A cat in 7 easy steps

To draw a cat you need

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1. To start make a curve for the face
2. Draw the ears
3. Sketch the face shape
4. Draw the eyes, whiskers, nose & mouth
5. Make a curve for the neck and the body
6. Draw the two front legs
7. Draw the back legs, then design your cat

Getting Distracted by Electronics

Screen Shot 2016-01-19 at 10.24.11 AMWe all love our tablets and cell phones etc. These devices were meant to save us time, but too often, they end up wasting it instead. For many people, cell phones have become a “new best friend”. Even if you aren’t actively trying to access your cell phone, you’re distracted by notifications, texts, and incoming calls.

People have a habit of checking their phones every 5 seconds, and that could cause a lot of injuries. Here are some reasons why checking your phone constantly is bad.

In 2012, 3,328 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver. You can prevent that from happening by pulling over if you need to talk on your phone, or turning off your phone.

You’ll see people walking down the hall and the street staring at their phone. That could cause bumping into someone, tripping over something or hurting yourself, etc. This could be prevented by making sure you are paying attention to your surroundings.

You have a big test tomorrow and it’s worth half of your grade, and kids don’t even bother to study for it because they’re too distracted with their cell phone, tablet, iPod, laptop, etc. By turning off electronic devices while studying, these distractions can be avoided. Students should set aside specific study times where they put their electronics away.

There are so many reasons of how electronics can distract you. To prevent it from happening, limit your cell phone use, turn off all your notifications so you don’t get distracted by all the buzzes.

Are Muslims what the media says they are? No.

Are Muslims what the media say they are?

Not all Muslims are terrorist.

There are people that claim to be Muslims but don’t act like one, like ISIS groups who kill anyone in their way.

There are Muslims that just want peace but are getting blamed for other people’s actions.

In Islam we are taught not kill a little spider. We are taught to let be it free. We are forbidden to shed blood.  A verse from the Qur’an says, “…take not life, which God hath made sacred, except by way of justice and law: thus doth He command you, that ye may learn wisdom.” Life is sacred in Islam.

Certain people just don’t understand that terrorist don’t just attack non- Muslim areas. How many attacks have happened, and are still happening, in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and other Islamic regions?

Not all extremists are Muslims like the media makes them out to be. The media can be better about how they refer to terrorist groups because other Muslims don’t need to be blamed for what a group of people in their religion does. These groups claim to be Muslims but they give themselves specific names, so why not call them by what they want to be called, i.e. ISIS, Al Qaeda, etc?

A religion shouldn’t be blamed for what some people who practice it do. Innocent Muslims don’t want to feel targeted for something they have nothing to do with.

The Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has proposed that Muslims should be banned from entering the United States. Donald Trump has had many interviews and does not seem to be having any second thoughts about his proposal. Donald Trump might want this proposal to secure our country, but he is also punishing innocent people. He is taking away the opportunities and dreams of those that didn’t do anything wrong aside from believing in a specific religion.

So are Muslims what the media say they are?

No, because the negative actions of Muslims, through groups like ISIS, do not reflect the average Muslim.

Getting to know the faces in the office

For this “Getting to Know” column, we decided to spotlight the the school’s administrative secretaries.

We interviewed Nicole Danielski and Nancie Whitesell. We asked both of them a series of questions to get to know them, and here’s what they had to say.

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Q: Please describe your job to me, what you do?

-Feels like the center point. Everybody comes through here parents, students family members etc.

Q: What are some examples of interesting/funny things you encounter throughout your day?

-Getting to know the student creating the relationships with them. A lot of laughing in here. It could get very stressful sometimes.

Q: How do you feel about students coming in late?

-Regular students, that’s frustrating they should know they need to take responsibilities.

Q: What kind of advice do you have for students?

-Be yourself. Enjoy school don’t worry too much.

Q: What is your favorite color ?


Q: What school did you go to?

-College of st.Catherine

Q: Do you have kids?

-No kids just a dog

Q: Do you prefer pizza or lasagna?


Q: What’s your favorite season?

– I like to be warm, summer

IMG_0254Nancie  Whitsell

Q: Please describe your job to me, what you do?

-I am the part time Budget clerk and part time Counseling Department clerk…so that means I pay the bills for the school (things teachers order, supplies for the building, etc) and I also take care of the records for the Counseling Department

Q: What are some examples of interesting/funny things you encounter throughout your day?

– The Counseling Office is always an interesting and funny place to be because it is different every day, you learn all sorts of things about life and the Counselors are pretty hysterical!

Q: How do you feel about students coming in late?

– no comment

Q: What kind of advice do you have for students?

– Show up and do your work.

Q: What is your favorite color ?

– Purple

Q: What school did you go to?

– Como

Q: Do you have kids? If so how many?

– Yes, 2

Q: Do you prefer pizza or lasagna?

– Pizza

Q: What’s your favorite season?

– Summer

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

Book reviews



Cover of The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby is a 1925 fictional novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald that takes place in 1922, in West Egg district of Long Island, New York. The novel is narrated by one of the main characters, Nick Caraway, who is from Minnesota and went to Yale and talks about his time in New York and the misfortunes that occurred during his time there.

What happened to Nick on the summer of 1922 changed his life forever. Nick meets Jay Gatsby who is his mysterious millionaire neighbor and his cousin Daisy’s lover. Daisy lives across the bay from them with her rich careless, cheating, arrogant husband, Tom Buchanan. Daisy and Gatsby meet again and have an affair.

Nick, later disillusioned and disgusted with happened, leaves the East and goes back to the Midwest then starts writing the book.

I recommend that people read The Great Gatsby because it’s really good and it’s realistic, because around the time the story took place, everybody was working hard to achieve the American Dream.

The author included some real life events that happened to him in the book such as, him and Nick being from Minnesota, their family background, and their social class.

You might also enjoy this book if you like the “Jazz Age” or the “Roaring Twenties” as this books takes place during that time.

There’s also a movie, based on this book, that came out in 2013, and stars Leonardo DiCaprio.



Cover of Clean

Amy Reed is the author of Clean. While she was growing up her family moved a lot and she went 8 different schools. When she got older she got a job as a waitress and began getting into trouble. But getting into trouble and moving place to place didn’t stop her from being a writer.

The book Clean is about teens that are drug addicts. These addicts have to share rooms and their darkest secrets with strangers at a Rehab Center.

I recommend this book because it’s really good and interesting. It’s sad because of the things the characters in the book do to fit in and impress other people, such as taking diet pills.

It’s interesting because the author did a good job of explaining teens struggling with depression.

Readers who read Beautiful and Damaged might as well like this book. From my perspective, Clean is a brilliant and strongly written book.

Something I learned from this book is when feeling depressed, talk to someone or do something that makes you happy.

Homecoming interviews

Ms.  Hedwall, Ms. Rowheller, and the student council were in charge of the Homecoming week festivities. We interviewed some of the winners of the Homecoming Court and here is what they had to say.


photo courtesy of Audrey Dombro

Q: What was going through your head before they mentioned the winner?

Max: I was hoping someone else would get the chance.

Emilia: I was nervous.

Sid: Nothing, there were so many people. I was so nervous I couldn’t think

Sidney: I was nervous.

Q: How long did it take you to pick an outfit?

Max: Five minutes.

Emelia: Two hours.

Sid: Thirty minutes.

Sidney: Not that much.

Q: How did your family about you winning the title?

Max: My mom was really enthusiastic.

Emelia: They were really happy. My mom took a lot of pictures.

Sid: They thought it was cool.

Sidney: Really happy.


photo courtesy of Audrey Dombro

Q: How are you involved in school?

Max: Theater, Link crew, and HS.

Emelia: Link crew, volleyball.

Sid: Cross country, Nordic skiing, and track and field.

Sidney: FFA, Theater.

Q: Were you excited?

Max: Yes.

Emelia: Yes

Sid: I was pretty excited I didn’t think I would win.

Sidney: Yes.

Q: Did you think you were going win?

Max: No.

Emelia: No.

Sid: No.

Sidney: No.

Q: Did you do anything or celebrate?

Max: No.

Emelia: No, I just went to the dance.

Sid: I just went to the dance.

Sidney: Yes, I went out to dinner with my mom.

Max has won last year and Sidney was nominated.

The Dream Line Program

Screen Shot 2015-09-21 at 10.50.52 AMMatt Johnson and Zaire Estrada are Dream Line coaches at Highland who help mostly freshman and sophomores with homework, talking to teachers, ect. The Dream Line Program is a youth mentoring program to support students and help them understand life & social skills.

Matt Johnson went to Beloit in Wisconsin. He has a bachelor’s degree in sociology. He has been a Dream Line coach for a month and a half now. He has also worked for Merocore for almost two years. The Merocore program is his real job but they sent him to be a Dream Line coach at Highland. He also went through a training program called Youth Centered. He was trained for three weeks and eight hours a day before school.

Zaire Estrada went to HPHS and Mankato State University. She applied for Youth Experience, and YMCA Mentoring. This is her first year as a Dream Line Coach.

The Dream Line coaches are available in the library 2nd and 4th hour. They are also starting an after school program. The program is Mon- Fri from 2:00 to 4:00.They would like A LOT of students to come. Snacks will be provided.