Managing Editor Sophie Fernandes has learned to see life through a lens after finding a passion for photojournalism.
Staff writer Crystal Fox’s dad left 12 years ago, but didn’t realize that he took more than just a suitcase.
ODYSSEY Media Group Senior Visuals Coordinator Julie Alpaugh reflects on her experience photographing prom as a freshman and her thoughts on the event.
Clarke Central High School Principal Marie Yuran, fellow administrators and students discuss Yuran’s first year as principal and plans for the future.
Editor-in-Chief Aneesa Conine-Nakano shares personal anecdotes about the skewed physical perception of Asian people and growing up around that.
ODYSSEY Newsmagazine news staffer Prana Maldonado Collins shares how having twin half-sisters has changed her life.
Staff writer Mackenzie Caudill revisits the topic of graffiti culture when a major, salient painting spot in Athens has plans of being torn down.
Variety Editor Jurnee Louder understands you loved your mission trip to Africa, but here’s why it could be problematic.
Print Managing Editor Sophie Fernandes has struggled for years with the Scholastic Aptitude Test.
Although there were largely positive responses to the “A Day Without Immigrants” boycott, the hateful responses to the protest were extremely disconcerting.
Roses are red, violets are blue, I’m not getting flowers and neither are you.
In spite of the popular belief of art being a wasted degree, the “starving artist” stereotype is just that — a stereotype.
Staff writer Connor McCage reflects on the Apple iPhone, released 10 years ago, as it relates to landmarks in many Generation Z lives.
Freshman Madeleine Ingle shares her mother’s battle with cancer and how it has impacted her.
The Electoral College has been taking power away from the people and creating unfair and illogical presidential election results since its creation in 1787.
Print News Editor Delia Adamson writes a letter to her best friend and Broadcast Editor Karla Dougan, who survived a car accident on Dec. 31, 2016.
Over a week out from President-Elect Donald J. Trump’s inauguration, Print Managing Editor Sophie Fernandes reflects on the election’s blatant racism against immigrants, which she is no stranger to.
Clarke County revolutionized its sex ed, but the job’s not done.
This Thanksgiving has called for Print Junior Copy Editor Andrew Caldwell, a sophomore, to reflect on the past year, and give thanks to those who have impacted his life.
Freshman Mackenzie Caudill shares her love and knowledge of the graffiti culture in Athens.
The ODYSSEY editorial board endorses Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton.
Freshman staff writer Ayla Dartez describes the struggles of having diagnosed obsessive compulsive disorder and how she’s lived with the consequences.
This year’s Presidental candidates’ unusually high unfavorably ratings are leading many voters towards minor parties. Should they vote third party or pick the lesser of evils?
Senior Kennae Hunter discusses her feelings about being in her final year at Clarke Central High School.
A video from 2005 was released on Oct. 7 featured Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump uttering vulgar things about women, which is only the most recent example of Trump’s sexism.
Sophomore Caedmon Churchwell details life with three brothers, and how he has been affected by them.
Anyone can benefit financially from Donald Trump becoming President with a few simple investments.
In light of the recent alleged sexual assaults in Clarke County School District, Digital Managing Editor Aneesa Conine-Nakano discusses consent and why it needs to be emphasized in schools.
The Kardashians are highlighted far too much in today’s society, when in reality, they’re just regular people surrounded by fame.
Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ character as a politician has been overlooked due to his seemingly “radical” and “unrealistic” beliefs.
As a kickoff to the Athens Jewish Film Festival, the documentary “Hate” reveals anti-Semitism which has remained in parts of Europe.
Standardized tests like the American College Testing, Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) all pave the way to college. These scores affect what college one can get into, or if one goes to college at all.
News Editor Jurnee Louder discusses why she has gotten “information” along with Beyonce and many other young girls.
Words are harmful–especially if they’re what’s standing in the way of getting help. Being told that “It’s just a phase,” or “this is a normal part of being a teen,” can be extremely damaging to teenagers who are actually mentally ill. Cartoon by Ashley Lawrence. By ASHLEY LAWRENCE – Staff Writer It is not uncommon…
Print Senior Copy Editor Tierra Hayes questions whether she is “Proud to be CCSD” after the district’s failure to communicate an alleged rape on Cedar Shoals High School’s campus.
After hearing inflammatory remarks from Ted Cruz and Donald Trump, senior Tiernan O’Neill looks back to three words on the seal of the United States of America.
Freshmen staff writers Jordan Butler and Ashley Lawrence debate the use of technology and social media. Hover on the photo and click the circles to read each editorial.
As technology and smartphones grow in prevalence, people are becoming too preoccupied with social media to actually appreciate what is happening in the present.
Freshman staff writer Ashley Lawrence explains the importance of social media and technology and the role it has had in her life.
Senior Fajr DeLane explores a higher realm of knowledge, people and inspiration through her journey out to Salt Lake City.
Sophomore print Viewpoints writer Phineas Alexander shares what he is grateful for this Thanksgiving holiday, and why people should celebrate their thanks year round.
Variety writer Kieffer Farber faces constant comparisons to mother and sister.
As Halloween approaches, many people begin searching for the perfect costumes. However, most stores only have costumes that are overly sexy for what they are supposed to represent.
Comedian Amy Schumer has achieved fame with jokes that, for some, blur the line between purely comedic and inflammatory.
Freshman Ana Aldridge looks into the roles that gender and intelligence play in teen girls’ lives.
Cambridge High School senior Sutton Dunwoodie reflects on his time at Governor’s Honors Program, a four week summer program featuring teacher nominated rising juniors and seniors from a variety of subjects.
Senior Tiernan O’Neill attended the Governor’s Honors Program, a four-week summer program in Valdosta, Ga., for rising upperclassmen.
Amelia DeLamater shares her similarities and differences with her mother, and how their relationship works.
Brutality, torture, hatred and massacre are far too common right now for journalists and humans alike. That’s got to change.
As part of Clarke Central’s JROTC ceremony, Senior Fajr DeLane delivered a speech about America’s Resilience. With her permission, the speech is printed here.
Cedar Shoals High School BluePrints Magazine Sports Editor Matteo Castile predicts a Cedar Shoals High School victory.
As the WWE exits the worst period in its history, there have been issues in bridging the gap from the former generation to the newer, “improved” generation.
As journalists, we aspire to communicate with the community in order tell their stories no matter how difficult the task is.
Freshman Dalace Thomas writes a letter to her cousin, Jalen Thomas, who passed away in March.
Should I be offended? Probably not.
Gov. Nathan Deal’s latest education crusade for “opportunity school districts” is poorly planned and dangerous.
School should be a place where we shape our understanding of the world, so where are the tough conversations?
Popular culture’s obsession with serial killers and mass murderers is sick and inappropriate.
Being Latino is an identity; it goes beyond physical appearance and stereotypes.
You’re sitting in 4th period goofing off when it hits you: It’s May 11. School ends in ten days.
There’s nothing un-American about the Advance Placement United States History Curriculum.
The current movie rating system, which was revised in the 1990s, gives unrealistic ratings in a world where censorship is impossible.
Since I was a toddler I was told that I was adopted. When I’m 17 I plan to go back to Guatemala and find my birth mother.
Rapes are at a record high at universities in the U.S, however colleges are doing little to bring justice to victims.
“How are you Jewish? I thought you were Asian.”
I never knew what made me different.Though dealing with Asperger’s syndrome is a challenge, there are ways to overcome the disability.
Freshman Violet Merritt explores three conflicting ideas and their detrimental effects.
On January 6, 2015 many painted their ring finger pink in honor of Leelah Alcorn. “”To put it simply, I feel like a girl trapped in a boy’s body, and I’ve felt that way ever since I was 4,” Leelah Alcorn said in her suicide note posted on her Tumblr blog. By LOUISE PLATTER –…
With a multitude of projects, tests and homework, Clarke Central High School sophomores have been unfairly challenged too early in their careers. “I do not understand why the teachers expected me to do a project that has no effect to my grade,” sophomore Kieffer Farber said. Cartoon by Mary Merritt By HANNAH ROLLINS – Staff…
On Sept. 26, 2014, the kidnapping of 43 college students in Mexico sparked international outrage and brought attention to the continuing corruption in the country.
To freshman Grace Polaneczky, the fellowship of the Athens area is a very positive environment for the arts. Cartoon by Audrey Hinkle By GRACE POLANECZKY – Staff Writer As teenagers, we’re almost obligated to feel angsty and bored with the town we grow up in, yearning for a change of scenery or coveting others’ lives…
It’s hard to explain the terror of being a black man in America until you witness people who look just like you murdered once a month. I’m 6’2”, young and black, why should I even have to consider putting on a hoodie every morning?
Many react negatively to GOP staffer Elizabeth Lauten’s snide remarks on Facebook about Sasha and Malia Obama’s behavior and dress at the annual turkey pardoning.
It is cliché these days to thank a member of the Armed Services — “thank you for your service” is so easy to say, but what does it actually mean?
Although students are encouraged to use the health resources provided for them at the public clinic Teen Matters, it is hard to do so because of the clinic’s non-flexible hours.
Ella Sams combats her low self-esteem through her art.
Over the course of many years, the phrase “you play like a girl” has become a derogatory term. The question is, why?
To the Georgia Department of Education, the newly implemented Student Learning Objective tests are a way to measure teacher and student performance. To administrators, they are just another thing that “must” be done. To teachers, they’re a pain. To students, they’re unsettling.
Our generation, like every one before, will be judged by older generations. The so-called “millennials,” or those of us born around the 1990s through early 2000s, have been generalized as self-obsessed, lazy, dense and, perhaps a trait most synonymous with today’s teens, obsessed with technology.
Students in various extracurricular activities work hard only to have few attendees to appreciate what they do. Making student attendance mandatory will boost numbers and benefit the crowd.
On May 20, you are going to see two Densons on the ballot, surprisingly.
For Ben and Donna Slaboda, parents of seven, their priorities lie in family over finance.
Moving from one town to another can be scary, but moving to a new country is definitely something else.
Contemporary rappers such as Tyga, Lil Durk and 2 Chainz are often blamed for “ruining” rap music when, in fact, their craft is simply a reflection of modern society.
On her self-titled album, BEYONCÉ, the R&B queen unleashes the Magna Carta of pop feminism.
Lady Justice may be blind, but she certainly recognizes wealth.
Most babies go to sleep to lullabies like “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” and “Rock-A- Bye Baby.”
Hello, my name is Maria Velasquez and just meeting me, you would never guess that I am Hispanic.
I have been in many organizations throughout my academic career, all of which have helped to make me who I am today. I have participated in cross country, soccer, track, diving, boy scouts, marching band and many more. Out of the many activities that I have partaken in, one of my very favorite organizations was 4-H.
Clarke Central students voice their opinions on the stricter tardy policy.
“It’s a white man’s world.”
My father instilled this idea in my mind years ago. I didn’t want to believe him, but when I stepped into kindergarten, at Athens Christian School, I was wrong.
Heads turn in disbelief at the thought of an Indian Catholic
Terry Reid, Police team leader is a common face around CCHS, but what do we really know behind the security office door.
A new teaching technique has been implemented for the 2013-14 school year, where teaching is done through videos and work is done in class.
Clarke Central High School Chemistry students learned the value of having a teacher when left without a teacher earlier this year.
With nominations coming in at Clarke Central High School for the Georgia Governor’s Honors Program‘s 51st session this summer, a 2013 GHP alumnae reflects on her experience.
Opinion is divided over the renovation of the Jack R. Wells Housing
Community -commonly known as Pauldoe – off of Hawthorne Avenue.
“I have to tell you something sad — nobody died or anything, but…”
12 years I lived undocumented, and in those 12 years I saw how my mom would come home from a long day at work and try and hide her tears of frustration from my brother and I.
Illegal immigration is the act of entering a country without consent or documentation of the government.
“We are overfed but undernourished. As a whole, we are starving on a nutritional level.”
Freshman Claire Elliott-Gower has called Canopy Studios her second home for the last decade, and she has learned much more than just acrobatic tricks.
More than half of the students are failing to meet the state standards in reading and math.
Team chemistry is not created in a lab; it takes trust and friendship.
Sympathy. Everybody has at least of little bit of it in his or her heart. And having two broken wrists, I am getting a lot if it from everyone.
By JENNY ALPAUGH – Print Managing Editor Clarke Central High School currently utilizes Education2020 for the credit recovery. But according to school personnel, it is only successful when students are motivated to learn. One student is taking Math I, another is taking American Lit./Comp. and a third student is taking biology. All of this is…
I was 13 years old and at a Christmas party when I saw 2004 Clarke Central High School graduate Eve Carson for the last time.
Washington D.C. lawyer and fervent supporter of gun rights Gayle Trotter has become the hero of women rights in the past weeks.
Never has a room of at least 50 football players gone silent so fast.
The BSA came out with a press release Jan. 28 of last week suggesting they are reassessing their current membership policy along with how they define that final portion of the Scout oath.
A dozen Clarke Central High School students, guided by faculty sponsor Laverne Fortson seek approval of a school dance line for 2013-14 football season.
The hype is almost unbearable. There’s the release of the nominations months ahead of time, the careful planning of movie marathons to make sure you see all of the bests and finally, there’s the iconic red carpet before the event.
Who needs a beach umbrella cover if they don’t have a beach umbrella?
As I walked into the first floor restroom, the faint odor of paint hit me. The graffiti on the walls that had made me both chuckle and cringe had been shrouded by a shiny coat of beige.
Two Clarke Central High School students argue whether student teachers provide a helpful service or are detrimental to the learning environment.
I decided to be a dancer in the first grade, after a field trip to the Morton Theatre where I saw girls nearly my age put all of their heart into totally synchronized movement while being watched by a live audience.
Art is important; that is undeniable. But whether or not art is being fully appreciated by Clarke Central High School students is debatable.
At the end of a distribution day, I wince every time an ODYSSEY Newsmagazine, a product that a 26-person staff slaved over, lies on the floor or in the recycling bins. So why do we do it in the first place?
Every year, the Clarke Central High School Drama Club puts on three to five productions. They spend countless hours rehearsing and the cast members expend boundless effort in order to produce each show.
You walk towards the room. A few kids stand in the hallway right outside the door. Inside, some students have their heads down, some have their headphones on and some work furiously to finish their homework. Few speak to each other. The teacher tries to call the attention of the class to no avail.
For what felt like hours, I sat in the wrong terminal of ground transportation. Sitting in the Ronald Reagan Airport in Washington D.C., I nervously looked around and hoped that each passing person, anyone that looked remotely like a high school junior, was a delegate to the Al Neuharth Freedom Forum and Journalism Conference as I was.
Sitting in Em’s Kitchen, at 975 Hawthorne Ave., I waited uneasily for the police officers to arrive. I twiddled my thumbs, sipped on my coffee and imagined what this forty-five minute conversation would consist of.
Two fresh, new presidential candidates were preparing for war, arming their fearsome troops of campaign interns and rallying civilians to support their side as they marched through en route to the battle fields of swing states.
House Bill 797, also known as the proposed “Charter Schools Amendment,” seems harmless at first glance.
Chicago teachers took a strong stand when they made the decision to strike, but how long until it is forgotten?
The Clarke Country School District has implemented Google Apps for Education: a good addition or an inefficient use of time?
The community stresses that we should exceed the standards set for us, but are we challenged to even meet them?
On Tuesday nights, students from Clarke Central High School and Cedar Shoals High School take their place in a courtroom. They begin to review the day’s juvenile court cases for Athens Peer Court.
CCHS students choose the next U.S. president in this video.
On Tuesday afternoon, one minute before dismissal at Clarke Central High School, my class’ blaring chatter is interrupted by a sound over the P.A. speakers.
I am not racist; I view, speak to, interact with and love everyone the same, regardless of race.
Kunming is the capital and largest city of the of Yunnan Province in Southwest China, home to more than 6 million people, including Clarke Central High School senior Jiacheng “Chris” Zhao.
While some students recite the Pledge of Allegiance and stand for the National Anthem, others choose not to do either.
In today’s educational system, when teachers, faculty and staff hear the phrase “budget cuts”, it sends a shiver down their spines.
In the 1960 election, Sen. John Kennedy, D-Mass., won a close victory over Vice President Richard Nixon.
I sat in advisement watching the same low-budget, 1990s film I had seen in freshmen health class.
Each spring, the Clarke Central High School community eagerly prepares for the end of the school year.
Finally, Darwin’s Theory of Evolution has been proved! Sorry, non-believers: you’re wrong; man most certainly shares a common ancestor with apes.
This is what we have been told: Ron Paul is a crazy old man, Newt Gingrich
When I first stepped into Clarke Central High School, I knew I had some big shoes to fill because everyone knew my siblings who graduated from CCHS in 2009 and 2011
The rise of the Occupy Wall Street movement has presented our nation with an identity crisis. For centuries, the United States has been a nation led by the rich, for the rich.
While walking down a hall in Clarke Central High school, I was once told by a group of students that I was “swagged out.”
You are a freshman at Clarke Central High School and have found yourself in a sea of 1,500 other students. Besides the familiar faces of your relatively quaint middle school graduating class, nearly every person is a complete stranger.
When a political candidate needs to boost their approval ratings, they generally seek one thing– an enemy. An enemy can serve as a scapegoat for most any of the candidate’s failings.
Coming from an urban neighborhood in Syracuse, N.Y., my first introduction to neighborhood violence was a frightening experience.
After a weekend of camping with her family, your peer opens her backpack to find the knife she forgot to remove before returning to school. She is making no effort to conceal it, unaware that she is in violation of the Clarke Central High School Code of Conduct.
On Friday, Jan. 27, Vassar College Early Decision II notifications were revealed to 254 applicants across the country and the world at 4:00 p.m., Eastern time. Early Decision Plan candidates bind themselves to attendance, if admitted.
“…And on the second page of the syllabus, you need to make a change. Final exams are now worth 20 percent.”
Throughout the years, American culture has made a tradition of idolizing pop stars. We devour every shred of information we can forcefully suck from these star’s personal lives via television shows and tabloid magazines. In the past 50 years, though, a specific brand of celebrities has become progressively more and more popular: child stars.
Though the ID policy has been put into affect for over two months, students started to ignore it the day after it began.
It all began in elementary school. The idea of trying to keep a certain image around my classmates was a big deal to me.
The upgraded technology at Clarke Central High School leaves some students without personal home technology at a disadvantage.
The ODYSSEY staff’s take on the breakup of the popular Athens-based band R.E.M.
The First Amendment seems to change each day as the Internet is used more each day.
Much can be learned from a culture so different than our’s
You have 32 minutes stuck in the middle of the day. What will you do with it?
New policies have been implemented for the new 2011-2012 school year. However, for Clarke Central, these policies seem to do more hard than good.
The gnawed-apart school supplies and boxes with holes chewed through them is one problem at Clarke Central High School that is undeniable: pests.
Clarke Central High School’s English department teacher’s late husband has impacted the world around him through journalism.
Through miming, Clarke Central High School senior Janieria Dupree expresses her Christian faith with a group of other mimes at Chestnut Grove Baptist Church.
Clarke Central High School’s Miller Jordan Food Court has been mistreated. Students should do a better job cleaning up after themselves.
The addition of Glad Time to Clarke Central High School’s daily schedule can be beneficial to students who take advantage of it.
Students at Clarke Central High School who take advantage of taking Advanced Placement courses may have a huge impact on their chances of being admitted into certain colleges or receiving scholarships.
Future student graduates at Clarke Central High School feel a constant pressure to make decisions based on the messages coming from the heart versus their socioeconomic status.
A former staffer gives the DUI process
September 11, 2001: another day that will live in infamy.
By CALEB HAYES – Editor-in-Chief I never thought I would see it again. A crowded mob of screaming students enthralled in anticipation for a football game. Clarke Central High School hasn’t had a pep rally since my freshman year in 2008. This high school experience has become a myth to the freshmen, sophomores and juniors…
By ALEXA FRIEDMAN – Viewpoints Editor Jewish children around the world recognize Chanukah as the one week out of the year they get to play with fire, eat as many doughnuts and potato pancakes as they want and get one present every night for eight days. However, there is a story behind the traditions of…