Sarah Hopkins, Capital High School
The tradition of New Year's resolution dates back to the early Babylonians, when the most popular resolution was to return borrowed farm equipment. (They celebrated the New Year on the spring equinox.) More modern resolutions that people make will often benefit their health in one way or another, such as losing weight or quitting smoking.
Some Hurricane students' resolutions fall into this category. For instance, senior Jordan Luikart, like many other students, is determined to lay low on the fast food this year. She says Wendy's will probably be the most difficult fast food restaurant to part with, as it is her favorite place to grab a last minute meal.
Forfeiting fast food is not the only resolution that will benefit students' health, though. Last year, freshman David Westfall's New Year's resolution was to give up soda. He has not had any of the sugary, carbonated beverage since February. This year, he's decided to continue that resolution and stay pop-free.
Senior Meredith Gillespie will be refraining from eating her unhealthy weakness of ice cream, but that isn't the only resolution she has made. She and others are making resolutions that will affect their personal beliefs in the upcoming year.
Gillespie has pledged to attend her church's youth group more frequently in 2012 than she did in 2011. Similarly, freshman Morgan Courtright is planning to read her Bible more often this year.
Freshman Emily Holsclaw has made a resolution that impacts her character. She determined that a rewarding resolution would be to be more positive, and she is hoping for a more optimistic year.
Although resolutions vary from student to student, most seem to be efforts towards a more positive future. Nonetheless, there are a few people going against the grain.
Jokingly, senior Casey Skibbe announced that his New Years resolution would most likely be to "be less awesome, so people stop being so jealous of my awesomeness."
Even a silly resolution is a step better than no resolution at all, though, because it at least stimulates thinking. Striving to create a better tomorrow with the hope and promise of a new year is a fun tradition that many students will continue this January and, hopefully, in the months beyond.