Seniors Share Feelings on Graduation

seniorhallNoah Raisanen | Hoofprint.net

As the year is quickly coming to a close most high school students have a lot on their minds. Seniors have a little more than most, their lives are just beginning and they’re taking on a new chapter. Stereotypical senior rumors like senior slide have been circulating the halls for years, but this leaves us with a common question. What do seniors really think when they think about high school coming to an end?  

The past four years of high school have probably had it’s ups and downs, but a bitter sweet ending is coming and mixed emotions are being felt. Most people are very happy to be leaving the torture chamber known as school. But, what memories will they carry with them?

“A really good memory was when I was a sophomore and the boys basketball team went to state, that was cool, it was fun to watch them.” says Emily Linderholm.

The years have been filled with prosperous moments, moments that made people feel on top of the world.

“I’d want to relive 9th grade because I made a lot of friends in 9th grade.” says Zach Hancock.

People made life long friends through these years and they are so grateful for this.

Unfortunately, some people haven’t had experiences like Linderholm and Hancock.

“I hated high school,” said Senior Logan Otto. “I never got along with my teachers and school just really isn’t for me.”  

Although Otto about how much he hated high school he does think he’ll miss it.

“A year from now I’ll probably look back on high school and wish I was back here in this warm building instead of working outside and freezing,” Otto said.
Although many people will remember high school very different it will always be apart of them. As the seniors graduate this June they will be brought together through one common thing, Buffalo High School. They came here together and they are leaving together, and their memories of this high school will live on.   

Atheists of BHS experience prejudice

Atheists have a pretty bad rap.

In a recent study at the University of British Columbia and the University of Oregon, 350 American adults and 420 Canadian college students were told a fictional story about a teacher who found a wallet, took the money, damaged a parked car, and left the scene. Groups of subjects were asked if they thought the character in the story was a rapist, a Muslim, a Christian, or an atheist. The psychologists offered four options so they could see if people associate the illegal acts with a certain group of people. The results of this was “pretty remarkable,” said Azim Shariff, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Oregon and a co-author of the study.

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According to the results, atheists are less trusted than rapists. This said, think about what it’s like to be an atheist. The United States is a highly theistic nation, with 70.6% of the population identifying as Christian. As a result, the 3.1% that identify as atheist put up with Christian traditions, like having to say “One Nation, under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance and having “In God we trust” as a national motto. Why would you even come out as a non-believer when rapists are more trusted than atheists?

According to The Guardian, Ansarullah Bangla Team, an Islamic militant group, has compiled a “hit list” of 84 atheist bloggers. So far, four bloggers on that list have been killed.  One of the more recent murders was that of Niloy Chatterjee, who was found in his apartment, beheaded and without hands. Knowing this, the world is a very scary place for an atheist growing up. Some atheists go to church only because their parents make them. Coming out as an atheist is risking being disowned by your own family.

To a religious person, someone who does not fear or follow God is a frightening concept.  So imagine being an atheist and knowing how many people in this world are scared and angry at you just for your beliefs. Put yourself in the shoes of an atheist in school in the extremely conservative Wright County.  

“People find atheists very suspect,” Shariff said. “They don’t fear God, so we should distrust them; they do not have the same moral obligations of others. This is a common refrain against atheists. People fear them as a group.”

America was founded on the freedom to believe in whatever you want or not believe at all, with the first amendment of the constitution stating the freedom of religion. If we begin to deny an entire group of people their constitutional rights just because of their beliefs, everyone should always have the same rights, regardless of religion, race, or creed.  Atheism should be treated no differently than religion.

Article by Jack Stonecipher

School lunch prices continue to rise as portions stay the same

As kids grow, so do their appetites, but that’s not the only thing growing. School lunches have been raised by as much as a quarter in some districts such as Riverhead and North Syracuse Central in NY City, and the BHM district is seeing similar increases.

Just since last year the school lunch prices were raised by $0.05. Currently at Buffalo High School a basic school lunch sells for $2.75. Milk costs an additional $0.50 and there are many more foods and beverages that cost extra also. Prices start at $0.65, for extra foods like chips and fruit roll-ups, and can cost as much as $3.25 or more, for extra foods like beef jerky.

Generally, BHS students who were surveyed thought school lunches were too expensive compared to the quantity of food they receive. Students felt the school lunches were not worth 100% of the money that they were using to pay for them. Students believed that the cost was too expensive for the quality of food, and the portions aren’t large enough for what they pay. They also believed that the extras were too expensive because they could buy that same item somewhere else for cheaper.

“The food at BHS has gotten more and more expensive each year,” said Junior Josh Skarin. “We now have less options at more expensive prices since my sister was in high school [three years ago].”

An increase in school lunch prices can not only be seen nationwide, but also at BHS. These changes can most likely be attributed to the reform of school lunches and the movement to make them healthier.

“The BHM district has worked hard to raise nutritional value, while still keeping the prices affordable for families,” said a former Montrose Elementary school lunch lady. “This is a very difficult task for even the most pristine districts.”