By Victoria Tambellini Hamptonian Staf Every day at Hampton High School, many students are called out for violating our dis- trict ’ s dress code. Are you one of them? Recent fashion trends, in- cluding revealing pants, tank tops, and other types of cloth- ing have been banned in most schools, causing outrage among teens throughout the nation. Despite these arguments, the policy is not going away anytime soon. “ When you come to school, you are coming to work. ” says Dr. Imbarlina. “ It ’ s important that you ’ re dressed appropriate- ly. ” Many students are unhappy about these rules, as seen in a Hungton Post article, written by Marion May- er, a junior at Lakeland Senior High School, who claims that they are “ literally sending the message to young girls, who are already struggling with self - condence, that hiding their body makes them more attractive. ” Is that what dress codes are really all about? Most principals, parents, and school board mem- bers would likely disagree. Firstly, teens need to under- stand that almost everything we do at school is done to prepare us for the real world. What would happen if you showed up to a real job dressed inappropri- ately? Your boss would give you a warning. If you did it again, you would most likely be red. Nobody is telling you what you can or cannot do with your body, we just ask that you come to school dressed in a way that complies with the poli- cy. After 2:19, you ’ re free to wear what you want. As for the dread- ed ban on leggings, you are incompliance if your shirt is long enough. On pg. 13, the student handbook states that leggings and tights need to be worn with appropriate length tops. So what's the verdict? Are school dress codes really an issue of gender discrimination, objectifying young girls' bodies by calling them out for their re- vealing outts? No. Let's not forget that boys are also prohib- ited from wearing things such as tank tops, hats, overly baggy pants, and the list goes on. Although no future changes are being planned at the mo- ment, Dr. Imbarlina explained that the dress code is often up- dated to keep up with evolving fashion trends. She cited the length of shorts as an example: "Bermudas were popular at one time," she says, "so shorts were- n't an issue." Now, with the popularity of more revealing shorts, teachers and administrators have to make sure shorts are appropri- ate for school. Despite changing fashion trends among high schoolers, the dress code is unlikely to be deterred by protests from stu- dents. The rules enforced by public schools throughout the nation are here to stay. By Stephanie Rizzo Hamptonian Staf A few months ago, if some- body said, “ I nominate you to take a video of yourself dump- ing a bucket of ice water on your head, ” you probably would have thought they were crazy and ignored the chal- lenge. Now if someone were to say this to you, you would feel obligated to participate, along with putting it on social media and donating $10 to the Amyo- trophic Lateral Sclerosis, ALS, Association. However, many people do not actually know what exactly they are donating their money to. Approximately 5,600 people get diagnosed with ALS, per year. This disease causes the victims to lose control of mus- cle movements and eventually be totally paralyzed. As of right now, there is no cure or treat- ment for ALS, but hopefully the 110.5 million dollars raised as of September 7th will change this. Not only is this challenge getting the attention of individ- uals but also schools, and Hampton High is one of them. The student council is organ- izing Hampton ’ s very own chal- lenge for ALS. If the student body raises $1,000, the ad- ministration will participate in the challenge before the homecom- ing football game. If $1,500 is raised, admin- istration, Mr. Finch, and Dr. Hoover will participate. Now for the game changer! If $2,000 is donated, Mr. Cardone will par- ticipate in the challenge, along with administration, Mr. Finch, and Dr. Hoover. Student council president, Emily Sosso, believes that the students will take this seriously, and reach the anticipated goal of $2,000. “ Imagine this, the ‘ untouchables ’ getting ice and water poured on them in front of the whole homecoming crowd, it would be awesome! ” states Sosso. Students will be able to donate money in their English class. The class that raises the most money will win a donut/ bagel party and will have the honor to dump the ice water on the participants at the game. This is a great way to raise mon- ey for the cause, while keeping it fun and exciting for the stu- dents. By Caroline Ready & Callie Chismer Hamptonian Staf As the new school year be- gins, so does the rumor mill, churning out wild stories from the very creative student body, and one that caught our atten- tion was “ Sticker Friday. ” Within the rst few days of being back, it was said that the tradition of Sticker Friday was in jeopardy as the custodial sta believed it to be a nuisance be- cause they were nding stickers on walls, lockers, and the oor. For those of you who do not know about the tradition of Sticker Friday, it was started a few years ago by a former Eng- lish teacher, Mrs. Botti, and cur- rent science teacher, Mrs Dietz. Together they decided to bright- en the Friday mornings of the student body by reminding them to be happy and thus the sticker tradition began. The tra- dition continued for some time and eventually died out, howev- er, English teachers Ms. Byrne and Mrs. Roos have decided to bring the tradition back. “ We love to see the excite- ment from the student body and sta, ” says Ms. Byrne. Now every Friday morning you can nd them standing outside the main oce with a variety of fun and themed stickers. Upon further investigation we found this rumor to indeed be false. In fact it was very far from the truth. We talked to Mrs. Alderman, the head of the custodial sta, who informed us that this issue, wasn ’ t much of an issue at all. It ’ s true that stickers were ending up in places they should- n ’ t be and that the custodians asked for Ms. Byrne and Mrs. Roos to remind students to be careful; however, they enjoy the tradition and have no wish for it to come to an end. Mrs. Alderman says, “ I think it gives everyone a smile. ” She even sported some of the stick- ers on her I.D. badge. Overall, she really likes the tradition and would like for it to continue; however, she was curious as to what the students thought about it. Curious ourselves as to what our peers thought, we decided to interview students as they received stickers from the two English teachers. Each student who received a sticker did so with a smile on their face. We talked to senior Faith Benton who expressed how much she enjoyed the tra- dition. "Stickers equal happy people" she said. We inter- viewed several more students who all shared Faith's opinion; however, there were several who didn't even know what sticker Friday was. If you were Continued on pg. 8 By Megan Mann Hamptonian Staf Imagine having the ability to save up to three lives. Be- lieve it or not, you are capable. On October 8, from 7:30 am - 7:30 pm, Hampton High School will be hosting a Central Blood Bank blood drive. Partici- pation in this drive is crucial for many reasons. Blood isn ’ t something that can be manufactured , it must be given by donors. The Central Blood Bank must collect over 700 units of blood everyday to keep up with the demands from hospitals. Whether it be a surgery or an emergency situa- tion, blood is always needed within a hospital. Take a minute and think of someone you know that needed blood. Imag- ine how thankful they were for the donors who generously gave blood. By giving up about an hour of your day, you could also save lives. It ’ s simple. You must be at least 16 years old, weigh 110 pounds, feel healthy the day of donating, and follow any re- strictions issued by the Central Blood Bank. When October 8 arrives, eat an iron packed breakfast, drinks a lot of uids, come to school with an ID, and be proud that you are about to save up to 3 lives! Additionally, donating will assist Hampton High School seniors earn schol- arship money. The Central Blood Bank will be providing a t - shirt for all donors as a thank you as well. Stop by the nurse ’ s oce today to sign up to be a hero! Photo by Caroline Ready Mrs. Roos and Ms. Byrne hand out stickers on a recent Friday morning.