By Phoenix Jackson

In the second overtime, the win was made by the girls’ varsity soccer; the girls played at Eastern View on Wednesday, April 14, 2014.

The first goal was made by the home team within the first fourteen minutes. The goal didn’t bother the foxes; they reset and were ready to play again. Foxes played strong and were aggressive getting onto the ball.

Girls varsity had good runs with the ball taking it down the field, but was pressured making the ball go out and having the opposite team throw-in the ball. The standing score of the first half was 1-0 Eastern View.

The beginning of second half, senior, Gabrielle Caron, had a shot on goal and made it in under the cross bar. Fans visiting and the junior varsity team stood up in excitement of tying the game.

With nine minutes left of second half Eastern View had managed to pass defenders and was one-on-one with the senior goalie, Brieanna Bancroft. Bancroft dove for the ball pushing the ball out and giving time to the defenders to get the ball back.

At the end of second half, the score was 1-1 having to go into overtime. Resetting the clock with five minutes the ball had made it down both sides of the field attempting to score. After the clock ran out and additional five minutes were added.

Only two minutes and thirty seconds remaining, junior, Christina Jones had made a game winning goal. Jones had said she was shocked that she made the goal for the team.

Freshman on junior varsity, Cindy Jeffers said “I was excited and thrilled for the win of the varsity team.” The girls varsity soccer had left Eastern View with the score 2-1 King George.

 

By Anthony Howard

King George High School student music artist Devon Cook on the verge of taking the spotlight; his song was recently played on a radio station in Florida.

Eighteen year old senior, Devon Cook aka 2 R3AL is a hip-hop/rap music artist and raps with a group F.O.S. which stands for Freedom of Speech. Devon knew he wanted to make hip-hop/rap music when he was nine years old; continuing his passion for music he recorded his first song at the age of fifteen. Devon is inspired by old school artists Tupac, Biggie, and Nas. Curious about where he had come up with or got the name 2 R3AL Devon said, “From my older brother, how I’m always telling the truth on real subjects.” Devon also likes to rap about real subjects, try to stand out, be himself, and someone that people can relate to when listening to his music.

“It takes more than what you think.” Referring to writing, it’s not easy; Devon has shown where hard work has got him. On the Mondays of the last two weeks, Devon was able to be heard on the online radio, 365live.com, playing his recent song “The Game Keeps Calling Me.” “It’s a big opportunity, I like to thank God for it,” said Cook.

Devon is also in the process of making music videos too for two of his songs. Being on camera recording takes a lot, “It’s a thought process; a lot of thinking, ideas coming from the writer and producer even remembering what to do, say, and write the script. You have to have that chemistry between you and the producer to make a product just like in the studio.”

When it comes to criticism 2 R3AL takes it to a certain point where it won’t change him as a rapper, trying to be himself. When his music is ready to listen to, 2 R3AL wants to get feedback from his closest friends before he publically releases it.

2 R3AL also makes songs with other artists outside of King George to be featured on songs. When he teamed up with Khalil Conway to make a song that got everyone’s attention, 2 R3AL called this “a power move for marketing;” he picks certain artists to be on songs so that he can get the most feedback from the public.

His plan after high school is to attend a college with music production and pursue his rap career. With his confidence boosted after filming the two music videos, Devon is in the process of writing more songs. In the future, Devon would like to see himself as a millionaire at the age of twenty-six and even have his own recording label like artists Dr. Dre and Jay-Z.

 

By Anthony Howard

Students asked how minimum wage could affect them and the economy as the government continues to plan on rising minimum wage.

Recently the government is debating on whether to raise minimum wage for workers in the U.S. King George students that do work want this opportunity; for instance, Chad Richter, who works at the Dahlgren Burger King, Lena Easingwood, who works at the Dahlgren Arby’s, and Cody Bell who works at the King George Subway

All three were aware that the minimum wage increase might go into effect. They also knew what this meant for their jobs if increased; that it would be better money but fewer hours on the job. According to the Free Lance Star, the government’s plan will lead to workers being laid off by their companies to leave for the more experienced.

“I think it should be increased just like everything in government, there are negative sides and kinks but within time it will have a positive impact,” said Easingwood. There are a lot of advantages and disadvantages in whether or not minimum wage should be increased; however, there are more pros than cons.

“I think they should still increase the minimum wage because it could possibly be a way to help the economy. By giving more people money means that they will go out and shop and spend their money which helps spread out money across America which could make sense; I wouldn’t be surprised if this was what would be debate in Capitol Hill right now,” said Bell. In order to aid the economy the raise in minimum wage would work in a cycle, by giving workers money to buy products that they need.

The focus on minimum wage is not over yet; while congress and other Americans debate on its effect on the economy. This is even bigger now than it has been; According to CNN, President Barack Obama has just recently signed a bill to increase overtime pay to $10.10. With this in effect, even more people argue for or against minimum wage being approved in the U.S.

 

By Christina Jones

The JV girls’ soccer team had their second loss of the season against Eastern View Wednesday, 4/9, keeping the game really close.

King George scored early in the first ten minutes of the game with 8th grader, Molly Desque, scoring two goals, giving the foxes a 2-0 lead.

The Eastern View cyclones came back, scoring three more goals in the last 15 minutes of the first half, shocking the foxes.

Shayla Bailey was fouled in the box and was given a penalty kick. She took the penalty kick and scored tying the game before half time.

“During halftime I needed to get the team pumped and motivated to win, knowing the game was tied and all we needed was one goal,” said captain, Gabrielle Arvizu.

The foxes did stay motivated and worked hard the second half, but it wasn’t enough. With two minutes left on the clock, the cyclones scored a free kick right outside of the box, catching goal keeper Katrina Anderson off guard.

The foxes worked hard but not hard enough to pull off a win. Now they hold a record of 1-2.

 

By  Kyleigh Jenkins

Leaning together for selfies might lead to more than saving and sharing the moment; they could also be sharing head lice.

According to Fox News, Marcy McQuillan, a lice treatment expert, says she has seen a dramatic increase within the young adult community of head lice. McQuillan claims that this is due to selfies being.

A selfie is described as a photograph that one has taken of oneself or with others to capture a moment in their life to share with others through social media. When young adults come together their heads touch and this is when the lice scurry from one head to another.

Dr. Nick Celano, a resident in dermatology, is more doubtful on that fact that selfies are the main cause of the increase in head lice. Celano said that selfies may help with the distribution of head lice but it isn’t very likely that they would be able to travel from one head to another in a quick amount of time. It is said that it takes an extended amount of time to travel from one head to another, and that the 10 second period of time to snap a photo isn’t what would be considered an extended amount of time.

Celano said he couldn’t pinpoint the exact amount of time it takes for lice transmission to occur, though he did say that a much more common way for lice to spread is through sharing headphones, using the same hair brush, using the same towel, sharing someone’s hair curler, using someone’s hat, sweaters, jackets, or scarves.

Teens are reacting to this epidemic very calmly. Many don’t take it into consideration when they are snapping photos. Even though some are talking about that matter many aren’t reacting.

According to Mayo Clinic, Head lice are still more common in younger ages because of lots of contact with each other.

 

Students abandon radio

On April 7, 2014, in Features, Uncategorized, by dstyer

By Kaylee Aldredge

Most people listen to music that is appealing to them while they are driving. Also, most teens have smart phones that can play music which makes the radio less listened to. Instead of flipping through channels on the radio station, people prefer a phone or CD.

Teenagers and some adults are very tech savvy with phones. So while driving, the phone is plugged into the auxiliary to listen to any music wanted. Many like to have an option of what to listen to and be able to choose, and the radio can’t always do that.

Radio stations don’t always play music that teens to want to hear. Also, there can be static when listening to a radio station. “I make CDs with my favorite songs on them because I hate listening to the radio,” said senior Amber Deegan.

On a cell phone app such as Pandora, any genre of music can be played. If a certain song is playing and isn’t favored, the song can be skipped. “When I’m in the car, I listen to music on Pandora because it always plays music I like and never repeats like the radio does,” said senior Andre Brown.

Another type of way to listen to music is songs that are downloaded onto a phone. The music of choice can be played and skipped as many times as needed. It gives a variety of different music types that can be played depending on what is downloaded.

“I listen to music that is downloaded on my phone because I chose every song, so I know I’ll like it,” said senior Madi Leahy. There are many different ways to listen to music in the car or at home. All teens interviewed do not prefer the radio.

A phone can also avoid commercials like on the radio. This is why people choose to use a cell phone to listen to music. It is understandable that people like to be able to choose what type of music is played.

 

By Phoenix Jackson

The varsity boys’ soccer won their game against Caroline on Tuesday. The win brought a lot of cheer to the crowd wanting King George to win.

To start the game KG scored within twelve minutes with an offensive player, junior Nathaniel Kendrick. The goal excited the KG crowd and they reacted with a cheer. After resetting the field, two more goals were made by strikers, freshman, Charles Parker, and senior, Chase Manard.

After each goal the striker would put his fist in the air celebrating the goal. “My goal was made easier than I thought,” said Parker. Without over-celebrating he stayed in the game and reset his position as striker to await another opportunity for a goal.

When second half had started the score was 3-0. At the beginning of second half, junior John Lily had dribbled down the field and scored. In the middle of the second half Caroline had scored shooting in the right corner of the goal.

Leaving the field with a win, junior Andrew Arvizu said, “We won the game but we could have played a lot better; we played nowhere near our full capability.” The final score was 4-1.

What made this game different, was that it started earlier than usual, because junior varsity had the mercy rule to end their game. A mercy rule is reaching eight goals within a certain amount of time, it was made before the first half was finished with the score of 10-0. This is the biggest win for the JV team this season.

 

By Christina Jones

In the spring of 2016, a new SAT will bring a lot of hope for many students. Many of them will be taking the new SAT and are very excited for the new changes being made. The new changes will include; an option of taking the test online or paper, focusing on new relevant useful words in life, and optional essay, and it will remove the penalty for getting wrong answers.

Breanne Albertson, a sophomore, said, “I will be graduating the year the new SAT comes out, so I will not really be affected by it but I think that it sounds like a good change.” Many other students who are sophomores, juniors, and seniors have said the same thing as Albertson did because the SAT won’t come into effect until after they have graduated.

Victoria Dixon, a freshman, had a much different response than Albertson because she will be taking the new SAT. “I think that adding relevant words are good because they will be words I will actually be using in real life and outside of High School,” said Dixon.

Sarah Webster, another freshman, added comments on how excited she is as well. “I’m so excited about the new SAT because the essays are optional and I’m not very good at writing”, says Webster.

Webster is an honor student who is planning on going to a good college and she says by the new SAT coming out, she should be able to get a good score in order to get into a good college. “A lot of my upper classmen friends have told me how hard the SAT is now and how glad I am to be taking the newer one,” said Webster.

Many of the high school students are excited for the new SAT coming out in the spring of 2016 while others are not so excited. Most of the students who are not so excited for the new SAT are upperclassmen or sophomores, students who are about to or already took the current SAT.

Amber Deegan, a senior, is not very excited about the new SAT. “I took the SAT almost a year ago and it was one of the hardest tests I have ever taken; especially the essay part, so I’m not happy about them changing the test soon as I’m about to graduate,” said Deegan.

 

By Qiara Stewart

King George has expanded within the past four years by adding places like Wal-Mart, Five Guys, Poncho Villa, Vinneys, Steamers, Game Stop, Sweet frog, Verizon stores, CVS, Sheriff’s Department, Fire Station, and many more places. Before they were built here, there weren’t many places for people to go. If someone wanted to go eat somewhere nice, someone have to either go to Fredericksburg or Maryland.

“I like the changes because they’ve added places for us to go,” said freshman Kameron Phillips. Teenagers and even young adults love to go out and hang whenever they can. It’s beneficial to us because there are more places for us to socialize together.

“I don’t have to drive to Wal-Mart that’s not in our county,” said junior Whitney Allen. With Wal-Mart being in Dahlgren, it brings people down from Laplata, MD, and all over King George, Caroline County, Montross, and Colonial Beach to that one store. By everyone going to Wal-Mart, that gives half of all the other business around to get business.

“No, because it would just get a lot more boring,” said senior Trey Byrd. Everyone would have to go out there way to do major grocery shopping that a local corner store wouldn’t be able to supply.

According to The Journal Press Website (http://www.journalpress.com/index.php/king-george-and-dahlgren/planning/3341-sheetz-site-plan-approved-at-rts-3-206-intersection), the county permitted there to be a Sheetz gas station across from the Fast Mart next to the Middle School. “I think it’s unnecessary because there is one five miles down the road from fast mart,” said senior Christian Porter.

“Yes, it would be a great pit stop for kids before and after school,” said senior Natalee Melendez. Even though it would be a great spot for people to stop after school, there is already one within just 5 minutes from the school.

 

By Kenzie Ludwig

This winter has been the worst winter that King George has had in 5 years. Resulting from these horrible snow storms, there hasn’t been a full two weeks of school since January. However, following these horrible snow storms are even stranger weather changes. Just the other day, it was 70 degrees and Monday there was no school, because a snow storm delivered 2-6 inches of snow. Many people don’t know whether to buy shorts or to buy extra gloves for storms that are supposed to occur next week.

“The roller coaster temperature changes and unexpected amounts of snow were fun at first, but now it’s getting old. The cancellations are making school, an already difficult task, even harder to try and catch up,” said junior Daniel Habron. The weather has pushed back tests, SOLs, exams, and has caused teachers to cram chapters into just a few days. Students are struggling to catch up and with a snow day every week it makes it that much harder.

Other student athletes are struggling with not only school but with work on the field as well. Freshman Alyssa Nease said, “The weather has definitely been challenging to us as we kick off the season, but I know my girls are willing to push through it if it means another great soccer season.”

The unbalance between cloudy/ cold weather and sunny/warm weather has turned many people around. “The 70 degree weather is wonderful!” said Senior Jacob Perkins. One day for the past couple of weeks the weather has eased up, and everyone that was not enjoying the snow could enjoy a day without it. “The snow was fun at first, but like most things that happen over and over, it’s boring and redundant now. Mother Nature needs to make up her mind,” said senior Emilee Brancheau.

Schools haven’t had this many snow days in a long time. The school systems are confused as to how to make all of them up. Stafford county schools are adding 25 minutes to the end of their day and many students there are protesting. While we don’t have to make up any days as of right now, the fear of another snow storm knocking out more school is still lingering over the school boards heads.

What are they going to do if another storm strikes and causes school to be out for even longer? Will students have to go to school on Saturdays, or add on time like Stafford did, or worse extend school into spring break or summer? Senior Mekayla Thompson offered her opinion and said, “I think they might extend the school day longer as oppose to taking days off from our spring break.”

Many parents can’t take any more days off of work to stay home and take care of their children. Many students are done playing in the snow and watching endless amounts of movies. This weather will hopefully warm up before cabin fever takes over the whole county.

 

By Kyleigh Jenkins

The English department is hosting the seventh annual coffee house, Through the Looking Glass, for students to come and share what they have to offer. The coffee house will take place on Friday, April 11th, at 7pm in the library, and admission will be $5, this includes refreshments.

The coffee house is accompanied by the publication of the literary magazine, Sketch, which features original student literature and artwork.

Ms. Snelling, English and speech teacher, and Ms. Hand, English 10,  Creative Writing Teacher, Class of 2015 Co-Sponsor, Student of the Month Sponsor, and Literary Magazine Sponsor, are teaming up to direct and host the Coffee House.

Snelling has the signup sheet and will hold a few meetings to decide on the official lineup for the performance. Mrs. Hand, Mrs. Dunn, Mrs. Wynes, Mrs. Lowe, Mrs. CG will offer extra credit for both attending and performing. Students can choose to read poetry (their own or famous poem), dramatic interpretations, sing, play an instrument, etc.

Mrs. Wynes even has a group of students performing a scene from Hairspray as a sneak preview to the actual musical that will be performed later this spring.

According to Wikipedia, typical coffee house, from a cultural standpoint, serves as centers of social interaction: the coffeehouse provides social members with a place to congregate, talk, write, read, entertain one another, whether individually or in small groups of two or three people.

Students that wish to perform need to see Mrs. Snelling in room 246 by Monday, April 7th. Students who wish to publish literature or art can E-mail or submit work to Hand or email her at chand@kgcs.k12.va.us, by Friday, April 4th.

Last year the coffee house helped raise money for the English Department Scholarship Fund, and the Forensics Team.  This year, the English department also hopes to use the proceeds from the coffee house to sponsor an English department Scholarship fund.

 

Varsity Girls Tennis Talk

On March 25, 2014, in Newsletter, Sports, Uncategorized, by dstyer

By Phoenix Jackson

The varsity tennis girls are 1-1 now that they won their first game against Caroline. The girls practice every day to prepare for their upcoming season. Tennis has different terms than other spring sports.

Each time the team plays they choose seeds to defend our school. “Our seeds are the top six players on the team” said, a sophomore Amy Neel. There are eighteen players on the King George High School team. Before the matches begin they have tournaments against your own team, the players with the highest ranking are the seeds for the team. Once the seeds are chosen the matches begin, depending on the players there will go six or ten matches.

The team practices in doubles. Doubles is a two-on-two competition against the same team. A player in the back and one in the front, this drill helps with concentration and speed. The players are matched up with another player with the same amount of skill and performance. Working in doubles can improve the skills of a player during the matches one-on-one.

Each girl plays at the same time; there are six different matches playing at once. Megan Suell was ranked the sixth seed for King George High School. She held the longest match going into a tie breaker. She won the tie breaker and her first match of the season.

“I plan on playing tennis in my future,” said Amy Neel. Neel is one of the high ranked seeds. She had lost the match against Courtland but was still cheering on her seeds to win their matches. The team stays positive and supports each member to do their best.

King George girls’ varsity tennis team is hoping for a good season. They would love to have support from school peers at their home games. The matches are free at the tennis courts behind King George High School. Showing support from our school can help improve the performances of our girls tennis team.

 

Hidden Renaissance Fair

On March 25, 2014, in Features, Local, News, Uncategorized, by dstyer

By Kaylee Aldredge

Many people may not know of the abandoned renaissance fair. It is on route 3; a little bit past Sealston Elementary school. It is hidden deep in the woods of Sherwood Forest.

According to Roadtrippers.com it opened in 1996. It had to close down in 1999 due to hot summers and a lot of rain which made the area swampy. Because of the bad weather, a lot of money was lost.

Not too many people have heard or even seen it. “I found out about it while I was driving to Fredericksburg,” said senior Madi Leahy. There is a sign at the entrance but it is very worn down and almost unreadable.

There are many interesting things at the fair. There is a jousting arena and even an abandoned ship sitting in the water. It was all designed to fit the theme of the fair and make people feel like they were actually at a renaissance.

The first thing that is noticed is a decomposed ticket booth window where the tickets were sold. Deeper into the woods are building that cannot be accessed anymore. Many of the towers are still standing but are starting to get covered in grass and vines.

In 1996, when it opened, it cost up to $5 million to purchase and renovate. Since it was opened over summer time, the workers had trouble staying in their costumes because it got so hot. “I would have loved to work there, minus the heat, because that kind of stuff interests me” said Leahy.

The most recent owner filed for bankruptcy in 2013 after being purchased for roughly $1.3 million dollars many years ago. “I would definitely go if it was still open!” says Leahy. If chosen to go, it is advised to wear orange because it is now leased to a hunting club.

There are many people that are just curious and want to see the amazing buildings and be taken away by the fair but there are signs that clearly state that it is private property and trespassers will be charged. Most abandoned places and buildings are covered in vandalism, but the fair in Sherwood Forrest has little to none. Which is how the beauty of it is still alive.

 

By Madison Mading

Students are petitioning the school board to fix several problems with our school’s track. First off, the track isn’t even located at the high school; it’s next door at the middle school. The lines on the track have to be constantly repainted due to wear and tear. The concrete beneath the tracks surface is beginning to show from over use. At the current track there is only one bathroom and four moveable bleachers. These poor conditions do not show-off the winning track team that we have.

The track is used by the entire community. This is not a problem. The problem is that the community is not as concerned with the conditions of the track because there are several other places that they can walk and run at within a thirty minute radius of the middle school. While there are signs outside of the track clearly stating the restrictions that come with using the track the community doesn’t always adhere to the rules. It is hard to have these rules enforced when there isn’t someone watching the track 24/7.

Currently there are student athletes who are petitioning the school board to build a new track and field complex on the high school grounds.

The schools track team has created an account with an online petition site where people within the community can sign on and state their concerns. In addition to this electronic petition there is a paper copy that can be signed.

Senior Anna Kniceley, a student athlete, is the one responsible for heading up this petition. “This petition is specifically for proving to the different boards that more than just the track team believes something needs to be done. We have the support of hundreds.”

“I’m participating [in the petition] because I want to have a place to run safely, a place that I can display proudly as a part of King George high school. I want to contribute to something that is bigger than myself, and something that I believe in,” said sophomore Maddie Amos.

For more information about the track petition see http://www.change.org/petitions/build-a-new-track-and-field-complex-on-king-george-high-school-grounds

 

 

 

By Sky Garner

Students complain about the menu so much but never give their opinions on what they’d like to eat.

Most students don’t know that their suggestions could end up on next month’s lunch menu.

“The suggestion boxes…  more like an empty box. The school lunch ladies kindly asked for King George students to put any suggestions they have for a new school lunch menu. Only 2 or 3 students put suggestions in the box. Every month we have to make a new lunch menu. The menu must have the right amount of calories, carbs and sodium in every meal they put on the menu,” said cafeteria manager, Bea Smith.

The cafeteria workers are trying their best to make King George students happy, but if nobody puts in suggestions how are they going to know what students want to eat?

The menu for the month of March contains some new choices; such as turkey corn dog nuggets, beef and cheese nachos, and fish nuggets. A lot of the choices are the same if people were to suggest different kinds of food then everyone could be happy, no one would have to complain. The suggestion box will be in the cafeteria all year if anyone wants to put their suggestions in the box.

 

By Deveon Evans

The King George NJROTC Rifle Team was very happy when they finished in 2nd place in the Navy National Championship match held this past weekend. The event took place in Camp Perry, Ohio; the team members who were in the event include Hunter Cushman, Carrie Richbourg, Ben Frith, and Jenna Heiston.

Carrie Richbourg took the win in as much as she could, saying, “We could’ve done better but we did the best that we could. The experience was like any other match, long tiring and fun; I was expecting to come in 3rd or 4th place because of the scores we’ve been shooting at practice, but we didn’t.”

Hunter Cushman who placed in first place at the match says, “In my head it wasn’t about everybody else, as long as I did my best then I’d worry about where I placed against everyone else.” It seemed like he wasn’t fazed about his win, “It was just another match, shoot a practice like a match and shoot a match like a practice. I’ve been to Nationals all four years and it’s nice to go and shoot against people from different states in ROTC units.”

Cushman also says that “As a team we did fairly well even though we didn’t shoot the high end of our average, but we did fairly well.” Cushman was the individual gold medal winner, with an overall score of 1115 before finals he won first place for the navy.

 

 

By Jaylen Brinson

Is it the excitement of having a license, feeling like one is growing up, or just the thrill of listening to music?

Most KG students enjoy the experiences they have with being able to drive to school. Those students that participate in extracurricular activities use this opportunity to the fullest because they don’t have to wait on their parents to pick them up after work late.

“I feel grown up. I have more freedom and it makes me really ‘feel’ like a senior,” said senior, Monica Brandts. Driving to school gives students an older feeling as if they are going to an early morning job. “I get to wake up later and I get to school quicker,” said senior, Mollie Schmidt.

Driving to school can avoid having to wait for school buses to pick up every individual student.  Therefore students can leave their houses later and get some extra time to sleep because they only have to rely on themselves to get to school.

“It’s like my first chance at freedom, and I don’t feel like I’m being rushed. Girls love driving because it allows us to take longer in the morning on days we want to look cute,” said senior, Bre Lewis.

Being able to drive to school could give KG student motivation to get up and come to school on time. That period of relaxation in the car by themselves is much needed before a long day of school.

 

Seniors Opting Out

On March 19, 2014, in Features, Student Interest, Uncategorized, by dstyer

By Kaylee Aldredge

Opting out is a very effective way to help seniors who have jobs that require being there before school usually ends. Graduating seniors or juniors can leave school early, or get to school late with permission. Many students opt out of first or fourth block.

Getting out after second is very useful because students start the day off early and get plenty of things accomplished. If students have to go to work, going straight there after second is helpful. “It gives me more leisure and more time to focus on my job,” said, senior, Madi Leahy.

Going to school late, usually after first block is another way to opt out. Students would be able to get a few more hours of sleep and start the day a little later. How does opting out work exactly? First, the student need parent and guidance approval before able to opt out.

Having enough credits will help if opting out is an interest. To opt in and out, all that is needed is signing into the computer in the office and under “reason” click opt. It gives seniors a responsibility to get to school on time and when needed. If seniors worked hard enough as underclassmen and don’t need that many more credits, opting out is the best way to go to school but not take classes if it isn’t needed.

If a senior only has two required classes, why take more? There are many benefits to opting out and many senior really enjoy it, depending on the person. “I have a lot of free time to do whatever I want or when I have to work it makes it easy,” said, senior, Amber Deegan.

“It’s nice because I can get to work and make money earlier in the day,” said, senior, Dylan Beckham. Most seniors enjoy being able to be in charge of when to get to school and when to leave, opting out helps doing just that.

 

By Christina Jones

Every year, the senior class does a senior trip and the class of 2014 is trying to think of different places that they would want to go. This year, the seniors had a survey on where they would want to go for their trip. The options on the survey included, Kings Dominion, New York, and Hershey Park. Though the seniors had several options, many had their own opinion on where they would want to go.

“I would feel great doing a senior trip, since I have wanted to do it for three years as an underclassman,” said senior Anthony Howard. Other seniors, Blake Clift and Bri Lewis, have mentioned that they would love to do a senior trip, but they would rather do one with their friends and no one else.

A lot of the seniors such as Howard, Clift, and Lewis have the same idea of what they would want to do. All of the senior questioned said they would prefer not to go to an amusement parks and they would want to do an overnight trip.

Kaylee Aldredge and Qiara Stewart, two more seniors, had said going to New York is a trip that they have always wanted to go. Another senior, Jaylen Brinson, thinks that going to Myrtle Beach would be a perfect place for a senior trip.

Many of the seniors have the same thoughts on the price. Howard, Aldredge, Clift, and Brinson had all said they would be willing to pay for a senior trip but only if the price is right and the place is somewhere they would enjoy. On the other perspective, Christian Jones, a senior, says, “I would rather not pay any money on a trip and save my money for college and more important things.”

 

Madison Mading and Trey Thompson are two individuals that won 1st place gold medals at Skills USA. Skills USA is a club with the CTE classes; welding, electricity, drafting, and building trades. Within this club they do a lot of community service and competition.

“I have been in building trades since last year and I really liked being a part of it. I also wanted to be able to put this on my college resumes,” said senior Madison Mading. Being a part of Skills USA doesn’t take much; you have to first be a part of one of the CTE classes, and then pay $20.

By Qiara Stewart

Skills USA District Competition is a two day event; the first day is at Stafford High School and that’s where Madison competed. Day 2 is held at Spotsylvania Carrier and Technology Center where Trey Thompson competed.

“They gave us a bunch of different projects and we had to put them together. One of the projects we did was to take tubing and weld it to a piece of plate. I love competition because we get to win stuff like medals and prizes.” said senior Trey Thompson.

Before competition starts you have to take a PDP test before you compete. They don’t look at your test until there is a tie between two competitors to see who scored higher. Whoever scored higher won that section in the competition.

At the competition you are showcasing your skills that you learned in that class. “As soon as I walked through the line to go up to the guy to talk, my skit started. He was asking me questions and I didn’t know that he had already started. He then took me to the judge’s room and I was in there for 5 minutes. You are usually in there from 10-15 minutes, so when I left the room I had doubts on how I did,” said senior, Madison Mading.

Besides competing, they do things around the community such as cooking meals for widows, they do a lot of set up for the fall festival, build sheds for the community, prepare for competition, and host the car/craft show at KGHS every year. This year the car show will be May 10, 2014.

Madison Mading and Trey Thompson will both be going to states April 5-6. In order to go to nationals, they both have to place 1st out of the whole competition.

 

By Jacob Brown

In Friday’s Conference 22 Semi Finals game, the Varsity Boys’ Basketball team scored a 51-39 triumph over the Fauquier Falcons. Senior Guard, Sam Sharpe led the Foxes in scoring with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Elijah Barbour led the Falcons with 9 points, 5 assists, and 2 steals. The Foxes were able to pull down 28 rebounds, more than half of them were defensive rebounds. The Foxes played excellent defensively throughout the entire game, but struggled on the offense side of the ball. The Falcons forced 14 KG turnovers.

Senior Forward Phenomenon, Anthony Howard Jr., had 16 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 assist. 12 of Howard’s 16 came in the first half as the Falcons had a very difficult time stopping him. Although, the Falcons held Howard to just 4 points in the second half. After the game Howard was asked how he and his teammates felt about their win over Fauquier and he responded: “We felt really good out there on the court, we came together as a team and played outstanding defense. Personally, I am very proud of my team.”

Head Coach, Darren Berkley, was asked prior to Friday night’s team win against Fauquier if he felt his team was ready for tonight’s game. Berkley responded: “Yes, I think our practices this week have gotten better as the week progressed and we haven’t played in a week and a half (due to inclement weather), so hopefully we are well rested and enthusiastic.” After the game Berkley was asked how he and the team felt about moving on in the tournament. “We (the team and coaching staff) are excited about the opportunity to go to Regions and compete for a championship,” said Berkley.

 

By Kyleigh Jenkins

The theatre department doesn’t only put on productions, but seeks to expand skills that could help later on in life.  They’re producing Hairspray for the spring production. What does it take to put on the show?

It’s 1962 and teenagers Tracy Turnblad and her friend Penny Pingleton are watching the Corny Collins show. When the chance to dance on the show arrives, Tracy quickly takes the opportunity. Not only do his dancing skills attract Corny Collins, but also the attention of teenage heart throb, Link Larkin. But not everyone is happy with the decision to have her dance on the show. The shows manager, Velma von Tussle will do anything to get Tracy off the show, even if it has to include Tracy’s parents of new friends Seaweed and Motormouth Maybelle.

The budget of the last production was about $3,000. They raise money by ticket sales. The money from the first show funds the second show; the money from the second show funds the third show, and so on. Attendance varies depending on weather and other events. Also the spring musical usually makes a lot more money than the fall play. The department usually makes about $1,000 – 3,000 on a single production.

Preparing for the show takes approximately 90 hours. Auditions were in the second week of February and from then to May every day after school. Also, during this time they are putting together the setting, the scenes in which all the magic happens.

By producing Hairspray, the department attempts to develop characteristics to help the theatre students later on in life. Katrina Wynes, KGHS Theater Director and Choreographer, explained the mission of the theatre department:

“The theatre department seeks to, build and nurture creative expression and individuality among high school students; develop individuals who are aesthetically aware, artistically disciplined, and associated with performing arts.”

To expand their knowledge in the field, last year the theatre department gave six, $1,500 scholarships, to their seniors.

 

Interact club cleans up

On March 14, 2014, in Clubs, Features, News, Newsletter, Student Interest, by dstyer

By Phoenix Jackson

Every day there are a couple of students that are in the Interact Club that stay after school to help with the cleanup in classrooms. Going from one classroom to another, they help the teachers take care of things they don’t have time to do themselves; such as taking their recycling bin out and taking papers to other teachers.

There are about ten to fifteen students that stay after, Maria Pliego , Andrew Arvizu, Amy Howell, and Lauren Howard are just a few of the students. “I volunteer my time to help, and it doesn’t do anything for my grades” replied Maria; she dedicates her time into working after school.

“We mostly recycle for the teachers.” said Pliego, one of the students that stay after. She goes to every classroom around the high school gathering the recycling bins and clearing the bins out. The teachers appreciate their hard work because more things get done in the classroom. The Interact Club also helps custodians with their jobs to take care of the recycling around the school.

In this club students are volunteering time for the Interact Club. They stay after school every day and do many different activities. Recycling is only one thing the students do. They also help the teachers in different ways; taking papers to them and more. These students work well with each other and help in every way possible. They are trying to make the school community move further in a positive direction.

The Interact Club is a good club not only for the work that is being done, but also being good role models. The members in the club like it a lot and they think it’s good for leadership, “I like being in the club, it’s pretty cool” said Andrew Arvizu. When Andrew doesn’t have sports after school he is helping Maria with the recycling around the school.

The students of Interact club are big role models and big helpers. They work great for the school to make the school greener. Interact Club is doing something for the students at KGHS, the school itself, and the Earth.

 

ByKenzie Ludwig

This School took a leap of faith this school year when they added the BYOD rule, even when no other school in the district allows it. The “Bring Your Own Device” rule allows students to bring their iPods, iPads, computers and even cell phones to school and have access to them during class. The question that everyone is asking is: “Does this yellow sign even make that much of a difference?”

A lot of students and teachers opinions are split. “I believe that BYOD can be effective, but often students are not doing math or research on how to do math. Students are often playing games instead of working,” said Calculus Teacher Stephanie Fox. A lot of students are faced with tough decisions that include choosing whether to play games on their devices or actually do research.

However, it is very useful to classes that may use the internet more frequently. Mrs. Dunn’s Dual Enrollment English class tries to use the computers every day.

“Of course BYOD is helpful, because of the ability to learn to research, mostly. I think that the mastery of the use of technology is essential in higher education and the work force. It’s a lifelong skill all citizens need. It’s up to the schools to facilitate student growth as 21st century learners,” said 12th grade teacher Patricia Dunn.

It’s designed to help people get more accomplished during class faster and more easily. “I think that BYOD makes class easier, because it helps me take notes faster in A.P Biology,” said senior Nathan Pittman. It gives seniors the chance to get the feel of what college will potentially be like, before it’s too late.

Some students feel that this rule is not as major as everyone pictures it to be. “I don’t really believe that the new rule is working, because it gives you free time where you can use your phone and not have consequences for using it. However, people would still use their phones if they weren’t allowed,” said senior Brett Farrell. Even though students appreciate this new rule they can’t help but see the truth that hides behind it.

This is the first year that the school is allowing this rule. It has potential to become something great that the school could eventually benefit from, for years to come. “Being a Senior I have seen the ups and downs of this school, my freshman year there was no FLEX time. Now that it is my senior year and I am able to bring in all of my devices, I have been able to further my education by keeping track of my schedule, explore new things, and broaden my horizon.” said senior Madison Mading as she diligently works on a project on her Google drive.

 

By Blake Clift

Having difficulty picking the right college? This article should help students make those difficult choices by providing the pros and cons of in-state and out-of-state schools, as well as some helpful information that may lead students to their future.

It is true that the cost of college tuition is rising and out-of-state tuition is usually higher than in-state tuition.  According to U.S. News, “In-state tuition at public universities was about $10,000 less than out-of-state tuition for the 2012-2013 school year, according to tuition data reported to U.S. News in an annual survey.”  However, if students plan well there are many scholarships that are available for out-of-state students to help reduce the cost of tuition.

The pros of an in-state school are the financial benefits and some people also like going to the same school as their childhood friends and being close to home. The pros of an out-of-state school may be that you get to experience a new place, new cultures, and make new friends.

According to Senior Corey Henderson, “The pros of going to an out-of-state school far outweigh those of an in-state school. If you are an athlete, you have a lot more opportunities out-of-state.”

The cons of in-state schools could be to want to get away from your hometown and not going to school with people from your county.  The cons of an out-of-state school are the costs, and could also be that you have no one near by if you need them if something goes wrong.

According to senior Chase Manard, “The pros associated with going to school close to home and having the ability to go home and see your family is much greater than being far away. I also want my mom to do all of my laundry for me.”

It is important to go to the school that makes you happy and is the best fit for you. While the cost and location is an important factor, try not to let that get in the way of your happiness.

It is important to identify ways to achieve your goals. If an out-of-state school is your dream school, then figure out how to make it happen. If you would rather go to school closer to home, then make sure that you apply to those in-state schools and understand the requirements necessary to get into your favorite in-state school.