The Madison County Journal's Raiders Weely...

 April 12, 2000

A compilation of articles written by Madison County School students.

Aaron involved with Youth Apprenticeship Program
My name is Gracie Aaron. I am 17 and in the 12th grade. I am involved with the Youth Apprenticeship Program at Madison County High School. I am apprenticing at Companion Animal Hospital on Hwy. 29 in Athens. I am now a veterinarian technician and hope to one day become a veterinarian.
All my life, I have loved animals. Not just dogs and cats, but every thing and any thing that was alive and moving. I believe my dad encouraged me to love animals by getting me many different kinds of pets when I was younger. Because of my pets, I had experience with caring for animals before I started working at Companion Animal Hospital. I enjoy working there because each day I get to work with what I love. I feel that God has given me a gift with animals.
I have learned many helpful things for my future studying and schooling. I have learned what and how many vaccines cats and dogs need to be healthy; how to give sub-Q antibiotics; how to measure, take, and develop x-rays; and how to pull blood for tests. Also I have learned how to run CBS, thyroid, packed cell volume, and urine analysis tests.
I am not sure exactly what I want to be when I am older. I can't decide between working with small animals or working with large animals. Luckily for me, the owners of the veterinary clinic and Country Health Large Animal Veterinary Services in Commerce are experienced with both. Dr. Denise Weaver-Pickerel is a small animal vet, and Dr. Troy Pickerel is a large animal vet. Denise, or Dr. Weaver, works at Companion, and Dr. Pickerel works in Commerce. I benefit from this because I get to work with small animals every day, and sometimes I go out to work with large animals.
I hope to one day go to college to be a veterinarian or to get a degree as a Veterinarian Technician. I believe that apprenticing at Companion Animal Hospital will help me achieve that goal. Working here has given me a real taste of what I want to do with my life. I am grateful to the Youth Apprecenticeship Program for getting me this job.

Put on your dancin' shoes
It's that time of year again; girls are buying dresses and reservations are being made for the annual junior-senior prom. All the extra things are important, but when it comes down to it, the night is full of dancing.
The style and type of dancing was viewed by some as inappropriate last year. In an effort to improve the quality of dancing this year, Mrs. Renee McCannon is sponsoring dance lessons with the help of instructor Deborah Lassiter.
The dance lessons started Thursday, April 6, and will continue once a week for six weeks until Thursday, May 11. The lessons run from 7:30 to 9 p.m. and dances include shag, boogie, waltz, fox trot and twist, to name a few. There are currently about 30 students and faculty participating in this fun-filled activity.

Students have fun for a good cause
Helping people warms your heart and is easy to do, but isn't it much better when you get to have fun also? Many classes throughout school are having fun while raising money for Relay for Life which benefits the American Cancer Society.
Get ready to shoot! Mrs. Renee McCannon's senior English class is sponsoring a Three-on-Three Basketball tournament on April 29, at 5 p.m. Heading the committee are seniors Drew Sparks, Jamaris Mattox and Adam Watson. When asked why the class decided to do the tournament, Drew commented, "We all really wanted to do something really different to raise money for Relay For Life."
The cost is $40 to actually play in the tournament and $2 to come support your favorite team. There will be concessions and first- place winners will receive a prize. Applications to play are due April 24.
In Mr. Jimmy Phillips' Writer's Workshop class, students enjoyed a wonderful lunch provided by Subway of Danielsville. Sixteen feet of Subway sandwiches were divided into four-inch sandwiches and sold for a dollar each. Of course, no morsel of food was left, only $48.
Candy is being sold by some classes and a few students are provided with the luxury of eating or wearing their hats in class for the price of 25 cents. All in all, everyone is doing their best to raise money for a wonderful cause and they are doing a pretty good job.

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Dear Roger and Rory,
I am a junior with very important decisions to make about next year. I have to decide whether I want to take AP classes or do joint enrollment, or whether to take calculus or senior math, or whether to do Youth Apprecenticeship or D.C.T. I know kind of what I want to do, but when it comes to choosing my classes, I am simply clueless. How can I choose the right classes and have a great senior year?
Senseless about Schedules

Dear Senseless,
I was in your shoes once upon a time. I know what you are going through. For me, however, my final schedule was not decided until well into the school year. I changed my mind. I had decided that I was going to get both the college prep seal and the vocational seal. As I was sitting in music appreciation one day I realized that I did not want to be there and that getting my vocational seal was not really all that important to me. So I got my schedule changed. The moral of this story is to make your choices now and do not change your mind. I now wish I had stuck it out in music appreciation. There were not very many choices of classes for me to be put in. I was stuck in a rut and in a class I thought was thoroughly boring for sixteen and a half weeks. Think long and hard about what classes you want to take and when you have decided, don't doubt your decisions. If you discredit yourself, you will regret it in the long run. Don't overload yourself. Don't take too many hard classes. Your senior year will be tough enough as it is. You have many more decisions to make and if you are taking two AP classes and two or three ACP classes while making tough decisions, you will go crazy, unless you enjoy stress. Good luck and have a great senior year.
Roger and Rory Raider
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