Friday, January 12, 2018

Best Movies of 2017

Best Movies of 2017
Written by Luc Beaulieu
Edited by Andrew Holmquist
      To celebrate the new year, the Mustang Stampede is taking a look at the best movies of 2017. In the past year, there have been some big movie releases. These include, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Coco, and Blade Runner 2049. Star Wars The Last Jedi is the next installment in the new Star Wars trilogy. It was directed by Rian Johnson and released on December 14th in 2017. It received a 90 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, and 1.1 billion in the box office. Coco is the animated story of of a boy who goes on a journey to become a musician. It was directed by Lee Unkrich and released on November 22 in 2017. It was given 96 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, and made 555.7 million in the box office. Blade Runner 2049 is a sci-fi mystery set in the future. It was directed by Denis Villeneuve and released on October 6th 2017. It was given 87 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and made 258.7 million at the box office

All pictures are taken from RottenTomatoes.com

Maine’s Big Bomb Cyclone

Maine’s Big Bomb Cyclone
By: Bailey Baldwin
Edited by: Cassidy Morrell
(National/Global)
     There’s no denying it, this winter in Maine has been one of the coldest in a while, and with the amount of days we missed school, it’s safe to say we’ll be here throughout most of June. On the night of January 3rd, schools in Maine, including Massabesic, called to inform families that there would be a snow day on January 4th, due to an impending snow storm. This snow storm might have just seemed like your typical blizzard, but there was something a bit more special about it.
Source: NOAA’s (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) GOES-16 Satellite
      To further explain, Bombogenesis, or a bomb cyclone, struck the states; Maine through Florida on that day, but it’s not as scary as the name makes itself out to be. A bomb cyclone is when the central pressure of a low pressure system falls 24 millibars in a maximum of 24 hours. Don’t be confused, a millibar is just the unit of measurement used to measure pressure, almost like inches. 
     This was our first big winter storm by many means. First off, the amount of snow we got was crazy, Bangor, Maine got about a foot and a half of snow alone. Also, parts of Old Orchard Beach were completely flooded because of the high tides added with the amount of heavy snow. If you think it’s just another blizzard in New England, you would be wrong. This storm actually stretched all the way down the East Coast, covering places even in Florida with snow!
     But with all things considered, it was very obvious that this storm was no more threatening than the average snow storm. There was nothing different about it except for the distance it stretched and the amount of time it generated. These storms are usually nothing to be afraid of, as long as you prepare for it like you would any other blizzard. The idea of a bomb cyclone is a very interesting thing to look into, so make sure to keep your eye out incase anymore decide to appear this cold winter!

New Years Around the World



New Years Around the World
By: Kaylei Chabre
Edited by: Cassidy Morrell
(Global/National)
     New years is a time for celebration to forget the past and focus on the future. When you think of new years, what comes to mind? Resolutions, champaign, poppers, confetti, fireworks, noise makers, food, and of course, the world-wide, famous BALL DROP! People hold celebrations and parties all around the world but the most popular celebration is the Ball Drop in Time Square. More than 1 million people attend Times Square and millions of others view from T.V. People gather around the building, One Times Square, where the ball is located and descends 141 feet at the start of 60 seconds. Once the ball reaches the bottom and the timer reaches 0, it’s a Happy New Year! 
     In Scotland, people celebrate with bonfires, and men from the villages walk the streets with giant balls of fire swinging around their heads. The people believe that these balls of fire symbolize the sun and clean the coming year.
     New Year’s in Panama, consists of people who also celebrate with bonfires, to burn a representation of popular people like celebrities. The new year is represented by these burning figures, and a fresh start is soon brought upon. 
     In Denmark people find the highest surface they can, they and jump! This leap of faith is representing jumping into January. They Believe they will leave behind bad spirits and bad luck and enter the new year with new beginnings.
     Finnish citizens try to figure out the shape of a figure created by submerging molten tin into cold water. Whatever the shape the figure creates, is what is going to be in the new year.
     People in Spain, when the clock hits midnight, they represent the twelve months of the year by eating 12 grapes. But there’s a catch, if you eat all twelve grapes within twelve seconds of the new year, then your year will be filled with good luck!
     In the philippines, twelve circular fruits are displayed and eaten to symbolize a successful new year. Also the people wear clothing with circles on them to represent coins, to ensure a wealthy new year.
     Japan people eat long noodles, while trying not to break them. Which represents longevity, long life. Also people in Japan dress up as the zodiac animal for the arriving year. The they will travel to a temple and ring a bell for the new year.
     People in Brazil, Ecuador, Venezuela, Bolivia, people wear colorful underwear. Mainly the colors red and yellow. People believe wearing yellow will bring you money and wearing red will bring you love.
     All over the world people celebrate New Year’s differently, due to their religion and/or beliefs. You could even try some of these on your own!

Ringo Starr is knighted

Ringo Starr is knighted
By Jacob Beaulieu
Edited by Luc Beaulieu
(National/Global)
     Ringo Starr, the drummer for the british band the Beatles, has recently been knighted by the queen of England as an award for his services to music and charity. Ringo received the award during new years and was actually very surprised that he had received an invitation to knighthood. A close family friend of his told The Sun: “It came as a bolt from the blue. Ringo was totally knocked sideways but is chuffed to bits.”. Ringo and Paul McCartney are the two beatles to be knighted. Paul, who was knighted 13 years ago, congratulated Ringo after he got his invitation. Today, Ringo is 77 years old.
     Richard Starkey (Ringo’s real name) was born on july 7th, 1940, in Liverpool, England. He became the drummer for the legendary band the beatles in 1962 and sang at least one song on each album the band produced including the hits Yellow submarine and with a little help from my friends. Today Ringo has produced over 20 solo albums and is still touring with a new band. 
     When he was a Beatle, he was known for his easy going nature and his comedic personality. He was often thought of as the “funny one” and was talented at working with other people as well as being a musician. 
     As well as having a career in music, Ringo has also worked in charity. In 1971 he took part in fellow beatle George Harrison’s concert for Bangladesh, and in 2012 he made a song that was meant to raise money for the victims of hurricane Sandy. Ringo supports 8 charities and created one of his own, the Lotus foundation, a charity that funds and supports projects that benefit social welfare. 
     Ringo Starr is a musician, a Philanthropist, and now a knight. Ringo definitely deserves this honor due to his musical talent and charitable actions that help make the world a better place one drumbeat at a time.
Ringo Starr in 1963 (Photo by Cyrus Andrews/
Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

 Ringo Starr (Left) and fellow Beatle Paul McCartney (Right) (photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Mid Season Basketball Check In


Mid Season Basketball Check In
By Trevor Beals
Edited by Camryn Champlin
(Sports)
     It is right around the middle of the high school basketball season. Boys and girls basketball are improving as the year goes on. Both teams are not doing as well as everyone has hoped but they are competing with top level teams throughout Maine. 
     Boys basketball started their season off 0-4 against Thornton Academy, Bonny Eagle, Gorham, and Portland. They finally got their first win of the season against Sanford on December 21st. Since then, the team is 1-3. Beating Noble at home, the boys later lost to South Portland, Falmouth and Windham. Their next game is on Saturday, January 13th, against Cheverus High School.
     Girls basketball is 2-8. Their only two wins being against a very good Thornton Academy team, and Noble High school. The girls team was presented with a new coach this year. This makes for a tough start to the season, but Coach Aube keeps their confidence level high as they continue on. As they steadily improve, they will definitely receive more wins later on in the year. Everyone is looking forward to the girls next game at home against Cheverus on Saturday, January 13th. 
Photos taken by Dawson Renaud
Photos taken by Dawson Renaud




Photos taken by Mary Emmons 
Photos taken by Mary Emmons 

NJROTC Drill Banquet

NJROTC Drill Banquet
By Emma Sweeney and Gigi Cardona
Edited by Xander Morley
(Sports)
     On Friday, January 19, Massabesic Drill Team will be hosting their annual Drill Banquet. All of the members of the team will go to the cafeteria and gather for an awards ceremony, and a fun night with friends. There will be a spaghetti dinner, and also a potluck. Awards will be given out for: Most Valuable Player NS1, Most Valuable Player NS2 and above, Shiniest shoes, Most improved NS1, and most likely to trip while marching. The team was all sent a ballot where they could cast their votes for who they think should receive the awards. It will be a semi formal event, and the cadets are all looking forward to the fun night. 
Drill team at their meet in Quabbin High School, Massachusetts 

     This year was the last season for some of our team, but also a beginning for others. The cadets had a great drill season, placing 5th overall, even after having to miss the last meet due to weather. They are all proud of their season, and are looking forward to another great season next year!

New Year, New You: Or so Foreseen

New Year, New You: Or so Foreseen

Written by Cassidy Morrell
Edited by Bailey Baldwin
National/Global
     Do you ever catch yourself wondering where the term “New Year’s Resolution” actually came from? Or why many people typically give up after a short period of time? According to the article Psychology Today, after six months, 60% of people fail. Even worse, after three months, 50% fail, by one month, 40% fail, and after just a week, 22% of the population fails their resolutions.

     In addition, it’s stated from Canadian scientist, Gad Saad, that the three main reasons why many people fail to reach their resolutions are because of;
     The first one is vague or unclear goals created. Some plans tend work better if there is a set specific goal rather than just a bold statement. (“I plan to lose 20 lbs by June 1,” is better to announce, rather than, “I plan to be more active.”)
      The second is how many fail to gauge their own progress towards planned goals. The amount of work that’s put into a resolution scares some people, resulting in why they fail to come through. Planning a goal is simple, but sticking to it is oftentimes hard.
     And the third is due to little to no self control or self regulation. Sticking to a goal helps if there is motivation and planning everything out. Many fail due to the challenges that are difficult, and unfortunately, laziness and quitting seem easier than working hard for some.
     Furthermore, the number one made resolution in America is weight loss, which ranges to about 37% of people wanting to exercise and/or diet more often to lose weight. The second most made goal is to cut back on alcoholic beverages and smoking habits at 29%. Acknowledging from the article, http://www.tipsywriter.com/blog/10-interesting-facts-new-years-resolutions/ Around 38% of people never claim to make a resolution for themselves. On average, about 45% of Americans consistently make a goal for the new year. Of those achieving their resolutions, about 40% were successful on the first try, and the rest took multiple attempts with as much as 17% taking over 6 tries.
     Think about how many people invade gyms at the start of January. By the time October rolls around, it’s practically empty. Why is that? Since many people have adapted to the New Year being a “New Start,” majority feels like it’s a reset button, or a time for self-improvement. Wonder where these resolutions came from? They originated from the ancient Babylonians about 4,000 years ago in Rome. From the website, http://www.history.com/news/the-history-of-new-years-resolutions It’s said that during a massive 12-day religious festival which was known as Akitu, the Babylonians crowned a new king or reaffirmed their loyalty to the current king. They also made promises to the gods to pay their debts and return any objects they had borrowed. These promises were carried out and soon grew to be considered as New Year’s resolutions over the course of hundreds of years.
     As of today, however, many people only make resolutions on their own, which are primarily in attempts at rising to one’s full potential. From recent research, only 8% of the people who’ve made new resolutions have successfully met their goals. And although many fail to reach their resolutions, every year, more than half the United States alone continues to keep making them—think about this the next time you set a New Year’s goal, and don’t let yourself give in so easily.