HSPH 2015-2016 Dance Team

Highland Park Senior High has a wonderful dance team that looks for new members every year. I interviewed one of the new dancers on the HPSHS dance team to see what tryouts were like.

I interviewed Erin Matter, a freshman here at Highland Senior Park High School. Erin has been doing serious dance for the past two years at Roseville Dance Studio. I asked Erin a series of questions regarding dance.

How intense were the tryouts on a scale to 1-10?

“It was around 6 I would say, it wasn’t extremely intense, but you still had to put in a lot of effort if you want a spot on the team!”

What are you looking forward to this dance season?

“I’m really looking forward to competing against other teams, making new friends and learning new skills. You could tell straight off the the bat that the HPSHS’ dance community is like a family and that we all are excited to work as a team.”

What do you think your best skill is in dance?

“I always try to bring positivity, even if it’s just a small “You did great in practice today!”


photo courtesy of Terayah Glaser Forward

I also interviewed the dance coach for the 2015-2016 dance year, Ms. Mendenhall, asking her a variety of questions regarding the dance team.

What specifics were you looking for while choosing the dancers?

“I was looking for dancers who had a positive attitude, because it’s really hard to teach someone how to have a positive outlook on situations.”

How many competitions will HSPH Dance Team be participating in?

“The HSPH Dance Team will be competing in four competitions.”

What style of dancer will the HSPH dancers be performing during competition?

“The dancers will be doing kickline and jazz.”

How many dancers are on the HSPH Dance Team?

“We have 27 girls on this years dance team”

What is the Goal for the 2015-2016 HSPH Dance Team?

“The goal would be for these girls to learn new skills, have fun and work as a team.”
Can’t wait to see what’s to come for the HSPH 2015-2016 Dance Team, good luck!!

How to draw a bear

6 easy steps
To draw a bear you need


1. Sketch the face
2. Draw the ears and the nose
3. Sketch the body
4. Fix the face of the bear
5. Draw the front and back legs
6. Shape the body of the bear the you want it to be

Syrian Refugee Crisis

~b359443Five years ago civil war erupted in Syria between government powers and the Syrian people who oppose president Bashar Al Assad. Rebel brigades were formed to fight to battle government forces, and today the fighting has only gotten worse, as other jihadist groups like the Islamic State have capitalized on the chaos to take over parts of Syria. So far, over 220,000 people have been killed in the conflict, and half of Syria’s population has been displaced.

More than four million people have fled Syria since the beginning of the conflict, most of them being women and children. This has been the largest refugee exodus in recent history. 7.6 million Syrians have been internally displaced, which brings the total number of people forced to flee their homes around 11 million. About 5 million of those people are children according to the United Nations.

A report released by the UN in March of 2015 detailed that 4 out of every 5 Syrians is now living in poverty. Numerous war crimes have also taken place by all of the parties involved in the conflict. The government and rebel forces are accused of civilian suffering which includes blocking off access to food, water and health services.

The Islamic State is also accused of terror in Syria. They are known for administering harsh punishment on those who don’t accept their rule, which includes attacks on civilians.

The brutality inflicted from the rise of these jihadist groups has caused other countries from around the world to get involved in an attempt to stop eliminate the crisis. In 2014 the United States led air strikes in an attempt to ultimately destroy the Islamic State.

Russia is Al Assad’s largest supporter, and has led continued support in supplying the Syrian government’s military efforts with weapons despite international criticism. In September 2015 Russia started to launch its own air strikes against the rebel forces.

Despite help from other foreign powers, the violence in Syria still continues, and other conflict is now arising in countries where refugees are fleeing to, as they face a lot of tension from the citizens of these countries, and it does not appear that there is going to be an end to this crisis anytime soon.

Restruarant review

Buffalo Wild Wings is a chicken restaurant that serves a different variety of chicken whether you want hot, mild, or even regular they have it. Buffalo Wild Wings, also know as Bdubs, is a place where you can go and watch the game and eat some chicken, French fries, salads, different sides, and different drinks.


The service at Buffalo Wild Wings is great but it depends on how smooth they transition from table to table. Buffalo Wild Wings is good place to dine if you just want to relax and eat some good food. It’s the type of restaurant where you can just sit down and enjoy some wings with some friends, and watch sports on the big screen TVs they have hanging on the wall.

The restaurant by itself is one of the most successful places you can go for wings. Their food quality is really good…at least that’s what the customers say.

When my fellow writer and I went to Buffalo Wild Wings, our opinion was that the food was very delicious.

When you order chicken wings, they will ask you whether you want traditional wings, or if you would like boneless. We would recommend the honey BBQ boneless wings and hot BBQ boneless wings because they are very well made, really crispy, and they have the right amount of flavor.
For some sides, we would recommend fries or mashed potatoes. You can also get your favorite drink, such as Moutain Dew, Pepsi, or Coke.

IMG_2060Based upon our experience, we think it’s a nice establishment, and a fine place to dine. We would rate it:

4.5 stars for its food and theme

3 stars for the service because we think they could be a little faster with the food

4 stars for the ambiance because they don’t need all those TVs. Though, it is good in a way because every TV has a different sport on it so the customers can dine and watch any game.