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Students begin state tests this week

testingscheduleBy Stohion Staff

Students at the high school will begin state testing this week.

Beginning Tues, April 17, students will have an altered schedule to accommodate for the testing times.

This week’s tests will run from 7:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m., and then an altered class schedule will follow through the remainder of the day when students are dismissed at 2:30 p.m.

According to the schedule sent out by administration, Tuesday is 9th and 10th grade English, Wednesday is Math I and II, Thursday is American History and Government, and Friday is Biology.  Students needing to take these tests must report to school by 7:30 on their scheduled testing days.

Any student not taking the required test will be asked to make it up the following week during the make-up sessions.

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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.