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Coffee vs Tea

By Allison Miller

Many parents nowadays have made attempts to get their children off of the coffee kick that many chain restaurants have presented. With this infatuation over the caffeinated drink that has become common, many debates have been brought up on whether or not it is a good thing. Differing opinions have arisen on the matter -as they often do when a source of conflict is present- on whether there is a better option than coffee for society in today’s world: namely tea. But in reality, is one better than the other? Is there even a difference between the two besides how they’re made and how they taste? Of course, after thinking about both sides, there are pros and cons to both tea and coffee.

Pros of Drinking Coffee:

  • “It’s delicious!”
    • Many of the people who drink coffee simply enjoy how it tastes and don’t choose to have it over tea for any other reason, though they receive many of the benefits without trying to get them.
  • Coffee can give people energy boosts, assuming it isn’t decaf.
    • Other people drink coffee because it wakes them up in the morning.
  • Drinking coffee actually has many health benefits.
    • Coffee drinking has shown to protect against type two diabetes, Parkinsons’s disease, liver disease, liver cancer, and also promotes a healthy heart.

Pros of Drinking Tea:

  • Tea also tastes amazing.
    • If one side can argue their tastes, the other will as well. Tea also provides an amazing benefit for those that prefer it.
  • Tea has many flavors.
    • Though coffee can be made into many different drinks, the drinker can almost always taste the same coffee taste behind whatever amount of sugar and cream is masking it. With tea, however, there are many different flavors that taste extremely different without adding insane amounts of other things to the drink.
  • Tea is healthier for you.
    • Though coffee has many health benefits, on its surface level tea is healthier for the body, especially if cream and sugar have been added to coffee. Tea can also help boost endurance, give the body antioxidants, and can help reduce the risk of heart attack.

Cons of Both Tea and Coffee:

  • Both contain caffeine.
    • If parents are looking to get their children away from caffeine, they should be informed that many teas contain just as much caffeine as coffee does. Assuming that is their main argument against coffee, they should also consider that there is decaffeinated coffee they could drink instead of normal coffee.
  • Both are commonly made with unhealthy things added to them.
    • Parents who are wanting to choose which drink is better for their kids based on how healthy it is need to realize that coffee often has things like cream and sugar. A large number of people who do choose to drink tea rather than coffee, might add things like milk and honey – if not just straight sugar- to their tea. Not to mention the teas that many people prefer to drink as lattes instead.
  • Drinking too much of either thing can be bad for you.
    • Everyone knows that too much of a good thing can be bad for you. In fact, drinking too much of certain types of tea can increase chances of rheumatoid arthritis in women. Drinking too much coffee can leave a person shaking and on edge for a whole day due to the excess caffeine. Too much caffeine – regardless of whether the source is tea or coffee- can increase blood pressure, as well as disorient and confuse the drinker.

In the end, neither coffee nor tea is truly better than the other, though many people will argue one over the opposite. Either coffee or tea can be good or bad compared with different aspects of how they help or hurt the human body. It generally depends on how much of either drink is consumed to say whether or not it is truly good for a person. Parents may be against their children drinking coffee every day due to the high calorie or sugar amounts, but they should realize the benefits of coffee by itself as well. People who only believe that tea is good for people should take the time to realize that tea doesn’t only have good effects on health, while also seeing that coffee has benefits as well. Whether you are a coffee drinker, a tea drinker, or an admirer of both, you should learn not only the benefits of something but also its disadvantages before really making a decision and spreading your opinion.


Adam Rippon: Bronze Medalist

By Maya Schenne

Before the 2018 Winter Olympics, Adam Rippon was floundering. “Six years ago, I had no money to my name. I was living in my coach’s basement. I just leased a car, and I got a letter in the mail saying that my credit was so bad that they needed to take the car back. My coach co-signed on the lease so that I could keep the car and he said: ‘I trust you. And I trust that you’re going to work hard.'” Rippon did work hard, earning him a spot on the U.S. Winter Olympic team. It wasn’t easy, though. But why is everyone talking about him? It may be because he is the first openly gay U.S. Winter Olympic athlete.

Adam Rippon was born on November 11, 1989, in Scranton, Pennsylvania. His full name is Adam Richard Rippon, and he is the oldest of six siblings. From an early age, he had many health issues, including an eye infection, 80% hearing loss, a severe respiratory condition, and a burst appendix before he was five years old. This was just the start of the long path ahead of him.

Rippon started figure skating when he was really young since his mother was a dancing and skating enthusiast. He won the 2007 Junior Grand Prix Final and continued on to become the first male to win back-to-back World Junior Titles in 2008 and 2009. He won a silver medal at the 2012 Nationals and entered the 2014 Nationals to try to qualify for the 2014 Winter Olympics. Unfortunately, Rippon placed eighth, not qualifying for the team. However, he came back with several strong performances, reclaiming his title. He was chosen to represent the United States at the 2018 Winter Olympics, along with Nathan Chen and Vincent Zhou. He is 28 years old, the oldest to make a debut in men’s singles since the 1936 Winter Olympics.

It wasn’t easy getting to the Olympics, though. There was a huge controversy over whether or not to accept him because of his sexual orientation. Mostly, it was between Vice President Mike Pence and Adam Rippon. When asked what he thought about Pence leading the U.S. delegation to South Korea, Rippon stated, “You mean Mike Pence, the same Mike Pence that funded gay conversion therapy? I’m not buying it.” When Pence asked to meet with Rippon, he refused. He later explained, “I talked to you about how I felt before the Games (and) it’s brought a lot of attention and questions to my other teammates. I don’t want to distract from their Olympic experience, and I don’t want my Olympic experience to be about Mike Pence.”

To many people, Rippon is a role model and a hero. He was a representative of those who are part of the LGBTQ+ community. “I didn’t speak up for myself, I spoke up because it’s important to give a voice to those who feel they don’t have one,” Rippon said. When he was asked what it’s like to be a gay athlete, Rippon responded, “It’s exactly like being a straight athlete. Lots of hard work but usually done with better eyebrows.” Rippon won a bronze medal, putting the United States on the podium.

Rippon soon became a crowd favorite. TIME magazine says he was “loved especially for the artistic beauty of his routine, his honesty, and hilarious tweets.” According to NBC: “Breakout star Adam Rippon is hysterical, the U.S. learned during these 2018 Winter Olympics…From all of his best one-liners to fashion advice, to healing crystals, eating In-N-Out on rooftops and Xanax.” His Twitter posts also have people talking. Buzzfeed describes him as “hands down one of the funniest people to follow on Twitter.”

His confidence is inspiring. One example of this is when Rippon said, “I’m a hot mess all the time. I usually finish things in the last second. But I think, as I’ve gotten older, I don’t worry about it, and I just rock it. If I forgot to put something on and I have to wear a trash bag, I’m just like, I’m gonna rock a trash bag today.” If we can learn anything from Rippon, it’s that we can achieve our goals if we work hard and don’t let anything, or anyone, tell us that it’s impossible.


Makeup Level: 0

By Ellie Cartier

(Author’s Note: Please do not throw me in the trashcan during lunch for this. I can not go back there.)

Makeup is an art tool, one that can make anyone beautiful if used correctly. As my first year of high school is slowly coming to an end, I have decided to do a review on the makeup skill level of each class.


We come to school just hoping that we can find a group to fit in with and hang out with during lunch. So, that means usually we put our best foot forward as often as we can, and we try to look our best all the time. I have noticed freshmen girls wear the most makeup of all the classes.

Now, most of the time they are new to ‘full face glam’, thus resulting in: smeared lipstick, clumped mascara, and uneven eyeliner. Do not even get me started on the highlighter and unblended eyeshadow. I do have to say though, some girls are actually pretty good at makeup and rock the cute looks, but others are at the very best iffy. Some like the more natural look, while others look like YouTube tutorials gone bad.


Sophomore girls are some of the strangest people I have met, but all in all they have the best beauty tips and looks. I’ve noticed most stick with mascara, maybe eyeliner, and maybe some foundation. They also have the best eyebrows, in my opinion (please show me how I live for great eyebrows), and they rock the lowkey don’t care attire.

At dances, such as the formal, they all looked gorgeous and were slaying at the photo booth. Some went all out and were able to look perfect for the most part, only one or two unblended eyeshadows and such. If there was the best makeup award, in my opinion, it should go to them.


I feel like juniors are dead inside but at the same time still trying to survive. So, there’s a bit of a mix when it comes to makeup for them. Most of them wear little to none, few going all out. None of these girls need makeup, just like everyone else. So, they still all are rocking it, but there’s been times where I’ve seen the brush in action. They do truly know their stuff. Best eyeliner award all to the juniors. Please teach me your eyeliner ways.

I think the whole ‘you get better through years of experience’ thing is true. They aren’t perfect, but these girls look great.



These poor souls are either ready for life outside the highschool or not. There is no in-between. Most of them are dead inside, and literally roll out of bed and grab something to wear before leaving.

But for the few who do spice up their faces, I’ve seen good results. Not much in the complaint box for them. Mostly because the senior girls I know don’t wear makeup daily and don’t need it either. But prom is just around the corner, so I’m sure I’ll get to see the lipstick and rouge pretty soon. If it’s anything like the Juniors or Senior girls who do wear makeup, it’s gonna look great.


College (From The View of a Junior)

By Isabel Ehrlich
When we hear the word college there are many thoughts that go through our heads; Will I get in? Will I be able to afford it? Will I go? Do I stay in state or leave? Or maybe your head goes more towards; I’m gonna party all 4 years! I’m sure I’ll make it big with an art degree! In all honesty, these are all valid thoughts, but there are some things that never seem to be addressed; Where do I find scholarships? What am I supposed to do with all these college brochures? What does my PSAT/SAT/ACT score mean for me? How does the world of applications and paperwork, work? As a freshman, sophomore, and junior we all hear that this is all preparing for college but not to worry because we won’t have to deal with this for 3, 2, 1 year(s). But, what if you don’t expect any help from family or don’t see that you have the best prospects for anything (after all everyone says you’re smart) and you only see the red ink? Where do you start?

I have no idea what you should do, but I can tell you what I did:

(Feel free to shuffle these steps in any order that you want, this is just how I did it.)

(Also have some clue what you want to study or experience.)

Step 1) Panic. Yeah, I said panic. See, when I panic beforehand I start I make it into a competition between me and myself. How do I do that? Well, if I panic and decide that I can’t do it, then I have to prove myself wrong.

Step 2) Organize (at least kinda). For me, this is somewhat of a challenge, so I did the cliched thing and got a corkboard (pinboard, whatever). On it I have several columns which mean absolutely nothing, and I have the names of all the colleges that are interested in me and all the colleges I am interested in. Now this means that I am willing to attend these places and that either they are interested in me or that I wish I could go there. In middle school, we had to fill out these forms that linked us with a program called myCollegeOptions it gave me a place to start, but when you take the PSAT you are linked to College Board, which is a pretty decent starting place. It shows where you have to start and where you should keep looking.

Step 3) Take the stupid tests. Take the PSAT, it shows where you need to work, and it puts your name on the radar of schools and scholarships. You will have to take either the SAT or ACT to attend pretty much any school in the US, and if you are looking internationally you have to take some form of government-issued standardized test anyway (The Brits have the A-Levels, the Irish the Leaving Cert, the French the Baccalauréat, etc.).  Most people take both the ACT and the SAT because the tests are different and it allows for people to show strengths or weaknesses in certain areas with more ease.

Step 4) Deal with the emails and brochures and tacky sales pitches that don’t tell you anything. Figure out where in the country you want to live and find ratings on your program at that school. And then go and dig on them on the internet go to chat rooms and teacher/school rating things looking especially at your program.

That’s it. As time goes on you should talk to Mr. Marman about what he thinks will be a good fit for you, and definitely do things your own way.


Tell me what you think what you’re trying to do or what you have done!



How to Deal with Anxiety

By Allison Miller

There are few words that can set every person on edge so much as stress and anxiety. Yet, despite the fact that these words affect people of all ages, we see some of the highest levels of anxiety in teens. Why would this be? (parents might ask). They don’t have to worry about supporting a family or getting taxes done on time or anything of the sort! Most parents come to the conclusion that “It’s the fault of those darn phones!” Many adults think that these extreme anxiety levels are coming from the need for validation on social media and the internet in general. The flipside of that, the kids usually argue, is that it is most definitely not the internet, as they are, in all honesty, able to express their opinions to more people and so, how could that be the source of their feeling inadequate? Many also argue that adults are overlooking the pressures of good grades and success that they place on their own children, not to mention the rocketing cost of college tuition. Some will even go so far as to say that the pressure of saving the planet is on them, due to the environmental mistakes of the generations before them. But for now, let’s put the reasons aside. We could argue the roots of anxiety back and forth for days and never reach a valid conclusion. So instead of trying to place the blame on one party or the other, let’s focus on the problem itself. It’s about time we learned how to deal with anxiety because it isn’t going to go away, and can actually be a good thing if dealt with properly.

One of the best ways to deal with anxiety is to make sure you acknowledge it in the first place. If you deny your own emotions, you will never even begin to take the path to making yourself feel better. The next thing to do after you’ve acknowledged the issue, make sure you never bottle it up. No one can hold in their emotions forever and expect nothing bad to come of it.

After you’ve come to terms with the idea of anxiety, you should look for whatever is causing it. Sometimes, this isn’t an easy thing to do. Sometimes you won’t even be able to find the source. And that is perfectly okay. People need to realize that emotions don’t always make sense, and thinking about that itself can cause some stresses to go away. It’s extremely important for you to know that you don’t need to understand absolutely everything about yourself. Sometimes anxiety is just anxiety and you can’t locate the underlying issue. No matter how many times a parent or therapist asks you what could have caused it, you don’t need to come up with an answer right away if you aren’t sure. Make sure you know that, and you might feel even the tiniest bit better.

If one of the biggest stresses on teens causing their anxiety is schoolwork, then everyone needs to work with them to change that. Whether something in the school’s curriculum changes to better help all of its students or not, there are things that teenagers can do at home to help lessen stresses. First things first: don’t put off huge projects until the day before they’re due. It’s fine to work on a project the night before so long as you’re making final edits and not a first draft. Keep organized in your head (or preferably in a physical pen-and-paper planner) which projects are due on which days and what homework you know you will have each night. It all comes down to one phrase: plan ahead.

Even if kids are able to manage their stress at home, much of the time panic attacks can randomly occur for a number of reasons when they aren’t at home. What do they do then? Well, as cliche as it is, one of the best things to do is breathe. Not just in and out, though, as you can easily get distracted and focus back on the anxiety since that kind of breathing is fairly natural. Rather, there are certain breathing exercises that make the brain focus away from the panic. One of the most useful ones is to breathe in first for four seconds, hold your breath for seven seconds, and then finally breathe back out for eight seconds. However, you cannot just run through this exercise once and expect it to work. you must keep repeating the breathing set until you can breathe normally again with less of the crushing feeling around your lungs that many anxiety attacks bring with them.

In the end, it may matter where the roots of anxiety in this day and age are coming from. But until we can figure out the exact issue, we should just be focusing on making the problems that already exist more manageable. Having anxiety isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Everyone gets it from time to time. It can be what pushes you to do your best on a project or to keep yourself from doing something that could get you hurt, but too much of it can cripple you and keep you from being able to even think about doing that project, or never take any risks that could have led to an amazing outcome. So no matter how high or low your anxiety levels are, make sure that you are able to deal with it accordingly, and make each day that much better.