Tully and Treat’s High School Help

What is it like to grow up as a female in today’s society?

Chloe’s Answer:

Being a girl in general is not easy, but being a teenage girl is even harder. It feels like there’s a constant expectation that has to be met: look this way, feel that way.

When I started high school, I was always comparing myself to other girls, and sometimes I still do. If you live your life trying to be like someone else, nothing will ever feel right.

Our high school years are some of the hardest mentally, too.

Obviously gender doesn’t determine whether or not one suffers from depression or anxiety, but it is more common in teenage girls than boys. Some doctors say this is due to girls maturing faster; therefore we are more vulnerable to these feelings.

For me, I think it has a lot to do with the social stresses put on girls. As humans, we want validation and acceptance from those around us, and that can affect our self esteem and confidence in a  major way. For us girls, I think we try really hard to be good enough, pretty enough, and smart enough.

For as long as women can remember, they have been seen as inferior to men. This has caused women to have to prove themselves to anyone that sees them as different. You’re only a teenager for so long, so you can’t waste your time trying to prove yourself to people who probably don’t even care.

I think you have to reach a point where you love yourself for who you are, and you realize that you are good enough, in every way.                                                      


Emily’s Answer:

Growing up as a girl in today’s age is obviously easier than it was for the women that came before us. We don’t have to fight for the right to vote, for equal education, or any “real” barriers keeping us from our male counterparts.

However, this does not mean that growing up as a young girl is a walk through the park. There are a plethora of societal barriers that are holding young girls back from their full potential.

Throughout my entire life, I’ve felt a pressure about having to be a certain way. I have to be smart and level headed, but not smart enough to threaten my femininity. I have to wear clothes that are in style and that are flattering and feminine, but I have to make sure I’m not showing too much of any part of my body.

It took me awhile to actually realize these inconsistencies in the standards for boys and girls. I can thank my parents for that, for always encouraging me to be unapologetically me, and to not necessarily have to fit to these stereotypes.

Just because I was in this environment at home, doesn’t mean that it’s like that everywhere. Some of my earliest memories of this unfamiliar judgement were in a school setting. Being told to act “ladylike” was a very common statement that was pushed upon myself and my friends.

At the time we were embarrassed and ashamed. Were we not ladies anymore because we would rough-house and play pretend outside?

It’s taken me an extended amount of time to realize that women, as a whole, are held to societal standards that are dangerous and detrimental to one’s vision of themselves.

One of my favorite sayings is, “There is no wrong way to be a woman.” I try to remind myself of this consistently and empower myself and other girls to continue to encourage each other to be the best we can be at whatever we want.

No matter the connotation it comes with.

The Definition of Feminism

Feminism, noun – the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes.

Imagine being a person that has to face a field of injustices daily. You wake up every morning and go to a job that doesn’t pay you the same amount as your co-workers…who perform the exact same tasks.

While at work, you are subjected to unsettling and uncomfortable conversations with your co-workers, or those in charge — conversation topics that aren’t appropriate in the workplace.

Suddenly a hand placed on your lower back. And it stays there longer than you want.

Following all of that, you leave work — only to travel far and wide for adequate healthcare. On the way, you are subjected to whistles and catcalls, and are at a statistically higher risk of being physically assaulted.

You finally get to the doctor, only to be greeted by protesters, shaming you for getting treatment. In fact, you have to be escorted by security to ensure your safety.

You get home, only to have to wake up and face something similar in the morning.

For many women, this imagination is their reality. They are expected to be subjected to this actuality, and stay silent about it.

For as long as women can remember, there is a long road of inequality between the sexes. Women did not always have the right to an adequate education, the right to vote, or even access to equal paying jobs. Among these inequities between genders come societal pressures placed upon women that leave them with fewer opportunities, making it harder for women to rise above them.

Now, in 2018, women have a different variety of setbacks than those who came before them. Some will take these differences and proclaim that being a woman in the 21st century is easy – nothing worthy of discussion.

Unfortunately, this is not the case. Struggles that today’s women face are simply different than earlier endeavors. However, this does not mean that the inequalities between men and women were fixed completely.

Societal pressures upon the female population are more prevalent than ever – pressures to look, and act, in a manner that is pleasant to men around them, yet not to speak out against injustices they face in daily lives.

Women still earn an estimated 83-percent of what their male counterparts earn. Women of color earn statistically less than white women, too. This can still be seen today. Despite the Equal Pay Act, a law that demands equal pay without gender discrimination, E! News anchor Catt Sadler was making less than half of what her male co-host made.

Sadler, an Indiana native, grew up in a city very similar to ours. Our mothers, daughters, sisters, and friends face these blatant gender biases even today. Despite laws being passed to prevent them, these biases still run rampant in a woman’s life.

The definition of feminism has changed between the time of suffragettes. Then, female activists fought for the right to vote. Now, women are able to be a candidate for the United States presidency.

Women no longer have to fight for equal rights, but instead for equal opportunities. Today’s feminism is also more inclusive when it comes to race, sexuality, and gender identity.

But for some, the word “feminism” is the only thing noticed in a society full of wrongdoings and inequality. Those who speak down to women, and claim that “it’s what men do” claim that the movement is about the superiority of women, or putting men down. As there are extremists in most ideals – predominantly religion – there, too, are those who take the idea of feminism, and twist it into something of their own.

In today’s social climate, more and more stories of sexual assault and abuse are coming to light, exposing some of the world’s most trusted household names as perpetrators.

As a society, we have created the environment that holds half of the population back from their full potential, and lets the wrongdoers hide behind the notion that women overreact or were asking for it. Why?

As a society, we must right our wrongs and do better to allow everyone in our country the rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

In this issue of the Hyphen, we explore the topics of feminism, and what it’s like to be a woman in today’s society – struggles, inequalities, empowerment – all tales that are connotated with womanhood.

As a staff, we believe in the theory of the political, economic and social equality of the sexes. We hope that by reading this issue, we can encourage you to empower everyone around you – no matter their gender.


Defying the laws of science

story by Emily Tully

“I really enjoyed the pep rally last week, and being a part of that. They were never really my favorite part about school, but now everything is my favorite part.”

With a look of genuine happiness and reflection on his face, Mr. Alan Shrebtienko reflects on the beginning of the year festivities that took place in late July.

To some, pep rallies and enjoying school might seem miniscule and unimportant, but to Shrebtienko, it was the first of many more.

More importantly, it brought back feelings of normalcy.

Mr. Shreb, as his physics students call him, was out of work the entire 2016-17 school year due to a medical condition called necrotizing pancreatitis.

According to the Radiological Society of North America, necrotizing pancreatitis is a “severe form of pancreatitis characterized by necrosis in and around the pancreas.” Essentially, the pancreas is inflamed, and in this case, the tissue can become infected and die off, leading to organ failure.

For Shreb, the treatment was a long and excruciating process, lasting five months total. “I went into the hospital on July 13, and I got out on December 24,” Shreb recalls.

The disease took over his life completely for half of a year, and still affects him in his daily life.

“I can’t drive anymore… it has taken most of my vision, I mainly see silhouettes,” Shreb describes. “It’s going to be hard to get back to where I can recognize the students. I can’t even see them when they raise their hands.”

After being released from the hospital in December, recovery was another long process on this painful road to his “new normal.” Shreb explains that until as early as January 2017, he could not stand up or walk.

“The hardest part was just learning how to walk again,” Shreb said.

However these obstacles aren’t going to stop Shrebtienko from continuing what he loves doing — teaching his students.

“I missed teaching the students physics,” says Shreb. “I think it’s important for everyone to know… if you understand the nature around you, it makes it more enjoyable.”

His absence didn’t just affect him and his students, but also his fellow teachers and friends.

Biology teacher Missi Brewer explained the feelings shared among the science department about his situation.

“We are so happy for him to be back. Like, it was such a loss to Jeff High, to not have him around,” Brewer said, fighting back tears. “And his physics department [was a loss], not to mention him as a person.”

The return to school, and a normalized daily routine, isn’t something Shreb thinks is going to be easy.

“I’ve just got to take it day by day and get used to, what’s going to be, my new normal,” Shreb explained.

An experience so traumatizing and difficult comes with many challenges, but it also came with an important lesson to Shrebtienko. He says, “It’s taught me to appreciate what you’ve got because it can be taken away in a heartbeat.”

Tully and Treat’s High School Help

Chloe’s answer

Q: How do I keep loving the thing that makes me happiest in life, even when everyone else judges me for it?

A: Being different and loving different things is something I’ve always struggled with myself. I think the most important thing is to remember why you’re doing that thing, because it makes you happy.

Not everything you do in life will please others, and that is okay!! Don’t let society’s definitions and labels affect you…ever. You should surround yourself with the people who love you for who you are no matter what.

Your family and real friends should be supportive because they’re the ones that  love you most and should support you through it all. If they don’t support you, then they aren’t worth it, and remember that there isn’t anything wrong with cutting out the toxic people in your life.

Emily’s answer

Q: My group of friends are constantly putting me down and draining me emotionally. I want to find new friends, but I don’t know how to leave the ones I have now.

A: It sounds like your friends aren’t really friends to you at all, that you’re in a toxic friendship- and that’s not good for your mental health.

An important thing to remember is that the most beneficial thing in life is to make yourself happy before anyone else! It sounds like you don’t want to upset your ‘friends’; but if they were good friends, they wouldn’t be putting you down. Why worry about people who don’t show you the same courtesy?

Now, that being said, they may not be being the best of friends now and it probably is time to move on. But that doesn’t mean they weren’t good company, ever. Let them know how thankful you are for the time you spent together, and that you will always respect and be there for them if needed, but the best thing for you right now is to find new friends that don’t drain you emotionally.

It’s important to not leave things unsaid or have any hard feelings. That opens doors to bitterness, nostalgia, and possibly regret, which is a whole other story in itself.

If you are interested in having your question answered, send us an email at 661192@mygccs.com or 804362@mygccs.com! All questions will be printed anonymous and we will give you our most open, honest answers.

A Look Inside JHS’ Young Democrat Club

“Democrat Club, for me, has given me a place where I feel as if I have made a difference in local politics, even though I can’t vote.”

As a member of the Young Democrat Club, junior Hazel Dickey explains what the club has to offer, and what they wish to do within the walls of Jeff High and in our city.

Run by Mr. Mark Felix, the Young Democrat Club is a place for students who are interested in learning more about Democratic politics to get involved, and have political experience in the community.

“Last year, the first year of the club, we basically all got together and were able to discuss our opinions and beliefs with people who also felt the same way,” Dickey said. “This year we want to make more of a difference. We do phone banking every Thursday and we also try to do what we can do get more Democrats into office.”

Treasurer Abby Hornback thinks that the Young Democrat Club is a great opportunity for students to learn more about politics, as well as to go out into the community and educate themselves on the issues today’s politicians are fighting for.

“It seems like kids today are becoming more aware of politics and social issues,” Hornback said. “Having this club at school gives them a chance to get a head start in making a difference, rather than waiting until they’re an adult.”

Hornback encourages anyone who is interested at all in politics to join. They meet every Tuesday in Mrs. Jenna Felix’s room, C103.

HP Chromebook Tips

Story by Kyle Sanders

As the new school year kicks off, Greater Clark County is introducing new HP Chromebooks. Here are a few tips to make these new Chromebooks easier for you:

1.The  Chromebook is full of many keyboard shortcuts. These can easily be found by pressing Ctrl+Alt+?. From checking history to reopening a tab, the keyboard shortcuts makes it easier to do many things on your Chromebook.

  1. Sometimes throughout the school year, students find themselves copy and pasting (without plagiarizing). To paste text without having to fix the fonts, color or text size, simply press Ctrl+Alt+V when pasting to a document or email.

3.If you need to get to a calculator, or need to easily convert units in a quick way, just go to the Chrome App Launcher and type it in.

  1. The touch-pad can be used to swipe between pages without having to click on them. Just use two fingers and swipe in the direction of the page you would like to go to.
  1. Teachers may ask you to take screenshots on your Chromebook. To do this, simply hold Control (Ctrl) and press the window shifting key, which can be found right above the 6 key.