HEADLINE NEWS EDITOR
If you’ve ever watched the video on Youtube, “History of the Entire World, I guess,” you may have heard the line, “Let’s check the mail. Surprise! It’s on your computer.” If you HAVEN’T watched the video, I highly recommend doing so because it is both informative and hilarious. The video has been embedded for your enjoyment to the side.
The point, though, is that mail is not seemingly only on our electronics, and the art of letter writing is seemingly dead. This is a shame, because something about writing a real letter is just so satisfying. Your hand moves in swirly motions while ink falls on a dead, thin piece of tree and suddenly a message full of your personality and intent is created.
Though I think what draws me the most to the art of writing letters is the aesthetic. Sure, you can do it swiftly and without care, jotting down what needs to be said on a slab of lined paper, shoving it in an envelope and licking it closed. However, spending time on the endeavor can be really fun. You can make your own antique-looking paper and envelopes, write with fancy quills or pens in old- fashioned cursive, and use a candle to melt wax and press down a beautiful design to seal your message.
My favorite part of the entire process, though, is actually receiving a letter back. I absolutely adore opening the envelope and getting to read all the words they wanted to say to me. I get all set up and make a whole activity out of reading and responding to them.
I’m certainly not advocating for the convenience of letters. Writing them takes more time than sending electronic messages, sending them takes days and getting a response back takes even longer. If you need to know something soon, still send that text or email. But for the fun conversations in life, letters can add to the festivities.
Unfortunately, not many people our age feel this way and don’t enjoy writing letters quite as much as I do. If you would like to try it out and see if you enjoy it, though, fill out the form below and I’ll send one to you! You can try writing your own letter and put your own personality and style into the process. Find a way that is most fun for you!
Vee's Letter Writing Process:
Originally, my classmate and I went to the board meeting to raise our concerns about the potential ban of the “safe space” signs and pride flags within classrooms which would likely harm LGBTQ+ students and administrators. When we went, we discovered that the bigger issue of the night was the Social-Emotional Learning program, Second Step. According to Second Step, their program is a tested, highly researched curriculum that helps “promote the social-emotional development, safety, and well-being of children from Early Learning through Grade 8.” Now, what is the issue with the Second Step program? That’s where it gets confusing because there was, like all issues, a group for Second Step and a group against it. The group that was for Second Step was mostly educators, counselors, administrators while the group that was against it was parents who had a lack of resources of information.
Katrina VanTassell, an elementary school social worker said “...without evidence-based curriculums...we run the risk of internal biases not being challenged by both viewpoints.” She went on to say, “in efforts to oppose this program, there have been comments made that are inappropriate and offensive towards our students of color…” A parent, Rebecca Colley, claimed that the program is “morally grotesque, and sexually perverted,” later stating “SEL (social-emotional learning) is a form of CRT (critical-race theory),” however, she never went into depth on how SEL is morally grotesque, sexually perverted or a form of CRT.
Because of the events during the last two school years, the district is under pressure to avoid conflict, but as the controversies over Second Step continue, it gets harder and harder for them to stay neutral. The next school board meeting will be on November 9th at 7 pm at the district building.
When walking down the halls of Corner Canyon you have people looking at you up and down, students, teachers, even administrators. How do you feel? The judgement on your shoulders. All because you had an off-the-shoulder shirt on? What is so bad about that? The dress code has been in question worldwide for years now. Students all across the world have walked out of school in petition to get rid of the dress code. The dress code has been influenced by sexisim and racism over the years. When parents and students started to realize that the dress code was targeting one gender, and even a certain race, a few eyebrows were raised. According to a Brookings article, “Black students are three to six times more likely to be suspended or expelled from school, and today, there remains a regressive movement that continues to criminalize natural Black hairstyles under the auspices of “preparing them for the real world.” So with this in consideration, do we believe that the dress code should be updated regularly? Should this be something that is in question every year? Social norms are changing, generation after generation coming in and changing the limits. With more walk outs and demands for changes, what's next?
In an article from the Adirondack Daily Enterprise talking about how a student from Georgia went to her school district with 15 other girls to demand the dress code to be reformed. It said, “Whether intentional or not, some adults have a tendency to belittle or oversimplify students’ experiences or perspectives, perpetuating a cycle of condescension that so many of us experienced when we were young ourselves. Yes, adults know better than teens a lot of the time; still, students deserve respect and to be fully heard.” These schools use their power to make their own students feel little about themselves. So what is the next move? What do we do next? How do we make a positive impact on the school environment for everyone?
BY SOPHIE MADSEN
BY STEPHANIE GUZMAN-DE LA HOZ
We all eat cereal, or at least most of us do. It’s a go to breakfast or even a snack (at least for me). There are many people in the world who eat cereal all the time. Cereal is amazing in so so many ways. There are different types of cereals from super healthy to a sugary treat. While most people think it is obvious we eat cereal, I made a poll to see just how many students enjoy cereal. In the survey 85% of people said they liked cereal. Only ten people out of 95 said no out of all who replied to the survey. I did a survey on what type of cereal people love the most. These are the ones that were the most interesting and fun! Paris Smith says, “If you don’t like captain crunch you have no good taste”. Paige Rhoads, Estella Watson, Makayla Larkins, Lexi Wahlquist, Caleb Bevan, Breanne Cruz, and Madison McGee said that their favorite cereal is Cinnamon Toast Crunch. While lots of people love cereal, some don’t like it. But for the people who do like cereal don’t eat the most sugary cereals all the time, because they can harm you after a long period of time. Another crowd favorite I got was Captain Crunch, you can’t beat that.
For the people who like going healthy in their breakfasts get some new healthy cereals! Cheerios is a very popular cereal but is one of the healthiest basic cereals you can get. Kashi cereal is a cereal you don’t see often and is a little more expensive than your usual cereal, but if you’re willing to try it, it’s really good. Cascadian Farms, Barbara’s Puffins, Seven Sundays, and Three Wishes all are great cereal choices for a healthy first thing in the morning breakfast. If you want to go whimsical and try and eat some of the sugariest cereals, Peeps Cereal is the way to go. They’re marshmallows covered in sugar and look kinda like Froot Loops. Whatever cereal you eat, wherever you like to get your cereal. I don’t think cereal is leaving just yet!
BY JANICA STOCKING
Gabby Petito was a 22-year-old woman who was traveling across the country with her fiance, Brian Laundrie. Since the couple decided to take this trip, Petito and Laundrie have been a major part of the news cycle. While driving through Moab, UT, the couple was pulled over by Moab police officers on August 12, 2021. In a police report, the couple was described to have been involved in a physical altercation, with Laundrie allegedly physically assaulting (hitting) Ms. Petito. Officer Eric Pratt, one of the officers who was involved in the Moab police’s interaction with Petito and Laundrie said that “both the male and female reported they are in love and engaged to be married and desperately didn't wish to see anyone charged with a crime.”
In the full bodycam footage published by the Grand County Sheriff’s Office, Gabby Petito appeared very distressed and suffering from a “mental health crisis.” After the encounter between the couple and the officers, the couple separated for the night. At the end of August, Petito’s family claims that they had their last contact with her and believed she was heading to Wyoming. The family’s attorney says that the family does not believe that the last message they got from her phone was from her. On September 11, 2021, her family reported Gabby Petito missing, and just 6 days later, the family of Brian Laundrie shared with police that they hadn’t seen him in days, and reported him missing as well. With the FBI and local police investigating and searching for Gabby Petito, people were shocked on September 19th when authorities discovered her remains in Wyoming. Since the discovery of Petito’s remains and the autopsy confirming that she died by homicide, Bryan Laundrie has been indicted and a federal arrest warrant has been issued.
Multiple investigations have also been launched to analyze the investigations conducted by local police forces who searched for Gabby Petito, as well as into the conduct of the Moab City Police Department when interacting with Brian Laundrie and Gabby Petitio. Petito’s parents have since founded the Gabby Petito Foundation to try and help other families with missing loved ones. At Petito’s funeral, her father gave a eulogy in which he encouraged those in abusive or toxic situations to take any opportunity to get out of it.
BY ALAINA MAST
The COVID-19 Pandemic started in March of 2020 and is still happening with a stronger, more contagious strand. Throughout the quarantine that we went through, we had a string of over-precaution and hoarding of toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and bleach in March followed by stay-at-home orders in many states shortly after. After “flattening the curve” of COVID cases, many states reopened which caused the number of positive cases to skyrocket as many people were not following CDC guidelines. As COVID continued, the unemployment rate grew as well, peaking at 14.8%. By the end of 2020, COVID-19 vaccines, Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson were being approved by the FDA.
By 2021, the number of cases decreased, but the virus continued as the FDA was rolling out vaccines. For the first few months, the cases were dropping, but that didn’t last for long. When more people began to get the vaccine, public places like stores, restaurants, and other large gathering places lifted their mask mandate for those who are fully vaccinated. Now, what’s the problem? Since public places lifted their mandates, people who aren’t vaccinated didn’t feel the need to wear their masks either since they didn’t need to prove if they were vaccinated or not. Roughly 56% of Americans are fully vaccinated, but that still leaves 44%, more than 146 million people in the United States, unvaccinated. There are more than 146 million people who aren’t vaccinated, now imagine how many of those people wear masks out in public or at large gatherings.
Masks, according to the CDC, have been associated with a 70% reduced-risk rate, and they also recommend wearing a mask in public places and large gatherings, regardless of if you’re fully vaccinated or not. On September 9, 2021, President Joe Biden mandated that all companies with over 100 workers will be required to be fully vaccinated or to get weekly COVID tests. He did this in hope that more people would get vaccinated and to slow down the drastic spread of the virus.
Well over a year and a half now since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have their doubt about the vaccine, masks, and other COVID guidelines, but as the CDC said, “To reduce their risk of becoming infected with the Delta variant and potentially spreading it to others [the] CDC recommends that fully vaccinated people wear a mask in public indoor settings if they are in an area of substantial or high transmission.”
BY KAILENE MEINERS
STUDENT LIFE EDITOR
BY OAKLEE EWING
MIND & BODY EDITOR
Corner Canyon High School offers an abundance of courses. Students have their favorites, but they also have some wishes of classes that should be offered here at Corner Canyon. My personal favorite classes here are the Jewelry courses with Mr. Ballstaedt and Ms. Deschamps, the concurrent math courses with Mrs. Hill and Mrs. Toney, as well as Classical Mythology with none other than Mr. Oram himself. As much as I LOVE those classes, I really wish CC offered science concurrent enrollment options and forensic psychology courses.
Some favorite classes are “English and Choir” from Nadia Chanthaphuang and “Economics” from Jake Hilton. Ellie Ware says “AP Psych with Mrs. White because she tells the coolest stories and just makes the class so interesting!”
The students at the school also have their wishes. Juanita Lopez (senior) would like to see a world religions course and Isabella Nibley (senior) wishes for pre-law classes. Nadia Chanthaphuang (senior) also wishes there were more concurrent class options. Corner Canyon has some amazing classes, but they could step up their game and get some new classes.
Corner Canyon and Canyons District have had some amazing advancements when it comes to the modern issues. Now allowing students to adjust their names in Skyward and adjusting preferred pronouns to students who need it. With those changes being made, Kenna Maxfield (senior) would love to see a class surrounding “gender/sexuality/queer studies.” She and Jake Hilton (senior) would like to see an auto shop/mechanics class as well. Carsyn Pickens (senior) thinks a class about the metaphysical would be a great addition to Corner Canyon.
I really think so many of these classes would benefit the upcoming generations, especially specific classes about certain career paths (prelaw, world religions, forensic psychology, etc.) It would give students the opportunity to dip their toes into introductory courses in career paths they are interested in to figure out before college what they want to study further.
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