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Hectic Holidays

By: Morgan Snyder
Staff Writer

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Sophomore Zoe Sanders always gets stressed around the holidays when she has to think about what everyone wants for Christmas. 

During the holiday season, people tend to forget about what the true meaning of what the holidays really are. Holidays used to be about spending time with family, but now it’s all about money and gifts. The holidays nowadays seem to only bring about the perfect gift. Fights can break out and disappointment rushes over you when you couldn’t grab the giant Barbie play house for your daughter, or a game console for your son. Kids are starting to only associate the holidays with presents, when that’s not what the holidays were meant to be about. Continue reading

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Student Learns that the Coalition App Only Takes 8 Extra Curricular Activities, Questions Life Choices

By: Molly Schreier
Features Editor

The student was at a calm place.  With a cup of tea at her side, she planned to spend the evening doing the mindless but rewarding work of completing the personal questions of her Coalition Application.  After spending forty minutes entering every class she ever took in high school, she got to the extracurricular activities page.  Finally, she thought, the chance to prove to college admissions officers that I’m a well-rounded student, with my high school and club sports teams, honor societies, after school clubs, and volunteer work. But the application only went to eight. Continue reading

Everything You Need to Know Before Watching “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”

By Kylie Potter
Editor-in-Chief

With only four days to go until the much-anticipated release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, fans are scrambling to get tickets and be the first to witness Episode VIII of the legendary saga.

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The Last Jedi will officially hit theaters in just four more days, on Friday December 15th. Photo Credit: Odeon

The more casual Star Wars fans, however, may not have watched the previous installment of the saga, The Force Awakens, in quite some time. Many people may need a refresher on where exactly the previous episode left off, and what they should look forward to when viewing The Last Jedi, officially opening this Friday, December 15th. Continue reading

The Bear Press Debates: The Controversy Surrounding the #TakeAKnee Movement

Around this time last NFL season, fans were burning San Francisco 49ers jerseys with a number 7 and the name “KAEPERNICK” written in bold white letters due to the #TakeAKnee movement. Now, a year later, and with Colin Kaepernick as a free agent, the majority of the NFL stands together to support the #TakeAKnee movement and show the current president and his administration that they are united. The movement began when Kaepernick decided to “take a knee” last season while the National Anthem was performed at a football game. His reasoning for the act was to bring awareness to police brutality against African-Americans, and many in the NFL have followed his lead this season. President Trump has made various statements against the #TakeAKnee movement, which has sparked further controversy about the topic.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Movie Preview

By Kylie Potter
Editor-in-Chief

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (TLJ), the second installment of the new Star Wars trilogy, will hit theaters on December 15, 2017. Fans have waited with bated breath since The Force Awakens (TFA) first came to theaters in December of 2015, and many showtimes for TLJ have already been sold out since tickets became available on October 9th.

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TLJ will hit theaters on December 15th, 2017. Photo Credit: IMDb

While a teaser trailer for TLJ was uploaded 6 months ago, and a behind the scenes reel was released 3 months ago, the first extended trailer did not premiere until two weeks ago. The trailer, which was showcased at halftime during Monday night football, has many fans speculating about the events that will take place in the upcoming movie.

TFA, which was directed by J.J. Abrams, left off with Rey, the main protagonist of the story, finally tracking down the fabled Luke Skywalker. Her mission was to deliver his lightsaber to him and convince him to come out of exile and help the Resistance defeat the First Order. Continue reading

Cross Country Player Profile: Polina Sobol

By Molly Schreier
Staff Writer

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Senior Polina Sobol finished 10th place out of 146 female varsity runners at the 5000 meter for the Spike Shoe Invitational.

As senior Polina Sobol crossed the finish line at the 5000 meter for the Spike Shoe Invitational September 23rd, she was not worried about her place–she was worried about her hair.  “My hair went out!  Like my hair tie flew off and my hair went floush!  It was terrible.”  Not too terrible, though, as she finished 10th place, out of 146 women varsity runners.

Polina has seen great success this season.  Her time at Spike Shoe, 22:06.29, occurred in ninety-degree heat.   At the Howard County Invitational, she placed 24th in 21:29.4, a three-mile personal record.  Most recently, Polina placed 8th at the Crossfire Invite, beating her time at Spike Shoe and setting a new personal record for 5000 meters, 21:20.9. Continue reading

Top 5 Rolling Stones Songs

By Ethan Daucher
Staff Writer

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Photo Credit: Dailymail

Almost everyone has heard of the Rolling Stones, and if they haven’t, they have probably unknowingly heard one of their many famous songs. The Rolling Stones is a widely popular British rock band that had been around for many years, ever since the British Invasion in the 1960’s. The band is made up of many members, such as Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, and Ronnie Wood. The Stones have been known to change their style of music throughout the many years that they’ve been around. From genres such as Rock n’ Roll to blues, pop, disco and even country, thus appealing to many. Because of such diversity in music, they have many great and influential songs that have reached top charts countless times throughout the many years they have been together. Hate them or love them, here are the top 5 Rolling Stones Songs that you should listen to, in no particular order.

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