There are some things in life that will never be easy, and losing an icon is one of them. On Sept. 25, 2016, the world said goodbye to Arnold Palmer, a professional golfer who is known as “the King” among the golfing community. According to a statement from his company, he passed away while awaiting cardiac surgery at a hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. Palmer was eighty-seven years old and widely-loved by both the golfing community and his large family; consisting of his second wife, his two daughters, his six grandchildren, and his several great-grandkids. Prior to his death, he created a legacy for himself that will last for decades.
Since the first day of high school, you have probably heard countless horror stories of a student’s junior year. Over the years, it has been labeled the most important year of your high school career. Stress levels are through the roof, homework is exhausting, the SAT and ACT are getting closer, and it all feels so overwhelming. We keep hearing how college is on the horizon and that this is the year that can ultimately decide our success for the future. At the moment, it is hard to even believe people survived, but they did! The question then becomes how. How do you survive high school’s most treacherous year? Although junior year is going to be a tough one, it can also be a wonderful year to look back on. Here are a few tips on how to lift the pressure off your shoulders and juggle all that comes with being a junior in high school.
First, your health is the number one priority. It is very easy to dive into your school work and get stuck on the train of stress. Learn to reward yourself with breaks, remember to eat and drink, and most importantly sleep. This goes for all high school students because your sleep is a key factor when it comes to your academic performance. Fatigue and tiredness tend to reduce motivation and focus. Sleep is like food for your brain, so make sure you are getting enough of it. For several students, sleep is often put on the back burner due to heavy homework loads. However, with more sleep comes more focus. Also, more focus can even lead to tackling tasks more efficiently.
Amelia Borger & Jessica Stiehm
Staff Writer and News Editor
Apex High has gained a handful of new staff this year, including Rodney Smith, a new assistant principal. Mr. Smith came from Apex Middle after administrating there for three years. Education has always been a big part of his life, a sentiment that he owes to his mother, who he considers to be the biggest influence in his life. By the end of his high school career he became the Salutatorian of his class. He has attended the University of Virginia, North Carolina Central University, Gardner Webb University, and hopes to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for his Doctorate in education. He is an avid Tarheel fan as his wife attended the school.
It seems America has a new villain, a force so terrifying and disturbing that is has people all over the country calling the police and hiding their children in their homes. No, I’m not talking about either presidential candidate; I’m talking about people walking around dressed as creepy clowns. I know that may sound funny, but these clowns are no laughing matter. Most of these clowns do not seem to be doing anything in particular, but some of these sinister-looking jesters have been accused of trying to lure children into the woods, harassing kids at an Alabama school, and even threatening to bring a bomb to the school on Facebook, causing panic and fear on social media and among the public. The good news about these clown sightings is that most of them turn out to be pranksters in a mask or made up, false reports. However, some of these people in clown costumes are up to no good and could take advantage of children who do not know any better.
No one wants to wake up to their fire alarm going off, getting their hand burned, or watch their Jeep’s dashboard explode. All of these freak accidents have happened since the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 debuted on Aug. 19, resulting in recalls and exchange programs.
Like most smartphones nowadays, the Galaxy Note 7 uses a lithium ion battery. Lithium is a highly reactive element which allows the battery to be easily charged. Each battery has two electrodes (where power enters and leaves the battery). The anode contains negatively charged ions, and the cathode contains positively charged ions and lithium. When the batteries are being used, the lithium is moved over from cathode to anode. While the battery is being charged, the lithium moves back over to the cathode. The separator in the battery keeps the anode and cathode from touching cause that can trigger reactions that cause fires and explosions.
This year 115 American Paralympic athletes came home from Rio with medals; forty gold medals, forty-four silver medals and thirty-one bronze medals were won.These accomplishments are very underappreciated and talked about, but they are the same accomplishments and require the same amount of work to get an Olympic medal. Knowing how much work it takes to be good enough to participate in the Paralympics, let alone win a medal, it is not right that most of these athletes go unnoticed.
After two years of marriage, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are getting a divorce. In August 2014, the happy couple was officially married in a private ceremony at a French chateau. They were together since 2004 and were both in their first movie together Mr. and Mrs. Smith in 2007. The movie is about a happily-married couple who are both secretly rival assassins-now how about that as a couple? Later during the making of this film, there were speculations that Brad Pitt divorced Jennifer Aniston so he can be with Angelina Jolie. After their marriage in 2014, they both starred in a film called By the Sea, directed by Angelina Jolie. This is about a couple trying to repair their marriage while staying at a hotel in France during the 1970s, another Angelina and Pitt movie about marriage. Angelina said, "I'm counting on the audience to know that if it was close to us at all we could never make this film," Jolie said. “It’s because we are actually very, very stable and these aren't our issues.” But if they were happy in 2015, why did their relationship go bad this year?
Meenakshi Sathish and Ashton Baysden
Features Editor and A & E Editor
There is a connotation that comes along with the title “intern”. It is presented by a jittery millennial who rushes down the halls with two trays of coffee in his hands trying to keep his internship. However, Mr. House is far from the intern we have laughed at on films and sitcoms.
An important part of every award show is the fashion. For the 2016 Emmys, the fashion was amazing! The stars had custom-made gowns and pieces just for this event. Here is a list of the best and worst of this year’s Emmy fashion.
On Sept. 11, 2016, Savvy Shields, the 2016 Miss Arkansas, was crowned with the title of Miss America. As a winner of the national pageant, Shields took home $50,000 worth of college scholarship money and will earn a six-figure salary. Prior to the passing of crowns from last year’s Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell, the first through fourth place runner-ups were announced. Miss Mississippi was fourth, Miss Washington was third, Miss New York was second, and Miss South Carolina was the first runner-up. The finalists took home $10,000, $15,000, $20,000, and $25,000 in college scholarship money, respectively. The Miss America pageant has become so renowned not only for the poise of its contestants but also for being one of the first pageants to encourage further education through monetary prizes. Miss America Savvy Shields now looks to continue pursuing her art major at the University of Arkansas and is excited to graduate college debt-free. She also revealed in an interview with the KTLA 5 Morning News that she hopes to one day teach at the collegiate level.