Here are the Holiday Features for the February issue:
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The luckiest day of the year!
By Hailey Vincent
On March 17, we celebrate a day full of luck and leprechauns. St. Patrick’s Day is known as an Irish celebration, but what is the story behind this lucky holiday?
It all starts with a patron saint of Ireland named St Patrick. St. Patrick was originally Roman British not Irish. When he was a boy, a band of pirates kidnapped him and sold him into slavery in Ireland. After six years, Patrick escaped and fled to Britain where he then became a bishop. But he felt he was being called back to Ireland to speak about God, so he returned. He converted the Gaelic Irish to Christianity. This made the Celtic Druids angry, and led to Patrick being arrested several times. That didn’t stop Patrick, he later created churches and schools to help him convert other Irish citizens. To commemorate Patrick, the Irish created this holiday.
So how did the shamrocks, leprechauns, and pots of gold become a big part of this holiday? The shamrock all started with the number three. Three is a very important number to the Irish, and is considered to be a lucky number. For example the Holy Spirit, son, and father, or faith, hope, and charity, all of which contain 3. As for the leprechauns, they were created based on an Irish legend. They are considered to be Irish fairies, which are 2 feet tall, ill-tempered, and carry around a pot of gold.
So on March 17, enjoy the gold candy, and the luck of the leprechauns.
Top April Fool’s Pranks
When April 1st comes around, you must be prepared to trick your friends and family. Here are some ideas to prank them:
1. Coffee Cup on Car--Tape magnets to the bottom of an empty coffee cup, and attach it to the top of your car. Laugh at all the people who frantically try to get your attention as you drive by.
2. Lottery Ticket Prank— Buy a lottery ticket and give it to the victim on March 31. The next day go out early and buy another ticket with the exact same numbers as the WINNING numbers from the day before. Put this ticket in the place of the ticket from the day before. Wait for them to check the numbers in the paper. They probably won’t notice the different date, and will think they just became a millionaire!
3. Shower Time!— Put a rubber band around the push button of the spray nozzle (the kind with a hose) so the button stays down. Point it forward. When the victim uses the sink they will get a wet surprise!
4. Drippy Cup-- Use a pin to make a few small holes in a plastic disposable cup. Offer a drink to the victim and watch while the liquid dribbles out onto their shirt.
5. Double-Brewed Coffee— If your victim is a coffee drinker, wake up before them and get to the coffee maker. Brew a cup of coffee, and then replace the coffee filter and add new coffee grounds to it. Pour the same pot of coffee you just brewed into the place where water is normally poured. Start the machine, and leave your freshly-brewed super-caffinated coffee for your victim. With any luck, your victim will be very over-caffinated and hyper without knowing why.
6. Stinky Cheese— Take your victims deodorant, and cut about half an inch off the top. Take enough cream cheese to replace the amount of deodorant and make it look as normal as you can. Most people don't even look before they put it on, so it works almost every time, if it looks enough like the regular deodorant.
7. Car Chaos— Sneak into the victim's car and change everything. Change the seat positions, and change the angle of the side mirrors. Also change all the settings for radio stations, A/C controls, and turn the windshield wipers on. If the victim keeps a CD in the player, change it for the most obnoxious music you can find and turn the volume as high as it can go. Then just wait for your victim the next time they go to leave and watch them panic as soon as they turn the key.
Embrace the differences in society
By: Kimberly Andrade
“Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others.” http://www.autism-society.org/site/PageServer?pagename=about_home
This month is Autism Awareness Month and in order to embrace a whole month dedicated to a disability it is important to know the facts, and that is exactly what this article is going to help you do.
It is a fact that 4 in every 5 people diagnosed with autism are males, only 1 in 5 are females. However, most females with autism go undetected due to the fact that their symptoms are less obvious.
Symptoms for autism tend to be; lack of or delay in spoken language, repetitive use of language and/or motor mannerisms (e.g., hand-flapping, twirling objects), little or no eye contact, lack of interest in peer relationships, lack of spontaneous or make-believe play, and persistent fixation on parts of objects.
It is common to see people in your daily life in and out of school with autism due to the fact that all though no one can be “cured” of autism, they can learn to manage it better with early diagnoses and intervention. These facts all concern autism; however there is another brain functioning disorder that is linked to autism and it is called aspergers disorder.
Aspergers disorder is a higher functioning form of autism due to the fact that people with aspergers are in most cases extremely intelligent, but just don’t know how to socially interact with people. These are the people in society who suffer the most because they understand that they are different but can’t do much about it. It is most difficult for these teens, especially in school or any other social environment to be understood. They take everything very literally and find it difficult to understand the perspective of others. All they really want and need is for someone to sit and speak with them or to just be a friend. They want friends; they just don’t know how to make them.
As a school and as a society it is important that we work together to make everyone feel important and needed and to reach out to others. Whether they have a disability or if they are just simply different in one way or another, we must not ignore them or treat them as though they are any less important. We are all people and whether you are in or out of school, living together as one human race is unavoidable. Stop making fun of one another and stick up for each other, don’t make excuses, and embrace the differences.