The Purple Spirit News

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...

A Campbellsville take on journalism By: Drew Lawless & Thomas Burke

A Campbellsville take on journalism By: Drew Lawless & Thomas Burke

While going to school and going through the motions every day seems enjoyable, there are some instances when one needs a break from the orthodox. The majority of the newspaper and broadcast classes went on a venture to Campbellsville University, in Campbellsville, Kentucky, to see how their journalism programs function in order to get some new insight on how the morning news and newspaper can be made more enjoyable for every student and staff member at Bowling Green Junior High School. Even though it was an hour and a half drive, it was definitely worth the trouble of driving. Students had to be at BGJHS at 6:00 a.m. for departure. Students attended the trip chose two separate classes, one at 9:30 A.M. and another at 11:00 A.M., with several different classes to choose from at both available times. Many took the photoshop and short film classes, which were well constructed...

Hairspray comes to BGJHS By: Abby Adams-Smith

Hairspray comes to BGJHS By: Abby Adams-Smith

On Friday, March 3rd, 2017, Bowling Green High School’s Hairspray cast put on a production for seventh and eighth graders of Bowling Green Junior High School. The performance follows Tracy Turnblad, played here by Amelia Gabrielle, a teenage girl who idolizes – and eventually lands a role on – the Corny Collins Show as she deals with issues like racial differences and body image judgment in a 1960’s setting. The director, Patricia Beresford, expressed satisfaction with the success of this performance because there were not any improvements to be made. “I’m not sure we could [make improvements]. It has been my favorite show so far,” said Beresford. According to Beresford, BGHS Choir brings the play to BGJHS every year because the district doesn’t charge rental fees. BGJHS also hosted multiple productions outside of the school day open to the public During production, Beresford said that there was a great amount...

St. Patrick’s Day at BGJHS By: Fiona Manivong

St. Patrick’s Day was celebrated on March 17, 2017. People, as is typical for this holiday, dressed in green, pinched others, and hosted parties and nice dinners. But what is St. Patrick’s Day, and where did it originate? This holiday of green was inspired by St. Patrick. He is known as the patron saint of Ireland, and even though he wasn’t born Irish, he became an important detail in the Irish heritage and history because of his service throughout Ireland. St. Patrick was a Christian missionary who converted Ireland to Christianity. On St. Patrick’s Day, people who don’t wear green are traditionally pinched by others. It is thought by some that people who wore green were invisible to Leprechauns who would pinch anyone they saw. “[On St. Patrick’s Day, I] wear green and try to find four-leaf clovers unsuccessfully,” said Hannah Jukes, a BGJHS eighth grader. Wearing green and trying...

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...