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Lines out the door, hectic drivers, and determined shoppers: you guessed it, it is Black Friday. One of the busiest holidays for everyone across America. Black Friday started in 1961 and became a bigger deal over the years. The most popular local stores to shop at are Kohl’s, Best Buy and the Valley Mall, all which have sales going on top of coupons to make the deals for the shoppers even better while promoting their store. 

Due to the busy nature of the day, shoppers tend to have to wait in lines to get the deal of a lifetime. Many think it is pointless and a waste of time, but others think it’s a deal to steal! 

“ I waited in line for 40 minutes at Target and to me, it wasn’t worth it. But I did get a $9 pillow!” said Emily Bailey (11).  

On this holiday you see the true colors come out in everyone. Everyone wants that 50” TV or new Nike Air Forces and they are willing to run the full mile to have it in their cart. Some shoppers will even extend to getting aggressive with other shoppers.

“It was just catastrophic. People fought over $9 pillows” said Bailey.

A big homerun for many teenagers on Black Friday is clothing. Black Friday is the  time to get all your nice popular brands such as Nike, Columbia, and Calvin Klien when it’s all on sale. However due to everyone knowing this, it can be stressful searching for your product because things become sold out quickly.

“ The most stressful thing for me that day was trying to find clothing in my size.. It was normally sold out.” stated Bailey.

The shoppers always think that they may have it rough, however it wouldn’t be made possible without the workers who were brave enough to work on the busiest day in shopping history. Cashiers work as fast as they can to make sure the lines move fast and swift. Garrett Working (11) who is a cashier at Marshalls in Hagerstown worked during the aftermath of Black Friday.

“ It wasn’t too bad when I got there, but it was definitely messy,” said Working.  “Everything was thrown around and out of order.” 

The cashiers worked quickly to move people through the line and to also answer customer questions while the rest of the workers worked to keep their store looking presentable for the upcoming days.

“I worked to help clean up the store for the following day” said Working. “They continue their sales and call it ‘Black Saturday.'”

Ending another year of a successful Black Friday shopping for both shoppers and workers. Until next year!

Frozen 2 Movie Review

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Frozen 2(2019)

 

Cast: Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Evan Rachel Wood, Jonathan Groff, Sterling K. Brown, Santino Fontana

 

Directors: Jennifer Lee, Chris Buck

 

Synopsis: Elsa the Snow Queen joins her sister Anna on an adventure outside their Kingdom of Arendelle. Characters that go alongside the two protagonists are Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven.The characters travel to an ancient Enchanted Forest in search for the origin of Elsa’s powers; they hope to save the people of their kingdom and lift the spell that has trapped many people in the forest.

 

What’s Hot 

Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck bring this sequel to theaters. This film is a heart-warming experience. It is touching to see the elevation of sisterhood demonstrated between Anna and Elsa, as well as the empowerment and friendship the characters took on throughout their adventure in the Enchanted Forest. This sequel was very different from the first film, and that made the film unpredictable.The storyline was good, and the new, catchy music was sure to leave young Anna and Elsa fans wanting more.

 

What’s Not 

This film was intended for younger audiences much like the first movie. Although more mature audiences can enjoy this film, the animated feel and kid-like storyline is more enjoyable for younger audiences.

 

Bottom Line 

The film portrays fantasy and is very friendly. This movie is definitely a must-watch with the family. Overall I enjoyed the film, and believe it to be worth my time.

 

Grade

A+

 

What does Thanksgiving Mean To Our Students?

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Picture this: sitting around the table, glorious food steaming hot, smelling as delicious as can be with all your favorite people. Now, what are you thinking of? Maybe you are thinking of Thanksgiving, the meal before hunting season, or the good eating right before you wake up super early to go Black Friday shopping. 

While the first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621,  Thanksgiving was not an official holiday until 1863. While the meaning of Thanksgiving has always been to celebrate blessings and nourishment, there have been some other meanings to Thanksgiving. 

Thanksgiving originally was celebrated when the Pilgrims first harvest in the New World had ended. To our JB students it means something different to everyone. 

To about 53 percent of our students, Thanksgiving means spending lots of time with family.  

“My family cooks all year round, I only hunt occasionally, shopping at this time of year is nuts, and family is just what thanksgiving is for,” said Faith Mitchell (12). 

Spending time with family is very important to our students at JB. 

“ I love spending time with family. It’s a great time to catch up with family you haven’t seen or talked to for a while. It is also a great time to make jokes and get good laughs in with the family,” stated Adrianna Duboraw (12).

 Thanksgiving isn’t just about being thankful for the things you have in life, it’s about the people who you are surrounded by that make life great for you. 

Like the rest of America, our students love to eat, therefore some feel that the food at Thanksgiving is most prominent.

“The amazing food (means the most) because it’s the one day of the year where you can eat and eat and not be judged,” said Alyssa Sensinger (11 ).

Part of Thanksgiving is the food and eating with people you love but being able to eat and not be self-conscious because this holiday only comes once a year. On Thanksgiving the average American consumes 4,500 calories.

While not everyone is a fan of hunting season, some of our students say Thanksgiving means the start of hunting season and all that hunting entails.

 “During hunting season, I spend a lot of time with my immediate family and enjoy being out in nature seeing God’s beautiful creation,” Madalyn Akers (11) said.

Hunting isn’t just about shooting a deer it’s about the bonds that are made between the people who hunt together. 

“I really love hunting, the time with my pap and the jokes we make are memories I’ll cherish forever, but it’s also a chance to get some deer meat,” Rachel Martin (12) said. 

Hunting, spending time with family, and eating are very popular but another favorite around Thanksgiving is shopping. In preparation for Christmas we have Black Friday that most everyone knows occurs on the day after Thanksgiving. 

To Jenna Yeager (9), shopping is most important around Thanksgiving. She said, “Being a teenager and not having a job makes it hard getting Christmas gifts for people without any deals. I love Black Friday because I can get gifts for my family without going bankrupt.” 

One thing that every meaning of Thanksgiving has in common is spending time with other people. Whether it be family or friends, no matter what you are doing you are hardly ever doing it alone. “You can’t find enjoyment in any meaning of Thanksgiving unless you are surrounded by people you love.” Benjamin Glessner (11) said. 

Puerto Rican Paradise

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After two years of planning, a group of 16 students were ready to begin their six-day journey in Puerto Rico that included snorkeling, hiking, ziplining, touring the capitol, kayaking in a bioluminescent bay, and eating lots of beans.

This was the first trip Ms. Danielle Simchick (Faculty) organized and planned on her own with her students. Ms. Danielle Fox (Faculty) and Mrs. Marie Donahoe (Faculty) accompanied her. Sign-ups began in the Fall of 2017, where 16 students decided to participate in this experience. With two years of planning and fundraising, June 18, 2019 was the day the group of students and faculty would start their travels after saying goodbye to their families and boarding a bus to BWI. 

To prepare for this big trip, students made lots of packing lists and learned about all the places they would be visiting. It is crucial to know the background of all the places that they were visiting.

“It was a little nerve-racking at first, but then after the first day everybody got really comfortable,” said Simchick. 

After the group made it to the airport, they made their way to the plane for the four-hour flight straight to San Juan, Puerto Rico. 

“The flight was really fun,” said Colby Starr. “It was some of our first time on a plane together.”

After landing, they were picked up by their tour guide on a bus after claiming all their baggage. The students started to experience the hot and humid weather of Puerto Rico, so they stopped at a local beach near the airport and enjoyed a couple of hours in the water before heading to the hotel.

The first full day of Puerto Rico was mostly all on foot. The first stop of the day was zip

lining and hiking. The rest of the day consisted of the students touring San Juan with a tour guide. 

All of the faculty and students gather together for a picture in front of the La Fortaleza in San Juan.

Three more groups accompanied JB on this trip: groups from Kansas, Virgina, and Wisconsin, which made a full bus. Between sightseeing and other activities, the students spent a lot of time getting to know the other groups. 

“My favorite part about the trip was snorkeling,” said Starr (11).

The next day was dedicated to riding a boat out to a small island off the coast of Puerto Rico. Students spent their time swimming, paddleboarding, and eating lots of food. After some time, a tour guide took all the students out farther in the ocean to snorkel. Most students said was their favorite part was seeing the sea turtles, stingrays, and puffer fish. 

Later that night, on the way home the last stop of the night was to a bioluminescent bay in Vieques. A bioluminescent bay is a bay that has tiny organisms that will light up at night, causing the water to turn bright blue, and students were able to kayak through it.

 

While touring San Juan, the group takes a picture at one of the pit stops.

After all the water and hiking days, the rest of the trip was spent touring Puerto Rico in San Juan and Ponce. The last day was traveling to Ponce and staying in a new hotel for the night. 

“This experience taught the students how to travel, how to navigate through an airport, how to be on time, how to pack, how to speak and practice Spanish, and most importantly how to be flexible and go with the flow,” said Simchick. 

Even though there was a set schedule, the students learned how to be open to things changing, as well. 

Once the time came on the sixth day, everyone got up and did a little more touring before getting on the bus to head home. Their flight home was a layover, so their first stop was in Orlando for a couple hours before they would make it to BWI. By that time, the students were anxious to be back home and in Mercersburg. 

Late that night after making it to the airport and onto the bus home, the students arrived in the middle of the night with welcoming friends and families waiting upon their arrival. 

With lots of pictures and new friendships, the students will always remember this experience and all hope to do it again with Simchick next year.

October Festivities

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Back On Track

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Have you ever felt down and lost in life, or feel like you have lost control?

“Back On Track” is the title of the 2019-20 Marching Band show that focuses on the idea of recovering and getting back on track when life knocks you down.

“My favorite part about the show is the emotional transition before ‘Man of Constant Sorrow,’” said Connor Slemp (9). “It reminds me of going to high school when I gained freedom.”

Everyone has their own ways of dealing with their issues and it is important that you do so you can recover. As the show progresses, the railroad is broken and they put the pieces together to signify overcoming challenges.

“Everyone has struggles in life,” said Teagan Starenchak (10). “Music is something I can use to get through them.”

In the show, prisoners and railroad workers use music to get their mind off of the back-breaking work. Worrying about the issue will often stress a person out so one could use music to find their way.

“My family is based around music so playing music reminds me of good times with them,” said Slemp.
The closer of the show is the song, “I’ll Fly Away,” to show overcoming challenges. It’s much faster and a stronger song than “Down To The River To Pray,” which was in the ballad.

“It generally takes me about a week to get over most things but other things take longer,” said Slemp.

The show expresses a change through many emotions and ups and downs to get to the goal. You just have to push through like a train ready to get back on track and get through it.

“Many times I’ve wanted to give up, but I knew I shouldn’t because there are others who depend on me,” said Slemp.

Life isn’t always easy and when it’s not, you have to keep your mind focused on your goal and stay determined like a train that won’t stop.

Festival Of Frights

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Dancing Through the Decades

A Jamboree to the End of the School Year.

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A Jamboree to the End of the School Year.

Playing some jenga, Sadie Garbinski (9), Ashley Alfree (9), Colby Starr (10), and Kaanan Hissong (10) work to not knock down the stack.

Playing some jenga, Sadie Garbinski (9), Ashley Alfree (9), Colby Starr (10), and Kaanan Hissong (10) work to not knock down the stack.

Playing some jenga, Sadie Garbinski (9), Ashley Alfree (9), Colby Starr (10), and Kaanan Hissong (10) work to not knock down the stack.

Playing some jenga, Sadie Garbinski (9), Ashley Alfree (9), Colby Starr (10), and Kaanan Hissong (10) work to not knock down the stack.

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14 Things To Get Your Mom For Mother’s Day

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All throughout your life, your mother has been there to clean your dirty dishes, put away your laundry, and cook up meals for your rumbling stomach. From your perspective, these tasks may just look small and like they do not take a lot of time, but little do you know, these tasks are just small pieces of a bigger puzzle. In reality, mothers do many things for the well being of their children and on a Sunday in every May, we celebrate and appreciate their time and effort. This year, Mother’s Day falls on May 11.

 

Most of the time, acts of appreciation that mothers desire are small, but they want to know that their children truly love and appreciate the things they do for them.

 

“On Mother’s Day, honestly, I just want to be with the kids and spend the day enjoying them, not having to worry about cooking or any of that,” said Mrs. Stacey Deiseroth (Faculty).

 

If you are stuck on what to get your mom for Mother’s Day, here are 14 simple gifts to show how much you love her.

 

At the end of the day, all moms just simply want to be appreciated and loved for all the things they do for their families even if it is just for one day. Getting your mother any of these gifts will certainly be the height of her Mother’s Day.

2019 Special Olympics

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On May 1 2019, the James Buchanan High school hosted their own Special Olympics. Taking place at the rocket stadium, schools in the Tuscarora school district bussed their kids to the stadium early Wednesday morning.  With a total of 42 participants; 19 high school participants, 9 Middle School, and 14 elementary school students. Each student competed at 3 events; softball throw, track race, and the long jump. Each school was put into different teams which competed against each other in the different events. Every participant was given 3 tries to get a better distance/score, when the participant finished they were given a popsicle stick telling them what place they received. All the students were happy as they showed off their multiple ribbons to the volunteers as well as their own parents who were welcome to attend the event. The day was filled with lots of cheering and encouragement as students had a chance to come out of their shell and express themselves.

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