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The Aftermath of Hurricane Ida

Hurricane Ida recently made landfall in the United States, creating unimaginable damage and loss for citizens across Louisiana all the way to New York.


Hurricane Ida dumped inches of rain in a short period of time, making it extremely dangerous to travel on foot. Photo courtesy of Emily Kask- New York Times

As of October 5th, at least 57 lives have been lost in the Northeast, as the remains of powerful Hurricane Ida sent intense storms with multiple tornadoes ripping apart the North East.
“We’re enduring an historic weather event tonight with record breaking rain across the city, brutal flooding and dangerous conditions on our roads,” tweeted Bill de Blasio, the New York City Mayor.
New York City officials warned all non-emergency vehicles to stay inside and off the streets after a travel ban ended, which was initiated in an attempt to keep the city’s citizens safe. New York and New Jersey Governors, Kathy Hochul and Phil Murphy both declared a state of emergency.
“Stay off the roads, stay home, and stay safe,” Murphy said.
Central Park, Newark, and New Jersey all received more than three inches of rain in one single hour, which is the most ever recorded there according to NBC News meteorologist, Bill Karins. The results of Hurricane Ida are tearing through the North East and the aftermath of it is devastating. But, the damage where Hurricane Ida first made landfall is much more catastrophic. Hurricane Ida first hit Cuba on Friday, August 27th, Cuban citizens witnessed Ida’s 80 miles per hour winds. Fallen trees and destroyed buildings are the remains of the storm. Fortunately, over 10,000 Cuban residents were able to evacuate, and there are currently no reported deaths in Cuba from the brutal storm.

Hurricane Ida hit Louisiana, on Sunday, August 29th, primarily targeting Port Fourchon. Coincidentally, Hurricane Ida made landfall exactly 16 years after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
When Hurricane Ida did hit Louisiana, it came roaring in as a Category 4 with 150 mile per hour winds and a barometric pressure of 930. Only 7 miles per hour under a Category 5.

The damage of Hurricane Ida left many people using a different means of transportation. Photo courtesy of Emily Kask- New York Times

Hurricane Ida Timeline-

   Hurricane Ida started as a tropical storm and developed into a Category 2 hurricane in the Caribbean Sea on August 28th, 2021. Unfortunately, the storm gained speed and power, resulting in Ida sustaining wind speeds of 105 miles per hour. On August 29th, Ida continued to gain strength with the help of the warm ocean waters. Around 11:55 a.m. CDT, Hurricane Ida hit Southern Louisiana with two category levels higher than the previous day.

Damage of Hurricane Ida-

   After Ida made landfall, the aftermath was devastating. AccuWeather estimates damages and economic loss to reach between 70 to 80 million dollars, but that is just the beginning. Over one million people were left without power, including the entire city of New Orleans. Officials expect the power outage to last at least a week. Entergy, a New Orleans based power company, sent out 20,000 workers in an attempt to restore the power outages as quickly as possible. The storm took out at least eight power transmission lines, one of them even crashed into the Mississippi River. There are a reported 977,000 homes and businesses without power in Louisiana. In Mississippi, more than 37,000 citizens are struggling in the summer heat without access to electricity.

With Hurricane Ida being the fifth largest hurricane to crash into the United States, flooding and damage is completely expected. Intense flooding rushed through the lands of Louisiana sweeping cars off the roads resulting in many automobile accidents. Two people tragically died from a collapsed highway in Louisiana. In New Orleans, another driver’s life was taken from drowning. Though thousands of people are struggling with power outages and building damages from the storm, other issues are arising. Gas and water shortages are on the rise. In Louisiana, gas is scarce due to a large percentage of gas stations simply running out. On August 31st, 35.2 percent of gas stations in Baton Rouge did not have gasoline. In New Orleans, almost 30 percent of gas stations ran out of fuel too.

On top of everything else, clean water is running low. After Hurricane Ida struck, 18 water systems went out, affecting more than 312,000 people according to CNBC News. Some of the water systems that are open are not serving clean water either. 14 other water systems, who distribute water to 329,000 people, are all under boil-water advisories, reports the Associated Press. Water is not only crucial in a normal day-to-day lift, but with added heat advisories in the south, water is even more important.

“Heat advisories were in effect for some parts of Louisiana and Mississippi, where heat index values could reach up to 106 degrees,” CNBC News said.

From the most southern parts of Louisiana to north-east New York, the effects of Hurricane Ida were felt everywhere. Millions of United States citizens will be recovering from this tragic storm for many months to come. But, people who were not as affected from the storm are doing their best to speed up recovery.

Helping Hands-

Many organizations are sending volunteers to help assist with the damage and send much needed supplies. One Springfield based organization, Convoy of Hope, has helped tremendously with the supply  shortage. On August 27th, Convoy of Hope pre-positioned relief supplies.

“With Ida forecasted to be a major hurricane, Convoy of Hope’s Disaster Services team is preparing supplies and equipment to deploy ahead of the storm to help those affected as quickly as possible,” said Senior Director of Convoy’s U.S. Disaster Services team, Stacy Lamb.

Lamb reported Convoy of Hope had a distribution of 815 cars to help 815 families. The cars were filled with water, food, hygiene supplies, baby supplies, and ice. The Convoy of Hope foundation is not the only organization sending out help to victims of Hurricane Ida, Red Cross is also stepping out and reaching out. Thursday, August 27th, around 430 people stayed in 13 different Red Cross shelters across Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. And in the south, 2,400 people stayed in 29 shelters across Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and even Texas. The Red Cross sent out 750 members to Louisiana to support relief efforts. With the worst damage in the south, Red Cross is doing their best to provide meals.

“With the help of partners, Red Cross has already provided some 49,500 meals and snacks and has distributed more than 16,000 relief items,” says Red Cross’s website, redcross.org.

Hurricane Ida sent trees toppling over citizens homes. Photo courtesy of Emily Kask- New York Times

Ways You Can Help-

Red Cross: text “Ida” to 90999 to make a 10 dollar donation.
Salvation Army: call 1-800-725-2769 to donate your preferred amount or donate through mail. Label your package “Disaster Relief for Hurricane Ida,” and mail to the following locations.
Eastern Territory: 440 West Nyack Rd. West Nyack, NY 10994
Southern Territory: PO BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301
St. Bernard Project: visit 2020responce.funraise.org and click “Donate,” to send in your preferred amount.

With historic damage across the country, organizations are doing what they can to help. Though, organizations can only do so much. It’s not going to be easy, but with your help, the road to recovery can be sped up and your donation could change a person’s life.
With fingers crossed and spirits hopeful, citizens across the nation hope for a quick recovery of the demolished towns. Hopefully soon Hurricane Ida survivors can return to the places that they used to call home and be united once again.

Different Gender, Different Cost

An increased price of female items which males pay a cheaper amount for has affected women lives for years.


Photo by Emilia Belcolore

Items such as utility products, care products, and more are all more expensive than their male counterparts.

Most know the two different arguments to whether or not females should have to pay the price of feminine products and more. As much as that may be a pain, the more apparent issue is the price difference of the same item but one labeled for men and the other for women. Why should females have to pay extra for the same thing just because it’s scented differently, colored in pinks and purples, and potentially lesser quality? If you’re not familiar with what’s called “the pink tax”, it’s the increase of pricing for women’s items when the male counterpart can be significantly cheaper. For years the price of items such as razors, shaving cream, deodorant, soaps, and even children’s toys have seemed to be sexist. Over time, women have slowly but surely been receiving the rights they deserve such equal pay, but the pink tax has not completely disappeared.

Represented by pink dollar bills, this anonymous quote shows the value behind the pink tax. (Photo by: Emilia Belcolore)

If you’re not completely convinced, a study completed by the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs did confirm that females are more likely to bear the expense compared to males. On average, the DCA found that women’s products cost seven percent more than similar products for men. Not only is the pink tax inconvenient for most, but it can cost up to thousands of dollars in damages.
“The pink tax costs women roughly $2,135 per year,” says goodhousekeeping.com.
According to axthepinktax.com, the pink tax can cost a 30-year-old woman more than $40,000 in fees and nearly $82,000 will be charged to a woman in her late 60’s that men don’t have to pay. Currently no federal law prohibits companies from charging different prices for identical items based on gender. The Listen Money Matter’s website says that women pay more than men 42% of the time. They also suggest women to buy male products. “Surprisingly color has little to do with the hair removing process,” said the article after telling women to save money by purchasing male razors.

Hopefully over time, both males and females will be able to pay the same price for the same item. After all, just because it’s a different gender, doesn’t mean there should be a different cost.

This chart created shows on average how much more females pay for different products compared to males.



      Rights Within the LGBTQ+ Community

      Students attending Kickapoo High School want change for the LGBTQ+ community.


      Photo by Emilia Belcolore

      Junior Maggie Miller supporting the LGBTQ+ community by previewing the Pride flag on her cheek.

         Kickapoo High School is rated number 204 in the state, with a 97 percent graduation rate, along with countless sports and academic awards. Most view it as the picture perfect school on the outside. On the inside, some apparent issues arise. One of the most prevalent is LGBTQ+ rights. This school year however, students decided to take a stance and let their voices be heard regarding their opinions in Kickapoo’s community. Students who are active members of the LGBTQ+ community deal with threats, bullying, mental health issues, and more. Even with all the toxicity surrounding the once taboo LGBTQ+ community, these students still fight their battle to let the people know that they want the same rights too. 

         On January 4th, 2021, attending students created an Instagram account called @changeforkickapoo. The account was first started to promote awareness of cultural appropriation within the school, but the account also shines light on other issues such as racism and rights among the LGBTQ+ community. At press time, the most recent post was on April 29th, 2021. It involved a bathroom sit-in protest organized by the students. The group feels that because Springfield Public Schools doesn’t allow students to use the restroom according to their gender identity, something needed to happen and potentially change. According to @changeforkickapoo’s post, there were supposed to be two protests. One held on April 29th, 2021 and the other just five days later on May 4th. 

      Senior John Ogden shows support of the LGBTQ+ community with the pride flag on painted on his face.

        “This is to protest the discrimination of trans students at the school, in regards to the bathroom usage,” says the Change for Kickapoo Instagram post. 

         “We feel as if non-straight kids aren’t treated the same, specifically trans kids. Gender identity is valid, as are pronouns. We shouldn’t be forced to go into bathrooms divided by sex, but rather be able to go into the ones of our gender identity,” said an anonymous member of @changeforkickapoo.

         For an unspecified reason, both of these protests were halted. Principal Bill Powers, is supportive of the movement and did not cancel these protests, despite what @changeforkickapoo’s Instagram story said the evening of the first scheduled protest.

          “I sent them a direct message [Thursday night] through Instagram saying ‘hey we need to talk about this before it curves.’ So two of the students came in that morning. I met them in the conference room and basically just explained to them that we want to support them but we need to make sure that it’s done correctly so that we can supervise and insure that everyone is safe,” said Powers. 

         Powers said that the two group members were understanding and respectful during the meeting and didn’t seem to have a problem at the time. Powers did say that members of the transgender community who attend Kickapoo, do have options. If students who identify as transgender are not comfortable using the restroom that matches to their biological gender, then the bathrooms in the nurses office and library are available for them. 

         “We’re gonna support them and make sure that they’re safe,” said Powers. 

         Though the Change for Kickapoo student group is fighting for restroom usage based on gender identity, it’s not up to the school’s principal. These students are not only  fighting against the school administration but the supreme court. 

         “Right now the district’s policy procedure is that students must go to the restroom based on the gender of which they were born,” said Powers.

         Strong and determined, the LGBTQ+ community is attempting to gain equal rights. But with the community being the minority, there are many negatives resulting from being different. One can say the biggest issue members face are mental health problems. 

         On average, one in five people will experience a mental health illness in their life, but if you identify as transgender, then it’s every one in two. 41 percent of people in the transgender community have attempted suicide at least once in their life. According to Phycology Today, that number is nine times as high as people who are cisgender, (when a persons gender identity matches the one at birth.)

         “We don’t live in a very open-minded area, so being non-straight or trans, even both, can be hard,” said

      Members not only fight for rights of preferable restroom usage but also laws regarding sporting events and marriage.

      a member of @changeforkickapoo Instagram account.

         According to the Yale School of Public Health,  people who are identify as transgender are six times more likely to have a mood or anxiety disorder, three times as likely to be prescribed antidepressants or antianxiety medications, and more than six times as likely to attempt suicide that results in hospitalization. There are ways that school communities can help the members of the LGBTQ+ community. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, research has shown that having a club dedicated to the LGBTQ+ community can help decrease violence, bullying, and feelings of suicide. Fortunately, Kickapoo does have a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) club. Art teacher, Mrs. Loudis is the sponsor for GSA. After school every Thursday is when Kickapoo’s GSA meets.

        “GSA is a student-led club that provides a safe and inclusive environment for students to be with supportive and like-minded fellow students while we socialize, make art, examine anti-LGBTQ legislation, and Social Justice issues. Traditionally, GSA stands for Gay-Straight Alliance or Gender and Sexuality Alliance,” said Loudis. 

        Being a part of the LGBTQ+ community comes with its own set of challenges and problems that members are constantly attempting to overcome. With the help and support of others, the LGBTQ+ community is slowly but surely getting the rights that they have rightfully fought for over the span of many years.

      This map created via InDesign, shows the percentage of citizens who identify as transgender in the United States.

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          To Do’s and Not To Do’s, Traveling Edition

          Last summer, most of our plans consisted of staying at home and wearing masks when we were able to leave our house. Fortunately, this summer seems to look a little different. Now that traveling and tourist destinations are beginning to reopen, it’s time to review safety measures for traveling and what everyone needs to know before hitting the road or booking a flight.

          Listen to Your Doctor: One of the first things that you should do before traveling is reevaluate your health. Visiting your doctor before traveling is a good way to make sure that you are a-okay to leave. It’s best to tell your doctor your planned destination, how long you’ll be gone, and activities that you might be involved in so that your physician can accurately evaluate any potential risks. If you’ve had any recent major surgeries or procedures, check with your doctor to see when your release to travel date is. If you’ve had a recent heart attack or stroke, are suffering from chest pains, pneumothorax, respiratory issues, infection of the ears, nose or throat, a fever over 100.4 degrees, or any illness easily spreadable to others, then traveling (especially by plane) is not for you. As always, if eligible, try and receive one of the vaccines for COVID-19 that are currently available. The Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech are currently safe to receive. At press time, the Johnson and Johnson’s vaccine has been temporarily halted.
          Follow Traveling Rules: On January 12th, 2021, the CDC passed an order stating that all passengers, even U.S. citizens have to have a negative COVID-19 test no later than three days before boarding to arrive in the United States.
          Masks are required on different methods of transportation such as planes, buses, and trains. This is for safety reasons.
          “Traveling on public transportation increases a person’s risk of getting and spreading COVID-19 by bringing people in close contact with others, often for prolonged periods, and exposing them to frequently touched surfaces,” says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
          Packing and Sanitizing: After arranging your transportation, temporary residency, reservations, and more, it’s time to start packing. Of course, you’ll need your essentials. After packing enough clothes, shoes, and hygiene products, the CDC recommends a health travel kit. A health travel kit consists of prescription medications, over the counter medicines such as pain reliever, along with Band-Aids, tweezers, an EpiPen, insulin, inhalers, and anything medical that a person may need for emergencies.

          Though the COVID-19 panic may have decreased, the threat is still very real. When traveling it’s best to bring disinfectant products to clean commonly touched surfaces that could be contaminated.
          Geriatrician June McKoy, associate professor of medicine at Northwestern Medicine, advises to pack hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, disposable gloves, and plastic bags that are sealable and disposable. Even though COVID-19 is still around, it doesn’t mean the travel fun has to go away. As long as you remember to be safe and smart, traveling this summer will be no problem.

          Hacks to Help You Travel and Pack:

          Avoiding Jet Lag: Traveling to and from different countries may be difficult to adjust because of the time differences. Experts say that exercise can prevent jet lag and help you catch up with the time zones. According to the Washington Post, moderate exercise can also help with traveling fatigue.
          Rolling clothes: Instead of fighting with your suitcase to cram all of your clothes, easily roll up your clothes and stack them. It saves time and space!


          Pill Boxes: Tired of losing your small and valuable objects while traveling? Instead, go grab a pill pox and store small possessions in there. It’s perfect for jewelry, hair ties and clips, plus more.











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            More Than Material and Music

            Answers to why we stand in front of the American Flag during the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem.

            Sophomore, Gabby Burgess, holds an American flag proudly under a scenery of a blue sky.

            Photo by Emilia Belcolore

            Sophomore, Gabby Burgess, holds an American flag proudly under a scenery of a blue sky.

            I remember when I was young repeating over and over the Pledge of Allegiance with my mom because it was mandatory for all the kindergarteners to have it memorized. Ten years later, and schools around the nation are still reciting it. Now that I’m older and understand the basic meaning and reason behind the American flag, the National Anthem, and the Pledge, I understand why sometimes it can be frustrating for people to look around in their first period class on an early Monday morning to see their peers purposely disrespect what members of our past generation have worked extremely hard for. Is standing to put your right hand over your heart and listen silently to the speaker over the old intercom, the singer at the windy football game, and much more the least we can do as citizens of the United States of America? Or is it something completely meaningless to todays generation?

            What does the American flag represent?

              Created in June of 1775, the first “official” American flag was established. Two years went by when the Second Continental Congress realized that the American flag needed to look more different compared to the British one. On June 14th, 1777, congress decided on a flag with red and white stripes and 13 stars in a circle of a blue field,  inspired by the design of Elizabeth “Betsy” Ross. The American flag means a lot of things to different people. Some think that it shows a symbol of our freedom, history, and government, while others believe it’s just a piece of material.

            “The U.S. flag stands for our nation and the shared history, pride, principles, and commitments of its people. When we properly display this powerful symbol, we signal our respect for everything it represents.” -USAGov

              No matter what you may believe, there is hard evidence on what the colors, stars, and stripes truly represent. The flag’s alternating red and white stripes represent the 13 original colonies. The 50 white stars in the uppermost left blue rectangle represent the current 50 states and that make up America. USAGov says that even the colors have specific representations:

            Red: valor and bravery

            White: purity and innocence

            Blue: vigilance, perseverance, and justice

              The American flag even has a section of code in the United States law books dedicated to the American flag, called the flag code. It was affective as June 14th, 1923,  by the National Flag Conference where U.S Navy and Army representatives were present. Title 4, chapter 1, section 9 states,

            “All other persons present should face the flag and stand at attention with their right hand over the heart, or if applicable, remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart.”

              Though there are no official consequences for refusing and violating the codes, it does display disrespect to the American flag and the United States of America.

            What does the Pledge of Allegiance represent?

              Written by Francis Bellamy and created as early as 1892, the Pledge wasn’t officially certified by congress until 1942. Though laws have now been emplaced that specifically say students are not required to stand and recite it, it is encouraged, and specifically Kickapoo starts every Monday with it following by the National Anthem.

              Most of the time, the Pledge is learned from straight memorization without understanding the true verses in context. Historyplex broke down the Pledge phrase by phrase to interpret it’s true meaning:

            I pledge allegiance – I promise my loyalty

            to the Flag of the United States of America – to the flag symbolizing the USA, and all of its 50 states

            and to the republic for which it stands – a country where people have the right to choose their representatives to form the government

            one nation – a united nation

            under God – God willing/ having faith in God

            indivisible – a country that cannot be divided

            with liberty – personal freedom

            and justice – fair treatment from the law

            for all – for each and every citizen of the country

              Of course, there are exceptions where people do not stand before the flag for religious reasons. Jehovah’s Witnesses sees saluting and pledging loyalty to a flag unbiblical, the phrase “under God” has created backlash from atheists and polytheists. Personally, I absolutely respect their beliefs as long as they can show the same respect in return with silence during the standing of the Pledge.

            What does the National Anthem represent?

              September 14th, 1814, Francis Scott Key wrote the National Anthem one early morning after watching the British invasion of Ford McHenry during the War of 1812. Over 100 years later, President Herbert Hoover officially made the Star Spangled Banner the National Anthem for the United States on March 3rd, 1931. Some think of the National Anthem as just another song, but it has much more meaning behind it.

              One of the main reasons we stand for the National Anthem, (along with the Pledge) is to show respect for those who sacrificed their lives for others and to honor those who made it home after putting their life on the front line to protect current and future generations of America. Over 1.1 million Americans have died in U.S wars, and no matter what political view they might have, all military members are fighting for the same reason: to serve and protect their country. Another reason we stand for the National Anthem is to unite citizens as a whole. Everyone has their differences in opinions, beliefs, heritage, and so on and so forth, but at the end of the day we are all Americans who can proudly call America their home. Considering the United States is one of the most powerful, fortunate, and free countries in the world, everyone who takes residency among our lands can be classified as lucky compared to the underdeveloped countries in our world.

              In conclusion, we stand during the Pledge and the National Anthem before the American flag because it represents a sign of respect. Purposely being disrespectful not only reflects on the type of person you are, but how you value our country, and how unthankful you are for what the brave and hard-working veterans fought for. The National Anthem and Pledge bring together people from different backgrounds and unites us as a whole, because notwithstanding our cultural, political, and religious variances, the fact that we are all Americans united is stronger and more powerful than any enemy that attempts to tear our nation apart. So next time you have to stand up and say the Pledge or listen to the Star Spangled Banner in front of the flying flag, remember the background, meaning, and people that make up the history of them. Now, you can proudly put your right hand over your heart with a smile on your face after understanding the purpose behind the American flag. After all, there is much more to it than material and music.

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              The Upcoming Lady Chiefs Soccer Season

              COVID-19 ruined the girls soccer team season in 2020. As the Spring season is approaching, so is a new season of soccer!


              The Lady Chiefs Soccer team from 2019

              COVID-19 seemed to destroy and cancel a lot of major events last year. Though things are slowly beginning to improve with social distancing, mask wearing, and constant sanitizing, a lot of us are still missing out on events that we haven’t enjoyed since 2019. Fortunately, the girls soccer team has received their schedules and after a year of not playing due to a ruined season in 2020, the girls are eager and itching to get back out on the field.

              “Because of COVID we did not get a season last year at all. So, we are hoping that this year we can get a full season and be able to play in as many games as possible,” said sophomore Abby Bilbao.

              “I chose to play for Kickapoo because I loved the competition when I played for Cherokee Middle School and wanted to continue. There’s also a certain pride that goes with competing for your school that I enjoy. My favorite part is the games themselves, especially against our rivals,” said senior Jenna Biser.

              “We find out our teams today [March 4th, 2021] and I’m excited to see how well we do this year, we have a lot of competition but I think we’ll stick it out,” said junior Maggie Miller.

              “The girls on the team have worked really hard to be ready for the season so come support,” said senior Emma Sansom.

              As the girls seem to be excited for their upcoming season, practices to prepare them for it seem to be rough.

              “We haven’t been able to have many preseason practices to avoid getting anyone sick,” said senior Emma Sansom.

              Jenna also commented on practices, “Right now practices are every Tuesday and Thursday when the weather permits it.”

              Even with limited practices the girls have been flexible. Luckily, the team will not have to be waiting much longer to play and the fans won’t have to wait to watch. Within a few days, the girls will be having their first taste of a game since 2019.

              “We [the girls soccer team] have our jamboree here at Kickapoo, March 11th, at 5:00 p.m. Which is like a mini tournament where the varsity team for us, Glendale, and Nixa play only halves,” said Jenna Biser.

              While the jamboree will be a fun event to attend to, the girls first official game isn’t until March 29th against Harrison. If you’re looking to attend then it’s located at Kickapoo at 6:00 p.m.

              UPDATE (3/5/21)- Due the current quarantine of the girls soccer team, it is currently unknown if the Lady Chiefs will be participating in the jamboree scheduled for Thursday, March 11th, at 6:00 p.m. If the team does unfortunately miss the jamboree, they are still scheduled to play on March 29th.

              Go Chiefs!


              Year Since Quarantine

              Traveling worldwide was halted. This map shows the geological lands that make up the world.

              March of 2021 marks one year since everyone’s lives changed forever. Now it’s time to visit upon the details to see what unfortunately hasn’t changed and answer misconceptions about this pandemic.

              Thinking back to March 2020, students around the world were excited to have a couple extra weeks of Spring Break, sleeping in, and staying home. Somehow that period of time turned into a never ending cycle of sanitizing, mask wearing, and social distancing. March of 2021 is quickly approaching and the cycle is still continuous. It’s going to officially been one year since everyone’s lives changed forever, one year since the world as we knew it vanished, and one year since countries across the globe have been living in a state of quarantine.

              WHAT HASN’T CHANGED:

              Virtual learning: At the beginning of the new school year, Kickapoo students and others across the nation got the opportunity to learn virtually from home. Since March of 2020 to March of 2021, students are still learning from the comfort of their own homes.

              In class schedule: If learning from home just wasn’t for you, then high school students were flexibly learning with the new in class schedule. Until February 1st, students were broken up alphabetically and attended school two days a week, allowing a three day period for online learning and a day for cleaning the school. As of February 1st, the hybrid schedule changed and students are now attending four days a week. Currently, all SPS students are attending school four days a week with the exception on Wednesdays.

              Sanitation: With the new COVID-19 school year, students are required to use hand sanitizer before entering and exiting the classroom. Before leaving each period tables need to be wiped down by a sanitizing solution that the school provides before leaving to the next class. To promote cleanliness, odd number classrooms leave one minute after the bell, water fountains are currently unavailable to students, assigned seating is mandatory at lunch, and school releases are organized by grade.

              Safety: Students are still required to be masked at all times, with the exception of lunch. Students have to wear a mask that covers their mouth and nose. Everyone is still following social distancing guidelines by social distancing when possible.

              Half capacity: Places around the world are only allowing people into their building at half capacity. Most restaurants have opened up for dining in but masks are required when you’re not seated. Shopping centers still count how many people are currently in the store and half capacity signs are hung on the outside of walls and windows of many places.

              COVID-19: Obviously and unfortunately, COVID-19 is still very much existing. Though as a nation we are slowly taking steps forwards such as dropping stay at home orders, going out with friends, worshipping at church, and other activities everyone enjoyed before the world shut down. The mask mandate is still in effect and most are doing what they can to be safe while in the public eye and likely will be for much longer.

              While we are continuing to live our lives to what we consider the new normal, we are finding out much more about COVID-19 than we ever have before. Hopefully with the future months, we can say goodbye to 2020’s continuous pandemic. Finally we could step out and breathe fresh air, hug our friends, and gather with others. For now, everyone’s just adjusting to the new normal, which doesn’t seem to be very new anymore.

              Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic the media has been responsible for all different types

              This scientist is working with medicine and potentially finding a cure. Photo courtesy of MCT Direct.

              of rumors. Down below are some of the most common misconceptions of the virus and the correct and appropriate answers to them.

              Myth #1: COVID-19 was purposefully created by people.

              Truth: Viruses change over the course of time. Animals such as pigs and birds carry viruses that can pass to humans. Scientists say that COVID-19 originated from bats which passed to humans and from that point, spread across the world.

              Myth #2: Children will be forced to receive the

              Frontline care workers are receiving COVID-19 vaccines. Photo courtesy of MCT Direct.

              COVID-19 vaccine.

              Truth: Currently the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is for people 16 and older and the Moderna vaccine for people 18 and older.

              Myth #3: The purpose of wearing a mask is to protect myself from getting sick.

              Truth: No mask can keep all of an infected droplet out, but more importantly, the mask keeps in the infected droplets to protect others around.

              Myth #4: The COVID-19 vaccine contains a microchip.

              An inside look of a hospital room. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia.

              Truth: No injections, COVID-19 related or not, contains microchips, nanochips, or a tracking device. Similar to the way shipments and deliveries are tracked, shipments of the injection will

              be closely monitored as they are sent and given to citizens across the country.

              Myth #5: You have to be elderly or have an underlying

              health condition to become seriously sick or be admitted into the hospital.

              A close-up photo of the Moderna vaccine bottle. Photo courtesy of MCT Direct.

              Truth: No matter what age, people all over are becoming sick from COVID-19. The risk of catching the virus can increase with age, underlying diseases, diabetes, severe obesity, and more, but COVID-19 affects everyone; from infants to the elderly.

              Myth #6: Wearing a mask will make me sick from breathing in my own carbon


              Truth: Before COVID-19, health care workers have worn masks without any side effects. The CDC recommends cloth masks since they are more

              People of all ages can get infected and this infant represents that. Photo courtesy of MCT Direct.

              breathable. Wearing masks does not increase your risk for hypoxia, which is when your oxygen levels drop. Also, the carbon dioxide will move throughout your mask as you inhale and exhale.

              Myth #7: The virus will disappear when the summer season arises.

              Truth: Some viruses, like the cold and flu, spread easier within the colder months. Scientists are not completely sure, but evidence suggests that COVID-

              19 can be transmitted no matter what temperature.

              Myth #8: Once a person gets the vaccine, they do not have to wear a mask or social distance.

              This mask in the street represents someone who took their mask off. There is no threat of breathing in carbon dioxide while wearing a mask. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia.

              Truth: When you get your first dose of the vaccine, a person doesn’t not become immediately immune to the virus. “It takes at least a week to 10 days for your body to begin to develop antibodies and then those antibodies continue to increase over the next several weeks,” says Chairman

              of the Department of Inflammation and Immunity at Cleveland Clinic’s Lerner Research Institute,  Dr. Thaddeus Stappenbeck.

              Myth #9: Now that people are starting to get the vaccines, the pandemic will be

              over quickly.

              Truth: When the disease is no longer likely to spread, which is called herd

              immunity, 70% of the population will need to have been

              When the summer season arrives, COVID-19 will not fade away. This beach received a lot of travelers before COVID-19. Photo courtesy of MCT Direct.


              Myth #10: Once you catch COVID-19 one time, you’re automatically immune.

              Truth: It is rare, but the CDC has reported cases of

              reinfection throughout the span of the COVID-19 outbreak. Scientists theorize

              that similar to other viruses, you can catch COVID-19 more than once.

              “In addition, we do not know for certain how long the antibodies will last and if they will prevent future

              infection,” says Dr. Segal- Maurer, director of the Dr. James J. Rahal. Jr. Division of Infection Diseases at New York Presbyterian Queens.

              This diagram is a reminder to people to remain socially distanced. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia


              This timeline creation highlights the two most important events about COVID-19 in the months of March to December of 2020.


              The Future of Kickapoo’s Baseball

              These current eighth graders are the possible future of Kickapoo’s baseball team. All of these players were on Kickapoo’s Tribe traveling team over the Summer of 2020 and some are preparing for freshman tryouts in March.


              Happy Holiday Facts

              Happy Holiday Facts

              After the chaos that 2020 has brought us all this year, lighten the mood with these holiday fun facts!

              1. American’s usually spend around $1,500 on gifts each year.
              2. The song Jingle Bells was the first song ever to be played in space.
              3.  The NORAD, also known as the North American Aerospace Defense Command has been tracking Santa’s journey around the globe since the year 1958.
              4. Spiders are usually unwanted animals but in Ukraine, they are considered symbols of good luck at Christmas.
              5. There is a Christmas tree in Canada that is worth $15 million.
              6.  In November of 2013, a house in Texas was 42 feet wide and 10.1 feet tall… it was all made of gingerbread!
              7. Americans spend around $2 billion on holiday goodies each year.
              8. 8.5 million lights are involved to decorate Disney World during the holiday seasons.
              9.  The popular tradition of putting up a Christmas tree is more than 500 years old.
              10. In Arizona, there is a 30 foot Christmas tree composed of tumbleweeds.

              *All photo credits courtesy of MCT Direct*

              More Than a Game of Pitch and Catch


                Under the brightness of the stadium lights, the pitcher can make out her catcher’s hand signal.

                The bases are loaded, it’s the last inning, and there’s a full count.

                The Kickapoo Chiefs are up by one.

                The catcher positions herself and the pitcher takes a deep breath, then starts her stride.

                She extends her leg and brings around her arm to throw her change-up. As the ball moves throughout the air, the catcher’s eyes carefully watch it.

                The batter swings too early and the softball lands into the webbing of catchers mitt. The Lady Chiefs run together as the crowd erupts into cheer. They won the game.

                The relationship between a pitcher and a catcher is like no other on a team.

                The pitcher relies on their catcher to receive their pitches and make the key plays in a game, including throwing down, retrieving most of the bunts, and tagging people out at home plate.

                The catcher relies on their pitcher to trust her throughout the season, throw the pitches according to her hand signal, and be there to back her up when a runner is coming home.

                When softball pitchers seniors, Ellie Facklam and Jaden LaBarge teamed up with catchers, junior, Kate Pierce and sophomore, Callie Muldoon, it made for a pretty great game of “This or That.” Team number one was Ellie and Kate facing off against team number two,  Jaden and Callie.

                The rules were simple. When given a “This or That” question, Kate and Callie had to match the answers to what they think their pitchers were going to say. In round two, Ellie and Jaden had to match what they thought their catchers were going to say.

                Some questions were softball related and some were just for fun and good laughs.

                In round one, catchers Kate and Callie are trying to match their answers to Ellie and Jaden’s.

                In round two, pitchers Ellie and Jaden are trying to match their answers to Kate and Callie.

                Here were the questions and which team got them right:


              Round One-

              Ellie’s Answers:

              Batting or fielding?

              Ellie: Batting

              Day or night?

              Ellie: Night

              Dogs or cats?

              Ellie: Dogs

              Home or away games?

              Ellie: Home

              Bunting or swinging?

              Ellie: Swinging


              Kate’s Answers:

              Batting or fielding?

              Kate: Batting

              Day or night?

              Kate: Day

              Dogs or cats?

              Kate: Dogs

              Home or away games?

              Kate: Home

              Bunting or swinging?

              Kate: Swinging


              Callie’s Answers:

              Batting or fielding?
              Callie: Batting

              Day or night?

              Callie: Night

              Dogs or cats?

              Callie: Dogs

              Home or away games?

              Callie: Away

              Bunting or swinging?

              Callie: Swinging


              Jaden’s Answers:

              Batting or fielding?

              Jaden: Batting

              Day or night?

              Jaden: Night

              Dogs or cats?

              Jaden: Dogs

              Home or away games?

              Jaden: Home

              Bunting or swinging?

              Jaden: Swinging


              Round Two-

              Ellie’s Answers:

              Fruits or vegetables?

              Ellie: Fruits

              Pop or country music?

              Ellie: Pop

              Fly or ground balls?

              Ellie: Fly

              Math or English?

              Ellie: Math

              Coffee or Soda?

              Ellie: Coffee

              Kate’s Answers:

              Fruits or vegetables?

              Kate: Fruits

              Pop or country music?

              Kate: Country

              Fly or ground balls?

              Kate: Fly

              Math or English?

              Kate: Math

              Coffee or Soda?

              Kate: Coffee


              Callie’s Answers:

              Fruits or vegetables?

              Callie: Vegetables

              Pop or country music?

              Callie: Country

              Fly or ground balls?

              Callie: Fly

              Math or English?

              Callie: Math

              Coffee or Soda?

              Callie: Coffee


              Jaden’s Answers:

              Fruits or vegetables?

              Jaden: Fruits

              Pop or country music?

              Jaden: Country

              Fly or ground balls?
              Jaden: Fly

              Math or English?

              Jaden: English

              Coffee or Soda?

              Jaden: Coffee

                After playing the game, all four softball girls had a small interview, and here is what they had to say:

               Ellie Facklam: Softball Pitcher

                How long have you been playing for Kickapoo’s softball team?

                “This is my fourth year playing for Kickapoo.”

                What are your opinions on Kate?

                “The team would not be the same without Kate. She is the team comedian and one of the hardest workers on the team.”

                Out of all the positions, why do you pitch?

                “I pitch because I like to be in control of the game and it is a high action position.”

                What has been your favorite part of playing for Kickapoo?

                “My favorite part about Kickapoo is getting the opportunity to compete and play alongside my best friends.”

                What are your thoughts on this season so far?

                “We have started the season off very well, and we hope to continue our success for the rest of the season.”

              Jaden LaBarge: Softball Pitcher

                How long have you been playing for Kickapoo’s softball team?

                “This is my second year playing at Kickapoo.”

                What are your opinions on Callie?

                “Callie is one of my best friends and I love having her behind the plate because she knows me, and we connect so well.”

                Out of all the positions, why do you pitch?

                “I started pitching from a coach telling me I would be a good pitcher. I just stuck with it until now because I am not one to quit things, and I also love being a part of every play.”

                What has been your favorite part of playing for Kickapoo?

                “My favorite part of playing for Kickapoo is playing with my great teammates and playing for amazing coaches who have pushed me and made me the player I am today”

                What are your thoughts on this season so far?

                “So far this season is going really well. I am kinda sad that because of COVID a couple of our really good tournaments got cancelled, but I am just glad we have a season as of right now.”

              Kate Pierce: Softball Catcher

                How long have you been playing for Kickapoo’s softball team?

                “I have been playing Kickapoo Softball for 3 years.”

                What are your opinions on Ellie?

                “Ellie is one of the best pitchers/players that I know. Ellie always keeps me laughing and having a good time during practices and games. She is my best friend and I can’t imagine softball and life without her.”

                Out of all the positions, why do you catch?

                “I catch because I love getting the opportunity to be involved in every play on the field. Catching allows me to be the coach on the field and I love getting to be a leader for my team.”

                What has been your favorite part of playing for Kickapoo?

                “My favorite part about playing for Kicapoo is getting able to play with the most amazing coaches and teammates. My teammates are truly my best friends and we always have so much fun together when we play.”

                  What are your thoughts on this season so far?

                “So far, we are having a really great season, and I can’t wait to see where our season takes us.”

              Callie Muldoon: Softball Catcher

                How long have you been playing for Kickapoo’s softball team?

                “I have been playing at Kickapoo for 2 years now.”

                What are your opinions on Jaden?

                I think that Jaden is such a hard worker, loves to win, and is in love with the game. She always has fun when she’s playing and makes the most out of every game, and I’m proud to call her one of my best friends.”

                Out of all the positions, why do you catch?

                “I was put into catching when I was 12 because my coach thought I would be good at it, and I’ve loved it ever since!”

                What has been your favorite part of playing for Kickapoo?

                “My favorite part about playing for Kickapoo has been being able to meet some of my best friends on the team and having such amazing coaches that help me become a better player and person everyday.”

                What are your thoughts on this season so far?

                “I think that this season we are gonna go to state! We have such an amazing group of girls that are so talented and I think that if all of us set our minds on winning each game at night, we are going to be unstoppable! We have two amazing pitchers and great seniors that will lead us there!”

                A pitcher and catcher’s relationship is what completes the team. Ellie, Jaden, Kate, and Callie clearly support each other extremely well.

                They all have a deep bond and a close friendship. Along with the other girls who play their positions, Kickapoo’s softball team is a close family.  

                If you want to support these girls plus the rest of Kickapoo’s softball team, go show them some love at their games.

                Go Chiefs!

              Beverage Breakdown

                 Starbucks. We all know it, most of us have had it, and the majority knows how popular it is. From the trends of posting each of your favorite drinks on Instagram, to visiting the mall just to get a caffeinated fix with your friends, Starbucks has become a major cultural influence. 

                However, it’s time that we all had a new perspective of this mermaid mascotted café. 

                Now that it’s the midst of pumpkin-spice everything season, here are some widely popular fall drinks that Starbucks has to offer. 

                These well-known autumn beverages consist of pumpkin-spice lattes, pumpkin cream cold brews, pumpkin-spice caramel macchiatos, and pumpkin-spice cremes. 

                One 16 ounce (medium) pumpkin-spice latte with whipped cream contains 280 calories.  

                A grande (medium) pumpkin-spice cold brew contains 380 calories. A medium pumpkin-spice caramel macchiato is 370 calories. Finally, a pumpkin creme has 310 calories. 

                If you’re not interested in these fall drinks, then maybe the foods and their fall flavors might be more appealing.

                Starbucks ’ seasonal menu offers pumpkin scones, pumpkin cream cheese muffins, and pumpkin bread. 

                Their pumpkin scone topped with sugary icing. The pumpkin cream cheese muffin is topped with pumpkin seeds. 

                However, the pumpkin bread is not a seasonal item and is available all year round.

                If pumpkin spice just isn’t your cup of tea but you are still craving that fall feeling, then here are some alternative drinks. A few examples are the cinnamon dolce latte, caramel apple spice, a salted caramel mocha, and a toasted graham latte. 

                One 16 ounce sized cinnamon dolce latte holds 170 calories. A medium-sized caramel apple spice and the salted caramel mocha are both 290 calories.

                Now the cost of a few drinks. The prices for all drinks will be based on a grande (medium) size. 

                A pumpkin-spice latte and the salted caramel mocha are $4.95, a cinnamon dolce latte is $4.25, and a caramel apple spice is $3.45.

                If you’re not interested in leaving the comfort of your own home for a Starbucks coffee, there are recipes that can use to make your favorite coffee in your kitchen. 

                If you want to make your own pumpkin-spice latte, then follow this recipe:


                ½ tablespoons of sugar

                2 tablespoons of pumpkin puree

                ½ tablespoons of pumpkin pie spice

                ½ cup of brewed coffee

                ½ cups of your choice of milk


                Combine all of the ingredients to a pan and mix together

                Turn the stove on medium heat and bring to a simmer

                Turn the stove off and add your beverage to your favorite mug 

                Top it with whipped cream, leftover pumpkin pie spice, and cinnamon



              If you’re craving the popular iced caramel macchiato, follow these instructions:


                1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon of vanilla syrup

                1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon of caramel sauce

                1 cup of ice

                1 cup of milk or milk substitute

                2 shots of espresso (or 80 ml of strongly brewed coffee)


                Combine the ice, vanilla syrup, milk, and espresso

                Mix together until it’s fully blended

                Drizzle the caramel sauce over the top



                Then, there is this caramel apple spice recipe:


                64 ounces of apple juice

                ½ cup of white sugar

                ½ cup of packed brown sugar

                2 tablespoons of flour

                ½ a teaspoon of cinnamon

                1 cup of water

                1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

                1 cup of heavy whipping cream

                5 tablespoons of powdered sugar

                ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract

                Dash of cinnamon 

                Caramel sauce 


                Add the apple juice to a large pot to warm over medium heat, but do not bring to a boil

                In a smaller pot mix the sugars, flour, and cinnamon together

                Stir in the water and bring to a light boil for 2 minutes

                Remove from heat and allow syrup to thicken

                Add in the vanilla extract

                Pour the syrup into the steamed apple juice 

                Serve immediately and top with whipped cream

                Homemade whipped cream:

                Combine whipping cream and powdered sugar in a cold bowl

                Beat together with a cool mixer for 2-3 minutes on high speed until it is light and fluffy

                Be careful not to overmix

                *If desired then top the whipped cream with a drizzle of caramel sauce



                Starbucks seems like it’s always been super popular. Whether it’s the wrongly spelled names on the cups to the trendy seasonal drinks, these cafés sell just over 8,000,000 cups a day. 

                Some think that Starbucks is overpriced or it just doesn’t taste good. To others, Starbucks is a passion and they couldn’t imagine life without their morning cup of joe. 

                Now that nutrition facts, prices, and some DIY recipes are being revealed, it’s up to the people to decide if they want to outgrow this cultural trend of Starbucks.

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