Best of times, worst of times

Nov 29 2010 - 2:41am

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Photos by BREE TONKS/Bonneville High School
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The school year in Top of Utah schools  has its ups and downs including extracurricular activities such as cupcake decorating contests.  Kate Searl, Madi Dumas and Jace Dalton (bottom) visit as they eat their school lunch.
Kate Searl, Madi Dumas and Jace Dalton (bottom) visit as they eat their school lunch.
Students say they enjoy studying with their friends in the library.
Photos by BREE TONKS/Bonneville High School
dragonfly00@comcast.net
The school year in Top of Utah schools  has its ups and downs including extracurricular activities such as cupcake decorating contests.  Kate Searl, Madi Dumas and Jace Dalton (bottom) visit as they eat their school lunch.
Kate Searl, Madi Dumas and Jace Dalton (bottom) visit as they eat their school lunch.
Students say they enjoy studying with their friends in the library.

You sit down and pull out your notebook, turning to face the front of class. How could biology get any better? You get to sit next to your best friend and your biology teacher not only makes sense, but also makes things entertaining.

But what happens when the stress sets in? How do you continue to look on the bright side? Although some people look at the new school year positively, other students see some downsides.

Just three months in, Top of Utah teens share their views on the best and worst elements of the new school year.

Favorite classes

To help you survive the seemingly endless weeks of school, a favorite class goes a long way. It gives you something to look forward to and makes getting up every morning a little more worth it.

For Stephanie Wallentine, a Syracuse junior, that class is chemistry: "I really like my chemistry class because we learn a lot but it's all hands-on stuff."

The best class of the day is driver's education for Cedrick Abalos, a sophomore at NUAMES, who says he loves the "freedom of driving."

Courtney Harrop, a Layton High senior, looks forward to her humanities.

"We're able to explore why people feel certain things and how certain pieces of art influence the thoughts of others," she says.

The reason for liking a class may not even be the curriculum, it could be because of the teacher or because you have a good friend in that class.

Kori Sisk, a sophomore at Box Elder High, enjoys biology, not because of the subject, but because of the "really cute guys in there."

Not-so-great classes

Adalee Wilson, a NUAMES sophomore, says that her least favorite class is math because she has "a confusing teacher."

"I don't like physics because too many things are taught too fast, and we don't have time to go over what we really need to know," Harrop says.

Wallentine adds, "I don't like English because I hate writing essays."

Beyond the classes, Harrop says the worst thing about the new school year is the "stress about having to get ready for college and to have to plan your future in just a few months."

And Matt Ross, a Bonneville senior, says the worst is "staying awake during all of my classes."

Lunch time

After surviving the first classes of the day, we've arrived at lunch time. Does what you are going to eat make the wait worth it?

For some students, like NUAMES sophomore Jessica Hone, a home lunch is the way to go.

And Cameron Lytle prefers going out for lunch. The Layton High senior loves going to Subway for the meatball sandwiches or other options that the school doesn't offer.

But what about school food? We've all heard the rumors of how inedible it is. Is it possible that there is some school food worth eating?

Abalos suggests you try the orange chicken, while others recommend chicken teriyaki bowls or country- fried steak.

Kaden Spencer, a senior at Fremont, claims the chicken enchiladas to be the best "by far."

Or Wallentine says that she is "OK with eating anything."

Assemblies

A school year wouldn't be complete without the assemblies; whether they're cheesy, funny or just plain strange, assemblies give students a little variety in their week.

Harrop's favorite was the homecoming assembly because the officers "made it fun and entertaining."

"I liked the Halloween assembly," says Wallentine. "It was fun because of the student scary movies they showed."

Other students didn't have a specific assembly they liked, just the extra time assemblies give them to spend time with their friends.

But others think it's a waste of time to see a group of officers get up in front of people and do a bunch of stuff.

Ross says his least favorite assembly was sophomore orientation.

Harrop says that her least favorite one was when "the administration came and told us about the rules, because we already know the rules."

Lytle looks forward to the farewell assembly and the chance to say goodbye to high school.

Other favorites

Other things that make a new school year worthwhile include making new friends and enjoying new freedoms.

"I (feel) more involved in school and extracurricular (activities)," said Brigitte Coles, a junior at Bonneville High. She says she also likes some of the new teachers at Bonneville this year.

Spencer, at Fremont, likes the new school year because he's a "senior and our football team is amazing."

Harrop says she likes how the "SBOs are trying to express more school spirit and get the student body more involved." She also likes how much more positive this year has been when compared with last year.

Gage Bosgetier, a senior at Bonneville High, says "the little competitions they have, like the cupcake decorating and gingerbread house, are really fun."

A good change is "being able to talk on phones at lunch," Bosgetier adds.

"The best thing this year has been hanging out in the library at lunch," says Caitlin Caouette, a sophomore at Ogden High.

What's the worst thing?

"The long lines for pizza at lunch," Bosgetier says.

Caouette adds, "It is cold in the school!"

Hillary Slaughter is a junior at Layton High School. She loves reading, crafts and "the great outdoors." You can reach her at hilleymae@hotmail.com.

Bryant Studebaker is a junior at Weber High School. He likes swimming and playing water polo. E-mail him at studebakerbryant@yahoo.com.

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