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Hornets contemplate resolutions for the new year

By Max Conlin

Making New Year’s resolutions is a widespread tradition, but keeping them can be a different matter.

The most popular New Year’s resolutions generally encompass health or money. Locally, some common trends are apparent in the year-end goals people set. The Oak Leaf asked AHS students about their resolutions and found that most of them are focused on doing better in school.

A focus on health is another trend. “ I want to grind and work on abs,” junior James Ensminger said. His goals also focus on “ the bigger picture in personal gain.”

Junior Ethan Karp said he wants to  “become a faster biker and place higher in more races.” Karp admitted his likelihood of keeping his resolutions is low.  “No shot [at keeping them].  I always end up being disappointed in myself and become extremely depressed,” Karp said.

Senior Gian Icartar was more hopeful about his resolution. “ I want to play more tennis,” adding “It is likely I will play more tennis since the [tennis] season starts soon.”

Junior Amanda Le has an aspirational resolution. “I want to try harder  [in school] because I am not satisfied right now.” Le said, adding “I know I can try harder and do better.”

Some resolutions are more focused on growth.  “I want to work on becoming a more mature person since college is coming around the corner,” senior Kylie Wai said.   “Hopefully I will be able to become better because my parents expect a lot from me.”

Among the adults on campus, the resolutions were less self-centered and more about their surroundings. AP Environmental Science teacher Carolyn Griffith said: “I want to lose my temper less with my kids, and do more labs in classes because hands-on is the best.” Griffith noted that “I would be able to lose my temper less if my kids start to act better around the house and yes, I would love to add more labs because it is a great way to teach and learn from.”

AP Calc and Pre-Calc teacher Alan Bare saw his resolutions as a chance to “help students do better in my classes,” adding “I really care about my students learning the material because I think it will help them achieve their goals in life.”

College and career specialist Gwen Meyer sees her resolution as a chance to help underclassmen, noting she would like “to share the wonders of Naviance with the juniors, sophomores and freshmen during the spring.” She points to this college readiness program, she said, “because I think underclassmen have not heard about it and if they did, it would make their experience better and my job easier.”

Principal  Robert Ithurburn said that resolutions are not fit for him when he said “I never have new year’s resolutions because I know I will never do them. It’s hard.”

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