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Prescott Film Festival

By Sid Mattila

During the week of July 23th to July 27th, the Prescott Film Festival will be held for the fifth time. At this festival, there will be a variety of films produced and written by adults and fellow high school students in the Prescott area.

To submit a film, students must contact the officials before May 19th at or (928) 458-7209. It costs only ten dollars for a student to submit a film. Whether students plan on submitting a film or simply attend to watch the festival, it provides several benefits to those who wish to be involved in the film business. For example, the website says:

“We really want your students to come to our festival. In addition to having fun in the cool pines of Prescott, we think there is much to be learned from independent films, attending workshops by professional film makers, and interacting with film makers in a variety of settings. Continue reading


Embry Riddle Aeronautical University

By Phoebe Payne

So, you’re looking for a degree in communications, engineering, or anything involving aerospace, but all the good universities are far away, right? Wrong. Prescott’s very own Embry Riddle Aeronautical University has everything you’re looking for and then some, all situated a comfortable distance from home.

With an extensive log of majors available in aerospace engineering, professional piloting, international relations, and business administration, this is a great college for students with global ambitions. In fact, students in these majors make up eighty percent of the total number of students. This university is even partnered with the US military, and is the only college to give those serving in Europe degrees in piloting.

Embry Riddle probably has what you’re looking for in the way of majors at this point, but, let’s face it, cost is a major concern for us all. For non-flight students (who pay extra to use the simulators and equipment), the cost without financial aid is approximately $41,770. A graduate student would be looking at a figure of $24,310 a year.  Continue reading

AIMS Preparation for the Master Student

By Colter Richardson

AIMS is approaching fast, so what are you doing to prepare? Are you going to sleep more, eat a good breakfast, study, or not do anything? Whatever you choose, you need to be prepared.

Many teachers often tell students that the best way to succeed is to study, but is it? Many students do not study, and for some this is bad, yet for others it in no way hinders their ability to succeed. Many people I have interviewed don’t study, and they are among the top in their classes.

Ms. Mezeske’s advice is to “review notes, look [over those] notes, and get an AIMS practice test.”

Students are also told to get a good night’s rest before taking any test, yet some of the avid studiers choose to forgo rest for more studying. Many teachers from the past have stressed to never do this, but people still do. Why is this? It is simply because they are stressed about having to do well, and this is caused by the fact that our society is obsessed with standardized testing.

Mrs. Muchna stated, “We try to teach everything that may show up on the tests, but we don’t know, so go over the class material, get a good sleep, and use practice tests.”

Not all people are able to succeed in taking tests, but our teachers try their hardest to get us ready. As Mrs. Muchna said, they teach you everything that might be on the test, but they really don’t know.

Mr. Wamsley said, “Listen to what your teachers say, and follow their guidelines.”

What ever your method for studying is be sure to be ready. The test is coming, and we all must be ready.

The Science of Sunsets

By Amanda Bertsch

Arizona is reknown for its vibrant, colorful sunsets. But where do these nightly shows get their beauty? The secret is a variety of factors that, combined, paint the skies wth color.

Sunsets are caused because the light’s pathway through the atmosphere is longer early and late in the day (think of the position of the sun). Colors with shorter wavelengths, such as blue and green, are scattered through the sky, so they are not often seen. Colors with longer wavelengths, like red and orange, are seen strongly. These wavelengths are then filtered through and dispersed by particles in the air.

A diagram showing how a sunset works. Photo credit goes to NOAA/NWS Storm Prediction Center.

A diagram showing how a sunset works. Photo credit goes to NOAA/NWS Storm Prediction Center.

The time is important as well. Sunsets tend to be more vibrant than sunrises because there are more particles in the air. Also, fall and winter tend to have the most vibrant sunsets in our area. This has to do with the angle of the sun at different times of the year.

The location is also important. Deserts and the tropics in particular tend to have vibrant hues. These areas both have many high-level particles and are usually clear of pollution. The tropics also have the sun’s angle on their side.

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Brownies from Scratch

With this recipe, you can truthfully say that your delicious brownies were made from scratch.

What you will need:

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) of butter or margarine
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 2 tsp. of vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup of Cocoa
  • ½ tsp. of baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. Of salt
  • 1 cup of chopped nuts, chocolate chips, or mini marshmallows
  1. Heat oven to 350°F.
  1. Grease 13x9x2 inch baking pan.
  1. Microwave butter in large bowl on HIGH (100%) for 2 minutes or until melted. Stir in sugar and vanilla.
  1. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well with a spoon after each addition.
  1. Add flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt; beat until well blended.
  1. Stir in chopped nuts, chocolate chips, or mini marshmallows. Pour into pan.
  1. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until brownies begin to pull away from the ides of the pan.
  1. Cool completely before eating.

Makes about 24 generously sized brownies.