Dishing It with Danessa

By Danessa Allen

As many people know, suicide is a growing problem in today’s youth. It’s not only a problem in Colorado, but all over the country. Even though many people see the problem, and as a teen that’s been to a treatment center not once, but twice, I understand the depth of the issue. In the United States, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death, and roughly 45,000 people die from suicide every year. On average, 121 people commit suicide every day. Surprisingly, in Colorado, between the years of 2008-2012, the age group of 45-54 had the highest number of suicides with 1,044 total. The age group 15-24 is the 5th highest suicide rate in Colorado. Colorado is the 7th highest ranked in the nation for suicides, but amongst the United States, suicide is the second leading cause of death of people between the ages of 10-24, and the numbers keep rising.

As the numbers of suicides in the United States continue to flourish among young people, many questions of why this is happening are coming up now more than ever. Why are this many people committing suicide at such a young age? Why are these kids so upset? Why don’t they just get help? All of these questions need to be answered, but the answers are far more complex that people believe them to be. The answer to the first question is almost unanswerable. Every person has a different reason or reasons for completing suicide, and I do not believe that adults in today’s society understand how much pressure that youth in the United States are actually under. It’s harder than most adults understand. Balancing school, work, a social life, alone time, sleep, and every other thing that teenagers deal with on a daily basis can sometimes be too much to handle.

To get more answers, I asked psychiatrist Jamie Soucie for her standpoint on this growing issue. The increasing suicide rates must be caused by something, considering after social media began taking over the nation, suicide rates have skyrocketed.

Soucie has some ideas as to why she thinks that this problem continues to grow, “I believe that suicide has become prevalent among young students because of a diminished capacity and/or lack of skills to respond to societal, academic, familial, and social pressures. Young people are consistently faced with meeting both real and perceived expectations that they believe must be achieved. This type of dynamic is not easily navigated without first developing the skills the manage such factors.”

She said, “Additionally, adolescents are experiencing one of the most challenging developmental periods of their lives, while establishing a sense of individuation and autonomy of decision-making. The combination of environmental, as well as biological factors create complexities that many of us aren’t prepared to address without some guidance or support.”

Soucie believes that suicide has in fact changed over the few years as a mental health professional.  She stated, “It seems that information about teen suicide is more readily available in recent years and it is less ‘taboo’ to discuss – however, there remains a very negative stigma attached to the topic of mental illness. The truth is, unless we educate our youth about mental illness, the signs of disorders such as depression or bipolar, it is less likely they’ll be able to notice symptoms of and ask for support.”

Soucie then began her opinion on the changes over the years. “Suicide, for me, represents someone’s complete lack of hope and a desire for their pain to end. Those considering suicide are not able to see any other options – that’s why it is so important for youth to know how to access supports,” she says.

Adolescent depression is believed to be a large contributor to the number of growing suicide rates, and Soucie has to agree.

“Absolutely, this is a contributor – the onset of mood disorders is not uncommon in adolescence, therefore, we will see corresponding suicide rates, particularly for those who are unprepared to manage their illness. Everyone can expect that they will have times in life when they struggle; however, the severity of these symptoms, as well as the duration of symptoms is a great importance,” she says. “The reality of depression is not something we can just ‘deal’ with –  it is a condition that often requires treatment. We wouldn’t ignore a broken leg, we would make an effort to have it treated by a medical professional. Mental illness is no different – it’s just less visible.”

It seems that in today’s day and age adolescents have more and more trouble asking for help. Soucie believes there is a reason for this.

“Adolescence often lead to very busy lives and focusing on mental health is not generally a priority that we teach our youth. Students who notice they’re struggling to find enough energy to function optimally throughout the day are not likely to identify this as a symptom of depression,” she says.

“An adolescent who finds it difficult to focus or concentrate in class may not question whether or not this is related to a mood disorder. If our youth are not prepared to notice these issues and their families are not aware of the symptoms associated with depression or bipolar disorder, we can only expect our youth to try adapting to the circumstances,” she adds. There is strong standpoint of educating adolescents about mental illness and it needs to be addressed.

“Yes, I believe education about mental illness is of great importance – not only for our youth, but for our families and the communities in which we live. It is my belief that, if we were more aware of these issues, perhaps we would all be more cautious of everyone’s feelings. We can no longer minimize adolescent struggles by saying that they no longer ‘just emotional’, conversely, we can no longer minimize the struggles that any individual within our home, workplace, classroom, or neighborhood are experiencing. It is each individual’s responsibility to notice when others struggle and to support them in asking for help,” Soucie says.

There is clearly quite a bit of a controversy when it comes to the topic of suicide, and it definitely isn’t a topic people feel comfortable talking about, but it’s a problem that needs to be addressed. As a teenager that has personally been to a treatment center for mental health, I can honestly say that more adolescents need to be education about this growing issue. When I went to treatment, I was at an all time low, I had nowhere to turn to, I felt completely alone, and I can honestly say being shipped away to someplace you know nothing about with total strangers is one of the scariest things I’ve been faced with. Keep in mind that I went to treatment twice, two different centers, with a lot of different people. There were people that had tried to end their life, same as I had, there were people who were paranoid schizophrenics, there were people with anxiety, people with eating disorders, to put it simply, there were a lot of different people in the same place for a lot of different reasons.

Nobody’s story was the same as anyone else’s, there were kids that were abused, that had fallen into drug and alcohol use, kids that have been in treatment 10+ times, kids that didn’t go home for their birthdays or missed holidays because they were in treatment for months at a time. Everyone in the treatment center had a reason to be there, but at the time, those people didn’t value the precious gift of life that we are given each day. In my experience with suicide, it is one of the scariest things imaginable, you get to a point where you cannot deal with life anymore, you’re not thinking of the people you love and care for in that moment, you’re only thinking about all the emotional pain you’re enduring whether you brought it upon yourself or not. Being in a treatment center is terrifying, you’re in a unfamiliar place, you have to sleep in a room with a stranger who has a mental disorder, and you don’t know what you’re doing. As someone that’s been to treatment, I can understand the severity of the problem, and how far it’s actually gone. Talking to the people in treatment has really made me see how hard that teenagers have it in today’s day and age. Many of the adolescents I met had many different reasons for being there, but mostly it was the pressures that they put on themselves. Many of the kids there hadn’t had their families visit them in days, sometimes even weeks. Treatment takes a large toll on these young people, and I believe that the problem is only getting worse. In treatment, you are not allowed to be ‘friends’ with the other kids you meet in the center, so after treatment, you’re ultimately on your own. It is extremely hard after treatment because you made these bonds with all these different people, and then you never talk to them again.

Treatment all together were some of the worst days of my life. I was at the lowest points I had ever been in during my life, but it also taught me the most. Treatment taught me to cope with my problems in a healthy way, and really encouraged me to get better. Adolescents never really think about mental illness, because they aren’t educated enough about the topic to realize the severity of it. Suicide awareness and prevention is something that needs to be talked about, and people of all ages need to be educated about the topic so they know symptoms of depression and other mental illnesses that can lead to attempted and completed suicide. This topic is now talked about more than ever, and it needs to keep being talked about, to raise awareness and to help find some ways it can be prevented.

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Kayla’s Korner

By Kayla Smithgall

With the beginning of February came the long-anticipated Super Bowl LI. The game itself had almost 112 million viewers. An extra 5.5 million viewers tuned in to the halftime show.

As Lady Gaga performed on stage, millions of tweets were posted about her performance. The tweets were mostly expressing excitement and encouragement for the singer, but a specific set of tweets emerged from the mix.

These tweets included: “Lady Gaga needs to do some crunches if she wants to show her belly”, “Tried to enjoy @ladygaga’s performance, but was distracted by the flab on her stomach swinging around” and “Was waiting for a surprise guest but just got Lady Gaga’s gut.”

When I looked up Gaga’s height and weight on the BMI chart below, she is considered healthy. In order to be considered ‘overweight’, she needs to gain close to 30 pounds.

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A few years ago, Rehab.com did research on what a woman would actually look like if she had the body of the famous doll Barbie.

The website discovered that Barbie would be unable to lift her head, because her neck is twice as long and six inches thinner than the neck of an average woman. Barbie’s waist would only have room for half of her liver and a few inches of intestine. Her waist-hip ratio (WHR) is 0.56. The average woman’s WHR is 0.80. As for Barbie’s feet, she would have to walk (or crawl) on all fours because she would be too top heavy for her six inch ankles and size 3 (in children’s) feet.

It seems absurd to me that it was even necessary to do a study like this. When did we as a society reach such an extreme point in body-shaming women that women find a doll’s body attractive and use it for inspiration to change their own body? How can we make fun of the stomach of a celebrity, who is barely considered healthy?

I feel like we have reached an all-time low. We are spending way too much time on the outside appearance of others, when we should actually be focusing on what’s inside, no matter how cliche that may sound.

There are 17 charities that Lady Gaga supports. She even launched a foundation in 2012 called the Born This Way Foundation. According to the foundation’s website, it was started to  “connect young people in safe ways and empower them with the skills and opportunities that will inspire them to create a kinder and braver world.”

It is unbelievable how shallow people can be. Gaga has created an amazing foundation for teens and people are focusing on the “flab” on her stomach?

Since the performance, many nutritionists and health experts have taken to social media to show support for the singer. They post pictures in the morning when they’ve first woken up and then in the evening, after a full day of eating, to show that they also have “flab” and that it is in fact normal to have it.

Marilyn Monroe was one of the biggest sex symbols of the 1950’s and she had more “flab” than Lady Gaga. Even statues of Venus, the goddess of love, don’t portray a perfect stomach.

When did we develop such unrealistic expectations for women’s bodies? I cannot get over the fact that we can’t seem to accept each other for who we are. One day, we will all reach the age when we are old and fat. At that point, people will no longer care about our appearance. Why do we finally accept each other when we are at the age when we’re nearing death? Why can’t we accept each other at any age, no matter what we look like?

Awkwardly Being Here

By Kirsten Hernandez

For many years as a junior at SHS you would take the ACT, which students have been taking since 2001, but this year things are different. The SHS juniors will be taking the SAT for the first time. To help prepare the juniors for the SAT this year, they took the PSAT. The PSAT is a good opportunity for students to get an idea of what the SAT will be like.

It’s hard to know what will come of this test as it is the first year the test will be taken. This new change will not only be hard for the students, but for the teachers as well.

The SAT includes sections for math, evidence-based reading and writing, math, science and social studies. The object of the SAT was to create a full length test to judge the overall intelligence of a student. Starting at the beginning of 2016, the writing section on the SAT will be optional. If chosen to take the written part of the exam, it will be scored separately, the reading section will no longer get “obscure” vocabulary words and the math section will put more emphasis on solving problems with real-world relevance.The College Board explains that the redesigned SAT will more closely reflect the real work of college and career.IMG_2390

The SAT is used as an entrance exam by most colleges to make admission decisions. The idea of the test is to provide colleges with one common criterion to compare all applicants. The total time to take the test is three hours and 50 minutes. The perfect score is 1600 so each section of the test is between 200 to 800 points.An average score on the SAT is 1000. The top 25 percent of   students that take the SAT score about 1200.

The ACT traditionally measures achievement while the SAT measures thinking skills. The SAT is a paper-based test. The only technology allowed to be used during the test is an approved calculator.

Sophomores will start taking the PSAT instead of the PARCC test. The PSAT tests differ from PARCC test and will take less time. For example, sophomores spent more than 11 hours on PARCC tests last spring, while the PSAT takes just under three hours. PARCC tests include only language arts and math. The PSAT and SAT tests cover reading, writing, math, science and social studies.

One factor that may have swayed Colorado is that the SAT has a reputation for being more reason-based and focused on critical thinking, while the ACT has a reputation for being more of a fact-recall test.

College Board has partnered with Khan Academy to provide free test preparation for any student with computer access. The SAT is a globally-recognized test accepted by nearly every college in the nation, including every Colorado college and university.

 

Kickin’ It With Katlyn

By Katlyn LaPorte

According to the Pew Internet & American Life Project, 94 percent of United States teenagers use some form of social media and 71 percent use multiple forms of social media. Not following far behind, 78 percent of adult United States citizens use some form of social media as well.

Social media is a major aspect of today’s society and it ultimately becomes a huge factor in present day relationships. Social media can be positive in relationships, but it can also be overwhelmingly negative.

Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr are just a few of the most popular forms of social media today. In the past, couples wrote letters and sent them in the mail or waited around excitedly for their significant other to call them on their home phone. Nowadays people show their love and affection by posting “Woman Crush Wednesday’s” and “Man Crush Monday’s,” and also by posting, “In a Relationship” on Facebook.

I’ll admit I use social media just as much as every other teenager. I go along with the fads and post “Man Crush Mondays” and “Someone Special Sundays,” but I would hope that my boyfriend knows I love him whether or not I post Instagram pictures or Facebook updates.

There’s no doubt that it is a good feeling when your significant other posts about you on social media; but wouldn’t you rather have them say those kind things to you in person? I definitely know I would. Using social media to broadcast your relationship is, in my opinion, kind of a way to “mark your territory.” But it can also be a way to show off the person you love to everyone. You just have to know your boundaries.

When your relationship is all over social media, there is no doubt that everyone will be in your business; which, in high school especially, can cause problems. Many people nowadays don’t respect other people’s relationships, and also there are very many people who don’t even respect their own relationship.

As much as I believe social media can ruin a relationship, I also believe it can only come between a relationship if you let it.fullsizerender

Personally, I wish dating was still meeting someone and having to embarrassingly ask them out on a date, in person, and freaking out about it hoping they would say yes. Being born in the late 90’s my time for dating didn’t come until around 2013-2014, which by then chivalry and the real aspect of dating were long gone. Nowadays you don’t even need to know the person to determine if you like them or want to date them; one can simply get on Tindr, eHarmony, Match, and can’t forget Christian Mingle, and find their “soulmate” and “perfect match” right there. I don’t really think I would be able to find my future husband by swiping right on an app, but maybe that’s just me.

Aside from relationships, social media has its effects on friendships as well. I personally have 1,619 Facebook friends, 1,092 Instagram followers, and 572 Twitter followers and I know for a fact that no more than 20 of them would be there for me if I needed help changing a tire.

There is no question that social media is also convenient for locating, reconnecting, and rekindling relationships with family and friends that have been lost. How awesome is it that you haven’t seen your good friend for three years, but you still know everything (and I mean everything) going on in their life? As much as I do love being able to be so up to date with all 1,619 of my facebook friends, sometimes I really don’t want to see the dinner that their mom made them or their 7th gym selfie of the week. It’s known as a “friendship” but aren’t friendships supposed to have emotional connections? I don’t feel emotionally connected to a lot of my friends just by seeing their posts and what they are eating for lunch. I miss face to face contact and getting together to catch up. How influential can our online “friends” be in our lives if we aren’t even able to maintain real-life relationships with them? As much as I love and adore my closest friends I know it would be so hard to stay as close as we are if we weren’t able to see each other everyday and have that connection.

Are people really who they are on social media? Maybe some. But I know that I don’t post all my worries, anxieties and wishes on my social medias. I, like most everyone else, post the things that I want others to see. No one wants to come off as weak or insecure, so they use social media to become the best form of themself. So most of the time the people you think that you “know” personally from social media, you probably really don’t even know them at all.

Real life relationships and friendships take time and effort. They help us to not only learn about others but to ultimately learn a lot about ourselves. As great and powerful as social media is, really learning about ourselves and our surroundings is something that will never happen over social media.

 

Holiday traditions

by Autumn Marrinan

Another year and Christmas is just around the corner. After Thanksgiving the tree, the decorations, and the lights go up and you can already begin to feel the spirit of Christmas all around. As soon as December is here the countdown begins, 25 days till Christmas! The holiday carols are playing and the letters to Santa are off! Christmas isn’t just about getting the gift you desire, the glistening snow , or the sleigh bells. Christmas is a holiday about giving with an open heart. It’s when you forget about yourself and put others first. Along with Christmas comes many practices and traditions. To truly understand the traditions of Christmas you must first get to know the history of the holiday that most tend to describe as jolly.

Christmas is a Christian holiday honoring the birth of Jesus Christ. Many customs of Christmas are based on the birth of Jesus Christ. But some of the ways people celebrate Christmas have nothing to do with the birth of Christ. The reason people began to give each other gifts was because of the Three Wise Men whom had brought presents to the baby Jesus. Christmas is both a religious holiday and a worldwide cultural and commercial phenomenon. They gather the family together to unwrap gifts and to spend quality time together.  Christmas was declared a federal holiday in the United States on June 26, 1870 but was known to be celebrated long before.

There are some traditions that everyone seems to do and others that only certain families do every year. The original well known traditions are mostly putting up the Christmas tree, lights, decorations, and giving gifts to others.The tradition of gift giving and hanging up stockings came from St. Nicholas. St. Nicholas was a Bishop who lived in the fourth century, he was a very rich man because the money he had received after his parents died when he was young. He was known to be a very kind man who had a reputation for helping the poor and giving secret gifts to the people who needed them. One of the most famous stories told by people about St. Nicholas is the one about a poor man who had three daughters. The man didn’t have enough money for a dowry, so his daughters weren’t able to be married. One night,St. Nick secretly dropped a bag of gold down the chimney and into the house of the poor man’s. The bag of gold fell into a stocking that had been hung by the fire so that it could dry. He gave them the gold so his daughters could get married. St. Nicholas repeated with the rest of the daughters. Now when you think of Santa Claus don’t forget to remember all the tradition of St. Nicholas because without him there wouldn’t be any Santa or traditions of gift giving and hanging up stockings.20161215_194706

Germany has been known to have started the Christmas tree tradition. A German preacher was known to be the first person to bring a  Christmas Tree into a house in the 16th century. An evergreen fir tree is traditionally what is used to celebrate winter festivals and has been for years. Christians used the evergreen fir tree as a sign of an everlasting life with God. If people weren’t able to afford a real tree, they made pyramids out of wood and they were decorated to look like they were a tree, they used paper, apples and candles to make it look more realistic.34078

The tradition of Christmas lights goes back to the custom use of candles that were lit for a few minutes at night, Christian homes used them to decorate their Christmas trees. The candles in the window indicated to other Christians that the house was one of a Christian family and that other Christians were welcome to come worship with the residents of the home.In 1895 Ralph Morris, invented the first electric Christmas lights, which are similar to the ones we use today. He created them because the dangers of fires that came with candles. Christmas lights were expensive and for many people candles were the only option they had because they didn’t have the money to buy lights. In 1895, the White House electrically lit a Christmas tree for the first time, it was sponsored by President Grover Cleveland. This helped bring national attention to the trend. Christmas lights help light up the dark days of December and have come a very long way since they began back in the 17th century when they were just candles. Now a days there are different types of light sizes offered  and in different colors with several types of patterns they can do. Outdoor Christmas light displays on houses evolved from decorating the Christmas tree and house with candles during the holiday season between Thanksgiving and New Years.20161215_194144

Following all those original traditions comes traditions that only certain families do each year around Christmas time which are more unique. Junior Shelby Houser said “Every year during December we play elf on the shelf, which is when we move around this little elf we have every night so it seems as though it is watching the kids and reporting back to Santa on how naughty or nice their being every night. On Christmas Eve my family and I go out to my aunt’s house for dinner and to open gifts, then on Christmas Day we go out to my great grandparents house to see the whole family. We eat leftovers from my aunts and sing Christmas carols, and play whip out on the Wii. It just wouldn’t be Christmas without that.” Junior Destiny Hastings said “The one big thing my family did was decorate and personalize our stockings before we hung them up. We also made one ornament to hang on the Christmas tree. Every year for Christmas dinner we go out to my grandma’s for ham dinner along with plenty of goodies. The whole family gathers there and we talk about how our year has been.” These are only a couple of family traditions that are celebrated by certain families but there are many more that get celebrated.

Christmas has been celebrated for many years all around the world and won’t ever stop being celebrated. Many traditions have followed Christmas from long ago and have just evolved as time has passed. It is important to never let these legendary traditions die out. So every December remember to always put up the countdown till Christmas and keep the traditions alive.

The Importance of Arts in Education

by Hannah Mildenberger

During my freshman year, I had choir class at the end of one day and guitar class at the end of the other day. Those were the only two classes that I actually looked forward to that year. Everything else was just something I was not interested in.

Then during my sophomore year, I had those two classes again and foundations of art, which were the only classes that I really looked forward to again like the previous year.

Those classes were the best in my own personal opinion. It was a pretty decent break away from logical classes such as any math or science class. I could express my creativity and learn something that doesn’t necessarily have patterns that one had to memorize or a rule that had to be followed. People can just sit down and create art.

I feel that it is unfair that fine art classes such as band, choir or foundations of art may get cut. There is a rumor going around that it may get cut next year. It’s not right that there is even talk about the possibility.

Some people are not interested in farming, businesses, science or mechanics. Not everybody is interested in how to take care of farm animals, how to create the best business they can, how chemical formulas are formed or how to build something. Some people are not naturally skilled at science, farming, businesses or mechanics.

Some people love and enjoy creating and playing music whether it be in a choir, band or simply by playing the guitar. Some people are great at singing and playing instruments and should pursue their dream jobs and ambitions.

One of the many pieces of artwork created in Chelsea Scott's ceramics class.
One of the many pieces of artwork created in Chelsea Scott’s ceramics class.

American history teacher Nelson Schroeder said, “No classes have been targeted that I have heard of. I have no idea why there are rumors about art class being cut. The only reason why there was classes cut before was because that there were no teachers to fill them.”

Art teacher Chelsea Scott said, “When I first started working here there was only seven art classes, but now it increased to 12. The demand for art classes has increased. Most of my classes are full. My smallest class is photography which has 14 students. Art doesn’t get funded, so everything comes out of the students’ pockets or their parents’ so I require $40 to take the class.”

When asked how these people felt about the possibility that art classes such as foundations of art and band for example might get cut were all negative.

Junior Mary Ritter said, “I am not happy about it at all. No, it is not for the best. There are some of us that at the end of the day rely on art to calm our nerves after a stressful day. I look forward to band at the end of the day. I can just go play instruments which is something I enjoy.”

Senior Gabriel Deleon said, “People would lose their jobs and a lot of students connect with each other through the arts classes.”

Senior Victor Ferri said, “I think it’s unnecessary.”

Kimberlee Johnson beams with pride over her ceramic vase.
Kimberlee Johnson beams with pride over her ceramic vase.

None of the art students are going to be happy about it if it does happen and they hope that it doesn’t and it just remains a rumor.

When asked if they thought that it was a good idea to cut some art classes, they all gave good points.

Counselor Lyn Frank said, “Absolutely not. I think that if you were to look at the careers that someone can potentially go into a career as an adult in art is huge like Interior Design and Graphic Design. I think we need to look at it as a solution-based problem.”

Scott said, “Though there is a slim chance of being cut, it isn’t for the best. Creativity is the number one thing that employers look for, so the work force will be more competitive.”

Schroder said, “No, I don’t think it is ever a good idea to cut classes, but at some point something has to give. I think the goal would to be to minimize that impact as much as possible.”

Jobs are necessary to live in society; we can’t just grow our own food and make our own clothes anymore. People cannot just go outside and get the materials they need from nature anymore. They have to go to a store and pay for the product they need which costs money, because stores don’t very often accept trades or bargains.

When asked if she was planning on pursuing a career in art, Ritter said, “Yes. I plan on traveling the country with my band.”

Many people do enjoy the arts enough that they want it to be more than just a hobby; they want to make it into a job. They want to make it into something that they get paid to do and have people enjoy their creations.

Ferri said, “I think they should make the budgets equal. Have more of an equilibrium between the budgets.”

Frank said, “I always look at things as an employer, so I would look at what is most vital for us as educators. I would look and see what is the comparison of people that leave and the amount of money that we spend on their activities such as sports and the number of people that would go into that line of work and some of those other programs such as music and art. I would also look at the impact due to some of those types of curriculum. When I was in school, I learned about the connection between music and mathematics and how it helps our brains to develop those mathematical skills based on the music that we do. I would look at the comparisons on what actually is most impactful to students as well as the employers. I think that maybe they should consider a four-day school week. I realize that there would be issues, but I think that those can be addressed. I would also look at what other schools did and see what they made cuts and how it impacted students and the school community.”

Schroder said, “What they can do or should do isn’t going to be an immediate fix. It’s going to be a long-term recovery to fix the financial issues, because it took a long time to get here. It is not going to turn around overnight. They should find a way to make the legislature look at the financial problems. There are no quick-fixes. This is one of those situations where everybody is gonna have an opinion and very few people are gonna be happy with the outcome. Things that were talked about in the past was adjusting the way the school year operates and adjusting the school day. One of the things that the have done in the past was that if a teacher was to retire, they wouldn’t refill that position. They would just make class sizes a littler larger. Maybe even adjust how much technology they buy and replace.”

Scott said, “Academics should be the last thing to go.”

Students are able to freely express themselves in art classes, such as Scott's ceramics courses.
Students are able to freely express themselves in art classes, such as Scott’s ceramics courses.

There are multiple ways to do the same things. Some may not be as great of a way as other, but some may have the same damage or helpfulness despite it being a different solution. What needs to be looked at is all the possible ways they could do this and know what each will affect what and in what way will it affect it. They need to look at which will cause the least amount of damage and see how all the other schools and districts are handling their financial issues.

Deleon said, “I have no idea what classes I would take if they do.”

Ferri said, “ I am sacrificing my waivers, because I want to take an art class.”

Some people will end up taking classes that they are not even the least bit interested in and in cause, pausing their knowledge on what they are interested in and must wait until college to learn more. This is supposed to be an educational area to learn and to grow.

Frank said, “I think they will be very disappointed and they will feel devalued. I hope that they will give possible alternatives that could be looked at.”

Schroder said, “I don’t think they will be happy. I don’t think anybody will be happy. I wouldn’t be happy, either. For a lot of kids, the art program is the one thing that draws them into the building. For some kids, that is the one part of the day that they actually get to do something that’s enjoyable to them. I wouldn’t think they would be happy and I don’t expect them to be.”

Scott said, “They might not have a reason to come to school anymore. If they do get rid of the art program, then I would move.”

Some students just don’t enjoy sports and other classes and art classes are something to enjoy and be happy about. Art is important as it affects each of our lives individually. The music we enjoy, the physical artwork like sculptures and drawings, and even the designs of our clothing and electronics, and entertainment like books, tv shows, and movies, all affect our lives in one way or another by our likes and dislikes, as well as our experiences. If art classes are taken away, even before some people get to experience them and see if they enjoy them and what they do, then there is just that many less people that will be working in the art careers and will influence the world maybe even less than if they did experience and enjoy the art classes.

“SpArts”–The Struggle Between Sports vs. Arts

by Micheal Kenner

School districts always have to choose sports or arts. Both are important but which one is better. In my opinion I think sports is taking over everything and art needs more recognition. If either of them get cut the students could just do it at home or make a club instead of relying on the school district.

Students in Lisa Schumacher's class run laps.
Students in Lisa Schumacher’s class run laps.

If the school board get rid of art many people will be devastated. Tawny Atencio senior of Sterling high school said, “If they got rid art I would be livid and crushed.” She also said, “I would be nothing without it.” But Tawny isn’t alone many other people said they would move to another school or even protest. Like Chelsea Raffurty sophomore of Sterling High School, said, “I would flip out and try to move to a different district.”

It’s not just the students that are affected by the cuts, Ms.Scott art teacher at sterling high school said, “Kid would drop out and be less fun, and creativity is the main thing that bosses look for.” Scott also said, “I raise money to pay for the supplies so if they cut art they are paying is me.”

There are always people that like both sports and arts, like Adam Hernandez sophomore sa

Students create pottery in Chelsea Scott's ceramics class.
Students create pottery in Chelsea Scott’s ceramics class.

id, “I would be disappointed.” But he did say that he would exercise on his own, he also said, “Art always comes before sports.”

Bailey Rausch, junior of Sterling High, said, “If they took out sports I would protest and go to the board.” But she also said that she would focus more on classes and business if both art and sports were cut off.

Everybody has a good point but it seems that people will fight to keep a program up or even drop out to go to another school that does have the program. On the other hand people would have exercised, played their instrument or drew outside of school or just did nothing. What is my opinion you ask? Well I think that art should stay if they are getting rid of one. If they get rid of a sport the coach will still have a job if they get rid of art Scott will lose her job and any other art teacher. Plus all the students will lose from cutting it.