With the third trimester started and only three months to go until the school year ends, the class of 2023 will soon be leaving to achieve great things or pursue a further education somewhere else. The junior class will be moving up to their final year at BHS in the fall of this year, and the question of what is in store for the senior year arises. The transition between grades can be confusing at times, along with hasty preparation for graduation. Counselors of the school were interviewed with a few questions about what will entail for the seniors in the upcoming year.
The main concerns of the questions concerned the topic of what a student has to do to graduate from high school and general things such as grades and classes. College advisor Lexi Tucker explains that colleges require a seventh semester transcript, also known as a tenth trimester transcript, that displays the grades a student has received in every class they have taken. This could affect if the colleges accept a student or not, some taking back their offers upon seeing failed classes. For missing high school graduation credit, Devyn Hinson (Office Counselor) responds “You can make up for missing credit over the summer and conversations about it and the right route to take ASAP. The earlier you are in getting it taken care of the better you can enjoy your senior year with minimal stress.” Tying up loose threads is something a high schooler might need to consider when approaching their senior year.
The second half of the interview was dedicated to life after graduation. Jared Smith (Office Counselor) recommends that the students try to seek out classes that they need beforehand. “Critically consider what you still need to learn and where can I find it?” College counselors have many connections to programs and academics that precede after graduation, meeting with juniors at least once and seniors twice. A question was asked of what if the student was unsure of what to do after high school. “Part of what we do is that we can sit down and talk about different interests that they have that might relate to a different job. We have different programs online, as well as surveys that can link you up with jobs based on your interests.” replies Mrs. Tucker. Others in the interview agreed uncertainty of the next steps is completely valid. Talking with an assigned counselor can be productive brainstorming.
In any way the case may be or presented, senior year is the end of an era and the beginning of a new time with many possibilities and opportunities to take advantage of. The end of high school should be a year to celebrate and have fun. Special thanks to the counselors for the work they do and the support they offer to every student, as well as giving consent to do the interview. May the next graduating class enjoy their final year to the fullest.
Saint Patrick's Day originated nearly 1,000 years ago and has been celebrated by many since the feast of Saint Patrick’s Day. Saint Patrick, a patron saint and apostle in Ireland, was a sponsor for the Saint of Ireland, he died about fifty centuries ago; twelve centuries before the current holiday was ever started. Although this holiday is filled with clovers and threats of being pinched, Saint Patrick’s Day goes far beyond a modern-day celebration.
Saint Patrick was a bishop for the church and is often credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland. Having been born in Britain, he was later brought to Ireland by a group of Irish raiders. The raiders held Patrick captive for six years to work as a farmhand and shepherd. During his imprisonment, Patrick became a devout Christian, and some believe he began planning how to convert the Irish to Christianity upon his release. One day, he had a dream that he was going to escape and return to Britain to see his family again; the dream did come true, Saint Patrick found refuge upon a ship, and he reunited with his family. Upon his return to Ireland in 1433, he began preaching sermons, converting nonbelievers, and building churches for worship. After nearly four decades of sharing his truth, Saint Patrick eventually passed away on the 17th of March; thus, Saint Patrick’s Day was born.
Saint Patrick was known in Ireland for the spread of Christianity, even though much of his life remains a mystery. Throughout the years, many rumors have surfaced regarding the apostle's life and death. Some claimed Saint Patrick baptized hundreds of converts within a single day. Others believe Saint Patrick was responsible for driving all snakes out of Ireland in an effort to cleanse the land of Paganism. Whether or not his life was as miraculous as scholars claim, the death of Saint Patrick will always serve as a historical, viridescent tradition.
All District 93 high school students are invited to bring their cowboy boots and belts to the Jaripeo dance on March 11, 2023. This dance is held at Bonneville High School; tickets are not only sold on location, but at Thunder Ridge and Hillcrest as well. Tickets cost $15 for a single ticket, and $20 per couple. If these tickets are bought at the door the day of the dance, a five-dollar fee is added. Students are required to show their school identification cards at the door to make sure they attend a D93 High school. If they want to bring a student that is outside of D93, they can ask their front office for a guest form to fill out that is due Friday, March 10, 2023.
Not only will music be provided at the dance, but food and drinks as well. Aguas Marias, a new local Mexican beverage shop, will be selling their refreshments, and Taco H will be serving their famous tacos and other fares at 7:30 p.m. After dining, the dance will commence at 8:30 until 11:00 p.m. This Jaripeo was planned and executed by the Culture and Dance club at Bonneville High School with the assistance of Thunder Ridge’s Bailemos club. Attending the dance is an exceptional way to recognize and support BHS’s hardworking group.
Prom, homecoming, and formal are the most common school dances, but Jaripeos are rarely heard of. A Jaripeo is a Mexican style dance that includes cowboy style clothing, Mexican food, traditional music, and sometimes even bull riding! Usually, Jaripeos are hosted outside on dirt, so attendees are able to ride bulls and dance freely. Indoor Jaripeos include loud, Latin music that everyone dances to together. Although there is no dress code for a Jaripeo, most people wear cowboy boots, belts, and hats. Jaripeos were originally just bull riding and rodeo events that originated in the Jalisco province of Mexico. The event started off as a sport that people practiced, and spectators would stand on the sides and cheer them on. As time went on, they later evolved into events where people can dance, eat, and celebrate. BHS is allowing everyone, regardless of who they are, to get a feel of a part of Hispanic culture. Everyone attending the Jaripeo will enjoy themselves, and the dance will definitely create a night to remember.
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