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Welcome back to school! During the 2017-2018 school year our News Team will be creating multiple online issues of The Phantom Voice for your entertainment. Enjoy this year’s first issue centered around the start of the academic and athletic seasons, Homecoming, and the voices of our student writers!
Julia Johnson and Nick Stewart
Bayport Blue-Point High School hosted its annual homecoming on September 16th 2017. Our theme for this year was countries. The freshman had Egypt, the sophomores took Greenland and the Juniors picked China. As for the class of 2018, they snagged the win with their United States of America float.
The Homecoming Queen nominees were Kyra Valestrand, Lily Hooks, Melanie McGuire and, taking the crown, Lauren Wilke. As for the King, Sean Mains was the victor with runner ups Kevin Doty, Zach Walker and Kyle Spano.
Last week’s homecoming game against Southampton was a thrilling victory for the boys. The final score was BBP 27-0 over Southampton. Leading the team in rushing yards James Ringer (Junior), who had a breakout game with 3 touchdowns and 40 yards receiving and 50 rushing. Ringer also set up the other touchdown scorer, Jake Carrabis, with a 40 yard punt return. Carrabis finished the drive with a 5 yard rushing touchdown to make the score 27-0 in the second quarter. Other players who had great games were Zach Silver (junior) with an interception, Aaron Feldmann (junior) with an interception and 6 tackles, Nolan Rooney (senior) with 1 sack, 5 tackles and 1 TOL. The defense played exceptionally well this week.
Each year, in honor of our annual celebration of Homecoming at Bayport Blue Point High School, our student body nominates eight students for Homecoming Court. This year Lauren Wilke, Lily Hooks, Kyra Valestrand, and Melanie McGuire were nominated for queen, and Sean Mains, Kyle Spano, Kevin Doty, and Zach Walker for king. One week before the announcement of Homecoming King and Queen, I had the privilege of asking them each a few questions about their high school experiences, their opinions on school spirit, and what it felt like to be nominated by their classmates. Enjoy this insight into the lives of this year’s homecoming court nominees and don’t forget to congratulate Lauren and Sean on being named the 2017 Homecoming King and Queen!
Q: What has your favorite high school memory been?
Lily: “I don’t really have one in particular, considering I’ve loved every single moment of my high school career, but some of them would probably include supporting the boys basketball team when they made it to LICS, going to the J Cole concert with a majority of the school, and the huge tent sleepover at Kyra’s after prom.”
Kyra: “Over the years I've had so many crazy and amazing experiences in high school but I think my favorite has to be junior prom because everyone was together and the entire night with my friends was amazing.”
Lauren: “My favorite high school memory is probably when our volleyball team went to states last year. It was a great breakthrough moment for the program and I loved contributing to it.”
Melanie: “My favorite memory from high school has definitely been float building. It's such a fun time to be with all your friends and peers and collaborate on something great for the school while having school spirit. It's amazing to see that such a small school could build such amazing floats. I'd say homecoming as a whole is definitely a great memory from high school.”
Sean: “Well my favorite memory in high school has to be playing the homecoming game last year in front of our community and pulling out a big win. This year should be even better.”
Kevin: “My favorite memory at high school had probably been when I was a freshman and the basketball team won counties.”
Kyle: “My favorite high school memory has been with the BBP football team, where we train together and play as a family.”
Zach: “My favorite high school memory was upsetting Amityville in basketball playoffs last year.”
Q: Once you graduate, what kind of impact do you hope to have left on Bayport Blue Point High School?
Lily: “I would have hoped that after I graduate, people remember to be kind to everyone, in highschool. I try to make everyone feel included, even by saying “hi” to people in the hallway. It really is rewarding and could make someone’s day.”
Kyra: “All throughout high school I've tried to put a smile on as many peoples face as I could and be nice to everyone, so I hope the students in the following years to come will all do the same. Being kind to people is so much more gratifying than being mean.”
Lauren: “Once I leave BBP, I hope to leave a positive impact on the sports programs and the staff.”
Melanie: “Once I graduate I hope to leave the impact on BBPHS and the future students that it's okay to be different from others and it’s okay to be into different clubs and sports. Follow your heart and doing what you love and not to care about what other people think is the most important lesson I could give to anyone. I hope people continue to do what they love and help the school to grow in different fields.”
Sean: “I hope I left a good example for the underclassmen here to be themselves. I came to the school a new kid, freshmen year and was myself and stuck to who I was. You'll make friends just be you.”
Kevin: “I hope to have left a positive impact on other students so they try to be the best students they can be.”
Kyle: “Once I graduate, I hope I have left a very positive impact on BBP, and helped the community grow.”
Zach: “I hope to impact upcoming students and show them that they should learn to get out of comfort zones and always work hard in the classroom and on sports teams.”
Q: What about Bayport Blue Point makes you proud to be a phantom?
Lily: “Honestly everything about BBP makes me proud to be a Phantom. I’ve lived here my whole life and the atmosphere is just so incredible, for the most part, everyone is kind and fun, the school spirit is out of this world for such a small district, but I love to see how everyone can come together and support our town and teams.”
Kyra: “Everything about growing up in this town makes me proud. Bayport is such a tight knit community and I really feel like everyone loves each other so I don't think I could pinpoint one reason as to why I'm proud to be a phantom.”
Lauren: “I'm proud to be a phantom because it comes with the close knit community. Everyone supports all the different school activities.”
Melanie: “The fact that BBP is so small yet we are so close is something I'm most proud of. I'm proud to call myself a phantom and to know that everyone really does have each other's backs through thick and thin. BBP may be small but we are tough and we are united.”
Sean: “I love everything from the teachers to my friends. Being new here was a breeze, I was accepted with open arms, the teaching staff is amazing, the opportunities are vast and I've met friends I will never forget, proud to be here.”
Kevin: “I like that BBP is a close town so everyone is involved in some way.”
Kyle: “I am proud to be a Phantom because of the great sense of community not only found in athletics, but all throughout the district.”
Zach: “I am proud to be a phantom because Bayport is such a close knit community and everyone is generous and supportive.”
Q: What does it mean to you to have been nominated by your classmates for homecoming court?
Lily: “It felt really great and rewarding to be nominated for homecoming queen by my fellow peers, it really shows that people do notice little kind gestures and my classmates enjoy my sense of humor.”
Kyra: “I'm very honored and excited to be nominated as homecoming queen. It proves to me that people do notice me caring about everyone and trying to be the kindest version of myself that I can be. I can't say thank you enough!”
Lauren: “Being nominated for homecoming queen was a surprise and I'm very excited about it. It will be a special memory from my high school years.”
Melanie: “Being nominated by my classmates for homecoming court really touched my heart. To know that people are rooting for you and believe in the goodness in you is really nice to hear. I love my classmates and I would not have wanted to spend the past four years with anyone else!”
Sean: “Being nominated was a surprise to me but I am very appreciative, I have the grandest friends around and would not want to go to school anywhere else.” #PhantomPride
Kevin: “I was surprised that I was nominated and I am really happy that they nominated me.”
Kyle: “Being nominated by my classmates means a lot to me, and I am very grateful and humbled to have this opportunity.”
Zach: “It means a great deal to me to be nominated because it shows that my peers appreciate me.”
As your high school career starts to come to a close, you will be busy with college applications, tours, and perhaps the most important task: the personal narrative essay. This key component could make or break your entry into your top chosen schools. So, here are some tips compiled from a number of different sources to ensure you nail your college essay…
The personal narrative makes a bigger impact than you think, especially if applying to a more competitive school with lower acceptance rates.
Are there certain topics you should write about?
There is no “College essay topics” list that you should refer to when it comes to your college essay. Administrators want to see the real you, the one that they wouldn’t be able to find just by looking at your transcript or SAT scores. You can write about anything from family issues, school sports, medical conditions, or how your favorite TV show “really changed you.” All the professors want to see is how this topic made you grow or change as a person in a positive way, so write with passion and take your time because they will notice.
Does your personal narrative have to be a traditional essay?
You have a lot of creative space when it comes to your college essay. Some will accept a personal narrative that isn’t an “essay” at all. You could write your life experiences into a poem for example, but of course it comes with a great risk considering they do want to see how you can write/if you can write well. So, yes, you can spice up your college essay, showing a little more of your personality, however save the drawings or pictures for a “myspace” section on your college app.
Do your research!
Usually along with your personal narrative comes a “why us?” question from the college of your choice. Administrators want to know why their school really struck you, and how you can make an impact on their community. If you were intrigued by the campus layout, a certain professor you were excited to learn from, or the area around the school, tell them! They want to hear how passionate you are about their school and why they are so great as well. Just be as specific as possible!
Proofread, Proofread, PROOFREAD!
There’s nothing worse than finishing a long essay that you put so much time into, being so proud of it, and forgetting to proofread. The last thing you need are spelling errors, the wrong font, or some content about your life that you initially decided not to include ending up in your essay!
~Your fellow BBP senior, Alex Pentecost
Whether you are a freshmen or a senior, a thrower or a sprinter, spirit week with Bayport girls Cross Country is a special time. We come together as a team, regardless of if you have been a member for four days or four years. I interviewed members of the team and asked how they felt about spirit week based on their different grades and positions on the team to show how regardless of where you stand on cross country, we are proud to be a member of this team and support one another.
Shannon McMahon- “I am a freshmen and the team is amazing especially in spirit week the whole team rallies together to make ourselves look great. Even though we are at most times an overlooked sport, the team is so close and it makes me happy to come to practice everyday.”
Cecily Phua- “It has been really amazing being on a team so supportive and close. I feel, especially during spirit week, that even girls from different grades are becoming closer and friendly with each other. I have been on another team in middle school where this was not the case, and it was hard to work together and support each other because we didn't know each other. Also, I haven't been been running very long, but no one has treated me differently which speaks great volumes about other team members.”
Jess Rivera (sprinter) - “What? I didn’t hear what you said.”
Liz Papa- “It feels amazing to be a sophomore on such a fabulous team especially during spirit week because we all just bond a little bit this week.”
Emily Polanish (sprinter)-“I think the transition from distance to sprinting was a choice I am happy with. There are only four sprinters on the XC team which makes us a tight knit group. Sometime I feel left out being a sprinter on the XC team, because of all the meets I am missing, but all in all I love how nurturing our team is, and it inspired me to continue the positivity to other people in my life. Spirit week for me was an exciting experience, and I was proud to be able to run out into the gym showing my team spirit with everyone!”
Emma Fitch (sprinter)- “It feels so awesome to be a part of a team, that is so supportive and positive whether in my grade or any other we cheer each other on!”
Danielle Keenan (thrower)- “I like spirit week, but like, I don’t know, it's kinda sad because I am leaving.”
Sidney O’Kray(sprinter)- (I feel) Happy because it is an exciting time but it is also sad because I am finishing high school.”
Margaret Ross- “I'm really proud of all of us... I'm proud of all the work we put in throughout the season and I guess being a team that doesn't have any home meets at all being able to showcase ourselves as a team is a good thing.”
“Bayport-Blue Point Girls XC + T&F.” Bayport-Blue Point Girls XC + T&F, www.coachungaro.com/
BBP GIRLS XC
On Tuesday, September 12, the Girls Varsity Cross Country team had an impressive win against the SWR Varsity team. While the boys lost their meet, which was against two of the best teams in the county, they showcased a lot of effort and strong work ethic. I then decided to interview the boys and girls teams to see how their seasons were going, as they had amazing starts to the season. On Friday September 15 and Saturday September 16, I had a chance to talk to Connor Teague and Jack Martinez, and Maggie Ross and Julia Aurandt (all upperclassmen of both teams).
On Friday, September 15, the two teams had 400 meter time trials, a distance quite different from that of what the teams race. Yet, some athletes had personal bests. Days after two intense races, all the athletes bounced back and performed well. I was able to talk to the boys’ coach, Coach Sessa, and find out who, of the guys, got personal bests. Those individuals will be credited at the end.
1 . Do you feel as though the first meet went well in regards to effort?
Connor T. : Overall, we had a really positive environment. For the most part we improved, for this season and in general.
Jack M. : Some people PR’d (personal record), and we were all trying really hard. I think there was a lot personal growth.
2. After the first meet, do you feel as though the team saw their strengths and weaknesses?
Connor T. : It put us in a real setting for the first time this season, us being in such a competitive race. So yeah, we saw what we had to improve.
Jack M. : Our performance showed us that we have a lot of potential for this season.
3. If you had to choose, what would be your number one factors to performing well in a race? (Assuming you go to practice everyday/are a hard worker).
Connor T. : Sleep and nutrition are huge. I know that when I’m eating good food and getting enough sleep, I’ll do better.
Jack M. : Working hard everyday, for sure. Also, I guess just preparing yourself and doing what you have to do to know you’ll do well in the race.
Maggie R: Mentality, hydration, and sleep.
Julia A: To just before the race have an open mind and try not to get too stressed out. Knowing that there will be pain that you’ll just have to push through is big too.
4. If you could say one thing to your “freshman-runner-self,” what would it be?
Connor T. : I wish I had taken it more seriously in that moment.
Jack M. : To just try my hardest and to take care of myself overall.
Maggie R. : Nothing was/is in vain, and that in every meet hard work will pay off.
Julia A. : To just trust your coach and to believe in your team. All the pain in a race and workout is temporary.
5. When you get on the line, what are you thinking about most?
Jack M. : Doing my best, and just trying to have a positive attitude.
Connor T. : Probably remembering to try and keep my form, and like he said just doing my best.
Maggie R. : For some reason I just really hate that first part, you know out in the open field? I just tell myself that everything will get better once I get into the trails.
Julia A. : I honestly find myself thinking like, “can I make it through this?” Then I switch into just trying to think about the race, though.
6. Favorite sneaker brand? Spikes?
Jack M. : Brooks, I really just like them.
Connor T. : New Balance for trainers, and Saucony for spikes
Maggie R. : Brooks.
Julia A. : New Balance.
7. Any pre-race rituals, or are you not one for superstitions?
Jack M. : No, I don’t have any. Wait, should I make one up?
Conner T. : I’d have to say just warming up with the team. It’s something you always do.
Maggie R. : I’m not superstitious, but I do like knowing that I’m prepared for the race, and just being prepared.
Julia A. : I try and run the course through my mind to stay relaxed.
8. Favorite event? Why?
Conner T. : It’s not an event, but a season. I really like cross country compared to track.
Jack M. : 400 hurdles, being that I’m a sprinter.
Maggie R. : I like cross country better, but in terms of track I like the 1500 meter, just because you can go fast but still kind a pace.
Julia A. : I love cross country, just for the team dynamic, and when you win it’s like distance did it, not distance, sprinters, and the throwers. It feels like what I did really impacted the team’s success.
9. If you could say one thing to those people who always elbow during race, what would it be?
Jack M. : What would I say? I guess just like, relax. You don’t need to be so aggressive.
Connor T. : Chill.
10. Is there any place the boys and girls teams should go to in the upcoming cross country seasons, course wise?
Maggie R. : Really, any course is fine. As long as I’m ready to race, I’m good.
Julia A. : Brown Invitational would be cool, or maybe one in an amusement park? Those looked fun.
11. Girls, how did it feel to win against SWR, even though they had beat us for a number of years?
Maggie R: Incredible, it showed us that how hard we’ve been working will pay off. I think we were a great example of a true underdog team.
Julia A: Really deserving. We’ve been working so hard, we deserved it. I mean, I think we always knew we could do it one day.
12. What was the difference going into the race, and coming out of it?
Maggie R: I was confident, we knew we were capable of winning, it was just a matter of who believed they could push to do it in the moment.
Julia A: I mean of course I was nervous, but especially for this because for me it was the first race after a pretty rough year. Afterwards though, I was so proud and happy, and I really just felt amazing.
13. A. Lastly, what difference does it make to you when a team beats you, but still show such great amounts of sportsmanship?
Connor T. : I think it makes a difference. It shows me they had a good time and that makes it worth it. I wouldn’t want to race and lose to someone who hated it, you know?
Jack M. : I think it says a lot to their character, which is a good thing.
B. Personally, I think XC is great because you can be racing any team, and no matter who wins you know you will treat them with respect, be happy for them, and congratulate them. There is such a great atmosphere in the sport. Would you agree, or do you feel the sport lacks that?
400 Meter Time Trial:
Ben Papa, 12th grade
Kevin Lessing, 11th grade
Matt Nolan, 11th grade
Michael Ahern, 11th grade
Ricky Stafford, 9th grade
While playing a sport in high school can be time-consuming, it does have its fun times. Being on the field hockey team or any other sport will benefit you in the long run. You make new friends and have great times. Playing with the field hockey team, I have learned new techniques and how to play better. You might be pushed to your limits at times but we always do the best we can. Field hockey is not about being independent. You have to work as a family. We are one big family. Our motto is “Together.” Fun things we do as a team are pasta parties. The night before a game we all hang out at one person’s house. We also have done dance offs and singing competitions together.
A field hockey game consist of two halves that are 30 minutes each. In most games there are eleven people playing in the game, including the goalie. During a field hockey game there are many different types of hits and passes that you can do. Some type of hits or passes are push passes, chokes, drives, controlled dribble and sweeps. The most common hits people use during a game or practice are drives, push passes and sweeps. In a game situation you can use a drive while trying to pass the ball to your teammate who is
farther away, or shooting on goal. Push passes are meant for short passes. Sweeps are most commonly used for shooting on goal or long field passes.
Playing field hockey means that you have to work with your teammates and trust them. Trusting your teammates is one of the most important things you need to do. During a game you need to trust that your team will get the ball and do the best they can on the field. Another important thing you need to do while playing a field hockey game is communicating. Talking to each other on the field is important because you can prevent you and your teammates from running into each other. It can also help you and your teammate let each other know who should go and get the ball. In order to play field hockey you have to do many things. Like trusting your teammates and communicating.
Recently forest fires have been a huge problem and have been occurring nonstop in the us particularly in California, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and Montana. This summer 7.5 million acres were torched in the U.S. from wildfires. On Wednesday, September 6th, a forest was set on fire in Portland, Oregon destroying over 30,000 acres of land. People were evacuated from their homes and highways were shut down. Police say that a 15-year old boy was the reason for this forest fire. He allegedly was using fireworks which started the forest fire. This particular summer has been unusually dry, contributing to the spread of the fire. All of Oregon's fires along with Washington's forest fires have burned more than 739,000 acres of land. The largest fire in Oregon consumed more than 182,000 acres.Over 1,000 people have been sent to fight the fire, but officials say that the fire won't be fully put out until mid october.
Montana has been dealing with forest fires all summer. It was one of the worst fire seasons in the state's history. Montana has had 21 active large fires covering over 438,000 acres. The states are facing a severe drought, hotter and drier than any in recent memory. The largest blaze of the summer happened in Montana, burning more than 270,000 acres. At the end of July governor Steve Bullock declared a state emergency because of how intense the fire was.
In California 19 wildfires have occurred including a brush fire that is now being called the largest in Los Angeles. Californians were also evacuated, homes were destroyed and highways were shut down. More than 20,000 firefighters were called to contain 20 fires in the state of California.The state was even called to a state of emergency. And the wildfires aren't stopping. There are more occurring everyday due to lightning, drought, and dry air.
Recently, we have been seeing severe weather in the Western Hemisphere. Namely, three major hurricanes have appeared in quick succession. The first two, Harvey and Irma, had devastating effects in the U.S. and on Caribbean islands, while the third, Jose, has yet to make landfall. Obviously, this is not a normal occurrence, especially considering that Harvey and Irma, both Category 4 storms, have been some of the most damaging hurricanes experienced by the U.S., and repairs will take years and billions of dollars.
The sudden appearance of these three hurricanes forces us to consider that they may not have been entirely natural. For years, there has been speculation that an increase in global temperatures, anthropogenically caused by the combustion of fossil fuels, can give storms more strength, as the warmer water allows hurricanes to become more dangerous. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) holds that while it is possible that climate change is responsible for the larger hurricanes, it is still too early to be sure. Scott Pruitt, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, refused to discuss climate change in the wake of these hurricanes, claiming it would be “insensitive,” and President Trump has claimed that the idea of anthropogenic climate change is nothing more than a hoax. However, Americans, especially Texans and Floridians, are becoming increasingly worried about the rising temperatures, as they see firsthand what they are capable of producing. That they cannot look to their leaders for guidance is very worrying.
Why is the Trump Administration so adamantly opposed to even discussing climate change? The reasons are largely political. During his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump made the return of manufacturing and coal mining jobs a priority, ignoring the environmental consequences. As a result, any talk of anthropogenic climate change would alienate workers and CEOs reliant on fossil fuels for their income, and Trump would lose a large portion of his base. He is taking the same pro-fossil fuel stance held by George W. Bush, who, in his 2000 race against known environmentalist Al Gore, helped ensure that climate change denial would become an important part of the Republican platform. But in 2000, there was far less evidence showing how significant global warming actually was. Almost all the data was based on predictions. Now, seventeen years later, temperatures continue to rise each year, and Americans have finally seen the consequences for themselves. The government cannot just keep ignoring this growing problem.
A new danger in the synthetic drug market, 100x more potent than morphine, and it weighs less than 5 milligrams
On the left, a 30 milligram dose of heroin, on the right a 3 milligram dose of fentanyl; both capable of causing death within 30 minutes.
In the age of synthetic drugs, many are now more potent and are more dangerous than ever. Some know of the risks of synthetic marijuana, and how they have been known to cause threatening and irreversible side effects. Known on the streets as K2 and Spice, these cannabinoids were briefly sold legally before being banned throughout much of the world after its dangers were realized.
Heroin has also had its man-made synthetic alternative created in recent years. Fentanyl, a synthetic form of heroin found to be one hundred times more potent than morphine; the drug from which heroin is derived, has now made its way into the underground drug markets. Though known for its medical uses in treating intense pain when administered in appropriate cases and in very small doses, this drug can, and already has proven to be, very dangerous and extremely addictive when used recreationally.
The true danger lies in its incredible potency; just 3 milligrams is considered enough to cause an overdose, and potentially kill a person within sometimes as little as 30 minutes. As publicized by the Washington Post, 24 of America’s largest cities have reported, collectively, a 600 percent increase in fentanyl-related overdose deaths from 2014 to 2016.
At this point it has become clear that opioid painkillers are being over diagnosed to the American people. Americans consume around 80 percent of the global opium supply; a fact that does not at all correlate with the US population. We must as a country, if we have an interest in reducing the immense severity of this American opioid problem, encourage our local politicians to increase the reach of regulatory policies that will increase the prevalence of screenings to prevent potential addicts from getting hooked. Doctors also must be more cautious when giving their clients prescription painkillers if we hope to ever decrease the severity and extent of the US opioid problem.
The tangled, lackadaisical wires that fall from the heads of half of the student population serve the wearer more than most can express. For some, music is an enhancement of their current mood, others, an escape. Preceding sporting events, they serve as a personalized “hype-man” Much like other necessary items, headphones give the facade of conformity. But, the artists and albums flooding each student as they walk the halls vary much more than non-millennials would presume.
Having interviewed a handful of BBP students, a more specific look at the tastes and impacts of music from student to student have been revealed. It’s an easy habit to spot a headphone-wearer and assume they’re listening to a top 100 song, or hear a bass line and automatically think it’s the song you last heard on 106.1. But, like most seemingly one-dimensional things we encounter, it’s more complex. Genres of preference that were mentioned include alternative rock, pop-punk, rock, rap, R&B, hard rock, indie and that of baroque-era. Clearly, there is quite a range among these students. One may note, however, the large amount of rock-based genres. This is likely a result of the massive influence that the outburst of rock&roll had just over a half century ago. Quite the number of artists/bands of top choice were mentioned as well: Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Future, Modern Baseball, Chance the Rapper, Brand New, Panic! At the Disco, Chilidish Gambino, Yabadum, John Mayer, Lil Wayne, Rihanna, Cage the Elephant, Blink-182, Arctic Monkeys, Big Sean, Kanye West, Two Door Cinema Club, Fall Out Boy, The Front Bottoms, Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neutral Milk Hotel... This many artists out of only a small percentage of students surveyed depict the diversity of taste that exists in our school. Multiply those numbers some more and consider the hundreds of songs by each artist; now the chance of a correct, blind (or deaf, rather) guess at a student’s song they’re listening to at a given moment is the equivalent of a lottery win. It may also be presumed that the sharing of music between friends simply polarizes the tastes of students. Even though most students interviewed shared similar tastes with their friends, however, several also credited their friends with the reason for their own expansion of bands and genres on their playlist.
Although they’re always performing the same task, headphones among BBP students are not victims of functional fixedness. A common theme for reasons to listen to music was for motivational purposes: Getting through homework, working out, during/preceding sports; music is guiding them through it all. Filling silences, avoiding boredom, and sheer entertainment are also simplistic but equally important reasons that those surveyed gave as reasons for listening.
In the same way that music can replace silence, though, it can also “replace feelings of loneliness” An artist and his or her lyrics can be the second party needed in times of isolation. As mentioned, music can also be an escape “when things are too much to handle” as one student put it. Lyrics and melodies alike can take a listener into another part of themselves, as well as the universe within their brain yet without their experiences. The present and or our own reality doesn’t always provoke enjoyable feelings or meet our desires, so why remain in such a state?
Considering the time that must be put in to acquire such a vast taste in music, and the many reasons for doing so, it’s not shocking that nearly every student answered “yes” when asked if music is among or above other top tier values in their lives.
So as you scan the halls and spot the many sets of headphones, perhaps now you’ll imagine what’s flowing through them, as well as the wearers themselves, a bit more complexly.
The defacing of the christopher columbus statue In central park raises questions to the opinions of historians. Was Christopher Columbus a hero or a villain? People around the New York City area are in shock at this “rebellious” act that an unknown man pulled off on the night of September 12th 2017. This is just one example of the furious people in our day in age acting on their opinions of the past. The world is split in so many controversies, lately people are acting upon them, but what does that mean for the future? Are we in an era where people must go through jurassic measures just to get a point across to someone? Should we fear the road ahead where the possibility of monuments being torn down because it offends a small amount of people? And if the authorities don’t please the residence it looks over, then the civilians themselves will take matters into their own hands? Is anarchy upon us? Well for you skeptics out there thinking that I’m just spewing out nonsense, take a look at the bottom portion of the statue. “#somethingscoming”. These two words drive fear down the spines of anyone who walks past it. Is that what the perpetrator wants? As fear grows, so does chaos. History is being revolted against now more than ever, looking back on the events of august 15th in Durham, a statue of Robert E Lee is taken down by its residence because people believed it represented racism in their town. Was that truly a matter of opinions going too far? Or the idea of victory over another getting the best of them? The idea that the Ku Klux Klan were openly fighting for the statue to stay up infuriates people. People will want to revolt against the Ku Klux Klan for any opinion they have because of their terrible history. These controversies need to be stopped as soon as possible because who knows whats coming in the future? All we know now is that…. Something is coming. #somethingscoming
On August 25, 2017, Hurricane Harvey slammed Texas hard, shaking not only the homes, but residents to the bone. With floods up to 5-6 feet high, towns and cities have been guttered. Thousands are left homeless, stranded at shelters. With all the chaos down South, it is up to the rest of America to help out. But how much are we supposedly helping out?
To get an idea of how detrimental costs are, insurance companies lost between $20-$40 billion dollars. Texas Governor Greg Abbott estimated that between the 200,000 homes have been destroyed, with destruction path reaching over 300 miles wide, and that damages will cost around $150 billion dollars. Everyone is doing their part to help those in need. Many schools, including Bayport -Blue Point, are collecting money donations raised by students and faculty for the victims of Harvey. Celebrities such as The Kardashians, J.J Watt, Tyler Perry, Miley Cyrus, and plenty more, have donated over millions of dollars to the relief.
Despite all these generous donations, there is still a huge gap between the money raised and the money needed, and that isn’t even including the costly damages from Hurricane Irma in Florida, and wildfires occurring over on the West coast. In total, the costs of all these natural disasters will estimate around $250 billion dollars. So be prepared for your taxes to spike just like our gas prices.
Over 3.2 million students are found to be victims of bullying each year. One has to wonder, are all school districts really doing everything they possibly can to end bullying once and for all? A bully isn’t just a kid in the halls that isn’t the friendliest person you’ll ever meet. A bully is a human being who cautiously puts effort into targeting and harming another person physically and/or mentally without any reasoning behind it. They show no respect, or care whatsoever about the consequences there are when they do so much damage to the kid/s they can be targeting. The reality is 4,400 people take their own lives each year due to being victims of bullying. The punishments a bully should receive and whether or not if they should be harsh or not has been debated for years now, but the central concern should be what punishment exactly could end bullying once and for all?
Most kids that are considered “bullies” were once victims of bullying as well, which could be the reason behind if we should really punish them or not. People often forget that bullying is a choice. There have been plenty of times where I have been put in a uncomfortable situation where people weren’t being that nice to me, and it’s just a matter of how you personally take it. Personally knowing what it feels like being excluded, or fellow students generally not being friendly to me, I would never want anybody else to put in that awful situation that I was put through. I believe that if you agree to yourself that you are going to torture someone just to make you feel “better” about yourself, you deserve no sympathy. There should be no exceptions to bullying due to it being awful in general, and the amount of kids that become depressed and eventually die due to it. Now that our generation has phones, bullying can be taken to a whole new level. Severe bullying that occurs in schools usually leaves that bully to getting detention or eventually expelled.
Now that there is social media, that opens a whole new door known as cyber-bullying. Cyber-bullying is considered worse than being bullied in person or in a school because when a bully is targeting someone online everyone now can see it and automatically can become bystanders. When people see bullying occur online they are given the option to join in with the bully and hurt that person even more, ignore it and do nothing about it, or tell an adult or stand up to the bully and help that person out. Sadly, it is the first two that occurs most often. Since cyberbullying usually doesn’t happen during school, school districts aren’t sure about what the punishments should be. I believe that if the bully, victim, and maybe even the bystanders attend the same school, the school should be completely involved in putting a end to it. Whether it is bullying on or off school grounds, it is still bullying after all so there should be consequences for doing it. The bully should definitely be suspended or even expelled whether if they are bullying online or not because they are still bullying a fellow student. Bullies deserve no sympathy.
When Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, Texas and began devastating the community, Texans Defensive End J.J Watt was frustrated because he wasn’t there to help due to the flooding issue in Houston. J.J Watt came up with a great idea to help people in need in Houston. Watt decided to start an online fundraising campaign with an initial goal of $200,000. Using his own money, J.J Watt donated $100,000 to get the fundraising campaign started. Watt achieved his initial goal of $200,000 within hours so he decided to set a new goal of $500,000. When that goal was achieved, he decided to challenge his fans and followers and set a new goal of $1Million. When the fundraiser quickly achieved its goal of $1 Million, Watt set a new goal of $1.5 Million, then $2 MIllion and so on. J.J Watt got help from 200,000 donors such as Jimmy Fallon, Ellen DeGeneres, Drake, Houston Rockets Point Guard Chris Paul, the owner of the Tennessee Titans Amy Adam Strunk, and more.J.J Watt was shocked because the Tennessee Titans and the Houston Texans play in the same division. Watt filled up 10 semi-pickup trucks with supplies such as food, water, and more which were brought to 4 different locations in Houston and then distributed to the victims.
On September 10th, 2017 the Houston Texans played their first game of the 2017-2018 NFL Season and it started on their home field at NRG Stadium in Houston vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars. When J.J Watt ran on the field while holding the Texas state Flag and a message, most of the fans were starting to feel a little bit emotional as their were recovering from the Hurricane. J.J Watt’s message to Houston was to stay strong during impossibly difficult times. Even though the Texans took a 29-7 loss against the Jaguars, that didn’t ruin the spirit around J.J Watt’s campaign.
By Julia Johnson
Ever since August 25th 2017, approximately 270,000 Rohingya men, women and children have migrated to Bangladesh from Myanmar, the Rakhine state, in Southeast Asia. They have escaped from horrendous conditions after being persecuted for being Muslim. Over 1,000 people have been killed, but only 400 have been announced. Here’s the problem - No one know that it is happening.
Aung San Suu Kyi, the state counselor of Myanmar, has kept his silence over the matter of this mass murder of these people. He and the government have only publicly confirmed 421 deaths, when in reality it has been 1,000. A professional statement from the government of Myanmar states that they believe terrorists have started the problem.
The road to Bangladesh is not an easy one; women and children attempting to flee have tragically drowned. The boats being used are very expensive and are not guaranteed full safety for passengers. Often the boats are unsanitary and populous.
Despite Myanmar trying to hide its issue, Desmond Tutu, a South African social rights activist and retired Anglican bishop, is pressing Suu Kyi for peace. On his Twitter profile, Tutu tweeted, “I am ... breaking my vow of silence on public affairs out of profound sadness about the plight of the Muslim minority in your country, the Rohingya,".
The crisis in Myanmar cannot be silenced anymore. This Rohingya Genocide is a worldwide issue that needs attention and help. To help the Rohingya people escape this nightmare, you can donate to https://www.totalgiving.co.uk/mypage/helprohingya.
1: NY Giants (14-2)
2: Dallas Cowboys (13-3)
3: Philadelphia Eagles (10-6)
4: Washington Redskins (9-7)
New York Giants:
The Giants' spending on defensive improvements paid off with a much-improved unit that went from weak to often dominant. The familiar defensive line strength returned with Damon Harrison and Olivier Vernon, and the secondary became elite with Janoris Jenkins flanking young superstar Landon Collins.
But the two other things critical to recent New York rings let the team down: the power running and Eli Manning. There's hope, with Paul Perkins' promotion plus the additions of Brandon Marshall and Evan Engram, that the offense will discover the gear needed to push to the top. The Giants are bound to have some big ups, but they still will hit some similar snags.
After going 13-3 against one of the easier NFL schedules in 2016, the Cowboys were rewarded for their efforts with one of the toughest in 2017. However, that doesn't change much in regards to my overall prediction.
I predicted a 13-3 season in 2016. I'm predicting that again.
One major difference is I had the Cowboys winning the division last year. This season, I predict they'll finish second to the New York Giants but earn a wild-card spot.
After seeing what the Cowboys did in the draft and in organized team activities, minicamp, training camp and the preseason, here's my game-by-game forecast for 2017. With the uncertainty surrounding Ezekiel Elliott's six-game suspension and appeal, these projections are based on Elliott being eligible for all 16 games.
The Washington Redskins have a chance to start strong and finish fast, at least based on how their 2017 opponents fared a year ago. They also play some teams late in the season -- Arizona and Denver -- which, in the past, would be scary opponents. But, this season they could go either way and neither direction would be surprising. And that could help elevate the Redskins to their second postseason trip in three years.
The Philadelphia Eagles' 2017 schedule features five playoff teams from a year ago, an extended stay out West, and a trip to Kansas City to check in on an old friend. Oh, and Monday Night Football against the Raiders on Christmas.
While technically a last-place schedule, quarterback Carson Wentz and head coach Doug Pederson will face their share of challenges in Year 2.
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It’s no secret that puppy mills are a disgusting and inhumane way to bring dogs into this world, but is buying a dog from one really a good idea? Is there any real way to end this practice? To figure out the answers to these important questions, you have to first ask yourself what you’re willing to do to see an end to these mills; what sacrifices you’re willing to make?
If you are unaware of the horror that is a puppy mill, let me inform you. A puppy mill is a dog breeding organization that’s first priority is producing the most puppies, not taking care of them. This entails that they keep the dogs in overcrowded unsanitary rooms with often no affection shown to the puppies and parents. The mothers are basically always being forced to breed to meet their goal of producing the most puppies. It’s safe to say that anyone with a heart can agree that puppy mills need to be stopped.
Now I know what you’re thinking, why shouldn’t I get my dog from a puppy mill if it means I’m saving the puppy? The answer is simple. It’s up to you. But know what you’re doing before you decide to buy from a mill. I know how tempting it can be to buy those cute little puppies, especially to save them from awful living conditions. But there’s also the reality that by buying a dog from a puppy mill, you’re giving money and unintentionally your support to them. The decision can be tricky because on one hand you’re saving an innocent puppy, but on the other hand you’re supporting a horrible association. So, the question is left unanswered. Is the sacrifice worth making? What are you willing to do to save a puppy?
A film review of a horror masterpiece
By Aidan Somers
The newest rendition of Stephen King’s classic novel brings forth a refreshing taste to the horror genre. While not a flawless film, the movie is able to catch hold of the audience and never let go, forcing us to float down with it. Bill Skarsgard gives a magnificent performance of the terrifying Pennywise the dancing clown. From the opening scene, the actor does not let up on his frightening figure. He transforms into the clown and becomes IT, delivering his lines in perhaps one of the best performances this year amongst Hugh Jackman as Logan and Daniel Kaluuya in Get Out. Each time Pennywise appeared in his raggedy outfit, I was delightfully
terrified. One is even more impressed upon hearing that whenever the horrific clown distorted its eyes Skarsgard, not CGI, did it all. However, Skarsgard is not a lone wolf in this production in fact his performance is at times elevated by the main cast of kids.
It is often difficult to find such a large group of talented children actors. Each one brought a unique feel to each character with Finn Wolfhard delivering a hilarious comic relief character on the side as the outspoken Richie, in contrast to his more timid lead role in Stranger Things. Jaeden Lieberher and Sophia Lillis stand out notably in my eyes playing the admirable characters of Bill and Beverly respectively. Both built their characters in a believable way and the chemistry between the two was great. What IT does separately from most of the horror movies currently is express an excellent portrayal of horror without sacrificing a well-done story.
One of my only issues with the movie involved the bullies and their storyline. Their involvement was initially important to show the self-proclaimed Losers Club banding together for the first time. From there the bullies take the sideline while Pennywise delivers some of the scariest aspects of the film. However, the leader of the bullies, Henry, returns towards the climax, making for a rushed sequence between him and the Club. His return into the main picture felt forced and slightly rushed. This did not take me out of the movie at all and it still is one of my favorites of the year.
The writing was great and aside from a few cliché lines, I have nothing but praise for the horror remake. Andres Muschietti directed the film in a stunning format. While only his second film he managed to capture tension and shock delivering scenes artistically unlike the pop-outs of most modern horror movies. No scene felt dry with each having substance, whether it be building characters, or scaring everyone in the audience to death. IT delivers in every way possible leaving the audience terrified, yet satisfied.
I interviewed some people and asked them their favorite songs based off of three top 100 charts. I came up with the favorite 15 songs of some of the students here.
1. Galway Girl - Ed Sheeran
2.Shape Of You - Ed Sheeran
3. Look What You Made Me Do - Taylor Swift
4. Body Like A Back Road - Sam Hunt
5. Something Just Like This - The Chainsmokers ft. Coldplay 6. There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back - Shawn Mendes
7. Attention - Charlie Puth
8. Slow Hands - Niall Horan
9. Say You Won’t Let Go - James Arthur
10. Sign Of The Times - Harry Styles
11. No Promises - Cheat Codes ft Demi Lovato
12. Believer - Imagine Dragons
13. That’s What I Like - Bruno Earth
14. Sorry Not Sorry - Demi Lovato
15. Location - Khalid
WARNING: THE FOLLOWING REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR GAME OF THRONES SEASON 7
The Game of Thrones season 7 was a very thrilling season overall with Jon Snow and his team capturing a white walker in episode 6 and the Night King killing and turning him into an ice dragon. Now let’s talk finale. The promos showed a meeting between Daenerys, Cersei, Tyrion Lannister, and Jon Snow to discuss a temporary alliance to deal with the Night King. The previous episodes in which the meeting was being planned really hyped up and scared fans. Cercei talked about possible traps to win the war which made me worried of another Red Wedding style trap coming.
Once the finale started, the viewers were kept on the edge of their seats with Daenerys’ army surrounding Kings Landing ready to attack in needed and Daenerys flying in on her dragons. What angered, but did not surprise me, was when Jon refused to sit out the war between Daenerys and Cersei. He said he did it because he already promised and did not want to lie. But when the army of the dead comes down and no one can stop it, he will look like a fool.
This forced Tyrion to have to meet with his sister in private and almost killed him. She is angry that he killed their father so he went up to her guard, the Mountain, and told her to kill him. She decided not to, not because she loves him, but because she planned to trick them by joining the alliance but taking back the land she lost while they are busy fighting the Night King.
When Jaime, Cersei’s other brother, learns of her plan, he gets angry and leaves to fight with them anyways. This was great because it shows that he is trying to fix his honor. It will also be great to see him fight alongside Jon and Daenerys and possibly convince him to switch sides permanently.
Meanwhile in Winterfell, Sansa and her sister Arya team up to finally bring Littlefinger to justices for all the crimes he committed, one of which was trying to turn Sansa against Arya. It is also revealed that he is the one who hired an assassin to kill Bran after his fall. Left surrounded by guards and no way out, he collapses on the floor and begs for mercy but is ultimately killed by Arya.
The ending to the season 7 finale was the best Game of Thrones finale ending I have ever seen. Bran and Sam meet again where they discover that Jon is actually the heir to the iron throne. Meanwhile, Jon and Daenerys fall in love. Then it shows Tyrion outside their room bothered because he knows that it will bring complications.
In the final scene, the Night King and his army finally march on the wall. He comes in riding on Viserion, who died in the previous episode and was turned into an ice dragon. Viserion blasts ice at the wall and it collapses. Berrick Dondaran and Tormund may be dead. I do not think they are because that would be a waste for a character like Berrick whom in the previous episode claims that he was brought back to life for a purpose. I doubt he was resurrected so many times just to die when the wall collapses.
This was a great ending to season 7 but I am disappointed that Jon still has not learned the truth about his parents. In the end he is heading for Winterfell but I highly doubt that he will make it there. I have a feeling that he will have to go march north to fight the Night King before he makes it to Winterfell.
Airsoft is a sport which is a team based sport that has many ways to win which is the selection of the ref or by a vote of all the people at the field. Airsoft uses replica weapons that are the exact copies of the real weapons the airsoft weapons shoot a hard plastic ball that is usually .20 grams. The weapons are powered by springs, electric (AEGs), or gas (CO2, green gas) people add many things to the weapons to make them better in many ways or helps the holder use them better.
Airsoft has a honor system that requires people to say that they got hit by a bb and call out. Airsoft has many safety rules people need to have a mask on at all times and if the field is indoors it has rules that bans certain types of weapons and how fast people can shoot the BB’s, how powerful the weapon is, how fast the BB’s go after being shot
Depending on where you go to play airsoft the field is either indoors or outdoors. Indoor fields have regulations to the weapon people use. They are up to the field. Indoors are CQB (Close Quarter Battle) which are fast pace. Outdoor fields are longer range slower pace.
MilSim (Military Simulation) is a special event that involves a lot of people. One had about 2000 people and is usually lasts a weekend or a couple of days. Most of the time it has one team defending a object and the other team having to capture that object, other scenarios are their a hostage trade, escort a high value person.
Is your fantasy team plagued with injuries or suspensions? Are you unhappy with the performance of some of your bench players? Look no further… here are some waiver wire pickup candidates, from the first two weeks of the season, that you can fill that void with and put your team in a better position for the entire season. If you’re weak at a position, or drafted someone who got injured or suspended, these players should be a help to your team. All too many people have lost their top fantasy player for their majority of the season; David Johnson. If you’re looking for a quick pickup to somewhat fill his shoes, this should help out. Obviously Johnson is irreplaceable, but the top of this list features some recent breakout running backs and players who have gained much more volume due to injury, that you can add to your team and hopefully get some production out of.
1. Chris Carson, RB, Seattle Seahawks
Carson established himself as the clear runningback to own in the Seattle backfield, as he rushed 20 times for 93 yards and caught one pass for 7 yards in the Week 2 win over the 49ers, giving him 100 yards from scrimmage. He looked like a powerful runner in the matchup and it is clear that he is able to withstand a large workload. It was expected that Carson would take some time to develop, but with his pure talent and superior decisiveness he showed throughout his collegiate years, he would be able to gain the starting role towards the end of the season. It turns out that this breakout happened much sooner than was predicted, as he led the Seahawks backs in snaps with 51, compared to Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise each having 16. Eddie Lacy was inactive after going for 3 yards on 5 carries in Week 1 against the Packers. He has looked like the most talented and creative back on this roster, so he should handle the bulk of the carries going forward. He is the top pickup of the week and is a must-add.
2. Samaje Perine/Chris Thompson, RBs, Washington Redskins
Rob Kelley injured his ribs/chest in Week 2, leaving an opportunity for his backup, Samaje Perine. It was encouraging to see that Perine received 21 carries, although gaining just 67 yards. He is a big back, going 236 pounds, and is extremely powerful, similar to Kelley. This will allow him to gain most of the early down work and red zone carries if Kelley misses some time. Volume alone is enough for him to deserve an add, as getting 20 or more carries is simply too much to look down upon. In addition to the short yardage and goal line looks he should be getting, he is sure to produce well for fantasy purposes.
Chris Thompson is the more valuable back in this offense though, and I would add him first if he is available. He is extremely valuable in PPR leagues, as he is the clear passing back for the Redskins. He is also shown that he is their most dynamic and creative ball carrier, as he has already scored three times this season. He scored an impressive 61-yard touchdown in Week 2, giving him totals of 77 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns, and 3 receptions for 29 yards. Thompson will have value when Kelley returns as well, so he is the first back that should be claimed in this offense. He looks to be on the field for the majority of passing downs, while also making the most out of the rushes he does get. He will be a good flex option for the remainder of the season.
3. J.J. Nelson, WR, Arizona Cardinals
With John Brown out last week due to a quad injury, this speedy wide receiver took advantage of the opportunity, going for 120 yards and a touchdown on 5 catches. He has a touchdown in six of his last seven games dating back to last year. Even with Carson Palmer struggling through the first two weeks, Nelson has produced really well, so it seems Palmer has found great trust in him. While Brown is out, he is a great WR3 or flex play, as his touchdown scoring prowess and ability to break away from the secondary for long yardage give him a high ceiling. Even with Brown back, he could end up being the most productive receiver on this team due to his superior speed and excellent route running skills.
4. Jermaine Kearse, WR, New York Jets
Kearse is the number one option in the Jets offense, as evidenced by his 64 yard and two touchdown performance in Week 2, and his 7 receptions for 59 yards in Week 1. Even with the Jets terrible offense, Kearse has been able to produce well enough through the first two weeks to put him into the WR3 discussion. Also, the Jets will end up playing from behind for the majority of the season, so Kearse will be targeted heavily. Even if you don’t need help at wide receiver, Kearse is a great guy to add and start in a week that your receivers are on a bye week, as he will be a full time starter for the Jets for the whole year. Due to the volume he will be getting, he is a good WR3 or flex option in deeper (12 team or more) PPR leagues.
5. Phillip Dorsett, WR, New England Patriots
Dorsett is an excellent deep league stash and could make you look like a fantasy genius if you scoop him up now. He is not someone you want to start now, but rather stash him on your bench and wait to see if his breakout happens. He was a first-round pick by the Colts and has shown bursts of incredible speed over recent seasons. The Patriots have started to integrate him more in the offense, as evidenced by the rush attempt he had in week 2, in addition to having 3 receptions for 68 yards. He looks to be the Patriots number 3 wide receiver, and with one of the best offenses in the league, and one of the best quarterbacks throwing to him (Tom Brady), he should burst on to the scene with a big game sooner or later.
6. Evan Engram, TE, New York Giants
Engram led the Giants across the board in receiving in week 2, catching four targets for 49 yards and a touchdown. He has been the only highlight of the Giants offense this season, as the rookie has been steadily involved and has looked solid through two weeks. The Giants offense is pass-heavy, so Engram should see plenty of opportunities, especially in the red zone. Engram could be that big red zone threat Manning loves to throw to, as he has shown that he seems to prefer throwing to his tight ends in goal line situations.
7. Sam Bradford, QB, Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings offense looked stellar in their 29-19 win in Week 1 over the New Orleans Saints, and this was mostly due to Bradford’s excellent performance. Bradford was incredibly accurate, as he connected on over 84 percent of his passes and hit seven different targets. He ended the season last year after setting the record for highest completion record for a single season(71.6 percent), so this precision and accuracy comes as no surprise. He was also extremely efficient in week 1, as he completed eight passes of 20-plus yards, ending the game with 346 yards and three touchdowns, while completing 27 of 32 passes. His receivers looked great, and this is very important in being an efficient fantasy quarterback. His supporting cast sports an above average offense including breakout wide receivers Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen, top-five tight end Kyle Rudolph, and the electrifying rookie running back and pass-catcher Dalvin Cook. He did play a Saints defense that has been a very easy matchup over recent years, but it’s hard to look down upon such a good performance. He is dealing with a knee injury, which is expected to be a bone bruise, but even if he misses Week 3 he is a great add for the remainder of the season. At the very least, he is a high-end backup fantasy quarterback, so give him an add if he is available.
IT is a horror film based on the book written by Stephen King. It is a remake of the original miniseries from the 90’s. This film was directed by Andres Muschietti. Unfortunately the movie was given away in the coming attractions. Like many other movies, the commercial snippets show too much of the movie which makes the horror scenes less scary. The cast of these middle school kids was very enjoyable. Finn Wolfhard starred in a hysterical performance as one of the kids trying to defeat Pennywise the Dancing Clown. You can see that the director really keys on showing the crowd the personal drama these kids go through. Pennywise, the heel in this film, preyed on children's fear to reel them in. Before I saw this film I was expecting to be spooked and that's the last thing I was leaving the theatre.
For anyone who had seen the coming attraction to this film, they would be able to tell when the pop up scares were coming. The CGI was poor, Pennywise’s dialogue was weak, and midway through the film it felt as if the movie had no purpose. It felt more like a comedy than a horror film. To give them credit, the cast of young boys were pretty comical, but it was providing more laughs then screams. Bill Skarsgard’s performance as Pennywise was sub par. Although I felt the script ruined his potential for the character, the scary clown could have been a lot more haunting. Most exceptional horror films don't give the villain much screen time to make the villains rare appearances entertaining. Pennywise is shown and talks like a normal character, which killed the suspense portion of the movie. Suspense makes horror films and this movie had none of it. I rate this movie two stars. I was misled by the trailers and was harshly disappointed by the outcome.