- Written by Nicholas Sharp
- Category: Creative Writings
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On Thursday January 19, we had an assembly in the gym. The school invited a speaker to come and speak to us. The speaker brought with him a strong positive message. The speaker’s name is Brad Hurtig. Brad shared his amazing story with everyone. Brad also spread his message,”Find a Way”.
Brad’s story of how he was working one night in a factory and lost his hands, and how he overcame the lost of his hands was truly inspiring. He talked about how he returned to football. He also talked about his football coach. He told a story about how his football put Brad’s water bottle on the ground and told Brad that if he was thirsty enough that he would find a way. A phrase that later became the root of Brad’s message. “Find a Way”.
Brad told us about how when he returned to football he had to start small by being the kicker. He eventually worked back up to his position. Brad’s story was truly inspiring. Brad also brought with him some friends. A band called “The Stray” performed two songs for everyone in the gym. If there’s one thing to take away from this assembly, it is that no matter what happens you can overcome any obstacle. You just have to find a way.
- Written by Jake McBride
- Category: Opinions
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Altamont is very close to Effingham, a big city that has a wide variety of restaurants located in close proximity to each other. Because of all the different types of restaurants located in Effingham, any appetite you have can be satisfied. There is Fujiyama, Denny’s, Papa John’s Pizza, El Rancherito, and so much more. However, compared to Effingham, Altamont hardly has any restaurants. Altamont has Subway, McDonald’s, Joe’s Pizza and Pasta, and Open Door Diner, not nearly as many restaurants as Effingham. In my opinion, Altamont needs more restaurants for the convenience of the residents and people staying at the hotel.
Why would it be more convenient for Altamont to have more restaurants? Well, not every high schooler has a car that they can drive wherever they want to go. Cars are very expensive for families or individuals to afford. A lot of money is spent on gas and maintenance for cars. Also, people who own cars may not enjoy driving in Effingham. Effingham usually has really bad traffic during the afternoon and evening. I have drove in Effingham many times and there have been times that I have had to make split second decisions just to get where I need to go. Driving in Effingham is very stressful at times.
Altamont would also benefit from the extra income if another restaurant was built. More people would be getting off the interstate to eat at the new restaurant and maybe even shop at some of the stores in town. Also, Altamont has a hotel. Some people may have been driving for hours and would not want to stop and stay at a hotel in a town that has just a few restaurants. Travelers wouldn’t want to drive from Altamont to Effingham just to find something to eat. Another restaurant in walking distance from the hotel would encourage travelers to stop and stay in town.
Altamont needs another restaurant for the convenience of everyone. Even another fast-food restaurant would be convenient. More residents of Altamont and people getting off at the interstate would be spending money in town, and thus would increase Altamont’s income.
- Written by Jake McBride
- Category: Sports
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- Written by Kaitlyn Hoene
- Category: Spotlight
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Every time a new year rolls around, people set out to better themselves. They promise they will lose weight, find a new job, or maybe even take that vacation they've always talked about.
Here are some of the top new year's resolutions:
Help Others Pursue Their Goals
Spend More Quality Time With Family Members
Spend less, save more
Spend more time with friends
Learn something new
Break your smartphone addiction
Eat at home more
Get more sleep
These are just some of the top new year's resolutions and there are still many more. The issue with new year's resolutions is that most people don't make a realistic goal and they set themselves up for failure. People don't think about the reality of the goal before they say what they want it to be.
Here are a few tips to make your goal achievable. Your goals should be smart — and SMART. That’s an acronym for specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound. It may work for management, but it can also work in setting your resolutions, too.
Specific. Your resolution should be absolutely clear. “Making a concrete goal is really important rather than just vaguely saying ‘I want to lose weight.’ You want to have a goal: How much weight do you want to lose and at what time interval?” Five pounds in the next two months — that’s going to be more effective.
Measurable. This may seem obvious if your goal is a fitness or weight loss related one, but it’s also important if you’re trying to cut back on something, too. If, for example, you want to stop biting your nails, take pictures of your nails over time so you can track your progress in how those nails grow back out. Logging progress into a journal or making notes on your phone or in an app designed to help you track behaviors can reinforce the progress, no matter what your resolution may be.
Achievable. This doesn’t mean that you can’t have big stretch goals. But trying to take too big a step too fast can leave you frustrated, or affect other areas of your life to the point that your resolution takes over your life — and both you and your friends and family flail. So, for example, resolving to save enough money to retire in five years when you’re 30 years old is probably not realistic, but saving an extra $100 a month may be. (And if that’s easy, you can slide that number up to an extra $200, $300 or $400 a month).
Relevant. Is this a goal that really matters to you, and are you making it for the right reasons? “If you do it out of the sense of self-hate or remorse or a strong passion in that moment, it doesn’t usually last long. But if you build up a process where you’re thinking harder about what’s good for you, you’re changing the structure of your life, you’re bringing people into your life who will reinforce that resolution, then I think you have a fighting chance.”
Time-bound. Like “achievable,” the timeline toward reaching your goal should be realistic, too. That means giving yourself enough time to do it with lots of smaller intermediate goals set up along the way. “Focus on these small wins so you can make gradual progress. If you’re building a habit, you’re planning for the next decade, not the next couple of months.”