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A Royal Night

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200 little princesses from four kingdoms—St. Thomas, Montgomery, Mountain View, and Mercersburg—arrived with their royal escorts to a ball held at James Buchanan High School. Little girls from the four elementary schools were accompanied by their fathers at the first daddy-daughter dance hosted by the Rocket Band.

On December 14, the James Buchanan High School band hosted a fundraising event in the form of a dance for girls in elementary school. The mastermind behind the night, band director Mrs. Sheryl Deike (Faculty) said she got the idea for a daddy-daughter dance from her daughter.

“My oldest daughter did it down in Appomattox, Virginia,” said Deike. “They didn’t do any pre-sales, they just advertised it, thinking maybe, you know, twenty or thirty [fathers and daughters would come]. They said the gym was filled.”

Deike did not expect to have the same large turnout as her daughter. By selling tickets ahead of time, Deike expected to have a few more fathers and daughters, but not enough to fill the cafeteria, where the dance was held.

“50, maybe 75 tops,” Deike said. “It came out to 200 hundred kids.”

Using the people at her disposal, Deike enlisted percussion instructor Michael Seville to D.J.

200 daughters meant 200 fathers, the only ones that had to pay for a ticket. The daughters got in free, and dads paid five dollars. In ticket sales alone, the band brought in $1,000, plus what they made from dads buying the snacks and carnations that were for sale. Aside from earning money for music programs, Deike wanted to bring the community together.

“I just wanted to do something sweet for the community,” said Deike. “I thought it was a nice idea.”

Along with having the dance for the community, Deike wanted everyone to see the Band.

“I guess it was a selfish thing, trying to get kids or people coming up to the high school to see us,” said Deike. “We’re not just about making music.”

Kennedy Saunders (9), Dawson Green (12), Sadie Garbinski (9), and Emily Horst (10) hand out punch and pretzels.

The dance was staffed entirely by Band students that volunteered to help out, as well as instructors. Band members ran games for the girls in the band room and played Frozen in the auditorium. Others ran snack tables in the lobby, giving out free punch and pretzels and selling bags of chips, cookies, and candy.

Deike already has plans to hold an event for mothers and sons in the spring. She also plans to hold another daddy-daughter dance next year. According to Deike, the daddy-daughter dance is the band’s “golden nugget.” It’s the special fundraiser they do that’s specific to them, but it also gives little princesses from Tuscarora School District’s four elementary schools a special evening with their fathers.

 

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Winter Skincare

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When you step outside into the cold, dry air, you can suddenly feel its chilling effect on your skin. The winter’s cold air has little moisture compared to the rest of the year; therefore, it’s important to not forget to give the gift of moisturizer and other products to your skin this season.

 

As the weather gets colder and your skin starts to attempt to adjust, you may notice some changes in your skin. Altering your daily skincare routine may be needed in order to get your skin back to its natural healthy glow.

 

“I have a charcoal face wash that I wash my face with every day at both morning and night,” said Gwenhvier Hunt (12).”Then, I use witch-hazel as a toner and a Neutrogena spot treatment. Lastly, I use rose water to hydrate.”

 

Your skin has its own personality, so daily routines may vary depending on whether your skin is naturally dry or oily. However, seasonal change also causes your skin to adjust. With the cold and dry air, your skin may start to dry up, peel or become red and itchy.

 

“My skin gets really dry and breaks out more than normal in the winter time,” said Mallory Peck (11). “I make sure I cut down on how often I wash my face because the air is already dry enough, and I make sure I apply extra lotion so it stays hydrated.”

 

Your hands are also more prone to become dry and crack open. Carrying around a small bottle of lotion may be a lifesaver when it comes to preventing splitting skin.

 

There are many products that can help ease the pain and inconvenience of dry skin or even just make your skin look and feel more healthy.

 

“I really like witch-hazel because it’s the most natural toner that you can get,” said Hunt. “Also, it just really works.”

 

Also, even though Christmas cookies and candy are a must around Christmas, what you eat and drink could also have a pretty big impact on your skin’s health this season.

 

“I definitely know what I eat affects my skin,” said Peck. “Cutting down on the sugar does wonders for me.”

 

The skin is the biggest organ of the body. It covers your whole body from head to toe. It protects your other organs from harm and also helps regulate your body temperature. That being said, taking care of your skin this winter season is like a thank you for all that it does for you.

 

Emma Gipe, Staff

Emma Gipe is 17 years old and a junior at James Buchanan. Dance is her passion, and she does Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Pointe, and Tap.  She also serves...

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Wanna Stay Warm? Do it in Style

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Hats, mittens, and scarves, oh my! There are tons of ways to keep warm this winter, but make sure you are keeping up with this season trends! There are many options to choose from, but depending on your personal look, you may lean towards a different style.

Scarves:

 

 From tartan to color block, scarves, no matter the pattern, are always a necessary piece in anyone’s winter wardrobe. Whether wearing one while you’re tubing at Whitetail or when you’re having a nice night out, a scarf can take an outfit from a not too hot.

 

To keep warm this winter, Kali Rotharmel (12) swears by wearing scarves to not only stay cozy but to dazzle up any outfit.

“Scarves are a nice way to accent a piece of clothing while keeping your neck warm, and staying stylish while comfortable,” said Kali Rotharmel (12).

 

According to India Yaffe in her article, some popular styles of scarves this winter would be blanket scarves, which are oversized and mainly come in a flannel print. Infinity scarves, a popular favorite, are still in style but are quickly being replaced by ones that drape across your shoulders and chest. On the other hand, coming quickly back into style are neck scarves, similar to ascots, but they tend to be more complicated to rock. If you are up for the challenge, although, go ahead and try it out!

Hats:

Want a way to cover up your messy hair but keep your ears warm? Make sure to try out a hat! While hats are seen all year round, there are certain types that stick out during the winter.

“I think beanies are always popular during the winter, but I’ve also noticed berets have been more popular this year,” said Rachel Rotz (12).

The perfect accessory that accomplishes many goals: the hat. Not only does it keep your head warm, but it completes your whole outfit and covers up a bad hair day. Just ask Rachel Rotz (12), she swears by them!

Serving the purpose of keeping you warm, hats are very useful, but they also extend to being an accessory that pulls a look together, similar to a scarf.

“You could really wear it with anything, but I think they look best with a sweater and some jeans in the winter time,” said Rotz, “They’re casual but still pull a look together.”

While there are many high fashion hat trends this season, there are also some casual hats that you can see in this winter’s street fashion. Writer Camielle Lawson-Livingstone said on glowsly.com, in addition to the runway style, knit beanies, berets, newsboy caps, and even wide-brimmed fedoras are starting to make a reappearance. Some of these styles might be out of your comfort zone, but give one a try to make your outfit look like it just came out of New York Fashion Week!

Coats:

Everyone knows a coat is to keep you warm, but that doesn’t have to be all it does! Don’t have a boring average coat. Instead, lean towards a coat that not only keeps you warm but makes people stop and ask where you got it!

“My favorite coat is a black bomber jacket,” said Jacob Troupe (11). “It’s in style right now, but not many people at JB wear them.”

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You shouldn’t leave the house without a coat, but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring! Jacob Troupe (11) wears a fashion-forward bomber jacket to stay warm in the chilly weather.

from drab to fab!

“I like the classic look and feel that the jacket gives, and it goes well with a wide variety of clothes,” said Troupe.

As you can see on this article on harpersbazaar.com by Amy de Klerk, the main trend this season is trench coats! Not just any plain trench coat, though. Instead, strong and bold patterns and fabrics are making this classic jacket stand out. On top of the trench, a new kind of coat is making its way into every store: the teddy. The teddy is a fuzzy jacket, usually camel colored, that many stores are aiming towards the younger generation.

Shoes:

The winter months are always fluctuating up and down in weather. It could be raining one day, it could be sunny and warm the next, and then the day after there are 8 inches of snow on the ground. With the weather constantly changing, it is easy to take a summer shoe and turn it into a winter shoe, or vice versa.

Incorporating shoes from other seasons, Mallory Peck (11) said, “I really like wearing my black converse, and also my Christmas cabin socks with Birkenstocks.”

No matter what the weather calls for, it is easy to figure out a shoe to wear.

Socks and sandals are making a comeback, and they are keeping everyone’s feet warm and comfortable. Mallory Peck (11) can’t go a day without camp socks and a pair of Birkenstocks on her feet!

“My black converse is a shoe you can wear in any weather. Socks with Birkenstocks is definitely a shoe to wear when it’s chilly out, and not raining or snowing,” said Peck.

Popping into style this season, writer Hannah Almassi depicts on whowhatwear.com how booties with cowboy boot accents, thick-soled sneakers, and loafers are on the scene. While those are the shoe styles, there are also elements of the shoe design that is new, such as animal print, leather brown, and square-toed silhouettes.

Whether dressing high-fashion or in trend with your age group, there are tons of trends to keep up with this winter. No matter what season, styles are changing and progressively coming in and out of style.

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5 Ways on How to Stick with Your New Year’s Resolution

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The days until Christmas are dwindling, which means that New Year’s is just around the corner. On December 31, many people will be having parties with friends and family. They will stay up until midnight in order to celebrate the upcoming year. New Year’s resolutions are often made on the last day of the year to set goals for people that they want to follow through on for the upcoming year.

 

Life can get pretty busy, which can make it hard to stick with a New Year’s resolution. The goals made on New Year’s Eve may be followed for a certain amount of time, but more likely than not, they are often forgotten.

 

“One of my New Year’s resolutions was to be more motivated and get on top of things,” said Kortney Atherton (10). “This was really hard to keep because I procrastinate a lot, and I have so many things to do at one time.”

 

When people do not follow through with their goals, they get into a mindset of stopping their New Year’s resolution.

 

“My resolution in the past was learning how to cook,” said Ayla Maun (9). “It’s been an on and off thing like sometimes I would want to cook all the time, and other times I just don’t care.”

 

One thing that people wish they can do is to go back in time to a certain event and change the outcome of it. When it comes to past New Year’s resolutions, people can learn from their mistakes and try to do better in the future.

 

“If I were to go back in time, I would take it more seriously and try harder to keep my priorities straight,” said Atherton. “I would also try to be more organized with what needs to be done and not let myself brush things off until the last minute.”

 

People tend to have a lot on their plate with school or work throughout the year. With that being said, it can be hard for people to accomplish their New Year’s resolutions.

 

“Most of the challenge is just being consistent and not getting lazy,” said Maun. “I would get distracted, and then I won’t focus on my goals like I’m supposed to.”

 

Resolutions that were made in the past might not have been fulfilled, but a couple of tips could help you to accomplish your objectives.

 

       1. Make Small Goals

Instead of going all out and making big plans, try and be realistic. If you feel that you will not be able to stick with your goal, then try to start small. Once you can do the small goals, then you can move up to more complex goals that could eventually lead you up to your ultimate goal.

“If your New Year’s resolution was important for you to make it a goal, then it is probably important enough for you to follow through with it,” said Maun.

 

       2. Make an Outline of Your Goal

Making an outline can help keep you on track of your goal. One thing that you can do is try to make some time in your schedule to work on your New Year’s resolution. When making an outline, you can plan out how much time you will work on your objective. This technique helps you to stay organized and focused on what you need to accomplish.

 

       3. Get Other People Involved 

Doing things by yourself can be challenging because there is no one to make sure that you follow your New Year’s resolution. With a friend, you can help motivate each other.

“Friends will be there to tell you to keep going when you feel like giving up, and you can do the same for them,” said Atherton. “I feel that it would work so much better with the support from each other.”

 

       4. Reward Yourself

Sometimes people do not feel like doing anything but sitting down and watching TV. By putting the temptations aside for 15 to 20 minutes, you can reward yourself after you attempted to pursue your New Year’s resolution. At the end of the day, you can feel great about your success and still have time for yourself.

 

       5. Always Have Confidence

Confidence plays a big role in this because as you keep putting yourself down, then chances are you will not want to pick back up with your goal. The whole purpose of New Year’s resolutions is to challenge yourself. If you stay positive, then this helps serve as adrenaline to keep on pursuing your goals.

“Don’t give up and stick with your resolution even though you might want to,” said Atherton. “Don’t tell yourself that you can’t do it. Some New Year’s resolutions can really change your life for the better if you stick with them.”

 

More times than not, people tend to not follow through on their new year’s resolutions. These tips might be able to help you to stick with your objectives for a longer period of time. New Year’s resolutions can be considered as a challenge, but if enough effort is put into them, they could be considered as accomplishments.

Megan Rummel, Editor

Megan Rummel lives in  St. Thomas, PA. She lives with her mom, dad, and her two grandmas. Her brother lives in Chambersburg and is a father to his son...

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How to Beat the Winter Blues

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The official winter months are heading our way. On Friday, Dec. 21, the mark of winter will be upon us. For many, this means hibernating in the warmth of our houses to avoid the cold chilly air, or the opposite for the snow lovers who can’t wait for snowfall. If you’re that certain person who prefers to hibernate in the winter, I am here to give you some ideas to beat those so called winter blues.

Hot Cocoa

A staple item for the winter is hot chocolate, the creamy smoothness of the chocolate after a fun day in the cold of building a snowman will warm you up. This drink is a favorite for many children and adults at heart. There are several ways to make this decadent drink. The simplest way would be to go to your local grocery store and pick up some hot cocoa mix powder, and either make it with hot milk or water. If you’re lucky, some of the packets come with mini marshmallows, but if not available, you can always pick up a bag. Another way would be to make the hot chocolate homemade, you can find a recipe for this drink here. I hope that hot cocoa warms you up from the cold winter days!

Christmas Movies

Ho! Ho! Ho! Is that Santa Claus coming? Oh wait, no, that’s just a Christmas movie playing. Nothing beats a nice relaxed evening, snuggled by the fire, watching a movie filled with Christmas joy. Some classic Christmas movies are Elf, The Grinch Stole Christmas, or The Polar Express. No matter the movie you choose, they are all great movies that will give you a laugh to beat those winter blues.  If you do not have any holiday movies handy, do not fret, the Hallmark channel is a great go to. In fact, the Hallmark channel is so dedicated to Christmas that they have a schedule online that can be found here.  Snuggle up, enjoy some hot cocoa, and let the film role.

Cookies for Santa

It’s not Christmas without ensuring that there are cookies made for Santa. Baking a dozen cookies or so won’t hurt, except maybe if you eat too many. In this day in age, there are thousands of cookie recipes that can be found on the internet, in magazines, or in cookbooks. If you need some ideas visit BettyCrocker.com that shows some of the 51 best Christmas cookie recipes. A classic Christmas cookie would have to be cut-out sugar cookies that can be made into silhouettes representing the holidays from snowflakes to reindeer. Whether you want to buy store-bought cookie dough or make it from scratch is entirely up to you, but either way they are going to be scrumptious. P.S. don’t forget to save some for Santa!

Have you heard of the gingerbread man?

You have seen the gingerbread house fails all over social media of the caved in roofs, the missing walls, and the gingerbread man missing a head. Sounds fun, right? But why not give it a try and get into the holiday spirit. If you are up for a challenge, you can try making a homemade gingerbread house with a recipe, but let’s be real, who actually makes their own gingerbread house from scratch when it’s just gonna get destroyed? So go to your local grocery store, pick out a gingerbread kit, and get started building. This may be the first time in your life that you can pretend to be a contractor. This also is a great thing to do with family members or friends. I wish you luck! Check out some amazing gingerbread houses here.

Last-Minute Shopping

I know the pain that comes with last minute shopping, as some people say “been there done that”, so to express this I wrote a little song about it.

Dashing through the mall

In a one coarse shopping cart

Through the stores we go

Crying all the way

Waah! Waah! Waah!

As reading or singing through the song, you can tell that last minute shopping is not for everyone, but it needs to be done. If you haven’t finished your Christmas shopping yet, I would say it’s time to strap on those snow boots and wool jacket to head to the stores. If you’re struggling with some gift ideas, it’s always good to consult the internet before going. According to target, here are some lists of gifts that are great options. Good luck with the holiday crowd!

Whitetail Ski Resort

If you are a fairly active person or would like to pick up a new hobby this winter, Whitetail Ski Resort is now open for the season. The cold weather means that it’s snow blowing time for the ski resort to kick into full action and to take advantage of the freezing weather. Already know how to ski or snowboard? Great! Hit the slopes and have fun. Don’t know how to? Don’t worry, you can get lessons in either skiing or snowboarding for any age. If it’s not your thing, you can still take a gander up there to go tubing. Have questions or want more info, visit their website.

The winter blues dialing down, catch up with a friends or family by building a gingerbread house, watching a holiday movie, or baking some cookies.The winter months are upon us, bundle up, get cozy, and have a hot cocoa or two!

Shay Fisher, Staff

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Santa Tell Me, Are You Really There?

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As children, we all got excited for the time of the year when Santa Claus came to town. We wrote letters telling him what presents we wanted and we set out homemade cookies along with fresh milk to energize him for his long journey ahead. On Christmas morning, we ran to the tree to see what toys awaited us and dreaded getting any clothes or shoes. Now, as we mature into teenagers, we see the old Santa Claus story to be childish, silly, and we find ourselves wanting the things we used to hate receiving as kids.

The community at James Buchanan has been seeing changes in their attitudes during the holiday season. Growing up and becoming an individual has made them alter what gifts they would like to receive on Christmas morning.

“Childhood [gifts] were more like games, toys,” said Rylynn Welsh (9).  “Now it’s just more like clothing.”

Waking up on Christmas morning at a younger age was one of the most exciting parts of the holidays for some students. Adrenaline and excitement flowed through them as they raced to their parents’ bedroom to tell them that Santa had come last night.

“When I was a kid, I was always up at 5:30 in the morning and wanting to open presents right away,” said Welsh.

While we reminisce in the good times we witnessed when we were little, we may notice Christmas becoming a less wholesome time. This may be due to us being more invested in ourselves and paying less attention to those around us.

“It’s [Christmas] not like, ‘Oh my gosh, Santa came last night,’” said Hunter Smith (10). “It’s more like, ‘I got presents and these are for me.’”

As teenagers undergo transitions into adulthood, it may seem like old morals established as children have diminished. But other students at James Buchanan feel that the values they hold during Christmas have not changed at all throughout their life.

“It’s not all about presents, it’s about being with your family,” said Smith, “so I don’t really find it [Christmas] more or less exciting than before.”

Although the holiday season may be slightly different from previous years, we can still enable it to be a special time to come together with your family and exchange gifts out of gratitude. We can still remember the good times from past Christmases and help us to have better Christmases in the near future.

“Waking up and seeing all the cookies eaten and a half-drank glass of milk,” said Smith referring to his childhood during Christmas.

As a school community, we may notice things in our lives changing slightly as the years go by, especially during this time of year. Students think that we are able to use these changes to our advantage and make every Christmas as cheerful as we can.

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15 Last-Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

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Trees are being lit, cookies are being made, and presents are being wrapped. Christmas is fast approaching and the countdown to the big day is getting closer and closer. As you realize that Black Friday and Cyber Monday have passed, you may find yourself still missing that perfect gift.

 

“I have so many gifts to still buy,” said Lexi Palmer (9), “It’s so hard to find the perfect gift sometimes.”

 

The Holidays can be expensive, from buying presents for secret santas to all of your family members, the only thing you may want to do is just save a buck.

 

“I especially like to shop at TJ Maxx and Target because you can find good deals,” said Bri Cole (10).

1.Monogrammed mug filled with sweets – $8 

2. Fun Facemasks – $4

3. Succulents – $12

4. Festive Socks – $5 

5. Watches – $15

6. Inspirational Wooden Signs – $15

7.  Local Gift Basket – $15 Bobbie’s Gifts, 11 W Seminary St, Mercersburg, PA 17236

8.  Cosmetics

9. Letter boards – $15

10. Records – $10-$20

11. Wireless Phone Charger for IPhone 8, 8  Plus, and X – $10-$20

12. Lotion

13. Scented Candles

14. Gift Cards

15. Cable Bites – $8

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10 Ways To Make Your Christmas Season Sleigh

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After all the turkey and stuffing is gone, and 95.1 immediately begins playing Christmas music, it’s time to get into the Christmas spirit. You can finally crank up “Jingle Bells” and decorate your tree with no judgment of celebrating “too early.” There are many little things you can do to make your Christmas season as festive as possible.

 

Hershey Sweet Lights in Hershey, PA is a 2-mile drive through about 600 different displays of animated Christmas lights. As you drive through the winding  path, you can tune your radio to the special station that corresponds to the dancing and twinkling lights.

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Hershey’s Sweet Lights in Hershey, PA.

Another way to enjoy the Christmas season is to take advantage of the deals when it comes to holiday shopping. Many stores have special promotions going on for buying lots of gifts. Malls and stores are decorated for the season and luring shoppers in with their sales and festive music. Locally, many people go to the Valley Mall or the Hagerstown Premium Outlets to do their holiday shopping.

 

Immediately after Thanksgiving, the upbeat and happy Christmas music begins to play which makes it obvious that it’s time for the holidays and to celebrate. Listening to Christmas music is a central idea in the holiday season.

 

“Listening to Christmas songs makes me enjoy this season so much because it just warms my heart how happy everyone gets,” said Lizzie Pittman (12).

 

One prominent thing in the holidays is shopping for a Christmas tree. Picking out a live Christmas tree is a unique experience when it comes to just getting an artificial tree out of a box every year.

 

“Finding the perfect Christmas tree with my family really puts me in the holiday spirit,” said Nathan Walls (12).

 

Another idea is ice skating. Locally, you can go to the Hagerstown Ice and Sports Complex and lace up a pair of ice skates. Admission is $5.00 and skate rental is $2.00.

 

“I really enjoyed going  ice skating my first time”, said Marlee Barry (12), “I liked it so much I actually once thought about taking lessons”.

 

Many locals in our area also spend time at Whitetail Ski Resort throughout the winter season, whether it’s time spent working, skiing, snowboarding or tubing. Whitetail has not yet opened for the season but will soon begin making snow for lots of skiers and snowboarders to enjoy.

 

Around this time is when many family members and friends give and receive gifts from one another. Many people participate in “Secret Santa” gift exchanges. Names are drawn out and you must get a gift for that person and keep it a secret until you exchange gifts.

 

“Secret Santa is a great way to celebrate the holiday because of the suspense and excitement it creates by not knowing who is surprising you”, said Emily Gipe (12).

 

Student Council also holds the annual Food Drive for the holiday season where students can bring in non-perishable canned goods to donate to families in need. The competition that takes place between the homerooms to win the prize gets lots of students participating.

 

There are also many other ways to donate back to the community during the holidays. Many “Toys for Tots” boxes and local shelters and organizations are in need of donations.

 

“We should all aspire to help others because helping other should be a part of your life,” said Mallory Peck (11). “Seeing someone else happy and know you were able to make that happen in some sort of way is one of the best feelings.”

 

Snickerdoodles, chocolate chip, and sugar cookies are another way add to the holiday season. Many people bake treats to share with friends and family as a miniature present and a way to enjoy each other.

 

“My family always has a cookie bake day where we all get together at my great aunt’s house to eat lunch, bake cut out cookies, make a craft, and just have a good time in everyone’s company,” said Elena McNulty (11).

 

Memories and traditions made this time of year become annual and a special part of many people’s Christmas.

 

“My favorite tradition is playing Hershey Kiss Oven Mitt Relay Race at my Nana’s house after dinner,” said Harley Rife (12). “We put on oven mitts and try to unwrap a Hershey Kiss. When everyone on your team unwraps their candy, they get to open gifts first and also receive a mystery gift.”

 

When it’s time to relax by the Christmas tree, make sure you include watching lots of Christmas movies. This time of year, many TV channels and apps like Netflix have a wide selection of Christmas movies to enjoy with your families. Some movies to watch on Netflix are How The Grinch Stole Christmas, A Princess Switch, The Christmas Chronicles, and A Christmas Prince.

 

“All my family watches Hallmark Christmas movies the entire day of Christmas Eve in our matching pj’s and then we make home made cookies for the younger ones to put out for Santa,” said Kali Rotharmel (12).

 

Many memories can be made and fun can be had while doing activities during Christmas. You can spend time enjoying the weather and seasonal activities, but always remember the real reason for the season and what it means to you.

 

Emma Gipe, Staff

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Cable TV or Netflix: which one do you choose?

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Displaying their preferences of cable TV or Netflix are Colby Shingler (11) and Carlee Jackson (11).

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The popcorn is popped, the fire is lit, the blanket is laying on the couch, and the television is on. It is finally time to catch up on the latest episode of Stranger Things, but the show is not being watched on cable TV; it’s on Netflix.

According to Netflix Media Center, 1998 was the year when the official Netflix website was first launched. During this time, Netflix was a DVD rental and sales website. Almost twenty years later, Netflix has movies and TV shows that can be streamed to multiple devices and includes the most recent and up-to-date content. In 2017, Netflix hit 100 million members from viewers across the nation. Netflix is becoming more popular, which causes more people to switch from cable TV to Netflix. This begs the question: Is Netflix taking over cable TV?

“I think [Netflix] has taken over TV because a lot of people don’t like advertisements anymore, and they would rather pay to not view advertisements,” said Kendra Martin (12).

There are people who have both cable TV and Netflix, which they use to watch their favorite shows and programs. A survey was given to 50 students at JBHS and asked if Netflix or cable TV is better. From the results, there was a higher percentage of people who preferred Netflix over cable TV.

“I only have Netflix and not cable TV,” said Faith Mitchell (11). “It’s just more convenient for some people because with Netflix, you can watch it whenever you want and all of your seasons are on there. Plus, it’s cheaper.”

Compared to the vast majority of people who like Netflix, Skylar Garlick (10) prefers cable TV over Netflix.

“One thing that I like about cable TV is that you can record movies and tv shows if you are not home,” said Garlick.

People choose Netflix over cable TV because of what features it contains. These features benefit their viewers, which allows them to have a satisfying experience.

“A lot of people have Netflix, so since it has all of the newer shows it’s just easier and more convenient,” said Mitchell. “For cable, you have to wait for commercials and with Netflix, you don’t have to.”

On the contrast, the features that Netflix has may not suit the viewers. For example, when it comes to TV shows, Netflix is not always up-to-date with the latest episodes.

“Unlike cable TV, you have to wait like a year for Netflix to release new seasons,” said Garlick. “Most of the time on cable TV, they release an episode each week.”

Ever since Netflix has been released, it has gained more viewers. Since the number of Netflix viewers has increased over the years, the way people watch TV has been impacted.

“Netflix tends to be a brand new culture to teenagers and the rest of the world,” said Martin. “It’s a faster, cheaper, and easier way to watch the shows you love…making it important for teenagers who want what they want.”

Ever since Netflix launched its first website, the number of viewers has grown over time. From the survey that was conducted, the results show that the vast majority of students would choose Netflix over cable TV. From the evidence given, it is evident that Netflix has taken over cable TV for many students.

Megan Rummel, Editor

Megan Rummel lives in  St. Thomas, PA. She lives with her mom, dad, and her two grandmas. Her brother lives in Chambersburg and is a father to his son...

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Hustling and Bustling Through NYC

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Fascinated by adventure, but don’t wanna take the plunge to jump on a plane or travel halfway across the country? New York City may be the place to have a little thrill.

Located in the Northeastern side of the United States between Pennsylvania and the Canadian border, it is but a mere three to five-hour travel depending on the time and day. Here is a nifty travel guide to give you the ins and outs of the “Big Apple.”

Getting There

There are endless amounts of ways to enter into the city: buses, cars, planes, trains, even Uber, but that may put a dent in your pocket.

Buses are your best bet for getting into the city for the first time as a New York tourist. It ensures you arrive and depart without any worry of being left behind or stranded in the midst of skyscrapers. These tend to cost between $90-200, depending on which bus company and the excursions involved. Obviously, the more money you have to spare, the longer the days and hours being able to be spent in the city.

Cars can also be a mode of transportation to get into the “Big Apple,” but it is  not recommend to drive into the city unless you know of someone inside the city since it can get complicated fast due to several reasons:

  1. Limited parking. It is a big city filled with millions of people. I wish you luck finding a parking space.
  2. Traffic, Traffic, Traffic. Your car will be buried amongst buses, taxis, Ubers, Lyfts, and locals to the area.
  3. Go ahead and buy a replacement horn. Trust me on this, you will need a new horn after driving through this crazy city. You may hear birds chirping from where you’re from, but in New York, those “birds chirping” are horns being honked.

Simply do not drive.

Lastly, the Amtrak Train is by far the best transportation I have taken. You can find all the train station locations here.

Depending on the location of entering the Amtrak will determine the amount of time to get the city and the price.

Food

A four-letter word that is dearest to everyone’s heart, especially in a place with so many options to choose from.

As everyone will tell you, pizza is always the way to go. This will, in fact, be your cheapest option in the city with several nook-and-cranny pizza places having 99 cent slices of pizza that will be bigger than your head, literally. You can find many of pizza places scattered throughout the city, but your best bet for authentic may perhaps be Little Italy.

If you are not so big into the greasy on the go type, or you are just not in the mood for pizza, there are approximately 44,910 eating and drinking locations in New York City according to https://www.restaurant.org/Downloads/PDFs/State-Statistics/NewYork.pdf

Good luck trying to figure out which place to eat!

As a dessert connoisseur, you should rightfully choose Dō Cookie Dough Confections. when coming for a sugary treat. The go-to choice would be the sugar cookie dough served in a cone, but if preferred can be put into a dish. If you are vegan or gluten-free, they have options for you, too! If wishing to go, type this address into your GPS and off you go: 550 LaGuardia PI, New York, NY 10012.

Parks & Outdoor Spaces

Central Park, a hidden forest inside a bustling cityscape that when lost inside, you cannot see the penetrating buildings touching the sky. 840 acres total, the park has many features. One of them coming up is the famous Wollman Rink which can found in many famous ice skating scenes in movies making it a popular spot during the cold season. After getting ice skating checked off your list, head over to the historic carousel to bring out your inner child and take a spin. If none of these sound pleasing, just take a stroll through the beautiful paths lined with park benches and embrace the sights and sounds within.

Known as Manhattan’s Town Square is Bryant Park, a place to sit and watch people pass, get a bite to eat, or take in the skyscrapers encasing the park. There is always something to take on in this part of the city. The park is bustling with activity from ping pong matches that you can sign up to play a random opponent or perhaps a friend. If you are up for a challenge, you may also enter yourself into a ping-pong tournament if you are lucky to catch one while walking through. Hungry for something to eat, you can find a restaurant called the SouthWest Porch located 41 W 40th St, New York, NY 10018 where you can sit down, relax, and enjoy a meal while still see the features of the park around you.

An iconic bridge can be spotted in New York known as the Brooklyn Bridge connecting Manhattan and Brooklyn together over the East River.  Many people like to recreate the famous pictures that are taken on the bridge, but if you are not a fan you can just snap some cool pictures.

Dropping the cash

The spot every tourist visits and locals avoid is Time Square, known for the New Year’s Ball Drop, and for the most popular shopping stores in America. The stores located in this prime location are Hershey’s Chocolate World, Sephora, M&M’s World, Old Navy, Gap, H&M, Forever 21, American Eagle Outfitters, and many more. A prime location for business, many of these stores hold special features that you could never experience anywhere else such as walking the runway in H&M to be broadcasted on the Time Square monitors, or snap some photos in American Eagle to be flashed up on the screens for millions of people to see.

If you are not about dropping that cash, but wanna pick up some new style or some items walk your way through Chinatown. Throughout, you will find shops and markets selling things cheaper than other places in the city.

The higher budget stores can found on Fifth Avenue where you will find Tiffany & Co, Louis Vuitton, Versace, Cartier, and many other high price stores like Gucci. Traveling on this Avenue before, but never had the opportunity to every to walk into one of the stores, if you can’t afford the stores, take a look and admire the decor and window displays. They are some of the most exotic and glamorous displays to be seen.

What are you waiting for? Take the plunge and immerse yourself into the “Big Apple” and discover something unknown about the city while taking in the view of the New York skyline.

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6 Reasons why you Should Listen to Audio Books

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Technology is changing and advancing every day and something that is rapidly changing is the way people are reading books. Instead of reading books, people are listening to them through audiobooks. Audiobooks are a new form of reading and listening as a narrator tells the story.

  1. Allows you to multitask.

 

Everyday people have to juggle many things. Students have to juggle homework, family, and extracurricular activities. All of these things make it difficult to sit down and read a book. Audiobooks allow you to be doing something while listening to a book at the same time.

“It is harder during the school year to sit down and read a book,” said student      

Alliah Fluent (10) “I have to spend more time doing school work and sports.”  

 

 2. More People are using audiobooks

 

More and more people are using audiobooks. For instance, teachers in our school like Nicole Myers (Faculty) and Kelley Reeder (Faculty) have used audio tools called podcasts and incorporated them into their lesson plans.

“I’ve done podcasts for two years now,” said Myers “It’s something a little bit different and picks up engagement.”

 

3. Fits Right into your Pocket

 

Since audiobooks are electronic, they are all read to you through your phone. This makes them easily portable. This lets you listen to a book anywhere at any time of the day.

“All the books I read myself are mostly audiobooks,” said Myers. “I like the different kind of platform and experience it gives you.”

4.  A thing to do when you’re bored

 

Audiobooks can give you something to do when you’re bored and you have nothing to do. Instead of scrolling through Instagram or constantly checking your phone waiting for a Snapchat, you can occupy yourself with an audiobook.

 

5. Great narrators can bring books to life

 

Audiobooks are read to you by a narrator, the narrator helps the reader to get a better picture of the characters, setting, and what the book is all about. You also get to see and listen to different perspectives read aloud by the narrator.

“The characters and narrators transport you to another time and place,” said Fluent. “It also helps you to get away from all the stress.”

6. Helps to Improve Vocabulary

When reading a book, sometimes there are words you may not know. Audiobooks can help with this, since the narrator is reading the book to you, you know the word is pronounced correctly. The word that you once didn’t know, you now do.

 

A Spook-tacular Day

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A Spook-tacular Day

Getting into the Halloween spirit, Jacob Troupe (11), Nick Alfree (11), Patrick Hicks (11), Zach Slodysko (11), Dylan Poffenberger (11), and Mason Younker (11) dress up as the band KISS.

Getting into the Halloween spirit, Jacob Troupe (11), Nick Alfree (11), Patrick Hicks (11), Zach Slodysko (11), Dylan Poffenberger (11), and Mason Younker (11) dress up as the band KISS.

Getting into the Halloween spirit, Jacob Troupe (11), Nick Alfree (11), Patrick Hicks (11), Zach Slodysko (11), Dylan Poffenberger (11), and Mason Younker (11) dress up as the band KISS.

Getting into the Halloween spirit, Jacob Troupe (11), Nick Alfree (11), Patrick Hicks (11), Zach Slodysko (11), Dylan Poffenberger (11), and Mason Younker (11) dress up as the band KISS.

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October is a season full of carving pumpkins, dressing up, and lots of sweets. Student Council decided to celebrate this season by hosting a pumpkin-decorating contest, costume contest, and senior trick-or-treating.

Every year Student Council hosts a pumpkin-decorating contest. The contest allowed homerooms to show off their creative side by painting pumpkins. The pumpkins are judged by teachers who come down and decide which pumpkin is the best.

“I enjoyed being a judge for the contest,” said Hillwig. “It’s cool to see how creative the students can be.”

Homeroom 301 (Art) won the contest with their Oscar the Grouch-themed pumpkin. The homeroom was rewarded with a breakfast provided by Student Council. The breakfast includes bagels, doughnuts, and fruit.

The Art Homeroom Oscar the Grouch Pumpkin

“All the pumpkins were so unique,” said Claire Kriner (11). “I never would have thought to paint a pumpkin like they were.”

At the end of the day, Student Council members will dress up in Halloween costumes and deliver the pumpkins to local nursing homes, including Shook Home and Menno Haven.

“My favorite part of the pumpkin-decorating is visiting with the elderly and seeing how happy their reactions are,” said Kriner.

The next event Student Council planned was the costume contest. The costume contest lets students dress up as something of their choosing. The categories were: Most Creative, Best Couple, Best Group, Scariest, and the Most Funny. Student Council then chooses a random selection of teachers to judge the contest. The pumpkins this year were judged by Troy Hillwig (Faculty) and De-bra Blair (Faculty).

“The judging was tough,” said Hillwig. “There were some great costumes like Bonnie and Clyde and Raining Men.”

Dressing up as Bonnie and Clyde, Jackie Wagaman (12) and Aaron Stone (12) pose for a picture.

The final event to wrap the Halloween festivities up was senior Trick-or-Treating. The event enables seniors to dress up in costumes and go around to teachers who give out candy. Not only do the students dress up, but the teachers participate as well to get into the Halloween spirit.

Dressing up as Captain America Brian Stull (Faculty) participates in Senior Trick-or-Treating.

“My favorite thing is senior Trick-or-Treating because students are acting like they are younger again,” said Lynn Fleury-Adamek (Faculty).

From dressing up to getting lots of sweets, the day was filled with Halloween fun for students and faculty to enjoy.

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