Parking at Boone Central High School has been a recurring issue as long as I can remember. With each returning class, as well as the new freshmen, it does not seem as though all the students can figure out how to park. As a senior, I have seen it all: parking on top of curbs, taking up two spots, near-car crashes, and off-angle parking. Unfortunately, I am guilty of parking ignorantly sometimes as well. Every student is guilty of a bad parking job every once in awhile. There are minor changes that can be made to improve the parking dilemma at Boone Central High.
The first step to a good parking job is to drive slowly and carefully. "Whipping in" to a spot is a recipe for disaster. When you pull into a spot too rapidly, you are at risk of not only hitting the cars parked around you, but also a bad parking job. Taking your time and watching the lines as you park are two useful keys in perfecting your parking skills. If you cannot see both sides of your spacial limit, yield to the line that you can see. If you are within the one line, you are most likely inside the other as well. You are better off being closer to one side of the parking spot rather than just "winging it" and hoping that you are within your boundaries.
The second step to a good parking job is to park at the same angle or direction as the other cars that already occupy spots. If you park next to a vehicle that is at a right-slant, it is unnecessary to park at a left-slant angle. The only thing accomplished by parking opposite the car next to you is that you stir up the anger of upperclassmen and underclassmen alike. To the majority of students, your bad parking job is not very comical.
If your parking skills are a result of driver's anxiety or lack of experience, you may be best suited parking in the back of the parking lot and walking the distance to the front doors. Parking up front only causes more poor parking jobs for the decent drivers at school. When one parks bad, the others after them have to park poorly also. Staff and fellow students encourage freshmen drivers under the age of sixteen to park towards the back end of the parking lot. Seniors have driven these streets for much longer than the underclassmen, so we encourage seniors to get the front parking spots.
Your time will come for you to park up front, after you have practiced your parking skills in the back. Until then, practice makes perfect... as long as you take your time, yield to the parking around you, and please, stay off of the curbs.
Last week, 18 years ago, the American people faced a horrible tragedy. September 11th, 2001 was a day that would be the last for many. The last time that they would be able to see, kiss, hug, or hold their loved ones.
Meanwhile in Albion, and all over the country, people were turning on their televisions and tuning into radio stations. It was almost as if the world went on “pause.”
But what went on back in Albion, as the terror of the World Trade Centers crashed one after another, then the pentagon and finally flight 93? How did it affect our community and the people in it?
Mr. Zoucha, the high school social studies teacher, and his family were going to Lincoln for a funeral when they heard the news on the radio. The station they were listening to, was normally a comedy station and they weren’t sure if these radio hosts were playing a cruel joke. But when they turned to another station, they learned that the news was very true. The Zoucha’s didn’t talk about it at all that day but, Mr. Zoucha said it was definitely weird not seeing any planes in the sky.
Mr. Zoucha felt this tragedy from more than just home and certainly as more than a teacher. He had a friend who worked at the Pentagon. His office would have been on the southwest side where the plane crashed into. Luckily that part of the building was under renovation and he was not in his office. He had to hitchhike home and catch a ride back to his house. He didn’t get back until nine that evening and his wife didn’t know where he was or even if he was alive.
Mr. Zoucha had some former students who were even deployed with the national guard over in Afghanistan and Iraq. They were shot at and wounded, but not severely.
School was a different atmosphere on the twelfth day of September 2001. Things changed from the way people thought and went about their days. Kids had a lot more anxiety about things. There was a lot more talk of national security from people everywhere.
During an interview with Mrs. Paulson, the band teacher, she recalled the events of September 11th as she marched the fields of Lincoln Southeast’s football field. She was only a junior in high school but remembers that day very well. She remembered clearly that when the band students went inside the routine had changed, they did not go put away their instruments or their shoes, they did not even sit down, they all immediately gathered around the piano and watched the events unfold on the tv.
Mrs. Paulson remarked, as many did, that this day would be one of those days they would never forget. It was one of those life changing events, similar to the day JFK was assassinated. She somehow knew it was bad but didn’t want to admit that this could have been done on purpose to the American people.
Lastly, Mrs. Zweiner, a high school math teacher, was in what is now part of Mr. Sup’s room during 9/11 and was teaching calculus. Mr. Arnie Johnson came into the room and said “Jeanette, turn on your tv.” And sure enough something was going on. The first tower had already been hit and the whole class saw the second tower being hit. One of the students asked, “Mrs. Zwiener, what’s going on?” and then Mrs. Zwiener remarked, “I think we have been attacked… this might be the start of a war.”
For me, as a student, who was only about 9 months at the time, I have no recollection of September 11, 2001. I am one of the few of my classmates who were even born during 2001. It really made me sad that we didn't do a lot to commemorate the anniversary of the attacks throughout middle school and high school career. So my junior year, I wrote a dedication in honor of the victims, first responders, citizens, and anyone else who was involved with helping or was in the attacks. I try to give my dedication speech every year at one of the sporting events during the week of 9/11 as a tribute to help remember the 2,000+ innocent lives who were lost that day. It still makes me emotional even though I was too young at the time to understand what was happening. Freedom comes with many sacrifices, we just didn’t know what those sacrifices would look like until 9/11.
Photo credit to: https://cycloneshockey.com/news/2012/09/september-11-2001we-will-never-forget
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