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Make'n Bank! 

Starting in the school year of 20-21, MHS will hold a program that allows students to open personal bank accounts with ONE Federal Credit Union within the school. This program will have all the normal functions as any other bank account would, including being able to separate a check into multiple different accounts if desired. The program will be run by students who enroll in the new Personal Finance class, accepting only juniors and seniors. The students will get training directly from the bank directly once a week, and the participants have to turn in an application, resumé, and a letter of recommendation by Thursday, March 12. All applicants will be interviewed for the spot. The class will take place during lunch, with the soon to be “teller” section on the gym side of the cafeteria. 

Along with the banking, Mr. Eisert has decided to add a Maplewood store into the new program, where all the items are being suggested by the students directly. This store will sometimes do giveaways on items such as Maplewood pride shirts and such. The trial run will be tested for a while, and if it works out well, then it will start opening during sporting events as well. The plan is to have this open 5-10 minutes before the buses leave, so students have time to go down and enjoy the pleasures that it will hold. 

So if you want to be part of such an amazing experience and are looking for something to add to your resumé page, go get yourself an application and turn it in before it’s too late!

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Contributing Writer

Chad Robey

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Troubling Technology

It is no shock to hear that electronics are becoming a big part of teenager’s lives, but more specifically social media. More than 75% of teenagers have some sort of social media account whether it be Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, or some other type of platform. Those websites and apps have become a huge part of people's everyday lives and even an addiction. The real question is, are social media platforms harming teenager’s minds and mental health?

Starting off, according to abcnews, “The majority of young people seem to be getting smartphones much earlier as well. By age 11, 53% of kids have their own smartphone, and by age 12, 69% of them do -- an increase from 41% in 2015.” Access to any sort of smart device makes kids and teenagers a lot more vulnerable to getting sucked into the whirlwind of social media and other online platforms. Teens spend more than seven hours on technology every day, not even counting school related use, so it’s no surprise that this is a problem for their little minds. While technology helps people stay connected to events happening worldwide and can increase simple knowledge, it can also harm your brain. “Technology has altered human physiology… This is attributed to a scientific phenomenon known as neuroplasticity, or the brain's ability to alter its behavior based on new experiences. In this case, that's the wealth of information offered by the Internet and interactive technologies,” states Mashable. This means that social media, and other things kids learn and see from online sources, can alter their thinking process and even change it as a whole. This could cause them to have harder times learning or decision making. 

Next, social media can cause negative thoughts, depression, envy, and much more. If a teenager or child is constantly seeing the glamorous lives of celebrities online, it could lead them to start having negative thoughts about their life and appearance. Not to mention, social media aids in cutting off face-to-face contact between people of all ages. If people are spending seven hours a day on their devices, when are they doing something social and interacting with other people?

In conclusion, social media has truly changed the daily lives of almost everyone and will continue to do so as time goes on. Even though there are some positive influences of social media, the negative ones certainly outweigh them. It is important to limit your screen time daily and interact with people off screen. Disconnecting from technology for a little bit everyday will help increase the effectiveness of your social skills and aid in the growth of your brain.

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Contributing Writer

Kaitlyn Schutz

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Crucial Conditioning

With our winter sport season coming to an end, and spring sports in sight but still around the corner, what can you do to keep in shape between your sports seasons? Well, staying conditioned can reduce injury risks, while also helping you become overall better at the sport you love. So what are you waiting for?

According to Loudoun Sports Therapy, there are a few things to keep in mind when you start conditioning. A few of them are: Your timetable, basically when you are starting and finishing, and your sports specific goals that help you in your sport and with your physical capabilities. There are four ‘seasons’ to conditioning, including postseason , off-season, pre-season and regular season. Loudoun Sports Therapy gives us the steps we need to become conditioned, which are: warming up and cooling down, getting motivated, working extra hard and consistently, increasing intensity and minimizing stress. When doing all these things, be sure you are doing them in the safest way possible. Before you can jump right into sports-related exercises, you should already be generally flexible, durable, and strong. Once you are all three of these things, you can work to become stronger and faster so you can become better at the sports you love.

Though it is important to exercise and stay in shape during your off-season, it is also important to give your body a break. According to Sideline Sports Doc, doing too many intense workouts can result in an injury. Every athlete should commit a few weeks to a month out of a year to cut back on intense training to rest and relax. To reduce chances of getting injured, try to start conditioning again before your next sport season, so you can get back into shape. Ohio University says that our bodies need time to heal and relax after sports seasons, mentally and physically. Giving your body a break is essential to being a good athlete. 

Ohio University also states that it is important an athlete doesn’t get “burnt out”, meaning they don’t play the same sport too often, or else they might get sick of it. You can avoid getting burnt out by changing up your workouts and routines, or by trying to make them more fun and interesting. It is important to find a balance in your off-season between new and different physical activities, while still focusing on your favorite sport. Ohio University suggests doing the opposite of what you practice during sports season. For example, if you do a lot of weight lifting during your sports season, try doing some cardio to focus on different muscles and strengths. It is good to stay focused on one or two sports if you are a serious athlete, however, try not to get too burnt out that you lose interest in the sports completely. 

Staying conditioned is extremely helpful if you are a serious athlete. Taking time to relax and work your body in new ways can build your skills and strengths, causing you to become a better athlete. If you are serious about staying fit during off-season, try out conditioning or a new physical activity.

 

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Contributing Writer

Anika Tyson

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