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Monday’s BOE meeting focuses primarily on student walkout

By Maria Leonino

    Mon March 19 the Board of Education had a meeting discussing the student lead walkout. Board members included Gerry Bettio, Lisa-Johnson Bowers, David Licate, Kelly Toppin and Jason Witacre.

    Principals, teachers, students and parents gathered to listen to the board talk about their views on the walkout. Many students spoke, including Student Council President, Moriah Payne.

    Payne was in charge of leading the walkout. She wanted to make sure she made a point to say the purpose of the walkout was to promote safety.

    “Four out of five board members responded with amazement at the respect of the student body and congratulated us for handling the issue so maturely,” Payne said.

    Along with promoting safety, the student walkout served as a memorial for previous shootings and to empower the students for the change they can make in the world.

    Payne, along with the other students who led the walkout, wanted to show students that they can come together to overcome the political differences for a common cause.

    There was backlash from the community about the walkout, and the Board of Education wanted to have more interaction with the students leading up to the walkout.

Overall, Payne wanted the board to know it was not her nor the students intention to disobey the rules of the district.

    “We know we cannot change the minds of everyone, but we would appreciate the consideration that our intentions were not to debate the 2nd amendment, but rather to demonstrate the power of the 1st amendment,” Payne said.

    In response to Payne’s speech, Board of Education member, Jason Witacre pitched an idea of students being more involved with the community and the board.

    Witacre feels if students were to organize a committee linked to the board, it could help prevent further complications with events in the district.

    

 

Senior Survivor kicks off their fight for charity donations–Day one

By Madison Gash

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    Time has come again for the high school to host the yearly tradition of Senior Survivor. This highly-anticipated three-day long event happens once a year around spring break.

    There are rules for surviving the competition–some of which include having to raise fifty dollars in the first day in order to be able to spend the night in the school library, and with that, participants have to make enough money to be allowed to sell the next day.

    For those who earned the advantage of spending the night, they get to compete in mini games all throughout the night as a fun way to bond with their fellow classmates. The main goal of this event is to create a friendly competition between teams of two seniors competing to sell treats and food for a charity of their choice chosen by each individual team.

     This year, some participants  went all out. Not only did they make all the delicious desserts brought back year after year, but they also brought a whole new menu to the table by thinking outside the box.

    They are selling pancakes, waffles, quesadillas, buffalo chicken dip, mac and cheese, nachos, walking tacos, milkshakes and more.

    Teams this year include Nick Montoni and Anthony D’alessandro who are raising money for St. Jude’s, Isaac Edmondson and Nyigel Spann who are also donating their earnings to St. Jude’s, Emma Workman and Corinne Dunton who are donating to the Celiac and Allergy Friendly Food Friendly Initiative, Sarah Laubach and Gwen Shelhorn who are raising money for Animal Aid Unlimited, Grace Flinn and Sophia Boris who are donating to Autism Speaks, Audra Graveu and Moriah Payne who are raising money for the House Of Hope in Ghana, Jacy Guider and AnnMarie McCombs are donating to the Women’s March, Josh Richardson and Logan Edwards are donating to St. Jude’s as well, Sophie and Andi Perez are donating to Palestine Children Relief Fund, Christian Laumbacher and Logan Winters are donating to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America and lastly, Kiki Johnson and Brittany Hoopingarner are sending all of their proceeds to a little girl in Vietnam.

    In just the first day, the seniors have brought in over $5056 for their charity, and there is more to come in the next two days. The seniors are excited to keep taking donations each day of the event in order to provide a nice donation to their charities.

Walkout speeches continued from March Stohion

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Brandon Justice:

    People keep telling me that we are too young to understand. That we are just kids and we have no voice. They say “You are too young to get the ‘complexities’ of the issue.” And actually, they are almost right. This SHOULD be a problem for adults. We should not have to worry about things like this in high school. This should have been solved long ago, before walkouts like this needed to happen. But it was not solved, and now it has become a kids’ issue. It has become our issue because we are the ones getting shot at, are the ones hiding under our desks, and the ones who worry about who the next shooter will be. Our vooices are now necessary. It is now up to the US to make difference and we can. Everyone here will be eligible to vote within a few years. Use that voice! WE have the power to do something. WE have the ability to make school shootings a thing of the past. WE will be the generation to make a change!

Olivia Hedderly:

    Today we are making history. Today we are creating change. Today we walk in the footsteps of our founding fathers, abolitionists, suffragists, civil rights leaders and anti-war demonstrators; young people empowering each other, coming together for a common, just cause. Adolescence are powerful, adolescence create change. We bring hope to the old and inspire the young. We raise each others voices up and work together to protect one another. We must protect one another. Our lives are at stake, and we must ignite the conversation to save them. Not another school. Not another student. Never again. Though our political beliefs may differ, we can all agree change is needed. Change is possible. Change is coming and change starts with you.

Moriah Payne:

The Generation of Change is enough to unify us. We all support one another as members of this generation, and we all support one another in striving toward decreasing violence in our schools. While we might disagree on the best way to reach this goal, we should make our voices heard to those who can promote change. Whatever your political beliefs may be, you have the opportunity to express them. The most direct way to voice your opinion is to contact your state representative by calling this number:(). Those of you who are 18 (or almost 18), we have voting registration available at the back table. Do not be afraid to involve yourself in the democracy that you live under for your benefit and the benefit of every other student in America.

    Voicing your opinion is vital to creating change, but so is voicing your concerns. If you have any concerns about the mental health of a friend, classmate, or even yourself, please contact someone that you trust. We have an amazing system of support available through the high school with counselors who are approachable in complicated situations and qualified to help students navigate their problems. Do not hesitate to reach out to Mrs. Paul, Mr. LePard, Mrs. Burdette, Mr. Martinelli or Mrs. Dean for assistance in either your own personal problems  or those of a friend.

    Be conscious not only of mental and emotional health of students, but also of any suspicious behavior. If you notice something that causes you to question the safety of the school, contact the See Something Say Something tip line. The number to call is: (330) 790-1383 or 1-844-SaferOH. You are part of the generation. You are part of the change. Be present and be active.

Jenna Madgar:

    We live in an environment where you are either a liberal or conservative, a democrat or a republican. An environment where we bash each others opinions  and mindlessly yell at eachother. I cannot stress enough, that is not the point. The issue that brings us here today does not need to be compressed into a two-sided political debate. No matter who you are, where you are, or what you believe in; we are in this together. This nation wide memorial for the victims of school shootings shows that we can all unite to pass on a greater message. The amazing message that inspires young people all across the country to be a part of a platform that encourages everyone to have a voice. We are here today to embody the strength of unity. Although we have been raised in a country that demonstrates little unity, our ability to join our voices together as one speaks louder than our words. And by uniting with other schools in the nation, we are representing how strong our generation is and how much we can accomplish. Together we stand and together we can save our future.

Closing:

    We want everything we have said today to last and impact the others in our community. In order to have this impact, we must be mature and respectful individuals. We strongly encourage you to go back to your 4th period class and finish your school day as normal. Talk to your peers and mentors about something you learned or something you are going to do because you are inspired to make a difference.