‘FROZEN II’ TRAILER – Feature Paper


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At last, the day has finally come for the official trailer of “Frozen II”! Most of us are very familiar with the overwhelming popularity of the Disney animated film “Frozen” from 2013. It was ranked very high in popularity and won many awards as well as millions in the box office, and rumors of a second film were spread around for the hope of bringing these beloved characters back on the big screen.

Now the fateful day has come at last on February 13th, 2019 with the trailer reaching #1 on trending on the Youtube platform. People are already beginning to decipher the hidden meanings in the trailer to figure out the plot and what Disney Animated Studios has in store for one of their most famous films in history.

The trailer reveals to the audience much more than any fans have expected from the original film. The animation is beautiful; very detailed and almost realistic. Although the character designs have altered a little bit, we can still see the familiar faces of Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, Sven, and of course Olaf. We even get small glimpses of some new characters that will be featured in “Frozen II” as well as a magnificent concept a lot of people are hyped for. Taking that “Frozen” was themed around the season of winter, the sequel appears to be transcended into an autumn-like climate, a theme that looks overwhelmingly creative and designed very well. Although there isn’t much to go off of from this first trailer, people can already tell that this is hopefully going to be a winning film for 2019.

Release for the upcoming movie will be in November of this year and fans have high expectations for “Frozen II”, which will be up against another film Marvel fans have been waiting for: “Avengers Endgame”. Disney has been releasing a lot of trailers and content to keep us entertained and on the edge of our seats, but “Frozen II” will definitely be the all-time blockbuster animated sequel of 2019.


Mac Miller Grammy’s



By: Noel Brito

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The 2019 Grammy’s were this Sunday, February 10th. The nominations for a Grammy had come out in the past couple months and the late Mac Miller was nominated for Best Rap Album. The people holding the Grammy’s had invited Mac’s family all the way from Pittsburg and had a tribute video if he had won. All in all, he had not won and lost to Cardi B who won for her album Invasion of Privacy. Fans of Mac Miller took to Twitter to express their anger for the fact that he had not won a Grammy but they flew his family out. Mac Miller had been nominated 11 times through past years and has never won a Grammy.




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EPIK is a program in which teachers travel over to South Korea to teach English to Korean children or even teenagers. There are other options all around the world, such as JET in Japan for those who wish to teach elsewhere. Meeting the requirements may not be very easy, the applicant must have at least a bachelor’s degree in any subject, must be a citizen of an English-speaking country, and must have their TEFL Certificate. Four years of college is more or less the minimum to get a bachelor’s, while a TEFL requires an intensive four-week course which can be taken online or in-person. The course is a bit expensive as it will cost anywhere from $1500 – $2000, depending on where the course is taken the price may differ. After achieving all the requirements, one can now apply to EPIK. Applying can be done in multiple ways, the simplest being on their website, where the application form can be downloaded through a link. Once this is filled out and ready, it can be emailed to EPIK along with an attached image and a letter of recommendation.


An interview date must be sent in order to move on to the next step, this can take up to weeks. If the interview is successful, the applicant must send all necessary documents and contracts to the EPIK office. Now it’s time to go, after getting the E-2 Visa of course, which is needed to grant foreign entrepreneurs access to the country. Your flight to South Korea is already paid for by the EPIK program, after arriving in South Korea the applicant, as well as all the other applicants stationed in your area,  will be placed in orientation together where everyone will be taught the basics of teaching in Korean schools for about a week. Completion of the orientation will then lead to the applicants being sent to their locations (anywhere from Seoul to Busan), where they will be introduced to their new officetel. This officetel is paid for by EPIK, with the exception of utilities and the deposit. After moving in, the new teacher is left alone to figure everything out, so at least elementary level Korean would be helpful with day to day life.



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So the late, frustrated, sleep-deprived nights of googling for stress reducers has led you to the new Instafad: self-care. Now you might be like me and be kind of confused by what self-care actually is. When I think self-care, I think of baby pink smoothies at 7 am, face masks with all your gorgeous model friends, and laying on a therapist’s couch talking about how you accidentally “booked your Dubai trip on the same weekend as your Paris trip!”. Okay, yeah, maybe that’s a little much, but the point is that most people’s idea of what self-care is does not apply to most people’s real daily lives. I mean, if your biggest problem is that you double booked yourself for two amazing trips on the same weekend… what’s your secret?! Alright, alright… maybe some people are just luckier than others. Orrrrrr perhaps they practice good, healthy, realistic self-care.


Some examples of self-care are:

  • Take a warm bath! Add bubbles and light some candles! Read a good book while you’re at it, although maybe don’t read on your phone. I don’t think even rice could fix that one.
  • Play your favorite music and have a one-person dance party! You’ll lift your mood AND get some exercise in! #killtwobirdswithonestone
  • Clean your room and move your furniture! I know, I know. “I came here to get good self-care tips, not to be nagged! You’re just like my mom!” However, cleaning your room can have beneficial results, such as reducing allergies, improving sleep, and making it easier to focus on things like school or hobbies!
  • Sleep!!!! Lack of sleep is very hard on your body, leading to things like weight gain, high blood pressure, and just overall attitude. It’s super hard to be excited and prepared for your day when you’re yawning every ten seconds!
  • Eat the right foods! Not only does eating the right foods keep you healthy, but it also provides your body with the fuel necessary to complete all the tasks you have in a day! Which as a high school student who never has time to eat breakfast, it was a strange thing to find out that not eating actually RAISES your blood sugar, which isn’t ideal. Obviously.
  • Take care of your skin! Now I’m not saying drop a few thousand on some snail mucus facial or anything gross like that. However, some six dollar face wash can not only reduce acne but can also leave your skin looking more glowy and fresh! (I highly recommend Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash for any of my fellow acne sufferers. I promise it’s good for people with sensitive or dry skin! #ihaveeczema)
  • Talk to yourself! I get it, you think you’ll sound crazy… and you might. As someone who is very weirdly proud of the fact that she talks to herself out loud every second of every day, talking to yourself is actually really helpful. It helps reduce stress, helps you remember the events of your day, and opens up your communication with yourself. It also makes the bad days seem less daunting when you rant to yourself because no one else has to hear what you say! So let your freak flag fly!


And finally,


  • It’s okay to take time for yourself! I often have to take breaks from social situations for hours, days, and even weeks at a time. I personally need that time to relax, refresh and remind myself of why I do things I do. Excluding yourself from a get-together with your friends or asking your parents if you can just read in your room for a little while is always okay, as long as you are doing it for the right reasons. Mental, emotional, and social breaks can often change your perspective on things that you would have reacted to differently had you not taken time to think them through. So if you don’t want to go to that big party this weekend, or hang out with your friends next Friday, don’t. Maybe use that time to catch up on a little self-care! #memyselfandi


I hope these self-care tips help life be a little less scary, and remember, if it helps you be a better person for yourself, it’s self-care in my book!

Stormi Webster’s Birthday




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Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott’s daughter Stormi Webster is officially one year old today. Rumors about Kylie Jenner being pregnant had developed 6 months before she had given birth in February of last year. Jenner had released the news of her daughter being born and she had broken all social media. Kylie had posted a video on Youtube of the journey of her pregnant with Travis Scott by her side. The release of Stormi’s name had also been released along with her gender.



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Proteins are a part of a healthy diet. We need proteins in our everyday lives to keep us going. For example, proteins can increase muscle mass and strength. Protein forms the building blocks of muscle. Therefore the more protein you eat the more muscle you build and become stronger. Another example is the proteins are good for your bones. Eating proteins, like animal meat, makes bones stronger. People that eat more protein tend to maintain their bone mass as they get older and have a lower risk of osteoporosis and fractures. One other example is that protein can lower your blood pressure. High protein intake has been shown to lower blood pressure. If you have high blood pressure you have a major risk of getting heart attacks, and even strokes. The more protein you eat, the lower the chance of you getting heart attacks.  Even though proteins have health benefits it can also have health risks too.
   When you overconsume proteins it can cause health risks. For instance, when you eat too much protein it can cause weight gain. When you overconsume more proteins than your body needs, the excess protein is used to provide your body with energy or fat. You can’t store extra amino acids, so it turns it to fat and makes you gain weight. Another example is protein can cause dehydration. It’s possible to get dehydrated from eating too much protein if you don’t drink a lot of water throughout the day. So make sure to drink, drink, drink. One other example is it can increase your kidney problem. If you have a kidney problem you have to limit the amount of protein you eat . If you eat too much protein it can put more stain in your kidney and make the problem worse. So no matter what, too much protein can lead to health risks and health benefits
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Mock Trial – For the Students



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No one knows how much time and energy goes into preparing for Mock Trial, except the students, parents, and coaches involved. The students that I have coached these past two years show a tremendous amount of poise, courage, and intelligence to take part in what can be a rewarding, but grueling experience. They work for months on memorizing the case, getting their own parts down, researching different actual court cases, and watching hours of YouTube to get the feel of what is expected of them, and then possibly only having 4 nights of competing. If they are lucky, they might have 5, 6, or more if they make it to State.

This is not only learning a part of the judicial system; it is having to know the art of objections and rebuttals and having to think quickly on your feet. I would not have been able to do this when I was in high school. These students are admirable and deserve to be recognized, which is why last night’s competition was disappointing. Both of El Diamante’s teams have won their two competitions so far, but the end of one of the team’s competition showed the students how difficult and ugly things could get. The opposing team tried to wiggle their way into winning by being petty and mean. Luckily the judge used the lack of evidence that is required in any real trial and showed our students that truth prevails.

El Diamante has two more regular nights of competition at the Tulare County Courthouse on Tuesday, January 29th and Thursday, January 31st and the teams would love to have you present. It goes from 5:15 p.m. and is finished by 8:00 p.m. Your support is greatly appreciated.



Spider-Man Far From Home



The teaser trailer for Spider-Man Far From Home has been revealed, and within a day, the nearly 3-minute video had over 20 million views. With the movie occurring right after Avengers: Endgame, the trailer was surprisingly well concealed and only revealed facts about the movie, while still keeping it interesting and full of hype. It’s later revealed in the trailer that Peter Parker (Tom Holland) will be fighting the elementals, a group of people who have the power of the natural elements. Many believed this would include the likes of Sandman, Hydro-Man, but those famous characters are not the ones shown in the trailer. Sandman is only related to sand while Magnum, the earth elemental, is related to not only rock and sand, but any form of the matter referred to the element of earth. The elementals seem to not be the main villains, but rather the reason for the team up of Spidey and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). The main villain, Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) may already be playing an illusion on us already. It seems he will be attempting to make the world he believes that he’s a hero, most likely as a smokescreen for whatever evil plan he has in mind. And with Mysterio already tricking viewers just from a trailer, Spider-Man Far From Home will be a masterpiece and will help me get out of my newfound layer of depression, thanks to Avengers: Endgame .

Gillette Ad


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With over 20 million views and #50 on YouTube’s trending list, the “We Believe: The Best Men Can Be” Gillette ad has been seen as highly controversial by portraying men as toxic bullies that sexually harass women. The ad begins by depicting men in a negative light, saying that they need to modernize and change their pernicious ways by “saying the right thing”, “acting the right way”, stopping bullies, and overall, handling situations without violence. They stereotype men and attack them at the beginning of the ad, to praise the true men. The true men are the ones who stand up for the right thing. Gillette is trying to promote a positive change as they state at the end of the ad, “It’s only by challenging ourselves to do more. That we can get closer to our best.”

The ad has quickly racked up much dislike, posted on January 13, 2019, it has already received over 1 million dislikes and 555 thousand likes on YouTube. The backlash it has received has caused many to boycott Gillette products, as well as all products made by the company Proctor & Gamble. Many men do not appreciate the fact that they are being attacked and stereotyped for the malicious ways of some men. However, they do not see the fact that women, on a day to day basis, are stereotyped and told to be a certain way, in order to fit in with society.

This generation is a generation eager to accept change for a better tomorrow. Gillette says that its, “setting a new standard for [its] brand … to encourage and inspire the next generation to be its best.” a positive purpose for its ad, that should not be seen in a negative light.



Disneyland Ticket Prices Go Up



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The happiest place on earth… home to thrilling rides, all your favorite characters come to life and some of the best food around! Disneyland is known for being one of the hottest spots in California, but it’s also one of the most expensive. And the happiest place on earth has raised ticket prices once again. I mean, if the shoe fits, right?

In just one month, single-day tickets to Anaheim’s most iconic theme park have increased almost 9%, going from $124 to $135. As stated on the Forbes website, “ The price hike will vary with each park, and Disneyland in Anaheim, California, will see the highest increase…”. Disney spokeswoman Andrea Finger said this to The Orlando Sentinel, “Given the small percentage of guests that purchase a one-day ticket at Walt Disney World, extending pre-published, date-specific pricing to multi-day tickets will further advance our efforts to spread attendance throughout the year and ensure all guests have a magical experience no matter when they visit…”. If you were as confused by that statement as I was, let me simplify it. Basically, Disneyland is trying to prevent overcrowding at certain times of the year, so that every guest can have a good experience. It is a dream your heart makes to not have to stand in line for hours, after all.

The ticket price increase in Anaheim specifically may have something to do with the anticipated opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and the reopening of Pixar Pier, previously known as Paradise Pier. This new land from far, far away will cover 14 acres of land and be home to a ride like none other in the park… Millennium Falcon. This ride will place you in the middle of a battle between the First Order and the Resistance. This ride has a special touch though… you are who controls the ride. Guests from all over the galaxy are excited about this new adventure, so many are flocking to the park to strut their stuff on this new ride.

So if you want to visit Cinderella’s castle, you’ll want to save a few extra dollars. And don’t forget when you go, don’t forget to…