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Freedom to Protest?

HannahKornegay, Features Editor

CarolineKurzawa, Staff Reporter

Protests by their very definition are disruptive. However, many schools won’t allow students to freely express themselves. Often times, when presented with what could be perceived as a “disruption,” schools censor and diminish planned protests to the point that they no longer resemble the original plans.

This was the case on Mar. 14 here at Chattahoochee. Because the Parkland, Fla. shooting occurred at a high school with teenagers, the effects have been widely publicized on social media. Almost immediately after the shooting took place, flyers declaring a student-led protest to take place on Wednesday, Mar. 14, exactly one month after the shooting, began to circulate. The intent of this day of protest was to urge lawmakers to pass stricter gun control laws and protect students on campus. While the day could also serve as a memorial, Chattahoochee High School has already honored and grieved for the victims who lost their lives in this needless act of cruelty during a moment of silence in a pep rally that took place on Feb. 23.

A walkout planned to protest the current lack of gun control laws was warped into a second pseudo-memorial for the victims. Students were told by the administration that they were allowed to leave class at 10:00 a.m. and go to the gym to have 17 minutes of silence for the 17 victims of the shooting. While this is a thoughtful gesture for the students of Stoneman Douglas, we need action and new policies. The point of the protest was to garner the attention of lawmakers; however, it’s unclear how any attention was received when we were not allowed to leave the building. We need to be able express our thoughts and fears. There needs to be change. Seventeen minutes of silence won’t lead to change, only action will.

The walkout seemed more like a punishment than an actual protest due to the fact that teachers and administrators guarded the doors, and police officers were active on campus, monitoring the parking lot. When students tried to take action by walking out of the building, they were punished with the threat of disciplinary action.

Of course, we understand that it is the administration’s responsibility to protect their students. Therefore, they went about this in a way that we think they believed would both appease the students’ need to protest and keep them safe. So, in a way, we can understand the guarded doors and making sure that students can demonstrate in a safe and monitored area, but this simply wasn’t a protest. There was no way that it would result in change. If there were going to be a problem with having a protest during the school day on school grounds, the administration should have made arrangements for this by allowing students to demonstrate after school at another location even though this would have broken with the idea of a united, national protest.

Additionally, should walking out result in an in-school suspension or other disciplinary action? Julia Tracy (SR) attempted and was successful in walking out of the building in order to adequately express her beliefs but was stopped and told that she would be receiving “disciplinary action.” When asked how she felt about the consequence, she responded that she would wear the discipline as “a badge of honor.”

The most frustrating point of this protest is that the administration avoided giving the students what they truly asked for. Instead, they appeased the student body, hoping that they wouldn’t cause too much of a disruption or distraction. While it is understandable that the administration and teachers are here to protect students, this day did not contribute positively to the cause in the way it was intended.


Dating Practices That Shouldn’t Have Died

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In ancient days the woman of romantic interest was captured and forced into marriage. When the Medieval Ages came around, chivalry rituals that are used today were invented. During the Victorian Era, courting was a common practice, where the man and woman got acquainted through chaperoned visits. Now, it’s 2014: the time of hook ups, friends with benefits and relationships being labeled as “too outdated” or “too much work.” Where did the traditional dating customs go? Girls claim chivalry is dead and boys argue that girls expect too much. When asked “what dating customs never should’ve gone out of style?” the students of Chattahoochee said:

Sam Berman (JR)- Going through the actual process of going on dates before asking the girl to be my girlfriend should become more common again.

Jessica Zdenek (JR)- They should make drive-in movie dates more popular again.

Dallas Shook (JR)- There’s a high expectation and both sides need to just meet in the middle.

Majesty Mathews (SR)- I love when a guy actually plans the date and asks the girl out in person. I wish handwritten letters would be brought back.

Alex Landry (SR)- We should bring back taking girls out on picnics, exploring and getting to know someone on the first date instead of just seeing a movie.

Jeunelle Robson (SR)- Guys showing up at your door with flowers when they pick you up should be more common.

Andy Smith (SR)- I like the idea of dressing up, meeting the parents and bringing flowers when picking a girl up for a date.

Gina Grecco (SR)- Boys should ask the girl out in person.

Will Davenport (SR)- I like the concept of relationships in the 1970’s and 1980’s romance movies. Picnics, letters, talking on the phone instead of texting, face to face time, physically asking people out, surprise roses and chocolates should all become popular ideas again.


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Hooch Reacts to the Election


This past week, the midterm elections took place around the country. In Georgia, the main race was between Michelle Nunn and David Perdue who were each running for the Senate. For the past few months, the two candidates have been campaigning for the ultimate prize of being chosen to represent Georgia in the United States Senate.

Students, parents, and everyone between have heard endless advertisements on the television for each contender and how “we the people” should elect this person to the Senate. Students at Chattahoochee have seemingly been even more outgoing with their opinions than students at other schools. One student who preferred to remain anonymous expressed his views stating, “I was very excited to see that David Perdue had won the elections. I approve of his policies and am glad that he will be representing Georgia in the near future.”

On the other hand, one member of the Young Democrats club was disappointed last Tuesday night after all the ballots were counted. He stated that, “I do not believe that anything will get done in the Senate this coming session. The GOP has been a minority in Congress for a while and now that they have the power, they will not know how to create any change within the country. Their main goal is going to get rid of Obama’s policies, but it won’t get done because Obama will just veto the bill when it comes out of Congress.”

One student who has requested to stay incognito was disappointed, not in the outcome, but because the process the candidates used to try to win was “over-the-top.” This person stated that, “Constantly watching David Perdue say that Michelle Nunn supports ISIS, and Michelle Nunn trying to defend herself got pretty boring after a while because we all know that they both are just fabricating random facts to win the election. If both of the candidates actually told the voters what policies they support, then maybe the race might not be such a controversial issue every two years.”

Chattahoochee’s faculty and students have both expressed their opinions on the past week’s election. Most are just glad that the entire process is over and can go back to living their lives, which are free of all political propaganda.

Hooch Reacts: What is your reactions to Junior-Senior wars?

Before prom, juniors and seniors venture out to “hit” each other’s houses. This tradition has been causing quite a stirrup with angry parents, administrators, the Johns Creek Police Department and the salty juniors, so here are the reactions to this crazy week.

What do Chattahoochee students think of Junior-Senior wars?

“My muscles are sore because I’m so tired. I think it’s all fun and games, and no one should take it personally.”- Janae Innis (SR)

“I miss the ability to fall asleep in a safe environment at night. The seniors are dominating.”- Danny Caplan (JR)

“I don’t think it’s a big deal as long as it’s not permanent damage. Make sure you can take what you dish out. (I have a fear of wet toilet paper.)”- Rachel Grace (SR)

“I am the man, the myth, and the legend. The class of 2014 is victorious, and the juniors know it.”- Kyle Witt (SR)

“I’m exhausted even at day 2 from staying up so late. It’s a tradition that brings the grade together, and it brings out the competition in people.”- Heather Ford (SR)

“The seniors got us pretty bad. They’ll definitely go down in the books for the best junior senior war class. Go class of 2014.”- Eduardo Viada (JR)

“Junior senior wars really suck. The seniors are definitely dominating.”- Natalie Robinson (JR)

“I don’t think I’ll ever get sleep again. I’m so deprived.”- Michael Fusco (JR)


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Hooch Reacts: What advice do you have for prom?

Chattahoochee’s 2014 Prom is “Party at Gatsby’s” and will be held at the Tabernacle. What advice do Chattahoochee students have for those going to the dance?

“Be a gentleman and always open the door for the girl.”- Tayna Viscardi (SR)

“Don’t twerk and only take selfies during the “#SELFIE” song.”- Sam Latzsch (JR)

“Do little things to make the night memorable.”- Rachel Ostapower (JR)

“Have fun with your date and don’t let the happy, playful mood die.”- Gabe Francis (SR)

“Treat your date like a princess.”- Kylie Aiken (SR)

“Have fun, know your boundaries, and don’t put too much pressure on yourself, it’s unattractive.”- Brian Wittenburg (JR)

“Have responsible fun. Find the balance between doing nothing and going insane. This is a night for you to have fun.”- Colby Hesseltine (SR)

“Make sure to tell the girl she looks beautiful and don’t do anything stupid.”- Rhea Sharma (JR)


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Hooch Reacts: What do you think of Atlanta Soccer 2017?

On Wednesday, the city of Atlanta held an event announcing that it plans to establish a Major League Soccer team in Atlanta in 2017. The new team does not have a color scheme, logo or name yet. They will play in the new Atlanta Falcons stadium when construction is completed.

What do Chattahoochee students think about bringing a soccer team to Atlanta?


“I’m excited to have another sports team for Atlanta.” –Michael Fusco (JR)

“I support the idea because Atlanta is diverse and needs to embrace every sport.” –Brian Sullivan (SO)

“To bring a big MLS soccer to Atlanta would bring tourism and major recognition for the city.” –Sri Kondabattula (SR)

“Soccer is not a big thing here, but I think it will have a big influence on the city.” –Sean Hoffman (JR)

“I think the city is growing, becoming a “megacity” like New York.” –Kevin Carbone (SR)

“Since it’s a new team, I doubt they’ll be good.” –Ido Shani (FR)

“I guess it’s good. I’m sure people will go, but I don’t go to soccer games.” –Andrew Lockerbie (SR)

“This is the South; we don’t play soccer down here.” –John Headlee (SR)

“I like soccer, so it’s kind of exciting. It’ll be cool to actually be able to go to a game.” –Andrew Searles (SO)


(cover photo courtesy 11 Alive)

Hooch Reacts: What do you think of voice assistants?

At its Build 2014 keynote April 2, Microsoft revealed Cortana, a new digital voice assistant that the company believes will rival Apple’s Siri and Android’s Google Now. Some are criticizing the idea, saying that Microsoft is late to the voice-assistant party, while others feel that Cortana may surpass both Siri and Google Now.

What do Chattahoochee students think about digital voice assistants?


“They’re fun to play around with, but they’re pretty stupid.” –Jason Munari (SR)

“For those of use with eyesight issues at old age, it’s helpful.” –Coach Carmichael

“I suppose it’s helpful in some instances, but they seem to mess up a lot.” –Ben Adler (JR)

“I have a Windows phone, but I won’t really use it because I feel like the time it takes to correct it when it’s wrong is longer than to just do it yourself.” –Michael Kralik (SO)

“I have Siri, but I don’t use it.” –Matt King (SO)

“It’s for people who are lazy. I don’t think you really need it.” –Joyce Olusegun (SR)

“I feel all the companies are trying to bite off eat other instead of coming up with their own stuff.” –Josh Taylor (SR)


(cover photo courtesy Digital Trends)