Who Knows News?

By FIONA MCQUAIDE – As a generation without much experience in the sort of problems, we are discovering currently, Gen Z’s are just sort of lost in this whole politics thing.

Now, some of the kids/teenagers in the junior high this age read the paper newspaper, like the Indiana Gazette… most of them do not. So, where do kids get their news?

Mostly our parents (or guardians).So when we learn about what is happening in the world around us, the news is sort of tinted with our guardians’ opinions of it all.

So how do junior high students grow their own opinions about politics, science, et cetera? By reading the news. 

If we could just adjust the way students learn these types of things, these problems would NOT occur. In times like these children like me have a hard time understanding what exactly is going on. This wouldn’t exactly be “hard”, it’s as simple as giving a kid a packet on presidency or, even class presidency. In these trying times, we MUST educate our current youth on the most important things, this type of opinion changes the world around them, and our world as we know it.

Now, like our parents, some news sources have strong opinions on things and it alters the way they broadcast their information. Sometimes, it becomes so unyielding, it isn’t even the news anymore… it’s just some random person’s ideas about how the country is being led, or why, “it wasn’t their fault”. Now, it has been a whirlwind…precisely the most confusing 4 years ever, but honestly. I think what this country was built on will stand its ground. I think in the end, every time,  America wins.

Is the end in sight?

By ABIGAIL DE SALVO – The United States has been involved in many wars throughout history, and is known as the elite country when it comes to war.  For nearly two decades now, we have been at war in Afghanistan. The war started on October 7, 2001, and is still going on today.  It is currently the longest war in U.S. history.

The war started a little under a month after the 9/11 terrorist attack.  On September 11, 2001, Al Qaeda organized for four planes to be hijacked and flown into U.S. targeted places.  Two of the planes hit the twin towers, another hit the Pentagon in Washington, and the last crashed into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.  There were nearly 3,000 people killed in the 9/11 attacks. This attack gave rise to the war. The president of the time, George W. Bush vowed to, “win the war against terrorism”.

Currently, there are 13,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan.  According to Washington Post, “The deaths bring to 14 the number of U.S. service members killed by hostile forces this year, surpassing the total of 13 killed in 2018. About 2,400 have died in Afghanistan since the war began in 2001. In July, two U.S. soldiers were shot dead by an Afghan army soldier who opened fire at a rural military base.” As of February 13, there have been 33 government forces killed, and 15 civilians killed in Afghanistan.

After nearly two decades of war, citizens may think, why hasn’t the war stopped?  Government officials have been giving hope to residents of the states, telling them the war is coming to an end.  Leaked documents suggest the Afghanistan War is unwinnable.  

Will this draw out to be the longest war in all history?  President Trump says, “I could win that war in a week”. President Trump also claims the country could be “wiped off the face of the earth”, but he did not “want to kill 10 million people.”  President Ashraf Ghani suggests the idea of Afghanistan and the U.S. being “grounded on common interests and mutual respect.”  

Will we go from snow suit to swim suit?

By MORGAN ADAMSON –Antarctica… known for its snow, wind, and ice. Judging by the continent’s changes, could that generalization soon come to a fiery end? Recently, the icy continent hit its record high temperature. Measuring in at 69.35 °F, temperatures growing in the area are not bizarre. 

“This is a record from only a single station, but it is in the context of what’s happening elsewhere and is more evidence that as the planet warms we get more warm records and fewer cold records,” says Steve Rintoul, a scientist stationed in the area of the occurrence. Scientists around the world are predicting that the record will be soon broken. This uprising could be caused by numerous things, climate change, global warming, and many other issues of the sort. The warming of the continent not only has local effects but affects us on a global scale.

Though this has been a developing problem, we are now starting to see significant effects on the climate and ecosystem of Antarctica. For example, the ice structures in the area thawing affect the temperature of the water, which severely damages the food chain. It affects the animals in the area, which influences the world and puts endangered species at a higher risk of extinction.

Due to the dangerously rising temperatures, the endangered species number is increasing more and more every day. Escalating numbers of species are jeopardized and their populations are rigorously declining. The Magellanic Penguins are some of these threatened groups. Their population is declining because of the elements changing rapidly. Antarcitca is experiencing severe rain and brisk rises in temperature which is very harmful to their egg and newborn bodies. This sadly ends in death for the bird and makes it hard for its society to be stable. The animals didn’t have enough time to adapt to the changing climate.

So the question is… what can we do about it? Though we all can’t travel to Antarctica to stop this, there are a few things we can do to at least make a small impact on the world around us. Using energy saving light bulbs, unplugging electronics, and using renewable energy resources are just a few things that can help this world-impacting epidemic. Many businesses and companies are promoting green ideas and helping to stop this. Only a few people doing these things makes a small change, but if we all do it, it will make a better future for the world ahead of us.

The changes to the climate may only be in a small area, but it will spread and change the world over time. The idea of global warming and climate change has been debated over for years, but this is a prime example of the world before us if we don’t do anything about it. Now is the time to think about this, and to help prepare for what’s ahead. It may only be some sea life and mammals now, but it’s the planet later.

The Old Lighthouse by Gianna Boyer & Sydney Anderson

“The Old Lighthouse” is the winner of the 2019 Crimson Arrow Scary Story Contest

I gazed out the window, staring at the crisp mountains, yearning to see the blue waters edge. I currently live only for peace and quiet. I needed only one second of that sweet, sentimental, sensational moment of rest.  I knew this dream was not insight however because Owen , my infuriating twin brother, kept bothering me and didn’t seem to be planning on giving up.

“Hey Elizabeth,” Owen’s voice lingered into my ear, his voice sounding like nails on a chalkboard.

Desperately, I put on my headphones and turned the volume up, attempting to block out Owen’s voice.

“Hey Elizabeth,” my brother repeated after ripping my headphones from my ears.

“What?” I shot back.

“Did you hear about the ghost that haunts the lighthouse at night?”  He said with his eyes as wide as saucers and a glimmer of adventure in his eyes.

“There’s no such thing as ghosts,” I replied, trying to stomp out any idea he had of a “fun adventure”.  “Who’s filling your head with all this nonsense?”

“Anthony.  And FYI, it’s not nonsense!” Owen shot back, in a whiny unbearable voice.

I rolled my eyes and put my headphones back on. We were going camping with the Cook’s. They also had twins, Anthony and Mia, just like us. They were both adventurous, but Mia was more my type, laid back, cool and collected, and sensible.

We pulled into the campgrounds with our camper. There was no one else around, except for the Cook’s and the crickets that filled the air with an eerie vibe. It was late, maybe around nine, but it was darker and colder than black. We were staying in our beat up, broken down camper that we got years ago. My mom started the fire, and we grabbed marshmallows, hot dogs, and roasting sticks. We began roasting the delicacies. Owen cleared his throat.

“As you all know,” Owen started, “The Heceta Lighthouse here in Oregon is haunted.”

“Pfft.” I retorted.

Owen shot a glare that could stab like daggers at me, but he quickly refocused on his audience. 

“I would like to visit it-” 

“That’s a great idea, we can go tomorrow around noon,” my mom smiled.

“You didn’t let me finish. What I was going to say was at night.” Owen smiled.

“Oh no. I’m going to be tired and you’re only twelve. There is no way you are going… at least not tonight,” my mom argued. 

Owen stepped down from the bench and began to walk towards the camper. 

Once we finished, everyone headed to the camper. Everyone laid down in their beds, except for my dad, who laid on the couch. Anthony and Owen were talking about the lighthouse.

“They’re fools,” Mia said.

I nodded my head in agreement and closed my eyes and fell asleep very quickly.

Suddenly, I woke up seeing Anthony and Owen climbing out of the camper. I quickly followed after them. I knew where they were going, to the Heceta Lighthouse. I ran after them, but they were already in the lighthouse. I knew I had to go in, but I just couldn’t. What if the ghost actually haunts the place. Then, loud shrieks filled the air. I opened the creaky door and sprinted up the stairs following the screams of terror until I came across the dark room where they were produced.

“Anthony? Owen?” I asked as I walked farther into the room.

Next, a small flame appeared on one of the candles. Could this be…no…not Rue. A tall lady with pale skin and silver hair appeared in the faint light. I stood there, paralyzed, I didn’t know what to do. Then, she started to come closer. 

“You got to make a break for It” I thought to myself.

I took a small step closer to the stairs. Then, I ran. I ran as fast as my little body could. My dark hair bouncing with each step I took. I didn’t turn my head back.

“Owen! Anthony!” I screamed.

I heard another scream. Without thinking, I darted to the abandoned kitchen. Owen and Anthony were cornered by Rue. Rue grabbed Owen and placed a hand on his arm. I knew what she was going to do. She was going to rip him limb from limb and make him suffer. What could I do? I realized, I can’t do anything. I’m as useless as an ant, but I can’t give up. Then, blood splattered onto my night shirt and more screeches filled the air. I knew it was over.

Ever since the tragedy, no one ever went back to the Heceta lighthouse. Everyone was terrified of suffering, but I was the one who really suffered. I was the one who survived the Heceta Lighthouse, but watched my brother suffer.  I was never the same, nor was I ever going to be.

Help is just a hand away

BY GABI ISENBERG- The term ‘help’ is very broad.  Is it helping someone physically, mentally, emotionally, or academically?  All types of help can be found at school. Many schools focus on mental health, so much so that some schools even hire a full time psychotherapist or shrink. 

 Many students have questions about what to do if they need mental help. If someone is too nervous to go to a school counselor for help or to get help at home, where can they get it? If they need help, does it mean there is something wrong with them? This is the thought process that can run through many students’ minds.

School counselors, guardians, and even teachers all make it their interest to help with any problems students might be having. They now mental health’s effects on performance in school and sports. This website, WGU.edu, said,“Education professionals have recognized the impact that a student’s mental health has on learning and achievement, and they realize that there’s a great deal that can be done to help students.” 

Adults strive to do what is best for students, but the students ultimately know what will work for them.  IJHS has a guidance program that can help any student(s) that need someone to talk to.

Jayla Peterson (6) said, “It can help me get through things.” 

“It could help my friends if they’re being bullied,” said Ella Fleming (7) 

 Some students tend to hide away from the fact that they need to talk to someone or get help; they may think that they are weak or that something is wrong with them if they have to get help.  Getting help doesn’t mean that there is something wrong with someone, it just means that their brain is dealing with something and it needs help getting through it. Lots of people go to therapy or counseling to help them as well.  IJHS urges students not to be weary of getting help, but to open it with open arms. Getting help may not only help you but also encourage others that need help to get it.

8th Graders look forward to a capital trip

By DELIA SALSER–The Washington D.C. field trip for 8th graders is coming up on May 15, 2020. Students will have the opportunity to take one school day to go to Washington D.C., Maryland.  Students will go on tours and will be able to see memorials. For students to be able to go on the trip, they returned their medical form, application, and $50 deposit. Students’ parents wanting the chance to chaperone put in their names earlier this month.

The ride to D.C. is several hours long.  Some things that students may want to bring with them on this trip is, entertainment for the bus, extra money for souvenirs, a hoodie/jacket, (etc.). For entertainment, some ideas of things that students could bring is a phone or tablet, a book, any small car games, or anything else that would keep them entertained while not distract others as well. Students could always sleep as well.

 Students will be asked to write down a couple names of other students that they would like to be in a group with, and even if students are not with all of the people written down, teachers will try to make sure they are with at least one of them. This will be taking place in all math classes after the form for everyone who wants to go has been confirmed and sent in. Students must report directly to the cafeteria no later than 5:15 AM, allowing time to check everyone in. Students must be there on time, or the buses will leave without them, and there are no refunds. The bus will leave at precisely 5:30 a.m.  Students are asked to make sure that all of this information gets across to their parents/guardians.