Track & Field

by ISABELLA FLORES

Staff Writer 

Saturday, March 7th we had our spring launch at Exeter Union high school. I placed first in all my three events. The 4×1 relay, the 200 meters, the 400 meters. We got medals and everything, it was a very nice season starter. On Wednesday the 11th, we traveled to Tulare Western high school as we competed against them, a dual meet. My coach put me in an event I’ve never run before, the 800 meters which are two laps. I was really nervous and didn’t know what to expect. I did better than I thought I would, took first! I was shocked but now I knew I could do it. We were just starting off a great season, as it’s so sad all our meets are canceled now due to COVID-19. All our hard work for nothing. We are all praying this will die out and we get to participate in meets.

The Lisa Project

By KYRA HASH

Staff Writer

All sophomore classes this week during their history class period were taken to the theater to experience an audio-based project. The Lisa Project was made to put students into the lives of children experiencing neglect and/or abuse at home. The project consists of different rooms and different types of abuse a child may experience. Types of abuse ranging from neglect, physical abuse, emotional abuse, or sexual abuse. At the end of the projects, after listening to the real stories told by real children, students were able to write notes about their experience or just write a note for someone who may need to hear it. The world of child abuse is being made more and more aware thankfully, as it is something we all should be educated on. 

Who Framed Roger Rabbit Review

By AURORA RUSSELL

Staff Writer

Who Framed Roger Rabbit is an amazing movie! Honestly, I give it a 10/10. It crosses the line between live-action and cartoon. Without giving away too much, this movie is about A toon-hating detective that is a cartoon rabbit’s only hope to prove his innocence when he is accused of murder. The music is 10/10 and the comedic elements are used really well in this movie. There is never a dull moment in this movie. It’s a fun murder mystery movie that keeps you laughing. 

Fast and Furious 9 Release Date Pushed Back

By: DIANNA HERRERA 

Staff Writer 

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As the coronavirus is getting around all over the world it has caused events to be postponed until further notice. With one of those things being the “Fast 9” movie, which is pushed back by a year. Universal Studios, the company that has started the “Fast and Furious” franchise, decided to push it back due to the coronavirus moving fast, causing a lot on the global economy and distribution landscape. Theaters have already closed in Italy, South Korea, and China since the virus had hit the hardest in those places. The same thing might happen here in the U.S., with this outbreak continuing. Vin Diesel had also announced it on social media saying, “We feel all the love and the anticipation you have for the next chapter in our saga, That’s why it’s especially tough to let you know that we have to move the release date of the film. It’s become clear that it won’t be possible for all of our fans around the world to see the film this May, While we know there is disappointment in having to wait a little while longer, this move is made with the safety of everyone as our foremost consideration”. 

Hume Lake, CA

By ELAINA WEST

Staff Writer

Hume Lake is located in the Southern Sierra Nevadas, and part of the beautiful Sequoia National Park. It is often a place Christian church camps and retreats are held, or even just where road trippers or campers go to spend their summer. Fun things to do there in summer include paddleboarding and kayaking on the lake, high rope courses, and eating Hawaiian shaved ice or enjoying a Hume burger and shake at the Hume Snack Shop. In winter, fun activities are sledding and skiing, or getting a hot cup of coffee at Hume and Beans and socializing in the lobby. I have an opportunity to go to Hume Lake next week for a college youth camp, and I am excited to see the views and experience the snow for the last time before summer comes. Even in March, there is still a forecast for snow. If you need summer or winter plans, I recommend you check out Hume Lake!

Death

By: ANGELICA GONZALES

Staff Writer

We never realize how much we miss someone until they’re truly gone

Once reality hits it is really hard to take anything on

You become lost and confused because you don’t know what to do

You wish you had the option to press undo

However, that is not how life is supposed to be

There comes a  time in everyone’s life when they need to be set free

You miss them but now they are home

In the afterlife, they will forever roam

Even though you’re sad just know they’re in a safer place

And one day you’ll be seeing them face to face

Coronavirus in the US

By JACOB BERG

Staff Writer

Yesterday, the remainder of the NBA season was suspended, due to Utah Jazz center contracting the coronavirus. Just days before, Gobert jokingly touched all the microphones and tape recorders during an interview. With most teams having less than 20 games to play, playoffs were set to start in mid-April. The indefinite suspension of the league has particular importance for Vince Carter. In his 22nd season, he was set to retire after this season. So you can imagine how heartbreaking this is, that he can’t finish out his last season. He entered the game in the final seconds to drain a three-pointer. In addition to Rudy Gobert having the virus, another Jazz player, Donovan Mitchel,l also has it. Paranoia is spreading all over the country, due to mass media. People are going into stores and buying all the hand sanitizer, and weirdly at Costcos, people are buying out all of the toilet paper and water. In addition, several colleges across America, have shifted to online courses, and have shut down their main campuses. Although most people who stay clean should not worry, as the people at risk are mainly the elderly with pre-existing conditions.

Instagram vs. Snapchat

By JOYCE PARK

Staff Writer

During this era, teenagers encounter advanced technologies and have many applications on their phones. If a student’s phone was taken in class, the reasoning would be most likely because they were either on these two apps: Instagram or Snapchat. 

Some of the similarities between the two apps are having face filters, direct messaging, and stories. Snapchat is the “O.G.” app for filters whether they are appealing, hideous, or funny. Instagram also has filters, but are very limited, whereas Snapchat has an explore page just for more creative filters that others can make. They both have direct messaging where one is called “DM” and the other is to snap someone individually, which starts a conversation. These applications also allow people to create group chats with thirty-two people. The members in the group chats are able to see who has sent a text, picture, or a snap. Both of these apps show if the person in the group chat or direct message received and saw the notification. On Instagram, it would say “seen” when someone has viewed the chat. Snapchat has an arrow icon that is either blank or filled with blue to show that the chat has been read or left on delivered. Getting left on read or delivered is no bueno. Both platforms also have stories where one is able to post for their followers and friends to view. Instagram stories appear right on the top of the home page as they get autoplayed. The other app has the option for people to pick and choose what Story one wants to watch first. However, the users have to swipe to the left to view other people’s stories. They both only last for 24 hours.

There are many similarities between these two apps; however, there are many differences as well. The purpose of these two apps is totally incompatible. Instagram is a popular image-sharing app that is more focused on photos and videos, instead of individual chatting. It allows users to post about their lives. One is able to post about the skiing trip they went on or even a selfie because they were really feeling themselves. Instagram is more for the public, as all of your followers can see your posts and stories. Posts are permanent on someone’s feed unless they delete or archive them. One can easily search someone up and know which profile is theirs, due to the profile picture. Users can like posts and share them with the people that they follow in order for that person to see it. On the other hand, many teenagers and adults use Snapchat: an image-based messaging app that allows people to send and share photos and videos. The users on Snap can only snap people, share a photo or video on their story, or to someone directly. One can only add certain people by their username, snapcode, or quickadd. There is not a profile picture, for, Snapchat has avatars called “Bitmojis.” One can explore and discover entertaining shows on Snapchat and subscribe to them in order to be updated with new ones weekly. Snapchat has a variety of games that can be played with individuals or in group chats, as well as voice and video chatting. There are a variety of features that Instagram and Snapchat have, even with their differences. 

In the end, these two popular apps are used all over the world. Which one would you prefer: Instagram or Snapchat?

Porterville Library Fire Suspects Showed in Court

By MARCUS PENA

Staff Writer 

The two teens who set the Porterville library on fire have shown up in court for a second time. The hearing was held in the Juvenile Justice Center and they have been charged with murder and other arson crimes. This case is somewhat different from others because only the judge decides what to do to the kids. The jury has no say and if they are convicted they would only be wards of the courts and would be released at age 21, or in some cases 25. 

What it Means to be A Teenager

By SAMUEL GARCIA

Staff Writer

Being a teenager is a part of everyone’s life. For some this experience is the peak of their life, while for most it is the lowest of the low. But what does being a teenager mean? In the literal sense, it is the age of when you are 13 to 19. However it means much more: It means being stressed out from school, enjoying time with close friends, and having the idea that nothing can hurt oneself. 

As a teenager, school is one of the most boring and time-consuming activities. An average teenager is often overwhelmed with school work and they are forced to somehow keep their grades up. For someone whose brain is still developing this is too much pressure to handle and is a major cause for why students give up and stop trying in school. Although school is way too stressful for teens, it allows them to meet new people and try new things. School is one of the many foundations for the teens and it ultimately reflects how they will be later in life. 

Friends are one of the most important relationships to have during the teenage years. The closest of friends help comfort and support even at the worst of times when there seems to be no hope. For teens, when they are not doing schoolwork or doing nothing at all the next big thing is hanging out with friends. Teens are heavily influenced by the people that they choose to hang out with by using the same phrases, mannerisms, and even with the way they look. Friends are everything for teenagers. It is one of the most important things a teen needs since it helps them when they are feeling lonely or other related feelings. 

From the day kids turn thirteen, they think they are this big, bad teen that has all this power but in reality, they are nothing. The idea of being invincible becomes apparent especially during the beginning years of their teenage life. Everyone goes through this, they think nothing can hurt them and they become extremely reckless, but also become vulnerable too. During this time of vulnerability, they become weak and need help from others. When teens gain this mindset they need to be humbled because this will eventually lead them down the wrong path. 

Teenagers. It is one of the hardest yet easiest times of one’s life, but it only gets harder past this. Being a teenager means to be free and stressed out every minute of the day. Our lives as teens are what makes people who they are and build their characteristics for who they are going to be in their adult life.