A Student’s View on the 1st Amendment – Alyssa and Hannah

The First Amendment (Amendment 1); an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ratified in 1791 as part of the Bill of Rights, prohibiting Congress from interfering with freedom of religion, speech, assembly, or petition.

To me (Alyssa), the first amendment means being able to say anything you want to say, without getting in trouble, as long as it is appropriate and has nothing to do with anything racial, harmful or sexual to a person or persons. In this government many people say a lot of things and get away with it.  Sure, I guess they have the right to say gross and rude things to another person, but is it really necessary?

You have the freedom to choose what religion you have.  If you believe in God. If you don’t. If you are a Christian, Baptist, and so on. Nobody in this entire world can make you believe in something that you don’t want to, so why would we not have freedom of religion?  If we did not there would not be a single person in this world who would all truly believe in or have the same religion. Not everyone would be set in those ways.

Freedom of petition means we, the people, have the right to come together as people in public areas and discuss, promote or defend our ideas and just hang out in the public. There is not really anything that the law or anyone can do about you going to public places, as long as what you are doing is legal.

To me (Hannah) the first amendment means I am able to believe what I want to believe, say what I want to say, and do what I want to do as long as it is not hurting anyone. I believe over the years, people have taken the first amendment out of hand. As an example, when people stand on the American flag and talk bad about America when they are living there. I do not think they should be able to do that.

Freedom of speech is a big thing to me, and that is why a lot of people love America. In China, You are not able to talk about your beliefs, even if you do not believe in the way everyone else does. We should be able to believe in what we were taught without getting prosecuted for it. Petition of the government for a redress of grievances means we are able to agree and disagree with the government as long as we are not doing anything illegal or harmful to anyone. We also have the right to tell them how we feel about anything the government is doing we like or dislike. The government has too much control over us.

Lastly, the right of the people to peacefully assemble means we have the right to come together in what we believe in, this being done at parks, houses, churches, or anywhere the people in that group want to meet. This could go anywhere from your religious beliefs and political beliefs to just meeting up in the park with your friends to talk about your day, or anything you want to talk about.

We both have the same views on our political views, and think this year’s election is not going be as good as the previous ones, the nominees this year is not the kind of people who would be able to handle the power(s) a president receives or be capable to make laws without causing trouble for us Americans. Therefore, we would vote for none of the nominates.

A Student’s View on the Election – Dalen

I am going to be talking about this year’s election. First I would like to point out that it’s a joke, I mean who wants Hillary Clinton as a president, or Donald Trump seriously they pretty much just want to become president for bragging rights. I don’t believe that they are going to do anything that they say they will. If I had to choose a candidate that I would go vote for would be either Bernie Sanders or John Kasich. Honestly Hillary and Donald say so much about each other that they hardly want to talk about what they are going to do to make our country great. If Hillary gets elected I don’t see how anyone can trust her with all the lies she has told especially about her emails and honestly Donald would be just a terrible leader considering when we have to talk to other countries he is the one we have to trust to get us out of situations. I hope later on down the road the next candidates don’t take this as such a joke and decide to actually follow through with what they say they will do to make our country great again. I truly wish they would put someone into the candidate selection that the people can actually trust and believe that he/she can do their best and put their best effort into what they say they are going to do. All I see right now out of this year’s candidates is who can trash talk the others the best. And right now Trump might be winning because he says it’s HUGE!!! And Hillary, oh boy, don’t even get my started. Tell me if girls are always right how come she’s wrong? Oh and a liar? If Hillary became president were screwed, because she is a stone cold liar and she changes her mind way too much. I mean she opposed same sex marriage and now is all for it. At least Donald still disapproves of it. If you are going to become a candidate at least stay strong in what you believe in and don’t change it because you just want to win the votes of everyone. If that is how you feel then no one wants you to be president because you can’t stay strong in what you believe instead you let the people or the media run you. Another thing people don’t like is the fact the Trump wants to build a wall! If he wants to kick immigrants out then his wife has to go to. I don’t see a point of kicking them out; all they are going to do is find a way to get around the wall or over the wall, maybe even under the wall. If Bernie or Hillary get elected they are talking about lowering the cost of colleges or making it free. If they did that then it’s no point in even going to college because you paying for your education is what sets you apart from the people who stop after high school. Plus how are colleges supposed to stay open if students aren’t paying them tuition. Other than that it would be a decent idea to lower the cost but don’t make it free. Because if college is free it’s pretty much the same as high school. Now some people who can’t afford college and want to go that’s why it would be a great idea to lower the cost. Don’t make it dirt cheap but don’t keep it at an outrageous price that leaves most people in debt when they come out of college. I feel as if this presidential election it will be hard to pick one that you actually like and vote for them because they become more controlled by the people every day. All they do is say stuff that you want to hear because they think that’s what’s going to get them the most votes. After this election I’m hoping that an election like this never happens again because this is a total disaster. Now on the other hand not every candidate running is a complete idiot. I haven’t really heard much of anything out of John Kasich but if I had to choose one of the candidates to choose for it would be home. This year’s election made me stop and tell myself I hope there’s not another election like this when I’m able to vote, otherwise if there is I don’t want to vote.  

High School Track Results

The high school track team has been busy.  Here are the results from a couple of the recent meets.
Archie Whirlwinds Invitational
100m-4th, Allison Taylor 13.55
200m-3rd, Allison Taylor 28.42 & 6th, Serena Duncan 29.56
4×100-2nd-Kassi Austin, Taylor Coonce, Serena Duncan, Allison Taylor 53.51
4×200-1st-Kassi Austin, Taylor Coonce, Serena Duncan, Allison Taylor 1:53.84
Long Jump-3rd, TaylorCoonce 14′ 11″
Triple Jump-3rd, Serena Duncan 30′ 10″ & 4th, Taylor Coonce 30′ 7 1/4″
Javelin-4th, Peyton Walton 74′
100m-2nd, Bryant Courter 11.31 & 3rd, Aadin Humble 11.53
400m-2nd, Aadin Humble 51.78
800-2nd, Kyle George 2:11.56
1600m-5th, Kyle George 5:06.38
300m Hurdles-5th, Jacob Querry 45.15
4×100-2nd-Jacob Querry, Aadin Humble, Kyle George, Bryant Courter 46.07
4×200-5th-Jacob Querry, Michael Scrivener, John Scrivener, Kyle George 1:50.06
4×400-8th-John Scrivener, Michael Scrivener, Ryan Brown, Lucas Breckenridge 4:49.96
4×800-6th-Ryan Malone, John Scrivener, Lucas Breckenridge, Ryan Brown 10:30.22
Long Jump-1st, Bryant Courter 21′ 1/4″ & 6th, Jacob Querry 17′ 7 1/2″
Triple Jump-1st, Bryant Courter 45′ 11″
Shot Put-3rd, Michael Clark 40′ 3″ & 7th, Myles Becker 37′ 4″
Discus-3rd, Myles Becker 116′ 4″ & 5th, McCrae Klinksick 110″ 7′
Javelin-3rd, Michael Clark 111″
Lamar Rotary Relays
Long Jump-5th, Taylor Coonce 15′ 2 3/4″
Triple Jump-7th, Serena Duncan 31′ 2 1/2″
Javelin-5th Peyton Walton 68’3″
100m-6th, Kassi Austin13.41
4×200-7th-Kassi Austin, Brittany Mitchell, Serena Duncan, Taylor Coonce 2:00.98
4×100-6th-Peyton Walton, Kassi Austin, Serena Duncan, Taylor Coonce 56.22
200m-8th, Kassi Austin 28.97
High Jump-1st, Bryant Courter 6′ 4″
Long Jump-1st, Bryant Courter 22″
Discus-8th, McCrae Klinksick 121′ 7″
Shot Put-5th, Michael Clark 40′ 7 3/4″
Javelin-7th, Blaine Robb 111′ 5″
100m-3rd, Bryant Courter 11.09
1600m-Kyle George, 3rd 4:57.56
4×100-6th-Blaine Robb, Jacob Querry, Kyle George, Bryant Courter 47.56
300m Hurdles-5th, Jacob Querry 44.69
800m-6th, Kyle George 2:13.07