The Color of the Century

by: Alexis Park

          There’s a color for practically every generation. The future is white. The past is black. What color is now? Red. Orange. Yellow. Green. Blue. Pink. Purple. Which one? Is the present violent or calm? Neat or messy?

      Red would represent bloodshed, but also is a symbol of bravery and perseverance. It shows courage and is a eye catching color, mainly because our brains are quick to censor the color of blood.

      Orange and yellow are like the sun, however, in pale colors they are dainty. But when they join red, they become the hot colors, opposite of the cool, and shows heat.

      The present is technology based, but green can be a reminder that there is still natural beauty- nature. Green, lush, fields and bright forest thickets brighten up our day, minus the mosquitoes. Hmm. Nature and wildlife. Is it really the color of the present we live in? These days, we don’t take care of nature.

      Did you know that about 71% of the world is water? That brings us into blue. When you gaze at the color you’ll think about starry skies and the sea. It’s the opposite of anger. Blue sparks your creativity and makes you calm. This color is a great favorite of many people.

      OMG! Grl pwr! Pink and purple? It totally shows your support for feminism! However, 50.4 percent of the world are boys and they might not support those colors, especially the macho ones or any goths. Some girls may love this color, but out of sympathy for the male half, we should put these colors aside for a decade or two.

       So really, what should be the color of the century? Blue? Orange? Huh. But remember, all these colors are beautiful-no matter what we choose or what they represent. TYL!


Welcome! Meet the island paradise of Socotra near the country of Yemen!

Socotra is part of an archipelago of four islands. The island is only 250 km

long, however many say that this mysterious island is ‘a wonder of the world’ since it has not been touched for many centuries and holds many fascinating secrets. Places like this are not found all over the world. Places such as Socotra are rare but real. Very real.

This island is the pure definition of miracle, based upon its wide variety of animal and plant species and extravagant land features that are solely found on this island. Specifically, this extraordinary island is also rumored to have trees that have lived for over twenty million years! No one lives on the island, however tourists don’t let that fact lay them down. Some tourists have said from their travels that “the sand is so bright that you have to squint to look at it” or that “The water is so blue, that when you take a photo, it almost looks photoshopped.”

Even if the word ‘paradise’ is a fitting name for the island, another word that can be used to describe the island would be ‘treacherous’. Winds exceeds high speeds all throughout the island. The average wind speed is a whopping 39 mph on a normal basis. In fact, the trees of the island actually grow inside out to adapt to the wind. Such trees are called Dragon’s Blood Trees.

There is also a wide variety of animals living on the island. Hundreds of birds,

such as the Starling Birds, live all throughout the island, and in fact, 10 species of birds on the island are not found anywhere else. Land snails climb up the various types of trees and the Chamaeleo monachus (chameleon) roams the island freely, as the island is its species’ only home. Even some strange looking plants inhabit the island too. For instance, the Cucumber Trees (that look similarly to cucumbers poking out of the ground) and the Dragon’s Blood Trees (as mentioned above) live on the island in their own respective ways.

Socotra is very enigmatic, but gorgeous and vibrant with life at the same time.

Link to a video from Weather Channel

Opinion: Ignorance is a Choice That Devastates Others

by: Brady Rivkin

Imagine going through every second of life paranoid about being an outcast. Every move made seems to be silently condemned by your peers and you have no way of stopping the onslaught of cryptic criticism. Years upon years of this life tear at the spirit, forcing it to build a resistance with whatever it can, and it refuses to go toward normality. At the root of this complication that causes internal conflicts and social insecurity for many people is our society’s behavior. So that this complication is stopped in its tracks, the insults, bullying, and power abuse that pervade our world must become minimal. However, it is incredibly difficult to stamp out every small insult or instance of bullying because the people who act in such a horrendous way will have an alternate perception of their actions.
One of the times I witnessed this was when I was told to speak in words like a real person, implying that I am not a real person or that even though I am one, I’m not worthy of being that. The person who said it to me had a different perception, and simply wanted me to speak in words. To her, it seemed abnormal that I would not use the standard form of human communication, but I have a reason for doing so. I do not use words when no words can describe how I’m feeling. Nobody chose to understand this, and because people can be so ignorant, they stand in the way of the progress that could be made to stop the under-the-radar bullying. In order to minimize the atrocious behavior that plagues our society, we must ensure that people understand whose right it is to choose how they want to be in life. Ignorance must go!

Opinion: America is Drowning in a Soda Crisis

In a time when obesity rates in the U.S. are skyrocketing, America needs a consistent solution. To combat one major cause of obesity in sugar intake, a beverage tax is absolutely necessary. Many have been implemented across the country, but none have been so effective as to discourage enough people from buying soda. In fact, soda prices are so low that they discourage people from buying water! The water-soda price difference should be a key part in determining the cost of soda, so I created an algorithm to base beverage regulation on.
When producing my algorithm for price regulation, I compared the price per fluid ounce of water to soda, and what I found is simplified in the following chart:


6 1-Liter Evian Water Bottles from Target Two 2-Liter Soda Bottles from a Convenience Store
Amount in Fluid Ounces 202.8 135.2 (Over one gallon)
Amount in Liters 6 4
Price $9.99 $2.79
Price per Fluid Ounce $0.05 $0.02
Sugar 0 grams 420 grams (14.7 ounces)

The chart highlights the disparity between water and soda prices, most notably that water is about 2.5 times the price of soda per fluid ounce. Water is much healthier than soda, (especially diet soda because of its artificial sugar) so I decided that in order to persuade people to choose water, the price for soda per fluid ounce should be at least more than the price of water. Thus, I had an idea for regulation that makes a minimum price of 7.5 cents per fluid ounce plus a tax of 15%.

This soda regulation is necessary because it drastically increases the price of soda, discouraging people from buying this destroyer of health. Businesses would soon refuse to sell soda, and suppliers would have no choice but to minimize soda production. At some point in this scenario, soda becomes so unpopular that it goes out of the market all together. Mission accomplished.
Despite the high cost of soda, many people could benefit from the regulation. The soda-guzzling public would have to pay less for healthcare because they do not have to deal with the damaging effects of soda, and the surplus money that they hand over to businesses would stimulate business and economic growth. The economy could stabilize itself from the new boost, and move on to industries that do not harm the American people. If this tax satisfies its objectives, other taxes and price hikes on similar products like alcohol, tobacco, and easily accessible drugs should be considered. If the “forgotten” American people outside of Washington are to be remembered, this Congress must make a commitment to their health, and in turn, cultivate endless prosperity.



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Winter Break Movie Ideas!

By Audrey.
Ready, set, no work! With winter break coming, most of us are going to stay home. With our Netflix subscriptions paid, Amazon all ready to go, and Hulu purchased so we can binge our favorite shows, we can’t wait to go on break sooner. But here’s the hard part: figuring out what to watch. If you don’t want to spend your break surfing through the endless amounts of shows, movies, and documentaries, this guide is for you.

New Releases:

Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Can’t get enough of the Star Wars fever? Look out for the newest edition of the 8-movie saga. Join Rey, Finn, Poe, BB-8, and an assortment of new and old characters in a great adventure across the galaxy. The movie picks off straight after The Force Awakens (aka the 7th movie in the saga), and keeps viewers on their toes the entire time.
Genre: Sci-fi, Action, Adventure
Rated: PG-13
Haven’t Seen The Series: The entire Star Wars saga is on Amazon, and it’s free on Xfinity On Demand until New Years.
Where to Watch: It’s still in theaters, but tickets are sold on Fandango.

Based on the award-winning book by R.J. Palacio, this movie is one for the whole family. August “Auggie” Pullman is a normal kid, except for one thing: his face is not-so-normal. When he is faced with the challenge of going to school for the first time, he makes some friends and likes his classes, but will it last? This movie is a definite tear-jerker, but its positive message and happy ending overcome the sad parts.
Genre: Family
Rated: PG
Where to Watch: It’s still in theatres, but tickets are sold on Fandango.

In this animated celebration of Mexican heritage, music, and culture, a young boy named Miguel has a passion for music, despite his family’s disproving nature over the subject. Join him on his journey of self discovery packed with action, fun, and laughs.
Genre: Fantasy
Rated: PG
Where to Watch: It’s still in theaters, but tickets are sold on Fandango.

Best of 2017

Wonder Woman
This epic movie tells the backstory of Diana, a woman from a mythical world sent to help the world handle WWI. Action-packed and fast paced, this movie is a treat for any Wonder Woman, superhero, or even adventure movie fan.
Genre: Action
Rated: PG-13
Where to Watch: It’s on Amazon, Xfinity On Demand, and almost any other streaming application except for Netflix.

Beauty and the Beast
This remake of a classic brings a new, live-Action twist to an old classic. Emma Watson stars as Belle, a young woman looking for adventure outside of her small village in the 1700s. When she stumbles upon a cursed castle while looking for her missing father, she may just get what she wished for.
Genre: Fantasy
Rated: PG
Where to Watch: It’s on Amazon, Netflix, Xfinity On Demand, and almost any other streaming application.

Fuller House Season 3
The 3rd season is out, after months of waiting! The modern spinoff of the 80’s classic Full House has received a huge fan base, and you might be the next one to join it! The show pick up about 30 years after the original show. Packed with nostalgia, jokes, and drama, this third season bring new fun—and new problems—to the Tanners. Part 2 of the season is released on December 22 of this year, which is right before break for binging.
Genre: Sitcom
Rated: TV-Y7
Haven’t Seen The Series: Season 1 AND 2 are available for you to binge.
Where to Watch: It’s only on Netflix.

Stranger Things 2
Mike, Lucas, Dustin, Will and all your favorite characters are back in the second installment of the binge-worthy Netflix original. Set 1 year after the first season, the crew is still trying to recover after the almost-death of Will Byers. Yet, is the past really gone? Is Eleven really dead? And most importantly, is the gate still there? The season dropped in October, but it’s still there to watch.
Genre: Sci-fi, Thriller
Rated: TV-14
Haven’t Seen The Series: The first season is available to binge for however long it takes you to watch it.
Where to Watch: It’s only on Netflix.

Despicable Me 3
The much-anticipated sequel to the first 2 Despicable Me movies came out this summer, and now it’s come to your favorite streaming platform. Gru, Lucy, Margo, Edith, and Agnes are back, and so is the action! With new villains for the Anti Villain League to battle, overworked Gru and Lucy need a vacation. But when a shocking letter from a brother Gru didn’t even realize he had comes in the mail, that vacation might just be overlooked, especially with Balthazar Bratt, a former 1980s child star who seeks revenge against the world, on the loose.
Genre: Action, Family, Sci-Fi
Rated: PG
Haven’t Seen The Series: The other 2 movies are available to watch on Amazon and most streaming applications besides Netflix.
Where To Watch: It’s on Amazon, Xfinity On Demand, and other streaming applications besides Netflix.

Singin’ In The Rain
This classic from the 1940’s tells a story that will delight all viewers. Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont are 2 hit stars from acting in silent pictures, but when new “talking films” come around, Lina’s squeaky voice might be the end of her career. But with the help of a talented actress named Kathy, the show will go on!
Genre: Romance, Musical
Rated: G
Where to Watch: It’s on Amazon and Xfinity On Demand.

When a mysterious shark lurks around preying on the citizens of Amity Island, the mayor and a group of sailors band together to stop the evil fish. But will they be able to? Steven Spielberg brings man and nature into an epic battle that will keep you on your toes.
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Rated: PG
Where to Watch: It’s on Amazon and Netflix.

The Indiana Jones Movies
A skilled archaeologist named Indiana Jones must solve the most challenging puzzles in his movies, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Temple of Doom, The Last Crusade, and Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Fighting for the USA against the Nazis in WWII, he continues to win over the hearts of the many generations that have helped him along his artifact-finding journeys.
Genre: Adventure, Action, Mystery
Rated: PG, PG, PG, and PG-13
Where to Watch: The movies are all free on Amazon.

Enjoy your holiday break and having fun binge-watching your favorite shows!