Inside The Blue And White
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Thanksgiving break is almost here and WVHS is buzzing over it. Debates about the best thanksgiving food are breaking out in class and almost becoming as heated as the debates about the Egg Bowl. I can firmly tell you that the only correct answers are mashed potatoes and Ole Miss.
Anyway, whether you agree or disagree it is 100 percent safe to say that we are ready for Thanksgiving and its festivities.
Water Valley High School is proud to welcome Wildrose Mandarin (Rin) to our Blue Devil family. Rin is an eight year-old British Lab that is black from head to toe. She thoroughly enjoys pep rallies, basketball games, and soccer fields. You can even find Rin on Instagram(@wildrose_madarin).
School Therapist Natalie Turner, brings Rin to school each day allowing students to love on her. However Rin does not just come to school for pleasure, but instead she gets to work. Rin’s official title is Water Valley School District’s therapy dog. Mrs. Turner saw the need that students could use a friendly face like Rin at school and went on a mission to acquire a therapy dog. She ended up finding Rin and could not have asked for a more perfect match. Rin is trained to navigate loud noises and crowds in order to assist others in them as well. Over the summer, Rin attended school to get used to the intercom bells and slick floor to be fully equipped for the school year.
Rin brings a calming presence into the room, allowing students to cool off after a situation by just petting her. She also helps students get out their energy by a simple game of fetch during the school day.
“If I had a magic wand, she would be it!” Mrs. Turner stated.
Students have overall been extremely receptive to Rin and enjoy having her light at school. Personally, I do not think it can get much better than seeing a sweet dog going down the hallways to brighten up your Monday morning.
The Class of 2023 had another eventful week as they traveled to the University of Mississippi for a tour on Nov. 8. Students were welcomed with an Ole Miss t-shirt and pamphlet and then guided into a room for a presentation on the university. Students got to hear about scholarships, residential halls, class sizes, events and campus life. Afterwards, seniors were divided into groups and led by University Ambassadors on a tour of campus. Students walked through the Grove, passed by the Vaught, entered the library, visited the Chancellor’s office and more. Seniors ended the day with lunch together on campus and excitement over the possibilities after graduation.
The Blue Devil Football team ended their 2022 season against Winona in the second round of playoffs on Nov. 11 in Tiger territory. This season proved to be one full of dedication and strength from our Devils. They were not afraid to push through and adapt in order to get better. As this season comes to an end, so do the days on Bobby Clark Field for the senior Blue Devils. Will Sanford, Brandon Turner, CJ Telford, Andrew Paysinger, Jamerious Jenkins, Jeremy Griffis, Que Carothers, Saveon Freeman, Jason Carothers, Jaelyn Isbell, Daylon Vaughn, Walker Tedford, Elijah White, Keith Llyod, and Brayden Buford finished out their Blue Devil Football career this past Friday night. They were constant leaders throughout the entirety of their years on the field.
“I am most proud of the adversity we overcame as a team this season,” shared Saveon Freeman. “We never quit, and that’s what matters. Being a part of this team and being a Blue Devil has given me a lasting brotherhood that I will cherish forever.”
As a senior, it is bittersweet to look back over this past week. It is exciting and fun to explore a campus with your friends but it’s also sad to think that they will not all be beside you in class next year. It’s sad to know that you will never sit in the student section or be on the field at WVHS football again, but it is so sweet to look back and laugh at the best memories from throughout the years. I guess what I am trying to say through all this is that a week like this really makes you stop wishing for
Thanksgiving break to come faster and start wishing things would slow down just a little bit!