OPINION: Student laziness sets bad example

Laziness is a horrible disease that has con- taminated the minds of students. Laziness shines through in our work, our ethic, and even in our posture. Do you have a hard time getting motivated to do math homework? Do you slump when you walk? If so, do not ignore the common signs of laziness. There is only one way to rid yourselves of this disease. You have to actually get up and do something, anything!
Some may ask, why is being lazy such a bad thing? Why not live our lives like potatoes? Well, the problem is that life is kind of tough. Take for instance, this woman I know who works 11 hours a day, five days a week, and occasionally weekends. Lazy is not a word in her vocabulary. That woman is my mom. Argu- ably, she set the best work-ethic standard a child could have. However, I got a rude awakening when I had a job over the summer that required I work only seven hours a day, four days a week. The problem was that I had gotten used to my summer rut. Every year was the same; hang out with friends occasionally, sit inside and play videogames mostly. I had never had to work at one thing for so long. My laziness bit me in the butt, and it cost me money because I wouldn’t work as long as I could have. I had opportunities to stay and do extra work, but instead, I would leave early. I had been lazy for so long that I was unprepared to enter the work force, to even begin having a real job.
Laziness affects our work, but have you ever noticed how it affects us as people? Not wanting to work can have a horrible effect on basic man- ners. When a teacher or parent gives work to a teen, they must be prepared to take an absolute storm of sass before we will do it. I feel bad for teachers. Anytime they give students a project or massive homework assignment (actually any assignment, for that matter), they feel the wrath of the teenagers. Berating comments, constant excuses, multiple complaints; I have even seen people storm out of the classroom because of assignments.
The fact of the matter is that we are all better than this. Whether you plan to go to college or not, you are at school, so why not do some- thing? Seriously, if we are all forced to be here, why not make it worthwhile? If we all keep up our lazy tendencies, and we do enter the real work force (I’m talking nine to five, people), then we are going to get smacked in the mouth with a big, “You are fired” sign. It is time for all of us to step up, me, you, your best friend, it doesn’t matter. If we just put in some effort, it can change our outlook on everything.

~Josh Henry, design editor

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FFA raises chickens

There’s nothing quite like a homemade, farm fresh meal. The comforting smells of Saturday morning eggs and toast can wake up the deepest sleepers and bring them running to the table. This weekend, why not try some fresh eggs from the FFA to get a taste of what fresh really means? FFA is currently keeping 13 hens on the agricultural field and collecting and selling eggs.
“All FFA members in Mr. [Dennis] Pearson’s agriculture class feed them and water them,” freshman Haley Clegg said. “When they lay the eggs, we place them in the cartons to sell.”
About half of the laying chickens were purchased from the Warrenton co-op as pullets (female chickens about 20 weeks old, which have not begun to lay eggs), but the other half came from closer to home.
“We also hatched some of our eggs last year, and raised them in the incubator in the horticulture room,” Pearson said. “But since we’re in the town of Warrenton, we don’t have a rooster [to prevent] noise complaints.”
The eggs, collected two to three times daily, are sold to teachers and students willing to buy. The hens currently lay 10-12 eggs per day, which are sold for $3 a dozen and $4 for an 18-pack. Flyers around the school advertise the sales. During the summer months, eggs are sold to the school board office.
“Whenever we bring in the eggs, they usually sell pretty quickly. They are usually gone by that day,” junior Elizabeth Barron said.
The chickens are fed a “balanced ration” of corn and soy beans also purchased at the Warrenton Co-op, according to Pearson. FFA has ensured that their birds remain cooped, but some feisty chickens rebel.
“We have electric poultry netting surrounding the coop that’s about three feet tall,” Pearson said. “Before they were clipped – you can actually clip a chicken’s wing to prevent them from flying– they were flying out. But we were able to catch them.”
While Pearson and FFA co-sponsor Susan Hilleary care for the chickens on weekends, Pearson’s agriculture class is currently preparing for the chickens’ summer vacation – freshman Kiersten Ball will care for the chickens over the summer. During vacation, eggs will be sold weekly to the School Board.
“You just need to make sure you manage them carefully, feed them, and water them properly,” Barron said. “It’s important because it teaches you how to raise animals and take responsibil- ity.”

~Eryka Hackett, staff reporter

Hello, Dolly! to open in April

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the famed musical, Hello, Dolly!, and the school, which also turned 50, joins the celebration this spring with its production of the musical. Senior Sadie Carr stars as Dolly Levi, a widowed, brazen matchmaker well-known for her “meddlings” in the affairs of men and women.
“There’s a lot of audience involvement, and I love that,” director Melanie Ankney said. “It’s energetic and quick-paced; the music is fun and memorable, as well.”
Dolly attempts to find a wife for wealthy grump Horace Vandergelder, played by junior Brice Ternois —all while subtly hoping to catch him for herself. Vandergelder’s young niece, Ermengarde (junior Baylee Alerding), along with his clerks, Cornelius Hackl (senior Thomas Hooker) and Barnaby Tucker (freshman Ben Sampson), also gets mixed up in the matchmaking.
“I like Dolly; she’s very mischievous,” said Carr. “She has a big personality, so she’s a lot a fun to play. Also, I like that there’s a lot of singing, as opposed to its being a dance-heavy show.”
Because of the renovations to the science and music wings, the musical must be held a month earlier than the show usually opens, and the cast and crew must use the new building for rehearsal space. The old green room and dressing rooms are also unavailable because of renovations.
“Our temporary green room is the student lounge in the new building,” Ankney said. “Bob Rankin does all of the technical work for the show; I would call him a technical genius. He’s wiring the student lounge so that they can hear what’s going on, because there’s no room backstage.”
The show has a new choreographer, Kim Bosch van Drakenstein, who adds a vital spark to dance rehearsals, according to Ankney.
“She has a very strong background in ballroom dancing,” Ankney said. “She’s just delightful. People are enjoying working with her.”
As with other shows, Hello, Dolly! has an army of student leaders who aid Ankney in production: senior Emma Nobile leads the orchestra pit, senior Courtney Rice is the dance captain, and Carr, with senior Thomas Hooker, are vocal captains. Hooker is also the show’s assistant director, and his duties have expanded this year to include directing the ensemble.
“In a musical, there’s often the feeling that the principal characters are more important,” Hooker said. “I’m trying to help them understand how important the ensemble is to the show. The ensemble also has a lot of people who are new to theater. I want to make sure they leave this show wanting to do more theater.”
Hooker rounds out his participation in the musical as an actor; he plays Cornelius Hackl, one of two clerks in Horace’s profitable mill.
“It’s difficult to play him because he is 33 years old, yet he’s very naïve,” Hooker said. “But he’s a fun character to play because he’s so inexperienced – he’s never been with a woman.”
Hello, Dolly! premiers on April 11 at 7 p.m. Successive shows are on April 12, 19, and 20 at 7 p.m., and April 20 at 1 p.m. Tickets cost $12, and $10 for students and senior citizens.

~Sophie Byvik, editor-in-chief

Taco Bell moving to new location

Our generation has witnessed many historic events, from the election of America’s first black president to the opening of the new building on campus. In April, we will see another groundbreaking event in our community – the opening of a new Taco Bell at 238 Broadview Avenue, the site of a former Exxon station.
“I’m so excited that I don’t think I can put it into words,” freshman Dominique Herring said. “It’ll be bigger and brand new. The Gainesville Taco Bell has a beautiful color scheme inside, so I’m hoping we’re lucky and get one just as nice.”
Taco Bell is moving because their 20-year lease at the current location expires on April 13. The new Taco Bell will be 2,420 square feet.
“The new Taco Bell will have two drive thru’s, rather than one,” manager Shakur Ackbar said. “It will also have a bar style set up in place of some tables. Everything will be brand new; we aren’t bringing anything over there from the current location.”
While some may find the changes exciting, others are dismayed by the restaurant’s new location. Junior Davy Savering and his friends go to Taco Bell every Thursday, and while the new location is closer to the school, their experience will be compromised.
“Before, it was closer to my home and that shopping center with Chipotle,” Savering said. “Now it’s all out of the way for me. We would mess around in that shopping center after we finished eating at Taco Bell, and it’ll be too far away to do that.”
Junior Chase Lacy, also a member of the Taco Bell crew, was extremely disappointed to find out that his beloved restaurant is moving.
“I like where it currently is. It’s like taco home,” Lacy said. “I don’t want to move my taco home. It’s been there for as long as I can remember. It won’t be the same.”
Lacy also said the prospect of a newer and more modern setting does not soothe the pain.
“My friends add the flavor, not the decor,” Lacy said. “I like the gritty, poor feeling you get when you walk in there. It’s plain and boring, but it’s Taco Bell.”
Nevertheless, Lacy said he will continue to give the chain business.
“[The Taco Bell Crew] will make it work, and we will certainly continue to go every Thursday,” Lacy said. “You cannot put a price on love. Even though the Bell has sinned, I will forgive.”

~Abby Seitz, online/associate editor