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Choosing a major in college is important. No, it’s life changing. It determines your job, income, and ultimately your future. Yet, most students blindy make the decision. MAYAAtKOGULAN 18, teenagers attempt EDITOR-IN-CHIEF to piece together their hobbies, favorite school Choosing a major in subjects, and future aspicollege is important. No, it’s rations in order to find a life changing. It determines major that your job, income, andfits. ultimately your future.Steve Zhou chose MAYA KOGULAN Yet,to most students FEATURE be a film major because Carter, who was once a River Rat himself, is excited to be back at Huron once more. RIDHIMA KODALI blindy make the decision. he liked production, spePAGE 6+7 At 18, teenagers attempt cifically, visual effects. the tools to be able to do that At Clague, Carter made sure was to teach fifth graders. Toxic Academia RIDHIMA KODALI to piece However, together when their he got to in a way that will promote he knew every student, even The day heschool finished his dehobbies, favorite MANAGING EDITOR the University of Michigrowth and development.” more than the teachers. gree, from Eastern Michsubjects, and future aspigan, he soon realized ’m a leader first, princi- And anyone who “When I left rations Patten- inigan he that was order University, to find a the not what he pal second,” Huron’s new walked up to Clague saw gill, Clague was a perfect op-thatgetting job was offers from Flormajor fits.major thought it was. Principal said. him. Thererestructuring was one blue ‘’ Carterengaged said. “Now, ida all the chose way to Michigan. Zhou we could haveChé theCarter opportunisons and cur- portunity, get students inSteve CLARA BOWMAN “Ibecause was wanted fascinated MAYA KOGULAN to be a film These words soared door open, one person by it. Huron is the perfect oppor major“I really to ty to be in the classroom, but ricula, distanced learning is learning,” Eisely said. “Our EDITOR-IN-CHIEF by the idea that whatever he liked production, spethrough theyetZoom screen. Mr. Carter. for me. is the peoend come back and serve Ann Ar-I it is not safe so we will ad- And a newthat and was challenging expe- tunity teachers are This creative can imagine, I can“I’m make it cifically, bor,” visual effects. “That means I chair give rience He all would greetHowev- of Carter said. from ransitioning to on- just,” CTE department for teachers. plethe bychapter natureatsoClague, they and will However, when he got to real through visual effects,” the greenlight take ery came I’m coming right the community and I just had line classes makes myself Karen Eisely said. “Ourtoteachever,single someperson more who exclusively definitely risefullto circle the the virtual University MichiZhou said. “However,that it said. “Like an through that door. need to be here. So in baseball terms, I’m so manyof great experiences teachers feel like they risks,” ers are Carter so passionate and exhands-on classes learning challenge!” gan, he soon realized thatwas a small turned out that and they try things “I was actually scan- swingingStudents for the fence.” helped to mold me into who I ARTS+ENTERTAINMENT are in their first year again. entrepreneur cited about what teach. more innovative than others in the certain major part was not what he of what actually goes work, you ‘Oh, ning every single one with of you the beginning: today. I was exposed to While PAGEthe 10general consensus that Theydon’t are working in go groups in providing students an In classes will receive thought supply it am was. into a film degree.” we could have the opportunisons and restructuring curget students engaged in CLARA BOWMAN that didn’t work, what are as you came in,” Carter said. When he first started diverse groups of people and among teachers is that closing by content to support one anexperience that is comparable boxes in a few weeks, but until “I was fascinated Unexpected interest to be in the but ricula, distanced learning learning,” Eisely said. A film We degree requires going toclassroom, try next?’ Being “I would look inone. youriseyes to at AAPS, Carter“Our saw the imsituations. had schools isEDITOR-IN-CHIEF necessary for pub- tywe by the idea that whatever I positive reother and develop the best to an in-person then the teachers will have to in K-dramas it ais leader not safeisyet so we will ada new and challenging expeteachers are creative peointense reading and about meeting the see if there was something go- pact he made on kidscan while lationships, although we came lic health, it does not come imagine, I can make it


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How elective teachers are preparing for the beginning of virtual school

Hands-on classes transition online -- it’s messy T How elective teachers are preparing for the beginning of virtual school


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And so, the created during the 9:00 a.m. for social To find more content on our website art of leadership gives you distancing ic to helppurposes. motivate students. One of EDITOR Carter’s goals SEE CARTER, PAGE 2 QUINN NEWHOUSE SPORTS The remaining seniors would be tested QUINN NEWHOUSE & in a similar fashion on Oct. 14.” When the last bell rang on MAYA KOGULAN The test will“Right remain March 13, 2020, students filed out of nator Philip Eliason said. nowin-person the Summer yearbook upSPORTS EDITOR + EDITOR-IN-CHIEF on what planand is todetails have roughly 100 health tests on and Sep. safety the building, and 2020 yearbook ediKAITLYN SABB FEATURE EDITOR date At age 19, Salvador precautions will be taken are coming 23 at 8:00 a.m. and 100 tests on Sep. 23 at tor-in-chief Vivian Barrett sent in the a.m. for purposes. Even though the SAT might9:00 later. Thesocial nextdistancing few weeks will reveal pages ofSPORTS theEDITOR yearbook. Barrientes was lost. 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THE HURON EMERY | ISSUE 1: AUGUST 2 | NEWS CARTER | FROM PAGE ONE Elementary and soon following “Perhaps educators c o m m u n i t y he became Clague’s principal. were concerned, “ Carter said, support sysHURONa EMERY | ISSUE 1:I SEPTEMBER 3 | NEWS “It’sTHEalways big “That was removing myself tem,” Carter jump when you go from the from the kids while devel- said. “The reclassroom to leadership,” oping into a leader or princi- ception I got TEACHERS | FROM ONE “I’m going to keep saying was just overCarter said. “Everyone hasPAGEpal. or engineering teacher Robert up with new projects and new this belief that you have to principal right now but then w h e l m i n g l y Cupit, preserving bonds with ways for students to express ulinary arts I’mteacher go through a linear sequence going to transition into positive, but students is as important their newly obtained knowledge,” Samantha and follow a predictable pat- Dye calling itisa leader. 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Cain wants to make losing as it relates to will impact education for the said. “Of course there’s gonfocused curriculum that is hard “I am really going to “ I had tonot inside, I face,” have to recalibrate ev-PEnext content,” and health teacher experiences for each student 20 to 50 maybe even 100 na be some people that try to to teach when face to pull out my inner didn’t see pull over erything we just talked about, years, because it’s a system, it’s stop that. But I don’t fail, and I as positive as possible. Tim Cain said. 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I’m going to keep saying principal right now, but then I’m going to transition into callling it a leader. You can choose to be a prinicpal or leader.”

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THE EMERY STAFF EDITORS-IN-CHIEF: Vish Gondesi Allison Mi ADVISER: Sara-Beth Badalamente Ridhima Kodali Managing Editor Lydia Hargett News Editor Anita Gaenko Feature Editor Quinn Newhouse Sports Editor Amy Xiu Design Editor Julie Park Emery Alumna Verena Wu Emery Alumna Anna Esper Virginia He Eric Heng

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The dangers of the Line 3 oil pipeline project

VIRGINIA HE STAFF WRITER On the surface, one may not even think twice about what happens in the state of Minnesota. Seemingly peaceful natural landscapes cover the land, making it renown for its lakes, forests and streams. However, if someone were to take a deeper look, they would discover that there is much that doesn’t meet the eye about this seemingly tranquil state in the Midwest. If someone were to take a deeper look, they would hear the shooting of rubber bullets and the shouts of water protectors protesting one of Enbridge’s most controversial oil pipelines: Line 3. Built in the 1960s, the original Line 3 is “a crude oil pipeline extending from Edmonton, Alberta to Superior, Wisconsin,” according to Enbridge, the multinational pipeline company spearheading Line 3. The pipeline cuts across

northern Minnesota and has posed serious environmental safety and public health threats. Since its construction, Line 3 has had endless spills and ruptures and is corroding at an alarming rate. This puts human, animal and plant lives in danger; oil can seep into the soil and kill our primary source of food: crops and vegetation. It can stifle animals and ruin habitats: the very habitats that we depend on. However, despite these terrible conditions, Enbridge has pivoted towards a new and possibly even more concerning project: abandoning the original Line 3 and building a new pipeline through Minnesota’s most valuable lakes, ecosystems and indigenous treaty territory. The Line 3 replacement project would be Enbridge’s largest project in history, creating one of the largest crude oil pipelines globally. Once completed, Line 3 would transport over 900,000 barrels of tar sands crude oil a day. Tar sands oil, considered to be one of the dirtiest fuels in the world, is about “20 percent more carbon polluting than the average oil in the United Winona LaDuke, executive director of activist group Honor the Earth, makes a case against the Enbridge Line 3 replacement pipeline in Duluth, MN. (Star Tribune/ TNS)

Enbridge Energy has already built a 14-mile stretch of Line 3 from the Minnesota line to its terminal in Superior, Wis., but the rest of the project faces uncertainty. (Richard Tsong-Taatarii/ Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS)

States.” In fact, continuing with Line 3 would be the equivalent of “building 50 new coal fired power plants.” In a time where climate change is a growing threat, the last thing we need is continued increases in fossil fuel infrastructure and carbon emissions. Paired with Enbridge’s disastrous safety record (having had more than 800 spills between 1999 and 2010 alone), Line 3 is sure to be a recipe for disaster. Additionally, the Line 3 replacement project would disproportionately impact indigenous and tribal communities by threatening treaties, diminishing resources and exacerbating disparities that have resulted from centuries of systemic racism and oppression. Line 3 itself would violate at least three different treaties of the

Anishinaabeg, threatening indigenous sovereignty and the rights of tribes to self-determination and self-government. According to Tara Houska, a tribal attorney and Indigenous rights activist, “the reality is that three Ojibwe nations are suing against the approval of this project. They do not have consent. Enbridge simply is lying in terms of its so-called tribal buy-in of this project.” Barreling on with Line 3 would not only be a public safety concern, but a treaty rights and colonialism concern as well. There are many ways to support this campaign from afar. You can find ways to sign petitions, donate funds or even sign up to go to the front lines at ​​ stopline3 or learn more about the fight to end Line 3 at It’s clear that the sole objective of the Line 3 oil pipeline is not to provide energy security or any kind of benefits for the people, but rather to fund billiondollar corporations and the fossil fuel industry. For these reasons and more, groups of organizers and activists have gathered at the front lines in Minnesota to protest the construction of Line 3. Despite being hit with tear gas, shot by rubber and pepper bullets and thrown in jail (then denied medical care), these water protectors have led the charge to stop Line 3 and move towards a clean, sustainable and environmentally-friendly future.

THOUGHTS ON GOING BACK TO SCHOOL We asked students about the reinstated seven IN PERSON hour schedule Wilmer Garcia “It feels good to be back to doing school in person. When I got the news that I was going to be doing virtual classes, I thought it was going to be amazing. But I was wrong. It was an awful year. My grades went down, my mental stress elevated, basically everything was horrible. So now that we’re going back after 535 days, I couldn’t be more excited to be going back to school.”

Sri Tharika “I actually love school and I really missed being around people and I’m so glad that we don’t have to stare at a screen anymore! So I’m super excited to go back but a bit nervous at the same time.”

Tim Baker “I guess I feel excited because I’ll be able to see all my friends again and won’t have to be stuck at my computer as often.”


Popular Science: bridging scientists and laypeople

ERIC HENG COLUMNIST When’s the last time you picked a scientific paper? Listened to a scientific lecture? Most scientific journals cater to scientists, which is why pieces are often filled with jargon and undecipherable for non-scientists, so how should non-scientists learn about science? The two main outlets for the layperson to understand science are scientific journalism and popular science. While scientific journalism often presents breaking scientific news in a cut and dry manner, the popular science, the other side of this coin, is a more casual branch of science focused on educating the reader by triggering their interests and involvement. So far, my column has been mainly focused on the scientific journalism branch of public scientific engagement. Obviously, scientific journalism is important -the latest COVID-19 updates have highlighted this, but scientific journalism has its limitations. Oftentimes, it is written in dull language, laying out the facts and delivering a clear message. However, this only works with a population that has a belief in science. As science progresses faster than ever, the gap between scientists and laypeople only widens. As of lately, distrust in science has created some of humanity’s greatest challenges. There

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Starting fresh: it’s up to us to create Huron’s new culture Staff Editorial: Every student at Huron has something new this year Today, Aug. 30 is the first day all students, teachers and staff at Huron are connected under an arch since March 13, 2020 -- 535 days apart. We are the first group of students to set foot in the building following this historic hiatus. So it’s time for us to reinvent, reimagine and place the roots of Huron’s new culture. After all, for every Huron High School student, there’s something new this

upcoming year. Freshmen and sophomores finally got to see their classmates in person and experience the ins and outs of the school. Instead of shutting down a computer screen or taking a nap at the end of a school day, they ‘re navigating the after school rush with students speeding through tightly packed hallways, hear the bantering sounds of clubs before they begin their activities and see Huron sports teams prac-

ticing on the front turf and stadium once they exit to the outer campus. On the other hand, juniors and seniors are getting those nostalgic moments back, and experience school life under new Huron High School principal, Mr. Ché Anthony Carter. Now that we clearly know how it feels to be isolated for what feels like forever, it’ll make every new group, relationship and discovery at Huron even

more meaningful. Even the sensation of waking up more than an hour before school, rather than a couple minutes, will be new, albeit a bit painful. Almost everyone has at least seven hours at Huron. With clubs, sports, and other extracurriculars, which can easily be found on the Huron High School website, some people end up staying even longer. And if someone has an interest that isn’t there -- it’s now the

perfect time to start a new club, allowing the school to become more diverse and complete. Despite the twists and turns in the past year and a half, they taught us to cherish the time we have together. So let’s create an exciting place, culture and environment at Huron where those seven hours feel well spent, and more importantly give us memories and moments we’ll remember for our entire lives.


Rachel VanRiper’s journey to becoming a postpartum doula deprivation, “it all just hit like ALLISON MI a train wreck.” This was the EDITOR-IN-CHIEF toughest time for her. “I was just kind Rachel VanRiper of a disaster,” she said. “I thought she was a bad mom. couldn’t stop crying.” When VanRiper’s son, Austin, The reason? was born, there was no The little things. euphoric connection. “It was the fact that “People paint this I was a new mom,” VanRiper picture that as soon as you have said. “I was stressed. I was a baby, you’re instantly bonded overtired. And it all just to them,” Huron special happened overnight.” education teacher VanRiper Around that said. “You’re expected to have time, VanRiper spoke that moment where your with a doctor and was baby is on your chest and diagnosed with postpartum you’re like, ‘I’ve never loved anxiety and depression. anyone more.’ And I didn’t “Once there was a have any of that.” name put to it, I felt like I could V a n R i p e r handle it,” she said. “I wasn’t describes the feeling just losing my mind.” she had as babysitting VanRiper also learned someone else’s child. that the delayed bonding with “I very much wanted a child was very common to take care of that kid,” amongst other moms. VanRiper said. “I didn’t want “That makes total anything sense because bad to you wouldn’t just happen to meet someone and him, but you’re instantly I didn’t like, ‘You’re my have that best friend. I I-love-youlove you. Let me so-muchdo everything I’ve-neverfor you and tell l o v e d you everything,’” anythingVanRiper said. m o r e “And here I was, I feeling. had just met this And I felt new person, and very guilty I was expecting over that.” myself to just S h e know everything thought she he needed, wanted, was doing thought, desired, RACHEL VANRIPER something all of that, but that wrong. She takes time because thought she was a bad mom. I had to get to know him, a readjustment we don’t usually When VanRiper talk about as women.” was pregnant, she had At one month noticed an overwhelming postpartum, when VanRiper’s amount of support. husband went back to work, “How are you feeling?” she finally started to experience VanRiper’s mother-in-law that I’ve-never-lovedwould ask protectively. anyone-more bond. “Put your feet “Austin and I were just up, honey,” VanRiper’s figuring it out together, and it father would insist. felt like it was the first time “Let me get that that it was just the two of us,” chair for you,” VanRiper’s VanRiper said. “I was like and mother said. “And is that the still am today, ‘I’m obsessed cushion you like?” with being your mom. I But after the baby was love you so much.’” born, that attention stopped. It VanRiper found that shifted to someone else. a main factor that helped “Can I hold the baby?” her overcome postpartum VanRiper’s mother-in-law anxiety was the community asked expectantly. of moms who wrapped their “He is so arms around her, assured her, cute,” VanRiper’s nurtured her and listened. father gushed. Even after her recovery, she “Let me get that wanted to immerse herself rattle for you,” VanRiper’s more in this community of mother said. “Oh you want women supporting women. the other rattle?” Additionally, “You’re just sitting VanRiper wanted to be there on the sidelines and for other new moms the no one is paying attention,” postpartum support she had VanRiper said. “You almost not received. In fact, there’s feel invisible. So I was a profession with that precise struggling. Big time.” purpose: a postpartum doula. At three weeks And VanRiper was determined postpartum for VanRiper, to become one. who had a severe case of sleep In March 2020, when

You’re expected to have that moment where your baby is on your chest and you’re like, ‘I’ve never loved anyone more.’ And I didn’t have any of that.

After having had a difficult time postpartum with motherhood herself, VanRiper strives to become other new moms’ advocate through the profession of a postpartum doula. COURTESY OF VANRIPER

the world shut down, VanRiper decided it was the perfect time to start her training. To become a doula, she attended a five-day program that ran from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., “down to the minute.” In July 2020, VanRiper received her postpartum doula certificate through Doulas of North America (DONA) International. Currently, she helps new moms primarily through virtual communication. Whether it be making late night phone calls for reassurance, writing out g ro c e ry lists or researching how to help the mom find out areas w h e r e they could r e c e i v e additional support, VanRiper describes it as being a new mom’s advocate. VanRiper also uses her Instagram account (deardoula_) to offer support to new moms. She started this account with the goal of providing moms with a supportive space and inclusive community of people when they are facing “difficult mom moments.” VanRiper often posts about her experience having dealt with postpartum anxiety and the behind-the-scenes struggles of motherhood, always ending the caption with an encouraging phrase. “Your anger is valid. Your pain is valid. Your frustration. Your hope. Your patience. READ THE FULL STORY ON THEHURONEMERY.COM

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How toxic academia has affected students and staff in a pandemic VISH GONDESI, JULIE PARK, AND VERENA WU EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, EMERY ALUMNA, EMERY ALUMNA Virtual school is a incredibly good grades,” AP cheater’s paradise. It’s a turn and DP Chemistry teacher your camera off, in one ear Andrew Collins said. “I think out the other and take every that pushes people, just the shortcut possible type of place. system of it, to try to cut It’s also the type of place that’s corners a little bit because amplified an already prevalent they feel ‘hey my sister did problem- toxic academia- this, my brother did this, my which has an parents did underlying this, I can’t effect on be the one numerous to let them schools. down.’ So For me and my friends, there’s a lot grades are really a top “There’s this of pressure.” priority. They always academic A standard large part of come up in conversathat I have the pressure tions, and I hear that to achieve a n d even though competition some got an A+ on a test no one is driven by while I got a 98 percent. talks about the college I feel like I need to step it it,” class of application 2021 alumni process. up even though it’s just Joey Oh two percent” said. “You “The main get looked thing that I NATALIE MUENZ, 11 down on if see is that you don’t the culture meet this standard or if you really emphasizes things don’t take these classes and that are tangible,” class of if you don’t get this score.” 2021 alumni Rose Seidl said. From the outside, “Our grades and GPA Huron boasts impressive are tangible things rankings and scores. Niche that you can assess, Magazine has ranked Huron but you can’t really as the third best high school in assess someone’s Washtenaw County and third understanding of best college preparation high something by just looking school in Michigan. In 2019, at things like that.” 61 percent of Huron’s seniors Accordingly, had a GPA of 3.0 or higher. students find Regardless, there is a lot t h e m s e l v e s going on behind the numbers. p r i o r i t i z i n g Junior Natalie Muenz getting good also feels this pressure to g r a d e s compete with her peers. instead of “For me and my actually friends, grades are really a top priority,” Muenz said. “They always come up in conversations, and I hear that some got an A+ on a test while I got a 98 percent. I feel like I need to step it up even though it’s just two percent.” Pressure that even comes from family. “You have to have the GPA, you have to take the SAT and you have to load up and stress yourself out and get

learning class material. “The back of my mind is like ‘it’s just online learning. It’s not important,”’ Muenz said. “It feels more optional so I’m not gonna really need this later.” Even with a year of preparation after the pandemic first hit, teachers struggled to overcome this lack of motivation from students. “I hate to say this, but I am going into this with the assumption that, even though it’s not meant to be this way, every kid is taking the

tests, open book and open note,” Collins said. “What I did not expect is that kids would just take tests together on Discord. It is one thing to peek at your notes, it is completely another thing to simply copy someone e l s e ’ s answer.” Normally, Collins has designated days for students to look at tests when phones are prohibited in class. Outside o f

these days, Collins keeps all tests to prevent students from accessing tests from previous years. “Last year, because of the snow day and the midwinter break, I had two classes one week behind one other class,” Collins said. “And so the first group has taken a test, and the second group is now coming up to take the test. I’m just assuming that many people have looked at the test already, or they have screenshots.” To decrease cheating, Collins disabled the class Zoom chat during tests, but he acknowledges that they could still text or email each other. He also curves his tests based on the highest score, to discourage students from sharing answers with each other. What he noticed was kids who cheated did not score as high on the actual AP exam. Oh agrees that the curve discourages cheating. “I think you would







understand that if you unfairly raise the curve and you get a really good score but it’s not your score, you don’t deserve that,” Oh said. S o m e t i m e s students still resort to cheating. AP teachers understand the stress, for example Collins offers collaborative work days and is regularly available to students, provided that they reach out. Teachers often offer extensions when students ask early for support and on a case-by-case basis revisions are offered. It becomes tough though when students compare grades. The mentality to get the A is still there. Many times on assessment pass-back days, teachers see toxic-academia at its peak. Students are quick to compare grades and soon want to know how to get just one or two points more. AP 11 teacher Sara Neevel addresses this when she hands back graded essays. “When students receive their graded papers or assignments in AP Lang, I always encourage students to not share grades with one another,” Neevel



of high schoolers say they are “of ten or are always feeling stressed” by schoolwork. WASHINGTON POST

said. “I can see students tense “I don’t think that the up when papers are passed pressure to get a good grade back because they don’t want has increased, but I think to share their grades with their that it hasn’t decreased,” classmates. I spend a good Seidl said. “It’s obviously so amount of time emphasizing much harder now not only that this is not something to for students to actually pick compare, share or ask about. up the material but also to Sure if students want to share focus from home all the time.” with their peers, that’s fine, but Student mental it gets out of health has hand when also been students impacted receive a by the toxic paper and academic It is time to trust students the first culture. more and treat them thing they According say is, ‘What to the like the young adults did you get?’ Child Mind they are. I hope that That’s not Institute, 32 extending due dates and the purpose percent of of an Americans offering opportunities to assignment will meet the make corrections gives and it criteria for depreciates an anxiety students overwhelming the value of disorder options other than cheatthe feedback by the age ing” I give to of 18 and help them 14 percent JEREMY SCHUITMAN improve.” will be AP Statistics Teacher affected by The doa depressive it-yourself mentality d i s o r d e r . of AP classes that Oh “I have witnessed describes has exacerbated many students experience during the pandemic. panic attacks due to school “It’s more like you have to related pressures,” psychology be dependent on yourself teacher Nadine Ghawi said. “I and if you can’t handle that feel that students can still learn pressure, you just resort to and be successful without other resources so that you the excessive pressure.” can handle it,” Muenz said. The pandemic has only Even with the worsened the issue. According social constraints to a study conducted by the brought on by the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, “46 percent of parents say their teen has shown signs of a new or worsening mental health condition since the start of the pandemic in March 2020.” Muenz is one of these students that feels toxic academia and the pandemic has negatively impacted her mental health. “I tend to focus all my energy into this competitive cycle of getting good grades and just trying to keep up with

pandemic, it hasn’t reduced the pressure on students.


Percent of teens saying they personally feel ____ pressure to ge t good grades A lot

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everyone else,” Muenz said. “It’s honestly exhausting and can sometimes feel never-ending.” Last year AAPS attempted to lower the pressure on students by offering later start options, a block-schedule, assigning no-homework weekends and integrating Social and Emotional Learning curriculum into advisory classes. “Teachers at Huron really try to combat toxic academia,” counselor Nichole Nunlee said. “They offer a lot of help and recognize that our students face a lot of stressors. They do their best to be supportive and accommodate student needs. They see students as much more than a grade.” AP Statistics teacher Jeremy Schuitman

is one of these teachers. “It is important that students recognize two things: they are special and it is safe to communicate struggles,” Schuitman said. Schuitman gives his students flexible deadlines and opportunities to make testcorrections in an attempt to relieve some stress from the virtual school year. He also made all the AP Statistic tests asynchronous. “Cheating is happening, whether we are in school or not,” Schuitman said. “I kind of like that the responsibility is on each student. It is time to trust students more and treat them like the young adults they are. I hope that extending due dates and offering opportunities to make corrections gives students overwhelming options other than cheating.”



1. Heading through the cascades, special education teachers Nicole Pilkens and Susan Bowes hold their paddles as instructed by the Argo staff. “This was an awesome kick off to our school year,” Pilkens said. “I loved seeing everyone smiling, laughing and excited to start our new school year. I hope this is a new Huron tradition.” 2. The bus dropped staff members off at Argo Park at 8:30 a.m. Ninth and tenth grade office professional Angie Gill loads into her boat. 3. “I got to go kayaking with one of our new art teachers, Lyndsey Vockel,” art teacher Kristen Kubaki said. “It was a great opportunity to have fun and get to know each other in a relaxing way. Being outside on the water made me feel more at peace than I can ever remember feeling during our first-day meetings.” VISH





Staff start their professional development team building on the Huron River

2 4. The staff embarked on a 3.6 mile trip down the Huron River. 5. Of all the kayaks that headed out on the river, only a few tipped over. Math teacher Pete Collins and computer science teacher Kevin Behmer made a quick balance recovery and did not take a swim. 5 6. Social studies teacher Taylor Glinski and math teacher Lauren Taube hit the man-made cascades. “Kayaking was a really refreshing way to get back into ‘work mode,’” Taube said. “I felt energized, relaxed and had so much fun connecting with colleagues that I hadn’t seen all summer.” 7. After the cascades, Math teacher Jeremy Schuitman enjoyed the morning paddle down the river with his best friends.

7 8. At the end of the trip, English teacher Bob Fox and art teacher Jonathan Smigell enjoyed sweet treats provided by Washtenaw Dairy. Smigell and Fox have been teaching together for 17 years. “I enjoyed spending quality time with my bestie Mr. Smigell and seeing so many other friends,” Fox said. “And not tipping over.”









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A 50th Indian birthday party. Alcohol. Four girls singing “Traitor” by Olivia Rodrigo. A deadly combination. It was roughly around 10:45 pm, and my friends and I were forced to sing. We all just wanted to finish watching “Twilight” and sleep. That’s all. Why were we forced to sing? I have no idea. “Come on. It won’t be that bad. Let’s all sing a 2-minute song and it’ll be fine,” I said. “The aunties won’t annoy us anymore.” Slowly that changed to, “I don’t want to sing. We are all bad. Just let us finish our movie. ” See here’s the thing, none of us can actually sing. We all went outside, as that’s where everyone was and some uncle was singing Hindi songs. There was a mic and someone’s matte black iPhone 11 to read the lyrics off of. After quite a lot of persuasion from the aunties and uncles, we ended up singing “Traitor” by Olivia Rodrigo. We all knew the entire song. Backwards and forwards. As the background music started, the words just flew from each one of us. Although we sounded really out of tune, we all were very passionate. We felt the heartbreak. Line by line. Word by word. That’s what made it such a fun moment.




I am a huge Swiftie. Taylor’s music got me through a lot of things, especially when it came to Mock Trial Nationals. Our first round of nationals was over and I was positive we’d lost. Although it wasn’t my turn to participate in that round, I was going to be in the next round. With the 20-minute break I had, I was walking around the house wearing a black blazer, white shirt and black pants. I couldn’t think at all, except, “What if I fail? What if I let everyone down?” “Listen to some music,” my brother had suggested. “Or eat some fries. Drink some water.” I stormed out of our kitchen, bopped upstairs to my room and played “New Romantics.” And as Christina or Meredith from “Grey’s Anatomy” would say, I danced it out. The nerves, slowly left my body. With every second, with every minute I listened to “New Romantics” I felt alive. The beat and the chorus just lifted up my mood. It was like people cheering for me. And I became more confident. I wasn’t scared. We ended up winning that round.


I’m a worrier. I am a big ball of anxiety. At my darkest moments, I listen to “In my blood.” This song helps me to realize that lots of people -- almost everyone -- suffers from anxiety at some point, so it’s okay so long as you find a way to deal with it. Multiple people go through or deal with anxiety. And it’s okay to have anxiety. It’s nice to listen to something relatable. Knowing someone out there is going through the same thing as you are. And everything will be okay. In this song for instance, “Help me it’s like the walls are caving in, sometimes I feel like giving up, but I just can’t.” As I put my AirPods in, I sing this song and I let out everything. I like the anticipation the song builds up to. It makes the song that much better to sing my heart out to. Especially when I’m anxious. There’s just something about singing or screaming to a lyrical song like this in the car or shower that makes me end up feeling calmer. It just makes me feel good. So don’t be surprised if you hear me singing “It isn’t in my blood” so passionately to the point where I would almost scream it.


How and why I unexpectedly got hooked on K-dramas as a non-Korean speaker ANNABELLE YE STAFF WRITER

A few months ago, I would not even entertain the idea of a TV series spoken in a foreign language. However, a 24 second video changed my perspective. When it came to visual entertainment, I always stayed in my comfort zone. Whether it was the genre, the plot or the language, the feeling of familiarity was what I sought. Watching over 300 episodes of dramatic doctors doing the

dirty while I simultaneously scrolled through Pinterest was my idea of leisure time spent well. So when the idea of watching a Korean drama was presented to me, I rejected it. How was I supposed to fully grasp the deep emotions and meanings of a scene when I couldn’t even understand the language the characters were speaking? How could I possibly experience the “butterflies in my stomach” when I’m merely reading words off of a screen?

How was I supposed to fully grasp the deep emotions and meanings of a scene when I couldn’t even understand the language the characters were speaking?”

My rejection continued as these questions remained unanswered. However, my TikTok “For You Page” refuted these assumptions I made. After scrolling through far too many cake decorating videos, I came across a video of a man and woman sitting across from each other, which I later realized was “Lovestruck in the City” debuted on Netflix, Dec. 22, 2020. The K-Drama a scene from the follows a storyline based on six people and their love and dating life. K-Drama “LoveRIDHIMA KODALI struck in the City.” beautifully acted that it felt am truly lovestruck. I laughed, “How are you doing?” like I was witnessing a real I cried and I got more but “Good.” conversation. terflies. It’s understandable “...why am I annoyed A 24 second TikTok as non-Korean speakers to to hear that you’re doing video of a TV series I had no be uninterested in films and well?” knowledge of gave me buttershows that are in an unfamil The hurt in the man’s flies. At that moment, I knew iar language but it never hurts voice, the tears in both charwhat my next watch would be. to give it a shot. In the end, acter’s eyes, the raw emotions, After finishing the brilliant acting can break any the chemistry -- it was so entire series, it’s safe to say I language barrier.


Athlete mental health from the Olympics to the MHSAA VISH GONDESI EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

She won four gold medals at the Rio 2016 Olympics. She had signature M i c h i g a n moves officially named High School Athletic after her. She was being Association’s (MHSAA) called the GOAT. Executive Director, Mark But after her Uyl, was at a NCAA meeting mind and body were no when he heard something longer in sync, she lost her that almost made him fall aunt and struggled with out of his chair. depression, Biles decided “The chief medical to prioritize her mental officer [Brian Hainline] health, even if it meant not said that the biggest issue being able to participate confronting college student on the highest stage of her athletes was mental health,” sport. Biles later rejoined Uyl said. “This was right the games and won bronze in the middle of almost in balance beam. every athletic organization Her decision drew focusing on concussions, significant criticism, but almost 24/7, and what also significant support -that did was it illuminated including fellow notable that in athletics, we often Olympians such as focus on the physical well Michael Phelps, Allyson being of kids, but the Felix and Aly Raisman. mental well being needs Uyl says that if a situation to be an equal partner like this were to happen in that dynamic.” in high T h i s school, meeting t h e was held illness nearly of the five years “I really think that the student ago. Years Simone Biles scenario athlete later, in is the gives us an opportunity the 2020 number T o k y o to have that conversation o n e Olympics, priority. and say ‘Our teenage Simone “All athletes need some B i l e s of us withdrew space, just to be teenage would f r o m a g r e e athletes’” several that if events, MARK UYL a knee including MHSAA Executive Director injury the team hasn’t f i n a l healed and individual all-around and a kid can’t play, then competition due to mental there shouldn’t be any health reasons. criticism when that athlete For her, the has to remain out, the same narrative was gold or bust, with a concussion recovery, and with her pedigree, it and I think that same thing was definitely possible.

Left: Simone Biles competes on the beam during the U.S. Gymnastics Championships at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas, on June 4, 2021. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images/TNS) Middle: U.S. gymnast Simone Biles competes on the beam in the women’s team qualifying at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Sunday, July 25, 2021. She withdrew days later, citing her mental health. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/TNS) Right: U.S. gymnast Simone Biles delivers a gold-medal performance in the Individual Women’s Floor Exercise final at Rio Olympic Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

needs to be in a Simone Biles situation,” Uyl said. “That’s got to be an individual, personal decision that athletes are going to have to make on their own.” Pressure in the Olympics is a given. Yet with the rise of social media and the natural competition in sports, external pressure can take a toll on high school athletes as well. “I really think that the Simone Biles scenario gives us an opportunity to have that conversation and say ‘Our teenage athletes need some space, just to be teenage athletes,’” Uyl said.

“I think the expectations that Simone had on her is one reason why she just needed to step back and take a break.” Once the importance of mental health was brought to Uyl’s attention at the NCAA meeting, the MHSAA started developing a plan for mental health in high school sports. “We pulled together a mental health task force that met three times, and we identified some goals for the group,” Uyl said. As a result, the MHSAA Sports Medical Advisory Committee

formed, consisting of medical professionals that meet four times a year. Additionally the MHSAA partnered with be nice, a division of the West Michigan Mental Health Foundation. “When you’re not an expert, you need to go out and find a partner that is an expert,” Uyl said. “[Be nice.] really brought a lot of great things to the table. If kids are struggling, then there’s READ THE FULL STORY ON THEHURONEMERY.COM

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4 1. Junior Amer Al-Ebidi juggles the ball at men’s soccer’s Media Day on Aug. 12. Temperatures have been reaching above 100 degrees on the turf fields. 2. Cheerleading practices are taking place in the evenings at the River Rat Stadium. 3. Junior Kevin Zhang serves in his doubles practice match. 4. To see this years cheerleading team in action, head to the varsity football games. 5. Men’s tennis won the first place trophy at their last quad.


Back in Tune

Music students return to Interlochen after a virtual year

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had 150+ campers


This was the first year band hosted the Cabin Cup competition, where the score was compiled from Rat Races, Field Day and cabin cleaning.

ORCHESTRA had 80+ campers 5


This was the first year the personalized Huron cabin flags were made for the annual OrchestRAT Olympics.


4 1. Violin 1 players take advantage of the beautiful Interlochen weather and have sectionals outdoors. 2. The cello section lines up behind Kresge Auditorium, ready to step on stage to perform. 3. Orchestra director, Timothy Krohn, teaches students Huron’s fight song. 4. Marching band performs on Interlochen’s Cabutti Field. 5. Orchestra’s cabin 5, which had a theme of “Five Guys,” marches onto the field during the OrchestRAT Olympics. 6. Band members celebrate the end of the week, after a rigorous schedule of stage and marching rehearsals. 7. Twelve remaining members of Noteworthy choir practice their acapella arrangement for the talent show. COURTESY OF BAND, OR-


had 30+ campers


Celebrating the retirement of Huron’s choir teacher of 29 years, Bonnie Kidd, she conducted the entire music department for Huron’s Alma Mater during the final performance.

“After we finished our last piece at the concert I just had this feeling of like ‘yeah, we just did that, and it didn’t sound completely terrible.’”

“Performing ‘Frozen’s’ ‘Into the Unknown’ during the talent show, where I was dressed as Elsa and Natalie Muenz was Olaf.”

Sophomore Natalie Bohnsack

Senior Mari Park

“The bonfire on the last night of camp because I really got the sense of family that exists in orchestra, and that kind of community doesn’t really exist anywhere else.” Senior Josh Sinha

“When my cabin mates and I chased a dog in a moving car for a picture during the scavenger hunt, even though we didn’t end up getting the dog in the picture.” Freshman Zoe Zhang


What is your favorite memory? ORCHESTRA



“My favorite memory was singing in a full concert with my peers in choir after being apart for over a year. I loved the feeling of being able to resonate with others through music. Singing at the concert reignited my love for performing after over a year of absence.” Senior Vaibhav Ramaseshadri

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The Huron Emery Volume 7 Issue 1  

Huron High School's student newspaper

The Huron Emery Volume 7 Issue 1  

Huron High School's student newspaper


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