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.

Mother’s Day

What is Mother’s Day and why is it important?

Mother’s Day is an important day to show appreciation to mothers around the globe. Mother’s Day is celebrated in 46 countries, and it is a special day for mothers who are mostly dealing with a male dominant society.

History

According to Quora, Mother’s Day began in 1908 by a woman named Anna Jarvis, who did a memorial for her mother, who was a peace activist that helped the wounded soldiers during the Civil War. She began by getting support for Mother’s Day after her mother died. She wanted to honor all of the mothers who supported her family and loved ones.

Most of the U.S. started to celebrate Mother’s Day, and West Virginia, where Jarvis is from, declared Mother’s Day as a holiday. It became an official holiday when President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation in 1914.

It became an international celebration, and countries like India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Italy, Singapore, Belgium, and more countries recognize it.

Mother’s Day is important because it is a day to honor, respect, and show more love than usual to mothers. The day acknowledges the maternal bonds, and roles of a mother in society. It is celebrated on May 13 in the U.S., but is different in other countries. Even if your mother is dead, or not there, it is a day to remember their importance to you.

Study from Psychologists

According to study.com, in the 1950’s, psychologists studied mother and child relationships by looking at how the child is affected to form long lasting bonds throughout their lives.

Infants that deal with high stress environments grow up to be worried adults who have difficulty developing bonds. Children with close relations to their caregivers end up being developing adults.

Also, maternal figures (moms) play a key role to help us become the people we are because they care and comfort us and provide us in so many ways.

Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

  • A Custom Handwriting Bracelet
  • Personalized Photo Stamps
  • Snapshot Mix Photo Art
  • Milk Chocolate Gift Basket
  • Flowers deliveries
  • Broadway Tickets
  • Personalized necklace
  • Plantable greeting card
  • Succulent Print Gardenia Candle
  • Mothers Day Box
  • Moms favorite perfumes

Places to travel in the summer

According to the U.S News Travel, these 10 top attractions are right for you and your family, and they include many fun activities and entertainment.

New York City, US
New York City is a popular place to go to because it includes arts, food, and fashion. Broadway is a popular place in New York, especially the shows and performances. NYCs main attractions are the Statue of Liberty and the museum about 9/11.

Paris, France
For first time visitors, the Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum are great places to go to when going to France. Also, they have nice malls and restaurants like Forum des Halles and Carrousel du Louvre, and restaurants like Pierre Gagnaire and Ze Kitchen Galerie.

Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam has famous museums like the Van Gogh and the Rijksmuseum. They have places for families like Vondelpark and NEMO science museum. Leidseplein has night clubs, movie theaters, and concerts.

Florence, Italy
Florence’s attractions include art like visual art and architect. There are works hung in the Uffizi and Galleria dell’Accademia, and also Duomo and the Palazzo Pitti. Also, they have Boboli Gardens which is a big attraction that includes arts and a huge garden.

Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona has many unique art and architecture and has museums, churches, and parks. Some include: Casa Batllo, La Sagrada Familia, and Parc Güell. The main attraction is La Barceloneta beach and the FC Barcelona’s headquarters.

Singapore, Malaysia
In Singapore, they have both urban and natural attractions which include Orchard Road and Little India showcase. They also have Gardens by the Bay,  and the Singapore Botanic Gardens that provide fresh air. They have a huge playground for adults and children including Sentosa and Merlion Park.

Kauai, Hawaii
This island has so many outdoor activities including: hiking, kayaking, swimming, or just relaxing at the beach. The most popular attraction is Napali Coast which includes hiking and adventure. It is known as number 2, in the Best Romantic Getaways in the U.S. Also, Tunnels Beach is considered as one of the best places to go snorkeling.

Sicily, Italy
Sicily has so many attractions and adventures which include the Valley of the Temples, and the Segesta Temple. It has a Volcano, called Mount Etna, which has top activities such as hiking and a tour around the mountain. They also have the Valley of the Temples which includes Ancient Roman temples.

Savannah, Georgia
Savannah has historic areas which include Mercer Williams House, and the home of Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of Girl Scout Cookies. They have Bonaventure Cemetery and the City Market. They also have Tybee Island which includes a huge Light station, and a Marine Science Center.

Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh is known for their museums and castles. Some include: the Edinburgh Castle, Arthur’s Seat, the Museum of Scotland, and more. If you visit Holyroodhouse Palace then you’ll see Arthur’s Seat and Calton Hill. They have annual festivals like Military Tatto, the Fringe festival, and the Edinburgh festival.

How to become a successful lawyer

Are you considering to become a lawyer?
According to The Balance, law school is a three-year program if your planning on being a lawyer full-time, and you can only qualify as a law student if you received your bachelor’s degree. A lawyer’s job is to represent their client and advise them on their legal situations. Lawyers could also work on a criminal or civil lawsuit.

According to totaljobs.com, lawyers usually do the following:

  • -Attending court hearings (and doing the preparation beforehand)
  • -Drawing up contracts and other legal documents
  • -Negotiating (not all cases will end up in court)
  • -Explaining the law and giving general legal advice
  • -Settling disputes and supervising any agreements
  • -Researching and gathering evidence
  • -Analysing legal documents
  • -Supervising legal assistants

Some steps on how to become a lawyer

  1. It is important to know information about law and how to conduct research.
  2. Attend continuing legal education (CLE) seminars because they’ll help you gain more understanding.
  3. Practice “Critical Thinking” by being able to look at a legal issue from both sides.
  4. Developing your writing skills will help you become a successful lawyer and you are most likely to advance your client’s position.
  5. Work on your oral skills since lawyers are required to speak to the the court, other lawyers, a jury, or the clients. They should be able to argue their client’s position without disrespecting the opposing counsel or to the court.
  6. Familiarize yourself with the courts in which you regularly practice. Each court has different practices.
  7. Complete a trial practice seminar. Some organizations has training trials for people interested in learning different departments of the justice system.
  8. Join a local, state, or national bar association. You’ll be able to learn and meet experienced attorneys and exchange ideas.
  9. Find a mentor. This is important to new lawyers because this will help them become a better lawyer.

Do you want to join College Possible?

Overview Of College Possible
College Possible is a non profit organization that helps to make college success possible for students with low income backgrounds. With the support of College Possible, 98% of College Possible students earned college admission, and the students also graduate from college over four times more, in general. The application process starts your sophomore year, but College Possible officially begins the fall of your junior year. College Possible stays with you until you get your college degree.

What does it provide?
College Possible helps students explore the world of college options that are available to them through college visits to campuses, and a college fair. College Possible provides 4 ACT and SAT test preps, throughout your junior year, and scores have historically increased by over 20%.

College Possible guides students through the college admission process, and they provide help through the application process.

College Possible also helps to make college more affordable, by guiding students through the financial process, by helping students with finding scholarship opportunities, and by supporting them with their financial aid in college.

They offer guidance about the transition from high school to college, which includes a summer bridge workshop. It also provides support into college until you get your degree.

How does College Possible start officially ?
Each student is paired with a College Possible coach, who is caring, supportive, and knowledgeable, each year until graduation.

College Possible officially begins in the fall of your junior year. Students are required to attend after school sessions two times per week. In these sessions, students learn about, and complete the steps and paths to college, with the support of your coach and other College Possible participants. The after school sessions last until the end of your senior year.

High school seniors attend a Summer Bridge workshop, where they receive support to make sure that they are prepared to go to college.

During college, the participants are paired with a coach who will connect with them throughout the years to provide information, resources, and support so they can remain on the path to college graduation.

Who can participate College Possible?
In order to join College Possible, you need to commit to full participation, meaning that you have to come to all of the meetings after school and have regular contact with your coach. Also, you need to be available for some weekend events.

You need to qualify as low income, meaning your parent or guardian has to be qualified as low income.

You need to have a GPA of 2.0 or higher because grades are important.

You need to show an interest in attending a 4-year college or university.

Also, there is no citizen requirement whatsoever.

Meeting these criteria is necessary for you to join College Possible.

How do you apply for College Possible?
First, you fill out your basic Student Information sheet which is the white sheet, and can be found in the CCRC.

After that part is filled out, then you get a colorful packet which includes:

  • 2 Teacher Recommendations
  • Parent or Guardian Information
  • Permission for Information
  • Media Consent

Lastly, you will have to have a 10 minute interview.

If you have questions or concerns, feel free to visit the CCRC and talk to Marta or Tiffany.

Minnesota firefighters die from an unexpected heart attack

In a small town in Minnesota, a firefighter died on a Tuesday morning from a unexpected heart attack after his training session. Captain Jeff Vollmer died hours after the Mayor Fire Department was practicing a scenario. He was only 40 years old, and he leaves behind his wife and two children. According to Maetzold, a Channel 9 reporter, Jeff seemed fine and he was fit, from what they could see, meaning he wasn’t sick.

Apparently, Vollmer isn’t the only firefighter who has died from an undiagnosed condition. The last four firefighters, in Minnesota, all died from heart attacks in their late 30s to early 40s. Half of the time, firefighters die from falling off ladders, smoke inhalation or burns, but heart attacks happen most of the time after their shift.

Shane Clifton, a firefighter in Minnesota, died of cardiac arrest at a station house when he was 38 years old. Also, 42-year old Matt Frantz, who was Fire Chief in Rice Lake, died a few hours after a late night fire call.

 

Vollmer died 6 hours after his training, and it is still considered a in the line of duty death under the Survivor Benefit Act of 2003. The act recognized heart attacks as being a in the line of duty event if they are within 24-hours of the shift.

 

Flu spreads across MN

The flu is spreading all over Minnesota according to WCCO news. According to Doctor Bjorn Peterson, people are coming to the hospital with body aches, headaches, high fevers, and sore throats. Emergency rooms are dealing with many people with these symptoms.

The doctors from Regions hospital, in St. Paul, are saying that they see 30 people a day who have the flu. The high numbers are why the Minnesota Department of Health is declaring influenza and respiratory illness, which means hospitals are putting restrictions on visitors to protect other patients and staff.

Dr. Frank Rhame, a disease doctor, from Allina Health, suggests that you should stay at home if you can. Rhame also suggests to keep kids under the age of five altogether. He also said they may look healthy but they could actually be infected. To prevent the spread of the flu, Dr. Rhame suggests to wash your hands thoroughly and cover your coughs.

These past weeks, Allina Health has admitted 120 people and 870 people have tested positive for influenza. Laboratory tests show that this year, the flu has hit the elderly and younger people hard.

According to the Star Tribune, the best way to prevent the flu is to be vaccinated, but it can’t provide protection against all possible disease. If you experience any flu symptoms like high fevers, chills, muscle aches, continuous coughs, sore throat, headaches, or fatigue, make sure to go see a doctor. The flu is very contagious and can infect you without you even knowing, so make sure to keep clean and make sure to not make physical contact with someone who is already infected.

The renovation of Rosedale Mall

Rosedale Mall is in a 2 year process of being renovated and will be officially completed sometime next year. According to the Twin Cities Pioneer Press, the Rosedale project will bring a new anchor tenant and 10 to 12 smaller retailers to the fleet of roughly 140 stores that lease space at Rosedale. High end fashion will be added to already existing stores such as JC Penney, Macy’s, and Herberger’s. The department stores will fill up the 150,000-square-foot, two story addition being built onto the shopping center.

The renovation will also update the mall’s interior by adding more comfortable spaces for shoppers to relax. New charging stations will be included for checking emails and charging cellphones and other devices.

The mall will be open during the construction, and much of the work will take place at night. Construction of the addition will start next year, in 2018, and the parking deck will hopefully be completed by November. The interior of the mall will bring 11 new stores, filling 21,000 square feet by Thanksgiving of 2018.

Bombing in Mogadishu

According to the New York Times, more than 270 people were killed, and hundreds were wounded, in a double truck bombing in Mogadishu, Somalia. This happened on October 15, 2017. Senator Abshir claimed that it is one of the most deadliest incident since the 90’s.

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Security officials believe that this was caused by a Somali terrorist group, and that they created the bomb. According to the Guardian website, one of the security officials has said that the explosives has been hidden under rice, sugar, and other goods in the truck. They were about 4 miles away from Mogadishu. The bomb then exploded near a hotel on a busy street, which caused many people to die, and wrecked buildings.

Also according to the Guardian website, a woman named Zainab Sharif lost her husband in the bombing, and she said that she lost everything they had. Another woman, named Muna Haj, said that she lost her son during the bombing, and she said that her son doesn’t deserve to die right now, and that the killer deserves to get punished. So many women lost their loved ones and want to know who started the bombing. The group killed innocent civilians and children too.

Many Somali people protested against this and want justice. Many people, including Somali people here in the U.S., are donating money to their families and to the Somali government.

Mental health issue for teens in the U.S.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Issues, it is shown that 1 in 5 teens suffer with a mental health problem. Most of the teenagers start at age 14 and it can last until the age 24. Discussions with others is the first step of getting help. Mental health develops for complicated reasons that researchers can’t find. According to healthychildren.org, many teens face many pressures which can be: physical, emotional, hormonal, sexual, social, and intellectual. These pressures could easily become overwhelming for teens.

Key Mental Health Issues
The main mental health issues in teens, as stated by healthychildren.org, are Depression, Eating Disorders, and Drug Abuse.

Depression– Many teens suffer with depression which can come from stress and should be treated right away. Signs of depression are changes in sleeping patterns, unexpected weeping or moodiness, eating habits either gaining or losing weight, and abandonment of friends or social groups.

Eating Disorders– Many teens also suffer with an eating disorder worrying about their body image and how they look. Body image concerns could become an obsession and can severely affect teen health. There are two types of eating disorders:
Anorexia: Anorexia is avoidance of food and a different eating habit. Their obsession of losing can trigger them to have an eating disorder. Treatment is needed like seeing a doctor or a therapist immediately. 1 to 200 women suffer with anorexia.
Bulimia: Purging (forced vomit) after eating is a sign of bulimia. Be alert for dramatic weight loss without changing their eating habits and also going to the bathroom after every single meal. 2 to 3 in 100 women suffer with bulimia.

Drug Abuse– Drug Abuse is mostly caused by peer pressure. Mental health issues can not just lead teens to experiment in alcohol and drugs but also to use substances as a “self medication.” Be alert for prescription drug and misuse. According to the AAP, prescription misuse by teens is second only to marijuana and alcohol misuse. Also over-the-counter medications can be abused as well. Teens frequently abuse cold medications.

Make sure to talk to a pediatrician if you have more concerns. So many mental health issues can become serious if not treated right away. Your Pediatrician can provide medical help and also refer you to the best mental health organization and professionals.