Voting Participation

“​Taxation without Representation.”​

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

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

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

 

 

 

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A Parents Guild To Helping Your Child Get Better Grades

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

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

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

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

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A Day In The Life Of A Magician

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

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

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

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

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Are Movies Getting Worse?

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

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

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

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

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

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Alan Spaulding: Teacher, Farmer, Mentor.

If you have ever had any of the following classes you are lucky. Animal science, aquaculture, plant and soil science, or floriculture. This is because if you have had any of these classes, then you have most likely had Alan Spaulding as a teacher. Spaulding is by far the most god-tier teacher that dwells within Davis High School. It is a wonder that he even works here at all. If we are all being honest with ourselves, Spaulding is too good for this school.

One of the reasons Spaulding is such a magnificent character is his storytelling ability. That man has had many unbelievable life experiences and often times blesses his students by sharing them. It doesn’t matter if he is in the middle of class or even teaching a lesson. If you ask him a question about anything, he will stop what he is doing and answer your question in a way that the greatest minds of history would have trouble competing with.

More than anything else at Davis High School, the students here love Mr. Spaulding. The only thing harder to find than a Unicorn or bigfoot would be a negative comment about Mr. Spaulding. He is considered an idol by many here at this school.

“The man dressed up as Santa Claus for us. I really liked it when he dressed up as Santa Claus,” stated Brody Inman.

Any teacher who would dress up as Santa Claus for their students would most likely do anything for their students. What would this school be if we didn’t have Alan Spaulding teaching here? Nothing. Absolutely nothing.

 

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Fun date ideas and advice

You finally have enough confidence to ask the girl of your dreams out, you ask her and she said she said that would be fun! so you ask if this Friday works and she says yes, Friday comes pretty fast, you pick her up and head over to station park and you sit and eat at blaze pizza, it is tasty and affordable after the wonderful meal you go to cherry berry and get some frozen yogurt and you finally take her home after you talk for a while and you walk to the door and go in for a kiss and right before your lips touch you wake up from your dream…

I have a couple of solutions for you when going on a date, first, ask the girl or boy in person be personable don’t ask them over text or plan it and know everything you’re going to be doing, some fun date ideas could consist of bowling, classic fun center, ice skating, seeing a movie, top golf, go to a zoo or an aquarium, Thrift ridiculous outfits to wear together.

If you are not close to this person you are asking you could go on a double date with one of her friends and your friends, make sure she is comfortable around you and talk to them before you just ask them and make sure you tell her when and where you’re going so she knows to dress appropriately for the occasion.

Tell jokes to talk to her keep her entertained, make it so she/him wants to be around you, go in feeling confident and yes I’m going to say it… be yourself.

If you are trying to get a smooch on the first date, just make sure the mood is right and keep your head up high and don’t move to fast, but if she does seem like she is in the mood and its been great night confidence is key.

If your dating the right person it should feel easy.

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Dateless Davis, What’s Going On?

It is 2020, and the youth of America can’t seem to get a date. The stats have shown that only 35% of youth aged 13-17 go on dates. This tells us that teens are dating less now than they did in the past. What’s up?

Studies have shown that the divorce rate in 2019 was a frighting 50%. Dating is rare, so people get in the mindset of being freakishly attached to people that give them romantic attention. They haven’t dated enough people to know what they want, so if they find someone that likes them, they take advantage of it thinking they won’t be able to find that with anyone else. Then in their marriage when they realize they aren’t compatible, the only way to fix the problems is to divorce.

So how can we fix this heartbreaking crisis? In an anonymous interview with a teenage boy at Davis, I approached him with the question “Why don’t boys ask girls out anymore?” His response was “I don’t want to spend money on someone else’s wife.” I was appalled. Sir, are you so possessive of women that the first girl you ask out has to commit to you and marry you or else you won’t spend a penny on her? where is your mother? Where is your father? I remain appalled.

A contributing factor to lads not having the courage to ask girls out anymore is social evolution, especially in female attitudes. In my personal experience as a teenage lass here at Davis, I could care less if I get asked out. I’m not sitting around waiting for some strong attractive man to take me on a date. My first priority is having a good time and that usually means gathering with my lady friends and having a wild night on the town. Girl’s are raised to crave male attention but recently are realizing that they can have a fun night, manless. It is also becoming more socially acceptable for girls to ask boys out. Sometimes it’s the female that has to take the first leap and that is very apparent in our modern culture.

The main answer to these dateless boys is simply that society’s expectations are changing. People are more connected online than they are in real life and it makes them socially awkward and unable to meet new people. Something you do online could be terrifying to do in real life. Boys don’t look at dating as a priority anymore. Girls are learning how to have fun without boys. This change effects how we fall in love but only time will tell if it’s a good change, or a big mistake.

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Davis High Winter Drumline

The Davis high drumline is an elite group of individuals that both dedicate their time and money to the marching program. The Davis high drumline is a regular finalist of the Intermountain Percussion Championships. The drumline practices after school on Mondays and Thursdays from 3:00 to 7:00 pm.

But what is an indoor drumline? The indoor drumline is just like a marching band but only a drumline. A mat is rolled out onto the floor and a grid is used to march on and play the show. This year’s show is called The Road Less Traveled, it is a show about breaking off from society norms. The drums involved for the show are Quads/Tenors, the five different bass drums with different pitches, Snare drums, and Single Toms.

The music consists of multiple rhythms that are confusing as well as hard to learn. Conditioning is a huge chunk of drumline because carrying a drum and marching while playing is hard without muscle strength. The way that drumline plays is with three-inch high taps and double the height for accents.

Many people ask about how percussionists play rolls, the answer is diddles. diddles are when percussionists play two notes in one stroke by letting the stick bounce off the drum and allowing rapid notes to be played.

The other part of the winter drumline is the pit. The pit also is known as the front ensemble consists of the vibes, bass drum, guitarists, synths, bells, and marimbas.

This is the show for the year and the overview of this year’s winter drumline. The drumline hopes to make the finals this year and bring Davis home another drumline title. Overall this year will be a great one for the drumline. And I don’t want to jinx anything so I will knock on wood for drumline this year, but we will see you in finals.

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Davis High Winter Drumline

The Davis high drumline is an elite group of individuals that both dedicate their time and money to the marching program. The Davis high drumline is a regular finalist of the Intermountain Percussion Championships. The drumline practices after school on Mondays and Thursdays from 3:00 to 7:00 pm.

But what is an indoor drumline? The indoor drumline is just like a marching band but only a drumline. A mat is rolled out onto the floor and a grid is used to march on and play the show. This year’s show is called The Road Less Traveled, it is a show about breaking off from society norms. The drums involved for the show are Quads/Tenors, the five different bass drums with different pitches, Snare drums, and Single Toms.

The music consists of multiple rhythms that are confusing as well as hard to learn. Conditioning is a huge chunk of drumline because carrying a drum and marching while playing is hard without muscle strength. The way that drumline plays is with three-inch high taps and double the height for accents.

Many people ask about how percussionists play rolls, the answer is diddles. diddles are when percussionists play two notes in one stroke by letting the stick bounce off the drum and allowing rapid notes to be played.

The other part of the winter drumline is the pit. The pit also is known as the front ensemble consists of the vibes, bass drum, guitarists, synths, bells, and marimbas.

This is the show for the year and the overview of this year’s winter drumline. The drumline hopes to make the finals this year and bring Davis home another drumline title. Overall this year will be a great one for the drumline. And I don’t want to jinx anything so I will knock on wood for drumline this year, but we will see you in finals.

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Davis High Winter Drumline

The Davis high drumline is an elite group of individuals that both dedicate their time and money to the marching program. The Davis high drumline is a regular finalist of the Intermountain Percussion Championships. The drumline practices after school on Mondays and Thursdays from 3:00 to 7:00 pm.

But what is an indoor drumline? The indoor drumline is just like a marching band but only a drumline. A mat is rolled out onto the floor and a grid is used to march on and play the show. This year’s show is called The Road Less Traveled, it is a show about breaking off from society norms. The drums involved for the show are Quads/Tenors, the five different bass drums with different pitches, Snare drums, and Single Toms.

The music consists of multiple rhythms that are confusing as well as hard to learn. Conditioning is a huge chunk of drumline because carrying a drum and marching while playing is hard without muscle strength. The way that drumline plays is with three-inch high taps and double the height for accents.

Many people ask about how percussionists play rolls, the answer is diddles. diddles are when percussionists play two notes in one stroke by letting the stick bounce off the drum and allowing rapid notes to be played.

The other part of the winter drumline is the pit. The pit also is known as the front ensemble consists of the vibes, bass drum, guitarists, synths, bells, and marimbas.

This is the show for the year and the overview of this year’s winter drumline. The drumline hopes to make the finals this year and bring Davis home another drumline title. Overall this year will be a great one for the drumline. And I don’t want to jinx anything so I will knock on wood for drumline this year, but we will see you in finals.

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