by Kylie Clark
There are no stars out tonight, or so it seems.
Clouded by wisps of white, tainted dreams.
The planet is drowned, in night of fear,
But soon, no longer, once I appear.
For when I step out into the world,
The stars are lost, by clouds that furl.
Without me they dare not show their presence.
Answering only to the calls of the heavens.
I inform them to wait, and have no fear,
For morning is not yet drawing near,
The people of Earth await, spirits ever most tragic,
As they patiently await for me to work my magic.
For when I step out into the world,
The clouds, they break, and down they swirl.
The stars wish to gain just one simple peak.
I know it is I they desire to seek.
In the trees, the branches twist and lurch,
High above, the boughs do search,
To catch a hold at least one star,
Within my presence, they need not reach far.
For when I step out into the world,
The clouds disperse, as ghosts they twirl.
The night grows clear, the stars ignite,
Over the calm souls of the night.
And the boats, that sail the seas,
Sails flickering wildly in the breeze,
My gift of night, they gladly take,
And leave the dust of stars swimming in their wake.
For when I step out into the sky,
The shrouding clouds are no longer nigh.
In their absence remains a celestial wonderland,
In the midst of constellations, I stand.
The black of space draped around my shoulders,
The heavenly bodies of the universe, I am their withholders.
With their power and enchantment, I will dance across the sky,
With wings of night, away I fly.
For when I step, out into infinity,
My soul burns bright with intense curiosity.
For here, this realm, is the land in which I belong.
With incantations that are chanted in an endless song.
Provider of night, I do withhold,
The deliverer of dreams, and stories told.
Washed away by the tide of the night,
In the stars, I rise to take flight.
With a new school year starting, there is another class of teens getting ready to apply for college. One of the best things to have on a college application is a great SAT score. There are quite a few things that can be done to get the highest score possible.
For example, the practice tests through Khan Academy are an excellent resource. Khan Academy has partnered with College Board to provide students with a way to prepare for the SAT. On Khan Academy’s website there are six full-length practice tests available, as well as thousands of practice questions. As if this wasn’t enough, with your PSAT results Khan Academy will provide personalized advice and show the exact areas that need improvement.
Also, our school has after school programs called Math Lab and Writing Lab available to every student. These programs give students time with teachers outside of the classroom for additional help. Math Lab takes place after school in the 9/10 library everyday of the week except for Wednesdays. Writing Lab takes place on the same days in the 11/12 library. Both Labs can help with SAT practice and will prove to be a great resource.
Furthermore, our school has their very own SAT Prep classes. The Prep classes teach subjects math, English, and test-taking strategies in order to prepare students for the SAT test. You can sign up for the sessions that are from 3pm to 5pm or the sessions that are from 6pm to 8pm. Forms to sign up for the classes are available in the guidance office, and the classes start on October 24th.
With these invaluable resources available, preparing for the SAT is accessible and will improve your chances of being admitted into the college of your choice!
By: Christopher D’Alessandro
Concussions and the long-term impact they have on athletes is becoming a part of our everyday discussion due to what we are seeing with many NFL players and other athletes. This concern is also becoming an issue for the parents of athletes in many youth sports. The statistics are alarming. Consider the following data being published in regard to the issues with concussions:
- An estimated 1.6 to 3.8 million sports and recreation concussions are reported in the US each year.
- 50,000 people die from traumatic brain injuries every year.
- High school football accounts for 47% of all reported sports concussions with 33% of those happening during practice. After football, ice hockey and soccer pose the most significant head health risk.
- 5 to 10% of all athletes will experience a concussion.
- Concussions are sometimes not that obvious with less than 10% of those reported involved loss of consciousness.
- Football is the most common sport for concussions for males and soccer is the most for females.
- A pro football player will receive an estimated 900 to 1500 blows to the head during a season.
- The impact speed of a football player tackling a stationary player is 25 mph.
- The impact speed of a soccer ball headed by a player is 70 mph.
So what is a concussion? The key phrase in the definition is ‘trauma to the brain’ which makes them serious business. Concussions mostly happen from a blow to the head resulting in headaches and nausea to more long-term issues like difficulty with memory and concentration, being irritable, and having sleep disturbances. Concussions not only are caused by blows to the head but can also be caused by whiplash to a person’s body. Either way, the brain strikes the inside of the skull and thus does damage to the brain.
Of great concern is that research has shown that high school age athletes take a longer time to recover from concussions than college or professional age athletes. The issue is that human brains continue to develop through the age of 25. As a result, it is important to address youth concussions.
Schools are becoming more proactive in putting athletes through a comprehensive concussion protocol before allowing them back on the field. They appear to be taking the lead from the NFL which has become more aware of when concussions are experienced and are now limiting exposure to further activity until further testing is conducted. The NFL has recently announced that it has set aside $100 million in its concussion awareness and research program.
Not only is it important to take time before an athlete returns to the field, research shows that once someone receives a concussion, they are almost twice as likely to receive a second one.
The long-term effect of these concussions is being more closely studied especially when considering the issues evidenced in well-known athletes like Junior Seau, Mohammed Ali, Frank Gifford, and Jovan Belcher who had dealt with high levels of head hits during their careers before they each passed away. In addition, helmet to helmet hits and their impact are being more closely monitored in the NFL which is further exposing concussions. There were several hits to Cam Newton, one of the NFL’s stars, in a recent nationally televised game and a noted concussion went unreported for several weeks experienced by Nascar star Dale Earnhardt Jr. These big names and the NFL’s dedicated research dollars are bringing exposure to this issue.
But is this exposure enough? What else can be done? We need to continue to pursue more and better data which needs to be analyzed especially with young athletes. Additional focus needs to be placed on working with trainers on developing better sports techniques, improving equipment used in the sports, and reviewing sports rules and playing practices.
Despite the new awareness of concussions, the current season of the NFL opened with more helmet to helmet hits than ever. According to team injury reports, 306 players have suffered concussions over the past two seasons. The data shows that most players return from head injuries without missing a game. There really is no standard recovery time despite athletes being at the greatest risk of repeat injury in the first 10 days after a concussion. The NFL needs to get better at this to send a strong message down to youth sports.
Nascar, through one its stars Dale Earnhardt Jr., has some of the same issues as the NFL. Dale is a tough guy in a tough-guy sport where many of the greatest drivers had long histories of fighting through head injuries following collisions to get back into their cars to continue racing without going through any type of concussion protocol. Just like them, Earnhardt jumped right back in the car and ran several races after his hard accident. It wasn’t until after several races did he seek medical attention for issues he was having after his concussion. The obvious question arose as to why he wasn’t placed into a concussion program by Nascar.
There needs more to be done to get people to realize the issues of this serious issue especially those who are suiting their kids up to play contact youth sports. No longer is it enough to say that we want our kids involved in these sports in exchange for the socialization, competitive spirit, college and professional opportunities created, and fun without fully realizing the potential long-term impact of not properly managing the safety-related requirements of these sports.
Summer: even the mere mention of the word can grasp the attention of every student. Summer is meant to be the highlight of the year. But, truly take a moment to think. How many times have you been bored throughout the humid, endless days? How many times have you been desperate for something to do, even stretching so far as to consider actually doing homework?
Dog days dragging you down?
Have you ever considered making a bucket list?
Bucket lists don’t have to be limited to major life goals. You can make a bucket list any time of year, for any occasion.
If you’re stuck on some ideas to include on your bucket list, I have a few suggestions.
Strawberry picking- Take a break from the beach and channel your inner farmer. Summer is the best season to acquire freshly picked fruit, especially strawberries. Not only is the experience of picking strawberries fun, but you also have delicious strawberries in the end. Think of the possibilities: strawberry jam, strawberry pastries, chocolate-covered strawberries! If you aren’t sure of a local strawberry picking location, make sure to check out Sussex County Strawberry Farm.
Atlantic City Concerts- A summer isn’t complete without a concert. What’s better than seeing your favorite bands perform at the beach? Atlantic City provides a few concerts each summer, and the concerts always pack in major crowds.
Waterparks- Waterparks are arguably the best way to cool off on a scorching summer day. Waterslides provide exhilarating experiences, along with other aspects such as wave pools and hot tubs. Make sure you swing by Breakwater Beach Waterpark in Seaside Heights this summer!
Adventure Aquarium- Aquariums are a great way to spend a summer day. The sights are not only limited to fish. There are also sharks, stingrays, and even hippos in some instances! Aquariums are fun to visit with your family, but also with friends. Adventure Aquarium in Camden is a nice, family-friendly aquarium to visit.
Carlo’s Bakery- This one is a bit far from our local area, but this bakery is famous! Carlo’s Bakery, as seen on TV, is in Hoboken, New Jersey. They offer a variety of baked goods, and the experience of traveling to the bakery is one that I’m sure you’ll never forget.
Six Flags Great Adventure- With the tallest roller coaster in the country, Six Flags will undoubtedly provide you with exhilaration and amusement. Six Flags is packed with roller coasters and other fun rides, with plenty of places to get food and drinks. Your summer isn’t complete until you’ve visited Six Flags!
If you don’t have a lot of money for these specific places, that is perfectly all right! There are some creative ideas for your summer bucket list that cost little, and that you can do right at home.
Water gun fight- Think about it. You and a couple of your friends come together, split into teams, and have a water gun fight! This idea is great for if you don’t have a pool, and need a way to cool down. Instead of splitting into teams, you could also go every man for his/herself.
Sparklers- Although sparklers may be commonly related to the Fourth of July, they can be used any time. Sparklers are entertaining to use, and you can take some pretty cool pictures with them
Glow Stick Balloons- Want a way to have an amazing pool party? If you don’t have a light in your pool already, there’s a simple solution. Cracking a few glow sticks, putting them in balloons, and letting them float around your pool provides a bright excitement to your pool. Of course, this only works at night.
All of my ideas don’t have to be included on your list, of course. The purpose of a bucket list is to create your personal goals and ideas. No matter what you decide to have on your list, your summer will undoubtedly be one to remember!
The school year is coming to a close and there are many mixed emotions. This article will help anyone who has regrets about not doing everything they wanted to achieve this year. I have come up with fifteen things you can do before the last day of school.
- Make Your Own Spirit Week- You know Spirit Week, where everyone sticks to certain themes to follow each day of the week? If you want to go out of the box for the last few weeks of school, start your own Spirit Week. Gather some friends and come up with wacky ideas to wear one week before the school year ends.
- Find Clubs to Join During the Summer- When I think of summer, I think of free time and fun. In reality, I sit on the couch and watch Disney movies all day. That is why you should think of places to go/things to do for summer. Ask friends if they want to go somewhere for summer while you still see them!
- Memory Book- Get a Scrapbook from Michael’s for a memory book. You can put anything in this! You can put pictures of fun events, tests and quizzes with good grades, tickets to school games, and play programs to name a few. You can go insane!
- Start a School Savings Account- Sorry Seniors, but this one does not apply to you. This involves students who should start saving for the upcoming Disney trip or any school related event. Simply start saving spare change in a bin and keep a goal intact.
- Create a Reading Group- Summer reading, whippee! Want to have fun reading with all your friends? Grab some buddies and start looking at anything you want to read (so I didn’t forget about you Seniors!) I mean books, magazines, summer reading, comic books, or even news articles! Go crazy!
- Get Phone Numbers- I spend time with a lot of my friends through school and simply forget to get their number. Since summer is coming around, get a little notepad and ask some pals to jot their digits down so you can stay in touch!
- Summer Sport- As I said before, most of my summer consists of Disney movies on the couch. That is why I suggest playing a summer sport. This pretty much consists of going to a local park and practicing any sport you like. Pretty much, stay active!
- Organize Your Locker- Got a messy locker? Why not change that now! Get a garbage bag and clean out that locker!
Tip: If you want to be loved by all, add a calendar of how many days left until school is out! You’re welcome in advance!
- A Bake Sale- Like to cook? Want to raise money for the school or simply for yourself? Get the cooking utensils out and host your own bake sale. Get some pals as volunteers to help you out! Cookies and cupcakes can never go wrong!
- Clean Out Your Closet- The last week of school is going to be what your peers remember about you in the fall. Want to dress to impress? Clean out your closet of things you would like to sell/donate or put away. Don’t be afraid to try new looks, too!
- Spring Cleaning- Still have school papers from the fall in your folder? Start to get rid of any unnecessary papers/quizzes/tests that you will not need for the school year.
- Make Your Own Club- This can apply to both in school and out of school! Grab some friends with the same interests as you and make a club about it! Honestly, this can relate to anything (Mac and Cheese Club, Puppy Club, Owl Club, etc..)
- Start a Study Group- Now, no worries! Summer is coming, I realize this. But to prepare everyone (going back to high school or not), gather some buddies who will be in the same classes with you so you all can study together!
- Host a Pool Party- Soon, pools are going to be opened! Pools + End of the School Year= Pool Party! Set a date for friends to come over and celebrate your last days in school together!
- Enjoy the Time- Realize this, we will only be in high school for four years! Enjoy the time here while you can! Time flies, honestly. Appreciate everyday while you can.
So, if you want some activities to complete before the school year ends, you’ve got fifteen! Enjoy the rest of the year and your summer break!
There was a time where technology did not rule one’s life. People would communicate face to face. People found the news through newspapers. And fun came through experiences, not staring at a mobile device. It seems that today, citizens across the globe have gotten obsessed with television, cell phones, computers, and technology in general. For example, think of what you were last doing before you started reading this article. Were you on a phone? Were you watching TV? Were you online; that’s how you got to this article, right? Technology has taken over.
Through this change, we have been starting to distract ourselves from what is really important in life. Think about the popularity of social media today. You know, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and Vine. Even if you don’t know what these are, the one thing you really should know is that they all have one purpose; sharing your opinions/ experiences with the world. Yes, I mean the world. If you take a picture and post it on a social media website, anyone can see what you took a picture of.
This has become a big problem today. Social media has taught generations to focus less on the moment you are in and more about the feedback you will get as people observe your life. Let me give you an example of a concert. Imagine you are going to a concert with your family and friends to see your favorite artist. You and your guests get wonderful seats, very close to the stage. You are so close that when the show starts, you don’t have to see the big screen to see the performer. What would be the first thing you would do if you were in that situation? Social media has implanted the thought that we have to share every great moment that happens to us. So, many would think to pull out their phone to take a photo or video of the show (yes, some people go crazy and film a whole concert to post online.) We need to learn how to live in the moment. Think about the fun that you would have if you didn’t care about social media. You could make great memories with your loved ones instead of worrying about all of the people who will look at the picture you took.
So, if I can’t get the world to listen, you listen. Live in the moment the best you can. You should be the one loving your life, not your Instagram followers. You should be the one remembering your memories, not your camera roll. You should be living your life, not posting your life. Get enjoyment from experiences, laughter, and love. I know I am not your teacher, but let me be a thought taken into consideration.
Try for one day to not use any technology (no phone, tv, computer, etc.) and see what happens. Maybe you can go on a picnic with your best friend. You can read a book. Maybe host a family game night. There are many things in this world that can make us happy. Explore those moments for yourself without help from social media and see where that takes you. At the end of the day, you can give your life the “like” button.
Ahhhh, summer. The time for….. wait a minute. Is it really time to say summer again? The 4th marking period already? Wow, how time does fly. The point of the year has been reached where we can begin to plan fun activities for the warm weather around our freer, not as pressing schedules. One of the major things that we all like to plan is going to a concert or two. Who doesn’t like sitting outside on a warm, sunny summer day, or inside a nice, air conditioned arena, singing every single word to their favorite artists songs? If what you pictured gets you excited, then read on my summer, music loving friend because you are about to find out about some of the hottest musical acts to come to the area this season.
First up, we have the 2016 Honda Civic Tour, which this year is featuring Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas on their tour called “Future Now”. Both singers will be performing numerous hits of their own, with Demi performing ones such as “Confident” and “Neon Lights” and Nick doing ones such as “Jealous” and Chains”. The show is at the BB&T Pavilion, formerly known as the Susquehanna Bank Center, in Camden at 7:00 PM on Thursday, July 14th. Tickets can be purchased at LiveNation.com.
Want even more current pop hits? Well look no further than the one and only Justin Bieber. He’s bringing his “Purpose World Tour” to Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on Friday, July 15th at 7:30 PM. Get ready to sing your heart out to all of Justin’s bests including “Sorry”, “Love Yourself”, “What Do You Mean?” and so much more. It’s going to be one heck of a party and with it being in the heat of the best season for parties, you really shouldn’t miss this concert. Tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com.
Next up, for those of you who prefer an artist who’s been around for a little while but is still going strong, Gwen Stefani is embarking on her “This Is What The Truth Feels Like” tour featuring hip-hop artist E.V.E. You can guarantee for Gwen to perform her latest jams like “Used to Love You” and “Baby Don’t Lie” and put on a great show. This concert is also taking place at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden and is on Tuesday, July 19th at 7:00 PM. Tickets can be purchased at LiveNation.com
With it being summer, we can’t forget about the beach. Atlantic City usually hosts a few beach concerts throughout the summer, featuring various different artists. Past performers have included Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum, and Maroon 5 to name a few. These concerts tend to fill up fast and be very, very, very crowded. The Maroon 5 show had approximately 50 thousand people in attendance. Not much information has been released yet on who will be performing and when, so keep your eyes peeled on the internet for more information coming soon and if you plan to attend one of these shows, come prepared. Bring as little beach gear as possible for you to feel comfortable, as their tends to be little beach space nearing the start time, bring adequate sun protection, and bring money since the concerts take place right off of the boardwalk. If you’re really daring, you can forget buying tickets all together and drive your boat to the concert location and drop anchor for a bit, or you can book a stay at one of the resorts located right on the beach. The view and sound should be perfect, all while avoiding the giant mass of concertgoers. Keeping all that in mind and with whatever you decide to do, remember to have fun, enjoy Atlantic City and the beach if that’s where you decide to go, and have a great time at the awesome concert that you came to jam out to!
With these four concert options and much more online at ticketing websites such as Ticketmaster and LiveNation, this summer in music looks like it’s shaping up to be a great one. Remember to enjoy the warm weather and with whatever concert you choose to go to, have tons of fun, sing super loud, dance totally crazy, and make fantastic memories that will last you a lifetime!
The Oscars. A night that families come together to spend quality time; waiting to see their favorite actors on their TV screens. An event that sparks conversations and controversies across the U.S. that next day. It’s the most highly-viewed award show today (40.4 million according to hollywoodreporter.com). The biggest night for Hollywood. That is what the Oscars is all about.
What will be so important about this year’s show however? Isn’t it the same thing over and over again? Actually, this year’s showing will be one to remember. To start, the host of the evening will be the hilarious comedian Chris Rock. Yes, as surprising as it may be, a comedian is hosting an event spotlighting the movie business for good laughs and having a good time watching and being at the event.
Then, there is the list of nominees. The Revenant has the most nominations (12 nominations) with actor Leonardo DiCaprio, who is nominated for best actor along with Matt Damon (from The Martian) and Michael Fassbender in Steve Jobs. The actual movie, The Revenant, has nominations in Cinematography, Film Editing, Costume Design, plus Directing. But, moving along from this success, the movie Carol has many nominations. This includes leading actress with Cate Blanchett. Jennifer Lawrence is also nominated for Best Female Actress in her film Joy. Curious to see more of your favorite stars? Check the Oscars website to see the nominees.
Therefore, The Oscars will be a big night for Hollywood filled with awards, speeches, red carpet moments, laughs, and memories. Tune in to the show coming to your TV on February 28th. Do you think you know who will win each category? Head over to the Oscars 2016 website then look at the groups. Have a family/friends night and make your predictions. Let’s not forget, the Oscars would not be complete without the famous question that was born at this event: “Who are you wearing?”
This upcoming Sunday is a very romantic day, Valentine’s Day. There are many different ways to celebrate this holiday with your special someone. For example, it would be hard for anyone not to appreciate a heartfelt gift. A simple teddy bear or a bouquet of flowers is always well received. Make sure to know what type of flowers are your significant other’s favorite though. Another big favorite are tickets to a concert or a sports game. Don’t forget to check with their family or friends before hand to make sure they aren’t busy that day. A box of delicious chocolates could never be refused either!
Also, our school has fundraisers this holiday that can help you show your love. Kiss grams are being sold in room 9-14. They will be delivered to the recipient in their homeroom. Our school’s DECA Club will be selling snapchat messages, in lunches on 2/10 and 2/11 for $1 each. To view the story on which all of the messages will be posted is @srsdsnaplove . Either way the money will be going to good causes and both will be effective ways of showing you care!
In addition to showing you care through a gift, why not make a day out of it? A common date idea is going to the movies, or going out to dinner. Though, going bowling or going for a bike ride can be just as fun. Don’t forget your helmet!
Chances are, everyone at least once will be single on Valentine’s Day. You can still celebrate, though with friends, family, or even yourself. Ice cream and a movie at home is always a good time. Or buying yourself chocolate or flowers is totally cool. As well as seeing a movie or treating yourself out to dinner. Whatever the case maybe have a happy Valentine’s Day!