As summer gets closer, graduation party invitations start rolling in. Parties are held at many different venues like small event centers, VFW’s, bars/patios, or even just at home. Locations are usually based on the number of people that will be in attendance or just the host’s and family’s preference.
My three siblings, who have all graduated before I even reached high school, had their grad parties at our home; this made me realize that people really don’t need to go anywhere other than home to have a good party. All three parties were at our house using our garage and a big tent. Although 200 plus showed up, it still went amazing, with great food like homemade tacos and Mexican rice, and cake. It also went great because there were other things set up to do other than sit in the garage or tent, like playing bags with friends, or having your kid go play wiffle ball in the back yard.
I personally like the idea of just having a party at home. The fact that you get to enjoy everything in the comfort of being home instead of having to set up somewhere else, plus setting things up right outside your house that you have made a lot of your memories up to this point gives more of a home feel than doing it somewhere else. Plus when your whole extended family knows right where home is, it makes it even a little more special than needing an address.
More and more people have started to have their parties away from home, which isn’t always a bad thing, unless you have a smaller budget. Parks, bars, and event centers will usually have deals for grad parties, not always cheap ones, but honestly to some people that really isn’t an issue.
There are many options out there for a good graduation party, and it really doesn’t matter where it is as long as it’s fun and the person graduating enjoys it. Because it is for them. And when said and done that is the main thing that matters.
Lil Pump posing in front of a flashy sports car
By: Jake Orban
Hip-Hop once was a platform to express inner thoughts and problems that occur within a musician’s life. Many tracks are riddled with messages of emotional and mental struggles, feeling victimized by racial profiling and even the attempt of overcoming drug abuse. This form of Hip-Hop was formed in the mid 80s, but has seemingly vanished by the mid 2000s.
The reason this once highly coveted music genre almost completely died off is because of the newest wave of “cloud rap.” The two genres are night and day, as the new wave of hip-hop glorifies violence, self harm, and not overcoming but yet succumbing to drug abuse.
As far as lyrical complexity goes, well… there is none. The music world still has the J-Cole’s and Kendrick Lamar’s who are pushing the revival of lyrically complex and meaningful message poetic like rap, but on the other end of the spectrum, the world has it’s Lil Pump’s and Playboi Carti's. Where they push the use of drugs and then push the use of drugs and then finally push the use of drugs. Its over saturated!
Gucci Gang was a platinum hit for Lil Pump, but, he said “Gucci Gang” fifty three times. It's like listening to a broken record player that keeps repeating the same part of a song. Not to mention the lyrics are just him gratifying his consumption of prescription drugs.
Music is a huge influence on the American youth, as many teenagers have found an interest in hip-hop. As you’d suspect, just like the musicians they listen to, teenagers have replicated their favorite musicians drug abuse tendencies. The question we must ask not only our youth but the musicians that influence them is when will this stop? When will musicians stop glorifying the use of drugs and trying to exhibit the use of drugs to be “cool” or “lit”?
By Rori Wagner
Music is influential for many people and the music I listen to is mainly ones my dad and sister enjoy.
My dad has always introduced the 80’s and his own style of music. In terms of what he likes to listen to he says, “Kiss and about everything [else].”
My sister, listens to country songs and older hits since our dad has shown them to us.
With my other family members listening to so much old music I have my own older music that I enjoy listening to.
Overall I live by the saying an oldie is a goodie since my family has introduced many older hits to me since I was young.
By Dylan Sheely
As your average high schooler, I spend at least one night a week at one of my schools sporting events. From football in the fall, to soccer in the spring. The student section is always packed, the cheers are always loud. While school administrators try to keep things PG-13, I won’t lie and tell you the referees don’t get slandered. And while the words and their actions may be over exaggerated, I have to admit it is getting easier and easier to find flaws in the referees calls.
This past monday, my peers and I got out first opportunity to watch our girls soccer team compete in their first home game. Many of us were excited to see how the team would perform after losing almost half their starting squad to graduation the year before. However, we soon learned that the focus of the game would be hogged by the ref’s mistakes, instead of our girl’s play.
Early on in the first half, the other team was using an offensive opportunity to attack the goal. As the team advanced, a pass was made to a player that was quite obviously offsides. As one might expect, the line judge held up her flag to indicate the call. However, play continued and the ref chose not to blow her whistle, allowing for the other team to get an easy shot and net an easy goal.
At this moment, many of us students were left in confusion? “What is she doing?” “Why didn’t she blow the whistle?” Many questions were asked but we were left without answers as play continued. We remained optimistic however, as the game was only tied at 1-1.
Later on in the game, the opponents were yet again on the attack. As they passed through our defense, they made an errand pass near the corner of the of the field of play. The ball traveled past it’s target and ricocheted off the orange cone on the ground holding up the corner kick flag. According to probably every soccer rule book ever made, this should be considered out of bounds. However, as three refs watched on, play continued and the game wasn’t stopped, leading to yet another goal for the opposition.
To make this long story just a tad bit shorter, the game ended in double overtime, 5-4 with the opposing team coming out on top. If you take those two goals away from the other team, the games end in regulation with a 4-2 victory to the home faithful.
While I understand both these instances happened in the same game, things like this are happening on a daily basis in high school sporting events across the state of Iowa. The focus has shifted from how good will our favorite players do to what mistakes that ref’s will make to change the course of the game.
We are at a point where things need to change. The state needs to make a major impact to find suitable refs for high school sporting events before these sports become unwatchable.
By Rori Wagner
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Have you ever watched a movie and wondered if it got the facts right? Or if it was 100% accurate to the history it’s based on?
Most movies aren’t completely accurate to what event, or set of events, they are basing the film off of.
Early childhood teacher, Danielle Wagner, believes that,“Sometimes movies have it right and sometimes they have it wrong it just depends on the type of movie you want to watch.”
Personally, I like to watch films that are as accurate to the history they are trying to replicate as possible, with still knowing that filmmakers need to make an appealing movie to the majority of people.
With this in mind, I was outraged to learn that two of my favorite movies were getting the facts wrong. One being a childhood classic for me, Hercules by Disney. This film is directed by Ron Clements and John Musker and came out in 1997. It is based on Greek myths which teach moral lessons to children and adults alike. The movie follows Hercules, the son of Zeus and Hera, where soon after his birth he is poisoned by Hades’ demons and also follows his journey as a young man to get back to Mount Olympus.
This all sounds all fine and dandy until looking into the original myths. The first fact I noticed that Disney seemed to miss is the main character’s name. In the movie his name is Hercules. In Greek myth it is Heracles and the only connection between these two names is that Hercules is the Roman version of Heracles.
This is a detail that I thought might have been left out for children’s sake. Remembering my mom telling me that it is difficult for young children, who would typically watch this type of movie, to pronounce certain words. Danielle Wagner told me after hearing the two names that in her opinion, “Heracles is easier to pronounce because [children] already know how to say hair which is the beginning of the word.”
With this in mind, there seems to be a lack of reason for changing the name of Heracles when the rest of the characters in the film are known under their Greek names.
Another flaw in this movie is Hercules’ mother. In Greek myths, his mother is a mortal woman named Alcmene. In the film, his mother is Hera, Zeus’ wife. One reason I came up with for changing this fact was to hide Zeus’ affairs from children who are not yet ready to see that kind of information. Danielle Wagner seemed to agree saying, “For a children’s movie I don’t think it should be totally accurate. Because they are at a different developmental level of understanding and may not be ready for certain explicit content.”
This change seems to benefit younger viewers which in the long run is better for the movie’s success and impact towards children and their parents.
Another film that I really enjoyed watching was DC Comics’ new movie, Wonder Woman. The film is based off past comics about Wonder Woman that DC already created. Wonder Woman was directed by Patty Jenkins and came out in 2017. The movie follows Diana Prince, an Amazonian, that has grown up on the island Amazon her whole life and has trained to be an Amazonian warrior. Her sheltered life all changes when a pilot crashes into the waters surrounding Amazon. He speaks of a war that is like none he has ever seen before. This intrigues Diana and she goes to the outside world to stop the war, World War II, and stop Ares, the Greek god of war.
Again the movie sounds great, but when looking into the Greek myths you are met with an intriguing connection to this film. That connection is that Artemis, the goddess of the hunt, has a Roman name just like Heracles and that Roman name is Diana. Diana Prince is clearly not meant to be Artemis, but when the film claims she is a god there is something left to find out. Like is Diana Artemis? Or is this just a coincidence?
Diana and Artemis seem to have a lot of similarities. A few being that, both of them are strong powerful woman and gods. There are also differences between them as well. Such as, Diana being sculpted from clay and Artemis being the offspring of Zeus and the Titaness Leto. Another difference is that Artemis is strongly connected to the forest and Diana seems to have no connection to nature. Diana could be Artemis, but there are too many differences to tell for sure.
Films may not always be accurate, but sometimes it’s the story that stands out. And sometimes accuracy is not always in the best interest of viewers.
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February 14th in Parkland, Florida there was a deadly shooting that killed 17 and injured 14, and the shooters name was Nicholas Cruz. A lot of businesses and associations are having a lash back from it. Some people have protested for banning guns, some only AR-15’s, others not wanting any banned. The cries have reached all the way to the big companies in the industry in the United States.
Dick’s Sporting Goods and Walmart Inc. have decided to stop selling AR-15’s, Dick’s will not be selling them at all but Walmart is only not selling them to people under 21. Both of the companies came out saying after the previous occurrences that they do not want to be selling the AR’s anymore, whether it is selling them at all or making sure they are the age of 21.
Nicholas Cruz (the shooter) purchased his gun at a Dick’s store, the store stated how devastated they were when they got that news, and have came to the point of not selling them anymore.
I think that both stores have a reason the ban the guns from their stores, but you also don’t expect someone to come into your store and buy a gun to use to shoot up a school with. Plus although the kids got killed by an AR it wasn’t the gun that did it, it was simply the person behind it.
In the last year there was a shooting at a Texas church where a man went on a rampage and killed 23 people but as hard as it is for the media to believe an AR-15 stopped the man from his rampage and caused him to drive away, crash, and die.
Although the shooter used an AR-15 it makes you understand the fact it isn’t the gun it is truly the person with the gun that makes the decisions. Plus a lot of people don’t even know what “AR” stands for.
It isn’t shown by the media but there are also many purposes for owning an AR and when in the right hands there is no problem having one, but when something does go wrong, sadly the gun is always the thing being blamed.
By Mikayla Tackaberry
In movies, prom is supposed to be the best night of your life. It is an American rite of passage. Admit it, ever since you were little, prom seemed like a dream night; however, that was until you actually could go.
When did prom become just another item on your to-do list?
The truth is, the months leading up to prom seem to be the opposite of “perfect.” Who am I gonna go with? Where am I gonna find a dress? What about shoes, and don’t forget about getting my nails done!
It feels as if prom is a never ending stressor; by the time it actually gets here, it is overrated. In the midst of frantically searching for a date and group, the initial thoughts and joy of prom are washed away.
When planning for the big dance, money becomes an issue. So often families are spending and spending on one night, and probably planning on never wearing any part of the outfit a second time.
According to USA Today, between hair, makeup, outfits, and rides, teens are spending an average of $600 on prom. Most people are focused on how much the limo will cost or worrying if someone will wear the same dress as they will. Besides putting a dent in wallets, prom has so many elements people fixate on, other then the dance itself.
This doesn’t have to always be the case. There are many ways to save spending on prom night, for example the CCA prom dress showcase. There was a huge selection of second-hand prom dresses at CCA for little or no money. This is a great example of ways to save some cash this prom season.
What happens if we take away the pressure of a huge promposal, like the intricate scavenger hunts and tons of balloons? The pressure of coming up with a grand and clever idea to ask someone increases each year. The simple asking is genuine and is often hidden behind the pressure to spell out “PROM” with candles.
Prom would maybe be just a little more enjoyable if it was not made into such a big deal. Prom should be a night to enjoy, and the months leading up to it should be anticipated with excitement, not worry.
Don’t be anxious about the evening. Instead, go with a group of friends, relax, take the pressure off of making the night “perfect.” The night will probably end up being closer to your expectations if you don’t have any at all.
By: Sierra Brown
I'm sure you have had some sort of pet before. Most people have cats or dogs but others have small caged animals. If you haven't had a pet then you're either allergic, your parents won't let you, or your just very busy and wouldn´t have time. We all love our pets and most of the time, they love us back.
Studies show that when children learn to care of an animal and treat it nicely and responsibly, they can receive individual training to treat people the same way.
Some advantages people with cats or dogs receive include: Being able to take them to the animal park, taking then on walks, car rides, and maybe taking them on a trail. With small caged animals you might be able to take them outside for a short period of time, but most of the time people don't do it. They could either run away or eat something they are not supposed to.
If you have a small caged animal then you’re not missing out. With small caged animals you get the responsibility of cleaning their cages at least once a week and like normal, checking their food and water bowls/containers. However holding them is easy and fun. They stay put most of the time and some are really cuddly and can get sleepy.
For all types of animals, they can help decrease depression, anxiety, stress, and make us feel happier. If your an only child or live alone then they can help make you feel less lonely while providing a feeling of companionship. They give us unconditional love and a sense of purpose.
Locking and barricading classroom doors is becoming the new ¨stop, drop, and roll¨ for students all over America. After the recent Parkland school shooting, it seems as if gun control is the only topic related to this discussion, but are schools taking every action to make sure their kids are safe if an event was ever to occur? All schools need to have shooter drills and stricter security.
Do students turn off the lights and hide, run out of the building, throw things at the attacker? As sad as it is, school shootings are becoming more common, and it is important to understand that they can really happen anywhere. And if it did, would students and teachers know what to do? Yes, drills will probably not 100% change the outcome of a shooting, but if it could spare only a few lives, it is worth it. Before laws can change, it is important to make sure schools are taking all the steps possible by enacting drills and informing students on what do do if a possible shooter were to enter the school.
Vox.com explains that nine out out of ten public schools now hold mass shooting drills for students. Students deserve to see school as a safe place; there is a need for precaution.
¨We must do everything we can to prepare our kids for an unfortunate scenario,¨ quoted Henderson Lewis, Jr, Superintendent on the Orleans Parish School Board in Louisiana.
Not only have schools taken more precautions since this tragedy, schools are looking more closely at signs for potential danger. When observing large public schools, those with an open campus have many doors all over. Those doors are easily accessible to anyone at anytime during the day. If all schools were closed campus, that would make it extremely difficult for a student to just walk in during the middle of the day and possibly prevent the situation.
Saying something and speaking up is extremely important in preventing a possible tragedy. There should be no hesitation in reporting to a teacher or principle when there is something to be alarmed about.
“We all have a role in sustaining a safe learning environment. If you or your child see something out of the ordinary or concerning, say something to someone involved,” quoted Tim Kuehl, superintendent of Clear Creek Amana.
Though all the good things don't make headlines, schools are becoming more detailed when it comes to drills and the process if the situation were to occur. It is important that all schools enforce a closed campus and practice drills in hopes of creating the best possible environment for students.