VistaNow https://vistanow.org The Student News Site of Mountain Vista High School Mon, 25 Nov 2019 16:24:20 -0600 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3 PHOTO GALLERY: STATE VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT https://vistanow.org/51915/sports/photo-gallery-state-volleyball-tournament/ https://vistanow.org/51915/sports/photo-gallery-state-volleyball-tournament/#respond Mon, 25 Nov 2019 16:24:20 +0000 https://vistanow.org/?p=51915 //SOREN BROCKWAY, ANNE GERRINGER, MADISON PAUL//

“Road to State.” The slogan that motivated the girls varsity volleyball team all season. Vista Girls Volleyball made a run at the state tournament Nov. 14-16. Three days and four games in total. The team ended fifth in the state.

The first day of the tournament, the girls suffered a loss to Rampart High School. Since it was double elimination, they were ready to come back and fight the next day. Senior Hannah Holmgren reflected on the day and knew that they were not giving up so easily.

“I motivate the team by explaining how this isn’t how we want to finish our season,” Holmgren said. “We played so much better than we did on the first day of state, and I wanted to make sure they came ready on day two.” 

The second day the girls beat Highlands Ranch High School in three sets, putting the team in the final eight. In the third game against Grandview High School, Vista pulled out another win in three, moving the team into the top six. 

While the excitement continued to build from the team, for some of the graduating seniors, state was the end of a career. For senior Lexie Zemann, Saturday, the final day of state, was the last day of her volleyball career.  

“I have played volleyball my entire life, and it makes me sad to actually be done with the sport,” Zemann said. “I am excited for a new chapter in my life, and I will always have a deep love for volleyball.”  

On Saturday, the team lost to Legend High School in three. Tears filled the eyes of some players on the team. Senior Camille Thoennes couldn’t be more thankful for Vista Volleyball and all it did to impact her life.

“It was crazy to think that that was the last time in a Vista jersey, playing with these people and last time representing Vista Volleyball,” Thoennes said. “I will never forget all of the great memories these past four years have given me in this program.” 

 

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OPINION: Petitions Don’t Hold the Same Value as They Did Before https://vistanow.org/51907/opinion/opinion-petitions-dont-hold-the-same-value-as-they-did-before/ https://vistanow.org/51907/opinion/opinion-petitions-dont-hold-the-same-value-as-they-did-before/#respond Mon, 18 Nov 2019 15:08:23 +0000 https://vistanow.org/?p=51907 //MARTIN SCHMITZER//

 

When one thinks of a petition, they think of it as a rallying force in which like-minded people gather to attempt to make a change in their communities. More recently however, petitions, as well as other forms of social change, seem to have fallen by the wayside.

Take the petition named “No school the day after Halloween for Douglas County School District” on change.org, for example. According to the statistics on the change.org page, more than 200,000 people, including parents, have signed this petition and yet nothing has come of it. No response from the district denying or accepting it. 

Nothing.

You would think that such a turn out would garner at least some kind of response, but you would be quite wrong. This goes to show the horrifying lack of care that our society gives to change. If we stop caring about trivial things such as deciding on taking a day off school, then who knows what this kind of indecision could lead?

Now you might be thinking, how can such a small amount of indecision influence our society as a whole? Three words. The Butterfly Effect. According to Urban Planning and Spatial Analysis Professor at USC, Geoff Boeing, in his paper “Visual Analysis of Nonlinear Dynamical Systems: Chaos, Fractals, Self-Similarity and the Limits of Prediction”,Chaotic systems are characterized by their sensitive dependence on initial conditions. Their strange attractors are globally stable, yet locally unstable: they have basins of attraction, yet within a strange attractor, infinitesimally close points diverge over time without ever leaving the attractor’s confines.”

In simple terms, the Butterfly Effect states that even the smallest change to a system could result in a disastrous change to the system at a later time. In this example, one small event could have dangerous repercussions in our society. Say one, or more, of the more than 200,000 people who signed the “No school the day after Halloween for Douglas County School District” petition became disheartened that their voice wasn’t heard. This might convince them that no matter what they do, their opinion will never be acknowledged. Feeling hopeless, this person might begin to make rash decisions, such as deciding not to vote in the next election. 

Now one singular person doesn’t normally present any risk to disrupting society一 it is when others latch onto their ideals that the problems start to arise. More and more people also start rashly deciding they won’t vote, and before you know it, an entire state has decided to abstain.

This ideology might spread to other states, and, not too much later, the entire Midwest has decided not to vote. This predicament would make it exponentially harder to elect a president because of the lack of voters. While this outcome is purely hypothetical, the question must be asked: How hypothetical is it really?

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Everybody’s Everything: A Very Personal Review and Reaction https://vistanow.org/51895/entertainment/everybodys-everything-a-very-personal-review-and-reaction/ https://vistanow.org/51895/entertainment/everybodys-everything-a-very-personal-review-and-reaction/#respond Fri, 15 Nov 2019 20:54:15 +0000 https://vistanow.org/?p=51895 //EMERY DAVIS//

Originally, I had an outline for this article. It was neat, organized, and had a very complex structure. I had planned my review weeks in advance to the release date of the Lil Peep documentary, “Everybody’s Everything” directed by Sebastian Jones and Ramez Silyan. After I returned home from the Harkins Theater in Arvada, Colo. and opened my document, I couldn’t help but scrap the entire thing and start fresh. My voice simply disappeared after so much extensive editing in hopes of making this work absolute perfection. I didn’t like where my article was headed, and I just couldn’t put something out there for viewers that wasn’t made from the heart. So here I am, completely honest, vulnerable and raw with you.

Gus Åhr, or Lil Peep, was an absolute light in the dark and dangerous world we exist in today. 

“I look at him like he’s so strong to me, and he looks at me like I’m so strong to him,” friend and collaborator iLoveMakonnen said. “It was just, you know, it’s great. It’s like…it makes you feel worth it.” 

In his short 21 years with us, Lil Peep made a global impact that will take an extensive amount of time to fade. After his untimely death because of a false Xanax pill laced with a lethal dose of fentanyl, huge conversation sparked on the topic of drug abuse.

It’s easy to label Lil Peep as “some drug addict.” However, he was so much more. It’s simply proven through the documentary. The music he gifted to the world was made of emotions in the purest form you can get from a human being. It was clear that passion ran deep in his veins, and he wanted to change the music industry for the better. 

“He had very big plans, you know. He said he wanted to take capitalism out of the music industry, notjust revolutionize music as it sounds, but make a revolution, change the power structure of who was controlling it. He was so excited by that,” his mother, Liza Womack, said. “He came home in August saying, ‘Oh, you know, and capitalism, and it’s just awful. Look at how they make these decisions about me and the way I look, and it’s just all wrong. You know I just gotta be – and these are my bros, my brothers, and I just wanna make music and help each other. And it’s a collective mama.’”

Liza Womack played a huge part in the creation of the “Everybody’s Everything.” She was seen throughout the movie in sections where she spoke about her son’s life and his work. Liza was also credited as an executive producer of the movie. 

After Peep’s death, some people decided to shame drug abusers who don’t know any other ways to cope. It was not the time or place to attack him. A human being had just died. Instead, discussion should focus on what we can do to help the epidemic. 

Obviously, I could go on about who Lil Peep was and the impact he created for a very, very long time, but I already did that in a three page article about his life, career and death. I could rant and argue about how we villainize addicts and turn away from them, rather than lending a helping hand like we should. But that’s not what you clicked on this article to read about. You want to know what you missed, what I think, or if you agree.

Peep was my hero — he still is even though he’s gone. My love for his music and his personality hasn’t faded one bit since the day I found him. Every day I try to be the best person I can be. I try to remain thankful and gracious. I try to make people smile. I try everything I can to make anybody’s day better. I learned all of these things from Peep. He was a good man who cared a lot about everybody’s well being and happiness. 

“Everybody’s Everything” guided viewers through Åhr’s life from start to finish. Throughout the one hour and 56 minute documentary, many different collaborators, lifelong friends and family were interviewed. From what people said, you could tell he meant so much to anybody who knew him or who knew his music. “Everybody’s Everything” was quite heart wrenching for me, as Gus is my hero, and I want to create the same impact he did. After two years since his passing I still can’t believe or process it. Something Åhr’s grandfather, John Womack, said expresses these feelings perfectly when explaining his reaction to the news of Gus’ passing.

Jenny, Liza’s mother, came. She has a key to the house. She came in and kinda just touched me, and with the light I woke up and she said – kinda taken a breath – ‘Gus is dead.’ And uh, that…woke me up,” John said. “I don’t think I’d felt anything that bad…or so strangely bad…ever before. It’s just a wound that I don’t – I think it heals, but only in the sense that the pain of it never really ends. The shock of the pain subsides unevenly.”

I fully agree with that. For the past four years, Peep’s music has meant everything to me; his music shaped me. Hearing his music for the first time was like a shock to my body. I became obsessed, I couldn’t get enough of him. It was nothing like I’d ever heard before, and I craved more of it. That’s why letting go of him is so overwhelmingly difficult for his fans, including me. 

Åhr’s music talked about many different things, all very applicable to society nowadays. Addiction, internal pain, deep romantic feelings, the meaning of life and many things requiring profound thought or understanding built up his career. Who couldn’t relate to what he said? It’s such a shame that his quickly rising career was so suddenly interrupted by tragedy.

Reflecting deeply on the film was something that hit me incredibly hard and deeply perplexed me. Since I haven’t paid much attention to Peep’s life in a chronological sense, I never noticed how he changed and how his performances shifted. However, this film reminded me that the brightest stars burn out the fastest. 

When Lil Peep first started out as a part of the underground music group “SCHEMAPOSSE,” he performed in abandoned buildings, which weren’t even concert venues to begin with. There was no stage and no seats, just empty space. In places like that he thrived; performing in a place like that was a dream come true to him. As the venues improved, his energy remained strong and unchanged most of the time, but as his unexpected death date neared, he seemed more and more drugged up at his shows. He obviously wanted to give the best show he could, but it must’ve been incredibly difficult to do so under such a strong influence. At

 one point, a manager reflected on a time Lil Peep had a moment of dissociation on stage after he had taken far too many drugs and even told his manager, “I don’t think I can do this.”

Though I may be a little biased due to my love for Lil Peep, I firmly believe this is the best documentary I’ve seen out of the many I have watched on bland insomniac nights. It was made purely of love and admiration for a beautiful soul who will always remain in the hearts of many. 

Overall, I think the documentary was very moving and incredibly touching. I discussed everything one would need to know about Lil Peep and Gustav Elijah Åhr. It covered his childhood, his relationships with collaborators and his family, the struggles of a high school drop-out soundcloud rapper, his drug abuse problems  and so much more. “He didn’t – he did not get to have his life. He was gonna get to really have an 

experience. I think what really is heartbreaking, to me though, was he had endured a lot of pain and fought his way through it. You know he fought his way through the pain of his childhood, really. But he just didn’t give up,” Liza said. “I don’t want to let go. You definitely- you just don’t want to let him go.”

The most impactful part to me was the letters and narrated by Åhr’s grandfather. There were a couple he read during the film, each giving a little life update on how Peep’s life was going and what was happening around him. Even I, someone who is very dedicated to knowing who Gus Åhr was, learned a lot from those who actually spent time with him. 

The documentary filled me with a lot of different emotions. It made me angry that someone had killed Lil Peep on a tour bus full of people and nobody bothered to check on him for hours. It hurt my heart hearing his mother and friends struggle to speak through their tears as they explained their feelings towards Åhr’s death. 

“You don’t know how to call a mother to tell her that her son just died. Uh. So I called her. She had likewoken up, I think she had just gone to sleep. And I was just like…Liza, I’m so sorry. Uh. Peep has passed. I think he OD’d. I- He- The- The paramedics were there and the cops, you know, declared him dead,” manager Chase Ortega said. “What kept going through my head was I have two babies and putting myself in this mother’s shoes and I’m… trying to process that this kid who I have spent the last year and a half taking care of, he’s gone.”

Nov. 15, 2017 will forever be a day I remember, as it was the day my hero and life inspiration was killed by something that will unfortunately, and most likely, always plague our planet. Every Nov. 15 means another year I haven’t been graced by the presence of my hero, another year without new music, another year with no opportunity for me to personally thank someone who helped make me who I am. Never take the people around you for granted, something could happen instantly at any moment to take them from you. Cherish the time you have.

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Lack Of Snow Day Causes Outrage On Twitter https://vistanow.org/51871/news/local-news/lack-of-snow-day-causes-outrage-on-twitter/ https://vistanow.org/51871/news/local-news/lack-of-snow-day-causes-outrage-on-twitter/#respond Fri, 15 Nov 2019 17:08:44 +0000 https://vistanow.org/?p=51871 //Hannah Jenkins//

Parents and students rose out of their bed on the morning of Oct. 29. They checked their Twitter to see the district’s announcement as to whether or not the students had school. “The Douglas County School District will be OPEN and operating on a regular schedule on Tuesday, October 29, 2019…” read the tweet. All hell broke loose.

  Over the course of the day, the tweet received 321 comments. Were all of them responses supporting the district’s decision? Absolutely not. “DCSD cares more about attendance than they do about the safety of the thousands of students who attend their schools confirmed [clown emoji].” @peachykeeenz tweeted. “You guys are actually absurd.” @Tecnocreepin12 tweeted. Some opted to use more colorful language in their responses. “DCSD should expect 8-12 inches of my foot up their a** tonight.” @BallowNikki tweeted. In other words, people were not happy. 

Some people were so unhappy that they took out their frustration in creative ways. One popular format was memes. 

@Lindsey58231 used her anger-fueled creativity to create a 14-slide presentation about why DCSD should have a snow day.

The users of Twitter had spoken. Throughout the course of the day, the Douglas County area received around 7.7 inches of snow. As the weather worsened, DCSD issued a “soft release” from school at 2 p.m. 

The next day, DCSD did not make the same call and closed school for the day. The people of Twitter expressed their approval. “That’s what I like to see boys! Vibe check accepted. Have a great day.” @vibe_inspector tweeted. “We did it boys, pro gamer moment.” @kale89678628 tweeted.  Some people made fun of DCSD. “WOW DIDN’T KNOW IT DID THAT OK WOW.” @_maddypenny_ tweeted. “DCSD like the mom that yells at you for 2 hours but buys you ice cream after.” @ColeLuke30 tweeted. 

This begs the question: did DCSD decide to have a snow day based on the outrage from Twitter? 

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Donating Money, Time and Blood https://vistanow.org/51874/news/local-news/donating-money-time-and-blood/ https://vistanow.org/51874/news/local-news/donating-money-time-and-blood/#respond Fri, 15 Nov 2019 16:44:35 +0000 https://vistanow.org/?p=51874 //Brayden Tuers & Molly Houser//

Despite the long three-day-weekend, staff and students from various clubs dedicated their Saturday to a busy day at Vista. For one club, Saturday was highly anticipated, as they had been in planning since July. Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) sponsored a Pediatric Cancer Walk that morning. The walk was designed to raise money, as well as awareness, for youth cancer research.

“All of our proceeds go to [the Pediatric Cancer Foundation] and they have the main goal of partnering up with big hospitals to find a cure for pediatric research,” senior Emily Gillette said, a member of HOSA. “We had one-hundred people preregistered and they [each] donated fifteen dollars.”

The walk began at 10 a.m., and continued until 2 p.m., with a food-truck and multiple snack stations along the path.

“Every single HOSA member has to volunteer for at least an hour,” Gillette said. “Since International HOSA is sponsored with the Pediatric Cancer Foundation, [this event] allows us to be recognized at State and support HOSA’s goals.”

In addition to the walk, Vitalant hosted a blood drive inside Vista’s commons that was organized as a tribute to survivors of leukemia. For English teacher Natalie Barnard, the blood drive held significant value. Her husband, Ross Barnard, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in June of this year.

“There are two kids who are actually from Valor, that are working on their big DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) project,” Natalie Barnard said. “They organized this blood drive, in honor of one of their uncles and Ross.”

The blood drive took place at 8 a.m, and ended at 12 p.m. It was estimated that the blood drive generated enough blood to save about 60 lives.

Interact Club also had a big day planned. High schoolers in the club joined forces with the middle schoolers to walk around Vista and pick up discarded trash.

“We’ve been doing it for the past couple years ever since I’ve been here,” senior Sam Garnett said. “We usually do it on Earth Day, but ever since a couple of years ago we’ve been doing it every semester because there is so much trash.”

With so many students willing to donate their Saturdays to various causes and events, the three day weekend sure came in handy.

“[We] are pretty dedicated to the stuff we do,” Garnett said. 

 

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Lack Of Snow Day Sparks Outrage On Twitter https://vistanow.org/51866/uncategorized/lack-of-snow-day-sparks-outrage-on-twitter/ https://vistanow.org/51866/uncategorized/lack-of-snow-day-sparks-outrage-on-twitter/#respond Thu, 07 Nov 2019 20:28:20 +0000 https://vistanow.org/?p=51866 Parents and students rose out of their bed on the morning of Oct. 29. They checked their Twitter to see the district’s announcement to whether or not the students had school. “The Douglas County School District will be OPEN and operating on a regular schedule on Tuesday, October 29, 2019…” read the tweet. All hell broke loose.

  Over the course of the day, the tweet received 321 comments. Were all of them responses supporting the district’s decision? Absolutely not. “DCSD cares more about attendance than they do about the safety of the thousands of students who attend their schools confirmed [clown emoji].” @peachykeeenz tweeted. “You guys are actually absurd.” @Tecnocreepin12 tweeted. Some opted to use more colorful language in their responses. “F**** you!” @altDCSD, a parody account of DCSD, tweeted. “DCSD should expect 8-12 inches of my foot up their a** tonight.” @BallowNikki tweeted. In other words, people were not happy. 

Some people were so unhappy that they took out their frustration in creative ways. One popular format was memes. 

@Lindsey58231 used her anger-fueled creativity to create a 14-slide presentation about why DCSD should have a snow day.

 

 

The users of Twitter had spoken. Throughout the course of the day, the Douglas County area received around 7.7 inches of snow. As the weather worsened, DCSD issued a “soft release” from school at 2 p.m. 

The next day, DCSD did not make the same call and closed school for the day. The people of Twitter expressed their approval. “That’s what I like to see boys! Vibe check accepted. Have a great day.” @vibe_inspector tweeted. “We did it boys, pro gamer moment.” @kale89678628 tweeted.  Some people made fun of DCSD. “WOW DIDN’T KNOW IT DID THAT OK WOW.” @_maddypenny_ tweeted. “DCSD like the mom that yells at you for 2 hours but buys you ice cream after.” @ColeLuke30 tweeted. 

This begs the question: did DCSD decide to have a snow day based on the outrage from Twitter?

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OPINION: DCSD Stands For Doesn’t Call Snow Days https://vistanow.org/51863/opinion/opinion-dcsd-stands-for-doesnt-call-snow-days/ https://vistanow.org/51863/opinion/opinion-dcsd-stands-for-doesnt-call-snow-days/#respond Fri, 01 Nov 2019 19:47:53 +0000 https://vistanow.org/?p=51863 //ANNE GERRINGER//

As my tires lock up and I glide along the ice, rolling through stop signs unintentionally, I ask myself over and over why I am risking my safety to get to school. I have to wake up even earlier to give myself enough time to go 15 miles per hour down Wildcat Reserve Parkway along with hundreds of other kids, all to ensure they make it to a class that almost everyone is late for anyway.

When schools say their number one priority is student safety, this should include parking lots. Teenage drivers all put together into one icy parking lot that has hardly been cleared out creates a recipe for disaster. Many accidents are caused on the way to school and in the parking lots because of the icy conditions.

The care for safety needs to extend outside the school grounds. If students can’t get to school safely, then why should they be expected to come? 

Many kids end up missing almost an entire class, if not more, because of the weather. This takes away valuable learning time for students and wastes teacher’s time if they have to reteach everything anyways. We can solve this issue by calling more delays or doing a soft start for mornings. Classes don’t start until the delay time, but students are welcome to come any time from 7:30 a.m. and on. 

Another way to solve this issue would have the school systems look into doing a version of online school for snow days. Teachers could use Google Classroom and post either videos, papers or online assignments. Not only could this solve the problem of schools having to add minutes or days on at the end of the year to account for the time missed in school, it would also ensure safety for those that attend that school. 

For example, STEM High School in Highlands Ranch has the teachers assign classwork for students to do at home. Not only do students continue their education, they get to do it from the warmth of their own bed. 

Even though this idea of remote schooling poses problems such as students who don’t have computers at home, the overall benefit to the community outweighs those problems. It would keep students, teachers and any parents that drive, safe.

DCSD can encourage staff members to have assignments for each unit that kids can do at home, just in case. As I am aware that it is more work for teachers, it would still benefit everyone in the long run. 

 

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OPINION-Are Students Overworked? https://vistanow.org/51860/opinion/opinion-are-students-overworked/ https://vistanow.org/51860/opinion/opinion-are-students-overworked/#respond Thu, 31 Oct 2019 16:11:46 +0000 https://vistanow.org/?p=51860 //Hannah Jenkins//

The American Education System. The foundation that builds young minds so that they may thrive in society.. that is, if it doesn’t break those minds first. Students, more specifically high schoolers, are constantly overworked to the point that it starts to negatively impact their mental health. Some may think that statement is dramatic, that the workload isn’t that bad. According to the National Center for Education Statistics,  19.4 million students are currently enrolled in public high school. What is life like in their shoes? 

According to the School and Staffing Survey, the average high school student spends around six and a half hours in school per day for around 180 days out of the year. This means that a student spends approximately 1,170 hours at school per year. When you think about it, 1,170 hours isn’t that much; it equates to around 49 full days. However, this is just the time spent in school. This statistic does not include the time spent on homework each week.  

According to a survey by the University of Phoenix College of Education, an average high school teacher assigns three and a half  hours of homework per week. Since high schoolers can have up to seven or more classes, this means that an average high schooler has up to 24.5 hours worth of homework each week. If one takes the amount of time spent on homework each year and adds it to the amount of time spent in school, the outcome is 2,052 hours or approximately 86 full days spent on school. 

Keep in mind, high schoolers have extracurricular activities, jobs, social lives and more going on in their day, which begs the question, how are they able to do everything and keep their sanity? The answer is they can’t.

In a survey done by the The American Psychological Associate, around 45% of teens said they were stressed by school and the pressures it puts on them. However, stress does have its benefits. In small doses, stress can motivate a person to complete a task with better efficiency while also helping them focus on the task at hand. Having said that, stress in larger doses can negatively affect a person’s health since excess amounts of stress are known to cause depression and anxiety. Physical symptoms, such as weakening the immune system, headaches, and fatigue are also caused by unhealthy amounts of stress. There are many ways to relieve stress, such as exercise, writing, spending time with loved ones and more. 

However, the most common stress reliever is sleep. Sleep helps the brain relax after a long day, which is extremely beneficial in relieving stress. Teenagers should be embracing sleep; in reality, they are not. According to the Better Health Channel, teenagers are recommended to get around nine hours of sleep each night because their brains are still developing. Having said that, most teenagers get around six to seven hours of sleep each night due to homework and extracurricular activities. Lack of sleep has severe impacts such as depression, lack of concentration, anxiety and reduced school performance, all of which adds to stress teenagers already have from school. 

Teenage mental health has been a hot topic in recent years, and it is not hard to see why. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 9.4% of teenagers, around 2.3 million, have depression. Symptoms of depression can include feeling hopeless, self-loathing, having a loss of interest in activities, and more. The NSDUH also mentioned that 70.77% of the teenagers said their depression caused severe impairment in their everyday lives.  Around 25% of teenagers in the U.S. currently experience an anxiety disorder. Anxiety can be characterized as excessive worry about situations that will come across in everyday life. It’s really hard for one to enjoy their teenage years when they constantly are feeling down or afraid. 

The massive amounts of work assigned to teenagers each night deprives them of much-needed sleep, which in turn results in depression and anxiety. The solution is simple: stop assigning students so much homework. 

One may be asking, isn’t homework important? The answer is yes, homework does have its benefits. According to an article on the benefits of homework, homework helps develop time management skills and allows more time to process the information that the student had learned in class.

 Having said that, three and a half hours of homework per teacher each week is extremely excessive.  As previously stated, teenagers spend around six and a half hours at school each day, so why exactly is 24 and a half hours of homework each week necessary? Shouldn’t a teenager have enough time in class to complete the majority of the learning process? In other words, why should students lose sleep and mental stability over work they should have done in class? If a teenager were to have homework, would it be too much to ask for an amount that allows them to possibly have a job or an extracurricular activity without spiraling into becoming an anxious depressive mess? Many teenagers think that the American Education System cares more about assignments than a student’s mental health. The only way this belief can be changed is to reduce the amount of homework students have to do each night.

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How to Avoid Hypothermia: Halloween Edition https://vistanow.org/51856/opinion/how-to-avoid-hypothermia-halloween-edition/ https://vistanow.org/51856/opinion/how-to-avoid-hypothermia-halloween-edition/#respond Thu, 31 Oct 2019 01:40:29 +0000 https://vistanow.org/?p=51856 //MANDIRA GOWDA//

People generally say that Colorado experiences all four seasons, ranging from a hot, blistering summer to a vibrant fall. While it seems like a blessing, it’s hard to tell when these four seasons will occur, especially when Colorado experiences wild temperature changes, from 32ºF one day to 70ºF the next.

In October 2019, winter surprisingly decided to show up earlier than usual. And when it knocked on Colorado’s door, it brought a freezing Halloween with it.

So, if you had plans to be a superhero or any sexy form of something normal, you might want to reconsider, unless hypothermia is an accessory to your costume. Here are five last minute ideas for warm Halloween costumes! 

 

  • Sim

 

Do you own a closet? Are you able to put together any form of warm clothing? This costume is for you! Simply put together an ensemble of your most comfortable clothing, then print out a plumbob to place on your head. Ta da! 

 

  • Santa/Krampus

 

Are you a fan of celebrating Christmas way too early? This costume is a perfect combination of Halloween and Christmas, festive and spooky. With a heavy red coat, snow boots and a white beard, you can put together this costume in no time and keep all of your body warm, including your chin. 

 

  • Robber

 

Dressing as a robber leaves much up to the creative mind. The only required part of the costume is a ski mask, but if you don’t have one, you can always just cut holes for eyes from a sock placed on your head. Just combine dark colors, maybe a winter coat, some gloves, and boom! Now you can legally dress up as a robber for one day of the year (with the exception of school).  

 

  • Mario and Luigi

 

Need a warm couple’s/partner’s idea for Halloween? Dress up as a classic: Mario and Luigi. Just get red and green t-shirts, blue overalls, and a hat, and you’ve got your costume all ready to go!

 

  • Clown

 

A classic last-minute clown is always recognizable by the red makeup on the nose and lips. Truly, all you need is red lipstick and some form of artistic ability, and there you go! Wear any warm form of clothing, paint your face, and you’re good to go!

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Golden Eagles Leave the Nest https://vistanow.org/51837/uncategorized/golden-eagles-leave-the-nest/ https://vistanow.org/51837/uncategorized/golden-eagles-leave-the-nest/#respond Tue, 29 Oct 2019 19:17:10 +0000 https://vistanow.org/?p=51837 //Emma Holt, Molly Houser, & Brayden Tuers//

As eager students and parents filled the stands of Shea Stadium Oct. 25, senior football players were honored for their participation and highlighted for accomplishments made during their high school careers. The last home game was an emotional ride for graduating players.

“To me, [Shea] is kinda like my second home,” senior Christopher Perella said. “I played most of my sports there. I made most of [my] friends and some enemies there, too.”

For varsity sports, the team’s Senior Night takes place at the final home game. The event is a tradition at Vista, as well as other schools around the nation.

In addition to honoring the senior football players, senior Vista marching band and members of the poms team stood beside their parents as their name was announced.

“Senior Night was super enjoyable since our team was able to spend the last game together,” senior Nikki Moran said. “My senior year on poms has changed [my life] in a good way because we’ve learned what we need to do in order to win.”

After honoring the three teams, the anticipated game began.

“The first half we did pretty well…we were all on the same page,” Perella said. “It was pretty intense.”

Despite the excitement built, the team lost momentum during the second half. Vista lost to Highlands Ranch, 35-28.

 

 

 

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