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Making masks was ‘sew’ rewarding

Hailey Firlotte spent her summer sewing masks
Senior Hailey Firlotte took up sewing this past summer and made a difference by making masks for the United Way of Central Georgia
October 3, 2020

One day during the quarantine in late spring, I walked downstairs to tell my mother I wanted to learn how to sew. I usually never make requests like this, so she was taken aback by this random decision...

Art provides silver lining during pandemic

Sophomore Athena Leskovics discovered her artistic ability during the pandemic
September 19, 2020

Quarantine or painting class? COVID-19 opened up a lot of free time for teens. When we were mandated to quarantine and stay home, many students were upset. We were used to going out and hanging with...

Early starts, challenges … but headed back from Costa Rica

Early starts, challenges ... but headed back from Costa Rica
September 5, 2020

Do you know those days where you wake up at 5:20 a.m. for school and feel energized?  Yeah, me neither.  Due to time zones, I have to wake up at this time on the weekdays. Sometimes, a cup of coffee...

Learning from home effective, but left feeling isolated

Learning from home effective, but left feeling isolated
September 5, 2020

Distance learning is not how I expected to spend my first couple weeks of senior year.  I expected to be reunited with all of my friends, see my teachers for the first time in five months, drive to...

Give me some of that ‘Old Man Music’ any time

Give me some of that 'Old Man Music' any time
Widespread Panic. Allmän Brothers. The Grateful Dead. Vintage music is my passion.
May 13, 2020

When I play music with my friends or in a public space the feedback isn’t always what I wish it was. Many times I get responses like “dude what is this old man music?” or “turn this garbage off”.  Through...

Hold the mayo, ketchup, mustard …

Hold the mayo, ketchup, mustard ...
When I marry the man of my dreams, I hope he puts up with my picky eating habits
May 12, 2020

My eating habits are definitely quite bland compared to most people. What many don’t know about me is my deep hatred for any type of condiments, whether it’s ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, or ranch....

Sweet 16: The perks of being able to drive

Sweet 16: The perks of being able to drive
May 12, 2020

Being able to drive is very freeing. I got my car, an Acura RDX,  in January, a month before my 16th birthday.  I was very surprised, because it was just a random Saturday. My aunt and cousin came...

You can call me Caroline. Or Jelly Bean. Or Deuce …

You can call me Caroline. Or Jelly Bean. Or Deuce ...
All my nicknames are special to me
May 12, 2020

I have quite a few nicknames that are special to me. The first is Jelly Bean. I know, it is kind of odd but there is a story behind it. On Easter Sunday when I was about 3 years old, my parents could not...

Family farm chance to disconnect, appreciate nature

Family farm chance to disconnect, appreciate nature
May 7, 2020

My family farm property has been a part of my life for many years. For as long as I can remember, my family and I would take trips to the farm. The property is located in Louisville, Georgia, which used...

Working for local eye doctor opened my eyes

Working for local eye doctor opened my eyes
May 2, 2020

This summer, I had my first job. I worked with my grandmother who works for a local eye doctor.  I worked with her in the contact lens/ glasses department.  I answered phone calls, called patients...

Growing up with a love of music

Growing up with a love of music
May 1, 2020

What do you play? I play Spotify. Music is an essential part of my daily routine. I love music so much, I always have it playing, when I am in the shower, while I am studying, and even when I go to...

Coming up short

Coming up short
April 26, 2020

I have never been taller than any of my classmates. I am 5-foot-1. Only if I wear my 5- inch heels, I could come close.  “I never realize how short you are” is never new to hear. Another one is,...

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