Miss America 2017


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Miss America was started in 1921 by an Atlantic businessmen, Sam Haskell, and has  grown through the years to be a common household name. Miss America is not just a title, it is a movement that any young woman can be a part of. Competing not only gives the contestants self confidence, but gives them a voice in their movement and platform, to bring attention to the important issues in our society.


Savvy Shields, or Miss Arkansas, took home the crown and title of Miss America over the fifty-one other contestants. She is a Senior at the University of Arkansas, majoring in art. When asked about college she happily stated, “I want to hopefully work in a museum and teach at a collegiate level.” As we can Imagine it is a great help, as winning the title is not the only thing Miss America gets; Savvy Shields also took home a fifty thousand dollar college scholarship.


But the title holder is not the only lucky contestant that gets scholarship money for college. 25,000 dollars for the first runner up, Rachel Wyatt, Miss South Carolina and twenty thousand dollars for the second runner up, Camille Sims, Miss New York. Even the non-finalists take about three thousand dollars, or more for scholarships.

ITT Tech Schools Shut Down All Over The US


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On the morning of September 6, 2016, thousands of students awoke to an email explaining how they would not be able to attend classes anymore. After many years of investigation, ITT Educational Services, the institutes parent company, announced all 130 campuses in 38 states would be shut down immediately. The institute’s closure comes after the U.S. Education Department’s decision to ban ITT from enrolling new students who use federal financial aid. It also affects nearly 35,000 students and around 8,000 employees. Because of this closure, many will never receive a diploma. Leon Wiggins II, a student at ITT Tech, was just closing in on his degree when he got the news. He explained that the school said they would allow attending students to finish. “Two quarters ago there were rumors about the school having problems, but they told us that anyone who was already a student would be allowed to finish,” he explained. “Am I angry?” he said. “I’m like angry times 10 million.” For the students who left the school in the last 120 days, they will be eligible to have their loans forgiven if they decide to attend another school. As for the students who were currently attending ITT, it is uncertain whether they will be able to have their loans forgiven if they were considering going to another college. It is also uncertain whether or not they will be able to pick up where they left off at a new college. Community colleges surrounding the institute are highly encouraged to be flexible with credit transfers as well as student transfers in these harsh times.

Introducing YouTube’s New Feature for Their Community


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YouTube has been changing since it started back in 2005. Now YouTube has added a new feature to both mobile and PC users. It is a community section. When you go to a YouTube channel, there is video, playlist, home, etc. The community section will join the rest of the sections. YouTubers will be able to send text, images, and gif in real time. YouTube said in their blog about the new section, “Viewers will be able to see your posts in the Subscriptions feed on their phones”.


YouTube asked some YouTubers how they would like to communicate with their fans better, this is what they created. YouTubers will be able to communicate with their fans faster. It is barely in beta, so do not expect all of your favorite YouTubers to have this new feature. Here are the YouTubers that have the beta: John & Hank Green, to AsapSCIENCE, The Game Theorists, Karmin, The Key of Awesome, The Kloons, Lilly Singh, Peter Hollens, Rosianna Halse Rojas, Sam Tsui, Threadbanger, and VSauce3. You will be able to see the community section for these YouTubers.

There Is Nothing Strange About This Show


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If you are on the hunt for a new show to binge-watch (A.K.A. distract you from your responsibilities), look no further. Stranger Things is a Netflix-original drama set in Hawkins, a small Indiana town, in 1983. It was created by Matt and Ross Duffer, and it was released this summer on July 25. Winona Ryder, known for her dark, quirky roles in films like Beetlejuice (1988) and Edward Scissorhands (1990), stars as Joyce Byers.


One night, Joyce’s youngest son, Will, mysteriously disappears. She immediately launches an investigation into his disappearance, and with the help of a peculiar girl named Eleven, Chief Hopper, and Will’s friends, she uncovers what happened to Will–and more.


Even though it is classified as genres like horror and thriller, Stranger Things is a show that all age groups–especially people who grew up in the ‘80s–can enjoy. Throughout the show, the Duffer Brothers pay homage to classics like Steven Spielberg’s E.T. (1982) and Mark L. Lester’s Firestarter (1984).


Critically acclaimed for its acting, atmosphere, and soundtrack, Stranger Things is a must-see series, and if you are concerned about it taking up your time, you will finish it in two days, tops–trust me.

Remembering the Music


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You’ve heard the name, and you’ve heard the music. AC/DC, an Australian classic rock band that has gone down in the Rock Hall of Fame, is slowly coming to an end. The band has made record breaking albums and singles that have hit the top of the charts in several countries, year after year. But as new generations are born, some may not realize the power of these hard core rockers, and that’s why we’re remembering the music.


The band AC/DC was originally formed in 1973 by Malcolm Young and Angus Young. The two brothers got the name from their sister’s sewing machine as the letters AC/DC were printed on the side. It took several lineup changes before the band created their first album. Finally, Bon Scott, Angus Young, Malcolm Young, Phil Rudd, and Mark Evans were settled into the band. Their first album, High Voltage, was released in 1975; by 1977, they were one of the most popular bands in Australia.


The Bon Scott Era:

Ronald Belford Scott (Bon Scott) covered seven albums for the band from 1975 to 1979. He was the man that got the band going and raised them to fame. In 1980, AC/DC began working on the Back in Black album; however, Bon would not live to see the end of it since he died from acute alcohol poisoning in his sleep. The band questioned if they should go on or not, but eventually they did, as Bon’s mother said that Bon would want the band to continue. AC/DC held open auditions and in walked their new lead singer, Brian Johnson.


The Brian Johnson Era:

Brian Johnson was the first to pop into Malcolm and Angus Young’s head while looking for a new lead singer. Before Bon’s death, Bon had seen Johnson perform live and enjoyed his performance. Johnson auditioned with “Let There Be Rock” and was called back after a few days to be the new frontman. With Johnson, the Back in Black album was completed. His time in the band lasted for 36 years, from 1980 to 2016.


AC/DC made 23 albums and sold over 200 million albums worldwide in the 41 years of their career. Back in Black sold 22 million copies alone and is considered one of the greatest comeback albums in history.


Over the years, Malcolm Young has retired, Mark Evans was replaced by Cliff Williams (who is now considering retirement), Johnson was replaced, and Phil Rudd was also replaced. Their current world tour Rock Or Bust will be ending in September 2016, and the band will also come to an end. The band made several achievements in their career and are still considered as the legendary rock band that made history. AC/DC might be coming to an end, but their rock and roll soul will live on forever.

Academic Decathlon


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academic decathAcademic Decathlon is an academic club that occurs all over the nation between  teams of 12 or more that compete in different areas of academic excellence such as art, music, history, social science, science, math, literature, economics, speech, and interview. Each year, a new topic emerges ranging from World War I, India, Russia, sustainable energies, and this year’s topic is World War II. Every year, the teams study and learn their specific topic for that year, and when the time comes, each team will compete against the other schools in their county to determine which school will continue onto State. The county championships are on two different days, usually in February. From there, one school will continue on into the state category. This school will then compete against the top schools in their representative state, then one school will go onto nationals and repeat the sequence all over again.


These teams are not just a group of nerds who have no social life, but they are writers, artists, photographers, runners, and overall an extremely dedicated group of people. The El Diamante ACADEC (academic decathlon) team is a made up of a group of well educated students and one coach, Mikk Jolly. They also tend to refer to themselves as a family; this is especially true at El Diamante High School. This ragtag group of students are like a second family to each other. This is what makes them such a hard group to beat at county. Two years ago, they went to state because they worked and functioned as a team, one that knew the others’ weaknesses and strengths. Academic Decathlon is a way to get to know other people and learn about our world’s history.

9/11 15th Anniversary


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September 11th, 2001 is a date which marked a cruel wound in America’s history. Millions of people watched as the Twin Towers, located within New York, were spliced by terrorists’ jets. Family and friends gathered below the inflamed World Trade Center as it eventually fell from the smoke filled sky. That day, nearly 3,000 lives were lost.


15 years later, America still mourns that tragic day. In New York, citizens gathered around the 9/11 Memorial located in Ground Zero. A ceremony was held to commemorate those who share their names on the memorial’s frame. First responders were celebrated for their bravery in the situation as well as the working men and woman.


In attendance were the presidential nominees and even the President himself. Although, Clinton left the ceremony early that day due to feeling ill.


During the event Obama gave his words on the matter. He delivered a speech celebrating America and its strength throughout the years, “We stand with the survivors who still bear the scars of that day”.


America still grieves over the tragedy, along with the loved ones of those taken too early. The nation will never forget such an infamous date in time.

Super Bowl Rematch


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Opening the 2016-2017 NFL season was a rematch of last season’s Super Bowl. Playing in Denver, Colorado at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, the Denver Broncos hosted the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers were favored to win the game.


In the first quarter Cam Newton led Carolina down the field and connected with Kelvin Benjamin for a 14 yard touchdown pass. The first quarter ended with the Panthers leading 7-0.


The second quarter was filled with more action. The Broncos tied up the game with a 28 yard touchdown run from fullback Andy Janovich. Towards the end of the quarter Cam Newton put the Panthers up 14-7 with a 2 yard touchdown run. The Broncos were unable to score on their next position so they punted the ball back to Carolina. With 3 seconds left on clock, Panthers kicker Graham Gano made a 44 yard field goal to put the Panthers ahead of the Broncos 17-7 at halftime.


After halftime, the game resumed. The third quarter had no scoring from either team. The score remained 17-7. Denver opened up the fourth quarter with a 25 yard touchdown pass from Trevor Siemian to C.J. Anderson, Carolina’s lead shrunk. The score was now 17-14. The Broncos controlled the final quarter. C.J. Anderson scored again with a 1 yard touchdown run. For the first time in the game, Denver led the game with a 21-17 lead. The Panthers attempted to come back but ended up settling for a field goal which made the score 21-20. Neither team scored for the rest of the game, and the Broncos beat the Panthers again.
The Denver Broncos opened up the season with a surprising victory and look to have a promising season.

NFL Injuries after Week One


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So after week one in the NFL, there have been many key losses for teams due to injuries.


The Cowboys major current loss is Tony Romo, their All Star Quarterback, due to a broken bone in his back. This will truly test the Cowboys second stringer, as Romo is the head of that team.


Another big loss was the Patriots who had lost, arguably the best tight end in the game, Rob Gronkowski, to a minor hamstring injury. He’s projected to be back by week two, but his hamstring could get worse and lead to a more serious injury.


Sadly, Chris Ivory, Jacksonville Jaguars’ running back was in the hospital from Sunday morning to Tuesday afternoon. It was undisclosed what put him in the hospital, but suspicions suggest it must be serious. He looks to be out on the practice field, but is limited.


Green Bay’s first string corner, Sam Shields, entered “Concussion Protocol” on Monday, which is a big loss considering he is a top corner in the league. There is no projected time for his return at the moment; it’s always hard to tell with concussions.


Sammy Watkins, out for foot injury, the Buffalo Bills number one receiver is a big loss to that offense. They rely on him to make plays other receivers do not have the ability to make. He is projected to come back this week, but nothing is set in stone.


Julio Jones, who is considered to be a top two receiver in the league, is a big loss for the Falcons. He is battling a nasty ankle injury, and is hoping to be back for week 2. He was the third highest fantasy football drafted receiver according to “https://fantasy.footballsports.yahoo.com/” this season. So, fans will be hoping he can get back fast.


Mohamed Sanu is also a loss for the Falcons, coming in at their second stringer, they’re getting slim at the receiver position. Believed to have a twisted ankle, you can never tell when a full recovery will be made.


TJ Green, who can often hold the Colts Secondary down, is dealing with the “Concussion Protocol” list. No projected time is available at time but the Colts hope for a fast return.


The Miami Dolphins need every piece of their offense to stay healthy as they do not have a lot to work with this season. DeVante Parker is a very valuable receiver and without him, they are running out of depth. He is often the leader of that receiving core and will take a big morale hit without him.


Every football fan knows the last running back you want on your fantasy team is Jamaal Charles because he has ACL problems on the yearly. As we all hope for the best, he’s having a slow recovery off of his second ACL tear from last season. No projected time at his return, but we hope there’s no more problems for him.


Unfortunately, it just gets worse for the Chiefs as their backup running back, Spencer Ware, behind Charles is dealing with a sprained toe. Coming in clutch for the team last year when they lost Charles, Ware will be looking to get pass this injury and hit the field again.


Dont’a Hightower, a very versatile linebacker for the Patriots, is a huge loss. During his game on Sunday against the Cardinals, he acquired an unspecified leg injury. With contract issues going on as well, this could be the end of his career in New England.
Even with all these injuries, the NFL is still on top of their ratings and all of their teams are still okay on players. While hoping for a speedy recovery for all players, we still do not know who will be injured later on in the season, including those who will get injured as well.

Lady Miners Volleyball: Miners take on the Pioneers


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The El Diamante Miners took on the Mt. Whitney Pioneers on Thursday night, September 16th. During the first set, the Pioneers and the Miners battled, but the Pioneers took the win: 23-25. Mt. Whitney came out strong again for the second set beating the Miners by 5. Nicole Phillips expressed how “[their] attitudes were down, but [they] were able to come back with positivity.” The El Diamante Miners gained control in the third set, finishing with 25-22. Utilizing their comeback, the Miners took their opportunity and ran, winning the fourth set 25-20. The fifth set was a fight, but the Miners brought home their victory with a score of 15-8. Emily Goldenstein stated how “[they] played well as a team” and the Miners capability to “get really energized as a team” led them to their success. The Pioneers and Miners will battle again on October 16th in the El Diamante gym. Make sure not to miss it!