Holiday Traditions


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Many different families and religions and cultures have different and similar cultures that they celebrate during the holidays. One holiday is Christmas. From Christmas songs on be radio, to stockings on the fireplace, Christmas is a holiday that brings family together.
 Another holiday is hanukkah. This holiday celebrates eight days and nights of light in the Jewish culture. Each night children get one present to open and light another candle on the Menorah. This year Hanukkah started on Christmas Eve and ended on New Year’s Day.
There are so many different traditions celebrated by so many different religions it is impossible to name them all. Many students at Newport Harbor have their own activities that have become a routine this time of the year. Mathew A. shares that, “A tradition is that I go over to my cousins house and I usually travel to New York or Arizona.” Not only do people celebrate traditions for their religion around the holidays, families also have their own personal family traditions to uphold.  Another student, Sammi Nowak says that, “My favorite holiday tradition is on Christmas Eve when my whole family gets together at my grandparents house and we have our traditional dinner and make creme brûlée, it's a great time to spend with my extended family and I love it!” Similarly Elizabeth Miner says, “On Christmas Eve I go to my aunt’s house and we open presents at midnight and I also make cookies with both my grandma's on Christmas.” There are a variety of ways to celebrate, Kiersten Comp shares how her family does, “On Christmas Eve I go to my aunt’s house and have a Swedish celebration. We all get pajamas and then on Christmas Day my family wakes up, open presents, and watch Christmas Vacation.”
Everyone has different traditions. Whether they travel up to Big Bear or open presents with family, or just relax around the house during our two week vacation, everyone enjoys the break. That is  until they remember the homework they have been procrastinating. Despite the mild damper homework puts on vacations, here at the Beacon we hope everyone enjoyed the break just as much as we did.
 

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Thanksgiving Break


  Written By: Amanda Wertheimer, Carly Yasko, & Ava Glassen
  The day of eating way too much, watching football, and most importantly giving thanks, is just around the corner so we asked people around campus what their plans are for Thanksgiving, what traditions they have, and their favorite food. “For break I am staying here and chilling out. We do not have any specific Thanksgiving traditions because family is not a huge fan of the holiday that much, but I enjoy the turkey most.” -Jack Woodworth (senior) “For Thanksgiving I am going to my daughter’s house and our family is gathering there. A tradition of ours is to have a Ham and a Turkey because [my wife] Sarah prefers it, and like most people we always eat too much and the sleep too much. My favorite food is mashed potatoes with gravy and the best triple chocolate cake made by my daughter-in-law’s mother. It is just the best” -Mr. J. Robinson (teacher) “I’m going to be eating a lot of food on Thanksgiving, and probably playing a lot of tennis, and just staying in town. Usually I cook the pumpkin pie… and we play kickball with another family on Thanksgiving or the day after, and it’s really fun. [My favorite food is] pumpkin pie or the stuffing.” -Riley DeCinces (freshman) unnamed-3“I’m going to be spending time with my family who are flying in from Omaha, Nebraska. One of our traditions on Thanksgiving is after we eat our Thanksgiving feast, we all play poker at the table and we compete against each other to win the prize, which is probably money, and it’s super fun and we all get really into it. My favorite food on Thanksgiving would probably be my Grandma’s cranberries because they’re amazing.” -Ayla Spitz (sophomore) “For Thanksgiving break, I think I’m planning to stay home and local… with my family because it’s also my birthday during the same week as well! [Some traditions I have are] always [eating] Thanksgiving dinner early [in the evening] and every now and then, I get to pick dessert because my birthday is [very soon after Thanksgiving]. [My favorite food is] definitely the turkey and I like the pie at the end too.” -Justin Boals (freshman) “[My plans for Thanksgiving break include] staying home and spending time with family. We always make cream corn, irish stuffing and scalloped potatoes. Also, we always go around the table and say what we are thankful for. [My favorite Thanksgiving food is] scalloped potatoes! But I do not like the turkey.” -Annie O'connor (junior) unnamed-5Overall, there are many different ways that Newport Harbor families spend their Thanksgiving, from traveling places as a family to just relaxing at home. But no matter how Thanksgiving is spent, it is mainly about being thankful for the people you are surrounded with as well as the delicious feast awaiting you that night.

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Black Friday + Cyber Monday


Written By: Andie Lee
You may be wondering, what is Black Friday?
The idea of Black Friday is to go shopping and get the best deals on the items you're looking for right after Thanksgiving. Some people go with their friends and others go as a family. Not only does this day give everyone the excuse to splurge, some use is as a bonding experience like Katie Brockway, she says “it's a great tradition to always go shopping with my family on black friday.” This holiday can be used to get all of your Christmas preseFullSizeRendernts for a much lower price or even just an excuse to add a few more clothes to the wardrobe. Black Friday can be “really hectic but a lot of fun” says Lexy Peck, but people still endure the craziness because who doesn't want to get their Christmas presents early and cheap?  Some people even get up at the crack of dawn and camp out at retail stores. Gianna Negrete says she goes shopping on Black Friday because “it's a fun and exciting shopping experience”. This event has been going on since 1932 and originated here in the United States. Black friday takes place the day after Thanksgiving. Some people make a tradition out of this American holiday and go every year hoping to get good deals. April Scott has been taking part in this holiday and shares, “I absolutely love black friday and have gone the last 3 years.” However others find it all just way too hectic and a complete mess. People usually want to be the first ones there because products and items go very quickly. If they aren't there soon enough everything of high demand is usually gone. At the end of Black Friday stores usually look like a complete mess but they have actually made a lot of money because although they lowered a lot of the prices they sell a lot of inventory!
FullSizeRender-1There is also cyber monday which, like Black Friday, is when stores have all their products on sale for really good prices , however it is all online. Cyber Monday is the monday after Thanksgiving. A lot of people have begun to really prefer Cyber Monday over Black Friday because there is not all the chaos and craziness that come with Black Friday. You can do all your shopping from the comfort of your own home.
So what will you do this year on the day after Thanksgiving? Camp outside a store to be the first one in or lounge on your couch Monday morning, finding the best deals on the internet. Whatever you do, you are sure to find great deals on all your holiday shopping!
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Spirit Week & Homecoming


  Written By: Amanda Wertheimer, Ava Glassen, & Carly Yasko
This upcoming week is spirit week, and thus, each day ASB has created four different fun-filled costume days all relating to the theme of homecoming, Classical Disney movies, in order to build excitement for the upcoming event. In addition to these fun dress-up days, there will also be activities at lunch, all related to Disney, and prizes will be awarded to those who participate! Monday is twin day, in relation to tweedle-dee and tweedle-dum from Alice in Wonderland. So grab your best friend and decide on a super cute matching outfit, even if it is a white shirt and blue jeans. Also, this day is Halloween so if you are dressing up as something within a group, make sure everyone participates! The lunch activity will be two people licking icing off a translucent icing board at the same time, to model the Disney movie, Frozen. Wednesday (Tuesday we have off) is pajama day so set your alarm later, roll out of bed, eat breakfast, and come to school. This creative idea is similar to Sleeping Beauty pre- Prince Charming. During lunch, you will be able to bob for apples like in the classic Disney film, Snow White. Thursday will be western day to mimic Woody or Jessie from Toy Story. Just wear a cowboy hat, boots and jeans, and you will be set for the day. Thursday’s activity at lunch will be a water balloon toss. The final day of spirit week falls on the day of homecoming. Start off this exciting day by getting into spirit and dressing up; it will make the whole Homecoming experience even better! For this final day of spirit week, just wear Hawaiian attire, in relation to the classic Disney movie Lilo and Stitch. On Friday, be sure to participate in the final lunchtime activity: a hula-hoop contest! During the contest, participants will be dressing up in hula attire (such as grass skirts), so be ready to channel your inner hula dancer! Grab your grass skirt and coconut bra to be ready for this year’s homecoming week. It will be a great way to get ready for the big dance! This year’s homecoming is going to be one that you do not want to miss! The theme is Disney, so get ready for a magical night! Newport Harbor’s homecoming will be at the AV club in Irvine, and according to all ASB it will be “a night to remember!” This week is definitely going to be spirit filled around campus so don’t forget to buy your homecoming ticket and join in on the fun! 7 56 6 3  

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Back to School

As summer sixteen comes to an end, the beginning of the school year kicks off. The nerves, excitement, and sadness that always come with back to school returned to the Newport HarbDisplaying IMG_4697.JPGor students as September 6, 2016 arrived. Once the first few weeks went by the students became more acclimated to their school schedules and doing what it takes to get to their classes by the time the bell rings. “Coming back to Harbor for my junior year I was most worried about the classes I was going to take. This year I am enrolled inAP US History which is a harder class to take and requires a lot of work. But surprisingly it has not been that hard and the chapter summaries are every other night which is nice” shares Betsy Calder. Displaying IMG_4698.JPGBack to school also means getting to rekindle friendships that were out of touch during the summer, but also meet new people. “The beginning of my school has started off pretty good, I am enrolled in some classes that I have found interesting, meeting new people, playing water polo, and love the teachers I got. This year I am most looking forward to meeting other students!” says Kaela Whelan. Through the transition of summer to fall and vacation to school there are many transitions that happen within each school year. One of the most anticipated changes for Harbor students is sophomore to junior, the year Harbor students can finally go off campus for lunch and are considered upper classmen. Rusball Venalonzo reveals that, “Being a junior at Newport Harbor High School feels really cool Displaying IMG_4696.JPGbecause it means you are almost done with high school, but also have more responsibilities that are challenging like test prepping. The best part of being an upperclassmen is probably not having to worry about leaving campus, and becoming more mature with more responsibilities.” Back to school time has started to come to an end as the month of October is right around the corner, the students have made it through the first month and can look forward to see what the rest of 2016 and 2017 have in store for them. Written By: Andie Lee

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Childhood Cancer Awareness


Diana Gonzalez, a junior at Newport Harbor High School, shares her experiences with childhood cancer.
Death is not an easy thing for anyone to understand, least of all a child. That's the thing. You just don't expect it. When my 4 year old cousin, Justin González, was first diagnosed with Neuroblastoma- a form of pediatric cancer- I was blinded by the illusion that it would be like those St. Jude commercials: cute bald kids dancing around the hallways of the hospital. But it isn't like that at all. Screen Shot 2016-06-04 at 4.16.28 PM The chemotherapy caused constant vomiting, respiratory complications, and it weakened his immune system- later causing more complications, and the rounds of radiation weren't any different. After numerous rounds of radiation and chemo, in late July of 2015, we were told that there was no evidence of disease. We couldn't believe it; the emotion that took over is something indescribable. We were breathing again...we were no longer suffocating on the anxiety that everyday brought due to the uncertainty that accompanies people with the diagnosis of cancer. Justin was finally home and playing, he would go around kicking his soccer ball screaming "Goal!" and singing aloud to Disney songs- such as Frozen-Let it Go (his absolute favorite). A month later, when Justin was having his monthly check up, the look on the nurse's face said it all with the discovery of an unnoticed lump. Our hearts lied heavy as Justin was rushed to the hospital for scans- we knew what was coming, but the thing is, nothing prepares you for something this heavy. And there it was. The screen lit up- and it wasn't just one but it was numerous tumors surrounding his lungs and heart. And I wish I could say that from there things got better. This time I promised myself that it was going to be different- I was not going to allow myself to turn away or be swayed by the delusions of what the media portrayed about cancer. Cancer isn’t just about radiation, loss of hair, and chemo; it is about desperation, complications, and hanging onto hope when things aren’t going your way, it is about being resilient when life gives you every reason to break. I was going to embrace what is and make the best of it. I was going to be there for him now more than ever- every step of the way, and that was a promise. With hesitation, I then chose to open a support page on Instagram, sharing my cousin’s story and updating those in my community about his health. Looking back, I didn't expect his story to grow much. I was wrong though, his bravery and journey was followed worldwide. His very presence touched many. As a team- Team Justin González- we all decided on creating something of unity so I designed and ordered purple silicone bracelets that said "Team Justin Gonzalez" with a golden ribbon (the color for childhood cancer) on both ends. These bracelets are now worn worldwide, all over the United States, Germany, Chile, Canada, Africa, Spain, and many more locations. Some days there were little to no complications- these days were the best.  I would be playing by his bedside a game of bingo or we would both escape into our imagination and build silly creatures with playdoh and give them funky haircuts. Then there were days where it all went wrong. Days where his lungs would collapse and fail him, so as a result he'd have to rely on an oxygen machine and mask in order to breathe properly- the frustration and hopeless was felt throughout the entire hospital room. Days where we would be playing and he would grow silent and break into tears, and with great desperation he would say he wants to feel better. Days where he would mask the fact that he was heaving for air, holding onto his side where the tumors were located, and he would simply mumble to us that he was okay and flash us all a thumbs up. Smiling became harder for all of us as the tumors spread and the percentage of survival dropped, but with the massive growing support of those on his Instagram page and our amazing community, they managed to make him smile. His happiness became our happiness. They spoiled him with many boxes of toys, letters, drawings, and money. Every time they sent him a package he would ask us to take a picture so he can thank them, every picture he would smile- and for just that moment…everything was okay. The smile that formed onto his face was something different. It was like watching a rose blossom or a sunset time lapse right before your eyes. It stretched from ear to ear and was accompanied by laughter of pure innocence and beauty. After seeing the joy that these boxes brought him, I was inspired. I got this crazy idea. A great idea. I want to do that. I want to be the reason why a child, who is being stripped of the many things we take for granted, would smile. So one day, with hesitation, while I was sitting by Justin's side, his hand in mine, I told him and my family about my idea of sending caScreen Shot 2016-06-04 at 4.16.20 PMre packages to kids fighting life threatening illnesses all over the country and while my family found it complicated, his immediate smile drove me towards certainty. And in reality, that's the only approval and motivation I needed.  So now, without any hesitation, I created a name for these packages-- Golden Warrior Packages-- and immediately took action. And at first I struggled getting started due to the various factors: shipping costs, costs for the toys, clothes, and supplies. However, on January 26th, I sent out my first box. The smile that formed on that little boy’s face, it was beautiful. It was pure, and it was hope. Everything seemed to be going great. I would spend most of my hours by Justin’s hospital bed, watching cartoons, reading him a book, or simply just talking to him about the many things we would do, from going to Disneyland, to playing soccer, and simply just singing our hearts out to every Disney movie out there. During my free time, I would work on gathering toys, clothes, drawings, and gathering many more items for these care packages and slowly I began sending out two care packages every two weeks. Things continued for awhile like this, and I just wish it could have been like this for just a bit more. Justin continued his radiations, but when the results came in, luck was not on our side. The tumor had spread to his entire left lung, parts of his heart, and numerous nerves around his body. Doctors said that there is only one way out, but the thing is, this other option had many risks. It was a surgery procedure to attempt to remove the tumor; the problem was that the chances for survival were less than 1%. But that 1% kept us pushing for the possibility of getting our little Justin back. It was a possibility of life and that alone is enough to continue this battle. The day finally came, February 25th; Justin was prepared and he then entered surgery. Every minute that passed held so much desperation. Desperate for it to all be okay. After 12 long hours, Justin beat the odds. He fought like the strong boy that he was. He was moved into the recovery room, but just a few minutes after he was hooked up to the appropriate machines, things took a sudden shift. He was heaving for air, his eyes rolled back, and he was turning purple as everyone was removed from the room and Justin was rushed back into surgery. After another 12 hours, Justin was back in the recovery room. He looked different. He was swollen all over, he didn’t wake up, and he was hooked up to many more machines than before. We were told that during his surgery, things got too complicated so they had to remove his entire diaphragm and left lung. From here, things just continued to drop, slowly, agonizingly slowly. After three weeks, Justin was finally able to move, he no longer relied on an oxygen mask, and he was flashing us all a thumbs up again. Seeing this much strength, we believed it was all getting better. He continued his radiations however since the surgery, it wasn’t the same. The treatment would have him sleeping all day; I would get to the hospital and I wouldn’t be able to hear him call out my name like before. He’d be sleeping, he’d be crying, and he’d sit in silence. In April, everything was getting too hard. Doctors continuously told us there was nothing left to do, however, Justin continued with treatment. Slowly, his body was giving in. He was unable to breathe on his own, he was unable to digest, and he was unable to stay awake for more than 5 minutes. I would get to the hospital, hold his hand in tears, and he would turn to me and with the little strength he had left he would brush away my tears and say, “Be strong, we have to be strong”, not much after he would close his eyes and fall into deep sleep with heavy medication. The sight was painfully piercing, as I felt so hopeless and desperate to have him back. I felt guilty in a way, guilty for the little I could do. On April 12th, I went to visit him in the hospital, and he could no longer open his eyes. I remember that day so clearly. I was by his bed, kissing his cheek and forehead, I held his hand in mine and cried for hours promising him that it will all be okay, we will make it out. He’s proved the impossible, possible many times. This will be another of those times. I wanted him to wake up…to open his eyes. Tell me this is a nightmare, and not our goodbyes. I began talking about all the good times, and for me they were every single day. I began to make promises, I promised him that whatever happens, I will continue to spread awareness, I will fight in his name, in his honor, I will share his story and his bravery, and whatever happens, we don’t forget any of it. When it was time to leave the hospital at 1a.m. of April 13th, my heart ached. I wish I knew then that it would be the last time I would see him with life. I wish I knew then that things weren’t going to be the same anymore. That after this day, a few hours later, I won’t be by his bedside telling him funny stories, seeing him roll his eyes and cross his arms, and that I won’t see him simply smile and say my name with such happiness. A few hours later while I was in school, I got the call. I was told that Justin had passed away. I couldn’t believe it, and I still can’t. And some may say I’m in denial, and that it’s normal. But you see it’s not his absence that I am in denial of. It’s the manner in which he was taken. I refuse to accept that Justin was taken in a way so unjustified. It was wrong, it was agonizing, painful, and it wasn’t right. With his diagnosis, and constant hospital visits, I was exposed to the reality. The reality of children being only 3.8% of the cancer research federal funding, whereas adults receive massive federal funds. This infuriated me. Justin was so much more than 3.8%. The 4 kids that pass away every day from childhood cancer are much more than 3.8%. Everyone knows what the pink ribbon stands for. But hardly anyone understands the golden ribbon; the ribbon that holds our nations future- the generations yet to come. It’s truly sad to see a kid in a hospital; it’s no place for them. They should be outside, running, screaming, going to school, and simply living out their years of innocence. And that’s my goal. My goal is to change that. It is in my desire to help advocate for childhood cancer awareness, to honor Justin’s battle. To keep him alive through the memories and my actions of helping others who are currently undergoing or just starting their heavy journey. Now more than ever, I will send out care packages, continue to lead and create fundraisers and campaigns to help families who are struggling, and share Justin’s story so that maybe no other family has to go the undergo such a heavy loss. So that maybe no will else will have to see someone that young slowly slip away within their very presence. So that maybe one day no kid will have to die of such a monstrous illness. Every passing day now, I live through his example and I use his page to spread awareness and honor his bravery. I learned many things from life because of this. It never goes as expected and life itself is too ironic to fully understand. It takes sadness to know happiness and absence to value presence. Most importantly I learned the true definition of strength. Every now and then, the memories knock the wind out of me. The emotions of hopelessness and guilt take over, but I somehow manage. I get back up and follow the many examples that Justin left behind. His strength to endure any obstacle inspires me to carry on with the war against childhood cancer and like Justin said, “Be Strong, we have to be strong.” And that’s exactly what I’ll be. I’ll do exactly what he did and flash a thumbs up; it will all be okay.  

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Summer Plans

IMG_0671Since summer is approaching, we wanted to know what people's plans are. Rachel, a Freshman, is looking forward to spending most of her days at the beach this summer and also playing a lot of tennis. So far she has no travel plans but will probably end up going to Palm Springs or Catalina for a weekend this summer.

Nikki, also a freshman is looking forward to going to the beach as well and is also planning on spending most of her summer relaxing and not having to worry about school.

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Coachella or Coachillin?

Few students at Newport Harbor go to Coachella- however many want to. Cost, time, and a place to stay, are constant struggles in the overpriced festival season. I decided to share my past Coachella experiences, in order to establish a better definition of Coachella, other than the typical “music festival” response. Credibility Note: I have been to Coachella twice- Weekend Two VIP 2015 & Weekend One GA 2016.


  430e0343-a40c-42a0-8af9-25fec2352e1cFirst of all, you choose your crowd. You can choose to hang out with either the “crazies” or “normal” people. The common stereotype of Coachella is that everyone is crazy and wild, however this is not always the case. When I first went to Coachella, I went to Weekend Two. If you are going to Coachella for the first time, I would definitely suggest going to Weekend Two. There are around 30,000 less people there when compared to Weekend One. Also, tickets are cheaper (if you buy off of Craigslist)! This year, I decided to go to Coachella Weekend One. Honestly, it was way more crowded than last year- but this might be because the lineup this year was better than last year. I ended up going with General Admission because of the price. I got two tickets the night before Coachella Weekend One this year and paid more than face value because I waited until the last minute. Secondly, go on Craigslist to look for wristbands. Seriously. The wristbands are usually cheaper than face value. The most important thing to do is to download the actual Coachella App in the Apple Store. This way, you can register your wristbands in front of the person selling them before you spend $500+ for wristbands that might not even work (yes, sadly many fake Coachella wristbands are on Craigslist). This year at Weekend One, I actually witnessed two people’s wristbands be denied from the scanners to get into Coachella because they unknowingly purchased fake tickets over Craigslist. Usually the best time to go look for wristbands on Craigslist is two to three days before the festival. On the day of the festival this year, people were charging $700 and up just for General Admission tickets, which were about double of the original face value. Just plan ahead. If you do not have the time and money for Coachella, just go for one day. Drive up to Indio and have a friend try to find wristbands on Craigslist on your way there. On Sunday night, one day tickets were just $100-$150. You can sleep in your car if worst comes to worst and you do not find a place to stay. Sleeping in your car does not cost any money, and many people who attend Coachella do this because all hotels are sold out or extremely overpriced. Note: I attended all three days of Coachella Weekend One. I stayed with family friends and did not pay for a hotel, nor sleep in a car. Coachella also has a campground but I have never tried it. Do yourself a favor and buy a Shuttle Pass. This way, you get to avoid the approximately 1 mile walk to Coachella through the camping section. Also, when leaving Coachella, you still have to walk a bit to get to the shuttle, but after you get free water and get dropped off at a hotel. Once at a hotel, try to get an Uber. Even better, on the actual shuttle try to secure an Uber. Let me warn you that Ubers during festival nights are very overpriced and unavailable. Make sure you have Lyft and Uber apps from the Apple Store on your phone for options because all Taxi lines are busy and take at least an hour to arrive. ***Phone service is very limited at Coachella- sometimes my phone worked, sometimes it did not. It is horrible and great at the same time because you truly get to enjoy being in the moment. Since service is limited, I recommend printing out the concert schedule and times beforehand- and trying to put them in a plastic cover of some sort. This is because of the wind/dirt/regular wear and tear will destroy the normal printer paper. To organize what bands I was seeing and at what time, I circled bands on the schedule. This way, in case your phone dies or you do not have service, you do not have to worry (that much). Coachella usually posts an official picture with the final lineup and times on their website. Lastly, relax & enjoy yourself! Written By: Jordan Golden

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AP VS IB

Many students are currently making the decision; IB or AP? We are here to help sophomores with this decision. When I first came to Harbor, I asked many people what “IB” was. I was never given a straight answer and was always confused as to what it entailed. Well, here is information that may aid you in your decision:

  1. IB tests are focused on short answer
  2. AP tests are focused on multiple choice
  3. In the IB Diploma Programme, you must write an extended essay, take TOK, and be involved in a CAS project, which is an activity/service for your community, take three HL courses, and have 6 IB classes total
  4. TOK means Theory of Knowledge- which currently is offered as a seventh period class and as a night class for athletes
  5. HL IB courses are two years and students are given college credit for completion
  6. SL IB courses are one year and students are not given college credit IF they are not in the IB Diploma Program
  7. Also, IB helps if you want to go to college in a different country
If you are interested in IB or the IB Diploma Program, talk to Alma Di Giorgio for more information and your counselor! If you are a freshman, then attend College Knowledge Night next year to get extra information. Keep in mind that both AP and IB courses look great on college applications and prepare you for college. Written By: Jordan Golden

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Valentines Day Thoughts

Valentines Day can either be viewed as a loving holiday or just a cheesy excuse to celebrate. We decided to ask students about their views on the holiday and compare their views. First, we asked the girls perspectives, one of which was Betsy Calder, a sophomore, shared her thoughts with us on Valentines Day. 27396328-d528-47d0-ad0e-311d846f17e5 She said that it is anything but a cheesy holiday and she loves all aspects about it. Her favorite part about Valentines Day is the flowers and bouquets that are gifted. Betsy believes that everyone in a relationship should celebrate Valentines Day! Processed with VSCOcam with e1 preset Another sophomore, Maddie Ciano, believes that Valentine's Day "would be great if everyone had a significant other. But seeing as that is obviously not the case, Valentine's Day seems to be a commercialization opportunity for most restaurants and stores. It is a great money-making opportunity and if you love someone you should show it to them everyday and not just on February 14."  Well said, that's right, you should show your significant other that you care for them everyday. If you don't have a Valentine, then just hang out with friends. In the photo, Ciano is pictured on the RIGHT with a friend. Written by: Jordan Golden & Kate LaGrandeur

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