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Hope for the Democrats

MaddieYashinsky, Sports Editor

Jon Ossoff, who is currently running a firm specializing in anti-corruption investigations, was one of five Democrats running in a special election in Georgia’s 6th congressional district. On Jan. 5, 2017, Ossoff announced his candidacy for the special election after previous seat holder, Tom Price announced that he had been named Trump’s Health and Human Services Secretary. Ossoff quickly became the most desirable democratic candidate in the race. He was endorsed by prominent figures such as congressman Hank Johnson and John Lewis as well as state House Democratic leader Stacey Abrams. Ossoff has raised over $8.3 million by early April of 2017.

Ossoff fell just short of capturing a House seat in a longtime conservative area of Georgia. Ossoff received 48.1% of the vote. He needed to get 50% in order to win outright. He and Republican candidate Karen Handel, who received 19.8% will now face off in a runoff election in June.

It wasn’t the election results however that made this special election such a popular topic of discussion. Rather, It was the statistics leading up to it that impacted the Republicans living in the area. The election is seen by many as an early test of how the first few months of Donald Trump’s presidency may have shifted the opinions or voter enthusiasm of educated suburban voters who live in swing districts. Trump under-performed in districts with demographics similar to the 6th during the 2016 election, having won the 6th District by only 1 percentage point. Fulton county Georgia has always been primarily Republican. In 2012 Mitt Romney won by 23 points in this district, and Republican Rep. Tom Price was re-elected with nearly 62% of the vote in 2016 here before being named Trump’s health and human services secretary.

“There is no doubt that this is already a victory for the ages,” Ossoff told supporters the night of the election. “That no matter what the outcome is tonight- whether we take it all or whether we fight on — we have survived the odds. We have shattered expectations. We are changing the world. Your voices are going to ring out across this state and across this country.” Many supporters of Ossoff and what the campaign stood for coined the phrase “Flip the 6th” as the election was being held.


Our President

MaddieYashinsky, Sports editor

As a Clinton supporter, the result of the recent presidential election has devastated me. I am no radical liberal, nor am I a radical feminist. To be quite honest, I know very little about the complexity of politics such as foreign relations, tax policies, and so forth. However, I would like to think of myself as a decent human being. There were two campaigns being witnessed the past few months; one thriving off of negativity and the other focused on the hope of our future. Unfortunately, in today’s world, people found it easier to be motivated by anger and hate, causing the downfall of a well-prepared and good intentioned candidate as well as her campaign. I know that this is my opinion, and that many others differ from this. No matter where you stand on this spectrum, there has undoubtedly been a split in the United States of America and it’s people. Despite my disappointment, despite the excitement of others for the rise of their new leader, the American people must come together in order to protect our future and promote our country’s success.

Since the announcement of Trump winning the presidential election, protests have broken out, hatred has been spread, and America has become a divided country. It will be this separation of the people that will destroy one of the world’s most powerful countries, rather than the man in charge. For the prosperity of our country the next four years, it is imperative that we the people either chose to support him or to do all we can to guide him. No amount of arguing, pleading, or begging will be able to change the outcome of the election. Believe me, if there were a way, I would try.

I understand the outrage faced by Clinton supporters after emotionally investing so much into her campaign, and that mourning is necessary in all grieving processes. However, we must remember what Clinton’s campaign stood for, which is unity and love. With this in mind, we can find a way to accept this result and begin to rebuild a nation that has been disrupted by the cynicism spread by Trump’s campaign. Unfortunately, his prevail means ours as well.

Some people are so repulsed by the kind of human being Trump is that they refuse to look past his discrepancies and consider his achievements in a leadership position. Trump has made some vital mistakes morally and have made some questionable decisions as far as his staff goes, and for this people have reasons to be scared. We must remember, though, that none of his policies have been enacted yet giving us no basis of evaluation as our president. Because of this, I believe people need to be enlightened on his visions for our country, which in many aspects, are similar to those of Clinton.

First, Trump’s tax plan includes reducing taxes for all, especially for working and middle-income Americans. He has promised that the rich will pay their fair share, but no one will pay so much that it destroys jobs or undermines our ability to compete. He also plans on reducing the cost of childcare. His overall plan for the economy as a whole involves an increase in growth by 1.5%, which would in turn create a total of 25 million jobs.

The purpose of this article is not to make excuses for Donald Trump. None of his visions for this country, however appealing they may sound, will change the fact that his character is not fit for a president. He has proven himself to be immature and crude, creating fear within the minds of millions of Americans, understandably so. However, the division of the American people is something that should be far more feared. Violence is not the answer, and protest will not provide closure. As members of this wonderful country, it is our duty to keep it that way. Although our new leadership is devastating to so many, the only way to persevere is as one unit, as one people. America is a country built on togetherness; it is impossible to live up to this concept if we are constantly pulling away.


Apply to Colleges that Apply to You

MaddieYashinsky, Sports Editor

Before the start of senior year, many will have their minds set on the university they wish to attend after graduation. Aspects of schools such as their football teams, Greek life and family legacies tend to act as driving factors in this monumental life decision. However, after the tedious process of visiting schools and further researching them, the aspects that you find most important will become evident.

Many people tend to underestimate the importance of tuition of universities, which can become rather costly. When choosing a college, especially an out-of-state school, you must be prepared to see the cost double, if not triple, that of any in-state school. Student loans provide the luxury for students to attend their desired university despite the price; the chief downside to this being the high probability of graduating college drowning in debt.

Along with the cost of a school is the distance of the school. The majority of students don’t take into consideration the limitations of going to a school far away. This means that with airfare cost and inconvenience of extensive travel, it becomes extremely hard to visit home other than on scheduled breaks or special occasions. For some, this is desired, as they wish to gain independence after graduating. For others, however, it becomes another stressful factor to take into account.

I know from talking to peers (particularly my female peers), that Greek life is a deciding factor when it comes to deciding on a school. The experience of being a part of a sorority or fraternity is strongly desired among many seniors. Personally, I fell in love with Auburn the second I stepped foot on campus. However, the Greek life there was not what I was looking for, causing me to continue my search elsewhere.

Perhaps the biggest factor when picking the perfect university is your desired major. Many students set their hearts on schools before knowing if that university even provides a well-respected program for the studies they wish to pursue. As much as student life outside of academics is incredibly important in any college experience, it is imperative that you choose a university that will enable you to be as successful as possible in your future endeavors.

The process of choosing your future school is just as exciting as it is terrifying.  As facile as it would be to pick a college based on the colors you look best in or that has the best tailgates before a football game, it is unfortunately not that simple. With the necessary research, helpful advice, and some guidance, you will surely find the university that you’ll be happy to call home for the next four years.

Rough to Tough

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OliviaErickson, Staff Reporter

After making it to state playoffs last year, returning player Katie Heissenbuttel (now a senior), gives us insight on the upcoming volleyball games and the team’s chemistry. The team competed in a tournament this past Saturday however did not receive the results they wanted. “Finding the teams groove will be an essential part of being successful this season” says Heissenbuttel (SR).

The team got off to a rough start going 0-4 in a day tournament last Saturday. Additionally, the team played in 2 other pre-season matches going 1-1. Heissenbuttel stated that their biggest issue was communication and positions. “We haven’t found the rotation that works best, therefor we are still testing out different people in different places,” (Heissenbuttel). Also, the team’s star setter, Lexi Kingree, graduated last year creating a hole in the lineup.

There are many aspects the team is looking to improve on. This includes: serving, setting, technique, and unity. They plan on doing this through intense training 5 days a week, 2 hours a day. Katie believes that the dedication alone will allow the team to quickly improve on their weaknesses. The four seniors on the team, including a West Virginia commit, are determined to make the most of their final year playing high school volleyball. Hopefully their passion and excitement will also add to the success of the team.
Although the Chattahoochee girls volleyball team has some work to do, they plan to improve immensely by the end of the season.

Boys Soccer Team Titled #1 in Nation

From the first game of the season, Chattahoochee’s Varsity Boys’ soccer team came out on fire, competing in every game with class and determination. The team is undefeated, winning back the respect from opposing parents, coaches, teams and referees after the unfortunate ending to last year’s season. The team has been titled #1 in their region sending them to playoffs. However, what is more impressive, it that the team has also been titled #1 in the nation. After a season of immense dedication, this impressive achievement is well deserved by the players and the coaches Les Meenan and Eduardo Coloma.

It came as no surprise that the boys destroyed Peachtree Ridge in their first game of state playoffs with a 4-0 win. Captain, Shane Burke (Sr), scored the first goal with an exciting penalty kick. Jackson Siegel (Jr) scored the second and fourth goals, and Alex Field (Jr) scored the third goal with a beautiful free kick, advancing them to the second game of playoffs which was equally as exhilarating.

The second round of playoffs included another shutout game with a 3-0 win against Campbell High School. The first goal was scored by Alex Kantor (Jr) with a free kick from the 40-yard line. The second goal was scored by Drew Catapano (Jr) who has recently come off of a serious ankle injury. The third and final goal of the game was scored by Siegel. In an interview with a Chris Spaid (So), a starting defender on the team, he expressed that the reason for the team’s success is due to their confidence. Spaid states that, “as a team, we must remain confident in our abilities and play as a unit in order to keep winning games.”

Chattahoochee’s student body is so proud of the boys soccer team and is eager to watch them continue to advance in playoffs. “The talent they have is truly inspirational and they deserve to win it all. The boys have always connected so well and it has been an honor to coach them throughout the years,” states Les Meenan, head coach. #r2s!

Spring Broken


Staff Reporter

As spring break approaches, so do ridiculous diets and body image issues as girls prepare for “bikini season.” In today’s society, young women are taught that beauty is based on the size of one’s clothes rather than one’s character, creating the idea that everyone should fit a certain physical expectation. This influences young women to take drastic measures in order to meet these standards.

In the city of Johns Creek, Instagram accounts have been flooded with updated weight loss pictures and the most recent method of dieting. These young women have become obsessed with the number displayed on the scale and will continue to do so because they are only receiving compliments from their peers about their appearance. However, what people don’t understand is the chronic effect that extreme diets have on these girls. Diets begin with smaller portions, and if results aren’t seen initially, more extreme approaches are taken such as solely consuming smoothies or the “military diet,” which consists of a minimal number of calories allowed per day. In addition to the lack of nutrition provided by these diets, young women also participate in vigorous exercise which can have unhealthy side effects such as dizziness, fainting or nausea. However, a bigger problem is emerging among the teenage girl population: eating disorders.

Anorexia has the highest fatality rate of any mental illness. It is estimated that 4% of anorexic individuals die from complications of the disease. Unfortunately, 50% of teenage girls today use unhealthy methods of dieting to control their weight and are moving towards developing anorexia along with other mental illnesses like bulimia or binge eating. This is a significant problem in today’s society that must be solved in order to ensure the health and confidence of young women.

Solving this problem begins with awareness. Friends and family members must step in and explain that extreme dieting at such a young age is unnecessary. These girls must also be aware of the beauty they possess despite how much they weigh. No teenage girl should feel uncomfortable in her own skin, and this issue can be easily solved if the public is made aware that it exists in the first place.


The Reality of It All

Although reality television has been providing entertainment to a variety of audiences for decades, it is slowly starting to alter the minds of its young and developing viewers. Reality television portrays false ideas of how life actually works. In doing so, this generation of children will be shown inaccurate ways to act, unnecessary use of violence and misconceptions of reality.

The reality television show “Are You the One” does all of these things. “Are You the One” is a show about twenty people (ten guys and ten girls) that are all brought to live in one house for ten weeks. “Scientists” have chosen these twenty people because their perfect match is someone in the group. However, none of them know who their perfect match is. The goal of the show is for everyone to find their match by the end of the 10 weeks. If the group accomplishes this goal, there is a cash prize of one million dollars. Not only does this show depict the idea that love can be found through gameshow challenges and a few dates, but it also displays that completely inappropriate behavior can still lead to success.

Another popular reality television show that illustrates false aspects of reality is “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.” The Kardashian family rose to fame through immoral actions and exploitation of their personal lives. The family doesn’t make any positive contributions to society, yet they’re still praised by people around the world. Teenagers who watch this show adopt the idea that in order to achieve happiness in life, you must be handsome/pretty and you must acquire an abundance of wealth. The Kardashian family also uses demeaning language and violence. Although all of these things sound undesirable, a growing number of teenagers everywhere are starting to act, dress and talk like the Kardashian family.

The reality of it all is that this is not reality. The people who are spoken of so often in our society are spoken of for the wrong reasons, leading the youth of this generation to believe that money and selfishness is the key to happiness and success. Reality TV becoming more and more prevalent in this society alters the minds of young people, convincing them that success is found in the wrong