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A Briefing of Amy Coney Barret

A run down on the newest associate Supreme Court Justice.

On October 26th Amy Coney Barrett was officially confirmed as a Supreme Court Justice. The senate voted 52 to 48 to confirm the nomination of Barrett, she is entirely favored by the republican party.
Before Barrett was appointed to the Supreme Court, she served as a federal judge for 2 years before she was pushed into her Supreme Court seat.
She was especially endorsed by Donald Trump, for a matter of fact, there was much controversy following her confirmation for how quickly Trump got Barrett inducted into the wings.
It only took 48 days to get Barrett seated within the Supreme Court, this has never occured in history. The median number of days it takes to get a supreme court justice seated is 68 days. This act also seemed abrupt and insensitive due to the fact that justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a women’s activist that filled the ninth seat on the supreme court that had passed and was so quickly replaced with Barrett, a woman with intensely different views. Barrett was confirmed not even a month after Justice Ginsburg’s death. So of course drama ensued soon after.
Barrett is an extreme conservative and self-proclaimed originalist. Therefore she believes things should be run strictly by how the constitution intended. Unfortunately this ideology could turn into a nightmare for the future of politics considering the fact that the United States have come a long way since the founding of the constitution.
Her political views are all very right wing minded. Shes expressed her outlook on womens reproductive rights, same-sex marriage, immagration and affordable healthcare, her opinions are very non-progressive. According to NPR. org Barrett does plan to vote on overturning Roe vs. Wade, a ruling by the Supreme Court that made abortion legal in many circumstances.
Barret has also harshly criticized the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA is also known as Obamacare, it provides lower income families and individuals with affordable medical care.
Barrett plans to continue her position as an associate Supreme Court Justice with conservative ideas.

How To Survive the ACT

Here are a few tips and tricks on how to prep and execute the ACT!

Senior year. For many of us, use to mean fun activities such as homecoming, senior breakfast, spirit days, football games, hanging out with friends and going to prom and finally graduating from four years of hard work and dedication.
On the other hand, senior year will also come with hard classes, college applications and the dreaded ACT. Unfortunately as students we are all required to take this ungodly test but here are a few tips on how to survive your first ACT test!
Unfortunately, the pandemic has scrambled many things but giving yourself strict windows to study for the ACT is the first step to ACT prep and success.
For students, time management is one of the hardest steps to execute. Here is how I try to view it, if you have time in your day to sit down for a solid 40 mins and watch an episode of you favorite TV shows, then you have time to study. Convert your TV time to study time. Even if you only have 5 to 10 minutes, it helps. Studying for any amount of time for days in a row will significantly help you retain knowledge.
When it comes to actually testing for the ACT, remember to breath pace yourself and be efficient. Within the reading portion the english portion of the test, students start to sweat because it can be quite overwhelming. Always choose the most efficient answer. Keep it short and sweet. Your best choice is probably the shortest one.
The biggest thing you have to keep in mind is that you’re capable of doing this, and you will crush it, in the good way! The ACT is a mental jog and in order to keep up you have to take care of yourself.
Make sure to destress yourself a couple of days before the test, the day before study for a moderate amount rather than cramming. Get at least 7 hours of sleep and have a protein rich breakfast, this will allow you to sustain your energy throughout the testing period.
Lastly, you have to understand that the ACT does not define you, it’s just an exam that tests how well you work under pressure. The ACT is not an indicator of your intelligence. You are brilliant, high ACT score or not! Good luck to you all taking the test this Tuesday, stay positive.

The King of Kings

Senior Austin Blecha, is our first openly gay courtwarming king, and he’s changing the game.

   “I was astonished when I found out I was nominated, I know how conservative and constricted Kickapoo is so I was even more surprised when I won,” Blecha said.

   When it comes to courtwarming, homecoming and prom, there’s a consistent pattern amongst the kings and queens of every dance. They are normally blond,  straight but possibly gay, white people. 

  “ I mean I can’t believe they voted for the gay guy, but let’s go us,” Blecha said.

   Blecha has officially changed courtwarming history. Potential winners that are different from the usual candidates can feel encouraged to become a nominee.

   “I have the greatest friend in the world, they nominated me and took me all the way to a king,” Blecha said.

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