Appreciate your Mother

This year, Mother’s Day falls on Sunday, May 14, 2017. But have you ever wondered why we celebrate Mother’s Day, or why is it important? Well, the answer is quite simple: Mother’s Day is a day that many people across the country set aside to honor or otherwise truly appreciate our loving mothers, who love their children unconditionally. Everyone has their own special way of doing this. Some people will make their mothers breakfast, then take it to their bed for them to enjoy. Others go to the store and buy their mother a card and a bouquet of flowers to show them how much they love them. Others still will go out of their way to schedule a banquet for all of the mothers in their community, so that way everyone in that community can show their mothers how much they love and appreciate them.

A mother’s love is a special kind of love. It is an unconditional love. It is an unbreakable love. A mother will love her child no matter what (trust me on this, I know.) A mother will always be there for her child when they need her. She will love them even after she is dead and gone. Because a mother’s love is a love that will last forever. All too often do I see mothers in some communities be treated poorly all year ‘round, and especially on Mother’s Day. It breaks my heart to see such a thing happening in our communities. Trust me, I know. There were many times that I had treated my mother poorly, and each time the guilt and the pain of it grew worse. Why? Because each time I did it, my mother would forgive me, and tell me that she still loved me, even though I had treated her poorly.

So appreciate your mother. Not only on this Mother’s Day, but every day. Because your mother loves you, no matter what. Because all it takes is one moment, and the last argument or the last time you treated her poorly, may just be the last time you will ever see your loving mother again. And nobody should be forced to live with the guilt of that for the rest of their lives. Happy Mother’s Day, everyone.

Signed,    
Devon Walter

Aquarius – (January 20 - February 18) – “Aquarius is the sign of visionaries, unconventionality and intellectual independence. Aquarius are the people who deviate from the crowd and go their own way”
Pisces – (February 19 - March 20) – “Pisces live in two worlds, the real world and the spiritual or mystical world where they interpret what they see into what they want. They do this to avoid all the realities of pain and suffering in the world”
Aries - (March 20 – April 19) – “Aries is the sign of the self, people born under this sign strongly project their personalities onto others and can be very self-oriented. Aries tend to venture out into the world and leave impressions on others that they are exciting, vibrant and talkative”
Taurus - (April 20 - May 20) – “Taurus is the one who has immense perseverance, even when others have given up, the Taurus rages on. Solid and persistent, just like the bull, which is Taurus' well suited symbol”
Gemini - (May 21 – June 20) - “They are brimming with energy and vitality, they are clever with words. They are intelligent and very adaptable to every situation and every person”
Cancer - (June 21 - July 22) - “They are very helpful to others yet sometimes can be cranky and indifferent. Cancer has a driving, forceful personality that can be easily hidden beneath a calm, and cool exterior”
Leo – (July 23 - August 22) – “They are high esteemed, honorable and very devoted to themselves in particular! The kingdom could be anything from work to home to a partner, whatever it is, you rule it”
Virgo – (August 23- September 22) – “To the world, Virgo presents a calm and collected exterior but on the inside, nervous uncontrolled intensity in the mind, trying to figure things out, how to improve everything, analyzing and thinking”
Libra – (September 23 - October 22) – “They are able to put themselves in other's shoes and see things through another person's point of view. They are the ones that always want to make things right and have balance and harmony in their life, their surroundings and the lives of the people close to them”
Scorpio – (October 23 - November 21) – “Scorpio is the astrology sign of extremes and intensity. Scorpios are very deep, intense people, there is always more than meets the eye. They present a cool, detached and unemotional air to the world yet lying underneath is tremendous power, extreme strength, intense passion and a strong will and a persistent drive”
Sagittarius – (November 22 - December 21) – “Sagittarius seem to be guided by luck, good things happen to Sagittarius and this is usually because of their optimistic outlook and positive disposition which attracts good fortune. Despite hardships, Sagittarius is always optimistic that good things will happen tomorrow and the future carries good luck”
Capricorn - (December 22 – January 19) – “Capricorns are very ambitious people, they always have something they are pursuing and they want their lives to be fulfilled and important. Capricorns are extremely patient and will wait a long time for something they want, when the opportunity arises”

 

Election 2k16

In 2008, we elected the first African-American President in the form of Barack Obama. There were many divided opinions on President Obama. Many people thought that President Obama would be the worst President ever and would be the one to start World War 3. Others still thought that he would bring change to this nation and would propel us into the future. Yet, eight years later, the only major accomplishment of the Obama administration is the Affordable Healthcare Act, and even that is proving to be a farce. This year, we have been faced with similar opinions regarding our new President-Elect, Donald J. Trump. Again, many people think that Trump will lead our nation to destruction, while others are saying that Trump will lead our country back to prosperity. The race for the White House has proved to be a very close one, with Trump ultimately coming out on top. But enough about who won the election, let’s take a look at the individual candidates.

For the Democrats, we have former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, wife of former President Bill Clinton. Early on in the race, Mrs. Clinton was deemed the favorite to win. Later on, however, things seemed to be turning around as the polls tightened and Republican candidate Donald Trump started gaining more and more support. Mrs. Clinton would also be struck by controversy, as the FBI investigated her for her use of a private email server that held classified information and could be potentially hacked by potential threats to our country. In my personal opinion, I feel that this controversy played a part in Mrs. Clinton losing the election for President.

For the Republicans, we have our new President-Elect, Mr. Donald Trump. At first, Mr. Trump did not initially run as a Republican. In fact, he started out as an independent. Later on in the race, however, Trump chose to align himself with the Republicans. Mr. Trump has also seen his fair share of controversy for comments he has made about women, minorities, and homosexuals and transgenders in the past as well as during the race. Mr. Trump has also spoken out against late-term abortion and the borders being open to Syrian refugees, with some of these refugees being potential threats to our country. He also has promised to build a wall along the Mexican-American border. In my opinion, Mr. Trump won the election in a similar way that Hitler did: by playing to people’s fears and prejudices. Whatever the future holds for our country, be it destruction at the hands of Trump, or Trump leading our country back to the top of the list as a world power, one thing is for certain: it will be Trump who will lead us there. 

Dark Souls 3

Dark souls 3 is an action role playing game where you play as a character that you create. You can choose to be one of the following classes knight, warrior, mercenary, herald, thief, assassin, sorcerer, pyromancer, cleric, or deprived. After that you are now the “hero” of the world and are called an ashen one or child of ash. One thing that you will notice when you start the game is that it is really hard. If you are not ready for a challenge as soon as you begin than be ready to lose a lot. The first enemy you encounter will probably beat you if you don’t know what you are doing. If your reaction time is slow be prepared to a bad time for there are so many unfair aspects of this game from high health enemies to really unfair boss fights and even ambushes where the enemy can do a lot of damage to you if you are not vigilant. The boss fights in this game are going to ruin your day especially the first boss if you are new to the series. You get into the first boss fight arena thinking “Hey this is going to be easier than I thought!” then you bring his health down to half and then the real fight begins. The boss is actually cursed and when the curse activates then whatever the curse is on makes them faster and more powerful. The first boss went from a slow moving and slow attacking to really fast, a lot faster swinging and his combos are longer. If you  can beat him then don’t expect the game to get easier. The difficulty only goes up from there. Here's a tip if you think it will be an easy fight then think again one wrong move and you will be sorry for it.The dark souls series isn’t really a strong story based series but is based on its difficulty and unfair mechanics to really attract a certain group of people that like a challenge.

This Month In History

When you think of October, you might think of candy or haunted houses but everyone thinks of Halloween. Halloween dates back about 2,000 years ago and originated in Ireland and U.K. as a festival known as Samhain by the Celtics. The festival was celebrated because it indicated the last day of summer and the beginning of winter. The Celts also believed on that day, the dead would come back as ghosts to earth. In 43 A.D., the Roman Empire conquered the Celtics land, causing the Festival to almost perish. On May 13, 609 A.D., Pope Gregory the III expanded the Celtics Festival back into Christian lands making it popular again. 

By the 1800’s the Tradition of Halloween came to America and it was a mix of the Native Americans beliefs and the Americans which consist of ghost stories and dressing up. In the early 19th century, Irish and English immigrants came to America, making the new tradition for Halloween people dressing up and going to people's houses for food and money, this event is now known as Trick or Treating. By 1920, America celebrated Halloween with traditions such as parades, pumpkin carving, and the big one, Trick or Treating. Even though the U.S. don’t consider Halloween a national holiday, it’s still celebrated by many Americans.

Firewatch Game Review

Firewatch is a game about a man named Henry who you play as the entire game. The game is a suspense and mystery game that takes you through an adventure almost as if you are watching a movie that you control. Henry takes a job as a fire lookout after a tragic incident in his life. So after awhile of being on the job, his boss Delilah, that he talks to over his radio, is his only communication to the outside world and will be his companion throughout the story. You can talk to her at almost any time you find something interesting, a locked gate in a cave or a couple of papers on a table you can talk to her about it.

The atmosphere of the game fits really well with the game because it is not a scary game, it is a suspense mystery based in looking around and solving what is going on in the world. Overall, the game was good to play and made for some moments where you just have to ask yourself what is going on and in the end it all ties up in a nice little bow. You can also look out for the firewatch movie coming out in the future if you're not a gamer.

Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Firewatch

Movie Review – Captain America: Civil War

The Avengers, the world’s mightiest heroes. Everyone knows of them. But some only know of the destruction that ends up happening after a battle. After an argument, the avengers become split. Some siding with Captain America (Chris Evans), some siding with Iron Man (Robert D Jr.). Fights will commence, people will get hurt, bonds are going to be broken, and the truth will come out one way or another. New heroes and enemies will emerge in this action packed film.

There are many things in this movie that makes it different and exciting. For one, there is a lot of action and adventure that gets the viewer on edge, wondering what happens next. Some scenes are of people just having a relaxing chat, and in other scenes, they are fighting against each other. There are many characters that make the movie interesting. Even though most of the characters are heroes, they are the ones fighting each other. Some stay heroes, others become labeled as criminals, even though they are trying to help the world stay safe.

No Man's LIE !!!

No man’s sky is an open world universe simulator, where your goal is to travel around to the different galaxies in the universe to gather materials and upgrades for your ship and suit, eventually working your way to the center of the galaxy via two paths. One path would be the path of the wanderer, which give you no story line or plot, and gives you free reign over the universe to travel where you see fit, when you see fit. The other path would be the path of the Atlas in which you must follow a set path in order to reach the center of the universe while collecting atlas stones which when you collect ten makes a new universe which other players can explore. This is the main story on which No Man’s Sky is built on and it is dissatisfying and boring. 

When we first heard about No Man’s Sky was first teased in 2013 and was set to release in October 2015 but was delayed until August 2016. With this announcement fans got really mad at the developers. Many of the people on the development team received threats from fans who really wanted the game now. Not only did the fans threaten the development but Sony entertainment the creators of the PlayStation were telling them to get the game done soon or they would not release the game at all. So the game was rushed and many of the features of the game were left out like being able to build a base or multiplayer.

The reasoning for all the delays was they kept having problems at the office. First and foremost was the lead developer quit his job in order to make his own game. This put the team behind because they need to put someone as the lead developer again. Once that was done the following year their office got flooded and they lost all their data. Being forced to restart they began to build the game from scratch. And then they had the plan for a 2015 release date but that got pushed back due to it not being up to their standards. The soon after that’s when Sony came in.

Soon after the game was released more problems continued with the game and people were getting mad. The game was not as good as it was first intended because the game was bland at best. So you wake up on your first planet and it seems as if you had crashed landed then you choose your path and that’s the last bit of story you get. You then have to put your ship back together using materials on the planet. You can also meet aliens and special wildlife on each planet. This eventually this will get boring due to nothing you do with any of these elements of gameplay will advance the story. Sure you can explore and you could talk to the locals and they might give you something new at first but sooner or later you will run out of things to do. You may get the same blueprint for your ship 20-30 times if you play for a while. There are also only a certain number of encounters that you can have with the aliens before they all start becoming repetitive because there are only 3 major races of aliens which doesn’t matter which one you find because it is so easy for you to be friends with all of them.

But the game is based around exploration, so what about the exploration? Well to be honest it is fun, to an extent. What starts out as with a universe with 18 quadrillion planets soon becomes a game of the same barren planet with new animals. You might come across aliens that you might not have meant yet, but as mentioned earlier there are only three races. Remember the “story” of the game mentioned above well spoilers warning now if you don’t want to hear the end. Now that you have been warned what happens in the end? Well when you get to the end and you finally get to the center of that universe you get the great prize of…. Getting to go to another galaxy and start all over again. Nothing else just a new galaxy with new planets and all of the same races and materials. That’s why this game is a lie because the game was said to have so much stuff to do but, in the end had a lot of the same things just rehashed and over and over again to make you feel like it is new.

Horoscopes

Aries (3/21 - 4/19)
“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”
Taurus (4/20 - 5/20)
“Generally, you’re a quiet, easygoing person. You don’t like too much talk because there’s a tendency for you to be a little introverted and shy.”
Gemini (5/21 – 6/20)
"You like not only to be loved, but also to be told you are loved.”
Cancer (6/21 – 7/22)
“Never underestimate the power of your intuition. You can recognize their game before they even play it.”
Leo (7/23 – 8/22)
“Being a loser is not in your game plan. Take the bull by the horns and chase your dreams.”
Virgo (8/23 – 9/22)
“If you think you failed, you’re wrong. You’ve just found 10,000 reasons that haven’t worked.
Libra (9/23 – 10/22)
“The only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday.
Scorpio (10/23 – 11/21)
“You may think you’re being paranoid, but your intuition is never wrong about people.
Sagittarius (11/22 – 12/21)
“Always be yourself. Fake NOTHING!!!”
Capricorn (12/22 – 01/19)
“You’re guilty of giving people more chances than they deserve, but when you’re done, you’re DONE!”
Aquarius (01/20 – 02/18)
“You will always be noticed because you stand out in a crowd. You’re often imitated, but never duplicated.
Pisces (02/19 – 03/20)
“You are very dedicated but often times easily distracted from the main goal. This month, you will finally achieve a goal you set out to accomplish months ago.

 

Weekly Quotes

Monday: Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory. ---George S. Patton
Tuesday: Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. ---Lao Tzu
Wednesday: Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right’. Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along. ---George Herbert
Thursday: I’d rather attempt to do something great and fail than to attempt to do nothing and succeed. ---Robert H. Schuller
Friday: Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going. ----Sam Levenson
Saturday: Opportunity doesn't knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door. ---Kyle Chandler
Sunday: Infuse your life with action. Don’t wait for it to happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own love. And whatever your beliefs, honor your creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen… yourself, right now, right down here on Earth. ---Bradley Whitford    

School Survey

We handed out a random survey to random students, and these are the results.

90% Voted for Trump over Hillary
90% Voted for Wings over Pizza
70% Voted for Mr. Sherwood over Mr. Beegle
90% Voted for Nike over Adidas
70% Voted for Xbox over PlayStation
70% Voted for IPhone over Android
65% Voted for their dad over their mom
60% Voted for Summer over Winter
90% Voted for School over Jail
80% Voted for Mtn. Dew over Pepsi

This Month In History

On September 11th, 2001, America’s worst terrorist attack on U.S soil occurred. On that September morning, Islamic terrorists group, Al-Qaeda, hijacked four airplanes. Two out of four of the airplanes flew to New York to hit their targets, the World Trade Centers. Around approximately 8:46 a.m, the one stolen aircraft known as Flight 11, crashed into the North tower of the World Trade Center, killing everyone in the airplane and dozens inside the tower. In a few seconds, cops and firemen were escorting people out from the tower. At around 9:03, the terrorists drove Flight 175 into the the South Tower, killing even more people than before.

While in New York people were evacuating away from the crash sites at 9:37, the terrorist hijackers crashed Flight 77 into the Western part of the Pentagon, killing everyone on board and approximately 127 people in the building. At 9:59 the South Tower collapsed completely to the ground. At 10:07, passengers on the Flight 93 heard what was happening in New York, the passengers of Flight 93 try to rebel against the hijackers which crashed the airplane in a field in Somerset county in Pennsylvania killing everyone on board. The North tower collapsed at 10:28, in total about 2,966 people died on that September morning.

Fifteen years later after that terrifying event, airplane security was raised to be stricter and more stern with checking bags and humans. In New York, they built a new world trade center and have a memorial service for the ones that didn’t make it that day. In Somerset county in Pennsylvania they made a memorial site for the ones that rebelled against the hijackers on Flight 93.

Movie Review - 10 Cloverfield Lane

After surviving in a car accident, Michelle (Mary Winstead) wakes up in an underground bunker with two men. Howard (John Goodman) tells her of a world wide chemical attack had made the outside air unbreathable, and the only way to survive is to stay inside. Even though Howard makes the bunker feel like home, his controlling and anger issues makes Michelle want to escape. After finally making it outside, she finds out the truth of the outside world. 

There are many things in this movie that makes it different and exciting. For one, there is a lot of action and adventure that gets the viewer on edge, wondering what happens next. Some scenes are of people just having a relaxing chat, and in other scenes, they are trying to escape or capture the escapee. There are many characters that makes the movie interesting. Some characters are heroes and some might act like their good but in reality, they’re just the opposite of the heroes. From the scenes to the characters, this is a movie that got a rating of 90% on Rotten Tomatoes.