The Walking Dead

[THERE ARE SPOILERS IN THIS ARTICLE]

It’s been a long four-year journey for those who have been watching The Walking Dead since the beginning of the first season which aired on October 31, 2010. The Walking Dead is an American post-apocalyptic horror drama, developed by Frank 240942Darabont, and televised on AMC. Over these past four years, this show has beaten out many other shows that are very well-known, such as The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, Grey’s Anatomy, and NCIS. On October 31, 2010 the premiere of season one episode one of The Walking Dead was watched by 5.4 millions people total that night. Two years later on October 14, 2012 the season three premiere aired with a huge increase of 10.9 million viewers total. Trojan News asked senior, Drake Greeott if he was surprised by all of these facts and the number of viewers that watch this show, and he went on to say, “I’m not really shocked because I knew that a lot of people had watched it and that it’s a very big show on TV now.”  The numbers have been very consistent and continue to grow throughout each primer, mid-season finale, mid-season primer, and finale for each season.

Since the number of viewers are always a huge turn out and they continue to grow, what keeps people so hooked on this show? Greeott says he’s completely addicted to The walking Dead because there’s always something new in every episode, he loves the zombies, and he likes to see how everyone in the show kills the zombies because he will then know what to do one day when there’s a real zombie apocalypse. “My favorite character would be Carl because he has to go through so much and he’s really grown up and taken on a lot of responsibility.” Greeott said. His favorite episode is when Carl’s mother had to deliver her baby in the prison they were staying at and while giving birth she had unfortunately passed away. But,  with the infection spreading so quickly, once you die you become a zombie. Carl had to take on a huge roll and do what had to be done. Carl shot his mother and lost the only woman in his life, but later that day he found out he had gained another girl in his life, his newborn baby sister Judith.

The mid-season finale for season four aired on December 1, 2013. “Too Far Gone” was the shows title, and that’s exactly how the show went. The prison that everyone had been staying at was being threatened to be taken over by another group leader, a man who goes by the name of “The Governor.” The Governor (David Morrissey) had a lot of hatred for our main character Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his group that had been settled in the prison for quite a while. The Governor had decided enough was enough, and had kidnapped two of the biggest people in Rick’s group, Hershel (Scott Wilson) and Michonne (DanaiGurira). The Governor had been threatening Rick and his people, however, Rick refused and at that moment the Governor grabs Michonne’s sward and chops Hershel’s head off. Both groups immediately  started to fire their guns at each other causing more zombies to come out from the loud sounds. After everything is over almost everyone from Rick’s group had escaped the prison but they all had gotten split up in the process. From the Governor’s group there was only one survivor that we know of. Instead of one groupgoodbye-prison taking the prison, the only ones who had really gotten the prison was the zombies. This episode was very emotional  to the 12.1 million people who had watched it. Trojan News asked Greeott how he felt about this emotional closing episode. “I think since everyone got split up they are all at a higher risk of getting killed, because at least back and the prison they had shelter and food and clean water.” said Greeott. He then tells us that without Hershel his two daughters will have a hard time from here on out, and if everyone from Rick’s group ends up finding each other they wont be as close as they were because Hershel wont be there.

The Walking Dead  has attracted many people and continues to. If you  haven’t seen this exquisite show it’s talking deadshown on Sundays at 7 P.M. mountain time and again at 9 P.M. that same night. And, if you are absolutely in love with The Walking Dead then right after each episode there’s a show called Talking Dead hosted by Chris Hardwick. The show always has guests both from The Walking Dead and some not from the show; they talk about everything that happened in the episode you had just watched. Talking Dead gets you even closer to each character and what was going on with them and more into the show as well.

Jump Street

Trampolines are found in many backyards in America today. Many people think that trampolines are a necessity in american homes today, but they come with danger. In 2009 there were 98,000 recorded injuries happened, atrampoline_fail1nd fourteen percent of those resulted in hospitalization. The American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) released information in 2012 that there are 247,000 trampoline related injuries that occur every year in the U.S. but hasn‘t increased since then.

jumpstreet-logoWhat better way to respond to these staggering facts than to build a warehouse filled with these things! This place is called Jump Street! One Hundred percent of people who were asked if they liked trampolines said yes. Junior, Logan Green said, “Have you ever seen a sad person on a trampoline?” He’s got a point! Jump Street is one of biggest names in trampolines, so who hasn’t heard of it? Again, one hundred percent of people asked said they knew of it. When one looks up directions to Jump Street they might get directions to the Jump Street on I-25, unfortunately that one has been closed down. Junior, Brandon McDaniel said he isn’t sad that it is closed. Senior, Drake Greeott stated, “No, I am not sad because the new one is better.” The new Jump Street is down in Lakewood Greeott informed us. He also said that they have many new additions including a foam pit, more dodge ball courts, a mechanical bull, and two basketball hoops. Green said he has been to the new location and his favorite part is the mechanical bull, “It’s a rush to be on that bull.” said Green. When people jump high on trampolines they say they feel like they can fly. Greeott said that exact thing, “It feels like I was soaring through the air! It was amazing and it felt like I was flying!” Sadly there are people who have not been to the new Jump Street like sophomore, Trevor Cook. He says he would like to attend because “It sounds fun.” Cook would possibly make the drive to Lakewood but doesn’t know when he would go. If you haven’t gone to Jump Street and asked someone who has gone, they would say it is definitely worth the visit!jumpstreet

 

Last day in Sochi

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Right before the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics, Russia is in the lead with 33 medals, 13 of those being gold. Next is Norway with 26 medals total, 11 being gold. The in third is Canada with 25 medals total and 10 being gold. The United States finished in 4th with 28 total medals but only 9 being gold. The closing ceremony was on Wednesday February 26th on NBC at 9 PM.

The United States’ 9 gold medals came from skiing (freestyle and alpine), snowboarding, and figure skating. 7 of the 28 medals awarded to the United States were silver. The events that the US finished silver in were Freestyle Skiing, Alpine skiing, Bobsleigh, Skeleton, Ice Hockey and Short track. The remaining 12 bronze medals were from Freestyle Skiing, Snowboarding,  Alpine Skiing, Figure Skating, Bobsleigh, Skeleton and Lung.

According to most people, the most entertaining event to watch in the Winter Olympics was either snowboarding or Ice Hockey.

“I really enjoyed watching all the ice hockey games because its cool to see all the people from the NHL either joining together on one team for a couple of weeks but it’s also cool to see some of the NHL players representing their country,” said sophomore Megan Uhlry. “Seeing the Colorado avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov play for team Russia but also being named Russia’s hockey teams captain was really awesome because it just reminds us that we have so much talent coming from our hockey team. Also I really loved watching the Hockey because of the Canada vs United States game. The game had so much hype and talk it was just a fun thing to watch even if Canada won,” added Isaiah Anders.

Many students talk about how they snowboard and that’s why they enjoy to watch the snowboarding events. “The time and effort they put in for such a short run is tremendous and I love watching to see what new tricks the athletes will try,” said Jessica Chavez.

Upcoming Concerts-Miley Cyrus

With Miley Cyrus coming into town next Tuesday night, many parents are starting to get flustered and ask for refunds. Miley’s “Bangerz” tour has been stirring up untitledncontroversy for quite some time now. It all started with her MTV Video Music Awards performance back in August of last year where she stunned the crowd by “twerking” on Robin Thicke to his song “Blurred Lines.” It now seems like Miley has been doing something controversial almost every week since then. Some of Miley’s younger fans don’t quite understand the meaning of the things she’s doing in her performances.

Parents are getting upset with how she is acting and they’re taking it to the press. They’re saying Miley is no longer a good role model for their children. Some parents want the “Bangerz” tour to be shut down for good, while others simply want their money back. Huffington Post quotes, “We send our regrets to any preteens who have had to watch Miley straddle a flying hot dog, stuff a thong in her mouth, and simulate oral sex on a Bill Clinton impersonator while accompanied by mom and dad.” Some parents are also referring to the tour as a “porn show.”

With Miley Cyrus coming into town in just one week, we asked some students around LHS about their opinions on the show. Sophomore Ryan Ashmore said “My parents are okay with me going. I think it will be a very fun and educational experience.” Junior Julie Emmett replied, “ This is my first concert, and my mom doesn’t really care that it’s Miley Cyrus. I don’t really know what to expect from her, but I know it will be fun. I follow her on Twitter and all I saw was a giant hot dog.”

As many parents are getting upset over the tour, there are an equal number of fans that are still happy with Miley. Miley Cyrus has been a performer since  2001 and has been in the public eye ever since. When her hit Disney show Hannah Montana started in 2006, Miley has been criticized and critiqued for every move she makes. From friends to fashion statements and then to boyfriends, her life has been under America’s magnifying glass for years now. Some say her “rebel” stage started with the release of her song “Can’t Be Tamed” in 2010. This was a step for Miley into a different kind of music; a more grown up style. Since then, Miley has collaborated with artists like will.i.am, Pharrell, and Snoop Lion. Her newest album, Bangerz, is a 13 track album that shot through the roof in ratings. It reached Billboard’s Top 200 at number 1, and sold over 270,000 copies in it’s first week out.

Miley’s success has been huge over the past years. Although many believe that she’s no longer the same person she once was, her fans seem to have adapted to the “new Miley.” As a celebrity, you’re being constantly looked at. But Miley Cyrus is only human. She is not expected to be the same person that she was when she started back in 2001. People change as time goes on, and that’s exactly what Miley did. Now as a 21-year-old, she says she has a great fan base of loyal and true fans. Parents may not be accepting of Miley Cyrus, but she’s happy that her fans still are.

2014 Oscar Preview

The 86th annual Oscars are coming up and many people are waiting to see which of their favorite actors or actresses will receive an award this year. Although the actual nominees won’t be released until this Thursday, Huffington Post has acquired a list of the most likely possible nominees.

The Oscars are divided into 24 different awards: Best picture, Director, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Original Screenplay, Adapted Screenplay, Editing, Cinematography, Art Direction, Costume Design, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Score, Visual Effects, Makeup, Original Song, Foreign Language Film, Animated Feature Film, Short Film, Animated Short Film, Costume design, and Documentary Feature. Although all 24 are very interesting, people can agree that the Oscars can get a bit long. Huffington Post has chosen the top 6 (best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, and Supporting Actress) that people most likely find interest in and gave their reliable predictions in each category.

For best picture the predicted nominees are “12 Years A Slave,” “American Hustle,” “Blue Jasmine,” “Captain Phillips,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Gravity,” “Her,” “Nebraska,” “Philomena,” and “The Wolf of Wall Street”. According to Huffington Post, “Her” has the best chance of winning. But other possible nominees like “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “Fruitvale Station,” and “Saving Mr. Banks” could shake up the race.

For best Director the predictions are Alfonso Cuaron (“Gravity”), Paul Greengrass (“Captain Phillips”), Steve McQueen (“12 Years A Slave”), David O. Russell (“American Hustle”), and Martin Scorsese (“The Wolf of Wall Street”). Yet Ryan Coogler (“Fruitvale Station”), Alexander Payne (“Nebraska”), and Jean-Marc Vallee (“Dallas Buyers Club”) are also possibilities. Alfonso Cuaron and Steve McQueen have the highest likelihood of winning.

The Best Actor guesses are Bruce Dern (“Nebraska”), Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Wolf of Wall Street”), Chiwetel Ejiofor (“12 Years A Slave”), Tom Hanks (“Captain Phillips”), and Matthew McConaughey (“Dallas Buyers Club”). The predicted winner is Leonardo Dicaprio, but possible spoilers that could alter the expectations are Christian Bale (“American Hustle”), Oscar Isaac (“Inside Llewyn Davis”), Michael B. Jordan (“Fruitvale Station”), Joaquin Phoenix (“Her”), Robert Redford (“All Is Lost”),and Forest Whitaker (“Lee Daniels’ The Butler”).

Best actress is Amy Adams (“American Hustle”), Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine”), Sandra Bullock (“Gravity”), Judi Dench (“Philomena”), and Emma Thompson (“Saving Mr. Banks”). Sandra Bullock will most likely take this one according to Huffington Post.

Supporting Actor nominee predictions are Barkhad Abdi (“Captain Phillips”), Bradley Cooper (“American Hustle”), Michael Fassbender (“12 Years A Slave”), James Gandolfini (“Enough Said”), and Jared Leto (“Dallas Buyers Club”). Who will win this one is still up in the air. But like most categories the possible nominees of Daniel Bruhl (“Rush”), James Franco (“Spring Breakers”), Tom Hanks (“Saving Mr. Banks”), and Jonah Hill (“The Wolf of Wall Street”), could shake up the race.

Lastly Supporting Actress nominees are expected to be Jennifer Lawrence (“American Hustle”), Lupita Nyong’o (“12 Years A Slave”), Julia Roberts (“August: Osage County”), June Squibb (“Nebraska”),and Oprah Winfrey (“Lee Daniels’ The Butler”). Other possibilities are Jennifer Garner (“Dallas Buyers Club”), Sally Hawkins (“Blue Jasmine”), and Sarah Paulson (“12 Years A Slave”). Although numerous sources can agree that Jennifer Lawrence will most likely take this award.

Tune in to the Oscars this Sunday, March 2nd, to see who of your favorite stars will win. Thanks to Huffington Post you can be prepared for the top 6 interesting categories, and who will most likely take home the award.

 

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The Bachelor: Juan Pablo

            The 2014 edition of the bachelor is a very eye-appealing season. On its 18th season, Juan Pablo is a 32-year-old, single dad. As a former professional soccer player, he’s easy on the eyes and on the heart. He’s bilingual; english and spanish. Born and raised in Venezuela. Juan Pablo is out there just looking for a woman to share his life with. Juan Pablo is not only looking for someone who fits him, but also his daughter, Camila, his biggest critic.

Juan Pablo and all of his original candidates.

Juan Pablo and all of his original candidates.

On the first night of the bachelor, Juan had a whopping 27 beautiful ladies to choose from. With such little time to get to know them all before the first rose ceremony, he cut the selection from 27 to 18. Some of the ladies that were cut included a 31-year-old massage therapist, a 23-year-old police support specialist, a 25-year-old nursing home owner, and a 25-year-old mineral coordinator, AKA, an emotional wreck. He kept a couple of interesting girls including a 24-year-old “free spirit” and a 27-year-old “dog lover.”

In week two, Juan Pablo took the ladies to a photo shoot supporting “Best Friends Animal Society,” an organization that focuses on helping out animals in need. Victoria spent most of the night in tears after downing a great amount of alcohol. At the end of the night, Juan Pablo sent home Chantel, Amy, and Victoria.

In week three, Cassandra went on a one-on-one date with Juan Pablo. Their date started off by driving their car into the water, and it magically turning into a speedboat. Their date ended with a romantic salsa lesson, now on land. There was also one more one-on-one date with Chelsie, a group date, and a pool party instead of a cocktail party to end the night. Juan Pablo decided to send home Christy, and free spirit, Lucy.

Week four was an exciting one. Juan Pablo and his girls took a trip to South Korea, where there was one one-on-one date, and two group dates. In the First group date, Juan Pablo and 6 of the girls went to a local mall to see South Korea’s Spice Girls. They also got a surprise and performed one of their songs, singing and dancing, the whole 9 yards. In the end, the two girls who begged for kisses ended up being sent home. Elise and Lauren were both heartbroken.

I went to the halls of LHS to ask what some thoughts were on the upcoming episodes. Mrs. Linda, from the counseling office said “I think that Juan Pablo will end up with Clare, even though my favorite out of them all is Andi. She’s really cute.” Senior, Kaylee Adams said that he will end up with Sharleen, and “I really don’t like her, but he seems to really have a connection with her.” Finally, Miles Rivera, senior said, “I really like the attorney lady (Andi). I’ve only watched a couple of episodes, but she seems like the best candidate.” The Bachelor airs every Monday night on ABC at 7 p.m. Don’t forget to tune in this week!  

February Concerts

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No matter what genre of music you listen to concerts are the best way to enjoy your favorite type of music. Studies show that actually purchasing the concert tickets is almost as fulfilling as the concert itself because its more expensive than just buying the music. The social aspect of the concert and getting to experience the feeling of a concert environment with people that enjoy the same things as you is what drives people to go to concerts, 57% said of LHS students say experiences made them happier and  34% said that material things made them happier. When experiencing something it remains in your memory longer and thinking back on the events you experience can also bring joy just thinking of the things that made you happiest.

If you’re looking for a fun and different experience here are upcoming concerts for February:

Winter Blackout- Gothic theater – 2/01

Dizzy Wright & Hopsin – Black Sheep – 1/01

The Country Music Project – Buckin’ Harleys – 2/01

Pop Evil – Ogden Theater – 2/03

Night Riots- The Moxy Theater – 2/05

Mod Sun -The Summit – 2/07

Vanilla Ice – Grizzly Rose – 2/07

Colorasta – Hermans Hideaway -2/08

Lotus -The Fillmore – 2/08

Vaski- Summit Music Hall -2/08

2 CHAINZ & Pusha T – Ogden Theater –  2/10

Bring me the horizon – Ogden Theater – 2/13

Zion l & Sol – The Aggie – 2/14

The Polish ambassador – Marriott Tech Center – 2/14

Josh Gracin – Grizzly Rose – 2/14

Pacific Dub -Black Sheep – 2/14

Natural Vibrations- Fox Theater -2/14

Mayhem – Beta – 2/14

Savoy with Lazors – Fillmore -2/15

D-WHY – Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom – 2/16

Parachute – Ogden Theater – 2/20

Milo – Marquis Theater – 2/21

Dj Carnage (Life In Color) – Denver Mart Plaza- 2/22

Aer – Gothic Theater – 2/25

AFROZEP – The Goat – 2/28

Disney’s Frozen is a heartwarming movie for all ages

    Frozen recently came out on November 27, and it has become a beloved Disney movie to millions already. Starring Kristen Bell as Anna and Idina Menzel as Elsa, Frozen scored two Oscar nominations. One for Best Animated Feature, and another for the film’s musical showstopper “Let it Go.” It has continually dominated both the box office and the Billboard charts. One student shared, “My favorite part was any part when Olaf was talking because he’s so adorable.” The Walt Disney Animation Studios musical has grossed $713 million worldwide since it opened in November, making it the studio’s biggest hit since 1994′s “The Lion King.” Frozen won Best Animated Feature at the Oscars, beating out “The Croods,” “Despicable Me 2,” “Ernest & Celestine,” and “The Wind Rises.”

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When asked what they thought of the movie, another student remarked, “I thought it was a really good movie for all ages. It was dramatic and heartwarming, and had really good songs.” The student also added that they would definitely recommend this movie to others. So grab a friend or family member and head to your closest theater for a loving and merry tale that will have you coming back for more.

Hunger Games: Catching Fire

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire recently came out on November 22nd and immediately hit the box office with the 4th largest opening weekend with $161 million. The movie, directed by Francis Lawrence, made $307 million worldwide. Catching Fire made more than The Dark Knight Rises, which surprised many people. The movie followed the book very closely and created suspense for viewers. The actors they chose for the new characters introduced in Catching Fire accurately portrayed their part. The ending was just like the book and left everyone wanting more.

Sophomore Megan Uhlry said that it was one of the “best book-to-movie adaptations” she had ever seen. Megan also said, “It is worth seeing twice.” Junior Caleb Hargett said he saw it four days after it came out but that it was “worth the wait.” Both students said their favorite part was when Katniss, played by Jennifer Lawrence, found out about the plan for everyone to save her and how important she really was. Overall, the plot and direction pleased crowds.

On that social media grind

Apps like Twitter and Instagram are really popular amongst students at LHS. In every hallway students are texting away. Social media is everywhere you look. So why is technology all teenagers think about? I don’t think anyone really knows, they just know they probably couldn’t live without it.

Senior Brie Jenkins comments that she is on social media all the time, “I currently am right now.” Twitter and Instagram are the most popular apps, as well as being a big part of social media using. Junior Abby Johnson adds that she is on social media, “25/7.”

While Twitter and Instagram are rising in popularity, Facebook and Snapchat are slowly fading away. Facebook is almost like Myspace, a once cool way to connect with friends, now just out of date. Snapchat is still fairly popular, but Abby Johnson and Kelle Kloster predict it too will fall. Even with these fading apps, others are still  omnipresent in almost everyone’s daily life.

It’s a no brainer to think that more work could get done if social media wasn’t used as much. Senior Kelle Kloster replied with “absolutely” when asked if she could get more work done if she wasn’t on her phone as much. Most students would agree that technology is very distracting. Even when in class, students are texting away or scrolling through Twitter. So if teens wouldn’t be on their phones so much, more work could get done.

Now that the semester is coming to an end, more work needs to get done, more studying needs to take place, and more attention needs to be paid. Lets put those phones away and really focus on getting those good grades.untitled