Cheers to Instagram for instituting a policy that restricts the promotion of certain diet products and cosmetic procedures to users under 18. Anyone who uses the social media app is likely to see plenty of both while scrolling through the photo-sharing platform. Many move right past the posts without a second look, but younger users — girls in particular — need not be exposed to ads for “miracle” products and procedures promoted by celebrities and influencers. With a team behind them to ensure they look perfect for the camera, they’re being paid to promote a product. The unspoken implication is that a product or procedure will make users look like their favorite celeb. That’s not realistic, and definitely not something to which those under 18 need exposed.

Cheers to the members of this year’s homecoming courts, which have been announced in the last couple weeks and will continue into October as high schools all around the area gear up for the annual homecoming games and festivities. Homecoming has always been extra special. It is an opportunity to feel a comfort someone can get from being around others who have been where they’ve been. It is a time for folks to show school pride, to support the community in which they grew up, to reconnect with old friends, and to gather together in a way that creates a sense of security. In a time when community spirit seems to dwindle a little more by the day, homecoming brings back that nostalgic feeling and restores a sense of pride.

Cheers to Remmey Lohr for qualifying for the WPIAL Class AA Boys Individual Golf Championship. The Carmichaels junior played in the Section 8-AA qualifier because of a standing rule that schools with no girls team can only send one female to a girls section qualifier and her older sister Delaney, who qualified for the WPIAL final from the Section 1-AA qualifier, playing in the girls sectional. Remmey Lohr not only qualified for the district championship at Allegheny Country Club on Sept. 25, she did so as medalist at Nemacolin Country Club with a 6-over 78.

Cheers to the Jefferson Morgan High School Science Olympiad and Envirothon team for hosting a Mobile Oil Learning Unit (MOLU) in the school’s gymnasium for grades 6-8. The activity, which educates students on various aspects of the gas and oil industry, was also available to a learning support and life skills class. Each group of students had 90 minutes to interact with the MOLU’s six stations and complete an activity packet as they worked. After the session was over, teachers conducted a recap lesson to gauge how much students learned. The activity came to Jefferson-Morgan Elementary last year and, according to science teacher and Olympiad and Envirothon team sponsor Karen Cox, Jefferson-Morgan is the first Greene County school district to host the program. The MOLU was sponsored by Cabot Oil and Gas, and facilitated by the Texas-based Oilfield Energy Center.

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