Wednesday, April 18, 2018

A Brief History of the World's most Inspiring Scientist

A Brief History of the World's most Inspiring Scientist 
Written by Jacob Beaulieu
Edited by Andrew Holmquist
(National/Global)

     Stephen Hawking, the amazing british physicist who wrote the bestselling book A Brief History of Time, died this year on March 14 at the age of 76. Hawking was considered to be the world's greatest scientist by lots of people, and it was Hawking who helped come up with one of the most believed creation theories, the Big Bang theory. Hawking lived a very inspiring and meaningful life, so let's take a look at a brief history of this brilliant man.
     Stephen Hawking was born in England on January 8th, 1942. He went to multiple colleges to study physics and cosmology. When he was 21 he was Diagnosed with ALS (a neurodegenerative disease) he became paralyzed, lost the ability to speak, and was given about 2 years left to live. However, Stephen kept living and he got his PhD. An electronic voice machine was given to him so he could talk and further his career in science. 
     Hawking had many scientific discoveries including his contributions to the big bang theory and his complete reimagining of the black hole. Hawking also wrote lots of books such as A Brief History of Time and The Universe in a Nutshell. Hawking was very passionate about science. He once stated "Science is not only a disciple of reason, but, also, one of romance and passion." 
     Stephen Hawking was a very inspiring man who had many major accomplishments. He was very bright and helped us take many great leaps in the world of science. He was a truly inspiring man. “Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.”


http://www.hawking.org.uk/

MBDA Festival

MBDA Festival

Written by Luc Beaulieu
Edited by Emily Baker

     On March 27th, 2018 the MHS concert band traveled to Scarborough High School to participate in MBDA (Maine Band Directors Association) festival. The band, directed by Mr. Goad, performed three pieces at the concert. They performed Danzon from Fancy Free by Leonard Bernstein, American Elegy By Frank Ticheli and, American Folk Song Trilogy by Claude T. Smith. These songs were performed before a panel of judges who scored the performance.

     After playing through their chosen music, the MHS concert band was then tasked to sight-read a piece they had never seen or practiced before. They were also scored on their performance of this piece. Afterwards, they were given a clinic to improve on one of their chosen pieces (American Elegy). Overall the band scored a silver rating (88/100).

     The MHS concert band played this same set again for an audience at Massabesic Middle School on April 5th, opening for the concert band from the University of Maine in Orono. The MHS concert band and chorus also played a concert at the Limerick Town Hall on April 3rd in which they performed chamber music for a crowd.


.Photos taken by Pamela Beaulieu

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

We're Going to Miss You When You're Gone

We’re Going To Miss You When You’re Gone
Written By: Camryn Champlin 
Edited By: Trevor Beals
(School Life)

     “We’re Going To Miss You When You’re Gone” is an understatement when it comes to Mrs. Chamoff. Many of you may know her as Cham, Mrs. Cham, or Chammy. Many were sad to hear that she will be retiring at the end of this year. Mrs. Chamoff has been a teacher here at Massabesic High for 16 years. Leaving an everlasting mark on Massabesic High School. 
     She has blessed us with her knowledge, skill, and talents. She has touched the lives of many people, not only here at school, but outside of school. Her laughter, smile, and quality to always brighten your day is something we will never forget. Recently performing in the Massabesic High School Annual Talent Show, she beautifully sang “When I am gone” by Anna Kendrick. Speaking of the talent show, Mrs. Chamoff has organized and put together, many fun events here at MHS. 
      She is the leader of the famous “Culture Club” and has never fallen short to bring students on amazing journeys. Cham is irreplaceable and will be missed in great lengths. “Mrs. Chamoff has taught many generations, and I was thrilled to find out that she had taught my brother when he was in school. I talked to my brother to see if he remembered her and he told me that she is one of the very few he will never forget.” -Camryn Champlin. Her amazing plans for retirement are to, “cure cancer, create world peace, and sleep past five o’clock in the morning.” 

Massabesic Goes to the Movies!

Massabesic Goes to the Movies!
By Rachael Bonia
Edited by Emma Sweeney
(School Life)

     Thursday night, March 29, many eager people filed into the auditorium in anticipation to see Mrs. Chamoff’s very last talent show, Massabesic Goes to the Movies! Mrs. Chamoff is a language arts teacher and Culture Club advisor, she has been working at Massabesic High School for 16 years. She has made quite a popular name for herself at MHS in that time, and one of things she is well known for is her spectacular talent shows. Every year she attempts to top herself, and every year she succeeds far beyond everyone's standards. 
     Right of the bat, we were greeted by the cutest father and son duo ever, heart-warming and talented. The father had an amazing voice and played guitar very well, his son sung right alongside him and wore a hulk outfit. Absolutely adorable. They sung from the Jungle Book and The Lion King; at the end the father had us chant “hulk smash” which then spurred his son to go all WWF on a giant stuffed animal. That father has a lot to be proud of, the son came onto that stage with confidence and determination. The second act was performed by a very experienced dancer, she tapped along to the song Woogie Bugle Boy. This performance definitely left smiles on everyone's faces.
The Generation
     I think that we all have to admit that her 2018 talent show was by far the best. Not only were we greeted with some MHS fine talent, but it was also a tad bit emotional for her and the audience. The third act of the night was a special performance by the queen herself, Norrie Chamoff, singing Cups with some slight alterations. We can all agree she slayed the song with spirit, classiness, jazz, and humor, all while pulling at the audience’s heartstrings. Mrs. Chamoff remained the only performer to receive an immediate and loud standing ovation, which was definitely deserved. Once the crowd finished clapping and sat down, she was greeted with a special bouquet of flowers from student, followed by a few words about how much everyone will miss her and remember her, and all the things she has taught us. No doubt there was tears in the audience.
     The last two acts of the first half included two girls singing Safe and Sound from the Hunger Games and a really cool band of seven, which sang some really cool rock songs. In intermission there was snacks and a 50/50 raffle. After intermission we had a wide variety of talents which included martials arts, bass guitar, ballet, singing, and electric guitar. Every performance was absolutely amazing, and well chosen. Talent shows are a great way to get in the spotlight and really show people who you are. 
Grand Finale
     The finale, what we had all been waiting for! It was an inspirational performance. Mrs. Chamoff and some students sung Imagine from Mr. Holland’s Opus, and then halfway through culture club members came out with signs, held them up and surprised the whole audience when it said HUMAN. On the back of the signs were something each person enjoyed, or was labeled as. It was truly an eye-opening performance showing us that everyone is human, and we should try and get along for the short time that we are here on Earth.  Mrs. Chamoff, you have been so amazing to all of us and inspired us more than you know, your sassy and happy attitude always lightens up the room. You have made your mark at MHS for sure, and Massabesic is definitely going to miss you when you’re gone.

Beloved Chamoff <3

NJROTC Annual Inspection

NJROTC Annual Inspection 
By Emma Sweeney
Edited by Rachael Bonia 
(School life)

     On Thursday, March 29, Massabesic NJROTC held their Annual Inspection. Normally, cadets wear unifroms once a week and go through "inspection" which is when Commander Donlon and Senior Cheif Jordan make sure your uniform is clean and that your naval knowledge is in check. However, every year there is a special event called, you  guessed it, annual inspection. Annual inspection is when every single cadet in the unit are formed into three platoons and inspected one at a time. The Inspection consisted of Drill, Color Guard, Inspection, Pass in Review Ceremony, and a Cadet Briefing. The national anthem was sung by cadets Rachael Bonia and Kayleen Turner. During the inspection, cadets were chosen for exemplary appearance. Approximately 20 cadets earned it. They all got a ribbon to display on their uniforms. The cadets have been working hard all year to be prepared. The first year cadets learned the first 5 general orders of the sentry, and the navy chain of command. Sophomores and above were required to know all general orders and chain of command. A guest judge had to come due to a snow day cancelling school on the original date, originally the Area 04 Manager Commander Jimmie Miller would have inspected us. This time, Commander Baranowski conducted the inspection. He was very impressed with our school and mentioned that he "Was honored to have been chosen to inspect." Overall, our school got rated outstanding. This is very good for our unit because it shines and reflects on our officers and CO. Cadets are crossing their fingers for the special unit ribbon. This was a great annual inspection, and everyone was satisfied. 

Second Platoon during inspection

National Water Crisis

National Water Crisis
Article By Katelyn Dearborn 
Edited By Emily Baker
(National/Global)

     Many of us are lucky enough to always have a constant flow of clean drinking water. It comes out of our faucets without a second thought. People can buy bottles of water on any city street corner, or take a sip from free water fountains. However, this convenience can’t be found everywhere, and it’s slowly getting harder to manage. According to Few Resources.org, by 2020 it’s estimated that 1.8 billion people will experience absolute water scarcity, meaning there will be little to no water resources to live off of and may be limited or hard to come by. They also say that in 2025, approximately 50 percent of the world will be experiencing severe water-stressed conditions. Even in the US today, there are people experiencing extreme water sanitation issues. And even though water is a basic need for all human beings and water scarcity is at the forefront of public health issues, most people agree that our government still isn’t doing enough to support it.
     Most people in Martin County, Kentucky, have lived without clean water for the past 18 years after a coal slurry accident that affected the water supply on October 11, 2000. Some people still drink the disease-filled water, while others have been drinking and using bottled water to shower and wash their dishes. Hope Workman, a resident of Martin County, doesn't trust what comes out of her tap, so she hustles up a dirt path on the side of a mountain just to get drinking water. It takes her about seven minutes before she reaches a small plastic well tapped into the side of the mountain with a 3½-foot PVC pipe. "This is what we go through to get water, unfortunately," she said. Another resident, Gary Ball, editor-in-chief of the local weekly newspaper The Mountain Citizen, says, "In 2018, in the very place where LBJ declared war on poverty ... water is our number one issue. That's hard to imagine." Martin County has recently received federal grants of $3.4 million to go toward its water system, but experts say it would take around $13.5 million to $15 million to get the water back to normal.
     Martin County is not the only place in America for that matter who struggles to get clean water. In Flint, Michigan, residents have been battling lead poisoning in their water since 2014. Recently, Republican Governor Rick Snyder just announced that on Friday the state would stop supplying free bottled water to Flint residents, saying water quality there had “tested below action levels of the federal Lead and Copper Rule for nearly two years.” But many residents and officials are criticizing the state for ending its bottled water distribution program as the city continues to recover from a lead-contaminated water crisis. Many citizens complain that while they’re paying taxes and still don’t have safe water, it’s the government’s responsibility to keep supplying these basic resources. The mayor, Karen Weaver, publicly states that the city is still recovering from the crisis and is far from stable. “We did not cause the man-made water disaster,” she says, “therefore adequate resources should continue being provided until the problem is fixed and all the lead and galvanized pipes have been replaced.”
    These residents that go days without clean water still have hope for the future. Lately, President Trump proposed a plan to cover all infrastructure upgrades in the nation. But will the $1.5 trillion plan be enough? Some experts believe that it would cost the country $1 trillion just to maintain and meet the demands for drinking water for the next 25 years. 
     Many families suffer from contaminated water-related illnesses and fatalities and not just in the US alone. You can learn more information, facts, and help support this water crisis in places all over the world by donating to https://water.org

Seeing Red; the Volcanic Eruption of Mount Mayon

Seeing Red; the Volcanic Eruption of Mount Mayon
Article by Cassidy Morrell
Edited by Allison Gerry
Global/National

     When 700 meters of lava shoots up into the sky, most people’s first reaction is to run. But on January 15, 2018, the Philippine army and police struggled to hold back civilians who sprinted back into the smokey clouds of air to check on their homes and farms after being evacuated from their city.
     Mount Mayon, the country’s most active volcano, erupted for an entire eight minutes in the Philippines and burst up into the air with a heavy blanket of ash. The black soot clouded the sky for farther than a mile, causing the towns and cities to be flourished in darkness. According to the authorities, 56,000 people were forced to leave their homes in order to survive the oozing magma and boiling hot temperatures that could easily set the fabric of their clothes on fire.

     After the tremendously loud explosion, lava continuously flowed out of the mountain, spilling down the side and heading straight for the cities of the Philippines. The first explosion was soon followed by 500 other explosions, and caused two miles worth of glowing lava to cascade down the steep slopes of the volcano. The alert level for volcano danger is based on a 1-5 scale and the Mount Mayon eruption reached all the way up to a four. This alert surpasses the danger zone by a solid 4 ½ miles, not giving people much time to run that distance to a safe area before being buried alive in waves of moving lava mudflows. Although there were no casualties, over 7,000 people were all placed into small evacuation shelters while others sought shelter in the streets.
     Furthermore, as if the excruciating hot magma wasn’t dangerous enough, the gases that erupted  into the air with the lava, have settled back down low enough so that people could not breathe. The fast-moving flows of these toxic chemicals floating in the air are a huge threat to human life. However, over 300,000 ash masks, food, medicine and water were generously donated by local communities and the Red Cross to the Philippines’ evacuation shelters and its victims in this desperate time of need.

Man Shot in His Backyard

Man Shot in His Backyard
Written by Gigi C-S and Xander Morley 
Edited by Xander Morley
(National)

     On Sunday March 18, a man in Sacramento, California ,was shot in his grandmother's backyard by the police.
     Stephen Clark was in his driveway and police yelled at him to show his hands and he ran and jumped the fence into the backyard. Clark was holding his cell phone and police thought it was a gun. They began to open fire, he was shot 20 times. He had a past of being arrested before but his family says he’s changed and become a person people want to be around. His family doesn’t exactly believe what the police is telling them what happened. They were saying that he had a gun, then a crowbar, and just all around not giving a full answer nor evidence of this.
     Rest in Peace Stephen Clark





                                                   
                                                    

                                                                      

Apple’s Education Event


Apple’s Education Event

Written By: Ryan Topham
Edited By: Emily Baker
(National/Global)

     Apple’s late Education event was one that died very quickly. Hosted on March 27, it was one of the first events that Apple has hosted devoted to almost exclusively devoted to education. 

Before The Event
     To start off, there was much ado surrounding this topic, many theorists had believed that we were going to see a large release; Items such as a second generation Apple Pencil, a stylus with the minimal amount of lag possible on any device, AirPower, Apple’s solution to wireless charging, usable on many of their new devices, still others believed we were going to see a new MacBook Air(On another note, we haven’t seen one since 3 years ago). These would have been great releases, especially for a developer. 
     However, through all of the hype, the event was not as spectacular for some of the viewers. While the KeyNote was a great presentation, and Tim Cook has carried on the title of “Best Presenter Yet”, it was a disappointing turnout for anyone else. 

So, what did they release?
     Throughout the keynote, they did release a fair amount of new software, as well as a semi-relevant hardware update. The most talked about piece would be the new 2018 iPad, as it goes by. This is a new iPad, looking exactly like the iPad Air second generation, but holding support for the Apple Pencil. This was a great thing for education however, it is being offered at the cost of last years generic iPad cost, $329, and less for schools. That, paired with the Pencil support, is going to widely be a technology jump for all places education and at home. 
     On top of this, there was a few software updates. Mainly focused on the new Pencil support, most of the iWork software was updated for iPad, meaning that you can now use the newer features, available previously only on the high-priced iPad Pros. On top of this, Apple released an update to ClassRoom, a lower end version of an online work collection and distribution. Apple ClassRoom has a lot of catch up to play in order to compete with some of the alternatives available for school. A positive on this would be one that benefits all, however. Apple is now upgrading all student iCloud accounts to default to 200GB of storage, meaning that there is a slim chance you will ever run out of ways to store all of your work in the cloud.

Afterward
     There is not much to look back on surrounding this event, it was one of the smaller Special Events organized. The new iPad was great to see released, with long overdue features, however, it was not something life changing. For the Apple community, you will have to wait until the World Wide Developers Conference hosted by Apple in California, for any new releases on software that will change the way that we look at one of the most secretive companies. 

Burning Questions of Easter Kind

Burning Questions of Easter Kind

By: Bailey Baldwin and Angelli Bishop
Edited By: Cassidy Morrell
(Global/National)
      For many Christian families, Easter is a time to to celebrate Jesus’s death, burial, and resurrection. Jesus’s resurrection is one of the most important holidays for a Christian, because if Jesus had not been resurrected then the religion itself would cease to exist. One of the many beliefs in Christianity is that if we place our faith in Jesus, then when our time comes we will join him in the Heavens.
     Nowadays, it’s obvious that Easter has become very commercialised, but have you ever wondered why? All the bright colored eggs and the bunnies, what does any of that have to do with Christ?
     The general idea and celebration of Easter is to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, but most traditions we have now are actually adopted from the Pagan following. The Pagan goddess, Ostara, is the goddess of spring and dawn. This is a concept many people know little about. With this newfound knowledge, let’s see if we can answer any of the questions we ask ourselves around Easter.

             Ostara, the Pagan goddess of spring and dawn

Why rabbits? What made rabbits the symbol of easter?
     This is a symbol that corresponds with the Pagan goddess, Ostara, not necessarily Jesus. In many stories, rabbits are known and shown to be minions of Ostara, and the time Easter is usually celebrated marks the rutting of the rabbits, when rabbits tend to reproduce. This seems to give an example to Spring and its creation of new life.

Why did we start dying eggs?
     This is another tradition that has more to do with the Pagan goddess, Ostara, than Christ. As one story goes, children used to present Ostara with eggs to thank her for bringing them Spring. Ostara, filled with gratitude, sent rabbits to send them back the eggs, but they were now brightly colored. This is where we adopted the tradition of dying easter eggs bright colors like blue, pink, yellow, and more.

Easter Eggs

Why do we hunt for easter eggs?
     Egg hunting dates back all the way to the 1700’s from a Pennsylvania Dutch who believed in Oschter Haws-egg laying bunny. The young ones would build nests so the bunny could lay its eggs in them, and after awhile they would check in the basket nests in search of eggs.

Why is Easter never on the same day?
     It’s because of its religious roots. This Christian holiday depends on the first full moon after the vernal equinox (when night and day is the same length all over earth). This is essential to the information of how Jesus held the Last Supper on the night of Passover, had died the next day, and resurrected on the third day (Sunday). In 325 A.D the Council of Nicaea wanted to make sure that Easter would always fall on a Sunday after the first full moon on or after the vernal equinox. However there many complications with this system, if Sunday was a full moon then that is when Passover would occur, but Easter would have to be cancelled till next week to make sure that Passover is before Easter. Then the council had made the Vernal equinox at a fixed date (March 21st) and made a set of tables to show when the full moon happens but wouldn’t quite line up with the “astronomical” full moon. So, in short Easter can happen before or after Passover.
     The celebration of Easter has brought along many great memories, and lots of questions. Hopefully, we’ve answered a few of these questions, and brought a greater understanding of the spring holiday that we all love so much.