3-20 Students Prepare for District Solo and Ensemble [Photo Gallery]

On Saturday, Mar.22, district Solo and Ensemble will be held in Tomah. Participants will be performing music for judges, either vocally or through use of an instrument. Performances may be either alone or in a group of 2 or more, including various ensembles and groups. Those who perform a Class A Piece — the most advanced offered — will have the chance of advancing to the State level.

It’s been a busy year for some, and it leads to a bit of nervousness for those performers who’ve had trouble balancing everything.

“It kind of took awhile to select my pieces, because not only was I catching up on homework but I had the musical. After the musical was done I had time to get my pieces, but I only had two weeks. Like, two weeks to practice,” said senior Joseph Barnett.

Despite this, Choir Director Gillian Pacetti had nothing but good things to say regarding her own feelings on how Solo and Ensemble would go.

“I’m excited, and everyone’s really prepared. It’s going to be a great day.”

Students unsure of ISS effectiveness

IMG_1738Some students are concerned about the effectiveness of in school suspension.

ISS is a place that is supposed to be for students to go to when they need to step out of class. Some students are sent there for the whole day for behavioral issues, and some are there for other reasons.

“People come in for a variety of different reasons. Some students are in there for disciplinary reasons, some come in when they are having a bad day for some reason. Each student gets handled just a little bit differently,” said ISS  coordinator Richard Zarovy.

Some students are concerned if it is as effective as it should be. Senior Taylar Dalbec has her doubts.

“I hear people say that it is just a way to get out of class, and they are happy they get out of normal class for awhile,” said Dalbec.

ISS will remain as is until administration decides to makes changes.

Ask.fm: A Tool For Bullying

Ask.fm photoAsk.fm needs to be shut down. It is manifesting into a detrimental website. A teenager in today’s world has enough stresses as it is with school, sports, and their personal relationships and friendships. Ask.fm is just unneeded.

When one receives a question, they have a few choices. One option is to answer the question, which then makes the question become public to the those that follow the user on Facebook or Twitter. They then anonymously follow a person and people can anonymously follow them back.

Another option is to either delete the question or block the person and they will no longer be able to ask you questions.

This website has become the Devil’s playground. Given the power to ask uncensored questions to a person anonymously behind a computer screen is a great opportunity for bullies to harass people.

Particularly adolescent teenagers are targeting and being targeted the most. According to BuzzFeed, there have 9 suicides directly linked to the website last year [2013].

Some of the most common questions asked are not even questions at all. They are hurtful comments. Adolescent girls are commonly called ‘sluts’, ‘skanks’, ‘whores’. Their sex lives are being invaded and rumors are being started.

This website is toxic to teens. Bullying is one of the most discussed topics in our nation, so why are we letting people hide behind screens and anonymously harass people? According to Fox News, the site was started in Latvia, a country in Europe, which may explain why this site has not been shut down.

Ask.fm could be used for good, but people have not proven that to be true. It is incomprehensible  as to why people still use this site even when being bullied. It is believed that teens choose not to delete their accounts because they enjoy the attention that they receive for some of the questions. Sophomore Kacie Suchanek says that the compliments boost her confidence.

If this is the reason that people still have the accounts, then we need to take a step back and reevaluate the morals we are teaching our kids. If the few compliments they get out weigh all of the negativity they get, there is a problem.

Being one of the newest trends in media sites and has become one of the most popular with over 80 million users. It has also become the most dangerous. It is causing unneeded bullying and stress.  It needs to be shut down.