Promposals of 2014

Promposal (Noun): A way one person asks another to a formal dance called prom.

This year for the 2014 prom there were many amazing promposals. The guys and girls really took a stand this year and came up with somecasspromposal pretty clever ideas to ask that one special person to prom. Senior, Austin Kemp, asked senior, Cassidy Ponzar, to prom. “I took her up to the mountains in Boulder where there she found my sign that said “PROM?” on it and a bowl with two little gold fish,” said Kemp. He said Ponzar’s reaction was priceless because she was so excited. With her being so excited Kemp said the promposal got him also really excited for prom. Kemp said, “It took me almost the whole day to get everything ready and in place, then I had to get over my nerves and take Cassidy up to Boulder to ask her.” In the end, Kemp’s promposal was very successful, he got himself a date and is now more excited than ever for his senior prom.

Next we have junior, Barrett Ingvaldsen, who asked junior, Lexie Knutson. Ingvaldsen set up blue tape on his garage that spelled out “PROM?” Knutson loved what he had done for her and was very excited and all around happy, then he took Knutson to a romantic movie  and dinner date. “I was really nervous because my original plan was to ask her while we were both in San Diego during spring break, but we never had time to see each other. I had to go to my plan B, which made me even lexiepromposalmore nervous because I didn’t know how it was going to turn out.” said Ingvaldsen. Trojan News then asked if Ingvaldsen was proud of his promposal. “I am very proud but, there is always room for improvement.”

Finally, junior, Brandon McDaniel, asked junior, Courtney McDonald. “I was really proud of my promposal because Courtney was in a bad mood after her soccer game because they lost and I cheered her up with flowers and multiple signs that had each letter of prom on it to spell out, “Court. P. R. O. M. ?.”” McDonald was very happy after she received the prompsal from McDaniel. Usually when asked to prom the girl gets really excited but Trojan News decided to ask McDaniel how excited he got after the promposal. He replied by saying “Yes, my promposal got courtpromposalme so excited for my first prom.”

Promposals are some of the best memories of prom. It’s one thing to be asked to homecoming but, it’s a totally different thing to receive a promposal from that special someone.

The Royal Baby

His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge was born July 22, 2013 to Prince William and Catherine, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. From all around the world people awaited the highly anticipated birth of the royal baby. Gun salutes signalled the birth in Bermuda, London, New Zealand, and Canada; the bells of Westminster Abbey and many other churches were rung; and iconic landmarks in the Commonwealth realms were illuminated in various colors, mostly blue to signify the birth of a boy. The prince’s name was announced the day following his birth as George Alexander Louis.


Today, Prince George is almost 9 months old and already has completed some important duties. His first official engagement was a playdate at the Government House in Wellington. He was baptised by the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Chapel Royal at St. James’s Palace on October 23, 2013.

Prince George’s paternal grandparents include Charles, Prince of Wales, and Diana, Princess of Wales. He is third in line after his grandfather and father to succeed his great grandmother, Elizabeth II, as monarch of the 16 Commonwealth realms.

The world continues to be intrigued by the life of Prince George of Cambridge, and how he will adapt to the royal lifestyle. After the story of Princess Diana, the marriage of Catherine and the Duke of Cambridge, and the birth of Prince George, the royal family continues to capture our attention and seize our hearts.


Applying For the Future

As you move deeper into your high school education, the time will come that you need to start applying for colleges. It doesn’t have to be done perfectly, but you want to make sure you do it right. Applying for college can be a long, challenging process that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Here are some ways to make the process of applying just a bit easier.


1. Apply early.

Applying early is key. You want to have backup plans if for some reason you don’t make it into your school of choice. It is very frustrating for a college admissions staff to deal with a crazy amount of applications on the deadline day. In multiple interviews, the admissions office of many schools even said applying early is key. It is a way to separate yourself from the rest and show the school you really want to be attending there the fall after your graduation.


2. Apply to more than one school.

Although we would all like to say everything goes as planned, it doesn’t. When applying, there is always the chance you won’t make it into the school of your choice. Have a back-up plan, another back-up plan, and even one waiting behind that. You never know when something is going to fall through and the last thing you want to do is not be attending college at all. It may take hours upon hours, but it is necessary.


3. Try Something New

Eleanor Roosevelt once said “Do something everyday that scares you.” This can apply to just about anything. Apply it here, choose a school far out of your comfort zone and see what happens.  You might not think you could go anywhere but your first choice, but you could find you like another school a lot more. Getting out of your comfort zone is something that should be applied to your personal life, day in and day out.


4. Visit the campus.

You generally look over the place you are going to be spending your nights and days at, right? It should be the same for college, visit the campus of the schools you apply for. You never want to walk into something with the wrong idea, especially if you are going to be living there for four or more years. Most likely, you will love it, just like expected. As many things in life though, you may not get what expected, so be careful.


5. Don’t let money limit you.

We have all felt the effects of the economy, but it shouldn’t be an excuse to stop you from doing what you want to do. There are thousands of scholarships that are waiting to be found. In addition to scholarships there are many programs out there that can help you with your situation. There is a world of opportunities, it is just your job to use them, go get them.



People get jobs for many reasons; the money, the experience, or even just for fun. Jobs can help high school students in many ways. It teaches them things such as responsibility, discipline, and their communication skills. Trojan news asked Juniors Lexie Knutson, and Ethan Hitchcock about their jobs. Lexie works at Sandborn Elementary School where after school and sometimes during school she watches kids. “There are many different programs to manage the kids like having a movie day or we play basketball and we even have study time for the kids to do their homework.”says Knutson. She has been working there since last summer and started because her mom works there, and because she loves kids and likes to work with them. We asked Knutson how much she likes her job and she said, “I do sometimes, but after a long day it’s hard to be happy for the kids but other days they really help me out and put me in a better mood.” Knutson has a busy schedule with going to school then going to work from after school until 6 P.M., but she is planning on quitting after this summer so that she can focus more on her senior year to get things done. Next we have Ethan Hitckcock who works at Green Guys Lawn and Landscaping. Hitchcock has been working there for almost a year now, thanks to a friend from Hitchcock’s church who needed help at work, who later became his boss. Hitchcock works any day that he is free and at his job he does things such as replace sprinkler systems, take up and put in sod, and lays down rocks for all kinds of landscapes. “I like my job but there are down sides to it. There are many long days where I havgreenguyse to work 8 to 12 hours doing the same thing over and over again. That’s why I’m thinking of quitting soon because it’s very time-consuming and it’s hard to work with school and sports.” says Hitchcock. Although jobs do get you money and teach you a lot of things, every job is very time-consuming and hard for full-time students to work. However, there’s always an up side and a down side to everything. 

Hair tips and tricks

Having a bad hair day? No need to fear, Sam and Baylee are here to help you through your hair troubles. Hair is becoming a an everyday accessory to girls al around the world. Many people don’t see it, but your hair is something that can be used to your benefit every day. Changing it up, coloring it, or even cutting it can all be ways to keep your hair fresh and hip.

A lot of girls struggle with keeping their hair long, or even growing it longer. Some great tips on keeping your hair long are to cut it every 2 months. The will prevent slipt ends from getting out of hand. Although it may seem like your hair will just be getting shorter, it will actually be getting longer and longer because of how healthy you’re keeping it.







Some girls have a different struggle; keeping their hair looking and feeling healthy. There are thousands of at home remedies that you can do prevent split ends and to make your hair feel as soft as a baby’s bottom. You can also buy so very high-end products that are amazing for your hair. Products like avocado, coconut, olive oil, peanut butter, and even beer are all things that are amazing for your hair and you can conveniently find in your home. You can use all of these things as hair masks and they will help keep your hair in tip-top shape. Higher end products that are beyond amazing for your hair are Moroccan Oil, and leave in treatments like the Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque. Macadamia Natural Oil has tons of other products for your to use such as a Healing Oil Treatment, shampoo and conditioner, and leave in creams. Although these products are a bit pricey, the payoff is great and it leaves your hair better than it ever was.

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Simple tricks that you can use to get your hair healthier can start in the shower. When you condition your hair, make sure the ends are well coated with the conditioner. Then, comb through your hair with a wide toothed comb to make sure that the conditioner is going all throughout your hair. This will also allow your hair follicles to open up and to let the conditioner seep in. When you’re rinsing the conditioner out, turn the temperature of the water up. It’s healthier to rinse your hair out with colder water just to give your hair a break from the piping hot shower. After you get out of the shower, once again, comb through your hair with a wide toothed comb. This prevents further damage that a brush or a regular comb can do to your hair. Letting your hair air dry is also a great choice.

Keeping your hair healthy is a hard task to do, but it’s worth it in the long run. It will save you time and energy in the morning, and it will prevent you from feeling self-conscious about your split ends.

Spring cleaning

spring cleanSpring is in the air, and for many students this also means restlessness and impatience. The anticipation of summer is more profound than ever, and this leads to unmotivated teenagers wanting to do anything but their schoolwork.

But, this time of the year is when students should kick in their persistence, and finish the school year on a positive note instead of one filled with irritability.

So, it’s time to clean up our academic act. The first step in doing so, is to stop slacking on homework and studying. Find what motivates you to get it done. Whether it’s the sense of accomplishment, getting a good grade in your class, or just getting your work done and over-with; find the incentive that propels you to conquer your workload and drives you to finish out this school year on a good note.

If the satisfaction of completing work isn’t motivation enough for you, then reward yourself with tangible prizes for getting your workload done. Bribe yourself to finish your homework with whatever compels you; be it food, time spent watching television, playing video games, or a night spent with your friends. If you can tell yourself that something good will come out of studying and finishing your work, then you will be more willing to start it.

Continuing, associate studying with something enjoyable. Listen to music while working to make the homework feasible. You can also embrace the nice weather and bring your work outside to finish it. Try having study groups with your friends to make the pressure of classes less daunting.

Art teacher, Ms. Gibson, agrees that motivation is crucial at this time of year. “We still have eight weeks left and that’s enough time to effect your whole semester’s grade. The choices you make now, affect your post-high school life. Students need to put in the work, to ensure that their future has as much potential it’s capable of.”

Ms. Gibson also shares, that students need to remember the importance of finishing strong. She compared the end of this year to a race: “You need to push yourself to come in better than you thought you would.” The more tired you are, is when you need to push the hardest.

Finishing out the school year is hard for every student once Spring hits, when all they want is summer vacation, and time spent relaxing in the sun. But just remember, that the busier you are, the sooner summer will come. So, get motivated, and finish off this year with the best grades you’re capable of!

Baby Chicks at Murdoch’s!

The chicks have arrived at Murdoch’s Ranch and Home Supply for all to come see! If you are interested in purchasing chicks this spring, Murdoch’s located at 2255 N. Main Street, Longmont is the place to go. They carry about sixty different breeds of chickens, ducks, geese, and turkeys. There are different shipment dates that the store receives the poultry ranging from the first one being February 24th, to the last one being April 28th. Lists of when certain breeds arrive are posted throughout the store as well as online on the store website. None of these dates are guaranteed due to the cold weather, they might be hatching later, but so far they appear to be on schedule. The hatchlings come sexed, but there is no guarantee that their said gender is 100% accurate. They range in a variety of prices from anywhere around two dollars to eight dollars. Since there is so much necessary to learn for a first time chicken raiser, Murdoch’s will be hosting “Chicken Chat”, a basic care and tips workshop that goes over the basics of raising poultry: preparing for the chicks, equipment, feed, seasons, housing options, nutrition, and specificity on the beginner breeds. They know how cute the baby chicks are but Murdoch’s asks that the customers do not handle any of the chicks, as they potentially carry salmonella, but an employee would love to give you a hand with choosing your new hatchlings. The store accepts no returns or exchanges on the poultry purchased. List of tips/facts for beginners:

-A female chicken is called a pullet. There is a 95% chance the chicken will be female if the sign reads “pullet”.

-Murdoch’s recommends pine shavings, as opposed to paper shavings, to use as bedding for the chicks.

- They start to lay around 20-24 weeks of age.

-It takes on average 24-26 hours for a hen to lay an egg.

-Breeds that are known for above average egg size are Delawares, Orpingtons, Rhode Island Reds, Barred Rocks, and Welsummers.

-A mature chicken has 8,500 feathers.

-Chickens can lay white, brown, green, blue, and pink eggs.

-You can feed chicks and ducklings the same layer feed: Naturwise of Country Feeds Layer 16%.

-Murdoch’s recommends taking home at least three chickens, they flock together for social interaction and protection and having only one can stress it to the point of death.

-At 6-8 weeks you should see the telltale larger comb and wattle and hear the crowing to determine that it is a rooster.

-It is recommended that you handle your chicks minimally for the first few weeks. ALWAYS wash your hands after handling any of the chicks because they can spread diseases to you as well as you could to them.

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Interpreting your dreams

In an average lifetime, humans spend around a total of six years dreaming. In dreams, negative emotions tend to occur twice as often as pleasant feelings. Fear and anxiety are the most commonly expressed emotions in dreams, followed by anger and sadness.


Some psychologists believe that our shared dream experiences serve to connect us as a human race. As human beings, we share common concerns, hopes, anxieties, fears, and conflicts. Thus our dreams often reflect these notions. Common dream themes are chase dreams, cheating dreams, falling dreams, and flying dreams. Trojan News explores the meaning behind these dreams and how to interpret them.

Being chased in a dream stems from feelings of anxiety in your waking life. In the dream you could be running from an attacker, an animal, a monster, or an unknown figure who wants to hurt you. Flee and flight is an instinctive response to a physical threat so it’s natural for to run or hide from your pursuer. Being chased signifies avoidance. The actions in your dream show how you cope with fears and stress. Instead of confronting the situation, you tend to run away and avoid issues you are uncomfortable with. If you are the chaser it might signify your drive and ambition to go after something you want. On the other hand, it may also mean that you are falling behind in some aspect of your life and you are trying to catch up.

Being cheated on in a dream can sometimes feel so real that you wake up and accuse your significant other of it. Such dreams are unsettling and lead you to question your relationship. But often these dreams are not really about being unfaithful, but about your own self-doubt. Being cheated on in your dream points to neglect. Your significant other may be spending more time at work, with sports, or with other activities. A lack of attention may trigger a cheating dream. Dreams like this also suggest fear of abandonment. You are concerned about the future and whether your partner will be there for you. These dreams may occur because you were abandoned before by an important person in your life.

Another very common dream is where you are falling from a cliff, a building, a rooftop, an airplane, or from a high place. You will not actually die if you do not wake up before you hit the ground from the fall. To understand your falling dream, you need to look to what is going on in your waking life. Falling may suggest a loss of control. When you fall, you have no control and have nothing to hang on to. This might represent a feeling of being overwhelmed in school, in your work environment, in your home life, or in a personal relationship. Falling may also suggest reckless behavior. It may be a wake-up call of your reckless behavior and poor decisions. You are headed the wrong way in life, and if continue down the same path, you are going to hit rock bottom. Falling in your dream may be an analogy of your fall from grace.

Flying dreams fall under a category of dreams known as lucid dreams. Lucid dreams occur when you realize that you are dreaming and then take control of the dream. Many dreamers describe the ability to fly in their dreams as an exhilarating, joyful, and liberating experience. Flying represents control. If you are flying with ease and enjoying the view then it suggests you are in charge and on top of a situation. Flying dreams and the ability to control your flight is representative of your own personal sense of power. To dream of flying can also function as an escape from the stresses and pressures of your everyday life. Instead of confronting your daily problems, you take flight and try to get away from it all.

Dreams are a way to evaluate what you are focused on and what you need to do to improve the quality of your life. Dreams speak in a deeply symbolic language, and we as humans need to listen.

Be clever, or die trying

zghsdfghsfhtghsxsdsxsexAs we move deeper into the second semester of school, many students start to talk about one special upcoming event: prom. We all know what prom is, it is one of few formal school dances, and the student body gets excited for it. Much of this excitement comes  earlier than the actual dance itself; it comes in the way people are asked. In the days, weeks, and months leading up to the event you will see people asking their date in many ways, but there is one thing consistent here at Longmont High School, it is all done in a big way. Here is your guide to making sure popping the question isn’t just a little too much, or just not enough.

The first thing you should look at is your relationship with the person you intend on inviting to prom. Whether it be your long time sweetheart, your close  friend, or just someone you are interested in having a good time with, you want to make sure the way you ask makes them just as interested as you are. However you choose to ask the lucky date, make the person your asking feel good about wanting attending the dance with you.

The ultimate goal in asking is coming away with a date to prom. The fail-proof way to making sure this happens is by doing it in a way that makes it impossible for them to refuse, so be sure to put some effort into it. It doesn’t have to be the craziest thing ever done, but it definitely shouldn’t be a lackluster attempt. Talk to people they’re close with, and do something you know they are gonna love. For example, if it’s someone really big into a television series or a sport, ask them something in relation to that thing they love. Make it interesting. Something else that carries importance in this task is being original. The last thing you want is to be seen as a copy-cat. No one wants to be asked the same way someone else was, they wanna feel special, and that isn’t going to be the case if they know it isn’t your own idea. The final thing and perhaps most important is having confidence. Have confidence not only in yourself, but in what you are doing. This is going to play a role in the question but also prom itself. You could either be self-conscious and scared, or have the time of your life while feeling good about yourself. Whatever you do make sure you have fun with the process, and go get yourself a date to prom. Better hurry though, it would be a shame if your dream date got snatched up right in front of your eyes.


Longmont’s leaders


Longmont High School is full of promising students who go above and beyond expectations every day. Laura McConahy, junior, is one of these bright, accomplishing, hardworking students.

McConahy is an extremely active member of both Longmont High’s community, as well as the city of Longmont. She has been a part of Longmont High’s Student Council since her freshman year, and was voted to be a part of the Leadership this year as Secretary. McConahy talks fondly about her experience as Secretary, “It was really cool, you get to see a lot of the behind the scenes stuff that goes on. And it’s cool having a bigger role in Student Council. It means a lot to me and it’s nice having a bigger title.”

Her hard work as Secretary paid off, when she ran for the title of being Student Council’s president for the next year, and won. “It’s going to be a lot of work, and right now I’m deciding if I want to play the same amount of sports and do the same amount of stuff I do. But I’m really excited to bring what I think is best to Student Council and the school.”

But McConahy’s roles in the school don’t just stop at Student Council. She is an active member of NHS, Friends of Rachel, FCA, Leadership Forum, and MBSA. As well as taking a  strong role as the Local Officer of Interact club. What McConahy enjoys most about these clubs is meeting different people as well as getting the chance to hang out with her friends. She also enjoys what she gets out of it, such as the service hours and the feeling of accomplishment.

McConahy is also a dedicated student, taking classes including Honors Trigonometry, AP Government, AP Biology, and AP Language Arts. McConahy’s dedication doesn’t come without a price to pay, though. “I lose a lot of sleep due to all of the homework and clubs. I have to study. I have to study really hard.”

On top of all of her rigorous classes and many clubs, McConahy participates in volleyball and soccer at LHS. She loves the opportunity to have friends both on and off of the field, and develop close team bonds. She also volunteers at the hospital over the summers at a program called the Homestead, which is an adult day care center. “It’s inspired me to work in a nursing home when I’m older,” shares McConahy.

McConahy also has a part-time job at Texas Roadhouse, in order to make the money needed for all of the activities she partakes in.

With such a busy schedule, it’s a wonder at how she keeps on top of it all. “I give up sleep. I don’t sleep as much as I probably should. I think I manage it because I’ve always lived with it, so it’s built into my system to always have a busy schedule. And when I’m not busy, I’m always finding something to do,” McConahy says with a smile.

Such dedication and passion doesn’t go unrewarded. McConahy has been chosen to experience leadership camps over the summers, such as HOBY, which McConahy enjoyed profoundly. “It was really cool to be with other people who care as much about school and as much about leading as I do.” McConahy is also getting the chance to go to State Camp, which is a leadership camp specifically given to members of Student Councils all over the state of Colorado, so that they can bring back new ideas and methods to help better their schools.

McConahy’s goals for the future are ambitious, but they’re nothing that she can’t achieve. “I want to graduate in the top ten percent of my class and hopefully that will get me more scholarships. And I want to go to a private school, but they’re more expensive. So I’m going to try to get the grades and scholarships so that I can go to nursing school.”

The qualities that McConahy has as both a student as well as overall person are admirable to anyone. Her selflessness to help those of her community is a trait that makes her stand out among others. She is the definition of a leader, and Longmont High is certainly lucky to have her.