What Time IS IT?
Sunshine Daydream: Florida Bill Would Make Daylight Saving Time Year-Round
Most of us will lose an hour of sleep on daylight saving time weekend as we dutifully spring forward and daylight-saving time begins.
But if Florida gets its way, the state will stay on daylight saving time forever.
On Tuesday, Florida's Senate approved the Sunshine Protection Act, which asks Congress to allow the state to observe daylight saving time year-round — not just the eight months that is standard in the United States. The bill was approved by the Florida House in February and will now go to Gov. Rick Scott, whose office tells NPR only that Scott "will review the bill."
So the time will stay the same in Florida unlike the rest of the United States. We will be changing the time. But does this open the door to the rest of the United States to follow suit and say good by to the time change? Only time will tell.
School In The Eyes of A Student
Article By: Saraj Najeeb
In my opinion, school can be a great place if we know how to take advantage of school. We can meet people and make friends, some of them for the rest of our lives. The friends are very important in our young life. They are the motivation to go to school. We spend a great time in school, but it’s better if we have good friends to help pass the day. In school we learn about different topics, about different things that we like (or not) and things we might use in the future. We have teachers who help us understand not only school stuff but life stuff as well. We have different experience of life that prepares us for our future and teachers can be the main helper for students.
Sometimes we have a lot of work and homework, and we arrive exhausted at home. Some teachers are too strict and demand a lot of us, and some classes are just too boring. But it is a part of life that we must all go through.
Yes school is hard sometimes and we act as if we don’t want to be here but it can have the solution of have a future. High school can help student who wants to going to college and be something in their future and whatever they want and also to have a better future. So I know we don’t say it but thank you teacher for all you do for us.
Article By: Mary Fakunle
The shape of water
The Shape of Water is a weird and magnificent film of 2017, Guillermo del Toro, the director of The Shape of Water, is known to write dark fantasy pieces and gothic horror films. The Shape of Water is not a horror film or a gothic film but when you watch the film you don’t want to look away.
Elisa is a mute and isolated woman who works as a cleaning lady in a hidden, high-security government laboratory in 1962 Baltimore. Her life changes forever when she discovers the lab’s top classified secret – a scaled mysterious creature that was bought form south American and put in a water tank. As Elisa develops a unique bond with the creature and she will do anything to get the creature out of the water tank even if someone dies.
DACA? What is this?
By: Shalma Gonzalez
Most people do not realize their surroundings as much as they should. In America, about 800,000 people are affected by Daca and yet there is a large portion of people who do not know the meaning of Daca or what it is. Daca is a program that stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. It helps young people who were brought to America by their parents as children. There are several requirements in order to apply as well as benefits once accepted. This does not mean it gives them an official citizenship. Daca had been going through a tough time with our new president Donald Trump, the reason why it exists, and who knows what Daca is, and what are the opinions based on Daca.
Our President Donald Trump is making decisions that could change peoples' futures in our community. Daca is not perfect, there are a couple of things that should be fixed. In the past year, President Trump had some decisions that made thousands of people worry about their future. A decision he promised on January 20th of 2017 was to get rid of Daca. Which of course would not be that simple. How reasonable is it to throw something away that has helped thousands of people, deportation rates, and the economy? In 2008 there were about 370,000 human being deported. Since Daca was born in 2012 the deportation rate has decreased. If the action to discontinue Daca occurs than there's a possibility that it would cost the economy hundreds of billions of dollars over the next decade as stated in an article by Newsweek written by Julia Glum. Currently as of right now, recipients that are already in the system are able to apply for a Daca renewal as USCIS has announced until further notice. For more information visit the official website for details on https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/deferred-action-childhood-arrivals-response-january-2018-preliminary-injunction.
Dreamers are those young people who came to America to accomplish a dream. It is not just filling out documents and getting legal rights. These people pay almost 500 dollars to apply for these opportunities. This program gives these people called dreamers a work permit, protection from deportation, a social security number, the opportunity to continue college after high school and most importantly a path to continue their lives where they grew up in. Though they do have to renew it every two years in order to continue having the benefits and not have the risk of deportation. Deportation is a tragic feeling for several recipients since more than half of these people have family members in America who are U.S. citizens, which was mentioned in an article called A Deferred Dream, written by Patricia Smith. Dreamers are just trying to have a living in the united states, plus they know so much about this country because they were raised here, to share and combine traditions and morals with the United States. The United States are known as a diverse country, having freedom, and the American dream.
In Lavergne high school, located in Tennessee, there are several students involved in the program Daca. They have peers that grew up with them and are not aware about it and automatically they assume these students are citizens. People had friends since elementary and years later on in high school they are surprised to hear that they're an immigrant. I took a survey of 50 people out of the senior class in Lavergne high school. The results are that 63.75 percent of those people know what Daca is and are aware of what it is going on. 31 percent did not have a clue what Daca is and lastly 5 percent of them are currently in Daca. I interviewed two former LHS anonymous students, a person who is in Daca and another one who is not.
I asked Person A, "What do you think is "broken" about Daca?"
"The only problem I have with Daca is that the government has all of my information and that can be scary at times because if Daca gets revoked or I can't renew it, they will know and can come looking for me." Said person A.
"What could be a solution for Daca to be fixed?"
"A problem that can be fixed with Daca is that we should have an assurance that if Daca were revoked that we can be protected because the ones who steer clear of criminal activities, so we are not bad people, just ones trying to make a better life for ourselves." Said person A. I then asked person A, "Would you be willing to share your story and why did you choose Daca?"
Person A replied, "The reason I got into Daca was that I was in need of a job and a driver's license and without a social security number those were a big no, so my parents took me to get Daca to be able to have the same opportunities as other kids, and to further my education when the time for college came.
Then I went on to ask person B the same questions, "What do you think is broken about Daca?" Person B replied with, "I think that we're not viewing it in the right way."
"What could be a solution for Daca to be fixed?"
"I think that if the states decided how they dealt with Daca instead of the federal government that it would definitely benefit the dreamers a lot better and benefits the state and the individual, which in turn benefits the nation." said person B.
" do you support Daca dreamers? If so why?"
Person B replied with, "I don't support those who want to leach off of the US government, and not have a job or doesn't pay taxes, and basic citizen things that U.S. citizens do. As for the others that do try to contribute to society in the U.S., I believe that they should have the chance if not multiple to stay in this country and gain citizenship, as they contribute to society like the rest of us."
In conclusion, Daca should be known by America, and taken seriously. Without Daca, human beings would be torn apart by all the effort to be here, dreams, living styles, different types of relationships, and families. The best thing to do to support our dreamers is to protest, talk to our senators, go to events, ask your peers, donate and get in involved. For more information go to, https://www.tnimmigrant.org/.
Valentine's Day Dates
Happy Birthday April People.
April is coming up and we have talked to a couple upper classmen who would like their birthday recognized. A birthday is a special day to be celebrated. So don’t forget to wish these seniors a happy birthday. Thank You.
Ayesha Joiner will be turning 18 on April 25th and she plans to go out with her friends. Cathrin Kramar will be turning 19 on April 7th she plans to hang out with her friends and party.
Jayla Hall will be turning 17 on April 3rd and she plans to go out to dinner with her family.
Essence Scruggs will be turning 18 on April 11th and she plans to have a party.
Treasure Howard is turning 18 on April 19th and plans to have a birthday dinner.
Emma Hammot will be 18 on April 2nd and plans to go get a tattoo
Gavin Hamilton will be turning 18 on April 11th and plans to go see his family and have a great time.
Why all the Green?
Article By: Jose Soto
March 17th is a day of green. St. Patrick’s Day falls on Saturday, March 17, 2018 this year. It is about the Feast of Saint Patrick. It is celebrated on March 17 every year, the day Saint Patrick died. This celebration is largely Irish themed, and is mainly religiously themed. It can also be celebrated by drinking, having parades, and going to church. The main point of this… ok let’s get to the point, wear green or get pinched by many people!
Guns And a Students thoughts
Article By: Samantha Pettinato
I believe in the second amendment, because I believe in the right to protect myself and my family. However, I think there should be laws put in place to limit the reach we have on guns. I don’t think you should be allowed to walk into a gun store and buy anything you’d like. Hand guns and hunting rifles should be allowed to be purchased with good intentions and back ground checks. Machine guns such as the AR-15 that costed 17 people their lives last week should not be able to be sold without proper reasons and papers. No one needs a machine gun to protect themselves. We as students shouldn’t have to fear going to school. We shouldn’t have to think “what if that was me”. Is any place safe from the reach of guns if schools are not? I believe stricter guns laws should be put in, not only for schools, but to make the world safer. But again this is just one students thoughts on Gun safety.
These tears I cry have a mind-
Poem By: Elizabeth Geter
Cause I don't cry with tears I cry with ink that’s a shade of the darkest blue in the crayon box and it’s not cause of the way you deserted me it’s the way you left the pieces of my heart on the cold ass ground so when your heart is lying next to mine don’t expect me to gush out my warm blood to your cold heart so that you may become a human again cause your heart is a deranged form of what you really are you are the scar that never goes away no matter how much makeup I apply to my face that scar never feels out of place it's where it’s always been and this world we live in have an impact so big that we walk around in chains….. This poem is not meant to make me cry but I does and every line I write has a trail of water that it leaves behind it like children we are so blind to the fact that this world can’t survive any more suicidal numbers cause I’m not seeing the change that our founding fathers once laid down for us so we don’t have that much time to change the way we sing these slavery songs the words freedom in our voices have a trembling effect in the ears of all the men who think a woman’s body is theirs to cares and to make their purple art but this is an era of “change” no this is really the time that the abusers abuse the victims in their dreams how my life was ripped at the seams when I heard that call being made but no one expected him to be waiting in the darkness I didn’t expect to become a victim this young cause every time someone is mistreated I feel it so every time someone is abused I get so confused cause this was not the world I intended to live in this is the world we were made to die in……. Sooner or later we have to say goodbye while our loved ones start to cry but no tears will be shed because I will live on…...even when I’m dead and gone