Day: February 9, 2015

Lady Celts’ win streak extends to six

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School girls varsity basketball team finished last week on a six-game win streak. It was a prime spot to be in headed into a match with the Greater Valley Conference leaders, South Salem High School, Tuesday, Feb. 3. “It’s honestly feeling really good. It helps with confidence and it’s preparing us. We’re playing like a team so well it’s crazy. We’re finally showing the team we can be,” said sophomore Sydney Hunter. The team’s effort to improve communication is a large part of its recent streak, said senior Jasmine Ernest. “We’ve improved exponentially with our off-court communication, but we also know where people are going to go and we’re able to read each other better on the court,” she said. That familiarity helped the team leap out to an 11-0 start against Forest Grove High School Friday, Jan. 30. Earnest scored six of those points on treys in the opening salvo. As the Vikings warmed up they notched some steals that helped them get back into the game. Forest Grove closed the scoring gap to three points in the first minute of the second frame, but Ernest got another three-pointer a few minutes later to extend the Celtic lead. The big shot of the night came from Madi Hingston at the halftime buzzer. She hit a three-pointer from nearly...

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WMS Wolverines work on bullying antidote: kindness

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Donna Burnett, a counselor at Whiteaker Middle School, was surveying the possibilities for an anti-bullying campaign when she had an epiphany. “You can’t get kids to buy into a negative goal. They’re not going to admit they are a bully, and the only ones those efforts speak to are those that are bullied,” Burnett said. She decided to flip the effort on its head and signed up the Wolverines for The Great Kindness Challenge, a weeklong campaign to promote simple acts of kindness. Students held more doors for others, picked up trash, and showed kindness to themselves by eating healthy snacks. “Even the faculty got into it. I saw a member of the administration mopping the floor the other day,” said Renee Helvie, another counselor at the school. Aside from viewing bullying through a new lens, the program is offered to the school at no cost. Students received a kindness checklist and teachers were given suggestions for incorporating kindness into their curriculums. The first day was a bit rough, Burnett said, but students were trying to outdo each other by the end of the week. “It spreads quickly,” Burnett said. “Studies have shown that kindness fires up the endorphins in people. When you feel safe and feel happy, academic success increases. In a way, it shows them they have the ability to...

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