Top 5 fascinating things you didn’t know about ‘High School Musical’

According to TheTHINGS.com, there are 15 things about High School Musical that were hidden 10 years ago, and some fun facts you didn’t know. Here are the 5 things from the list that I felt were the most interesting, but for the entire list, click on this link: https://www.thethings.com/15-things-you-never-knew-about-high-school-musical/

  1. The movie wasn’t supposed to be called High School Musical. The title was just a placeholder because they weren’t sure what to name it, but they kept the name at the end of finishing up the first movie.
  2. Zac Efron didn’t sing Troy’s singing parts in the first movie. The sweet vocals from the first movie came from Drew Seeley who auditioned for Troy’s character. Seeley sang songs like “What I’ve Been Looking For” and “Get’cha Head In The Game” but Efron, the one who played Troy, sang parts of “Start of Something New” and “Breaking Free”. The reason why Efron barely sang most of the songs was because his voice was too low for the parts. But in the next 2 movies, Efron was given all of the singing parts because his natural voice could work well.
  3. The snow at the beginning of the movie was actually potatoes. So when Troy and Gabriella first met, it was New Year’s Eve and snowing. It has been proven that it wasn’t snowing, and that it was flakes of potatoes after all. This wasn’t the first food product replaced as the real thing; in Pirates of the Caribbean, they used chocolate powder instead of dirt.
  4. Sharpay’s pink locker still exists since “High School Musical” used a real school to film the movie. The school they used in the show is real and is still operating today. The school is called East High, and it’s located in Salt Lake City, Utah, but what is fascinating is that Sharpay’s iconic pink locker is still there, and any student can have that locker each year.
  5. High School Musical 4 is coming out very soon, but there isn’t an exact date. This movie will be more about East High vs. West High and new characters may appear. One of them is Sharpay and Ryan’s cousin Campbell. Also, it is said that Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens will, or will not, be on the same set. But it’ll still be interesting just like the last 3 movies.

9 study tips for finals

By Natalie Braga, Piper Gallivan, Alivia Arredondo

As any high schooler will know, finals week can be a very stressful time and can feel very overwhelming. You may find yourself distracted, or lost, on how to use your time most effectively, but luckily we have 9 studying tips to help you succeed!

Work With Others
Taking on many assignments and materials all by yourself can be very hard, but luckily there’s a class full of people who are going through the exact same thing. Two, three, or even more brains are better than one, and by getting together with friends and classmates you can share opinions and ideas.

It’s also a great way to pick up any small details about a topic that you may not have remembered from class, but someone else did. Setting up study groups outside of school helps with reviewing, and this way, if you have any questions, you’ll be able to get quick and helpful answers. Remember when studying with friends though, to stay focused, motivated, and positive.

Divide Up Work
Studying for 7 classes all at once the night before your finals is never a good idea, which is why it is important to divide up your work. By planning out when and what to study for the days or weeks leading up to finals, it is easier to make sure you have covered everything, while also making it less stressful the night before.

For example, you can plan to study Math for a half hour on Monday night, and Science for 45 minutes on Tuesday. Dividing and planning your work gives you enough time to study while also keeping your mind focused and organized.

Take Breaks
Taking breaks is important to not overwhelm your mind, especially if you’re feeling tired or frustrated. Working for too long can decrease the quality of your work if your brain is simply too exhausted.

Try taking a walk away from your studying space or doing a different task like making a snack for yourself. By taking a break from your work, you may come back with a whole new fresh mindset that can make learning much easier.

Flash Cards
A great way to study is using flash cards. For me, using flashcards is a great way to memorize things quickly. The best way to do this is to rewrite what you have in your notes, but in a shorter more summarized way, that way you can fit the key points on your flash card.

A key thing to do while using flash cards is to actually write them – not type them and print them – but actually write them. Studies have been done, and it is proven that actually writing things out helps to remember things better.

Finally, flash cards are easy and portable and can be shared with other friends to quiz each other.

Reward System
Often times, people use a type of reward system to help study. These rewards can vary from little candy treats, to 10 minutes on your phone, to an episode of tv, basically anything.

The way this helps is that once you memorize a certain portion of your notes, or finish a paragraph of your paper, or whatever you are doing to study, you get something in return. This helps to motivate you to finish faster so you can receive your next reward.

Often times, this works best with treats such as candy because it is quick and easy to return to studying afterwards.

Crying
A great way to just get rid of all the stress is to cry and let it all out. Finals are hard and holding in all the stress and emotions that come with them just makes it harder to focus on your work, and just all around makes things worse. Crying helps relieve stress and makes you feel better after to continue studying.

Exercise
If crying isn’t your thing another great way to relieve stress is through exercise. Exercise is a great way to let out frustration and clear your mind. It also helps with that restless and overwhelming feeling that comes with finals.

Exercising is also a great way to forget about everything going on and all you have to do and just makes you feel more relaxed.

Also, exercise helps with feeling accomplished and after a good workout it’s easier to feel more determined to get all of your studying done.

Finally, exercise helps to feel more energized and awake that way it is easier to focus on what you have to study for.

Study Space
Your work area is key for having a clear mind to focus on your studies. Whether that means clearing out your desk, going in a separate room for studying, going away to the library, or a coffee shop, having an organized space will go a long way.

Quizlet
As people in the 21st century, we are very blessed with the app and website called Quizlet. It is versatile, with ways to make your own study sets or search and find people that have already made them.

Teachers can also create classes where you can join and see all the things you will need to study for an upcoming test. You can put in as many cards you want and can study in many different ways.

You can opt to study in the classic way, which is just an electronic version of regular flash cards. You can learn in the “learn” section which is like a practice quiz with things like fill in the blank and true or false questions.

You can choose to do a simple practice with the “write” section where you just write the corresponding answer to each card.

A great way to really test your progress is with the test. It is formatted like a regular test with different ways to test your knowledge (it has been said that some teachers at Highland have just printed this out and used it as their real test so pay attention).

Lastly, a fan favorite is the match game. It is a throwback to the game we all used to play as kids but now filled with facts and statistics instead of pictures of animals. The time is very motivating as you can see a leaderboard with your other classmates.

We highly suggest using quizlet for your upcoming finals!!

Good luck on your next finals!!!

Tokyo Sushi

Tokyo Sushi is an all you can eat restaurant that won’t break your bank. This sushi place has been talked about amongst many of our friends so we wanted to see if it was really worth it.

Tokyo Sushi hasn’t been around for very long, but they’ve already made such good business with their fair price, and good quality food. The restaurant itself is very dim lighted, almost calming and intimate. The interior design is far from traditional; it has a very modern, sleek look to it, having a very dark color scheme including: black, grey, and brown. The place is very spacious, I would say, with a majority of the seats being booths. It’s the perfect place for a date night with your significant other, or even a night out with your friends.

Now, since this is an all you can eat place, you can always order as much as you want, making sure to eat your money’s worth. They have many choices including, nigiri, sashimi, rice bowls, tempura, and much, much more.

Tokyo Sushi is a great place for people who have not tried sushi and want to try it. The restaurant has so many choices that are appealing to first timers, such as the spicy salmon hand roll, which is almost like a taco and very savory.

It’s best to have a side dish such as a rice bowl as well, so you can have something to eat on the side that is not raw or fishy, in case you don’t like the sushi you have previously eaten.

Eating sushi at first is a little surprising and intimidating if you aren’t used to the flavors, and especially if you haven’t had raw fish before. Because of this, it is best to stick to the simple rolls. The recommended sushi to try depends on if you have had fish before, and if you like it. If you have had fish before, then trying some salmon, or another fish that isn’t too extreme with taste, will help you adjust. Who knows, you may end up liking sushi.

If you haven’t had fish or don’t really like it, then it’s recommended that you try something very simple such as shrimp, or try the handrolls since the handrolls don’t just come with raw fish, but have many other foods in them as well. But, when you go to try new sushi, or to try it for the first time, it’s best to go with people who know about sushi, or just be a daredevil and do it with people who haven’t, and see how it goes.

Some of the things we ordered were eel fried rice, seafood udon, beef don, squid teriyaki, and eel nigiri. I have eaten sushi before and it is one of my favorite foods, so I already knew what to order. Our friend who tried it out for the first time had a few difficulties, like figuring out what to order and asking what certain foods were. When our food came, she was afraid to try them out.

I think first timers should try out small pieces first and go on from there. As someone who loves seafood, I can eat just about anything with fish, but those who aren’t used to the taste of fish should try out easy and non exotic food first. It was fun seeing my friend’s reactions to the food, and hearing her thoughts on how they tasted. If you haven’t tried sushi before, you should totally give it a try.

Agriculture day

Agriculture day, or Ag day, is a celebration showing animals we eat, and plants we grow. Everything farmers do, and their hard work and labor, is also shown and celebrated.

This was the 8th annual Ag day celebration at HPSH. There were chickens, pigs, ponies, and a bunny that was really big.

The lady that had the really big bunny said that she also competes in contests where there are prizes for the biggest animal and biggest crops they grow. During those gatherings they learn different tips and tricks on how to grow their crops so they can be more healthy.

While we were at Ag day we saw tractors, hay bales, and many stations that taught you how to do things related to agriculture. All the animals were with their caretakers, who would tell you about the animal while you were petting it.

Ag day is important because it educates kids on a topic that most won’t go out and look for information on their own. They do it in a way that is fun and interests us so it doesn’t feel like we’re being taught.

Some agriculture facts according to agday.org:

  • Minnesota has 74,542 farms, on 26 million acres of land
  • The agriculture business makes $75 billion dollars a year for Minnesota, with soybeans, corn, and wheat being the most commonly exported crops out of Minnesota
  • We have 188 farmers markets
  • The agriculture business looks like it will keep going strong in Minnesota.
  • Ag day’s purpose is to educate people on how food and fibers are made, “Appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products” and “Acknowledge and consider career opportunities in the agriculture, food and fiber industry”

Some priorities of Ag day are: to “Involve the agricultural public relations community in support of National Agriculture Day, inform trade and general media about National Agriculture Day, provide information to increase awareness, and support and encourage programs and activities in observance of National Agriculture Day by organizations, companies and individuals”.

For more information, please visit: https://www.agday.org/about

St. Paul and Minneapolis summer ideas

School officially ends on June 8th, just a few short weeks away. That means sun, freedom, and a lot more downtime. As a student without a job at the moment, trying to make plans while still conserving my bank account can be hard. Everything seems to cost just a little more money than I have, but the thought of spending three months in my bedroom is depressing. Thankfully, St. Paul offers many free or cheap activities and resources for high school students. Here are some of those things:

The Metro Transit Student Summer Pass

Metro Transit is providing $29 student passes for kids of all grades. If an outgoing senior (graduating class of 2018) wants to purchase one, they must have been enrolled in a participating school in 2018. The student pass can be used June 1st through September 4th, from 5am to 10pm. Metro Transit partnered with Second Harvest Heartland to provide free meals for children and teens 18 and under. Below is the link to free meal locations throughout Hennepin and Ramsey county. These student passes have been available for purchase since May 16th. You can buy them online here or at your school. Below are the participating schools.

Ramsey County Free Meals

Hennepin County Free Meals

Details and Participating Schools

Summer Camps

Star Tribune has supplied a lengthy list of summer camps in the metro area, and throughout Minnesota, available to kids and teens. It is comprehensive and provides information such as the camp description, the price(s), the length, date and type (overnight, half-day, full-day), the organization, and the location and phone number. From an all girls basketball and volleyball camp, to a French immersion for 4 – 18 year olds, and a crash course on how to run a business, there is an abundance of summer camps and programs for any interest at any age. The collection includes camps that are free, camps with sliding fees, and higher end programs. Go to this link to explore your options for the summer of 2018!

Parks and Nature

According to metrocouncil.org there are 53 parks and nature reserves in the metro area, along with 40 trails, and 8 special recreation features. In Ramsey County parks, you can access activities such as archery, bird watching, boating and fish, and swimming, and even golf. Click here to access the Parks and Recreation page, and get a comprehensive list of activities, parks, and their locations.

If you are more interested in Hennepin County, then click here for parks, and here for Events and Activities.

If you are interested in the surrounding areas click here. Get out there and enjoy all the wonderful things our state parks have to offer!

Swimming and Aquatic Centers

The St. Paul/Minneapolis area offers multiple aquatic enters and public beaches. The prices vary on location and size of swimming party.

Great River is located on Lexington Parkway, across from the Lexington-Hamline Community School. It has a 25 lap pool, a kids activity swimming pool, swimming lessons, water aerobics, and sailing lessons. You can also go here for lifeguard training. However, Great River will be closed July 4th through September 3rd.

Como is located on Wynne Avenue, close to Hamline University. It includes a zipline, a lazy river, an aquatic climbing wall, a kids pool, a lap pool, diving platforms and more. It also provides swimming lessons and water aerobics. It is open June 9th through September 3rd.

Highland Park is located on Edgecumbe Road, close to the Golf House. It offers a two-story water slide, lap swim pool, children’s splash pad, diving boards, aquatic climbing wall, party rentals, concessions, swimming lessons and more. It is open June 9th through September 3rd.

Phalen Beach is located close to Johnson Senior High School. It is on a Phalen Lake and is free admission. It offers a new splash pad, sand volleyball (bring your own net), a real sand beach, locker rooms, watercraft rentals, sailing, swimming, and kayak lessons. This is a participating location for Second Harvest Heartland and their free meals program. Below are the links for each aquatic center.

Great River

Como

Highland Park

Phalen Beach

Click here for more fun summer activities around the St. Paul/ Minneapolis area! Have fun and stay safe!

 

Album review: Pusha-T – DAYTONA

Since 2013’s My Name Is My Name, one has had the sense that Pusha-T is a genius rapper who has not been allowed adequate freedom as a solo artist. Of course, we know of his genius from his early days in Clipse, when he and his brother No Malice reinvented gangsta rap music with the Neptunes-produced Lord Willin’ and Hell Hath No Fury. But, since then, as a solo artist, Pusha-T has only shown flashes of the potential that he first showed as one half of Clipse in the late 90’s and early 2000’s, the most notable of these being the Kanye West-produced “Numbers on the Board,” a mini-masterpiece which demonstrated the crucial fact that Pusha-T requires minimalist production to thrive. His cold elocution, deviously arrogant persona and dark ex-dealer rhymes are always painfully out-of-place on pop-rap anthems.

2015’s King Push – Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude was in many ways an improvement upon My Name Is My Name. So is DAYTONA, Pusha-T’s most recent venture, upon Darkest Before Dawn, and for the very same reasons; less bloated production, fewer appearances from second-rate GOOD Music artists like The-Dream, more experimentation, and an even shorter runtime. DAYTONA runs a meager 7 tracks and lasts hardly 21 minutes, but it accomplishes far more than any of the 90-plus-minute megamixes currently offered by Migos, Rae Sremmurd, and the like. Wholly produced by Kanye West, at least half of the credit is due to him. DAYTONA is an album of seven “Numbers on the Boards’s,” and it only further solidifies West’s reputation as the most innovative and important popular musician of the 21st century.

The album opens with “If You Know You Know,” a skeletal banger reminiscent of Yeezus which quickly explodes into ecstatic synths like “Father Stretch My Hands” on The Life of Pablo. “The Games We Play” and “Santeria” are darkly Latin-flavored beats based on guitar licks. The latter features a Spanish R&B interlude that goes over surprisingly well.

“Come Back Baby” is the hardest track on DAYTONA, with three verses consisting solely of a swelling bass-line and two hooks sampling The Mighty Hannibal’s “The Truth Shall Make You Free” without alterations. “What Would Meek Do?” is a conversation between Pusha-T and West about current drama over an eerie, energetic beat. What does Kanye have to say? “Poop, scoop! Whoop! Whoopty-whoop!” among other things. Suffice it to say, it goes over far better than West’s own “Ye vs. the People” with T.I., or “Lift Yourself,” for that matter.

DAYTONA closes with “Infrared,” which is proving to be the album’s most impactful track. Pusha-T brutalizes Drake, Lil Wayne and other enemies while simultaneously solidifying his reputation as the godlike gangster he’s claimed to be since “Dirty Money” in 2006. “The lyric pennin’ equal the Trumps winnin’ / The bigger question is how the Russians did it / It was written like Nas, but it came from Quentin.” “The only rapper sold more dope than me was Eazy-E / How could you ever right these wrongs / When you don’t even write your songs?” Drake was so offended that he fired back with the similarly excellent “Duppy Freestyle.” One can only hope this beef will produce more excellent tracks.

The only track on DAYTONA that feels slightly out-of-place is the slower and more luxuriant “Hard Piano.” Rick Ross offers one of his best verses, but the song still feels irredeemably unfinished. The “Maybach music” samples are delightful, but the “Santo Domingo” hook is utterly absurd and out-of-date; it sounds like a bad reject from the My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy sessions.

DAYTONA is the type of rap album Pusha-T (and the world) needs. It is brief, (though maybe too brief), raw (though maybe too raw), and experimental. Even the album cover, supposedly changed at the last moment to a photograph of the late Whitney Houston’s bathroom, is bold. Apparently, DAYTONA is simply the much-awaited King Push renamed for artistic reasons. If not, I hope that that album (or whatever Pusha’s next may be) will only continue the trend of more experimentation and individuality begun here. DAYTONA shows, finally and categorically, that Pusha-T is still capable of making a masterpiece in the contemporary era, if he can only work with his producers to polish his sound for a bigger and more substantial piece. Its success bodes well for Kanye West’s own next album, which contains seven tracks also and is supposedly out June 1st.

8/10