Hannah Chapla

Hannah Chapla
Grade 10
Hodgdon High School
Hodgdon, ME
Mrs. Mills.

The Two Words, That Started it All.

As the 21 st century progresses, it’s becoming harder and harder to recall a time when society didn’t have technology to rely on in so many ways. We have all grown so used to the worlds of tweeting, posting, blogging, and texting. It is almost impossible to deny the bittersweet impacts social networking sites have had on people of all ages, particularly teenagers, though. And in my humble opinion, the crazy new aspects we have all adapted into our lives, began with two words: My Space.

Though My Space’s popularity flame has been blown out for years, it seems this social networking site could be held partially responsible for the domino affect of many other communication sites to follow. As a sophomore presently, I can easily travel back to my younger middle school years (such as 5th and 6th grade), and remember that having your own My Space account was the “it” thing; it could almost be considered a deciding factor on whether or not you were popular or cool. My classmates and I would go to school, come home, and login to our parallel world of chatting behind computer screens, choosing emoticons that fit our mood, and updating our status to tell our friends probably a bit too much about what we were doing. By 7th grade, social networking evolved to facebook.

At first glance, everything about it seemed overwhelmingly amazing; being able to connect with friends anytime, anywhere, share personal aspects with people close to you, check up on what people are doing. The truth is, however, that facebook altered our minds; allowed us to hide behind false identities, trash-talk and bully people anonymously without consequences, stalk people, upload embarrassing things for the whole world to see. The cold, hard truth is that with the click of a button, a life can be ruined. As teenagers, and even younger, we have danger and disaster at our finger tips. Other sites like twitter and tumblr, can work similarly.

These sites are causing people to miss out on real, life relationships; causing social skills to diminish; causing morality to go down. A 2010 study shows that 88% of teenagers have witnessed cruel or harmful acts on a social networking site. The same study shows that 58% of teens have had an experience online that has made them feel closer to somebody. And 85% of teenagers ages 13 to 17 have an account on one or more social networking websites. That percentage is growing. These statistics, actions, ways of thinking, and altered-relationships should all be a wake up call to all of us. We should all learn that instead of tweeting about an issue with a friend, you should kindly confront them. Instead of telling people how you feel about them, via facebook
chat, you should use real-life language. Technology continues to grow forward, as we grow backward.

Lyric Foss

Lyric Foss

Mrs. Willey

Grade 11

Machias Memorial High School

Social Networking Sites

Although social networking sites help people stay in touch with family or friends, they have too many problems. People would rather sit on the computer and talk to people instead of having a conversation in person. People are afraid to say something rude out loud to another person, but when they get on the internet, they gain courage and say whatever they want. They know that they’re nowhere near the person they are talking to and it makes the conversation feel almost imaginary and that it won’t be able to hurt anyone. They think they can’t get in trouble and can do whatever they want.

Social networking sites such as Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, Myyearbook, etc. do have some good in them. For example, meeting new friends, keeping in touch with people who live far away, having creative expression, and having minimum age requirements. There are also social networking sites made for people who suffer from diseases, alcoholism, addiction, and weight problems. They can go on and talk about their problems.

But these sites have many problems that overcome the good in them. For example, bullying, spending too much time online, not realizing that what you put on there can never be erased, and not having and face-to-face interaction. They can keep you from doing your work in
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school, make you lie about who you are, and all your information is online where everyone can see it. Social networking sites can be very dangerous.

In this last year over 40% of teenagers with internet access have reported being bullied online (“Cyber Bullying Statistics”). Most kids refuse to tell anyone about these incidents and they get forgotten, but the person that got bullied is not going to forget about it. People get cyber bullied by stealing someone’s password and going on their name and writing or posting things on their profile, recording conversations without consent, and writing mean, hurtful, or embarrassing things to another individual. Many teens have committed suicide or at least thought about it due to online bullying.

In my opinion I think that social networking sites should have never been made; they have caused too many problems. We could have gotten by just fine without them, they are not something that we need. We have phones to contact people; it’s just as easy to do this. These sites are just a form of entertainment. So that is why I believe that these social networking sites have more bad than good.

Brooke Lane

Brooke Lane
Grade 12
Hodgdon High School
Hodgdon, ME
Mrs. Mills
Plans For The Future

There are many different plans going through my head to do when I get out of high school. I have my options open to go to college or going straight to work. If I was to go to college I would like to go to Beal for Early Childhood. I was also thinking about going to Empire Beauty School for Cosmetology. If it ever came down to the point to just going straight to work I would make sure I was working at a reasonable place.

My position right now is that I am still in high school, and I have some more time to think about what I want to do in my life. I am here at Hodgdon High School and have

applied to a couple different colleges for Early Childhood. Now that I am thinking about

different things I am now thinking I would like to go into Cosmetology. When you sit back and wonder about how close it is to graduation knowing you have to get to the point to

what you want to do for a career in your life it’s hard. We should have more time to think about what we want to do with our lives and not always do it right after high school.

The path I am going to take to get what I want to do in my future all depends on

what career I choose to do. If I am to pick Early Childhood I am going to go to Beal College and get my degree there. If I am to pick Cosmetology I would like to go to

Empire Beauty School. Then I could do something I really like to do; doing peoples hair and having all of that fun.
The time will come when everything will come together. I will be able to make up my mind on what I want my life to consist of. Either way I will be happy. I just want it all to come together in a good way. Until then I want to enjoy my last couple month~ of being a senior in high school.

Melanie Ward

Melanie Ward

Grade 12

Hodgdon High School

Hodgdon, Maine

Mrs. Mills

Future Plans

It takes a very special person to dedicate their life to the needs of other people. Someone who wants more for others than they want for themselves. I want to spend my life working with children with a career in social work. I know it will take a lot of work in college to make it to this point, but I know that I can do it.

I need to go to college and major in social work. This will give me the education I need to be able to make a difference in the lives of many children. I will learn how to

help them deal with problems, what they need, and how to act in order to make a difference.

From college I plan to go straight to work. I know that I would be able to help with the problems children face. I want to be the person that they can go to when they need advice and there to make a smile from a crying child. I see everyday the suffering that

the world goes through and I want to change that.

If I don’t, who will? Each day something else happens and someone just leaves it for someone else to fix. I would not be able to do that. If I see a child suffering I want to be there to change that child’s life. If everyone just steps back and acts like nothing wrong is happening then nothing will change. I could be that one person to step up and take charge to fix the pain before it starts.
I am looking forward to having a career in social work. I cannot wait until I have a chance to change someone’s life for the better. My career in social work will change my

life and the lives of the people I help. I can’t see my life any other way. My future will

change many other people’s lives. There is nothing I would rather do with my future

then helping change someone’s life for the better.

Parker Quint

Parker Quint

Grade 12

Hodgdon High School

Hodgdon, ME

Mrs. Mills

The Paths I Take

Now that my high school career is coming to a end, I have decided to start

thinking about what paths in life I want to take, and figure out what is going to be best for me in the near future. After thinking it all over, I applied to college and got accepted at UMPI in the Criminal Justice Program. The course is a four year program.

The main reason I wanted to be in the Criminal Justice Program was because I

want to be in the U.S. Border Patrol when it’s all said and done. I know you don’t need a degree to get in the Border Patrol, but I want at least some kind of degree under my

belt when I enter the world on my own, just in case something happens to my dreams.

Once im out of school I want to take the test for the Border Patrol and hopefully pass so I can be sent away to Texas for my training where I will soon develop into an actual

agent working in the field.

When that is all done I will stay in Texas and work for two years and then I’ll have an option to go anywhere I want to go. Once the two years are up I want to be
transferred back up here in the Houlton area. The reason why is because I grew up here and I love living here. So this is definitely the area I will be working in the next 7 to 8 years, and hopefully be living in my dream house on my favorite lake which is Deering Lake in Weston, Maine.

I’m sure I will run into obstacles along the way that will slow me down or even put me down, but I know what I want and that’s the job I have dreamed about since 7th grade. It will be impossible for anything to stop me from me getting to the point I want to be in life. I am up for any challenge that will be set in front of me along the way. Bring it

on, because I am ready!

Aynsley Hermanowski

Aynsley Hermanowski
Mrs. Willey
Grade 12
Machias Memorial High School
Machias, Maine

I’ve been asked about what I plan on doing after my last year of high school ends. I’ve decided to go to University of Maine at Machias (UMM) for college to study Special Early Childhood Education. Basically I’m going to college to become a teacher for the deaf After I graduate from college I believe I’m set up to go for ajob at Baxter School for the Deaf in Portland, Maine.

From this point that I’m writing I have less than five months until I graduate from high school on June 3, 2012. At first I was thinking that I was going to take a year off, but then I thought “Well maybe if I go to college in the Fall the information from high school will stay fresh in my mind.” So I’m not sure how long I’ll have to go to college, I’m estimating four years, but I’m unsure because I have taken early college courses to get a jump start. I took a Psychology Personal Growth course and an Introduction to Sign Language in the fall at UMM, now I’m in an Intermediate Sign Language course. At first I was very afraid to go to college because I thought the work was going to be hard and I wasn’t going to make any friends, but I was wrong and to my surprise I was very happy I was wrong. I’m happy I was wrong because I had fun, I made friends, and I was able to do well on my work. I thought homework at college was going to be 10 page reports every night, but I was wrong about this too, and in the process of being wrong, I had fun and was able to jump start my career.

I don’t plan on graduating college early because I’d like to stay with the people who are going to the same college as me who also graduated from my high school. But when I graduate from college, I can’t wait to get started working with the students at Baxter School for the Deaf I’m especially happy about this possibility because not only did someone in my family go to school there several years ago, but when I go to work there, my nephew might be there because it is possible he is deaf He is not the only one in my family who is deaf Two of my cousins are deaf, one from each side of my family. So I have had a lot of experience with people who are deaf, which has inspired me to want to go into this field. I know a lot of Sign Language already, but I don’t know every sign there is in the ASL language. I mean who does, right?

Chris Grant

Chris Grant
Mrs. Willey
Grade 12
Machias Memorial High School
Machias, Maine

When I get out of high school, I plan to go on to college at Washington County Community College where I can get my certificate in the welding program. You probably don’t know this but I live in Lubec, and I did attend Lubec High School for two years, then once it got to the end of my sophomore year, the school shut down because there weren’t enough kids to keep it open. I had the choice to either go to Washington Academy or Machias Memorial High School. I chose Machias because it reminded me of Lubec, because there aren’t a whole lot of students and that’s just the way I like it.

Ever since I started school in Machias, I have been taking this an automotive class that has really helped me realize what I want to do when I get out of high school. I want to get my welding certificate. And I know I can do it — all I have to do is set my mind to it and it can be done. But before I go on to college I want to make sure I have good grades and I am actually ready for the next step after high school.

After I graduate from college for welding, I plan on going to work for Bath Iron Works. I really need to get a good job because at this moment, I already have a family. I have a son who is almost six months old and a girlfriend who will be going to the same college as me. We both know that getting our educations will help us have the life we want in the future.

Hope Fitzsimmons

Hope Fitzsimmons
Mrs. Willey
Grade 12
Machias Memorial High School

My career has already begun; I work as a full time mommy at the moment for a new baby boy who is the best thing ever, and I have a great boyfriend who is an amazing father to Matthew. I’m also a full time student, graduating this year, and I’m fulfilling my goal of becoming a Medical Assistant by going to Washington County Community College this fall. It doesn’t really matter to me where I work as a Medical Assistant, but I would rather work in a small community, so I can have a chance to meet new people and get to know them. I really would like to further my career later on in life to become a RN or even work as an EMT, but for now I’m just going to take it easy and help people through Medical Assisting.

My goal to pay for college is hopefully through financial aid and scholarships, because the truth is I have no money towards college at the moment. I know I will be able to do this one way or any other. I plan to have a decent job to further myself and my son and I plan to live at home throughout college until I have enough money to leave. I believe that I can and will be able to get through school without dropping out, even though some people think that I’m not mature enough to attend college because I am graduating a year early. But I say it’s not the four years that makes you mature and ready for college, it’s you and your choice to work hard and make the right choices to make it through and succeed in life.

Dillon Dowling

Dillon Dowling
Mrs. Willey
Grade 12
Machias Memorial High School

My name is Dillon Dowling and I go to Machias Memorial High School, and after high school I want to go to college at WCCC for the welding certificate program because I love to weld. To me there’s nothing better to do than put leather clothes on from head to toe, strike an arc and then create something, like a box, table, oil pan, just anything and everything out of metal. The way the metal is bonded is just amazing to me.

I’ve struggled with career ideas all my life. My dad has always hounded me to choose something ever since middle school because he claimed that I was running out of time, which wasn’t true, but I believed him and stressed out about it and forced myself to like things. I wasn’t really happy about lying to dad about wanting to be an automotive technician. Then one day at the beginning of my senior year, I asked my shop teacher, Mr. Stevens, “what is Tyler doing in that booth with that intense light?” He replied, “welding”. I thought to myself why not try it? So I asked Mr. Stevens “can you teach me how to weld?” He did teach me and now I can’t get enough of it.

Throughout my entire senior year I’ve read about welding, practiced in the booth, and asked questions more than anyone in the shop because I’m just so curious about the process and want to become a master welder, if not an engineer. After high school I’m going to college and get my certifications for pipe welding, plate, stainless, and more, and maybe even go to Bangor to EMCC for more experience before I go get a job. I would love ajob in Texas, North Carolina, or California because they are such beautiful places in my opinion along with good paying jobs. My reasoning for bettering myself by attending college is because I will be the first of my immediate family to go to college and succeed in my field of expertise. Hopefully one day I’ll be able to live my dream.

Francis Canane

Francis Canane
Mrs. Willey
Grade 12
Machias Memorial High School
Machias, Maine

For a long time I have always wanted a career that has something to do with fixing motors or vehicles in general. As a kid I would always be taking things apart like RC cars, bikes, my father’s electric tools, and then putting them back together just to see how they worked. Once when I was five years old, my father had left for work and my mother was inside doing laundry. I snuck outside and went into the garage where my father had just bought a brand new rototiller. I don’t know what my thought process was on this one, but I decided it needed to be taken apart. Needless to say, I never did figure out how to put it back together. When I look back on it now, I laugh and so does my father — thank goodness! In junior high I got more in depth with taking things apart. For instance, I have a passion for ATV’s and I have had many over the years. If one broke, I would take it apart and fix it myself For years I have been taking apart and fixing ATV’s and I still am. My childhood interest in taking small engines apart has really helped me choose what I want to do when I grow up.

A few years later and now I’m a senior at Machias Memorial High School. I have loved all four years of high school, but I am more than ready for college. So in the fall of this year, I will be attending Washington County Community College, which offers great programs that will suit my needs. With that being said I have signed up for their gasoline and diesel engine specialist program. This class gets filled up very quickly and I am so glad I applied for this college very early, because I got accepted into the program. Not to mention Mrs. Willey’s senior seminar class really gave me a early head start on applying early for colleges. And if it weren’t for her class I probably wouldn’t have gotten accepted to that program at WCCC, because I would have handed in my application way too late.

Later on, after college is all said and done, I would like to work at a place such as Friend and Friend Honda, because they specialize in fixing and repairing mainly Honda motorcycles, but they also do repair all makes and manufactures of small engines. After working there for a while and saving a some well earned money, I would love to open up my own small engine repair shop. That has been a life long dream of mine, and it is definitely within reach.