Wonder Brings to Light Universal Experiences

By: Kayla Stephensen While Wonder came out two years ago, it is a story whose ideas are still prevalent. Bullying and teasing about any imperfection are always going on, and insecurities of adolescents never get old. As the main character Auggie, a 5th grade boy with facial deformities, exclaims at his mom, “I’m ugly mom!” and proceeds to cry. The mother, as most of ours … Continue reading Wonder Brings to Light Universal Experiences

There Is a Difference Between Yearbook and Newspaper

By: Kayla Stephensen There are many misconceptions about the difference between yearbook and newspaper at Bellbrook High School. Yearbook is a class period. Newspaper is a mentor period. Mrs. Giles teaches yearbook while Ms. Bills-Tenney teaches newspaper. Yearbook counts as one year credit. Newspaper counts as ¼ of a credit for every semester. They are both majority-produced online which is surprising considering how movies often … Continue reading There Is a Difference Between Yearbook and Newspaper

Movie Review: How to Train Your Dragon Brings Tears to My Eyes

By: Kayla Stephensen *********SPOILER ALERTS********* Maybe it has to do with the proximity of my menstrual cycle, or maybe it has to do with how close to home the stories hit, but I have cried during the second and now third How to Train Your Dragon movies. In the second movie, the parents were brought back together only for the father to lose his life … Continue reading Movie Review: How to Train Your Dragon Brings Tears to My Eyes

Senior Emily Taylor Won Most Musical, Here’s Why

by: Kayla Stephensen The newly minted “Most Musical” female of the senior class of 2019 answered some questions regarding her experience in theater as well as with a singing YouTube channel with her best friend and senior Holly Klepacz. What made you want to do theater? I wanted to start theatre because I’d always loved the idea of stepping into someone else’s shoes and I … Continue reading Senior Emily Taylor Won Most Musical, Here’s Why

Ralph Wrecks the Internet Will Wreck Your Heart

By: Kayla Stephensen ******SPOILER ALERT****** In a story about the unusual friendship between two video game characters, the infamous villain Wreck-It Ralph and the glitch princess racer Vanellope von Schweetz, the feels are there. As Ralph tries to find a way to create something new and exciting for his best friend, he accidentally breaks her game. Discovering the internet which is full of unpredictable experiences, … Continue reading Ralph Wrecks the Internet Will Wreck Your Heart

Take the Goodreads Book Survey

By: Kayla Stephensen Let’s see how many of these great books (according to Goodreads) you have read! Make a copy of the attached document (click on the picture), and place one number per row. 5=I read the book for my own reading pleasure. 4=I read the book for school. 3=It’s on my to-read next list or my bookshelf. 2=I have not read the book. 1=I … Continue reading Take the Goodreads Book Survey

The Hate U Give Teaches Audience Important Lessons

By: Kayla Stephensen Starr Carter, portrayed by Amandla Stenberg, lives a double life and has to learn to adjust to her predominantly black neighborhood where she grew up and her predominantly white high school. After her childhood best friend is shot and killed by a white police officer, she has to find a way to break the wall she placed between her separate lives. She … Continue reading The Hate U Give Teaches Audience Important Lessons

Senior Andrea Szep Advances to State Quarterfinals

By: Kayla Stephensen Senior Andrea Szep beat Notre Dame Thursday October 11 and advanced to quarterfinals for state. Szep won division one singles title in sectionals the previous week and lost in her quarterfinal. Her most notable wins this season were against Walnut Hills, Centerville, and Beavercreek On this season she notes, “We lost a lot of great seniors last year, and a lot of … Continue reading Senior Andrea Szep Advances to State Quarterfinals