Everyone here at Washington High School has a ton of opportunities to be their own person. There are so many different classes, clubs, meetings, and sports that students can get involved in.
From the beginning of my freshman year until now, I would say I have been pretty involved throughout all of high school. I am/have been involved in Student Council, Varsity Soccer, Blue Jay Journal TV, FBLA, and Health Occupations.
Some people may look at my list of activities and say I have done a lot. Yet, there may be others who will judge and simply say I have not accomplished a thing. Yes, I could’ve been more active and joined more clubs, but I think this was the right amount for myself.
One major opportunity that I was super-excited about going into my senior year was the Health Occupations class at Four Rivers Career Center. Not all classes at Four Rivers requires you to be a senior, but quite a few do. Going to Four Rivers gives students awesome opportunities, and I am thankful I decided to take advantage of what they have to offer.
If you find a program at Four Rivers that you think you might be interested in, sign up for it! Based upon my experiences so far, I think it's a win-win situation! I have made so many new friends from Union, New Haven, St. Clair, and even Hermann just from being in Health Occupations. I also get to explore many different jobs in the health field, and experience things first hand.
Another class I am so happy I applied for is BJJTV. Blue Jay Journal TV has been so good to me ever since I joined my junior year. I have made so many friends, and it has taught me skills that I can use throughout my life. I really like it because you often work with other students that aren't in your grade, so it forces you to connect with other people at school that you normally wouldn't get to know. The class is also very hands on, which is helpful in learning.
Overall, I cannot say it enough: If you are wanting to get more involved, do it!
I highly recommend that incoming freshmen look at all of the different options available. As a senior looking back at the past three years, there are so many different things I was clueless about that I now know exist.
Getting involved and taking advantage of the opportunities our school provides will only make you a better person. You will gain so many benefits from it.
Just remember, if you’re thinking about doing something that is completely out of your comfort zone, just do it. It'll be one of the best things you choose to do at WHS.
Summer break is almost halfway over. Yes, believe it or not, summer is slowly coming to an end….which means school is about to start again.
Going back to school is not my favorite thing to do, but this school year is a little different. I have many hopes and fears for my last year of high school.
I have very high hopes for my senior year, and I plan to fulfill them. My number one hope would be to have fun and make as many memories as possible. Yes, I am one to say high school has been good, but I want to leave school on a great note. My second hope is to keep my grades up and focus on my future. Even though a big chapter of my life is coming to an end, I still have the rest of my life to prepare for and think about.
Along with all of my hopes, I also have many fears about the upcoming school year. My biggest fear by far would have to be coming down with a case of senioritis. Senioritis scares me because I need to stay focused. I know that some point during the year senioritis could impact my school work. My other fear is leaving all of my friends that I have met in high school. I’ve made many friends over the last three years of high school, and I am very scared to leave them after I graduate.
I am excited, yet nervous for this upcoming school year, but for the most part I’m excited to end a chapter of my life!
Even though this is my first year in BJJTV, I have learned and experienced more out of this class than any other class I have taken so far in high school. As it is coming to the end of the year, I thought I would share my top three moments in BJJTV!
#1. Camp ASB
Last summer, I had the opportunity to go to a summer broadcast camp in Lee's Summit, MO ran by The Academy of Scholastic Broadcasting. Before going to the camp, I had not been a part of BJJTV. It was very exciting, yet scary. I had no idea what I was getting into because I had never done anything like it before. The thought of writing a script, editing video, and producing a story made me nervous and overwhelmed. Luckily, by the end of camp, I knew how to do it all!
I am so glad that I attended Camp ASB to get my first experience as a broadcast journalist before I started BJJTV. Working with other students from all over America helped tremendously due to the fact that they could critique my work and assist me along the way. It opened my eyes to new opportunities in BJJTV and life in general. Overall, I would highly recommend Camp ASB if you are hoping to join the staff!
#2. MIPA J-Day at Mizzou
My next favorite moment was Journalism Day. It is held at Mizzou and ran by the Missouri Interscholastic Press Association. At J-Day we listened to a variety of speakers talking about different fields within Journalism. I found it very interesting. At the end of the day, all the schools that attended J-Day met together in Jesse Auditorium for the awards ceremony. J-Day was special to me because I got to bond more with my fellow staff members and learn more about journalism in general.
#3. The Entire Year
This year has been extremely important and special. I have met new people and made new friends because of Blue Jay Journal TV. I have gotten a chance to experience what a team feels like. I have never been in a class before where everyone gets along. I feel for the most part, everyone genuinely likes each other and are friendly towards each other.
We have had so much fun over the past year in BJJTV! This class has brought me so many memories and laughs. I wouldn’t trade this experience for the world! I am thankful to have gotten to experience all of the people and new friends I have made in Blue Jay Journal TV. I honestly loved the 2016-2017 BJJTV Staff and I cannot wait for the 2017-2018 Staff!
Thank you for reading, I am so glad I can share my memories and experiences with you!
Teens have a lot on their plates, but somehow we all must learn how to balance everything out.
Everyone has different ways, but I have some special tips that are helpful for myself, and they could help you, too!
Prioritize: I know that is not what anyone wants to hear, but in the long run, it will be super helpful. I am one who likes to keep everything organized and have a schedule to show what I have to do each day. Personally, I think planning a list that starts with the most important things to accomplish, to the least important things is very beneficial.
Eat healthy: Nowadays, it is harder and harder to find the motivation to eat healthy. Just like any other teenager, I go out to eat junk food, but eating healthy can be the difference between having a lot of energy or just having a good day in general. The next time you are eating a meal and have an option, pick the healthier one, you will feel so much better!
Sleep: Sleep is amazing, don't get me wrong, but if you get too much or too little, it can be deadly to your mood and productivity level. Getting the right amount of sleep for a teenager is kind of like asking a dog to talk, it doesn’t happen. We either get way too much sleep, or barely any at all. During the week, teens are usually sleep deprived, but on the weekends, sleep is all teens seem to do. Finding the right amount of sleep for yourself is a must. Doctors recommend that teens go to bed at the same time every night and keep routines that do not include checking Snapchat at 2:00 am. Find that balance and get enough sleep, and you will find life is much better!
Overall, I want to encourage everyone to keep pushing through. Try to live the best possible life you can. We only live once. Eventually, you will get on a more regular schedule and find the right balance for yourself. I hope that my tips about how to find balance will help you!
What is something that has made a huge impact on your life without you even noticing? Technology. Most people say that technology is a good thing and it benefits them, but they do not understand the basic life skills they are losing because of it. It is extremely important to know how technology is harming us.
I remember when I was in elementary school I had to learn how to write in cursive, but now I can sadly say I have lost almost all of my cursive skills. I started learning it in the 3rd grade. From then on in elementary school we wrote that way, but I can now say the only time I still write in cursive is when I write my signature.
Most people would say that it is my own fault for not remembering how to write that way, but as time has passed, I blame technology.
Reading hand clocks were also an everyday task many people had to do just a short while ago. In order to tell time, you would simply have to look up at the round clock and read the clock in a split second, but nowadays I do not believe that is the case. I wear a watch every now and then so I can keep my memory fresh and not forgot how to read one, but I can see how someone my age could simply forgot how to do it due to the abundance of digital clocks.
I believe that a lot of people would be lost without digital clocks, because they are all around. Everyone has a digital clock on them 24/7 (their phones), so they simply do not need to know how to read a hand clock anymore.
Technology obviously has pros and cons. At the end of the day, you need to consider how we are losing basic skills to technology. While time keeps marching on, so will the advancing of technology. Don’t get caught up with complicated technology in life, when there will could be a simpler way.
We only have so many years on this planet to begin with, why make them shorter by smoking?
Personally, I think smoking is a bad idea. The side effects of smoking can include chest pain, shortness of breath, persistent cough, difficulty or pain to swallow, cancer, etc. Thinking about having all of those health problems at the age of 18 is terrifying. Currently, it is illegal to sell or supply tobacco products to a minor under the age of 18, but 18 and over it is legal in most states in our nation.
In society there has been many debates about if the legal age of buying and selling tobacco should be raised to the age of 21. A 21 sale age complements other ways to reduce tobacco use, including higher tobacco taxes, strong smoke-free laws that include all workplaces and public places, and well-funded, sustained tobacco prevention and cessation programs. Increasing the sale age to 21 will help to prevent young people from ever starting to smoke and to reduce the deaths, disease and health care costs caused by tobacco use.
National data shows that about 95% of adult smokers begin smoking before they turn 21. The ages of 18 to 21 are also a critical period when many smokers move from experimental or social smoking to regular, daily use. While less than half of adult smokers (46%) become daily smokers before age 18, four out of five do so before they turn 21.
Just remember, do whatever you can now to benefit yourself in the future. Please think about the amount of damage you are doing to your body when using tobacco. I definitely don’t want anyone to use tobacco, but if you do, please wait until you’re 21 when your brain and body is more mature and can handle it better. PLEASE just think before you act!
I guarantee you everyone has heard the phrase “get involved” before, but do people actually do it?
When you think about it, getting involved honestly sounds kind of scary, but I promise you, it’s not! The transition from middle school to high school is exciting, yet nerve racking. It's also a great time to start getting involved with different activities and clubs. High school is a time to really find out about yourself and who you are. You can do that by GETTING INVOLVED.
Here's a tip: focus on the different things you like and find interesting. Then, find out more about them by getting involved with clubs and classes that focus on those areas. By exploring what you are interested in, you can figure out if this is what you are meant to do with your life.
Looking back on my freshman year, I wish I would have gotten more involved and done more things than I had. I was shy and timid freshman year. I didn’t really know what to expect from high school, but take my advice, do anything possible to get involved.
In the past two and a half years of high school, I have made some of my closest friends by stepping out of my comfort zone.
One of the big ways I have stepped out of my comfort zone is joining BJJTV. In the past, BJJTV interested me (see my tip!) and I thought it would be fun to be in the class. Last year, I took Intro to Mass Media, then I filled out the application to join, and luckily I got in!
Joining any club, taking a special class, or even going to sporting events are great ways to get involved! Getting involved and putting yourself out there is definitely scary, but in the end you won’t regret it.
Here's one last tip: don’t wait until the last couple years of high school to start getting involved. Do it as soon as possible so you can make the most of your high school experience!
When you’re 16, you are legally able to get your driver's license. Getting your license is not just about hopping in your car and going; it actually takes a lot of time, effort, and money. Nowadays the cost of driving is ridiculously overpriced. With the cost of car maintenance, insurance, gas, prices of tickets if you get any, and the possibility of death, is driving really worth it?
I got my license in April of this year, and I don’t regret getting it. Yes, it was a whole lot cheaper when I wasn’t driving, but life is more convenient now. There are both pros and cons of having your license, but in the long run, there are more cons than pros.
I’m lucky enough that my parents do not make me have a job, so I am not the one paying for my car. My dad lets me know how pricey everything is just because he wants me to have a general idea of how much it actually costs to drive.
One of the first pricey elements of a car is gas. Getting gas is expensive wherever you go, but no matter what you do, you will need to get gas. The other element that is required when having a car is insurance. Insurance is definitely not cheap either, but the less experience you have as a driver, the more it will cost. The next highly priced element are tickets. Thankfully, I have never gotten a ticket while I’ve been driving, and I surely don't want to.
Personally, I think teens should wait a little longer to start driving and to get a car. With those months you are not driving, you could be saving up a whole lot of money that you can put toward college.