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Savannah Hayes

Savannah Hayes, News Editor

McIntosh High School senior Savannah Hayes is serving her second year as the McIntosh Trail’s news editor. Hayes has been on the Trail staff since 2021 and has enjoyed every moment of working with the staff. Just this past school year, Hayes won three awards for her writing given to her by the Georgia Scholastic Press Association (GSPA). Hayes won superior writing for In-Depth News, Features and Social Media Storytelling. She can not wait for another marvelous year on the Trail staff.

Hayes has received countless accolades throughout both high school and middle school. Hayes has been a part of National Honor Society (NHS) since 2023, Science National Honor Society (SNHS) since 2023, Beta Club since 2021, National English Honor Society (NEHS) since 2021 and National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) since 2022. In middle school, Hayes was in Jr. Beta Club and received the Silver Service Hour Award in eighth grade and the Bronze Service Hour Award in seventh grade. Every semester since her freshman year, Hayes has been on the Gold Honor Roll.

Outside of the Trail, Hayes works as a volunteer intern at Zoo Atlanta. She took AP Biology and is currently taking Anatomy and Physiology at McIntosh to help achieve her goal of majoring in Animal Science. Hayes is currently the High Brass Section Leader of the Spirit of McIntosh Marching Band, of which she has been a member since 2020. Hayes has played the trumpet in various concert bands since 2017. As a Dual Enrollment, Student Hayes is currently attending Clayton State and has been a part of the program since 2022.

All content by Savannah Hayes
Image of the baby rhino and mother Kiazi. Resized using Canva.

Rhino Madness

Savannah Hayes, News Editor Apr 10, 2024

Graphic announcing the baby rhino's name created using Canva.

The female staff writers and some editors poised for an empowering image together on International Womens Day.

Ending the month with a bang

Savannah Hayes, News Editor Mar 28, 2024

March is International Women's History Month. Spanning from March 1 to 31 women are celebrated in many ways as they are recognized throughout history for their powerful upholdings, critical thinking and...

Graphic from the USA Facts website, showing the scope of COVIDs impact on Georgia since the start of the pandemic to July 2023.
 https://usafacts.org/visualizations/coronavirus-covid-19-spread-map/state/georgia/

COVID: Four years after shutdown

Rebekah Bushmire, Editor-in-Chief Mar 12, 2024
"The two months of school closure had a huge impact on my socialization capacity. The only socializing I had was with my mother, and two younger brothers. I became increasingly anti-social. I felt like I had zero friends."
Image of Sanford stadium at the University of Georgia Athens campus.

Laken Riley: a woman’s story

Savannah Hayes, News Editor Mar 1, 2024

Over the winter break I  made plans with one of my friends to visit the University of Georgia Athens campus for a tour as we are looking for more information to commit to a college for next year. However,...

Image of a oosterschelde boat drawing on Spyglass island in Peachtree city. Photo and illustration by Savannah Hayes

Darwin200: a voyage suited for the fittest

Savannah Hayes, News Editor Feb 5, 2024

On Aug. 15, 2023 a boat named the Darwin200 departed from Plymouth, UK. The ship had embarked on a journey to follow the expedition route of evolutionary scientist Charles Darwin. There are many goals...

The Spirit of McIntosh poses for a photo with Freddie Falcon after their performance. Photo courtesy of Camilla OConnell

A spirited breakfast with Governor Kemp

Savannah Hayes, News Editor Jan 11, 2024

On Jan. 10 the Spirit of McIntosh Marching Band had a field trip to Mercedes-Benz Stadium for Georgia Chamber Eggs and Issues Breakfast. The band was invited to perform this year under the leadership of...

Picture of Savannah Hayes in her Zoo Atlanta Volunteen uniform.

An otter this world experience

Savannah Hayes, News Editor Nov 7, 2023

What seemed like a normal Sunday changed when I got to give a Komodo dragon a treat. This fearsome lizard has many dangerous traits like countless bacteria in its saliva, its venom, the powerful tail that...

A graphic illustration of the multitude of posts on social media platform X concerning the PSAT. Created in Canva by Luke Soule

OPINION: PSAT = Paperless, Sitting And Technical difficulties

Rebekah Bushmire, Editor-in-Chief Oct 12, 2023

Graphic used with permission courtesy of Newspaper Association Managers, sponsors of National Newspaper Week.

National Newspapers Week: how the Trail delivers day after day, “in print, online, for you”

Rebekah Bushmire, Lulu Vitulo, Savannah Hayes, Grace Lovejoy, and Luke Soule Oct 3, 2023

Rebekah Bushmire, Editor-in-Chief "The Trail is crucial to holding our school accountable, students informed and the community aware of what goes on in our schools. It doesn’t matter what form we...

The view from the tower of the Spirit of McIntosh Marching Band practicing on what is currently their practice field. Director of Bands, Barbara Baker, center, steps in as backfield conductor near the 50-yard line one afternoon at practice in Aug..

Sour notes: MHS Capital Improvements impact marching band

Savannah Hayes, News Editor Sep 27, 2023

On Tuesday, Aug. 8, Director of Bands Barbara Baker communicated to the Spirit of McIntosh Marching Band that the group's typical practice field was set to become the new baseball field later this...

Graphic illustration created in Canva by Alyssa Barnfield

Picture retakes tomorrow

Savannah Hayes, News Editor Sep 25, 2023

Underclassman picture day is tomorrow, Sept. 26. Any student in grades 9-11 who missed the first picture day and who does not have their picture made tomorrow will not have their portrait in the yearbook. Students...

Graphic created by Savannah Hayes using Canva.

“On Wednesdays we wear pink”

Savannah Hayes, News Editor Sep 19, 2023

An upcoming schoolwide event called "On Wednesdays we wear pink," has launched. It's an initiative to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This idea of pink-out Wednesdays started last year with...

Standing in the Hall of Fame

Savannah Hayes, News Editor Sep 7, 2023

 

Satellite image of Tropical storm Idalia from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Idalia’s aftermath

Savannah Hayes, News Editor Sep 1, 2023

By Friday, Sept. 1, Idalia is gradually weakening as it enters the Atlantic Ocean but it spread destruction through Florida and Georgia over the past week. So far only one death has been...

Satellite image of the now proclaimed Hurricane Idalia Courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Hurricane Idalia strikes the gulf coast of Florida

Rebekah Bushmire and Savannah Hayes Aug 29, 2023

Editor's Note: This story is ongoing and will be updated as needed. According to CNN, Hurricane Idalia has made landfall as a Category 3 hurricane earlier today as the strongest storm to hit the...

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Rebekah Bushmire

Aug 7, 2022

Hopes to bring it home

Hopes to bring it “home”

Savannah Hayes, News Editor May 19, 2023

According to an email sent by McIntosh Administration, tomorrow, Saturday, May 20 there will be a send-off party for the Chiefs baseball team as they head for their first-ever appearance at the GHSA State...

2023 AP exam schedule

Savannah Hayes, News Editor Apr 28, 2023

For more information regarding testing with the McInosh administration click here for more information.

End the ride with some quick turns. Photo by Savannah Hayes

A ride fit for a Chief… ArieForce One

Savannah Hayes, News Editor Apr 20, 2023

On Fri. March 31 members of the McIntosh STEM program and STEM teacher Seth Bishop set out on a field trip to Fun Spot Atlanta, located in Fayetteville, Georgia, to learn about the engineering and participate...

Editor-in-Chief Rebekah Bushmire speaks with a FunSpot employee before the opening ceremony

OPINION: Is FunSpot a “fun spot”?

May 19, 2023

Editor-in-Chief Rebekah Bushmire speaks with a FunSpot employee before the opening ceremony

Man’s best friend is joining McIntosh students in class

Savannah Hayes, News Editor Mar 30, 2023

At McIntosh on Mon., April 31, students will be allowed to bring their pets to school. This includes all pets such as dogs, cats, lizards, birds and many more. Dogs and cats will be allowed without...

Students at MHS dress in green to celebrate St. Patricks Day. Pictured form left to right are Brian Ok, Aaron Maeder, Leo Gil, and Airi Misugi. Photo and graphic created using Canva by Savannah Hayes

Hope you have your lucky charm. . . St. Patrick’s day is right around the corner

Savannah Hayes, News Editor Mar 15, 2023

Every year St. Patrick's Day is celebrated on March 17, and while it is not a Federally recognized holiday, it is widely recognized in the United States. Many people wear green and think about the...

Image showing few of the many inventions created by women throughout history. Explaining who created each and the year it was invented, some of these inventions are quite important. For more inventions by women, and more information about these listed https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2019/03/16/inventions-you-have-women-inventors-thank-these-50-things/39158677/. Graphic created by Savannah Hayes using Canva.

Who runs the world? Women’s History Month begins March 1

Savannah Hayes, News Editor Mar 8, 2023

March is Women's History Month and events are planned throughout the month to celebrate women's history throughout the United States and the whole world. This month is dedicated to important women...

Photos by Savannah Hayes
Image of the front entrance to the show.

Gimme gimme gimme a ticket to the spring musical “Mamma Mia!”

Savannah Hayes, News Editor Mar 3, 2023

The Spring Musical, "Mamma Mia!"opened last night, Thurs., March 2 and runs through Sat. March 4. Each show begins at 7 p.m. and tickets are available online, at the door and they are being sold in the...

As they wait for the news about awards the New York semi-finalists hold hands in support preparing  themselves for results. Image submitted by Sarah Arriola

From trash to class: art student Sarah Arriola creates fashion out of recycled materials

Savannah Hayes, News Editor Feb 8, 2023

McIntosh junior Sarah Arriola left for world finals in the international Junk Kouture competition with her culturally inspired dress on Jan. 6 this year. The finals were held in Abu Dhabi on Jan. 11....

This image depicts supplies that are commonly used in school for testing. It was created by Savannah Hayes using Canva and the photo is by Savannah Hayes

Testing, testing… does the new test schedule get a pass or a fail?

Savannah Hayes, News Editor Jan 17, 2023

Earlier in 2022-2023, MHS introduced a new summative testing schedule. Over summer break, McIntosh Principal Maggie Walls sent parents and students an email regarding the new testing schedule. The...

Screenshot of the severe weather alert from Thursday, Jan. 13.

Thursday Jan. 12 McIntosh faced with severe storm and tornado watch

Savannah Hayes, News Editor Jan 13, 2023

Yesterday, Jan. 12, at 1:58 p.m. McIntosh's administration sent an email that there would be an early release due to unsafe weather concerns. The email was as follows: "Good afternoon, In hopes of...

Admin informs parents and students about Monday’s Code Orange via email

Savannah Hayes, News Editor Jan 11, 2023

According to the statement sent by Principle Maggie Walls sent at approx. 3:50 yesterday Jan. 9 the email reads as follows: "Good afternoon, "At approximately 3:35 we had a code orange and teachers...

Can it be done? Junior Sarah Arriola creates wearable art out of cola cans

“Can” it be done? Junior Sarah Arriola creates wearable art out of cola cans

Savannah Hayes, News Editor Dec 9, 2022

  McIntosh junior Sarah Arriola is competing as a national finalist in the international competition Junk Kouture. Sarah made a dress out of recycled materials such as aluminum cans and plastic...

Savannah: Holi-…wait till after giving thanks

Savannah Hayes, News Editor Nov 18, 2022

Christmas music is great, but Thanksgiving is still a good holiday as well. As Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday I feel like it is overlooked by the presence of Christmas themed items in November. However;...

The United States of America is commonly identified by the American flag a symbol of freedom and unity. Often times this marker is used to identify the armed forces and celebrate those who have fought for the country.

What is the significance of the eleventh day?

Savannah Hayes, News Editor Nov 10, 2022

The History of Veterans Day has created a day when citizens celebrate those who served in the military in the past and those currently in service. Veterans Day in the United States is Nov. 11 and is located...

FAREs Teal Pumpkin Project is trying to create awareness by having people put teal pumpkins outside their houses as an indicator for kids to know that their house has Halloween treats that are not food.

As Halloween approaches, teal pumpkins raise awareness of food allergies

Savannah Hayes, News Editor Oct 26, 2022

Graphic created using Canva. Graphic includes some safe treat options to give kids instead of candy that could cause an allergic reaction.

Junior London Whilby as Cleopatra in the Spirit of McIntoshs Perfect Storm.

Do we stay or do we go?

Savannah Hayes, News Editor Oct 21, 2022

On Saturday, Oct. 15, the Spirit of McIntosh Marching Band competed at Haralson High School Tallapoosa, GA. All sections of the marching band scored Superior, which includes the drum major, color guard,...

Photo of Spirit of McIntosh Marching Band getting in the mind set for their first competition Saturday Oct. 8 at Carrollton High School.

Competition… or Homecoming Dance?

Savannah Hayes, News Editor Oct 14, 2022

On the day of the Homecoming Dance, Saturday, Oct. 15, the Spirit of McIntosh Marching Band will have a competition at Haralson High School Tallapoosa, GA, about a ninety-minute drive from MHS. This creates...

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...

Fire destroys landmark building, home to popular market and bakery

Fire destroys landmark building, home to popular market and bakery

Savannah Hayes, News Editor Sep 22, 2022

Heirloom Market Co. & Bakeshop, located off of Highway 54 West in Sharpsburg Georgia, caught fire the night of Wednesday, Sept. 21. The workers inside the store called 911 to report the fire after...

Graphic created on Canva by Lulu Vitulo and Savannah Hayes

Remembering 9/11

Savannah Hayes and Lulu Vitulo Sep 15, 2022

MHS rolls out new testing schedule for 22-23

MHS rolls out new testing schedule for 22-23

Savannah Hayes, News Editor Aug 24, 2022

McIntosh High School has implemented a new summative testing schedule for the 2022-2023 school year. In July, MHS Principal Maggie Walls sent parents and students an email about the new testing schedule.  Summative...

Zara Morgan, a senior and the Managing Editor of the McIntosh Trail.

Senior Legacy: Zara Morgan

Savannah Hayes, News Editor May 11, 2022

How have you made McIntosh a better place, what was your contribution to the campus? “I think my biggest contribution to campus is like more of the stories that I wrote and for the McIntosh Trail. Also...

This graphic was created by Savannah Hayes using Canva

Mother’s Day

Savannah Hayes, News Editor May 8, 2022

Mother’s Day is a national holiday in the United States where oftentimes kids celebrate their moms by doing something special like buying them a nice little gift. All around the world, there are celebrations...

Graphic created by Savannah Hayes using Canva.

Prices Students are Paying for Prom

Savannah Hayes, News Editor Apr 21, 2022

With prom coming up this Saturday, April 23, many upperclassmen and even some underclassmen at McIntosh have been getting all of their preparations in order. Many students end up spending lots of money...

Photo by Savannah Hayes Image created using canva

Band Director Lawrence Williams Leaving McIntosh

Savannah Hayes, News Editor Apr 11, 2022

On Wed. March 9, McIntosh Assistant Band director Lawrence Williams announced to all of his band classes that he would not be returning to MHS next fall semester. In an email sent by Barbara Baker, the...

Graphic created by Savannah Hayes on Canva

Woman’s History Month

Savannah Hayes, News Editor Mar 8, 2022

Women's History Month has celebrated the accomplishments of women all over the world during the month of March. This international month has been celebrated in the United States since 1987, this year 2022...

Graphic created using Canva by Savannah Hayes

“We Don’t Talk About Bruno” Hits the Top Charts

Savannah Hayes, News Editor Feb 28, 2022

Though the striking new Disney movie “Encanto'' has only been released on Disney+ since Dec. 24, it has acquired lots of fame in the past few months. The song “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” by Lin-Manuel...

Graphic created using Picsart. Image credits to Giant Olympic Rings by Graeme Pow is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics

Savannah Hayes, News Editor Feb 2, 2022

With the Summer Olympics behind us, the Winter Olympics are just around the corner. This upcoming Olympics is set to be held in Beijing China being set for the opening ceremony to start on Feb. 4 and for...

Illustration courtesy of Disney press kit

Encanto Movie Review

Lulu Vitulo and Savannah Hayes Jan 26, 2022

“Encanto”, Disney’s 60th animated feature, is a wonderfully diverse and enchanting film. Catchy songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda are already being used on platforms such as TikTok, while other people...

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