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Seniors Vote Their Ossoff

JourneySherman, Editor-in-Chief

On April 18 many seniors were seen wearing an “I’m a Georgia Voter” sticker. This is because Georgia held a sixth district special election to replace Republican congressman Tom Price, who stepped down to serve as secretary of Health and Human Services.

Democrat, Jon Ossoff, ran against 11 Republicans for the position and almost gained 50% of the voteswhich is what is needed to declare a winner. Ossoff fell short with having 48.1% of the votes while the other candidates roughly shared the other 51%. The Republican with the greatest percent, Karen Handel, garnered nearly 20% of the votes. Because none of the candidates cleared 50%, a runoff will take place June 20.  

Ossoff has made himself more accessible through countless rallies for supporters to sign up to volunteer and get the chance to meet him in person. I was lucky enough to attend his first rally in preparing for the runoff. It consisted of signing up for shifts to volunteer at one of his campaign offices. These volunteers are being asked to go door to door and advocate for Ossoff. They will also push “mail-in” voting and make you promise you won’t be out of town on June 20. Currently many of the official members of his campaign are from Gen X.

When I attended the rally this age group made up most of the population in attendance. Ossoff was eager to speak with all attendees of the rally and was much more personable than expected. He gave off a calm and engaging demeanor while making a short speech and greeting the crowd. Ossoff was more than willing to take pictures with supporters (including me) and listen to topics that concerned them.

With such a narrow margin of votes needed, it has become increasingly important for millennials to be involved. This means spreading the word regarding voter registration and voicing their opinions on issues that are important to them. Ossoff’s campaign has an increasing desire for involvement by younger people in the campaign.

Baccala-what??

KatieHeissenbuttel

Sports Editor

As senior year comes to an end and graduation draws near, students are invited to partake in baccalaureate. However, does anyone actually know what baccalaureate really is? Formally defined as a religious service to honor the graduating class, in many institutions of higher education the baccalaureate has evolved into a quieter, more reflective event that focuses on students’ personal growth and achievement.

Often held in a house of worship, the baccalaureate is a non-denominational spiritual service that allows for public school graduates to find spiritual meaning that aligns with their personal beliefs. In private and parochial schools, the baccalaureate ceremony will have a stronger religious tone in keeping with the school’s religious beliefs. By holding the ceremony in a house of worship, schools subtly encourage attendees and graduates to slow down, appreciate the moment and let emotions come and go as they will.

Other special events during baccalaureate often include performances by student choirs, vocalists and musicians, which allows for more introspection for both the graduates and the attendees. Many schools offer students who are not at the top of their classes the opportunity to submit to speak at baccalaureate, giving the general population of the graduating class the incentive to write something meaningful to share with their classmates.

Baccalaureate is often a moving and emotional experience for students and families, not to mention teachers and administrators. With the weight of worry about grades, college admissions, job searches and more lifted for most participants, relief and pride mix to create a lovely experience for everyone involved. Family and friends, as well as students, will dress up for this more restrained and heartfelt ceremony, where for graduation everyone is usually a bit more relaxed in their attire and boisterous in their enthusiasm. It is typical for the boys to wear white shirts and a tie and for the girls to wear white dresses and heels.

Chattahoochee High School’s baccalaureate is held at Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church and this year will take place on Sunday May 7th from 2-3pm.

Making the Most of Summer

     Summer is right around the corner and students are excited to have a break from early morning classes and late night studying, but often times summer can be too long and become boring after a week or two. Keeping yourself entertained throughout the summer is easy and can be cheap, too,  with a little planning.

     One easy way to fill your schedule is to get a summer job or find a non-profit organization that you want to volunteer with. Not only will you keep busy, but both these choices look great on a job resume and college applications. Taking a job during the summer doesn’t take away from your study time and also gives a little extra cash for fun summer activities or things later in the school year. Season-dependent organizations such as lifeguarding contractors, rely on high school kids to work the busy season and can oftentimes be a relatively simple source of income.  With a few connections, it is possible to get a paid summer internship in a field that you may want to pursue later in life. These are fantastic because it allows you to experience the career field of your choice without having to get a degree. If you aren’t into some extra cash, volunteering is a more flexible way to spend your time and can help hundreds of people who are in need of some assistance. The Children’s Restoration Network and The Drake House are two strong non-profit organizations in our area that will always accept volunteers.

     Another great thing to do during the summer is a to get into personal health and fitness. Take the first couple weeks of summer to sit around, do some research and recover from the school year then grab a mate and hit the gym for a couple hours a day. Summer fitness will keep you in shape for poolside lounging and make you look great for the fall semester. For people who don’t know where to start and are afraid that the gym is too complicated, the Stronglifts 5×5 Program is a great starter workout plan that I would recommend to both guys and girls. The program also has an easy-to-use app for iPhone and Android which outlines day-to-day schedules. Gym memberships can vary in price, but as a beginner you’ll be able to get into fitness with a $10 per month membership at a local gym.

     As hard-working students, semesters often fly past us and when senior year rolls around, we haven’t done all the things we wanted to do in our area. Take the summer to go see the things you want to see while you live here. Your situation could change any day and you’ll be left regretting all the things you missed out on. Go downtown and check out the Georgia Aquarium, the largest aquarium in the world with over 100,000 sea creatures. While downtown, don’t forget to check out Centennial Olympic Park, site of the 1996 Olympic Games, the Martin Luther King Jr. National memorial and the World of Coca-Cola museum. The Atlanta Botanical Gardens are worth checking out if you’re into nature because it has the largest collection of species orchids in the United States, but if cities aren’t to your fancy, you can hike Indian Seats or backpack some of the Appalachian Trail with some friends.   

     Summer only comes around once a year, so do something you love, take some adventures and make the most of the break.

Dreaming of Chrysalis

FernandaMorote, Staff Reporter

As an outlet for creativity, Chattahoochee’s literature department offers different publications, including a literary magazine. Each release their products sometime during the year, and Lit Mag released this year’s edition of “Chrysalis” in April, with the theme “Dreams and Sleep.”

According to staff member Hope D’Erasmo (SR), “Chrysalis” is a compilation of “student-submitted artwork, poetry, and short stories published into a book format at the end of the year.” In addition to being a school publication, D’Erasmo says that “it’s separate from academic activities, so you can get to know people in a different way.” Since Chrysalis was not released last year, Lit Mag is unintentionally hidden from the student body. This year, current editor-in-chief Natalie Patterson (SR) decided that Lit Mag should be resurrected, and she wanted to be a part renewing that tradition.

Creating such a concentrated book of artwork requires a long process, including coming up with a theme, advertising and collecting submissions, sorting through the works of art, designing it and finally ordering copies to sell. Patterson commented on the decided theme of Dreams and Sleep: “It’s a theme that is specific enough to have cohesion in a magazine and at the same time allows plenty of variation.”

As for the submissions, Lit Mag received many works which were difficult to sift through, especially since they only meet twice a week. Throughout their process, they came across a wide variety of submissions: poems from enthusiastic students, others from students required to submit something and even academic essays which were intriguing but too long to publish in the small magazine.

When designing the magazine, each student was assigned two or three spreads to work on in a specific color palette. Lit Mag’s sponsor, Ms. Scaggs, handled the ordering of the books, including finding a publisher who would make the magazines at a decent price.

Selling the books is also part of the process, so now staff members are selling books for $10 in May. When asked about selling strategies, Patterson mentioned, “We are planning some creative means of advertising, so keep an eye out for some notable things.”

Because the magazine is written by students, the works within are very relatable for teens like us. As we read, we can laugh and nod along with the creators’ experiences.

Diamond Rings and Diplomas

With the year drawing to a close, many seniors are taking the time to reflect on their four years in high school, as well as look forward to the future. For two girls in particular, they have something monumental to anticipate in addition to crossing the stage and accepting their diplomas; walking down the aisle and accepting another as their husband.

Disclaimer: Names have been changed to provide anonymity and responses appear just as they were answered.

When do you plan on getting married?

Bride 1: “June 23, 2018.”

Bride 2: “July 21, 2017, when I turn 18. That’s when we’ll be “illegally” married, but we haven’t set a date for an actual wedding.”  

What steps are you taking to prepare yourself as a wife?

Bride 1: “I’m learning to be less selfish.”

Bride 2:  “I’m learning to be more responsible. “

How will you fund your wedding?

Bride 1: “His family will.”

Bride 2: “My boyfriend has a job right now. We’re saving up to throw a big wedding. I’m probably going to get a job soon as well.”

What are your plans for college?

Bride 1: “I’m going to University of North Georgia, to become a business major.”

Bride 2: “I will be attending Kennesaw State University.”

Where do you plan on living after your marriage?

Bride 1: “With his mom until we can get our own place.”

Bride 2: “Alaska, my fiancé wants to work on an oil rig. They pay for housing and he’s already spoken with the people working there. I don’t know if that will actually happen, but it’s our plan right now. “

Are your parents/families concerned about your decision?

Bride 1: “My parents are because they think I am too young, but his family is really happy.”

Bride 2: “They don’t know.”

What are you most looking forward to?

Bride 1: “Starting a family.”

Bride 2: “Knowing that he’s mine forever. “

What most frightens you about marriage?

Bride 1: “I’m not really scared of marriage. I’m kind of excited.”

Bride 2: “That something will go wrong, financially.”

What led you to say yes to your fiancé’s proposal?

Bride 1: “I love him and I don’t want to be with anyone else.”

Bride 2: “The first time he actually brought it up, I thought about it and I realized that I would actually like to spend the rest of my life with him.”

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Bride 1: “Having graduated college, I hope to have a steady job, my own apartment and two kids. I would also love to own my own business. “

Bride 2: “I don’t know. Probably in Alaska, I guess.”

Major life decisions are always riddled with a mixture of anxiety and excitement. I wish the best for these two girls on their future endeavors, wherever they may lead them.

Valentypes 101

EmmaKenfield – Features Editor

MaddieYashinsky – Sports Editor

Every person has formed their own opinion on Valentines Day. Whether or not you choose to embrace it for all that it is, spreading love and affection simply because the day on the calendar calls us to do so, or to rebel against all that is love in order to prove something, when the idea of Valentines Day is mentioned, you know the stance you take. Is it necessary, really, to completely deny any validity to the holiday? Is it justified, truly, to treat it as if it is the tell tale factor to the success of any relationship? Who knows—there are a few undeniable stereotypes, arranged from one extreme to the other, who have their own exclusive opinions on the matter.

 

  1. The overly attached girlfriend, who not only believes in the holiday, but puts all aspects of the relationship to the test, defining the true feelings of her significant other by not only the way he expresses them, but by the magnitude of the surprises and gifts that he so chooses to shower her with. The past six months matter not, ignoring all past efforts to win her affection, paying attention only to the monetary value of what lies within that heart-shaped box. Only then, can she believe his multiple professions of love.
  2. The inbetween-er, who embraces the holiday for what it was created for, but doesn’t mind spending it on the couch with a bowl of Mac ‘n Cheese instead of in a high-class restaurant. A gift is appreciated, almost expected, but that gift could range from a single flower to a burrito to-go.
  3. The girlfriend who not only “couldn’t care less” about the holiday, but coincidentally “couldn’t care less” about the fact that her boyfriend seemed to have forgotten it entirely. All of her friends casually mentioning their extravagant dinner plans or thought-out presents, as she replies quietly with a “oh, he has plans he can’t get out of—I really don’t care enough anyways.” Attention all people of earth: this is a cry for a Galentines Day if there ever was one.
  4. The newly single, heartbroken one, who has yet to spend a Valentines Day alone. At each sight of a single rose, a heart-shaped balloon or a box of chocolates, the waterworks are triggered and the loneliness is heightened that much more. There is a strong possibility she ends up crying in her basement stuffing her face with ice cream and fried rice—if more than two days go by without hearing from her, she most likely drowned in her tears.
  5. The routinely single, anti-Valentines-anything, “I don’t need no man” type, who year after year forces other single women to come together for “Galentines” Day, to protest all that the holiday glorifies—love, men and heart shaped décor. Pop every balloon, never wear red and shame all “happy” relationships that embrace the day at all.

HAPPINESS IS NOT PLURAL

AllieBartlett, Staff Reporter

A common misconception among the teenage population today is the belief that the only way to get the most out of these four years is with a significant other by your side. Many believe this philosophy wholeheartedly and end up devoting all of their time and energy towards finding that “special someone.” However, as a senior in high school, I’ve come to realize that in order to reach that coveted state of self-fulfillment, you must find yourself first. It’s a difficult concept for many to grasp, but in reality, you have to be happy by yourself before you can be happy with someone else. So in an attempt to help make this process somewhat easier, here are some “how to” tips to help you reach a state of self-sufficient happiness:  

First things first: you will not be single forever. The worst thing to do is start panicking and assume you have to find someone immediately or your life is over. This air of desperation is by far the most debilitating energy to bring into a new relationship with yourself or someone else. It can blind you to obvious red flags and lead to compromising situations. Look at it this way: if you are uncomfortable spending time alone, what makes you think anyone else will feel comfortable spending time with you?

Being happy alone does not happen overnight, especially if you are a recovering codependent. There will be plenty of times that you’ll feel invisible, that no one will ever love you, that you’re wasting your life and a lot of other negative self-talk. The most beneficial skill that everyone needs to master is positive thinking. Eliminate self-doubt, and replace it with motivation to improve yourself. Take this time to become aware of your thoughts; monitor them, erase, rewrite and take the necessary steps to become a professional positive-thinker.

Stop waiting around for a someone to come into your life to start following your dreams. Do it now. Find what you’re passionate about, do the thing that scares you the most, travel the world or learn another language; just do what makes you happy. You have greater chances of finding your other half if you’re living life to the fullest.

Find yourself, and then find someone who contributes to making you the very best person you can be. Find contentment in being single—just be there calm, cool and collected with the person you love most: you.