by Makayla Hawkins
Driving, It’s something that most of us either already do or will be doing soon. For all of us though whether you being behind the wheel is something far in the future or right around the corner, knowing the rules of the road is of the utmost importance. Not only knowing the rules of the road but knowing what you should not be doing brings us to an important topic, distracted driving. This topic is so important that recently right here at magnet a man named Jack Bailey came to the school just to talk to us about it. Although some of you were present and able to hear all the information that he shared with us, but some of you weren’t so i’m prepared to tell you all about it. So before I enlighten you with the dangers of distracted driving let me tell you exactly what distracted driving is.
Distracted driving is driving while engaged in any activity that could divert a person's attention from the road. Now I know that some of us believe that we are the greatest drivers to ever grace the road and that looking away from the road and sending a a quick text is not the end of the world , but it is still very dangerous. Also because of people who make statements such as these “ I am a good driver “, I can multi task, or “nothing bad will happen” who just dismiss the problem , distracted driving is seen as a much less dangerous thing than it really is. However, what these people are failing to realize is that just those few seconds that they look away can change everything and that distracted driving is not only a dangerous choice but a selfish one because you put those with you and around you at risk. When it comes to driving distracted most people unfairly blame the younger generation meaning 16 to 18 year olds, but actually this assumption is false. The worst culprits for texting while driving or allowing something else to occupy your attention while driving are those who fall in the age range of 25 - 39 , but just because those of us in high school aren’t the worse that does not completely let us off the hook. More than 50% of teen crashes are caused by distraction which show that there are still some of us who do drive distracted, and this is very upsetting because you talking on your phone creates a risk similar to driving with a .08 blood alcohol level, which is 4 drinks. When your driving your basically operating a weapon because in those few moments that you allow yourself to be distracted you could end someone's life or your own.
These are all things that Jack Bailey tried to explain to us doing the assembly and it’s truly very important that we take this seriously because Casey Feldman daughter of Joel Feldman and Dianne Anderson, the ones who started end distracted driving, do not want anyone losing their lives because of distracted driving the way that their daughter did. Whether it’s you, your family member, or someone else, make sure that you are doing what you can to prevent distracted driving especially near our campus since friends don’t let friends drive distracted.
by Isabelle Lewis
Regulated nap time during school does not only have to be for kindergarteners. High school students fall asleep during class every day. Whether it was the fact that they went to bed too late, or they woke up earlier than usual, they are not getting enough sleep. This can cause the student to miss important information like, the test coming up or the strategies they need for the ACT. Many high schoolers do not get the normal eight to ten hours of sleep a night because they are up doing homework, studying or wasting time on their cellphones. If high school students had the chance for at least a twenty minute break, then I think the overall grades of the students would improve because they have time to rejuvenate their mind. Taking a power nap at school would allow the student to relax for just twenty minutes and clear their head of any worries. This would increase the overall mood of the school. People are not the same people if they are not well-rested and revitalized.
by Graham Claycomb
Among us, there are students who feel it important to struggle to achieve careers that aid others in a community. The United States Senate Youth Program, established by the U.S. Senate Resolution in 1926, offers an educational experience just for those students. Students will experience our national government in action, hear from different government officials, and take part in a meeting with a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Two students of Caddo Magnet High School have the honor of attending this event. Lilly Kamberov and Matthew Pinchback have been selected to be present at the United States Senate Youth Program for their leadership and performance throughout the school and community. Now, the opportunity to earn a $10,000 scholarship and attend the the 56th annual United State Senate Youth Program’s Washington Week is on the table, and they must compete for it. No matter who achieves the reward, both Lilly and Matthew deserve commemoration from the staff and their fellow students of Caddo Magnet High School.
by Isabelle Lewis
It may seem like a great idea to hit the snooze button in the morning when you are so tired that you cannot think straight. Hitting the snooze button to get a couple of more minutes of sleep may seem like a better idea then losing sleep and waking up on time with your alarm clock. This is, in fact, making matters worse. After you wake up to hit the snooze button and then fall back asleep. Your body goes back into its sleep cycle, and you tend to be in a much deeper sleep when the alarm clock goes off a second time. This can cause you to feel even more groggy than you did before. If you have a problem with hitting the snooze button, maybe you should try setting your alarm for a couple of minutes later. You could have your alarm set to a time of your deepest sleeping stage. In contrast, you could try waking up earlier to miss the deep sleep stage. As long as you stay on a routine sleep schedule, you should not have to worry about hitting your snooze button and feeling more exhausted than before.