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Your Friday Briefing

Good morning!

The Golden Bear Gazette hopes you have a great Friday and start to your Thanksgiving Break!

Here is the news to keep you in-the-know. Today's three large stories:

1. The Thanksgiving Door Decorating Competition.

2. Your latest WCS COVID-19 numbers.

3. BearTalk to resume after Thanksgiving Break.

Ms. Dedeluk's Ninth Block Door Design

1. The Thanksgiving Door Decorating Competition.

This year's Thanksgiving Door Decorating Competition winner "will be announced, with ceremony, after the Thanksgiving break," says Mrs. Sharpe.

Many ninth block students and teachers put their heart into this year's door decorating to show that they were the most thankful this year, despite any challenges or circumstances.

Student Council's annual door decorating contest this year had a new theme: thankfulness. Judges were looking for doors that not only display Thanksgiving holiday vibes but also have genuinely thankful and appreciative messages.

Student Council has led the annual door decorating contest in the past with a football homecoming theme and each class's subject matter represented. This year they used flexibility to their advantage to create a positive twist on the old tradition.

"It is important to focus on the things we sometimes take for granted," Mr. Stricklin, one of StuCo's sponsors, told The Golden Bear Gazette. He went on to describe that this year of all years, our student leaders wanted to emphasize what matters most in our trying times.


2. Your latest COVID-19 numbers

The following information shows the increase in Wilson County School COVID-19 cases and exposure quarantines.

Wilson County Schools updated their data to include the week of Nov. 7 through Nov. 13.

Currently, WCS only counts three positive student cases and one positive staff case at MJHS for the week of Nov. 7 through Nov. 13.

Green Hill High School currently has three positive student cases and four positive staff cases for Nov. 7 through Nov. 13.


3. BearTalk news podcast to resume in December 2020.

After a long wait, BearTalk, MJHS's news podcast, will return in December 2020.

"This gives students a chance to feel even more connected and involved with what's going on at MJ," said Mr. Judkins. "Students who prefer listening to podcasts, which seems to be quite a lot of our Bears, will be able to listen in on their way to school and have all the news before they even park in the student lot or get off the bus."

No more details have been released at this time regarding the host of the podcast. Listen in to Season Three Episode One to find out who is hosting this season as well as the school news.


In Other News...

  • Yearbook Senior Ads are now late but will still be accepted until Dec. 1 with a $40 late fee.

  • FFA's canned food drive will end this afternoon.

  • TE21 testing for underclassmen will end Dec 3.

  • Yearbook prices increase tonight at midnight! Order yours here for the lowest price of the school year!


Good news of the Day:

Charles Jarreau, an engineering student at a Knoxville community college, received $2,000 after someone accidentally texted him to check on their turkey order.

After he politely responded that she had the wrong number and joked that he was a "broke college kid," she offered to buy him lunch. After sending him some lunch money, Leslie Fisher posted their texts on social media as a joke because of his response.

The result? Jarreau began receiving positive messages and up to $2,000 in donations.

"You've given me something to be grateful for this Thanksgiving," Jarreau said. "Some of [Leslie's] friends mentioned paying it forward, so I plan on donating to some local charities like Second Harvest."


Quote of the Day:

"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." - Walt Disney


Be sure to submit any news suggestions in our news suggestion box located in the commons!

Have a Beary great day and Thanksgiving!

— The Golden Bear Gazette Staff

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