- Written by Brianna Boyt
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Who is really to thank for Thanksgiving? The Pilgrims (Plymouth colonists) and the Wampanoag Indians or Abraham Lincoln? The “autumn feast” was first shared in 1621 amongst the colonists and the indians, however it hadn’t become an official holiday until Lincoln declared it to be in 1863.
Over two hundred years before it became an official holiday, Thanksgiving began with a small ship called the Mayflower. The 102 religious passengers of the Mayflower left Plymouth, England to seek free practice of their faith. Other passengers were drawn to the promise of prosperity and land ownership in the New World. After 66 days of travel, the Pilgrims, as we call them today, dropped an anchor near Cape Cod. A little over a month later, they finally settled in the Massachusetts Bay.
When they arrived at the village of the Massachusetts Bay, a brutal winter came.. forcing most of the colonists to stay on the ship. Here, many died of disease, only half of them survived to see the upcoming spring. In early March, the surviving settlers were greeted by an Abenaki Indian. Days later, the settlers were introduced to Squanto, who had arrived by the Abenaki Indian’s side. This was really a miracle for the settlers who were weakened by malnutrition and illness. Squanto taught them how to hunt, fish, cook, and most of all survive.
In their response to the first successful corn harvest, the governor William Bradford threw a feast and invited Native American allies. This became America’s first Thanksgiving, and would continue to be a celebrated by many people.
As many people wouldn’t expect nowadays, the first Thanksgivings didn’t include a meal full of turkey, pies, mashed taters, or noodles. Instead, lobster, swan, and seals were offered amongst the gathering.
While you enjoy the time to sleep in, visit family, and enjoy great food over this Thanksgiving break.. Be sure to remind yourself of something you are truly thankful for. The simple things we take for granted nowadays, were big reasons to celebrate back then. Who knew an entire holiday would be established over the flourishment of corn?
- Written by Nicholas Sharp
- Category: Sports
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The ACHS Student Council has purchased a new Elkay ezH2O water bottle filling station located near the library. It was installed at the beginning of November. The filling station keeps track of and displays the number of 20 oz. plastic water bottles saved. Students have said that it helps a lot, especially for basketball players who need to fill up their bottles before and during practices. The filling station is more efficient than the old fountain making it easier to fill up water bottles in between classes.
The Elkay company has been in business since 1920. According to the Elkay website, the filling stations were introduced in 2010 and gained popularity for their ability to reduce plastic bottle waste headed for landfills.
- Written by Donovan Delaney
- Category: School News
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On November 14, the Advanced Biology class went to a lecture about cancer and genetics in Terre Haute, Indiana. Sam Rhine led the three and half hour lecture.
One of the first things we talked about is the cure to cancer. What is the cure for cancer? First off, there won’t be a single cure for cancer. There are over two hundred different types of cancer, and most likely, each one will have a different cure.
We talked about the cause of cancer as well. Cancer occurs when gene mutations occur. Gene mutations can be caused by smoking, a lack of exercise, radiation, and more. The DNA gets damaged which causes an unbalance between mitosis and apoptosis. Mitosis is the production of cells while apoptosis is the removal of unneeded cells. When this unbalance occurs, an abundance of cells form. This is called a tumor.
Some tumors form over a long period of time. For example, the colon cancer tumors don’t usually reach a life-threatening stage until they have been in your body for about 30 years. When a tumor forms, it then invades surrounding cells. The cancer is then able to get into the blood or lymphatic system infecting other organs and tissues. This process is known as metastasis and it is very dangerous.
We also talked about treatments to cancer. Chemotherapy is one treatment, which consists of medication or a combination of medications that induces apoptosis in the cancer’s cells. The downside is this affects the good cells, too. Chemotherapy can weaken your immune system and this often causes the patient to get infections that the body would normally fight off. Other complications such as anemia can occur too.
Radiation, another treatment for cancer, works by damaging the cancer’s DNA. It is similar to chemotherapy when it comes to damaging cells. It also damages healthy cells and that can lead to some of the same complications that chemotherapy has.
One of the more intriguing things we talked about was gene editing and the tool that allows scientists to edit genes known as CRISPR. One thing scientists are working on now is replacing defective genes with functioning genes. A baby born in twenty years may have no chance of acquiring cancer. If a defective gene gets detected in the embryo, it could be replaced with a working gene. Although this is where science is heading, there are some moral issues to address. If the gene that controls whether or not you get Huntington’s disease can be changed, the gene that controls how tall you get could be changed too. If you could, would you change your child’s genes to increase their IQ by twenty points? This may be a question that parents in twenty years will have to answer.
- Written by Kolby Pemberton
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Your 2017-2018 Lady Indians basketball team is looking great so far! They have a good group of extremely talented girls. Coach Katie Lurkins is really excited about this season. She told reporters, “‘Dreams don’t work unless you do.’ The Lady Indians have big dreams this season and are taking steps toward them through practice. I’m excited to see what big goals can be reached by this awesome group!” Helping Coach Lurkins with the team this year are assistant coach Chris Guse and helper Grace Ziegler.
The team this year consists of 15 amazing girls. Each senior gave a quote regarding what they expect from the team this year. Ashley Goecker (#24) says, “I have high expectations from our team this year. This group of girls have played together for many years, and the team chemistry is high. We have big goals and I plan to achieve those goals.” Jacie Hosick (#12) says, “We have a lot of great girls on this team. We have grown up together, and I think we will mesh really well. I expect more than just good games, I expect a lot of wins this season!” Shelbi Stone (#10) says, “We have always been a young team with nothing to lose, but this year we have a lot more experience and confidence within one another. Our chemistry on the court has been really shining through so far and that makes me excited for the season. Not only that, but we hold each other accountable, and I feel like that makes us such a strong team.”
You’ve met the seniors, now let’s meet the rest of the team! This year’s freshmen are Abby Goeckner (#25), Taylor Mette (#13), Brooke Runge (#30), and Kassidy Pemberton (#15). The sophomores are Mary Guse (#34), Rachel Jackman (#40), and Allyson Hardiek (#32). Last but certainly not least, this year’s juniors are Tinley Mette (#22), Leah Mayhaus (#42), JoAnna Schultz (#20), and Makayla Crow (#14).
The Indians started off their season Monday night at home against Windsor-Stew Stras with a 54-25 victory. They also faced Vandalia Tuesday night at home and were victorious with a score of 42-28. The Lady Indians will face Charleston Thursday night here at home with the JV game starting at 6:15 p.m. and varsity to follow. Come out and support your tribe!