Posts Tagged ‘ 2014 ’

Downtown Prescott: Chalk it Up!

 

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Chalk Walk

Photo credit to Kelcie Kruse; credit to original artists

The start of what appears to be Zeus

The start of what appears to be Zeus

Jack Skellington

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Ten Things to Do In Summer

By Markus Weinzinger

School is nearly over, and summertime looms on the horizon. The inevitable question pops up; what is there to do in summer? Where to go? Luckily, there is a list of ideas that could satisfy this predicament. The choices vary far and wide, from simplicity to complexity, and some students helped to give these suggestions. Without further ado, ten things to do in the summer:

1. Camping: Perhaps among the most obvious of activities is camping. It is simple yet fun. Camping in the mountains of Arizona or on the beach in Carpinteria, California are great options.

2. White-Water Rafting: White water rafting is a truly brave endeavor, taking you on a rumbling, memorable expedition through the river. Rapids add to the experience and make this activity hard to forget.

3. Swimming: When the sun bears down, water will keep you safe and sound. Pools can be found in virtually any city or town. Different aspects of swimming are diving, games, and more. Plus, it is cool and refreshing!

4. Biking: Riding bikes is a common pastime in summer. You can get to a place within walking distance faster, and can still experience the outdoors. A week-long biking trip is a good way to exercise and have a sense of adventure. Continue reading

Bodyguards: Inside the Job

By Markus Weinzinger

Bodyguards are renowned around the world and have been in business for a long time, but how much knowledge is still under the surface? They protect people with their lives, but how? There is more to a bodyguard than what people see on the surface. In an interview with 76 year old Carlo Norton, a former body guard and holder of several high-ranked positions in law enforcement, the characteristics of a bodyguard were revealed in intriguing detail. He described the education/training required for the profession, the locations where a bodyguard would operate, the people who employ bodyguards, and the tools utilized by this elite class of defenders.

Like most other high-stake jobs, an education and intense training are required. The kind of educational requirements depend on the type of bodyguard, but training includes, according to Mr. Norton: “…martial arts training, firearms handling, and additional training from professionals in the field.” A conceal-carry weapons permit was mandatory for Mr. Norton to continue in his work, and law enforcement or military training are prerequisite requirements. Mr. Norton included the fact that learning different languages was essential when operating in foreign lands because during his career, for a period of time, he worked in Argentina. Continue reading

Tucson Observatory: The SNHS Adventure

By Kelcie Kruse

This trek throughout southern Arizona began the morning of Monday, April 28th. Science National Honor Society visited the Tucson Observatory two years previously, and the students were excited at being able to repeat the trip. This particular trip explores extraterrestrial science as well as subjects a bit closer to home.

The SNHS students took two vans and headed down to the University of Arizona (Bear Down!) to visit the mirror lab Monday morning. At the lab they met their guide, Bill Gates. While Mr. Gates was not famous for his technical exploits, he volunteered at the U of A mirror lab. Gates taught the students about the giant mirrored lenses that the facility makes for telescopes around the world. The students were even able to see a completed lens that was in the midst of final testing before being shipped off to Chile, for one of the largest telescopes in the world. Continue reading

History of the United States Air Force

By Markus Weinzinger

Everyone seems to talk often of how important the United States Army, Navy, and Marines are in securing victory. Least talked about, however, is the Air Force. It was this branch of the military that put a decisive end to the Second World War, dominated the skies of the battlefield, and is constantly pushing the limits of technology. This branch created many heroes, some who would go on to serve longer or in respectable positions. To learn more about the first flights of a soaring force, the first years of the twentieth-century must be carefully examined. Continue reading

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