|A Pace Odyssey||
So sorry about the late post!
With the countdown of remaining school days lowering almost to single digits, the promise of sunny summer days and ultimate freedom is exciting. The rain and snow we've been getting will have to stop eventually, right? Anyways, vacations are definitely one of the highlights of summer, so tell us about your favorite vacation you've been on. Explain the fun memories, the cool sights, the nice weather, the awesome experiences. I'd also like to hear about the worst vacation or trip that you've been on- anything, awful, embarrassing, and hilarious. Did your Aunt Winona lose her swimsuit in the ocean? Did someone forget their ID going through airport security? Did you accidently heckle a man in a restaurant trying to sell you socks who was obviously high? (That was me. I died of embarrassment. RIP.) Also, are you going on any kind of senior trip? What are your plans for the summer? If none of these ideas strike your fancy, you could also explain your dream vacation: where would you go and what would you do? (I would go on an Alaskan cruise to see some whales. Cool stuff. Maybe hit an iceberg up there and survive the sinking ship by floating on a broken door. Of course, I'd have to let my lover I'd met a week before drown in the depths of the freezing sea, but beggars can't be choosers. This is a Titanic reference for any of you plebs who haven't seen the movie.)
Role models are important for each of us to receive motivation, guidance, and support from. They play an active part in the destiny of our lives. Growth, happiness, and hope are just a few of the many ways we benefit from having mentors to follow. I am asking that for this blog post, our class members will reflect on the impact which various coaches, teachers, or leaders have had on them. We, being seniors, have an opportunity to set examples for the students in grades below us. I advise you to contemplate your own actions and what it may be teaching others. Please comment below on who you may appreciate that has blessed your existence for the better, or what you believe is the best way to act in the presence of those who come after us. Do you wish you had behaviors which were more desirable? I will comment my own thoughts separate from the blog topic. Thank you for your participation.
Recently, a couple of marine recruiters came and spoke to our business math class about the marine corps. As they talked, the benefit packages that they receive sounded like a bit much, receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars for their student loans, housing, etc. And none of these recruits ever even see combat. You take over 100,000 recruits, multiply that by over $100,000 a piece, and you’re looking at over $10 billion. Payed by who? Taxpayers. Us. Seems a little iffy to me. Do people actually join the military out of a desire to serve, or because they idolize the benefits package? Should we lessen the insane amounts of benefits that these non-combat recruits receive? Should we lessen the maximum amount of recruits allowed to be serving? What do you guys think?
I'm not trying to bash on the military. I have personally had several family members serve, and I am grateful for their service. However, there is also a difference between serving during wartime, and serving during a non-war time. Certainly, I believe that those who serve in wartime deserve all these benefits. However, it seems a bit excessive for those serving in non-war time. I definitely think the benefits could and probably should be lessened a bit.
Many kids throughout High School hold and create different hobbies. The drama department, sports, dance, debate, FFA, etc. According to WestValleyCounselingCenter.org, hobbies and extracurricular activities help to avoid bullying, detect and prevent early warning signs of delinquent behavior, increase self-esteem, make friends, create a sense of competition for higher education opportunities and scholarships, and create a healthy life style. “This involvement improves many peoples academic performance and teaches them important life skills with a widening perspective”.
Think of one of your hobbies or extracurricular activities that have kept you on your toes all throughout high school. What is your favorite activity or sport that you have participated while you have been in high school? What are some of your habits that may be different if you didn’t participate in anything? Is there anything that you regret or struggled to participate in?
While being involved in many sports and activities, I would have to say one of my largely influential activities would be Volleyball. If I did not participate in activities like this, I would not be as active and motivated. I wish that I kept up with an instrument because it would have been something I could play for the rest of my life.
The holiday known as Easter has been around for a very long time. For many Christian churches, Easter is the joyful end to the Lenten season of fasting and penitence. The earliest recorded observance of Easter comes from the 2nd century, though it is likely that even the earliest Christians commemorated the Resurrection. However no matter how you and your family celebrate easter, it us usually a very joyous holiday. This being said, no matter is you spend your easter season finding eggs or going to church I would like you all to share either your favorite Easter memory to tradition and how the feeling of Easter has changed as you've gotten older.
My family has always loved Easter, we hide eggs and have a huge family dinner most years when we aren't to busy to get together. However as we get older I have noticed that sometimes out parents forget that most of us are all still kids at heart. For example my family this year decided we would celebrate Easter later in the week due to work schedules, at first I was really sad since I realized that this would be the first Easter that I wouldn't wake up to an Easter basket or eggs to find. The way I look at it is that this is sadly just a part of growing up.
- Adyson Sawyer
P.S I am so sorry Weebly also hates me and wouldn't let me open it until today...
HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!!!!
It is bittersweet to look upon the future that soon awaits us. A mixture of excitement and nostalgia for the independence and distance we will have from our family, community, and friends. For many of us, this will be yet another event we will experience as a whole. Kindergarten graduation, and now high school graduation, contains many of the same individuals. Having grown up together, we have developed our cliques, recognized differences, and created incomparable bonds with our fellow class members. And while we may not all be the very closest of friends, there is one factor that unites us all as this new season of life approaches: we all want to see each other succeed in the paths we choose to take. Despite the hundreds, or perhaps thousands, of miles that will soon separate us all, we will all have members from this very class cheering us on in our endeavors. I would like for this conversation to include each of our future plans. Are you going to college? If so, where? What will you be studying? If not, what area of the workforce do you plan to become a member of? Furthermore, I would love to hear how you chose what to do and any difficulties you may have encountered in coming to that conclusion.
**P.S. I apologize for this getting posted so late. Weebly hates me.
Boaz Oswald- 3-18-22 There are many things that are happening in the world. But I want to focus on the many things happening in *your* world. I want this post to be more open than usual. I really enjoy the opportunity to put words to my emotions so that is what I aim to do here. So what has recently been paying rent in your brain? What do you think about? I would encourage you to respond with something that makes you feel scared, mad, sad, helpless, frustrated, uncertain, etc. But also respond with something that makes you feel the opposite of the first. So two things, the first something negative, the second, the exact opposite of the negative emotion. That or you can just go on a rant about something that is bugging you.
I'll post my thoughts later but I just wanted to get the prompt out to you guys, sorry it is a little late.
A study done by Microsoft claims that average attention spans have dropped from around twelve seconds down to eight. Over time, I have noticed that my own attention span has gone downhill. Unless I find something that interests me, then I have a difficult time staying engaged in the subject. Modern society today has a large amount of entertainment and commotion, making it hard to focus on one thing at a time. Great examples of this are TikToks or Reels on Instagram having very short duration and still, the one minute videos take too long. I wonder how this form of entertainment will affect younger audiences; Will they have even shorter attention spans than us? How have you seen your own attention spans change over time? Do you think forms of entertainment such as TikTok affect our attention spans? Are shorter attention spans a bad or good thing? Did you have enough of an attention span to read this whole prompt, or did you just go straight to the questions at the end? I certainly would have done so.
In recent years, we have continued to see the price of gas rising. According to CBSNews just last year at this time the average price of gas was $2.72 Since then it has only continued to keep rising. This year, the average price of gas is now about $3.70 for a gallon. If this trend continues, we could eventually look at gas being $5 even $6 a gallon. This would make it hard for people to afford to go anyIn the recent years, we have continued to see the price of gas rising. According to CBSNews just last year at this time the average price of gas was $2.72 Since then it has only continued to keep rising. This year, the average price of gas is now about $3.70 for a gallon. If this trend continues, we could eventually look at gas being $5 even $6 a gallon. This would make it hard for people to afford to go anywhere by driving. However, I wonder if it would make public transportation more popular especially with younger adults such as college students? Would it cause more people to switch over to electric vehicles? How would it affect each of our families?
My dad has started working for Berry Oil and so I get to hear more about gas prices than ever before. Just this week he said that they got a load of Diesel fuel in and it was twenty cents higher than the last time they got it in and then the next day it had risen another twenty cents when they got more diesel fuel in. So in two days it had gone up forty cents for a gallon. His boss said that this was the fastest he has ever seen it rise in two days since he has been working for the company. This worries me that it will only continue to rise in the coming days and weeks. Just thinking about having to pay for gas when I am going to college, stresses me out. However, I guess if you need gas then you'll just have to keep paying for it.
Because we are all high school students, many of us are not greatly concerned with the current conflict taking place across the world. I have done some research into the history of this conflict and how it developed into a full-scale invasion however, many of our peers know nothing more than a few jokes about this topic. I think that it is important that we educate ourselves on worldly matters such as this one; this conflict could soon turn into a new world war and by that time it will be our generation and specifically our age group's responsiple for fighting a war started by the disagreements of those before us. Before I ask a question regarding the invasion, i will first offer a brief history of the relations between Ukraine and Russia. It all started with the fall of the USSR (which previously controlled Ukraine). Due to the fact that Ukraine was a territory of Russia for decades, much of the country is filled with Russian monuments, historical sites and Russian speaking residents. This is a large reason that Russia has recently invaded Ukraine, they believe that Ukraine is filled with Russian people that should be Russian citizens. Of course there are plently of other reasons used by Russia to attempt to justify this unwarranted warfare, but it is quite appaernet that they feel threatened with very few communism influenced countries left today. For this reason, many believe that Russia is attempting to revive the "Iron Curtain" and rise to global power once again. With all that being said I ask, because of modern technology and social media how will a potential world war be different from past wars? Do you think the economic strain that NATO and its allies have put on russia via tariffs and trading restrictions will be enough to stop them in their tracks and prevent them from continuing to campaign through eastern europe or potentially further?