Lily Overby, 9
You spent $20 making your galaxy themed outfit or spent hours decorating a trailer so that your team or club can take place in the homecoming parade. Maybe you were just excited to get some candy. It doesn't matter how much or how little you did to prepare for the parade, everyone was bummed to hear it got cancelled.
Now this isn't the school’s fault, it is mother nature’s. There were intense storms the original day it was scheduled, so we didn't go to school at all. The football game that day was rescheduled for the next morning. The second time it was rescheduled had a forecast of storms, which meant the parade was cancelled and the football game was rescheduled yet again. Most grades will be able to take place in the parade next year, but not the seniors. I asked a senior, Bri Glidden, what she thought about the cancellation of the parade.
“I was disappointed that it was canceled the first time because I’ve participated in the parade every year. I’m glad that we didn't have it on the rescheduled date though because it wouldn’t have been as special. The parade is always a tradition for homecoming.”
I know everyone is hoping next year won't be as disappointing and they will be excited to see what it brings.
Fallon Parrish, 9
There are many new trends for Halloween costumes this year, from Harley Quinn to pirates and princesses, and I’m going to tell you the top costumes for this Halloween. The number one most popular costume is Fortnite characters. This isn’t a big shock since the game took off in 2018, obviously most children would want to be a character from it.
Following Fortnite on the list of top 10 most popular Halloween costumes are, Spiderman, dinosaurs, and unicorns. These costumes are classic and will never go out of style. Some of the other costumes that fall on the list are witches, Harley Quinn, superheroes, pirates, rabbits, and princesses. These aren’t the only popular costumes this year, according to Google: the Incredibles, Black Panther, and 1970’s themed outfits are also extremely popular. James River students dressed up as everything from Freedom of Speech to Kim Possible!
Swathi Shekharan, 11
James River was lucky to hear the insight of two foreign exchange students from Germany. They were both studying at VCU and came through the Fullbright Germany’s Meet a German initiative.
They started by answering some prepared questions comparing Germany to America. A popular topic of discussion was food, and one main difference was that the food in Europe is much fresher, while fast food and fried food is a big part of American culture. To elaborate on this, one student explained how most people just went to the market everyday just to buy the groceries that they needed for the day rather than going to a huge grocery store every few weeks.
When asked about their favorite experiences in the US, they said that they really enjoyed going to concerts, since more artists play in America than Germany, as well as exploring cities such as New York city. One of the student’s college major is finance while on a pre-law track, and the other’s is urban planning.
A very interesting question was asked about what kinds of American stereotypes they had heard to be true, to which they responded: the big SUV cars and using a lot of plastic. According to the exchange students, some must-do activities in Germany include watching a soccer match, hiking, as well as the exciting, historical cities.
The questions were then turned to the audience members, who were very fascinated about the culture in Germany. One of these questions was about the architectural differences. The students responded by saying that there is much more modernism and sprawling cities in America, whereas cities are much older and compact in Germany.
The main thing that they are proud of Germany for is embracing other cultures: because Europe is made up of so many different countries so close together, it is very easy for people to intermingle and intertwine. In fact, they believe that it is something America could do more of. It was such a great opportunity to hear about German culture and receive some personal insight about the differences between the two nations!