The first time going to CALIFORNIA WHOA!

Man having the chance to be able to go to California was pretty epic! I went to so many places we stopped in Saint George that was my first time actually seeing saint George! I love the Palm trees. In fact that’s the first time I’ve ever saw those types of trees before. We went into Arizona that was pretty cool actually! just like the change in weather was so nice! Because I’ve not seen such beautiful sky’s in a while because of the weather in Utah.

But I was able to see Las Vegas my First time as well a lot of cool things especially the rides man! It’s so amazing to see so many things that you’ve never seen anything like. That just so sick that I had that Amazing opportunity to spend 10 nice awesome days in California Oceanside whoop whoop! But then we saw so many sick cars I’ve never seen so many corvettes in Las Vegas wow. After that we were driving into the California and there were so many Beach houses and What I didn’t know is that San Francisco has the highest more shark sightings then in Oceanside. When I first got out of the Car haha that smell was probably the worst…well at first haha.

When we got out Of course we needed to get everything out and into the Condo that we were staying in haha. But as soon as I came in the door I was in Awe. everything was so cool and the funny part was the whole Condo smelled like Chlorine. But the kitchen was awesome it had a big island the fridge was funny looking it didn’t look like a fridge it looked like a shelve. There was a cool front balcony  of the Ocean. If I haven’t explain this Yet, but I love the ocean it’s probably the best place to help me be in peace and calm.

I’ve loved the ocean for as long as I can remember ! just the sound of the water crashing and just seeing how beautiful the sunset shows off of the ocean. but the sunsets there are so Amazing! And at night this was the place  to go and  explore everything is pretty close to do things there’s lots of bars close to each other. The first day we went into the Ocean with wet suits because it’s cold. I walked right into the ocean and my feet were kind of freezing but, then after that my first time was awesome…until I got wiped out haha.

So I really didn’t like the Ocean mainly because first of the smell. Being there for a while you don’t even smell the smell of the ocean anymore it just no scent of the water which was nice. Boogey boarding for the first time was Epic! I in fact really enjoyed this so much mainly because you can wait for some big waves and ride on top and then down it’s  wicked! They also had a skim board, if you don’t know what that is it’s so awesome in away it’s a kind of like surfing except on the smaller waves that when the water comes into the shore. You can do some small and the smaller water that just comes in. After we got out those waves get up Pretty high and around night they sometimes get over the rocks kind of not a lot but some.

So after we did that We went to San Diego To go see the ship Midway the Museum of midway First of all Whoa and Second this ship was MASSIVE ! not kidding just walking into the hanger was Sick so much nicer museum in away. The only thing that was a tiresome was this Museum takes literally 3 hours to finish everything! But were learned some cool things from the retired navy But amazing how they were able to suck in water from the ocean make it into steam and then make it make into water so Awesome!. There was a spot where they dropped things down and 40 feet down just wow! standing above it on the glass kind of frightened me but so awesome though. One time we saw some manikin and I actually really thought that they were real people but not but still pretty awesome.

This Ship uses so much more gas then any Car Just imagine what that payment would be if we used that much of gas for our cars we would need to get payed a lot for sure. They said they would spend  about 1.million for gas for this ship. After that we went to go for food and I got nacho’s right. But there was no salsa with my nachos I had a tater tot nachos with steak and cheese sour cream no lettuce but that was okay though  it still was great! Then we went to another beach the next day it was called Le jolla beach In San Diego So interesting this place was more to just walk through the waves because the waves crashed to quick they also were pretty big so we didn’t really swim so haha.

But besides that we were able to see Some Sea Lions And they smell soo bad actually like just even being high up you still can smell their scent from even far away they just smell that bad not joking. The Sand there though was great For making Sand castles!  But this other beach Called Moon light beach it’s pretty awesome this place we tried to surf haha and when we did it’s just not a great thing for me to do. Also we sucked because of us not anymore experience other then just one day to figure it out! So I’m not giving up because i still want to learn how to surf just.. not yet.

WE THEN WENT TO THE BIGGEST ZOO IN THE WORD! Well I think it’s the biggest in the world The San Diego everything there was so big, like it’s unbelievable that what you heard and saw. The birds are so funny they had like a man yelling not kidding it’s great the monkey’s were pretty hilarious all the animals were so cool but I mean just all of the Animals  were pretty much showing off as usual. Our last Day we were able to go whale watching and maybe some Dolphins.  When we got onto the boat it’s pretty cool not gonna lie about that. Just being an a type of boat like that so fancy and nice in away. But Whale watching is really hard to find them. other then the Dolphins there were like supposedly only three whales two adults and a baby whale. But then we watched the Dolphins there were so many dolphins there was literally so many dolphins swimming right by the boat.

We loved to get Ice Cream all the time in the week. But there Ice cream was pretty great SOOO I mean this is pretty nice. But before we got home we went to this really cool ice Cream place called the beaver country creamery so Sick. but this vacation for Spring break was awesome.

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March Madness: The Finals

March madness has been nothing short of crazy this year. Upset after upset has destroyed peoples’ brackets. Lower seeds like UCLA have made their way to final spots. The championship game takes place tonight the 5th of April, where Gonzaga is taking on Baylor after a well-fought run.

One of the most memorable games of march madness history took place the other night when 11 seed UCLA took on 1 seed Gonzaga into an overtime buzzer beater. The entire game was back and forth with both teams playing some of the best basketball that we have seen this year. Everyone thought the game would go into a second overtime to continue the suspense, but all hope was lost when Suggs lobbed a near half-court shot to bank in with no time left to win the game for Gonzaga 93 to 90.

The Baylor and Houston game was nothing compared to UCLA and Gonzaga. Baylor had an early lead and maintained it the entire game to finish with a 19 point victory sending them to the finals without a sweat. UCLA defeated a number one seed Michigan in the elite eight to earn their spot in final four.

Gonzaga heads into the championship with an undefeated record and if they win tonight, they’ll be the first ones since the 60s. Gonzaga has never won the tournament and this might be the year for them. It certainly won’t be easy, especially heading up against another 1-seed Baylor.

A large percentage of brackets have placed these two in their final match up but its a 50/50 split on who people think will take the title this year. I expect a lot of eyes on the game tonight with such an audience that we have had this year. This year has been like nothing ever seen before, not just because of the pandemic, but because of the amount of energy and interest that has rolled over from last year.

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Davis Students pick their GOAT between Michael Jordan and LeBron James

I asked 9 Davis students who they think the greatest basketball player of all time is.

My prediction was that students who are more into basketball and like to play and watch basketball would probably choose Lebron because they have grown up their whole lives watching him dominate the NBA. On the other hand, I predicted that students who did not care for basketball as much would vote for Michael Jordan because he may be the most well-known basketball player worldwide.

One of the main points usually brought up when having this debate is that Jordan went 6 for 6 in the finals while LeBron is only 4 for 10, however, this isn’t really a fair point because it brings down Lebron for making it to the finals even though that is a great achievement in and of itself, but to be fair Michael Jordan does have more rings.

“Jordan was the better overall player, the best of his time,” explains student Nolan Crook.

“Jordan, but basketball is bad,” argues student Carter Wall.

This goes along with my prediction that students who aren’t into basketball would choose Jordan because it is the more popular choice.

“Lebron James is the more dominant player and he’s been the best player in three different decades now,” says student Braxton Christenson.

Out of the 9 people I asked this question to, 4 answered that LeBron James is the goat and 5 claimed that Michael Jordan is the goat. This shows that high school-age kids of this generation still respect Michael Jordan more even though most of them probably haven’t witnessed Jordan’s greatness firsthand as they have with Lebron’s. Although, if the population size of students I ask increased in size, the answer might shift.

Despite the debate between Lebron and Jordan, most people do agree that they are the top two best players of all time.

 

 

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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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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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Jamie Perry: SBO for life

Jamie Perry is a senior at Davis High school. Jamie has been an SBO for 3 years now! From 2017-2021. Jamie is an SBO Vice President this year and enjoys every second of it.

When asked about her favorite part of being an SBO, Jamie said:

“The people I get to meet and work with, its fun to meet people in office and meet students at games and interact with people I usually wouldn’t have. And watching her friends doing things they are good at.”

Jamie says that this year has definitely been her favorite year being an SBO. In her own words: “Cuz it sucked but it also has been good. Ya know? Also because I’m a senior now and I know what I’m doing and I get to help people now.”

Jamie’s plans after graduation include going to Southern Utah University to study English education.

When asked about why she wants to go into English education Jamie said: “All the English teachers I’ve ever had have been super cool and I like reading and I think I’m pretty good at writing if I do say so myself.”

Her dreams include, going to the Met Gala and doing 73 questions with Vogue, whichever comes first.

Jamie currently works at Cinemark and has worked there since 2019! She only plans on staying there until the end of summer when she starts school.

She really enjoys working there and says it’s fun. Her favorite part about working there is when big movies would come out and people would be so excited and dress up to see their favorite movies.

When she’s not working Jamie loves to bake. Her favorite thing to bake is pumpkin chocolate chip cookies and bring them to her friends.

She says “I make a beast angel food cake, which is really hard to do.”

You can keep up with all her baking and other adventures on her Instagram account, @jam.spamms

 

 

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It’s time we start normalizing guys painting their nails

Over the past few years style and clothing has become more gender fluid, with guys wearing dresses and more feminine clothing. However guys painting their nails is nothing new.  Men have been painting their nails since around 3,200 B.C. to show social and economic class. If we have been doing it for so long, why is it frowned upon by many today?

Many people see men painting their nails as girly and it doesn’t make you a man. I see where they are coming from. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and if they don’t like painting their nails that’s fine, but where it crosses the line is when people put men down and say their opinion is invalid just because of their nails.

Davis High senior, Kalen Cox says “I’m not one to paint my nails, but I have no problem with other guys who do. I respect them.”

Many guys and girls see men painting their nails as a sign of weakness. Personally I paint my nails because I like how it looks and I like matching my outfits and things to them. Not everyone has to like it and that is okay because I respect their opinion.

Painting your nails can also show support too. A few years ago lots of male celebrities, such as Zac Efron and Chris Hemsworth painted their nails red to show support for the Polished Man Project. Raising awareness for the one in five children who experience physical or sexual assault and violence before the age of 18.

Due to the popularity of these celebrities and the shocking choice of nail color, they raised tons of money and awareness for the foundation.

At the end of the day we should accept people for who they are and let them like what they like without judging or persecution.

 

 

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Davis gaming club might be just the place for you

The Davis High gaming club is ran by Mr. Stanley and is a space where everyone is welcome and can get together to game. The club meets every Thursday after school to play various games together.

I asked Nolan Crook, a member of the gaming club, for examples of some of the games that they play.

“Super Smash Brothers Ultimate, Overwatch, Minecraft, Rocket League and Halo.”

He replied.

They meet after school on Thursdays in Mr. Stanley’s room 1221, where they play different games together for around two hours.  Apparently, there is a gaming club Minecraft world that you can join, and they actually compete against other schools in Smash Brothers.

“The tournaments are in Salt lake or Provo and you play against other high school’s teams  and stuff.”

Explains Nolan Crook when asked about his experience in competing with the club.

The rocket league team also has tournaments that are in Provo or Salt Lake.

Nolan also talked about his experience at a tournament where he got to meet famous Smash Brothers ultimate player Best Ness. Due to COVID restrictions, the Smash Brothers tournaments and Rocket League tournaments are now being held on Discord.

Every week, the Smash Bros team holds what are essentially tryouts for the tournaments. In these meetings, members of the team compete against each other in a tournament-style bracket and the top 5 get to go to the real tournaments against other schools.

If you want to join the gaming club because you love gaming or just because you’d think it would be fun, you can talk to Mr. Stanley in room 1221.

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Davis gaming club might be just the place for you

The Davis High gaming club is ran by Mr. Stanley and is a space where everyone is welcome and can get together to game. The club meets every Thursday after school to play various games together.

I asked Nolan Crook, a member of the gaming club, for examples of some of the games that they play.

“Super Smash Brothers Ultimate, Overwatch, Minecraft, Rocket League and Halo.”

He replied.

They meet after school on Thursdays in Mr. Stanley’s room 1221, where they play different games together for around two hours.  Apparently, there is a gaming club Minecraft world that you can join, and they actually compete against other schools in Smash Brothers.

“The tournaments are in Salt lake or Provo and you play against other high school’s teams  and stuff.”

Explains Nolan Crook when asked about his experience in competing with the club.

The rocket league team also has tournaments that are in Provo or Salt Lake.

Nolan also talked about his experience at a tournament where he got to meet famous Smash Brothers ultimate player Best Ness. Due to COVID restrictions, the Smash Brothers tournaments and Rocket League tournaments are now being held on Discord.

Every week, the Smash Bros team holds what are essentially tryouts for the tournaments. In these meetings, members of the team compete against each other in a tournament-style bracket and the top 5 get to go to the real tournaments against other schools.

If you want to join the gaming club because you love gaming or just because you’d think it would be fun, you can talk to Mr. Stanley in room 1221.

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What is it like to be a minority in a primarily white area?

How does it feel to be a minority student walking the halls of a white majority school? How does it affect students?

Bringing attention to the exclusion and effects of minority students is not to make anyone feel attacked or to point fingers at anyone. It is to shed light on a situation that is underlying but important. It is hard enough to fit into the social structures of school and environments, but even more so when you are in a position where you can’t easily find people who you can relate to and who share your heritage.

When people get the chance to talk about effects on minority students, it is immediately thought there are accusations of racism or hate being placed and, although there are many situations where this might be true, it is not the case all the time. Many times, it is just the reality of people being left out or pushed to the side. Being noticed and accepted, but never fully understood. Or only being known for what you look like and the different places you come from.

“I can get along fairly well with everyone, but sometimes people can ask the right question without realizing it and I get lost in my thoughts. I ask, ‘is that all you see in me?’”

Says an anonymous student after being asked if there is ever a moment where they feel out of place.

Differences between people are what make the world spin. The unique cultures, languages, customs, beliefs, and colors create meaning for the world. Although there is a large population count where people are accepting of others, there never is a real understanding.

Everyone knows of Hispanics, Asians, Africans, Latinos, Islanders, but do we really know about them? Taking time to learn their history and culture will help us develop an appreciation of each other. Some accept who we are, but never really understand it.

One wrong step and people can get hurt, but we never discuss why. There is the immediate jump of thinking that people are too sensitive and take things too personally without realizing maybe there is a deeper meaning to it.

“If you don’t see my color, you don’t see me. My color isn’t just a skin tone, it’s a story, culture, and life of its own. It’s what has helped me find who I am.”

Says an anonymous student after being asked how they feel about the following comment:

“Just ignore it. I don’t get why everything has to be about race. I don’t see color I just see people.”

I can’t deny that I could make things so much easier by ignoring certain situations and problems. Yet to ignore what someone was born with, who they grew up as, and what is a part of them is to ignore their contribution to this world. Most of these issues are not simple yes or no, black and white types of situations. There are complexities and versatility that need to be recognized and appreciated.

Being a minority myself, I know what it feels like firsthand. I don’t fit in. I have my own difficulties as an individual and with my personality, but being a Latinx student in a white majority school, I can’t adapt. I grew up in a different environment and culture. I don’t understand where others come from and why they know what they do and the same goes for others about me. I can’t ever join simple conversations about what their families had for dinner last night. I feel out of place.

Resources can be more easily accessible for a group of people that have a higher majority rate. There never has to be a worry if you’ll qualify for a work field or scholarship. You never have to worry if you will be turned away based on the way you look, sound, or come from.

“Nowadays it’s never a fair scale. It’s either one or the other. If you’re not receiving microaggressions, it’s a life of affection action. To put it simply, you can get bullied or killed.”

Exclaims an anonymous student after being asked how they see minorities are being treated.

People are valid in having their own opinions, but to completely push aside the arrogance and hate that is directed to some people is surpassing moral limits.

“If I can go one day without being called out for where my background is from, instead of by my name at least five times a day, it’s a miracle.”

Anonymous continues to explain what they experience as a minority student.

“Its small comments that are political or even personal that just completely dismiss human values.”

Hate, racism, segregation, and so forth happens around us every single day. Whether you see it on the news, hear it out on the sidewalk, see it in the produce section of a grocery store, it’s there. Some experience it and others are the cause. There is a lot of hate and it’s a topic that needs to be handled. While it may be an uncomfortable conversation, it is a necessary one to have as you grow up. Being open-minded to differences and conversation is the only way to start change for the better.

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