What Even Is Cinco de Mayo? Reply

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Mariah Escatel

Cinco De Mayo is a holiday celebrated on the fifth of May across the US and some parts of Mexico. But many students, even of a Latino or Hispanic lineage, don’t really understand the holiday.

What does it celebrate?

Not to be confused with Dia de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, The holiday celebrates failed French invasion after a fledgling Mexican state fell behind on debt payments to European governments. The battle represented more of a symbolic victory for Mexican forces.

Why is it celebrated in the US?

It is widely a US celebration of Mexican cultural heritage for America’s Hispanic population. Latino and Hispanic activists raise awareness for the holiday. It is also recognized as the day we defended our freedom from France. More…

Another Walkout? 23

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Mia Grasse

We all knew about the walkout on March 14, but that was not enough. Students want to be able to know that they are safe at school. After the Parkland, Florida shooting, students have had enough and demanded to take matters into their own hands.

The National School Walkout took place on April 20, to honor the anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre and the 13 people who died. ABC states, “The event was organized by 16-year-old Lane Murdock, a sophomore at Ridgefield High School in Connecticut, along with three of her classmates.” 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…

Who Turns Back Their Clock? 1

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Avalyn Walton

Whether people think Daylight savings is a huge inconvenience, the best thing in the world, or just another cause for sleep deprivation, most people around the world can agree that daylight savings is something that just has to happen and always does. Or so you might think.

Daylight Savings is the practice of setting the clock forward 1 hour at exactly 2 am. And as previously mentioned, the reality for most is that this happens on March 11.

However, this “reality” is only true for some. In the UK, for example, people observe daylight savings time on March 25, not the 11th. While this may seem odd to those who change the time on March 11, to many, it is completely normal. They also revert back to normal on October 28, not November 4. More…

Mississippi Boy Shoots Sister Over a Video Game 7

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Kevin Luu

Let’s start off with a sad note: this event should never have happened. It’s unbelievable that it was even possible, but it was and now we must bring awareness to it.

A nine-year-old boy shot his thirteen-year-old sister over a video game. Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell said the girl would not give up a video game controller when her brother wanted it. Cantrell said she was shot in the back of the head and that the bullet went through her brain, this past Saturday. The girl was rushed to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis.

“This is all new ground for us. We’ve never dealt with a kid shooting a kid at age 9,” Cantrell said. “We don’t know yet what kind of charges or if charges will be pressed. We want to make sure we’re doing everything correctly . . . He wanted the controller, and I guess he knew where to find the gun,” Sheriff Cecil Cantrell told CNN. The boy grabbed a handgun, which was kept in a nightstand next to the bed, and shot the sister in the back of the head, the sheriff said. More…

What Does Orange Represent? 10

Alyssa Manson

You may be wondering why we wore orange on March 14th. To begin with, it was meant to honor those affected in Parkland, Florida. At lunch, students looked for the orange banners and wrote their name on them to show they stood in solidarity with the students, staff, and families.

Why orange? What does orange mean? More…

#NeverAgain 10

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On March 14, students around the world held a national walkout at 10 a.m. for 17 minutes, one minute for each victim of the Parkland shooting. Those marching were advocating for stricter gun-control laws and more mental health resources for treating troubled peers.

Although students at Stacey weren’t allowed to walk-out, they still were allowed to show their respect and support towards the #NeverAgain movement.

Since the Westminster School District didn’t allow the walkout, at Stacey Middle School, leadership students came up with a better plan. More…

Florida International University Bridge Collapse Reply

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Ashley Wolf

A pedestrian bridge was under construction to connect Florida International University and a neighborhood that was home to around 4,000 of their students after someone died trying to cross the street.

Rescuers worked long days and hours to extract all of the victims. “I believe that is the final count,” Miami-Dade County Police Director Juan Perez said on Saturday. “This ends with a tragedy of six. … We are pretty confident that no one is left.” Rescuers took a break on  Saturday to pay tribute to the victims.

A police motorcade escorted the remains of five victims to the medical examiner’s office. A sixth person shortly died at the hospital. More…

Sunken Dreams Reply

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Alyssa Manson

Have you ever been so desperate for a fresh start, a new beginning, a new life, that you’d go as far as selling all your possessions to have enough money to accomplish that goal of a new beginning?

Chances are, you can’t even imagine being that forlorn. Well, one couple was and their plan for a better life was sunk.

Nikki Walsh, 24, and her boyfriend Tanner Broadwell, 26, decided about a year ago that they were tired of working. More…

Medal Count 1


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Ashley Wolf

With the Winter Olympics coming to a close, let’s see which countries won the most medals.

– Norway has 14 gold, 14 silver, 11 bronze, 39 in total

– Germany has 14 gold, 10 silver, 7 bronze, 31 in total

– Canada has 11 gold, 8 silver, 10 bronze, 29 in total

– The United States has 9 gold, 8 silver, 6 bronze, 23 in total

– The Netherlands has 8 gold, 6 silver, 6 bronze, 20 in total

– South Korea 5 gold, 8 silver, 4 bronze, 17 in total

– Olympic Athlete from Russia has 2 gold, 6 silver, 9 gold, 17 in total More…