Here at Laurens Academy, the junior/senior prom is coming up soon. Proms have a long tradition, dating back to the eighteen hundreds. They were originally only held in colleges, but over the years they worked their way down and gained recognition in high schools. At first they were simple dances, but over the early to mid nineties they became more and more extravagant. The competitive nature of teens won over, and they fought to get the coolest ride, the prettiest dress, and the best looking partner. Schools only encouraged this, handing out the titles of prom queen and prom king. With all of this, proms have become very… prominent in a high schooler’s life. They continue on, determining students’ popularity and being an endless source of excitement and stress for teens worldwide.
Last week, our ninth grade class was assigned a large computer project involving many of the things we have been learning this year. The project is split into three parts; an essay, a flyer, and a slideshow. The essay is five hundred words, and written with the intention of convincing someone to join Laurens Academy. The flyer is meant to get people to attend a fake open house on May 20th, and students are given creative liberty with details. Finally, students must make a fifteen slide long slideshow, also with the intention of convincing someone to join Laurens Academy.
Every spring, the weather here in Laurens undergoes a quick and confusing change. You can never tell whether it will be cold and bleak like winter or hot and sunny like summer. The average high temperature for Laurens County in April is 73 degrees Fahrenheit, and the average low is 46 degrees, which leaves a lot of room for variation. Technically, South Carolina’s climate is known as a “humid subtropical environment”, but the Upstate is less tropical than areas along the coast. The humid part is no surprise to people who have spent enough time here in the palmetto state. Eventually, usually around June, the weather will have settled into a consistent 93 degree mosquito fest. I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else though.
Easter is arguably the time of the year when the most candies are sold and consumed. Halloween wins when it comes to total pounds of candy with 90 million pounds sold, compared to Easter’s average of 65 million pounds. However, when it comes to the money, Easter wins with a whopping 823 million dollars spent on candy in the week before it. This narrowly beats out Halloween, which reaches 800 million. This is because Easter tends to focus more on special gift-type candy, while people buying for Halloween get it in bulk in order to satisfy all the trick-or-treaters. There are a number of other delicious facts about Easter and its candy (pun completely intended). For example, Peeps marshmallow candies are definitely the most popular Easter themed candy, selling about 1.5 billion each year. Another neat fact is that roughly 89% of America believe that chocolate bunnies should be eaten ears first. 6% go for the feet, and only 5% prefer eating the tail first. Pretty sweet, huh?
Daylight savings time is an important tradition that allows people extra daylight by pushing the clock forwards an hour in the spring, and returning it to normal in the fall. There is much controversy over where it started and who started it. Some sources say that it was started by Benjamin Franklin, others say it originated in Canada, and yet others state that it was began by a New Zealand entomologist named George Hudson. Not all countries observe this tradition either. In fact, mostly only countries in North America and Europe do. Strangely enough, none of The United States are required to follow it either, but most do for the sake of simplicity, with Arizona and Hawaii being the only exceptions. However you follow this tradition, or even if you don’t, it has become well ingrained in the world and isn’t going away anytime soon.
On Saturday, March 12, there will be a live and silent auction here at the Laurens Exchange Club Building. It will start at 5:30 p.m., and it will be open to the public. There will be a raffle for a 2016 Polaris 570 Sportsman with a winch, and a Yeti Tundra 65 cooler. Tickets for the Polaris are $20, and the cooler is $5 a ticket. Barbecue plates will be available for $8:00, and hot dog plates will be $5:00. You can buy raffle tickets at a number of locations, including Ace Hardware in Laurens and Woodruff, Yo’ Cup in Laurens and Clinton, and House of Pizza, also in Laurens and Clinton. This will be Laurens Academy’s 21st annual auction, and we hope to see you there.
For the past few weeks, the ninth graders have been working on a cool project in art class. We’ve been drawing inspiration from Franz Marc, a German artist known for his abstract paintings of various animals. He was most famous for his work, “The Large Blue Horses”. He used vibrant color and contrasting shape to depict many emotions and ideas. For our art project, we’ve been using pencils, charcoal, and pastels. The assignment was to draw two animals, one abstract and the other realistic. Any species of animal could be used, and they had to overlap in some way. Many members of our class have finished theirs already and have started working on their second pieces. I look forward to seeing all the wonderful art from our ninth grade class.
Hey, my name is Sarah Traxler, and I started school here at Laurens Academy three weeks ago. So far I have been really enjoying this school and the people here. The teachers are good and the classes are fun. Lunches are much more than just edible, unlike many schools. It’s still a bit strange, having been home schooled all my life, but I like it. There is definitely a fun and friendly atmosphere, especially in theater and science class. I also like PE, even though I’ve never really done any sports other than horseback riding. It was a bit disorienting at first, but the routine is easy to get used to. I like the small classes, which make it easier to get to know everybody. Everyone has been very helpful answering my questions and helping me know what to do. The lessons are fairly easy to understand and follow. I look forward to spending the rest of this year and the next at this school.