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College or Vocational: Pros & Cons

Emilio Lee, Reporter, Editor

May 29, 2018


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The goal of District 91 is to make all students college and career ready, but once seniors face graduation, they have to decide if college will actually make them career ready, or if pursuing a vocation is a better choice. College: This seems to be the choice teachers push most, but it really isn’t ...

Isabel Gonzalez-Salazar: More than just a painting

Isabel Gonzalez-Salazar: More than just a painting

Alejandra Salinas, Editor in Chief

May 2, 2018


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 With a pencil in hand, Isabel Gonzalez-Salazar (11) has been expressing her personal ideas on a canvas. “I started because it was a way to express myself by displaying my artwork in front of others. It granted me individuality and uniqueness,” Salazar said. Not only has she been doing drawing since sh...

Advantages of Arts in Education

Emilio Lee, Reporter, Editor

May 2, 2018


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 Whenever money for education is tight, school districts across the nation start to talk about cutting programs. What programs are often at the top of the chopping block? Sadly, it’s the arts. But why? Why are the arts being cast into the shadows by other programs? The arts are just as essential ...

Obesity in children under five rises

Alejandra Salinas, Editor in Chief

April 2, 2018


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 It has been found that obesity has aroused in children under the age of five. After a study conducted by the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research, it was found that one in three children are overweight before their fifth birthday. This is risky situation because if a child stays obese,...

Weight watchers offers 6 weeks free for teens

Weight watchers offers 6 weeks free for teens

Salma Gomez

April 2, 2018


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Weight watchers is offering free six-week memberships for teens between the age of 13 and 17 this summer.The requirements to join the program are to obtain a doctor's referral, to get parent/guardian signature, and to not be suffering from a chronic illness or under a long term medication. The compa...

Veganism: key to end world hunger

Cassidy Monson, Reporter

February 6, 2018


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  World hunger is obviously a huge problem; it’s an epidemic people have been working on ending for a long time. Many solutions have come up, and many pick away at the problem, but none have actually made a big enough difference to be considered successful.   According to the Food Aid Foundation, 7...

Starvation struggle: The need is real

Starvation struggle: The need is real

Alejandra Salinas, Editor in Chief

January 31, 2018


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Food insecurity is a daily problem that many people in the world are facing. Out of the 240 thousand people who are food insecure in Idaho, one in six children don’t know where their next meal will come from. As children are growing, their brain is developing as well, and without the right nutrition...

Pets: More than just a want Psychological benefits of owning a furry friend

Pets: More than just a want Psychological benefits of owning a furry friend

Nicolas Sloan, Reporter

January 4, 2018


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With Christmas right around the corner, many children all over the US dream of getting a new puppy or kitten for Christmas, and research shows that that could be a great idea. Countless studies have shown that pet-owners, compared to families or individuals without pets, show less signs of stress, high...

Students help animals at local shelter

Students help animals at local shelter

Tania Carrillo Malagon

December 14, 2017


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Approximately 100 Cats and dogs in Idaho Falls are without a home this Christmas. According to Gayle Contreras, who works at the Idaho Falls Animal Shelter, cats and dogs aren’t being spayed or neutered, and most of the time the animal owners can’t afford to have extra animals to take care of so...

Worldwide Cultural Celebrations

Worldwide Cultural Celebrations

Shay Harris, Reporter

November 15, 2017


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The celebration of Thanksgiving in different countries are quite different than what we do here in America. For example Norwegians refer to the holiday as Høsttakkefest, which directly translates to “Harvest Thanksgiving Feast.” However, the roots mostly reflect both religious and secular tradition...

Dia de los Muertos

Dia de los Muertos

Alejandra Salinas, Editor in Chief

November 13, 2017


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El Dia de los Muertos, also known as Day of the Dead, is a Mexican holiday that is celebrated from Nov. 1 to Nov. 2. Many think it is similar to Halloween, but it is a different holiday. It is a day to honor the dead and remember their life. The living use this holiday to connect with the dead. Famil...

Haunted Attractions

Shay Harris, Brittany Corona, Shelby Lee, and Cassidy Monson

October 24, 2017


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Ammon Cemetery The Ammon Cemetery has long been known as a spot for paranormal activity. One common tale of the cemetery that has circulated around is that a girl named Susan Marie Gulkstein climbs up a tree next to her grave and watches people visiting loved ones. The story is that the girl fatally d...

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