Terrifying, hilarious, exciting, and keeping you on the edge of your seat is just a few ways to describe the newest version of the movie IT.
Stephen King’s best selling book IT was released on September 15th, 1986. In 2017, a movie featuring a whole new perspective of Stephen King’s book was released that was far scarier than the first showing of IT in 1990, almost 27 years earlier. It coincidentally turns out to be the same amount of time IT, better known as “Pennywise,” hibernates between feedings.
The intro to the movie starts off in the cute little town of Derry, Maine, with Georgie Denbrough (played by Jackson Robert Scott) at the young age of six, and his older brother Bill Denbrough (played by Jaeden Lieberher) getting together to build a paper boat for Georgie to take outside and play with in the rain. In the background you can hear Mrs. Sharron Denbrough (played by Pip Dwyer) playing a creepy depressing song on the piano called “Every 27 Years.”
Bill sends his little brother Georgie down into the basement to get sealing glue for the little boat to float in the rain puddles, however this is when we first notice Georgie’s worst fear, yellow glowing eyes, which is actually a light reflecting off of some of their father’s tools. These yellow glowing eyes plays a big role later in Georgie’s death in the sewer.
After Georgie’s death, a whole school year passes by. Bill can be seen leaving school on the last day with a group of boys better known as the Loser’s Club: Richie Tozier (played by Finn Wolfhard) who is a talking, cursing machine, Eddie Kaspbrak (played by Jack Dylan Grazer) who happens to be germaphobic momma’s boy who is always telling the group how gross or unhealthy things are, and Stanley Uris (played by Wyatt Oleff) a coming of age Jew whose biggest fear is a freakish painting of a lady playing the flute that is hanging in his father’s office in the Synagogue.
The group of boys are met with the Town Bullies: Henry Bowers (played by Nicholas Hamilton) whose father is Officer Bowers (played by Stuart Hughes) an emotionally abusive controlling man, Belch Huggins (played by Jake Sim), Victor Criss (played by Logan Thompson), Patrick Hockstetter (played by Owen Teague) who is the hidden homosexual older teen boy. The character Patrick Hockstetter is later murdered by the hidden king of the little town of Derry. Before Patrick is murdered a red balloon floats towards him blocking the view of Pennywise, the red balloon has written on it “I heart Darry” which is meant to represent the shirt Patrick was wearing when he was murdered in the original 1990 film.
After more attacks and showings of Pennywise making himself known to the children of Darry, the Loser’s Club is joined by some new members: Ben Hanscom (played by Jeremy Ray Taylor) who was picked up by the Loser’s Club after a brutal attack by the Town Bullies, Mike Hanlon (played by Chosen Jacobs) a young boy who is homeschooled by his grandfather because his parents died in a house fire a few years before, and Beverly Marsh (played by Sophia Lillis) a brave young girl who is mentally and emotionally abused by her single father, who is an outcast because of a rumor.
The Loser’s Club then comes together to hunt and murder the clown known as Pennywise, but since the kids do not know Pennywise’s name they refer to him as IT. Trials of fear and devastation come along, causing the group to rip apart, until Beverly is taken by Pennywise, reforming the Loser’s Club in an effort to get their friend back. Venturing into the dark abyss of Pennywise’s home, they come to face their deepest fears after finding Beverly floating because Pennywise could not scare her, so he can not feast on her.
After waking her, Pennywise shows up in the form of Bill’s little brother Georgie to tempt Bill
into giving into his fear. Bill responds with force and the rest of the Loser’s Club joins in to end Pennywise once and for all as each member faces their battle with IT. As Pennywise morphs into their biggest fears, the battle continues on for a long time and finally, Pennywise lurks away into a well with his final word being “Fear….”
This year’s 2018 Winter Olympics was held in Pyeongchang Country, South Korea, with Norway winning the medals race by a landslide with 14 Gold, 14 Silver, 11 Bronze and a total of 39 medals.
Only one out of three Griswold High School freshman watched the Olympics, but two said the most interesting sport that they heard of was the freestyle snowboarding, the other said that curling was the most interesting. Curling is where a group of players use a technique called “sweeping” to clear ice from the path of a stone, while one player pushes the stone across a patch of ice into a goal. Players can not touch the stone with anything else other than the equipment.
Two out of three Helix Sophomores watched the Winter Olympics with all three choosing a different “most interesting sport” that they saw: Snowboarding, the Biathlon, and Skiing. The Biathlon is a winter sport that is a mix between downhill skiing and shooting a small target with a rifle. A player races down a hill on skis with their competition, and once they get down a hill, they are required to shoot at a target a certain number of times, if they fail to do so, they have to complete a penalty lap.
One hundred percent of the Junior class watched the Olympics, with different responses to what sport they found most interesting: Skiing, Figure Skating, and Curling. In the 2018 Winter Olympics, the Russians won the Figure Skating, walking away with a gold medal. Norway won the Cross-Country Skiing event with a gold medal. Finally, the United States walked away with a gold medal in Curling.
Out of Helix’s Senior class, two out of three did not watch the 2018 Olympics. Once again, there were three different answers for the most interesting sport they ever heard of, a list that included the Biathlon, the Skeleton, and the Luge. The Skeleton is much like the Bobsled, but with only one person participating at a time. Contestants have a sled where they lay down head first and run on the same track as Bobsled. For two days, contestants run twice and their best time is figured out at the end after they have run four races. Men and women both compete with the same rules. Luge is also known as Alpine Skiing, which is a downhill skiing event where contestants weave between flags that are lined-up down the snowy mountain side. In order to complete this sport, contestants must be very flexible and able to lean from side to side. The rules are the same for both men and women and winning is based on how close the runner can get to the flags and how quickly they can finish the track.
After Norway, which finished with thirty-nine total medals, coming in second was Germany with fourteen gold, ten silvers, seven bronze, and thirty-one medals in total. Third in line was Canada, who scored eleven gold, eight sliver, ten bronze, and twenty-nine in total. Fourth was the United States, with nine gold, eight silver, six bronze, and twenty-three in total. Last but not least, coming in at fifth place was the Netherlands, winning eight golds, six slivers, six bronze, and twenty total medals all together.
At the young age of six, Ruby Engum saw her first ever ballet, showing The Nutcracker, with her mother.
“I remember being really excited,” said Engum, “I painted a wooden star to hold up in the crowd that read ‘You're a star Nutcracker.’” However, she never really saw ballets as anything more than a rock concert or people shouting and waving signs at performers. For a few years after that, ballets inspired Ruby to create expansive drawings of dancers which helped her improve her artist skills as an individual.
Around four years later, young Engum was confronted by a friend who happened to be a dancer; Ruby’s friend took offense to her drawings because she had never danced to know how a dancer would look. A stubborn Ruby promptly started taking ballet classes at the studio her friend went to, called Pendleton Ballet Theatre, located at 425 S. Main, Pendleton, OR. “I use to love drawing ballet dancers, the way they moved across the stage mesmerized me,” said Ruby. Where Ruby once admired the grace of the performers as they moved through the still air, she now gets to experience this herself as a ballerina.
Since Ruby was starting later in age, she was less flexible and coordinated than other students her age, so she had to start in Ballet 1. “Starting later means your body will be weaker,” stated Ruby, “The muscles require years of relentless dedication to the craft, any dancer starting late will likely never catch up to those their age.” Ruby explains that dancers who start late, who happen to have a naturally athletic build, may actually be at a disadvantage in building proper muscles.
Ballet has many benefits, such as providing a way to calm the mind and bring peace to feelings of social anxiety, it allows young men and women the chance to form strong bonds with one another in a safe controlled environment. However, there are also downsides to the sport as well; “It makes it hard to have time for homework because of how long the classes can be,” said Ruby.
Not only can ballet take up a lot of time for anyone, around seventeen hours a week, there can also be issues among the students in the classes if another student isn’t as active in practice or doesn’t show up as much as everyone else does. Any conflicts to occur among the students is, “Usually just expressed in rolled eyes, and it’s mostly in Ballet II-III,” said Ruby, “We don’t have time to argue or fight, and it would be disrespectful to Julie (our teacher) to waste her time with teen bickering.”
For young children entering ballet between the ages of one and three, a class called “Pre-ballet” is offered at the Pendleton Ballet Theatre. This age group mostly spends their time playing and getting to know the teacher. When they hit the age of four they spend the next four years in Ballet 1, learning basic techniques and start dancing together. Ballet II is made up of ages nine to twelve where dancing becomes serious. “You’ll speed up your combinations, you’ll get larger in the annual spring show,” said Ruby. The next step up for ages thirteen through fourteen consists of practices increasing to two a week instead of one a week. “A select few will be allowed to do solos,” said Ruby, “many of the dancers at this point take all the classes they can so they can gain as much technique as possible.”
The final class is Ballet IV, for students ages fifteen to twenty-one. By this time, students will begin using pointed shoes, as well as increase their classes to four a week, not including how many rehearsals students are required to be at. For this age group, students like Ruby do equal amounts of solos as they do group dances. “The more intensive pieces (such as wolves in Beauty and the Beast) are reserved for this class, you have a broad acting range from ethereal to savage,” said Ruby. “You dedicate most, if not all of your time to dance and perfecting your technique.”
Ballet does not require that a student has a specified diet, only that they are healthy and fit enough to perform. Sadly it is very common to find young dancers developing eating disorders to be able to perform properly. For professionals, they have weekly weigh-ins to make sure the dancers are not losing or gaining too much weight.
Ballet is an intense and beautiful sport, to be a ballerina you must be dedicated, hard-working, strong, and willing to give up time and social life to be the best of the bes., Overall, to have heart for the dance is most needed.
On the crisp Sunday afternoon of December 3rd, 2017, in the little town of Helix, Oregon, the citizens celebrated a new event named “Light Up Our Community.” On this day, four strings of Christmas lights were handed out to the community between 1:00-3:00 pm, free to keep, at the Helix Community Hall by Helix resident Breanne Parker and her father-in-law, Larry Parker. Christmas lights were donated anonymously by a member of the community who helped start this event; they would like to remain unknown.
“The goal of these lights is for everyone to get creative and use them for a fun or simple Christmas display at their home!” said Breanne Parker. To encourage more residents to engage in the festivities, the leaders of Helix came together to announce that the winner would receive $25.00 off of their water bill, as well as two Helix Booster Club Crab Feed tickets for Thursday, the 22nd of February, 2018. The big event came around on Thursday, December 14, 2017 and it was announced joyfully that the Mize family won the lighting competition for their creativity with the lights provided and were awarded with prizes.
Each home wanting to participate was given four strings of Christmas lights to decorate the outside of their home however they saw fit using their Christmas spirit and a dash of creativity. Rules were that any home participating would be judged only on the lights they were given at the Helix Community Hall to make the competition fair for all who were involved. Homes were required to have the Christmas lights turned on between the times of 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. on December 14th when members of the community were to go around and judge who would be this year’s winner.
“Following the voting at the Community Hall,” stated Breanne Parker, “Community members brought snacks, cookies, or any treats to City Hall for the night. At 7:00 p.m. everyone was welcomed to meet up at the Helix City Hall/ Library for hot cocoa, apple cider, treats and to vote for your favorite.”
The community was also given an opportunity to allow Helix High School Seniors the chance to gain community service hours for graduation by helping to set up Christmas lights in the community for those who needed help in the competition. “For those that needed help or were unable to hang their own, there was an awesome group of Helix Students that were willing to volunteer!” Breanne Parker said. “This is simply a way to have fun together, socialize, and enjoy our community during the holidays.” Students of Helix High School could get involved by working and sharing the Christmas spirit with the elderly in the community.
The project was very successful with an outcome of 26 houses that had collectively come together to participate in the “Light Up Our Community.”
Around 40 people showed up to the library located in the Helix City Hall to vote for the winner. Community leaders are looking forward to the possibility of continuing this event for the years to come!
Boarding the plane at 10 a.m. Thursday morning, June 30th, 2016, Helix Sophomore Hannah Byerley and her family of five rushed excitingly to the airport for their trip to the islands of Hawaii.
Shortly after arriving at 1 p.m. that afternoon, the family began to plan out their
activities for the day. Of course, the vacation had been planned out for weeks, even months before the flight, but where to begin the new adventure was the question of the day. Visiting a new place, there was so much to take in. Thankfully Hannah’s dad, Douglas Lee Byerley, had been there before, so he knew more about the island than his companions.
During the expedition about the islands, Hannah and her family experienced many new and exciting experiences, such as snorkeling, touring a submarine, exploring many different reefs, beaches, volcanos, parasailing, as well as many others exciting adventures.
Before leaving, the family eagerly prepared for their trip, including “Tanning to prepare skin for the more intense sun, and shopping for the trip,” said Douglas. Many preparations were done to get ready for the exciting vacation around the islands of Hawaii.
Out exploring, Hannah’s family saw many people walking or biking to their destinations, even for miles, Rather than taking cars or buses. “People are really fit there,” said Hannah. “Every morning and all day long you’d see surfers out in the ocean riding the waves.”
One of their favorite activities was heading to the beach to go snorkeling. They were excited to see the fish and what the reefs had to offer. Later on after going snorkeling and hiking Diamond Head, they visited different beaches, tried a new restaurant every day, and attended the Hawaiian Luau on the Fourth of July.
The family found the celebration for the Fourth of July a little different than how they typically celebrate the Fourth of July on the mainland. At the luau, there was an array of different foods and activities that are prepared differently than on the mainland. What they came to find different is that there are not only hot dogs and hamburgers, but also lots and lots of rice, vegetables, chicken, many types of seafood and a whole roasted pig. “Many of the seasoning and spices are of a sweeter blend,” said Douglas. “It was fun. Hangouts at the beach there in Honolulu with hundreds of other people. Fireworks were pretty great.” Soon however, the family was ready for a new adventure: Parasailing.
Since Douglas had been to the island before, due to being sent there while in the military, he knew where to go to prepare for the parasailing. They were off to Hickam Air Force Base to take advantage of some of the military discounts for the different activities on the island.
Heading home on a late night flight, Hannah was filled with sadness with having to leave, but was happy for having the opportunity to go on this trip. Hannah came away with fond memories and check marks off her bucket list.
Helix Freshman Hailey Mae Fehrenbacher has always had a love for animals. Before being able to raise them herself, though, Hailey would always find the time to help her older siblings take care of their animals.
Having their children join and have the experience of 4H was always something the Fehrenbacher’s wanted. Beginning in 4th grade, Hailey was finally able to do what she wanted, to raise and show her own animals.“You can’t start till 4th grade. She always loved fair and taking care of animals. Mostly dogs and pigs. And she loves horses,”said Hailey’s mother, Autumn Fehrenbacker.
Through these experiences, Hailey has created many memories that she will carry within her heart for the rest of her life. The lessons she learned throughout her years of raising and showing animals includes a very important one: to be patient. “If they are not responsible while they are working in their project, it shows at show time. Then they only have themselves to deal with it. Parents can’t help them at show,” said Autumn Fehrenbacker.
Hailey Mae Fehrenbacher has many fond memories of her years in 4H, but especially remembers one incident.“I was watering (pigs), and the fence was really wobbly, and I was standing on the fence, and I was really tiny, I fell into the pig pen in the mud and I just layed there with my pigs for a little bit, so that’s kind of one of my favorite memories,” said Hailey.
Autumn Fehrenbacher also has a favorite memory of her daughter in 4H. “Well, she hates lambs. She only likes to show pigs. One year, I made her show lambs. In the show ring, the judge asked her why she was showing a lamb. She told her that she hates them and her mom made her do it. I saw the whole thing. Me and her leader just laughed. The next show, she had a pig. He really was grumpy. He got in a fight in the ring. One of the guys helped out who was a family friend. He picked Hailey up and threw her out of the ring so she didn’t get attacked by her pig. Later she got mad at him and told him she had it under control,” remembers Autumn.
Since Hailey’s father grew up in 4H, the Fehrenbacher’s already had a way into getting their children to raise animals. Having connections in the organization made it easier for Hailey and her brother, Tylor, to get in. “Hailey’s dad was involved in it as a kid. And our neighbor was friends with the leader. So she got us started in it,” said Autumn Fehrenbacher.
There are no requirements for the animal’s pen sizes; however, as long as participants are in fourth grade; and their animals reach their proper age, weight, size, etc, they can participate. Hailey clarifies that if an animal does not meet their necessary requirements they can wait until the next show or the animals can be sold separately. “ You have to sign up at the (4H) office and you have to be a certain age, I think you have to be in fourth grade, and then you have to get your animals but they have to be a certain age, too,” said Hailey.
Throughout all of her years participating in 4H, Hailey has learned responsibility, patience, honesty, and hard work. These are lessons that she will carry on with her throughout the remainder of her life...and it all it took was a few pigs.