Sports Report: Boys Track

The Mesquite High School Boys Track team traveled to Richardson on Friday for the Richardson Relays.
The team finished second overall with some outstanding individual performances.  Please congratulate these young men on their accomplishments.

JV 4 x 100             3rd     Monterrik Shannon, JD Singleton, Cole George, Robert Presley
JV 4 x 200            3rd     Cameron Garner, James Brown, Jordan Alexander, Xavier Gray
JV 1600 Meter    3rd    Logan Diebold
Discus                    4th     Matthew Chaffin
Shot Put                 2nd     Matthew Chaffin
Shot Put                 3rd     Marshall Spraglin
Pole Vault              1st     Esteban Urena
3200 Meter           1st     Eric Villagrana
3200 Meter           2nd    Celso  Ramirez
Varsity 4 x 100     3rd     Martin Njoku, RD Young, Samaj Hunter, Roderick Brown
Varsity 4 x 200     1st     Martin Njoku, Semaj Hunter, Rokedrick Allen, Cole George
300 Hurdles         4th     Carlos Aguilar
1600 Meter Run  1st      Raul Sanchez
4 x 400                  4th     Russell Gray, Rokedrick Allen, Jamazai Williamson, Joel Fane

Shattered trust

By Chandler Claxton

Growing up, I always valued the truth, no matter how brutal it was. The truth is what first attracted me to journalism. The profession survives on the credibility and accuracy of media outlets and their reporters. Without the audience’s trust, news stories hold no water and the primary purpose of the news business is lost.

The integrity of Journalists and the profession itself are yet again under fire. The latest incident stems from “NBC’s Nightly News” anchor, Brian Williams, who has been suspended without pay for six months as of Feb. 10 due to an ongoing investigation into his continued exaggeration of an incident he reported in Iraq in 2003.

Williams and NBC have been telling the story differently from their original reporting since 2003.

The most recent inconsistency in his report went public at a Jan. 30 New York Rangers game. There, Williams paid tribute to retired soldier Sgt. Maj. Tim Terpak, claiming Terpak protected Williams and his camera crew after their helicopter was shot down by a rocket-propelled grenade. But Williams is not alone.

Stephen Glass, Jayson Blair, Judith Miller and a number of others all fabricated or plagiarized stories during their careers and damaged the integrity of their fellow journalists.

Glass made up as many as half of his stories for The New Republic. Blair, an up-and-coming writer for The New York Times, was found to be a serial plagiarizer. Miller of the New York Times Washington bureau was involved in controversy after her coverage of Iraq’s Weapons of Mass Destruction program was debunked.

Because of their actions, these journalists have no accountability with the public and are no asset to any media outlet.

So what does this mean for future journalists like myself?

I respect journalism so, it is hard to take it lightly when a highly respected journalist, especially one who has won a Pulitzer Prize such as Williams, embellishes a story. The first thing any aspiring journalist learns about is ethics and the great importance of honesty.

The Society of Professional Journalists has gathered a list of ethics journalists should follow. It argues that ethical journalism should be fair and balanced.

Journalists should never plagiarize and always take responsibility for the accuracy of their reporting. Fraud should never be justified.

It is never acceptable for a journalist to disregard the relationship he has with his audience by reporting anything other than the facts. When journalists disrespect their audience, they should immediately be sidelined.

If a reporter fabricates a story, the public should be outraged. When reading a news story or watching a news segment, the reader places their trust in the reporter to tell the truth. This relationship puts a tremendous amount of responsibility on a journalist. If they cannot perform their job appropriately, they should step aside for a more ethical journalist.

In the wake of Brian Williams’ falsehoods, journalists now have to be more careful than ever about not only what they report, but what they say away from the news desk. It is vital that journalists are clear and precise in reporting and retain the audience’s trust.

Danger or Defense

A notable law debate has become heavily discussed across the nation. More and more states are passing a law allowing educators to bring guns to schools and into the classrooms. There are currently around 20 states that have officially passed this law, and lot of controversy has up-roared over this decision.

While agreeing that keeping schools a safe environment should be a priority, there’s no certainty that we’ll be doing so by allowing teachers to carry firearms on campus. If anything we would be putting more people in danger.

All in favor of passing this law believe that with this proposal teachers will be able to prevent school violence and make the school a safer place for both the instructors and students. They would feel protected knowing that they could defend themselves when needed.

This proposal isn’t necessary because the schools have School Resource Officers that are there to protect the people of the school. It is their place to be enforcing safety and regulation; no one else. Just because someone has all the proper requirements for owning a concealed weapon doesn’t mean the people are any safer.

Also, this proposition could lead to more violence. The weaponry could easily fall into the hands of a person of violence and lead to fatal actions. This does not install safety, but leaves a bigger possibility for violence.

Allowing this would also cause more accident prone problems. This leaves teachers and students in more danger than they could possibly be in before. Students could get a hold of it and a potentially fatal accident could happen.

Since making the school a safe environment for everybody is critical the situation would call for a better proposition. Teachers that are a great distance from School Resource Officers should be able to carry a taser with them to be able to euthanize someone.

All in all, we should let the officers that patrol the school do their job protecting us, and not take matters into our own hands.

National Signing Day!

National signing day is the day that high school athletes get the spotlight they have worked for throughout their athletic career. This is the day across the country that these athletes get to sign their athletic papers and fully commit themselves to a specific school.

Here at Mesquite HS we had a hand full of athletes sign their papers and commit themselves to an athletic program. Out of our sports teams here at MHS, we had three boys and one girl signing papers and fully committing to a program.

Out of the boys all three were football players. All of them either signed to a Division II school or a Junior College. Jandt Weary signed to Arkansas Tech University, a school in the NCAA Division II. Weary, clearly over-joyed with the opportunity to continue his athletic career, jumped around ecstatically and was the center of the senior crowd in the room. When asked to comment on his goals for the future Weary responded with one word, “NFL”.

The second largest signing for the boys was Christian Castleberry who signed for to Texas A&M Commerce. Castleberry, who seemed to want more than his Division II opportunity, reminded me of the goals of most sports players; to make it big. When asked to make a statement Castleberry responded by saying, “It’s every players dream to play in the NFL, everyone wants to make it to the league”.

The last of the boys was Jordan Rider who signed with Cisco Junior College, a team in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). Rider, the only player signing with a junior college, was the only player to mention educational goals being important. When asked to comment he stated, “Most of all I want to stay on top of my grades and secondly, I want to fulfill my athletic goals”.

For the girls at MHS, Alyah Mitchell signed for Florida International University. Mitchell, not only signed for the largest school of the day but she was also the only person to sign for a Division I athletic program. Mitchell, who is available for Academic All-State, was hailed by Coach Webb. “Alyah has been nothing but a blessing for this program,” said Webb. “Not only was she an extension of me on the field but she also is a great student. This program is going to miss her greatly. There is not a doubt in my mind that Alyah is going to ‘slay’ it at Florida International,” said a clearly choked up Webb.”We all know why she’s going though… clearly she wants to be closer to D.Wade,” joking stated Webb during the conclusion of his speech.

Mitchell followed up Webb’s speech by making a short statement. “To everyone who has supported me throughout my high school and soccer career, I just want to say thank you,” said Mitchell who was clearly fighting back tears. Many classmates and peers were there to support Mitchell as she signed her papers. “I’m proud of her because I knew she could accomplish whatever she wanted to,” said Jesse Gutierrez, a close friend and teammate of Mitchell’s. Gutierrez was one of the many friends and family who showed up to support Mitchell. Mitchell was surrounded by loved ones as she put the pen to paper.

When asked to comment on her goals or ambitions, Mitchell responded by saying, “I plan on getting an education and in the future becoming Physician’s Assistant. I just want to say thank you to all my friends, teachers and family members who have supported me.”

 

Basketball Report: Skeeter’s take on the Eagles

The Skeeter boy’s basketball teams were in action last Friday night vs. the Richardson Eagles.

Varsity Skeeters
The varsity team lost to the Richardson Eagles 73-57. The Skeeters got down big and clawed their way back into the game only to run out of time as the Eagles made their free throws down the stretch to preserve the win. The Skeeters were led in scoring by Bryson Robinson with 29 points, Jared Mitchell with 17, and Kendall Smith with 7. The Skeeters were playing without 6-7 senior post Josh Nzeakor who was out of the game with an injury. Please congratulate Bryson Robinson on being selected Inside High School Sports bobble head MVPfrom the previous week. We are very proud of Bryson.

JV Skeeters
The JV basketball team rebounded from their loss vs. HP with a 54-43 win over the Eagles.  The JV Skeeters were led by Anthony McGee who scored 25 points, Mike Franklin 6 points, 6 rebounds, and Chris Crosby 6 points, 3 assist, 2 steals, and 1 block.

Freshmen Skeeters
The freshman A team won in a blowout 83-36 and the B team did as well with a 60-22 thrashing of the Eagles. The A team scoring leaders were Reggie Peck with 16 points followed by 15 points from Felix Benson. The B team was lead in scoring by Schjuan Johnson with 21 points and Ossie Foster with 12.
All teams will be in action tomorrow night vs. the North Mesquite Stallions. This will be senior night for the Skeeters.  Games times are JV and Varsity 6:00-7:30 in the main gym and Freshman A and B teams 5:30-6:45 in the small gym.

Please come out and support your Skeeter basketball teams!

 

Basketball Report: Skeeters take on the Stallions!

The Skeeter boy’s basketball teams were in action last night vs. the North Mesquite Stallions.

Varsity Skeeters
The varsity team beat the Stallions 60-57 in a very tight game. The Skeeters made clutch free throws down the stretch by Jared Mitchell to hang on for the win. The Skeeters were led in scoring by Courtney Jones and Jared Mitchell both with 15 points, Bryson Robinson 12 points, and Josh Nzeakor with 10 points. It was a total team effort.

JV Skeeters
The JV basketball team came out on fire and jumped on the Stallions JV early 21-0 to start the game. The young Skeeters were up 49-13 at halftime and coasted to a 78-51 victory. The Skeeters played their most complete game of the season and made a team high 12 three point shots on 24 attempts. The Skeeters were led by Anthony McGee who scored 20 of his 22 points in the first half to go along with 4 assist, Xavier Brockington 15 points, 7 assist, 2 steals, Kalon Penegraph 2 points, 11 rebounds, Tyler Battles 12 points on 4-5 shooting beyond the arch, and freshman Aaron Sanders rounding out the game leaders with 9 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 steals.

Freshmen Skeeters
The freshman A team won 59-54 and the B team won 43-32. The A team scoring leaders were Jonathan Lott with 13 points followed by 13 points from Felix Benson and Lester James with 12. The B team was lead in scoring by Schjuan Johnson with 17 points and Jaylyn Hunter with 7.
All teams will be in action Friday night vs. the John Horn Jags at Horn HS.  Games times are JV and Varsity 6:00-7:30 in the main gym and Freshman A and B teams 5:30-6:45 in the small gym. Please come out and support your Skeeter basketball teams!

No Pass, No Play

The main focus of students in school is to pass the core subject classes in order to move up to the next grade level. The No Pass, No Play is a guideline followed by all UIL registered sports. This guideline keeps failing students from participating until they pass. The rule or guildline is so that students will understand that academics come before sports and other events.

 

Academic subject grades are essential to graduating and make up your GPA. You need a suitable average in order to graduate and you must pass all of your classes. Most colleges require a minimum GPA average to attend or enroll even if you are the poster boy or girl for their national sports division.

 

Although sports take up a lot of time and dedication, they are seasonal, and are only contribute percentage of a students grade point average. Core subjects are are a full year and need more dedication to studying. With the No Pass, No Play, it can help show that in order to be part of a team, students must prove their commitment to their academic goals. Therefore, it shows coaches and scouts from universities that they are focused on a “game” plan.

 

GPAs are what colleges look for in each student and a low GPA score can come between being accepted into a college or not. Although some sports players have made it a career, its not always a lifetime career. Unlike sports careers, an education will be there for a lifetime.  Players especially need a solid education to fall back on in case they get severely injured or become too old to play.

 

Scouts come to high schools often to judge students on their playing ability, but without the necessary GPA in place from a solid commitment to core subject grades a student can easily lose out on scholarship offers and acceptance to most colleges. Scholarships may use sports as a free ticket to a higher education and even a chance at a sports career, but those scholarships won’t be there for the taking without an acceptable GPA.

 

Putting grades before sports is a major commitment. Grades should come before sports because those grades are what scholarships and colleges depend on. In high school, it may be hard to understand that in order to have a good GPA, it takes a lot of effort, and you must be willing to put in in the classroom and put out on the field. If one cannot dedicate themselves to their grades now, it will be harder to do so in college.

 

Grades are a major priority. If a student can’t pass a class, they shouldn’t be able to play.

 

Every student focuses on passing classes in order to move on to the next grade level and participate in school activities. The No Pass, No Play keeps failing students from participating until they pass. This guideline makes school academic studies come before sports and other events.

 

During the sports season, athletes are focused on passing in order to play their sport. Here, at MHS we follow the No Pass, No Play guidelines. Meaning, if you don’t pass a class, you don’t play. Softball player, Kennedy Curry, has to follow these guidelines along with all of the other athletes.

 

“I think the ‘No Pass, No Play’ is good,” Kennedy said. “If you can’t keep up with your grades, you can’t keep up with your team.”

 

Although sometimes it may be thought of as unfair, the “No Pass, No Play” keeps academics first in the players mind. Maria Tovar, an honor student along with being a student athlete, said that her grades fluctuate during season. She also said that even though she may have to cram her schoolwork in between games, school still comes first.

 

“In a way it’s good because I consider school more important,” Maria said. “You should be focused on your grades over sports because it’s an activity. It should be second unless you are trying to pursue that sport.”

 

 

 

Pink Floyd: The Endless Album Review

Thinking Pink Floyd’s album “The Dark Side of the Moon,” was their last album, Pink Floyd surprised us all with the new album release “The Endless River” on November 10, 2014. With 18 songs on their regular album and 17 on their deluxe edition, the album is based on material recorded in 1993 and 1994 during the “Division Bell”. Recording sessions were held at Britannia Row Studios and aboard the Astoria, where “A Momentary Lapse of Reason” was also partly recorded. Bassist and song writer Roger Waters, who left the band in 1985, was not involved in the making of the new album. The Endless River is confirmed to be the final Pink Floyd album.

The album is described by the band as a “predominantly ambient and instrumental album”.  The closing track, “Louder Than Words” is the albums only song to have a lead vocal track, with lyrics by David Gilmour’s wife herself, Polly Samson.

Make A Change

by River David

 

We tell ourselves that it’s okay not be the very best we can be. “It’ll be alright,” we tell ourselves, “There’s always next year”. The fact of the matter is that the time is now. Right now is the time to take control of your life and take hold of the goals or dreams you have aspired for.

 

Stress, hectic schedules, and stacks upon stacks of homework often become the justification to our laziness. These issues often hinder our ability to find that extra time to study or work extremely hard, but if your ambition is great enough and your yearning to achieve is strong enough then these obstacles should not phase you.

 

We often shake off the lectures and meetings our teachers and parents give us because we see them as a “waste of time” or we believe that adults couldn’t possibly understand our problems. Truthfully, no matter how much young adults hate to admit it, our parents and elders were our age at one time too. They shared many of the same problems and stresses that most of us face today. The advice given to us by them should be taken into strong consideration.

 

From the words of William Shakespeare, “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.” From these words we can deduct that we are the pilot of our own future. We decide what we do with our lives, it is up to us if we work and succeed or skip out and fail.

 

This generation of procrastinators are use to things being handed to them instead of having to work for it. This type of coddling has caused many people to lose important things such as a solid educational foundation, career opportunities and even things such as housing, vehicles and property.

 

It is time for our generation to step up and take hold of the opportunities in front of us because in the long run nobody controls the road we’re all on but ourselves.

 

Sheila bryant 3D printing

3D printing

There has been growing concern of Firearms due to today’s technology like the 3D printer. On Tuesday, December 3, the House of Representatives voted to renew the Undetectable Firearms Act (UFA) for 10 years. The previous act is set to expire on Dec. 9

The 3D printing machine works by starting with a computer design of the object you want to make. The technology uses powered lasers to fuse small particles of plastic, metal, and glass powders that can make the shape you are wanting.

The 3D printer has come in handy with many situations and has not only helped increase manufacturing but saved money, too. Fast 3D printers can be sold for tens of thousands of dollars and end up saving companies many times that amount.

Three-dimensional printing is also occurring as an energy saving technology that can give environmental productivity in understanding of both the manufacturing process itself. It can save up to 90% of basic materials. According to Summit 3D Printing was originally a result looking for a problem. With any world changing technology, it only becomes important when it actually does change the world in a positive way.

3D printing has a wide variety of choices including the ability to personalize products according to the individual needs and requirements of the user.

A solution for this problem can be that all of the virtual designs of guns can be banned from any type of transfer on the media for the people to have any access to.

3D printing should not be banned from public use because they  have many uses that can be beneficial to the environment, manufacturing companies and many more creative ideas that the world may come up with.