain now; everything is either low fat or fat free,” Hickey said. Hickey’s class includes target activities that are designated for female students. “We do aerobics, pilates and strength training,” Hickey said. “We include all of the nutrition segments. No

other school in the state does that.” Senior Allison Canale, one of Hickey’s students, believes in the importance of eating healthily and having regular exercise. “I think it’s important to have a healthy diet, especially for someone at my age,” Canale said, “because that’s what’s going to set up your own lifestyle and how you raise your children to eat.” Harvey says the future of combating obesity is not in a definitive plan but always an area of focus. “We all need to strive to be as healthy as we can, and certain lifestyles make that easier than others,” Harvey said. “I think it’s important to eat a balanced diet and include all of the basic food groups that we’ve all been taught since kindergarten. It’s important to be healthy, and it’s important to take care of our bodies.”

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Scientists are including students in their real-world agricultural research efforts through a specialized science research program. Dr. Craig Wilson, director of the United States Department of Agriculture/Hispanic-Serving Institutions National Program (USDA/HSINP) and Senior Research Associate at Texas A&M University, runs the Future Scientists Program around the country. “The aim of the program is to open science teachers’ eyes to the work of the USDA/Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and (to have) them share that with their students,” Wilson said. “(Select) teachers visit the US National Sedimentation Lab in Oxford, meet with research scientists and view their work. At the end of the year, they return to the lab with some of their students and can use the lab as an educational resource.” About 100 USDA/ARS research laboratories exist nationwide, each with a different research focus, he says, and teachers at each location learn about the local research. “But the common theme is to have the students raise the corn earworm insect (Helicoverpa zea) through its life cycle and conduct research projects,” Wilson said. ”The worm/ moth is an agricultural pest that results in $1 billion losses annually to farmers through crop losses and control efforts.” During his Oxford school district visit at the beginning of December, Wilson presented to classrooms at various grade levels. “I have them conduct experiments, collect data and see

if they can explain their results,” he said. “I let students know that the essence of science is really very simple but has been lost.” Wilson says students need to observe situations first using all of their senses (the usual five plus the sixth, common sense), and then they have to ask questions. “I try to stress that (students) should not be spectators but (should) participate and ask questions,” he said. By shaping students’ ideas about sci!"#$%&#$'#()$# ence, Wilson attempts to bring the excite$*)+#,))# ment of science outside of the constraints $*-$#,./)0.)# of a textbook. $-1),#2(-.)#-((# “I try to let them see that science takes -%'304#$*)+5# place all around them,” he said. “It is a way "$#/,#-#6-&# of looking at our world that both explains '7#(''1/08#-$# and makes life more interesting.” '3%#6'%(4# For Oxford program coordinator Matt $*-$#9'$*# Moore, the Future Scientists program al):2(-/0,#-04# lows students to explore beyond the bound+-1),#(/7)# aries of traditional standardized testing. +'%)#/0$)%; “Inquiry-based research, on the oth),$/085< er hand, demands that you think,” Moore said. “You have to use your observational !"#$% skills to design an experiment, and you are &$'()* forced to pull together all your knowledge !"#$%&'#(')( *+!,-.+/01 in many different areas to come up with reasons why something did or didn’t work.” Wilson will visit OHS during the last week of January. Science teacher Renee Dayan ‘s Environmental science and zoology classes will host him, as he teaches them about the corn worm. “It is full scientific experimental design,” Dayan said.

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Band receives recognition for excellence /0++7$$8+/02'9 6#'113!(-#%( The Oxford band recently received an achievement called the “Band Sweepstakes.” The achievement is given to any band that has received superior ratings in marching, concert and sightreading. Senior band member Keaton Burcham is the drum line captain and has been playing in the band since 6th grade. “The Oxford band is known nationally,” senior Keaton Burcham said. “We are a two-time Grammy signature program and have been to numerous National Adjudicator Contests. The most important thing myself and most of the students strive for is all superior ratings that date back to the early 90’s even earlier when Mr. Mixon started the tradition here at Oxford.” Mixon is one of the three band instructors. Mixon started teaching at Oxford in 1990 and worked until 2007. He returned to Oxford in 2012 because he thought it was “a good opportu-

nity to make a great band better.” During marching season, Mixon is in charge of the band, Marsha Morgan oversees the color guard while Jared Brownlee works with the drum line. Plaques recognizing the Oxford band’s awards and achievements on the walls of the band hall date back all the way to 1951. “The band sweepstakes is not a contest,” OHS band director John Mixon explained. “It’s an opportunity for you to receive superior ratings from each judge in each area.” “The band sweepstakes $!6-!%/& 1,%& #-& $)D& .%6-$& 6;#<4& Mixon said. “Prior to 1994 we really didn’t get superior ratings quite that often. 30 percent of the bands in Mississippi will receive superior,” Mixon said. “It’s the highest level of achievement you can receive, the rating of superior, for the tone, balance and technique.” According to Mixon, superior ratings are earned in three ways at a competition. “The keys to receiving su-

perior ratings are motivation, practice, time and dedication,” Mixon explained. “The expectation of the community and district sets the standards of high achievement. The students have high expectations; they do better than just getting by.” Burcham has targeted the reason for the award. “I believe the key to making all superior ratings is work ethic,” Burcham said. “Band is different from everything else because if one person is missing, it messes everyone else up. So, everyone has to be here mentally and physically. The intensity and performing level has to be high if a group wants superior ratings.” In addition to the students’ efforts, Burcham credits the leadership for their work. “Mr. Mixon strives to make Oxford one of the nation’s best,” Burcham said. “All of the work is put out by the students because everyone knows the types of students Oxford delivers, very good players and everyone just works really hard.”

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/0++12334$+1255$66$ 6#'113!(-#%( In the midst of teenagers’ arguments about Romney v. Obama, one student at Oxford High School was writing an argument about another aspect of the election—the validity of the electoral college. Junior HenryDavid Cohen has been on the debate team for three years, and when speech and debate coach Barbara Lowe told him about an opportunity to write a speech and enter it in the Promote the Vote Mississippi competition, he began working on a speech. In his speech, Cohen made points suggesting that the Electoral College should stay in place for voting purposes. In reality, Cohen said he could “go both ways” about the electoral college, but he chose to use the pro side of this topic because he had written a debate speech about it last year. “I can see its ups, and I can see its downs,” Cohen said of the electoral college. As a member of the debate team, Cohen has had to write speeches that differ from his views multiple times. Cohen said that writing !"#$%&$'%%("%$&)$&*+#!&,%-.&/)01(23!4&5%(62$%& it’s based purely on research. “After spending enough time saying some!"#$%&'()* +,-"# thing, you’ll begin to believe it yourself,” Co!"#$%& hen said. & 7%+)#-&72/2&8'6/".6.&139%/&:#"%+&'-%$%+!)+;&")$&$'%%("<& and it was submitted to be judged. Cohen was picked in the top eight of the submissions from around the state. Principal Mike Martin drove him to the Old Capitol Museum in Jackson with juniors Reid Mallette and Chadwick Lamar on November 1 to present his speech in front of over 250 visitors, mostly students from around the state. Martin said that seeing one of the students present in front of a group of students that big was “exciting.” “I rarely get to see students in that light, so any time I do, it’s neat. I always learn a lot,” Martin said. While in the Capitol, Cohen met Mississippi’s Secretary of State Dilbert Hoseman and Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves. Cohen said that meeting them was a “cool experience.” Cohen said that presenting his speech in front of such a large group of students was interesting and fun because of the number of people, but that he had spoken to such large crowds of students before at camp functions. “I like speaking in front of people,” Cohen said. “I’m used to it. It’s my thing.”

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McKittrick says she also wants to enter him in the Scholastic Art contest, which she says is a “good way to get scholarship money,” since Sanchez plans on pursuing an art major in college. “There has been much interest in his art that has been on display in the library,” she said. “I think that he could go commercial as an artist.” This goes hand in hand with his desire to major in art in college. Sanchez has spoken of interest in showing his paintings. Diego had a similar interest due to his involvement in the muralist movement. The muralist movement painted for the people to see. “I want my artwork where everyone can see it,” Sanchez said. Right now, Sanchez paints only for school, friends and family, mostly painting portraits and people. He is even helping the yearbook by doing watercolor images for some of their designs and pages, according to McKittrick. Sanchez practices more now than ever before in his artistic career. “I try to invest more and more in my practice,” Sanchez said. Before putting brush to canvas, Sanchez draws his art #+!#&!"%&(6+,6$&=)!"&6&'%+()3&1-$!>&&?%&')(@$&2'&")$&5-2$"%$& and paints using his own individual choice of colors. Sanchez says his art is “emotional and creative.” Many of the subjects of Sanchez’s art are colorful, reA%(!)+;&")$&)+!%-%$!&)+&!"%&2$%&#0 &(#3#-&)+&")$&=#-@>&&:%-!6)+& animals with their colorful bodies and plumage and pique his interest. “I like to paint peacocks,” Sanchez said. “They have nice, big, colorful feathers.” Sanchez also has interest in aspects of nature other than animals of the avian world. & *B&63$#&'6)+!&A#=%-$<4&"%&$6)/>&*C"%.&"6,%&6&+)(%&2$%&#0 & color.” Family and friends also make their way into his art. “I have painted Ramiro, Crystal, and my cousins,” he said. All of Sanchez’s work and his ability to use proportion and perspective in his art make him a “real natural talent” according to McKittrick and this can lead to his success in the (#99%-()63&1%3/> Sanchez says that his interest in art extends beyond a college and major, as he wishes to go commercial with his work, just as like McKittrick predicts he will. “He could do really great things in the artistic world,” McKittrick said.


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Instead, she emphasizes completing the workout at hand, whether it be walking, power walking, or jogging. “Work on strong heart, upper body strength, and strong lungs,” she said. “If they’re doing all this, they going to lose weight.” For varsity athletes like sophomore and volleyball player Grace Summerlin, Girl’s Fitness serves as excellent conditioning, especially for the off-season. “I’d be pretty lazy (in the off-season) if I didn’t take this,” Summerlin said. “She’s always like ‘Let’s do it, let’s do it,’ and if you say ‘I can’t do it,’ she just makes you do more.” Hickey’s encouragement to get students engaged and moving in her Girl’s Fitness class often shows results after just a few weeks. “Right now, I’m watching a girl who couldn’t do two push-ups in August,” she said. “Now she can do two sets of 15 and even run four laps (around the track).” As a long-term benefit, Hickey says, these girls will not be intimidated from working out in college. Hickey commends Mississippi’s efforts in promoting physical education, despite the state being the poorest per capita in the nation. “Our state has one of the leading P.E. curriculums in the nation. Now think if we had the money like other states,” she said. Principal Mike Martin cites a nation-wide trend of putting emphasis on stopping obesity for some increased financial resources, but maintains that neither money nor location has determined the success of Oxford’s P.E. program. “If (Hickey) were at Inverness or Gulfport or anywhere else, she would bring the same thing to them,” Martin said. “She goes above and beyond the call of a regular teacher and her enthusiasm makes the difference, no mistake about it.” As part of her award as P.E. Teacher of the Year, Hickey received a $1,000 grant, which she will use to buy new weights and badminton equipment. Hickey will also be starting her National Board Certification process this spring.

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is Christ and that music can bridge any gap and can forge any kind of relationship,” Barrett said. “Music is a universal language that brings people together, and that’s what we’re trying to do.” Senior John David Hankins also sang in the concert. “I was in the youth choir,” Hankins said, “which is the middle-school/highschool-aged people, and we sang one song by ourselves, and we sang the big song at the end. It had every single choir from preschooler to full-adult choir.” Hankins believes that the concert was a learning experience for the choir. “It shows that when you have everyone working together, we sounded really good,” Hankins said. Hankins, however, says that the concert served a larger purpose: “spreading the word of Christ.” “It is basically a way for us to sing songs,” Hankins said, “and our music minister, Tom, loves doing stuff like this. !"#$%&'"(#)*#)(#+#%'"+*#,+-#./ #(0'"+1#*2"# word.” Both Hankins and Barrett believe that the concert achieved that goal. “I think it was a great success,” Barrett, “and what made it a success was the hard work of the choir, the orchestra, everyone involved. It took a lot of hours to make this happen, to give this to the community.”


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of technology headed for our school. The Apple TV is actually an accessory that has the ability to wirelessly connect to a real TV, or in our school’s case, an overhead projector. From there, what shows up the actual TV is what is displayed on someone’s iPhone, iPad or laptop. The money came from a grant by the School Board in October of 2012 for $150,000. The regular retail price for the Apple TV is $100.

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I can understand why the School Board feels that this addition to the classroom may offer an educational purpose. But is it really necessary right now for Oxford classrooms? Is the use of this accessory in dire need? I feel that the connection wires currently being used are not that big of a problem. The current connection between laptops, PCs and projectors seem to work fine from what I can tell. Since we are having no real problems with the setup we have, could the money be spent on something different, like iPads for each student? Or maybe for software? Or even for more MacBook Air computer carts in the library? Though the Apple TV is ostensibly wireless, with all of the connectivity through Wi-Fi, some wires are still needed. Hopefully, this grant included all the cables needed to connect the TV to the computer. Another cost? Teacher training. Teachers will need to understand how to use this

new accessory in their classrooms for greater educational advances. And what happens when the Apple TVs stop working one day? Problems with connectivity could cause teachers to have trouble with their projectors. Without !@)/(#$<#$ the projectors, %'#$,%4)/2$/3$ students wouldn’t '#%6$&'38* be able to take notes 6#.0$<)+,$ from a PowerPoint that +,#$0#+5&$<#$ their teacher may have ,%4#7$(356-$ made. When teachers +,#$.3/#1$ rely on technology 8#$0&#/+$3/$ to teach class and 03.#+,)/2$ the technology is not -)AA#'#/+B? working, students will miss instructional time. After all, know it is not unusual for technology to shut down. Because of its uncertain reliability, the Apple TVs shouldn’t be the only method used to teach in the classroom. If the district would like to supply the

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“Tis the season to be jolly” has turned into “tis the season to spend money.” More and more every year the amount of money that shoppers spend between Black Friday and Cyber Monday seemingly increases exponentially. Every year Christmas seems to creep further and further ahead in time, encroaching upon Thanksgiving and even Halloween. When stores and businesses start decorating for a holiday or time of year, they trick us into spending like it’s already that time of year. Now, with Christmas trees and decorations popping up as early as November 1, we have begun shopping and spending earlier. Christmas now overshadows Thanksgiving. As Christmas looms closer, it is evident that we have lost all true appreciation for all but the “getting” facet of the holiday season. Take Black Friday for example. Black Friday is a day spent buying so that people get more. If this continues as a trend we will continue to move away from giving. Now we have Cyber Monday. What’s next, Tax-Free Tuesday, Twofor-One Wednesday? I fail to postulate the good that comes out of this obsession with material goods during the holiday season. All Black Friday does is leave people trampled and wallets emptied. What a terrible thing to embody with our holiday season! When we want children to see 3.9% increase in happiness and giving, credit and debit we instead show them card spending on !"#$%&!"'&(#)*+"#,&&-)$& Black Friday 2012 intention may be good, but leading by example is stronger than leading by principle. Whatever has happened to the season of giving needs to be undone. This is not the season of getting. What makes this time of year so special is the time that we get to spend with family and friends. Instead of having the holidays being a time of shopping, let “When giving, let’s them be a time of chernot let our decision ishing others and celbe driven by the ebrating what we have. price tag.” It is just like a continuation of Thanksgiving. Once fueled by happiness, the holiday season is now fueled by money. Money in the place of family and happiness fuels greed, greed fuels competition, competition breeds arguments, and there goes your nice sentiment out the window. When giving, let’s not let our decision be driven by the price tag and $646 the amount play into the corporate of money predictagenda that we are all ed for one family eating up. The agenda to spend spend on of trickery and enticepresents in 2012 ment cannot be supported. Fight back and take control of the holidays again. One step at a time, let’s see to it that Christmas comes later and later in the year again. Then step back and soak in the spirit of giving, not of getting.

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tive connotation surrounding the winter season. Life starts all over when it gets cold outside. That’s generally one of the prime reasons people dislike the 0$!03"8& /5*& +"0*$!'& 34 & ("'+"#& *)$& 7$!*)$%&5"12$!0!"*8&;&)!11$"&*3&("'& it invigorating. The frigid air is my wake up call, telling me to get up and go. “Go out and run, or paint, or write, or be with friends – do something,” it says. It reminds me of how much there is for me to do and see – the work I must do, and the goals I must accomplish. Life starts all over again with the highly anticipated winter break, when the weight of school and work is temporarily lifted, and I’m granted a short spell of time that I can use as I please. It’s the perfect outlet for all the creative energies brought on by the dropping temperature – the perfect time to discover, to learn and to create. Life starts all over when family comes together and old friends return. With winter weather also comes the holiday season, which, while either being the cheeriest of times or the most annoying, brings about

the reunion of family and friends – something I look forward to throughout the year. Our small family is scattered across a few states, leaving us few opportunities to see one another. It is for this reason that the holidays are about more than presents and ABC Christmas specials. Life starts all over again with the hope of snow. Perhaps it’s because I’ve lived my whole life here, where a real snow doesn’t happen very often, that even the mention of it can get me excited. But once the possibility is there, I’m already looking forward to long days in the snow, balling it up in my (0*0& !"'& )5%2+"#& +*& !*& .<& /%3*)$%8& ("'+"#&03.$*)+"#&*3&0$%9$&!0&!&.!=$shift sled, and (if we’re lucky,) piling it up to create a snowman, spending all the time I can there in a state of simple, child-like happiness. Life starts all over again in *)$& 2+#)*& 34 & !"& 31$"& (%$,& >)+2$& *)$& weather outside is exhilarating, the ?+:=$%+"#& ?!.$0& 34 & !& (%$12!:$& 1%3vide a comforting sense of warmth when I need it, and a bright spot during long winter nights. Bring on the cold. I’m ready for life to begin again.

Students and teachers exemplify generosity We’re trying to grow a forest in the journalism room — a forest of paper Christmas trees, that is. Yes, we too have been swept into the race for best dressed Christmas tree, and it’s made us so happy. So we’re about to brag, not on the Journalism Christmas tree, but on all the Christmas trees in the school. We hear so often about how we in Mississippi lag behind in anything from education to economy to health. We’re the fattest, least educated , and poorest state. But we often forget that we’re the most generous, and when we remember, and it’s like an afterthought. Don’t let it be. Look at our paper Christmas trees, hung with ornaments as part of a fundraising effort for victims and survivors of Hurricane Sandy. Look at Key Club and Anchor Club, who together made more than 30 boxes of gifts for children in need. Look at National Honor Society, whose .$./$%0&12$'#$'&*3&452(22&*)$&6)%+0*.!0&7+0)2+0*0& of disadvantaged youths in the Oxford community. Look at all the kids who do community service at our school. Let’s keep up the great work. Our generosity isn’t an afterthought. This is who we are as teachers and students of Oxford High School. We unite for each other, and we unite for a cause. We are loving, caring and *)35#)*4528&(%0*8&43%$.30*8&!"'&!/39$&!22&$20$,

As a staff, we want to thank art teacher, catlover, and godmother of the 600 hallway Rebecca McKittrick for starting these fundraising efforts. She is on a roll. So far, her “Naked Christmas Tree” fundraiser has raised almost $1,000. At 25 cents per ornament, that’s almost 4,000 paper ornaments hanging on trees around the school. We also want to thank all the students. When 7$& %$13%*& "$70& +"& *)$& "$701!1$%8& 7$& ("'& 35%-

selves writing again and again about the issues we’re facing, sorry states of affairs, and frankly, sometimes all the talk about raising grades and reducing obesity gets overwhelming. Thank you for sweeping us up into the giving spirit. Thank you for show us what really matters. Did we mention that we’re also the happiest state? Looking around at the spirit of the students, we’re not surprised in the least.

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/0++83'9'$:+;'5794$ 6#'113!(-#%( Handling school and a job can be very stressful, but students believe that combination is necessary to get into college. College admission councilors say otherwise. Preparation for college begins before a student advances to their senior year of high school. The college admissions process depends on the type of school or program they choose. Students think that job experience will work in their favor during the admissions process, but with many schools this may not be the case. University of Mississippi’s 2012 Elsie M. Hood Outstanding Teacher of the Year award recipient and chemical engineering professor, John O’Haver, Ph.D., better known to students as “Dr. O,” has years of insight into the admissions process as a former high school teacher. “For many schools, job experience is not a factor in whether or not (students) are admitted,” says O’Haver. “The main factors in admittance are academic, G.P.A., SAT and/or ACT scores and did you take the ‘college prep track of courses.” But there are times when a student’s activities’ do count. O’Haver goes on to explain that activities, such as a job, are factors with some scholarships and admissions to honor’s colleges. Besides SAT and ACT test scores, private and Ivy League colleges have extra admissions requirements. For-

mer Admissions Dean of Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., and author of “Winning the College Admission Game,” Peter Van Buskirk provides tips for getting into the school of your choice. In his book, he says that schools are impressed when they see a student has gone beyond high !"#$%&'()% school classes such as math and takes *'+,-./%()% more advanced courses at the local ju'0&(,,')+$% nior college. '.$%'+'0$&(+1% Van Buskirk also stresses resume 2343531%65"% building beginning early in a student’s ')07-.%58"% +(*+! -;+&&<! ;/$##$5! E:2(--(&)-! &13/+-.$/%')0% cers look favorably at a student that has 0(0%9-:%,';$% joined a group and has moved up from ,#$%+-<<$=$% 2#28#$! 4&! &13;#$5! ?,4! -4,:#)4-! %+&! >.$>%,.'+;%-*% join activities or form a club in their se+-:./$/3? nior year are looked upon as “phony.” Once a student has been admitted !"#$% there are more components of college &'()*+, education to consider. !"#$"%%&$"#' “In Mississippi the hardest problem (&)*%++)& isn’t getting into college, it is being successful in college,” O’Haver said. The same advice can be applied to any college. “Learn to study, make good grades,” O’Haver said. “Prepare for the ACT/SAT, be involved in leadership positions, take hard classes, especially all the math and chemistry and physics that you can and make sure you can write well.”

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Employers look for serious, hard-working students /0++1"2345$+)"$'62$7 +%!63%2-#*( Employers look for specific traits when hiring high school students. Corinne Jackson, who co-owns Lulu’s Shoes and Accessories on the Square, regularly hires high school students to work in her shop. She says she doesn’t distinguish between high school and college employees, although she is careful about who she hires. But all the employers must have one thing in common. “They are serious about being on the sales floor,” she said, adding that senior Eden Sandlin, her only current high school employee, is one of the “strongest” sellers. Another factor all employers must have is commitment. To prove their commitment, each prospec-

tive employee goes through two full interviews. “If you show me a great personality the first time, we want to see it again,” Jackson said. Lulu’s is a fun place to work, Jackson says, and also looks great on a resume. She “stays on people” about customer service though, making such a job is a good business opportunity. “(It’s important to) present a good face and make people feel welcome,” she said. A lot of the girls Jackson hires plan to go into careers in marketing, fashion, or retail, and Jackson says the experience can also provide an outlet from a relatively restricting high school environment. In fact, she says her younger workers are “hardwired to be defensive.” At the regular team building employee dinners and meetings, the high school girls are at first “scared”

and think they’re in trouble, even though the meetings are simply an opportunity for the staff as a whole to gather, enjoy each other’s company and exchange ideas. “They all get along really well,” she said. “They enjoy a lot of the same things.” Jackson says a good eye for matching items is important for success at Lulu’s. Her workers independently put up window decorations and redo displays, work during special events, prepare new inventory, and re-merchandise items. “If something is not selling, they move it to a different location,” Jackson said, meaning that the rearrangements place less popular items in a more prominent location. Although Jackson’s employees contact her directly about a position, others make use of the Ox-

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ford-Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce. Vice President Pam Swain says she posts job openings from Chamber members on the city website when they become available. At Toyo Japanese Sushi Bar, however, most of the employers are recommended by customers or other workers. Manager Kheng Chan says he only hires seniors, and they need to not only be dependable, but have some kind of work experience. “(His/her) personality has to be outgoing, and (she/he) needs to be excited about the food we have,” Chan said. In addition, he says they must be consistently available to work every week, and not involved in too many extracurricular activities. “Other than that, all we can do is try them out,” he said.

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