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Food culture in Greenfield

by Schyler Slunaker/Staff Writer

Lilly Frazier, Virginia Caballero, Aubrey Ewing, Lilly Ward, Brie Matney pose by their Iron Chef chicken dish.

According to the website lexicon of food, “Food culture refers to the practices, attitudes, and beliefs as well as the networks and institutions surrounding the production, distribution, and consumption of food.” Food culture can be found in all places around the world, even where you least expect it. Just like here in Greenfield, you may not know it but we have food culture just like New York City or Chicago would have.

“My favorite dish as a child and even now is my mom’s pork chops and corn on the cob. She puts the cream of mushroom on them and bakes them and it’s amazing. Plus I can eat corn on the cob every day of my life so that’s a plus too.” Addie Coil, 11. Knowing where you come from is huge because it helps you figure out who you are, or apart of you is.

“ My family and friends always love lots of bread and cheeses but even more so dessert. Growing up, at every family function, there was always dessert.” Laken Rosing, GCHS English teacher. The foods you eat as a kid can shape what you eat as an adult also. For example, when families make specific foods for a holiday such as a turkey at Thanksgiving or ham at Christmas. This can mold what you do for a holiday when you are an adult yourself and what you choose to make for your family then.

Special events such as Riley Days or the Strawberry festival and who we are with can impact what food choices or food-based decisions we make. “In my family, whether it is a funeral or holiday, we revolve around eating. Food is a thing that is required to live and it’s something everyone has to do so you might as well do it together,” said Coil.

Janelle Keusch, the Nutrition teacher at GC says, “ Food brings people together. It is a sign of welcome and hospitality around the world. Many times people gather around food because it is something we are all familiar with and can share together.” Food is very versatile and can work with any social event. It can help people that are grieving and even be there in times of celebration.

Student Survey Reflects Daily Use of Time


Overall, this survey showed many surprising things about how people spend their time each day.  The number of hours that people spend on their favorite apps was reported as an average of 50 percent of students spend 1-2 hours on their favorite apps.   People were very honest in the comments, some people saying that they would like to spend more time reading and studying. Many people in the comments said that they would like to get more sleep.  One person who participated said that they would like to use their time more adequately by spending time with their friends. Another person, despite the several hours they spend on their phone, said that they are fine with the way that they spend their time.   This survey gave us lots of interesting data, and we appreciate all who participated in it.

Mental Health Disorders in US Students: Startling Statistics, Possible Help

By Zoe Castle/Staff writer

When we all think of school, what comes to mind? Some students think of their friends, teachers, or sports. Others think of the homework, studying for tests, and being stressed.  

According to “Mental Health in Schools: A Hidden Crisis Affecting Millions of Students,” an NPR article written by Meg Anderson on August 31, 2016, studies have shown that 1 in 5 students have mental health disorders, whether it be depression, anxiety, or substance abuse. So in a grade of 300, about 60 of those students may have mental health disorders and need help.

According to the article, almost 80% of those who need help, won’t get it. Some of the reasons for being unable to get help include the family’s culture/beliefs or being uninsured and/or unable to afford the care, which is other important issues as well. These students with mental health disorders still have to attend school. Their untreated disorder can greatly affect their school life and personal life.

Over 50% of students ages 14 and older with mental health problems could drop out, have substance abuse troubles, and have other issues that could create more problems for them. In fact, according to an article written by the Association for Children’s Mental Health at, youth with emotional and behavioral disorders have the worst graduation rate of all students with disabilities.

Students who have these dilemmas may show disruptive behavior, chronic absence, and may even drop out. School is a critical place for students to get the social and educational interactions they need to be successful. This is where most of our youth spend their time.

In 2017, a Centers for Disease Control Youth Risk Behavior survey asked high school students between the grades of 9-12 if they had ever had felt sad or hopeless almost every day for two or more weeks in a row and to the point where they stopped doing some of their normal activity. The results came back and 41% of female students said they’ve experienced this, and 21% of male students said they’ve also experienced these feelings in the last 12 months. Since 2007, ER visits annually for adolescent suicide attempts or suicide ideation have risen from 580,000 to 1.2 million in 2015.    

School administrators make big decisions for their school. Some administrators decide to bring in assemblies that talk about bullying, suicide prevention, and other mental health-related issues. These forums can help tremendously and can give them a way to talk about what’s wrong and get the help they need. This may be one way for students across the country to find more resources.   

Clearly, there are many issues involved with mental health for teens and the statistics are daunting. Another factor that can help is having a school psychologist and/or a social worker in schools.  Mrs. Tammi Broadus, school social worker at the GC Academy, said, “There is a current bill in the Senate looking to increase funding for mental health support in schools.  Once we get this bill passed, we can begin doing the work of hiring more mental health professionals in schools.” In February 2019, Indiana lawmakers discussed a bill that would help districts provide mental health services to students, according to a Fox 59 article by Kelly Reinke on Feb. 14. After a 13-0 vote by the State Senate Appropriations Committee, it’s now making its way to the Indiana Senate floor.

State Senator Michael Crider, the co-author of SB266, said in the article that his bill would allow schools to bring in providers in addition to counselors already on campus.

These staff members and resources can be very beneficial to students who need someone to confide in. Having these resources to help students can make a big change for those who cannot afford counseling or who don’t necessarily have anyone in their home lives who can do something about their children’s mental health. These students are our future; we need to make sure they have the best possible lives. Hopefully, more schools nationwide will get the resources they need to help their students.