Editorial: What is GFS missing?

We often think of GFS as having it all. Good teachers, historic buildings, fields, and good values. But what aren’t we getting? What does GFS need, and what standards should we be meeting that we aren’t already? Should we be satisfied with the current state of GFS? There are many things that GFS needs to improve upon in a variety of areas.

Our Campus is beautiful, but some of the facilities have not been improved upon for a long time. Many of the buildings have been around since the turn of the twentieth century, and have not been renovated in decades. There are some obvious things needed, such as air conditioning in the Cary Building, but there are other things that GFS, with all of its resources could do. Though we have the extremely energy efficient Wade Building, sadly we do not have any solar panels on campus. This could be an easy way for GFS to save money, and be more environmentally friendly.

Our athletic programs are excellent, but there is a glaring lack in two areas. Most schools have an indoor swimming pool, but GFS doesn’t have one, despite giving exemptions to students who swim. The pool could be a multipurpose facility, with anything from lifeguard training to kayaking happening there. We would be able to have a GFS swimming team as well. GFS is not only missing a swimming pool, but it also does not have any school squash courts. The lack of squash courts leads to an overly competitive atmosphere in the middle school teams, which can lead to people becoming discouraged from the sport. 

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Coke v. pepsi

Coke vs. Pepsi 

By Walter Savage 

Soda, Pop, Cola. These are all names for the most popular drinks in America. And one company stands on top is Coca Cola. But a lot of people say that their rival company, Pepsi, is much better. So,I took to the halls of Sharpless to solve this mystery.

The argument about Coke and Pepsi has been going on for many years. I am sure that different versions of this article have been written at different schools. People argue that Coke is more sweet while Pepsi has a stronger cola flavor.

What I first found out is that a large amount of middle school students who have never had Coke, Pepsi, or even soda. I can name many times in Lower School when we had soda.

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The Frontrunners of the 2020 Presidential Election

On January 20th, 2017, the first presidential candidate for the 2020 election started his run. His name is Donald Trump, and he is the main reason why over 25 democrats are running for the office that Trump holds in 2020. Recently, former Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, joined the race, immediately getting over 2% support in some polls. But, he isn’t in the lead. The frontrunners are former Vice President Joe Biden, Senators Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and South Bend, IN, Mayor Pete Buttigieg. The race is packed now, but soon it will get much smaller.

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Is it really a rivalry?

What does a Tiger and a Quaker have in common? Well, they’re not that far away from each other. The two schools are separated by 2,000 feet, and from the surface, it may seem that they have a fierce hatred and rivalry towards one another, but this may not be the opinion from the students of Germantown Friends School. I asked some of my friends and middle school A-team athletes who they enjoyed beating the most

Firstly, I decided to ask a couple of Soccer players what they thought:

“Penn Charter, because I know a bunch of kids that go there, and they’re a block away from the fields”

-Ezra Stern, A team striker

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Camping trips: Which one is the best?

Ask any teacher what you’ll remember when you look back on middle school, they’ll say the camping trip. Each camping trip is meant to bond you with your classmates, and maybe help you understand the wilderness more. Each camping trip gets shorter the older you are, with the sixth grade trip being much longer than MOSAIC.

The sixth grade camping trip (my personal favorite) takes place at Hickory Run State Park in Pennsylvania. It has many hikes with your homeroom, including the stream hike and the boulder field. It was an amazing bonding experience, and definitely brought our homeroom together.  We had to prepare our own food, which was a major trust building event. Sam Spear, an eighth grader, said it was his favorite trip because, “There were more hikes, there was more woods experience.”

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