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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A Parents Guild To Helping Your Child Get Better Grades

Parents all want their children to perform well in every subject and bring home an impressive report card. Unfortunately, the reality is that during your child’s K-12 years there are high chances that they will obtain a few disappointing grades. How parents handle bad grades is very important as this can affect your child’s future approach to studying. A bad report card can lead to an emotional situation for both the child and the parents. Here are some tips on how to react if your child brings home a bad report card.

First, don’t lose your temper with your child, talk to them. It is alright to let your child know that you are disappointed and that you perhaps feel they could have done better. It is imperative to discuss this calmly with your child and seek their opinion. You do not want to leave your child humiliated or ashamed.

Next, don’t rush them. Chances are your child will already be aware that the report contains some red flags. Once you have absorbed the news takes time to think about it all. It is important not to react instantly while emotions may be running high. If you are worried, tell your child that you need to look carefully at it and then you will discuss with them. Be calm and they will be too.

Discuss a realistic game plan with your child to try and improve their grades. Don’t punish for poor grades, it is better to try and identify problem areas and work with your child. Be realistic; a child who is obtaining D and C grades is unlikely to be able to get an A for the next report card. Improvement will likely be gradual but praise that improvement. The trend is what matters in this situation, not the score. Your child will be counting on you to help them out. Follow the above points and if need be, do not be put off to ask for help from the school. Remember children do not want to fail so help them get back on track.

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A Day In The Life Of A Magician

Have you ever seen a street performer or a magician do an amazing illusion that caused you to question life itself? Although that was an overstatement you may have said “How did you do that?” but what exactly is “MAGIC”.

Magicians spend hours at a time to practice and master these skills and sleights. However, wannabee magicians use fairly easy tricks that require no skill or mastery at all. These tricks will allow a small shock and some questioning, but what makes professionals so much better than unskilled people.

Magicians use sleights and card control as well as gimmicks and other items to create illusions that wow and impress even other magicians. Coin magic is known as one of the hardest types of magic, this is because it requires the most skill and practice to master. although some card tricks can be extremely impressive like color changes and jogs as well as more advanced methods, these require less skill than manipulating a coin that is extremely small and difficult to move. Magicians (like me) love to see people’s reactions and constantly carry coins and cards for close up magic in a slow time.

The reactions are the best part, being able to confuse people and make them think that what you did is impossible.
The best types of magic are street and close up magic, these require the most skill and preparation to be able to get the best reactions ever. Close up magic is the hardest form because the magician uses both coins and cards in extremely close quarters. This means that you can both see what they are doing and call them out if you see it. Street magic is another form of close up but it uses everyday objects and can get super cool reactions from people. The reason that magicians do what they do best is for the reactions.

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Are Movies Getting Worse?

It seems like the Cinematic Industry is having a decline in creativity, at least from a personal perspective. It just seems that they’re running out of ideas and have become desperate, so they make infinite movie series of movies people love. My grandpa always asks when Transformers 86 is coming out, but it is true they just seem to keep adding to series of original movies that people love to make money. It’s because we love the originals, it doesn’t matter if the other ones are bad! And that’s while they will keep doing it and keep making a very large profit from it. For example “Pirates of the Caribbean, Transformers, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Mission Impossible, Rocky, Rambo, Jurassic Park, Terminator, etc.….”

Now I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a sucker for most those movies especially Star Wars. I’m ecstatic every time a new one comes out, but after every release of a new movie, I come away disappointed which leads me to my next question. “Are all these continuous movies tarnishing the legacy of the original movies?”

As much as I hate to say it I believe so. I mean what ever happened to creativity and broadening the horizon and creating a cinematic masterpiece that the world has never seen. Why are people so scared to make something new, to introduce the world to a new idea on screen. To make new art not just replicate the old.

That’s the other issue is that because of the lack of creativity directors are beginning to just remake old movies. It’s the same story only through a different lens. Trying to create a nostalgic feeling for movie fans, but they just need to leave them untouched, let the classics stay classic, they’re like a fine wine, they get better with age. But at the end of the day people will just conform and stick to what’s safe comfortable and makes them the most money. Disney is a prime example, one of the largest movie producing and grossing companies in the world and all they do is remake movies that appeal to mass culture and especially children, and it makes them billions.

All I want is a brave producer to go against the social norm and create something different, something new and unique that we’ve never seen. Just like the producers of the old days that revolutionized the film industry because of their creativity! They didn’t care what the people thought and how much money it would make they just wanted to make art. Our culture is lacking that currently and needs it back immensely.

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Top 3 Most Influential Music Artists of The 2010’s

Over the past decade, the music industry has once again evolved in ways we never saw coming. With the immense growth over the last decade, artists have been bringing their best to the table and while there’s more music out there than ever, only a select few have undoubtedly influence the masses and their culture. Whether it’s breaking boundaries socially, lyrically or their innovative sound, singers like Taylor Swift, Beyonce and Kanye West have paved the way for music throughout the 2010s. Here are three influential musicians of the past decade.

To be frank, it would be a crime to not include one of the best-selling artists of all time in this list, and Taylor Swift is just that. Arguably the most successful crossover artist of the 21st century, Swift has taken over the top charts with almost every release of her career—especially over the past decade. Starting the 2010s with Speak Now and ending with Lover gives listeners a full foray of Swift’s musical journey from country singer to pop icon. Whether it’s her confessional lyrics that pull on our heartstrings or her bombastic pop hits one can’t help but dance along. simply her influence on mainstream pop in terms of cultural impact or pure albums sold is unmatched. Taylor has practically dominated the music industry and undoubtedly broken boundaries for all musicians.

Some celebrities view themselves and other stars as normal people, but despite that, Beyonce is even a celebrity for other celebrities. Over the past decade, the “Queen B” has crafted her music into being more than notes and lyrics, but a catalyst for something more. Throughout the past decade, Beyonce illustrated the resurgence of the surprise album drop with her 2013 self-titled release, created a movement of black love and cultural celebration with her concept album Lemonade and captured a new generation of hearts as the voice of Nala in Disney’s live-action Lion King. All in all, it wouldn’t be the most influential artist list without including Beyonce.

Love him or hate him, it’s undeniable that Kanye West has had a massive impact on hip-hop and music as a whole during the 2010s. Without Kanye, the world would most likely not have Drake, The Weeknd, Kid Cudi or most popular rappers today. Breaking musical and societal boundaries, Kanye has always been about doing what’s different. Whether it’s electrifying and polarizing listeners with albums like 808s & Heartbreak, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and The Life of Pablo or Kanye creating controversy with his actions and words, he has continued to stay relevant since his first album dropped in 2004. Hip-hop wouldn’t be what it is today without the influence of Kanye, and even as he dropped what may be his worst album to date with Jesus is King, the rapper will remain to influence listeners and contemporaries for years to come.

 

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Australia Fires

On November 12, 2019, the public of Sydney, Australia was warned of catastrophic dangers from wildfire. Since then, 15.6 million acres of the country has burned. The fires have taken a large toll on the people who live there, 24  people have died and over 1,000 homes have been destroyed, and people are evacuating every day.

This has been one of the worst fire seasons Australia has ever seen. The area of land that has been destroyed is much bigger than the fires California experienced  in 2019, and even bigger than the land destroyed in the devastating fires in the Amazon rainforest. Imagine the entire area between Logan and Nephi being completely destroyed by fire, and that’s how much of Australia has been burnt down.

But it isn’t just Australia being affected by these devastating fires. It is possible for the smoke from these fires to spread across the Earth, causing poor air quality for countries across the world. The pollution from the smoke is so bad there, that people are being sent to the hospital each day.

The wildlife on the continent is extraordinary, and many species have been pushed to the brink of extinction. It is estimated that over 1 billion animals have died. If we can’t find a way to put these fires out now, the koalas we think of when we think of Australia along with tons of other species will be gone forever.

Is there a solution to this? The fires have seemed never-ending, and there’s only so much fire fighters can do. Researchers have been looking for a solution, and some indigenous people might have a surprising solution. Their idea is to start small scale fires to clear the debris that would help the large fires spread.

The fires in Australia have been devastating, and although it might seem like it doesn’t have anything to do with us, it could have an impact on us. If you want, there are many places you can donate to to help fight this and save Australia.

 

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Breaking a Social Norm

When going about breaking a social norm, it was hard to find something which is surprising because I am a teenager and am always making trouble some way or another. What I decided to do was go to Walmart and play some music over the Bluetooth speakers. The social norm is just to walk around and look at the speakers with the intention to buy. The very reason I went to Walmart was to play loud songs on any speaker I could get a hold of. 

I was hanging out with my friends and said that I needed to go to Walmart, and they agreed because we never have anything else to do besides mess around at random places. We walked around for a little bit and messed around and when no one was looking, I slipped away and went straight for the speakers. When I got there, it was loud because there were so many speakers and stereos and TV’s around. I turned all the sample tracks down on all the speakers, so it was a quiet enough to hear my music clearly. I then started trying to connect to any speaker I could and luckily, I found about two that worked (they have some sort of blocker on the speakers to prevent you from connecting).  

I connected to one of the speakers and walked away, trying not to seem suspicious or out of the ordinary. I went a couple dozen feet away from the speakers and any people and started to play music. I slowly turned up the volume all the way to max. I proceeded to walk around and act like I was shopping, but it was also really funny because people would walk by and look very alarmed and a little mad.

At one point,  the workers eventually started trying to figure out who was connected to the speakers. They saw us and, being teenagers, they probably assumed that we were up to no good. This was true, but no one knew that. I tried not to act too guilty and we made our way out of the store. I eventually walked out of range of the speakers and the music stopped. The workers stopped searching around, but I could tell they were intent on catching whoever did it, but I managed to blend in and get away with it. 

I would say that pulling this off was harder than I expected, mainly because it is harder to act normal when you know something that someone else doesn’t. Nevertheless, it was successful, and I feel pretty good about how it all went down. We also had permission from one of the managers but none of the workers knew.

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videogames of the decade

Although there were a lot of games and consoles that came out in the last 10 years everyone has there favorite games and favorite consoles to play on, there is different pros and cons on every console.

Some of the best memories are staying up late having great late nights with friends or siblings gaming super smash,  but lets start with what years the best and most popular video games came out.

In 2010 we had banger games come out,  we had red dead redemption, call of duty black opps, rock band 3 and last but not least of the year we had halo.

in 2011 we did not get many popular video games but we got modern warfare 3, Skyrim, Lego star wars 3 and even battlefield 3.

Overall the video game industry had a tough year in 2012 the most popular game we had coming in at number 1 we had black ops 2, coming in at 2nd we had Madden NFL ‘12 and coming in at top 3 we had Halo 4

Coming in at  number 1 selling in 2013 was GTA 5 come out, 2nd was  NBA 2k14, and 3rd was crisis 3.

2014 we had destiny, call of duty advanced warfare, forza horizon 3.

2015 the most popular game was fallout 4 black opps 3 and Halo 5

2016 we had over-watch, super Mario run Pokemon go

2017 we had fortnite, and batttle, WW11

2018 black opps 4, fall out 76 super mario party.

2019 we got apex, modern warfare destiny 2

the most popular console of the decade was the nintendo switch besting sonys playstaion 4 and microsofts xbox one. These three platforms including PC are the largest gaming platforms available. This decade was a great one for the gaming community and the coming decade will be have plenty to be excited for t0.

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Should More Young Women Wear Less Makeup?

In today’s society, makeup is broadly known about and used. Everyone can wear makeup. Whether you are male, female, non-specified, etc. you can wear makeup. But, wearing makeup has its disadvantages. Should more teenage females wear less makeup? I believe yes, and here’s why.

When wearing makeup, most people do it to feel what society thinks is prettier, especially young females. I believe that females, and anyone in general who does not feel beautiful naturally, should wear less makeup until they feel good in their natural body.

I have always loved makeup and fashion, every since I was little. Because of this, I have played with makeup my whole life. I first started wearing makeup -in public- in fifth and sixth grade, and I loved it, I always felt pretty and grown up, It made me feel confident.

I started wearing more makeup about the age of twelve or thirteen. I was in junior high then, and it was not uncommon for young girls my age to wear makeup. I had always been more confident from the get go, most people my age had to still get to the stage of being unapologetically themselves. So for me, wearing makeup was not a necessity.

I soon got to a point where I realized, I did in fact start to feel less confident and less beautiful if I didn’t have any makeup on. I tried to ignore it, but it always bugged me. Nobody should feel less beautiful because of something society tells them they need.

I decided to make a change. I told myself I would stop wearing makeup until I felt confident enough to go without it completely.

I did. It took about a week to completely feel like myself. For these seven days I didn’t wear any makeup at all.

After that week, my passion for makeup grew, but not because I felt like I needed it.

I felt confident enough to go with or without makeup, and feel beautiful and socially accepted.

I believe that more teenage and pre-teens should wear less makeup, until they are confident in their own bodies with their naked, natural face.

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The Name of the Wind: One of the Best Books of All Time

“I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep. You may have heard of me”

Those words are written on the back of the best-selling book written by Patrick Rothfuss, and the beginning of a trilogy to go down in the same shelves as Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones.

The books, first being released in 2007, are about a boy who during the course of his life discovers knowledge unknown, gains the trust and disdain of a king, traverses adversity as well as glory, and lives a life before his twenties that most do not live in a lifetime.

This book, which has just recently celebrated its 12th anniversary with over 10 million copies sold, is one of the most lauded series and stories ever written and published.

You can pick up this beautiful piece of literature at your local bookstore or on Amazon for about ten dollars, and engage yourself into a spectacular story and a living breathing world.

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2010’s Fashion Recap

Fashion trends come in abundance every year, in all shapes and sizes. Some we look back on with fondness and appreciation, others with distaste and annoyance. The 2010’s were certainly no exception from this pattern, so here are some of the biggest trends, good or bad, from each year of the decade.

2010: One of the biggest trends of 2010 was skinny jeans. Lots of people wore all different types of skinny jeans along with graphic tees and leather jackets. Other trends included ballet flats, floral, long maxi skirts, and tunics. Trends for men included v-necks, big jackets, and flannel.

2011: Bright denim was very popular trend in 2010, as well as jeggings, leggings that look like jeans. Menswear started to become a trend for women, with tuxedo jackets and oxfords starting to become popular. More dressy casual clothing became popular for men, as vests and button up collared shirts were a big trend.

2012: Peplum started to come in this year, and it was a very big trend. Wedge sneakers brought classic shoes to new heights, and people loved it. The menswear trend carried over from 2011, and lots of women wore statement collars. Scarves, boots, and trench coats were a trend that kept people warm and in style.

2013: Leather was very in throughout the beginning of the decade, and 2013 wasn’t any different. It was a year of contrast as the color combo of black and white was very in style. Hardware became a trendy accent in shoes and accessories.

2014: Bomber jackets were everywhere in 2014, as well as tea length skirts and sweaters. Athleisure started to come into fashion this year with track pants and leggings becoming popular.

2015: Off the shoulder tops, white sneakers, embroidery, and lace up everything were the staples of 2015. Slip on sneakers also rose to popularity.

2016: Bomber jackets came back into popularity in this year, as well as off the shoulder tops. People took it back to the nineties with chokers, and were very comfortable with tons of velvet tops. Ripped denim started to become a trend, and turned into something that would stay for a very long time.

2017: Cropped sweatshirts, slides, and tracksuits continued to make the athleisure trend become popular. Ripped jeans continued to be a trend, becoming more and more popular.

2018: Skinny jeans started to fade out, and mom jeans, straight leg jeans, and baggier pants became popular. Plaid was very in style, plaid pants, plaid jackets, plaid shoes etc.. People took inspiration from the 90’s with fanny packs and chunky tennis shoes.

2019: Biker shorts, animal print, bucket hats, and lavender were all defining trends of last year. People continued to embrace 90’s style, and oversized clothing became a huge thing.

The 2010’s were great, but now that they’re over, it’s time to move on to bigger and better things, including fashion trends.

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2k19 Trend Recap

The 2010’s have officially come to an end as of January 1st. As we say goodbye to 2019 we are also saying goodbye to all of the most popular trends that it contained. I talked to about 50 students of Davis High and asked them all one question: What was the most popular trend of 2019? There were seven things that all got mentioned more than 30 times. I’m going to count down these seven things from the most popular to the least popular.

#1: Tik Tok- Tik Tok was mentioned by almost everyone I talked to. Multiple people said that Tik Tok was like the new musically or the new vine. Everyone has been obsessed with this app and spends hours on end watching and making these videos.

“I downloaded Tik Tok as a joke at first, but then I got addicted and now I always catch myself doing the Tik Tok dances and using Tik Tok references all the time. I never even get any homework done anymore, I just scroll through Tik Tok for hours,” said student Ellie Anderson.

#2: Scrunchies- I thought it was very interesting that this one was mentioned the most after Tik Tok. Scrunchies were a huge thing in the 80’s and made a sudden comeback in 2019. You could see girls wearing them around their wrists or in their hair wherever you went.

#3: Airpods- Airpods were actually released from Apple in 2016, but since the generation 2 Airpods and the Airpod pros were released in 2019, they became super popular. This is just one of many trends that I don’t think is going to be left behind in 2019, these are coming with us right into 2020.

#4: Hydro Flasks- These were mentioned by every single girl that I talked to. I think it is safe to say that this trend is the most popular with girls. A lot of girls decorated their Hydro Flasks with stickers too.

“I guess you could say 2019 was the year that the VSCO girls took over,” said junior Phoebe Arnold.

#5: Nike Air Maxes- This style of Nikes was extremely popular during 2019. This trend was very popular with the boys rather than the girls. A lot of people got them customized too, so no one would have the same shoe as them or so that they would have the coolest pair. Personally I loved this trend for the boys and I think it helped them up their style game.

#6: Carhartt Beanies- This is another trend that was very popular in 2019 but will also be coming with us right into the 2020’s. If you walked down the halls of Davis you could count at least 20 Carhartt beanies on people’s heads every day. This trend was one of the only ones that was pretty popular with both boys and girls.

#7: Bold Makeup- This was the trend that was mentioned the least out of the seven but was still pretty popular. This trend was one that mostly girls mentioned too. Youtube makeup artists and the releases of their own lines of makeup was the biggest fuel to this fire. However, with the new year a lot of girls are now going for more subtle looks.

So there you have it Davis High, the top seven trends of 2019 according to its very own students. I don’t think I am the only person who is excited to see what trends the 2020’s will bring us!

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The Best Movies of the Decade

2019 ended just over a week ago which also brings an end to an astounding decade of movies. Every year from 2010-2019 brought us amazing cinematic experiences, many of which are worth the recap.

2010 Top 3 Movies: Inception, Toy Story 3, The Social Network

Inception is a movie that is in the discussion for the greatest movies of all time. Rotten Tomatoes describes it as

“Smart, innovative, and thrilling, Inception is that rare summer blockbuster that succeeds viscerally as well as intellectually.”

Toy story 3 is another great movie to add to the already great Toy Story Franchise, and The Social Network racked up a staggering 96% tomatoe meter reading.

2011 Top Movies: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Rango

Harry Potter 8 ends the story of the boy who lived in a stunning way, and is arguably the best Harry Potter movie. Rise of the Planet of the Apes brings its comic book predecessor. Rango stars Johnny Depp in the best animated movie of the year.

2012 Top Movies: The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, Skyfall

The Avengers steers the MCU in the direction to produce great movies. The Dark Knight Rises ends one of the greatest trilogys of all time. Skyfall earns a 92% tomato meter reading and adds another great movie to the James Bond Franchise.

2013 Top Movies: Monsters University, Frozen, Gravity

Monsters University is an amazing prequel to monsters equal and rivals Frozen for the best animated movie of 2013. Gravity is described by Renuka Vyavahare:

“Oh to be astonished, frightened, and entertained all at the same time — that’s the power of Alfonso Cuaron’s masterful film.”

2014 Top Movies: Interstellar, Captain America: Winter Soldier, Whiplash

Interstellar provides an amazing movie for teh sci-fi genre. Captain America: Winter Soldier is argued by some as the greatest MCU movie. An underrated Whiplash movie earned a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes.

2015 Top Movies: Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Creed, The Martian

Star Wars kicks off their third trilogy through an impressive The Force Awakens movie. Creed becomes a great sequel to the Rocky franchise. The Martian movie is arguably the best movie based off of a novel of all time.

2016 Top Movies: Moana, Captain America: Civil War, Moonlight

The fun family movie Moana is the best animated movie of 2016. The MCU adds another great movie to their franchise with Captain America: Civil War. 98% Tomato Meter reading Moonlight earns an Oscar for best picture.

2017 Top Movies: Get Out, Coco, Dunkirk

Jordan Peele’s Get Out could be argued as the best horror movie of all time. Coco takes 2017’s top animated movie spot and wins best original song for “Remember Me”

2018 Top Movies: Avengers Infinity War, Black Panther, A Quiet Place

Avengers Infinity War brings a new dimension to the MCU along with Black Panther. A Quiet Place shows viewers that you don’t need to say much to make a great movie.

2019 Top Movies: Us, Joker, Marriage Story.

Us, another Jordan Peele masterpiece, goes down as one of the greatest horror movies of the decade. Joker may have been the most hyped movies of the decade, and delivered. Marriage Story earns itself an amazing 95% Rotten Tomato meter reading.

Obviously this decade has will go down as one of the best ever for movies, and we will see what the new decade brings to the table!

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The last decade in music

The last decade in music

The last decade has been a very pivotal time in music as there are so many different genres of music rising and falling throughout the whole decade as many new artists rose and old ones fell.

2010 was a very reflective year of the decade that came before it with the top charts being dominated by pop music and pop superstars but with Hip-Hop giant Eminem still showing up on the top charts here and there as well as katy perry having a couple of top charts hits.

2011 was like the year before with some of the same songs still being on the top charts but this year there was more alternative style pop with lots of dance and party music as well with Give me Everything by pit bull at number one and Party Rock Anthem coming in at the number two song.

2012 Once again much more alternative poppy music is topping the charts for 2012 with maroon 5 and Nicki Minaj making the top charts for the 3rd year in a row and K-pop sensation Gangnam Style also making the top charts at number 4.

2013 has some new faces with Robin Thicke and Daft Punk ft. Pharrell Williams on Get Lucky and katy perry once again makes the top charts but another new face is Macklemore with the song can’t hold us coming in at the number 4 song on the top charts.

2014 is unique from the previous years in this decade with girls dominating most of the top charts out of the top ten songs from the year 8 of them are girls with songs coming from Iggy Azalea, Ariana Grande, Meghan Trainor and Nicki Minaj with the songs Fancy, Problem, All About That Bass and Bang Bang.

2015 is the opposite from the year before with 8 of the top songs coming from boys with the weeknd having two top ten songs with Can’t Feel My Face and The Hill’s. Another top hit from this year is well known Adele song Hello and a top song from Justin Bieber with What Do You Mean.

2016 as the years have gone by the music has slowly changed each year to more moody darker sounding music with a lot more focus on production and this year shows that very well with One Dance by Drake Work from Home by fifth harmony and songs by Rihanna and Calvin Harris coming in the top charts showing the shift towards this more moody Hip Hop style of music.

2017 is when rap music specifically “mumble rap” really started to pick up with songs from lil uzi vert and post Malone and 21 savage coming in the top charts. Although pop stays on the top with ed Sheeran’s shape of you.

2018 Is more moody style music with No Tears Left to Cry by Ariana Grande coming in at number one and with drake having 4 top 10 songs with three of his owns songs and with a feature with Travis Scott on the hit song sicko mode.

2019 is a very unique year of music with an alternative song being number one with Billie Eilish’s Bad guy and “country rap” song Old Town Road and with Selena Gomez coming in the top four for the first time all decade in a year where her style of music has fallen off.

Over the course of the decade music has changed a lot coming from poppy music to moody alternative music and “mumble rap” dominating the charts towards the end of the decade I wonder what is in store for the next decade of music.

 

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Be as glam as a snowman with this winter fashion!

During the winter Utah’s weather gets quite chilly. Anytime you go outside you’re going to want a jacket or something warm. So why not do it in fashion? A couple of things that are becoming more and more trendy this winter are turtlenecks, faux fur coats, sweaters, jackets and more.

When picking out an outfit you should consider mixing and matching styles. You could layer an oversized graphic T-shirt over a turtle neck, long sleeve shirt, and a hoodie. When picking out your graphic T-shirt don’t be afraid to get colorful. If you’re trying to get funky you could even layer a short-sleeve button-up over a turtle neck. You could match these combos with some ripped boyfriend jeans and boots. Boots that are popular right now are Doc Martins and Hunters.

Want to wear a cute outfit with your faux fur jacket? Find a simple shirt that goes with your jacket then find some skinny jeans or mom jeans that would fit with the colors. After that find yourself a cute belt. You could pair this outfit with some sneakers or boots! you could also pair this with some ripped jeans or leggings!

Winter fashion doesn’t have to be complicated. The main goal is to dress warmly. Get creative with the outfits you put together you would be surprised at what you come up with. Also, don’t be afraid to try something different or a little out of your comfort zone. It can be fun to try new things with your wardrobe. You can find winter clothes anywhere, even in thrift stores. Just make sure that while you’re dressing up that you’re dressing warm because the winter weather does not agree with short sleeves and shorts.

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

The new Star Wars, The Rise of Skywalker has the Star Wars fan base split in half. People either loved it or hated it. The new addition is like how Avengers Endgame was to Marvel fans. A huge fan pleaser, Though this may please most fans hardcore fans end up disliking the film.

Overall most people love the film, with fun characters and a gripping tale in outer space to spark the Star Wars nostalgia in anyone. Seeing the Millennium Falcom evading storm trooper fighters and Rey with Lukes saber training in the force is a huge fan pleaser to anyone who has seen Star Wars.

“Loved it, because JJ Abrams fixed everything from last jedi and fixed the saga.” -Carston Christensen

Star Wars is anyone can talk about on social media and for good reason. It’s a great ending to this Star Wars saga, with a great feel good ending leaving you sad that you cant see more. Seeing the Star Wars universe finally come to peace is satisfying and great to watch.

“I liked it.” Isaac Whipple

Some people didn’t love it as much as others. Disliking dialiog at some points and bad pacing and leaving loose ends were the biggest concerns of the Star Wars community. Most didn’t like how Finm didn’t play a big enough role in the film, with him originally seeming to be one of the main characters. Some didn’t like how Rey took the Skywalkers name or how she was a palpatine either.

The biggest annoyance of all in The Rise of Skywalker to fans was the kiss between Rey and Kylo Ren. The kiss was so unnecessary and was not a good addition to the movie. There was no hint to romance before and they were previously enemies and comrades but not lovers.

With any big franchise movie there will be little things that people don’t like but overall Star Wars was a great finale to the Star Wars saga that every should go see.

 

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School tranfers and bullying rates

Last year, over 300 student transferred to Davis High School after the first semester of learning at Farmington High School. Not only did students find the summit program to be completely unsuccessful, but people were also dealing with an unbelievable amount of bullying.

“High in rates of cruelty, I don’t even understand why so many are hurting others, I included,” one student described.

Not only is this a Farmington High School issue, but a Davis High School issue as well. A young man at Farmington High School admitted that the school isn’t that good, but that it was still better than our very own Davis High School.

“I don’t like Farmington, but everyone I know who transferred to Davis has been bullied worse than they ever were at Farmington,” this student explained.

So many people left a brand new high school to go to one that has been standing since 1914. These brave students, or at least a majority of them, left to have a better high school experience, but got much worse.

We are supposed to be in not only an accepting community, but a loving one.

There is not only the side of the story where Davis High is an inhabitable school when it comes to the welfare of it’s inhabitants, but it also goes the other way around.

A good friend of mine that transferred to Davis explained to me about the ruthless bullying that she had to endure during her stay at Farmington. She explained to me that she thought of letting life go due to the taunting and actions of others.

“Farmington was the worst experience that I have had in my entire life and Davis high has been a little better. Not good, but better.”

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New year new me

This new year is extra special this year. 2020 isn’t only the start of a new year but its the start of a new decade, how exciting is that? As students in high school, the new decade brings plenty of new things for us. This is basically the start of our whole lifes. With that comes all the goals we set and resolutions we made. New years resolutions are a common thing for people to make and hold to. It’s a way for you to hold your self responsible and accountable for the things you do.

There are many different kinds of New Year’s resolutions. The most popular goal is to stay healthy. Such as exercising Everyday, eating healthier, and some people even cut out sugar for the whole year! At the beginning of the year you will notice several people getting gym passes and going to the gym quite frequently. But that doesn’t usually held throughout the year.

Other resolutions and goals include mental health, being social and getting out of your comfort zones. With a fresh start, people will tend to take the time to begin to work on themselves and their mentality. Learning to be happy and grateful for the things you have and create a positive mental space for you to grow. Some people make goals to be more outgoing. Doing this helps people be more proactive. Some people even start dressing different or restart their social media feeds.

The new years indicate a new start and several people around the world take advantage of this opportunity to change for the better. Think about your new year’s resolutions and how you can set them to help them stay and actually help you in your day to day life. Keep in mind that with this new decade its time to focus on yourself and improve yourself!

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Is the force real?

The force is a made-up concept in the Star Wars realm. The force was an energy that connected everything in the universe. The story of the force goes way back, about 36,000 years before the events of episode 4 of Star Wars. There was an ancient order of scientists and philosophers called the Dai Bendu on the planet Ando Prim It was there that they had discovered such a powerful and mystical primal energy that they began calling “the Force”.

The force is a concept existed well over twenty-five thousand years, all thought there are multiple aspects of the force, The living force was fueled by the energies of all of the life forms and in return fed into the cosmic force, the force that bound everything together.

Cody Crawford: “It’s cool, it’s tight, wish I had it.”

Usage of the force grants several useful and special powers, such as the ability to sense impending attacks; to push, lift and manipulate physical objects; To influence the mind of others to put them in a seductive like faze and make them sleep by controlling their mind.

Thousands of years before the Clone Wars, the unity of the Jedi Order was fractured by a rogue Jedi who came to believe that the true power of the Force could only be reached through passion rather than the calmness of the Jedi way. The Jedi High Council at the time balked at this new direction, and the fallen Jedi was banished from the Order. Nevertheless, a group of renegade Jedi followed the rogue into exile, resulting in a schism that gave way to the Hundred-Year Darkness and the rise of the Sith Order.

Is the force real? We may never know, maybe it was lost a long time ago as was the Jedi, making us fall into a bland world blaster and light saber free. Maybe it exists on a planet far far away. have you felt the force?

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The Hot Spots for Hot Chocolate

When you think of winter, what do you think about? Personally, I think of all things cold like playing in the snow, sledding, skiing and snowboarding. And after all of those frosty activities, you need something nice and warm to stop your chattering teeth and heat up your goose bump-riddled skin. What better treat to do that than a steaming mug of hot chocolate? Whether you want whipped cream, marshmallows, peppermint, milk chocolate or dark chocolate here are all the hot spots you can go to to get your daily cup of hot coco.

One of the most popular, local spots to go get hot chocolate is the Starbucks at Station Park in Farmington. This is a popular spot because they have so many kinds and you can add any flavors and fix-ins that you want! Of course, all of this comes at a price. Starbucks can be pretty pricey depending on what you get. However it is all so worth it because the quality and the taste is just so heavenly.

The next most popular places to get hot chocolate are just your local gas stations. There are so many around here like Maverik, 7-Eleven or Chevron. Which ever one you go to they all have some steaming hot chocolate ready for you and your friends! The benefits of getting hot chocolate from these gas stations is it’s a lot cheaper than Starbucks. The downside of these places is they don’t have as many flavors and things that you can add to your hot coco, but hey, all hot coco is delicious no matter where you get it.

If you are up to taking a little drive, there are so many cute cafes and coffee houses in Salt Lake that have some pretty delicious hot chocolate! The three most popular places are Hatch Family Chocolates, The Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and Les Madeleines. These are all cute shops and cafes that have amazing hot coco. Some people even say that you haven’t had true hot chocolate until you’ve tried the famous hot coco from one of these places. No matter which hot spot you go to there are so many unique and tasty flavors, so get out there and expand your hot coco horizon!

 

 

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The Affect That Art Had On My Life So Far

At a young age, I enjoyed making crafts and being creative. I remember as soon as Pinterest became a big thing I would spend hours on the social media site. I would pin arts and crafts and spend my weekend creating all kinds of things. I would sew blankets, aprons, pillow covers; I created scrapbooks, pasted glitter all over the place and let my imagination run wild. I was lucky as a child because my mom would let me make whatever kind of mess I wanted to. It really let my mind create all different kinds of unrealistic realities. I was very impatient and would speed through things because I thought I could do everything without directions. I would have to redo projects multiple times. This taught me to read directions and to take tasks seriously. If you do it right the first time it saves so much time.

During my sophomore year, I was put into a painting class, I was scared because I thought my projects were going to come out horrible. I wanted everything to be perfect. As I started the assignments I realized how much I loved painting. I could create something that no one else did. It was satisfying. During this time I went through some traumatic experiences in my life. When I was struggling or sad it helped turn my logical side of my brain off and helped me stop thinking about the hard things in my life.

Not just with painting, anything where I am using my ideas whether it be writing, sewing, cooking, baking, etc. It helps me and so many others to sly away from the rough situations in life. It has taught me that I can be creative through all aspects of life and it helps me to take a break. I challenge everyone to take a moment every day to be creative or express themselves in some way. It can make a big difference.

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From Yeezus to Jesus: A Kanye West Analysis

Why be a good person when you can pay your way to eternal life? Throughout the middle ages, the Catholic Church sold indulgences-medieval equivalents to get out of sin-free cards, profiting off the rich and poor alike. The Church promised eternal life in exchange for a lump sum of cash, filling their own pockets while increasing the poor’s hardships. The Catholic Church would not be the only group using religion to earn money. Only two years ago, a Minnesota man stole millions from unsuspecting investors under the guise of “doing God’s work,” housing oil workers in the freezing American North. He instead used the stolen money to purchase private islands and classic cars — neither of which the Bible mentions. Now a new prophet carries the tradition of using the Lord’s name to swindle the masses, and you may recognize him from the billboard top 100 charts. Kanye West’s sudden conversion to Christianity coincides with a brand-new Bible flavored album with dozens of expensive merchandise items. West’s products range from typical print t-shirts to the unorthodox pairs of “Jesus is King” emblazoned dirty socks, all for prices much higher than their manufacturing cost. Is Kanye West genuinely interested in using his platform to exalt the works of God, or is he simply the latest in a long line of con men using the Lord’s name to line his pockets?

Before discussing Kanye West any further analysis of those that inspired him is necessary. Throughout “The Economics of Religious Indulgences” by Alberto Cassone and Carla Marchese, the authors analyze the Catholic Church’s past practice of indulgences. Interestingly, they compare the Church to a club where leaders attempt continuously enlarging the club’s size. The authors claim indulgences entice risk-taking individuals to join the Church. These risk-takers are more likely to sin and earn money for the Church by paying for indulgences. Coming from the author’s perspective of viewing the Church as a club, indulgences are a win-win for the Church and its constituents. The Church facilitates spreading the gospel while also earning money to help fuel its operations, and members get a guaranteed ticket to heaven. However, many argue indulgences went against the Church’s teachings regarding equality and corruption. Most of the populous could not afford indulgences as they were too expensive. The poor were barred from heaven while the corrupt had an all-access pass. This injustice eventually became too much for the public to ignore.

Within “A ‘Traitorous Religion’: Indulgences and the Anti-Catholic Imagination in Eighteenth-Century New England” by Michael S. Carter, he explains the eventual backlash to catholic indulgences. Anti-Catholicism was prevalent in the early-modern English-speaking world. Many believed that indulgences gave Catholics a license to sin advance. Others feared that Catholics would have loose morals because they could admit guilt and pay to avoid repercussions. Carter elaborates on his position, explaining many viewed the Church as spiritual slavery that required monetary payments to escape bondage. As church leaders saw that others condemned indulgences, they realized that they could no longer ensure the club’s growth. Leaders then failed their two main goals: spreading the gospel and acquiring funds. Eventually, leaders decided to end the practice of indulgences; however, this did not end the use of religion to build the wealth of others.

Another example of religious exploitation is found in “Snake Oil Salesman.” by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the author outlines the steps Ronald Johnson took to swindle millions from others. Johnson stole from people in Montana and North Dakota under the guise of developing an indoor motor home park. Losses totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars per person, causing dozens of people’s livelihoods to be lost or wholly altered after Johnson stole their money. Described as highly charismatic and incredibly convincing, many have described Johnson as a modern-day snake oil salesman. He even convinced people to invest in his scheme by saying it was God’s work to build this motor home park to help the poor, freezing workers of the northern oil fields. After some analysis, parallels are quickly drawn between Johnson’s actions and the actions of the Catholic church hundreds of years ago. The most obvious comparison being Johnson and the Church’s use of God to motivate others to give up their wealth. However, Johnson scammed people by convincing them to earn God’s grace. The Catholic Church conned members by giving them a chance to please God and expunge their sins. Whatever the case, the wealth accumulation of both a Midwest conman and the most significant Christian religion had the same root cause. Nevertheless, Ronald Johnson’s classic cars would not be the last time the religious would be exploited for a quick buck.

In “Is Kanye West a Great Artist or a Great Marketer?” by Kevin Winter, he explores West’s marketing prowess throughout his career. Winter first poses the question, “Think about the last time Kanye came up in a conversation: Did you talk about his music?” For most people, the answer is no. Many believe West to have a screw loose or be incredibly unpredictable, yet these antics are part of the act. Ever since his first step into the spotlight in 2004, West has continuously clamored to be the focus of attention. Whether it be controversial public statements at the VMAs or saying slavery was a choice almost as soon as he re-joined social media, West knows how to create a stir. However, Winter believes West’s most significant fault is that he cannot merely let his art speak for itself. West diminishes the value of his work through clownish stunts and lack of humility. However, Winter also acknowledges the strategy behind these outbursts, noting Kanye West pulls a stunt exactly when he begins losing star status. Kanye West yearns to be a star and, more importantly, maintaining his bank account necessitates his constant relevancy. So, after stealing the spotlight from Taylor Swift at the VMAs, announcing his future presidential run without warning, and supporting the most controversial president in recent memory, West had to find a way to keep his stardom alight. West’s next evolution would see the man that just years ago declared he was a living god transformed into God’s most important messenger.

Unlike earlier in his career, West no longer portrays himself as a literal god, he is now an agent of Christianity, at least that is what he wants us to believe. Stereo Williams explores Kanye’s newest stunt in “Kanye West’s ‘Jesus Is King’ Is Fake Christianity at Its Finest.” Williams outlines Kanye’s new life as a born-again Christian. West’s incredibly popular Sunday Services around the country have been significant attractions for Hollywood A-listers and the upper middle class alike. Unlike the typical religious sect, West does not bother engaging with the lower classes. While his services and events are free, they fill to the brim with designer clothes and celebrities. In Salt Lake City, a sea of expensive clothes and upper-middle-class high school students clamored for a chance to see West remix gospel songs on a keyboard for an hour. Kanye is only occasionally interested in seeking God’s grace or praising His mercies and is far more interested in nailing himself to a cross. West needs the attention to be on him; his conversion is a publicity stunt as only Kanye West knows how to pull off. By all accounts, his strategy has worked, and West has been thrust back into stardom. What many would like to know is whether Kanye is using his resurgence to fill others with the gospel or fill his pocketbook.

They said the Devil would be attractive; those people did not expect him to wear Yeezys. During the episode “Botham Jean’s Brother Hugs Amber Guyger, Is Kanye West ‘Jesus Is King’ A Scam? More | SOTC S2 E8” of commentator Joe Budden’s podcast, the topic of West’s newfound religion is met with skepticism. He believes all of this Jesus stuff is an attempt to sell merchandise and make money. West is no different from a televangelist or pastor riling up the masses for his gain. The issue is people are naïve enough to believe it and buy into his schemes. West is going against one of the principal teachings of Christianity: humility. West uses the hype around his new album and persona to rake in millions while diminishing the impact of traditional Christianity. The hosts quickly add that Christianity is a positive force in the lives of millions. However, West’s homebrew brand does not have the same impact.

It is consumerist, it is shallow, but most importantly, it is profitable. West thrives in a society wherein the populous clamors for his blessings. $300-dollar sweatshirts with circles on them sold out in minutes, $25-dollar dirty socks sold in the thousands, and people who had never previously listened to a non-explicit album in their life blast Christian music with a sax solo. From the consumer standpoint, the infatuation with West makes perfect sense. All of these individuals wish for the approval of God’s self-proclaimed chosen musician. Merchandise is the modern-day indulgence; through their purchases, the consumers cleanse their sins. However, in this case, the sin is not theft or adultery; sin is rejecting Kanye West. Religion typically aims to offer something that individuals do not already have, whether it be an explanation for existence or a way to achieve eternal life. West preys on the upper-middle class and the rich because they already have their necessities. West’s disciples yearn for bread and circus. They demand entertainment, and West delivers through his constant changing of persona and publicity stunts. West uses his marketing skills to swindle these masses using the same act of God justification that convicted conman Ronald Johnson used. However, West is still at large, and instead of spending the money on classic cars, he spends it on maintaining his incredibly expensive Italian marble floor. The said floor can only be repaired by select artisans who must fly in every time a repair must be made (which is also not in the Bible, by the way).

Some believe West truly is doing good work through his modernization of Christianity. His supporters often cite the faith’s inability to modernize for a 21st-century society built upon hyper-consumerism and decadence. However, West’s tactics could not be farther from Christianity’s teachings. Rather than using his charisma and wealth to help the disadvantaged West funds his operas and family vacations. Rather than promoting service, he dines at the most excellent restaurants and travels in a private jet. Rather than apologizing for past actions, West will stand by them till the day he dies. None of these traits are very Christian-like, nor are they evidence of a right person. West uses his 68-million-dollar tax return and his fanatic fan support as evidence of God’s blessing. However, a short Bible reading would quash their claims.

“As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God” (1 Peter 4:10). West could use his platform for good; his reach is almost limitless. Instead, West distracts from worthy causes such as charity or social work that make a difference. Rather than being a Mother Tereasa, Kanye West is a Ronald Johnson or a corrupt Catholic priest, and his success is our fault. Throughout history, humans have witnessed these figures harm our societal systems. The only way to stop Kanye West’s abuse of Christianity is to stop encouraging his antics, as entertaining as they may be. When will society stop enabling those that wish to hijack these social systems? Probably when they stop buying $300 t-shirts.

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New Year’s Resolutions

As 2019 comes to a close and we look forward to the beginning of a brand new decade, many people are busy making new years resolutions. Some of the most common ones include losing weight, eating healthier, and exercising. But aside from becoming more healthy, some people have resolutions like traveling more or trying new foods and meeting new people.

Students at Davis High have many different resolutions for this year. Some common ones are to get better grades, or for the seniors, to graduate and start a new chapter of their lives with life after high school.

“I want to get good grades, be more active, and just be more happy.” said Ireland Dannehold, Sophomore.

Some people don’t know exactly what they want their resolutions to be, so here are some ideas.

Donate to more charities – this is a great way to give back and have a positive impact on the community.

Get a new hobby – hobbies help people meet new people and find something they truly love, and make people more happy.

Travel to a place you’ve never been before – the world is big and traveling to new places helps people gain new experiences and learn more about different cultures.

Get organized – organization helps people get better control over their lives reduces stress.

Stop procrastinating – procrastination is often the reason we don’t accomplish goals.

Spend more time outside – studies show that being outside boosts your immune system and makes you more creative.

Be more social – meeting new people and making new friends helps people gain new experiences.

Have a positive attitude – positive attitudes help people achieve their goals.

Keep a journal – journals are a great way to document stories that happen to people.

Save more money – having money saved up is a great way to have peace of mind in case of an emergency.

New Year’s Resolutions are what help give our year more purpose. They make our lives happier and help people feel more accomplished and fulfilled. Having a resolution is a great way to ring in the new year.

 

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Fun things to do over Christmas break

Even though Christmas break is a vacation from school, and a time to relax, students still have to find ways to entertain themselves for two weeks. Many kids can feel bored, because school can give them things to do and work on. There are many ideas to make Christmas break meaningful, here are just a few.

Have a Christmas movie marathon:

There are a TON of good Christmas movies out there ranging from Home Alone to Elf, and not enough time to watch them all inconsistently. Sometimes the only answer is to pick a day and watch them all at once. With many movie subscription sites like Netflix and Disney +, it won’t be hard to celebrate the season by watching your favorite films.

Hanging out with friends and family:

Even though it is the simplest option, it can be the best. When asked what their favorite Christmas activities were, Quinn Sorenson and Mason Otteson said:

“Hang with family,” said Quinn Sorenson.

“Hangout with friends/family,” Mason Otteson also commented.

There are hundreds more activities to do with other people than with yourself. There are many board games to be played and many snowball fights to be had with the people you love.

Make Christmas cookies:

Baking Christmas cookies is both a fun and delicious way to pass the time. There are at least a hundred types of Christmas cookies, and with a full break, it won’t be hard to find time to bake them. Cookies are a classic during the holidays, so why not bake a few and indulge in the Christmas cheer.

Going to see Christmas lights:

Many places offer a beautiful array of lights including Temple Square and The Layton Lights. Although these are great places to go, you can find lights in almost any neighborhood. Just going for a walk to see them all is a great use of your time.

With a full two weeks of break this year, there a hundreds of opportunities to participate in your favorite activities. Happy Holidays!

 

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Christmas Gifts: Parents Edition

Even though you spend your entire life with them, your family always seems to be the most difficult people to get gifts for.

However, it is not an impossible task. There are many simple and cheap options that you can still get your parents.

Material gifts include:

  • Cozy slippers – something to keep warm and to be comfortable
  • Printed t-shirts – something fun and simple to wear
  • Printed Family Photo – meaningful and a new edition to decoration
  • Candles – who doesn’t want a good smelling house
  • Socks – something soft to keep warm
  • A watch – so they don’t miss any more events
  • Jewelry – simply for style
  • A book – who doesn’t love a good read?
  • Gift cards – the possibilities are endless (with a budget of course)
  • A blanket – a gift to cuddle up with and add another layer to the bed

$0 gifts include:

  • A homemade meal – something for the whole family to enjoy
  • Do the dishes – even though it’s loathsome, it will help out more than you would think
  • Dust the house – you’d be surprised at how much is lying around
  • Clean the boarders – you may not notice the difference, but someone will!
  • Do the laundry – don’t forget to fold it and put it away as well
  • Vacuum the house – it really doesn’t take that much effort, just plug in and go
  • Sweep the kitchen – crumbs hide just about everywhere
  • Organize the garage – I can guarantee that this is a big deal to your parents
  • Mop the floors – something simple and rather fun with the right music
  • Shovel the driveway – as long as snow actually shows back up
  • Take out the trash – simple, but effective
  • Be kind to siblings – I know it’s hard, but you can do it!
  • Clean out the refrigerator – so much easier to find the right snacks

There is also the option of giving your parents “coupons” for things such as chores.

“I normally give my parents chore coupons for Christmas.” -A Davis High Student said.

It is an easy way to spend little to no money and to make your parents happy on top of it.

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Christmas cookies and holiday spirit … that’s the way traditions start!

With Christmas less than a week away, it seems appropriate to talk about favorite Christmas traditions. Students will be getting out of school this week, and are anxiously looking forward to the break. Some will be traveling to far and exotic places, while other students will be staying home cuddled up in blankets by the fire. But one thing that we all look forward to are the traditions that we do throughout the month of December during the Christmas season.

A lot of students are looking forward to hitting the slopes over the break. Snowbasin and Park City are the most popular ski resorts to visit this time of year. Skiing and snowboarding is a favorite Christmas tradition because friends and families can spend time together doing a fun and wholesome activity.

Hailey Halliday, a sophomore here at Davis, put in her input on her favorite Christmas traditions.

“My favorite traditions is going to my grandparents on the Sunday before Christmas and on Christmas Eve.”

One Christmas tradition that she felt was unique to her family was that her family watched the Polar Express while drinking hot chocolate. Hailey is looking forward to having a break from school and spending time with her friends and family.

Other students are perhaps looking forward to baking their favorite treats for Christmas. Christmas break is a time to indulge in sweets. Houses are filled with the wonderful aroma of cookies, hot cocoa, and Christmas dinner. Whether it be constructing a gingerbread house, frosting sugar cookies, or decorating chocolates, traditions involving baked goods are a wonderful burst of flavor to our tastebuds.

Some teens are looking forward to shopping all day until they drop. Some traditions revolve around finding the perfect gift for your family members and friends.

“Christmas traditions are important because they have always been there. And I have so many memories with them!”

Christmas traditions are an important aspect of this time of year. During the break, make sure to spend as much time as you can with family and friends, no matter how you do it.

 

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It’s ski season ladies and gentlemen

It’s that time of year again my fellow skiers and snowboarders. Run out to the shed grab your gear and dust it off to get ready for what’s about to be a powdery season. All the local ski resorts have opened and are ready to be shred. Whether you go to Powder Mountain, Snow Basin, Alta, Snowbird or any other of the local resorts your sure to find powder around every corner, and if you have found any yet don’t worry! This year is the year of EL NINO, in other words, the weather patterns have shifted just right to give us a great year with plenty of snow.

I ski at snow basin so I can only speak for the snow conditions on that particular mountain. Snow basin also seems to be the most popular resort for people living in Kaysville and the surrounding areas.

As of the last time I was on the mountain only seven runs had been opened, but more have been opened since. The snow cover wasn’t bad but a little choppy in some places, hitting small patches of ice wasn’t uncommon either in high traffic areas. The clouds have been hanging low resting on the tops of the mountains at the beginning of the season, mostly due to the recent aversion we have experienced, but has cleared up in the past few days with nothing but blue skies and an open mountain.

Weather forecasts have picked a storm brewing and you can count on its arrival early next week to add to the 54” base that has already been received this year. The storm will come through right in time to hit the mountain all Christmas break and more snow is bound to be on the way. Don’t forget to grab your gloves and cap on the way out the door, and have a great season shredding on the slopes.

 

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Juice WRLD’s unexpected death

You wake up Sunday morning and roll over in bed to check your phone. Your Snapchat stories are full of Juice tributes and collages. Your first thought is “it must be fake”, you frantically search the internet and find headline after headline of the young rappers death. Tears fill your eyes as “Lucid Dreams” replays in your head.

“I still see your shadows in my rooooooom, can’t take back the love that I gave you……”

“21-year-old rapper Juice WRLD has died after a seizure at Chicago’s Midway Airport,” TMZ reported.

This was the only bit of information Juice WRLD fans were given Sunday morning, leaving them heart broken and confused.

Jarad Higgins, formally know as Juice WRLD was born December 2, 1998 in Chicago. His mother paid for piano lessons at an early age. He was highly regarded as a musician and aspiring song writer while attending Homewood-Flossmoor High School.

Juice got his start on the app “Soundcloud”,  he broke through the charts with his song “Lucid Dreams”. Leading into his 2018 debut album, “Goodbye and Good Riddance” which was sold over a million times. 2019 followed up with “Death Race for Love” which debuted at No. 1  on the Top 200 chart and was certified gold last June.

Many artist’s gave tribute Juice on social media Sunday night. Chance the Rapper gave the world a beautiful tribute.

“He knows our hearts. I really wish we had more talks like that one night in LA. Dude. This is ridiculous. Millions of people, not just in Chicago but around the world are hurting because of this and don’t know what to make of it. I’m sorry. Love you and God bless your soul”.

Ally Lotti, Juice’s girlfriend, speaks out after his death.

“I just wanted to come out here and let everyone know that Jarad loved every single person that he helped on this Earth. He literally loved every single one of you guys. There was not a time that he showed me any different love than he felt for you. He wants everyone to know that you need to take any negative thing in your life, he would tell you every time he saw you, and change that to a positive situation. Change that to 999. You’ve got to keep that in your heart.’

999 was a number Juice repeated throughout his music career. It was a symbol for turning a negative into a positive. Juice gave the world a reason to keep going and his music saved lives. Just like X, Peep, Mac and so many others Juice was a legend, he gave his all for the music and fans he loved.The world will never be the same without Juice WRLD. His legacy and music will be shared for years and years. Rest in Peace to the beautiful soul, fly high Jarad. <3

 

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Gifts that parents won’t have to pretend to enjoy

The annual crisis of gift shopping for parents is finally here. For some reason, every year teenagers struggle with the concept of purchasing their parents presents in hopes to find the perfect present. While a ‘perfect’ present might not exist, there are a few good ones out there.

When finding presents for your parents, there are almost always two routes to go. Practical or gag. It depends on what the shopper feels up to, and what the shopper’s parents will enjoy more.

One good example of something practical would be the OMORC 32 OZ Sport Fruit Infuser Water Bottle, otherwise known as a flavor infusing water bottle. This item is priced at $14.99 on amazon, and allows the user to turn regular water into fruit flavored water by simply adding fruit into a compartment within the water bottle.

“Food-grade Material. Made from toxin-free, shatter-resistant and impact-resistant Tritan materials, the bottle is completely BPA-free to create more healthy concoctions and seal the flavor of your drink,” is what amazon.com describes it as.

Another great practical gift is and adult coloring book. Many places offer these from 5-11 dollars, and can be a great thing for your parents to do when they have nothing to do.

“Coloring Book for Adults: Stress Relieving Designs: Animals, Birds, Mandalas, Butterflies, Flowers, Paisley Patterns, Garden Designs and Amazing Swirls for Adults Relaxation,” is a description by amazon.com.

If parents would rather appreciate the laughs of a gag gift, amazon offers a “Papa Nessie Pasta Spoon By Ototo Design.” Parents will finally have a spoon shaped like the Loch Ness Monster to make pasta with.

One last gag gift would be a “Redneck Nation Plunger Christmas Tree” found on amazon for 9 bucks. Moms and dads everywhere will love opening up a 15 inch tree with a trunk for a plunger.

Even if none of these gifts listed here or on the internet work, there are always gift cards. Happy Holidays!

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Ford vs Ferrari

A race that transcends time. Ford vs Ferrari is a underdog tale about Ford’s vision to win the Le Mans. With Ford only manufacturing cars for everyday people and Nascar cars they had never participated in a race like Le Mans.

The Le Mans is a 24 hour French race and the oldest active sports car race. Former and only US winner of the race at the time Carroll Shelby, who is played by Matt Damon, partners with Ford to try to make a car that can beat four time consecutive winner of the race Ferrari

Though to be an impossible task by Ford, Shelby seeks help from British Ken Miles, played by Christian Bale who is a mechanic and professional racer. Their goal, to bear Enzo Ferrari at his own game in this brutal 24 hour race.

With Shelby and Miles previous experience with racing and building cars they work together to make the perfect machine, the Ford GT.

With Fords almost endless bank account they could make whatever they wanted, and what they wanted was something that could beat Ferrari.

You don’t have to be into cars to like the movie either it’s a good watch for all who choose to see it.

“I think you don’t have to give a damn about cars at all,” says Christian Bale. “Everybody can relate to the story in terms of the passion they have for something that they want to do with their lives and the hurdles that are standing in their way, whether it be from outside sources or demons in themselves.”

Ford vs Ferrari is a great movie that surpasses expectations of a normal racing movie. It gets you interested if you like cars or not and is a great, passionate story that everyone will love.

 

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How to Navigate Through Aggressive Hallway Traffic

The hallways at Davis High School resemble the hallways of the titanic flooding with violent chaotic energy while the ship sinks into an eternal pit of doom. It’s no surprise many kids have to run through the school like they’re being chased by a starving grizzly bear, just to make it to class before the late bell. It’s no secret that the school is quite large, and filled to the brim with angry sleep deprived teenagers. Walking from class to class can leave you questioning if you’ll still be alive to take your math quiz next period.

The best way to solve this threatening problem is to pinpoint the cause of all the traffic. One activity people really seem to enjoy is coming to a halt right in the middle of the hallway where everyone is trying to walk, and uncomfortably flirt with each other until they have 20 seconds to make it to class. What these attention deprived children don’t understand is that when they stand in the middle of the hall in large clusters, everyone else that also attends the high school, can’t get where they legally need to be. If these wild students would gather in the commons or at least on the side of the hall, it would be much easier to get through the halls and to class on time.

Another leading cause of this hold up is people’s inability to walk. Walking is just like driving, there’s a left lane, and a right lane. If you stay on your side of the hall instead of attempting to walk through an entire swarm of people going the opposite way than you, the world will be a better place. It’s like trying to rock climb up a powerful waterfall, you ain’t gonna make it brotha. It is also vital that we yield to one another when turning left and when approaching a large intersection.

Kindness is key when dealing with individuals with intense walker’s rage. You can identify these angry elves by the following: a troubled look upon their sweaty face, heavy breathing from their determined pace, a lack of manners and consideration of others feelings, the tendency to flat tire and tailgate those in front of them, and their complete disregard for personal space. The best way to deal with them is to ask if they need a cold beverage and give them a good embrace.

With so many nervous, cranky teens packed into a building like sardines, it is our moral duty to help each other make it through each school day. By acquiring some common sense and making good wholesome decisions, we can all walk efficiently through the halls. Never again will anyone suffer the tragedy of being compressed between a dirty stranger and the cold stone wall.

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Frozen 2: Does Disney Finally Have a Decent Sequel?

It took exactly 5 years and 360 days since Disney’s Frozen to produce us with a sequel. It was the first sequel starring a Disney princess to get a theatrical release and made over 358 million dollars within the first 3 days of the release. After the original Frozen racked up a 90% tomato meter rating and producing the hit song “Let It Go”, nostalgic fans hoped for something similar.

Frozen 2 tells a tale of the familiar characters Anna, Elsa, Olaf the snowman, Christoph, and his reindeer Sphen. They journey to a mysterious enchanted forest where not everything seems normal. They set out to save the kingdom of Arendelle from peculiar events, and to discover the origin of Elsa’s powers.

Like unto its original, it is a heartwarming tale, with many parts that will make you both laugh and cry. Although it was filled with many songs and scenes that remind of the original, some say it is nowhere near the level of the 2013 Frozen.

“It’s pleasant to catch up with the characters, but mostly it’s just here to give kids more of that thing they liked six years ago.” says Nowtoronto.com.

Despite the fact that this movie may fall short of the first one, many people love it just as much as the original.
Frozen 2 is the rare sequel that surpasses the original. The scope is twice as staggering, the action twice as thrilling, the autocannibalism sequences twice as harrowing, the songs is twice as catchy.

Many of the songs Frozen 2 debuted showed signs of the first film. The song “Love is an open door” from the first Frozen compared with “Some things never change” brings a similar sound and meaning. Even though the songs may be close to the same as the original Frozen, they bring a great message. Anna (Kristen Bell) has a solo song called “The next right thing”. The song explains how even if all is lost the next thing to do is push forward and is very applicable moral to use in an everyday situation.

All in all, Frozen may not be as good as the original, but it is still a fun story with a great message.

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Grammy nominees revealed

The 62nd Grammy nominations were held 3 weeks ago on November 20th and you won’t believe the number of people who made it to the Grammy’s, which the Grammys include album of the year, songs of the year, best new artists, best rap album’s, best country album and record of the year and plenty more, there are more than 80 topics.

We may as well tell you this now because this truth does not hurt: Lizzo scored the most nominations for the 62nd Grammy Awards.

The Recording Academy unveiled 2020’s roster of nominees on Tuesday morning and Lizzo scored a leading eight nods in total, including ones for Best New Artist, Album of the Year, and Record of the Year.

Wednesday was a very good day for new music artists including Lil Nas X and Billie Eilish. Billie got nominated album of the year, a record of the year, song of the year. Lil Nas got nominated album of the year, and got a record of the year and got into best new artists list and many more I will be mentioning.

Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X each received six nominations apiece, while Ariana Grande earned five.

The rappers who got the best rap album of the year would include of, “Championships” by Meek Mill, “I am > I was” by 21 Savage, “Igor” by the famous Tyler, The Creator, “The Lost Boy” by YBN Cordae and “Revenge Of The Dreamers III” by Dreamville, which a lot of people were surprised Kanye West did not make it to any of them.

“They want to know what I would do if I didn’t win… I guess we’ll never know.” – Kanye West

If you want to see more about the Grammys the music industry’s biggest night will air live on Jan. 26, 2020, from Los Angeles’ Staples Center. Alicia Keys returns as host.

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Utah’s Secret Date Restaurants

With the upcoming Christmas dance on Saturday the 14th some people still need places to go have a romantic dinner with their date. If you are like most people you probably need ideas for a great dinner to have a great time. Hopefully, this article will help.

Make your dinner

Making your dinner can be very fun and will help with your image. Someone who knows that you can cook can make you look more responsible and even more fun to be around. If you are on a tight budget then this is probably your best option because it will cost you nothing but your time.

Olive Garden

“Olive Garden is the best restaurant for a dancing dinner, Mitchell the waiter is a god”

says Trevor Schwab

This location is a little pricey but the food is good and you get all you can eat salad with most meals.

Little taste of Britain

This restaurant has very good food it is, however, cheaper than more expensive options. The atmosphere in the restaurant will allow you to enjoy your night.

Tepanyaki

Teppanyaki is a Japanese steakhouse that is only for people with a fairly high budget. Along with amazing food you also get a show, the servers will cook the food on your table and entertain you. One downside is that you will always be put on a table with other people you don’t know so a group is the best option.

Sills cafe

Sills cafe is a retro-style cafe that has very good food. The atmosphere is extremely chill and very fun. When you walk in it will feel like an old 80s-90s movie.

All of these ideas are a good idea and no matter your budget its all about the fun. If you cant afford the expensive places don’t stress, the dance should be fun not stressful

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How to save money during Christmas season

During this holiday season there are some ways to save money to buy the gifts you want to buy for your loved ones.  Ways including coupons, sales, and maybe going to a thrift store. There are websites and apps that can help you save such as Groupon, Woot, Cool Savings, and ScoutMob. There are coupons on Groupon for places like amazon, Nordstrom, Home Depot, Best Buy American Eagle, Blue Apron, Kohls, Forever 21, and more. There are deals at the Layton Mall for some 50% off deals, and clearance sales on clothes and accessories at American Eagle.

“I buy really simple gifts that in bulk that can be given to lots of people. I also write lots of notes and do homemade things too. It isn’t hard to save if you just think about it. Plus, it’s the thought that counts. Cookies and brownies are really smart gifts too, especially for people who are really hard to shop for.”

said Charity Maynes, Senior.

Some good places to shop for your friends can be from walgreens, walmart, dollar tree, target, and more low dollar stores. These places are good places and you are sure to find something for a friend, significant other, or a relative.

“I buy simple, cheap items and customize them myself to make the items more personal and less store bought. This way you get a personalized, cheap gift for everyone. I believe it adds a special touch to those already thoughtful gifts.”-Talia Swindell, sophomore.

Even the smallest gifts can mean a lot to someone that would normally not have gifts at all. For the christmas season go ahead and shop at some of these places for your pals and no doubt it will make them grateful.

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One Man’s Trash That’s Another Man’s Come Up

Here at Davis High School there are so many students that it’s hard to find unique clothing that other students don’t already have. If you are looking for places to shop where you can find clothing that only you have, you have come to the right place. Thrift stores are the best place to go when it comes to creative clothing. There are so many thrift stores that aren’t that far away from Kaysville. The 3 most convenient are Savers, Goodwill, and the DI. All 3 of these thrift stores are right next to each other so you can stop by every one of them when you are doing your shopping.

Isaac Whipple a senior at Davis High, gave some great advice on thrifting, he said, “Don’t be afraid to be different. Thrift store’s are one of the only places you can find one of a kind clothing and make it your own.”

The things you find at a Thrift store can range from things that are trending like Dickies to things that you have never seen before. Whipple admits,”Wearing your swag you found that no one else has, is one of the best parts about thrifting. It’s the thrill of finding a nice item that you wouldn’t normally find.”

Thrifting isn’t only about finding new clothing, its about the experience. You can use both your imagination and creativity to create something you would never find in a regular retail store. Not only do you find this cool clothing, but you can find things like vinyls, paintings, and all sorts of collectible items.

So what are the perks of thrifting besides the clothing and the collectibles? The prices are amazing. You can find a T-shirt for $2 and  sweatshirt for $7. Another perk about thrifting is that there are thrift stores everywhere. Some of the best ones are found in Salt Lake City and Ogden. Believe it or not the best ones are Savers and Goodwill. Those are the stores that you will find the best product for the cheapest price.

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The 12 Dates of Christmas

It’s Christmas season and what better way to spend it than with that special someone! It’s time to get out for some fun this winter with some of these great winter season date ideas. Whether indoor or out, here are 12 cute date ideas that will get you cozied up with your boyfriend, girlfriend or even just a bunch of your friends!

Date #1: Go ice-skating! Ice-Skating might be one of the most cliché, yet beautifully picturesque dates that you need to do. You can spend the night holding hands and skating loops around the rink to “All I Want for Christmas is You” just like in the movies. It is also not that costly which is definitely a plus for all of us broke high school students out there.

Date #2: Hot chocolate and Christmas movies! Snuggle up under some blankets with of mug of hot chocolate, whipped cream, and marshmallows and tune in for a marathon of the best holiday movies like Elf, A Christmas Story and How The Grinch Stole Christmas.

Date #3: Decorate a gingerbread house! Go to the store and get all your favorite candies and show off your creative side through this cute and edible Christmas treat. You can get pre-made kits or if you are feeling even more ambitious, you can build your own from scratch.

Date #4: Volunteer at a local toy drive or soup kitchen! Christmas is not just about receiving, a big part is about giving and you can give back with this date idea. This Christmas season give the greatest gift of joy and help put some a smile on people’s faces.

Date #5: Go sledding, skiing or snowboarding! This is one of the more active and fun dates, you can go out and enjoy the fresh, sparkling snow. If you and your date both know how to ski or snowboard, you can go and do that too!

Date #6: Go walk around and look at the Christmas lights! You can go down to temple square, the zoo, or even just drive around with some food and look at lights around neighborhoods!

Date #7: Go thrift shopping for an ugly Christmas sweater! This date can be really fun and silly. You can even go and buy decorations and make your own ugly Christmas sweater if you want!

Date #8: Go window shopping! Window shopping can be fun walking through town under the lights and checking out little handcrafted items with your date. You can even get some Christmas shopping done while you’re out!

Date #9: Go to a local holiday play or show! The Nutcracker is a really popular one nowadays, but you can find a bunch of little holiday plays around if you look!

Date #10: Head to a basketball game! A little competitiveness never hurt anybody! Plus tickets are cheaper at the beginning of the season, so your wallet will thank you.

Date #11: Make some fireplace s’mores and jam out to some Christmas music! It may feel a little childish, but who can resist the temptation of half-scorched marshmallows and belting out some Christmas classics.

Date #12: Plan a game night! If the cold weather’s got you down, your spirit will never be too old to enjoy a smashing game of Uno or Phase 10.

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Winter Fashion: Tips and Tricks for Staying Confident & Cute

Fashion has no limit. Fashion is an experience, a way of expression. It has no season or time of year that makes it relevant or irrelevant.

The way we dress shows everyone around us how we represent ourselves. For example, you are not going to wear ripped jeans and a baggy T-shirt to an interview where everyone dresses formal, chances are they will take one look and turn you down.

Overall, fashion is the most common way of human expression. How we treat ourselves, how we act, and who we are generally comes about through the way we dress.

Most find it easy to have that freedom to express through clothing in the summer, and warmer months, but what about during the chilly holiday seasons?

Here are a few fashion tips to help you keep that confidence beaming -even during the cold winter months.

First off, the most common and easiest one, Layering. Layering is an easy, simple way to wear your favorite confident boosting outfits, but also staying warm and bundled up. There are many different types of styles that make it easy to layer on to. Basic styles that are simple such as a nude top and black jeans, are easy to add layers on and still look put together, all the while being warm.

Second winter fashion tip: Shoes. During winter, most outfits tend to be more colorless and based on gray, nude, blacks, dark greens, etc. Wear your favorite basic outfit, and let your shoes steal the show. A great tip for this is getting yourself some cute, yet warm, boots. Wearing a basic outfit with those boots, or other type of shoes if preferred, will really tie the whole outfit together.

Third tip to spice up those outfits: Accessories. Accessories in general are an easy way to really add to an outfit, but during the winter, accessories spice up an outfit just as good as any other time of year. Wearing belts over your coats, or getting a nice pair of earrings will add to a simple fit.

A fourth way to hop on the trend chain and really help spice up your outfits is: Faux Fur. Faux fur is big on trend right now, and it is perfect for those simple outfits to really help give it that push, all while keeping you warm.

Five: Beanies. Beanies are an item that nowadays, are being worn year round. The more the reason to bundle up with a nice beanie. Beanies are functional, yet stylish. A good beanie will completely change the look of an outfit. Investing in a few good and cute beanies-most of which are fairly cheap- will really help you stay up to date on the latest fashions.

Six, everyone’s favorite: Sweaters and hoodies. Sweaters have always been a favorite fall and winter must to some, but this year seem to be even more popular. There are many types of cute and chic sweaters, finding a good sweater that you feel comfortable and confident in is key. Hoodies on the other hand, everyone owns a hoodie. Even during the warm months you can catch people still in their sweatshirts and hoodies. Finding a good hoodie that you love and feel confident is easy and simple. A hoodie or sweater with a good pair of jeans is a cute and simple look for when it starts to get chilly.

Seven: Jackets. As simple as it sounds, finding a good jacket will really add to an outfit. Popular ways to find cute, cheap, and unique jackets is thrifting. Oversized jackets and hoodies are in, making it easy and simple to have a warm but cute outfit. Go to your nearest thrift store and find any type of jacket, jean or wool, big or small, colorful or nude, any jacket works-to keep you staying warm, yet cute & confident.

Last but not least: Color. As I have already mentioned, blacks, whites, tans, nudes, and those of darker colors such as olive green and maroon, are good winter and fall colors. Wearing the right colors will have you looking confident, fresh, and fabulous. The best part is, this colors are easy to find and match. They are the most common and popular ingredient for having a good looking outfit for those colder outfits.

Taking a basic outfit, and using any of the tips above will really help you spice up your outfits, all the while staying warm and confident.

What’s your favorite outfit? What is something you could add to keep you feeling confident, but also warm?

 

Source:

6 Winter Fashion Tips for Looking Good When It’s Too Cold to Deal

 

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Kaysville Theater

Main street in Kaysville holds one of the most treasured buildings in the town. The home of the best buttered popcorn and wholesome family entertainment is known as Kaysville Theater. The Theater has been loved by Kaysville citizens for generations, it opened in 1981, and has been here ever since.

Kaysville Theater is notoriously a family business. When Bill and Mary Call met, they were both working at the capitol theater. Bill as a projectionist and Mary as a ticket taker. One day, as Bill was on his way back to Roy from Salt Lake, he noticed the theater sitting there empty and thought it would be fun to own. He started looking into it,  and leased it for a few years before buying it.

The theater has a good reputation for being inexpensive, with prices just under $4. The Calls believe they were among the first theaters in Utah to have the free refill on a large popcorn, and they know they were the first to have the refillable theater mug.

“I love Kaysville Theater because it gives the community a chance to bond and they usually have really good shows that I like to see.” said Charity Maynes, Senior.

Although Kaysville Theater doesn’t show brand new movies, it’s a nostalgic place for many Kaysville citizens, and has some of the best popcorn. It’s easy to find joy in the simplicity of the theater and the wonder it provides to families throughout the city.

 

 

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