January brings mud to Live Oak High
If April showers bring May flowers, one can only ask what January brings. For us at Live Oak High School, it brings a whole lot of mud. The rebuilding of the high school has left contractors with muddy equipment, students with muddy shoes from the re-routing of the classrooms and teachers with muddy cars ... which are now parked in a scrambling of places due to the tearing up of the parking lot.
At first glance, all of the commotion quite resembles the herding of cows. Mooing might even be a possibility.
In spite of this comical predicament, LOHS is back in full swing. And though the break was relaxing for many, others have still been working hard. The basketball teams, for example, had a tournament before school was even in session.
All four girls and boys teams played in "The Love of the Game" tournament at East Nicolaus, and all four came out victorious. The varsity boys and JV girls left with first-place trophies, while the JV boys and varsity girls each came out in second place.
This month is also especially stressful on the senior students. Many have started hearing back from colleges, and others are still crossing their fingers to receive that acceptance letter from the college of their choice.
Seniors also are busy filling out scholarships and applying for the F.A.F.S.A. The school was fortunate enough to hold a F.A.F.S.A. workshop, which guided students step by step on how to apply for financial aid. This benefited many parents as well.
Mother Mary Anderson said that the workshop was "comforting to have some knowledgeable and eager assistants with our application. It made the process so much easier, and I am very grateful."
Many students are anticipating Homecoming Week, which will be Monday to Jan. 29. This homecoming will hopefully lift the drab spirits of many around campus and will be filled with dress-up days, a spirit rally and daily class competitions. Class meetings will take place this week, when class themes and class royalty will be decided.
When asked about how she feels about homecoming week, senior and ASB treasurer Jenna Argetsinger said, "Homecoming is always really stressful for ASB members, but it's so fun to get the school spirited for once and all united."
Though much is happening on the LOHS campus, our stresses and concerns are so trivial compared to the tragedy in Haiti. We don't realize just how minute our problems actually are, and this disaster has opened many eyes, mine included.
Worrying about what the mean girl said in math class, or even about what college one will be accepted to, is so minuscule compared to the hundreds of thousands who are fighting for survival. Now is the time to truly appreciate your life. Now is the time to live for others. God bless Haiti.
Melissa Anderson is a senior at Live Oak High School. Her column appears about every sixth week in Education.