Disney has announced the addition of its first Polynesian princess, Moana Waialiki of the Pacific Islands. The movie follows Moana, voiced by fourteen year old Native Hawaiian Auli’i Cravalho, throughout her quest for the fabled island for which her parents had previously searched. Taking place over two thousand years ago in Oceania, Moana is helped by her companion Maui, a Hawaiian demigod, voiced by co-star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
The inclusion of Moana to the assortment of Disney’s princesses adds diversity necessary for Disney to reach new viewers. Disney’s target audience extends to young girls, particularly the ones who share cultural aspects with the particular princess. Just as Snow White appeals to young Caucasian girls and Tiana appeals to young African-American girls, Moana will become popular among the majority of young Pacific Island girls who were previously not represented.
Signing Day has come and gone, and a select few of Apex’s senior athletes pledged to continue their ascension in their sport in college. Easily the most committing came from the swimming with four swimmers pledging to their colleges. Both male swimmers, Brian Legarth and Brandon Medins, signed to Washington & Lee University. Ashlyn Butkowski will join the Minutemen at UMass Amherst, Katie Godlewski will be attending St. Bonaventure University, and Morgan Montgomery will attend the University of Vermont. Three lacrosse players also finalized their college choices: Tommy Deluca will join the Cavaliers at the University of Virginia, Jack Hayden will play at Hampden-Sydney College, and Dylan Wolford will attend Westminster College. Concerning other sports, Kaley Barts will take her golfing talents to Catawba College, while Abigail Veit will join the Western Carolina Catamounts' volleyball team. Ben Highfill will play baseball at Liberty University and the lone softball player to sign was Julia Cerasi, who will be attending Meredith College. Apex’s class of 2016 athletes are a strong group who certainly deserve to play their respected sports at the next level.
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The Wake County Public School System is implementing new ways to fight suicide. Last year, twenty Triangle adolescents between the ages of eleven and nineteen took their own lives. In North Carolina, suicide is the third-leading cause of death for ages fifteen to twenty-four and the second-leading cause for those between the ages of ten and fourteen. It is a big problem, which is why Wake County is working to help students who may be questioning life.
The students of the University of Missouri have requested and succeeded in the removal of the university’s president Timothy M. Wolfe from administrative power. After repetitive instances of racial slurs used against the African- American minority of the school’s campus, professors, additional staff members, and more than half a dozen football players boycotted. Protests began as a result of verbal altercation that began in early September of this year when the president of the university’s student government, a black male, reportedly had racial slurs shouted at him. Swastika symbols sketched into human feces that have been left in dormitories containing minority students have resulted in many students pointing blame towards the lack of enforcement by the university’s administration. Abigail Hollis, a minority student of the university, blatantly recalled the university as being “unhealthy and unsafe for [minority students like herself]” after multiple trucks flying Confederate flags drove past a recent protest.
On Nov. 10, 2015 famous singer Ed Sheeran was spotted at the UNC Chapel Hill campus. Sheeran was reportedly there to visit his girlfriend. The two were spotted at a nearby gathering place called 'He's Not Here' which happens to be a college student hotspot. Afterwards the star partied at two fraternity houses and said he had asked to feel the American fraternity experience. Those who were not in attendance at these hotspots that night surely missed out.
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The Apex Peak Players debut this year’s fall production, The Yellow Boat, written by David Saar. The play is based on the true story of a family in the 1980s whose son is diagnosed with hemophilia and contracted the HIV virus through a transfusion. Do not let the mature nature scare you or your family away; the show was originally written for children, and covers an array of emotions. Senior Lucas Beckett takes the spotlight as the boy, named Benjamin, providing a whole new exciting and colorful perspective to the story.
Performances will be at 7 p.m. in the Apex High School auditorium Nov. 12-14. Tickets can be bought online at ApexDrama.com for $6-7, or at the door for $10 (online tickets must be purchased by 6 p.m. the night of the performance). There will be concessions available in the gym lobby.
This is a show you won't want to miss. All aboard The Yellow Boat!
Check out the slideshow for a sneak-peak with rehearsal pictures.
On Nov. 3, Ohioans voted against legalizing recreational marijuana by nearly two-to-one. Issue 3 would have made marijuana legal to smoke and legal in edible form, and medicinal use would be legal for any age as long as that person meets the conditions. With heroin use among high school students in the suburbs rapidly growing, most Ohioans do not feel safe legalizing marijuana.
Legalization would mean dispensaries would go up for the public to enter and purchase any strain or edible available. One must be twenty-one in order to legally use. Residents in Colorado can buy up to an ounce of marijuana, and out-of-staters can buy up to a quarter ounce. Washington is the only state that does not allow one to grow marijuana at home. Rules in Ohio could potentially be much different if it was legalized, but Ohioans look to work on the heroin problem before they opt to legalize any drug for recreational use.
Sitting at the halfway point in the 2015-16 NFL season, a lot has happened in these few short months. Some coach’s seats are beginning to warm; others are lost in an irreversible blaze. There has been no shortage of QB controversy, devastating injuries, and a little history getting to where we currently stand. Some history was made on Nov. 2 when Carolina’s own Panthers survived Monday Night Football to stay undefeated at 7-0, one of four 7-0 teams (Broncos, Bengals, Patriots). That marks the first time in NFL history that there have been four 7-0 teams left standing. Denver remained undefeated in a heavyweight matchup with then undefeated Green Bay when a stout #1 ranked defense held the best QB in football, Aaron Rodgers, to his lowest yardage total of his career when attempting twenty passes. Denver has not been looked at as the strongest of the undefeated teams left, but it is hard to ignore that type of win, especially in primetime on Sunday Night Football. Cincinnati has done a good job in shedding their “shrivel in big games” mantra, beating up on some good teams this year and showing some unexpected grit when having to play close games. QB Andy Dalton has also started to show what he is really made of, but the only thing that will appease their tortured fan base is a playoff win after so many failed attempts. The Patriots are the best team in football, and it is not hard to see why; they are simply on a mission after Deflategate. Tom Brady is playing like he is thirty again, and an offense of no names minus TE Rob Gronkowski and WR Julian Edelman has slaughtered the league on route to Tom Brady’s second ever 7-0 start.
The fourth movie in the Daniel Craig era of Bond series was unlike the previous ones that featured 007. It still had a Bond girl, plenty of action, and plenty of bad guys, but that was about where the similarities ended.
Spectre follows Bond as he goes on a side mission given to him by the late M (Judi Dench) before her death. This movie shows 007 as even more of a bad boy than he already is as he goes off the map and disappears from his job to track down the mysterious villain who is the head of the Spectre organization. As he follows the trail around Europe, he discovers the leader is someone that he was very close to and knew growing up.
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On Oct. 28 the third Republican primary debate was held at the University of Colorado Boulder in Boulder, Colorado. Just like any other debate, there were winners, and there were losers. The unique reasons why some candidates shined was what made this debate unlike many others.
Ten candidates, three moderators, and millions of people were watching. Participating in the debate were front-runners business mogul Donald Trump and former pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson, fellow outsider Carly Fiorina, establishment politicians Gov. Chris Christie (NJ), former Gov. Jeb Bush (FL), and Sen. Ted Cruz (TX), Gov. John Kasich (OH), as well as freshman Sen. Marco Rubio (FL), long-time conservative Gov. Mike Huckabee (AR), and former libertarian Sen. Rand Paul (KY). When it comes to moderators John Harwood, Becky Quick, and Carl Quintanilla, The New York Post may have said it best with an article titled, “There’s no debate: The CNBC Moderators were unfair.”
According to the polls following the debate, those who usually shine during debates did not perform. Trump talked much less than in past debates, and Bush, who generally performs very well in debates, was lacking. Fiorina owned the floor, amassing the longest talking time. When it finally came down to it, Sen. Rubio was the clear winner, with Sen. Cruz following closely behind. Their success can be largely attributed to them addressing and criticizing the obvious liberal bias of the moderators on stage.