The fastest metal cars you’ve ever seen

I got my first Hot-Wheels car when I was 3, it was a green Camaro that has been passed down from generation to generation. I have a huge collection of Hotwheels cars. The reason Hot-Wheels are so interesting is because they can be collector items if you find old ones. New cars aren’t as collectable as the antiques.

The very first Hot-Wheels car was made in 1968 it was the custom Camaro. The original Hot-Wheels cars first came out with 16 different kinds of cars, known as the sweet 16. Hot-Wheels is owned by Mattel and they have made a monopoly in the toy car industry, everyone knows what a Hot-Wheels car is. The reason Hotwheels are better than matchbox cars or any other toy car is that they use a different type of axel that allows them to roll in a straighter line.

The rarest Hot-Wheels is a 1969 Pink Rear O Loading Volkswagen Beach Bomb. If you find 1 of the 2 that were made they are worth upwards of $72,000. The reason this car is so expensive is that there are only 2 that were produced in the color pink. They were never sold to the public, only 1 has ever made it to public hands.

Hotwheels have been around for many years and they will continue to stick around for many more. The little 99 cent cars have brought so much joy to people and inspired so many kids to grow up loving cars. Hotwheels cars should not be overlooked as just a toy.

 

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How restaurants are staying afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic?

One of the many effects of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the closure of all public dining rooms in Utah.  While most restaurants remain open, this closure has had a major impact on their business.

Restaurants in Utah are no longer allowed to let people sit down and eat in their dining rooms. Customers are now required to go through the drive-thru, if the restaurant has one, or order take-out. Has this impacted local eateries? The answer, obviously, is yes, but the impact is greater some places than others.

“We have been about as busy as before because everyone who came inside is now coming through the drive-thru,” said Isaac Baker, an employee at McDonald’s in Kaysville.

Business at McDonald’s hasn’t slowed down much, but that doesn’t mean the employees aren’t feeling the effects of the virus.

“Lots of employee’s hours have been cut down including mine,” explained Baker.

This is due to the CDC’s recommendation that there shouldn’t be gatherings of 10 or more people to slow the spread of the virus.

It seems that fast food restaurants aren’t feeling the effects of the virus very strongly, even if their employees are. However, what if a restaurant doesn’t have a drive-thru or popular take-out service?

Nicole Pett, an employee at the Kaysville Yogotogo, said that business has really slowed down during the closure.

“A lot of people would usually come in, get their ice cream and sit down and talk with their friends/family for a while. Also a lot of teenagers would usually come in at night and talk with their friends, but now parents aren’t letting them out of the house anymore so we lost a lot of business from that,” she explained.

Restaurants whose main business is from people coming in and sitting down to eat have been hit hardest by this closure. Until this pandemic passes, it seems that fast food will continue to thrive while traditional sit-down restaurants are in for a rough little while.

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How are students handling social distancing?

No one had heard of the term, “social distancing,” until a couple weeks ago, but now it has a massive impact on our schooling and social lives. How are Davis High students handling this new way of life?

Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States Government Officials have been pushing this concept of social distancing. While it is definitely necessary to help curve the spread of the virus, it’s been a big blow to students’ routines and social lives.  Now, you can’t go to school, hang out with large groups of friends, or even grab a quick bite to eat at a fast food restaurant.

Everyone at Davis is handling this differently, but the general consensus is that they can’t wait for social distancing to end.

“Emotionally, I’m feeling really trapped,” said Emily Lindberg, a senior at Davis.

This has been a really hard time for students, especially seniors.  They have to miss out on one of their last two months of high school, and all students are missing the social interaction that comes with day to day life at school.

There are many ways to spend your time during social distancing, but the biggest challenge is staying connected with your friends.

“I’m using social media … FaceTiming, texting, and calling a lot more than I usually do,” said Emily when asked how she’s trying to stay connected with her friends.

People are turning to their phones now more than ever to talk with their friends, but no one wants this to continue to be their primary form of communication.

We all need some way to get through this, and that can be different for everyone.

“Take it one day at a time, keep (your) mind busy until it’s all over,” advises Jax Pearce, a Davis High senior.

Whatever your solution is, it seems clear that anything you can do to keep your mind off of the virus and the social distancing concept will make the next month a lot more bearable for you.

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Flattening the curve, one face mask at a time

Hundreds of local Utah residents are sewing homemade face masks to help protect people in this time of heightened concern.

With the number of Coronavirus cases increasing, so is the urge for medical professionals and community citizens to stay safe and healthy. During these worrisome times, it is vitally important that people take proper protective measures. Wearing face masks is a great way to ensure better health, which is why many have taken it upon themselves to sew homemade face masks for others.

Initially, the main goal of these local philanthropists was to donate as many face masks as possible to medical professionals who are on the frontlines combatting this disease and to hospitals whose stocks are running low. Healthcare professionals have since announced that, while moved by the generosity, they are unable to accept homemade face masks. Medical institutions have explained that cloth masks do not provide the level of protection that is needed for those in direct contact with Coronavirus patients. Although they may not be appropriate for hospital workers, they are certainly helpful for those at home.

The masks block droplets that are ejected when someone sneezes or coughs and they remind people to refrain from touching their faces. Thus, face masks will prevent many different types of sickness, including the rampant COVID-19. Professionals have encouraged people to wear face masks saying that the use of masks along with social distancing will help to slow the spread of coronavirus in the community.

Sewing face masks is a fantastic way to contribute to the safety of the community and anyone can do it! All you need is some fabric, thread, and elastic and they just need to be big enough to cover the mouth and nose. Countless tutorials and designs can be found on the internet, as well as sewing professionals who are available to help. Some fabric companies are even giving away special kits to Utah households with materials to make the masks.

Each member of the community plays a crucial role in preventing this life-altering disease from spreading. Devoting even a small ounce of time to sewing face masks can make a world of difference.  Making face masks is a great way to serve the community during this trying time and to protect ourselves and those we love.

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COVID-19 vs. Class of 2020

COVID- 19, also known as the, Corona Virus has swept the nation fast, impacting all of the United States starting in January, causing closure of many things including school the start of March 13 until May 1.

Many seniors across the nation having been looking forward to the day they will be able to walk the stage with their best friends after finishing 12 years of school. Others have been looking forward to senior night in the sports they have been perfecting for many years and looking up to other seniors and being excited to be in their shoes one day. On top of the high school seniors being devastated, others graduating from college  are also affected, being in school for years to get ready for their profession to be contributing to the people of society, and all they get is a video chat and a diploma in the mail.

In a survey asking if seniors felt robbed of their senior year, many said graduation, here’s what others said,

“I can’t spend the last few months of my senior year with my friend,”  Addie Walley.

“These were our last months that we’d get to solidify friendships with people we might not get to see during or after college,” Kiana Madrid.

“We don’t get to fully live out our senior year, like our proms, games, senior trips etc,” Judy Rodriguez.

” Yes because this part of the year is full of lasts for us. Our last prom, our last track season,” Bradley Lawson.

It is not a sure thing that graduation and prom activities will for sure be cancelled, but from the look of it with number cases of the Corona in Utah constantly getting bigger the out look is not pretty.

But hey at least we aren’t the class of 1918.

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A Whole New World: Foreshadowing and Detailing

Last year, my sophmore year of high school, I happen to have had the best English course of my life. One thing I had the pleasure of learning about was the power of foreshadowing and detail in films and literature. Well, the arts in general.

Let’s take the Count of Monte Cristo for example. So much of that beloved piece of art, both in the form of moving pictures and literature, has an immense amount of foreshadowing and detail. That is, after all, why it is considered to be one of the best pieces of literary arts that this world has obtained.

“Foreshadowing in movies is essential to a point. If it is too obvious than it ruins how the entire movie is perceived.” – Mitchell Johnson

Even small details that may seem minor to the work can make or break the entire film, novel, or art piece. Things as simple as the shadows used to differentiate the good from the evil, the composition of outfits and characters, similar references from movies to books, expressions, reactions, and sneak peeks can determine how well the overall product will turn out.

“I love when movies and books use foreshadowing because it is so fun and interesting to look for those little hints that lead to the finale, and I like detailing because it adds more depth to the picture of whatever it is that you are looking at.” – Thomas Lassache

Being able to have such wonderful form of not only entertainment, but objects to help us stimulate thoughts and emotion is such an amazing thing. Everybody seems to be waiting for the next advancement in our society, but we already have everything we need. We have wonderful forms of technology of old and new. All that we want, all that we need, and a little bit more.

“Sometimes I think that I need more, but there is so much to look for in things that we already have. Especially that of the fine arts departments.” – Matthew Ralston

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Donald Glover saves 2020

Donald Glover, otherwise known as “Childish Gambino,” the famous singer/rapper surprised his few fans awake around 1 o’clock early Sunday morning (mar. 15). Glover perhaps dropped the album for his fans to enjoy during this global pandemic. However, the album was only able to be streamed from https://donaldgloverpresents.com/ and it was only enjoyed by the few up that early as it was only streamed for 12 hours and stopped playing around noon.

The album then titled “Donald Glover Presents” contains tracks with features such as 21 Savage, SZA, and Ariana Grande. There are 12 tracks on the album which could be Gambino’s Last, or so he stated in his Grammy’s speech.

“I like endings I think they are important to progress.”

Glover also said that he has a few things planned but he’d rather not talk about it.

“Sometimes I think the way you get to the gift, is more important than the gift,” said Glover.

Some fans were left disappointed if they didn’t get to listen to Gambino’s album in the short time that they had to do so. However, a time began on the website a few days after the initial release, hopefully leading up to a final release everywhere. When the timer began to run low and eventually run out, fans everywhere were not disappointed to see his album release.

On March 22 the long-awaited album from the infamous Childish Gambino released titled, “3.15.20” possibly titled after the first initial tease of the album released on 3/15/2020. What happened this certain day? Did Gambino release it for some special purpose on that date? It is all up for discussion as it is sometimes hard to get Glover to speak on any of his work. Donald Glover is a very Private person, read more about him in another one of our stories, https://www.davishighnews.com/15829/opinion/the-infamous-childish-gambino/

Glover had planned to release his latest and final season of “Atlanta” on March 1st, However, it was postponed to now release in 2021. “Atlanta” is Glover’s hit television series he created, stars in, and occasionally directs at times. “Atlanta” fans, however, will be happy to hear that with the postponement of the release fans will now get more of the series. 10 episodes of season 3 are scheduled to release early that year, and the now final season 4 with 8 episodes coming out some time that fall. With the Corona Virus pandemic everywhere fans hope the seasons filming doesn’t get pushed back even more.

What is next from Donald Glover? It is always hard to tell, whatever it may be fans everywhere are always awaiting his next move whether it be more music, acting or directing. Go listen to his latest album streaming everywhere right now!

 

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Donald Glover saves 2020

Donald Glover, otherwise known as “Childish Gambino,” the famous singer/rapper surprised his few fans awake around 1 o’clock early Sunday morning (mar. 15). Glover perhaps dropped the album for his fans to enjoy during this global pandemic. However, the album was only able to be streamed from https://donaldgloverpresents.com/ and it was only enjoyed by the few up that early as it was only streamed for 12 hours and stopped playing around noon.

The album then titled “Donald Glover Presents” contains tracks with features such as 21 Savage, SZA, and Ariana Grande. There are 12 tracks on the album which could be Gambino’s Last, or so he stated in his Grammy’s speech.

“I like endings I think they are important to progress.”

Glover also said that he has a few things planned but he’d rather not talk about it.

“Sometimes I think the way you get to the gift, is more important than the gift,” said Glover.

Some fans were left disappointed if they didn’t get to listen to Gambino’s album in the short time that they had to do so. However, a time began on the website a few days after the initial release, hopefully leading up to a final release everywhere. When the timer began to run low and eventually run out, fans everywhere were not disappointed to see his album release.

On March 22 the long-awaited album from the infamous Childish Gambino released titled, “3.15.20” possibly titled after the first initial tease of the album released on 3/15/2020. What happened this certain day? Did Gambino release it for some special purpose on that date? It is all up for discussion as it is sometimes hard to get Glover to speak on any of his work. Donald Glover is a very Private person, read more about him in another one of our stories, https://www.davishighnews.com/15829/opinion/the-infamous-childish-gambino/

Glover had planned to release his latest and final season of “Atlanta” on March 1st, However, it was postponed to now release in 2021. “Atlanta” is Glover’s hit television series he created, stars in, and occasionally directs at times. “Atlanta” fans, however, will be happy to hear that with the postponement of the release fans will now get more of the series. 10 episodes of season 3 are scheduled to release early that year, and the now final season 4 with 8 episodes coming out some time that fall. With the Corona Virus pandemic everywhere fans hope the seasons filming doesn’t get pushed back even more.

What is next from Donald Glover? It is always hard to tell, whatever it may be fans everywhere are always awaiting his next move whether it be more music, acting or directing. Go listen to his latest album streaming everywhere right now!

 

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Inequality in the healthcare system

On March 12th, the NBA decided to suspend all games because of a player testing positive for COVID-19, and rapidly went about testing every player that could be affected by the virus.

The Utah Jazz had 58 members of the team, including players, coaches, and other staff, tested immediately. The Brooklyn Nets then were tested and found that several members of their team had been infected by the coronavirus, and recently the entire Los Angeles Lakers team was tested for the disease.

Now while it’s not inherently bad for celebrities and the rich to be tested for infectious diseases, why should the wealthy be given testing priority over those who have life-threatening symptoms?

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted,

“We wish them a speedy recovery. But, with all due respect, an entire NBA team should NOT get tested for COVID-19 while there are critically ill patients waiting to be tested. Tests should not be for the wealthy, but for the sick.”

The problem that we see with the healthcare system, in terms of coronavirus testing, the availability of tests is much lower than the abundance of people needing to be tested. NBC says,

“As cases in the United States continue to rise, so are reports about a shortage of testing kits. Sick patients are being turned away, unable to receive tests because they simply aren’t available.”

It brings to light the inequalities of our healthcare system that are experienced by thousands of people who need tests, but they aren’t there, who need medication but simply can’t afford it, or people who are uninsured and cannot afford life saving treatments.

Another large inequality that is found in our healthcare system is the high cost of medical procedures, especially for those who cannot afford health insurance. A study done by Harvard Medical School in 2009 found that roughly 45,000 people die every year because they cannot afford the cost of medical treatment for life-threatening conditions. We can assume that number has risen in the past decade because of the sharp rise in the cost of health insurance.

In 2009, when the study was published, health insurance around the country was an average of $161 per month. In 2019, the average cost of health insurance was $599 per month. Since that time, however, the average wage has only risen 3.5 to 4%, while the cost of health insurance has rose over 372%. While health insurance companies raised premiums, they didn’t raise quality of healthcare available.

Perhaps one of the more frustrating and outrageous aspects of the U.S. healthcare systems is price-gouging of medicines. Price-gouging is when a company takes a product and marks the price up to a cost that is hundreds, if not thousands, of the cost of production. A prime example of this is the EpiPen.

The Cut News says,

“CBS News reports that the price of EpiPens has increased by more than 480 percent since 2009, two years after Mylan purchased the device from Merck. A two-pack used to cost pharmacies about $100. It’s now $600, and they have a stated expiration of one year. But health insurance covers that, right? It depends on your plan. If you’re one of the many people with a high-deductible plan, you could be stuck with the bill. Parents of children with severe allergies are told to have devices at home and school, too, which can add up fast. Two packs can set some people back $1,200”

Another example of price-gouging is insulin. Insulin is the medication that is required to regulate blood sugar for those with diabetes. A report from the American Diabetic Association found that the price of insulin has nearly tripled since 2002, and rose 64% since 2014.

The report further finds that many patients have to decide whether to buy the life-saving medication or pay bills or other life necessities like food, or are rationing their insulin which is a dangerous practice which can lead to death with some patients. Similarly, the quality of insulin hasn’t seen any large increases, and certainly hasn’t improved enough to warrant a tripling in cost. It’s the reason that many Americans who live in northern states often cross the border and buy insulin in Canada.

Like many other aspects of the American economic system, the healthcare system ensures big checks to their executives at the cost of lost lives of the working-class American. It’s unfair that there is no regulation and healthcare companies are allowed to raise insurance over 300%. It is a problem and needs to be fixed and unfortunately, the future of healthcare doesn’t look great for the working-class American.

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How is Covid-19 effecting our school

Covid-19 really is taking over our school and other events.

At the beginning of last week there was talk of Covid-19 rapidly spreading through the United States. Shortly after on a Wednesday game, two of the Jazz players tested positive for the Covid-19 virus. This caused a panic among the nation because they are just normal people. This was the start to the United States concern and led to talk of shutting down schools for a few weeks.

Well on Friday March 13th, the governor of Utah announced that all Utah school districts would be having a “soft closure,” for two weeks. All classes are now being held online starting Wednesday, March 18. This is a sudden change, but was done to help stop the spread of this virus, Covid-19. Other than schools being closed, all events with more than a 100 people would also be having a “soft close”.

“I didn’t really think that our school would ever actually get closed due to this, I hope everyone stays healthy over these next two weeks.”

States a surprised Davis High Student.

“I am a little upset there won’t be any basketball to watch, but I am happy school is being closed.”

Another concerned Davis High Student.

Due to the “soft closure,” student need to make sure to check their emails and see what they can do to get their grades up and where they want them by the end of the week, which is the end of term!

Next semester begins next week so students need to make sure to stay caught up on those assignments given to avoid becoming swamped with work when students return back to school after spring break.

Remember to listen to political leaders by staying at home to decrease the spread of this virus. Stay safe and healthy over these next few weeks.

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How to stay motivated to do school work at home

During the soft closure of Davis School District, it can be hard to stay motivated to do school work because of the easy distractions of being at home. Some distraction include; family, friends, notifications, the temptation to sleep, or even just procrastination. Here are a few tips to stay motivated and on task:

1. Reward yourself when you meet a homework goal. 

Rewards can be a powerful motivator! The reward doesn’t have to be anything big, it could be giving yourself 5 minutes to look through Snapchat, Instagram, or Tiktok after you read a section of a textbook or finish a homework assignment. The bigger the accomplishment, the bigger the reward.

2. Treat yourself before getting to work. 

When you treat yourself to a snack, or check social media before you start schoolwork, it can boost your mood and your motivation. Just be sure to set a limit of how long you can be on your phone, so you don’t lose track of time.

3. Work with a motivated partner.

Working with friends or siblings, can make doing school work more enjoyable. You can also help each other stay on track as well.

4. Find the time and place when you do your best work. 

Some people do their best work in the mornings when they feel awake and energized, instead of at night when they feel tired and groggy. Location also helps you stay in the school work mindset. Most people prefer to do work in a quiet environment where they have a clear mind, with no distractions. Its a good idea to experiment new areas until you find what works best for you.

5. Set goals. 

Setting goals can keep you motivated and make school work seem more attainable. Make your goals S.M.A.R.T. Be sure they are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time bound. Making S.M.A.R.T. goals are important, because they keep you from setting vague and unreachable goals, that you cant achieve.

Other quick tips to keep you motivated to do school work are:

6. Put away distractions

7. Keep yourself focused and alert

8. Stay energized

9. Take frequent breaks

10. Prioritize assignments

11. Break assignments down into more manageable pieces

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People worldwide rise up amidst coronavirus chaos

People everywhere are rising up and doing their part to ensure an optimistic future for all mankind, despite the utter chaos that has come from the global pandemic COVID-19.

The coronavirus has brought our species to its knees and has changed everyone’s life in some way. As a result of the disease, schools have shut down, travel has ceased, many are quarantined, and all are encouraged to socially distance themselves. These abrupt, pertinent changes to our lives have the potential to cause feelings of isolation, discouragement, or hopelessness. However, that has not been the case. In fact, this life-altering disease has initiated a worldwide fight for happiness that has never been seen before.

The impact of the coronavirus has brought a unique sense of focus for people. It has, in a way, simplified our lives to allow for much-needed physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual healing. For example, locals are embracing nature more in an attempt to safely and healthily escape their homes for a moment. Families and individuals are walking, biking, and simply enjoying the outdoors far more than they did before the coronavirus.

Also, life has become immensely less busy due to the cancellation of most sports and events as well as remote school and work. This allows people to spend more time with their families and to focus on what truly matters to them. Too often, our vision becomes clouded as we become caught up in daily tasks and responsibilities. Social distancing has provided a unique opportunity to set aside those daily troubles and focus on what’s important.

Instead of causing isolation, social distancing has, ironically, brought a newfound sense of community. People are reaching out more and making a greater effort to take care of each other. Many have offered to go grocery shopping for their elderly neighbors who are at a higher risk of getting sick. Others have launched online support groups for those who struggle with anxiety about COVID-19-related issues.

Many people are also trying to better support local businesses in this trying time. Restaurants are particularly suffering right now with much fewer customers and much less in-dining eating. One man in Draper created a website where people can buy gift cards to help restaurants stay afloat while not risking their health. Another restaurant customer left a $1,100 tip for the staff of the restaurant- many of whom he knew would likely be losing their jobs when the dine-in ban went into effect.

Not only are locals supporting businesses, but the reverse is happening as well. One local bakery has been giving away 2 free loaves of bread to its customers. The first loaf is to help the customer and their family during this time, and the second is for the customer to give to someone else who could benefit from it. Many grocery stores are also giving away free toilet paper and other supplies for those who need it.

There is also a greater emphasis on promoting medical research and supporting medical professionals. The University of Utah, a major advocate of medical research, launched a White Ribbon campaign in support of medical staff. IKEA also contributed to this effort by donating 50,000 face masks from their warehouse to a major hospital.

Social media has become a safe space where people are sharing positive and uplifting messages of hope as well as necessary information in this time of darkness and confusion. Many celebrities have used their social media platforms to promote optimism and many have donated their time and money to the cause. For example, Donovan Mitchell paid for students’ meals during public school closures. Rudy Gobert donated $500,000 to support COVID-19 relief. Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively donated $1 Million to Feeding America and Food Banks Canada, and Jimmy Fallon rose $20,000 to give to Feeding America.

The examples are endless. People are taking control of their futures, refusing to be crushed by this pandemic. This disease has united us in a way that could never have been imagined, and it has brought about changes to our society that we desperately needed. So, stay optimistic, for we are not faltering in the face of this trial, but growing stronger.

 

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The curse of consciousness

Greed, cruelty, sadism, hypocrisy, pride. This is the curse of thought– consciousness. Man is the lowest of animals. One might claim that ignorance is bliss but, rather, knowledge is corruption.
Man claims to be ‘civilized’. Compare man to wild anaconda, mankind hunts for sport mankind had to devise ‘tags’ to prevent killing off entire species of thought to be a lower animal. However, even with tags; mankind hunts on their own standards, taking as much as they want. Cause they can, and they love it. The wild, supposedly lower animal, when presented with prey, eats as it needs never killing more never wasting.

Why work when you don’t have to? Since the dawn of time man has been driven by laziness. The constant desire to make life easier. We all dream that way don’t we? Wishing we owned a business, and could just sit back and watch the money roll in. Never do we want to work a day in our lives. It is the American dream. People travel from one nation to another just for the opportunity.

“Man is the only Slave. And he is the only animal that enslaves.”- Mark Twain

Whether it is corporate enslavement or buying one another, slavery is still around. The worst part is not that man enslaves, but that man enjoys the torment of one another.
European, Native American, African, Asian. Every ethnicity, every culture commits, has committed atrocities. The crusades an honorable plight in the name of God– a bloody massacre of god-fearing men, no different than the crusaders. Aztec human sacrifices, Genital mutilation, Footbinding, The Holocaust, the list goes on. We like not only to prove that we are better than each other but we love to make one another suffer. Whether it is in the name of God or our country.

“Man is the Religious Animal. He is the only Religious Ani­mal. He is the only animal that has the True Religion – several of them. He is the only animal that loves his neighbor as himself, and cuts his throat if his theology isn’t straight.” – Mark Twain

In every action we are hypocrites. We create philosophies of how it is that a man should live. But, if we evaluate ourselves off of them, we are at the bottom. For example utilitarianism– the greatest good for the greatest population. As by our very nature, we destroy the earth we live on, causing the extinction of one species after another until cause our own. Each time we try to reach a higher level of action, like the will of God, we end up creating some of the greatest atrocities of mankind. However, higher animals don’t do this.

Higher animals have no pride, they aren’t hypocritical, sadistic, cruel or greedy. They feel pleasure, they feel pain. But they act primally out of pure instinct. Their ignorance is arguably, blissful. If you don’t want to be the lowest animal by now and become as lavish as chicken, you should take some time and humble yourself, give up the pride you hold yourself to. Once you’re done with that give up your sadistic desires, look at the person next to you. That person is nothing but equal. They look like you, feel like you, think like you. Take your gift of conciseness, use it for something other than inflicting pain and giving into greed. Smile at them, and offer them unjudgemental acceptance. Like a civilized animal.

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Earthquake shakes up Davis County

Just after 7:00 a.m. on March 18, 2020, an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.7 on the Richter Scale hit the Salt Lake area about 4 miles from Magna, UT. The quake cut power to about 55,000 residents, says utility company Rocky Mountain Power. It is the largest earthquake to hit Utah since 1992. At least six aftershocks had been recorded within 20 minutes of the initial earthquake. Several large media sources have reported on the earthquake, including NBC, CNN, USAToday, and CBSNews.

The tremor has had a large influence on broader sectors of life as well. The Salt Lake City International Airport was forced to divert incoming flights to give time for inspections of the runway to take place. The airport has closed roads into the airport, telling people not to come. Additionally, KUTV news anchor Brian Mullahy said that the earthquake means no flights in or out of the airport for several hours. The public transportation systems in Salt Lake City have come to a halt, and all TRAX cars have found a station safely and evacuated passengers.

Another large worry with the earthquake is the potential for infrastructure damage. In terms of the Richter Scale, levels 0 to 3 generally aren’t felt by people, levels 3 to 5 are felt clearly, and anything above 5.1 has the potential to cause damage to infrastructure. Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall said, in reference to infrastructure damage, “The City is assessing the situation now and I’ll circle back with an update when I have it. Be safe.”. The Utah Department of Transportation had inspection crews out immediately and said in a tweet, “So far there doesn’t appear to be any, but we’re checking everything out, specifically our bridges,”.

Perhaps the largest worry after an earthquake is the question, “could there be another one?”. There have been small aftershocks, but because of the close proximity to the Wasatch fault line, a large earthquake could be enough to trigger the massive earthquake that seismologists have been predicting for decades. The United States Geological Survey, aided by the University of Utah Seismology Department, forecast that there will likely be more aftershocks in the coming days. Within one week, the USGS predicts that there is about a 90% chance that there will be anywhere from one to 220 earthquakes larger than 3.0 in the coming week. They further predict that there is a 17% chance that there are one to three earthquakes measuring at 5.0 or higher in the next week. A seismologist from the University of Utah predicts a 5% chance that in the next week, an earthquake measuring higher than 5.7 will occur.

While the likelihood of there being another big earthquake is fairly low, less than a one in five chance, it is important to be prepared. The USGS urges people to be ready in the case of a larger quake, and to remember to drop, cover, and hold on.

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Coronavirus’s impact on the basketball world

On March 11 and 12, all proffessional and collegiate basketball programs were shut down for an unspecified amount of time. The culprit: Coronavirus.

March is prime basketball season, due to the fact that it contains the climax of the NBA regular season and the men’s and women’s college basketball tournaments. For basketball fans, this has been a devastating blow.

This downward spiral started on March 11, when Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for corona. The jazz game was then postponed, and the entire league snowballed into postponing all other games.

“This is so far out of the realm of reality that it feels like more of a movie,” said Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks.

Many others agree with Cuban, because nothing like unto this has happened to the NBA before.

Since Gobert’s positive test of Covid-19, two other players have also tested positive: fellow teammate Donovan Mitchell and Detroit Pistons big man Christian Wood.

Since this suspension, many of the league’s finest players have reached out about Corona, and all agree that basketball should be set aside for safety.

“Basketball will be back at some point, but right now protect yourself and stay safe out there!” tweeted Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors point guard.

“Basketball becomes secondary…Take care of yourselves and your family. Wash your hands often.” advised Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks small forward.

The following day after the NBA league suspension, the NCAA tournament (or March Madness) was canceled. After a season of hard work and many different title contenders, there would be no national champion in 2020.

“Extremely, extremely disappointed,” said Gonzaga head coach Mark few after hearing of the tournament’s cancelation.

When all is said and done, there will be no more basketball in March. Although it is tough for all the basketball fans in the world, it is for our safety.

 

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Is technology causing an increase in attention disorders?

We live in a world ruled by technology and distractions. With technology always surrounding us, and creating a world where multiple things demand our attention at once, it makes us wonder if technology is causing an increase in ADHD and other attention disorders.

Prevalence of diagnosed ADHD in kids ages 4-17 has increased by 4.1 percent in the past 20 years. Of these kids diagnosed with ADHD, 14.5 percent have a severe case, 43.7 have a moderate case, and 41.8 percent have a mild case.

There are many factors that cause an attention disorder, the main one being genetic and involving the chemical makeup of your brain. Other factors include environmental toxins, and exposure to substances that change the chemical makeup of your brain (drugs, alcohol, etc.). Technology, however, is not that great of a factor.

While technology may not cause ADHD, people may display symptoms of ADHD because of it. This is most prevalent when we get notifications. All notifications draw our attention away, and we get an impulse like we have to look at it immediately.

“This is an immediate draw on his attention, away from whatever he was learning. It creates a high level of stimulation with alerts and notifications and advertisements that can cause teens to have more difficulty focusing and staying on task,” Dr. Manos further explains.

So maybe the difficulty in focus comes from being constantly surrounded by other things, and constantly trying to multitask no matter how impossible it is.

Multitasking is physically impossible. While you may think you’re doing two things at once, your brain is actually just switching back and forth between tasks. Because of this, you’re missing out on some information, and when there’s too much going on it makes it really hard to focus.

Upon conducting a survey in which 24 people participated, it was found that 92% did homework with something in the background (music, movie, TV). While they said it did not affect their ability to focus, 92% did say there were certain subjects that they couldn’t do that with, in which they had to solely focus on the subject. However, the opposite was also true. 88% said they could only perform certain tasks with music in the background (mainly absentminded tasks, like cleaning, doing makeup, getting ready, laundry, and driving). This is a display of symptoms of ADHD and ADD, needing music in the background to focus, however not a diagnosis or proof of technology causing an attention disorder.

Everyone said they randomly look at their phone absentmindedly, showing how technology can be a powerful distraction.

Either way, it’s a good idea to step away from all technology every once in a while.

“I can’t focus on anything. I’m constantly crowded by things to do, parents interrupting me or texting me for the smallest thing and expecting me to respond ASAP, multiple different friends trying to make plans, my coworker trying to plan something for work, loads of homework, and my own music in the background. When I get on my phone, or even my computer, I’m constantly jumping between apps. However, when I spend some time away from everything, the fog in my mind disappears. It’s like I can finally see clearly for a second.”-undisclosed source.

 

 

Sources:

https://health.clevelandclinic.org/can-too-much-tech-cause-adhd-symptoms-in-your-child/

https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=95256794

https://www.everydayhealth.com/adhd-awareness/does-technology-cause-adhd.aspx

https://chadd.org/about-adhd/general-prevalence/

https://www.additudemag.com/music-therapy-for-adhd-how-rhythm-builds-focus/

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The good and bad of Promposals

Prom is coming up at Davis High, and while most of you guys have already asked, we have some do’s and some definite dont’s to guide you in your “Promposals.”

Everyone knows that you have to ask to Prom with a poster and something like a treat, but that’s where the rules end.  People take advantage of this opportunity to show their creativity and artistic ability.  This is all a ton of fun for everyone involved, but what do girls want to see on their poster? Is it even that big of a deal to them?

“I’ve saved all of mine,” said senior Rachel Bennett.

The posters are, in fact, a big deal to the girls being asked.  Naturally, they have advice for boys on what they should do for their posters, and more importantly, what they shouldn’t do.

“Ones that people do all the time like the Starburst one,” Rachel said of what to avoid with Promposals.

Girls don’t really care what guys put on the poster as long as it looks like they put some time and effort into it so that they know that their date really wants to go with them.

These Promposals aren’t as big of a deal to the boys making them.

They’re “not too big of a deal as long as she said yes,” according to a senior at Davis High.

Some boys put tons of time into their poster, but most boys don’t match the girls’ desired effort.

“Like five minutes,” said a senior boy when asked how long he spends on his posters. “I’m not too good at drawing stuff so my mom does it for me and I tell her what to write.”

While boys don’t put as much emphasis on the Promposals as the girls do, everyone loves the dance and all the activities associated with it.  Here’s to hoping we can still have Prom this spring.

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What About Rugby?

Rugby is a fascinating and exhilarating sport, but most of the student body doesn’t know that Davis had a rugby club. The team ended in 2016-2017, when they won state and no one even knew about it. The coaches were Skip Wilson and Adam Capel, and they coached the sport for nearly 3 years.

The rugby team preformed spectacularly throughout all of their seasons, however it wasn’t considered as a School sanctioned sport, the team was club operated instead.

“The team worked really hard, and we had some amazing seasons. The best part about coaching was watching the kids win state. They deserved it after all of their hard work,” said Former Coach Adam Capel.

Since the club ended in 2017 no one has even questioned the existence of the long lost rugby team. Not even most of the graduating class of 2020.

“Playing on the team was a blast, we had a great last season. To win the state championship was a dream. We ended on a great last note,” said Liam Capel, Former Davis Student and rugby player.

The Rugby team hasn’t crossed anyones mind. After asking students if they knew there was a rugby team to begin with, the majority of our student population had no idea.

Rugby is a amazing sport and it would be be a spectacular addition to our school if the school brought it back, but until then, the the class of 2016 will be the last to know where our rugby team went.

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Challenges children face in divorce

A child’s response to divorce is different, based on their age. Through research and personal experience here are some factors to consider as a child endures this difficult time.

According to Anita C. Savage, emotional issues arise with individuals of any age because of divorse. When parents split up, their interactions with each other, and the child, effect the child’s ability to cope with emotional stress now and in the future.

Divorce causes infants, toddlers, and preschool age children to develop anxiety. Anxiety in young children often make them angry, making it hard to regulate their emotions. Divorce causes this anxiety due to the lengthy separations from each parent.

A developing child needs frequent contact with both parents. Divorce causes insufficient amounts of contact with the child and frequent separation, which forms their anxiety. Remember, while going through a divorce, it is important to spend time with the child frequently.

Divorce majorly effects school age children 6-12 years old. It causes the child to experience astronomical amounts of stress, which leads to withdrawal in school, and revert at home. Often times, a child believes the divorce is temporary and that their parents with reconcile.

The child may also believe that the divorce was their fault because they lack the power to save their parents marriage. It is important to assure your child that the divorce had nothing to do with them. Remember, letting a child talk about his or her emotions and feelings plays a major part in their own emotional healing.

Self esteem and academic achievement is effected by divorce in emerging adults and adults. The older children become worried about the success in their own future. Since these children are closer to adulthood, divorcing parents, often involve their children and this causes emotional harm. It is important to remember, no matter how old the child, you must always protect your children from issues between you and your spouse.

Despite the divorce, both parents still have the child in common, and love the child unconditionally. It is important for both parents to support the child’s relationship with the ex-husband or wife, and parent the child cohesively.

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High School, Is It Really The Best Years of Our Lives?

All our lives we’ve been told that high school will be the best years of our lives, but will it? We talked to many high school seniors, both current and long since been, about their high school experiences. Did our results may have changed that very statement our peers told us so many years ago?

After speaking with our volunteers we found that more times than not, the people saying that high school was the best time of their lives are the ones who peaked in high school. These are the kids with all the friends, whom everyone knows their name. The athletes that never made it out of high school ball. The common factor in the ones saying that wholesome phrase aren’t necessarily saying it to mislead you, they are just leaving out the stories on why the other years aren’t so great.

On the other hand, the other volunteers who said that it wasn’t all its made out to be are mostly current students but not only so, gave us plenty of reasons why their opinions should be heard. The most common thing said was leaned toward the emotion trauma it might bring to the people with not so many friends. The fact isn’t that friends weren’t their, no it is really that fact they were never friends to begin with. Fake, toxic, and overall bad friends cause the average teenager psychological damage. When they aren’t trying to keep the friends that don’t want to know they exist in the first place, they are also battling with popularity. If you don’t have friends to spread your name, fake or not, you get verbally abused by the kids who do. It almost makes you feel popular but for all the wrong reasons. Everyone knows your name because of a rumor or the simple fact that you are the main target of the most popular kid in school’s daily pranks.

So next time someone tells you, “Enjoy these times, they are only gonna get harder.”. Ask them how their high school experience was, and then decide for yourself if you should listen to their “advice” or not.

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The Office vs. Parks and Recreation

Two of the most popular TV shows on Netflix, The Office and Parks and Recreation, come head to head among Davis High School Students on which show is superior in both humor and content.

According to IMDb, The Office is a, “American mockumentary sitcom television series that depicts the everyday lives of office employees in the Scranton, Pennsylvania, branch of the fictional Dunder Mifflin Paper Company.” This show stars, Steve Carrell playing Michael Scott, the main character, along with John Karanski, Rainn Wilson, and Jenna Fischer as his co-stars.

According to IMDb, Parks and Recreation  is an, “American political satire sitcom television series featuring a mid-level bureaucrat in the Parks Department of Pawnee, a fictional town in Indiana.” This show stars, Amy Poehler playing Leslie Knope, the main character, along with Rashida Jones, Nick Offerman, and Chris Pratt as her co-stars.

Each of these shows depicts the working class and the everyday life for these people. The Office depicts the life of a office workers at a paper company, Parks and Recreation depicts the life government employees in an underrated department. They each add romance, drama, and conflict, while always adding humor to each of these factors, each show is practically a big joke, but which joke is funnier?

When Davis High Students were polled on this same question 70% of students said that they preferred The Office over Parks and Recreation, leaving the other 30% of students to favor Parks and Recreation over The Office, Davis High Students had this to say about The Office.

Davis High Senior, Landon Huffman stated that,

“The Office seems slightly more real. Expect for Dwight and Michael.”

Davis High Sophomore, Kort Brough said,

“The Office is just better.”

Adam Coles, Senior Class Officer, says he likes The Office better because of,

“Michael Scott.”

Emily Lindberg, a Senior at Davis High expresses that,

“Parks and Rec feels like it’s trying to be The Office, but I still love it tho.”

Many Students prefer The Office over Parks and Recreation, but students still had positive things to say about Parks and Recreation.

Bridger Robbins, a Davis High Senior, expresses that he likes Parks and Recreation over The Office because of,

“Ron Swanson.”

McKay Bennett, a Davis High Sophomore, says that he loves Parks and Recreation because,

“Star Lord is a God.”

The question has been answered by Davis High Students that The Office is superior to Parks and Recreation, but they are both spectacular shows. They each strive to make their audience laugh about normal everyday life that is often dismissed, by Hollywood productions, the life of the working class in the United States. All students can agree that each are humorous and should remain on Netflix.

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Davis High’s warm weather attitude

Spring of 2020 is finally coming and is expected to start on Thursday, March 19th! With Spring comes warm weather and with warm weather comes a whole new mentality at Davis High. Less sweaters and pants and more shorts, skirts, dresses and t-shirts.  

When Davis High students were asked what their thoughts are on the warm weather finally coming after a bitter-cold winter. Their thoughts on what their favorite things are about warm weather and what activities they like to do came up. Out of all the students, there was one answer that was said by almost everyone.

 Sarah Brown was the one who kicked off the most popular answer by saying this,

“My favorite thing about the warm weather is finally being able to drive with the windows down and blast some summer music. It is the best when you get to go on drives with your friends and just jam out.”  

“Warm weather just makes me so happy because it means that summer is coming and there is a lot more to do when its warmer. I love to be outdoors and when it starts getting warmer it means that I get to do all the fun things I love like hiking, swimming and going boating.”

Said junior, Phoebe Arnold. 

With Spring at Davis High also comes all the Spring sports! Soccer, tennis, softball, baseball and golf are all the sports that are just starting their seasons and all the players couldn’t be more excited!  

“I love warm weather because I don’t have to wear sweats every day anymore and, in the Spring, I finally get to play softball.”

Said varsity softball player Ellie Anderson.

She said Spring for her is all about softball, but she just loves warm weather all around because it reminds her that Summer is just getting closer and closer! 

This warm weather is really kicking off the new and happier attitude here at Davis High and all the students are here for it! 

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MLB Offseason

As the start of the MLB regular season nears, for those who enjoy baseball, it can be fun to look back over the offseason and review what happened.

One of the largest stories that dominated the offseason was the Houston Astro’s cheating scandal. It was uncovered by former Astros pitcher Mike Fiers that in the postseason of 2017, the Astros used high quality cameras to relay the opposing pitcher’s pitch call to the batter. The Astros teammates in the dugout would hit a garbage can with a baseball bat to let the batter know what pitch was coming.

“The Astros cheating was a huge letdown for me.Tipping off the pitches via a camera and the noises really irks me”

Said Evan Andrus.

Evan has been playing baseball for 12 years and has never missed a season.

Evan continues,

“I think that either they should lose their World Series rings or not be able to play in the postseason this year.”

Unfortunately, the Astros players are immune from punishment due to an agreement to cooperate between the MLB and MLB Players Association. The scheme was player-driven and some of the players that were more involved issued apologies, but many in the baseball community feel that the apologies weren’t heartfelt and sincere, rather that the apologies were done to generate sympathy with the press.

Many large blockbuster signings and trades happened over the past few months and it’ll be interesting to see which deals succeed and which deals flop. Among those deals include the Los Angeles Angels signing the MVP candidate Anthony Rendon, the New York Yankees signing the runner-up for the A.L. Cy Young Award, Gerrit Cole, or a massive three team trade that sent former MVP Mookie Betts to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Evan Andrus said that he thinks the biggest deals of the offseason were the Yankees signing Gerrit Cole or the three team trade between the LA Dodgers, the Boston Red Sox, and the Minnesota Twins.

One of the biggest things to discuss at the start of any sports season is the predictions for award winners and the championship team. Evan Andrus says that he would like to see the Milwaukee Brewers in the postseason and World Series, but realistically thinks it will be the Yankees and Dodgers. Many professional baseball analysts predict that teams such as the Minnesota Twins, Los Angeles Angels, or New York Mets could be in high contention for playoff spots.

It’s a long season, and in 162 games, there’s plenty of room for teams to get hot or cool down. Many things can happen, and it’ll be interesting to see how the season plays out.

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Costa Vida in Kaysville

The thought of going to Costa Vida and feeling the blast of air conditioning on their face on a warm summer day goes through the minds of Kaysville residents because of the new location that opened up less than a year ago.

The work environment at the Costa Vida in Kaysville is fun and bright! The bright colors of the chairs and decorations will ensure that you are in a positive environment. People who visit are ready to have some yummy food to sit and enjoy themselves.

Costa vida has such a variety of foods and everyone is sure to find something that they like. The best part is that you can watch them make the food right in front of their eyes, ensuring that the customer knows exactly what they’re eating and how it was made.

Customer, Gay Bennett, offers some insight on her experience at the Kaysville location.

“I like the Kaysville location better than the Farmington location because it is more open, seems cleaner, and less stuffy.”

Working at Costa Vida is a great job for high schoolers because it pays well, people work well together, and, of course, the food is delicious! Working here is a great way to be social with others and to get out of your comfort zone. Working with the same people everyday is a great way to form friendships with people. Having good friendships at work makes for a better experience and something that doesn’t feel like work.

Julie one of the Costa Vida employees says,

“We’re all pretty close and have fun working together.”

Costa vida has a fast pace work environment because everybody in Kaysville loves Costa Vida. This location opened up Spring of 2019, which was a success to everyone in K-town. Since this Costa Vida is new and exciting everybody wants to be apart of it all. Davis High school students go here for lunch because its so close and convenient.

This new location has become a new hot spot in Kaysville for the residents and students living her. It has provided many teenagers job opportunities and is already a successful business location in its short life span of only one year.

 

 

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Hair color: style vs. stereotype

Most people who walk through the halls of Davis High notice that some students have exotic hair color. Some adults especially in Utah feel that unnatural hair colors are showing the image of that person’s life, mostly bad things about that person’s life.

Many people have heard the dumb blonde jokes, however these may just feel like jokes to the person telling them. However, they can be extremely damaging and is extremely derogatory. Most people stereotype people based on their hair color, some people even go to the point of placing them in groups based on their hair color.

Blue hair color used to be a bad thing but with more and more people dyeing their hair unnatural colors blue hair has risen up to one of the most popular colors along with purple and red. Lots of people with dyed hair hear the same things all the time, usually along the lines of “Are you just trying to be rebellious?” However, most people just want to be unique and put a new spin on their hair that expresses their personality as artistic or fun. Most people just want to express who they are.

Most schools across the U.S. do not allow distracting hair color in school, however, the students of Dais High should thank the administration for allowing colored hair in the school, and with times changing more and more people will continue to dye their hair and or try it out for the first time. Hopefully the students of Davis High will take this to heart and continue being awesome and accepting people for who they are. Hopefully the people with exotic hair colors will hear less and fewer remarks toward their hair until there are no problems or anything that makes artistic people nervous or scared.

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A quest to find Forest Fenns treasure

Somewhere in the Rocky Mountains in the western United States, there is a box of treasure that has been hidden by a man named Forest Fenn, worth about 2 million dollars in value. It sounds made up right? Well believe it or not, Forest Fenn, and his treasure are both real, and they are both 100% legit. Travis Frey and his 4th period journalism class will be the ones to find this treasure.

Forest Fenn had acquired a great deal of wealth throughout his life due to a fruitful career and time in the military. He was also a sort of a prospector for a time and had made a small fortune off of some of his findings. In 1988, Fenn was dignosed with cancer, and they thought it was going to be terminal. Because of his diagnosis, he decided he would bury a chest of valuable things somewhere in the Rocky Mountains to spark up a public search. Somewhat of a final purpose if you will. However, he ended up beating the cancer which is kind of hilarious, because now he gets to watch the world scramble trying to find his treasure.

The only clues to the hiding spot is a short poem he wrote about the treasure. Travis Frey has several copies of the poem as well as a map of the rockies hung up on the wall in his classroom. For several weeks now, he and his 4th period journalism class have poured over the clues and have done intense research about possible hiding locations.

“I think it’s somewhere between the Green River and Flaming Gorge,” says Wylie Gordon, who has been heavily involved in the investigation.

Another student, Isaac Whipple, says…

“I think it’s in New Mexico because if it was in Yellowstone it would be impossible to explore and find it.”

When Frey was asked if we have a chance to find the treasure he replied…

“Yeah. There’s no doubt in my mind that teachers are blessed in much different ways when it comes to finding treasure.”

Will our journalism class find the long lost Fenn treasure? I personally would be absolutely shocked if we didn’t find it. If you have any tips, clues, or would like to join our expedition, talk to Frey.

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What’s Poppin? Lisa’s Passion for Popcorn!

Lisa’s Passion for Popcorn is a multi generational business whose impact on the community is almost as impressive as their gourmet popcorn.

Lisa’s Passion for Popcorn, originally called the Popcorn Place, has been selling popcorn since 1984. However, its founder, Lisa Call, had been making popcorn long before that. The family owned many small town movie theaters including the Kaysville Theater and many others in the area. Lisa started making caramel popcorn (a recipe which is now on it’s fourth generation in the family) in the back office of one of their theaters and sold it occasionally. Customers absolutely loved it so she walked down to the corner drug store, bought some sucker oil, and made the second flavor ever-cinnamon, which people also loved.

“Over the next couple of years, we got up to 120-something flavors. She just had so much fun with the creative process of coming up with new flavors.”

Zach Call, current owner, says.

As much as Lisa loved the business, it wore her out. She ran every aspect of the business for 32 years, but she got to the point where she couldn’t handle it physically anymore, so she started to consider selling it. That’s when Lisa’s son, Zach Call, began to get excited about it.

My wife and I bought it in January 2016 and with the enthusiasm, or stupidity, of young 25 year old’s, both immediately quit our jobs and went all in on this being our thing. We’ve pushed for expansion ever since.”

Says Zach.

In the time that Zach has owned the business, Lisa’s Passion for Popcorn has expanded to 2 locations-Kaysville Main Street and the Layton Hills mall-with another one opening in the Newgate Mall this weekend. Lisa’s legacy of passion and creativity combined with Zach’s ambition and drive have made this business extraordinarily successful and prevalent in the community.

One thing that Lisa’s Passion for Popcorn does to support the community is called, “Pop Open a Good Book.” At the end of every school year, Lisa’s Passion for Popcorn collects as many children’s books as possible and then donates them to Title 1 elementary schools. The company gives the kids popcorn and books with the desire to help them get excited about reading.

It’s something that’s super important to me because I feel like in a lot of ways traditional schooling didn’t work out terribly well for me. I think a lot of people are in traditional schools to check a certain number of boxes before you go home, rather than learning to love learning. So, this is something that has very little to do with selling popcorn but very much to do with trying to support the community and trying to help kids in a way that would’ve helped me when I was that age.”

One differentiating trait of Lisa’s Passion for Popcorn is that popcorn is the only thing they sell. Since the beginning, the owners have made it a goal to be experts at one thing and doing it extraordinarily well. Those efforts have certainly paid off. Lisa’s Passion for Popcorn currently sells 25 flavors year round with another dozen or so that come up on special occasions. They have a flavor for everyone including Butter Pecan, Kettle, White Chocolate, Sugar Cookie, Cheddar, and Mountain Mist. They even have a signature brand that minimizes ingredients to produce much healthier popcorn.

Several Davis High students commented on the popcorn saying,

“They do a really good job. It tastes so different than any other popcorn than I’ve had before-in a good way!”

Carlos Zubeldia.

“It’s sweet and savory at the same time. It’s not what I expected but it’s so good!”

Anni Goebel.

“The texture is really nice. It really melts in your mouth and I definitely think I could eat a lot of it.”

Isabelle Karren.

“The flavors are fascinating. Some are really mellow and others feel like a party on your tongue.”

Brittany Clegg.

“It’s regular popcorn, but with an extra something special.”

Elizabeth Oldham.

“I’m already looking up their website to order some more!”

Tyler Ruffell.

Over the years, Lisa’s Passion for Popcorn has clearly perfected their craft at making gourmet popcorn and focuses on maintaining a very positive influence on the community. As their business continues to grow and expand, Lisa’s Passion for Popcorn will undoubtedly have a resounding influence on both the people and their tastebuds.

 

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Pros and cons of taking the ACT through the school

The juniors at Davis High are all dreading the date of March 3rd, 2020. This is the day of the ACT test taken through the school. However, is taking this test through the school really the best way to do it?

For those of you who have taken the ACT through the official ACT organization know that it can be pretty pricey. The cost of taking it through the ACT organization are $52.00 for the test with no writing and $68.00 for the test with writing.

There can also be additional fees if you register late or need to change the test date or center. These additional fees range from about $30.00 to $55.00. It will also cost you $13.00 for every place you want to send your score to.

The biggest benefit of taking the ACT through the school is that it is all payed for by the school. You will also get to send your score to three institutions of your choice for free.

The next benefit of doing the ACT through the school is that it is very convenient. The test dates take place during a scheduled school day, so it will not interrupt with your schedule and you will not have to go out of your way to get to a testing center. Davis’s starts at 7:30 a.m. which is just like a regular school day. All the students get to go home right after as well, so that is another bonus.

However, there are still some cons of taking the test through the school. If you plan on just taking the ACT through the school, then you will only have one chance to get the score you want. The school will only pay for one test. The school also does not provide as many opportunities for test prep as other organizations do.

ACT organization provides classes both online and in person with real instructors to help you prepare for the ACT. They also have many apps you can download on your phone and a prep book you can buy at your local Target or Barnes and Noble.

I asked 40 juniors whether they think that doing the ACT through the school is the better option and 31/40 of them said that it is.

When asked why, one student said this,

“The ACT is very stressful and it makes it a little less stressful to do it through the school because they make it such an easy process and everything is done during school hours. You don’t have to go out of your way for any part of the process.”

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Did Rock Band put Guitar Hero out of buisness?

The feud between the two most popular rhythm games on the market, Guitar Hero and Rockband, has been going on since their releases.

Guitar Hero was released first in late 2005  by RedOctane. Though only released for the Playstation 2, it went on to win IGN’s,

“Best Game of 2005” award.

After the release of the first Guitar Hero, RedOctane sold some of the rights to Activision.

Basically telling them,

“You make the games and put our name on it too.”

But then, in 2007, EA comes knocking on the door of Activision with their newest game, Rock Band. The feud was on, Guitar Hero and Rock Band at eachothers necks. Guitar Hero would come out with a game, Rock Band would follow right behind. They started getting specific Guitar Hero: Aerosmith was released in mid 2008, bringing a new level to the playing field. It wasn’t just about the songs anymore, now it was about the market.

Following the release of the Aerosmith Edition of Guitar Hero, Rock Band knows back with something nobody saw coming. Early September 2009 rolls around a Rock Band releases The Beatles: Rock Band, but not before Guitar Hero had released their Metallica Edition. So in the newest level of the market the score was Rock Band with only one band specific game out and Guitar Hero already having released two. Not to mention once Beatles Edition was released Guitar Hero came back with Van Halen Edition.

Between 2005 and 2015 Guitar Hero came out with 25 games, but not all about the guitar. They started having to stretch for more because of their competition’s matched success. Guitar Hero release games so stretched as DJ Hero, Band Hero, and even releasing a couple of games you couple play on your cellphone.

Both Rock Band and Guitar Hero had a 10 year run, and like Rock Band the market started to slip away. People just weren’t interested in new versions of the same game. Rock Band pushed out only 20 games in their stretch with such themes as Lego, Green Day, a couple of phone games, and even an expansion pack for specific AC/DC songs.

This article isn’t to make you pick a side, it was to inform you of the journey these two companies, who had a feud from the get go, continued to push the envelope on one another.

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D’ette’s Service Project

Days for Girls has been a very impactful foundation for women around the word. The Davis High D’ettes had the oppurtunity to help prepare kits for the women with the foundation.

The goal of the Days for Girls foundation is to,

“change the status quo through quality menstrual care solutions, health education, and income-generating oppurtunities that give back days of oppurtunity and health.”

They give women in third world countries kits with hygienic products to help health care and quality of life. The foundation has been working since 2008 and today reaches more than one million women and girls in more than 125 countries.

On February 19th, the D’ettes were able to help prepare these hygiene kits.

“We were all split up into different groups where we were assigned a small task that went into making a kit.”

Explains Bella Iannone,

“Whether it was cutting fabric, threading straps in the bags, or sewing, etc.”

They put a lot of work into this project and they came out of it with a new perscpective on the world.

“It was very eye opening to us -all the things we take for granted each day- hygiene items that we have easy access to, that girls in other parts of the world don’t have readily available to them.”

Said Celesta Stephenson.

They are all glad they got t be involved in this impactful foundation and to have this oppurtunity.

The D’ettes totaled forty hours of service for these women. They prepared many kits and helped so many women.

“Since we have 39 girls on our team the women with days for girls that was working us said we got weeks worth of kits done.”

Said Bella Iannone.

The team loved being able to help so many women around the world.

Coach Celesta Stephenson shared her opinion on the turn-out of the project,

“It was a great service and we left feeling happy with what we were able to contribute.”

This was a great opportunity for the team to bond and give back to their community and those in need.

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Is Disney+ worth the hype?

Disney Plus was the best thing since sliced bread when it was released in November of 2019, but is it still worth all of the attention it gets?

Everyone at Davis High seems to think so.

“I think it’s good.  I watch it,”

said Isaac Chamberlain, a junior at Davis High.

“It’s so popular and a lot of people watch it.  Movies you know are there.”

Everyone loves Disney movies, and almost every Disney movie is on Disney Plus. Kids and teens love the new movies and TV shows, while adults love having access to movies that they grew up with.

“I have access to all the old shows I watched, and I can introduce my kids to the old shows,”

Said Mrs. Tarbet, a gym coach at Davis High.

She really likes Disney Plus, and says her kids love Disney Plus too.  While she is supportive of the streaming service, she says it doesn’t help very much in class.

“I’ve seen students watching ‘Suite Life on Deck,’”

She says.

While the movies and shows that everyone knows have been successful, the real hits have been the original movies and shows exclusive to Disney Plus. Arguably the most successful of these is “The Mandalorian.”

“‘The Mandalorian’ was awesome,”

Said Isaac Whipple, a senior at Davis.

“The Mandalorian” brought more viewers to Disney Plus than any other show on the service. It has attracted die hard and casual Star Wars fans alike, as well as others who simply think that Baby Yoda is cute.

Disney Plus has something for everyone at Davis High, whether you’re into the Disney classics, Pixar movies, Star Wars, Marvel’s superhero movies, or even National Geographic shows and documentaries. With new movies and shows coming out regularly, Disney Plus continues to keep viewers entertained and will keep getting attention and additional viewers for a long time.

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Which is better?: Jimmy John’s vs Subway

Rivalry is inevitable. In terms of the creative sandwich makers from Jimmy John’s and Subway, they are the peak of rivalry in the sandwich space. When put up against each other, which of the two is better? Today we will evaluate menu variety, atmosphere, and the benefits of both food chains.

Both food chains are well known for having a large selection of sandwiches to choose from. Some of Jimmy John’s specialty menu items include lettuce wraps, 8-inch bread, and 16-inch bread. Subway, on the other hand, has a much more diversified menu. By offering turkey wraps, salads, and soups they pull ahead of Jimmy John’s.

“Subway has a more welcoming environment for teens while Jimmy John’s attracts adults more often. Both places have the same variety of sandwiches, but Jimmy John’s has better quality sandwiches.”
Said Gabi Jones.

When dining, it is important to account for the atmosphere. Emotions play a large part in the consumer cycle. Businesses know that the emotional state of the consumers is what can compel them to make a purchase. This is why when the locations are in a better area of town, the franchises tend to make more money.

“Jimmy John’s feels like a much more professional atmosphere. Subway’s colors make it seem like it is more child-oriented. Another weird thing is that Subways are usually in more shady areas than Jimmy John’s.”
Said Bailey Kealamakia.

Not only is the atmosphere vital for each company’s survival, but the benefits can also cause more customers to flock to one location over the other. Both locations prove to give their unique benefits, but one is better than the other.

Each food chain has its own rewards program that can give different benefits to their customers. Jimmy John’s has a nontraditional rewards style. Instead of awarding their customers based upon how much money they spend, Jimmy John’s instead has opted to give out free sandwiches and sides on national sandwich day, the customer’s birthday, and other randomly selected days.

Subway’s reward system, on the other hand, is quite traditional. They say that for every 200 points the customer receives $2 back. With $1 equaling 4 points, every $50 you are getting $2 back. One benefit of the Subway system over Jimmy John’s is that you can use your balance to purchase anything within the fast-food restaurant.

Overall, Jimmy John’s is a solid fast food restaurant, and it comes very close to beating Subway, but while using our three criteria for measuring which is better, it is blatant to see that Subway is better than Jimmy John’s.

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Why voting is important

March 3rd is known as Super Tuesday. It is the day the Presidential Primaries occur in Utah and 14 other states. Voting isn’t exactly the first thing on a highschooler’s mind, but it is a big deal. The problem? Young people don’t vote. 

Voting is one of the most important rights an American citizen has. Voting is the single most important way to make sure the government serves its citizens and not the other way around. Every vote counts and this country needs as many people to vote as possible. When more people vote, citizens are better represented through elected officials. 

Young voters are especially important, as they make up almost half of the voters in America. Unfortunately, young voters are less likely to go out and vote than older voters. What happens in this year’s election will affect young voters for the next 4, possibly 8 years. While young voters may not care right now, they will care 4 years from now. It’s better to have a say now, rather than later.  

Voting is simple. It can seem complicated, but all it takes is a few small steps to be ready to vote. First, register to vote. The last day to register online in Utah is Feb. 25th (Registration at the Davis County office is available until the day of the election, March 3rd), online registration for Utah is found at Utah.gov/voterreg. Though it doesn’t seem like it, 18-year-olds are not the only people who can register, voter registration begins as young as 16-years-old. So, age is not an excuse to not register.  

Second, do a little research and find a candidate that is a good fit. Most candidates have websites laying out their stances on all issues, these websites will include lots of information about them. If that seems too hard, there are quizzes online that will suggest candidates according to individual quiz results. Isidewith.com has a detailed, accurate quiz that provides unbiased information about each candidate. 

Third, vote. Mail ballots were sent last week, but it is still a possibility to request one before the 25th. In-person voting begins in Utah on February 18th and will continue until March 3rd. The Utah.gov site has information on where to vote, and how to vote. Make sure to be aware, especially as Super Tuesday comes around. Show up, and use your vote. Your vote is your power. 

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2020 Elections

“I’m not Trump” this is a quote from almost every candidate running in the 2020 presidential election. There are a few main candidates that have come to the surface of the elections.

The main republican candidate is obviously Donald Trump. There have been three republican candidates running against him, however Mark Sandford and Joe Walsh have dropped out for the running while William Weld is still in with Trump. As for the Democratic party there were twenty-eight candidates. Twenty of these candidates dropped out of the running. The eight candidates still going strong in the race include Joe Biden, Mike Bloomberg, Pete Buttigieg, Tulsi Gabbard, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, and Elizabeth Warren.

In the democratic polls, Pete Buttigieg is leading with Bernie Sanders one delegate behind. Davis High students were asked what they predicted the turnout for this election. “I think Trump will stay in office, presidents don’t serve only one term very often.”, said Brayden Saxey. Another student went a totally different direction in their predictions. “Bernie all the way!”, says Porter Archibald. This student portrays a more moderate view on the election, “It’s really 50/50 for me. It depends who the democratic candidate ends up being, but I think it’ll be a close election.

As we all get closer to adulthood we get closer to being able to vote in political elections. Although many people hear about the elections not many people vote. Last election only 55.7% of people voted. In a poll I conducted, 72% are planning on voting in the 2020 election. The goal is to have 100% of eligible voter’s to go out and vote, so register and vote!

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Valentines presents: What to get that special someone

Every February people get panicked and nervous, because they don’t know what to get their significant other. Here are some ideas of thoughtful Valentines day gifts.

You don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on that special someone each year. There are tons of thoughtful, and meaningful gifts that will go a long way. So, here are the top ten gifts you should get your boyfriend/girlfriend this Valentines Day.

First, you could just plan a cute and simple date night.  Maybe go stargazing, or have a bonfire and s’mores. You could do anything simple like that and you’d make your favorite person the happiest. But honestly here’s a helpful tip when you are stressed about Valentines day. Know your date! I’m sure your girlfriend or boyfriend would appreciate a thought out meaningful gift, over an overly priced gift. So if your boyfriend is on the basketball game, maybe consider a cute, and cheesy basketball themed gift. Or your girlfriend is into cheer, you could consider thinking of cheer related things she might love.  It doesn’t really matter what you get, just show them how ya feel about them.

Here is your second helpful tip. Lets say you and your significant other have been together for awhile. Now you have to consider getting them a gift that reminds you of your relationship. So here’s an example, if the two of you like music and have a passion for it, you could get them a record that they might like.

” the best valentine gift would be something to do with fishing like a funny fishing hat. Like a gag gift, that would make me smile.”-Owen Capel (Senior).

“I think the best Valentines present has to correspond with the person’s personality, so if they like eating give them food. Hint, hint.”-Kainoa Sorensen (Sophomore)

So, now you have all the good tips for your Valentines day. No need to stress and worry about the perfect gift. Just think of what your significant other might find thoughtful and sweet. Now that you have an idea of the perfect gift, go out and find it for this Friday, Valentines day!

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Controversy amongst the Kaysville Fiiz’s

Controversy has arisen between the 2 Fiiz’s in Kaysville, Utah. People are asking, “Which one is better?”

According to a recent poll taken on Instagram, 62% of people prefer the Main Street location (next to Betos), over the 200 North location (by Smiths). A few people offered their opinions on why they like the Main Street location better.

Rachel Bennett, a Davis High School student said,

“Because it’s bigger inside and a better hangout spot.”

Elliot Crowton, a worker at the Fiiz off Main Street, in Kaysville Utah, shared his opinion on why he thinks their Fiiz location and staff is better.

“We are crazier, busier – oof, we also have better staff, and we don’t have costumers, we have family.”

Many people chose the Main Street location because it is the original Fiiz, it is closer to houses, and it is closer their schools. On the contrary, 38% of people like the 200 North location better because customer service is better, people are nicer, and the workers are cuter.

Claire Young shared her opinion on why she likes the 200 North location better than the Main Street.

“I only go to that location because it’s closer to my house, more convenient, and the inside has a better atmosphere.”

No matter which location you like better, they still have the same great tasting cookies and drinks!

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The Infamous “Childish Gambino”

Who is the most talented person you know? someone in your family? a famous actor? Meet Donald Glover, otherwise known as “Childish Gambino”. Donald is debatably the most talented man in the world more famously known by his stage name “Childish Gambino” Gambino is a rapper/singer who is also known to produce the majority of his music.

Donald Glover was born on September 25, 1983, on an airforce base in California. Glover grew up loving comedy and was voted “most likely to write for the Simpsons” in highschool. Glover worked on a youtube channel “Derrick Comedy” where he did skits and eventually made a movie based on his popular skit series “Mystery Team”. When Gambino was 23 he was hired to write for “30 Rock” on NBC. Gambino also did some standup comedy and you can find a few of his shows on Netflix or youtube.

Gambino later discovered he had more talents than just comedy and he began to rap and release albums such as “EP”, “Camp”, “Because the Internet”, “Kauai”, and “Awaken, My Love” With his later work such as his hit single “This Is America” When the music video Released for “This Is America” directed by Gambino himself the internet blew up. Everyone was talking about the lyrics and the symbolism he hid in his video depicting hard truths about America. He was later asked to describe his video and he politely refused to leave it up for everyone’s interpretation.

Gambinos fans were slightly shocked by the music change Gambino made on his 2016 album “Awaken My Love” where instead of rapping Gambino Spends most of his time Singing over mellow beats he produced himself. “RedBone” another one of his Breakout hits blew up and many memes were made making it super popular with teens and young adults alike.

In the middle of all this time Gambino spent working on music he was always busy with either acting or directing. in 2016 Glover created the television series “Atlanta” which he stars in and occasionally directs. he was also apart of the sitcom “Community”. since then he has later been in movies such as “Spiderman Homecoming”, “Lazarus Effect” and he was cast as the young Lando Calrissian in the Star Wars Spinoff “Solo”. Glover is even the voice of teenage Simba in the 2019 “The Lion King”.

Coachella last year was huge for Gambino, not only did he put on an amazing performance he also held a showing for a short film created and directed by himself titled “Guava Island” which is a story about a musician who tries to bring an entire island together through his music and of course in classic Gambino style Glover plays the young musician.

Gambino is a very private person with a wife and two kids which only one of the children names has been released to the public. While Gambino doesn’t tend to stunt a lot of Jewelry or super cars he is really into fashion, he spends most of his money on clothes. He has an extensive Gucci Collection it is rumored he has at least one piece from every drop. Another thing that followed Coachella was the Release of the shoes he had been working on with Adidas, 3different pairs were released with 3 separate commercials for each, the shoes take a different approach saying they look better worn out not crispy clean.

“I like endings, I think it is important to progress” – Donald Glover

In 2019 Childish Gambino won 4 Grammys “This Is America” and back in 2018 he won the best R&B performance of “Redbone” off his album “Awaken my love!”. Gambino was nominated for a few awards back in 2015 for the best rap album “Because The Internet” and although it didn’t win, it proves his talent and energy his puts into his work. “Because The Internet” is a classic album loved by Gambino fans alike. Gambino is a man of many talents and while he is a private person who doesn’t like to stay in the spotlight it is sometimes hard to know what is coming up.

Whatever it is he is working on it never fails to impress, be sure to look out for what his next move may be. One of the projects he is currently working on “Atlanta” season 3 is rumored to release sometime 2020. Many fans are waiting on the next and “final” album said Gambino in his Grammy speech. Donald Glover proves time and time again how talented he is in many different categories. He is definitely an artist to keep your eye on.

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Online Dating Apps

Online dating apps are becoming more and more popular among teens and young adults, but many are skeptical of the results they bring in terms of relationships and romance.

A poll taken on Instagram revealed that only 9% of Davis High students use dating apps and 91% don’t use dating apps. Students that use dating apps use platforms such as Tinder, Bumble, Mutual, and POF. Most students use Tinder because that is where they find most people they know and people they are interested in.

Hallee Kimball, a Davis High Senior stated her opinion on Tinder and why she uses it.

“I prefer Tinder because everyone is on it and whereas Bumble and Mutual don’t have as many people or as wide of a variety of people. I also think that a lot of people on Tinder are on there for the attention side of stuff. They are not there for a relationship like Mutual.”

Jensyn Smith, another Davis High Senior expresses her opinion on Bumble and why she prefers Bumble over other dating apps.

“I love Bumble because the girls have to say something first. I met a guy and he had the same name as my brother and that’s how I started talking to him. We’ve been talking ever since and I didn’t think it was going to go as well as it did. He even drove all the way from Provo to come to a boys basketball game with me.”

While some students prefer to use dating apps and have found success, there are many students who are skeptical of the results they bring and the intentions some people have while using those dating apps. Many don’t use dating apps for various reasons and here are what Davis High School students had to say about why they don’t use dating apps.

“Because I got a boyfriend,” Holly Witherspoon

“Because they’re so awkward. I’d rather date someone I know in person,” Ambrie Taylor

“I’m Underage,” Andres Perez-Tamayo

“Afraid of old men creeping on me,” Shailie Derbidge

“Because men only want one thing,” Livie Summerhays

“Cause I’d rather be single,” Etienne Laroche

“I just turned 17, I still feel like a child,” Emily Lindberg

“Because dating’s not really my priority right now,” Sasha Lowell

“I’m not 18 yet,” Tanner Mitchell

“My parents won’t let me,” Mary Bitner

There are a wide variety of reasons why student don’t use dating apps, but the main reason is because they don’t actually know what they are all about because they have never actually used them. Dating apps can be a great to meet new people and find what they like and dislike, in terms of dating.

The dating apps usage is so low among Davis High students because many students are not old enough because you have to be 18 to use them. Dating apps are more popular among the senior class, but will become more and more popular as dating apps create more success in terms of relationships and romance among teens and young adults and become safer for younger people.

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Losing a legend: Kobe Bryant dies in a tragic helicopter crash

Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna Bryant, and 7 others died in a helicopter crash on January 26, 2020.

20 years in the NBA, 18 all-star appearances, 5 championships, and an MVP are all a part of the legacy that the black mamba leaves behind. What might be most important about him is that he worked hard. Everything he did was with a “mamba mentality”, the desire to make a goal and go get it no matter what.

“Kobe was an inspiration not only in basketball, but in life, because he had the mamba mentality. He was an example,” said Isaac Whipple

After 20 years in the NBA and solidifying his legacy as a top 5 player, Kobe won a grammy 2 years after retirement. This drive to be great at anything he did was what made Kobe so great.

Kobe also loved being a dad. The mamba inspired his 13 year old daughter Gianna to push for the WNBA. Kobe’s 4 daughters got him involved in women’s basketball. Sabrina Ionescu, a women’s basketball player for the University of Oregon, dedicated the rest of her college season to Kobe because of how much he inspired her.

Countless NBA players, coaches, fans, and analysts have spent their time on the air telling stories about Kobe and mourning his death. NBA teams took 24 second shot clock violations to honor Kobe. Stars like Kawhi Leonard have came out and said Kobe inspired them. All in all Kobe meant a lot.

Not only have these big names been mourning, but so has the community. Fans have pushed for every team to retire Kobe’s numbers and change the NBA logo to the mamba.

“May your memory always be a blessing,” said Mark Cuban after retiring Kobe’s number.

If you want to honor Kobe go to the boys basketball game on 1/31 for a Kobe out. Wear purple, gold, and all things Kobe to honor the mamba.

The world will miss Kobe for all his inspiration and is grateful for the impact he left. Mamba mentality forever.

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Revenge in ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’

The Count of Monte Cristo is a classic, and arguably one of the greatest literary works of all time. Being such, there are many themes that appear throughout the text. The most notable being revenge. Revenge plays a major role throughout the story, making the reader ask themselves questions like: “How far is too far?” and “Should revenge be dealt out upon a victims posterity?” Revenge being the driving force it is, is responsible for a large amount of the characters’ actions and subsequent deaths throughout the piece, there being only a handful of characters its  persuasive glance did not tempt. It’s become apparent to me that revenge seems to be a prominent theme in The Count of Monte Cristo.

As one might have guessed the first victim of revenge’s hateful gaze was the story’s own protagonist: Edmond Dantes. He lives a small and optimistic life as a young and naïve boy of 19 with a loving father and fiancé. When on his wedding night, he’s framed for a crime he didn’t commit by the men he thought were his friends and thrown into an Island prison for 14 years until his perilous escape. Upon learning of these treacheries the innocent boy is fully consumed by revenge, emerging later as something different. Where an innocent boy once stood stands something else entirely, something formidable. The once trusting, compassionate, and innocent boy was gone. The boy had been replaced by something more, a brooding, calculated, and vengeful Puppet-master. Revenge created the Count of Monte Cristo, thus kicking the story into full gear.

Revenge claimed many more victims over the course of the book, claiming the lives of at least nine souls altogether. Though the Count was not the only character whose actions were driven by revenge throughout the plot, though he was the most subtle in his methods. Haydee planned to take revenge on her father for years saying: “God forgive me: though I am a Christian, I have always thought to avenge my illustrious father.” (86.120) and when finally given the chance she lets loose all her hatred and disdain upon him, plunging him into devastating guilt and destroying his public persona. Most likely being the contributing factor to his suicide.

When thinking upon the conclusion, the book truly isn’t about revenge at all. The man most guilty received the least of all the punishments, why? Well it’s a representation of the characters’ growth. A story of a man realizing revenge doesn’t always lead to satisfaction. A story about a man who learned to have mercy and compassion for his enemies. Eventually leading him to become his true self, a perfect mix of Dantes and The Count. Therefore the story isn’t about revenge at all, but rather learning how to overcome revenge, A principle that would’ve prevented many murders, crimes, divorces, and wars throughout history. And for what it’s worth, that’s why The Count of Monte Cristo is hands down my favorite book of all time.

 

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The best places to ski and snowboard

Skiing and snowboarding is a big deal in Utah; with 15 major ski resorts scattered around the state, it’s something that a lot of Utahns do.

With the Rocky Mountains running through the state, it makes for a lot of fantastic places to put a ski resort. There are 10 world-class ski resorts within an hour of Salt Lake Airport, which makes Utah a dream location to a skier or snowboarder.

In a random poll of 100 people, Snowbasin, located near Huntsville, was the number one location that skiers and snowboarders prefer to go. Snowbasin has over 100 runs and about 3000 ski-able acres, with 11 lifts that service it all. It is easy to see why this was selected as number one, because of the sheer size and accessibility, it truly is a resort.

“Snowbasin hands down because of the food and how easy it is to get there,” said Dallin Nelson.

Coming in at number 2 is Powder Mountain. Powder Mountain is the largest ski resort in the entire US, just slightly less accessible than Snowbasin, making it come in second place. It has over 150 runs, more than 8,000 ski-able acres, and 9 lifts that service it all. Day ticket prices are typically cheaper here than Snowbasin, but it is a longer drive to get to it, so it only gets second place.

And at number 3: Nordic Valley. This resort is quite a bit smaller, with only 23 runs and only about 150 ski-able acres, it also only has 3 lifts. This resort, however, runs the night skiing business, closing at 8 o’clock pm. It is the latest closing ski resort in Utah and all of the runs are lit up until closing.

“I love skiing at Nordic because it’s open into the night,” commented Shay Baker.

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Symbolism in music

Sometimes when I listen to music, I really have to ask myself what it means. Most of the time, songs have an interesting, apparent meaning. Some songs though, have some of the deepest meanings there are. Sometimes it depends on the listener to interpret the meaning in their own way. ALONE, PART 3 is a song by XXXTENTACION, a rap artist who died almost 2 years ago now. This song in particular means a lot to me and it radiates so much meaning in just two minutes. ALONE, PART 3 contains the symbol of sadness as well as passion and power.

To start off, depression is a very serious issue so before you think that I am identifying it with nothing but the title, just let me explain. The title says a lot of things about a song and can mean even more. X talks about not being able to find anyone at the beginning of the song when he says, “I can’t seem to find someone’s shoulder… who will I rely on when it’s over?” He clearly struggles with the thought of being alone but then goes on to say, “Better on my own when it’s all over.” It is almost like he has accepted the fact of being alone which suggests that he has perhaps given up. Being alone can be healthy to some extent but this is killing him to the point of just not caring anymore.

Next, some of the most powerful phrases in songs are questions. They really make you think from a different perspective. He asks lots of questions in this song that are somewhat rhetorical questions that he thinks to himself, but never answers. The most moving question in this song for me is “What is my worth?” he is so broken inside because he doesn’t know himself and doesn’t know what to do. Throughout the song, he asks, “so when I’m weak, who do I call?” and then “What do I do? Do I run?” and finally, “What is my worth?” the first two questions are basically saying that he doesn’t know who he can turn to for help and he gets confused, and maybe even a little panicked and just wants to run. Finally, when he says, “What is my worth?”, he says it twice. This just emphasizes the importance and power of this question. It is a plea for help, meaning, and closure for his questions.

X shows us the severity of his depression by saying what has happened to him both physically and mentally. His mind and soul are restless, and he is just torn down by everything. He says, “I’m tired of hate, I’m tired of love”. He is just done with loving and hating and feeling at all. It has gotten so bad that he says, “I’ve dug my nails into my arms”.

X’s music has a powerful meaning and can help you cope with your pain by relating to others. He sings about things that are real and things that matter, and most importantly, he sings with passion and power. Music is powerful, and music can heal and save lives.

“I advise you to not hide your feelings, don’t pretend to be okay when you’re not okay, don’t pretend to be happy when you’re sad, it’ll only lead to your misery,” commented Jahseh Onfroy.

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Procrastination: I’ll do it later

Everybody does it, and there seems to be no way around it for most people.

Procrastination is a horrible thing, don’t get me wrong, but some people really do better when they’re pressured rather than over time. It’s kind of a “heat of the moment type thing” where the best performance is the one that is actually improvised.

The necessity of getting something done right away and then actually getting it done is definitely a rush… it’s a rush that comes after the massive surge of stress placed upon you when you remember that you still need to do it. Over 75% of students admit to procrastinating from time to time.

“I procrastinate so badly, and it’s really terrible at the end of the term. But during the middle of the term, I’m relatively stress-free,” said Mary Hayden.

That’s the golden side of procrastination, there is little to no stress during most of the year and then it’s just placed on you all at once, so it makes it seem a lot lesser in the grand scheme of things.

Most people just wait till the end of each term to do all of their big projects, or at least till the end of the due date. Most teachers always say that an essay cannot be completed in one day, and then on standardized tests, that all changes. On the ACT, for example, you are asked to complete a full essay in just a couple of minutes. Good thing procrastination trained us to be able to do it in one day.

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Do viral trends play too big a role in our society

Through the last ten years there have been a lot of trends to come and go especially during the rise of social media. People find it imperative to preform trends they see on social media, video it and then proceed to put it back on social media there in hence making it viral. Some of these trends include the bottle flip, ALS ice bucket challenge, Mannequin challenge, the bird box challenge, the cinnamon challenge, kylie Jenner lips, tide pods, the running man challenge the drake car dance challenge and many, many more unnamed challenges.

These challenges and viral trends have shaped modern pop culture through the influence of social media. “ the ALS ice bucket challenge changed my life because my grandma was diagnosed with ALS and it helped her with her trials- Devin forester” any kid with an active social media account is aware of the current trends and challenges taking place in the world.

Are some of these challenges hurting society though? Last year a movie off Netflix became very popular called “birdbox” the movie requires people to remain blindfolded or they will die. This hit social media as the “birdbox challenge” people were attempting to do things blindfolded. One girl even went as far to drive blindfolded and ended up totaling her car. Thankfully no one was injured in the event, but this is just a prime example of how social media trends can influence our lives greatly, some even being dangerous. Most are harmless however and very enjoyable and I don’t expect them to stop any time soon.

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Journalism Personal Semester Review: A class like none other

This story, as well as the rest of the stories I’ve written this semester, are all a part of the journalism class I was randomly put into at the beginning of this year. I was confused when I saw it on my schedule at the start of the year, since I hadn’t ever signed up for it. In all honesty, the only reason I didn’t drop the class was because I saw that Mr. Frey was the teacher, and his English class sophomore year was awesome. Even though I pretty much knew nothing about journalism, I decided I would stay in the class and see what it was all about.

I soon found out that in Journalism the main task we have is writing stories to be posted on the davis high news website. I thought that was pretty cool, and got really excited when I found out that we pretty much work on our own time, and as long as we get our stories done we’re chilling. That was exactly the kind of vibe I was looking for in a class for senior year.

You don’t always get to write about whatever you want, in fact most weeks your stories are assigned to you. You write about many different things varying from school sports to teacher spotlights, dance asking ideas to movie reviews. Even if you’re not writing about something you want, it’s still super chill and it makes writing fun. I’m really glad I didn’t drop the class at the start of the year. I highly recommend taking journalism if you’ve been considering it. This is my final story, so peace out. You’re not your mistakes.

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Are You an Idiot if You Procrastinate?

Some would say it’s smart to constantly stress about your schoolwork. To always make sure you’re ahead of schedule and be extremely OCD about your grade. My philosophy is why stress for an entire term and have anxiety for months when you could just enjoy 98 percent of the term and then stress for the final week about your grades?

Plus, on top of it it’s kind of exhilarating and rush to just slip in their last second. It is interesting to see how much you can do in a limited amount of time. I know it sounds crazy and weird, but I believe people do their best thinking in crunch time.

I hate stressing about things I’ve always been a laid-back carefree type of person until its necessary than I take it seriously. I have multiple friends and relatives that have constant anxiety because they are always stressing about being on time and the next step. They don’t just stop, slow down and take a minute to enjoy life. Their lives are consumed by being perfect. So much so that they forget to enjoy life and realize that life isn’t perfect.

Life in whole is procrastinating if you really think about it. Since the moment we are born on this earth we are procrastinating that judgment day, we are getting by and living in the moment trying to avoid that final moment. Life is so precious so why not procrastinate and hang onto it until the very last moment. Procrastinate almost everything in this life, hold onto it until you can’t hold on anymore. Because honestly what’s the fun of being on time? All it means is your done with one thing now you have to find something else to stress about. Procrastinate life and enjoy life.

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Dungeons and Dragons: The Long Awaited Resurrection of the Nerds Favorite Game

“Roll for initiative” the dungeon master says, as she places down a miniature of an ancient white dragon. The table explodes in raucous yells and anxious noises as the party realizes the trouble they have stumbled in.

Dungeons and dragons has been around for a long time now, ever since the fortuitous meeting of Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson in 1972. Ever since that day, the lives of nerds have been changed forever.

However, dungeons and dragons has not always been in the good graces of society as it is now. Every wizard and barbarian of the early days of dungeons and dragons remembers the “Satanic Scare” of the 80s and 90s, when every dungeons and dragons player was considered to worship Lucifer.

Those were the dark days of dungeons and dragons, when players had to hide in basements and never mentioned their favorite past time.

Since the 2010s however, it’s as if the world has flipped their opinions on the titular role playing game. Suddenly when people look around you can see live-streamed games, Wizards of the Coast sponsored events, and people spending all their time playing this wonderful game.

Last year alone, a single group of dungeons and dragons players became so popular that when they started a Kickstarter for their own animated series about their game, they managed to raise 11.5 million dollars, breaking the record for a crowdfunded television shows.

As much as the idea of nerds has changed in the past 20 years, it is hard to say that dungeons and dragons has wallowed in its previous anonymity. So roll for initiative everyone, and be prepared for the decade of dungeons and dragons.

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Is technology ruining our youth

I will be one of the first to admit that I have an addiction to my phone and I can guarantee almost 90 percent of people will say the same thing. Its almost as if it’s extension of our bodies. Like a vital organ that we are reliant on. We become scared if its not with us and we fear what will happen if it dies.

The focus issues it has created are increasing rapidly. I notice myself checking my screen every 5 minutes hoping for a new notification to pass my time and make me feel accepted by a digital society. I can’t even Watch a full tv show or movie anymore without continuously looking at my phone. Like I said our bodies have latched onto these devices and become reliant on them like a drug we can’t live without.

I see it in the younger generations coming up. They are being raised from birth on a technological device because its easier for a parent to put an iPad in front of their children then to actually take care of them. I barely see my little sister anymore because she locks herself in her room on a tablet all day. Children are losing social skills, creativity and outdoor fun that we used to be raised on, new parents are learning bad habits to start a family, teenagers struggle with insecurities, depression, bullying, and loving their self-image more than ever before.

Society’s opinions and decisions are being influenced immensely by social media and modern technology. We idolize people through social media who are no better than us. Technology is a part of rapidly growing future that this world has. But if we don’t learn how to adapt and grow but also maintain and not forget the old qualities that make us human. I’m afraid the word human will no longer mean what it used to.

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Is music losing its meaning in today’s modern society?

Music has been around since nearly the beginning of humanity. It has brought people together, made people cry, made people scream, laugh, love, sad, dance, it has made people live and I truly believe without it our species wouldn’t be the same. It is expression and art in its purest and most elegant form. But is it dying with our new era of rap, EDM, dubstep, screamo and other genres that wouldn’t be considered quite as elegant?

In some ways I believe so, but I’m also a sucker for good lyrics and you don’t find many of those in modern popular songs now days, so I’m a little biased. Rap used to be far better in my opinion. Rappers used to have rhythm and talent and actually rhyme about things that made sense and meant something. And now I just don’t see how a rapper today making up words that rhyme with drugs, girls, cars and guns, barely being able to understand what he’s saying and then throwing a sick beat into it is art. Its catchy and I enjoy it but I don’t think its talent.

Then you have EDM and dubstep that just sounds like metal scraping against metal and children screaming. But what happened to the Billy Joel’s, Beatles, Tupac, notorious BIG, Frank Sinatra, the people that actually cared about the music they produced and not the clout they had or the money they made. Our society is ruining music by idolizing performers and entertainers and not respecting artists anymore. Real artist don’t want to make music anymore because no one will listen to them.

However, I can’t judge because I am known to listen to pop culture music as well. And like I said music is expression of one’s feelings and how someone interprets their expression. So, if it makes you happy then its art. Music will continue to change throughout time I don’t think it will ever leave us. But I think I will always believe that music was better in the past and had a lot more meaning behind its production back then, then music does now.

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Voting Participation

“​Taxation without Representation.”​

A term heard in every history class and Revolutionary War documentary. The term itself is simply a reference to a government taxing a people without allowing those people to be represented within that government. Despite the short catchphrase, the words were part of a spark that grew to be the fiery determination of the colonies during the Revolutionary War. The many groups and people who made up the Founding Fathers of the USA understood that the best way to have control over one’s circumstances was to have a say in the laws and regulations of government. The desire for a voice in government, for representation, not only sparked the Revolutionary War, but also the founding of a new nation. A new nation predicated on the idea that government should be not only for the people but of the people. Despite these efforts, people don’t always see voting as an important influence.

CNN Politics reported that the 2016 election had only 55% voter turnout, stating it was the lowest turnout for a presidential election in 20 years. In comparison to 2018, NPR reported that the midterms had 47% voter turnout. Low, but the highest midterm voter turnout since 1966. Why do only half of eligible voters, exercise the right that others have fought so hard for? In general, people can guess from a variety of reasons as to why someone might not vote. The Mass Vote Organization, an agency that promotes voters’ rights and encourages people to vote in local and national elections, reported data essential in understanding how US citizens don’t realize the power of the vote. They reported that gaps in voter participation, correlates with widening wage gaps, reduced youth education and opportunity, and increasingly polarized politics. They continue to explain, saying that impoverished or minority neighborhoods are often left uninformed, and unreached by the candidates that would represent them.

These statistics can seem disheartening, but it’s important for everyone, especially seniors who are turning 18, to take the initiative to vote regardless of the circumstances of the area. With the 2020 election coming up within the year, the overwhelming amount of negative news, current events, and political debates can seem overwhelming. However, it’s important to practice understanding and interacting with the government system now, because Voter participation is a learned activity. And even if the individual vote may not seem so influential, the attitude goes on to influence the culture and region around, growing to be a government of the people, for the people.

 

 

 

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