The Southerner

We shouldn’t have any excuses to not want to be in school when we get back

We shouldn’t have any excuses to not want to be in school when we get back

Shanell Gordon, Staff Writer

May 27, 2020

This Stay at Home Order has been very frustrating because I had to stay in the house for the most part. Plus I had a lot of plans that I had to cancel because of the break. But I am glad that my mom went to the stores and got more food and other supplies. Since we did that I don’t really need to g...

Kindness and compassion have never been so valuable

Kindness and compassion have never been so valuable

Eamonn Briem, Multimedia Editor

May 27, 2020

Kindness is key.  The willingness to supersede frustration, impatience and negativity in the pursuit of kindness is something that everyone especially people our age often struggle with.  The necessity for kindness becomes astronomical in times of societal crisis, when people are hurting during times...

School closure has helped grant me the freedom that I needed

School closure has helped grant me the freedom that I needed

Quentin Wolf, Staff Writer

May 27, 2020

This "vacation" that we have received from this virus has had pros and cons. While it is very unfortunate that many are dying, and will continue to die, school closure has helped grant me the freedom that I needed. I feel as if being away from school has led to a positive change in my character, the...

Everybody needs to handle things in their own ways

Everybody needs to handle things in their own ways

Ellie Barnett-Cashman, Sports Editor

May 19, 2020

Although being quarantined in our houses is not something most of us are used to, it’s important that we all find ways to keep ourselves mentally stable in these weird times. I’ve seen on a lot of social media people posting that if you don’t come out of this with a new skill or accomplishment, ...

Allow yourself to grieve and practice self care

Allow yourself to grieve and practice self care

Kinsley Wilcox-McBride, Features Editor

May 19, 2020

When I first sat down to write this letter weeks ago, all of my thoughts and emotions sounded dumb to me. It sounded so insignificant to complain about missing a few concerts and such while families grieve over the death of loved ones and people sit in hospital rooms alone and doctors and nurses face a s...

It’s hard to only see your family

It's hard to only see your family

Nicholas Auckenthaler, Staff Writer

May 11, 2020

It's weird to think that what we're living through right now will undoubtedly be taught about in school in the future. No one alive has ever lived through anything like this and it's hard to say if something like this will happen again in our lifetime. I don't think any of us, when we were predicting ...

I miss normal life

I miss normal life

Liam Campbell

May 11, 2020

Initially, I had thought that being quarantined would be relaxing, or at least something of a neutral experience. Recently, however, I have begun to feel increasingly isolated from my pre-quarantine life. It has caused me to feel hopeless, anxious, and sad. Staying healthy and stimulated feels unimportan...

Appreciate what you have

Appreciate what you have

Jude Nair

May 7, 2020

If there’s one thing I have to say about this whole situation, it’s that it has really caused my estimation of the value of hard work to depreciate. I hope that’s just a temporary standpoint for me, but just look at what happened, I’ve run track since I was in 6th grade, I competed at the va...

Be kind, focus on yourself, and stay safe

Be kind, focus on yourself, and stay safe

Maya Edmonds, Staff Writer

April 30, 2020

Even though this pandemic is affecting people globally, it is easy to feel alone during these confusing times. Although social distancing is extremely important to curb the spread of the coronavirus, for many it's also extremely difficult. Every family has a different situation and some are affected...

“I don’t know how, but I’m thinkin’ it’ll all work out”

“I don’t know how, but I’m thinkin’ it’ll all work out”

Ben Carpenter

April 27, 2020

A couple of weeks ago, one of my students suggested I write a letter to the Southerner about my experiences with the COVID-19 pandemic. I sat down to write a few days after they mentioned it, and what came out of me was bleak and hopeless. I battled the anger I felt over the politicization of a virus t...

There has never been a year like this one

There has never been a year like this one

Melinda Bennett

April 24, 2020

These are truly very strange times!  As a teacher of over 30 years at South High, I can confidently say that there's never been a year like this one.  In 1991, school was called off many days due to the deep snow and extreme temperatures.  Just last year I believe we had 7 days due to inclement wea...

Focusing on the small things during the COVID-19 pandemic

Focusing on the small things during the COVID-19 pandemic

Norah Austin, Photography Editor

April 22, 2020

The experience of being quarantined is one that is virtually unfamiliar to all of us, and certainly one that comes with its own set of unique experiences. Each person experiences social and physical isolation differently, creating a wide range of reactions, experiences and happenings during this peri...

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