BY JORDAN VERICKER, OLIVIA SPAULDING & LAURYN GIBAS
Plastic. The substance that is slowly suffocating our only place to live. Enough plastic is thrown away each year to circle the earth four times. Billions of pounds of plastic end up in our oceans. We currently only recover about 5 percent of the plastics we produce.
Americans alone discard about 35 billion plastic water bottles every year. It takes anywhere from 500-1,000 years for plastic to biodegrade. One million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed annually from plastic in our oceans. The majority of kids at THS carry a water bottle from class to class. Walk into any classroom and you will usually find half of the kids with some type of beverage in a plastic bottle on their desk.
So, one question: why doesn’t Trenton High School recycle water bottles? We recycle paper, but recently halted the collection of empty plastic bottles due to cost. With the halt of recycling, the school did gain a water bottle refill station, thanks to Mrs. Lowe. This is a huge step in the right direction, although at the end of the day the water bottles are still ending up in the garbage where they ultimately harm the earth. When plastic isn’t recycled, it ends up in either a landfill or our oceans.
Recycling plastic requires a little bit of extra money and Trenton does not want to hire a waste management company to come in and collect the plastic. Trenton owns all its trash and obviously doesn’t feel the need to have the extra recycling expense, although this small action would help save our environment significantly.
Obviously nobody likes extra expenses but this is a serious growing problem in the world that needs to be slowed. Okay, so extra money is needed to recycle the plastic — how about a bake sale, or a fundraiser? There are many ways the money can be raised. Hopefully this problem can be solved in the future and students will have a way to dispose of their water bottles in an environmentally friendly way at Trenton High School.
Varsity bowling tryouts were in the beginning of December, but the team is just getting started on the road to States, which begin at the end of February. The team is made up of nine girls and 12 boys. The girls’ varsity team is all seniors with the exception of one freshman. However, both teams are mostly upperclassmen.
This is Coach Cobetto’s first year coaching the varsity bowling team, and she is doing a great job shaping the team and leading them to success. The team practices on Tuesdays but most of the members bowl every day on their own time for extra practice. Competitive meets are usually on Mondays and Wednesdays. The girls’ team has a winning record of 4-1 and the boys’ team is 3-2. The week of Jan. 16, the girls faced their rivals the Woodhaven Warriors. Sadly, the boys team lost to their rivals the Wyandotte Bears a few weeks ago but they are working hard in practice every week to improve.
Senior Taylor Hubbard has been bowling for seven years and she plans to continue bowling in college next fall at either Adrian or Bowling Green.
“It’s fun when people take it seriously and want to accomplish their career in the sport they love,” said Hubbard. “Being determined and working hard can really pay off.”
Student correspondents Jordan Vericker, Olivia Spaulding and Lauryn Gibas are seniors at Trenton High School.