Currently, America finds itself torn by opposing views of our leaders. I believe that many people judge our leaders solely on opinions from the media, without hearing the facts and deciding for themselves. I think that these opinions lead to a disrespect of the authority that God places over us.
There is no way around it. The legacy of the 1988 Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier Supreme Court decision remains disgraceful. When the principal of Hazelwood East High School outside St. Louis, Missouri, censored a special teen issue section in the student newspaper that included articles on teen pregnancy and the impact of divorce on students, members of the student staff sued.
For over half my life I have watched The Price Is Right with my family early in the morning on weekdays during break or other vacations. Whenever a contestant would come on stage and be anywhere near the minimum age of 18, my mom would tease me saying, "That's going to be you when you turn 18!"
The planning process for the school year can be a stressful task for some students. Where do you start? What should you be on the lookout for? Below, I have provided an outline month by month on what students should expect for the second half of the school year.
As second semester starts up, us seniors are constantly thinking about what lies ahead after we graduate. We consider colleges that best fit our interests and intended careers and programs that provide opportunities. Another possibly path to take after high school is a gap year, usually an academic year taken as a break between high school and college. Taking a gap year is another way to provide growth and development to students, and allows them a little more time to figure out what they want to do.
In the hallways of high school, disagreements and disassenion arise from misinterpreted intentions. In the classroom, conflicts come about from opposing perspectives. In situations where students are faced with a discord with another student, they must be able to approach and address the issue in a proper manner to de escalate tensions. On the contrary, some choose to avoid problems and put off dealing with it. Students who avoid conflict find that the issue is never resolved, and often manifests into larger problems later.
Are we missing out on a richness in community that people in ancient times depended on? As I walked through the walls of the ancient city Qatzrin, these are the words I took to heart from The Well Community Church pastor Mike Slayden.
A lot must be considered when considering your choice for your favorite movie. Everyone loves to ask the question, but I was unable to come up with a definitive answer until I saw the film La La Land. La La Land (2016) is Damien Chazelle’s romantic, jazzy musical in which he stars Ryan Gosling (Sebastian) and Emma Stone (Mia) to play the main protagonists. This is his second major film, following the success of Whiplash (2014).
Memories are just a start with what I took away from my trip to Israel. I gained new friends and strengthened current ones. I learned about the land of Israel and its geography, the people, the culture of the Israelites, but the knowledge of understanding the Gospel that occurred here is what made the biggest impact on me. The Bible that is written in black and white lettering turns to vivid color with a trip to the land where much of it was penned. I am continually being enriched by this trip.
Happy 2019 and welcome back to the second semester of the 2018-19 school year! I hope students, staff and their families enjoyed a restful break from the routine of school. Whether you have kept your New Year’s resolutions so far or not, a new year offers opportunities for fresh starts, and not just with the grade book.