Newsletter Team

Hawk News Team/Production Team
Sponsors: Karen Brock, and Michelle Medlin
Editor: Davis Tucker
Co- Editors: 8th Gr; Kinsey Mangum, and 7th Gr. Braelyn Oliver
Reporters: Tiffany Funderburk, Harrison Outlaw, Tashia Quick

College Football Playoffs               By: Davis Tucker                              11/19/19

For 5 years, the college football playoffs have entertained fans. Each year everyone asks themselves the same question: Who’s in, and who’s out.

          From the start of the season, there is a big competition to move up in the playoff rankings. The top four teams will advance to the playoffs. This year, the competition is very close. With only a few undefeated teams left, and two weeks left in the regular season, it all comes down to these final games. From there, the playoff committee decides where each team stands. As of right now, some of the front runners for the playoffs are LSU, Ohio State, Clemson, Georgia, and Alabama.

          The anticipation is intense as the season ends and fans all over the nation are hoping that their team will make the final four. What happens to the teams that just miss the playoffs? They will go to a New Year 6 bowl. The New Year 6 are the biggest bowls in college football. Two of the bowls host the playoff semi-finals. They are the Cotton Bowl, Rose Bowl, Orange Bowl, Peach Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, and Sugar Bowl. Even though a team might not make a playoff game, winning a New Year 6 bowl is a great honor for the school.

          The college football season is ending but the playoffs and the New Year 6 Bowls make the season all worthwhile. The playoffs will always be a great event of college football for fans of all ages to enjoy.

Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793
 Kinsey Mangum, Co-Editor
 During the yellow fever epidemic of 1793, in Philadephia, over 5,000 people died. it was one of the first major epidemics of yellow fever in the United States, and it devastated America's early capital.
Yellow fever is like malaria; they are both transferred by mosquitoes. Yellow fever gets its name from the eyes and kin of the victims.  Their skin and eyes turn a sickly yellow color.  In more serious cases of the fever, heart, liver, and kidney problems occur along with "black vomit" caused by the bleeding inside of the stomach.
Yellow fever came into Philadelphia from refugees from a yellow fever epidemic in the Caribbean.  In only a few weeks, people all in the city began experiencing symptoms.  The warm weather provided a good environment for the mosquitoes to thrive and affect even more people. By mid October, 100 people were dying of the fever daily.  Public servants got so strained by caring for people that the local city government collapsed.
The doctors failed to understand the disease's method of transmission and origin. Come doctors, such as Dr. Benjamin Rush, prescribed treatments like blood-letting, which was toxic to patients of Yellow Fever. Dr. Rush was one of the early America most famous doctors. Rush advised people to flee the city while he stayed behind in an attempt to treat victims.  Rush's extreme treatment methods included blood letting and vomiting because he believed yellow fever was caused by unsanitary conditions.  His methods caused even more illness in his patients.  the French doctors' methods were more cautious and gentle and were proven to me more effective in keeping the patients alive.
In November 1793, the first two frosts came killing off the mosquitoes, which were the main transmitters.  The yellow fever epidemic of 1793 was devastating for Philadelphia and the was thankful to see it finally end.

Everyone Loves Thanksgiving… Or So You Thought

By: Braelyn Oliver


          Every year its usually the same menu for Thanksgiving. Turkey, sometimes ham, mashed potatoes with gravy, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, stuffing, and cranberry sauce. Followed by the always favorable pumpkin and pecan pies. What’s not to love? Or so we thought.

          How far would you go to spare your friend or family member’s feelings? Evidently Americans do every Thanksgiving. Harris Poll conducted a survey on 2,000 people on their Thanksgiving preferences. The results are surprising.

          Green bean casserole is the dish most of the people hoped friends wouldn’t make, but it wasn’t voted the most disliked. The least liked dish, drumroll please, was actually canned cranberry sauce. Sweet potato casserole was third in line with 22% of the surveyed disliking.

          The top three were not a surprise to me because I’m not a fan of any of the dishes. I was awe-stricken when the survey said that 19% of the people didn’t like turkey itself. I thought I was the only one! The surveyed also said that a majority didn’t even like pumpkin pie!

          I was don’t think I was the only one surprised with the results of the survey. This year I’ll look at thanksgiving with a different eye to see which items my own family won’t touch!

The Accident
Tashia Quick, Reporter 6th
     Tate and Carley decided to watch a movie one night. Since Carley was the oldest of the two, she was left in charge. She made popcorn and fixed bowls of ice cream.  Just as they were sitting down to the movie, the telephone rang, Carley answered it, thinking it was probably mom checking in. 
     To her dismay, the caller sounded like an older man breathing heavily through the phone, even though she repeatedly was saying, "Hello", the caller never answer her.
     Carley decided to take Tate, the movie, and the snacks and to the back of the house in her bedroom to enjoy the movie. Before she played the movie, she closed the blinds, put a blanket over them, to ensure no one could see inside the house. 
     Tate was fast asleep before the second half of the movie. It was now 1:20 a.m., her parents had been out for a long time. Carley wasn't able to fall asleep concern for her parents, wide awake now, she called her father, she heard the phone engage, but no one answered. After several times, saying, "hello", still no response. After, what seemed like forever, she heard someone screaming. Carley, knew it was her mom. Suddenly, she heard her father, "don't answer the front door or the phone without checking the caller id", he said loudly. Carley woke up Tate and just as her father instructed, together, they went to the basement, turned on the heat, crawled into the bunk beds. Carley gathered up some blankets, food to take to the basement, recalling what her father said to her before he hung up the phone, "your mom and I love you both very much."
     A hour passed, when Carley started hearing footsteps walking down the hall. Thankful Tate was fast asleep, when the door knob started moving to the basement. She grabbed the phone to call 911 when the sound of windows breaking started. The police arrived, arresting the men. Finally, she could sleep.
     Tate, was gone. After searching everywhere, days turned into weeks. Home alone again, the phone rings, the dark gloomy voice from all those weeks ago said, "I have Tate, if you want her back, meet me at the basketball court at 5:30!" 
"And if I don't?", Carley asked, the called replied, "I will hurt Tate, and next your whole family!" Around five o'clock Carley left for the basketball court on the family's golf cart. The man was there when she arrived. Tate spotted Carley and ran to her. The two hugged. The man demanded the money from Carley, she gave the man the money and took Tate home.
Carley gave Tate a bath, and fixed her a bowl of soup. Mom came home from work and was overjoyed to see Tate, so was dad when he arrived home.