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Parade, pep and party: a homecoming 2023 activity recap

Recap on Oct. 2 – Oct. 6 McIntosh homecoming week activities
Homecoming Parade

On Oct. 5, McIntosh had a homecoming parade where school-affiliated clubs and sports decorated their own floats and participants threw candy for the crowd. After the parade there was a float competition. The winners of the competition were the Chiefettes, the dance team and McIntosh’s Sources of Strength club.

Spirit days
Spirit days

On Friday, Oct. 6, students dressed up in their assigned clothing to show spirit for McIntosh and homecoming. Freshman wore white, sophomores wore green, juniors wore black, and seniors wore togas. “I [was wearing] a white long sleeve shirt and some black shorts,” freshman Jamiko Barber said.

Homecoming Spirit Week

Homecoming pep rally

Friday afternoon, Oct. 6, McIntosh had its next consecutive Homecoming pep rally, the second to happen since they had been canceled while COVID-19 cases had been high.

The bell schedule for the day grouped three lunches instead of the usual four, and shortened class periods to make time for the rally from 3:15 to 3:45. The rally included a performance by the Spirit of McIntosh, the Chiefettes and the competitive cheer team. At the end of the rally, students used their phones to shine and wave flashlights with the music being played. 

Chiefs fall to Northgate 21-56 in rainy homecoming game

October 6 was was a rainy Friday night, and the Homecoming court was dressed and ready to be presented at halftime. But tensions were high as the Northgate Vikings were dominating the Chiefs fifteen – seven in the first quarter. 

Only a few minutes into the second quarter McIntosh came back to tie the game. Brandan Ridley made a three yard rushing touchdown. Mason Green, in his first game back from an injury, completed a pass to number fifteen Nick Glozier for a two-point conversion. The score was fifteen-fifteen.

McIntosh was doing well until Northgate got Rushing touch-down. Northgate twenty one, McIntosh fifteen. With an amazing field goal twenty two and fifteen.

McIntosh had possession and then Northgate intercepted and got a pick six. The score was Northgate with twenty eight points, and the Chiefs with fifteen. Northgate then scored a field goal which ended up making the score 29-15.

 As soon as the third quarter started Northgate scored another rushing touch-down. Northgate thirty five, McIntosh fifteen. Northgate with a fine field goal thirty six to fifteen.

A couple minutes later Northgate accompanying a Rushing TD. Northgate forty two, McIntosh fifteen, with a missed field goal.

McIntosh – #9 Elliott Sturbaum with a fifteen yard Rushing TD. Northgate forty two, McIntosh twenty one. With a failed two point conversion.

 3rd quarter ended and in the beginning of the fourth quarter Northgate with another rushing touch down. Northgate with forty eight points, the Chiefs still at twenty one points. Northgate with a good field and a score of forty nine to twenty one. Score correction for Northgate in the fourth Quarter. Northgate with fifty-one, and McIntosh with twenty one.

And a final score 56 to 21 with Northgate taking the win.



Homecoming dance
Homecoming dance

McIntosh’s 2023 Homecoming dance took place on Saturday, Oct. 7. There was a photo booth also waters, candy and chips handed out by PTSO and teacher volunteers. 

“[It was] one of the best [homecoming dances] I’ve been to. Good music choice and good atmosphere. I loved that we had concessions this year [and that] the water was [free], so thoughtful of the staff,” junior Addy Blair said.

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Mikayla Mills
Mikayla Mills, Staff
Mikayla Carrino-Mills is a new student to the McIntosh Trail in the 22-23 school year. In middle school, Carrino-Mills joined a Graphic Design & Photography Class, in which she excelled in writing and photography. She continued her hobby into the McIntosh Trail in her sophomore year. Carrino-Mills wrote several essays, which were recognized in her English classes, from seventh grade to ninth grade. Outside of school, Carrino-Mills enjoys spending time outside, reading, or hanging out with her friends & family.
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Anthony Capobianco is a rookie to journalism but not to writing. Capobianco has written an entire novel that he’s planning to publish, two movies he hopes to finish in the future and is working on a new book with one of his best friends. Although he specializes in fiction, don’t doubt his nonfiction capabilities. Capobianco wants to pursue a career in writing and directing films. As mentioned, he has already written two. One was based on a book and one was made up from himself. Capobianco’s favorite hobbies are reading and writing. His favorite books are “One of Us Is Lying” and “Truly Devious.” His favorite genres are horror, realistic fiction, mystery and biographies. Capobianco wanted to do Journalism because he wanted to try out different writing and he thought it was very interesting. He thinks that writing based on people’s speech and just news all around is extremely needed because people have voices and need to be heard. Capobianco plans to utilize his experience in writing for journalism.
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Nyla Kërr is spending her first year on the McIntosh Trail staff for the 23-24 school year. She has always been passionate about writing and has been honing her craft for the past five years. Kërr received the President’s Award for Educational Excellence and competed in and won a speech and debate competition at both the school and county levels. Now, her top priority is surviving this school year and further developing her personal writing skills through journalism. Outside of school, she enjoys drawing, hanging out with friends and fighting to learn how to ride her low-quality, fixer-upper skateboard. The skateboard wins most days.
Robin Smith
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Robin Smith is a sophomore in high school. She is in her first year both on staff and at McIntosh High School. Smith is a lacrosse goalie who tends to draw in her spare time. She tends to look into a lot of internet dramas, including many gaming communities. Smith types out short stories of her own characters. She studies german and she has acquired Star rank in Scouts.
Maddie Hines
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Madison Hines is a sophomore and this is her first year on staff on the McIntosh Trail. In her freshman year, she was Vice President of her class. Hines is currently a McIntosh Ambassador. She has also done debate at the state level. Hines is interested in things like creative writing, film and law. In fact, in the summer of 2023, she had an internship at R&S Law Firm as a secretary. She was able to attend court cases and see what it's like to be a lawyer. She learned what it takes to be a lawyer and how to act in a truly professional setting. She hopes to obtain some degree in law as well as journalism in the future. During her free time, she likes to play volleyball, bake, watch movies and spend time with friends and family. Because she is new on staff, she hopes to learn new things and new life skills such as responsibility, punctuality and reliability.
August Moss
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August Moss is a first year Trail staffer and in her second year on the Legend yearbook staff, this year operating as senior editor. Moss is a Georgia REACH scholar. She served in the McIntosh theater department as stage manager for “Something Funny Happened On the Way to the Regional One Act Competition” and “Mamma Mia.” She served on crew for “She Kills Monsters” and “Footloose.” She acted in “Much Ado About Nothing” and “Very Still and Hard to See.” She was a Thespian Officer for the 2022-2023 school year. She was a volunteer member with the SAYA program for 2020-2021. She has served as a Sources Of Strength member since 2021 and this year she is a leader on the leadership team. Moss has many passions, but her faith trumps them all. You’ll find her singing in her church's worship band, serving in the children's ministry and always carries her bible full of notes with her.
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