Danger Without Delays

Brakes squeal and suddenly the steering wheel spins wildly, slipping through your frostbitten fingers. The tail end of the car swings wildly as you panic, attempting to regain control of your vehicle, but the slick, packed down snow and ice will not allow it. By the time you are able to steady your car, you could be plowing into a school bus.

  On Tuesday morning, thanks to two days worth of unmelted snow and ice, this was reality for one of the high school buses and another car.

  “It was by no means a horrible accident, but it still caused inconveniences for all involved,” junior Ashley Varney said. “I don’t think inexperienced drivers should driving in these conditions, but the school can’t prevent it and should consider this when making the call. If student safety is a top priority, it should be more obvious.”

     Many other students have had frightening experiences on the roads as well. Trying to get to school, some have lost traction or have started to slide on the slick roads.

  “I was on my way to school and turning onto Morgantown Road and tail-spun almost a full 360°,” junior McKenzie French said. “I had to back up all the way and basically try again to turn, and I stopped traffic completely.”

  French was not the only student who was trying to get to the school safely and ended up have a dangerous driving experience. On Monday morning, senior Juliana Hulsey found herself stranded at a light without traction and without any foreseeable source of assistance.

  “I was turning left from Morgantown onto Stones Crossing. I was the first one at the light, and when it turned green, my wheels got stuck,” Hulsey said. “I tried gunning the engine, but then I started smelling something burning. I had to turn on my emergency lights as people were driving around me in order to turn. Eventually Mr. Timmons knocked on my window and told me he would gently nudge me with his car next time the light turned green. I was just so happy to get some help.”

  Not only are the snow and ice giving students problems, the low temperatures themselves are also causing some malfunctions. Katelyn Dickson was stranded for over an hour after school due to a problem with her car.

  “Water vapor leaked into my gas pipes and froze them in this weather,” Dickson said.

  Between the buildup of snow, ice, and slippery slush covering the roads, driving can be an extremely dangerous. The Automobile Association of America (AAA) recommends slow starts and stops, avoiding use of the parking brake, and avoidance of full stops at lights and on hills. Be sure to know your vehicle and allow yourself extra time. Err on the side of caution, and be safe while driving, as it doesn’t seem likely that Center Grove will be having any delays this year.  

Athlete Feature: Derek Grimmer

Buzzes of chatter fill the air as the crowd gathers for the first meet of the season, the Indoor MIC championship. The fieldhouse is full of constant movement in every direction while the announcements are being made. The whole experience is different for new senior runner Derek Grimmer.

“I was confused and out of my element,” said Grimmer. Having played baseball for the majority of his life, the track meet was very unique compared to sporting events he had done in the past.

As a result of the confusion, Grimmer missed the first announcements, but luckily made it just in time to sign in for his race. Because he didn’t have a great amount of time to warm up and mentally prepare for his first race, he modeled what the other runners did; the rush that seemed like a disadvantage proved to be a blessing. When the gun was fired, he just ran. As it turns out, he ran himself into the finals.

“Having been only my first meet and second race, I had little expectations,” Derek said. The focus for him was solely to improve time and accomplish what was possible. To his own astonishment, Derek ended up winning the race with a time of 7.05 seconds and becoming the MIC indoor 60 meter dash champion. Overall, the shift from baseball into track turned out to be the right decision not only for himself, but also for the team and the coaches.

“Derek brings a lot to our track and field team. I believe he can and will do great things this season,” Coach Timmons said. Aside from his talent, he also has great enthusiasm for the sport and has learned a few things from the short period of time he has been a part of it.

On account of the competition this upcoming weekend, Coach Timmons has goals for Grimmer.

“Honestly, my goals for Derek this weekend are for him to enjoy the entire experience and to run to the best of his abilities. Certainly another goal is for everyone to come away from this meet running their very best and staying healthy in the process,” said Timmons.

Derek Grimmer plans on continuing his participation on the track and field team in hopes to not only improve his time, but also to keep his body healthy in an enjoyable way.