What is Purple Out and What it means to me:
Over the past year I have organized what we call Purple Out. Purple out is a fundraiser to raise awareness for the Alzheimer’s Associates which goes to patients and caregivers. During my freshman year I had the idea to start a fundraising campaign for Alzheimer’s because I too have been touched by Alzheimer’s and sadly over Christmas break my great-grandmother passed away from this evil disease. I finally decided it was time to take action. During one of our high school football games this past year, 2016, I worked with the Alzheimer’s Association to create our very first purple out football game. Students wore purple to show support and cheerleaders, football players, dance line, band, and staff also wore purple items to represent Alzheimer’s. I am also proud to say that I raised over $1,000 for Alzheimer’s, just by that football game alone. Currently I am now working on a bigger and better purple out this year. Which includes, a purple out t-shirt contest, a 50-50 raffle, purple items, and many more activities.
The T-shirt Contest:
The Lee County purple out t-shirt design contest corresponds with the annual Purple Out Football Game. On September 1st 2017, Lee County players, students, faculty and staff, and people who will attend the Lee County Trojan’s home game are encouraged to wear to purple to bring awareness towards Alzheimer’s. Football players, cheerleaders, coaches, etc. will be wearing purple to support this cause. The point of the t-shirt contest is to get the students involved in the purple out game for next year. We want students to have a voice and design their own shirt, but also get involved in the community. After designs are submitted a panel of anonymous judges will choose which design represents the best. These shirts will be sold at the beginning of the school year of 2017-2018 when students can purchase them. The shirts are to be worn during the game and students and faculty and staff encouraged to buy because proceeds go to the Alzheimer’s Association. We encourage students to make designs and get their creativity flowing.
Do you want your design featured and worn by everyone?
If you are a student at the 9th grade or upper campus then you are eligible for your very own design to be featured on all t-shirts sold. But of course there are requirements that must be met in order to submit and design your shirt. Click here for more information regarding Purple Out T-shirt Contest Rules: Purple Out
I know you must be asking what kind of reward(s) you will get?
- The winner will receive the opportunity to walk on the field with all the other representatives of the purple out committee. (During the September 1st Home Game)
- Your name will be displayed on the t-shirt and you will be featured in the Lee County Ledger.
- You will also receive a gift card valued at $30
- You will receive two (2) free t-shirts.
If you are creative and wantt to take on a task that can make a change in the world and your community, Submit your design and watch the magic unfold!!
Written by Rhiannon Belcher
Well, we all know that Spring is finally here! This also means spring break and sun! But I must ask, have you ever really thought about things to eat during spring? Well quit wondering, because now I am going to answer that very very hard question! Sit back, relax, and enjoy this electronic device killing your brains cells. Continue reading Spring Snacks
Written by Rhiannon Belcher
The 2017 Atlanta braves baseball season is just around the corner. With new players and a new manager, it seems as if we may have a winning team this season.
With 30 active players on the Atlanta Braves roster, let’s have a quick review over the players and their positions. Continue reading The 2017 Atlanta Braves Roster!
Written By: Rhiannon Belcher
Ever wondered what Holi is? Wait…better question is do you know what today is?
Well today is Holi, The festival of colors!!!
Holi is an Hindu celebration in India and Nepal. Holi is also referred to as the “Festival of love.” There are many different things that Holi represents. It can signify good versus evil, beginning of spring/end of winter, and for most people is known to be a day to celebrate and meet new people. It also is a day to forgive and forget broken relationships. (Well that’s depressing.) Recently, Holi has spread to many different parts of Europe and North America.
Holi is not necessarily a “one day” celebration, because it starts the night before Holi. During this time people perform religious rituals around big bonfires and pray that their internal evil be destroyed.
The next morning whenever they wake up it becomes “Rangwali Holi” which is basically a day filled with beautiful bright colors. People Smear each other with different colors and have a free for all. Not to mention the people are supplied with water guns and balloons just for a little extra pizazz! Everyone is so called ‘fair-game” because anyone and everyone can be soaked with colors.Some people carry drums and instruments to create beautiful music on this fun day. This is also a day where people visit their families and just have a great time.
The Vishnu legend-
The Vishnu legend is a legend that explains why Hindu’s celebrate Holi. Holi is celebrated as the festival of colors in honor of the Hindu god “Vishnu” and his follower Prahlada. Also, the day before Holi ,the bonfire, symbolizes the celebration of good and evil and when fire burnt Holika.
In Hindu tradition it is simply just a day to end the past mistakes you have made and forgive and forget everything that has happened.
My suggestion to you on this fine day is to drive to Dollar General, grab yourself some colored power or some food coloring. Put the food coloring in something (whatever your little heart tells you to do) and have at it with Holi. It isn’t my fault if you get in trouble for drenching your parents with colors but hey there’s a story you can tell your kids.
A special thanks to “https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holi” for all the information
Written By: Rhiannon Belcher
Aquarius: January 19 – February 18
Recently, I have posted on my website Gemini Facts. Which if you aren’t familiar with is a zodiac sign, A Zodiac sign is based off of what month you are born in and is just kind of a fun thing to read about. It is mainly associated with Greek mythology. Today, I will be focusing on Aquarius because many people have asked me to do the Aquarius sign, and my Gemini Article was a hit. So enjoy
Here is some background knowledge for you:
Aquarius is the eleventh astrological sign in the Zodiac, originating from constellations (specifically the Aquarius constellation) Aquarius is a summer constellations located in the Northern Hemisphere. ♒ Aquarius is known as Ganymede. (Ganymede was the son of Tros, who is the King of troy) The King of all the Gods grew fond of the boy and sent Ganymede away to Heaven. From then on out the boy served the God’s by serving them wine. Aquarius’ sign stands for a water carrier, Which is someone who collects water for a profession or job.
- Zodiac Symbol: Water-bearer ♒
- Zodiac Element: Air
- Zodiac Quality: Fixed (Associated with stabilization, determination, but are also inflexible, stubborn, and single-minded)
- Ruling Planet: Uranus and Saturn
- Lucky Day: Saturday
- Lucky Numbers: 4,8,13,17,22, & 26
- Favorite Colors: Blue, Light-blue, Gray, Black
- Birthstone: Amethyst, Garnet, Amber
- Lucky Stone: Opal and Aquamarine
- Good Qualities: Affectionate, Imaginative, and Truthful
- Bad Qualities: Unpredictable, Get off Task very quickly, Inefficiency
- Health Concerns: Aquarius are prone to disorders of the nerves and restlessness. They need to get a lot of sleep to function properly and eat healthy. They are always worried about their fitness.
- Compatibility: Libra, Gemini, Sagittarius, and Aries
- Likes: Having fun with friends, helping others, conversations
- Dislikes: Being lonely, limitations, promises that are broken or never delivered, anything (Normal)
- Love: If you want to win the heart of an Aquarius communicative, imaginative, and a willingness are all qualities that Aquarius look for in a person. Also, Honesty and sincerity are essential for anyone seeking a long-term relationship with them.
- Career: Aquarius’ are very imaginative and helpful. They are Natural visionaries, Aquarians love careers that aim to benefit humankind in the long run, while also being a fun creative job. The best kind of job for a Aquarius is one without strict guidelines because they like to think outside of the box and do what they do best.
- Friends and Family- Even though they love to communicate Aquarius’ are often shy. They find it hard to find friends because they tolerate no nonsense. They look for creativity, intellect, and honesty in their friends. It takes a lot to be friends with a Aquarius because of their high standards (so to say) They also expect this from their family. The Aquarian isn’t one for developing close bonds unless the same qualities they expect in their friendships are there in their family members.
- Aquarius house (which is the 11th house) focuses on friends, goals, hopes, and wishes.
- The perfect gift for a Aquarius is something mystical or art related
- They like to dress in bright colors to draw attention
- Acting, writing, teaching, cooking, photography, or aircraft piloting are things that Aquarius’ absolutely love doing.
- There are 2 forms of Aquarius’- 1. The shy quiet one 2. The energetic talkative one
- They are deep thinkers and have the ability to see both sides in an argument
- Aquarius’ are nice until you make them mad
- An Aquarius can pretend that everything is fine but will shut down emotionally
- Aquarius love music!
- They love quirks
- You have to make a hard effort to talk to them
- In an argument they can see both sides of the problem
Famous People That are Aquarius:
Abraham Lincoln, Charles Darwin, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Franklin Roosevelt, Michael Jordan, Paris Hilton, Wolfgang Mozart, Clark Gable, Oprah Winfrey, Mark Spitz
Written by: Rhiannon Belcher
In the Newly released movie “Hidden Figures” we learn of the incredible story of three African American women that were the brains of NASA (that were literally “Hidden figures” and were never fully given credit for their work until now). For this article, I am going to be focusing on one of the women in particular and that is Katherine Johnson. (Who in hidden figures was played by Taraji P. Henson) . Although, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson were very important to the achievement of NASA, I would just like to focus on one of them.
History of the Katherine Johnson-
-Katherine Johnson (AKA. The girl who loved to count) was born on August 26, 1918. (That makes her 98 right now)
-She grew up in White Sulphur Springs, WV
-She attended B.S., Mathematics and French, West Virginia State College, in 1937
Hired by NASA in June of 1953: She was handpicked out of many people to attend West Virginia’s graduate, along with 2 other black women. When Katherine was only 13 she was already attending the high school on the campus of historically black West Virginia State College, and by 18 was enrolled in the college itself. Katherine graduated with the highest honors in 1937 and took a job teaching at a black public school in Virginia. Later in her life, she decided to quit her job because she was enrolled in a math teaching program. (She did not finish because she and her husband decided to have a family)
Katherine home-schooled her three daughters and in 1952 was offered a job by NASA. She would be working at the all-black West Area Computing section at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics’ (NACA’s). Her family moved to Newport so she could pursue her job for NASA. Two weeks into Katherine’s job she was given an assignment/project. She spent around four years analyzing data from flight tests and investigating plane crashes and wake turbulence. Unfortunately in December 1956 her husband passed away due to cancer.
In 1962, Katherine was asked to do work that she would soon become known for. Her job was to calculate the trajectory of where the capsule would land once it was descending. What probably was best known in the movie and part of her life was how there were no “colored bathrooms” at her office so she would have to run from one block to another to use the bathroom. There (in the bathroom) she would do work while using the bathroom. One day her boss got fed up with her always not being at the office (not knowing what the problem was) and yelled at her. There Katherine told him that there was no colored bathrooms and the next day her boss brought a sledgehammer and tore down the colored and white sign. As NASA was finally prepared to launch they called upon John Glenn who would be the first American to ever orbit the Earth (circling it 3 times). As a part of the preflight checklist, Glenn asked engineers to “get the girl” (Referencing Katherine) to run the same numbers through the same equations that had been programmed into the computer, (She was smarter than the computer itself) but by hand, on her desktop mechanical calculating machine. “If she says they’re good,’” Katherine Johnson remembers the astronaut saying, “then I’m ready to go.
The flight was a success and major created competition between the United States and the Soviet Union. Katherine Johnson will no longer be “hidden” in society because of her color or gender. Katherine is known for this statement “I counted everything. I counted the steps to the road, the steps up to church, the number of dishes and silverware I washed … anything that could be counted, I did.” She is known as The girl who loved to count.
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Written by Rhiannon Belcher
Okay so I know that Christmas is basically the best time of year, but I also understand that it can be pretty expensive as well. I know how ya’ feel, you believe that the people you need to buy for deserve the world, but you are on kind of a cheap budget. To hopefully help with your struggle, here is a list of ten meaningful, yet inexpensive gifts you can buy for your loved ones. Continue reading 10 Inexpensive, yet meaningful Christmas Gifts
Written by Rhiannon Belcher
Everybody LOVES Christmas time and receiving presents, but we always dread finding the perfect gifts especially for teens. Teens are very complicated and very hard to buy presents for nowadays. This is why I am here. As a teenager myself I will be listing the top teenage presents. Remember, these are just my opinions and research. Therefore you might not agree, but just take the things I listed into consideration. Continue reading Top 10 Best Gifts for teens
Written by Rhiannon Belcher
This week Lee County Youth Council put on 15 Acts of Kindness. Each morning students heard a motivational quote over the announcements. Such as, “A warm smile is the universal language of kindness” ~Anonymous. Continue reading 15 Acts Of Kindness