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Superficial Valentine’s Day

Lezille Sagrado
Staff Writer

Valentine’s Day used to be the day where you could show extra love and appreciation to your partner, but now it just seems like a day where your partner is basically forced to show their love to you in any way romantically. Why does someone have to buy their partner an expensive teddy bear or get them a dozen roses to show that they care about them?
           My ideal Valentine’s Day isn’t like the expectations in this society. Getting roses doesn’t really mean anything to me because they die so quickly and it just costs more money to keep them alive. But rather than me sounding bitter about it, today is a nice day to simply spend with someone or just to be surrounded by people you love and make you happy.
           In society, people are pressured to give their partner at least a gift. Something that’s expensive or worth posting a picture about on social media. I guess it’s okay to brag sometimes but there’s a difference between showing off your relationship and genuinely caring about the person you’re with no matter what social media or anyone thinks.
           Valentine’s Day doesn’t just have to be about a couple’s relationship, it can also be about your parents simply showing that they care for you or just having a simple hangout with all your close friends, and maybe giving each other a gift. When I do exchange gifts with my friends, it’s not about how much it costs, but more importantly on the sentimental value of it.
           With my mom and step-dad, it’s nice and heartwarming seeing them give each other love everyday and they aren’t even about the gifts anymore. It’s about how much support they give each other and always being there for one another. They also support my three siblings and I a lot, I definitely couldn’t ask for more.
           I’m not saying I hate Valentine’s Day, just that the meaning behind it has changed and if I were to receive gifts, I wouldn’t decline. I’m just saying that I don’t need anything from anyone for them to prove that they care about me, genuine love and happiness is all that matters.

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What do you think about New Year’s Resolutions?

Shirlie White:
I believe that New Year’s resolutions are good for people to have. It gives people the motivation to do what they have always wanted to do, or to benefit themselves. At the same time, New Years also seems to be used as an excuse to put off doing what people need or want to do simply because they want to say, “new year, new me.” You should be able to do what you want to benefit yourself whenever, if you want to do something do it now. Do not wait for another year just to make another resolution, take risks.

Lezille Sagrado:
I think that New Year’s resolutions can set great goals to people who are on top of things. But for me, I guess it doesn’t really matter because, even though it’s a new year, it doesn’t mean I’m going to change what I do unless I really have to. Like for example, if you want to do better in school and get good grades, don’t wait until next year to set that goal. Or even if you want to get better at a sport, don’t waste your time, take advantage of today and just do it.

Jackson Pool:
If someone needs to have the start of a new year to be motivated to do something, they’re doing it completely wrong. If you want something to change in your life, do it today, don’t wait for months and procrastinate. More than half the citizens of America make New Year’s resolutions, less than 10% go through with them. All these “resolutions” do is make the greater percentage of people more lazy and less confident. Failing your goals starts to become a habit eventually, so you have to will yourself to accomplish them. If you want something, don’t wait, do it now.

Pablo Orta:
I’ve never been a big fan of New Year’s resolutions because I don’t see how going into a new year will give you the motivation you need to change something about yourself that you could’ve changed long ago. If there’s something about yourself or about your life that you want to change for the better, you shouldn’t wait around for New Year’s to finally tell yourself that you’re going to work hard to achieve your goal(s), you should take action as soon as possible. Instead of having New Year’s resolutions I think everyone should try to better themselves every single day.

‘Tis the season to be… Hungry


Max Collins
Staff Writer

Thanksgiving has troubled wrestlers for endless seasons in Alaska since the beginning of the sport. Wrestling doesn’t just involve the practicing and meets but also involves eating habits, and Thanksgiving sure does a good job of ruining your weight management.
Not only being a dedicated wrestler, but being the coach’s kid I get a lot of pressure during the holidays. In the first few years of high school my dad really focused on what I ate during dinner time. My freshman year at Thanksgiving dinner I remember finishing my small portion of food sooner than everyone else.  Watching the rest of the family feast on bottomless amounts of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and more is not the easiest thing to do when you’re starving for 8 weeks of the wrestling season.
Freshly made apple pies from your grandma and thumbprint cookies from your mom are really hard to keep a fork out of, and every year it’s the hardest challenge I am put through. Freshman year I made the biggest mistake of my season and I will never forget it. As soon as it was dessert time I could not take the hunger any longer, so I ate five pieces of pie. Taking one slice at a time I hid in my grandparents garage so my Dad/Coach would not catch me. The day later our team had practice and we had to weigh ourselves. My dad definitely knew what I did to myself. Holidays are a wrestlers nightmare and I for sure learned my lesson of dieting. Looking on the bright side I received a lot of advantages to watching my weight in the future.
Wrestlers used to deal with the obstacle of trying not to overeat at Thanksgiving dinner and Christmas as well, thankfully I never had to experience that much pain. The year before I got to high school the season finally was shifted, instead of it ending in February it now ends in December. This means that I do not have to feel the pain of not eating during Christmas. I cannot thank ASAA enough for ending the season before the feasts start up. Having to avoid one feast instead of two makes the biggest difference. If only people could understand the pain of not eating the great holiday food.
With having three seasons of experience, I feel way more comfortable with not messing up my diet. I can not wait for my brother to make the same mistakes that I have done because of him taunting me with food for years. I visualize coming back from college and eating food in front of him. I deserve some revenge but most importantly I am excited to eat once again. Watching my weight will forever be my nightmare as long as I’m a wrestler.  

The ins-and-outs of Halloween

Verona Kamberi & Farren Linne
Staff Writers

Part-time movie stars and superheroes fill the dark night searching for Tootsie Rolls, Pixi Sticks and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups checking homes for the tastiest ways to destroy their pancreas. Carving funny faces into large orange spherical fruits and watching horror movies are all part of the spook-filled night.
Finding the perfect costume isn’t easy. People spend a lot of time online and in stores trying to find the most unique and eye catching costumes. Senior Ingrid Anzueto believes that using your own interests to create your costume shows the people around you who you really are.
“People have advocates toward something so they express that on Halloween,” said Anzueto. “For example, people who love Trump might dress up as him this year.”
Nowadays shock value has replaced scare value when it comes to costumes. It’s about being edgy and even inappropriate. Organizations around the country implore people to not dress as Indians, transgenders, or anything offensive. People value attention and many would do almost anything to get it. Some think dressing up as Ray Rice and his spouse is funny, while most see it as rude and unacceptable. Retweets and shares of these costumes make it seem that this is acceptable behavior, when it’s not.
“Recently costumes have become more offensive both religiously and racially,” said junior Victoria Adams. “Social media makes it seem like it’s okay to have inappropriate costumes.”
The Real Halloween
For some people Halloween is more than just candy and costumes. The most significant part of Halloween for Adams is remembering her late family members.
“I spend my Halloween night celebrating the Day of the Dead with my family,” said Adams. “My family comes together to honor our ancestors and warn off the dead.”
The Day of the Dead, (also known as Dia de Muertos), is a three day Mexican holiday that involves praying and remembering friends and family members who have passed away in order to help support their spiritual journey.
Whether one celebrates the Day of the Dead or Halloween, both include a variety of food. For many trick-or-treating and collecting an abundance of candy is a necessity on Halloween, but not for senior Rizza Rodriguez.
“I don’t trick or treat on Halloween,” said Rodriguez. “I think that when you get to the point where you have money to buy your own candy you should stop and allow children to have the candy.”
Creating a good experience for younger children should be important. Even if you are 16 dressed as Batman wanting to go trick-or-treating, don’t let your peers stop you. Instead have a limit for yourself and make sure not to ruin it for the kids.
Although Halloween revolves around dressing up and having fun, safety is something everyone should be alert about. Junior Sydney Nichols feels like people have taken advantage of Halloween by creating an unsafe environment for kids.
“I feel that Halloween used to be more safe when I was younger,” said Nichols. “Now people dress up as clowns and hand out tampered candy.”
Staying safe by keeping an eye out for kids, trick-or-treating in a safe neighborhood, and monitoring the condition of candy should be an important part of everyone’s night. At the end of the night, going to bed knowing you had a successful Halloween will keep you waiting for next year.
“Even if trick-or-treating, pumpkin carving, or dressing up isn’t your thing, everyone should still find a way to enjoy the holiday,” said junior Grant Collins.


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Is Halloween important?

Pablo Orta: Is Halloween an important holiday? Heck no! Should we keep it as a holiday? Heck yeah! Who doesn’t love dressing up and walking up to awesomely decorated houses to get candy? Who doesn’t love carving pumpkins and eating pumpkin pie with loads of whipped cream? No one, that’s who. So while Halloween may not serve a religious, cultural, or emotional purpose, it doesn’t need to. Halloween serves one single purpose, to give kids something to look forward to in the gloomy month of October, and that’s perfectly fine.

Avery Olson: Define the word important. We definitely don’t get to miss school for this “Holiday”. Halloween seems like the ugly friend of Christmas. I’ve never been a fan, but it’s fun to have an excuse to eat all that leftover candy.

Tug Olson: If you break Halloween down from a fundamental standpoint, you’ve got costumes, the ability to stay out a little later than usual, and free candy. To me, not a single one of those is important. These aspects make Halloween fun, but as I get older, the interest level of dressing up, goes down, and I have homework, so I can’t stay up all night hyped up on candy. Halloween is even losing it’s pizazz this year, falling on a Monday. We all can attend school dressed outrageously for one day and that’s about it because you’ve got to get up and go to school the next day. Some people love dressing up and getting in the scary mood, but for me, Halloween isn’t that important. I would rather just go home and watch My Name is Earl.

Jacob Smith: Halloween isn’t really a holiday. It’s like an excuse to wear weird, scary, or just gross stuff in public. Through the years, I have found less involvement in the madhouse that is Halloween. I’m in that awkward in between stage where I can’t Trick-or-Treat, but I can’t go to those adult parties, so Halloween turns into my typical night, Netflix and sit alone. So to some people, Halloween is this “WHOO! Chocolate all night long!” and all in holiday. Others just kind of brush it off and wait for Thanksgiving. I like Halloween, and I like my fun-sized Snickers, but I don’t want to leave the couch dressed up as Harry Potter to get some.

Mey Tuinei: We go to school, we go to work- is this even a holiday? Important? Debatable. If I wanted a night of stuffing my face with candy and watching scary movies, I’d just do it. This doesn’t mean I’m against others dressing up and seeking the thrill of being scared. I have my splurge days and girls’ nights to take a break from everyday life, to let loose and have fun and America has days like this, Halloween.