For many of our students, going to school is not the only priority that they have. Many of our students are active in extracurriculars and a lot of them have jobs that take them well into the night hours. Sometimes, balancing work, school, and extracurriculars is quite the task and we had the opportunity to sit down with Seniors Morgan Shields and Josie McElroy to talk to them about how they balance their busy schedules.
Morgan is a member of the Color Guard and is also currently employed at Olive Garden in Decatur. When having a part time job while going to high school, students have to schedule their time wisely. Morgan said, “Arranging school with work was hard at first because even when you have to work until 10 at night, you know you have homework due the next morning, so you have to do it which makes working dreadful.”
If working and balancing school work is so dreadful, why would one do it? Morgan’s motivation for her hard work comes from her “want to have a job and have her own money and the ability to spend it on what she wanted.” She takes great pride in not having to rely on her parents as much, and as a Senior in high school, these steps are preparing her to be a more well-rounded individual.
Another Senior, Josie, works at Von Maur in the Hickory Point Mall in Forsyth. She plays as a member of The Marching STORM and Valley Voices. Josie told us, “The hardest thing about getting a job is the process. Applying and applying and then going through the interviews are a real pain, going to the job and learning on the job is easy.”
The job search process is a difficult one, especially with every kid trying to get the same jobs with the same skills. It makes one wonder, should every student have a job? Josie responded, “I don’t think every student should have a job but I think it’s a great idea. Some people want to put all their time into studies and extra sports or activities and simply don’t have the time. But it does teach you time management and definitely prepares you for what’s coming in your life.” When applying for a job you need to think if you will be available for this job and will you be able to work.
During the summer, many kids go out and get jobs. Most kids keep those jobs through the school year, and as several students keep those jobs, they have to balance practice schedules and work schedules.
Sometimes, students have to call off work to attend important events. Senior Maddison Bournias reports, “yes, recently I had to call off of work to be able to go to band practice.” The dedication of our students is amazing (hopefully you don’t call off too often and get fired). Junior Piper Hill, an accomplished Spaghetti and Sandwich Artisan, works at La Gondola in Decatur reported that “Balancing school and work is hard I don’t get home until late and still have to study and do my homework.”
Our school may not be the biggest in size, but it is the biggest in heart. These students, and many others, give their time and big portions of their lives to this school, and they do it while exceeding expectations and proudly representing our school as great role models for our students.
Story by Maddison Bournias and Skyler Shugart
The Coffee Shop is not all about coffee and smoothies. It’s about business. A lot of hard work goes into making the coffee shop run smoothly, and Mrs. Foutch put Junior Jacey Centola as a student manager to ensure that the whole process keeps running smoothly. The coffee shop provides students with a morning boost to their day, but the coffee shop also teaches the students about how hard it is to work at a job.
The shop offers a wide-variety of products that change often with the changing year. From seasonal drinks, beef sticks, cake pops and other items, the coffee shop has what you need to get your day started off right.
The coffee shop is managed by FBLA, but you do not have to be a part of FBLA to work in the coffee shop. That means that trust plays a significant role in making the dream work: trusting employees, customers, and reliable machinery.
Trust is a big part in owning any business and the coffee shop is no different from any other business. Mrs. Foutch explains, “ I used to worry about people stealing at first, that is why there are locks on everything and a security camera, but luckily we have had wonderful students who have been trustworthy and really stepped up to ensure that the coffee shop doesn’t lose products and that the register till is correct at the end of the day.”
But business aside, working in the coffee shop is a lot of fun. Manager Jacey Centola said, “I love working in the Coffee Shop. I’ve worked in the Coffee Shop since freshman year and now I get to work there as Manager. Helping Mrs. Foutch, getting new experiences, and teaching new members to work the coffee shop has been a great experience for me and I hope that more people take to it and help out when they can. It only works if we all work together as a school.”
Each year the coffee shop keeps improving. Last year, Mr. Meadows upgraded the electrical boxes to the shop, so we don’t have to keep resetting breakers and this year there are plans to install a new water line, so we don’t have to keep refilling bottles of water. They have also added a new restocking crew that Jacey and a few others help with to ensure that the coffee shop has everything that they need to make it happen.
If you haven’t stopped by the coffee shop, stop by and help support our school and programs. Feel free to make suggestions and participate in working in the shop to help improve the coffee shop. It only works if you work it.
Story by Jessica Born, The Bolt Online Writer
Lunch: the time to socialize, eat, and catch up on homework due next hour.
Each year brings about much change, and this year's school's lunches have been quite the change. Lunch food has always had its ups and downs, from the dark days of flat small cinnamon rolls to the glory days of Salisbury Steak, students have muscled through the line in search of nourishment and nutrition.
We polled several students around the lunchroom to ask what their favorite and least favorite lunch was. The results were interesting. Salisbury steak is the most popular lunch with Country Fried Steak in a close second and Pizza in third. The rest of the results were a mixed bag of different lunches including nachos and tacos.
This year also saw the introduction of fresh salads to the menu and a redesigned salad bar, which is quite delicious if you have not had a chance to grab one.
We also collected data from students for their least favorite lunches. As far as we an tell, the least favorite lunch goes to the hot ham and cheese. Second place was the popcorn chicken bowl, and third was hamburgers.
One thing that we did find out was that no matter what the lunch was, they had a positive experience at lunch time. Almost every student that was asked reported that they enjoyed going through the lunch line and being greeted by the amazing cooks who prepare our food on a daily basis. From Mr. Viele greeting students as they enter and leave the lunch room, to the cooks getting food out fast with a smile on their faces, to Mr. Myers greeting them at the lunch counter, students reported that they enjoyed the process of going through the line and getting around to their lunch tables.