Welcome to the official news magazine for Brooke Point High School. This is the full, online, completely colored version of the second issue of the 2015-2016 publication. Within this issue, you will find articles about our students, the community, the winter weather, the upcoming Valentine's Day season, and much more!
Running in a Winter Junior Merritt Peterson has been running track at Brooke Point for three years. She usually runs only distance events, including the mile or the 1,000. According to Peterson, winter and spring track are pretty similar. Winter track runs from mid- November until February and meets are held inside. Peterson explains, “<strong>The</strong> season goes much faster than you’d think.” She is looking forward to the spring season. She says, “Everyone has been working and training hard.” Peterson stays in shape during the winter months by using a tredmill and doing a lot of leg and ab workouts. She claims to like the spring season more because more people come out to their events. This three year runner says “there’s alot of talent on our team and we have great coaches!” 12 Wonderland By Cassidy Hoff and Emma McElwain Upcoming Winter Track Events Tuesday January 12th: 3:30 Boys and girls indoor meet at NSHS Friday January 15th: Boys and Girls varsity invitational at St. Christophers Saturday January 16th: Boys and Girls varsity invitational Friday January 29th: Boys and Girls varsity meet Friday February 6th: Boys and Girls varsity meet Monday February 8th: Boys and Girls Varsity Conference tournament. BPHS Wednesday February 17th: Boys and Girls Varsity Reigon Tournament. Prince George Complex Friday February 26th: Boys and Girls States. Boo Williams Center Saturday February 27th: Boys and Girls States. Boo Williams Center While runners are practicing inside, Addison Phillips is practicing shotput in the cold. He explains that he prefers spring track because it is much harder to throw in the winter. He says, “It’s more difficult to be fluid with your movements and you can’t throw as far.” Phillips expects to qualify for conference later on this year. bradybarr.com <strong>The</strong> History of Valentine’s Day By Regan Flieg You know that Valentine’s Day is the designated holiday for expressing love, but do you know where it comes from? According to History.com, Valentine’s Day’s origins stretch back to the Ancient Roman feast of Luperci, the festival of fertility. As a part of this celebration, Roman priests sacrificed dogs and goats. <strong>The</strong>y proceeded to dip strips of goat hide into blood and slap fields and women with them. This was gratefully recieved as it was believed that this action would increase fertility. To end the festival of Luperci, bachelors drew the names of single women out of an urn and were randomly paired with them for the year. In an attempt to override Luperci, the Catholic Church placed the feast of Saint Valentine on Feb. 14, one day before Luperci. According to Catholic Online, not much is known about Saint Valentine, but one of the stories depicts the saint as a priest administering Catholic weddings to couples despite this action being illegal. He was put to death for his crime, and he is believed to have sent a letter to the daughter of his jailor signed “Your Valentine” before he died. According to History.com, the holiday of Valentine’s Day didn’t take a definite turn toward romance until the Middle Ages when it was believed that February marked the beginning of mating season for birds. Charles, Duke of Orleans, was the writer of the oldest Valentine still in existence. It is a poem written to his wife during his imprisonment in 1415. <strong>The</strong> mass-production of Valentine’s Day cards began in the 1840s when Ester A. Howland began selling her creations. With approximately 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards sent a year, it is the second most popular holiday for card sending, ranked only below Christmas. 13