Archive for November, 2010

November 29, 2010

PGC makes a difference at Washington

By Princess Kollie, Class of 2012

George Washington High School is not only a distinguished school, but also one where bullying, teasing, or fighting will not be tolerated.  We here at Washington have no available space for students who engage in this behavior due to their own low self-esteem, which is why we enforce the safety of every student with a positive environment from Washington peer mediators following Peer Group Connection (PGC).  Peer mediators are students of the same age-group who facilitate the resolution of disputes between two people or small groups, but among those peer mediators are also Peer Group Connection students.  Washington peer mediators consists of both junior and senior students who have completed training to become mediators, chose to be mediators, and understand that as mediators, they must be good examples for their fellow students and their school because being a mediator is not only about making peace between others but also keeping a peaceful environment among themselves.  This includes getting to class on time, coming to school on time, passing every class, following the school dress code, and respecting other students and staff in and out of school.

On October 25, 2010, I visited the PGC students in room 35 to observe how they handle situations as mediators and PGC students, giving them the impression that I know nothing about mediators or PGC.  The truth is, I myself am a mediator but wanted to know more about PGC, get the inside details of PGC and what it’s all about.  PGC students are the mentors for freshmen at Washington; they are assigned freshmen to guide through their freshmen year and to help with homework, social problems they may be having, and to give advice.  

During my visit, the members of PGC talked about when they were once caught in a bad situation at school, how they dealt with it, and how looking back now, they realize it was a foolish choice they made. One student’s story that caught my attention was that of Victoria Lackey, the niece of our disciplinary, Mrs. Stacey Lackey.  Victoria shared her experience cutting school during her freshmen year and how she was faced with consequences.  She also shared how she can encourage freshmen to not get themselves into that situation because of the consequences.  Another student, Donovan Morris, who is in training to become a peer mediator and PGC student, also gave insight into how he has helped a freshman that he met through PGC by walking the freshman to class most of the time and asking how the student is doing in all his classes and with the school.

PGC is formed from the group of Peer Mediators that consists of all seniors.  The main goals of the PGC are to get freshmen connected with the school and help them make their freshman year a successful one.  From the research I did, freshmen tend to believe that high school is a nightmare and is a place they will never survive, and that is when PGC comes into the picture by talking with freshmen, getting their inside thoughts, and ensuring them that they are in a safe learning environment.  After all, George Washington High School is the place to be where the safety of every student is guaranteed through the staff, peer mediators, and Peer Group Connection.  I’m proud to be a student of George Washington High School because of the safe learning environment that is enforced here.  Great applause to the peer mediators and Peer Group Connection for their wonderful work and the difference they make in the school and to the coordinator, Mrs. Bonnie Hughes, who works with both groups and helps them be who they are.

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November 29, 2010

G-dubs first trading card game club!

By Timothy Penglase, Class of 2012

Hello G-dub students and Eagle Eye readers.  I have information about a new and exciting thing to find its way to George Washington High. Yes its the school’s first trading card game club.  They call themselves “Battle City”. I sat down and intervieved one of the members to really find out about this new program.

Tpenglase: All right, for the sake of privacy, the interviewer would like to remain anonymous.  So what card game do you guys focus on?
Anonymous: The card game is called “Yu-Gi-Oh.”

Tpenglase:  Ok, what is the main purpose (point) of the game?
Anonymous: The point of the game is to beat your opponent.  See, we both start off with 8,000 life points (LP), and we need to get direct attacks to bring that 8,000 to 0 LP.   You win when your opponent has 0 LP and you still have life points left.

Tpenglase:  Now how do you wage direct attacks?
Anonymous:  Ok, the way you do that is to attack the monster on the field, but you need to be careful.  Be careful because your opponent can have a trap ready.  But if they have no monsters or anything to stop the attack, then it goes to a direct attack.

Tpnglase: What are monster cards and trap cards and are those the only types of cards?
Anonymous: Well, there are 3 types of main cards, MONSTERS, TRAPS, and MAGIC. Monster cards are set above the magic/trap card field. The max you can have on the field is 5 monsters, and 5 magic/traps too.  The magic and traps share a field.

Tpenglase:  What are the rules concerning these cards?
Anonymous:  The rules of the cards are that monsters can only attack monsters on the opponents side of the field.  Magic cards have special things which can add more ATK points on one monster and can destroy a monster. It can add Lifepoints or take control of your opponents monster.  The last affect is my personal favorite bringing monsters back from the graveyard. Traps mostly explain themselves in their name – trap cards.

Tpenglase: Ok, well how long have you been playing?
Anonymous: Ummm… I’ve been playing since I was 10 years old.

Tpenglase: I see, thank you for your cooperation.
Anonymous: Thank you for choosing me to interview.  Have a good day.

For the sake of the interview, I had to “play dumb”.  I know the game and I play it too, but some of you may not know.  I will also be posting a link to the main site where you can see the rules, products and so on.  If you are interested in learning the game, or just striking up nostalgia, come check us out.  Battle City is located in room 302 after school on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. You must bring your own deck. We have decks for you to use for the day, but you need your own full deck from 40-60 cards.
Hope you enjoyed this entertaining acticle.
November 29, 2010

Movie Review: It’s Kind Of A Funny Story

 By Rochell Henry, Class of 2013

 Who would have thought that a teenage boy would learn more in five days then what he takes his whole life to learn. “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” is a film about eccentric people who are depressed. This film has a few lines that make you question what the writers were thinking while others just have you holding your stomach with laughter. When I watched this movie, I felt as if the movie was directed at me and I’m sure any teenager can relate to it. This film has character that you see in an everyday teenager.

You have Craig, the protagonist, who is also suicidal and trying to figure out his life. Then you have Noelle, who is one of your most typical teenagers because she’s a cutter. When you mix these two together, you get a very dysfunctional, craze loving couple. You may not understand their relationship and how they work, but at least you have an understanding of what and who they are. This movie to me just sums up your everyday life that any teenager would go through and it helps that this movie is very funny and has some interesting characters as I’ve mention before.

“It’s Kind of a Funny Story” is very self-explanatory and if you don’t get it then I think you should check yourself into a psychiatric ward…. Just kidding!

November 18, 2010

THE THANKSGIVING STORY

By Jaime Thomas, Class of 2011
 
Thanksgiving is a traditional American holiday.  In the early 1600’s, a group known as the Separatists lived in England.  They were people who wanted to worship God, study the Bible, and pray, but the English laws did not allow the Separatists to worship as they desired.  They were to follow the law or be silent.  Secretly, they worshiped despite English law.  They were hunted down, tormented, and locked up for many months because they continued to worship as they chose.
 
Eventually, they heard about religious freedom in Holland and planned to escape.  After much hardship, England decided to let them leave.  Now called Pilgrims, they lived in Holland for 12 years but left because they couldn’t stand the hard life and couldn’t work their own trades.  They wanted to find a kingdom of God for their posterity to practice religion freely.  They had enough, so they hired the Speedwell and the Mayflower to carry them across the Atlantic to a new land in what is now America.  The Speedwell had many leaks and had to turn back.  The Mayflower then took in the Speedwell’s passengers, making its total passenger list over 100 names long.  The Mayflower was only 90 feet long and had three levels.  The Pilgrims sailed a total of two months and three days, cramped and hungry.  
 
On November 11, 1620, the Mayflower spotted land.  It landed in Provincetown, Massachusetts.  For over a month, the Pilgrims sent groups of men to find the perfect place for them to build a colony.  When they finally found a place, they called it Plymouth.  Right away, they started building homes and a common house to meet in, knowing that winter was near.  Unfortunately, a violent storm hit when the houses were not yet finished.  The Pilgrims were forced to stay on the cramped Mayflower during their first winter in the New World.  After this winter was over, more than half of them had died.  
 
The Pilgrims eventually made a good friend who helped them. His name was Squanto.  He showed them how to hunt deer, catch fish, and plant corn.  He had been kidnapped earlier in his life and taken to England.  This is why he was able to communicate with the Pilgrims.  He and his friend Samoset both spoke English.  Ultimately, a peace treaty was made between the Pilgrims and Native Americans that lasted for 50 years.  With the help of the Native Americans, there was plenty of food for everyone to eat that first summer, and there was also enough to last for the next winter.  The Pilgrims had so much to be thankful for.
November 15, 2010

Sugarland album review

By: Rochell Henry, Class of 2013

Sugarland is a multi-platinum, award winning duo, who have come very far with their music.  For instance, the album “The Incredible Machine” is very exquisite, country-feeling, and Grammy award-winning.  Their music has touched and impacted the lives of many people.  Their lyrics are very spunky, thoughtful, and also meaningful.  I say this because there is one song on this album that I’ve had on repeat since I’ve first heard it.  This song, Stand Up, is a heartwarming and motivational song that anyone from teen to adult can relate to depending on how the person wants to interpret it. 

Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush are both great vocalists and songwriters, which really shows in their work.  Excluding the album mentioned previously, I think I like this one the most.  Both artists have good things to offer Country music, and if they continue on this path, I think they will have much success to look forward to in the future.

November 1, 2010

GWHS students take a trip to Temple

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Eric Smith, Class of 2012

Our Business students recently took a trip with Mrs. Kirby to Temple University for the annual conference about careers in Accounting sponsored by the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA).  We learned that the Accounting field provides opportunities to travel and get paid big bucks. There is a diverse amount of career fields for accountants: you could be a special agent for the FBI, a forensic accountant, treasurer for a corporation, or even a fraud examiner for the police department. There are many more positions as an accountant if you set your goals.

The Temple students and staff told us that many Accounting students work internships during their senior year, and they may have had to work longer hours than employees, but it was all worth it. There are many more opportunities for accountants than there were ten years ago (2000).   We also learned that Accounting is not always about math, it’s about the legal aspects of the law in financial situations.

We heard a speaker talk about her job in royalty accounting.  Royalty accounting helps recording artists manage the money earned from royalties for their recording labels.   Some of this speaker’s job responsibilities are to travel around the world with or without the recording artist to insure their money is safe and that other countries are paying the correct amount of royalties. It sounded like a fun job and if you are interested in traveling, this may be a job for you. Good grades with the determination to apply yourself to your goals will lead you to be a successful accountant.

We also heard a speaker from Temple tell us that they are looking at your high school GPA before making their acceptance decision.   One thing the colleges are starting to look at is your media profile (Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, etc). Having inappropriate pictures on a social profile can ruin your chances for jobs, internships, and other opportunities.

Many students enjoyed the trip and learned so much about accounting. The process which students go through to pursue their careers was very well explained. Starting now, future accountants need to keep your head up high, work on having excellent grades, and pursue for your career!