SOCCER TAKES CENTER STAGE IN RIO
WHY DOES THE US HAVE SUCH A LONG SPRING BREAK COMPARED TO OTHER COUNTRIES?
THE 2014 FIFA WORLD CUP IS COMING TO RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL THIS JUNE!
FIND OUT ON PAGE 2
ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW IS ON PAGE 3
A SLICE OF PI
AN MSA STUDENT NEWSPAPER | ISSUE VIII VOLUME IV | JUNE 2014 | ASOPNEWS.WIX.COM/ASOP
A FINAL FAREWELL TO ONE OF MSA’S BEST BY EMMA C., MEEGAN F., AND KAILEE E.
to do when you go to college?” and your answer is “I have no idea,” she understands because she has been there before. She acSTAFF WRITERS “What would you attempt if you knew tually started in the insurance business and you could not fail?” This one question by Rob- was there for several years before deciding she wanted to teach. After her long journey ert H. Schuller has puzzled, motivated, and inspired many people for many years. Perhaps with MSA, she plans to take a few family trips (deliberately during the school year, you have even considered it for yourself. It is something we want you all to think about as we since she never could before) and “now I’m going to go off and do something else—I say goodbye to one of MSA’s greatest and still haven’t figured it out! And that’s okay. longest-lasting staff members. Change is good.” Since we are MSAers and Mrs. Mooney has been a big part of we dislike change, we can’t have too much MSA since her first day here fourteen years ago, when she started teaching sixth, seventh, I think people are so and eighth grade social studies. From the very beginning, the long-time history-lover’s favorafraid to just stop in their ite part of teaching has been the students. tracks and go out and try some“That’s what gets me up in the morning, and thing new if they're not sure that’s what makes me put so much time into work… I think you guys are so funny, and nice, what's going to happen. and smart, and all of those things that make me - Mrs. Mooney want to be in the same room with you guys. You always wanted to learn, and that’s what change at a time or we will go mad. Don’t makes it so exciting for me.” Back in the first worry, though. We will still be able to see days of MSA, the school was much smaller our favorite college advisor next year, than it is now. With half the number of staff, when she’s working half-time to train the the MSA group was really close knit, but the new advisor while also working on the senchanges to the school have made MSA even ior’s college applications since she knows more exciting by bringing in a multitude of them the best. This will help the new advidynamic new teachers. sor just coming in by giving her time to Mrs. Mooney had no idea what she study up on all of the what’s what of an wanted to be when she grew up, much like many of us. When she asks, “What do you want MSA college advisor before having to go
through the college application process. Back to our original question of attempting new things, Mrs. Mooney says she’s done it once already, when she quit the insurance business to try teaching. Her advice for students (and everyone) in general is to “let yourself try new things without worrying about failure.” Following her own voice, Mrs. Mooney is considering going back to school and has a “goal of becoming a master gardener;” Mrs. Mooney will also be spending much of her time doing the things she loves most like quilting and gardening. She is excited to have the time to pursue her interests more and try some of the things she believes everyone should let themselves do. “It’s freeing,” Mrs. Mooney says of trying something new. “I think people are so afraid to just stop in their tracks and go out and try something new if they’re not sure what’s going to happen.” Thank you, Mrs. Mooney, for inspiring us all to take on a challenge, try something new, and find our passion as you say your final farewell to the MSA community.
Thank you, Mrs. Mooney, for all that you have done for each and every one of us, and we wish you the best of luck!
THE KARATE KID BY NOAH C. STAFF WRITER On May 17th, 2014, sixth grader Elliot Woolley earned one of the most respected titles in karate- the black belt. Elliot worked for seven years, climbing twelve belts in total. It all came down to graduation, where Elliot performed flawlessly. The graduation consisted of forms, self defenses, pad strikes, and double attackers. The graduation was almost as tough as the path to getting to black belt.
WHAT’S HAPPENING AT MSA? GRADUATION CEREMONY @ CENTRAL PARK June 5th @ 6:00 PM
WASHINGTON D.C, TRIP June 8th – 11th
BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING June 12th @ 5:00 PM August 21st @ 5:00 PM
AP SCORES BECOME AVAILABLE IN MN July 6th @ 10:00 AM
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR 2014-15 YEAR September 2nd @ 9:20 AM
LAST STAFF SURVEY OF THE YEAR of hard work and effort into it,” says Elliot about getting his black belt. His karate instructor J.D. Norman says “… he is one of the hardest workers out there. He is very disciplined; he is kind of a quiet guy… he’s quiet, he’s hard working, he’s respectful.” Elliot is also one of the hardest workers in school, always trying to go above and beyond the standard and setting the bar high. Mr. Norman also says “Beyond the skills of the martial artist, it means that they are a good person, a hard worker, they are intelligent.”
Elliot had to go through the white, green, purple, adElliot’s vanced purple, blue, career as a martial advanced blue, red, artist is not done, advanced red, however. The real brown, and advanced dream behind every brown belts to finalblack belt is getting ly get to black belt. to the highest rank Even when he got to achievable, the advanced brown tenth degree black belt, he still needed belt and the rank of at least one year of grandmaster. Even testing for stripes, doing ELLIOT AND HIS TWO DOUBLE ATTACKERS though Elliot has alAT THE GRADUATION. sparring classes, going ready worked for a to pretest class, presentlong time, he has many years ahead of him ing, making his own double attacker self-defense, filled with not only hard work and dedicaand finally getting to the graduation. Next it will tion, but also fun and excitement. Congrattake two more years to get his second degree black belt. “It means a lot to me. I have put a lot ulations Elliot!
BY ALYSSA P. AND ALLY R. STAFF WRITER It seems like the school year has gone by so fast! We all have worked hard, though, and are ready for summer vacation. Since this is the case, the Staff Survey Crew decided to ask the teachers, “What is the first thing that you will do when
the school year is over?” Our favorite answer is from Mr. Pullar, who said, “Put ‘School’s Out’ by Alice Cooper on the stereo, LOUD!” The most common answer is, “Sleep!” which is what a lot of students will be doing. No matter what your plans are, we wish that you all have an amazing summer vacation, and we will hopefully see you again in the fall!
HEY MSA PARENTS AND STUDENTS! A Slice of Pi (ASOP) would like to invite you to read our final edition of the 2013-2014 school year. What is ASOP you ask? ASOP is the MSA student newspaper that puts out newspaper issues around seven times each school year. All articles are student-written, and members range from grades six through twelve. The entire organization of the club, layout of the paper, design of the website, and raising of funds are student operated. Over the past four years since it's creation, ASOP has transformed from an online-only newspaper to a monthly printed newspaper with online expanded issues. Ever since we transitioned to newsprint issues, ASOP has budgeted just enough money for one school year. However, this summer and
next school year, we are going to try to plan ahead for many years to come. This is the part where you all come in! ASOP is in need of donations and/or sponsors to continue sharing the news of MSA and the world. If you would like to donate, please contact our editor-inchief, Emma Connors, at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out our donation boxes in the office of Building A. Any amount of money will help us fulfill our dreams of having a larger, 8-page newspaper that encompasses all of MSA's news and news from around the world. To find out more about ASOP, check out what we have done this year at our website, asopnews.wix.com/asop. Thanks for your time!
ISSUE VIII, VOLUME IV
PI PEDIA AND BOOK NOOK
THIS ISSUE’S WRITING STAFF
BOOK SURVEY BY MIYA L. STAFF WRITER What kind of book lover are you? I compared two book series to see which the general population liked the most. So here's the question: Divergent or Hunger Games? Both are dystopian novels that have been turned into movies with female main characters. But they're actually very different. Divergent is set in future Chicago. The main character is a girl named Beatrice, but people call her Tris. Her world is divided up into five factions: Abnegation, Dauntless, Erudite, Amity, and Candor. She grows up in Abnegation. When she turns sixteen, she has to choose what faction she wants to live in and chooses Dauntless. Beatrice fights with a gun, knives, and sometimes with her own fist. Tris’s love interest is Four, her trainer when she gets to Dauntless. There are three
books in the series.
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: EMMA C.
Hunger Games is set in future America. The main character is Katniss, but her hunting partner and friend, Gale, calls her Catnip. Her world is divided into twelve districts: Districts 1, 2, and 4 being the favorites and Districts 11 and 12 getting the worst treatment. She lives in District 12, and when she’s sixteen, she goes into The Hunger Games- a deadly competition to the death. Katniss’s weapon of choice is the bow and arrows, but she’s fairly decent with knives. Her love interests are either Peeta, the baker’s son, or Gale. She can’t decide... yet. There are three books in the series.
ASSISTANT EDITOR: DHIBO H.
In a survey, it turns out that Hunger Games is the winner, collecting 88% of the votes! One of the reasons someone gave me is that Hunger Games is a better story, and it came before the whole dystopia craze, whereas Divergent jumped on a little later when that genre was popular. (Jumped on the train haha... Divergent joke.) I think they’re both good books and good movies and recommend them both.
ING AT MSA? CONTRIBUTOR
DESIGN EDITOR: GRACE N.* COMMUNICATIONS EDITOR: ELSA B. * ** 2013-14 BOARD MEMBERS: ROBBY D., MEEGAN F.*, NEHA J., MIYA L., AND ALYSSA P. STAFF WRITERS: NOAH C., KAVYA D.**, KAILEE E.*, MAREN J., PAUL J., MIYA L., THOMAS N.*, ALYSSA P., SAM P., ALLY R., AND SHAILAJA R. *LAUGH ATTACK CONTRIBUTOR; **WHAT’S HAPPEN-
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WHY ARE OUR SUMMER BREAKS SO LONG? BY NEHA JAIN STAFF WRITER Right now, summer probably seems like it can’t be too long; it might even seem a little short today. But by the end or middle of summer, everyone is secretly hoping that school will just start already! The United States has one of the longest summer breaks and school holidays. This might be because America started out as a farm country, so in the past children were supposed to be at home helping their parents out on the farm. Schools would have a
break during planting and harvesting season. However, it is also believed
that the current long summer break is an urban phenomenon. As wealth
and vacation desires grew in urban places, schools would have long breaks so that their students could enjoy more time in the warm weather. As the school system grew, the long summer break also became more synchronized with the college and university schedules. Some people argue with this system, because they believe that the students may forget skills and knowledge over the summer. What do you think about our summer breaks? Regardless if you think it is too long, ASOP wishes you a happy summer!
AVENGERS ASSEMBLE, MAD FASHION STYLE BY EMMA C. AND MEEGAN F.
might be the easiest to dress like, because all you have to do is have some pretty major anger issues, let the rage bottle up EDITOR-IN-CHIEF AND STAFF WRITER inside of you, and then let it all out by turning into a giant green man! If you don't have the same intense level of anger The Avengers. Almost everyone nowadays knows who they are. Many people dream of becoming a as Bruce Banner, you can always spray-paint yourself green superhero one day, but sadly, this will most likely never and pull on some cut-off shorts (just know that it won't have the same effect). happen (unless you get yourself into a lab experiment gone wrong). However, you can dress up like them, and Step 6: Dress like Captain America. To do this, that’s pretty much the same thing, right? So, to get one acquire red fabric, white fabric, and blue fabric, and sew step closer to becoming an yourself up a suit. Yes, once Avenger, follow the followagain, you need to sew it youring seven steps. self. This part is a little easier than building yourself an Iron Step 1: Acquire Man suit, but you also face the five friends issue of Captain America's Step 2: Assign shield. Luckily for you, we have each friend an Avenger. In a plan. All you have to do is find this edition of Mad FashCaptain America's house (try ion, we will be discussing looking up the name Steve Rogthe main Avengers—Iron ers and see if that helps), go to it, Man, Thor, the Hulk, Capand steal the shield. Piece of tain America, and Hawcake! keye—but there are more Step 7: Dress like Hawoptions. keye. Find a black vest, black Step 3: Dress like pants, and a black bow-and- arIron Man. To do this, row. You may want to take some you're going to need some archery classes to improve your metal...or a lot of metal. bow-and-arrow skills, and you You are also going to need should also consider signing up one of those fancy-schmancy artificial electronic hearts for parkour classes to improve your ninja skills. that Tony Stark wears. Once you have all of the materiNow, if you have more than five friends (maybe als, build yourself an Iron Man suit (if you have time, you have six or seven or eight or EVEN NINE FRIENDS!), also build J.A.R.V.I.S.) and go fly around in it. then you can add some more superheroes to your Step 4: Dress like Thor. Construct a suit similar "collection". Additional Avengers include Black Widow, to what a medieval knight would wear (but without the Spider Man (although not a real Avenger, we include him helmet) and sew a red cape. Yes, you need to sew it because of his Marvel heritage), Agent Coulson, and Nick yourself. For the hair, dye it blonde and grow it out to Fury (to dress like him: black trench coat. Eye patch. your shoulders. Top the look off with Thor's signature Done.). Although these steps will definitely result in a close hammer, although this could be a problem if you try to resemblance to the Avengers, please remember that you are steal it, because it will most likely fly right back to Thor. not the actual character, and, therefore, you cannot simply go off fighting Loki or Bucky. Step 5: Dress like the Hulk. This Avenger
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO MADE ASOP A SUCCESS THIS YEAR AND HERE’S TO AN EVEN MORE SUCCESSFUL 2014-15 YEAR!
WHAT YOU CAN DO! BY ALYSSA P. STAFF WRITER You are you, and that will always be true. Because you are you, discover something new. Be inspired and make your mark. It's never too late to start. Do something in life, make yourself what you think is right. What you can do is an endless list. Don't just sit there and wish. Try and fail and get back up again, You never know what’s around the bend. So...be inspired and make your mark, for only you can make it... Art.
ISSUE VIII, VOLUME IV
THE SPORTS SPOT
JUNE SPECIAL SPORTS FEATURE:
THE FIFA WORLD CUP IS COMING TO RIO! BY GRACE N. DESIGN EDITOR Watch out soccer fans! The 2014 FIFA World Cup is coming soon! And, what better way to celebrate soccer’s biggest party than to hold it in the party-town of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! This year, the FIFA World Cup will last from June 12th—July 13th, so there are plenty of opportunities for you to tune in to the games and see the world’s best soccer players fend for the coveted gold, world cup trophy (see picture). So, what is the FIFA World Cup anyways? Well, I’m glad you asked. Way back when in 1930, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) got together and decided they would hold the first ever World Cup, an event where many soccer teams from all over the world would come to a specific location to play soccer! That year, the tournament was held in Uruguay, a South American country. Since then, the FIFA World Cup has been held every four years, except 1942 and 1946 (WWII). The locations have ranged from France, Japan/South Korea, Chile, Spain, and the United States. The most recent World Cup, held in 2010, took place in South Africa, where Spain pulled off a win and became the defending champions. The 2018 World Cup will be held in Russia and the 2022 World Cup will be held in Qatar. Where is Qatar? Qatar is a small peninsula close to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Throughout the World Cup’s history, location has been an extremely important aspect to the tournament, and the 2014 Cup will be no different!
DID YOU KNOW? RIO DE JANEIRO NATIVES ARE CALLED CARIOCAS
(CARE-REE-O-CAS). Rio de Janeiro is located in the southern part of Brazil, right on the South Atlantic coast. It is the second largest city in Brazil, the first being São Paulo. Rio de Janeiro is considered one of the world’s most beautiful cities, and it even makes up one of the seven wonders of the world. Which one of the wonders? Its harbor that resembles a mouth of a river, of course! Its geography includes Sugar Loaf mountain, Corcovado Peak, and the hills of Tijuca. Other well-known landmarks in Rio include the Christ the Redeemer statue, the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, along with its annual carnival that is held from the Friday to the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, a date that marks the beginning of Lent. Rio was founded in 1565 by the Portuguese trying to fend off French privateers, who would traffic Brazilian goods. At Rio, the Portuguese built many fortresses that aided them in the tenyear struggle. Rio’s fame died down a little after the battles, but it was only a matter of two centuries before it would pick up again.
However, this time it was not militarily, it was financially. In 1720, gold, diamonds, and ore were found in the mines of Minas Gerais. Because Rio was the closest port city to these mines, it became the chief port for the mining industry in Brazil and even surpassed Salvador, Brazil as the main city in the colony. Then, Napoleon, the French military and political leader came onto the scene and established Rio de Janeiro as the capital of his kingdom. The royal family moved to Rio, and, ever since, it has been as thriving as it is today! So, now that you know a little bit about the location, let’s talk about the Cup itself! Thirty-two teams, including anywhere from Costa Rica and Cameroon to Croatia, will be competing in the 2014 World Cup. The Cup actually will be held in twelve different locations throughout Brazil (see map), but us Americans just like to think of it being mainly in Rio. The opening ceremony, with over 600 dancers, gymnasts, and performers, will be on June 12th, but it will DID YOU KNOW? only last RIO DE JANEIRO IS THE ONLY twenty-five CITY NOT IN EUROPE TO HAVE short BEEN THE CAPITAL OF A EUROminutes! PEAN COUNTRY. Why? Well, the people who play soccer are really serious about playing, and the first game (Brazil vs. Croatia) kicks off one hour and forty-five minutes after the ceremony is set to begin. The USA’s first game will be against Ghana on June 16th, but they will also face two other teams, Portugal and Germany, before they run the risk of being eliminated. Go USA! So, what’s the history of the USA soccer team? As FIFA puts it, “The first US team to turn up at a FIFA world finals earned the dubious nickname of the ‘shot-putters’ for their muscular and burly nature, but 3-0 wins over Paraguay and Belgium in 1930 was enough for a third-place finish, to this day the best placing for any team outside of Europe or South America. Four years later the Americans went out in the first round, but they caused a grand sensation in Brazil in 1950 when, led by outstanding goalkeeper Frank Borghi, they managed to beat mighty England in Belo Horizante in an upsets for the ages. Another first-round exit came in 1990, but as hosts in 1994 they managed to reach the knockout rounds, a result that paved the way to more consistency. And after a last-place finish at France 1998, they beat Portugal and Mexico in Korea/ Japan 2002 and only just missed out on a semifinal place after losing to Germany. In 2006 they went out in the first round again, this time in Germany before reaching the Round of 16 in South Africa in 2010.” Well, now you know the basics of the 2014 FIFA World Cup! Make sure you tune in to watch the games on ABC (at least the final game—the US doesn’t really broadcast soccer because it isn’t as popular here as in other countries)! And, go team USA!
WORLD CUP FUN & GAMES Match each of the 32 countries taking part in the 2014 FIFA World Cup with their flags! 1) Algeria
2) Argentina 3) Australia
5) Bosnia and Herzegovina 6) Brazil 7) Cameroon
8) Chile 9) Colombia 10) Costa Rica 11) Côte d’Ivoire
13) Ecuador 14) England (not the United Kingdom!) 15) France
19) Honduras 20) Iran
23) Korea Republic (South Korea) 24) Mexico
26) Nigeria 27) Portugal
28) Russia 29) Spain 30) Switzerland
X Y Z BB AA
26. DD 31. B
Check out http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/ for more information on Rio de Janeiro, the teams vying for a 2014 win, and the US soccer team! Have a wonderful summer!
ISSUE VIII, VOLUME IV
POKEMON BATTLE STRATEGY BY ROBBY D. STAFF WRITER For this battle strategy I will be showcasing the Pokémon Vanilluxe. If used correctly, this Pokémon can really cream your opponents. Either way, this is a really cool Pokémon. Pun’s aside Vanilluxe has a powerful special attack. Its ice typing helps it use very powerful attacks. Vaniluxe’s ability, ice body, allows it to recover its HP in the hail weather condition, so teaching it hail would be a wise choice (pairing it up with a teammate with hail also helps). It also can learn blizzard,
MATH PUZZLE Try to fill in the missing numbers. Use the numbers 1 through 16 to complete the equation. Each number is only used once. Each row is a math equation. Each column is a math equation. Remember that multiplication and division are performed before addition and subtraction.
which never misses in hail and has a powerful 110 base power. Weather ball turns into an ice type in the hail weather condition. Freeze dry is the weakest; however, it will hit water types super effectively. It can also learn flash cannon via tm, which now hits fairy types super effectively.
AUGUST, BARBECUE, BEACH, FUN, HEAT, HOTDOGS, ICE CREAM, JULY, JUNE, LEMONADE, LIGHTNING, LOTION, PICNIC, POOL, SHADE, STORMS, SUMMER, SUNBURN, SUNGLASSES, SUNTAN, SWIMMING, THUNDER, VACATION
YARN OVER: HEART BY MEEGAN F. STAFF WRITER Top/head of the heart: (make 2) Step 1: Chain 2, make 6 single crochets in second chain from the hook 2: Single crochet 2 in each stitch (will have 12 at the end of this step) 3-4: Single crochet in each stitch around. Fasten off first head, not the second 5: Single crochet in each stitch of first head, then each stitch of second (24) 6. Single in each stitch around 7. *single crochet in the next 2 stitches, single decrease in next* around (18). 8. Single in each stitch around. 9. *single crochet in next stitch, single decrease in next* around (12). 10. Single in each stitch around. (stuff with fiberfull stuffing or beads) 11. Single decrease around (6) 12. Single in each stitch around. 13. Sew closed. These adorable hearts can be made into key chains, pins, zipper holders, and more! Be creative and...Happy
SUMMER BUCKET LIST MAD LIBS BY MEEGAN F. AND KAILEE E. STAFF WRITERS Summer! Finally!!! Bucket list for this summer: 1. Crash a __________ party (adjective) 2. ________ something ridiculous (verb) 3. Build a _______ (noun) 4. Do some homework 5. Not care what other __________ think of you (plural noun) 6. Get kicked out of _________ (place) 7. T.P. somebody's ______(noun) 8. Choreograph a flash mob 9. Put a ________ video on YouTube (adjective)
10. ________ a sidewalk chalk mural (verb) 11. Sleep under the stars 12. Go to the _______ without getting sunburned (place) 13. Carve your name into a ______ (noun) 14. Save $______ (amount) 15. Cover a car in ___________ (plural noun) 16. See a band 17. Skip step #___ (number 1-20) 18. _________ in the rain (verb) 19. Complete a mad libs 20. Host a __________ bonfire (adjective)
QUOTES COMPILED BY ELSA B. AND KAVYA D. “And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again in the summer.” –F. Scott Fitzgerald “Every summer has it’s own story” –Unknown
“Summer will end soon enough, and childhood as well.” -George R.R. Martin “Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair...” –Susan Polis Schutz “I love how summer just wraps it’s arms around you like a warm blanket.” –Kellie Elmore
BY MIYA L.
1. Place the mixed fruits, yogurt, and sugar into a When you think of summer blender. Cover and blend foods, what comes into mind? until fruit is chunky or Chocolate chip cookies and smooth, as desired. lemonade? Smoothies? Just plain ice, maybe? Here's something you can make this 2. Fill paper cups 3/4 full summer that's sure to cool you with fruit mixture. Cover the top of each cup with a strip down. 2 cups fresh fruits of your of aluminum foil. Poke a popsicle stick through the choice center of the foil on each 2 cups plain or vanilla cup. yogurt 1/4 cup white sugar 8 small paper cups 8 popsicle sticks
3. Place the cups in the freezer for at least 5 hours. To serve, remove foil and peel off the paper cup.
“Some of the best memories are made in flip flops.” –Kellie Elmore “Rejoice as summer should... chase away sorrows by living.” -Melissa Marr “If June was the beginning of a hopeful summer, and July the juice middle, August was suddenly feeling like the bitter end.” –Sarah Dessen