By: Dylan McCuskey, Features Editor
At this point, most people have heard about the natural disasters that have devastated Puerto Rico over the last few months. Hurricane Irma struck Puerto Rico in August, and Hurricane Maria hit only two weeks later. Irma and Maria were the strongest hurricanes observed since 2005, with top wind speeds of 185 mph and 175 mph, respectively. The disasters affected both the land and the people of Puerto Rico. Power lines were destroyed, flash floods occurred, and many people died. It was estimated that over 50 people died in Puerto Rico because of the two storms, and many more have been declared missing. Relief efforts are still ongoing. Terrible events like these hurricanes can help unite our country for a better cause.
Horrible occurrences, such as natural disasters, have the ability to bring different groups of people together. Daniel Johnson, a junior, and Andrew Coe, a sophomore, have a daily debate about politics at school. They have differing beliefs, and express them to each other in their gym class. Johnson and Coe have different opinions about most topics, including Puerto Rico relief. Johnson believes that the United States government has not given enough help to the people of Puerto Rico who are in need of supplies. Coe, however, thinks that the government has done a good job of sending relief, considering the transportation issue. Coe believes that the real problem was the lack of preparation beforehand. Despite these different opinions, Johnson and Coe agreed that it was a terrible event. “It’s a tragedy,” said Coe. Johnson added to this by saying, “It’s sad that so many people are losing their homes and being negatively affected by the hurricanes.” Both students agree that the best way to help out is to donate to various organizations trying to send help.
There are many different ways to donate to the hurricane relief in Puerto Rico. Organizations such as United for Puerto Rico, UNICEF, and American Red Cross all are taking donations for Puerto Rico relief. Lin Manuel Miranda, creator of the musical Hamilton, recently came out with a new song called “Almost Like Praying.” All revenue generated from this song goes to relief for the island, so just by buying the song you can donate. Regardless of how it is given, any amount of money will help the people of Puerto Rico.
This time of year is stressful for LHS seniors, college and scholarship applications are due soon, seniors are preparing for their last dances, and are expected to make a choice that will affect the next 40 to 50 years of their lives. LHS has many resources available to help seniors apply to colleges and decide on a career path. The career center is located in the counseling office and can help students find scholarships that are specific for their field of study or the college they are applying to. Utah College Application Week begins on Monday, November 13th and ends on Friday, November 17th. Logan High will have a senior assembly on Monday in the auditorium. On Tuesday night starting at 6pm in the counseling office, you can come in for help with your FAFSA. Richard Hopkins will be giving a talk on how to save for college on Wednesday night in the Grizz Talks area. Throughout the week, Counselors and college admissions staff will be in the Career Center during lunch to help you complete college applications. Application fee waivers will also be available during the week for some schools. Sharon Brazell, the Career Coach, said “This is a great resource for them. https://stepuputah.com/program/ucaw/” Check out the website for more information on Utah College Application Week. December 6th is the Regents Scholarship application work day, the counselors will be available to help you complete the Regent’s scholarship application before the priority deadline on December 8th. After March 1st the majority of college applications will be finished and the seniors can focus on fun. Senior week is April 30th to May 4th ending with Senior Ball on May 5th. The Senior Awards ceremony is on May 17th and Lagoon day is May 18th. Then seniors are in the final stretch, the L Banquet on May 22nd, Candlelight on May 23rd, and Graduation on May 24th. Make sure to check the school calendar for any updates and have fun with your senior year!
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