January 21st, 2017 will be one for the history books. Approximately 500,000 men, women, and children attended the Women’s March on Washington in D.C. alone. Across the world, millions more gathered to voice their discontent with the newly elected President of the United States, Donald Trump. And what better day to do it than the day after his inauguration?
"Millions of people, no matter what gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, etc., came together to stand up for something they believed in and defended something that they felt was being threatened."
As a freshman or a junior drowning in class work, you may ask yourself, why is all of this important? Why do I need to go to high school? Ask an adult and you’ll get an answer about the difficulty of finding a job and how not graduating will make your life harder long term. If you go online, you’ll see statistics on how much money non-graduates make per year in comparison to a high school grad. If you're anything like I was before my senior year, however, then all of this means next to nothing to you. I’m here to tell you, though, that now that I am a senior, high school matters.
People will tell you that grades don't matter and that they can't determine your self worth. While that is true, many universities focus mainly on what is on your transcripts, so your grades do matter. It doesn't really hit you until you start applying for scholarships and colleges that your GPA and test scores mean a lot to these institutions, and you’ll really start to regret those few C’s that you got freshman year when college seemed so far away.
“High school is important because I don't want to work at McDonalds for the rest of my life.”
Ah Monday. The beginning of a new week has arrived and you’re tired, stressed and feeling like you just “can’t even.” It’s no secret that high school is overwhelming sometimes, well, most of the time, and a lot of different people deal with it in many different ways be it therapy, sleeping, eating, procrastinating, etc.
But there is one method that people turn to that more people have varying opinions about than most other options. I’m talking about caffeine, of course. Caffeine, more specifically coffee, seems to be dotted around every high school, college and work place in the world. It’s an easy jolt of energy and it tastes good (to many people anyway).
But what is really in coffee? What does caffeine really do to you? What do people who drink caffeine think about it? Let’s find out.
According to the official Wikipedia entry on caffeine; “Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant of the methylxanthine class. It is the world’s most widely consumed psychoactive drug. Unlike many other psychoactive substances, it is legal and unregulated in nearly all parts of the world.” Really? A psychoactive drug? Looking at caffeine under a different light may waver opinions if we think about it in this way.
“You could be addicted to just about anything – chocolate, weed, soda – anything! I see [caffeine] more as a tool, not like in a way positive way, but on occasions, yeah, it helps a lot.”
With the holiday season fast approaching, weather is getting colder, days are getting shorter, and nights are getting longer. That being said, it can be hard to find things to do to keep yourself busy with during the winter months, especially with winter break fast approaching. Whether you’re the kind of person that absolutely loves the snow, or would rather bundle up in a warm blanket and stay close to the fire, there are plenty of things you can do to make sure your holiday season isn’t filled with boredom.
Since snow usually comes around only a few months out of the year, right now is the best time to take advantage of it. Danielle Graham, a junior at Logan High, has been snowboarding for 11 years now.
“I started because I saw my older sisters snowboarding with our dad, so I wanted to join,” said Graham.
“I think my favorite part of it is feeling the wind in your face. It’s really exciting when you’re going through the snow faster than if you were to do anything else."
Just in case you’ve never noticed, Logan High School is extremely diverse. It seems like you could name any country on the map and find that there is at least one person at Logan High who is from there. Usnews.com, shows that although there are not a lot of some races here at Logan High, there are a lot of different races. There are a relatively large number of Native Americans, African Americans, and Pacific Islanders, all being just under four percent. There are three more prominent races here at Logan High, Asian, with four percent; Hispanic with twenty-six percent; and the most prominent, Caucasian with sixty-six percent.
The demographic analysis on usnews.com also shows that at the end of last year, Logan High was ranked the sixteenth best school in Utah and within the top two thousand in the nation. With over 400 public high schools in Utah, and 26,000 public high schools in the nation, clearly Logan High is considered one of the best educational environments. A big part of this rank is because of our diverse student body. This diversity leaves some people, such as myself, curious about what students here think of our nation, where it will go in the next four years, and what their overall opinion is on public figures like president-elect Donald Trump, former candidate Bernie Sanders, and current president Barack Obama.
Even though Obama is leaving office in January, Zappitello said that she will forever love him for who he has been as our president.
‘Tis the season for giving back. Many of us see this time of year as an opportunity to be getting all the things you’ve been wanting, but those of us who are lucky enough to be receiving all of those new presents should also be aware of all of the people who won’t be getting anything this Christmas. There are numerous ways to do something for your community this holiday season, and there are already people who are seizing the opportunity to give back.
I asked several students from Logan High if they were making an effort to do something for the community this season, and what they were doing as part of that effort.
"At the [Alternative Gift Market], you can purchase goods for people in developing countries and living in poverty. For example, shoppers could purchase school supplies for Syrian refugees. It was amazing to see how significant a small donation can be in improving the lives of those in need.”
I was one of the fortunate participants in the Close-Up program in Washington D.C. this year. Prior to leaving, not only was my political efficacy low, but my political positivity was almost empty. I had little faith in our government systems because of the past presidential election chaos and the other prevailing issues in our country such as police shootings, oil pipeline construction, and seeming corruption in government offices. Like many others, I often spouted political negativity and backhanded comments about the direction the country is headed or argued why one candidate for president is “obviously” better than the other because of such and such a scandal that the other participated in. Though it may not have always shown on the outside, I carried this attitude with me on the 4 hour plane ride to the east coast.
The people working in the capitol building are good people. They are there not because of the pay--which is little--or the benefits of the job--which are few--they are there because they believe that they can make a difference.
Thanksgiving is over, our Black Friday sprees are completed, and now that we are back from our Thanksgiving break and back in school, many are in the Christmas spirit again. We seem to have more cheerfulness and joy when the holiday season comes, and more than any other annual holiday. How could this be? Is there more to this holiday than people anticipate, or could the simple holiday celebrations have more effect on us than we expect? There has been generations of traditions, stories, and customs people have adopted year after year. There are more donations and charitable acts involved in this holiday than any other; thus, this holiday is known as the season of giving. The biggest question of all: What does Christmas bring into our lives?
Those who are Scrooges need a Christmas boost to understand the gift of selfless charity.
It’s officially November and Turkey Day is just around the corner. In a few days most of America will be sitting around a big table with their family eating as much as they can get their hands on. Thanksgiving originated in 1621 when Natives and Pilgrims joined together in a feast giving thanks for their harvest in the New World, but sometimes we forget this. This holiday—like many similar days such as Christmas and Easter—has become so commercialized with huge parades and gourmet meals that people lose sight of this day’s purpose. The whole reason this holiday started was centered around gratitude and humility, something that could be used a lot more than it currently is. Now, I don’t want to sound pessimistic, because I know many people, including myself, have family traditions where we each person around the table says something they are grateful for. Though we do this, I still don’t believe people truly understand how much there is to be grateful for and how fortunate most of us are. To help bring about a good feeling of gratitude this season, here are four things you need to know.
It’s a widely held belief that senior year is the easiest year for high schoolers. They get the best parking spots and get to eat lunch off campus. Well this year almost none of these are true since a quarter of the parking lots were removed, lunch is 25 minutes, and the whole idea of laziness being a trait unique to seniors is a joke. Seniors are facing the transition from high school to college, one of the most jarring experiences people have.
So for all the students, mostly seniors, having a hard time dealing with stress, here are some tips and tricks for you.
"I cry every night. Ice cream and cookie dough solve everything though."
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