The Golden Globes

The 76th Golden Globe Awards honored the best in film and American television of 2018, as chosen by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Produced by Dick Clark Productions and the HFPA, the 76th Golden Globe Awards was broadcast live on January 6, 2019, from The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California beginning at 5:00 p.m. PST / 8:00 p.m. EST. The ceremony aired live on NBC in the United States. Actors Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg hosted the ceremony.

The nominees were announced on December 6, 2018 by Terry Crews, Danai Gurira, Leslie Mann, and Christian Slater. The ceremony marked the debut of a new non-competitive award rewarding excellence in television, the Carol Burnett Award, with Carol Burnett herself being the inaugural recipient, along with a brand new trophy design.

Green Book won the most awards for the ceremony with three, including Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. Bohemian Rhapsody and Roma won two awards each. In television, The Kominsky Method and The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story were the most awarded, with two awards each. Jeff Bridges was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for career achievement.

This is a complete list of the winners:   

Best Motion Picture, Drama:

Bohemian Rhapsody

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy:

Green Book

Best Director, Motion Picture:

Alfonso Cuarón, Roma

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama:

Glenn Close, The Wife

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama:

Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy:

Olivia Colman, The Favourite

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy:

Christian Bale, Vice

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture:

Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture:

Mahershala Ali, Green Book

Best Screenplay, Motion Picture:

Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie and Peter Farrelly, Green Book

Best Motion Picture, Animated:

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Best Motion Picture, Foreign Language:


Best Original Score, Motion Picture:

Justin Hurwitz, First Man

Best Original Song, Motion Picture:

“Shallow” — A Star Is Born


Best Television Series, Drama:

The Americans, FX

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Drama:

Sandra Oh, Killing Eve

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Drama:

Richard Madden, Bodyguard

Best Television Series, Musical or Comedy:

The Kominsky Method, Netflix

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy:

Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy:

Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, FX

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television:

Patricia Arquette, Escape at Dannemora

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television:

Darren Criss, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:

Patricia Clarkson, Sharp Objects

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:

Ben Whishaw, A Very English Scandal

Swim team separation

Highland has many sports teams and well performing clubs and one of these is the highland swim team. They are a special group of people and one of the few teams that are joined by SPA (Saint Paul Academy) to create the Sparks swim team.

Recently, Dr. Tucker announced wishes to dissolve the relationship between Highland and SPA. Many athletes were displeased when hearing this and created a petition to collect signatures to keep their team together.

The reasons Dr. Tucker had to separate the teams was discussed with the swim team parents, and athletes, in a meeting that was held on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 in the Highland Park Senior High School auditorium.

Dr. Tucker prepared a document that explains his reasoning, and I have included a copy of it below. (Nothing has been edited these are all Dr. Tucker’s words)

SPARKS Swim/Dive Team students and parents:

Highland Park Senior High School is moving to dissolve the cooperative partnership for the Swimming/Dive program with SPA for next school year.

While we respect the partnership with SPA and recognize that students from both schools have formed important bonds over the years, there are a number of logistical reasons for dissolving the sharing of the two programs.

These reasons include but are not limited to the following:

  1.  Both schools have enough students to host their own teams.
  2. The current size of the team has resulted in many challenges, including having to turn away Highland Middle and Highland Senior students.
  3. The size of the team warrants multiple coaches, which is a financial problem to sustain.
  4. Continual turnover in coaching as a result of managing the two combined programs which has resulted in a lack of consistency.
  5. The logistical challenges in coordinating a team between two schools as well as the size of the team is very challenging and a deterrent for most prospective coaches.
  6. Saint Paul Public Schools has a practice of generally only having cooperative athletic partnerships with schools within the same district (there are a few necessary exceptions).
  7. The purpose of cooperative athletic partnerships is to be short term until both schools can build their programs. This goal has been accomplished.

    Please note that some have felt that this change was our athletic director’s decision. It is important to realize that as principal it was my decision to move forward with this change and as principal the responsibility rests on my shoulders.

    If you are interested in hearing more about this issue and would like share you thoughts on this matter there will be a meeting in the Highland Park Senior High School auditorium on Wednesday, December 12 at 5:30pm.

    Dr. Winston H. Tucker

Though Dr. Tucker’s reasons are valid, the swim team had some reasons of their own. The following is from a petition created by SPARKS team members.

It has come our attention that the decision has been made to separate the Sparks and Trojans swim teams into two separate teams. For years, this co-op has flourished between Highland Park and SPA, both in and out of the pool. When we, the captains of both teams, were informed of this change, ‘cultural differences’ and limited pool space were cited as reasons for the split. These cultural differences are not a reason to divide the team—they are a key factor of what makes this team so special. The relationships and bonds formed between swimmers from both schools would never have been possible without the co-op. When it comes to the issue of pool space, we found a solution to the limited space during this past season, and believe that if the issue of space were to continue to be a problem, there are more viable solutions than to just separate the teams completely. This is not like the past where the teams were only separated while competing in conference meets (but could still compete in non-conference invites, dual meets, sections, and state together). The Athletic Department wants to separate us completely. We, the captains of both teams, and our fellow teammates believe that this is not in the best interest of either the Trojans or the Sparks in any way. While swimming together competitively the boys were able to come in 5th place in their 6AA sections and the girls were able to come in 7th place in their 6AA sections. If the teams were separated, like our schools intend to do, the boys team would have come in 7th place at their sections and the girls would have come in 8th place. The boys last year were able to get a new school record for their 400 free relay with two of those swimmers being from SPA and the girls were very close to breaking the 200 free relay record of which one person was from SPA. Additionally, a swimmer from SPA for the girls team broke a record that had stood for over 20 years in the 100 fly this past season. As mentioned previously, the teams as a co-op have been able to accomplish great things that they would not have and will not be able to achieve as two separate teams. We hope to have your support and for you to sign this petition in order to help us to keep our teams together.

If this article persuaded you believe that the swim team deserves to stay together, and to continue to develop the close bond they all cherish and want to continue, please click this link and help them by signing the petition:


Holidays in December you might not know about

Christmas. Hanukkah. New Year’s Eve. Are these the only three holidays in December? Many might forget that there is more to the month than menorahs and mistletoe. To shed some light on forgotten festivities, we curated a list of lesser known holidays this December.

Kwanzaa began being celebrated in the late 1960s. After the Watts riots, Kwanzaa was formed as a celebration of harvest: similar to Thanksgiving. In fact, the title “Kwanzaa” comes from the term “first fruit.” The holiday includes: meals, dancing, singing and storytelling. It spans seven nights.

Boxing Day is celebrated on December 26. It originated in the UK, and is the day where church collection boxes are opened. The money is given to the poor, and workers are given the day off to spend with their family.

World AIDS day takes place on December 1. It is used to spread awareness on aids and mourn the loss of those who have died from it.

Saint Nicholas Day is on December 6. It could be considered a Christmas holiday, and it is considered a day to focus on giving rather than receiving. The holiday tells the story of a Catholic saint and his morals.

The International Day for the Abolition of Slavery is a yearly event on December 2, organized by the United Nations General Assembly. The day was first celebrated in 1986. The Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others was approved by the United Nations General Assembly on December 2, 1949. Also, by resolution 57/195 on December 18, 2002, the Assembly proclaimed 2004 the International Year to Commemorate the Struggle against Slavery and its Abolition.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3, is an international observance promoted by the United Nations since 1992. It has been observed with varying degrees of success around the planet. The observance of the day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life. It was originally called “International Day of Disabled Persons” until 2007. Each year the day focuses on a different issue.

Each year, on December 8, brownie lovers across the nation enjoy one of their favorite baked goods on National Brownie Day. Brownies were created in the United States at the end of the 19th century. A cross between a cookie and cake, they soon became very popular across the country. Though it is unclear of who created this holliday, would you miss an opportunity to eat you’re favorite treat?

International Migrants Day is observed on December 18, in accordance with Resolution 55/93 of the United Nations General Assembly which was adopted on December 4, 2000. On December 18, 1990, the General Assembly had adopted a resolution on the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families (resolution 45/158). This day is observed in many countries, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations through the dissemination of information on human rights and fundamental political freedoms of migrants, and through sharing of experiences and the design of actions to ensure the protection of migrants.

Bacon Day is observed annually on December 30th. Everything’s better with bacon. Someone said that once. Within our research, we have found very little to dispute this assertion. In the United States and Canada, bacon is made from the pork belly. Elsewhere in the world, the side and back cuts of pork are used. The meat is cured in either a salt brine or in a salt pack. It is then either dried, boiled or smoked. Bacon is a very popular food in the USA. You can find many items also flavored or scented with bacon including popcorn, soap, candles, air fresheners, and much more. Tthe proper way to celebrate it is by surrounding yourself with bacon!

Did you know some of these? What was your sore out of 9? Share with your friends and find out if you got the best score!

History of Thanksgiving foods

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The holiday we all know and love is coming about,m and the festive season is blooming. If you’re a feverish Thanksgiving fan (even if you don’t even celebrate), here are some interesting facts about the history of Thanksgiving foods that you may or may not know.

We all know the modern staples of a Thanksgiving dinner: cranberry sauce, roast turkey, stuffing and more. But would it surprise you to know that none of these were present at the first Thanksgiving feast?

Instead of wild turkey, it was likely that the settlers ate roast duck or goose. Additionally, seafood, including lobster, clams, and mussels, made an appearance at the meal in the New England colony.

The forest provided chestnuts and walnuts, and crops provided squash, carrots, and peas for sides. Though corn is one of the most iconic Thanksgiving foods, it’s unlikely that settlers had corn on the cob this time of year — the only corn present at the first Thanksgiving was dried.

So, how did we get to eating turkey and mashed potatoes?

Well, the turkey was added to the annual celebration, and later popularized. Indigenous people boiled cranberries with sugar and used it to pair with the turkey. This sauce can be found in a cookbook from 1796. Sweet potatoes with marshmallows originated in France and then was adopted by Americans in attempt to add sweet potatoes to their meal. Pumpkin pie wasn’t found on tables until the 1800s.

While a nutty, herby stuffing could possibly be found at the first Thanksgiving, it wasn’t until 1792 when the modern stuffing was a hit. Green bean casserole, a hot dish, wasn’t popularized until 1955 – less than 63 years ago.

While Thanksgiving food has changed, and been altered over time, it’s not what the holiday is actually about. Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful and gracious for what we have.


PBE matrix

The PBE matrix, or Positive Behavior Expectations matrix, for HPSH can be found in, if all, most classrooms. It is separated into 8 columns: Before school, Classroom, Halls, Cafeteria/courtyard, Bathrooms/locker room, Event/assemblies, Bus/parking lot, and After school.

Recently, the administration has made it a goal to reinforce the matrix, which was introduced to students at the beginning of the year grade level meetings.

The Before school expectations include: being timely to classes, following dress code, using appropriate language, coming to school prepared, being alcohol/drug free, and respecting others.

The Classroom expectations also include: being timely, being respectful, using appropriate language, and being alcohol/drug free. Along with this, students are expected to be engaged in class, listening and following instruction, being prepared, turning in work by deadline, and having electronics put away (directed by staff).

The Hallway expectations include: appropriate language, being respectful, walking/talking, being alcohol/drug free, and arriving to class on time. Students should otherwise be in possession of a hallway pass.

The Cafeteria/courtyard expectations include: appropriate language use, being respectful, and being alcohol/drug free. In addition, to these expectations students are also expected to walk, throw garbage away, and follow staff directions.

The Bathrooms/locker room expectations also include: appropriate language, being respectful of privacy, and being alcohol/drug free. In addition, students should use bathrooms at passing time, or return promptly to class. They should put away electronics, wash hands, flush, and respect others personal property.

The Events/assemblies expectations include: appropriate language, being timely, and being alcohol/drug free. Students should be attentive/engaged, sit in assigned area, silence electronics, follow staff directions and enter/exit as directed.

The Bus/parking lot expectations include: using appropriate language, cleaning up, following alcohol/drug free expectations, following road signs, bus safety rules, and listening to bus driver’s expectations.

After school expectations include: using appropriate language, following staff instruction, going to adult led activities (directly), following all after school policies, keeping track of Schoology, Campus, and email, and respecting others, along with being alcohol/drug free.

The hope is that students will feel more comfortable in school if they follow the matrix as everyone would be doing what they should be doing. Following the matrix would also hopefully help students be more productive, because there would not a lot of extra distractions.

In the end, without the matrix, school would be a lot less structured, and there would be a lot more chaos.

BTS concert

BTS is a K-pop boy band with the members being RM (Kin Namjoon), Jin (Kim Seokjin), Suga (Min Yoongi), J-Hope (Jung Hoseok), Jimin (Park Jimin), V (Kim Taehyung), and Jungkook (Jean Jungguk). During 2018 they released two albums; Love Yourself: tear and Love Yourself: Answer. The latter of which concluded their Love Yourself Album series.

BTS announced their upcoming world tour on April 26, 2018. The initial number of shows were 7 in Asia, 15 in North America, 7 in Europe and 29 in total, but BigHit revealed on July 30, 2018, that they’ve added 4 more shows to the Japanese leg of the tour, making it 33 total shows. So far, all their shows have sold out.

when I was getting tickets, the room was in a frenzy. Me and my mom calling my friends family, whom I went with to the concert, and my dad. But when we finally got to ticket master the tickets ad sold out! We didn’t give up and we earthed until we found three seats next to eachother. Now the next challenge, booking a hotel. Whenwe finally found a hotel that had space, it had been an hour. Since many fans had also been looking for rooms, it was impossible to find a hotel.

On the drive to Chicago me and my friend had lots of fun hyping ourselves up for the concert, and when we finally got to the hotel everyone took a few quick showers to refresh from the long car ride and changed.

At the United Center where the concert was taking place, people were buzzing about. And when we finally got in to concert and the show stared, it was very amazing. I absolutely loved the concert! My friend and I and had such a good time together. During the performance they performed may hits and their official setlist for the songs in the order they were performed was:

  • IDOL
  • Save Me
  • I’m Fine
  • Magic Shop
  • Trivia: Just Dance
  • Euphoria
  • I Need U
  • RUN, Serendipity
  • Trivia: Love
  • DNA
  • Boyz With Fun/Attack on Bagtan/Fire/Silver spoon/Dope
  • Airplane pt.2
  • Singularity
  • Trivia: Seesaw
  • Epiphany
  • The Truth Untold
  • Outro: Tear
  • MIC Drop
  • So What
  • Anpanman
  • Answer: Love Myself.

It was also my first concert, so the constant screaming took a little getting used to. I really liked being able to go to this concert and i derrifnetly wont forget the experience.  I know everyone cant attend concerts like this so I was extrmely ahoy my parents obliged t send me. The entire experience, in the end, I would defiantly say it was worth it.


Midterm elections

Midterm elections are held halfway between presidential elections. Voters elect one-third of all U.S. senators and all 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives during the Midterms. The reason Midterm elections are so important is that this election determines which political party—Democratic or Republican—will control each chamber of Congress for the next two years. The party in control of either chamber is the party more likely to get its proposed legislation passed in that chamber. Because proposed legislation must pass in both the House and the Senate for it to reach the president’s desk for approval it is easier to pass bills when the majority is leaning toward your political party.

The Midterm elections serve the purpose of allowing the public to have more control over the US government. The election also gives the public the freedom to implement their ideas and inspirations in the country’s laws, future goals, and other projects/ moments they might want to include into the government’s think box. The factor that Midterm elections play in this is, is if your party is elected in the majority, then chances are those ideas will be more likely to turn into something bigger. Therefore, the Midterms can present new opportunities, and concerns our day to day lives.

Though the Midterms only happen once every two years, the state and local elections can take place any time in various places throughout the year. These elections can be held for offices such as the state’s governor, seats in the state legislature, a city’s mayor, judges, a local official, or for other reasons. The election can be held to ballot initiatives that affect the laws, taxes, and budget of your state or town. The difference between these elections and the congressional ones is that the latter affect your state’s representation in Congress, which is the legislative branch of the federal government that includes the House of Representatives and the Senate and thus pertains to the entire country. The former, however, is only relevant to your own state or town.

As of 2018, we have the following people running in Minnesota:

  • Tina Smith (Democrat) and Karin Housley (Republican) for U.S Senate
  • For the U.S House of Representatives: the Democrats – Dan Feehan (District 1), Angie Craig (District 2), Dean Phillips (District 3), Betty McCollum (District 4), Ilhan Omar (District 5), Ian Todd (District 6), Collin Peterson (District 7) and Joe Radinovich (District 8)
  • For the U.S House of Representatives: the Republicans – Jim Hagedorn (District 1), Jason Lewis (District 2), Erik Paulsen (District 3), Greg Ryan (District 4), Jennifer Zielinski (District 5), Tom Emmer (District 6), Dave Hughes (District 7), and Pete Stauber (District 8).

To educate yourself with more information on what each of these individual’s takes on taxes, national debt, immigration, health care, and guns, are click on this link!


Back-to-school season and flu


Huron High School students walk to their buses after school on Friday afternoon. The budget calls for eliminating all busing for high school students next fall, but the school board is looking at other alternatives. Jeffrey Smith | For

Getting sick is not limited to one group of people only and I’m sure anyone who has attended a history class would know this to be true. To refresh your memory, in the war between Europeans and Native Americans, the former was immune to small pox, and the latter wasn’t, which lead to a catastrophe for the Native people.

Though getting a common cold is not a serious illness comparatively, it still has infuriating traits. People under 18 are the group most affected by flu and the common cold every year.

Statistically speaking, high schoolers are at a very low risk of getting the flu; we shouldn’t be that worried about it, right? and in fact, the ones at the highest percentile of risk are elementary kids. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, elementary school children get six to eight colds each school year, and for high school kids, about half of that. This could be attributed to their smaller physique, easily compromised immune system, and also lack of established hygiene practices. High schoolers, comparatively, have better hygiene practices and also more well adapted immune systems.

Though elementary school children are prone to getting sick more, they are least affected by this academically. Let me explain this further. Elementary kids don’t necessarily have any pressure from school in completing tasks or getting grades. In fact, most elementary schools don’t start grading things until 4th or 5th grade. Unfortunately, this is not the case for high schoolers who could be left to scramble catching up for even missing a day of school. So, this group, even though they are old enough to know flu is contagious, might be ambivalent in taking a day off from school.

So, how can we help them? How can high schoolers protect themselves from fellow students who show up at school irrespective of being sick? How can high schoolers be better prepared to handle the flu if they are infected?

If you ever suspect yourself to be infected with flu, or the common cold, the first thing to do is call your school about a leave of absence. Email teachers and track your classes through Schoology to stay updated. The  presence of technology in classrooms is a true boon to high schoolers.

What if it is absolutely necessary for you to come to school, like for example, you must take the SAT, a final in class, or other important tests, what should you do then? Warning: this might seem silly, funny or even inappropriate to some. Wear a mask! – the one that covers your nose and mouth.

All the masks that surgeons, nurses, and sick people in hospitals wear are not a joke, they are the best method of preventing the spread of germs. If you are feeling nervous to wear these things to school, remember it can be fashionable too! If you’re a fan of K-pop you already know that many people in Korea wear them, and they can come in many different styles. So please save the rest of us and wear one!!

Or better yet, stay precautious and follow the below protocols.

The others are the group who are not affected by the sickness yet and are surrounded by walking zombies who could infect them any second. Precautions to follow would be; number one, get the flu shot. Chose any, do the nasal version or the actual shot.

You might be saying, “Well, when I actually get the shot I end up getting sick right after anyway, so what’s the point.” To explain this, let’s see how flu shots are created and how they actually work. Every year, the CDC – The Center of Disease Control and Prevention, choosing from a large pool of virus, predicts the group that could potentially affect people with influenza that season. Using those selected viruses, the CDC creates a “friendlier”/ diluted version, which is weak enough for your immune system to detect, develop your own antibody, and successfully eradicate. These diluted, inactive versions, of viruses are what you get as a flu shot every year. This causes a very light version of the flu which then your body’s immune system fights and then stores the antibody formula for future reference in its database. This means the next time any of the actual viruses show up in your system, your body will eradicate them before you even notice you’re sick. Even if getting a vaccination is not a foolproof way of preventing ALL flu-related diseases, it rules out the predicted majority on the list.

If you want to understand more about the body’s immune system and how it works watch this video: The Immune System.

Another thing to practice is washing your hands frequently, using mild plain soap. Hand sanitizers and antibacterial hand wash should be avoided since they are heavily linked to the rise of MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) which is a superbug (a bacteria that is resistant to most antibodies). You don’t want to create a monster while trying to avoid one, do you?

Finally, let’s look at our home state compared to others. What percentage of students take a leave of absence from school in Minnesota? The state of Minnesota’s chronic absenteeism rate is only 14%! This means our rate is on the lower, middle spectrum compared to the other states. We must be doing something right, so let’s continue to do that on top of building new preventive practices.

If you want to see the other states chronic absenteeism rate, click on this link!

To find more information about Vaccinations click here!