Gateway Of The Week: “Daughter Of Smoke And Bone”

Gateway Of The Week: “Daughter Of Smoke And Bone”

Zachary Meredith, Reporter

January 17, 2014


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Rating: 9.5/10    By far my favorite gateway book and perhaps my favorite book in general, “Daughter Of Smoke And Bone” by Laini Taylor is unique, crazy, exciting and an awesome page turner.    I read this book in less than a day because I couldn’t put it down. This book has comedy, fantasy, romanc...

Top 10 Rap Albums of 2013

Top 10 Rap Albums of 2013

Connor Mitchell, Journalist

January 17, 2014


Filed under Opinion, Review, Showcase

This time of year is the perfect time for top ten lists recollecting the recent year’s achievements, especially those of the music persuasion. The year 2013 was a big one for the rap and hip-hop community, and there have been a lot of big releases from some pretty big names, such as Kanye West and ...

What’s the Diehl With… All of This Tumbleweed, Again!

What’s the Diehl With… All of This Tumbleweed, Again!

Bailey Diehl, Opinion Editor

January 17, 2014


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   A few months have passed since the tumbleweed invasion spread through our hallways.    If you are reading this, then you are one of the lucky few who has survived the onslaught of the tumbling menace. But I fear the worst is yet to come.    This development is late—my absence shall be e...

The Real Diehl With… the Canvas System

The Real Diehl With… the Canvas System

January 15, 2014


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   Tablets, laptops, and cell phones are viewed upon as reliable tools students can utilize to acquire information and create successful presentations. Although effective, the age of technology within our educational boundaries has been morphed into another stressful burden students must be attenti...

What’s the Diehl With… “Christmas” Music?

What’s the Diehl With… “Christmas” Music?

Bailey Diehl, Opinion Editor

December 17, 2013


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

   Let us start this by clearing the air; the music we hear playing on the radio this time of year is considered Christmas music.    The songs are all classified as Christmas-y even if they are created for non-Christian purposes. It still is in celebration of the joyous season that is upon us.    Non...

How to Shelf the Elf

Kara Speights, Reporter

December 16, 2013


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   As Christmas time comes around, it is time to bring out the elf. The elf on the shelf tradition, based off of a 2005 children’s picture book, is a way to influence children to behave.    The legend is that the elf sits on the shelf, watching over the children each day. At night, he flies to t...

The Flattout Truth on “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” (movie review)

The Flattout Truth on “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” (movie review)

Cameron Flatt, Magazine Editor in Chief

December 15, 2013


Filed under Opinion, Review, Showcase

Title: "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" Grade: A Director: Peter Jackson ("The Lord of the Rings" trilogy) Writers: Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro ("Hellboy") Starring: Martin Freeman (Arthur Dent in "The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy") Ian McKellen (Magneto in the "X-Men" trilogy) Benedic...

Gateway Of The Week: Everybody Sees the Ants

Gateway Of The Week: Everybody Sees the Ants

Zachary Meredith, Reporter

November 22, 2013


Filed under Opinion, Review, Showcase

Rating: 8.5/10    This book may leave some people hating and others complete fans of it I myself like this book. “Everybody Sees The Ants” is relatable if the reader has ever had a bully or some one in their life that frankly, is a jerk.    “Everybody Sees the Ants” by A.S. King is relat...

“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” (movie review)

“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” (movie review)

Jessica Fisk, Journalist

November 22, 2013


Filed under Opinion, Review, Showcase

Actors: Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook, X-Men: First Class) Josh Hutcherson (Epic, Journey 2) Director: Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend) Grade: B    There is always the argument about how the book is better than the movie. In the books you get juicy details, and in the movies you get the r...

The Mall on Black Friday: Not Worth It

The Mall on Black Friday: Not Worth It

Julianna Parrish, Reporter

November 22, 2013


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   Screaming girls, fights, and people by the masses with a whisper of holiday music in the background at 1:00 AM can only mean one thing: Black Friday.    One spot in particular makes me uneasy just by the thought of it. Filled with stores that only last as long at their trends, the Battlefield...

What’s the Diehl With… Horrendous Drivers in Missouri?

What’s the Diehl With… Horrendous Drivers in Missouri?

Bailey Diehl, Opinion Editor

November 14, 2013


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

   I love driving down a road with my music loud and feeling free from all of my troubles. More often than not, my fury is unleashed within the confines of my mobile capsule thanks to stupid Springfield drivers.    There are many Facebook posts in circulation about moronic drivers and car crashes...

The Flattout Truth on “Thor: The Dark World” (movie review)

The Flattout Truth on “Thor: The Dark World” (movie review)

Cameron Flatt, Magazine Editor in Chief

November 9, 2013


Filed under Opinion, Review, Showcase

Title: "Thor: The Dark World" Grade: B+ Director: Alan Taylor ("Game of Thrones") Starring: Chris Hemsworth ("Cabin in the Woods", "Snow White and the Hunstman") Natalie Portman (the "Star Wars" prequel trilogy, "Black Swan") Christopher Ecceleston (the 9th Doctor Who)    As a teenage, white male it...

Gateway of the Week: Ashfall

Gateway of the Week: Ashfall

Zachary Meredith, Reporter

November 5, 2013


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 Rating: 10/10    "Amazing" is the word I use to describe “Ashfall” by Mike Mullin. Reading this book became my addiction; I could not stop reading until I hit the final page.    "Ashfall" is based on a theory that the Yellowstone National Park volcano is overdue for an eruption. Once it blows, ...

The A.L.I.C.E. Survival Tactic To Be Implemented in Kickapoo

The A.L.I.C.E. Survival Tactic To Be Implemented in Kickapoo

Zachary Meredith, Reporter

November 4, 2013


Filed under News, Opinion, Showcase

   Students need to take charge in case of a school shooting. Hiding under desks and tables is not going to help anymore.    Student safety is important to schools, despite what some students might claim. Schools spend a lot of time considering options for safety and make students run drills in...

The Flattout Truth on “Ender’s Game” (movie review)

The Flattout Truth on “Ender’s Game” (movie review)

Cameron Flatt, Magazine Editor in Chief

November 2, 2013


Filed under Opinion, Review, Showcase

Title: "Ender's Game" Grade: C Director/Writer: Gavin Hood ("X-Men Origins: Wolverine") Starring: Asa Butterfield ("Hugo") Harrison Ford ("Indiana Jones" series) Ben Kingsley ("Iron Man 3")    Plenty of people are excited for "Ender's Game" due to the nostalgic value of the 1985 science fiction novel t...

Gateway of the Week: Anna Dressed In Blood

Gateway of the Week: Anna Dressed In Blood

Zachary Meredith, Reporter

October 31, 2013


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   Rating: 3/10    I hate “Anna Dressed In Blood” by Kendare Blake. It is unbearable because it was a struggle to turn every page.    The fact that this book is a Gateway blows my mind, it took me two weeks to read this one book when others take less that half of that! The book’s idea ...

Dual Opinion: Consider Beliefs on Gay Rights

Shelby Owens and Chelsea Aleshire

October 25, 2013


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Shelby's Opinion    Recently New Jersey passed a law making same sex marriage legal. I do not believe this should be allowed.    Same sex marriage is a controversial topic; however, when both sides speak with respect and listen with open ears, it is a great topic to discuss.    Before I start ...

What’s the Diehl With… All of This Tumbleweed?

What’s the Diehl With… All of This Tumbleweed?

Bailey Diehl, Opinion Editor

October 25, 2013


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   I feel like a cowboy in this school. Walking with pride in each step, my skillset training under my belt, and…the tumbleweed in the hallways?    I first made notice of the plants when walking down a hallway by the lunchroom courtyard. They were piling in a corner possibly from a wind gust, ...

Worrying After the Shutdown

Worrying After the Shutdown

Jessica Fisk, Reporter

October 23, 2013


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   When the government came back fifteen minutes before their deadline, I felt relieved. Despite my eased brain, most feelings do not stay for long.    I read multiple articles saying that the shutdown (which lasted 16 days) could be coming back in January.    My dad says, “The Democrats an...

The Follies of Texting and Driving

The Follies of Texting and Driving

Cameron Flatt and Bailey Diehl

October 23, 2013


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Cameron:    As social media and the internet grows, two things are made apparent to every American: the fact that a majority of teenagers have an undying hunger to always be connected to their peers and that they are terrible decision makers. Nothing embodies these two facts more than the rise in...

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