Was Stranger Things 2 worth the wait?

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Feelings are split on just how good the season was

Season two of Stranger Things made its debut in October of 2017, and personally it felt dull.

Although it had many exciting moments, the story didn’t progress. However, just like in movies, the sequel is never as good as the first. The second is more than less a pool of information that doesn’t add to the story or take away, just merely stepping stones leading to the upcoming season.

However, senior Tony Bodily felt the season was better than the first.

“I was in love with the first season and just ecstatic when the second season came out. I didn’t think that they could make a better season than the first. Yet they did,” said Bodily.

This season embraces more characters, and goes into depth with the new and old.

“I enjoyed that there were several storylines that we followed and they all merged into one,” said Bodily.

The plot follows with Eleven making a family discovery, Will’s ongoing adventure with the upside down, and Dustin using his paddles on a curiosity voyage.

Season 3 will be aired at the end of 2018 at the earliest.

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Playing in the Pit


There are many components to a play, including the hidden Pit Orchestra in front of the stage.


The lights grow dark and music floats through the air. Actors dance and twirl on stage. Singing rises over the audience, telling a story. Music dances playfully between scenes. But where does the music come from? That’s where the Pit Orchestra comes in.

The theatre department has a live orchestra instead of a soundtrack. The Pit Orchestra isn’t just string instruments, either. “It’s a combination of the band and orchestra students,” said Kendra Cragun, member of the Pit Orchestra.

There are multiple advantages to having live musicians.

We can vamp [repeat] or cut pieces as needed, or change the tempo,” said Shannon Lynch, a musician for the Pit Orchestra.

“We can adjust to the actors’ mood.”

However, there are certain risks involved in having a live orchestra. Musicians can make mistakes or lose their place. To compensate for that, the students work incredibly hard.

“We rehearse every day after school,” said Cragun.

Though they aren’t on stage, the Pit Orchestra is made up of stars. “We just add the little sprinkles on top that make it magical,” said Cragun.

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Getting in the Giving Mood

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Good and terrible Thanksgiving songs

Everyone goes straight from Halloween to Christmas. Songs change from creepy to cheery. However, Thanksgiving also has some song to help you get in the giving mood.

The first song I reviewed was Nicole Westbrook’s It’s Thanksgiving is not terrible but it was not good either. Her random ¨Alright. Come on” spoken throughout the song does not fit. However, for a middle school girl, it is good.

Adam Sandler singing his Thanksgiving Song is a great song to laugh to this Thanksgiving. He can not even get through it without laughing. He focuses on the food portion of Thanksgiving more than the giving feeling about it. He also talks about other celebrities in it. It is a fun song to listen to this Thanksgiving.

Thankful by Josh Groban is one of the best Thanksgiving songs.  He sings about how we must look outside of ourselves to “be the change” and to see everything we are truly blessed with. We all have “so much to be thankful for”. It inspires the giving spirit in those that listen to it.

Grateful from the movie Beyond the Lights by Rita Ora is another good song to listen to this Thanksgiving. It is about being grateful for all the hard times because they make you stronger and helped you get to where you are now. I think it would be a good song to listen to throughout the year but especially on Thanksgiving.


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Cinderella´s Man


Mr. Cinderella competition the week before opening night

Cinderella has mainly been a woman. However, Fremont switched it up by having a competition to be the male Cinderella.

Mr. Cinderella was hosted during both lunches the week of opening night for the school’s musical, Cinderella.

“It is a way to advertise and get people involved in the arts,” said junior Xanthee Pessetto, who was involved with the competition.

First lunch’s Mr. Cinderella was Bryson Mumford. Second lunch’s Mr. Cinderella was Jeff Hardy.

“They deserved it,” Pessetto said.

Event competitions included pumpkin painting, waltzing, and hair and makeup eventually leading to the crowning of Mr. Cinderella.

“I really liked the hair and makeup because it was funny to watch the boys struggle,” said Pessetto.

Tickets for the musical were sold during Friday’s event for four dollars.

“We actually sold a lot,” said Pessetto.

Tickets are on sale the following week on Thursday and Friday as well.

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Howl Chronicles Deadline

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Students interested in publishing in the Howl Chronicles need to have their literature pieces to Ms. Guiver and their art pieces turned in to any of the art teachers by Friday at 3:00. If you have any questions, see Ms. Guiver or an art teacher.


The Howl Chronicles will be for sale at the beginning of 4th quarter, so keep an eye out for any more information!  

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“Little Johnny, the director is ready for you”

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Auditioning, some of the most intimidating moments of an actor’s life. Here are some helpful tips and tricks to make things a little less stressful.

“When auditioning I look for confidence, malleability and someone who is understanding of the play,” said Courtney Chiristion, the director of Cinderella. “I’d rather have someone who is hardworking rather than someone who has the instant talent.”

Always make sure to have a brief background of the production you’re auditioning for, it will help more than you think.

“With auditioning you get to see many things, for example, you’ll have the seniors who have built themselves up throughout the years, the juniors who have been through one year but still have more to come, then you have sophomores, those who are new and willing to put in the work,” said Chiristion.

When auditioning always make strong choices, either with an accent, certain personality traits or even a specific stance.

“Something to keep in mind is that we want you to be the answers to our prayers, we are always rooting for you,” said Chiristion. “Another thing to remember is all the teachers are always talking, for example if you have Obray as a teacher and in an audition she says oh Little Johnny is a great student, that makes us want to use you for your hard working and respect.”

Auditioning may seem nerve wracking, but try and not let it show.

“Remember to always breathe,” said Chiristion. “If you’re really nervous, don’t look at the director in the eye, maybe look at their forehead or the side of their face.”

Rejection is something you will face with always auditioning.

“Just because you didn’t get the role, doesn’t mean you’re not incredibly talented,” said Chiristion. “I mean there can only be one step mother, etc”.

Some of you reading this may be thinking “why should I become part of a production?”

“Joining in our productions can build confidence,” said Chiristion. “You will never know how you truly feel about it until you try. Also our productions are pretty awesome, and you get to meet new people.”

In the end auditioning may seem hard, but once you prepare correctly it will pay off in the long run.

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Cinderella’s first night open


The theater has been working hard on the musical for months, and tonight we can finally see it

If you hadn’t already heard, the theater’s fall musical this year is Cinderella. Tonight is the opening night but if you can’t make it, the theater will also be performing on the 11th at 2:00 and 7:00 pm, and the 13th, 17th, and 18th at 7:00 pm. There will also be a tea party before the showing on the 11th at 12:00. Tickets can be purchased at the door or here.

Support the theater and attend a fantastic musical! 

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If the shoe fits

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The student body should be excited for results in regards to the selected play: Cinderella, this year.

 “Normally leads are people who stand out,” said Director/Drama teacher Mrs. Christison, “but there were so many great actors it was really hard to pick leads, which is good because that means the play is going to run really smoothly,”  

Auditions for Cinderella were held the last week of August, going until September 1.  Many tried out and everyone made it.  Although there were only a few leads picked, there are quite a few cast members.  

The musical Cinderella was picked by Mrs. Christison.  

Featured above is junior Kyla Wray, who plays Cinderella in this years musical.

“Cinderella is a timeless story that is relatable in many ways,” said Mrs. Christison.  “Cinderella is a girl who’s been taken advantage of her whole life.  Cinderella gives hope for a better life and uses sincere emotion that is really rare to find these days.”

Wray is the lead in Cinderella.  Both Wray and Mrs. Christison had similar views on the auditions and a similar outlook on the cast this year.  

“I think we have a really good group that will work really well together,” Wray said.

On Saturday, November 11, come enjoy a meet-and-greet tea party with the cast before catching the matinee of the show.  Cinderella will be performed on November 10, 11, 13, 17, and 18.

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Game of Ed’s?

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Get Ready All You Mothers of Dragons,

Ed Sheeran will guest throne on Game of Thrones on season seven debuting HBO on July 16, 2017.

Pretty sure Game of Thrones is the only thing on HBO besides Westworld, the wire, and terrible rom-coms.

If you don’t want to watch it with commercials every five minutes, just wait for it to come out on Amazon Prime. Or you know, you could just read the books.

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Body Shamer’s Strike Again


Trolls take to the internet to poke fun at Lady Gaga’s stomach during her halftime performance

Lady Gaga performed at the Super Bowl halftime show February 2. Many celebrities took to Twitter saying, “Wow @ladygaga killed the halftime show. Well done.”  said @nickjones. Katy Perry, who did the halftime show two years ago, said on Twitter, “Rooting for you @ladygaga! You got this #LittleMonsters.”

“I LOVED the halftime show!” said sophomore Abbigail Hock, Lady Gaga fan. “[Lady Gaga] goes above and beyond with everything, so it was no surprise that it was good.” Hock, who is in color guard, added “my favorite part is the color guard. When me and my sister saw the glowing blades in the background, we freaked out!”

Trolls took to the internet “body shaming” Lady Gaga, poking fun at her stomach while she performed. @PoliticsGhost said, ”I can see why Lady Gaga was breathing so heavy, her stomach was protesting her #superbowl performance. #LULZ #Gaga  #LadyGaga @LadyGaga.”

Cyber bullying is something that Fremont students should know all about after year and year of the cyber bullying videos we watch each and every year.

“Body shaming is ridiculous, and pathetic,” Hock said, “and it honestly made me upset when I saw all of it. People need to stop being petty.”

If you don’t know what a troll is, I offer my own definition.  It’s a low life person who feels so bad about themselves that the only way to make them feel good is to make fun of someone else. Usually, they are 40-year-old men and women who have never had any relations in their life and live in their parent’s basement.

Lady Gaga took to Instagram in response.

“I heard my body is a topic of conversation so I wanted to say, I’m proud of my body and you should be proud of yours too,” Gaga said. “No matter who you are or what you do. I could give you a million reasons why you don’t need to cater to anyone or anything to succeed. Be you, and be relentlessly you. That’s the stuff of champions. Thank you so much everyone for supporting me. I love you guys. XoXo, Gaga.”

Lady Gaga’s response is taking the high road to the trolls. She could have been very rude, by body shaming the trolls, but instead she told everyone to be proud of their body, and not to cater to anyone to succeed, Which is very mature of her.

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