Let ter From the Edi tor The Januar y issue of TheSalute focuses on some of the many real and ser ious topics that teenager s face in their daily lives. Unfor tunately, these realities affect adolescents and their families at Crestwood High School, throughout Iowa, throughout the United States, and throughout the world. The pur pose of this issue is to inform, br ing awareness, and hopefully prevent. TheSalute staff continues to be appreciative and gr ateful to those businesses who adver tise in the magazine each month.
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According to a publication on distr acted dr iving by TeenSafe , dr iver distr action is repor ted to be responsible for more than 58%of teen cr ashes. ?I think it?s becoming more and more of an issue, especially with teenager s,? junior Shelby Pisney stated. ?My fr iend was on her phone, and she wasn?t paying attention so she drove into the ditch.? Distr acted dr iving is defined as the pr actice of dr iving a motor vehicle while engaged in another activity, typically one that involves the use of a mobile phone or other electronic device. Sher iff Mike Miner, who has been sher iff of Howard County for 10 year s, is ver y concer ned about distr acted dr iving. ?We see it all the time,? he stated. ?There?s a lot of stuff in our vehicles that distr act the dr iver such as children that are watching a movie in the car, food that the dr iver is eating, or especially mobile phones.? Sher iff Miner said, ? If you don?t want your kids to use it, you can?t use it your self either.? Dr iving takes 100%of our time. ?We all feel like we can be multitasking many things, but it only takes one second where you just look down at your phone and an accident happens,? he added. ?The only way to stop distr acted dr iving is to simply not look at your phone while dr iving.? A 100%Focus Written by Haylee Holten & Dana T heus Sher iff Mike Miner encour ages dr iver to give dr iving the attention it deser ves- - 100%focus. 46%of teens admi t to tex t i ng and dr i v i ng.
- according to an August 2018 study by Center for Injur y Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio
Becomi ng Aware Written by Haylee Holten
Mollie Tibbets, 20 year s old from Brooklyn, Iowa killed while r unning. Celia Barquín Arozamena, Spanish golfer for Iowa State Univer sity killed while golfing. These two murder s occur red in Iowa within a few months of each. Unfor tunately, cases like these remind us that we need to be more watchful when we are in a public place. Crestwood High School sophomore Ashley Fer r ie was asked how she is aware of her sur roundings. When she is in a new place, she stated, ?I look at what the people are doing and ever ything around me.? Mr. Rick Busch has been a state police officer in Iowa for 27year s. Mr. Busch gave some advice on how to be situationally aware when in a public place. Mr. Busch suggests people simply looking up from their phones whether in a store, in the parking lot, in a hotel, or in a restaur ant. He said, ?We need to be aware of our sur roundings.? People should also be looking at other s?hands, specifically where the hands are placed and what they are doing: "How are
Ashley Fer r ie
they holding their keys? What do they have in their hands? Also look at their entire body. Could they be concealing any sor t of weapon?? Another tip from Mr. Busch includes always having an exit plan in any public place. In a hotel, people need know what way they need to tur n from their room door and how many steps it is to the nearest exit. Unfor tunately, this cur rent world requires that people are aware of whom and what is around them in order to guar antee their safety and the safety of the ones they love. Mr. Busch always recommends that if anyone suspects anything suspicious ?they should call law enforcement and not take matter s into their own hands.?
Annie Mast is a senior and 4 year par ticipant in HEROES at Crestwood High School. HEROES is a group of students from CHS that sponsor s activities to help other students see the danger s in things such as dr inking and vaping. Mast fir st heard about HEROES when she was freshman from some of the upperclassmen. Mast thinks that being a HERO is impor tant because it teaches students the real danger s in choices. Mast enjoys HEROES and encour ages other students to join and become involved. Wheninpublicplacesperform thefollowingscanof peoplearoundyou: 1.Lookat theHANDS - What isinthehands? - Howarethehandsbeingheld? 2.Lookat theBODY - Couldaweaponbeconcealed? - Rick Busch, Cresco resident & state police officer in Iowa Written by Kayla Birdd
Written by Hallie Frohn
Juuling and vaping are trends on the r ise among teenager s around the world, and Crestwood is no exception. Juuls and vapes are forms of e- cigarettes that contain nicotine and produce a cloud of water vapor. Juuls differ from vapes in shape, as they are built smaller and designed to help smoker s stop smoking cigarettes. Vapes are lar ger, and come in a var iety of br ands. Vapes also do not contain the high amount of nicotine found in Juuls. Both e- cigarettes are electr ically char ged and work by heating a pod of liquid containing nicotine. Additionally, Juuls and vapes come in a r ange of flavor s such as mint, cucumber, and mango. According to the Campaign for Tobacco Free kids, in the U.S. 20.8%of students have used a Juul or vape before with 9%of students in Iowa alone. In Howard County 8% of 11th gr ader s have used a Juul or vape in the past month according to The Prevention Five Coalition. In a recent sur vey conducted by The Salute Staff, 33.7%of students in CHSrepor ted having used a Juul or vape before with 13.3%having used a Juul or vape in the school. The Prevention Five Coalition works with CHSstudents to form HEROES, a substance prevention group consisting of 9- 12 students. Tessa Willie comes once a month to talk to HEROESmember s about substance use in Howard County and within the school. Willie also provides activities to r aise awareness throughout CHS like milk car ton sticker s with facts about alcohol use or smoking. Juul and vape use comes with harmful consequences. The nicotine in both e- cigs, causes lung, hear t, and br ain damage according to the Center s for Disease Control. One Juul pod contains enough nicotine for 20 cigarettes. While students are under the impression that Juuls or vapes are healthier than smoking, they become addicted to the high amount of nicotine in them. Teens who use e- cigarettes are also more likely to smoke later in life. Parents and teacher s should be on the lookout for Juuls and vapes because of their harmful effects. Tessa Willie encour ages both parents and teacher s to speak with students using and tr y to prevent use by ensur ing students know the r isks.
Hallie Frohn, TheSalute wr iter, conducted an informal sur vey of CHSstudents on the topic of vaping and Juuling. Below are the results of two questions. 197students responded to the sur vey.
Written by Gina Hayek
Sophomore Paetyn Blockhus is a HEROES member. She was approached by Mr s. Har tman to join. Blockhus enjoys talking to people saying, ?My favor ite par t is meeting and deciding what to talk about and informing people.? Blockhus thinks HEROES is a good activity to be involved in: ?I recommend other students join because they can hear about danger s of substances.? Blockhus believes HEROES has an effect on students because ?it shows how dr ugs and alcohol can r uin your reputation.?
A t What Cost? Written by Gina Hayek
Many high school students believe that under age dr inking does not come with a cost. They watch the commercials, read the signs, and listen to presentations but yet still think under age dr inking is not a big deal. According to a junior at CHS, under age dr inking is a huge problem. The student shared, ?I think there are pressures to under age dr ink here at CHS, because I've witnessed other students at par ties being pressured.?
Students and administr ation have taken str ides to send messages about under age dr inking. Ever y two year s at Crestwood, administr ation and students put on a mock cr ash. ?The pur pose of the mock car cr ash is for CHS students to see fir st- hand what can happen as a result of dr inking alcohol and then getting into a motor vehicle. The role- playing scenar io is created for the students in an effor t to r aise awareness about the devastating danger s of dr inking and dr iving,? explained Mr. Chr is Rogne, high school pr incipal. A mock cr ash is a reenactment of a dr unk dr iving accident. It involves per sonnel from Regional Health Ser vices of Howard County, Cresco Law Enforcement, Cresco Fire Depar tment, staff, and students who volunteer to act in it. Immediately following the mock cr ash, a presentation is given by multiple speaker s explaining why dr unk dr iving can be lethal. Although the mock cr ash is ver y moving, it is hard to determine the direct impact. Iowa?s repor ted number of under age dr inking incidents has plateaued. However, under age dr inking does not have any valid excuses. Cresco is full of different activities. With the growing small business circle, students can enjoy shopping, studying at the local libr ar y, or even shar ing a meal with fr iends. Cresco possesses a fitness center, an ice skating r ink, and multiple bike tr ails. All these options provide students with a var iety of activities to do other than dr ink. According to the State of Iowa Alcoholic Bever age Division (ABD), minor s who dr ink can receive fines up to $500. Additionally, their dr iving pr ivileges can be seized. Crestwood?s punishments are just as severe. If a student is found under the influence of alcohol or with it in their possession, the punishment can be as severe as expulsion. Cresco is a small town in r ur al Iowa, but that does not give an excuse to follow stereotypes. It is our duty to break the mold and stand up for what is r ight. Under age dr inking is not only dangerous, but it r uins reputations and lives.
Written by Morgan Moser
Noel Lloyd, a senior at Crestwood High School, is a member of the HEROES group. She fir st heard of HEROES when she was a freshman. HEROES stands for Helping Explain the Risks Of Ever yday Substances. Lloyd par ticipates in HEROES because she wants people to be aware of the choices they make and how it can really affect their lives and the people around them. Lloyd said, ?Ever yone can make a bad decision but the bad choices will always suffer bad consequences.? Lloyd?s favor ite par t of HEROES is when she goes to the junior high to talk to different age groups about dr ugs and alcohol. She also believes HEROES could help individuals at Crestwood, but again it all depends if they decide to listen or not. Lloyd said, "The more students we get involved, the faster it will make a difference to our school.?
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Written by Morgan Moser
Does social media have a negative effect on students? Donavyn Gosch, a junior at Crestwood High School, spends an aver age of 6 hour s a day on screens. Gosch spends most of his time on Snapchat and Instagr am to see what his fr iends are doing. He also uses it because it is an easier way to communicate with fr iends and family. Gosch says, ?My favor ite par t about social media is having the freedom to post anything I want for all my fr iends to see what I?m up to.?
Gosch says social media affects his life in a positive way because it makes communication a lot easier. However, it affects people in a negative way because of cyberbullying, when a per son uses electronic communication to harm another per son. Gosch says, ?Cyberbullying happens because it?s easier to be mean to someone over the phone than in per son.?Because of cyberbullying, people may think that there needs to be more regulations on the inter net so this does not keep happening. Gosch says,?I don?t think they should have more regulations because people just need to be smar ter about what they put on the inter net.? Another reason why social media could have a negative effect is if students have put or sent a bad picture of themselves or other people on social media. Gosch said, ?Ever yone needs to think before you send anything
because once you send or post it, it will always be on the inter net.?Many people do not under stand that once it is on the inter net, it will always be on the inter net. Colleges are always looking at people?s posts. Any student or athlete can exper ience consequences for a tweet, post, or an online conver sation. For example, a Division I college progr am in Nor th Carolina stopped recr uiting a quar terback because of his high quantity of social media posts. Social media user s need to be aware of what they post online as posts can have ser ious, long- lasting consequences. If teens retweet or share something, they own it. Five questions to ask before posting online can be remembered by THINK: Is it T r ue? Is it H elpful? Is it I nspir ing? Is it N ecessar y? Is it K ind?
A common way for teens to cope with stress or emotional pain involves self- harm. Nearly 1 in 12 teenager s repor ted harming themselves according to HealthyPlace.com. Recently, an anonymous Crestwood student spoke on the topic of cutting. She commented, "Self- harm is a ver y hard thing for teens, and it is ver y hard to stop once you star t.? According to Mayo Clinic, self- harm can include cutting, bur ning, car ving words or symbols into the skin, and self- hitting. The anonymous student said she uses cutting to help cope: ?It [cutting] helps get r id of stress even though it isn?t the best way to deal with it.? For this student, family and school stressor s are the main things el f -Harm to Sel f -Love Written by Kayla Birdd
that tr igger her self- harm. She said that ?If I saw someone else self- harming, then I would tr y to help them to stop even though I do it as well. I would encour age them to stop because I know what it's like.?Signs of self- harm can be if a teen seems depressed. Also most teenager s cover the scar s with a long sleeve.Therefore, wear ing long sleeves in warm temper atures could be an indicator. Anyone who str uggles with self- harm should talk with fr iends, parents, school counselor s, or ask for help from the self- harm hotline by texting CONNECT to 741741.
Ri sk i ng Your Best Future
Written by Dana T heus
It is ver y common for people to exper ience peer pressure throughout their teenage year s. Peer pressure is the pressure to conform to the standards and behavior of one?s peer s. According to a publication on peer pressure by Parent Further , only 10 percent of teenager s sur veyed said that they had NOT been influenced by peer pressure. An 11th gr ader at Crestwood High School said, ?Peer pressure can be good and bad. Bad peer pressure can var y from multiple situations like dr ugs, under age dr inking and smoking. Good peer pressure can be good, like tr ying new foods, a new activity, or a new exper ience.?
A 12th gr ader said, ?Peer pressure is a big problem, especially in high school. I dislike it because it makes people think they have to do cer tain things to become ?cool.?? A junior shared a bad exper ience with peer pressure. ?Some of my fr iends bought Juuls and asked if I wanted to tr y it. I said no multiple times, but eventually they managed to spike my interest. I took the hit and all it did was hur t my throat and lungs. It was really just over- exagger ated and had no enjoyment at all.? Mr s. Tr ish Har tman, school counselor, said, ?I do think people can be talked into doing something that maybe is a poor choice.? Mr s. Har tman gave this advice for people who are str uggling with peer pressure: ?Talk with an adult, a parent, or a good close fr iend who can help you to stand up to this other peer or to be able to gain the confidence to say ?no I?m not doing that.? Sometimes it?s a good idea to give excuses like ?My mom doesn?t allow me to.? To avoid peer pressure, the junior suggested, ?The best advice I could give is just to say no or distance your self from them tempor ar ily. If they are your fr iends, they will under stand eventually. Don?t do things that will r isk your best future.?
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