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Holiday Desserts 

by Christina Keene/Staff Writer

The holiday season is one of the most popular times of the year. People decorate, shop, and bake like crazy. Some of the most popular desserts and treats for the holidays are sugar cookies, snickerdoodle cookies, gingerbread, and fudge. Here are the recipes for these treats. 

Sugar cookies

Sugar cookies are very popular and fun to make. The ingredients for the cookies are 1½ cups of powdered sugar, 1 cup of softened butter, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, ½ teaspoon of almond extract, 1 egg, 2 ½ cups of flour, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, 1 teaspoon cream of tartar. The ingredients for icing is 3 cups of powdered sugar, 3-5 tablespoons of milk, ¼ teaspoon of vanilla, food coloring(optional), colored sugar or sprinkles(optional) First, get a large bowl and beat the powdered sugar, softened butter, vanilla, almond extract, and egg until well blended. Next, stir in flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Now, divide dough in half, shape the dough into 2 discs, wrap the dough in plastic wrap, and let chill in the refrigerator for two hours. After you have let the dough chill, preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Roll each disc out on flat surface until ¼ inches thick. On an ungreased cookie sheet, place cutouts of cookie dough about two inches apart. Bake 7-8 minutes or until edges are light brown. Cool completely. Now to make the icing, get a medium bowl and beat powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla with a spoon until smooth and spreadable. Add food coloring if you desire. Ice the cooled off cookies and decorate as you wish. Let sit for four hours to set. 

Snickerdoodles

Snickerdoodle cookies are also very popular cookies during the holidays. The ingredients for this is 1 cup of softened unsalted butter, 1 ½ cups of sugar, 2 large eggs, 2 teaspoons of vanilla, 2 ¾ cups of flour, 1 ½ teaspoons cream of tartar, ½ teaspoon of baking soda, and 1 teaspoon of salt. The cinnamon-sugar mixture requires a  ¼ cup of sugar and 1 ½ tablespoons of cinnamon. First, cream the butter and sugar for 4-5 minutes; this is an important step as the butter coats the sugar crystals and creates a smooth texture. Next, use the cream of tartar as a leavening agent, it will give it the signature tangy flavor and chewy texture. A touch of baking soda will help the cookies to rise as well. Now, double roll the cookie balls into the cinnamon-sugar mixture. This helps to make sure the cookies are completely coated in cinnamon-sugar before baking. Finally, bake around 8-12 minutes or just until the edges begin to become a light golden color. These snickerdoodle cookies need to be soft and chewy, so watch them carefully. 

Fudge

Fudge is loved by many during the holidays. The ingredients you’ll need is 1 teaspoon of butter, 1 can, that’s 14 ounces, of sweetened condensed milk, 2 cups (12 ounces) of semisweet chocolate chips, 1 cup butterscotch chips, 1 cup chopped pecans, ½ cup of raisins, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Now, line a 9-in. square baking pan with foil, grease foil with butter; set aside.Combine milk and chips in a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 1 minute and stir. Cook 30-60 seconds longer, stirring every 30 seconds, or until chips are melted. Stir in the pecans, raisins and vanilla. Transfer it to your prepared pan. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm. Using foil, lift fudge out of pan. Gently peel off foil and cut fudge into 1 inch squares. Lastly, store the fudge in an airtight container.

Gingerbread

Gingerbread is very fun to make. The ingredients you will need ⅔ cup of unsalted softened butter, ¾ cup of brown sugar, ⅔ cup unsulphured molasses, 1 large egg at room temperature, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, 3 ½ cups of flour, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, ½ teaspoon of salt, 1 tablespoon of ground ginger, 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon, ½ teaspoon of ground allspice, ½ teaspoon ground cloves, and cookie or royal icing(optional). First, in a large bowl using a mixer, beat the butter for 1 minute on medium speed until completely smooth and creamy. Then, add the brown sugar and molasses and beat on medium high speed until combined and creamy-looking. Next, beat in egg and vanilla on high speed for 2 full minutes. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. If the butter separates, that is okay. 

In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, and cloves together until combined. On low speed, slowly mix the dry mixture into the wet ingredients until combined. The cookie dough will be quite thick and slightly sticky. Divide dough in half and place each onto a large piece of plastic wrap. Wrap each up tightly and pat down to create a disc shape. Chill discs for at least 3 hours and up to 3 days. Chilling it overnight works too. 

After you have let your dough chill, preheat your oven to 350°F. Line 2-3 large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats and set aside. Now, remove 1 disc of chilled cookie dough from the plastic wrap and make a flour work surface. Don’t be afraid to continually flour the work surface as needed; this dough can be sticky. Roll out disc until 1/4-inch thick and cut the dough into whatever shape you wish. Place shapes 1 inch apart on prepared baking sheets. Re-roll dough scraps until all the dough is shaped. Repeat with remaining disc of dough.

Then, bake cookies for about 9-10 minutes. If your cookie cutters are smaller than 4 inches, bake for about 8 minutes. If your cookie cutters are larger than 4 inches, bake for about 11 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool for 5 minutes on the cookie sheet. Transfer to cooling rack to cool completely. Once completely cool, decorate as desired. Cookies stay fresh covered at room temperature for up to 1 week. I hope this has helped you find a sweet treat to bake this holiday season.

 

What are your New Year’s Resolutions?

By Trinity Fields/Staff Writer
It’s almost the end of 2019, which means New Years is coming up, which also means New Year’s resolution lists will be made. Many people make New Year’s resolution list to start the new year off having goals and being motivated. Here are some of GC’s students’ New Year’s resolution list, and their opinion on these lists.
Ashley Ellison, 9, was asked for three things that she would put on her New Year’s resolution list. Ellison said, “I want to work out more, be nicer to myself, and work harder in school.” Ellison was also asked why she would put those things on her list. She said, “I put those things on my list because I want to make my mental and physical health stronger.” Ellison’s response to her opinion on the Resolution List is, “They only work if you follow them from day one.” Ellison said she put to work out more and eat healthier on her last New Year’s resolution list.
Marissa Grigsby, 11, was also asked what three things she would put on her list. Grigsby said, “I would put a more fit body, become a happier person, and improve my family relationships. I would put these on my list because I’m not happy with my body, I hate how sad I am, and I want to heal my family relationships.” Grigsby was then asked for her opinion on New Year’s resolution list. She said, “I think a New Year’s resolution list is a good sign for new goals.” Grigsby said she usually makes New Year’s resolution list, and she said she put gain more friends and go out more for her last resolution list.
Savannah Harlow, 10, answered with her three things that she would put on her list. Harlow answered with, “I would put work on my grades, spend more time with family, and help out around the house more.” She said she would put those things on her list because, “I do those things, but I feel like I should do more of them.” Harlow’s opinion on New Year’s resolution list is, “I think a New Year’s resolution list is a good idea, as long as you actually go through with it.” Harlow was also asked if she usually makes resolutions. She replied with, “The last time I made one was when I was around ten years old.” She then continued with, “I think I put to be more nice and help others more.”
Mya Wilcher, 9, was the final person to give her answer to the question, ‘What are three things that you would put on your New Year’s resolution list?’ Wilcher said, “I want to get better grades, think more positively, and try harder in violin.” When asked why she would put those things on her list, she replied with, “I want to better myself.” Wilcher’s opinion on New Year’s resolution list is, “Normally people don’t actually do them, so they aren’t entirely useful.”

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GC students’ favorite memes of the moment

by Austin Tserlentakis/Staff Writer

Marcus Vise, 10- Marcus states his favorite meme is “[t]he one about Boomers. It really shows how the elders in the Boomer generation are. Nothing captures truly how much boomers can fail to use modern technology except for the memes about Boomers failing to use basic modern technology. To anyone that says otherwise, I say, ‘Ok Boomer.’”

 

Ethan Privett, 9-“Cursed images and videos are by far my favorite meme. Seeing random pictures and videos out of context is hilarious to me.”

 

Preston Wise, 9-“When the women are crying and yelling at the cat. The cat seems so relatable and funny to me. It’s like my mom yelling at me to get the kid’s menu when I’m 14.”

 

Brooke Whited, 9-“The mix of the Karen and Joe meme. I like it because it shows both funny viewpoints. Karen also reminds me of my mother.”

 

Ethan Starks-“TikTok on the clock is my favorite meme. It is the best meme I have ever seen.” 

 

Adam Saxon-“Even flex tape can’t fix that is my favorite meme. I think it is hilarious because it shows that even something as amazing as flex tape can’t fix my problems.”

 

Ian Gross-“Keanu Reeves is my favorite meme. Why he is my favorite meme, you may ask? He is Jesus reincarnated.”

 

Best Choices for Hard-to-Get Gifts

by Christina Keene/Staff Writer

Christmas is just around the corner. One of the busiest times of the year is Christmas, so you need to start planning and getting gifts soon. Black Friday is a very popular day to go get Christmas gifts. If you don’t like big crowds and packed stores, then maybe get your gifts on a different day. Thinking of gifts to get for people can be rather difficult for most. Hopefully, I can give you some good ideas.

Making a budget for Christmas shopping is very important. You don’t want to overspend and not have any money left. Black Friday gives you a bunch of good deals. Again, if you don’t like or don’t go Black Friday shopping, then you can find coupons or stores with good deals. Target, Walmart, Best Buy, Bath and Body Works, Kohl’s, Big Lots, The Home Depot, and more, all have Christmas deals. Home Depot, Target, and Walmart have deals on Christmas trees and some decorations. Walmart and Target also have a bunch more deals from toys to home items. Bath and Body Works has deals on some Christmas scents and have coupons for free gifts. Best Buy has special deals for electronics. Kohl’s has deals on kitchen tools, electronics, and some clothing items. Big Lots has a ton of good priced Christmas gifts, like movie bundles, food baskets, toys, blankets, and much more. 

Thinking of gifts for family members can be difficult. Some gifts you could get your mom are candles, coffee, her favorite candy, coupons for stores she likes, spa trip, or jewelry. Some gifts you can get your dad are ties, joke books, a watch he wanted, or his favorite cds. If you can’t afford to get family members presents, some DIYs would be perfect. You can make a big card with a letter in it, you can make a jar of things you love about them, or anything else you think they’d like. 

Most people can have a hard time shopping for grandparents. It can be hard, since grandparents don’t want or need a lot of things. Some options for presents are, baking or cooking materials, sweet treats they would like, or a crafty card with pictures of you guys together. 

Typically, getting gifts for friends or people you are close with is easier because you talk and get to know them more. Some gifts for your friends are, gift cards, candy, fuzzy socks, their favorite movie, pictures of you guys together, or a fragrance they like. If you know that they’ve always wanted a specific thing, then consider getting it for them.  

If none of these ideas work for you, you can ask others that know that person for good gifts. You could also just ask the person what they want. Hopefully some of these ideas help you during your stressful hunt for Christmas gifts. 

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Thanksgiving: GC offers opinions on traditional v. non-traditional dishes

by Josie Coughenour/Staff Writer

Thanksgiving, a day where everyone in a family sits down together, and enjoys a time of fellowship and camaraderie. As in the name ‘Thanksgiving’, it is a day when we give thanks for what we are blessed with. This tradition dates back to the first Thanksgiving between the Pilgrims and the Indians. To them, it symbolized: peace and friendship. To us, it symbolizes all that we have to be grateful for.

Now, just like every other holiday, it may be celebrated differently. People may visit relatives, others go to a friends house, and some just stay at home with their immediate family. No matter where you go to celebrate Thanksgiving, it is embraced with a smile.

Now, the most pivotal tradition for Thanksgiving, revolves around the feast. That’s where all the rumbling stomachs and watering taste buds are satisfied. Now, there is no wrong food to put on the table at Thanksgiving, but everyone has this ideal picture of a ‘perfect’ Thanksgiving banquet.

A survey was taken at GC for what the main course dish was, for students, on Thanksgiving day. Out of 221 students 66.1% of them eat turkey as their main dish. 19.9% of the students eat ham as their main dish. 1.4% of students eat pizza as their main dish. Then collectively 12.6% of the students had varying answers. These varying answers ranged from: beef’n noodles, mashed potatoes, scallops, turducken, sushi, Chinese, ramen, and Mexican.

A student who enjoys non-traditional meals at Thanksgiving stated, “I like it because it gives Thanksgiving a different feeling every year.” A student who feels the opposite about Thanksgiving meals stated, “I like my turkey!”  Other students stated, “I don’t mind as long as I get to eat.” Humorous responses included, “My family leans more towards the traditional Thanksgiving meal because we are basic and lazy and not creative.” A different student specified, “As long as I get to eat.”

So, according to this survey, you can enjoy Thanksgiving, no matter what you eat. You may be a traditional family and eat turkey. You may be from another country, so you may enjoy traditional foods from that country. You may be a laid back family and enjoy ramen or pizza. You also may be that family that likes to eat something unique and enjoy eating turducken. No matter how you choose to fill your platter this Thanksgiving, just remember the food on the table isn’t what matters. What matters is with whom you spend Thanksgiving.

Try not to worry that much on what you eat, but more of who you eat with. Food will come and go, but the people around you stick with you. Be grateful this holiday, and don’t forget to say ‘thank you’ to your friends and loved ones when you see them.

Does Thanksgiving deserve a song?

by Abby Mulligan/Staff Writer

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle All the Way… this song is well known by citizens all across the US. Songs like this one represent one of the most celebrated holidays worldwide… Christmas. Halloween, Easter, Valentines Day, etc. All of these holidays have songs that celebrate and praise the meaning of the holiday. But there is one holiday that is less celebrated by Americans music-wise: Thanksgiving. 

Thanksgiving is a holiday celebrated yearly, mostly known as a day of feasting and be thankful for personal blessings. Yet the holiday itself isn’t commemorated with any songs? Besides Adam Sandler’s Saturday Night Live piece, this holiday is not known to have any songs dedicated to the holiday itself. Why is that? Is it based on a historical perspective or citizens overlooking the holiday itself?

Some take the viewpoint that songs for a holiday depend on its importance. Adryana Warner, 9, states, “… Who doesn’t appreciate a day dedicated to eating as much food as you possibly could?” However, several other students take a different viewpoint. Josh Vanosdol, 10, when asked why he believes there are no popular Thanksgiving songs, replied, “Tthere isn’t much to sing about.” So while most have the belief that the holiday is under appreciated, they hold that the reason it is less valued is because there isn’t that much to celebrate.

Another question to consider why Thanksgiving doesn’t have any songs is: does history of a holiday have any impact? Sarah Shininger, 10, put into words what most other students expressed as well. “History doesn’t matter because it’s about what you feel during the holidays, not the history, which is why Thanksgiving doesn’t have very many songs.” So while there could be the theory that having more history can imply more songs created, that does not seem to be the case with Thanksgiving. 

Lastly, does the upcoming holiday of Christmas have any impact on the celebration of Thanksgiving in general? Many students find their Thanksgiving celebrations bombarded with early preparation for the winter festivities. “The Macy’s Day Parade reminds me more of Christmas as it happens on Thanksgiving day,” says Daija Scurlock,11.  Zoe Starks, 10, agrees with this sentiment. “Honestly, I think Christmas does take over Thanksgiving. Me personally though, I love Thanksgiving. But, yes, it does get taken over.”

So, overall, Thanksgiving has no songs for sensible reasons. Most students take the perspective that the holiday is not as important as others, and no real feelings are taken from the holiday. In reality, it is an Americanized event where you eat a large meal and then move on to the next celebration. Will Thanksgiving ever get a song that is more than an aimless joke written by comedians? It is impossible to tell. However, for now, this holiday will not be getting its own catchy tune.

Flavors of Fall

By Emily Rigney/Staff Writer

     Autumn is right around the corner, which means pumpkin spice, maple, and other fall flavors are coming out, including maple cheerios, pumpkin spice oatmeal, and even pumpkin spice Oreos. These are just a few of the food items that are limited edition to only the fall. Many people enjoy these flavors at this time of the year, and others don’t as much. 

     Some of the weirdest fall flavored foods  are associated with things you wouldn’t regularly eat with that flavor. Foods like pumpkin spice Twinkies, Peeps, Spam, Pringles, and butter are some of the few items that might be odd to many people. Usually these food items would not be seen with such peculiar flavors. Only during the fall season would these combinations arise. Overall, there are many weird foods with these flavors that people might enjoy trying!

    Not only are the pumpkin spice flavors put into unusual foods, but also they can be put into enjoyable, tasty snacks. Maple Cheerios, coffees, M&M’s, and cookies are some treats around autumn time that people are more likely to discover and try. These snacks will more commonly be bought because they taste better overall. Most people don’t like to go out of their comfort zones to try some of the more uncommon foods, so these options are more “normal” and may taste better. 

    Near this season these flavors attract many people. All together, these foods can be enjoyed or not favored. Either way, it’s still a great way to introduce fall into the stores. By bringing these flavored foods out, people know it’s time to prepare for the fall season and enjoy the season to the fullest extent. 

Halloween Tricky Treats

By Destinee Roberts

Halloween is the time for treats and spooky stories. Mostly for the treats, though. Want to be the hit of your Halloween party, and you aren’t much into cooking? I can help with that. I have decided to make three delicious treats. 

The first one that didn’t turn out quite like I wanted them to, but they are very simple to make. These are great for the kiddos to enjoy, and the clean up is not bad at all. 

Sweetest Spider Cupcakes (featured picture)

Things you need:

  • You favorite chocolate cake mix
  • One can of white frosting (You may add food coloring for a desired color)
  • A piping bag with a narrow piping tip.
  • Small malted chocolate (Whoppers) to use for the head.
  • Lindt Lindor truffles (just pick your favorite one).
  • Any sprinkles you want.
  • Cupcake holders to go into the cupcake tin.

Directions:

  • Bake the cupcakes according to how the box says
  • Put the frosting into the piping bag, and twist the top
  • Make any design desired onto the cupcake
  • Add the malt ball and the chocolate onto the cupcake like a spider.
  • Take a ziplock bag and cut a tiny hole into the corner and pipe out little spider legs.
  • Use anything for the eyes or any additional details you would like to add.

   

    If your family likes Reese’s, boy do I have the perfect dessert for you. This dessert was a hit. I doubled the recipe because I wanted to make sure I had enough for a birthday party. I decided to go with small cups to make more as well. I ended up making 15, and there were only two left. Now I have to make them for Christmas. I left out the cookie on the top, because I didn’t like it. There was a little bit of a bigger mess with this one, because of the mousse, but it is worth it. Hopefully you can surprise your family with this delicious treat as I did.

 

Peanut Mutter Mousse Graveyard Cups

(Makes about 6 cups depending on the size of cup)

Things you’ll need:

  • One cup of Peter Pan Simply Ground Peanut butter.
  • One cup of heavy whipping cream
  • Two heaping tablespoons of cream cheese 
  • Two TBS of powdered sugar
  • One TSP of vanilla 
  • Pinch of salt
  • Chocolate chip cookies (Can be rebought)
  • Chocolate fudge sauce
  • White cookies and black icing for gravestones.

Directions:

  • To start out, you’re going to need to grab a medium sized bowl.
  • Next, mix your peanut butter, ½ cup heaving whipping cream, cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla, and salt together. 
  • Once all of that is mixed up, add the other half of the heavy whipping cream.
  • In a second bowl break up the cookies – two cookies per cup
  • Smash cookies into the cup.
  • Then add the mousse, next chocolate syrup.
  • Repeat the last two steps one more time.
  • Grab any kind of cookie and write RIP.
  • Stick it into the mousse.

 

 

If you are running short on time, this is the recipe for you. This recipe took me about 30 minutes, and that’s with prep and everything. I had only made eight hotdogs, because we only bought one package. This was almost a no mess recipe, the only thing I had to wash was my hands, the pan, and the pizza cutter. These were adorable. 

Mummy Hot Dogs

(Makes about 16 hot dogs)

What you’ll need:

  • Two packages of any hotdogs
  • 1 can of crescent rolls
  • Ketchup or mustard

Directions:

  • Unpackage all of the rolls.
  • Cut them in two triangles.
  • Now with the pizza cutter cut strips horizontally from longest to shortest.
  • Make sure the bottom pieces are flat.
  • Start wrapping the hot dogs with the rolls. (Keep room for the eyes)
  • Bake for about 15-18 minutes

 

These recipes are some of the cutest and easiest I found. I hope you and your family enjoys these treats.

 

Websites used:

http://little-white-whale.com/2014/10/creeptastic-spider-cupcakes/

https://www.tonyastaab.com/peanut-butter-mousse-graveyard-cups/

https://www.saltysidedish.com/mummy-hot-dogs/

 

Get Creative with Halloween

By Emersyn Fugate

Halloween is one of the best times of year! You get to dress up, watch scary movies, eat sweet treats, and decorate! Decorations are always super fun to see and set up. Well, at least when you understand how to set them up. Some can’t afford Halloween decorations or can’t find the ones that they aspire to have in stores. That’s why making your own Halloween decorations is a great alternative.

      There are so many great ideas on different websites on “DIY” Halloween decorations. Most of the supplies you need are super cheap and super easy to find. I found tons on Pinterest and other blogs. There were ideas of skeletons made out of grocery bags, trash bag spider webs, and many many more. So, I decided to pick a couple and try them out for myself.

     The first one i chose to do was a ghost made out of a white trash bag. It just took five minutes to make. All you needed was black paper, a white trash bag, a bowl, tape, scissors, and a table to put it on. The first step was to cut the black paper into the shape of a ghost’s eyes and mouth. Next, you tape those onto the head of the ghost, which would be the bowl inside the trash bag. Once you’re done with those two simple steps, you put it into the table and boom, you’re done. 

  The last one I chose was a monster box. All you needed was a shoe box, white paper, tape, scissors, and black paper. The first step is to cut a mouth whole out of the shoe box. Next, you take your white paper and make monster teeth. Then, you tape the teeth onto the mouth of the box. Next, you take your white paper and crumple it into balls, and tape black circles onto the middle. Finally, tape the eyes onto the top of your box. That’s all it took to make a cute Halloween decorations!

           Making your own decorations is super easy, cheap, and it feels good to know you made them. It’s a fun activity to do at parties, get-togethers, and sleepovers. I would for sure consider making your own Halloween decorations this spooky season.

Profile: Mrs. Laura Mann

Trinity Fields/Staff Writer

       Laura Mann is an algebra and geometry teacher. She also is an assistant coach for the girl’s soccer team. Her home life includes her son, daughter, and husband. As you can tell, Mrs. Mann has a very busy life. She has many things she has to do throughout the day. However, she finds a way to balance her teaching, family, and soccer life. 

        Mrs. Mann has a supportive husband that takes care of their kids, and she likes to plan. Mrs. Mann said, “ I plan out my schedule and I make sure I have time for everything. I would say I am organized.” 

    So why did Mrs. Mann become a math teacher? The answer is simple. She loves math. She has loved math all of her life. Mrs. Mann said, “My favorite thing  about being a teacher is getting to know the students.” She teaches geometry and algebra. She said, “I enjoy teaching algebra over geometry.”

    What inspired Mrs. Mann to teach? She went to college to study engineering. In her senior year of college, one of the soccer head coaches asked her to help him coach the girl’s varsity soccer team. After coaching the team, she realized she wanted to teach. So she finished her senior year, then she got into teaching. Now she is a high school math teacher.

    Mrs. Mann has two kids. She said they are amazing. Mrs. Mann said the best part about teaching them is, “I like to help them develop their problem-solving skills. I like to teach them, and watch them learn. For example, I taught my son, Brody, how to share with others.” Mrs. Mann said the hardest part about raising her kids is, “Letting my kids make mistakes so they can learn from them.” 

    Mrs. Mann has two kids. Does she want to have anymore kids? Mrs. Mann has had two miscarriages. So she doesn’t think emotionally that is her path to take; however she said she would like to adopt. She said, “My husband and I have been thinking about adopting a baby in the future. I wouldn’t want to adopt now, but possibly in the future.” She continued, “Someone asked me what I would do if I had all of the money in the world, and I said I would adopt all of the babies in the world.” Mrs. Mann loves babies.

    Mrs. Mann likes soccer, and we know this because she is an assistant coach. She played soccer from the ages of three to 18. Her son plays soccer, and her daughter will play soccer when she turns eighteen months. As you can tell, Mrs. Mann is definitely a soccer mom.

    Emma Denny, 9, is a current student in Mrs. Mann’s class. Denny said, “My favorite thing about Mrs. Mann’s class is how Mrs. Mann helps us one on one if we need it.” Denny added, “She is a good teacher because she makes sure the class fully understand something and she is very involved.” 

    Mya Wilcher, 9, is a former student of Mrs. Mann. Wilcher considers this the most memorable part of Mrs. Mann’s class, ”All of the jokes everyone made that would make everyone, including Mrs. Mann, laugh.” Wilcher continued, “I enjoyed Mrs. Mann’s class very much. Mrs. Mann is a good teacher because she taught efficiently and was able to connect with the students.”