Top 5 Poetry Books

Amberly DuMond

I love to read, and recently poetry has been a big part of the genre I am reading. I got my subscription to Kindle Unlimited, so I have been opened to a lot of free poetry books. I decided to share my favorites!

The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur

The book really opens up to serious modern day issues in a much happier sense. It’s not as dark as her first book. “Milk and Honey.” The thing that makes it most unique is her perspective of immigration.

The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace 

Amanda does a great job at capturing the ideas of loss in time of a loved ones death.. How it feels, but also the healing process.

Rest in the Mourning by r.h sin

This book revolves a lot around relationships. Although there is a lot of dramatics in it. He leaves the book open ended to interpret what you want about the poetry.

Whiskey Words, and a Shovel by r.h Sin

R.h Sin does a great job at focusing on poetry that both genders can relate too, so he tries his best to go back and forth on different topics relating to people of diversity.

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

This is a well known book, as it is actually a best seller. I’ve read it more than once. It relates to darker subjects, so It may not be a book for you if depression is a triggering topic; however, the purpose of the book was to show what she healed from as an adult.

It’s interesting that all of these books are all published within the same company because they are all very similar (including their covers.) They all have their own individuality so props to Andrew McMeel Publishing for taking notice in these poets’ writing talents!

Being a Lifeguard

By Amberly DuMond

If I had to describe lifeguarding, I’d go with WALK, and a 30:2 ratio. Although there is a lot of sitting, standing, and walking, it has a lot more that goes into it than just people watching. I thought it would be interesting to see more into what it takes!

This was my first day as an official guard after training that was almost a year ago.

The biggest part of GETTING this job is a long training course. This could take three days or a whole week. It includes a pre-test, several written, actual classroom time, and a in water course.

These aren’t hard if you have patience. ( a MUST for guarding.) and some level of experience with swim strokes such as Freestyle, back, side and breast stroke. The hardest part, is the most tedious, which is the classroom time. This consists of a lot of videos, and hands on experiences prior to the final test.

Once you learn all the basic life support skills; CPR, AED, and Oxygen, you will take a basic lifeguarding test, which is typically  a test for the facility you are guarding for and their personal requirements of their pool. You will be put on deck where most times a more experienced lifeguard will show you the ropes. Sometimes, this includes areas that are off limits, what toys are used for classes or aren’t open to all swimmers due to their own specific use. Sometimes there are basic opening and closing routines you will need to learn as well. ( An example would be chemical checking.)

While maintaining this job, it’s important to stay in shape. You do a lot of movement, and need to work quick when having a victim. I personally highly recommended spending time in the pool or finding a source of cardio to help you with this. Although, In-services help lifeguards maintain and retain a physically level of activity as well as the knowledge presented in the requirements. Most in services start with swimming a 300 (12 laps) and treading water, followed by a meeting of what needs improved or payed more attention to in the pool. The rest of the time given is always used to practice your rescues and Basic Life Support. Although you always want to prevent swimmers from needed either skill, it’s always important to stay up to date on what your plan is in case of an emergency.

Although this guard team is small, we love what we do.

Your guard tea becomes your family. Most times they always have your back whether it’s to cover a shift or the most crucial.. bathroom breaks! You learn a lot about them, as well as from them. When it comes to your rescues, there is never a time you can’t improve them or learn a more proficient way of performing them.  It’s important when they are talking or showing their skills, you watch and listen. They put a lot of hours in with you. (Especially inservices and large events.) So eventually, you’ll catch onto laughing at their jokes even if they aren’t funny.

The most rewarding part of the job isn’t the skills you possess or the title of the job. It’s the people you meet, and watch smile on a day to day bases. It’s a workplace that you don’t have to dread going too, because everyday could be different. It’s an extremely rewarding job all on it’s own because you never know whose life will be saved because of you, you have so many to care and watch over.

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Mock Congressional Hearings

By Amberly DuMond

Mr. Holtz is known for being creative and trying to make his classes fu, which makes information really stick for the students.

Mr. Holtz rehearsing script before the Mock Hearing.

For a project, he decided to get his AP Gov classes involved in reading articles and watching videos of a congressional hearing from 9/11 to understand how they work behind the scenes but also where the questions might come from.

Most students were nervous about this as it DID sound like an intimidating project. However, according to Kelli Brennand, the project was super informative.

“I was surprised about how interesting it was to be apart of,” Kelli said. “I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed it as much if I was writing a paper.”

Kelli was an FBI agent. In her classes hearings she was able to answer questions to why the 9/11 attack happened and how to be prepared.

Allison Nicoletti giving the opening speech as chairman.

Mr. Holtz has said sometimes they get a little heated; however, it’s also good critical thinking and gives students their own perspective and freedom to really explore and learn about the government.

More prep before the hearing!

Sammi Dowd said, “I would do something like this again, it was a lot of fun.”

Many students agreed with this statement and others who were off the stage in the crowd seemed to be excited to see Mr. Holtz do this in future classes. Some even asked questions about when they could also take his AP Government class!

The classes coming in to watch R2’s Mock Congressional Hearing.

Brain Breaks

By Amberly DuMond

Sometimes, we feel overwhelmed because so much is going on in our lives. It’s hard to slow down and breathe. My freshman year of high school, I learned it is super important to take those moments and find things that give me a “brain break.” Throughout the past couple of years, I have found the things that work best for me, so I’ve put them in a mini list.

Use Planners or Agenda Apps


Even if you never look at the app or your planner, it gives you a sense of getting your life together if you write down your week in one of the two. Even if the event has already happened, write it down. Later on, look back at all the things you have accomplished throughout the months. Try using colorful pens, and organization methods. You can find examples all over Pinterest.

Go to the Gym


Being someone who works in the gym scene, sometimes this is easier for me to do than others. The equipment is ALWAYS directly in front of me. However, if a membership is not something available to you, or transportation is a an issue, exchange the gym for somethingmore available to you. The track, stairs, hiking trails. These aren’t just great for you, but they can also help get your family involved.

Do a Seasonal Clean


For every single season that comes around the corner. Organize your cabinets, clean out your wardrobe. Not only will your house be cleaner, but you get to show off your room, house, etc. You can throw a get-together with friends as a reward for the work you’ve put into it. A must for me however is giving my car a good cleaning. (This isn’t just seasonal, this is weekly for me though.) I feel completely scattered if I am sitting in a dirty car.

Use A Journal


Something I have been doing since I was ten, was writing my thoughts down. This is personal therapy for less of the price. I typically write about the negative things, because it clears my mind and gives me a chance to start fresh! Another way to do this though and probably a healthier way is keeping a notebook for the positive thoughts, and the negative. Write according to your mood to even it out. So that you can see the balance, or even the improvement throughout the year (Some people burn them to signify a new year).

Take a Nap


This is the most obvious one, sometimes you just get tired. Nothing fixes it because your body requires sleep. As teenagers, this is something that we are all either WAY to familiar with or haven’t seen in days. Do your homework as soon as you get home, and then fall asleep. This isn’t optional because sleep is a necessity.

Leave a list of things you do to unwind, or if you use any of these regularly like I do. With so much planning, especially for Seniors graduating in May, it’s important to step back and make sure you are enjoying the little things. So take a break, and in 30 minutes pick up where you left off.

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Mustang Recycling Bins

By Amberly DuMond

McDonald County has became apart of the recycling train. There has been bins placed in each classroom used for paper, plastic, and aluminum. Every Friday, the bins are collected, emptied, and sorted to be taken for reuse. I think it’s a great contribution, not only for our environment, but our school.

Adrian Jones and Joe Beavor sorting on pick up day!

Keep in mind the multiple uses for recycling, besides the most obvious one ( there isn’t as much waste in the trash can). It saves money because there isn’t a need for companies to use new materials. It also creates new jobs for people. The matter has to break down, somehow. Recycling companies need people who can work the machinery. There aren’t hardly any cons to contributing to reuse.

That being said, when the materials are being sorted on Fridays, It prolongs the process when the materials aren’t always.. Reuseable. Paper, empty plastic bottles, cardboard, newspaper, empty aluminum cans, and old markers are all appropriate, but do not throw away waste, such as food from breakfast, or vending machines, along with their wrappers, please dump your beverages out before you recycle the aluminum or plastic if they aren’t empty already.

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We want to keep recycling, but we’d also like to try our best to make it as easy as possible for the companies that take our materials. So please make sure you are putting the proper items in the trash if they aren’t acceptable in the bins.

Thank you to all the students who remember to recycle. You are becoming a positive to the world around you!

Also be sure to thank Mrs. Henson for taking the time to introduce the idea of recycling, and taking the step to get our school on board to a healthier, safer environment.

Positive Godly Affirmations

By Amberly DuMond

Bible Verses don’t necessarily have to be about religion; some of them are about being positive, and bringing yourself out of a bad situation. I’ve put some together, that can be used from the KJV bible. Most focused on being there for other people, but also self-positive scripture to take with you through the day. It is hard for me to go through school without any motivation, so that’s what I use books for, but the biggest influen

Old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. – 2 Corinthians 5:17

There is no fear in love; for perfect love casteth out fear. – John 4:18

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love. – 1 Corinthians 16:13-14

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. – John 14:27

Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up. – Proverbs 12:25

Where then is my hope— who can see any hope for me? – Job 17:15

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. – Romans 12:9-10

If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.  – Romans 12:20-21

It’s important to me that I have something to keep in mind when I am in a rough situation, so when I am searching through the bible, it isn’t just to learn about God or Jesus. Usually, it’s about finding something in the bible that I relate to. This is something I highly encourage, regardless what book it is.



September at MCHS

By Amberly DuMond


Welcome back to the new school year. There has been so many changes throughout MCHS already and the Month of September is full of events to make memories and start out right. 

September 3: Labor Day, No School!

September 5: National Honor Society Meeting During Seminar!

September 7: Football Game against East Newton (7PM, Away)

September 8: ACT (NOT AT MCHS)

September 14: Football Game against Hollister (7PM, Away)

September 18: Area 11 FFA Greenhand Conference

September 20: FFA Barnwarming at MCHS (6-9PM.)

September 21: Football Game Against Nevada (7pm, Home)

September 26: See You at The Pole (7:30am)

September: 28: Registration Deadline for October ACT; Teacher In Service NO SCHOOL; Football Game against Cassville High School (7pm, Away)