Celebrating fifty years of Jeopardy

by MADDY HEESZEL

Staff Writer

 

Jeopardy by Maddy Heeszel

This photo was put together by MADDY HEESZEL.

Jeopardy, the game show that many of us are familiar with, is celebrating their fiftieth anniversary as of March 30th. Since Jeopardy is one of the many game shows to continue this long, it has overall been successful and loved by millions.

 

Since 1964, Art Fleming had hosted Jeopardy up until 1975 when the game show begun to take an unsuccessful dive, leading it to be forced off-air. An all-new Jeopardy aired back on television in 1984, starring Fleming once again, failing for a second time before being replaced by Alex Trebek, the current Jeopardy host. Trebek has now kept Jeopardy up and running for almost thirty years and still continues to keep the show alive.

 

Throughout the years, many Americans can say that Jeopardy has been, and still continues to be, a huge hit. “It’s still the best mental exercise on television,” says professor Steve Beverly from Tennessee, “It has one of the greatest play-along capacities. And if you are sitting at home, and you are good on respective categories, it gives you as a viewer the ability to sit there and say, ‘You idiot!’ when a contestant misses the question.” Jeopardy has a capability of educating their viewers while providing quality entertainment, all in one show.

 

Out of every trivia game show out there, Jeopardy was still on the top, even towering over Who Wants to be a Millionaire. The unique game-play of Jeopardy left millions of Americans watching back-to-back episodes; you could not stop just after one. Many people find that this show is also great to watch during family gatherings or at a dinnertime. It’s a show fun for the whole family, even for the little ones.

Trebek still happily hosts Jeopardy and most likely will for many more years. We hope that even after Trebek’s hosting, we can still keep Jeopardy alive. Even students at El Diamante High School have been growing up with this game show. Millions of Americans are still intrigued by Jeopardy’s capability of airing for so long on television after its temporary downfalls and struggles to gain support. It rose from an unsuccessful game show to a popular one in just a matter of time. While many shows on television are quite recent, we can gladly say that even the older shows are still treasured and loved by many. Fifty years of Jeopardy and hopefully another fifty more to come!

College admissions

by Yailin Ledezma

Staff Writer

 

Envy has risen within several provisional college students towards a 17-year-old Long Island student who applied to all 8 prestigious Ivy League schools, and got accepted. Yes, Kwasi Enin got accepted to every single one, from Brown to Yale. The William Floyd High School senior was in complete amazement as the yesses kept arriving.

 

It is rare for anyone to apply to all 8 schools, yet Enin accepted the challenge and went forth with his applications. Enin, a violinist and an aspiring physician, scored 2,250 out of 2,400 on the SAT, which placed him at the 99th percentile overall. His counselor was bewildered with his idea on applying at all of the Ivies and even commented, “My heart skipped a beat when he told me he was applying to all eight! It’s a big deal when we have students apply to one or two Ivies. To get into one or two is huge. It was extraordinary.”

 

As of March 27, Enin began hearing back from schools. It was not until he opened up an email from Harvard, that he realized he had been accepted to each and every one of the schools. It was Kwasi’s immediate reaction to say, “This can’t be happening!” This kind of thing does not happen every day. Harvard alone has an acceptance rate of 5.9%, while Cornell accepts only 14%.

 

It makes one think, what type of students does a school like Yale want? Enin had several things at his favor, like being ranking at No. 11 of his class at William Floyd, with a class of 647.  Of course, his SAT scores came in and surprised many. Enin has taken 11 Advanced Placement courses. Apart from what he did academically, Enin is a musician, who sings for William Floyd’s acapela group. With his plans of studying medicine, following his parent’s steps, he also managed to volunteer at Stony Brook University Hospital’s radiology department. Many also believe that him being a first-generation American from Ghana also made him stand out from the others.

 

Now everyone has to wait and see which of the distinguished schools Kwasi Enin decides to attend this fall, as he’s waiting to see what school is offering the best financial support. Until then, students all over the country should take notes, and participate in such things as Enin did. And who knows, anyone could be the next “All Ivy” kid.

 

For more on the kid that’s all Ivy: http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/ivy-league-schools-student-accepted-schools-perfect-sat-23139659b

Gardening tips: growing the perfect garden

by MADDY HEESZEL

Staff Writer

 

Gardening tips by Maddy Heeszel

This photo was taken by MADDY HEESZEL.

Now that springtime is here, the weather is perfect for growing plants and flowers. Growing and maintaining a garden may seem like a difficult task, but it can be quite easy if you know what you are doing. While growing is easy, and is common sense for the most part, there are still many things some people do not know when gardening. Here are some quick and helpful tips on how to grow a successful garden:

 

1. Take the time to read the instructions on the seed packet.

If you are growing plants or flowers from seeds, it is important that you read the instructions on the seed packets. Many people like to skip the reading and jump right into the gardening, but that is not always the best way to go. Be sure you are aware of how large your plants may get, how far to space them away from each other, how much light or shade they may need, and any other important needs they may have.

 

2. Don’t over or under water.

Most plants and flowers need to be watered daily, sometimes multiples times a day if the weather is really hot or humid. Unless you are growing a cactus or succulent, which only need to be watered once every few weeks or months, then your plants will most likely need to be watered on a daily basis. The best way to know if your plant needs water is if the soil near it is light brown. Keep your soil dark and moist, but do not flood out the plant. If there is extra water near the plant that the soil is not absorbing, you are probably over watering. Another way to know if your plant is being overwatered is by looking at the color of the soil and the plant’s leaves. The soil will turn green, and the plant’s leaves will start to fade in color if it receives too much water. If that is the case, simply cut back on watering.

 

3. Give your plants plenty of space.

Some people start planting their plants in pots or containers rather than in the ground. If you plan on doing that, you will need to transfer your plants into a bigger container or in the ground if they get too big. You want the plant to have enough room to grow and not crowd in the small space you put it in. Unless your plants or flowers stay pretty small, transferring them is important. Plants are really good at indicating space. If you give them little room to grow, they may stop growing as big as they should. If you give them a lot of space, they will spread out more. It all depends on how big you are allowing your plants to grow, but either way, they will adapt quite easily.

 

4. Keep your plants away from pests.

One of the biggest annoyances while planting is dealing with pests. Pests such as gophers, snails, squirrels, and even your own pets can damage your plants. When dealing with rodents or insects, utilize any insect-killers, rat traps, or any other tools to get rid of them. If you are growing tomato plants, planting marigolds around your tomatoes will prevent snails. If your pets at home are stepping on, eating, or digging up your plants, be sure to set up a barrier – either by placing a fence or wall around your plants or by placing your plants in an area where your pets cannot reach them. Do some research on how to prevent pests from encountering your plants. There are thousands of different pests out there, and it is always best to know what kind of pest is harming your plants and how to prevent them. Different plants may attract different pests, especially if the plant produces any fruits or vegetables.

 

5. Keep your soil healthy.

Fertile soil is the key to a successful garden. Almost any type of soil can become fertile, if not already, if you take the proper steps to do so. Use a shovel or rake to mix up the soil you are using, either from the ground or from a bag. Add water, and continue mixing and adding more water until the soil becomes a dark brown color. Do not allow the soil to become muddy or watery. Once you take these steps, the soil should be perfect for growing in. Never grow plants in an area where the soil is rough and dry unless you do the steps above. One of the best bagged soils to use is Miracle-Gro. Miracle-Gro can be found in bags as small as eight quarts and as big as two cubic feet. Even bagged soil should be mixed and watered before placing into any pots or containers for planting.

 

6. Be patient.

Some plants and flowers grow and bloom fairly quickly, but others may take a lot longer. Flowers such as pansies and marigolds are very delicate and may shrivel up and die even after a successful sprout. Plants of that sort are very needy and hard to maintain. Some of the best and easiest flowers to grow are cosmos, zinnias, and dahlias. These plants can handle heat pretty well and sprout fairly quickly. Some plants will even begin to sprout after just a few days if taken care of properly. Never expect your plants to be full grown or filled with fruit, vegetables, or flowers in just a few weeks; it takes months or even years, depending on how large the plant is supposed to be, for a plant to be full grown.

 

With these tips, you will be able to grow a wonderful garden this spring. Growing plants is quite easy, and you don’t even need a “green-thumb” to do it. Making sure your plants are taken care of should be your top priority when maintaining a healthy garden. Be sure to make use of any other information regarding your plants in order to provide them with the proper needs. Have fun growing your garden!

 

Best employee discounts

by SONALI SAMA

Staff Writer

 

With summer quickly approaching, everyone is now on the hunt for the summer job. Some of the perks of working are the employee discounts one can receive from the location. Here are some of the best retail companies that reward their employees with amazing discounts.

 

The first location with the overall best employee discount is American Apparel. With its preppy style, employees are expected to dress in American Apparel from head to toe. With this, every person who is hired gets $200 to spend on items only in the store. As if that is not generous enough, employees get 50% off anything in the store at anytime and 60% off items that have been out for about 2 weeks.

 

The second retail company is J Crew. Employees get five items every month that will be sold to them at 50% off. After that, every item in the store is 30% off, and sale merchandise is half off. In addition to that, there is a list of slow selling / overstock items released each week that employees can get 60% off on the retail price.

 

The third best place to work is The Gap. The employee discount varies from 30-50% off, but is offered to not only The Gap, but also Old Navy and Banana Republic, because they are all owned by the same company. So not just one discount, but three! It does not get any better than that. In addition to that, employees also get discount cards that offers discounts to family members and spouses.

 

The last place that offers a great employee discount is Abercrombie and Fitch. Full time employees are rewarded with a 40% discount on every item in the store. Part time employees are offered 30% discounts all throughout the store. Not only that, but employees are sometimes given an opportunity to buy a specific outfit for half off when the company is trying to promote it.

 

Its amazing to see that such high end and famous companies do a great job at taking care of their employees. Everyone looks for a generous discount when they apply for a job, so its nice knowing that you are being rewarded well for the hard work you do. With that being said, it is now time go to find that perfect summer job!

 

Colbert to take Letterman’s Show

By HUNTER TUNAC

Co Editor

After David Letterman announced that he would be retiring as host from The Late Show sometime during 2015, CBS also had an announcement to make. Stephen Colbert would be taking over the The Late Show and following in the footsteps of Letterman. Colbert has been the host of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report since 2005, so hosting a show won’t be a new thing for Colbert. Would he still use the character from Comedy Central? To some, sadly, that would be a no.

 

Colbert has been mentioned as the most plausible candidate to take Letterman’s place on The Late Show. With the announcement from Letterman about his retirement, Colbert swiftly became the consensus pick for the show. Letterman was very happy that Colbert was chosen to take his place. In a statement, Letterman showed his support for CBS’ decision, saying that Colbert had “always been a real friend to me. I’m very excited for him, and I’m flattered that CBS chose him,” Letterman said. “I also happen to know they wanted another guy with glasses.” Also Les Moonves, President and CEO of CBS Corps., stated “David Letterman’s legacy and accomplishments are an incredible source of pride for all of us here, and today’s announcement speaks to our commitment of upholding what he established for CBS in late night.”

 

Sadly however, The Late Show would compete with his current show’s timeslot, thus once he moves to The Late Show, Colbert would no longer be doing the Colbert Report or have his friend Jon Stewart as a lead in with his show, The Daily Show. We all look forward to what Colbert will bring to The Late Show and even he had that last laugh about the announcement.

“Simply being a guest on David Letterman’s show has been a highlight of my career,” he said. “I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave’s lead. I’m thrilled and grateful that CBS chose me. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth.” We are sad to hear The Colbert Report will eventually end but we wait hopefully for Colbert on The Late Show.

 

How to spend your spring break

by MADDY HEESZEL

Staff Writer

 

Spring break is a great time to get away from the stress of school for a full ten days, but it is also a great time to have fun. What better way to celebrate spring break than to keep yourself busy with fun-filled events? Take your time off to enjoy yourself by attending some of the events below.

Spring Break by Maddy Heeszel

This was made by MADDY HEESZEL.

 

Tulare Garden Festival – April 12th

UC Master Gardeners will be hosting the Tulare Garden Festival on April 12th from 10 am to 3 pm. Show up at the Tulare Outlet Center north of the Calvin Klein store on that date for a free event. There will be booths filled with information on how to garden and landscape your own yard. Learn how to plant your own family garden by attending this event!

 

Scicon’s Barbecue & Wildflower Festival – April 13th

If you’re wanting to enjoy the great outdoors and some great food, consider attending Scicon’s 54th Annual Barbecue & Wildflower Festival. This family-friendly event takes place on Sunday, April 13th from 11 am to 4 pm at Scicon located In Springville, California. There will be a deep-pit barbecue available for lunch, nature walks, a wildflower display, musical groups, and other activities. The event itself is free, but food is $10 for adults (12+) and $5 for children and senior citizens (60+). For more information, check out www.tcoe.org/scicon.

 

Roller Towne Easter Egg Hunt – April 18th

Roller Towne will be hosting their Easter Egg Hunt event on April 18th from 1 pm to 4 pm. At this event there will be, of course, an Easter egg hunt, along with some prizes and candy. This event is for all ages, so do not be ashamed to participate. You can even bring your younger siblings! Tickets for this event are $6.75 a person, but be sure to bring extra cash along for food and for roller skate ($2.00) or in-line skate ($3.00) rentals!

 

Earth Day 5k Trail Run – April 19th

Sequoia Riverlands Trust will be hosting their 5th Annual Earth Day 5k Trail Run on April 19th at 8 am at the Kaweah Oaks Preserve in Exeter. The event may last less less than an hour depending on how quickly you finish the 5k. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children ages twelve and under. You can purchase your tickets online at https://www.signmeup.com/site/online-event-registration/99440, or you can purchase your tickets at the event for an additional fee of $5 per ticket. Included in your registration will be a 5k Earth Day tee-shirt (limited supply), snacks and refreshment after the race, and awards for the winners. All ages are welcome, and the best part is, you do not even have to be a runner to enjoy this event!

 

Family Spring Festival – April 19th

Visalia Community Church of Christ will be hosting their annual Family Spring Festival on April 19th. Join them from 10 am to 12 pm for carnival booths, games, a bounce house, an Easter egg hunt, and a visit from the Easter Bunny. The event itself is free of charge, but bring extra cash along just in case. All ages are welcome, but bring younger siblings along for any children-related activities this event may have.

 

Roller Towne Easter Family Night Cheap Skate – April 20th

For only $1.50 a person, you and your family can enjoy a fun-filled night of skating. On April 20th, Easter Day, from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm, this event will be taking place at Roller Towne in Visalia. Bring along any family members, friends, and some extra cash for food, and you are sure to have a blast at this event!

 

With many fun events to look forward to over spring break, you are going to have times that you will always remember. Enjoying spring should be about spending time with family and friends, and now is your chance to do so. Keep safe over spring break, and don’t be afraid to have a little fun!

 

Nail polish: a must have

by JANET BONILLA

Staff Writer

 

Like a one-of-a-kind ring or necklace, your nail color can also play a role in your overall appearance. Never be afraid of color. Whether you go and get your nails done by a professional or do them on your own at home, the key to the perfect mani/pedi is to polish, polish, and polish once more. There’s nothing like the feeling of freshly lacquered nails.

Nail polish- Janet

This photo was made by JANET BONILLA.

 

Nail polish consumers expect a lot out of their nail polish. For starters, color choice is a very important factor. It has to get your attention and be in season. Most importantly, it must match your outfit for the event you might be going to. Beyond that, the nail polish must be of good quality and value. It must be long lasting and not too expensive. Another important factor to have in mind is how quick it takes to dry. Finally, it must be completely chip-resistant. Can one nail polish do all of these things?

 

Here is the list of the 10 best nail polishes that will do that and more!

 

  • Lippmann Nail Lacquers: This nail polish retails for about 18 dollars but it is definitely worth the price! This nail polish is very long lasting and chip resistant. People who have reviewed this item also mentioned that the overall quality of this item was phenomenal.

 

  • Essence Color and Go Quick Drying Nail Polish: This nail polish stays true to its name, It doesn’t take very long to dry and it lasts for a very long time. And you can not forget about the wide range of colors! All for a value of $1.99! Nothing can beat that!

 

  • OPI Nail Lacquer: These nail polishes go on smooth and leave a lasting image and impression on those who flaunt this nail polish. OPI is an all time seller and makes great long lasting products. All for the price of $8!

 

  • OPI Shatter Nail Lacquer:This nail polish leaves a wickedly cool effect as it is a nail polish that produces a shattered effect as a top coat. There is nothing like it. All for the amazing price of $8.

 

  • Rimmel London Lasting Finish Pro Nail Enamel: This nail polish is quite the bargain. It retails for the price of $3.99! What is there not to love about this polish? It is affordable and most users reported that it took in between 7 and 10 days for their nail polish to start chipping off.

 

  • Orly Manicure Miniatures: These nail polishes are absolutely the cutest. They stay true to their name. They are miniature and over all adorable! All for the wonderful price of $3.99!

 

  • Rescue Beauty Lounge Nail Polish: The application of this product is like spreading butter. No kidding! It is very easy to apply. However, it is on the more expensive side. If money is not a factor, you should definitely give this product a try! Rescue Beauty Lounge Nail Polish retails at $20 a piece.

 

  • CND Shellac: When they say that this nail polish lasts forever, THEY MEAN IT. It is a wonderful polish retailing at $16.

 

  • Essie Luxeffects Glitter Top Coat: Do you want to add some pizzazz to your manicure! Then Essie is the one for you! This line provides various glitter coats that are simply fun and flirty! Retailing at only $3.99!

 

  • Perfect Formula Pink Gel Coat: This nail polish is a must have for the overall healthiness of your nails. Reviews on this product mention that their nails grew so much more faster than normal. This incredible polish retails at a pricey amount of $30. However, it is so worth it!

 

These nail polishes will surely enhance the overall appearance of your manicure or pedicure. Remember Miners, “Hands are the calling card to the world.” -Essie

Breaking the junk food addiction

by COURTENEY KAUFFMANN

Staff Writer

 

Turning away food is hard, especially junk food, if eaten on a daily basis. For most, it’s just a simple sweet tooth, but can actually form into an addiction for some people. The temptations of all that salt, dripping fat, and sugar coated candies are hard to resist. So what does it take to break the addiction? Is there anything we can eat as a substitute for all of the bulging amount of calories we intake by unhealthy foods, or should we just learn to go without the extras and practice healthier diets?

 

Keeping a food journal is one way to kick off a healthier diet. You can write down everything you’re eating on a daily basis, with calories recorded as well. This keeps track of what you’re putting in your body each and every day. It helps to keep one aware of exactly how much food they are consuming. It seems more lengthy when you see exactly everything you write down.

 

Another way to do it is just determination to break the habit altogether by going with healthier alternatives instead. A good habit is formed by keeping to it, and over time the old habit will eventually break. Sometimes accepting the fact you need to make better choices for yourself to stay healthy is enough for some people to make those improvements. Have fruit instead, or eat veggies. Measure out the serving size, know how much calories are in the foods you choose to eat.

If you keep to these tips the results will be drastic and the results will be appealing! Starting a healthier diet and getting rid of the junk food can be hard, but just think of what you better yourself with at the end.

 

Preventing Seasonal Allergies

by MADDY HEESZEL

Staff Writer

Seasonal allergies by Maddy Heeszel

This photo was taken by Maddy Heeszel.

Now that the season of spring is here, so is allergy season. With the smell of pollen and fresh flowers filling the air, there’s no doubt that this season will bring many people undesirable symptoms of watery eyes, sneezing, congestion, and a runny nose. Fortunately, these symptoms can be prevented in a few ways, so you can still enjoy this season without feeling rundown.

1. Keep your home clean. In order to prevent pollen from being transferred into your home, you need to make sure to keep the indoors clean. This means consistently changing your bed sheets, vacuuming more often, and dusting off your furniture weekly. It seems like a lot of work, but you will find that a simple clean-up around the house will be a huge help during the spring season.

2. Increase your immunity. The main key to avoiding seasonal allergies is to make your body immune from them. Taking vitamin C supplements on a daily basis is a huge helper, considering that it improves your body’s immune system. Another supplement that helps tremendously is taking probiotics. Probiotics are substances that contain live bacteria (healthy bacteria) that helps you to fight off illnesses, diseases, and of course, allergies. You can find probiotics in pill form or even in a powder form in which you can pour into any drink. Vitamin C and probiotics are both great things in helping during the allergy season because of their ability to strengthen your immunity.

3. Wash your hands often. It’s important to keep your hands clean to avoid transferring pollen to your eyes, nose, or mouth, which would definitely increase your chances of having seasonal allergies. When you keep your hands clean, especially after being outdoors, it’s a lot more difficult to catch allergies from pollen and other allergy-causing, outdoor substances. The best way to keep your hands clean is to wash with soap and warm water and to take advantage of hand sanitizer.

 

These simple tips can help with preventing seasonal allergies. Even though doing these three things won’t necessarily make you 100% immune from allergies, it’s always best to be prepared. Be sure to keep hand sanitizer, tissues, and allergy medicines near in case you suddenly get symptoms of allergies, just to be safe. Spring time is a lot more enjoyable when you aren’t dealing with allergies!

Dance Show

by JENNIFER DOMINGUEZ

Staff Writer

Dance Show, Jennifer DominguezOn March 20th 2014, the doors at L.J Williams theater opened for the spring annual Dance Show,“Turn Up The Music”. Many proud parents and friends filled up the auditorium with flowers and posters for their talented performers. The performers danced contemporary, modern jazz, tap, folk, lyrical, and hip hop. It was an outstanding show! There were 27 dances overall: 6 of them were solos, 3 duets, 2 trios (one being a guest performance), and 16 group dances. Some of the most memorable performances were “Bound to You,” performed by freshman Georgia Crites, and “Bang Bang My Baby Shot Me Down,” performed by freshman Leiana Petlewski.

Georgia Crites did 7 performances, one of them being her solo, “Bound to You”. During her performances, she felt like she did a good job, but she believes that there are always things she can improve on. She also felt that as a whole group they did a great job because they used a lot of facials and worked very hard while performing. Before her last performance on March 21st, she thought of some ways to improve from her last production. She said, “I am a little nervous for my next performance because there were some mistakes, but that gives me another chance to improve them. I also don’t want it to be our last performance because we’ve gotten so close and I wish we could do more”. When asked if she was going to do dance next year or continue her dance career she responded, “Next year I will not be dancing with InMotion because it interferes with the dance company I’m in. Next year I will be competing with my studio, Dancers Edge. Dance is a part of my life and I would not be complete without it. I dance over 18 hours a week”.

Leiana Petlewski had 6 performances, one of them being her solo “Bang Bang My Baby Shot Me Down”. During her performance, she felt that she performed at her fullest potential and did well. She also felt that the group worked well together not only as a team, but also as a family. They relied on one another and had a great time together. Before her last performance on March 21st, she thought of some ways to improve from her last performance. She said, “Tonight, for my next performance I could be much more emotionally focused, which will help me convey a message through my dancing. I just need to remember that it is the last time I will ever be performing most of these dances, so I need to pour all of my heart and soul into my dancing”. When asked if she was going to do dance next year or continue her dance career she responded, “Dance is not only an activity, it is a part of my life and my personality. Without it, I would be lost. I will continue dance through high school and would love to major in it in college and have it be part of my career”.

Overall, the El Diamante spring annual Dance Show was incredible. The 27 performances were amazing and well choreographed by dance teachers Kara Ford and Jennifer Story, Elda and Miguel Balderas (ballet folklorico), and Isaac Saesee (guest performance). So congratulations to all the performers on the excellent jobs they did on their performances!