By: Leslie Baker & Marie Ellsworth
It is the last week of school and the year is almost over! There are only two days to go. We are all counting down the hours, even the little kids.
Today is the day of the all high school field trip to Collin’s Lake and the 4-6th grade “Glow in the Dark Party.” Collin’s Lake is approximately 40 miles from Downieville, near Dobbins. The high school is excited to get their swim on and get those nice tans started for summer! Tonight is a volleyball game featuring the alumni vs 2013 high school girls’ team. A pizza/salad dinner will be available for purchase and all proceeds will benefit the 2013 DHS volleyball team.
The elementary students went to Animal Ark in Reno last week, both Miss Schofield’s K-3 and Mrs. Salva’s 4-6. They learned about habitats & animal behavior and were pleasantly surprised to see: a black bear playing tetherball, a wolf, a jaguar, a pampered badger with a brain injury, and a baby owl. The 4-6 class just finished a unit on friendship, trust, and honesty. During the lesson, one of the students asked whether one should lie to save his/her life, which led to a discussion of the play Les Miserables and reflection on the sacrifice of Jean Valjean.
This week was very eventful. Between Senior Project Boards and graduation preparation, ascending the final flight of stairs is becoming the number one thought on the mind of each senior. Tuesday the 4th, the seniors had a hectic nervousness throughout the morning while the Senior Boards were being held. For his senior project, Leslie Baker discussed Alleghany history and presented his sluice box. Hannah Ford did a presentation on Criminal Justice, showed off her collection of fingerprints, and presented a PowerPoint on 9-1-1 calls and DUI’s. Brandon McDermid did his presentation on the history of mountain biking and he presented a PowerPoint about his project, which was a Bike Rodeo. The Bike Rodeo was a safety course and fun event for children, which took place Saturday June 1st. With a passion for gardening, Riata Hester showed her expertise on botany and presented photos of her garden, which resides in front of the gym and acts as the senior class gift to the school. Marie Ellsworth gave a brief history of film as part of her term paper, gave tips for amateur filmmakers and presented her short exciting film on local mountain biking and its effect on Downieville.
Each senior plans on taking a different route after high school graduation. Brandon McDermid plans on working on bicycles at our very own Downieville Outfitters Bike shop. RiataHester plans on continuing to “work hard and live life.” Hannah Ford plans on enrolling at Feather River Community College in the fall of 2013 to pursue nursing. Marie Ellsworth plans on enrolling at U.T.I.- Universal Technical Institute–to study automotive engineering and auto body/ collision work; she plans on attending a university at some future date. Leslie Baker plans on becoming a local goldminer, and possibly beginning his pursuit of higher education. We wish our Class of 2013 the best as they pursue their futures.
Friday the 7th, tomorrow, there will be a softball game, high school students versus teachers. Feel free to root for whatever team you want, we won’t judge.
Graduation is Saturday, June 8, beginning at noon, on the Downieville School field; a hot dog barbeque will follow the ceremonies.
Have a fun, safe summer and the Weekly Warrior will be back in the fall!