Month: January 2018

HOPE

By Rylee Yerkes

 

On January 24th, the students of Salisbury High School attended an opioid and heroin addiction awareness presentation. It was held during first block for freshmen and juniors, and second block for sophomores and seniors in the auditorium. The “HOPE” (Heroin and Opioid Prevention Education) presentation is run by the Center for Humanistic Change, whose mission is to “engage members of our community in opportunities to prepare for life’s challenges through delivery of prevention education and life skills training, and programs that encourage healthy decision-making, positive choices, and peaceful living.” You can find out more about the CHC here.  

The presentation was extremely emotional and moving; the presenters spoke about losing people they knew to addiction, and explained how hard it is to come back from addiction. Tina (pictured on the left) spoke about her son, who passed away from an overdose. She emphasized that anyone can become addicted, bright future or not. She said that things were looking up when her son sought out to recover, but addiction is hard to overcome, and so he went back to using heroin. Emily (pictured on the right) spoke about her personal experiences with various drugs, and the negative impact that they’ve had on her life. She explained how the “everyone’s doing it” mentality is harmful, and that no one should succumb to peer pressure. She told the students that most of the people she’d done drugs with had passed away, and that she wishes someone had advised her when she was younger. Lisa (pictured in the middle) was the main presenter, and educated students on the different types of opioids, how people become addicted to heroin/opioids, the differences of use, misuse and abuse, and how there is “no typical user”.

Students found that opioids are everywhere, and that almost everyone knew someone who had taken them. Students were also educated about “gateway drugs”, and how they more often than not lead to doing worse drugs or taking higher doses because people become immune. It was also said that people often do worse drugs because they think they could be worse. “Everyone knows that one person who’s doing worse than them, and thinks, ‘oh, well, at least I’m not that bad,” Tina told the audience. The presenters informed students that addicts have no specific look; anyone could secretly be addicted or become addicted. They also explained that drug dealers are never to be trusted, no matter how well people think they know them.

The presenters offered to speak to any concerned students after the presentation was over, and the presentation was held again at the highschool at 6:30 pm that day. Overall, it was a positive learning experience for Salisbury High School students, and spread awareness about the ongoing opioid and heroin epidemic in Pennsylvania.  

Mock Auditions

By Jack Kubinec

This past week, Salisbury Theatre offered a mock audition for students interested in auditioning for the spring musical. It allowed students to become aware of the process, perform with peers, and grow comfortable with each other. The directors of the Theatre program, Will Erwin and Nina Elias, wanted to be familiar with new students who may of not been apart of any shows in the past. They chose to have both boys and girls learn 2-3 songs they felt comfortable with performing by themselves. This mock audition prepared students for the future audition so they’ll have experience under their belt.

A senior who attended the audition, Sophia Ravenelle, stated it was a way for people, especially new students, to get used to how the real audition will be/how to prepare and what to expect. She also said it was very fun for her especially because it was her first time at a mock audition, and since it is her last musical production it was cool to see so many news faces. A very bittersweet moment to perform in your last show, while meeting new students who may be performing for the first time.

Choosing to do a mock audition this year was a great decision, given it gave students an opportunity which was not offered before. Hopefully it because a recurring event in Salisbury’s future.