Ryann Stahancyk is preparing for Union Livestock Show this June. This will be her third year showing swine and is looking forward to it.
This is a short podcast explaining the easiest way to make Popcorn using your Whirley Popper. You will learn how to season it and how much to add of your ingredients.
Today, kids are told they can do anything they want with their lives and can get into any college they want, as long as they work for it. Many teens follow this encouragement and do the work necessary for their future. But there are the ones that are blessed with money and parents that would go as far as breaking the law to get them into college.
In March of 2019, a college scandal was brought to the surface. Many well-known actresses allegedly paid to get their children into prestigious colleges, and also paid to get their SAT scores changed. By doing this, these parents took away a college spot that another student could have gotten into; someone who is more deserving.
The college scandal features two high profile people; actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman. Loughlin is a well-known actress who has appeared on The Hallmark Channel and the series “Fuller House.” She is currently being charged with "conspiring to commit fraud and money laundering," the Department of Justice revealed in a statement to Fox News. Loughlin is looking at possibly doing 40 years of jail time , however, if she pleads guilty, that time will most likely be reduced. Loughlin is also accused of paying to have someone change the scores on her daughter’s SAT. Not only this, but she was accused of paying the University of Southern California $500,000 for a scholarship on the rowing team, which her daughter didn't even participate in.
Felicity Huffman is an actress as well, who has been in many different movies over the years. She was allegedly found giving $15,000 to a college in California, which includes the amount it took to change her daughter’s SAT scores. Her daughter was unaware of the whole thing, Huffman claims. Huffman is looking at only a couple months in jail but it’s more likely she will just get community service time. The reason these two face such a different punishment is because of the amount of money given to the colleges.
As a high school student that has tried my hardest since middle school to get good grades to one day get into a good college, this is frustrating. The privileged believe that they can just buy their way into anything, but they don't think about the students that have actually worked twice as hard to get into college, just to get turned down because some other student was allowed in because their parents rigged their SAT scores and paid for them to get into a college. Not only were they paying to get them into the schools, but they were also paying the coaches to get the teen on a sports team without trying out or even knowing how to play the sport.
I don't think anyone should be able to get into a college just because they have more money than another student. While Huffman’s daughter had no clue and really was working on getting a degree at the college, Loughlin's daughter is the complete opposite. Her daughter was in college only because all of her friends were going to college and she didn't want to miss out on the experience. She never went to her classes, nor showed up for her sporting events.
Hopefully, the judges see it this way and punish these parents for their choices. Other people could've had the chance of studying at that school, but they were denied that opportunity because these parents decided to determine their child's future for them.
Noelle Texidor competing with her horse.
For Noelle Texidor, a Sophomore at Helix, riding horses is a way of life. She loves every part of it.
Texidor has been riding horses for 12 years, and she's 15 years old now. She started riding when she was just 3 years old. Noelle rides three different styles of horses, Peruvian, English, and western.
Peruvian style riding is on a Peruvian Horse that is usually known for being a light saddle horse. It is known for its smooth ride. The gait of a Peruvian horse can be as slow as a walk or as fast as an extended trot or slow canter. Both the gait and the flashy leg action are completely natural.
The English style riding is an equestrian discipline with many different styles. However, at the most basic level, most versions require riders to use both hands on the reins, rather than just one hand, as is seen in western riding.
Western riding which evolved from the ranching and warfare traditions brought to the Americas by the Spanish Conquistadors, evolved to meet the working needs of the cowboy in the American West.
Noelle competes in a variety of equestrian competitions, including Dressage, Equitation, and Trail. Dressage is an art of riding and training horses that develops obedience, flexibility, and balance. Noelle describes Equitation as, ¨You’re basically being judged on how well you can control your horse and ride your horse.¨
Equitation is a type of riding that really practices horsemanship. For Noelle she loves going over obstacles, she says, ¨You have to go over certain obstacles or just encounter them with your horse.¨ Trail riding is a type of riding that riders focus on obstacles that they have to pass through or over to get to the end of the trail.
Noelle enjoys everything about her horses, but especially the connection she has with all of her horses. Her family owns 17 horses and they are all Peruvian horses. Noelle´s sister, Miabelle says, ¨I really think she loves that the horses are free and she loves to be free with them.¨ Noelle loves connecting with her horses and being able to compete with them.
Texidor competes normally in Eastern Oregon, as well as events farther away from home, including some in Albany and Salem. She loves English riding the most because a rider really has to have control of their horse and the connection has to be so strong. She loves showing off her horse and showing its strong qualities in competitions.
Noelle's favorite type of riding is English riding because she is able to have more contact and with her horse and connect with it, she says, ¨You have more contact with your horse, you can do more things with your horse that are challenging, but I like it because it's challenging.¨ Most people shy away from difficult things, but not Noelle, she enjoys pushing herself and her horse in competitions, that can only make their bond stronger.
Noelle is quiet, but when it comes to horses, she is not. Miabelle says, ¨She’s really good at showing off her horse and allowing the horse to be itself. She´s really good at understanding horses.¨ Noelle loves her horses and couldn't imagine a life without them.
Dogs are a man’s best friend, but for a girl, it’s a horse; especially for this quiet sophomore.
Sweet Basils has everything about its name in its pizza. Their pizza has a thin crisp crust, covered in a savory tomato basil sauce. Their Hawaiian pizza is outstanding and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is in Walla Walla looking for an excellent meal.
Sweet Basils is located on 5 S 1st Ave, Walla Walla. It is right across the street from Starbucks, which is convenient, if you need a coffee. It's in the main shopping area so it is positioned very well for customers to find it, it's also very convenient being by all the downtown shops, so there is a delicious option for a meal.
Sweet Basils didn't just impress me with their food, but also their decor and vibe that the restaurant gave. When you walk in, you are immediately greeted with a smile. Also, as soon as you walk in, it’s as if you walked into a pizza oven, it smells so nice. There is an old rustic pizzeria feeling to the place as soon as you walk in. They have a big stove, and you can watch the entire process of the pizza making. The customer service is very good, and they were always willing to help if I needed something. The tables were always cleaned off and the kitchen area looked very neat and organized.
The system they have for ordering a pizza is very smart and efficient. First of all, you have different options of pizza sizes. Unlike many places, you can get a single slice or two slices of pizza. You can also get a whole pie, which is a whole pizza. Another great quality of this pizzeria is they use all fresh and local ingredients. They also make sure their food is made to your liking or they will redo it. You can call in orders or sit down and eat, allowing you to choose your experience.
Another important part of this restaurant is that it isn't just pizza . They also have many choices of salads, beer, wine, sodas, and even gluten-free pizza. Sweet Basils caters to every style of eating, whether it’s healthy or carb-loaded, they have it. They have specials every day and even carry Coca Cola in a glass bottle, along with the other sods, teas, and lemonades. With those drinks in mind, after you order your food, you can grab a water container out of the fridge with some cups; these are on the house. The water containers are cute old milk cans. The bathrooms are always clean and kept neat, and they have a kid’s section.
Sweet Basil is a cute restaurant that welcomes anyone. They make delicious pizza. They also have very warm consumer service and the prices are not ridiculously expensive. When you go to Sweet Basils, the price is lower than a family size pizza at Papa Murphy's and it's already cooked, plus the pie at sweet basil's is bigger than the family size Papa Murphy's pizza.
Overall, my experience at Sweet Basils couldn't have been better, I give it 10 pizzas out of 10 pizzas.
In America today, many people either do not know how to cook or they just don't enjoy it at all. Many teens know how to cook Top Ramen or make mac and cheese, but is that really cooking? But in Helix, many high school students know how to cook, or could at least figure it out, if need be.
After surveying students from Helix High School, the results showed that almost all of them know how to cook or at least know something about cooking. Many students said they would rather bake than cook. A study on America's kitchen habits by Martha Stewart says that 28% of Americans don't know how to cook, that is almost ⅓ of the U.S. population. One reason for this is ignorance. Many Americans are so busy and they want things fast, so they put off eating healthy and the time demands of food preparation and go straight to quick and easy.
Another major reason for the lack of cooking in the U.S. is due entirely to the fact that Americans just don't enjoy cooking like they used to. Most women are now in the workforce so the whole dynamic of women doing the cooking has changed. There are now many stay-at-home dads who cook. This number of family men who stay at home is around 26%, says Fact Tank.
At Helix High School, baking is the favored thing to do, around 69% of students chose that activity over cooking. Many of them enjoy baking because of the sweetness that comes after. Some sweets commonly baked are chocolate chip cheesecake, cake, cupcakes, cookies, and cinnamon rolls.
Research shows that younger generations have no urge to cook. ¨Cooking has become an “aspirational trend” for many Americans, particularly those who are young,¨ said Kelly Weikel, the director of consumer insights for Technomic.
Another major reason for the lack of cooking skills and interest in cooking is because most people regularly go out to eat. A study by Fact Tank shows that 53% of Americans eat out at least once a week. To add to this, many kids grow up with both parents working, which means they have no parent at home showing them how to cook. Another factor is that the number of students enrolled in home economics has declined by 40%, says Market Watch.
However, there are many Americans who want to cook or learn how to cook, but time doesn't allow. An article published featuring Martha Stewart says, ¨Millennials want to be able to cook, “but it’s not always realistic, they’re so time-pressed.”
Even though kids are being told by food companies all over that it's easier to eat their food then it is to go home, prepare your own food, eat, and then be hassled with all the dishes, it is still important to learn how to cook. There are lots of healthy options that can be chosen that are quick and yummy.
Those skills will carry through life and help prepare students in the future. Overall cooking is a crucial skill to learn, and many Helix students have already successfully achieved.
Helix Junior Kyla Harper is excited to ditch the crutches after almost two months of hobbling around on them.
In today's society, athletes are struggling more and more with sports-related injuries. Many athletes suffer from injuries that are caused by overuse, lack of strength training, and false teaching of exercise. Athletes all over the world suffer from injuries, but the small community of Helix, in particular, has had many injuries to high school athletes over the past few years.
One of the leading causes of sports injuries is related to overuse.
Our bodies are only designed to withstand a certain amount of strenuous activities until they break in some way, whether it be a fracture or a tear.
No matter the injury, it can become very dangerous, especially when athletes don't get the proper rest,but instead continue to use a damaged bone or muscle. Athlete’s bodies are amazing and can stand a lot of pressure, but when it comes to overuse of one common movement due to a year-round sport, it's very dangerous.
Athlete’s bodies often have no chance to take a break and recover, but instead, athletes are constantly using those motions, until one day when their bodies stop working and become injured. Helix P.E. Teacher and high school basketball assistant coach Rory Simpson says, ¨I think you're seeing a growth in sports injuries because of repetitive use because the kids are taking part in year-round sports more than they ever have.”
Strength training does not get the attention it deserves in schools. At Helix, for example, no athlete strength trains unless they are in the sophomore class. The class is fortunate enough to have P.E as one of their required classes, which allows them to build their bodies up to protect it from the possible threats that may come.
The training that athletes are being provided is based solely on how to do the sport, not how to train and strengthen themselves for that sport. Simpson says, “Less attention is pushed on the training of the athlete, but pushed on the training of the sport. You aren't taking care of your body to be an athlete.”
Many students at Helix can relate and agree that these allegations are true. And the situation often culminates in an injury. Junior Kyla Harper was recently injured in a volleyball match. “I went up to hit the ball in volleyball and dislocated my knee cap, it was the most pain I have ever been in in my life. I had no idea what had happened either, which was scary,” said Harper.
Harper’s injury is a result of poor training and an excessive focus on her specific sports skills. “I believe the reason behind my injury was because we didn't do enough stretching and training to strengthen us for the season,” said Harper.
Training is a major factor in whether or not they are successful or unsuccessful at staying injury free. Research shows that athletes should be working out outside of their sports at least once a day, if not more. However, at Helix, we don't see that.
Students don't work out before practice at any point. Simpson says, “I think the biggest part to preventing sports injuries is training.” Many pieces of research support this approach. In order to maintain their peak strength, they have to be working out outside of the sport.
Whether or not athletes decide to work out and strengthen their bodies is up to them. They have the choice to make themselves better and work for their health or just show up to practice and games, hoping that nothing is going to happen to hurt them. That would be a gamble that no student-athlete should have to take.
Junior Kaylee Cope shares her love for healthy eating and basketball.
Researchers estimated that nearly half of all deaths from heart disease, stroke and diabetes — collectively, cardiometabolic diseases — are linked to poor diet.
Obesity in the U.S has tripled since the late 1900´s, says the Department of Health and Human Services, but many Helix students are focused on staying healthy so they can be the best athlete possible.
Karalyn Reynolds, a Sophomore at Helix High School, is one athlete who is conscience about her diet. ¨Most of the time I keep a healthy diet throughout the week, unless its movie night; then I have to have ice cream,¨ she said.
Athletes at Helix believe that it is important to not only eat healthy, but also to stay hydrated and drink lots of water. Junior Kaylee Cope can always be found with a water bottle in class. ¨Ideally, I would like to drink three water bottles (per day) but I only usually drink one,¨said Cope.
Diets are another important part of healthy eating, many believe diets are good while others do not. However, when they are as active as many of these athletes, diets can be very harsh on their bodies, luckily many people at Helix know this and avoid diets. Reynolds says, “I only cut down on certain foods, but I don't go on diets.¨
Healthy habits are very important for anyone, especially for students. Breakfast is especially important for athletes, however many do not eat it. “ I don't really mind breakfast, I'll eat it, but it's not my main meal,¨ said Reynolds.
Healthy eating sets the building blocks for a healthy eating habit lifestyle. Society can't expect adults to have healthy eating habits when they don't learn how to eat healthy as a kid. ¨Eating healthy to me is very important because in order to be fit and happy you have to eat healthy,¨ said Cope.
However, it's understandable for teens to crave unhealthy food, or even eat large amounts of unhealthy food because that's how humans have been raised, but it becomes a problem when all they are eating is junk food. Eventually, their bodies will begin to slow down and begin to not process those foods very well. The American Diabetes Association says that approximately 1.25 million children have developed Type 1 Diabetes. This number just keeps growing every year.
Helix High School students are lucky because they have a school cook who loves her job and is good at it. Patty Sederburg takes pride in her job and cooking healthy meals for the students at Helix. Every meal is served with vegetables or fruit. Students are free to choose to eat those healthy choices, but a majority of the student body does eat at the school now that the local store has been closed. Some students go home for lunch or pack a lunch. In this case, eating healthy falls on them.
Some coaches at Helix really reinforce healthy eating habits, but some do not. Volleyball Coach Dan Headley really stresses healthy eating, along with drinking lots of water, however, the basketball and cross country coaches do not.
Cross Country coach Jeff Newtson focuses more on his athletes eating carbs to give them energy. They need fast energy, and it is carbs that provides that for them. Volleyball focuses more on long-lasting energy, which can be achieved by eating proteins and other good fueling foods.
In America alone, the rate of diabetes and obesity continues growing substantially. Kids all over America are forgetting what it is like to eat a healthy diet.
Healthy eating is a choice, one that Helix kids, with the encouragement of their coaches, are trying to hold up. With the help of the community and their families, it is possible to do that--and avoid cardiometabolic diseases.
I hope you guys will enjoy the Podcast. The recipe is great for a healthy dessert that still subsides your sweet tooth. Thank you for listening!
Breakfast is known to be the most important meal of the day. It boost students energy levels and helps them stay more focused.
Students all over the world skip breakfast for a number of different reason. Maybe they are late for school, trying to lose weight, or even just trying to be healthy and think that eating less will help.
However, breakfast is so important. It is the start of an energy-filled day. Students have a better chance at getting higher grades and being more successful if they eat breakfast. Breakfast allows students to keep energy levels up until lunch, when they can then re-energize themselves.
Many studies have shown that kids who do not eat breakfast in the morning are more likely to gain weight because they look to non-healthy foods to get energy again. They start eating more processed and sugary things to make it to lunch or dinner.
In Helix High School, about 80% of students eat some sort of breakfast, but the other 20% don't eat breakfast in order to not gain weight, not having enough time, or they just don't like to eat in the morning.
Most schools have a breakfast program for kids who may have a rough home life, or if they just didn't have the time to eat at home. This program can be very good if students have the money to eat there. Some schools even have a free breakfast option.
A recent study done by NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information) states that breakfast helps with alertness and concentration. They also say that students who eat breakfast closer to test time or school time have higher test results and higher school grades overall because of the effect breakfast has on their body. It also helps increase the attendance. Some studies even suggest that students who do not eat breakfast are more emotional and hard to be around because of sudden mood swings.
In Helix, the 50% of people who don't eat breakfast blame it on not having enough time. Another 20% of them say they are not hungry, and 30% are trying to watch their weight.
Even if kids eat breakfast, a majority of that breakfast tends to be sugar and carbs, which may give them energy for a short while but will not last long. Students need a healthy breakfast filled with protein, fiber, and natural sugars. Some examples are oatmeal, protein shakes, fruit and yogurt, and eggs. some cereals are low in sugar and high in fiber or protein, but there are also a lot of cereals that are straight sugar and carbs.
Students should be taught the importance of breakfast and be encouraged to prepare and eat a healthy foods. Students live in a world where sugar is becoming a drug as addictive as heroin.
Another study done by Obesity Society showed that about 1 in 7 preschoolers are obese because of the amount of sugar that they consume daily. Sugar is not only addictive like a drug, but it can contribute to many diseases such as cancer. Cancer cells feed on sugar. So the more students who know about the importance of a healthy breakfast, the more it will help them.
Breakfast can help teens and students stay more focused and healther. They are less likely to fail classes and test because of the effect that breakfast has on their body.
¨No one ever made a difference by being like everyone else,¨ says The Greatest Showman.
It was no surprise for me that The Greatest Showman got nominated for an Oscar award in Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures . It was brilliantly acted and filmed. It was released on December 8, 2017. It is rated PG and it is about an hour and a half.
Showman was produced by Laurence Mark, Peter Chernin, and Jenno Topping. It took about 9 years to hire the actors, actresses, all the makeup artists, and all the other important staff. I took a very long time to learn Trapeze and tricks they had to do on the show. The producers didn't want to use stunt actors. But the wait was worth it. After 9 years, they successfully produced this outstanding movie.
The actors and actresses that made this movie happen were amazing. The main characters are P.T. Barnum played by Hugh Jackman, Phillip Carlyle by Zac Efron, Anne Wheeler by Zendaya, and Lettie Lutz by Keala Settle. The plot line of this movie is interesting, it keeps you intrigued with the show and makes you feel happiness, sadness, and anger throughout the movie.
The film is based upon a true story, the producers just added some extra acts. The movie tells the story of the success of P.T. Barnum and how he became the top name in the circus world. The movie really got the important parts right and shows them in a way that hooks most people from ages 8 and up.
The costumes that were used through the movie really make you feel like you are a part of the show, and help you realize what it was like in the 19th century. Ellen Mirojnick is the head costume designer for the movie. She and her crew handmade roughly 85% of the costumes. She loved using bright and vibrant colors that catch the viewer's attention. The costumes really show the look and feel of the time period. They really help each character show their personality and who they are as a character. Each character is dressed to their personality. For example Anne Wheeler who was played by Zendaya was dressed in bright colors that fit her and made her stand out while she was a Trapeze artist.
The music producers that produced the hit La La Land also wrote the songs in this movie. Benj Pasek & Justin Paul produced some of the songs in The Greatest Showman. They created songs that are modern, but portray the effect of the 19th century. The songs have deep meanings and really catch the audience's attention. One song, “This is Me,” describes how a singer overcame her self doubt and how she learned to love herself.
The makeup in the movie is amazing. They make every character look different and original. It is really a tremendous achievement; they show the audience the real truth about what some people actually looked like. They make the characters look so real and really made you think that the makeup was their actual look or body. They made the bearded lady look so real like it was actually her beard.
The movie, overall, was great. It was clear and well portrayed. It was super bright and made you feel a wide range of emotions. It was definitely a 10 out 10. It really did help me realize how P.T. Barnum became so popular and how he changed peoples lives. He allowed people who weren't ‘normal’ to have lives and to make a living. He helped give them a purpose, even if that meant getting laughed at all the time.
The producers and actors of this film do a great job of showing how these misfits overcame their problems and learned to believe in themselves. It truly is inspirational.
Freshman Ryann Stahancyk holds up her red ribbon she received for her participation.
Sports and trophies have been around for many centuries. They will continue to be around for many more. The question many people keep asking is: are participating trophies bad for students and kids who don't deserve them?
The truth is they are. Students and children are getting taught that it's ok to not try because they will still get a trophy at the end of it all. Students are getting taught that they will get a prize with any little effort they put in, it's not fair for the students who actually do try, nor is it fair to themselves. In the long run, it is only damaging them.
Getting a trophy should have to be earned. It shouldn't be given out because we feel bad for students who maybe try less or have less skill then someone who is skilled and deserves the prize. It's not fair to the student. It is just teaching them that the world is all butterflies and rainbows, when in reality it's not that way. The world is just teaching kids that it's ok not to try your hardest and accept being just ‘ok’.
I understand the opposing side to this. Kids often need to have a reward so they will keep participating. It keeps them active in sports, academics, or clubs. It helps them build their self-worth and teaches them to love themselves.
There is a line though. Giving a 4 year old a participation award is great because they don’t know any better, but giving it to a high schooler is just plain silly. They don’t need to be babied when they are close to graduation. They have to learn somehow that their life can not be handed to them on a silver platter all the time.
One of the worst organizations known for this is 4-H. They will always give everyone in the ring or competition a ribbon. Even if you are disqualified you get a ribbon. When a student has a Barrow (neutered male pig) these pigs are usually very mean , then the judge will approach them and send them out of the ring with a white ribbon. Every kid that gets a red ribbon or a white ribbon know that it’s not a prize ribbon. They know it’s a participation ribbon; you can see it on their faces. They may work very hard on their project but maybe it’s not what the judge wanted to see, so they get a red ribbon. They shouldn't get a red ribbon, but instead learn what they did wrong and how they can fix it next year.
However, students shouldn't have to be looking for that in a competition. That's the parent’s or guardian’s job. The students shouldn't have to feel like they need a participation award so someone will notice them, because in reality, they know it's a participation reward and it means nothing. Our world is just fueling the thought that ribbons helps them and makes them have more self worth.
Our world is always changing, and will keep changing; that's why it is possible this silly practice may end. It will take a lot, but it is best for the kids. They don't need be fed false hope every time they accept a participation reward.
Freshman Ryann Stahancyk holds up her reserve champion and champion 4-H ribbons.
Students all over the world compete every day in athletic and non-athletic activities. 4-H is one of the fastest growing extra curricular activities in the U.S.
4-H is not only a life builder, but also a great way for students aged 5-18 to find their competitive side. This year, Helix High School has four competitive swine showers. The most experienced is Junior Colton Reynolds, then his sister, Freshman Karalin Reynolds, Sophomore Kyleen Stahancyk, and sister, Freshman Ryann Stahancyk.
Swine is not only a very competitive category, but it's also a great way for students to learn skills such as responsibility, teamwork, and discipline. “Showing pigs has showed me how to juggle my time, and what it’s like to care for something other than myself,” said Colton Reynolds.
Showing animals at 4H is also a great way to make some money. When students are done with their two days of showing an animal, on the third day they are in the sale ring getting the highest bids on their pig. The average amount of money that is usually received at a show is $600-$900. Students can sell their pig or animal anywhere they choose to show.
Swine showing started on farms all over the world roughly one hundred years ago. “I didn't realize how long ago swine showing started, it’s cool to see how much it's changed from back then,” says Ryann Stahancyk. Farmers from all over their town would bring their best-looking pigs to one place and judge which one had the best qualities and characteristics for breeding. Eventually, the farmers would bring in a judge from somewhere else to judge their pigs. Soon, the pigs were put in different brackets by their weight and then they got judged.
All the Helix High School 4Hers will be receiving their pigs this February instead of December as they usually do. They are receiving them from a farmer in Iowa who is delivering them to the area in February.
Swine showing is a very competitive part of 4-H. Many students in the south spend thousands of dollars on a pig just to receive a grand champion and in many cases, two times the amount they originally spent on the pig.
The group can also receive many different awards and scholarships through raising and showing pigs, including awards such as the Garber Family Scholarship. To be considered for this $1,000 scholarship they must have been a 4-H Club member for a least two years, a leader among your peers, and a volunteer in the community, and plan to attend a two or four-year college.
Pigs are a very smart creature and can be great partners if their owners work with them. Some swine showers forget the part about working with their animals. They just assume that their pig will be good enough to make them some money and that's about it. “Last year was my second year showing pigs in 4-H. I wanted to work my pig as much as I possibly could, but my sister was the opposite and she was my ride, so I only made it out there when she did,” says Ryann Stahancyk.
However, working with the animal can be very beneficial to the owner. When they get in the show ring with their animal and the judge is judging them on confirmation, which is the cut and look of the pig. They get into the ring and their animal listens very well and makes himself look good which as a result, rewards them with a Grand Champion.
On the following day they go into the ring again, however this time the judge is judging the person, not the pig. The judge looks at how well they guide the pig and how they make the pig look good. Judges like it when the pig listens to the owner. As a result of these showmans skills, they may receive a grand champion on their skills because of how the pig worked.
The highest ranked showmans sell first and usually make the most money, unless they have people who want to buy their animal from them. “My first year I won Grand Champion in confirmation, and a lot of money,” says Colton Reynolds.
4-H is a great way to get involved and learn valuable life lessons. If you are a teen who wants to get involved then 4-H is the thing for them. There are many different things they can do such as cooking, sewing, art, shooting, and many more.
Principal Darrick Cope points at all the Eastern Promise courses offered at Helix High School.
The Helix School District will receive nearly $50,000 over the next two years thanks to Measure 98 to encourage college prep and graduation rates.
“It was a measure passed by voters in Oregon to set aside money for CTE, graduation, and college prep,” said Helix Superintendent/Principal Darrick Cope.
Oregon Ballot Measure 98 was a ballot measure passed in the 2016 election. The measure required state funding for dropout prevention and career/college readiness programs in high schools.
Thanks to Measure 98, Helix High School is receiving $48,000 for the next two years to increase graduation rates and further college prep programs. “In an effort to achieve both college prep and graduation, we’re paying for all the Eastern Promise classes, Distance Learning, Retrieval classes, and CTE classes,” said Cope. The school hopes to help kids realize that using their brains and abilities to their advantage will help them in their future.
Oregon is currently ranked 48th out of 50 nationwide in graduation rates. With hopes that Ballot Measure 98 will help fix that, schools all over Oregon are receiving money of varying amounts to help increase their graduation rates and help prep students for college.
Helix School plans to use this money to help students discover what they want to do in the future or to at least help them pass their classes so they can move on to their future. “It allows those kids who want to take a class we don't offer, the school will pay for it. Once they find that interest, it helps them have a better idea of what they want to do when they graduate,” said Helix School Board Member Keith Stahancyk.
Helix’s share of the money is paying for Distance Learning fees which is the education of students who may not always be physically present at a school. Traditionally, this usually involves correspondence courses wherein the student corresponded with the school via computers or the internet. Classes taken through the Oregon Virtual Education Network (ORVED) currently run $325 per semester course.
Funds are also paying for Eastern Promise classes which are college classes taken in the traditional classroom taught by Helix High School teachers. Through Eastern Promise classes, students earn college credit while in high school. These courses now cost $20 per credit, making a typical 4 credit class cost $80.
Helix is also funding Credit Retrieval classes which are classes that students are re-taking to meet graduation requirements. These courses are currently accessed using Acellus provided by the Inter Mountain Educational Service District.
Finally, Helix offers CTE courses in Business and Finance that help students connect what they’re learning to the real world. These courses can help students gain key skills to help them get a job after they graduate. Several CTE courses are currently offered at Helix, including Business Computers, Desktop Publishing, Personal Finance, and Accounting.
These classes are a great way to explore career options and meet the people who work in them. Students are able to earn college credit in high school in a variety of CTE courses. These courses currently cost $20 per credit. “Any class that you want to take that you find interesting the school will pay for,” said Stahancyk.
There is a catch to all of this, though. If they fail one of your classes that the school is paying for, they can take that class again, but the school will not be paying for it.
The school is also paying for a new app and for its webpage to be redone. The app is essentially the same thing as the webpage, however, the app is designed specifically for smartphones and devices. “The app falls under measure 98 in a communication provision in dropout prevention. Through the app, I can communicate to anyone at the school allowing them to know what is going on as soon as possible,” said Cope.
The app will have all of the same things that the website has such as schedules and information that may be important. The app will be the main communicator for the teachers to reach students and parents. The School will be getting rid of teachers calling parents on such days as a school closure for some reason. The Helix School will be just posting that information on the app, allowing everyone to be reached quicker and easier.
Overall, the school is benefiting greatly from this ballot measure. The school wants to help students as much as possible, and this is one more way to do that. Students no longer have a lack of money as an excuse to not go after their college goals or dreams.
Daydreaming about success: Thinking about her future plans, Junior Jenna Herron reflects on her goals as a prison guard.
Life for a woman as a prison guard isn't always easy. However Helix School Junior Jenna Herron is determined to give it a try.
Herron wants this job in the future, but she struggles with her family thinking differently, and the fact that she's a woman presents even more challenges to getting into the occupation.
Only 37 percent of prison guards are women. And even less than that stay in that position for a year or more, but Jenna is determined to be one to stay. “It makes me a little nervous because everyone in my family says I can't do it, but if it's something I really want to do, I'm pretty sure I could do good in it,” says Jenna. She knows how much she's going to have to work to become a prison guard, but she is determined to make it happen.
Even as young as 6 years old, Jenna knew what she wanted to do for a career. It wasn't until her father passed that she realized that no matter what, she was going to follow her dreams to become a prison guard. “My dad worked there (at the Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution) and ever since then, it's been something I've wanted to pursue,”says Jenna. She wants to honor her father and follow in his footsteps.
Jenna's mom, Kim Herron, is proud of her daughter and the route she's taking in the world. But she also knows how dangerous the job is and would love for her to pick a new career, but she knows that Jenna is dead set on that career. “I know the dangers behind the job, but I know it's something she's wanted to do,” said Kim Herron. Herron wants her daughter to be successful in her life, even if that means doing a job that isn't normally considered for women.
Kim knows that most women would struggle in the position of a prison guard because of the intensity, but she also knows her daughter and how she acts.“She's got that little bit of ‘need to be in control’ in her, so she can exercise that there, and it will make her more firm,” says Kim. For this job, women have to be strong-willed and very firm in who they are as a person and as a guard.
Because Jenna wants to be a prison guard, she is going to go to college when she graduates high school so she can get a Criminal Justice degree. “For females, it's better to get a Criminal Justice Degree, so you can you get a better position instead of a desk job,” said Jenna. Since most women are not prison guards, women have more of a chance of becoming one if they get a criminal justice degree.
Jenna plans on getting her degree and getting a job after she turns 21 because the prison won't let applicants apply until they reach that age. After she applies, she plans on working in Pendleton for a couple of years before moving to Arizona where a majority of her family is living.
Jenna knows what she wants and is going for it, and she's having fun in the process. She's excited for her future and what it holds for her as a prison guard. Jenna can’t wait to prove her family wrong.
So many teens and even adults drive while distracted, but it's not right.
Distracted driving isn't all about texting while driving or talking on the phone. The definition of distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system—anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving.
Distracted driving is not only the number one rising problem in the United States, but also a very deadly one.
Eleven teens die each day as a result of distracted driving. Studies show that 95% of drivers know it's dangerous yet, 35% still do it. If you are part of that 35%, you don't have to continue to do it. There are so many different scenarios that could happen with distracted driving.
Your life is not worth risking just to send a quick text or snapchat. Our generation is raised to believe they can't live without electronics. They are taught to always have their cellphones with them at all times and always answer.
In Helix High School, 68% of students admit to having driving distracted. Whether they are messing with their car controls or talking to the person next to them, all of these activities can lead to deadly results. While these behaviors are not as deadly as texting while driving, they are still in the category of distracted driving.
The percentage of teens who were in a fatal crash due to texting while driving is not something to take lightly. Distracted driving can end your life, just to answer a text. You are worth so much more than a text.
Who cares about a text or two; if it is so important that you have to answer, you can always pull over and answer it. Statistics show that texting while driving causes 1.6 million crashes each year, many of them fatal. Not only that, but 1 out of 4 crashes are caused by distracted driving.
Out of 10 Helix High School students surveyed, 40% rated texting while driving more deadly than drunk driving. Statistics say that drunk driving has actually decreased about 51%, but is now being replaced with distracted driving. Experts are trying to find ways to inform people about distracted driving that would help them realize the risks they take every time they answer a text or phone call.
When you open a text on your phone and crash, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you will get hurt, but what about the millions of helpless victims that had no choice in whether they got hit by a distracted driver? One bad decision on your part could ruin someone else's life.
Your life is worth so much more than a few texts or calls. Make the decision to leave your phone alone. You never know how much one decision could change your life for the better.
Going In Style. Kyleen Stahancyk gets ready to head into the Wildhorse Cineplex to her write her movie review. It's now playing in the large 279-seat theater.
Have you ever desperately wanted to watch a movie that isn't a cartoon, and has humor, plus action? Then this movie is perfect for you. Going in Style is all of those. It is humorous and all-together very enjoyable. It creates a fun and light environment.
Call it the “old men acting like young men.” This comedy, directed by Zach Braff, who has produced at least 13 movies including Chicken Little and Oz the Great and Powerful. It is extremely funny, all thanks to Braff and the real stars of the movie, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and Alan Arkin.
This movie is very nicely acted and produced. It not only is humorous, but it shows everyone that the age of a bank robber doesn't matter as long as you know what you're doing. This movie shows that you can still do fun and spontaneous things. This film not only is humorous but is also a reminder of what not to do, unless you have a good teacher!
If you enjoy action movies with a lot of humor, you would like this movie. It is filled with action and humor, and the cast and producer did an excellent job showing the funny side of doing something illegal.
The three main actors are Morgan Freeman, who is a well-known actor. For anyone who knows Morgan Freeman’s work, they will know that he generally only plays in serious dramatic movies, so playing one of the main characters in a comedy is a little bit of a departure. He has starred in over 50 films, including Dophin Tale, Invictus, Million Dollar Baby, and so many more. Morgan Freeman is 79 years old and started acting when he was in his 20’s. Freeman is one of the most respected actors of all time. Overall, he helped make this film spectacular!
The next actor in this movie is Michael Caine. Caine is the man with the plan in this movie. He is always encouraging the two other men to do better. He is 84 years old and has starred in over 50 films as well.
He has the main role in this movie.
Last but not least, there is Alan Arkin. Arkin is the worried old grumpy guy, but yet he can still get all the ladies. Arkin is 83 and has starred in over 50 films as well. He is a fantastic actor. He is an older actor who does not play in a lot of newer films, but he did great in this new film.
Altogether, these three fine gentlemen made this move unforgettable. With laughter that will fill the room and a sense of humor that is phenomenal. They know just how to act their parts to get us drawn in. These guys may be old, but they still might be the best actors we have.
With that, I give this film five out of five stars. It is something I would definitely recommend for anyone over the age of 13, because there is some language and cruel humor throughout the film. But altogether, a great film.
ABORTION: the deliberate termination of a human pregnancy, most often performed during the first 28 weeks of pregnancy. Abortion is a growing problem throughout the world because we have grown so naive to the effects of abortion. Not only is our world changing in that aspect, but we now are so self-involved that we think only about ourselves. Women don't understand the side effects that come with an abortion. They don't understand that every baby has a voice and that they are being taken away.
Running For Success. Excited for the new track season, Coach Rory Simpson proudly displays the team's achievements. Last year, the track team sent a massive 16 athletes to state, and are hoping for another chance to blow them away.
With basketball over and spring on its way, the high school sports calendar shows that track season is coming up!
The beginning of track season is smiled upon by many students at Helix High School. Another person who is also very excited is Head Track and Field Coach Rory Simpson, who has very high hopes for this season. Simpson, along with his assistants, plan on making a solid district appearance, along with a competitive state appearance. With many returners and incoming freshman, Coach Simpson plans on achieving high goals this season.
As track practice begins at the end of February, athletes are anxious to start preparing to work hard to make it to state. “I'm looking forward to going to state track and getting first in 100m hurdles, breaking my record, and hopefully getting the school record,” says Sadie Wilson a junior at Helix High School. She is excited and ready to start this upcoming track season. With high hopes, Sadie will work very hard towards her goals.
With the new season set to get underway, the coaches are also more than ready for the season to start. “ We plan on taking kids to state in several events. Last year, we kinda ran the gamut with kids in nearly every event, and we plan on repeating that with hopefully lots of relays which will help us with points,” says Coach Simpson, who is excited for more medals. They are pushing for a state title by hard work and dedication.
The Helix tracksters have 11 meets on the schedule, not counting districts and state. They have one new meet that will be held in Umatilla.They call it a “Twilight Meet,” because it will begin later in the evening. They have a few small track meets as well big meets. They have a meet scheduled in Athena on their new facility, which will put the Grizzlies up against other small schools. They are looking forward to every meet on the schedule, and all the improvement they will see throughout the 2017 track season.
The Grizzlies should be especially strong in the 100m hurdles. “I participated in 100 meters hurdles, and 4 by 1 relay,” says Sadie Wilson about her previous year in track. The coaches plan on her making it to state and almost the whole team has a shot in all different kinds of events, but especially in the 100 meter hurdles.
Simpson is excited about the quality returners he has back from last year’s successful team. “I have several great returners. I have Lucy (Case) coming back as a 2-year district champ and a competitor at state. Sadie Wilson is coming back as a top ranked 100 hurdler, Sam Carlson who made a state appearance as a freshman, and Jonathan Shaw made it to state last year. We also have Emma Fehrenbacker who competed in many different events at state and helping in the 4 by 1 relay, and Hannah Christman,” says Coach Simpson. He can't wait for the season and all the returners to have another chance to work hard for a state title.
As for the newbies, Simpson likes what he sees from the young athletes. “We have Kyleen (Stahancyk), Kaylee (Cope), and Margaret (Case) coming up,” says Coach Simpson.
Simpson and the entire Grizzly track team can't wait to see what events they choose, and the growth they will get to see as they go through the season. They are looking forward to what the returners, and freshman can do this year, and have set their sights all the way to the state track and field meet.
Sleeping through school. Sleep deprived teen Kyla Harper falls asleep in her 6th period band class. Harper is one of the millions of teenagers who stumble through their days trying to stay awake long enough to learn something in their classes.
Millions of students are suffering from lack of sleep due to homework and extracurricular activities, and students at Helix High School are no exception.
Instead of getting the 8½ to 9 hours of sleep that experts recommend, high school students are only averaging 5-7 hours of sleep per night.
Most students don't realize how much their sleep deprivation is affecting their mental and physical states. “You might not see it physically, but mentally they are exhausted because of lack of sleep,” says Griswold High School Science Teacher Meagan Dunaway. She even sees some kids who are no longer able to function in their right mind due to lack of sleep.
Nationwide, kids are almost forgetting what it's like to get a good night's rest. Only about 15% of students get 8½ hours of sleep. The Sleep Foundation, a group who studies sleep patterns says it's not just their homework keeping them up, but it's also the electronics. “I stay up looking on social media a little bit and kinda get side tracked, then fall asleep,” admits Helix Freshman Kyla Harper. Our society has made this generation into “electronic-a-holics.” Many teens don't know how to live without phones, wifi, and tv, and many take that addiction into the late-night hours.
Lack of sleep can cause many health issues that young people don't think about. The Sleep Foundation states when a person stays up late, the hormones in the body that tell students that they aren't hungry go down and the hormones that signal hunger go up. Society may start to see a lot more obesity in teens now due to late nights.
Some teachers are no longer believing the excuse that students stay up so late due to homework, but instead, the real culprit is the excessive use of electronics. Teachers believe kids are spending too much time on electronics and not enough time on their school work.
However, when adults look at it from the students side, they'll say that they have homework and are working on it, but at the same time, looking on social media or using some sort of electronics.
The Sleep Foundation seems to support the teachers, and shows that when they pick up their phone or electronic of some sort, it takes 30 minutes or longer to focus back on the topic actually at hand. “They stay up watching How To Get Away with Murder, and talking to their friends so they don't go to bed till midnight or later,” states Ms. Dunaway.
The Sleep Foundation also reports that teens who sleep with electronics in their rooms, or who are on them right before bed, find it more difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep.
Today, however, almost all school work has to be accessed on electronics of some sort, which isn't helping the situation of students staying up late. Despite all of the research that points to electronics being one of the main reasons contributing to sleep deprived teens, technology does help teachers and students accomplish their assignments more efficiently.
But do students choose to be up late even when they don't have homework, or do they use that time to catch up on the sleep that they lack? “I don’t like staying up that late unless I have to,” says Harper. Students don't usually choose to stay up as late as they do. If they have the choice, most teens will choose to sleep as much as they can, just to catch up on the other days where they are lacking.
Teen’s brains are also wired differently than adults or younger kids. The Sleep Foundation reports that teen’s brains don't usually shut off or let them fall asleep until 11:00 to 12:00 pm. This causes them to want to sleep in later.
When a teenager is in their room still out like a rock, it isn't just their schedule and their electronics that are to blame, it also has to do with how their brain is wired.
Hello! My name is Kyleen Stahancyk just in case you didn't read the heading above. I'm a junior in high school. I've been going to Helix since kindergarten. I enjoy writing and experimenting with different types of handwriting fonts. I participate in volleyball, basketball, 4H pigs, photography, and rodeo. I have two younger siblings. In my free time I enjoy hanging with my family and friends, and I really love any type of cop shows, such as NCIS, or Chicago P.D. I enjoy reading mystery novels or old western novels. I also love horses and serve as class representative.