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

Study Smarter, Not Harder

By Gracie Fisher

The recent pandemic has affected all of our lives in a multitude of ways. One example being how we study and the effectiveness of our study habits. Last year, almost every test and quiz were open note and cheating became second nature for some of us. This year, on the other hand, it is time for us to refocus and start putting effort into good study habits. To help ease Lassiter students back into the process of preparing for important grades, I have compiled three study tips I have found most helpful throughout my three years at Lassiter.

First, time management and organizational skills are key to good study habits. By keeping a daily planner and making sure to complete all assignments thoroughly and on time, you will be prepared for all tests and quizzes because you will know all of the content and when to be ready to have your knowledge tested. Also, planning out certain times of the day to put aside time to study is crucial for your success. Maintaining a binder or even multiple binders to separate your classes can help you differentiate between your classes and keep you and your study materials more organized. Being smart with your time and staying organized makes the study process much easier and efficient.

Also, music is another factor that can help you better prepare for any test or quiz. Whether it is instrumental, rock, or hip hop, music can increase your attentiveness by giving you background noise to block out any other potential distractions. While not everyone will find that this is best for them, most teenagers have no problem playing any genre of music that most helps them focus on their work.

Studying is necessary in order to achieve educational success and it is best to start implementing these good study habits sooner rather than later.

Perks of the PSAT

By Gracie Fisher

            Wednesday, October 13, is a very important day for students around the country; the PSAT is being administered. Although optional for freshmen and juniors at Lassiter and required for sophomores, it can be very helpful to take this exam.

            First, the PSAT is a great way to familiarize yourself with the format and test questions of the SAT, along with insight on how the actual test day will run. Also, after a certain amount of time your test scores will be released. From there, you can guide your test prep based off your score so you can reach your desired goal. Being able to see your different areas of improvement, as well as your strengths, is extremely helpful in the process leading up to the real SAT. Furthermore, your PSAT score can qualify you for the National Merit Scholarship. Qualifying for the National Merit Scholarship provides financial aid for high school students planning to attend college. This scholarship is very competitive but is a very impressive accomplishment if achieved. Along with the potential for a scholarship, colleges can try to recruit you which allows you to learn more about your many options for your future eductaion.

            Although the PSAT is just a practice, it is wise to take some time to prepare and put effort into the exam. Many great opportunities can come out of participating in the PSAT.