Reporter- Nicole Cook
TALLADEGA- On Monday, November 9, 2015, Talladega High Schools’ JROTC Program hosted a special Veterans Day program dedicated to anyone those who have served in any branch of the United Stated Armed Forces. The program began with a welcome from Colonel Deyampart, one of the JROTC instructors. Next came the posting of colors, the National Anthem, and the Invocation. The guest speaker was Command Sergeant Major William Charles Allen Sr. He was born in Jacksonville, North Carolina. He is married to Taverlyn Harris of Racine, Wisconsin and he is retired from the United States Army. His many years of service include: three tours in Vietnam as an infantryman, two with the 173rd ABN BDE, and one with the Golden BDE of the 82nd ABN DIV. Other combat tours with the 82nd ABN include: Grenada, Just Cause, Desert Shield, and Desert Storm. He is a graduate of class number 26 of the United States Army Sergeant’s Major Academy and is listed in Command Sergeant Major Harold Hunts’ book “100 Sergeant Majors of Color, Black Americans who paved the way for others to follow.” Allen is also the proud author of the poem; A Soldier Died Today. Command Sergeant Major William Charles Allen Sr. spoke to the students of Talladega High School about: respect, discipline, and patriotism. He was a great speaker and he reminded us all how fortunate we are to have people who serve to protect our freedom. A special thank you goes out to all Veterans who have put their lives on the line to protect us. We appreciate you!
Saryna Thacker, Editor
TALLADEGA—On November 7, 2015, Talladega High School’s Robotics Team, the Degabots, competed in the BEST Robotics Competition at the Talladega Super Speedway. This year’s theme was PayDirt.
The Drivers were: Haisten Smith, Justin Smith, Noah Guzman, Matthew Fisher, and Nick Pitts.
Guzman scored more points than anyone in the competition and received the Top Gun Award.
Cami Cook and Amber Flowers worked at the team’s booth that had a Minecraft theme. They did a fantastic job when they were interviewed by judges.
Nick Kearley, Amber Flowers, Cami Cook, Haisten Smith, and Ragan Perkins received the best scores the team has ever gotten for a presentation.
The team won 1st Place in both of the BEST Awards for their business side along with their robot. They also won 1st Place Solidworks CAD Design, 1st Place Total Process Reliability, 1st Place T-shirt Design, 2nd Place Spirit and Sportsmanship, 2nd Web Design, 2nd Place Creative Design, and 3rd Place Most Photogenic.
JT Gooden for representing the school well as our mascot, Matthew Fisher for outstanding sportsmanship in helping other teams, and Kerry “Big Diesel” Stockdale for being the best security guard the Degabots has ever had!
The whole did amazing!
SHOCK THE NATION!
TALLADEGA—On November 6, 2015 the Talladega High School Honor Society and Spanish Club took a trip to CL Salter Elementary.
Salter was having their Fall Festival that Friday and the organizations from THS were helping man the activities, aided by Salter’s ambassadors. The event was headed by Mrs. Nicole Korreckt, the Salter librarian.
Rosie Andrade and Lily Conner working with the darts station.
Bre’Anna Porter working at the ping pong toss.
Aireonia Bridges and Brittany Tyson, along with a Salter ambassador at the football toss.
Genesis Truss, Sierra George, and a Salter ambassador working at the fishing booth.
Reporters: Nicole Cook, Kiara Jones, Lexi Williams
Recently a number of juniors and seniors were tapped to be inducted into the Theta Sigma Chapter of The National Honor Society. It is a huge honor to be a part of this organization. The students who were chosen exemplified great leadership qualities, excellent character, the required GPA and numerous examples of service to the community.
As recent inductees Nicole Cook, Kiara Jones, and I are very excited about this upcoming year. We have many goals we would like to accomplish throughout the school and community.
We asked Junior class member Thelma Dark what her reaction was when she was tapped into NHS. She responded, “I felt very honored and privileged.” We also asked Taliyah Porter why it was important for her to be in Honor Society. She said, “I want to be involved in the community, show leadership and gain positive character traits that will advance me in school.”
To be a member of the National Honor Society is a great privilege, a wonderful high school experience, and a learning tool that will help all members succeed in their future. We must also remember with great privilege comes great responsibility and we look forward to helping out in the community and school. All of the new and current members are very excited about the upcoming year.
Congratulations to the new members of NHS!
Reporters: Kiara Jones, Lexi Williams
Talladega-Talladega’s Junior class had a meeting about their prom with Superintendent Dr. King. The students and Dr. King shared a few words and opinions. The juniors disagreed with Dr. King on a lot of the issues. We asked two students questions about the situation.
We asked Junior class member Sakija Whitson:
“Does the prom food need to come from Talladega like Dr. King says it should?”
She responded, “There are not many places to choose from but it’s not a big deal as long as prom is out of Talladega.”
Junior class member Peyton Hallmark was asked:
“Where would you prefer prom to be held?”
She replied, “Not at the high school. They [local businesses] can cater it just let the juniors choose the venue.”
We also asked prom sponsor Mrs. Thomas:
“Do you agree with Dr. King?”
She stated, “The juniors should make the decision not Dr. King. It was just the fact the juniors couldn’t vote for what they wanted.”
We also asked our athletic director Mrs. Keith about her opinion.
Mrs. Keith stated: “If the students are paying they should have the chance to choose. If the board was going to fund the prom then they can do whatever they want.”
Prom is a teenage rite of passage that gives Juniors and Seniors memories that will last a lifetime so understandably the student body would like as much say as possible.
Alcohol is the most commonly used and abused drug among youth in the United States, and is responsible for more than 4,300 annual deaths among underage youth. On average underage drinkers consume more drinks per drinking occasion than adult drinkers. Alcohol increases your risk for many deadly diseases such as cancer. Drinking alcohol can cause learning problems or lead to adult alcoholism.
The 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey found that among high school students,
- 35% drank some amount of alcohol
- 21% binge drink
- 10% drove after drinking
- 22% rode with a driver who had been drinking
Underage drinking causes higher risk for suicide and homicide.
I asked several students these questions.
- Why do you think teens turn to alcohol and drugs when things go wrong?
- How can underage drinking be prevented and avoided?
- About what percentage of this school’s students do you think use drugs or drink alcohol?
- Do you feel pressured into drinking or doing drugs when around friends?
- Have you ever driven after drinking?
- How do you feel about underage drinking and drugs?
- What are the most common alcoholic beverages and drugs consumed by teens?
Here are some of their responses.
- To deal with or avoid depression or to help keep calm and relieve stress
- It cannot be avoided because there will always be a way to get it
- About 50% – 90%
- A few yes. Only 1 or 2 times
- It isn’t a good thing but teens will do what they want
- Margaritas and marijuana
Did you know?
- Smoking marijuana can increase your heart rate by as much as two times for up to 3 hours which puts you at higher risk for a heart attack
- Can increase bleeding
- Affects almost every organ in the body
Long-term effects of alcohol
- Liver disease
- Nerve damage
- Permanent damage to the brain
- Cancer of the mouth and throat