Category: 2016-2017 Features

“Blitz” outside for Blitz Day By: Alex Pratt

Eighth-grade students at Bowling Green Junior High School receive rewards from their teachers and principals through  Blitz Days. The eighth-grade teachers determine when to have Blitz Days. It’s are a day of activities and free time given to those that have finished their school work. ICU gives students the chance to finish their school work they have not finished. If a student hasn’t finished all their assignments, they have to go to a hold back room to finish their work. “I play different games with my friends. I think it’s fun and ecstatic. It makes my day great and active. It’s a good motivation to stay off ICU,” said Miles Buchanon, an eighth-grade student at BGJHS.   “I play soccer with my friends. It’s a good tactic and good way to get students to do their work. It makes me relaxed and happy to spend time with my friends,” said Ivette...

Finding Success in the 21st century By: Sandra Pejic

Finding Success in the 21st century By: Sandra Pejic

On Friday, March 3, 2017, the entire seventh-grade class took a field trip to the Kentucky Community and Technical College System to learn about opportunities available to graduating seniors.  Half of the students traveled to the campus on Morgantown Road, and half of the students traveled to the Transpark campus.    Finding success in the 21st Century is part of the BGJHS College and Career Readiness (CCR) program at Bowling Green Junior High and is sponsored by the Counseling Department and the Youth Services Center. Students are encouraged by their teachers to strive for success. “Education is important in the future,” said Emma Bridges, a seventh grader at BGJHS. Teachers often tell their students that education is important and that students need to take their education seriously. “We know what other choices we have and what colleges we can go to,” said Emma.   “It really showed them the options...

Here! By: Lacey Duvon

Here! By: Lacey Duvon

“Why is attendance so important?” Bowling Green Junior High School students battle with these questions on a daily basis. Even when kids only miss one day, they still have a large amount of material to make up. “One day because every day is important in school,” said Melissa Joiner, an eighth grade English and Reading teacher at BGJHS. “They [students] never truly get caught back up,” said Jessica Rowe, an eighth-grade reading teacher at BGJHS. “I always try to make up my work… when I miss a day of school, I miss math class, and I am very confused,” said BGJHS eighth grader Jasmin Reeder. “There should be more of a penalty on grades for an unexcused absence,” said Mrs. Joiner. “My grades do not drop because I ask for the stuff before I miss school,” said Andrew Gonzales, an eighth-grade student attending BGJHS. Not all students fall behind because...

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...

A lot to be done in very little time By Bella Elder

      The Purple Spirit Newspaper staff needs your help. If you have ever been on a newspaper or broadcast staff or taken any of Mrs. Pollards classes, you understand why they need new computers. Teachers that have been at Bowling Green Junior High Schools for a while know how old these computers are.Currently, they are using a model of Dell PC computers that came out 17 years ago. The only reason they have lasted this long is because BGJHS has a maintenance staff that fixes all of the problems every year.         “We need new computers because new programs are coming out that require better technology. These computers are not allowing students to have the best opportunity in class.” said Drew Lawless, an eighth grader.      The Dell computers that are currently being used run slowly and are unable to help the students create products...

Characters come to life By: Logan Atkerson

On October 31, 2016, Bowling Green Junior High School hosted  their annual Halloween Costume Contest. Thanks to the journalism department, this contest could be made possible. They work hard to plan this contest up to two weeks prior. If students donated $1.00 they could wear a costume to school for Halloween. The students with the best costumes won gift cards for each category. Students look forward to this contest every year to show off their new costumes to their friends and the rest of the school. Also, the teachers dressed up for the school-wide teacher’s costume contest. The journalism department business managers mad buckets with all the teachers in their costumes. Students put money in the bucket with their favorite costume on it and the teacher winner was allowed to wear jeans for a week. The categories of each contest were: group costumes, most creative, funniest, and homemade. The winners...