Davis High Football Team forced to sign into class through new rule

Nearing the end of the football season at Davis High School, coach Scott Peery mandates a rule among his football team. The rule consists of making his players ask for a teacher’s signature for every period of their school day. This regulation is being enforced in hopes of improving overall grades and attendance among the boys. 

The paper with all the teacher’s signatures is required by all players to be turned in at the end of the day regardless of whether the player’s grades were previously sufficient. This strikes the controversy, is it fair to make all of the players fill out the signatures. Not all of the players on the team have poor attendance.  

Defensive lineman for the Davis Darts, Hunter Walsh, is optimistic about the idea. He says, “There is a handful of guys who are not good at getting to class, but it’s all a team effort and it’s important that we listen to coach.” 

If certain players were free from this burden, it could cause tension among the group, regardless of grades.  

Onlinemasters.edu says, “High school athletes have the best chance at a future athletic career when they have a coach focused on improving team chemistry.”  

Coach Scott Perry could be killing two birds with one stone with his disciplinary action. The rule helps the players feel equal among their teammates, and helps them focus on their future. 

According to leagueside.com, “There are 1,093,234 high school football players in the United States, and 6.5% of those high school players (or 71,060) will play in college.” 

It’s fair to say that it is important for high school athletes to focus on education before their sport. Like the stat shows, the chances of students making it to the next level is very low, and the chance of making that sport their profession is even lower. 

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Double Dipping: Big Daddy’s Pizza

David Portnoy or better know as the “El Presidente” is the founder of Barstool Sports. One of the most popular segments on the Barstool Sports YouTube channel is Barstool Pizza Reviews.

 

Starting in 2015, Portnoy goes around New York City tasting different pizza. He takes one bite from the actual pizza and one bite from the crust. He then rates the pizza out of 10 and describes why he gave it that rating.

 

These videos have gone viral with people flowing in his footsteps. Portnoy has done hundreds of pizza reviews. This idea has created an app called One Bite where people can review pizza and see how others review the pizza.

 

Portnoy and Barstool Sports recently released a new frozen pizza called One Bite Pizza with mixed reviews from the public. The pizza is being sold at Walmart in a 1 pack and 4 pack.

 

Davis High News has decided to launch their own food review videos called “Double Dipping with Frey.” Ian Jensen and George Blue will first review the food on location at the restaurant and then bring the food back and have the Davis High News Advisor review it as well.

 

This will be a new weekly series brought to you, right here on Davis High News.

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Skyrocketing gas prices concern Davis students

The average gas price in Utah lies at $3.77/gallon. Since last year gas prices have risen by an average of $1.02/gallon. Utah’s prices are also above the national average of $3.15/gallon. These steep prices have had many negative consequences for Davis High students.

“My friend’s car broke down from lack of gas on the way to the bank to deposit money.” explains high schooler Genevieve Nolan.

Students are getting desperate in order to maintain their modes of transportation. Some resort to depositing spare change or tips and argue that they can’t pay for gas without the gas to get to work. This creates a never-ending cycle of the blame game.

“With minimum wage at $7.25 there isn’t enough money to go around for gas. Especially with not being able to work a lot of hours due to school and homework.” says Brooke Higley Davis High senior.

Students are expected to manage a full plate as well as pay skyrocketing gas prices. Many students are resorting to walking more, or even driving their parents’ car to combat with needing gas.

“I can’t save for college and pay for gas.” argues student Maddie Morris.

Seniors especially are starting to stress the impending doom of paying for college, inclining gas prices are not helping.

Gas prices are speculated to be high due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Since people were locked up all day, they had no reason to drive their cars causing oil/gas companies to suffer. When lockdowns lifted, people were eager to use their cars and begin commuting to work again. This caused the steady incline of gas prices as demand grew.

Although gas prices are still high, they have dropped since this summer much to the relief of high schoolers. Students are still hopeful that gas prices will drop further.

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The first homecoming

Homecoming has become a longstanding tradition for High Schools across the United States. It often is built around a football game and includes a dance or rally. But why is it celebrated?

Homecoming originally comes from college football games where the school alumni are ‘invited home’. Football would be the center of attention, with a rally or dance to build up hype and get the student body more interactive.

Baylor University, Northern Illinois University, and the University of Missouri are believed to have held the first homecomings, with nobody being able to verify that they hosted the first. The University of Missouri has set the standard model of what homecoming is today.

Mrs. Meade of Davis High School says that the faculty lunch-in where previous faculty and alumni are invited back is the best part, but what is the biggest event at homecoming?

“The football game should be the biggest thing, the dance does overshadow just a little bit, but the game should be the central focus. I do love that all of the alumni come back to that game.” Says Meade.

Meade also says that she “love(s) the atmosphere and the unity” during the week. This of course revolves around the game at the end of the week, but the dance seems to be making a larger influence now.

“I think the dance can sometimes overshadow the football game due to the amount of planning that must go into a dance from finding a group, getting the day date and dinner planned, then getting a good outfit put together, and finally going to the actual dance” says Davis High student Ashton Bond.

Homecoming and Prom are different, but the gap between is shrinking and the importance of the homecoming dance is growing. This may be because a dance is able to attract a more diverse population of students over the football game.

Meade states, “The football game is typically the biggest event, but the dance does sometimes rival it and that’s too bad.”

Bond also says, “If the football game is not the center of attention it is bad. It not being the center of attention can upset the football players which seem to almost mediate the whole homecoming dance.”

It is unfortunate to see the original traditions of the event being challenged in the way seen today, but regardless, homecoming has rooted itself in the hearts of high schools across America and it is here to stay.

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From prank to Homecoming King. What next?

This September, Davis high school Homecoming king turns out to be a little unexpected. This DHS Student, Connor McLaughlin recently explained how he became Home Coming king after his friends pranked him into running.

According to Connor, “it started off as a prank, the football team voted for me, then the whole school got on it.” On one day, McLaughan was hanging out with a couple of friends messing around. Connor Saunders, one of McLaughlin’s friends, suggested that he should run for homecoming king.

The idea was crazy, but it soon came into effect when Saunders and the rest of Connors friends spread the idea to the football team, and the rest of the school. 

“All of my friends set it up, and the whole football team, and the coach. They gave me all of the support, and I think they really won it for me.”

And with all the support from his friends, and team, he did win the crown of home coming king. Connor and went on later in the week to represent the Davis football team, and help lead them to victory against Syracuse, Davis’s long-time rival.

When this all came into effect, it was very surreal. “Feels great, like I didn’t expect it to happen. It’s exciting.”, Says Connor.

During half time at the homecoming game, Connor, among the other royalty, was brought to the center of the field to be crowned king. Among the other royalty, he was called to walk the field next to last, and was congratulated, along next to the homecoming queen.

Even though it started off as a prank, with the help of his friends and peers, Connor ended up as this year’s homecoming king. What’s next for our homecoming king?

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Davis County disappointed at councils decision

Two years ago in 2019, during the beginning of the covid-19 pandemic, Davis County switched to online school.
When it was time for us to return to school (2020-2021) Davis County decided to switch to 4-day school week to reduce the spread of covid-19.
Now that we have started our 2021-2022 school year the school board made a decision, that left a lot of people disappointed. We would be returning to a 5-day school week
“I loved the 4-day school week. It gave me more time to catch up on grades and, in turn I had more time to help my students.” After interviewing multiple teachers, most of them agreed with or had similar opinions.
Why did Davis County make this decision? Instead of having Fridays off we have a late-start day on Wednesday. The council decided that students were not using Fridays for getting help with work. People wondered if this claim was true and a study was conducted on students and teachers at Davis High and surrounding High schools. 85% of them said that they would use Fridays to get caught up in classes when they needed it, and Teacher’s helped students get caught up.
Not all the time did students need/want help. In other instances, some teachers would take the day off because they didn’t have to be there. More dedicated teachers would take this day to grade work and work on lesson plans. While also helping students.
This can show that the council, while trying to make the best decision, already had a confirmation bias of high school students. When also looking at the results of the study there was a noticeable trend. When asked “How well would you say the 5-day benefit you?” The answers were all very split 50% said 10/10 and 50% said 1/10. 1 being not beneficial, and 10 being the most beneficial.
When looking at the results of the question,” How well would you say the 4-day school week benefited you?” 100% of people said 10/10.
“Having a 4-day school was very beneficial for my mental health, I got to work on myself and work.”
82% of students and teachers said that school had affected their mental health. The next trend we can see is on the question, “Would you say the 4-day, or 5-day school week is more beneficial for your personal mental health?” In response 75% of participants said the 4-day school/work week was better for their mental health.
“I’d say it was super beneficial specifically to kids who struggled in school. With 4 days more would come during the school week, and on the Fridays to get help form me.”
Overall, 80% of participants prefer the 4-day work/school week or the 5-day work/school week.
From 2015-2019 the Association for Sustainable Democracy and Autonomy conducted a study in two large-scale trials of 2,500 participants, in Iceland. They found that a 4-day work week, without any type of pay cut, improved worker’s mental health and productivity.
Worker wellbeing dramatically increased across a range of indicators, from perceived stress and burnout to health and work-life balance.”
A long-time myth that constantly pushes back the idea of changing to a 4-day work week is that productivity will decrease, and nothing will get done. As proved in the study done in Iceland this is the exact opposite of what happens. Workers have a better work/life balance and therefore increased productivity and overall morale.
560 districts and 25 states in the USA have allowed at least one school to adopt the 4-day school week. A lot of places in the US have one big setback, to why not all schools haven’t integrated. It seems like a flawless plan, right?
It has been brought to people’s attention that changing to a 4-day work week could do more damage than good to lower income families. Not all families have stay at home parents and can pay for day care centers. Also, a lot of low-income students rely on school for half of their daily meals.
The Center on Reinventing Public Education has said that while moving to a 4-day school week can be beneficial in some situations, to low-income places it can make things worse.
In conclusion, at schools in Davis County, the 4-day school week has been very beneficial to its students and teachers. When looking at the evidence, it’s shown to be very morale boosting and overall improved positivity in Davis County.

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New coffee company brewing up in Kaysville

Officer Bret Bateman (Local police officer) opened a coffee shop in Kaysville located next to Walgreens, and has been bringing in the customers. This new business was a long dream of his, and now he’s finally able to live the dream of opening a shop.

Bret expressed how he had planned, a year before opening the shop, that he wanted to start a business. It took tons of preparation and research to finally decide they wanted to open a coffee shop. Bret and his wife Brittney Bateman decided to do this together.

“This is for the people,” he explained.

Bret explained that there are no places for coffee inside of Kaysville. Police officers that work for the Kaysville department cannot go out of the city to get food/drink, which is why Bret started this.

Business is improving immensely. Marketing is a huge part of getting out there with the new generation. He only wishes that more people knew about this place. Bret explained that they started making drinks other than coffee and tea so they can get more inclusive for others.

“We make a lot more drinks than coffee”. The coffee shop makes blended drinks, steamed milk, hot coco, Italian soda, electric sip, iced coffee, hot coffee, tea and much more. They can make any of the drinks hot or cold for the people’s liking.

A worker there named Kade explained how they are like family. Everyone gets along with each other.

“He is such a goofy man, but he is so caring,” explains Kade.

Telling me about how they take them out to dinner and worry about one another like family. Plus, he says the pay is super good, even without tips.

“I would work here even if I didn’t get paid, I really enjoy it,” tells Kade.

You can come support them anytime or get more information through their socials! They are local with not all coffee drinks, plus with a lovely sitting area.

“We also have dog treats to bring your fluffy friends,” Brett expresses.

They also have started a loyalty program!

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Dress code: against or for the students?

High school dress codes have been protested all over the country. The dress code is all about making education a priority. A common assumption is that the dress code is pointless and oppressive, however the dress code is intended to promote safety, learning, and much more. The dress code is also to help students prepare for professional workplaces post high school.

“The intent of the dress code is to help students learn professional dress.” says Principal Wilkey.

Administrator Amanda Taggart goes on to explain that there are dress codes everywhere. For example, wearing a uniform at work or wearing a swimsuit at a pool.

It is district policy to create a safe and nurturing environment for students. Part of having a safe school environment is the dress code. Taggart brings up the point that having lewd or inappropriate words or images on a t-shirt can take away from that.

Principal Wilkey brings up the fact that the dress code isn’t just black and white and is more of a gray scale because they really don’t want to disrupt learning. If teachers or administration were to dress code every student over every little thing, nothing would get done.

Administrator Douglas Peterson states that “Last school year, there was only 1 dress code violation recorded. So far this year, there has been 1 violation recorded.”

Our dress code reflects our community’s standards, meaning that it is changing and adapting to what our community chooses to allow. For example, the dress code has already been changed to have less restrictive rules on facial piercings and colored hair.

The dress code will continue to change and adapt to create a safe and creative place for students, as well as ensure safety in schools.

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Faculty Spotlight: Douglas Peterson

Douglas Peterson is Davis high’s new vice-principal, and he came in to fill in the spot left by Mr. Williams. He has been here since the start of the third term. We are excited to have him here, and so far he has done a great job.

Mr. Peterson has been a principal for 8 years and has worked at Bountiful Jr., Kaysville Jr., and Syracuse Jr. which means he already has plenty of experience being a principal.

“To help teachers and students any way I can, and to help me be pushed to be my best,” says Mr. Peterson, explaining his biggest goal.

“The teachers, counselors, office staff, custodians… everybody has been awesome so far! Plus it’s been fun to get to know a few students…,” explains Peterson when talking about his favorite parts of the job.

He also said he was happy to start off his Davis career with a championship in boy’s basketball.

Student Jadin Cleveland reminisced about his days at Kaysville Jr. with Mr. Peterson

“I want to talk to him and catch up.”

” The effects that Douglas Peterson has had on this school have been impeccable. It is clear he came into the school with a goal in mind, and that goal was to improve the quality of our experience at school. He has far surpassed that goal, and will be a positive influence on students throughout his entire tenure at Davis high,” explains Jared Clark.

He was an administrator and a teacher there for a total of 15 years. Some of his students have now become teachers here at Davis.

Although he is a great principal, Mr. Peterson also has an exciting life outside of school.

“I love sports, boating, biking, reading, and music.”

He also plays in a rock band called Holy Revolver.

Having Douglas Peterson here at Davis should be a great thing for years to come.

 

 

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Davis Students Do Not Want Fridays Back

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, schools in Davis school district decided to change out attending class on Friday for remote learning days at home. The question is: Do Davis students want to return to the normal 5 classes a week schedule?

Out of the 13 students interviewed, 13 said they did not want Fridays to come back and 0 said that they would want Fridays back.

“I don’t want Fridays back because the free time was actually epic and I could do homework,” explains Corran Cottrell

“It’s a lot better to have a day to relax or get work done than having an extra day of school,” explains Jared Clark

” Friday is a homework day,” says Lizzie Bodily

Students seem to enjoy the four-day-a-week schedule a lot more than the previous 5-day schedule.

Not only does the 5-day schedule mean an extra day of school, but it also poses other complications like homeroom and an uneven number of A and B days.

Some additional benefits of the four-day-a-week schedule include that there is no confusion on whether it’s A day or B day, and it rids students and teachers alike of inconvenient things such as homeroom and late start.

4-days-a-week is also a good system because it allows students who need help to be able to go in on Fridays and get more personal help from the teacher. The students who are on top of things and have all their work done are rewarded with the day off.

“It allows me to get through more of the curriculum,” counters Mr. Frey, a 5-day schedule supporter.

The biggest conflict about Fridays being gone is that it does not allow teachers to teach the curriculum and it causes the students to have more homework and put more responsibility on themselves to get stuff done.

Despite all of this the majority of students still do not want Fridays back.

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Prom is in 9 days this is gonna be a change!

So prom is happening in about nine day’s hope you all are ready all for prom. Because there’s a lot that have changed ever sense we have had this silly virus. this virus I swear is probably feels like we have had it longer then it really has been infecting the world. So I’ve never officially been to my own schools Prom so I’m not sure how well this one will be considering now the Dress code will be enforced now which, I don’t think that’s really an issue who cares haha that’s just me how I feel about the dress code for prom, at least.

As well as getting covid-19 tested I mean those rapid covid-19 tests don’t do anyone jack. All they do is give you practically just quick result and they don’t really give you the greatest of results and the positives and negatives aren’t all true so, these covid-19 test are ridiculous. All they do is make the schools and district satisfied with the covid-19 tests so they still will be able to be in the school and teaching still. So having to get tested for coivd-19 kind of of dumb ,I’d rather get the coivd shot because then I don’t need to take that stupid rapid covid test and more. Being immune in two weeks sound nicer then being tested all the time don’t you think.

Next thing there may be say someone you would like to go with but, you won’t this year. You can’t bring anyone from any of the schools which  is a little kind of bogus! I wanted to bring my girlfriend to prom but sadly I can’t which is a bummer, mainly the reason I was going to have the whole time planned with her but, oh well none of my friends are going so that’s not fun considering it’s my last prom that I kind of want to go. The point is there is so many changes of prom that I don’t really feel like going anyways. who cares I can still have a fun day even if I don’t go to prom my last time it would have been only just me and her haha. If I did have another way to go to prom with some buddy’s that be legend in away.

There’s no reason for those people that aren’t going they can’t find something else to do that night. But nine days this is going to be awesome ! There’s supposedly a dope DJ there for the Dance kind of want to go there being a DJ but nah there’s definitely something better the prom. How do you guy’s feel about prom. Ben haggard feels pretty chill with these changes of prom, he’s in the Davis high school team so it does make perfect sense. Then there’s sometimes different opinions about prom right now.

What will Brooklynn have to say about prom? The feeling having prom is a pretty cool thing to have the ability to do. Especially given how little we weren’t really able to do. though having a prom just for the seniors in the district could be great mainly, to give seniors the chance to do this, because we won’t be able  to experience this one amazing sometimes an extraordinary night that we will have that special someone or even you having that remarkable night to remember the night you would want to remember!

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Dateless Davis #2 pandemic boogaloo

The Covid-19 pandemic of last year is still affecting dating tremendously at Davis High with the already declining dating rate plummeting lower than ever before leads us to ask: “Why don’t people date anymore?”

Davis has never been known to be a real “dating” school with other articles written about “Dateless Davis” aptly named because of the low amount of dating that is happening within the school.

The Covid-19 pandemic however has made that even worse adding on to the multitude of reasons and sometimes excuses for students not to date.

“Many people won’t go out because they are scared of Covid-19” explained a student.

Many students at Davis high share these sentiments and decide for their safety that they won’t go on any dates, however others see this as just another excuse.

“Not going dating because of Covid-19 is just a wimpy excuse” another student passionately claimed.

With the vaccine out and proper Covid-19 safety restriction’s widespread this student might just be right. Maybe there is a deeper reason for “Dateless Davis”; after all the low amount of dates is not new.

Davis has always had a low dating rate when compared to other high schools. There are many other reasons for students not to date.

“It’s just feminism and false MeToo accusations that make me not want to date” Expressed another student.

These days with the rise of the MeToo movement and feminism’s appeal to young women, some guys just don’t want to date those kind of people for political or moral reasons.

This shows a general ideological divide between students at Davis. The majority of the schools students are raised with conservative values and that makes students with liberal values unappealing and vice versa.

“I don’t want to date liberal’s because there is no way we would get along, we share too many different values to get along.”

Others worry about the divorce system

“The divorce system is broken I don’t want to risk losing half of my stuff in a botched marriage. Go watch better bachelor and you’ll understand what I mean”

Said a student concerned about modern dating.

These attitudes and others are the reason why many students just won’t risk dating anymore, we can only hope that these ideological differences and Covid-19 are relieved so we can all get back to enjoying this high school experience.

 

 

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2000s kids’ shows we loved

Growing up, watching television was a key component in our childhood. There are a lot of shows we watched as kids that we have forgotten about. Whether these shows were good or bad didn’t really matter because we loved them anyways. A lot of the channels that most 2002-2004 kids watched included Boomerang, PBS kids, Cartoon network, Nickelodeon, and Of course, Disney channel and Disney XD.

Boomerang was probably the most iconic channel for kids growing up in the 2000s. It had the best shows in many opinions.  Boomerangs shows included Tom and Jerry, Looney Toons, and the best kids show of all time in my opinion, What’s New Scooby Doo. Scooby Doo was a show about a dog and his owner, who had a group of friends who liked to solve mysteries. As a kid it was thrilling to watch and just an overall super wholesome show.

“Scooby Doo was GASSSS, i remember watching it and being scared”- Dakota Kempthorne a junior at Davis.

Another Popular Show was Arthur, It was about animals portrayed as humans and Arthur’s everyday problems. This show was aired on PBS kids and every kid in that grew up in the 2000’s watched this show, along with Martha Speaks, and Ruff Ruffs Playhouse. Another groovy show on PBS kids was Cyberchase. Cyberchase, was about a group of kids that were brought into the digital universe by a hacker and they have to figure out ways to destroy him. Never the less this show was straight gas.

“PBS kids shows made me feel so cool growing up.” -Luke Weston a Sophomore at Davis high exclaimed.

But lets not forget about the most relevant and liked kids channel of them all, Cartoon Network. CTN was just the coolest kids channel known to man. If you were a cool kid  you definitely watched this as a kid. They had so many good shows to watch. The most Popular show on there was Adventure time. Not everyone’s Mom would allow them to watch this as kids because they say it makes you loose braincells. But in reality these shows were way ahead of their time. Adventure time was about the adventures of Finn, and his dog Jake. they were just random adventures with lots of comedic relief.  Steven Universe is another show featured on CTN, and it is one of the most wholesome shows imaginable. It’s got this soft lofi vibe, and you can watch it to put you to sleep or in a good mood.

All of this leads to the last and coolest channel of them all, Disney Chanel. If you were born in the 2000s and you didn’t watch Disney Chanel, Oh boy. Disney Chanel had so many bangers its hard to list them. But lets start with Hannah Montana. This show is about a Girl named Miley Stuart, who has an alter ego named Hannah Montana who is famous and loves to perform. But she can’t do both so she keeps it hidden. This show was literally everyone’s childhood and it was so amazing. The last show I will mention is Phineas and Ferb, This show was just so well put together and it was 20 mins of straight serotonin. It was about two genius brothers who made crazy things happen. Although its over and its not the same anymore going back and watching all of these shows, we will never forget them because they helped us so much throughout the early stages of life/].

 

 

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To chew or not “chew”

At first glance, gum usage during the pandemic has seemed to drastically decline; as we look deeper into the validity of the previous statement, we’ll also get a look inside Davis High students’ varying opinions on gum.

With the pandemic recently hitting its one year anniversary, our faces and mouths seem to have taken a toll. Breath seems less important, and masks can make it hard to chew gum anyhow.

“I use less gum, cause the mask filters out the bad breath anyways.” says Charlie Zaugg about masks affecting his gum usage.

While some agree with Zaugg, others tend to over-correct and use twice as much gum!

A recent survey revealed that the average Davis High student goes through 3 packs of gum a month. This may come as a surprise considering the amount of bad breath still out there.

Sub-consciously, when you realize this you’d instantly think to pop a piece of gum in. As you reach into your backpack or pocket, you realize you have options. And the big question now is: what flavor?

“If you have mint, it’ll freaking destroy your eyeballs.” says Taig Olsen explaining why mint gum and masks don’t mix.

Given the previous information, some students opt for other flavors. Popular opinions included: cinnamon, sweet mint, and an overwhelming majority for watermelon.

“Cause if I just want gum for enjoyment, I’ll go with watermelon. But if I need it for my breath I’ll go with mint.” says Kyler Ito, explaining his choice of flavors.

That’s why it is essential to have a complete gum arsenal, one with all flavors for all situations. Some kids stock up, so that they never have to go without their favorite flavor.

So whether its Trident or Extra, mint or cinnamon; gum has seen it all and is in it for the long haul. Imagine a flavorful explosion dancing across your taste-buds, the waft of mint energizing your breath with every passing second: that’s how it feels to chew 5 Gum.

 

 

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Has Covid-19 Affected Learning?

Has Covid-19 really affected the social and learning aspects of High School students? Here at Davis High, there have been many restrictions put in place to ensure both students and faculty can both work and learn in a safe environment.

When it comes to restrictions, wearing a mask is mandatory, social distancing is mandatory, and the school has even gone as far as to enforce soft closures a few times (once enough cases in the school have been reached).

“The social aspect has been a little different, not being able to go to dances and things like that, and when it comes to the actual learning part, doing more online school has been harder to do, and the evidence is in my grades.” Marshall Brower, a student at Davis High, said when asked.

Many students couldn’t have said it any better. From student’s parents being paranoid about the virus, to kids completely switching to online, this school year has been little bit more than a mess.

With more and more precautions, executive orders pertaining to the virus, and people being personally affected by the virus, there are a lot of people wishing that the virus would be gone already.

When the virus first hit, students saw the closure as an opportunity to get away from schoolwork. Students, along with the rest of the world, are now hoping things would return back to normal.

There is some hope for the future of school life though, with many rumors about mask restrictions being lifted somewhere around April, the following school year could see things going back to how they were before the closures came. It’s a true shame that many students did not get a graduation ceremony in the 2019-2020 school year, but they can only hope the next graduating class get’s one.

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Mike Trout is capturing Dart hearts

Mike Trout has arguably been the best player in the MLB for the last seven years. He is flashy, professional, and the description of a perfect player. He is the player people show up to the ballpark to watch. Trout is also the player that manages to steal your affection. 

When people talk about their favorite player, Mike Trout is a name that you will hear most commonly. My love for baseball recently compelled me to listen in on a conversation about two people’s favorite players in baseball. To my astonishment, both students said Mike Trout was their absolute favorite. 

I will say I was puzzled by the student’s statements of Trout being their favorite player because I knew them not to be Angels fans. Usually, people will say their favorite player is someone on a team they root for. Therefore, I was a little startled to hear Trout’s name pop up in their conversation. I decided to investigate further on this matter. 

Jessie Higley and Kaylee Bowles are surprisingly some of the biggest baseball fans you will meet. I knew that in some of their sports discussions they would mention baseball. I decided to ask Jessie and Kaylee who their favorite players were, keeping in mind that Kaylee does not care too much for the MLB and Jessie is a Chicago Cubs fan. They both emphatically stated that Mike Trout was their favorite player. 

“I may be a Chicago Cubs fan, but Mike Trout is for sure my favorite player. How could you not like Mike Trout? He’s such a classy and amazing player”

Stated Jessie Higley.

“I have yet to meet someone who does not like Mike Trout in the slightest.” 

Mike Trout has managed to be my favorite player for the last 7 years. Ever since I became an Angels fan, Mike Trout has been my favorite player and, now, I am starting to see Mike become others’ favorites. You do not even have to like the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for the ‘Millville Meteor’ to be your favorite player. The next time you watch an Angels game, Mike Trout may become your favorite player. 

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Dart pride shines during spirit week!

Spirit week is a student pride event that consists of activities throughout the week that go around events like sports, games, and lunch.  Spirit week started today, the 12th of April, and will end on Friday. Students are encouraged to get involved and participate in the activities that are hosted by the student body officers.

Spirit week will run as follows according to the schedule posted by the officers.

Monday is vintage day. Students are asked to come to school in items that they have thrifted or have an indie style. There will also be Karaoke in the commons during lunch.

Tuesday is Disney day. They want students to wear something Disney-related and then participate in a Disney themed Kahoot competition at lunch.

On Wednesday, students are encouraged to wear pink. There will also be more games at lunch for students to play.

There will be a tailgate at the baseball game against Syracuse on Thursday. Otter pops will be given out to students who come to this event.

Coming to school on Monday, I haven’t seen a lot of student participation so far for vintage day. After asking around my class, it seems many students don’t even know what is happening this week. It seems that the word about spirit week hasn’t gotten out yet. This has been a problem in past years. Many students do not participate because they simply are not aware of it. Following Davis High’s Instagram page can help students stay updated on school activities like spirit week.

In past years, students have responded to spirit week with a negative attitude and have considered it boring and not very entertaining. However, especially this year when school activities have been severely limited due to Covid, participating in activities like spirit week can help lift school morale and improve your high school experience

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Women’s History Month

Although Women’s History Month is nearly over, I wanted to compile a list of amazing women in our history so those of you who may not have even been aware are still able to learn about some amazing women in history

Some of you may not know a whole lot about the women in our history, but with this article, that can be at least somewhat resolved.

First up on our list is Abigail Adams, who is mainly known for her role as John Adams wife. Born in 1744, she believed that slavery was evil and spoke out against it many times to her husband.

She also believed that women should be educated and have a role in government as more than just their husbands companions. Abigail consistently spoke out and wrote letters with advice to our nations founders multiple times throughout the process of creating our government.

“If we mean to have heroes, statesmen and philosophers, we should have learned women.” Is one of my favorite quotes by Abigail Adams, and perfect for Women’s History Month.

 

For all of the businessmen and women out there, this one is for you. Our next amazing woman is Madam CJ Walker. She is known as the first female self-made millionaire in the US. (At least documented)

Born in the year 1867, she made her fortune off of by making hair products and cosmetics for black women. She also was a philanthropist and often donated to different causes. Her home served as a gathering place for the African-American community.

Madam CJ Walker delivered many speeches for African-American rights and advocated for the community for many years throughout her life, especially after she moved to New York and became contemporaries with people like        W. E. B. Du Bois and Booker T. Washington.

“I had to make my own living and my own opportunity. But I made it! Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them.” She said, when referring to her time spent working up the chain of business, starting in the fields of the south.

 

Next is someone I personally love. It’s Hedy Lamarr! You may recognize her from her time as an actress, but that’s not all she did! She was an amazing inventor and made and improved many different objects, such as stoplights, and airplanes. She was born in Austria in 1914, before later moving to America and becoming a citizen here.

Lamarr told Howard Hughes, an important figure in the airplane industry to streamline his boxy looking planes, and make them smoother so they could go faster.

She also developed a frequency hopping signal that could be used to jam the signals of Axis torpedos during WWII. The techniques she came up with in the 40s are similar to and helped the inventions of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

“Analysis gave me great freedom of emotions and fantastic confidence. I felt I had served my time as a puppet.” She said. Hedy was known for her progressive ideas concerning a woman’s worth, and what was worth her time.

 

Next up on our list is Coretta Scott King. Born in 1927, her husband Martin Luther King Jr. made waves in America with his activism, but she had a huge part too.

After his death she continued his work and opened the King Center and helped establish Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

She continued pushing for rights and broadened her activism to women’s and LGBTQ+ rights. She was very active politically and musically, often putting activist themes into her music.

“Hate is too great a burden to bear” She said, “It injures the hater more than it injures the hated.” If you have time, I recommend looking up her other quotes as well, they are amazing.

 

Next up is one of my personal favorites authors. Ever since reading her autobiography I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings my freshman year, I have admired her so much.

Maya Angelou is absolutely inspiring. She is best known for her book mentioned above, which details her life until she was about seventeen. She was born in 1928 and faced so many different difficulties. She was still able overcame them and became an amazingly talented and world-renowned writer.

She opened the door for black feminism in the 60s. Although her intent on the subject of feminism was debated, it’s impact was as such. She was an advocate for African-American rights and worked hard for equal rights as well, helping to create new organizations and even was asked by Martin Luther King to help organize a march.

“You may write me down in history with your bitter, twisted lines. You may trod me in the very dirt, but still, like dust, I’ll rise.” She says. Again, highly recommend looking into her quotes more. She truly did rise from hard circumstances and became an absolute inspiration.

She completed many firsts and became an indisputable legend. Her writing achieved so may great lengths, including her piece Georgia being the first screenplay that was produced, written by a black woman.

 

Don’t worry athletes! I haven’t forgotten you! I actually chose someone absolutely amazing. Jacqueline Joyner-Kersee. Jackie for short. She was born in Illinois in 1962 and she won three gold, one silver and two bronze medals at the Olympic Games.

Jacqueline was the first women to score over 7,000 points in a heptathlon. In 1988, she won gold medals in both the heptathlon and long jump. She was the first American woman to win a gold medal in each event.

In those Olympic games she set an Olympic record in long jump for 7.40 meters. Joyner-Kersee also set a still standing record in the heptathlon with 7,291 points.

“It is better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret.” With all of the numerous medals and awards she won, I certainly hope she doesn’t look back and regret anything.

 

Our final woman we are highlighting is Tammy Duckworth of the US Senate. She was born in Thailand in 1968, yet still a natural-born US citizen because her father was a US citizen. Duckworth was in the military and served as a U.S. Army helicopter pilot.

In 2004, her helicopter crashed after being hit by a rocket propelled grenade. She suffered severe injuries, and lost both of her legs and some mobility in her right arm. She got a medical waiver and continued serving in the Illinois National Guard until 2014, when she retired.

In 2012, she was elected to the House of Representatives and served two terms. She was the first of many, including first Congress-member born in Thailand, first Asian-American elected to Congress from Illinois, and first woman with a disability elected to Congress.

In 2016, she won a seat in the Senate, also giving her a list of firsts. She was the first to give birth while in office and the first female double-amputee in the Senate. She was the second of three Asian-American women to be US Senators, the first being Mazie Hirono and third Kamala Harris.

U.S. Senate Photographic Studio-Renee Bouchard

“We must be an inclusive nation that respects and supports all of it’s citizens: a nation that doesn’t give up on anyone who hasn’t given up on themselves.”

For the eighth and final subject, I choose to highlight when the National Council of Women was formed on March 31 1888. Just in time to celebrate. The National Council of Women was founded by big names from the Woman’s Suffrage Movement like Susan B. Anthony and May Wright Sewall.

The National Council of Women is the oldest non-secular organization for women in the United States. Today, they bring to light issues that women face and they try to bring the political, social and economic equality of the sexes.

When the UN hosts it’s annual United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, the organization acts as a host to women from all over the world, and showcases them.

All of these women are truly remarkable, and I hope that by reading this article, you were able to learn of at least one more amazing woman than you did before. Happy Women’s History Month!

 

Information was found on Wikipedia.org

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Fashion around Davis

So many people in the Davis School District have a strong passion and opinion about fashion. Fashion is an amazing outlet for creativity.

“I think that fashion is a way for people to express themselves,” says Caity Kellogg, a student at Davis High, when asked what her thoughts on fashion are.

People like Caity express themselves through their clothing. People find it fun looking at different styles and trying on many clothing brands.

However, fashion isn’t always perfect. Some people have other opinions and views on it.

“It is kind of scuffed. I think people should be able to wear whatever they want and have it be ‘fashionable’ and not be judged if it is up to date or not,” explains Emily Whear, a girl at Fairfield Jr. High.

She makes the point that sometimes when you wear what you find cute, others might judge. Being able to wear what you want and not care what others think is important to her. 

Comfort versus being fashionable is an important topic when it comes to fashion. Most people around Davis believe being comfortable is more important.

It is possible to be fashionable and comfortable at the same time. Many brands lately are trying to ensure that their clothing is cute and enjoyable to wear.

“I choose both! There is always a middle in between the two. I choose it because you get to look stunning but also get to feel like it’s the weekend at times,” says Emily Whear. 

It may be hard to find places to shop at. Pricing, style, and sizes vary at each place.

Pacsun because it has style, and their clothes are way comfortable and sometimes affordable,” explains Chris Knaaks.

Others enjoy thrift shopping. It is becoming more and more popular as time goes on. It is a cheap way to possibly find some cool items.

“I think that it’s a cheap way to find really cute clothes. We should always try to reuse and repurpose our clothes if we can instead of buying something brand new every time,” says Caity.

Over time fashion trends change and so does everyone’s style. Trends leave and come back. The amount of different styles there are is infinite.

My style has changed a ton and it’s made me more confident. And yes I really enjoy all the different looks,” explains Chris.

In general, there are many different opinions on fashion throughout Davis county. Fashion means something different to everyone and you shouldn’t judge someone else’s fashion just because it’s not your taste.

 

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Prom: What You Need to Know

The dance everyone has been looking forward to all year. The 2021 spring Davis High School Prom. The Prom this year will be taking place on the Davis High School football field.

“I have never been to a prom, but it sounds really fun and I hear it might be on the football field which sounds like it would be a great and fun atmosphere.” Says Luke Weston when asked what he thinks about the 2021 Davis High School prom.

The Prom is a great opportunity for students to get out and be social and meet new people. The Prom also pushes people to get out of their comfort zone and ask someone to the dance. It can be a great experience for a variety of different people.

“I have no idea who I am going to ask to the prom yet, I am a lonely man,” said Weston when asked who he was going to ask to the 2021 Prom. That is another great thing about the prom, is you can ask anybody.

There are no limitations to who you can ask. You can ask friends or just random people you would like to get to know better. You are even allowed to ask people that attend different schools to the prom.

“I think I will, but then again maybe I won’t because I just have to see how I’m feeling.” Luke said this when asked if he would be attending the 2021 Davis High School Prom. There is no pressure to go to this dance and it is just something you can attend if you want to.

The Davis High School 2021 spring Prom would be a great thing for anyone to attend that wants to have a good time and meet new people and make new friends. You just need to pay a small fee to get in and then you are good to go.

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Subway: is it a good lunch location?

Davis high lunch goes from 12:06 to 12:46, giving each student forty minutes to either leave the school and find somewhere to eat or wait in line for the school lunch. With the limited time, students have to stay close to the campus, further narrowing down their already small options.

If a student takes longer than 10 minutes to get to any fast food restaurant in Kaysville the lines are already 15 to 20-minute waits. If you need somewhere to go in a hurry, one of the best options for good fresh food is the subway on Main street.

With a short drive consisting of only 2 lights to get there, a cheap menu, good food, and fast working staff, Subway is the daily destination for students like Alex Lopez also known as Papi Chull.

“I like to cycle through everything on the menu on different days. Besides the vegetarian patties, those are gross,” Alex mentions when asked what his go-to is for Subway.

Carson Rasmussen, another student at Davis high who goes to the subway almost every day for lunch, prefers steak and cheese.

“Its [The steak and cheese] lit” is all Carson had to say explaining why it’s his go-to meal.

Both Carson and Alex both mentioned that they enjoy Subway because it is a healthy and cheap option when compared to other restaurants in Kaysville.

When it comes to things that Subway lacks, there are only a few.

“Their line goes fast but can get a little long, I wish they moved it outside so we don’t have to stand next to people eating,” explains Alex.

“I think their line situation needs to change to going outside the door not inside. The chips need relocating to the front by the cash register,” says Carson.

Next time you’re in the mood for a sandwich and the lunch bell rings, just run over to Subway and check it out.

 

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Will Davis have Prom this year??

After a long year of countless disappointments, Davis has announced that we will be having a prom dance! Students will be required to comply with several policies in order to make the dance as safe and Covid-friendly as possible.

Davis High students, especially seniors, have endured too many losses this year, and, overall, school morale has been at an all time low. This year, most school activities and extracurriculars have been canceled, access to sports games has been extremely limited, and we have had zero school dances. It’s also been difficult to make friends due to masks and quarantines.

Throughout all of this, students have desperately wished for a prom dance. Seniors have held out hope that they would be given the opportunity to end their last year of high school on a good note. That they could forget about the emotions and disappointments of this year by dancing the night away with their friends.

As cases have decreased and restrictions have started lightening up, Davis has officially made the decision to host prom. The event will be held on Friday, May 14th so start asking dates now! Tickets will be sold individually for $12. No couple tickets will be sold due to contact tracing efforts.

In order to ensure the safest experience possible, all students who plan on attending prom will have to be tested for Covid prior to the dance. As we get closer to the event, more information will be provided on this issue. Students will also be required to wear masks during the dance to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

As usual, prom will be a formal dance! Boys are encouraged to wear shirts with collars, ties, slacks, and sport coats. Girls may wear formal dresses or ball gowns. When you go shopping, keep in mind that formal attire must comply with the school’s dress code standards.

Unfortunately, because of Covid conditions, only Davis students will be admitted to the dance. While we love our neighboring high schools, students from other schools are not permitted to attend.

Davis High faculty and student body officers are working diligently to make this happen, so stay tuned for more info.

This is our first and only dance of the year, so you should seriously consider going! Whether you go with a date, by yourself, or with friends, make sure to have a fun and safe time!

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From Sun to Saints

Real Estate is booming, families are moving. The recent eastward exodus from California could one day give birth to a new tradition here at Davis High.

Aspen Bishop and Isaac Chamberlain were willing to answer some questions, to shed light on the subject. They were both asked what they like about Utah and their experience at Davis High.

Isaac arrived in Utah during the summer of 2017. He was eleven years old, preparing to start sixth grade. Now in his senior, he has seen and understands what life is like in Utah.

“There are some benefits to everyone being of my faith. For one, I really like seminary, because I would have had to do early morning seminary there. Being with extended family is awesome too,” Isaac said of what he likes about Utah.

Davis High School is a literally historic. People have been sending their kids here since 1914. Our two state titles this year alone demonstrate our athletic dominance. The question is, how will kids who have not been raised in the “tradition” will fit in?

Isaac’s answer to this question was simply, “I like the people here. It’s cool.”

In a school of over 2,000 people, there are a lot of people to chose from. Our school becoming more diverse as well. As more people from California, Washington, and Oregon move to Utah, the native Kaysville population will be dotted with more Isaacs.

Aspen’s experience in Utah is different from Isaac’s. For one, she moved just before this schoolyear during the March shutdown. A New Yorker (state not the city) brings the east coast perspective to our discussion.

“There’s lots of small towns you can drive through, and while there are small towns there’s a lot of big cities you can go to. There’s things to do whereas in where I lived before it was a small town and there was just nothing to do,” Aspen said of what about Utah she was impressed by.

Utah’s city-suburb dynamic is very different from a lot of other places. The mix of both, packed in between mountains and the lake, here on the Wasatch Front is a new experience for out-of-staters.  The linear displacement or urban and suburban centers is dissimilar from the west and east coasts.

Moving anywhere, let alone across the country, always introduces challenges, but in my experience and the experience of my peers, the move to Utah isn’t a bad one. So sun or no sun to the land of saints isn’t that bad of a deal.

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Spring Fashion

No more sweats and hoodies. Get out the shorts and t-shirts. Spring fashion is here. “Fashion in the spring is definitely my favorite kind of fashion,” says Luke Weston. Spring fashion has lots of possibilities for everyone.

“To me it is abandoning the drab heavier clothes and winter, and there is a rebirth in fashion and vibrancy in your wardrobe and life as well as spring comes just around the corner,” says Luke when asked about what inspires his spring fashion.

The spring brings warmth and heat which effects the fashion and clothes you wear. Now, it is acceptable to wear shorts and a t-shirts every day. And you can still wear pants and sweatshirts. So spring makes it a lot easier to put an outfit together.

“It’s quite a Beautiful time of year where you can dress warm and cold. It’s one of the mildest neutral seasons so I love it.” Says Luke. Spring is also good because you can introduce different colors into your outfits that match the season.

In the spring, you can introduce new colors like orange, red, and yellow into your wardrobe. This gives you more variety to pick from. And you can stand out more with the clothes you wear.

“I look the best in shorts because people look at my legs.” Luke said. Shorts are definitely the best thing that spring brings because it is hard to wear them in the winter.

You can dress warm and cold in the spring which is really cool. You don’t have to just dress warm which is what you have to do during the winter. You can choose depending on what you feel like or what you want to wear. If it is a warm day you can wear shorts and if it is cold you can wear pants.

Spring fashion is one of the best and most diverse times of fashion in the year.

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The Mob: Back together again

The Mob showed out in full force for the boys basketball semifinal and championship games on March 4th and 6th at Salt Lake Community College.

The Mob, which was by far the biggest, loudest, and rowdiest it has been all season, provided energy for the boys basketball team. In the end, it helped propel them to a state championship. Jackson Saunders, a Mob member talks about the environment at the games,

“The Mob was almost nonexistent during the year, so when we finally put a Mob together it brought a really nice atmosphere”

In the arena, the environment was electric. It was obvious that The Mob was excited to be back together. The anticipation had been building since the last time The Mob was in full force, which was at last years basketball state championship game, over a year ago.

Josh Haynie, another Mob member, comments on how The Mob at the state tournament compared to The Mob previously this year and in years past.

“The energy and excitement was better this year because we had all that built up energy from not being able to get to the games in the regular season”

With many Covid-19 restrictions in place, The Mob has not always been able to attend sporting events. Students were limited at football games and it wasn’t until halfway through the basketball season that students were allowed in the gym at all.

Josh Haynie expounds on how the environment at the playoff games compared to ones earlier in the year,

“The playoff games were a lot better than the ones at Davis because we could pack the place and did not have to social distance”

The venue that the basketball state tournament was held at, was smaller than some of the other venues that have been used in past years. When asked about the environment at the tournament games this year Jackson Saunders said,

“I liked how it was a bit of a smaller gym than previous years, and it felt like more people were there.”

The mob will be able to attend spring sporting events starting this week such as baseball, boys soccer, and softball.

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To the seniors stressing about college decisions

This time of year is stressful for seniors. Many have made up their minds about what college they want to go to, but many still haven’t even decided. For those who have decided, there are still a multitude of other questions to answer.

For students who haven’t decided where you want to go, no worries, but you should probably decide soon. Housing and programs are going to fill up soon.

My advice to those still struggling to decide is to talk to your friends about their reasons for choosing a particular school; they may have some you haven’t considered. Or, honestly, if you really have to, just decide based on superficial things like, “Which campus looks better?” or even “Which campus has more vending machines?”

Sorry to tell you, but after you decide which college to go to, you have a million other questions. Like where you should live and what you should bring. In order to help alleviate some of your stress I’ve talked to Anna Larsen, a senior here at Davis High, about how her decision making process has been.

Anna will be attending Utah State University this fall, where many of her relatives have gone. She will be studying  Digital Design with minors in Marketing and Photography. She doesn’t know exactly where she’ll be living but she does have some living/home preferences.

“Close to campus, I want it to be nice, affordable and have plenty of amenities.”

She said.

Her dorm or apartment should be able to provide for her needs and be “easy to work with.” Anna is not planning on getting a meal plan because of the expense.

“I feel like it would be cheaper to do something else and buy a bunch of bulk food beforehand.”

Anna said.

Although Anna isn’t getting a meal plan, she agrees that they may work better for some people than for her, so don’t write off a meal plan if you were planning on one. College is about what works for you.

As for roommates, the most important aspect is personality to Anna. She doesn’t care about what they are studying, but similar interests are important. I agree since you are living with them, not necessarily being tutored by them. They should have a similar preferences to you in terms of cleanliness and organization.

If you’re scared about living alone for the first time, you are not alone. Nearly everyone is. Managing your time, finances, and health yourself is intimidating. On top of that, you are in a new place with new people, and that’s scary.

 “I’m anxious about the social experience and having to put myself out there and having to get to know people. Because it’s really a fresh start, no one knows you so you have to build up your reputation all over again which could be a good or bad thing.”

Anna says about her college fears. 

Ironically, the social experience is also something that Anna is excited about. She’s heard that your roommates or friends in college turn out to be lifelong friends sometimes, and she’s really excited to find close friends and have fun trying new things on the weekends.

Don’t get her wrong though, she’s definitely going to be missing some people. Namely, her family and dog. It’s hard to be away from your family for such a long time, especially for the first time.

Although she’s been preparing and taking advice from her mom about making an Amazon wish list early, Anna still has a lot she hasn’t decided on, so if you’re feeling confused, you aren’t alone.

I still don’t know where I’m living so that’s kind of the biggest decision right now, is figuring that out.”

A laptop is also on her mind, and due to her major being very digitally based, she needs a good one. She’s also deciding on what else to bring to school. All of these decisions are really stressful, and anxiety-inducing. How does one manage it all? Anna just trusts that everything will turn out how it’s supposed to be.

Just do your best, do everything that’s in your power, and then let everything else take care of itself.”

She also advises to get to know people who have gone to the college you are going to. She has relatives on her mom’s side that have gone to USU before, so learning from their experiences is really helpful for her.

To all the seniors, confused and anxious, just get as much information as you can, and make the decision you feel is right. Everything will turn out fine, and work out in the end. So don’t stress, and enjoy the rest of your last year of high school!

 

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What Black History Month means in a primarily white area

February is Black History Month, but what does that mean in a primarily white school? Why does it matter to someone who isn’t black?

Black History Month’s purpose isn’t to degrade white history. It’s not to say that white history isn’t important, or to take away from white history at all. In order to fully explain what it is, I’ll use an example from Meredith Wright, a teacher here at Davis, who teaches a Women’s Art History class, as well as AP Art History.

She recommends imagining a stage, where white, male history has always been , due to a very eurocentric view. Black history isn’t pushing the white history off the stage, rather it’s just making room for itself on the stage as well. When people talk about black history, they aren’t saying that white history doesn’t matter, it’s just that black history does too.

In the United States, the history that is taught in our schools is very eurocentric, or white. It leaves out many stories of successful African-Americans, and instead focuses on successful white men. Erica Affronti, an African-American student from New York says “Most of the black history I know, I’ve learned at home. I haven’t learned very much at school. Which illustrates how lacking our curriculum is in providing a place for black stories. 

In terms of whether a black history month is racist, due to the fact that we do not have a white history month, Wright says “We don’t need a white history month, because every month is white history month, we have a very eurocentric view” I agree. To me, stating something such as “Shouldn’t all history matter” in response to black history month, is the same as stating “Shouldn’t all cancers matter” in response to Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. No one is saying white history isn’t important, this month is about recognizing and bringing awareness to black history.

Even if Black History Month isn’t inherently racist to white history, why is it important? Why should we celebrate it? Well, that’s simple, it has to do with equal representation. Have you ever had a character or historical figure that inspired you? Do you see yourself reflected in TV shows and history textbooks?

In order to understand, some of us may need to step away from race for a little bit, but we will come right back in a second. When I was a young child, I wasn’t into Disney Princesses. My mother loved Belle from Beauty and the Beast because Belle was smart and brave, but also because Belle looked like her. My mom was a brunette with hazel-brown eyes. As a young girl with blonde hair and blue eyes, you would think it would be easy for me to find a princess I could connect with easily.

I couldn’t though, to me the only choices were Aurora or Cinderella, whom I disliked because they weren’t smart like Belle. They didn’t act, they were acted upon. To me, an easily angered 5 year old, they didn’t really even have feelings. When I saw the first Tinkerbell movie though, I found someone I could look up to and identify with. She looked like me, but was smart and courageous. To a young child, feeling represented is so important.

In terms of race, African-American children have not had many mainstream historical figures to look up to at all. This isn’t even taking into account someone who looks and acts likes them, as was the case for me and Tinkerbell. I had many people that looked like me. These kids aren’t even being taught about heroes and important people that only look like them.

“When I learned that a lot of the things I use everyday were made by someone who looks like me, it made me feel like ‘Oh, well I could do the same thing,’ or ‘it is possible.’” Erica says. Seeing someone that looks like you, achieve miraculous things, is more than just important, it’s inspiring. 

Having someone to look up to is critical in order to inspire the next generation to achieve personal goals, but not just that, it works for the good of society. It’s important for science, technological advancements, business, economics and more.

So yes, Black History Month is not only not racist, it is important. To everyone, even white people. Our country is made up of different people from different cultures, ethnicities, nationalities and more, and in order to come together, we need to understand and celebrate each other as equals.

“Our Constitution was written in this beautiful way, and our Bill of Rights, that includes freedom, and liberty to all and yet I still feel like we are still trying to catch up and live up to that vision and in order to do so, we need to focus on and highlight and celebrate the voices of all.” Wright says,

She continues “For a group of people that have been oppressed throughout the history of our country, whether it was through slavery, discrimination, segregation, for us to live up to “Freedom and Liberty for all” we have to listen to their voices and hear their history, it’s a really important part of us living up to our Constitution”

Especially since much of black history, is just American history that has marginalized or pushed to the sidelines. Shouldn’t we all be learning about American history? Really, the benefits of learning black history for white people line up with the benefits of just learning history, which is important.

When asked what she thought the most important aspect of Black History Month was, Erica said

“Recognizing that Black History is American History as well, like us, the things we have created, and our everyday lives and it’s important for everyone to celebrate and learn about” 

For one to say “If I’m white, why does black history matter to me?” Is the same to say “If I’m black, then why does white history matter to me?” Our country was built by white men, sure. We should all learn about the founders of our country. But why were many of our founders able to build our country in the first place? They had the time to do so. They had the time to study and plan and prepare because they weren’t busy farming and such. They had the time because they had slaves to do that for them. These people were brought and kept against their will, and then literally built America. Shouldn’t we use time to learn about more of them?

I think what makes our country special is we are a country made up of immigration, of immigrants, it’s really important in my eyes to celebrate our diverse country and what makes us America… highlighting [African-Americans], celebrating them bringing them into the melting pot of our culture and elevating these other cultures cause you know, we are a culture of all these mixed ethnicities, nationalities,” Wright says. She goes on to say how beautiful it is to live in a country full of so many different people and how beautiful it would be if we could all come together and understand each other.

Becoming educated and learning about black history is important. Especially as a white person. We know that especially since this summer, tensions have been high. But rather than only condemning the actions of a few, why don’t we learn about the reasons why they may be angry in the first place? Ask what the majority are protesting for?

Although we know that learning and celebrating Black History is important, how we can learn about it if we live in such a predominantly white area? It’s simple. We live in a time and age where almost everything is accessible to us through the internet. Especially information.

Wright recommends going out of your way to find stories and articles. She even mentioned podcasts. Especially in February, there are so many easy to find sources to read black stories or listen to them. Erica also recommends googling, watching documentaries, and reading books written by black authors.

With the easy access of the internet as well as libraries and streaming services, basically anyone can find black history. Just because it’s not taught extensively at schools, doesn’t mean it’s necessarily always hard to find.

So this month rather than posting a Martin Luther King Jr. quote on your Instagram story, (although he was a truly amazing man) research black stories, share black stories and learn black stories. Become a true white ally.

“The best way we could try to be a white ally is by emboldening POC, instead of boldening ourselves, and listening to POC and letting them lead the way when it comes to their history, letting them lead the way when it comes to how they think we should stop oppression, stepping aside and being a really good listener, and having an open mind and open heart” Mrs. Wright says. She goes on to say that it is not enough to simply be “not racist.” We must actively be anti-racist.  How can you be anti-racist though? The above advice from Mrs. Wright still applies, but so does some more.

“Speak up against racism and injustice, because you feel like it is wrong, not because it’s a trend or not because it looks good to do it, but out of the goodness of your heart.” is what Erica Affronti recommends.

Learning black history is important to the growth of this nation. Like Mrs. Wright said, we need to live up to “Freedom and Liberty for all” and we can’t do that if we don’t understand each other. Understanding is the basis for all beneficial relationships.

So learn as much as you can, in not just this month, but in the months following. You don’t have to limit it to just black history either. You can expand into Native American history, Latino or Asian history as well.

It is the hope that as we learn each other’s history, and come to understand each other more that we can begin to heal this nation finally, from the cloud of racism and injustices that many people, especially African Americans, face. So do your best going forward, to look into others and begin to understand them. Teach yourself their history, as they have always been taught yours.

“History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.” -Martin Luther King Jr.

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How men or couples really feel about Valentines?!

My very first response about this story was, Ys I really love the day of Valentines. Your able to show how much you appreciate your significant other on that day. Which is really cool for her and for you. But to be honest I think Valentines Day is mostly for the girls if being honest about this opinion. But then I could be wrong because there’s not just men and women there also different types of gender relationships so I guess that opinion could be kind of offensive. But valentines  can be awesome ! you can do all sort of things for that day. That day basically gives you so much  creativity to work with. Which is really nice you can do all sort of things for valentines for them. For intense you do something they enjoy a lot! For my valentines I helped my girlfriend make an angel food cake it was really nice to be able to do that with her and celebrate it our very first valentines. so But, there’s probably diffidently. So this is what my sisters boyfriend had to say. I think it’s dumb to have it one specific day when you can do that any day of the week even year around. I think you shouldn’t pay as much money for valentines day. And it’s not all about buying them things. so how do you guys really feel about Valentines Day. Aden Morton said, this day can be sometimes be very overwhelming but, it can be  also a reminder to show you love for the people you care about.  Claire young, she enjoys that day even though she has no significant other but, she likes to spend time with her girlfriends and just hangout with them. She also spends valentines with her sister and to chill but she likes it . So considering there is mostly good positive opinion about this day. Most people like Valentines day and the guys have much different opinions then I expected which is nice to have the change of perspective of things and ideas of people. So what ever you decide I’m sure you have a great reason for it . But it will be interesting how or even if it will like Valentines be much different in 5 years. Though I’d enjoy to see things different  from how there is usually are for this type of holiday. How do students at Davis feel about it, but that will be up to them.

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What The Super Bowl is like for people who don’t like Football

As everyone knows, this previous Sunday was the Super Bowl, the biggest Football event of the year (for everyone in America). People tend to gather with family and friends to have a party and celebrate like its a holiday. There’s food, good company, and of course Football. What’s not to like? In my case, it’s the Football. You’re probably wondering, “What do people who don’t like Football do during the Super Bowl?”. Well here is my firsthand account on an anti-Football celebration.

To give you some background, my family has a close bond to our neighbors down the street because they moved in shortly after us. Our family has lived in the same house for 15 years, so our families have been friends for over a decade. As a result, every year we celebrate the Super Bowl at their house. Everyone gets excited for the game except for me and my friend Briana, as we don’t care about sports. We celebrate the Super Bowl together instead as a really long hangout as opposed to a Football party.

Our Super Bowl starts off with everyone; we eat a nice meal with typical party favorites; pizza rolls, chips, soda…you know how it goes. As we eat, the game kicks off so we absentmindedly watch for a few minutes. Most of that time is filled with strange commercials, which we question a lot. For example, what the heck was that Mountain Dew Watermelon Commercial? They have a whole obnoxious city, John Cena is there for literally no reason, and it goes on for way too long. We spend our mealtime conversation discussing opinions like this while we enjoy the food. After eating, we head up to her room to do something else while our families enjoy the game.

In previous years, we have done activities such as playing music from Alexa and hosting our own dance party, laughing at funny YouTube videos until our eyes water, and a variety of board games. This year, I decided to bring my jewelry making supplies so we could create our own accessories. Over the course of the night I made two necklaces, five rings, and two ear cuffs. Briana, on the other hand, made around ten keychains and three necklaces. Of course we still included music, this time just from my phone instead of Alexa.

At about half time, we took a break to join the group for dessert, which is essential to any party. We got to discuss more random commercials while we ate, but the actual dessert was the highlight. This year’s variety included an ice cream bar, brownie bites, and chocolate cheesecake, just to start. In fact, we enjoyed dessert so much that we ended up coming back about 20 minutes later for a second dessert. After all, it was a party so we had to take the opportunity to enjoy the junk food.

Just like anyone’s Super Bowl, however, ours flew by. The next thing we knew, it was time to pack up so my family could head home. While the adults were mourning the loss of their favorite team, me and Briana were feeling accomplished with our art and getting excited to wear and share our new designs. We had so much fun, this might’ve been the best Super Bowl yet! Even though our celebration doesn’t include Football, it’s still one of the best parties of the year in its own unique way, and shows that even those who don’t care for sports can still enjoy the Super Bowl.

 

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How did we not get closed down after the Covid-19 test !?

Okay I know what you are going to say and I was thinking the same thing!? So there were literally 500 people who got tested, And there were only one person that tested positive which he got quarantined  before they did the test.  But thank goodness. Which means still we get school which is awesome. It’s great to be having school because if we did close down again, we would have to online schooling which sucks! Microsoft word and Zoom. So why were they trying to test 500 people. wouldn’t that just make use be more likely to get covid-19? But I mean they  know what there doing. Which This it creepy to talk to the girl you like friends for advice about her? Took a risk to see who and how many people were or could have caught the virus. They had to have been checked two times. Now I don’t know about you but, for me that be a pain the  butt to have to do that. Would that  mean they had to take two different test? Wait, two test like nose and then mouth? still confused with these type of things.  How come they haven’t tested us? I know were not  in the school teams but, like don’t you think we should have been tested to if we might have got it. Okay but to be real if we are 6 feet from someone and not wearing mask  they couldn’t get or could they? besides that there really shouldn’t be an issue of us having to test that many people. Didn’t they tell us that the vaccine  was really close to be working? Okay be serious though who controls Health Department?! seriously doesn’t anyone think its Bill gates? Or is that just me? Anyways  how is it possible out of 500 students there was only one person tested for covid-19 ridiculously lucky. How it’s insane why has this virus not gone away!? They told us that it was going to be done by December. Why hasn’t that not happened? It’s very frustrated that  it’s still there. Some of the people have been having vaccines reaction from them because of the materials in the vaccine they make. But sadly we still have to soft closing for the rest of the week so… Great! But I  mean we won’t have to go to school anymore for the rest of the week.  Hope 2021 is much better then 2020 haha. But Good luck Davis.

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Dating in the LDS culture

Dating in the LDS culture can be very difficult and challenging on top of the struggles of a regular relationship, and it doesn’t make it any easier that we live in a protected bubble in Utah.

The LDS rules and guidelines on dating were set up initially to be a good thing and almost a guide for dating to say safe and healthy in a relationship, but the culture of the people in the religion took it to a different level for the worse. Dating is described as miserable as a teen that has to deal with a strict parent in a relationship, whether it is their own parent or their partners parents. After the age of 16, dating is encouraged in the LDS ‘come follow me’ guide book, but parents have a different view on it and make it much harder than it has to be.

I got the opportunity to ask a Layton High student on her experience with dating in her culture and how it affected her relationship, she responded with “It was really difficult to date when your parents are strict in the religion. They make up new rules every week such as limiting the days we could see each other, and worrying about what other people think instead of getting to know my boyfriend for who he is. I felt so judged for what I was doing, although I was following the rules and it made me happy, eventually it go to a point where I had to choose them over happiness”. Many other students agreed with her statement when she was talking and it is truly sad.

The religion was set up to be yourself and have the chance to be forgiven if you do wrong no matter what, but the culture views it as taking it upon their selves to judge other without any background, and forming opinions just because they are afraid of what other people view of them. It is truly toxic and very hard to deal with it seems like!

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Will we last the rest of this week before soft closure

So how long do we really know we will stay for this week if we soft closure or not. Though the district has explained that we will be tested and we will still be able stay or leave home for 10 days instead of going to school. But we are find right now. But we need to be careful with these things. Were at like 19 people right now that are tested positive for in Davis high school. So we won’t really need to close down the school because we will be then tested and we will be fine from this virus.

So let’s hope that we can last the week. some people think that we won’t last that long. So what do you think and how long are you thinking we will be doing school until someone get’s the virus and it’ shuts down the school for a few. Kainoa Sorenson he said maybe we will have to have soft closer because were close to the number of people we have to be tested again. Why can’t this virus be here. why not they give the vaccine to us already haha. But updated today Biden was said that he will be able to have a date that we will then be able to normal life soon. So let’s hope it happens soon that be so nice.

We won’t have to do the silly online schooling thing it’s so repetitive. My friends aren’t really sure when they will soft close. I hope that we can soft close in like two weeks that be so awesome. well not awesome but, at least we can get a nice start back to school. That’s all I  care about having to get my assignments done for classes. Also so then you don’t have to have so much stress depending on your classes you have this semester.

But we will get through this we are strong! we are keeping it up and staying from  the positive cases we have been doing a great job that we can do. Before we know it we won’t have to wear these silly masks that will be the greatest day of my life! Well it would be so amazing for everyone that we won’t have to use the masks yeah! We are Darts! we will fight this and we can over come it! Davis high school holding strong for our school. A lot of the teachers think they it may not last this week we shall see. I bet that we will be able to last a few weeks for sure.

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How to combat burnout

It’s halfway through the year! As the semester changes and everyone is saying “We are already halfway done!”, you may be feeling “Only halfway?”. That’s what I am here to help you fix. It’s important to get your mental state up, at least enough to make it until you really feel like you’re nearing the end.

I have been burnt out since my freshman year (I’m from New York, Freshman year is in High School). It was probably my worst year, and all I could think was ‘3 more years of this?’. This time of the year was my worst. I was so tired.

Now that I’m a senior, I have some tips that I’ve learned throughout my almost 4 years of high school.

First is to take classes that you like. I know, I know, you may not be able to switch now, but it’s something to keep in mind for next year. Don’t just take classes because your friends are taking them. Take them because they sound interesting.

If you can’t take classes you like, find something, anything, that you like about each class. Maybe it’s the teacher or that your seat is close to the window. It could be socializing or having some quiet and peace.

Second is something you can control a bit better. Try doing your homework in a new place. Obviously with COVID being a problem, you may have trouble, but with the weather warming up more places should open up. Trying a different room in your house, going outside, or even doing homework in your car can help a lot with ridding yourself of the gray mood you’re in.

You can also try to find a specific motivation to get good grades. Whether it’s a club, a sport, or a job you like, it can give you motivation to do your work. This was evident to me in my sophomore year when I joined a my school’s rowing team. Motivation helped a lot.

You are also going to want to find a way to focus. I know a lot of times when you’re burnt out it’s really hard to focus, but find a way. Whether it be giving it to your parent or setting it aside, you should probably get rid your phone. It is the biggest distraction. Other than that, find a quiet place to work and maybe get a snack.

Now this tip is going to sound a bit strange, but one that I have found to work for a lot of different people. Journaling. Whether it be a small gratitude journal, one where you answer a couple of questions, or a journal about your daily life, there is something about journaling that makes people productive. I’ve seen it, I’ve lived it. It is truly strange, but absolutely true.

Honestly, what really helped me was a combination of all these things. But it mainly came with a change of mindset. It came when I realized that being smart or studious aren’t inherent traits. They aren’t aspects of a person that are developed in the womb from DNA. It had to do with environment and how one conducted themselves. I could become a studious person and get good grades if I just worked to do so.

This is how I changed from someone who had been burnt out for a long time, a chronic procrastinator, into someone who worked hard, got assignments done on time, and got good grades.

Changing your mindset is best advice I can give you. If you want to become a better person, a smarter student, more outgoing, kinder, all you have to do is believe you can and work towards it. So, if you want to become less burnt out, all you have to do is change your mindset and take actions to get there.

If all you do are the first five tips, and never open your mindset to change, you won’t change. I know, I’ve been there. But if you open your mindset to change, everything is so much easier. New habits are easier to create, old habits are easier to get rid of. You can become a different person.

 

 

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What’s the story behind Kainoa’s song?

So there has been some rumors on this person in our school, and you all probably know him! So what can we uncover? I watched his videos, but he sang with some other people. He did a great job with the songs, especially with these people and the one he sang by himself. With how they did the editing, I enjoyed everything about both of them to be honest. I think they have great bunch of people to help out make these great, professional music videos. They are really close to gaining 930 subscribers.

You will be so thrilled that you were able to know of this amazing music video channel. They definitely know how to do these types of things. But as soon as you listen to both of these music videos you might want to listen to them over and over. I sure have been listening to them over and over, and they are just that type of music.  You can just feel that emotion from the music. It makes you feel good.

I’m very happy I know Kainoa a little, as I didn’t know he was this impressive with singing and video creation. They have been working on this channel for a while considering how many subscribers they have. But being a part of that is for sure a great and wonderful idea. Their editing was very awesome. They even had an editing team, so their video took about six days to do all of. Recording all the instruments and vocals took one day. It took one day for rehearsal, one day for shoot, and two or three days to edit. So there was very great preparation with these videos.

I know there’s just no words to explain these songs, especially if you listen to them. They are just the best. I really hope everyone in our school can know of these songs. One song I really enjoyed that Kainoa sang is “You’re not your mistakes”. He was also in this song with four other people and they made a nice Christmas music video. They are called “Kids America”. This music is awesome, so go check them out. You won’t regret it. One of his song is out on iTunes and possibly on Spotify and other places but I don’t know for sure. Kainoa’s feelings towards the music videos is that he felt really good. “When I was singing those songs because singing is something I love to do. And when I sing I feel like nothing else matters,” he explained.

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Fun Winter Activities

Many people dislike the cold Utah winter weather and stay inside waiting for it to be warm again, while others make the most of the season by trying new things and going new places. So start this year off right with some super fun winter activities.

One of my favorite things to do in the winter is to see the ice castles in Midway, Utah. My family visits every other year and enjoys the magical sculptures, tunnels, and slides all made out of ice. It is especially cool to go there when it is dark because of all the colored lights glowing in the ice. The ice castles are also a perfect destination to take super cool winter photos with friends and family.

Lets take advantage of this snowy weather and go skiing, Snowboarding, sledding, snowmobiling, and ice skating. If you have never been snowmobiling then I strongly advise you to borrow one or rent a snowmobile for the day because it is one of my favorite things to do ever. I tried skiing for the first time this year and I have definitely been missing out because it was super fun.

For those of you who dislike the cold there are plenty of indoor activities to enjoy. Nothing is better than playing board games by the fireplace with a cup of hot chocolate on a cold day.

Baking is something that I love to do in the winter because you can give your treats away as gifts during the holiday season while improving your baking skills.

If you want to enjoy the winter scenery without being cold then take a drive through the canyon and enjoy beautiful views of the snowy trees and frosted mountains.

If you are a fan of camping then staying at a cabin in the winter woods is something I bet you will enjoy doing. I love staying at cabins because when you go outside into the woods the snow absorbs all the noise around so it is one of the most peaceful experiences I have ever had. You can do indoor and outdoor activities and never have to drive to a snow filled area to go sledding, snowmobiling, and walks in the snow.

I hope you have a great winter and an even better new year!

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Winter Hairstyles

Winter is one of the most fashionable time of the year because of the winter clothes, shoes, and hair. Spice up this cold weather with super cute styles this year.

-Pairing hairstyles with a hat.

The low temperatures that the winter brings does not make your style any more cool. But a hat does! Pair a cute winter hat with any of your hairstyles to protect your head and ears from the cold while staying fashionable. A great thing about hats is that they come in a wide variation of different colors and styles you can choose from to go with your hairstyles and outfits.

-Braids

Braiding your hair is like a 2 in 1 hairstyle. Wear your hair in one to two braids for the day and wear them to bed and when you wake up the next day you can take them out to reveal heatless waves. There are many different types of braids so experiment to find the kind you want.

– Bun

The great thing about wearing a bun is that there are many different ways to style and place one. If you wear your bun on your lower head you will be able to pair it with a hat. If you wear you bun higher it will be more visible. Try different methods of wearing buns this winter to find the ones that you like the most.

-Curled hair

Curled hair is one of the most desired hairstyles in the winter. Try different methods of curling your hair heatless or not to find what kind of curls you like the most. Winter photos are all the rage right now and curled hair will look great in a photoshoot and Christmas cards.

-Half up half down

This iconic look will keep the hair out of your face while keeping your hair down. This look is great for winter because it keeps your hair out of your face like a ponytail while leaving hair covering your neck to keep you warmer.

Have an awesome and stylish this winter this year!

 

 

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Utah Students and Tattoos

How many students in high school actually have tattoos? Stick and pokes, professionally done tattoos, friends tattooing friends, how many students fall into that category?

If the students do have tattoos, what are their reasons and if they do notwhat are theirs? From my knowledge, very few students have real tattoos because many are under the age of 18. However, a few have a stick and pokes that they have given themselves 

The students with tattoos in Davis are a small population, I am one of the few included. The percent of students with tattoos at Davis High were hard to find, but I asked as many people as I could.

I asked friends, friends asked their friends, and found that the population of people tattooed is around 2%. These students didn’t surprise me when they said they had a tattoo, but none the less, they were all good students.

Almost all the students asked were seniors, few grades below 12th had any. The students without tattoos often come from religious backgrounds or their age has stopped them from doing so. I have also had students say that they were planning on getting a tattoo, or many, as soon as they were 18 or graduated.

A student who wished to stay anonymous said: 

I have a tattoo because I really wanted to express myself. I think other students don’t have tattoos because they are seen as rebellious if they do. The culture at Davis, in my opinion, stops students from expressing themselves and getting tattoos. I feel like students that are 18 want to get tattoos the second they are old enough because they have a new sense of freedom. But I feel like adults also tell you that you’ll regret it later and it makes students think twice about going through with it. 

Students all over Utah have tattoos, the percentage is too hard to figure out among the region because I seem to be the only one with the question. The areas where tattoos are most popular among high school students is difficult to determine, but areas with more gang affiliation could have students with more tattoos.

Before, you could often connect lower income and the lower class to tattoos among students and others, but now they seem to be so widespread among everyone that there is no association. 

The tattoo percentages among the students in Utah are low, but still there. In a review of 2180 students in Canada, only 8% had tattoos. One could compare this information to Utah or maybe the United States. It was also discovered that the U.S. has not done as many studies on high school students and tattoos as one would imagine they would have

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Why do People Watch Harry Potter in the Wintertime?

Every year in the winter, multiple television channels host a Harry Potter Movie Marathon. Even if you don’t watch them on live TV, you probably watch them on the discs or, you most likely know someone who does.

In the spirit of the season of Harry Potter, I decided to interview some avid Harry Potter fans to find out why they like Harry Potter, and why it is such a prominent winter tradition for so many people.
I interviewed 4 different people that I knew to be huge fans of Harry Potter. Their names are Kaitlyn Woodbrey, Abigail Fuhriman, Sophie Gilmore and Sarah Bishop.

The reasons for why each likes Harry Potter is mainly because they always have liked it. Kaitlyn, Sophie and Abigail all watched it growing up, and Sarah loves the world of fantasy.

“I love the Magical World, and the Dark Academia Style.” – Abigail Fuhriman

When asked why they liked it more than other series, they all agreed that the world-building had a lot to do with it. The ability to insert yourself into the book by having relatable characters as well as being able to find out your House, Patronus and much more on Pottermore pertaining to the Harry Potter world.

It’s nice that there are ways that you can somewhat be a part of the world through Pottermore and stuff, and even just watching the movies. And there’s merch available, like the cloaks and such with the Hogwarts houses on it where you can like, have some semblance to being a character in it, which is cool.” – Sarah Bishop

They also had other reasons, Sarah details the different layers to the fandom, such as the Marauders, Golden Gen and Next Gen. Abigail goes into how nice the fandom is, as well as the semblance of growing up that you get with both the movies and the books, as they get darker as they go on. Sophie agrees that you get to grow up with the series, and get to watch the actors grow up, which you don’t get to do with many other series.

Their favorite movies often differ from the books, as some things may not be portrayed as well or certain details get left out. Sarah, for example loves the third book Prisoner of Azkaban, but her favorite movie is the first. Both Sophie and Abigail agree that the sixth movie is the best, and the fourth book tends to shine for them. Kaitlyn chose the last book and the third movie.

When favorite characters come up, Sarah has a bit of a disclaimer:

 “I don’t know, most of my favorite characters don’t have that much actual “canon” to them, but Remus Lupin or Sirius Black was a really responsible father figure character, but he also was a huge mess.” – Sarah Bishop

Sophie loves Luna Lovegood, because of her relatability.

“My favorite character is Luna Lovegood, more because she just reminds me of myself a lot, so its fun to see her onscreen and in the books doing things that remind me of myself.” – Sophie Gilmore.

Kaitlyn and Abbey both agree that Hermione is their favorite character, as she brings a lot to the trio (Harry, Ron and Hermione) and it’s cool to see someone who is so smart being represented positively.

Now heading into their experience with the Harry Potter Universe, I asked them what their favorite experience, related to the series was. Sarah’s was being able to visit Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley at Universal Studios, Orlando.

“[It] was really cool because I was able to see it in real life and how I imagined it… I got a wand and got to go on rides and eat themed food.” – Sarah Bishop

She says. She loved the opportunity to almost live like she was in the Harry Potter Universe and enjoyed trying foods and drinks, such as Pumpkin Juice and Butterbeer.

Sophie agrees that Harry Potter World is definitely a memorable experience for her as well. She particularly liked the themed rides and snacks they had to offer.

“My favorite memory is probably watching the movies with my dad growing up.” – Kaitlyn Woodbrey

Abigail’s favorite memories also have to do with other people, although not all of them are her family.

“My favorite memory is when we got to meet Daniel Radcliffe (the Harry Potter actor) in New York and I was able to tell him I read the series 9 times. He said my name and was super nice, I also got to meet Tom Felton (the Draco Malfoy portrayer) and the Phelps Twins. (both Fred and George Weasley)” – Abigail Fuhriman

As for the reason of this interview, many had similar thoughts on why people tend to re-watch or re-read the series in the Winter, as well as why they themselves re-watch and re-read.

“Well almost every movie has a Christmas scene or a snowy scene and it reminds you of Christmas and the winter and makes it seem magical.” – Kaitlyn Woodbrey.

They also mentioned that during the holiday and winter season, many people tend to feel nostalgic and enjoy the familiarity that the series brings. Sophie and Abbey mention that they are nice movies to watch when you want to feel cozy and warm. 

The real question though, is have they watched them this winter, or do they even plan to?

Abbey, Kaitlyn and Sarah have all watched them, and plan on watching them again, and even re-reading the series this winter. Many mention that the amount of time they have due to quarantine, and it makes it so much easier to have time to read the books and watch the movies. Sophie has not yet but plans to also re-watch and re-read the series this winter.

As for me? Well, I have re-watched the series and have begun re-reading it. I love the series and it brings me a sense of nostalgia, like many of the interviewees were saying. What about you? Will you cozy up with some hot chocolate and re-watch the series this year? Or maybe even for the first time.

 

 

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New Year’s Hope vs. End of Term Burnout

Every year begins with an eruption of energy as 12:00 am first arrives on January first. Millions of people set off fireworks and cheer in excitement for a new year. With this excitement often comes New Years resolutions as well as a rejuvenated sense of hope for life. Unfortunately for high school students a few days later they are tossed right back into school with the end of the semester looming a few short weeks away with finals and big reviews due in many classes.

Why do we celebrate New Years anyways? It’s just an obligatory date that was put into place by people it’s not even the end of winter as we still have to go through a few months of the cold.

So is the holiday worth celebrating? Is the hope that is produced by this holiday momentary and how can it stack up against renewed stresses of the pandemic and school?

Does one event outweigh the other or do they cancel each other out? The new year can be a time to recenter yourself and embrace a less stressful life. Whereas finals week can be a time of falling back on core habits with many students stressing, procrastinating, and staying up too late studying before tests.

Sometimes this can lead to more stress after the break than you had before it, and with exams combined with a long period before another break it is easy for some students to feel overwhelmed.

And yet every year there seems to be some students who have a boundless sense of optimism and joy. So how do they do it, is it the new year hope winning out or is it something that is based more on student’s personality all year long.

So how does the student body of Davis High feel about this? Are they excited to be back in a new year or are they too worried with the stress of school to be excited about a new year?

“The new year feels no different. I don’t thing that the changing of the year will bring positive change. Only action will bring change. I do think it is significant to recognize the passage of time, but to treat it as if it alone will bring change is foolish. And so I am even more stressed now than I was before winter break.”-Cameron Caldwell, a senior at Davis High.

“I think that the new year is less of a new experience, but a mental reset that we can use as a point of positive change. After coming back from break, I’m much less stressed than I was before. A break during the holidays is necessary and very useful. The end of term is a stressful time but once you get trough it is a great relief of stress.”-Duncan Jeppson, a Junior at Davis High

It seems that some the students of Davis High may be more stressed at the beginning of the new year while many others have been able to adopt a positive attitude and are combating some of the stress of coming back at the end of term. Hopefully as the year goes on conditions will become better and people will be able to be more optimistic and be able to be happy.

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Davis High’s Predictions For 2021

2020 has been a year for the history books, with a global pandemic, an election, and hundreds of smaller events. As we enter the new year many are left to wonder, what’s 2021 going to be like? Will it get better and finally put an end to this pandemic and year of craziness, or is it going to be a round 2 of 2020 and have even more crazy world events and the ongoing effects of the pandemic.

For many students here at Davis, the most important changes that might come in 2021 are about school. Questions linger of whether activities like dances, assemblies, and other gatherings might be resumed because of a potential vaccine and increased availability of rapid testing for students at school.

This week the first doses of the newly approved Covid-19 vaccine are being administered to health care workers and the elderly.

With the vaccine comes a hope that soon we will be able to return to our everyday lives as they once were, almost an entire year ago. However, this hope may also be dangerous, it may take months to produce enough of the vaccine for everyone and there are segments of the population who are against taking the vaccine.

So this inflated sense of hope could lead to a sense that the rules are relaxed, but if people stop distancing and following covid guidelines than we may have the largest spike that we have seen yet.

Already, just days after the vaccine had been announced and started to be administered, we entered a soft closure on the last week before Christmas break.

So how do students feel, is 2021 going to be a glorious return to normalcy or another year of hectic shutdowns and battling a vicious virus?

“If I had to guess, 2021 will be a fairly normal year other than everyone waiting for something to go wrong every month. I would like to say a vaccine would be available by February or March but I could see it being May before the general public is vaccinated. The pandemic should realistically end this year unless something goes horribly wrong with the vaccine. School will probably shut down 1 or 2 more times, 3-4 at worst. We should definitely have more dances this up coming year, I would hate to have the juniors this year deal with what us seniors dealt with this year. As far as school policy goes I would not be surprised if schools in general became more aware of disease spread, implementing better precautions against that, but I do not believe we will return to school on Friday this year and hopefully for years to come. Having Fridays off I think really helps relieve stress from students that are usually overworked.” -Alex Arnesen, a senior at Davis High.

“I think 2021 will be fantastic, but we will be too paranoid to do anything. it’ll probably take a few months for the vaccine to be available out to everyone and unfortunately I think the school will shutdown about 13 times more till summer comes round. I would love to open up all the extracurriculars and for the dances to happen!! I WANT MY SENIOR PROM!!” -Marshal Jacobson, a senior at Davis High

“I think 2021 will be about struggling and change. It’ll be a year where we still have to learn to grow, adapt, and adjust! For the most part, I think the virus will be over. We’ll still deal with repercussions the rest of the year, and having to rebuild, but yes, I think everything will work out in the end. I could see if shutting down 2-3 more times but I do think extracurriculars should open up more. Without them, school is really rough. As far as dances go, as much as i love them, for safety, we should try to limit those. Maybe a dance near the end of the year to have a little fun, but not much else. I bet we will have masks the rest of the year unfortunately. Hybrid would be nice to return to, it worked really well (and we’re not shut down every other week). I think the current schedule is fine. But if we add back Friday, I think it’ll only get worse” -Nathan Peterson, a senior at Davis High

“I’d like to think 2021 will be a bit more boring than last year, though I expect with the inauguration and everything, things might start out a bit rocky. I don’t think the vaccine will be available for everyone until at least late summer. I think that the pandemic might slow down a bit, but those that don’t take the vaccine or aren’t able to yet will still be open to the virus, so it will take a bit until it fully leaves. I’m saying now as a complete guess we will shutdown four more times. As someone who is in charge of multiple clubs, I really really want extracurriculars to continue. I might as well be at home studying than at school if I don’t get to see those I care about as often as I used to. However, I also know that it’s not exactly going to keep numbers down if we do. I don’t know enough about sports to say much, but if we can just keep the same rules that we do during school hours (which seem to be doing okay?) and actually follow those rules? Then I’m hoping we’ll be okay. Until we can maintain under ten cases for at least a month or so, I don’t think the school should have a sponsored dance. That being said, I don’t doubt people will still have their own dances. But they can’t even get the student body to stop moshing during dances, and we know people are going to be within six feet without masks on, so if there’s going to be a school sponsored dance the Covid cases at this school is going to skyrocket. As long as these numbers are as high as they are, I really hope we continue to wear masks. While it was a bit weird at first, I think many people can agree that it’s become so much of a habit that it’s not as frustrating anymore. Part of me wants to stay this way purely because I don’t want to spend my last few months with my best friends seeing them only twice a week. However, I understand if we need to go back to hybrid. I’m hoping that the rising cases before break were due to holiday meetups and not proof that we need to go back to hybrid. I think I heard somewhere that the plan is to return to full week, including Fridays, with the new semester? But honestly at this point it could change at any moment. That being said, I don’t mind not having school on Fridays. It’s not as stressful, and, for me at least, my teachers treat it more as a catch up day for the week then assign more homework.” -Eliza Taylor, a senior at Davis High

It seems that overall there is a hesitant optimism among the students hoping that by the end of this year that we could truly see the end of this virus but shutdowns, spread, and cases remain a large threat prevalent in the minds of students for the rest of the school year.

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Sub 4 Santa

Sub for Santa is a donation fund that allows the homeless families in Davis School District to have an enjoyable Christmas season. Despite how many lucky and privileged people are in our district, many families do not make enough money to participate in what are considered normal or even mandatory holiday activities. These families often get overlooked, and Sub for Santa is a great way to make sure that it does not occur.

“Sub for Santa is a fundraiser we do every year to get funds to give families Christmas who can’t afford it,” says Lindsey Regis, a Davis High SBO.

Donating is not only doing great things for our community, but it is surprisingly easy. There are many different ways to donate depending on what’s best for you.

“As an SBO, we run the D-store, sell items such as food or Davis merch, deliver candy grams, go around collecting donations, and plan and run all activities during Sub for Santa like our lunch tournaments. To contribute you can make a cash donation during school to any of the [SBO] officers, make an online donation through dartsgive.com, go to the d-store, and participate in our dash for cash. Sub for Santa is a great way to help those in need, and every donation counts,” explains Lindsey Regis.

Because it is the season of giving, many people are already looking for charities. Sub for Santa is a great place to get started, as it is a fun and enjoyable way to donate. If you want to have a fun socially interactive experience you can participate in any of the Sub for Santa activities. If you prefer a quick and easy donation; just donate online.

Giving to people in need is literally what the Christmas season is all about, and Sub for Santa is directly supporting that notion.

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Covid-19 Again?

As of December 7th, 2020 scientists are questioning the “immunity” of those who have previously been afflicted with the Covid-19 virus.

Wife and Mother Tanya first got sick in April 2020, after her and her family were sick the first time, Tanya was left with many medical issues she had never had before. Now months after this ordeal, she and her family have tested positive for the virus a second time, and while she said her symptoms are milder this time, her husband’s seems to be more intense.

Tanya isn’t the only one who has gone through something like this. Nurse, Holly Sox contracted the virus for a second time after having it the first time three months prior. Doctors explained she hadn’t developed a strong enough immune response to prevent her from getting it again. “Not only do I not have energy, I just feel like I have something weighing me down, keeping me down. I have shortness of breath, which keeps me down almost daily…or just doing simple things around the house where I feel like I’ve just run or gone up a couple of flights of stairs,”  Sox explains.

No one is immune. The stories of Tanya and Holly are proof of this, and both of these women were being very cautious, Tanya later says in her interview “To get it again, I think I am still in shock because I don’t know anyone who has been more careful than we have been,”

Remember to wear a mask, follow the advice Principal Wilkey has given us, “Stay home when sick or if you are awaiting the results of a COVID test, practice physical distancing, continue using the right side of hallways and stairs at school, avoid congregating in groups before or after school and at lunch, wear masks in the car and whenever possible,  wash and/or change your mask daily, Wash and/or sanitize hands frequently during the day, and avoid touching your face as much as possible.”

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The Mandalorian: Episode 2 Review

In The Mandalorian chapter 10, “The Passenger”, The Mandalorian Din-Jarin continues his search for other Mandalorians hoping they know where he can take Baby Yoda, or The Child.

The Mandalorian is tipped off by an old friend on Tatooine that a Mandalorian covert is nearby. The only catch is that he has to take an alien mother and her podlings to her homeworld and he can’t use the hyperdrive, which is extremely dangerous. To add to the stress of non-hyperdrive travel, the Mandalorian cannot understand the language the alien mother is speaking and The Child has a knack for eating the mother’s eggs.

About a third of the way through the trip the Mandalorian is “pulled over” by New Republic x-wings patrolling the area. This is bad because he is wanted for raiding a New Republic prison ship. After stalling for a while they figure out he is a wanted criminal and makes a run for it.

When trying to escape The Mandalorian crash-landed on a snowy, icy planet and his ship “The Razorcrest” was badly damaged. While trying to fix the ship and keep The Child from eating the alien eggs. The mother is getting worried about her eggs freezing to death and seeks someplace warm to keep her eggs.

The Mandalorian notices the mother is missing and tracks her to a natural hot spring in an ice cave. The Mandalorian tells her they need to leave. While helping the mother gather her eggs The Child gets curious and accidentally wakes up a huge nest of spiders called Krykna.

Realizing they are in danger The Mandalorian grabs The Child and they and the mother sprint out of the cave. The spiders continue to chase them out of the cave. They finally reach The Razorcrest and when trying to start it up and escape a huge spider jumps onto their ship, damaging it even more.

After they think all hope is lost, the New Republic patrol comes back and kills the spiders. The New Republic patrol looks him up and lets him go because of all the good he had done.

The Mandalorian gets the ship working and the episode ends with him and the mother shooting into orbit on their way to the mother’s homeworld.

This episode was easily the funniest out of the season so far. I appreciate all the fan nods and the callbacks to other Star Wars episodes and tv shows. I enjoyed the directors and producers’ cameos that keep popping up in episodes. I also enjoyed the practical props such as the mother and The Child. This was a great episode and I’m sure many Star Wars fans will enjoy it.

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Xbox Vs Ps4, Battle For The Ages

Xbox and PlayStation have been going at it ever since they were released. They are trying to figure out who makes the better console for the consumer. The people think they are both great, but you always have people on both sides, and they are always telling the other that they are better.

Xbox who is run by Microsoft has been making consoles for years. They have been doing very well and they are one of the top manufacturers in their industry and they are there for a reason. They make a console called the Xbox One.

It is a gaming console that allows you to play with other people and all sorts of games and it does it with such a nice and smooth system. The user interface is great, and it is easy to use and you can do so much with it. One of the problems with it is for all games you need to pay per month to play online with friends and other people.

The PlayStation is a very similar concept. They are run by the company Sony. They have been doing this for just as long as Xbox has, and they are right up there with them. They can give the same experience. Some would say that is runs just as smooth and that it is even easier to use than the Xbox.

A lot of it is how you like the feel of it. But it is also very easy to use and it gives you a great gaming experience. One of the things that set them apart is that to play some online games you do not have to pay to connect with other people.

They are both great and they are the best on the market. But it all comes down to personal preference. How you would use it and how it feels in your hands are some major factors and that is how you decide. You cannot go wrong with either of them or they will both give you an amazing gaming experience.

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It’s Time To Hit The Slopes!

As the cold slowly seeps in and winter progresses, we have hit the SKI SEASON! Resorts are opening up (with Covid-19 precautions) and with luck, we’ll get some more snowfall. Major resorts such as Snowbasin and Powder Mountain are up and running, however with the pandemic situation, there have been some setbacks. Before we get into that, lets talk about the snow sport excitement.

Most can agree that this year has hit us all hard. It can be difficult to find motivation, encouragement, joy, and fun at times and that is why it’s so extremely important to find an outlet. Some kind of happiness. For many, with the coming of winter, that happiness is found on the mountain, shredding some snow.

“Its the best feeling in the world! The cold air rushing into your lungs, the feeling of the frost on your face, and the adrenaline flowing through your blood. It’s the most exhilarating natural high ever and I can’t wait for it to snow some more so I can go up and ski!”

Says Samantha Siddoway, an experienced skier, ready for the ski season to really get going.

At the popular Snowbasin resort, the lines due to social distancing are quite long and it is definitely different from previous years. Other resorts have a similar situation going on, however we have to make do with what we have. At least resorts are opening, and, so far, we have hope that they’ll stay that way through winter and into spring.

So everyone get your skis and snowboards ready, it’s ski season!

 

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Spotlight: Bryson Cunningham, hip-hop guru

There are so many students at Davis High school that it can be hard to keep track of them all. Sometimes talented students aren’t recognized as they should be, or their talents aren’t well known. But everyone deserves a chance to shine. So today, I’m going to recognize one such student with many skills: student Bryson Cunningham.

Bryson is a junior at Davis this year, and his favorite part of school is seeing his friends. He is personable and friendly, which makes him a valuable part of his friend group. However, like everyone, he has at least one thing about school he doesn’t enjoy.  Cunningham’s is quite relatable: “Mornings,” he said. “Getting up so early is no fun”. Talk about a mood! His favorite class is English because of his favorite teacher, Mr. Frey. “Frey is so cool,” says Cunningham. Sometimes the teacher makes the subject, as we all know.

But there is more to him than school. In his free time, Cunningham enjoys playing basketball with his friends and dancing in the style of hip-hop, hence his title. “I do it competitively,” he explains. “We have a choreographer who comes in and teaches us the moves, and we practice them all year. Then in March, we go to competitions”. Cunningham enjoys dancing with his team and says that this is what he considers to be the coolest thing about himself.

An interesting fact about Cunningham that few people know is that he was actually born dead. “They had to take me to the emergency room and give me air and stuff,” he explained. He was also born “clubfooted”, meaning one of his feet was completely sideways. He explained that as a child, he wore a special device similar to a brace that helped his leg to move back into the normal position. “I think I still have it,” he says. “It helped me to be able to walk”. He’s not sure if it is related or not, but his left foot is smaller than his right.

Though he doesn’t often get recognized for it, Cunningham is certainly an example of an exciting student with many skills, and his dedication to his passions is inspiring to me. Hopefully, he inspires you too!

 

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Davis High goes Virtual

Davis School District is experiencing a record high number of Coronavirus cases. In result, Davis High School and numerous other schools have been placed on a “soft-closure” for two weeks. What’s a soft closure? This means that students will not be attending class in person, but will be joining each class virtually. In two weeks, school will open back up as normal, and the student body will return to Davis High.  

Liz Brown (Sr) exclaimed that “It’s not fun. It’s boring.” But she also explained that this schedule allows her to be more productive. Compared to 4-day school, she now has more time to do homework because of all the free time.  

However, she thinks that there’s a lot of confusion when it comes to dealing with this new schedule. When there is a lack of communication between students and teachers, students are often unsure what to do, resulting in confusion.  

Some students don’t mind that school has been shut down. Emma Remington (Sr) is enjoying the time off from school, and all the extra free time she now has. In fact, she was able to watch a whole season of the hit show, “Grey’s Anatomy”, in only 2 days. 

Is sending the whole student body back to school on November 30th a good idea? Or will this further encourage the spread of Coronavirus and create another shutdown? The new 4-day a week schedule didn’t even last a full 2 weeks before Davis High got shut down. This prompts the question of whether attending school 4-days a week, with the hybrid schedule, or virtually is best. 

This is a school year that is more unexpected than any of us could have imagined. None of these decisions are easy to make, but the Davis High administration is doing their best to keep students in school, while also promoting a safe learning environment.  

 

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The challenges of being a small Youtuber

What are the reasons it’s hard being small Youtuber. Why is it challenging to be a startup channel? Because you need to find out what you enjoy doing, and what your audience likes to see. Find what videos work the most, how you speak, what type of things and videos you say and do. Then your reputation of the type of  Youtuber that you are and act like. And when you act the same or different in your videos, people like you the same. Find what videos work the most for your channel and work towards that. What type of videos that people enjoy to see, how the things they watch they will like. It’s a struggle to gain 1,000 subscribers. It’s truly hard just because you can never make everyone happy, which makes it so hard to keep it steady. Because keeping the subscribers is one of the worst challenges. I have had such a struggle keeping my subscribers for some reason, which doesn’t make sense. I feel like my Instagram account is doing so much more then my YouTube. And when you start out as a small YouTuber, the challenges with you and your start out equipment. you don’t really have enough stuff to do things. And things you need for your channel can be very expensive. The lights and things just a lot of important light kits and green screen. It’s really good to have a nice mic, also a voice changer is good to have because you can use those funny voices. Which is pretty cool because you can troll people. It’s so funny haha! Also you never want to give up on your channel just because they don’t like your channel. But I’ve got some information on this issue. I’ve asked two of my friends to talk to me about their channel. Jacob Coles was really really excited. When he lost subscribers, he kept on going at it which is the great thing to do. He’s been so excited that he’s been in the youtuber business for five years. He’s gonna try doing videos as well in five years. Mason Chamberlin said, “When I first started, I felt like it wasn’t going anywhere.” The person who influenced me to do the YouTube business.” he still feels like it’s not going anywhere.  He told me if there was any chance in any day that he would be giddy that he got 200 more subscribers.” “If you got sponsored by a company for your channel what would you do? I would use it towards YouTube. ” This is the greatest time to become a youtuber. You are able to fulfill it because there will be other things in life that will make it all go away. That’s why, if you feel like you want to become a youtuber, it’s more fun then anyone really realizes. It’s kind of a awesome challenge. You will be able to be yourself on your channel. Which is really cool that you can do that. People say you need to change, but changing for your channel is so much different. Which is amazing because Youtubers if they don’t want to have a normal job they can have a very unique one.

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How the Immune System Might be Killing Those With Covid-19

A recent scientific breakthrough has given us a better idea of what is causing deaths in those who contract Covid-19. This will bring us ever closer to finding some type of preventative, more information, or a complete vaccine.

People who have severe cases of COVID-19 are found to have a elevated amount of cytokines as compared to healthy people, thus leading to a cytokine storm in our body. A cytokine storm is a reaction within our immune systems that causes molecules to release in massive quantities, causing organ failure, and by extension, death.

This can be caused by many viruses, but of course, most notably, the infamous Covid-19. This is most likely not the only way this virus kills us, however, it brings us ever closer to finding a cure, since we know one of the reactions that is causing the deaths in people who contract Covid-19.

Thirumala-Devi Kenneganti of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital selected eight cytokines that were seen in COVID-19 patients. The cells growing alone caused no harm to the immune system, however, when all eight are together, cell death was elevated, it was deadly. They found that the combination of TNF alpha and gamma interferon was deadly to the macrophages they tested on. Additionally, this combination of two chemicals could kill mice within 10 hours. This form of cell death, Apoptosis, also happened alongside pyroptosis and necroptosis. Those two combined cause a deadly cytokine storm, as previously stated.

This information gives us ever growing hope that soon, we can find a way to, at the very least, prevent death in those who are infected. Better yet, its hoped that this will lead to findings that will help us develop a way to prevent the virus in its entirety, all we can do now is hope that when that cure does come out, everyone takes it so it cuts the virus off entirely.

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The Zodiac Experiment

Everyone has a specific zodiac sign that is supposed to influence their luck/fortune, personality traits, and even normal behavior. I am an Aquarius, for example, and we are supposedly known for creativity, independence, and eccentric thinking, among other traits. I feel like the outline for an Aquarius actually sounds a lot like me, so I wonder if perhaps there is some truth to zodiac signs.

That’s why I have decided to perform an experiment- I will record what my horoscope reads according to astrology.com every day from now, Monday, November 2nd, until Wednesday, November 4th, and then analyze its validity. Time to find out how accurate my horoscope is!

November 2nd: Today my horoscope read, “Be careful not to relax too much today. If you let down your guard, you could start falling back into a bad pattern of behavior. You worked too hard to get to where you are now, so don’t let yourself slide. Self-discipline can be tough when you’re on your own, so if you feel yourself succumbing to temptation, try the buddy system. Talk to a friend and take your mind off whatever it is that you know isn’t good for you!”

I was amazed at how much I actually connected to my horoscope today. My anxiety levels are high with the return to 4-day school, so I’m not relaxing much today. I’ve been working on managing my stress and anxiety more lately and have really improved, so “falling back into a bad pattern of behavior” might relate to me letting stress and anxiety take back control. And good friends are my main support system to manage these emotions; it’s like the horoscope read my mind! Overall, I am feeling intrigued today.

November 3rd: Today my horoscope read, “You’re doing some good stuff, so spread the word! You need to start opening up about all the projects you’re working on right now. How else will people know about them? They are more interested in what you’re doing than you think. They want to know what’s got you so energized. You might think they’ll roll their eyes when you give them an update, but that’s not true. They are more likely to look at you with amazement and then give you a round of well-deserved applause.”

Okay, I’m starting to wonder if this website is reading my mind or something, haha! I just started a business for my hobby/talent of jewelry making in the last few weeks, and I’ve been needing to get the word out, so the line about “opening up about all the projects I’m working on” directly applies to me.

It has been energizing me and improving my mood to be getting my first few customers, so my horoscope was actually pretty accurate today. Either this is another coincidence, or horoscopes may actually be somewhat accurate. As of now, I am undecided, but by tomorrow I might be a believer in astrology.

November 4th: Today my horoscope read, “Your cynical side is in charge today, which means you’re going to be suspicious of people who act like saints. To you, these folks don’t have altruistic motives. They are helping someone only with the goal of helping themselves in the end. But the big question is are your suspicions correct? Resist the urge to warn others about this person being a wolf in sheep’s clothing. You don’t know for sure, and you could hurt their reputation.”

This one was not even close to accurate. I’m not feeling at all cynical, and I’m not feeling very suspicious of nice people today. I’m not a cynical person, and I’m in a pretty good mood.

Honestly, I’ve been really appreciating the friendliness that I have received today, as it has been an interesting adjustment this week with the return to four-day school. I think the accuracy of the last two days was simply a coincidence.

My final conclusion is that horoscopes have no factuality behind them. They’re like a fortune cookie; it’s a randomly generated fortune that plays into the minds of the superstitious.

While I do admit that the first two were accurate, I believe it was simply a coincidence. If they had any truth behind them, they would be correct every time without fail and would relate to each person individually.

My horoscope is not personal; these daily fortunes are for all Aquarius combined. Personally, I believe nobody can tell the future, so it’s best to keep an open mind. Therefore, I think I just busted the myth that horoscopes are true. However, they definitely make for an interesting read! I would recommend them to anyone who’s bored.

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