Music has always been a way to connect with people for centuries, as it provides a way to sing, dance, and communicate with other people . In a high school survey, students were asked the real reason why they listen.
The survey consisted of twelve students (three from each class of freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors), with a 50% male-female ratio.
The first question that the students were asked was, “How often do you listen to music?” Half of the students stated that they simply would have a hard time living without it. None of the students in this first question stated that they did not like music, but there were two out of the twelve that stated they may listen while cleaning their room.
This may draw a conclusion to why this is--and why music is almost always seen as a necessity among teens. People may listen to music while cleaning their room, singing in the shower, riding in the car, or just to slow dancing with a loved one.
But music is not only used for tasks, music can create a mood depending on what a person is listening to. When teenagers go through a variety of moods, they may listen to a variety of music. When they feel sad, they may listen to sad songs, or when they’re energetic they’ll listen to something upbeat. This is most likely the reason why the high school survey responders had a hard time picking their favorite genre.
The second question for the students focused on what their favorite type of genre is. Most of the students when taking this survey had to think twice as long to answer this question compared to the rest of the survey.
Forced to pick one favorite genre, 25% chose pop, followed by a tie with 2 students each saying they they liked rap or rock. There was also an interest in dubstep, indie, country, and hip-hop.
Getting to the question that the survey was all about, the students were told to reflect on why they listen to music. Nearly all of the students (91%) claimed that they listen to music because it is relaxing and they simply enjoy listening to it. A large number of students also said that music helps them get through hard times and that they may listen to it just because they were bored.
Based on the statistics, music helps students when they need it the most. Some students went out of the way in the survey to even say that music offers an escape for some who just need a break from the world.
In the high school survey, the students provided evidence on their thoughts about what they think about music. Results show that just about everyone in the survey uses music to help them, whether to get through tasks, connect with other people, get an escape from a noisy household, or just for what music does best--pass time.
Now that music has evolved, people are able to express themselves differently with listening and singing to love songs, pop, instrumental, international, country, and thousands of other genres that have allowed people to branch out and rock to.
A popular idea that television producers are experimenting with in recent years is how people would react when the human race is threatened. Humanity has done great things and evolved along with the world, so when people say that humanity will come to an end--it’s almost fantasy.
This theme is popular in shows like AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” which is a show about a zombie apocalypse that was released in 2010, and “The Strain,” a show about a parasitic virus that turns its hosts into a vampire-like zombie--which was released by FX in 2014. Both of these shows are very entertaining; another one of these shows that is personally my favorite is an anime (a Japanese animation with English dubbing and subtitles) called “Tokyo Ghoul.” What makes this show different, though, is that this show revolves around a character versus self conflict.
Ghoul first aired in July of 2014 and is about a boy named Kaneki Ken who lives in a world where humans aren’t necessarily on top of the food chain. The human race is threatened by what the world calls “ghouls”who live by eating people. The show revolves around Kaneki’s life when he is “transformed” into a half-ghoul.
There are many things that make this show interesting for a person who likes movies where humans face extinction. Every person who has a favorite show has a reason for liking it, whether it be the characters in it, the audio, or the plot (it may possibly even be all three). Tokyo Ghoul deserves my favorite spot for all three of those reasons. The show has a variety of interesting characters, beautifully placed audio, and the plot is undeniably clever.
If you have not seen the show before, but plan to (which I strongly recommend) reading this article will introduce you to some spoilers, so be cautious.
In the beginning of the show, Kaneki Ken goes on a date with a woman named Rize. The audience soon figures out that Rize is actually a ghoul that tries to get her next dinner alone. Just as Rize strikes Kaneki, steel construction beams fall onto her and the injuries prove to be fatal, and she soon dies.
Before Rize dies, a boy and the woman are found seriously injured, and the surgeon puts Rize’s organs in Kaneki’s body to save his life, turning him into a half-ghoul. Putting a ghoul’s organs in a human body turns Kaneki into a mixed breed. This idea for a television show is truly interesting to me because the rest of the show revolves around Kaneki’s choice: does he want to be a ghoul? Or does he want to stay human?
As a ghoul, Kaneki cannot eat anything but coffee. Tastebuds to ghouls do not work the same as for humans, so with his new life as a ghoul, Kaneki quickly learns that his favorite hamburger, along with any other human food cannot be eaten anymore.
This sends Kaneki on his first adventure as a ghoul. The show does a wonderful job of showing the struggle Kaneki has when he can’t eat anything. He is walking along the streets, and suddenly he starts thinking about people, which quickly devolves into thinking about flesh.
Soon Kaneki is lured by the smell of his deceased mother’s homemade cooking from long ago, which is presumably Kaneki’s favorite smell. He turns the corner of a dark alleyway to find a ghoul feasting on a corpse. The inner struggle for Kaneki gets progressively worse after the first two episodes of Tokyo Ghoul, which sets the rest of the mood for the season.
Throughout the rest of the first of two seasons, Kaneki learns the way of being a ghoul, which is filled with him trying to ditch his human ways. He still does not completely rid of these human traits until the last episode of season one, an episode aptly named, “Ghoul.”
Tokyo Ghoul uses “Jason” as another antagonist in season one. Jason has many similarities to Jason Voorhees in the Friday the 13th franchise, and I am one of the many people who say that’s where the idea for the show is based.
In Tokyo Ghoul, Kaneki is trapped by Jason. He takes pliers and cuts off Kaneki’s regenerative fingers and toes until he counts back from one thousand by sevens. In the room where he is tortured, Kaneki goes back to thinking about what his life is now like as a ghoul. and all the struggling Kaneki did to stay human is thrown away in a matter of minutes when he utters the words, “I am a ghoul.” His hair turns from black to snow white. Kaneki breaks out of his restraints and takes down Jason with his new profound animalism.
In the fight that follows, the soundtrack takes center stage. Throughout the show, events of suspense are enhanced with eerie piano scales, and scenes of bonding characters are backed up with rather pretty woodwind and percussion. One of the most memorable moments of Tokyo Ghoul’s audio is in the final fight scene between Kaneki and Jason. Most shows have a theme song, and Tokyo Ghoul’s is called “Unravel.” Instead of opening to the theme song, the final fight is played on top of the full version of the song--which to me, was a brilliant idea.
This triggers the ultimate spark in the show. I’ve seen a bit of anime, but this show had me on the edge of my seat with my mouth dropped open by the end of the first season. Since it was the best anime episode I have ever seen in my life, I did not hesitate to start the next season.
The next season is about how Kaneki unleashes an untamable monster into the world. After his conflict with Jason, he simply decides to leave all of his human traits behind. The second season focuses on his friends he made in the first season, and how they try to get the old, sane Kaneki back. The white-haired ghoul makes himself known to the ghoul hunters, as they soon try to get Kaneki killed to stabilize Tokyo’s population.
The ending of season two does something very similar to season one’s scene with the theme song, except it plays a piano version for a death scene (I won’t reveal whose, for saying there is a death scene is spoiler enough). This final episode of season two--unlike season one, made me bawl my eyes out, which always gets a movie or show bonus points from me.
Tokyo Ghoul will take the viewer on an adventure through the mind and make them think about how it would feel to be in the shoes of the main character. It will take them on an emotional rollercoaster from it’s interesting characters, outstanding plot structure, and it’s perfect musical themes--making Tokyo Ghoul, not only my favorite anime, but one worthy of anyone’s time.
Social media is used by a countless amount teenagers on an everyday basis.
Snapchat, Facebook, and Instagram are some of the social media apps that are going viral. According to news providers such as The Washington Post, CNN, and Business Insider, teens are staring at media for approximately nine hours every day. That is almost half of a teenager’s waking hours.
The hours that teens put in for social media could be used for academics, future planning, athletics, reading, writing--the opportunities are essentially endless, but teenagers are more concerned about what everyone else is doing. Teenagers could be making their futures better, but instead they are staring at the screen--unaware of how many times they have hit a “like” or “follow” button.
Because of this cyber epidemic, teenagers don’t know social media is a distraction to academics. In studies like USA TODAY’s, it is clear that students may put off homework, or use their technology while doing homework. This causes distraction to their schooling, and the feeling that they can always do their homework after the next video that they watch--which in turn leads to another recommended video.
With social media taking over homework and school, students find they have a harder time keeping their grades up--even if they do not want to admit it. With social media creeping up one shoulder, and academics the other, this usually ends up in declining grades, and a lack of sleep from trying to keep them up.
Social media use among teens has been a hot topic in debates, and one major issue is that teens aren’t getting enough sleep at night. Most people know that teens need about ten hours of sleep a night, but a teenager that lives off of social media may not be getting that recommended amount. To teens it is okay for them to sleep eight hours tonight, because they only slept six hours the night before. Despite their best efforts, teens are still not getting the recommended amount of sleep, which results in a series of unfortunate effects.
Some of these teens may be feeling the effects of social media before they sleep. It may be hard for a teen to fall asleep because they are staring two inches away from a bright screen and then expect to fall asleep in the next few minutes.
The boys and girls who use their phone minutes before bed may feel sluggish throughout the next day, and find that their grades are dropping. They may also have trouble concentrating, plus many other side effects. Some of these cases could be prevented if teens would just put down the phone and pick up a book.
As a teenager myself, I am on social media quite a bit. I check Snapchat stories and very occasionally scroll through Facebook. There is news that you can see from the media that you can’t read in a newspaper, and you can talk to an old friend that you forgot about from many years ago with a click of a few buttons. Despite these points though, social media can get out of hand very quickly, and become a very time consuming addiction.
Social media isn’t in and of itself a bad thing, and that’s something that I really want to stress. Social media is like salt: sometimes it’s nice to have it. But too much of it doesn’t taste good--and is pretty bad for you.
America’s favorite pastime may be baseball, but another sport is taking countries like Germany, Russia, United Kingdom, and India by storm. What exactly is chessboxing, and why are people going nuts over it?
Chessboxing is quite literally what it sounds like. Chessboxing takes both the cerebral game of chess, and the physical event of boxing and merges them into one game known as chessboxing. The game consists of eleven alternating rounds: six of chess, and five of boxing.
Chessboxing originated from a comic written back in 1992 from French artist Enki Bilal. The comic consisted of two men boxing full rounds. At the very end, the men agree to play a game of chess. This sparked the idea of chessboxing, and the first match was held in Berlin, Germany in 2003. Even before this, however, there was a Dutch performer by the name of Lepe Rubingh who performed an artistic performance of chessboxing.
Lynne Roberts is a senior at Helix High School who is one of the few people that have heard about chessboxing. She is an ameatur when it comes to the rules, but she has a name figured out already if she should ever enter the ring, “My name? I thought about this for a long time, and I wanted to add a bit of chess, and of course, a bit of boxing. For boxing, I chose Queen-- because you know--chess, but it's a two-part name. For boxing I chose: Bonecruncher. ‘Queen Bonecruncher.’”
Another student in Bonecruncher school is Elizabeth Ward, a GHS junior. She states that her name would be “White Shadow,” as it would be another play on the chess name. The two have already devised strategies on how to play chessboxing--or what they think would help them win if they ever got the chance.
“I think that you would want to be better at boxing because that seems like a harder way to win,” said White Shadow .
In a match both opponents sit down and play a game of chess for a full three minutes. An official watches the moves keeps track of the clock to determine when the next round begins. When the bell rings, the chessboxers go to their boxing corners and prepare for the boxing round.
During this time, the chessboxing crew grabs the chessboard from the middle of the boxing ring and moves the chess table out of the ring. These breaks or transitions usually last a full sixty seconds before moving onto the next round.
After the transition from chess, the opponents simply go into a three-minute boxing match. The official now is working to watch the physical fight. For three minutes the opponents box and when the bell rings--they go back to their corners, the crew gets the table back in (the way it was setup) and continue to a match of chess.
“I would definitely enjoy the boxing more than the chess. The boxing just seems like a lot more fun,” Queen Bonecruncher states.
A player can win chessboxing by many ways. One of these ways is from a knockout. This is in boxing when the opponent simply knocks out his challenger. There are also technical knockouts as well--or when the official claims the opponent is no longer able to defend him/herself properly.
A player can win by checkmate in chess or from their opponent exceeding the chess time during their turn.
Disqualification from the official is another way to win. For example, a player may just be inactive from overextended playing time, or they may receive too many warnings from chess or boxing from the official. These miscues hand their opponent the win.
The final way to win a chessboxing match is from their opponent simply surrendering or resigning from the match. “I think the most impressive way to win is knocking out your opponent, but surrendering sure sounds like an easy win!,” Ward explained.
If there is a tie in both chess and boxing, the winner is determined by a coin toss which is executed at the beginning of the match.
A match in chessboxing begins with a coin toss. The opponents agree on heads or tails from a coin. The winner of the coin toss receives the choice of either chess or boxing to start off the game, and the other determines whether or not they want to be black or white in chess. When there is a tie, the win goes to the chessboxer who played as black in the game of chess.
Ashby’s strategy for a future match is losing the coin toss for that reason . She couldn’t care whether chess or boxing would be first, “You would want to lose the coin toss! If there is a tie, the win goes to the person who played the game as black!”.
Despite the new sports growing popularity, it is questionable whether chessboxing will ever become popular in America. Only the future will tell, but the U.S. is currently gathering a team to represent the country.
As for Bonecruncher and White Shadow, they both have a lead on the win for the sport--but that glory will have to wait. After all, right now they’re just high school students.
Smarter Balance is a state-wide test that Oregon uses for their high school students to assess their reading, writing, and math skills necessary to graduate. The test is made with Common Core State Standards, and has been the preferred testing for four years, but, this will be the last year that Oregon will see Smarter Balance.
In Oregon, there have been schools that perform well, and others that have not exceeded as much as others. According to the official Smarter Balance website state pass/fail rates, 63% of Oregon high school students passed the English portion of the test and as of last year, 34% passed the math exam.
Four Oregon schools in 2016 performed exceedingly well in their Smarter Balance scores. One of these top achievers was Helix High School, with a class of 16 students, of whom 100% passed the state test.
Students in Helix have taken this test since Oregon has used it for state testing, but this final year of Smarter Balance, some students are not sure how well they are going to perform.
Elizabeth Ward is one of the few students at Helix who will be taking the last Smarter Balance Test. Of the juniors in her class, she is one of the many that feel they are not ready for what is to come.
“It dictates whether or not you graduate, and that’s something that I think a lot of students worry about. They say ‘I feel like I’m not going to pass’ especially if they are academically behind,” Ward says.
Juniors are not the only students in Helix that are nervous for state testing. A topic that has been floating around the school and even perhaps the state, is what will become of state testing after Smarter Balance is over?
Ward has thought of this as well. “I would rather take the Smarter Balance Test because people can tell you what it's like and what's on it, meanwhile the unknown test is something nobody knows about. I would rather take that risk,” Ward said
Sophomore Brianna Myrick is a Helix student who will not be taking Smarter Balance. Instead, she will be taking a new test that the state will be producing. The state has no idea what the test will be or consist of, but they do know that the first deadline to present the new state test is in April.
In Helix, Oregon, statewide testing is a debate that has long been discussed. The question students are asking is one that will have a person debating the subject themselves: Would a student rather take Smarter Balance, a test that students are typically not confident in, or would you rather take the unknown test that teachers do not even know about?
The students do feel that they have the educational support from the Helix teachers to get them through the test, but the anxiety-gripping feeling of not passing the test overwhelms it easily. “I think the teachers do a really good job of preparing the students for the test,” Myrick said.
Because teachers have prepared students for Smarter Balance, the sophomores only know what is on Smarter Balance, so when the new test arrives, they have a year to prepare, “It's kind of nerve wracking because you don’t know what to expect. With Smarter Balance we have what you guys (older students) have said about it and what everyone else has said, but we’re like the experiments in this new test,”said Myrick.
Myrick and Ward have shared feelings for those who are taking the state tests, “To the sophomores? I wouldn’t celebrate too early. Because there is still that unknown test. You don’t know if your test is going to be harder or more difficult,” Ward said.
For a girl to know what she wants to be as an eighth grader sounds common, but for a teenage girl to be dead set on a career sounds a bit less common. Ruby Engum, a new addition to the sophomore class in Helix, wants to make and sell her artwork as a living.
Engum is a new addition to the Helix High School this year, and many students have noticed that she really likes to draw. Ruby does a lot of things in her free time including ballet, drawing, babysitting, and most importantly--she likes to draw.
Ruby draws lots of different things in a variety of different mediums. She says that she likes to mainly focus on drawing people. She tends to steer more into the “darker” aspect of art. Her mother, Rachel Owen (a photographer), says that Ruby doesn’t candy coat her art like she does. She says that her daughter’s art style is very strong and dark.
Ruby says that she likes to draw figures with elongated fingers and limbs to give them an exaggerated creepy factor.
Rachel says that Ruby tends to draw with anything and everything. Ruby used to draw on post-it notes, according to her mom, and that drawings like those would take her hours, and to her--those drawings were outstanding and inspiring.
Ruby is a mixed media artist, so she will do a variety of different works. She likes to draw with ink and she makes beautiful watercolor paintings as well. Ruby also likes to work with acrylics.
Ruby not only likes to make portraits, but she also loves animation; in fact, she wants to be an animator when she gets older.
Ruby likes to make animation videos using a stop motion effect. This means that she will draw an image or picture and then redraw the same image with slight modifications. Ruby will continue to do this process until she gets a motion picture, “That media is just so easy to manipulate, to take what’s inside my brain, and to make it a real thing, rather than being limited by surprise though stop motion...It’s the easiest way to get stuff through my head,” says Ruby.
For Engum, she knows it takes a long time to make a video, “If I had all the time in the world, then it would take a month at least..for three minutes,” said Ruby. She has animated a few videos which she has posted to on YouTube. Currently, Ruby is working on someone sneezing.
Engum says that she wants to be an artist because there is nothing that she would rather do. Art for Ruby really has a personal meaning to her as well. She explains that it helps her with her anxiety.
“It’s kinda like when I started drawing, I used it for fun like everyone else--like everyone drew. Then it kind of transformed when I started getting really bad anxiety, and I just couldn't talk to anybody. So art was the only way that I could express who I actually was when I felt nobody really actually knew who I was, because I couldn’t talk,” says Engum.
Engum has also been asked to display her art in public places in her community, “They want to give her a show at the art center, and display her work at the library… She wants people to see her as an artist first and not a 15 year old girl,” Owen says.
Engum is such a young woman, but has the talent to take her places in the long future ahead of her. She wants to make her living on what she loves most, and there is nothing else she would rather do. But for now, she knows that practice makes perfect.
People often tell others not to skip breakfast because it is supposedly the most important meal of the day. In a survey of eight members of Helix High School (a boy and girl from each class), the students were asked a series of questions about their breakfast habits.
In the short study, the first question asked was if the high school students often get exercise or if they participate in sports. Six students (75%) said that they did get a reasonable amount of exercise. This question was asked because if a person is also an athlete, or getting a decent amount of exercise--they should be fueling their body with the nutrients they need to perform at their best and be as healthy as possible.
The next question asked was how often the high schoolers ate breakfast. Only half of the students eat breakfast every morning, according to the survey. That may be surprising, but something else may be more surprising than that--three of the students said they don’t eat breakfast at all. Two of these students also said that they participate in sports or get a good amount of exercise as well.
In an article by Kristy Lee Wilson (A writer for sfgate.com) she states that, “The rapid growth that occurs during the high school years makes proper nutrition essential for high school athletes. Inadequate nutrition may lead to negative effects on their growth and development.”
Wilson also says in her article Nutrition & the Importance of Breakfast for High School Athletes, “High school athletes need a substantial number of calories for optimal growth and development and also because participation in sports places additional stress on the respiratory, cardiovascular, muscular and skeletal systems. Inadequate calorie consumption and low-quality nutrition dramatically reduces athletic performance.”
On the survey, there was a special question for those students that did eat breakfast. Students were asked if they were usually hungry before lunch. All of the students who ate breakfast were always hungry before lunch. This may conclude that these students aren’t eating a big enough breakfast, or that there is quite a time gap until lunch time.
The fact that students eat or don’t eat is important, but what else is important is what they put in their bodies. The high schoolers were asked what they usually eat for breakfast. One student said that they eat pancakes or waffles, another said that they usually eat something along the lines of donuts or pastries. Three said they eat hot or cold cereal commonly, and the remaining three stated that they just do not eat breakfast at all.
This survey also asked students the reason why they skipped breakfast. Five out of the eight students said that sometimes in the morning they just don’t have the time to eat before they get out the door. Two of the students said that they just weren't hungry in the mornings, and the last student said that there was another reason for not eating.
Skipping breakfast can be very bad for the body. Some students are not only skipping breakfast, but they are also skipping other meals as well. Three students said that they do skip other meals besides breakfast. The remaining five stated that they do not.
So what does this all mean? Are students not getting the vitamins they need to start their day? If they aren’t, they may not perform their best at school and in sports. It is very important to eat breakfast because they say that it is the most important meal of the day.
The Shining is a movie starring Jack Nicholson, Shelly Duvall, and Danny Lloyd. This movie takes place in Oregon at the famous Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood, and the mountain lodge is shown on many exterior shots.The Shining was made in 1980, and is known as one of the most terrifying horror films ever created.
This classic thriller was based on Stephen King’s novel “The Shining.” Jack Torrance (played by Jack Nicholson), and his wife and son, Wendy and Danny, move into a hotel where Jack has taken the job to take care of the isolated hotel for the winter.
He also works as a novelist and during an interview to get his job, the manager of his own lodge tells Jack that the previous caretaker of the hotel, a man named Grady, chopped his family into pieces and then committed suicide with a shotgun. Jack simply gets the job, but he doesn’t care about what the manager has just told him. He takes his wife and child to stay with him at the beautiful and spacious hotel.
It turns out that Jack’s son Danny has a secret gift that is known as “The Shining.” This phenomenon shows Danny events that happen from the past and the future. In the movie, he gets all sorts of disturbing images from the hotel--ranging from horrifying twin girls, to blood pouring from the walls. Most of the visions Danny has comes from Tony, who is known as “the little boy that lives in Danny’s mouth.”
There is a man that warns Danny about a room #237. The man explains to Danny on the first day that he shouldn’t go inside it, but it leaves Danny wondering what exactly is inside the room.
Days and days go by, and Danny keeps getting more and more visions from the hotel, but at this same time, Jack is discovering the cabin fever that the manager had mentioned before. His wife and son start to wonder if the Grady story is really true.
In the movie, the “haunted” room is known as room #237. But in the Timberline Lodge, they didn’t want any real visitors being afraid of their rooms, so instead of the real room, #217 (where the film was shot), they created the nonexistent room-- room #237 in the movie. Ironically though, the guests that stay in the hotel request #217 very often.
Overall, the acting was good. Jack Nicholson does a great job of playing a crazed man, but maybe Shelly Duvall probably could’ve made Wendy’s character more interesting--her character seemed a little lost throughout the movie. For Danny, I thought that he did a very good job for being so young!
The direction was also pretty good! I thought that the movie was very well put together. I don’t get scared from scary movies--or I never have from the ones I have seen. I personally did not get scared of The Shining, but I thought that it was outstanding as a movie.
The editing of the movie was pretty good from what I thought there was. I liked the shots of Danny’s gift almost flickering in spots.
The costume design was very appropriate from what I noticed. The characters seemed to fit right into their clothing--and not just physically. I felt that it matched their personalities. For example, Wendy reminded me of a reserved and loving person in the beginning. She wore her little dress, but she packed her own punch with her slight attitude and cigarettes.
“The Shining” set design was one of my favorite parts of the movie. It was taken in Oregon for the exterior shots, and I love how the Timberline Lodge looks. It’s spacious, and I love how someone can take such a beautiful scene and pervert it so simply. This also goes for the interior shots as well. Inside the lodge, they could take something so beautiful and destroy it and convert it to something so eerie.
The soundtrack was the typical intensifying, heart-stopping-music. The music was placed in spots where they couldn’t be timed any better, and the music doesn’t take away from the center of the action--just like a true horror movie should.
I liked the structure of “The Shining” too. The movie wasn’t that predictable, but I figured how it would end from the beginning.
Another thing that was very impressive was the usage of the lighting and the scenery. The dimming and the spotlights to capture attention to areas was outstanding. The makers of the movie did a wonderful job making sure the audience wasn’t just looking around for “REDRUM,” but instead, making the word stand out to the audience. They casted the lighting where the action was, and to add more of a dramatic effect.
Overall, I thought “The Shining” was a great movie. It did not scare me, but that doesn’t mean it won’t scare you if you are typically afraid of scary movies. The movie was very well made and now sits as one of my favorite (if not my favorite) horror movies.
People in earlier times created beautiful works of art from writing in the loopy connective curves, and the way that the words are formed together makes a wonderful piece of art.
Teachers used to teach their students this beautiful calligraphic workings through time-consuming sessions.
Those who don’t see the value in cursive writing may say “It’s just for writing in English, so people could just print their work--it’s easier.” That’s what people may think today. What is the use for cursive?
Most people don’t know that cursive is better for the brain. Back around even the 1770’s people used it very often and very beautifully. Today, the children are just forgetting that cursive is a thing. They don’t use it as often as children did years ago. They don’t use it as often as the men and women that wrote important documents that we people need to know exist. If we can’t even read cursive, then how are we supposed to know what happened in our history?
When people write in cursive, they are working their brain more, and this is something that people may not know. When children are writing in this form, they are developing their motor skills. A child who practices cursive will be practicing hand eye coordination and getting the gears in their brain working more than the child who is just printing their work.
A nice thing people like in their lives is variety--practicing cursive is also giving students an option to bring a sense of difference into their work. Cursive is generally pleasing to the eye, but another reason people may think it’s so wonderful is because it’s simply fading away from our world. The way that it loops and flows together is more appealing to people because it looks better than just the average Times New Roman font. When children learn this way of writing, they are discovering a more beautiful way to show the way they use words.
A long time ago, people wrote in cursive like we do nowadays in print. People wrote in the writing that is now remembered in our history books. They wrote in cursive, and the generation today still has some readers that write and are able to read cursive, but think about the generations after us--are they going to be able to read the Declaration of Independence? What about the original Bill of Rights or the Emancipation Proclamation? If a person can’t read cursive, then they won’t be able to read our history and what our people have done. People are afraid that history will repeat itself, but are we afraid enough? If we are this afraid, then we would still be teaching cursive like we did years ago when we started making history.
So why is cursive even threatened? We live in an age where technology is taking over the world. We live in an age where if you need to buy something, just click the little button in the corner and confirm your credit card number. We can write documents like this with a push of a finger.
Kids like me are using keys instead of pencils, and this is what overwrites history, it doesn’t add to it. Students need to know cursive so they can make more history--and not have to repeat it.
It’s about time that I can write about sports again! This time I get to write about myself, so if you aren’t into hearing me blab about sports, then go ahead and read Libby’s article on figure skating, or maybe Lizzy’s on cheer! Since I am addressing you, the reader, I’m sure you can assume that I am simply writing something like a blog--but today I am writing a column...about myself.
This is about me as an athlete, playing my three sports that I participate in throughout the school year and in summer. I play volleyball, basketball, and I compete in track and field. I’d like to say that I work hard, but I can say honestly that I know amazing women I play with that work even harder. I love being on all of the teams I play on.
The first sport I play is volleyball, and my coach this year was Dianna Anderson. She is such an energetic and funny woman. I love how she pushes the team to their fullest. She is so well-rounded as well. I couldn’t ask for a cooler coach.
As for my team, I love them with all my heart, and if you ask my team or coaches--they’ll tell you I have a lot of that!
In volleyball, I have such an amazing team. We went really far this year and with a new coach, that’s huge. I play mainly in the front row, as the right side hitter, or the outside. I play all the way around usually, so I play the back row as well, but in the front is where I think I am the best.
I think that I need to be more confident, though, for next season--and maybe work on that hitting arm of mine as well.
In basketball, I have two coaches. These wonderful men are named Kirk Flerchinger and Jim Smith. I love Jim with all my heart as well. He is one of the most inspirational people I know. He pushes me to my limits and always helps me improve. As a coach, I couldn't ask for anything more.
My team is a group of very,very talented individuals, and most of them play volleyball as well. I love how they are talented and make me laugh on and off the court!
In basketball, I am a center, so I can play on the outside and on the inside. I feel that I am at my best on defense, and for offense, I think I am the best on the wing, where I can see the court well. I am interested in learning more about the baseline; more importantly, what I should and should not do. I love basketball as well, and I've played it ever since I was in first grade.
Coach Smith told me in an interview that I am “Competitive and upbeat.” This means a lot to me, I know for a fact that I am one of the most competitive people you would ever meet when it comes to athletics. I will race against you anytime--but maybe not like running a mile--count me out for that one!
Speaking of mile running, a player on my team that I adore that can run a mile--and another, and another--is named Lucy Case. She is so talented in track and field especially, and she said that I am “Enthusiastic and hardworking.” She said that I help her so much on the court, but not only her--she said I help the entire team. She said, “You’re always encouraging and always trying to pick us up. You’re always willing to teach me something. You always say like, ‘Hey, try this!’ You go beyond, ‘You got this.’”
I think for basketball, I need to work on my ball handling skills and learning to use my left hand again. I figured out that if you abuse the skills you have by not working on them for a while, you actually lose those skills and have to earn them back again. Coach Smith says that my greatest aspect is my “Heart, determination, and willingness to work hard.”
Jim Smith, is not only my coach in basketball, he is one of my coaches in track as well. In track, I do a variety of events including the shot put and discuss, along with both relays. I also may do the 400m dash, long jump, or the 100m dash. I run and throw, and thanks to all the coaches like Smith, Rory Simpson, and Jeff Newtson, track is a great experience. I love how the team isn't as divided as it is in basketball, gender-wise.
In basketball, the girls and the guys are separated on the bus, and it goes like that as well for track, but during the meets, we all sit around in the tent for snacks and when we aren't competing. Everyone gets out when there is a big race, and everyone cheers along their fellow athletes as they run. It’s outstanding how we are all so supportive. I enjoy track very much!
In track and field, Lucy Case seems to think that I push myself maybe even a little too hard. I know that I push myself, but what she said to me really made me think about how hard I actually do that, “You give your hardest no matter if you get hurt, because watching you run the flipping 400 race, and you come across that line and you're like, ‘I cannot physically breathe, and I am gonna break down crying because I cannot breathe so someone bring me my inhaler…..’ To be able to push yourself to the point when you cannot breathe or walk--that is like amazing. That is awesome….” Lucy Case means a lot to me, and she is one of my best friends as well.
I have to say though that volleyball is probably my favorite sport, but then basketball comes around and then I love basketball. And if you didn't guess it--when track comes around, it becomes my favorite. Honestly, I can never say which one is my favorite, but I love them all so much!
So throughout my entire life, I have been around many personalities. I've had many coaches, and many different teammates. As an athlete, and one who likes to write, this article was so much fun to write since sports is basically my life.
I play my three sports all the time, and am around my friends all the time! Thanks to them, and because of them, playing sports really goes beyond the sport itself!
A Picture Worth A Thousand Words- Finally seeing each other again, Ms. Dunaway and her sister Abbie meet up again at Colorado Springs. For the love of her sister, she keeps the picture in a nice spot on her desk, along with another picture of her and her sister, "I really love this picture of Abbie and myself. My father was there too that day," Megan said.
Griswold High School Science Teacher Meagan Dunaway has a sister named Abbie; in fact, she has an identical twin sister named Abbie.
The science teacher described her sister as more of the creative one than the intellectual one. Abbie has always been more creative than her. The twins were actually separated in school because the teachers feared they wouldn’t make friends due to the fact they were so close, “A twin sister is very similar to two people who are sisters and are very close in age, with the exception that they're inherently a stronger bond--I believe,” said Dunaway.
According to recent studies conducted by the University of Utah, scientists have found that identical twins actually begin to look different as they get older due to something called epigenetics.
Dunaway said she and her sister were very close while they were growing up, but Dunaway thinks in their teen years, their interests changed, “We kind of grew apart in our teenage years where we were like ‘I’m not going to be friends with you because we see each other all the time--and we wanted to be different’,” said the teacher.
Abbie now works as a judicial assistant for the state of Oregon’s court system, while Megan is a high school teacher. Even though they have gone along some pretty different paths, they act more alike than ever. “We’re actually more similar now than we were,” said Megan about her and her sister’s interests. The twins spent 24 years together before they moved away from each other.
Epigenetics is a very large (but recent) study where scientists have revealed new discoveries made about traits and genes, but one study in particular found that the environment a person is in changes the way they look. Because the scientists wanted to prove this theory, they used twins--identical twins.
The University of Utah study focusing on identical twins attempts to explain why they often began to look physically different as they get older. They say this happens because of the effects of one of the many fields of epigenetics-- the environment of the twins shapes their appearance over time.
The scientists say that there are multiple factors that can change the way a person looks: the environment, stress, diet, and the amount of physical activity a person gets changes the way they look.
Ms. Dunaway said that her sister definitely has a better diet, and gets more physical activity. She also said that if people looked at them together, they probably couldn’t tell the difference, but they aren’t the same height and they don’t have the same weight either. In actuality, Abbie has a rounder face, according to her sister.
Abbie and Megan’s diet, amount of stress, physical activity, and other factors have influenced the way that they look today. Megan said that her sister’s rounder face and different height means that they are no longer “identical.”
Lucy Case is a junior at Griswold High School, and she has a father that has an identical twin. They still look very similar today, but not entirely. “I can definitely tell that my uncle has a thinner face,” said Case. Her father has a better diet and gets more physical activity. Her dad is shorter, and that is because he’s been on asthma treatments since he was small.
Lucy’s father is an electrician and her uncle Todd is an accountant at BMCC, “I mean, my uncle always looks pretty sharp and my dad is usually in jeans. Their work (environment) is probably the biggest difference between them,” said Lucy.
In the future, people are hoping that this pioneering study can bring something very useful to the world, and it already has.
Because epigenetics can express certain genes, people are now steps closer to finding a cure for cancer. Scientists hope that with what they have learned about genetics, that they can go in and “turn off” potentially cancerous cells before they mutate.
Scientists are making so many new discoveries that can change the world. What they have discovered with turning off cancerous cells could potentially be huge, and what they have found with twins is also very intriguing. With more work, the scientists will surely bring an advancement to the world of medicine.
When you have grown accustomed to a large school, you know what cliques, drama, and large crowds are like.
Going to a large school, there is one thing that can really change the game for someone--moving to a small school (especially from a 5A school to a 1A school). Helix High School has gained a lot of new students in the high school this year; with the Sophomore class alone getting four new students. One of these students is named Hailey Shepherd.
Hailey has moved from PHS (Pendleton High School) to Helix, or GHS (Griswold High School). She is really used to the big crowds, but felt like the small ones would be a better fit for her. She likes how everyone knows everyone and wouldn’t change anything--except maybe getting a rubberized track, but that’s besides the point.
Hailey likes how everyone knows everyone in Helix. She likes how the classes are small. Overall, she thinks it’s a better school to be in.
Being in Helix, Hailey feels like she now has a huge learning advantage. To her, everyone seems more focused and on task. “I think it’s a better environment because kids treat other kids better than they do in Pendleton, I feel like kids would drop out more in Pendleton than they would in Helix,” said Shepherd. Shepherd says that her favorite class is most likely Language Arts or Spanish.
“She is a really good person!” said Tiawna Terkelson; another new Sophomore in Helix this year, “She is also really quiet, but she is really funny!”
Tiawna met Hailey a long time ago during church, and ever since then, their moms have become friends. The girls also participated in girl scouts and other activities together. Along with Tiawna, she has made a few other friends. Being in the same class, Tiawna and Hailey have become better friends than they were in Pendleton.
Hailey is a quiet person, and knowing someone that generally dislikes big crowds, maybe schools like Pendleton aren’t them. Hailey really likes it so far out in Helix, because of its 1A size. “The smaller the better, and that’s something you don’t see in other schools,” Hailey says.
In Helix, there aren’t as many class options as Pendleton. Shepherd says that she would really love to be in orchestra if it were offered. Hailey plays the cello, and has been for almost 6 years.
Spanish is her favorite class so far because it’s another hobby that she can work on in Helix.
Hailey has a lot of hobbies, “She is usually reading or drawing,” Terkelson explains. Hailey can draw extremely well--even if she doesn't want to admit it. She goes to church, likes to go fishing, and even likes to roller skate!
If you happen to see Hailey, along with the other new students in Helix; try to give them a warm welcoming hello! They like how Helix is so close, so why not let them feel this way too?
A rumor is a currently circulating story or report of uncertain or doubtful truth. These are very common when someone wants to talk bad about someone else. Why is it such a big deal? Well—I’m sure that you wouldn’t want anyone to say bad things about you. So how and why do rumors start, and why and how do they end?
The rumors can start by two things. It’s either started by you or someone else, but you are always tied into it if you know about it. First, let’s say the tale begins with you. You have twisted a girl’s words; let’s say her name is Janelle. You go to your friends because you either: want to make her life miserable, or think that a joke would be funny.
When you spread the rumor, two things will happen. One of these two things is that the rumors will continue to spread, making the impact of it all worse. It will keep spreading until Janelle hears it. When she does, she will most likely not be happy. Her response to this makes all the difference.
If Janelle was shy, she would probably keep it to herself. Surprisingly this is what a lot of people do. They bottle all the emotions away until they can’t take it anymore. If she was more of a bold person, they may possibly confront people. This causes a sort of commotion, whether that be physically, socially, or mentally.
Taking a rewind back to the start, what if you were one of the people that heard the rumor? You would most likely: keep the rumor to yourself, or continue to spread it. Sometimes with rumors things can get twisted even more, and end up like a bad game of telephone. It’s not what was said in the beginning. If you leave it to yourself, you will be faced with the urge to spread it. The result will either be you committing to the tree and spreading it, or ending it on your branch by keeping it.
With these rumors, sometimes they get to the end eventually, other times a full on feud emerges and rumors are thrown all over the place. Why do people spread rumors anyways? The answer to this question is clearly explained in an article called Gossip and Rumors: Why Do People Do It? This was written by an editor for pbskids.org.
On this article, there is an open poll. This asked viewers on why they thought people spread rumors. Between Boredom, revenge, and just to be a part of the group, revenge seemed like the winner with nearly 60% of the votes. There were a total of 9455 votes.
People tend to think that revenge may be a reason for this tree. I find all this annoying because nobody needs this commotion in their life. Revenge is sweet until it comes back around, and with rumors, this happens more often than you think. Rumors can be good, don’t get me wrong, but I personally think that the rumors that make people upset or angry shouldn’t be spread.
When was the last time you watched a movie? How was it? Where were you at? These were some of the questions posed on a survey taken by 12 high school students in Helix. Three students from each class (freshmen, sophomore, junior, and senior classes) took the survey.
From the responses, Helix student’s favorite genre of movie is action. When the polls were first counted, a significant amount of people chose this genre. Maybe it is because they are so exciting and “action” packed. The other genres the students had to pick from were both horror and comedy. Action movies were favored by 58% of the respondents, comedies were preferred by 25%, and horror movies were chosen by 16%. Why do teens find action movies so great—or anyone for that matter? Maybe it’s because all the Michael Bay-inspired (a popular filmmaker known for his explosions and great action and horror films like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and the Transformers series) action packed explosions and just the adrenaline rush of it all.
The second part of the survey questioned how often students watch movies. Most students (50%) said that they view movies about every week. This was closely followed by 42% of students who say they watch a movie every day. Only 8% said that they watch a movie only about every month; maybe they have better things to do.
If students are able to watch movies so often, where do they watch them? It turns out that every single student claimed to watch them at their home, instead of a movie theater or a friends’ house. Most students said that they watched them at all places, but at home was the most logical place to watch a movie for them.
Another question elicited an overwhelming response. When surveyed about how students watch movies, from choices including Netflix, at the movies, or a rental outlet like Redbox, 92% said they watched their movies from Netflix, leaving only 8% regularly using Redbox.
When the students were asked who they watched movies with, the results were almost evenly distributed. 33% of students claimed that they mainly watch movies by themselves. Watching movies with their family had the highest percentage with approximately 42%. Watching movies mainly with friends was chosen by 25% of students.
In a larger study, Facebook users took a survey concerning the same subject (with fantasy and romance genres included). The overall percentage of people preferring comedies was 14.2%, and horror with 17.8%. Action movies were liked by 18.8% of movie watchers. Though this only makes 50.8% of the survey, you can clearly see that action films still have the highest amount of votes, but comedy had fewer votes than horror in the Facebook survey.
Movies are a great way to express art in many forms, we tend to enjoy movies for multiple reasons, some of these may be the fact that we love the explosions, the fingernail-biting feeling, or the comedic vibe that these movies give off. The studies from the 12 high school students showed that maybe staying at home and turning on Netflix nowadays is what seems like a better way to spend the evenings. It also shows that teenagers, or anyone in general, have many different movie preferences.
The car broke to a smooth stop; we had arrived at the brand new restaurant with rumbling stomachs.
I looked around and say that the parking, surprisingly, isn’t terrible! Aren’t people just wanting to explore this new branch that was brought to Pendleton, the small town with little choices? Well, I could speak for myself, I was so excited! We had arrived at Momiji’s, the new Japanese and Hibachi restaurant located at Melanie Square.
We opened the door and the scent of the new restaurant stunned me. It smelled and looked new, we were seated and as soon as I sat down, I noticed the seats were very comfortable. People would describe Momiji’s as a new, clean and classy, but relaxed restaurant, and also one that gives off a fun or playful vibe. I noticed that music was playing when I first entered, and it was loud music, there was a time when they turned it down because of the excessive noise, but overall, it was pretty soft and relaxed music.
The theme to this restaurant is Japanese. They are a sushi and hibachi restaurant. A hibachi restaurant is one where your chef cooks in front of you on a grill. You can tell them what you want, and the chefs must have pretty good decorating skills to satisfy the customer’s experience. The cook that we had was quite the chef!
Our cook was polite and quiet, but also very helpful and excellent at his work. One of the members in my family ordered a type of meal that involved a lettuce wrapping. The cook used delicate and slow movements to draw detailed flower petals with sauce on the lettuce. His creations were so amazing that you felt like it’s a crime to eat the food. “He took great pride in his layout,” my father, Kevin Krol, said. Momiji chefs better get used to all the pictures, because that food is way too beautiful to eat!
There was another waiter walking about asking people if the food was good, how they liked the restaurant, like any good waiter does. He easily struck up conversations and laughed a lot. He was a happy man, and that played a big part in the playful vibe of the restaurant. He made sure that everyone would leave the sushi bar with a smile!
When my food came to me, it looked and smelled magnificent, but how was it going to taste? I got fried rice, an altered teriyaki chicken, and grilled vegetables. When I tried the food, it melted in my mouth. It was extremely well made and done with the right touch! I wondered why we didn’t have this before.
The menu is decent sized with a wide variety of options. The prices are also family friendly!
I remember driving past the restaurant and seeing that the old one was closed down. It was like this for such a long time! Time and time again, I would see this same depressing run down building every time we passed. One day, we drove by, and I see this big white sign, reading “SUSHI AND HIBACHI.” This excitement only escalated the closer and closer to the opening it got.
When it finally opened, I was so excited that I barely could wait anymore. I needed to go to this restaurant! After I left the new restaurant with a full stomach, I realized that the wait was worth it.
I give Momiji’s a total of 12.5 sushi rolls out of 10!
How often do you see a child play outside with their friends? What are they doing in their free time? Most children are playing video games. It brings them from the real world to the fantasy or digital world with a television, console, and a controller. They are slowly losing contact with the real world and this leads to the lack of face-to-face communication, obesity, and addiction.
I don’t have a problem with video games in general. I think that video games can open the mind to a style of creativity, and it’s a fun way to pass the time, but I think there is a point where people play them too much.
Research from the NPD Group, an organization that tracks consumer spending, shows that 91 percent of U. S. children ages 2-17 play video games (64 million). That seems like a lot—because it is. Video games have become something that we do in our daily lives, and children aren’t the only culprits; adults devote countless hours to the hobby, but why do we always say children play so much?
Children are called out on playing video games because of their time schedule, especially the ones in grade school. They get home from school and often have barely any homework, while a teenager commonly has an hour or more worth of homework, in addition to participating in school sports. I say this because I do play sports and have a lot of homework, but I also love video games, so I know and understand that video games are a lot of fun to play, and I also understand some of the consequences that can happen when you play them too much.
I know that playing a video game is a great way to talk with friends over the chat in the game; people can hear them rage and get mad at the killer when they kill them in FPS (First Person Shooter) games, or communicate when playing a RPG (Role Playing Game). But what some people don’t realize is that some of their real friends are out there in the real world, and they have a social life outside of the screen.
When most children have spare time, they often play video games. It is becoming increasingly uncommon to see youngsters go outside and exercise and get that constant buildup of energy out of their system. These kids stay in the dark room, pressed up against the screen with their minds on the next level instead of how their mom is doing. When they don’t go do something, and are just playing games, their life is eating, sleeping, talking, and of course, playing games. This often leads to obesity, and an unhealthy lifestyle.
I have to admit, games are addicting. When I first got Skyrim: The Elder Scrolls, I played it for about a week straight. Later on, I realized that that whole week in the summer is a week that I will never get back. Sure it was fun, but there were times when I was so addicted that I didn’t want to go anywhere.
Luckily, I got out of that habit before school started again because it would be hard to get homework done like that. This is a situation that is a big problem with many players. They are so addicted to games that they procrastinate and put off the important things like paperwork or studying for exams.
So why do we play games so much? It’s because they let us escape to the virtual world and it’s typically just fun. There are a ton of reasons on why I think they are great, but I know that there is a heavy weight on the side of why they’re not; that reason is because of the lack of social interaction, lack of exercise, and the addictiveness of the illuminated screen that draws you back for another level.
David Ortiz, a left handed, designated hitter and first baseman, has been on a winning World Series team in 2004 and 2008, but he also was on the winning team in 2013. This retiring athlete plays for the Boston Red Sox. Over the course of his long 18-year career, this 6’3’’, 230 pound man touched the hearts of a lot of fans. The Yankees (the Red Sox’s rival), is planning to honor him soon in New York on his last game.
“He is a really lovable guy, really down to earth!” said Griswold High School Health Teacher Mr. Vito with a large smile.
Retired Helix teacher and current Athletic Director Mr. Miller (who is a die-hard Yankees fan) said, “He’s done a great job. You see baseball players often play four years, but this man has played for 20 something! David played the game right, and anyone like him deserves some recognition.”
Ortiz, who wears No. 34 is also known as “Big Papi” or “Cookie Monster.” His salary as of 2015, was $16 million, and he has a net worth of $45 million. Ortiz has played 2,257 games in his career, has a whopping 9,465 plate appearances, 8,103 at bats, 1,340 runs, and 2,303 hits. The numbers don’t lie; he is a great athlete. Ortiz also played for the Minnesota Twins earlier in his career.
“He’s been on there the longest since I’ve watched the team. He’s been on the World Series team in 2004 and 2007 I’m pretty sure” Vito said.
Surprisingly, the New York Yankees are planning to honor David Ortiz soon in New York, even though the teams are arch rivals. The two teams are deciding to look past their animosity for now, and make David’s last game memorable. The Red Sox also made a similar gesture last year and paid tribute to the Yankees long-time player Derek Jeter when he retired.
“Oh yeah, I think they did this mainly out of respect. Just because teams are rivals, doesn’t mean that they don’t respect each other,” Miller stated.
Mr. Vito and Mr. Miller definitely are huge sports fans. When the men learned about Ortiz’s honoring, they both had different reactions.
Mr. Vito was pretty upset to know that his favorite player was retiring, but at the same time, you could tell that he understood. With someone playing that long, it’s expected, but it’s still a shock for most when all those great years finally come to an end.
Mr. Miller simply said that a player like him had a wonderful career and that he was a good man. For someone like him, he feels that they need to be honored. They get honored wherever they go, and that’s something that they could be proud of.
“You know, I’m really happy that they are doing this. This shows that both teams really respect each other, and that means a lot to me. I’m glad they play the game like any team should,” Miller exclaimed.
The two local baseball fans may have rivaling teams that they root for, but that doesn’t mean that the two aren’t good friends… but they might bicker on whose team is better…who wouldn’t, that’s what sports is about!
Any baseball fan in general, and Red Sox fan in particular will miss David Ortiz, for his loveable personality, his outstanding plays, and the heart for his team—especially fans like Mr. Vito.
Helix High School students Freshman Keanen Espey and his older sister Mecaila are exactly 364 days apart. They are around each other 24/7 in the same home as siblings, students at the same school, and athletes traveling to the same games. So do they act differently at home and at school?
Mecaila is a music and book-loving, straight- A student that has ambition. According to Keanen, “Her personality is very unique, she is either very happy or positive, she dances and sings, or she can be kind of frustrated.”
Keanen is a humorous guy that loves cars and is good at stating opinions. His sister said, “He is a boy with many, many, many personalities. Living with him is like living with a puppy. If he is around friends, he is a funny guy, but doesn’t exactly act like that around his family always. I mean, he is his normal joking self, but shows off his sense of humor the most at school.”
The two both say that they that they talk to each other more at school, and that they see each other more than other siblings do. This is because of sports, being siblings, and students. “We talk more at school.” Keanen explains.
At home, the two said that they don’t talk as much as they should. They have their personal spaces. “Keanen at home is usually quiet, but when he talks, he usually makes us all laugh. My parents always say things like, “Mecaila, why can’t you have a better sense of humor like Keanen? But for Keanen it’s usually about how he needs to have more ambition like me.”
Mecaila explained that she looks up to Keanen because of how funny he is. Keanen says that he wishes he could handle friendly situations more like his sister.
Keanen and Mecaila both play basketball. The seasons run during the exact same time, with the girls and boys alternating practice times, even though they may not see each other during almost all the practices, they see each other during the busy games.
Studies show that siblings can help boost performance by being a role model, or just through a straight up competition. “No matter what, one of us is going to be better at something.” Keanen says.
Their teachers think of the Espeys as ambitious students, but just like any other students, they can be easily bored. This is pretty common with most students. Their language arts teacher, Mr. Kahl said, “They are both slightly defiant when it comes to things they don’t want to do, but they are both capable students.”
Siblings will always disagree or fight about something. That’s what siblings do. Both Keanen and Mecaila were asked about how siblings are disrespectful to each other at school, but not as much at home. Keanen said, “At school, they usually get worse because there aren’t any parents there, and at school, generally they don’t give their teachers enough respect.”
So, why do siblings act differently at school than at home? All siblings fight for different reasons, they may be like Mecaila and Keanen and talk more at school. Siblings may not be like that at all—they may have a healthy relationship at home, and never talk at school.
By: Arianna Krol
How many people do you know that has played over 5 sports in their lifetime, still has good grades, and has time to spare? Helix Freshman Elisabeth Shaw not only can take on all these tasks, but still looks “cool as a cucumber”.
Elisabeth Shaw, 14, is a kind and loving person from a big family that consists of four brothers and three sisters. “It’s painful sometimes living with Lizzy because she can be annoying, but we have our ups and downs,” Her younger sister Bekah said. “Other than those times, we have a lot of fun together!” She is the oldest girl in her family. She and her family live outside of Helix in a large house. In her free time she listens to country music, pop, and even Disney songs. She enjoys drawing, painting, and texting her friends, and more importantly— she plays sports.
Elisabeth has played more than five sports in her life, these sports include: volleyball, track, tennis, basketball, and soccer. She also plays kickball with her family on rare occasions. Recently, she lost the kickball in a couple of bushes.
Shaw’s favorite sport is volleyball. She has played the sport for three years. (More precisely her middle school years, or 6th, 7th, and 8th). There is a game called Pip, Squeak, and Wilbur in volleyball that Elisabeth played once.
Pip, Squeak, and Wilbur is a game where you stand in a line containing of three people. One is named Pip, another is Squeak, and one is Wilbur. There are multiple groups standing in a circle, with volleyballs (or whatever you need) in the center. This game is kind of like musical chairs because you keep one less ball in the center. When the person says the person’s name (for example Squeak) they run around the other groups and under Pip and Wilbur’s legs. Whoever doesn’t get the ball is out. This proceeds until one group is left.
Playing this game, Elisabeth tripped over her own feet -- the cause of this was the volleyball grips on her shoes -- causing her to fall down. Instead of just sitting there, she did what she called “a ninja roll” and came back onto her feet. “I was feeling dizzy because we had just run the mile,” Elisabeth explained. “People said my face was really pale.” It takes a lot of balance and athleticism to do a barrel roll and keep on running.
Although volleyball is her favorite sport, Elisabeth is a very competitive person and likes the solo sports more than team sports. She is really competitive; therefore, she prefers to do sports like track and tennis.
Elisabeth has ran track for three years as well. She ran for the Pendleton city league. Then she did track in 7th and 8th for Helix Middle School. She is debating on whether she wants to compete in track or tennis in high school.
She likes track because she likes to run, and likes the competition. “I like to win,” Elisabeth stated.
Elisabeth has competed in a lot of events, but the ones that are her favorite are: Long jump, shot put, 100m dash, and the relay. She has won 2nd in the relay, 4th in the 100m dash, 3rd in the 4X1 relay, and 7th in long jump.
Once, in the 100m dash, she was racing against a shorter girl with brunette hair. They were neck-and-neck, more importantly; they were extremely close to the finish. “I kept on running faster and faster until I beat her!” Elisabeth revealed with energized arm movements.
She may like track because it’s competitive, and volleyball is her favorite sport, but her favorite “Individual” sport is Tennis.
She loves tennis because it’s an overall fun sport that is filled with competitiveness; tennis comes naturally to her. She enjoys serving in the game too, and prefers playing in the back where she can see the entire court.
Playing against another Helix student, Elisabeth was super pumped and took a swing at an incoming ball, when the ball made contact with her racket; it flew way over the courts and onto the kickball field. Her sister Rebekah Shaw (who was also in a match), saw everything; “It was so funny, that I stopped my match to watch it,” She said trying to not burst out with a large grin.
If Elisabeth were to ever play only one sport for the rest of her life, it would be either volleyball or tennis. Both of these sports are ones she is considering playing when she is older.
Although Elisabeth is a very athletic person, in the long run, she wants to be either a cook or an artist. Having the mindset of an athlete will help her pursue any career that she chooses.
Elisabeth Shaw isn’t your average student; she has the spirit and determination of an athlete, the brains of a mathematician, and the sympathy of the most amazing listener. She is the definition of a best friend that gets along with anyone and everyone, making her a champion on and off the court.
Hi there! My name is Arianna Krol, and I have survived my freshman and sophomore year! This year will be my third year in publications. I really like to play sports and like to draw. I may talk all the time, but that’s only because I love talking with other people. I love to play sports and I like to think that I work hard not only in practice, but in any goal I seek to achieve. I play volleyball, basketball, and also compete in track. My expectations for this year are high, and I can’t wait for it all!