By Anna Lawson
As Halloween nears, everyone is struggling to find the perfect costume to wear. To help the Glenelg community combat this issue, we asked ten students from all different grades to tell us what their favorite ideas are. Here is what they said:
By Charlie Glazier
Recently, there has been a lot speculation over Color Day due to the contrasting opinions on tagging and paint being brought to school. Every year, the day before homecoming, students dress in their assigned class color to show their school spirit and represent their grade. The threat of canceling, due to concern from administration over the paint being brought to school, color day completely led to a mixture of contradicting views from students and teachers.
An overwhelming majority of students from grades ninth through twelfth all agreed they did not want the tradition of Color Day to end. Color Day has been used as a day to show class spirit for years at Glenelg High School. Ryan Davis, a twelfth grade student, stated that it “welcomed him into the Glenelg family.” When asking students from grades tenth to twelfth whether their safety has ever felt jeopardized on this day, the answer has continuously been no. When the question was proposed to students grades tenth through twelfth, have you ever been tagged or seen someone been tagged, I received answers from almost everyone along the lines of that they had gotten tagged before but never had felt it was in a harassing, threatening, or menacing way. Brittany Anderson, a twelfth grade student, said that “It was exhilarating. It was a rush of an experience and it contributed to how I view Glenelg.” When asking Evan Williams, a ninth grade student, whether he was nervous or not about this upcoming event on October nineteenth, he stated that he was “A little nervous, the idea of being painted as a freshman is scary.” Although, paint has been banned this year and has been made clear that administration will not tolerate any of it being brought to school or worn. The other four freshmen interviewed all seemed more excited then afraid for color day.
Although this day is so important to students, the concept of Color Day is wavering in between dangerous and fun to the staff of Glenelg. When interviewing teachers including Mrs. Currie-Scott, Mrs Chawket, and Mrs. Ohanian, two out of the three members stated that they had never seen a student be tagged, harassed, or hurt on Color Day, but have heard stories from other teachers about incidents previously. Mrs. Ohanian discussed how there have been times where Color Day has been a disruption to her English class due to “students in the classroom with paint that has spilled and students that have been tagged when I have not been in the room yet. I think the tagging that has occurred is not always welcome [for certain students], and I've seen students that have been tagged that are upset and that is a disruption regardless of where it is in the building.” The paint is a problem for custodians as well due to the mess it creates all over the school. Most teachers were in agreement that the tradition should continue. Mrs. Currie-Scott discussed how it should continue because it is a tradition and important to the students, but a shift should occur to make the day less structured around grade unity and division versus school wide unity. Hallie Koele, a tenth grade student, states that color day is “So much fun because I feel apart of a big school and I get to represent the fall sport I play.” The feeling of unity that students experience during this day is something monumental in the quintessential high school experience. Most of the answers revolved around the idea that if the students behaved in a more adult manner and handled themselves more maturely during the event, then the school would not have been put in the position to question the safety of its students on Color Day.
Overall, the students should never feel unsafe during a day intended to be fun and filled with activities. The school should feel a sense of cohesive unity on this day and feel like a member of the Glenelg community. This day is a crucial and memorable way to many students and should be a positive experience for all. In order for these fun events and traditions to continue, students must handle themselves in a respectful way that reflects Glenelg in a positive light.
By Nicole King
The transformation into high school is a petrifying experience that most students dread: the thought of being shoved across the halls by tall, scary upperclassmen usually ends up leaving Freshman anxious to begin their year. Freshman Ava Gezelle, said she “was nervous since the environment is so much bigger and more intimidating.” Everywhere you turn, there are upperclassmen who cluster together in the halls, blocking room numbers. Hope Wilmeth is a Freshman who believes the Juniors and Seniors make it “hard to find their way around the new, larger area.” Luckily, there are various techniques to help Freshman like Gezelle and Wilmeth coast through their first year of high school. Follow the tips and tricks below if you want a successful year with complications.
If these rules make students transition into high school too arduous, try the following below!
By Jessica Lipman
It is time to say goodbye to the long pool days and the sandy beaches of summer and hello to colorful leaves and sweater weather. As we approach fall, not only are the colors of the leaves changing, but so are the variety of activities to do during the season. This autumn, try to make the most of what this season has to offer with these fun-filled activities.
The fall season is all about spending time outdoors and embracing the change of weather. Some outdoor activities include going to a local orchard, corn maze, or farm. At Larriland Farm in Woodbine, there is a wide variety fruits and vegetables that you are able to pick yourself. At the farm, they also sell pumpkins, apple cider, and other fall treats. On the weekends they provide hayrides to display the scenery of the farm during the autumn. Everyday they allow customers to get lost in the straw maze and search for the pumpkins throughout the field to decide which one they want to take home and decorate.
Attending fall festivals is a great way to celebrate and start off the season. Local festivals in Baltimore provide a wide variety of activities, games, and food for everyone to enjoy. The Oktobearfest at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore provides a variety of food from German inspired to vendings. The event also provides live music and is held on October 21st at 12 pm. The Holt Harvest Day provides activities for everyone to enjoy. Activities include pumpkin painting, crafts, vendors, and more. The one day festival is in Baltimore on October 21st.
With the colder weather approaching us, that means it is time to make warm and delicious treats. These snacks are especially even better when they are fall themed! Pumpkin cinnamon rolls are Junior Maddy Jansen’s, favorite fall snack because it “takes a spin on the regular cinnamon rolls we are used to but with a twist to fit into this season.”
Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls Recipe:
2-3/4 to 3-1/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
1/2 cup solid-pack pumpkin
2/3 cup whole milk
2 tablespoons sugar
4 tablespoons butter, divided
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg, beaten
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon whole milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 to 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar
Apples and caramel are a classic pair, especially when they’re in the form of a cupcake. It starts off with an apple spiced cupcake topped off with caramel buttercream. Caramel apple cupcakes melt in your mouth and are perfect for any fall occasion.
Caramel Apple Cupcakes Recipe:
1 package spice or carrot cake mix (regular size)
2 cups chopped peeled tart apples (about 2 medium)
3 tablespoons 2% milk
1 cup finely chopped pecans, toasted
12 wooden skewers (4-1/2 inch)
Whether it is being outdoors and enjoying the climate change or staying inside and baking a one of a kind treat, there is always something everyone can do this autumn. With these activities, you will be able to make the most out of your fall season.
By Hannah Butera and Bethany Stewart
It’s out with the old, in with the new; goodbye summer fun, hello school. Although tan lines will fade, the memories of summer vacations will be held onto forever. This summer, students from Glenelg High School traveled to various places around the world. Let’s dive back into their summers, and hear about their international experiences.
Junior Ryan Hopkins had the pleasure of starting his summer with a four day trip to Puerto Rico with his family. During his vacation he went to the beach daily, hiked through the country’s vast forests, and scuba dived. In doing these things, he got a first look at the exceptional wildlife within the tropics. Another unforgettable memory was the opportunity to travel to one of Puerto Rico’s bioluminescent bays, which contains glowing organisms called dinoflagellates that light up the surrounding water and leave a stunning sight to see. “My favorite memory was petting an iguana,” said Hopkins. He is eager to travel to Puerto Rico again for another memorable trip.
Michael Forester, a Senior, traveled to Interlaken, Switzerland this past summer. Although he was not necessarily soaking up the sun’s rays, he was hiking and seeing several beautiful sights. One that he was particularly fond of was the Top of Europe, a high altitude building that overlooks mountains of snow. He traveled with his entire extended family, and went for ten days at the end of June and beginning of July. He said that he “really embraced the culture while there, and I felt welcomed by all the locals.” Not only did Forester hike and sightsee, but he got to watch skydivers jump off a cliff. He said that he would definitely want to go back, because the views were spectacular. His favorite memory was riding on the train into a mountain to get to the first hotel they stayed at because of the breathtaking view; unlike anything he has seen before.
Sophomore Mia Stamatakis traveled with her church group this July for a mission trip. They journeyed to the capital of Honduras, Tegucigalpa. While there, they painted classrooms, which was their main point of the trip. They also played with the children that were in the area and visited homes of the community. Stamatakis wants to go back because she thought the trip was very enlightening, as she gained a new perspective of the lifestyle of those who are less fortunate. She plans on going on the trip again next year. Her favorite memory was “getting to play soccer with all the kids. They did not have much, but they loved to all play all the time.” She hopes that more people can get this kind of experience, because it is something she will always remember.
As great as it is to reminiscence on all of our exciting summer vacations, it’s time to get into gear and focus on school… until winter break.
By Anna Lawson
Over five billion school lunches are served every year, but these meals tend to lack essential nutritious aspects. An unbalanced nutrition can lead to decreased performance in school and health problems, including diabetes. Because of this common problem at most U.S. schools, many students decide to bring lunch to school. However, a new problem arises from this; what to pack. If students receive their daily intake of protein, dairy, fruits or veggies, grains, and sweets, they will have the ability to focus. This five-day school lunch plan contains a variety of easy-to-make foods that contain the energy students need to succeed in school.
Parmesan Chicken Bites: Finished in 25 minutes, these are easy to prep the night before, and taste delicious hot or cold!
No-Bake Reese’s Bars: The perfect balance of sweet milk chocolate and creamy peanut butter is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth, and provide a serving of protein.
Vegetable Spring Rolls: A refreshing and healthy item that has endless variations. Simple to make, these rolls can be ready to go in only a few minutes!
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Fudge: Creamy and delicious just like real cookie dough- but eggless and safe to eat! With only few ingredients, Glenelg Senior Campbell Shepard says, “I love how easy it is to make and how delicious it tastes.”
Turkey and Cheese Crescent Rolls: These simple crescent rolls can be made in advance and warmed up in the school microwave for 45 seconds. They are also filled with protein to help keep a healthy and balanced diet.
Pizza Bites: Tasty and a great source of protein and dairy. These polka-dot pizza bites are easy to make and can be reheated in the school microwave for 45 seconds to a minute.
M&M Oreo Cookie Bars: These colorful and delicious bars can be made in 30 minutes and only use seven ingredients!
Buffalo Chicken Tortilla Roll Ups: With just 5 ingredients, these roll ups can be quickly prepared the night before. These taste best cold, so pack an ice pack!
Pancake Bites: There are endless combinations of ingredients to mix into these pancake bites! They can be made with store bought pancake mix to make prep even easier. Glenelg Junior, Erin Chizmadia, says, “Pancake bites are so good! I love how you can mix-and-match the ingredients. My favorite is chocolate chips with sprinkles.”