Redmond Gerard



By Devin Prado

Staff Writer


Redmond Gerard is a United States olympic snowboarder. He won the U.S. their first gold medal of 2018 in the Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle event. Gerard is only 17 years old and hails from Silverthorne, Colorado. He is the youngest ever to win a U.S gold medal in snowboarding. When interviewed about his big day, he commented about waking up late for the big day because he stayed awake into the early hours watching a television show. He also happened to lose his jacket on the big day so it was one hectic and assumably stressful morning for him. Nonetheless, he was able to perform well and achieve the highest score.

El Diamante Signing Day




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Last Wednesday, four El Diamante athletes signed their letters of intent to their respective colleges. The gym was packed with families and lots of balloons. Tyler Esteves signed to UC Merced for soccer. Lauren Hooyer signed to UC Davis for water polo. Mariah Martinez signed to Jamestown for softball. Drake Beno signed to Ithaca College for football.  The athletic director, Mr.Thompkins, started off the event acknowledging the student’s hard work and perseverance. He then read a bio for each athlete which had their sport history and quotes from all of their coaches. After that, each athlete individually said their thank you’s and their favorite memory from their sport. Each athlete got a huge cookie cake with their college logos on them as a gift from El D.

Child falling under train


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In an underground station in Melbourne, Australia, a small child fell in between the crack of the train and platform. As soon as the girl fell, a bystander ran to try to pull the girl out and her mother heard the screams of her child. She also ran to aid the bystander and the whole incident was recorded on the CCTV footage. A spokesperson for the Melbourne Metro said: “This is every parent’s nightmare. In just a split second a child can disappear between the train and the platform.” He also claims how lucky both the mother and the child were to make it. The video of the incident was posted to Facebook by lya Laje and has over two million views.

Elderly Drug abuse




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    Nursing homes have been giving their residents a little more of their medicine just to keep the residents quiet and not talkative. Ten years ago, the department of health and human services visited a nursing home and saw nearly half of the residents suffered from dementia were given  twice as much medicine as the homes allowed. Today, some nursings home are still giving the residents an over amount of their medication that is prescribed. A psychiatrist and researcher at the Toronto rehabilitation institute says ‘’ if we are giving these medications to make people sleep because they are awake at night and disruptive, that is an indication that there might be a way to improve the quality of care by having more staff available to engage with them at night’’. Instead of drugging these poor people its best to just let them talk and you talk back to them.

Chocolate May Go Extinct




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In the near future, your favorite confectionery treat- chocolate- may not exist. Scientists claim that because of climate change and rising global temperatures; cocoa beans may no longer be able to be cultivated in tropical climates. Cocoa plants can strictly only be grown in tropical climates, and need wet, humid weather to thrive. But climate change is making these climates hotter and unoccupiable for cocoa plants. This forces cocoa farmers to reestablish their farms in higher elevations with cooler climates. However, these regions that grow cocoa beans have limited elevated land. In places like West Africa ,where a large portion of cocoa beans are grown, higher elevations are nature reserves, leaving no excess land for cocoa to be grown. As if the fate of chocolate can’t be more grim, fungal diseases like Frosty Pod Rot which has spread throughout South and Central America can destroy entire cocoa plantations. Chocolate production has recently decreased as well, but the demand for chocolate continues to rise. This will increase the price of chocolate in coming years. Scientists estimate that chocolate may go extinct as early as 2050. But the future isn’t entirely grim. Some scientific specialists have began to genetically engineer cocoa plants to make them stronger and able to be grown in colder climates.

Don’t Make Me Wait


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Don’t make me wait for your love

Sitting here waiting on you

Patiently waiting for your touch.

Don’t make me wait one more day

See you sitting talking to him

After all the time we shared.

I die a little at night without you

We shared those moments

Laughed and cried,

Cuddled and said nothing

Don’t make me wait.

When All Hope Is Lost (Chapter 1)



by Sharon Adamson

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Hope, promise, belief, confidence, and faith are words unfortunately that have been on replay for the last eight years of my life, but I haven’t known the true meaning behind them or even had a moment in my life when I felt completely secure in my head since it all happened. My name is Emily Rose and I was born in a small town called Maysville, Kentucky right on the tip of Mason County. Maysville doesn’t have big city folks, no big fancy stores, or even a big shopping center like they show on TV. In Maysville, people work hard on the farm, raise the children up on the land, and go to church every sunday. Although, I haven’t been able to remember those moments in my life since it happened. Let me explain, let’s start from the beginning! Before I was born, my Mom and Dad were going to school at the high school over on West Hill Road, and they began talking for a few months during their sophomore year. Well, about four months after they met Dad stopped talking to Mom all together. She didn’t know what had happened to him. So she kept going to school and she met this guy named William later in her Junior year and from what mom says he was a real looker! Anyways, William and Mom were dating all the way up into the second semester of her senior year and they were two weeks away from their senior prom. Momma had planned on going with William until she noticed that my dad transferred into her Math class. She waited a few days to see if he’d say anything to her, but he didn’t he acted as though she wasn’t even there. On that Friday, Mom had enough and she went up to him and asked, “What happened? You think you can just come in here and act like we weren’t in love or anything? Really?” From what mom says, Dad began crying and told her he was really sorry, but his mother had died and his dad was very ill so he had left school to assist his father. Mom felt so bad for coming on to him so harshly, and she told William she wasn’t going to be able to make it to prom, and that being his girlfriend was no longer in her plans. William was mad, but he understood why she had to leave him. Mom and Dad said they were planning on going to the Prom together since she no longer going with William, but they decided that instead of going to Prom that they would pack up the car and go camp underneath the stars over on the top of Rosewood Hill about thirty miles outside of town. They drove out there, laid down the truck bed, and watch the stars fade and the sun begin to rise. Mom always told me that night was the night she knew she couldn’t live without him. After that night, Mom didn’t talk to dad for the next few days due to the graduation ceremony. Graduation day came and Mom finally seen Dad he was dressed in his cap and gown with his hair swooped back like he always had it. Dad walked on the stage to receive his diploma and he asked Mr. Lancey if he could give a quick speech. Dad got up there and said, “I would like to thank my Mom, I know you cannot be here in person but I know your here in spirit. I would like to thank my Dad for standing strong when it seemed like the world was against us. I would like to thank my teachers for helping me get this far, but before I go there is one special person I have to thank. This young lady has been hero, and if it wasn’t for her back in our sophomore I know for sure I wouldn’t be standing here today. So with that being said, Emma Rose Mckinley will you marry me?”

McDonald’s is Going Green



By: Michelle See

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By 2025, McDonald’s and other fast foods are planning to use recyclable or renewable materials in a package that will be put in recycling bins in restaurants. “Our ambition is to make changes our customers want and to use less packaging”, said a McDonald’s sustainability officer. Trump appointee may give McDonald’s a break in landmark labor cause. Currently around 64% of its packaging meets the standard of not using packaging that contributes to deforestation, and its plans to reach 100% by 2020. McDonald’s began purchasing sustainable beef in 2016, and its plan to completely eliminate foam packaging by the end of 2018. McDonald’s CEO is modernizing the customer’s burger experience and trying to upgrade a better experience with touchscreen ordering kiosks and table service in some locations.

Disney Hotels Take Down “Do not Disturb” Signs

By: Michelle See

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Most Walt Disney World hotels took down “Do Not disturb” signs and swapped it out with “Room Occupied” signs. Hotels in Orlando, Florida are allowing housekeeping and maintenance staff to enter the rooms on a daily basis according to the company. The new signs read “ The Disney resort hotel and its staff reserve the right to enter your room, even when this sign is displayed, for maintenance, safety, security or any other purpose.”


The hotel chain said the new policy recommends that staffers alert a security or duty manager after 24 hours of consecutive Do Not Disturb sign usage. Disney said that “it was based on safety, security and guest experience, and its evaluating whether to change its policy at additional hotels.” This change follows through the massacre at the Mandalay Bay Hotel In Las Vegas last year in 2017. Disney and Hilton wouldn’t say whether or not the mass shooting at Mandalay Bay promoted the policy change.

No Pants Subway Ride




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Every January in New York City, an event that allows people to travel on the subway wearing only but their underpants happens. Random  passengers get to board the subway at separate stops in the middle  of winter with no pants. This whole concept started with seven guys who decided to board a subway with no pants as a prank to get people’s reaction and is now an  international celebration in which many cities around the world participate every year. At times it will get to be 17 degrees with an additional 10 degree wind chill. ‘’My legs are a little numb right now but i’m pushing through. Can a little cold weather stop us’’, says a 27 year old art student Karina Velasco. ‘’Im proud to be out here today,freezing my tail off with all these awesome people. We’re fearless!’’ the date changes from year to year and is announced in early December.