By Sierra Brown
School, the place we all go to and learn new information that will help us later in life. It's very easy for students to get stressed out by the enormous amount of work they recieve. With tests, quizzes, homework, classwork, etc, there are many different school hacks that will help relieve some stress, or help eliminate work quickly.
Another hack that will make your school year easier and more organized is using Planners. Planners/Calendars are a great way to write down all your assignments, important information, and events on so you don’t forget anything later. Writing things down clears up space in your mind as well as helping you remember it better.
A different useful hack includes taking notes. Taking notes can be a pain, and can also get messy/disorganized quickly. If you take notes with different colored pens, you can organize your information in a better way. The use of colour helps fire up your visual memory, giving you a greater chance of actually being able to remember what you’ve written according to SI News.
Another helpful hack can relate to studying. Creating flashcards can be very helpful by testing your knowledge quickly on key terms, concepts, or formulas. Also, when you are studying, your more likely to remember what your learning if you speak out loud vs just reading.
Disorganized backpacks can really stress you out, especially if you end up losing a paper, assignment, etc. Depending on how many pockets your school bag has, you could organize your supplies in categories for each zipper pocket. To prevent loose paper everywhere, make sure you have a folder for each class. Lastly, If you have a lot of loose leaf paper, or single subject notebooks, try investing in a three plus subject notebook or binder so everything is together and won’t get lost.
By Lilly Shrock
As September is near its end, the weather has finally started to drop. Leaves are beginning to fall, transforming into shades of orange and red. Instead of moving on to fall, let’s look back on a summer quality.
Around 71% of the world is surrounded in water. There are loads of water bodies in existence. One in particular is titled as a beach. A place to swim, socialize, and sunbathe. The popular beaches contain clear waters and open space, but what about the polluted, overcrowded, and dangerous ones?
Whether it’s the environment around them, the types of people who attend them, or the water quality themselves, there are a few highly disliked sandy water bodies around the U.S. Such as Doheny Beach in California. You would think a place known for fun in the sun would have excellent beaches. Yet, Doheny once surpassed 90% of the health standards, and comprised of blood infections and bacterias. It was known as the beach in the state of California in the beginning of the 2000’s.
Overcrowding is a high inconvenience. It is an impossible task to stroll and the heat from the sun plus the warmth of the sweaty bodies in a very close proximity to each other intensifies the temperatures.
People visiting Jones Beach in New York would know a lot about this. According to Travel + Leisure, this place is one of the most crowded beaches in America. There are over 5 million people visiting yearly. Unlike Doheny, the actual water quality is not the problem here. Jones Beach is a popular tourist destination because of the good water. The overwhelming amount of people does reduce the enjoyment for the visitors.
If someone plans to vacation to Hawaii, they should make sure to avoid the shore near the shield volcano, Kilauea. A few months ago, the active volcano erupted onto the sand of the beach. The ash had spread across the area and the pale sand had become black. Fumes were too much to handle for the tourists, and the place was initially closed. Only recently was it opened back up for visiting.
By Sierra Brown
Imagine a company you created was worth over $100 billion. It seems very unlikely that you would step away from it. Although, that's just what founders of Instagram are doing.
Instagram was founded on October 6th, 2010 by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger. More than 800 million people have used instagram during September of 2017 and that is expected to have increased a lot. Instagram is one of the top 3 of most used Social Media Apps according to DreamGrow Blogs.
Systrom and Krieger are stepping down and leaving the company. According to sources the reason for their leaving involves Mark Zuckerberg’s increased control over Instagram. “We’re planning on taking some time off to explore our curiosity and creativity again” states Systrom.
When Systrom and Krieger founded Instagram, they later sold it to Facebook for $1 billion in 2012. They just told the executives of Facebook a few days ago that they were leaving the company according to New York Times.
The two are ready for their next chapter in life and hope to explore their creativity and curiosity again. They want to build new things but before doing that, they need to step-back to do so. Their plan is to find what inspires them and match that with the worlds needs.
“We remain excited for the future of Instagram and Facebook in the coming years as we transition from leaders to two users in a billion. We look forward to watching what these innovative and extraordinary companies do next.” says Kevin Systrom.
Miss America pageant has been around for almost a century, and after months of controversy, the Miss America board of directors decided the swimsuit portion be removed from the pageant. Instead of putting on a bikini and heels, each candidate will participate in a live interaction session with the judges, where she will highlight her achievements and goals in life.
Pageants will no longer judge on physical appearance, and by cutting the physical portion, academics surface as a larger judging factor.
“We are no longer a pageant. Miss America will represent a new generation of female leaders focused on scholarship, social impact, talent and empowerment,” said former Fox News anchor who won Miss America in 1989, Gretchen Carlson.
This change means there will no longer be judging based on attire, but what comes out of their mouth during the interview portion and how they believe they can impact society.
This decision was predicted to come eventually after the board transitioned to be under a female’s power, Gretchen Carlson. After filing a personal harassment lawsuit against a Fox News reporter in 2016, Carlson said the competition would focus more on the contestant’s talents, intelligence, and ideas.
Though people believe this is a step in the right direction, some are unhappy with this decision and think it is happening way too late. Some believe Miss America pageants are jumping on a body positivity bandwagon, and trying to fix already damaged brands. It has never been the swimsuit, but the stick thin body in it, presenting unreasonable body goals for girls and teens.
If Miss America is all about academics now, that can be chosen by test results or applications, and some believe it shouldn’t be televised at all. In fact, the quiet retirement of Miss America may be soon if beauty is no longer a judging factor.
By Shelby Moquin
Though it may seem far away, plans have been set in motion for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. The 2020 Olympics will be from July 24th, 2020 to August 9th. The Opening Ceremony will be held in New National Stadium, as well as the closing ceremony. After the Winter Olympics in 2018, which North Korea sent twelve athletes to compete on a joint women's hockey team, North Korea is expected to compete in the 2020 Olympics. With all countries combined, there is expected to be more than 11,000 athletes to compete.