“What Are You Looking Forward to Senior Year?”

By: Emily Bunsold

As the school can probably tell, the juniors are quite excited to start the next exciting chapter in the four-part series of high school as many could tell on their junior spirit day. So over these last couple weeks at the high school, I’ve been asking my fellow soon-to-be seniors what they are most excited for senior year. Here are just some of their responses:

  • “Being able to be the oldest”
  • “Just a fun year where you can get close with the kids in your grade and underclassmen that look up to you.”
  • “Coming together.”
  • “Getting to sit in the front of the student section.”
  • “Joining as many clubs as possible”
  • “Going on college campus tours”
  • “Making new friendships with people in my grade”
  • “Hopefully not having to take the ACT again”
  • “Being someone that a lot of people look up to”
  • “My goal is to be friends with all my teachers this year so that they’ll all come to my graduation party.”
  • “GRADUATING” (I got that one about 20 more times)
  • “Being the most spirited class Bellbrook has ever seen.”

Easy 60 Second Tips to Relax

By: Emily Bunsold

In the midst of all the preparation for exams this week, we could all probably use a tiny break from the late night study sessions and hours of cramming for upcoming tests. Even if you find yourself in need of some sort of escape during the 2-hour long test, these 30-60 second tricks to help you chill out will for sure leave you feeling refreshed and ready to tackle however many questions lay between you and summer break.

Trick #1

  1. Sit/lie down in a comfortable spot
  2. Tighten every muscle in your body from your toes all the way up to the muscles around your eyes and mouth
  3. Keep really tense for about 5 seconds
  4. Release all tension when you exhale
  5. Repeat as many times as you need to feel relaxed

Trick #2

  1. Taking deep breaths, focus on a calming word when you exhale
  2. If your mind begins to wander, bring yourself back to your breathing

Trick #3

  1. Close your eyes and focus on your nose
  2. Imagine cold air going in through your nose
  3. Then imagine warm air going out

Trick #4

  1. Imagine your body getting really heavy
  2. Start with your feet, all the way up to your head

Trick #5

  1. Take a deep breath a close your eyes
  2. Picture your perfect place to relax

Athlete of the Week: Iona Harrop

Athlete of the Week: Iona Harrop

Sport: Girls’ Soccer

Position: Center Mid

When did you start playing soccer?

I started in 3rd grade because all of my friends were playing it.

What makes you love soccer?

I really like my teammates and my coaches; they are very supportive.

What are your goals for the season?

My goal for next season, my senior year, is to have fun and stay healthy throughout the whole season.

What’s your favorite memory from soccer?

My favorite memory from soccer season is all of our Dairy Shed runs. Our whole team would run from Dairy Shed to the high school, then we would go to Panera afterwards.

Any pet peeves of the game?

I hate when people are unsupportive and don’t give 110%.

Any game day rituals?

I always eat a banana and talk to Julia Poth before a game.

New York City Senior Trip

By: C.J. Destefani

May 14-17, Mrs. Siler and several senior students and adult chaperones traveled to New York City to celebrate their years of involvement with the Bellbrook music department. This annual event, led by Mrs. Siler, one of the Bellbrook High School band directors, takes the high school seniors who were involved in band, choir, or theater in all four years of their high school careers to NYC for four days. While in NYC, they enjoyed many of the city’s great aspects. They experience a Broadway show of their choice, saw the Blue Man Group in concert, and toured some of NYC’s attractions including China Town, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Rockefeller Center. This trip was a blast for all who participated, and they all enjoyed the city life of the city that never sleeps.

Pitch Perfect 2 Takes Weekend Box Office

By Henry Wong

Pitch Perfect 2 led the domestic box office this past weekend making over $69 million in ticket sales according to Box Office Mojo. This is $4 million more than what the original film, Pitch Perfect, has made in its entire lifetime.

The film, directed by Elizabeth Banks, has a mainly female cast and has stars like Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson. The movie follows Beca (Anna Kendrick), and her fellow Barden Bellas, one of the school’s a capella groups, in their senior year at Barden University. After a humiliating performance at Lincoln Center, the Bellas decide to join an international a capella competition that no American group has ever won in order to regain their status as performers.

The other notable films this weekend were Mad Max: Fury Road which made 45.4 million and Avengers: Age of Ultron which made 38.8 million. This past weekend  has been the best pre-Memorial Day weekend of all time for movie sales with a whopping $183.4 million in ticket sales.

Billboard Music Awards 2015

By: Harmony Takhar

Billboard Music Awards of 2015 were held on May 17. The show started with the world premiere of Taylor Swift’s new music video, “Bad Blood” ft. Kendrick Lamar. Swift surprised viewers to find out Kendrick Lamar would be in the video, and many fans were not aware the artists had collaborated. The video starred many of Swift’s friends, such as Selena Gomez, Zendaya Coleman, Gigi Hadid, Jessica Alba, etc.

The hosts of the show this year were Ludacris (Christopher Brian “Chris” Bridges) and Chrissy Teigen (wife of John Legend). Ludacris was the host the previous year as well.

Performances of the show were by Nick Jonas, Nicki Minaj, David Guetta, Hosier, Wiz Khalifa, Britney Spears, Iggy Azalea, Mariah Carey, Chris Brown, Pitbull, Simple Minds, Fallout Boyz, Van Halen, Kelly Clarkson, Charlie Puth, Jussie Smollett, Bryshere Gray, Estelle, Ed Sheeran, Meghan Trainor, John Legend, Tori Kelly, Little Big Hill, Faith Hill, and Imagine Dragons. There was also a finale performance by Kanye West, but to many viewers it wasn’t as good of a performance possible. West’s microphone was censored, and most of the songs were cut out. West’s songs, however, did not contain as much as profanity as was censored out and that’s what upset many viewers.

The following were the awards won:

Top duo/group: One Direction

Top Billboard 200 Album: Taylor Swift, 1989

Top Rap Song: Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX, “Fancy”

Top New Artist, Top Male Artist: Sam Smith

Top Radio Songs Artist: John Legend

Top Touring Artist: One Direction

Top Social Artist: Justin Bieber

Top Streaming Artist, Top Rap Artist: Iggy Azalea

Top R&B Artist: Pharell Williams

Top Country Artist: Florida Georgia Line

Top Rock Artist: Hozier

Top Latin Artist: Romeo Santos

Top Dance/ Electronic Artist: Calvin Harris

Top Christian Artist: Hillsong United

Top Soundtrack: Frozen

Top R&B Album: Pharrell Williams, G I R L

Top Rap Album: J. Cole, 2014 Forest Hills Drive

Top Country Album: Jason Aldean, Old Boots, New Dirt

Top Rock Album: Coldplay, Ghost Stories

Top Latin Album: Enrique Iglesias, Sex and Love

Top Dance/ Electronic Album: Lindsey Stirling, Shatter Me

Top Christian Album: Lecrae, Anomaly

Top Hot 100 Song, Top Digital Song: Meghan Trainor, “All About That Bass”

Top Radio Songs: Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”

Top Streaming Song(Audio): John Legend, “All of Me”

Top Streaming Song(Video): Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off”

Top R&B Song: Pharrell Williams, “Happy”

Top Country Song: Jason Aldean, “Burnin’ It Down”

Top Rock Song: Hozier, “Take Me to Church”

Top Latin Song: Enrique Iglesias ft Descemer Bueno & Gente de Zona, “Bailando”

Top Dance/ Electronic Song: DJ Snake & Lil Jon, “Turn Down For What”

Top Christian Song: Carrie Underwood, “Something in the Water”

Sources:

“Billboard Music Awards 2015.” Billboard Music Awards 2015. ABC. 17 May 2015. Television.

Coming Soon: Summer Book Releases

by Bridget Richard

School’s out for the summer, and you know what that means…time to hit the books! Here are some book recommendations, all of which are new and highly-anticipated releases.

In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume. Set to be released on June 2, 2015, Blume is sure to please in this anticipated novel that centers around a 1950’s plane crash. It’s sure to be a fun way to reunite with an author that was a childhood favorite for many.

In the Country by Mia Alvar.  This novel tells the stories of nine different Filipino men and women. It looks to be an emotional and heartfelt story. This will be Alvar’s seventh novel, and will be released on June 16, 2015.

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee. The much anticipated prequel, sort of sequel, of To Kill a Mockingbird will be released on July 14, 2015. From now, that leaves plenty of time to read TKAM and get hyped for the new release!

The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman. This book has the latest release date so far of August 14, 2015 but promises a beautiful, historic romance. Hoffman’s poignant prose is well worth the wait.

The Rumor by Elin Hilderbrand. The epitome of “beach read,” Hilderbrand’s seventeenth novel is centered around the friendship of two girls in Nantucket. The cover itself shows two girls lounging on beach chairs in front of the ocean, which sounds like a perfect setting to read the book itself! And, just in time, it’s release date is June 16, 2015.