Irelyn Rogan, 10
Lately, I’ve been hearing many of my classmates discussing whether they want to take dual enrollment or AP classes next year and what are the benefits. Over the past couple of years, universities have noticed a large increase in students taking dual enrollment. Some have even said that dual enrollment is better than AP.
Dual enrollment can be better in some ways because it prepares you more for college (since in most causes you actually are enrolled in a college part time). AP classes just prepare you for an exam at the end of the year. Although, depending on what college you would like to attend, AP can be more beneficial because the credits that you get after passing the AP test will most likely be accepted by the college of your choice.
Personally, I think that either way students will receive an amazing and advanced learning experience! What do you think think? Would you rather take an AP or a Dual Enrollment class?
Anna Dosey, 11
The other day I took it upon myself to try 3 different pumpkin spice items on the Starbucks menu. I got the Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino, Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte and Pumpkin bread. To start off this review, let’s talk about the Pumpkin bread. I have always been a fan of pumpkin bread. Any kind of pumpkin food, I like. Pumpkin rolls, pumpkin scones, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin bread, you name it. I would probably rate Starbucks’ pumpkin bread a solid 8/10. I think there is always room for improvement, and I wasn’t a fan of the assortment of nuts around the edges.
Next was the frappuccino. My first thought was that it was amazing. In those first few sips, I was convinced it was the best drink Starbucks had to offer. I quickly realized my straw was not all the way submerged into the drink, so I had just been sipping on a little bit of the frappuccino; mostly the white cream and pumpkin sprinkles. I took a good sip of the actual drink and couldn’t decide what I thought of it. It tasted fine but left a weird aftertaste that I can still remember the aroma of. That drink was a solid 6/10.
Lastly came the pumpkin spice chai latte. Possibly one of the grossest drinks I have ever had. No way this drink would get more than like a 2/10. I maybe can see how very few people would like it, but it made me want to vomit drinking it. It was a hot drink that tasted like cold tea would, but with a strong pumpkin flavor. I could not drink more than one sip of it and had to throw it away afterwards. Big waste of 4 dollars.
Overall, I believe that Pumpkin Spice is overrated. While the smell of it in a candle may be deceiving, the taste is not worth being the whole image of fall. Fall deserves better than that.
Anna Dorsey, 11
About two weeks ago, we gained an hour of sleep through “Daylight Saving Time.” Some people like this, but others prefer when we lose an hour of sleep to stay lighter later in the evening. Here are a few pros and cons of gaining an hour of sleep.
The obvious pro: You gain an hour of sleep that one night. I never wake up feeling more refreshed than I do on that morning because I know I have that extra one hour of sleep under my belt. Another pro is that when you wake up in the morning, you don’t feel like it’s the middle of the night and pitch black. The sun is just starting to rise, so even though you may be tired getting up so early for school, at least it’s somewhat light.
One con is that it starts getting dark so early. I feel like I should be putting on my pajamas at 5:30 because it is pitch black, and then I often find myself less motivated and wanting to take a nap by the fire.
However, there is something about it getting darker earlier that reminds me of Christmas time. I don't know if it is just me, but something about it getting lighter earlier that makes me think of Christmas music, lights, and the overall aura of the holiday season.
Also, Daylight Saving Time happens throughout the fall and winter seasons which happen to be my favorite. I love cold weather and so when Daylight Saving Time occurs, it gets me excited about the drop in temperatures.
Overall, the pros of Daylights Saving Time heavily outweigh the cons for me. What do you think?
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?