The Purple Spirit News

Spread the Red By: Fiona Manivong

After each quarter, students at Bowling Green Junior High School go on a pride reward trip to celebrate their acceptable conduct. For the second quarter, the eighth-grade students that didn’t have any detention or write ups (minors or majors) attended a Western Kentucky University Lady Hilltoppers basketball game. They were joined by many students from other schools as well as fans. “The Spread the Red game was a very fun experience. It was good to be able to hang out with friends and enjoy a Lady Toppers game,”  said Bug Matthews, an eighth grader at Bowling Green Junior High School. Spread the Red is an “educational” event for students. During the game, the students watched the Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers play against the University of Alabama at Birmingham basketball team. WKU won the game. “It was great that we were allowed to watch the game while we talked to our...

Black History Month By: Secret Posey and Jerrian Harris

Black History Month was created in 1926 by Carter Woodson, a noted African-American historian, scholar, educator, and publisher., and was known as black history week. It became a month-long celebration in 1976. According to History.com The month of February was chosen to coincide with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. On September 22, 1862, Abraham Lincoln issued his preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, in which he declared that as of January 1, 1863, all slaves in states in rebellion against the Union “shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free.” In the period of ten years followed, mayors of cities across the country began providing yearly announcements recognizing Black History Month. By the late 1960s, thanks in part to the Civil Rights Movement and a growing awareness of black identity, Black History Week had evolved into Black History Month on many college campuses. Black History month has been a celebration for...

But, Mom, everybody is wearing them! By: Lynne Hurt

  At Bowling Green Junior High School, Adidas Superstars, Huaraches, and Sanuks are just a few trending shoe items that started off the school year. Most students keep up with the school’s trends and deserve to be enlightened on what everyone is wearing. Students at BGJHS like Jerrian Harris and Vanessa Alfaro have kept up with the school trends because looking good and staying in style plays an important role in their lives. Ripped jeans, as well as the clothing brand Pink from Victoria’s Secret are both big trends this year. Jewelry like pearl necklaces and chokers are trending topics, according to 7th grader Reagan Cook. “I like wearing chokers and the pearl necklaces; I have a bunch of them. They’re really cute and they tie an outfit all together,” Reagan says. “I would like to see more ear piercings, for example, cartilage piercings,” says 6th grader, Vanessa. In addition,...

High achievers By: Andrew Gonzalez

Bowling Green Junior High School has several opportunities to rise above the other students, from advanced classes to Junior Beta Club. One of the most recognizable achievements among students is the opportunity to take high school classes while still in BGJHS. Classes such as Algebra and Biology are some of the top classes that middle schoolers can achieve. Many students at BGJHS are taking high school classes this year. The majority of students, however, are not aware of the work it takes, not only to get into high school classes but also to take them.   “I was anxious and worried about it every day. When I had to take the test, I eased myself and took a very difficult exam,” said Austin Wallace, an eighth-grade student at BGJHS. “While being in the class, I feel like I’m ahead and ready for next year. It was really worth the test,” said...

The road to magic By Secret Posey

The road to magic By Secret Posey

Seventh graders had the opportunity to be entertained by the magic tricks of magician Kevin Spencer. They were excited but some were not fooled by his tricks and some even caught on very easily to what he was doing. Magic can be a motivation to most young people today, for example, students express their feeling and often want to start learning new task. It can be fun, simple, and easy to learn. It usually starts out as a simple card trick that later turns into a skilled profession. Students got to perceive what magic was to Spencer and learn about him and his family.   “Magic is like a science.” says Kevin Spencer The Magician.   The concept of magic was found in 2700 B.C. Kevin Spencer has been practicing and performing magic since he was five years old, and he gained inspiration to follow the path he has from...

A play on words By: Jacqueline Murillo and Sandra Pejić

A play on words By: Jacqueline Murillo and Sandra Pejić

Spelling: a struggle for some and pleasure for others. Harrison Gover, a seventh grader, won the Bowling Green Junior High School spelling bee and is now going to go to the district spelling bee. Harrison studied hard and worked hard to advance this far and has more to go “It feels really cool being in the spelling bee,” said Harrison. Harrison said that competing in the spelling bee helped him learn new words. “The words were kind of difficult because we didn’t get far into the difficulty,” says Harrison. Spelling can be difficult to some students. The contestants must practice, in order to be in a spelling bee contest They practice and train to make the levels of difficulty lower. Based on the efforts of Harrison, if you have a difficult time spelling a hard word   Harrison, through hours of hard work, has become a talented student and participant....

ICU By: Lacey and Jamie

ICU By: Lacey and Jamie

Ever wondered if the Intensive Care Unit program (ICU) is really beneficial? The whole thing is crazy here at Bowling Green Junior High School. Every day, there are more and more assignments missing. “I think it’s positive because kids complete their stuff and when they complete their stuff in a timely manner, their quiz and test scores go up,” said Stacy Bartley, an eighth-grade social studies teacher. Lynne Hurt, an eighth grader at BGJHS, also believes that ICU is helpful. “They [students who are in ICU] need their grades to get better,” said Jasmin Reeder, an eighth grader. ICU is a program run by the teachers and staff at BGJHS that either helps students or is completely useless. At BGJHS, it seems like it actually helps, but some simply don’t take advantage of it. When there is ICU available three days a week, kids are still missing so much work....

DIY Gummy Bear Popsicles

These gummy bear popsicles are great for any occasion, whether it’s a party or when you just want gummy bear popsicles. Any reason is a good reason to have these.. So enjoy these gummy bear popsicles!   Ingredients: Sprite (amount depends on how many popsicles you’re making) Gummy bears (amount depends on how many popsicles you’re making) Popsicle molds Instructions: Put the gummy bears in the popsicle molds: (use some water to make the gummy bears sticky) Stick the gummy bears to the outsides of the molds and then put the popsicle molds into the freezer for 15-20 minutes (to let the gummy bears freeze to the mold). Pour the Sprite into the molds and place the lids on the popsicle molds (Or whatever you top off the molds with. It just depends on what popsicle molds you use). Note: Feel free to add in extra gummy bears to your...