This year was my first and last year in Blue Jay Journal TV. I’ve worked on many PSAs and stories. Here are some of my favorites:
Chronic Absenteeism: This was one of my favorite stories because it addressed a nationwide issue happening right here at Washington High School. I never realized that this was such a problem at WHS until I had the chance to actually speak with some students and administration. This was also the first story that I worked on without a returning team member to help. It was a great learning experience and I really enjoyed it!
Health is Priceless: This story was the very first feature story that I was assigned. It was a part of the Missouri Interscholastic Press Association's Broadcast Feature Story Challenge contest. We were given the topic of the rising price of health care. My team had the opportunity find our own story as long as it followed this topic. One of my fellow dancers on the high school team, Sarah Hoemann, had a fairly recent accident. She was willing to be interviewed about her experience. Luckily, so was her mother, Lisa Hoemann. The family was so open to sharing about how this event affected their lives, and they were a joy to work with!
Distracted Driving PSA: This was my FIRST EVER assignment. I remember being so nervous and excited to start! Because this is my first year in the class, I felt like I really didn’t have any idea what I was doing. Thankfully, some of my teammates were experienced and they were a great help! When it aired on the Friday Show, I was so excited that I sat my family down and had them watch it on the tv at home!
When is the last time you used cursive to write a paper for school, or the last time that you used an analog clock to tell the time? As technology progresses, children of all ages are losing a grip on some of the basic skills that most of the older generation uses everyday.
In grade school, I remember my teacher stressing how important it was that we learn cursive. She insisted that it would make writing papers more effortless than writing in print. All of my final drafts were to be written in cursive and in ink in hopes that our constant practice would make us flawless calligraphers.
However, I can safely say that I have not used cursive to write anything but a signature since then. In fact, it’s rare that I ever even turn in a handwritten paper. As schools are leaning more towards technology-based classrooms, a majority of school work for most students is done online. Many schools have done away with cursive handwriting as a part of the regular curriculum altogether, because it is not seen as an everyday necessity.
It’s no secret that analog clocks and cursive-written papers are a rarity today. While I do believe that it is still important to teach these skills to children in the classroom, I also believe that we need to teach skills that everyone can commonly use in their daily lives.
As time progresses and technology advances, I think it is important to teach children skills that will help them succeed everyday. It's important to find a balance between the old and the new.
Get involved. You’ve heard it again and again from your parents, teachers, and maybe even through a PSA on the Friday Show. This may be an overused piece of advice, but it’s one that I agree with 100%.
You only get four years of high school, and as much as I scoffed at the saying each time I heard it, time really does fly by. I can also tell you that your high school experience is completely what you make of it. Being a part of a club or sports team gives you a chance to meet new people and try new things, which is what high school is all about!
I am a member of Student Council, National Honors Society, HOSA, Blue Jay Journal TV, and the Varsity Dance Team. I can honestly say that my high school experience would have been drastically different if I hadn’t involved myself in these organizations.
Coming from a small private school and a class of just 17, I was overwhelmed by the thought of coming to a place with so many people. However, making the dance team, and joining the other clubs gave me the opportunity to meet new people who shared my same interests. Being a part of something bigger than myself has given me the chance to make countless memories and lifelong friends.
I urge everyone to get involved in school! There really is something for everyone, and it makes high school so much more enjoyable!
It’s no secret that today’s generation is spending far more time staring at electronic screens than any generation before us. We have grown up in a world that is constantly introducing new and exciting technology, and it is nearly impossible not to fall victim to the magnetism of their addictive nature.
While many insist that teenagers are the root of this technological dependence, I believe otherwise. Parenting mechanisms have drastically changed, even in the short amount of time since I was a young child. When I go to a restaurant or a store and see a family with young children, I almost always see the children playing on some kind of phone or tablet. I’ve noticed more and more that when a parent becomes irritated with a child, their go-to move is to hand over the electronics to occupy them. Because of this, the electronic epidemic is becoming a problem at an extremely young age.
The constant screen-time is not only an annoying addiction, but poses a threat to something that we all take for granted: eyesight. There is no proof that staring at a screen often and for long periods of time causes any long-term damage, but it does lead to eyestrain and discomfort. Research shows that 50-90% of people experience CVS (computer vision syndrome). CVS includes a number of symptoms including blurred vision, double vision, dry or red eyes, eye irritation, headaches, and neck or back pain.
I’m not suggesting that we throw out technology altogether, it has become an essential part of our daily routine. However, there are some things we can improve on.
* Reducing the brightness of your screen can reduce the amount of strain you put on your eyes.
*Webmd.com suggests that we follow the “20-20-20 rule”. Look away from your screen about every 20 minutes, and look at something about 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
*Believe it or not, your child does not need to have a screen to be content. Instead of plopping your child in front of the television, or handing them a smartphone for entertainment, encourage them to read a book or (heaven forbid) use their imagination.
I hope everyone will take these tips into consideration.
It is a widely believed stereotype that all teenagers do is sleep. However, according to sleepfoundation.org, only about 15% of teens get the recommended 8-10 hours of sleep per night.
I am the perfect example of the other 85%. Keeping up with my jam-packed schedule is exhausting, and to be honest, I’m surprised that I’ve been able to do it for so long. From the time my alarm blares at 5:45 in the morning, until the long-awaited moment that I crawl into bed at night, I am on the go.
On a good night, I get around five and a half to six hours of sleep. Between school, multiple practices, and friends, sleep isn’t always something that’s at the top of my priority list. Time management plays an imperative role in my everyday life, but it’s nearly impossible to allot a certain amount of time for each task to make sure that I get to bed at a reasonable time.
Lack of sleep can negatively affect performance in school, appearance, and mood. Sleep deprivation can have more serious consequences as well. According to the National Sleep Foundation, when you drive drowsy you are as impaired as driving with a .08% blood alcohol content, which is illegal in Missouri and many other states. Statistics show that over 1,000 crashes each year are due to drowsy driving.
For those of you who are as tired of being tired as I am, but can’t seem to find a way to get to bed, the National Sleep Foundation has some tips for you. Developing a nightly bedtime routine, reading, or putting your phone away an hour before bed (yes, it’s possible), are all proven to improve sleep quality. To learn more visit www.sleepfoundation.org
Summer is the perfect time to get in a dose of sunshine, and the countless number of outdoor activities that come along with it provide the perfect opportunity to do just that. While there are many to choose from, there is one past time that is always a no-brainer.
In my opinion, riding your bike is the epitome of everything an outdoor recreation should be. Biking not only gives you the chance to reflect and relax on your own, but to have fun and catch up with friends as well.
Another upside to biking is that you get in exercise. When you're riding, not only are you getting in a workout, but you're doing so in a way that seems almost effortless. In a society that is becoming increasingly dependent on technology, people, especially young children, are losing the value of physical fitness. It is crucial that we, as upcoming leaders, emphasize the importance of being active. We need to show younger generations that being healthy isn't all about hardcore workouts and diets, but that getting exercise can be fun, and even relaxing.
Perhaps the best part of bicycling is simply the fact that you're actually getting outside. Life can be pretty chaotic at times, and sometimes you just need to get away from the stress of your everyday schedule. Being outside gives you the perfect chance to enjoy God’s creation and rejuvenate your mind. When you get back home, you're sure to feel relaxed and ready to take on your everyday challenges with a fresh and positive mind set.
So, the next time you're sitting at home trying to find something to do with yourself, I encourage you to grab your bike and get outside.
It's finally here. Summer. It's the light at the end of our nine-month long tunnel, and if you’re anything like me, you take advantage of these precious days by cramming as much as you possibly can into each and every one of them.
However, all those long, hot days at take a toll on you, and to be honest, constantly being on the go is exhausting. So on the days when I just don’t feel like getting out, but still want to feel somewhat accomplished, I pay a visit to the couch in my living room, and prepare myself for a day devoted to Netflix.
Choosing a new series to watch on Netflix can be challenging. There are literally hundreds to choose from, and I want to choose something that I’ll enjoy investing so much time in. When I ran into this problem earlier on in the year, I turned to my friends for guidance. Every single one gave me the same answer; The Office. To be completely frank, I had no interest in the show whatsoever, but because of the high praise it was receiving from my friends, I thought I’d give it a shot. And boy were they right.
The Office takes place in Scranton, Pennsylvania and documents the life of the employees working for Dunder Mifflin Paper Co. While the setting may not sound too exciting, the love that you develop for each character is what makes the show so great. The best part about the show is the diversity of the characters. Each one has their own unique sense of humor, so the show is not being completely dominated by one person or one specific style of comedy. I’ve found that the show’s light-hearted humor is the perfect escape from any stressful day. In fact, I loved it so much, that I’m re-watching the entire series again this summer!
You know you’ve found true comedic gold when you find yourself laughing, even when you’re all alone. I can honestly say that there is not a single episode of The Office that I can watch while keeping a straight face. So if you’re having a tough time deciding what this summer’s Netflix addiction should be, The Office is a no brainer. It’s sure to entertain, and keep you laughing in the process.