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What You Need To Know About St. Patrick’s Day

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Alcohol, food, and the color green; all terms that are associated with the wonderful holiday we know as Saint Patrick’s Day. Saint Patrick’s Day falls on March 17th and is the remembrance of Christianity coming to Ireland. In fact, Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland. The holiday goes by many different names including: Patrick’s Day, St. Paddys Day, St. Patty’s Day, The Feast of Saint Patrick and my personal favorite, Lá Fheile Pádraig.

St. Patrick’s Day was established as an official Christian feast day in the early 17th century. The most popular groups that celebrate this holiday are: the Catholic Church, Anglican Communion (Church of Ireland), Eastern Orthodox Church, Lutheran Church, and the people of Ireland. St. Paddy’s Day is such a special holiday that the Lenten restrictions on eating meat and drinking alcohol are lifted for the festivities. The holiday is on March 17th because it is the day St. Patrick died. When he was 16, Irish raiders kidnapped him and took him as a slave to be a shepherd. St. Patrick was enslaved for 6 years, and through his enslavement he found God. He heard God telling him to flee to the coast where there would be a ship waiting for him. When St. Patrick returned from his journey, he became a priest. Later on, St. Patrick returned to Northern Ireland to convert pagan Irish to Christianity.

However, this still doesn’t explain why the color green and shamrocks are associated with St. Paddy’s day. Green has been connected to Ireland since it became popular in the 1640s when the Irish Catholic Confederation used the green harp flag. Around the 1680s, the color green and shamrocks started to be worn on St. Paddy’s day. Green has been apart of Irish nationalism since the 1790s as it was used by the United Irishmen, a republic organization lead by protestants but comprised of mainly of Catholics. They lead a rebellion against British rule of Ireland in 1798. During that time, people who supported the Irish wore green and this is where the phrase “wearing of the green” originated.

If you don’t have any plans for St. Patrick’s, you can always go to the festival in San Francisco. The festival starts at ten in the morning and ends at five in the evening, and the parade starts at 11:30 in the morning. There is no charge for admission so if you want food, a fun time, and to wear green, you should check it out.

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Head Royce From The Sky

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Breaking Up on Valentine’s Day

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Are you in a rut? Your partner getting you down? Is all the love and romance in the air just sickening you? ‘Tis the season of St. Valentine? Many naive adolescents believe the true meaning of Valentine’s Day is to express affection and active stimulation towards their lover. The romance that is associated with this holiday is a common misconception that has somehow gravely infected our current society. The widely accepted celebration of St. Valentine has been altered with each generation. The true meaning has been lost.

Our story begins in the year 4 AD, in a small village on the outskirts of Ancient Mesopotamia. Gilgamesh had recently been democratically elected Prime Minister, and ancient marijuana had just been legalized. Doris Burke was nine and half months pregnant when she watched her husband admire himself in the mirror for the last time. Without saying a word, she swiftly grabbed her belongings and headed out the sliding glass door of the hut. She never saw her husband again.

Burke gave birth to her beautiful son two days later. She named him Valentine. Growing up, Valentine Burke was always picked on. He was always last kid chosen when the others picked teams for chariot racing and basketball. He had an abnormally large head, and had earned the nickname “Abnormally-Large-Headed-Kid”. Lastly, he never believed in love. That is until, he met Kassandra.

They met at the local 24 Hour Fitness, and the connection was instantaneous. She was on the treadmill, he was on the elliptical, and the song playing in the background was “Low” by the Grandelius Flo Rida. He worked up all his courage and approached the young beauty.

“Great weather we’re having.”

“Yep,” she responded seductively.

After that, he went back to the gym day after day, hoping to see her. Their secret rendezvous at the gym quickly blossomed into a loving relationship. They picnicked under the breathtaking view of the Mesopotamian night sky, as he pointed out the constellations of Orion and Cassiopeia. They went to Ikea and pretended to be a married couple, shopping for their new two bedroom apartment flat. And he dressed in a trench coat, holding a boombox under her window that played “In Your Eyes”.

Life seemed perfect for Valentine Burke, he had just reached Saint status (but that’s a story for another time), and soon, he realized that he didn’t just like her, he didn’t just like like her. When he was with her, the world stopped spinning, time froze, and nothing else mattered. She taught him how to love.

If our story ended here, then the current Valentine’s Day traditions of chocolate, hearts, and flowers would be appropriate. Unfortunately, this story does not have a happy ending.

Just as St. Valentine learned to love, he learned to hate. On February sixteenth, his one year anniversary with Kassandra, he came home with chocolates, flowers, and a ring. But instead of the warm welcome he had expected, he got something much worse. Kassandra dumped Valentine, forgetting that it was their anniversary, then changed her facebook status to single an hour later, he was stalking her page.

For the first century following this day, the world celebrated Valentine’s Day with contempt. People broke up with their significant others, and gave each other mud instead of chocolate, weeds instead of roses, gift cards instead of jewelry. The rise of consumerism and materialism has transformed the once historical holiday into a phony celebration for phony people.

So, if your relationship isn’t working out, and you can’t stand the thought of another day with your partner, do not listen to your “friends” who tell you to wait until after Valentine’s Day. Do not listen to them say it is “heartless” or “cruel” to dump someone on Valentine’s Day. In fact, if you do, you will be the one staying true to the holiday.

As for the “how to break up with someone” you read in the title, it is really quite simple. Just tell them: “It’s not me, it’s you.”

Freshmen Dating

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Freshman year has always been and always will be dominated by the actions of hormone-fueled young teens struggling to break out of their shells and speak with – or, if they dare to be so bold, date – a person whom they find attractive. But dating as a freshman is not so simple a feat. In fact, dating as a freshman has proven to be quite complex and delicate. There are things to consider such as curfew, transportation, money… the list goes on. Yes, there are also benefits freshmen enjoy in the world of dating that older kids do not get to enjoy. So, what does it mean to date as a freshman?

A freshman beginning their foray into the dating world must consider the issue of transportation. A freshman cannot yet drive on their own, resulting in a complete dependence on public transportation or, more likely, the services of a visibly uncomfortable middle-aged man or woman, whether it be a parent proud of their child for finding love or a Lyft driver swallowing their cringe-fueled laughter in order to secure a five-star rating.

Some freshmen have strict curfews. I can see the parents yelling from the porch steps now, “Be sure to get back by 10:00 honey! You kids have fun.” Unfortunately for freshmen, the curfew problem is largely out of your hands and is something that only time and trust can remedy.

There is a general awkwardness and inexperience that comes with dating as a freshman. Impulsive actions driven by a hormone imbalance certainly don’t help when trying to snag a suitable mate. In time, things inside will settle down and become a little more manageable, but for now, the inherent awkwardness that comes with just being a freshman is unavoidable. Sorry.  

Do not let this discourage you from using Valentine’s Day to finally profess your love and go on a date with the 14-year-old of your dreams. At a restaurant, many freshmen still possess the youthful glow of a “12 or under,” therefore making them eligible for the deals and half-price meals only available on a kids menu. Similarly, movie theatres might offer cheaper tickets to a pair of lovestruck youngsters.

Freshmen are quite busy with the perils of the infamous “iSearch,” but most are unaware that the iSearch provides wonderful opportunities for romance. Need a peer editor? Ask the person you want to date! Need help organizing the ever-important iSearch binder? You guessed it, ask the person you want to date. Need an interview subject? Ask the parent of the person you want to date!  

Of course, this article is only helpful if someone does actually agree to go on a date with you. There is always the very, very real possibility of rejection, humiliation, loss of pride, tears, loss of friendships — but do not let it faze you. Remember: Trust the process, and have a great Valentine’s Day.

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Valentines Day MadLib

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Dear ________________ (crush’s name),

 

I still remember the first time I ________________ (verb, past tense) my eyes on you. It was during ________________(school subject) class, and you came in to give ________________ (a teacher) a ________________ (noun). You were wearing a ________________ (color and piece of clothing), jeans, and white ________________ (shoe brand). The first thing I noticed was your ________________ (adjective) ________________ (noun), and your beautiful ________________ (noun). Since that very moment, I must admit that I have had a(n) ________________ (adjective) crush on you. If you want to, I would love to take you to ________________ (place) and maybe even go to ________________ (another place), as well. Enjoy some ________________(food) and maybe watch the sunset at ________________ (place). I have never been so ________________ (verb) by someone and I would be so ________________ (adjective) if you would be my valentine!

 

Love,

________________ (your name)

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Super Bowl LI

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Super Bowl LI between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots was one of the most exciting games in recent memory. Prior to the game, the Patriots had won four Super Bowls in the last 15 years, all with superstar quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick. The Falcons, on the other hand, were only going to their second Super Bowl in their 50-year franchise history. Before the game began, country singer Luke Bryan sang the national anthem and former president George H.W. Bush performed the coin toss, which the Falcons won.

The first quarter of the Super Bowl would be a scoreless, defensive match with each team punting twice. In the second quarter, however, the Falcons broke the game open. Following a fumble by Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount, the dynamic Falcons offense led by quarterback Matt Ryan drove down the field, with star running back Devonta Freeman scoring the first touchdown of the game, putting the Falcons up 7-0. Soon after, a touchdown pass from Matt Ryan to tight end Austin Hooper put the Falcons up 14-0. The Patriots managed to get their offense going, driving deep into Falcons territory. However, Tom Brady threw an interception to defensive back Robert Alford, who returned it 81 yards for a touchdown, making the score 21-0. A late Stephen Gostkowski field goal finally put the Patriots on the board, and the first half ended with a score of 21-3. Lady Gaga performed in the halftime show.

The second half began with a Patriots three-and-out. The Falcons, who had a lot of momentum from a stunning first half, drove the field again, with Matt Ryan throwing a touchdown pass to running back Tevin Coleman to make the score 28-3 with 8:31 left in the third quarter. The Patriots offense finally came to life, and Tom Brady threw a quick touchdown to running back James White. However, Gostkowski missed the extra point, making the score 28-9. A failed onside kick by the Patriots gave the Falcons excellent field position, but the Patriots defense was able to keep them out of field goal range. In the fourth quarter, another Gostkowski field goal made it a two possession game, with the Patriots being down 28-12 with less than ten minutes left in the game. The Patriots’ chances of winning were looking bleak, but everything changed when linebacker Dont’a Hightower sacked Matt Ryan as he wound up for a pass, resulting in a fumble that gave the ball back to the Patriots. Tom Brady cashed in on that opportunity, throwing another touchdown pass and making a two-point conversion, making the score 28-20 with six minutes left. The Falcons drove down the field and again had a chance to kick a field goal to secure the victory, but a holding penalty pushed them out of field goal range and they were forced to punt. The Patriots then completed their comeback, with White scoring a rushing touchdown. A successful two-point conversion tied the game at 28-28.


The game was sent to overtime for the first time in Super Bowl history. The Patriots won the coin toss and elected to receive the kickoff. The dynamic Patriots offense dominated a spent Falcons defense, who had been on the field for twice as long as the Patriots defense. Another rush by White secured the Patriots victory, winning 34-28. The Patriots’ 25 point comeback was historic, as no team had ever come back from a deficit of more than ten points in prior Super Bowls. The win gave Tom Brady his fifth Super Bowl ring, tying Charles Haley for the most ever won by a single player.

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Netflix Recommendations

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There are so many Netflix shows and movies to choose from that it can be a bit overwhelming sometimes. We have a few recommendations for you in order to minimize the time you spend searching for shows. One of the most popular shows, especially among Head-Royce Students, is a series called Grey’s Anatomy. This show focuses on a hospital and the lives of the doctors both inside and outside of work.

If you’re looking for a more scary show, Pretty Little Liars and Vampire Diaries are both very popular. Pretty Little Liars is an intense show about four teenage girls who have a stalker who calls themselves ‘A’. The girls have to deal with all of the threats and pranks that get pulled on them. The whole show centers ar trying to find out who ‘A’ is. Vampire Diaries, on the other hand, is about a town, Mystic Falls, filled with both supernatural creatures and regular humans. The show focuses on a love story between a vampire and a normal girl.

If you’re looking for a more realism in your drama series, Scandal will definitely have you hooked. It is about a a managing firm in DC that works closely with The White House and helps people who are accused of crimes. If Scandal sounds a little too mainstream for you, Orange is the New Black might be your thing. It’s a crime and comedy show that focuses on the corruption in a women’s prison.

If you’re looking for a spooky mystery, Stranger Things is great show for you. This show takes place in a small town in Indiana where strange occurrences begin to happen. The battle against supernatural forces and thrilling plot will surely get you obsessed.

One very popular show that many people enjoy is Gossip Girl. This show follows a group of teens who live in the upper east side of New York that are addicted to sending in tips to an anonymous source called Gossip Girl. They group must overcome many obstacles which threaten their reputation. These are just a few of many Netflix shows that you should check out whenever you have free time.

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Dodging Balls

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Duck, Dip, Dive, and Dodge. Every year, the School hosts a dodgeball tournament where teachers and students create teams and play against each other. The rules regarding making teams are pretty loose but have some restrictions. For example, each team must have an even ratio of guys to girls. This creates an equal opportunity for all the students to participate. Unfortunately, this year the dodgeball tournament was canceled due to safety concerns and the neighbors.

During last year’s tournament, two students were racing for a ball that was in the middle of the court. The students ran into each other and one broke his nose. Additionally, the School’s neighbors complain regularly about the noise and general unrest created by school events. As the dodgeball tournament is one of the more rambunctious and noisy school events, the School’s neighbors are not huge fans of it.

However, some senior students decided to take matters into their own hands, and created a petition to bring back the annual dodgeball tournament tradition. This petition succeeded in bringing back dodgeball and the School is going to host the annual dodgeball games during school hours. However, the scheduled date for the dodgeball tournament was moved because of conflicting dates with the volleyball championship. During Monday’s morning meeting, Ms. Mckenna said that the School now hopes to hold the tournament during late February’s spirit week. Hopefully, the dodgeball tournament will return better than ever.

Tips for Single People on Valentine’s Day

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Many people think that it is bad to be single on Valentine’s Day, but in reality being single is so much better.  Firstly, if you do not have a significant other in your life than there is no need to waste your money on gifts for other people. This is only one of the many amazing parts of being single on Valentine’s Day. Another tip that singles can use on Valentine’s Day is to host an anti-Valentine’s Day party. If you are single, and you do not want to be around couples, having an anti-Valentine’s Day party is great. You can meet other single people and eat all the junk food that you want. On the topic of eating junk food, Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to drop your New Year’s Resolution. Many people break or forget their Resolutions in the first few weeks of the year. But, if you have remained true to your resolution, let being single on Valentine’s Day be your excuse to let it fade from memory. You won’t have to worry about being held back by some pointless annual tradition anymore. Going out on the town with good some good single friends is also an excellent choice. Going to see a movie, eating out, and roaming the streets provide are perfect opportunities to mock couples from afar with your other single friends. Lastly, if you do not have anybody to hang out with, and you are not invited to or throwing an anti-Valentine’s Day party, just set aside your worries and watch that Netflix show that you have been waiting to watch, and eat like calories are an imaginary construct. Being single on Valentine’s Day is not as bad as people think and might even be better.

 

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Sporty Freshmen

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The spring sports season is just around the corner and many new promising athletes from the freshman class are looking to tryout. New prospects for softball, baseball and tennis are entering this upcoming season and looking to hopefully improve their respective teams. These young athletes look promising and Coach Blakeley is always looking for more to join.

Our softball team will welcome Elizabeth Novogradac, who will be an asset to the team given her years of experience. Novogradac has been playing softball for five years and also has previous experience playing baseball: “ I have been playing softball for about five years, but also played baseball for three years before that. I played recreational softball for three seasons. About two years ago I started playing year-round competitive travel softball and have been ever since.” Tennis also has exciting new prospects, with freshmen Remi [last name] who is both excited to compete on the Head Royce team but will also bring significant previous experience to the team: “ I have been playing competitively for 6 years and I’ve trained with a lot of great coaches like former number 6 in the world, Wayne Ferreira.” This type of previous experience is what is going to make this year’s freshmen athletes important assets for our spring season. Their commitment to sportsmanship and desire to participate in each team’s community will also make for their easy integration. Freshmen Remi adds that he “just want[s] to get to know the guys on the team, and hopefully have some success during [his] first year on the team”. Which should be an easy feat for him as he seems committed to putting his best foot forth as a tennis player on the Head Royce team: “I think I can bring my energy and 6 years of experience to the team.” Ellie Novogradac seems to share this enthusiasm to be a Head Royce athlete: “I am very excited to be on the team. I have been looking forward to playing since seventh grade, since I knew the team would be extremely strong.” Both athletes also share impressive goals for each of their sports teams. Novogradac hopes to “win league and NCS.” which would be an impressive feat for the Head Royce softball team. Both freshmen share an enthusiasm to be Head Royce student athletes which is fostered in our broader school community.

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