Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Pep Rallies at MHS

Pep Rallies at MHS
Written by Camryn Champlin
And edited Luc Beaulieu

     In a recent interview, MHS senior Nick Amabile shared his thoughts about the awesome pep rallies here at MHS.

     “Why does our school hold pep rallies?”

     “I think our school holds pep rallies because it really pumps our sports teams up before games and overall makes school a happier place.”

     “Do you think you are more involved your senior year or your freshman year?”

      “I honestly think that I have been attending more rallies and school functions because of my main sport, basketball. With the amount of time required to attend school, it gives me more opportunities to be involved. Although, I feel that if you participate your freshman year it is more likely that you will keep participating in your later years.”

     “Which pep rally is your favorite?”

     “My favorite pep rally, and most of others, is the last pep rally of the year because everyone is already hyped up about it being the end of school.”

      “Is the pep rally during homecoming week any different than the others?”

     “The homecoming pep rally is one of the best. It is a great way to end the week and it really brings our school together before the homecoming dance.”

     Pep rallies are located in the MHS gym, in the morning or afternoon. Students are separated by class. The upperclassmen usually run all the games and activities and most of the time seniors win. One of the most popular games is tug of war.

     Ryan Townsend and Madi Drain held the latest pep rally. This one consisted of announcements of homecoming king and queen for each grade. Another highlight was when the football players and Cheerleaders performed a dance to the song “Me Too,” by Meghan Trainor. There was also a dance off between the classes, in which the juniors won. The winning dancers were Zoey DeAngelis and Sydney Sawtelle. According to teacher and coach Michelle Martin-Moore, “This was one of best pep rallies we've had in a long time.” Also some of the varsity players on the field hockey team did a dance routine with the mascot, Manny, for the school.

     The pep rallies here at MHS are very exciting and a great way to get involved with your school. You can meet new friends, try something new, and rise out of your comfort zone. Our next pep rally is going to be held in the Massabesic Gym on March 2nd. Come out with your school spirit and you’ll be guaranteed a good time!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Why Everyone Stresses About College, Almost

Why Everyone Stresses About College, Almost
By Ryan Topham
Edited By Luc Beaulieu

     From the moment that you walk into the high school as a freshman, it seems that most people almost immediately go into “I NEED TO PREPARE FOR COLLEGE!!! NOW!!!” mode, and while it is true that you need to be thinking about your future a little bit, it is not something that you should be thinking about every waking moment of your life, and if it is something to figure out, it is one of the hardest things to do, but here is why you need to stop worrying about college.
     The most important thing for you to know is that everyone around you who wants to get into college is going to, or so everyone is going to say to you. Now, it may be more of a painless experience for others than yourself sometimes, but for the most part, it is going to be a journey that we are all going to take, and it isn’t something to stress about.
     Now, most people think that that they need to get into a huge college with a great reputation in the workforce, but for most, this is not the case. While it is true that it would be awesome to be able to say that you graduated from MIT, Harvard, Yale, or Princeton, this isn’t something that all of your employers are going to be looking for. Why, though, you may be asking. The answer is simple, college is just gosh darn expensive. Not everyone is able to afford to go to a great school, because most often, tuition can be something that is going to be something that kills you. These schools can have a tuition rate of upwards of almost $50,000. This is crazy, and you may now be retaliating that you can get a scholarship, which, isn’t always the case.
      Now, most of the people who would like to be able to go to one of the aforementioned schools are typically the people who are going to be able to get a scholarship to cover some of their tuition. Though, not to crush your dreams, it just isn’t going to happen. Yes, you may be able to get a scholarship(s) that will cover maybe $20,000, and that is a very slim chance. Now, depending on the rigour of your courses, you are still going to be looking at at least $20,000 more. This is a huge uptaking for you and your family, and it is something that is probably going to carry with you for a long time throughout your life, something that you may always struggle to keep up with monthly.
     Now, you may be thinking that I am focused upon only the highly motivated, but I am going to show you some other cases which will counteract this. The fact is, everyone who is going to go to college is going to want to succeed at something.
     They may not be the most motivated student that you have met, but they know they want something in life. There is also an issue with this. They are worried about how they are going to achieve this. Due to the fact that they aren’t as motivated as they would like to be, they are going to be stressing about wanting to make themselves better, and improve their chances to achieve what they would like. While this is great, this is problematic for the character, as the inner you wants to enjoy life. The inner you is telling you that you should be able to enjoy yourself, and have fun, as well as be who you really are. The logical achieving side of you is counteracting this, it is telling you that you need to get A, B, and C done in the next hour, something that is illogical.
     Looking back on the things that I have given, you start to see the picture. Not one person is the perfect high school student when it comes to their future, and most don’t have a plan on what they want to do with their lives. And in this, lies the greatest fallacy. The fact that a student is either putting too much on him or herself, while the inner them is telling them to enjoy their life, or that people are looking to achieve too much, is the real issue. If people, particularly high school students in our case, were able to plan ahead, but not too far ahead, to what they realistically want to do with their life, they would be better suited to make the decision of what they want for their college life, if anything at all.
      The ideal student for our scenario is one who is going to wait a few years before they concern themselves with the giant leap into their future that they are going to take. Most people aren’t ready for the process that is going to go on, and should be waiting to mature before they being to think about what is going to happen. College is a big step, and with all of this, it is easy to see why people need to work on taking the minor steps necessary for making this progression towards their future.
Image source: Pexels

Shark Tank Explosion

Shark Tank Explosion
By Emma Sweeney
Edited by Rachael Bonia

      On December 19, a shark tank in the Shanghai Mall burst. Pieces of glass 25 centimeters thick injured 15 people, 8 of them being shoppers. Even though the aquarium was only two years old, BBC says the explosion was caused by a combination of low temperatures and weak materials that caused the 33 ton tank to explode. The lives of three lemon sharks were lost during the flood. Many turtles and other small fish were also killed. Although they plan on fixing the popular tourist attraction, they will not be putting in a new aquarium.
Broken glass from the tank 

The History of Valentines

The History of Valentines
Written by Angelli Bishop
Edited by Allison Gerry

     Valentine’s Day, although riddled with a dark origin has now become one of the most celebrated holidays all over the world. To understand the history of Valentine’s Day we must start from the very beginning, which was in a Roman Festival called Lupercalia.
     To start off, Valentine’s Day was celebrated as a festival of fertility, in which the Christian Church chose the middle of February to Christianize the celebration. Although it is unknown how the holiday got its name, we do know that there were about three saints at the time all named Valentine. However, one of the saints stood out because he had been sentenced to death for holding wedding ceremonies which at the time, Emperor Claudius II had banned young, roman soldiers to be wedded due to his belief that marriage/love would make a soldier weak. It’s believed that Valentine was the first to write an actual “valentine’s” card to his love, where he was in prison just before his execution, signing the letter “Love, Valentine” just before his death.
     At the end of the 5th century A.D however, Pope Gelasius had declared for February 14th a day for honoring “the soft hearted Valentine”. Around the 1300’s was when Valentine’s Day was really associated with love and romance, and not until around the 1700’s had britain started the tradition of giving and receiving gifts. After Britain had started the tradition, eventually the U.S had also joined in on the celebrations. 
    Now, in the modern society more than 35 million of heart shaped boxes of chocolates, and 220+ million roses are bought each year just for the holiday. This holiday can be very pricey, and on average Americans spend about 20 billion dollars on cards, chocolates, flowers, and jewelry. 
     Though this holiday has a vague history, we do know that a man named Valentine’s heroic and romantic action lead to the Valentine’s Day we celebrate today. 
Valentine’s Day being celebrated in the city of love

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics

PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics

By: Bailey Baldwin
Edited By: Cassidy Morrell

     As you may know, every other year, athletes around the world get together to compete for fame, glory, and medals. This global competition is called the Olympics, and we have one coming up not too far from now over in South Korea. The PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics started on February 9th and is coming to an end on February 25th. It’s officially the 51st games since its first appearance in the Athens in 1896.
PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games Logo
Athens 1896 Summer Olympic Games Logo
     There are some very unique things happening in this year’s Olympics, the first being North and South Korea putting down their weapons of war and joining together to become one team for the winter games. Russia has also been found of a huge doping scandal, banning them from this winter games and forcing those who were not guilty of using drugs to compete at these winter games under a neutral name. 
     The opening ceremony was on Friday, February 9th, but sporting events started as early as Wednesday, the 7th. So far, there have been 48 medals given out, as 16 sports have finished up competitions for medals. These sports include Biathlon, Cross Country Skiing, Figure Skating, Freestyle Skiing, Luge, Short Track Speed Skating, Ski Jumping, Snowboarding, and Speed Skating. The country currently with the most medals is Norway with 8, but Germany, Canada, and the Netherlands are in hot pursuit, each with 6 medals.
     In the end, no matter who wins, the Olympics is a time to celebrate our differences and come together in a reunion of Earth. The tension between countries is being set aside, even just for two weeks, in order to grant everyone with a welcoming feel as we watch athletes from all over the world use their time to shine. I know I absolutely cannot wait for what is still in store, and I’m excited to watch the world come together for the next two weeks.

The Government Shut Down of January 20th

The Government Shut Down of January 20th

Written by Xander Morley
Edited by Giavanna Cardona-Simmons

      On January 20th at midnight EST, the U.S. government shut down. The reasoning behind this event was that the attempt to overcome a democratic filibuster of a temporary appropriations bill didn’t get enough votes to go through. It required a ⅗ supermajority to end. There was also a dispute whether President Trump should get allocated funding for his Mexican-American wall border, which was his big promise during his presidential campaign. The shutdown occurred on the one year anniversary of Donald Trump’s presidency which many people criticized. It lasted only a mere 2 days but was still a big deal.
There were a couple disputes at this senate meeting as well. Such as that the Democrats agreed to end the shutdown if the Republicans agreed to have a debate on the DREAM Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act) before the continuing resolution expires on February 8, 2018. The Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018, was under consideration to extend funding through February 16, 2018. The bill passed the House on January 18, but the vote in the Senate failed 50 to 49 votes when 60 were required for it to pass. This happened shortly before the midnight expiration of the previous continuing resolution. At the end of all this, Donald Trump finished with saying it was a “big win” and that the Democrats “caved in”. A lesson to learn from this is that we need to take things like this seriously and that the Senate, Congress, White House and other government affiliated places need to work to make sure things like this don’t happen. 

The Psychology of New Year Resolutions

The Psychology of New Year Resolutions
By Andrew Holmquist
Edited By Andrew Holmquist
     Research has shown that about half of all people make New Year’s resolutions. However, fewer than 10% manage to keep them for more than a few months. Some of the common ones are to get more money, spend less time on your phone, and exercise more/eat better.
     The reason why your resolutions do not last long is because you set unrealistic goals or too many. This is called False Hope Syndrome, and it is caused by unrealistic goal setting. In fact, 156,000,000 million people give up on them before you can say “confetti”. The gym is packed in January and February, but in July it is empty. You might find yourself rummaging through your fridge for a salad, but before long your pounding Chips Ahoy after school. In order to avoid being one of these people, you should try to do these methods.
     Being Realistic. You should not try to go cold turkey on the cookies, instead limit the amount you eat per day (just an example), and slowly decrease until you hit zero. Or exercise 3 days per week then increase after a while until you hit your goal.
     One At A Time. Try to do one resolution before you tackle another. So get into the routine of eating better, and when that is under control, start another goal of yours. This will make it much easier for you.
     Tell Someone Else Your Resolution. By telling someone, this will make you more accountable and the person who you tell can help you with your goals as well. Asking for help is a great place to start.
      Change does not come overnight, and this is especially true with long term habits, however if you follow these steps, you can achieve your goals in 2018.
      If you think this all sounds like too much hard work and that it’s not worth making resolutions to begin with, bear in mind that people who make New Year’s resolutions are ten times more likely to achieve their goals than those who don’t.

The Science Behind Procrastination

The Science Behind Procrastination
Article by: Cassidy Morrell
Edited by: Emily Baker

     Ever look at your homework late at night that’s due tomorrow and think, “Why did I put this off?” Well you’re not alone. Most everyone thinks and feels the exact same way. It’s part of our human nature to sometimes have a ‘put off’ attitude once and a while towards certain tasks. But where does procrastination really come from? And why do we do it?
     It’s estimated that ⅕ of adults procrastinate, along with ½ of all high school students. That’s about 500+ students in this school alone. Disheartening, isn’t it? Some major impacts from this world wide “disease,” include diminished performance, poorer mental health, increased stress, worrying, and guilt to follow up. Although procrastination has always been frowned upon, even ancient Greeks have struggled with it in 800 B.C. too, because it’s a habitual tendency that all humans possess according to article, https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/fearless-you/201506/9-reasons-you-procrastinate-and-9-ways-stop
     Furthermore, keep in mind that even the most motivated person might not want to do something right away either, so it’s completely understandable that you sometimes say “I’ll do it tomorrow.” However, too much procrastination isn’t just hateful, it’s harmful. The amount of stress people put on themselves from not completing a task earlier can be very damaging to their health; physically and mentally from the website, https://www.psychologicalscience.org/observer/why-wait-the-science-behind-procrastination
     Similarly, there’s nothing that screams procrastination more, than when you’re faced with a task you just don’t want to do. It comes from boredom, laziness, difficulty, or lack of energy. 
     Here are the 7 main reasons as to why we all procrastinate:
     1. Self compassion gets thrown aside
     Researchers noticed that when people have little to no self love, then they tend to feel more stressed out when performing even the simplest tasks, increasing the likeliness of procrastination.
     2. Procrastination can come from role models
     If you’ve ever seen your parent or sibling use a “I’ll do it later” kind of attitude, you’re generally more likely to pick it up from them.
     3. You have a negative opinion against a certain responsibility 
     You might often think you can’t do something because of its level of difficulty, or that it’s not as exciting to complete, such as bills, taxes, homework, etc.
      4. The timing is off
      As functioning humans, we tend to underestimate the time it will take us to complete something, which is commonly known as planning fallacy.
     5. Perfectionism can cloud your judgement
     If you ever think something has to be ‘perfect’ don’t forget it also has to be ‘on time’ too. Try not to let these overly demanding standards keep you from even getting started.
     6. Anxiety, depression, or other conditions that delay you from taking action
     Someone who suffers from a mental illness can have a diminishing effect on perseverance, concentration, or motivation. If you or a loved one has a mental illness, try seeking professional help from a doctor or therapist.
     7. Uncomfortable intolerance 
     Procrastination often comes from a belief that discomfort can be avoided if something is not done. For example, if a student sees their homework lying out, they may feel not inclined to even start it, because it can be bitter and uncomfortable to sit through.
     Moreover, if you ever experience any of these encounters, you can try different methods to help encourage yourself into completing a task. If a task is too boring for your tastes, such as cleaning the house, try playing music to increase your energy. Or if you can’t find any reason why you should hit the gym, think about some personal goals you want to achieve, and see if they give you a boost of motivation. Remember, procrastination is only generated from you. Get up, get motivated, and get going!

How to Become Charismatic

How to Become Charismatic 
By Jacob Beaulieu
Edited by Trevor Beals

     Just about all of us know at least one person who is never nervous in front of a crowd, always speaks their mind no matter what, is almost always friendly, and is truly a fun person to be around. You may think that this is just that person's outgoing personality but it’s actually a skill that they have developed known as charisma. Charisma is the ability to speak your mind no matter what while capturing your audience’s attention and empowering the people around you. Also most of the most influential people past and present have this skill such as Martin Luther King Jr. So if you are struggling to be develop this skill here are some important tips.
     The first thing you can do to develop your charisma is to take a deep breath before talking to someone. This is very important because it gives you a second to calm down, clear your head, and to feel more confident about what you are doing. This is also important because if you don’t just relax and you try too hard at the other charisma boosters that I’m about to tell you about your charisma is as dead as the fidget spinner fad. 
     The second thing is to be fully engaged when talking to others. This involves making eye contact and letting the other person or audience know that you are listening. This is important because the audience will see that you value them which will make you seem more magnetic. 
     The next action you can take is to make an effort to be interesting. The best thing you can do for that is to do something you love when you first get up in the morning. This might involve you getting up at some pretty early times but if you start the day off with high energy it usually will be with you for the rest of the day and with your interactions with others. 
     Another very important thing to do for your charisma is to become more confident. This isn't easy but the best thing you can do is to take a risk everyday by talking to someone you normally wouldn’t or doing something that you wouldn’t normally do like joining a club that people wouldn’t normally associate you with (This will also help you be more interesting). 
     The next thing you can do is to speak your mind and share your ideas even if they seem crazy. As long as you don’t drone on about them feel free to share you ideas and passions with your friends even if you are sure that they will think it is crazy. This because your friends will respect you for sharing your thoughts and if they don’t you can always just ignore the negativity until they realise that the negativity is not getting them anywhere.
    Like Martin Luther King Jr. you should learn to become a better speaker by observing how people react to how you say something (don’t let this stop you from speaking your mind).You should research ways to speak clearly and you should practice a ton because practice is the most important thing you can do for anything. To start you off the first real speaking exercise you can do is to learn to speak slowly because even though it will sound weird at first it, will make people see you as more confident .
     The final thing you can do to be charismatic is to change your mindset. You should eliminate the feeling of having to please other people because you feel you have to. Instead make a list of your values in life and let them control you instead of other people's opinions of you. This is the hardest but by far the most important part of building charisma.
     Martin Luther King Jr. was not born a leader, he became a leader because he worked hard at the things that meant alot to him. Like him you might not start as the most persuasive and talkative person but as long as you are in touch with your values and not worried about how others see him you can develop extraordinary charisma. 
Martin Luther King Jr. (PBS)     
Charisma (Quora)

Monday, February 5, 2018

Film Festival

article by Emma Sweeney
edited by Rachel Bonia

On January 31, Massabesic High School held their 6th Annual Freshman Film Festival. All of the freshman had the choice to make a film to cover the narrative standard, and out of all of those, the best movies from each class were chosen to be shown in the festival. There were a total of 15 films shown.

In first place was, “Equality”, a film about the importance of looking past the surface details of people, by Camryn Champlin, Brady Cormier, Andrew Holmquist, and Giavanna Cardona-Simmons was selected. When Giavanna was asked how it feels to win first place, she responded with, “I’m in shock. I’m really excited.”

The second place group consisted of Cassidy Morell, Angelli Bishop, Kaylei Chabre, and Bailey Baldwin. Their movie was called “See You Tomorrow”, a film about a student’s grief after a friend dies in a car accident due to texting and driving. Third place was “Le Garçon Qui A AttrapĂ© La Lune” which translates to “The Boy Who Caught the Moon”, created by Adalaide Brandt, a stop motion fairy tale about a boy and his grandfather catching the moon out of the sky.

Most of the filming had to be done outside of school, so the students had to make plans with each other on the weekends and after school. Norrie Chamoff, freshman English teacher, said, “It’s an amazing victory for students who truly put all of their time and energy to crafting the art of filmmaking.” The top two winners were all in Mrs.Chamoff’s class.

The majority of students who created a film had fun doing it, but it was considered stressful. Angelli Bishop, a member of the group who won second place, said, “I hope everyone had as much fun watching our movie as we had making it.”

The judges said all of the films were outstanding, and they had a hard time picking a winner. A special thanks goes out to Ryan Topham for helping with all of the technology required for this night to be possible.

From left to right: Addy Brandt (3rd place winner), Angelli Bishop, Bailey Baldwin, Cassidy Morell, Kaylei C

habre(2nd place winners), Andrew Holmquist, Camryn Champlin, Giavanna Cardona-Simmons(1st place winners)

A Date to the Ball

article by Gabriella Aubut and Elizabeth Marston
edited by Mallory Mulrath

Many students struggle to find a date to the annual Massabesic Winter Ball, while others, such as those currently in a relationship, already have a date, with no trouble. For those of which who don't quite have a date as of yet, we all know how nerve wracking it can be to ask someone to dance, but don't fret! You still have time!

It seems as though the students are

getting a head start on “popping the

question”, while others still haven’t even

considered if they want to go. So, if you’re struggling to find a date, or you know who you want to go with, but can’t quite figure out how to ask, we have a few easy-to-follow steps for you right here!

Step One: You need to determine whether or not you want to go and make sure you have a ride there and back. You don’t want to have to work up the courage to ask someone to be your date to the Ball, have them say yes, and then come to realize that you can’t go.

Step Two: Once it is confirmed that you are eligible to go to the Ball, think of a few people you would enjoy going with. That way, if the first one doesn’t work out, you have a backup plan.

Step Three: Make sure they don’t already have a date to the dance. No one wants to end up asking someone to be there date and then being rejected because the other person already has a date.

Step Four: Figure out how you want to ask them. Figure out if you want to do something bold, ask them in person, or just send a text.

Step Five: Approach them in a nice, confident manner, but not conceited (if you’re asking in person). When you approach them, you don’t want to look nervous. You want to feel good about yourself, but not to the point where they may not like your attitude.

Step Six: Make small talk with the person you want to go with. You don’t just walk up and “pop the question” suddenly because it may feel awkward.

Step Seven: Slowly, work your way up to bringing up the dance. Again, bringing up something too suddenly may make the other person feel uncomfortable.

Step Eight: Ask them if they would like to go with you. The hardest step of all is going to be asking them, but I’m sure you’ll do just fine.

Step Nine: Maintain composure no matter what the answer is. If it’s a yes, don’t freak out, it may make your date feel uncomfortable or draw unwanted attention to the two of you. If it’s no, don’t get upset, I’m sure there’s plenty of other people that would love to go to the Ball with you.

Asking someone to be your date is meant to be nerve racking, but that’s what makes it exhilarating. It’s much better to try and have a chance of being let down then not trying and regretting it. Just go for it. No matter what the answer is, at least you tried. A for effort.

Do Snow Days Actually Affect Our Education?

article by Brianna Mooers
edited by Annabelle Cote-Gendreau

Snow days may be a good thing because you can sleep in and not go to school, but have you considered that maybe they actually have a negative effect on your academic performance after the day off?

A 2009 study found that for every day that students miss school, “overall passage rates fell by 'about one-third to one-half a percentage point.’” Study authors Dave Marcotte and Benjamin Hansen wrote that, “...the effect is largest for students in lower grades.” Another study found that students who miss more than 10% of school days across a school year, or ten days per term are at risk of poorer academic achievement, and the Massabesic school district has had around six snow day cancellations. The site also stated that research shows that absence from school regularly has a definite negative impact on students’ reading, writing, and numeracy performances.

According to phys.org, “In the US from 2011 to 2013, it was revealed that there were almost 21,000 unplanned school closures – 16,000 of these resulting from extreme weather (this affected around 27 million students). And reports show that statewide assessment results in the US tended to be lower in areas where schools had to make unplanned closures to snowfall, compared to other years when schools didn't have to close.”

However, on the other hand, many people don’t believe that snow days are the problem at all, and that it is all because of absences. According to the Washington Post, an assistant professor of public privacy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government researched the subject and, “examined weather data, student test scores and attendance data in Massachusetts between 2003 and 2010. He found that the number of canceled school days because of snow in a given year had no impact on children’s math and reading test scores. Instead, it was the number of days that were merely snowy — when schools remained open, but many students were absent — that appeared to hurt achievement, particularly in math. He found that each one-day increase in bad-weather absenteeism reduces math achievement by up to 5 percent of a standard deviation.”


An Interview with a Bus Mechanic

article by Lauren Weko
edited by Annabelle Cote-Gendreau

An interview with Eric Blais about being a bus mechanic.

"I am a school bus mechanic. I would consider myself an auto diesel technician. I work eleven hours a day. I start the Portland bus fleet. I make sure the buses are up and running. I maintain and take care of any mechanical issues and maintain the Portland and South Portland school buses. I wake up at 4 am to be at work at 5 and I leave at 4 pm to be home at 5 pm. My job is important because I am maintaining all the Portland and South Portland buses and make sure the buses are able to go on the road and be safe for the students. Yes it is a big privilege having buses for transportation to school. I feel appreciated because whenever the students can go to school safely is a good day for me. Yes I do love my job. I love my job just like I love my family, I want to keep this job for life, I mean it is what I went to college for." Questions answered by Eric Blais.

People around the world are going underappreciated because their jobs are behind the scenes. Kids from grades kindergarten all the way to sometimes senior year take a bus to and from school, they also take buses for field trips and other school events. Some students in school do things to look cool or to have "friends" but what they don't understand is that hole you just made in the seat, or those chips you just spilled on the floor. Those things do not get cleaned up or patched up by a magical fairy, someone goes to work and fixes or cleans those things. A bus driver is similar to a bus mechanic, they both do very important jobs for a school but are different because you see the driver driving the bus but you don't see the buses in shop getting oil changes and getting fixed up so there are no accidents or failures on the way to school.


article by Ryan Castonguay
edited by Annabelle Cote-Gendreau

Skiing, in my opinion, the best sport in the world. It's a sport of intellect, speed, grace, and so much more. Skiing can bring people, groups, and even communities together. Even in our own community, many have been affected positively with new relationships with friends, and with new experiences, all because of skiing.

Over the past few weeks I’ve formed a new bond with 16 new people whom I never would have known existed if it wasn't for this fun-filled sport. All of them are very different, there's the popular seniors, the socially awkward freshmen, the smart, the strong, etc. but when we’re on the mountain, none of that matters. All that matters to them is having a good time, no matter what the circumstances. But it's not just me who has gained these experiences, many people in our community have these same experiences because of skiing.

When asking a fellow freshmen, “Has skiing brought you together with new people from your community?” She responded “Yes, many.” Following up on this, I asked,“If you hadn't been skiing with them, do you think you would've became friends with them?” She answered, “Sadly, no, in school, they weren't really the kind of people I would willing hangout with, but when you share a common passion with someone, you grow a strong bond with them until before you know it, your best friends.” This is just one of many, many examples of skiing bringing people within the community together.

If you need more proof that skiing has a strong impact on our community, just ask around. Many of Massabesic High School’s population are skiers, or have tried it before. I'm sure that skiing has impacted all of them in some way. Skiing can change a community.

Girls Junior Varsity and Varsity Basketball

article by Hailey Kamenides and Noelle Desvergnes
edited by Daisy Downs

This year's 2017-2018 girls basketball has started off a little different than the previous year. This year we have a new coach than last year, Chris Aube. Aube is the Varsity coach and Andrew Gray is the Junior Varsity coach, and he also helps out the varsity coach. It isn’t our first time participating in basketball, and it’s not the coaches first time coaching basketball. Although, it is their first time coaching the Massabesic Mustangs. We were all looking forward to the change, especially as a lot of freshman were coming up to play high school basketball.

So far these coaches have given us an opportunity to get ready for the season. They have set us a summer program to get us back into the swing of things and give us a heads up for what he’s expecting from us. The summer program was fun for everyone and it gave us a good heads up for what we needed to be ready for in the regular season. We had games every week at Wells High School, and we agreed that the games and program was fun and taught us a lot.

Come November 20th and 21st there were all boys and girls tryouts. Both coaches were there for the little time we had to show them what we were capable of doing in tryouts. After the tryouts the players, parents, and coaches met so coach could inform us about the season and give us paperwork as needed. Coach Aube had given us a ‘Player Handbook’ with his team and school expectations. November 22nd was varsity’s first practice bright and early. Junior varsity’s first practice was on November 27th. Our first game came right up on December 8th, and both teams worked hard up to that date so we could have an impressive performance against Gorham on our first game.

It’s now February 1st and our last game is coming right up. We have had team dinners and some involved bus rides home which was good team bonding. The season has been fun for all of us and it flew by. We are all sad but happy for Madi Drain as it’s her senior year and this was her last season playing basketball for Massabesic. We also hope the Junior varsity and varsity teams can win their last game, to end the season well.

The Perks of Being in Culture Club

article by Destiny Doucette
edited by Daisy Downs

Would you like to join a club where you could travel the world with your friends and classmates? Well this might be the exact club you're looking for!

Culture club is a very big club spread world wide to many schools and different countries. This is a club where you raise money to go places like Florida, New York and even as far as Paris. Many ways to raise money to go to these beautiful places are selling stuff like Dunkin Donut cards or work at a concession stand at a game, or even run a car wash. Lots of people love this club because it's such a great experience for all. I asked some students what they thought about Culture Club and one of the students, Makenna Roy, said, “I think it's fun. We explore and discover new things. We learn things about people we’ve never knew before and I'm lucky to share the experience to be able to put into others shoes to see how they live day to day. It's fun!’’


Here is a picture of Makenna Roy and Lily Cammett having a great time in Boston. Eating food, taking pictures and nothing else on their mind but to have fun for all the hard work they put it to be a part of this group.

Massabesic Baseball

article by Jack StLaurent
edited by Daisy Downs

Spring sports are coming up soon and baseball is on the menu. Pre-season batting practices have already started. Fans are excited for this year's team. Hopefully they can improve from last year going 2-14 over 16 games. They missed the playoffs narrowly and hope to improve and get in this year. Last year, they were in a lot of very close games. They had many opportunities to win but couldn’t get it done. There weren’t many graduating seniors last year, so this year most of the team will be back with more experience and knowledge to help them win.

This team has a boatload of young talent in the freshman and sophomore classes. The freshmen that played up on varsity last year have more experience than most at this point in their high school careers. This will most definitely benefit them this year and in the years to come. The incoming freshman class will also be an asset to the program in upcoming years. They had a good year in eighth grade last year and look to improve. There is both skill while hitting and in the field. If these underclassmen continue to develop, Massabesic will be the team to beat in the future.

2018 Winter Track Season

article by Riley Greenleaf
edited by Daisy Downs

Now that the winter season has started, all of the winter sports have begun. That means the start of the MHS Indoor Track season. All of the students on the track team have been working hard this season, and it is just beginning.

The boys and girls on the track team compete in various events, including 55 hurdles, 55 dash, 200, 400, and 600 sprints, 1 mile, 2 mile, shot put, high jump, long jump, and the triple jump. Both the boys team and the girls team compete all of these events.

Both teams have already competed in many track meets, and the days of the week that they are held on alternate between Wednesdays and Saturdays, more commonly on Saturdays. Most or all of the different events are held during each track meet. Practices are held on weekdays after school from 2-4. The students that run indoor track and field, work really hard every day of the week.

As you already know, there is a variety of different events in every track meet. The 55 hurdles are a 55 meter long track of hurdles, one after the other. The 55 dash is a 55 meter course in which you run as fast as you can to get to the end and try to beat your previous times. They also compete in 200, 400, and 600 meter sprints, and also 1 mile and 2 mile sprints. The goal of each is to get the best time, or to beat your own time. A sophomore on the MHS winter track team, Cerelene Libby, says, “The shot put is an interesting event. It is basically just throwing a ball as far as you can. It doesn’t have anything to do with running or jumping.” There is also the high jump, the long jump, and the triple jump. For the high jump, runners have to jump over a horizontal bar at a measured height. They would then land on a crash mat. The objective of this event is to jump the highest and beat your own score. The long jump is an event in which the runners jump as far as they can from a starting point. The goal of this is to jump the farthest, and beat your own distance. Last but not least, the students participate in the triple jump. This event is similar to the long jump, except there is a sequence of 3 jumps, a hop, a bound, and then a jump into the sand pit. The objective is the same as it is for the long jump, to jump as far as you can and beat your previous score.

As you can see, both the boys and girls track teams compete in many different events that require tons of different levels of skill. All of the MHS track and field runners, whether they be a freshman or a senior, work very hard every day that they have practice or a meet. Most importantly, they always try their best and work hard to reach their goals, and the high school can’t wait to see what the 2018 winter track season brings for our school!

Here is a picture of some of the runners on the girls team at their meet against runners from other surrounding schools.

The Arctic Blast

article by Nicholas Hammond
edited by Erin Partridge

A couple of weeks ago, Maine and other states experienced an intense arctic blast. Temperatures frequently dropped below zero, and ice formed everywhere. The cold streak started around Christmas, and lasted until January seventh. Many low temperature records were broken in cities all over the country, including Boston, Baltimore, Providence, and Philadelphia. In fact, Frenchville, right here in Maine, got down to a whopping -40 degree wind chill! And that's not all, a city in Florida got down to 26 degrees! This cold snap was all caused by the jet stream (the stream of wind separating cold and warm temperatures) dipping uncommonly low, and allowing the cold air from Canada and the arctic circle to come into the country, and chill it to the bone.

It got so cold, that even running water began to freeze. Fountains in cities all over the country began to freeze, and even this waterfall in Minnesota froze mid-descent. Even though the arctic blast has come to an end, we are still in the freezing temperatures! In conclusion, this cold blast was a chilling experience that we all are keen to forget.


Oprah for President 2020?

article by Anna and Emma Snyder
edited by Erin Partridge

“President Winfrey” was the talk of the entertainment world after Winfrey accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award. On the night of the Golden Globes, Oprah Winfrey gave an extraordinary speech. It was so impassioned that after, fans were calling for her to run for president in 2020. After the speech Oprah’s longtime partner Stedman Graham was quoted, saying that a run for Oprah is definitely a possibility. “It’s all up to the people,” Graham told a Los Angeles Times Reporter. “She would absolutely do it.” With all the power and fame Oprah has, this could boost her campaign up by a lot if she decided to run. She has many people who support her and she could definitely handle it with all that she has gone through in the past.

Oprah is a American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist. So, with all her experience in media this also helps her with the popularity of her supporters and fans. Oprah was also argued the “world’s most powerful woman” by CNN and Time.com, the “most influential woman in the world” by The American Spectator, “one of the 100 people who most influenced the 20th Century" and "one of the most influential people" through 2004 to 2011 by TIME. Through all this recognition Oprah is an influencer, a supporter and she knows what’s right and that’s what definitely makes her qualified to run for president this upcoming election. And with all her influence on the media and with all her fans she could have a really good chance to become the next president of 2020, matter fact the first woman president in America. For when the time comes, let's see what Oprah's choice is, running or not.
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Oprah Winfrey, on the night of the 2018 golden globes.

The End to Logan Paul?

article by Izzy Hurlburt and Makenna Roy
edited by Erin Patridge

Logan Paul is a famous, funny, comical youtuber. Known to most kids in our society today his videos are wide spread. Every video that he posts is seen by millions of people around the world. One wrong move, and everyone will know. Today, that is what we are talking about.

The video featured Paul and his friends reacting with shock and making jokes after discovering an apparent suicide during a trip to Aokigahara forest, also known as the “Suicide Forest”, at the base of Mount Fuji in Japan, a site where a high number of suicides take place. The video, posted in late December, featured images of the dead body and had millions of views before the 22-year-old Paul deleted the clip from YouTube three days later.
After the video was deleted, Paul's account was marked with a strike for violating the company's policies on violent or graphic content, YouTube said. A strike lasts for three months and can mean a loss of ad revenue from videos and links to crowdfunding and merchandising websites.

Through every state and across the world Logan was losing and gaining subscribers within minutes of the video being posted. Was it wrong? Was it right? The two questions everyone is asking themselves. Most believed it was wrong and he was being called out by so many on Twitter. Logan soon after took down the video. YouTube says, “Paul broke many rules of the service.”

District 1

article by Izabella Caruolo
edited by Daisy Downs

The MHS Choir and Concert Band Participated in the District 1 Honor Festival

~Special Thanks to Ms.Heather Guilfoyle and Mr.Adam Goad~

It’s finally 2018! New things are in store for this year, but for some specific Band and Chorus students, they had been preparing for their first performance of the New Year back in October.

Now you’re probably wondering why I is used the word “specific,” well, I used this because the entire band and chorus didn’t go to this performance. This performance was the Maine District 1 Honor Festival, this is a audition performance for the best high school musicians in the district. Students have the choice to audition for band or chorus or for both. If the student gets in for both band and chorus they must choose which one they are going to do for the final performance. Some students for chorus may get into mixed choir or treble choir. Their teacher is either Ms. Heather Guilfoyle or Mr. Adam Goad (depending on what part, band or chorus) will give their chosen students the music for the festival, then the students can practice on their own and go over it with their teacher. The chosen students will come together with other musicians and with “highly qualified conductors” in the district, for a two-day event in January, where they will rehearse and give the final performance. This year it was on January 20th and 21st. The 20th was the rehearsals and the 21st was a practice and performance. The performance and rehearsals took place at Noble High School.

I interviewed the Director of the Choral Department, Ms. Heather Guilfoyle and Director of the Concert Band, Mr. Adam Goad. They had to answer these questions according to their discipline.

When asked, “Why do you encourage your students to audition for Districts?” Mr. Adam Goad responded, “For band students who excel, participation in auditioned groups is the next logical step in their musical development. The music played in the district honor band is generally more challenging than that played at the high school, and this more challenging repertoire requires the student to practice more and develop a greater technique then may otherwise be expected. The festival also gives the students a chance to play in a larger ensemble (roughly 100 players) with full instrumentation. Additionally, it is helpful for students to go through the audition process. The audition process can be stressful, and it is important for students to face these situations now so that they find themselves more prepared down the road. After all, a job interview is an audition.”

When I asked Ms. Heather Guilfoyle, “Why do you encourage your students to audition for Districts?” she responded, “I encourage students to audition for several reasons. The first being that if you make it into the festival you are guaranteed a unique experience that is unlike anything that you are going to experience at school. You get the chance to sing in an ensemble much larger than our own, with repertoire that is usually inaccessible to your typical school choir, and you get to work with a different director who will often have new ideas. Another reason is the process of going through the audition itself, auditioning can be a stressful thing for many but it helps them develop real life skills that can be used for when they are going on job interviews later in life. Auditionees also get written commentary back on how their audition went which helps them get more personalized feedback than they can get if they just participate in an ensemble. So the audition is valuable even if they do not make it into the festival!”

Mr. Adam Goad answered, “How does participating in this event improve the students music performance and skills?” he explained, “As mentioned above, the music is often more difficult then what is played at the high school. Also, the opportunity to work with a guest conductor (often a university professor) gives the students a different view of music, their instrument and their experience in playing in an ensemble.”

Ms. Heather Guilfoyle also answered, “How does participating in this event improve the students music performance and skills?” her answer was, “Students who participate learn new warm-ups, different approaches to vocal techniques, and a wider knowledge of choral repertoire. It also helps them to reinforce things they have already learned. I've learned that I can say something a million times but when they hear it coming from people other than me it means more.”

“When a student comes back from the performance, do you notice a difference in their musical performance and skills?” Mr. Adam Goad replied with, ”While a two-day festival does not necessarily produce better musicians right away, I strongly believe that the experience is an inspirational and motivating one for our students. The students enjoy participating, and it is great for them to see the that their hard work has paid off. Generally, I find after a student participates in district 1, that they have a better understanding of how an ensemble is supposed to sound, and that understanding helps all the band members grow as musicians. “

Ms. Heather Guilfoyle when asked, “When a student comes back from the performance, do you notice a difference in their musical performance and skills?” returned with, “Students usually come back from this festival feeling more confident about their abilities and tend to sing out more, share their ideas and experiences with others, and usually start reading music a bit better.”

They both had very similar and very different answers because in some ways a band and chorus student are alike but in other ways, they are quite different. Many don’t see the difference between a choir student and band student.

Districts is a great opportunity and if you are a band or chorus student, you should audition to be in it next year!

You’ve read what the directors think of Districts, now it's time for the students who made it this year. I interviewed students from both band and choir, to see how they felt the performance went and what they thought they learned in their experience.
The Choir Students Who Got Accepted

Jared Walberg, Zolyia Nedzbala, Olivia Gerry, Madison Richards, Emma Masse, Kayleen Turner, Olivia Mynahan, Lauren Weko, Amie Giles, and Isaiah Binimou

The Band Students Who Got Accepted
Aaron Brown, Anastasia Vermette, Alyssa Barfield, Aiden Galbraith, Candace Lee, Zachery Bandle, and Helen Philbrick

The first student I interviewed was Lauren Weko. She is a chorus student. Lauren was the only Freshman out of the 3 who auditioned to get in the festival. She sang Alto 2. When I had asked her, “What was your favorite part about your experience?” she responded, “My favorite part was the getting to know our director, he was very friendly and a very fun person. He was smart and knew how to relate to us all. There were many people and he was very good at keeping us under control. Another one of my fave parts was hearing us all together” I also asked her, “ How do you feel the performance went?” she replied, “ I feel that most of the songs went very well except for one that I messed up on. It was an amazing experience and I had a huge amount of fun.” The last question I asked her was, “What do you think you’ve learned in your experience?” her return was, “I learned new ways to control my voice.”

The second student I interviewed was Aaron Brown. Aaron is a Junior, he is part of the band and chamber singers. He auditioned for band, he got in with the Bassoon. I asked him, “What was your favorite part about your experience?” His response was, “Working with a group of students who are passionate about what they're doing. “ I also asked him, “How do you feel the performance went? He answered, “It went really well, because during rehearsals we were prepared and were very focused”

The next student I interviewed was Isaiah Binimou. Isaiah is a senior. He is in choir and chamber singers. Isaiah auditioned for choir and got in as a tenor 2. Mr. Binimou had answered, “What was your favorite part of your experience?” His response was, “The concert was my favorite part.” He also answered, “How do you feel the performance went?” his remark was, “The performance went fantastic.” I then asked him, “What do you think you’ve learned?” “I learned that the basses and tenors sound amazing if we blend together”

This next student is Anastasia Vermette, she is a Junior. Anastasia is part of band, choir, and chamber singers here at MHS. She had auditioned for both band and choir, and got in for both. She auditioned as a soprano for choir and the flute for band. She ended up choosing band for the festival. I had asked, “What was your favorite part of your experience?” her return was, “Meeting a lot of people” I also asked, “How do you feel the performance went” she answered with “Pretty well, because we rehearsed a lot” Then I stated, “ What do you think you’ve learned?” her remark was, “That small schools with low budgeting, are still able to be part of this event.”

I interviewed Olivia Mynahan. Olivia is also a senior. She is in chamber singers. Olivia auditioned for choir and sang soprano 1. When I had asked Olivia, “What was your favorite part of your experience?” she remarked, “My favorite part of my experience was meeting new people, learning news techniques, and spending the days with my best friends! I felt so lucky to be there and to be a part of a group of such strong female singers. Even though we were there for only two days, there was an obvious closeness and bond with the group.” “How do you feel the performance went” I asked. Olivia responded with, “I was not expecting for us to be as prepared as we were and the talent in the room definitely helped to boost my confidence, which I felt improved my performance. As far as the entire group, we were very well-blended and we all enjoyed singing with each other. Of course there were things that didn't go as planned, however, the objective of the performance wasn't to be perfect, it was to be compelling.” I then asked, “What do you think you’ve learned from this experience?” Olivia answered with, “I learned so much about the pronunciation of vowels and consonants! I know that I definitely learned more than that, I just can't remember at the moment.”

The last student I interviewed was, Candace Lee. Candace is a sophomore. She is in band and plays the clarinet. She auditioned for band in the festival and got in for clarinet 3. When I talked to Candace, I asked her, “What was your favorite part of your experience?” she returned with, “My favorite part of the experience at Districts was getting to know the conductor (Dr. Blanco) and playing the music with other players, not from Massabesic.” I then asked her, “How do you feel the performance went?” she answered with, “I felt the performance went really well. Everyone was well prepared and confident in their playing.” The last thing I asked Candace was, “What do you think that you’ve learned from the experience?” Her remark was, “I think I learned the importance of being responsible for your own self when preparing for something as big as Districts. Being prepared with your music is the most important thing to do.”

Districts was a success this year! They all enjoyed their two day event. Districts is a great way to learn new ways to play your instrument or new ways to sing. It gives musicians a chance to see and play/sing with other musicians that aren’t in their school. As you can see we have many talented students in our school, that love to create music.
If you love to sing or want to learn a new instrument, then join band or chorus! You will be welcomed with open arms. If you join, you will then in the future be able to audition and hopefully get in Districts.

Maine Experiences a Polar Blast

article by Andrew Lawpaugh
edited by Mallory Mulrath

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Wind blows with freezing temperatures outside.

Maine experienced negative temperatures at the end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018. Temperatures ranged from -5°F to -30°F during the first week of 2018. Students in Massabesic High School had to walk in between the two buildings to get to their classes. The cold weather lasted for almost a month, which got most students used to the freezing weather. A student named Riley Greenleaf says, “I was glad when we could walk outside without the cold air stinging my skin.” It hadn’t been this cold for a very long time, as it was dark and cold. Some cars had their batteries frozen by this cold weather and some schools had snow days due to the cold, but Massabesic didn’t. Students at Massabesic High School and the district itself had students out due to the weather. As the polar blast ended, temperatures shot up to 50°F which returned to a normal temperature of 20°F to 20°F. Most students were relieved that the cold temperatures had come to an end. A student named Nick Hammond says, “It was quite annoying when it was cold, and traveling in between buildings was not fun.”

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Student wrapped up from the cold weather.