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The MLB award season has just finished. The American League and National League Gold Glove winners were announced on Nov. 3, 2019. On Nov. 4, 2019, the American and National League Most Valuable Player, Cy Young Award for the best pitcher from each league, Manager of the Year for best manager from each league, and the Rookie of the Year winners were announced. 

Starting with the American League, the MVP finalists that were named are Mike Trout from the Los Angeles Angels, Alex Bregman from the Houston Astros, and Marcus Semien. The National League MVP finalists were Anthony Rendon of the Washington Nationals, Cody Bellinger of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and reigning National League MVP, Christian Yelich of the Milwaukee Brewers. On Nov. 14, 2019, the winners were announced. The winner representing the National League was Cody Bellinger. Bellinger hit 47 home runs and had 115 runs batted in. Yelich was the runner up and Rendon was placed third. The winner representing the American League is Mike Trout. Trout, 28, hit 45 home runs and had 104 runs batted in and a batting average of .291. Bregman finished second and Semien finished third. 

The Cy Young Award for the American League was very tough choice this year. The finalists were Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole, both representing the Houston Astros and Rays’ Charlie Morton. The National League Cy Young Award finalists were Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals, Jacob deGrom of the New York Mets, and Hyun-Jin-Ryu of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The winners were announced on Nov. 13, 2019. The winner representing the American League was Astros, Justin Verlander. Verlander, 36, has added more hardware to his Hall of Fame career as he wins his second Cy Young Award. Verlander had twenty-one wins and six losses with an earned run average of 2.58 and had 300 strikeouts. Verlander’s fellow teammate, Gerrit Cole, 29, was very close to winning but finished in second place. Cole elected free agency, meaning he’ll go to another team the day after Verlander won. Morton finished third place. The winner representing the National League was New York Mets pitcher, Jacob deGrom, who won the Cy Young Award last season, wins it again this season. deGrom held an earned run average (ERA) at 2.43 with eleven wins and eight losses. deGrom also had 255 strikeouts. Hyun-Jin-Ryu finished second in voting, with Scherzer finishing third in voting. 

The American League Manager of the Year finalists were Rocco Baldelli of the Minnesota Twins, Aaron Boone of the New York Yankees, and Kevin Cash of the Tampa Bay Rays. The National League finalists were Craig Counsell of the Milwaukee Brewers, Brian Snitker of the Atlanta Braves, and Mike Shildt of the St. Louis Cardinals. On Nov. 12, 2019, the winners were announced as the winner representing the American League was Rocco Baldelli. This was Baldelli’s first season with the Twins and he won 101 games during the season. But don’t leave out Boone and Cash as great managers. Boone had 30 of his best players on the injured list throughout the season and had to call up many prospects. Despite all the injuries, 

Boone led the Yankees to 103 wins. Kevin Cash of the Tampa Bay Rays won 96 games and pushed the Astros to the limit in the playoffs. The Rays entered the season as the team with the lowest payroll and had at least 24 million dollars to sign players. Cash is smart when it comes to baseball, as he uses a bullpen pitcher to start a game and they won most of the games. Boone finished second and Cash finished third. The winner representing the National League was St. Louis Cardinals manager, Mike Shildt. Shildt is the first manager to win the award and never play professional baseball. Craig Counsell, finished second, while Brian Snitker finished third. 

The Rookies of the Year finalists for the American League were Houston Astros Yordan Alvarez, Tampa Bay Rays’ Brandon Lowe, and Baltimore Orioles’, John Means. The finalists for the National League were Pete Alonso from the New York Mets, Fernando Tatis Jr. from the San Diego Padres, and Mike Soroka from the Atlanta Braves. The winners were announced on Nov. 12, 2019. The winner representing the American League was Yordan Alvarez from the Astros. Alvarez, 22, hit 27 home runs and ended with a batting average of .313. and won the award unanimously. Means finished second and Lowe finished third. The winner representing the National League was Pete Alonso. Alonso hit 53 home runs, a new regular season rookie home run record, and had 120 runs batted in. Soroka finished second in voting and Tatis Jr. finished third. 

The MLB awards were very competitive this year and were awarded to highly elite players who can get things done on and off the field.

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Swinging for the fences: 2019 Rays season Overview

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The Rays celebrate their valiant efforts throughout the eason.

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The Rays celebrate their valiant efforts throughout the eason.

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The 2019 MLB season found the Rays in a familiar spot: a few new faces, a few returning players, and fewer fans in the stands in St. Pete’s Tropicana Field. Little did 2019 AL Manager of the Year Kevin Cash know that 2019 would be the first time the 22-year-old Rays would make it to the postseason since 2013.

The Rays season began on an optimistic note with a series win against eventual 2019 World Series runner up, the Houston Astros.  However, a rash of injuries swept through the Rays’ clubhouse mid-April, sending Blake Snell (fractured right toe), Austin Meadows (right thumb sprain), Joey Wendle (hamstring sprain), fan-favorite Ji-Man Choi (calf tightness), and veteran Matt Duffy (pulled hamstring) to the Injured List (IL). Surprisingly, Kevin Kiermaier, known for his extended annual stints on the IL, avoided getting injured, but did miss games in the middle of the season with a variety of injuries. The Rays ended April with a 19-12 record, including a sweep against the Red Sox.

The Rays won 16 of their 27 games in May, including two series against the New York Yankees and a series against the Cleveland Indians.  Riley Brown, a sophomore at Durant High School, says that the Yankees were the toughest opponent for the Rays to face this year, alluding to the few games the Rays won against their division opponents.  Tampa Bay also led sweeps against cross-state rivals, the Miami Marlins, and international opponents, the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Rays avoided their common summer slump, winning more than half of their games in June.  However, behind the scenes, Rays’ ownership was exploring a future deal with Montreal (who lost their MLB Franchise when the Expos became the current Washington Nationals), due to low profit from low attendance at Tropicana Field.  Stadium deal rumors, such as this, have become a common headline in Tampa for many years, so much that Rays’ fans are accustomed to the threats to draw baseball away from the west coast of Florida.  The rumors have yet to amount to any action. 

Grant Greenwell, a sophomore at Durant says “[the Rays] are probably gonna move pretty soon or are gonna be a two-city team at least.”  Rays fans have mixed opinions on the matter.  Austin Haley, a Durant Chemistry teacher, says that he hopes the rumors will result in reopening talks to keep the Rays in Florida, but at a better location.  However, the Rays need a lot more than a few passionate fans to keep them in Tampa Bay.

Despite the stadium drama, Rays’ players remained focused on the game and managed to get three players elected to the AL All-Star game on July 9: utility player, Brandon Lowe, Charlie Morton, and rookie sensation, Austin Meadows.  Lowe and Morton were unable to play in the game due to an injury and the pitching schedule, but Meadows represented the Ray, entering the game in the 4th inning playing outfield for three innings and an at bat. 

Facing the second half of the season, the Rays had one thing in mind: the playoffs.  Rays ended July playing the Red Sox for the fourth time in 2019.  Tampa Bay swept the Olde Towne Team at Fenway Park in four games, leading them into August on another high note, being the first team to win eight games at Boston in one season since 1966.  Catcher Travis D’Arnaud had an outstanding July, batting .304 and hitting 25 RBIs.

With a pitching staff largely on the IL, the Rays managed an impressive performance in the post season push.  The Rays relied on an innovative pitching approach with an “opener”, but without many of their starters, their approach was limited.  The offense managed to drive the Rays to 17 wins in 27 games.  Rays’ shortstop Willy Adames continued his stellar sophomore year, hitting .304 with 28 hits. 

Rays’ fans, players, and coaches were watching the Wild Card standings, knowing their performance in September would control their post season fate.  Their pitchers were finally getting healthy and batters were swinging for the fences.  September began by completing a sweep against the Cleveland Indians, followed by 15 more wins.  Left fielder Tommy Pham closed out the season setting five 2019 team records, including 25 stolen bases and 33 doubles.  The last win in the regular season came against the Toronto Blue Jays on September 27.  Not only did the Rays beat the Blue Jays 6-2, they clinched one of the two Wild Card spots, followed by an extensive champagne celebration in Toronto’s visitor’s locker room.  The Rays would be playing in October for the first time since 2013. 

Austin Haley, “[the Rays’] run differential was great this year,” and contributes that to their offensive success.  Throughout regular season, the Rays were only outscored in the month of August and outscored opponents 796-656 overall.

The Rays faced the Oakland Athletics in the Wild Card game on October 2nd, sending Charlie Morton to lead the defense for the first five innings, but they didn’t have to rely on their pitching and defense alone.  Yandy Diaz, returning third baseman, had an excellent performance hitting two back to back homers.  Avisail Garcia and Tommy Pham contributed to the offensive assault leading the Rays to a 5-1 victory over the Athletics, taking them to the American League Divisional Series.

After one day off, the Rays flew to Houston for the first two games of the series.  Rays fans weren’t giving up hope, even after dropping the first two games to Houston, being outscored 9-3.  Back on their home turf, the Rays challenged the Astros in a spectacular offensive show.  Kevin Kiermaier, who had had a rather quiet bat in the regular season, matched Altuve’s solo homerun with a three-run homer in the bottom of the second.  Aces Ji-Man Choi, Austin Meadows, Tommy Pham, Brandon Lowe, and Willy Adames contributed seven more runs bring the final score to 10-3.  The Rays were making a comeback. 

The fourth game was just as exciting for Rays’ fans.  Justin Verlander would be pitching on three days’ rest for the first time in his career-a major mistake by Astro’s management.  Started by Diego Castillo, the Rays pitched a shutout through eight innings spoiled by a solo homerun by Houston catcher Robinson Chirinos.

Unfortunately, a sharp eye from the Astros’ dug out ended the Rays’ post season battle.  The Astros decoded Tyler Glasnow’s pitching positions, allowing them to read the pitch before it was thrown.  The Astros’ beat the Rays 6-1 in the decisive game 5 of the ALDS.  The Rays would be heading home after an impressive and unexpected fight with the Houston Astros.

Nevertheless, the Rays saw their regular and post season performance as a team victory.  In an interview with ABC, Eric Sogard voiced his praise for the 2019 Rays saying, “I think we surprised a lot of people. We believed in ourselves the whole way, we believed we could have done it. We went up against the best team, we gave them a fight in five games.” 

The Rays performance this year was not about winning the World Series; it was about perseverance, fighting, and impressing every baseball fan. 

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Durant Journalism Succeeds at FSPA

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Majortity of the Pawprint staff gathers to celebrate their victories.

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Durant’s Journalism Program found great success at the 2019 Fall Florida Scholastic Press Association Conference.  Over 800 students attended the conference at USF on November 1st.  Three students from Durant’s newspaper and yearbook classes won on the spot contest awards in the district and four won in the state of Florida for their articles written in various categories. Durant’s Newspaper teacher, Mrs. Kious, also won Teacher of the Year in District 4.

Mrs. Kious, who has grown the PawPrint from seven students to 15 in the span of four years, won teacher of the year throughout Hillsborough, Polk, Sumter, Citrus, Hernando, and Pinellas county.  Mrs. Stone, Durant’s yearbook teacher, nominated her co-worker for the award at FSPA because of the success the PawPrint has had under Mrs. Kious. Mrs. Stone said, “Mrs. Kious has … revitalized the newspaper program… she, like, threw herself into it.” 

She attributed the success of the PawPrint’s web presence and stronger, motivated writers originating from the newspaper program to Mrs. Kious and said she is “a good teacher and deserves recognition.”

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Mrs. Kious shares words of wisdom with Web Editor Angelique Robinson, Business Manager Jordan Dabbourand Staff Writer Nick Travis as they enjoy lunch at FSPA.

Mrs. Kious will be entered for teacher of the year in the state of Florida and is very deserving of the honor.  

Many of the PawPrint’s staff writers won awards for FSPA’s Fall Digital Contests in various categories as well.  Students who won digital contests placed in the top 10% of winners in the entire state of Florida.

David Fackson, a junior who joined PawPrint this year, wrote an article about the Tampa Bay Rays’ 2019 season for the Sports Feature category.  Despite not being able to make it to the conference, his article won in Florida. “It was nice to feel, nice to see,” he said about winning at FSPA. 

He also said he had never won something like this, and the award confirmed that he was on the right track with his writing as a journalist.

Lily Belcher, a sophomore, also placed in the state for a Sports Feature on Kevin Cash, thanks to help from Mrs. Kious and Jennifer Dages, the Editor-in-Chief of Writing for the PawPrint. 

Marina Hawkins and Adamari Jaimez won in Academic Photography with their photos of a Durant’s chemistry teacher, Mr. Haley, conducting an experiment during class.  Marina is the Social Media Coordinator for the PawPrint and said, “It feels good to know I could put that on my college resume or applications.”

Adamari is a junior who is considering a career in Photo-journalism.  She said that winning at FSPA has motivated her to work harder in journalism and consider Photo-journalism as a potential job in the future.  

The PawPrint also saw success in the On-the-Spot Contests at FSPA.  Mattie Powers, who also joined PawPrint this year and hopes to eventually work in broadcast journalism, won third place in the News Anchor Challenge.  She had ten minutes to memorize the story and report it as a news anchor would. Mattie also takes TV Production at Durant and is working on her articles for the winter edition of the PawPrint.  Mattie said “Winning at FSPA meant the world to me because it really confirmed what I wanted to do as a career, which is to be a news anchor.”

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The staff begins to brainstorm their ideas for their on the spot contests.

Two students from Durant’s yearbook won an architectural on-the-spot photography contest.  Javier Lopez and Merrick Wigington featured photos of architectural aspects of the USF Marshall Center.  

FSPA has provided many journalism students with validation for their dreams of becoming a journalist.  It gave potential journalists the opportunity to improve their writing, interviewing, and broadcasting skills.  It allowed staff writers to explore different types of journalism and to discover their journalistic passions.  

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Universal Hollywood updates the Jurassic Park section of the park

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Universal Hollywood updates the Jurassic Park section of the park

The Jurassic World World ride replaced the old Jurassic Park that had been in place since 1997.

The Jurassic World World ride replaced the old Jurassic Park that had been in place since 1997.

The Jurassic World World ride replaced the old Jurassic Park that had been in place since 1997.

The Jurassic World World ride replaced the old Jurassic Park that had been in place since 1997.

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At Universal Studios Hollywood a new, fun, interactive ride was built for the enjoyment of welcoming visitors, Jurassic World the Ride. This ride includes many aspects that make it unique, such as a Raptor encounter where visitors can meet Blue the Raptor and other friendly new dinosaurs.

Another new feature to Universal Studios Hollywood is a display, which is an interactive play area for younger guests. If parents need a break from their kids, this would be the spot to send them. Another new addition is the new shop Isla Nu-Bar. If guests are thirsty from a long walk to the ride, they can stop by Isla Nu-Bar and get a refreshing tropical drink, they offer a large selection to please picky customers. To add, if guests’ appetites grow and want something to eat, well they can stop by the Jurassic Café and get a delicious meal for lunch and feast like a T-rex.

According to the official Universal Studios Hollywood website, the minimum height is 42 inches or 107cm, passengers 42 inches to 48 inches are required to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. For more information, the Universal website can provide more details.

To start off, the boat consists of four rows, each seating five people. The ride is like a flume ride therefore it floats on water with safety pads to prevent damages to passengers. The ride starts by going over a bump that may shake passengers up. Afterwards, the boat heads into a viewing of the mosasaurs tank with a speaker that will explain the mosasaurs background and their appetite, it is likely that guests will get wet on the ride.

Next guests head through a tunnel to herbivores section and get to see them in action feeding. Then the boat will enter the predator code section, and lucky enough, guests will get to enter the T-rex kingdom and guests get to see the king. After that, guests will travel through a tunnel seeing their favorite Raptors and the T-rex and the new Indominus Rex all in full conflict with each other fighting. Then guests head down a drop having water splashed all over guests, ending the ride. If guests enjoyed the ride, afterwards they can stop by the little store to grab a collectable or shirt or even jewelry

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Recap of the 2019 World Series

After a a struggle to defeat the Astros, the Nationals regin as the 2019 World Series champions.

After a a struggle to defeat the Astros, the Nationals regin as the 2019 World Series champions.

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The World Series started October 22, with the Houston Astros facing the Washington Nationals located at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. The game started with Gerrit Cole pitching to the Nationals for the first inning, holding them off. Max Scherzer pitched against the Astros and he walks the first player and the second player hits a line-drive to left field. The third batter hits a bomb to the wall of left field and next two players score runs from a double. The score was 2-0 Astros. In the second inning the Nationals hit a solo home run for the inning. For the entirety of the third inning, no teams score. The Nationals lead the game with another solo home run and an RBI with the ball to left field. On a double another player scored making the score 5-2. The Astros hit a home run followed by a hit to center as well. Final inning, the Nationals held the Astros from scoring and finishes it with the score of 5-4 in Game #1.

Game #2 was at Minute Maid Park on October 23. The game started with Justin Verlander pitching for the Astros. He let two players on the bases and a teammate hit a shot to left field running both players in to make the score 2-0, then no other batters score. Stephen Strasburg is pitching for the Nationals. The Astros hit to left and a base hit is played followed by a homerun to left field, tying the game. The next two innings, no one scores. In the bottom of the 5th the Nationals had hit a home run to left field taking the lead 3-2. At the top of the seventh inning, bases are full, then a base hit scored one more run followed by three more from the Astros errors. The eighth inning comes, and the Nationals rally out 5 runs back to back circling the bases. The Nationals win Game #2 12-3.

Game #3 occurred at Nationals Park, Washington D.C October 25. Starting off, Anibal Sanchez pitched for the Nationals. Neither team scored in the first inning. The first score came in the second inning when the Astros scored two runs from Nationals errors leading with 2-0. No action in the 3rd inning. A walk started the fourth inning for the Nationals followed by a liner to left corner bringing one run in. With the score 2-1 the Astros brought in two more runs from base hits and errors. No action in the fifth inning but canceling full bases on the Nationals. The sixth inning started out with a home run off the foul pole making the score 4-1. The Astros held the Nationals all the way to the ninth inning, striking out the last batter finalizing the score 4-1 for Game #3.

Game #4 was hosted at Nationals Park on October 26. Patrick Corbin on the mound in the first inning for the Nationals. An RBI was played by the Astros when the ball was hit to left center with players on first and second, giving them the lead 1-0. A ball hit down the line from the Astros scored another run, maintaining their lead. Nothing for the next two innings, until the top of the fourth, the Astros hit a two-run homer leading 4-0. In the fifth inning the Nationals held the Astros. The Nationals load the bases and scored one from an RBI, with a score of 4-1. Astros hit a grand slam and emptied the bases leading 8-1. The next two innings finish out with no score changes, the Astros end Game #4 with the final score of 8-1.

Game #5 was at Nationals Park on October 27. With Joe Ross starting, quickly flies through the first inning. Astros hit a two-run homer taking the lead 2-0. Inning three neither team managed to score but turned it around the fourth inning when the Astros hit another two-run homer. The next three innings go by and no one scores. Bottom of the seventh, the Nationals get on the board with one home run. During the eighth inning Astros score three holding the lead until finally finishing the game with 7-1 victory.

Game #6 occurred at Minute Maid Park on October 29. Justin Verlander pitching, Nationals scored one starting the lead. Astros with a base hit and a player on third ties the game by scoring. Following, Astros hit a homerun taking the lead 2-1. Top of the 5th comes and Nationals hit home runs back to back Stealing the lead. 7th inning comes and Nationals hit a two-run homer. Top 9th and Nationals still holding the lead hits a bomb to the outfield scoring two runs and winning 7-2.

The final game was at Minute Maid park on October 30. Each teams’ records tied 3-3 coming down to this very game. Zack Greinke pitching the first inning, held the Nationals. Astros took the lead hitting a home run in the second inning. Bottom of the fifth arrived with neither team scoring again, until the Astros scored another from an RBI holding the lead 2-0. Top of the seventh comes and the Nationals get on the board hitting a home run followed by another one getting two more runs taking the lead 3-2. During the eighth inning the Nationals score another on a base hit. Top of the ninth bases loaded, the Nationals hit a ground ball scoring two more, and finally holding the Astros and taking the 2019 World Series title with a score of 6-2.

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SpaceX creates first private shuttle to the International Station

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SpaceX creates first private shuttle to the International Station

The Crew Dragon shuttle is a private venture, not a public venture, although given major funding from NASA.

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As of 2011, NASA retired their line of space shuttles. This means that American astronauts rely on the Russian Soyuz to travel to space. In 2014 this caused NASA to give Boeing $4.2 billion to create the CST-100 Starling, they also gave Elon Musk’s company SpaceX $2.6 billion to develop the Crew Dragon because NASA did not want to continue relying on Russia to send American astronauts to the moon. The Crew Dragon is the solution to this problem, not the private shuttles to Mars, SpaceX’s other major project.

The Crew Dragon is the first of its kind to be developed. The shuttle is the first American space craft to automatically dock at the International Space Station, is the only commercial shuttle to deliver cargo to the International Space Station, and is the only space craft with the ability to return cargo to Earth. The shuttle will also be free flying, meaning it will be autonomous, but on-board astronauts have the ability to monitor and control the shuttle when necessary.

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The sleek interior of the Crew Dragon has room for up to seven people.

When the shuttle launches for the International Space Station, it leaves from the Kennedy Space center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., the launch site for all of NASA’s missions to the moon as well as shuttles to the International Space Center.

The development of the shuttle has not been simple for SpaceX, but there have been more triumphs than challenges. The major challenge in the shuttle’s development occurred in April of 2019 when the shuttle exploded during a test. The shuttle failed the launch-abort engines test, which is designed to test a rocket’s system in response to an emergency during the launch or as the rocket is in flight. According to NBC, the failure caused a great concern for the human tests that had been scheduled for later in the year.

The astronaut trials have been pushed back due to the launch failure, as the company had to ensure the problem was solved. According to Musk and NASA officials at a headquarters vent October 10, astronaut tests, Demo 2, should be expected in the first quarter of next year, from January to March 2020.

On the other hand, recently many improvements have been made. The shuttle passed 13 Mark 3 parachute tests and the SuperDraco thrusters, which power the escape system, were successfully added October 29, as shown on the SpaceX official Twitter.

The technology to take humans to the International Space Station is becoming more complex. The continued developments are making the shuttle more complex and more efficient. Once the Crew Dragon is fully operational, the U.S. Space Program will be autonomous once again.

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MLB Predictions for the 2020 season

While the performance of teams can be unpredictable, based on performance this season, these are the most likely outcomes of the 2020 season.

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The 2019 MLB season was full of surprises, from break out teams such as the Rays, A’s, and Twins, to teams failing to meet expectations like the Mets, Phillies, Cubs, and Red Sox. Of course, the most unpredictable of all, the Nats going from 19-31 to 2019 World Champions. Some say baseball is unpredictable, something you shouldn’t bet on. Well, it’s worth a shot!

A.L. East:

1) Rays

 2) Yankees

3) Blue Jays

4)  Red Sox

5) Orioles

A bold prediction to say the least, but the Rays will win the East. Before an injury crisis struck Tampa Bay, sitting down two of their three best pitchers in Blake Snell and Tyler Glasnow, and two of their best hitters in Brandon Lowe and Yandy Diaz, the Rays led the East through June before succumbing to the Yankees and settling for the second Wild Card. If they can manage to stay healthy they are a superpower in the American League. The Yankees are no slouch and should make for a good race atop the standings. The Blue Jays, with their new young core of Vlad Guerrero Jr, Bo Bichette, and Cavan Biggio, could be on the rise and be a sneaky playoff team. The Red Sox, in the opposite direction of Toronto, are looking to cut payroll, which could also cut wins putting them in fourth. The Os, in the midst of a massive rebuild, are staring another disappointing year in the face, which is saying a lot considering they’ve lost 219 games in the last two years combined.

 A.L. Central:

1) Twins

2) White Sox

3) Indians

4) Royals

5) Tigers

The A.L. Central, home to two of the three worst teams in the A.L. in Detroit and KC, might find a way to look worse in 2019. The Twins, who slugged their way to their first division title since 2010 leading all of baseball in homeruns, will repeat their success in 2020. The White Sox, led by their rising core of Yoan Moncada, Tim Anderson, and Lucas Giolito, will be the break out team of 2020. The Indians, who, similarly to Boston, are looking to slim payroll, will trade away valuable pieces such as Francisco Lindor and Corey Kluber, causing them to slide to third place after just missing the playoffs in 2019. The Royals and Tigers could be interchangeable due to their equal incompetency to win games but Detroit will be the worse of the two, possibly snagging the number one pick.

A.L. West:

1) Astros

2) A’s

3) Angels

4) Rangers

5) Mariners

The Astros dominance of the West, winning their fourth straight division title behind the seemingly unstoppable core of Alex Bregman, Jose Altuve, and Justin Verlander. Despite losing Geritt Cole to free agency they will ride the arms of JV and Zack Greinke to victory. The A’s will finish just short of a division but will put up a good fight, winning 90+ games yet again in a tough American League. The Angels and Rangers will both add this offseason possibly making some big splashes such as Gerrit Cole and Anthony Rendon but will still manage to be mediocore due to lack of pitching depth, causing Mike Trout to miss yet another October. The Mariners, with their always creative General Manager Jerry Dipoto will improve through trades but they are the last dog at the bowl in a tough division, finishing last for the second straight year. Expect this race to go down to the wire come late September.

N.L. East:

1) Braves

2) Phillies

3) Nationals

4) Mets

5) Marlins

In 2019, the N.L. East probably the most disappointing. What was expected to be a strong four team race between everyone but the Marlins, turned into Atlanta running away with the division whilst the Mets and Phillies failed to win 90 games. However, the Nationals snuck into October and made the most of it, winning the whole thing for the first time in franchise history. The Braves, however, will reign supreme again, behind the strong rotation led by Mike Soroka and Mike Foltynewicz, and a powerful lineup including the likes of Ronald Acuna Jr and Freddie Freeman, who both hit over .290 with 30 bombs. The Phillies will manage to snag second place just behind the Bravos but ahead of the reigning champs in the Nationals riding the bat of Bryce Harper. The Nationals, losing Rendon, Stephen Strasburg and Ryan Zimmerman to free agency will struggle to fill the gaps, missing October. The Mets continue to be a mess, burning through another manager and somehow losing with a rotation that stars Jacob Degrom and Noah Syndergaard. They will follow that trend in 2020, not even making the top three in the division. The Marlins will carry on their rebuild, remaining one of the worst teams in baseball again in 2020.

N.L. Central:

1) Cardinals

2) Cubs

3) Brewers

4) Reds

5) Pirates

This division might be the most competitive in all of baseball. For three months of the 2019 season all five teams were within six games of each other, something simply non-existent in today’s baseball world of tanking and super teams. However, in 2020 the Cardinals will come out as division champs for the second straight year, edging out their hated rivals from Chi-town. The Cubs, with their new manager David Ross, will continue to be good, but not good enough as they will miss out on October again in 2020, due to an aging core that isn’t cutting the mustard anymore. The Brewers, who are losing Yasmani Grandal and Mike Moustakas to free agency will regress from 2019 and also miss October. Their heavily used and taxed bullpen and thin starting pitching they refuse to address will be their undoing. The Reds are the opposite, lacking hitting with plenty of pitching in the form of Sonny Gray, Luis Castillo, and Trevor Bauer. The Pirates will begin their rebuild with a new president, general manager, and manager causing a new ideology to take over, which will result in a rough year for the black and yellows.

N.L. West:

1) Dodgers

2) Padres

3) D-Backs

4) Rockies

5) Giants

The Dodgers, who have mauled the West for the past seven years, will continue their dominance, winning their eighth straight division title but will be meet with more resistance in the form of the up and coming Padres, who will utilize their deep farm system, which is second best in Major League Baseball. Youngsters such as Chris Paddack and Fernando Tatis Jr will lead the squad to a wild card berth, breaking their 13-year playoff drought. The Diamondbacks surprised fans last year, sneakily winning 85 games on a low budget payroll, but still missed the playoffs. They will improve but not enough to win a Wild Card spot in a very competitive National League. The Rockies will continue to falter due to a lack of starting pitching, who pitched to a staggering 5.87 ERA last season. The Giants will lose franchise icon Madison Bumgarner and with their aging core, they will have a rough season, possibly being the worst team in the national league.

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David Fackson, Staff Writer

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PlayStation 5 to release during 2020 holiday season

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PlayStation 5 to release during 2020 holiday season

Sony released promotion images providing gaming fans with their first look at the console.

Sony released promotion images providing gaming fans with their first look at the console.

Sony released promotion images providing gaming fans with their first look at the console.

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The PlayStation 5 will be released in between October and December of 2020 in time for the holidays. The PlayStation 5 will be a product to own once it releases in stores late next year. The PlayStation 5 will be a new piece of technology and will have many new features to it. The PlayStation 5 is designed differently compared to the PlayStation 4 as the middle of the new PlayStation will have a “V” shape and Sony is considering a cloud storage based video gaming console. Sony is planning to connect the newly designed controller to your internet system and to play games on a shared server online. This will be interesting on how the new console will work. The PlayStation 5 will also include virtual reality games and will feature a new virtual reality headset.

The games that can be played are going to be played with a disk with each disk having 100GB, which is double the storage compared to a 4K blue-ray player. The PlayStation 5 will also feature a new controller design, but it is unknown what the controller’s name will be, as the PlayStation 4 controller’s name was the DualShock.

Fans should expect the PlayStation 5 to cost more due to it being an entirely new product from Sony and the PlayStation 4 was only 399 dollars. The PlayStation 5 will be the most powerful video game console made by Sony when it releases. This puts pressure on Microsoft as the creators of the Xbox and their competition will be enhanced, due to the release of the PlayStation 5 late next year.

The PlayStation 5 is going to try to compete with Microsoft to try to be the best seller with this new gaming console and Sony looks to continue to be one of the best gaming and electronic manufacturers in the world. To wrap things up, the PlayStation 5 will have a virtual reality headset, over 100GB in every disk that will be played, a new controller with an unknown name, yet to be determined, and many more features. With new upgrades and new features, the PlayStation 5 will be a worldwide sensation to a lot of people who like to play video games.

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The Durant wrestling team prepares for 2019-2020 season

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The wrestling team gathers to celebrate their camaraderie in amticipation for the upcoming season.

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As the Durant wrestling season rolls around the corner, wrestlers are beginning to prepare themselves for a successful season.

Last year, wrestler Hendon Haley placed second in districts, won regionals which then took him to placing fourth in the state tournament. It was a great accomplishment for the team and Haley being the last out of his five brothers with a history and experience in wrestling, made his family and coaches proud and brought motivation to his fellow wrestlers. He is the team captain for the Durant Wrestling team and is a role model to others.

 This year three of the events will be home matches which is a great opportunity for people to come support the team.

 There are two kinds of tournaments in wrestling; dual and individual bracket tournaments (IBT). Dual tournaments are team against team matches where the team with the most points earned wins. IBT is more of a one on one competition where each wrestler enters a competition with everyone in their weight class to determine best of the best. Preparing for tournaments can be challenging for most wrestlers as they must maintain a certain weight to be able to compete in one of the fourteen weight classes.

“Don’t eat junk food and drink lots of water. Just maintain your diet and stay active,“ said Christapher Perez [10].

 Although wrestling practice may be difficult, it motivates and brings out the best from the wrestlers. Perez was one of the first freshman to make it to regionals in thirteen years. He won an underclassmen of the year award for his outstanding performance and is looked up to by many of his team members.

 “It’s fun to do and it gives you motivation for other things too because if it’s not as hard as wrestling then it’s obviously not that hard,” said Austin Bovee [10].

Bovee joined wrestling as a freshman. Being a first-year wrestler, he did an extraordinary job and it made a huge impact on him.

 “It brings out another part of you that you never knew was there, “said Jorge Palacios [11].

 Palacios enjoys wrestling and has found an inner potential in himself that ties him to wrestling.

Most of the wrestlers are looking forward to the state tournaments and are trying their best to reach their goals.

 The coaches for this year are Coach Kauderman, Haley, and Beaty and they are helping their wrestlers reach their goals but they also have a goal as they prepare these young men for success.

 “It’s not just about wrestling, wrestling is fun and builds confidence. Some guys don’t wrestle because they are afraid of the one on one competition but those who do, get beyond that and once they begin to experience success they are locked in, “said Beaty.

The coaches try to encourage wrestling to others as it builds character, integrity and honesty. “Being able to overcome obstacles even though there are disadvantages I think is very important and what I try to teach as a coach, “said Kauderman.

 The wrestlers, coaches and families are full of anticipation for this year wrestling season and what it has to offer.

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Armwood High School students create English Language Learners Bill

The English Language Learners Bill is an effort by Armwood High School seniors to ensure equality between native and non-native English speakers when taking English Graduation Tests.

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Two-term Florida Republican Representative Kevin Ambler originally began the county wide “Ought to Be A Law” competition to encourage students to propose bills to congress.  Fifteen years later, Kevin Ambler is out of office, but Armwood High School civics teacher, Tony Pirotta, and his students kept it going.

Senior Maria Medina noticed one of her fellow classmates, who transferred to Hillsborough County’s Armwood High School after moving from Cuba, struggling with English.  Her classmate was passing all her other classes with flying colors, except for English.  English Graduation Tests assume the test taker understands the language fluently.  The student has already completed the English Language Learner’s program (a program designed to teach non-native speakers English), but those classes, crammed into 4-7 years, cannot teach the entirety of the English language.  The fine-tuning that comes in high school level English classes can’t be understood by students who are still struggling to learn the complicated components of the English language.  Therefore, understanding English on the level they are expected to understand for English tests is nearly impossible-which is where Pirotta’s student’s bill comes in. 

House Bill 143/ Senate Bill 376, the most recent bills originating from Tony Pirotta’s civics club, “exempts certain English Language Learners from specified graduation requirement[s].”  In this case, the graduation requirement would be English Graduation Tests.  Both bills have been referred to their respective house’s “PreK-12 Innovation Subcommittee” on September 23 and hope to be approved by July 1, 2020.

In an interview with the Tampa Bay Times, senior Haley Manigold says “We believe that every student deserves an equal opportunity.  If you take a test and you can’t understand it, then the test is not effectively showing what you know.” 

Similar bills have been introduced by Democratic Senator Annette Taddeo and Democratic Representative Cindy Polo (HB 1213/SB 1590).  These bills state that non-native English speakers should be able to take tests required for graduation in their native language. 

Many students have joined Pirotta’s it “Ought to Be A Law Club” to help their fellow classmates who are challenged by the English requirement.  Zachary Mills, a member of the club says, “I just want to be part of the group that makes things better.”

With the help of their teacher, the members of the club have communicated with Democratic Florida Representative Susan Valdes, who has assisted the students in getting the bill into its respective committee and onto the Senate and House floor.  The English Language Learners bill will increase graduation rates for non-native English-speaking students and will promote fair high school testing for students of all nationalities.  Haley Manigold and a few of her classmates hope to travel to Tallahassee to lobby the bill in Congress for the 2020 Legislative Session, which begins January 14.

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The Perfect Small Town

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“K2TV Reporter Chris Topling reporting live from Cheyenne, Wyoming where 26-year-old Janelle Davis was found in her home after ten months of the disappearance of her and her husband John Davis. Davis returned home in the family car but only recalls leaving by herself. Davis shows no signs of physical harm or malnourishment. Strangely, Davis has no recollection of the last ten months or of her missing husband. The last thing she remembers is heading for Yellowstone National Park to spend a week on vacation. The state troopers and local authorities are looking for evidence as to what happened to the Davis family, but so far nothing has been recovered, nor is there any information on the whereabouts of Mr. Davis. Back to the station.”

10 Months Ago

            Janelle and John Davis were preparing to leave for their vacation at Yellowstone National Park. They planned to camp at the park so they could hike, relax and enjoy nature with ease. The two were packing their car with hiking gear, camping gear, plenty of food and their luggage.

The couple left their home in Cheyenne at 6 am hoping to reach the campgrounds at about 1:30 pm, giving them plenty of time to set up their campsite before sundown. John got behind the wheel with Janelle providing navigation from the passenger seat.

The couple drove, sharing polite conversation, while listening to music on the radio. They stopped for gas two hours into the seven-and-a-half-hour drive. The couple refilled their coffee, used the restroom and continued on their way.

Another two hours in the car go by until a clicking noise is heard, “click, click, click.” John recognizes the sound as an engine problem and pulls over. John and Janelle get out of the car.

“What are we going to do? You don’t know anything about fixing cars!” Janelle worried.

“Don’t worry, this is what mechanics do. Calm down, and look at that sign, Lander is in three miles. We can search if there is a mechanic in tow n.” John pulls his phone out and searches for the desired information. “Look at the wonders of Google, there is a mechanic shop in town.” He shows Janelle the mechanic’s information before dialing the number. He engages in a very simple conversation with the mechanic, explaining the situation. “More great news, the mechanic has a tow truck and will pick us and the car up.”

“How long will it be?”

“About fifteen minutes.”

The couple waits for the mechanic by discussing the things they want to do when they get to Yellowstone. The fifteen minutes passes quickly, as the pair sees the tow truck approaching them. On the side the truck says, “Lander Auto Repairs.” The truck parks in front of the car and the driver gets out. The driver is a young man, appearing to be about 20 years old.

“How are you folks doing?” This confused the couple as the man appeared younger than them but spoke like a sixty-year-old.

“We are fine, just anxious to be on our way.” Janelle responded for the both of them. “What about you?”

“Good, just working. Speaking of, let’s get you folks to town to see what’s going on.” The man hooks their car up to the truck without another word to either of them. Once the car is secure the, the man beckons the couple to get into the truck. As soon as everyone is buckled, the man heads toward the town.

About five minutes later, the truck approaches a dainty town. No trash, no homeless people, no dirty walls, no smog in sight. Everything here seemed perfect, like a display in a shop window. As the truck drove through the town, there were very few people walking around. Those who were walking were all in similar outfits but looked nice enough. All the people seemed to wear blue jeans and white t-shirts. Even the driver was wearing dark blue jeans and a white V-neck t-shirt.

Another two minutes go by before the truck pulls into the lot of the auto-repair shop and everyone gets out of the car. The Davises stand to the side as the mechanic releases the car from the truck.

“From what you described over the phone; it sounds like a blown engine. It’ll take at least an hour to fix. If I were you, I would go over to the diner and grab some breakfast.”

“Thanks for the suggestion.” John says. He takes Janelle’s hand and they walk over and enter the diner. There are only four tables occupied. One with a middle-aged couple, one seating a woman, the third with a dad and two kids and the other with a group of teens.

All the diners turned and stared at the Davises with wonder. A waitress comes out to deliver food to the table with the dad and kids. She then takes note of the strangers near the entrance.

“Seat yourselves, I’ll be over in a minute.” The waitress calls over to the couple. They follow her directions and decide to sit near the woman dining alone. Each of them sat on one side of the table.

Janelle took notice of the décor, it was not very elaborate, checkered floors, red walls, black chairs and booths and white tables, very boring for a restaurant.

She also took note of the woman who was sitting alone. The woman was staring intently at Janelle. John began speaking to Janelle and her eyes promptly focused on her husband. The two spoke for only a few moments before the waitress appeared to take their drink orders.

“We didn’t get menus. We aren’t sure about what you have.” John explained.

“Sorry about that, small town, everyone’s familiar with the menu, not many visitors. We have milk, orange juice, apple juice, water and coffee.”

“We will take two waters.” Janelle decided, ignoring the waitress’ explanation. John nodded in agreement. The waitress smiled and walked away. They had to wait for her to come back with their drinks before they could decide on what they wanted to order. Janelle glanced behind John to see the woman still staring at her. “Honey, I’m going to the bathroom, I’ll be right back.”

Janelle sped past the woman towards the bathroom. Immediately she locked herself in a stall to do some breathing exercises to calm down. She thought she was being paranoid about the woman staring at her. Then bathroom door opened.

Janelle did not want to leave the stall, but she worried that John would think something happened if she was gone too long. Reluctantly Janelle left the stall. Standing in front of the door was the woman who was staring at her.

“Leave.” The woman said bluntly.

“If you moved out of the way I could go back to my husband.”

“Not the bathroom, this town. Get out of here before it’s too late.”

“You make it seem like this is a horror movie, the only strange thing here is you. Now if you will excuse me.” Janelle motioned for the woman to step aside. The woman simply sighed and moved out of the way, shaking her head. Janelle ignored the woman and walked back to the table, but John was not there. The woman exited the bathroom. Janelle promptly turned to her.

“What have you done to my husband?”

“I didn’t do anything. He was sitting there when I left to the bathroom. Check the men’s bathroom before assuming the worst.” Janelle sped to the men’s bathroom.

“Johnnn!” She waited a minute before worrying. She repeated the sequence but nothing. She rushed back out to the table. The woman was enjoying her breakfast as a frantic Janelle approached.

“He’s not in there?” Janelle shook her head no. “Then it’s too late. Go to your car and drive.”

“The car is in the shop, that’s why we’re here! Plus, John has the keys. What is going on here?”

“Come with me.” The woman leaves the diner without any hesitation or leaving any cash. The two women run three blocks, into a building. The woman locks and bolts the door.

“Are we safe? Can you explain what’s going on? Do you know where my husband is?” Janelle asks frantically.

“Lander is a new and small town, but it has a dark history. This all started when geneticists figured out cloning. When the ethical debates about human cloning were rising, a group of scientists fled California and wound up here. They started doing tests on their family members until they made it perfect. All they need is a non-clone to carry the clone.”

“Are you saying that there are cloning experiments going on in this town?”

“Not experiments, the elites in town get clones, they get embryo cells and insert the DNA and then freeze them to keep them preserved until ready to implant. To not arise suspicion, each person only gets two be cloned twice. The poor people in town get to stay in their homes and alive if at least one child is able to carry the clones.”

“If they don’t have any daughters, only sons?”

“If the mother is past her prime age to have children, then the family is annihilated.”

“They just kill people?”

“No. People get a choice. They can either wipe all memory of this place and people can start over elsewhere or yes, they can choose death.”

“What are you, a clone or a carrier?”

“I am a carrier, I have carried one clone, it was almost two years ago. I am set to carry another in a few months, after that it is time for my annihilation. If I were part of a clone family, I would just choose to not be cloned, only one has chosen not to be cloned.”

“What does any of this have to do with me? Or my husband?”

“There are not very many women available to have clones right now. There are some who are pregnant with first-borns and others who are unavailable through contract.”

“There is a contract?”

“Yes, as crazy as it seems. To ensure the health of the carriers they are only allowed to be pregnant, naturally or with a clone, every two years. When they are almost out of carriers, they trap women passing through the town.”

“So, what did they do with John? What if I choose to just wipe my memory?”

“John is probably in a holding cell. The choice is only for the families who have no available carriers. You are an available carrier so you will either carry a clone, then get your memory erased or they will torture you and or John until you carry a clone anyway.”

“What will they do with John while I am pregnant?”

“John would be allowed to be stay with you. You will probably be given a place to stay until you give birth. John will most likely have to work around the town, like the rest of the people who are related to a carrier or are currently inactive carriers.”

“Where can I find the people, who would have my husband?”

“Probably at City Hall, it’s a front for the geneticists’ lab. The holding cells are also there. Before you go there, stop by the mechanics, ask about the car and then your husband. You don’t want to alert the city officials.”

“One last question, how do they erase your memory of this place only?”

“that’s a question for the scientists themselves. They must target a specific area of the brain. It may be similar to the way they transfer the memories of the clones.”

“They do what?!”

“Oops. Yeah, the clones don’t start over. At puberty they implant a chip that connects to the hippocampus, so the brain stores former memories as though this body has made all of them.”

“Oh my.” After getting directions to City Hall, Janelle leaves the woman’s home with a smile plastered on her face as though she just made a friend instead of learning the hidden darkness of this perfect little town. She walked back to thee mechanic’s shop to check on the car like the woman said. The mechanic was wiping of the car then his forehead as she approached.

“How’s the car doing?”

“Fine ma’am. All set”

“Great, as soon as I find John, we can pay you and be on our way. Have you seen him?”

“No, I would check City Hall, a couple of locals may have picked him up for a tour. They probably wanted to introduce him to the mayor. We don’t get a lot of new people around here.”

“I bet. Thanks, I’ll be back with John as soon as possible. Then we’ll pay and be out of your hair.” Janelle smiled at the young man and began walking toward City Hall. It only takes about ten minutes to walk there.

She enters the building. Unlike the diner, the inside of City Hall is just as pristine as the outside. Pinstriped wallpaper, chandeliers and modern furniture decorates the lobby. Janelle walks up to the receptionist who has been looking at her since she walked in.

“Hi, I was wondering if you had seen a new man walking around anywhere? He’s my husband and our car, which was at the shop, is ready.”

“Yes, he’s in the mayor’s office. It is the last door on your right.” The receptionist smiled at Janelle, whose stomach twisted in repulsion.

“Thank you, have a nice day.” Janelle all but ran towards the end of the hallway. She knocked on the last door on the right.

“Come in.”

“Janelle!” John exclaimed, happy to see his wife.

“John! Let’s go. The car is ready, and it is almost noon. We still have another three and a half hours to drive.”

“Nonsense, it is still early, sit and chat with us Mrs. Davis.”

“As much as we would love that, we really must be going.”

“Ah yes, I suppose that camping trip won’t take itself.” Said the mayor as he stood up and walked closer to Janelle. “Then again, you won’t be taking it either.” Before she could run or protest, he injected her with a liquid. Immediately she became dizzy and drowsy. Slowly Janelle began to black out. John stared in shock.

“You said she wouldn’t get hurt!”

“She was trying to escape!” The mayor said angrily. “I may look like I’m 18, but I am mentally 85; I know when someone is acting.”

“Still, I could have convinced her.”

“It is handled, just accept it. Pick her up and follow me.” John picked up his wife. He followed the mayor down the corridor and then down a flight of stairs to a laboratory. The mayor motioned to the chair in the middle of the lab. John laid Janelle there, he strapped her into the chair. The mayor guided John out of the room so the geneticists can begin the procedure.

Janelle woke up what seemed like minutes after she passed out. She felt fine, aside from a slight groggy feeling from just waking up. She was alone in this strange lab setting. She realized she could not raise her arms. She began to panic.

“John! John!” She screamed, hoping that her husband could hear and save her. John busted into the room. Worry all over his face. “Oh, my goodness, John, thank goodness nothing happened to you. Help me, we have to go.”

“We can’t go. I’m sorry honey. You are a carrier.”

“You knew!!!” Janelle screams in John’s face with a fury she never knew she had.

“I permitted this. We can be cloned later in life, if you carry this clone.”

“Why would I want a clone? This isn’t natural. We are not meant to live longer than one lifetime. It’s why we vow until death do us part.”

“So, are you going to try to terminate this baby?”

“I would never, but I will be leaving here as soon as I give birth. Whatever it takes.”

“So be it.” John looks defeated. His shoulders slouch and he bows his head while walking out the door.

“John? I don’t think you are meant for me if you thought I would do this to live longer. You clearly don’t know me as well as I thought you did.” John looks ready to collapse as he sees the look of hate and disgust in his wife’s eyes. As a tear falls, he walks out the room and never looks back.

In the next ten months, Janelle lives with the woman, Ginger. The two women became close as Ginger guided Janelle through her pregnancy. They began to act like sisters who have known each other forever.

Janelle confided in Ginger as she no longer had John. John had become an elite in society. Janelle only knew what spread as town news. He remarried some local elite woman and they are living happily.

Once Janelle went into labor, her countdown for returning home began. They would wait until she was fully healed to send her home. Janelle and Ginger prepared for their goodbye as Janelle wished she did not have to forget Ginger. A month after the birth Janelle was driving towards Cheyenne Wyoming with no idea as to where she was leaving or how much time had passed.

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Robert Stanley’s Mission

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Earth, as we all know, is the only planet that contains life. For years humans and animals have evolved and changed overtime. Scientists, astronauts, and astronomers have always wondered if life exists elsewhere. Unfortunately, they had no luck in finding such place, until one day in another galaxy. The scientists found an exact replica of the Milky Way Galaxy.

In the Swirl Galaxy. the replica of the Milky Way Galaxy, lightyears away, there was a solar system similar the Milky Way’s solar system. Scientists from the Swirl Galaxy discovered the Milky Way Galaxy with their experimental robots. They created a human-like robot and named it Robert Stanley and programmed a specific mission in him. The scientists shipped their robot experiment through a teleporter that went straight to planet Earth. 

 The sky is clear and white for a second as the space shuttle comes crashing down onto the hard-rocky surface. Dust flies up from all around as the shuttle tumbles toward a huge rock. The shuttle comes to a stop and a boy crawls out from inside. He is about 15 years old with his protective suit, blonde hair and blue eyes. He quickly stands up wiping away the dust from his face and clothing. He takes a look around only to find himself in the middle of nowhere. He begins to walk down a rocky road. The boy walks for hours and hours and eventually spots a small house surrounded by only sand and a wore down swing set. He walks up to the house and knocks on the door. No one answers. He knocks again. Moments after an old man opens the door. The man is missing a leg and looks to be in his 70’s. 

“May I help you?,” he says in a raspy voice and slightly lets out a cough. A breeze of smoke lushes out from inside the house. 

“Yes. Hello my name is Robert Stanley and I need help. I don’t know where I am,” he said in a nervous but serious tone.

“If you go round back, you will see a motorcycle. You can take it and 30 miles from here you will find a village.” says the old man kindly.

“Okay thank you,” says Robert. 

The old man now coughing steps back inside and closes the door behind him. Robert quickly walks around the back and sees the motorcycle in its upright position. The keys dangle off to the side of the jet black motorcycle. He hops on and starts the engine. He has drove miles and miles, and it is becoming dark out. Robert then starts to see porch lights and trees in the far distance. He has finally arrived at his destination. Slowly, he comes to a complete stop and turns off the motorcycle. He takes a look around and suspiciously walks into the woods. 

Robert reaches into his pocket and pulls out a pin shaped like a circle. He points it towards the sky. A bright blue light starts coming out from the pin. The light is so bright that it expands around the whole planet Earth. The blue light acts like a bubble surrounding the planet. Not long after, a huge black hole in the sky opens up and sucks in the planet. Blue light everywhere. Robert is now teleporting Earth to his own galaxy. Minutes after, the blue light fades and Robert places the pin back into his pocket. 

“Congratulations Robert, you have completed your mission,” says a voice coming from inside his ear. It is Goosenberg, the scientist who programmed Robert for his mission. 

The people on planet Earth step outside their houses and look around. Earth has changed colors, and everything seemed to be very different looking. People from all around the world look confused, then turn on their tvs assuming it was some type of natural disaster that the news would explain.. 

“Earthlings, it is I, Professor Goosenberg. Don’t be startled. For years every single one of you have wondered if life exists in another dimension. You see me and my crew have been experimenting because for years we have also been looking for another source of life. We have sent out robots through a teleporter in search for living humans and then they found it. We thought it would be better if we teleported the entire planet here to our galaxy. Not only have we brought you guys here but also saved you. As you may know years from now your sun would have devoured Earth as the star becomes a red giant. While a danger, this was not the only thing we saved you from. Other galaxies have also been searching for living humans and we know they are planning to destroy all the galaxies containing life. They are fierce and will stop at nothing to be the last life in the universe. They are aliens and they have been taking out all living planets in order for them to survive, they cannot be underestimated.

Welcome to the Swirl Galaxy, we have finally captured all the planets which contain life. Robots start your missions,” Goosenberg says as the tv screens turn off. 

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