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Spirits Soar at TCP as Students Enjoy Spirit Week

By Anna Flurry

 The week of Monday, April 2, or Spirit Week for the students of Tri-City Prep, was a time for dancing, dressing up, and celebrating the individuality of students at TCP. Spirit Week was a huge success as teachers and students alike celebrated and expressed their pride in TCP.

The Spring Semester Spirit Week featured a mismatch day, crazy hair day, movie character day, and decades day. The entire school participated in the festivities, and the week was concluded with the high-energy Spring Fling.

“My favorite day for dressing up was movie character day because I was able to wear my Snow White costume.” said Amanda Romaine, senior.

“I really enjoyed mismatch day because you got to really go all out and crazy with it,” said freshman Danielle Freeman.

Shailin Crary, a junior, said, “I liked crazy hair day the best because a lot of people participated and the crazy hair provoked a lot of laughter throughout the day.”

School spirit was also an important part of Spirit Week, and people had many different ideas about the level of school spirit at TCP.

“School spirit at TCP has always just been about an individual taking opportunities to dress up, not actually enthusiastic about the school,” said John Wicus, senior.

Freeman thought school spirit was intermediate. “Some people were crazy, but most didn’t even dress up.”

 “There can ALWAYS be more school spirit,” said Romaine, “but I think that there were a good number of people participating in this particular spirit week.”
“I think it could be worthwhile if people took its meaning seriously,” said Marisa Magdaleno, senior. “They [should] dress up as an act of showing true school spirit instead of dressing up just because they’re allowed to dress funny.”

However, many agreed that the activities were still meaningful.

“I think it’s a great way to show your personality, individualism, and creativity,” said Freeman.

It “keep(s) up moral,” said Nathaniel Trujillo, freshman, and it “gets us though the semester.”

Teachers also dressed up during the week, bringing an air of festivity and amusement to the student body.

It “increased spirit for students,” said Trujillo. The teachers provided a “great influence and laughs.”

“The teachers looked great!” said Romaine. “Mrs. Winters looked exactly like Elle Woods from Legally Blonde and Mrs. Milliken made an excellent Tinkerbell.”

“I enjoy when the teachers dress up because it helps break past the student-teacher relationship,” said Freeman. “We can all have fun together just as people.”

The Spring Fling was also a featured event during the week.

“I am looking forward to Spring Fling,” said Romaine before the occasion. “Dances are always a good time to see friends and relax.”

“I was looking forward to the Spring Fling, and this was the best dance I have ever been to,” said Crary after the dance. “Mostly because the teachers danced including Mr. P and the old music was fun to attempt to dance to.”


The Hunger Games Hits Theaters Worldwide

By: Taylor Whittemore

The Hunger Games book has been a widespread bestseller for a while now, so nobody was surprised when Lionsgate announced they would be making a movie adaptation of the book. Fans were immediately excited, and waited anxiously as Lionsgate slowly announced the cast.

The Hunger Games is a fictional annual event where the Capitol, which rules the remains of North America (now called Panem), forces each of the twelve districts to choose one female and one male tribute between the ages of 12 and 18. They are picked at random in an event called a “Reaping”. The tributes are then sent to the Capitol, where they are trained, interviewed, and introduced to the eccentric Capitol citizens. After that, they are thrown into the Hunger Games, a death match where twenty-three tributes end up dead, and a lone victor remains.

Katniss Everdeen, the main protagonist, volunteered for the Hunger Games in order to protect someone she loved, and Peeta Mellark, a supporting protagonist, was chosen to go into the Hunger Games alongside her. The movie generally focuses on Katniss’ participation in the Hunger Games, but it occasionally shows scenes from the Gamemakers, who run the Hunger Games, and scenes with both Seneca Crane, head Gamemaker who oversees the Hunger Games, and President Snow, leader of the Hunger Games. The scenes with the Gamemakers and the two people who provide the commentary for the Hunger Games, Caesar Flickerman and Claudius Templesmith, provide background information for the viewer.

Katniss is played by Jennifer Lawrence, who also appeared in X-Men: First Class and Winter’s Bone. Gale is played by Liam Hemsworth, and Peeta is played by Josh Hutcherson. President Snow, the main antagonist, is played by Donald Sutherland. Other actors starring in this film include Stanley Tucci, Wes Bentley, Willow Shields, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, and Lenny Kravitz. (All credits from

The Hunger Games is rated PG-13 for violence and disturbing images. However, during most of the violent scenes, the movie rapidly switched camera angles, giving it a very scattered, disorienting feel. However, the violence is very obvious and plays a major theme, and there is much bloodshed throughout the movie.

The plot moves at a slower pace before the characters enter the Hunger Games, for they must be introduced to the Capitol citizens. However, this allows the viewer to connect with the characters more, for you learn more about their personality and relationships with one another. After the characters enter the Hunger Games, the film seems to move at a much quicker pace. The ending was quite abrupt.

Character development was very subtle, for the movie takes place over less than a month. However, if the audience plays close attention, they will notice changes in the character’s actions and behaviors. Many of these changes were in effect of the events the characters were forced to undergo.

Despite the slight changes in character development, there is a lot of growth in relationships with different characters. Many characters that had never interacted in the beginning of the film were quite close by the ending, and vice versa. This also often happens due to the events within the movie.

Because the Hunger Games takes place in a futuristic society, the technology and science are more advanced than today’s. As a result of that, computer generated graphics played a rather large role. The graphics were very neat, and, though the animation was restrained a little due to the short amount of time, it was done well. The audio was also very clear and defined. Most of the songs within the movie did not have any words, and were just musical tracks.

The script was written in a very natural way, and overall the dialogue seemed very realistic. There were slight touches of humor and several dramatic lines.

The movie, albeit very close to the book, was a little different, though the overall plot was mostly the same. There were many times when there were slight alterations from what was in the book, or scenes had been removed or added. The appearances of the cast of the movie often conflicted with the description in the books, and a decent amount of scenes from the book were either altered, with the dialogue changed, or completely removed. Overall, however, feedback to the movie was positive.

TCP to Host a Night of Lights, Food, and Fashion

By: Jacob Holevar

On Thursday April 12 Tri City will be hosting a fashion show, the proceeds of which will benefit the sophomore class. The show will start at 7 p.m. and will include the modeling of the clothes, complementary dessert, a silent auction, and a raffle.

With the intention of being a fundraiser, it will cost $5 per person to be admitted into the show, or $20 for a family of any size. The money pays for entrance into the show, a free raffle ticket, and a complementary dessert.

There will be nineteen models, male and female, from all four grade levels modeling a series of outfits from Dillard’s. Dillard’s originally agreed to supply the TCP show with clothes with the agreement that the models from the school would participate in a fashion show at Dillard’s. Due to a turn of events the show at Dillard’s was canceled, but because the agreement had already been made they agreed to still supply the TCP show with clothes.

With the amount of clothing supplied by Dillard’s, and the number of models for the show, each female participant will model three outfits. Similarly, each male model will model two complete outfits. The outfits being model will range from casual to formal clothes, and will demonstrate a few of the latest fashions available at Dillard’s.

The modeling of the clothes is slated to be a big event. It will employ music, lights, and a full runway. The project has been spearheaded by Rikki Jones, a sophomore, who originally wanted to model clothes that she designed and sewed herself.

Due to the fact that Dillard’s is the exclusive provider for the fashion show Jones wasn’t able to model her designs, however she has still worked diligently to make the fashion show a reality.

There is an event page on Facebook, “Tri City Prep Fashion Show”, which includes all relevant information such as date, time, place, and directions. Everyone is invited and encouraged to come support the sophomore class.

Math AIMS Prep Tips

By: Jacob Holevar

With the mathematics portion of AIMs fast approaching, what is the best way to study for it?

The mathematics AIMs will focus mostly upon basic algebra and geometry, so that is what should be studied leading up to the test. The AIMs test provides the students with a reference sheet with all of the formulas needed to complete the test, so memorizing formulas is useless.

The main thing to understand is the need to apply information. Many problems will deal with applying given information either to word problems or to geometrical shapes and formulas. Since almost all problems deal with a formula, and all the formulas are given, it cannot be stressed enough that the most important thing is having a proper understanding of how to apply the given information into the formula or problem.

Once you have studied and prepped for the AIMs, many of the tricks for a better score are employed during the actual testing session. Many questions that students miss on the AIMs aren’t because they didn’t understand or know how to complete the problem. Things such as awkwardly phrased questions, mismarking the scantron bubble, and being bored and tired near the end of the test can cause serious fluctuations in scores.

Re-reading questions, and considering every meaning of the question will often help alleviate confusion about what is being asked by a question, thus improving scores. Mismarking answer bubbles is a common way to lose points, but is also easily avoided. Simple things such as stopping every five questions and re reading all the previous questions and answers will eliminate almost all chance of this simple mistake taking place.

To keep from being bored, take snacks and take frequent short breaks to eat a small snack and stretch for a minute. If you follow these guidelines, the math AIMs will be a breeze.

Poetry Out Loud: A Personal Memoir

Anna Flurry and Adriana Hurtado perform their poems in Flagstaff at the next level of Poetry Out Loud.

By Anna Flurry

It was the last week before spring break, and I was crazily cramming for tests, writing essays, and memorizing poems. Not only was I stressed out about school, but I was also going to have to recite a poem in front of a panel of judges, and, perhaps more frightening, other high school kids. Needless to say, I was not whole-heartedly looking forward to Wednesday night’s Poetry Out Loud competition.

Ever since I had placed second at TCP’s own Poetry Out Loud competition, I had been somewhat dreading the regional competition in Flagstaff. It wasn’t so much that I have a huge problem with public performances, since I’ve been playing piano since I was young. This was a totally different situation than I was used to. It would be my first time reciting a poem in front of an unfamiliar audience that would be competing against me for a chance to go to state. They were not there for a performance. They were there to win.

On Wednesday afternoon, Adriana Hurtado and I piled into her car and started the long drive towards Flagstaff. I was in a deceptively quiet mood on the way there. I spent most of the ride staring out the window, inwardly reciting my poems and trying not to worry about what the competition would be like.

After a quick dinner, we arrived at the Coconino Center for the Arts. The amphitheatre was not as large as I had expected, which was a nice surprise. However, I was dismayed to discover that the contestants would have to sit in the very front row, literally six feet away from whoever would be reciting their poem.

It was with this unnerving thought that I was called to orientation. As it turned out, the other competitors were not the aggressive cutthroats I had been expecting. They chatted amongst themselves, and when orientation was over, we ended up forming a circle and telling each other about our lives. Everyone was very supportive and wished each other luck before the first round began.

I felt a little more relaxed, but as the announcer called the first contestant to the microphone, my hands were clammy and shaking. Six competitors recited their poems, and then my named was called. I announced that I would be reciting “On Monsieur’s Departure,” by Queen Elizabeth the First, and then began to speak. I don’t remember much about the actual experience because my mind was in somewhat of a haze, but I do remember feeling confident and animated. When it was over, the girl I was sitting next to congratulated me and told me I did a good job.

The second round was easier. Now that I knew a little about how it felt, I was able to enjoy the second poem more. I recited “Fairy Tale Logic,” by A.E. Stallings and tried to treat it more like a performance than a competition. I had more fun and was even able to make the audience chuckle at the end.

At the conclusion of the regional competition, I stood next to Adriana as they announced the finalists going to the state competition. I reflected that I had enjoyed the competition, and would be satisfied whether or not my name was called. Thus, when Adriana was announced I was really excited that she would be representing Tri-City and gave her a big hug. However, my name was not called.

The car ride to Prescott was considerably more animated than the one to Flagstaff as I called my parents and told them the good news. Adriana and I chattered about the competition and read the winners’ profiles in the program, and then finally fell asleep the last half hour before I arrived home.

I’m really looking forward to watching Adriana’s performance at state, and I can’t wait to see what the results are. But whether or not she wins, I know that she’ll enjoy herself, just as I learned to do in Flagstaff.