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Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald- Amazing or Too Action Packed?

By Rachael Gilkison/ Staff Writer

The second installment in the Fantastic Beasts franchise has gripped the attention of readers since it came out on November 16. Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald picks up where the first movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them leaves off. In this film, Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) continues being a mother to his “Fantastic Beasts” while also slowly falling in love with Tina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston) and maybe even Leta Lestrange (Zoë Kravitz).

Newt begins the movie by meeting his brother Theseus (Callum Turner) at the French Ministry of Magic. During this meeting, he discovers that the obscurus Credence Barebone (Ezra Miller) had survived the incident in the train station in the previous movie. It is revealed that Credence is living in Paris with a maledictus named Nagini (Claudia Kim). Because of Credence’s importance to the the the pureblood movement, Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) practically begged Newt to go track him down and keep him out of Gellert Grindelwald’s (Johnny Depp’s) clutches.

Though some may feel that this movie had too much action for it only being the second movie, many fans like how how fast paced it is. There was never a slow moment, and every plot twist left you on the edge of your seat with suspense. There were relationship issues left and right, ranging from a non-consensual love hex to an article looking too far into a close friendship.

One of the obvious best parts of this movie is Jude Law’s portrayal of younger Dumbledore. Law tapped into Dumbledore’s rebellious streak perfectly. He also was a great Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher Dumbledore. He played the role of a supportive, loveable, and loyal friend to Newt and his other students flawlessly.

Another great actor in this movie is Callum Turner, who plays Theseus. Though Newt and Theseus don’t exactly have the best relationship, Callum emanates the big brother tough love vibe perfectly. Even though Theseus is marrying Newt’s childhood best friend that he clearly liked, he still manages to always look out for what is in Newt’s best interest.

On top of all of the great actors, this movie also helped expand some relationships between the characters. We got to see Newt and Tina’s relationship stretched, and Queenie (Alison Sudol) and Jacob’s (Dan Folger) relationship fluctuate as the movie goes on. We also get to see how the characters interact around each other. The audience sees how Newt and Theseus and Leta all act when they are together versus apart. There is obviously history between Leta and Newt even though his brother plans on marrying her. There is also tension between Newt and Theseus for some unknown reason.

The best thing about this movie is all of the tie-ins to the Harry Potter series. Nagini, one of Voldemort’s horcruxes, was shown as a main character during the movie, giving us insight into her past. The audience also learns more about the Lestrange family background through Leta.

‘The Sacrifice Box’ novel provides intriguing premise but lacks fast action

by Kaitlyn Koehler/Staff Writer

What would you do if you found a magic box in the woods that was capable of death? In The Sacrifice Box by Martin Stewart, Arkle, Sep, Mack, Lamb, and Hadley all find themselves in this eerie situation.

The setting is 1982 Scotland. Five friends find themselves surrounded by icy wind and an ancient box hidden in the woods. The rules were simple: never come to the box alone, never open it after dark, and never take back your sacrifice. After the five friends offered up their sacrifice, an object they care about deeply, they depart and make their way back to their chilly homes.

Flash forward to four years later. Sep, otherwise known as September Hope, and the outcast in this story, makes his way towards his school. He is stuck between choosing to go to the mainland for college, or to stay in his cramped town, which he hated. Headmaster Tench who was obsessed with fishing and Sep’s mother, Daniels, the bully, and mean old Mrs. Siddiqui were the only things that pushed Sep to fill out his mainland college application. What Sep doesn’t know is that something truly awful has happened: the box had been opened.

After learning of the constant deaths of people acquainted with the teens, the five friends reunite in order to find out who has broken the rule. They each go back to the woods to discover something they will never forget.

The Sacrifice Box was a truly boring, slow-paced book. It got interesting towards the 100th page. That is when the action really came in. I would give this book two stars out of five. I had really high expectations, as the cover looked good and the summary seemed spookily interesting. Reading this book was like watching a movie that was boring for the first hour, and decently interesting for the last thirty minutes. I would recommend this book to someone who likes to really build up to a good ending, because, the ending was pretty good. It was the other 100 pages that were disappointing.

I can say I will try to read this book again someday. Maybe there will be something that I missed, and will find interesting. I encourage everyone to pick up a book and read it. Do it for the fun of it. Sometimes you can be surprised by how mystical a book can be.

 

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Holiday survey reflects tradition, family

by Tommy Yazell/Staff Writer

Christmas and Thanksgiving:  two times you can enjoy wonderful foods and some relaxation at the same time. This survey was made in order to celebrate traditions and the favorite foods of some of the more popular holidays. Whether it be turkey or  a good casserole, dinner traditions are something that are loved by many.

Out of the survey, 26.8% of the people enjoy mashed potatoes the best. The closest to the mashed potatoes was the 18.9% who liked ham the best, which is also delicious. Desserts are a must have, especially on Thanksgiving. The two favorite Thanksgiving desserts were pumpkin pie, with a 44.9% and apple pie, with a 15.9%.

Funny traditions and memories are things that we look back and smile on. Some responses stood out among the rest.  “One time my uncle stuck his hand in the sink and when my grandma put the garbage disposal on, he was pretending that his hand was getting cut and taken off,” wrote one student after recalling a funny memory. Another student said, “A food fight between the kids of the family” was particularly unforgettable. Some of the most popular answers for most memorable Thanksgiving traditions were spending time with family or eating. “When I brought homemade Rice Krispies treats to Thanksgiving for the first time, and ended up with them too hard to eat and people still ate them,” was one student’s experience.

The most popular response to favorite December holiday tradition was decorating. Some of the other responses were, “Waiting until 6-7 a.m. and making cinnamon rolls. Then waiting till those are done, eating, and opening presents.” The best gifts that people said they got were money, video game consoles, or being with their families. The most popular place to see the lights is the Circle of Lights, and the second most popular choice was Christmas at the Zoo.

Fright Night

by Kaitlyn Koehler

The sound of rustling leaves could be heard in the distance. A screech of a crow echoed through the alleyways of the dark, damp suburbs of a small town not too far away from Kansas. Teenagers, children, and even adults lined the streets. Skeleton masks, doll masks, and blood-splattered masks filled the streets of teens awaiting the chime of the bells. The bells symbolized the start of Fright Night, the holiday most people dreaded. Fright Night starts at five pm on halloween night and end the day after at 5 am The night is filled with pranks, regular trick-or-treating, and occasionally, murder. For the last six years, two unidentified masked figures went around slaughtering the poor helpless children and teenagers of the town. Last year, Hunter Laurie had the unfortunate time of being the first, and surprisingly last, victim of the masked villains. This was the death to end all of the murder.

Hunter Laurie was a thirteen-year-old boy who went as the same thing for Halloween every year: Frankenstein. Hunter didn’t mind getting made fun of. He was content with what he had, plus, the older people would give him extra candy for being so cute. Hunter loved Fright Night more than anything. He loved getting candy and seeing kids prank the adults. That all changed when Hunter saw a prank he wasn’t supposed to see. Hunter was going down the street when he heard a yelp.

“Jesus, Paul, do you really need to put that much blood on her door? She’s already going to be upset when she sees her dog. I think you’ve done enough,” said a boy who Hunter recognized as Rowan Wallis. The Wallis brothers were notorious for doing the most horrific pranks every year. The year before, they had lit a church on fire. Paul Willis came up with each awful idea. He always claimed the same thing: “You wouldn’t yell at me if it were your kid who did it.” Every year a parent of the Willis boys would bail them out of jail. They were spoiled and never disciplined. When Hunter walked up on them spreading the blood on the door, he screamed.

“What the hell was that?” yelled Paul. He looked around until he locked eyes with Hunter, who was frozen in fear.

“You’re dead, kid!” Paul yelled. Paul ran after Hunter and Rowan quickly followed. Eventually they caught up to Hunter and threw him down. Hunter screamed as his wrist hit the hard ground and snapped. Rowan grabbed onto Paul’s shoulder.

“Don’t you think we should stop, Paul? C’mon, the kid’s hurt enough. All he’s going to do now is complain to his mommy.” Paul smirked and grabbed Hunter. Without saying a word, Paul quickly ran with Hunter to a place where he knew Hunter would never get out of. Paul was twisted and psychotic. Nobody knew of his nature to kill. Rowan followed silently. He knew what was about to happen.

“Paul, you can’t keep doing this. Someone is going to find out sooner or later. I can’t keep covering for you. This is getting ridiculous. You need help. You-” Rowan was cut off by Paul slapping him in the face.

“Do you think I like doing this? Huh? Do you think I like killing little kids? I can’t help it. I have to.” Rowan remained quiet as he continued to follow Paul to the place. The place where people are taken to die. Paul slammed Hunter down in a hard, rusty chair. Hunter groaned as the wind was knocked out of his fragile body. Paul tied down his arms and legs and put a blindfold on the kid. He didn’t like the poor victims to see themselves die. He had a little compassion. Rowan stayed close to the door that lead up to the sky above them. It made him sick to watch his brother torture innocent people.

Paul laughed and cried as he grabbed a knife from a hidden drawer. He needed to kill. He hated it, but he needed it. It was the only way he could keep peace in his life; the only way he could live a “normal” life. Paul slid the knife across Hunter’s face and sighed at the tears and blood flowing from the kid’s face.

“I’m sorry kid. You were at the wrong place at the wrong time. This has to be done.” Paul went down further and slit Hunter’s neck. Silence filled the room as the blood flowed from Hunter’s neck. Paul sighed and sat against the wall of his underground murder room. He then started laughing and used his knife to cut his own hand. He rubbed the blood from his hand on Hunter’s face. It was has signature mark. Out of nowhere, Paul felt a sharp pain in his back. The pain intensified. Paul reached around his back and grabbed the sharp object that was lodged in it. He looked at the object and noticed Rowan standing in front of him with tears in his eyes.

“I can’t let you do this anymore. I’m sorry. Please forgive me.” Paul made a gurgling sound and fell over. Rowan walked out of the underground room and closed the latch door that kept it closed. He struck a match and threw it on the ground. In a matter of minutes, the whole area was engulfed in flames. Smoke filled the air. It was, however, the end of the terrible murders that occurred every year.

Hunter Laurie was never forgotten, but instead, celebrated. Fright Night became a holiday to celebrate those who died in that span of six years. Everyone enjoyed their nights and never worried about possibly being murdered. Nobody had to. The only problem that remained was Rowan’s guilty conscience. After all, he did backstab his brother.

Halloween movie rankings

by Kaitlyn Koehler/Staff Writer

Halloween; a mix of crisp weather, trick or treating, and best of all, scary movies. Horror movies from the 1960s to the 1980s are still relevant because of their superior scares. The following films will be ranked from the worst to the best. With movies such as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Carrie, this list will be filled with gory and eerie choices.

The 60’s through the 80’s were filled with scary movies that leave goosebumps on arms and standing hairs on the back of necks. The Birds is a classic movie about a woman who meets a man at a pet store. She leaves him with two love birds, which resulted in crows attacking the town, and eventually, the woman. The movie, released in 1963, was directed by Alfred Hitchcock, who is also known for Psycho, Vertigo, and Rear Window. Another classic would be Willard. The movie, released in 1971, is a thriller about a man who trains rats to kill for him. Willard, the man, befriends a colony of rats. Socrates and Ben are the two most well-known rats that play important parts in the psychopathic lifestyle of Willard.

The 1970’s were filled with hair-raising classics that are still being watched today. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a well-known movie that has been made into many separate movies. The main characters, Sally and her paraplegic brother Franklin, head up to their grandfather’s grave which has been vandalized. There, they meet a group of murderous psychos, who want nothing else but to torture and kill the two. Leatherface is introduced as the main murder character. He wears a mask made out of human skin and murders unsuspecting victims with his chainsaw.

Jaws is an additional classic made in 1975. The movie stars a killer shark who eats his victims and shows no mercy. Jaws now has five movies that contain the same bloody cruelty as the first.

What do you get when you mix a teenage girl with telekinetic powers? Carrie was released in 1976. Carrie, a teenage girl who is bullied in school and by her mother, develops telekinetic powers that turn deadly. The movie has been remade multiple times with twice as much blood and gore. One of the most popular movies from the 70’s would have to be Halloween. The movie starts out with 21-year-old Michael Myers escaping from custody of the police. He then goes back to his hometown of Haddonfield, IL, where he seeks out his next victims.

“They’re here!” Carol Anne is known for the famous line in Poltergeist, one of the most popular horror movies of the 80’s. Made in 1982, Poltergeist gives a look into what happens when 5-year-old Carol Anne is swept into a world of terrifying ghosts and bright lights. When Carol Ann is taken by the spirits, the Freelings are forced to communicate with their daughter through the television. When getting nowhere on receiving Carol Anne back, the family must turn to a group of trained exorcists.  

“Whatever you do, don’t fall asleep.” Nancy Thompson dreams herself into a world of nightmares coming to life in the 1984 slasher film A Nightmare on Elm Street. Freddy Krueger, the antagonist, preys on teenagers and kills them in their dreams. A death in a dream equals a death in reality. Nancy’s parents and their friends are the key to solving the mystery behind the razor clawed fiend. What happens if Nancy doesn’t solve the problem? Watch the movie and find out!

After reviewing the results to the survey students of GCHS took, the chilling results are in! “Why are you screaming?” A Nightmare on Elm Street tops the favorites list with only a 8% difference from the second place tie of the slasher Halloween, the exorcist legend Poltergeist, and bloody Carrie. In third place we have the chainsaw-swinging Leatherface in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Fourth place goes to the man-eating shark, Jaws. Fifth place goes to the well deserved psychopathic rat trainer, Willard. Last place goes to the killer crows in the 1963 classic, The Birds. Hopefully they don’t seek revenge on you.

Review: Haunted Theme Parks

by Olivia Herbert/Staff Writer

It’s that time of the year when many people crave the horror festivities and the fright. People begin to frequently visit popular haunted houses such as: Indy Scream Park, Hanna Haunted Acres, Piney Acres, etc. These places include frightening attractions for people to walk through, with workers in costume throughout the location scaring as many people as they can. I had the chance to visit Hanna Haunted Acres and Indy Scream Park during my free time and they were very scary!

Hanna Haunted Acres had more of a variety of things to do like a haunted hayride, maze and the normal attractions, whereas Indy Scream Park only had the haunted house to walk through.

I personally enjoyed the atmosphere of Indy Scream park more than Hanna Haunted Acres because Indy Scream Park had a sitting area with bonfires and food and with workers walking around frightening others. Hanna Haunted Acres looked emptier and did not seem as well put together as the other park.

Both of the haunted houses were great experiences with my friends and brought great laughs and screams.  Each of the workers does a great job of scaring and entertaining at the same time. The paid actors, in makeup, help make your experience frighteningly realistic. Props, lighting, and the setting of each attraction also help create the spooky feeling people pay to come see during this time of the year. Visiting any of these haunted theme parks is recommended if you are a fan of horror movies, Halloween, or even if you just want to find something to do with a group of friends.

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lovelytheband’s newest album does not disappoint

By Kaitlyn Koehler/ Staff Writer

“Every once in a while, there is an album that makes you feel less alone,” noted Tina Roumeliotis from her Aug. 3 blog about  Finding it Hard to Smile, an album by lovelytheband, written on The Daily Listening.com.  lovelytheband has a way of making you feel good about yourself and your problems. The band keeps upbeat songs while also having relatable topics that people are going through. Finding it Hard to Smile is the only complete album of the band. The album was released on August 3, 2018, and consists of 16 songs, each having a different message.

There are times in your life when a song hits you hard. The song, “maybe, i’m afraid” happens to be one of those. The song deals with relationships and the struggles you face. “Maybe I’m just too good. Maybe I’ll run away. Maybe I’m over you. Maybe I shouldn’t stay. Maybe I just don’t care. Maybe I talk too much. But baby I’ll be there. Yeah, baby I’ll be there. It’s been a little hard. I’ve been a little tough. But maybe all along. I’m afraid.”  The song hits you head on with these thoughts. People often find themselves in this same situation. The message behind the song is, maybe you just don’t want to lose them.

I like that you’re broken, broken like me. Maybe that makes me a fool.” “Broken” remains one of the most popular songs of the band. The song was released in 2017 and debuted as number one on the Alternative Songs airplay chart. The song remained as number one for 9 consecutive weeks. The song has dropped to number six as of July 21st.

Roumeliotis wrote, “On the band’s debut, Finding It Hard To Smile, we’re given a glimpse into a world of hope, letdowns, pain, love, and all the little things that come along with dealing with anxiety and depression while searching for someone who can actually handle all of these things.” Roumeliotis further gives explanation of why this album is “definitely something to smile about.”

All in all, lovelytheband has shown that even through tough times, you can still rise up and become a better person. Going through breakups and depression can’t hold you back. You may have a time in your life when you feel like everything is falling apart. This band lets you know that there is always someone to help you out. There is always someone who is experiencing what you are feeling. According to the song “Emotion”, it’s ok to not be happy. It’s ok to not want to leave your room or the couch.

Finding it Hard to Smile may not be my favorite album out there, but I do have a better time enjoying the songs when I relate to them. There were some songs I liked, and there were some I did not like. “These are my friends” and “Emotion” are not what I would have expected. Listening to the other songs made me have higher hope for the whole album. These two songs, in my opinion, did not reach that level I wanted. I expected those songs to give off a happier feel, but they did not. However, the other 14 songs left me feeling a little better about the problems I face.

If I had to rate the album, I would give it a solid 7 out of 10. The upbeat music made the messages behind the album feel like life isn’t bad enough to give up. Although there were a couple songs I did not connect to, I still enjoyed the fun beat. I have high hopes for lovelytheband for the future. I will be crossing my fingers for a new album release!

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Dramatic rom-com captures the hearts of its viewers

by Rachael Gilkison/Staff Writer

This Cinderella upgrade has caught the interest of both journalists and the public alike for its captivating novelty romance. This was an amazing movie that made hearts swoon as Rachel and Nick fell in love. In this fantastic film, a poor Chinese girl falls in love with her Prince Charming, deemed a “crazy rich Asian” by Goh Pek Lin, the best friend of main character Rachel. (Awkwafina).

Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) has no idea that her boyfriend belongs to Singapore’s elite. This movie’s great characters aren’t the only thing that has been attracting the media’s attention; it’s also an incredible amount of diversity and romance that makes hearts sing as an added bonus.

Rachel first discovers that Nick (Henry Goulding) is basically Asia’s Prince Harry when she is invited to go to Nick’s best friend’s wedding. When Rachel and Nick board the plane to leave, Rachel is quick to point out that she can’t afford their first class suite. Nick then confesses that his family lives comfortably.
   

Nick is Singapore’s most eligible bachelor, so it is not hard to imagine that people were a little less than happy that he was dating someone that didn’t fit his current status. Nick, unlike his family and close friends, doesn’t care that Rachel doesn’t come from money like he does.

Rachel is an economics professor in New York who is completely oblivious to Nick’s wealth and power. Rachel tries her best to fit in with Nick’s family and friends, but she suffered a lot of scrutiny because of the fact that she is not rich or influential.

The leader of the “Kick Rachel to the Curb club” is Eleanor Young, Nick’s mother (Michelle Yeoh). From the start, Eleanor made it clear that she did not like Rachel. Eleanor blatantly told Rachel that “she will never be enough”. Though Eleanor is just trying to look out for her son, she gave a lot of tough love that Rachel couldn’t handle.

Though everyone seems to have it out for Rachel, she finds safety in her best friend Goh Pek Lin . Pek Lin provides great comic relief throughout the entire movie. She provided lots of comfort to Rachel when she felt like no one really wanted her in Singapore. She also helped Rachel fit in with the rich bigwigs.

Not only does Crazy Rich Asians have an amazing set of characters, it also has an all-Asian cast. Though this may not seem like a big deal, considering that that last all-Asian cast movie, The Joy Luck Club, came out in 1993, this is huge for the Asian-American community.

As if this movie couldn’t get any better, it follows the book perfectly. Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians series is already popular, and as the success of his movie grew, so did his book series. There are three books in the Crazy Rich Asians series.

This movie has been incredibly popular and has earned much of the public’s love.  The film has encouraged people to better accept who they are instead of trying to be someone else.  In China Rich Girlfriend, the second book in the series, Kwan wrote: “Just because some people actually work for their money doesn’t mean they are beneath you.” The theme of equality is an important one throughout the series, and especially in the recent film. 

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Your Stories: Mental Health Awareness

Information compiled by: Analicia Cass/Staff Writer

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Green ribbons symbolize support and awareness for others.

Despite what many people think, mental health disorders are common in teens. One out of five adolescents has a diagnosable mental health disorder; this includes depression disorders, anxiety disorders and severe behavior problems. (https://www.teentreatmentcenter.com/teen-mental-health-statistics) 112 of the 170 responses to a survey answered by students at GCHS recently said that a student, or someone they know, deals with depression. From the same survey, 120 out of those 170 responses answered that they, or someone they knew, dealt with anxiety.

Spreading the word about how people manage daily with a mental health issue is important in the the steps to making that rate go down. It can be beneficial to hear others’ stories and to get help to change yourself because of them. The following anonymous stories are real stories of students here at Greenfield- Central. They are stories of the students who were strong enough and brave enough to come forward and share what happened. (Please see mental health resources and phone numbers to call to get help at the end of this article.)

Without further ado, the anonymous stories of your peers:

Some days I wake up and I don’t want to get out of bed. It’s not like the typical “I’m too tired. I don’t want to go to school.” It’s like I physically can’t find the will to get out of bed. It’s the constant search to find a reason to live. Most days, I come home from school and stare at my ceiling for hours because I feel hopeless and I can’t find the motivation to do anything with my life because I’m in constant fear of failing more. I wish that my teachers knew that when I don’t get my work done; it’s not because I don’t want to do it. It’s because I can’t find the motivation to even eat some days, let alone do my school work.
I’ve struggled with anxiety and depression for more than half of my life. In junior high, I started self-harming. That led to two suicide attempts and hospital visits. While I was in the hospital, I learned to channel my feelings into music. When I started high school band, the feeling of constant emptiness and numbness went away for a little while. Even though I’ve found coping skills that have kept me clean for two years, I still struggle everyday. I’m not the typical person that seems like they would struggle with this. Most people don’t know the constant fight that I’m having with myself because all they see is someone who tries hard in school, seems pretty friendly, and never gets in trouble. I wish that people didn’t form a stereotype for what those with mental health issues have to look like and act like. – Anonymous

Sixth grade was the time when I got diagnosed with depression and anxiety. Both of my parents have both of those issues, so I am clearly very likely to be stricken with it. I wrote a note to one of my friends at school saying how she “shouldn’t be friends with someone who’s going to end up dying anyway”, indicating myself. She told the teacher about the note, and long story short, I ended up going home early from school. My mom was so distraught, we had a looooooong talk when I got home. She was scared for me. I eventually was taken to the doctor and was diagnosed with anxiety and depression, with corresponding anti-depressants. Now, several years later, I don’t so much struggle with my depression anymore (I usually more so in the winter months), but still my anxiety will act up easily, even with taking the anti-depressants. My mind will wonder with so many “what ifs” and far-fetched possibilities that will probably not even happen. I’ve let that mindset pull me back from doing things I could’ve had the time of my life doing. What I’ve learned with having these mental issues is that the fact of HAVING them does not make you a stronger person. It’s how you still DEAL with everyday problems like a normal person would, not letting your mental issues be a crutch to fall back on or an excuse. – Anonymous

Growing up I felt pretty worthless. Like maybe I just annoyed everyone. I felt guilty for feeling certain ways. Several years ago, I started to self harm after a bullying incident. I kept to myself shutting family and friends out. I thought it would be best that way. Keep others away from me. I thought I was protecting them. I hated myself and who I was. I was able to go to a really good retreat in 2016 and tell my parents about my problem. I was never clinically diagnosed with depression until recently. I went to counseling for a couple of months and that helped a lot. I thought I was done with all of that. But life hit me again. I started feeling lonely. My eating and sleeping patterns changed drastically, and still I kept to myself. The feeling of guilt kept coming back to me. I thought maybe I was just feeling a little sad and it will pass. This went on for a few months. Finally I got to the point where I almost committed suicide. I was so close, but I talked myself out of it. Like maybe if I waited a little longer I will be ok. Those extra few minutes saved my life. Couple days later I felt so wore down by keeping this secret that I told my parents. It wasn’t easy and I don’t think it is for anyone. Because you still have this feeling of guilt, but you know that getting help is the best option for everyone. So recently I was diagnosed with depression and social anxiety. It hit me hard and I was scared of what was going to happen. I was scared of what others would think of me. I was already self conscious of who I was and this just added on to it. I started taking the medication and my diet and sleep improved a ton. I’m still battling the war inside my head everyday. It’s exhausting because every day I have to fight with the monsters inside me. Because of my mental illness I’ve learned to be more compassionate, kind, and open minded. Yes it’s sucked, but in a way I wouldn’t change myself for the world. Kindness is so important in this world today, especially with the rise of teen depression. So smile at others in the hall and compliment each other best you can because what you say can make someone’s day. – Anonymous

I was abused as a child and I struggle with many mental issues including but not limited to the ones aforementioned. Some days are harder than others and with mental issues comes bad thoughts which makes it hard to even get through the day. I am currently on medication for my depression. I’m getting help, and I have a family who supports me. The only person who can fix/adapt mental issues is you. There is no miracle cure, just work within oneself to overcome struggles both inside and out. – Anonymous

I have been diagnosed with major depressive disorder and severe anxiety since I was a pre-teen. It has progressively gotten worse as the years go by and I have been on a few different medications. I cry very often and feel hopeless most days. I really just wish that I could handle my emotions like a normal human being. I feel so isolated from everyone and I feel that no one truly understands me and that I’ll never have true friends. I feel judged and disliked by nearly everyone at school and finding the motivation to get out of bed is a struggle. I feel that I push people that care about me away because I am so afraid of being hurt. I recently told my ex-best friend about my eating disorder and she basically just told me to eat and that it would go away. She didn’t even want to hear it. I am struggling through each and everyday and I feel so empty. I hope that someone can read this and maybe relate and not feel so alone. – Anonymous

I am 16 and have already gone through so much in my life. The problem is that no one wants to listen for that reason. Because I am young my problems aren’t taken seriously. They are shrugged off as being “just that age” or that it is “something everyone has.” I have Bipolar disorder and can’t help when I lash out. I can be incredibly happy one moment, frustrated for no reason the nest, or wanting to not leave my bed all day. It doesn’t help my family at all and I try to apologize. They just don’t get it. They can’t see that when I can’t leave the bed it isn’t because I am lazy, but rather not able to shut my head off about negative thoughts. I weigh 130 pounds and I am 5’6. I get called fat on a constant basis by my peers because I have this very little amount of bloating in my stomach every morning. It goes down after a while, but the comments said by others don’t. I have to make sure now that when I look in the mirror that my stomach isn’t “clinging” onto the fabric because it isn’t toned. I can’t wear shorts because then my stretch marks from growing will show and I am immediately labeled as fat. I have scars all down my back and can’t let them show because they are ugly. This is why kids today are having problems. People aren’t making a effort to try and understand what’s happening. People only want to hear what they want and give you their unneeded comments along with it. – Anonymous

My childhood was kinda rough. My parents were divorced when I was three and when I was five my dad’s girlfriend at the time had abused me.Then everything calmed down after a few years. Until everything had caught up with me in junior high. My father hasn’t really been there for me that much and I had found out why my parents had gotten a divorce. Once I got to high school I got a boyfriend and we were fine for awhile until he pressured me into sex and then he would mentally and physically abuse me. We were off and on until i was fed up with him hurting me. I don’t know where a lot of my depression came from. All I remember is it just slowly coming on and my anxiety happened at the end freshman year and the beginning of sophomore year – Anonymous

I wasn’t diagnosed with both anxiety and ADHD until the third grade. I was bullied and felt like I didn’t fit in until I got treated for both things which is medication. I have to take medication everyday for my ADHD and if I forget to take it I become very agitated with myself and others which causes the anxiety. I have learned to cope with both things by take a minute if needed to calm down and to collect my thoughts. ADHD causes what I call swimming thoughts, which in the mind is like having 3,000 tabs open at once which slows the brain down just like it would with a computer.  Then that causes agitation because you are trying to focus on to many things at once which then causes the anxiety but I have learned to cope by taking medication and then taking a minute to collect my thoughts. – Anonymous

These are the stories of your peers, your students, your friends, etc. There are nearly 100 more stories of people who have dealt with certain mental health issues, some since they were pre-teens. It is a real issue and many are afraid to speak up. Thank you to those who responded. Thank you to those who help someone with a mental health issue. Thank you for being strong enough to share your story.  Even though you can’t necessarily see the internal struggle in someone, people can be dealing with many issues in their lives.

Please, if you need help: on the school home page click Safe Schools to anonymously report an issue:

Suicide/Crisis Hotline – 1-800-273-TALK

Crisis Texting Hotline – 74141

National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

DCS hotline: 1-800-800-5556

Here are some local resources for you to use as well.  All of these places accept numerous insurance plans:

  • The Landing (Healing Hearts program, Rise Above it events, SMART recovery program, etc.)
  • Mental Health Partners (teen support group)
  • Healthy 365 (http://www.behealthy365.org/)
  • Community Behavioral Health (offers weekly support group meetings for mental health)
  • Oases Counseling (offers mental health and addiction treatment)
  • Families First (offers mental health therapy in groups or individual sessions)


‘Infinity War’ does not disappoint

by Aden Kropp/Staff Writer

Imagine half of the universe gone with the snap of someone’s fingers. Now imagine that that someone is none other than the most powerful being in the universe and you, with the help of some of your colleagues, have to defeat him. This is the premise of the movie Avengers: Infinity War.

Infinity War stars many heroes from the other Avengers movies, as well as heroes from other movies. Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, and Chris Pratt as Star-Lord are just a few actors of the all-star cast in Infinity War.

The movie takes place some time after the last Captain America movie, Captain America: Civil War. At the end of Civil War, the Avengers split up due to conflicting ideas of how to deal with a multitude of problems. When Infinity War takes place, the group is still in shambles. However, when Thanos, played by Josh Brolin, tries to eliminate half of the population of everywhere, The Avengers must reunite to take him down.

The entire movie revolves around Thanos trying to kill half of the population so as to eliminate the ever-increasing problem of overpopulation. The movie stars Thanos as less of a villain, but more of a misunderstood hero, who truly believes that the answer to overpopulation is to kill half of everybody. He tries to complete his goal by collecting all of the infinity stones, all of which contain great power.

The movie is loaded with everything you would want to see in a superhero movie. It has a powerful hero, and an even more powerful villain. The battles were very epic. All in all, the movie was good. My only complaint would be that the movie ends in a large cliffhanger. I won’t tell you what the cliffhanger is, but I will state that the movie has an obvious sequel. The sequel is unnamed for right now, but will be coming out in  2019. The next movie is a must-see for people who watched Infinity War so they can know how the amazing saga ends.

To get a better understanding of the Avengers saga, you should see the previous movies. As Infinity War combines almost all of the heroes from many different movies, following the routine of viewing all the other movies might be a difficulty. The big movies that should be watched to fully understand Infinity War include: Doctor Strange, Spiderman Homecoming, Captain America: Civil War, Thor: Ragnarok, and Guardians of the Galaxy Part 2.