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Seniors not taking ASVAB test

Senior Toni Swanson

by Stephanie Pross

In previous years, while freshmen, sophomores, and juniors took the ITEDS, seniors took the the entrance test for the United States Military known as the ASVAB. This year, however, seniors will not be taking the test.

Principal Heather McKay said, “There was a change in the testing schedule this year; therefore, I asked the military if there was any way the ASVAB test could be split into three separate days, and they said it wasn’t possible.”

Taking the ASVAB test has benefits in addition to entrance into military.  Guidance counselor Creg Fredin said a benefit of the ASVAB test is the range of skills it measures. “The ASVAB test shows a range of skills.  The skills are very specific, one example being mechanical skills, while the ACT is all academic.”

Senior Heather Harris said, “The test doesn’t pertain to me, so I don’t have to waste my time taking it.”

Because testing is taking place during the first period of the day, seniors have been allowed to stay home during the testing period.

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Journalism advisor and English teacher Allison Berryhill has been teaching at Atlantic High School for 18 years, teaching English 1 and all branches of Journalism, including broadcasting, yearbook, and newspaper. “I love the fact that kids can get up and move around and they don’t have to stay in their seats,” Berryhill said regarding her classes. “Teaching is just so much fun. It’s always different, kids are so funny. I’ve taught just about anything and each class is so interesting.”  In her free time, Berryhill reads and writes. “This won’t surprise you, I like to write poetry and essays.” Berryhill can also be found running on gravel roads or local trails in the spring and summer. “When the weather gets cold, I kind of peter out.” Something unusual Berryhill does in her free time is playing the accordion “five times a week with my mother-in-law,” who is 92 years old.  Berryhill enjoys working in Atlantic because “It’s easy to have good relationships with the kids because there’re fewer of them.” She doesn’t have current plans to retire. “I still look forward to coming to school every day,” she said, and “at some point, I will retire or die.”

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