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Meet South’s Newest Colonel – Honey the Assistance Dog!

Courtesy of South High.

If you hadn’t noticed, the whole school has been buzzing with excitement due to the arrival of the newest Colonel, Honey! Honey is a three- year-old yellow labrador retriever, who works as an assistance dog at South with Ms. Ford! 

She was raised at NEADS, a service dog training facility, and learned how to be an assistance dog for a school through lots of training and hard work. NEADS works with many people that have disabilities and helps them get service dogs to help them navigate every day. 

The process to get Honey was very extensive. Ms. Ford says that the money provided to South had been gifted by the 365Z Foundation before the pandemic, and that the service dog was supposed to work with a teacher who has now left South. Last year, Ms. Ford took on the process to get Honey, and went through many interviews and tests, including one where she was videotaped while she was interacting with another service dog, and a week-long stay at the training facility to get used to working with Honey. 

In order to be respectful of Honey’s training, students and staff are urged to ask before touching her and refrain from calling her name when they see her in the halls, though it may be tempting! Ms. Ford says that people have already been honoring these requests, and she can already see a difference in people’s moods wherever Honey goes. “It’s a community experience,” She says. “We’re all having the same excitement about the same thing at the same time.”

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Sarah Jeffers
Sarah Jeffers, Social Media Manager

Hello! I am part of the Class of '25 and I am so excited to be managing the social medias this year! I have always loved to keep my friends and family up to date on things (even if they haven’t wanted to hear it). I have also found a love for reading about what is happening all around us. I hope to be able to bring the stories and life of South High and beyond to an accessible outlet!

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Lila Tallagnon
Lila Tallagnon, Arts and Entertainment Editor

Hello! I’m Lila, and I’m a junior at South High. I’m the Arts and Entertainment editor of the Colonel Chronicle, and I often write pieces for the paper myself! I am fascinated by journalism because of its ability to educate and inspire communities. Along with the paper, I’m also a part of the marching band and a cappella club. Outside of school, I play piano and sing with a choir - I love music just as much as writing! One day I hope to pursue journalism as a career. 

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