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Milk: Let’s Talk About It

Cow milk and benefits of alternative milk

By: Ada Wang

Staff Writer

Image Source: Osborne, Ria/Getty Images

There are many different kinds of milk, each with different benefits and drawbacks to them. Starting with the most common one is cow milk. Cow milk has the benefit of calcium which is widely known as being necessary for building and strengthening bones, but it also carries out important functions in our body. It allows our muscles to contract, our blood to clot, and our heart to beat. Cow’s milk is one of the most accessible and well-known foods that is rich in calcium. The downside of whole milk is that it is full of saturated fat and calories, making it bad for people with high cholesterol and heart problems. My parents always have milk in our fridge and I had been drinking it since I was a child. I dislike the aftertaste, and a year or two ago, I have tried to avoid it to the best of my ability, opting for milk alternatives instead. 

Soy milk is the most nutritionally balanced alternative of the bunch and most similar to the nutritional value of cow milk. Soy milk is a good source of protein, vitamin A, B12, and D as well as potassium. It also has no cholesterol which is good for those with heart problems. Soybean is also fairly easy to grow. There are many speculations about the cons of soy milk, including lower fertility and issues for people with thyroid conditions, but none backed by consistent evidence and research. The only clear disadvantage of soy milk being that soy is a possible allergen. Soy milk was one of the first milk alternatives I tried and I enjoy the taste of soy milk. I have tried sweetened soy milk to unsweetened soy milk that tasted more bean-y. It took a little to adjust to the taste of the more bean-flavored one, but after a bit, it tasted just fine, and still better than dairy milk to me.

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Why Collegiate Athletes Should Be Paid

By Kevin Barry

Staff Writer

NCAA should pay its athletes – The Budget

Should collegiate level athletes be paid? An age old question that the NCAA has been dancing around for years upon years. Back in the days of normality in October of 2019 California Governor Gavin Newsome signed a bill to allow California Collegiate athletes to be able to sign endorsement deals (where they could be compensated for their craft) and even hire an agent. This is to ensure that the top level athletes can get their money and to prevent schools from being under fire for overpaying or underpaying their student athlete

A study by the NCAA back in 2017 found that even some D3 sports like mens swimming on average can take up 45 hours of their week, 5 hours more than their 40 hours a week average spent on academics. Leaving only 83 hours a week left for sleep, social life, family time, and meals; which is only about 11 hours per day. Despite the rules of only 20 hours per week max of college athletics, it’s nearly impossible to make a name for yourself without doing double that. My point here is that with no real break given all day, these athletes should at least be compensated for their hard work and dedication.

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Online School: Why it might be a better option for many students

By Lizzy Hughes

Staff Writer

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For most of this school year, students have attended school virtually to stay safe and healthy during the pandemic. With online school came the freedom of staying home and waking up at a later time to log into class. 

The number of classes each student took changed, and students could choose an extra subject that they wanted to take, without the worry of midterms or finals. For seniors, taking four classes each semester was a lot less stressful, and students were able to focus more on their college applications or plans for the future.

Many students find it hard to go to school if they struggle in classroom environments, or if they worry about their appearance in front of their peers constantly. 

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Biden’s Budget and the Ever-Increasing Military Spending

Lydia Jensen 

Co-Editorials Editor 

Sean Rayford / Getty Images file

Bidens 2022 Discretionary Budget Proposal, released on April 9th, unveils a lot of changes in the budget that depart from the Trump Era. This contrast can be mostly blamed by party lines, with Biden making more increases as opposed to Trump’s ‘cuts’ of many departments. One part that stays the same throughout both presidents and parties, however, is the ever-increasing military budget. 

The budget proposal is 58 pages long, and includes changes to many of the important departments, but the ones that are increased the most mark an interesting departure from what we began to expect. 

Education is the largest of these funds, with a 41% increase, which is almost more of an increase than the bottom 7 on this infographic from the Washington Post illustrates. 

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What You Need to Know: The Senior Awards Ceremony and Senior Festival

By Marissa Yelenik

Online Editor

A flyer for the upcoming Senior Festival from @hahs2021

This Thursday, April 29, there will be both an awards ceremony and festival put on for the seniors of Hammond high school. Both events are free, and open to all seniors. The award ceremony will be from 1-3 pm in Hammond’s auditorium, while the Senior Festival, put on by the PTSA for the Class of 2021, will take place from 5-9 pm on the football field.

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In-Person Learning: An Interview With Hammond Students

By Uma Ribeiro, Marissa Yelenik, and Sarah Meklir

Editor-in-Chief, Online Editor, and Managing Editor

Pictured left to right: Saim Rizvi, Shivani Modi, and Julia Moyer, standing in front of their class’s work.

Freshman and seniors (9th and 12th grade) students as well as Application and Research Laboratory (ARL) students in group A for hybrid learning returned to the building on Monday, March 29th. Group B students returned on Thursday, April 1st. 

High school students in grades 10 and 11 who chose hybrid learning will be returning the week of April 12th, with those in hybrid group A returning on the 12th and those in group B on the 15th. 

The Bear Press (BP) interviewed 9th and 12th grade students who chose the hybrid learning model and returned to school the week of March 29th. 

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George Floyd’s Death, BLM Protests, Derek Chauvin’s Trial, and Police Convictions

By Ariyanah Shelton

Staff Writer

Source: Jacquelyn Martin, Associated Press

Police brutality may have caused a black man named George Floyd to lose his life by using over aggressive force. On Monday May 25, 2020 a man named George Floyd lost his life after police were called by a clerk at Cup Foods reporting that Floyd had used a counterfeit bill to pay for his purchase.

After being approached by an employee of Cup Foods about the use of the counterfeit bill, Floyd refused to reenter the store to talk about the bill in question. According to an article written by Nicholas Burroughs and Jack Healy in Independent, titled “George Floyd: Inside the Minneapolis corner store whose worker made the 911 call that led to his killing,” Floyd was sitting in a car just outside the store when a white police responding to the call arrived. The actions taken by the police in the next few minutes will forever be remembered by all the bystanders watching.

Protest, after protest, after protest, occurred not only in the United States but all over the world. People of all races protested, and continued to protest for justice, and to put an end to all the brutality coming from officers who were hired to protect the people. They were tired of the wrong decisions, the racism, the anger, the lack of training, the way they overreact to situations, and the number of black lives that were being affected by police officers actions.

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Hammond High School’s Volleyball Season: Pandemic Edition

By Allison Diaz and Erin Peters

Staff Writers

Hammond High School’s varsity volleyball team

The most important time of the year for the majority of athletes is the beginning of the high school season. This year changed it all as COVID-19 hit the world and ruined the season for high school sports. However, coaches and athletes did not let that stop them from playing. The season was pushed back and the time was cut, but they still managed to have a season. The fall season began on February 16 of this year and since then, the girl’s volleyball team has played in a total of 10 games, winning three of them.

“The record does not affect our team, it’s how we play the game. If everyone is hustling, giving it their all and we still lose, nobody would be upset about that because we know we gave 100%,” says varsity volleyball athlete Abigail Weirich.

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Hammond Boys Soccer On the Rise

By: Morgan Lane

Staff Writer

HaHS varsity players celebrate after scoring a goal against Glenelg Hs. Source: “Scott E’s Blog” on )

The 2021 fall sports season was different to say the least, but Hammond boys’ varsity soccer continues to show perseverance and hard work to be successful on the field. 

Boys’ varsity soccer has flourished this year, and has been performing exceptionally well. During the season opener on March 5th, 2021, they came out strong beating Atholton 4-1 and starting off with a winning record in the books. This was a big win against one of their rival teams, and a good way to liven up the start of the season. 

The current record of the team is 4-3, and the team is hoping to come in the top 8 of HoCo teams in order to qualify for playoffs. Right now, they’re in a good spot, standing 5th out of all the boys’ teams in the county. In order to reach this goal, there is work to be done, but they’re getting better everyday.

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Varsity Girls Soccer Coach Comments on Fall Season

By Leaana Khan

Co-Editorials Editor 

Nichole Lainez, Senior
Megan Gould, Senior

Despite numerous challenges this season, Hammond’s Girls Varsity Soccer team is back and is persevering through them all, according to Coach Schaefer. When asked how the season is going so far, Schaefer said, “The season is going well; we are having a lot of fun just being together and getting out to play. We waited a long time for the season to get started and so we are grateful for the time to be playing together. We have learned a lot about each other and have made tremendous progress in terms of our understanding of the game.” She also mentioned the amazing performance of the three captains: seniors Camryn Johnson and Grace Yodzis and junior Laura Keister.

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