Why Band Students Aren’t Feeling Very “Excellent” 31

Gavin Mercado

On March 7th, a long-awaited Band field trip took advanced band students to Kennedy High School. This wasn’t just any regular field trip, it was a band festival.

To those of you who aren’t in band, a festival is a field trip in which the band students go to get “graded,” if you will, on how well they play.

The bus came and took the students during first lunch with all of them having butterflies in their stomachs.

When the band students arrived at Kennedy High School for the festival, they were sent to unpack their instruments and practice in a large waiting/practice room. The students practiced their three songs, “Bryce Canyon” “Overture,” “Gentle Winds,” and “Latin Fire.” After the practice room, they were ready to go on stage in front of the judges. More…

Adpocalypse 11

Gavin Lopez

YouTube.com is a video sharing, a social media platform that most people in today’s digital age are familiar with. Your mom and even grandparents have most likely heard of YouTube. YouTube is very successful, they make revenue from advertising that also allows the people who create videos (often referred to as YouTubers)  make money through a program called Adsense earnings when ads are enabled on their videos.

A lot of active social media users and general users of the app may be aware that YouTube videos can be demonetized unfairly and wrongfully done. They can appeal demonetization but still, it may take some time.

This is all due to the adpocalypse that arose in March of 2017 and ended in May after a scandal that caused many sponsors and advertisers to withdraw from YouTube and to boycott the website. Even after the “adpocalypse” though the effects still lingered with a rampant copyright bot made by YouTube that would unfairly demonetize YouTubers.

You might be wondering by now what “Adpocalypse” means. It refers to how all the ads on YouTube were mostly withdrawn and taken away from YouTubers, which can be a big deal for bigger YouTubers that rely on ads for their daily income. Because the bigger channels creators have most likely made YouTube their main and only source of income, when the ads started going away, it caused a panic on the site and the term the “adpocalypse” was coined. More…

Who Really Is Gavin Mercado? 18

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Ashley Wolf

Gavin is the stranger behind all of the teacher conspiracy articles. You think you know him, but he is a mystery that may never be solved. Who really is Gavin Mercado? And what is he hiding?

Why Does Gavin Really Write Conspiracy Articles?

We all know Gavin is a great journalist, but all of a sudden he stopped with the Disney related articles. Do you know what replaced those articles? Weekly Conspiracy Theories about Stacey’s very own teachers. Doesn’t this seem strange to you? You probably thought nothing of it, but I’m here to tell you the truth. More…

Opinion – America is the Best 70

Dylan Weber

I love America, and so should you. Not because of the government, but because of the rich history and culture. The American Spirit is strong and glorious. The people of America are mighty and full of life. Culture. America has an immense amount of it.

From California to Kansas to New York, the people and souls are different. New York, for example, is known for its Italian based society, California for its beaches and hot summers, Kansas for countrysides and southern fire.

But what these each individual states all have in common is that they are all in the US. Yet they are all extremely different from one another. The culture of America as a whole is that people from all corners of the world can build a new life. More…

Top Ten Billboard Songs This Week 2

Isabella Gonzalez and Kirra Kirby

1-” Eastside”-  Benny Blanco, Halsey, and Khalid

“Eastside” was written by Benny Blanco, Halsey, Khalid, Ed Sheeran, and Nathan Perez. The song and the music video released on July 12th, 2018. This song got so popular it became top 10 in Ireland, Australia, Scotland, New Zealand, and the US.

2 –  “Without Me”- Halsey

“Without Me” is a song by American singer Halsey. The song was released through Capitol Records on October 4, 2018. The song was written about the regrets Halsey had after a romantic relationship she previously had.

3 – “Thank U Next” – Ariana Grande

Thank U, Next”  is a song by singer Ariana Grande, released as the lead single from her fifth studio album. Lyrically, the song reflects on Grande’s past relationships. Like her past fiance Pete Davidson.

4 –  “Sunflower” – Post Malone

“Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)”, more commonly known simply as “Sunflower”, is a song performed by American rappers Post Malone and Swae Lee for the soundtrack to the film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The song was released as a single on October 18, 2018. It became Malone’s third and Lee’s first song as the top the Billboard Hot 100. More…

Five Reasons Why Going To Star Wars: Galaxy´s Edge Is Going To Be A Nightmare And A Half 5

Gavin Mercado

A few years ago, Disneyland announced something fascinating for their park. A Star Wars themed land. It wasn´t announced until recently, however, that the official name for this land is going to be Star Wars: Galaxy´s Edge, and it will open in June.

Now, this article isn’t telling you that you shouldn’t visit Disneyland when it opens, but I am saying it will for sure be a nightmare. Now, here are five reasons why:

  1. The Wait Times:

If you´ve even touched Disney property before, you very well know that Disneyland isn´t one of your usual theme parks where you can basically ride any ride you want. There are lines. These lines, well, they get long.

Active Disney goers know that whenever Disney opens up a new attraction or land, the wait times will skyrocket up. It was reported that when radiator springs racers opened up in Disney’s California Adventure, the wait time hiked up to eight hours long. Media is expecting rides at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge to pass that outstanding record. More…

Movie Review: Mary Poppins Returns 6

Madison Evans

screenshot-docs.google.com-2019.02.25-08-58-45.pngThe magical movie, Mary Poppins, came out on August 27, 1964, dazzling those who seek an adventurous yet charming movie. When Jane and Micheal, the children of the wealthy Banks family, sought attention and care of a nanny, they were to face Mary Poppins, a cheerful nanny who liked to keep things in order. When Mary Poppins and the Bank’s children go around to explore, they come across Bert, Mary’s cheerful chimney sweeper friend. They go on adventures inside of chalk drawings, met friendly animals, and sing iconic and wonderful songs that bring a smile to everyone’s face. More…

Why Girl Scout Leaders Are Absolutely Ignorant 22

Gavin Mercado 

This editorial reflects the opinions of the author and not necessarily the opinion of The Cougar Chronicle or its staff.

¨Would you like to buy a box of cookies?¨ asks millions of American Girl Scouts every day during cookie season. However, although seemingly innocent, Girl Scouts seem to have a hypocritical side.

Don´t get me wrong, I´m not saying that Girl Scouts are negative or anything. However, there are a few very exclusive things about Girl Scouts that makes it hard to wrap my head around.

That’s right. I´m talking about gender; the word that has quite possibly cut America in half. Girl Scouts, as said in the name, is a program for girls in which they participate in activities like camping, fundraising, and of course, cookie selling. More…

West Arts Presents: Seussical the Musical 1

Gwyndalynn Kent

West Arts Productions is known for putting on the most incredible and fun Musicals there are, such as there previous one Peter Pan Jr. as well as Grease. Rehearsals for there next show, Seussical the Musical start on February 26th and are every Tuesday and Thursday.

Seussical has plenty of well-known characters just like the Famous Cat in the Hat. Dr. Seuss is an incredible author that everyone knows of and it’s no surprise that one of his writings has become a musical.

Details on Seussical include:

  • It was written by Lynn Ahrens and Stephan Flaherty
  • Its main storyline is from Horton Hears a Who but it has other works by Dr. Seuss incorporated into it.
  • Seussical made its Broadway debut in 2000
  • It has been nominated for many awards but never really won

The lead roles are:

  • Cat in the Hat: He is a very joyful and fun character who kind of tells the story
  • Horton: A believing elephant who just wants to have people believe in him
  • Gertrude Mcfuzz: A shy bird who finds her way into Horton’s life and wants to stay there
  • Jojo: A curious little boy who befriends an incredible cat
  • Mayzie: a sassy little bird who decides to get herself an egg and doesn’t want to keep it
  • Sour Kangaroo: A kangaroo who has got sass for days and makes fun of Horton

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Why ‘C’ Students can be More Successful Than ‘A’ Students 18

Annabelle Lona

Let’s talk about ‘C’ students. They aren’t totally sold on the academic system. They don’t worship it, but they see a great deal of good that can come from it. They know that learning occurs in different ways than the system presents.

Our world has dramatically changed since the late 1800s. During that time, schools were designed to teach obedience. According to Lifehack.com, it states that by 2020, more than one billion people will be working from their homes.

This works for ‘C’ students. ‘C’ students usually think for themselves and make up their own agenda without having someone else tell them how to live their lives. ‘C’ students don’t spend enormous amounts of energy trying to impress their superiors. Instead, they are more strategic about how they spend their time. More…