Students at Amherst Regional High School are sharing the “Viking Vibe” with the rest of the greater Amherst community.
Over the past several years several things have happened in the world of teaching English: (1) students want their writing to matter and (2) students think no one wants to hear what they have to say.
This project is going to provide an opportunity for students to write about what is important in their lives, current events, opinions and events.
HL: Why I upgraded after high school
By Carly Holloway
I decided to upgrade English and sociology after I graduate June 27.
I decided I wanted to go back to ARHS the next fall to upgrade a few classes. I did this because I wasn't sure on what I wanted to do for my post secondary education and I did not want to start a course I was unsure about and wind up wasting my time and money.
The reason I choose these classes was to increase my average, and better my chances of getting into the college I wanted once I figured out what I was going to take to further my career. However, I did not want to take a leap year, like many do because I wanted to stay in the routine of going to school every day.
After I finish this school year at ARHS I will proudly be attending Holland College in Prince Edward Island in the fall. I will be taking a two-year course in tourism and travel management.
I strongly believe this course will bring me happiness and success.
HL: Graduation 2014
By Gillian Lyons
The Grade 12 students from ARHS are the graduating class of 2014. Graduation will be held June 27 at Amherst Regional High School.
Each student will be provided with six tickets to give to family members and friends who wish to attend.
The day starts with the grad breakfast which is held at Knights of Columbus at 7:30 a.m.
The grad breakfast will be followed by the grad rehearsal which begins at 9 a.m.
At the grad rehearsal, students will pick up their caps and gowns that they paid a total of $30 for. Graduating students are expected to be at the school by 7 p.m. to prepare for the ceremony. Students will also be expected to return their cap and gown after the ceremony before they leave for safe grad.
The students who have paid $25 will have the option to attend the safe grad trip, which will be held at Crystal Palace this year.
Students will arrive back at the school at 6 a.m. the next morning. They will then embark on their next journey.
HL: Making a difference
By Lauren Carter
At ARHS, off classes are anything but dull.
Activities during these off classes range from studying for tests to making a difference in someone’s day, whether it’s a person’s or a dog’s.
Recently, my friends and I decided to spend our double off period walking dogs at the L.A. Animal Shelter.
The dogs were very energetic and full of life. While my friends and I were on the walk, our dogs got to run and play with each other, which some of them would not have been able to do otherwise. A
fter we put them back in their pens, they were all ready for an afternoon nap. You could really tell that they loved to be outside and getting the extra attention.
On this off class that we walked the dogs it really made a difference in the dogs’ day, and in my own, as it generated a feel-good feeling.
Walking these dogs makes you realize how important and rewarding it is to adopt from the shelter. There are a lot of ways to spend off classes but this is one of the best.
HL: Continuing the Mortal Kombat series
By Mitchell Johnson
The trailer for the latest instalment in the Mortal Kombat series, Mortal Kombat X has had its first official trailer released at the very start of June.
The trailer is a fight between the iconic Mortal Kombat characters Sub-Zero and Scorpion that takes place in a forest.
It showcases some of the new graphics the game will be featuring as well as some peaks at possible new game play mechanics.
In the trailer it is shown that the popular X-ray moves from the previous games will be making reappearance.
We are also shown what appears to be called a super move in other fighting games used by Sub-Zero. Many fans are excited for this new ability as super moves were unfortunately missing from the previous game.
Also shown are the characters using objects in their environment such as when Sub-Zero hits Scorpion in the head with a tree branch similar to another fighting game Injustice.
Gamers the world over are excited for the new game and the trailer only served to increase the hype. However, most had concern over the music that played during the trailer as it did not fit the feel of the Mortal Kombat series.
Many have expressed concern that the rest of the soundtrack will sound like that. Even with the poor choice of music people are ecstatic over the opportunity to once again enjoy the bloodbath that the games known for.
Mortal Kombat X is slated for a release sometime in 2015.
HL: ARHS track and field athletes qualify for provincials
By Willie Legere
Every ARHS track and field athlete qualified for the regional meet that took place recently.
A team of 40 went to the NSSAF Cumberland-Pictou districts to compete and had many first place finishes there.
The team then qualified every athlete to move on to the regional competition and had great success there as well qualifying around 25 athletes to move on to the provincial meet this weekend in Cape Breton.
The team had this success and could have had more if their captain, Stephen Belyea wasn’t injured. Last year’s triple jump Provincial champion broke his toe two weeks ago.
This is a great feat for the Amherst track and field team to move so many athletes on to provincials. New head coach Shawn McManaman was very proud of the team.
“We qualified every athlete and our injured captain,” said coach Mcmanaman, when talking about the team’s success at districts.
Belyea still qualified in triple jump by jumping a 5.95 meter jump on a broken toe. This is almost eight meters off his personal best jump.
The Vikings did not win any banners this past weekend but were very close in the senior girl’s division.
With only seven senior girls to compete against a CEC team with almost 30 girls, Amherst only lost by seven points, but the Vikings will be looking for great showings at the provincial championship this weekend.
HL: Stay in school
By Jessica Wilson
Stay in school kids.
If there is one thing that I would have to tell future high school students, it would be to stay in school, do your best and be yourself.
Grade 9 is a joke year, goof off and have fun that year. Grade 10, your grades start to matter. Do your best that year because it starts to determine where you want to go in life. The end of grade 10 you pick your courses for Grade 11. Take a lot of time to decide what you want to take.
Grade 11 is the year that really matters for applying to universities. If you don’t do well that year, you can’t apply early for university, and you really need to apply early for certain programs and certain universities.
Grade 12 should be your best year yet. Enjoy every single moment of it, because it will absolutely fly by.
Take risks and chances; go all out for every theme day they have. Get to know the other graduates in your class. Study hard, but make sure you have fun too.
Don’t just sit back and do nothing, do everything you can. Play sports. Try new things. Join clubs and committees. Volunteer. I don’t even know how much I need to express that one. Universities and scholarships love volunteering.
If you don’t know what you want to do by now, take a year off. Travel. Decide. Find yourself. And if you ever get the chance to take Mrs. Stubbert’s dance class or yoga class, do it. You won’t regret it. They are a lot of work but extremely worth it in the end.
But most importantly, stay in school, do your best and be yourself.