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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Book Review of "Dead to You"

By Kasey Pfleging
April 22nd, 2018 - Greenville New York
Arts and Culture      

Dead to You by Lisa McMann is a story about a boy named Ethan who was abducted from his front yard when he was seven. Fast forward nine years and Ethan is, miraculously, back with his family. Ethan is trying to find his place in his family and his school after he returns.
Ethan’s biggest struggle throughout the story was fitting in when he returned to his small town. In the beginning of the book Ethan was unsure of his position in his family but, as the story goes on, he becomes more comfortable and feels more like he belongs in the family. One major theme throughout the book was identity. During the book Ethan was trying to figure out who he should be and how he should act around certain people and in certain situations. One quote from the book that helps to show the theme is, “It feels like I’m in a play and I don’t know all my lines.” (Page 201). This quote helps to show that Ethan was unsure of himself and how he should act.

Lisa McMann’s writing style is very simple. She uses words that are easy to understand for a middle school or high school student and her sentences are not very complex. I think she does this because her book is written in first person and the main character is a student in high school who is slightly less educated because he lived on the streets for a while.

Book Review of "I Woke Up Dead at the Mall"

By Jazzmin Gibson
April 22nd, 2018 - Greenville New York
Arts and Culture      

     In the book, I Woke Up Dead at the Mall by Judy Sheehan, a group of teens who have passed away are sent to the Mall of America where all dead teens are sent. This mall is run by someone who chooses whether or not the teens may become a mall-walker, a zombie, or an angel. They are given a time limit to get this task done and if it is not done they will become a mall-walker. The hardest part about this task was the amount of time they were given to complete it.
The main character, Sarah, was not able to complete her task in the time she was given. But another main character, Nick, helped her and went back so she could become an angel. Sarah and Nick spent so much time together that she started developing a crush on him.

The moral of this story or the message is you should live life to its fullest because at any point in time it can be taken away from you and you will have regrets.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

NBA Playoffs

By Colby Klob
April 18th, 2018 - Greenville, New York
Sports


The NBA playoffs started on Saturday, April 14th. The one seed for the west, the Houston Rockets, with their point guard and shooting guard duo of the newly added Chris Paul, the former Clipper, and James Harden, have been dominating the league all year, while the 1 seed in the east, the Toronto Raptors, with shooting guard DeMar DeRozan, and point guard Kyle Lowry. Personally, if it does come down to this matchup in the finals it will be an easy win for Houston, but to even get to the finals, the Houston Rockets will have to beat the defending champs, the Golden State Warriors. If the Warriors want to beat the Rockets, they will need star player Stephen Curry to stay healthy, which has been an issue for him this season, and for other stars, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green, to stay healthy and keep producing at a high rate.

Historic Weather Occurrences in April

By Natalie Wysokowski
April 18th, 2018 - Greenville, New York
News

It seems spring is not completely ready to visit Upstate New York. For the next week or so, winter will continue to delay the blue skies and warm temperatures. New York is not the only state being affected. Across North America there have been unusually cold temperature patterns; especially for this far into April. Why are we experiencing this bitter weather? Your answer is a stubborn mass of warm air over the North Atlantic that has barricaded the normal flow of air from reaching its normal destination. This warm air mass has changed the direction of the Jet Stream, bringing forth an abundance of cold air down from the Arctic. By the looks of it, Mother Nature will continue to leave spring on hold until the last week of April.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Greenville Builds Character Through Water Awareness

By Jessica Wank and Natalie Wysokowski
April 12th, 2018 - Greenville, New York
News


On Monday, April 9th, the Greenville High School in conjunction with professional learning communities kicked off the water challenge. This challenge is to raise money and awareness for the lack of access to clean drinking water globally. Each Grade level is competing for bragging rights in raising money to help build wells in rural parts of Africa through the water project organization (thewaterproject.org). Students will donate the money they would have spent on drinks to the water project, foregoing the sweet taste of sugary drinks for the sweet feeling of helping others. This challenge will culminate in an earth activity in which students learn about different careers that are related to our environment. So far the Freshmen are ahead with 73 dollars, followed by 23 dollars raised by the senior class, and 13 dollars by the juniors, and lastly are the sophomores with 5 dollars. If you would like to get involved or better understand the water project please follow the link below:


Is Senior Seminar Fulfilling It's Purpose?

By September Brockett
April 12th, 2018 - Greenville, New York
Opinion

So if you’re friends with a senior or if you are a senior you might hear a lot about Senior Seminar and for the most part… it’s all bad things. Most will argue that senior seminar goes over things too late for the seniors, like the unit about college. By the time the class is done writing their essays for college, it's almost too late to submit it or you are being very rushed. Because so many seniors don’t like the addition of senior seminar I decided to have a word with Mr. Hilgendorff, one of the main people who decided to introduce senior seminar to Greenville’s curriculum.
Mr. H decided to introduce this class when he “realized that seniors had a lot of time in their schedule that could be filled with something that would help them in college and life.” There was a lot of work that went into introducing senior seminar, The idea was introduced at a board meeting in the 2015-2016 school year and the class wasn’t actually added to seniors schedules until the 2016-2017 year. “Based on the feedback from multiple people… Senior seminar might be split so that it is in the second half of junior year and the first half of senior year.” Mr. H stated after hearing from multiple students and the previous senior seminar teacher that some of the components of Senior Seminar are being addressed at a time that it is almost too late for the seniors to learn or do.
While most teachers think that senior seminar is important and that it benefits the seniors in many ways, seniors see it more as a chore and that its an annoying class. Most of the seniors already finish the things that they need to do for college before it is addressed in Senior Seminar. Not to mention that most of the topics that we go over in Senior Seminar are covered in economics prior to Senior Seminar.


Understanding Firearms in America

By Colby Klob

April 12th, 2018 - Greenville, New York
News

   On October 1st, around 10 o’clock p.m. in Las Vegas, Nevada, a man named Stephen Paddock unleashed a storm of bullets on the crowd of a country music concert from his suite at Mandalay Bay Resort. The man had a stockpile of guns and ammo, including semi-automatic rifles outfitted with scopes and “bump stocks.” A bump-stock is made to turn a semi-automatic weapon into a practically fully automatic weapon by using the gun’s recoil to repeatedly pull the trigger. This incident shocked most Americans, even many that are avid gun supporters.   

     With the amount of death dealt out with a weapon that was legal, there has been a renewed call to investigate guns in America. With the increased partisanship of the American Political climate it is hard to cut through the issues surrounding gun control. It seems you have to be either a supporter of the 2nd Amendment, and that is how you make political decisions, or you are on the other end of the spectrum, and want all guns to be banned. Many people do not know much about guns in America, the history of the 2nd Amendment, and what gun violence really looks like in this country. According to UCR.FBI.Gov, there were an estimated 270 million to 310 million guns in the United States, and in 2013, there were 73,505 firearm injuries and 33,636 deaths last year. While according to CBS News, one person per year in Ireland, Australia, Germany, and Hungary are killed with a firearm.
  
    Many people think they are reading the 2nd Amendment as an original document and that it cannot be altered, however there is a long history of ratification. Owning an automatic weapon was outlawed in 1934 for example, because Al Capone, the notorious gangster, killed seven people with an automatic weapon. In 1994, the assault weapons ban came into effect, which banned some semi automatic weapons. Bump stocks were already outlawed in some states, but are now facing a countrywide ban. There is a renewed interest in seeing what limits can be put on the second amendment. 

     In the small rural community that I live in, many people use their guns for hunting, which provides their family food. It’s hard to argue that if used for this purpose firearms would be a danger. However, with aftermarket attachments such as the bump stock, it is hard to make the argument that these weapons are necessary for anything other than causing mass casualties.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Book Review of "Crank"

By Hailey Mason
April 10th, 2018 - Greenville New York
Arts and Culture      


The book that I read was Crank by Ellen Hopkins. Crank is a verse novel, which is a fairly new genre of literature. Crank is about a teenage girl names Kristina, who is introduced to a world that she has never been exposed to. She becomes addicted to meth after a court-ordered visit to see her father in Albuquerque. Kristina returns home with a drug addiction that she cannot shake.
The biggest struggle for Kristina throughout the book is sobering up from methamphetamine and getting away from the drug. This struggle is resolved after Kristina is given a shock of reality that opens her eyes into quitting meth. Kristina changed throughout Crank by going from a really good girl with high grades and a great future to a drug addict. It could also be argued that Kristina changed after she quit meth as well.
The theme of Crank is to focus on what is important in life and stay away from anything that would mess up your bright future. Ellen Hopkins is an extremely great author and her writing style is very dark, but has a sense of hope as you read on through her books, Crank especially. Hopkins also has a tendency to focus on reality. Some quotes from the book that support the true meaning of Crank are “taking no chances means waiting for your dreams” and “Kristina is who they made me. Bree is who I chose to be.” Overall, Crank is a well-written verse novel that I would highly recommend to anyone who is interested in reading an attention-grabbing book of reality.

Book Review of "Dead Girls Don't Lie"

By Genevieve Leonard
April 10th, 2018 - Greenville New York
Arts and Culture      


The book Dead Girls Don’t Lie by Jennifer Shaw Wolf is about a girl named JayCee and her friend, Rachel, who has been murdered. After her death, Rachel left JayCee clues to solve both Rachel and her boyfriend, Manny’s, murders. The two main characters are JayCee and Skylar.
The biggest struggle for JayCee was solving the murders along with staying alive. Skylar’s biggest struggle was this liking towards JayCee and his belief that he is a monster. Both of their struggles were solved at the end when Jaycee figured out why Skylar related himself to a monster. He is a monster because he turns out to be the murderer.
JayCee changed throughout the story because at the beginning, she obeyed and did things the ‘right way.’ Towards the end, she gave up on doing everything the right way and stopped obeying what her father said. Skylar also changed; he went from being loving and kind to a being a murderer. I think the theme of this story is to truly know who you fall in love with, pay more attention to the people around you and always do things the right way.

The author’s writing style is negative. For example, the author describes that the murder, “brings back guilt, fear, anger… pain, regret, and pitch black horribleness.” (Page 6).

Friday, March 30, 2018

A New Opportunity for High School Students to Express Themselves!

By Natalie Wysokowski
March 30th, 2018 - Greenville, New York
Arts and Culture

As of last month, a new club has been offered to all high school students who enjoy reading and writing or just need a place to be themselves and make new friends. Poetry club serves as a therapeutic and safe place to talk and deal with stress, anger, sadness, and overwhelming emotions - all while reading works of poetry and even writing your own. Although some enjoy writing poetry, this is not a requirement for the club and if you do decide to write your own work, it does not have to be shared with the group or read out loud. This club is meant to become a comfort zone for any high school student; everyone is welcome! This club can benefit those who have a passion for poetry, and for those who are merely searching for a new hobby. The next meeting has yet to be determined, but keep an eye out for posters around the halls with updated poetry club meeting dates!
For more information, be sure to contact the teacher advisor or the poetry club president from the details below:

Mrs. Palmer (teacher advisor) Palmerm@greenville.k12.ny.us

Bridget Rose (club president) roseb@greenville.k12.ny.us

Book Review of "Dead to You"

By Kasey Pfleging April 22nd, 2018 - Greenville New York Arts and Culture       Dead to You by Lisa McMann is a story about a...