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Taking risks and branching out

In Editorials on January 6, 2012 at 8:22 pm

Growing and becoming a well-rounded person is part of becoming an adult. Photo courtesy of Kristen Hegel

By: Kristen Hegel

            Helen Keller once said, “Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.” As much as we all try to lead adventurous lives and try new things, many of us remain stuck to the norm. Being open-minded and branching out is a very important quality to me, and I also think it should be important to others as well.

            High school is the point in our lives where we really begin to have the opportunity to try new things, get involved with activities and meet new people. This is the age where we start developing into who we will become for the rest of our adult lives; now is the time to begin practicing habits that will help us live an adventurous life.

            First off, the phrase “try new things” is very vague and can imply many things. In this case, vague is good; it means there are many things in which you can try. Whether it be trying new foods or picking up a new hobby, you can never go wrong. The worst possible thing that could happen is that you don’t like it. You never know if something you try is about to become a major interest and/or hobby in your life.

            Trying new things should also apply to school. Whether it is trying new classes, joining a club or befriending new people, you could be discovering something that could spark your interest. Throughout high school, I have taken a variety of classes which have given me new interests and new friends. I challenge you to do the same, because you never know when you’ll stumble upon something that you enjoy doing. For seniors who are venturing off to their next step, I challenge you to do the same wherever life takes you.

              Growing and becoming a well-rounded person is part of becoming an adult. Trying new things and being open-minded is a part of branching out and leading a productive, adventurous life. Are you going to let your life be a daring adventure, or nothing?


Adoption vs Foster Care

In Editorials on January 6, 2012 at 8:12 pm

     By Stephanie Proctor  

     Have you ever wondered what foster care and adoption are? Have you ever thought about their differences? Why do kids want to be adopted verses staying in foster care? How did kids removed for the first place?

Stephanie Proctor smiles for the camera Photo courtesy Rose Snipes

      Foster care is children are placed into a home that they have never seen before with parents they have nerve met. Being adopted means a child becomes apart of a new family. New parents take on the responsibility from the biological parents and raise the adopted child as their own.   

         There are a lot of differences and some similarities to being adopted and being in foster care. The differences are the guardian, (permanent/nonpermanent), and what happens when the child turns 18. A foster child’s guardian is the state. Being a foster child means that the child doesn’t have a permanent home. The child is there until he/she is either adopted, return home or have to move to another foster home. When parents adopt the child, the stay child is permanent unless the adopted parents decide to give them back. When the young adult turns 18 he/she can sign themselves out of foster care. The similarities are that they in both situations with the child don’t their biological parents. The parents have to go through paperwork and do background checks. They both are start after kids are brought into the Department of Social Services (DSS), which is when kids and young adults are taken away from your family, then the kids are placed into foster after the child then can be adopted.

            When it comes to contact with the biological parents, there is a difference. When a child is first placed into foster care for about year or two, DSS allows him/her to see his/her family. Sometimes after the parent’s, rights are terminated, which means to the real parents are not their parents? More the case worker can give the foster parents permission to allow the kids or kid to write to their biological parents. While still in foster care, they become a warden of the state.  When adopted, it is up to the parents to decide. Sometimes the adoptive parents will say no for the child’s best interest.  

            So being adopted is not a bad thing. There is nothing wrong with being in foster care. Some kids are fine with talking about it and others would rather keep it to themselves because they don’t want people knowing they were taken away from their parents.  Kids and young adults go into foster care for many reasons. So hopefully you learned something.

To be or not to be

In Editorials on January 6, 2012 at 7:47 pm

By: Erica Beachum

            As girls we are taught, “If guys are mean to you, they’re into you,” but that is not always the case in today’s society. By freshman year in high school, most girls have already had at least one boyfriend, and we all learn from our ex’s what we do not want in our future. That is why they are called an ex which is short for example of what we do not want to be with. The older we get, the more we learn about boys. We learn that some, not all, lie and cheat, but even though we know that, why do we believe that we are “in love” with them?

Two teenagers display an infatuation with one another, otherwise known as "young love" or "puppy love". Photo courtesy of Google images

             As kids turn into teenagers and teenagers turn into young adults, their hormones begin to change. Their minds begin to mature and they develop feelings for others. They sense “signals” being sent from somebody and then become infatuated with them. There are cases where relationships from high school end up working out, but the majority of them do not.

             The allure of danger lurking around from every corner, the spontaneous feeling given off from being rebellious, could those be what draws our attention? Could it be the way they follow their own rules and nobody else’s?  There is no proven statistics on why girls are attracted to bad boys. Yet, when girls end up with the alleged “bad boy”, they end up hurt in the end. Although, no matter what, we would do anything to take them back. We get the feeling that it was us who made the error.

            We find out that guys lie to us. We find out that boys cheat on us. Why do they do it though? As girls, we over analyze things. We think “was it something I did?” or “was he just not happy with me anymore?” Odds are, you did nothing wrong. You did all you could do and he still treated you poorly. Even when he treats you poorly, in your mind you end up becoming infatuated with what went wrong. You go through a mix of emotions. You believe you love him when it is just that you want to be wanted by somebody. Even if you do not find your soulmate in high school, you still have the rest of your life to do so.

If only…

In Editorials on January 6, 2012 at 7:42 pm

By: Tinsley Tullos

If only I could go back to the ninth grade and get a head start on my GPA. If only I could go back and meet about a hundred more people throughout my years. If only I could have tried out for the dance team, gone out for the golf team or joined other clubs. If only I could start all over again. I am graduating in five months, and what do I have to show for it?

Sometimes I wonder what I could have done differently; where this high schol road could have taken me. Photo courtesy of Kristen Hegel

Sure I have made some lifelong friends, won a senior superlative, obtained an above average GPA and was inducted into the National Beta Club, but is that really all I could achieve in four years? Sometimes I wonder what I could have done differently; where else this high school road could have taken me. Then I reflect on my personal beliefs, and pause on the fact that everything I did or did not do in high school was for a reason; my God let me experience what I needed to.

I feel a certain amount of remorse when I think about the class of 2012, and it somehow always leads me to question this group’s level of closeness. We have waited three years, separated into cliques and alliances formed long before the big year. We never grew out of those groups, and I am afraid that now it is too late. If only the class of 2012 could have reached out to a classmate in need, had a conversation with someone maybe he/she had never spoken to before or hung out with a different group of students every once and a while. 

Five months is scary. Trying to obtain better grades? That is less likely to happen.  Meeting new people? What is the point? Attempting to squeeze in an extra-curricular? Try again. I encourage all of you, whether you are freshmen too young to care or a junior already too cool for school, live through as many things in high school as you can. Take that group of friends whom you have hung around with for ages and combine with another group. Let us hope for the domino effect to create a connected class, a class that you are not ready to leave behind.

We should not just assume that senior year magically creates some sort of bonding air. I fell under the same beliefs, and quickly came to the realization that I was surely mistaken. Talk to as many people as your voice will allow, say as many kind words as you can speak, create as many memories as your schedule permits and whatever you do, do not wait until your final year to attend a basketball game; they are good, trust me. Never let your graduating year lead you to the question of “if only…”


In Editorials, Uncategorized on January 6, 2012 at 7:41 pm

By: Trevor Ottley

Your parents are always there for you. They can be your best friends, if you let them. Photo courtesy of Drew Marshall

                          Parents have a tendency to come off as annoying, strict, and mean. I know, because both my sister and I have experienced all of these symptoms from our parents at one point or another. Even though they may seem like they don’t care and they’re doing this just to get on your nerves, it’s not that at all. Surprisingly, they have a method to their madness. It’s called caring. Your parents care about you, no matter how much you might think they don’t.

                        All kids have experienced the most depressing, mortifying word that comes out of a parent’s mouth. This word is “no.” If you ask them to go to a concert and the bands that are playing are the Death Horses and Sadistic Killers, you shouldn’t be surprised when they say no. They say no because they don’t want you to get into trouble or to get hurt. Parents are smart when it comes to these kinds of things. I have been through this many times throughout my life already, and every time I have learned why they didn’t let me go. It might make sense in your head to go sneak behind the airport and watch the airplanes take off with your significant other, but your parents can see past your ridiculous thoughts and tell you what is actually the smarter and safer move. Parents aren’t dumb. Trust me. They know what is best for you, and they aren’t afraid to tell you what to do. You don’t have control over them; they have control over you.

            There are times when you need your parents most, like when your significant other breaks up with you, or when you’re sick and have nobody to take care of you. Your parents are always there for you. They can be your best friends, if you let them. They were teenagers once, and they understand everything you are going through. They always know exactly what to tell you to make you feel better. They care about you, really. Parents hate seeing you sad or in pain. For example, this past weekend, I was in the hospital for six hours due to intense stomach and back pains, and my parents were there with me every single second. I wouldn’t have wanted it to be any other way. I could see how worried they were, and it made me realize that they care about me more than anything. My sister has gone through very similar situations, and they were with her just as much as they were with me.

            Parents are awesome, if you think about it. They are always there for you when you need them, they know how and what to do to make you feel better, and they love you more than anybody could ever love anything. Just give your parents a chance and you will realize how amazing they really are.

That perfect look

In Editorials on December 16, 2011 at 8:15 pm

By:Bryana Gose

as long as you can own your own look thats all that matters. Photo courtesy of Google images

As little girls, we all grew up playing with Barbies. Barbie was considered perfect in our world. She had long blonde hair, gorgeous blue eyes and a body any girl would die for. As we became older, models became our “Barbie.” Every girl wants that perfect hair, those beautiful eyes and the body we see in magazines, on commercials and on runways all around the world. The truth is, those girls go through drastic measures, and are photo shopped to look that way.

            Every girl has looked at a magazine and said to herself, “I wish I looked like her.” Companies use skinny, perfect girls for advertisement. Girls look at a magazine and then look at themselves in a mirror, thinking they are not good enough. Seeing girls like this makes us think we are not skinny, but that we are fat only because we see those specific girls used for advertisement. I think we do that because growing up we were told how perfect looks and what perfect was. Did we grow up thinking there is only that one “perfect” look?

            In high school girls are always self-conscious. We worry about what we are wearing, how we look and our overall image. Girls are always judging each other on how they look and their appearance, not by what is on the inside. If somebody doesn’t have that certain style, they are referred to as different.

I think the Barbie look is unrealistic. No girl should be judged on how they look just because they don’t look like a plastic doll. No matter where you are or who you are with, people will judge you on your looks. Is it like this because of a toy we played with growing up? Are we all supposed to look like Barbie? The truth is everybody is perfect the way you are.

Getting in the Christmas spirit

In Editorials on December 16, 2011 at 8:14 pm

By: Kristen Hegel

              As we grow older, it seems like the Christmas spirit inside of us fades away, but it doesn’t have to happen this year. There are many ways you can get in the mood for the holiday season and revert back to your old ways of being excited about it.

When your home is filled with reminders of the approaching holiday, it's hard to disregard the excitement. Photo courtesy of Google images

So you hear some Christmas tunes on the radio. What’s your first reaction? I don’t know what it is, but it appears that everyone is programmed to immediately change the station. If you’re one of those station-changers, you’ve successfully identified your first mistake. When it comes to holiday music, one must take the time to really enjoy it. I, personally, love all the classic songs, but if that’s not your thing, there’s a variety of Christmas songs out there. You might be surprised to discover that your favorite artists have Christmas albums.

            On to another form of entertainment, movies. There’s no excuse not to catch one (or more) Christmas movies during this season because you can find them on almost any television channel. I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who didn’t like the movie, Elf. There’s also The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, and A Christmas Story. If you’re still not sure what to watch, check out ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas, where a Christmas movie is played every night at 8 p.m.

            When most people think of the holidays, shopping comes to mind, and what is better than rushing with crowds into stores trying to get all the new gadgets on sale? Holiday shopping is definitely one of the best ways to get into the spirit, mainly because it’s hard not to catch the Christmas spirit from all the holiday shoppers surrounding you. Also, chances are, if you’re shopping for someone else, you’re already putting thought into another person. While you’re enjoying the decorated shops and cheerful background music, don’t forget to splurge on yourself; there are a ton of deals this time of year that you can’t pass up.

            Even though Thanksgiving is over, it’s never too late to be thankful and give back. Let the Christmas season inspire you to be generous. Christmastime is the perfect time to not only donate money to a charity, but to donate your time. There are plenty of places in your community that need a helping hand, especially as the holidays arrive. If you don’t have the time, you can at least drop some spare coins in the Salvation Army collection buckets while you’re shopping.

            Lastly comes my favorite method of spreading Christmas joy: decorating the Christmas tree, along with the whole house, and sitting by the fireplace drinking hot chocolate. My family’s house is coated with Christmas accessories and decorations. When your home is filled with reminders of the approaching holiday, it’s hard to disregard the excitement.

            As you can see, there are an abundance of things you can do to prepare for the upcoming holiday. So don’t be Scrooge, get in the Christmas spirit. Most of all, spend time with family, friends and the ones you love. After all, that’s what the holidays are for.

The Ladies Behind the Desk

In Editorials on December 16, 2011 at 8:05 pm

 By Julia Applegate

Throughout the day at Fort Mill High School, our usual routine of going class to class could be interrupted by a quick trip to the front office. Maybe you need to pick up your lunch, a book left at home or to get change for five. Whatever the reason is, you will always find Libby Freeman and Janice Tolbert.

I might have just blown a few of your minds; you could be wondering who these people are or maybe you think you have heard of them. That’s what I want to change. The ladies in the front office do a lot of things throughout the day that usually go unnoticed. Mrs. Tolbert has to collect attendance from all of the students and classrooms, not to mention the fact that she has to collect and file the excuses. Our school may not be as big as some other schools, but when you think about all of the people that are absent for one reason or another, that adds up quickly.

                Then there is Mrs. Freeman. She is the lady who sits behind the main desk every day. She is the one that calls you from your class to get something from the front office or to be dismissed. She is also the lady that will give you change for five if you need it. These are a few of things that she does every day.  I will continually see a line of students in the front office that are there for one reason or another, and Mrs. Freeman helps every single one of them, and never forgets to smile.

My main point is that without Mrs. Tolbert or Mrs. Freeman, the front office would be a huge mess and no one would know why they were called to the office in the first place. Almost every person in the school has been to the front office at least once and, let’s be honest, most of us go get what we need and then leave without so much as a thank you or a smile. All I’m asking is that the next time you go up to the front office, say thank you after they help you or return a friendly smile that you always receive.

Helping teenagers all day probably isn’t always the most exciting job in the world so we should at least try to make it pleasurable and rewarding.  After all the things that they do for us on a daily basis, we could at least do these two things as a sign of our appreciation towards them.

Spread love this holiday season

In Editorials on December 16, 2011 at 8:02 pm

By: Morgan Deal

No matter what religion you practice, the holiday season should be about giving thanks, spending time with family and giving back. Photo courtesy of Sasha Jimenez

            I look forward to the holidays every year, and as cliché as it sounds, the holidays are my favorite time of the year. Who doesn’t love all the food and the great messages and values that are spread around this time of the year? However, the past few Christmases haven’t been the same.  I’ve noticed that the holidays have adopted a different meaning, one that isn’t the best.

            It is shameful to think of what the meaning of the holidays have come to. I think Amy Grant puts it best in her song “I Need a Silent Night” when she says people try to buy Christmas peace. A defining characteristic of the modern holiday season is stores packed with people pushing and shoving to get the latest toy or gadget for their loved ones. It’s as if buying the greatest thing you can get your hands on will make the holidays golden. In actuality, the emphasis of the “perfect gift” makes the holidays more stressful, and I find myself looking forward to the holidays less and less.

            Historically, the holidays have been a time in the year to rejoice and celebrate; giving gifts was just a form of celebration. Lately it’s become the sole purpose of the holidays. When the topic of the holidays comes up in conversation, all people can think about is what presents they are going to get from various family members and friends. The classic holiday themes of thinking of others, giving back to your community, and being thankful are kicked to the curb and never mentioned. Stores and businesses are encouraging this growing holiday greed as well by coming up with clever slogans to lure frenzied shoppers. Don’t get me wrong, I love going holiday shopping for my family and close friends; it’s one of my favorite parts about the holiday season. When I was younger, I would get so excited to run down on Christmas morning and see what Santa had brought. However, the intense commercialism of the holidays is quite disturbing, because it has blown a seemingly innocent aspect of the holidays way out of proportion. Exchanging gifts, which was once a simple way to celebrate has been changed to the most important and defining aspect of Christmas as a whole, and it’s all people can seem to think about. People begin to lose sight of the things that matter most.

            No matter what religion you practice, the holiday season should be about giving thanks, spending time with family and giving back. The number one focus should not be about presents and all the other things that come along with them. This season, focus on spreading love.

The Tumblr tantrums

In Editorials on December 16, 2011 at 7:54 pm

If you have something against that person, it wouldn’t hurt you to tell it to their face, even though it might turn around against you.Photo courtesy of Drew Marshall

 By:Trevor Ottley      

        Lately, the obsession with the blogging website Tumblr has been spreading around the teenage persona. The purpose of Tumblr is to post pictures and comments about things that you feel. It is for pure entertainment and stress relief to some people. Although I do not have one of these websites, I have noticed from looking on other people’s that there has been a ridiculous amount of drama flying around the website.

                A vast majority of teenagers have a Tumblr these days, and with a huge number of people, mostly teenagers, comes a lot of drama. It is natural, but very unnecessary. Tumblr can be a great website for people to go on when you’re bored or just need to get something off of your chest. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not here to trash talk Tumblr, but there are just some people that are using Tumblr as an excuse to tell people things they have on their mind instead of saying it to their face. To me, that is sort of a cowardly move. If you have something against that person, it wouldn’t hurt you to tell it to their face, even though it might turn around against you. Also, Tumblr is a website where almost anyone can see what you wrote. You don’t want to write something that you will regret later on in life. Trust me. I have seen this happen to a few people, and it is not a very pretty sight.

                There are, however, some people that actually use Tumblr the right way instead of using it for drama. Current Fort Mill High School Senior, Danzig Decsy, states, “I only use it to share funny pictures to make people feel good.” There can be good that comes out of Tumblr; it’s not all a bad thing. You just need to know how to use it in the right ways. I think that Tumblr is a great creation and is the perfect place for teenagers to go when they have nothing else to do or have no one else to talk to. It is just starting to get ridiculous with all of the drama that is floating around it. I just don’t want to see someone get hurt because of something that someone said to them over Tumblr. I’m sorry, but that is a sad excuse to be depressed. Tumblr really isn’t that bad of a place. Tumblr can be a great thing to have, you just need to know how to use it right to get the full enjoyment out of it.