Even though I have only been in this class for one year, I have made so many great memories and learned so much. I have amassed an uncountable number of memories throughout the year, but here are my top three in no particular order:
J-day at Mizzou
That was one of the best things that we did as a class did. Traveling to Mizzou, going around the campus, and listening to several different speakers was a great learning experience. On top of that, our class won several awards. I won an award for my blog, so that was really exciting. Getting recognized for my work and seeing my pals win several awards of their own was by far one of my best memories of the year.
My Spikeball Story
This was my backpack story. That means I did it all on my own. I knew it would be a bit of a challenge, however I couldn't have chosen a better topic. I was (and still am) super into spikeball, so right off the bat I was hyped about it. The interview was really fun and it was my favorite ones I did all year. After I put it all together, it was a super-enjoyable story and I was beyond proud of how it turned out. It was for sure one of my favorite stories that I did all year.
Jared and I's PSA on Kindness
For a QA earlier in the year we were tasked with producing a PSA of our choosing. My fellow esteemed classmate, Jared Lopez, and I decided to make one about kindness. The production went pretty smoothly until the car we were using for a scene broke down and became stuck before we could finish the shoot. We spent the next half hour trying to remedy the situation before finally giving up and going home. The best part about it was that we forgot to stop recording on the camera, so that half hour of footage was saved and we got a really good laugh going back and listening to us try and fix the problem.
Yup, I sure have had a lot of great times in this class. I am going to miss all of the seniors who will be gone next year, but at the same time I am very excited for everything that can and will be accomplished next year with all the new incoming staff members.
Being an older brother is one of the coolest things in the world. Even though having two younger brothers can be super annoying sometimes, I don't think I would want it any other way.
It might sound kinda cheesy, but whenever I'm helping my brothers, whether it be with a sport, or with homework, it really makes me feel good. One of the best things is being able to set an example for them. Sometimes I think it adds pressure on me to do well, but that really isn't such a bad thing if it helps me do better in life.
Probably the best thing about being an older brother is having two people to play video games, basketball, or catch with. You always have a couple of pals. Having two younger brothers can be difficult sometimes, but the good times make it worth it.
Two years ago I started refereeing fifth and sixth grade boys and girls basketball. This year is my third year and I have learned a few things since I started doing it.
One thing that comes with being a referee is getting yelled at. When it happens, it genuinely doesn't bother me. I just let it roll off. It helps that most of the time the coach is actually wrong, but they think they saw something I didn't.
It is surprising how intense the coaches will get during a game between two groups of 5th grade girls, half of whom struggle to even properly dribble the ball. From my point of view, and I think a lot of the parents, it is embarrassing to witness.
There have been several times I have had to warn a coach that I will give them a technical foul if they continue to argue. Once that happens, the coach almost always stays quiet because they get called out on what they are doing.
The lesson I have learned from all of this is that 99% of the time screaming at the ref does absolutely nothing and makes you look like a fool. I think people just need to realize that it is only 5th and 6th grade recreational basketball. None of the players will care about the game the next day and most won't even play basketball in middle school or high school.
However, too many coaches treat it like they are coaching Lebron James in the NBA Finals. It sets a bad example for the kids on the team and makes them look bad. If I ever coach youth sports, I now know how it is pretty much impossible to make every correct call, and yelling at the ref gets nothing done. It won't change any call that was already made.
Refereeing basketball has given me a lot of valuable knowledge that has strengthened one overall life lesson everyone should work on: be respectful.
Grades matter so much in high school today. It can be very frustrating when teachers do not put the grades in for assignments, projects, and tests that you have completed into the online grade book.
Many times this year, and in year's past, my parents get upset at what seems like an F when in reality it is an A with full completion. When I tell my parents that I have completed the assignment and that the teacher just hasn't put it in yet, they are often unconvinced. They say things like "Once I see it, I will believe it" or "Well, then talk to your teacher and figure it out."
I feel it shouldn't be my responsibility to remind my teachers that they need to put in my grades. It may sound like me whining about something that isn't that bad, but it is a frustrating pet peeve that I'm sure effects several more people than just me. This is something that teachers should really be more mindful about. Enter the grades in a timely manner, so students do not suffer.
Over 30,000 people die every year in car accidents in the US. However, there are several simple things drivers can do to stay safe.
Buckling up is the easiest thing to do. According to edgarsnyder.com, seat belts reduce the risk of a fatal accident by 45%. There is literally no reason to not wear a seat belt. It takes 3 seconds to put on and can save your life. I will never understand people who do not buckle up.
Another easy thing to do is simply stay off your phone. According to distraction.gov, over 3,000 people were killed in an accident caused by distracted driving. We've all messed with our phones while driving at one point or another, but it really is important to just put it down. Anything you are doing at the time can wait. Sometimes I even need to remind myself these things, but it really is a good idea and makes sense. It can be tempting to quickly respond to a text, but it is never worth your life.
Overall, staying safe while driving is all about common sense and being smart. Staying focused on the road, buckling up, and doing the little things to make sure you are safe are the easy things you can do to make your most life threatening part of your day safer.
At a time when many people seem to complain about certain aspects of WHS such as the homework, lunches, and crowded hallways, it is important to seek out the things that make WHS a great school.
One of my personal favorite things about WHS is the staff. I think WHS has a good mix of veteran teachers who have been teaching for a while, and new teachers who have just gotten their start. Everyone on staff is really friendly, too. All the way from the custodians to the coaches, I really believe everyone is nice and helpful.
Another great thing about WHS is something we take for granted: the campus. Whenever I walk outside by the football field and track, I always think about how cool looking the school is. The football field is nice and high tech. Plus, the library and cafeteria building creates just a neat looking school. There are many murals inside the building and nice signage outside. Overall, we have a nice campus that we should pay a little more attention to.
Overall, I think my favorite thing about WHS (which can also sometimes be the worst part) is the people. The people here are friendly, and everyone shares a sense of community for being a part of the school. It’s almost like a family. Yes, they can annoy you, but they still are your favorite people. The WHS Blue Jay family is pretty close.
So, the next time you are like me and complain about school, think about all the things that make it great. It can help you look at WHS in a new light.
The wind whistled through the trees as I walked through the dark forest. Following the light of my phone I continued on the gravel path. Suddenly, I came across what I was looking for: a Charmander!
This is just one of the numerous stories that come from playing the widely popular smartphone game Pokemon Go. With so many smartphone games these days, it is surprising that one game can become so popular overnight, but there are several things about Pokemon Go that sets it apart from other games.
Unlike most games, you must move around to play it. Walking is required to get some Pokemon and it is pretty much impossible to play without moving. Pokemon Go also uses unique a system of “Pokestops” which are based around real-world locations and landmarks. That means in order to get the benefits from the Pokestops, you must travel to the actual location they are located at. All of these features make Pokemon Go a very unique game.
The real mind-boggling thing about Pokemon Go is how popular it is. It is the most popular game on the App Store and the most popular I can personally remember since Flappy Bird. I never really realized how popular it was until I went to catch some Pokemon with some friends late on a Tuesday night. We went to Lion’s Lake and walked the trail around it. In doing so, we passed at least five other groups of people playing the game. Keep in mind this was 11:00 on a Tuesday night. After seeing all of the people playing it at that hour, I can only imagine how many people play it during daylight hours on a weekend!
All of these things make Poklemon Go a truly great game. If for some reason you haven’t played Pokemon Go yet, I highly recommend it. It will be sure to offer you hours of entertaining and unique experiences!
Recently I saw my most favorite film of Summer 2016, Finding Dory.
Going into it, I had big expectations since it was the sequel Finding Nemo. Going to see Finding Nemo at the movies with my dad is one of my earliest memories, and to this day I enjoy watching it.
I was sort of expecting Finding Dory to be lame and not as good as the original. While I still think Finding Nemo is better, mostly because I grew up with it in my childhood, it’s a close call.
The basic setup for the movie is that a blue tang fish named Dory, voiced by Ellen DeGeneres, begins to regain some memories from her early childhood and sets out on a mission to find her parents. Many new memorable characters are introduced such as Hank, the octopus, and Destiny, the whale shark.
While the movie has laughs, it still manages to be serious and, in my opinion, more dark than the original. However, it is still a family-friendly movie, so obviously it doesn’t get that dark. Overall, the movie is another blockbuster hit and a fitting sequel for such a great movie.
Check it out before it leaves the big screen!