Today’s society almost makes teen pregnancy an acceptable idea. With shows like Teen Mom 2, and 16 and Pregnant the pregnancy life is portrayed with fame and acceptability. The shows follow the pregnant and post pregnant moms around everywhere trying to get the full appeal of what the pregnant life is like. What people don’t realize is that the cameramen don’t show you all the bad and frustrating moments, they cut out all the scenes where the teen mom struggles. This is misleading because young girls see that these shows portray positive and easy teen pregnancies. Longmont High School English Teacher Katie Gaddis gave Trojan News her thoughts on teen pregnancy. ” I don’t think it’s a matter of whether it’s acceptable or not, I think it’s a matter of society suppressing it and not talking about safe ways and how to be protected. Also, I think people are judgemental when a teenager gets pregnant, they blame the teenage girl, but really it’s not completely their fault.” Fortunately, all the moms who have been featured on Teen Mom 2 are now advocates for protected sex and they travel the country, going places talking to young teenagers about safe sex and steps on how to prevent pregnancy. Maci Bookout, one of the original Teen Mom’s is the biggest advocate for preventing Teen Pregnancy. May is national Prevent Teen Pregnancy month and students who are interested in learning more about it they can visit: itsyoursexlife.org
The upcoming movie The Great Gatsby, based on the book by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is scheduled to come out on May 10th. The highly anticipated movie is sure to please since it stars actors like Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire. Many people have read the book which was first published in 1925, and has become an American classic.
Students at LHS have read the book for an english class, and have enjoyed the story because of the high-class lifestyle that it discusses, and the affairs that take place in the novel. Lexie Knutson, sophomore, said, “I’m very excited for the new movie to come out. I’ve read the book and I really enjoyed it. The costumes look great and the soundtrack is going to be awesome from what I’ve seen so far.”
The movie is set in 1922, an era of loosening morals and jazz. The main character Nick Carraway, ends up living next door to the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby. The movie follows Nick as he reconnects with his cousin Daisy, who is married to the power-hungry Tom Buchanan. The love affair between Gatsby and Daisy creates drama that twists and turns from good to bad.
So if you are looking for a good movie to go see soon, go check out The Great Gatsby, coming to theatres May 10th, 2013.
With summer coming up fast, it’s time to start making our list of summer blockbusters to watch. This summer’s lineup of movies should be just what people are looking for.
The Iron man series is coming out with its third installment. Robert Downey Jr. returns as the eccentric Tony Stark, creator of the Iron Man suit and protector of the people of the world. Other characters returning include: Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts and Don Cheadle as James Rhodes. I don’t want spoil any plot for anyone, but it can be assumed that there is a new villain who has some cool stuff to blow things up and Iron Man is a complete beast and saves the day. If this movie is like any of the other previous ones, it will include great fight scenes and special effects, a good story, and plenty of flying metal. Iron Man 3 comes out Friday, May 3.
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel comes to life in this adaptation of The Great Gatsby starring: Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway, Carrey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan, and Leonardo DiCaprio as THE Jay Gatsby. The film is set in New York City in the spring of 1922. This film gives a glimpse at the glitz and glamor of the “Roaring Twenties.” Anybody who has read the book would probably agree that Leonardo DiCaprio is the perfect for the role of Gatsby. This movie looks to have the action and suspense as well as the drama that creates a great movie. Look to go see this movie on Friday, May 10.
The hilarious characters of the Hangover return in the third movie of the series. Alan (Zach Galifianakis), Stu (Ed Helms), and Phil (Bradley Cooper) make their final appearances in the third and final chapter of the series. Other appearances will include Ken Jeong as Mr. Chow and Mike Tyson as himself. Not much is known about the plot of the Hangover, but hopefully the third one is a little more put together than the second. Look for this movie out in theatres Friday, May 24.
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… another Superman movie? Henry Cavill portrays the Man of Steel in wait for it… the Man of Steel. Amy Adams plays the woman behind the man, Lois Lane. Although there have been many Superman movies in the history of movies, this one promises to throw some twists into the story. Plus it has been awhile since there was a decent portrayal of the super hero and Superman is as American as it gets. So ‘Merica, get out there on Friday, June 14, to see The Man of Steel.
A worldwide virus, infected flesh-eating “zombies”, and a worldwide war: put these together and you have World War Z. Brad Pitt stars as a UN researcher trying to figure out how to best stop the thousands of people infected by a virus that has essentially turned them into zombies. These “zombies” have caused the fall of countless countries and their armies. World War Z will be an action packed ride that also will give viewers the chills that they crave. Look for it out on Friday, June 21.
What has metal claws protruding from his hands, a killer instinct, and an overall aura of beastliness? Wolverine from the X-men of course! In this sequel to the movie X-Men Origins: Wolverine; Logan, or Wolverine, finds himself in modern-day Japan. Not much is known about the plot of The Wolverine; however, I do know that you need to make sure you see the first movie otherwise you may be thoroughly confused. The Wolverine is set to be released on Friday, July 26.
Abs, epic battles, blood and more abs. I just described to you the essence of 300. In 300 we watch the story of the 300 Spartans who halted the advance of the massive Persian army in order to give the rest of Greece time to rally behind them. We were treated to some awesome fighting scenes along the way. In 300: Rise of An Empire we start where we left off with king Xerxes making his way through Greece. Still thinking he is the “god-king”; Xerxes makes his way to Athens where he is met by the Greek general, Themistocles. If 300: Rise of An Empire is anything like the first 300, it will be epic and contain plenty of battles with epic fighting. Look for it in theatres starting Friday, August 2.
When asked which movie they were most excited to see, Austin Kemp (Junior) and Lincoln D’epagnier (Freshman) said Iron Man 3. “Iron Man 3 because it is action-packed and sick,” said Kemp. D’epagnier stated, “I want to see Iron Man because it’s awesome.”
So there are some of the movies to go see this summer! Save up your money, grab some friends, sneak in some snacks, and just sit back and enjoy the show!
Awkward, a comedy show on MTV, has just kicked off a new season this last Tuesday. Awkward focuses in on the life of the main character Jenna Hamilton, a teenager who struggles with family, high school, relationships, and an accident that led people to believe she was suicidal. Through this accident she is able to change her image. She also has many relationship problems, such as meeting the popular Matty McKibben at summer camp, and secretly pursuing her relationship with him, but soon she falls for his best friend Jake. She decides she doesn’t want a secret relationship with Matty and they both agree to keep it a secret from Jake. The show plot-line twists when Jenna starts her relationship with Jake until he finds out about Matty thanks to Sadie Saxton. Sadie is Jenna’s worst enemy, mostly because Sadie has the “fat gene” and her parents bought her popularity and she makes Jenna’s life miserable. Matty and Jenna then get back together and Jake ends up dating Jenna’s best friend Tamara. That is where season 3 kicks off, after Matty chooses Jenna over Jake. Leah Foster, freshman, said “Awkward is one of my favorite shows because its hilarious, Sadie is definitely my favorite character because she is so real and the way she says ‘you’re welcome’ is hilarious!” This season is full of heart-break, death, fights, friendship, and family problems, tune in Tuesday’s at 8 p.m. It’s not a show you want to miss!
Facebook is quickly becoming the platform for college and high school students to share their confessions. Student administrators have started “confession” pages at CU Boulder, Fairview High School, Centaurus High School, and Boulder High School. Students can anonymously post secrets or confessions to the page. Some say it’s a place for support, and others, mostly teachers and school administrators, say that it could become an unhealthy situation.
Most colleges and universities have Facebook confession pages that are run by students at the school. CU’s page administrator is a sophomore girl who asked to remain anonymous. She says that she “isn’t looking to offend people; the purpose is to entertain people.” All of the posts first are seen by her, and she doesn’t post anything that is homophobic, racist, or “way out there,” but sexual posts and posts about drinking are approved. But more importantly, the page seems to be a place that students go to find support. More times than not, people will comment ‘Message me’ or ‘here’s my number’ in reply to people posting their life problems. CU officials aren’t concerned with the content of the site as much as they are concerned with branding. “What we’re concerned about is that it not appear to users that it’s an official university site or account,” said CU spokesman Bronson Hilliard. The idea of a confession platform isn’t new. BuffSecrets.com was started in 2008 by students who have since graduation from the university.
Using Facebook is what has caused an increase in popularity that has even inspired some Boulder area high schools to start similar pages. Boulder High’s page seems innocent, and is almost entirely made up of posts about crushes. “You are literally the most perfect person. I have a huge crush on you… and you’re super-duper hot,” was posted recently. Fairview High School’s page is similar. Centaurus has a different twist on the idea: an anonymous compliments page. Their page has been approved by school administrators and is run by the National Honor Society. Sophomore Maddy Love is the main student administrator, and started the page in February because she thought “it could really bring the Centaurus community together.”
Among college age students, the worry of inappropriate posts is much less than that of high school age students. In other states, officials ask that Facebook shut down any pages that get too out of hand. The main concern is that the page will be used to bully others and post about inappropriate or illegal behaviors. Another concern that has been expressed by interventionist Jenny Hecht is that students are going online to post their problems instead of seeking real help. “At Fairview, I’m working on prevention efforts to break the code of silence that adolescents hold for each other,” she said. “This feels like it’s perpetuating that. This feels very uncontained and unsafe to me in some ways.”
Longmont High is yet to have a confessions or a compliment page. But who knows? Everybody has a secret.
Bounds, Amy. “‘Confessions’ Page Popular among Boulder Students.” Daily Camera [Boulder] 26 Mar. 2013: n. pag. Your Daily Camera Online. Web. 9 Apr. 2013. <http://www.dailycamera.com/boulder-county-schools/ci_22877547/confessions-pages-popular-among-boulder-students?IADID=Search-www.dailycamera.com-www.dailycamera.com>.
Each year, the Nickelodeon channel hosts an award show to honor the year’s best television show, movie, actors and actresses, sports stars and musicians. Unlike many awards’ shows around the same season, Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards (KCA) are all voted in by kids! So the show is all about the fans, and who you want to win. Plus, each winner is given an orange Nickelodeon KCA blimp, instead of a fancy golden trophy.
This year’s show was hosted by actor Josh Duhamel (Safe Haven, Transformers), who was introduced after a fun musical act featuring Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler, and actress Megan Fox. The video ended with Duhamel being launched onto the stage, and introducing Pitbull and Christiana Aguilera to sing their new hit ‘Feel This Moment’, surrounded by mini Aguilera’s and Pitbull’s to dance around them. The song ended with Pitbull and Aguilera in the middle of the stage surrounded by mini-me’s, who then got slimed with the traditional green Nickelodeon slime.
The show was filled with spontaneous sliming to stars like LA Lakers center Dwight Howard, Sandra Bullock and Neil Patrick Harris, Josh Hutcherson and Amanda Seyfried, host Duhamel and Nick Cannon, along with the kid-packed audience. Not to mention the sticky stage, and the slime transfered from the kids to the winners as they high-fived eachother on the way to the podium.
If you missed the fun-filled spontaneous night of kid-voted awards, here are a few of the winners:
Favorite TV Show: Victorious Favorite Female Athelte: Danica Patrick
Favorite Reality Show: Wipeout Favorite Movie: The Hunger Games
Favorite Cartoon: Spongebob Favorite Movie Actor: Johnny Depp
Favorite TV Actor: Ross Lynch Favorite Movie Actress: Kristin Stewart
Favorite TV Actress: Selena Gomez Favorite Music Group: One Direction
Favorite Male Athlete: Lebron James Favorite Male Singer: Justin Bieber
Favorite Villian: Simon Cowell Favorite Female Singer: Katy Perry
These are just a few of the many winners of the night. Aside from the winners, there was also a stand out preformance by the one and only Ke$ha, who sang a mix of her hits ‘We R Who We R’ and ‘C’mon’. The crowd also participated in a host-led Nickelodeon version of the Harlem Shake, where Duhamel dressed in an actual shake costume, and the crowd burst into dance in all sorts of costumes. The night was a fun night to celebrate the kids’ favorites, and a wild night full of slime!
What you need:
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Paper towel or newspaper
- Bowl or cup deep enough to completely submerge an egg
- Tongs, egg dipper, or slotted spoon
- 1/2 cup boiling water
- 1 teaspoon white vinegar
- Liquid food coloring (about 20 drops per color)
How to dye your easter eggs:
1. Start with cool hard-boiled eggs.
2. Protect your surface by covering with a sheet of newspaper or paper towel.
3. Fill container with the mixture of water, vinegar, and food coloring.
4. Place egg on spoon and dunk, turning occasionally so both sides get color. Keep in liquid for up to 5 minutes, the longer the darker.
5. Carefully remove the egg and set aside to dry.
There are so many ways to dye easter eggs but this is the easiest and most simple way. If you want to get more creative you can design your easter eggs with stickers, markers, or any kind if fabric.
Looking for something fun to do over this spring break? Here are a few ideas that might be fun.
1) Go to the mall and only take ten dollars and try to find something that you love without spending a fortune. Knowing that anything you buy is under $10 is the whole fun of it!
2) Take a friend to the mall and sit in the middle and watch all the different kinds of people walk by. Compliment them or look at what they are wearing and tell your friend if you would wear that or not.
3) Last thing to do at a mall is take someone you would like to spend your time with and go to your favorite restaurant and then a movie you’ve been wanting to see.
4) Go outside and take a walk around a lake.
5) Get a bunch of snacks and wear your pajamas for a movie day. Choose your favorite movies or some of the classics.
6) If you are thinking that sitting in the house is a little too boring, try going on a hike around a mountain and pack a picnic. It will be nice to sit outside and enjoy the nice weather.
In some cases families like to take vacations or go somewhere during their spring break. For example, a few students here at Longmont High Sch0ol are going out of town. Sophmomore, Alexis Cox said, “I am most likely going to Steamboat.” Another student, junior, Brie Jenkins said, “I am just going to Arizona for fun.” So if you are not traveling then you can do some of the ideas or just sleep in and relax.
It’s finally happened! Google has finally pushed us from normality into the start of the 21st century. Google has created a robot car; that is completely operated on its own. They have created about 80 cars, whose primary jobs are to drive through America and fix Google maps. Maybe you can make it to a meeting on time at last. And that’s not all that’s been going on. The busy future is bustling with crazy new inventions. Everywhere from clear smartphones to Google search eye covers.
The clear smartphone is still in the making but is coming closer to being a reality everyday. Now a transparent smartphone is kind of a geeky sci-fi fantasy that may not be practical but is desirable sounding. And thanks to the engineers at Polytron it’s looking more and more like a reality. Currently there is no soft-ware in the phone meaning that there is no operating system. It’s just hardware to see what can be done with current technologies. A key part of the Polytron design is the use of Switchable Glass. This glass contains liquid crystal molecules. (Polytron.net) Using electric current the molecules can be made to display images; your smartphone display. Currently when the smartphone is powered down the molecules position randomly, giving the glass a milky appearance. You can clearly see the microSD card, batteries and microphone in the prototype. If there was a SIM card you would clearly see that too. It comes to my mind, of all the phones on the market without SDcard expansion, surely this transparent one could be excused for the omission… Also transparent memory chips are on their way! Later prototypes may be designed with a darker glass covering the base of the phone where most of the opaque electronics could be squirreled away.
Also joining the future would be the Google Glass. A small and convenient computer attached to what looks like a pair of glasses but are really the screen of the computer. Soumya Mohan is an engineer who got to try on the device at a tech talk at Stanford. According to Mohan, the current UI is crude with a small number of options written in white against a black background. Options include click a picture,shoot a video, and voice call (yahoo.com) There are a small number of options that the user can scroll through by tilting his head. There is also a small touchpad on the side of Google Glass and voice controls. The future is making some big leaps. Finally.
Sean Lowe, this seasons Bachelor, finally chose his future wife on last nights final episode of The Bachelor. His choices, Lindsy Yenter or Catherine Giudici. After having both bachelorettes meet his family and talk to his parents, the audience had no idea who he was leaning toward. While on his last date with Lindsay they showed a lot of affection towards each other on a boat ride in Thailand, but you could tell he was more worried about who he was going to pick and the audience could tell he wasn’t quite enjoying himself. They parted their separate ways later that night after lighting lanterns and letting them go into the sky, that was the last time he would see her until the final rose ceremony. Catherine and Sean enjoyed a date in Thailand as well the next day, they rode elephants, talked about their future together and how much she cherished the time she got to spend with Sean through out this crazy journey. After she said goodbye, she ran after him fearing that she would lose him because she lacks a sense about committment, he reassured her and they finally parted. Sean made up his mind and picked out a 3 carot, cushion-cut, diamond, Neil Lane engagement ring to propose to his future wife. He awaited his first arrival, Lindsay stepped out of the car and made her way to him. As much as it broke his heart he had to let her go, he told her he couldn’t give her all of his heart, but that he still loved her, but he loved Catherine more. Lindsay proceeded to tell Sean she just needed to go because she was so hurt, and that she didn’t know how to go about her life without him in it. After she told him that he was crushed and didn’t know if he was making the right decision. After walking her out and saying his goodbyes he went back to wait for what would be his future wife. While waiting he received a mystery letter that Catherine had written. Shockingly, Sean had nervously read just what he wanted to hear from her, the letter saying she was excited to start her life with him, a family, and that she will always love him. After reading that he looked up and she was making her way towards him. Following the letter he got down on one knee and asked her to marry him, after saying yes they took off on an elephant through the Thai jungle. Trojan news interviewed junior, Kaylee Adams, asking who she wanted to win, she said, “I liked Lindsay but thought that she might be too young so then I leaned more towards Catherine.” Trojan news also interviewed senior Colter Sparks, he said, “I liked Lindsay and Catherine, but Lindsay seemed to immature and young, almost like she was still in high school, but they were both hot.” Hopefully Sean and Catherine will stay together, and make sure to watch for their wedding on ABC family some time next spring!