Easy dessert foods

By: Thabash and Claire 

It’s usually around fourth quarter when most students (and teachers) hit a wall. To cope with plenty of homework and stress, we’ve provided you with 4 minimal effort desserts. These recipes are simple, quick, and contain ingredients you probably already have at home.

Microwave Mug Brownie: This brownie is the perfect single person size! To jazz it up, add some ice cream or chocolate sauce.

Ingredients:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon flour (white all-purpose)
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 4 tablespoons sugar

Instructions:

  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl, the order does not necessarily matter.
  2. Get two microwave safe bowls/cups/mugs to separate the batter into, the pour the mixture into th two bowls equally.
  3. Microwave for 55 sec on high power (adjust if needed)

Rocky Road Parfaits: This parfait satisfies any sweet tooth! It makes four servings so that you can share with your family or friends!

Ingredients:

  • Package of instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 2 cups of milk
  • Whipped cream
  • Tiny marshmallows (optional)
  • Chocolate chips (optional)
  • Peanuts, chopped (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Make pudding in accordance with directions. Use 2 cups of milk.
  2. Remove 3/4 of pudding and set aside. Fill 4 dessert dishes with remaining pudding.
  3. Fold whipped cream into ¾ of pudding. Then divide this mixture evenly into 4 dessert dishes (pre-filled with pudding).
  4. Let stand for 5-10 minutes.
  5. Top with marshmallows, chocolate chips, or peanuts.

Monster Cookie Bars: These M&M loaded bars are the perfect on the go dessert! This recipe yields 16-20 servings, perfect for sharing or eating over time.

  • 16 ounce roll (refrigerated) of peanut butter cookie dough
  • ¾ cup of rolled oats
  • 1 cup M&Ms
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped semi sweet chocolate
  • Chopped peanuts (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (f). Line a 9×9 in baking pan with foil. Grease foil and set aside.
  2. Break down cookie dough into large bowl.
  3. Combine oats with cookie dough.
  4. Stir in both chocolates (and peanuts if desired).
  5. Put combination into pan and evenly spread.
  6. Bake in oven for 20 minutes.
  7. Cool.
  8. Cut into bars.

Cherry Pie Cups: These simple and easy cup are filled with a delicious cherry filling and if that’s not enough, you can switch up the flavors for a wonderful surprise.

Ingredients:

  • 1 box Pillsbury™ refrigerated pie crusts, softened as directed on box SAVE $
  • 1 can (21 oz) cherry pie filling

Instructions:

  • 1 Heat oven to 425°F. Remove crusts from pouches; unroll on work surface. With 3 1/2- or 4-inch round cutter, cut 6 rounds from each crust; discard scraps.
  • 2 Fit rounds into 12 ungreased muffin cups, pressing in gently. Spoon about 2 tablespoons pie filling into each crust-lined cup.
  • 3 Bake 14 to 18 minutes or until edges are golden brown and filling is bubbly.

We hope these easy dessert foods are enough to satisfy that small craving of yours or make to a perfect midnight luxury’s snack. Enjoy!

What is the future plan for Brexit?

By: Daniela Fernandez

What is Brexit? Brexit is the UK’s plan to separate themselves from the EU. The original plan was to exit the EU on March 29, 2019. Now, as this plan was rejected, the new deadline for Brexit is on April 12 if all goes well in negotiatios.

3 years ago, the UK voted for Brexit, and made Labour Party Representative, Theresa May, Prime Minister of the UK. With the UK’s plan for Brexit the EU stated that the UK would lose all of their trade benefits with them because they would no longer be a part of the EU. This would include their now trade benefits, such as having no taxes on products from different EU countries. An upside for the UK, with separating from the EU, is that they will now be able to have their own trade deals with EU countries since they are not allowed to have these deals under the EU according to CNBC.

March 29 was the day where Parliament would vote for Brexit. After the votes were counted it was determined the Prime Minister May’s plan was rejected once again after 2 other plans had also been rejected, according to CNN. The first time the plan was rejected, only 202 people were for the plan and 432 against, on January 15. The second vote was on March 12, with 242 for May’s Brexit plan, and 391 against. Then on March 29, the number of people who voted for May’s plan in Parliament was 286 against 344 who opposed.

On April 12, Parliament will again vote on the new Brexit plan. There are 2 ways this vote can go. One way is that if the plan is accepted then the government will try to make a decision on how to continue, and call for an extension on their plan. If the plan is rejected then Brexit will most likely be canceled, and the UK will have many options such as holding a general election on the plan or to continue May’s Brexit deal and have negotiations with the EU.

With all of this back and forth about the plan the plan for Brexit is unclear in the future.

Here’s what happened at the 2019 Oscars

By: Daniela Fernandez and Maddie Baggenstoss

This year’s Oscars was held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California. The Oscars have been going on since 1929. What happened this year? Keep reading to get all the tea!

This year’s Oscars had no host. They originally were going to have Kevin Hart host this year’s Oscars, but after old homophobic jokes he made resurfaced, he stepped down claiming that he didn’t want any drama during the Oscars, according to Vox. This was the first time since 1989 that the Oscars haven’t had a host.

The awards ceremony opened with Adam Lambert and Queen playing some of their hits.

Here are the winners of big awards from the Oscars.

This year’s winner of the Best Actress Award was Olivia Colman. She won for her role as Queen Anne in The Favourite.

The winner of Best Supporting Actor was Mahershala Ali in Green Book for his role as Don Shirley.

Regina King won Best Supporting Actress in If Beale Street Could Talk as Sharon Rivers.

This year’s Best Picture award went to Green Book. Best Animated Feature went to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

Best Director went to Alfonso Cuarón for Roma. He also won Foreign Language Film for Roma, and Best Cinematography for Roma.

Best Original Music Score went to Black Panther with Ludwig Göransson. Black Panther also won Best Costume Design with Ruth E. Carter, and Best Production Design with Jay R. Hart and Hannah Beachler.

Best Original song went to “Shallow” written by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt.

Best Adapted Screenplay (which is a screenplay based on a book) went to Kevin Willmott, Spike Lee, Charlie Wachtel, and David Rabinowitz for BlacKKlansman.

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 24: (EDITORS NOTE: Retransmission with alternate crop.) Rami Malek attends the 91st Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 24, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Speaking of winners, the winner of the Best Actor Award, Rami Malek, accidentally ended the awards ceremony with a bang. Or rather, a thud. According to People, Malek fell off of the stage shortly after finishing his acceptance speech. By that time, the televised production had finished, so the incident did not appear on TV. However, there are pictures circulating the internet. They show a startled Malek on the ground, having just stumbled into the crowd.

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper also gave an impressive performance of the song “Shallow” from the movie A Star Is Born. “Shallow” won the Oscar for Best Original Song. Before Gaga and Cooper even got on stage, the crowd applauded them. Many news sources are calling the performance iconic and amazing, and they’re not wrong. It was packed with emotion and the song is beautifully written.

Overall, we are sure this year’s Oscars are going to be remembered for quite some time.

2019 State of the Union Address

By: Daniela Fernandez

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On February 5, 2019, President Trump gave his State of the Union Address. The State of the Union Address was originally supposed to be given on January 22, but was canceled because of the government shutdown.

This year’s speech was overshadowed by a series of exchanges between the President and the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi. Their series of exchanges consisted about when he was to give his speech. The President wanted to give his speech on January 29, but Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, made it clear that in order for him to give his speech, he must first be invited by Congress, and then only the Speaker of the House can call for a joint session between the chambers. Finally, they came to an agreement to have his speech after the government reopened according to CNN.

At this year’s State of the Union Address, President Trump discussed immigration, the economy, infrastructure, drug prices, national security, and governance according to CNN.

On the topic of immigration, the President claimed that his petition for the wall is justified because El Paso, Texas used to be a dangerous city with high crime rates, and that now with a wall in place, it has become one of the country’s safest city. According to CNN, who analyzed and reviewed data from the FBI and city law enforcement, while there was high violent crime in El Paso in 1993 it fell long before a wall was built in 2008-2009.

Next, the President discussed the economy. He claimed that there are more people working in the United States than ever before. He also claimed that 157 million are working. Again, according to CNN, who analyzed data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics this month, 156,694,000 are working. They also stated that compared to the population percentage, the number of people working is still lower than before the recession.

The President also discussed drug prices. He claimed that drug prices are too high for Americans to pay, and wants to work towards lowering them. He also claimed that because of his administration, drug prices where lower than they had been in 46 years in 2018. CNN analyzed the consumer price index for prescription drugs, and they found that while prices did drop 0.6%, which is that largest drop since 1973, the prices rose 3.2% later that year.

Last, the President discussed National Security. He made many claims on international relations such as reducing support for NATO. He also claimed that ISIS was defeated. While most of their territory was recaptured, they still have control over around 20 square miles according to US Central Command, General Joseph Votel. The President also made a call for international support.

This year’s speech brought a lot of scrutiny by the media, and political analysts, and a lot of controversy.

New to Netflix: February 2019

By: Daniela Fernandez and Maddie Baggenstoss

Every month Netflix comes out with new shows and movies, and it can get hard to keep track of what’s new. This month, Netflix is releasing many new shows and movies. Here are a few of the shows and movies to be added.

High Flying Bird is a movie about a sports agent who pitches a business opportunity to a young basketball player during a lockout. You may recognize Caleb McLaughlin in this movie, who stars in Netflix’s Stranger Things. This movie comes out on February 8th.

Dear Ex is a movie about a woman’s ex-husband who dies. When he dies it is revealed that he cut their son out of his will, and put someone named Jay in instead. This movie comes out on February 1st.

Hairspray is a movie about a teen in 1960’s Baltimore who wants to be in the city’s dance TV show. She then becomes an overnight sensation. This movie comes out on February 1st.

Netflix is also adding the classic thrillers Jaws, Jaws 2, Jaws 3, and Jaws: The Revenge. If you don’t already know what Jaws is about, it is about a killer shark who attacks the tourists on Amity island and the police chief’s quest to capture the great beast. These movies come out on February 1st.

Pretty in Pink is about a teenager who doesn’t know where she belongs in high school. She then falls for a guy in a different social group, and she realizes it’s hard to be relationship when you run in different social circles. This movie comes out on February 1st.

The Edge of Seventeen is about a high school junior named Nadine that struggles with the up and downs of being a teenager. Not to mention that her best friend is now dating her brother. With the help of a new friend she’s able to navigate life as a teenager. This movie comes out on February 1st.

Beverly Hills Chihuahua is about a Chihuahua who gets lost in Mexico. Chloe the Chihuahua travels all over Mexico with the help of another dog Delgado to get back to her owner with adventures on the way. This movie comes out on February 3rd.

One Day at a Time is about a Cuban-American family as the show follows their ups and downs of life. The show follows a single mom with two children and her mom. Season three comes out on February 8th.

Workin’ Moms is a TV show about four working moms in their thirties who must navigate life in Toronto. They overcome many problems throughout the show. Workin’ Moms comes to Netflix on February 22nd.

The Umbrella Academy is about 43 kids born with supernatural abilities. Based off of the comic book series, this movie follows six of the superheroes as they use their abilities to solve the mystery of a billionaire’s death. This movie comes out on February 15th.

The Breaker Uppers is about two women who are very cynical. They decide to create an agency that helps couples break-up. This movie comes out on February 15th.

Chef’s Table is a documentary series about unique restaurants all over the world. Volume 6 comes out on February 22nd.

2018 G20 Summit

By: Daniela Fernandez

This year, the G20 Summit was held on November 30 – December 1 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The G20 summit has been going on since 1999. The summit is where the world’s countries, that lead in the economy, meet every year. Heads of state, or governments, attend the summits to discuss ways to help the world’s economy stabilize. They also talk about financial markets, trade, and development. There are 19 countries, and the EU, that participate in the G20 summit according to G20 Argentina 2018. These countries are Argentina, United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Brazil, South Korea, Turkey, South Africa, Germany, China, India, Indonesia, France, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Italy, and Australia.

This year, they discussed technology, and how they could guarantee that everyone has access to technology. Also, how technology helps to resolve problems in the world, and to make sure that technology won’t create a backlash in the world.

They also talked about finances, and ways that they can guarantee that money is shared with everyone. This included ways to ensure that the IMF and the WB have enough resources to help countries, and prevent economic loss.

They also discussed agriculture, and the loss of sustainable land because of global warming, and unfair access to land.

Another topic they discussed was international trade, access to markets, globalization, and fair trade.

The final topic they discussed was anti corruption, and helping developing countries fight governmental and industrial corruption, according to G20 Argentina 2018.

This year, at the G20 summit, the US, Canada, and Mexico signed the updated NAFTA agreement. This agreement is about including more products in the free trade market, and guaranteeing that the US won’t force tariffs. This agreement has Canada open its milk market to the United States.

The new agreement says that starting in 2020, to have no tariffs, cars and trucks have to be made with 75% of its parts from the United States, Mexico, and Canada. It is currently at 62.5% parts made from the US, Mexico, and Canada. The new agreement won’t take action until 2020 according to the Washington Post.

2018 Midterm Election Results

By: Daniela Fernandez

This year, on November 6th, Midterm elections were held. This year,s election was very crucial to both the Republican and Democratic parties as their fate in who would hold the Senate and House of Representatives in D.C. was at stake.

Now with this year’s election over, the democrats have the majority in the House of Representatives. In this election, the democrats gained 27 seats according to Time Magazine, which gave them the majority of 14 seats

The Senate has 100 seats. This year 35 of the 100 seats were up for election. In the Senate, the Republicans kept control of it. They gained 4 seats, but lost 2 which the democrats took according to CNN. Republicans flipped North Dakota, with Cramer winning, Indiana who had Braun win, and Missouri who saw Hawley win. Also, Florida, after recounts, had Scott win. Democrats flipped Nevada with Rosen winning, and Arizona, who had Sinema winning.

Democrats now hold 47 seats in the Senate, and republicans hold 52 seats. Republicans have had control of the Senate since 2015, when they held 54 seats, and democrats held 44 seats according to the United States Senate website.

In the House of Representatives, democrats hold 232 seats out of 435, and republicans hold 200 seats. This year, all 435 of the House of Representatives seats were up for election. Democrats now have a majority of 14 seats because in order to have majority they need 218 seats. They needed to flip 24 seats in order to gain majority. Democrats previously had 195 seats, and republicans had 236, and there were 4 seats that were empty according to the U.S. House of Representatives Press Gallery.

Republicans lost 36 districts, and democrats flipped 37 districts. With this, now they hold the majority, which they haven’t held since before President Obama’s second year in office which they lost to the republicans. They held 257, and republicans held 178 according to the United States House of Representatives Archives.

Exciting new Netflix shows and movies!!!!

By: Daniela Fernandez, and Maddie Baggenstoss

Every month, Netflix releases tons of new shows and movies. That includes both Netflix originals and lots of other shows for your on-demand viewing pleasure. This month, Netflix has an awesome new lineup of shows and movies.

The Outlaw King is coming out on November 9th. This TV show is about Robert the Bruce, who was the King of Scotland. House of Cards season 6 came out on November 2nd. Brainchild also came out on November 2nd, and is a science show directed to kids. Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj started on November 4, and has new episodes every week. This show is a comedy about current events. Westside is a reality TV show about aspiring musicians, and it comes out on November 9th. She-Ra, Princess of Power comes out on November 16th, and is a reboot of the original from the 1980’s.

All you holiday lovers get ready for some holiday movies! One of the movies is The Christmas Chronicles on November 22nd. The movie tells the story of 2 kids trying to capture Santa, but who end up having to accompany him and his elves as they try to save Christmas. Another holiday movie is The Holiday Calendar, which was released on November 2nd. It is about a magical calendar that grants wishes. The next holiday movie is The Princess Switch, and it comes out on November 16th. This movie is about two identical girls trading places. Another holiday movie is A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding which will come out on November 30th, and is the sequel to A Christmas Prince. The final Christmas movie of this month is the Netflix original Angela’s Christmas which was released on the 1st. And for those of you who are not quite ready to say goodbye to the spooky season, Bram Stoker’s Dracula is bringing a twist on the original story to Netflix. It was also released on November 1st.

The classic Sixteen Candles is also making its debut on Netflix and came out on November 1st. It follows a day in the life of Samantha, whose parents forgot her 16th birthday. The second season of Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Gauntlet is coming out on November 22nd. A good pick for Marvel fans this month is Doctor Strange, released on November 1st. On November 4th, Netflix is adding Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, the third installment in the series. If you’re into documentaries, Jiro Dreams Of Sushi tells the story of a sushi restaurant that aims for perfection. It comes out on November 22nd.

Hispanic Heritage month

By: Daniela Fernandez

Every year, there is Hispanic Heritage month throughout the months of September and October. It takes place September 15 – October 15. This year’s theme was “Hispanics: One Endless Voice to Enhance our Traditions” according to Hispanic Heritage Month. This year’s theme was about reflecting on traditions, culture, and the history of Hispanic Americans. The theme was announced by The National Council of Hispanic Employment Program Managers.

This year’s Hispanic Heritage month had many events going on. The events listed below are according to the National Hispanic Heritage Month website. One of these events was Realm of the Jaguar, that took place at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian on September 22. This event was about honoring the jaguar found in artistic traditions from Mexico to the Amazon. There were many dances from places like Bolivia, Guatemala, and Mexico. At this event people could see how masks are made, and how traditional ceramics were made too.

Another event this year, was on September 23, at the National Zoo, called the ZooFiesta. At this event they had live music and activities that were educational, and that focused on conservation in South and Central America. During this event there were presentations and demonstrations, and feedings from animal keepers about sloths, tamarians, golden lions, golden frogs, and Panamanian and Andean bears.

A third event was on September 27, and it was a conversation with Congressman Pete Aguilar. He is a representative of the 31st Congressional District of California, and he is on the House Appropriations Committee. This conversation was about issues that Latinos are faced with today. This also included talks about his experience as a Latino person in congress. This event took place at the Library of Congress.

Another event that took place this year was on September 28, and it was the 2018 Americas Award Ceremony at the Library of Congress. This was an awards ceremony for two authors who wrote books portraying Latinos in the United States. These writers were Duncan Tonatiuh, for writing and illustrating Danza!, El Ballet Folklorico de Mexico, and Amalia Hernández, and author Ibi Zoboi for writing American Street. They received the 2018 America Award for their writings.

The fifth event was on September 29, called Nuestra Ciudad (Our City). This was an event where people could meet local artists, dancers, and musicians. This was an event where people from Washington D.C. could learn about their local hispanic culture. This event took place at the National Portrait Gallery.

Scot’s Band performance at the Homecoming game

By: Daniela Fernandez

This year at the Homecoming game against MSB the Scot’s Band played. The Scot’s Band played in the stands with everyone from Highland cheering for our team, while playing  through the cold weather. They were directed by Joel Matuzak the band director here at Highland.

While the Scot’s Band only played throughout the first half of the game, they still played a wide variety of songs. Before going into the stands they played for the people who were tailgating before the game started. They played “September” by Earth, Wind, and Fire on the stairs. Then they left for the stands.

During the game Saturday afternoon the Scot’s Band suffered through the cold as they played for the people who attended the Homecoming game. They played “7 Nation Army” by The White Stripes, “Highland Rouser” by W. Rayford Johnson and Joel Matuzak, and “Paint it Black” by The Rolling Stones. They also played many songs from Stadium Jams Vol. 2, and from this they played “Back in Black” by AC/DC. Then they played songs from Stadium Jams Vol. 3, and from this they played “Carry on Wayward Son” by Kansas, and “Final Countdown” by Europe. Then the Scot’s Band played “Tequila” by Chuck Rio. Next they played “Uma Thurman” by Fall Out Boy and they played some popular songs including “Handclap” by Fitz and the Tantrums, “My House” by Flo Rida, and lastly “Feel it Still” by Portugal. The Man.

After the Scot’s Band finished playing it was time for the Halftime show. This year, for the halftime show, the Highland Park Senior High marching band played. They played “Feel it Still” by Portugal. The Man. While they were playing this song they were moving around the field to create different shapes and letters. At the end of their performance they finished in the formation of HPSH. This performance wrapped up all the bands’ performances at the game while people stayed, and they watched the rest of the game.