Moving isn't something us teenagers can control and most of us most likely don't enjoy moving. Moving hinders and takes away our ability to be able to have a normal education and social life.
Parents being able to move at anytime during the year isn't convenient for us students. Moving in the middle of the school year does not only affect our education, it also affects our social skills. Studies show that young children that move in between school years and during the school year suffer with their social skills and abilities. Older children have a lower math and reading score from moving school in between the school year. We should be able to have a say when our parents move and if we have to move schools.
Moving sucks, and more teenagers move then you might think. Like me, I’ve been to 9 different schools in my lifetime. My brother Chance Mcgee says “ yes moving has hindered both my education and social skills because there is a gap in my math and english education,and the more we move the harder it it for me to make friends.”
Now with all this moving i did in the past 6-7 years you would think there would be a little gap in my education right? Not all schools are learning the same thing at the same time and I learned that the first couple time I've moved. I haven't learned everything I was supposed to learn throughout my elementary, middle school and high school years. When I moved from Scottsdale to Chandler, we were about to learn about and read the Odyssey, but i moved to chandler and turns out that they had already read and learned all about it and moved on to Romeo and Juliet. Which isn't a big deal to me because I hate reading, but that definitely put a gap in my education.
By Xavier Smith
The Broken Heart (Original drawing by Xavier Smith)
As students get more mature, it seems like tests, homework and video games aren’t the only things that they can cheat on and get away with.
In high school, some students find it difficult to stay committed to their grades as well as staying committed to their relationships. Their grades slip as they become more indulged in their partner rather than school life.
When adversity starts to form between a couple, a student’s focus on their academic career begins to falter. Trust is a common issue, as the lack of trust is the frequent downfall for couples. In an interview with Alondra Silva, a senior, she claims, “I have been accused many times [of cheating]. We sort of just deal with it and talk it out before it becomes too much.” Overall, trust issues and failure to prioritize is a frequent downfall of relationships.
In a student poll, 17% of students do not trust their current boyfriend or girlfriend and 50% of students have been cheated on.
According to Sarai Madrigal, a senior, “The most important thing in a relationship is trust, communication, and affection.” Students all have different opinions on what builds a healthy relationship, and this is what impacts couples to split and go their own ways.
According to www.huffingtonpost.com research has shown that in the majority of time, high school relationships do not last. It has been reported that only 2% of marriages in the United States originated in high school. Although unlikely, a couple can last through high school.
Whilst interviewing Baylie Westervelt, a sophomore, she states, “I believe high schoolers think they know what love is, but love itself is a very complex thing that most teens tend to strive for without fully comprehending it.” Through research and multiple student opinions, they reveal that high schoolers aren’t completely capable of nurturing a healthy and long lasting relationship; The chances of a couple lasting through high school should be taken into consideration for those in a current relationship.
By Gabbi Ramos
Will you give it away? (Drawing by Gabbi Ramos
Sending and receiving explicit material is a prominent issue in high schools across the country. Even if it seems like a harmless photograph, the consequences can be severe. Distributing certain inappropriate images is punishable by law. Although, most teenagers don’t face criminal charges, the risks of sending and receiving is still present.
To better understand the dynamics of dispatching graphic material, I had the opportunity to candidly interview four students here at Poston Butte, who have participated in exchanging nude photos. They all agreed to let me interview them, but as a consideration to their safety and well-being, I have made it a point to keep their identities anonymous. I will address them throughout this article as “C.B, A.H, B.K, and B.A ”
When asking C.B, A.H, and BK if they had ever sent inappropriate photos, C.B responded, “I have, and I’m not going to deny it.” A.H also replied, “Yeah, it’s just something that people do.”
B.K admitted that he received inappropriate photos as well as sharing an uncomfortable feeling with taking his own pictures. “People can blackmail you. Besides, it’s really awkward to try and take pictures of your junk. I mean, it’s your junk!”
While many students do find it awkward to send photos, according to a 2014 study by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy (NCPTP), 24% of high school students involve themselves in sexting and the exchanging of explicit content.
Student C.B shares, “A lot of people just want to be complemented. They want someone to tell them that they are beautiful, sexy, and that they are wanted.” B.A also comments, “ For people who feel insecure, that acceptance and attention makes them feel good about themselves.”
Not only does it boost the self esteem of those who send, but receiver B.K shares that they feel better about them self when someone sends them a picture.
“It’s almost like an accomplishment. You talk, flirt, and you convince them to send you something personal like that. It’s like after all that, ‘Mission Accomplished.’”
A.B expressed that in many cases, they felt guilty about not sending photos, and often times felt pressured into it.
“I was afraid of saying no. I was afraid of being rejected and I felt bad that I wasn’t giving someone what they wanted.”
Statistics also show that 61% of all sexters who have sent nude images admit that they we pressured to do it at least once.
Regardless of the reasons behind sending explicit photos, people tend to forget often is that people you send it to might not keep it confidential.In fact, statistics from several sources show that 17% of sexters share the messages they receive with others, and 55% of those share with more than one person. B.A opened up about their own experience with it.
“The person I sent it to… they revealed it to a lot of people. When I came to school the next day, everybody was asking me about it.”
When photos begin to be shared with other people, things can turn even darker,
to the point, in which, child predators find them and use them to cause serious damage
To better understand the side of sexting that leads to the industry of child pornography, I sat down with a correction officer who works specifically with child predators within the prison. Officer J. is how I’ll be addressing him, for the sake of his safety and confidentiality. A local here in San Tan Valley and a father, Officer J finds it his priority to protect the children of the area.
“Many kids don’t think about the kinds of people who are out there. These child predators all start somewhere, and the internet is where they find what they are looking for. They’ll even go as far as to hack into social media accounts and pretend to be people. ”
When asking him about how child predators progress from observing photos and videos to acting upon a child, he shared, “They get tired of just watching or looking. They want to act upon their desires. What’s scary is that they’ll try to find the person in the photos or videos. If not them, then someone who looks similar.”
Officer J shares that even people he works with have been found with child pornography.
“I had a colleague who was discovered with child pornography. What was even worse about it is that it wasn’t only child pornography, but of his 16 year old brother. He gathered photos, videos, off his brother’s phone, which had been originally sent to his girlfriend. What he did with all that was sell it online. Over three hundred people purchased a configuration of this boy’s photos and videos in less than a month. Now he’s locked up in prison, just like the predators we worked with.”
Many high school students don’t believe that they could end up humiliated, locked up, or even a victim at the hands of a sex offender. These stories are swept under the rug, while teenagers continue to provide the perfect ammunition to those who can hurt them most. To the Poston Butte student body, or any student body for that matter, I strongly encourage you to think about your decisions, because you never know what the consequences might be.
Many people believe that the transfer of high school is hard. What many people fail to see is that it's only the advancement in technology and the fast paced school lifestyle.
This year at Poston Butte High School our school had about 500 incoming freshman which compared to last year is low… Now, taking into account that a large majority of our students come from the same school district and the same 8th grade class, Everyone's transition could be considerably same. But was Poston butte all that they have been expecting.
It can be taken into account that since we were all still young kids we were being fed cliches of high school. Whether it was from movies older friends or siblings. Making the high school life look like a fun and easy one. From lockers to school fights. Even the use of textbooks and desks lined up in straight rows. The cliche high school life of today's teen is far from that. Could this of let people down? The answer is most likely. A life here at Poston Butte is far from the ones you see on TV. No lockers or textbook. Not even the lined up desks.
What many new students fail to think of the grading portion of it all. As many of them have already found out is that teachers at Poston Butte don't like excuses for late work. From the first day of school on the 25th of July, a considerable amount of students are failing. This could be because they were not prepared for the seriousness and strictness of the grading policy here at Poston Butte High school.
Could this have come as a suprise of the freshman? Or even made the High School transition a little rough and scary? Some may believe so, then again some may have been ready. From the first hand accounts of this year's incoming freshman it can be said without a doubt, that they have had a smooth transition. Although it may have been hard, but it was an overall smooth one.
All in all, the high school transition is different for everyone. It can be easy and fun, Or it can be cruel and hard. If there is one piece of advice one can give for this particular subject, It would be to just keep up the fast paced lifestyle that is high school.