Longest Government Shutdown Over
By: Alexis Martin Taliyah Holmes and Evan Waddell
The government shutdown, issued by President Donald Trump in order to get over 5 billion dollars for the funding of the border wall, had been in effect for over 1 month. The government shutdown had lasted into the new year, ending on January 25th So many people were affected by this, some people like TSA agents, FBI agents, and Coast Guard employees. “an estimated 800,000 people who work for the U.S. government are feeling the impact.”-ABC News. Trump has agreed to reopen the government until February 15th, if he doesn't get a deal from congress, he will either shut the government down again ,or declare a state of emergency.
Since 1990, there has been 8 government shutdowns, this one lasting the longest. For many employees this shutdown has been hard. Some federal workers and contractors affected by the shutdown have turned to crowdfunding sites, like ‘Go Fund Me’ to raise funds for rent and bills.
The entire federal government doesn’t shut down- Government functions relating to emergency and disaster assistance, criminal investigations, air traffic control, protection of federal property and other activities "essential to ensure continued public health and safety.” Shutdowns cost the government money- Similarly, the 1995-1996 shutdowns are estimated to have cost the federal government approximately $2.1 billion when adjusted for inflation.
Voters don’t like government shutdowns- Polling shows that voters generally oppose the prospect of a government shutdown, and shutdowns that do happen can damage Americans' view of government as a whole.The longest shutdown was 3 weeks- In the final days of 1995, large portions of the federal government shut down for three weeks following a dispute between President Clinton and Republicans More than 39 million people could temporarily lose access to food stamps- The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which oversees the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly referred to as food stamps, is just one of numerous government agencies facing a lapse in funding due to the government shutdown.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
By: Elizabeth Bradford, Ben Ridgeway, Hayden Lee, and Hannah Yantis
Martin Luther King Jr. is arguably one of the most celebrated and recognized men in the history of America. We’ve all heard of him, but how much do we truly know? This past January 15th would’ve been his 90th birthday (if he was still alive), so in honor of his legacy, we’ll dive into a brief history of Martin Luther King Jr.
His birthday, as we previously mentioned, was January 15, in 1929, but the holiday we celebrate is on the third Monday of every January, so it always falls around his birthday, but rarely on it.
Martin Luther King Jr’s. first name was originally Michael when he was born, but when he was five years old, his father King Sr. decided to change both him and his son’s names to Martin, in honor of a German reformer who defied the Catholic church.
He went to a segregated elementary school in Georgia, and graduated from high school at the young age of 15. He then went to the same college that both his father and grandfather graduated from, Morehouse College, where he earned a B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) degree. Later he went to Boston University, where he received a doctorate degree.
While in Boston, Martin Luther King Jr. met his future wife, Coretta Scott. Coretta was an american author, activist, civil rights leader and helped lead the Civil Rights Movement. She also received a bachelor associates degree in music and education from the college Antioch. Eventually the couple would have 4 children-two sons and two daughters.
In 1954, King put his doctorate to good use and became the pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. A year later in 1959, he was chosen to be the spokesperson for the Montgomery Bus Boycott due to his known passion towards the civil rights movement and for him being in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). The boycott would end up lasting for 382 days, ending with people of all races being treated equally on buses.
But these are all of King’s lesser known acts. The most famous thing Martin Luther King Jr. ever did, one of his most important contributions to the civil rights movements, was yet to come. On August 28, 1963 he made his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. He made the speech during the March on Washington, an event that attracted 250,000 people to the National Mall to protest the unfair laws against negros. The March on Washington was basically a movement against racial discrimination.
Martin Luther King Jr. continued to fight against racism until his death on April 4, 1968, when he was assassinated by James Earl Ray. He was at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee when Ray shot him in the neck. He was rushed to St. Joseph Hospital and later died there, at the age of 39.
Throughout his years, King was a man with a dream. He lived a very memorable life and changed America forever. He shall always be an inspiration for his contributions to society. Rest In Peace Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968). You have been missed.
8th Grade Winter Sports
By: Sophie Drake, Brant Hays, and Nick Sulivan
Winter sports has come to a close this month with some impressive numbers. In this article we will be reviewing girls basketball, boys basketball, and wrestling. These girls and boys have worked hard all season and we wanted to recognize that with this article. We hope that our readers appreciate these girls and boys as much as we do.
Girls basketball finished the season 8-7 and now are moving on to the playoffs where they will face off against Granville on Saturday, February 2nd. The starting five for this game will be Taliyah Holmes, Summer Mohler, Maddy Hopkins, A’mya Royster, and Allie Dunlap. Unfortunately, the girls lost to Granville. The games were hosted at Watkins Memorial Middle School. This was an unfortunate end to an otherwise great season
As for the boys they finished the season 4-11, the season could have gone better but the effort was still appreciated. The boys played Utica Middle School on the 2nd and lost 40-50. This season was a good learning opportunity for the team, it taught them about what to do and what not to do. I think everyone is hoping for a better season next year.
The wrestling team consists of the 8th graders Trevor Bachman and Eli Bridges along with 7th grader Noah Pruce. Another season of wrestling is over and the scores have changed, leaving Eli has 24 wins and 8 losses and Trevor at 14 wins and 12 losses. The boys leave us with something to be proud of at the end of this season
At the end of the day, the girls basketball, boys basketball, and wrestling team tried their hardest this season and we should be proud of them. The boys basketball team finished the season 4-11 and the girls 8-7. The wrestling team finished with Eli Bridges having 24 wins and 4 losses and Trevor Bachman with 14 wins and 12 losses. Everyone included in all three of these sports has worked hard this year and we are looking forward to what next season has in store.
A brief snap of this year's yearbook!
By Justice Neal, William Carpenter, and Molly Robinson
Every single year, a school yearbook is for sale. This yearbook has every student’s picture captured well with the utmost care, along with pictures from other important events from the school year. An absolute fantastic way to remember this year. This yearbook is a great way to remember the good memories from the year, but people don’t really consider the work that goes into making it. Not only do the members of the yearbook doghouse have to insert pictures in, they also have to take the pictures, then go in and edit the yearbook to include the over 300 students of the middle school! The yearbook takes a lot of work, effort, and time to make, and the students in charge of it have been working hard to make the best yearbook for everyone.
You can support the yearbook doghouse and all of their hard work by purchasing a yearbook. The yearbooks went on sale right before Christmas break, so if you were looking to get one, it should be purchased already. This year’s yearbook is supposed to be different than the ones from previous years, though. This yearbook is supposed to feature every student at least three times. Now, this sounds like a hard feat to manage, but the yearbook team this year has had some help, you may have noticed them going into class rooms, and even your classroom! A fairly large difference of the year book so far is the organization. Members of the yearbook doghouse are working on making this yearbook organized and neat.
While they may be working on making the yearbook the best it can be, the majority of people in the yearbook team are seventh graders. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it worries us that there's not more diversity in the grades. It makes sense on paper that there would be more seventh graders, since they are one of the most large grades to come through for a long time. A more worrying aspect is a possible lack of experienced people in yearbook. The last few years there have always been a motley crew of eighth graders to help get the rest settled into it. The shortage of them this year may affect the overall quality of the yearbook. Not only that, but it seems that this year's yearbook crew is quite inexperienced, most of them not having very much experience. Don’t let this sway you though, from what we’ve seen, that this year’s crew is very, very motivated to do their absolute best. Not only that but the eighth graders in there have been in there for a very long time. The yearbook team feels very good about their ability. We hope to see their efforts pay off in this year's yearbook!
So with the yearbook team being motivated to work we took the initiative and we talked to some members of the yearbook team to get some information on the progress so far. Hope Wright, a 7th grader on the yearbook team, says: “So far, the yearbook has been going slow, but there hasn’t been any major problems.” The yearbook should be done in March, so it’s good that they haven’t run in to any big problems yet. We hope that it stays like this for the rest of the process, but even if it doesn’t, this yearbook sounds like it’s guaranteed to be awesome.
Teacher Feature: Mrs. Hersman
Written by: Gannon Knox, Zach Davis, and Josie Redman.
Here in the HMS Press Teacher Feature we try to shine light on the best of the best in the staff of Heath Middle School. We use this Teacher Feature to learn more about the teacher at hand, and get their and their students input on questions. This issue, we have decided to pick a student favorite 6th grade teacher, Mrs. Hersman! In this article, we would love to share some information with you about this rockstar teacher!
Mrs. Hersman is a teacher here at Heath Middle School, if that wasn’t obvious enough. She teaches math (and it’s honors variation) and science for the 6th grade students are lucky to have her. She goes off of the moral to be as nice as she can, and apparently she has succeeded. From our experience, she has a laid back but effective teaching style. It gets her point across, without having the unnecessary yelling included that students hate. She does math and science along with Mrs. James and Mrs. Przymierski in the 6th grade. Also, from our experience it seems like she loves what she teaches, as it seems at time she can ooze of interest and passion. She has two daughters, and they even went here at Heath for school. One has already stepped up to college, while one is still a sophomore at Heath High. On top of her responsibilities, she even runs the National Junior Honors Society. NJHS is for sure a big deal, and she seems to guide the children in it with skill.Though, what do the students think?
We interviewed many students that have her this year, and we want to showcase that here! We have concluded a lot of about her from our experience and the interviews. One of the students said that she has excellent teaching strategies. “She's really nice and helps us with problems with math”- Ella Snow. When she teaches, she tries to incorporate everyone into the discussion, and it shows with the love and approval that she seems to get every year. One of Mrs Hersmans students, Avery Wallis, said “It’s always fun.” Most of the students said that she was very funny and had a great attitude everyday. It seems the children get along with her smoothly, which is something most students want from a good teacher.
This time at the HMS Press Teacher Feature, we think we chose the star candidate. Mrs. Hersman seems to be loved by everybody, and if you had her, you may have been lucky without even realizing it! We hope this has been delightfully insightful, and maybe you have new grown respect for her. The students that we interviewed were Lilly Angus, Kevin Dunlap, Shelby Moore, Ella Snow, Ayden Moore, Ava Barrick, Avery Wallis, Tannar Patterson, and Braylon Morris. With that said, thank you very much to those kids, and Mrs. Hersman for recommending them! Though just like every star, it’s unfair if we don’t focus on another star. So, who do you think should be in the next issue of the Teacher Feature here at the HMS Press?
The little dogs
By: Sydney Werner, David Link, and Courtney Kugel
So as you may know, we are not the only school in the heath district. Anyone who has been in this district has some level of knowledge about the schools, but what do you actually know about each of the elementary school’s history and what they are doing now? Well, we are here and we are going to be the teachers this time. Welcome to Heath City Schools History 101.
The first school that children will attend is Garfield Elementary. The principal at Garfield is Heath Middle Schools former principal Mr. Jeff Hempleman. He is at the top of the school which consists of teachers that teach and students that learn grades kindergarten, first, and second grade. Even though they are the oldest students, there are definitely a lot of responsible, respectful, and ready to learn kids!
Garfield teaches the youngest kids in Heath, which means all of the children that attend here stay in their classrooms for all of the basic teachings (Math, English, Social Studies, and Science). The children travel to different classrooms for their ¨specials¨ such as music, gym, art, and library. So their specials are exactly like our electives. The little kids eat their lunches in the cafeteria, which doubles as the gym. But of course, most of the kids’ favorite part of school is recess, where they play outside on a fenced in playground which consists of a jungle gym, swings, monkey bars and much more.
Garfield has not always been here though. Garfield Elementary was built in 1961 and was the first Heath school. When Garfield, along with Heath Middle School (The original High School), was built, they offered all grades K-12. Now, we have four schools instead of two, which splits up the different grade levels better.
Stevenson Elementary is the second school students will attend in this district. It’s run by its current principal, Mrs. Andra Kisner. Stevenson teaches children from third to fifth grade. This school was opened in 1964, three years after Garfield and HMS. Stevenson is located at 152 Cynthia Street and was originally intended to be a Newark school. Now it’s a school that teaches classes for the Heath Bulldogs! The school prides itself on working with its amazing teachers, students, and curriculum.
The school structure of Stevenson is very similar to Garfield's school system. All students have the basic common required classes and have switched electives according to the day of the week. All students strive to lead the school using variations of the 7 habits. Stevenson students sing songs and incorporate the 7 habits into their work.
The highlight of Stevenson's year of 2018 has been their funds in pennies for patients. Mrs. Ridgely's class won with an amount of $1,210.90! Over the past ten years, Stevenson has raised over $32,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. What outstanding leaders these children are, why not talk about their LEAD program?
Stevenson is adopting a system called LEAD, All teachers and workers can give students awards for being a leader in the school. The most recognized award for being a good leader and Stevenson is a PAW. The PAWs are displayed on bulletin boards or outside of classes for all to see. At the very end of the year, the classroom with the most PAWs wins a special award and party. Stevenson encourages leaders to start leading young and to continue with that mental attitude going into higher schools!
Heath City Schools are definitely making an impact on the future leaders of our generations. Now, all schools have incorporated LEAD in to their school system in different ways. All classrooms are using songs, signs, papers, and other things that kids see everyday that remind them what to do to be a good leader. Heath will continue to produce amazing students in their schools and will continue to have great school spirit. Go Bulldogs!
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Don’t Look: Bird Box is Coming For You
By. Cloey Phillips, Lydia Fish, and Jeremy Stuller
If you haven’t heard about the new Netflix original “Bird Box” starring Sandra Bullock, Trevante Rhodes, Machine Gun Kelly, John Malkovich, and Rosa Salazar, you might be living under a rock. “Bird Box” was released on December 13th, 2018. It gained 45 million views in the first week it was released, and of those accounts, people watched at least 87 minutes of the 2 hour movie. Here is a quick overview of “Bird Box”: A mysterious “creature” dominates the world and makes everyone who sees it determined to do one of two things, those being commiting suicide or convincing others that they must see it. Mallori (played by Sandra Bullock), and her 2 children must embark on a journey across the river to the woods to hopefully find a place that can serve as a sanctuary. To survive the trip, they can’t look at the evil beings that tempt them so, they must do the trip blindfolded.
I’m sure we’re all familiar with the “Bird Box” hype that’s recently been floating around the internet. Whether you’ve seen the movie or not, I’m sure you’re all too acquainted with the memes, references, and websites that have been talking non-stop about this new thriller, which now has even spawned its own ludicrous challenge. On January 7th an unidentified teen in Layton, Utah crashed her car while attempting to drive blindfolded. She is 17 years old and she had a 16 year old passenger in the car with her at the time of the crash. She ended up hitting another car and a light pole. Upon receiving news about the “Bird Box Challenge” Netflix tweeted this statement, “Can’t believe I have to say this, but: PLEASE DO NOT HURT YOURSELVES WITH THIS BIRD BOX CHALLENGE. We don’t know how this started, and we appreciate the love, but Boy and Girl have just one wish for 2019 and it is that you not end up in the hospital due to memes.”
You might be wondering what a movie called “Bird Box” would be about. Well, it is a psychological thriller based off of a novel published in 2014 by Josh Malerman. When the film begins with Malorie and her sister talking about how Malorie is not leaving her house, when they overhear a news report from Russia about a mysterious force, or entity, causing mass suicides. The two ignore this report because it’s in Russia, for us to later hear that it has spread to the U.S. Shortly after, we find Malorie leaving the hospital and she sees a woman trying to be restrained from bashing her head on the glass. Malorie and her sister try to drive away from all of the hysteria in the streets, but before they could, Malorie’s sister sees the entity and crashes the car, then walks out into traffic to meet her demise. Malorie, being dazed, tries to make it to safety but falls. Someone tries to save her, but falls victim to the entity. She then gets swept up, and taken to a house where a various group of strangers must survive the evil entity’s taunts, keeping in the dark and blindfolding themselves when they must leave the safety of their house. Over time, the people she grows close to dies and she must set out on a trek that will last two days, which brings her, a fellow house member, and her kids to safety. Years later, the house member is killed in an attempt to collect materials for the small family, and Malorie and her kids must set out for the safe place we see them at later on in the movie.
Many people have already voiced their opinions about the movie online. Staci Layne wilson, a movie critic wrote, “Fans of science fiction will appreciate the layers of social, political, and spiritual nuance, while horror hounds will enjoy the spine-tingling suspense of the mystery.” To add to that, Kate Gardner wrote, “If you need a burst of apocalyptic horror over the holidays, this might be a decent fit. Otherwise, it's forgettable next to other horror offerings of the year.” Everybody has been voicing their opinions on the movie, whether they thought the movie was good or bad.
Not even a month following the release of “Bird Box”, people are looking at possible sequels for the movie. What could people possibly have in mind, you may ask? Well, you see, there are plenty of ideas being pitched out at the newly found community of “Bird Box” fans, but the most popular one is an idea brought about by Rose Salazar. Yes, the young woman who provides the role of Lucy, a police trainee who finds herself among the motley crew of survivors when mayhem breaks out. The sequel she has in mind does, in fact, reveal the “true fate” of her character. Throughout the shooting, Salazar had made a close friend of rapper Machine Gun Kelly, who plays Felix, the housemate who becomes inseparable from Salazar’s Lucy. Fans have been clamoring to find out the true fate of the pair, but have fallen short to disappointment due to the ending of “Bird Box.” Kelly and Salazar’s idea for “Bird Box 2” would build on to the fan-based fate. During an interview released on the week of January 15th, 2018, Salazar exclaims. “We’re always scheming on how we’re going to do it”, referring to her and Kelly, “We have this dream of doing a sequel where we survived, and leaving was the best thing you could possibly do.” How exactly do Lucy and Felix manage to outlast most of the rest of humanity? The key, Salazar says, is in how already-deranged characters made their way to the end of the first movie. “Alcohol makes you temporarily insane; drugs make you temporarily insane,” she began. “What if the whole movie these two were on acid, or mushrooms, and survive because they’ve altered their state of mind?” The idea, to say the least, made a lot of sense and did, actually, build on to the pair’s said “fate.” “Then you have this story that’s ‘True Romance’ meets ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’, only it’s ‘Fear and Loathing in Bird Box’, and because they’re so resourceful, this punk rock combo in love, they manage to make a great life and survive”, she reported enthusiastically. While that may be a bit optimistic for the “Bird Box” we know, even the director of the movie, Susanne Bier, has been said to imagine that Lucy and Felix are still out there. The thought of having two characters still out there excites the fan base, and Salazar’s idea would not fail to satisfy those fans.
Bird Box has stirred many reactions after its release in December, gaining 45 million views in the first week. This number is quite outrageous, since most box office movies do not get that many views. Netflix will want to look at these numbers and hopefully make another great original.
A New Anthem to be Played
By: Avery Bennett, Sadie Haidet, and Jonah Williamson
/ˈAnTHəm/; 1. a rousing or uplifting song identified with a particular group, body, or cause. 2. a choral composition based on a biblical passage, for singing by a choir in a church service. But is this really the only definition? Maybe not, for the new game Anthem will be pushing these limits.
Anthem is a new game styled like an alien invasion, with aliens out to get you. Armed with your Javelin suit and character-dependent protection-of-choice, you will be sent to battle with the assortment of threats thrown at mankind. You are known to belong to the faction titled the ‘Freelancers’, and you are one of many who seek to tilt the balance of life in death to favor mankind You will acquire new Javelins, or exosuits, as well as new tools to use against the aliens.
The game progresses through multiple stages, with different milestones you can complete, you will unlock an assortment of personalization options for your Javelins. As for the Javelins themselves, there are many different types, including the Ranger Javelin, - the starter Javelin, yet it is the most well rounded in the different skills - the Colossus Javelin, - this Javelin is more centered to defense and explosive weapon combat. These mechs are actually the only mechs capable of wielding heavy weapons, such as long range artillery cannons. This would be a good loadout for aggressive players - the Storm Javelin, - this mech is like the “wizard” of Anthem. The Storm Javelin has low defense, but very high offense and uses magic-like abilities to defeat your many enemies. It can wield all types of weapons, except the heavy weapons. Storm can also hover and fly constantly over the battlefield, not only to keep away from danger, but to give you a bird’s eye view of the battlefield. - and, lastly, the Interceptor Javelin - This Javelin is in a way, like a ninja. This Javelin is more centered toward quick movements and melee attacks. The Interceptor strikes with blades, fast and hard. The Interceptor can wield all types of weapons, except heavy weapons, (Like the other mechs).
Other aspects of Anthem include online multiplayer, microtransactions, no Player VS. Player battles (at least on launch, they’ll be added in future updates), and free story missions that you could download on future dates. More on the multiplayer, you can team up with three other players that own the game and slay some aliens. Sadly there is no local multiplayer for some good ol’ split screen, but you can at least play from around the world (as long as you have stable internet.).
Snapping back to reality, this game is currently set to launch on February 22nd, 2019, and is rated T for Teen, - ‘teens’ are considered to be all ages 13 or older - by the ESRB, (the Entertainment Software Rating Board), which is the official organization that rates video games. The reasoning for this rating is the limited references to alcohol, language, tobacco, violence, and mild blood.
Overall, Anthem is a promising game with lots of potential. It has many aspects, ranging from the storyline to the customization options for the many types of Javelins. There is a fabulous storyline containing many vital choices that will impact your gameplay in its entirety. So, maybe ‘anthem’ does have more than that for a definition - that’s up to you.
Singles “Favorite” Day
By: Mackayla Miles, Camden Walsh, Hannah Carney, and Eli Bridges
Valentines Day, The day of love, giving valentines and spending the day thinking about that special someone. Gross right? Whether you’re a part of the single pringles, taken bacon or just chillin’ right there in the middle, this day is a celebration of love. Friends and Family alike.
Despite what you may think, this loving day didn’t start out so sweet. The origins of Valentine’s day are unsure but are believed to date back to the Romans. It is believed that from the 13th to the 15th of February, the Romans celebrated the feast of Lupercalia. Each of the men would sacrifice a goat and a dog. The animals would then be killed and then made into hides. Then the women would be whipped with those very hides. A historian at the University of Colorado at Boulder says, “The Roman romantics were drunk. They were naked". Believe it or not, he said that young women would line up to be whipped with the belief that it would make them fertile.
Not only did the Romans start this ritual that has been adapted into a holiday for many around the world, but they also may be responsible for the name. Unfortunately, it isn’t any less gruesome. In 3rd century A.D. it was said that on the 14th of February, Emperor Claudius the 3rd executed two men. Both with the name Valentine.
If you’re looking for a way to romance your crush or just looking for something sweet to say, look no more. Here are some cheesy, friendly, and CLEAN pick up lines to help you find that special someone for this special day.
You may fall from the sky, you may fall from a tree, but the best way to fall....is in love with me.
If I had a nickel for every time I saw someone as beautiful as you I would have five cents!
I wish the alphabet would rearrange itself so that I could be next to U.
Can you catch? Cause I think I am falling in love with you!
Do you believe in love at first sight? Or do I need to walk by you again?
You know, you might be asked to leave soon. You’re making the other girls look bad!
Is your father a thief? 'Cause he stole the sparkle from the stars and put it in your eyes.
I'm sorry were you talking to me? No? Then please start!
For a moment I thought I had died and gone to heaven. Now I see that I am very much alive, and heaven has been brought to me
Are you lost? 'Cause it's so strange to see an angel so far from heaven.
I wish I was one of your tears, so I could be born in your eye, run down your cheek, and die on your lips.
Did the sun come out or did you just smile at me?
I lost my phone number can i borrow yours?
Do you like raisins? How about a date?
I was so enchanted by your beauty that I ran into that wall over there. So I am going to need your name and number for insurance purposes.
You're so beautiful that you made me forget my pickup line.
Are you from Tennessee? Because you're the only ten I see!
There is something wrong with my cell phone. It doesn't have your number in it.
Do you have the time? [Tells you the time] No, the time to write down my number?
How much does a polar bear weigh? [How much?] Enough to break the ice...
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