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Military student uproots

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Sophomore Haeley Deeney moved to South Korea before school started this fall after her father, Lieutenant Colonel John Deeney, became a commander of the intelligence squadron on Osan Air Force Base, an hour from Seoul. Although Deeney doesn’t mind moving around, adjusting to a new culture can prove to be challenging.

“People [in South Korea] don’t have personal space. They touch my hair because I’m blonde,” Deeney said. “And they drive ridiculously fast.”

Deeney describes South Korean culture as polite, and although she was worried about making friends before she left, she’s settled in easily. Despite many changes, Deeney is enjoying her time there.

“I miss my family and friends like crazy,” Deeney said. “But I do love being able to walk around on base and having so many friendly people around.”

Before moving, Deeney expressed concerns about North Korea and its aggressive stance against South Korea and America.

“Being afraid of North Korea is always in the back of my mind,” Deeney said. “But you can’t do much about it.”

While at Fauquier, Deeney was a cheerleader and played on the varsity lacrosse team. The school Deeney now attends only has 185 students, most of whom are in the military families. Deeney is currently on the school’s volleyball team. Deeney will be returning to Virginia this summer and plans to spend her junior year at FHS.

“My best friends are there, and all of my animals are still in Fauquier,” Deeney said. “I miss being able to get up and see my horses right out my window. I also miss the football games and being part of the Zoo.”

Deeney has moved seven times in 14 years including Texas, South Carolina, Pennslvania, Okinawa Japan, Las Vegas, and Kansas. Her favorite place remains Fauquier.

“I have liked most of the places we have lived, except for Las Vegas,” Haeley said. “It was just too dang hot.”

For some young people, moving so often would be difficult, but not for Deeney.

“I feel like moving around so much has become the norm for me,” Deeney said. “I think staying in one place would freak me out more than moving again.”

~SaraRose Martin, features/arts director

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Gaytan siblings visit family in Mexico

While many teens spend their summers lounging by pool sides or splurging on the latest trends, siblings freshman Alex and junior Sabrina Gaytan got a taste of the cultural side of life by embarking on a 37 day family adventure to Monterrey, Mexico, where they stayed with their extended family. 

“I did a lot of physical activity while I was there, hiking, mountain climbing, and a lot of long distance running,” Sabrina said. “I come from a very active family, so we always do these kinds of activities every year. It’s very lively.”

Although Mexico is recognized for the upbeat sounds of mariachi bands and the explosive flavors of the foods, for Sabrina, being out in the vast mountains and experiencing the wildlife was a highlight to remember.

“My favorite scene was the view from the top of one of the tallest mountains in Mexico, El Cerro dela Sill,” Sabrina said. “It was beyond beautiful, a sight everybody needs to see at least once in their lifetime. Being in the clouds, seeing creatures in their natural habitat, the trees towering over you, feeling the mist of the air and the expansive rocks carved beautifully into the mountain was subliminal.”

Alex also enjoyed the outdoor activities while in Monterrey.

“We went up to this place called Horse Tail to go mountain climbing, and it’s nothing but amazing views,” Alex said. “Seeing all the things the area has is really cool, and I was happy to go.”

But for Alex, the city lights and late nights out on the town were memorable parts of the overstates experience.

“We got to go see all the movies that were showing in the theaters and that was cool,” Alex said. “We just took an entire day and saw every movie that was available in Spanish.”

Aside from the scenic beauty, the way of life in Monterrey helped the siblings appreciate another culture.

“The cultural differences are very different from the ones we’ve been exposed to here,” Sabrina said. “Every year I go, I find myself understanding and admiring, rather than questioning, them. The food is what captured my attention first. The people over there are big on eating healthy; no matter what house you enter, you’ll always find fresh fruits and vegetables.”

Monterrey teens have a fashion edge, according to Sabrina.

“The fashion is mostly the same, but the difference I find is that teenage girls are always on top of it all before it reaches [America],” Sabrina said. “They’re always trying on the latest trends and styles.”

Sabrina is also impressed with the way religion is integrated into their lives.

“The predominant religion there is Catholicism,” Sabrina said. “Mexico has unique events for the celebration of their religion there. Faith is an element that holds their independence greatly, more than any place I’ve ever seen.”

Although the touring and long plane rides proved exhausting, the benefits of the experience made the trip a meaningful adventure.

“Because we only go once a year, we try to make the most of the time we have,” Alex said. “Family means the most to me.”

~Eryka Hackett, staff reporter

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

Couples support PDA; Teachers, lookers digress

DSC_1524For many, there are lots of lovely attributes to having a high school sweetheart. Nevertheless these special moments are sometimes seen as inappropriate by the faculty, staff, and even some students.
“It’s definitely a class change occurrence,” math teacher Paul Reynolds said. “Some of them even act offended when I ask them to stop. I try to use my judgment. A kiss is fine, but if they elongate, I intervene. I stand very close to them and watch; I like to embarrass them.”
Public displays of affection do not easily fall under the radar with teachers who stand outside their classes during the class changes. Teachers try to make sure that there is no over-the-top displays in the hallway.
“I personally feel very awkward anytime I see children involved in PDA,” Reynolds said. “Maybe it’s because I still see you guys as 10-year-olds.”
The school handbook states that “excessive displays of affection and/or sexual behavior” is prohibited, but what is excessive is open to interpretation.  Some teachers have a much stricter approach to PDA.
“No kissing, no groping; I think a friendly hug is alright,” Math teacher Rosanne Lantz said. “There is a time and a place for that sort of thing, and this is neither the time nor the place.”
Affection in the hallways is not the only issue; risque and suggestive dancing at homecoming or prom can quickly earn a time-out for some couples.
“There were a couple people at homecoming that we had to speak to,” marketing teacher Diana Story said. “There were some girls standing on their heads, basically, with their butts in the air, and that’s not appropriate.”
Story agrees with Lantz that school is not the place or time for PDA. She has established certain criteria for students who wish to participate in such displays.
“My rule is three feet or three days,” Story said.
Many couples can attest to getting reprimanded for being too close.
“We used to kiss a few times in between classes, but we got in trouble by Mrs. Lantz,” said junior Sarah Delaney about her boyfriend, senior Andrew Warzinski. “So now we just kiss outside and not in the hallway.”
Students are known to avoid teachers by finding “secret” spots to mingle, like stairwells and rarely traveled hallways.
“I’m mean school is, like, one of the only places we get to see each other so we go places teachers don’t find out…we don’t want teachers to find out,” junior Sofie Kasteroff said.
However, not all students feel their PDA should be an issue.
“We hold hands or put our arms around each other,” senior Samantha Cooper said about her boyfriend, Louis Heisler. “But we don’t do anything out in public to where it’s not appropriate.”
Most couples feel that spending a small amount of time reminding a significant other how much they care is an acceptable form of PDA.
“It’s okay to a certain extent,” senior Colin Diehl said. “Like, a kiss or a hug goodbye is fine.”
However, witnesses to PDA can be offended and feel uncomfortable around a couple’s passionate encounters.
“Kissing is fine, but I don’t’ want to see making out,” freshman Juliana Magalhaes said. “Save that for your bedroom, no one needs to see that.”
~Maddie Lemelin, features/arts director