Destin, Florida Spring Break

Destin FL
By Tia Etter

If you happen to stroll the halls of the high school this week, you may hear stories of the students’ trips and adventures they had over their much needed spring break. While the students brag about the places they’ve been, I stand by and shake my head because I know the truth. Without a doubt, Destin, Florida is the best place to vacation.

Located in the pan handle of Florida, Destin is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. With its beaches, shopping spots, delicious food and touristy attitude, it attracts many snow birds, especially Michiganders. 2013’s spring break had several staff and students from Flushing migrate to Destin this year for some 70 degree sunny weather. Senior Kaityln Cox said, “I loved the beach. Everyone was so friendly and social there!” I know from first-hand experience how friendly the people were. Could the adrenaline of spring break affected the people’s attitudes? Possibly, but I like to believe that the warm weather of Destin influences the happy/easy-going lifestyle of the people who live and visit there. Flushing also had several staff members in Destin over their break. “The beaches were beautiful, there were plenty of things to do and the food was amazing,” Security staff member Brenda Martinez said.

Over my spring break period, Destin had 70 degree and sunny weather for the most part. That was until the last two days of our trip. Unable to enjoy the sun, I found that Destin has some of the hottest shopping spots in Florida. There were multiple strip malls including stores like Old Navy and MC Sporting Good but there were small boutiques that sell everything from expensive jewelry to tribal masks. Destin is also home to Destin Commons, a beautiful outdoor mall including a new movie theater to house tourists like me on rainy days.

One cannot visit Destin without trying all of the local sea food restaurants. From lobster, to salmon, to shrimp Destin has the best of the best. Even if you aren’t a sea food kind of person, this little piece of paradise is sure to have something you’ll love to eat. Destin is not only home to many tasty franchises such as Bubba Gump Shrimp, T.G.I. Friday’s and Chili’s, but also to many other local luncheonettes like Pampano Joe’s, AJ’s Seafood & Oyster Bar and Jonny O’Quigley’s.

I have been to Florida many times in my eighteen years, visiting Orlando, Ft. Lauderdale and the everglades but my top favorite place to vacation in Florida is Destin. So, if you’re looking for fun-in-the-sun, beautiful beaches, lovely boutiques, happy people and good food, make Destin your next vacation spot.


More Spelling Bee winners

Congratulations to two more Flushing High School students who excelled at the annual Genesee Intermediate School District Spelling Bee today. Matt Karas and James Napier took the top two spots for the freshmen contenders this year.

9th grade GISD Spelling Bee winners:  Matt Karas (first place) and James Napier (second place)

9th grade GISD Spelling Bee winners: Matt Karas (first place) and James Napier (second place)

Dying with sound

By: Lamees Shamieh

With a death toll surpassing 38,000, the concept of the Syrian “Civil” War is bound to have made it to your eyes, heart, or mind in some way. Nearly two years have passed since the suppressed voices finally unleashed into the air of an oppressed nation, an inhumane dictator, and an appropriately ruthless system. Voices that had finally mustered the confidence, that had finally grasped the fact that something should and could be done united to be heard.

This simple concept of free speech is one we too often take for granted. The concept of criticizing political figures is never looked down upon, but rather, somewhat promoted. The concept of publicizing painful realities is legal unless it’s slanderous or untrue; we see it as necessary to establish truth, awareness, and most importantly, solutions.

It is merely a given for the American. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are deemed rights, not privileges; needs, not wants.

They are. They are human rights. Dehumanization is, in essence, the result of right deprivation, hence the horrific condition of the Syrian people. The country has split into two groups: pro-Government citizens and freedom-fighting citizens. Fueled with blind patriotism, dominance, and of course, the government’s back, the pro-Government (or pro-Bashar) citizens have been using force to halt protest, killing off the smallest sense of government opposition, literally.

Homes have been destructed. Schools, if not demolished, have closed to meet the needs of refugees. Families have been shattered, torn apart, terrorized. Children have been slaughtered, abused, and tortured for the wicked sake of being tortured. Hundreds of women and girls have raped by armed military gangs. All in the name of the government…

They’ve vocalized their fears, their pleas, their pains, and the world has heard. Silenced by loftiness and a cowardly fear of entanglement, the world has become numb to the suffering of the Syrian people. Stubbornly huddled together in midst of a peaceful protest, a group of Syrian children hold signs reading: “We’re sorry if our cries disturb your ears. We’ll try to die without sound.”

Spelling Bee Winners

Congratulations to Trey Thomas, first place, and Josie Himes, second place winners at the Genesee Intermediate School District annual Spelling Bee held today. Thomas and Himes took the top two spots at the 12th grade level while

Photo courtesy of Yvonne Fil

Trey Thomas and Josie Himes GISD Spelling Bee winners for 12th graders.

Ben Aurand earned third place for the juniors. The sophomore and freshman competitions will be held, Tuesday, March 12.

Marketing students have successful Valentine’s Day Sale

With Valentine’s Day long gone, Flushing High School offered a fundraiser that supported DECA, while also encouraging students to send something sweet to their valentine. Whether it was a friend or future significant other, this program was sure to spark interest. I spoke with Mr. Sirle about projected rose sales. His rough estimate was about 380 roses.

According to last year’s numbers, this was 25-30% higher.
Additionally, 68 Crushes were sold, which was a little less than last year, and 64 bears (combos included), were sent off to giddy teenagers, which was slightly more than last year. Here’s a pie chart to keep those numbers straight:

2012 rose salesRose sale compare


Dixon signs with Findlay

Dixon signing for Findlay.

Dixon signing with Findlay.

On Wednesday, February 6 senior Keinyi Dixson made a huge decision. In Flushing High School’s library at 3:15, Dixon signed a letter of intent to play football for the University of Findlay. Among the spectators watching the signing were Dixon’s parents, pastor, and the majority of his teammates from football and basketball. Paul Brieger, Flushing’s athletic director said, “Choosing where to go after high school is a huge choice and I believe Keinyi made the right choice.” Flushing is very proud of Dixon’s achievements.

Keinyi Dixon signing to play football at the University of Findlay.

Thomas signs letter with Bethel College

Thomas signing

Congratulations to senior Chelsea Thomas who signed her letter of intent to play golf at Bethel College in the fall.  Chelsea signed her letter surrounded by her family and her future Bethel College golf coach in the North Cafe today.