Spring Break 2012

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Spring Break 2012

Does your family have any plans for spring break this year? Sure, spring break has mostly been labeled as a time for college students to break free from hours upon hours of classes. On the other hand, it is a time for your family to spend quality time together as well as get away from your jobs and school work. A great way to spend spring break, as a family, is to travel. Simply, taking a trip together, anywhere, can draw your family closer together. Here are some of the top vacation destinations you and your family may want to check out over this spring break.

Gulf Shores, Alabama- If your family is looking to visit somewhere practically sunny year-round, then Gulf Shores, Alabama, may be the perfect vacation spot. Gulf Shores is a small beach town surrounded by tons of fun, family-oriented attractions. Stop by Fort Morgan to relive the lives and learn the history of people back in the day. If your family is younger and will be in need of something active, take the day to visit the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo as well as Pirate Islands Adventure Golf. These attractions offer endless fun while keeping the whole family involved. Lastly, if you find yourself bored take on parasailing! It’s a great way to find adventure and see an amazing view of the shoreline. Gulf Shores, Alabama, truly can serve as an enjoyable, entertaining spring vacation for the entire family.

Aspen, Colorado- On the other hand, maybe your family is really in to winter sports and colder weather. If so Aspen, Colorado, may be a better choice. Aspen is mostly known for its many ski resorts, but it also can provide a door way into the outdoors. You and your family can take the week to hike the many nature trails of central Colorado. A few of the most popular trails to go to would be the Maroon Lake Scenic Trail as well as the Buttermilk Trail. If you are more interested in winter sports, make plans to ride Aspen Mountain! Otherwise known as “athlete’s mountain”, Aspen Mountain is a major attraction for skiers and snowboarders that want to experience the thrill and adrenaline of its slope. So, if your family thrives for a great adventure in the snow take your spring break to Aspen, Colorado.

Homer, Alaska- Are warm-weather destinations not your thing? Homer, Alaska offers many fun activities for a busy family. Spring in Homer doesn’t arrive until late April or early May, so there is usually still snow. Homer is located in Kachemak Bay and is surrounded by snow-capped mountains. One of the most iconic things about Homer is the Spit, a three-mile long piece of land the sticks out into Kachemak Bay. The Spit is lined with many gift shops and restaurants. Take a walk on one of Homer’s many beaches, hike a mountain, or catch a king salmon on a fishing charter. There are many opportunities to have fun in Homer!

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina- Pristine beaches, surfing, and water sports are only a few of the things that make Myrtle Beach a popular vacation spot. For those looking for a bit of adventure, parasailing and windsurfing are good choices. Relax on a dolphin watching tour and enjoy seeing wild dolphins play in the surf. Stroll along 60 miles of beautiful beach. Have some family fun at one of many waterparks, like Myrtle Waves Waterpark. If you are seeking relaxation, treat yourself to a day at a resort spa. There is something for everyone at Myrtle Beach.

The Florida Keys- With their sandy beaches, coral reefs, and palm trees, the Florida Keys are a perfect place to relax during spring break. Key Largo, the largest key, is surrounded by colorful coral reefs. Spend an afternoon exploring the reef by snorkeling or diving. Many fish live on the reef, and occasionally you may spot a bull shark lurking around. If you prefer to stay dry or have small children, glass-bottom boat tours are a way to enjoy the reef without ever getting wet. Visit the southernmost point in the continental U.S., located in Key West. Enjoy a slice of key lime pie, which originated in Key West. Spend a day at Sandspur Beach in the Bahia Honda Key. When it comes to fun and relaxation, the Florida Keys do not disappoint.

Whether you choose to stay close to home or travel far away, have an exciting, responsible, and relaxing spring break!

By: Paige Laughhunn and Emma Luck

Valentine’s Day

Were you single this Valentine’s Day? Here’s some tips to help you cope with being single on a day that constantly reminds you of lovey-dovey couples, and how you’re not one of them. Hang out with friends, host an anti-Valentine’s day party, treat yourself, and the most important, get out of the house! Your consciousness of being alone could fade away.

Hanging with friends is always a great way to get your mind off something that’s bothering you. Spending time with other single friends on Valentine’s Day is a great way to forget you’re alone, but there’s nothing wrong with hanging out with your friends who are in a relationship. If you choose to accompany a couple who is dating be sure to enforce no PDA, and make sure you’re not the only single.

Hosting an anti-Valentine’s Day party is a good way to keep your mind off the fact that you’re single because you’ll be focused on party preparations. Be sure to invite a lot of other single people, keep in mind couples probably won’t come. Good snacks would be cookies -- not shaped like hearts, brownies, and other chocolate treats. Some fun games could be Quelf, Charades, and other board games.

Getting out of the house is a good way to treat yourself. Going to the spa, community work, and visiting family are all good ways to get out of the house, and get your mind on something else. Some other ways to get out of the house include going to the movies, shopping, and bowling. Again, if you go with somebody, make sure you aren’t a third wheel.

Hopefully this article helps give you ideas for what to do when spending Valentine’s Day alone. Some tips to remember are – Be with friends, get your mind on other things, enjoy the day, and get out of the house.

By: Adam Mandrell, Sydni Powell, and Kayla Shega

Kobe vs. LeBron

Who is better, Kobe Bryant or LeBron James? Here’s the facts: Kobe has five rings while LeBron has a head band. Kobe is first in the league in scoring with 28.7 points per game. LeBron is second with 28 points per game. LeBron is 4th in the league in turnovers and Kobe is 6th. While Kobe has better stats the Heat has a better record. LeBron has 2 regular season MVP’s. Kobe has one regular season MVP but 2 NBA Finals MVP’s.

The students and faculty bicker constantly over this question. Josh Cripps said, “I would rather play with LeBron James. Kobe is old and decrepit.” While all-star basketball player A.J. Webb added, “Kobe is better because everytime you need a good game or a good 4th quarter, you look at Kobe. Even though Kobe is getting old, he does great. What would you pick, five rings or a head band?” Mr. Estes added, “LeBron James is better. Kobe doesn’t have many years left. James is stronger, but you can’t go wrong picking Kobe. People in seats would come to see Jeremy Lin though.” When asking the great basketball player, Mr. Wilson, he said, “Right now, LeBron James surpasses Kobe, but If I had to play an entire career with someone, I would choose Kobe Bryant.”

Tanner Hill believes Kobe Bryant is the best. Jake Robinson believes LeBron James is the best. Tanner Hill states that Kobe is the greatest scorer in the league. Meanwhile, Jake Robinson says, “Not only is Lebron the best, he is a great shooter and drives to the lane. Plus, you can’t stop the 6’8, 260 pound star.” He believes Kobe is a better shooter, but Lebron is a bigger, stronger, and more aggressive player. Tanner says, “At some point during his career Kobe has done everything and been one of the best at it. Kobe is the best shooter. He is the best turn-around jumper, he can dunk, he can drive, he can shoot over you before you think about jumping, so he is the best.” Although Jake agrees with Tanner’s opinion, somewhat, he says that Lebron against Kobe in a one on one would result in a win for Lebron because in this generation of basketball, Lebron is the best in all factors of basketball especially the dunk. Tanner says Lebron is a big small forward who isn’t a good shooter but can drive. Tracy McGrady was the same way, and now he is the 6th man for the Atlanta Hawks. Invest in the future.

By: Tanner Hill and Jake Robinson

New Classes

Woodlawn High School needs more classes! Instead of just one foreign language class, the students need to learn more about different countries and cultures. There are several science classes, but most students would like to have more science electives. Some of us may plan on having a certain occupation that only involves children. That is where an early childhood class would come in handy. In high school there is pressure to decide what you want to do with the rest of your life, but some students need help. Why can’t there be a class to help students decide? The most commonly asked question in a high school classroom is, “How will I use this in my life?”

Have you ever wondered about different culture and customs besides our own? Woodlawn High School needs a class that educates you on different countries. When traveling, you will encounter some places that have different customs than our own and speak different languages. A customs and cultures class would be very useful in the lives of some students at Woodlawn High School.

Biology, Chemistry, Anatomy, and Physical science are all offered at WHS, but some students are looking for something else. Studying stars and planets, known as Astronomy, is a class most students would find interesting and intriguing.

There are many careers connected to small children. An early childhood class could help students learn how to handle children, making it easier as adults.

When entering high school, there is pressure to decide what students want to do for the rest of their lives. There are few classes offered to students to help them decide and make good decisions in order to make the right choice. When finding careers, it is important to know what skills will be needed, and how to identify them .

By: Shelby Mitchell and Regan Witzel


Senioritis is a crippling disease that strikes high school seniors. Symptoms include: laziness, an over-excessive wearing of track pants, old athletic shirts, sweatpants, athletic shorts, and sweatshirts. The disease also features a lack of studying, repeated absences, and a generally dismissive attitude. The only known cure is a phenomenon known as graduation. In a desperate attempt to figure out how many seniors showed symptoms of senioritis I asked seven seniors a few simple questions. The first question asked to students was to rate school on a scale of 1-10. A few of the answers we got were, -1, 0, 3, and 4. We also received a 2 because “it contains girls.” We also asked students how they felt about homework, some interesting answers included, “it’s not real to me,” “I don’t care,” “It keeps me busy,” and, “I love it.” Next we asked them to describe an average school day. They responded, “This is an impossible question,” “long and ridiculous,” “I just sit there,” and “nothing, I don’t talk.” What the subjects answered to next was how they felt about their grades. The subjects responded, “I’m 19,” and “I care, I like my grades.” The final question our pupils answered was what their favorite part of school was. Students overwhelmingly responded, “3 o’clock,” “leaving,” and “P.E.” Senioritis really shows up in some struggling seniors, but it is a disease that can be stopped. Just keep trying to focus and maybe you won’t be struck with this disease. Remember, an assignment a day sometimes keeps senioritis away.

By: Nick Tannahill and Ben Klebba

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