ATTENTION: here’s your chance to speak your mind!

Gabrielle Buchanan, Staff Writer

If you would like a chance to speak your mind about hot topics floating around our school, here’s the place.

Below are over 150 amazing topics. Ai??Choose one of these, or choose your own!

All you have to do is go to the COMMENT section (which is at the bottom of this story), pick one of the many topics provided below, and write a brief, thoughtful reaction (35-50 words, 2-3 paragraphs). Please spell check and edit your response. 

Include the following:

Your name (first and last)

Your school email

The whole question and your response

150 + Amazing topics:

  1. Is Cheating Getting Worse?
  2. If Football Is So Dangerous to Players, Should We Be Watching It?
  3. Should the Private Lives of Famous People Be Off Limits?
  4. Do Great Leaders Have to Be Outgoing?
  5. Should Students Be Able to Grade Their Teachers?
  6. Should Middle School Students Be Drug Tested?
  7. Should the Government Limit the Size of Sugary Drinks?
  8. Should Schools Put Tracking Devices in Students I.D. Cards?
  9. Do You Think a Healthier School Lunch Program Is a Lost Cause?
  10. How Much Pressure Do Boys Face to Have the Perfect Body?
  11. How, and by Whom, Should Children Be Taught Appropriate Behavior?
  12. What Current Musicians Do You Think Will Stand the Test of Time?
  13. How Concerned Are You About Climate Change?
  14. Are Digital Photographs Too Plentiful to Be Meaningful?
  15. Do You Think a Longer School Calendar Is a Good Idea?
  16. Should Engineers Pay Less for College Than English Majors?
  17. Should You Care About the Health and Safety of Those Making Your Clothing?
  18. How Should We Prevent Future Mass Shootings?
  19. Does Reality TV Promote Dangerous Stereotypes?
  20. Is Dating a Thing of the Past?
  21. Would You Feel Safer With Armed Guards Patrolling Your School?
  22. Should Women Be Allowed to Fight on the Front Lines Alongside Men?
  23. Have Curse Words Become So Common They Have Lost Their Shock Value?
  24. Is School Designed More for Girls Than Boys?
  25. What Makes a Good Commercial?
  26. Do Violent Video Games Make People More Violent in Real Life?
  27. Should All Children Be Able to Go to Preschool?
  28. Can Graffiti Ever Be Considered Art?
  29. Should Reading and Math Be Taught in Gym Class Too?
  30. Where Should Colleges and Sports Teams Draw the Line in Selling Naming Rights?
  31. Would You Rather Work From Home or in an Office?
  32. Should Students Be Allowed to Skip Senior Year of High School?
  33. How Many Text Messages Are Too Many?
  34. Does Buying and Accumulating More and More Stuff Make Us Happier?
  35. Do You Think Life Exists or Has Ever Existed Somewhere Besides Earth?
  36. Should Computer Games Be Used for Classroom Instruction?
  37. Do You Think Child Stars Have It Rough?
  38. How Important Do You Think It Is to Marry Someone With the Same Religion?
  39. How Would You Feel About a Computer Grading Your Essays?
  40. Should There Be Stricter Rules About How Coaches Treat Their Players?
  41. Should Colleges Fund Wellness Programs Instead of Sports?
  42. Why are there More Girls in Leadership Roles?
  43. Do Bystanders Have a Responsibility to Intervene When There is Trouble?
  44. When Should You Be Able to Buy Cigarettes, Drink Alcohol, Vote, Drive and Fight in Wars?
  45. Is Prom Worth It?
  46. Do People Complain Too Much?
  47. Would You Want a Pair of Google Glasses Computer Glasses?
  48. Should What You Say on Facebook Be Grounds for Getting Fired?
  49. Should Children Be Allowed to Wear Whatever They Want?
  50. Should Marijuana Be Legal?
  51. What Role Will Robots Play in Our Future?
  52. Is Drinking and Driving Still a Problem for Teenagers?
  53. Would You Want a Bike Share Program for Your Community
  54. What Do You Think of Grouping Students by Ability in School
  55. How Would the Presidential Campaigns Change if the Voting Age Were 13?
  56. What Are You Looking Forward To, or Dreading, This School Year?
  57. How Competitive Are You?
  58. What Music Inspires You?
  59. When Have You Ever Succeeded When You Thought You Might Fail?
  60. What Skills Do You Have, or Wish You Had?
  61. Would You Ever Go Through Hazing to Be Part of a Group?
  62. Is Trying Too Hard to Be Happy Making You Sad?
  63. What Are Your Sleep Habits?
  64. What Experiences Have You Had With Gender Bias in School?
  65. How Did You Start Doing Something You Love?
  66. To What Company Would You Write a Letter of Complaint or Admiration?
  67. What Words or Phrases Do You Think Are Overused?
  68. Do You Perform Better When you are Competing or When you are Collaborating?
  69. Do You Ever Mix It up or Socialize With Different People at School?
  70. What Are the Most Memorable Meals Youai??i??ve Ever Had?
  71. What Magazines Do You Read, and How Do You Read Them?
  72. Have You Ever Changed a Family Memberai??i??s Mind?
  73. What Are the Best Souvenirs Youai??i??ve Ever Collected While Traveling?
  74. Do You Like Scary Movies and Books?
  75. What Are Your Experiences With Severe Weather?
  76. Has Anyone Ever Said That You Look Like Someone Famous?
  77. How Do You Help?
  78. Are You Distracted by Technology?
  79. When Have You Spoken Out About Something You Felt Had to Change?
  80. Is Your Bedroom a Nightmare?
  81. Who Are the ai???Charactersai??i?? That Make Your Town Interesting?
  82. How Would Your Life Be Different If You Had Better Listening Skills?
  83. How Often Do You Cry?
  84. With Your Home in Danger, What Would You Try to Save?
  85. How Careful Are You Online?
  86. Have You Ever Been Scammed?
  87. Do You Sometimes ai???Hideai??i?? Behind Irony?
  88. What Would You Invent to Make the World a Better Place?
  89. How Well Do You Get Along With Your Siblings?
  90. How Much Can People Change?
  91. Whatai??i??s Your Karaoke Song?
  92. How Do You Make Parenting Difficult for Your Parents?
  93. Have You Ever Been in Love?
  94. When Have You Seen Yourself and Your Life Reflected in a Book or Other Media?
  95. What Are Your Tips for Enjoying the Holiday Season?
  96. How Stressed Are You?
  97. What Will You Remember Most From 2017?
  98. How Will You Spend the Holiday Break?
  99. What Are Your Hopes for 2018?
  100. When Has a Teacher Inspired You?
  101. What Will People Wear at Costume Parties Celebrating the 2000s?
  102. How Often Do You Leave Your ai???Comfort Zoneai??i???
  103. Do Adults Who Are ai???Only Trying to Helpai??i?? Sometimes Make Things Worse?
  104. What Were the Best Movies You Saw in 2017?
  105. Does Facebook Ever Make You Feel Bad?
  106. What Have Your Parents Taught You About Money?
  107. If You Could Go Anywhere, Where Would You Want to Travel?
  108. Would You Want to Grow Up in the Public Eye?
  109. What Do You Do When You Encounter Obstacles to Success?
  110. Was There a Toy You Wanted as a Child But Never Got?
  111. How Do You Fight the Winter Blues?
  112. What Tech Tools Play the Biggest Role in Your Life?
  113. How Well Do You Know Your Pet?
  114. Does Being a Fan Help Define Who You Are?
  115. Whatai??i??s the Most Memorable Thing You Ever Got in the Mail?
  116. What Food Would You Like to Judge in a Taste-Off?
  117. Does Your Life Leave You Enough Time to Relax?
  118. What Are Your Predictions for and Reactions to the State of the Union Address?
  119. Read Any Good Books Lately?
  120. Have You Ever Found Something Valuable?
  121. What Investment Are You Willing to Make to Get Your Dream Job?
  122. What Would You Wait in Line For?
  123. What Are Your Favorite Viral Videos?
  124. How Good is Your Grammar?
  125. Whatai??i??s the Most Impressive Sports Moment Youai??i??ve Seen?
  126. Have You Ever Taken Something You Werenai??i??t Supposed To?
  127. What Was Your Most Precious Childhood Possession?
  128. How Much Do You Know About Your Familyai??i??s History?
  129. Do You Ever Feel Guilty About What, or How Much, You Throw Away?
  130. What Makes You Happy?
  131. What Would Your Fantasy Spring Break Be Like?
  132. What Are Your Sources for Information About Colleges and Universities?
  133. Whatai??i??s the Coolest Thing Youai??i??ve Ever Seen in Nature?
  134. How Does Your School Deal With Students Who Misbehave?
  135. Do You Ever Seek Advice on the Internet?
  136. What Would Your Ideal Summer Camp Be Like?
  137. Do You Spend Too Much Time Preparing for Standardized Tests?
  138. Where Do You Want to Go to College?
  139. Would You Ever Consider Getting a Tattoo?
  140. What Six People, Living or Dead, Would You Invite to Dinner?
  141. What Would You Teach the World in an Online Video?
  142. What Were Your Favorite Picture Books When You Were Little?
  143. Have You Ever Felt Embarrassed by Things You Used to Like?
  144. How Do You React When Provoked?
  145. What Kind of ai???Little Free Libraryai??i?? Would You Create for Your Community?
  146. Do You Have Helicopter Parents?
  147. When Has a Sports Team Most Disappointed You?
  148. How Important Is Driving to You?
  149. What Would Your Dream Home Be Like?
  150. Do You Wish You Could Return to Moments From Your Past?
  151. How Much Slang Do You Use? What Are Your Favorite Words?
  152. Do You Plan on Saving Any of Your Belongings for the Future?
  153. What Old Television Shows Would You Bring Back?
  154. How Careful Are You in the Sun?
  155. Do You Enjoy Reading Tabloid Gossip?
  156. What Are Your Favorite Names?
  157. Whatai??i??s on Your Summer Reading List?
  158. What Are You Listening To?
  159. How Do You React to Strangers Having Private Conversations in Public?
  160. What Are the Most Important Innovations of the Last 50 Years?
  161. Have You Ever Stumbled Upon a Cool Public Performance?


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26 Responses to “ATTENTION: here’s your chance to speak your mind!”

  1. Sean Pickett on December 13th, 2017 10:01 AM

    What Would You Wait in Line For? I would not wait in line for products coming out in a store, but I would wait in line for amusement park rides, water slides, etc.

  2. Taylor Miller on December 13th, 2017 10:15 AM

    my go to karaoke song is anything from High School Musical!!

  3. Caeley Hank on December 13th, 2017 10:30 AM

    103. Do Adults Who Are ‘Only Trying to Help’ Sometimes Make Things Worse?
    I do believe that sometimes teachers or even parents push us so far to do well in school. Often adults forget that our lives do not revolve around school and getting A’s and neglect the fact that they may be stressing us out more than we already are. Of course as well rounded students, we all should want to get good grades but sometimes adults contradict themselves and get mad when we don’t secede but preach to us that we have to fail sometimes to be successful. Its hypocritical and honestly annoying. I understand that the people around me specifically teachers want me to get good grades but sometimes aren’t very encouraging and end up stressing students out more in the long run.

  4. Amanda Smith on December 13th, 2017 12:35 PM

    #107 “If you can go anywhere, where would you want to travel?”
    I would love to go to Italy and Hawaii!

  5. Luke Socha on December 13th, 2017 12:37 PM

    140. What Six People, Living or Dead, Would You Invite to Dinner?
    I would love to have dinner with some… controversial people. These people would be Mao Zedong, Stalin, Hitler, King Louis XVI, Napoleon and King George III.

  6. Jayden Paradis on December 13th, 2017 12:38 PM

    What are your sleep habits? I sleep for 1-4 hours a night.

  7. Acadia Holbert on December 13th, 2017 12:38 PM

    I believe I know my dog very well. If my dog could talk I feel he would be one of my best friends. His name is Cooper! Cooper is 7 years old and is the sweetest, most mellow dog I know. He stands outside with me while I wait for the bus like a parent and will cuddle with me like a boyfriend. Whenever I am feeling down I can cuddle with him and he always cheers me up. Cooper also loves attention like many others. He loves to be pet and cuddled with. Cooper would be a best friend of mine if he could talk or was a human being. This shows how well I know him which I believe is very well.

  8. Sadie J on December 13th, 2017 12:41 PM

    I don’t know why, but people say that I look like Ciara… the singer.

  9. Waqar Mir on December 13th, 2017 12:41 PM

    What Were the Best Movies You Saw in 2017?
    Three movies were my favorite this year: Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man Homecoming, and The Lego Batman Movie. Those are very good movies that was top priority to watch in the beginning of 2017

  10. Mickenna Younker on December 13th, 2017 12:43 PM

    How important is driving to you? Today everyone should know how to drive by the time their an adult, but in my opinion I hate that you can barely walk anywhere anymore. I’m just saying that in my opinion, I enjoy the Journey, which there is more to see.

  11. Gerard Franklin on December 13th, 2017 12:45 PM

    139. I want to get a tattoo of my grandmas birth and death on my chest and connect a tree branch to it and have that tree branch wrap around my shoulder and connect to a big family tree on my back with all my dead friends and family.

  12. Emma Hellivan on December 13th, 2017 12:45 PM

    I think during senior year, you should only be required to take the classes that will benefit you academically. Taking a gym class and having to stay in school and take multiple study halls just to fill up your schedule is a waste of time. During senior year, finishing any math, science, english, or history courses, and classes that can encourage good study habits is worth taking senior year, but once those classes are taken, I feel that students should be able to leave the school, rather than just sitting in art classes or study halls.

  13. Dana Myles on December 13th, 2017 12:48 PM

    Has Anyone Ever Said That You Look Like Someone Famous?

    I have been told since Stephen King’s “It” has come out that I look like the female lead, Beverly, played by Sophia Lillis. I don’t know if I agree with this but OKAY.

  14. Cory Delossantos on December 15th, 2017 8:41 AM

    #139 Would You Ever Consider Getting a Tattoo?
    I would like to get a tattoo when i’m older. I have a lot of ideas to put on my body but I probably won’t get all of them. I want to get the number 34 since it represents my name, the bizarro logo or red lanterns logo from DC comics, two katana blades, military knife, Ornstein and Smough, or even a crazy body tattoo of either a Greek fret pattern or train track pattern.

  15. Brooke Givens on December 15th, 2017 10:55 AM

    Yes, I do think curse words have been normalized over time and have lost their “shock value.”

  16. Isabella Pretell on December 15th, 2017 10:59 AM

    Should You Care About the Health and Safety of Those Making Your Clothing? I think that we should care. I’m not saying that they shouldn’t be able to make the clothes, but we would never allow those working conditions here in the US. So why should be allow them in another country? The work they’re doing is still for American companies, shouldn’t we be putting out a better image.

  17. Taylor Craig on December 15th, 2017 11:00 AM

    50. Should Marijuana Be Legal?
    Yes because it is already legal for medical use and recreational in some places. It can be used positively and people will continue to use it regardless if it is illegal or not. It may as well be legal so people can stay safe and not have to worry about anything.

  18. Helana Hunter on December 15th, 2017 11:02 AM

    Do You Think a Healthier School Lunch Program Is a Lost Cause?
    Yes, I think it makes me more hungry because most of the lunches are gross and I won’t eat them. But when there’s good lunch like chicken nuggets they give you 5 small pieces.

  19. Daniel Ocasio on December 15th, 2017 11:02 AM

    Do Adults Who Are ‘Only Trying to Help’ Sometimes Make Things Worse?
    At some catagories of my life, yes. It is, because I feel pressured to follow certain paths that I do not want to take.

    Have you ever been in love?
    Yes and love is like a drug. You get a dopaine high. Feels good, but dangerous to mess with.

    What Would You Teach the World in an Online Video?
    I would teach people the values of life and how their choices impact other people.

  20. Amaya Fernandez on December 15th, 2017 11:03 AM

    Would You Ever Consider Getting a Tattoo?
    I would get a tattoo when I am ready. I would want one on my shoulder of an eclipse because it signifies my moms and me, My mom is the moon and my step mom is the sun and i’m the star. then I would get two roses for my two grandmothers with their names on it on my back.

  21. Nicole Sanzi on December 15th, 2017 11:09 AM

    How Concerned Are You About Climate Change?
    – I am very concerned about climate change because animals are going extinct left and right. Polar Bears are emaciated due to their melting habitats. Chunks of ice the size of Delaware are falling off into the ocean. Tectonic plates can move and slide based off of climate change, leaving half of California underwater. Gas and coal burning although cost efficient are stripping the Earth of all its nutrients. What happens when all of the resources and the animals of the earth are gone? Humans are not invincible and the damage that we do to the world, we are doing to ourselves. We are nature and we will eventually go extinct as well.

  22. Ethan Balcik on December 15th, 2017 11:10 AM

    38. Is it important to marry someone of the same religion?

    It is very important to define marriage before proceeding to marry someone of another religion. Religions define marriage differently than marriage is viewed in society. For example, some religions allow individuals to be married to multiple other individuals, and some religions ban the marriage of those from the same sex. In American law, same sex marriages are legal, while polygamy is not. If the marriage is intended to follow the guidelines of a religion rather than national law, it is VERY important to marry a member of your religion and to follow your religion’s guidelines in choosing a partner, whereas if your wish is to marry a member of the opposite sex, you are 100% allowed to do so in America and have my support in making such a decision, but in the case of one’s marriage conflicting with the code of values of one’s religion, such a decision should not be rooted in religion.

  23. Anthony Cusumano on December 15th, 2017 11:10 AM

    141. What Six People, Living or Dead, Would You Invite to Dinner?

    the six people that I would love to invite to dinner are; Paul George, My grandma, Calvin Johnson, Teddy Roosevelt, My brother, and Ray Lewis. I would invite these people to dinner because I really admire them and would try to model myself around them.

  24. Ethan Jones on December 15th, 2017 11:11 AM

    Should Marijuana Be Legal?

    YES! Let me rephrase that, yes Recreational Marijuana should be legal. Prior to the Regan Administration, marijuana was legal in every state.It was at the height of 30’s the Federal Bureau of Narcotics had blamed the Mexicans [what’s changed] for the crimes because they were underfunded by the U.S. government. Compared to most LEGAL things that people consumed in 2015, Alchohol killed 88,000 people, Tobacco killed 480,000 people, while Cannabis killed 0!
    0! Can you believe that. Here’s a quote from FBN in the 30’s

    “Marijuana is an addictive drug that produces in its users’ insanity, criminality, and death!”

    And in 1937 Congress Banned Marijuana. So, in conclusion, Marijuana is banned because of Racists! What has changed?

  25. Kevin Reyes on January 10th, 2018 9:25 AM

    #29.Should Reading and Math Be Taught in Gym Class Too? In my opinion I think there should be no math and reading in gym class because what’s the point of adding it in gym if you can learn it in a class room there’s different subjects for a reason. To keep things in order just leave gym class the way it is.

  26. Krystal cabrera on January 10th, 2018 9:27 AM

    Should science and math be taught in gym class too? I don’t think math and science or any subject for that matter should be taught in gym class. We have an 8 hour school day of learning and we already have those classes so why teach it again when we’re in gym class? I feel as though gym should be focused on teaching us how to play a sport we never played or heard of before, help us learn about our body and how we can maintain a healthy life style. Some people like gym after a stressful day of classes and just to kick back and have fun. There’s a lot that we need to be taught other than math and science. Learning about your body is important too.

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