- Written by Hayden Voelker
- Category: Creative Writings
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As everyone knows there is a new “rewards program” set up by the student council; there have been questions raised about what this new “program” consists of.
Basically, if you have no unexcused absences/ tardies, no failing grades, and no major office referrals then you get to attend a rewards day.
The first rewards day is October 19th. The student council sent out a Google forms to ask what the first rewards day should consist of; the students decided on a movie day. Another Google form will be sent out to see what movie would be shown. So, if you would like to decide what movie will be shown, make sure to vote.
Other reward days will be throughout the year every quarter. Then at the end of the year, there will be a larger rewards day that will be for anyone that achieved the requirements every quarter. At this rewards day, there will be prizes that will be given away, as well as something to do (that hasn't been decided on.) So if you are tardy or go to the office, oh well.
- Written by Jake McBride
- Category: Opinions
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Right now is a bad time to have coulrophobia, the fear of clowns. This is because Stephen King’s scary novel, IT, has a new film adaptation, and it’s packed with moments that make you want to turn away from the screen, shut your eyes, and tell yourself “It’s just a movie. It’s just a movie,” all while trying to get the image of the murderous clown out of your head. Don’t worry, this review will be spoiler free.
The type of fear that IT, the murderous clown, uses is like being afraid of the dark. There is really nothing in the dark that can harm us, but since we keep thinking that something is waiting to jump out at us, we start to believe that the dark is not a safe place. Therefore, we always feel frightened when we enter the dark, unknowing what is inside of it. IT brings a person’s fears to life. As long as a person believes what they are seeing is real, IT is able to cause fear in his victims. But why does IT scare people? Why does IT terrorize people? IT feeds off of fear. The more afraid you are, the more food you will provide for his next meal.
The movie causes a viewer’s terror to build up over time. As you watch a kid in his yellow raincoat running along with his paper boat floating in the water you become more and more unsettled as the scene goes on, because you know from just watching the trailer that the child is about to meet IT. As you see the boat fall down into the drain and see that white painted face come out and say hello, you know that something terrible is about to happen. When the light flickers on and off and BOOM, there’s IT standing right there with hundreds of sharp teeth smiling at you, you panic and try to prepare yourself for the rest of the movie.
In conclusion, the movie is phenomenal and one of the best movies to come out this year. It does contain a lot of vulgar words and some adult themes, but the story is very well crafted and easy to follow. The movie makes us think about what we feared as children and what we still fear to this day, and IT makes us hate clowns even more than before.
- Written by Nate Brown
- Category: World News
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On this date in history a very terrible event occurred. On September 11, 2001, terrorists attacked the United States. The terrorists flew two of the four planes into two skyscrapers at the World Trade Center in New York City. This caused the buildings to catch on fire and collapse. Another plane destroyed part of the Pentagon (the U.S. military headquarters) in Arlington, Virginia. The fourth plane crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Officials believe that the terrorists on that plane intended to destroy either the White House or the U.S. Capitol. Passengers on the plane fought the terrorists and prevented them from reaching their goal. In all, nearly 3,000 people were killed in the 9/11 attacks.
Who attacked us? A total of 19 terrorists hijacked the four planes on 9/11. All of the men were from nations in the Middle East. They belonged to a terrorist group called Al Qaeda led by Osama bin Laden. Al Qaeda practices an extreme version of the religion of Islam. The group is intensely opposed to the United States and other Western, democratic nations. They are especially against the military presence of these countries in Arab nations.
Since the group’s creation by bin Laden in the late 1980s, Al Qaeda has helped coordinate and fund numerous bombings worldwide. How did America respond to this attack? In October 2001, the U.S. and its allies invaded Afghanistan, where Al Qaeda was based. The extreme Islamic group that ran Afghanistan's government, known as the Taliban, was protecting Bin Laden and allowing Al Qaeda to run training camps in the country. U.S.-led forces soon brought down the Taliban. They are are still working to help rebuild and stabilize the nation.
Since 2001, many Al Qaeda members have been captured or killed. On May 1, 2011, U.S. troops killed Bin Laden where he was hiding in Pakistan.The U.S. invaded Iraq in 2003. Then President George W. Bush and other U.S. leaders believed that the country’s dictator, Saddam Hussein, was hiding terrible weapons that could be given to terrorists. Hussein was captured and later put to death by an Iraqi court. No weapons of mass destruction were found.
How did the 9/11 terrorist attack effect America? Following 9/11, the U.S. government took many steps to try to make the country safer. It tightened security at airports and in public buildings. A new cabinet-level department—the Department of Homeland Security—was created. It works to protect the United States from terrorism. http://www.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=3756477
- Written by Donovan Delaney
- Category: Wildlife
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Is hunting wrong? Is it cruel? Is it necessary? Should all people be vegans? Hunting is a controversial issue and I am going to give some clarity into this subject.
In 2012 the U.S. produced 93 billion pounds of meat and poultry. In 2013, 8.6 billion chickens, 33.2 million cattle, 239.4 million turkeys, 2.3 million sheep and lambs, and 112 million hogs were processed by the meat and poultry industry. 100 million animals are reported killed each year by hunters. If there was no hunting does that just mean that there would be 100 million more cattle killed each year?
What would happen to the game animals’ populations if there was no hunting? If hunting got banned next year, animal populations would rise above the environment’s carrying capacity. The surplus of animals would mean less food. Many animals would die of starvation and disease.The surplus of animals would also mean damage to personal property. For example, Beavers would dam up rivers and streams and that could cause flooding to fields. Mink, coyotes, and foxes would kill domesticated animals like chicken, cats, or small dogs. Having an overabundance of animals also raises the chances for disease. An example of this is foxes. When there are big numbers of foxes in an area, rabies and distemper gets spread easier. It could then spread from foxes to farm animals and even to humans. An overabundance of animals also damages the habitat. Overgrazing would cause lush areas of woodland to turn into barren ground. Muskrats burrow and dig tunnels around bodies of water. If too much of this happens it could cause flooding. Without hunting, there would also be more interaction with wild animals in towns or too close for comfort. You could encounter raccoons living in your attic or coyotes killing your pets. This would lead to what’s known as an extermination attitude. This is where the animals are viewed as pests. One other big thing to bring up is wildlife encounters on the road. Think about all the deer you would be hitting. Would you rather have that deer be hit by a car and go to waste, or harvested by a hunter who will use that meat?
If there was no hunting it would probably save some individual animals’ lives but harm the population as a whole tremendously. When hunting is done right, it is a win-win for both the hunter and the animals. It is a natural way for that hunter to obtain supper, and a good alternative than just buying it at the store. It is a good tradition that can be passed down through generations of your family. The animals are benefitted by hunting because rather than starving to death because their herd has two times the amount of animals the environment can hold, or dying from a disease that passes so easily from animal to animal because of the sheer numbers of their herd, they get harvested by a hunter who maintains a healthy herd size.