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January 16
Lake High School is M.A.D.

 

Lake High School is M.A.D.

 

By: Ashley Snider
 

 

Known for always wanting to help others, Micah Frye decided to start a club doing just that.
 
“It’s called M.A.D., which stands for making a difference.” Micah continues, “I wanted to start something that would get a lot of people involved because they want to help—not because they have to.”

 

Every month M.A.D. will have two projects, consisting of something new each time.

 

At the first official meeting, Micah discussed ideas of his to help the community and charities. 
 
“In November, M.A.D. provided a varsity girls vs. varsity boys soccer game for the public.  All of the proceeds made will go to a foundation for breast cancer.  I’m hoping that it will get a lot of students’ attention, and more people will join,” Micah says.
 
Lots of people have frequently volunteered, but there is still more help needed by our peers and faculty.
 
“We’re going to need people to sell tickets, make or bring refreshments, sell refreshments, be announcers, and much more.  It’s going to take a big effort to make all of this happen, but it’s something I’m really excited about.”

 

Micah is also thinking about having cancer survivors walk the field at halftime.

 

“It would be a great way to show people in the community that we care, and that each person is just as important as the next,” says Micah.
 
This club is sure to take off and be well-known.  From an idea of just wanting to find a way to help others to actually making a difference, everyone is excited about the start of M.A.D.
 
Right now, there are about 15 students participating, and currently includes Mrs. Hart, an English teacher, Mrs. Knoch, an attendance office secretary, and Frau Burkhart, the German teacher, as advisors.
 
Helping pitch thoughts was Mrs. Hart, and other students as well.
 
I want to do something with Haven of Rest as an outreach and also want to do a project with Hartville Meadows,” says Mrs. Hart.
 
Mrs. Hart was truly excited to be a part of this club, and couldn’t wait to get everything started.
 
“I love to help people and M.A.D. allows me to provide a means and opportunity for young people to do the same!”
 
Even though this has just started, there is already talk of M.A.D. continuing for plenty of years to come.
 
“I plan on continuing to help lead M.A.D. It closely resembles something I was hoping to implement as a senior capstone project, but wanted it to be more volunteer than required. Club M.A.D. provides an avenue for students who really want to help and not who are doing it to fulfill a requirement,” says Mrs. Hart.
 
Usually meetings are held on Wednesday’s after school in room 254.  So come on out and “Make a Difference” Lake High School!

January 16
Racing to Get Ahead

​Racing to Get Ahead
by Ashley Snider

     When it comes to track and field, Lake has some of the most outstanding athletes.  But why not have more?  Each day provides an opportunity to become better and stronger.  In preparation for the 2012 season, head coach, Matt Pinion, gets his athletes ready and in-shape…three months early.
     “The athletes will perform better when they can start the season ready for their events. Athletes who have been training will start at a higher level, and finish at a higher level, than those athletes who wait to train at the start of the season,” says Coach Pinion.
     The team is excited to start early.  In December, athletes are advised to lift in the weight room three days a week.  In the months following, it’s recommended that everyone participating in the season attends conditioning and continues to lift as well.
     “Expectations are high for the athletes to attend who are not participating in a winter sport. Those who want to perform well, need to prepare well,” Coach Pinion states.
     Track and field may not be a contact sport, but it definitely takes hard work and dedication to bring home the gold.
     “Accomplishments in life are not just handed to you; you have to work hard and have perseverance throughout the obstacles. That’s why it's called an accomplishment," says Karli Oprian, one of Lake High School’s best track and field athletes.
karli and justin.jpg     She holds the record at Lake for the 100 and 200 meter dash, along with the 4x100 meter relay with three other teammates.  In the spring of her junior year, she placed 8th in 100 meter and 7th in the 200 meter in the State Meet.  As a senior this year, she’s sure to go farther than she ever has before, speeding past the finish line with no one in sight each time.
     While the team prepares for the start of their season in March, they also have other things to focus on in the meantime.  There are plenty of indoor track meets located at Akron and Kent University to keep the athletes busy during the off-season.
     “Indoor meets are a way to see how much they have improved from last season. Indoor meets are also a way to find out what is needed to work on before the regular season. It is nice to see good results from indoor meets, but is not required to perform well during the outdoor season.” says Coach Pinion.
     This upcoming season is sure to be a great one.  The team has high aspirations, and is sure to have many first place finishes.

January 16
Marine Toys for Tots Charity

By: Alecia Henthorn

     No kid should ever go through the pain of not having toys during the Christmas season, and that is why the Marine Toys for Tots foundation saves the season again!
     Marine Toys for Tots donates toys to the kids during the Holiday season that are less fortunate than others. They provide all kinds of toys from a big huggable teddy bear all the way down to a bouncy ball.
     Toys for Tots is one of the oldest charities that have been around to help the young children during the holiday season. It has been around for sixty-four years, and was first established in the year 1947.
     Bob Harris is the coordinator of Stark County for Toys for Tots, and has been for seventeen years; therefor this is not the first time that Mr. Harris has put together work for Toys for Tots in the Stark County area.
     “In 1984 my wife and I had set up our very own Toys for Tots organization in our very own basement of our house. Stark County did not have Toys for Tots in this area at that time, and I knew it was the perfect way to give back to my community,” Mr. Harris explained.
     Marine.png“We sorted out every toy and kept track of all the names, and when it would get close to Christmas we would call the parents and they would come to our home and collect the toys for their children. Eventually it became so big that we had to move it into our garage,” Bob went on to explain.
     In 2006 Bob had won Coordinator of the year award, and then won it again in 2010. No other person has won this award twice.
     If you would like to donate to the charity please keep in mind that the toys must be new and they must be wrapped when you drop them off. They do not do the wrapping for you.
     But where do they store all of the toys that are being collected? “I have a ten by thirty foot storage unit at Advance Storage Unit on Whipple Avenue. All the toys are brought to the units and volunteers separate the toys by age groups,” explains Mr. Harris.
     After the toys are dropped off to the storage unit, they are then sorted out by Mr. Harris and other Marine Volunteers. They are then separated into different categories.
     First they must be separated into the first category, which is the boys and girls group, and then they are sorted out into their own age groups. These age groups include: infants, ages zero to two, ages three to five, ages six to eight, nine to eleven, and twelve to thirteen. 
      The children are given these toys on Christmas day to bring them joy and warm filled hearts. “On Christmas morning I like to sit at my kitchen table, have a cup of coffee, and just sit looking out the window knowing that other people and I have brought joy into these children’s lives,” said Bob Harris as he sat next to me at his kitchen table. 
     Marine Toys for Tots donates these toys to the kids that are living in and around their local area. Each county has their own drop off areas and each donates to different children in different districts.
     For Uniontown and Hartville there are many places where you can drop your donations off. Hartville has 19 drop off sites and some of these include: Hartville Chocolate Factory, Big Lots, and our very own Lake YMCA.
     Uniontown, being a much smaller area, only has five drop off sites, and some of these include: Chase bank, Lake Varsity Diner, and the Uniontown Fire Station.
     If you are not able to get to a drop off site then please remember that you can also donate by mail as well.  If you wish to do this then please visit their website at ToysforTots.org and go to the tabs at the top of the page and click on donate.

     If you were not able to make a donation last year please remember that there will be another chance during this year to make a change in a child’s life. Even the smallest toy can make the biggest impact in a child’s life today so please donate.

January 16
Welcome to The Life of a Lake High School Teacher

Welcome to the Life of a Lake High School Teacher
By Paige Ryan
 
 
 
Mr. Friedline is an English teacher at Lake High School.
 He enjoys his job, but when he is not teaching, one of his hobbies is reading. Although, not many English teachers would say, “I only read Shakespeare when I have to.” His favorite book is The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
“Hawthorne can appeal to men and women.” is Friedline’s opinion.
Besides reading, another hobby of his is watching movies.
“My favorite movie is Gremlins.” he states.
Furthermore, he does not play any sports. He played some sports when he was younger, but what replaced that was doing work around his house.
His last activity, which is one of the things you will never guess about him, is he played drums in the fourth grade, and now he plays guitar in a ‘U2’ tribute band.
Equally important to hobbies, is his family. He is married, but they do not have any children. This does not keep him from eating fun and messy food though. If he could eat one thing, all the time, it would be taco salad, his favorite food.
 Naturally, he has pets. There are two cats; Isis, and Ivy, and one dog; Bindi. If he had to choose between the two he would pick dogs over cats.
“They puke all over everything, and they smell.” is the reason why he dislikes cats.
I am sure he eats this while watching his favorite sports teams. Being a teacher at Lake, he is luckily a total, one hundred percent blue streaks fan.
Besides general things, he exposes some more personal feelings to us readers. If Mr. Friedline was given three wishes he would wish for some quite interesting things.
“I would wish I never felt tired again; I would wish I could eat whatever I want and not have to worry about my health; and I would wish I had one day without any responsibilities.”
I am sure a lot of people would wish for something along the lines of Mr. Friedline’s wishes.
Besides what a person would wish for, a person’s first job can say quite a bit about who they are. Mr. Friedline was a flower delivery boy.
“I was not very good at it.” he admits. He did not like it very much either. However, he still did it to the best of his ability.
Your past is a very important thing, and there is sometimes a day from your past that you loved so much you wish you could rewind and do it all over again. When it comes to Mr. Friedline he would not relive a day because it was magical or unforgettable. He would choose a day when he had nothing on his calendar like July 11, 2011 for example.
 “I like days when I can enjoy what I have.” This is a very good quote. It is even better that it comes from a good person like Mr. Friedline.
 

January 16
Musically Talented Teachers

​By Corey Monsewicz

 

            Every high school kid dreams of being a rock star. Singing to an audience, creating music videos, making the music that they love…

We have our very own rock stars walking the halls of Lake High School. They're not kids, and their true id​entities may surprise you.

      ​​      Rick Friedline, whom may appear to be just another English or Journalism teacher, is the lead guitarist in the U2 tribute band known on the local music circuit as “One.” The band’s name is taken from the name of a famous song the ​actual U2 band plays.311609_270864386270853_112173148806645_1011152_1480553195_n.jpg

Mr. Friedline’s musical career started more than 10 years ago when he played for the band Ockham’s Razor.

            The band split and then, six years ago, a friend of Mr. Friedline’s offered him a position as lead guitarist in a U2 tribute band called One.

            Mr. Friedline became the third of two members of Ockham’s Razor to join the band One. Most bands perform multiple songs made famous by multiple artists. One is solely a U2 cover band with a play list of close to 60 songs.

            He saw it as was a chance to play music he had enjoyed for a long time.

“I have been listening to U2 since I was a junior in High School,” said Mr. Friedline.

Mr. Friedline was particularly interested in the playing style of the real U2s lead guitarist, more famously known as “The Edge.” The Edge got his name from the sound of his guitar - an edgey sound - or, as Mr. Friedline puts it, “possibly because of the shape of his head..”

 The Edge is primarily the rhythm of the band. He leads the sound.

            Since then, Mr. Friedline has played in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Iowa and New York. Over this past summer alone, One performed 15 shows, and the band has already performed twice this month, something tough to do on such a busy teacher’s schedule.

            Mr. Friedline sings backup and helps create and record music videos.

And sometimes, he thinks about what he would ask Edge should he get the opportunity to meet the renowned member of the world-famous U2.

            His question: “How did he manage to keep his sanity while being successful?”

Another Lake teacher has also made a music video with a band that performs in a whole different genre than rock and roll.

            Ms. Shanna Delaney also teaches speech and English during the school year. But, like Mr. Friedline, she brings music to life with her band. Her band, however, plays Indie and folk music and goes by the name of  Bethesda, named for the “pool of healing” in the Old Testament.
            Ms. Delaney is the band’s vocalist. One of six members that make up Bethesda, Ms. Delaney is married to the lead guitarist and songwriter. While he creates the music and sets it down on paper, she helps prepare it, putting her own touch on songs by rearranging some sections and adding a few chords.

            The band is three years old, and all of its members formerly attended the same church. The church is no longer open, but Bethesda plays on. The band practices at least once a week. Its members have already created two albums: “Love in the Time of Tra La La” and "Dreamtiger." 

            Ms. Delaney and her band also have already signed 13 contracts, including a few with MTV, the Discovery Channel and TLC. These networks were talking about using some of Bethesda’s songs on shows such as reality TV’s Kardashian shows.267268_10150251217063797_98119593796_7580654_5045530_n.jpg

            The band already created a video for one of their songs, “DreamTiger.”

            Filming locations included a wooded area behind a baseball field and a beach along Lake Erie in Cleveland, Ms. Delaney said. It took three days to film, and like most works of art, two months to edit.

            Another Lake teacher-slash-musician performs a different genre of music.

History teacher Mike Hooper plays drums in a church praise band at Trinity Church of the Nazarene. The band features about a dozen musicians, including Mr. Hooper and he has been performing with the band for about 10 years.

            Of course, Mr. Hooper has been playing drums for much longer - “Oh, gosh, …35 years,” he said. And after high school, he played with many college bands.

         Why drums?

            Mr. Hooper recalled that as a child, he was always very fond of drums and his interest really began to soar when he got his own set as a gift.

            When he became a high school junior, he traded in the old set for a larger, more professional set of drums.

            Mr. Hooper’s favorite drummers are Bonham from Led Zeppelin and Roger Taylor of Queen, rock bands that found heavy success in the 1970s and 80s. Queen and Led Zeppelin are still even popular today although they are now called Classic Rock bands. Mr. Hooper's style of music is greatly influenced by the fact that he likes music and, he said, his love of Led Zeppelin.

            Mr. Hooper said that he has never dreamed of fame for himself.

            “I just wanted to be a teacher,” he said.

            Mr. Chris Wise, who teaches creative writing and English, got his start in a high school band. He started with an accoustic guitar at the age of 16.

            But, he said, since everyone else was playing accoustic or electric guitar, he wanted to try something a little different. So Mr. Wise gravitated toward something with a deeper sound, the bass guitar. And it's still his instrument of choice. Mr. Wise plays a Fender P bass.

            Mr. Wise has played in a few high school bands, but also helped fill in for other bands. Currently, he’s playing in the band “Whisper Signal.”

            Then he met Canton resident Ashley Toussant , a well-known singer in the area. Toussant was recently featured in a Kent State University newspaper in a review of her performance, which was part of the Folk Festival Round Town series.

She has professionally recorded 10 songs on a recent album, and Mr. Wise plays on eight or nine of them.

But Mr. Wise is not just a performer.

            “I enjoy playing and writing music,” he said.

            Mr. Wise has “20 half-written songs,” he said.

So hopefully, we can look forward to hearing of them one day soon.

Wouldn't it be cool if all of these teachers could get together and

 play us a song during the next Pep Rally?

January 16
A Cult or a Family?
    Imagine for a moment a group of people gathered in a circle. From head to toe a deep black cloak covers them. Their identities are concealed beneath the hood and only the soft murmurs of their chants can be heard. Before them stands a cross. They are known as a cult. 
    Okay, so maybe that's not what you picture when you think of the Lake Band. Minus the rituals and creepy black cloak, you may be picturing red, white, and blue uniforms with pinstripes up the legs. Possibly even a big hat with a fluffy plume? If you picture the Lake Band as a cult, then you may have been hearing the circulating rumors and gossip as the stereotype is becoming more widely used.
    However, does the Lake Band meet the definition of a cult?
    310884_292295067449474_100000069506734_1256311_2089871907_n.jpgThe definition of a cult is a particular system of religious worship, especially with reference to its rites and ceremonies. That does not exactly sound like the Lake Band...
    For the Lake Band, they do not define themselves as a cult, but rather as a family. So how did they gain the title of a cult and why is this becoming a stereotype for the band?
    Haley Anderson, a senior at Lake High School describes an instance that led her to describing the band as a cult. "It's not that the band is a cult in a religious way, it's the way they always stick together. I have friends in the band and when I talk to one of them and another band member comes along, they start talking about things in band. Since I'm not in band I have no idea what they're talking about and they usually ignore me. They stay together and it really does seem like a family. Just walking down the halls you can point them out because they stay clustered together."
    Several other students defined the band as a cult for the same reason; that they always stay together like a cult would. But why would sticking together and looking out for each other be a bad thing?
    Throughout the school, other groups can be seen clustered together: the swim team, the cheerleaders, the soccer team, and the football team. However, why is it that these sports are not labeled as a cult?
    Other clubs and sports can always be seen together, along with having their own language. And yet they are not considered a cult like the Lake Band.
    Haley Anderson believes it could have a lot to do with jealousy; to see a strong bond with a big group of people in a large organization, possibly stronger than any other group. "You see it, and you can't help but want it. Looking back, I wish I had joined band."
    Zach Swindell, a member of the Lake Band, disagrees with being called a cult. "We are not a cult, we're a family. If you think about it we have been together since fifth grade -most of us- so it's hard not to grow attached to each other. We are all really close friends, but that doesn't make us a cult."
    "People pick on us, because they don't know what goes on in the band room or out on the practice field. We are all good friends because we see each other all the time. Through the years we become close, just because we become close though in no way makes us a cult. I guess you have to experience band life to understand what it's like to be a part of the band family."
January 16
Expand Your Learning with a Career Tech Program!

Expand Your Learning with a Career Tech Program!
By: Avery Graber
            Upon starting their high school experience, students are required to take various English, math, history, and science classes to be eligible to graduate. Although those classes benefit them heavily for college, many students are looking for classes that appeal more to personal interests.
            Lake High School, along with other schools in Stark County, provides Career Tech Programs that students can get involved in starting their junior year of high school. There is a wide variety of programs, such as those revolving around teaching, marketing, cosmetology, culinary, photography, nursing, legal studies, and many more!
Katie Kauffman, current senior at LHS explains, “I am taking Early Childhood Education at GlenOak High School and I absolutely love it! I have learned a lot being in this program. I will be getting a certificate when I graduate and some credits that can go towards college next year. This year I am student teaching at Hartville Elementary School.”
The whole point of providing this opportunity for students is so they have more classes they are interested in and a better opportunity to prepare themselves for what college life will be like for them in the future.
Mrs. Marshall, counselor at Lake explains, “It allows you to learn about careers while you are in high school so you will know what you want to major in when you go to college.  You get real world experiences through volunteer hours, job shadowing and working in a career field that you enjoy. You learn about many careers within the program field that you take. And you find out what is involved in pursuing the career of choice.”
It puts the students in a different environment, and it gives them a chance to work with kids and teachers from other schools as well. Some of the classes provide college credits others can help with scholarships.
“You can also earn up to twelve hours of college credits in many of the programs it is a great way to save time and money so that you don’t have to switch majors in college many of the programs have the opportunity to have field trips and guest speakers,” explains Mrs. Marshall.
Ashley Holcomb, another senior at Lake High School said, “I love going to Jackson High School for my nursing program. I got to meet so many new people, and the class is showing me exactly what I plan on doing after high school. On some days of the week I get to go and shadow and I get to work hands-on with the nurses. “health2.png

It’s very important that students get to work hands-on because it really gives them a feel for what they are doing, instead of just writing things down out of books and learning in a classroom.
Caleb Landis, senior at LHS says, “I started attending Hoover High School for a culinary class. I get to learn a lot about cooking and how to prepare food the right way. I will not be getting any certificates or credits for my class, but it will help me get good scholarships because I took this class.”
Although the normal classes are required to graduate, it’s a huge benefit for students to take a career tech program if they really want to do something they are very interested in. There are a few requirements a student will need when applying to be in a career tech program.
Mrs. Marshall explains, “It is helpful to have your required classes done such as Physical Education and health so that you have room in your schedule to take a career program.  Also, teachers look at grades, attendance and recommendations when accepting students.”
Applying to be in a program is very easy. Towards the middle of sophomore year students will be introduced to the opportunity when they are scheduling for their junior year classes. There will be multiple presentations and speakers who come and talk to sophomores and present what is available for them to choose from and how exactly their specific program operates.
Lake students and other students from schools in Stark County are very privileged to have this opportunity available to them. So branch out of the comfort of your own school, and class setting, and consider a career program.
 
 
 

 

January 16
They've Got Spirit, Yes They Do!

​They’ve got spirit yes they do!
By: Avery Graber

They’ve got spirit, yes they do, they yell and scream at games, but what else do they do? To many people, cheerleading may seem like a piece of cake. Spend a week in their shoes, and you will see all the hard work, and spirit it really takes to be a cheerleader.

Football and basketball in Hartville is a big deal, our community gets together every Friday night to support our Lake Blue Streaks. In order to stay pumped during the game, you must have some kind of motivation to keep your adrenaline rushing while watching the football or basketball players play. The cheerleaders have done a very good job in doing so. Cheerleading can be looked at as a full time job. The girls practice at least three times a week over the summer, and continue into the school year in August.

“ I have been cheering for 9 years now, and I feel like I have never had a break from it, its not a bad thing at all though! The most we probably have off is two weeks, and were back to practicing and working hard,” explained Sami Golias, senior cheerleader.

There is only about a week between football and basketball, and the cheerleaders are back to practicing for the winter sport to start. There are cheers to, “chants,” as they call them for almost every play in the game. It takes a lot of attention in the game to know what cheer to do at the correct time.

“ We take a lot of time to prepare for the football and basketball games! We have practice all summer, and practice during the week, and before every game as well. You have to be really dedicated in the game to be a cheerleader, it takes a lot of heart and spirit as well!” Explained Alexa Chack, another senior cheerleader at Lake High School.

Not only do the cheerleaders cheer at the games on Friday nights, they also take time out of every Thursday after school to decorate the boys locker room with signs, streamers, and candy. For homecoming during football season, and winter formal for basketball season, each girl is assigned a player on the team to individually decorate their locker.
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“We take so much time and effort to decorate the boys lockers. They get personalized signs, candy, Gatorade, balloons, streamers, cookies, and many other decorations for their lockers, all paid for by us cheerleaders ourselves. And if you are a senior football player you get the special treatment. All of the senior girls pick a senior guy and decorate their front door at their house to show off some school spirit, and their appreciation for all they have done during the season.” explained Sami Golias.

They may be loud, annoying, and pointless to some people, but the cheerleaders really do put some hard work, and time into everything they do for the football and basketball teams!

January 16
Do You Accept the Challenge?

By: Micaela Michalk and Lauren Wheeler
 
            Small actions, little words, and insignificant gestures…At the end of the day, they may not seem memorable. On the contrary, they could leave an impact on a person’s life. For better or for worse, one can never know how his or her actions will affect others.
            Think about how many times one talks to a person, laughs with a person, or becomes angry with a person in just a day. Simple hellos in the lunch line, gossiping with friends, and throwing out a genuine smile are some of the day to day occurrences. However, joyful laughter or bitter tears are substantial consequences of these actions some dismiss. Few people know their potential.
            But one girl knew she would affect the world around her.
            Rachel Scott, a senior at Columbine High School, was the first victim in the  infamous school shooting on April 20, 1999. Two boys, compelled by anger, hate, and prejudices, infiltrated the school and continued on to kill twelve un-suspecting students and one teacher. These boys were fatalities of what Rachel was trying to stop— bullying.
            Today, people are dedicating their lives to spread kindness and awareness in memory of Rachel Scott. Rachel was a light in her school and community. By going out of her way to reach out to others, Rachel warmed cold, hidden hearts and set a goal to love and befriend everyone she met. However, her kindness could not stop her fate.
            After she died, Rachel’s parents refused to let her death go in vain. Through their misfortune, they were determined to turn a tragedy into something good. The nonprofit organization, Rachel’s Challenge, designed to extend compassion to the world, recently visited Lake’s middle and high schools upon invite. 
            “I actually heard about the organization from a friend. He has worked in education for about thirty years, and he said it was one of the best programs he ever saw. Several days later the middle school principal, Mr. Reed, asked me if I heard anything about it,” stated Mr. Tobin, the high school principal responsible for welcoming Rachel’s Challenge to Lake Schools. FOR CLub.jpg
      On the day the organization came, masses of students filed into the gym, unsure of what to expect. However, once the spokesperson, Neil McIntyre, caught their attention with unique beat boxing, the students listened intently to the inspiring tale.
            Interspersed throughout real footage of the Columbine school shooting and interviews of those close to Rachel, McIntyre touched on several of Rachel’s philosophies. Most prominent of her beliefs was that people have the power to influence others.  
         “I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion then it will start a chain reaction of the same.”
         To conclude the assembly, McIntyre gave five specific goals for the students and staff to achieve. The steps included:
 
          1.      To eliminate prejudice based on outward appearances.
          2.      Dare to create a dream and set goals.
          3.      Choose good influences for life.
          4.      Use kind words when addressing people.
          5.      Start a chain reaction of caring.
 
          The presentation succeeded in turning people’s hearts and minds to start their own chain reaction. Some were shocked by how far bullying can go, but more so by how far compassion can travel.
            “I thought Rachel’s Challenge impacted me a lot just because I want to follow my own dreams. I always try to find the best in people. I thought that the five steps were really inspiring and I hope that it inspires the rest of the school to do good,” said one sophomore, Kaitlyn Hoch. Hoch was not the only one touched by the presentation.
            Later that evening, parents and other adults paraded into the gymnasium and took a seat with a desire to hear what their own children had earlier. With the beat boxing toned down, McIntyre once again wowed the audience.
            “My initial reaction was how a little act of kindness can really affect so many people. You just never know what you’re doing so if you just treat everyone the way you want to be treated then everyone will be treated right,” stated Ms. May, mother of senior Lauren May.        
            After the eventful day, students and adults alike wanted to follow Rachel’s example. Some began to spread kindness in their everyday lives. More notably, the Friends of Rachel Club (FOR) began.
         Mentor teachers, such as Mr. Six and Miss Valentine, led the group of students but ultimately handed control over to the eager teens.
        “My goals are to facilitate a few meetings and to be the backbone of it but really the goal is for the FOR club to start a student involvement and student engagement and student leadership,” shared Mr. Six.
         The rallied troops brainstormed goals for the upcoming year. The goals included smaller things such as recognizing peers’ good works throughout the school to larger scale goals, such as getting involved in the community. Hopefully, FOR Club will minimize the concealed bullying that goes on in the school.
            “There aren’t really any serious problems,” Mr. Tobin said, “just isolated incidents. Bullying is not as prevalent in Lake as in other schools but it’s still an issue.  Facebook especially is a danger because there are bullies who feel more apt to type mean words rather than voicing them.” Looking to be a part of the cause to stop bullying?
             FOR is still in the process of recruiting students to join. A bulletin of information for the club hangs in the Commons of Lake High School; everyone is welcome. In the future, FOR has a high hope of having every student distribute compassion among the halls and out into the community.
           “We really want the students to take this project and run with it and make it whatever they want to make it, based or things they see and the things they come up with.” Mr. Six stated. Regardless of the FOR club's future, the program has already left a resonating impact.
            Rachel’s Challenge brought something to Lake Schools that no one can take away; a warmth of kindness, compassion, and care drifts through the small town.
 Following the five simple steps, golden hearts and a feeling of unity have emerged from their shadows. Lake Township can only progress onward from here.

 

January 16
Are you brave enough to take a drive down Pontius road?

By: Andrea Reese​

          There’s something mysterious that lives on Pontius Road in Hartville, OH, just a few miles down the road from Lake High School. This creature stalks the tall grass, flies through the dark, cloudy sky, and it scares anybody that comes near it. This creature is called the Mothman and the Mothman is known to make an appearance at any time.
           Joey Budd is a former student from Lake, and he has been to Pontius road to see if he could get a closer look at this beast.joey.jpg
          Many students say Mothman is a big, flying monster. Others say it’s just a glare in a little video on YouTube.
          Evan Gannon says, "I think he’s a crazy guy who thinks he’s a moth, or a ghost."
          Joey Budd says,  "There have always been stories about Mothman around Hartville and Uniontown, Ohio. The stories have been going on since before I was born. The stories about Mothman got started because whenever anybody would be driving down Pontius, they would say they saw something fly by, or people would say that they get a weird feeling when they are close or just by driving down the road."
          Dom Gazdacko says, "I heard about Mothman from one of my friends at school, and then found out it was really close to my house." dom.jpg
          Although Joey Budd goes on weekly visits to see if he can be one of the people who can say he has seen Mothman, he still has never seen it. He says that he will never give up. Joey says, “Almost everybody who lives on Pontius has their own story. Some even say it’s a horse that runs around but it’s hard to know for sure."
          "Like I said before, I haven't had a for sure Mothman sighting, but as I was coming up to one of the hills I saw something fly from one tree to another. I barley caught it in my vision but it looked weird. Maybe something with wings, but I didn't know for sure so I drove back and forth a few times and I didn't find anything after that," Joey says.
          "I know a few months ago Dillon Miller, also a Lake High School graduate, swears he saw something flying around by his car, “says Joey.
          David Conti says that he lives on Pontius and he believes that there is a Mothman out there. One morning he woke up and there was a huge dent on his car. He knew it had to be something suspicious.
          Most of the sightings have been in West Virginia, but Pontius has also had some sightings.
          Dom says, “In research I found many people have seen Mothman in Point Pleasant, West Virginia. Also, a friend of mine said he saw it off of Market.”
          Joey Budd states, "Between day and night for people seeing Mothman, it is definite that most people see it at night. Mothman is like a ninja."
          "It's been known to be dangerous, but on Pontius it’s more mysterious. Though there have been reports of him attacking cars but I don't know the full details on those stories," former student Budd says.
          Stories say Mothman is between 9-12 feet tall and has gigantic wings. Its eyes are as red as blood. They shine like a star under the moonlight.
          Gazdacko says, "Mothman looks like a large winged creature, almost resembling a pterodactyl.”
          Some people’s eyes could be playing tricks on them, but there is for sure something very strange living on Pontius road.
 

 

 

 

 

 

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