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Senior Edition: Class of 2014

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Cody builds fence for RAPS, seeks Eagle Scout rank

SAM_0401by Tyler Pendergraft, Faculty Editor

The new fence recently built between the Annex and Math and Science buildings by senior James Cody both helps the Meyer High campus and Cody himself.

“I wanted to do something for the school, and when I asked Dr. Newman and Dr. Polk what needed to be done, they said that a fence would probably help the school the most. It helps the school by preventing people from walking through the campus,” Cody said.

Cody has been in Boy Scouts for many years, and is proud of his time with the organization.

“I’ve been in Boy Scouts since I was 11, and Cub Scouts before that since I was six. It’s important to me because it is something my family has always done, and I learned a lot of things throughout the time I’ve been in Boy Scouts,” Cody said.

To qualify to be considered for Eagle Scout rank, Cody had to complete 21 merit badges. He also had to be in a leadership position in his troop for six months to get his Star, Life, and Eagle Scout ranks.

“I would recommend Boy Scouts to others, and I would generally recommend starting early, like in seventh grade or so, so that you have a lot of time to complete everything and get all the experience you should. I also think that coming in later, even as a freshman, would be really difficult, but if someone were already in Boy Scout[s], I would definitely recommend getting Eagle rank,” Cody said.

Cody still must appear before the Eagle Scout board of review to prove he has completed all requirements to attain the rank.

“The review will happen later this month,” Cody said.

Listach wins state!

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by Devon Motley, Athletics Editor

Thomas builds pergola for RAPS, seeks Eagle Scout rank

WP_20140505_003 (1)by Raymundo Delgado, Editorial/Opinion Editor

Building a pergola to complete Eagle Scout Rank is a tough job, but this is exactly what junior David Thomas did a couple of weeks ago.

“I needed to complete a large project in order to complete my Eagle Scout rank,” Thomas said.

Not only was he required to complete a project, but many other steps are involved in achieving this top-tier Boy Scout classification.

“Now I present the project to a committee and complete a couple more merit badges. Then I present all of my work as a Boy Scout and they decide what happens from there,” Thomas said.

This new structure benefits Thomas, true, but also the school as a whole.

“I enjoy the pergola because it provides shade on sunny days,” Skylar Brinegar

Thomas said he really felt he had the best interests of not only himself but also the school at heart while building the pergola.

“I thought it was a need the school had and it seemed like a good thing to do,” Thomas said.

Students all across campus say they are glad that Thomas built the pergola. Some feel this addition to the Meyer High School campus adds character to the school.

“I’m glad that David built the pergola. Now, I can relax after school with my friends and enjoy shade,” sophomore Skylar Brinegar said.

Off-campus lunch pilot program begins

by Faith Ward, Special Events Editor

Meyer High juniors and seniors are taking full advantage of the off campus lunch pilot that is taking place during the final Fridays of the school year.

“We are piloting the program this year to see how students respond to the opportunity – we had around 20 students sign up for the program and about 12 who met the eligibility. The four week pilot program is to determine if there is significant interest, work out any possible areas of concern, and develop procedures that work well for students and the school.” Dean of Students Jared Gould said.

“It’s cool! There is a lot of requirements that go along with it, but [for] the most part it’s great,” senior Destiny Wilson said.

Gould shared about the effort put into starting the pilot.

“I found a study from Stanford University – one of two which exist – that looked at schools with on campus lunch: aka, closed campus, which we have been for the past 8 years, open campus lunch for everyone, and those schools who had a program [in] which students could earn the opportunity for an off campus lunch one day a week, on up to every day of the year. The study tracked results of more than 900 schools for a period of 10 years from 2001-2012. The results were pretty clear: The worst performing schools had a closed campus. The next best schools were those who had an open campus for everyone [or] part of the school. The best schools showed a very strong correlation between earning the off campus lunch opportunity and student achievement…in fact, they were typically the top performing schools in the state,” Gould said.

Although the pilot is only open for eligible juniors and seniors, others students have expressed their thoughts on the pilot and agree with it. Dean Gould noted this would not be impossible.

“In the future, if the pilot program shows good results, there is a chance we will continue it…however, the initial eligibility standards may change some. For example: BPS total, GPA, and volunteer or service hours may be considerations,” Gould added.

Study U returns

by Rachel Petty, City Editor

Study University, or Study U as it is more commonly known at Meyer High, isn’t new to the Rapoport campus, but it’s definitely new to some attending classes in the high school. Study U was introduced to Rapoport in the spring of 2013, and was brought back into action just before the fourth quarter of school began in the spring of 2014. It is designed to help students get their work in to earn a portion of the credit that they would have earned by turning in homework on time. Although full credit is not received, most students and teachers agree the result is better than no credit.

“This allows a student an opportunity to earn up to 70 percent on submitted work, even though it’s a day late,” teacher Amanda Freudensprung said.

Some students attend Study U often while others are only in occasionally or perhaps even once in a school year.

“I have been in Study U a total of about 10 times,” junior Jeremiah Rocha said.

Teachers assign to Study U students who don’t complete their homework on time. The goal of teachers and administrators is to help students.

“I believe Study U is the teachers and administrators going out of their way to help us get our work done. I like it, but I think it should be optional if you’re borderline failing,” Rocha said.

Most students in Study U seem to agree with Rocha: Study U can be a pain, but it’s helpful. Teachers agree.

“I am still getting used to the system because I wasn’t here in the past when it was used,” Freudensprung said. “But I tend to stress personally when students don’t turn in homework. Even though it makes my students grouchy, it relieves a certain amount of my stress over their success. And I hope that even though it makes them grouchy, that it relieves them inside to know that their grade overall still has a chance to be a successful one.”

Dean Jared Gould elaborated on the Study U concept.

“Students aren’t getting credit for the information they know…if they don’t get their work in. It’s to help the students get their work in so their grade will reflect their knowledge,” Gould said.

Glee Club’s dramatic end

by Mileeya Walker, City Editor

Glee Club has sadly come to an end early this year. With the preparation for talent show and upcoming finals and other tests, there has been no time to prepare for the concert that was supposed to take place at the end of the school year. Although the club has ended and most club members are upset about this, some were not as bothered by the news.

“I like Glee Club because I really like to sing, but I don’t really care that it is over,” junior MeeRhonda Trotter said.

Sponsor David Corkill was especially devastated to have to let students know the club has come to an end. He met with each student personally and informed them of the news. For many members, the news brought back great memories of the club and songs sung together.

“I really liked the singing. My favorite song we sang would have to be ‘I Knew You Were Trouble When You Walked In,'” junior Aireka Sadler said.

Many students had high hopes for next year’s revival of Glee Club.

“I was really upset that Glee ended, because for this last concert we were singing a new type of song…a mash-up of Lorde’s song ‘Royals’ and Bruno Mars’ song ‘Billionaire.’ It sounded really good in my opinion, but hopefully we can sing that song or a song similar to it next year when Glee starts again. I hope we get a lot of new members also,” junior Resha Austin said.

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