2017 rappers

This year there has been an uprising of rappers and different styles of rapping that some of us have come to love and listen to on a daily basis. Most rappers go by certain names that make up their rapper persona and these are the names we know them best by. But what most people don’t know is that these rappers have real names that they grew up using and where the rappers grew up and their families and their life outside the rap game.

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The first rapper we are going to be looking at is the newest rapper to the rap game, 17 year old rapper “Lil pump”. “Lil Pump” or Gazzy Garcia was born on August 17, 2000 in Miami, Florida. Garcia was kicked out of 9th grade for fighting. Garcia claimed he was accepted into Harvard University, but dropped out to “save the rap game”. Garcia first blew up in 2016 on the music app SoundCloud and he dropped hit song “Lil Pump”. He has gone on to drop hits like “Flexx Like Ouu”, “Elementary”, “Boss” and “D Rose”. He has been known to do extreme things when it comes to “having fun” and he has his own famous catchphrase “essskettitt”

The next rapper will be talking about is a very famous rapper from the trap music genre by the name of Famous Dex. Famous Dex was born in Chicago and it’s become very popular in the last four or five years with hit songs like “I get the drip from my walk” “Ok, Dexter” “Took Time‍” “Hit ‘em Wit it”and many more. Famous Dex or Dexter Gore was born on September 6, 1993 in New York City. He has become one of the most successful rappers in the recent years and is hopeful to still be as successful in the future. Dex also has a famous catchphrase, which he begins most of his songs with “Uh, Dexter, YUH!”

Now moving on to the third rapper on today’s list, Philadelphia born Symere Woods or better known as Lil Uzi Vert. Lil Uzi Vert is a rapper who has been known for his odd sense of comedy, music and sense of style. Born on July 31,1994 (23) in Philadelphia, PA. Woods gained popularity from his songs “Money Longer” , and his albums “Luv Is Rage” , “Lil Uzi Vert vs. The World” and “The Perfect Luv Tape”. Woods has toured all around the globe and is seen to be one of the biggest rappers of 2016-2017 and is supposed to come to Maplewood, MN on December 9th.

In the past week young rapper lil peep has died of an overdose on the pill Xanax. Lil peep was 21 years of age and was very new to their hip-hop scene and was known for his more emo like rap songs. Lil peep or Gustav Åhr was from Long Island, NY and became famous off the app Soundcloud just like many rappers in today’s age. Peep had gained a lot of popularity after his death and many people on instagram, Snapchat and other social medias went to say things like #RIPLILPEEP, #LIL PEEP and #SLEEPTIGHT PEEP. We wish all of Gutavs family good luck and to be able to cope and move on from his quick and sudden tragic death.


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Back in the early 1900s to 1950s there wasn’t uber or Lyft, instead there was this popular transportation called: streetcars. Yes, that lovely mode of transportation cost only a nickel to ride and it, and it would take you all around St. Paul and Minneapolis. The streetcars date back to 1867, when rails were built in downtown Minneapolis. During the beginning, horses used to drive the streetcars, but that cost the Twin City Rapid Transit (TCRT) a lot of money (because they had to feed the horses). Later they decided to run the streetcars with electricity, which cost less, and was eco friendly, but people had concerns and questioned the streetcars. People feared that the electro cables would attract lightning if there was a thunderstorm.

City buses and automobiles are what took the streetcars out of business. Buses took the place of the streetcars, because streetcars charged more money for each fare, so more money would be made. And automobiles became popular, so people started buying them, and stopped riding the streetcars.

For a lot of years though, the streetcars were great for people who didn’t own any cars; they could get to work, school, library, movies, or anywhere the streetcar went. The company of the streetcars made 2.5 billion dollars in just 5 years, but there were some cons with the streetcars. They didn’t run really fast, and got caught up in traffic.

In St. Paul, they were thinking about bring streetcars back, and putting them right by the airport, by 7th street. This would be really convenient for people who don’t want to rely on somebody else taking them to the airport.

Overall, the streetcars were a success for the many long years they were running. If they ever brought back the streetcars (hopefully), we want every one of you reading this article to ride one.


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Every year, Freshmen are asked to be Shadow Hosts for upcoming Freshmen. Shadow visits are for 8th graders to see, and visit, a high school they are interested in, so it’s almost like a college visit. Shadows can shadow a Shadow Host for the entire day, joining in their classes.

Shadow Hosts are Freshmen who sign up to be a host. Their job is to show their Shadow the school, like where the gym and cafeteria is located. The Shadow Host allows the Shadow to follow their class schedule. Shadow Hosts also have to try their best to answer any questions the Shadow has, and make them feel comfortable.

If a student wants to be a Shadow, they have to call the school and make an appointment to shadow. Shadowing for Highland Park Senior High is open from November 28th to February 23rd of next year. To sign up to be a Shadow Host, students will have to talk to their counselor for an application.


Students mental health during finals week (college)

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A study hosted by Stop Procrastinating asked around campus’ about the upcoming exams and how college students feel about them. More than 2,000 college students said that they fear getting a lower grade, and finding job market failure because of the upcoming exams. Survey results also had shown that 64% of students worry that their exam stress is negatively affecting their grades and academic performance.

Existing stresses are from pressure to succeed academically and getting a successful job after graduation. Stress is also linked to distractions, such as social media, and lack of motivation. 37% of students struggle with loneliness and fear of not being successful in college, which leads to them abandoning their social life. Paige Clegg, a behavioral science graduate, said, “Socializing is a great way to relieve stress for college students. When your mind isn’t drowning in to-do lists and stress, it’s able to focus more easily.” She also talked about balance. “Balance is the key. Obviously doing well in school should be top priority, especially during such a stressful period. But it’s also critical to learn to relax your mind and unwind.”

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About 12% of college students admit to using drugs to help them cope with the stress. Also, drugs are sometimes used to substitute hours of sleep for students. Some drink energy drinks, and others pull all-nighters during finals week. According to a study conducted by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, about 34% of college students illegally use ADHD medications to help them focus on their studies. Adderall and Ritalin are among the most used medications according to a study conducted by the Journal of Medical Internet Research, and they found that mentions of Adderall spikes on Twitter during final-exam periods.

At Boston University, behavioral medicine clinicians reported that the number of students in crisis, coming in for help, increased from 647 in 2014 to 906 in 2015. According to another study, of about 100,000 students, conducted by the Penn Center, they showed that more than half of the students listed anxiety as a concern. Nearly one in 6 college students had been diagnosed or treated for anxiety according to ACHA 2015 national survey. The survey also found that 21.9% of students said that the last 12 months of anxiety affected their academic performance. While 13.8% reported that depression affected their academic performance.

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From the same survey from ACHA, about 30% of students said that stress affected their performance while 20% listed sleep difficulties. About 47.7% of students had said that they felt like a lot of things were hopeless, and 85.6% said they felt overwhelmed with school and everything they had to do in their life at the moment. Students had been asked if they felt overwhelming anxiety, and about 56.9% of the students said yes. About 1.4% of the students had said they attempted suicide and 34.5% students agreed with the statement of being so depressed that it was difficult to function.

Sports schedule for: Nov 27- Dec 2

For  a full calendar of events please refer to: http://www.sports.spps.org

Winter Sports: Co-ed Nordic Ski, Adapted Floor Hockey, Gymnastics, Girls Basketball, Boys Basketball, Wrestling, Girls Hockey, Boys Hockey, Boys Swimming, Danceline, Cheerleading, Alpine Ski

Activities the Week of November 27- December 2

Monday Nov. 27:

Boys Swim/Dive starts

Girls Basketball @ Harding 3pm (Bus 2:15/4pm)

Tuesday Nov. 28:
Girls Basketball @ Tartan  C-Squad 4pm JV 5:30pm  Varsity @ 7pm (Bus 2:45/8:15pm)

Varsity Girls ‘Blades’ Hockey @ Fairbault Ice Arena 5pm (Bus 2:45/6:45pm)`

Wednesday Nov.29:

Thursday Nov. 30:

Girls Basketball vs. St. Croix Prep @ HP  C -Squad 4pm JV @ 5:30   Varsity @ 7pm

Wrestling vs. Humboldt @ HP 7pm

Boys Hockey @ Highland Arena  JV 5:30pm  Varsity 7:30pm

Friday Dec. 1:

Girls Basketball @ Waconia HS  C-Squad 4:15pm  JV 5:30pm  Varsity @ 7pm (Bus 2:15/8:15pm)

Boys Hockey @ Pine City Civic Center  JV 5pm  Varsity 7pm (Bus 2:45/9pm)

Gymnastics Conference Preview ( Central, Como, Johnson) @ HP 6pm

Saturday Dec. 2:

Varsity Girls ‘Blades’ Hockey vs. Rochester Century @ Phalen Arena 1pm

Go Scots!