Billy Hargrove Essay (#1)

By: Stevie Weber

Staff Writer

WARNING: THIS PIECE HAS MAJOR SPOILERS FOR SEASON TWO AND THREE OF STRANGER THINGS! DO NOT READ IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE SPOILED! 

Why Billy Hargrove Deserved Better

Part One: Intro

Season two of the popular mystery/horror show, Stranger Things introduced one of the most controversially loved (and hated) characters of the series; Billy Hargrove. Billy is the older brother of the new main character introduced in season two, Max. The two of them do not really share a, as some would call it, “sibling bond”. They bicker, but not in a fun and quirky way. Billy himself is actually very protective over Max – alas, it is not very cute and brotherly how he shows it. He is constantly threatening her unless she listens to him in that immediate moment. Such as, if she is late when he is picking her up from school, he will threaten to drive away and force her to walk home. And he sticks to his word. He also threatens her friends and warns her to stay away from them, for seemingly no apparent reason. Some may speculate that his behavior stems from the fact that the two are not related by blood and are actually step-siblings. But I believe it to be something much deeper. Why Billy acts this way; violent, aggressive and hot-headed is no mystery. But why is he like this? Is he just your average, rowdy teenager in need of a good lashing? Or is it something worse? Something so bad, that it will have you asking, “Does he deserve redemption?”. Well, the short answer is yes. Now, here is the long answer. 

Tennessee Time Zone

By KATIE JOLLY and MEGAN TUCKER

Staff Writer and Staff Editor

A lot can change in a year. At one point, we were invested in prom parties and lunch dates with friends. That soon turned into concerns about food shortages and double-masking. This extreme swing from carefree to constantly on-guard left out any possibility of travel or adventure. That is, until we (Katie and Megan) were presented with an opportunity we couldn’t pass up.

The Opportunity

Katie: My Aunt Beth, who lives in Tennessee, had been wanting to fly me out to see her for years; the problem is, I am terrified of traveling alone. However this year she suggested I have a friend come with me. 

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Megan: Katie and I are used to traveling with each other; the first trip we ever took was to Universal Studios in 8th grade. We always talked about going somewhere when we graduated, but COVID seemed to cloud that plan. We are very lucky that conditions have improved enough for safe travel and that we have a place to go.

Plans to Travel

Katie: Ticket prices were at an all time low, at least the lowest I’ve ever seen them. Even with such low prices, vaccines were still not widely available to the public and especially not to the youth. Megan and I didn’t feel totally comfortable flying without them. When we were both finally able to get the vaccine, we started looking into buying tickets more seriously. I watched flight prices for weeks in an attempt to find some kind of pattern, but it seemed like every day ticket prices climbed higher and higher. I called Megan and told her, “we have to get tickets now.”

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Megan: The possibility of going to Tennessee seemed like more of a fantasy than anything. I just didn’t believe that it would happen until we actually bought the tickets. I had heard about the price of tickets being really low, and it seemed like people were flying for bread crumbs. When we did finally get our tickets, though, the price had gone up quite a bit. We were still flying for a cheaper price, but it just goes to show how much of society is starting to travel again.

COVID Essentials

Katie: The last time I had flown was 6th grade, so needless to say, I was pretty clueless about the process, not to mention all the new safety requirements for COVID. Not only would I need to pack a normal bag, but I would also need to include items I usually wouldn’t think twice about. 

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Megan: The first time I traveled by plane was in middle school, but I have flown a few more times since then. So, I know what a normal packing and airport routine would look like. COVID requires us to alter our plans slightly. Now we have to factor in our personal cleaning and protection supplies like hand sanitizer, extra masks, and even wipes for the airplane’s notoriously germ-y seats and tables. Living in a pandemic has not only changed how we view everyday situations, but it has also revealed how truly gross certain places and things are.

Airport Precautions (COVID and personal safety)

Katie: As someone who is usually very cautious and somewhat paranoid about my surroundings, being without an experienced adult in an airport scares me. Usually, if I saw someone who was making me uncomfortable I could tell an adult, but now I am the adult. We also have to deal with COVID problems as well, so not only are we having to navigate an airport/airplane on our own, but now we have to be mindful of the virus as we do it. 

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Megan: Because we are traveling on our own, we have to learn how to protect ourselves. We obviously can’t bring personal protection items like pepper spray, so we’ve started finding tutorials on self-defense. There is safety in traveling in numbers, but we can never be too prepared. On top of that, we also have to be mindful of COVID restrictions and guidelines. Even though we are both vaccinated, we would rather be safe than sorry and take precautions. As of now, we plan to double-mask and sit away from people as much as possible.

Airport Experience

Katie: Since I haven’t flown in a while, Megan will be doing most of the navigating. This means that my job is to stay awake and to keep an eye on things. I am a night owl anyways, so this shouldn’t be too difficult of a task. My job will basically be to help Megan locate things and to stay up through the flights. I have also been assigned the task of waking up Megan from her naps, so you could say that is a fairly important job.

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Megan: In order to get the best ticket prices, we had to settle for strange flight times and layovers. Since we’ll be flying either late at night or early in the morning, we created a sleep schedule. That way, at least one of us will be alert at all times while in the airport and plane. Because I have been in an airport within the last five years, I am responsible for staying awake and getting us around in the terminals.

Traveling was put on the back burner in March 2020. Leaving our homes just didn’t seem like an option. Now that over a year has passed, we finally have some safety to travel. It seems like a big step, especially since Tulare County had us in a restrictive tier for so long. We hope that this opportunity will help us overcome some of our mental blocks related to COVID.

Raising Cane’s Is Hiring

BY ANDREI LINDERMAN

Staff Writer

The very popular fast food chicken restaurant known as Raising Cane’s is now opening a new location in Visalia. The location of the restaurant is going to be on Mooney Boulevard and on Caldwell Avenue which is right in front of the Visalia mall. If you’re looking for a job this summer then you can apply to this restaurant because they are looking for 120 employees to work at their restaurant. The date that the restaurant will be open to the public is on August 3rd. People in Visalia have been waiting for years for a Raising Cane’s to open in Visalia. There is also going to be another Raising Cane’s restaurant location in Tulare but we have not heard when that restaurant is going to be opened to the public. This restaurant is known for having amazing crispy chicken fingers, their secret sauce, which comes with a side of fries and coleslaw. 

Surfer Killed in Shark Attack

By Miah Stringer 

Staff Writer

On Tuesday, a man was killed in a suspected shark attack on a popular beach on the coast of Australia’s New South Wales state. Emergency services were called to the beach after reports of a shark attack on Tuncurry Beach. He was attacked late in the morning, according to a police statement. The man, who was believed to be in his 50s, was attacked while surfing and suffered a deathly injury to his upper right thigh. “Despite the best efforts of paramedics and bystanders at the scene, the man could not be resuscitated,” said the NSW Ambulance. Forster beaches have been closed and the local police are working with government authorities to identify the species of the shark. 

Have You Ever Wanted A Pet Hippopotamus?

By ADELLE ACOSTA

Staff Writer

If I could have any pet in the world I would choose to have a Skinny Pig. Skinny Pig is an almost hairless guinea pig. They usually have hair on their muzzles, feet, and legs but are hairless for the remainder of their bodies. 

When I was a young girl, I always said that my favorite animal was a hippopotamus. I liked how these animals were very large mammals that lived in water and were able to eat an entire watermelon with their mouths. 

Fast forward to senior year, I was scrolling through TikTok and came across this video on a hairless guinea pig. At first I thought this animal was unusual looking and I did not feel attracted to it for being an adorable pet. Although, the more I replayed that video I realized that the little creature was reminding me of another animal. 

A Skinny Pig and hippopotamus look very similar to me and because of this comparison it has made me change my opinion on how much I like Skinny Pigs. I think that a Skinny Pig looks like a hippo because they both have the same type of body and small ears. I now like Skinny Pigs because thinking that they can be a miniature hippo is so cute and they can be a mini pet for anyone to care for. 

S’mores Dip

By: RYLEE MCDANIELS

Staff Writer

This gooey s’mores dip is full of melted milk chocolate and marshmallows, all oven baked to toasted perfection. Add some graham crackers, fruit and cookies for dipping and you’ve got a show stopping dessert that’s ready in just 10 minutes.S'mores Dip Recipe: No campfire required! -Baking a Moment

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag of chocolate chips
  • 1 bag large marshmallows
  • Graham crackers

Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Pour chocolate chips into an 8 or 9 inch skillet.
  • Bake for 3-4 minutes until chocolate is melted.
  • Arrange the marshmallows over the top of the chocolate chips.
  • Bake for 2-3 minutes or until marshmallows are golden brown.
  • Serve immediately with graham crackers, cookies and fruit for dipping.

California State Mask Mandate

BY FRANK ESPINO

Staff Writer 

California will lift its mask mandate on June 15 which is later than some states to make sure cases don’t go up. The state is still focusing on giving vaccines to communities and everyone who needs one. Pushing more vaccines out will hopefully continue to lower covid infection rates without the masks. People who are fully vaccinated won’t need to wear a mask outdoors but should still wear them inside unless meeting with other vaccinated people according to the CDC. We are getting closer to normal life, but are not quite there yet. 

How to Make Breakfast Egg Bites

By: RYLEE MCDANIELS

Staff Writer

This a great recipe for breakfast; super healthy and delicious. I used this recipe in the Bistro de Bufula Competition and it won 1st place appetizer. You can purchase these exact eggs bites in downtown Visalia on Main Street at Tazz Coffee until May 22. 

Ingredients:

  • 12 eggs
  • ½ cup bacon bits
  • ¼ cup mushrooms
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ cup spinach 
  • ¼ cup green onion

Steps:

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Chop the mushrooms, bacon bits, mushrooms , green onions, and spinach into bite size pieces.
  • Mix up eggs in a separate bowl and season with salt and pepper.
  • Spray muffin man with cooking spray.
  • Add the mushrooms, green onions, bacon bits, spinach, and cheese into the muffin pans.
  • Pour eggs on top 
  • Bake in the oven at 375 degrees for 17-20 minutes.
  • Enjoy!

“Ramen Breakfast Recipe”

By: Stevie Weber

Staff Writer

Stevie’s Recipe for the Best Ramen Breakfast

  1. Acquire your favorite flavor of instant ramen
  2. Grab a pot large enough to fit the amount of ramen noodles you plan on cooking
  3. Fill said pot with water, enough to completely submerge your ramen
  4. Put the pot full of water on the stove, and set it to high to boil your water
  5. Once the water is boiling, enter your ramen (or poor the water into your ramen cup)
  6. Let the noodles soften (takes about 3 mins) and also add your flavoring if you have some
  7. Strain the water so you just have your noodles 
  8. Now, get a pan large enough to hold your noodles and turn it on to mid heat
  9. Use butter or oil to lube up your pan
  10. Place your noodles in the pan
  11. Grab as many eggs as you want, and crack them in the pan
  12. Stir until eggs are scrambled and mixed
  13. Add whatever other ingredients you want (I usually go for a type of meat ((bacon, sausage, steak, etc.)), onion, a vegetable ((bell pepper)), and cheese!)
  14. Add salt, pepper and a nice amount of garlic powder to finish out your meal
  15. Stir and mix until satisfied
  16. Put your noodle mix onto whatever you want to eat off of, and dig in! 

Enough

By DAKOTA SHEARER

Staff Writer 

Putting my all in what 

I love.

But overtime I was 

no longer doing it for myself, 

but for others.

Constantly burning myself out

just to please everyone else.

Until my passion burned out with me 

and it was no longer 

my happiness. 

Giving my all in hopes that it was 

good enough.

But nothing is ever good enough.