By Carly Guise
I’ve been attempting to write this since the beginning of July, trying to encapsulate the exact way in which I wish to describe what happened. I’m on what is at least my fourth venture, and the words have yet to come tumbling through my fingers to this keyboard.
Back in June, which seems like decades ago, I went to what I can call at the very least a summer camp. I never went to summer camps as a kid, so that probably isn’t right, but until I figure out how to introduce its real name and purpose - it was a summer camp.
But it was so much better than any summer camp I’ve ever heard of or seen in movies.
By Rachel Lau
Only a few months remain until I graduate and leave high school behind. It seems like it’s a long, long time from now, but I know it isn’t at all.
When I started my senior year, I was so excited to finish it. And now, here I am, wishing it would all slow down a little.
I’ve been accepted into the college I want to go to and I picked out my dorm with my soon-to-be roommate. But I think what really made me realize I’m transitioning into an adult is the fact that I’m now making a list of what I need to get for my dorm room.
When I saw the words microwave, detergent, and plunger, it hit me-- everything is changing. My parents won’t be there to make dinner, do my laundry, or clean, it will be my job to do all of those adult chores and more.
By Shayla Scallorn
Social Media Editor
We learn, we work, we live, we die. That’s it isn’t it? That’s the natural order of things. Sounds a little cut and dry when you think about it. I’m going to let you in on a little secret and it’s pretty cliche so bear with me. Amidst the humdrum of everyday life, opportunities will always arise. Don’t ever pass them up. For those entering college there is one opportunity that I urge you not to overlook: studying abroad.
Study abroad programs are growing in popularity and are offered at more and more colleges nationwide. For a few weeks, a semester or even a year, students can earn credits towards their degree while continuing their education in a foreign country. Common destinations include Spain, Italy, Germany, Australia, and France.
By Ben Otte
We break down the hottest trends among students, according to social media accounts. The trends are listed in no particular order. These were, by opinion, chosen as the most talked about topics on social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) most recently.
Netflix – It’s no surprise that many students tweeted about this. Libraries closed on recent snow days leaving you with no other option to watch movies on your comfortable couch or in your warm bed instead of renting a film from the shelf. In addition, Netflix sales have skyrocketed causing stores such as Blockbuster and Hollywood Video to slowly die out.
Starbucks – A trend seeming to pick up in upperclassmen: Starbucks has craved the taste buds of students quite a bit lately. Various Tweets describe the want teenagers have for this leading coffee store to start up a delivery department.
Hunting Season – The first day of deer hunting proved successful for many students, according to bloody pictures on social media. Coincidence that many students were out sick in the beginning of the month? Not really.
(Junior Cody Stern caught this 8-point on
one of his first days out in the woods. Photo submitted.)
“The Voice” – This primetime NBC show was a familiar favorite among students. Many students voiced their opinions about the show on Twitter by using the hash tag #VoiceSave.
(Lampeter-Strasburg graduate James Wolpert was a contestant
this season. He was voted off the show Dec. 10. WGAL Photo.)
Chipotle – Now beginning to emerge as the top hang-out/eat-out spot for high schoolers, Chipotle’s menu offers spicy, tingling foods to the tongue that will ask customers to come back for seconds, thirds, and many more. What's so special about it though? Perhaps it is the architecture of the stores giving off a simple, futuristic style (one of multiple reasons).
By Morgan Williams
There are two amazing libraries in the area that have amazing teen programs.
One of the two is the Collinsville Community Library, located at 2632 Delta Rd. in Brogue.
They have all different kinds of programs at their library that it’s almost always busy.
A program they have is Teen Tuesday, which occurs only once on the fourth Tuesday of every month, and is very popular with the teens.
Every Teen Tuesday is different because they always have a theme for each time they have it.
The best thing is the teens that attend get to choose what the next theme is and every idea is heard and eventually done.
Another cool program the library has is the Summer Reading Club (SRC). The SRC happens every summer from the first of June to the middle of August.
A neat thing about the SRC is that there are amazing prizes that anyone can win. Some prizes that were won last summer were things like a digital camera, an iPhone, an artist kit. It is a very sensational program, and it costs you nothing.
For the Lego lovers out there, the library has a program for that too. Two to four times a year and once a summer the Collinsville Library has this awesome program for the Lego lovers.
If you build something creative with Legos at the library on one of the Lego program days, they will put it up in the library for everyone to see.
The Collinsville Library is also an amazing hangout spot for teens, it is a laid back place with not a ton of rules and is not stiff like usual libraries are. It is definitely one of a kind.
They also have computers there for those technology lovers.
If you think that this isn’t enough, just wait till summer when a lot more teen programs and activities are expected to begin.
The second library that is also loved around the area is the Kaltreider-Benfer Library (KBL) that is located at 147 South Charles Street in Red Lion. Their contact number is (717)-244-2032. This library has a great Kindle lending program that everyone can use.
Charlaine Harris and The Wind through the Keyhole by Stephen King fill the Kindles they have with a great selection of books like Deadlocked.
The staff at Kaltreider has planned that each month they will put more fiction and non-fiction best sellers in the Kindles.
KBL also has a really good computer area and Wi-Fi. Their computers are equipped with all Microsoft applications and you can use CDs, DVDs, thumb drives, and other external media with their computers.
Plus the KBL has a massive selection of books for all ages and of all kinds/genres. It’s a great hangout spot too.
All in all these two libraries are amazing places for teens, so visit them and see it all.
A girl in Winter Haven, FL (between Tampa and Orlando) committed suicide. Her name was Rebecca Sedwick and she was bullied to death. Bullied so much and so badly that she climbed to her death on a water tower and jumped.
Her story can teach us a lot about bullying and suicide. Rebecca was first verbally bullied until it later became what is known as cyber bullying.
Sedwick moved schools. Everything was going really well for her in the new school. Then her classmates at her other school found her online. Authorities have said Rebecca was “terrorized” by as many as 15 girls who ganged up on her and picked on her for months through online message boards and texts.
We can learn when enough is enough. The girls bullied her everyday. Calling her every name you can think of.
“They say things like, ‘you should die, you should drink bleach and die,” said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.
Two girls, ages 12 and 14 were arrested. They were both charged with felony aggravated stalking, police have said. Judd said investigators made the arrests after the 14 year old made incriminating comments on social media.
Someone shouldn’t feel so bad that they start cutting themselves because they are being called every name in the book. Someone shouldn’t feel so worthless and sad about himself or herself.
We should learn to not bully each other and be judging each other. We don’t know what goes on at home. Each and every one of us has a story. Some are worst, happy, sad or bad. We should know words do hurt.
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