Friday, March 17, 2017


article by Parker Jalbert
edited by Colby Cole

     This year's Grammys were an exciting night to say the least. This year they were hosted James Corden, and featured many young up and coming artists, as well as veterans of the music industry. Unsurprisingly, Adele took home the most awards at 5 with her brilliant new album '25' and highly-praised single 'Hello'. The lengthy list of awards she took home include Best Pop Vocal Album of the Year with her album '25', Best Pop Solo Performance with 'Hello', Song of the Year with 'Hello', Album of the Year with '25', and finally Record of the Year with 'Hello'.

   Another familiar face at the Grammys was 23 year old rap artist, Chance the Rapper. The young, up and coming rapper released his third album, 'Coloring Book', which was an instant hit. In it's first week of being released, the album reach number eight on the Billboard 200, and produced over 38,000 downloads. For his very successful album, Chance won 3 Grammy's. He won Best New Artist, Best Rap Performance with his song 'No Problem', and Chance won his third Grammy, Best Rap Album, with his hit album 'Coloring Book'. With his extremely successful Grammy night, Chance made everybody back home in Chicago very proud.

   Another legend's spirit was present at this year's Grammys; this legend was David Bowie. Though passing away on January 10, 2016, David was still remembered, winning four Grammys. Last year, in 2016, David Bowie released his final album, which met glowing reviews.  With his newest album 'Blackstar', the late David Bowie won the Grammys for Best Rock Performance, Best Alternative Music Album, Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical, and Best Rock Song. These awards just added to the amazing legacy of a legend; David Bowie.

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History of St. Patrick's Day

article by Alyssa Huff
media by Ashley Davis
edited by Colby Cole
     Who's ready for a whole lot of green? I know I am! But, do we all really know what St. Patrick's Day really is about? Well I guess we'll have to find out. The official date of St Patrick's Day is March 17th and it's usually a day full of celebrations, parties full of dancing, and a lot of funky green outfits. 

      In the 5th century a man thought to be named Maewyn Succat was later called Patrick because of his romanticized name, Patricus. When he was younger he was kidnapped by pirates and he was sold into slavery in Ireland. He was there for six years and he went through many difficult changes. One day he dreamed of seeing God. Some people even say that God told him to escape by getting on a getaway ship. After he escaped he went to Britain and France and he eventually joined a monastery. While he was there he spent 12 years training with the bishop of Auxerre, St. Germain. After Patrick became a bishop he wished that the Irish call him back so he could tell them about God, but they didn't. So, he set off for Ireland anyway. Through his journey he baptized as many people as he could and he was even arrested several times but he always escaped. Through his life he even helped establish monasteries, schools, and even many churches. So, St. Patrick became a well known figure in history for his brilliant leadership. In case you didn't know, or if you wanted to know, the shamrock has some significance to this day. The shamrock represents the Trinity; which refers to Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. Saint Patrick's mission in Ireland lasted for 20 years until his death. He died on March 17th, AD 461. That day has been St. Patrick's Day ever since. I hope you learned more about St. Patrick's Day after reading this article, have a good St. Patrick's Day!


Photo: "ST PATRICK'S DAY." ST PATRICK'S DAY. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Mar. 2017.

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Saint Patrick's Day

article by Lizzie Bates-Torrey and Dezirae Givens
edited by Cameron Goodrich

     Saint Patrick's Day, otherwise known as The Feast of Saint Patrick, is a cultural and religious celebration. People from Ireland normally celebrate this time of time of year. St. Patrick was a 5th-century Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland. The celebration is always full of green and shamrock and that is because St. Patrick used them to explain the Holy trinity to Irish pagans. Today the celebration is Saint Patrick's Day has been greatly influenced by those developed among the Irish diaspora. They celebrations generally include: parades, festival, dances and banquets. At those events people wear green attire or shamrocks and fake orange beards. 

     There are a lot of events going on this St. Patrick's Day in Portland this year. The Portland St. Patrick's Day Parade and the St. Patrick's Day Plunge are just a couple of them. The Portland St. Patrick's Day Parade is on March 12th at noon, and it’s an annual parade. There will be three pipe bands playing in it. Also Slugger the Sea Dog (mascot), Oakie the Acorn from Oakhurst, The Stillson School of Irish Dance, The Maine Ghostbusters, and many more groups will be in the Parade. It's a fun experience for families to go and watch. There will even be two of Ireland's biggest stars, (Mick Flavin and John Hogan) who are on a U.S. tour. 

      The St. Patrick's Day Plunge is on March 17th at 5:30 am. All of the donations made go to the Children’s Burn Foundation. This is also an annual thing. All of the people participating in this get a free breakfast buffet at a Portland restaurant called Ri Ra’s. There is live music all day there, and lots of Irish food. A lot of people attend this event, and afterwards they feel so good, and they feel like they have done something to help by donating to this foundation. If you didn't go to these events this year, you should consider going to at least one of them in the future because they are so much fun.

       The Irish American club is a club that holds Irish cultural events and classes throughout the year. This club was founded in 1973 on St. Patrick's Day. Every year they put on their annual corn beef for St. Patrick's Day dinner and parade. James McClay, from Standish, Maine, is originally from Donegal, Ireland, and said, “Portland's celebration is similar to back home.” Portland is proud to know that their St. Patrick's Day celebrations are hitting home for some people. So come join the fun every year in Portland on St. Patrick's Day!

MHS Technology Survey

article by Jakob Saucier and Carrie Phinney
edited by Sarah Cloutier
  A lot of students have had an iPad or Chromebook since even elementary school. Getting to middle school students went from iPads to computers back to iPads, and so on. The big question is, which would be better? The school has changed their minds on this topic a lot, changing from iPad to Chromebook every couple of years. But what does the student body think? Which is better for their school work? Which is less likely to malfunction or cause problems? iPads chargers break and get lost, the screens crack, and they're hard to keep safe. Mac are heavy and difficult to carry around, they're bigger than an iPad and the charger problem won't go away. The real question is which is better to help enhance your education?

   A survey sent to the students, teachers, and parents over this issue has been conducted. According to the information:

   About 75% of people have had problems with their IPads at least once a month, if not weekly. This is a serious issue. Students have a lot of work to to do during the school day. Henceforth, having all of these problems occurring takes away from their work time, and work productively.

  Not to mention the fact that almost 80% thought that Chromebooks would be a much better option, as they would have less problems, and allow students to get their work done more productively and effectively.
  Judging by this information, students, teachers, and parents mostly agree that Chromebooks are the much better option for the future students here at MHS.

-"Chromebook vs IPad Air 2 - Which Is Better for Work?" Chromebooks For Work. N.p., 17 Nov. 2015. Web. 10 Mar. 2017.

Working During High School

article by Andres Vargas
edited by Cam Goodrich
Our high school experience plays a huge role in our lives. The decisions made in high school will affect the average person for the rest of their life. It is full of opportunities and is a time when you learn who you are and what you want to be. One opportunity in particular, working during high school, can really impact your lifestyle and can either aid you or hurt you during this important part of your life. Many people choose to seize this opportunity and get a job during their high school education. A statistic from states, “As of October 2015…. Youth enrolled in high school had an employment rate of 18 percent”. That means that in almost every 1 in 5 high school students will be employed.

An MHS alumni, Anthony Galluze, worked at two jobs over the course of his high school career. He first started working when he was 15, at his first job, McDonald’s in Biddeford. “The first job was harder to get than my second job. It was still pretty easy, you just had to go to an interview, sit there with a smile on your face and say yes ma’am.” When asked about how work interfered with his lifestyle, he said that an initial obstacle he faced was not having a car, but he had sufficient time to balance schoolwork and his job and it was generally an easy experience. One issue he did face however, was how it interfered with sports. Anthony played soccer and paintball and said that it restricted his ability to partake in those activities. Thus, there were some compromises that had to be made. However, he gained a lot of benefits from working. “ I definitely learned a lot of things from working. First off, I learned the value of the dollar, money isn’t just free, the value behind it needs to be earned. I definitely learned money management, I saved some of the money I got, I wasted some of it; it was a learning curve. I also learned time management and I learned to get along with people that I couldn’t have before if I didn’t go to work.” Anthony’s first job definitely provided a rewarding cash flow, but he also explained how those kinds of jobs just didn’t pay enough.
Anthony’s Second Job, Sonny’s Convenience Store, in Lyman ME
"Sonny's Convenience Store Photos." Yelp. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Mar. 2017.

Anthony’s second job, Sonny’s Convenience Store in Lyman, was a different involvement. First off, he now had a car, which was an improvement, and he got a better paycheck. However, he now had to create a resume. When you’re in high school, there's not a lot to put on a resume, and it can be a challenge. Since Anthony had worked at a job before that, he didn’t really have an issue with his resume. He said that working was more rewarding than school because he got money, but a job is more demanding than school. He was working for up to four hours on school nights, but could only work for 20 hours a week during school. During the summer, working was easier on him, because he wasn’t tired from being at school all day, and he could work more hours per week, but he did mention some sacrifices he had made for his job. HIs job was taking up a lot of his free time, and he did feel like he was missing out on hanging out with his friends on the weekends. Working in high school was really beneficial for Anthony, but not everyone has as easy of a time as Anthony. Having a job can be very demanding at times, and it’s not suitable for everyone. There are many sacrifices to be made, but it can be a very rewarding experience.

"Youth Employment." Child Trends. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Mar. 2017.

Oscars Mix-Up

article by Amber Arsenault
media by Ashley Davis
edited by Colby Cole
     Each January , the entertainment community and film fans around the world turn their attention to the Academy Awards. Interest and anticipation builds to a fevered pitch leading up to the Oscar telecast in February, when hundreds of millions of movie lovers tune in to watch the glamorous ceremony and learn who will receive the highest honors in filmmaking. On February 26th, the 89th Academy Awards took place, but this year was just a little different.
     At the 89th Academy Awards, this happened on live television, so we all got to see the precise moment Warren Beatty realized something had gone terribly wrong. His famous eyebrows arched upwards. He frowned, hesitated. The meltdown that followed was epic. Beatty peered into the envelope again as if to see whether a second slip of paper were lurking inside. Then he handed the befuddling card to his co-presenter, Faye Dunaway, who, unaware of the disaster still, immediately announced “La La Land.” That film’s producers were more than two minutes into their speeches before the truth came out: Beatty had been handed the wrong envelope before he took the stage. Moonlight was the real winner.
Best Actress: Emma Stone for her captivating performance as Mia in La La Land.
Best Actor: Casey Affleck for his performance in Manchester By The Sea.
Best Director: Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Best Picture: Moonlight
Original Screenplay: Manchester By The Sea

Walker, Mel. "Emma Stone Reacts To Oscars 2017 Best Picture Mix-Up: “I F-ing Love ‘Moonlight'”." Celebrity News, Gossip - Celebrity Insider. Celebrity Insider, 26 Feb. 2017. Web. 10 Mar. 2017.

U.S Troops in Poland

article by Kassidy Lang
edited by Colby Cole

     On January 12, 4,000 U.S. Troops, under a NATO banner, and 2,400 pieces of military equipment arrived in Poland and six other European countries. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, also called the North Atlantic Alliance, is an intergovernmental military alliance based on the North Atlantic Treaty which was signed on 4 April 1949. This is one of the largest U.S. Military reinforcement of Europe in many decades. The Operation Atlantic Resolve NATO launched was a response to Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014. Crimea was the Ukrainian territory that was annexed by the Russian Federation on March 18. European countries are worried that Crimea will be invaded by Russia but with the help of the U.S. Military, Russia will be deterred. All of the American troops will be a part of a NATO contingent with troops from Britain and Canada. Because of the promise NATO made to Moscow after the fall of the Soviet Union, they would not base a large number of troops permanently east of Germany. The troops will be rotated every nine months to fulfill this promise.  Russia’s president Vladimir Putin was very upset when his plans to invade Crimea were interrupted by the ally troops. It is good to have our troops deployed to Poland because they are helping protect the citizens of Crimea and making sure Russia doesn't gain too much power.