Welcome Principal Burton!
By Nicole King & Julianna Mirabile
Disclaimer: To write this article, we interviewed and questioned our new principal, Mr. Burton. Here are some things that he wanted the students and staff at Glenelg to know:
Q: Where did you go to school and what did you major in?
A: I went to school at Oakland University, Michigan and I majored in Biology. I majored in this because I enjoy learning about life science.
Q: What qualities do you look for in students and staff?
A: In students, I look for those who are motivated to work, no matter their learning ability. In staff, I look for those who are open minded and not afraid to take risks.
Q: Why did you decide to become a principal?
A: I decided to become a principal because I’ve always had a passion for working with kids. I hope to have a profound effect on how my students shape and mold the future. Also, it is humbling and creates a challenge for me everyday.
Q: How do you feel about people expressing their opinions in school?
A: I think we need to tread lightly on those things. We all have different opinions and we have to respect that. We all have to be open for it in the right form and get comfortable being uncomfortable. My hopes are to get a “Challenge Day” at Glenelg, where we are all enclosed in a big area and get to express all of our own opinions. It is meant to be moving, inspirational, and emotional.
Q: Do you have any advice for the students?
A: I would say to do the right thing all the time, and be the best you everyday. It doesn’t cost you anything to be a good person.
Q: Is there anything specific you want Glenelg to know about you?
A: I want them to know that I care and I am here for all of you, not for myself. I want you to do what makes you happy and glow. Don’t let others define you, you define yourself.
Q: What are your hobbies?
A: Fishing, reading, and traveling with my family.
Q: What’s your favorite sports team?
A: I am a big Pittsburgh Steelers fan.
Q: What's your all-time favorite food?
A really good bowl of chili.
Q: How did you feel coming into Glenelg High School?
A: When coming in, I felt worried and nervous because of all the bad publicity in previous years. I did not hear a whole lot about Glenelg, but the things that I heard were not all that positive. I really did not know what to expect, but from day one everybody was very welcoming. My perspective has now changed from nervous to really excited.
Let's Fall into Place
By Jade Washington
Now that Halloween is over and has given us a good scare, we can enjoy eating all the mouth-watering food and witnessing all the deep burgundies and bright crispy reds because fall is here. While the leaves turn crispy and the colors glow, take a fall foliage drive to Patapsco Valley State Park, on Valley Overlook in the Hollofield area right off route 40 to see the dazzling colors show. Well let’s take an adventure through the season of fall to realize the beauty before it dissolves.
From lattes to hot apple cider, apple pies to pumpkin pies, Larriland offers it all. Located in Woodbine MD, Larriland offers some fall activities like pumpkin picking, evening hayrides, and even a straw maze.
Sophomore, Katie Morrogh loves the fall season and how you can smell the aroma of sticks being burned while friends cuddle up under the stars, watching the crackling fire or making gooey s’mores while telling old haunted legends and stories. While fall is still around, jump in a pile of leaves, attend a fall festival with people you enjoy, go apple picking , and definitely get lost in a corn maze. Maybe even attend a few festivals that are still around like Harford Day School’s Arts Festival which includes photography, acrylic paintings and more. Another local festival to attend is the Big Pool Apple Harvest Festival. There you can enjoy listening to country bluegrass music while sipping fresh apple cider.
The scenery of fall is not only magical due to the orange hues at sunset and the variety of stunning colors, but because this is the time to realize what you’re thankful for. Life flies by like the wind, so just take a minute to remember all the places you might have been. For example, Thanksgiving is not only about all the food you can stuff into your stomach without being judged, but about appreciating the people you love in your life. This fall, remember to be thankful for the little things in life and take some time to marvel at the wonders of Autumn.
Buying Your First Car: Tips and Tricks
By Samantha Larson
So, you want to buy a car? It seems pretty simple at first, but once you really start delving into the world of auto purchase it becomes complicated fast. Really, really fast.
First things first. You need a permit, at the very least. Buying a car is much easier and makes much more sense when you’ve actually driven and you’re somewhat comfortable behind the wheel. Keep in mind, a basic knowledge of certain aspects of your typical vehicle is crucial.
Throughout the used car industry, one of the biggest issues in buying a car is mileage. Mileage is how many miles total your car has traveled. Keep in mind how many years are weighing on your car, for older cars may not function as well as newer ones. For the average adult, the average miles traveled per year are twelve thousand.
This is important information, because the higher the mileage, the older the car, the more your car begins to deteriorate and malfunction. Although, keep in mind, that mileage affects different cars differently. For example, a simple Toyota Camry can run for years without much maintenance required. But a Jeep, yikes, that puppy is going to need some serious fixing pretty quickly. JDPower, a website devoted to car reviews and ratings, gave Jeep an overall two out of five. For your own sake, stay away from cars with mileage above a hundred thousand or cars that are infamous for not being very reliable. Yes, they may be cheap, but trust me, you’ll be paying a royalty to Firestone or Jiffy Lube pretty quickly.
Another factor to keep in mind is cost. Do not buy a car that is ten thousand dollars or above because there is a chance that- being an inexperienced driver, it is more likely that you may get into a crash. Starter cars shouldn’t be rust buckets, but they certainly shouldn’t be brand spanking new.
The best range of cost would be between two thousand and seven thousand. Or heck, even below if you find a good deal. Most apps that are oriented to car shopping give you the option to enter your price range and preferred filters (For example, mileage, gas mileage, years, transmission, frame damage, etc).
When you have your permit, generally, you practice in your parent’s cars. Whether your parent’s car is a massive GMC or a little Mazda, you usually grow accustomed to the size and overall feel of the car. It may be best to buy a similar car in body style and size. Have you been exclusively driving a very big van? Well, maybe you should get a hatchback! Have you been practicing in a sedan or coupe? Get one! You’ll be far more comfortable driving alone if you have a car that is somewhat similar to the car you were taught in.
Now, when you are surfing websites like Cars.com or Car Gurus, you may see that some sellers are dealerships are some are individual sellers. Generally, you should lean to individual sellers because smaller dealerships are known for trying to weasel you out of a good deal. Plus, many dealerships can make the buying process very complicated, whereas individual sellers are usually straightforward.
Another important tip: don’t buy a car expensive, unreliable, foreign maker. Why? Because foreign cars means pricey, foreign car parts. If your transmission craps out, it’d be a lot cheaper if you were dealing with a Ford rather than an Audi. Often, you may see many Audis and BMWs for cheap on car shopping websites. This is because more often than not, the owner can’t keep up with paying for needed maintenance, so they just sell the car instead. I know most foreign cars are super rad, but trust me. They can be a burden, so be careful.
Navigating the car industry can be difficult, and time consuming. And maybe you’ll miss good deals, and maybe you won’t. Maybe your seller won’t contact you, and maybe they will. And also, have your parents help you! They will be far more versed in this process than you may be, and can help you see through the tricks and work out the kinks. It can be very frustrating and aggravating when you make a big mistake and buy a car missing an engine. So, tread lightly. Make sure you’ve done your research, and you are sure what car is right for you.
By Jessica Lipman
Are you nervous about joining a new school? Since you have left eighth grade, it’s time for a fresh start as you start the next four years of high school. Being a ninth grader is usually depicted as a nightmare, but as long as you follow these tips, you will definitely survive your Freshmen year.
From personal experience, different groups of my friends believe popularity is the key factor in high school. When in reality, it shouldn’t be your first priority. All you need is a group of friends who are good influences for you. Kristina Phillips, a Glenelg Sophomore, described the beginning of her Freshmen year to be “stressful, since I came from a private school before.” Phillips also said that “at first I felt as if I was always hanging out with the wrong group of people, but as the first month of school went along, I felt like I had a great group of friends.” Being involved with the right crowd will help you stay out of different sorts of trouble, which will benefit your four years of high school. Try as hard as possible to stay away from groups of people who peer pressure you into doing activities you don’t want to do.
Next, being involved in sports or clubs will help you meet new people and develop friendships. Key Club and Geo Club are examples of ideal clubs to join. Joining and trying out for a sports team will also help you meet new people. Amelia Brinkley, a Sophomore at Glenelg, said, “Even though I went to Glenwood and knew a lot of people, trying out for the soccer team and being involved with extracurricular activities helped my social skills advance and make more friends.” Staying involved throughout your high school career, will benefit with making friendships.
Organization and grades are important in high school. Having two or three binders and a notebook for each class is a smart way to keep all your work together throughout the school year. Being organized will always benefit and help you remember where all of your homework and papers are. It also helps to remind you to turn in your work also in order to keep your grade high.
When it comes to grades, keeping straight A's is what everyone wants, but it’s not easy, especially if you’re in G/T or Honors classes. In the beginning of the year, you’re provided with a planner to keep track of all your homework and projects, which is a great tool to use. If you notice you are struggling in a class, after school help with your teacher or a tutor is an ideal way to keep your grades high and meet your expectations. Putting a lot of effort into your work really helps.
Of course, do not forget to have fun throughout high school. High school is an exciting period of time through a teenager’s life, so we must cherish and enjoy it while we still have it, because before you know it, it will be time for you to graduate.