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May 23, 2013

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Best of Luck to all the
Graduates ★
2013 ★ ★
in your Future Careers!
St. Marys • Waynesfield • Botkins Anna • Jackson Center Wapakoneta • New Knoxville • New Bremen Minster • Grand Lake Christian
Alecksa Agler Molly Albert Sarah Allen Alison Anselman Steven Axe Taylor Baldauf Jessica Barber LeAnn Bare
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John Beane
Smantha Bishir
Kayla Boysell
Elizabeth Bradley
Cole Brooks
Ashley Brotherwood
Brennan Brown
Emily Brown
Katlyn Brown
Nicholas Brown
Makayla Buehler
Carolina Castillo
Taylor Cook
Kenedi Cramer
Kevin Dammeyer
Codie Deaton
Kylee Deitz
Paige Dicus
Ariel Dodson
Priscilla Dodson
Gary Dorsten
Nicholas Durkee
Austin Dysert
Charles Eberle
Alanna Edens
Jacob Edens
Jesse Edgecomb
Andrew English
Abigal Esmonde
Morgan Fenwick
Dustin Fisher
Alicia Fledderjohann
Garet Fledderjohann
Jason Freewalt
Kenneth Freewalt
Miranda Fry
Madeline Green
Luke Grieshop
Cameron Hansel
Jessica Hardeman
Erica Harden
Camron Harrison
Dylan Harrison
Noah Hartsock
Austin Head
Kelly Heitkamp
Ethan Henning
Brooke Hertenstein
Matthew Hollman
Mallory Howe
Ali Howell
Caleb Huelskamp
Spencer Hunt
Rebekah Jacobs
Austin James
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Congratulations to the Graduates & Their Proud Parents
We know you’ve both worked hard to get to this day, and we salute you. Happy graduation, and good luck in your future endeavors.
Ethan Snyder
Jaiden Srisongkham
Richard Stanley
Cory Steinbrunner
Megan Sudduth
Holly Sudhoff
Cheers to you, Class of 2013!
We’re proud of you, and we wish you all the best as you pursue your goals for the future. May all of your hopes and dreams come true.
Honoring the Class of 2013
Congratulations on such an accomplishment. Your hard work, motivation and intelligence will continue to serve you well as you pursue the future of your dreams.
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Graduation Date:
May 26, 2013 2:00 p.m.
Location: St. Marys High School Gymnasium Valadictorian: Kevin Dammeyer Salutorian: Brooke Hertenstein
Zachary Wilson
Jalyn Wine
Chelsea Yahl
Hannah Yaney
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How to write and deliver a successful graduation speech
Commencement speeches are a graduation tradition that few people ever get to give. Many people have heard multiple such speeches but have not had the chances to impart their wisdom or advice on a graduating class. Graduation season is upon us, and several individuals will be asked to take part in the ceremony by addressing the audience. Students tasked with speaking at graduation are no doubt humbled by the honor, but they also may be wondering just what to say when they get on stage. Though each speech should be unique in its own right, coming up with a topic that will speak to the widest range of people in attendance is a great place to start. Finding your theme A good graduation speech begins with the right topic. After all, a topic with which you are familiar will enable you to connect to the audience on a practical and emotional level. Sharing a personal experience is a good starting off point. Perhaps there was a difficult situation that you or another student overcame that you can reference. There may have been a particular school memory that sticks out in your mind. Maybe there was a major event that took place on campus, such as a recordbreaking sports win or a special guest visit. All of these subjects can help launch a graduation speech because each is an experience that many of your fellow classmates shared with you. Preparation Unless you are a professional improvisor, there is a very good chance you will need to write down your speech and outline its key points. Then you can practice the speech and change it as you see fit. It is important not to read the speech to the audience. You will want to make eye contact and appear as if you are actually engaging your audience. This cannot be done simply by reading off a sheet of paper. Actually, reading it is a surefire way to put people to sleep. Only by practicing your speech several times and doing some trial runs with an audience will you find your rhythm. Embrace the feedback and make any changes you deem necessary. Practice your speech wearing your graduation ensemble so you will know how your gestures and head movements will be affected by the cap and gown. Improving our speech There are other tips for success. Here are some ways to make your speech better. * Be inclusive when speaking. Use the terms “we” and “us” rather than “I.” * Talk about good times and not the bad ones. * Reflect on how your graduating class grew throughout their high school career. * Use humor, but not in a way that is malicious to anyone. * Make sure your speech is positive and will leave the audience walking away with a good feeling. * Be humble. Do not address your audience as if you are better than they are for having been asked to give the speech. * Make as much eye contact as possible. You want to be speaking directly to your audience. * Get some rest the night before and go to the ceremony with a positive attitude. Make sure to eat breakfast and be well hydrated. * Even if you stumble in your speech, remember that people attending graduation are interested in their own five minutes of fame and your mistake will likely not be headline news. * Remember to thank the school, teachers and students at the end of the speech and wish everyone well.
The correct way to wear your graduation ensemble
The traditional garb worn for both high school and college graduations is a wardrobe style created several centuries ago. Therefore, the style of the graduation gown and accessories may not be something students are accustomed to wearing today. Most students can expect to wear four main components come graduation day. These will include the graduation gown, a cap, a tassel, and a hood. Graduation gowns are generally similar in style. A gown will come down to the knee or below. It may be worn open as sort of a draped piece, or there may be fasteners or a zipper so that the gown is closed in the front. The sleeves may be bell-shaped or pointed, depending on the school and the degree being earned. Oftentimes, the gown coordinates with the school colors, and students should expect to wear the primary color associated with the school when they graduate. This way they can plan their underclothes accordingly. Because graduation gowns tend to be bright in color, often vivid blues, reds and greens, it is adviseable to wear neutral colored dresses, skirts, slacks and shirts underneath. Both male and female stu-
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dents may want to consider a collared shirt under the gown for a crisp and professional look. The cap, also known as a mortar board, is a hat with a flat, square top. The color of the cap may tie into the color of the gown, or it could be a complementary school color. Sometimes it is a neutral black. The cap should be worn so that the board is parallel to the shoulders. It should not be tipped or worn on the back of the head. Hairstyles may have to be adjusted so that the cap is placed correctly. Schools will take measurements of students’ head circumferences so that the cap fits snugly. It should also be placed so that one of the points is directly in front. If looked at from above, the cap would form a diamond shape. A button should be at the top of the cap where the tassel is attached. The tassel is looped around the button and, in most instances, worn to one side of the face. Most schools require the tassel be on the right side of the face. Once students receive their diplomas and have been declared graduates, it is customary to move the tassel over to the left side of the face. Here it will
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Taylor Arnold
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Adam Dircksen
Kyle Dircksen
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Flower: Oriental Lily Colors: Teal & Silver Class Song: “Water Tower Town” by Scott McCreery Class Flower: Tiger Lily Class Motto: “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path, and leave a trail.”
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The phrase “high school” owes its origins to Scotland, where the world’s oldest secondary school, Edinburgh’s Royal High School, was established in 1505. It is believed this school served as a model for the first public high school in the United States, the English High School, which was founded in Boston in 1821. Today, there are
Great gifts for recent graduates
Students work hard on homework and various other projects during the course of their academic career. For those about to graduate, some potentially lifechanging decisions await and students have the opportunity to graduate to a new stage in life. Many families celebrate graduation with a party for the guest of honor, who is presented with a variety gifts during the festivities. Gifts are often chosen on the personality and interests of the graduate. If he or she has been voted most likely to travel or most likely to be a company CEO, there may be gifts tailor-made for those pursuits. All-Star Athlete If your guy or girl took home more trophies and sports-related awards than you can count, a sporty gift may be just what is needed. Plan a day when you can take your graduate to a sporting event of his or her choosing. You may be able to take in a home game of a favorite team or fly to a playoff game. Sports enthusiasts who attend many games may enjoy receiving a ticket stub diary, where they can scrapbook their photos and memories of different games throughout the year.
The term “high school” means different things in different places. In the United States, high school generally refers to grades 9 to 12. In Canada, each province and territory has its own education system, so secondary schools vary with regards to grade levels. In other areas of the world, high school may encompass the equivalent to grades 6 through 12 in the United States.
Travel Bug Perhaps your graduate has a love for travel and plans on seeing the world before starting a job or furthering his or her academic career. A new set of luggage might be the right fit. If not, consider a subscription to a travel magazine or some books about specific
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destinations he or she has admired or would like to one day visit. Think about ordering a personalized passport cover and a traveler’s journal for documenting all ports of call. Future CEO Some students just seem destined for corporate success. Help pave the way with gifts that befit a CEO. Many mergers and acquisitions are made out on the golf course, so having the skills of the game is a necessity. Golf lessons with a PGApro or a membership to a golf course is a great place to start. Students who want to make a good first impression can benefit from a personalized leather portfolio for keeping resumes at the ready. Business cards printed with contact information can be handed out at networking events and job fairs. Philanthropist If your student has been participating in a cause from as early as you can remember, a philanthropic gift could be a nice touch for graduation. Make a donation in his or her name to a charity of his or her Financial Maven choosing. If you prefer A student who excels to spread good will toin finance and has built a gether, schedule volunsizable nest egg may ap- teer time at a community preciate a gift of green. center, hospital or disasPurchase stock in his or ter relief organization or her name, or open up a enroll in programs that savings or credit account can use volunteers. that can be used for school expenses. MonCareer Person etary gifts never go out A graduate ready to of style and could set a begin his or her career graduate on a course for may need a few resourcsuccess. es to get started. A savvy business wardrobe can help make a good first impression. Gift cards to stores that carry professional wardrobes will benefit those grads who may not have the budget to stock their wardrobes with career essentials. Hours: M,W & F:10-8; Tue & Thu:10-6; Purchasing a bus pass Sat:10-4; Closed Sunday 104 Schwieterman St. (SR 66) or a gift toward commutNew Bremen, Ohio ing costs can be another South of New Bremen next to Pizza Hut 419-629-2911 • 866-796-7698 way to offer a career-related gift. Stress Relief Few graduates will scoff at the idea of relaxing before a new stage of their life sets in. There are several gift ideas that can help a graduate kick back and relax and wash away memories of stressful exams or school applications. A gift certificate to a spa center that offers facials and massages would prove a relaxing gift. Some graduates may unwind through exercise, so a new piece of exercise equipment or membership to a local gym would be thoughtful. Tickets to a concert or theater performance could be a relaxing and entertaining way to unwind after the hustle and bustle of graduation.
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remain until the cap is removed after the ceremony. A hood is worn when a graduate will be receiving a degree. It is more common at college graduations than high school ceremonies, where the hood will be more of a diploma scarf. The hood should be placed over the head so that it drapes off the shoulders and down the back of the graduation gown. Hoods are colored in certain ways to draw attention to the area of specialization of the degree and also to When gifting gradu- the type of degree reates one can begin by ceived. They will often looking at their interests be made from velvet or what items may help them start their new careers or academic pursuits. many high schools across the world. In terms of enrollment, high schools in the New York City area boast the highest enrollment, according to the site Brooklyn Technical High School in Brooklyn, NY, with a 2011
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and have a silk lining. The lining should be turned out down the back so that the color identifying the degree and school are prominently displayed. There may be a cord attached to the front of the hood. This cord can be attached to a shirt button or the zipper of the gown to keep the hood from slipping out of place. Although graduation clothing may seem out of place in this day and age, the formality and custom of donning a cap, gown and hood is something that further emphasizes the importance and tradition of the ceremony.
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enrollment of 8,076 students, is the largesthigh school in America, followed by Fort Hamilton High School, also located in Brooklyn, with 7,805 students. Tottenville High School in Staten Island, NY, boasts the third-largest student body with 7,770.
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How to help kids prepare for college life
Many of this year’s high school graduates will be leaving home for a college campus in the fall. Such a departure is often bittersweet for kids and parents alike. Young men and women typically look forward to the freedom and independence that college life can provide, but those same men and women know they will miss the familiarity of home as well. Parents, too, have mixed emotions when kids head to college, as their sadness over a child leaving home is met with the pride they feel that the child they raised is setting out to make their own way in the world. Few moments in life involve such significant change as the moment when a young man or woman first arrives on a college campus. Firstyear college students often don’t know what to expect once they arrive on campus, but there are steps parents can take to help their kids prepare for college life. * Teach kids how to schedule their time. One of the things many college kids find once they arrive on campus is that their life is suddenly much less structured and their
It’s the season for celebrating. Thousands of graduates will be marching down school auditorium aisles soon to receive their diplomas. Tassels will be flipped, and caps will be tossed in the air in celebration. After the ceremony, parties all across the country will ensue. If yours is a family who will be commemorating the accomplishments of a graduation by inviting friends and family to celebrate, you may want to begin party preparation early on and follow some tips for entertaining success.
Start planning now Special events that take place at specific times of the year can make finding a venue or hiring party vendors quite competitive. Graduations occur during a very limited window of time and waiting until the last minute to secure a party site or make catering reservations could leave you with few options. Begin making reservations the moment you learn the graduation date. If you plan to celebrate on a day other than the graduation day, then there may be more room for negotiation. Planning early also helps you to get a better price. During crunch time at the end of the school year, businesses may realize their products and serConsider an vices are in high demand open-house policy and ask a steeper price. Hosting a graduation Those who book and buy party open house means early will have the benefit that people can drop by of shopping around for between a specific time
frame and mingle. It takes the pressure off of having a party start and end at a firm time. Graduates often find this is a good * party venue reserva- option so that they can tion hop from party to party * setting up catering and celebrate with friends * determining a guest who are having their own list events. * establishing a budget Keep it safe Money-saving tips Serving alcohol at a Cost is a big factor high school graduation when it comes to social party is unadvisable, as occasions. Saving money many of the guests may with respect to graduation be underage. In many inparties can be as simple as stances, the party host is joining resources. responsible for the wellChances are you know being of party guests. several families who are Should guests leave inBachelor’s degree gradhaving graduation parties toxicated and get injured uates from the class of at the same time as yours. or cause an accident, you 2012 had a small reason Considering having a joint may be liable. to be happier than those party with a few families At college graduation who graduated a year so graduates can celebrate parties, alcohol may be ahead of them. Accordtogether. A joint party served, but as a party host ing to the National Ascan also save you money. it is your responsibility to sociation of Colleges and Each can be responsible ensure guests are able to Employers, class of 2012 for a certain aspect of the make it home safely and graduates who were able party experience, and cut- to take charge if a guest is to find a job in a difficult ting the costs two or three intoxicated. job market earned an avways helps everyone meet Having a plan estab- erage salary that was 1.7 their budgets. lished and securing the percent higher than the Another way to keep supplies, food and venue average salary earned by costs down is to have the for your party in advance the class of 2011. Class of party on a weeknight or a will make the party much 2012 grads who landed day other than the gradu- easier to pull off. That a job earned an average ation. Weekends will be means you will be able to of $44,259 while 2011 the most expensive, espe- enjoy the festivities in full grads earned an average cially weekend evenings. the actual day of the cel- of $43,521. Though such Altering the time or day ebration. of the party can save you money. In addition, limit Congratulations Class of 2013! the menu to finger foods or snacks to keep the price in check.
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amount of downtime has increased considerably. Unlike high school, which keeps many kids in class or involved in extracurricular activities from the early morning through the late afternoon, college affords students much more free time, which is theirs to use as they see fit. Some kids dive right into on-campus activities, while others struggle to use their free time to their advantage. Parents can teach time management skills such as how to establish a schedule so all of that free
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a small percentage increase may not seem like a significant step in the right direction, NACE notes that there were increases in salaries among all broad categories of majors, suggesting that the job market is on the mend for new graduates regardless of their field of study. Business and communications majors had a particularly good year, seeing their salaries climb 2.2 percent since 2011.
Though their average salaries increased slightly less, engineering majors from the class of2012 had the highest salaries of any academic discipline, earning an average of $60,639, which marked a 1.9 percent increase from 2011. Humanities and social services majors were on the opposite end of the spectrum, earning roughly $37,000 in 2012, which was just 1.4 percent higher than the previous year.
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Graduation Date:
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Class Valedictorian: Heather Brown, Claire McCullough, Caitlin Lane, Jessica Dietz, Colleen Maurer, Faye Kennedy Class Salutatorian: Colleen Greve & Adam Buehler
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impossible, for parents to bankroll their kids’ everyday expenses. As a result, many college students find themselves forced to manage their own money for the first time in their lives. Parents can teach simple financial lessons, such as the benefits of buying groceries as opposed to dining out or ordering in each night. College is also where many young men and women first sign up for a credit card. Parents can teach their kids the basics of managing credit, such as the benefit of paying off a balance before interest rates kick in and the negative ramifications of missing payments. Parents who can afford to provide financial support for their children enrolled in college should reach a financial agreement with their children before they are off to college. Make sure kids know your financial support does not mean they have unlimited access to your funds, and make it known that such support will not continue if kids aren’t performing well in the classroom. * Encourage kids to contact any roommates before the school year begins. Part of the trepidation many kids have when leaving for college concerns how they may or may not develop a relationship with their new roommate. Many schools assign roommates months in advance of the school year, giving kids ample time to make contact and make arrangements about whom is going to bring certain items, such as a television or coffee pot or even furniture if the room can fit any. Parents should encourage such contact so kids can get a feel of who they will be living with and lay the groundwork for a friendship before they even step foot on campus. The feeling of knowing someone on campus can greatly reduce the anxiety many kids feel when they arrive at school for their freshmen orientation. The day a student leaves for college is a significant day for parents and students alike. Parents can take a number of steps to make the transition to college easier for their college-bound son or daughter
time does not go to waste. This schedule can be adjusted on a weekly basis depending on coursework or extracurricular activities. Once kids learn to manage their time effectively, including using breaks between classes to review notes from a recent lecture or upcoming class, they’re likely to get the most out of themselves academically and find they have more time to pursue extracurricular activities as well. * Discuss finances and establish a financial arrangement. Many college freshmen struggle to manage their money. Some might never have had a job during high school while others who did work only did so to earn spending money. But many college students need more than spending money once they reach campus. Rising tuition costs have made it difficult, if not
Helpful hints when choosing a college
High school seniors may be preparing for prom or getting ready to receive their diplomas, but high school juniors may be spending their time investigating various colleges. During the spring of their junior year, many high school students study for and take the Scholastic Achievement Test, or SATs. Test scores and applications factor heavily into where a student will go to college, but students must also find a school where they feel comfortable. Choosing the right college can help a person start off on the right foot. Here are some helpful hints for students when researching colleges. * Brand-name schools aren’t the be-all, end-all. While the well-known schools, particularly the Ivy League universities, may garner a lot of attention, there are many other lesser-known schools that will provide a quality education. * Think about school size. Students who thrive regardless of class size may not have to worry as much about the size of a school. Those who like an intimate setting and more one-on-one interaction may want to gear their searches to schools that have a smaller population. * Factor in costs. Part of the decision-making process will involve the costs of going to school. A private university will likely be more expensive than a public institution. Although some students deter paying for college by taking out loans, keeping the bigger picture in mind -- especially the loan payments that will await students upon graduation -- can help steer school choices. * Be honest with yourself. Students should be honest when assessing their academic history and abilities. Some schools have very stringent acceptance policies and will only accept students who fit a certain academic profile. If a grade point average or SAT score falls significantly below a school’s requirement, applying to that school and paying the application fee might not be in a student’s best interest. * Seek out personal referrals. Students can reach out to alumna of certain schools and get their perspective on a given school. They can then schedule tours at some of the schools that seem the best fits and judge for themselves if the school are right for them. * Think about personal
Parents of college-bound youngsters can help their kids prepare for such a significant life adjustment so kids are better equipped the handle both their academic and social lives.
and academic interests. Some school decisions are made simply by the programs offered. For a student who has a very specific degree in mind, there may be a limited number of schools that specialize in that course of study. However, a liberal arts major can select among a much greater number of options. Also, students should think beyond academics to the athletics or after-class activities offered. * Consider a school’s proximity to home. Some students want to be close to home, and others want to be as far away as possible. If getting away from home to broaden your horizons is important, then keep in mind the cost of travel on holidays and during breaks. While high school seniors are busy choosing prom dates and graduation wardrobes, high school juniors are generally on the hunt for colleges. Scheduling tours and visiting national college fairs can help students narrow down their choices.
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have decided advantages over students who went with other majors. Knowing which careers are still going strong and which have stalled can help college students with goals of finding a career with growth potential. * Financial analysts and managers: Many forecasts indicate jobs in finance will continue to remain strong with high growth. Despite financial ups and downs, people still need to be educated on how and where to spend their money. Students with degrees in finance and marketing may have advantages over others. * Engineers: Engineers apply the principles of science and mathematics to develop economical solutions to technical problems. Their work is the link between scientific discoveries and the commercial applications that meet societal and
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consumer needs. Many different fields require engineers, from mechanical and civil industries to electrical and chemical industries. Engineering remains a strong course of
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It has been a stressful couple of years for college students. An unstable economy has led many students to secondguess their investments in higher education, and fear regarding employment
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women of the same age, but 10 percent of women between the ages of 25 and 34 lived at home. The end of this trend is seemingly nowhere in sight. Statistics from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate that as many as 50 percent of college graduates under the age of 25 are underutilized. This means they are unemployed, working only part-time or working jobs considered to be outside the college labor market and don’t require a degree. Without an opportunity to gain valuable experience and advance in their fields, these young adults are essentially stuck in limbo and might be forced to live with Mom and Dad for even longer than they initially anticipated. While it’s easy to imagine this transition has been hard on young adults, it’s likely no easy task for their parents either. A struggling economy that has produced a stagnant job marketplace has made it difficult to pinpoint just when, or if, young adults will move out for good, which can put a crimp in their parents’ retirement plans. For example, the 2011 TD Canada Trust Boomer Buyers Report revealed that 17 percent of Baby Boomer parents who planned to downsize their homes, and save money as a result, are delaying those plans because they have adult children still living at home. The survey also revealed that a significant portion of those parents who don’t plan to downsize admit that their decision to stay put was made with the expectation that their adult children will still be living with them when they retire.
To current college students or recent graduates, the prospect of moving back in with Mom and Dad is not likely to be met with open arms. Once kids taste the freedom of living on their own, their return home to reside under their parents’ roof can feel limiting. Despite the difficulty of such a decision, statistics indicate that more and more young adults are returning to live with Mom and Dad. A 2011 report from the United States Census Bureau revealed that the number of men between the ages of 25 and 34 living with their parents had increased dramatically over the previous six years. By 2011, nearly 20 percent of men in that category lived with their parents, a six percent increase from just six years earlier. That increase was far less significant among
To some parents, having the kids back at home is a great experience that breathes new life into their empty nest. For others, relationships can quickly grow strained, creating a tense living situation that no one enjoys. To make the most of living with young adults who have returned home, consider the following tips. * Encourage children so they can get where they want to be. No matter how accommodating their parents may be, no young adult wants to live at home, especially if they have recently earned a degree they thought would springboard them into a life of independence. But parents can help their kids in ways that go beyond just giving them a place to live. For instance, encourage kids to pursue internships even if they have already graduated and those internships are unpaid. Such opportunities, even if they don’t pay, can be a great chance for young adults to gain entry into their chosen fields. Since most parents don’t charge dry, but even this tedious task can be done in a way that’s considerate of the environment. Instead of using hot water to wash your clothes, wash them in cold water, which requires significantly less energy to clean clothes than hot water, which needs energy to heat up. * Protect your appliances and the environment at the same time.
their kids rent, the lack of pay shouldn’t be much of a problem, and parents should explain to their children that they will support them so long as they are actively pursuing opportunities within their field. * Emphasize that your home isn’t a dorm or college apartment. Just like kids don’t necessarily want to move back home after college, parents don’t want their homes to resemble a dorm or college apartment should their kids move back in after graduation. When young adults move back in, parents must make it known that their sons or daughters are no longer kids and they will not be allowed to live in messy bedrooms or leave dirty dishes and laundry for Mom and Dad to clean. Be firm and forward when letting young adults know that, while you’re happy to give them a place to live, your days tidying up after them are over. * Eventually, consider charging rent. Most parents don’t want to charge Today’s college kids have more gadgets than ever before. Cellular phones, mp3 players, tablets, laptop computers, flatscreen televisions, and video game consoles might make life more enjoyable, but they also consume a substantial amount of energy, even when not in use. An LCD or LED television that is plugged in, for example, is consum-
their children rent. After all, young adults are moving home to save money, not spend it. But it can be very easy for young adults with no rent to pay to grow lazy in their job pursuit or to develop an attitude that rent-free living is for them, even if they do find a job that enables them to support themselves. This can complicate matters down the road, so if young adults have been living at home a long time without paying a dime in rent, it’s time to start asking for money. Do this more to motivate young adults than to meet your own financial needs. In fact, when you start collecting rent, and if you don’t need the money, simply put it aside and give it back when young adults decide they do want to move out of the house. Nowadays, more and more young adults are moving back in with their parents. Though such living arrangements might not be ideal for parents or children, there are ways to make the best of the situation.
College kids can be eco-friendly, too
the goal of living a more eco-conscious lifestyle is a cause that resonates with students on college campuses across the country. Though it’s not always easy to be eco-conscious Many of today’s col- popular causes among in a dormitory, there are lege-aged youngsters are young people is the go ways today’s college stusocially conscious, fully green movement. Many dents can live greener aware their choices af- of today’s college students lives on campus. fect not only themselves, have learned about the * Wash clothes in cold but those around them environment since they water. Few college stuas well. One of the more first entered school, and dents enjoy doing laun-
ing energy even if it’s not turned on. This is known as phantom power, which devices including televisions, box-top cable or satellite devices and video game consoles consume even when no one is using them. Instead of plugging televisions and other devices directly into a wall
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Things to look for in an internship
College students typically clamor for internships. An opportunity to gain on-the-job experience while still in college, an internship looks great on a resume and, in some instances, can lead to an offer of employment upon graduation. But not all internships are equal. College students might be enthusiastic when landing an internship, only to find out once the opportunity begins that they will be doing little more than fetching coffee and not gaining valuable experience they can use down the road. In other instances, however, an internship can be all a student expects and more, providing hands-on experience in a student’s desired field and maybe even earning the student a few dollars along the way. When it comes to finding an internship, there are a few things college students can look for to determine if the opportunity is the right fit. * Companies that let interns and employees grow: Nowadays it’s easy to get a grasp of the culture within a certain company. Social networking sites such as LinkedInTMand Facebook(R) can paint a pretty accurate picture of a company’s environ-
ment. An environment that allows its employees to learn on the job and grow with the company might be more ideal for interns than a company with a less nurturing environment. In addition, some companies list information about their employees on their Web site, including how they started with the company
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computers, jobs in the systems administration field remain viable. Keep in mind that there is also a wide array of competition in these careers, but the ability to make high salaries is what drives many to pur-
sue careers in networking and computer systems administration. * Accounting: Similar to other financial careers, accounting jobs remain stable despite the uncertain economy. Where there is money
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to be spent, individuals and businesses will require the services of accountants to keep all of their accounts in check. Entry-level accountants can receive in-house promotions and become finance executives. * Nursing/medical careers: Jobs in healthcare continue to be strong as well. An aging population keeps nurses, doctors, aides and medical-supply companies in business. There are many different nursing specializations, making nursing an attractive career choice. * Software design and development: Keeping today’s digital world running requires a staff of people constantly updating and creating new software. From games to business applications to all of those entertaining apps downloaded each day, software designers pave the way for computer innovation. * Salespeople: Sales is one of the oldest and lon-
gest-running types of occupations available. Every industry needs quality sales professionals to meet with the public and drive interest in products and services. There are sales positions in just about every industry. * Educators: The Millenial generation is just as large as the Baby Boom generation, and children will continue to fill up classrooms across the world. It is estimated three million more teachers are needed by 2015 to fill openings in the United States alone. Also, initiatives to require Pre-K classes could increase the number of education jobs even further. * Computer information security: The need to protect personal information from those who want to exploit it continues to grow. Computer information security will continue to increase with the expansion of technological applications.
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1st Row: Trey Elchert,VicePresident; Jessica Wren, Secretary; Kerstin Gasson, President; Nathan Wahrer, Treasurer. 2nd Row: Madilyn Himmeger, Tabatha Myers, Hannah Meyer, Brooke Gates, Rochelle Harshbarger 3rd Row: Jalen Harshbarger, Madison Reese, Emma Regula, Brittany Foster, Isaac Yoder, Alex Meyer 4th Row: Bryant Hodge, Ryan Harris, Megan Hilyard, Ashley Coe, Samantha Thomas, Robert Irwin, Christian Mabry 5th Row: Eric Ryder, Levi Winner, Jacob Glick, Nathan Hensley, Joey Frye Not pictured: Steven Brenneman, Andrew Cotterman, Mia Crumes, Danielle Grise, Krista Jones, Saharrah Market, Brandon Poppe, Zachary Ruark, Dominic Smith, Rhyanna Wagner Class Motto: Together we have experienced life, separately we have pursued our dreams, and forever our memories will remain. Class Flower: Tiger Lily Class Colors: Orange & Silver Class Advisor: Cathy Tenney
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won’t involve you doing the same thing every day. Instead, it should allow you to try various tasks over the course of your summer or semester with the company. This will give you a more accurate depiction of the industry, while allowing you to list more experiences on your resume. When interviewing for an internship, ask about the specific tasks and responsibilities you’ll be entrusted with. The more, the better. * Value and relevance: The great thing about an internship is it gives college students the chance to get a glimpse of their potential field prior to graduation. After completing an internship, some students reconsider their course of study, while others grow even more committed. But when looking for an internship, look for one that is relevant to your current course of study. It’s alright to change afterward, but the internship should be one wherein you can apply the lessons you’ve learned and gain practical experience to complement those lessons. Avoid accepting an internship that has nothing to do with your course of study, as it’s not likely to help you after graduation. * Impact on your future: College students pursue internships because of the role an internship can play in their future. An internship can not only provide valuable experience, but also it’s a chance to get your foot in the door with a company that you might want to work for after you graduate. When interviewing for an internship, ask about the potential for turning an internship into full-time employment. Some companies enable this transition by allowing successful interns to work on an hourly basis during the school year after they have completed their internships. Others admit they look to previous interns first when entrylevel positions become available. A company that wants its interns to eventually become full-time employees is one that can have a significant impact on your future.
and how long they have been there. A company with a roster of longterm employees is likely one where people like to work, an important thing for you to consider. * Potential experience: An internship looks good on a resume, but college students should seek out an internship that allows them to gain valuable experience. An internship at a renowned law firm might boost a resume, but if you spend all of your time in the mailroom or fetching coffee then that internship will not necessarily serve you very well. Look for an internship that provides you with an array of experiences within your field. A good internship
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and 3.4 for men. In total, no more than 10 percent of all college freshmen who were examined in the study actually gained 15 pounds. Some even lost weight. The results of this study were published in Social Science Quarterly. The study pointed to aging and becoming young adults as the culprit behind the weight gain, not necessarily the late-night pizza study sessions or cafeteria grub. The study also looked at same-aged people who were not in college, and most gained the same amount of weight during the period of time they could have been college freshmen. While students may not gain 15 pounds their freshman year, collegeage people do gain about 10 to 12 pounds over the four-year school period. Again, this is attributed to natural body changes associated with moving from adolescence into adulthood. Students concerned about weight gain in excess of the 2 to 3 pounds per year can employ these strategies to keep weight gain at a minimum. * Limit alcoholic beverages, which tend to be high in calories and add weight fast. * Plan for some daily exercise, even if it’s just strolling the quad. * When selecting
Hundreds of new students enter college each September. One long-standing assumption about college freshmen is their propensity to gain weight -- on average 15 pounds over the course of their initial year in college. As it turns out, a new study pokes holes in that assumption and goes on to point out the truth about freshman weight gain. A study by research scientist Jay Zagorsky from Ohio State University’s Center for Human Resource Research debunks the myth of the “freshman 15,” stating that the average weight gain is between 2.4 pounds for women
College freshmen may not gain 15 pounds their first year after all.
foods from the cafeteria, fill half of your dish with vegetables and then a quarter with whole grains and a quarter with lean meat whenever possible. * Limit consumption of packaged, processed
foods, which are high in salt and calories. * Go sparingly on drive-thru foods. * Keep healthy snacks on hand in your dorm room so you won’t have to head out when hunger pangs strike.
* Utilize the campus gym if there is one. * Take a class as part of your electives that includes physical activity, like a sport. * Surround yourself with friends who have like-minded fitness goals.
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* Choose lights wisely. Many dorm rooms are poorly lit, and students know to bring their own lamps to help them make the most of late-night study sessions. When shopping for a lamp for your room, choose one that’s compatible with compact fluorescent light bulbs, or CFLs. CFLs consume significantly less energy, last far longer than traditional light bulbs and illuminate rooms just as effectively. * Buy a water filter. While those mini refrigerators might not be as big as Mom and Dad’s, they might be able to fit a smaller water filter, saving you money on costly bottled water and reducing your reliance on plastic water bottles. If the refrigerator is less than accommodating, attach a water filter to the sink in your room or kitchen and drink straight from the tap. * Learn to make your own coffee. Late night study sessions and late hours spent having fun with friends makes coffee a precious commodity on many a college campus. College kids who want to reduce their carbon footprint, and save a little money along the way, can learn to make their own coffee instead of visiting the local coffee shop each morning and buying another coffee served up in a styrofoam cup. Purchase a reusable travel mug you can bring along to class and encourage your roommates to do the same.
outlet, plug them into a surge protector power strip that can be turned off when you leave your room. This not only protects the devices should a power outage occur, but it also means they won’t be consuming energy while not in use. * Freshen your room up naturally. College residences, especially dorm rooms, have a reputation for being somewhat musty. Instead of relying on air fresheners with chemicals, choose an all-natural alternative that won’t release harmful chemicals into the air each time you spray your room. And don’t overlook houseplants as a way to freshen the air and add to your room’s aesthetic appeal.
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