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Difficulties of third quarter

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It’s normal to have shortcomings this quarter.

 

The sounds of scraping pencils seems to echo in the room. Your eyelids begin to droop even though you fight it. You have a big test coming up but you can’t seem to bring yourself to finish your homework.

Welcome to third quarter. The quarter that multiple students agree is the hardest quarter. While other quarters have multiple breaks, or the adrenaline of being back to school or leaving it, third quarter has none of these. “Third is just the ‘bleh’ in the middle,” says junior Shannon Lynch.

If it feels like you can’t catch a break, it might be because you literally can’t have a break. While third quarter is statistically the shortest quarter, with only 44 days instead of 45 or 46, there are only two breaks; President’s day and the ACT, which is only a break for some students. “We don’t get a break at all in third quarter,” says senior Madeline Witkowski.

But don’t despair! The school year is halfway over and there are multiple ways to keep you motivated. Plan things on the weekends. Eat a different breakfast. Anything to break up the routine. “Feeling the anticipation and the excitement during [weekend plans] gives you a break from the drag,” says Lynch.

 

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Student Life

The Bar J Wranglers are returning to Fremont

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Country Music group, Bar J wranglers are coming to Fremont High February 24th! The Saddle Strings will be the opening act, they go on at 5:40, the main event starts at 7:00PM. A silent auction will be held from 5:00-6:40PM. Doors open at 5:00PM

For the Past few years the FFA and UCTA, a foundation who helps fund activities the FFA participate in, host the Bar J Wranglers here in the School’s Auditorium. This fundraiser helps raise money for trips and competitions the FFA chapter participates in.

Members from the chapter have been preparing for the concert for months,  selling tickets, finding sponsors, and handing out flyers. The member who puts in the most work gets rewarded for their hard work and dedication with scholarship money.

The Utah Commitment To Agriculture Foundation (UCTA), is the backbone for the whole production. They help the FFA with preparing for the concert. Every year substantial scholarships are handed out by them.

Bar J and the Saddle Strings concert will be held February 24th. To buy tickets and for more information, stop by Mr. Ellertson’s room, or Kent’s Customer Service service desk.

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Student Life

Winter Fashion

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As the winter months draw closer, it’s the time to switch out our fall clothes for our warm winter clothes, but here’s a few tips on the latest fashion trends of Winter 2017 that’ll keep you up to date.

*All illustrations by Diana Reza*

 

Are you faux real?

Faux fur is the perfect accessory to have this winter, whether it’s as simple as a trimming on a parka or an entire coat, it’s not only chic, but helps keep you warm. Opt for faux fur, since it’s a lot less expensive and helps out our animal friends too!

 

Crushing on Velvet

Either crushed velvet, or normal velvet are the perfect go-to’s for the holiday season. It adds a certain luxe factor that can’t be duplicated with any other fabric type. It comes in every piece of clothing; shoes, jackets, shirts and dresses. Try a green or red colored velvet piece to add that glamorous touch to your holiday outfit.

 

 

 

Styling like a sleuth

Who says trench coats are just for detectives in London circa the 1940’s? They’re coming back in a big way this winter, so grab one for yourself. The flattering, cinch waisted coats are wearable with virtually any outfit, dressed up or down, and they are mostly found in nude colors. Try some black pants and heeled boots to really boost the spy-inspired look.

 

 

 

 

Sweat Sesh

Sweats are so versatile during the winter, as they’re comfy and fit loosely for those days when you just don’t feel like squeezing into skinny jeans. The inner fleece in most sweatpants and sweatshirts keeps you nice and toasty in the frigid winter air. Opt for specially made thermal sweats and pair with a pair of warm Ugg boots for the ultimate comfy and warm look.

 

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Student Life

Magic, Risk, and Chess have got all these students on a high for strategy.

Strategy Games

During every flex hour, kids pile into Mr. Watkins room for Strategy Game Club, a ‘club’ that began last year when Watkins released an ad asking for a few students to come in a play some games during flex. Zach Billings, a senior and vice president of the club, spotted the ad first, then gathered a group and elected a President, Mason Thompson. Since then, it has grown in people and interest.

Technically, the ‘club’ is a flex class. They only meet during school hours, and it’s always open for people to sign up. Watkins has a sign-up sheet outside his classroom with an area specifically for Strategy Game, but there are only 25 spots available, and they fill up quick. Even with a limited amount of availability, The club is always looking to expand and become more known around the school.

Strategy games help learning processes and the ability to absorb new information, so the fact that these students meet up in between classes to sharpen their minds is pretty smart. They also meet during lunch sometimes, playing with more friends.

The club has begun competing and training, looking for ways to grow. Saturday, 27 January, eight members will be participating in a chess tournament at West Jordan.

The members are friendly and open to new people; the whole club seems just like a group of friends that wanted to play a few games together, which makes it even more inviting.

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Student Life

Juniors: get ready for the ACT

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The ACT is coming up fast, and it’s time for the juniors to start preparing

 

Every year, the juniors take the ACT at the end of February. This year it is on February 27th.  If you’re a junior and haven’t started studying, you have about two months to prepare yourself.

The school has ACT prep FLEX classes you can sign up for at the beginning of third quarter as well as classes you can take after school (but unfortunately have to pay for.) See your counselor to sign up for either FLEX or after school classes. There are also many ACT practice websites where you can take timed practice tests.

Juniors, start studying so you don’t have to take the ACT more than once or twice. If you do need to take it again, check ACT.org for more ACT testing dates. Sophomores and seniors, don’t forget that you don’t have school on February 27th!

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Student Life

‘Tis the season for empty wallets

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The struggle to find meaningful gifts at a cheap price has become increasingly difficult as the years go by.

The holiday season has arrived, and that means giving gifts. Whether it’s for your family or for friends, people expect others to give them and receive their gifts.

However, as the years go by, gift shopping becomes more and more expensive. There are multiple solutions to this problem.

  • Homemade gifts: DIY projects are all the rage now. It can be as simple as a keychain or necklace, or as complicated as a stand for their favorite items. And homemade gifts don’t have to be cheesy or artsy. “I just think they’re more personal, you’re actually giving a part of the person, not just something they bought,” says art teacher Michelle Montierth.
  • Food: Whether it’s a $20 bag of their favorite goodies or some homemade cookies, no one refuses food. Light someone’s day by giving them a gift that they will truly appreciate for as long as it lasts.
  • Pictures: Does your friend group have a really great selfie while you were hanging out? Print it out and frame it. “It’s really cheap and makes it more personal,” said junior Natalie Stoddard.
  • Hygiene: Hygiene isn’t just toothpaste, give your friends something they’re always asking for. Gum, mints, and lotion are a great idea, you never know when they’ll want it at school. “It seems like girls usually give lotion or fuzzy socks,” said junior Kendra Cragun.
  • Dollar Store: The dollar store is guaranteed to be cheap. There is always something cool and random there. You can even customize it. “I’ve heard of people getting just the cheap glasses at the dollar store and then etching the glass,” said Montierth.
  • Websites: There are multiple websites that allow you to browse for options under $10. “I find a lot of stuff on wish.com,” said Montierth.
  • Money: While it doesn’t take a lot of thought, no one has ever been disappointed to find cash in their gift. This way the your recipient is guaranteed to get something they want, since they can buy it themselves.
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A&EStudent Life

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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Cinderella’s first night open

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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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Student Life

Showing Skills in Art

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SkillsUSA, a club for Champions and Artists at Work

The SkillsUSA Club this year has changed its focus to be more of an art club. They plan to be based on primarily on art and graphic design as the center of their club.

“Most of the kids that join our club are art students anyways, so we decided this year that [art] was going to be our focus,” said SkillsUSA Advisor, Mrs. Montierth. “We’re trying to gear all of our activities, events, and service projects to a more art-sy field. One of our first field trips will be attending the Art Stroll in Ogden as a club.”

Skills has already planned to do a service project centered around their new concentration.

“We’ll be doing a mural for the Silver Pup Daycare as a service project soon, and really sticking to that art-related feel,” said Junior, Bailei Smith, a member of Skills.

Many members believe that this change of concentration within the club will help Skills to become well known throughout the community.

“I think with the change of the focus, that’ll will help our club get out there, more recognized,” Smith said.

To get more information on how to become a member of SkillsUSA, contact Mrs. Montierth in Room A-104 to get an application and pay the $25 fee to the bookkeeper.

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Student Life

Fall Fashion

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As the summer months wrap up, it’s the time to start bringing out warmer clothes for the cooler months.

Saved by the Bell

Bell sleeves are coming back in a big way. Take inspiration from the 70’s and get your hands on a flared sleeve top. Pair the flowy, flouncy sleeve top either with a pencil skirt or high waisted jeans for a chick look.

Check, mate

Checkered patterns are always a good staple to have in your wardrobe. From checkered Vans slip ons, to checkered patterned skirts and pants, if you’re going to wear a pattern this fall, make it checkered.

A slight case of the blues

Remember when it was unfashionable to wear the same type of fabric in one outfit? Not anymore! Denim has made a huge and popular comeback the last couple of years. Pair a denim jacket or shirt with a denim skirt or the obvious; denim jeans.

Embroidery Epidemic

Embroidery isn’t just for patches on your grandma’s pillow anymore. The patches are so versatile, they can go on any piece of clothing, bags and even shoes! Embroidered pants are the hot topic this fall.

Get Chunky

Now’s the perfect time of all year to embrace the sweater weather. Grab yourself a chunky knit in sweater or cardigan, (or even both!) to give your outfit that autumn-y feel and stay warm while doing it.

 

*All illustrations done by Diana Reza

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