BY MADELINE MARTINEZ
Teachers, believe it or not, have lives outside of school. Most teachers have families, second jobs or hobbies that we, as students, are almost completely unaware of.
English teacher Mr. Troy Ackerman runs a lawn mowing business over the summers and has been involved in his business for 10 years. He uses the manual labor as a way to recharge from the school year, as well as a way to connect with other people.
Ackerman is one of the many teachers who would like to travel more over the summers. His most memorable summer was a summer spent in Cabo, down in Baja California, because it was a change of scenery and wasn’t here in Nebraska.
Ackerman isn’t the only teacher who wishes there were more time over the summer for things like travel.
Mr. JD Davis, a history teacher here at Papio South, said with the amount of time he spends during the summer with his grandson, and preparing for the upcoming school year, it leaves no time for travel.
Not only does Davis spend time with friends and family, he is the drummer for a local cover band called eNVy. He joined the band when he was approached by the current lead singer, a friend from church, and asked to accompany her.
“People liked it, so we kept going,” Davis said. The band, eNVy, performs throughout the summer.
Even with this busy schedule, Davis still finds time to prepare for the upcoming school year, looking for new activities and ways to teach. “I love this place,” he said.
BY MADI BOLLOW
For the average 16-year-old, driving may be considered a luxury, but not having a license would be a struggle. An easy way to prevent that could be trading in three summer days for a class that will pay off with the freedom to drive. Even though those days are almost equivalent to a school day, it will be worth it in the end.
A former participant in summer Driver’s Ed, Lacie Vacanti, said the class made the DMV process easier, as well. “You don’t have to take the written test,” she said. Another plus Vacanti mentioned was a drop in insurance costs. “Lots of teenagers crash and are not experienced enough,” she said. Insurance agencies reward those who successfully complete Driver’s Ed by reducing the rates they pay each month.
Rachel Ausenbaugh also took a drivers education class, but hers was from Cornhusker. “Nothing big was different,” she said, “just the teachers.”
Driver’s Ed offered at Papio South
- Instructor: Stan Troxel
- Dates: June 13-24
- Driving: June 14-22
- Times: 8-10 a.m. or 10 a.m. to noon
- Cost: $350
- For more information talk to Mrs. Morrow in Career Ed or at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Classes June 6- Aug. 3 still available
- It’s in a span of three days and 20 hours, plus and additional 3-5 of driving
- Where: Westside Community Conference Center
- Cost: $375
BY ELIAS LOZADA
Being in high school doesn’t mean you can’t get a headstart on your career. Several colleges and even companies provide opportunities such as internships, workshops, and career shadowing.
Renee Mead, a guidance counselor at Papillion-La Vista South High School in charge of academies and testing, explains that there are classes and activities at Metro Community College, UNO and UNL that progress careers. Most revolve around STEM and robotics.
Randy Stribley, teacher of manufacturing and robotics, explained, “During school, we have 24 students in the STEM Academy job shadows. This year over the summer that ranges for about 20 hours. Those are juniors, going-to-be seniors.”
UNL had much information on its website: “Students who have completed two or more years of their high school education and have an interest in architecture, landscape architecture or interior design are encouraged to apply.”
Most opportunities are for upperclassmen, but it makes for an early start to these careers.
“Lack of Net neutrality threatens the freedom that the Internet has always promoted.” –KYLEE HANCOCK AND HANNAH MECKNA, 10TH GRADE
“Too many good teams. Lots of sports fans, and first year of playoffs.” –ADAM GADSDEN, 11TH GRADE
“Eminem and Lana Del Ray are big in the music industry – especially in teens.”–SHELBY BRADBURY AND KAT PLATA, 9TH GRADE
“National Academy of Sciences says video games that are fast-paced sharpen your prediction skills.” –JAIDEN YOUNG, 9TH GRADE
“A lot of people like to play the action type games, and it’s an interesting discovery.” –AARON MILLER, 9TH GRADE
“The addiction to our phones makes us have compulsive behavior while driving. Many teens are starting to drive, and they should know not to get obsessed with their phone so they don’t risk their lives just to answer a text.” –FAITH HARTRANFT, 9TH GRADE
“You put an app on your phone and it stops texts. The reason why teens should get the app is because lots of people get in crashes that are caused by texting while driving.” –SHELBY BRADBURY, 9TH GRADE
“Texting and driving has become a problem in teens and [young adults] today. With the new technology, it makes it hard not to check your phone. They put an app on your phone when you drive.” –KAT PLATA, 9TH GRADE
“Minimum-wage boosts … $8 this coming January.” –JAYCI MCGILL, 12TH GRADE
“[Students] need to read it because a lot of teens have jobs that work for minimum wage.” –ADAM GADSDEN, 11TH GRADE
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SCIENCE AND RELIGION: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/pope-francis-sides-with-science-on-big-bang-theory/