By Jacob Grismer John F. Kennedy’s words, “A rising tide lifts all boats,” is good for all adults in our school to remember. Whether it’s parents or school administrators, we must never forget that mental health is inseparable from our physical and social health, and taking time to nurture it is a worthwhile investment for all parts of students’ future well-being. What parents and the … Continue reading What can adults can do in the rising mental health crisis
A correct opinion by Jacob Grismer and Riley Hodges Before one learns how to be funny, it is important to know exactly what “funny” means. Oxford Languages defines “funny” as “causing laughter or amusement; humorous.” This means that being funny means you make people laugh or feel amused. But many struggle with being funny since it depends so much on others’ reactions. Therefore, the two … Continue reading OPINION: How to be funny
By Jacob Grismer The perfect lawn looks different to everyone. To Zachary Bent, a freshman at Bellbrook High School, a perfect lawn would have “two garden gnomes and yellow flowers,” he said. “The yard would be pretty small and I’d put the flowers around it.” When asked if he’d have a lot of grass he said, “What kind of question is that? Of course.” Bent, … Continue reading Ditch grass for an eco-friendly yard
By Jacob Grismer The most disheartening experience in a team sport is sitting on the bench, debating whether to cheer for the team you’re not actively playing for. What’s the difference between bench warmers and our star athletes? And what can we learn about how star athletes succeeded in motivating themselves? One common trait noted by star players was the influence of friends. They were … Continue reading What motivates athletes to excel?
By Jacob Grismer Bellbrook Women’s tennis team won the league and the first singles player junior Maya Brink won sectionals three consecutive years. What’s the secret to their success? Senior Kirsten Thomas, who played first doubles for sectionals this season, said the answer was simple: “I just wing it.” She added, “I usually take a nap before my matches.” Both players agree not playing well … Continue reading Sleep and confidence help Women’s Tennis win sectional matches
By Jacob Grismer Over the summer, a third of Pakistan was flooded after record breaking rain, covering the country with dirty green water, collapsing the country’s economy, and raising the risk of disease. 33 million people have been affected and was called “the worst Humanitarian disaster of this decade” by Pakistan’s minister for Climate Change Sherry Rehman. According to other Pakistani officials, 1,500 people have … Continue reading Flooding in Pakistan leads to humanitarian disaster
By Jacob Grismer The Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Schools school board recently passed a resolution to form a volunteer Active Shooter Response Team. Current research of the commonalities in school shootings can be used to evaluate current prevention methods and possibly point to new ones. Any gun going off at a school, school game, bus with students, or school property is the criteria used to define a school … Continue reading OPINION: What are the risk factors for school shootings?