College Athletes

How many of you people believe college athletes should be paid? College athletes basically work 40+ hours weeks by practicing everyday to games. How do people expect them to work to pay off all of their college debt if they don’t have anytime to work? Most student athletes do not get full rides, the colleges don’t have enough money to give each athlete free schooling so the try to split it up and usually most athletes vary from 20%-50% if going D1. So on top of playing a D1 sport, usually going to a very expensive college and not being able to work in your free time how are athletes expected to pay for college without having to pay for it the rest of their lives. The NCAA itself brings in $10.8 Billion in just one year.


I don’t think they need to pay athletes a lot of money like professional but at least some to help make payments and support themselves. If they can’t afford to pay college athletes than they should atleast give them all free tuition. Personally, my siblings have all gone to college and struggled with money but are able to work and figure it out but if they are struggling with a job than i don’t understand how student athletes do it. I’ve interviewed a few people from Amelia High school that plan on playing college sports and they say:
Lindsay Buten- I think college athletes should get more money than just tuition and boarding because i will not have anytime to work while i am playing soccer and will have to rely on my parents to help me pay for necessities.
Emily Moreno- Since i’m going D3 im not getting any athletic scholarships so soccer really won’t be taken that serious so i will be able to work, but i do think the athletes that have to train every day and spend that much time focusing on their sport that they should get a little extra cash to make their experience easier.
Abby Brown- It’s going to be very hard to adjust to not being able to work and have extra cash, i wish the school would be willing to give money for us to do side things while we were in season. I don’t think they should have to pay athletes out of season but it would help if they gave a little.

All three of these girls are playing different divisions but all still have basically the same mindset. College will not be easy for anyone no matter if you go division 1 vs division 3, playing a sport is still time consuming and college is very expensive.

If you were playing a college sport would you want to get paid and know you’re getting something out of playing the sport, or getting rewarded for something you worked so hard for majority of your life?

Serial Killers

What is the mind like of a serial killer? Did you know that 56% of the convicted serial killers since 1980 have resided in the United States of America? Out of 154 serial killers worldwide, 87 of them were from America. This means that over half of them lived and possibly committed their murders in the same states, cities, and counties that we live in. These criminals can be considered insane; some will go as far as calling them demented, sick, or even psycho. Serial killers are a violent product of the environment that they grew up in. This occurs because most serial killers have either suffered from physical, emotional, sexual, or mental abuse during their lifespan, typically their childhood which in turn causes mental illness in adult life. Most often times, due to a mix of genetics and a very poor childhood, serial killers are created by the time they are young adults.

“Over the last thirty years, numerous research studies have documented the link between child abuse and mental illness later in life. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder are psychological conditions associated with childhood mental abuse”. Mental illnesses are known to affect the way that our brains work. Normal everyday tasks may be harder for those with mental illnesses to perform. Mental illnesses such as those listed above can physically alter the way that our brains work. In some cases mental illness impairs our judgement, our rationale, and our decision making skills, which ultimately result in doing things that you know is wrong; such as committing a crime, potentially even murder. These mental illnesses typically affect the frontal lobe which is in charge of our motor functions, problem solving, judgment, impulse control, and our social and sexual behaviors. For example, serial killer David Berkowitz claimed to have suffer from schizophrenia. Berkowitz claimed that his neighbor’s dog was actually Satan who was telling him to kill his victims. The killer felt no remorse, or empathy for his victims saying that they deserved it. Serial killers often times have antisocial personality disorders like sociopathy and psychopathy, if their crimes are not linked to a mental illness. Sociopathy and psychopathy are not actually mental illnesses according to the American Psychiatric Association but antisocial personality disorders according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders in 2013. Serial killers Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, and Dennis Rader are example of psychopaths. They all had shown similar traits, the failure to feel remorse, the disregard of laws, and the desire to kill.

Maltreatment of a child has been considered the “tobacco industry” of mental health. Smoking tobacco directly triggers a higher chance of contracting a physical disease while early mental abuse may contribute to almost all types of mental diseases. Studies show out of 200 participants surveyed, ages 18-20, 16% of participants suffered from child abuse. Of that 16%, 53% had or is suffering from depression. The other 47% has or is suffering from PTSD or multiple personality disorder . Although not all murderers have been mentally abused in their adolescent life, studies show that the ones who were have a higher risk of developing antisocial behavior and sometimes even committing violent criminal activites. The mental abuse that these murderers endure is not entirely due to their upbringing. In some cases these criminals have been mentally strained in school, by classmates, or even complete strangers. Everything about serial killers is environmental. Not all of their problems stem from mental abuse though, physical abuse is also a big factor. Out of the 154 known serial killers worldwide, 70% of them experienced extensive head injuries as a child. This can cause a number of different problems depending on which part of the head it was. This can fuel their violence and often times when serial killers are about to kill, the see their target as a surrogate of their guardian who had abused them. Things that happen to them at home, the way their peers treat them, and/or personal experiences are what shape into the brutal murderers they are today.Criminology and psychology majors all over the country provide insight into how not only the human brain works with certain illnesses and disorders, but also help classify serial killers. Various Tv shows and movies spark the interest of young minds in how a human could perform such actions, why they do these actions, and how to stop them. Now it is known that serial killers have brain issues or psychological issues that lead them to do their crimes whether intended or not.

Many people are interested in the how to stop that side of serial killers. The best known people that work to stop them are commonly known as “profilers” but are actually supervisory special agents within the FBI. And to become one that works with serial killers, you have to have been in the FBI for at least three years and worked with homicide, violent crimes, child abduction, and other task forces. These supervisory special agents are assigned to the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime. Those who are interested in this but without the field part of it just the understanding part can major in what is called forensic psychology. Forensic psychology is applying psychological knowledge to crime and other legal concerns. With a degree in psychology you learn about all the mental illnesses and types of disorders so you understand what goes through a killer’s brain when they kill.

Although serial killers are absolutely disturbing and ridiculous, there are certain myths that make them out to be worse than they actually are. In the U.S there are about 15,000 murders per year but only 1% of that is serial murders, so about 150 per year. There are about 50 serial killers in the United States today so that means they each account for 3 murders per year hypothetically. This is actually a staggering fact considering how media has portrayed it to be. A common myth is that all serial killers are men. This is nowhere close to true. Women account for 10% of all murders in the U.S every year which is 1,500 murders. Of the 150 serial murders, 17% are committed by women. That being said, if a woman is a murderer in the U.S. they are more likely to be a serial killer than a man is. A second myth is that all serial killers are weird, isolated murderers. This is actually almost entirely false. Many serial killers look to be just a normal person and can blend in with society very well, this is part of the reason that they can kill so long without being caught. In some cases, it is even known that some serial killers would talk to police about their own case so that they are suspected. A good myth is that people think serial killers kill across the country and always travel. Actually it is the complete opposite, many killers stay within one demographic zone because it is where they are comfortable. Killers demographic safe zones expand when they build confidence with many successful murders without being caught, this is why people think they move a lot. The last myth is that all serial killers are diabolical geniuses or completely insane. There are actually few cases where serial killers are deemed to be legally insane. And also they aren’t geniuses, the average IQ of a serial killer’s is within the range of the average person. They just are made out to be geniuses because they are psychopaths so they carefully plan out each attempt and are fueled by the want to kill.
Serial killers are the pinnacle of fear in the U.S. due to the media overstating them. Still this being said, serial killers are amongst the most dangerous all over the world. They are mentally sick in a way and they always have a desire to kill and kill more, mainly a result from early abuse and mental illness. The thought that is put into understanding the psychology of serial killers is still being expanded today because you can never know too much when it comes to these type of people. They are evil yet so fascinating in a way that can leave you intrigued on how they did it and why they did it. Overall, serial killers are ill humans that need help when it may be too late to provide it.

Kill shelters

2.7 million animals are killed each year in shelters, 1.2 million are dogs and 1.4 million are cats . If you do not get your animals spayed or neutered  then you should be responsible for finding a good home for the offspring and, obviously, kill shelters are not an alternative.  Kill shelters should be eliminated because animal lives are just as valuable as humans, animals are defenseless, and they can be transferred to other safer shelters.

Even though some people may disagree, animal lives are just as valuable as humans. Animals are just as intelligent as humans, they just have a different way of showing it.

“Animals offer different kinds of intelligences which have been under-rated due to humans’ fixation on language and technology. These include social and kinaesthetic intelligence. Some mammals, like gibbons, can produce a large number of varied sounds – over 20 different sounds with clearly different meanings that allow these arboreal primates to communicate across tropical forest canopy. The fact that they do not build houses is irrelevant to the gibbons,”.


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Everyone tries to compare animals to humans, clearly humans have some better traits than animals but you have to take into consideration all the things animals can do that us humans do not even think about. Animals and insects are very unique, some animals have incredible eyesight, good sense of smell and are very aware of their surroundings. Everyone knows the common saying, “a dog is a man’s best friend”. If you consider your animal your best friend then wouldn’t you consider their life to be just as important as yours? I do agree that some animals lives are not as important but there are some humans that their lives could be considered not important because of their criminal records. Without animals humans would not be alive, for example phytoplankton produces over 50% of the oxygen for the planet, Now you may ask how is that relevant to this topic? Whales create nutrients to keep these phytoplankton plants alive. Without whales there would not be as much oxygen and with less oxygen means less human lives. Animals do not need humans to live, humans need animals if they want to stay alive. Not many people see it but it is the little things that matter, research says that there are up to 387,000 service dogs in the United States . Dogs contribute to a better health, especially therapy and service.  Each animal has a something unique that us humans do not have. The number one thing that separates us from animals is our capacity to show empathy . When someone or something passes away humans tend to grieve over it, but when an animal’s loses one of it offsprings they are not really bothered by it. Think about life without animals, very impossible. Us humans do not value a lot of things that are important. We need plants to survive and animals keep most plants living.


Animals can not defend themselves when being punished, making them defenseless. The most common animal that does not get the time of day is a pitbull. Most people automatically assume they are a danger to society. Any dog is going to behave the way you train it. If you are rough with your animals they are going to be rough back, not to just the owner to anyone. Pitbulls, much like other dogs are used as family companions. “They help kids become strong readers because many kids with reading disabilities won’t read to an adult but they will read to a dog.” Animals are forced to do things, such as wear painful collars, have their ears and tails cut off; depending on if the owner wants it and being chained to poles and locked in cages for long periods of times. “Chaining dogs is one of the most cruelest punishments imaginable for social animals .” How would you feel if you were chained to a stationary object for hours and did not have an option to untie yourself?  Humans tend to declaw their cats, making it even harder for them to defend themselves. Declawing cats or animals in general does a lot more than just taking the nails out. The long term effect of declawing is skin and bladder problems and then eventually  gradual weakening of the animals legs. The main reason to get animals declawed is so they do not scratch you or your furniture  constantly, but animals do tend to run away and if they are declawed and out in the wild how are they going to defend themselves? Cats in particular need their claws to function in a few different ways. Taking away a cats claws is far worse than to deprive a human from their nails. If an animal hurts a human it will either get shot or injured pretty bad, if a human injures and animals their is slim to no consequences. The most recent incident that went viral was the gorilla Harambe. His life got ended because one child was being watched well enough as he slipped into the gorilla exhibit. If the child would of been harmed then the Cincinnati Zoo would of been in a lot of trouble for something they had no control over.Animals in shelters do not get to pick what they do, or to even be in there. Shelters are not very cozy and comforting so do not adopt or get a pet if you can not give it a home or lifestyle that you would not want to live in.  

Finally, animals can be transferred to safer shelters. All kill shelters will not be able to be closed but they can make more of an effort to transfer the animals to safer shelters. If an animals is not getting adopted, instead of killing it why not switch it into a different shelter for more people to see. Most people do not adopt from animal shelters because it is a little pricy but would you rather adopt an animal that will die in a few days if not adopted or take an animal that can easily find a home. Most no kill shelters do not pay their employees they all just volunteer, if the government paid each type of shelter the same we would have more workers and would not have to kill as many animals. I think in order to be able to own a pet you should have to get them spayed or neutered so there are less animals in the shelter. It will not be possible to end all kill shelters but  if majority of them are ended then over a period of time they might all have a chance to be ended. Transferring an animal to a different shelter should not be hard. Non kill shelters are very beneficial. In a shelter environment an animal should feel welcome and at home. If an animal is in a kill shelter vs no kill they will get different treatment. How would you feel if you ran away from home and got picked up by the cops, taken to jail and could not get out so they did not get taken care of because you were not leaving so it did not matter? Even though most people do not see most animals live as valuable as humans they still deserve to get treated better if not equivalent to humans. Animals do understand there surrounding and can tell when something is wrong, they know where home is and who their owners are.  Your pet is your family, kill shelters kill family.


Christmas break activities

  1. Go on a scavenger hunt outside.
  2. Make some ornaments for the tree inside.
  3. Make bird feeders for your trees outside.
  4. Bowl with your family and knock them down.
  5. Have a book festival .
  6. Go for a hike .
  7. Turn your playroom into a grocery store , toy store or coffee shop.
  8. Toss an egg off your porch and learn while doing it.
  9. Read some banned books .
  10. Work off some energy in your own boot camp.
  11. Go on an alphabet hunt.
  12. Play hide and seek.
  13. Make a snowman outside.
  14. Make a snowman inside

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Winter meet the team

As fall sports have come to an end its just the beginning of all of our winter sports. Meet the team is Monday, November 21st 2016. Come out and meet all the teams that will need your help by getting cheered on the winter!!



2016 Winter sports teams:

Boys Basketball- 8-2, Won league for the 4th time in a row!!

Womens Basketball- 4-6, going for a winning record this season.




Academic team- looking to win league this year!


Blood drive

Amelia had 73 students donate blood yesterday, Amelia is very consistent on students donating and saving lives. If you have never donated before you should give it a try, you get 2 hours of community service and get to save peoples lives.

SBAAC first team all stars


This year all the Amelia sporting teams had a lot of athletes participating in the SBAAC first team banquet. One Alumni, Daniel Waldmann won a $750 scholarship and Maddie Walker got Runner of the year. Amelia womens soccer Coach Amy Kemmer got Co- Coach of the year. This was the last time these teams will be recognized as Amelia.


ACT test

If you have signed up for the December 10th ACT you have one more day until you have to pay extra. The ACT is extremely important if you are planning to go to college. You should take the ACT as many times as possible your junior and senior year.

The following test dates that are still available:

December 10, 2016 November 4, 2016 November 5-18, 2016
February 11, 2017* January 13, 2017 January 14-20, 2017
April 8, 2017 March 3, 2017 March 4-17, 2017
June 10, 2017 May 5, 2017 May 6-19, 2017

Testing tips:

  • Find your weakness and study that subject as much as possible.
  •  Plug the answers back into the question.
  • Never leave an answer blank, go with your best guess if it comes down to it.
  • Skim the passages, there is a lot of reading and very limited time.
  • Rely on the visuals. EX: Graphs, diagrams, etc.
  • When writing have a really good intro and conclusion.
  • Use process of elimination!!
  • Fill in every bubble completely.

While taking the test know how much time you have through out the whole thing. You don’t have a lot of time but you don’t want to rush you want to use all of your time.

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