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November 2019

  • The Scroll is Going Digital

    By: Anna Lute (Editor of The Scroll)

    November 1st, 2019

    Greetings fellow students, teachers, pets, second cousins twice removed, unicorns, and all those who don’t fit into those categories.

    Welcome to our new Scroll! We decided to save a couple of trees and go digital this year, a change that is very exciting and has taken some reconfiguration. We want to preserve the originality and voice of our reporters while still striving to provide the reader with the very best content. Hopefully, this online access to our newspaper will make that a little easier. This year is like a guinea pig year for The Scroll.  We are going to be constantly adding different ideas, putting in unorthodox pictures and writing styles, and, hopefully, possibly, changing the font once or twice. With this new technological angle we can also add videos and images that weren’t available to us before. We’re donning lab coats and grabbing pencils and experimenting with this whole “newspaper” idea, so thank you in advance for your support! We ask that you give us your patience and understanding as we venture into the realm of newspaper-making. It’s a crazy adventure, but one that we are all super excited about! If any of you unicorns out there have any fantastic ideas, contact us! We would love feedback and opinions (they only make this whole shebang more constructive).  You can visit our advisor, the beautiful Mrs. Tyrrell, in room 235, or email us at! Everyone else, too bad, should’ve been a unicorn. (I'm just kidding, but the unicorns’ opinions may be taken more seriously.) 

    This first issue has a few fantastic articles from some of our best writers, whose work you’ll be seeing all year, but if any of you (everyone this time, promise) want to submit articles or comics or drawings or turtle memes, we’ll take them with open arms. This is supposed to be our Scroll, and by “our,” we mean “everyone,” ergo all are welcome. We hope to see you at our meetings! Until then, enjoy the November Scroll

GPHS Photo of the Month

Photo credit: Ella Hayes
  • Photo Credit: Ella Hayes--  Student enjoys shooting hoops at the new Caveman Court

  • The Magic of Music

    By: Liv Akers

    November 1, 2019

    Take a good, hard look around; It’s not difficult to see that music is everywhere in this day and age. The advertisement on Instagram for an album that was dropped yesterday. The person sitting in math class with earbuds in, just loud enough for you to hear the bassline. The poster in the hallway on the way to third period for a marching band competition. The world is bursting at the seams with all the music it holds, and that is a truly amazing thing. Whether you see the effect it has on us or not, music is incredibly beneficial for the human body and mind, and listening to or playing music is one of the healthiest things one can do.

    From the instant the sound reaches your ears, it’s already starting to affect you by boosting your mood. An article by Ashford University states, “One of the first things that happens when music enters our brains is the triggering of pleasure centers that release dopamine, a neurotransmitter that makes you feel happy.” The article also says that, no matter the genre, as long as the music aligns with the individual’s musical preferences, all music can have this effect. This is possibly the best thing about music. It is easy to zone out with a pair of earbuds in. It does not just make people temporarily happy, though. For some, music is the thing keeping them happy twenty-four-seven. Violinist Ji-Hae Park said this in her 2013 TED Talk: “When I was just about to give everything up after years of suffering, I started to rediscover the true power of music… The comfort the music gave me was just indescribable, and it was a real eye-opening experience, too, and it totally changed my perspective on life.” She now uses her music to share her story of how music saved her from her severe depression, and teaches those who don’t know much about classical music that it is completely possible to “rock out” on a violin.

    Listening to music has mental and physical health benefits, including (but not limited to) reducing anxiety. Elizabeth Landau of CNN reported an experiment testing the best method of reducing anxiety in patients about to undergo surgery, and the patients that chose music to listen to were calmer and had lower cortisol levels than the patients who took anti-anxiety drugs. The expert who conducted the research, Daniel Levitin, says, “The promise here is that music is arguably less expensive than drugs, and it’s easier on the body and it doesn’t have side effects.” The article also discussed how music has the power to bring people together. Levitin says, “It's not our natural tendency to thrust ourselves into a crowd of 20,000 people, but for a Muse concert or a Radiohead concert we'll do it. There's this unifying force that comes from the music, and we don't get that from other things."

    There are a lot of little-known effects that music has as well, that not everyone might realise. Barry Goldstein, a recording artist who has studied the vibrational effects of music for over 25 years, says that music can not only affect one’s mood, but also memory, attentiveness, and learning ability. On memory, he quoted a scientist from the University of California about a study from 2009, which found that there is a part of the brain that “associates music and memories when we experience emotionally salient episodic memories that are triggered by familiar songs from our personal past.” Goldstein discussed how this could help someone with Alzheimer’s reconnect and rediscover parts of their life they had forgotten. 

    The final point Goldstein made was by referencing a study by a team at Stanford University School of Medicine. “This led the researchers to theorize that listening to music can help the brain to anticipate events and hold greater attention, just as the listeners demonstrated when they seemed to pay closest attention during the anticipatory silences between musical movements,” Goldstein wrote. Simply put, he’s saying that strategically placed moments of silence in music can train our brain to pay greater attention to theoretical moments of silence in our own lives.

    Music holds a lot of people’s worlds together. Nothing else can bring people together the way it does; it is a truly unique force in our universe. We all need a little music in our lives, whether it is through listening to someone else or making it ourselves. The only question remaining is this: Do you have enough music in your life?

  • VSCO Takeover

    By: Ashley Silva 

    November 1, 2019

    Watch out for Hydro Flasks, shell necklaces, oversized t shirts, and birkenstocks. These could be signs that there is a VSCO girl near by. These girls are taking over Grants Pass High SkskskSchool, one scrunchie at a time. 

    This hype of becoming VSCO or following the VSCO aesthetic all started in the summer of 2019 when the term VSCO girl was used to describe a girl who wears scrunchies and Birkenstock sandals, drinking out of Hydro Flask with metal straws, saying sksksk, and I oop, save the turtles, and generally seeking attention online. This spread as a slang insult on social media videos on YouTube, TikTok, and other platforms. Since launching in 2011, the app VSCO has allowed users to edit photos and videos with filters and other tools, which are then shared on the app itself or on other social media, such as Instagram, by most of the same type of girls and some guys.

    As the year progresses, we keep seeing more and more of these so-called VSCO girls and guys. Most of these kids only dress the part, but do not actually consider themselves VSCO. Why do they not admit it? Most of these people do not care about turtles just find them cute and use the straws as a fashion statement. We quote “sksksks, and I oop” by all VSCO girls ever. Maddi Zechello, Freshman at Grants Pass High School said, “I don’t think I'd consider myself VSCO, but most girls don’t admit they are VSCO because they don’t want to be made fun of,'' which is pretty reasonable. Shay Savoie, a Junior at GPHS also mentioned, in some ways, we are all VSCO girls. She says,  “ I wear big t-shirts because of my insecurities.” Student Anthony Tenace added that people try to be VSCO because “People want to be popular, and I-oop”.

    VSCO, currently one of the most popular trends on the media, is becoming a lifestyle influenced by Tik Tok labels. This is taking over Grants Pass High School. Vsco will always be a questionable trend, but remember: these people are just trying to stand out and be cool. Remember, “Save the turtles, and I oop, sksksksk.”


    A Dutch Bros Stand For Grants Pass High School

    By: Anthony Tenace Jr

    November 1, 2019

    Tenace Times is a column in the school’s Scroll that talks about the funny and random things Anthony Tenace Jr said in class. It brings special attention to crazy, hypthetical ideas that would change the school in many ways. 

    Grants Pass High School needs a Dutch Bros stand for better grades. In 2020, the Grants Pass High School needs to add a Dutch Bros stand for kids with a high GPA and teachers. A Dutch in school would give kids energy without being late for class! Kids would have a reason to get better grades and would go to class more. The Dutch stand could also donate some of the money to help the school.

    The Dutch Bros stand would help students get better grades because, to order at the GPHS stand, they would need to have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. This would give students at Grants Pass High School a reward for trying to get good grades. Grants Pass High would be better with a Dutch stand.

    Shay Savoie, in the Junior class at GPHS, said that “Grants Pass High School is a good school,” but she also stated that “Grants Pass HIgh School needs something to motivate the kids.” A motivator for this school could be something that kids want, like a Dutch Bros stand. ” Zoe Thompson, in the Freshman class, said that “This school doesn't have a reward for students who try.” If Grants Pass High School put in a Dutch Bros, then people would have more energy throughout the day. This would cause people to feel more rewarded and happy throughout the day.

    The stand could only be open on Fridays-- to serve as a reward.  Ilona Perez, a Freshman at GPHS, said that “A Dutch Bros stand would give kids more energy, but should only be open on certain days of the week.” This would be a valuable reward for the student. The students and would give them something to look forward to at the end of the week. 

    With incentives, Grants Pass High School could be so much better! If school administrators were to put a Dutch Bros stand in the school, it would increase happiness in our school. When the school is happy, kids are happy which makes teachers happy. All and all, a Dutch Bros stand would make Grants Pass High School a better place.

  •    Mental Health Days

    By: Sadie Allison

    November 1, 2019

    Grants Pass High School students get to skip school? A law was passed in Oregon to give students mental health days. Mental health days are meant to give students a break if they need it, because so many students deal with depression and problems outside of school, making it extremely difficult for a student to come to school and try to learn. This law in Oregon was passed July 1st, 2019.

    The law on mental health days was passed by some senior students in northern Oregon. They noticed that they had friends that really should not have been at school because of their mental health. The Oregon government knew this was true. The suicide rate is going up significantly in Oregon. It is the second leading cause of death in Oregon. Psychologists have also stated that it is almost impossible for students’ brains to comprehend and learn information in school if students are anxious or nervous about something. 

    Maddi Zechello, a freshman at Grants Pass High School, said, “I agree with this law. I feel like it’s helpful for kids if they need it to regenerate themselves if they need it.” Many students agree with Zechello’s opinion. Ilona Perez, also a freshman at Grants Pass High School said, “ I like the idea of mental health days.” Julie Myers, a senior at Grants Pass High School said, “ I will be using mental health days.” Most students are not sure yet if they are going to use mental health days, but a lot of them think that they are important to have.

    Some parents have different views than students, though. Two parents of students at Grants Pass High School, Sean Allison and Scott Wakefield, both said that too many kids would take advantage of it. Mr. Wakefield said,”Society is too giving these days.” My dad said, “When I went to school, we didn’t have mental health days, and we were fine.” Most parents and teachers said they could see how it could be beneficial, but overall they felt that it would just be taken advantage of and that it is just not necessary. 

    The Mental Health Day law passed in Oregon has a lot of controversy. Some people think it is helpful and necessary. Some people think it will be very taken advantage of and not unnecessary. We’ll see how it works out this year.

  • Paper VS Screens in the Classroom

    By: Ella Hayes

    November 1st, 2019

    In classrooms all across the United States, new technology such as computers, Chromebooks, and tablets have been replacing the traditional uses of paper and textbooks for classroom assignments and homework. Internet access in a school setting allows for more information on a variety of topics, greatly benefiting the working student. Compared to a typical school library, the internet holds thousands of additional pages, containing loads of information. Textbooks have even been transferred online in the form of e-textbooks that students can carry everywhere on their cell phones. However, the internet can be found as much less reliable than a typical textbook, as the information online can be easily edited and altered by unreliable sources.

    This change can be found as more cost-effective than maintaining paper products in a school. Online books and programs are found to be much cheaper than any physical lessons. For example, Google Classroom, a Google-run online classroom platform, allows teachers to assign tasks and projects to a classroom of students completely virtually. Google Classroom is a completely free program, and over 70 million classrooms are using it across the United States. However, the cost of a classroom Chromebook can be hundreds of dollars each. Multiply this by the number of students in a school, plus repair and updates, may rival the cost of textbooks and physical lessons.

    Even Grants Pass High School, a public high school in the relatively small town of Grants Pass, Oregon, has been making this change from paper products to Chromebooks in many of their classrooms. Students at GPHS have varying opinions on this transition. Zane Hancock, a sophomore at GPHS, usually likes classwork online, because there are more sources for information. Hancock uses internet access on a weekly basis in all of his classes.  Madeleine Powell, another sophomore, believes that textbooks are more reliable because textbooks have less of a chance of being incorrect. They both agree that internet use is more environmentally friendly than paper, which could eventually lead to a healthier planet.

    Over the last 20 years, school internet use has dramatically increased across the United States. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in 1994, only 35 percent of public schools had internet access in their classes. However, by 2001, 99 percent of public schools had internet access. This is a substantial jump of 64 percent in only seven years. Then, by 2015, 65 percent of students who use the internet just used the internet at school or for school work.

    At home, however, fewer students have easy access to the internet. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 61 percent of students in the United States have access to the internet at their home. Statistics prove that students of varying races, parent income, and parental education have differing average access to the internet at home. For this reason, many schools (including Grants Pass High School) provide alternative homework options for students that cannot reach the internet outside of school.

    In classrooms nationwide, internet pages and articles are replacing uses of customary books and textbooks used by students in years past. This change, according to some students, increases a student’s horizon of information and ultimately increases their knowledge on subjects that they are interested in. However, students also explain how it increases their chance of finding false information. This transition, as it is more environmentally friendly than traditional uses of paper, can be one of the beginning steps towards a healthier planet.


  • Clean The Ocean’s Trash

      By Quinton Cyra 

     November 1, 2019

    Think of the ways that the oceans around the world help us or how we use them, yet we choose to pollute them with our waste.  Our planet consists mostly of oceans that make up 71% of the planet and their conditions are alarming . As reported by the Sea Turtle Conservancy organization, “100 million tons of trash is floating just on the surface.” l. Many problems arise with trash in the oceans, from toxins in the water affecting ecosystems to animals and natural resources being hurt. 

    Human waste in general causes significant problems in the present day and even for the future of our planet. Research from Environmental Pollution and Health states, “Some common effects include water quality, environmental pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, depletion of natural resources and contribution to climate change.” Animals are put in danger with the dumping of waste into oceans, causing nearly 1 million deaths of marine life in just a year. Solutions to turn this issue around need to be taken seriously if we want to help the planet. As this happens, we will better circumstances. Our planet's oceans are used in ways to help the human race, and all of the resources we use are polluted with our waste.

    Mining for minerals such as salt, sand, gravel, and even fuels has been taken from oceans to be used for materials we need. Humans breathe oxygen. Deborah Byrd, founder of the science organization Earthsky, points out that “Scientists believe that phytoplankton contribute between 50 to 85 percent of the oxygen in Earth’s atmosphere.”  Roughly 22% of dredged material is dumped into some parts of the ocean, and these places will have surface floating trash for miles on end. 

    Ocean ecosystems are affected by the contamination and toxins from trash. In turn, this harms all life surrounded by coral reefs. The MarineBio Conservation Society states that waste has been dumped into oceans for many years. For instance, during the 1970s, doing so was actually legal and 17 million tons of industrial waste was dumped from big wig industries. Though this was normal in the past, there are now rules and groups of individuals who are helping the issue be resolved.

    Ocean CleanUp crews have developed ways to collect the trash that is simpler and cost efficient.  The organization states that “The system consists of a long floater that sits at the surface of the water and skirt that hangs beneath it. The floater provides buoyancy to the entire system, while the skirt prevents debris from escaping underneath.” Recycling teams use this trash to make products that can be used by people instead of being thrown away. Even the simpler items, such as bottle caps or plastic bottles can be turned into the products we buy in stores, like backpacks, sleeping bags, to car  batteries.

    Students at Grants Pass High School have many great ideas to solve these issues, which may one day be put into effect. One student of GPHS, a junior named Max, said, “I think it's bad because all the animals are dying, and we should just throw [the trash] into a giant hole then burn the waste.” This idea consists of a few great ideas, although this could harm the atmosphere, creating what is called the Greenhouse effect, which causes the atmosphere to trap radiation and makes the earth grow hotter every year. Common thoughts of how to change this issue are not usually ones that can withstand the depth of the problem. Andrew Rodriguez, a Senior at GPHS, offered another solution to fix the trash problem: “Use the trash from the ocean  somehow as a source of energy or something we can use for our benefit.” Voices of people that stand with the no waste in our oceans being heard is important because everyone has ideas that help.  

    The majority of students at GPHS want to fix the problem, but a few do not care enough or have strong feelings about the issue. “The issue isn't going to stop, because it's convenient for us and not causing problems as of right now,” said GPHS Junior Ryan Jackson. Recycling systems have been placed all over the world, and people will see them everywhere they go-- from schools to restaurants, and some offices. Placing these recycling bins in areas that people are always visiting will improve the amounts of plastic not going into the oceans. Recycled items are capable of being reused or turned into steel cans (for soda), plastic laundry detergent bottles, newspapers andPaper towels. 

    Understanding the drawbacks of trash being dumped into our oceans is helpful. Also, knowing the reasons why we destroy oceans’ ecosystems in order to make our lives easier needs to be brought to light. The human race has been pushing the boundaries for too long. We need to focus on preserving the oceans and recycling more.