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Friday, November 17, 2017

A resource to help with depression

     To many people who have depression, life seems hopeless. However, there are many resources inside and outside the school environment that would be willing to help a student to overcome it.

     Counselors are great resources for coping with depression. They are specially trained to aid students with these kinds of issues. There are multiple counselors within the school, located near the vending machines at the school’s backside. There are also counselors available outside the school system, such as therapists.

     “Counseling can be very beneficial,” said one B-UHS junior. “During my battle with depression, going to a counselor and venting out what was bothering me helped tremendously.” This student had gone to a counselor outside of school, and she said there was some difference between school counselors and regular counselors, but they both helped her.

     A B-UHS senior holds a different view, saying, “While counseling may be beneficial for most, it’s not something for everyone. What helps one person’s depression might not be as effective on another.”

     It’s clear that counseling is an agreed upon resource for coping with depression, however it’s also visible that counseling works on a person by person basis. 

B-U to travel to Robert C. Byrd for drumline expo

     On October 28th, 2017, the Buckhannon-Upshur High School drumline will be traveling to Clarksburg, WV, to participate in the 5th annual Robert C. Byrd High School Drumline Expo. This will be Buckhannon’s 4th year attending the event, where drum lines from all over the state come together and present their drumline shows. 

     Senior and Captain Alex Edwards has helped to make 3 drumline shows during her time at the high school. "This is my senior year, and I want this show to be really good. I want it to look and sound awesome," Alex said when speaking about her hopes for the show this year.

     Every drumline has the option to wear whatever they see fit. Some drumlines opt to wear their regular band uniforms, while others wear matching t-shirts and jeans. This year, Buckhannon’s drumline is going in a different direction. "We're wearing our band uniforms, but we're going to wear bandanas and do cool face paint with it," senior and Center Snare Jeremiah Cochran commented. While costumes are important, the most important part is the show. The music and movements are vital to the show, as they are at its forefront.

     "The bass line sounds cleaner this year. Our runs sound decent," said junior (Bass 3) Larissa Bennett when talking about how the music is going for this year's show.

     "We have some pretty cool forms in the show. The visuals are pleasing. I came up with a couple of the ones that Alex ended up putting in the show," Bennett responded about the moves and formations.

     "This year's show is going to be amazing if we can get it cleaned up. We have some things we need to work through, but I think we can have a pretty freaking cool show," Edwards talked about the show's progress.

     The B-U drumline will perform their show on October 28th at RCB in Clarksburg. In the past, the drumline has gone to the mall for dinner after the performance, and band kids have had the option to ride the bus to watch their drumline at RCB. Whether or not that will happen this year has yet to be determined by band director Garrett Friend, who was unavailable for comment.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Students' opinions on B-UHS' rules

     To keep the academic environment positive and to maintain the safety of students, B-UHS has put 58 school rules and policies into place throughout the years, limiting dangerous, illegal, and stupid behavior. These policies are upheld to the best of the administration’s ability, and are for the benefit of the students, although not all students would agree. 

     Sydney Fletcher commented, “Our attendance shouldn’t have to do with getting a license, because some aren’t in control of when they miss school.” This refers to B-UHS’ attendance policy, detailing how many unexcused absences a student is permitted to have before they have their license suspended or proof of enrollment declined. 

     One rule is the Acceptable Use for Internet Access, which allows students use of technology for school appropriate activities. Charity Mayle was asked their opinion on whether cell phones should be legalized for use in the classroom. She says, “Yes, because you never know when an emergency may come up during school hours.” 

     Another rule pertaining to deadly weapons not being permitted in school states that any knife with a blade 3 ½ inches or larger is considered a “deadly weapon” to be confiscated. Mayle commented, “Nothing more than that amount is needed; it’s excessive.”

     The dress code requirement at B-UHS says certain students’ attire can be disruptive to the learning environment and therefore isn’t allowed. Charity Mayle says, “The 1st amendment gives us the right to support and promote whatever we want.” This is the most commonly argued statement when it comes to the dress code policy. Many students believe they should be able to promote what they want. 

     The final policy to be represented by the students is the one saying only students 18 years or older may sign themselves out without parental consent. Student McKenzie Kittle agrees saying, “Without parental consent, students shouldn’t be able to sign themselves out.” These are just a few polices of B-UHS, and the opinions the students enduring them.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Comments from B-UHS' counselors

     Teens have many problems to overcome, ranging from social to academic distress. That’s why most schools, including B-UHS, have counselors, certified adults who can encourage and discuss with the students. They care about the lives of each student, and they want to see success. Teresa Knight, a counselor, stated, “I want to see students pass their classes, get their homework accomplished, come to school, and to have an overall successful year.”

     The counselors work incredibly hard to make sure students enjoy their time at B-UHS. They do everything they can to make sure each student graduates high school, but they have more expectations for students than just graduating. “My expectations for high school graduates this year is to make sure they come to school, pass their classes, and most importantly, have their bills paid so that they can walk across the stage at graduation,” explained Katie Yeager.

     There is a drug dog coming to B-UHS in January. The dog is going to be performing random drug searches throughout the year and is also going to be heading to other schools during the year. Yeager commented, “I’m excited for the dog. I hope it deters students from bringing drugs to school.”

Sunday, November 12, 2017

The drug problem at B-UHS is becoming very bad

     The drug epidemic is not just an adult issue. It is a growing problem at Buckhannon-Upshur High School and other schools in West Virginia. Justice Courtney, a B-UHS freshman, recently said, “Sometimes the bathrooms smell like cigarette smoke because people smoke in there; I have seen people high at school.” The school is a nesting ground for all sorts of harmful and illegal narcotics, alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, and a whole assortment of other vile drugs.

     When asked if they felt forward progress was being made regarding dealing with drugs, another B-UHS student stated, “I think we are not helping prevent drugs in our school. There may be rules, but kids do it for pleasure. We’re moving backward. Pressure on the students is hard, and it’s hard to handle the negative comments. I would change the way we approach the issue.”