Letter to the Editor: PARCC tests

Dear Editor,

I strongly disagree with the fact that we have to take PARCC test. We are tested constantly on material all year and have to take multiple state tests. So, what is the point of PARCC?

Yours truly,

Ivy Hitchins

Dear Ivy,

I believe we take the PARCC test to see how much we learned this year. It shows how well our teachers prepared us. Even though it is not fun to take, it shows just how great our school is!

Sincerely,

Lacy Smith, Editorial Department

Features: Interview on 7th Graders

We asked two 7th grade football players (Kyron Pleas and Latarius Carr) questions about football and how they could influence 6th graders to join the sport.

  1. What activities do you do in football?

Kyron: “Run, lift weights, practice, and do up downs.”

Latarius: “Lift weights and we get stronger.”

  1. If you could convince a 6th grader to join football, what would you say and why?

Kyron: “You have good coaches and you do hard work.”

Latarius:“Football is a good sport and it helps us learn discipline.”

  1. What got you to choose football as your sport?

Kyron: “ I didn’t want to sit and watch everyone else play sports.”

Latarius: “I started in park league football, and my mom and dad wanted me to play football.”

 

  1. If you are going to be in football next year, what are three goals you have for next year?

Kyron: “ Be undefeated, hard work, and start helping teammates.”

Latarius: “Get faster/bigger, eliminate some friends, and go to the gym more.”

 

  1. Where do you plan to go with your football career?

Kyron: “NFL.”

Latarius: “NFL.”

  1. What are some ways you think you could improve in football?

Kyron: “Tackling and running the ball faster.”

Latarius: “Improve in maturity and strength.”

 

  1. How do you feel about the way the coaches teach you?

Kyron: “ Good.”

Latarius: “Good because if you make mistakes you get punished.”

8.Are you proud of what you’ve achieved so far this season?

Kyron: “Yes.”

Latarius: “No, because I could’ve done better.”

9.How will you become the best player you can be? Who will help you?

Kyron: “Practice. My coaches and my teammates.”

Latarius: “Work harder. My coaches and my teammates.”

10.Do you think mental strength or physical strength is more important in an athlete and why?

Kyron: “Both are important.”

Latarius: “Both because Mrs. Horton taught me that you need to be strong in your mind and in your body.”

 

Interview by Jalah Johnson

Review: Disney Infinity Review

Disney Infinity is basically a mixture of Minecraft and Disney. You build whatever you want with the props and tools they give you. For instance, you could build a city for The Incredibles to fight crime in. You have to buy characters to play as them. This game also has a Skylanders feel to it too because you put your characters on a Portal Pad to “sync” them in to the game.

Photo cutline1: Disney Infinity characters come from Disney movies and TV shows. Photo Credit: omgnexus.com Photo cutline2: The environments you play in also come from Disney movies and TV shows. Photo Credit:thedisneyblog.com
Photo cutline1: Disney Infinity characters come from Disney movies and TV shows. Photo Credit: omgnexus.com
 Photo cutline2: The environments you play in also come from Disney movies and TV shows. Photo Credit:thedisneyblog.com
Photo cutline2: The environments you play in also come from Disney movies and TV shows. Photo Credit:thedisneyblog.com

There has been a recently added update to the games that allow you to play as Marvel superheroes, and Star Wars characters will be coming out soon. This will also let you play on maps from Star Wars like Cloud City or The Death Star.

     Photo cutline1:Disney Infinity 2.0 will introduce Marvel characters. Photo credit: analogaddiction.org
Photo cutline1:Disney Infinity 2.0 will introduce Marvel characters. Photo credit: analogaddiction.org
Photo cutline2: Disney Infinity 3.0 will introduce Star Wars characters. Photo Credit: blogocio.com
Photo cutline2: Disney Infinity 3.0 will introduce Star Wars characters. Photo Credit: blogocio.com

This game is rated E for everyone, so this game is for all ages. I give this game 9 out of 10 Andy points because it is an okay game, but Disney has never been my sweet spot.

by Andy Finzer

Advertising: Destiny Review

Destiny is one of the first MMO (Mass Multiplayer Online) RPGs (Role Playing Games) to be successful on two generations of consoles. The game takes place on Earth, Moon, Venus, and Mars. You play as a Guardian, a protector of the Traveler and of all things good. The Traveler came to Earth to protect it from The Darkness, a mix of The Fallen, Hive, Cabal, and Vex. The Fallen, Hive, and Cabal are aliens who want to suck the universe into the Darkness and control it, but the Vex are sort of like Terminators. They want to “cleanse” the universe of all life forms. The Vex are truly the seed of all evil in this game. Even the Darkness hates them.

Photo cutline: Hive  one of the main antagonists of the game.   Photo credit: Techlucifer.com
Photo cutline: Hive one of the main antagonists of the game. Photo credit: Techlucifer.com
Photo cutline: The Hunter (foreground) pursues the Fallen, Cabal and Vex (background). Photo credit: Gengame.net
Photo cutline: The Hunter (foreground) pursues the Fallen, Cabal and Vex (background). Photo credit: Gengame.net

This game is a grind game which means that you can go back to previous levels and get different loot than before. After you beat the game you basically grind, go back and beat bosses, or fight in the Crucible arena. The Crucible lets you go against random players or your friends. There are sometimes special events that let you get rare loot by winning crucible matches and doing certain challenges. My favorite level to get good loot from is The Vault of Glass, but it is one of the hardest levels in the game.

This game was made by Bungie (famous for the Halo series), was published by Activision (famous for the Call of Duty series), and was made in 2014. It came out for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, and PS4.

Destiny is rated T for Teen, so anybody could play this. This game gets 7 out of 10 Andy Points because the story is well thought out, and the graphics are good. After the story, there is nothing to do but grind to get better loot or start a new character.

By Andy Finzer