K-Pop (2-11-19) Katreena Golden and Gabby Head K-pop’s popularity has been rising in the USA for a while now. There are many popular groups that people are fond of, one being a group called Seventeen. Seventeen is a group made of thirteen members (not the assumed seventeen). Their debut was set in 2015 on May 26 with the album “17 Carat” that featured their debut song, “Adore U”. Since then, they have released eight mini albums and two full albums.
Seventeen has been acknowledged in the United States and internationally in various ways. They were nominated for awards in the Teen Choice Awards and MTV Europe Music Awards. They are a very popular group in their original state, South Korea. Recently, they’ve won a lot of awards in various music award shows.
Seventeen made a comeback with their album “You Make My Dawn” on January 21. Their title track on the album, “Home”, features an urban R&B sound. The group has won seven awards so far with this comeback.
Ariana Grande (2-11-19) Kayla Bell and Aidan Gough Ariana Grande was born on June 26th, 1993. That makes Grande 25 years old, turning 26 in a short amount of time. Grande at the time was born in Boca Raton, Florida. This whole entire career started when she was just a child. Her involvement in a Broadway play at age 15, followed by some small TV parts, helped her land the role of Cat on TV's Victorious. She followed that with the spinoff Sam & Cat and then dove headfirst into a chart-topping musical career, releasing four albums: Yours Truly (2013), My Everything (2014), Dangerous Woman (2016) and Sweetener (2018). Her popularity has been fueled by a strong social media presence on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Not too long ago Grande had released two songs: Imagine (December 2018), and 7 Rings (January 2019). Will Ariana Grande make a new album, or will she put these songs in a separate category? It depends. So far, the Imagine video on Grande's youtube channel has over 25M views. On the other hand, though the 7 Rings music video has almost 52M views. The lyric video to this though has only about 5M views. Jenna Sword said, "My personal favorite song of Ariana Grande's is Imagine." She also stated that her favorite line in Imagine is "Love how my face fits so good in your neck". Jenna had said she loved both Imagine and Seven Rings a lot because of how she slays it and acts like she is the boss because technically she is. She just released her new album "Thank u, Next" with 9 new songs plus 3 songs that were released prior to her album.
Role Models (2-4-19) Amber Johnson We all have someone we idealize, but why do we idealize them? Children look up to a variety of role models to help shape how they behave in school, relationships, or when making difficult decisions. A good role model is someone who is always positive, calm, and confident in themselves. You don't want someone who is down or tries to bring you down. Everyone likes a person who is happy with their achievements but continues to strive for bigger and better objectives. To me, a role model is a person who has positively influenced someone in life and is not a person filled with selfishness and greed. They help shape someone's personality, and characteristics. They are people who someone can look up to for advice in a hard situation, and they know that they will give those words of wisdom. Now after hearing what a good role model is, who is your role model?
Drama Auditions (2-11-19) Kayla Bell and Aidan Gough David Bell’s POV “I walked into the choir room and Mrs. Paluso told me to start singing my song (defying gravity). Once I started singing the nerves started to come and the tension was real. After singing my song I got a cold read for the prince. I stumbled on one of the lines but I kept going. After we finished the cold read she told me I was great and to get the new person. On super bowl weekend I got an email because I got a call back. The callback was in the cafeteria and I had to dance and sing. Mrs. Paluso and Ms. Smith watched everybody to narrow it down of who was the best for certain parts.” Mikayla Dixon’s POV “I got called into Ms. Paluso’s room and I was really nervous because I thought I was going to vomit. Mrs. Paluso had asked me what my name was even though she knew my name. The I began to sing my song (don’t rain on my parade) and Mrs. Paluso was singing along silently. She also asked me what my monologue was and I told her that I wrote it myself and she got really excited. Lastly, I did my monologue and she said I improved from last time I auditioned. Sunday, I didn’t see the email so I thought that I was not going to make it. Mya, one of my good friends texting me saying that I got a call back. I then went to the callback on Monday and am still waiting for results.”
Pros and Cons: Should They Teach Cursive in School? (2-4-19) Faith Fitzgerald Whether cursive should or should not be taught in school is a national debate that has existed for many years. Both sides share reasonable evidence to support their beliefs, though each conflict the other defense is some way or another. Despite this debate, some other believe that there can be a compromise to the national feud.
Many people of older generations believe that, yes, cursive should be taught in school. According to recent studies across many scientific platforms, they have discovered that cursive writing can improve brain development. Because of the semi-complex style of the writing, it causes different parts of the brain to be activated and then further strengthened. Many older students have claimed that learning cursive improved their academic studying because they were able to truly memorize and understand the text. They also say that a benefit of learning and writing cursive is that it is a lot quicker, due to the connected letters. Furthermore, they say that cursive may help students with dyslexia due to the unique style which each letter is written in. Lastly, and most infamous in their defense, students will be able to read historical documents. They believe that, in order to read a document, the student must be able to write in cursive to fully understand what is being said. But younger generations are saying that cursive is “outdated” and unnecessary, which to an extent they are correct. Technology is advancing and the claim that students need to be able to read documents and therefore have to learn cursive is irrational; these said documents are being uploaded online every single day. Though cursive is beneficial to neurological development, opposers say that the same benefit can be found in typing correctly. They state they teaching a kid to keyboard rather than type will become more useful with the continuous technological advancement. Many students at this school who have had cursive lessons in the past say “cursive is a waste of time, schools should be teaching more important subjects such as politics, organization, budgeting, etc.” Despite both sides making logical arguments, others believe that there is a midground to be found. Cursive is still a historical skill that students can learn to connect to that past history. Cursive looks neater, but modern students are developing their own writing styles, especially amongst “feminine” writing styles, which are neat, unique, and, well, modern. People state that at least students should have hour long sessions each week in school where they learn the basics of the writing, while still keeping the befits of better writing and also time efficiency. Many students and teachers across the country also believe that, if cursive is not enforced as mini lessons, students should still be given an outlet to learn (ex. after school program) similar to learning another language. That way, they are given a choice as a student and they are learning preparedness and also responsibility for their own education.
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