- Written by Brooke Stuckemeyer
- Category: Sports
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The 2017 boys’ track season is off to a good start. There are quite a few boys out for track this year. Some of the boys joined track to get in shape or stay in shape, but they all joined to compete and to make it an enjoyable year. They are excited for the season. The coaches this year are Head Coach Aaron Locke and Assistnt Coach Trenton Deadmond.
Coach Locke said that he wants to build on the success of last year. Last year he had boys that made it to the IHSA state meet. He has high goals for this season, one of which is to finish in the top three as a team at every meet. He would also like to win the NTC this year. He believes that each person will get better in their individual performances and improve at many meets. He expects this to be his best season yet and that the coming years will be good as well.
Coach Deadmond said that he expects a great season as well. He said that with the number of boys they have this year they have more potential than last season. He says that he believes in the underclassmen. Coach Deadmond said that he thinks the field events are going to be stronger than last year because they have some good freshmen. His goal is to send another relay and individual in a field event and running event to state.
- Written by Shelbi Stone
- Category: Opinions
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I’m sure you all have heard something about raising minimum wage to $15. Do you agree? Do you disagree? Do you understand what minimum wage is? Do you want to learn more? Then continue on reading!
I’ll give you some historical background regarding minimum wage. Let it be known that states can set their minimum wage higher than the federal minimum wage, but not lower. It was introduced to the United States by Franklin Delano Roosevelt during the Great Depression in October of 1938, and he set it as $0.25 per hour. So far it has been increased by Congress 22 times, most recently by Obama in 2009, who raised it to $7.25 an hour. There are 29 states who have a higher minimum wage than the federal minimum, Illinois is one of those states. Illinois’ minimum wage is currently $8.25.
Many people say that the federal minimum wage of $7.25 isn’t enough money for anyone to live on. These people believe that a higher minimum wage will help create jobs and grow the economy. These are the people that are supporting the idea of a $15 minimum wage. Personally, when I think of the pros and cons of this situation, I don’t like the idea.
I’ve done my fair share of research, and I just can’t see all the good that other people are seeing when it comes to increasing minimum wage. ProCon.org has given 15 examples of pros along with cons of this idea, and it shows that raising the minimum wage to $15 could be good but also could turn out terribly. First, one pro would be that raising the minimum wage could increase economic activity and spike job growth. The con of this would be the complete opposite. It may force businesses to lay off employees and that would raise unemployment levels. One of the main concerns of the people of the U.S. is that if federal minimum wage is increased then that could increase the price of consumer goods, a huge con. Other people may give the argument that minimum wage has not kept up with inflation, so the price increase of consumer goods would not happen. For my last example, a pro is that raising minimum wage would reduce income inequality, but the con is that this would disadvantage low-skilled workers.
So with all that being stated, what are you going to believe? Do you think that there are more pros? Do you think there are more cons? I personally think that there are more cons than pros. Raising minimum wage would increase consumer goods, I have no doubts about that. Yes, you would be making more money, but since the prices surrounding you are going up, you’re getting nowhere. To go along with that, where are we going to get all this extra money for workers? We hear all the time how the U.S. is broke, so how are we going to afford this? The only way is to increase the prices of consumer goods, and we don’t want that to happen. So now that you are educated on this matter, what side will you choose?
- Written by Jacob Crow
- Category: World News
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People around the school were asked how they felt about the recent temporary travel ban on immigrants from Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Libya and Yemen. They could either be for the ban, against the ban, or have no opinion on the matter. If the person was for it or against it, they were then asked for their reasoning behind their decision.
Out of all those who were for it, every person said that they were for it because it was good for the safety of the country. For those were against it, half said that they disagreed with the ban because it singled out Muslims and the other half said that there should be a more fair and humane solution.
- Written by McKenzie Goldstein
- Category: Sports
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This week's girls’ track athlete of the week goes to Timber Nelson. Timber Marie Nelson was born on September 20, 2000. Timber’s favorite memory during track is running the two mile. Her favorite teammate is McKenzie Goldstein. I asked Timber why she decided to run track and she said that she runs track for the exercise.
Classes that Timber is enrolled in are English, math, study skills, PE, vocational education, conceptual biology, band, and history. Timber’s favorite color is red. Her favorite food is a hamburger and her favorite thing to drink is water. Timber’s favorite class is PE and her least favorite class is math. Timber’s hobbies include tumbling and dancing.
I asked Coach Hanna why she decided to pick Timber as Athlete of the Week and her response was, “Timber is my choice for athlete of the week because Timber wants to be an accomplished athlete and strives for improvement daily. Timber is tough and will give her all to finish strong whether she is in practice or in competition. It’s a pleasure to coach this young lady and I look forward to seeing her reach her goals this season.” If you see Timber in the hallway, be sure to congratulate her on her hard work and achievement of girls’ track athlete of the week.