Being a Marine is an experience that is extremely hard for a regular person to comprehend. What many people do not know is that one of the most challenging parts of war is actually coming home. Many families of war veterans can also testify to this, and personally, I can as well. My uncle, Lieutenant Colonel Jeremy Sibert, served two tours of duty. The first one was in Iraq, and the second one was in Afghanistan. When in Afghanistan, he worked with local tribes to set up the government so they could run on their own without the Taliban. Sibert joined the Marines because he felt a need to serve his country. However, what he would later endure was nothing that anyone could be fully prepared for.
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One of Marvel’s most anticipated films, Deadpool, was finally released. This movie, which many are referring to as Marvel’s first successful “hard R” rated motion picture, remained at the top of box offices for its first two weeks in theaters. In fact, it has had the biggest box office debut and could possibly break the top grossing record for an R-rated film. But the records do not stop there. In Russia, Deadpool broke the record for the biggest opening weekend. “It’s insolent yet earnest, flashily inventive and brazenly aggressive, joining seemingly boundless male-adolescent bravado with primal fears and a nearly pious dream of higher purpose,” details one New Yorker review.
The arrival of March on the horizon that means two things: March Madness is almost here, and baseball is back. Pitchers and catchers have reported while position players are making their way south in bunches. Spring Training is near, and another incredible season is within grasp. The Royals triumphed over the Mets in New York almost four months ago, and an offseason that saw free agents collect almost two billion dollars collectively ensued. The Cubs open as favorites for this year’s World Series, with 4-1 odds of winning it all; the Astros and Angels follow as 10-1. The divisions have been shaken, and teams have started to form on paper, but they play out the season for a reason. The 2015 Nationals were crowned champs well before last season started, and they limped to the finish line, decimated by injuries and barely floating above five-hundred. The 2016 season is bound to be oversaturated with the parity that baseball fans crave, and said season will officially kick-off when Spring Training games begin March 1.
Super Bowl weekend is always exciting for many reasons. There are always great commercials and halftime shows in addition to good football and food. Fans of the halftime performers are excited for weeks beforehand. This year, however, one of the halftime performers added a surprise to the weekend by dropping a new song the day before the game. Beyoncé released “Formation,” her first song in almost three years, on Feb. She performed it during the halftime show, and she announced the Formation World Tour. Her album is expected to drop before the tour starts, probably meaning that it will come out in April.
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The much-anticipated Apex High renovations, which will begin in June of 2017, will be finalized and announced this month, and many are wondering what they will entail. Well, something they will not include would be any building currently standing. Developers plan to demolish the entire school, leaving only the sports fields. Such a large project definitely requires a lot of planning, and it does not hurt to have someone familiar with such a monumental change. Apex High’s principal, Dr. Diann Kearney, worked as an assistant principal for fifteen years. During this time, the school where she was working, Sanderson High School, was undergoing a large renovation, and she had to oversee the staff and students’ relocation to Wakefield High School. “When I was hired to be the principal, I think that they were looking for somebody who could come in and navigate through this renovation because it is a mammoth undertaking,” explains Kearney. “It takes a significant amount of time and energy.”