Self Portraits

A Change in Finals

By Riley Phillips

First semester is very close to the end and that means finals are quickly approaching. Students are rushing to turn in their missing working, raising their grades, and giving themselves as much cushion for their finals as they can. This year finals will be held over the course of two days instead of three. “I don’t feel bad about taking finals this year because we can get them done faster. I don’t have to sit around for three days thinking about them,” said senior Andrew Allen.  Not only does this take out the long drawn out study periods, but also allows the students to start their finals on Monday instead of Friday, eliminating the long weekend break where students “forget everything they studied for”.

Many students are in favor of this idea as well. “I think it will be more effective and efficient for the students. When you prolong the amount of days when taking finals, kids become drained and can’t work on the third day of finals because their brain is so tired,” said senior Bradi Basler. This is not a huge change from last year, but with the new principal in place things around the building are starting to change for the better.

Thanksgiving Traditions

By Riley Phillips

With Thanksgiving Break quickly approaching, students minds cannot escape the idea of the big Thanksgiving dinner, watching football with their families, or even having a Friendsgiving with a few of their closest friends. “On Thanksgiving my family and I don’t really do anything that special. We eat a big dinner together and enjoy all of the good food that has been made. After we eat, I personally take a nap to recover from all of the food I just ate. Then lastly, we all pile into the living room and watch football,” said junior Locarno Hilton.

Thanksgiving is definitely a time for family being together, even if it means being stressed out preparing for the big day. “My family will spend the whole morning cleaning the house and making sure everything is perfect. My siblings and I are in charge of making a dish for dinner later that day. Then, we finally spend the whole evening together. We get lucky if my siblings get along the whole time without fight. I really enjoy the whole aspect of Thanksgiving, like i genuinely enjoy getting to be around my family and having a good time all together,” said junior Kaelyn Hoppes.

It seems to be that many students around the school do the same thing for Thanksgiving, but yet there has to be that one person who does something different. So ask around and get to know your peers a little better, find out what traditions their family has, and what they do to celebrate Thanksgiving.

Positive Principal Phone Calls

By Riley Phillips

With the new school year well underway, many changes have been put into place by the new principal, Rob McKim, in order to better the school’s environment. One of these changes is the “Positive Principal Phone Calls”. At the end of every week Principal McKim will announce a list of student names who teachers and staff around the school believe deserve recognition. “This is one way to recognize students in a positive way that are either contributing to the school, doing good around the school, or working hard. For example there was a student who ran to open the door for another student whose hands were full. It is the little things that deserve to be recognized. It also gives us as a faculty an excuse to look for those positive things,” said Principal Rob McKim.

Even though this a very small thing, it gives a new feeling throughout the building and even has an effect on the students. “Of course this varies from students to student, but hopefully it boosts the teacher-to-student relationships and increases the positivity around the school,” said McKim. This recognition does not stop at school. The parents of the students are called as well so they positivity can carry home and those students can get a pat on the back from their families. “As a staff we are hoping that the students will receive some type of reward when they get home from doing good at school. Not only does it shock some students, but their parents as well, seeing that they are not at school and do not always know what their student is up to,” said McKim.

As of right now there are 39 students who have been recognized with plenty more to come. The students who have been recognized so far are: Sarah Wilson, Shemar Ximines, Eric Karpierz, Kaydence Robinson, Emma DaMetz, Luke Usera, Sammy Masisak, Kelsie Lynch, Joshua Twitchell, Vianne Arias, Justin Wendl, Logan Buffo, Isabelle Ward, Daviud Teegarder, Nick Rothmeyer, Ian Tippit, Corbin Holyfield, Kelsy Morse, Madison Muzzy, Tyler Kane, Diana Green, Lila Dietz, Geoffrey Stentiford, Aliana Anom, Molly Jo Genail, Anthony Beavers, Julia Mullins(2), Dakota Sill, Kaylee Arwine, Hailyn Toedter, Caitlin Bishop, Tre’Matt Pledger, Marissa Ober, Madison Kees, Cole Bilotta, Qahri Tucker, and Calvin Sholey. These students names were called over the intercome and receive a letter recognizing them. This will continue thought the school year and hopefully carry to the next school years to come.

“James and The Giant Peach” Behind the Curtain

Behind The Scenes of How Each Actor plays Their Part and How the Musical is Being Put Together

By Special Reporter Gabriella Whitman and Riley Phillips

Lansing High School is currently preparing for the fall musical, “James and the Giant Peach”. October first marked the beginning of their journey and they will begin performances November 29 through the beginning of December. This year Casey McCord, the drama director, is working with a larger ensemble. “The casting has worked out well and everyone is doing a good job so far,” said McCord.

freshman Elisabeth Johnson was casted for the lead role of James. At Lansing it is unusual for a freshman to receive such a large role. She stated that right after she heard the news she was immediately nervous and was unsure about the part. To cam her nerves she reminded herself, “I worked hard for this, I kind of earned it.”

This year the crew was indeed looking for a larger ensemble. The cast and crew hopes  to give a great show to the audience, said Sophia Ashord, a sophomore at LHS. “A lot of the ensemble is not familiar with each other, so they are not as good as the could be, but it will come together eventually.”

Aside from just the cast and crew, Brain White,b the new choir teacher, will be joining them on their journey. He is very excited to be working with McCord  and Kylie Visocsky, the dance instructor. “The team building and relationships will all build on the journey, like an extended family and lots of memories,” said White. Tickets will be sold only online, movie theatre style. tickets are $5.00 for senior citizens and students and $10.00 for adults. The show starts at 7pm, don’t miss out.