Lions' Digest

Tuna Safak, Staff Writer

“You build a life for 16 years and leave it for 10 months. You build a life for 10 years and leave it forever. Which one is harder?” My name is Tuna Safak and I am an exchange student from Germany at State High for the 2017-18 school year. Going to America was a childhood dream for me. America seemed so close and so far at the same time. I saw all those series where the American way of life and high school was illustrated, which made me feel like I was there by being so close through the screen and the passion I watched it with. But then, looking at the map, you obviously realize that it is far away, on the other side of the world and unreachable. America: a melting pot of 320 million people from different ethnicities and a country tied to an incredible amount of superlatives. New York, opportunity, the American dream, football games, hamburgers, Thanksgiving, open mindness, school spirit:  these are the first words that come into my mind, when I hear America - but is that reality? We do live in a world full of bias. The knowledge we have is based on what we perceive from the media. My mission here is to experience the REAL culture and way of life as oppose to being a tourist. Let the adventure begin

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Members of the youth group FISH pose during a mission trip to Highland Park, New Jersey that occurred during spring break. Members pictured are Jackie Saleeby, Ben Nasal, and Dan Culin, seniors; Tori Richardson and Tuna Safak, juniors; and Saoirse Hopp, sophomore. The students took part in painting Highland Park Church, a very philanthropic church, in order to give back. “It was one of the most life-changing weeks of my life. To be able to actually get out in the real world and make change is an incomparably gratifying experience,” said Culin.

FISH on Mission

Tuna Safak, Staff Writer
June 4, 2018

State High juniors take the SAT on May 5th. Students were really stressed and especially with Prom on the same day. Junior Meghan Phughes said, “I was nervous just because this feels like my future is determined all in this one test. Its just really important to me because I want to look good for colleges.”

The S in SAT stands for stress

Tuna Safak, Staff Writer
June 4, 2018
State High students put together puzzles that, when completed, revealed a picture of the country in which the student would be living for the year 2018-2019. Kristen Miller, senior, and Parker Kingshipp, sophomore, were among the students at the Rotary event. Kingshipp said, “Before I knew, I was very nervous and had no idea which country that I would be travelling to. But once I put the puzzle together I was so relieved and excited to see Argentina’s flag. It made me feel even more excited about spending that time in a different country and be able to experience a different culture than my own.”

Don’t Miss The Chance

Tuna Safak, Staff Writer
April 4, 2018
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