Etched in Stone

Serena Bettis

Serena Bettis, senior, is entering into her third year on the Etched in Stone staff as this year’s Editor-in-Chief. A four year journalism student, she has high hopes for Etched in Stone this school year, and wants to be able to guide the staff in achieving their goals as much as possible. While Bettis has become a much more outspoken person than she was when she started at Fossil Ridge High School, she still finds discomfort speaking in front of large groups of people (“large” being defined anywhere from 6 to 30), but is more than ready to grow in that aspect of leadership over the course of the year. Most of her journalistic goals for the year are not personal, but rather involve the entire program. She aims to further improve upon the look of the Etched in Stone website, which she spent countless hours on her junior year, enough for it to win awards before she graduates.


Aside from Etched in Stone, Bettis takes part in the school marching, jazz, and concert bands as a flute player, volunteers with Key Club, and is the Historian for the National Honor Society. She has also held a part-time job at TCBY for over a year, and now knows more than she needs to about the sugar content in frozen yogurt. In her spare time, which is often hard to come by, Bettis can be found reading for fun, lamenting about how none of the new Young Adult romance novels she used to love so much are good anymore, working on making the perfect French macaron, or binge watching her recent addiction, Game of Thrones. Music is a large part of her life, and her favorite genre is difficult to describe because she listens to many different bands. Some of her favorites include twenty one pilots, All Time Low, and Halsey, more alternative bands such as Issues and SWMRS, pop artists including Carly Rae Jepsen (“she’s so much more than “Call Me Maybe””), and Little Mix, and various songs by Spanish singers.


She is more than ready for graduation, and aspires to be attending college in Chicago by this time next year. Bettis knows that she wants to double major in journalism and foreign languages, with a potential minor in music, though she is undecided on what specific occupation she wants after college. Her best advice to someone who does not know what they are interested in is to simply join different activities and see what happens from there. “Eventually, sometime during sophomore year, journalism became the only class I wanted to go to, and even now I love it more than I used to love band, so that’s when it hit me that this was what I wanted to be involved in for most of my life,” she said. Another somewhat undecided goal of hers is to join the Peace Corps either during or after college, and she hopes that an experience in a different country with complete strangers might help her figure out what exactly she wants to do with her life.

Serena Bettis, Editor-in-Chief

May 16, 2018
Editor’s Note: Everything I have learned from journalism (Story)
May 14, 2018
Diversify Yourself: Read diverse books (Story)
May 06, 2018
FOASS celebrates student creativity (Story)
Apr 25, 2018
Editor’s Note: Welcoming in new leadership (Story)
Feb 28, 2018
Editor’s Note: Leaders are anxious, too (Story)
Feb 13, 2018
Opinion: In defense of Valentine’s Day (Story)
Feb 10, 2018
Fossil girls swimming splashes state competition out of the water (Story)
Feb 06, 2018
Diversify Yourself: What I’ve learned from Young Adult literature (Story)
Feb 02, 2018
Professional improv group spreads laughter at Fossil (Story)
Jan 29, 2018
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green (Story)
Jan 20, 2018
Diversify Yourself: Angie Thomas debuts with a must-read (Story)
Jan 18, 2018
Editor’s Note: Setting goals for success (Story)
Dec 15, 2017
Eleven students selected for All-State Orchestra (Story)
Dec 15, 2017
Fossil student awarded Citizen Lifesaver Award (Story)
Dec 14, 2017
Orchestra program strings together students from different levels (Story)
Dec 13, 2017
Seven Fossil students qualify for Thespian International Conference (Story)
Nov 28, 2017
Editor’s Note: What is news? (Story)
Nov 16, 2017
Radium Girls radiates talent on opening night (Story)
Nov 14, 2017
Foothills Mall showcases student art (Story)
Nov 13, 2017
Editor’s Note: Great accountability, more productivity (Story)
Nov 06, 2017
Editor’s Note: Conferences and collaboration are the keys to success (Story)
Dec 14, 2017
Sabercat Stories (Story)
Oct 16, 2017
FBLA kicks off year with Leadership Conference (Story)
Oct 11, 2017
Fossil energizes conservation efforts (Story)
Oct 06, 2017
NAHS adds color to Homecoming dance (Story)
Oct 04, 2017
Editor’s Note: Starting off on the right foot (and staying there) (Story)
Sep 27, 2017
Seniors still set to get quotes in yearbook (Story)
May 18, 2017
Counselors excited to build better student relationships (Story)
May 16, 2017
Seniors bid farewell to Orchestra program (Story)
Apr 26, 2017
Science Olympiad wins back-to-back state championships (Story)
Mar 30, 2017
DLA puts on fifth annual Unity week (Story)
Mar 27, 2017
DECA hosts fashion show for Make-A-Wish (Story)
Mar 07, 2017
Science Olympiad dominates regionals (Story)
Feb 15, 2017
Fire season heightens need for fire prevention knowledge (Story)
Feb 12, 2017
“Zombies on Broadway” doesn’t impress (Story)
Jan 17, 2017
Review: A Series of Unfortunate Events is spectacularly binge-worthy (Story)
Dec 31, 2016
Editorial: A more effective way to set goals for the new year (Story)
Dec 17, 2016
Diversify Yourself: Fantastic Beasts is a wonderful addition to wizarding world (Story)
Dec 08, 2016
Diversify Yourself: Audacity is a must-read for women’s rights (Story)
Dec 04, 2016
Diversify Yourself: “Sophomore slump” nonexistent for Nicola Yoon (Story)
Nov 19, 2016
Fossil theatre puts on fantastic rendition of Nick Dear’s Frankenstein (Story)
Nov 11, 2016
Editorial: I refuse to say the pledge under “President Trump” (Story)
Nov 07, 2016
Diversify Yourself: Nijkamp writes important, captivating story (Story)
Oct 25, 2016
Homecoming assembly is the “best yet” (Story)
Oct 15, 2016
Tutoring helps students of all levels (Story)
Oct 03, 2016
Sanford’s seniors explore childhood memories (Story)
Sep 27, 2016
5 Fossil seniors qualify for National Merit Scholarship (Story)
Sep 18, 2016
Diversify Yourself: Jenny Han creates a heart-felt coming of age novel (Story)
Sep 09, 2016
Aphorisms capture life philosophies (Story)
Aug 19, 2016
Add/drop causes change to weekly schedule (Story)
May 26, 2016
Science Olympiad has success at Nationals competition (Story)
May 19, 2016
Budget cut misconceptions debunked (Story)
May 11, 2016
Diversifty Yourself: Ahdieh crafts an electrifying sequel (Story)
Apr 29, 2016
Science Olympiad has near sweep at state competition (Story)
Apr 26, 2016
Diversify Yourself: Vivian’s new novel is witty, yet lacking (Story)
Apr 20, 2016
Athletic director Ken Denning resigns (Story)
Apr 04, 2016
Second annual Ridge Games (Story)
Mar 23, 2016
Diversify Yourself: Yoon brings everything to this fun novel (Story)
Mar 08, 2016
Testing changes for the better (Story)
Mar 04, 2016
Diversify Yourself: Palacio’s Wonder is truly inspirational (Story)
Feb 26, 2016
Take action with the Culture Team (Story)
Feb 16, 2016
Diversify Yourself: Magoon poignantly writes on real-world issues (Story)
Feb 11, 2016
Students have the ability to change school culture (Story)
Feb 07, 2016
Girl swimmers dominate at conference (Story)
Feb 04, 2016
Fashion show fundraiser (Story)
Feb 01, 2016
Ease fears by attending college fairs (Story)
Jan 25, 2016
‘Cats to college night (Story)
Jan 19, 2016
Diversify Yourself: Mystery entwined with fantasy in an exhilarating read (Story)
Jan 13, 2016
Culture team spreads positivity throughout Fossil (Story)
Dec 11, 2015
Finding passion in after school activities (Story)
Dec 02, 2015
“Fossil’s Got Talent” rings true (Story)
Nov 21, 2015
Science beyond the classroom (Story)
Nov 17, 2015
Diversify Yourself: There is nothing better than some drama and diversity (Story)
Nov 14, 2015
MUN is the first step in changing the world (Story)
Nov 11, 2015
Throw down for charity (Story)
Nov 11, 2015
Laura leads lights through all challenges (Story)
Nov 08, 2015
Diversify Yourself: LaCour captures the magic of the movies within pages of a novel (Story)
Nov 06, 2015
Rubik’s Cube Club a perfect place for puzzle lovers (Story)
Nov 03, 2015
Diversify Yourself: We need diverse books (Story)
Oct 27, 2015
FRESH Club wants students to go green (Story)
Oct 22, 2015
The pale blue dot is more than just a home (Story)
Oct 12, 2015
Book lovers unite (Story)
Oct 09, 2015
Cast of Our Town goes back in time (Story)
Oct 02, 2015
Planning for the future one college visit at a time (Story)
Sep 25, 2015
Objects in the future are closer than they appear (Story)
Sep 15, 2015
Our Town cast decided (Story)
Sep 08, 2015
Drama Club off to exciting start (Story)
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