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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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Blind Date Stereotypes Episode 2

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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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Your Social Media News Outlet

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People often speak about how the internet “changed everything” with regards to the free flow of information. While this is true, it was not until Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, and many other social media networks became popularized that the flow of information really changed. Before this happened, people just got their news from CNN, NBC, and Fox, or read the online versions of these or popular newspapers or magazines like The New York Times or USA Today. When social media became more readily available to people, people shifted from actually visiting these websites on their own to relying on seeing a link to a story from one of these websites on their Facebook feeds or completely excluding traditional news outlets from their lives. There is no doubt that traditional media has taken a hit from the rise of social media.

However, this is not necessarily a bad thing for media consumers. Now, instead of relying on just a few news sources, it is easy to read and rely on many different ones. People are now able to read articles from independent, smaller news sites and ones that have a wider array of opinions. While, yes, reading 140 characters on Twitter does not give a reader a nuanced look on a topic and can cause many misreadings due to a lack of ability to explain oneself, there are many other outlets where longform journalism and articles can be shown and expressed. Youtube is a great example; it allows for essentially as long a video as one wants to be uploaded. It would seem that overall social media has led to a freer society, in which information can be openly shared and transferred.

So, why the cause for concern? It seems that lately everyone has been talking about so called “Fake News” and its influence on society. There is some truth to this. With great freedom comes great responsibility and people who are going to prey upon those who are not capable of such responsibility. Due to the internet being so free, consumers of news media must be wary of fake news articles. These have essentially existed since the beginning of news. Untrue rumors are nothing new, but they have found a special home on the Internet. The reason being that the money generated from news comes from ad revenue, the more people that see the ad on the page the more money the news site makes from the advertisement company. More clicks equals more money. This opens the door to clickbait titles like “You Won’t Believe what Hillary Clinton Did To This Baby” or “Donald Trump Pees on 12 Russian Hookers”, the latter being an article that Buzzfeed ran only a week ago. Some of these titles are dishonest to what the actual article is about and just aims to get the reader to click and end up being disappointed, but others are true to what the story is. However, many of these stories are fabricated, like the Buzzfeed one.

On the other hand, it is important not to be fooled by the term, “Fake News”, as it comes from old, outdated, biased, mainstream media. Yes, it is true that there are blatantly false news stories out there, but it is not especially hard to sift through the crap in order to find real news, so I find it highly unlikely that too many people are being manipulated by “Fake News”. In addition beginning to label certain news as “fake” opens up a whole new can of worms. Who decides it is fake? How do we know it is fake? Who is stopping anybody else from calling real news fake whenever they want to? It seems that this term was really created for old media to grapple with the fact that irrelevancy is coming sooner and sooner by the day. All in all, social media has allowed for the people to have better not worse control over the media they observe. They have more options, better options, and more honesty. Social media will no doubt be an important part of every American and likely every person’s news because it allows for more truth it is an extension of Western liberty.

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Women’s March

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The Women’s March on January 21, 2017 sent a strong message to President Trump that many were concerned with his rhetoric and policy plans. The Women’s March movement spawned from a Facebook post by Teresa Shook of Hawaii just after Mr. Trump’s election. Though it is a ‘Women’s March,’ marchers are taking to the streets for a variety of reasons. Some are marching to promote LGBTQ rights, others for workers, people of color, people with disabilities, immigrants, and many other issues.

Over five million people around the world participated in the march. Washington D.C. had the largest turnout of more than 470,000 people. Attendance in New York City was more than 400,000, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office. Attendance in Boston was 175,000, according to Nicole Caravella, a spokeswoman for Mayor Martin J. Walsh. The Bay Area also had a strong showing with over 60,000 marchers in Oakland and over 100,000 in San Francisco.

During the march, both male and female marchers could be seen wearing pink “pussy hats” complete with cat ears as a unique visual statement. The collective use of these hats was a unifier among those who view the new President as a misogynist.   

Additionally, celebrity speakers such as Scarlett Johansson, Madonna, Michael Moore, and Alicia Keys were among the thousands activists that came out to support the march. A great quote by America Ferrera summarizes some of the ideals that the march was fighting for: “It’s been a heart-rending time to be both a woman and an immigrant in this country, But the president is not America. His cabinet is not America. Congress is not America. We are America! And we are here to stay.”

Signs and phrases like “Get your Tiny Hands off my Body”, “Women Rights are Human Rights”, “Respect Existence or Expect Resistance”, and “You are not my President” could be seen at rallies held for the Women’s March. These signs motivate the demonstrators and represent their cause.

Although this was a massive turnout for the Women’s March, their goal is not close to being completed.  They have a campaign to do “10 actions for the first 100 days”.  The goal is to have a separate action every 10 days for the next 100 days to promote issues that matter to their individual supporters.  The first action is to, “Write a postcard to your Senators about what matters most to you- and how you’re going to continue to fight for it.” They will continue to post new actions on their website in the weeks ahead. As it says on their website, “our march forward doesn’t end here.” 

Top Albums of 2016

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  1. Black Star-David Bowie

“Black Star” is truly a masterpiece. As we all know, David Bowie passed away this year and this album is essentially the story of his battle with cancer and reconciliation with death. I am uncertain that there has been an album made by a dying man and released after his death. This album is possibly the most heart wrenching and possibly one of the best albums in the last decade. David Bowie has delivered one of the best musical swan songs in history.

 

  1. Coloring Book-Chance the Rapper

Chance the Rapper’s “Coloring Book” is a fantastic follow up to 2011’s Acid Rap.  It seems that Chance has really matured as there is a clear improvement on the production.  Chance beautifully blends gospel music and contemporary hip-hop.  However, it was slightly disappointing to see that Chance chose to go with more generic features on his album.  Instead of Ab-Soul and Twista, who were featured in Acid rap, his features in this album were Lil Wayne and Justin Bieber. Despite this, Chance seems to have gotten the best out of his features. This album is great.

 

  1. untitled unmastered.-Kendrick Lamar

2015’s “To Pimp A Butterfly” was highly acclaimed, so following it up is a challenge. While this is not a new album in the same way, it seems “untitled unmastered.” is a continuation of the “To Pimp A Butterfly” era. The album is for all intents and purposes is a B-sides album. The cuts on the record are rough around the edges, but for the patient listener are worth it. It is truly amazing to see that even when Kendrick is not “trying” persay he is making better rap than most others out there.

 

  1. 4 Your Eyez Only-J. Cole

Once again J. Cole has tried to go double platinum with no features and he very well could be successful. “4 Your Eyez Only” embraces the modern jazz rap sound that has become so popular over the last few years. J. Cole delivers some great pop rap tracks, while also tackling some heavy topics. This album is a great successor to 2014’s “2014 Forest Hills Drive”.

 

  1. Views-Drake

Drake, while not delivering anything groundbreaking, has delivered another album ripe with hits. He exercises the same R&B/ Rap sound we are used to from him. However, unlike “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late” the album focuses less on rap and more singing. There’s a reason the 6 God is held to such high mainstream acclaim and this album is a perfect reason why.

 

Split Movie Review

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The Last Airbender is often a film that one would associate with director M. Night Shyamalan and not in a good way. Known for his out-of-nowhere plot twists, Shyamalan is back with another movie: Split, the story of a man with twenty-three different personalities who abducts 3 teenage girls, but little do they know, his twenty-fourth personality is about to be unleashed. I had the opportunity to see an early screening of this movie with my brother, Elliot Farinaro, at Regal Hacienda Crossings in Dublin. Elliot got the tickets for free and said that there was a sixty percent chance that they were actually legit; luckily, they were indeed real. When we got to the theater, we were given a poster of the movie and directed toward the theater. When we walked in, the entire theater was filled, so we were forced to sit in the second row. We then waited about ten minutes, and a man came out and told us that we were not allowed to video or take pictures during the film, especially because it was an early screening. This proceed with a video of M. Night Shyamalan talking about how excited he was to show the film, and he kindly asked that we don’t spoil Split for anyone else who hasn’t seen it. After this, the film started. I have very mixed emotions about Split because although it doesn’t have the strong, satisfying ending that I was hoping for, it has unbelievable cinematography and superb acting, specifically from James McAvoy, who plays Kevin, and all the personalities inside him, and Anya Taylor-Joy, who plays Casey Cooke, one of the girls abducted. I would give Split a B, meaning that if you are in the mood for a thriller, go ahead and see it, but if not, don’t go out of your way to watch Split.

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What is Challenge Success?

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As we continue to move towards a more competitive business model in the world, it is important to take a step back and consider when this drastic change occurred. Being competitive is seen as a trait in the workplace, but has been seen to have less than desirable effects on people causing stress, integrity issues, and much more. So, if it’s such a bad thing, where did this drive begin, and how can we fix the problem before it gets out of hand? A lot of these emotional and academic problems can be found in students across the nation. In response to these developmental issues affecting children, a dream team of child developmental specialists met at Stanford University to hash out solutions to this growing problem. During the conference, groups dreamt up a coordinated action plan for schools and families struggling with the health of their students and children, this plan would push schools to implement alternative success models approved by and aligned with child development specialists.
It is from this original meeting that three concerned individuals got together and developed Challenge Success. Madeline Levine, Ph.D., Jim Lobdell, M.A., and Denise Pope, Ph.D., expanded on the ideas of the original project at Stanford University to create their own business, now known as Challenge Success. Through Challenge Success, these individuals have strived to implement practical curriculum, conferences, and programs all aimed at helping the education community.
Their mission, as found on their website, states that: “Challenge Success partners with schools and families to provide kids with the academic, social, and emotional skills needed to succeed now and in the future.” They believe that by following a narrow definition of success, as we are currently doing at the School, does not allow for all students to thrive and only provides a narrow skillset. For the last 12 years, Challenge Success has helped push educators to implement systems that foster elements of the student that are typically not valued in more than 130 middle and high schools across the nation. Traits like creativity, collaborative skills, and thinking on your feet are just some of the many areas in which Challenge Success wishes to focus on and cultivate in students. They state that all of their solutions and programs are research-based and are all aimed at helping to improve the health of students while increasing their motivation.
In response to the implication of Challenge Success at the School, a student committee was put together to better connect the decisions made by Challenge Success and students’ opinions on the matter. The committee is comprised of two upper school students: Xena Wolf, class of 2017, and Andrew Burwick, class of 2018. When asked about what he believes Challenge Success is, Burwick stated, “Challenge Success offers new insight in defining success for high school students all across the world. At Head-Royce, we are looking to combat the students’ workload, mental and physical health, extracurricular schedule and more in order to bring a more balanced and healthy high school experience to students of all ages at the school. Part of what we are doing is making sure that students daily concerns are heard by the faculty in order to facilitate a more dynamic and healthy Head-Royce experience.” Overall, it will be interesting to follow the developments of the relationship between Challenge Success and the School as they unfold.

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Fan Recruitment

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During sports games, many students come out to watch our School’s teams. However, we should be wondering is how to get more people to the sports games. The spirit masters have taken responsibility of recruiting fans to games into their own hands. There are many different ways that students can find out about sports games. For examples, the spirit masters have many different social media accounts that they use to broadcast messages to the students. Some of the social media sites that they use include Instagram, Snapchat, Gmail, and Facebook. However, information about sports games are also announced during Monday Morning Meeting, Thursday Morning Meeting, and at the start of Assembly. Just this past week, we were told that there was going to be a tennis match and a volleyball game on the upcoming Saturday. The students were told this information through the morning meeting announcements. However, students could also find information about these events through the social media sites that the spirit masters are on. One student’s, Junior Wyatt Clancy said, “I heard about the volleyball game through Snapchat”. Snapchat is a very dominant media source for students so it is no surprise that Clancy heard about the game through it.

The spirit masters started to use social media as a primary source to educate students on school events. For example, each grade has a Facebook group where people can post messages about upcoming events. Even though these groups are separated by each grade, the students in each group get notified about events. Furthermore, each of the grades deans sends out grade wide emails updating students on events that are coming up in the near future. Just this last week Mr. Scott send out a variety of emails letting the 11th grade know about when and where the volleyball games were going to be held.

Fan recruitment does not just stop at this, the spirit masters have an Instagram account that posts pictures of sports teams with information about where the game is and at what time it starts. Finally, there are constant posts on Snapchat stories during the actual sporting games that can get students to come. During a game, there are usually a large amount of students posting pictures and videos on their Snapchat stories. When other students see these Snapchat stories they see how much fun the game is going and will want to attend. By doing this the students are spreading the news about the game to students.

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