With the end of school fast approaching, so is the deadline to pay back loans from the school bank.

Failure to repay a loan, or any school debt, can result in a student’s report card - or even diploma - being withheld.

The HHS bank allows students to take out loans of up to $5. The student then owes the amount borrowed plus 10-cents a day interest.

The last day to borrow from the bank is Friday (May 3), and all outstanding loans must be paid in the next few weeks before school ends.

So far, students have taken out 218 loans from the bank, business teacher Brittany Watson told The Ville News. As of Thursday (May 2), she said, a dozen students – five of them seniors – have outstanding loans totaling $54.80.

“We have collectors, they go out every day to remind students when they owe money,” said Watson, who oversees the student-staffed bank. “If that doesn't work as a reminder, I will go see that student. If that doesn’t work, I will send a letter home and they will be added to the student debt list.”

And then?

“If they don’t pay the money back after being added to the student debt list, we will withhold their diploma,” Watson said.

Over the past few years, Watson estimated, at least five students have had their diplomas withheld for failure to pay school debts – not necessarily bank loans but things like missing textbooks or calculators.

Story by Emma Henley and Emily Smith


No matter what your appetite, the food vendors at Monday’s (May 6) Black and Gold Day have got you covered.

Trucks for Outback Steakhouse, Maggie Moos ice cream, The Beached Pig barbecue, Little Cancun on the Go Mexican food, That’s My Dawg hotdogs, and Kona Ice will be parked by the football field.

That’s My Dawg is a new addition this year.

The food trucks will be there the whole time, so if the line for the one you want is too long, you can come back a little later when it is shorter, said agricultural teacher Steve Stephens, one of the event organizers.

The vendors will take cash or card.

Students who paid $20 for a Black and Gold T-shirt will receive a $5 voucher they can use for food.

Story by Caden Watterson


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