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Friendship 101

By: Ellie Cartier

The end of the year is coming. People around the school have made new friends and grown closer to older ones. Although it will be more difficult to stay in touch over the summer than in the school year, many will still get together and hang out.

But before the year ends, I have some tips for you to help strengthen your relationships with your friends.

Disclaimer: These are my opinions on how to have a healthy friendship. Everyone is different and so are the ways they show affection for their friends.

  1. Respect their space 

You are not their mom, or their dad, or their crazy uncle Jim. You are their friend. If they want to do something you don’t entirely agree with, unless it puts them or others in danger, keep your mouth shut about it. Friends support each other and are there for them when things go wrong.

If they need to take a break from their phone or don’t want to come over that weekend, that’s okay. You don’t have to be with each other all the time. If they need a mental moment or just a break from you, don’t take offense to it. Some people need to recharge for a bit.

Maybe they want to hang out with someone else? That’s also totally fine! You shouldn’t revolve your life around one person, and neither should they,

2. Listening and speaking

Sometimes the best thing you can do for your friend is to just sit there and listen. Don’t give them advice. Don’t tell them “I told you so!” or “If you had listened to me,”. That’s not why they came to you. They want you to hug them and listen. If they want your ‘words of wisdom’, they’ll ask for it.

3. Respecting privacy 

Sort of like number one, but this time more about not asking about every single thing they are doing in their life. If they have something to share with you, they will. This doesn’t mean I’m saying that you can’t ask how their day was or what they are doing this weekend, but more along the lines of if they are texting a girl/boy, you don’t need to know everything they are saying.

If they are going through something that they don’t want to talk to you about, leave it. Maybe they’ll come to you when they’re ready, maybe they won’t. You just have to move on.

4. Paying attention 

This one is personally one of the most important ones to me. Pay attention to your friends. Not just watching their social media. Take them to Starbucks or to Walmart and watch what they look at. Do they like black tea? Is their favorite food sushi?

People truly do appreciate the small things. You bringing them their favorite drink or buying them a new mug because you remembered they broke their first one. It means something to them. You may think it’s just a simple task that took no more than ten minutes but to them, that’s ten minutes of your time you spent thinking about them. That’s important to other people.


Those were a few things I’ve heard my friends say they appreciate in friendships so keep them in mind, and hang on because summer is almost here.


How YouTubers are Changing the World

by Molly West

It’s no secret that the world is changing. With it, the way entertainment works is changing, too. Now, there are new genres of content, as well as new platforms to share it on. One of the most popular platforms right now is YouTube. At a glance, it seems like all fun and games; however, when you look closely, it’s clear that there’s more to these creators than meets the eye.

YouTube first launched in December 2005, but it was not until December 2007 that the YouTube Partner Program started. This allowed content creators to monetize their videos and make money from ad revenue. Over the years, this algorithm has been refined and changed. Now, being a YouTuber is viewed as a job, with some creators making as much as $9 million a year.

These creators are now moving on to bigger projects. With more money to make content, as well as a wider audience, many YouTubers have moved on to higher quality productions. One YouTuber, Hannah Hart, has even made it onto Food Network with her own show, I Hart Food. Other YouTubers have branched off into things like music, movies, and even partnering with major league companies such as Disney.

Some creators have gotten caught up in the publicity. Others, though, have used their platform to do something meaningful.

Many popular YouTubers have performed major acts of charity. Not only will they donate thousands of their own dollars, but they will get their viewers to donate as well. The money is rarely even touched by the YouTuber themselves, as it goes directly to the charity. This both supports a good cause and inspires the viewers to do good on their own time.

An example of a YouTuber who does this is Mark Fischbach, more commonly known as Markiplier. As of April 2018, Mark has raised over $3 million for charity. During the year of 2017, he did monthly livestreams where each month, he would stream for approximately ten hours—give or take—to raise money for different organizations. On average, he raised $100,000 each month. The most he ever raised during one of these streams was in November 2017, when he raised over $400,000 for Save The Children thanks to the help of an anonymous donor who matched each donation.

Even those who don’t do active charity efforts are making a difference. Many famous YouTubers have online communities surrounding them. Though they may not seem like much on the outside, an online community for many people can be like a family. They all share the same love and respect for the YouTubers they watch, but from that develops a love for each other. People in fandoms are supportive of everyone else in the community and use the platform to spread positivity. Some people may be going through hard times, and having close friends within a community can make it easier to face challenges.

Often, these acts of kindness are inspired by the creators themselves being kind and spreading positive messages. A lot of things that YouTubers say are the same things you would hear from a teacher or parent: follow your dreams, work hard, and spread love wherever you go. Young people who may not have an older figure to give them advice like this now have their favorite YouTuber to look up to as a hero.

Not to say that every YouTuber is a superhero; there are those who only do it for the money and fame. A lot of the genuine ones, though, have a deep caring for their fans. If it weren’t for the fans, after all, the YouTuber would have never become big in the first place. The relationship between viewer and creator becomes less of a fan worshipping an idol and more of a mutual appreciation.

Thanks to the internet, we now have new ways to inspire and create. YouTubers are grasping at their opportunities in this fast-growing industry and quickly using their popularity to do some good in the world. In the future, it is likely their impact will only grow. Keep an eye on the creators you watch on YouTube; they might end up becoming the heroes of the future.



Incredibles Two

Everyone is hyped for the release of the long-anticipated sequel to The Incredibles. If you haven’t heard, the fourteen-year-long wait is over and on June 15 this year, and people cannot wait.

But before we get too excited, here’s a major plot point most are confused about: The film starts right where it left off.

Fourteen years and not a second has passed in the animated world. A new villain arose last second in the first movie, leaving us on a cliffhanger. It seems like Brad Bird wanted to answer our questions of that ending instead of throwing us into the future. Why would that be? Who doesn’t want to see a moody, teenage Jack-Jack, or an adult Tony and Violet in love? What about a college kid Dash? Would he be over his girl phobia? Knowing these things would be pretty exciting to most people, yet, director Brad Bird doesn’t seem to think so.

“I thought about aging everyone the way everyone does and then I thought, ‘No, that sucks.'” Bird said when asked about his reasoning. He goes on about how many comic books and movie before his had done that very thing and how he wanted The Incredibles to be different from them.

So, no adult Violet or Dash, but instead we are promised to get more Jack-Jack action. As some know, in a short produced after the first movie called Jack-Jack Attack, and at the very end of the first movie, we see that Jack-Jack has more powers than all of the other family members. From what we see, he has the power of fire, steel, and some monster form. Bird calls him a ‘Jack of all trades’; a pun on his name.

Another thing Bird tells us about what to expect is more Elasti-Girl action. Since the last film focused mainly on Mr. Incredible, this one is about Bob tackling parenthood while Helen is tackling bad guys.

Having said that, Bird also comments “…I realized I’m not very interested in the power. That’s not the part that interests me. What interests me is the idea of having a family. Having there be a reason to hide the powers. And once I had that insight into what I wanted to do, I picked the powers based on who they were in the family…” If one was to look back on the first movie, they could see the passion Bird put into making that a huge aspect of the plot. “…Men are always expected to be strong, so I had Bob have super strength. Women, mothers are always pulled in a million different directions, so I had her be elastic. Teenagers are insecure and defensive, so I had Violet have force fields and invisibility. Ten-year-olds are energy balls that can’t be stopped. And babies are unknown, maybe they have no powers, maybe they have all powers, we don’t know…”

So whether you had hoped for a flash to the future, or you’re perfectly content with how Bird decided to do things, no one can deny that they are not stoked for this amazing sequel to be released.

The Perks of Saving Money (And How To Do So)

By Maya Schenne


     Money is great. You can buy whatever you want (granted you have enough saved). Wait, what do you mean saved? Yesyou have to have money to buy stuff. The easiest way to have money is to save money. You might say, “But if I save moneyI won’t have money now!” That’s true, but saving money has many perks. Let me show you all of the perks of saving money.

     If you save moneyyou’ll have enough to spend in the future. Yes, it might take a couple of months to save up for something expensive, but if you remind yourself to not spend any money, you’ll be surprised how much you have left. Whether you want to buy something really expensive, or just have money to spend on little things, saving money is always a good idea. 

     Another reason to save money is for emergency funds. You might break your leg and need to pay for a visit to the hospital. You might need to repair your car. Life happens, so you should be prepared for whatever comes your way. You never know what life will throw at you next. 

     Even if you only save a dollar a day, at the end of one year, you’ll have $365 (or $365.25 if you want to be more specific). If you do this, you won’t have to scavenge for money to save every day. The other alternative is saving weekly. Let’s say you save $20 every week. There are about 52 weeks in a year, so you’ll have roughly $1,040 at the end of the year. 

     A good way to go about doing this is having a goal. Let’s say your goal is $2,000. You’ll have to earn about $40 per week, which gets you to your goal and then some. Another way to make a goal is to have a monthly goal, opposed to a yearly one. You can have your goal set at $20 one week, $15 another and $40 the next one.

     Now, how do you get all this money? (Hint: it’s not from robbing a bank.) Below this I’ve included some ways to earn money that you can then save.
1. You can get a job.
2. You can use your “daily allowance” (if that’s even a thing anymore). 
3. You can use birthday/holiday money.
4. You could even do chores for your neighbors, grandparents, friends, etc.

     If you get a job, you can put your whole paycheck into savings, unless you need it for other things. If your parents give you an allowance, you can put that in savings (instead of spending it at the mall). If you don’t have an allowance, you can still get money by asking family members to give you cash for your birthday (or Christmas) instead of presents. Lastly, you can mow your neighbors’ lawns’, rake leaves, or even help clean their garages for money. 

     Nowyou know why you need to save money, and how to do so. But where should you put it? One good idea is having a jar. This idea has both positive and negative outcomes. Firstit’s a good idea because you can just drop cash in it whenever you find some. But if you can drop cash inyou can also take cash out. And you’ll have to prepare for little siblings “borrowing” a couple of dollars.

     You could also set up a savings account at your bank. That way, the money is safe from your younger siblings and yourself. It’s harder to put money in since you’ll have to go to the bank, but once in, it stays in. Also, if you put it in a savings account, you’ll get interest. If you pay attention in class, you’ll know that interest adds money to your money. It may be as small as 5%, but it still adds up. 

     Now that you know why you should save money, how to do so, and where, you are ready to start saving. Start by making a goal and deciding which method is best for you. If you stick to it, you’ll have a fortune in no time (okay, maybe not a fortune, but you’ll have a good amount). I believe in you guys. Good luck!

The Stresses of Nanowrimo

By Allison Miller

With Camp Nano having started on April first, it is clear that both old and new writers alike are back for another month of intensive writing. Though most of the writers that joined have elected to take on the challenge, they will most likely face problems getting to their word counts in a month’s time. Even if all of the authors on the Camp Nano website have chosen to be there of their own free will, and not forced on by parents or writing professors, they will almost all have experienced stress before the month’s end. But why is this? If everyone on the website is excited to be participating, where is all the stress coming from? When people choose to begin Camp Nanowrimo on April first, they may not consider how many words a day they need to write, may set their word count goal too high, not realize how much time it will take out of the limited days of the month, or not plan out their story before trying to write it out.

When Camp Nano writers take on their word goals and the calendar hits April first, they may not think about how many words they need to write every day. They may start with a few days of extremely high word counts but not continue to keep it up. They may think that after one day of going one hundred words over the projected goal they can take the next day off entirely, which will easily put them very behind on the road to achieving their word goal by the end of the month. A problem many writers run into while writing is the fear that they won’t get to their projected goal for the day.

Another cause of stress can be setting a word goal too high at the beginning of the year, and then realizing that it isn’t feasible to reach by the end of the month. If this is the cause of stress to the writer, however, the simple solution would be to change the word goal. Even if the person is too stubborn to admit they can’t reach their goal, the Camp Nano website will let a writer change their word goal after the beginning of the month all the way to the end, which is the same on the Nanowrimo Youth website.

Many writers also don’t realize that writing will take so much time out of their day and out of their month altogether. As the months go on, writers tend to get tired of using up their weekends to focus just on writing, without being able to hang out with their friends, or they may stay up later than usual finishing their homework along with completing their word goal for the day. This can easily get tiring for authors throughout this month and can cause them to become stressed over which things they need to eliminate from their day as they continue their novels.

One of the most heavy causes of stress on the Camp Nano participants lies not within word counts or time management skills, but rather in themselves. Many writers choose to not take the needed time to plan out and outline their stories before sitting down and deciding to take on the monumental task that is meeting a word goal and committing to writing for a month long. Since outlining is such a fundamental part of writing a story and not losing sight of the plot, it can be easy to get distracted without doing it. Without an outline, it can be immensely difficult to hint at future events in the story, let alone keep the plot moving in a progression that makes sense to the audience.

Overall, however, Nanowrimo is a fantastic experience for those who can handle it. Though it may be straining to the mind (and the schedule), the sense of achievement that comes from meeting a word goal for the day, or finishing one’s novel altogether, overcomes all the stress that got the author there. Though stress can be overwhelming sometimes, it is better to look past it and focus on the goal than to dwell on it and kill productivity. Camp Nanowrimo finishes at the end of April. Until then, good luck to all those participating!