‘Moon Knight’ review

By: Eva Olson

*Contains Spoilers*

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The new Marvel series ‘Moon Knight’ premiered on March 30th, 2022, with a single episode. This show stars Oscar Isaac as Steven Grant. ‘Moon Knight’ follows the journey of Steven Grant, who lives in London, and works at a museum gift shop. But, he has a separate personality, Marc Spector. Steven blacks out when Marc is in control of his body and often wakes up with blood on his hands. He soon discovers Marc is the avatar of the Egyptian god of the moon, Khonsu.

This show’s special effects and costumes are very well done and unique in my opinion. This show is very visually appealing. The setting in Egypt was captivating and I loved how they incorporated the moon into the background. I thought it was really interesting how they used different costumes for Marc and Steven to show their different personalities.

‘Moon Knight’ is like the other Marvel miniseries ‘Wanda Vision’ in the sense that you don’t know or understand much at first, and it is very confusing but, as you continue to watch it makes more sense. This makes the show very interesting and intriguing and makes it hard to wait for a new episode to come out. It also makes it entertaining to try and predict what will happen next.

There are only five out of six episodes out so far, but I love it and wish it was a longer series. The 4th episode, was left on a huge cliffhanger/big reveal. You don’t really need prior knowledge of any Marvel movies or shows to understand this.

Overall, I really like this show and would recommend it to any Marvel fans or action fans. I would give ‘Moon Knight’ a 5/5 star rating. It is available to watch only on Disney+.

How online therapy has expanded

By: Carla Tizcareno

After the pandemic started, and everyone was stuck at home, technology became a key tool in staying connected. We all know how that went. With everyone online, the mental health community was seeing a lot of setbacks.

Therapy wasn’t an easy thing to access because we were not allowed to go in public spaces. Because of the pandemic, health care providers were basically forced to see their patients online.

Currently, all mental health services are offering in-person and online options. There are many organizations that are purely online and targeted towards people who cannot afford therapy or don’t have insurance. In some cases, the therapist you see can adjust their hourly fee to meet the range that you can afford.

There are multiple websites that help you find a therapist that is available for you that meets your needs. Here a a couple of those sites:

There are also online therapy apps that help you connect with a therapist with a video call or through text. Wysa, Joyable, and Talkspace are some of those apps. Most of these options are under $100 a week. Apps like TickTalkTo are free or extremely cheap.

There are also many popular apps that help teach meditation, relaxation, good self-care, and coping mechanisms to help with many different mental health issues. Some of those apps are called: Calm, Headspace, and Expectful.

If you have been diagnosed with a specific mental illness that you want to target, there are many different support groups that are specifically made for people with depression, anxiety, OCD, and many more.

As always, there are mental health hotlines:

  • If it is an emergency, always dial 911
  • The national suicide prevention hotline can be accessed by dialing (877) 472-3457
  • The crisis text line is also available by texting HOME to 741741

It’s important to keep your personal wellness and health in check. In our day and age we have more options for that. The mental health community will continue to grow for years and years to come.

‘Everything I Never Told You’ by Celeste Ng

By: Julia Swee

Caution, this review contains *SPOILERS*

‘Everything I Never Told You’ is a fictional, deep hearted, literary thriller by the American writer who goes by the pen name of Celeste Ng. Within the book, Celeste includes intense imagery of heartache, as she narrates the lives of a five person Asian-American family growing up in the suburbs of Ohio. The story takes place in the year 1977, when society was much less accepting of diversity. This adds a very pragmatic sense of the racism that Asians encountered at the time.

As the story begins, Ng narrates the lives of each family member. The main character, a 15-year-old girl named Lydia, is immediately highlighted as the main subject of the story. From the very beginning of the novel, we are introduced to the fact that Lydia had died in the nearby lake where the family lived. Ng jumps back and forth on the timeline of the family, from when Lydia was alive, and after she died, as each different character’s point of view is set on display while they mourn over the loss of their family member. 

As Ng narrates Lydia’s story, relevant information is included, such as her whereabouts, her connections, and her overall lifestyle before her death. As the book goes on, more and more pieces are connected that give us hints and clues as to what could’ve happened to Lydia, and what led to her the point of death. 

Ng also narrates the lives of Lydia’s mother Marilyn, her father James, her elder brother Nathan, and her little sister Hannah. Ng uses the transitions between different perspectives from each character, and the varying timelines of each event, to allow the reader to connect the pieces of Lydia’s disappearance. 

Celeste Ng uses this story to present an almost surreal look into the life of a modern family and the real life horrors that can severely impact the foundation of such. The way that Ng uses different perspectives to show the varying emotions that are caused by loss provides insight into the notion that life and death go hand and hand in the world. Celeste Ng does a beautiful job of setting the scene for a story that opens your eyes to the cold hard truth of the impacts that individualistic differences can have on youths. 

As we learn more and more about Lydia’s life before death, and what led up to it, we are able to grasp and understand the inner workings of her family. Ng leads a heartfelt path to the final devastating conclusion of the novel, allowing the reader to grasp the notion that nothing is ever really what it seems. 

Celeste Ng published a novel that drew a portrait of life, loss, family, heartbreak, and everything that comes with it. I recommend this book to fans of books that touch on deep family trauma and reconnection. The subject is touchy, and it is depressing, but it is not without hope at times, including the at end.

Distracted driving

By: Christina Cyrus

Distracted driving is any activity that distracts the driver’s attention from driving, which includes talking or texting on your phone, eating, drinking, or changing the radio station. These can all lead to unsafe driving.

Texting is the most common distraction. Sending texts makes you take your eyes off the road, and you cannot safely drive unless your vehicle has your full attention.

The consequences of texting and driving can be severely bad; it could lead to you killing someone which could then lead to 20 years in jail.

Everyone can be involved in a way to save life. Teens are the best way to get information out, because most of the time their lives involve texting or social media. Parents can also play a big role because they are the role models, and kids are going to do things that their parents do. They can also remind their kids to stay off their phones to help prevent anything bad happening/save their lives.

The law, in Minnesota, is that nobody under the age of 21 can be on their phones unless the phone has “hand free” mode. I think this is a good law because you shouldn’t be on your phone while driving, but you still have a phone there in case there is an emergency.

In my opinion, I think driving is a very good privilege and with driving it comes with you thinking and making the right choices; it comes with responsibility. This is why the law says you have to be 21, because it gives people more time to mature.

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Vitalik Buterin

By: Liibaan Yusuf

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Vitalik Buterin, is a 28-year-old Russian programmer and crypto pioneer. Born in Kolomna, Russia in 1994, to two Russian parents; his father a computer scientist and a stay-at-home mother. The family of three did not stay in Russia for long, moving to Canada by 2000. Vitalik doesn’t speak much about his short stay in Russia.

Vitalik was educated in Canada. His teachers placed him into gifted classes by third grade, as he excelled in school and flew past his peers. He attended Abelard, a prestigious high school for the gifted, in Toronto.

Vitalik learned about Bitcoin and cryptocurrency from his father during his junior year of high school.

After high school, Vitalik attended the University of Waterloo, earning a $100,000 dollar scholarship. There he worked with Ian Goldberg, his mentor, to receive his Bachelors in Computer Science.

From 2011 and on, Vitalik was given the opportunity to work with ‘Bitcoin Weekly’ for a little side income. ‘Bitcoin Weekly’ was a weekly published magazine which wrote about bitcoin and cryptocurrency in the early days. During the early 2010’s Vitalik was paid approximately 5 bitcoins per article written, about $3.50 cents each, or $208,230 today! The magazine fell through months later though, as it wasn’t generating enough income to sustain itself.

Although Vitaliks work at ‘Bitcoin Weekly’ was cut short, he used that opportunity to network and meet with others, like Jed McCaleb, the CTO of Ripple. Ripple is the company behind XRP. Unlike crypto currencies like bitcoin, where a “Proof-of-work” is used to give value to the currency, Ripple is a tech company that made their own proprietary technology, using XRP as their own currency on that technology. Most people don’t actually care about the technology though, and use crypto as a “get rich quick” scheme, which is very dangerous.

Vitalik used his connection with McCaleb and landed a high level programming job at Ripple, though he was unable to ever start since his US Visa application was denied.

Soon after, in early 2013, Vitalik had come up with Ethereum, his own technology, like Ripple, and the sponsored currency, Ether.

Ethereum is described as “A decentralized mining network and software development platform rolled into one”. Vitalik worked on Ethereum for a year before unveiling it at the North American Bitcoin Conference, held in Miami, during January of 2014.

At only 19 years old, Vitalik stood in front of thousands of people, his first time ever speaking to such a large group of people. He was supposed to speak about writing for ‘Bitcoin Weekly’, though he used his speech to speak about his own project, while wearing a black t-shirt with “ethereum.org” written in white lowercase letters. From there, Ethereum took off, going from a tiny community of programmers and academics to being a household name in the crypto community.

Vitalik has since been in a retirement-like state, traveling the world and giving speeches at different conferences and meetings around the world. He’s gone on record to say that he doesn’t enjoy the fame and created Ethereum to be a decentralized space, so he doesn’t feel like it’s right to be put on a pedestal.

As of April 18th, 2022, Vitalik has been honorably given Montenegrin citizenship, alongside Canadian and Russia citizenships as Montenegro hopes to become a “Crypto-Capitol”.

Book review on ‘Where The Crawdads Sing’

By: Ella Sutherland & Lauren Kottke

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‘Where The Crawdads Sing’ is a book about a girl named Kya growing up on her own in a marsh who gets involved with a murder case.

Summary (CONTAINS MAJOR SPOILERS)

Kya has grown up most of her life alone on the North Carolina marsh. Her family left one by one because of the abusive household. Her mom left when she was 6 years old, and her brother left not long after. Kya and her dad started having a good relationship, until Kya’s mother tried to contact them again. He began his drinking again and left her to live alone on the marsh.

Kyas never fit in with the rest of the town. If she were to go into the town, people would look at her and scold her. She didn’t wear the right clothes for them or talk the same. She was called the “Marsh Girl” because she lived alone, and isolated, on the marsh. But she loved everything about living on the marsh. She loved to feed the birds and explore the species.

After Kya’s family left her, a social worker came to the marsh and sent her to school. Kya went and immediately felt judged. Unlike all the other kids, she couldn’t read. She ended up never going back to school, but she did learn how to read.

Her childhood friend, Tate, left bird feathers on a tree stump for Kya knowing that she had a love for the marsh. They started talking and Tate offered to teach her how to read. They began growing a friendship and then a romantic relationship. They spent every day together on the marsh. Tate was never ashamed of their relationship, even though people judged him.

After a couple years of their relationship, Tate had to leave for college. He didn’t want to become trapped in the small town and knew that college was his only way out. He loved Kya but also wanted a better future for himself. Kya was obviously upset with his decision to leave. Tate promised he would come back for her on the 4th of July.

Kya waited months and months for Tate to come back to her. She waited for days after the 4th of July, but Tate never showed up. She was heart broken. Tate had become such an important person in her life, and he left like the rest of her family. She became depressed and lost her love for the marsh.

She began to fall back in love with the marsh. Kya went back to feeding the birds and exploring again. She was still angry and disappointed in Tate, but knew she had to get back up. One day, when she was exploring by the shore of the marsh, she spotted a group of people walking down by the water. She quickly climbed up a tree in the fear she would be seen. She could see that it was the star quarterback of the town, Chase Andrews, and his friends. They all came from rich families of the town. While the group of teenagers was walking down, Chase looked up at the tree and saw Kya. He didn’t say anything but held eye contact. Kya’s heart was racing. Like how it used to be for Tate. She didn’t know how to react to the feeling. She knew all the girls went head over heels for him, and now she could see why.

A couple days later, Kya and Chase met at the boat port while getting gas. Chase asked Kya to go out on a date. At first Kya was hesitant to say yes because of his reputation. They ended up going on a picnic date. Chase brought Kya over to a part of the marsh and they sat by the shore. They had a really good conversation and Kya thought it was going well. Chase leaned in for a kiss but it became more. Kya pushed Chase off and ran through the woods home.

While Kya was boating around in the marsh a week later, she saw Chase. He waved her over and she boated over to him. She didn’t trust him but wanted to know what he had to say. Chase apologized for making Kya feel uncomfortable and wanted a second chance.

Kya gave him the second chance.

They had a relationship for a while. Their whole relationship, Chase kept it a secret. Unlike Tate, who wasn’t ashamed to be involved with Kya.

One day, Kya went to her mailbox and grabbed the newspaper. As she was reading it she saw Chase’s name in the upcoming engagements. She was shocked. She had been seeing him for months without him mentioning he was getting married. The next day, Chase came to see Kya, but she didn’t answer.

The murder part of the book comes in after Chase and Kya end their relationship. Chase is found dead in a swamp by a fire tower. Chase was pushed off of the fire tower. Kya became a suspect because of her relationship with Chase. Although there was circumstantial evidence against Kya, she had an alibi for the night Chase died. There was also no hair or fingerprints found at the crime scene. One piece of evidence they had against Kya was a shell necklace Kya gave Chase. Chase always wore the necklace. But when they found his body, it was no longer on him.

While Kya was put on trial for the murder case, Tate came back. He came back years before but saw Kya with Chase so thought she had moved on. He still loved her and didn’t believe she would commit murder. He stayed by her side the whole time.

Kya gets ruled innocent and let free. She and Tate lived out the rest of their lives together. They weren’t able to have children, but they had nieces and nephews. She got the family she wanted her whole life. She continued her love for the marsh and even wrote books on them.

The last part of the book is when Kya passes away in her late 60s. Tate is cleaning out some of her stuff when he finds a necklace. A shell necklace. Tate is frozen in shock. Everyone in town was convinced that Chase’s death was an accident. But in reality Kya had pulled off a murder.

Reviews
Lauren: I loved this book! I loved how much detail there was. I could picture the marsh with the blue water and all of the characters. I was also shocked by the ending. In the beginning I thought it could be Kya, but I thought it was too obvious. The author did a great job tricking the readers. I would rate this book a 5/5.

Ella: I also loved this book. My favorite part was the love interests. Both of the love interests were so different and had a different impact on Kya. I think the way the book was written made the book even better. It was written from the past with Kya, and the present with the murder. While reading the book I would always be on the edge of my seat. I would rate this book a 4/5.

The difference between coma and brain death 

By: Abi & Thalia

When someone is in a coma, the person is unconscious and has limited brain activity. The person is still alive but they cannot be woken up and they show no signs of awareness. When a person is in a coma, their eyes will remain closed and they will not respond to their surroundings.

A person can go into a coma for a variety of reasons. The person may have suffered a traumatic head injury, stroke, or brain tumor. A person can even go into a coma from diabetes or an infection. Being in a coma is a medical emergency and quick action is needed to preserve the person’s life and brain function. 

The symptoms of a coma are having closed eyes, depressed brainstem reflexes (meaning that pupils do not contract when light is shunned upon them), no response of limbs – just reflex movements, no response to pain – just reflex movements, and irregular breathing. These symptoms are the most common ones that are seen when a person falls into a coma. 

There is another type of coma called vegetative state coma. A vegetative state coma is when the person’s brain is very damaged and has been deprived of oxygen for a long time. The symptoms include the person looking like they are asleep and unable to wake up or respond to commands.

When in a vegetative state, complications are bound to happen. Some of the most common ones include infections, pneumonia, bed pressure sores, and contracture of the muscles. 

When someone is brain dead, the person’s brain is no longer working in any capacity. The brain has no oxygen nor any blood flow. Other organs, which include the kidneys, heart, or liver, are able to work for a short amount of time if the patient is on a breathing machine, however, when a patient is declared brain dead, they are no longer living.

Brain dead patients often look as they are asleep, however, they are not. The reason for this is because the brain no longer works and is considered dead, this means the parts of the brain that feel, sense, and respond to everything around them no longer function. Brain dead patients have to be put on a ventilator because the brain of the patient no longer tells the patient to breathe. 

Brain death is when: oxygen supply to the brain has fully stopped, there is swelling to the brain, or the death of the tissue in the brain. This can be caused by cardiac arrest, a heart attack, etc.

Some symptoms of brain death include no gag reflex, no oculo-vestibular reflex (ice water in ear), the person doesn’t breathe when taken off of breathing machine/ventilator, no sense of pain, and no brain activity on an electroencephalogram. Symptoms of brain death also have a lot to do with the patients eyes, for example, pupils not responding to light, no blinking while eye surface is being touched, and the eyes don’t move when you move the patients head.

Brain death and coma are similar, whereas both seem to have an effect on the brain. The biggest difference between a coma and a brain dead patient is that some patients in a coma may improve however, once a patient is declared brain dead, there is no cure and they will never be able to improve their health and recover. When someone is considered brain dead they are also considered dead and passed away. A coma is a deep state of unconsciousness and brain death is when the brain is no longer functioning and there is no sign of activity in the brain. 

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Taylor Swift’s career and achievements

By: Ella Tabor

Taylor Alison Swift was born December 13th, 1989, in Reading, Pennsylvania. She is the daughter of Andrea and Scott Swift. Swift began her journey into music when she was only 10 years old and singing for local events. She started writing her own songs and learning guitar at only 12 years old. 

She often performed at the Bluebird Café, located in Nashville, Tennessee, which helped her get a contract with Scott Borchetta’s Big Machine Records. 

In 2006 she released her first single “Tim McGraw” and the song soared to the Top 10 hits on the country music charts. She then released her debut album shortly after. The success of “Tim McGraw” launched Taylor’s career in music and she only grew from there. 

Swift explored the genre ‘Country-pop’ in her albums ‘Fearless’, 2008 and, ‘Speak Now’, 2011. The success of these albums, specifically the songs “You belong with me” and “Love story”, labeled Swift as a crossover artist. 

At this time, Swift had won many awards. Some of them being: The Grammy ‘Album of the Year’ award for ‘Fearless’ in 2010. In 2012, the song off of the album ‘Fearless’ won the BMI pop award ‘Song of the Year’, and in 2014 Swift was named ‘Woman of the Year’ by Billboard Women in Music. 

Swift did not stop there. The next album by the country pop star transitioned her to a pop artist. That album is ‘Red’. Released in 2012, ‘Red’ was ranked the third best selling album from Swift. 

Swift explains the meaning behind the title in an interview with Billboard as “Pure, absolute, to the core, heartbreak”. She says, “I look back on this as my true breakup album, every other album has flickers of different things”. 

Some of the awards won by ‘Red’ include: ‘Top selling Album’ by the Canadian Country Music Association in 2013, ‘Top Billboard 200 Album’ and ‘Top Country Album’ by Billboard Music Awards in 2013, and BMI Pop Awards named songs “22” and “Everything Has Changed” as Award Winning Songs in 2015. 

October 27, 2014 the fifth studio album by Taylor Swift was released. ‘1989’.

The title refers to Swift’s year of birth, 1989. She describes the reasoning behind this as a way to make the music more her own. Stepping out of country pop and moving into, what she describes as, “synth-driver 80s pop”

Topping the Billboard 200 for 11 non-consecutive weeks, ‘1989’ would become Swift’s top selling album. Winning awards like: The Grammy ‘Album of the Year’ award in 2016 and ‘Best Music Video’ for “Bad Blood” in the same year. The ‘1989’ tour also won ‘Best Tour’ in 2016 by the iHeartRadio Music Awards.

The sixth studio album by Taylor Swift was a game changer. Released November 10th, 2017, ‘Reputation’s’ purpose was to shred Swift’s good-girl image. 

Facing some personal challenges with the press, and her heart, between ‘1989’ and ‘Reputation’, Swift made her way back into the limelight with the edgy album. 

In 2014, Swift became the subject of brutal public scrutiny. With the press constantly prodding into her personal life and critiquing her moves, it’s no wonder Swift disappeared into herself for 3 years.

‘Reputation’ differs from Swift’s other albums for many reasons. Firstly, Swift did not engage the press at all before releasing the album. “There will be no further explanation, there will just be reputation,” writes Swift on Instagram. She wanted the work to speak for itself. 

The album heavily features a new side of the singer that has been born by the negative press and rumors. The track, “Look what you made me do”, features lyrics that imply Swift’s change into a new persona. 

Needless to say, the album was a groundbreaking success. It hit number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 and had the biggest sales and streams of the year. 

The American Music Awards of 2018 named Swift as ‘Artist of the Year’ in 2017, and named ‘Reputation’ as the ‘Favorite pop/rock Album’ the same year. 

August 23, 2019, ‘Lover’, the seventh studio album by Swift was released. Featuring a bright and colorful array of tracks, Swift’s ‘Reputation’ era had emerged into “Daylight” (the 18th track off of ‘Lover’).

Swift says she created the album from an “Open, free, romantic, whimsical place,” comparing it to ‘Reputation’s’ description, “All cityscape, darkness, full swamp witch.”

She spoke to Entertainment Weekly about the song “Soon You’ll Get Better,” being about her mother’s battle with cancer. She says that it was “Really, really hard to write.” Swift spoke about the song being a decision she made with her family to put it on the album. 

‘Lover’ was named one of the best albums of 2019 by many publications and critics. 

The next album to be released was during the chaos of the COVID-19 pandemic. ‘Folklore’ became Swift’s eighth studio album in July-August of 2020. 

Swift conceived the songs off ‘Folklore’ during quarantine. She describes this time and the songs as “A collection of songs and stories that flowed like a stream of consciousness.” Swift gave the world a peaceful album during such an unprecedented time. 

On this album, Swift worked with many collaborators, of whom she was very open about sharing the names of. She worked with longtime musical collaborator Jack Antonoff. Swift describes him as a “Musical family”.

Interestingly enough, a man by the name of “William Bowery” owns songwriting credits on the album as well. Later, it was revealed that William Bowery is a pen name for Joe Alwyn, Swift’s boyfriend. 

‘Folklore’s’ woodsy, grayscale image, and melodies, set the mood for this album. She credits other fellow artists as inspiration for the album. Singers Lana Del Rey and Phoebe Bridges both received credit for the melodies of ‘Folklore’. 

Swift has received countless praise for ‘Folklore’. Some awards and nominations for the artist include: ‘Album of the Year,’ in 2021 by the Gold Derby Music Awards, Grammy Nomination for ‘Best Pop Vocal Album’, and the iHeart Music Award for ‘Pop Album of the Year’.

Soon after ‘Folklore’, five months later, Swift released her ninth studio album ‘Evermore’. The albums are often referred to as “Sister Albums” given their similarity in aesthetic and name. 

Swift speaks with Zane Lowe, on Apple Music Tuesday, on all things ‘Evermore’. She reveals that she felt as though the songs she was writing felt “Very diaristic” and when she released ‘Folklore’, realized that people are into the style which then gave her the green light to release ‘Evermore’. 

This past Grammy’s, ‘Evermore’ won the Grammy award for ‘Album of the Year’. 

The works done by Swift after ‘Evermore’ include 2 re-recordings. ‘Fearless (Taylor’s Version)’ released April 9th, 2021, and ‘Red (Taylor’s Version)’ released November 12, 2021. 

Swift re-recorded these albums because she changed record labels. Big Machine Records was purchased by Scooter Braun in 2019. Swift refused to sign a non-disclosure agreement which would’ve not let the artist speak out against Braun; who Swift has feuded with in the past. 

Braun then sold her albums to the investment firm, Shamrock Holdings, which prevents Swift from making any profit off of the albums. Swift then partnered with Universal Music Group and is now working to reclaim her work by re-recording any album released before ‘Lover’. 

‘Fearless (Taylor’s Version)’ and ‘Red (Taylor’s Version)’ both feature songs Swift cut out from the original albums, “Vaulted” songs by the artist. The new ‘Fearless’ includes 6 new songs, and ‘Red’ features 10 vault tracks including a 10-minute version of the song “All Too Well”. 

Swift plans to re-record and re-claim the rest of her albums, meanwhile fans are decoding the singer’s Easter Eggs as to which album is next up. 

Keep an eye out for either ‘Speak Now (Taylor’s Version)’ or ‘1989 (Taylors Version)’. 

The challenges and criticisms she’s faced only have made her stronger throughout the years and she continues to persevere through all.

Taylor Swift has had, and continues to have, an amazing career filled with creativity and songs that have touched the hearts of Swifties all over the world.

Hardest quarter for high school students

By: Mila Hart

High school can be very stressful for students. With all of the assignments, projects, and presentations, all quarters can be a generally overwhelming time for students. But some factors make some quarters more difficult than others.

Some juniors at Highland Park Senior High say that the third quarter has been the most stressful, and hardest to get through, for them. They say this for many different reasons including, studying and taking the ACTs; many are affected by seasonal depression as well.

A sophomore at Highland Park Senior High said that the first quarter was the easiest. They said this because they believe that they start off the year with the most motivation and it’s easier to stay on top of things.

Many students that I talked with agreed that the weather and seasons have an impact on how well they do in school. When it’s warmer and brighter they tend to be much more motivated to do school work and the school work doesn’t seem so hard anymore. Based on this take, that would make the second and third quarter the most difficult overall.

Some students also agreed that the third quarter is hard to get through because it’s the only quarter that doesn’t start right after a break and doesn’t have a break in the middle of it. When a quarter begins after a break (first and fourth quarter) students have a bit more motivation after having a chance to fully relax without any school work. And the same goes for second quarter, that has winter break in the middle of it.

An English teacher at Highland Park Senior High says that she notices that the fourth quarter tends to be one of the hardest for students to get through, especially for juniors and seniors. She says this because at this point in the year juniors have taken the ACTs and are burnt out. And after four years of high school, seniors are especially burnt out and just want to focus on all of their lasts of high school instead of doing school work.

Sports schedule for: Apr 25-30

  ATHLETIC EVENTS SCHEDULE: APRIL 25TH – APRIL 30TH
MONDAYAPRIL 25TH 
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
4:00pm / 4:00pmV: 3:15pm / 5:30pmTennis vs. HumboldtV: Humboldt High School JV: HOME
4:00pm Badminton vs. CentralHOME
4:30pm / 4:30pm Varsity/JV Baseball vs. JohnsonV: HOME JV: Phalen Fields
4:00pm2:45pmSoftball vs. HardingHarding High School
TUESDAYAPRIL 26TH
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
4:00pm2:45pm / 5:30pmBadminton vs. Edina and BurnsvilleBurnsville High School
5:00pm / 6:30pm Girls Lacrosse vs. Columbia HeightsCentral High School
WEDNESDAYAPRIL 27TH
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
1:00pm Boys Varsity Golf TournamentComo Golf Course
1:30pm12:00pm / 5:00pmGirls Varsity Golf 9-Hole TournamentOneka GC
3:30pm Boys JV Golf MatchHighland Nine
4:00pm / 4:00pmV: 3:15pm / 5:30pmTennis vs. JohnsonV: Eastview Park JV: HOME
4:00pm Boys / Girls Track and Field Meet vs.  Como / East Ridge / HardingHOME
4:30pm Softball vs. MPLS WashburnHOME
4:30pm / 4:30pm Varsity/JV Baseball vs. JohnsonV: Arlington and Arkwright JV: HOME
5:30pm / 7:00pm Boys Lacrosse vs. BlakeCentral High School
THURSDAYAPRIL 28TH
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
1:00pm Boys Varsity Golf 9-Hole TournamentPhalen Golf Course
3:30pm Girls JV Golf MatchCedarholm Golf Course
4:00pm Badminton vs. Eden PrairieHOME
4:30pm / 4:30pm  Varsity/C Baseball vs. KennedyV: HOME C: Kennedy High School
5:30pm Girls JV Lacrosse vs.  Southwest ChristianSouthwest Christian
FRIDAYAPRIL 29TH
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
4:00pm Badminton vs. Como ParkHOME
3:30pm / 3:30pmV: 3:15pm / 5:30pmTennis vs. Cretin-Derham HallV: CDH JV: HOME
4:30pm / 4:30pm 4:30pm Baseball vs. Harding  V/C: HOME JV: Harding High School
5:30pm / 7:00pm Boys Lacrosse vs. DenfeldCentral High School
6:30pm5:00pm / 8:00pmSoftball vs. DeLaSalleJane Sage Cowles Stadium
SATURDAYAPRIL 30TH
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
10:30am / 12:30pm9:30am / 3:30pmTennis Triangular vs. Park and Two RiversPark High School
10:00am / 12:00pm Softball Tournament vs. St. Agnes and MPLS SouthwestHOME
11:00am / 11:00am 1:00pm Baseball vs. SimleySimley High School
12:00pm / 1:30pm Girls Lacrosse vs. Duluth EastDuluth East High School