Skills Day

On Tuesday, March 13, the talents of about 400 students from multiple schools were assessed during the forty-third annual High School South Coast Skills Day hosted by Coquille High School.

Students from across the south coast were sent to represent their school to compete in an array of categories including: manufacturing, mathematics, arts, music, drama and humanities.

Sophomore Andrew Sheerin was one of the 55 Marshfield students that went to this competition. He was the only Marshfield representative in his event, the Geography Bee, and placed second for the high school division.

“The geography bee is a series of tests and activities that are meant to assess your knowledge involving world geography and other pieces of information,” Sheerin said. “There are two divisions, novice and high school. In the high school division, a person must fill out a map of different continents and they must as well answer questions regarding history and etc.”

According to Sheerin, leading up to the event, he was anxious about how it would turn out. While he was waiting for people to arrive to where the event was held, he learned that there were many other strong competitors in his presence.

“My nerves were in shock but then I felt better once it all started,” Sheerin said.

For Sheerin, this Skills Day wasn’t his first. Sheerin has past experience in the same event in the junior high division. While in the junior high division, he placed second, and now being in the high school division he hopes to see many more victorious moments like this.

“I will definitely come back and compete next year,” Sheerin said.

However, for some it is their first time at the competition. According to freshman Taylor Waddington, this was her first time doing Skills Day.

“I think I did pretty good,” Waddington said.

Waddington competed in the shop skills category and received third place in the novice division. Specifically, her event was gas arc welding, where the competitors were given a piece of metal and tasked to weld it in a specific way.

“It was my favorite type of welding that we learned in class,” Waddington said.

According to Waddington, she may find herself at Skills Day once more.

“If I can I will come back again and I’d either do the same thing or try some other form of welding,” Waddington said.

Welding and the geography bee are not the only things Marshfield did well in. An abundance of the prizes won had also come from events like mathematics, and other means of manufacturing and welding. Even though Marshfield didn’t win in every event offered, the presence was strong.

College Visits

College visits are a common way to introduce students to life after high school. This can be a valuable experience to those nearing graduation.

High schools are helping students out by giving them an opportunity to visit colleges. Talent Search advisor Howard Kubli helps students with lower income families in planning for college.

“The purpose is to familiarize high school students for what the campus is like because it’s so much different than high school and gives students a chance to experience college,” Kubli said.

According to Kubli, the transition from high school to college can be difficult because it is a big step into adulthood. Students have to be more independent and it can become overwhelming, especially for students from a small community or small high school.

“When on a major college campus and shoulder to shoulder with kids, they were completely overwhelmed,” Kubli said.

Being more independent can have many complications that students in college will have to handle. According to Kubli, it’s a good way to learn what happens in real life.

“There will be hangups, lumps to the system, there will be paperwork lost,” Kubli said.

College visits can help the student in many ways, but they have a choice of whether to visit by themselves or as a group. Senior Rylee Bauer said it would be easier to go with a group.

“I guess it would be easier to go with Talent Search because it costs money to drive up there with gas and time,” Bauer said.

Bauer has attended college visits planned by Talent Search and plans to go into the military after high school. She said college visits will help her experience what college feels like.

“College visits show you what college is about and what you can experience there,” Bauer said. “It makes you more aware when you go.”

There are some disadvantages to visiting a college with a group. Bauer said it’s kind of a set guideline.

“For going with a group, you don’t get to really look around all by yourself and see what you want to experience,” Bauer said.

Bauer said that with an individual, however, it could also be detrimental in how much information is given.

“Sometimes they get a lot better personal attention and sometimes they don’t,” Kubli said. “Sometimes they give them some general information and they sort of brush them off.”

As an individual, visiting college takes a lot of planning. According to Kubli, going both routes would be best.

“It depends on timing and it’s difficult to pick a time for the parents to be there,” Kubli said. “It would be optimal to go with a parent and go with a group.”

Climate Change

Climate change, also known as global warming, is described as a change in climate patterns caused by excess atmospheric carbon dioxide. How humans factor into this has grown into a large debate over the past decades.

On April 17, Marshfield students attended a lecture on this topic. It was presented by former Oregon Secretary of State Bill Bradbury. He addressed what climate change is, what is happening and how to stop it.

“The most basic understanding of climate change is that the atmosphere around the earth is being thickened continuously by the amount of carbon dioxide that we, as a modernized society, not just the United States, but all over the world, are putting into the atmosphere,” Bradbury said.

Bradbury said this isn’t happening in a small, natural way. Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere are rising exponentially.

“We put 110 million tons of carbon into the atmosphere every 24 hours,” Bradbury said.

In his presentation, Bradbury discussed different ways that climate change and global warming affect our world. According to Bradbury, it is causing major problems that involve weather.

“There are a whole series of things that have happened as a result of the increase in temperature,” Bradbury said. “One of the most significant is the increase in warmth evaporates more water into the atmosphere and that leads to massive rain storms, hurricanes, huge amounts of water.”

According to Bradbury, the increase in water build up in rain clouds is causing the amount of extreme weather events to grow.

“The number of extreme weather events around the globe has tripled since 1980. It’s all because of this fundamental change in the Earth’s atmosphere, which is trapping more heat and causing all kinds of problems, whether it be exceptional rain or exceptional drought,” Bradbury said.

According to Bradbury, there are many ways to fix this problem. With alternative and renewable energy sources, a real difference can be made.

“We have to stop burning fossil fuels and start getting our energy from the sun and the wind,” Bradbury said. “It’s a combination of a whole series of actions that each of us as individuals can take, along with critically important societal actions.”

Bradbury said the change must be made by the next generation because they are the ones who will have to deal with the effects of climate change the most.

“The reality is the generation that is currently in high school are the people that are going to have to really make this change, to keep this place such a wonderful place to live,” Bradbury said.

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