Around the Corral

All the news of what's happening around the Corral; here, we take a deeper dive into Mainland.

High School is meant to be the time of our lives, the place where we will meet our closest friends and make unforgettable memories.  

As a freshman in Mainland Regional High School, I can confirm that high school is not what a middle schooler expects; there is no such a thing as girls that wear pink on Wednesdays, or school suddenly becomes harder, nor there are musicals in the hallways. There are so many clichés that involve high school but you would be surprised to know that 90% of them are pure lies. Movies and media have contributed to create a picture of high schools that is far from reality, it certainly is not as good as they made it seem, but the problems they illustrate are also not true. 

The front of Mainland Regional High SchoolWhen I first stepped in Mainland for registration I did not anticipate that I was about to begin one of the most important stages of my life. I could not possibly process what was happening. It was until my first day of school, four days later than everyone else. The moment I stepped in the doors, I got a belly ache and was ready to quit school, the feeling of being the new one in school again made me sick, I felt like I was not ready for such a big step, I was afraid of the changes that were coming up. 

My first class was better than I expected, my second class was quite weird, it was Honors Journalism which I did not remember picking, Writing was not something that I enjoyedlet alone writing articles, it could not possibly go well. I was surprised when after a week it became one of my favorite classes. Maybe High School would not be so bad after all. I quickly figured out the schedule, and even though I got lost a couple of times, it was quite funny how the teachers expected the freshmen to get lost. I was also surprised by how nice the environment was, there was no such a thing as drama, the teachers were wonderful and most of the students were friendly enough to tell me where the hallways were. I became involved in clubs and everything seemed to be working out, High school was easier than I expected and I could not have been happier. I love everything except Monday mornings; most of the students would agree that the first hour on a Monday feels like being physically assaulted by some sort of devil. I also learned that it was all about assuming my responsibilities, do what I was expected to, and having a nice time while doing my best because at the end of the day procrastinating would not get me far 

As we are beginning the second half of the year, I can say the Mainland was not what I was expecting, but I would not change anything. I believe that every student should get involved and be a productive person for the Mainland community, assume responsibilities and contribute positively. We all should make of our high school experience the best, try our best to achieve goals by using all the resources available here in Mainland. For all those 8th graders looking forward to high school, I shall say there is nothing to worry about, of course there will be changes but they are not extreme and in less than a month you will get used to them. A new school can be intimidating but it is part of life to grow up and change while doing it, you probably will lose a couple of friends but also new people will join so there is nothing to be afraid about, sometimes change is good and it helps you build character, I believe Mainland is a great place for change. 

White Mainland fooball helmet
Mainland Regional High School was founded in 1961 and throughout its career, Mainland has always had a football team. The Mustangs team is known for their aggression, spirit, and will to win. Although some years were less successful than others, the 2019-20 season has been a great one! The varsity football team is undefeated and has the whole school bursting with pride over their winning streak. Even with the all the school spirit, this is not the first instance of a victorious year by the Mainland varsity football team. In the 1962-63 season, the Mustangs flourished and were also undefeated. The head coach that season was Mr. Wilson, he stayed with the Mustangs until 1965 when he handed over the position to Mr. Prohaska. Coach Prohaska did not have any undefeated seasons, but the four years that he was head coach were also prosperous. The four years that Mr. Prohaska was the head coach, the Mustangs thrived under his guidance. The position of Head Coach was passes along, and in the 1961-1980, the Mustangs did well, having only fluke seasons, but also with some fantastic games. In the instance of the 1969-70 season, the rivals to the Mustangs at the time were the Oakcrest Falcons. The Falcons were undefeated that year, and things were looking down for the Mustangs, who had lost 4 and won 4. At the end of the game however, the Mustangs beat the falcons and ended their undefeated season! This was a huge deal at the time, and many football players from that year, remember very fondly, the victory that allowed them to end 5-4. Even though Mainland's career goes farther than 20 years, this is only part 1 in my 3-part series. I hope you enjoyed this article and will continue the reading when parts 2 and 3 are published.