As our good friend Buddy the Elf once said, “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” Whethere you prefer more classic carols or modern songs, the sounds of the season tend to always brighten one's mood. One of the biggest ways to get into the Christmas spirit is by singing along to your favorite Christmas songs. However, there are so many to choose from. Apex Legacy was curious as to which are the most popular among Apex High School. Here are the results of Apex High School’s most loved Christmas music.
Last month Stephen Hawking made a bold statement, “We’ve got about 1,000 years to find a new place to live.” Although this was shocking, his points add up. Hawking explained in his speech given at the Oxford University Union that our best chance of survival is to leave the only home we have ever known. With our further development in artificial intelligence, our ongoing climate change, and increase in nuclear weapons, we are looking to put an end to our only home.
However, this does not mean we are giving up just yet. In the mix of all of this, NASA is hard at work searching for “goldilocks” Exoplanets that could be suitable for our survival. Hawking also stated in his speech that “by that time we should have spread out into space, and to other stars, so a disaster on Earth would not mean the end of the human race.” With that there is a little bit of good light to shine on the situation. Towards the end of Hawking’s speech at Oxford, he said, “Remember to look up at the starts and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, wonder about what makes the universe exist…Be curious. However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matter that you don’t give up.” With that said, who knows, maybe Stephen is wrong, and we stay on our home planet. Otherwise we will become the first known species to take its civilization to an interplanetary level.
On Nov. 30, eighty-two Apex High School students represented the Apex DECA Chapter at the Raleigh Convention Center for the annual DECA District Competition. Competitors took part in career cluster exams and demonstrated their business savvy through role-play scenarios. Of the eighty-two, eighteen competitors placed as top ten finalists with either exceptional exam or role-play scores. The Apex DECA Chapter, and Apex High School overall, were well acknowledged during the awards session as senior Wrigley Ferguson and sophomore Melissa Patrocinio each took home a 1st place category finalist trophy, Erin O’Hara collected a 4th place trophy, and Emily Sartin received a 5th place trophy. All Apex DECA competitors are qualified to advance to the DECA State Competition that will take place March 9 through 11 in Greensboro, NC at the Koury Convention Center.
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Need some fun and easy holiday recipes? Look no further than here! Here are a handful of recipes that are great for the whole family to make. Like the ideas? Let us know what you thought of them!
Funfetti Shortbread Bites (cookingclassy.com)
These little bites are perfect for gifting to friends or family, or having a few to eat for yourself.
*For a holiday flair, add just white, red, and green sprinkles
There is a famous quote from the Mean Girls where the character Janis says,“Oh, I love seeing teachers outside of school. It's like seeing a dog walk on its hind legs.” It is often that students forget that the same teachers who inspire and fuel our ambitions have ambitions of their own. One example is the proud entrepreneur Ms. Gage who has ventured out to creating her own bakery business. So far, we knew her as the much appreciated English teacher who pushes her students to be the best that they could. From now on, we will also know her as the charismatic businesswoman who is spreading joy with the creation of her baked goods.
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Sweet was officially born two years ago out of a love for feeding others. My mother was home for years with my siblings, and she and I was always baking. I remember the smells and family fun in the kitchen and centered around food. I want my children to have those memories. I also know how life gets crazy for everyone. My thought was ‘who wouldn’t enjoy breakfast on their porch in the morning?’ Not just any breakfast, but a homemade breakfast that has been chosen by you and made with no additives or preservatives. The idea of delivered bakery boxes was born. When an order is placed, the customer indicates what should be included and gives me a date(s) for delivery. I bake and package and deliver on the chosen date early in the morning.
Well, it’s that time of year again; fall scarves are being traded in for Santa hats, and Burl Ives’s voice can be heard telling you to have a holly jolly Christmas any time you go out in public. Christmas trees are put up, menorahs are brought downstairs, and preparations are made for the Karamu Ya Imani on the sixth day of the Kwanzaa period. Regardless of what you celebrate, one of the best parts of the holidays is getting into the spirit, and North Carolina is the perfect place to do that. Here is a guide of what you can do to feel the Christmas cheer, experience the Hanukkah spirit, and reflect on African values with Kwanzaa in North Carolina.
Hawaiian native artist Sean Yoro has painted beautiful images and has managed to capture them on the faces of icebergs. Being able to do so with the help of his surfer background, Yoro grabbed his paddle board and painting supplies and took to the freezing cold waters of the Artic. The artist created nine pieces that took part in a project called “A’o ‘Ana”, meaning “The Warning.” Sean created these images in order to raise awareness and urgency towards Global Warming, and ironically because of Global Warming, his pieces only lasted about a week or two. Sean says, noting that the portrait was fleetingly short lived, “I would have given it a week or two, maximum.”
Apex High School student, Ashling Murphy, was nominated to join the two hundred other students in the World Food Prize Global Youth Intuition from Oct. 13-15, 2016, in Des Moines, Iowa. These students from over thirty states and Canada, China, India, Mexico, Pakistan, Philippines, and Tunisia, got to be a part of this experience. They collaborated with each other, presented ideas, and packaged meals for Outreach Inc. The theme of this year’s World Food Prize Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium was “Let Food Be Thy Medicine.”
Murphy has the honor to present her own research paper on “Feeding Innovation, Fighting Hunger” about the food issues around the globe. She discussed her paper with experts of science, experts in industry, and policy around a roundtable. The Global Youth Institute of the World Food Prize explains, “teacher mentors register their student(s) to participate in a qualifying State Youth Institute (if the student resides in Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, South Dakota, Ohio, Texas and Wisconsin) or apply for an at-large delegate seat at the Global Youth Institute (if the student resides in another state or country). The students then research and write a short research report on a critical food security issue under the direction of their teacher mentor.”
Opening in Aug. of 2019, the new Apex High School will involve many old and new elements. The new school will be built around a courtyard that is twice the size of the existing courtyard surrounded by a four-story building. Some of the school will be kept the same; for instance, the fields will be cleaned up and restored to a better condition instead of demolished and rebuilt. “Our goal is that when you walk into any entrance, it will scream ‘Apex High,”’ Principal Diann Kearney says.
Eighteen year old senior at Panther Creek High School Madison Jones, like many others, has recognized the potential of social media to share personal stories and spread positive messages. But Jones turned her thoughts into action, and on July 27, 2016 she successfully became the founder of Girl Connect, an online platform and application that is “an open book for every female to share a personal story.”
According to the Girl Connect website, Girl Connect stemmed from the idea of creating a platform for “connecting and helping females from all walks of life.” Posted on her website in the form of a letter to her viewers and social media followers, Jones wrote, “I want females all around the world of all ages to connect, get and/or give advice, lift one another up, share views or opinions on topics they feel strongly about, [and] share personal experiences or stories whether they are good or bad that could possibly help someone going through the same thing or something similar.” Jones has now received thousands of page-views after jump starting a “snowball effect” that began with her friends.