All posts by Mae Phillips

Art classes provide an outlet for stressed teens

     All day long, high school students are told to sit and pay attention, take notes, answer questions and get started on their homework. Any regular teen gets impatient and annoyed throughout their day, since not many actually enjoy school. One of the best ways to get students engaged and destressed is by putting their mind on a piece of artwork.

     Art classes take a teens mind off all the stress of memorizing vocab or figuring out math formulas. In an art class, all that is required is creativity. This daily dose of creativity can come a long way when balanced with a regular education.

    Many teens do not realize how easily creativity can relieve stress. Often times, students can even use their worries to their benefit in an art class by transforming them into a painting or drawing that has a psychological meaning as well.

    Concentrating on the detail of a drawing or the precise buildup of a clay bowl can really direct the mind in a whole new direction, a much simpler state than what most students experience in their core classes.

     Granted many high school students say they hate art or they are simply terrible at all things art related. However, art is really never about skill. The importance comes from the freedom of expression, not the talent that goes into each piece of work.

    Most people have an easy time making the assumption that there is no point trying in art if they have zero natural talent. Not often do people recognize they could be creating things on the daily just for the pure enjoyment or a way to get their thoughts and ideas out of their head and onto paper.

     Another reason creativity is so important is due to the major influence technology has on students today. Any free time teens can find is absorbed by their phones and the cyber world.

     Teens are practically living in stress and this cyber world. Taking just one art class can relieve a student of all their worries and remove them from the hypnotizing screen of their cell phones.

    Everyone should have their own pastime that takes their mind off of everything else in their life  for even just a moment, and an art outlet is the perfect solution to anyone looking for one.

     Requiring an art class each year could even be more beneficial than it sounds, even if students do not aspire to advance skills in art, the peace of mind that comes with the creations can be much appreciated in the long run.




Students do not receive enough free time

     Eight hours of sleep, seven hours of school, five hours of work, two hours of homework and one hour of studying, leaving one hour of free time. That is just a normal day for a high school student.

     As the years go on, teens are expected to gain more responsibilities. Nothing out of the ordinary, but with all that is already going on in a teens life, things can get overwhelming.

     Students have to get to bed on time to make it through the day, which leads to staying up late to finish homework they could not finish earlier.

     Some students find themselves hurrying to get their homework done the second they get home, before rushing off to work to earn the money they need for being able to go out with friends on the weekend or gas money for driving to and from work and school every day. Teens need this free time with friends to relieve the everyday routine they go through during the week.

     Nowadays, doctors, teachers and counselors, are stressing the impacts of mental health on teens. How can one student balance so much at once and yet still avoid depression or getting overwhelmed.  

Too much is expected of someone so young, who is still trying to figure out what they want to do in the future or if they want to go to college.

     Some teachers give out more work to do at home than is done in class, which is unfair to a student who spends so much time listening to lectures and being handed quizzes and tests during the day.

     Honors and AP classes build up too, but students take the classes whether they can handle them or not because the expectations of getting good grades are so frequently pushed upon them.

     A buildup of homework puts the student behind and they begin to get lost in the curriculum and do whatever they can to keep their grades up, even if they are not completely comprehending the material given to them. The student is then no longer learning as they should be.

    If teachers were to limit or not give any homework to their students, teens would be able to handle all the stress in their life much easier, because being a teen in general is hard enough as is.

     Homework stress can cause a student to lose motivation all together and give up. It is possible teachers might just be expecting too much of their students.



Fall sports pep rally provides entertainment

Enthusiasm was at an all time high during the first all class pep rally of the 2016-2017 school year.

Senior Cameron Casenhiser started the rally by introducing all of the fall sports. The highlight of the introduction was the football team who took on Kent on Sept. 2 at home.

After the sports were introduced, the team captains went head to head in a dodgeball game. The winning team took on the challenge of facing a team of teachers including Ms. Mcdade, Mr.Jones, Mr.Peterson and many other staff members.

The freshmen got to experience their first school wide spirit competition with the traditional school cheers. Once again, the seniors took the win and were reworded with the spirit bone for being the loudest class.

The Bulldog pride increased when two anonymous students joined the cheerleaders on the gym floor in inflatable dinosaur suits.

In the end, students embraced each other for the traditional all mamator before returning to their class with high hopes that the Bulldogs football team would bring home another win.