Friday, June 8, 2012
CychronicleBy Mason Phillips
What is a role model? A role model is de-fned as “someone to be copied or a wor-thy person who is a good example or otherpeople.” The only problem is that many high school students don’t know how topick that role model and almost every ath-lete, young or old, has once chosen to look up to a proessional athlete.Unortunately, this past year may havebeen the worst time or anyone to pick anidol. The Syracuse University and PennState sex abuse scandals seem to havestarted this era o despair. Not long aterthose startling revelations, Bobby Petri-no (the Arkansas College Head FootballCoach) cheated on his wie; and then, ellrom motorcycle, which had his mistresson the back. In addition, both the men’sand the women’s basketball teams at Bay-lor University have been placed on three years’ probation because o recruiting vio-lations.Proessional athletes, however, did notare any better. For example, the New Or-leans Saints Football Team had a bounty system, which was intended to deliberately hurt the players o other teams in exchangeor pay raises (as i an NFL player needsmore money). In the world o proessionalbasketball, Metta World Peace elbowedJames Harden in the head, Rajon Rondobumped a reeree in aggravation ater a“bad” call, and Amar’e Stoudemire hurt hishand ater punching glass in the rustrationthat ollowed a loss. Is it necessary to goany urther? Are these the people we want younger athletes to ollow?So, in this world o badly behaved col-lege and proessional athletes, whomshould we choose as a role model. The an-swer can be ound inside the walls o Wa-tertown High School. Individuals, youngand old, should choose someone like ourown Matt Netto. Matt is a our-year Var-sity Athlete in ootball, swimming, and la-crosse. Matt has been a participant in fveFrontier League Championships and hasbeen a Frontier League All-Star in all three.Matt not only excels in sports, but also, inthe classroom. Because o his hard work inboth academics and sports, coaches rom Yale, Princeton, Cornell, Harvard, andHamilton have contacted Matt to discusshis college plans. (Most people would notknow this because Matthew is also a mod-est young man.) Matt is not a typical cocky athlete: he sticks to his morals and willgo out o his way to help someone else. Irecently asked Matt i he realized that he was a role model, and he explained, “I justtry to do the right thing…that’s how I wasraised.”Matt Netto is not the only athlete at Wa-tertown High School who could be viewedas a role model. Caleb Bettis, Mia Caponeand Brianne Arthur are also great exam-ples. I proessional and collegiate athletesacted more like our young athletes, it mightstart a trend: athletes would once again bein the news or good rather than their un-sportsmanlike and illegal activities.“Role models” in the sports world aregetting recognized or ridiculous actionsand poor behavior. Younger Athletes:choose your role models wisely. Varsity athletes: Be a role model or younger ath-letes to look up to. John Wooden once said,“Being a role model is the most powerulorm o educating.”
Mason’s Corner: Role Models
By Amber McAllister
Recently, Watertown High School ex-perienced the loss o a student. Shock andsadness quickly spread throughout thebuilding; and unortunately, the emphasisquickly shited rom the young woman to agroup o individuals who used her death toocus attention on themselves. Although itis acceptable to eel sadness and anxiety ata time like this, it is never acceptable to ex-ploit someone’s death in order to be a parto a crowd. While it is possible that the young lady in question may have been teased or ag-gravated by other students; the truth isthat no note or other orm o communica-tion let behind gave a reason or her ac-tions. Even her best riends say that shenever mentioned being bullied. And while we are speaking the truth, many o theindividuals who participated in the “an-ti-bullying” rally did not even know ErinFoley. And while we are speaking aboutthe anti-bullying movement, why werestudents playing kickball and sunningthemselves during the event? Is it possi-ble that many individuals used the day asan excuse to get out o school? Were they concerned at all about the individuals inquestion or the about the idea o bully-ing? Some o these individuals were alsonever active in fghting bullying beorethat rally, and some o those rally partici-pants were actually active in making otherstudents eel very uncomortable duringtheir time at Watertown High School. An-other truth is that Watertown High Schoolis an excellent school that is oten the vic-tim o misjudgment. The majority o thestudents in this building are hardworkingand compassionate persons, who wouldimpress even the harshest o critics. It isinsulting to even insinuate that any o thestudents in this building were the cause o Erin’s death, and it is ludicrous to believethat such extreme bullying would go un-noticed or allowed to continue. The very idea o this bullying issue started on a so-cial networking site and rapidly expand-ed throughout the community. The nextstep, thereore, is to ask ourselves thesequestions, “Is everything that appears ona social networking site the truth? And,should we believe something that has noactual basis just because someone writesit on a computer site?” At a time like this, it is understandableto want concrete answers, and it is easierto pinpoint a single explanation, like bully-ing. In any suicide, there are multiple con-tributing actors, and the truth is, however,that without Erin, we will never truly know the cause. Whatever the reason, we havelost someone who had the potential to bevery successul and who was a caring andkind member o the school community.
Was it Bullying?
By Isabella Sofa
A huge problem in schools today is atten-dance. Many students neglect the privilegeo attending school on a regular basis. Thismeans that they are not receiving an edu-cation and are not being responsible. Mostkids who skip school are not doing it to goto work, but are doing it because they arelazy or because their parents do not enorcethe rule that requires them to attend. Thetruth is, however, that it is important to goto school in order to be able to graduate andgo to college or to be able to get a job. Most jobs require at least a GED or a high schooldiploma.Because o the problems with studentattendance, the Watertown City SchoolDistrict has created a truancy interven-tion program. This program was createdespecially or reshman in order to enorcelaws that require an adolescent to attendschool. This is necessary because many students need a little extra push to get themthrough high school. The emphasis is onhigh school because this is when many in-dividuals start to fgure out what they wantto do with their lives. High school is impor-tant in preparing students or the world o work and or what is yet to come in lie.Frequent absences pose a problem orstudents because when they fnally chooseto return to school, they oten come back eeling lost because they are so behind.This makes them want to skip school evenmore. When students make the transitionto high school, they need to understandthe laws concerning attendance and theconsequences or not attending. Schoolofcials believe that rom the frst day o high school, students need to understandthe consequences o missing school. They also believe that good attendance shouldbe rewarded; and or those reasons, they have created a program that will celebrateexcellent attendance and deter attendancepatterns that are less than stellar.In order to help implement this pro-gram, three leaders have been chosen: Car-men Wilber, supervisor o HAPI, DeborahCavallario, rom ADHD educational servic-es, and Stacey Eller, rom PIP. They all wantthe best or every student and believe thatthis is possible through good attendance. When kids miss school, they think that noone cares and that it is not a big deal. They do not realize that their teachers worry about them because they want their stu-dents to succeed.The leaders o this program intend todo many wonderul things or this school. When a student misses school, his or herparents will be notifed. One o these wom-en will go to the student’s house and assisthis or her parents i they do not know whatto do. I needed, they will have an interven-tion with the parents and the student to ex-plain that truancy will not be tolerated, andthat good attendance is a requirement orsuccess. Some parents do not even know that their child is missing school. They seetheir child going on the bus, but do notknow that they get o the bus once they get to school and leave. Also, some stu-dents leave without a legal pass. Startingnext year, they will not be able to do this.There will be ofcers outside o the schoolto catch students, unless they have legalpermission to leave. The community is alsogetting involved with these actions. Whenstudents skip or leave school, most o themgo to places across the street to eat or buy things. This will be stopped because busi-nesses will now have signs out ront sayingthat students cannot buy anything i it isduring school hours.Good attendance is important; andhopeully, with the help o the Truancy In-tervention Program, more o our students will develop good attendance habits andfnd success.