• March 9Prom tickets will be for sale one March 21 for $35

  • March 9Peer leadership application for next year can be picked up in the counseling center, they will be due by March 9

  • January 10Drivers Education applications are in the counseling office. Apply ASAP!

  • January 10PSAT results are in!

  • January 10Seniors: Check the board next to the counseling office for scholarship opportunities.

  • December 4Senior yard signs will be on sale for $20 until April 6.

  • October 24If you plan to ride the late bus please sign up before 8th period

  • October 10Seniors: Check the spelling and accuracy of your name on the counseling window!


Mackenzie Robertson, Contributior

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Not everything is okay.
Fact of life, people.
And more and more I look around and see people try to redefine “okay.”
Or try to figure out the way the world is best run Or what’s the difference between messing up and just having some fun There’s no black and white- it’s all just grey The world is flexible, there’s room for all- oh, you’re going to pray?

A lot more is accepted
A lot more is rejected
And more and more I’m surrounded with people that preach- Do not judge Do not hate And don’t you dare discriminate

But what about me?
I don’t think the same things you do
I don’t believe anything goes
I don’t believe this world is absent of a God Or the truth Or things from our past that are worth holding on to

And yet you turn on me
I’m called an idiot
A bigot
A racist
A hypocrite
An ignorant Bible-hugging redneck with her head in the sand and her mind in the past. A privileged white girl whom God has blessed with money and a future and all else be damned

Don’t criticise Allah, you’ll offend someone, jeez!
Oh, you believe in God? Sweetheart, please.

There’s rights for all except for those that haven’t yet been named Capitalists are the greedy spawn of hell except when you’re pulling in the big bucks yourself. We’re behind in the world with our education so we should make everything standardised without procrastination and oh if they can’t keep up they must be special ed- Evolution is fact- there’s just no denying it. How dare you doubt science!
How dare you speak out!

I am afraid.
I am afraid to stand with what I believe because all around me are the negative opinions of those that preach to believe what you want

I’m not admired for believing in something. I’m criticised Villainised Called out and alienated as a hypocrite

And from my isolated perch of old-thought and morality. beside the rest of us Bible-loving, Reagan-voting folk All I see from everyone around With their superiority and always-right attitudes Is a pool of melted down, sad, grey hypocrisy

And maybe I belong there too
Maybe we all do
We are all battering rams of opinion and right-ness So sure, stand for what you believe But never be afraid of those people who are always trying to knock you back down

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