Does it really matter what your hair color is?
By Katie Stewart
Redheads have had an unfortunate past with stereotypes and myths. I, myself, am a redhead and have experienced insults about my fiery red hair. In fact, redheads experience insults as much as ethnic groups do. Past societies have treated redheads stereotypically, making acceptance into their society difficult. I believe the reason for bullying redheads is because of their unique appearance.
One cause for red hair is a mutation in the melanocortin 1 receptor (MC1R), but this does not simplify inheriting red hair. The world population for redheads is only two percent, most of whom are from Scotland and Ireland. Biology class taught that alleles are a specific variation upon a gene, like blue eyes, hence the rarity of redheads.
The world sees redheads differently from brunettes and blondes. In France and Corsica when someone sees a redhead, they spit in that direction, and spin to avoid bad luck Bullying is not solely cultural. The television show called South Park says “Gingers have no soul.” Of course that is offensive, but most redheads become immune to the insults and ways that people treat them, and even I joke about not having a soul.
Some cultures take a different view and treat redheads with respect. Denmark’s culture says that a red haired child is a gift, as having red hair in Denmark is unique. Maybe this attitude should be followed by more than just one country.
I suggest treating redheads like they are humans and not a vampire or witch, because hair color should not matter as we are all human.
By McKenzie Clouse
Some of the staff at Northeast Bradford are trying to boost school spirit and morale. In an effort to be organized and constructive, they have formed a School Spirit PLC. There are about 8 staff members involved with the Spirit committee and they meet every month to discuss ideas and reflect on successes.. They have put a NEB pride sign in the cafeteria, instituted the “Very Important Panther,” as well as a “Maroon and Gray” day on Fridays. The Very important Panther is a student of the week event. Faculty nominate students and a sub-committee of volunteers chose two students each week. They want to see students at NEB proud that they attend this school. The group is considering other ideas; if students have thoughts on how to boost school spirit and morale, they would love to hear about them!. You may contact Mrs. Johnson, Mrs. Bellinger, or Mrs K. Williams with any of your ideas.
The mobile dentist is an easy and inexpensive way to provide children with a dental check up. The mobile dentist has been coming to Northeast Bradford Elementary School for almost ten years, This year however, the mobile dentist will be coming to both the elementary and the high school. The dentist will be arriving at the high school on May 3 at roughly nine in the morning. Since the addition of a second nurse, the Northeast Bradford school district was able to bring the mobile dentist to both the elementary and high school.
Every student is eligible for the mobile dentist, The student receivest a permission slip from the nurse’s office, and their parents fill it out so that the mobile dentist can determine the cost of the visit. The students will be eligible to receive a cleaning,some sealants, and x-rays. If you are looking for an affordable dental check up, then the mobile dentist is the way to go.
Carnival Comes to Northeast
Written by: Megan Talada
Pep rallies permit students the chance to show school spirit. Mrs. Bellinger and the Student Government Association (SGA) plan the pep rallies a month to two months ahead of time. Most ideas for the events come from members, the internet, or on rare occasions from other students and teachers. Anyone is allowed to suggest ideas as long as they are school appropriate.
At Northeast Bradford, it is pep rally time, but for Mrs. Bellinger, the SGA, and students, it is carnival time. This theme for the Spring pep rally is Carnival. The pep rally will be Friday, May 13, during the last two class periods. Plans for the event have not been finalized, but SGA is hoping that the rally will be the most phenomenal ever held. A new change that the S.G.A hopes will occur is the marching band to walk in playing a carnival themed song. Mrs. Bellinger is consulting with Mr. Primrose on the idea. In tandem with the rally comes spirit week. Spirit week runs May 9-13. Monday is maroon and gray day; Tuesday is redneck; Wednesday is favorite sports team/jersey; Thursday is pajama;Friday is color wars. The colors for each grade are: seniors black and white, juniors red, sophomores orange, freshman yellow, eighth green, and seventh yellow. All counting for spirit week will occur in homeroom and any St. Patrick Day participants are being included in the final count. Dress up, stand out, and be animated! Pep rallies are a chance to show your true colors!
Art show and Contest
By: McKenzie Clouse
During the Month of March, Mrs. Bee Williams, Art teacher for grades 8 through 12 at NEB organised what we hope to be the first annual Panthers Art Show and Contest “ Mrs. Williams was excited with the results, saying: “ I was very pleased to be offered the opportunity to hold this art show and contest, and very happy with the level of participation and excitement it generated!” There were several age categories, including one for staff and employees of the district. We had several contributions in that category as well and hope that it expands in years to come. Plans are already in the works for a second annual Panthers art show and contest throughout the month of March next year. March is National Youth Arts Month or “YAM”.Next year we hope to have an “opening” evening for the public with snacks and the opportunity to meet and talk with the artists. We hope to add more categories next year, such as: installation art, and a separate category for photography. The winners are as follows:
Overall winner of the People’s Choice Award which was voted on by students and staff
Molly Uhouse with her painting “Raven”
12-13 year old group
1st place – Caleb Tuttle, for his drawing of “Bigfoot in the Wild”.
14-15 year old group
1st place Erynn Nichols for her wood lathe worked pen
2nd place Karrisa Cowles for her watercolor deer painting
3rd place Kaylea Dodge for her pencil drawing of a deer skull.
16-17 year old group
1st place Hannah Goble for her portrait of a lady.
2nd place Dakota Frisbie for his dot painting “Crow”
3rd place Morgan Harper for her pencil drawing “Koi Fish”.
18 year old group
1st place Jolie Coats with her photograph “On the Hill”
2nd place Cory Souto with the painting “ Boy”
3rd place Molly Uhouse with her watercolor painting “Discus”
Over 18 non student group
1st place Donna Miller with her multi media painting “Musical Note”
2nd place Michelle Finnerty with her hand sewn Teddy bear
3rd place Rebecca Lantz with drawing “Weeping Willow
Mrs. Williams would like to Congratulate our winners and thank everyone that participated in this year’s show.
“This is the story of a love that flourished in a time of hate. Of lovers no tyranny could separate. Love set into motion on the Nile’s shore. Destiny ignited by an act of war.” — AIDA
The NEB Music program and Mr. Brian Primrose put on a production of Aida; a modern-day Romeo and Juliet taking place in Ancient Egypt. The original production was composed as a 19th century opera by Giuseppe Verdi, but the NEB production is a remake of the original composed by Elton John and Tim Rice. Mr. Primrose chose this musical because it is entertaining, easily understood by kids and chock-full of humor, rock music, and fun.
The show was performed in the Elementary School LGI by the junior and senior high students who auditioned and were selected for roles and parts in the play. They had 7 o’clock shows on March 3, 4, and 5, and a 2 o’clock show on March 6; the LGI was nearly pack for each show and sold out on Sunday.
The lead roles of Radames, Amneris, and Aida were played by Adam Ford, Jessica Gardner, and Mikayla Keir. The love triangle between the three leads was the main plot of the musical and watching it unfold to the end kept the audience engrossed through the entire production.
Adam’s character of Radames is a young Egyptian captain who is betrothed to the princess of Egypt, but falls in love with the princess’s handmaiden who is actually the princess of Egypt’s neighboring country of Nubia. The two then begin an affair that is supposed to remain a secret, but the beans are spilled when the princess overhears a conversation between them about their love for one another.
Jessica’s character Amneris is the ditzy daughter of the Pharaoh, who is for most of the show, oblivious to the affair going on between Aida and Radames. Amneris is a self-centered and high-maintenance princess until the end of the show when she discovers the truth about Radames’ affair and shows him mercy stemming from her love for him.
Mikayla’s character Aida is secretly the princess of Egypt’s neighboring country Nubia. She one day ventures away from her home to view the countryside of Nubia and is captured by the Egyptian army. She intends to live out her days in Egypt as a handmaiden to the princess until one day Radames confesses how he has fallen for her for her nobility, courage, and honesty and that he intends to be with her and call off his wedding with Amneris.
As someone who personally saw the show, I was very impressed at the extraordinary effort that was put forth by the cast and crew of Aida. The overall performance was one that I will remember forever. I laughed; I cried; it was phenomenal. Bravo!
Adam Ford, Radames, “Exciting. Fun. Family.”
Mikayla Keir, Aida, “I am proud of my musical family.”
Kristina Rogers, “Very rewarding.” “Everything ran smoothly.”
Jerry Holstein, “I enjoyed learning the music and it was fun.”
Evan Brown, “Unexpectedly awesome.”
Kathy Williams, “They did very well on a musically challenging play.”
Denise Cuevas, “They did a fabulous job.”
Alexis Vanauken, “A beautiful tragedy.”
Molly Uhouse, “Their voices were superb.”
Jolie Coats, “Stressful, yet rewarding.”
Easter Egg Hunt
On March 24, kindergarten, First grade, and 2nd grade participated in an Easter egg hunt. The Easter egg hunt was sponsored by the National Honor Society (NHS) students of Northeast Bradford. The hunt was held on the elementary playground. Students were able to get two or three eggs on each course. The number of eggs they may find changed depending on how many eggs NHS brought in, for the different courses. There were two obstacle courses. Students first went through the first obstacle course to find two eggs only. Then, students went through the second course to find three eggs. Students returned the eggs they have found to a NHS member for a prize for the eggs exchange. There was one golden egg on the course, that garnished and even a bigger prize for the lucky finder.