Sources of Strength Week

By Maddie Roy

The Lassiter Sources of Strength Club is thrilled to announce that SOS Week is fast-approaching, and you won’t want to miss out on all the exciting activities planned! The week of March 14th through March 18th will host the annual SOS Week that reaches out to all members of the Lassiter student body and promotes mental health awareness. Students can look forward to a week full of different themes pertaining to Sources of Strength values, and special events before school every day at 7:45. Mentor Monday will focus on raising support for mental health by supporting influential people in your life and thank you cards will be distributed to give to an influential mentor. Positive Friends Tuesday is intended to motivate students to continue to support their friends, while also reaching out to new friends. Additionally, name tags, stress balls, and aesthetic stickers will be passed out to students Tuesday morning. Wellness Wednesday will prompt students to participate in healthy activities that benefit strong mental well-being, and SOS bracelets will be given to every student in the skylight before school begins. Thankful Thursday gives students the opportunity to be extra generous through a social media challenge that appreciates family, friends, or pets by posting pictures and tagging Sources of Strength. Last but certainly not least, Friday is the day where every Lassiter student is encouraged to wear purple, which represents bravery and courage in the face of hard times. Aside from the themes each day, giveaways will also be held! Items such as Chick-fil-a biscuits, Starbucks gift cards, and Sources of Strength cups will all be available to students who participate. Enjoy SOS week Lassiter students!

Spreading Love During Cupid Season

By Gracie Fisher

              As most of us are aware, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. February 14th marks a day of appreciating those who hold a special place in our hearts, whether that be friends, family, or a significant other. However, I believe we should all go above and beyond on this day to spread our love to those outside of our little bubbles.  With over 2,000 students attending our school, most of us spend our days walking past people we know very little about. We don’t know what every stranger we pass is going through, what kind of day they could be having, if they are overwhelmed with stress, etc. With so little knowledge about these complete strangers, what is the harm in extending out some love and positivity on a day that celebrates love and admiration? A compliment, a wave, or even a simple smile could mean a lot more than most of us think it would. So, I encourage any student, or even a staff member, reading this to use February 14th to share their love with those they are not familiar with. We are all struggling in our own little ways; however, little gestures of love and connectedness can unite us on Cupid’s special day. And who knows, maybe you could even make a few new friends by the end of the day!

Lassiter Ambassadors

By Oliver Safir

Lassiter Ambassadors (LABs for short) is a program at Lassiter dedicated to helping freshmen manage their new high school lives. Ambassadors consist of juniors and seniors who have demonstrated strong leadership capabilities and academic success. LABs meet with freshman classes during advisement and discuss various topics such as studying skills, good organizational habits, responsible social media presences, peer and teacher relationships, and much more. The mission of LABs is to encourage freshmen to get active in Lassiter events and to help make the transition from middle school to high school much less scary. LABs also offer their own personal insight to being high schoolers, sharing tips and tricks they have found useful over their years at Lassiter. Additionally, Lassiter Ambassadors help with many Lassiter events such as Go Day. Club members say Lassiter Ambassadors is a very rewarding club, and they are glad to help ease the nerves of at least some freshmen while meeting with them. If you are a freshman or sophomore, please feel encouraged to join LABs when your time comes to help continue this tradition of fellowship.

HOSA Highlight

By Amanda DeMouey

Are you a student interested in the medical field for a future career? Or do you enjoy learning about healthcare? If so, the HOSA club is a perfect fit for you. HOSA, which stands for “Health Occupations Students of America,” is a national medical organization that helps prepare students for health-based professions.

Members of HOSA may attend competitive events where they test their healthcare knowledge and skills. However, these events are not required. Students are offered opportunities to volunteer at club-sponsored events and donate their time for people in need. 

In September, volunteers assisted at a Be the Match drive for cancer patients. Also, during a recent meeting, club members created thoughtful letters to support patients who are fighting breast cancer. 

At each meeting, entertaining games are played to test one’s knowledge on various medical topics. However, there is no shame for those who do not know the answers, as it is just for fun. In the past, guest speakers have attended meetings to provide more detailed information about specific health-related careers.

If you are interested in joining a club at Lassiter next year, consider HOSA. It is both an enjoyable and educational association that benefits students and their community.

Supporting Indigenous Peoples over Thanksgiving 

By: Lindsey McCrea

As thanksgiving approaches, we are reminded of the events that lead us to this annual celebration. Throughout most of our childhoods, we were taught about a dinner, between the European settlers and the native Americans, which likely never occurred. It’s important that rather than celebrating figures such as Christopher Columbus, who contributed to the oppression and near extermination of an entire society, we celebrate those whose land the settlers commandeered. 

Here are some things you can do over the holidays to support indigenous people: 

1. It is important not to erase Native American history, no matter how brutal. You and your family members can research and discuss the history of the land you live on. Using native-land.ça you can learn which groups of indigenous people originally lived where you do now. By having a discussion with your family and friends, you can raise awareness of what happened to those who were here before us and keep their stories alive. 

2. Donate to indigenous run a native-targeted charities, like the American Indian College Fund, which provides financial support and scholarship opportunities to American Indian students, and AISES, which aims to promote representation of Indigenous North Americans and Pacific Islanders in STEM. You can use charitynavigator.org to find more or find a charity with a specific cause. 

3. Finally, you can support indigenous run businesses, such as Bedré Fine Chocolate, Birch Bark Coffee Co., and Ginew. If you’d like to find more indigenous small businesses or are looking for a certain type of item, you can visit shopfirstnations.com for help. 

Ms. Murlow’s Strawberries

Written by Margaret Delaplane

“Sun’s out m’lady!” Hollered the paperboy as he tossed a rolled newspaper over the

white picket fence periphery of Ms. Murlows’ garden. It landed on the welcome mat at her feet

with a thud; she smiled, gave him a gracious nod, and then stooped to pick it up. He wished her a

good day and rode off on his bicycle to continue deliveries. Humming all the while, Ms. Murlow

gathered the necessary tools and began to tend her garden.

The garden was indeed a sight to see; strawberry bushes filled to the brim with scarlet red

berries and dainty, white flowers. The townspeople liked to stop by to marvel at how pristine and

lovely it was, nestled in the heart of town. Her only rule, “do not touch my berries,” was so

permanently ingrained in everyone’s minds that none disobeyed her. Instead, they picked up pies

or shortcakes for their families, and would on occasion, spark up a small chat with Ms. Murlow.

Housewives liked to inquire about recipes or the upkeep of such an involved patch of greenery,

and Ms. Murlow would laugh the queries off and say, “oh my dears, it’s the color. Have you ever

seen such brilliantly red berries? I attribute both the aesthetics of my garden and the taste of my

fine desserts to such.” This puzzled them significantly.

It’s unheard of really, for a massive collection of strawberry plants to be grown in such a

manner of perfection, but Ms. Murlow could be seen gardening for the majority of each day. She

clipped the branches which began to hang over the fence and twisted wire around stakes to

secure the roots to them. And she watered them, loving to see the drops gather about the leaves

and the tiniest of green seeds in the strawberries. Ms. Murlow often found herself imagining little

rivers and waterfalls flowing over her prized plants, keeping them ripe and hydrated. Because of

this, they were a deep, bold, red. Her neighbors often attempted to think of a name for such a

color.

“It is positively crimson,” said one.

“Don’t be silly they’re scarlet,” another chimed in.

“Ladies, they’re ruby. I’m sure of it.” Piped the last. And so, it was final. Ms. Murlows’

strawberries were a striking ruby red.

This remained undisputed for years and Ms. Murlow was soon known in town for her

wonderful gem-toned strawberries and desserts. However, this reality would be destined to

change. On one summer day, as she was tending to her strawberry bushes, trimming dead stems

and over-grown leaves that hung near the ground with sharp clippers, when a boy strolled down

the lane. He made a deliberate turn toward her and continued to move closer. The blinding

sunlight illuminated him, revealing his identity to her; it was Timothy. She propped up her

clippers against a rock, blades pointed toward the sky. He stopped on the sidewalk in front of her

house and swung his legs up to sit on the fence. He settled in, so perfectly perched atop the

fence-poles, and with a swift movement of the arm, plucked a berry from a bush and popped it

into his mouth. Ms. Murlow was in shock; never had someone so blatantly disrespected the

boundary of her fence and the gravity of her rule. He couldn’t have been aware of her watching

him from below the barrier of leaves, but when she stood, he was calm.

She looked at him, sensing a known unfamiliarity in the way he carried himself. This

boy, a staple of innocence in town, was not himself that day. Regathering her purpose, they made

eye contact as she desperately searched for any explanation. Regathering her purpose and anger,

she slapped him across the face. Ms. Murlow hadn’t any idea what the effects of this could be,

but what she hadn’t accounted for… was his startled reaction to her dramatic confrontation. He

fell. Head over heels into the garden, the clippers piercing through his chest as he plummeted

into the underbrush. At first, there was only screaming, and then, equally as horrifying, he fell

silent.

Ms. Murlow lowered herself to the grass, and before she could lay her eyes on the bloody

massacre of what were now her beloved strawberry bushes, she felt it. A river of blood flowing

from under the leaves, pooling where she sat on the lawn. Gasping, she stood up, drenched in the

scarlet juices of the little boy down to even her undergarments. It truly was a horrifying sight to

see: Ms. Murlow hovering above the mangled corpse slowly tipping into madness. And then she

noticed her strawberries. Glistening an even brighter red than before, and damp with droplets of

blood.

She went inside, not able to breathe, and sat silently watching the garden through her

window until nightfall. She awoke in the morning to an otherworldly sight; her strawberries…

were an even deeper red than before. And the body, it was gone, leaving only the strawberries.

She ran out into the garden and dug around the bushes trying to find timothy, but with no luck,

she sighed. Looking up at the juicy red berries that hung just out of reach of where she sat on the

ground, she couldn’t help but smile, they were even more perfect than before. Ms. Murlow

ignored all signs of danger or foul play: the missing body, the sudden color change, and utter

insanity of what had happened. She thought only of the housewives in town whose jealousies

would only grow, and the little children who would come to marvel at them or to ask for a bite.

Now in a normal sense, it would be cruel to use the term insanity of someone with a

seemingly sane personality, but in such a circumstance it is necessary to evaluate the characters’

actions. And in this particular moment, every feeling of anxiety and psychosis filled Ms.

Murlow’s mind, altering whatever normalcies she had left. So, while studying the berries,

hanging from the bushes, so seemingly suspended in thin air. She snagged one off of the lowest

handing branch… the one most indistinguishably reddened, and took a bite.

Each flavor hit her with more power than the one before; first, she tasted the familiar

sweet strawberry essence of. And then, all the saltiness and metallic undertones of blood made

themselves known. It was unremarkably akin to the taste of a busted lip, or when a loose tooth

finally falls out, but nonetheless, she loved it. In every way, she loved it. The way the outer layer

held a bitterness and the innards were ‘sweet as sugar’ gave all the notions of a dessert of the

utmost sophistication.

The next morning, all the townspeople found strawberry pastries at their doorsteps, and

shared them with families during every meal of the day. They noticed a subtle bitterness of their

treats but thought nothing of it, as they were delicious in taste and beautiful in appearance. Many

of them debated whether the new color of the berries was more of a burgundy or a rose, and

when asked, Ms. Murlow only smiled and said, “they’re more of a blood-red don’t you think?”

and everyone agreed.

Lassiter supports Breast Cancer Awareness 

By: Caroline Alligood

October is nationally known as Breast Cancer awareness month and the Lassiter community successfully came together to support the cause. 

Lassiter’s DECA club sold pink out gear outside of the lunchroom all week leading up to the football pink out game. Boas, confetti cannons, t-shirts, beaded necklaces, and much more merchandise were sold. All of the proceeds from the merchandise were donated to the Turning Point Breast Cancer Rehabilitation Organization. With all of the sales made, the DECA club raised a total of $2,800 for the organization. A raffle for pink out gear was also held where students could pay $1 for a ticket and a chance to win a pink pair of converse. 

Students showed up and showed out in their pink for Friday night lights to support breast cancer awareness and cheered on the football team for a big win, 38-35, against Sprayberry.

In other sports news, the Lassiter volleyball team also had a pink out theme for their last regular season game against Kennesaw Mountain on October 6th.

While most teenagers aren’t affected by breast cancer, the support shown by the Lassiter student body for the cause was outstanding.

The Cafeteria

By: Sidney DeBrock

The cafeteria brings joy and light to the lives of many Lassiter High school students. It’s a place to take a load off and enjoy healthy meals. One of the best parts of lunch is waiting in line! While in the long line waiting for your lunch, you can think about the loads of unfinished homework due next period, or you could even ponder the meaning of life. The wait is worth it for the delicious reduced fat Doritos, and you can’t even taste the difference from the real thing! The top-notch food is overly nutritious, and it perfectly pairs the taste of cardboard with burnt plastic. Scrumptious! The FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) would definitely endorse the soda options, the half-frozen mixed-berry mush, and the nachos covered in “real” cheese.

Tri-M’s Skylight Spooktacular

Sarah Patterson

‘Tis the season! This year, Lassiter’s own Tri-M music honors society will be bringing back one of its most famous traditions: Skylight Spooktacular! On the morning of October 29th, students in various woodwind, brass, string, and vocal ensembles will perform fan-favorite Halloween tunes such as Thriller by Michael Jackson, Edvard Grieg’s Hall of the Mountain King, Grim Grinning Ghosts from Disney’s Haunted Mansion, and many, many more! Performances in skylight will start at 7:45 on Friday the 29th, and go until around 8:10. 

The Skylight Spooktacular has been a Tri-M tradition for years, along with similar performances for Christmas, Valentine’s Day, etc., but, like everything else, the challenges from COVID-19 made public performances near impossible. However, Tri-M is back and better than ever; in fact, officers are already hard at work planning their next performances, including various other skylight performances and a charity concert later in the semester. Students are also very excited for the return of skylight performances, especially upperclassmen, who remember hearing groups perform several years ago, before COVID. Regardless of your age, though, Friday will be a fun, spooky day, so make sure to stop by for a little extra Halloween spirit!

Trick or Treating 101

By: Audrey Renaud  

            October has come once again and that means that Halloween is just around the corner. Most kids are going to go Trick or Treating on Halloween and they will spend the night hanging out with friends and eating candy. If you are not one of those kids and you do not really know “how” to Halloween, or if you are one and you want to know how to Halloween better, here are some tips to help you.

 The first thing you need to trick or treat is a good costume. With the costume you wear, you either want it to be extremely obscure or hard to recognize, so then you can spend a lot of time explaining what you are dressed up as to those who ask. Next up is the group you walk around with. For some of you this will automatically be a group of friends, but for the really fun people, it will be a group of strangers already Trick or Treating. All you need to do to is jump in step with their group and then laugh really loudly at their jokes. Then with your new friends, you can really start Trick or Treating. As you go from house to house, keep an eye out for the people who have their porch lights turned off, they are the ones who go all out and the lights are off in order to give you a good scare. Go up to their door and ring the doorbell at least three times to show them you really mean it, and do not go away until the come to the door. With these tips under your belt you are sure to have the best Halloween ever this year, and try to spread these around so that everyone can have as much fun as you, Happy Halloween