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November 1, 2000


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MCHS to participate in National Depression Screening Day
BY VANESSA KIRK
When people think of the word "teenager," a lot of things come to mind. A major factor of a teenager's life is stress. As a teen some stress sources may be academics, SAT scores, too many extracurricular activities and getting into college. One factor that may not come to mind is depression.
A teen can go through so much stress and so many different emotions that the teen feels like they can't take all of it anymore. This is a serious problem that is often overlooked.
This year MCHS is taking part in the National Depression Screening Day. This will be the 10th annual screening day, but it's new to MCHS.
The program will include a 20-minute video that will cover signs of depression and suicide. The video promotes the ACT plan: Acknowledge that there is a problem; let the person know that you Care; and Tell a trusted adult.
After the video, the students will have a discussion session. Students will then take part in an anonymous, self-scoring screening form. Literature will be passed out with places to get help if needed.
The sponsors and MCHS will receive a summary report of the student's answers. This information is needed so that MCHS can better plan programs and groups for the students.
The screening will be conducted by professionals, including high school, middle school and elementary school counselors, the school psychologists and social worker and individuals associated with the program.
Parent permission forms were sent home on Friday in case some parents do not want their child to participate in the depression screening.
The screening day is set for November 1, 2000, during first and second periods.

A walk in the shoes of a Freshman
BY DENISE WILLIAMS
It is always a hard transition to make from middle school to high school. In high school you are faced with difficult decisions every day. Upper-classmen find a thrill in teasing the freshmen and giving them a hard time. Freshmen are looked at different than everyone else in the school because this is their first year of a new beginning.
Tammy Hansford is only one among the many several freshman that began this year.
"The biggest thing I feared about my first day of high school was getting lost, but I knew if I got lost I could count on my sister, Valerie, and my cousin, Denise, to help me find the way," replied Tammy.
Tammy is hoping to graduate with a technical diploma. As of now, Tammy is not involved in any extracurricular activities.
"I wanted to adjust to the new atmosphere before getting too involved," said Tammy.
In her spare time, Tammy enjoys listening to music, watching television, and most of all enjoys the outdoors. Tammy is very energetic and loves playing sports.
"I really like high school, and the best part is that I now realize I only have four more years until I graduate. The next four years will be a challenge, but hopefully it will be fun," remarked Tammy.
Tammy has a very positive attitude about school. She meets people easily, and, as a result, she is blessed with tons of friends. With so many positive attributes, her freshman year will surely prove to be a breeze.


NHS induction ceremony held
BY ARRIE BROWN
The Crawford W. Long chapter of the National Honor Society recently held an induction ceremony for new members. The ceremony was held in the media center of the high school and began with a presentation by the club's officers, President Megan McCay, Vice President Donny Stamper, Secretary/Treasurer Arrie Brown, Historian Christine Simmons and Projects Chairperson Crystal McGinnis. The officers introduced and explained service, scholarship, leadership, and character as the main focal points of the club, and lit a symbolic candle for each topic.
The inductees were then introduced and pinned with the club's blue ribbons. After pictures were taken, all members, parents and friends went into the lobby for refreshments, which were catered by Debbie McCant's Professional Foods II class.
The NHS sponsors, Priscilla Darley, Renea Simmons and Amy Sanford, planned and prepared for the event along with the officers.


Matt Cleghorne - A work in progress
BY SARA DUCEATT
Balancing a job and school can be tough, but not for this senior. Matt is involved in the DCT program at MCHS. Diversified Cooperative Training Program is keyed for students who would like to come to school for the first half of the day and then they can go to work for the remainder of the day. DCT is available to students through application and class credit requirements.
Matt Cleghorne has worked at Hardee's of Danielsville for six months. Starting at the bottom was Matt's way of working toward his career objective as a professional chef.
Matt said, "It has shown me that working hard will pay off sooner or later. Just do the best you can and you will go far in life." His supervisor described Matt as a hard worker who is trustworthy and dedicated in his work.
"We here at Hardee's would like to thank Matthew for always keeping us laughing and making the work load faster," said Pamela Skala, Matt's supervisor.


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Biology teacher always optomistic, cheerful in her job
BY STEPHEN TIPPINS
Mrs. Cindy Hayes-Colley, a biology teacher at MCHS, believes that after 25 years of teaching, her perspectives and attitude toward the field of academics have changed, but, in fact, she has remained throughout those 25 years an always optimistic and cheerfully bright lady who has reached countless students.
What has changed, however, in those 25 years is her surroundings. After graduating from West Georgia with a degree in biology, Mrs. Hayes-Colley decided to become a certified teacher. She became the eighth grade science teacher at Bowden High, a very small Single A school not far from the West Georgia campus. Having been from Athens originally, she decided to move closer to home. After doing so, she took a position in Winder as a biology and general math teacher. Then she moved on to Madison County, where for the last 20 years she has passionately taught biology.
"I try to reach every student in some way... on a level they can learn," she says. It is fair to say she has succeeded in doing just that. Throughout everything she has seen come and go, and everyone she has taught, as well as care for her family, which includes husband Jimmy Colley of Colbert and two sons, Brandon Hayes, 16, and A.J. Hayes, 7, she has remained a very clever and insightful teacher.
"Sometimes I have to laugh to keep from crying," she says in an obviously joking manner. And, indeed, that is the type of teacher that Mrs. Cindy Hayes-Colley has been for the last 25 years. Always humorous. Always optimistic. Always a good teacher.

Peer mediation program offered at MCHS
BY WENDY TILLER
When the average student gets in an argument with another student at school, what do they do? Some may be able to work it out, but the others may result in fighting. Throughout high school, fights cause many lost friendships.
MCHS has a program called Peer Mediation to help decrease the number of lost friendships and fights. Fighting had gotten to be so frequent that extreme penalties were made for those who chose to fight. They are taken directly to the sheriff's office and suspended.
Peer Mediation, led by Mr. Robertson, allows students to write in problems and get help. The students involved with the argument are taken into a room with two mediators.
The mediators help the students talk their problems out themselves. They are not allowed to talk about any of the problems outside of class. Everything is kept confidential.
If you would like to learn more about Peer Mediation, stop by Mr. Robertson's room. He will answer any questions that you might have concerning it.


Dear Ruby
Dear Ruby,
There are two parties going on this weekend, and I have been invited to both of them. One party is for my best friend's 16th birthday and it's going to be really small and private. The other party is going to be huge, with lots of cool people and the guy that I like is going to be there. Both parties are going to be at the same time, so I don't know which one to go to. If I go to my friend's thing, I'll miss out on being with my crush for a whole night. But, if I go to the big party, my friend will really get her feelings hurt. What do you think I should do?
-Double Whammy
Dear Whammy,
This is a classic problem, and one that I've tackled many times before in my career of Advice Guru. Talk to your friend. Ask her if she knew about the other party, then tell her how you wanted to go to it, but her party is more important. Then, act like you just had a great idea. "Hey!" you say, "What if we go to that party together after yours? It'll be fun!" If it works, congratulations. Problem solved. If she gets mad at you, you have an excuse not to go to her dumb old party anyway, and you can hang out with your guy all night long. Either way, good luck!


Proud to be in Pride
BY TESSA HOLLIS
Students influencing younger children to stay drug and alcohol free. It is what the Pride organization is all about. Pride travels to all of the five county elementary schools, doing presentations for the students about the consequences of substance abuse.
The students involved in Pride have several requirements that they have to meet. First and most importantly, members must be drug and alcohol free. A teacher recommendation is also required.
This year Pride's theme is "Rock and Roll with Pride." They start their presentation with a dance and have several skits throughout the program. Some of the skits are funny, but others are very serious and really drive the "drug free" message home to the children.
Junior Andrea Bond commented, "I love Pride. It really is an excellent way to impact the lives of children."


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