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VOLUME 15, NUMBER 3 -- September 15, 2008

Insider's Guide to High School

Freshmen Kill Day

Ah, Freshman Kill Day. At my school, it’s the day near the beginning of the school year when all the older students “attack” freshman students with vicious pranks.

I'm not sure about the other freshmen, but I was picturing blaze orange-clad seniors and juniors chasing us into corners like the vermin they had convinced us we were.

Dumping us into trash cans, rolling us down the halls. They were the hunters, and we were the hunted. Think Elmer Fudd.

They made sure we knew about their wicked plans. In marching band, the older kids counted down the days. Kids with older siblings were taunted with horror stories of getting sat on the water fountain.

  – By Emily Mongan

When Hurricane Katrina smashed ashore in 2005, Louisiana teen Samantha Perez started writing about the storm that washed away much of her old life. Her journal, chronicled in the pages of The Tattoo, is all online at Hurricane Journal. Read it for an eye-opening and intensely personal look into the eye of the worst storm in recent history.

'The Bridge' Over River High School

By the summer before freshman year, you've probably already placed yourself in a social class.Don't say there isn't a social ladder in your school system. Though many parents and teachers tell kids that everyone is equal in school, a social ladder still stands.You might be a Jock, Prep, Nerd or Goth. These are the most mentioned classes but there are dozens of others.Chances are you may not see yourself in a class. This is understandable because you naturally want to be liked by everyone but there is no social class everyone likes.To be truthful, the fact is you will ALWAYS be hated by someone.

– Wesley Saxena


Friends make high school


When I think back on my years at high school, I remember how, sometimes, the only thing I could get up for in the mornings was knowing that my friends would be at school waiting for me. Friends are paramount to your life, but bad friends can also ruin your high school years.
Since those high school years are going to happen whether you enjoy them or not, here are a few guidelines.

 -- By Mariechen Puchert


By Justin Skaradosky/ Youth Journalism International

It ain't like in the movies

Hello all upcoming freshmen! I hope you are excited for high school because it is truly a great experience. And don't be worried at all. I am here to give you some tips to help you so that you will be prepared for your first day.
When I started high school, I heard rumors that all the upperclassmen picked on the freshmen and threw them in trash cans.
To tell you the truth, most upperclassmen don't notice you because they are so caught up in their own business. I know this from experience – I'm a junior now.

 -- By Mariah Pulver

By Justin Skaradosky/ Youth Journalism International

Don't make your life the next after school special

I remember the first day I walked through the doors of my high school. There was a new sense of excitement flowing through my body. I didn't know what to expect of the next four years of my life, and I think that's what brought on the excitement.
I knew opportunities would arise that I had never faced before. This is true for everyone. High school offers an endless amount of opportunities. This doesn't mean that you should jump on all of them that come into your life though, because some may just turn your life into the next after school special.
Most people have seen their fair share of afternoon dramas on television. A lot of the time, the teenagers in these after school specials are quite rebellious and make all sorts of mistakes.

 -- By Sarah Heath

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