Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Students race to get summer jobs

Summer is a great time for students to go out and get a job, because they don’t have to worry about homework or busy school schedules. Many teens just want money so they can go places with friends, or they might be saving up for something they want. For example someone might get a job so that they can buy themselves a car.
   “I need a job to be able to provide for my baby and go to school,” said Kalin Manley a sophomore who just had a baby in January.
   Jobs for teens may not bring in much money, but it can still be a good experience and can be the first step into adulthood. It can help improve social skills when dealing with difficult and rude people, and can be a great way for students to learn responsibility. Jobs can also give teens a chance to learn how to resolve conflicts either between co-workers or customers.
  Sophomore Sarah Purvis said, “Working gives me real life, out of school, responsibility. It also teaches me how to manage my money and time. Working has helped me grow up more, and I believe I have more compassion for adulthoods. ”
  According to Wade Coffindaffer who works for the Ripley Workforce WV, the top three most popular jobs for teens are fast food, cashiers, and office help or assistance.
  “They have flexible hours, and they can work in the summer, during the school year, and on the weekends,” said Coffindaffer.
   Many stores in Ripley are often hiring. For example Walmart and Kroger are usually hiring around this time of year. Some places will allow you to work as a cashier, but if you aren’t 18 someone else has to sell the alcohol. Teens 15 and under have less chance of finding a place to work unless they want to work for a fast food restaurant. It is better to be 16 especially when applying to work at a place that deals with heavy and dangerous equipment because of safety concerns.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Earth Day improves environment

By: Calista Boggess
   Earth Day is celebrated on April 22, and is dedicated to protecting the environment. Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970 in Wisconsin, but is now a known global holiday. It is celebrated in more than 193 countries each year.
   Many people and organizations clean up the environment on Earth Day; some good places to clean up are rivers, lakes, beaches, and trails. There were about 7,400 people who volunteered to collect trash from roadsides, streams, and public places in 2015; there were 101,000 pounds of garbage accumulated. In Jackson County alone there are several lakes, creeks, and rivers that need our attention.
   “Last year I picked up trash around my neighborhood and I wish to do it again this year,” said sophomore Addison Hartley.
   Fun events the community can do to promote Earth Day are to have a competition to see who can collect the most trash or recyclables and have prizes for the winners. Also there can be a scavenger hunt where participants search for different items such as pop cans, plastic bags, waters bottles, etc. 
   “It is a day for all of us to look at our planet and do things to help our pollution problems and other environmental dangers we are suffering from,” said environmental science student Samantha Border.
   There are many easy ways individuals can help. A person can plant flowers or trees. They can make signs with facts about what recycling does, and if you don't recycle what could happen. Those signs could be put up around school for everyone to see. Something that anyone can do that is easier than tying a shoe is if there is trash laying around just pick it up and put it in a trash can.
   “Keeping the school litter free is important because we need a healthy and clean environment to learn in,” says environmental science student Lauren Hopper.
   It makes a difference in the appearance of a school, park, or if enough people do it, the whole community.
Ripley making dreams come true one princess at a time
By: Savannah Casto
 Every little girl has dreamt of being a princess even if only for a day.  The students, teachers, and volunteers made this dream come true for any little girl who desired.
  On April 17 many people came together to transform these little girls into beautiful princesses.  There were many different sections to that event such as, hair, makeup, nails, and etiquette.  ““I thought it was a very fun event, and that Emily hugged me and said “I love this so much” so I know she enjoyed herself.”” Said Christina Iman.
  It was a day full of fun and adventure that every little girl desires.  Not only did the little girls become princesses, but the students dressed up as actual princesses, and assisted the girls in their transformation.  “It’s really fun for both the kids and the people who work it.”  Said Mercedes Hackworth who took on the role of princess Jasmine.
  All the money that was raised at the princess tea will be going toward the senior courtyard.  Teacher Lacey Sims will be assisting with the planting of the flowers to beautify the courtyard.

Students succeed in theater festivals

By: Katie Bailey
  Students involved with the school theater program have been participating in festivals throughout West Virginia. Ripley students, Madison Tanner, Sydney Scarberry, JJ Mahan, Brooke King, Trenton Hilbert, Tyler Hilbert, Samantha Wallace, Ben Morris, Ashley Knox, Ramsey Monk, and Maggie Bowlby participated in both the local and all- state competitions. Before any group can advance to an all-state festival, you must take a part in a local festival.
  “I loved it, I got to bond with so many thespian friends,” said Knox, “It was nice to do something different.”
  A local festival took place in Parkersburg during the last week of February, Tanner won best supporting actress.
  Mahan and King won individual awards for all state cast at the State festival. As for King and Hilbert, they received all area cast at the Regional festival. This is a high honor in which two actors from every show are chosen that stood out to the judges.
  During spring break these hardworking students participated in the state festival. Monk and Bowlby competed in the category for musical solo. Knox competed in the publicity category.
  As for Scarberry, she received an honorable mention for her FX makeup. She was to do a design on herself for a skit involving Cleopatra.
  “My theme for Cleopatra involved snake bites and cuts on my neck and body.” Said Scarberry.
  Many in the audience found her design to be quite powerful and amazing.
  “I thought she did an amazing job,” said Mahan, “ It was very impressive and realistic looking.”
  As a group, they were rewarded with the most significant audience participation award. The actors were speaking directly to the audience and it was a powerful act, which involved a rehab skit.
  Although many students who went were involved in theater class or club, it was not limited to just them. Christina Iman, thespian club director and teacher got her students involved into the festivities taken place throughout West Virginia.
  “If anybody is interested I can help them get involved in whatever aspect they are interested in,” said Iman.

  You do not have to be in the club or class to get involved, if you have further questions about how you can participate you can contact Iman at ciman@boe.jack.k12.wv.us.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Athletic trainers visit UC

By: Cassidy Tolley
   April 8, a select number of athletic training students from RHS traveled to the University of Charleston to see a college athletic training program.  On their visit, they were able to get a hands-on look at UC’s very own athletic training program and have an open discussion about what it takes to
   “When we first arrived on campus, we listened to an introduction from UC’s director of their athletic training program,” said athletic trainer Steve Lough. “We then had a discussion with the admissions office talking about the requirements to get accepted into UC’s athletic training program.”
   The admissions office stressed how important it is to have good grades in school as well as high-test scores in order to be accepted into their program.
   “The programs are becoming much harder to get accepted into because of the competition.  A prospecting athletic trainer must be proficient in all areas of their school work,” said Lough.
   After the discussion, the athletic trainers toured the University’s training room and participated in a hands-on taping lab and balance activities to see what it’s like to be an admittance of the program.  To conclude the trip, the students received a full tour of the campus and classrooms.

   “We were able to see what the athletic training is really like at the next level,” said senior athletic training staff member Caylee Painter. “It was really helpful.”

Pride of Jackson County gets all ones

By: Haley Taylor
   The pride of Jackson County traveled to Cabell Midland Thursday, April 14 for annual adjudication. The whole band performed American Barndance by Richard L. Saucedo and Arlington by Paul Murtha. Several of our students showcased their musical talents in solos. Alyssa Perry, Ashley Knox, and Elizabeth Conrad all played solos during American Barndance while Mrs. Poole conducted.
   Senior Alyssa Perry said, “At the adjudication we played the songs the best we have ever done.”
   Jeanette Bowlby conducted the Arlington. Alyssa Bumpus, Maggie Bowlby, Elizabeth Conrad and Olivia Poe were featured in this particular piece.
   Senior Olivia Poe said, “I thought everyone’s solos went well. All the hard work paid off.”
   Our band performed in front of three judges, who each rated with ones. Ones are the highest scores you can receive. The judges record themselves listening to the performances and make comments while it is going on.
   Senior Jeana Mahan said, “In the previous years we have received all ones as well. I am excited that my senior year we came on top again.”
   Adjudication was not the end of our band being recognized. Over 20 students who tried out for All-State automatically got to go to All-Area Band the following day. All-Area band is when the best students around the state get together and perform. This is the first year All-Area band was open to the middle school level as well. The students were all combined in two different bands, symphonic and concert. Director Sherry Poole picked what students were placed in what band. The first chairs of each section go into the symphonic band.
   Senior Anna Watson who plays the French horn said, “The symphonic band played two popular songs: ‘Hello’ by Adele and ‘Hallelujah’ by Rufus Wainwright.”
   Senior Faith Shamblin who plays the tuba said, “ The concert band performed the ‘Blackhorse Troop’ and ‘Spirituals’.”

   Congratulations to all band students! Wait to make Jackson County proud once again.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Everybody cut footloose at prom
By: Madisyn McCann   
  "From the oldest of times, people danced for a number of reasons. They danced in prayer... or so that their crops would be plentiful... or so their hunt would be good. And they danced to stay physically fit... and show their community spirit. And they danced to celebrate." *
  April 30 is rapidly approaching and students are itching to kick off their Sunday shoes and cut footloose at their prom.  It is estimated that 250 students will attend this year’s prom.  The event starts at 8 p.m. and Promenade starts at 7:15 p.m.  
  “The theme this year is the 1980’s movie Footloose, but the decorating of the event will be more sophisticated by incorporating flowers and lace around a barn or feedmill background,” said prom coordinator Lisa Hall.  
  The food and drink menu will similar to be last year’s with a few changes and the popular slushies returning.  Also, they have decided to bring back the McNuggets from McDonald’s.  
  “I am very thrilled about the return of the slushies to this year’s prom, they were a big hit last year.  I am also pleased with the chicken nuggets being brought in, but I wish they were Wendy’s nuggets,” said senior Krissa Scarberry.
  Tickets will be sold during the week of prom, April 25 through 29, and will be $25 each.  Tickets will NOT be sold at the door.
  Social Probation
  Students that are on social probation are not permitted to attend prom until they have fewer than five unexcused absences in one or more classes.  If you are currently on social probation and are wishing to get off of it, then you have three options: 1) turn your excuse/notes in, if you do not have excuse notes then 2) you can write a letter to the Attendance Committee or meet with them in person to explain your situation and why you should be taken off the probation, or 3) sign an attendance contract with principal Will Hosaflook.   If you are not sure if you are on social probation or not, make sure to ask assistant principal Jeff Banton so you can get the problem resolved as soon as possible.  We advise students not let ‘senioritis’ get in the way of attending their senior or junior prom, it is a great way to make unforgettable memories with your friends.
  Dress Searching
  Dress trends for this year’s prom are very different from past years. While shopping for dresses this year, you can expect to see lots of midriff that comes along with the popular crop top style dresses.  Floral prints of all kinds are being chosen, accompanied by lace tops and lace trims.  People are showing off their inner flower child with intricate embroidered floral prints that will make anyone’s jaw drop.  
  Another dress craze is the illusion of bare skin that is accomplished with a nude/clear mesh material that is put in the dress.  The mesh material is popularly put in the neckline of the dresses, on the back of dresses to make them appear open, and on the sides along the legs.  The openness of the dress adds some spice or sass to the style while allowing it to stay classy.
  Finding your perfect dress is simple for most people and is easy with so many dress shops available.  There are several prom/bridal dress shops in Parkersburg and Charleston or around those areas that are great for finding previously worn or brand new dresses.  For anyone buying a dress online, be aware that the dress could possibly be different than the pictures on the website and the size might not be right.  If a student cannot afford a dress there is a ‘closet’ that the school has that local parents and students donate dresses that are borrowed for the night.  If any student has a question about borrowing the dresses, they can ask an administrator.  
  For any students that are concerned about whether or not their attire meets the dress code they can ask assistant principal Bev Shatto about the rules of the code or they can, by choice, email a picture of you wearing the outfit to rhswv@boe.jack.k12.wv.us where a group of staff members will review it and give recommendations or approval of it.  There are further guidelines on the school website.  

* Ren addressing the town council in the movie

Concerts fun option for summer

By: Ashtun Welling

   Concerts are gatherings of people of different ages come together to hear their favorite artist perform. Depending on the concert they are usually loads of fun, and you may even make a new friend that enjoys the same music you do. The experience can be simple and cheap ranging from free picnics to expensive packages up to $750. For example a gold package for an Adele concert is $750, you get reserved seating, alcohol access, food, and crowd-free merchandise shopping. Personally I would buy a seat, bring extra money for food and merchandise. Cut down on costs by staying local in easy driving range.

Concerts in Charleston
   Charleston is a not very far away from Ripley, although few big names ever come to Charleston. It’s good if you don’t want to travel far for a musical vibe, but more of a chance you don’t know the artist. For free concerts visit http://liveontheleveecharleston.com/     Some in the lower half of the state are:

  • Wednesday 18 May 2016, Def Leppard Big Sandy Arena, Huntington, WV, US
  • Tuesday 07 June 2016, Dolly Parton. Charleston Civic Center, Charleston, WV, US
  • Saturday 10 September 2016, Kiss Big Sandy Superstore Arena, Huntington, WV, US
   Although these aren’t the only concerts in Charleston they are the bigger names. Visit this link for more: http://www.songkick.com/metro_areas/24593-us-charleston
Concerts in Morgantown

    Although Morgantown is two hours away, you’ll find more famous artists at this location. I listed my personal favorites out of the list so for more concert vist this site: http://eventful.com/morgantown/events/categories/music
  • May 9 - 7:00 PM Five Finger Death Punch And Shinedown... CONSOL Energy Center
  • Aug 4 - 7:00 PM Coldplay CONSOL Energy Center
  • Jul 26 - 8:00 PM Janet Jackson CONSOL Energy Center
  • Jul 22 - 6:30 PM Walk the Moon Stage AE
  • Apr 18 - 7:00 PM We Came As Romans Altar Bar
  • May 6 - 10:00 PM Cracker Hard Rock Cafe
  • Sep 16 - 6:00 PM Ring Of Honor Wrestling Stage AE
  • Apr 26 - 8:00 PM Acid Dad, Spacefish, Bat Zuppel Club Cafe Live
  • Apr 23 - 4:00 PM Rock 'N' Remember Live! Benedum Center
  • May 8 - 8:00 PM Avatar -SUNFLOWER DEAD Altar Bar
  • Jul 1 - 8:00 PM Billy Joel PNC Park
  • May 3 - 6:00 PM Otep Altar Bar

Friday, April 15, 2016

Author Stephen King coming to Charleston
By: Anna Sheets

   Author Stephen King is celebrating the release of his new book End Of Watch by doing a 12-city book tour starting in New Jersey June 7 and spanning to Nevada June 18. June 10, King will be in Charleston, West Virginia. While independent bookstore Taylor Books is sponsoring King’s event in WV, the event will take place at the Clay Center.
   “What an opportunity to see the author of my favorite horror novels,” said substitute teacher Jill Canter.
Doors will open at 5 PM, but show time is at 6 PM. Tickets are for sale on the Clay Center website and are $35 per person. Each ticket will include a first edition of End Of Watch, and King will be pre-signing 400 copies of End Of Watch and other first editions. These books will be distributed randomly to ticket holders at the event.
   “I’m excited that we can bring an author of this caliber to this area; Stephen King is really interesting, and his quirky personality really comes across in his writing,” said English teacher Emily Okes.
   Stephen King is a world-renowned author whose books have sold more than 350 million copies, many of which have been adapted to moves, TV shows, and comic books. King has published 54 novels, seven of which were under his pen name Richard Bachman. King has won Bram Stoker awards, World Fantasy awards, British Fantasy awards, and his novella The Way Station was nominated for the Nebula award. Some of King’s most famous books include “The Stand”, “The Shining”, “Carrie”, and “Misery”. Some of his most famous movie adaptations include “Stand By Me”, “It”, “The Mist”, and “The Shawshank Redemption”.

   There will not be a book signing at the event, but the event will include a reading and talk, ending with a short Q&A with King.