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Seven Quotes to Help You Kick This Day’s Rear!

Article By: Greta Sanders
Oct 07 2015

Sometimes, you get stuck in a Monday slump. That lasts for a week. Annnnddd then it goes for a month. Suddenly, life doesn’t look all that exciting and you’re entirely sure your future consists of living in a cardboard box. Alas, fear not! I have compiled ten quotes that are sure to get you back on your feet and ready to take on the world (or at the very least, get out of...

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Read Up:  Rape Culture is Our Fault

Article By: Greta Sanders
Sep 28 2015

Rape culture. Two words that some would like to deny, some have experienced, and all of us have to live with in our day to day life. It starts when we are children. One in four girls will be molested by the time she is 18. Yes, you read that right. In an average female senior classroom of twenty, five of those girls will have been sexually abused. The definition of sexual abuse is a wide...

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My Patriot Playlist

Article By: Greta Sanders
Sep 08 2015

Growing up as a military child, I’ve always had a certain amount of pride in the red, white and blue. I grew up all over the world, but any place that flag flew, I knew I was in a safe place. When I step out on the field or court holding the flag while the National Anthem plays, I always seem to stand just a little bit taller. Whenever I’m feeling particularly patriotic,...

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It’s Not Black and White

Article By: Greta Sanders
May 21 2015

“White Police Officer Shoots Black Teenager” “Black Man Kills White Family” The headlines shout these two colors. As the protests in Ferguson escalated, I happened to be scrolling through my Facebook feed. First to catch my eye was an article about the protests, showing several African American men in a scene of chaos. Shards of glass lying in the street glinted orange and red, catching the reflection of the fires burning in the street. They...

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Nothing Good Happens After Midnight…. And Other Things I’ve Learned From My Dad

Article By: Greta Sanders
Apr 14 2015

Throughout entire my life, my dad has been offering me tidbits of advice. Some I raise my eyebrows at, some I laugh at, and others make me think. In the spirit of celebrating Father’s Day a few months early for the sake of this article, I’m sharing a few examples of wise words from my dad. “Nothing good happens after midnight.”I’ve heard this one quite a few times since I...

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Six Things I’ve Learned From Three Years in High School

Article By: Greta Sanders
Mar 27 2015

At seventeen, I have A LOT of life to live. I haven’t seen or done it all, and I have a whole world to explore and learn from before I die. But I believe that in each stage of life, we learn valuable lessons that enable us to live our life more fully. Here are six things I’ve learned from this stage of my life: One good friend is worth more than a...

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To the People Who Are Searching for Perfection

Article By: Greta Sanders
Mar 19 2015

During a recent Journalism class, my teacher shared a critique one of her students had given her about an article I had written and published on the Sheepherder website. Among the good, there were negative comments about things I could have fixed or done better, especially with grammatical errors and the flow of my article. My immediate reaction was frustration, and then I felt embarrassed. I was proud of that article! I had double checked...

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I’m More Than a Test Score

Article By: Greta Sanders
Mar 19 2015

As a part of my Junior year, I, like many Juniors all over the country, am preparing myself to take the standardized testing that most colleges require for admission. In a space of a few hours on a single day, I will fill in bubbles with my pencil and determine the outcome of my future. The number that comes back to me based on the amount of bubbles I fill in correctly will affect my...

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International Women’s Day-Five Women Who Are Killing It

Article By: Greta Sanders
Mar 12 2015

Women are everywhere, filling all types of roles. Women can be teachers, mothers, doctors, scientists, artists, writers, preachers, politicians, performers, athletes, engineers….. and the list goes on and on.  This isn't an article about pay equality between the sexes or a cry for women’s rights. This is simply an article to recognize five women (much like International Women’s Day which took place on March 8th) who display passion, creativity, intelligence,...

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Seven Words That Have No English Translation

Article By: Greta Sanders
Feb 13 2015

Sometimes, there’s no one word to describe how we feel. Devastating heartbreak or breathtaking happiness cannot be expressed with any one word in the English language. After seeing several articles on words that had no English translation, I decided to do some further research. What I discovered were languages that had condensed worlds of emotions and ideas into a single word. Here are my seven favorite: Fernweh (German)Feeling homesick for a place you...

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Valentines Day… What’s The Point?

Article By: Jade Fredricks
Feb 11 2015

What’s the point in Valentine’s Day you ask? Millions of people across the world are wondering the same thing. Expensive gifts, chocolates, roses, romance… It’s all a little overrated. Over 13 billion dollars is spent every year on the typical Valentine’s Day spending with 45% of that money going towards candy. This holiday clearly screams love and romance while little Cupid dances around lovers heads, but that’s not the true meaning...

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Savoring the Moments

Article By: Greta Sanders
Feb 11 2015

Everyday is a whirlwind of activities: Cheerleading, Speech and Drama, Sweet 16, not to mention the hours I spend in school. Most days, I am completely exhausted by the time I make it home. I am stressed out, bummed out, and strung out. Most days, I want to scoff down my dinner and crawl into bed, preparing myself for another day. But what I’ve come to find is that one of the most important things...

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National Holiday

Article By: Makalee Klein
Feb 09 2015

When you think national day, you usually think of a day of importance... but if you go to http://nationaldaycalendar.com/ and click on register a national day you are able to go to the application and turn it in on the website! You will then receive a 18”x24” framed certificate.In the month of February alone there are 69 national days. Everyday there is at least one national day, and one  day ...

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Old Fashioned Testing Turned Technological

Article By: Caitlyn Corso
Feb 05 2015

As many people know, junior year is the year that students take the ACT or SAT standardized testing. However, this may be the last year that students are given the test in an actual booklet and will be able to bubble their answers into the tedious scan-trons with a number two Ticonderoga pencil. This may sound like a good thing, especially with the newly found accusations of cheating on these various tests, but...

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To Text or Not to Text [There Should Be No Question]

Article By: Erin Dringman
Feb 04 2015

Sitting at a restaurant with my family several weeks ago, I put down my menu and glance around the room. A few tables away, a group of twenty-something-year-olds sit, laughing and talking. One young man with his arm around his girlfriend pulls out his phone with his other hand and scrolls down the screen, nodding along as his friend across the table talks to--or at--him. A few tables away, a large family sits waiting for...

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The Top Three Cats On the Internet

Article By: Greta Sanders
Feb 03 2015

In a world filled with thousands of cats competing for fame on the Internet, one must pose the question: Which cats should I be looking at? You want to enjoy maximum cuteness while not spending hours sifting through pictures to find the perfect feline. Fortunately for the general public, I have taken the task upon me to name the top three cats on the Internet.#3Venus the Two-Faced KittenVenus has a distinctly different look about...

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Sleep Deprivation Proves to be Detrimental

Article By: Caitlyn Corso
Jan 30 2015

Sitting down in a desk in any classroom on any given school day is always hard, however this task becomes even more difficult when a student has stayed up all night trying to study for a test that they have to take that period. Many students do not just have school to worry about. Some have extracurricular activities such as basketball, track, or cheerleading. some students even have a job on top of all of...

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New Year, Same Me

Article By: Caitlyn Corso
Jan 29 2015

With the new year under way many people are already disappointed in their poor choices for the year thus far. Although, should that be the case? Millions of people around the world make promises to themselves of a new way of life for the upcoming year. New years resolutions are often seen as a way to start the year with a fresh slate. However, how many of these resolutions are actually followed through?What is...

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An Activist in the Pro-Life Campaign for Books (Why Traditional Books Trump E-Books)

Article By: Erin Dringman
Jan 26 2015

My mama’s voice fills my ears, her arms wrap around me, my head rests on her chest, but my mind is far away, my feet dancing with faeries, my callused hands gathering the corn in front of my Little House on the Prairie, my eyes staring in awe as Arthur wrenches free the sword, my heart burning with hatred as Voldemort descends on me, Harry. There is a faint crinkling background noise as my...

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Deer in the Headlights

Article By: Weston LaVoy
Jan 19 2015

Deer in the HeadlightsThere are more than 30 million deer in United States. Deer can be the deadliest animals because of the car accidents they cause. There are about 1.25 million deer related car accidents that occur in the United States every year. Of the 1.25 million crashes there are around 150 fatalities, and over 10,000 injuries to the drivers or passengers in the vehicle.About $4 billion is lost due to the vehicle damages caused by collisions with...

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