Every year there is a sign language picnic held at a park,usually it is held at goodells park near the splash pad. Last year was the first year that the sign students of Port Huron High had the opportunity to attend this special event. The leaders in charge of organizing the picnic have decided to continue to invite the sign students from PH back, because of the fantastic job they did last year.
This year all of the students had to learn signs they could use at the picnic to make conversation with the deaf people. Sign language interpreter, Tina Troy has taught her students many signs and how to put them into sentences so that they make sense.
To us hearing people the language of sign and how the words are used in a sentence wouldn't really make sense, because we can hear, and have learned through our life a different style of grammar. Deaf people don't think words, they see pictures, so everything is very simple, and straight to the point.
“This years picnic is going to be a blast”! Says sign student Natalie Cobb 19’. At the picnic the students set up different games,or stations. Some examples of these are, a face painting station, games like sack races, fun courses, baseball, kickball, and lots of other fun activities for the kids to enjoy while they are there.
This years picnic the kids are going to introduce something new! The children are going to put on a little talent show, doing different skits, and acts. This is going to let them show off their skills to everyone that is there, and entertain the kids while doing so.
The deaf people, and students are going to have a blast at this fantastic end of the year event. There is lots of fun things to do and lots of good food to eat. This picnic gives deaf people the satisfaction of knowing they're not alone, that they have many friends that are willing, and more than happy to learn their language, and culture so that they can interact with them,without being frightened or nervous. This big event gives all of the people a chance to meet new friends, and help the deaf community grow stronger.
You have probably heard the saying “April showers bring May flowers”. Well, National Wildflower week, which is takes place in the first full week of May, is a time to celebrate this saying across America. It became a celebration in 1987 by the American Wildflower Society and has grown in popularity since. Recently, a lot of attention has been brought to declining bee populations, so this year’s Wildflower week will be used in an effort to “save the bees”.
Although Caitlin Johnson ‘19 has only recently learned about this holiday, she finds it interesting and thinks that this is a holiday that should not only be celebrated individually, but also by our school. “I think it would be a cool thing to do” she said. “We could just go out and plant flower seeds.” In regard to the benefits for bees, she thinks it’s an important celebration to benefit and conserve them.
You can celebrate Wildflower Week by planting flowers to benefit bees and other wildlife or by simply appreciating the wildflowers native to Michigan. However you celebrate, “stop and smell the roses” and enjoy this holiday.
Seniors!! We only have 78 days till graduation! Thats crazy. We have been waiting for this day since we first began school and now it's finally here. But it's a little scary and overwhelming but then there are a few people who can't wait to leave. “I am hype af to graduate but i'm actually overwhelmed for prom.” Janelle Madsen ‘17. The thing seniors are most terrified for is college. Deciding where they are going, how they are going to afford it, do they wanna live on campus or get an apartment, what do they want to major in, so many things to decide in such little time. If you’re lucky enough to have all this figured out then congratulations. You should help the rest of us who are struggling!! Coming into senior year you felt powerful, you were the seniors, after three years of being lower than them, you finally are THEM! You get the cool prom, you get out of school early, you get exemptions from exams, it's finally yours. But the closer you get to leaving, you more anxious you get, and nervous. But there is one thing they are most excited for…. “Freedom!!” Sarah Stevens ‘17. We have served our 12 year sentence and we are finally free!!! Let the countdown continue!
“What does your dress look like, where did you get it? How are you getting your hair done? Who are you going with”? It’s just about that time of year where about every high-school senior girl is discussing prom plans. Chloey Struthers ‘17 gives a little insight on how she’s planning her senior prom experience to look. Chloey’s go-to for dress shopping is always online. She hasn’t purchased a dress just yet, but she shares that she’s looking for red/burgundy or navy in the color category. “The dress will definitely be straight fitting, I do not like big and fluffy at all.” “Who are you going with” is one of the most asked questions when talking about prom. Whether it’s your best friend, boyfriend/girlfriend, or just a large group, for some reason it’s always a big deal. Chloey plans to bring her boyfriend that has graduated last year, and then join up with more of her friends that will also be with dates to make up a group. When asked, Chloey shares that she didn’t attend junior prom last year, but senior prom will be her last chance to dress up and have a good time with her class. She is most excited to dress up and take nice pictures. Chloey was asked to describe in one word how she wants her prom night to go, and she responded with- “unforgettable”. Hopefully that’s just what prom is for Chloey, and the many other girls spending so much time and thought in planning for the night.
As I interviewed senior, Emily Collinge, about holidays I discovered what she herself would choose to make her own nation annual holiday. “If I could create my own holiday it would be national Harry Potter Day.” When asked how the day would be celebrated, Emily was sure to confirm her wishes of this holiday. It is a holiday that should be celebrated at home, with friends, in schools, and in the workplace. This holiday would give the fans of both the novels and the movies the opportunity to appreciate them by dressing like their favorite witches and wizards. The holiday would result in a fun and magical theme in classrooms of all grade levels. It could include a movie marathon, a time for reading the books, Harry Potter themed games, fun snacks and much much more. When asked what the traditions of this holiday would include Emily mentioned that there is nothing specific, just a celebration of the magical world that J.K. Rowling has created in any way that people choose. “It’s a day to appreciate how great the stories are, and it’s a day to show others of the happiness that the books and movies can bring.”
Among the many teams at Port Huron High, there is one team that is often overlooked. The quiz bowl team. Nathan Allen ‘18 wants that to change.
“I want them to know it’s not just for nerds, it’s for everyone.” he said. The questions are not just about math and science, they are on a variety of topics. A lot of students think the questions are beyond their knowledge, but many people are surprised by what they know.
Although the quiz bowl team has gotten more attention from freshman this year, many upperclassmen have not showed any interest. Allen blames this on the recruitment process. “I feel that not a lot of people know about what quiz bowl is in the first place.” he said. “I feel like we need to reach out to people more.”
The quiz bowl team needs all types of students. Don’t be afraid to answer questions. Besides,it’s not all about how many questions each person can answer individually, it’s about how well the team works together.
Most people who suffer from stage fright fear seeing hundreds of eyes staring back at them, but for freshman, Josephine “Jojo” Brown, that is not the case. Unlike her peers, Jojo doesn’t see the eyes starring back at her, because she is blind; however, she does not let that stop her from living out her dream of being a performer. In order to win, all she believes anyone needs to do is “Try hard and do your best.”
In order to be in the competition to begin with, students must first audition in front of the choir director, Mr. Beasley. Jojo, being an avid Taylor Swift fan, decided to sing “Christmas” for her audition song, and it was the key that opened the door for her into the competition. After auditions, comes the grueling hours of practices, followed by their competitive performances. Although, Jojo claims that everyone in the competition look out for each other, “They support you. Even if you mess up, they are there for you.” Looking into the future, with a possible victory looming, Jojo remained modest and said, “Everyone has an equal chance at winning. If they put their minds to it, they can do anything!” Which is something Jojo herself does everyday; proves that with perseverance and determination, nothing can stand in the way of a person's dreams.
Haley Wombles ‘20 originally joined colorguard due to the influence from her best friend, but after joining at the end of May, “I thought it would be fun and to get out the house and do something over the summer.” However, she quickly realized that it was one of the best decisions that she had ever made. Even though she ends up practicing up to 3 to 4 hours each night, the hard work and dedication is well worth the relationships that are formed and the end results of their performances, “It’s fun sometimes my arm and legs hurt but that’s what it takes to be good at something.” Haley recommends anyone that is interested in colorguard to join and see what it’s about. They may end up loving it just like she did!
October is not only breast cancer awareness month, but through the halls of Port huron high it is also college month. Both seniors and juniors to get a little taste of what college feels likes. From going class to class to taking college tours Mr.Manley is working his way around to help both seniors and juniors.
Mr.Manley graduated from the illustrious University of Michigan. Mr. Manley had a great time in college, it helped him not only get his disagrees, but also learning about himself. In a turn of events Mr.Manley did not go seeking out the college advisor job. No not at all! In Fact the college advisor job found him. He was working for college access at first through the university's job work. He then had a thought maybe it was time to expand his work. He followed his gut and at that same time the college advisor position opened. So he went after it, like football players go for the score. In the ending he got the winning score.
Mr. Manley had his rough patches through college, but because of the problems. He can now inspire young adults to go to college.