Expressing Yourself Through Style

Students at Visintainer must choose appropriate outfit choices when coming to school.
By Teodora Iovi

If there was not a dress code in schools students could wear and express themselves in whatever way they wished, but things could also get out of control.

The dress code has been around for many years, and many people have many different opinions on the fairness of it. Some people may have no problems with it, while others strongly protest it.

“I do not think the dress code is fair because the dress code only allows girls to wear mostly jeans and sweatpants with the exception of shorts, and it doesn't allow girls to show our shoulders. I don’t see a problem with the off-shoulders shirts and I really wish we were allowed to wear more types of t-shirts and pants, without violating the dress code,” said Grace Gustino, a seventh grader at Visintainer Middle School.

Dana Delany a teacher at Visintainer says, “I think the dress code impacts things students wear by making students thoughtful when they choosing their outfit. Everyone wants to dress in the latest trends, but sometimes that is not the reality in the workplace. So, I believe the dress code prepares students to follow what is appropriate when they are in that ‘work’ setting.”

While teachers might agree and find the dress code fair many students have trouble finding outfits for school that fits the dress code and is still stylish and on trend.

“The dress code has really changed the types of outfits that I buy at stores. Many stores that I shop at are not approved by our dress code and I would have to buy boring clothes when I want cooler and cuter outfits,” Gustino explained.

The Visintainer dress code is the same as the entire Brunswick City School District. There is a team that develops and modifies the handbook and they collaborate to be consistent within the district and make decisions that are best for students. The dress code has been changed many times. One of the newest changes involved hair color. Recently, students were permitted to dye and change their hair color to any color they wished. Instead of having to stick to the natural colors, they now have the permission to dye their hair blue, purple, green, pink, or whatever they choose. Many students have taken this new rule as a privilege and are taking advantage of the opportunity.

Jessica Boytim the assistant principal at Visintainer says, “I think the dress code now allows new hair colors because it is less of a distraction that it used to be.”

Students are also recommended to follow the dress code for after school activities such as sports. “We prefer coaches and advisors to support the dress code and most do when it comes to rules and allowances. At Visintainer, we expect school rules still apply for after school activities,” Boytim adds.

Overall, the dress code is very important for students and their focus on schoolwork. “In my opinion the dress code keeps students safe, modest and less distracting to others,” Boytim concluded.

Cru High School Cleveland Reaching Local Students
By Alyssa Murral

High schoolers love to get together to eat, play games, and have fun, so why not do it in a spiritually supportive environment? Cru High School is a program that helps students to do just that.

Nicole Doeringer, the director of Cru in the Cleveland area, says Cru is “a ministry for high schoolers that really helps them to consider the spiritual part of their lives, so we help to resource them with all of that.”

Doeringer organizes monthly events in different communities on weekends where students can come to hear from other students and have a good time.

There are other ways for students to get involved in Cru along with attending the events, such as conferences, summer trips, and spring break trips. “One other way they can get involved is attending just a four week group, which we’re calling them Thrive Groups, where you can explore just what does it mean to have a spiritual life and what does that mean for them individually,” says Doeringer.

Students can also have a mentoring relationship with one of Cru’s volunteer adults where they can work through struggles, ask questions, and learn how to have a spiritual influence on others.

Doeringer says she first was involved in Cru while she was attending college. “There were people who invited me to come to a Bible study, and there was someone who invited me to go to a weekly meeting. So, I was involved as a student in college, and then after that I went on staff full time with Cru at Bowling Green.” This connection allowed her to bring Cru to Cleveland this year for the first time, adding to the 36 Cru ministries throughout the United States.

“I would just really encourage students to come and try it to see if it’s something that they could enjoy and be around. I love the students, getting to know them, partnering with the community and local churches, and I think they’re going to love it,” Doeringer concluded.

For more information on this spiritual program, visit
One Woman's Journey to Citizenship

Maria Niemeyer, a new citizen to The United States.
By Sophia DiRienzo

Have you ever wondered how many legal immigrants are in the United States? Well, there are about 10 million legal immigrants, one of them being Maria Niemeyer.

She became a U.S. citizen on Nov. 17, 2017. Niemeyer grew up in Poland, and after getting her Bachelor’s Degree, she decided it would be adventurous and better for her to continue her education in America. She got a student visa for five years and earned her Master’s degree in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry. She then applied and received a work visa and worked at the Cleveland Clinic as a medical researcher for six years. She then was able to apply for a Green Card, and then went through another application process to officially become a U.S. citizen.

Now that Niemeyer is a U.S. citizen, she is feeling relieved and proud. She said, “I feel like I really belong here. It’s home. This is my country. This country gave me not only a wonderful job and education, but also a wonderful family and a great husband.” Niemeyer enjoys this country's freedom and work attitude.

This is just one woman's journey to becoming a U.S. citizen and there are about 10 million more.