Social Media and the Effect Todays Youth

Our individual judgement on our own self-image becomes increasingly relevant in our lives as we age. When progressing through our development we try to achieve the goal of Self-Actualization. Once achieving this mentality a person realizes that they are satisfied completely with their current physical being or the environment that surrounds them. In the book The Beauty Myth, by Naomi Wolf, the idea of creating an image for oneself and ignoring stereotypes that may challenge a person later on in their life is discussed. Self-Actualization helps us form a person that not only the public can be proud to be seen with but also a person that we as individuals can be proud of being.

With the increase of the use of social media in the youth of the world today, many under-developed young adults find themselves losing grasp on who they see themselves as. This is due to the pressure to maintain a certain “social image” in front of friends and peers. As mass media increases these trends begin to spread throughout social media and television leading to the kids of today being exposed to peer pressure and other trends that are spread peer to peer. This causes children to lose the ability to form their own “Self-Actualization” to help find who they are to themselves. This is due to many people worrying more about who others see them as instead of who they see themselves as. This begins the destruction of self-actualization from one generation to another, continuing the deterioration of not only, security in oneself, but also the ability to find who one wants to be in their own mind. This decides how future generations not only present themselves in public but also see themselves in their private lives. This problem in itself due to the social disorders that can stem from “fixing” one’s image to be more accepted in the eyes of society. When constantly changing who people see themselves as they cannot only deteriorate the number of friendships they have but also decline the number of new friends they can make.

In an article on the APP Gateway website from the American Academy of Pediatrics about pediatric social-media use states “According to a recent poll, 22% of teenagers log on to their favorite social media site more than 10 times a day, and more than half of adolescents log on to a social media site more than once a day. Seventy-five percent of teenagers now own cell phones, and 25% use them for social media, 54% use them for texting, and 24% use them for instant messaging. Thus, a large part of this generation’s social and emotional development is occurring while on the Internet and on cell phones.”(Source B), This statement shows the disturbing statistics of the relevance of social media in the lives of the youth. The large amount of time that kids and young adults spend on their devices allows the input of others and of social trends around the world to interact with the individual viewing them on a more personal level. This personal interaction allows the opinions of others the effect a person tenfold, leading to the increasing likelihood that a person will conform to please the opinions of others. In source B when speaking of children and their use of social media it is also stated “Because of their limited capacity for self-regulation and susceptibility to peer pressure, children and adolescents are at some risk as they navigate and experiment with social media.”, This shows the increased likelihood for kids to alter their personas and attitudes depending on the opinions of others.

Public shaming and stereotypes are a consistent problem for that many people face in today’s society and that others have faced for centuries. This issue, which often leads to the mental and emotional break down of an individual, is an ongoing problem among young adults today. These stereotypes stem from the image myths that surround men and women today. In The Beauty Myth, by Naomi Wolf, it states “The model fantasy is probably the most widespread contemporary dream shared by young women from all backgrounds…”, This is due to the increasing pressure on young women by one another to “be flawless” like celebrities they see on mass media. This leads to an extensive increase in the bullying of those who don’t change their style to match the images they see on social media. As it is seen more and more regular to conform with the “trends of today” many people feel the pressure to keep up with others; leading to the fear of failure. This leaves many people struggling to find their public image because the hesitation that comes along with the fear of making the wrong social choices.

Many people lose the ability to see who they are in reality due to their constant forming of their “image”. In source C it states “Some believe that a person’s self-image is defined by events that affect him or her (doing well or not in school, work, or relationships.)”, This shows how not only social media but also social interaction in general can harm a person. With the increase in the spread of social media among today’s teens and young adults many people fear that their insecurities will be more visible to outsiders. Source D states “The effects of low self-esteem can leave you feeling pretty down.”, this shows how a person without strong self-actualization is missing the necessary protection from the grasp of social judgement.

In the image shown in source E it is shown that self-actualization is the biggest requirement for a “successful being”. Actualizing the self is the greatest way to find who one is and who one is meant to be. Source F shows the lack of self-actualization in teens by showing the most common body image perceptions that teens have about themselves. These things include things as 81% of 10 year olds being scared of being considered overweight. This shows the disturbing reality that surrounds our youth of today.

Without self-actualization teens and young adults today are missing a critical strategy when it comes to maintaining their self-esteem in the face of constant external pressure. The need for a strong self-actualization is even more relevant in today’s social media based generation. With the constant pressure to maintain trends being crammed down the throats of the kids in today’s society, it is crucial that the desire for self-acceptance be entwined in the generations to come. Without self-actualization the problem of conforming will increase to grow in the youth of the world, ultimately, leading to the destruction of individualism in society.

Rally The Students: Students Participate in Rally Day at Texas Capitol

In a bold move by the district, four buses packed with high school students made their way down to the capitol to learn and discuss political processes and concerns on Monday, February 28. Students woke up at the crack of dawn (4’o’clock to be exact) and loaded up for the for hour bus trip.

Upon arriving, students seemed partly mystified in what was many of the students’ first time being the Texas capitol. Although there wasn’t much time for sight-seeing, as students were immediately directed to the St. David’s Episcopal Church in order to meet with judges who were currently reviewing bills that would directly affect students. Due to traffic, we arrived slightly late while Mina Injarez was in the midst of explaining her current reviewing of an anti-cyberbullying bill that is currently cycling through the legislature. From what we heard, Bill HB no. 305 seeks to crack down on cyberbullying by allowing police departments state-wide to more thoroughly investigate claims of cyberbullying. This bill boasts that it will equalize the playing field against all forms of cyberbullying, even when the aggressor may attend a different school than the victim or may be home schooled.

One of the key points of bill seems to revolve around making parents more liable in cases where they are aware that an incident is taking place. An especially interesting point to make considering most of the society blames the bully more than anything, now the parents may also face consequences.

“I definitely think [the parents] should be more involved. I feel like [parents] aren’t up to date on the latest technologies; especially things like Snapchat.” said Principal Kevin Samples.

Ways to counter cyberbullying have been subject to review over the past 10 years or so as the internet has become more prevalent in society.

“Just blocking someone doesn’t solve the problem,” said Minjarez in response to a students question about what more advice could you give students about cyberbullying. “We want to stop the problem, not just ignore it.”

The next major bill that was brought before the students was HB no. 676, which seeks to raise the legal age of prosecution as an adult to 18, a raise from the current age which is 17.

“What difference does one year make in the justice system?” asked one student.

Alexander Hammond, Chief of Staff to Carol Alvarado, said, “A lot of thought goes into setting age limits. Your brain is still growing at 17, so how can you be tried as an adult while your still developing?”

Hammond was presenting two bills, the second one being HB no. 1018, seeks to set the legal limit to consume powdered alcohol to 21 years old, like all other forms of alcohol.

This bill seems pretty “no-brainer” to me and much of the other students, so there wasn’t much questioning regarding it’s passage. Although this was a good opportunity to inform students of this recently developed drug. Prior to this conference, I personally had no idea powdered alcohol existed.

The last part of this conference consisted of a panel of former students who currently occupied positions in Austin coming and explaining the best avenues to take to find success in government processes. Most of them spoke on internships and how social media plays a huge role in keeping in contact with constituents.

We departed the church with a minor taste of how government actually worked, and more was to come later. In the meantime, it was time to head down to the capitol building and meet on the front steps where a PTA rally was being led by the PTA president Lisa Holbrook.

Many of her remarks regarded what the PTA seeks to achieve this year, and recognizing the issues currently faced with the coming proposal of the system, which would allow students and parents to select what school in their district they’d like to attend.

“It all comes down to funding” said Samples. “The voucher system would allow schools to get more money per student than we currently get at the public education level.”

Many of the lead adversaries to this bill spoke up at this rally, namely among them being Representative Donna Howard.

“We don’t want the private schools getting all the funding” exclaimed a passionate Howard. “Do not doubt what your efforts here can achieve.”

Howard also went on to appeal to the masses of students present at the rally by announcing the upcoming bill XJR21, which would allow 17 year olds to vote in the primaries to select representatives.

Spirits ran high among the adults, but the students seemed to feel oddly out of place amongst all the commotion.

“They’re proposing stuff that wouldn’t affect them. They’re too old.” said Andres Garza, senior.

This narrative seemingly was playing out in the minds of all the students as they wondered around in the crowds filled with cheers and snare drums.

Tony Cervantes, senior, was skeptical, especially in regards to people in Austin passing laws over bullying. “They don’t know exactly how to handle [bullying]. [The students] should overcome the obstacle and move on.”

After the rally, students toured the capitol building and saw the hall where representatives convene in order to vote on bills just minutes before a session was about to take place.

“It’s so cool here!” exclaimed one student as they gazed up at the star on the roof of the main hall in the capitol.

Indeed, this was an excellent event for students to peer into the looking glass of government, but oddly enough, many felt as though they had no real voice while they were out there, only further reinforcing the notion that students really have no say in what happens to them.

The one opportunity students were given the opportunity to talk to a real representative, Cindy Burkett, seemed to be stripped away all to quickly, as students only got to ask about 3 questions, and seemingly got more answers from the MHS staff than the actual government official.

“Take part in your community. Allow yourself to be more involved in your community.” said Burkett

I’m sure students would have loved to been more active in their community and legislation, if only they were given a true opportunity to do so.

Prior to the event, many students were asked to research important topics regarding education to ask informed and meaningful questions in a meeting representatives that never happened.

Skeeters Take On Rockwall

The Mesquite Skeeters Varsity Football team took on the Rockwall Yellowjackets in last Friday’s game at Hanby Stadium.

The Skeeter’s came into their senior night desperate for a win to send their graduating off on the right note.

As the 1st quarter kicked off the game began in a very competitive fashion with the Skeeters and the Yellowjackets going back and forth on the scoreboard. The 1st quarter ended with the game in Rockwall’s favor 10 to 7.

The 2nd quarter was completely one sided with Rockwall putting up 13 unanswered points on the board and taking a 23-7 lead.

As halftime came and went the Skeeters turned up for the 3rd quarter and put 14 points compared to the Yellowjackets 7.

The 4th quarter was a less exciting experience with the Skeeters only being able to put up 6 points. The Yellowjackets lit up the Skeeter defense and were able to put up 17 points on them.

The final score was 47-27 with the Yellowjackets winning dominantly.

Skeeters Varsity Football battle the Raiders!

The Mesquite Skeeter Varsity boys football team took on the Tyler Lee Raiders in Friday nights game at Hanby Stadium in a thrilling game.

The Skeeters game into the game looking to change their luck after a narrow loss to John Tyler in last Fridays game.

As the game began the Skeeters dominated the 1st quarter putting up 14 points on the board and only allowing Lee to get 1 touchdown on the board.

The 2nd quarter was much more dynamic with the Skeeters putting up another 14 points on the board and Tyler Lee battling back and adding 21 points of their own.

As halftime came the score was Mesquite 28, Tyler Lee 28.

Tyler Lee took a more dominate stance in the game during the 3rd quarter by putting 14 points up and only allowing the Skeeters to add one touchdown to their effort.

The 4th quarter was thrilling, with both teams adding 14 points onto the board leaving the game 56-49 with Tyler Lee in the lead and 1 minute 34 seconds left on the clock. As the Skeeters took what would most likely be their last possession Quarterback, Anthony Tennison, was prepared to lead his team on one final drive.

With a spectacular catch from Running Back, Chance Fisher the Skeeters were on the 4 yard line with 36 seconds left on the clock. With one tough push, Fisher was into the endzone and the Skeeters had the decision to kick the tying field goal or go for the instant win by going for two.

Mesquite decided to put their chances in fate and go for the instant win on a handoff to Fisher who pounded into the endzone for the two-point conversion.

The game ended Mesquite 57, Tyler Lee 56.

The Skeeters face Rockwall-Heath High School in Heath this Friday at 7:30.

We Are Maroon!

Skeeters Fall To The Lions!

The Mesquite Skeeters Varsity Football team took on the John Tyler Lions in last Friday’s game in Tyler.

The Skeeters came into the game low on confidence after a defeat to the John Horn Jaguars.

As the game began the Skeeters and Lions went back and forth, each team having their chances and opportunities on offense and also when defending. The Skeeters were able to put 7 points on the board first but John Tyler followed shortly after, tying the game up 7-7.

As the 2nd quarter began, John Tyler was shut out by the Skeeters defense and were unable to score. Mesquites offense was able to capitalize on this and put another touchdown on the board, taking the lead 14-7.

The 3rd quarter kicked off and John Tyler came out swinging, putting up one touchdown and two field goals in the quarter and taking the lead 20-14 and carrying this lead into the 4th quarter.

The 4th quarter was shut out for both sides, with neither team being able to put any points on the board.

The Skeeters have a bye this week and do not play again until homecoming week against Tyler Lee at Hanby Stadium.

Skeeter Football Falls To Horn

The Mesquite Skeeters Varsity Football team took on the John Horn Jaguars at Memorial Stadium on Friday, September 23rd.

The Skeeters came into the game 2-2 after a heartbreaking loss to rivals North Mesquite, and were looking to pick themselves up and move forward with a victory.

The game began swiftly for the Skeeters with an immediate touchdown. The Jaguars responded nearly as quick putting up a touchdown of their own and tying the game 7-7.

The Jaguars came into the 2nd quarter on fire putting up 21 points compared to the Skeeters 10 points in response.

As halftime came and went it was Horns game 28-17.

The 2nd half began and Horn once again was dominate, putting up 14 points in the 3rd quarter and shutting down the Skeeters offense completely.

This ended up being the dagger into the Skeeters confidence, with them only being allowed to score one touchdown in the 4th quarter.

The game ended with Horn being victorious 49-24.

The Skeeters take on the John Tyler Lions on Friday, September 30th at John Tyler.

Mesquite Varsity Football Takes On The Stallions!

The Mesquite Skeeter Varsity football team took on the North Mesquite Stallions on Friday, September 16th,  at Memorial Stadium in an intense rivalry match up.

The Skeeters came into the game with high energy and were excited to take on their cross-city rivals.

The game began with the Skeeters once again putting up a fantastic 1st quarter, putting up 10 points on the board while shutting the Stallion offense down. The Skeeters continued their high attacking offense in the 2nd quarter by putting up another touchdown. Although on the defensive side of the ball the Skeeters weren’t as successful allowing the Stallions to put two touchdowns on the board.

As halftime came around the Skeeters led the Stallions 17-14.

The Stallions shut out the Skeeters in the 3rd putting up 14 more points on the board and keeping the Skeeters shutout.

The 4th quarter was an exciting one, with the Skeeters attempting to battle back from a 17-28 deficit. The Skeeter put up a touchdown with Junior receiver, Carlos Aguilar, taking the ball into the endzone. After completing the 2-point conversion the score was now 25-28, with the Stallions holding onto a slight lead.

The score would remain the same during the final 2 minutes of the game to have North Mesquite winning the game 25-28.

The Skeeters take on the Horn Jaguars this coming Friday, September 23, at Memorial Stadium.

Come out and support our boys as they attempt to get that win and become 1-1 in district play!

Skeeters stomp the Stallions

Varsity Skeeters:
The varsity basketball team overcame a sluggish start to the game to defeat the North Mesquite Stallions 58-52 in a hard fought battle. The Skeeters were led in scoring by Bryson Robinson with a career high 37 points followed by 8 points from Daniel Thomas Ray. The coaches are very proud of the team for overcoming adversity and grinding out another win.

JV Skeeters:
The JV basketball team got another W beating the Stallions JV 61-49 for their 4TH win in the last 5 games. The JV was led by Wildarian Morrow with 16 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assist, Felix Benson 12 points, 9 rebounds, 4 blocks, Xavier Benson 12 points, 12 rebounds, and a big night from Jonathan Lott with 14 points, and 5 rebounds off the bench.

Freshman Skeeters:
The freshman teams gave the Stallions freshman work all night in with convincing wins that were not close from start to finish. The freshman A team won 62-45 and was led by 13 points from Grant Stewart, 9 points from Tyshion Davis, and 8 points by Jordan Johnson. The B team smashed North 68-38.

The Skeeters will be in action Friday night with all 4 teams playing the Horn Jags @ Skeeter Indoor Stadium. The JV starts at6:00 p.m. followed by the Varsity. The freshman A team tips @5:30 the small gym followed by the B team. Please come out and support your MHS hoops.

We Are Maroon!!!!

Skeeter Basketball Update

Varsity Skeeters
The varsity basketball team beat the 19th ranked team in the state, the Richardson Eagles 69-63 in a great game at the Skeeter Indoor Stadium. The game was a playoff type atmosphere and the home crowd really energized the Skeeters down the stretch. The Skeeters were led by 27 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assist, 4 steals and 2 blocks from Bryson Robinson and 16 points from Anthony McGee who scored 13 of those points in the final frame. Rounding out the scoring was Wesley Curry with 9 points, Jordan King 8 points and 7 points from Aaron Sanders. The Skeeters are now tied for 1st place with the Eagles with 3 games to play.

JV Skeeters
The JV basketball team got back on the winning track with a 46-39 victory over the Eagles JV for their 3rd win in last 4 games. The JV was led by Felix Benson with 12 points, 10 rebounds, Xavier Benson 10 points, 9 rebounds, Jamison Allen 4 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assist, 4 steals, and Lester James 2 points, 7 rebounds, and 1 steal.  The JV Skeeters had a season high 45 rebounds (19 offensive, 26 defensive) vs. Richardson on the night.

Freshman Skeeters

The freshman teams both beat Richardson for the clean sweep. The A team won 53-27 and the B team won 61-36. The baby Skeeters played great defense and held Richardson to 5 points in the 2nd quarter and 2 points in the 3rd quarter. The Skeeters were led in scoring by Grant Stewart and Jordan Stenson with 13 points. Cody LeBlanc had 9 points.

The Skeeters will be in action tomorrow tonight with all 4 teams playing North Mesquite @ the Stallion Basketball Complex. The JV starts at 6:00 p.m. followed by the Varsity. The freshman A team tips the small gym followed by the B team. Please come out and support your MHS hoops.

We Are Maroon!!!!

UIL Results!!

MHS co-hosted with Sunnyvale High School a large (16 schools) and tough UIL Academics practice tourney covering ALL spring meet events.  THANK YOU to all MHS staff who volunteered to time, judge, grade and help us fulfill our hosting duties!  We still need folks for a similar event on Saturday, Feb.  27th so let Darrell Taylor in P12 know if you can spare a morning or afternoon to support our “best” kids!

Results from Jan 30th Meet – congratulate these kids and coaches!

Accounting (Coach Stephanie Kramer) – FIRST place team and FIRST place individual, Elric Sharber…this is always an area of STRENGTH for us

Calculator Applications (Coach Crisstie Crim) – second place team plus 2nd & 3rd individuals in Michael Hernandez and Felicity Pawlowski…very exciting results as we’ve been focusing on getting better!
Mathematics (Coach Elaina Carter) – second place team plus 3rd/6th individuals in Daisy Secundino and Felicity Pawlowski

Computer Science (Coach Elizabeth Baker) – second place team and FIRST place individual, Dalton LaCour…this is the first time MHS has even fielded a team in this event and we don’t even offer a class in PC Science!

Social Studies (Coach Hillary Dias) – fifth place individual, Kevin Martinez (a FRESHMAN!)

Literary Criticism (Coach Jarrod Swint) – 4th place individual, Beatriz Libero
Ready Writing (Coach Erin VanSickle) – 3rd place individual, Beatriz Libero…historically not a strong event for us but the work is starting to pay off!
Spelling/Vocabulary (Coach Erin VanSickle) – second place team and 2nd/3rd individuals – Crystal Mathew and Annsuriya Saji

Journalism (all coached by Rachel Syblik) – and our two 2015 STATE Qualifiers weren’t even there due to a conflict!  These are all 9th/10th graders
Second Overall Journalism team
News Writing – Jasmine Robles, 4th
Feature Writing – Sharese Thomas, 3rd and Jasmine Robles, 4th
Editorial Writing – Chemareea Biggs, 5th and Jasmine Robles, 6th
Headline Writing – Sharese Thomas, 3rd

Speech and Debate (Coach Andrew Greenberg) – also missing some of our stars due to other commitments but strong showing as always
Second Overall Speech team (by 2 measly points)
C-X Debate – 2nd place Maria Tovar/Juliana Mathew
Lincoln-Douglas Debate – 2nd, Kierra Dobbins; 3rd, Reba Miller
Poetry Interpretation – 3rd, Cameron Edwards
Prose Interp – 2nd, Tatianna Beverly
Persuasive Speaking – 2nd, Xavier Coonrod

-MHS 3rd place TEAM in Current Issues/Events and Science
-Entries in Number Sense, Computer Applications, Informative Speaking