Save the brain
In order to prevent the prevalence of mental illness caused by brain injuries, especially in football, we should take away the facemask from the helmet. Every year, there are as many as 3.8 million sports-related concussions in the United States (momsteam.com). Of these, football accounts for almost 30% (momsteam.com). Concussions have been proven to lead to CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy,) which is a degenerative brain disorder, and is associated with many symptoms that are similar to Alzheimer’s (bu.edu). One former player who suffered from this disease is former linebacker, Junior Seau. Seau, a 12-time Pro-Bowler (NFL All-star), retired in 2009. After that, Seau was the host of the television show, Sports Jobs with Junior Seau. However, on May 2, 2012, Seau committed suicide by shooting himself. Seau shot himself in the chest and left a note saying to have his brain looked at by neurologists. They found that Seau had CTE, and, most likely, CTE was the reason that he killed himself. Seau was thought to be happy and healthy, but his life ended because of his profession. Doctors and former players all have possible solutions to this lethal problem in football, but right now, the NFL is just fining and suspending players for helmet-to-helmet hits, which are most likely to cause concussions. However, most believe that this won’t help. Bleacher Report said, “ The NFL has made continuous progress in improving its concussion protocol, but the system that has been created is failing” . Players have been taught to hit this way for their whole career, and they aren’t about to stop now. However, many would be more likely to lay off the helmet-to-helmet hits if the facemask was taken away. Most people are very sensitive to being hit in the face area, and the facemask, as the name implies, protects the face. Players would be less inclined to lead with their head if part of it is uncovered. NFL VP of Officiating, Dean Blanido, said,”One problem with those face masks is they may actually encourage players to lead with their heads.” (profootballtalk.com) Many people say that eliminating the facemask will cause even more injuries, but there is still a solution to that. If we start this at the Pop Warner level, and teach them how to hit without facemasks, and gradually move the rule up levels, then it will eventually reach the NFL. We would begin by training the coaches how to teach tackling with the new equipment, and they would continue by passing it on to their players. There would also be penalties for grabbing the face, like there are now in the league. Also, this would begin eliminating concussions in youth players. The NFL needs to do something about the concussion situation immediately, and my solution is to eliminate the facemask. Alex Mickus, Guest Reporter
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The theater students have just returned from the 49th annual Thespian Convention. 31 of our students attended a conference with 4,200 students from across the state. 19 students competed in a variety of events from acting and musical performances to set design. Competing students receive either a superior, excellent, good or fair rating. Every single entrant from Highlands Ranch High School received at least an excellent rating! Students competing: Hannah Lemieux 12 Kiere Gilbertson 11 Madison Rowe 11 Lesleigh Stabo 12 Skylar Vernell 9 Hunter Cagle 12 Nickey Harris 11 Hanna Williamson 10 - Superior Solo Acting Performance Frank Walley 11 Negeen Samimi 12 Samantha Rowe 9 Henry Carroll 12 Olivia Gardner 12 - Superior Solo Musical Performance Dallin Bavender 12 Brooke Guard 10 Drew Rasmussen 12 Jason LoCricchio 12 Alanes Dynes 12 Austin Hornick 11 In addition, through connections and auditions at the conference, the following students received unofficial offers of acceptance and scholarships from the Theater Departments of the following schools: Haley Smith - Pepperdine University Olivia Gardner - New York Conservatory for the Arts Alanes Dynes - American Musical and Dramatic Academy, New York Conservatory for the Arts, Santa Fe University If you see these students please congratulate them on their amazing work!
HRHS receives two awards!
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Student run non-profit Coffee Shop at HRHS!
Did you know that HRHS has its own coffee shop? It is run by student volunteers and all the proceeds stay at HRHS to assist the families in need. The shop serves 16 oz.(grande size) Hot Chocolate, Chai, freshly ground Costa Rican fair trade coffee and many specialty coffee drinks that you will find at the local $bucks. Drinks are cheaper than $bucks and all the money stays right here to help fellow students and their families!!! Hot Chocolate $2.50 Coffee $1.00 Chai $3.00 Specialty drinks: White Chocolate Mocha $3.00 Caramel Macchiato $3.00 Salted Caramel Latte $3.00 Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate $3.00 You can buy gift cards at the Bookkeeper! Open before school 7:00am-7:40am