Pom Squad is one of Bon Lin’s most prized teams. It is the school dance team if you didn’t know. The coach/sponsor of the pom squad is Mrs. Craig. She is very proud of this year’s team. She has been the Pom Squad coach for two years, and she loves it. She was looking for good representatives of Bon Lin Middle School for her Pom Squad, and she thinks that she found exactly what she is looking for. Pom Squad’s 2016-2017 team consists of: Brandy Chillis, Jamison Fleming, Takiya Gaines, Jamie Gillard, Joey Hammonds, Piper Harrison, Grace Hodge, Zoi Jackson, Jenny Lim, Ella Kate Oglesby, Celeste Posner, Abigail Rivera, Zaria Scott, Amiya Smith, Morgan Thomas, and Ayanna Tuggle. Mrs. Craig thinks that Pom Squad this year will be great, because there was a lot of interest at tryouts, and interest makes you determined to do better at the game. Mrs. Craig and the Pom Squad meet a few times a week; every Tursday and every other Friday. Her favorite think about Pom Squad is being able to participate in a school activity, which makes her feel like she is contributing positively to the school.
Beta Club By: Kendall Barnes & Emily Wood
This 2016-2017 school year we interviewed one of the beta teachers, Mrs. McClain. Her main goal for beta club students is to promote the ideals of academic achievements, character, service, and leadership of middle school students. This is her fourteenth year being a Beta Club sponsor. The activities that they do include service hours each semester, fundraisers, and the state Beta Club convention in Nashville. Mrs. McClain also works with another sponsor Mrs. Baum. The coming up activity is at the Beta Convention on November 20th through the 22nd. Grades and behavior allow you to be in Beta Club, and you have to have a overall grade average of 95.
Bon Lin Middle Football Team By: Jayse Nadal and Aidan Hackett
Bon Lin Middle School has a very good football team. In this article I will be explaining all the things that make the BLMS Football team as good as they are. We decided to interview Jared Pearson for this article. If you go to BLMS then you probably know that the football team has an undefeated record. They went 8 and 0 last year and are on their way to another undefeated season. There is a total of eight games in the season. Six are regular season. Two are postseason. No football team is complete without rivals. For Bon Lin they are Appling and Elmore Park. Most feel like Bon Lin is better than them both. We asked Jared if a sixth grader were to join the team what would you tell them? ‘If a 6th grader were to join I’d say run and exercise more. You will also need to improve your work ethic. As you can see being on the football team requires a lot of hard work.
We recently sat down with eight grade football player Jared Pearson. We asked him a total of nine questions. For the rest of the article we be giving you the Q & A. Enjoy 1\ Do you love playing football? Yes, I have been playing for years. 2\ Do you play any other sports if so what? Yes, I play baseball 3\ What advice would you give anyone who wants to tryout? Start running a lot, and improve your work ethic. 4\ How many games are in the season? There are eight games in total. Six of the games are in the regular season. Two games are in the postseason or playoffs. 5\ What would you say is the best thing about playing on the team? Being around a lot people and the fact that your teammates they all have your back
Making New Friends By: Anna Wright
Making new friends can be tough. Sometimes people are mean to others, and then it turns out that they are just lonely. You should be nice to everyone. Even bullies want friends. They might surprise you. Being nice to everyone can be hard, but it really pays off. There are lots of ways to help others. You could invite someone to a party, or even just a smile can help. You can help others by helping them carry their books, or helping friends study. Everyone knows that it’s hard to be the new kid., So if there is someone new in your school or in your class, be especially nice to them. Offer to sit by them at lunch, or invite them to hang out with you and your friends. If they join in, it will make them feel more welcome. Invite them to an out of school event, or a sports game. All of these things can make a new kid feel welcome at their new school. You should never be mean to anyone. Even if it doesn’t look like someone’s feelings are hurt, they might be. A mean word can really hurt someone’s feelings. Even bullies can have their feelings hurt. So, you should never, ever be mean to anyone, no matter how they treat you. Treat others the way you want to be treated.If it’s too bad, ask a teacher to help. Making new friends is a fun way to spend your time, so go and make a friend today!
Why Is the Pledge of Allegiance important? By: Alexa brunner and Sophie Burke
Why do we say the Pledge of Allegiance? This is a common question many people ask. The first thing that it does is allows us to think and honor all the men and women who died and fought in the revolutionary war. Another reason that we say the pledge of Allegiance is to inspire some patriotism among the students. Since 1892 public-school children have daily or weekly stood on their feet, facing the flag, and said it in unison. Many people do not like the idea of saying it every morning why is that you ask? Well, some don't like to because in the pledge it says, “under God” some people don't like this part because they might not believe in God. Some people simply just don't want to. The whole pledge of allegiance is “I pledge Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.” It may be said safely that at least in every elementary- and middle-school grade where the teacher feels it a duty to teach patriotism, or where the Board of Education has authorized patriotic training. There are so many people that have fought and are still fighting for the freedom and opportunities we have. So saying the pledge of allegiance in schools is a way of honoring these people. Overall, many people believe that in the moments when we are saying the pledge we’re united side by side.
Volleyball By: Kendall Barnes and Emily Wood
This 2016-2017 school year we interviewed Saniyya Harville. Saniyya’s main goal on the court is to win. She became interested in volleyball four years ago when her sister started playing. Her position is back middle, but she can also play outside. She wants to be a professional volleyball player, because she wants to show that she can make a difference. She plays volleyball, because she likes it, and not just because she is good at it. She has been on a volleyball team before, she has played Premier, and she has also played at Bon Lin for three years. She thinks that if they had communication and would move towards the ball they would win more games. She also believes that if they had more practice they would win more. She believes this , because they can learn from their mistakes. She also said that volleyball is her main passion because she has liked it for a long time.
We also interviewed the 2016-2017 coach, Mrs.Betts. Coach Betts played volleyball in high school and she absolutely loved the game. When we asked her if she would rather be a volleyball coach or a math teacher she could’t choose, so she said she loved both. We also asked her how she chose her team, and she said she chooses them based upon skill, attitude, and ability. Coach Betts was a volleyball player when she was younger as well. Even thought Couch Betts loves to win, she will only worry about if they are improving.
Crime By: Anna Wright and Madison Stout
Crime is horrible, but common in Bartlett. Crime is a sad problem, and we hope that it will be fixed. If you read this article, you will understand crime, and how common it can really be. One of the most common crimes in Bartlett is theft. Theft seems small and unimportant, but it is more important than it may seem. Chris Page, who works at the police station, says that theft is reported to the station two or three times daily. Chris says: “To stop crime we need to be more aware of our surroundings. We also need to be aware of what is normal and what is not, so we know if something is out of the ordinary.” If you notice anything strange or suspicious, make sure you find out what is going on, for the well-being of everyone around you. Chris is the one who hears all of the complaints about crime, and he gets daily reports on everything that happens in Bartlett. He says that Bartlett is very proactive, but there are still unnecessary crimes that could change someone’s life. If you know someone who has been robbed or stolen from in any way, help them in any way you can, for even the smallest gesture can help. Even a small robbery can ruin a family business, so we should take Chris Page’s advice and be more aware of our surroundings. Weapons are very dangerous tools, and in the wrong hands they can do a lot of harm. Guns are the leading cause to murder or harm done to people. Guns are meant to protect, not harm. If you see someone with a gun in a place that it is not allowed, report it immediately. The same thing goes for knives. If you see anything that might result in a crime being committed, make sure to tell someone. A less common crime in Bartlett is car theft. Car theft can happen in even a safe and secure car, if you aren’t careful. Car theft mostly only occurs if you have valuable goods visible in the car. If you have to go into a store or anywhere that you leave your car, make sure to leave any valuable goods in a place that is not visible and lock your car. Another good tip is to leave your windows shut. You should never, ever leave your keys in the car if you have to leave the car. Any of these things could result in a safe car. As you can see, crime in Bartlett is more necessary than you might have thought. If you are more aware and follow these tips, it can result in a happy, crime free life.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle By: Emma Robson and Sophie Burke
The three R's - reduce, reuse and recycle - all help to cut down on the amount of waste we throw away. They conserve natural resources, landfill space and energy. It is VERY important that we are reducing, reusing, and recycling. By recycling we save raw, natural materials from being used. This also saves money and more importantly, the world. Reducing, reusing, and recycling is very good for the environment and the world. By reducing, reusing, and recycling, the environments that would become landfills in the future, would still be the home for many creatures. Plus, no human being, plant, or animal wants o live beside a landfill. An example of not doing the three R’s, the Pacific Garbage Patch has formed. The Great Pacific garbage patch, also described as the Pacific trash vortex, is a gyre of marine debris particles in the centra North Pacific Ocean discovered between 1985 and 1988. It is roughly twice the size of Texas. That’s really big! When trash goes into the sea, the currents lead it into the Pacific and makes the debris go in a circular motion. Therefore, this creates the illusion of a toilet bowl getting flushed. This is a result of not reducing, reusing, and recycling. We, the people, can help save the world be using the three R’s; reducing, reusing, and recycling. If you have a plastic bottle, throw it in the blue bin, the recycling bin. You can help the world by doing this one simple step. Not only plastic can be recycled, paper and glass can also be recycled. Try to get other people to reduce, reuse, and recycle. In conclusion, everyone should use the three R’s, and help the world!
Funeral Home Prices By: Logan Kelley, Reagan Johnson, and Emma Beach
We think that funeral home prices are a problem. The prices are too expensive and cause many problems. Funeral prices can be a struggle to those who don't have enough to pay. There are some funeral homes that help people. The prices are dependent on what kind of service you want to have for your loved ones. Cremations can vary from $1,400 to $4,000, and a burial and ceremony can cost from $20,000 to $30,000. This can cause problems for those who aren't financially stable. Some people might even become broke or poor from the cost, just because they want to have a nice ceremony for the person. A lot of funeral homes are already trying to fix this by helping the people who don't have enough for the funeral. For example High Point Funeral Home provides Go fund me accounts, and may give them a discount. The Memphis Memorial Gardens said that,“ We try to be able to do anything we can to try and help families and we never turn them away.” Funeral homes like these try to make there services and prices as easy as they can for the customer. In the last couple of years there hasn't been any dramatic price changes. Besides the fact, that the prices went up a few years ago. A lot of the funeral homes didn't think this was good idea, but still had to follow the guidelines. There is also a change in prices if a funeral home runs out of space because then they would have to buy more land, and they will have to get a permit to put other burials on top of another. For those who don't have money or a family to pay for the service, there is the choice of funeral homes that don’t cost as much or even anything at all. That has a big part in helping people who don’t have enough. Since funerals can be expensive there are some people like, the assistant manager of the Memphis Memorial Garden, Greg, who made an exception just last week for a family who had less than 5,000 dollars.
Cheer Team By: Reagan Johnson The cheer team is a big part of our school, they help us get excited about school and show more spirit. The whole cheer team is overlooked by the two sponsors, Mrs. Gorham and Mrs.Farrell. This year the two captains of the cheer team are Madison Seward and Kennedy Wright. They are very excited to be the captains for this year. Kennedy and Madison both predict that this year is going to be a amazing year. They both look forward to getting to know the cheerleaders more and becoming more of a family. They feel like the bond of this year’s team is stronger than it has been in the past two years. Although they are looking for a fun year they also expect a lot from the cheerleaders. They expect that the cheerleaders treat there peers and teammates with respect and help other students. Although the cheer team is good, they struggle with motions and struggling with staying in lines at the games. Even though they struggle at some things, they are the best at school spirit. The cheerleaders are very excited about the new mascot idea, and they think it will bring the school even more spirit.
The SGA President By: Reagan Johnson,Joshua Tubach,Jordan Serca
The SGA president for this year is Jared Pearson. You may know Jared from the announcements every morning or from the football team. Jared wanted to become president because he wanted to help the student body. Jared stated that being president to him meant helping almost anyone with their problems. Not only has being president helped him feel like he could help people, it also helps him with his self-esteem. He wants to help make better changes to the school, some of those changes include, making the teachers see us differently and noticing that we are good, try to bring Chick-Fil-A back, and try to get us more dances. Jared states he is going to try to make these changes with consulting more with Mr. Duncan. Jared hopes to be the best president Bon Lin has had yet.