The Meridian Daily The student news site of Meridian Senior High School Wed, 10 Feb 2021 01:52:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Students talk about their favorite comfort movies Tue, 09 Feb 2021 18:57:44 +0000 Movie-lovers and occasional television watchers both seem to have a “comfort movie” they watch to feel better or just because they genuinely enjoy it every time.

Laura Love, a freshman, says that her comfort movie is Titanic. Titanic is based on a real-life ship that sunk in the North Atlantic Ocean in 1912, it follows a love story between Jack and Rose. Love’s favorite part of Titanic is when Jack and Rose ran from her fiance’s guard. Love typically watches Titanic twice a month.

“It’s such a classic, I love how they made a love story out of such a horrible event,” Love said.

Kolbee Grider, a junior, says his comfort movie is Shrek. Shrek is about an ogre who is perfectly content to live alone in the swamp until a swarm of fairy tale characters are banished by Lord Farquaad. Shrek must rescue Princess Fiona, appease Lord Farquaad, and reclaim his swamp. Grider’s favorite part of Shrek is when Donkey and Shrek try to save Princess Fiona from the tower. Grider watches Shrek at least once a year.

“It’s a movie I watched a lot with my family as a little kid and even as an older kid, I still like it. It brings back good memories from when I was little,” Grider said.

Kaylin Moreland, a sophomore, says her comfort movie is Divergent. Divergent centers around a futuristic society where it is divided into five major factions. Moreland’s favorite part of the movie is an action scene where the main character proves she’s tougher than she seems.

“I like the movie so much because even when she’s faced with so many challenges, she achieves them through determination and I just love action movies,” Moreland said.

You can watch the movie trailers below and feel free to let us know your favorite comfort movie in the comments.


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Future of college sports signing parties Sat, 06 Feb 2021 18:17:21 +0000 Meridian seniors who receive sports scholarships are given the opportunity to celebrate. Family and friends are invited to the upstairs balcony to view a signing during seventh hour. Along with this comes cake and a happy celebration, but what will these festivities look like in light of COVID-19?

“Up until recently, we were not allowed to have any gatherings of this type given the guidelines in place,” Principal Eric Hurelbrink said. “Recently, the movement into Phase IV has changed this to some degree.”

Phase IV guidelines state that all sectors of the economy reopen with new health and hygiene practices and large gatherings of all sizes can resume, but it looks different for schools.

“Yes, we are now allowed to have sports and events, but still, we are limited to a maximum number and restricted by spacing,” Hurelbrink said. “If we are to go forward with this type of event, it will have to look very different than it has.”

With these guidelines in place, it is safe to assume that everyday health techniques will be utilized.

“We will have to set a strict number of those that can attend, these persons will have to be socially distanced and we will not be able to have cake, etc. like we have,” Hurelbrink said. “These types of restrictions still exist so we will still have to follow them.”

With balcony signing parties being a part of Meridian tradition, seniors who plan to go to college for sports have always looked forward to this.

“I am currently trying to plan a signing ceremony and it has been quite difficult,” senior, Chloe Moyer said.

Chloe Moyer has been accepted to Cornell University to participate in their hurdles events included in their track and field program. This Meridian tradition means a lot to her.

“Ever since I saw my first signing party here, I knew I had to have one. At that time, I was mostly enticed by the cake,” Moyer said. “But the ceremony marks an important milestone of your sports career. I would be deeply saddened if I couldn’t have one.”

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Bernie meme takes front row seat Sat, 30 Jan 2021 11:05:12 +0000  

From his posture to his mittens, Bernie Sanders’ attire has managed to take over the “meme-scape” of the internet in a matter of days. What started as fashionable photographs of guests at the Inauguration, has now become an online sensation, and even a fundraiser for charity.

“I think it’s hilarious and something good people can focus on given the state of our country,” senior, Dominik Smith, said. “Left and right can both agree that an old man in big mittens is pimpin’.”

On January 20, the 46 President, Joe Biden, was sworn into office, along with Madam Vice President Kamala Harris. In attendance were famous figures such as Michelle Obama, Lady Gaga, and Jenifer Lopez. All were photographed wearing classy, professional clothing. Sanders, however, took a warmer approach. Donned in a large coat, a mask, and his now-iconic mittens, he took social media by storm.

“I think it may have been a little inappropriate for the inauguration but it wasn’t too irrational,” sophomore, Elena Rojas said. “[…] People may not have considered what he was wearing up to par, and because he’s a politician and well-known man it’s likely to be made a big deal by social media.”

Teens across the country flew to their smartphones to release an abundance of memes depicting Sanders in various scenarios. From basketball courts to snowy cafes, Sanders’ famous pose has seen it all. Well-known TikTok creators like @mikebennettart have jumped on the bandwagon as well, creating a handmade wooden cut-out of Sanders in a video. Even some students like junior Maria Steiling, have joined in the fun by embroidering Sanders into cloth.

“I asked Madison Sapp if she would like me to embroider something for her, and she asked for a copy of the meme,” Steiling said. “It took about three hours to finish the piece […] it uses French knots and satin stitches so it was fairly simple.”

Memes aren’t the only thing coming from the picture. Sanders has started selling sweatshirts depicting the image and sending the money to the Meals on Wheels program in his home state of Vermont. The crew neck sweatshirts are $45 a piece, but are currently sold out due to “overwhelming demand.” According to his campaign website, the sweatshirt will take four to eight weeks to ship.

“I think Bernie selling the sweatshirts for the food charity is really cool of him and is a good way to use something for good,” Smith said.

Whether you’re scrolling through social media or creating your own, there’s a Bernie meme for everyone.

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Meridian’s experience with COVID-19 vaccine Fri, 29 Jan 2021 21:02:04 +0000 Many essential workers, such as healthcare workers and teachers, have decided to get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, including Meridian High School resource teacher Lee Hicks.

“I got my vaccine Wednesday, January 27, in Vandalia,” Hicks said. “It was really important to me to feel safer, for you guys and for my own children and for my parents.”

Currently, in Illinois, there are 1.12 million COVID-19 cases and 21,074 deaths (Google News).

“I just wanted to be as safe as possible,” Hicks said.

According to AARP, some possible COVID-19 vaccine side effects are injection site pain, fatigue or tiredness, headache, muscle pain, fever, chills, and joint pain.

“The actual shot? I barely even felt it go in,” Hicks said. “It was literally nothing.”

Hicks is now one of the many Meridian teachers vaccinated, along with English teacher Christy Wherley.

“The actual shot didn’t hurt at all, but by the end of the day and yesterday, and some even today my arm hurt,” Wherley said.

Wherley also experienced some side effects like headache, sore throat, and fever.

“I have an older mom and I want to be able to see her and hug her and spend time with her again,” Wherley said. “[…] I’m also ready for school to be back to normal.”

Some Meridian students, who cannot yet get vaccinated against COVID-19, had a lot to say about their teachers getting the vaccine.

“Personally I feel like the vaccine should be mandatory. I’ve done tons of research on vaccinations,” senior, Arwen Baker said. “Teachers getting the vaccination would be a positive step towards things going back to normal, and I definitely think they should be prioritized because of all the work they have put in and all the dangers to their health they experience while doing their job. ”

Other students had similar opinions.

“I think it’s good that the teachers are able to get the vaccine early because they’ve already had to do so much extra for us this year, ” junior, Madison Sapp said. “They don’t have to, but it definitely should be an option for them and I’m glad it is.”




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Virtual FFA Competitions: Anything is better than nothing Tue, 26 Jan 2021 18:54:22 +0000 Ten months deep into quarantine, sports are just now being allowed. Unlike others, there is one club that has been able to do most of its activities. While their May competitions may be virtual, FFA is making the best of a poor situation.

“Fortunately, we’ve still been able to have our monthly chapter meetings in person which is a plus,” junior, President Cole Rappé said.

At the monthly meetings, the group has done everything including: free games, movie night, making tie blankets, and board games. To be allowed to meet in person, they had to follow health guidelines with hand sanitizer and masks.

“Virtual format does not provide always the best or regular experience, but we are glad that we are able to compete or participate in some way,” advisor Jerry Brockett said.

FFA has had many competitions this year, but due to COVID-19, they are having to do them over Zoom meetings or send videos to the judges.

“We had to do many of our events virtually on Zoom calls,” sophomore, Reporter Kaylin Moreland said. “For example, we had Leadership Training, and they separated us into breakout rooms and we switched between them.”

In a normal year, students would be able to go in person to different places to do these competitions. That allowed for members to meet new people and make connections with FFA members from different chapters.

“I have participated in the agronomy competition in which our team places very well,”

senior, Treasurer Austin Clark said. “I will also be participating in FFA week which is coming up at the end of February which I am very excited about.”

Members have had the opportunity to compete in Greenhand Quiz Bowl, agronomy, and job interview contests and will compete in Public Speaking soon. This semester they will participate in poultry judging, food science, and record book interviews, with more events as they get planned.

“I have competed in Greenhand Quiz Bowl, I am currently competing in the Creed Speaking contest, and plan to do the food science contest coming up,” freshman, member, Emma Pistorius said.

This isn’t an ideal situation for anyone, but FFA members are making the best they can of a difficult time.

“Anything is better than nothing,” Rappé said.

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Dear Merrie D Anne, how do I get my parents to let me go back to school? Mon, 25 Jan 2021 19:00:01 +0000 Dear Merrie D Anne,

I want to know how I can convince my parents to let me go back to school in-person. I miss my friends and I feel like I don’t learn as well at home. Please help!


Quarantined Teen


Dear Quarantined Teen,

I want to start off by saying that your feelings are valid but also to remember that your parents are only trying to keep you safe. To them, they are doing the right thing.

Ask them to set aside some time to talk to you about something serious. You could bring it up at dinner or in the car. Assure them that you know the severity of coronavirus, and thank them for wanting to keep you safe. Then explain to them the measures the school is taking to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Remind them that you would wear your mask all day.

Explain how you feel to them, how not being able to see anyone has impacted your mental health, and the benefits learning in person would have on your education. Maybe try to compare your high school experience to theirs: hallway chats, football games, lunchtime laughter, group projects, human contact, and study sessions.

Remember to not get an attitude with your parents about this, that seriously decreases your chances of being able to go back to school. If you want treated like an adult, remember to act like one. Stay calm and mature when discussing your possible transition to in-person learning. This is very important to achieving your goal. Let them know you’ve put a lot of thought into this decision and you’re serious about it.

Remember, nothing is wrong with online learning just like nothing is wrong with in-person learning if the right precautions are taken. It’s all about preference. Wear your mask and stay safe!


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Students’ thoughts on return to blended learning plan Fri, 22 Jan 2021 20:33:20 +0000 On January 19, Meridian will return to its initial blended learning plan where students are given the opportunity to choose which route they wish to take whether that be remote or in-person.

Kimberly Love, a junior, chose the remote option for the first semester but plans to return to finish out the second semester in-person. Love is worried about potential school shut-downs and getting quarantined due to a large number of people at school. However, Love remains very excited to see her classmates and peers.

“I’ll miss how I had my own schedule and how well it worked for me to make my own decisions,” Love said.

Asia Rosenberger, a freshman, chose the remote option for the first semester and plans to stick with it throughout the remainder of the school year. Rosenberger has preferred online learning since before she ever moved to Meridian. While she misses the fun she had in school, Rosenberger ultimately enjoys her remote learning path more.

“My favorite part of being remote is that I can be productive and be on my own schedule and not feel cramped in my homework time,” Rosenberger said.

Teagan Egbert, a freshman, has been in-person all year besides the portion when the entire school went fully remote. Even though Egbert chose the in-person option, he actually prefers remote learning.

“I will miss getting off of school early, having more time for homework, and the extended lunch break,” Egbert said.

Jonah Brue, a junior, started his school year remote but quickly found that it simply did not work for him. Brue switched to in-person halfway through the first semester and thoroughly enjoyed his time in school before the fully remote period.

“I prefer in-person learning for the fact that I can talk to my friends and peers, along with just learning and understanding more,” Brue said. “My grades suffer when I do online learning and it’s just better for me to attend class.”

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How Europeans reacted to American capitol assault Fri, 22 Jan 2021 20:22:06 +0000 The United States Capitol attack on January 6 was a horrific event that shocked many Americans. This news spread all over the world and Europe was no exception. This reconsiders the future of the Republic of the United States.

“When I first heard about it I really couldn’t believe that people would go this far and that any human being with a working mind could think this genuinely was O.K.,” Sophie Fiebig, a former foreign exchange student from Germany said.

“My first reaction when I saw Trump’s supporters who assaulted the Capitol going inside was: “Oh my God, what’s happening to the United States, a land of liberty, the world’s most dominant economic and military power,” French woman Marine Muller said. “After that, I thought to myself that America has become a banana republic, as the worst countries ruled by dictators.”

To most European countries that have a similar government as the United States, the American system seems corrupt to them.

“Compared to many other countries, America has a political system that is overdue for a revamping. The two parties system giving few opinions to chose from, and the electoral college invalidating many voters’ voices. But the fact that, in addition to all, people have now started violently rioting and looting because their preferred presidential candidate lost the election, makes me think about the longevity of the American Democracy,” Fiebig said.

This event spikes European doubt about the American democracy’s future and safety.

“I do believe that these events might backfire on America soon since it doesn’t paint the country and its politic in a good light. From what I can tell, many Europeans, as well as people worldwide, have lost any kind of respect they felt towards America before this,” Fiebig said. “And even though this has been gradually happening for a few decades but over the last four years especially, this seems irreversible and will most likely taint the picture people have of America forever. Where people a few decades ago saw the ‘American Dream’ all there is just shambles of democracy and the image of a group of right-wing, racist radicals who blindly follow their leader.”

We’re shocked to see unrespectful people ruining such an emblematic building like the Capitol. They were literally sullying the symbol of democracy. It was complete anarchy!”

— Muller

This attack proved, to some, that the government of the United States is living in a political crisis, like France a few years ago.

“It’s similar to the ‘Gilets Jaunes’ (the yellow jackets crisis of 2018 in France) and the multiple attacks on French symbols, like the Arc de Triomphe but they were only coups. What shocks us the most is that the Republic is touched by its own American citizens,” Muller said. “Throughout its history, America has to remember its weaknesses: The Civil War, the Pearl Harbor battle, and the Twin Towers attack. These events all show how vulnerable the United States can be. The Capitol assault proves that the United States isn’t unreachable and some people have to realize it.”

Some elements have shocked Europeans more than others, especially ones who show a lack of respect and wisdom.

“As a German, what disgusted me most of all, was one picture that surfaced during the riots. It was a guy with a shirt that said ‘Camp Auschwitz.’ To see that it made me think that calling these people ‘conservatives’ is unfair because they are much more and much worse than that,” Fiebig said.

Europe demonstrates all its support to the Republic of the United States and the new President elected. Europe hopes that the situation will get better with time, thanks to the House’s decision to impeach Donald Trump.

“This event weakens Trump’s government who is held responsible for liting the flame of this mass hysteria that led to the Capitol assault,” Muller said.

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Commotion at the Capitol: Trump’s second impeachment Fri, 22 Jan 2021 20:00:53 +0000 On January 13, 2021, President Donald Trump will be impeached for the second time. Which will make him the first political leader to be impeached twice by the House of Representatives.

While the first impeachment lacked evidence to convict him, the second has a lot of evidence that points to the insurrection that could be directly traced back to the president.

Although Trump was recently banned on Twitter, his tweets are what some Congress members consider to be the “catalyst” for the capital riot. Congress found probable cause to bring an investigation against him because of his tweets that could have encouraged the riots. Dozens of supporters and police officers were injured, and five were killed.

One of Trump’s tweets says, “Peter Navarro releases 36- page report alleging election fraud ‘more than sufficient’ to swing victory to Trump A great report by Peter. Statistically impossible to have lost the 2020 Election. Big protest in D.C. on January 6th. Be there, will be wild!”

In an attempt to overturn and protest the election, Trump supporters showed up at the Capitol building on January 6. Millions of astonished Americans watched how “wild” it had gotten over social media and news media.

While Trump supporters infiltrated the capitol, some senators and other figures were escorted to safety. The others who did not make it out of the Reading Room barricaded the doors in hopes to keep out the uninvited guests.

During the commotion at the capitol, Trump came out with a tweet that said, “These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & victoriously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly & unfairly treated for so long. Go home with love & peace. Remember this day forever!”

Once police regained control of the capitol, Congress members elected future president Joe Biden and set in motion Trump’s impeachment.

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