End of the Year Laziness


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As the school year comes to end, students are becoming more “done” with school. Students are done with their grades, done with doing their homework, done with looking good for school; students are just completely done with EVERYTHING. I understand this feeling because I have just become so tired and worn out from school, I no longer see the point as well. The fact that summer is right around the corner and graduation for seniors is even closer than that, it is becoming harder and harder to care. Although the year is coming to an end, we tired students have to find a way to hang on to the school year and make the best of it! Even if it involves having to listen to “Hold On” by Wilson Phillips as she sings “hold on for one more day!”

The first thing to remember is that if you are a senior, these are your last days of being in high school, take time to soak it in. Knowing that in a matter of days all of this is going to be gone. Yes, some seniors can not wait to leave and are done with the high school memories and are ready to make new memories. However, seniors can not deny that some deep part of them is going to miss Visalia. Some deep part of them is going to miss the rallies, miss  the football games, hey, some might even miss their parking spots! Overall, I do not care who you are and how much you are done with high school, ten years from now you are going to miss this.

As well as, juniors can not wait for this year to end and be one year closer to graduating. I know I can not wait to be a senior but I have to take in some things for consideration. As well as other juniors need to realize there is no rush to ending high school and having your life consist of being financially independent and overall being a responsible adult. All in all, whether you are a senior dying to graduate already or freshman who just does not want to be labeled as a freshman anymore, enjoy high school while it lasts.

The fear of adulthood


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Adulthood is like some form of unspoken phase that teenagers get thrown into. Throughout 12 years of high school, students have learned to: Raise your hand if needed to go to the restroom, turn in homework on time, and always remember to put your full name on the upper right hand corner of your paper. Apparently in college a student can just walk out of class without giving the instructor a reason. Need to go to the bathroom? Just get up and walk out. So therefore if you are planning to go to college then just keep in mind, DO NOT ASK THE INSTRUCTOR. Save yourself the embarrassment. This is not the only thing that is required to be warned about.

How are we as students supposed to know all of these life tips before heading out to the unknown? That is the point, we do not know. If you asked the entire student body to balance a checkbook I am pretty sure a good majority would try to literally balance a checkbook upon their heads. Yes, that is hopeless. Balancing a checkbook, dealing with taxes, and  knowing about consumer debt all fit in the category of what is called financial literacy. The Council for Economic Education (CEE) reports that only four states require at least one semester course in personal finance for high school graduation. In other states, like Mississippi, it’s an elective. If more students were taught about financial literacy then more would be aware of college debt. Learning about budgets and income can push you a great amount of steps ahead when it comes down to living on your own.

Sure, mathematical problems stimulate your brain, but do they help you change a tire?  I did not think so. As a version of proof I am an 18 year old senior and fail to know the process of changing a tire. If I experience a flat on the side of a road I am screwed.  Not to mention putting air in my tires and changing the air filter/oil. About every one of us is bound to deal with car issues throughout our lifetime so might as well learn them now. Also regular maintenance on the car can help save money on your repair bills because everyone knows about that one guy who tries to sucker you into spending even more cash getting your “engine flame fluid” changed (I made that up).

This is a small paragraph about credit because I do not even know what credit is. See? No one has taught me about credit. The times I have heard it in a sentence is, “check your credit score online” or “build your credit up”. Is it like a personal rating? Can you buy a car without having credit?

There are many other life skills to be aware of such as: Insurance, First aid, and even learning to cook. The more I am writing about this, the more I am realizing that I am so not ready to fly off from the mother’s nest. Others would say, “aren’t your parents there to teach you about life skills and financial planning?”  A recent study found one third of parents are more comfortable talking with their kids about smoking, drugs, and bullying than about money. So yes, only a third are prepared financially and there could be so much more. Graduating from a gated strict policy high school to a “fend for yourself” college atmosphere can be a lot, and I believe having a class about knowing what is expected of us can make graduating seniors more ambitious and less stupid.

Graduation is Here!!


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Graduation.. Shelby Jehle

Whether you are a senior or not, graduation is still a time for sorrow and celebration. As seniors it is a time of excitement for life to start, as well as fear for life to start. Graduation is so final and walking with your friends is one of the most real moments that you will ever experience. In that moment you know that there is no more babying, no more hand holding, and no more safe zone. Graduation means that we are done, closing one door and opening another. We get to take that cap and throw it into the air with pride, and even though movies show excitement and happiness, this is also a sad moment. One chapter of life is done and now we are off to college or whatever it is that you are doing. This ceremony symbolizes so many things, and that is why we must practice and look a certain way. Though this is sad , this is meant to inform as well.  We need to know how to end our four years of high school in just the right way.

For Seniors, we have our ceremony practice on June second, bright and early in the morning at 8:00 am, at the Mineral King Bowl and participation is mandatory. That night, we will actually be graduating in our fancy attire of men in dress slacks and ties, and women in dress pants or dresses and flats or wedges. Remember not to bring all your electronics and accessories if you are a senior participating. Once you get into the Redwood Gym at 6:30 pm with your cap and gown, the staff will inspect clothing and then the commencement ceremony will proceed. It is important to remember to follow all the rules to ensure that you will get to graduate and walk with your friends.

Again, graduation is an oh-so special moment for seniors, and it is important to make sure that you follow the rules and dress accordingly to ensure that you are not going to get in trouble. Though we are at the point of graduation and freedom, in order to enjoy our last moments with the school and some of our friends, make sure that you do not go against the grain and wear anything inappropriate or bring anything that you do not need. In these last few weeks, stay out of trouble, have fun at the last senior activities if you are a senior, or if you are not, then enjoy your last moments with your seniors, and get ready to come support them at the Bowl on June 2nd. Class of 2015 is almost gone so get ready to celebrate!!

Protesters injured in Baltimore


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Records obtained by The Baltimore Sun through a Maryland Public Information Act, show that correctional officers at the Baltimore City Detention Center refused to admit nearly 2,600 detainees who were in police custody in recent years. Though the records did not mention the severity of the injuries seen by police officers, this is still a serious issue. Especially since suspects are constitutionally guaranteed health care before they are put in jail.

Baltimore police are under scrutiny from citizens following the death of Freddie Gray. Last month, Gray died of a broken neck that prosecutors said he suffered while riding in a Baltimore police van. Six officers involved in Gray’s arrest are facing criminal charges, including one charged with second-degree murder. Gray’s death sparked rioting and widespread protests in the city. Sparking national scrutiny of how police officers treat suspects, particularly black men.

The Justice Department announced that it is conducting a civil-rights investigation of Baltimore police, this Friday.

The records obtained by The Sun showed that 123 of the detainees who weren’t admitted to jail had visible head injuries.

The organized protest had essentially wrapped up when tense confrontations resulted in violence. The violence had been blamed on “agitators.”

The protesters “became very violent. They began to throw objects,” says a witness. “They picked up aluminum barricades and smashed windows at our bars and pubs.”

Patrol cars were smashed, six police officers suffered minor injuries and thirty four people were arrested.

Commencement controversy


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A viral video circled the internet quickly recently, exposing a Georgia high school principal making a racist remark during a graduation ceremony. Nancy Gordeuk was recorded calling out “all the black people” who left a graduation ceremony during the valedictorian’s speech.

Even if people left the ceremony during a speech, the principal’s actions certainly were uncalled for and alarming. “What was captured on the viral video was the tipping point, not the starting point for the frustration of those in attendance,” a parent said. “Finally, it’s just hard for these students to have their milestone moment turn into a nightmare that will live on in perpetuity as they reflect on this special day.”

The principal, however, had some commentary of her own. “My emotions got the best of me.” There are a few videos of the principal being interviewed and apologizing publicly online, but it is clear that most of the damage done cannot be undone, those who graduated will never get to re-live that moment, and neither will Gordeuk.

As of right now the consequences are undecided. Parents, young adults, and even some teachers are still outraged by their principal’s behavior. It is unsure whether or not Gordeuk will lose her job. At this point only one thing can be positively learned from this experience- think before you speak.

Rape of 10 year old


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A man in Paraguay accused of raping his 10-year-old stepdaughter and getting her pregnant was arrested Saturday, May 9th. Benitez Gilberto Zarate, 42, had fled in the wake of the accusation against him. But he denied any wrongdoing to police and local media, and has demanded a DNA test on the unborn child to backup his claim.

An international rights group is pressing the Paraguayan government to allow an abortion for the girl; a procedure that health officials in the South American country have so far blocked.

At issue is Paraguayan law, which bans abortions except in cases where the pregnancy endangers the mother’s life. The Paraguayan Ministry of Health says there is no indication that the health of the girl, now 22 weeks’ pregnant, is at risk.

But the girl’s family is asking for an abortion, and Amnesty International is backing the family up. The group says her age should trigger the health exception and argues that pregnancy poses health risks to young girls whose bodies are not fully developed.

“The physical and psychological impact of forcing this young girl to continue with an unwanted pregnancy is tantamount to torture,” Amnesty International official Guadalupe Marengo said this week. “The Paraguayan authorities cannot sit idly by while this young rape survivor is forced to endure more agony and torment.”

Doctors learned the girl was pregnant after she entered a hospital in the Paraguayan capital, Asuncion, on April 21 for abdominal pain. That spurred a criminal investigation. Authorities allege that she was raped by her stepfather, and that the pregnancy stems from that crime, according to the prosecutor in charge of the case, Monalisa Munoz.

The girl’s mother has also been arrested in connection with the case, Munoz said. She faces charges including breaching her duty of care, Amnesty International said.

Amnesty said the girl’s mother has also asked that her daughter be allowed to have an abortion. But Paraguayan Health Minister Antonio Barrios said the pregnancy would continue. The girl, who has been transferred from a children’s hospital to Asuncion’s Red Cross Hospital, she will be taken to a shelter where the state will oversee her prenatal care.