Zoe Broderick, 9
The basis of the The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls is that it follows a girl named Jeanette on her journey through an unusual childhood. Her father is a genius of some sort; he doesn’t exactly fit in with mainstream society. He has big dreams to build his family a “Glass Castle,” after he finds gold with his new invention. “the Prospector.”
He keeps moving his family around in search of gold, and sometimes they go hungry and only stay in places for a couple of nights. However, Jeanette really believes that her dad is going to find gold.
As the book progresses, Jeanette realizes that the tougher parts of her life, like hunger and living in their car, are not part of other people’s childhood or the great adventure that her family thinks they’re living.
This book is an honest autobiography that is simply telling the raw, unfiltered story of one of the most unbelievable childhoods ever lived. If you're looking for a good intro book to nonfiction, then this is the book for you!
Irelyn Rogan, 10
Over the past week I have been thinking about how much music has changed over the past couple years. What people used to think was “crazy” and “rock and roll” is considered modest or laid back now. The most “insane” music they had back in the day was Led Zeppelin and the Beatles, while now we have Lil Pump and Drake. I decided to ask some of my peers about what they think about popular songs from the previous generations!
When asked about the song “Hey Jude” by the Beatles, Kemissa Michel, a sophomore here at James River, was overjoyed and said that it was the “best song ever!” Along with Mary Grace Walsh, sophomore, saying that “it’s great and a sweet song!” Led Zeppelin's hit “Stairway to Heaven” wasn’t as big of a hit with today’s youth. Nicole Brice, sophomore, calls it “really cheesy,” along with Aubrey Premock, saying that “it’s a little too mellow for my taste.”
The third song that I asked about was “Baba O’Riley” by the Whos, and this song had people stumped! The majority of people I asked about this song, had never even heard of it. The final song that I had asked about was “Satisfaction” by the Rolling Stones. To my suprise, many students had never even heard of the song, and if they did, it was only because of their parents liking it.
Finally, I asked students about who their favorite band singer was from previous generations. Cassie Johnson, sophomore, said that her favorite was “Queen”. When I asked Britney Shelor, sophomore, about older versus present day music, she responded with “I like Elton John and a lot of older artists because their music is played with real instruments, while today it’s a lot of techno stuff and it sounds fake and weird sometimes.”
In conclusion, what people may have thought as huge hits back in the day are now either irrelevant or still favorites! What do you think of these songs?
Fallon Parrish, 9
Going into homecoming, I honestly had no idea what to expect. My friends that are sophomores told me that it’s basically a dark, sweaty area of people grinding on each other. I’m not going to lie, but when I heard this I wasn’t as excited as I once. When I first walked into the dance, I finally understood what everyone was talking about. There was a big clump of upperclassmen in the middle of the floor and groups of freshman and sophomores around the outskirts. As the night progressed, the dance floor began to become more crowded and somehow my friends and I got pushed to the middle of the floor . There were so many bodies pushed together that it was so hard to breathe and I was sweating so much. By the end of the night they had ran out of water and I became so dehydrated. Even though it seems like I hated homecoming, I didn’t. It was fun getting dressed up, going to eat and dancing around with friends. This was my very first homecoming and it is one I’m sure I won’t forget.
Irelyn Rogan, 10
Our galaxy themed homecoming is right around the corner! This year, it is on October 13th. I hope everyone is as excited as I am! At this time everyone is getting their suits, dresses, and shoes ready for the big day. As most of you know, Monacan and Clover Hill High School have already had their homecomings, so new trends have started to pop up.
For girls, floral dresses have been a huge hit this season. Many people have been wearing short length dresses that have a colorful, floral pattern. Another really popular trend that is that dark blues, reds, and greens are the colors season! Additionally, many of the dresses have been sleeveless due to the warmer weather we have been having. When it comes to shoes every girl is different, but neutral colored and chunky heels have been a must!
The guy’s fashion has been a lot of navy blues, deep reds, and grays. Whether it’s a navy blue suit and a gray tie or vise versa, they have been super popular! Many guys have tried out bow ties instead of the traditional long tie, which is a fashionable and unique accessory for guys this homecoming season. Classic brown or black dress shoes have continued to stay in style. I hope that everyone has an “out of this world” night at homecoming!
Zoë Broderick, 9
Many studies have shown that retention rates go down dramatically during the summer, but with nine months of the school year to learn, is it really that bad to give kids a continuous break? If our school were to switch to a year round academic plan, it would completely throw off the culture of American students.
The teenage brain is accustomed to nine months of school and three months of summer. Changing that after years of it being ingrained as a cornerstone of American schools would throw off academic rhythm. The students agree too. According to an online poll, 70% of students say that they would prefer to stay with the current school schedule of eight months of school, three months off. They say the cons of year round school greatly outweigh the pros. Students want summer for a mental break, a time where they can just be themselves, and school should not get in the way of that.
Fallon Parrish, 9
Hurricane Florence was a monstrous storm that hit North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Bermuda, Cape Verde, West Africa, Atlantic Canada, and Eastern United States. The storms lasted from August 31 to September 19, 2018.
t began as a tropical storm over the Cabo Verde Islands off the coast of Africa, and made landfall as a Category 1 storm in the on September 14 over Wrightsville Beach, North Caroline. The highest the wind speed got up to was 140 mph, or 220 km/h. Florence is the sixth-costliest Hurricane to date, with more than $38 billion in damage. The death toll was 36, with 26 in North Carolina, eight in South Carolina, and two in Virginia.