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Marjorie Smedley

Marjorie Smedley, Opinions Editor

Marjorie Smedley is the Opinions Editor on the McIntosh Trail, and has been on staff for two years. A senior at McIntosh, Smedley moved back to Georgia in the middle of her sophomore year from Illinois and has spent the last two years unpacking the cardboard boxes from when her family moved.

She is a member of the National Spanish Honors Society and a Dual Enrollment Student at the University of West Georgia. Outside of school, she works at Chick-fil-A and occasionally babysits on weekends.

She enjoys writing when she has time (which is never) and arguing with people on various social platforms (which is always). She is definitely not stressing about college applications and looks forward to the coming school year and what lies ahead.

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Governor Ron DeSantis standing at a podium (https://flgov.smugmug.com/Governor-Ron-DeSantis/2023/February/Rural-Broadband-Santa-Rosa-County/i-c2ztbTV/A)

Disney V. DeSantis

Marjorie Smedley, Opinions Editor May 23, 2023

It’s the unprecedented fight of the century; a forty-four-year old governor versus a multi-billion dollar corporation that’s created many delights for children and adults. It’s Disney versus DeSantis...

Opinions Editor Marjorie Smedley outlines pro tips for getting seniors through the last few weeks of their last year in high school.

Suffering through senioritis? There is a cure…

Marjorie Smedley, Opinions Editor Apr 13, 2023

Senioritis, as it is known, is an ailment that hits high school seniors around the second semester, with cases especially picking up around spring. Symptoms include procrastination, tiredness, and deep...

Canva graphic designed by Lulu Vitulo, images representing briefs on events that happened over Spring Break

Major headlines you may have missed

Lulu Vitulo, Marjorie Smedley, Adwa Umoya, and Mikayla Mills Apr 12, 2023

Trumped up charges? Former president Donald Trump indicted for felony criminal charges, the first U.S president to have criminal charges On March 30, former president Donald Trump was indicted by a Manhattan...

The McIntosh Chiefs Foundation aims to offer scholarships to McIntosh seniors.

Scholarships for seniors: new foundation offers scholarships for McIntosh seniors

Marjorie Smedley, Opinions Editor Mar 28, 2023

Editor's note: A quote that was originally attributed to Cele Eifert should instead have been attributed to Lisa Fine and has been corrected. The Trail regrets the error.   More scholarship opportunities...

Students can now apply to take college classes through dual enrollment for the 2023-2024 school year.

Dual Enrollment applications for 2023-2024 school year open

Marjorie Smedley, Opinions Editor Feb 16, 2023

For sophomores entering their second semester, opportunities to boost future college applications, such as Dual Enrollment, are now available to sign up for. Dual enrollment is a way for high school students...

The band has released three songs for album set to debut in March.

Review: indie band “boygenius” debuts new songs

Marjorie Smedley, Opinions Editor Jan 31, 2023

I have a deep love of alternative music, mostly fueled by the fact that there was nothing else to listen to as a kid who grew up with one radio station. I’ve followed bands that were either amazing,...

As code red drills have started and continued with the current generation, students have developed coping mechanism to deal with them.

Opinion: comedy and coping with school shooting drills

Marjorie Smedley, Opinions Editor Dec 12, 2022

I’ve dealt with Code Red drills throughout my entire life; I was born in 2005 and Columbine happened in 1999. When Sandy Hook happened, I was eight. School shootings became a "tragedy from afar"...

Featured emails from Monday night, which lasted from 6:20 to 6:40 PM.

Fayette County students bombarded with mass emails

Marjorie Smedley, Opinions Editor Nov 18, 2022

Around 6:20 P.M. on Monday, Nov. 14, a mass email was sent out to students of Fayette county, which eventually led to a mass email chain that went on until 6:40 P.M., when the last email was sent out....

Graphic designed on Canva by Lulu Vitulo, winter holiday items on one side, characteristic fall items on the other.

November controversy: when is the “correct” time to start celebrating the holidays?

Marjorie Smedley, Opinions Editor Nov 10, 2022

It’s November, which means as soon as those clocks struck 12 AM on Nov. 1, stores hurriedly rushed to pull all candy, costumes, and decorations from their shelves so they could make room for candy, costumes,...

PHOTOS: Head in the clouds

Marjorie Smedley, Opinions Editor Nov 9, 2022
Blue Angels take flight in Atlanta Airshow
The class of 2023 provided differing opinions on what will be their last spirit week at McIntosh.

OPINION – Got senior spirit?

Marjorie Smedley, Opinions Editor Oct 14, 2022

The class of 2023 has had some hardships during their high school years. From ending their freshman year with COVID-19 , to starting their sophomore year with hybrid learning set against the backdrop of...

A McIntosh student recieved a Snapchat message from a friend who attends Starrs Mill High School on Oct. 6.

Fayette Co. schools targeted with threats; MHS remains vigilant

Rebekah Bushmire, Lulu Vitulo, Savannah Hayes, and Marjorie Smedley Oct 7, 2022

According to McIntosh School Resource Officer Brandon Weathersby, nothing related to the threat on Oct. 5 has been found at McIntosh. The volume of police presence was decreased on Friday. “There...

THUNDER crashes

Marjorie Smedley, Opinions Editor Oct 5, 2022

Opinions Editor Marjorie Smedley: THUNDER Crashes Thor: Love and Thunder is a masterpiece of what the Marvel Cinematic Universe is: off-timed jokes, general plot holes, and an abyss of potential that...

Graphic designed by Lulu Vitulo on Canva.

Thor Love and Hate

Lulu Vitulo, Rebekah Bushmire, and Marjorie Smedley Oct 5, 2022

Features Editor Lulu Vitulo: Neither LOVE nor THUNDER Watching “Thor: Love and Thunder” at the cinema was quite an experience. The first scene, spectacular work from Christian Bale, sets a grim tone...

Screenshot of email sent out to students concerning the change in UGAs  early action SAT policy.

University of Georgia changes SAT policies in advance of Hurricane Ian

Marjorie Smedley, Opinions Editor Sep 28, 2022

According to an email sent Wednesday, Sept. 28, the University of Georgia has outlined their SAT policies for early action admission concerning the SAT testing to be held on Oct. 1. Dear [student], We...

Only a few members of the Peachtree City and McIntosh communities came to the Sept. 19 Civilian Response Course, held at MHS, and designed to teach how to react in active shooting situations.

Civilian response and safety presentation draws small crowd

Sep 23, 2022

Only a few members of the Peachtree City and McIntosh communities came to the Sept. 19 Civilian Response Course, held at MHS, and designed to teach how to react in active shooting situations.

Riley Parkway headed toward Peachtree Elementary.

Police Chase Goes By Elementary School

Marjorie Smedley, Opinions Editor Sep 14, 2022

A high-speed chase occurred the afternoon of Wednesday, September 7 near in a residential area of Peachtree City and ended in an area of Wisdom Road and Riley Parkway, near Peachtree City Elementary School....

Doctor Strange & the Multiverse of Madness Releasing This May

Doctor Strange & the Multiverse of Madness Releasing This May

Marjorie Smedley, Opinions Editor Apr 26, 2022

The final trailer for “Doctor Strange: Multiverse of Madness” dropped a week ago, on April 11. The first trailer for the Doctor Strange sequel had been released over five months ago, in December. The...

Moon Knight Episode One Review

Moon Knight Episode One Review

Marjorie Smedley, Opinions Editor Apr 19, 2022

The first episode of Moon Knight was released two weeks ago, on March 30, much to the delight of fans. Directed by Mohammed Diab and starring Oscar Isaac, the six episode television series is the latest...

Ms. Marvel Leaps Into Action this June

Ms. Marvel Leaps Into Action this June

Marjorie Smedley, Opinions Editor Mar 30, 2022

A new trailer dropped last week, marking the upcoming debut of Marvel’s newest heroine onscreen, Ms. Marvel. The trailer was uploaded Tues., March 15, and currently has 15 million views on YouTube, announcing...

Sonic Sequel Arrives this April

Sonic Sequel Arrives this April

Marjorie Smedley, Opinions Editor Mar 20, 2022

Following the 2020 film release of “Sonic the Hedgehog,” the blue-furred speedster is back again for 2022’s “Sonic the Hedgehog 2.” The movie, based on the famous and long-running video game,...

Rare Black Diamond with Mysterious Origins Sold at Auction

Rare Black Diamond with Mysterious Origins Sold at Auction

Marjorie Smedley, Opinions Editor Feb 28, 2022

A rare black diamond was recently placed on auction for an estimation of $6.8 million and can be bought with cryptocurrency. The diamond, nicknamed the Enigma, is a 555.55-carat diamond that is believed...

Tall Girl 2 Release

Tall Girl 2 Release

Marjorie Smedley, Opinions Editor Feb 14, 2022

Netflix sequels seem to be all the rage nowadays, with “Enola Holmes” and “Knives Out” recently being green-lit for sequels. In 2022, there will be another addition to the sequels with 2019’s...

Gov. Kemps Support for Constitutional Carry

Gov. Kemp’s Support for Constitutional Carry

Marjorie Smedley, Opinions Editor Feb 9, 2022

In at least 21 states in the United States, people are allowed to carry handguns without a permit for both concealed and open carry. With the support of Gov. Brian Kemp, Georgia may become now the twenty-second...

The Batman

The Batman

Marjorie Smedley, Opinions Editor Feb 7, 2022

In the next installment of films coming this spring, “The Batman” is set to debut in theaters March 4, after months of stalled production and numerous setbacks due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The movie...

Traditions and History of Christmas

Traditions and History of Christmas

Marjorie Smedley, Opinions Editor Dec 31, 2021

It’s the end of the year, with red and green lights hanging from houses and green wreaths of holly and mistletoe hung off of doors, and the holiday spirit is in the air. It’s Christmas time, the most...

Thanksgiving: Traditions and History

Thanksgiving: Traditions and History

Marjorie Smedley, Opinions Editor Nov 25, 2021

Every last Thursday of Nov., thousands of Americans settle down with their family to celebrate a hundred year-old holiday with the tradition having been started before the founding of the United States....

Ghostbusters: Afterlife Premiering this November

Ghostbusters: Afterlife Premiering this November

Marjorie Smedley, Opinions Editor Nov 8, 2021

Are you afraid of ghosts? Never fear, for the newest generation of Ghostbusters is here, hitting theaters with a month to go. Backed by Columbia Pictures, “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” arrives in theaters...

The Horrible History of Halloween

The Horrible History of Halloween

Marjorie Smedley, Opinions Editor Oct 29, 2021

It’s Oct. again folks, heading into the last few days of the month. Leaves are changing, the sun is setting earlier, and that chilly weather is starting to get people to bring out their hats and mittens....

General Milley Accused of Contacting China During the Last Months of the Trump Administration

Marjorie Smedley, Opinions Editor Oct 27, 2021

The Pentagon’s highest ranking military official, General Mark Milley, United States Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has been recently exposed of contacting General Li Zuocheng of the People’s...

What If....? It Ended

What If….? It Ended

Marjorie Smedley, Opinions Editor Oct 22, 2021

The finale of Marvel’s “What If?” aired on Wednesday, Oct. 6, ending a nine-episode television series, which first aired on Aug. 11. The television series was the first animated feature for the Marvel...

Hawkeye Trailer Hits the Target

Hawkeye Trailer Hits the Target

Marjorie Smedley, Opinions Editor Sep 23, 2021

With the introduction of Disney+, there has been a slew of new Marvel television series, such as “WandaVision,” “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” and the newly released animated series, “What...

McIntosh High School students gives their opinion on the upcoming movie.

Spider-Man No Way Home Trailer Release

Marjorie Smedley, Opinions Editor Sep 15, 2021

With superhero-movies becoming mainstream during the last decade, starting with Marvel’s 2008’s “Iron Man” and the latest release of 2021’s “Black Widow” and the upcoming movie “Shang-Chi,”...

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The Timeline & Tragedies of 9/11

Editor's Note: This story was originally published on Sept. 11, 2021.  On Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attackers hijacked four airplanes and proceeded to carry out their attack on the targets of the...

Pelosi’s New Stance on College Debt

Marjorie Smedley, Opinions Editor Aug 25, 2021

With student debt payments and loans for universities and colleges a looming problem over many college students and graduates, thousands of dollars in debt for newly-graduated students, the calls...

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