The Dancers Hit The Floor, And Then Got Every Heart Pumping

Growing up, I had two left feet. I tried almost every sport and activity, but my skill level was never up to par.

The most heartbreaking failure was dance, as I always dreamed of becoming a graceful ballerina, despite being unable to master the basic steps. That’s why when I see any genre of dance I can’t help but to be in awe of their sheer talent.

So it’s without question I was amazed to see a group of dancers perform an invigorating high kick routine at their high school.

For those unaware, this type of dance requires flexibility, strength and technique. It’s a high-energy routine that musters every ounce of stamina a person has.

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While all shows are superb, this choreography was nothing short of amazing, as the team wore matching bodysuits and blended in as one.

The dancers are from Texas’s Carroll High School and are named the very fitting Emerald Belles.

They performed to a remix of the song “Sweet Dreams” by Eurythmics, and was no doubt the talk of the town. The three-and-a-half dance performance was visually impeccable and everyone was completely in sync.

In the routine, the dancers become malleable to the shapes of triangles and squares. They perform remarkable leg extensions while still in the kick line, which is perfected even when they divide themselves in three subgroups.

I’ve known plenty of dancers growing up, and some who have taken the sport to the professional level, but I’ve never seen such a large group perform so well!

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Have you ever seen an incredible dance like this?

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As Gun Shots Erupted, Hero Football Coach Used His Own Body To Shield Students And Paid The Ultimate Price

A courageous football coach has sacrificed his life to protect his students from a horrific massacre.

In the last heroic action of his life, Aaron Fies threw himself in front several students after a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14.

On Thursday morning, the school’s football team confirmed on Twitter that Fies was one of the 17 victims who were tragically killed in the 18th school shooting of the new year. He passed away shortly after being rushed into surgery.

“It is with Great sadness that our Football Family has learned about the death of Aaron Feis,” the post reads. “He was our Assistant Football Coach and security guard. He selflessly shielded students from the shooter when he was shot. He died a hero and he will forever be in our hearts and memories.”

Fellow football coach Willis May told the Orlando Sentinel he knew the slain hero was about to risk his life when he heard him speak through the school’s security walkie-talkies. May said Fies was responding to another security guard’s question on if he too heard the sound of firecrackers.

“I heard Aaron say, ‘No, that is not firecrackers. That’s the last I heard of him,” he said.

May added that he’ll remember Fies, who was married with a young daughter, for his loving personality and strong work ethic.

“Big ol’ teddy bear,” May said. “Hardcore — he coached hard. Real good line. He did a great job with the [offensive] line. He took pride with working with those guys. Loyalty — I trusted him. He had my back. He worked hard. Just a good man. Loved his family. Loved his brother — just an excellent family man.”

But Fies’s co-workers aren’t the only ones mourning over the late football coach.

Can You See Why This High School Class Set A World Record?

High school is a place where students learn what sets them apart from everyone else, but kids at New Trier High School in Chicago are more alike than you would expect.

That’s because 91 students in New Trier’s class of 2020 are triplets or twins, an unusually high percentage at a school with just over 1,000 students.

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The startling number of twins in a single class was enough to get the school into the Guinness Book of World Records, and there’s a surprising reason behind the huge number of double births in the community.

Luke and Ryan Novosel came up with the idea to break the record.Pioneer Press

The idea to apply for the record came from Luke and Ryan Novosel, who also set one of the previous records with their grade school class. The Novosel boys say this isn’t necessarily an “academic” or “skill-type” record, but they’re still proud of it.

“There’s something unique you share with a twin, but you also have a special bond when you meet other twins,” Luke explains, and he had no idea just how many twins went to his school until he tried to break the record.

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New Trier beat the previous record set by a school in Connecticut, which featured 18 pairs of twins and two sets of triplets in one eighth-grade class.

In case you’re curious how so many pairs of twins end up at the same high school, New Trier parents have a theory.

Schools Are Trying Creative Ways To Keep Phones Out Of Classrooms

Kids are starting to get their first cellphones at younger and younger ages. Not only are they now all in possession of the latest technology, but they are addicted to it, to the point where teachers and schools are starting to have to take some creative measures to combat cellphone use in the classroom.

If you were to ask any current grade school, high school, or post-secondary teacher, cellphones are having a damning effect on the education of our youth. They spend more time starring at those screens than they do paying attention to what is being taught that teachers find themselves repeating themselves more times than not.

“You can see that they’re not listening to you,” says history teacher Tony Patelis, at Newton North High School in Massachusetts. “They’re looking down, and they tell me they’re checking the time, even though the clock is on the wall.”

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Teachers have been trying to figure out how to combat this classroom epidemic, and thanks to Yondr, a company started by Graham Dugoni, four years ago, the teachers now have the “weapon” needed to win the war against technology.

Yondr has designed and built phone sized pouches made from soft material than can be locked up in much the same way that clothing is secured in retail stores. It means that once a phone is placed in one of these bags, students cannot get them out without a magnetic key. It may seem draconian, but apparently this strategy is working, even if the students aren’t happy about it.

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At the City on a Hill Circuit Street charter school in Boston, they have set up a system where students must put their phones in one of these pouches when they first enter the building, and they can’t get them back out until the end of the day. Students are allowed to keep their phones (in the pouches) on them as they go about their day, but they are completely incapable of actually using them during that time.

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Is it really necessary though?

A School Asked For Volunteer “Fathers” And Were Overwhelmed By The Response They Received

It can be hard for a child to grow up without a father, especially for boys who don’t have that person in their lives to show them how to do things like shave, tie a tie, treat women with respect or to just be around as someone to ask for advice. It is wildly important for young men to have male role models in their lives, and one school in Dallas wanted to make sure that they did.

Billy Earl Dade Middle School in Dallas, Texas decided they were going to host a “Breakfast with Dads,” the only problem was that a lot of their students didn’t have fathers in the home to be able to bring to breakfast. All told, the school was short about 50 “fathers.”

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Roughly 90 per cent of the school’s population come from low-income families that live below the poverty line, so the school did what anyone would do in their position, they took to social media asking for 50 volunteers to come through so they could make this breakfast happen.

The school was terrified that they wouldn’t get enough volunteers, forcing some kids to figure it out for themselves, what they weren’t expecting though, was that they would end up with 600 men who would come in and volunteer to mentor these boys.

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What happened bordered on magical.

13 Things That Have Been Banned From Schools

The list of things that have been banned from our grade schools and our high schools continues to grow every year. At this point, we would assume that it is easier to remember what is allowed instead of what isn’t because the first list is a lot shorter than the second.

We can understand when something dangerous is banned from our schools, but some things on this list are just so ridiculous that you would think you were living in the world written about in George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984.

Seriously, it’s getting absolutely ridiculous. Let’s take a look at 13 things that aren’t allowed on school grounds anymore.

In England and Australia, teachers have replaced the use of red ink with green because using red ink to make a child’s assignment can be considered too “confrontational.”

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Now before you say anything, certain words are banned across the world for good reasons, you just don’t say them in polite company. But some schools have taken it a bit further by banning the use of words like: poverty, birthdays, Halloween, and dancing, because they might elicit “unpleasant emotions” in children. Come on now.

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A school in Toronto, Canada has banned all “hard” balls (whatever that means) from campus because one parent suffered a concussion after being struck in the head.

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Schools all over the world are still trying to ban people from wearing baggy pants for a variety of reasons. Some schools claim that they “interfere” with learning, while others say that it promotes a gang mentality. If only we cared about the important things in life.

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A school in Ottawa, Canada banned girls from wearing yoga pants on campus unless they came to school with a shirt that covered their rear-ends. “Obviously” because guys would spend all their time staring at butts instead of learning…

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So no baggy pants, but apparently no skinny jeans either. These have found themselves banned from schools all over the map because of their tight nature (and lack of modesty) which might detract from learning or cause impure thoughts.

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A high school in Michigan doesn’t allow its students to bring their school bags to class over safety concerns in places like the cafeteria and classrooms. Students are forced to run back to their locker between each class.  

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This list gets even more ridiculous from here on out.

High School Janitor’s Reaction To Heartwarming Christmas Gift Goes Viral

High school custodians are often unappreciated and overlooked.

Just think about, a small group of individuals are responsible for cleaning up all the mess high school students make and fixing almost every little thing that breaks in the school, such as electrical outlets and toilets.

For anyone who has been a teenager, you know that’s a lot of mess and things needing to be fixed. If it wasn’t for these underpaid janitors, high schools would be filled with food stains, paper towels, and filthy floors.

As dozens of kids from Garden City High School in Michigan wrapped presents for their favorite teachers, a group of kids took the time to buy a special present for one of the most hardworking staff in their school: the janitor.

On Dec. 21, Kenna Hermanson, Andrew Cortes, Summer Dyer and Lexi Horvath presented custodian Brian Junk with a Christmas gift that got thousands of people on the internet talking.

Brian has been working at the school for nearly eight years, and is reportedly loved by many students and staff.

“Brian always goes above and beyond in our school. His approach is an excellent example of one person having an enormous impact on school culture,” Principal Derek Fisher said.

Their emotional, surprise video has been viewed more than 200,000 times on Facebook.

Watch it for yourself!

High School Student Finds Perfect Solution For Kids Who Eat Alone

A student at Boca Raton High School has started a new club so none of his classmates have to eat lunch alone.

Denis Estimon is a Haitian immigrant who moved to Florida when he was in the first grade. While he eventually made friends, he remembers the time in his life when he felt isolated and alone – especially at lunchtime.

“It’s not a good feeling, like you’re by yourself. And that’s something that I don’t want anybody to go through,” Estimon told CBS News.

“To me it’s like, if we don’t try to go make that change, who’s going to do it?” he added.

With Estimon’s memory constantly being replayed in his thoughts, he and a group of his friends decided to to start a new club.

Student Used Her Photos To Raise Awareness For Her Terrible Condition

Many kids nowadays seem so detached from their peers. High school has never been an easy time for kids, as we begin to go through so many life changes and come into contact with the “real world”. While we should be helping each other get through it all, too often we find ourselves at odds.

Perhaps that is why this story is so amazing. Madisyn Babcock is a student in Kansas, and at only 17-years-old, is already very active in her studies and with different school clubs. She plays music in her school band, is an avid artist, and has a lot of friends.

Unfortunately, she also has a rare medical condition that made it hard for her to cope with her daily life.

Madisyn suffers from alopecia, which is an autoimmune disease that causes hair loss all over her body, but most obviously on her scalp.

When she was first diagnosed, she was devastated, but found a way to bring positivity back into her life, and for others.

Hero Teacher Risks Life, Takes Down A Gunman In High School Cafeteria

When shots were fired early Wednesday morning at Mattoon High School students scrambled to take cover.

While others ran away from the blasts a teacher and a school resource officer raced toward the sounds coming from the cafeteria to investigate.

Inside the large room, Angela McQueen, who teaches geometry and algebra, spotted a male student firing what appeared to be a shotgun.

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They Had No Fans, But The Opposing Coach Wouldn’t Let That Stand

In Texas, high school football is akin to religion. On Friday nights, when the players take the field, the school communities of students, teachers, parents and neighbors all come together to witness the spectacle that takes place out on the field of battle. But a game between Gainesville State School and Grapevine Faith, in Grapevine Texas took place in November 2008 was different than anything else that had ever taken place before.

Grapevine Faith Head Coach Kris Hogan instructed the home fans to help cheer for the other team. A strange concept to be sure, but once you understand the reason you will have a new-found faith in humanity.

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Students Give Girl With Rare “Moon Child” Condition The Surprise Of Her Life

Just 300 unlucky people in America have xeroderma pigmentosum, and Riley McCoy is one of them.

The 17-year-old high school student is a “moon child,” who has to avoid direct sunlight at all costs. Even very brief exposure to the sun can cause blisters, skin cancer, or internal organ damage. Her body is simply missing the antibodies that protect the rest of us from the sun’s rays.

To live a normal life from day to day, McCoy and her parents have made a lot of changes and sacrifices. Their home and car have tinted windows, and Riley wears gloves with a plastic UV-blocking hood from NASA to walk from the parking lot to school.

In fact, her parents chose McCoy’s high school, Dana Hills High, specifically so Riley could walk between classes without passing under the sun. She can walk outside safely after the sun sets, but she still always checks the light’s strength using a special tool before she steps outside.

Her condition has another dangerous side effect. McCoy has an especially rare strain of XP called XPD. It affects the antibodies that repair her brain as well as her skin. This is making her “age” before her time, and her parents guess that she has dropped 20 IQ points since starting high school.

That’s a lot to deal with at a young age, which is why her friends organized a touching surprise for Riley at this year’s homecoming…