Post written by Abby Hopkins, Social Media Director
Hello everyone, I’m Abby. I’m a senior at PHS and I have been in AFJROTC for four years. From pretty much before high school, I fell in love with the program and desperately wanted to be in the honors society after seeing my adopted sister get awards from it. My sister was in it before me and graduated in 2014. I entered high school in 2015, the year after she left. I was pretty much going through the program by myself until this year. I learned so much mainly in my first two years.
My first year, I went to an event that I knew I was going to love, Clemson games. Our cadet core goes seven times a school year to Clemson and does their concessions for all the home games. We are given jobs like Runner, Cashier, etc. and we are at those for the whole 12-hour period. Another thing that I learned that we did was march, especially in parades for Christmas and for our Veteran’s day program. I honestly never got into marching correctly, even now as a senior.
The better I did in my academics, the more I got ranked up and got badges and ribbons. Just in my 10th grade year alone, I was promoted five times. I also got into the Kitty Hawk Honors Society which was the honors program for AFJROTC. In my junior year, I was given a spot on the staff which is the group of people who control the core. Kinda like how it is here, the students are in charge.
It makes me sad when I think about the fact that it is my last year in AFJROTC but I am so ready to move onto better things.
Post written by Brianna Hyman, Program Assistant
I was struggling to think of something for this blog post and was stressing out about getting this done in time along with all of my other responsibilities. That's when I had the idea to write about how to handle the stress of high school. If you're like me you like to take on more than you can handle. Except, you don't realize it is too much until it is too late. High school is like this 4 yearlong type rope. To make it through you need to stay focused and on track. On one side you are balancing your classwork and grades and on the other, you're balancing your after-school activities and social life.Most people think it's as simple as going to practice, hang out with your friends, and then working on your homework when you get home. In an ideal world, it would be that easy, but the reality is that you can easily become overwhelmed and lose your balance. With NHS/Beta club hours, practice hours, AP homework, honors homework, a job, and other responsibilities most high school students deal with; it can be difficult to find the time to do everything. It's important to take a moment to breathe, take a step back and focus on you. If things start to pile up, take a deep breath and figure out what needs to be done first. Taking everything on at once is just going to cause more stress. So my advice would be to take it one step at a time, and you'll make it to the end of the wire.
Post written by Stephen Boyer, Social Media Staff Member
What do you think of when you think about history? For a lot of people, it's that boring class in high school that had some of the hardest tests (looking at you APUSH). But I believe history is something greater than just a boring thing you read about in class. History is what you make of it. History is anything and everything and history class in school only glide over the basics of what history is. So before I get into what I think history is I think we should discus what history can be. If you are in the camp that thinks history is boring I can tell you, you’re wrong. Do you enjoy video games? Well a lot of them are based on history (some much better than others.) What about movies? I know I enjoy movies! Well a lot of them are based on historical events and others are based on legends from history. In fact, nearly every story follows a similar path to a story wrote hundreds of years ago. Do you enjoy books, well it's the same thing as movies they are likely based on or are similar too old tales. Do you read/ enjoy the Bible….you get the point.
Now for me? For me History is a canvas, it's an outline to tell a story, through documentaries or fiction. History is a Hollywood action movie waiting to happen! I would love to see a good movie on the rise of the Ottomans in Europe or the warring states period of China. Documentaries can even be amazingly interesting to normal people (not history nerds) if the director presents it the right way. I guess the point I’m trying to get at in all of this is that history isn’t a series of dates and names. Its a series of stories from the first kingdoms to Rome to Hitler and the rise and fall of communism. Give history another chance if you wrote it off because of high school teachers who didn’t know how to make it interesting. Youtubers do a great job at making history more interesting(although many sacrifice accuracy to be more fun or tell an easier story) and if that isn’t your thing then just try a few movies like Zulu(old but good) Saving Private Ryan (although nearly entirely fiction is still a great starting point) or a tv show like HBO’s Rome. If nothing else has convinced you then I can tell you this, If you like Game of Thrones you’ll like history.
Post written by Jack Spence, Sports Staff Member
So my name is Jack I’m a 210 pound cross country runner and high school is pretty lit. So, really and truly, I do not want to graduate if I could stay in high school forever I think I might. People need to have a more positive outlook on life, especially while they are in high school. I get tired of hearing people complain about their life to me or around me. We are in a first world country the best country in the world and we get to get educated for free. People take there situation for granted. I understand people have different lives out of school and people go through different things but we all have to go to school so why not make it the best it can be. I have been struggling with my own personal demons for years now and I dont cry about them to my classmates. I played football for four years then in the end of my sophmore year I decided that football was not for me. Multiple things went into my decision but in the end it was one of the toughest decisions I have ever made. And some of the people around me friends, family looked down on me for this. They told me “Jack what are you thinking”, “Jack you were going places”, “Jack why would you do this to the school?” And all this time little did anyone know but there was a greater door about to open for me known as “running”. I entered my junior year cross country season at 250 pounds over weight to the max. I was the perfect offensive lineman on the outside but on the inside I was a runner. When I started I ran a 27:30 5K. Now almost through my senior year season im running a 23:30 5K. What I want to vent to people that read this is that in your very short four years of high school live your best life and have the best possible attitude about everything you do. Do what makes you happy because if you go through it hating every minute of it, thats toxic and not healthy for you. So, live your best life and fight through those inner demons.
Post written by John Boone, Instructor
I’m sitting here watching one of my awesome dogs spin in circles chasing her tail and growling because she can’t quite catch it to scratch the itch. So naturally that has led me to think about my classes.
This is the time of year a teacher comes to realize what they have in a class, what kind of individual personalities make up the overall personality of the class, and what strategies need to be used to effectively help each student master the curriculum. It’s an even more fascinating dynamic for the seniors when managing a radio station is their priority. How I guide them and how they figure out how to work as a cohesive unit working towards a common goal of success is crucial.
Every class, every WPPB Staff, is different. I’ve had classes that were particularly talented in sales, or have been particularly innovative and creative, community service based, or excelled in production or performance. By now I usually know which direction we’re headed.
Last year, when we won IBS High School Station of the Year we had a pretty balanced class. It was successful in many areas, which is why we won so many awards. But aside from all the radio talent, a good portion of the class just liked hanging out together, and the class accumulated around 700 community service hours representing the station all over the Upstate. No other class came close to that many hours put in outside of regular school hours, and honestly, I’m not expecting this year’s class to reach that mark either. But that class had its drama too, in fact way too much of it, and it was detrimental at times. But they worked together when it counted.
So what of the Class of 2019? What of the WPPB Staff this year? They are struggling a bit with the team building aspect, but there is still time. They are particularly talented in producing and performing. As long as they can keep distraction at a minimum (not easy), they will put out some really good stuff this year. They think about what they’re doing - I mean really think about it, like some deep stuff at times, and stuff I’ve never heard before on the station. The shows are really good, and I hope y’all check out all of them.
We may never have another year like last year, but I said the exact thing around this time last year. You never know. It’s up to the team to step up, take advantage of opportunities, and see what happens.
As long as they’re not chasing their tails, or getting frustrated because their particular itch isn’t getting scratched, they’ll be okay