Let’s Lessen the Stressin’ 13

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Juneau Resnick

No matter how hard we try, we cannot stop time. No matter how hard we try, the future will always come. It’s something we cannot stop, us growing up. We might be scared out of our minds about what it holds, but our future comes to make us better people. Even though we want to be more adult and more independent, getting there can be more daunting than we ever thought.

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GSA’s Guest Speaker Reply

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Kelsey Bisetti

Stacey’s GSA, or gay-straight alliance, an after-school club, recently introduced it’s participants to a guest speaker from the LGBT Center OC.

The speaker, Stephanie, mentioned that the Center hosts a variety of fun events throughout the year. In fact, on July 14, they’ll be hosting their annual Queer Prom. Whether you’re gay, straight, bi, trans, et cetera, feel free to stop by to enjoy some dancing and make some memories.

They also host an “Inbetweeners” soiree on the first Friday of event night for LGBT youth, ages 10-13. As for you eighth graders, the Center will be hosting a Lavender Graduation for the graduating class of 2018 on June 9th, complete with catering, dancing, and anything else you’d expect from a typical teenage dance. We hope to see you there!

Their Rainbow Group is open to anybody and everybody between the ages of 13 and 18. Here, you can play video games, watch movies, listen to music, and meet new people. Similarly, they have a Trans*Fusion group for genderqueer teens to discuss their gender identities and issues surrounding them. More…

Find the Flavor in Food, Not Vapor 1

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Juneau Resnick

Last week on April 27th, during Friday’s adjusted schedule, Dr. Victor DeNoble came and talked to grades six through eight about the dangers of smoking and vaping. He helped us realize how these addictions affect our bodies and what can happen if we keep up the behavior.

Sure, we’ve all been warned about smoking and vaping. Our parents and teachers all tell us not to do it, but up until now, we didn’t know why. DeNoble was able to explain what happens to the body when the brain gets addicted to a certain substance like nicotine. Now, if given the opportunity, we will know what will happen. More…

What Even is National Kick Butts Day??? Reply

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Gwyndalynn Kent

Days before National Kick Butts day plenty of people were jumping for joy as they were getting ready for the day March 21st, 2018. On kickbuttsday.org a blog posted by Gustavo Torrez stated, “Tomorrow, advocates across the United States and around the world will stand out, speak up, and seize control against Big Tobacco with creative, impactful events.”

What is the point??

Most people get the wrong message when they hear “Kick Butts Day” they don’t realize that it means cigarette butts.  That’s right Kick Butts Day is “a national day of activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco,” according to kickbuttsday.org.

The whole point in National Kick Butts Day is to raise awareness of the problem that tobacco is being used by kids in certain areas, maybe even the one you live in now. Although there is only one official day titled “National Kick Butts Day” the organizers of these events are trying to gets this noticed as an everyday thing instead of a once a year thing. More…

Logan Paul Did What? 13

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Alyssa Manson

Logan Paul is facing the fallout after posting a video showing the body of an apparent suicide victim in Japan and is facing a flood of criticism after filming footage of the Japanese forest that has become known for suicides. During their walk around the forest, they found a body hanging from a tree that is a victim of an apparent suicide. He posted the footage online of the body with the face blurred and received an instant backlash. Youtube has cracked down on the disturbing content and says Wednesday it is removing popular American vlogger Logan Paul from its Google Preferred platform and putting future projects with him on hold, due to a violation of policies.

“In light of recent events, we have decided to remove Logan Paul’s channels from Google Preferred. Additionally, we will not feature Logan in season 4 of ‘Foursome’ and his new series ‘Originals’ are on hold,” Alphabet Inc. said in a statement about the video. Some say Paul should be banned from Youtube. Aaron Paul (no relation) tweeted “How dare you! You disgust me. I can’t believe so many young people look up to you.” More…

Running Club 1

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Madelyn Fracassa

Jack Carson made it back to school with many not too far behind him. A group behind him running as fast as they could to complete their 3-mile run. “Good job,” Jack said out of breath and sweaty, as the rest finished up. This is a scenario that usually happens during Mr.Yohn’s running club.

Running Club consists of running from 3-5 miles throughout the school year. Girls and boys can both join Running Club as long as they don’t mind running.

To be part of Running Club you just have to ask Mr. Yohn for the waiver and join before it gets too late. Since Running Club started on the 10th, if you’re going to join do it as soon as possible. More…

The Un-Perfect Body 4

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Juneau Resnick

Girls, have you ever been really insecure about your body and felt worthless? If you didn’t say yes, you’re probably lying to yourself… Not that I blame you, but every girl has been there, and some still are– especially teenagers, like myself. It’s high time we address this issue head-on. We need to feel comfortable and proud of who we are!

I know it’s hard looking at other pretty, thin, stylish girls and being envious of them. Here’s a little secret, though: She feels the same way you do.

According to mirror-mirror.org, “Over 50% of 9 and 10-year-old girls feel better about themselves if they are on a diet.” I’ll bet that some of those girls are starving themselves to get thinner, which is decreasing their nutrient intake. See what I’m saying, being insecure can be fatal! Even in my favorite TV show, Glee, we see a girl in glee club faint during a performance because she was starving herself. More…

Common Flu, More Like Deadly Viruses Reply

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Kevin Luu

The flu also called influenza, has been a common disease since the 1918 “Spanish flu” pandemic, the 1957 “Asian flu”, and in 1968 “Hong Kong flu”. All of these were tragic, especially the Spanish flu. The European Scientific Working group of Influenza states that “Of all pandemics, the one that began in 1918 is generally regarded as the most deadly disease event in human history.

At least 40 million and likely closer to 100 million deaths worldwide have been attributed to the virus, most of them occurring in the 16-week period between September and December 1918.”

So, many were dying because of the flu between the 1900’s and the 1970’s, but what are the symptoms of the flu now and how do people treat it? More…

🇺🇸 Hate Has No Home Here 🇺🇸 14

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Gavin Mercado

Equality: It’s the foundation of America and arguably the most important virtue in the world. Whether it is gay rights, religious freedom, race, or even polygamy, we’ll fight for it with everything in us. Lately, there’s been an uproar from the general public concerning the treatment and senseless killing of Muslims, LGBT people, and people of color.

Some teachers, such as Ms. Walters and Mrs. Redmond, are showing their American pride by taping Hate Has No Home Here posters on their walls.  Poster or no, all of Stacey’s teachers want their students to feel safe in their classrooms.

Ms. Walters says, “No one should ever feel that being different makes them less than anyone else. We are all different in so many ways. Those who think it is ok to target a student for abuse due to any aspect of who they are, are just wrong.” More…

Are Video Games Beneficial? 2

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Kevin Luu

More than 1.2 billion people play video games every day. Most people and parents assume that this is the cause of many mental and physical problems. However, some say that when problems arise, it is in our human nature to blame something or someone else, and video games have always been an easy target. Of course, there is no benefit to playing ten hours of video games a day. But do video games really affect our education, make us more violent, or affect our health?

Research actually shows video games are beneficial. For one thing, they can slow down aging. Males, females, young adults, and adults all have one thing in common; they all age. While getting older has its perks, there are also some natural problems that come as well. There’s a reason why you see senior citizens driving at 25 miles per hour even though the speed limit is 45.   More…