Devious Licks

By: Alex Lalic

A new tiktok trend has struck schools across the country with a wave of theft, with everything from bathroom soap dispensers to even school busses being stolen. Users typically film themselves unzipping a backpack and unveil whatever they’ve stolen. While at first it started small and featured loot such as exit signs, it quickly escalated as users sought to top each other with larger and more important items. At this point students have even been arrested and charged with felonies for what they’ve stolen. For obvious reasons, do not steal anything from Lassiter. It’s not worth committing a potential felony for a temporary thrill, so as a community let’s keep our amazing school intact, and our soap dispensers and exit signs where they belong.

Greta Thunberg: The teen activist

Nyra Pasha, News Editor

Greta Thunberg has gained a mass amount of attention over the past few months as she advocates for an issue that is very urgent and important: the future of our planet. The sixteen year old climate change activist is a leader of a youth movement that is pushing governments around the world to address the crisis. Greta started a movement called “Fridays For Future” in 2018 calling students from all over to skip school and protest environmental issues to garner media attention. Thunberg, who has Asperberg’s syndrome, claims that her illness is her superpower and says that she would not have become as passionate about an activism if she did not have it. She does not let it prevent her from achieving her goals in combating the issue of climate change.

While Greta has been advocating for climate change for several years, she recently struck social media fame when her speech to world leaders at the UN Climate Action Summit spread rampantly across various platforms. People learned new information about how dire this situation is and how society and the government need to help save the planet. 

Inspired by Thunberg’s activism, about four million people in 161 countries participated in the largest climate change demonstration on September 20th. This occurred right here in Georgia, as around 200 adults and students convened at the state capital for a climate strike. This was just one of the many that took place as a part of a youth climate strike in which many students even skipped school to join the cause. Advocates demanded attention on environmental issues like renewable energy and greenhouse gases.

Although only a teen, Greta Thunberg has already made a lasting impact on the world and the environmental scene. She is being nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts to combat the climate crisis. There is no doubt that she has brought a mass amount of attention to this terrifying issue that threatens our planet and its people today.  

National bullying prevention month

June Jordet, Co-Editor-and-Chief

More than one out of every five students are bullied. Those who are bullied are twice as likely to experience negative health effects. The good news: more than fifty percent of bullying halts when a friend kindly intervenes into the poor situation. Thus, each and every student at Lassiter may be able to reduce the dissemination of negative, hurtful words and actions throughout the school by standing up for a pal in need. During the month of October, National Bullying Prevention Month, individuals from every corner of the globe come together for a campaign against bullying.

There is one key to participating in this campaign― choose kindness and inclusion. Preventing bullying is not just about standing up for others. Simply giving a compliment, smiling at someone new, or including the last person in a group project are all ways to show others just how much the students at Lassiter care about them. Bullies cannot always be stopped, so it is the responsibility of the bystanders to shine a little brighter and boost someone’s day.

Homecoming King and Queen

Emily Swindell, Staff Writer

In case you’ve been living under a rock, this year’s Homecoming King and Queen titles were awarded to Ansel Riedlinger and Fiona McLaughlin. This year we had many wonderful students on homecoming court. All very deserving of winning; however, Ansel and Fiona especially stood out to the student body. Ansel is the Lassiter mascot, one of our wonderful pep rally announcers, and has been on Homecoming Court three years running. Ansel is a joy to have in the Lassiter and well deserving of his Homecoming King title. Ansel stated, “It’s a tremendous honor and it’s still so heartwarming to think about. I really didn’t think I was going to win so when they announced it, I didn’t really know how to react.” Homecoming Queen winner Fiona McLaughlin is Lassiter’s other enthusiastic pep rally announcer, is involved in Lassiter sports, and is an excellent choice to represent Lassiter as Homecoming Queen. We are very excited for both Ansel and Fiona and are thrilled to have such amazing people at our school.

PSAT

By Sarah Patterson, staff writer

The PSAT is approaching fast and will be administered on Wednesday, October 16. Freshmen and sophomore tests are payed for by the school and are mandatory. Juniors, on the other hand, must sign up for $17 in the front office. Despite the cost, it is highly encouraged that juniors take the test. Not only does it prepare the student for the SAT or ACT, the test score is used to distinguish National Merit Scholarship recipients.  Some recipients can be awarded up to $2,500 for college.

As for PSAT prep, teachers should be covering needed subjects in class, such as content specific vocabulary, grammar, how to read and dissect each question, and other skills needed for success. Online programs such as Khan Academy offer excellent SAT prep, which in turn can be used to prepare for the PSAT. Khan Academy even offers full practice SATs and offers estimate scores. Additionally, in-class resources such as vocabulary books can be used to prepare.

Behind the nominees

By: The Laureate Staff

When I spoke to Matt Grachen about what he wants people to know about him, he said, “I like sports a lot, and I play football.  I also like hanging out with my friends, I like going to the beach, and I like playing video games.”  I was curious about Matt’s ride for the Homecoming Parade, but he let me know he can not attend the parade due to football practice; he plays for our very own Lassiter Trojans.  The coaches need all players at practice, and Matt understands, but he hopes everyone participating in the parade has a good time. Good luck, Matt!

I spoke to Jada Wilson and she is really happy that she is on homecoming court! She said she was expecting a few close friends to vote for her, but not the whole senior class and she thinks it is really cool. Her and Eitan Ventura will be riding in the homecoming parade in a white BMW with Captain Minta of NJROTC and she is really excited. 

Julia Ferguson is one of the sophomore nominees for Homecoming.  She is a pleasant student and shared that she likes to try and make people happy.  No doubt, her positive attitude and relationships with her peers helped her land the nomination.  Julia is still deciding about the type of car she will be using in the parade, but she plans on keeping up the spirit of Homecoming by attending the dance with some friends.  Good luck, Julia.

Will Shutt is a junior on the homecoming court here at Lassiter. When I asked him what he wants the school to know about him, he said that he loved his mom a lot. Will has made many preparations for the Homecoming Parade, primarily in his attire. He told me that he bought a new tie just for this occasion. Good luck, Will!

Ferris Marie Moss is a sophomore on homecoming court. She is on the football team because it is her passion. She said that she wants to inspire other girls at Lassiter to follow their passions as well. She did not originally run for homecoming court but is very excited about it. Good luck, Ferris Marie!

I spoke to Jackson Lewis who is a sophomore on homecoming court. He was happy to be nominated and he is seemingly ambitious. When I got a chance to talk to him, he said, “I was born with that green, they used to call me the bread boy”. Clearly he is a very interesting individual. Good luck, Jackson.

Perry Kramer, a senior on homecoming court, states that he feels very happy that he was selected by his peers. He will be walking with Señora Hotle during the pep rally; he will be riding with Julia Keener in the parade. Perry is quite the interesting individual who enjoys watching Drake and Josh and listening to music by Lassiter’s very own Henry Tegethoff. One unique fact about Mr. Kramer is that his birthday is the same day as the calendar emoji.

Sydney Kollas is a junior on homecoming court and is very excited to participate for the first time. To prepare for the big night, her friend will come over and do her hair and make-up. She will be riding with Derek Dutta in the parade. Sydney is a bubbly and energetic girl who loves manatees and taking naps. Good luck, Sydney! 

Honored and humbled by the fact that his peers chose him for homecoming court, senior Reid Dobbins will be walking with Ms. Lee in the pep rally. While he plays for Lassiter on the field, Reid roots for the Carolina Panthers and Auburn too. Cheer Reid on at the game!

Vincent Gallucci, a sophomore on homecoming court, states that he can not wait for homecoming because he is the life of the party. He will be riding with Ferris Marie during the parade and plans on attending the game afterwards. Vincent is extremely excited to be on this year’s court and excited to hang out with his friends and peers.

Hillary Henderson is a part of the freshman homecoming court this year. She’s a competitive dancer at Rhythm Dance Center and says her favorite style of dance is hip hop. Her older sister, Miyah Henderson, won homecoming queen during the 2015-2016 school year, and her mom will be doing her hair, just like she had for her sister. She will be riding with Grayson Baldovin in the parade and will be attending the football game, but she will, unfortunately, be missing the dance on Saturday. Good luck anyways, Hillary!

Julia Keener is a varsity cheerleader with lots of school spirit. When asked about homecoming this year she said, “I’m really excited to represent our grade for the homecoming court this year. I’ve been on the ballot every year and this year I’m finally on the court so yay!”

Eitan Ventura is on the senior homecoming court and, when I asked about how he managed to get on he had quite the story; “So I was sitting in bed going through peoples stories and I saw a bunch of girls promoting themselves for hoco court. Now what I didn’t see where any guys doing it. So I thought to myself hey I’ll promote myself as a goof. But then one of my friends promoted me too. And then more of my friends. So I wanted to see how far I could take this, looks like I took it too far.”

One of the several boys on junior homecoming court is Carson Kinney. When asked about whether he wanted to be on homecoming court or if he was just voted on this is what he said, “I was nominated for it and once I was nominated I wanted to do it. it feels good to have ya classmates vote for you to represent the grade”

Cameron Gray is excited to be a part of the freshman homecoming court this year. He plays volleyball and describes himself as very loud and outgoing. When asked how he will be preparing for the homecoming parade, he said “I’m gonna get dressed up and we’re gonna be riding in a Mercedes.” Although he will not be attending the dance, he will appear on the court decked out in a “…black suit with a pink bowtie.”

Claire Parsons is a well known varsity volleyball star at Lassiter. She is committed to play volleyball at KSU after she graduates. She is happy to be on homecoming court and said “I can’t wait to be in the parade with all my friends!” Claire has lots of school spirit and dressed up everyday for hoco week,“I just love seeing everyone all dressed up and the creativity they put into their outfits.” Claire will be escorted by Mrs Winston tonight. 

Libby Bickford is ecstatic to be a junior in homecoming court. She plays volleyball, runs track, and is on FCA Leadership. For the homecoming parade and dance, she is riding in a convertible and will be going with a group. She wants nothing more than to represent Lassiter in a positive way, and to be someone anyone can come to. When asked about a quote for this homecoming, she said “Lassiter is such a great school, and over the past three years, had become my second home”

Henry Tegethoff is preparing by showering and brushing his teeth everyday. He plans to wear a suit, “just because that’s what he’s wearing”. Henry is a senior at lassiter who is fun-loving and loves to have fun. He wants people to know that his heart is burning with love.

Lassiter’s 2019 Homecoming Court

By Emily Swindell, staff writer

Freshmen Court

Kendall Buice

Hillary Henderson

Grayson Baldovin

Cameron Gray

Sophomore Court

Julia Ferguson

Ella Morris

Ferris Marie Moss

Vincent Gallucci

Ethan Hollinger

Jackson Lewis

Junior Court

Emily Backus

Libby Bickford

Sydney Kollas

Christina Mundt

Derek Dutta

Matthew Grachen

Carson Kinney

Will Shutt

Senior Court

Ansley Banks

Julia Keener

Fiona McLaughlin

Claire Parsons

Megan Todd

Jada Wilson

Reid Dobbins

Perry Kramer

Ansel Riedlinger

Jonathan Sanderford

Henry Tegethoff

Eitan Ventura

New gym

By: Emily Swindell, Staff Writer

In January, we are expecting the grand opening of our new gym at Lassiter. The wait has been long, but now it is coming to an end. Not only will we be getting a new gym, but we are also getting our parking lot back! With the size of the new gym, the back lot has lost around 120 parking spaces; however, it is a small price to pay for what is there now. Coach Kelly, the Lassiter Athletics Director, is planning on having the Varsity basketball teams play one game in the new gym this spring, so the seniors get to use it before they graduate! As far as we know, the gym will only be used for sports. All other activities that take place in the old gym will continue to take place there. This is because of the fun Lassiter students like to have, and we cannot afford to make a mess of the new gym. Although seniors will only have the gym for a short time, it is a great new addition to Lassiter that other students will appreciate for years to come!

Quill and Scroll

By Abby Apple, A&E editor

For the past few years Lassiter has only had honor societies that apply to specific classes such as math, science, and history, but this year we are bringing back Quill and Scroll, Lassiter’s Journalism Honor Society. Journalism Honor Society is an honor society for those in a journalism class or club such as, yearbook, newspaper, or even broadcast journalism.

This honor society is a great opportunity for students to gain service hours, college recommendations, and a cord when you graduate. Joining Quill and Scroll is a privilege just like any other honor society. To join this honor society, you need to get an application, fill it out, give it to one of the journalism teachers for a recommendation, and then submit it in to Mrs. Mclaughlin. 

This year, Quill and scroll is going to try and do a variety of journalism based things. Several of them being things such as touring the CNN building, reaching out to the Marietta Daily Journal, UGA Journalism staff, and the Eastcobber, and talk to Mrs. Mclaughlin’s uncle who is in Florida’s journalism hall of fame.

ASL class returns

By Hadley Quigg, staff writer

The ASL, American Sign Language, class at Lassiter High School was in danger of being removed last year. Lassiter’s D/HH, or Deaf and Hard of Hearing department, did not have enough money to fund the ASL class. Lily Herman, an ASL student, played a key role in getting The ASL allotment back. Lily explained, “I researched and saw that most other schools funded their ASL classes through the foreign language departments, while ours was through the D/HH…I went and petitioned to get the allotment reinstated as foreign language.” Lily rallied hundreds of people to sign the petition, and her efforts were rewarded.

The ASL class was given a foreign language allotment and students continue to learn about deaf culture and sign language. The ASL class brings lots of opportunities to people who learn the language such as jobs, different forms of communication, and access to a new culture. The ASL class grants many benefits in multiple career areas.

Knowing ASL looks great on resumes and applications for any job and opens career pathways that otherwise would have been closed. ASL helps nurses, doctors, social workers, and therapists communicate with their patients and customers. A person who learns ASL could be an interpreter for schools, politicians, the justice system, doctors, etc. Some bands even utilize ASL interpreters at their concerts.

Another benefit of ASL is it also introduces students to the deaf community. The deaf culture is a very proud culture. They celebrate their own celebrities, use slang, and organize national, state, and local meetings, and learning ASL grants people access to that culture.

The fact that Lassiter has gotten its ASL class back for the 2019-2020 school year means a wonderful opportunity exists for students to learn a new language and culture. Students will benefit from the exposure to the deaf community and learn the difference between English and ASL.