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Q&A with Student Body President Isaiah Gale

by Marshal Magazine Staff

Q: What made you want to run for Student Body President?
A: I’ve always had a deep love for Rockwell and the people who go here. It’s such a unique place.

Q: What is your favorite thing about being on Student Government?
A: My favorite thing about student government is forming a community in our school to get more students involved and to have pride in their school.

Q: What is the purpose of Student Government?
A: The purpose of student government is to form a community. To make high school more enjoyable for whoever wants to make life-long memories and friendships.

Q: What is something you wish other students knew about Student Government?
A: The student government is a diverse group of individuals that have a bunch of different opinions but when we work together, we work for the student body of Rockwell.

Q: What do you want to say to the students of Rockwell?
A: Make these the best moments of your life. Be involved, show pride in your school, work hard to better yourself, and help better others around you. It’s over before you know it.

What To Say to Someone That Comes Out

by Lin Grimshaw

Coming out can be extremely scary. If someone comes out to you – whether you support them or not – you should respect that they trust you enough to tell you something this intimate.

Your first reaction is what they (the person coming out) will remember the most. For instance, when I first came out to my parents they asked me “Are you jumping on the gay train?” Admittedly, it hurt a lot and I felt like I couldn’t trust them. They’re a lot more supportive now. But whatever you do, definitely do not say that. Instead, try your best to stay calm and don’t say the first thing that comes to your mind. Yelling and calling them profanities won’t make them not LGBT anymore, no matter how hard you try, that won’t change they’re attraction/gender. If anything that will make them want to fight with you more or just go back in the closet.

If you want to support them, you should ask them if you can help with anything and what you can do to better understand. If they’re still confused, ask how you can help relieve the stress of coming out to others, etc. They trust you, so if they’re not out to anyone else ask them if they’d be okay with you bringing it up to other people. Don’t talk about it , don’t talk about it to anyone if they say “no”, it’s their identity and their choice as to who knows. This is a very vulnerable time for them, don’t make them feel worse by pretending that part of them doesn’t exist, of course it’s not their entire personality, but it’s a big part of who they are and it’s important to them. Plus ignoring that part of them doesn’t change the “problem”.

Coming out is different for everyone and it’s hard to know what to expect, just remember that they are just as human as you, doesn’t matter what sexuality or gender identity, we’re all naked, ape descendents. Your life doesn’t matter more just because you’re comfortable being cisgender heterosexual. Stop trying to take the high ground and instead realize that it’s unexceptionable to be a bigot. You don’t have to love lgbt, but at least try and have some basic human courtesy.

RCHS Breaks Ground for Track Friday

by Marshal Magazine Staff

Students, staff, faculty, and community members gathered outside Friday afternoon to celebrate the groundbreaking of Rockwell’s latest addition – a brand new track.

“It’s cool that we’re getting a track,” said Rockwell junior Aimree Swift. “It was neat to be a part of this. Good job, Rockwell.”

The Rockwell track team has been holding track & field practices in the back parking lot since its opening in 2008.

“Having a track at Rockwell is really exciting,” said Rockwell sophomore and track team member Diana Figueroa. “Not only is it going to help our running improve, but it will make it so we don’t have to fight the buses and cars about who gets the parking lot after school.”

Today’s groundbreaking began with a few words from Principal Darren Beck and RCHS board member Tiffany Southern. Athletic Director RaNell Goldthorpe then took her seat in the tractor to dig the first hole, followed by board member Tiffany Southern. Track team members, teachers, staff, seniors, and administrators then took turns completing a celebratory shoveling while posing for a photo.

“It was exciting to witness an expansion of Rockwell,” said Rockwell teacher Jake Hampton. “I think the track will be a great addition to the school, and it’s an honor to see it happen from the beginning.”

The track is set to begin construction soon and will be ready to use beginning with the 2019-2020 school year.

See the gallery below for photos of the event, courtesy Diana Figueroa. 

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Celebrate World Down Syndrome Day with Crazy Socks

by Chae Ewell

57465075592__4538064A-1197-4508-AFBA-854C50ECD312Each year, March 21st marks World Down Syndrome Day. Down Syndrome is a chromosomal disorder that occurs when there’s an error in the process of cell division, resulting in an extra chromosome. The most common form of Down Syndrome is trisomy 21, a third 21st chromosome. This is why we celebrate on March 21st (3/21).

“My sister has trisomy 21,” said Rockwell freshman Doug Ewell. “I think it’s really cool. She is one of the most optimistic and happy people I know.”

As the chromosomes look like socks, we invite you to wear crazy socks on World Down Syndrome Day, March 21. Wear mismatched, crazy colors, knee highs, tie dye, or crazy patterns of any kind. Doing so will help spread awareness and honor those who live with Down Syndrome every day.

(Image via TheStranger.com)

 

One Can Can Make a Difference

by Sierra Maldonado

Rockwell Charter High School is doing a food drive for local families that need food for Thanksgiving.

There are more than 2,000 homeless people across the state of Utah. Donating even just one can of food can help someone not go hungry this holiday season.

How it works: Beginning tomorrow, November 7, there will be a box for each grade to donate their cans in the library. When you donate, the librarian will have you count your cans and fill out a can to hang up on the poster in the hallway. The grade with the most cans donated will win a pizza party!

It’s not just canned food you can donate. We accept other non-perishable food items, as well. Here are a few ideas of things you can bring:

– Canned beans
– Canned soup
– Canned fruits
– Canned vegetables
– Canned meat
– Cereal
– Rice
– Peanut Butter
– Pasta

These are things that food banks need the most, but any and all non-perishable food donations are welcome. If every student donates just 5 cans of food, we will have almost 2,500 cans of food to donate! Let’s help people in our community have a memorable Thanksgiving.

The canned food drive begins tomorrow, November 7, and ends Friday, November 16.

Students campaign to bring cheer team to Rockwell

by Ashlee Milton

Photo: Rockwell’s cheer team in 2014.

Three students are working together to bring back the Rockwell High cheer team.

“We all want to come together to bring something more to Rockwell,” said Rockwell sophomore Kiera Barker. “It would be cool to show support for the sports teams by cheering at their games.”

Mikayla Tanner, Skilin Hacking, and Kiera Barker are some of the girls advocating to bring the team back. The last time Rockwell had a cheer team was in 2014 and was ended due to all the participants graduating.

“We all want to come together to bring something more to Rockwell. It would be cool to show support for the sports teams by cheering at their games.”

– Kiera Barker, sophomore

Mikayla Tanner, a senior at Rockwell, has had some experience with cheer and tumbling for about a year and a half. She brought the idea to Misty with the intentions of starting a team to help all feel like they have a place at the school.

“I think a lot of people at Rockwell could benefit from having a cheer team here,” said Tanner. “I want to be part of creating a place for people to feel included and feel like they can bring more spirit to the school.”

Having a cheer team would help bring more people to the games and more spirit to the school.

Image via Sydnie Holland

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