Monthly Cause: National Blood Donor Month

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By: Jauslyn and April

January is National Blood Donor Month - E-Z Window Cleaning

Blood donation is something that is very unheard of. Blood donation also known as blood transfusion is when a single person agrees with the withdrawal of their blood to give to another one in need. Sometimes blood donation can help someone to save a life.

In order to donate blood the person has to be at least 17 years old and 110 lbs. The first successful blood transfusion was recorded in 1665 according to the American Red Cross. In 1667 the second blood donation was attempted and almost went wrong. The patient survived but was very ill and had to take almost a month to recover.

You may ask why is donating blood so important? Why are we dedicating the month of January to it? Well if you may ask, donating blood can save lives of good people or can even help them get through a serious procedure. Donating blood is a very big deal to the people in need. Imagine someone laying in a hospital bed dying because their blood isn’t producing strong or fast enough. You can help them, you can save them. There are so many different types of blood consisting of: -O, +O, -A, +A, -B, +B, +AB, -AB, and O. There are only certain types of blood that doctors need. If the patient is a -AB then they would need +AB. January is considered the second month of winter which means the second month of giving. Blood donation is an act of giving someone another chance and helping save their lives or simply just help them. 

 

Idaho 4: Lives To Not Be Forgotten.

By: Libby Sanchez & Carol

Picture posted by Kaylee Goncalves just hours before the murders took place.

 

On November 13th, 4 students were found dead, appearing to be brutally murdered by stabbing. Xana Kernodle (20), Kaylee Goncalves (21), and Madison Mogen (21) were all roommates, along with two others, Bethany Funke (21) and Dylan Mortensen (21). The roommates all lived together in a house shortly off the University of Idaho campus. Madison and Kaylee grew up together, having been best friends since the 6th grade and chose to go to college together. They were supposed to graduate this year. All five roommates were a close-knit group, a group now known around the world for their bond. Lives everyone knew too late, but lives lived to the fullest everyday if their posts on instagram and tiktok are anything to go by. In multiple videos and pictures, the girls are together cracking jokes and having a good time. It’s a tragedy that life was taken from them so soon.

 At 8:57pm on November 12th, just hours before the murder, Kaylee posted a series of happy pictures with her roommates and Ethan Chapin (20), another victim of the murders, who was dating Xana. Kaylee captioned the post, “One lucky girl to be surrounded by these ppl everyday.” Appearing to be a very happy friend group, living under one roof, enjoying what was left of their college years. That night, Madison and Kaylee hung out at Corner Club, a downtown bar, while Ethan and Xana went to a local party. At 1:41am, Kaylee and Madison were captured on a twitch livestream at a food truck downtown, grabbing a bite to eat and taking pictures before heading home for the night. A sorority driving service got Madison and Kaylee home at 1:56am, and Ethan and Xana returned home at about 1:45am, just about 10 minutes prior. The four victims were stabbed to death with a fixed knife blade between 4am and 4:25 am on the second and third floors of the home. Police later found records of Xana retrieving a doordash order at the house at about 4am. Of the surviving roommates, Dylan states she had woken up around 4am in the morning to what sounded like Kaylee playing with her dog, which seemed to have happened very often. After being woken up, Dylan claims she heard Kaylee say something to the effect of “there’s someone here.” More records were later discovered and it was shown that it could have been mistaken for Xana on her phone, as records show she was on tiktok around 4:12am, shortly after receiving her doordash order. After hearing what she thought was Kaylee saying this, Dylan looked out of her bedroom and saw nothing out of the ordinary, then returned back to her room. A few minutes passed when Dylan claims she looked out of her room for a second time after hearing crying coming from Xana’s room. She then heard a male voice saying something to the effect of “it’s okay, I’m going to help you.” Shortly after, she saw a man dressed in all black walk past her open bedroom door where she watched. She stood, frozen in complete shock, as she watched a man she didn’t recognize, walk towards the house’s sliding glass door. At 4:17am, a security camera near Xana’s room picked up audio of Kaylee’s barking dog and what sounded like voices and whimpers followed by loud thuds. The morning of November 13th, surviving housemates Bethany and Dylan called friends over to inspect what they thought was their roommates passed out on the second floor of the house. At 11:58 am on November 13th, a 911 call was made for an unconscious person.

When responding officers arrived at the scene, the four victims were found. At the time of the 911 call, the surviving suspects nor their friends were suspected to be involved in the horrifying murders. After many trial and error suspects, most of them being cleared, a surveillance camera was inspected where authorities picked up on a significant lead. It was seen in the footage that Brian Kohberger’s white Hyundai Elantra drove by the victim’s house four times around 4:04 am on the morning of November 13th. It was later uncovered that Kohberger turned his phone off between the hours 2am and 5am in order to attempt to hide his location during the time the murders took place. Phone records also revealed he returned to the house a fifth time just after 9am, 5 hours after the murders took place. Months before the murders, records showed he had been to the area 12 times in either early morning or late at night.

On November 17th, autopsies revealed all four victims were stabbed multiple times, no signs of sexual assault. Of the four victims, it’s believed that three were asleep during the horrific acts. Xana Kernodle, who received her food around 4am, and was on tik tok around 4:12am when the murdered took place, is believed to have been awake. Something so normal in generations today, staying up late, late night snacks, laughing at random videos on today’s most trending app, a life so many of us live, was taken just like that. An autopsy revealed that Xana had defensive wounds, and there is no doubt she fought to the very end. With only evidence being footage of Kohberger’s vehicle, police could not make a definitive arrest, but were on the lookout for Brian and his whereabouts. The public grew angry and disturbed as the one-month mark hit, and an arrest or new information was not made or released.

On December 15th, Kohberger was stopped by police for traffic violations. Kohberger, who had just ended his semester at Washington State, was driving with his father across the country to their home in Pennsylvania. The vehicle they were driving was in fact the white Hyundai Elantra from the surveillance camera. Brian and his father were pulled over twice, just east of Indianapolis, both times with Brian driving the vehicle. From an officer’s perspective camera, it is clear that Brian’s father is proud of his son finishing yet another semester, and enjoying the cross-country road trip with his son. While trying to answer the officer’s questions, Brian’s father is repeatedly receiving alarming looks from his son in the driver’s seat, and is even talked over multiple times by Brian who appears to be nervous.

On December 30th, Brian Kohberger was arrested for the murders of Xana Kernodle, Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, and Ethan Chapin. Arrested on four counts of first degree murder, the public and families of the victims were starting to feel as though justice had been served. Newfound evidence of the knife sheath left at the crime scene matched the DNA found at Kohberger’s home in Pennsylvania gave authorities the warrant they needed.

Brian Kohberger, a graduate student at Washington State University with a PhD in Criminal Justice is a murderer in one of the worst forms. His quadruple murder was part of his analysis on criminal offenses where he wanted to understand “how emotions and psychological traits influence decision making when committing a crime.” In the post, he described his study as “the story behind your most recent criminal offense, with an emphasis on your thoughts and feelings throughout your experience.” Brian Kohberger, is a coward, a pathetic excuse of a man. That is not bias, nor an opinion, but a fact. His name should not be known, he doesn’t deserve to be remembered after what he’s done. Instead, the nation has brought light to the four beautiful souls taken from this world far too soon.


Ethan Chapin, a 20 year old student-athlete with nothing but love in his heart. Born as a triplet to his brother, Hunter Chapin, and sister, Maizie Chapin on October 28th, 2002. Growing up with two built in best friends, Ethan and his siblings played multiple sports like soccer, basketball, and cross country. Ethan attended Mount Vernon High School but was cut short by Covid, which then sent him and his siblings to Idaho where they worked at Hill’s resort. After finishing high school, they returned back to Idaho the summer before all three of them started at the University of Idaho. The bond he had with his siblings is one that could not be broken, not even after a tragedy like this. Upon attending UIdaho, Ethan and Hunter both joined the fraternity of Sigma Chi and Maizie joined Kappa Alpha Sorority. It was clear the three of them planned to live their college years to the absolute fullest, surrounding themselves with the people and things they loved. Ethan was dating another victim Xana Kernodle, and the two appeared to have been a very happy and loving couple. Having combined friend groups, the two navigated college together as friends before beginning dating. Ethan is remembered to be quite the social butterfly, and was not the biggest fan of academics, but he loved the challenge. He continued to play sports through the years as well. “If he wasn’t on the golf course or working, you could usually find him surfing, playing sand volleyball or pickleball,” his family stated. Ethan lived a life worth living, full of good memories and laughs, a life to be remembered. Ethan’s family had all donations in lieu of flowers to be sent to Tyler Amaya, a coach in Skagit County. Tyler plans to use the money to help coach his basketball programs to local youth, as Ethan would have wanted. Ethan Chapin, a life to not be forgotten.


Kaylee Goncalves, a 21 year old wild spirit born in Concord, California on June 8th, 2001. She was the third child of Steve and Kristi Goncalves, and later after two more siblings were born, Kaylee was the middle child of 5 children. Growing up in North Idaho, Kaylee was known to be authentic and comical by all friends and family. When anyone needed a laugh or to be cheered up, they instantly turned to Kaylee Goncalves. In middle school, Kaylee met none other than Maddie Mogen. “After that day, we were no longer a family of 5 siblings. We were 6,” Kaylee’s siblings stated. The two navigated middle school and high school together before ultimately deciding they weren’t ready for life to separate them yet, and made the decision to attend the University of Idaho together. Kaylee joined the Alpha Phi sorority and was on the road to becoming an elementary school teacher, and with her personality and aura, friends and family know she would have been amazing. She was known to always stay on top of her grades, always found in a crowd of people with jokes and stories, and knew how to find an adventure out of every situation. “She was strong. She was fair. She was tough. She was dedicated. She was beautiful. She was. She was and she is love,” her parents wrote. Kaylee is survived by a long list of loved ones, as anyone who met her loved her. Along with her fur baby, a mini goldendoodle that she loved and cherished dearly, Murphy. Kaylee was born into this world surrounded by the strongest love imaginable, and her family is at peace knowing her best friend and chosen sister, Maddie Mogen, is by her side through it all. Kaylee Goncalves, a life to not be forgotten. 

Madison Mogen, a 21 year old blessing born on May 25th, 2001 in Eugene, Oregon. Maddie was loved by all, and known for lighting up a room with her smile. Her sense of humor was claimed to match no other, another reason her and Goncalves got along so well. Mogen was beyond dedicated and motivated to reach every goal she set for herself, she knew what she wanted, and she worked hard to earn every bit of her future she had planned. Maddie was a senior at the University of Idaho, and made the Dean’s List every semester, a phenomenal accomplishment her family is beyond proud of her for. She joined the Pi Beta Phi sorority, had her bestest friend Kaylee by her side, and a long distance relationship with her boyfriend of a year and a half, Jake Schriger. “You were so ready to take on the world and you were going to do such amazing things,” Jake writes on an instagram post, “I promise to make you proud from heaven and carry on your values of showing and spreading love to everyone.” Maddie was majoring in marketing and working at the Mad Greek restaurant alongside Xana during their college years. Madison was a full of life person, this is clear in some of her posts on today’s most trending app: tiktok. Her best friend, Kaylee, also had an account with many videos that had gone viral before the tragedy, one of which consisted of her, Maddie, Xana, and the other roommates pretending to be each other. In the video, their laughs are contagious, and watching them goof off with one another does exactly what their families say they did, bringing a smile to everyone’s face. It’s a beautiful sight to see, and how the family wishes to remember them, because they were nothing but good. On Maddie’s account, she also chose to have her liked videos be shown to the public. One that caught many attention was a video of a random group of adults meeting up and having a great time captioned, “having ur old college roomies over at ur house for dinner, remembering the days where we all lived under the same roof.” The background song being “Where’d All the Time Go?” Maddie had such bright plans, and knowing she saw the people she surrounded herself with as her forever people, the family is comforted knowing not only did she live, but she loved. Madison Mogen, a life to not be forgotten.


Xana Kernodle, a 20 year old outgoing, force to be reckoned with spirit was born on July 5th, 2002 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Growing up in Post Falls, Xana loved gymnastics from an early age and was talented beyond measure. In high school, she used her outgoing energy to partake in many extracurricular activities including: volleyball, track, and soccer. During high school she kept a stable job with Texas Roadhouse, with her social personality, it was a given she was a people person, always greeting everyone with a smile. As part of the graduating class of 2020 of Post Falls High School, Xana decorated her mortarboard with flower and butterfly cut-outs and the words, “For The Lives That I Will Change.” Change would be an understatement for what Xana has done. Upon attending the University of Idaho where she made lasting friendships and memories, Xana joined the Pi Beta Phi sorority alongside Mogen and the Vandal Solutions Sales Team. Like Maddie, Xana was also majoring in marketing. Staying close to home for college was a no-brainer for Xana, who was extremely close with her family. Often going on vacations and spending time with her dog, Shoeshine, and attending concerts in her free time. “Her desire to live life to the fullest, and contagious sense of humor, has made a lasting impression on all those who knew her. Xana was just starting to become the woman she was destined to be, and the world will be a lesser place without her,” stated her family. In a relationship with one of the other victims, Ethan Chapin, Xana writes, “Nobody else I would rather celebrate 20 years around the sun with,” on her birthday post picturing her and Chapin enjoying a day at the lake together. “I know she loved living in her house in Moscow with her friends. I hear so many stories of her and her roommates and it made me so happy to know she had such great friendships,” states Kernodle’s sister, Jazzmin. Of the roommates, it’s hinted that Xana was the most organized, picking up the slack when her roommates forgot to do their chores, but never being angry at them for it. Her roommates mocked her for this, and for the fact that she would always request to have a “small” party with 3-4 people at most. Surprise! Much like the other’s, Xana was very social. It was always more than 3-4 people. She lived a good time, all the time. Xana Kernodle, a life to not be forgotten.

Four victims taken way too soon, four so full of life, four inspirations. A reminder that life is short, so live it to the fullest every day you’re blessed with. Their names should not be forgotten, but they should be remembered as inspirations, not victims. Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle, and Ethan Chapin, lives to not be forgotten.

Poem of the Month

January Morn

“Bare branches of each tree

on this chilly January morn

look so cold so forlorn.

Gray skies dip ever so low

left from yesterday’s 

dusting of snow.

Yet in the heart of each tree

waiting for each who wait

to see new life as warm sun

and breeze will blow,

like magic, unlock springs

sap to flow, buds, new leaves,

then blooms will grow.”

 

By: Nelda Hartmann

Weather in Texas has always been unpredictable as it could be sunny and warm one day and the next day it’s cloudy and cold. So maybe we will get snow again but it will all come later. As the new semester starts Spring sports are now starting their practices and getting ready for track meets, basketball games, tennis matches, soccer games, and softball and baseball games.

 

Sincerely,

The Passionate Poet

 

Advice Column

 

 By: Aaliyah Herrera 

For this issue, we decided to ask our Quill readers some questions we thought would be interesting to get advice from. Many replied with great advice and such interesting detail in their answers! Each question is a different person that decided to keep themselves Anonymous.

Best way to say goodbye to your friends when you graduate?  

The best way is by taking a multiple day road trip with all of them… by the end of the road trip, you will have made some great memories, but you will also be ready to get the heck away from them. – Anonymous

What came first, the color orange or an orange? 

Answering from a gardening perspective, the fruit exists way ( it is green at first) way before it becomes the color orange. – Anonymous 

Do you ever get old for Halloween? 

In some ways, yes, you can get too old for Halloween because some activities you grow out of. But on the other hand no because you still might enjoy eating candy, dressing up for your kids/siblings, or a party you might have gotten invited to. – Anonymous 

If you had a million dollars, what would you do with it? 

I would give to my family first if they are struggling, and if I have some leftover, I would give to a charity. – Anonymous 

Who might be your Secret Crush? 

Harry styles because he treats everyone with kindness no matter who they are, and he’s very fashionable! – Anonymous 

Would you cheat on your s/o with Ryan Reynolds? 

No, because we would never get a break or hang out because he’s famous and is always busy either acting for a movie or seeing his fans. – Anonymous 

  

Make sure to check your class in google classroom for our recent issue. The Poll is where you can give your advice to your questions! We are now going to start doing Advice Column like this hoping we could start hearing from our Quill readers for fun or interesting advice they would like to share! 

True Crime Vol. XXXI:The Carnation Murders

By: Kendall Zuniga 

On December 24, 2007, the Anderson family was gathered in their Washington home for the holidays soaking up the Christmas cheer but, sadly their cheer would be cut short by their own tragic murder. Michelle Anderson and husband Joseph McEnroe, arrived in their pickup truck at Michelle’s family home and didn’t hesitate to murder 6 family members and 3 different generations by gunshot. Of the 6 family members, 2 were Michelle’s 5-year old niece and 3-year old nephew. The family’s bodies were discovered two days later by a family friend and were immediately reported. 

Around 3 hours after the police arrived, Anderson and McEnroe pulled up to the Anderson house. They did not seem phased by the police cars surrounding the property, nor did they ask if Wayne and Judy were okay, raising officers’ suspicions right away. When Anderson was questioned why she would murder her own family, her reasoning was “tired of everybody stepping on her”. Michelle’s  brother, Scott, owed her $40,000 and would not pay her back, and that her parents had begun pressing her about paying rent money for living in the mobile home on their property, after she and McEnroe had lived there for a year free of charge. On December 28, Anderson and McEnroe were each charged with 6 counts of aggravated murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole.

 

Movie Review: The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special

By: Kendall Zuniga 

 

The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special will have you jingling your bells all the way out of this world! Receiving a score of 7.1 out of 10 from IMDb, and 95% from Rotten Tomatoes, The Guardians  of the Galaxy Holiday Special stars Chris Pratt, Dave Butista, Pom Klementieff, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, and Kevin Bacon. Director, James Gunn, brings us a holiday movie filled with immense amounts of emotion that will surely get you in the spirit of Christmas this holiday season. Mantis(Pom Klementieff), and Drax(Dave Butista) go on a quest to earth to find the perfect gift to give to Peter(Chris Pratt) in hopes of making his Christmas unforgettable. 

I would give this movie 8.5 jingle bells out of 10.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas break and an awesome New Year! See you all in 2023!

Poem of the Month

December

 

Wintry mornings wrapped white,

Evenings,  calm and still,

Snowflakes dancing all around,

Sled rides down a hill,

Gatherings with loved ones – 

Such a pleasure to remember –

all memories and special gifts

That come with each 

December

 

By: Unknown

 

The weather is getting colder as the season progresses, and we may be able to get some snow to enjoy during the break. It will also be the time to go and see family that you miss during the weekdays and catch up with them. I wish all of the students, teachers, and staff a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

 

Sincerely,

 

The Passionate Poet

 

Sweet Treat

By: Letizia Perrino

 

Christmas break is near and if you’re afraid of getting bored, here’s an easy sweet treat that will amaze your parents and is the perfect solution for you!

 

These are the ingredients you will need:

For the brownies:

  • Cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 8 ounces of semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 Eggland’s Best eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour

 

For the decorations:

  • 16 small candy canes
  • 16 gold star sprinkles or candies
  • 1/3 cup rainbow sprinkles
  • 2 cups green frosting 

 

Here are the steps for creating the perfect sweet treat:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9×13 pan with foil and coat it with cooking spray.
  2. Place the butter and chocolate chips into a large bowl. Melt in the microwave – heat for 30 second intervals and stir between each interval until butter and chocolate are melted and thoroughly combined.
  3. Stir in the sugar, then stir in the eggs, one at a time, whisking until smooth after each addition. 
  4. Stir in the vanilla extract. Gently fold in the salt and flour.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the brownies comes out clean.
  6. Cool the brownies to room temperature, then chill for at least 30 minutes.
  7. Using the edges of the foil, remove the slab of brownie from the pan. Using a sharp knife, cut the brownies into 16 triangles.
  8. Snap the curved parts off the candy canes and insert the straight parts of the candy canes into the bottom of the brownies.
  9. Place the frosting in a piping bag fitted with a plain or star tip, or a resealable plastic bag with the tip snipped off. Pipe approximately 1 1/2 tablespoons of frosting onto each brownie.
  10. Place a star sprinkle at the top of each brownie, then add rainbow sprinkles all over each brownie.
  11. Serve, or store, covered, in the refrigerator for up to one day

 

Here’s a little advice for the frosting: 

You can of course buy it or you can make an amazing homemade one!

 

Here are the steps for a delicious homemade frosting:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened 
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  •  2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk or cream
  • green food coloring gel.

 

  1. Beat butter with a mixer until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes. 
  2. Turn the mixer to low speed and gradually add powdered sugar.
  3.  Add vanilla extract and 2 tablespoons of milk or cream, beat until smooth and creamy. You can add more powdered sugar if you desire a thicker consistency, or add more milk for a thinner consistency. 
  4. Add green food coloring until desired shade is reached.

 

This is the recipe for your amazing Christmas sweet treat, we hope you will like it

Merry Christmas, enjoy!

November Horoscopes

By: Alexandra Garcia 

Horoscopes this month: See what your Zodiac Sign had in store for you this November of 2022!

 

Aquarius: Witness without judgment that which is yearning to be witnessed within…

It is never a straight line for Aquarius. Your healing process tends to be messy but the more you explore inwards, the more you begin to uncover the shadowy aspects of yourself, so light the lamp of awareness. Witness without judgment which is reaching to be witnessed within. Something tells you, you are ready to break out of your cocoon. 

 

Pisces: Become aware of the beauty and grace that surrounds you in the present moment…

Happiness is more than just money in your bank account or likes on Instagram. This is about the quality of your life. It is about the things that bring you happiness and renders you with a sense of purpose. Today, you’re being asked to become aware of all things and people and experiences that add beauty and grace to your life and existence. Make time for those who bring you happiness and opportunities. 

 

Aries: Get ready to put your bossy pants back on…

You are in a life you wished for a long time ago. You have to open your eyes and become aware of all opportunities and miracles around you. This is a time for you to become confident and focus on your career and goals.

 

Taurus: Throw caution to the wind and take a bold step toward the future you have always envisioned for yourself…

This season is for the unknown for Taurus. You’re imploring and glowing. Do things that make your heart sing because that means you’re on the right track. This month is saying for you to not be afraid to let go and try new things. 

 

Gemini: Jump back into the stream of consciousness…

This is a time of experience and not intellectualization.  Let go of all those theories and worries, will you? Create a peaceful mindset for yourself. Drop all those questions and second thoughts, and just celebrate life and the many memorable upcoming days. 

 

Cancer: It’s time to show up as the most embodied version of yourself…

You’ve danced with many shadows and already have walked your demons to the exit door. You are a very brave and strong soul. This chapter of your life is all about rising and showing up as the most embodied version of yourself. Turn your wounds into wisdom and keep going. 

 

Leo:  It’s time to show up as the most formidable version of yourself…

You have pulled yourself out of the dark and now it is your time to relax. You have found the strength and courage to continue. Take life day by day. Become at peace with yourself. 

 

Virgo: Rely on your intuition to make big decisions… 

Your fears and worries always seem to catch up with you just when you’re about ready to explore. The good thing about this is you are not quite aware of this pattern, therefore you can set yourself free. You can lay back and trust yourself. 

 

Libra: Sometimes, you have to break your rules…

You are the one. You have been looking for yourself all along. Get obsessed with your goals, your dreams, and gifts. Look forward to your growth, and inspiration. Challenge yourself, and permit yourself to just go with the flow. 

 

Scorpio: By letting go of your resistance, you will find a way to get back in the flow…

Here’s the truth, not everyone will dance life with us all the way. Some will make it to the very end. While others may part ways. But accept the cycle of destruction and accept the cycle of creation. Understand that every end can bring a new beginning. New potential and hope. The more you accept every situation for what it is, the easier it will be for you to flow through. 

 

Sagittarius: The shadows are calling for your attention, Sagittarius…

We want to believe that the healing process is similar to ‘love and light.’ But the deeper into the psyche, the more we begin to uncover what’s hidden. The more we uncover what lies are hidden. We are called to become aware of the shadow aspects of life. Take a step back from the chaos and commotion from the outside world. Make your life a journey and witness the yearning to be witnessed.

 

Capricorn: The tools required to cope with many changes will always be provided for you… 

“Accept everything, and reject nothing”. The truth is not everyone is going to stay in your life til the very end. Some characters in the play tend to temporarily leave. Others may leave for good without a warning. But the important thing to remember is that every experience is for a reason. Lay your trust back into yourself. 

 

The Closest Black Hole to Earth

By: Farah StandleyWhat Are Black Holes? | NASA

 

Black holes are created by the center of a very large star falling in on itself, resulting in a supernova, which is basically a gigantic star explosion. It might seem cool, but let me tell you about how dangerous and scary these circles of doom can be!

Recently, scientists discovered the closest known black hole to Earth yet! Named Gaia BH1, this black hole is 1566 lightyears away in the constellation Ophiuchus and currently dormant. So don’t worry, it’s not close enough to be a threat. It is 1400 lightyears closer than the next closest black hole to Earth, which is in the constellation Monoceros. There are likely millions of black holes in our home galaxy, the Milky Way, but this one is close enough to be considered in our “cosmic backyard”. It is 10 times more massive than the Sun, and could have originated from a star as big as 20 times more massive than the Sun.

Black holes usually reveal themselves with x-rays they emit while stripping gas from other nearby black holes. This is not the case for this one, though. Gaia BH1 was discovered by scientists seeing its effect on a star in its planetary system. Scientists also discovered that this mysterious black hole is orbiting a ginormous star, how crazy is that! The gravity in black holes  is so strong, not even light can escape them. If we were to go into a black hole, we would be compressed from head to toe horizontally, but stretched vertically at the same time. This process is known as spaghettification, probably because afterward you would end up looking like a spaghetti noodle. If it were to swallow Earth, we would all be doomed. The planet would be ripped apart bit by bit, and every person on 

Earth would be spaghettified individually. Lucky for us, that won’t be our fate because it is too far away.

DIY Christmas Crafts

By: Jauslyn Ramirez 

Finished product of the wreath!

 

~White Christmas ball wreath~

Want a way to be festive but not expensive? Using ONLY beautiful ornaments from last year! I am sure you have seen a lot of tutorials that hot glue the ornaments to a foam frame. That method works just fine but I already had some wire wreath frames laying around so I decided to use those instead.

Supplies:

  • Glue gun
  • Shatterproof ornaments of your choice
  • Craft wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Wire wreath form

Step 1:

You will first want to cut a bunch of wire pieces, each about 7-8 inches long and then bend the wires in half. These will be used to tie bundles or ball ornaments together.

Go ahead and cut 30 or so. You can always add more later, if needed.

 

Step 2:

Next bundle them, simply take one piece of folded wire and thread 3 ornaments through their hangers. Then, twist the wire snugly 2 or 3 times to secure them.

 

Step 3:

you will take that cluster of ornaments and secure it to the wreath frame by wrapping the ends of the wire around it tightly.

Then simply, repeat making clusters and attaching them to the frame until the entire front and side of the wire form is covered with ornaments.

Make sure the clusters are snug against each other. You don’t want them to be shaky or loose.

 

Step 4:

If you wish, you can always trim the excess wires. Just don’t trim them too short so you don’t lose any ornaments!

Finally, check over the completed wreath for any gaps or holes in the ornaments.

Now that you have completed your DIY Christmas wreath with ball ornaments, the only thing left to do is add a bow and hang it!

 

Christmas Story: The Tale of the False Elves

By: Alex Richter

It’s Christmas Day, the clouds are dominating the majority of the sky. My boots are on and my scarf tucked under my sweater so that it doesn’t fly away, I see young children running and playing in the snowy grass. Unlike my friends who are outside, I don’t have siblings. My parents were set on me being the  ¨golden child¨. I am an 11th grade student that goes to Elfwood High, a small school in the northern part of the country United Kingston. 

On the horizon, the Mahogany Forest. My destination, the Lakewood Creek, which is in the town just to the North of mine. Kicking open my big wooden door, I step out onto the grass, feeling snowflakes fall softly onto the top of my head. I start to calmly walk through my town, waving at friends and heading into the sunset.

Staring and analyzing into the woods, I hear a soft voice giggle. It sounds like a child playing, but I didn’t think children would be interested in playing in the dimly-lit woods of mahogany trees. I stop in my tracks, staring at the small snow-filled path ahead of me. A child is visible within 10 feet of me, he is wearing a green hat, and a green and white striped shirt with white pants and green elf shoes. I look at his ears, and strangely enough, they’re pointed. “If it isn’t the one, the only…”, the elf starts. “Karl Jerome Brown!”, another identical elf next to him says. “How do you know my name? And what are you?”I reply to their strange remark. “We are the elves of Christmas,” one says, “the ones that you praise in Elfwood,” the other finishes.

What an odd statement. We don’t praise elves in Elfwood, it’s only the town’s name. “If you’d excuse me, I’m only trying to-” I say. “Get to the little creek located in Lakewood,” the first elf interrupts me. “It’s only about a few miles ahead, is it not?” he asks. “Yes, but I do not wish to be escorted, I’m only trying to spend my Christmas in peace, please,” I reply to the elf. “But what if we wish to escort you?”, one tells me. “Fine…”, I say. 

That’s all it took before I blink and find myself far from where I expected to be, there is nothing visible around me other than the grassy horizon and the sun in the sky. The so-called elves were nowhere to be found, I didn’t know where I was at all, and something deeply rooted in my brain felt wrong. The sun glares its rays into my eyes, which then start to tear up. I look away, to not look directly at it, but it’s far too late for that. I looked down at my hand, which appeared sparkling, as if it was set ablaze by the hot ball of fire in the sky. 

I wake up, in the woods where I was before. The elves stand in front of me, glaring, as if mad or upset with me. Except, the elves were not good elves at all, they had ‘Coal’ printed on the back of their uniforms. These are mere coal-working elves that work giving children coal if they were bad on Christmas. “You,” the first elf starts, “are,” says the next, before they pause while looking at me in awe. “MAGIC!”, they both shout simultaneously. 

Magic? “Prove it,” I say to the elves. “Step into the light,” one starts, “then surely you’ll see,” the other one finishes. Do all elves finish each other’s sentences or are they just crazy? Stepping into the light I start to speak, “See? Nothing-”

BOOM! An explosion comes out of the sun itself, whooshing through the air until it hits me right in the chest. I feel a numbness, until I feel something on my back, as if I’m wearing a backpack, or in my case, two backpacks. I have wings, they are feathery and white, which emit light in the orangy-red sunset.

“What are these?”, I ask the Christmas elves. “They let you fly when you work with training the reindeer,” Why on Earth are reindeer important, or related to the fact that I´ve just sprouted wings in the sky? “What do you mean?” I ask. “You’re magic-”, the first one starts. The second one finishes by saying, “Therefore you’re coming with us.” I scoff, “Why exactly?”

The elves look at each other mischievously and smirk before looking back at me in union. “You do want to work at the Christmas Factory with us, don’t you Karl?”

Thanksgiving Story: The First Feast

By: Noah Ramos 

There is a short tale that everyone in town knows about that is told to all the children when Autumn comes around and that tale is called “The 4 Seasons War.” It is said that among this world were 4 special people who manifested as seasons such as Winter, Fall, Summer, and Spring. Each held an artifact of immense power, but the problem wasn’t the artifacts themselves, but those who wielded them. Each season wanted to rule supreme over the others and so the 4 seasons waged war on the others. What they didn’t realize was while the battles raged those who weren’t the seasons had to deal with weather that spelled dire consequences. Blizzards froze villages, droughts ravaged crops, relentless rain caused floods, and all around there was almost no safe place. Only when the seasons finally took a look at what had been happening below did they see what destruction they had done to others. So, after finally coming to an agreement, the seasons decided to hide the artifacts in order to not repeat the same mistake. Among these was a golden cornucopia that had the power to make an everlasting feast which could keep a whole continent fed. 

 I, Leah Warren, have vowed to find the golden cornucopia to save my village from starvation after many of the crops had died from an unknown source. Of course, I have been told I’m crazy for believing a children’s tale, but stories always have some truth to them otherwise who would make such tales? I decided, the sooner I set out, the better. While everyone was busy talking about what they would do for the food shortage, I snuck into the woods beside our village. The forest, where I believed the artifact to be, was very dangerous. Not only because of the animals who lived there, but people talked about the abnormal weather in that forest like it was an unknown force trying to get them out. Yet, the surrounding woods beyond that portion of the forest were normal. So, I decided to start by searching the area where the abnormal weather happened. When I started walking through the forest, nothing seemed to happen besides hearing the leaves crunching beneath my feet. But suddenly, a chilling wind swept through, out of nowhere. Even with my jacket, it felt like ice. I kept moving forward with every step bringing me deeper into the forest, as the wind became stronger and stronger. It felt as if I would be blown out before I found anything, but as I looked ahead, a cave came into view. I decided that would be the best place to start looking since everywhere else was just trees and leaves. When I stepped in, the cave was dark. Luckily, I had brought a lantern in case I had to search in the dark. The cave was bigger in the inside than I had seen from outside which only intrigued me further. 

As I moved deeper in the cave, I noticed there were signs of something living there such as discarded food that had long rotted away. What was worse? The stench. I pushed on until I saw some sunlight peering in from a crack in the ceiling. Beneath the light sat a long table with food displayed as well as the golden cornucopia. This felt relatively easy, but if it was here the whole time, how come no one else found it? As I started reaching for it, a voice behind startled me and caused the cornucopia to drop. I turned to be met with a man in a coat made of leaves as well as a staff with an amber-like gem. I asked who he was, and he responded with his name being “Fall”, and that I shouldn’t be messing with his stuff. He appeared to be one of the seasons from the tale, but even in awe, I felt anger. I asked why he hadn’t used the golden cornucopia for the starving village just outside the forest, and he responded by saying “they didn’t deserve it”.

“If you won’t help my town, then I will”, I exclaimed. I quickly reached down and scurried towards the entrance with the golden cornucopia in my arms. The funny thing is, while I was running out, instead of chasing after me, he only yelled I would regret taking the artifact and I would be back soon. I wish I had listened for what came next…

Advice Column: Homecoming

By: Aaliyah Herrera 

Homecoming has officially arrived. We have amazing themes this year for each day of the week! We had very unique outfits for this year’s dress-up themes! Here are the dress-up days for the week below:

Monday – Bikers vs Surfers 

Tuesday – Country vs Country Club

Wednesday – Soccer Moms vs Barbeque Dads

Thursday – Generation Day 

Friday – Green Out 

Monday’s theme was Bikers Vs Surfers. For both outfit options, many people did an amazing job participating. For the people who decided to dress as a biker some things you might have seen for the outfit: a leather jacket or vest, bandanna, rad sunglasses, and some biker boots. If not a biker, people had dressed up as a surfer with some things you might enjoy seeing: a surfer suit or Hawaiian shirt, Hawaiian shoes and shorts of choice, and some groovy sunglasses. Monday’s theme was a success with many awesome outfits. 

Tuesday’s theme was Country Vs Country club. We had seen many students dress as western cowboys or cowgirls. Some things you might have seen in the halls or throughout the school are: a western shirt, some blue jeans or boot-cut jeans, a cowboy hat, and some boots. If not, the other half of the school prefers the country club. Here are some awesome outfits you might have seen: a sun blazer or baseball cap, some shorts or tennis skirt, an active shirt or plain T-shirt, and some tennis shoes. Tuesday’s theme sparked more interest in students to dress up and show some school spirit. 

Wednesday’s theme was Soccer Mom Vs Barbeque Dad. Many students who wanted to support their ¨child¨ as a soccer mom let the inner parent in them come out for this year’s homecoming 2022.  Soccer mom outfits that were spotted in the halls included: leggings and or black pants, a sweater or puffy vest, long sleeve or short sleeve T-shirt, a baseball cap, and some tennis shoes. There were also many soccer mom vans custom-made that caught many eyes here at PHS. If you prefer to cook up some ribs or BBQ in the backyard and go as a BBQ Dad some things you might have seen in many students’ outfits: An apron, BBQ tools, khaki shorts, plain or graphic T-shirt, and shoes of choice. Wednesday’s theme was by far the most popular. Many students were involved and let out their inner parents. 

Thursday’s theme was Generation day. Many participated, freshmen dressed as babies, some things you had seen for Thursday’s theme was: a onesie, stuffed animal, bottle or pacifier, and shoes of choice. Sophomores dressed as college students, an idea of that roaming around in the hall included: College T-shirt, shoes, and pants of choice. Juniors dressed as middle-aged professionals or middle-aged crazy’s some crazy or professional outfits you saw were: a suit wear or professional outfit, shoes of choice, and a handy briefcase. Many students like to go more on the crazy side of a middle-aged person, some things you might have seen were: very colorful clothes or funky clothes, lots of pregnant bellies, and some crazy hair. Seniors dressed as senior citizens some ideas that we had seen from our old folks here at PHS could be: cane or walker, grandma or grandpa clothes, shoes of choice, and gray senior citizen hair. 

Friday’s theme was green out for PHS. Game Day! Many students participated and showed school spirit for PHS. Many had included in their final outfit for homecoming this year: green, white, gray, or black plain T-shirt or eagle shirt, mums and garters, face paint of green and white, and shoes and jeans of choice. 

We had an amazing homecoming week! Many participated and showed their school pride. We thank everyone involved with decorating the halls and getting everyone into the homecoming spirit! Pride, Pride, Eagle Pride!

 

TrueCrimeVol. XXX: Jeffrey Dahmer

By: Kendall Zuniga 

 

In the year 1978, hitchhiker Steven Hicks was on his way to a rock concert in Ohio, when suddenly a car pulled up alongside Hicks and asked where he was heading to, if he had needed a ride, and if he wanted to go back to his house to enjoy an alcoholic beverage with him. Hicks graciously took the offer and went back to the stranger’s home not knowing that Jeffrey Dahmer’s face was the last face he was going to see and speak to. Steven Hicks was only 19 years old at the time of his murder, Dahmer was only 18 years old and had graduated high school three weeks prior to the murder of his first victim. 

Dahmer was active between the years of 1978 and 1991 with his victims ranging from 32 to as young as 14 years of age, dismembering, sexually assaulting, and experimenting on his victims. 14 year old Konerak Sinthasomphone was Jeffrey Dahmer’s youngest victim and was the first victim of Dahmer’s to be experimented on as an at-home lobotomy. Only months prior to Konekrak’s murder, his brother, Somsack, was sexually assaulted by Dahmer and managed to get away before anything more was to be done to him. Sadly that wasn’t the case for his younger brother, Konerak. Konerak managed to get away from Dahmer, neighbor Glenda Cleveland, actually called the police to have a look at the boy but police returned young Konerak back to Dahmer after he claimed that the boy was his boyfriend who had a drinking problem. Konerak died later on that night at the hands of Jeffrey Dahmer.

 In 1991, a victim by the name Tracy Edwards managed to get away from Dahmer and was found by the police and taken to Dahmer’s apartment for questioning. When police arrived and questioned Dahmer they almost let him go, but police spotted polaroid’s of dismembered victims and immediately put Jeffrey Dahmer under arrest. Authorities were in complete and utter horror when searching through Dahmer’s house, finding human remains, including two human skulls in Dahmer’s fridge and a large barrel in his room filled with acid and decomposing body parts of his former victims. After 13 years, 17 young boy and men victims, and what felt like forever to the victim’s families, their murderer was finally caught and in custody.

Jeffrey Dahmer was sentenced 15 terms of life imprisonment on February 17, 1992 and later received a 16th term of life imprisonment leaving him with a total of 941 years in prison without the chance of receiving parole. Though Jeffrey Dahmer’s life sentence was cut short on November 28, 1994, when a fellow prison inmate learned of Dahmer’s crimes and beat Dahmer to death with a 20-inch metal bar from a piece of exercise equipment leaving Dahmer lifeless.

More recently on the terms of Jeffrey Dahmer, a new Netflix series called “Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” was released. Telling the story of Dahmer getting caught, his time leading up to his killings, and his victims’ backgrounds. This show offers an in depth experience in the mind of world known serial killer, Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer.

 

Victims names:

June 18, 1978: Steven Hicks, 18

November 20, 1987: Steven Tuomi, 24

January 16, 1988: Jamie Doxtator, 14

March 24, 1988: Richard Guerrero, 25

March 25, 1989: Anthony Sears, 26

May 20, 1990: Raymond Smith (also went by “Ricky Beeks”), 33

June 1990: Edward W. Smith, 28

September 1990: Ernest Miller, 22

September 24, 1990: David C. Thomas, 23

February 18, 1991: Curtis Straughter, 18

April 7, 1991: Errol Lindsey, 19

May 24, 1991: Anthony “Tony” Hughes, 31

May 27, 1991: Konerak Sinthasomphone, 14

June 30, 1991: Matt Turner, 20

July 5, 1991: Jeremiah Weinberger, 23

July 15, 1991: Oliver Lacy, 23

July 19, 1991: Joseph Bradehoft, 25

Movie Review: Smile

By: Kendall Zuniga 

 

Don’t have plans this Halloween? Sit back, grab a blanket and your favorite snacks with some hot cocoa because “Smile” is the newest psychological horror movie for you to watch. Starring Sosie Bacon, Jesse T. Usher, Kyle Gallner, and directed by Parker Finn, “Smile” scored a 78% from Rotten Tomato critics and a 6.9/10 from IMDb critics. “Smile” is good for those who need a jumpscare to meet their horror-loving needs, but not so much for those who enjoy only a small taste of horror. This movie tends to have some gruesome scenes, so if you have a weak stomach, I’d skip the gore and demolish the bucket of popcorn you made. 

I’d rate this movie 8.5 spooky ghosts out of 10 spooky ghosts.

Have a Happy Halloween!

Poem of the Month

October –

Autumn leaves of red and gold

that crunch beneath your feet.

Pumpkins on front porches,

candy corn, and trick-or-treat.

Tart and tangy cider,

apples ripened on the trees.

A hint of winter coming

on the chilly

autumn breeze.

 

By: Unknown

 

Halloween is here and I hope everyone has a costume picked out. Put on your warmest pajamas, and pop up some popcorn while you wait. If you are not a trick or treater, why not have a movie night instead? 

 

Sincerely,

 

The Passionate Poet

 

Sweet Treat

By: Savannah Valdez

 

Are you looking for a festive treat for this Halloween season? Then you’ve come to the right place! This chocolate-covered pumpkin patch is the perfect treat for you and your family & friends.

 

These are the ingredients you will need:

1 pint of fresh strawberries

2-3 cups of orange candy melts

2 tablespoon coconut oil

⅔ packaged crushed sandwich cookies(optional)

1 box of toothpicks

 

Here are your steps for this sweet treat:

  1. Thoroughly wash and dry your strawberries 
  2. Place your candy melts into a heat-safe measuring cup or short glass and microwave for 30 seconds, stirring in between. Make sure your candy melts do not burn and allow them to cool before use.
  3. Prepare a cookie sheet along with parchment paper onto a medium-sized pan. Insert a toothpick into the top of each strawberry, this makes it easy to hold and dip your strawberry.
  4. Dip your strawberries into the chocolate and place them on your cookie sheet. Place into the fridge for 10 minutes to solidify them, if the chocolate looks too thin another layer may be needed!
  5. Once your strawberries are hardened, put the remaining chocolate into a ziplock or piping bag and cut a tiny hole at the corner of the bag. You then will draw vertical lines across the strawberries and chill for another 10 minutes.
  6. Once your strawberries are completely chilled you can serve them on a fresh bed of crushed cookies and enjoy!

 

There you have it, all it takes is 6 simple steps and you will have the best-looking treat for this Halloween season! Enjoy!

New Discoveries

 By: Alex Richter

Scientists have discovered new things that have never been seen in the history of space and time.

Researchers from National Harbor, Maryland have recently discovered two so-called cryovolcanoes; which seem to be volcanoes built of frozen ice from inside of the dwarf planet. Volcanoes, as we all know, are piles of different types of rock. Eventually the volcanoes spewed magma from underground at the top of the rocky volcano. Ash is released and the magma becomes lava at the point that it comes above ground. Unlike most volcanoes, scientists noted that nitrogen and methane melted ice inside of the planet, causing it to be released years later in an icy volcano. 

Researchers in 2022 have figured out the reason for the t-rex’s stubby arms. Many dinosaurs have been a mystery to the world aside from a representation of how the animals looked, the t-rex was no different, but due to mass amounts of research and extended fossil search, information has been found. The reason that the t-rex has stubby arms is because of reproduction purposes. With stubby arms, the t-rex holds mates closer than if the arms were to be longer.

Recently, a ship called Sir Ernest Shackleton was found at the bottom of the Weddell Sea. The ship is believed to have once sailed about a century ago, and not much information has been found about it. Sir Ernest Shackleton was found by robots during an expedition underwater, these robots have cameras allowing the men and women above to see what they are seeing.  

Halloween Horror Story

The Missing Student

By: Noah Ramos

There has been something bothering me lately at school. At first I had no idea what it could’ve been for the longest time. It took a couple weeks to figure out that a chair in every one in my classes was empty. Normally this wouldn’t have bothered me but something about that empty spot just didn’t seem right to me like someone used to be there, and had suddenly vanished. I tried to ignore it but it was like the chair was beckoning to me in the back of my mind no matter what I did to try to forget about it. I decided to finally come back late at night when no one was around to see if I could find anything that would prove my theory. If there really was someone who had vanished without anyone noticing somehow the answer had to lie in the school somewhere. I had tried to see if the attendance had any names that didn’t belong with nothing that caught my eye. Next I went into the principal’s office first to check the files of students in that class to see if there would be evidence. 

Luckily the door was unlocked which made it easier to get into the office undetected and soon I locked the door behind me. However when I looked around I found nothing and was just about to leave when something on the desk caught my attention. One of the drawers was smaller than it was compared to the other one which was a bit suspicious so I felt around until the bottom opened up to a secret compartment. Inside I could see a large envelope but before I could grab them I suddenly heard the jangle of keys like someone was about to come in. Quickly I grab the envelope before closing the drawer’s compartment and hiding under the desk right as the door opened into the office. Luckily it was only the janitor who had come to clean out the waste bin and left a couple seconds later. After I was sure no one else was coming I slipped out of the office and headed outside to the playground to read what was inside.

 Inside were two pieces of paper, one of them was an incident report of an accident that occured here at the school. It detailed how a student had been badly burned by acid and later pronounced dead at the hospital from the wounds. For some reason I didn’t remember the news ever reporting on this which was strange. I looked at the next paper that showed the dead student’s profile and was absolutely mortified with what I saw next. The person in the profile had my name and not only that but the picture looked exactly like me! But this couldn’t be I was still alive for sure. This had to be some sort of sick joke someone was playing on me. It was already morning for some reason when I lifted my head and saw one of my friends heading towards the door. I ran to them to ask if they were in on it but when I tried to grab their shoulder my hand touched nothing. I looked towards the glass door and instead of seeing my reflection I simply saw nothing…

True Crime Vol. XXIX: The Zodiac Killer

By: Kendall Zuniga 

On October 30th, 1966, a woman by the name of Cheri Jo Bates was slashed on the Grounds of River City College. She was 18 at the time. She was the Zodiac Killer’s first victim. He confessed by sending a message to the police and giving a sign to “Beware” of him. In 1968, a teenage couple was shot in their car in a remote area of San Francisco. The following year, another couple was attacked in similar circumstances, but the male victim survived. The Zodiac Killer then made himself known to the police again the same as the years before, confessing to the 1968 and 1969 murders. Later, the Zodiac Killer attacked another young couple, and his last known victim who managed to survive the grips of death is a taxi driver who was shot in October of 1969. 

What makes this so-called “Zodiac Killer” infamous and memorable to all? Nobody knows who he is, where he is, or if he is still alive to this day. He would confess to the police his crimes in his own sadistic and unique way, coded letters he had made himself saying “This is the Zodiac speaking”, “I like killing people because it is so much fun,” and “I hope you are having lots of fun trying to catch me.” Taunting those who follow and try to solve the fascinating codes and identity of the Zodiac Killer, even leaving his own symbol at the bottom of every letter he sent to the police, consisting of a circle with a plus sign overlapping. 

Many have come forward claiming to be him but none have matched the handwriting and description of the true Zodiac Killer. After 62 years of searching and decoding, no one has been able to decode and solve the identity of our Zodiac Killer. Will Zodiac ever be decoded?

Movie Review: Purple Hearts

By: Kendall Zuniga 

Grab your tissues and prepare yourself for an emotional roller coaster, because Purple Hearts is sure to make the butterflies in your stomach flutter. Purple hearts is a dramatic romance movie starring Disney’s Sofia Carson, Nicholas Galitzine, and Chosen Jacobs. Directed by Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum, “Purple Hearts” received a Rotten Tomato score of 30% and a 6.8 out of 10 on IMDB. Although receiving these low scores, many people actually had pleasing things to say about this 21st-century romance drama, loving how it involves current problems in the world today including poverty, broken healthcare systems, and military trauma. However, this movie has also received its fair share of problems. Its depiction of type 1 diabetes has received much backlash from actual patients who live with type 1 diabetes.

I enjoyed watching this movie but thought it was a little choppy when it came to certain scenes transitioning. I would give this movie a 7.5 out of 10, I would watch it again if I hadn’t seen it in a while.

 

Horoscopes

By: Noah Ramos 

Aries: 

This week may be a little tough to go through but keep your head up. Good things will be heading your way after you have faced the hardships head-on. 

Taurus:

Something unexpected will suddenly arrive or happen to you. You won’t know if it’s good or bad but it will definitely alter your future for this week so be alert.

Gemini:

The next couple of days will be smooth sailing which gives you time to learn something new! It would be great to try out something new and who knows you may make it a hobby.

Cancer:

You’ve been having doubts and are looking for an answer to put your mind at ease. This week will surely give you the answer you seek but there is no telling if it will be the answer you want to hear.

Leo:

This week you will not feel the best so maybe it would be good to just try to relax and watch some movies or read a book to save your energy. 

Virgo:

You don’t seem to know what you want to do for the future but don’t worry. This month will show you something that will help you find something you’ll love.

Libra:

You will be full of energy and feel as if you can finish anything that comes your way. Use this energy not only for yourself but for others as well.

Scorpio:

You feel as if you’re invisible at the moment but you will have your own chance to shine in the spotlight soon if you take a risk. 

Sagittarius:

Your positive attitude is contagious and rubs off on other people. Others will want to be around you more often because of this.

Capricorn:

You may feel like the work piled on your shoulders is too much for you to handle. But you will find the strength you need from someone unexpected.

Aquarius:

Your love for adventure will hit its peak this week with the opportunity to do things you’ve never gotten to experience before.

Pisces:

You may have hit a rough patch this week but don’t worry your luck will turn for the better soon.

Prom 2022

By: Kristina Mertz

Photo credit: Libby Sanchez

Prom was held this year at Las Fuentes by Emporium on Saturday, April the 23rd. Memorable moments included Estevan Jackson as Prom King and Nika Garcia being announced as Prom Queen. Senior awards given were as follows: Prettiest Eyes- Anthony Ottinger, Most Beautiful and Handsome- Noelani Guerrero and Luke Raney, Class Clown- Trey Hagen, Best Personality- Melanie Douglas, Best Smile- Kendall Espey, Most Likely to Become President- River Reyes, Best Physique- Braxton Springer, Most Athletic- Kennedy Guajardo and Juan Lopez, Best Bromance- Peyton Eichman and Cade Mitchell, Most Likely to Succeed- Montgomery Cain, Most Spirited- Justin Veale, Cutest Couple-Juan Lopez and Linda Sanchez, Best Laugh- Cade Mitchell, Most Transformed- Trey Hagen, Sweetest and Kindest-Melanie Douglas, Best Hair- Catalina Villalobos, Best Friends- Montgomery Cain and Nicholas Napier, Life of the Party- Justin Veale, Cutest Couple that Never Was- Montgomery Cain and Kenley Everett, Most Talkative- Caitlin Hernandez, Biggest Flirt- Ryan Moore, Most Musical-Belle Martel. Congratulations to all!!