JOHANNESBURG-LEWISTON HIGH SCHOOL
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April is “National Distracted Driving Awareness Month”. Car crashes are the single leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States. One of the main causes is distracted driving. Don’t talk or text on your phone while you drive. One text or call could WRECK it all.
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ODYSSEY OF THE MIND:
We need people to work all field events, timing, and upstairs in the booth.
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William T. Perkins - Gaylord Herald Times
JOHANNESBURG — A crafty Johannesburg-Lewiston High School student’s attempt to score a famous prom date went viral last week.
Blake Harrington, a senior, posted a message on Twitter last week asking Gaylord's Lauren Duski, the runner-up of NBC's “The Voice" the following:
“Hey @LaurenDuski, how many retweets to get you to go to prom with me?”
The practice of asking celebrities for certain favors if a post gets a certain number of reactions has become an often-repeated meme in the internet age, sort of like an online bet. High school students in particular have used it in the past to get celebrities to appear in their senior photos or go to dances with them.
Harrington said he initially didn’t expect his post to go anywhere.
“My friends, when I said I was going to ask Lauren Duski to prom, they kind of thought I was joking and all that,” he said. “And then when I did it, I think they were kind of surprised that she even responded.”
Duski’s reply came just hours after Harrington’s original post.
“They say age is just a number, but to get this 26 year old back to prom it’s going to take at least 1,000,” she said.
It didn’t take long. He said his friends all made Twitter accounts to retweet the tweet, and it spread even further from there.
By Jan. 24, two days after Harrington posted his tweet, he had received more than 700 retweets. Duski tweeted that she “better go dress shopping just in case.”
“Dude if u really get Lauren to go to prom with u it will be the coolest thing ever!” one fellow Twitterer said.
There is at least one obstacle standing in Harrington's way. According to a clause in the JLHS student handbook, dates to prom can be no older than 20 years old. The handbook further stipulates that “no exceptions will be made” on those age limitations — apparently not even for celebrity hometown heroes.
Officials from the high school have not yet responded to a request for comment. But Harrington said he has talked with the Johannesburg-Lewiston High School principal about the rule, and that he might be able to get around it by having Duski come to prom as a guest singer, not as his official "date."
When the tweet finally reached 1,000 retweets, Harrington said he was half asleep on the floor of his father’s new house in Indiana, where he was helping him move in.
“I was excited,” he said. “I was kind of surprised that it came as quickly as it came.”
As of this week, Duski has not officially confirmed any plans to go to the prom. Harrington said if she did show up, he thinks his friends would “be just as excited” as he is.
But, if not, he and his friends might just have to make their own excitement at their senior prom — just like teens have had to do for generations before the internet.
Schoolwork First is an opportunity to reward students who turn in all of their homework, on time, in every class. This list is turned in to the office at the end of each marking period. Students who are on the Schoolwork First list for the marking period, receive a pass to get out of class at first bell for lunch during the following marking period. Students are also awarded at the end of the year with certificates from the high school principal.
Early/Middle College: JLHS is looking at options to start an Early College program that would allow students (beginning with current Freshman) an opportunity to earn an Associates of Arts Degree. Students would “sign on” for 5 years of high school, with the 5th year being entirely college centered. Through targeted scheduling, students would complete their high school diploma and receive an AA degree through NCMC at the end of their 5th year. More to come on this…
Dual Enrollment/Released Time Students:
If you have any questions or concerns throughout the school year, please do not hesitate to contact me at 731-4420 (extension 244).
Johannesburg-Lewiston Area Schools