CCMS journalism students take on issues

Donovan Miller Kambrey Martin Merrell Harvey Aerah Fulton Cali Garcia
Posted 10/26/21

Editor’s note: These articles were written by student in Stephanie Mellon’s journalism class at Clear Creek Middle School Devious licks leave a bad taste By Donovan Miller You may have heard of …

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CCMS journalism students take on issues


Editor’s note: These articles were written by student in Stephanie Mellon’s journalism class at Clear Creek Middle School

Devious licks leave a bad taste

By Donovan Miller

You may have heard of the devious licks that have been blowing up on social media, and when you can’t clean your hands in the bathroom during a pandemic, you can thank these devious licks. Devious licks are when teens try to steal the most expensive thing in the school, usually soap and napkin dispensers.

“It’s illegal and destructive and just one more thing to cause issues,” said Mr. Miller, Clear Creek assistant principal. The teachers and coaches obviously don’t like it because “it’s theft,” said Miller.

“Kids need to grow up and mature. You’re in high school and middle school. It’s time,” said Beau Campbell, school resource officer. If you get caught with a lick no matter how devious, how unholy, how evil there will be consequences.

“I would take care of business,” said Campbell. “They would be in trouble and pay for anything that was broken and out-of-school suspension depending on the amount of damage,” said Miller.

Some anonymous students told about their experiences in the devious industry. An anonymous person said, “I think it’s pretty funny, but if you’re gonna steal something, please don’t steal the stall door.”

Another anonymous person said, “I stole Mr. Gould’s hair.”

C’mon, like that’s just harsh. Many kids, including me, think that this is dumb and stupid and should be stopped before it gets out of hand. For example, kids have been taking it far and stealing school buses.

Donovan is an 8th grade student at CCMS. He likes to play basketball, and football.

Halloween Spirit is
everywhere at CCHS/MS

By Madison Oliver 

The Halloween spirit is thriving at Clear Creek High School/Middle School. 

The smell of pumpkins and Halloween spirit lingers in every room, and decorations hang high above every student. 

Mrs. Mellon, a teacher at Clear Creek High School/Middle School, said her favorite part about Halloween is that Halloween vibes always brings her spirits up. 

Hannah Royer, a seventh grader at CCMS, said her favorite part of Halloween is watching scary movies with her friends. In general, Halloween is a great night filled with candy, scary movies, and spooky vibes; it is always a great night. 

One of my favorite memories of Halloween is when my best friend and I trick-or-treated the entire town of Idaho Springs. We got two buckets full of candy. 

Last year a lot of kids were not able to trick-or-treat because of the pandemic, so they are even more excited for Halloween than they were the years before. 

So get out your scariest costume and have a spooktacular night! 

Madison Oliver is a 7th grade student at CCMS. Some hobbies she has are playing with her new puppy and playing volleyball.

New teachers at CCMS

By Kambrey Martin

This year Clear Creek Middle School has two new teachers, Mrs. Wilkerson, the history teacher, and Mr. Thombs, the science teacher. The two moved here from out of state to teach at Clear Creek Middle School.

Jade Wilkerson, the new Clear Creek Middle School history teacher, chose to teach in Clear Creek because she enjoys the mountain community.

Wilkerson said, “The view I have out my window is the best you could get when teaching.” Wilkerson also said, “I wanted to teach at a small school.”

When not in the school building, Wilkerson enjoys getting outdoors, biking and hiking every weekend.

Wilkerson thinks she can improve as a history teacher by learning more about the information she teaches. Wilkerson also adds, “I’m glad to be here. Everyone is giving me a warm welcome. It’s a great start to the school year!”

Dylan Thombs, the new Clear Creek Middle School science teacher, chose to teach in Clear Creek because he wanted his next school to be in a rural setting.

“I wanted to get as far away from a city as I could, but still be in a town.” Thombs said. “I want the school to know I’m still a human being, and I still have emotions and feelings.”

Thombs thinks he can improve as a science teacher by assigning more hands-on projects and grading in a timely manner.

Thombs said, “You may hate my Science-in-the-News assignments, but in the end, it’s important.”

September is Suicide Awareness Month

By Merrell Harvey

Since September was suicide awareness month, the mental health professionals at CCMS/HS are educating students about the signs of suicide. Suicide is a hard topic to talk about, but we need to talk about it because no one wants to lose a loved one.

MS counselor Brian Tracey said, “Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S.”

Mr. Tracey also said, “I think that the people are suffering from depression or other mental health problems that have not been addressed.”

When seventh-grade student Hannah Royer was asked about why people attempt suicide, she said: “They’re depressed, and they feel lost and trapped.”

She also said that if someone you know has suicidal thoughts, you should tell them, “Don’t do it. Everyone loves you. Your family and friends would miss you.”

If you suffer from depression or have suicidal thoughts, you should reach out for help and tell someone. Middle school students can go to the counseling office and find resources and mental health professionals.

If you don’t want to talk to someone at school, you can call Colorado crisis services at 844-493-TALK (8255).

Middle school dating: good or bad?

By Aerah Fulton

When it comes to middle school dating, every person has something different to say. Some have a relationship that they really enjoyed being in, but then it ended very poorly, which ruins the fun idea of dating.

Others say that dating in middle school is a fun new experience, and it is a good way of preparing for high school and adult relationships.

Seventh grader Macy Garcia said that dating is a fun experience, and yeah, your relationship can end badly, but that will just be preparing you for more breakups in the future. When you put it that way, dating sounds great, but that is not always the case.

Macy’s sister, eighth grade student Cali Garcia, said that middle schoolers should date because you learn about relationships, and that’s a good thing.

When eighth grader Noah Windley sees middle schoolers dating, he said he feels “Jealous because I’m lonely, and I see a lot of other people in middle school that are dating.”

You see, some people like Noah don’t like to see others dating because they feel upset, and it brings back memories that they want to forget.

On the other hand, some kids aren’t even allowed to date because their parents believe that middle schoolers are too young and immature to start dating other people. High school counselor Ms. Loitz said that she is OK with middle school dating as long as you are being appropriate with it and have fun in the right way.

All in all, middle school dating is not for everyone, but it can be fun and a good learning experience.

Vaping messes you up

By Cali Garcia

What is vaping?

According to an article I found called, What Is Vaping? Everything You Need To Know - WebMD It states that “A vape, or electronic cigarette, is a device that heats up a liquid to create a vapor you inhale. Some types of vaping devices include pens, e-cigarettes (like JUUL) and hookahs. While vaping appears to be a healthier alternative to smoking cigarettes, there are still many health risks involved.

Is vaping bad for you?

Yes, vaping is very bad for you, your heart, your lungs, etc. According to this article called 5 Vaping Facts You Need to Know | Johns Hopkins Medicine, it says that vaping “raises your blood pressure and spikes your adrenaline, which increases your heart rate and the likelihood of having a heart attack.”

Most people agree that vaping is a substitute for smoking and has less harmful chemicals. Others say it’s an addiction, and it’s similar to smoking a cigarette. Principal Gould thinks vaping is bad “because of all the nasty things in the juice.”

So, why do people vape? Ruby Terrazzi thinks people vape because “They get peer pressured into it, and then they can’t stop.”

According to an article on, “Nicotine is very addictive. The more you vape, the more your brain and body get used to having nicotine, and the harder it is to go without it. When you go without vaping, the nicotine level in your bloodstream drops, which may cause unpleasant feelings, physical symptoms and strong urges to vape.”

So unless you want to be strapped to a lifelong addiction to nicotine, you should probably think twice before you hit the vape, as Blake Jeffers said, “It damages your lungs and f’s you up.”

Cali Garcia is an eighth grader at Clear Creek Middle School. She plays middle school volleyball, and loves to binge watch TV series.


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