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Wildfires scorch Australia’s environment BY LAUREN SATINK
Deadly wildfires have been causing severe and devastating damage to Australia’s environment. The fiery blazes have been unusually high this season with a large loss of wildlife, homes and more than 15 million acres have been burned so far. The fires started in late December. Most of the fires were caused by immensely hot and dry weather, creating the perfect conditions for the fires to spread. Other fires were caused by people starting them. The New South Wales (NSW) police have charged 24 people with intentionally starting fires or having been involved in fire related activities. The police are unsure as to why people would choose to play with fire when everything is susceptible to catching fire. “The fires are utterly and completely pointless, at least the ones that were started intentionally,” said AP biology teacher, Mrs. Rohrer. “The destruction, all the animals that are dead and the property damage is so unfortunate.” In addition to the scorched land, 1,588 homes have been destroyed and about 650 have been damaged. Australia’s state and federal workers have been focused on combating the fires before Australia’s summer began. When the fires got out of control, the US, Canada and New Zealand helped to take out the fires by sending over extra firefighters. NSW declared a state of emergency in early January, which has granted extra help and resources for NSW. With the temperatures and carbon emissions rising, Australia is headed down the path of a climate crisis. The prime minister of Australia, Scott Morrison, has been widely criticized for his inability to act on the climate change crisis, which is part of the cause of the wildfires. Many people have complained that he has done nothing to reduce the use of fossil fuels within Australia. This has caused a lot of stress within the economy, leaving many people very frustrated. “It is estimated that there has been 900 million tons of carbon dioxide released based just on the wildfires,” said Mrs. McNeil, who won the Ohio conservation teacher of the year in 2019. “It is double what would normally be released and it is also double all of Australia’s fossil fuel use.” In addition to climate change, the federal environment minister, Sussan Ley, has estimated that nearly a third of koalas have died as of December. Koalas and kangaroos have been directly impacted by the fires by being burned in the flames or choking on the smoke. Other small mammals and reptiles can escape the fire by burrowing underground or under rocks. The Australia Zoo’s Wildlife Hospital has been taking care of many burned and injured animals to help nurse them back to health. This has shown tremendous care and compassion towards the wildlife. Australia is continually working to keep the fires contained and saving as many lives as possible. They are holding on to PHOTO COURTESY OF DAVID MARIUZ the hope that they can rebuild and create In Australia, animal rescuers work tirelessly to save the wildlife from a healthier environment that will prevent the destruction of the fires. With an estimated one billion animals future mass fires. dead, Australia is facing a nationwide crisis.
BY ANDREW CLARK
On January 26, 2020 a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California took nine lives; among them were 41 year old Kobe Bean Bryant and his 13 year old daughter Gianna Bryant. While on the way to an AAU youth basketball game, Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were killed among 7 others. The Sikorsky S-76B Helicopter departed at 9:06 a.m. under special visual flight rules, and while climbing higher towards the southeast to get above the cloud layer the aircraft dove towards the ground taking the lives of the 9 on board. The crash occurred just before 10 a.m. starting a bushfire in the process. 911 was called at 9:47. The cause of the crash is still being investigated, but weather conditions are thought to be the issue. The same day of the crash, the Grammys gave a last minute tribute to Bryant as fans gathered outside the staples center in remembrance. Alicia Keys and Boyz II Men sang “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye” as a tribute to Kobe and the Bryant family to start the Grammys ceremony. NBA teams that played on the 26th of January took 24 and 8 second violations to honor Bryant. Solemn moments of silence were taken in memory of the late Laker, and Atlanta Hawks’ Trae Young wore number 8 in their game against the Wizards for his friend Kobe. Kobe wore numbers 8 and 24 throughout his career. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban announced they would retire 24 for Bryant. Inlight of the tragic deaths, those lost in the crash are still being remembered in the weeks following. A moment of silence was held at the Super Bowl, the Lakers held tribute before a game against the Trailblazers, and seats have been left open for both Kobe and Gianna at NBA games. The loss is felt worldwide, with figures like President Trump and former President Obama showing their respect. Many, like former teammate sadness on Twitter. Kobe’s Wife Shaquille O’Neal, shared their Vanessa and three children Natalie 17, Bianka 3, and Capri 7 months, are left without a father. Many more lost friends in Kobe and Gianna, some lost a mentor, and others lost family.
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Temporary schedule changes BY ANDREW CLARK
Wadsworth High School students are given one of three lunches each year. They are formatted as A, B, and C lunch. However, this year WHS has eliminated B lunch in a trial run. As of February 3, schedules changed for students. For the following two weeks B lunch will be removed on a trial basis, and students will be moved into one of two lunches A or C. There are multiple reasons for this change. The extra transition between lunches has allowed students to linger in the hallway and not report back
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This is B Lunch at Wadsworth High School. It is mostly empty and with the changes these students will be separated into the remaining lunches.
to their academic lab. Coupled with the mess students make at lunch, custodians do not have the needed time to clean up for the next round of students. “The main reason we did three, was that we were worried we did not have room,” said
Associate Principal Rich Berlin. “That is part of the reason we are doing this on a trial basis, we do not know if we have miscalculated.” This is all made possible by the academic lab that was added to the schedule for the 2018-
2019 year. The new schedule will change academic lab periods, but will not cut into class time. With B lunch gone, no ones academic lab will be split up. The schedule change has already been approved by the high school’s administration. This means if the new schedule works, it may become permanent. “I think it makes it better, easier to manage and easier for everybody if we are able to do it,” said Berlin. “The reason we never did it before is we just weren’t sure we could fit.” The new schedule gives students 41 minutes for academic
Lab and 28 minutes for lunch. This is not much different from the original schedule. “B lunch wastes time anyways,” said student Kyle Townsend, 12. “Going from class to lunch back to class is not time efficient.” Other students, like Ian Haydu, took a different stance. “I think it adds more people to both lunches, and that’s a problem,” said Haydu. “Plus lunch lines are now longer for those who buy lunch.” After the two week trial administration will decide whether the change is worth keeping based on lunch crowds and cleanup.
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2,340 days at school. That ends up being close to 16,380 hours spent sitting behind a desk with 5,040 of those hours in high school. In the school system, students are placed into a competition that they never signed up for. They are taught that they must be the best and the brightest or else they will go nowhere in life. The education system is broken and it needs to be fixed. Although, there are state standards, students should have more freedom when it comes to their other periods. They should be given the chance to study things that interest them, thus helping them find their true passion. This would in turn allow them to determine what they want to study in college rather than waiting to spend thousands of dollars figuring it out. “We have little say on what we learn,” said Natalina Spaugy, 12. “Students should be given the opportunity to choose what they want to learn because not everyone wants to take a class that they have no interest in.” Throughout high school, it seems as though everyone’s priorities shift, but that is not really the students fault, it is the system’s. Students are forced to give up time with their family, their sleep and their sanity in order to keep up with their school work. Depending on the classes they take, students can have hours of homework every night on top of extracurriculars or jobs. “America as a society puts a lot of emphasis on working hard, staying late, working overtime and being involved,” said science teacher Matt Milano. “While these sorts of habits can push you to be better and help you excel, there are more
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important things in life, like family and time to rest, that get left behind.” Although the school does provide Family Always First Nights, they are only given twice a year and it is very ineffective. “Family Always First Nights are not effective because teachers will still give students homework or even double it,” said Spaugy. “This defeats the purpose of those nights.” Students are also required to take standardized tests at the end of each year. These tests not only see how much the students have learned, but they also evaluate the teachers. Rather than being able to teach more engaging things to the students, teachers are required to follow standards in accordance with the standardized tests. “The biggest challenge is trying to make the content as relevant and interesting as possible while still abiding by the standards of what we’re supposed to be teaching,” said Milano. Standardized tests are unnecessary and should be eliminated. They do not take into account how much a student has grown over the year and can force teachers to teach things to quickly. “[Teachers] are constantly rushed to get through all of the content they needed to prepare their kids for the ODE test that they needed to pass in order to graduate,” said Milano. The education system has to many standards and needs to be reformed in many ways. Standardized tests should either be eliminated or greatly reduced, and students should have more freedom when it comes to selecting classes.
BY SARAH SCOBEE
Sisters before misters: this is the mantra that makes Galentine’s Day one of the best celebrations of the year. Galentine’s Day is February 13, the day before Valentines Day, and it is solely dedicated to appreciating friendships. The holiday originated in a 2010 episode of Parks and Recreation where the main character, Leslie Knope, explained what the celebration was and what it stood for. Since then, women have been gathering together on this day to raise a toast to their gal pals. G a l e n t i n e ’s Day is taking over the mushy holiday that follows. Multiple days of the year are dedicated to honoring your significant other. These days include sweetest day or any personal anniversaries that are celebrated. One specific day of the year is now being used as one to recognize the relationships shared between a girl and her best friends. “The whole purpose for Galentines Day is to remember why friendships are so important and to have fun,” said Emily Whitaker, 12. “The best part of Galentines Day is how laid back and fun it is.” Valentines Day has become an event
that is bombarded with overused expressions of love and cheap chocolate. The go-to gifts are the typical boxes of chocolate, teddy bears, and jewelry. The gifts are not often personalized and the meaning of the holiday has lost its significance altogether. “I prefer Galentine’s Day because Valentine’s Day is overrated,” said Gabbie Earnest, 11. “I would rather just have fun with my friends.” Girls choose to celebrate the holiday in a variety of different ways. Some dress up and go to a nice dinner, while others decide to stay home and keep the celebration lowkey. “Each year, our group goes to Wasabi and exchange gifts with each other,” said Whitaker, 12. “It is nice to get together and just appreciate each other.” How they choose to celebrate is not what matters. What matters is the meaning behind the day itself. Girls get a bad reputation for being catty or mean to each other, but Galentine’s Day is a reminder that girls need to stick together. A day honoring friendships is an easy way to remind us that when the day gets rough, the ones who are there for us will always be our gals.
“It’s to remember why friendships are important and to have fun.” -Emily Whitaker, 12
know that swimming is one of the hardest sports in the school,” said JD Webb, 12. Two-a-days are common amongst many high school sports. The Wadsworth football team has them for two weeks prior to the season, along with many other sports teams at Wadsworth. However, the swim team has them each day for three months. Every week, the swim team practices for 20 hours, while most other athletic teams practice for approximately 10. These swimmers describe Christmas break as “hell week,” due to being in the pool for 4.5 hours each day, along with 45 minutes of lifting every other day. “Swimming is definitely challenging,” said captain Elyse Waldow, 12. “We have practice at 5:30 in the morning, then school starts, and then we practice again from 3-5:30. Even though balancing school, swimming and sleep is hard, I absolutely love being a part of the team.” A sport that needs so much dedication, requires a passion. “I really enjoy swimming largely due to my teammates,” stated captain John Edurese, 12. “I love to be around them because they are all great people, and we all push each other to do better.” Although swimming is a very time consuming sport, many people are not aware of the time and effort it takes to be a part of the program. This season, Wadsworth had 14 seniors help contribute to the team’s success. The boys team finished the season with a record of 4-4, and the girls with a record of 5-3. “Next year we will be losing quality, and quantity,” said Emma Larj, 11. “We have a really talented senior class, and next year we need to work extra hard to fill their shoes.” With the season having ended on January 29, the team looks to advance in the state tournament. Having two returning state qualifiers, and multiple returning district qualifiers has helped the team prepare for success. “Going into sectionals and districts I feel good about where I am at,” said Josh Craddock, 12. “However, if I want to make it to states, I am just going to swim my hardest and hope for the best.” Although the team is filled with many talented upperclassmen, the underclassmen contribute greatly to the success in the tournament. “Breaking the 200 medley relay last year and making it to districts as a freshman has pushed me to work harder this year,” said Kaylee Moran, 10. “I work hard so that I can contribute to the relays I am a part of and make it once more in the 100 backstroke. However, our seniors play a huge role in our team, and will be greatly missed next year.” Swimming is a sport that typically flies under the radar at Wadsworth High School. Many students know little to nothing about the sport. Through intense dedication, these students continue to build on the program and drive its success. Though the team will feel the loss of the seniors, it will continue to expand on its success going into the tournaments and the swimmers look forward to another rewarding season next year.
“I KNOW THAT SWIMMING IS ONE OF THE HARDEST SPORTS IN THE SCHOOL,” SAID JD WEBB.
Senior captain John Edurese competes in the 100 backstroke.
Senior JD Webb competes in the 100 backstroke.
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Senior captain Elyse Waldow competes in the 100 breaststroke.
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WADSWORTH’S MODERN RACIAL ISSUES STUDENTS AT WADSWORTH DESCRIBE WHAT IT IS LIKE TO BE BLACK IN A PREDOMINANTLY WHITE SCHOOL DISTRICT BY EMILY KURTZ
When the 19th Amendment was passed, it became something of a symbol that represented the final few walls being broken down to reach civil equality for all. To black students at WHS, racism and prejudice both still exist. Six black students sat down on January 28, 2020 to discuss the unrecognized racial issues looming at Wadsworth. Senior Aniya Harris came to Wadsworth from an Akron school in fourth grade. She explained how moving here presented a lot of changes for her, one including how to approach her teachers when they did not look like her. “The hardest thing for me was figuring out how to keep going through school without teachers who looked like me,” said Harris. Harris also spoke about how difficult it was to make friends when people already had her skin color to judge her by. “There’s just a lot of cultural differences and I had to make friends,” Harris said. “It was just a little difficult to agree on certain things just so I could survive socially.” Jayden Taylor, 11, who moved to Wadsworth from Barberton in third grade made it clear that even just a few miles made a big difference in terms of culture and how she was treated. While many of her teachers were white, the student population at Barberton still presented itself as more diverse. As she came to Wadsworth she noticed how she received a lot of questions that seemed to mock her. “Moving here in third grade, a lot of boys would ask me questions that were really stupid like about the palms of my hands and why they were different, the questions changed over the years but it still goes on.” said Taylor. Michael Jackson, a senior who moved to Wadsworth just last year, said that he has never really been faced with those types of questions. Jackson explained that he found friends through doing sports. As this topic came up in conversation some students commented on how they believed the cultural adjustments were different for women of color. “The guys don’t really get anything like the girls,” said Arlena Arnold, 10. “I feel like they bully us more because they don’t think we really will fight back.” The comments outside of the classroom are not the only things that these students have to face. Sometimes, the content covered while in class, with white teachers, has some of these students feeling awkward and out of place. When reading certain books or covering time periods involving slavery, some students feel singled out. “We get stared at a lot,” said junior, Ollena Arnold. “Everyone will look back, I remember last year she [Arlena Arnold] had to deal with it a lot.” Since many of these students moved to Wadsworth from districts that had multiple African American teachers, sometimes it feels hard to discuss race and personally connect with them. Nearly all of the students interviewed agreed that it is important for Wadsworth to look into hiring African American teachers. “The last black teacher I had was while I was in Toledo,” said Arlena Arnold. Her sister mentioned how sometimes her friends shy away from Wadsworth because of the large lack of diversity. “I definitely think Wadsworth should hire black staff,” Ollena Arnold said. “I have black friends that’ll ask if they should come to Wadsworth Schools, and I’ll tell them yes, but then they’ll ask ‘Isn’t the ratio like 10:1?’ and then they’ll say they don’t want to.” Even though Wadsworth is predominantly white, and the content in class sometimes feels awkward to cover, the general consensus
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Various students at Wadsworth High School attended an interview to share their experiences involving racial matters.
is that race is still a very important topic to learn about. “I think it’s important to learn about, but it’s also just weird when you’re the only one different in the class,” said Taylor. Harris also had a similar opinion. “I don’t mind talking about it, I think it’s good that people are trying to learn,” Harris said. “I think there’s maybe lack of care or level of ignorance when it comes to how to talk about race.” Harris elaborated by giving an example of how confusing some people sound when they are trying to talk about race. Ollena Arnold spoke up about how it is hard to talk about racial issues at Wadsworth specifically when some students do not seem mature enough to handle the tough conversation. As the meeting went on the question shifted to how teachers and even other students could possibly help the situation. Which some of the students saw as something that would be very difficult because of how conditions outside of the school setting can change the behavior of anyone talking about race. “I think that’s hard because it’s sometimes based on how the student is raised at home, so the teacher can’t really control how the student reacts or talks about it,” Ollena said. “Berlin asked me the same question, but it’s so hard to say because it starts with the student.” The students interviewed revealed that they hear the N-word often at Wadsworth while just walking from class to class. “Even in the hallways kids in front of me will say it and then turn around and realize I’m there and then feel bad,” said Taylor. The interviewees then revealed that people they consider friends will come up to them asking for the “N-pass”, which places them into what feels like a very uncomfortable situation. “It’s just weird when someone comes up to one of us and says ‘do I have the N-pass’,” said Jackson. “They don’t need to be saying the N-word out of nowhere if they’re in front of us.” While many students do not see that racial tensions still exist at Wadsworth, the six interviewed and even some others, live and deal with it every day. The hope to bring light and change to this subject still survives throughout the difficult situations that some of these students have to face.
A FOCUS ON BLACK HISTORY MONTH
a student’s perspective: senior aniya harris gives insight to what black history month means to her GUEST COLUMN BY ANIYA HARRIS
Black History Month is a year-round celebration in my household. I was raised with the notion that understanding my history is crucial, so my family does not do anything special during the month of February
because we celebrate our history every chance we get. When I was little, my dad would randomly bring out flashcards that each had a fact about black history on them and quiz me. It was the worst surprise when he brought them out, yet it turned out to be the best gift. Those cards helped
me develop an appreciation for my history and pride for my culture. Mostly, Black History Month is a reminder to me. It reminds me of the progress we have made as a people, and it reminds me of how much we still have yet to accomplish. This reminder has inspired me to work to find and
support black-owned businesses (clothing, restaurants, etc.) as a starting point in contributing to the growth of the black community. It is part of the reason why I try to educate myself, usually by watching a historical documentary/biopic or reading any book that discusses
my history and others as much as I can. I find myself learning to appreciate things like being able to vote, being able to go to a school where the majority of the fellow students do not look like me, and being able to gain any other opportunity that my ancestors did not have at one point.
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92ND ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS The Oscars, also known as The Academy Awards ceremony, honors the best films each year and is presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. This year, the Oscars took place at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California on February 9. Students sent in their predictions for films that they felt should be selected for honors by the Academy this year.
STUDENT OSCAR PREDICTIONS
Each year the Grammy Awards recognize achievements in the music industry, including the best recordings, compositions, and artists. This year the Grammy Awards took place on January 26 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
18-year-old Eilish took home five Grammys, including Best New Artist, Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Vocal Album. She is the second artist ever to sweep the four main awards and replaces Taylor Swift as the youngest person ever to win album of the year.
Lizzo was the most nominated performer this year, with eight nominations. She dedicated her performances of the night to the late Kobe Bryant and won three Grammys, including Best Pop Solo performance, Best Traditional R&B performance, and Best Urban Contemporary Album.
BEST PICTURE Little Women “Little Women was amazing! I did not expect to like it at all, but I ended up crying at the theater. The cast was perfect and I loved how they switched from past to present at different times during the movie.” -Maddie Sorrent, 12
BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
62ND ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS
Adam Driver, Marriage Story “Adam Driver is most well know for his role in Star Wars, but he started as a Marine. He worked through his mental struggles following his service, then attended Juilliard where he learned to use what he felt to portray others. He is very deserving, specifically for this movie because of the risks he takes while acting.” -Sophia Anderson, 11
GRAMMY AWARD WINNERS
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker “This was a great final movie for the beloved saga. It had very cool scenes where the special effects team put a lot of effort into it. I do not regret seeing in and would definitely go see it again.” -Christopher Manion, 9
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BEST ACTRESS Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story “She really showcased so many different levels of emotion in this film. Johansson has received two nominations for her acting this year, which has not happened for thirteen years.” -Nate Boulter, 10
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil “I really liked the makeup because it was used to portray the different emotions of the characters and it was not over powering. It helped to reflect the maturity and innocence of different characters and gave the film a great balance between fantasy and reality!” -Lucy Allen, 11
BEST RAP ALBUM IGOR by Tyler, The Creator “This is the first time that Tyler has been nominated for a Grammy, and he won. His songs are different than typical rap songs. I really like IGOR because it is his most unique album. It is a combination of all his albums, and you can tell how much time he put in to it.” -Maddie Kritzell, 12
At age 61, the country legend won the first Grammy Awards of her career, including Best Country Song for “Bring My Flowers Now” and Best Country Album for While I’m Livin.’
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Becca Painting, 12, and Dylan Markley, 12, have been dating for four years.
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Zach Suarez, 12, and Ava Knight, 10, have been dating for ten months.
(Above) Kaylee Moran, 10, and Ethan Kemper, 11, have been dating for ten months. PAGE BY EMILY THOMPSON
Photo Courtesy of Emma Larj
(Right) Seniors, Ireland Hiscock and Stanley Bingham have been dating for a few months.
Photo Courtesy of Ireland Hiscock
Hanna Hoesel, 12, and Connor Morrison, 11, have been dating for a little over two years.
Freshman Sydney Friedt and Eli Haprian have been dating for six months and plan on exchanging gifts and watching a movie for Valentine’s Day.