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‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure’ is an explosive ending to a spectacular series

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Epic, riveting, compelling, adventurous; these are all words that can be used to describe the third and final Maze Runner film that hit theaters in late January.

Wes Ball’s Maze Runner: The Death Cure is the fast-paced, action-packed conclusion to the popular series, The Maze Runner. Based off of the book The Death Cure by James Dashner, the long-awaited finale to the franchise ties all of the loose ends that arose in the first two films.

Like other young adult movies before it, such as The Hunger Games and Divergent, Maze Runner: The Death Cure takes place in a dystopian society years in the future. The movie is centered around a group led by Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) who desperately try to free their friend, Minho (Ki Hong Lee), from WCKD, a government corporation created to eradicate a virus that has proved to be the end of the world. The corporation, though trying to find a cure for the deadly virus that has wiped out more than half of the world’s population, conducts tests on children and teenagers that are less than humane, and with the help of some newfound allies, the group works to steal back their friend and take down WCKD.

The film takes place six months after the end of the previous movie, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, and the audience sees the characters in the same barren land that they left off in.

From the opening sequence, the film leaves its audience on the edge of their seats with nerves and excitement as the characters are engaged in a high-speed chase with a train that is transporting Minho and hundreds of other kids to the WCKD facility.

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As a long-time fan of both the books and movies, I had high expectations going in, but I did not expect to be as utterly moved by the movie as I was. I was blown away by the emotions that I felt while watching the film. The complex characters and themes combined with the remarkable acting and cinematography easily made Maze Runner: The Death Cure my favorite movie of all time. Though it changes some elements from the books, the movie, for the most part, stays true to the original storyline, and satisfies all of the die-hard Maze Runner fans like myself.

The film is categorized as a sci-fi action film, but it is not all fight sequences and explosions. Many action movies nowadays tend to focus too much on the action and leave little time for viewers to get to know the characters and their personalities, but this is not the case with Maze Runner: The Death Cure. Throughout the film, the audience sees plenty of action and chaos, but also get to see many raw and heartfelt moments shared between their favorite characters from the previous movies. The emotional scenes in the movie capture the intensity of the despair that the group feels after their friend is taken from them.

The group is abruptly submerged in a highly dangerous mission to rescue their friend and essentially save the world from WCKD; a mission that could easily cause them to lose their lives. This is made even more heartbreaking by the fact that the majority of the main characters are only teenagers. These are things that would affect any real person going through them, and I was glad that the film chose a more realistic approach to the common ‘end of the world’ trope.

An angsty film such as this one requires a talented cast in order to have the targeted effect on its audience. Maze Runner: The Death Cure did an incredible job casting its main role, as Dylan O’Brien’s deep passion and impressive emotional range made Thomas the courageous and memorable character that he is. The entire cast was wonderfully chosen, and incredible actors such as Breaking Bad’s Giancarlo Esposito and Love Actually’s Thomas Brodie-Sangster brought real emotion and depth into the characters.

Though it takes place at the end of the world, Maze Runner: The Death Cure finds a way to paint stunning images across the screen. The film displays some truly breathtaking shots that perfectly encapsulate the tragically beautiful remains of a broken world.

Overall, the film is a stunning outro to the beloved series that has topped box office charts time and time again. It highlights many powerful themes such as teamwork, family, and the idea that you should always fight for what you believe in. If you’re looking for a movie to watch with action, heart, and well-developed characters, this is most definitely the movie for you.

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Aneesa Anderson, Photo Team & Staff Writer

Aneesa Anderson is a senior at Durant High School and a PawPrint Newspaper staffer. She is on the Photo Team for the PawPrint, and is also a Staff Writer. She loves to read and write stories, and her favorite movie is The Maze Runner. Follow Aneesa Anderson for stories on pop culture, politics, news, and current trends.

Saves The Day releases New Album titled “9,” pays tribute to the band’s career

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Saves The Day is an American rock band that originated in 1997 in the state of New Jersey. They are well-known for their hit albums Through Being Cool (1999) and Stay What You Are (2001) which received very positive reception from both critics and fans. With darker themed lyrics combined with melodic hooks that catch the listener’s attention, Saves The Day has influenced many hit rock bands that will eventually make their own mark on the music industry.

Following their pop-punk release of the self-titled album, Saves The Day (2013), the band is back with a brand new album titled “9,” out of respect for the release being the ninth studio album officially produced by Saves The Day.

Saves The Day’s frontman, Chris Conley, took a different approach when he wrote the newest album. While their 2013 release featured more lighthearted songs with pop-punk vibes that differentiate the record from their past albums, 9 tells the story the band’s journey over the years. This time around, Conley sings of “walking the crescent moon castles in English sand” and “20 years go by like pages from a calendar blowing in the wind.”

From the early beginnings of the Can’t Slow Down tours to the current state of the band, Conley covers it all. The record’s run-time clocks in at about 44 minutes and features the song “29” that runs at about 21-minutes to describe Conley’s entire personal journey.

Below you can find the full tracklisting of 9 and a link to Saves The Day’s lead single for 9, titled “Rendezvous.”

  1. Saves The Day (2:34)
  2. Suzuki (1:19)
  3. Side By Side (3:12)
  4. Kerouac & Cassady (3:43)
  5. It’s Such A Beautiful World (2:11)
  6. Rosé (3:39)
  7. 1997 (2:47)
  8. Rendezvous (3:37)
  9. 29 (21:30)

The full album is available via Equal Vision Records. For more Saves The Day, visit savestheday.com.

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Preston Jones, Business Manager

Preston Jones is a senior at Durant High School and is the Business Manager for PawPrint newspaper. He loves to play, write and review all things video games. When he is not maintaining the newspaper’s budget or writing about video games, Preston slays the bass guitar in an alternative rock band called, “The Easy Button.” Follow Preston for stories on video games, music, and local events.

Rumor has it that Eight New Characters for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate ‘Leaked’ ahead of time

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Being the newest and biggest game in the franchise to date, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate generated massive amounts of hype across the gaming community. More players are jumping on board with Ultimate as Nintendo continuously shares new information on their hottest 2-D fighting game.

In the latest installment, Nintendo has focused on adding game characters that will appeal to most fan requests. Widely requested characters, such as the Metroid villain “Ridley” and Donkey Kong Country’s villain “King K. Rool” have seen massive talk over the internet after their revealed play-ability in the new game. Popular characters, such as Splatoon’s “Inkling,” Animal Crossing’s “Isabelle” and Castlevania’s “Simon Belmont” have also taken a large amount of positivity from fans. Other characters, characterized as “Echoes” for their particular design borrowing attributes from respective characters, have also received the Ultimate treatment.

This past Wednesday, a 4chan user shared an image of official artwork for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s featuring the game’s entire final character roster. The artwork was later shared onto the original poster’s Snapchat. While the image is fairly blurry enough to cause some difficulty for people to make out the character models in the artwork, multiple 4chan users were able to determine who and where the new unannounced characters appear in the blurred image. Take a look at the outlined image below:

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The leaked characters from left to right appear to be Shadow the Hedgehog from the Sonic the Hedgehog series, Banjo-Kazooie from Banjo-Kazooie, Isaac from Golden Sun, KOS-MOS from Xenoblade, Ken from Street Fighter, Mach Rider from Mach Rider, Geno from the obscure Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, and the Chorus Kids from Rhythm Heaven.

To further prove the original image’s authenticity, users have noticed an unreleased image for the upcoming movie, The Grinch, which is expected to hit theaters on November 9th. The unseen artwork of the Grinch appears in the bottom right corner of the original poster’s image.

Without an official confirmation from a Nintendo representative, the current leaked image will remain in speculation by online users until more information is officially given on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. in the future.

About the Writer
Preston Jones, Business Manager

Preston Jones is a senior at Durant High School and is the Business Manager for PawPrint newspaper. He loves to play, write and review all things video games. When he is not maintaining the newspaper’s budget or writing about video games, Preston slays the bass guitar in an alternative rock band called, “The Easy Button.” Follow Preston for stories on video games, music, and local events.

Lightning Keeps On Striking

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Tampa Bay, Fla.–The Tampa Bay Lightning are off to a hot start into the 2018-19 National Hockey League season as they have a record of four wins, one loss, and one overtime loss. In their home opener on October 6, 2018, they defeated the Florida Panthers 2-1 in a shootout. They fell behind in their second game of the season as they lost to the Vancouver Canucks 4-1 when they let three goals in the last ten minutes of the third period.

The Lightning struck back with a huge win over the Columbus Blue Jackets defeating the Blue Jackets 8-2. The Lightning had rearranged their lines, moving Yanni Gourde and Brayden Point to the first line with Captain Steven Stamkos. This led to the reunion of the triplet’s line, a line consisting of Ondrej Palat, Tyler Johnson, and Nikita Kucherov who are a dominant line throughout the whole NHL.

They had their offense going once again with a win against the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2 with Tyler Johnson getting the hat trick. A hat trick in hockey is whenever a player scores three goals in one game and then fans throw their hats onto the ice.

The Lightning kept striking with another win over the Detroit Red Wings 3-1. They were so close to winning their sixth game of the season but took an overtime loss against the Minnesota Wild 5-4. They came right back and destroyed the Chicago Blackhawks 6-3 with a record of shots in the second period with a total of thirty three shots. They totaled fifty four shots in the game.

The Lightning play Vegas’ Golden Knights tonight, Oct. 26.

 

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Jordan Dabbour, Social Media Coordinator & Staff Writer

Jordan Dabbour is a sophomore at Durant High School and is Social Media Coordinator and Staff Writer for the PawPrint newspaper. He is an avid sports fan, and loves to write articles on local and national sports events – especially about the Tampa Bay Lightning and Tampa Bay Rays. He is also a sports autograph collector, and has over 700 lifetime autographs in his collection! When he is not writing for the PawPrint, Jordan can be found at the rink, as he is the Videographer for the Durant High School Ice Hockey team. Follow Jordan for stories on sports, pop culture stories, and Durant events and high school games. Jordan is also the “voice” of PawPrint on Twitter: @thepawprint_dhs.

Weezer releases New Single “Can’t Knock The Hustle” for highly anticipated “The Black Album”

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Back in late May, the quirky alternative rock band, Weezer, released a massive hit cover of Toto’s “Africa” after a campaign of fans who wanted to see their favorite rock band perform their favorite song. The campaign, led by Twitter user, “@weezerafrica,” reached it’s milestone success after Weezer finally released the hit song “Africa” following a cover of Toto’“Rosanna.”

Weezer’s frontman, Rivers Cuomo, discussed in many past interviews of a future project titled The Black Album. The Black Album was planned on being a successor to 2016’s hit The White Album, while contrasting itself from White’s beachy rock themes for a darker urban theme.

Cuomo stated, “The next album is going to feel like an urban environment, night-time and gritty and hopefully a lot more modern sounds, synthesized sounds, samples maybe. I like to break away from the distorted power-chord thing but it’s hard ‘cos it works so well.”

Due to 2017’s Pacific Daydream and “Africa” creating a delay for  The Black Album, many fans were left anxious for Weezer to unveil it’s new material centering it’s mysterious twelfth studio album.

This past Thursday, however, Weezer finally gave it’s fans a taste of what is to come for the upcoming LP. The single, “Can’t Stop The Hustle,” takes listeners into the dark and funky groove of Rivers Cuomo’s mind.

If you want to support Weezer and their upcoming The Black Album, download or stream the new single here.

Using the YouTube link below, you can watch the “Can’t Stop The Hustle” music video featuring Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz.

*Note that the following content present in each link may not be suitable for younger viewers and may require parental advisory. Source material includes explicit language and reference to other adult material.

“Hasta luego adios!”

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Preston Jones, Business Manager

Preston Jones is a senior at Durant High School and is the Business Manager for PawPrint newspaper. He loves to play, write and review all things video games. When he is not maintaining the newspaper’s budget or writing about video games, Preston slays the bass guitar in an alternative rock band called, “The Easy Button.” Follow Preston for stories on video games, music, and local events.

PawPrint Reviews Howl-O-Scream

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Tampa, Fla.–October has arrived meaning Halloween has too. This month is all about fright and several places offer various levels of fright. Howl-O-Scream is Bush Garden’s annual fright fest. It is held only on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night’s from 7:30pm-1:00am.  The event features six haunted houses and six scare zones.

The scare zones include dozens of scarers dressed in frightening costumes that correlate to the theme of the zone. For examples, one of the scare zones is Deadly Toys, one of the scarers in the zone dressed as a deranged toy rabbit as he wielded a chainsaw. Others dressed as dolls gone mad and vengeful teddy bears.

Another zone that was not as intense was the Día de los Muertos zone. The scarers in that zone were dressed in traditional Mexican garments and had skeletons painted on their faces as they just snuck up and stared at people. This was the least intense scare zone at the park for the event.

The most intense scare zone is the Hell on Wheels. This scare zone consisted of terrifying creatures as though a zombie apocalypse had arrived, the scarers acted passive-aggressive, slowly creeping up, acting as though they won’t scare you, giving people false senses of security before they finally strike. This zone had the most psychological scaring of thee scare zones.

The other three scare zones were also very intense. The Meat Market had a recommended age limit of 17 or older. This scare zone was all about cannibalism and butchers trying cut your body up to sell. Another was Maniac Midway, a zone of crazy circus people who want to terrify you enough to make you want to join their circus. There were lots of clowns which generally scared lots of people. The sixth scare zone was Camp DOA, which means camp death on arrival. There were several creepy swamp creatures lurking, seeking to terrify people.

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The entrance to the haunted house had a very long wait due to popularity.

The haunted houses took about five minutes to get through. The scarier the house was, the longer it felt like it took. There was much variance in how scary each house was.

One of the new and more intense haunted houses was Insomnia. This was an adventure through an insane asylum where patients are experimented on and are not allowed to go to sleep. The house preyed on common fears about insane asylums, psychiatric wards and doctors in general. The house combined jump scares with psychological fears to create this very intense environment that made hearts race, stomachs drop and shoulders tense.

A moderately scary house was the Death Water Bayou. This house was about a Voodoo Queen who wanted lure people into being subjects for her spells. The only thing that made the heart race was a bright pink and purple tunnel that makes it feel like you’re turning. The dizziness takes effect no matter how hard the body fights. This weakens alertness thus jump scares got people more often than usual.

The least scary house was Unearthed. This was an archaeology adventure, examining this recently dug up house that had been haunted. This one is only scary if the sight of blood, dismembered body parts and organs sickens you. One woman casually told her party that, “This would be a great anatomy demonstration. Maybe we should come back with the students.” While this house was not very scary, the fog became slightly overbearing making it difficult to breathe. This house also felt very short.

The other haunted houses include the new, Simon’s Slaughterhouse that was about Simon and how he likes to play twisted and disturbed games, which is said to be very intense as it is the only haunted house with a suggested age limit, which is 17 or older. This was made even more intense because to get in and out of Simon’s Slaughterhouse, you must travel through the Meat Market. Another was The Black Spot, which was about a pirate who wanted you dead. Lastly Motel Hell, where nightmares become realities.

Even if being scared is not an ideal way to celebrate Halloween there are other things available to do. They offer a show several times during the night, the show is called Fiends. The show is a musical featuring many classic creatures such as Frankenstein and werewolves. The six major thrill rides Bush Gardens has to offer are also open during Halloween. These rides are Cobra’s Curse, Falcon’s Fury, Cheetah Hunt, Montu, SheiKra & Kumba. Close to Sheikra, there is a DJ who plays music throughout the night, creating a massive dance circle. The music ranged from the 90’s until now, with various genres like Latin pop and hip-hop because they are easy to dance to even if they are unfamiliar.

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Angelique Robinson, Social Media Coordinator & Staff Writer

Angelique Robinson is a junior at Durant and is Social Media Coordinator and Staff Writer for the PawPrint newspaper. She loves writing creative pieces, as well as more serious articles focused on news or politics. Follow Angelique for creative stories, pop culture pieces, politics and news articles. She is also the “voice” of the PawPrint on our Instagram account, Insta: @DHS_pawprint.

Teens in Politics Deserve Love Too

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Tampa Bay, Fla–Red Girl, Blue Boy by Lauren Baratz-Logsted is a teen romance novel about two teens whose parents are the Democratic and Republican candidates for President and the two teens get close as they complete interviews for their parents’ campaign.

A good thing about this story I that there is a frame story[1], this way the romance is not coming out of nowhere. Without this element the romance feels forced because of the way their romance begins in the novel.

Alongside the beautiful romantic progression, the plot is very consistent by staying focused on the romance of the two central characters while leaving the political race in the background, coming into focus when adding to the romantic plot.

However, the story’s weakness is the character’s romantic conflict because it does not occur until the near end. The cliché is that something happens, one gets angry, then the other one gets upset and they give their relationship up only to get back together shortly after. This feels like lazy writing as both the main characters are determined fighters, so they never would let a small problem tear them completely apart.

This book is meant for people who like romance but do not want to become deeply emotionally invested. This also for people who may be experimenting with what genres they like, this is a calm romance novel, as opposed to something like John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars. The book takes the time for developing romances and characters, therefore the book has 289 pages.

 

[1] Frame story: Context from a time before or a time after the story has taken place. Some others provide both.

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Angelique Robinson is a junior at Durant and is Social Media Coordinator and Staff Writer for the PawPrint newspaper. She loves writing creative pieces, as well as more serious articles focused on news or politics. Follow Angelique for creative stories, pop culture pieces, politics and news articles. She is also the “voice” of the PawPrint on our Instagram account, Insta: @DHS_pawprint.

My Experience at the 2018 Tampa Bay Lightning Fan Fest

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Tampa, Fla.–On September 23, 2018, I attended the Tampa Bay Lightning Fan Fest for the second time in two years and there were many Lightning fans there as well.

As I walked into Amalie Arena with my grandpa, the stadium was packed with fans in blue and white jerseys ready to see the 2018-19 Lightning players. At around 12:30 p.m. in the afternoon, the players hit the ice and had a warm-up and then a short game. I watched both the warm-up and game on the television screen while I was in line waiting for player autographs.

At 2:00 p.m., I got to meet players and get their autographs or a pictures. When I was second in line to the front, one of the five players who represented the Lightning on the 2018 NHL All Star Game joined the autograph signing. It was center-man, Brayden Point, who was a replacement for the injured Victor Hedman. I walked up to Point with an 8 x 10 photo and he signed it in blue sharpie; and, when I got out of line, a man gave me two other autograph tickets to meet two other players. I met Braydon Coburn, who later signed my Lightning puck in silver sharpie, and I also met Lightning star, Nikita Kucherov.

When I walked up to Kucherov, he signed my triplets photo. The triplets were a hockey line which consisted of Lightning players Ondrej Palat, Tyler Johnson, and Nikita Kucherov. I already had Palat sign the photo back in November of 2017. Now I have had Kucherov sign it, which leaves Johnson the only one left to sign the photo.

When the time comes for Fan Fest next year, I highly recommend that any sports fan go to it.

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Jordan Dabbour, Social Media Coordinator & Staff Writer

Jordan Dabbour is a sophomore at Durant High School and is Social Media Coordinator and Staff Writer for the PawPrint newspaper. He is an avid sports fan, and loves to write articles on local and national sports events – especially about the Tampa Bay Lightning and Tampa Bay Rays. He is also a sports autograph collector, and has over 700 lifetime autographs in his collection! When he is not writing for the PawPrint, Jordan can be found at the rink, as he is the Videographer for the Durant High School Ice Hockey team. Follow Jordan for stories on sports, pop culture stories, and Durant events and high school games. Jordan is also the “voice” of PawPrint on Twitter: @thepawprint_dhs.

My Experience Visiting the 9/11 Memorial Museum

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New York, N.Y.–Last spring, the Durant high school band was given the opportunity to tour the 9/11 memorial museum in New York City.

My motivated, hyper-active energy dialed down, and I felt a tense and somber feeling was over me when I stood outside of the building. The building in front of me represented the thousands of lives that were lost in one of the biggest tragedies in American history.

When we walked underground, the atmosphere was rigid and cold. There was no smiling, no laughing, not a single shred of happiness on the faces of the people who sauntered around from exhibit to exhibit.

The eye-catching artifacts were remnants from the tragedy: a seared and busted fire truck; broken and damaged pieces of the satellite from one of the buildings; haphazardly bent and melted pieces of steel infrastructure; and crumbled cement walkways and steps from the original building. There were also walk-throughs based on the chronological order of how everything happened–the first plane, the second plane, each tower falling. I watched the live footage of second plane crash, I watched the news report during the collapse of the first building. I also watched videos of people leaping from the towers in hopes to escape the fire and smoke. The most effective exhibit was the pictures hung up, it was four large walls, covered top to bottom with faces of the lost, enough to make the most level-headed person cry.

When we got to the memorial pools, I was already an emotional mess. I thought staring at the elegant pools that took the place of the towers would calm me. I looked down the sides on the walls of the pools and looked at the many names etched into the walls. There were flowers placed inside of some of the hollowed out names on the walls. The flowers signified the birthdays of those who passed. This was the opposite of a calming moment. Although the scene was serene, I felt the weight of thousands of people who died on 9/11.

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Karly Schmid-Gavini, Photo Team & Staff Writer

Karly Schmid-Gavini is a senior at Durant High School and is a Photo Team Member and Staff Writer for the PawPrint newspaper. She is an avid music fan, and she loves listening to everything from classical symphonies to K-pop. She plays marimba in the Durant Cougar Pride Marching Band and is Historian for the Durant Art Club. Follow Karly for music reviews, school events, and local stories.

Hillsborough County Public Schools Face Funding Problems

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Tampa Bay, Fla.–Schools all around Hillsborough County are feeling the effects of a constantly tightening budget. Most recently, schools in the Tampa Bay area have not been receiving the funds they need to make repairs and replacements that are long overdue in schools and meet the schools’ educational needs. According to Bay News 9, critics are saying that the $88 million budget approved for this school year is not enough to effectively fund basic educational requirements.

The lack of funding has made it so that tough decisions have to be made on what issues can and cannot wait to be remedied. According to the Tampa Bay Times, at the annual back-to-school conference on Aug. 24, Superintendent Jeff Eakins said that as of Aug. 6, every school in the district had working air conditioning systems, but nearly 40 more schools had systems that needed to be repaired or replaced.

Some efforts have been made to resolve the issue. According to the Miami Herald, Florida school superintendents told Gov. Rick Scott to bring lawmakers back to the Capitol to approve more money for schools back in early March. These efforts did lead to increased funding, but the money did not go toward repairs for schools. According to the Sun Sentinel, the budget for this year was shaped by the Florida Legislature’s response to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School; and, though the Legislature gave schools $485 million more for this school year, $400 million is being used for school safety.

The repairs and upgrades to systems in schools have been temporarily placed on a back burner and people are not very happy about it, especially Florida school superintendents. Florida school superintendents believe that the budget is good for strengthening school safety, but “neglects basic education needs,” says Reuters. But others, like Sen. Bill Galvano, say that school safety is the most important thing, and that other things can wait.

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Aneesa Anderson, Photo Team & Staff Writer

Aneesa Anderson is a senior at Durant High School and a PawPrint Newspaper staffer. She is on the Photo Team for the PawPrint, and is also a Staff Writer. She loves to read and write stories, and her favorite movie is The Maze Runner. Follow Aneesa Anderson for stories on pop culture, politics, news, and current trends.

Carnival Food

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I’m not much of a stickler when it comes to food. I can hold down mostly anything without any trouble. In fact, one of the reasons I actually attend events such as the Strawberry Festival is for the food itself.

As bad as some foods are, I feel as if an overload of carbs and fat is part of the experience of events such as the Strawberry Festival.

Would I really eat deep fried butter, of all things, for a snack after school? Never.

But would I at a fair? Most likely, I would’ve said yes

. And that’s what’s so interesting about the culture of events like the Strawberry Festival. We choose to indulge in the worst foods one could imagine: deep fried cheesecake, deep fried butter, even deep fried bacon, as if that is some kind of excuse. People will choose to cut carbs or fat almost completely out of their diets, but then choose to stuff their face with funnel cake. This concept never even crossed my mind until I spent my day at the Strawberry Festival.

After ingesting a combination of dust, cigarette smoke, and smoked turkey, I told myself it was that time to treat myself. I sought out a deep fried vendor, sealing my stomach’s fate. A short, older man took my order and went to work on my Oreos. Normally I would feel a form of excitement, but this time was different.

As I watched the Oreos float around in a vat of grease, I couldn’t help but think how bad of an idea this would be. I couldn’t unsee those Oreos floating around in my poor stomach.

The vendor asked me if I would like chocolate on it. I reluctantly agreed. After a few minutes, I had them in my hand. I somewhat remember eating a few, but what I remember very vividly is the way my stomach felt on the way home. My stomach sounded like a blue whale for hours on end. I felt a stabbing pain for quite a while whilst laying in my bed, waiting for it to stop.

That’s when I realized that maybe that was more than enough carnival food. The thing is, though, I’ll probably tell myself, “Eh, what the heck,” and eat them again the next chance I get.

That’s just how it is when it comes to temptations of carnival food.

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Senioritis Hits Hard

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As senior year in high school, the feeling of apathy creeps toward you like arms coming out of the shadows. When teachers assign homework and projects, now more than ever before, your laziness overpowers you and you have no motivation to complete it. This is the condition known as “senioritis”.

This could be dangerous however, for a multitude of reasons, including your GPA dropping, colleges could look at your last semester grades and decide to retract your admission for poor performance, and it could develop bad habits for whatever you choose to do after high school.

Most scholarships have a GPA requirement, and if senioritis kicks in, it could end up severely dropping your grade point average. This could be because of not doing assignments, or even not studying for big tests.

I have a theory on why seniors suddenly develop this lack of care, most notably in the last semester of their high school career. It could possibly be because they think if they already got accepted into college, their future is in the metaphorical bag. This isn’t the case however because it is known that some students admissions from universities have been revoked after poor performance in the last semester.

I urge students not to give in to senioritis, because it’ll develop bad habits in your future. finish strong seniors!

 

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