Why Does EHS Not Have A Latin Foreign Language Class?

By:  Mechella Jeziorski

Elyria High School has two foreign language classes-French class and Spanish class. We used to have German, too, but never Latin. Which arouses the question,  “If we have to learn Latin root words, why don’t we try learning the language?”

I know that you can take Latin as a course in college, but would it help us more if we were to study  it in high school? Latin is often used in the books we read as part of our high school English curriculum, but how are we supposed to know what a Latin word means and what its purpose is?

A lot of the books we read in English class are works of William Shakespeare. Some of these books are Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, and Hamlet. When we read these stories, we are humored by some of what Shakespeare wrote, and pained by other parts of what he wrote. Some of the words in Shakespeare’s plays/books have a lot of Latin root words in the text.

In science some of the words for the human body are based on Latin root words, such as photosynthesis, translucent, and conduction.

Photo is a Latin stem or root word meaning light. The word Photosynthesis means: The process by which other organisms and green plants use sunlight to make food from carbon dioxide and water.

Luc is a Latin stem or root word meaning light. The word Translucent means: Allowing light, detailed images  to pass through.

Duct is a Latin stem  word meaning to lead. The word Conduction means: The process by which electricity or heat is directly transmitted through a substance.

As you can see, we use lots of stems in different subjects, so why not have  the option  learn Latin?

 

 

The Effects of Superheroes in Popular Media

By: Thomas Nichols

Superheroes have made it big in today’s media. They are found everywhere from movies to video games.

The prospect of superheroes being found everywhere isn’t the problem, the problem  is how the superheroes of today affect the children of today in positive and negative ways.  Some of today’s most popular superheroes teach children to act in ways that could negatively affect their life. Think of Batman. He lost his parents at a young age and has since become the dark, emotionally withdrawn hero we all know and love.  This problem is the same as the problem people have against perfect- bodied dolls like Barbie. These negative elements of superheroes are setting a stereotype for young boys, but unlike Barbie’s perfect body, this quiet and withdrawn personality is a possibility for  all young boys who look up to this superhero. On the American Psychological Association’s website, http://www.apa.org/, there is an article that says the same thing.

In a study done on a group of middle school boys who show interest in characters like Batman, it is found that they act just as they’ve seen in the movies, and the worst part is that this personality carries on into adulthood. This experiment was conducted by Dr. Carlos Santos of Arizona State University.

What they found is that boys who are more attached to their mothers and friends are less likely to be affected.  Interestingly enough, this study also showed that boys of stereotypical masculine ethnic minorities showed resistance to this masculine stereotype made by today’s heroes.

Another example of a bad influence is Iron Man. When he isn’t saving the world with the rest of the Avengers, he is most likely drowning himself in alcohol or partying. He can also be rather rude or just plain mean in general. This is simply not acceptable for a man that children might look up to. It leaves the exact same effect that Batman does, which is a change in personality to better conform to the stereotype.

Fortunately, there are positive aspects of superheroes in today’s media, too. These heroes, while not exactly perfect people, are someone to look up to, and while they are not always saving the world or a city, they still do it when the time comes. It teaches children to do the right thing when faced with the chance to help people. While superheroes may have stereotypes that  can influence children to act in odd ways, they can also give fans a sense of hope that they, too could make a difference.   So while there are definite negative  consequences to the influence of superheroes in today’s media,  there are also many positive aspects to it, too.

Why Winter Formal/Fun Fest is dead.

By: Ashley Moen

Winter Formal is a  dance held at Elyria High School in the winter and, as the name implies, it is a formal dance. However, this dance is nowhere near as popular as Homecoming or Prom. In fact last year, the EHS  Student Council, who runs the dances, lost money due to lack of  tickets being sold. Low participation has been a reoccurring event with Winter Formal. Because of this, the student council has decided that it was not worthwhile to do Winter Formal this year. However, they still wanted to do something fun for the students. Thus for they came up with the idea of Winter Fun Fest!

Winter Fun Fest was supposed to be a fun event for students to come and enjoy basketball, volleyball, dodge ball, and four different inflatable activities,  including an obstacle course, a velcro wall, bungee basketball, and a criss-cross collision course. Being sold at the same price as Homecoming tickets, a student would have unlimited access to all of these activities. The only thing they would have to pay for during the event was concessions.

The tickets went on sale Friday January 29th, and the Fun Fest was to be held on February 6th. However, the grand total of tickets sold during this time period was an extremely low number of 6 tickets. To cancel the event the student council will lose at least $400, or even more if they wait too long to cancel. Thus, the decision was made Tuesday during 7th period to cancel the Fun Fest due to the lack of tickets sold and in a hope to lose as little money as possible. Student Council will provide those who bought tickets with refunds, and they are very dismayed at having to cancel the event.

So there you go. There is your explanation as to why neither of these events will be  happening this year. If you were interested in going to either event for next year, then give the Student Council some feedback on what you think we can do for next year to help sell more tickets and actually make a profit. Thank you.

Flapjack Breakfast Fund- Raiser at Applebee’s

By: Mrs. Gitlin (advisor of The Herald)

The cheerleaders are having a Flapjack Fundraiser at Applebees in Elyria, Saturday, February 20th from 8-10 a.m. Applebee’s is located at 1540 West River Road North. Tickets are $10 and you get two large pancakes, tater tots, eggs, bacon, and a beverage!!!

Tickets will NOT be available at the door and must be purchased in advance. Please contact Allison Morgan via email, at morganallison@elyriaschools.org , or any cheerleader to purchase your tickets for this great event that will benefit the cheerleaders at Elyria High School.

Four cheerleaders have been selected to attend a leadership and skills camp in Hawaii  this summer; Mackenzie Foster, Dhavianna Rivera, Kiyasia Hudson, and Jade Larkins. Each cheerleader needs to raise $2,335 for their trip. Partial proceeds from the fundraiser will cover the tuition cost for this camp.

Over the course of a week, the girls will work in a team of 12, all from different states, along with  coaches from top colleges across the United States, to improve skills for college tryouts.  They will  also attend leadership seminars to learn about how to apply for scholarships and open savings accounts.

Two EHS seniors, Lily Lyons and Makaela Crawley, attended last year.  From across the nation the top 125 schools are selected,  and EHS was one of only two schools in Ohio that was chosen to attend the camp. These ladies would really appreciate your support on this major accomplishment!

If you have questions please direct them to morganallison@elyriaschools.org. Thank you, and we hope to see you there!

2015 Holiday Choir Concert

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By: Damarilys Hernandez

On December 11, 2015, all of the choirs at Elyria High School performed in an annual Holiday Concert in the Performing Arts Center at EHS. Choir director Ms. Bondzio, provided background information about the five choral ensembles at EHS: Concert Choir, Treble Choir, A Capella, Chorale, and  Madrigals.

Concert Choir

  Concert Choir is an entry-level all women’s choir. They  sing in three parts:IMAG0083 Soprano, Mezzo Soprano, and Alto. These women are currently learning more on how to sing as IMAG0078individuals, and they also try to sing in other  languages.

  Concert Choir sang three songs for the Holiday Concert: “A La Nita,””Thankful,” and “Sing  Dem Herrn.”IMAG0122

The song “A La Nita” had a solo sung by freshman, Becca Burkett, and the song “Thankful” had a solo sung by Semari Duncan, freshman.

Treble Choir

Treble Choir is a Mid-Level all women’s choir. They sing in 3-4 parts: IMAG0073Soprano, Mezzo Soprano, Alto 1, and Alto 2. They are working on singing more advanced music than the ladies in Concert Choir.

Treble Choir sang four songs for the Holiday Concert. They sang  “Hodie Alleluia”, “Sing Dem Herrn”, “My Favorite Things” (which also featured the EHS Sign Choir), and “What Child Is This.”

A Capella

   A Capella is a Top-Level  choir for both men and women. This choir singsIMAG0100 in 8 parts: Soprano 1, Soprano 2, Alto 1,Alto 2,Tenor 1,Tenor 2,Baritone, and Bass. This choir sings the most advanced music, and they also sing different styles of music than the other choirs.

A Capella sang six songs in the Holiday Concert. They sang the song  “Candlelight Carol”, “Betelehemu,” “Sing Dem Herrn,” “Light a Candle,” “O Come, O Come Emmanuel,” and “The Lord Bless You and Keep You.”

This choir kicked off the second half of the concert with the song,  “O Come, O Come Emmanuel,”  which also featured a procession with candles.  The song, “Candlelight Carol,” featured two solos sung by Erika Flint and Evan Hogan. The song “Betelehemu” had one solo sung by Tyler Dooley, and the Cajon drum was played by Kyree Nelson. A Cappella also sang “The Lord Bless You and Keep You” with the Madrigals.

Madrigals

The Madrigals are an elite ensemble composed of  men and women. This choir mostly sings Pop or Modern Music. This ensemble sings in 4-8 parts: Soprano 1, Soprano 2, Alto 1, Alto 2, Tenor 1, Tenor 2,  Baritone, and Bass.

The Mads sang seven songs: “Silent Night,” “Coventry Carol,” “Uncle John,” “White Winter Hymnal,” “The Lord Bless You and Keep You,” “Wassail,” and “Sing Dem Herrn.”

“White Winter Hymnal,” was joined by the 2015 graduates. “Uncle John,” included all of the madrigal alumni. “The Lord Bless You and Keep You” was sung by all of Elyria High and Elyria West Alumni.

Chorale

Chorale is an all men’s choir. They mostly sing classical music. This choir sings in 3 parts: Tenor, Baritone, and IMAG0085IMAG0069Bass.

Chorale sang four songs: “Bidi Bom,” “Three French Carols,” “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch,” and “Sing Dem Herrn.”

Chorale sang “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch” with the Sign Choir, and this IMAG0090IMAG0089song also had two solos sung by Michael Facemyer and Alex Wade.

Sign Choir

Sign Choir is a program at EHS for kids with disabilitiesIMAG0093. This choir does a variety of different music than the other choirs. Sign Choir director, Ms. Kristen Metz, has said that the EHS Holiday Choir Concert was the first time the Sign Choir had a choir sing along with them.

This choir signed three songs: “My favorite Things,” “You’re a Mean IMAG0086One Mr. Grinch,” and “O Holy Night.” The song “O Holy Night,” had no choir accompaniment with them, so they signed along to a recording of the song.

 

 

 

 

 

I am a Lucky One

I am a lucky one, one of the few who are blessed
There are those more blessed than I, and even more with less

There are many more crying through the night, holding their tongue in fear of death
Breaking their hearts to stop the pain, refusing to be themselves, they don’t even own their breath

I am a lucky one for I can be myself at all times, I hold no fear
I do not have to break my heart or hold my tongue, my future is clear

Although I do not have everything, I have more than most
But I am not happy, I cannot bring myself to boast

I know that I am a lucky one and I am grateful for the blessing
The reason for my contradiction I am guessing

Is that I cannot be happy when I know, when I can see
How they suffer and not me

How can I not weep for them? Not want to help
All should be blessed, not just a few, so here I yelp

Everyone deserves to be happy
So why can’t we?

College Partnership Opportunity

At Lorain County Community College, they offer a wonderful opportunity open to anyone seeking education! LCCC is the first college in the state of Ohio to offer this opportunity.

This program allows a person to take classes at LCCC and have the classes go for credit at any college or university that LCCC is partnered with. There is over 50 different associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees offered by leading universities.

For more information on this great opportunity go to http://www.lorainccc.edu/up .

 

Come and Celebrate with French Club!

By: Mechella Jeziorski

On January 22nd, 2016 French Club is having a party to celebrate the French  holiday, Three Kings Day, which is celebrated on January 6th in France.  During this festive holiday there is one featured desert, and in this desert there is a surprise.

Each person is given a slice of this desert, and the person who gets the slice with the surprise is given a crown to be the king or queen. We will be having this desert (in addition to lots of other yummy food) at our party, and we invite EHS students to join us. For more information about Three Kings Day, see the article below written by EHS Herald staff member, Karina Primmer.

On another note, French Club T- shirts will hopefully be in before the party, but if they are not  you can buy them at the party.There is no exact price on T- shirts right now, so if you have any questions you can ask Madame Radden.

French Club is always looking for more members, so we hope to see you there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

French Club: Epiphany

By: Karina Primmer

A lot of you may already know about the holiday, Epiphany (Three Kings Day), which takes place on January 6th, but is often celebrated for as long as the entirety  of January. Many Christians celebrate this as a sort of “mini-Christmas,” typically featuring a feast and a special cake, and some churches also give presents to young children.

This coming Friday, French Club will be celebrating this holiday similarly to their namesake. The star of the party will be the “Galette des Rois“, or “King Cake”, which is typically a flat, round, golden cake with various kinds of fillings or decorations. What makes this cake so special? A small charm or figurine, called a fève, is hidden inside of the cake somewhere. Traditionally, the youngest person at the table goes under said table and randomly picks the order of who gets a slice. Whichever lucky person finds the fève is given a cardboard crown and gets to be a “king” or “queen” for the day.

If you’re a member of French Club, make sure to come down to Madame Radden’s room (rm. 209) after school on January 22nd (that’s this Friday) to get a chance at being king or queen!

Why English Class Has Ruined Literature for You

By: Jonathan Bender

What comes to mind when you think of English class? The “boring literature?” The forced book discussions? The badly-organized grammar lessons? The “boring literature?” I’m pretty sure it’s the “boring literature.” The thing is, you probably don’t hate the book for the book; you hate it because when you think of that book, you think of the droll, boring lessons about a single-minded, practically forced mentality of how to read or see a book. You weren’t visualizing it for yourself, you were practically forced to focus on specific aspects. You didn’t see Animal Farm as a group of farm animals overthrowing a tyrant of a farmer, you saw it as George Orwell’s allusion to the Russian Revolution, and any assertion otherwise was seen as idiotic or glossed over as unimportant because it didn’t meet some state-enforced curriculum guideline. If this is you, then there’s something very important that your English and Literature teachers failed to explain to you: books, as art, are meant to be interpreted by the one appreciating the art, not the one walking you through the process of appreciating the art.

Could you just imagine, for a moment, if you walked into an art museum and every section of exhibits had their concepts and themes explained to you before you could attempt to interpret it for yourself? Or what if you went to a concert and someone from the band went on this long, tedious speech about what their song “really” means and that you couldn’t possibly interpret it any other way because that’s the way it was “intended”? How about if you started watching a DVD, and instead of with previews, you were greeted with a long string of director and writer commentary about the “chaos and turmoil” within society that it’s supposed to represent? If you played a game of Monopoly with your family, but it was in the rules of the game to start the game with a reading about what a “monopoly” is and how it ruins the economy for everyone who isn’t on top?

Sounds grating and boring, doesn’t it? Like, INCREDIBLY boring? What could have been a fun experience has been turned into something slow, boring, and bordering on torturous. Chances are, you would be bored to tears and never want to touch that piece of art ever again. In fact, you probably wouldn’t even mentally register it as a piece of art because of how little room for interpretation there was with the themes practically spoon-fed to you. And, I’m sure that all of this is ringing a bell.

How about this: if you have time, try reading a book on your own and seeing if you like it.  Pick up a book you know absolutely nothing about (preferably a comedy or something fun to start you off) and read it. Do not talk about it unless you’re reading it with other people. I’m not asking you to sit down and cram through Machiavelli’s The Prince, just read something that you’re interested in.

Do everything you can to interpret the book for what you want to see, rather than just what someone else who spent time enjoying and interpreting the book says. You might end up interpreting the book the same way that they did, and chances are, if it’s a piece of classic literature, you may have. The difference, however, is that you are the one making the interpretation here; not your teacher, not your snobby acquaintance at work/school, and certainly not some pre-movie infomercials. You.

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