Wednesday, December 13, 2017

"His message to teens is that there is always hope."

Gary Swoboda was a typical teenager experimenting with drugs trying to solve his problems with anxiety and depression. What started off as a way to escape from his feelings led him down the path of drug addiction, almost lost himself, and eventually lost both of his sons to addiction.
Teens today are faced with all kinds of choices. Most young people are satisfied with immediate answers to whatever they are seeking to accomplish in the moment of close foreseeable future. In particular I am addressing the teens and young adults facing life struggles such as anxiety, depression, self worth, mental health, ADD, ADHD, and so on.
Swoboda, an author and a recovering addict clean for 18 years, has agreed to share his story and his struggles in life. His passion to share his story, to help, and encourage others is what makes him so inspiring and such an impact on people from any background or age group.
Gary at a young age suffered from depression, anxiety, and all the pressures of being a teen. At the age of 14, he drank alcohol. He describes it as an enlightenment. He discovered that alcohol alleviated a lot of his stress, anxiety, and pressure he suffered. He finally had the answer to so many problems that plagued him. He began experimenting with other things such as mushrooms, cocaine, and marijuana.
There was a serious relief from all of the anxiety and depression, life was better with all of these problems lifted. This seemed to be the solution to every negative emotion, the answer that most teens and young adults strive to find. However, it didn’t last long. Gary began to seek the escape more frequently, which created a dependency on these substances and eventually led to the dark and dangerous path of addiction. His eventual drug of choice became opiates, which then led to his last and most destructive drug; heroin.
His drug use over the years ended up doing the opposite of what he initially started using for. The addiction worsened his problems, made him more depressed than he had ever been and even pushed him to becoming suicidal. At that time, Gary didn’t value his life and death wasn’t the worst thing that could happen to him. At 19, he was planning on killing himself but he thought about how his parents would feel and how his loved ones would feel about his death. Looking back on the situation, Gary says, “Death may not be the worst thing that can happen to you but it’s the worst thing that can happen to those who love you.”
Over many years of addiction Gary had to face the reality of his decisions and choose sobriety. He had managed to lose just about everything that meant something to him because the “answer” to his many problems had become the worst problem he could ever face. Not only did Gary face addiction but he dealt with the most devastating part of addiction which is death. He lost both of his sons to addiction.
Today, he has 18 years clean and sober. He helps addicts through their struggles and helps them find sobriety, and he helps the loved ones of the addict cope with the situation as well. He continues to tell his story through his memoir Hungry Tigers, and hopes to create a better understanding of addiction and what the addict goes through. His message to teens is that there is always hope. For those who are depressed, or addicted, or anxious, or suicidal, he believes there is always hope because if he made it through his struggles so can someone else. He also stresses that even though he put all of these drugs into his body and he is healthy today that not many people are fortunate enough to have a healthy body after using destructive drugs such as heroin. So even using for a little bit can result in a terrible outcome in the future.

Instant euphoria and happiness can sound like the perfect solution to a teen’s issues and struggles, but when the solution is drugs and alcohol it easily makes everything so much worse down the road. It’s not worth ruining one’s life, and it’s not worth all of the pain and suffering it puts an individual through and the loved ones through.

Friday, December 8, 2017

OHSU Field Trip 12/11/2017

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OHSU Facility
On December 11th junior and senior students who are here at the school in the morning will be taking a trip down to OHSU for the day. Students will be listening to Dr. Baird who is a neuro-surgeon who is planning on talking about his profession and how to become one. And some other people who are in the same field will be speaking as well. After that students will be also seeing engineers of the Portland Ariel Tram and learning how it works and functions. Students will be back at the school around 1:30.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Take a Ride on the Polar Express

Image result for Polar expressThe winter semi-formal is coming up very soon. It is appropriately themed as The Polar Express and will be occurring on December 8th from 6-9 p.m. Tickets will be $5 for singles and $8 for couples in the office, then at the event it will be $7 for singles.
Although the dance is a semi-formal (which means 'look nicer/dressier than usual'), you can wear pajamas like the characters in The Polar Express movie if you'd like.
Hope to see you there!

Movie Night

Hey Titans! Our last movie night was a success, so get ready for our next movie night coming up very soon.
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On December 14th from 6-8 p.m. the Journalism class will be putting together a movie night. There will be free popcorn, and soda available for purchase. It's another B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Blanket), so bring your blankets, bring your friends, and bring your holiday spirit!
The movie we will be showing is the live action How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Tickets are $3 in the office and $5 dollars at the event.
Hope to see all of you there.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Another Win For Springwater

The volleyball game Tuesday, as you might know, was very unique. The two Springwater teams (team 1 and team 2) played against each other. Both teams were nervous about playing against their fellow Titans, but continued to support and encourage all of the players throughout the intense game.
Team 1 bringing it in before the game
Team 2 won 2-1, which is still a win for Springwater Trail as a whole. Both teams played very well for being put up against each other and showed immense adversity. Keep it up, Titans. 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Springwater vs. Springwater

Tuesday, November 7th, is game day for the volleyball team. However, this game is going to be a bit different. Springwater will be playing against Springwater.
This volleyball season we are short of teams, so in order to deal with this we have split the Springwater team into two teams; Team 1 and Team 2. Eventually the two teams would have to face each other and now the time has come.
Come support the volleyball teams! The game is at 5 p.m. at Reynolds middle school. Hope to see our fellow Titans there.

Friday, October 27, 2017

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Journalism has put together a special movie night for all students that would like to participate. Experience the movie Beetlejuice with all your fellow titans on October 30th. It'll go from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tickets will cost $3 in the office and $5 at the door of the event. Popcorn will be provided, you're also invited to bring your own blanket. Hope to see everyone there.